by Diana Filer

  1. An oblast is an administrative division in many of the countries of the former Soviet Union, such as Belarus, Russia, Bulgaria and Ukraine.
  2. May 22nd next is to be the first annual National Solitaire Day, so proclaimed by Microsoft.
  3. The recently elected president of Zimbabwe is Emmerson Mnangagwa, succeeding Robert Mugabe.
  4. Krishna Pandit Bhanji is the birth name of Sir Ben Kingsley, the British actor.
  5. The first woman bishop in the Anglican Church of Canada was Victoria Matthews, ordained in the diocese of Toronto in February. 1994.