Today in History - May 4

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1471        May 4, The Yorkists defeated the Lancastrians in the Battle of Tewkesbury between the English House of Lancaster and House of York. King Edward IV routed the forces of ex-queen Margaret. The Lancastrian forces were led by Edmund Beaufort, 4th Duke of Somerset. Edward, the 17-year-old prince of Wales, was killed at the battle of Tewkesbury.
    (www.britainexpress.com/History/battles/tewkesbury.htm)(MH, 12/96)(HN, 5/4/99)

1493        May 3-4, Pope Alexander VI issued 3 papal bulls that divided the discoveries of Columbus between Spain and Portugal. By the Bulls of May 3 and 4 he drew an imaginary line one hundred leagues west of the Cape Verde Islands. The May 4 Bull, “Inter Caetera," was amended in Sep. granting Spain the right to hold lands to the “western regions and to India."
    (DAH, 1946, p.2)(www.kwabs.com/bull_of_1493.html)

1604        May 4, Claudio Merulo (71), Italian organist, composer, died.
    (MC, 5/4/02)

1626        May 4, Dutch explorer Peter Minuit (~1594-1638), director-general of New Netherlands, bought Manhattan Island for 60 guilders (about $24 in 1839 dollars) worth of cloth and buttons. Minuit conducted the transaction with Seyseys, chief of the Canarsees, who were only too happy to accept valuable merchandise in exchange for an island that was actually mostly controlled by the Weckquaesgeeks. The Sixty guilders were valued at approximately $1,060 in 2013. The site of the deal was later marked by Peter Minuit Plaza at South Street and Whitehall Street.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Minuit)(AP, 5/4/97)(HN, 5/4/98)(WSJ, 11/19/99, p.W10)

1631        May 4, Mary I Henriette Stuart, daughter of Charles I (later queen of England), was born.
    (MC, 5/4/02)

1715        May 4, A French manufacturer debuted the first folding umbrella.
    (HN, 5/4/98)

1728        May 4, Georg F. Handel's opera "Tolomeo, re di Egitto," premiered in London.
    (MC, 5/4/02)

1752        May 4, Pieter Snyers (71), Flemish painter, engraver, died.
    (MC, 5/4/02)

1776        May 4,    Rhode Island declared its freedom from England, two months before the Declaration of Independence was adopted.
    (AP, 5/4/97)(HN, 5/4/98)

1780        May 4, American Academy of Arts & Science was founded.
    (MC, 5/4/02)

1783        May 4, In India Tipu Sultan was enthroned as the ruler of Mysore after the death of Haider Ali in a simple ceremony at Bednur.
    (www.ndtv.com/convergence/ndtv/story.aspx?id=NEWEN20080048779)

1795        May 4, Thousands of rioters entered jails in Lyons, France, and massacred 99 Jacobin prisoners.
    (HN, 5/4/99)

1796        May 4, Horace Mann, "the father of American Public Education" educator and author, was born.
    (HN, 5/4/99)

1814        May 4, Napoleon Bonaparte disembarked at Portoferraio on the island of Elba in the Mediterranean.
    (HN, 5/4/99)
1814        May 4, Bourbon reign was restored in France. Louis XVIII was crowned as successor to his guillotined brother.
    (MC, 5/4/02)

1820        May 4, Joseph Whitaker, bookseller and publisher, was born. He founded Whitaker's Almanac.
    (HN, 5/4/99)

1825        May 4, Thomas Henry Huxley (d.1895), British biologist, naturalist and author, was born. "God give me strength to face a fact though it slay me." "My experience of the world is that things left to themselves don't get right." His work includes the collected Essays in nine volumes: 1. Method and Results, 2. Darwiniana, 3. Science and Education, 4. Science and the Hebrew Tradition, 5. Science and the Christian Tradition, 6. Hume, with Helps to the Study of Berkeley, 7. Man’s Place in Nature, 8. Discourses, Biological and Geological, 9. Evolution and Ethics and Other Essays. In 1997 Adrian Desmond wrote the biography: “Huxley." “God give me strength to face a fact though it slay me."
    (OAPOC-TH, p.71)(WSJ, 10/10/97, p.A20)(AP, 11/1/97)(AP, 1/26/99)(HN, 5/4/01)

1826        May 4, Frederick Church, US romantic landscape painter (Hudson River School), was born.
    (MC, 5/4/02)

1827        May 4, John Hanning Speke, English explorer, was born. He discovered Lake Victoria and the source of the Nile.
    (HN, 5/4/99)

1846        May 4, Michigan ended its death penalty.
    (MC, 5/4/02)

1851        May 4, The Sydney Ducks set fire to a store on San Francisco’s Portsmouth Square. Most of the dwellings on Telegraph Hill were destroyed. The heart SF was destroyed and some 2000 buildings burned down. This led to the formation of the secret Committee of Vigilance, which hung several criminals and drove others out of the city. Remnants from Hoff's store, built on a wharf over the bay, were found in 1986 during excavations for the Embarcadero West 33-story high-rise.
    (SFC, 12/24/99, p.A24)(SFC, 11/27/00, p.A18)
1851        May 4, The 1840-ship General Harrison burned to the water line. It was salvaged for parts, buried and not seen again until 2001 when construction at Battery and Clay revealed its remains. The whaling ship Niantic, already converted to a waterfront hotel, burned and sank into the bay. In 1977 new construction uncovered the Niantic’s burned remains.
    (SFC, 9/8/01, p.A11)(SFC, 2/4/05, p.E16)

1855        May 4, Camille Pleyel (66), Austrian piano builder, composer, died.
    (MC, 5/4/02)

1858        May 4, In the Mexican War of Reform liberals established their capital at Vera Cruz.
    (MC, 5/4/02)

1862        May 4, Battle at Williamsburg, Virginia. [see May 5]
    (MC, 5/4/02)
1862        May 4, At Yorktown, VA., McClellan halted his troop before town as it was full of armed land mines left by CS Brig. general Gabrial Rains.
    (MC, 5/4/02)

1863        May 4, Battle of Chancellorsville ended when the Union Army retreated.
    (HN, 5/4/98)
1863        May 4, War correspondents Richard T. Colburn, Junius H. Brown and Albert Dean Richardson were captured enroute to Grant’s headquarters by a Confederate patrol near Vicksburg, Miss. Colburn was soon released but Brown and Richardson were sent to Libby Prison in Richmond, Va., and later to Salisbury Prison in North Carolina. They managed to escape in Dec 1864 and arrived in Knoxville, Tenn., on Jan 13, 1865.
    (ON, 4/03, p.12)

1864        May 4, Ulysses S. Grant crossed Rapidan and began his duel with Robert E. Lee’s Confederate army.
    (HN, 5/4/98)

1865        May 4, Abraham Lincoln was buried in a temporary tomb in Oak Ridge Cemetery in Springfield, Illinois.
    (SFEC, 3/22/98, p.T4)(www.state.il.us/HPA/hs/Tomb.htm)
1865        May 4, Battle of Mobile, AL. [see Apr 11,14]
    (MC, 5/4/02)

1874        May 4, Frank Conrad, electrical engineer and broadcasting pioneer, was born.
    (HN, 5/4/01)

1881        May 4, Aleksandr F. Kerenski, Russian premier (1917) Predecessor to Bolshevist coup), was born.
    (MC, 5/4/02)

1884        May 4, Agnes Fay Morgan, American nutritionist and biochemist, was born.
    (HN, 5/4/01)
1884        May 4, Ferdinand Ward came by the NYC home of Pres. Ulysses S. Grant and told him that the Marine National Bank was having temporary difficulties because of a large unexpected withdrawal by one of its clients. He asked Grant if he could come up with $150,000 for only 24 hours and by Monday or Tuesday the situation would be all cleared up. Grant, that same day, limped from his home and went to see his friend William Henry Vanderbilt. He asked Vanderbilt to lend him $150,000, telling him the same story Ward had fabricated. Vanderbilt told Grant he did not care one bit about the Marine National Bank, but that he would be pleased to make a personal loan to Grant for the amount requested.
    (http://faculty.css.edu/mkelsey/usgrant/lastyears.html)

1886        May 4,    At Haymarket Square in Chicago, a labor demonstration for an 8-hour workday turned into a riot when a bomb exploded. Seven policemen were killed and some 60 others injured. Only one policeman was killed in the strike. 3 labor leaders were executed Nov 10, 1887, for the bombing. The Haymarket affair is generally considered to have been an important influence on the origin of international May Day observances for workers.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haymarket_Riot)(AP, 5/4/97)(WSJ, 2/6/98, p.A20)

1891        May 4, Sherlock Holmes, Arthur Conan Doyle’s fictional detective, "died" at Reichenbach Falls.
    (MC, 5/4/02)

1904        May 4, The United States took over construction of the Panama Canal.
    (AP, 5/4/08)

1910        May 4, Tel Aviv was founded.
    (MC, 5/4/02)   

1911        May 4, In San Francisco Police chief Seymour instructed Capt. Thomas Duke of Central Station to notify the proprietors of brothels that $2 per day would be the maximum they would be allowed to charge the 100 prostitutes at 633 Jackson and 719 Commercial Street. Current charges for the women were $5 per day.
    (SSFC, 5/1/11, DB p.46)

1912        May 4, More than ten thousand women and about a thousand men marched down Fifth Avenue in NYC to support woman's suffrage.
    (NYT, 5/5/1912, p1)

1916        May 4,    Responding to a demand from Pres. Wilson, Germany agreed to limit its submarine warfare, averting a diplomatic break with Washington. However, Germany resumed unrestricted submarine warfare the following year.
    (AP, 5/4/07)

1919        May 4, Some 3,000 young scholars from 13 colleges and universities rallied at Tiananmen Square to protest the loss of Shandong province to the Japanese under the Versailles Treaty at the Paris Peace Conference. German concessions in China were bequeathed to Japan. Among the protestors were people who helped form the Communist Party.
    (SFC, 6/25/98, p.A8)(WSJ, 5/17/99, p.A21)(Econ, 5/3/08, p.13)

1923        May 4, In Vienna, Austria, bloody street battles took place between Nazis, socialists and police.
    (MC, 5/4/02)

1924        May 4, The summer Olympics opened in Paris. The French rugby team beat the Rumanians 61-3.
    (Ind, 2/16/02, 6A)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1924_Summer_Olympics)
1924        May 4, Fascists and communists gained power in the German Republic elections.
    (MC, 5/4/02)

1927        May 4,    The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences was incorporated. [see May 11] Louis B. Mayer, Mayer and three of his guests – actor Conrad Nagel, director Fred Niblo and producer Fred Beetson, had initiated discussions for the organization earlier in the year.
    (http://www.oscars.org/academy/history-organization/history.html)(AP, 5/4/97)
1927        May 4, The first balloon flight over 40,000 feet was made.
    (HN, 5/4/98)

