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1994 May 19
The final episode of LA Law (b.1986) showed on TV after 8 year run.
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1994 May 19
President Clinton held a news conference in which he defended his foreign policy against suggestions he improvises it from crisis to crisis, saying, "I continue to look for new solutions."
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1994 May 19
The US FDA approved of the first genetically engineered tomato. Flavr Savr tomatoes supermarkets this year.
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1994 May 19
Former first lady Jacqueline Lee Bouvier Kennedy Onassis died of non-Hodgkins lymphoma cancer in New York City at age 64.
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1995 May 19
The Senate voted 99-0 to reject President Clinton's spending blueprint.
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1995 May 19
NASA's administrator unveiled plans to slash thousands of aerospace jobs and to overhaul virtually every part of the agency.
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1995 May 19
AMC Entertainment Inc. opened the 1st multi-theater film megaplex, the Grand 24, in Dallas, Texas.
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1995 May 19
The world's youngest doctor in the world came to be as India-born Balamurali Ambati at 17 graduated from Mount Sinai Medical School.
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1996 May 19
The Endeavour Shuttle rocketed into orbit with six astronauts. One task was to deploy an experimental antennae that would inflate and swell to the size of a tennis court.
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1996 May 19
In an astronomical near hit, a large asteroid approached Earth within 279,000 miles, a distance just greater than the moon, in a surprise to astronomers who discovered it in midweek.
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1996 May 19
French troops moved into Bangui of the Central African Republic to help quell an army uprising and protect French citizens.
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1997 May 19
A gas explosion in China’s Wuhai city killed at least 28 miners.
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1997 May 19
An indictment was filed against NBC sportscaster Marv Albert for biting a woman in an Arlington, Va., hotel on Feb 12 as many as 15 times and forcing her to perform oral sex. At trial, Albert ended up pleading guilty to assault and battery; he served no jail time.
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1997 May 19
The Univ. of Calif. at Berkeley created the first professorship dedicated to the study of how knowledge is created within businesses. Japanese scholar Ikujiro Nonaka was named as head of the post with a grant from Xerox and Fuji Xerox Co.
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1997 May 19
In China’s Inner Mongolia a gas explosion in Wuhai city killed at least 28 miners.
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1998 May 19
A Congo military court sentenced Masasu Nindanga and Joseph Olenghankoy, opponents of Pres. Kabila, to jail terms of 20 and 15 years with no right of appeal.
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1998 May 19
The PanAmSat Corp. Galaxy 4 communications satellite malfunctioned and disrupted pager services for some 40 million customers.
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1998 May 19
In Florida Hank Carr freed himself from handcuffs and killed 2 officers and a state trooper after he was picked up for questioning in the shooting death of his 4-year-old stepson. He later shot himself during a standoff with 170 police officers at a gas station.
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1998 May 19
In Fayetteville, Tenn., an honor student (18) killed a classmate, who was dating his ex-girlfriend. Jacob Davis was convicted in 1999 for the murder of Nicholas Creson (18) and sentenced to life in prison.
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1998 May 19
In Afghanistan Taliban officials withdrew from the peace plan citing the refusal of the opposition to cooperate.
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1998 May 19
In Colombia Pres. Samper disbanded the 20th Intelligence Brigade under US pressure because of evidence that the unit was responsible for a series of murders of civilian politicians and human rights activists.
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1998 May 19
In Indonesia a threatened anti-Suharto demonstration was called off to avoid bloodshed after the army mounted a big show of force in the capital.
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1998 May 20
Bandits stole three of Rome's most important paintings, two by van Gogh and one by Cezanne, from the National Gallery of Modern Art.
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1998 May 19
In Russia strikes by coal miners, scientists and other workers spread across the country in a demand for unpaid wages.
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1998 May 19
In Serbia Pres. Milosevic named Momir Bulatovic as federal prime minister. Montenegro’s parliament said it did not recognize the ouster of Radoje Kontic and that it would no recognize any laws of the federal government.
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1999 May 19
A bull market began in China after the people’s Daily exhorted the masses to buy stocks.
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1999 May 19
In Congo the rebel Congolese Democratic Coalition named Emile Ilunga as their new leader.
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1999 May 19
The much-anticipated movie prequel "Star Wars: Episode One -- The Phantom Menace" opened. The film brought in a record $28,543,549.
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1999 May 19
The US Justice Dept. moved to revoke the citizenship of John Demjanjuk (79), a retired Cleveland autoworker, and said it had new evidence that he was a death camp guard, known as "Ivan the Terrible," at Treblinka during WW II.
