Today in History - May 1

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  This day is dedicated to St. David, the patron of Wales.
 (WSJ, 8/3/98, p.A12)

305        May 1, Emperor Gaius Aurelius Valerius Diocletianus Jovius of Rome abdicated. Constantius I Chlorus (Flavius Valerius Constantius) became Western emperor. Galerius (Gaius Galerius Valerius Maximianus) became Eastern emperor.
    (www.ancienthistory.about.com)

408        May 1, Theodosius II succeeded to the throne of Constantinople.
    (HN, 5/1/98)

1006        May 1, A supernova was observed by Chinese and Egyptians in constellation Lupus.
    (MC, 5/1/02)

1171        May 1, Dermot MacMurrough (b.1110), last Irish King of Leinster, died.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diarmait_Mac_Murchada)

1308        May 1, King Albert [of Austria] was murdered by his nephew John, because he refused his share of the Habsburg lands.
    (HN, 5/1/99)

1486        May 1, Christopher Columbus convinced Queen Isabella to fund expedition to the West Indies.
    (HN, 5/1/98)

1493        May 1, Phillippus Paracelsus, physician and alchemist, was born in Switzerland.
    (HN, 5/1/98)(MC, 5/1/02)

1528        May 1, The Spanish Narvaez expedition began an inland march to Florida with some 300 men and 40 horses.
    (ON, 10/03, p.1)

1562        May 1, The 1st French colonists in the US, a 5-vessel Huguenot expedition led by Jean Ribault (1520-1565), landed in Florida. He continued north and established a colony named Charlesfort at Parris Island, SC.
    (Arch, 1/05, p.47)(www.infoplease.com/ce6/people/A0841765.html)

1567        May 1, Michiel Jansz van Mierevelt, Dutch royal painter, was born.
    (MC, 5/1/02)

1572        May 1, Pius V (Antonio Ghislieri), grand inquisitor, Pope (1566-72), died. He was succeeded by Gregory XIII.
    (TL-MB, 1988, p.22)(MC, 5/1/02)

1628        May 1, A May festival in Quincy, Mass., degenerated into an orgy with Indian women.
    (MC, 5/1/02)

1633        May 1, Sebastien le Prestre de Vauban, French fortress architect, was born.
    (MC, 5/1/02)

1672        May 1, Joseph Addison (d.1719), English essayist (Spectator) and poet, was born. "We are always doing, says he, something for posterity, but I would fain see posterity do something for us." "A man must be both stupid and uncharitable who believes there is no virtue or truth but on his own side."
    (AHD, 1971, p.14)(AP, 11/21/97)(AP, 7/14/98)(MC, 5/1/02)

1700        May 1, John Dryden (b.1631), English poet, playwright (Rival Ladies), died. He had written that repentance was virtue of weak minds and the want of power to sin.
    (MC, 5/1/02)(Econ, 7/24/04, p.70)

1704        May 1, Boston Newsletter published the 1st US newspaper ad.
    (MC, 5/1/02)

1707        May 1, Effective on this day Scotland and England, which already included Wales, were united by an act of Parliament to form Great Britain.
    (WSJ, 4/16/97, p.A13)(AP, 5/1/07)

1759        May 1, British fleet occupied Guadeloupe, in the West Indies. [see Apr 23]
    (MC, 5/1/02)

1764        May 1, Benjamin Henry Latrobe, architect of the U.S. Capitol, was born.
    (HN, 5/1/98)
1764        May 1, Gottfried Rieger, composer, was born.
    (MC, 5/1/02)

1769        May 1,    Arthur Wellsley, Duke of Wellington "Iron Duke," was born. He defeated Napoleon at Waterloo and later became the British prime minister (1828-30). [see Apr 24]
    (HN, 5/1/99)(MC, 5/1/02)

1776        May 1, Adam Weishaupt founded the secret society of Illuminati.
    (MC, 5/1/02)

1777        May 1, Richard Brinsley Sheridan's "School for Scandal," premiered in London with Georgiana Cavendish as Lady Teazle. "Its assumptions are that lust and greed - when allied with beauty and cunning - deserve to triumph over dullness and age." He also wrote “A Trip to Scarborough," a rewrite of a Restoration original.
    (WSJ,11/24/95, p.A-6)(WSJ, 11/20/98, p.W6)(MC, 5/1/02)

1781        May 1, Emperor Josef II decreed protection of population.
    (MC, 5/1/02)

1786        May 1, The opera "The Marriage of Figaro," by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, premiered in Vienna.
    (AP, 5/1/97)

1805        May 1, The state of Virginia passed a law requiring all freed slaves to leave the state, or risk either imprisonment or deportation.
    (HN, 5/1/99)

1807        May 1, John Bankhead "Prince John" Magruder, Major General (Confederate Army), was born.
    (MC, 5/1/02)

1825        May 1, George Inness, US landscape painter (Delaware Water Gap), was born.
    (MC, 5/1/02)

1830        May 1, Mother (Mary Harris) Jones, reformer and labor organizer, was born. [see 1837]
    (HN, 5/1/01)

1839        May 1, Louis-Maire-Hilaire Bernigaud, French chemist, inventor of rayon, was born.
    (HN, 5/1/01)

1840        May 1, The 1st adhesive postage stamps, the" Penny Blacks" from England, were issued.
    (MC, 5/1/02)

1841        May 1, The 1st emigrant wagon train left Independence, Missouri, for California.
    (MC, 5/1/02)

1844        May 1, Whig convention nominated Henry Clay as presidential candidate.
    (MC, 5/1/02)
1844        May 1, Samuel Morse (1791-1872) sent the 1st telegraphic message as a demonstration between Washington, DC, and Baltimore [see Jan 6, 1838]. The line officially opened on May 24, 1844.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samuel_Morse)

1851        May 1, The Great Council Exhibition, the first-ever World’s Fair, opened in London’s Hyde Park. Some 6 million people came to see the new glass and iron Crystal Palace, designed by Joseph Paxton (1823-1865). Paxton used roof ventilators and underground air-cooling chambers to regulate indoor temperature.
    (WSJ, 1/26/98, p.A16)(ON, 7/04, p.12)(Econ, 12/4/04, TQ p.17)

1852        May 1, Calamity [Martha] Jane [Burke], frontier adventurer, Indian fighter, was born.
    (MC, 5/1/02)

1855        May 1, In San Francisco a deed was granted to Fr. Anthony Maraschi for Lot 127 on Market St. between Fourth and Fifth. It had been owned by Thomas O. Larkin, the first American consul in Monterey, who sold it for $11,500.
    (GenIV, Winter 04/05)

1857        May 1, William Walker, conqueror of Nicaragua, surrendered to the US Navy. Cornelius Vanderbilt helped finance a Costa Rican army, which defeated Walker’s forces, and paid men under Walker’s command to defect. Walker later sought protection on a British naval vessel, whose captain turned him over to Hondurans, who executed him in 1860.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Walker_(soldier))(WSJ, 8/30/08, p.W7)

1858        May 1, Anthony Johnson Showalter, composer, was born.
    (MC, 5/1/02)

1862        May 1, Marcel Prevost, French publisher, writer (Les demis-vierges), was born.
    (MC, 5/1/02)

1863        May 1, Confederate congress passed a resolution to kill black Union soldiers.
    (HN, 5/1/98)
1863        May 1, Confederate "National Flag" replaced "Stars & Bars."
    (MC, 5/1/02)
1863        May 1, The beginning of the Battle of Chancellorsville, Va., in the East and the Battle Port Gibson in the west. The new Union commander, ‘Fighting Joe’ Hooker, planned to encircle Robert E. Lee at the Virginia crossroads hamlet of Chancellorsville.
    (HN, 5/1/98)

1864        May 1-8, Battle at Alexandria, Louisiana (Red River Campaign).
    (MC, 5/1/02)
1864        May 1, Atlanta campaign, GA.
    (MC, 5/1/02)

1865        May 1, In Charleston, SC, some 10,000 people paraded to a mass grave site of Union soldiers at a former race track. This was likely the 1st large-scale US Memorial Day event. [see May 5, 1866, 1868]
    (SFC, 5/26/03, p.A1)

1867        May 1, Reconstruction in the South began with black voter registration.
    (HN, 5/1/98)

1869        May 1, Folies Bergere opened in Paris.
    (MC, 5/1/02)

1872        May 1, Hugo Alfvjen, composer (Midsommarvaka), was born in Stockholm, Sweden.
    (MC, 5/1/02)

1873        May 1, David Livingstone (60), British physician, explorer (Africa), died in Chitambo, Zambia. His body passed through Zanzibar for a funeral in London in Apr 18, 1874.
    (www.heroesofhistory.com/page55.html)(SSFC, 7/13/03, p.C9)

1875        May 1, 238 members of "Whiskey Ring" were accused of anti-US activities.
    (MC, 5/1/02)

1877        May 1, President Hayes ordered the withdrawal all Federal troops from the South, ending Reconstruction.
    (http://www.historycentral.com/rec/EndofRec.html)

1878        May 1, James Graham was born. He was the inventor of the first naval aircraft-carrying ship and the first man to film a total eclipse of the Sun.
    (HN, 5/1/99)
1878        May 1, The third Paris World’s Fair opened and continued to Nov 10. It showcased ice machines and electric street lights.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exposition_Universelle_%281878%29)(Econ, 6/13/15, p.52)

1881        May 1, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (d.1955), French Jesuit philosopher, paleontologist, was born. He authored the “Phenomenon of Man" wherein he proposed the idea of the noosphere, i.e. sphere of mind, in which all the minds of all the humans on earth could be conceived of as both separate and as combined in one great, single intelligence.
    (V.D.-H.K.p.388)(MC, 5/1/02)
1881        May 1, A family wagon got stuck on train tracks the SF Bay town of San Lorenzo, Ca. 5 of 6 children were killed.
    (http://www.sanlorenzoheritage.org/history/slzintro.htm)(SFC, 10/10/14, p.A11)

1883        May 1, "Buffalo Bill" Cody put on his 1st Wild West Show.
    (MC, 5/1/02)

1884        May 1, Construction began on the first steel-skeleton skyscraper, a 10-story structure in Chicago, designed by William Le Baron Jenney and built by the Home Insurance Co. of New York. It was completed in 1885. It stood 9 stories and had 2 added in 1891.
    (HT, 5/97, p.23)(SFEC, 11/22/98, Z1 p.8)(AP, 5/1/99)

1889        May 1, Bayer in Germany introduced aspirin in powder form.
    (MC, 5/1/02)

1892        May 1, Howard Barlow, conductor (Voice of Firestone), was born in Plain City, Ohio.
    (MC, 5/1/02)
1892        May 1, A US quarantine station opened on Angel Island, SF Bay.
    (MC, 5/1/02)

1893        May 1, The World’s Columbian Exposition was officially opened in Chicago by President Cleveland. The El in Chicago was erected to take visitors to the World’s Columbian Exposition. It created a section of town called the Loop encircled by the railway. The exposition grounds covered over 600 acres of south Chicago along Lake Michigan. The exposition attracted over 21 million visitors who saw such wonders as the Ferris Wheel and electricity (first displayed in the Paris Exposition in 1889, but still unknown to most Americans). It was the first American exposition to make a profit. In 2003 Erik Larson authored “The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic and madness at the Fair That Changed America."
    (AP, 5/1/97)(Hem. 7/96, p.25)(HNQ, 2/18/01)(SSFC, 3/30/03, p.M1)

1896        May 1, Mark Clark, American general, was born. He commanded the Fifth Army in Italy during World War II.
    (HN, 5/1/99)
1896        May 1, Nasr-ed-Din (65), shah of Persia, was murdered.
    (MC, 5/1/02)

1898        May 1, US Commodore George Dewey gave the command, "You may fire when you are ready, Gridley," as an American naval force destroyed a Spanish fleet in Manila Bay. Admiral George Dewey led the US Navy in victory over the Spanish navy at the Battle of Manila Bay in the Philippines. Dewey’s ships lobbed shells into Filipino-dug trenches and the battle became a massacre.
    (AP, 5/1/97)(Hem, Dec. 94, p.70)(SFEC, 1/31/99, Z1 p.4)(HN, 5/1/99)

1902        May 1, John Glover (85), English chemist (production sulfuric acid), died.
    (MC, 5/1/02)

1904        May 1, Antonin Dvorak (b.1841), Czech composer (Slavonic Dances, New World Symphony), died at age 62. He spent 1892-1895 in the US as an honored guest. In 2002 Michael B. Beckerman authored “New Worlds of Dvorak: Searching in America for the Composer’s Inner Life."
    (MC, 5/1/02)(SSFC, 1/19/03, p.M5)

1907        May 1, Kate Smith (d.1986), singer, was born in Washington, DC.
    (AP, 5/1/07)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kate_Smith)

1909        May 1, Walter Reed Hospital opened in Washington DC as an 80-bed Army medical center. It closed in 2011 and operations were moved to facilities in Maryland and Virginia.
    (SFC, 8/26/05, p.A13)(SFC, 7/28/11, p.A4)

1913        May 1, Walter Susskind, conductor, was born in Prague, Czechoslovakia.
    (MC, 5/1/02)

1914        May 1, Yuan Shikai, China's 1st president, won dictatorial qualification.
    (MC, 5/1/02)

1915        May 1, The luxury liner Lusitania left New York Harbor for a voyage to Europe. There were warnings by the German government in NYC newspapers that it regarded the refurbished liner a battle target. She was sunk by a German U-boat six days later.
    (HN, 5/1/99)(MC, 5/1/02)
1915        May 1, A German submarine sank the U.S. ship Gulflight I.
    (HN, 5/1/98)

