Today in History - March 5

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1279          Mar 5, Lithuanians overcame Livonian forces at Aizkraukle.
    (LHC, 3/5/03)

1291        Mar 5, Sa'ad al'Da'ulah, Jewish grand vizier of Persia, was assassinated.
    (MC, 3/5/02)

1324        Mar 5, David II Bruce, king of Scotland (1331-71), was born.
    (MC, 3/5/02)

1326        Mar 5, Louis I (the Great), King of Hungary (1342-1382) and Poland (1370-1382), was born.
    (HN, 3/5/98)(MC, 3/5/02)

1496        Mar 5, English king Henry VII hired John Cabot (Giovanni Caboto) to explore.
    (MC, 3/5/02)

1512        Mar 5, Gerardus Mercator (d.1594), Flemish philosopher and cartographer, was born in Rupelmonde, Flanders (later Belgium).
    (www.navis.gr/men/mercator.htm)

1558        Mar 5, Smoking tobacco was introduced in Europe by Francisco Fernandes. [see 1556]
    (MC, 3/5/02)

1574        Mar 5, William Oughtred, mathematician and inventor of the slide rule, was born.
    (HN, 3/5/98)

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.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/De_revolutionibus_orbium_coelestium)

1623        Mar 5, The 1st American temperance law was enacted in Virginia.
    (MC, 3/5/02)

1624        Mar 5, Class-based legislation was passed in the colony of Virginia, exempting the upper class from punishment by whipping.
    (HN, 3/5/99)

1637        Mar 5, John van der Heyden, Dutch painter, inventor (fire extinguisher), was born.
    (MC, 3/5/02)

1658        Mar 5, Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac, French colonial governor of America, was born.
    (MC, 3/5/02)

1668        Mar 5, Francesco Gasparini, composer, was born.
    (MC, 3/5/02)

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 Le Lorrain.
    (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.
    (MC, 3/5/02)

1746        Mar 5, Jacobin troops left Aberdeen, Scotland.
    (MC, 3/5/02)

1750        Mar 5, The 1st American Shakespearean production, was an "altered" Richard III in NYC.
    (MC, 3/5/02)

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.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antonio_de_Ulloa)(AP, 3/5/98)

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, p.W14)

1776        Mar 5, A terrific storm wrecked British hope of a counterattack on Dorchester Heights in Boston, Mass.
    (WSJ, 5/20/05, p.W10)

1778        Mar 5, Thomas A. Arne (67), English composer (Alfred, Rule Britannia), died.
    (MC, 3/5/02)

1783        Mar 5, King Stanislaus Augustus Poniatowski granted rights to Jews of Kovno.
    (MC, 3/5/02)

1793        Mar 5, Austrian troops crush the French and recapture Liege.
    (HN, 3/5/99)

1807        Mar 5, 1st performance of Ludwig von Beethoven's 4th Symphony in B.
    (MC, 3/5/02)

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.
    (MC, 3/5/02)

1821        Mar 5, Monroe was the first president to be inaugurated on March 5, only because the 4th was a Sunday.
    (HN, 3/5/98)
1821        May 5, Napoleon Bonaparte died in exile on the island of St. Helena. They poisoned him by putting arsenic in his food.
    (V.D.-H.K.p.232)(AP, 5/5/97)

1824        Mar 5, Elisha Harris, U.S. physician, founder of the American Public Health Association, was born. 
    (HN, 3/5/98)
1824        Mar 5, James Merritt Ives, lithographer for Currier and Ives, was born.
    (HN, 3/5/98)

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."
    (WSJ, 2/19/98, p.A20)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pierre-Simon_Laplace)
1827        Mar 5, Alessandro Volta (b.1745), Italian physicist who made 1st battery (1800), died.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alessandro_Volta)