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1999 May 19
Ali A. Mohamed, a former US Army sergeant, was indicted for conspiring with Osama bin Laden to kill Americans abroad.
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1999 May 19
Researchers reported that pollen from corn infused with genes from the Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) is toxic to monarch butterfly larvae when sprinkled on milkweed, a natural food source for the caterpillars. The genetically manipulated corn comprised about 20% of the US crop.
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1999 May 19
In France employees of the Culture Ministry went on strike and shut down the government-owned museums and historic chateaus.
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1999 May 19
As NATO's Operation Allied Force entered its ninth week, Russia's special envoy to the Balkans called on both NATO and Yugoslavia to suspend hostilities.
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1999 May 19
In Russia Sergei Stepashin was approved as the new prime minister by the Duma 301 to 55.
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1999 May 19
As many as 1000 Yugoslav Army soldiers were reported to have returned home from Kosovo after hearing of the suppression of anti-war demonstrations in Cacak, Krusevac and Alexandrovac.
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1999 May 19
Ukrainian authorities on 19 May 1999 arrested four Russian citizens who were attempting to smuggle 20kg of “enriched uranium ore” to Western Europe.
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2000 May 19
China and the EU agreed to open markets.
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2000 May 19
NYC Mayor Giuliani dropped out of the race for a US senate seat due to prostate cancer. He was also beleaguered by a personal scandal.
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2000 May 19
Scientists led by Robert Gallo announced plans for an oral AIDS vaccine to be tested in Uganda for less than $1 per dose. Trials might begin within 18 months.
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2000 May 19
The shuttle Atlantis lifted off with 7 astronauts on a mission to fix the Int’l. Space Station.
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2000 May 19
China and the European Union reached a market-opening trade deal, clearing Beijing’s largest remaining hurdle to joining the World Trade Organization (WTO).
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2000 May 19
Masked gunmen launched a coup in Fiji that toppled Prime Minister Mahendra Chaudhry, the country’s first ethnic Indian premier.
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2000 May 19
In France an 11-day strike by armored truck guards left the country short of cash.
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2000 May 19
Nine countries banded together to petition entry into NATO in 2002. They included Albania, Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia.
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2000 May 19
In Paraguay Pres. Luis Gonzalez Macchi announced that an attempted coup by soldiers and police was stopped.
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2001 May 19
It was reported that China’s "Strike Hard" anti-crime campaign had resulted in at least 801 executions in the last 3 weeks of April.
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2001 May 19
In Croatia nationalists in local elections won 14 of 21 counties.
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2001 May 19
In Yemen an explosion in the weapons market of al-Suwaida killed at least 14 people and injured 15.
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2001 May 19
"Point Given" won the Preakness as Derby winner "Monarchos" finished out of the money.
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2001 May 19
The Arab League called on Arab governments to sever political contacts with Israel until the Jewish state ended military action against Palestinians.
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2001 May 19
In Somalia luggage in a bus exploded near Halgan and 26 passengers were killed. Gunpowder in a suitcase was placed near the engine.
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2002 May 19
Sgt. Gene Arden Vance (38), an American special forces soldier, was killed in Afghanistan, when his unit came into contact with enemy forces. Operation Mountain Lion began in an attempt to seal off the border.
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2002 May 19
Boston Cardinal Bernard Law said in a letter distributed to parishes that he did not become aware until 1993 of sexual abuse allegations against the Rev. Paul Shanley.
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2002 May 19
A team of 50 US Green Berets landed in Tbilisi for a 2-year training program for Georgia's army.
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2002 May 19
Walter Lord (84), author of "A Night To Remember," a minute-by-minute retelling of the "Titanic" tragedy, died in New York.
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2002 May 19
Weekend fighting in Kashmir between India and Pakistan left at least 15 people killed.
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2002 May 19
In Israel a suicide bomber killed himself, 3 Israelis and wounded over 50 in a market in Netanya.
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2002 May 19
Sanabel Al-Fararja (15) and Kayan Al-Saify (16), West Bank teenagers, ended an 8-week trip in the US where they crossed the country and spoke on behalf of peace in Palestine.
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2002 May 19
The Sierra Leone National Election Committee declared Pres. Kabbah the winner in the May 14 elections with 70.6% of the votes.
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2002 May 19
Vietnam claimed almost 100% turnout in the mandatory single party national elections. All 759 candidates were approved by the Fatherland Front.
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