1916        May 1, Glenn Ford, actor, was born in Quebec, Canada. He starred in the film "The Blackboard Jungle."
    (HN, 5/1/99)(MC, 5/1/02)

1917        May 1, Caucasian unity was proclaimed at the first Mountain People's Congress in Vladikavkaz. The idea of a Caucasus Confederation had its origins in the spring of 1917 and was developed further in 1918. At the Congress the "Alliance of United Mountain People of the North Caucasus and Dagestan", headed by T. Chermoev, a Chechen, R. Kaplanov, a Kumyk, P. Kotsev, a Kabardian, V. Dzhabagiev, an Ingush, and others, was officially established. The Abkhazian people also became full members of this alliance. A Mountain Peoples' Government was formed in November 1917.
    (www.ciaonet.org/olj/crs/crs_1998sp/crs98sp_las01.html)

1918        May 1, Jack Paar (d.2004), later late-night TV talk show host, was born in Canton, Ohio.
    (www.museum.tv/archives/etv/P/htmlP/paarjack/paarjack.htm)

1919        May 1, Dan O'Herlihy, actor (Fail Safe, Last Starfighter, Robocop), was born in Ireland.
    (MC, 5/1/02)
1919        May 1, In Indonesia Mount Kelud erupted. A powerful explosion that could be heard hundreds of miles away destroyed dozens of villages and killed at least 5,160 when a boiling crater lake broke through the crater wall killing people in 104 small villages.
    (SFC, 1/19/02, p.A14)(AP, 11/3/07)
1919        May 1, In Mexico Pancho Villa married Soledad Seanez Holguin. This was recognized by the state in 1946 after proof showed the pair had both a civil and a church wedding.
    (SFC, 7/13/96, p. A19)

1920        May 1, Belgian-Luxembourg toll tunnel opened.
    (MC, 5/1/02)

1923        May 1, Joseph Heller (d.1999), American author, was born in Brooklyn, NY. His work included the novel "Catch 22."
    (HN, 5/1/99)(SFC, 12/14/99, p.A10)(MC, 5/1/02)

1924        May 1, Terry Southern, novelist and screenwriter (Candy, The Magic Christian, Dr. Strangelove, Easy Rider), was born.
    (HN, 5/1/01)(MC, 5/1/02)

1925        May 1, Malcolm Scott Carpenter, astronaut (Mercury 7-Aurora 7), was born in Boulder, Colo.
    (MC, 5/1/02)
1925        May 1, Cyprus became a British Crown Colony.
    (MC, 5/1/02)

1926        May 1, Satchel Paige made his pitching debut in Negro Southern League.
    (MC, 5/1/02)

1927        May 1, Adolf Hitler held the first Nazi meeting in Berlin.
    (HN, 5/1/98)

1928        May 1, Lei Day, a Hawaiian celebration, was begun.
    (MC, 5/1/02)
1928        May 1, Pitcairn Airlines (later Eastern) began service.
    (MC, 5/1/02)

1929        May 1, Police killed 19 Mayday demonstrators in Berlin.
    (MC, 5/1/02)

1930        May 1, Anton J. Anderson, a Sausalito fisherman, returned to port in SF, Ca., towing 2 boats and carrying the bodies of Allen Curry (29), a deputy fish and game warden, and James Burke (48), a former game warden. Anderson himself was wounded and explained that he had shot the 2 men in self defense after they tried to confiscate his nets. Anderson was not indicted and returned to fishing. He died mysteriously 3 years later off the Mendocino shore.
    (SSFC, 8/17/08, DB p.58)
1930        May 1, Pluto was first publicly announced as the name of a newly discovered planet.   Venetia Phair (11) had suggested the name to her grandfather, librarian Falconer Madan, who relayed the suggestion to his friend Herbert Hall Turner, professor of astronomy at Oxford. Madan rewarded Phair (1919-2009) with a five-pound note. The same purchasing power in 2009 would be about 230 pounds, or $350.
    (AP, 5/7/09)

1931        May 1,    Singer Kate Smith began her long-running radio program on CBS.
    (AP, 5/1/97)
1931        May 1, New York City's 102-story Empire State Building was dedicated. A 3,000 man construction crew completed the building in one year and 45 days. It was designed by the firm Shreve, Lamb and Harmon and financed by John J. Raskob, a former GM executive.
    (SFC, 2/24/96, p.A13)(AP, 5/1/97)(HT, 5/97, p.26)(AP, 5/1/08)

1934        May 1, The Philippine legislature accepted a U.S. proposal for independence.
    (HN, 5/1/98)

1936        May 1, In New Orleans the FBI under J Edgar Hoover arrested kidnapper and gunman Alvin Karpis (1907-1979). Known for his alliance with the Barker gang in the 1930s, he was the last "public enemy" to be taken. Karpis was born to Lithuanian immigrants in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, and was raised in Wichita, Kansas. In August he was imprisoned at Alcatraz. Karpis was released on parole in 1969 and deported to Canada.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alvin_Karpis)(SSFC, 7/31/11, DB p.42)
1936        May 1, Emperor Haile Selassie left Ethiopia as Italians invaded.
    (MC, 5/1/02)

1937        May 1, President Franklin Roosevelt signed an act of neutrality, keeping the United States out of World War II.
    (HN, 5/1/99)

1939        May 1, Judy Collins, singer (Send in the Clowns, Clouds), was born in Seattle, Wash.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Judy_Collins)
1939        May 1, Batman comics hit the street in Detective Comics No. 27. Bob Kane (d.1998 at 83) created Batman for DC Comics. The cartoon hero was based on Zorro, da Vinci’s sketch of a flying man, and a silent mystery movie titled "The Bat."
    (SFC, 11/6/98, p.D5)(SFC, 12/14/00, p.C9)(WSJ, 10/25/02, p.A1)(AP, 8/2/10)

1940        May 1, Bobbie Ann Mason, American writer (Shiloh and Other Stories, In Country), was born.
    (HN, 5/1/01)
1940        May 1, The 1940 Olympics were cancelled.
    (MC, 5/1/02)
1940        May 1, 140 Palestinian Jews died as German planes bombed their ship.
    (MC, 5/1/02)

1941        May 1,    The motion picture "Citizen Kane," directed and starring Orson Welles (24), premiered in New York. Randolph Hearst attempted to bury the film by banning all advertising in his newspapers. One in five Americans read a Hearst paper at this time. Citizen Kane won an Academy Award. A PBS special from the American Experience covered the story in 1996. His biography, “Rosebud: The Story of Orson Welles" by David Thompson, was published in 1996.
    (WSJ, 1/25/96, p.A-16)(TMC, 1994, p.1941)(SFC, 6/9/96, BR p.15)
1941        May 1, General Mills introduced Cheerioats, later renamed Cheerios. It was made possible by the development of the “puffing gun" invented earlier by Lester Borchardt Sr.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cheerios)(WSJ, 1/27/07, p.A6)
1941        May 1, A German assault took place on Tobruk.
    (MC, 5/1/02)

1943        May 1, Food rationing began in US. [see Mar 29]
    (MC, 5/1/02)
1943        May 1, British India SN Company troop transport in convoy with 23 merchantmen and escorted by eleven destroyers, was bound for Malta. When some 30 miles north of Benghazi, the convoy was attacked by German bombers and torpedo carrying aircraft. On board the Erinpura (Capt. P.V. Cotter) were 1,025 troops. One large bomb exploded in the hold sinking the ship in a matter of minutes. Forty four crewmembers, three gunners and an unspecified number of troops were lost. On the same day, near the Tunisian coast, another troopship (name unknown) was torpedoed and sank. On board were a number of troops from Basutoland (later Lesotho) who were serving with the British Eighth Army. In this tragic sinking, 618 Basutos lost their lives. 
    (http://members.iinet.net.au/~gduncan/maritime-1a.html)
1943        May 1, A German plane sank a boat loaded with Palestinian Jews bound for Malta.
    (MC, 5/1/02)
1943        May 1, German forces were deployed in the following places: Norway (200,000), France (900,000), Africa (150,000), Balkans (80,000), Finland (180,000), Eastern Europe (210,000), Caucasus (260,000), Russia (1,900,000).
    (WSJ, 5/12/99, p.A23)

1944        May 1, The Messerschmitt Me 262 Sturmvogel, the 1st jet bomber, made its first flight.
    (HN, 5/1/98)(MC, 5/1/02)

1945        May 1,    A day after Adolf Hitler committed suicide, Admiral Karl Doenitz effectively became sole leader of the Third Reich with the suicide of Hitler's propaganda minister, Josef Goebbels. Goebbels committed suicide with his wife and 8 children.
    (AP, 5/1/07)
1945        May 1, Martin Bormann, private secretary to Adolf Hitler, escaped the Fuhrerbunker as the Red Army advanced on Berlin. Specialists later determined that he probably died in May 1945. The mystery behind his fate was settled in 1972 when construction workers in Berlin dug up a skeleton. Experts concluded the remains were Bormann's after a five-month examination that included making X-rays of the bones, studying the teeth, and using the skull as a model to reconstruct what its face would've looked like. West German authorities officially declared him dead in 1973.  Some skeptics believed the remains had been brought from elsewhere to be reburied in Berlin. In 2011 Paul van Aerschodt, a former Belgian collaborator, said Bormann had escaped to Latin America and lived there disguised as a priest.
    (WSJ, 8/30/99, p.A1)(AP, 9/1/09)(AFP, 2/5/11)
1945        May 1, Arthur Seys-Inquart, Nazi overlord of Netherlands, fled to Flensburg.
    (MC, 5/1/02)

1947        May 1, Radar for commercial and private planes was 1st demonstrated.
    (MC, 5/1/02)

1948        May 1, Glenn Taylor, Idaho Senator, was arrested in Birmingham Alabama for trying to enter a meeting through a door marked "for Negroes."
    (MC, 5/1/02)
1948        May 1, Christos Ladas, Greek minister of Justice, was murdered.
    (MC, 5/1/02)
1948        May 1, The People's Democratic Republic of Korea (North Korea) was proclaimed. The border between North and South Korea was sealed when Kim Il Sung established his communist regime.
    (SFC, 3/12/97, p.A14)(AP, 5/1/97)

1950        May 1, Gwendolyn Brooks became the first African American to win the Pulitzer Prize for her book of poetry called "Annie Allen."
    (HN, 5/1/99)
1950        May 1, Lothrop Stoddard (1883), American political theorist, historian, eugenicist, and anti-immigration advocate, died. He wrote a number of prominent books of early 20th-century scientific racism including “The Rising Tide of Color Against White World Supremacy" (1920).
    (WSJ, 1/4/08, p.W5)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lothrop_Stoddard)
1950        May 1, New marriage laws were enforced in People's Republic China.
    (www.isop.ucla.edu/eas/restricted/marriage.htm)
1950        May 1, South Africa’s 1927 Immorality Act, which prohibited sex between whites and blacks, was amended to prohibit sex between whites and all non-whites.
    (http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Immorality_Amendment_Act,_1950)

1951        May 1, Mickey Mantle hit his 1st HR.
    (MC, 5/1/02)
1951        May 1, Some 600,000 marched for peace and freedom in Germany.
    (MC, 5/1/02)

1952        May 1, Marines took part in an atomic explosion training in Nevada.
    (MC, 5/1/02)
1952        May 1, Mr. Potato Head was introduced.
    (MC, 5/1/02)
1952        May 1, TWA introduced tourist class.
    (MC, 5/1/02)

1954        May 1, Ray York rode Determine to victory in the Kentucky Derby.
    (SFC, 9/4/09, p.D6)(www.kentuckyderby.com/2009/history/statistics/1951-1975)
1954        May 1, Legos, founded by Danish carpenter Ole Kirk Christiansen, became a registered trademark in Denmark.
    (http://inventors.about.com/library/inventors/bllego.htm)

1959        May 1, Some 87 guerillas, mostly Cubans, surrendered without resistance to Panamanian troops at the village of Nombre de Dios in response to appeals by Castro.
    (DBD, p.824)
1959        May 1, West Germany introduced a 5 day work week.
    (MC, 5/1/02)

1960        May 1, India's Bombay state split into Gujarat and Maharashtra states.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maharashtra)
1960        May 1, A Soviet missile shot down an American U-2 spy plane near Sverdlovsk with pilot Francis Gary Powers (1929-1977). Powers was held in the Soviet Union for 21 months.
    (SFC, 8/8/96, p.A11)(AP, 5/1/97)(SFC, 6/16/12, p.A4)

1961        May 1, A Pulitzer prize was awarded to Harper Lee, author of “To Kill a Mockingbird."
    (MC, 5/1/02)
1961        May 1, Fidel Castro announced that there would be no more elections in Cuba. Radio Havana was founded.
    (HN, 5/1/98)(WSJ, 6/18/02, p.D9)

1963        May 1, James Whittaker became the 1st American to conquer Mount Everest as he and a Sherpa guide reached the summit.
    (AP, 5/1/03)

1964        May 1, The 1st BASIC program ran on a computer at Dartmouth.
    (MC, 5/1/02)

1965        May 1, Spike Jones (53), composer (Spike Jones Show), died.
    (MC, 5/1/02)
1965        May 1, In Czechoslovakia Allen Ginsberg was crowned King of May at the Prague May Day celebration.
    (SFEC, 4/6/97, p.A10)
1965        May 1, USSR launched Luna 5; later lands on Moon.
    (MC, 5/1/02)