1928        May 4, Maynard Ferguson, jazz trumpeter (Roulette), was born in Verdun, Quebec.
    (MC, 5/4/02)
1928        May 4, Hosni Mubarak, Egyptian president (1981-2011), was born in the village of Kafr el-Moseilha in the Nile delta province of Menoufia.
    (AP, 7/9/04)(SFC, 2/12/11, p.A4)
1928        May 4, Hennie Youngman, comedian, married Sadie Cohen. They met in a Kresge’s 5 & 10 cent store in Brooklyn where they both worked. He later made famous the line: “Take my wife... Please!"
    (SFEM, 1/25/98, p.66)

1929        May 4, Audrey Hepburn (Edda van Heemstra Hepburn-Rusten), Belgian-born actress, was born. She won an Oscar for her role Roman Holiday and later became a Special Ambassador for UNICEF.
    (HN, 5/4/99)

1930        May 4, Roberta Peters, operatic soprano (NY Met), was born in NYC.
    (MC, 5/4/02)
1930        May 4, In India Mahatma Gandhi was arrested by the British.
    (HN, 5/4/98)

1932        May 4,    Mobster Al Capone, convicted of income-tax evasion, entered the federal penitentiary in Atlanta. Capone was later transferred to Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay.
    (AP, 5/4/08)

1933        May 4, Pulitzer prize was awarded to Archibald Macleish (Conquistador).
    (MC, 5/4/02)

1936        May 4, El Cordobes (Manuel Benitez), Spanish matador, was born.
    (MC, 5/4/02)

1938        May 4, Douglas Hyde, a protestant, became the 1st president of Eire.
    (MC, 5/4/02)

1939        May 4, Amos Oz, Israeli novelist (The Black Box, The Third State), was born.
    (HN, 5/4/01)

1942        May 4, The U.S. began food rationing.
    (HN, 5/4/98)
1942        May 4,    The Battle of the Coral Sea, the first naval clash fought entirely with carrier aircraft, began during World War II.
    (AP, 5/4/97)(HN, 5/4/98)

1945        May 4, John F. Kennedy, correspondent for the Hearst Newspapers, filed a dispatch on the founding of the UN in San Francisco in which he said: Any organization drawn up here will be merely a skeleton. Its powers will be limited… The hope is however, that this skeleton will put on flesh as time goes by.
    (SSFC, 6/26/05, p.F6)
1945        May 4, German forces in the Netherlands, Denmark and northwest Germany agreed to surrender.
    (AP, 5/4/00)

1946        May 4,    A two-day riot at Alcatraz prison in San Francisco Bay ended after five people were killed.
    (AP, 5/4/97)

1948        May 4, The Hague Court of Justice convicted Hans Rauter (SS) of war crimes.
    (MC, 5/4/02)

1949        May 4, Graham Swift, British novelist (The Sweet Shop Owner, Out of this World), was born.
    (HN, 5/4/01)

1953        May 4, Pulitzer prize was awarded to E. Hemingway (Old Man & The Sea).
    (MC, 5/4/02)

1955        May 4, Georges Enescu (73), Romanian-French violist, composer (Oedipe), died.
    (MC, 5/4/02)

1957        May 4, It was reported that NATO has warned the Soviet Union that it would meet any attack with all available meads including nuclear weapons.
    (SFC, 5/4/09, p.B2)
1957        May 4, The Anne Frank Foundation formed in Amsterdam.
    (MC, 5/4/02)

1959        May 4, Randy Travis, country singer (Diggin' Up Bones), was born in Marshville, NC.
    (MC, 5/4/02)
1959        May 4, Pulitzer prize was awarded to Archibald Macleish (again) for his poetic drama, JB based on the Book of Job.
    (MC, 5/4/02)

1961        May 4,    A group of 13 CORE civil rights activists, dubbed "Freedom Riders" left Washington, D.C., for New Orleans to challenge racial segregation on buses and in bus terminals.
    (AP, 5/4/97)(HN, 5/4/98)(MC, 5/4/02)

1965        May 4, Willie Mays hit his 512th HR and broke Mel Ott's 511 NL record.
    (MC, 5/4/02)

1968        May 4, Ismael Valenzuela (1935-2009) rode Forward Pass to victory in the Kentucky Derby.
    (SFC, 9/4/09, p.D6)(www.kentuckyderby.com/2009/history/statistics/1951-1975)

1969        May 4, F. Osbert S. Sitwell (b.1892), English poet (Who Killed Cock Robin?), died at castle Montegufoni near Florence, Italy.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Osbert_Sitwell)

1970        May 4,    At Kent State Univ. on Monday, a peaceful noontime rally was ordered to disburse by guardsmen. At 12:20 p.m., a small group of Guardsmen suddenly wheeled and fired into a group of protesters, killing four and wounding 9-11 others. One wounded student was crippled for life with damage to his spinal column. In the days that followed, hundreds of colleges were shut down by student strikes and more than 100,000 demonstrators marched on Washington, D.C. Twenty-five years after the event the National Guard insisted that it was provoked into attacking the students contrary to eye-witnesses, photographs, and later investigations. Renowned American sculptor George Segal's bronze Abraham and Isaac was commissioned to commemorate the killing of four Vietnam War protesters at Ohio's Kent State University. The finished bronze is now part of Princeton University's modern sculpture garden.
    (NPR interview with the crippled survivor 5/4/95)(HFA, '96, p.30)(AP, 5/4/97)(HN, 5/4/98)(HNQ, 8/24/98) (HNPD, 5/4/99)
1970        May 4, The US FCC adopted the prime time access rule (PTAR), to be fully effective as of October 1, 1971. Four months after its adoption, however, the Commission on August 7, 1970, significantly amended the rule, delaying until October 1, 1972, the effective date of the off-network and feature films provisions.
    (http://tinyurl.com/5lefgv)
1970        May 4, A dispatch filed from Saigon described looting by US soldiers at the Cambodian town of Snuol. The mention of looting was removed by an editor in New York before the story was transmitted to newspapers in the United States. An AP story was killed by Wes Gallagher (d.1997 at 86), general manager of the new service.
    (AP, 7/11/07)(SFC, 10/12/97, p.B5)

1972        May 4, The remains of the ship Gjoe, a converted herring boat used by Roald Amundsen to cross the Northwest Passage (1903-1905), departed San Francisco for Oslo, Norway. A commemorative sculpture was left next to the Beach Chalet at Ocean Beach.
    (SFC, 4/17/00, p.D8)(WSJ, 4/18/00, p.A16)(Ind, 4/27/02, 5A)

1973        May 4, The 1st TV network female nudity appeared in Bruce Jay Smith's Steambath (PBS) with Valerie Perrine.
    (www.imdb.com/title/tt0167415/trivia)

1976        May 4, Australian PM Malcolm Fraser announced that "Waltzing Matilda" would serve as his country's national anthem at the upcoming Olympic Games.
    (AP, 5/4/06)

1977        May 4, A large tornado swept through Pleasant Hill, Mo., hitting the city’s high school and grade school. Only minor injuries occurred due to superb tornado warnings and drills.
    (SFC, 5/4/09, p.D8)

1978        May 4, The Hispanic ethnic group was created when the US Office of Management and Budget published the following regulation in the Federal Register: "Directive 15: Race and Ethnic Standards for Federal Statistics and Administrative Reporting" that defined a Hispanic to be "a person of Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, Central or South American, or other Spanish culture … In 1981 a US federal law stated that Spaniards are part of the Hispanic group.
    (http://family.jrank.org/pages/778/Hispanic-American-Families.html#ixzz0wE9Irnns)
1978        May 4, The South African Air Force (SAAF) engaged in air to ground combat at the Battle of Cassinga in Angola.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_African_Border_War)

1979        May 4, Margaret Thatcher (b.1925), leader of the Conservative Party, was sworn in as Britain's first female prime minister. She continued in office for 3 terms until 1990.
    (www.bbc.co.uk/history/historic_figures/thatcher_margaret.shtml)

1980        May 4,    Marshal Josip Broz Tito (b.1892), Communist dictator of Yugoslavia (1943-1980), died three days before his 88th birthday. He was a Croat and tried to spread the Serbs out over the six Yugoslav republics so that they would not dominate the country. His policy was considered a major cause of the Bosnian war in the '90s.
    (AP, 5/4/97)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Josip_Broz_Tito)(WSJ, 8/8/95, p. A-10)(WSJ, 6/11/96, p.A14)
1980        May 4, Nine people were killed at Kinshasa, Zaire (later the Democratic Republic of Congo) during a stampede to attend mass given by Pope John Paul II.
    (http://africanhistory.about.com/od/may/a/td0504.htm)

1982        May 4, The British destroyer HMS Sheffield was hit by Exocet rocket off the Falkland Islands. 20 men died and a further 24 were injured in the sinking of the Sheffield, the first British warship to be lost in 37 years.
    (http://tinyurl.com/htt3d)

1987        May 4,    Pope John Paul II ended his five-day visit to West Germany with a call for religious freedom in the Soviet bloc and praise for those who had opposed the "mass hysteria and propaganda" of the Nazi era.
    (AP, 5/4/97)

1988         May 4, As a year-long amnesty program for certain illegal aliens in the United States came to a close, thousands of applicants lined up nationwide on the last day.
    (AP, 5/4/98)
1988        May 4, A spectacular explosion occurred at the Shell oil refinery in Norco, La., on the Mississippi river just north of New Orleans. 8 people were killed and over 40 injured.
    (http://www.shellfacts.com/Chatterjee_review.html)
1988        May 4, Three French hostages were released in Beirut by pro-Iranian kidnappers.
    (AP, 5/4/98)

1989        May 4, Fired White House aide Oliver North was convicted of shredding documents and two other crimes and acquitted of nine other charges stemming from the Iran-Contra affair. The 3 convictions were later overturned on appeal.
    (AP, 5/4/99)
1989        May 4, The US launched its Magellan spacecraft to Venus.
    {USA, NASA, Venus, Space}
    (www.solarviews.com/eng/magellan.htm)

1990        May 4, Latvia's parliament voted 138-0 (1 abstention) for Independence. The Russophone Ravnopraviye (Equal Rights Movement) boycotted this resolution by walking out of parliament.
    (http://countrystudies.us/latvia/20.htm)
1990        May 4, The South African government and the African National Congress concluded historic talks in Cape Town with a joint statement agreeing on a "common commitment toward the resolution of the existing climate of violence."
    (AP, 5/4/00)

1991        May 4, “Strike the Gold" won the 117th Kentucky Derby.
    (AP, 5/4/01)
1991        May 4, President Bush suffered shortness of breath while jogging at Camp David; he was rushed to Bethesda Naval Hospital, where doctors found he was experiencing an irregular heartbeat.
    (AP, 5/4/01)
1991        May 4, Morris K. Udall (d.1998), (Rep-D-Ariz), resigned due to Parkinson's disease.
    (http://dizzy.library.arizona.edu/branches/spc/udall/mobio.html)

1992        May 4,    Democratic presidential candidate Bill Clinton toured riot-ravaged Los Angeles streets, blaming the destruction on what he called 12 years of Republican neglect.
    (AP, 5/4/97)
1992        May 4, India and Russia sign a five-year agreement on trade and economic cooperation.
    (www.ndtv.com/convergence/ndtv/story.aspx?id=NEWEN20080048779)

1993        May 4, The United States handed over control of the relief effort in Somalia to the United Nations.
    (AP, 5/4/98)

