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Mar 5, Lithuanians overcame Livonian forces at Aizkraukle.
1291 Mar 5, Sa'ad al'Da'ulah,
Jewish grand vizier of Persia, was assassinated.
1324 Mar 5, David II Bruce,
king of Scotland (1331-71), was born.
1326 Mar 5, Louis I (the
Great), King of Hungary (1342-1382) and Poland (1370-1382), was
(HN, 3/5/98)(MC, 3/5/02)
1496 Mar 5, English king Henry
VII hired John Cabot (Giovanni Caboto) to explore.
1512 Mar 5, Gerardus Mercator
(d.1594), Flemish philosopher and cartographer, was born in
Rupelmonde, Flanders (later Belgium).
1558 Mar 5, Smoking tobacco was
introduced in Europe by Francisco Fernandes. [see 1556]
1574 Mar 5, William Oughtred,
mathematician and inventor of the slide rule, was born.
1616 Mar 5, The Catholic
Church’s Congregation of the Index banned Catholics from reading “On
the Revolution of the Heavenly Spheres” (1543) by Nicholas
Copernicus. The prohibition was officially lifted in 1835.
1623 Mar 5, The 1st American
temperance law was enacted in Virginia.
1624 Mar 5, Class-based
legislation was passed in the colony of Virginia, exempting the
upper class from punishment by whipping.
1637 Mar 5, John van der
Heyden, Dutch painter, inventor (fire extinguisher), was born.
1658 Mar 5, Antoine de la Mothe
Cadillac, French colonial governor of America, was born.
1668 Mar 5, Francesco
Gasparini, composer, was born.
1696 Mar 5, Giambattista
Giovanni Battista Tiepolo (d.1770), Venetian Rococo painter (Isaac's
Sacrifice), was born. He painted for the Dolfin family in the 1720s.
His work included: “The Annunciation” (c1765-1770), “Apelles
Painting a Portrait of Campaspe,” “Martyrdom of St. Agatha,”
“Sacrifice of Isaac,” “The Finding of Moses,” “Nobility and Virtue”
(1743), “Satyress with a Putto,” “Satyress With Two Putti and a
Tambourine,” and “Halberdier in a Landscape.” His contemporaries
included Francesco Fontebasso, Allesandro Longhi, and Louis-Joseph
(AAP, 1964)(WUD, 1994, p.1483)(WSJ, 10/14/96,
p.A14)(SFC, 3/25/97, p.E3)(MC, 3/5/02)
1732 Mar 5, Joseph-Francois
Salomon (82), composer, died.
1746 Mar 5, Jacobin troops left
1750 Mar 5, The 1st American
Shakespearean production, was an "altered" Richard III in NYC.
1766 Mar 5, Spanish official
Antonio de Ulloa (1716-1795) arrived in Louisiana to take possession
of the Louisiana Territory from the French. The French colonists
refused to recognize Spanish rule and de Ulloa was expelled by a
Creole uprising during the Louisiana Rebellion of 1768.
1770 March 5, British troops
taunted by a crowd of colonists fired on an unruly mob in Boston and
killed five citizens in what came to be known as the Boston
Massacre. The fracas between a few angry Boston men and one British
sentry ended with five men dead or dying in the icy street corner of
King Street and Shrimton’s Lane. Captain Thomas Preston did not
order the eight British soldiers under his command to fire into the
hostile crowd. The nervous soldiers claimed to be confused by shouts
of "Why do you not fire?" coming from all sides. Versions of the
event rapidly circulated through the colonies, bolstering public
support for the Patriot cause. The British Captain Preston and seven
soldiers were defended by John Adams. The captain and five of the
soldiers were acquitted, the other two soldiers were found guilty of
manslaughter and were branded on the hand with a hot iron. The first
colonist killed in the American Revolution was the former slave,
Crispus Attucks, shot by the British at the Boston Massacre. The
event was later illustrated by Boston engraver Paul Revere.
(HFA, '96, p.26)(A&IP, Miers, p.18)(SFC,
12/18/96, p.A25)(AP, 3/5/98)(HN, 3/5/98)(HNPD, 3/5/99)(WSJ, 4/12/08,
1776 Mar 5, A terrific storm
wrecked British hope of a counterattack on Dorchester Heights in
(WSJ, 5/20/05, p.W10)
1778 Mar 5, Thomas A. Arne
(67), English composer (Alfred, Rule Britannia), died.
1783 Mar 5, King Stanislaus
Augustus Poniatowski granted rights to Jews of Kovno.
1793 Mar 5, Austrian troops
crush the French and recapture Liege.
1807 Mar 5, 1st performance of
Ludwig von Beethoven's 4th Symphony in B.
1815 Mar 5, Friedrich (Franz)
Anton Mesmer (b.1734), German physician who pioneered the medical
field of hypnotic therapy, died in obscurity in Meersburg, Swabia
(now Germany). He was suspected of having seduced a pretty pianist
while attempting to cure her blindness through hypnosis.
(HN, 5/23/98)(WSJ, 5/30/00, p.A24)(MC, 3/5/02)
1820 Mar 5, Dutch city of
Leeuwarden forbade Jews to go to synagogues on Sundays.
1821 Mar 5, Monroe was the
first president to be inaugurated on March 5, only because the 4th
was a Sunday.
1821 May 5, Napoleon Bonaparte
died in exile on the island of St. Helena. They poisoned him by
putting arsenic in his food.
1824 Mar 5, Elisha Harris, U.S.
physician, founder of the American Public Health Association, was
1824 Mar 5, James Merritt Ives,
lithographer for Currier and Ives, was born.
1827 Mar 5, Pierre-Simon
Laplace (b.1749), French mathematician, astronomer, physicist, died.
He invented perturbation theory and wrote the 5-volume work
"Celestial Mechanics." In 1998 Charles Couiston Gillespie published
his biography "Pierre-Simon Laplace: A Life in Exact Science."
1827 Mar 5, Alessandro Volta
(b.1745), Italian physicist who made 1st battery (1800), died.
1828 Mar 5, Johann Gungl,
composer, was born.
1836 Mar 5, Samuel Colt
manufactured the 1st pistol, a 34-caliber "Texas" model.
1849 Mar 5, Zachary Taylor took
the oath of office at his presidential inauguration.
1853 Mar 5, Howard Pyle, writer
and illustrator (The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood), was born.
1853 Mar 5, Arthur W. Foote,
organist, composer (Suite for Strings in E), was born in Salem,
1856 Mar 5, Covent Garden Opera
House was destroyed in a fire.
1858 Mar 5, In San Francisco
advocates of civil rights rescued Archy Lee, a slave held by Charles
Stovall of Mississippi, from being taken from the city aboard the
ship Orizaba. The story was later told by Rudolph Lapp (1915-2007)
in “Archy Lee: A California Fugitive Slave Case” (1969).
(SFC, 1/11/14, p.C2)
1861 Mar 5, Pres. Lincoln
appointed William H. Seward as his Sec. of State. Seward served
until March 4, 1869.
1867 Mar 5, An abortive Fenian
uprising against English rule took place in Ireland.
1868 Mar 5, Arrigo Boito's
opera "Mefistofele," premiered in Milan.
1868 Mar 5, The Senate was
organized into a court of impeachment to decide charges against
President Andrew Johnson, who was later acquitted.
1868 Mar 5, A stapler was
patented in England by C.H. Gould.
1870 Mar 5, Frank Norris,
novelist (McTeague, The Octopus), was born.
1871 Mar 5, In Brazil Maria do
Carmo Jeronimo was born as a slave in the town of Carmo de Minas in
Minas Gerais state under the rule of Emperor Pedro II. Jeronimo died
in 2000, but the lack of a birth certificate prevented her being
recognized as the world’s oldest woman.
(SFC, 6/16/00, p.A34)
1872 Mar 5, George Westinghouse
Jr. patented triple air brake for trains.
1874 Mar 5, Blanche Kelso Bruce
(1841-1898), elected by the Mississippi Legislature, formally
entered the US Senate. Bruce was the first full-term African
American Senator (1874-1881). In 2006 Lawrence Otis Graham authored
“The Senator and the Socialite: The True Story of America’s First
1877 Mar 5, Rutherford B. Hayes
was inaugurated as 19th US president.
1887 Mar 5, Heitor Villa-Lobos,
composer, was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
(HN, 3/5/01)(MC, 3/5/02)
1888 Mar 5, Friedrich Schnack,
German journalist, writer (Rosewood), was born.
1893 Mar 5, Emmett J. Culligan,
founder of water treatment organization, was born.
1893 Mar 5, Hippolyte Taine
(64), French philosopher, historian, died.
1895 Mar 5, Henry Creswicke
Rawlinson (85), soldier and scholar, died in England. In 1835 he had
begun examining the ancient inscriptions on the rock of Behistun in
the Kurdish foothills of the Zagros mountain range and found that
they had been made to honor Darius the Great, Persian ruler in the
5th century BCE. He deciphered text from Old Akkadian cuneiform. In
2004 Lesley Adkins authored “Empires of the Plain: Henry Rawlinson
and the Lost Languages of Babylon.”
4/04, p.9)(WSJ, 12/21/04, p.D8)
1895 Mar 5, Nikolai Leskov
(b.1831), Russian writer, died. His major works included Lady
Macbeth of Mtsensk (1865), which was later made into an opera by
Shostakovich. In 2013 new translations of 17 of his stories were
published by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky.
1897 Mar 5, Mei-ling Soong
(d.2003, Madame Chiang Kai-shek, was born on Hainan Island, China.
As wife of Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek she was instrumental in
enlisting U.S. sympathy and relief for China in World war II.
1899 Mar 5, Patrick Hadley,
composer, was born.
1899 Mar 5, 1st performance of
Edward MacDowell's 2nd Concerto in D.
1905 Mar 5, Russians began to
retreat from Mukden in Manchuria.
1907 Mar 5, The 2nd Russian Duma, which
included 7 Lithuanians, began work. The Duma stayed in session until
1908 Mar 5, Rex Harrison, actor
(My Fair Lady), was born in Lancashire, England.
1912 Mar 5, The Italians became
the first to use dirigibles for military purposes, using them for
reconnaissance flights behind Turkish lines west of Tripoli.
1912 Mar 5, Spanish steamer
"Principe de Asturias" sank NE of Spain and 500 died.
1917 Mar 5, The 1st jazz
recording for Victor Records was released by RCA Victor in Camden,
NJ. Viktor issued “Dixie Jass Band One-Step” and “Livery Stable
Blues” by The Dixie Jass Band.
(SFC, 1/19/02, p.D5)(MC, 3/5/02)
1918 Mar 5, The Soviets moved
the capital of Russia from Petrograd to Moscow.
1922 Mar 5, Pier Paolo
Pasolini, director (Teorema, Pigsty), was born in Bologna, Italy.
1922 Mar 5, "Nosferatu"
premiered in Berlin.
1923 Mar 5, Laurence Tisch
(d.2003) was born in Brooklyn. In 1946 his parents entrusted him
with $125,000 to invest. He and his brother grew it to billions
through their Loews conglomerate.
(SSFC, 11/16/03, p.A29)
1923 Mar 5, Montana and Nevada
passed the US's first old age pension grants, giving $25 per month.
1924 Mar 5,
Computing-Tabulating-Recording Corp became IBM.
1927 Mar 5, Some 1,000 US
marines landed in China to "protect American property."
1928 Mar 5, Hitler's National
Socialists won the majority vote in Bavaria.
