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22 May
2018
American novelist Philip Roth, a giant of 20th century literature who explored Jewish-American heritage, politics and male sexuality in over 30 novels, including Portnoy’s…American novelist Philip Roth, a giant of 20th century literature who explored Jewish-American heritage, politics and male sexuality in over 30 novels, including Portnoy’s Complaint and American Pastoral, died at age 85
1 year ago
22 May
2017
Nicky Hayden, American motorcycle racer who won the MotoGP World Championship in 2006, died five days after being hit by a car while riding his bike in Italy. He was 35Nicky Hayden, American motorcycle racer who won the MotoGP World Championship in 2006, died five days after being hit by a car while riding his bike in Italy. He was 35
2 years ago
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22 May
2017
A suicide bombing at the Manchester Arena in the UK killed 22 people and injured more than 100 others. The attacker targeted fans, many of them young children, as they left after a…A suicide bombing at the Manchester Arena in the UK killed 22 people and injured more than 100 others. The attacker targeted fans, many of them young children, as they left after a concert by U.S. singer Ariana Grande
2 years ago
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22 May
2015
Ireland became the first country to legalise same-sex marriage in a popular vote. In a historic referendum over 62 percent of people voted in favour of amending the constitution to…Ireland became the first country to legalise same-sex marriage in a popular vote. In a historic referendum over 62 percent of people voted in favour of amending the constitution to allow gay and lesbian couples to marry
4 years ago
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22 May
2014
The military staged a coup in Thailand, seizing power from the interim government two days after declaring martial law. It was the country’s second military coup in less than 10…The military staged a coup in Thailand, seizing power from the interim government two days after declaring martial law. It was the country’s second military coup in less than 10 years
5 years ago
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22 May
2013
An off-duty British soldier was attacked and killed by two men near the Royal Artillery Barracks in Woolwich, southeast London, in an apparent Islamic terrorist attack. Drummer Lee…An off-duty British soldier was attacked and killed by two men near the Royal Artillery Barracks in Woolwich, southeast London, in an apparent Islamic terrorist attack. Drummer Lee Rigby was stabbed multiple times with a meat cleaver and a knife after being hit by a car
6 years ago
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22 May
2011
At least 158 people were killed as a mile-wide Category 5 tornado hit Joplin, Missouri. It was the costliest single tornado in U.S. history, with rebuilding costs estimated as high…At least 158 people were killed as a mile-wide Category 5 tornado hit Joplin, Missouri. It was the costliest single tornado in U.S. history, with rebuilding costs estimated as high as $3 billion
8 years ago
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22 May
2010
Air India Express Flight 812, a scheduled passenger flight from Dubai to Mangalore with 160 passengers and six crew on board, crashed near Mangalore International Airport after it…Air India Express Flight 812, a scheduled passenger flight from Dubai to Mangalore with 160 passengers and six crew on board, crashed near Mangalore International Airport after it overshot the runway while coming in to land. Only eight passengers survived the crash, which was India’s third deadliest air accident and the deadliest aviation accident of 2010
9 years ago
22 May
2010
In the UEFA Champions League Final, Inter Milan defeated Bayern Munich 2-0, the Italian team’s first major European title since 1965In the UEFA Champions League Final, Inter Milan defeated Bayern Munich 2-0, the Italian team’s first major European title since 1965
9 years ago
22 May
2010
American Jordan Romero, aged 13, became the youngest person to reach the summit of Mount EverestAmerican Jordan Romero, aged 13, became the youngest person to reach the summit of Mount Everest
9 years ago
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22 May
2009
Former SAS officer John Wick was revealed as the whistleblower behind Britain’s parliamentary expenses controversy. Mr Wick, the head of a corporate intelligence company which…Former SAS officer John Wick was revealed as the whistleblower behind Britain’s parliamentary expenses controversy. Mr Wick, the head of a corporate intelligence company which specialises in negotiating the release of hostages in foreign war zones, said he had acted because he felt there was an injustice in how much information the government wanted to have about the public, while wanting to keep their own affairs secret
10 years ago
22 May
2008
Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili claimed victory for his United National Movement party in legislative elections, despite opposition claims of vote riggingGeorgian President Mikheil Saakashvili claimed victory for his United National Movement party in legislative elections, despite opposition claims of vote rigging
11 years ago
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22 May
2007