1994        May 4, India made its 4th developmental launch of ASLV. The 113 kg Stretched Rohini Satellite Series (SROSS-C2) was launched by fourth developmental flight of ASLV-D4 from Sriharikota.
    (www.ndtv.com/convergence/ndtv/story.aspx?id=NEWEN20080048779)
1994        May 4,    Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and PLO leader Yasser Arafat signed a historic accord on Palestinian autonomy that granted self-rule in the Gaza Strip and Jericho.
    (AP, 5/4/97)

1995        May 4, India launched the fourth ASLV-D4 from Sriharikota, successfully placing the SROSS-C2 satellite in orbit.
    (www.ndtv.com/convergence/ndtv/story.aspx?id=NEWEN20080048779)
1995        May 4, An Iranian nuclear official said spent fuel from Iran's Russian-made reactors, potential raw material for nuclear bombs, would be returned to Russia for safeguarding.
    (AP, 5/4/00)

1996        May 4, Grindstone won the Kentucky Derby, giving trainer D. Wayne Lukas a sixth straight victory in a Triple Crown race. Grindstone was injured ahead of the Preakness and retired.
    (AP, 5/4/97)(SFC, 5/4/09, p.D6)
1996        May 4,    Nigerian and Cameroon forces clashed over the Bakassi region on the fishing and oil-rich Gulf of Guinea.
    (SFC, 5/7/96, p.A-10)
1996        May 4,    A Sudanese passenger plane crashed and killed all 53 onboard. The plane was a Russian Antonov-24 and had tried to land outside of Khartoum in an area cleared for a new airport because sand covered the runways at Khartoum.
    (SFC, 5/5/96, p.A-14)

1997        May 4, IBM's Deep Blue computer defeated world chess champion Garry Kasparov, evening their six-game series at one game apiece.
    (AP, 5/4/98)
1997        May 4, Pope John Paul beatified the first Gypsy Jimenez Malla, killed by Republican forces in the 1936 Spanish Civil War. Also beatified were Florentino Asensio Barroso, bishop of Barbastro, Spain, where Malla died; Enrico Rebuschini, a northern Italian priest who died in 1938; and Maria Encarnacion Rosal, a 19th century Guatemalan nun.
    (SFC, 5/5/97, p.A8)(AP, 5/4/98)

1998        May 4, The FDA approved the first commercial surgical glue, Tisseel, made by Baxter Labs.
    (USAT, 5/4/98, p.10D)
1998         May 4, Unabomber Theodore Kaczynski was given four life sentences plus 30 years by a federal judge in Sacramento, Calif., under a plea agreement that spared him the death penalty.
    (AP, 5/4/99)
1998        May 4, The Clinton administration invoked sanctions against North Korea and Pakistan for a secret 1997 missile deal. Pakistan’s military named the acquired missile, Ghauri, after a famous Muslim warrior who slew a Hindu emperor named Prithvi, the name of a Russian made Indian missile.
    (SFC, 5/14/98, p.A16)
1998        May 4, In Columbia gunmen killed 21 people in the province of Meta. Some 200 members of a right-wing paramilitary unit laid siege to the village of Puerta Alvira for 3 hours.
    (WSJ, 5/6/98, p.A1)
1998        May 4, The IMF resumed lending to Indonesia with the release of almost $1 billion.
    (USAT, 5/5/98, p.1B)
1998        May 4, In Vatican City Alois Estermann (43), the pope’s top bodyguard, was shot and killed along with his wife, Gladys Meza Romero (49) in their apartment by Cedrich Tornay (23), who then shot himself. Estermann had just been appointed the head of the Swiss Guards and was killed by Tornay due to damaged professional pride. An investigation was concluded in 1999 and suggested that marijuana and a brain cyst impaired Tornay.
    (WSJ, 5/5/98, p.A1)(USAT, 5/6/98, p.6A)(SFC, 2/9/99, p.A10)(AP, 5/4/99)
1998        May 4, From Zimbabwe it was reported that the United Merchant Bank of tycoon Roger Boka was shut down when a government audit found it incapable of paying its debts.
    (WSJ, 5/4/98, p.A17)

1999        May 4, Pres. Clinton authorized a Congressional Gold Medal for Rosa Parks.
    (SFC, 5/5/99, p.A3)
1999        May 4, Five New York police officers went on trial for the torture of Haitian immigrant Abner Louima. One officer later pleaded guilty; a second was eventually convicted of perjury; the remaining three were acquitted of brutality charges. Two of those three were later convicted of conspiring to obstruct justice; those convictions were overturned.
    (AP, 5/4/04)
1999        May 4, Martin Frankel flew to Rome on a chartered jet from White Plains N.Y. with two women, Mona Kim and Jackie Ju. It was later learned that he was responsible for over 200 million in missing insurance funds. [see May 5]
    (WSJ, 7/16/99, p.A1)
1999        May 4, Goldman Sachs began trading on the NYSE as a publicly owned company. Its prospectus began: “Our clients interests always come first."
    (http://marketplace.publicradio.org/shows/1999/05/04_mpp.html)(Econ, 4/24/10, p.13)
1999        May 4, Tornadoes roared across the Plains for a second straight day.
    (AP, 5/4/00)
1999        May 4, Manuel Babbitt (50), a Vietnam veteran, was executed at San Quentin, Ca., the day after his birthday, for the 1980 murder of an elderly grandmother in Sacramento. He refused his last meal and asked that the $50 allotted be given to homeless Vietnam vets. Babbitt was buried May 10 in Wareham, Mass., with full military honors
    (SFC, 5/4/99, p.A1,7)(SFC, 5/11/99, p.A4)
1999        May 4, In Lebanon a roadside bomb killed 2 Israeli-backed militiamen. Hezbollah claimed responsibility.
    (WSJ, 5/5/99, p.A1)
1999        May 4, Yasser Arafat promised in 1997 to declare statehood, unilaterally if necessary. The five year interim period of Palestinian autonomy was to end. The declaration was deferred on April 28.
    (WSJ, 11/14/97, p.A1)(SFC, 5/20/98, p.A12)(SFC, 5/4/99, p.A11,14)
1999        May 4, Allied forces bombed fixed and mobile targets and downed a Yugoslav MigG-29. The US considered freeing 2 prisoners of war and another 5,000 refugees crossed into Albania.
    (SFC, 5/5/99, p.A12)
1999        May 4, Work crews struggled to restore electricity across Serbia after NATO strikes on major power grids left Belgrade and other cities in the dark.
    (AP, 5/4/00)

2000        May 4, The e-mail virus “ILOVEYOU" bug hit millions of computers around the world. It was considered the most virulent, most damaging ($2.6 bil), most costly and most rapidly spread virus to date.  In Manila Onel de Guzman, a former computing student, was later released with all charges dismissed due to lack of evidence.
    (SFC, 5/5/00, p.A1)(SFC, 5/6/00, p.A1)(SFC, 8/22/00, p.A11)   
2000        May 4, In London Ken Livingston (54), a socialist member of parliament, was elected mayor.
    (SFC, 5/5/00, p.A14)(AP, 5/4/01)
2000        May 4, Congo agreed to cooperate with UN plans for a 5,500 member observer force to monitor the cease-fire.
    (SFC, 5/5/00, p.A18)
2000        May 4, In Indonesia the government announced an agreement for a cease-fire with separatists in Aceh province.
    (SFC, 5/5/00, p.A18)
2000        May 4, In Indonesia a 6.5 earthquake was centered in the Maluku Sea off Pelang Island and at least 17 people were killed.
    (SFC, 5/5/00, p.A18)
2000        May 4, It was reported that Israel planned to deploy a laser shield named THEL, Tactical High Energy Laser (TRW Inc.), to shoot down rockets fired by guerrillas following its withdrawal from southern Lebanon.
    (SFC, 5/4/00, p.A16)
2000        May 4, Lebanese guerrillas fired some 20 Katyusha rockets into Kiryat Shemona, a town in northern Israel. One Israeli soldier was killed and over 24 people were injured. Israel retaliated with heavy air strikes.
    (SFC, 5/5/00, p.A14)(WSJ, 5/5/00, p.A1)
2000        May 4, Hendrik Casimir (b.1909), Dutch physicist, died. He was best known for his research on the two-fluid model of superconductors (together with C. J. Gorter) in 1934 and the Casimir effect (together with D. Polder) in 1946.
    (Econ, 5/24/08, p.105)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hendrik_Casimir)
2000        May 4, In Puerto Rico US federal agents moved and arrested 216 protestors from the bombing range on Vieques Island.
    (SFC, 5/5/00, p.A1)
2000        May 4, In Sierra Leone rebels seized more UN troops and brought the total of hostages to 90.
    (SFC, 5/5/00, p.A18)
2000        May 4, In Sri Lanka the government imposed censorship on the foreign media and gave wide powers to the military as rebels poised to recapture Jaffna.
    (SFC, 5/5/00, p.A18)

2001        May 4, US experts, following 3 days of inspections, said the US spy plane on China’s Hainan Island could be repaired and flown home.
    (SFC, 5/5/01, p.D1)
2001        May 4, Sen. George Mitchell, head of the US-led mission on Israeli-Palestinian fighting, issued a report and said Israel should freeze settlement constructions.
    (SFC, 5/5/01, p.D1)
2001        May 4, The US unemployment rate went up .2% to 4.5%, its highest level in 2 ½ years. The DJIA rose 154 to 10,951. The Nasdaq rose 45 to 2,191.
    (SFC, 5/5/01, p.A1)
2001        May 4, The Writers Guild of America agreed to a new contract with the major movie studios and television networks.
    (SFC, 5/5/01, p.A1)
2001        May 4, It was reported that the hydroxyl radical, a critical air-cleaning molecule, was decreasing.
    (SFC, 5/4/01, p.D4)
2001        May 4, Bonny Lee Bakley (44), the wife of actor Robert Blake (67), died from a bullet wound to the head as she sat in a car near a restaurant in Los Angeles. Blake and his bodyguard, Earle Caldwell, were arrested April 18, 2002, in connection with Bakley's death. Blake, accused of the killing, was acquitted in a 2005 criminal trial but was found liable by a civil jury and ordered to pay damages.
    (BS, 5/12/01, p.3A)(SFC, 4/23/02, p.A3)(SFC, 3/17/05, p.A1)(AP, 5/4/07)
2001        May 4, In Afghanistan a bomb killed at least 8 people at a Sunni Muslim mosque in Herat. Hundreds of people soon set fire to Shiite mosques and marched on the Iranian Consulate.
    (SFC, 5/5/01, p.D1)
2001        May 4, In Goma, Congo, a ferry flipped at a dock on Lake Kivu and at least 19 people died.
    (SFC, 5/5/01, p.D1)
2001        May 4, Pope John Paul II visited Athens and apologized for Roman Catholic sins of “action or omission" against Orthodox Christians. A day earlier some 1,000 Orthodox conservatives took to the streets to denounce his visit.
    (SFC, 5/4/01, p.D3)(AP, 5/4/02)
2001        May 4, The UN Security Council imposed sanctions against Liberia for failing to sever ties with rebels in Sierra Leone.
    (SFC, 5/5/01, p.D2)