1930 Mar 5, Lorin Maazel,
conductor (NBC Symphony Orch 1941), was born in Neuilly, France.
1931 Mar 5, In Bolivia
President Daniel Salamanca Urey (1869-1935) became president.
1931 Mar 5, Gandhi and British
viceroy Lord Irwin signed a pact.
1933 Mar 5, Franklin D.
Roosevelt ordered a four-day bank holiday in order to stop large
amounts of money from being withdrawn from the banks.
1933 Mar 5, In German
parliamentary elections, the Nazi Party won 44 percent of the vote,
enabling it to join with Nationalists to gain a slender majority in
the Reichstag. It was the last free election in Germany until after
World War II.
(AP, 3/5/98)(HN, 3/5/02)
1934 Mar 5, Mother-in-law's day
was 1st celebrated in Amarillo, Tx.
1936 Mar 5, A prototype Type
300 Spitfire made it's 1st flight at the Eastleigh Aerodrome in
(ON, 3/07, p.2)
1938 Mar 5, Lynn Margulis,
biologist, was born.
1940 Mar 5, The British
surprised Mussolini by taking seven Italian coal ships.
1940 Mar 5, Stalin among others
signed an Order for the massacre at Katyn, Poland. Soviet agents
shot 21,768 Polish military officers, intellectuals and priests who
had been taken prisoner during the invasion. Between April and May
some 25,700 (15,000) Polish citizens were massacred by the Soviets
in the Katyn and Miednoje (Mednoye) forests on the outskirts of
Moscow and at Kharkov in western Russia (later Ukraine). Some 14,700
Polish officers were identified by their uniforms. Documents were
made public in 1992 by Boris Yeltsin, Russia's first post-Soviet
leader. They included a letter by Lavrenty Beria, head of the secret
police, recommending the execution of the Polish prisoners of war.
The letter bears the signatures of Soviet dictator Josef Stalin and
three other members of the Politburo. Excavations of the sites began
in 1994. 6,313 Polish officers were all shot in the back of the head
near Mednoye. 9,000 Russians were also massacred at the site. In
2008 Andrzej Wajda directed the film “Katyn.” In 2004 Russia's top
military prosecutor closed the investigation after concluding that
the massacre did not constitute genocide. In 2009 Russia's Supreme
Court rejected appeals to re-open the investigation. On April 7,
2010, Russian PM Vladimir Putin attended a memorial ceremony. Hours
later he said Stalin had ordered the atrocity as revenge for the
death of Red Army soldiers in Polish prisoner of war camps in 1920.
(AM, Jul/Aug ‘97 p.16)(SFEC, 9/3/00, p.A18)(AP,
3/6/05)(Econ, 6/21/08, p.65)(AP, 1/29/09)(SFC, 4/8/10, p.A2)(AP,
1941 Mar 5, Britain severed all
relation with Bulgaria and prepared for an air attack on Bulgaria.
1942 Mar 5, Josip Broz "Tito"
established the 3rd Proletariat Brigade in Bosnia.
1942 Mar 5, Japanese troop
marched into Batavia.
1943 Mar 5, RAF bombed Essen,
Germany. [see Mar 6]
1943 Mar 5, In desperation due
to war losses, fifteen and sixteen year olds are called up for
military service in the German army.
1943 Mar 5, The Gloster Meteor
first flew. Great Britain emerged from World War II with a decided
head start in jet technology, the only Allied power to have had a
jet fighter operational in squadron strength before the German
surrender on May 8, 1945. On July 21, 1944, the first two production
Meteors arrived at Culmhead and formed the nucleus of No. 616
Squadron, Royal Air Force (RAF). Appropriately, the Meteor’s first
duty was to defend Britain from attacks by German V-1 pulse
jet-powered guided bombs, of which they destroyed 13 by the end of
the war. Meteor IIIs of No. 616 Squadron were committed to
Continental Europe in the last months of the conflict, but they
never got the opportunity to meet the German Me-262A in battle.
1945 Mar 5, US 7th Army Corps
1945 Mar 5, Georgia denied
clemency and executed Lena Baker (b.1900), a black maid. She had
been sentenced to die following a one-day trial before an all-male
jury for the murder of E.B. Knight. He had held her against her will
in a grist mill and threatened to shoot her if she tried to leave.
In 2005 the Georgia Board of Pardons decided to pardon her. The
movie The Lena Baker Story (2008) is about her life.
1945 Mar 5, Allies bombed The
1946 March 5, Winston Churchill
appeared as Pres. Truman's guest at Westminster College in Fulton,
Mo. and delivered his ”Sinews Of Peace” speech later known as the
“Iron Curtain Speech:” "From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the
Adriatic, an iron Curtain has descended across the Continent. Behind
that line lie all the capitals of the ancient states of Central and
Eastern Europe. Warsaw, Berlin, Prague, Vienna, Budapest and Sofia,
all these famous cities and the populations around them lie in ...
the Soviet sphere."
(SFEC, 3/30/97, p.T5)(AP, 3/5/98)
1947 Mar 5, Communist leader
Maurice Thorez declared support for the French sovereignty over
1948 Mar 5, Leslie Marmon
Silko, writer (Ceremony), was born.
1950 Mar 5, Edgar Lee Masters
(b.1868), poet (Spoon River Anthology), novelist, died in
1952 Mar 5, Terence Rattigan's
"Deep Blue Sea," premiered in London.
1953 Mar 5, Russian Premier
Joseph Stalin died at age 73 after 29 years in power. After his
death the Chechens were allowed to return home. In 1973 Prof. Adam
B. Ulam of Harvard Univ. authored "Stalin: The Man and His Era." In
2003 Simon Sebag Montefiore authored "Stalin : The court of the Red
Tsar." In 2004 Robert Service authored “Stalin: A Biography.”
(AP, 3/5/98)(SFC, 4/1/00, p.A26)(Econ, 7/26/03,
p.78)(Econ, 1/8/05, p.74)
1953 Mar 5, Sergei Prokofiev
(61), Russian composer (Peter and the wolf), died in Moscow.
1954 Mar 5, "Girl in Pink
Tights" opened at Mark Hellinger in NYC for 115 performances.
1955 Mar 5, A truck driver from
Tupelo, Miss., made his first-ever TV appearance on this night.
Elvis Aron Presley was featured on "Louisiana Hayride". This
prompted promoters to send Elvis to New York City to audition for
Arthur Godfrey's immensely popular and career-making "Talent Scouts"
program. Talent coordinators and Godfrey are said to have passed on
Elvis appearing on the show. Not much later, he was tossed out of
the Grand Ole Opry as well, and told to "go back to driving a
truck." In a little over a year, however, the nation was caught up
in Presley-mania which continues even today.
1956 Mar 5, "King Kong" was 1st
1956 Mar 5, The U.S. Supreme
Court affirmed the ban on segregation in public schools in Brown vs.
Board of Education.
1957 Mar 5, Britain adopted a
plan to triple nuclear energy production by 1965.
1957 Mar 5, Eamon de Valera's
Fianna Fail-party won election in Ireland. DeValera (1882-1975) was
elected Taoiseach (prime minister) and served his 3rd term as PM.
1960 Mar 5, Elvis Presley ended
his 2-year hitch in US Army.
1962 Mar 5, The US Supreme
Court in Griggs v. Allegheny County ruled that airports must
compensate people living in the near vicinity for noise and
1962 Mar 5, California Lt. Gov.
Glenn Anderson said Alcatraz should be abandoned as a prison site
and the island turned into a “place of culture and recreation.”
(SSFC, 3/4/12, DBp.42)
1963 Mar 5, A private plane
crash near Camden, Tenn., claimed the lives of country music
performers Patsy Cline (30), "Cowboy" Copas and "Hawkshaw" Hawkins,
as well as pilot Randy Hughes, Cline's manager.
1966 Mar 5, 75 MPH air currents
caused a BOAC 707 to crash into Mount Fuji and 124 died.
1966 Mar 5, Anna Akhmatova,
Russian poet, died in Leningrad. She was born in 1889 as Anna
Gorenko near Odessa, Ukraine. In 2005 Elaine Feinstein authored
“Anna of All the Russias: A Life of Anna Akhmatova.
(www.poetryconnection.net/poets/Anna_Akhmatova)(SSFC, 4/2/06, p.M3)
1967 Mar 5, Mohammed H.
Mosaddeq (b.1882), former prime minister of Iran (1951-53), died in
Iran following a period of house arrest. He had been ousted in a
military coup organized by the CIA and British intelligence.
1969 Mar 5, “What the Butler
Saw,” the final play of Joe Orton (1933-1967), was first performed
in London. The sex farce was set in a mental hospital.
1969 Mar 5, Gustav Heinemann
was elected West German President.
1970 Mar 5, A nuclear
non-proliferation treaty went into effect after 43 nations ratified
it. France and China only signed on in 1992. By 2015 there were 191
(AP, 3/5/98)(Econ, 6/10/06, p.21)(Econ., 5/2/15,
1972 Mar 5, Greek composer
Mikis Theodorakis (b.1925) left the communist party.
1973 Mar 5, During spring
training in Florida, Yankee pitchers Fritz Peterson and Mike
Kekich announced they had swapped wives.
1973 Mar 5, Paul Kletzki
(b.1900), Polish violinist, composer, conductor, died.
1974 Mar 5, A revived "Candide"
opened at Broadway Theater in NYC for 740 performances. The book and
lyrics were revised from the 1956 version.
(SFC, 1/11/05, p.E1)
1974 Mar 5, Solomon I "Sol"
Hurok (b.1888), Ukraine-born US impresario, died.
1975 Mar 5, The Homebrew
Computer Club, founded by peace activist Fred Moore, held its first
meeting in Menlo Park, Ca. It was an outgrowth of the store-front
based People’s Computer Co. The meeting inspired Steve Wozniak (24)
to design and build the first Apple computer.
(SSFC, 4/23/05, p.B1)(Reuters, 9/27/06)
1976 Mar 5, The British pound
fell below the equivalent of $2 for the first time.
1976 Mar 5, Britain gave up on
the Ulster talks and decided to retain rule in Northern Ireland
1977 Mar 5, President Carter
took questions from 42 telephone callers in 26 states on a network
radio call-in program moderated by Walter Cronkite.
1979 Mar 5, Voyager I made its
closest approach to Jupiter (128,400 miles).
1980 Mar 5, The California
coast Channel Islands National Park was established. It included San
Miguel, Santa Rosa, Santa Cruz, Anacapa and Santa Barbara. Complete
protection was completed by 1997.
(SFEC, 1/18/98, Z1
1980 Mar 5, Jay Silverheels
(b.1912), son of a Mohawk Indian chief and actor who portrayed Tonto
on "The Lone Ranger", died in Woodland Hills, Ca., from a stroke.
1980 Mar 5, Winifred Wagner
(82), English-born head of the German Wagner family, died in
Uberlingen. In 2006 Brigitte Hamann authored “Winifred Wagner, A
Life at the Heart of Hitler’s Bayreuth.”
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Winifred_Wagner)(SFC, 12/13/06, p.F2)
1981 Mar 5, President Reagan
asked Congress to end federal legal aid to the poor.