1828        Mar 5, Johann Gungl, composer, was born.
    (MC, 3/5/02)

1836        Mar 5, Samuel Colt manufactured the 1st pistol, a 34-caliber "Texas" model.
    (MC, 3/5/02)

1849        Mar 5, Zachary Taylor took the oath of office at his presidential inauguration.
    (AP, 3/5/99)

1853        Mar 5, Howard Pyle, writer and illustrator (The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood), was born.
    (HN, 3/5/01)
1853        Mar 5, Arthur W. Foote, organist, composer (Suite for Strings in E), was born in Salem, Mass.
    (MC, 3/5/02)

1856        Mar 5, Covent Garden Opera House was destroyed in a fire.
    (MC, 3/5/02)

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.
    (http://history.state.gov/departmenthistory/people/seward-william-henry)

1867        Mar 5, An abortive Fenian uprising against English rule took place in Ireland.
    (AP, 3/5/98)

1868        Mar 5, Arrigo Boito's opera "Mefistofele," premiered in Milan.
    (MC, 3/5/02)
1868        Mar 5, The Senate was organized into a court of impeachment to decide charges against President Andrew Johnson, who was later acquitted.
    (AP, 3/5/08)
1868        Mar 5, A stapler was patented in England by C.H. Gould.
    (MC, 3/5/02)

1870        Mar 5, Frank Norris, novelist (McTeague, The Octopus), was born.
    (HN, 3/5/01)

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.
    (MC, 3/5/02)

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 Black Dynasty."
    (SSFC, 7/2/06, p.M1)(www.csusm.edu/Black_Excellence/documents/pg-b-bruce.html)

1877        Mar 5, Rutherford B. Hayes was inaugurated as 19th US president.
    (MC, 3/5/02)

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.
    (MC, 3/5/02)

1893        Mar 5, Emmett J. Culligan, founder of water treatment organization, was born.
    (MC, 3/5/02)
1893        Mar 5, Hippolyte Taine (64), French philosopher, historian, died.
    (MC, 3/5/02)

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."
    (www.mnsu.edu/emuseum/information/biography/pqrst/rawlinson_henry.html)(ON, 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.
    (SSFC, 3/31/13, p.F4)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nikolai_Leskov)

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.
    (www.nndb.com/people/978/000086720/)(HN, 6/5/99)

1899        Mar 5, Patrick Hadley, composer, was born.
    (MC, 3/5/02)
1899        Mar 5, 1st performance of Edward MacDowell's 2nd Concerto in D.
    (MC, 3/5/02)

1905        Mar 5, Russians began to retreat from Mukden in Manchuria.
    (HN, 3/5/98)

1907      Mar 5, The 2nd Russian Duma, which included 7 Lithuanians, began work. The Duma stayed in session until June 15.
    (LHC, 3/5/03)

1908        Mar 5, Rex Harrison, actor (My Fair Lady), was born in Lancashire, England.
    (AP, 3/5/08)

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.
    (HN, 3/5/98)
1912        Mar 5, Spanish steamer "Principe de Asturias" sank NE of Spain and 500 died.
    (MC, 3/5/02)

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.
    (HN, 3/5/98)

1922        Mar 5, Pier Paolo Pasolini, director (Teorema, Pigsty), was born in Bologna, Italy.
    (MC, 3/5/02)
1922        Mar 5, "Nosferatu" premiered in Berlin.
    (MC, 3/5/02)

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.
    (HN, 3/5/98)

1924        Mar 5, Computing-Tabulating-Recording Corp became IBM.
    (MC, 3/5/02)

1927        Mar 5, Some 1,000 US marines landed in China to "protect American property."
    (MC, 3/5/02)

1928        Mar 5, Hitler's National Socialists won the majority vote in Bavaria.
    (HN, 3/5/98)

1930        Mar 5, Lorin Maazel, conductor (NBC Symphony Orch 1941), was born in Neuilly, France.
    (MC, 3/5/02)

1931        Mar 5, In Bolivia President Daniel Salamanca Urey (1869-1935) became president.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daniel_Salamanca)
1931        Mar 5, Gandhi and British viceroy Lord Irwin signed a pact.
    (MC, 3/5/02)

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.
    (HN, 3/5/98)
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.
    (MC, 3/5/02)

