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21 May
2017
The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, dubbed the “Greatest Show on Earth”, gave its final performance after 146 years, a victim of rising costs and lower…The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, dubbed the “Greatest Show on Earth”, gave its final performance after 146 years, a victim of rising costs and lower attendances
1 year ago
21 May
2016
Taliban leader Akhtar Mansour was killed in in a U.S. drone strike in Pakistan. The strike, which targeted his vehicle, was approved byy U.S. President Barack ObamaTaliban leader Akhtar Mansour was killed in in a U.S. drone strike in Pakistan. The strike, which targeted his vehicle, was approved byy U.S. President Barack Obama
2 years ago
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21 May
2015
Islamic State (IS) militants took control of the ancient ruins of Palmyra, one of the archaeological jewels of the Middle East, raising fears that the Syrian world heritage site…Islamic State (IS) militants took control of the ancient ruins of Palmyra, one of the archaeological jewels of the Middle East, raising fears that the Syrian world heritage site could face destruction
3 years ago
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21 May
2015
At least 43 people died in a shoot-out in the western Mexican state of Michoacan. The gunfight between security forces and an armed gang took place near the Jalisco state border…At least 43 people died in a shoot-out in the western Mexican state of Michoacan. The gunfight between security forces and an armed gang took place near the Jalisco state border and was thought to be drug-related. At least two police officers were killed
3 years ago
21 May
2015
A 35,000 year-old wolf bone discovered in Siberia, with DNA split between dog and wolf, suggested the domestication of dogs began much earlier than previously thoughtA 35,000 year-old wolf bone discovered in Siberia, with DNA split between dog and wolf, suggested the domestication of dogs began much earlier than previously thought
3 years ago
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21 May
2014
China and Russia signed a gas deal valued in excess of $400bn, securing a new source of gas for China, the world’s top energy user, and a new market for Russia with Europe…China and Russia signed a gas deal valued in excess of $400bn, securing a new source of gas for China, the world’s top energy user, and a new market for Russia with Europe looking elsewhere for its energy
4 years ago
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21 May
2011
Australian actor Bill Hunter died from cancer, aged 71. He appeared in more than 60 films and won two Australian Film Institute Awards. Notable movies included Gallipoli (1981),…Australian actor Bill Hunter died from cancer, aged 71. He appeared in more than 60 films and won two Australian Film Institute Awards. Notable movies included Gallipoli (1981), Strictly Ballroom (1992), Muriel's Wedding (1994), and Australia (2008)
7 years ago
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21 May
2010
Fears were growing of an environmental catastrophe as thick oil from the Gulf of Mexico slick began coating Louisiana’s delicate marshlands, a month after the Deepwater Horizon…Fears were growing of an environmental catastrophe as thick oil from the Gulf of Mexico slick began coating Louisiana’s delicate marshlands, a month after the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded off the coast on April 20
8 years ago
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21 May
2010
Saeed al-Masri, an Egyptian who was Al Qaeda’s third-in-command and believed to have been the group’s financial chief, was killed in a targeted U.S. drone airstrike in the…Saeed al-Masri, an Egyptian who was Al Qaeda’s third-in-command and believed to have been the group’s financial chief, was killed in a targeted U.S. drone airstrike in the North Waziristan region of Pakistan along with his wife and three children. Al-Masri’s death was confirmed by Al Qaeda on June 1
8 years ago
21 May
2010
The IKAROS spacecraft, the first to use solar-sail technology as its main propulsion, was launched by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, JAXA, aboard an H-IIA rocketThe IKAROS spacecraft, the first to use solar-sail technology as its main propulsion, was launched by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, JAXA, aboard an H-IIA rocket
8 years ago
21 May
2009
Egyptian businessman Hisham Talaat Moustafa was convicted of murdering Lebanese pop singer Suzanne Tamim and sentenced to hangEgyptian businessman Hisham Talaat Moustafa was convicted of murdering Lebanese pop singer Suzanne Tamim and sentenced to hang
9 years ago
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21 May
2009
The British Government agreed that all retired Gurkhas who served in the Armed Forces would be allowed to settle in the United Kingdom. The announcement marked a major shift in…The British Government agreed that all retired Gurkhas who served in the Armed Forces would be allowed to settle in the United Kingdom. The announcement marked a major shift in official policy and a victory for campaigners led by actress Joanna Lumley. The Gurkha brigade originated in the early 19th century with Nepalese soldiers, who impressed the British imperial troops with their ferocity and military ability. The first Gurkha units were formed in 1815. They were fundamental to the British Army maintaining control of India in the 1800s, and later saw action in both world wars