1982 Mar 5, John Belushi
(33), comedian (Sat Night Live), was found dead of a drug overdose
at the Chateau Marmont on Sunset Strip, a rented bungalow in
(SFEC, 3/16/97, Z1 p.4)(AP,
1983 Mar 5, The Australian
Labor Party won the federal election. The new prime minister, former
trade unionist Bob Hawke, had vowed to stop the Franklin River dam
from being constructed, and the anti-dam vote increased Hawke's
1984 Mar 5, The US Supreme
Court ruled that cities have the right to display the Nativity scene
as part of their Christmas display.
1984 Mar 5, The US accused Iraq
of using poison gas against Iran. Iraq had used tabun against Iran.
This was the first use ever of a nerve agent in war.
1984 Mar 5, Tito Gobbi
(b.1923), Italian baritone (Scarpia in Tosca), died.
1986 Mar 5, In Lebanon Islamic
Jihad issued a statement saying it had "executed" Michel Seurat, a
French history researcher, who had been abducted May 22, 1985. His
remains were found in 2006.
(AP, 3/5/00)(AP, 3/7/06)
1988 Mar 5, Vice President
George Bush won the South Carolina Republican primary, with Kansas
Senator Bob Dole running a distant second, followed by Pat Robertson
and New York Congressman Jack Kemp.
1989 Mar 5, Machinists striking
Eastern Airlines withdrew an immediate threat to picket the nation's
railroads, after a federal judge issued an order temporarily
prohibiting rail workers from honoring the Eastern picket lines.
1990 Mar 5, To the cheers of
onlookers, workers in Bucharest, Romania, finally succeeded in
removing a 25-foot, seven-ton bronze statue of Vladimir Lenin from
1991 Mar 5, Iraq repealed its
annexation of Kuwait. The Iraqis turned over 35 prisoners of war,
including 15 Americans, to the Red Cross. An anti-Saddam Hussein
uprising was reported sweeping city after city in Iraq.
1992 Mar 5, Nebraska Sen. Bob
Kerrey dropped out of the race for the Democratic presidential
1992 Mar 5, The trial of four
Los Angeles police officers charged with beating motorist Rodney
King opened in Simi Valley, Calif.
1992 Mar 5, In Copenhagen the
Ministers for Foreign Affairs of Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany,
Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Russia and Sweden, in the
presence of the representative from the European Commission, opened
a 2-day meeting and decided to establish a Council of the Baltic Sea
States to serve as a forum for guidance and overall coordination
among the participating states. Iceland joined the CBSS in 1995
1993 Mar 5, The White House
sought new ways to inflict what a spokesman called "real pain and
real price" on Serb aggressors in Bosnia by tightening the U.N.
blockade on supplies and money to the region.
1994 Mar 5, White House Counsel
Bernard Nussbaum resigned in the wake of turmoil over the Clinton
administration's handling of questions related to Whitewater.
1994 Mar 5, A jury in
Pensacola, Fla., convicted anti-abortion activist Michael F. Griffin
of first-degree murder in the shooting death of Dr. David Gunn;
Griffin was sentenced to life in prison.
1995 Mar 5, An Australian yacht
broke in two and sank in heavy wind and fierce winds off the
Southern California coast, the first sinking in the history of
America's Cup racing; all 17 crew members were rescued.
1996 Mar 5, Senate Majority
Leader Bob Dole swept the “Junior Tuesday” primaries.
1996 Mar 5, Representative Enid
Greene Waldholtz (Republican, Utah), tangled in a financial mess
that she blamed on her estranged husband, announced she would not
seek a second term.
1996 Mar 5, The St. Paul AME
Church in Hatley, Miss., burned down. Arson was suspected and
investigations by the FBI and ATF were later begun.
(SFC, 6/11/96, p.A16)
1996 Mar 5, The Sri Lankan army
raised flags over Jaffna town marking the end of a 7 week campaign
to capture the Tamil rebel stronghold.
(SFC, 7/24/96, p.A9)
1997 Mar 5, Tommy Lasorda,
Nellie Fox and Willie Wells Sr. were elected to baseball's Hall of
1997 Mar 5, Brain researchers
announced that some instinctual behavior was successfully
transferred between chicken and quail embryos. The young birds did
not live past 14 days.
(SFC, 3/5/97, p.A4)
1997 Mar 5, The Ohio River rose
to its highest level in a generation, flooding the area near
1997 Mar 5, North Korea and
South Korea met for first time in 25 years to talk peace.
1998 Mar 5, Details of
President Clinton's deposition testimony in the Paula Jones sexual
harassment case against him were published in The Washington Post,
prompting an angry denunciation from the president for the news
1998 Mar 5, NASA officials
announced that the Lunar Prospector probe found the presence of
water on the moon at the north and south poles. As much as 100
million tons of water was estimated. They said that the water frozen
in the loose soil of the moon might support a lunar base and a human
(SFC, 3/6/98, p.A1)(WSJ, 3/6/98, p.A1)(AP,
1998 Mar 5, In a speech by
Premier Li Peng it was announced that China planned to eliminate 11
ministries and lay off as many as 4 million bureaucrats. The plan
was developed by economic chief Zhu Rongji, who was expected to
replace Li Peng.
(SFC, 3/6/98, p.A12)
1998 Mar 5, In Japan
prosecutors raided the Finance Ministry and later arrested 2
officials, Takashi Sakakibara and Toshio Miyano for accepting bribes
in exchange for approving new financial products.
(SFC, 3/26/98, p.B3)
1998 Mar 5, In Chiapas, Mexico,
46 prison inmates escaped after a labor group of taxi drivers
marched into the Ocosingo jail in a protest demanding the release of
some inmates and the withdrawal of government troops.
(SFC, 3/6/98, p.A13)
1998 Mar 5, Serbian police
mounted a counterinsurgency operation and killed 20 ethnic Albanians
in the Drenica region of Kosovo.
(SFC, 3/6/98, p.A13)
1998 Mar 5, In Colombo, Sri
Lanka, a bus bomb with at least 2 shrapnel-laden bombs killed at
least 32 people and injured over 300.
(SFC, 3/6/98, p.A12)
1999 Mar 5, Italian Prime
Minister Massimo D'Alema met at the White House with President
Clinton, a day after a military jury in North Carolina acquitted a
Marine pilot in the Italian cable car accident that killed 20
people; D'Alema demanded justice, while Clinton expressed profound
1999 Mar 5, A federal appeals
court in Virginia struck down the 1994 Violence Against Women Act
which let rape victims sue for civil-rights violations.
(WSJ, 3/8/99, p.A1)
1999 Mar 5, Actor Richard Kiley
died in Warwick, N.Y., at age 76.
1999 Mar 5, In Bosnia the town
of Brco was removed from ethnic Serb control and proclaimed a
neutral zone under int'l. supervision. Nikola Poplasen, president of
the Bosnian Serb Republic, was removed from office for not
cooperating with the int'l. community.
(SFC, 3/5/99, p.A12)(SFC, 3/6/99, p.A10)
1999 Mar 5, In China the annual
2-week plenary session was scheduled to amend the Constitution. The
preamble will mention the goal of developing a "socialist market
economy" and acknowledge the late Deng Xiaoping. Revisions were also
planned to protect private enterprise and recognize multiple forms
(SFEC, 1/31/99, p.A22)(WSJ, 2/1/99, p.A1)
1999 Mar 5, Denmark's
parliament voted 81-27 to legalize prostitution, effective Jul 1.
(SFC, 3/6/99, p.A14)
1999 Mar 5, Indonesia enacted
Law No. 5 Concerning the Prohibition of Monopolistic Practices and
Unhealthy/Unfair Business Competition (popularly know as the
Competition Law or the Law), after the IMF required Indonesia to
pass laws that ensure fair competition. The Commission to Monitor
Business Competition (KPPU) was charged with enforcing the Law.
(Econ, 4/9/11, p.76)(http://tinyurl.com/3b2rty9)
1999 Mar 5, From Sudan it was
reported that southern rebels had kidnapped 7 people working with
the Int'l. Committee of the Red Cross near the town of Bentiu, 500
miles south of Khartoum.
(SFC, 3/8/99, p.A16)
1999 Mar 5, In Cankiri, Turkey,
a car bomb attack killed 3 people and wounded provincial governor
Ayhan Cevik. The Maoist guerrillas of the Turkish Workers and
Peasants Liberation Army (TIKKO) claimed responsibility.
(SFC, 3/6/99, p.A14)
2000 Mar 5, A Blacksburg,
Virginia, subsidiary of PPL Therapeutics of Edinburgh, Scotland, the
company that cloned Dolly the sheep, produced the first cloned pigs.
(SFC, 3/15/00, p.A3)(AP, 3/5/01)
2000 Mar 5, In Virginia an
explosion at an auto parts factory killed 3 people in at New River
Castings in Radford.
(SFC, 3/7/00, p.A5)
2000 Mar 5, In Angola some 500
armed men killed 30 diamond prospectors in Chivungo. UNITA rebels
(SFC, 3/8/00, p.C4)
2000 Mar 5, NATO peacekeeping
troops arrested Dragoljub Prcac, a Bosnian Serb, for war crimes
committed at the Omarska prison camp in 1992, where he served as
(SFC, 3/6/00, p.A12)
2000 Mar 5, In Israel the
government voted to back Prime Minister Barak's plan to withdraw
troops from southern Lebanon by July.
(SFC, 3/6/00, p.A10)(AP, 3/5/01)
2000 Mar 5, In India supporters
of the Rashtriya Janata Dal party went on a rampage in Patna after
their party was dislodged from elections in Bihar led by the
National Democratic Alliance. 2 people died and thousands were
(SFC, 3/6/00, p.A12)
2000 Mar 5, In Mozambique some
600 US troops arrived to help deliver food and medical supplies
where flooding left an estimated 1 million people homeless.
(SFC, 3/6/00, p.A10)
2000 Mar 5, In Israel the
government voted to back Prime Minister Barak's plan to withdraw
troops from southern Lebanon by July.
(SFC, 3/6/00, p.A10)
2000 Mar 5, In Russia acting
Pres. Putin said that Russia would consider joining NATO if it were
treated as an equal partner.
(SFC, 3/6/00, p.A10)
2001 Mar 5, Vice President Dick
Cheney underwent an angioplasty for a partially blocked artery after
going to a hospital with chest pains.
2001 Mar 5, Charles Andrew
Williams (15), a freshman at Santana High School in Santee, Ca., a
San Diego suburb, shot and killed 2 students and wounded 13 others.
Williams was sentenced 50 years to life in prison on Aug 15, 2002.
(SFC, 3/6/01, p.A1)(SFC, 8/16/02, p.A3)
2001 Mar 5, China announced a
17.7% increase in defense spending.
(SFC, 3/6/01, p.A12)
2001 Mar 5, In Colombia
rightists vowed to prevent the formation of a 2nd leftist sanctuary
and fought rebels in a battle that left 24 dead.
(WSJ, 3/6/01, p.A1)
2001 Mar 5, France banned
exports of animals at risk for hoof-and-mouth disease.
(SFC, 3/6/01, p.A11)
2001 Mar 5, In Macedonia heavy
fighting against ethnic Albanian rebels continued for a 2nd day on
the border with Kosovo.
(SFC, 3/6/01, p.A12)
2001 Mar 5, Muslim pilgrims
began the stoning of the three pillars symbolizing the devil as part
of the annual hajj to Mecca. 35 people suffocated to death during
the stoning of the devil ritual.
(WSJ, 3/5/01, p.A1)(SFC, 3/6/01, p.A11)
2002 Mar 5, Pres. Bush approved
tariffs of 8-30% on several types of imported steel.