2002        May 4, War Emblem, a 20-1 shot, scored a down-to-the-wire, four-length victory over Proud Citizen in the Kentucky Derby.
    (AP, 5/4/03)
2002        May 4, Five pipe bombs were found in rural Nebraska mailboxes.
    (SSFC, 5/5/02, p.A6)
2002        May 4, In China 2 explosions killed at 34 miners in Guizhou and Hunan.
    (SFC, 5/8/02, p.A13)
2002        May 4, In the West Bank Arafat ordered his negotiators to provide a list of the Palestinians inside the Church of the Natividad. 123 names were turned over. Israeli snipers killed one Palestinian inside the compound.
    (SSFC, 5/5/02, p.A1,14)
2002        May 4, In Nepal security forces increased the number of rebels killed in 2 days of fighting to 350.
    (SSFC, 5/5/02, p.A16)
2002        May 4, A Nigerian jet crashed in Kano. 4 of 76 onboard survived. Nigeria's EAS Airlines owned the British Aerospace twin-engine jet. The Red Cross reported 145 dead. A total of 154 people on the plane and the ground were killed.
    (SSFC, 5/5/02, p.A16)(SFC, 5/6/02, p.A3)(AP, 5/4/03)

2003        May 4, In Glenbrook, Ill., senior girls of Glenbrook North High engaged in a "powder puff" football game with junior girls that turned into a hazing melee that was caught on video and shown on national TV. Several seniors were later suspended for 10 days. A Civil Suit was later filed on behalf of 3 of the juniors girls.
    (SFC, 5/13/03, p.A4)
2003        May 4, New lab studies reported that the SARS virus can survive outside an infected body for hours to days.
    (SSFC, 5/4/03, p.A1)
2003        May 4, Idaho Gem, the 1st cloned mule, was born at the Univ. of Idaho.
    (SFC, 5/30/03, p.A2)
2003        May 4, Swarms of violent thunderstorms and tornadoes crashed through the nation's midsection, killing at least 30 people in Kansas, Missouri and Tennessee. 8 people were missing in Pierce City, Mo.
    (AP, 5/5/03)
2003        May 4, In eastern Bangladesh a tropical storm flattened hundreds of flimsy huts in several villages, killing 19 people.
    (AP, 5/5/03)
2003        May 4, Huda Salih Mahdi Ammash (49), a top biological weapons scientist and among the top 55 most wanted members of Saddam Hussein's fallen regime, was taken into custody.
    (AP, 5/5/03)
2003        May 4, Police in Baghdad, Iraq, returned to work in force.
    (AP, 5/4/04)
2003        May 4, In Ivory Coast a new cease-fire agreement took effect, just hours after rebels accused government forces of fresh attacks.
    (AP, 5/4/03)
2003        May 4, In Kenya floods caused by two weeks of heavy rain have washed out roads and submerged entire villages, killing at least 30 people and forcing thousands from their homes.
    (AP, 5/5/03)
2003        May 4, In the Philippines Muslim guerrillas attacked the town of Siocon in the southern province of Zamboanga del Norte, and took hostages as they withdrew from fighting that killed at least 22 people.
    (AP, 5/4/03)
2003        May 4, A Soyuz spacecraft safely delivered a three-man, US-Russian crew to Earth in the first landing since the Columbia space shuttle disaster.
    (AP, 5/4/03)
2003        May 4, In Spain Pope John Paul II proclaimed five new saints and urged Spaniards to emulate them. They included: Pedro Poveda, a priest killed in 1936; Angela de la Cruz, who founded the Sisters of the Company of the Cross; Genoveva Torres, who founded the Sisters of the Sacred Heart and of the Holy Angels; Maravillas de Jesus, who founded convents for the Order of Barefoot Carmelites, and Jose Maria Rubio, a Jesuit priest.
    (AP, 5/4/03)

2004        May 4, The US Army disclosed that the deaths of 10 prisoners and abuse of 10 more in Iraq and Afghanistan were under criminal investigation, as US commanders in Baghdad announced interrogation changes.
    (AP, 5/4/05)
2004        May 4, The United States walked out of a U.N. meeting to protest its decision minutes later to give Sudan a third term on the Human Rights Commission.
    (AP, 5/4/05)
2004        May 4, William J. Krar (63) of East Texas was sentenced to 11 years in federal prison for stockpiling weapons that included a sodium-oxide bomb capable of killing everyone inside a midsize civic building.
    (SFC, 5/5/04, p.A9)
2004        May 4, Oil prices for June delivery rose to $38.98 a barrel.
    (WSJ, 5/5/04, p.A1)
2004        May 4, Some 3,000 firefighters battled wildfires in Southern California.
    (SFC, 5/5/04, p.A7)
2004        May 4, In Afghanistan 2 foreign contractors helping the UN prepare for landmark elections and their Afghan driver were killed in an attack in a remote eastern province. The bullet-ridden bodies of 10 government soldiers were found in southern Afghanistan, hours after the men were abducted in two raids by suspected Taliban militants.
    (AP, 5/5/04)
2004        May 4, In Australia 800 delegates of the Country Women's Association of New South Wales voted to drop the singing of "God Save the Queen" altogether and only permit renditions of "Advance Australia Fair", the national anthem.
    (AFP, 5/4/04)
2004        May 4, In Bogota Famed Colombian painter Fernando Botero opened a new exhibition that graphically depicts the bloodshed of his nation's war and the cruel crime of kidnapping.
    (AP, 5/4/04)
2004        May 4, In Greece 3 bombs exploded outside a police station near Athens in a series of timed blasts, causing serious damage just 100 days before the Olympic Games.
    (AP, 5/5/04)
2004        May 4, In Haiti a provisional council was sworn to oversee fresh elections.
    (AP, 5/4/04)
2004        May 4, Shiite militiamen fired several mortar shells at a U.S. base in Najaf and at a city hall guarded by Bulgarian troops in another Shiite city. Elsewhere, four U.S. soldiers died after their Humvee overturned during a combat patrol.
    (AP, 5/4/04)
2004        May 4, Pakistan and China signed a deal for the construction of a nuclear power plant, the second such plant to be built in Pakistan with Beijing's help.
    (AP, 5/4/04)

2005        May 4, Constantin Brancusi's "Bird in Space" shattered the record for a sculpture at auction when it soared to an astonishing $27,450,000 at Christie's sale of Impressionist and modern art.
    (Reuters, 5/5/05)
2005        May 4, A military judge at Fort Hood, Texas, threw out Pvt. 1st Class Lynndie England's guilty plea to abusing Iraqi detainees at Abu Ghraib prison, saying he was not convinced the Army reservist knew her actions were wrong at the time. England was later convicted in a court-martial and sentenced to three years in prison.
    (AP, 5/4/06)
2005        May 4, Prosecutors rested their case in the Michael Jackson molestation trial.
    (AP, 5/4/06)
2005        May 4, ABC aired a segment of "Primetime Live" in which former "American Idol" contestant Corey Clark claimed an affair with judge Paula Abdul, who denied the allegation.
    (AP, 5/4/06)
2005        May 4, Col. David H. Hackworth (1931-2005), Vietnam war veteran, died. His books included “About Face: The Odyssey of an American Warrior" (1990) and “Hazardous Duty: America's Most Decorated Living Soldier Reports from the Front and Tells It the Way It Is," (1996) co-authored with Tom Matthews.    
    (SFC, 5/7/05, p.B5)
2005        May 4, In China 178 birds were found dead at Bird Island in Qinghai province in a lake that served as a major area for research on migratory water fowl. They were killed by the deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu virus. The number of dead birds was later raised to 1,500 with bar-headed geese among the most dead.
    (WSJ, 5/23/05, p.A11)(SFC, 7/7/05, p.A5)
2005        May 4, Chinese authorities confined residents in Yanqing, 50 miles north of Beijing, to their homes following the outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease in cattle. Numerous farms were put under quarantine.
    (WSJ, 5/24/05, p.A10)
2005        May 4, It was reported that Cuba and Venezuela agreed to start a joint shipyard in Venezuela, the latest sign of strengthening economic ties between the Latin nations.
    (AP, 5/4/05)
2005        May 4, The Danish government said that the mission of Denmark's 530 troops in southern Iraq would be extended until Feb 1.
    (AP, 5/4/05)
2005        May 4, Thousands of supporters of the banned Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt's largest Islamic group, protested across the country in an escalation of the opposition campaign demanding political reform. Police arrested hundreds of protesters.
    (AP, 5/4/05)
2005        May 4, An Iraqi carrying hidden explosives detonated them outside a police recruitment center in Arbil where people were applying for jobs, killing at least 60 Iraqis and wounding some 100. The Iraqi militant group Ansar al-Sunnah claimed responsibility for the bombing saying in a Web statement the attack was revenge for the Kurds' alliance with US forces.
    (AP, 5/4/05)(SFC, 5/5/05, p.A1)(Econ, 5/7/05, p.19)
2005        May 4, Israeli Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz said he is freezing the handover of West Bank towns to Palestinian security control because the Palestinians have failed to honor their promise to disarm militants.
    (AP, 5/4/05)
2005        May 4, Israeli soldiers shot and killed two Palestinian youths in a West Bank village near the city of Ramallah.
    (AP, 5/5/05)
2005        May 4, Japanese media reported Japan will withdraw its 550 soldiers from their non-combat mission in Iraq in December.
    (AP, 5/4/05)
2005        May 4, Mexico's government cleared the capital's mayor of wrongdoing, conceding defeat in a nasty political fight that ousted an attorney general and raised criticisms that President Vicente Fox was trying to block his top rival from running for president.
    (AP, 5/5/05)

