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Starbucks closes all US stores for racial-bias training

Starbucks released an issue about plans to shut stores and corporate offices on May 29 for racial-bias education for approximately 175,000 U.S. employees

Nigeria bans same-sex marriage

The Federal Executive Council approved a law, Same-Sex Marriage Act 2006, prohibiting same-sex marriages and sent it to the National assembly for urgent action. According to the Minister of Justice, Chief Bayo Ojo, the law was pushed by President Olusegun Obasanjo following the international conference on HIV/AIDS (ICASA) in 2005.

Merkel's Germany approves nuclear power phase-out

There were many anti-nuclear protests and in 2011, Merkel's government announced that it would close all of its nuclear power plants by the end of 2022. Following the Fukushima nuclear disaster, Germany has permanently shut down eight of its 17 reactors.

Boris Yeltsin is elected president of Russia

Yeltsin was elected to the Congress of People's Deputies of Russia representing Sverdlovsk with 72% of the vote. In May 1990, he was elected chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic (RSFSR), in spite of the fact that Gorbachev personally pleaded with the Russian deputies not to select Yeltsin.

Spain joins NATO

In May 1982, NATO gained a new member when the newly democratic Spain joined the alliance; Spain's membership was confirmed by referendum in 1986. The referendum resulted in 56.9% of voters voting in favor of remaining within NATO on a turnout of 59.4%.

The first flight of Messerschmitt fighter aeroplane

V1 made its maiden flight in 1935 at the airfield located in the southernmost Augsburg neighborhood of Haunstetten, piloted by Hans-Dietrich "Bubi" Knoetzsch. After four months of flight testing, the aircraft was delivered in September to the Luftwaffe's central test centre at the Erprobungsstelle Rechlin to take part in the design competition.

The Bonus Army begins to assemble in Washington, D.C.

Bonus Army was an assemblage of some 43,000 marchers, 17,000 U.S. World War I veterans, their families, and affiliated groups, who gathered in Washington, D.C. to demand cash-payment redemption of their service certificates. Many of the veterans had been out of work since the Great Depression.

The 35th US President J. F. Kennedy is born

Kennedy was born in Brookline, Massachusetts. Kennedy served at the height of the Cold War, and much of his presidency focused on managing relations with the Soviet Union. A member of the Democratic Party, Kennedy represented the state of Massachusetts in the United States House of Representatives and the United States Senate prior to becoming president.

Anniversaries of the (in)famous

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