(SFC, 3/6/02, p.A4)
2002 Mar 5, Pres. Bush planned
to nominate Elias Zerhouni, vice dean of John Hopkins School of
Medicine, as director of the NIH.
(SFC, 3/6/02, p.A3)
2002 Mar 5, Pres. Bush met with
Egypt’s Pres. Mubarek, who called for greater US involvement in
seeking Middle East peace.
(SFC, 3/5/02, p.A11)(SFC, 3/6/02, p.A13)
2002 Mar 5, In California state
elections Bill Simon won the Republican race over Richard Riordan
(49-30) to face Gov. Davis in Nov. In Modesto Rep. Gary Condit lost
to Assemblyman Dennis Cardoza (56-37) for the Democratic nomination
to Congress. Voters rejected Prop 45, an easing of term limits.
(SFC, 3/6/02, p.A1)(SFC, 3/7/02, p.A13)
2002 Mar 5, It was reported
that a team of physicists claimed nuclear fusion utilizing a burst
of ultrasound on a bubble of gases in a phenomenon known as
sonoluminescence. Details were to appear the journal Science. In
2008 Purdue Univ. said physicist Rusi Taleyarkhan was guilty of
misconduct in his research.
(SFC, 3/5/02, p.A4)(SFC, 7/19/08, p.A4)
2002 Mar 5, Joyce and Pete
Cottrell of New Hampshire began to walk the trans-continental
American Discovery Trail. They left the Atlantic coast at Cape
Henlopen, Del., and arrived at the Pacific Ocean at Point Reyes,
Ca., Aug 19, 2003.
(SFC, 8/20/03, p.A2)
2002 Mar 5, In China Falun Gong
members cut into a cable network in Changchun and broadcast its
messages for some 50 minutes.
(SFC, 3/8/02, p.A12)(WSJ, 3/8/02, p.A1)
2002 Mar 5, In Tel Aviv a
gunmen killed 3 people at a restaurant in the early hours and
wounded 31 other before he was killed. A suicide bomber blew himself
up at the Afula bus station and 1 Israeli was killed. In Dura a
Palestinian police officer was killed and 4 wounded during a
gunfight with Israeli soldiers.
(SFC, 3/5/02, p.A1)
2002 Mar 5, In the Philippines
a 6.8 earthquake struck about 10 miles under the sea some 147 miles
southwest of General Santos and 4 people were killed.
(SFC, 3/6/02, p.A8)
2002 Mar 5, In Zimbabwe Pres.
Mugabe reinstated controversial election laws that had been struck
down by the Supreme Court.
(SFC, 3/6/02, p.A7)
2003 Mar 5, Thousands of US
students nationwide walked out of classes to protest a possible war.
2003 Mar 5, Comedian George
Miller (b.1950) died in Los Angeles.
2003 Mar 5, In Argentina the Supreme
declared unconstitutional a government decree that converted dollar
bank accounts to devalued pesos.
2003 Mar 5, In Armenia Pres. Robert
Kocharian won Armenia's presidential runoff. The opposition claimed
he was trying to fix the outcome. Kocharian had 67.5 percent and
challenger Stepan Demirchian had 32.5 percent,
2003 Mar 5, Sir Hardy Amies (93), Savile
Row designer and self-described snob, died.
(SFC, 3/6/03, p.A19)
2003 Mar 5, Cambodia sealed its border with
Thailand, due to sluggish progress "to normalize relations in border
areas" since January's anti-Thai riots.
2003 Mar 5, In northeastern Colombia a bomb
set off by suspected rebels ripped through a shopping center in
Cucuta, killing 7 people, injuring at least 20 and setting the
complex on fire.
2003 Mar 5, The foreign ministers of
France, Germany and Russia said they will block any attempt to get
UN approval for war against Iraq.
2003 Mar 5, In Israel a Palestinian suicide
bombing, the 1st in two months, tore apart a packed Israeli bus in
the port city of Haifa, killing 14 Israelis and an American
teenager, and wounding about 55.
(AP, 3/5/03)(AP, 3/5/08)
2003 Mar 5, A Kuwaiti policeman
was sentenced to 15 years in prison for the 2002 attack that wounded
two U.S. soldiers on a Kuwaiti desert highway.
2003 Mar 5, In Nigeria Marshall
Harry, a senior member of the main opposition party, was shot and
killed by gunmen who broke into his home in the capital.
2004 Mar 5, Pres. Bush welcomed
Mexican Pres. Fox to his Texas ranch for a 2-day visit.
(SFC, 3/06/04, p.A3)
2004 Mar 5, Martha Stewart was
convicted in New York of obstructing justice and lying to the
government about why she'd unloaded her Imclone stock just before
the price plummeted; her ex-stockbroker, Peter Bacanovic, also was
found guilty in the stock scandal. Each later received a five-month
2004 Mar 5, U.S. special
operations forces killed nine suspected Taliban rebels in a
firefight in eastern Afghanistan after the militants tried to sneak
by their position.
2004 Mar 5, Suspected Taliban
gunmen killed a Turkish engineer and an Afghan soldier after
stopping their car along a main road linking the capital with the
2004 Mar 5, China's Premier Wen
Jiabao addressed the 2,904-member legislature and turned attention
and resources to the hundreds of millions of citizens who work the
(AP, 3/5/04)(SFC, 3/06/04, p.A10)
2004 Mar 5, Carlos Julio
Arosemena (84), one-time president of Ecuador whose term ended in a
1963 military coup, died. Elected vice president in 1960, Arosemena
rose to the presidency following the ouster of President Velasco
Ibarra a year later in a military coup.
2004 Mar 5, In Haiti some 3
thousand supporters of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide marched on
the U.S. and French embassies, shouting their anger at his ouster. A
seven-member council met for the first time to help form a
2004 Mar 5, The signing of
Iraq's interim constitution was delayed indefinitely after five
Shiite members of the Governing Council rejected concessions made to
Kurds and the makeup of the presidency.
2004 Mar 5, A bomb exploded as
south Lebanon's police chief was driving across a bridge in the
eastern region, blowing off one foot and mangling another.
2004 Mar 5, Libya acknowledged
stockpiling 44,000 pounds of mustard gas and disclosed the location
of a production plant in a declaration submitted to the world's
chemical weapons watchdog.
2004 Mar 5, Mexican Air Force
pilots filmed 11 unidentified flying objects in the skies over
southern Campeche state. The video was publicly aired May10.
2004 Mar 5, In Nepal some
10,000 demonstrators marched through the streets of the capital, the
latest protest against the king for dismissing an elected government
and replacing it with one loyal to the monarchy.
2005 Mar 5, It was reported
that an experimental technique called deep-brain stimulation was
effective in turning off depression. In 2005 the US FDA approved an
implant for vagus nerve stimulation as therapy for depression that
fails to respond to other conventional treatments.
(Econ, 3/5/05, p.78)(Econ, 6/3/06, p.79)
2005 Mar 5, China's foreign
exchange chief said a sharp appreciation of China's yuan is unlikely
and the currency will be kept in a small range as the country
gradually implements a more flexible exchange rate.
2005 Mar 5, India’s Finance
Minister Palaniappan Chidambaram said the government would try to
ensure economic growth of over 7 percent and urged the Reserve Bank
of India (RBI) to maintain benign interest rates, now at
three-decade lows, to promote investment.
2005 Mar 5, India clinched a
deal to operate a Venezuelan oilfield and import the output as
Asia's third largest consumer and the world's No.5 oil exporter
vowed to strengthen ties.
2005 Mar 5, The governor of the
lawless Indian eastern state of Bihar recommended federal rule in
the province as no political grouping could muster the required
numbers to form a government in polls last month. This ended control
by the Yadav family.
(AP, 3/6/05)(Econ, 3/12/05, p.45)
2005 Mar 5, Iran said it will
never agree to a permanent halt on enriching uranium and warned that
a more unstable Middle East would result from a U.S.-backed effort
to haul Tehran before the UN Security Council for possible
2005 Mar 5, Pakistani troops
raided a hideout of suspected al-Qaida militants in a remote tribal
area near Afghanistan. A shootout left 2 foreigners dead. 11 people
2005 Mar 5, Syria’s Pres. Assad
outlined a two-step pullback: 1st to Lebanon's Bekaa Valley, nearer
to the Syrian border; 2nd, a redeployment from there all the way to
the Syrian frontier. He failed to address broad international
demands that he completely withdraw Syria's 15,000 troops after
nearly 30 years in Lebanon.
2006 Mar 5, The film Crash” won
best picture in the Academy Awards. Lead-acting Oscars went to
Philip Seymour Hoffman as author Truman Capote in "Capote" and Reese
Witherspoon as country singer June Carter in "Walk the Line," while
corporate thrillers earned supporting-performer Oscars for George
Clooney in "Syriana" and Rachel Weisz in "The Constant Gardener.
"Brokeback Mountain" filmmaker Ang Lee won the best-director award.
2006 Mar 5, AT&T Inc. said
it would buy BellSouth Corp. for $67 billion to acquire the rest of
Cingular Wireless it does not already own, and expand into the
southeastern US to gain heft to battle growing competition from
cable television and Internet companies.
2006 Mar 5, In Algeria a young
man injured three police officers and was then killed by a policeman
in Zeralda, a suburb of Algiers, triggering riots in which youths
attacked public buildings.
2006 Mar 5, Premier Wen Jiabao
opened the annual session of China's figurehead parliament with
promises to spread prosperity to the restive countryside and
predictions of fast but steady economic growth.
2006 Mar 5, Chinese Commerce
Minister Bo Xilai said on Sunday that anti-dumping duties by the
European Union and U.S. threats of more trade complaints contradict
the spirit of free trade and add to global protectionism.
2006 Mar 5, In eastern Congo UN
troops killed several militia fighters during heavy clashes after a
joint operation with the government army was aborted by a mutiny
among its soldiers.
2006 Mar 5, Jacques Bernard, a
top election official who fled Haiti under threat, returned to help
organize a legislative runoff needed to form a new government.
2006 Mar 5, Egyptian security
forces arrested three more members of the Muslim Brotherhood, taking
to 15 the number of Islamists from the banned opposition group
arrested in the last few days.
2006 Mar 5, French President
Jacques Chirac on a trip to Saudi Arabia preached greater tolerance
and respect after the publication of satirical cartoons of the
Prophet Mohammad a month ago whipped up protests around the world.
2006 Mar 5, Iran warned it will
start large-scale uranium enrichment if it is referred to the UN
Security Council because of international concerns over its nuclear
2006 Mar 5, In Iraq 8 people
were killed in bombings and clashes around the country. Two British
newspapers, the Sunday Telegraph and Sunday Mirror, quoting unnamed
senior British Army sources, said the coalition intended to reduce
its presence on the ground over the next 12 months, while
withdrawing forces into bases. The US military strongly denied news
reports that coalition forces have finalized plans to quit Iraq.
2006 Mar 5, A top political
ally said Israel’s acting PM Ehud Olmert plans to withdraw from more
West Bank settlements immediately after forming the next government
and to set Israel's final borders within four years if it wins
2006 Mar 5, In Japan thousands
of protesters gathered on the southern island of Okinawa to rally
against plans to relocate the Futenma US air base there, with
reports saying the protesters numbered as many as 35,000.
(AP, 3/5/06)(Econ, 5/1/10, p.46)
2006 Mar 5, State TV said Libya
had named a new prime minister, Baghdadi Mahmudi, as part of a major
cabinet reshuffle. Mahmudi replaced former premier Shukri Ghanem,
who had held the post since 2003. Ghanem would no longer be part of
the cabinet but would head the state-owned Libya National Oil.
