Today in History - May 5
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311 May 5,
Gaius VM Galerius (~50), emperor of Rome, died in Dardania.
(SFC, 6/23/97, p.29)(MC, 5/5/02)
1194 May 5, Kazimierz II, the
Justified, grand duke of Poland (1177-94), died.
1352 May 5, Ruprecht, Roman
catholic German king, was born.
1382 May 5, In the Battle of
Beverhoutsveld, Belgium, the population beat a drunken army.
1430 May 5, Jews were expelled
from Speyer, Germany.
1494 May 5, During his second
voyage to the Western Hemisphere, Christopher Columbus first sighted
Jamaica and commented on the daily rains. Columbus landed on the
island of Jamaica, which he names Santa Gloria. [see May 3]
(NOHY, 3/90, p.183)(AP, 5/5/97)(HN, 5/5/98)
1504 May 5, Anton of Burgundy
(~82), the Great Bastard, knight, died.
1553 May 5, Erasmus Alberus
(~52), German theologist (Barfesser Munche), died.
1635 May 5, Philippe Quinault,
French playwright (L'amant indiscret), was born.
1640 May 5, English Short
1646 May 5, King Charles I
surrendered at Scotland.
1657 May 5, Jacques Danican
Philidor, composer, was born.
1680 May 5, Giuseppe Porsile,
composer, was born.
1705 May 5, Leopold I von
Hapsburg (64), Emperor of Holy Roman Empire, died.
1760 May 5, The fourth Earl
Ferrers was driven from the Tower of London to be hanged as a felon,
the last English nobleman to be executed this way. [see Apr 16]
1775 May 5, Benjamin Franklin
arrived in Philadelphia following almost a decade in Europe.
(AH, 2/06, p.52)
1789 May 5, In France the
Estates General, summoned by King Louis XVI, convened to repair the
national finances. It sat for several weeks in May and June, but
came to an impasse as the three Estates clashed over their
respective powers. It was brought to an end when many members of the
Third Estate formed themselves into a National Assembly, signaling
the outbreak of the French Revolution.
1800 May 5, Louis Hachette,
French publisher (Librairie Hachette), was born.
1809 May 5, Mary Kies was 1st
woman issued a US patent (weaving straw).
1809 May 5, Citizenship was
denied to Jews of Canton of Aargau, Switzerland.
1813 May 5, Soren Kierkegaard
(d.1855), Danish philosopher and theologian, was born. He founded
Existentialism and believed that man's relation to God must be an
agonizing experience. “Truth is not introduced into the individual
from without, but was within him all the time.” His books included
the philosophical novel “Diary of a Seducer.”
(WUD, 1994, p.786)(AP, 10/23/97)(SFC, 9/4/98,
1814 May 5, The British
attacked Ft. Ontario, Oswego, New York.
1815 May 5, Eugene-Marin
Labiche, French playwright, was born.
1818 May 5, Karl Marx, German
philosopher, was born in Prussia. He argued that history was marked
by various stages of class struggle and capitalism which had
overcome feudalism would in turn be overcome by socialism and the
elimination of private property. He and Friedrich Engels founded
Communism. Together they wrote "The Communist Manifesto" and "Das
(WSJ, 1/11/99, p.R20)(AP, 5/5/97)(HN, 5/5/99)
1821 May 5, Napoleon Bonaparte
(b.1769), former emperor of France (1799-1815), died in exile on the
island of St. Helena. He died by slow poisoning at the hands of his
companion Charles Tristan de Montholon. Scottish pathologist Dr.
Hamilton Smith later used Napoleon’s hair to determine that arsenic
had been administered about 40 times from 1820-1821. In 2010 a lock
of Napoleon’s hair fetched 140,000 New Zealand dollars ($97,000) at
auction. In 1992 Proctor Patterson Jones authored "Napoleon, An
Intimate Account." In 1999 an English translation of Jean-Paul
Kauffmann's "The Black Room at Longwood: Napoleon's Exile on St.
Helena" was published. In 1904 F. De Bouirrienne published "Memoirs
of Napoleon Bonaparte." In 1988 S. De Chair edited "Napoleon's
Memoirs." In 2014 Andrew Roberts authored “Napoleon the Great.”
(V.D.-H.K.p.232)(AP, 5/5/97)(SFEC, 1/18/98, BR
p.9)(SFEC, 8/16/98, Z1 p.8)(SFC, 4/8/99, p.C5)(AP, 8/8/97)(SFEC,
8/1/99, Par p.16)(AP, 7/01/10)(Econ, 9/20/14, p.77)
1823 May 5, James Allen Hardie
(d.1876), Bvt Major General (Union Army), was born.
1830 May 5, John B. Stetson,
American hat maker, was born. He gave his name to the wide-brimmed
1832 May 5, H.H. Bancroft,
historian, publisher (History of Pacific States), was born.