1936        Mar 5, A prototype Type 300 Spitfire made it's 1st flight at the Eastleigh Aerodrome in Southampton, England.
    (ON, 3/07, p.2)

1938        Mar 5, Lynn Margulis, biologist, was born.
    (HN, 3/5/01)

1940        Mar 5, The British surprised Mussolini by taking seven Italian coal ships.
    (HN, 3/5/98)
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, 4/28/10)

1941        Mar 5, Britain severed all relation with Bulgaria and prepared for an air attack on Bulgaria.
    (HN, 3/5/98)

1942        Mar 5, Josip Broz "Tito" established the 3rd Proletariat Brigade in Bosnia.
    (MC, 3/5/02)
1942        Mar 5, Japanese troop marched into Batavia.
    (MC, 3/5/02)

1943        Mar 5, RAF bombed Essen, Germany. [see Mar 6]
    (MC, 3/5/02)
1943        Mar 5, In desperation due to war losses, fifteen and sixteen year olds are called up for military service in the German army.
    (HN, 3/5/99)
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.
    (HNQ, 8/21/01)

1945        Mar 5, US 7th Army Corps captured Cologne.
    (MC, 3/5/02)
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.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lena_Baker)(SFC, 8/16/05, p.A4)
1945        Mar 5, Allies bombed The Hague, Netherlands.
    (MC, 3/5/02)

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 Vietnam.
    (HN, 3/5/98)

1948        Mar 5, Leslie Marmon Silko, writer (Ceremony), was born.
    (HN, 3/5/01)

1950        Mar 5, Edgar Lee Masters (b.1868), poet (Spoon River Anthology), novelist, died in Philadelphia.
    (http://www.nybooks.com/articles/3088)

1952        Mar 5, Terence Rattigan's "Deep Blue Sea," premiered in London.
    (MC, 3/5/02)

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.
    (AP, 3/5/04)

1954        Mar 5, "Girl in Pink Tights" opened at Mark Hellinger in NYC for 115 performances.
    (MC, 3/5/02)

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.
    (www.imdb.com/title/tt1087605/)(www.scottymoore.net/tourdates50s.html)y

1956        Mar 5, "King Kong" was 1st televised.
    (MC, 3/5/02)
1956        Mar 5, The U.S. Supreme Court affirmed the ban on segregation in public schools in Brown vs. Board of Education.
    (HN, 3/5/01)

1957        Mar 5, Britain adopted a plan to triple nuclear energy production by 1965.
    (HN, 3/5/98)
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.
    (MC, 3/5/02)(www.apostles.com/devalera.html)(ON, 9/04, p.7)

1960        Mar 5, Elvis Presley ended his 2-year hitch in US Army.
    (MC, 3/5/02)

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 vibrations.
    (http://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/369/84/)
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.
    (AP, 3/5/08)

1966        Mar 5, 75 MPH air currents caused a BOAC 707 to crash into Mount Fuji and 124 died.
    (MC, 3/5/02)
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.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mohammad_Mossadegh)

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.
    (SFC, 6/12/09, p.E1)(http://talkingbroadway.org/regional/sanfran/s823.html)
1969        Mar 5, Gustav Heinemann was elected West German President.
    (HN, 3/5/98)

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 signatories.
    (AP, 3/5/98)(Econ, 6/10/06, p.21)(Econ., 5/2/15, p.54)

1972        Mar 5, Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis (b.1925) left the communist party.
    (http://wiki.phantis.com/index.php/1972)

1973        Mar 5, During spring training in Florida, Yankee pitchers Fritz Peterson and  Mike Kekich announced they had swapped wives.
    (www.around-the-horn.com/?p=131)
1973        Mar 5, Paul Kletzki (b.1900), Polish violinist, composer, conductor, died.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Kletzki)

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.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sol_Hurok)

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.
    (AP, 3/5/98)
1976        Mar 5, Britain gave up on the Ulster talks and decided to retain rule in Northern Ireland indefinitely.
    (HN, 3/5/98)

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.
    (AP, 3/5/98)(www.presidentialtimeline.org/html/timeline.php?id=39)