2006 Mar 5, Malaysian PM
Abdullah Ahmad Badawi launched an information offensive to counter
public dismay after the government imposed the country's biggest
ever fuel price hikes.
2006 Mar 5, Nigerian militants
threatened to halve the country's oil output by cutting another one
million barrels a day this month in their campaign to gain more
autonomy for the southern delta region.
2006 Mar 5, Hundreds of people
lugging bags and bundles of clothes fled Miran Shah, a northwestern
Pakistan, town after a battle between pro-Taliban tribesmen and
security forces killed at least 51 people. The fighting came just
days after the army attacked a suspected al-Qaida camp in the
village of Saidgi near the Afghan border.
2006 Mar 5, Tens of thousands
of people massed in Pakistan and Turkey to protest cartoons of
Islam's Prophet, Muhammad, that have fired anger throughout the
2006 Mar 5, Milan Babic (50),
the Serb leader of a rebel republic in Croatia and one of the key
figures in the Balkan wars of the 1990s, committed suicide in prison
in the Netherlands.
2006 Mar 5, Tens of thousands
of Thais marched to Government House, demanding the resignation of
PM Thaksin Shinawatra in the fourth protest against him in as many
2006 Mar 5, In Yemen Hezam Ali
Hassan (17) and Khaled Saleh (18), convicted of trying to kill US
ambassador Edmund Hull in 2003, were sentenced to five years in
2006 Mar 5, Zimbabwe state
media reported that foreign hunters have bid a total of $1.5 million
to shoot leopards, lions, elephants and buffaloes in Zimbabwe this
2007 Mar 5, President Bush,
facing criticism he'd been ignoring Latin America, said the US would
spend tens of millions of dollars to improve education, housing and
health care across the region.
2007 Mar 5, In SF Richard
Aicardi (19) and Brian Dwyer (19) were charged with felony assault
and battery in the Jan 1 assault on members of Baker’s Dozen, a Yale
(SFC, 3/6/07, p.A1)
2007 Mar 5, In Hayward, Ca., 3
children, aged 3-4, were shot in a drive-by shooting. Two 4-year-old
sisters were left clinging to life. Datasha Wilson (4) died Mar 8.
(SFC, 3/6/07, p.D1)(SFC, 3/10/07, p.B1)
2007 Mar 5, In southern
Afghanistan NATO-led troops launched an offensive, dubbed Operation
Achilles, against Taliban militants Helmand province where hundreds
of militant fighters have massed in recent months. The UN drug
agency chief said a "cancer of insurgency" in southern Afghanistan
could drive the 2007 opium poppy harvest to record levels.
2007 Mar 5, African Union
commission chief Alpha Oumar Konare urged Guinea's President Lansana
Conte to step down as he voiced solidarity with recent protests
against the veteran leader.
2007 Mar 5, in Austria a
helicopter and a small plane collided in the air and crashed near a
ski slope, killing all eight people aboard the two aircraft.
2007 Mar 5, In Brazil Bishop
Ivo Lorscheiter (79), a prominent critic of the former military
regime, died in Santa Maria. Lorscheiter, a leading advocate of
liberation theology, had also squared off with the Vatican over his
2007 Mar 5, In Cambodia PM Hun
Sen publicly rebuked members in the upper ranks of his Cambodian
People’s Party for dodgy land deals as small farmers and
slum-dwellers fell victim to land-grabbing.
(Econ, 3/10/07, p.38)
2007 Mar 5, In Copenhagen,
Denmark, demolition crews started tearing down a graffiti-sprayed
brick building, prompting tears and cries of protest from youths
whose eviction from the makeshift cultural center led to three
nights of rioting. The Youth House served since 1982 as a popular
cultural center for anarchists, punk rockers and left-wing groups.
The squatters considered it free public housing, but courts ordered
them out after the city sold the building to a Christian
congregation. Ruth Evensen, leader of the small congregation that
bought the Youth House in 2001, said the four-story structure had to
be torn down because it was "a total wreck" and posed a fire hazard.
(AP, 3/5/07)(Econ, 3/10/07, p.48)
2007 Mar 5, Badri
Patarkatsishvili, one of the most famous Georgian oligarchs, left
Georgia. His departure was announced in London as the relocation of
his activities of "Georgia in the West," underscoring the desire to
leave the country definitively. The millionaire, who holds
first-rank influence in both finances and the media, co-holds one of
the most important Georgian media concerns, Imedi, which includes a
radio station and a television station.
2007 Mar 5, A suicide car
bomber shattered a relative lull in Baghdad's violence, killing at
least 38 people in a blast that touched off raging fires and a
blizzard of bloodstained paper from a popular book market. Gunmen
opened fire on Shiite pilgrims in several places around Baghdad,
killing at least seven people. Six US soldiers died when a bomb
exploded near their vehicles during a combat operation in Salahuddin
province. Another three US soldiers died in a roadside bomb attack
in Diyala province.
(AP, 3/5/07)(AP, 3/6/07)
2007 Mar 5, A Tokyo paper said
Japan, the United States and India will carry out a joint military
drill in the Pacific off Japan's coast amid concerns about China's
2007 Mar 5, Kosovo's former PM
Ramush Haradinaj went on trial in the Netherlands at the UN tribunal
on war crimes charges related to his time as a guerrilla leader in
the war against Serb forces between 1998-99. Haradinaj, a former
regional commander of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA), resigned as
prime minister in 2005 after being indicted for murder, rape and
torture allegedly committed by forces under his command.
2007 Mar 5, The bodies of two
Pakistani tribesmen, accused of being US informers, were found near
the Afghan border shot dead by suspected pro-Taliban militants.
2007 Mar 5, A daylong gunbattle
between rival Palestinian factions raged in the streets of Gaza City
as Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and PM Ismail Haniyeh again
failed to agree on the formation of a unity government.
2007 Mar 5, In Somalia gunmen
shot dead five people in two separate attacks in the lawless capital
of Mogadishu in an escalation of killings ahead of the planned
deployment of African Union peacekeepers.
2007 Mar 5, In Sudan gunmen
killed two African Union peacekeepers and critically wounded a third
in the western Darfur region.
2007 Mar 5, In central Turkey a
rock fall caused the roof of a hillside nightclub to collapse in the
Cappadocia area, killing three people.
2007 Mar 5, John Holmes, the
new UN humanitarian chief, said the UN plans to open an office in
Jordan to deal with the increasingly serious humanitarian problems
posed by 1.8 million Iraqis who have fled to neighboring countries
and a similar number who have fled their homes and are still inside
2008 Mar 5, The US Federal
Housing Authority (FHA) raised loan limits in California.
(WSJ, 3/6/08, p.A1)
2008 Mar 5, Hillary Rodham
Clinton, fresh off a campaign-saving comeback, hinted at the
possibility of sharing the Democratic presidential ticket with
Barack Obama, with her at the top. Obama played down his losses,
stressing that he still holds the lead in number of delegates.
2008 Mar 5, Hassan Abu-Jihaad
(b.1976 as Paul R. Hall), a former US sailor, was convicted by a
jury for disclosing in 2001 the location of Navy ships and their
weaknesses to someone suspected of financing terrorism. In 2009 he
was sentenced to 10 years in prison, the maximum penalty for his
2008 Mar 5, Oil surged to a new
record high closing at 104.52 on the NY Mercantile Exchange. The
previous inflation-adjusted high of $103.76 was reached in April
(WSJ, 3/6/08, p.A3)
2008 Mar 5, According to a
study released by Fidelity Investments a couple retiring this year
will need about $225,000 in savings to cover medical costs in
2008 Mar 5, Dirk
Kemphorne, US Interior Sec., released a flood of water from
the Glen Canyon Dam to help restore the Colorado River ecosystem.
The canyon had been flooded 2 times earlier in 1996 and 2004.
(SFC, 3/6/08, p.A12)
2008 Mar 5, In North Carolina
Eve Carson (22), Univ. of North Carolina student body president, was
found dead on a street not far from the Chapel Hill campus. She had
been shot several times, including once in the right temple. On
March 12 Lawrence Alvin Lovette Jr. (17) and Demario James
Atwater (21) were charged with first-degree murder in the death of
Carson. A day later Lovette was also charged with first-degree
murder in the death of Abhijit Mahato, a doctoral student in
computational mechanics, who was found shot to death inside his
apartment a few blocks south of Duke's campus in January. In 2010
Atwater pleaded guilty to several federal crimes and agreed to a
(AP, 3/8/08)(AP, 3/13/08)(SFC, 4/20/10, p.A6)
2008 Mar 5, Joseph Weizenbaum
(b.1923), a computer programmer who helped advance artificial
intelligence only to become a critic of the technology later in his
life, died. He was a professor at MIT when in 1966 he introduced
ELIZA, named for Eliza Doolittle, the heroine of "My Fair Lady." The
program allowed a person to "converse" with a computer, using what
the person said to create the computer's reply.
(AP, 3/13/08)(WSJ, 3/15/08, p.A6)
2008 Mar 5, Australia cancelled
a one billion dollar (930 million US) contract for US-made Seasprite
helicopters following a review of the troubled project.
2008 Mar 5, In Central African
Republic rebels killed five government soldiers and lost one of
their own men in 2 days of clashes near the country's northwestern
border with Chad.
2008 Mar 5, In northwest China
a hijacker in Xi’an armed with explosives took a group of Australian
tourists and a translator hostage before police shot and killed him.
A fire at a coal mine in northeastern China killed 17 people.
(AP, 3/5/08)(AFP, 3/5/08)
2008 Mar 5, In China at least
13 miners were missing at the Taiyuan Coal Mine in Hegang city. 43
men were trapped when the mine caught fire, but 30 were rescued. The
mine owners in northeastern Heilongjiang province initially
concealed the number of missing workers.
2008 Mar 5, The
Washington-based OAS declared Colombia’s attack on rebels in Ecuador
a violation of Ecuador's sovereignty and called for OAS
Secretary-General Jose Miguel Insulza to lead a delegation to both
countries to ease tensions. But the resolution stopped short of
explicitly condemning the assault. Pres. Chavez said Venezuela will
search for other countries like Ecuador, Brazil and Argentina to
replace products imported from Colombia.
2008 Mar 5, In Egypt police
arrested 86 Brotherhood members in several provinces. All faced
charges of belonging to an illegal group and possessing
Brotherhood-related promotional leaflets.
2008 Mar 5, The EU urged Serbia
to make clear it saw its future with Europe and laid out incentives
on visas, education and transport to try to boost the bloc's image
in the Balkans.
2008 Mar 5, In Germany scores
of flights were canceled as hundreds of airport workers walked off
the job at several airports, part of a wider labor action to win
higher pay for public service workers.
2008 Mar 5, Iraq's cabinet gave
the green light to the Oil Ministry to sign agreements with
international oil companies to help increase the nation's crude
output. An Iraqi official said Turkish warplanes attacked Kurdish
separatist rebels in northern Iraq less than a week after the end of
a large-scale ground operation. The US military freed two former
Health Ministry officials after an Iraqi court dropped charges of
kidnapping, murder, and corruption stemming from Shiite militia
2008 Mar 5, In western Japan 3
vessels collided in a strait, killing one Filipino crew member and
leaving three others missing when their cargo ship sank. The body of
Gold Leader's captain, Tomas Nirid Demandaco Jr. (51), was found the
next day. A suspected right-wing activist committed suicide by
shooting himself in the head in front of Japan's parliament in
apparent protest against Japan's warming ties with China.