1834 May 5, The first mainland
railway line opened in Belgium.
1834 May 5, Charles Darwin's
expedition continued at Rio Santa Cruz.
1837 May 5, Niccolo Antonio
Zingarelli (85), Italian composer, bandmaster, died.
1840 May 5, Matthaus Fischer
(76), composer, died.
1842 May 5, Johann Nepomuk
Fuchs, composer, was born.
1842 May 5, City-wide fire
burned for over 100 hours in Hamburg, Germany. The medieval center
of Hamburg was virtually leveled.
1846 May 5, Henryk Sienkiewicz
(d.1916), author (Quo Vadis, Nobel 1905), was born in Poland:
"The greater the philosopher, the harder it is for him to answer the
questions of common people."
(AP, 2/5/97)(MC, 5/5/02)
1848 May 5, Adalbert von
Goldschmidt, composer, was born.
1854 May 5, English pirate
Plumridge robbed along pro-English Finnish coast.
1855 May 5, NYC regained Castle
Clinton. It would be used for immigration.
1861 May 5, Peter Cooper
Hewitt, electrical engineer, inventor of the mercury-vapor lamp, was
1861 May 5, CS troops abandon
1862 May 5, Battle of
Williamsburg commenced as part of the Peninsular Campaign.
Confederate Captain Charles Bruce kept his father apprised of
conditions during the crucial Peninsula campaign.
1862 May 5, At the Battle of
Pueblo, a [2,000] 5,000 man Mexican force (cavalry), loyal to Benito
Juarez and under the leadership of Gen’l. Ignacio Zaragoza, defeated
6,000 [10,000] French troops sent by Napoleon III. The French were
attempting to capture Puebla de Los Angeles, a small town in
east-central Mexico. The Battle of Puebla represented a great moral
victory for the Mexican government, symbolizing the country's
ability to defend its sovereignty against threat by a powerful
foreign nation. The event became memorialized in the Cinco de Mayo
annual festival. Napoleon had intended to march through to the US
and help the Confederacy in the Civil War.
(SFEM, 4/27/97, p.6)(AP, 5/5/97)(SFEC,11/9/97,
p.T6)(SFEC, 11/8/98, p.T8)(SFC, 5/1/99, p.A13)(WSJ, 5/5/00,
1863 May 5, Battle of Tupelo,
1864 May 5, Atlanta Campaign: 5
days fighting began at Rocky Face Ridge.
1864 May 5, The Battle of
Wilderness began as Robert E. Lee caught U.S. Grant's forces in the
Virginia woods. It was the first in a series of clashes fought as
Grant's army advanced on Richmond, Va. During the close range
fighting in the dense woods of Virginia, forest fires broke out,
killing many wounded soldiers. While the battle ended as a tactical
draw, Lee was unable to halt Grant's progress toward Richmond.
(HN, 5/5/98)(HNPD, 5/5/99)
1864 May 5, Battle between
Confederate & Union ships at mouth of Roanoke.
1866 May 5, Villagers in
Waterloo, NY, held their 1st Memorial Day service. In 1966 Pres.
Johnson gave Waterloo, NY, the distinction of holding the 1st
Memorial Day. On Apr 13, 1862, volunteers led by Sarah J. Evans had
paid homage to the graves of Civil War soldiers in the Washington
(SFC, 5/26/03, p.A2)
1867 May 5, Nellie Bly,
[Elizabeth Cochran Seaman], journalist, was born.
1867 May 5, At the Battle of
Puebla, the Mexican Juarez forces under Mariano Escobedo defeated
Maximilian's forces at Gueratero.
(HN, 5/5/98)(PCh, 1992, p.505)
1868 May 5, Memorial Day was
officially proclaimed by General John Logan, national commander of
the Grand Army of the Republic, in his General Order No. 11, and was
first observed on 30 May, 1868, when flowers were placed on the
graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National
Cemetery. The preferred name for the holiday gradually changed from
"Decoration Day" to "Memorial Day", which was first used in 1882. It
was not declared the official name by Federal law until 1967.
1879 May 5, The US Supreme
Court supported the power of states to restrict polygamy in Reynolds
vs. United States.
1881 May 5, Anti-Jewish rioting
took place in Kiev, Ukraine.
1883 May 5, Charles Albert
“Chief” Bender, the only Native American in baseball's Hall of Fame,
1886 May 5, A bomb exploded on
the fourth day of a workers' strike in Chicago, Ill.
1890 May 5, Christopher Morley
(d.1957), author-journalist (Kitty Foyle), was born. “Religion is an
attempt, a noble attempt, to suggest in human terms more-than-human
realities.” "My theology, briefly, is that the universe was dictated
but not signed." "Truth is not a diet but a condiment."
(HN, 5/5/01)(AP, 11/1697)(AP, 11/25/98)(AP,
1891 May 5, Carnegie Hall (then
named Music Hall) had its opening night in New York City.