1979        Mar 5, Voyager I made its closest approach to Jupiter (128,400 miles).
    (www.jpl.nasa.gov/history/70s/Voyager1_1979.htm)

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 p.1)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Channel_Islands_National_Park)
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.
    (www.imdb.com)
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.
    (HN, 3/5/98)

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 Hollywood.
    (SFEC, 3/16/97, Z1 p.4)(AP, 3/5/98)(www.imdb.com/name/nm0000004/)

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 majority.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Franklin_Dam)

1984        Mar 5, The US Supreme Court ruled that cities have the right to display the Nativity scene as part of their Christmas display.
    (HN, 3/5/98)
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.
    (http://tinyurl.com/2jd895)(www.fas.org/nuke/guide/iraq/cw/program.htm)
1984        Mar 5, Tito Gobbi (b.1923), Italian baritone (Scarpia in Tosca), died.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tito_Gobbi)

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.
    (AP, 3/5/98)

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.
    (AP, 3/5/99)

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 its foundation.
    (AP, 3/5/00)

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.
    (AP, 3/5/01)

1992        Mar 5, Nebraska Sen. Bob Kerrey dropped out of the race for the Democratic presidential nomination.
    (AP, 3/5/02)
1992        Mar 5, The trial of four Los Angeles police officers charged with beating motorist Rodney King opened in Simi Valley, Calif.
    (AP, 3/5/02)
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
    (Econ, 6/7/08, p.63)(www.bmwi.de/English/Navigation/European-policy/baltic-market.html)

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.
    (AP, 3/5/98)

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.
    (AP, 3/5/99)
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.
    (AP, 3/5/99)

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.
    (AP, 3/5/00)

1996        Mar 5, Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole swept the “Junior Tuesday" primaries.
    (AP, 3/5/01)
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.
    (AP, 3/5/01)
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 Fame.
    (AP, 3/5/98)
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 Louisville, Ky.
    (AP, 3/5/98)
1997        Mar 5, North Korea and South Korea met for first time in 25 years to talk peace.
    (AP, 3/5/98)
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 leak.
    (AP, 3/5/99)
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 colony.
    (SFC, 3/6/98, p.A1)(WSJ, 3/6/98, p.A1)(AP, 3/5/99)
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 regret.
    (AP, 3/5/00)
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.
    (AP, 3/5/00)
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 of ownership.
    (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 were blamed.
    (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 deputy commander.
    (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 jailed.
    (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.
    (AP, 3/5/02)
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.
    (AP, 3/5/04)
2003        Mar 5, Comedian George Miller (b.1950) died in Los Angeles.
    (AP, 3/5/04)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Miller_(comedian))
2003      Mar 5, In Argentina the Supreme declared unconstitutional a government decree that converted dollar bank accounts to devalued pesos.
    (AP, 3/5/03)
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,
    (AP, 3/6/03)
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.
    (AP, 3/5/03)
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.
    (AP, 3/5/03)
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.
    (AP, 3/5/03)
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.
    (AP, 3/5/04)
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.
    (AP, 3/5/03)

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 prison sentence.
    (AP, 3/5/05)
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.
    (AP, 3/6/04)
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 turbulent south.
    (AP, 3/5/04)
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 land.
    (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.
    (AP, 3/5/04)
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 transitional government.
    (AP, 3/5/04)
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.
    (AP, 3/5/04)
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.
    (AP, 3/5/04)
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.
    (AP, 3/5/04)
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.
    (AP, 5/11/04)
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.
    (AP, 3/5/04)

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.
    (AP, 3/5/05)
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.
    (AP, 3/5/05)
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.
    (AP, 3/5/05)
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 sanctions.
    (AP, 3/5/05)
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 were arrested.
    (AP, 3/5/05)
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.
    (AP, 3/5/05)