(AP, 3/5/08)(AP, 3/6/08)
2008 Mar 5, In Myanmar
pro-democracy party of detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi's
said they had failed in a bid to sue the military government for not
recognizing their 1990 election victory.
2008 Mar 5, An aid group said
North Korea executed 15 people trying to flee of helping others
(WSJ, 3/6/08, p.A1)
2008 Mar 5, In Pakistan a court
quashed corruption cases against Asif Ali Zardari, the husband of
slain former PM Benazir Bhutto. In the North West Frontier (NWFP)
the Awami National Party (ANP) signed a provincial power sharing
agreement with the Pakistan People’s Party.
(AP, 3/5/08)(Econ, 3/22/08, p.46)
2008 Mar 5, Visiting Secretary
of State Condoleezza Rice persuaded Palestinians to return to peace
talks. President Mahmoud Abbas said he will resume peace talks with
Israel, backing off a threat to boycott negotiations until Israel
reaches a truce with Hamas militants in Gaza.
2008 Mar 5, Philippine
officials said soaring oil prices and the rising cost of living have
driven nearly four million people in the Philippines back into
2008 Mar 5, In Puerto Rico
public school teachers voted to suspend a 10-day strike that
shuttered classrooms and sparked clashes between protesters and
2008 Mar 5, Sweden’s Karolinska
Institute said researchers have discovered a protein that stimulates
the formation of fat cells, a finding that could potentially be used
to treat obesity.
2008 Mar 5, Russia's state gas
monopoly announced that it was ending a reduction in natural gas
supplies to Ukraine after the two countries' presidents and gas
company chiefs reached an agreement aimed at ending a debt and
2008 Mar 5, In Somalia a
firefight between Islamic insurgents and Somali police at a
checkpoint outside the capital has left five people dead.
2008 Mar 5, South Ossetia
appealed for international recognition as an independent nation,
further adding to simmering tensions in Georgia and throughout the
strategic South Caucasus region.
2008 Mar 5, Turkmenistan's
state media reported that President Berdymukhamedov had approved a
plan to reward women who give birth to eight or more children, a
one-time bonus and lifetime perks.
2008 Mar 5, A NATO official
said that Uzbekistan has allowed some members of the alliance,
including the US, to use an air base on its territory in a signal of
thawing relations with the West.
2009 Mar 5, A US federal grand
jury in LA charged Bruce E. Karatz (63) former chairman and chief
executive of KB Home, with multiple counts of fraud and other crimes
related to a stock option backdating scheme that authorities say
bilked shareholders out of millions of dollars.
2009 Mar 5, In Bozeman,
Montana, a natural gas explosion collapsed 3 downtown buildings and
prompted the evacuation of a 2-block area. One person was left
(SFC, 3/6/09, p.A6)
2009 Mar 5, In Ohio 5 people
were found killed in one of Cleveland’s most horrific
shootings in years. Davon Crawford (33), a newlywed, was suspected
of killing his wife, his sister-in-law and three young children.
Crawford shot himself in the head the next day as police confronted
in a home where he was hiding.
(AP, 3/6/09)(SFC, 3/7/09, p.A6)
2009 Mar 5, Australia and South
Korea agreed during a summit between PM Kevin Rudd and President Lee
Myung-bak to deepen security ties and launch formal talks on a free
2009 Mar 5, China fleshed out
an ambitious expansion in government spending designed to prevent
the sinking global economy from further dragging down the country's
recently buoyant growth and sparking unrest among laid-off workers
and poorer Chinese.
2009 Mar 5, The Bank of England
cut interest rates by 50 basis points to a record low of 0.5%, and
said it would pump 75 billion pounds of new money into buying assets
in its battle with recession.
2009 Mar 5, A Colombian warlord
who has cooperated closely with prosecutors was extradited to the
United States despite human rights groups' objections that sending
him away could leave hundreds of murders unsolved. Heberth Veloza
(41), alias "HH," has admitted to personally killing more than 100
people and acknowledged that fighters under his command killed
2009 Mar 5, The European
Central Bank cut its main interest rate by a half percentage point
to 1.5 percent, dropping the cost of borrowing in the 16 countries
that use the euro to a new record low amid grim economic news.
2009 Mar 5, The European Court
of Justice said Britain's law requiring retirement at age 65 is
legal under EU rules. The advocacy group Age Concern took the
British government to court in 2006 to demand the reversal of the
forced retirement rule.
2009 Mar 5, Germany’s restored
Neues Museum was unveiled after six years of painstaking work to
repair World War II bomb damage that ruined much of the renowned
2009 Mar 5, In Ingushetia five
policemen were killed trying to defuse a bomb. Violence continues to
wrack Ingushetia, with bombings, shootings and attacks on police
reported almost daily.
2009 Mar 5, Iraq's parliament
passed a $58.6 billion budget after agreeing to sharp cuts amid
falling oil prices. A car bomb exploded in a crowded livestock
market selling sheep, cattle and goats south of Baghdad, killing at
least 12 people and wounding dozens. Justin Pope (25), a US veteran
who returned to Iraq as a civilian contractor, was shot to death
overnight while protecting American diplomats in Kirkuk.
(AP, 3/5/09)(AP, 3/8/09)
2009 Mar 5, Israeli airstrikes
killed 3 gunmen close to the border after they fired an anti-tank
missile at Israeli forces. In Jerusalem Mari al-Radeideh (26), a
Palestinian driver, rammed a construction vehicle into a bus and
police car on a highway, wounding two officers before he was shot
dead, the latest in a string of attacks by militants using heavy
machinery against Israeli targets.
(AP, 3/5/09)(SFC, 3/6/09, p.A3)
2009 Mar 5, The Israeli and
Turkish foreign ministers met secretly on the sidelines of a NATO
conference, the first high-level contact between the countries since
friction erupted over Israel's recent offensive in the Gaza Strip.
2009 Mar 5, A political scandal
in Japan widened when government figures, including an influential
former premier, said they had taken money linked to a firm whose
murky donations have shaken the opposition.
2009 Mar 5, In Kenya Oscar
Kamau Kingara and John Paul Oulu, who investigated extrajudicial
killings, were shot at close range night while their car was
stuck in traffic near the Univ. of Nairobi. The next day Kenya's top
human rights group charged that the slaying was part of a pattern of
assassinations of people who made allegations about police death
2009 Mar 5, NATO foreign
ministers agreed to resume high-level formal ties with Russia,
suspended last year after Moscow's military thrust into Georgia.
2009 Mar 5, Pakistani officials
said that they have identified the gunmen who ambushed the Sri
Lankan cricket team in Lahore on March 3, leaving 8 people dead.
Police detained over 2 dozen men and most of them belonged to
Jaish-e-Mohammed and Lashkar-e-Mohammed, groups linked to Al-Qaida
and designated as terrorist organizations by the US.
(WSJ, 3/6/09, p.A9)
2009 Mar 5, Protests spread
from two French possessions in the Caribbean to the island of
Reunion in the Indian Ocean, where about 15,000 people demonstrated
in different cities against high prices.
2009 Mar 5, Sri Lanka offered a
new safe passage for thousands of civilians trapped in the island's
war zone as a local Red Cross employee was killed while helping
non-combatants leave the area.
2009 Mar 5, Ukraine’s Naftogaz
paid its February bill for Russian gas just hours after Pres. Putin
said Russia would halt supplies if Ukraine failed to meet a March 7
(WSJ, 3/6/09, p.A10)
2009 Mar 5, In Zimbabwe PM
Morgan Tsvangirai said more than 4,000 people have died in the
cholera epidemic that has hit at least 85,000 people, warning the
figures were likely an underestimate.
2010 Mar 5, In Alabama Larry
Langford (63), the former mayor of Birmingham, was sentenced to 15
years in prison for taking $241,000 in bribes.
(SFC, 3/6/10, p.A5)
2010 Mar 5, In Arizona 6 people
were killed when a passenger bus hit another vehicle and rolled over
on the interstate south of Phoenix.
2010 Mar 5, Edgar Wayburn
(103), former 5-term president of the Sierra Club, died in SF. In
1999 he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his years
of efforts in preserving wilderness.
(SFC, 3/8/10, p.A1)
2010 Mar 5, An Australian court
ruled that the once-popular painkiller Vioxx doubled the risk of
heart attack and was unfit for consumption, awarding a man leading a
class action suit against the drug's maker 287,000 Australian
dollars ($259,000) in compensation.
2010 Mar 5, It was reported
that the advocacy group Big Brother Watch found, through a series of
Freedom of Information requests, that many local governments, called
councils in Britain, are installing microchips in trash cans
distributed to households, but in most cases have not yet activated
them — in part because officials know the move would be unpopular.
Proponents called it a bid to push recycling. Microchips were first
fitted into some British trash bins eight years ago, and the debate
over whether the state has the right to weigh or otherwise analyze
residents' refuse has surfaced periodically since.
2010 Mar 5, Dutch anti-Islam
maverick Geert Wilders (46) took his cinematic assault on the Quran
to Britain's House of Lords, sparking heated debate inside the
building and angry protests outside. Wilders screened his 15-minute
film "Fitna" to about 60 people, including a half-dozen peers, in a
wood-paneled committee room in Parliament. The film associates the
Quran with terrorism, homophobia and repression of women.
2010 Mar 5, Canada’s Tim
Hortons Inc unveiled a fresh strategy to take on Starbucks and
Dunkin Donuts in the US market, saying it would open hundreds of new
American cafes that break the mold of Tim's iconic Canadian coffee
2010 Mar 5, In Chile 3 strong
aftershocks shook the center of the country, sending panicked
residents rushing out of their homes and leveling more buildings in
an area already hard hit by the Feb 6 monster earthquake.
2010 Mar 5, In Ethiopia 25
African states agreed to step up efforts to regulate mercenary
activity on the continent amid an explosion of private security
companies on the continent.
2010 Mar 5, Eight Fijian men
were sentenced to jail terms of three to seven years for their roles
in a 2007 plot to assassinate the armed forces chief Commodore Frank
Bainimarama, the island nation's prime minister, who seized power in
a bloodless coup in 2006.
2010 Mar 5, French President
Nicolas Sarkozy summoned bank leaders to his Elysee palace to order
them to boost lending to the economy and smaller companies.
2010 Mar 5, Germany and the
group of countries using the euro ruled out any immediate financial
aid for debt-ridden Greece at the start of a diplomatic tour by PM
2010 Mar 5, In Greece masked
youths attacked the leader of the country’s biggest union and stoned
police in Athens in an outbreak of violence over cutbacks proposed
by PM George Papandreou, who was abroad seeking European leaders'
support for his efforts to defuse the country's debt crisis.
2010 Mar 5, In Israel clashes
erupted between Muslim worshippers and Israeli riot police at a
sacred and disputed hilltop compound following a sermon on a recent
Israeli decision to include two West Bank shrines on a list of
national heritage sites.
2010 Mar 5, In Mexico heavily
armed gunmen ambushed a convoy of federal police on a highway near
the port city of Lazaro Cardenas, Michoacan state, killing two
officers and wounding three. Soldiers seized 28,000 pounds of
marijuana, seven vehicles and 18 high-powered weapons in Altar,
Sonora, 35 miles south of the Arizona border.