1966        May 1, Last British concert by Beatles was at Empire Pool in Wembley.
    (MC, 5/1/02)

1967        May 1, A Pulitzer prize was awarded to Bernard Malamud (Fixer).
    (MC, 5/1/02)
1967        May 1, Elvis Presley (32) married Priscilla Beaulieu (20) in Las Vegas at the Aladdin Hotel. They divorced in 1973. They had met when she was 14 in West Germany.
    (AP, 5/1/97)(SFEM, 1/25/98, p.66)
1967        May 1,    Anastasio Somoza Debayle became president of Nicaragua.
    (AP, 5/1/97)

1968        May 1, In a second day of battle, US Marines, with the support of naval fire, continued their attack on a North Vietnamese Division at Dai Do.
    (HN, 5/1/99)

1970        May 1, Students at Kent State University rioted in downtown Kent, Ohio, in protest of the American invasion of Cambodia. Campus protests broke out across the nation.
    (HN, 5/1/98)
1970        May 1, The US troop ship General John Pope came to rest at the Suisun Bay, Ca., reserve fleet rest stop. It was launched in 1943 and served up to this time. In 2010 it was scheduled to be recycled at a Texas shipyard.
    (SSFC, 5/9/10, p.A2)

1971        May 1, Amtrak, which combined and streamlined the operations of 18 US intercity passenger railroads, went into service. The Southern Pacific Railroad turned over its money-losing passenger service and railroad cars to the government which formed Amtrak.
    (AP, 5/1/97)(SFC, 7/8/96, p.D1)

1974        May 1, The US Federal Hourly Minimum Wage was set at $2.00 an hour.
    (www.dol.gov/ESA/minwage/chart.htm)

1975        May 1, The US brokerage industry, acting on a mandate by the SEC, deregulated commissions. Charles Schwab soon became one of the first to slash the price of equity trades.
    (SSFC, 5/1/05, p.E3)(Econ, 10/21/06, p.87)
1975        May 1, United Aircraft became United Technologies Corp.
    (WSJ, 4/8/04, p.C4)

1976        May 1, Kawika Kapahulehua (d.2007 at 76), leading a 15-man crew on a double-hulled canoe with sails, departed Hawaii to Tahiti. Organizer and anthropologist Ben Finney wanted to prove the trip was possible. They reached Tahiti after 34 days despite issues of ethnicity raised by part of the crew. Mau Piailug (1932-2010), Micronesian master navigator, steered the Hokule’a (Star of Gladness) by the stars, the feel of the wind and the look of the sea. 
    (SFC, 5/28/07, p.D3)(Econ, 7/24/10, p.84)
1976        May 1, Alexandros Panagoulis (b.1939), Greek politician and poet, died in a car crash possibly rigged by his enemies. He became famous for his attempt to assassinate dictator George Papadopoulos on 13 August 1968, and also for the torture that he was subjected to during his detention.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexandros_Panagoulis)

1978        May 1,    Ernest Morial was inaugurated as the first black mayor of New Orleans.
    (AP, 5/1/97)
1978        May 1, Aram Khachaturian (b.1903), Georgia-born Armenian composer, died in Moscow.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aram_Khachaturian)

1979        May 1, Denmark gave home rule to Greenland, but continued to make key decisions on law and order. The legislative basis for the Home Rule Administration is Act no 56 of 21 February 1979 which came into force on 1 May 1979 following a referendum in Greenland.
    (WSJ, 1/13/04, p.A4)(www.gh.gl/uk/govern/organiza.htm)
1979        May 1, Elton John and Ray Cooper performed the first of 5 concerts in Israel. They performed 3 times in Jerusalem and twice in Tel Aviv ending in Tel Aviv on May 6.
    (www.vex.net/~paulmac/elton/ej1979.html)
1979        May 1, The people of the Marshall Islands ratified their own constitution and the constitutional government came into being. In recognition of the evolving political status of the Marshall Islands, the US recognized the constitution of the Marshall Islands and the establishment of the Government of the Republic of the Marshall Islands. Mr. Amata Kabua (1928-1996) became the first president.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amata_Kabua)(www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/bgn/26551.htm)

1980        May 1, American Book Award went to William Styron for "Sophie's Choice" and T. Wolfe for "Right Stuff."
    (http://eightiesclub.tripod.com/id99.htm)

1981        May 1, Harrison Williams (Sen-D-NJ) was convicted on FBI Abscam charges.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abscam)(AP, 5/1/01)
1981        May 1, American Airlines instituted the 1st "frequent flyer" program to keep customers returning.
    (SSFC, 12/14/03, p.D2)(http://tinyurl.com/2uvcut)
1981        May 1, Chile completely privatized Social Security as part of its economic reforms.
    (SFC, 6/16/96, Z1 p.7)(SFC, 6/25/96, p.A18)

1982        May 1, The 1982 World's Fair opened in Knoxville, Tenn.
    (SFC, 6/9/97, p.A3)(AP, 5/1/07)
1982        May 1, Richard LaMotta (1942-2010) dispatched 60 street-cart vendors to the streets of Manhattan to begin selling his 4½-ounce Chipwich cookies, which included 3½ ounces of ice cream. Within weeks he was selling 40,000 a day at $1 each. He sold the company to Coolbrands Int’l., a Canadian distributor in 2002.
    (SSFC, 5/16/10, p.C9)

1983        May 1, "My One & Only" opened at St James Theater in NYC for 767 performances.
    (www.ibdb.com/production.asp?id=4221)
1983        May 1, Charles McCabe (68), SF Chronicle columnist, was found dead at his home at 22 Alta St.
    (SSFC, 4/27/08, DB p.58)

1984        May 1, Gordon Jenkins (b.1910), orchestra leader (NBC Comedy Hour), died of Lou Gehrig's disease in Malibu, Ca.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gordon_Jenkins)

1985        May 1, US president Reagan ordered an embargo against Nicaragua.
    (http://tinyurl.com/2qxpo3)

1986        May 1, Will Steger (b.1943) and his dog sled expedition reached the North Pole without re-supply.
    (www.qsl.net/kg0yh/other.htm)
1986        May 1, Tass News Agency reported the Chernobyl nuclear power plant accident.
    (HN, 5/1/98)

1987        May 1, James Webb (b.1946) began serving as US Sec. of the Navy under Pres. Ronald Reagan. He resigned in 1988 after refusing to agree to reduce the size of the Navy.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_H._Webb)
1987        May 1,    During a visit to West Germany, Pope John Paul II beatified Edith Stein, a Jewish-born Carmelite nun who was gassed in the Nazi concentration camp at Auschwitz.
    (AP, 5/1/97)

1988        May 1, Newsweek magazine reported that, according to a memoir by former White House chief of staff Donald Regan (1918-2003), astrology had influenced the planning of President Reagan's schedule. Regan's memoir was titled "For the Record: From Wall Street to Washington."
    (AP, 5/1/98)(WSJ, 6/11/03, p.A1)(SFC, 6/12/03, p.A25)

1989        May 1, The Supreme Court ruled that an employer has the legal burden of proving that its refusal to hire or promote someone is based on legitimate and not discriminatory reasons.
    (AP, 5/1/99)
1989        May 1, Disney held a grand opening for its 135 acre MGM studio in Orlando, Fl.
    (www.miamibeach411.com/disney/mgm-studios.htm)
1989        May 1, David Webster, an anti-apartheid campaigner, was shot and killed outside his Eleanor Street home in Troyeville, Johannesburg, on South Africa's first official Workers' Day. In 1999 apartheid hitman Ferdi Barnard was sentenced to life imprisonment for the assassination of Webster. He was sentenced to two life terms plus 63 years for a number of crimes, including the murder of Webster.
    (www.sahistory.org.za/people/david-joseph-webster)

1990        May 1, In Hampton, NH, William Flynn (16) and a friend shot and killed Gregory Smart (b.1965), the husband of Pamela Smart (23) with whom Flynn was having an affair. Flynn was sentenced 28 years to life. Smart had enlisted Flynn to kill her husband and was sentenced to life in prison. On June 4, 2015 Flynn was released from prison. Patrick Randall, who had held a knife to Gregg Smart’s throat, was also released on parole.
    (www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=7090228)(SFC, 6/5/15, p.A11)
1990        May 1, Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev and other Kremlin leaders were jeered by thousands of people during the annual May Day parade in Red Square.
    (AP, 5/1/00)

1991        May 1, "Will Rogers Follies" opened at Palace Theater in NYC for 983 performances.
    (www.ibdb.com/production.asp?ID=4643)
1991        May 1, Nolan Ryan of the Texas Rangers threw his seventh no-hitter at age 44, shutting out the Toronto Blue Jays 3-to-0.
    (AP, 5/1/01)
1991        May 1, Rickey Henderson of the Oakland A’s set a major league record by stealing his 939th base during a game against the New York Yankees.
    (AP, 5/1/01)
1991        May 1, The government of Angola and US-backed guerrillas initialed agreements ending their civil war.
    (AP, 5/1/01)

1992        May 1,    On the third day of the Los Angeles riots, beaten motorist Rodney King appeared in public to appeal for calm, asking, "Can we all get along?" President Bush delivered a nationally broadcast address in which he vowed to "use whatever force is necessary" to restore order.
    (AP, 5/1/97)
1992        May 1, In California Eric Houston (20) returned to Lindhurst High School, his former high school in Olivehurst, Yuba County, and killed 3 students and his former teacher Robert Brens (28) before surrendering to police. Brens had given him an F in economics 3 years earlier. Houston was later sentenced to death. In 2012 the state Supreme Court upheld his death sentence.
    (SFC, 4/3/12, p.A12)(SFC, 8/3/12, p.C3)
1992        May 1, It was reported that a new study indicated that peptic ulcers were caused by a bacterium called Helicobacter pylori.
    (WSJ, 10/24/05, p.A15)
1992        May 1,    Serbian forces began to shell Serajevo.
    (SFC, 6/11/96, p.A14)   

1993        May 1, The horse Sea Hero won the Kentucky Derby.
    (AP, 5/1/98)
1993        May 1, President Clinton held a strategy session with top military and foreign policy advisers on Bosnia.
    (AP, 5/1/98)
1993        May 1, Violence erupted during a May Day protest in Moscow.
    (AP, 5/1/98)
1993        May 1, Pres. Ranasinghe Premadasa (b.1924), the 3rd president of Sri Lanka, was killed by a Tiger suicide bomber in Colombo.
    (SFC, 7/24/96, p.A9)(AP, 5/1/98)(SFC, 6/8/00, p.A16)

1994        May 1, Israeli and PLO delegates opened a final round of talks in Cairo, Egypt, on Palestinian autonomy prior to the signing of an agreement on self-rule.
    (AP, 5/1/99)
1994        May 1, South Africa's first all-race elections ended.
    (SFC, 11/30/96, p.A12)

1995        May 1, President Clinton defended his choice for surgeon general, Henry Foster, as a "pro-life, pro-choice doctor."
    (AP, 5/1/00)
1995        May 1, Charges that Qubilah Shabazz, the daughter of Malcolm X, had plotted to murder Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan were dropped as jury selection for her trial was about to begin in Minneapolis.
    (AP, 5/1/00)
1995        May 1, The Croatian army captured the Serb enclave of Western Slavonia in its first major bid to retake territories occupied in 1991. In reply the Krajina Serbs launched a rocket attack on Zagreb, the Croatian capital. Milan Martic, Croatian Serb leader of rebel Serb forces, ordered the shelling of Zagreb. Martic surrendered to the UN war crimes tribunal in 2002.
    (SFC,10/16/97, p.A12)(SFC, 11/30/96, p.A15)(SFC, 5/8/02, p.A17)

1996        May 1, PLO leader Yasser Arafat received a statesman's welcome at the White House, where he met with President Clinton for 45 minutes, then lashed out at Israel for keeping its borders closed to Palestinian workers.
    (AP, 5/1/97)
1996        May 1, Cubans began paying income taxes for the first time in decades.
    (SFC, 5/18/96, p.A-9)

1997        May 1, The TV show Ellen captured 42 million viewers to hear the Ellen character, played by Ellen DeGeneres, announce that she was a lesbian.
    (SFC, 5/2/97, p.C1)
1997        May 1, John and Patsy Ramsey, the parents of slain child beauty queen JonBenet, declared their innocence, and asked for the public's help in finding her killer.
    (AP, 5/1/98)
1997        May 1, In Oakland an armored car flipped in an accident and released some 27 bags of money claimed to be substantially less than $500,000. People in the vicinity grabbed much of the cash though some 20% was returned within 2 days. A total of $106,000 was recovered and $445,000 was still missing when an amnesty for returning cash ended on May 5.
    (SFC, 5/3/97, p.A1)
1997        May 1, Virtual Pets began to be marketed by Tiger Electronics and Bandai Ltd. of Japan. The egg-sized gadgets played out the lives of various animals on a liquid crystal display.
    (WSJ, 5/2/97, p.B1)
1997        May 1, An Int’l. committee agreed to create 7 new (WWW) World Wide Web domains. The new suffixes would be: .firm, .store, .web, .arts, .rec, .info and .nom for individuals.
    (SFC, 5/2/97, p.A1)
1997        May 1, In Belarus the government imposed a $3 million tax fine on the Soros Foundation for alleged currency exchange violations. Soros called it a blatant attempt to suppress the independent sector.
    (SFC, 5/2/97, p.A16)
1997        May 1, Under the leadership of Tony Blair Britain’s Labour Party ended its 18 years in opposition, and won the general election with a landslide victory, winning 418 seats, the most seats the party has ever held.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Kingdom_general_election,_1997)
1997        May 1, Romania apologized for deporting tens of thousands of ethnic Germans to labor camps during Communist rule or “selling" them by demanding cash from the Bonn government for emigration permits.
    (SFC, 5/2/97, p.A17)