2006        May 4, In Virginia US Judge Leonie Brinkema sent Zacarias Moussaoui to prison for life, to "die with a whimper," for his role in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. He declared: "God save Osama bin Laden, you will never get him." The US military released video footage of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi in which the al-Qaida leader was seen wearing American tennis shoes and unable to operate his automatic rifle.
    (AP, 5/4/07)
2006        May 4, A US federal court ruled that over 9,500 victims of human rights abuses under Ferdinand Marcos (1917-1989) were entitled to $35 million in a US account, which he established in 1972. Damages awarded in 1995 reached nearly $2 million.
    (SFC, 5/5/06, p.B7)
2006        May 4, A US government study said some 300,000 US children have been diagnosed with autism.
    (SFC, 5/5/06, p.A8)
2006        May 4, Afghan warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar pledged fealty to al Qaeda. He controlled a large network in eastern Afghanistan.
    (WSJ, 5/5/06, p.A1)
2006        May 4, Brazil’s President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva met with Argentina’s Pres. Nestor Kirchner, Venezuela’s Pres. Chavez and Bolivia’s Pres. Morales in response to Bolivia’s decision to nationalize its oil and gas industry. Morales offered to refrain from cutting off supplies and to negotiate prices.
    (Econ, 5/13/06, p.43)
2006        May 4, Britain took command of NATO's Afghan peacekeeping force as a tide of violence raised apprehension about the alliance's planned takeover of security duties across the country from US forces.
    (AP, 5/4/06)
2006        May 4, Cambodia's highest judicial body approved 30 Cambodian and UN judges to preside over a long-awaited genocide tribunal for surviving Khmer Rouge leaders.
    (AP, 5/4/06)
2006        May 4, Chinese weather specialists used chemicals to engineer Beijing's heaviest rainfall of the year, helping to relieve drought and rinse dust from China's capital.
    (AP, 5/5/06)
2006        May 4, Over Chinese and Russian opposition, Western nations circulated a UN Security Council resolution that would demand Iran abandon uranium enrichment or face the threat of unspecified further measures, a possible reference to sanctions.
    (AP, 5/4/06)
2006        May 4, Palaniappan Chidambaram, India's finance minister, warned that a slowdown in the US may trigger a worldwide recession that if "disorderly" will hit emerging market economies hard. Speaking at the 39th annual meeting of the Asian Development Bank (ADB), he said global economic growth continued to depend heavily on the US economy.
    (AP, 5/4/06)
2006        May 4, A suicide bomber attacked a crowd of people waiting outside a heavily guarded court building in Baghdad, killing 10 Iraqis and wounding 52. Two US soldiers died in a roadside bomb attack.
    (AP, 5/4/06)
2006        May 4, Lithuania hosted leaders from the European Union, United States and the burgeoning democracies in the Black Sea region at a summit on the future of the EU and the NATO military alliance. Vice President Dick Cheney, in remarks that caused a stir in neighboring Russia, accused President Vladimir Putin of restricting the rights of citizens and said that "no legitimate interest is served" by turning energy resources into implements of blackmail.
    (www.defensenews.com/story.php?F=1746272&C=europe)(AP, 5/4/06)
2006        May 4, Just before dawn hundreds of law enforcement officials fired tear gas and crashed through human barricades to take control of San Salvador Atenco, a rebellious town outside Mexico City, hours after protesters released six badly beaten police hostages.
    (AP, 5/4/06)
2006        May 4, In Nepal Communist rebels agreed to a new round of peace talks with the government, raising hopes for an end to a decade-old insurgency that has killed 13,000 people.
    (AP, 5/4/06)
2006        May 4, Nicaraguan Foreign Minister Norman Caldera asked Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez to butt out of his country's political affairs after Chavez signed a favorable oil pact with dozens of leftist Nicaraguan mayors.
    (AP, 5/5/06)
2006        May 4, Puerto Rico moved a step closer to resolving a partial government shutdown as the island's Senate voted to impose a sales tax of 5.9% and a new levy on large corporations.
    (AP, 5/4/06)
2006        May 4, Thousands of police armed with batons stormed an abandoned school in South Korea to evict activists who were protesting plans to expand a US military base, sparking clashes that resulted in dozens of injuries.
    (AP, 5/4/06)
2006        May 4, The Vatican excommunicated two bishops ordained by China's state-controlled church without the pope's consent, escalating tensions as the two sides explored preliminary moves toward improving ties.
    (AP, 5/4/06)
2006        May 4, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said he was withdrawing his ambassador from Peru as a matter of principle after Peru called home its ambassador.
    (AP, 5/4/06)

2007        May 4, US federal officials placed a hold on 20 million chickens raised for market in several states because their feed was mixed with pet food containing an industrial chemical.
    (AP, 5/5/07)
2007        May 4, The United States said it will provide more than $14 million in security assistance to Kenya to boost efforts to combat terrorist activities in the east African nation.
    (AP, 5/5/07)
2007        May 4, An Alaska lawmaker and two of his former colleagues were arrested for allegedly soliciting and accepting bribes from VECO Corp., a private oil services company, to pass a new oil-tax system.
    (Reuters, 5/4/07)
2007        May 4, Reuters Group PLC said that it had received a preliminary takeover approach. The bidder was identified as Thomson Corp., a financial data and information provider based in Stamford, Conn., owned by the Thomson family of Canada.
    (AP, 5/4/07)(http://tinyurl.com/2m8qt5)
2007        May 4, Tornadoes in southwest Kansas killed at least seven people and leveled most of Greensburg.
    (AP, 5/5/07)
2007        May 4, In Austria a standoff pitting Iran against most others delegations at a 130-nation nuclear conference deepened, with organizers adjourning the third straight session in as many days without breaking a deadlock over the language of the meeting's agenda.
    (AP, 5/4/07)
2007        May 4, Two Azerbaijani journalists were convicted and sentenced to prison for inciting hatred with an article criticizing Islam.
    (AP, 5/4/07)
2007        May 4, Brazil’s Pres. Lula da Silva issued a license allowing Brazil to buy or produce a cheap generic version of AIDS drug efavirenz, bypassing Merck’s patent. The compulsory licensing for efavirenz will allow Brazil to import unbranded copies at a quarter of current prices while paying Merck a nominal royalty.
    (WSJ, 5/5/07, p.A1)(Econ, 5/12/07, p.42)
2007        May 4, A British court found Frederick Chiluba, Zambia's first democratically elected president (1991-2001), guilty of stealing $46 million in government funds and ordered him to repay the entire sum. He had gone on trial in Zambia in 2003, accused of 169 counts of corruption, abuse of power and theft, but was declared unfit to stand trial on the grounds of ill health.
    (AP, 5/4/07)(Econ, 11/21/09, p.51)
2007        May 4, A rebel spokesman said a Saudi-brokered reconciliation deal signed by Chad with its neighbor Sudan will not halt a guerrilla war by Chadian rebels aimed at toppling President Idriss Deby.
    (Reuters, 5/4/07)
2007        May 4, In Guinea soldiers protesting the government's failure to give them promised pay raises beat a shopkeeper to death as they looted his store and fired shots in the air, wounding at least 25 civilians.
    (AP, 5/4/07)
2007        May 4, A boat loaded with Haitian migrants capsized while being towed by a police boat from the Turks and Caicos Islands. 78 of some 160 people survived. Haitian migrants later claimed a Turks and Caicos naval vessel rammed their crowded sailboat twice before it capsized.
    (AP, 5/4/07)(SFC, 5/5/07, p.A8)(AP, 5/8/07)
2007        May 4, A roadside bomb killed five Iraqi policemen on a patrol in western Baghdad. US forces broke up a Shiite militant cell believed to be smuggling an armor-piercing Iranian weapon responsible for an increasing number of American and Iraqi deaths. 16 suspected militants were arrested in the Baghdad raid. 7 bodies were found floating in the Diyala River in Baqouba. The bullet-riddled bodies of five police officers, dressed in civilian clothes, were discovered outside the city of Beiji. The US military identified two more top al-Qaida aides killed during an operation earlier this week targeting Muharib Abdul-Latif al-Jubouri. A US soldier was killed and two were wounded when their patrol was hit by a roadside bomb south of Baghdad. A roadside bomb killed a US soldier and wounded four others in western Baghdad.
    (AP, 5/4/07)(AP, 5/5/07)(AP, 5/6/07)
2007        May 4, Assailants in western Baghdad looted and burned the building which housed independent Radio Dijla, founded by Ahmed Rikaby in 2004. The attack came one day after staffers fought off some 2 dozen gunmen. Staff moved to new quarters in Sulaymaniya and within 9 days resumed broadcasting.
    (SFC, 11/22/07, p.A25)
2007        May 4, The divided Koreas agreed to discuss historic trial runs of cross-border railways, as Washington cautioned Seoul against rushing to embrace Pyongyang before it takes steps to dismantle its nuclear program.
    (AP, 5/4/07)
2007        May 4, In Somalia Mohamed Dheere, a former warlord, was sworn in as mayor of Mogadishu and immediately ordered residents to get rid of their weapons. Aid groups said 1,670 people were killed between March 12 and April 26 and more than 340,000 of the city's 2 million residents fled for safety as the government, backed by Ethiopian troops, pressed to wipe out an Islamic insurgency.
    (AP, 5/4/07)
2007        May 4, Delegates meeting in Thailand from 120 countries approved the first roadmap for stemming greenhouse gas emissions, laying out what they said was an affordable arsenal of anti-warming measures that must be rushed into place to avert a disastrous spike in global temperatures.
    (AP, 5/4/07)
2007        May 4, Ukraine's president and prime minister reached agreement on holding early parliamentary elections in a bid to end a political standoff between the rival leaders.
    (AP, 5/4/07)
2007        May 4, Former Iranian President Mohammad Khatami met with Pope Benedict XVI for talks the Vatican hoped would help heal tensions left from the pontiff's remarks on Islam and violence, but the Iranian said the wounds were still very deep.
    (AP, 5/4/07)
2007        May 4, The UN agency for refugees began repatriating thousands of Congolese refugees in Zambia to the Democratic Republic of Congo.
    (AFP, 5/4/07)

2008        May 4, Democrat Barack Obama beat rival Hillary Clinton by just 7 votes in Guam's nominating contest after record numbers of residents voted in the tiny US territory's primary.
    (AP, 5/4/08)
2008        May 4, Abkhazian anti-aircraft forces shot down 2 unmanned Georgian spy planes. A Georgian Foreign Ministry official, dismissed the claims as "completely absurd disinformation" aimed at increasing tension in the area.
    (AP, 5/4/08)
2008        May 4, In Afghanistan an accidental explosion left 2 people dead and 13 wounded at a refuse dump in Kabul’s northern outskirts.
    (AP, 5/5/08)
2008        May 4, Residents of Bolivia voted on an autonomy referendum whose likely passage is seen as a rebuke to the country's leftist president. Exit polls showed the Santa Cruz referendum would pass in a landslide. Pres. Morales denounced the vote but quickly invited state governors for further negotiations.
    (AP, 5/4/08)(AP, 5/5/08)
2008        May 4, In Brazil a boat ferrying people home from a religious festival sank in the Amazon region on the Solimoes River leaving at least 41 dead and dozens missing.
    (AP, 5/5/08)(AP, 5/7/08)
2008        May 4, In the Cayman Islands 5 captive Grand Cayman Blue Iguanas, critically endangered lizards that resemble miniature turquoise dragons, were found scattered across a breeding park in the British dependency after they apparently were stomped and gouged.
    (AP, 5/7/08)
2008        May 4, In Chechnya a remote-controlled bomb exploded on a roadside in Grozny, leaving five police officers dead, while another officer was fatally shot near the city.
    (AP, 5/5/08)
2008        May 4, China's Pres. Hu Jintao said he was hoping for positive results with envoys of the Dalai Lama, as talks opened, but state media kept up a barrage of attacks on Tibet's exiled spiritual leader. In Shenzhen envoys of the Dalai Lama and Chinese officials held a day of talks aimed at mending fences following a wave of unrest that pushed Tibet to centre stage ahead of the 2008 Olympics. They agreed to further contact.
    (Reuters, 5/4/08)(Reuters, 5/5/08)
2008        May 4, China's Health Ministry issued a nationwide alert after the enterovirus 71 virus, or EV-71, which causes hand, foot and mouth disease, infected more than 4,500 children in central Anhui province. The outbreak was centered around Fuyang city, where 22 deaths have occurred.
    (AP, 5/4/08)
2008        May 4, In India 16 people, including three children, were killed when an overcrowded jeep crashed into a truck outside Mumbai. The jeep was filled with members of a family traveling to a wedding party.
    (AP, 5/4/08)
2008        May 4, A bomb hit a motorcade carrying Iraq's first lady through Baghdad. Iraqi health officials said at least 10 people, including two children, were killed in the past 24 hours in the Baghdad neighborhood of Sadr City. 2 Iraqi civilians were wounded in a Hellfire missile attack in Baghdad's southwestern Aamel neighborhood and were evacuated to a military hospital.
    (AP, 5/4/08)(AP, 5/5/08)
2008        May 4, In Japan thousands of activists, artists and scholars gathered for an international peace conference outside Tokyo, vowing to promote the Japanese Constitution's war-renouncing Article 9 as a global standard and prevent the clause from being weakened.
    (AP, 5/4/08)
2008        May 4, Senegal’s Pres. Abdoulaye Wade called the UN’s Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) a “bottomless pit of money largely spent on its own functioning."
    (Econ, 5/10/08, p.69)
2008        May 4, In Somalia Islamic insurgents killed at least three Ethiopian soldiers during a gunfight in Mogadishu. Inter-clan fighting in western Somalia, which broke out the previous evening, left at least 12 people dead and at least 15 others wounded in a land dispute.
    (AP, 5/4/08)
2008        May 4, In South Korea at least eight were people killed when they were swept away by high waves that hit the port of Boryeong Namdo on the west coast.
    (Reuters, 5/4/08)
2008        May 4, In Sudan government bombs hit a primary school and a busy market place in Darfur, killing at 12 people, including 6 children. Darfur rebels said three other areas were also bombed: Ein Sirro and Jabel Medop in North Darfur and an area in West Darfur near rebel-held Jabel Moun.
    (Reuters, 5/5/08)(AP, 5/6/08)
2008        May 4, A Shiite rebel leader in Yemen warned that his group will escalate its fight against the government if the army continues an offensive that has left almost 20 rebels and soldiers dead over the past two days.
    (AP, 5/4/08)

