It happened one 28 May

1940 : Surrender of Belgium

On 28 May 1940, the Belgian army which was not able to contain the German invasion, the king of the Belgians Leopold III accepted the unconditional surrender of his country. The king refused to flee the country and stayed in custody in his palace until the end of the war.

1961 : The Forgotten Prisoners

On May 28 1961, the lawyer Peter Benenson published a n Appeal for Amnesty called "The Forgotten Prisoners" in a London newspaper demanding the release of political prisoners who expressed their views peacefully around the world. The article was reprinted in many newspapers around the world and many people gave their support to this campaign.
Delegates from several countries decided to create a movement to defend the freedom of expression which became the organization Amnesty International.

1965 : Explosion in a mine in India

On 28 May 1965, an explosion due to methane killed 375 people and injured hundreds other people in a mine near Dharbad in India. The explosion was so violent that victims were not only counted among the miners inside the mine but also among people who were standing outside the mine entrance.

1977 : Fire in a night club in Kentucky

On May 28, 1977, a fire broke out at the Beverly Hills Supper Club in Southgate, Kentucky. 165 people were killed and hundreds injured because of very poor safety equipments.

1987 : A German plane landed on Red Square

On May 28, 1987, a young German, Mathias Rust landed his plane in the Red Square without having been intercepted during its journey from Helsinki to Moscow.

Latest news : 28 May

Republic Day in Armenia and in Azerbaijan
On 28 May, we celebrate the independence in Armenia and in Azerbaijan gained on May 28, 1918 after the peace agreement between the Ottoman Empire and the Soviet Union and the creation of the Federal Democratic Republic of Transcaucasia between Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia (which lasted three months).
The independence of Azerbaijan lasted only until 1920 when it was incorporated into the Soviet Union.
Derg Downfall Day in Ethiopia
May 28 is National Day of Ethiopia, which commemorates the fall of the Derg in 1991. The Derg was the military junta that ruled the country with an iron fist from 1974 to 1991: arrests and executions of opposition figures, civil war, famine (which caused 1 million deaths).

Quote of the day : 28 May

Peter Benenson
Open your newspaper - any day of the week - and you will find a report from somewhere in the world of someone being imprisoned, tortured or executed because his opinions or religion are unacceptable to his government.

Birthdays : 28 May

William Pitt the Younger, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (1759)
Thomas Moore, Irish poet (1779)
Friedrich Baumfelder, German composer and conductor (1836)
Carl Larsson, Swedish painter (1853)
Milutin Milanković, Serbian geophysicist (1879)
Louis-Ferdinand Céline, French writer (1894)
Ian Fleming, English writer and naval intelligence officer (1908)
Patrick White, Australian writer, Nobel Prize in Literature (1912)
W. G. G. Duncan Smith, British Royal Air Force Second World War Flying ace (1914)
Gaston Lenôtre, French pastry cook (1920)
Heinz G. Konsalik, German writer (1921)
Carroll Baker, American actress (1931)
Rudy Giuliani, Mayor of New York City (1994-2001) (1944)
Jean-Pierre Léaud, French actor (1944)
Sondra Locke, American actress (1947)
Youri Egorov, Russian pianist (1954)
Kylie Minogue, Australian actress and singer (1968)
Justin Kirk, American actor (1969)
Isabelle Carré, French actress (1971)
Ekaterina Gordeeva, Russian figure skater (1971)
Michael Boogerd, Dutch cyclist (1972)
Chiara Mastroianni, French actress (1972)
Doriva, Brazilian footballer (1972)
Romain Duris, French actor (1974)
Jesse Bradford, American actor (1979)
Toby Hemingway, English actor (1983)
Carey Mulligan, English actress (1985)
Colbie Caillat, American singer (1985)
Joseph Cross, American actor (1986)

They left us one 28 May

Sakuramachi, Emperor of Japan (1750)
Luigi Boccherini, Italian composer (1805)
Anne Brontë, English writer (1849)
Audie Murphy, American actor and soldier (1971)
Jean Vilar, French actor (1971)
Ilya Prigogine, Belgian chemist, Nobel Prize Laureate (2003)
Oleg Makarov, Russian cosmonaut (2003)
Etienne Roda-Gil, Songwriter (2004)
Marcel Béliveau, Canadian TV host (2009)
Gary Coleman, American actor (2010)

Tip of the Day : 28 May

Trying to make a voice more masculine

There are various reasons for a woman to want to take a male voice on the phone.
To achieve this, we must lower the tone of our voice, but we should not adopt a tone too low compared to our normal voice.
We must speak from the bottom of the rib cage, from the diaphragm. This gives a depth to our voice.
A female voice tends to rise more in the high at the end of a sentence: we must be careful to keep a neutral tone throughout the sentence.
We must also speak with short and definitive sentences in a monotonous fashion.
You can also add a slightly nasal quality in our voice to lower it again.

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