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.
    (AP, 3/6/06)
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.
    (AP, 3/6/06)
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.
    (AFP, 3/6/06)
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.
    (AP, 3/5/06)
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.
    (AP, 3/5/06)
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.
    (Reuters, 3/6/06)
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.
    (AP, 3/6/06)
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.
    (AP, 3/5/06)
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.
    (AP, 3/5/06)
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 program.
    (AP, 3/5/06)
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.
    (AP, 3/5/06)
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 upcoming elections.
    (AP, 3/5/06)
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.
    (AFP, 3/5/06)
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.
    (AFP, 3/5/06)
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.
    (Reuters, 3/5/06)
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.
    (AP, 3/5/06)
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 Muslim world.
    (AP, 3/5/06)
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.
    (AP, 3/6/06)
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 weeks.
    (AP, 3/5/06)
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 prison.
    (AP, 3/5/06)
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 year.
    (AP, 3/5/06)

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.
    (AP, 3/5/08)
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 singing group.
    (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.
    (AP, 3/6/07)
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.
    (AP, 3/5/07)
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.
    (AP, 3/5/07)
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 progressive beliefs.
    (AP, 3/6/07)
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.
    (www.caucaz.com/home_eng/breve_contenu.php?id=307)
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 military build-up.
    (AFP, 3/5/07)
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.
    (Reuters, 3/5/07)
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.
    (Reuters, 3/5/07)
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.
    (AP, 3/5/07)
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.
    (AFP, 3/5/07)
2007        Mar 5, In Sudan gunmen killed two African Union peacekeepers and critically wounded a third in the western Darfur region.
    (AP, 3/7/07)
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.
    (AP, 3/6/07)
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 Iraq.
    (AP, 3/6/07)

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.
    (AP, 3/5/08)
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 crime.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hassan_Abujihaad)
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 1980.
    (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 retirement.
    (AP, 3/5/08)
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 life sentence.
    (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.
    (AFP, 3/5/08)
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.
    (Reuters, 3/7/08)
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.
    (AP, 3/12/08)
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.
    (AP, 3/6/08)
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.
    (AP, 3/6/08)
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.
    (AP, 3/5/08)
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.
    (AP, 3/5/08)
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 activity.
    (AP, 3/5/08)
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.
    (AP, 3/5/08)
2008        Mar 5, An aid group said North Korea executed 15 people trying to flee of helping others escape.
    (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.
    (AP, 3/5/08)
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 poverty.
    (AP, 3/5/08)
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 police.
    (AP, 3/5/08)
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.
    (AP, 3/5/08)
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 contract dispute.
    (AP, 3/5/08)
2008        Mar 5, In Somalia a firefight between Islamic insurgents and Somali police at a checkpoint outside the capital has left five people dead.
    (AP, 3/6/08)
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.
    (AP, 3/6/08)
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.
    (AP, 3/5/08)
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.
    (AP, 3/5/08)

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.
    (AP, 3/6/09)
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 missing.
    (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 trade agreement.
    (AP, 3/5/09)
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.
    (AP, 3/5/09)
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.
    (Reuters, 3/5/09)
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 hundreds more.
    (AP, 3/5/09)
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.
    (AP, 3/5/09)
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.
    (AP, 3/5/09)
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 Berlin building.
    (AP, 3/5/09)
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.
    (AP, 3/5/09)
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.
    (AP, 3/5/09)
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.
    (AFP, 3/5/09)
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 squads.
    (AP, 3/6/09)
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.
    (AP, 3/5/09)
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.
    (AP, 3/5/09)
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.
    (AP, 3/5/09)
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 deadline.
    (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.
    (AP, 3/5/09)

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.
    (AP, 3/5/10)
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.
    (AP, 3/5/10)
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.
    (AP, 3/6/10)
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.
    (AP, 3/5/10)
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 shops.
    (Reuters, 3/6/10)
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.
    (AFP, 3/5/10)
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.
    (AFP, 3/6/10)
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.
    (AP, 3/5/10)
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.
    (AP, 3/5/10)
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 George Papandreou.
    (AP, 3/5/10)
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.
    (AP, 3/5/10)
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.
    (AP, 3/5/10)
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.
    (AP, 3/6/10)
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.
    (AP, 2/13/12)
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 fuel oil.
    (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.
    (AP, 3/5/10)