2009        May 4, President Barack Obama proposed changing provisions in the tax code that he says encourage US companies to move jobs overseas, as part of a broader package aimed at saving $210 billion over 10 years.
    (Reuters, 5/4/09)
2009        May 4, An analysis of "real-world" clinical data indicated that vitamin E, and drugs that reduce generalized inflammation, may slow the decline of mental and physical abilities in people with Alzheimer's disease (AD) over the long term according to National Institutes of Health-sponsored research.
    (Reuters, 5/4/09)
2009        May 4, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation awarded eighty one $100,000 grants in a bid to support innovative, unconventional global health research. The foundation also announced plans to spend $73 million over the next five years to help small farmers in impoverished countries.
    (AP, 5/5/09)
2009        May 4, Wolves in parts of the northern Rockies and the Great Lakes region come off the endangered species list, opening them to public hunts in some states for the first time in decades. States such as Idaho and Montana planned to resume hunting the animals this fall, but no hunting has been proposed in the Great Lakes region. About 300 wolves in Wyoming will remain on the list because the US Fish and Wildlife Service rejected the state's plan for a "predator zone" where wolves could be shot on sight. An estimated 4,000 wolves lived in Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota.
    (AP, 5/4/09)
2009        May 4, California’s State Water Resources Control board released a study that said only 21 of 152 lakes studied were free of mercury and other contaminants. 131 lakes showed one or more pollutants above state health guidelines.
    (SFC, 5/5/09, p.A1)
2009        May 4, In Kentucky Amanda Hornsby-Smith (28) was strangled to death. In 2010 her husband, Woody Will Smith (33), went on trial for her murder. He claimed excessive caffeine from sodas, energy drinks and diet pills left him so mentally unstable he couldn't have knowingly killed her.
    (AP, 9/20/10)
2009        May 4, Dom DeLuise (b.1933), film and TV actor, died. Though lighthearted onscreen, the prolific actor was deeply passionate about food, forging a second career as a popular chef and cookbook author.
    (AP, 5/5/09)
2009        May 4, In Afghanistan bombing runs by US-led coalition jets killed dozens of civilians taking shelter from a fierce ground battle between Taliban militants and Afghan and international forces. The US confirmed fighting in western Farah province and opened an investigation into the overnight operation. Over 100 people were killed including 25-30 Taliban. A senior US defense official later said that Marine special operations forces believe that the Afghan civilians were killed by grenades hurled by Taliban militants, who then loaded some of the bodies into a vehicle and drove them around the village, claiming the dead were victims of an American airstrike. On May 20 the US military said at least 20 civilians and 60 insurgents had died in the clash.
    (AP, 5/5/09)(AFP, 5/6/09)(AP, 5/7/09)(AP, 5/20/09)
2009        May 4, An Afghan guard was killed by Australian Robert William Langdon as he worked for US-based private security company Four Horsemen International. A court later heard that Langdon threw a hand grenade into the truck carrying the guard's body and ordered other guards to fire into the air to simulate a Taliban attack. Langdon allegedly admitted killing the Afghan guard during a heated argument about security for a convoy. In October Langdon was convicted of murder and sentenced to death in a court in Kabul. He paid a "sizeable" compensation to the victim's family and the sentenced was reduced to 20 years.
    (AP, 1/27/10)(http://tinyurl.com/ybfe5lu)(AFP, 1/6/11)
2009        May 4, Australia's government put back its much-vaunted carbon-emissions trading scheme by a year, bowing to industry demands for more relief amid a recession while opening the door to an even deeper long-term reduction.
    (Reuters, 5/4/09)
2009        May 4, The EU admitted that its previous forecasts were way off the mark. It now predicts "a deep and widespread recession" across the continent and said unemployment among the 16 nations that use the euro will rise to a postwar record of 11.5 percent in 2010.
    (AP, 5/4/09)
2009        May 4, In Germany Sergio Marchionne, the boss of Italy's Fiat, drummed up support in Berlin for audacious plans to snap up General Motors' European arm and merge it with the bankrupt Chrysler to create a new global auto giant. Germany's economy minister said Fiat Group SpA wants to take over GM's Opel unit without running up debt and would preserve the three main German assembly plants if successful.
    (AFP, 5/4/09)(AP, 5/4/09)
2009        May 4, Indonesia's top graft-buster, Antasari Azhar (56), was arrested as a suspect and a mastermind in the March 14 murder of businessman Nasrudin Zulkarnaen.
    (AP, 5/5/09)
2009        May 4, Iraq’s Foreign Ministry summoned the Iranian ambassador to Baghdad and handed him a letter of protest, demanding that Iran halt shelling against Kurdish rebels in the country's north and warned the "extremely dangerous violations" of Iraqi territory could harm relations between the two countries.
    (AP, 5/5/09)
2009        May 4, Mexico's health secretary said most businesses will reopen May 6 nationwide, citing ebb in the swine flu outbreak. The World Health Organization chief warned that swine flu could return with a vengeance despite Pres. Felipe Calderon insisting his country has contained the epidemic.
    (AP, 5/4/09)(AFP, 5/4/09)
2009        May 4, Nepal's PM Pushpa Kamal Dahal resigned amid a power struggle over his firing of the army chief, saying he was stepping down to "save the peace process" that brought the Himalayan nation out of a bloody decade-long civil war.
    (AP, 5/4/09)
2009        May 4, Niger’s Pres. Mamadou Tandja accompanied representatives of French energy giant Areva at a ceremony marking the beginning of a new uranium project in Imoraren. The site is expected to boost Niger's uranium production from 3,000 to 5,000 tons per year.
    (AP, 5/4/09)
2009        May 4, In Pakistan clashes in a northwestern region covered by an increasingly fragile peace pact killed seven militants and one soldier. The Taliban ambushed an army convoy in Swat and armed Taliban appeared on the streets of Mingora.
    (AP, 5/4/09)(Econ, 5/9/09, p.45)
2009        May 4, South Korean snipers hovering in a helicopter chased away pirates pursuing a North Korean freighter, while the Russian destroyer Admiral Panteleyev freed eight Iranian citizens held hostage for more than three months.
    (AP, 5/4/09)
2009        May 4, South Korean news reported that North Korea runs a cyber warfare unit that tries to hack into US and South Korean military networks to gather confidential information and disrupt service.
    (AP, 5/5/09)
2009        May 4, Sri Lankan forces battled Tamil Tiger insurgents, pushing deeper into rebel-held territory amid a report that navy gunboats heavily shelled an area packed with civilians.
    (AP, 5/4/09)
2009        May 4, In Turkey masked assailants with automatic weapons attacked an engagement celebration in the village of Bilge, near the city of Mardin, fatally shooting 44 people.
    (AP, 5/5/09)
2009        May 4, In southern Yemen armed protesters ambushed a military camp in Radfan killing one soldier, as separatist sentiment mounted against the weak central government.
    (SFC, 5/5/09, p.A2)

