TODAY in HISTORY: MAY13

Following are some of the major events to have occurred on May 13 Reuters 1961 – Gary Cooper, who won Oscars for his roles in the films “Sergeant York” and “High Noon”, died aged 60. 1965 – Israel and West Germany agreed to establish diplomatic relations. Several Arab countries broke ties with West Germany. 1968 […]

TODAY IN HISTORY: MAY 11

Following are some of the major events to have occurred on May 11: Reuters 1943 – U.S. amphibious forces landed on Attu in the Aleutians, the first American territory to be recaptured from the Japanese. 1949 – Israel admitted to the United Nations. 1981 – Bob Marley, Jamaican-born singer who with his group The Wailers […]

Today in History – May 10

Following are some of the major events to have occurred on May 10: 1904 – Sir Henry Morton Stanley, British-born journalist and African explorer, died. He was famous for his rescue of the Scottish missionary explorer David Livingstone in 1871. 1933 – Nazis, nationalist students and professors in black robes gathered on a square in […]

TODAY in HISTORY: MAY 09

Following are some of the major events to have occurred on May 09 Reuters 1901 – Australia’s first parliament opened in Melbourne. 1926 – Americans Richard E. Byrd and Floyd Bennett became the first people to fly over the North Pole. 1927 – Canberra replaced Melbourne as the capital of Australia. 1978 – The body […]

TODAY in HISTORY: May 08

Following are some of the major events to have occurred on May 08 Reuters 1902 – Mount Pelee on Martinique erupted and destroyed the town of St Pierre; more than 30,000 people were killed. 1903 – The French post-impressionist painter Paul Gauguin died in Tahiti. 1978 – Italian climber Reinhold Messner and Austrian Peter Habeler […]

‘Not too late to make a difference’ in rescuing nature

Megan Rowling Thomson Reuters Foundation A flagship report on the state of nature, backed by about 130 countries, warned on Monday that the rate of extinctions of plant and animal species was accelerating and would likely cause serious damage to human wellbeing around the world. On average, the abundance of native species in most major […]

TODAY in HISTORY: MAY 07

Following are some of the major events to have occurred on May 07 Reuters 1915 – The British passenger liner Lusitania was sunk by a German submarine, contributing to the United States’ entry into World War One; 1,198 passengers and crew perished. 1942 – The Austrian conductor and composer Felix Weingartner died. He was best […]

TODAY in HISTORY: MAY 06

Following are some of the major events to have occurred on May 06 Reuters 1910 – Britain’s King Edward VII died. 1919 – L. Frank Baum, U.S. author of children’s stories about the imaginary land of Oz, died. The film version of “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” became a classic. 1932 – French President Paul […]

TODAY in HISTORY: MAY 02

Following are some of the major events to have occurred on May 02 Reuters 1936 – Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie and his family fled Addis Ababa, three days before its capture by the Italians. 1951 – The Shah of Iran signed decrees approving the nationalisation of Iran’s oil industry. 1953 – In Jordan, King Hussein […]

Sudanese women at forefront of protests after years of oppression

Michael Georgy Reuters Mervat al-Neel was one of the many women whose protests helped bring down Sudanese autocrat Omar Hassan al-Bashir. Now she is standing up to the generals who replaced him. After decades of oppression under Bashir’s Islamist rule, when they could be dragged before the police if a man didn’t approve of what […]

TODAY in HISTORY: APRIL 30

Following are some of the major events to have occurred on Apr 30 Reuters 1945 – Adolf Hitler and his wife Eva Braun committed suicide in his underground bunker in Berlin. 1975 – In South Vietnam, President Duong Van Minh announced an unconditional surrender to the Vietcong, ending the 20th century’s longest armed conflict. 1997 […]