2010 Mar 5, In Pakistan a
suicide bomber targeted Shiite Muslims on two buses being escorted
by security forces through a northwestern border area rife with
sectarian and insurgent violence, killing 12 people. Pakistan army
helicopters destroyed a sprawling hideout of a key al-Qaida-linked
militant leader, Maulvi Faqir Mohammed, in the northwestern tribal
region of Bajur, killing 25 insurgents. Maulvi Faqir Mohammed and
fellow commander Qari Ziaur Rehman, top Taliban commanders close to
al-Qaida, were believed to have been killed in the army airstrike.
(AP, 3/5/10)(AP, 3/6/10)
2010 Mar 5, In Pakistan
Obaidullah Akhund, the Taliban's former defense minister arrested in
2007, allegedly died of heart disease in a Karachi prison. His
relatives were informed of his death in February, 2012.
2010 Mar 5, Swarms of Somali
pirates moved into the waters off East Africa, triggering four
shootouts with French and Spanish fishing vessels including a
skirmish with French military personnel that sunk a pirate skiff.
Somali pirates near Madagascar hijacked the Norwegian-owned ship
with 21 crew members. The UBT Ocean chemical tanker was carrying
(AP, 3/5/10)(AP, 3/6/10)
2010 Mar 5, In Spain the
regions of Madrid, Valencia and southern Murcia said they will keep
bullfighting legal and give the sport cultural heritage protection.
(SFC, 3/6/10, p.A2)
2010 Mar 5, Election officials
in Tajikistan declared the governing party the overwhelming winner
of parliamentary elections that international observers say were
marred by widespread fraud. The Central Election Commission said
that a definitive count of ballots cast in the Feb 28 contest showed
the People's Democratic Party winning 70.6% of the vote. It was now
set to take 54 of the 63 seats in the Central Asian nation's lower
chamber of parliament. The Islamic Revival Party came a distant
second with 8.2% of the vote.
2011 Mar 5, An Atlas 5 rocket
blasted off with the X-35B unmanned space plane from Cape Canaveral.
The Air Force said the newest craft will serve as a test platform
for satellite sensors and systems. It's the second of its type to be
2011 Mar 5, Southwestern
Louisiana was hit by a tornado. Jalisa Granger (21) was killed when
a tree fell on her house in Rayne, Acadia Parish.
(SSFC, 3/6/11, p.A12)
2011 Mar 5, In Afghan Staff
Sgt. Mark Wells (31), a US army explosives technician from San Jose,
Ca., was killed in Helmand province when he stepped on a hidden
(SFC, 3/8/11, p.C3)
2011 Mar 5, In Australia
hundreds of thousands of revelers crammed inner Sydney streets for
one of the world's premier gay and lesbian parades.
2011 Mar 5, Benin's
presidential election, due to take place March 6, was postponed
until March 13. President Boni Yayi, first elected in 2006, faced 12
opposition candidates in his bid for a second term.
2011 Mar 5, In Brazil a
passenger bus collided head-on with a lumber truck in the southern
state of Santa Catarina, killing at least 25 people. More than 20
were seriously injured.
2011 Mar 5, China’s national
People’s Congress (NPC) opened in Beijing.
(Econ, 3/5/11, p.46)
2011 Mar 5, Egyptians turned
their anger toward his internal security apparatus, storming the
agency's main headquarters and other offices seizing documents to
keep them from being destroyed to hide evidence of human rights
abuses. Christian and Muslim families have clashed south of Cairo in
a dispute over a romance between children from the two families. The
fathers from both families have been killed and a crowd of Muslims
torched a church in Soul.
2011 Mar 5, In Hong Kong 15
families controlled more than two thirds of the stockmarket.
(Econ, 3/5/11, p.16)
2011 Mar 5, In India the DMK
party, a key member of the ruling coalition, said it was withdrawing
from the Congress-led government, dealing a huge blow to PM Manmohan
Singh as he battles a series of corruption scandals.
2011 Mar 5, The Libyan
opposition fighting to overthrow Moamer Kadhafi announced its first
formal meeting. Gadhafi loyalists swept into the opposition-held
city closest to Tripoli, tightening security around the regime-held
capital. To the east, rebel forces captured a key oil port as the
country veered toward civil war. Thousands of migrant workers were
on the move in Libya, trying to flee the fighting between rebels and
forces loyal to Gadhafi's regime. A military arsenal at Rajma,
outside Benghazi, exploded reportedly killing 40 people.
(AFP, 3/5/11)(AP, 3/5/11)(Econ, 3/12/11, p.53)
2011 Mar 5, Mexican federal
police captured Mario Jimenez Perez, drug cartel suspect allegedly
linked to the Feb 15 killing of US agent Jaime Zapata, along with 16
2011 Mar 5, Oman's ruler
replaced three top government officials, a second major shakeup that
was celebrated by some protesters but failed to quell more than a
week of widening demonstrations. Workers staged a sit-in at a main
oil field in Haima, about 300 miles (500 km) southwest of the
capital Muscat, demanding more state investments in the area.
2011 Mar 5, In south Pakistan a
suspected militant died in a blast at his home on the outskirts of
2011 Mar 5, Lawmakers in
Russia's Chechnya region handed strongman leader Ramzan Kadyrov a
new five-year term, unanimously approving the Kremlin nominee in a
vote whose outcome was never in doubt.
2011 Mar 5, A mid-sized
Russian-built plane crashed during a training flight in Belgorod
province, killing all six people on board including two pilots from
2011 Mar 5, Saudi Arabia’s
Interior Ministry said demonstrations won't be tolerated and its
security forces will act against anyone taking part in them.
2011 Mar 5, In Somalia
militiamen allied with the weak transitional government took control
of Belet Hawo, a town bordering Kenya, from Islamist militants after
several hours of fighting. 5 militiamen were killed along with 42
(AP, 3/5/11)(SSFC, 3/6/11, p.A4)
2011 Mar 5, Pirates attacked
the MV Guanabara, a Japanese-owned oil tanker, and 24 crew members
took refuge in a protected part of the vessel after reporting they
were under attack. A special unit from the destroyer USS Bulkeley
boarded the tanker the next day and detained the suspected pirates
off the coast of Oman.
2011 Mar 5, In South Korea
unidentified attackers targeted more than two dozen government and
private websites. Officials reported no serious damage a day after a
pair of similar assaults.
2011 Mar 5, In Swaziland Sphiwe
Mazibuko, president of the teachers union, said that teachers are
using recent turmoil in Egypt, Libya and Tunisia as momentum for
mass mobilization against the government's recent call to cut
salaries. Two thousand teachers gathered to discuss means to fight
the government, which the union says is to blame for the country's
economic collapse. Swaziland is an absolute monarchy wrought with
2011 Mar 5, In southern
Thailand suspected Muslim militants fatally shot a Buddhist monk in
a drive-by motorcycle attack in the Kok Pho district of Pattani
province. In nearby Kapo district insurgents detonated a roadside
bomb as a military truck passed by, wounding three soldiers.
2011 Mar 5, In Yemen tens of
thousands continued with protests in several key cities across the
country, pressing on with demands that the country's president step
down. Several members of Saleh's ruling Congress Party resigned.
2012 Mar 5, A magnitude 4.0
earthquake shook the San Francisco Bay area. It was centered about
15 miles northeast of San Francisco, and was at a depth of 5.5
2012 Mar 5, The Colorado
Supreme Court ruled that the University of Colorado overstepped its
authority when the school's board of regents imposed a ban on the
carrying of concealed weapons at its four campuses.
2012 Mar 5, New Jersey state
senator Richard Codey posed as a homeless man looking for shelter.
He was denied admission to about 25 local shelters because he was
not receiving welfare or other government assistance. Goodwill took
him in, offering a thin bedroll, a blanket and a spot on a linoleum
floor with 20 other men.
2012 Mar 5, Disney songwriter
Robert Sherman (b.1925), part of a team with brother Richard
responsible for numerous film scores and children's songs, died in
London. He composed the popular tune featured in Disney theme parks,
"It's a Small World (After All)," as well as the score to "Mary
Poppins," featuring songs such as "A Spoonful of Sugar," "Chim Chim
Cher-ee," and "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious."
2012 Mar 5, In Afghanistan 2
civilians were killed in a suicide attack at a gate to the US
military base at Bagram north of the Afghan capital Kabul.
2012 Mar 5, In Australia New
South Wales officials said Muslim women will have to remove veils to
have their signatures officially witnessed under the latest laws
giving state officials authority to look under religious and other
2012 Mar 5, In Brazil 30
beached dolphins were rescued by beachgoers. The rescue was captured
on video and became an internet sensation.
2012 Mar 5, Canada said it has
shut its embassy in Damascus and is imposing fresh sanctions on
Syria, banning all dealings with the central bank as part of a
campaign to stop President Bashar al-Assad's crackdown against
2012 Mar 5, China lowered its
growth target to 7.5%.
(Econ, 3/10/12, p.83)
2012 Mar 5, China said it will
send a new envoy to Syria and is ready to support international aid
under the auspices of the United Nations or another "impartial"
2012 Mar 5, In Egypt the ultra
conservative Islamist party al-Nur said Islamist MP Anwar al-Bilkimy
has been forced to resign from parliament and from his party after
claiming that he was injured in a carjacking, when he had in fact
had a nose job.
2012 Mar 5, Egyptian security
officials said the number of weapons smuggled into Egypt across the
Libyan border is on the increase, with thousands of weapons flooding
into the country. Residents of southern Egypt, where extended
families often accumulate large arsenals to protect property and
settle feuds, were the main buyers.
2012 Mar 5, Gambia's Supreme
Court upheld a request by the government to lift economic sanctions
imposed on Libyan assets during the toppled regime of Moamer
Kadhafi. The move restores tens of millions of dollars (euros) in
property invested by the Libyan Arab African Investment Company
(LAAICO) in Gambia to the ruling National Transitional Council in
2012 Mar 5, The Institute of
International Finance, the group representing private creditors in
talks on Greek debt, said a dozen banks, insurers and investment
funds holding Greece's bonds will participate in a massive debt
relief plan for the country.
2012 Mar 5, India’s commerce
ministry banned the export of cotton.
(Econ, 3/10/12, p.78)
2012 Mar 5, In western Iraq a
gang of gunmen disguised in military-style uniforms and carrying
forged arrest warrants killed 27 police, then hoisted the battle
flag of al-Qaida in a carefully planned early morning shooting spree
in Haditha. 3 attackers were reported killed.
2012 Mar 5, In Jamaica a
13-year-old girl, two elderly men and three others were killed
during reported shootouts between police and gunmen. Residents of
the Denham Town slum in West Kingston blame officers for the
killings and the gritty area was put under curfew amid an ongoing
security operation to seize illegal guns and fugitives.
2012 Mar 5, Nigerian troops in
the northern city of Maiduguri shot dead three suspected members of
the Islamist Boko Haram sect as they allegedly tried to burn down a
2012 Mar 5, Pakistan
successfully tested its short range, nuclear capable Abdali missile.
(Econ, 4/28/12, p.44)
2012 Mar 5, Mohammed Abu-Awad
(19), a Palestinian man throwing rocks at solders, had his skull
smashed by a tear gas canister fired by an Israeli soldier in the
West Bank town of Bir Zeit. Abu-Awad was in critical condition.
2012 Mar 5, Thousands of
Russians gathered in Moscow for a massive rally to challenge PM
Vladimir Putin's victory in the presidential election. Police at
night arrested hundreds of protesters who remained on Moscow's
Pushkin Square after an officially approved rally finished.