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 launched.
    (AP, 3/6/11)
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 bomb.
    (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.
    (AP, 3/5/11)
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.
    (AP, 3/6/11)
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.
    (AP, 3/5/11)
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.
    (AP, 3/5/11)
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.
    (Reuters, 3/5/11)
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 other suspects.
    (AP, 3/9/11)
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.
    (AP, 3/5/11)
2011        Mar 5, In south Pakistan a suspected militant died in a blast at his home on the outskirts of Karachi.
    (AP, 3/5/11)
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.
    (Reuters, 3/5/11)
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 Myanmar.
    (Reuters, 3/5/11)
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.
    (AP, 3/6/11)
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 al-Shabab militants.
    (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.
    (AP, 3/6/11)
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.
    (AP, 3/5/11)
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 corruption.
    (AP, 3/5/11)
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.
    (AP, 3/5/11)
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.
    (AP, 3/5/11)

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 miles.
    (Reuters, 3/5/12)
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.
    (Reuters, 3/5/12)
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.
    (Reuters, 3/7/12)
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."
    (Reuters, 3/6/12)
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.
    (AFP, 3/5/12)
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 face coverings.
    (AP, 3/5/12)
2012        Mar 5, In Brazil 30 beached dolphins were rescued by beachgoers. The rescue was captured on video and became an internet sensation.
    (http://news.yahoo.com/mass-dolphin-rescue-witnessed-off-rio-coast-035714671.html)
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 rebels.
    (Reuters, 3/5/12)
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" organization.
    (AFP, 3/5/12)
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.
    (AFP, 3/5/12)
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.
    (AP, 3/5/12)
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 Tripoli.
    (AFP, 3/5/12)
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.
    (AP, 3/5/12)
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.
    (AP, 3/5/12)
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.
    (AP, 3/8/12)
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 school.
    (AFP, 3/5/12)
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.
    (AP, 3/5/12)
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.
    (Reuters, 3/5/12)
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.
    (AFP, 3/6/12)
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.
    (AFP, 3/5/12)
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.
    (AFP, 3/12/12)
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.
    (AP, 3/8/12)
2012        Mar 5, In Yemen unknown assailants shot and wounded a police chief traveling between Aden and the nearby province of Lahij.
    (AFP, 3/6/12)

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.
    (AP, 3/5/13)
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 Korean War.
    (Reuters, 3/5/13)
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 July 2009.
    (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.
    (Reuters, 3/5/13)
2013        Mar 5, Britain stood isolated against a broad majority of European Union countries in refusing to back legislation that would strictly limit bankers' bonuses.
    (AP, 3/5/13)
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.
    (Reuters, 3/5/13)
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.
    (AP, 3/5/13)
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.
    (AP, 3/5/13)
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 March 2.
    (AP, 3/5/13)
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.
    (AP, 3/5/13)
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.
    (AP, 3/5/13)
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 sporting event.
    (AP, 3/5/13)
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.
    (AP, 3/5/13)
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.
    (AP, 3/6/13)

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 cybersecurity.
    (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.
    (AFP, 3/5/14)
2014        Mar 5, China’s PM Li Keqiang vowed to act against corruption and to declare war on pollution.
    (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.
    (AP, 3/5/14)
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.
    (AP, 3/5/14)
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 financial assistance.
    (Reuters, 3/5/14)
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.
    (Reuters, 3/5/14)
2014        Mar 5, In Indonesia an explosion at a navy ammunition warehouse killed one man and injured more than 80 other navy personnel.
    (AP, 3/5/14)
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 Republic.
    (AP, 3/5/14)
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.
    (Reuters, 3/5/14)
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.
    (AFP, 3/5/14)
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.
    (AP, 3/5/14)
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.
    (AP, 3/5/14)
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.
    (AP, 3/5/14)
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.
    (Reuters, 3/5/14)
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 newspapers.
    (AFP, 3/6/14)
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.
    (AFP, 3/7/14)
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.
    (AP, 3/5/14)
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.
    (AP, 3/5/14)

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