May 27, 1999 – The Indictment Of Milosevic – The Launching Of Discovery – “I Could Hear A Loud Pop”.
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May 27, 1999 – The world court handed down indictments against Yugoslav President Slobadan Milosevic and several others for their role in the civil war, raging in the Balkan region. The indictment, which was confirmed by a trial chamber judge on May 24 and transmitted to the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia on May 27, charged Slobodan Milosevic (President of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia), Milan Milutinovic (President of Serbia), Dragoljub Ojdanic (Chief of Staff of the Yugoslav army), Nikola Sainovic (Deputy Prime Minister), and Vlajko Stojiljkovic (Minister of Internal Affairs) with responsibility for deporting 740,000 Kosovo Albanians and for the murder of 340 others. The indictment was broken down into four counts: Count 1: Deportation (a crime against humanity), Count 2: Murder (a crime against humanity), Count 3: Murder (a violation of the customs of war), and Count 4: Persecution (a crime against humanity). Arrests were expected to be carried out shortly.
Meanwhile, Shuttle Discovery was launched and on its way to becoming the first Space Shuttle to dock with the International Space Station, which was already in orbit. It was the first launching of a Shuttle Mission for 1999. The
Shuttle was expected to reach the Space Station and spend some five days, performing repairs and moving some 5,000 pounds of food and equipment. The astronauts were expected to do a spacewalk in order to install two cranes and other outboard equipment to be used on future missions.
And Tampa Bay Devil Rays pitcher Tony Saunders fractured his humerus bone on a 3-2 pitch to Juan Gonzalez of The Texas Rangers; the sound of it breaking was heard throughout Tropicana Field. He subsequently collapsed on the mound, screaming in pain and smacking his right arm on the ground. Within moments, team trainer Jamie Reed and teammates John Flaherty and Kevin Stocker rushed to his side. Saunders had to be carted off the field, as the pain was too much for him to walk. In addition to the fracture, he also sustained torn ligaments, causing him to miss the remainder of the 1999 season.
And that’s just a litte of what happened, this May 27, 1999 as presented by The CBS World News Roundup.