2010        May 4, Ohio voters passed ballot proposal Issue 1. It allowed the state to issue $700 million of bonds to finance research and development for the so-called “Third Frontier" program, which was launched in 2002
    (Econ, 5/1/10, p.34)(http://tinyurl.com/25tu3te)
2010        May 4, In Afghanistan Hayat Khan, a tribal elder, was gunned down while he was shopping in the volatile southern city of Kandahar, the latest targeted killing ahead of a NATO-led operation there that will be a critical test of the Afghan war. A former member of southern Zabul province's women's affairs department was fatally shot. In northern Kunduz province Taliban militants killed two civilians they accused of spying for the government.
    (AP, 5/4/10)
2010        May 4, The leaders of South America named former Argentine President Nestor Kirchner as their secretary-general, setting aside their differences in hopes that the 12-nation Unasur group can consolidate into a regional force for unity, development and democracy-building.
    (AP, 5/4/10)
2010        May 4, Alfredo Martinez de Hoz (84), the powerful economy minister who ran Argentina's finances during most of the dictatorship (1976-1983), was arrested and his bank accounts were frozen. The arrest followed a Supreme Court ruling last week deeming unconstitutional a 1990 presidential pardon granted to Martinez de Hoz and former dictator Jorge Videla.
    (AFP, 5/4/10)(AP, 5/6/10)
2010        May 4, British Petroleum said efforts to contain a giant oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico are costing nearly four million pounds a day. Winds pushed a giant slick towards fragile wetlands on the US coast as efforts intensified to bottle up a ruptured oil well causing the growing environmental disaster.
    (AFP, 5/4/10)
2010        May 4, The Croatian government and the UN said Justice Minister Ivan Simonovic has been chosen to be assistant UN secretary-general for human rights.
    (AP, 5/4/10)
2010        May 4, French lawmakers decided to return 16 tattooed and mummified Maori heads to New Zealand, ending years of debate on what to do with the human remains acquired long ago by French museums seeking exotic curiosities.
    (AP, 5/4/10)
2010        May 4, Greek protesters unfurled banners over the defensive walls of the ancient Acropolis, the country's most famous monument, to protest harsh new austerity measures as strikes began across the country.
    (AP, 5/4/10)
2010        May 4, Iceland's volcanic ash renewed its threat to European air space, forcing Ireland to shut services temporarily for the first time in 12 days. Ireland and Britain lifted flight restrictions after temporarily closing airspace due to the return of ash.
    (AP, 5/4/10)(AFP, 5/4/10)
2010        May 4, Iran called for independent verification of US claims it has pared its stockpile of nuclear warheads back to 5,113 and queried whether Washington was justified in holding such a lethal load.
    (AFP, 5/4/10)
2010        May 4, In Iran 5 Kurdish rebels, including two women, were killed after they battled Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards in the western province of Kermanshah.
    (AFP, 5/5/10)
2010        May 4, Iraq's two main Shiite blocs seeking to govern the country signed an agreement that gives the final decision on all their political disputes to top Shiite clerics. The provision would likely further alienate Iraq's Sunni minority, which already feels excluded by Shiite dominance and had been hoping that March's election would boost their say in power. Sardasht Osman (22) was kidnapped in the regional capital Arbil. He had written articles critical of the rule of Kurdish regional president Massud Barzani. His corpse was found a day later in Mosul with a single bullet to the head. On Sep 15 an investigative committee formed by Barzani said that Osman was killed because of his ties to an extremist group.
    (AP, 5/5/10)(AFP, 9/16/10)
2010        May 4, In Mexico two Colombians were arrested at Mexico City's international airport as they allegedly prepared to board a flight to Panama trying to smuggle out more than $350,000 in cash in various currencies.
    (AP, 5/15/10)
2010        May 4, Tin Tun Aung, secretary of the Myanmar Travel Entrepreneurs Association, said tourist visas, which are normally arranged days in advance at an embassy abroad, will be now be available at international airports in Mandalay and the biggest city, Yangon.
    (Reuters, 5/4/10)
2010        May 4, In Nepal armed police escorted fuel and food trucks into Katmandu on the third day of a crippling general strike called by former Maoist rebels demanding the PM's resignation.
    (AP, 5/4/10)
2010        May 4, Royal Dutch Shell said it spilled nearly 14,000 tons of oil into the creeks of the Niger Delta in 2009 and blamed thieves and militants for the environmental damage.
    (SFC, 5/5/10, p.A2)
2010        May 4, Fires ripped through a mosque and an olive grove in two West Bank villages, and local Palestinians accused Jewish settlers of deliberately setting the blazes.
    (AP, 5/4/10)
2010        May 4, The Philippine election commission ordered the recall of 76,000 memory cards to be used in the country's first automated elections next week after some were found to be defective, heightening jitters over a possible failure of the new system.
    (AP, 5/4/10)
2010        May 4, Spain’s Interior Ministry said Spain has taken in a second former inmate from the Guantanamo Bay prison for terrorism suspects. Another Guantanamo detainee was sent to Bulgaria. This left about 181 prisoners at Guantanamo Bay prison.
    (AP, 5/4/10)(SFC, 5/5/10, p.A2)
2010        May 4, Taiwan opened a tourism office in Beijing that represents the island's first official presence in China's capital since the two sides split amid civil war in 1949.
    (AP, 5/4/10)
2010        May 4, Thai anti-government protesters welcomed a proposed compromise to end the violent political crisis that has paralyzed central Bangkok for nearly two months, but asked for more details on the plan before wrapping up their demonstrations.
    (AP, 5/4/10)
2010        May 4, In Venezuela a riot at the Santa Ana Prison in the western state of Tachira, one of the country’s most violent prisons, left eight inmates dead and three injured.
    (AP, 5/5/10)

2011        May 4, President Barack Obama declared parts of Kentucky, Mississippi and Tennessee as disaster areas due to flooding, freeing up federal aid to help those affected.
    (Reuters, 5/5/11)
2011        May 4, The US Interior Dept. declared wolves fully recovered in most of the Northern Rockies, opening the door for hunts in the Fall.
    (SFC, 5/5/11, p.A7)
2011        May 4, A San Ramon, Ca., police officer, Louis Lombardi (38), was arrested after he was linked to an ongoing probe into the theft of confiscated drugs. On Jan 26, 2012, Lombardi pleaded guilty to charges that he sold drugs with his commanding officer, stole jewelry and cash from crime scenes and possessed stolen guns.
    (SFC, 5/5/11, p.C1)(SFC, 1/27/12, p.C1)
2011        May 4, In Oklahoma Sandlin Matthews Smith was shot and killed after he pulled a gun on federal agents trying to arrest him. Smith faced federal charges in connection with the bombing of the Islamic Center of Northeast Florida last May.
    (SFC, 5/6/11, p.A8)
2011        May 4, In Texas Jacob Gonzalez (21) fatally shot three women riding with him in a car in Corpus Christi. Gonzalez fled on foot after his vehicle smashed into a pole and was tackled by a bystander.
    (SFC, 5/7/11, p.A4)
2011        May 4, Applied Materials said it has agreed to pay $4.9 billion for Varian Semiconductor Equipment Associates Inc.
    (SFC, 5/5/11, p.D2)
2011        May 4, Intel unveiled its new Ivy Bridge processor made with a 3-D manufacturing technique that increases chip performance as much as 37% while using less power.
    (SFC, 5/5/11, p.D3)
2011        May 4, Actress Mary Murphy (80) died of heart disease in Beverly Hills. She was discovered in a coffee shop and landed a role as the small-town wholesome girl opposite Marlon Brando in "The Wild One." Murphy had several roles in 1950s films, including "The Desperate Hours," "Beachhead," "A Man Alone," "Sitting Bull" and "The Mad Magician."
    (AP, 5/16/11)
2011        May 4, The Chinese Embassy in Oslo said Sino-Norwegian relations are "in difficulty" because the peace prize was given to "a Chinese criminal ... and the Norwegian government supported this wrong decision." Norwegian salmon exporters were having their fish held up for days or even weeks by Chinese food safety inspectors, devastating its freshness.
    (AP, 5/6/11)
2011        May 4, In Costa Rica Ohio teenager Caity Jones died in the Pacific Ocean when she was pulled by an undertow current. Two other students, on a school mission trip, were swept out with her. The body of James Smith was recovered the next day. The body of Kai Lamar was recovered on May 6.
    (AP, 5/5/11)(AP, 5/6/11)
2011        May 4, A Gervais beaked whale washed up on the southeastern coast of Puerto Rico. A necropsy of the whale found more than 10 pounds (4.5 kg) of twisted plastic inside its stomach.
    (AP, 5/7/11)
2011        May 4, In Egypt hundreds of diehard supporters of ousted president Hosni Mubarak clashed with his foes in central Cairo leaving dozens injured.
    (AFP, 5/5/11)
2011        May 4, The European Union said six Zimbabwean state-media journalists are on a sanctions list because they incite hatred in their reporting. The journalists who fiercely support President Robert Mugabe are among some 200 individuals linked to Mugabe's party who face banking and travel bans from the EU, the US and Britain.
    (AP, 5/4/11)
2011        May 4, New computer modeling showed that Japan's many language variants descended from a common ancestor some 2,182 years ago -- coinciding with the major wave of migration from the Korean Peninsula.
    (AP, 5/5/11)
2011        May 4, In Libya Gadhafi's forces shelled Zintan a rebel town and a key supply route, part of a push to crush stubborn resistance in the mountains of western Libya.
    (AP, 5/4/11)
2011        May 4, In western Nepal a bus veered off a mountain road, killing at least 16 people and injuring 20 others in the country's second serious bus accident in two days.
    (AP, 5/4/11)
2011        May 4, Rival Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas proclaimed a landmark, Egyptian-mediated reconciliation pact signed in Cairo aimed at ending their bitter four-year rift. Hamas chief Khaled Meshaal said that his Islamist movement would work to achieve the "Palestinian national goal" of a sovereign state on the Gaza Strip and West Bank. Gaza's Hamas rulers executed a man convicted of collaborating with Israel. His execution was the 11th in Gaza since Hamas violently wrested control of the territory in June 2007.
    (AP, 5/4/11)(AFP, 5/4/11)(AP, 5/5/11)(Econ, 5/7/11, p.51)
2011        May 4, South Korean police said the body of a man with his hands and feet nailed to a wooden cross and a crown of thorns on his head has been found in an abandoned stone quarry in Mungyong.
    (AP, 5/4/11)
2011        May 4, A Turkish police officer was shot dead by unidentified assailants in the northern city of Kastamonu, where PM Tayyip Erdogan had been speaking earlier in the day.
    (Reuters, 5/4/11)
2011        May 4, In Uganda some 300 lawyers gathered in Kampala to protest the arrest of the country's top opposition leader and a crackdown on demonstrations.
    (AP, 5/4/11)   
2011        May 4, Ukrainian prosecutors said they have opened a criminal investigation against the former head of the Kiev Zoo, where hundreds of animals have died or gone mysteriously missing in recent years. Svitlana Berzina was suspected of embezzling some $47,000 (euro32,000) from the zoo by commissioning projects that weren't fully carried out, if at all. Berzina was fired last year after nearly one-half of the zoo's animals either died or disappeared.
    (AP, 5/4/11)
2011        May 4, The Vatican condemned former Canadian Bishop Raymond Lahey after he pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography and said it planned to take disciplinary action against him.
    (Reuters, 5/4/11)
2011        May 4, Vietnam’s central bank raised a key interest rate to 14% presented a package of commitments, titled Resolution II, to tighten money and credit. Consumer prices had risen 17.5% in the year to April. 
    (Econ, 5/7/11, p.79)
2011        May 4, In Yemen an explosion ripped through a military vehicle in Zinjibar killing 5 soldiers. 4 other civilians died in an ensuing firefight.
    (SFC, 5/5/11, p.A2)