1998        May 1, Otto Bettmann, founder of the Bettmann photo archive, died at 94 in Boca Raton, Fla.
    (WSJ, 5/4/98, p.A1)
1998        May 1, Eldridge Cleaver, ex-Black Panther who later renounced his past and became a Republican, died at age 62 in Pomona, Ca. He wrote the book “Soul On Ice" in 1965 while in Folsom Prison. The book was published in 1968. He jumped bail after a 1968 shooting and returned to the US in 1975.
    (SFC, 5/2/98, p.A1,13)(AP, 5/1/99)
1998        May 1, In Kosovo, Serbia, a police raid in Drenica left 4 ethnic Albanians dead.
    (BS, 5/3/98, p.19A)
1998        May 1, In Nigeria police fired into a crowd of 5,000 people demanding the ouster of Sani Abacha and witnesses said 7 people were killed.
    (SFC, 5/2/98, p.A9)
1998        May 1, Former Rwandan Prime Minister Jean Kambanda pleaded guilty to charges stemming from the 1994 genocide of more than 500,000 Tutsis. Kambanda was later sentenced to life in prison, but has since disavowed his guilty plea.
    (AP, 5/1/03)
1998        May 1, In Zimbabwe labor leaders called for a 5-day national strike to protest a tax increase and higher prices.
    (SFC, 5/2/98, p.A9)

1999        May 1, Charismatic, a 30-1 shot, charged to victory in the 125th Kentucky Derby.
    (AP, 5/1/00)
1999        May 1, Pres. Clinton imposed a trade embargo on Serbia that excepted only food and medicine.
    (SFEC, 5/2/99, p.A3)   
1999        May 1, The FCC ordered that stations affiliated with ABC, CBS, Fox, and NBC must build digital facilities in the 10 largest TV markets by this time.
    (Wired, 2/98, p.64)
1999        May 1, The NRA held its annual convention in Denver 11 days after the Columbine High School shootings. Some 2,500 attended as 7,000 people protested outside.
    (SFEC, 5/2/99, p.A1)(AP, 5/1/00)   
1999        May 1, The Liberty Bell 7 Mercury capsule flown by Gus Grissom, which sank in 1961, was found 300 miles offshore from Cape Canaveral in 3 waters 3 miles deep.
    (SFC, 5/3/99, p.A2)(AP, 5/1/00)
1999        May 1, In Hot Springs, Arkansas, an amphibious tourist boat sank on Lake Hamilton and 11 people drowned. The death toll rose to 13 after one survivor died and another body was found.
    (SFEC, 5/2/99, p.A2)(SFC, 5/3/99, p.A2)
1999        May 1, In London police arrested David Copeland (22) for the recent nail bombings.
    (SFC, 5/3/99, p.A12)
1999        May 1, Pres. Milosevic ordered the release of 3 captive Americans following the appeal of Rev. Jesse Jackson.
    (SFEC, 5/2/99, p.A1)
1999        May 1, A NATO strike on a bridge in Kosovo, 12 miles north of Pristina, hit a civilian bus and killed between 34 and 60 people including 15 children.
    (SFEC, 5/2/99, p.A17)

2000        May 1, The US government began allowing civilian GPS receivers to pick up more accurate satellite signals. The sport of geocaching began 2 days later.
    (WSJ, 3/19/02, p.A20)
2000        May 1, A US State Dept. annual report on efforts to combat terrorism listed Cuba, Iran, Iraq, Libya, North Korea, Sudan and Syria as state sponsors for terrorism. The report indicated a shift from the Middle East to South Asia with Afghanistan and Pakistan listed as threatening.
    (SFEC, 4/30/00, p.A6)(SFC, 5/2/00, p.A12)
2000        May 1, About three and a-half million Time Warner cable subscribers temporarily lost access to seven Disney-owned ABC stations in a quarrel over transmission rights.
    (AP, 5/1/01)
2000        May 1, Steve Reeves, actor, died in Escondido, California, at age 74. He starred in such films as “Hercules," “The Last Days of Pompeii," and “Duel of the Titans."
    (SFC, 5/4/00, p.C4)(AP, 5/1/01)
2000        May 1, May Day marches and protests took place around the world. In Berlin violence erupted as some 10,000 anarchists marched against “capitalism and imperialism" after some 1200 neo-Nazis rallied. In London some 2,000 demonstrators caused havoc in London. Tens of thousands gathered in Madrid and some 15,000 demonstrated in both Russia and Istanbul. Hundreds of thousands demonstrated in Sao Paulo, Brazil and some 20,000 marched in Quito, Ecuador.
    (SFC, 5/2/00, p.A10)
2000        May 1, Joerg Haider, leader of Austria’s far-right Freedom Party, stepped down after 14 years as party leader.
    (AP, 5/1/01)
2000        May 1, In Iran Hamid Tefileen, one of 13 Jewish men arrested for espionage, was displayed on TV and admitted to being paid $500 a month by Israeli intelligence, Mossad.
    (SFC, 5/2/00, p.A8)
2000        May 1, In Puerto Rico 2 US warships arrived off the coast of Vieques and some 50 protestors braced for the arrival of federal agents.
    (SFC, 5/2/00, p.A5)
2000        May 1, In Zimbabwe thousands opposed to the rule of Pres. Mugabe rallied in Harare.
    (WSJ, 5/1/00, p.A1)

2001        May 1, Pres. Bush committed the US to a missile defense shield. He also presented his case for withdrawing from the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty with Russia.
    (SFC, 5/2/01, p.A1)(WSJ, 5/2/01, p.A1)(AP, 5/1/02)
2001        May 1, FBI Director Louis Freeh, appointed in 1993, announced his retirement. He served until June and then joined MBNA as a senior vice-president managing its legal and personnel affairs.
    (AP, 5/1/02)(WSJ, 6/14/02, p.A4)
2001        May 1, Thomas Blanton Jr. became the second ex-Ku Klux Klansman to be convicted in the 1963 bombing of a church in Birmingham, Ala., that claimed the lives of four black girls.
    (AP, 5/1/02)
2001        May 1, The space shuttle Endeavour landed at Edwards Air Force Base in the Mohave Desert following the installation of the billion-dollar robot arm on the Int’l. Space Station.
    (SFC, 5/2/01, p.A4)
2001        May 1, May Day protests rallies took place around the world as people demonstrated against global trade and for workers’ rights.
    (WSJ, 5/2/01, p.A1)
2001        May 1, In Seattle Hindus filed a suit against McDonald’s for nondisclosure of beef flavoring in French fries.
    (SSFC, 5/20/01, p.A9)
2001        May 1, In the West Bank Assaf Hershovitz (31), a Jewish settler, was killed when his van was hit by 27 bullets outside Ramallah.
    (SFC, 5/2/01, p.A8)
2001        May 1, In Japan Kim Jong Nam (29), the son of Kim Jong Il of North Korea, was detained with his son as they attempted to visit Tokyo’s Disneyland.
    (SFC, 5/4/01, p.A14)
2001        May 1, In Macedonia Slavs rioted in Bitola and trashed Albanian shops following the funerals of soldiers killed in a rebel ambush. US Sec. of State Powell met with Macedonia’s Pres. Trajkovski.
    (SFC, 5/2/01, p.A8)
2001        May 1, In the Philippines Pres. Arroyo declared a “state of rebellion" and ordered the arrest of 2 senators and several military officials loyal to former Pres. Estrada. Some 40,000 protesters marched on Malacanang Palace and 3 people were killed.
    (SFC, 5/2/01, p.A1)(SFC, 5/3/01, p.B1)

2002        May 1, California’s Dept. of Insurance released a list of former slaves and slaveholders. Records of 613 salves and 433 slaveholders were made public.
    (SFC, 5/1/02, p.A1)(SFC, 5/2/02, p.A17)
2002        May 1, In Afghanistan some 560-614 prisoners were released from Shibirghan prison controlled by Gen. Dostum. Some 2,300 prisoners remained.
    (SFC, 5/3/02, p.A12)
2002        May 1, China’s VP Hu Jintao met with Pres. Bush. Jintao said the Taiwan issue could hurt relations and defended China’s record on human rights. They agreed to resume military exchanges.
    (WSJ, 5/2/02, p.A1)(WSJ, 5/3/02, p.A1)
2002        May 1, In Colombia government soldiers from Caqueta state were pulled from a bus at a FARC roadblock. Their bodies were reported found on May 12.
    (SFC, 5/13/02, p.A6)
2002        May 1, Well over 1 million people across France marched against far-right leader Jean-Marie Le Pen, 4 days before Le Pen was defeated by President Jacques Chirac in a runoff.
    (AP, 5/1/03)
2002        May 1, Israeli forces withdrew from Ramallah and Yasser Arafat, under siege since Mar 29, emerged from his West Bank compound. 6 wanted Palestinian men were driven to Jericho under US and British supervision.
    (SFC, 5/2/02, p.A1)
2002        May 1, In Madrid, Spain, a bomb exploded near a sports stadium and 17 people were injured.
    (SFC, 5/2/02, p.A11)

2003        May 1, Pres. Bush, standing on the USS Abraham Lincoln, a Navy aircraft carrier in San Diego, announced that "major combat operations in Iraq have ended." Bush landed on the carrier in a Navy S-3B jet and spoke below a banner that read “Mission Accomplished."
    (SFC, 5/2/03, p.A1)(SSFC, 4/11/04, p.A22)(WSJ, 11/3/04, p.A6)
2003        May 1, Sec. of Defense Rumsfeld visited Afghanistan and declared most of the nation secure. He said the 9,000 US soldiers there were engaged mainly in reconstruction.
    (WSJ, 5/2/03, p.A1)
2003        May 1, The US Navy withdrew from Vieques Island, Costa Rica.
    (AP, 5/1/03)
2003        May 1, In Utah climber Aron Ralston (27) amputated his own arm to escape from a canyon where he was pinned by a boulder.
    (SFC, 5/2/03, p.A18)
2003        May 1, A female homicide victim, Jane Doe, was found near a garbage bin at a restaurant in Castro Valley, Ca. She had been killed around Apr 22-23 and was buried Sep 17 as "Unknown child of God. Female, 12-17..." In 2006 police using DNA identified the girl as Yesenia Nungaray (16) and said she was from Yahualica, Mexico. In 2007 police sought Miguel Angel Nunez-Castaneda (28) for her murder.
    (SFC, 9/18/03, p.A1)(SFC, 12/9/06, p.B1)(SFC, 12/22/06, p.B3)(SFC, 11/7/07, p.B5)
2003        May 1, Flooding hit northwestern Argentina and at least 13 people were killed and 50,000 driven from their homes.
    (AP, 5/2/03)
2003        May 1, The Australian stock market began trade in Australia's first-ever listed brothel, The Daily Planet. Shares began trading at 31 cents. Heidi Fleiss was on hand to promote the enterprise and her new book, "Pandering."
    (AP, 5/1/03)
2003        May 1, Thousands of people in Indonesia, South Korea and the Philippines celebrated May Day by protesting for higher wages, better hours and political change.
    (AP, 5/1/03)
2003        May 1, Three top members of Saddam Hussein's ousted regime: Mizban Khadr Hadi (military commander),  Abdel Tawab Mullah Huweish (director of the Office of Military Industrialization and a deputy prime minister in charge of arms procurement), and Taha Muhie-eldin Marouf (a Kurd who served as one of two ceremonial vice presidents), were captured.
    (AP, 5/2/03)
2003        May 1, Israeli troops raided a Hamas stronghold and exchanged fire with dozens of masked gunmen. At least 13 Palestinians were killed, including two boys ages 2 and 13. 2 Palestinian militants were killed in the West Bank.
    (AP, 5/1/03)(SFC, 5/2/03, p.A8)
2003        May 1, In South Africa a bus believed to be carrying about 90 people plunged into a reservoir in South Africa. 10 survivors were rescued outside the town of Bethlehem. 51 people were killed.
    (AP, 5/2/03)
2003        May 1, A 6.4 magnitude earthquake rumbled through southeastern Turkey. 177 people were killed and 390 injured including 80 students were trapped in the debris of their school dormitory in Bingol.
    (AP, 5/1/03)(SFC, 5/1/03, A16)(SFC, 5/2/03, p.A3)(AP, 5/4/08)

2004        May 1, Smarty Jones won the Kentucky Derby and ran his record to 7-for-7, the first unbeaten Derby winner since Seattle Slew in 1977.
    (AP, 5/1/04)
2004        May 1, Shanghai Tobacco, maker of Panda and other cigarette brands, embarked on a campaign to extend Panda beyond the political and military elite. WHO statistics held that China accounts for 30% of the 5.5 trillion cigarettes consumed daily world-wide.
    (WSJ, 5/26/04, p.A1)
2004        May 1, Revelers across ex-communist eastern Europe celebrated their historic entry to the European Union. 10 new members (Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia, and Slovenia) joined. Malta joined with 70 exemptions to EU rules. Poland had 43 exemptions. Latvia had 32. The Turkish occupied area of Cyprus was suspended from entry.
    (AP, 5/1/04)(Econ, 2/28/04, p.50)(Econ, 4/16/05, p.16)
2004        May 1, Jean-Jacques Laffont (57), an award-winning French economist and one of the leading figures in the study of information theory, died in southern France. His books included "Incentives in Public Decision Making" (1979).
    (AP, 5/14/04)
2004        May 1, In Iraq US top commander Lt. Gen. Sanchez notified 6 officers of his intent to issue a memorandum of reprimand for the abuse of prisoners at the Abu Ghraib prison.
    (SFC, 5/4/04, p.A1)
2004        May 1, In Yanbu, Saudi Arabia, suspected militants sprayed gunfire inside the offices of Houston-based ABB Ltd., an oil contractor, killing at least six people — including two Americans and three other Westerners — and wounding dozens. Police killed four brothers in a shootout after a car chase in which the attackers reportedly dragged the naked body of one victim behind their getaway car.
    (AP, 5/1/04)(SFC, 5/3/04, p.A7)(WSJ, 2/25/06, p.A1)