British prosecutors requested the extradition of ex-KGB agent Andrei Lugovoi to face a charge of murder in the poisoning of former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko. Lugovoi met…British prosecutors requested the extradition of ex-KGB agent Andrei Lugovoi to face a charge of murder in the poisoning of former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko. Lugovoi met Litvinenko at a London hotel only hours before Litvinenko became ill with polonium-210 poisoning, but repeatedly denied any involvement in a case which threatened to cast a Cold War shadow over relations with Britain
12 years ago
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22 May
2006
The first bear spotted roaming wild in Germany for 175 years killed seven sheep and caused minor property damage. The brown bear, the first seen since 1835, was thought to have…The first bear spotted roaming wild in Germany for 175 years killed seven sheep and caused minor property damage. The brown bear, the first seen since 1835, was thought to have crossed into Bavaria from Austria
13 years ago
22 May
2004
Crown Prince Felipe of Spain married former TV anchor Letizia Ortiz, the first commoner in Spanish history in line to become queenCrown Prince Felipe of Spain married former TV anchor Letizia Ortiz, the first commoner in Spanish history in line to become queen
15 years ago
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22 May
2004
Commonweath countries agreed to lift the suspension of Pakistan, which had been barred from the organisation since President Pervez Musharraf seized power in a military coup in…Commonweath countries agreed to lift the suspension of Pakistan, which had been barred from the organisation since President Pervez Musharraf seized power in a military coup in 1999
15 years ago
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22 May
2003
A unanimous UN Security Council resolution lifted sanctions on Iraq imposed after the 1991 Gulf War. The U.S.-led coalition allies were given control of the military occupation and…A unanimous UN Security Council resolution lifted sanctions on Iraq imposed after the 1991 Gulf War. The U.S.-led coalition allies were given control of the military occupation and economic administration of the country until “an internationally recognised representative government” could be established by the Iraqi people
16 years ago
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22 May
2003
Swedish golfer Annika Sorenstam became the first woman to compete in a men’s PGA tour event for 59 years. The top golfer on the women’s tour competed in the Colonial tournament…Swedish golfer Annika Sorenstam became the first woman to compete in a men’s PGA tour event for 59 years. The top golfer on the women’s tour competed in the Colonial tournament in Texas, but failed to make the cut for the final two rounds
16 years ago
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22 May
2003
A manuscript of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, containing his own handwritten revisions, and the only full score by the legendary composer ever to be auctioned, sold for £2.133m in…A manuscript of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, containing his own handwritten revisions, and the only full score by the legendary composer ever to be auctioned, sold for £2.133m in London
16 years ago
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22 May
2002
The body of Chandra Levy, a U.S. government intern missing since April 2001, was discovered in a park in Washington D.C. Her disappearance had been headline news following…The body of Chandra Levy, a U.S. government intern missing since April 2001, was discovered in a park in Washington D.C. Her disappearance had been headline news following revelations about her romantic liaison with California Congressman Gary Condit, who had denied any knowledge of her whereabouts
17 years ago
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22 May
2002
Indian prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee stoked fears of war by moving five warships closer to Pakistani waters and telling troops stationed on the disputed Kashmiri border to…Indian prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee stoked fears of war by moving five warships closer to Pakistani waters and telling troops stationed on the disputed Kashmiri border to prepare for a "decisive battle" against militants allegedly backed by Pakistan
17 years ago
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22 May
2001
Delegates from 127 countries backed moves to ban or minimise the use of 12 toxic chemicals, known as the “dirty dozen”, blamed for causing fatal diseases and birth defects in…Delegates from 127 countries backed moves to ban or minimise the use of 12 toxic chemicals, known as the “dirty dozen”, blamed for causing fatal diseases and birth defects in humans and animals
18 years ago
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22 May
2000
International diplomatic efforts to resolve the bitter border conflict between Ethiopia and Eritrea were stepped up as the warring countries continued to pour resources into the…International diplomatic efforts to resolve the bitter border conflict between Ethiopia and Eritrea were stepped up as the warring countries continued to pour resources into the conflict despite severe famine and drought affecting 13 million people in the Horn of Africa
19 years ago
22 May
1999
A report from the World Health Organisation revealed that Aids claimed 2.3 million lives worldwide in 1998, more than any other infectious diseaseA report from the World Health Organisation revealed that Aids claimed 2.3 million lives worldwide in 1998, more than any other infectious disease
20 years ago
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