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ENTERTAINMENT NEWS: Almanac for Monday, May 21, 2012; historical highlights

DAILY ALMANAC

Today is Monday, May 21, the 142nd day of 2012. There are 224 days left in the year.

HISTORICAL HIGHLIGHTS

* On May 21, 1932, Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean as she landed in Northern Ireland, about 15 hours after leaving Newfoundland; Earhart’s achievement came on the fifth anniversary of Charles Lindbergh’s solo flight to France.

* In 1471, King Henry VI of England died in the Tower of London at age 49.

* In 1542, Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto died while searching for gold along the Mississippi River.

* In 1881, Clara Barton founded the American Red Cross.

* In 2002, The State Department named seven

nations as sponsors of terror, with Iran at the top of the list. The other countries were Cuba, Iraq, Libya, North Korea, Sudan and Syria.

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS

69 HILTON VALENTINE, rock musician with The Animals

64 LEO SAYER, singer of the disco song “You Make Me Feel Like Dancing”

55 JUDGE REINHOLD, actor from the Beverly Hills Cop movies

22 SCOTT LEAVENWORTH, actor from the TV show, 7th Heaven

WORLD CUP SOCCER: United States vs. Algeria on Wednesday at 10:00 am

compiled from staff and US SOCCER news

United States Flag (file)

The United States soccer team has a date with Algeria on June 23 with a chance to move on in the World Cup competition.

The Match will be held at Loftus Versfeld Stadium which is located in Pretoria, South Africa. It holds 50,000 fans, was built in 1906, was renovated in 2008 and is one of the country’s oldest stadiums.

The United States has played well so far, but can’t afford a letdown or they’ll be coming home again from another World Cup looking foolish.

It seems like in the competition this year the U.S. has had the propensity to fall behind early. But they have been able to comeback to claim a tie in both their games against England and Slovenia.

Robbie Findley’s second yellow card in two games means that he’ll be out for the Algeria game. Head coach Bob Bradley will have to choose between Herculez Gomez or Edson Buddle.

Algeria Flag (file)

Group C consists of the U.S., England, Slovenia and Algeria. With Group C being one of the tighest and most keenly fought of the World Cup, a win guarantees the Americans a spot in the last 16, a tie could still get them in.

But it would depend on England falling to Slovenia.

If everybody looks on paper, England should beat Slovenia and the U.S. should beat Algeria. Rumor has it that the English team is in turmoil, with former captain John Terry having failed in an attempt to undermine and get rid of coach Fabio Capello.

Let’s take a look at ALGERIA.
The head coach is 63-year-old Rabah Saadane, an Algerian who is in his fifth stint leading the national team.

Their strength is a core of young midfielders led by playmaking captain Yazid Mansouri. The backline includes Madjid Bougherra, Nadir Belhadj and Antar Yahia.

The weakness of the Desert Foxes is scoring. They tallied 17 goals in 12 games during qualifying games.

In World Cup competition, Algeria has never made it out of group play. In its 1982 debut, Algeria failed to advance despite opening wins against Chile and Spain and a loss to Austria.

They are in the World Cup for the first time in 24 years. It is the weakest entry in Group C. Algeria gained its berth in a 1-0 playoff win against rival Egypt. The game was played on neutral turf (Sudan) after the group final in Cairo was marred when Egyptian fans attacked Algeria’s team bus, injuring three players.

SOUTH AFRICAN FACTS

* There are 11 official languages spoken in the country.

* There are three Capitals: Cape Town for legislative; Pretoria for administrative and Bloemfontein for judicial.

* The size of South Africa is twice the size of Texas at 470,693 square miles.

* Population is 49 milllion people.

* There are nine provinces.

* Natural resources include: Gold, diamonds, platinum, copper, natural gas, uranium and coal.

* Their GDP is $488.6 billion which is 26th in the world.

* They have 4.187 million internet users which is 49th in the world.

* They have 10 major sports stadiums in the country with SOCCER CITY seating 94,700 in Johannesburg being the largest.

Manute Bol, shot-blocker, humanitarian dies at 47

compiled from staff, wire and NBA reports

Manute Bol, an very slender and wiry 7-foot-7 shot blocker from the Sudan who played 10 years in the NBA and dedicated his life to humanitarian work in his native Africa, died over the weekend at age 47 while being treated for severe kidney problems and a painful skin condition in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Bol played in the NBA  with Washington, Golden State, Philadelphia and Miami, averaging 2.6 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.3 blocks. He led the league in blocks in 1985-86 with Washington (5.0 per game) and in 1988-89 with Golden State (4.3 a game).

Manute Bol (nba)

After his NBA career, Bol worked closely as an advisory board member of Sudan Sunrise, which promotes reconciliation across Sudan.

Tom Pritchard, a friend of Bol’s and executive director  for the Sudan Sunrise group said the Bol was hospitalized in mid-May during a stopover in Washington after returning to the U.S. from Sudan. Bol had undergone three dialysis treatments in Sudan  and had developed Stevens-Johnson syndrome, a condition that caused him to lose patches of skin. Pritchard said the skin around Bol’s mouth was so sore that he went 11 days without eating and could barely talk. It is believed that Bol contracted the skin disease as a reaction to kidney medication he took in Africa.