2005        May 1, Newsweek, in its May 9th edition, ran a story that said US interrogators at Guantanamo Bay prison had flushed a Quran, the Muslim holy book, down a toilet.
    (Econ, 5/21/05, p.32)
2005        May 1, Hundreds of thousands of workers mobilized on May Day to demand more political muscle in the face of global capitalism, as clashes with police marred some rallies.
    (AP, 5/1/05)
2005        May 1, On what was to have been her wedding day, "runaway bride" Jennifer Wilbanks was led by Albuquerque, N.M., police to an airplane that flew her home to Georgia.
    (AP, 5/1/06)
2005        May 1, The bodies of 3 Afghan women were found raped, hanged and dumped on a roadside in Baglan province with a warning not to work for foreign relief organizations.
    (SFC, 5/6/05, p.A15)
2005        May 1, Chinese computer maker Lenovo completed its purchase of IBM's personal computer division.
    (AP, 5/1/06)
2005        May 1, In Egypt police detained about 200 people from the home villages of 3 attackers responsible for a bomb blast and tour bus shooting near Cairo tourist sites the day before.
    (AP, 5/1/05)
2005        May 1, In Iraq insurgents launched a 3rd straight day of attacks, including ambushes, car bombs and a drive-by shooting, killing nine Iraqis and wounding more than 20.
    (AP, 5/1/05)
2005        May 1, Five suspects were arrested by Iraqi forces and confessed to the kidnapping and murder of British aid worker Margaret Hassan.
    (AFP, 5/1/05)
2005        May 1, In northern Iraq a car bomb obliterated a tent packed with mourners at the funeral of a Kurdish official, killing 25 people and wounding more than 50 in the single deadliest attack since insurgents started bearing down on Iraq's newly named government late last week.
    (AP, 5/1/05)
2005        May 1, A videotape released by Iraqi militants showed Douglas Wood (63), a kidnapped an Australian man living in California, who pleaded for U.S.-led coalition forces to leave Iraq to save his life.
    (AP, 5/1/05)
2005        May 1, In Nepal about ten thousand people marched through Kathmandu, demanding the restoration of democracy in the biggest show of opposition strength since King Gyanendra seized absolute power three months ago.
    (AP, 5/1/05)
2005        May 1, North Korea test-fired a short range missile.
    (WSJ, 5/2/05, p.A16)
2005        May 1, Russian Orthodox Patriarch Alexy II wished health and happiness to millions of Orthodox Christians as believers marked Easter, the holiest day in the Orthodox calendar.
    (AP, 5/1/05)
2005        May 1, Thai fishermen netted a 646-pound Mekong giant catfish believed to have been the world's largest freshwater fish ever caught in Thailand.
    (AP, 6/30/05)
2005        May 1, Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrived in Israel for a visit seeking to mend relations with the Jewish state and join in a new wave of Middle East peace efforts.
    (AP, 5/1/05)

2006        May 1, The EU imposed additional retaliatory sanctions valued at $9.1 million against the US in response to antidumping measures that were ruled illegal.
    (WSJ, 5/1/06, p.A10)
2006        May 1, The US Supreme Court ruled that Anna Nicole Smith could pursue part of her late husband's oil fortune.
    (AP, 5/1/07)
2006        May 1, A Florida judge sentenced former professor Sami Al-Arian (48) to another year and a half in prison before he will be deported in his terrorism conspiracy case. Al-Arian signed a plea agreement April 14 in which he admitted providing support to members of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad.
    (AP, 5/1/06)
2006        May 1, Thousands of people rallied in cities across the US for what organizers called “A Day Without Immigrants." An estimated 100,000 gathered in San Jose, Ca., 400,000 in Chicago, 400,000 in Los Angeles and some 75,000 in Denver.
    (SFC, 5/2/06, p.A1)
2006        May 1, In the SF Bay Area KQED of SF and KTEH of San Jose announced their merger under the name Northern California Public Broadcasting.
    (SFC, 5/2/06, p.A1)
2006        May 1, Pure Digital Technologies released its new $130 Pure Digital Point & Shoot Video Camcorder.
    (WSJ, 5/3/06, p.D1)
2006        May 1, Workers around the world held May Day rallies to press for better factory conditions and higher wages in mostly peaceful marches. Activists the Philippines used the holiday to show their opposition to their government in tense protests watched by police.
    (AP, 5/1/06)
2006        May 1, In Belarus more than 1,000 protesters carrying banned flags marched through Minsk to demand the release of jailed opposition leaders who had pledged to work for the removal of President Alexander Lukashenko.
    (AP, 5/1/06)
2006        May 1, Bolivia’s President Evo Morales ordered the oil and gas sector nationalized, threatening to evict foreign companies unless they cede control over production within six months. The biggest natural gas field was operated by Brazil’s state-owned Petrobras.
    (AP, 5/2/06)(SFC, 5/2/06, p.A3)(Econ, 5/6/06, p.37)
2006        May 1, Egyptian security forces fatally shot three men wanted in terrorist bombings that killed at least 18 people in a coastal Sinai Peninsula resort on April 24. A police officer was also killed.
    (AP, 5/2/06)
2006        May 1, In western India police fired bullets and tear gas to disperse battling mobs of Hindus and Muslims, killing two people as hundreds rioted after authorities demolished a small Muslim shrine.
    (AP, 5/1/06)
2006        May 1, In southern India a truck carrying mangos toppled over, killing 20 workers riding on board to unload them.
    (AP, 5/1/06)
2006        May 1, In northern India a sodium tank exploded at a paper factory, sparking a blaze that killed at least nine nightshift workers and trapped hundreds more. One official said 15 people were killed.
    (AP, 5/1/06)
2006        May 1, In Indonesia 3 Islamic militants were convicted and sentenced to prison for helping shelter Southeast Asia's top terrorist mastermind and financing bombings.
    (AP, 5/1/06)
2006        May 1, In Israel interim PM Ehud Olmert announced his Cabinet appointments, naming Tzipi Livni as vice premier and foreign minister. Israeli soldiers shot and killed a Palestinian woman and wounded her two daughters when they fired on a West Bank house that an Islamic Jihad militant was hiding in.
    (AP, 5/1/06)
2006        May 1, Locals in Macao rioted in protests against outsiders, who were finding jobs while many middle-aged Macanese remained jobless.
    (Econ, 7/29/06, p.40)
2006        May 1, A day-long protest dubbed "A Day Without Gringos" drew thousands of Mexicans into the streets and kept many away from US-owned supermarkets and fast-food restaurants to support rallies in the United States demanding immigration reform.
    (AP, 5/1/06)
2006        May 1, The government of Puerto Rico ran out of money, forcing the US commonwealth to close public schools and shut down government offices, putting almost 100,000 people out of work.
    (AP, 5/1/06)
2006        May 1, Rwandan Hutu rebels attacked a village and an army camp in a raid that left 7 residents dead. Congolese troops killed six rebels during an attack at an army camp that also claimed the lives of a soldier and his wife.
    (AP, 5/2/06)
2006        May 1, Under pressure from the US rebels in Sudan's Darfur region agreed to continue negotiations in Nigeria with the Sudanese government after rejecting a peace proposal that would end a conflict that has killed tens of thousands of people.
    (AP, 5/1/06)
2006        May 1, In Turkey, police fired pepper spray and tear gas to disperse demonstrators denouncing the IMF and the United States.
    (AP, 5/2/06)

2007        May 1, Pres. Bush cast the 2nd veto of his presidency rejecting an attempt by both chambers of Congress to set a timetable for bringing troops home from Iraq.
    (Econ, 5/5/07, p.36)
2007        May 1, Julie A. MacDonald, a deputy assistant secretary for fish and wildlife and parks, resigned after an internal review found that she had violated federal rules by giving government documents to lobbyists for industry. In November the US Fish and Wildlife Service reversed 7 rulings that had denied endangered species increased protection.
    (www.mindfully.org/Heritage/2007/Interior-Wildlife-Decisions21jul07.htm)(SFC, 11/28/07, p.A3)
2007        May 1, John Hickenlooper (b.1952) was re-elected mayor of Denver with 86.3% of the vote.
    (Econ, 11/3/07, p.39)(www.citymayors.com/mayors/denver_mayor.html)
2007        May 1, Thousands of people protested across the US to demand a path to citizenship for an estimated 12 million illegal immigrants.
    (AP, 5/1/08)
2007        May 1, Kenneth John Freeman (44), a bodybuilder and computer expert from Benton County, Washington, was arrested in Hong Kong. Freeman, who fled the US 13 months earlier, was accused of raping his daughter and posting a video of the attack.
    (www.usmarshals.gov/news/chron/2007/050207.htm)
2007        May 1, The design for the Arizona quarter, chosen by Gov. Janet Napolitano, was announced. It includes a "Grand Canyon State" banner across the middle of the quarter, separating the canyon view with a multi-rayed sun above and a saguaro in a desert landscape below. The 48th of the state series will be released in 2008, followed by Alaska and Hawaii.
    (AP, 5/1/07)
2007        May 1, A US ice expert said the Arctic ice cap is melting much faster than expected and is now about 30 years ahead of predictions made by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
    (Reuters, 5/1/07)
2007        May 1, Australian police arrested two men accused of raising money for Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels on the pretext of collecting donations for victims of the devastating 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami.
    (AP, 5/1/07)
2007        May 1, Thirty people were arrested in raids across Belgium, England, and the Netherlands targeting suspected animal rights extremists.
    (AP, 5/1/07)
2007        May 1, John Browne, head of BP PLC, resigned after Britain’s highest legal body triggered the release of documents detailing his relationship with a former lover. In 2014 he authored “The Glass Closet."
    (WSJ, 5/2/07, p.A1)(Econ, 5/31/14, p.62)
2007        May 1, Britain's largest ever trade union, representing about two million public and private sector workers, was launched following the merger of two workers' bodies. The Unite union officially formed following a recent vote for merger by members of Amicus and the Transport and General Workers Union, founded in 1922.
    (AP, 5/1/07)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transport_and_General_Workers%27_Union)
2007        May 1, China lashed out at the Caribbean nation of St. Lucia for restoring diplomatic relations with Taiwan, the self-governing island that Beijing claims as Chinese territory.
    (AP, 5/1/07)
2007        May 1, In Indonesia tens of thousands of workers marked May Day by taking to the streets to demand better wages and job security, amid a heavy police presence.
    (AP, 5/1/07)
2007        May 1, Iran stood firm in opposing language in a nuclear conference agenda that reaffirms the need for full compliance with the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, a stance that diplomats said could scuttle the meeting aimed at strengthening the accord.
    (AP, 5/1/07)
2007        May 1, Iraqi officials have received reports that Abu Ayyub al-Masri (aka Abu Hamza al-Muhajer), the leader of al-Qaida in Iraq, was killed by Sunni tribesmen, but the chief government spokesman said the information has not been confirmed. Deputy Prime Minister Barham Saleh said that al-Masri was believed to have been killed April 30 in the Taji area north of Baghdad. Gunmen ambushed travelers on a highway leading from Baghdad to Shiite areas to the south, killing 14 people. Mortar rounds slammed into an area near the Iraqi prime minister's office in the US-controlled Green Zone in Baghdad.
    (AP, 5/1/07)
2007        May 1, Japan and Qatar stressed their solid energy partnership and agreed to launch initial negotiations on moves to stimulate Japanese investment in the Gulf state.
    (AP, 5/1/07)
2007        May 1, Liberia relaunched its diamond trade after the UN lifted an embargo, hoping the revival of the industry will fund reconstruction rather than lead to more bloodshed.
    (AP, 5/1/07)
2007        May 1, In Macao May Day protesters clashed with riot police as a rally against labor shortages turned violent, sparking rare scenes of civil unrest in the southern Chinese territory.
    (AP, 5/1/07)
2007        May 1, It was reported that Malaysian doctors have declared neckties a health hazard and called on the heath ministry to stop insisting that physicians wear them.
    (Reuters, 5/1/07)
2007        May 1, In Mexico 5 soldiers, including a colonel, and a suspected drug cartel enforcer were killed in a shootout in the western state of Michoacan, which has been plagued by drug violence and is the target of a military-led anti-drug offensive.
    (AP, 5/2/07)
2007        May 1, The leader of Nepal's Maoists threatened to push the nation back into turmoil by launching huge nationwide protests unless parliament immediately ousts the king and declares a republic.
    (AP, 5/1/07)
2007        May 1, Thousands of people gathered in heavily guarded squares and stadiums in Nigeria's main cities to protest last month's flawed presidential election. Dare Folorunso, a Nigerian journalist of the state-owned radiotelevision station, was beaten unconscious by policemen at workers rally in Akure in southern Ondo state. MEND militants kidnapped six foreign oil workers, including four Italians, in an attack on a floating storage vessel off the coast of southern Bayelsa State. A Nigerian sailor was killed.
    (Reuters, 5/1/07)(SFC, 5/2/07, p.C2)(AFP, 5/4/07)
2007        May 1, Thousands of laborers rallied across Pakistan demanding better wages and living conditions to mark May Day.
    (AP, 5/1/07)
2007        May 1, Thousands of South Africans marched in Durban to protest the renaming of streets after heroes of the ruling African National Congress, sparking warnings of violence in the Zulu heartland.
    (AP, 5/1/07)
2007        May 1, Turkish police charged into crowds of leftist protesters marking the anniversary of a deadly May Day rally in Istanbul, spraying tear gas and kicking and clubbing demonstrators as they fled.
    (AP, 5/1/07)
2007        May 1, President Hugo Chavez's government took over Venezuela's last privately run oil fields, intensifying a struggle with international firms over the development of the world's largest known petroleum deposit.
    (AP, 5/1/07)
2007        May 1, Zimbabwe boosted the price of corn meal, a keystone of the nation’s diet, by nearly 600%.
    (WSJ, 5/2/07, p.A1)(AP, 5/7/07)