2012        May 4, The United States said that China had indicated it would let blind activist Chen Guangcheng and his family leave the country soon, raising hopes of a resolution to a damaging diplomatic crisis.
    (AFP, 5/4/12)
2012        May 4, Disgraced former press baron Conrad Black (67) was released from a Florida prison after ending his sentence and flown to his home in Canada, which has granted him a temporary resident permit despite his criminal record.
    (Reuters, 5/4/12)
2012        May 4, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer signed into law a bill banning abortion providers like Planned Parenthood from receiving money through the state, her office said in a statement.
    (Reuters, 5/5/12)
2012        May 4, Federal agents in southern California arrested Michael Franks (29), suspected in 10 bank heists. He was dubbed the Snowboarder Bandit for often wearing snowboarder cloths.
    (SSFC, 5/6/12, p.A9)
2012        May 4, A federal jury in Nashville split its verdict against 9 people accused of operating a sex trafficking ring run mostly by Somali refugee gang members. 3 men were convicted of conspiracy to commit sex trafficking of children. 6 men were acquitted.
    (SFC, 5/5/12, p.A5)
2012        May 4, Adam Yauch (47), the gravelly voiced rapper, aka MCA), who helped make the Beastie Boys one of the seminal groups in hip-hop, died of cancer.
    (AP, 5/4/12)
2012        May 4, In southern Afghanistan two NATO coalition service members were killed in an insurgent attack. A remote-controlled roadside bomb killed five border police in Nangarhar province near the border with Pakistan.
    (AP, 5/4/12)(AP, 5/5/12)
2012        May 4, Australian Police hunted for a gang of Sydney street robbers who threw feces at their victims to distract them before grabbing their money.
    (AFP, 5/4/12)
2012        May 4, British PM David Cameron's Conservative Party took an electoral bruising, suffering widespread losses in local elections as voters punished the leader for biting austerity measures and a stalled economy. Deputy PM Nick Clegg's Liberal Democrats suffered similar woes. In London Cameron's Conservative Party colleague Boris Johnson swept to a second four-year term as the British capital's mayor.
    (AP, 5/4/12)
2012        May 4, Canada minted its final one-cent coin and urged people to donate the little copper-covered coins to charity rather than let them go to waste.
    (Reuters, 5/4/12)
2012        May 4, In Egypt thousands rallied against the country's ruling military council, two days after a flare-up of street violence left at least nine dead and fueled a wave of Islamist-led opposition to the generals ahead of presidential elections. Military prosecutors detained some 320 Egyptian protesters following clashes outside the country's Defense Ministry. Two people were reported killed and over 300 people injured.
    (AP, 5/4/12)(AFP, 5/5/12)
2012        May 4, In India a Reliance company executive said the government has asked the energy giant to pay a $1.25 billion penalty for a fall in gas production from its main oil fields.
    (AFP, 5/4/12)
2012        May 4, Iranians lined up at polling stations for a second round of parliamentary elections. Conservative opponents of Pres. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad already won an outright majority of seats of the new parliament in the first round of elections held in March. Of 65 seats up for grabs Ahmadinejad's opponents won 41 while the president's supporters got only 13.
    (AP, 5/4/12)(AP, 5/5/12)
2012        May 4, Israel freed from jail Haggai Amir, the brother and key accomplice of the man who assassinated Israeli PM Yitzhak Rabin in 1995, after more that 16 years in jail.
    (AFP, 5/4/12)
2012        May 4, In Ivory Coast about 50 inmates staged a jailbreak from the main prison on the fringes of Abidjan. About 20 were apprehended.
    (AFP, 5/4/12)
2012        May 4, Malaysia’s PM Najib Razak said a quashed election reform rally was being used to topple the government ahead of polls expected in June.
    (AFP, 5/7/12)
2012        May 4, In Timbuktu, Mali, the tomb of Sidi Mahmoud Ben Amar (d.1458), classified as a World Heritage site, was attacked by an Islamist group.
    (SFC, 5/7/12, p.A2)(www.exploretimbuktu.com/culture/culture/saints.html)
2012        May 4, A Myanmar state-run newspaper said recent battles between government troops and Kachin ethnic rebels had killed 31 people. The New Light of Myanmar reported 11 clashes in the last week of April, including what it said was an attack by rebels of the Kachin Independence Army on a government border guard base.
    (AP, 5/4/12)
2012        May 4, In Nigeria suspected Boko Haram gunmen killed 2 warders and freed all inmates from a local jail in Kumshe town, Borno state. 23 Boko Haram suspects were arrested during an attack on a police station in Banki. In the eastern state of Taraba, gunmen disguised in military uniforms shot dead five residents near Babban Mutum town.
    (AFP, 5/4/12)
2012        May 4, Shell announced a significant cut in its Nigerian oil production due to pipeline damage caused by theft, and warned that it might not meet contractual obligations as a result.
    (AFP, 5/4/12)
2012        May 4, In Pakistan a teenage suicide bomber targeted police in Khar, Bajaur district, killing 29 people and wounding dozens.
    (AFP, 5/4/12)(AFP, 5/5/12)
2012        May 4, Syrian security forces killed several demonstrators.
    (AFP, 5/5/12)
2012        May 4, Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete sacked six ministers over graft allegations after a report by the auditor-general implicated numerous officials in cases of bribery and suspect procurements. Kikwete also transferred an additional eight ministers to new portfolios and appointed seven new ones.
    (AFP, 5/4/12)
2012        May 4, In Tunisia an official tally said 338 Tunisians were killed and 2,174 were injured during the popular uprising that led to the fall of president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.
    (AFP, 5/4/12)
2012        May 4, Ukraine's jailed and ailing ex-PM Yulia Tymoshenko tentatively agreed to have her back condition treated at a local hospital under the supervision of a German doctor.
    (AP, 5/4/12)

2013        May 4, In the SF Bay Area a stretch limo caught fire on the San Mateo Bridge. The driver and 4 women in a bridal party escaped, but 5 others, including the bride, died in the fire.
    (SFC, 5/6/13, p.A1)
2013        May 4, In Utah soccer referee Ricardo Portillo (46) died following an April 27 assault by teen-age player (17). On May 8 the teen was charged with homicide by assault.
    (SFC, 5/9/13, p.A6)(http://tinyurl.com/cqgz2xl)
2013        May 4, In southern Afghanistan 5 US troops were killed by a roadside bomb in Kandahar province. 2 others died as a soldier with the Afghan National Army turned his weapon on coalition troops in the west.
    (AP, 5/4/13)(AP, 5/5/13)
2013        May 4, In Afghanistan insurgents in Baghlan province killed a German special forces soldier and wounded another. This marked the first death in combat of a member of Germany's special forces in Afghanistan. Several insurgents are believed to have been killed in the fighting.
    (AP, 5/5/13)
2013        May 4, In northern Belgium hundreds of people were evacuated after a train carrying chemicals derailed and caught fire.
    (AP, 5/4/13)
2013        May 4, Belgian biochemist Christian de Duve (95), Nobel Prize winner in physiology or medicine (1974), died in an act of euthanasia.
    (AP, 5/6/13)
2013        May 4, Nigel Evans (55), a member of PM David Cameron's Conservative party, was detained over sexual attacks allegedly carried out at his home in Lancashire, northern England between July 2009 and March of this year. Evans had announced in 2010 that he was gay.
    (AP, 5/5/13)
2013        May 4, Ethiopian authorities detained reporter Muluken Tesfaw of the private weekly Ethio-Mehedar as he covered evictions 100 km from the site of the construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam. The government has acknowledged the March evictions were illegal and Tesfaw was later released.
    (AP, 5/31/13)(AP, 6/7/13)
2013        May 4, In Pakistan two blasts in the southern city of Karachi killed three people near the office of a political party critical of the Taliban.
    (AP, 5/5/13)
2013        May 4, In Puerto Rico 4 people were killed and 6 others injured in a drive-by shooting in Aguas Buenas.
    (SSFC, 5/5/13, p.A7)
2013        May 4, Saudi Arabian officials announced that Saudi girls will be allowed to play sports in private schools for the first time.
    (SSFC, 5/5/13, p.A5)
2013        May 4, Twelve Senegalese employees of a South African demining company were kidnapped in Senegal's southern Casamance region. On May 29 the rebels released 3 women who were kidnapped with the group. The 9 remaining employees were freed on July 12 in Guinea-Bissau.
    (AP, 5/6/13)(http://tinyurl.com/dx24cfh)(Reuters, 7/12/13)
2013        May 4, In Sudan 21 people were killed in Abyei district, including Koul Deng Majok, an ethnic Ngok Dinka from neighboring South Sudan, two peacekeepers, and 17 members of the Misseriya tribe. Majok's tribe had failed to inform Misseriya tribesmen they would be visiting the area.
    (AP, 5/5/13)
2013        May 4, In Syria Alawite paramilitaries continued their rampage against Sunnis in al-Bayda and Banias leaving at least 100 dead.
    (Econ, 5/11/13, p.42)

2014        May 4, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang set off for a four-country tour of Africa (Ethiopia, Nigeria, Angola and Kenya), acknowledging "growing pains" in China-Africa relations amid labor conflicts and other problems stemming from Chinese investment.
    (AP, 5/4/14)
2014        May 4, A Chinese vessel intentionally rammed two Vietnamese Sea Guard vessels in a part of the disputed South China Sea where Beijing has deployed a giant oil rig, sending tensions spiraling in the region.
    (Reuters, 5/7/14)
2014        May 4, India’s police said they have killed 3 suspected rebels and arrested eight forest guards for alleged involvement in the killings of 31 Muslims in northeastern Assam state.
    (AP, 5/4/14)
2014        May 4, In western India a passenger train derailed, killing at least 18 people and injuring more than 100 as rescue workers raced to free those still trapped in Maharashtra state.
    (AP, 5/4/14)
2014        May 4, In Iraq shelling in Fallujah, held by anti-government fighters for over four months, killed 11 people over the last 24 hours.
    (AFP, 5/4/14)
2014        May 4, In Kenya two buses driving along a busy highway in Nairobi were struck by explosive devices thrown at them.
    (Reuters, 5/4/14)
2014        May 4, Israeli police looking for evidence linked to a recent attack on a mosque were mobbed overnight by around 100 demonstrators at the at Yitzhar West Bank settlement.
    (AFP, 5/4/14)
2014        May 4, Libyan businessman Ahmed Maiteeq (Miitig) was sworn in as the country’s new prime minister after a chaotic vote in parliament.
    (Reuters, 5/4/14)
2014        May 4, Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan ordered top security chiefs and officials to secure the safe release of 223 schoolgirls abducted three weeks ago by suspected Islamists.
    (AFP, 5/4/14)
2014        May 4, In northeastern Nigeria suspected Boko Haram gunmen kidnapped eight girls from a village late today near one of their strongholds. After leaving Warabe the gunmen stormed the Wala village, five km. (three miles) away, and abducted three more girls.
    (Reuters, 5/6/14)(AFP, 5/7/14)
2014        May 4, Panamanians voted in presidential elections. Conservative Juan Carlos Varela won the election easily defeating Jose Domingo Arias, Pres. Martinelli's hand-picked successor 39% to 32%.
    (AP, 5/4/14)(AFP, 5/514)(SSFC, 7/6/14, p.A4)
2014        May 4, Saudi Arabia's health ministry said one more patient who contracted the potentially fatal Middle East virus related to SARS has died and that 14 new cases have been detected. The new 14 cases raised the number of those infected in Saudi Arabia to 411.
    (AP, 5/514)
2014        May 4, In Saudi Arabia a maid (23) from the Philippines was allegedly scalded with water deliberately poured down her back. An investigation was launched jointly by Riyadh police and the Philippines embassy after images of burns allegedly suffered by the woman, who had arrived in the kingdom in March, surfaced on social media and online.
    (Reuters, 5/22/14)
2014        May 4, South Sudanese government forces overran Nasir, a key rebel base and moved to recapture Bentiu, the capital of the oil-producing Unity state, from rebel control.
    (AFP, 5/4/14)(AP, 5/514)
2014        May 4, The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said heavy fighting between rival Islamic rebel groups in eastern Syria has killed 62 fighters and forced tens of thousands to flee their homes over the last four days.
    (AP, 5/4/14)
2014        May 4, In Ukraine pro-Russian militants stormed a police station in Odessa and freed 30 fellow activists as the prime minister blamed police corruption there for dozens of deaths in rioting on May 2.
    (AP, 5/4/14)
2014        May 4, Yemen's military says it has killed 37 suspected al-Qaida fighters overnight in the town of Meyfaa in an ongoing offensive in Shabwa southern province.
    (AP, 5/4/14)

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