(AP, 3/5/12)(AP, 3/6/12)
2012 Mar 5, The Scottish
government said Scotland plans to fit all its existing coal-fired
power plants with carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology by
2025 and require new coal stations to be fully equipped with CCS
from the turn of the decade.
2012 Mar 5, Singapore Minister
of State for Manpower Minister Tan Chuan Jin said a mandatory weekly
rest day would apply to maids whose work permits are issued or
renewed from January 1, 2013.
2012 Mar 5, In Somalia a
Burundi soldier with the African Union troops was killed and another
injured in Mogadishu, when a bomb they were defusing was detonated
by Shebab rebels.
2012 Mar 5, In South Africa a
miner escaped from underground mine collapse at the Grootvlei mine
near Johannesburg and alerted police. At least 20 illegal miners
were killed in the rockfall. A search was called off after 5 days.
The mine, owned by President Jacob Zuma's nephew and a grandson of
Nelson Mandela, had been officially closed but not made secure.
2012 Mar 5, A marketing
campaign was launched by the Ugandan advocacy group Invisible
Children (www.kony2012.com) to vastly increase awareness about
Joseph Kony, a jungle militia leader wanted for atrocities by the
International Criminal Court and hunted by 100 US Special Forces
advisers and local troops. His Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) was
operating in Congo, the Central African Republic and South Sudan.
2012 Mar 5, In Yemen unknown
assailants shot and wounded a police chief traveling between Aden
and the nearby province of Lahij.
2013 Mar 5, The Pan-STARRS
comet passed within 100 million miles of Earth, its closest approach
in its first-ever cruise through the inner solar system.
2013 Mar 5, The United States
and China reached a deal that "significantly expands" UN sanctions
on North Korea for its third nuclear test, eliciting a renewed
threat by Pyongyang to scrap an armistice that ended the 1950-53
2013 Mar 5, The DJIA passed its
previous all-time high of 14,164.53 and closed at 14,253.77.
(SFC, 3/6/13, p.A6)
2013 Mar 5, In Las Vegas
Xiao Ye Bai (26), convicted of being an enforcer for a Taiwan-based
criminal gang, was sentenced to life in a Nevada prison without
parole for murder in a bloody stabbing and slashing that left Wen
Jun Li dead and two people wounded in a Las Vegas karaoke bar in
(AP, 3/5/13)(SFC, 3/6/13, p.A4)
2013 Mar 5, The San Francisco
Bay Bridge lit up with 25,000 LED lights in the debut of Leo
Villareal’s $8 million “Bay Lights” installation. The 1.8 mile light
show will continue for 2 years.
(SFC, 3/6/13, p.A1)(SSFC, 3/10/13, p.A1)
2013 Mar 5, An Afghan tribunal
sentenced two top executives of Kabul Bank, Sherkhan Farnood and
Khalilullah Ferozi, to 5 years in prison for misappropriating a
combined $808 million. They were among 21 Kabul Bank and government
employees found guilty of wrongdoing.
(SFC, 3/6/13, p.A2)
2013 Mar 5, Frozen food maker
Birds Eye said horse meat DNA found in two of its products came from
an Irish meat processor that is part of one of Ireland's largest
agricultural businesses. The company said investigations had found
its Belgian supplier Frigilunch NV had unknowingly sourced meat with
horse DNA from Irish meat processor QK Meats.
2013 Mar 5, Britain stood
isolated against a broad majority of European Union countries in
refusing to back legislation that would strictly limit bankers'
2013 Mar 5, Stealth action game
"Dishonored," featuring a masked bodyguard-turned-assassin, was
named best video game of the year at an award ceremony in London.
2013 Mar 5, In China the
National People’s Congress opened for a 12-day session. Premier Wen
Jiabao and Pres. Hu Jintao will stand down at the end for incoming
Premier Li Keqiang and Pres. Xi Jinping. China's government pledged
to repair the country's ravaged environment and boost public
services under its new leadership, an acknowledgment that quality of
life was sidelined during the outgoing administration's decade of
breakneck economic growth.
(SFC, 3/6/13, p.A2)(AP, 3/5/13)
2013 Mar 5, In Ecuador a
Huaorani couple, including village leader Ompure, died in a spearing
attack. A revenge attack by a Huaorani war party later killed a
number of people at the settlement of Taromenane.
(SFC, 4/4/13, p.A2)(SSFC, 4/7/13, p.A4)
2013 Mar 5, In Egypt a Cairo
court convicted a police sniper for attacks on anti-government
protesters and sentenced him to three years in prison. Police
officer Mahmoud el-Shenawi became known as the "eye sniper" after he
was shown in footage on social networking sites allegedly firing at
protesters in the Egyptian capital and aiming for their eyes.
2013 Mar 5, EU finance
ministers decided that European bankers’ bonuses should be capped at
a meximum of one times their base salary, rising to two times if
shareholders explicitly agree.
(Econ, 3/9/13, p.72)
2013 Mar 5, In Iraq a local
leader of anti-al-Qaida militiamen was shot dead in western Baghdad,
one of four people killed in violence in the city.
2013 Mar 5, In Kenya the
electronic transmission system meant to collate voting results broke
down a day after the elections.
(Econ, 3/9/13, p.44)
2013 Mar 5, Madagascar police
said two protesters were killed in a riot at a prison in Mandritsara
holding the alleged killers of French nun Sister Marie Emmanuelle
Helesbeux. Her body was found in the Mandritsara marketplace on
2013 Mar 5, Malaysia unleashed
airstrikes and mortar attacks on nearly 200 Filipinos occupying a
Borneo coastal village but could not declare an immediate end to a
three-week siege that has turned into a security nightmare for both
Malaysia and the Philippines.
2013 Mar 5, Syrian rebels
battled pockets of regime loyalists in the northern city of Raqqa
after capturing Hassan Jalili, the governor of Raqqa province in
fierce clashes overnight. Syrian jets bombed opposition-held
buildings in Raqqa. Activists said 16 people were killed in Raqqa,
including 10 fighters who died in clashes with troops.
2013 Mar 5, A UN aid agency
canceled the Gaza marathon after the Palestinian territory's
militant Hamas rulers banned women from participating in the annual
2013 Mar 5, Venezuela’s
government announced the death of President Hugo Chavez (b.1954),
the larger-than-life firebrand socialist who led the nation for 14
years. Vice President Nicolas Maduro stood as interim president in
the wake of Chavez's death and will run as the governing party
candidate in elections to be called within 30 days.
2013 Mar 5, In Zimbabwe a man
escaped from a lion attack on the shores of Lake Kariba, but the
woman with him was savaged to death. An arm and remains of a second
corpse were found by rangers hunting for the lions.
2014 Mar 5, California Gov.
Jerry Brown unveiled an agreement with Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu
to boost joint projects in high technology, the environment and
(SFC, 3/6/14, p.A1)
2014 Mar 5, Alpha Natural
Resources Inc. filed a proposed settlement in a West Virginia court
to pay a $27.5 million fine and spend $200 million to reduce illegal
toxic discharges across five Appalachian states.
(SFC, 3/6/14, p.A7)
2014 Mar 5, Washington state
issued its first legal marijuana business license. 334 retail
licenses were expected to be issued state-wide.
(SFC, 3/6/14, p.A7)
2014 Mar 5, The Algerian army
shot dead a civilian and wounded two others when their car failed to
stop at a checkpoint in the Kabylie region.
2014 Mar 5, China’s PM Li
Keqiang vowed to act against corruption and to declare war on
(Econ, 3/8/14, p.70)(Econ, 3/15/14, p.13)
2014 Mar 5, EcoMotors, a
startup backed by Bill Gates and Khosla Ventures, unveiled a joint
venture with a division of China FAW Group to produce 100,000 new
two-stroke engines a year.
(Econ, 3/8/14, p.70)
2014 Mar 5, In northeastern
China a fire on a public bus in Jilin province left 10 people dead
and 17 injured.
(SFC, 3/6/14, p.A2)
2014 Mar 5, In the Czech Rep. a
Prague court ruled that an Iranian national can be extradited to
face trial in the US. Hossein Nayeri was one of four men that
allegedly kidnapped a California marijuana dispensary owner in 2012,
tortured him, drove him out to a desert spot where the men believed
the victim had hidden his money and cut off his penis.
2014 Mar 5, The EU prepared a
$15 billion aid package to Ukraine and froze the assets of 18 people
blamed for looting the treasury of the nearly bankrupt country.
2014 Mar 5, Germany’s Finance
Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said that Germany is ready to help
Ukraine in its difficult phase and added that this would include
2014 Mar 5, In India street
clashes marred an announcement that a general election will start on
April 7 in a race that pits Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi against
the unpopular Nehru-Gandhi family's ruling party.
2014 Mar 5, In Indonesia an
explosion at a navy ammunition warehouse killed one man and injured
more than 80 other navy personnel.
2014 Mar 5, Iran's powerful
Revolutionary Guard said it had acquired missiles with multiple
warheads, the latest armaments advance to be claimed by the Islamic
2014 Mar 5, In Iraq a series of
explosions killed at least 24 people.
(AP, 3/6/14)(SFC, 3/6/14, p.A2)
2014 Mar 5, The Israeli navy
seized a ship in the Red Sea that was carrying dozens of advanced
Iranian-supplied rockets made in Syria and intended for Palestinian
guerrillas in the Gaza Strip.
2014 Mar 5, Israel's army
struck 2 members of the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah as they
tried to plant a bomb near the Israeli-Syrian border.
2014 Mar 5, Macedonia's
lawmakers voted to dissolve parliament so elections can be held a
year ahead of time after parties in the governing coalition failed
to agree on a presidential candidate.
2014 Mar 5, The Pakistani
government pushed forward with Taliban peace negotiations, despite
recent militant attacks that include a roadside bomb in the
country's northwest that killed six soldiers.
2014 Mar 5, Philippine
government forces searched for a town's vice mayor after her family
reported that she has been abducted outside a shopping mall in the
country's restive south.
2014 Mar 5, Saudi Arabia, the
United Arab Emirates and Bahrain withdrew their ambassadors from
Qatar in an unprecedented public split between Gulf Arab allies who
have fallen out over the role of Islamists in a region in turmoil.
2014 Mar 5, In South Sudan at
least 35 people were killed after heavy fighting broke out in the
Giada military barracks in Juba, underscoring serious tensions
within the national army as it battles a rebel uprising.
(AFP, 3/5/14)(Reuters, 3/7/14)
2014 Mar 5, A Sudanese court
overturned an order by state security agents which has stopped the
presses at Al-Tayar, a prominent daily newspaper, for almost two
years. A journalists' rights group said the National Intelligence
and Security Service have seized the press runs of three other
2014 Mar 5, Turkey’s PM Erdogan
confirmed the authenticity of a tape asking his then-justice
minister Sadullah Ergin to pressure a court into convicting media
mogul Aydin Dogan, a long-time foe. The tape included a slight to
the country’s large Alevi community. The tape followed the
publication last month in local daily Taraf of internal government
documents that appeared to show anti-Alevi discrimination in the
recruitment process for civil servants.
2014 Mar 5, Ukraine's new PM
Arseniy Yatsenyuk said that embattled Crimea must remain part of
Ukraine, but may be granted more local powers.
2014 Mar 5, In Yemen an
American drone attack killed local al-Qaida leader Ali Saleh Juraim
and two others while they were traveling by car in the northwest
province of al-Jawf.
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