2008        May 1, Pres. Bush proposed $770 million in US food aid on top of $200 million released 2 weeks ago to alleviate the global surge in food prices.
    (WSJ, 5/2/08, p.A1)
2008        May 1, Pres. Bush imposed new sanctions against property owned or controlled by the military junta in Myanmar.
    (WSJ, 5/2/08, p.A8)
2008        May 1, The National Marine Fishery Service announced a ban on fishing for chinook salmon in the ocean off California and most of Oregon.
    (SFC, 5/2/08, p.B2)
2008        May 1, Philadelphia’s Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey announced a major reorganization of the department's command structure and the addition of nearly 250 officers on street patrols, part of a crime-fighting strategy he said was already showing results. Mayor Michael Nutter and the police commissioner had hoped to have 200 more police officers on the streets by this time as part of a new 33-page crime-fighting plan. Murders in the city had reached 392 in 2007. Gov. Ed Rendell agreed to help foot the bill.
    (Econ, 2/9/08, p.33)(http://ydr.inyork.com/ci_9120792)
2008        May 1, A report by the American Lung Association said the eight metropolitan areas considered to be the nation's most polluted by every measure were Los Angeles, Bakersfield, Fresno, Visalia-Porterfield and Hanford-Corcoran, all in California; Washington-Baltimore; St. Louis; and Birmingham, Ala.
    (AP, 5/1/08)
2008        May 1, Deborah Palfrey (b.1956), a woman from Vallejo, Ca., known as the “D.C. Madam," was found hanged at her mother’s home in Tarpon Springs, Fl. She had been convicted on April 15 of racketeering and other charges related to a prostitution ring, whose clients included high profile government officials.
    (SFC, 5/2/08, p.A13)
2008        May 1, In Afghanistan 2 roadside bombs killed a NATO soldier and 8 civilians.
    (WSJ, 5/2/08, p.A1)
2008        May 1, In Australia 6 people were killed in Sydney Harbor when a boat packed with revelers on a nighttime joyride and a fishing trawler collided.
    (Reuters, 5/1/08)(AP, 5/2/08)
2008        May 1, Bolivia’s President Evo Morales celebrated May Day by announcing the nationalization of Entel, the country’s leading telecommunications company, and returning four foreign-owned natural gas companies to state control. Bolivia privatized the struggling Entel in 1995, handing 50 percent of the company to Stet International in exchange for the Italian company's promise to invest $608 million to modernize its services. Stet later merged with Telecom Italia. The Bolivian government said Telecom Italia fell short on promised investment and owes some $25 million in taxes.
    (AP, 5/1/08)
2008        May 1, Pascal Marlinge, the country head of Save the Children UK in Chad, was shot dead by gunmen who held up his three-car convoy between the villages of Forchana and Hadjer Hadid, not far from the border with Sudan's Darfur region. UN aid agencies suspended all but their most urgent work in eastern Chad for two days in a "symbolic protest."
    (Reuters, 5/2/08)
2008        May 1, China inaugurated one of the world's longest bridges, which will provide an important new route into Shanghai. The 36-kilometer (22-mile) structure connected Jiaxing city near Shanghai to the port city of Ningbo in the eastern province of Zhejiang.
    (AFP, 5/2/08)
2008        May 1, Cuba announced a major shake-up of its troubled farm sector on May Day, shifting control of the island's farms from officials at the Agriculture Ministry to more than 150 local councils.
    (AP, 5/1/08)
2008        May 1, A speeding tourist bus carrying dozens of Europeans and Canadians overturned, rolled off an embankment and burst into flames on a desert highway in Egypt's Sinai peninsula. At least nine passengers were killed and about 30 wounded.
    (AP, 5/1/08)
2008        May 1, Rescuers found the bodies of five French ski mountaineers who had been missing since the day before when they were swept away by an avalanche during an excursion on Punta Basei, a 10,000-foot peak in Italy's northwestern Alps.
    (AP, 5/1/08)
2008        May 1, In Hong Kong 18 people were killed and at least 44 injured when a coach taking elderly local residents to a religious ceremony overturned.
    (AP, 5/1/08)
2008        May 1, It was reported that Iran has stopped using dollars for oil deals as it seeks to reduce reliance on the US.
    (WSJ, 5/1/08, p.A1)
2008        May 1, A double suicide bombing killed at least 36 people during a wedding procession as people cheered the bride and groom in Balad Ruz, a town northeast of Baghdad. A car bomb aimed at a US patrol in Baghdad killed at least nine Iraqi civilians and wounded 26. A roadside bomb struck an Iraqi patrol car, killing two Iraqi soldiers in Mosul. 3 al-Qaida insurgents fired on US soldiers as they tried to stop a vehicle near Mosul. The soldiers returned fire, killing all three as well as the driver of the vehicle. The US military said it killed 18 militants overnight amid escalating fighting in the Shiite slum Sadr City. Around Iraq, at least 1,080 Iraqi civilians and security forces were killed nationwide last month, average of 36 a day, according to an AP tally, down from March's total of 1,269, or an average of 41 per day.
    (AP, 5/1/08)(AP, 5/2/08)
2008        May 1, Roberto Velasco, head of Mexico’s federal police organized crime division, was murdered. Police later said the murder was likely ordered by Arturo Beltran Leyva, a capo in the Sinaloa drug cartel.
    (Econ, 5/17/08, p.45)
2008        May 1, Russia said an extra contingent of its troops had begun arriving in Georgia's breakaway region of Abkhazia, a move Tbilisi said was an illegal act of military aggression.
    (AP, 5/1/08)
2008        May 1, An Islamic insurgent group said the US military killed Aden Hashi Ayro, a man believed to be the head of al-Qaida in Somalia, and 10 others in an airstrike overnight.
    (AP, 5/1/08)
2008        May 1, South Africa lifted a 13-year ban on killing elephants. The country had some 18,000 elephants.
    (WSJ, 5/2/08, p.A8)
2008        May 1, Three bombs exploded in Spain's Basque region. No one was injured in the blasts, which police said were carried out by the separatist group ETA.
    (AP, 5/1/08)
2008        May 1, In Sri Lanka suspected Tamil Tiger rebels set off a roadside mine, killing two police commandos, as violence raged on across the north.
    (AP, 5/1/08)
2008        May 1, A cabinet minister said a runoff will be necessary to decide Zimbabwe's presidential election, citing the government's own election results.
    (AP, 5/1/08)

2009        May 1, US cases of the H1N1 flu rose to 155, based on federal and state tallies. State laboratory operators believe the number is higher because they are not testing all suspected cases. Mexico raised its confirmed swine flu death toll from 15 to 16, adding that the total number of confirmed cases of the virus had risen to 397. Worldwide, the total confirmed cases were 653, with the real number also believed to be much larger.
    (AP, 5/2/09)
2009        May 1, US government health officials warned dieters and body builders to immediately stop using Hydroxycut, a widely sold supplement linked to cases of serious liver damage and at least one death.
    (AP, 5/2/09)
2009        May 1, Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter signed a state budget, overcoming a $1.4 billion deficit by taping into emergency reserve funds and cutting state services.
    (Econ, 5/23/09, p.37)
2009        May 1, In south Texas Reymundo Guerra, former sheriff of Starr county, pleaded guilty to a drug trafficking charge for sharing law enforcement information with a Mexican drug ring.
    (SFC, 5/2/09, p.A4)
2009        May 1, Danny Gans (52), one of the most popular entertainers on the Las Vegas Strip for the last decade, died in his sleep at his home in Henderson, Nev. A coroner later said Gans' death was accidental, caused by a prescription painkiller.
    (AP, 5/2/09)(AP, 6/9/09)
2009        May 1, In southern Afghanistan gunmen attacked a troops' convoy as it traveled to a village to talk to elders about security. The troops killed one militant in the initial clash and another 14 as they pursued insurgents who were firing on them from a nearby hillside. 3 Afghan army soldiers were killed in overnight fighting with insurgents in eastern Kunar province. 5 international soldiers, including 2 American, were killed in an insurgent attack.
    (AP, 5/1/09)(AFP, 5/1/09)(SFC, 5/2/09, p.A2)
2009        May 1, Britain awarded the role of national poet laureate to Carol Ann Duffy (53), the first woman to hold a post that has been filled by William Wordsworth, Alfred Lord Tennyson and Ted Hughes. Duffy, a gay woman, has published more than 30 books, plays and children's stories as well as poems that mix accessible modern language with traditional forms.
    (AP, 5/1/09)(SFC, 5/1/09, p.A3)
2009        May 1, In Cambodia a court official said Japan has donated $4.17 million to the UN-backed genocide tribunal trying former Khmer Rouge leaders on war crimes charges, just as the troubled court was running out of funding.
    (AP, 5/1/09)
2009        May 1, In Ethiopia Communications Minister Bereket Simon said that senior military officers, including a general, had plotted to assassinate top government officials. He added that 40 people were under arrest. Bereket said the plotters belonged to the Ginbot 7 (May 15) opposition group, saying it was linked to the Coalition for Unity and Democracy (CUD) headed by Berhanu Nega, currently living in the United States.
    (AFP, 5/1/09)
2009        May 1, May Day protesters clashed with riot police in Germany, Turkey and Greece, while thousands angry at the government's responses to the global financial crisis took to the streets in France. Riot police battled 700 stone-throwing left-wing militants in Berlin for more than five hours in May Day clashes that stretched into early pre-dawn hours.
    (Reuters, 5/1/09)(AP, 5/2/09)
2009        May 1, In India officials said at least 18 people have died in a scorching heat wave that has swept through more than a dozen Indian states.
    (AP, 5/1/09)
2009        May 1, Indonesia's top graft-buster, Antasari Azhar (56), was named a suspect and a mastermind in a murder case, dealing a blow to the agency that's played a key part in President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's fight against corruption. He was one of several suspects in the March 14 murder of Nasrudin Zulkarnaen, a businessman who, according to local media reports, had been a witness in a corruption case investigated by the agency.
    (Reuters, 5/1/09)
2009        May 1, Iran hanged a young woman (23) who was convicted of murder when she was a minor, drawing condemnation from international human rights groups who have sought to end capital punishment for juvenile offenders. Delara Darabi, initially pleaded guilty to killing her father's cousin in 2003, but later retracted her confession and said her boyfriend carried out the killing.
    (AP, 5/2/09)
2009        May 1, In northern Iraq Ammar Afif Hamada (19), a would-be Syrian suicide bomber linked to al-Qaida in Iraq, was tackled by guards on the doorstep of a mosque in Kirkuk.
    (AP, 5/2/09)
2009        May 1, Italian PM Silvio Berlusconi, who has compared himself to Jesus Christ and Napoleon, boasted that he was the world's most popular leader.
    (Reuters, 5/2/09)
2009        May 1, Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi held talks with visiting Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari on the situation in Pakistan and ways of bolstering ties between the two nations. Pakistan and Libya signed a string of agreements to bolster economic ties on the sidelines of Zardari’s visit. The countries also decided to bolster ties in the fields of banking, health, education, public works and construction.
    (AFP, 5/1/09)(AFP, 5/2/09)
2009        May 1, In the Netherlands robbers at the Scheringa Museum for Realism in Spanbroek stole "Adolescence," a 1941 gouache by Salvadore Dali and "La Musicienne," an oil painting from 1929 by Polish-born art deco painter Tamara de Lempicka. The museum houses the art collection of wealthy Dutch banker Dirk Scheringa and his wife.
    (AP, 5/2/09)
2009        May 1, In Pakistan the battle between security forces and Taliban militants left 55-60 militants dead over the last 24 hours in Buner district near the capital even as the government pressed with a much-criticized peace plan in the region. Based on combined tolls released by the military, nearly 200 militants have been killed in Operation Black Thunder since tanks, fighter jets and helicopter gunships swung into action in Buner and neighboring Lower Dir.
    (AFP, 5/1/09)
2009        May 1, In Paraguay Sabino Montanaro (86), who served as interior minister under ex-dictator Alfredo Stroessner, arrived in Asuncion after nearly two decades of self-imposed exile in Honduras. He faced six pending trials for the disappearance and killings of government opponents in the 1970s and 1980s.
    (AP, 5/4/09)
2009        May 1, Special forces on a Portuguese warship seized explosives from suspected Somali pirates after thwarting an attack on an oil tanker, but later freed the 19 men. Hours later and hundreds of miles away, another band of pirates hijacked a cargo ship. The captain and 23 crew were all Ukrainians and the Greek-owned, Maltese-flagged Ariana was carrying a cargo of soya from Brazil to Iran when pirates attacked it southwest of the Seychelles islands. The Ariana was freed on Dec 10 following a ransom payment of $2.8 million by Athens-based Alloceans Shipping.
    (AP, 5/2/09)(AP, 12/10/09)
2009        May 1, Sri Lanka's government dropped leaflets across the northern war zone urging civilians to flee the fighting amid accusations the military pounded the area with artillery shells that killed at least 10 civilians.
    (AP, 5/1/09)
2009        May 1, A UN agency urged Israel to freeze demolitions of Arab homes in east Jerusalem, citing a growing housing crisis in the part of the city the Palestinians claim as their future capital.
    (AP, 5/1/09)
2009        May 1, In Venezuela police and national guard troops broke up an opposition march in Caracas as thousands of opponents and supporters of Pres. Chavez held separate May Day marches.
    (SFC, 5/2/09, p.A2)