9 years ago
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21 May
2008
Israel and Syria revealed they were holding indirect peace talks mediated by Turkey in hopes of direct talks leading to a border agreement. It was the first confirmation of…Israel and Syria revealed they were holding indirect peace talks mediated by Turkey in hopes of direct talks leading to a border agreement. It was the first confirmation of negotiations between the long-time enemies in eight years
10 years ago
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21 May
2008
Manchester United won the UEFA Champions League 2007-08, defeating Chelsea in the final after a penalty shootout. The final, played in Moscow, was the first to be contested between…Manchester United won the UEFA Champions League 2007-08, defeating Chelsea in the final after a penalty shootout. The final, played in Moscow, was the first to be contested between two English-based teams
10 years ago
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21 May
2008
U.S. Senator Edward Kennedy was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumour. Kennedy, 76, the most prominent living member of the Kennedy dynasty, was the last survivor of the brothers…U.S. Senator Edward Kennedy was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumour. Kennedy, 76, the most prominent living member of the Kennedy dynasty, was the last survivor of the brothers who dominated U.S. politics in the 1960s
10 years ago
21 May
2008
Pakistan’s North-West Frontier province agreed to withdraw troops and introduce Sharia law in the conflict-ravaged Swat valley in exchange for a halt to Taliban attacksPakistan’s North-West Frontier province agreed to withdraw troops and introduce Sharia law in the conflict-ravaged Swat valley in exchange for a halt to Taliban attacks
10 years ago
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21 May
2007
The historic tea clipper Cutty Sark, the last surviving preserved vessel of its kind, caught fire in its dry dock in Greenwich, London. However, much of the planking and the masts…The historic tea clipper Cutty Sark, the last surviving preserved vessel of its kind, caught fire in its dry dock in Greenwich, London. However, much of the planking and the masts of the famous 19th century vessel had been removed as part of a £25m restoration project, meaning the damage was not as severe as initially feared
11 years ago
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21 May
2006
The citizens of Montenegro voted in favour of seceding from Serbia and becoming an independent nation. The loose union of Serbia and Montenegro was all that survived from the…The citizens of Montenegro voted in favour of seceding from Serbia and becoming an independent nation. The loose union of Serbia and Montenegro was all that survived from the federation of six republics that made up Yugoslavia before the wars of the 1990s
12 years ago
21 May
2004
Pemba Dorje Sherpa set a new speed record for climbing Mount Everest, reaching the summit in eight hours, 10 minutes, over four hours faster than his previous best set in May 2003Pemba Dorje Sherpa set a new speed record for climbing Mount Everest, reaching the summit in eight hours, 10 minutes, over four hours faster than his previous best set in May 2003
14 years ago
21 May
2003
An earthquake measuring magnitude 6.8 shook Algiers, Algeria, claiming more than 2,260 lives and injuring more than 10,000An earthquake measuring magnitude 6.8 shook Algiers, Algeria, claiming more than 2,260 lives and injuring more than 10,000
15 years ago
21 May
2003
Over 250 people were killed by flash floods in Sri LankaOver 250 people were killed by flash floods in Sri Lanka
15 years ago
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21 May
2002
The assassination of a moderate Kashmiri separatist leader, Abdul Goni Lone, in Indian-ruled Kashmir, further increased tensions between nuclear rivals India and Pakistan, who both…The assassination of a moderate Kashmiri separatist leader, Abdul Goni Lone, in Indian-ruled Kashmir, further increased tensions between nuclear rivals India and Pakistan, who both blamed each other for the killing
16 years ago
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21 May
2001
A long-term business relationship ended in acrimony when the Firestone tyre company announced it would no longer sell tyres to Ford following a spate of fatal accidents involving…A long-term business relationship ended in acrimony when the Firestone tyre company announced it would no longer sell tyres to Ford following a spate of fatal accidents involving Ford Explorer sport utility vehicles. The two companies had been arguing for a year as to whether the more than 100 deaths were caused by faulty tyres or poor vehicle design
17 years ago
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21 May
2001
An international commission chaired by former U.S. senator George Mitchell published its report on the Middle East, calling for an immediate end to violence and steps to rebuild…An international commission chaired by former U.S. senator George Mitchell published its report on the Middle East, calling for an immediate end to violence and steps to rebuild trust, including an end to Jewish settlements in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip
17 years ago
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