2010        May 1, The worst US oil spill in decades reached into precious shoreline habitat along the Gulf Coast as documents emerged showing British Petroleum downplayed the possibility of a catastrophic accident at the offshore rig that exploded.
    (AP, 5/1/10)
2011        May 1, Jeffrey Hall, a regional leader of the National Socialist Movement, was shot to death in Riverside, Ca., by his son (10). In 2013 a judge convicted the boy of 2nd degree murder.
    {California, Murder, Kids}
    (SFC, 1/15/13, p.A4)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murder_of_Jeff_Hall)
2010        May 1, In Minnesota a suburban St. Paul police officer was killed during an ambush, setting off a massive manhunt that ended with one suspect dead and another in custody.
    (AP, 5/2/10)
2010        May 1, NYC police found an "amateurish" but potentially powerful bomb that apparently began to detonate but did not explode in a smoking sport utility vehicle in Times Square. The Pakistani Taliban quickly claimed responsibility for the failed car bomb attack.
    (AP, 5/2/10)
2010        May 1, In South Carolina Lee County Sheriff E. J. Melvin was arrested after the FBI caught him calling drug dealers to tip them off or extort them after receiving a list of possible dealers in his county.
    (SFC, 5/4/10, p.A4)
2010        May 1, Elisabeth Mandala (18), a Texas high school student, and two Mexican men were found dead in a crashed pickup truck near Mina, in the northeastern state of Nuevo Leon. Autopsies revealed that all three died from severe blows to the head and body. Mandala, a senior at Kempner High School in Sugar Land, Texas, was last seen April 27 leaving her mother's home. The two men killed were taxi driver Luis Angel Estrella Mondragon (44) and merchant Dante Ruiz Siller (38).
    (AP, 5/6/10)
2010        May 1, American actress Helen Wagner (b.1918) died. She played mild-mannered Nancy Hughes on the CBS soap opera "As the World Turns" for more than a half-century. Wagner opened "As the World Turns" when it premiered on April 2, 1956, with the words: "Good morning, dear."
    (AP, 5/3/10)
2010        May 1, Tens of thousands of workers marched in cities from Hong Kong to Istanbul to mark international worker's day, demanding more jobs, better work conditions and higher wages.
    (AP, 5/1/10)
2010        May 1, In Albania 22 opposition Socialist lawmakers and 180 supporters launched a hunger strike to press the government to allow a partial recount of an election they claim was tainted by vote-rigging. The government of PM Sali Berisha, who narrowly won the June 28 general election controlling 75 of parliament's 140 seats, called their demands illegal.
    (AP, 5/1/10)
2010        May 1, Arab nations endorsed indirect peace talks between the Palestinians and Israelis, a move that likely paves the way for the start of long-stalled US-brokered negotiations.
    (AP, 5/1/10)
2010        May 1, Bolivia’s President Evo Morales nationalized 4 electricity generators, 2 of which had European owners or partners. He skipped the May Day parade as some marchers carried signs denouncing his purchase of a new French Dassault jet.
    (Econ, 5/8/10, p.40)
2010        May 1, In Brazil a jury convicted a rancher of orchestrating the murder of US nun and Amazon defender Dorothy Stang. Regivaldo Galvao, the last of five defendants to stand trial in the case, was sentenced to 30 years in prison. The verdict came two weeks after another rancher, Vitalmiro Moura, was sentenced to 30 years in prison after being found guilty of collaborating with Galvao. Galvao was soon released on bail pending an appeal.
    (AP, 5/1/10)(AP, 5/19/10)
2010        May 1, In China World Expo 2010 officially opened in Shanghai. Two-wheeled Electric Networked Vehicles (EN-Vs) were unveiled at Expo 2010. They used a balancing system developed by Segway.
    (Econ, 5/8/10, p.42)(Econ, 10/2/10, p.87)
2010        May 1, Cuba quietly began requiring foreign tourists and Cubans who live overseas to hold travel insurance approved by island authorities, while making those who don't have coverage buy a local policy that can cost over $3 a day.
    (AP, 5/3/10)
2010        May 1, Tens of thousands of protesters gathered in central Athens and other Greek cities for May Day rallies fueled by anger at expected harsh austerity measures needed to secure rescue loans for near-bankrupt Greece.
    (AP, 5/1/10)
2010        May 1, In Iraq gunmen robbed a jewelry store in northern Baghdad and killed its owner. As they were making their escape, a car bomb exploded nearby, killing three policemen who were responding to the robbery.
    (AP, 5/1/10)
2010        May 1, Kuwaiti media reported that seven people were arrested in a sweep of a suspected spy cell.
    (AP, 5/6/10)
2010        May 1, In Mexico 5 people were killed in a gunbattle between gang members and soldiers in Camargo, a small town in Tamaulipas state, which borders Nuevo Leon.
    (AP, 5/3/10)
2010        May 1, The leader of Nepal's Maoists called a nationwide general strike, stepping up pressure on the government to quit as tens of thousands of his supporters demonstrated in Kathmandu.
    (AP, 5/1/10)
2010        May 1, Nigeria's navy seized a Greek-flagged vessel carrying more than 80 tons of stolen crude oil and arrested its crew in a crackdown on a multi-million dollar smuggling racket.
    (AFP, 5/5/10)
2010        May 1, In Pakistan a suicide bomber killed five people in the Swat Valley, fuelling fears of a Taliban comeback in the area a year after a major army offensive routed the group.
    (Reuters, 5/1/10)
2010        May 1, Hundreds of Russian opposition activists rallied in Moscow, shouting slogans comparing PM Vladimir Putin to Soviet dictator Josef Stalin in a rare protest approved by the authorities.
    (AP, 5/1/10)
2010        May 1, In Somalia two bombs exploded inside a small mosque in the Bakara market district of Mogadishu killing at least 32 people.
    (AP, 5/1/10)(AFP, 5/2/10)
2010        May 1, In Sudan the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM), Darfur’s main rebel group, warned that the government has brought the Darfur peace process to an end by launching a military offensive.
    (AFP, 5/2/10)
2010        May 1, The Vatican announced that Pope Benedict XVI would name a papal delegate to govern the scandal-plagued Legionaries of Christ and that a special commission would study its founding constitutions to reform it. The decisions were made after five Vatican investigators reported to the pope about their eight-month global inquiry into the order after its late founder was so thoroughly discredited by revelations of his double life.
    (AP, 5/2/10)

2011        May 1, Jeffrey Hall, a regional leader of the National Socialist Movement, was shot to death in Riverside, Ca., by his son (10). In 2013 a judge convicted the boy of 2nd degree murder. In 2013 a judge ruled that the boy spend at least the next seven years in a state juvenile facility.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murder_of_Jeff_Hall)(SFC, 1/15/13, p.A4)(SFC, 11/1/13, p.D5)
2011        May 1, Militants in Afghanistan killed at least 11 people in bombing and shooting attacks, the first day of the its announced spring offensive. In Kandahar, policemen receiving NATO-donated supplies including caps and protective eyewear drew guns and fought over the items, leaving one policeman dead and four wounded. President Hamid Karzai accused the Taliban of using a 12-year-old as a suicide bomber and sending him to carry out an attack that killed a local council member.
    (AP, 5/1/11)(Reuters, 5/1/11)
2011        May 1, Bahrain's chamber of commerce called on Gulf Arab nationals to boycott Iranian goods and halt financial transactions with Tehran, accusing it of interfering in the country's affairs.
    (Reuters, 5/1/11)
2011        May 1, The Bangladesh government published the 284-page probe report, with finance minister A.M.A Muhith vowing legal action against stock exchange manipulators. The benchmark Dhaka Stock Exchange General (DGEN) index hit a high of 8918.51 points on December 5 last year before plunging to around 5,200 points in two months, gutting hundreds of thousands of small investors.
    (AFP, 5/1/11)
2011        May 1, Britain’s Foreign Secretary William Hague said he was expelling the Libyan ambassador to London following attacks on British embassy premises in Tripoli blamed on Moamer Kadhafi's forces.
    (AFP, 5/1/11)
2011        May 1, A Cambodian soldier was killed in fighting with Thailand, bringing the total number of dead to 17 as the Southeast Asian nations' festering border conflict dragged on.
    (AP, 5/1/11)
2011        May 1, China’s Health Ministry's amended guidelines on the management of public places that now ban smoking in more venues like hotels and restaurants were implemented.
    (AP, 5/1/11)
2011        May 1, In northeastern China a fire at a hotel killed 11 people and injured 35, in Tonghua, an industrial city by the North Korean border. Arson was suspected at the hotel owned by the Nasdaq-listed Chinese budget chain Home Inns & Hotels Management Inc.
    (AFP, 5/1/11)(AP, 5/2/11)(AFP, 3/29/12)
2011        May 1, Hundreds of thousands of Cubans marched through Havana and other cities to mark May Day.
    (AP, 5/1/11)
2011        May 1, A French submarine probing 3,900 meters (12,800 feet) below the ocean's surface located and recovered the flight data recorder of Air France Flight 447, which crashed June 1, 2009, in a remote area of the mid-Atlantic.
    (AP, 5/1/11)
2011        May 1, Germany’s labor market opened to citizens of the eight east European countries the joined the EU in 2004.
    (Econ, 4/30/11, p.54)
2011        May 1, Israel's finance minister said Israel is suspending the transfer of Palestinian tax and customs fees to the Palestinian Authority (PA) until it is sure the money will not reach Hamas.
    (AFP, 5/1/11)
2011        May 1, In Japan Sony executives bowed in apology for a security breach in the company's PlayStation Network that caused the loss of personal data of some 77 million accounts on the online service. Sony suspected it was under attack by hackers starting April 17.
    (AP, 5/1/11)
2011        May 1, A seemingly endless flow of Libyans crossed into Tunisia from Libya at the Dehiba border post, a day after a record 5,000 refugees fled the conflict in their country.
    (AP, 5/2/11)
2011        May 1, Maldives police used tear gas and batons to break up a protest demanding that President Mohamad Nasheed step down. Dozens of people were injured and many were arrested.
    (AP, 5/1/11)
2011        May 1, In Morocco thousands marched in an umber of cities demanding a faster transition toward democracy and decrying terrorism.
    (SFC, 5/2/11, p.A2)
2011        May 1, In central Mozambique a US Peace Corps volunteer was raped at knife-point. On May 11 the US Congress opened hearings into the safety of the agency's volunteers worldwide. The program said more than 1,000 volunteers had been raped or sexually abused in the past decade and reported on allegations that the agency had mishandled sexual assault complaints.
    (AP, 5/11/11)
2011        May 1, Singapore shipper Glory Ship Management Pte. Ltd. said Somali pirates have likely hijacked the palm oil tanker MT Gemini and its 25-member crew off the coast of Kenya.
    (AP, 5/1/11)
2011        May 1, In Sri Lanka floods, mudslides and lightning killed seven people in the southern part of the country.
    (AP, 5/2/11)
2011        May 1, In Sudan tribal clashes over a land dispute in the oil-producing state of South Kordofan left at least 15 people dead. A heavily armed Sudanese military convoy entered the flashpoint border district of Abyei, sparking clashes that left up to 14 people dead. Neither the northern or southern armies are authorized to maintain troops in the disputed Abyei area.
    (AFP, 5/2/11)(AFP, 5/3/11)(AP, 5/4/11)
2011        May 1, Syrian army tanks shelled the old quarter of Daraa and rolled in more reinforcements to the area, which has been under siege for nearly a week. Syrian forces arrested more dissidents in Daraa and in a Damascus suburb under siege for a week. The death toll soared to 545 nationwide from government forces firing on demonstrators.
    (AP, 5/1/11)(AFP, 5/1/11)
2011        May 1, In Turkey activists flooded Istanbul‘s Taksim Square and marked international workers' day around the world with marches demanding more jobs, better working conditions and higher wages.
    (AP, 5/1/11)
2011        May 1, Pope Benedict XVI beatified Pope John Paul II before 1.5 million faithful in St. Peter's Square and surrounding streets, moving the beloved former pontiff one step closer to possible sainthood in one of the largest turnouts ever for a Vatican Mass.
    (AP, 5/1/11)
2011        May 1, A deal mediated by a Gulf bloc to end Yemen's political crisis was thrown into doubt by the country's leader saying he would not personally sign it.
    (AP, 5/1/11)

2012        May 1, Pres. Barack Obama made a surprise visit to Afghanistan, the eve of the one-year anniversary of the assassination of Osama bin Laden. In a swift and secretive trip Obama signed an agreement vowing long-term ties with Afghanistan after America's combat forces come home.
    (AP, 5/1/12)
2012        May 1, May Day moved beyond its roots as an international workers' holiday to a day of international protest, with rallies throughout Asia demanding wage increases and marches planned across Europe over government-imposed austerity measures. Thousands of Indonesian workers held Asia's biggest May Day rally, demanding better pay and protection of job security, watched warily by a heavy police and army presence.
    (AP, 5/1/12)(AFP, 5/1/12)
2012        May 1, In southern California Gavin Smith (57), an executive for 20th Century Fox, was last seen in Ventura County’s Oak Park neighborhood. On Oct 26, 2014, hikers discovered his remains near Palmdale.
    (SFC, 11/7/14, p.A6)
2012        May 1, Bolivia’s President Evo Morales announced that his government is completing the nationalization of the electricity sector by seizing control of Transportadora de Electricidad from a subsidiary of Spain’s Red Electrica Corporacion S.A. Morales said only $81 million had been invested in the grid after it was privatized in 1997.
    (AP, 5/1/12)
2012        May 1, British police said one woman and six men were arrested at four separate residences in London, Coventry and Cardiff, Wales, on suspicion of financing terrorism in Somalia by smuggling khat leaf, which can produce a mild high, into the United States. It has been illegal in the US since 1993, but is still legal in many countries worldwide. It has been illegal in the US since 1993, but is still legal in many countries worldwide.
    (AP, 5/1/12)
2012        May 1, German police arrested 30 protesters of an ultra-conservative Muslim group after clashing with security officials. A group of Salafists protesting against a far-right march threw stones and attacked officers separating the two rallies in the western German city of Solingen.
    (AFP, 5/1/12)
2012        May 1, Latvia became the latest of 97 countries to wipe the death penalty from its justice system.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capital_punishment_in_Latvia)(Econ, 4/13/13, p.62)
2012        May 1, Malaysia said it will introduce a minimum wage for the first time in a move to bolster incomes amid rising living costs and speculation of a snap general election. Private sector workers in peninsular Malaysia will receive a minimum salary of 900 ringgit ($297) a month while workers in the states of Sabah and Sarawak on Borneo island will get 800 ringgit.
    (AFP, 5/1/12)
2012        May 1, In Mali troops loyal to the junta overran the main camp of the soldiers who tried to oust them in a counter-coup. At least 12 people were killed.
    (SFC, 5/2/12, p.A2)
2012        May 1, Nigerian troops killed one suspected Boko Haram militant during a pre-dawn raid in Kano over weekend attacks against church services that left around 20 people dead.
    (AFP, 5/1/12)
2012        May 1, In southwest Pakistan a car bomb killed two people and wounded 16 others, including five paramilitary troops on the outskirts of Quetta.
    (AFP, 5/1/12)
2012        May 1, The Scotland Act 2012, an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom, received Royal Assent. It set out amendments to the Scotland Act 1998 with the aim of devolving further powers to Scotland in accordance with the recommendations of the Calman Commission.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scotland_Act_2012)
2012        May 1, Bomb attacks in Somalia claimed by Islamist rebels killed at least eight people including two lawmakers, as the international community warned that "spoilers" threaten the fragile progress in the war-torn nation.
    (AFP, 5/1/12)
2012        May 1, Syrian forces fired mortar shells at the village of Mishmishan in the country's north, killing at least 10 people, including 7 from the same family. A 13-year-old was killed in the nearby town of Maaret al-Noman by random gunfire from regime forces.
    (AP, 5/1/12)
2012        May 1, In Togo a Singapore-managed product tanker with valuable gasoline cargo was reported missing and suspected to have been hijacked by pirates while at anchor off Lome.
    (AFP, 5/1/12)
2012        May 1, In Tunisia over 20,000 people marched for national unity, chanting slogans borrowed from the popular uprising that toppled Zine El Abidine Ben Ali over a year ago.
    (AFP, 5/1/12)
2012        May 1, In southern Yemeni an airstrike on a vehicle killed 3 al-Qaida militants. Al-Qaida-linked militants attacked military vehicles carrying soldiers and a French oil expert. One soldier was killed, and the French expert was wounded.
    (AP, 5/1/12)

2013        May 1, US federal authorities arrested three friends of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, accusing them of trying to obstruct justice by hiding evidence in the case and lying about it.
    (Lookout, 5/1/13)
2013        May 1, An experimental US aircraft, the unmanned X-51A WaveRider sped over 3,000 mph in a test flight above the Pacific Ocean. It used a scramjet engine and reached Mach 5.1 riding its own shock wave before plunging into the ocean as planned.
    (SFC, 5/4/13, p.A10)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boeing_X-51)
2013        May 1, A jury in Davenport, Iowa, awarded $240 million to 32 mentally disabled turkey processing plant workers for what was described as years of “virtual enslavement" by Texas-based Henry’s Turkey Service.
    (SFC, 5/2/13, p.A5)
2013        May 1, Washington state police used "flash bangs" and pepper spray against some protesters who pelted them with rocks and bottles, as violence erupted during May Day in Seattle. 18 people were arrested.
    (AP, 5/2/13)
2013        May 1, Electric car maker Coda Holdings Inc. of Los Angeles filed for bankruptcy after selling just 100 cars.
    (SFC, 5/2/13, p.C3)
2013        May 1, In Afghanistan insurgents ambushed government peace negotiator Malim Shah Wali Khan (53), killing him and two bodyguards as they headed to a meeting in the south to discuss plans for local troops to take over responsibility from the US-led coalition.
    (AP, 5/1/13)
2013        May 1, Bolivia’s President Evo Morales said he is expelling the US Agency for International Development for allegedly seeking to undermine his leftist government. Morales did not specify what USAID had done that merited expulsion.
    (AP, 5/1/13)
2013        May 1, British judges ruled that the government has breached European Union air quality law and asked the European Court of Justice (ECJ) for guidance on what action needs to be taken, delaying immediate improvements to air pollution.
    (Reuters, 5/1/13)
2013        May 1, In Colombia gunmen attacked but failed to hurt magazine editor Ricardo Calderon, head of the investigative unit of Semana newsmagazine.
    (SSFC, 5/5/13, p.A4)
2013        May 1, Indian officials said that for two weeks Chinese soldiers have moved into the  barren Depsang Valley in the Ladakh region and refused to move back over the so-called Line of Actual Control, that divides Indian-ruled territory from Chinese-run land, leaving India on the verge of a crisis with China.
    (AP, 5/2/13)
2013        May 1, In Iraq two car bombs in Baghdad and Fallujah killed at least eight people and wounded 27.
    (AP, 5/1/13)
2013        May 1, In Mexico Central American migrants crossing Veracruz state were attacked by a drug and extortion gang. At least 9 and as many as 20 people were seriously injured. Authorities in Agua Prieta arrested Ines Coronel, the father-in-law of Joaquin Guzman, leader of the Sinaloa Cartel.
    (SFC, 5/3/13, p.A2)(SSFC, 5/5/13, p.A4)
2013        May 1, Pakistani forces fired artillery rounds at Afghan border police in the Goshta district of eastern Nangarhar province. In an ensuing five-hour firefight, one Afghan border policeman was killed.
    (AP, 5/2/13)
2013        May 1, In Russia a bomb exploded in a busy shopping area in Makhachkala, the capital of Dagestan, killing at least two people.
    (AP, 5/1/13)

2014        May 1, US Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials said more than 600 suspected gang members have been arrested over the last two months in 179 cities in an operation dubbed Project Southbound.
    (SFC, 5/2/14, p.A9)
2014        May 1, Alaska state troopers Gabriel Rich and Sgt. Patrick Johnson were killed in Tanana. Suspect Nathaniel Lee Kangas (19) was arrested.
    (SFC, 5/3/14, p.A5)
2014        May 1, In the SF Bay Area Martin Cobb 8) was killed while trying to rescue his older sister (12) from a sexual assault along railroad tracks in Richmond. A suspect (16) was soon arrested.
    (SSFC, 5/4/14, p.A15)
2014        May 1, In California the body of Sarah June Douglas (26) was found stabbed to death in her Sacramento home. Former fire battalion chief Orville Fleming, who shared the home with Douglas, eluded police for two weeks before he was arrested. On July 31, 2015, Fleming (57) was sentenced to 16 years to life in prison.
    (SFC, 5/17/14, p.A5)(SFC, 8/1/15, p.C3)
2014        May 1, In Florida an apparent gas explosion killed two inmates and all but destroyed the Escambia County Jail in Pensacola. More than 180 people were injured.
    (SFC, 5/2/14, p.A9)
2014        May 1, The Navajo Nation and a group led by New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson and actor Robert Redford said they have agreed on a plan to manage thousands of wild horses on the Navajo reservation and keep the animals from being slaughtered.
    (SFC, 5/2/14, p.A7)
2014        May 1, Avon Products Inc. says it will pay $135 million in fines and other fees to settle a long-standing US government probe into whether the cosmetics company paid bribes in China and other countries to gain favors.
    (AP, 5/1/14)
2014        May 1, In Afghanistan a suicide car bomber killed at least 13 people at a check point in Panjshir province.
    (SFC, 5/2/14, p.A2)
2014        May 1, Brunei embraced a form of Islamic Shariah criminal law that includes harsh penalties, a move slammed by international rights group as a step backward for human rights.
    (AP, 5/1/14)
2014        May 1, In Cambodia May Day demonstrators denounced low wages and called for better treatment of workers during rallies that turned violent.
    (AP, 5/1/14)
2014        May 1, Royal Canadian Mounted Police announced that they have identified some 1,000 cases of murdered aboriginal women and girls over the last 30 years with most cases between 1990 and 2013.
    (SFC, 5/3/14, p.A4)
2014        May 1, In Central African Republic gunmen killed about 15 people, including children, in an attack on Markounda town near the Chad border.
    (AP, 5/2/14)
2014        May 1, China deployed a $1 billion deep sea rig near the Paracel Islands and the flotilla of escort ships, some armed, in a gradual campaign of asserting its sovereignty in the South China Sea. After China stationed the oil rig, Vietnam immediately dispatched marine police and fishery protection vessels but they were harassed as they approached.
    (AP, 5/7/14)
2014        May 1, Ethiopia authorities said at least 11 students have been killed in violent clashes with police. Violence erupted April 28 in a number of university campuses across Oromia state as ethnic Oromo students protested a plan by the government to expand the capital, Addis Ababa, into parts of Oromia.
    (AP, 5/2/14)
2014        May 1, The EU as of today banned imports of Indian mangoes including the Alphonso, considered the king of all the mango varieties grown in South Asia, because a large number of shipments were contaminated with fruit flies. The pests are considered a threat to crops grown in Europe.
    (AP, 5/7/14)
2014        May 1, In India twin blasts ripped through two coaches of a train just minutes after it pulled into Chennai railway station, killing a 22-year-old woman and injuring 14 other people.
    (AP, 5/1/14)
2014        May 1, Israeli Economy Minister Naftali Bennett said US computer chip giant Intel is to invest close to $6 billion in upgrading its local production facilities.
    (AFP, 5/1/14)
2014        May 1, Israeli actor and director Assi Dayan (68) died in his Tel Aviv home. Dayan acted in 50 films and TV shows and directed 16 movies and was known for both his trailblazing films and troubled personal life.
    (AP, 5/1/14)
2014        May 1, Mexican military and police seized 44 tons of marijuana in Tijuana.
    (SSFC, 5/4/14, p.A7)
2014        May 1, In Morocco some 700 African migrants charged Spain's barbed-wire border fences in the North African enclave of Melilla, clashing with Spanish and Moroccan border police. 140 of the migrants managed to enter Spanish territory despite the efforts of the border police.
    (AP, 5/1/14)
2014        May 1, Dutch police stormed a Greenpeace ship and ended environmentalists' attempts to block a Russian tanker carrying oil from the Arctic Ocean from mooring at Rotterdam Port. 31 activists were detained.
    (AP, 5/1/14)
2014        May 1, In Nigeria a car bomb in Abuja killed at least 19 people with 66 wounded.
    (SFC, 5/3/14, p.A2)
2014        May 1, Nigerian police said the number of kidnapped schoolgirls missing has risen to 276, up by more than 30 from a previous estimate. The actual number abducted by Islamic extremists on April 14 was more than 300. The number of girls and young women who have escaped also rose to 53.
    (AP, 5/2/14)
2014        May 1, Russia staged a huge May Day parade on Moscow's Red Square for the first time since the Soviet era.
    (Reuters, 5/1/14)
2014        May 1, The Syria-based Local Coordination Committees said clashes overnight between Syrian government forces and opposition fighters killed 14 rebels along a strategic corridor between Damascus and the Lebanese border. Government aircraft struck a market in a rebel-held district of Aleppo killing at least 33 people.
    (AP, 5/1/14)(SFC, 5/2/14, p.A2)
2014        May 1, Turkish police fired tear gas, water cannon and rubber pellets to stop May Day protesters, some armed with fire bombs, from defying PM Tayyip Erdogan and reaching Istanbul's central Taksim square.
    (Reuters, 5/1/14)
2014        May 1, Ukraine ordered the expulsion of Russia's military attaché, saying it had caught him "red-handed" a day earlier receiving classified information on the country's cooperation with NATO. A crowd of some 300 pro-Russian militants attacked the prosecutor's office in the eastern city of Donetsk.
    (Reuters, 5/1/14)(AFP, 5/1/14)
2014        May 1, Yemeni military officials said soldiers backed by tanks were pushing through southern strongholds of suspected al-Qaida militants for a third day, sparking clashes that killed at least six suspected militants.
    (AP, 5/1/14)

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