Tchaikovsky was the guest conductor. Musicians, painters, dancers
and actors thrived in two towers built by 19th-century industrialist
Andrew Carnegie just after the hall went up. The Carnegie Towers,
one 12 stories high, the other 16, housed more than 100 studios. In
2010 the city-owned towers were gutted in a $200 million renovation
(AP, 5/5/97)(AP, 8/2/10)
1892 May 5, US Congress passed
the Geary Chinese Exclusion Act, which required Chinese in the
United States to be registered and carry an identity card or face
deportation. The Six Companies of San Francisco ordered all 110,000
immigrants to refuse compliance.
(AP, 5/5/97)(SSFC, 6/3/07, p.M5)
1892 May 5, Jan Nepomuk Skroup
(80), composer, died.
1893 May 5, Panic hit the New
York Stock Exchange; by year's end, the country was in the throes of
a severe depression.
1899 May 5, Freeman F. Gosden,
radio comedy writer and performer (Amos 'n' Andy), was born in
(HN, 5/5/01)(MC, 5/5/02)
1900 May 5, Hans
Schmidt-Isserstedt, German composer, conductor (Hassan gewinnt), was
1900 May 5, "The Billboard"
began weekly publication.
1902 May 5, Bret Harte,
American writer (b.1836), died in England. In 2000 Axel Nissen
authored “Bret Harte: Prince and Pauper.”
(WUD, 1994, p.648)(SFEC, 9/3/00, BR p.6)(MC,
1903 May 5, James Beard
(d.1985), US culinary expert, author (Delights & Prejudices),
was born in Portland, Ore.
1904 May 5, Denton True Young
(Cy Young) of the Boston Red Sox pitched the American League's first
perfect game as the Boston Red Sox defeated the Philadelphia
(SFC, 9/27/99, p.A23)(AP, 5/5/04)
1907 May 5, San Francisco
streetcar workers of the Carmen’s Union went on strike after Patrick
Calhoun, president of the United Railroads, refused to accept a $3
per 8-hour day wage. Calhoun induced the strike and hired James
Farley to break the union. The strike ended up leaving 31 people
(SFC, 9/13/02, p.D9)(SSFC, 4/15/07, p.B1)
1908 May 5, Rex Harrison,
actor, was born. He starred in “My Fair Lady.”
1908 May 5, Jacques Massu,
French general (Algeria), was born.
1909 May 5, Carlos Baker,
biographer, was born.
1912 May 5, The Soviet
Communist Party newspaper Pravda began publishing. Iosif
Vissarionovich Dzhugashvili took the name Stalin, meaning “man of
steel,” about the time he helped found the Russian Communist
newspaper Pravda. Stalin specialized in writing about national
minorities in Russia and went on to become editor of Pravda.
(HN, 5/5/98)(HN, 12/21/98)(HNQ, 4/6/00)
1913 May 5, Tyrone Power, actor
(Mark of Zorro, Alexander's Ragtime Band), was born in Cleveland.
1915 May 5, Alice Jeanne
Leppert, known later as the actress Alice Faye, was born in NYC.
[some sources give her birth year as 1912] She reigned as the queen
of the Fox movie lot from 1935 to 1944.
(SFEC, 5/10/98, p.C8)
1915 May 5, Richard H. Rovere,
journalist (Goldwater Caper), was born in Jersey City.
1915 May 5, German U-20 sank
the Earl of Lathom.
1916 May 5, U.S. marines
invaded the Dominican Republic.
1917 May 5, Eugene Jacques
Bullard became the first African-American aviator when he earned a
flying certificate with the French Air Service.
1919 May 5, George London,
bass-baritone (The Flying Dutchman, Wotan, Scarpia. Rigoletto), was
born in Montreal, Canada.
1920 May 5, US Pres. Wilson
made the Communist Labor Party illegal.
1920 May 5, Anarchists Nicola
Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti were arrested for murder.
1922 May 5, Construction began
on Yankee Stadium in the Bronx.
1924 May 5, Kate Claxton
(b.1850), NYC theater actress, died.
1925 May 5, John T. Scopes was
arrested in Tennessee for teaching Darwin's theory of evolution.
1926 May 5, Sinclair Lewis
refused his Pulitzer Prize for "Arrowsmith."
1927 May 5, Dmitri
Shostakovitch' 1st Symphony, premiered in Berlin.
1935 May 5, American Jesse
Owens set the long jump record at 26 ft. 8 inch.
(HN, 5/5/98)(MC, 5/5/02)
1936 May 5, Edward Ravenscroft
patented screw-on bottle cap with a pour lip.
1936 May 5, Italian troops
occupied Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
1940 May 5, Norwegian
government in exile formed in London.
1941 May 5, A Pulitzer prize
was awarded to Robert E Sherwood (There shall be no night).
1941 May 5, Emperor Haile
Selassie returned to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
1942 May 5, Tammy Wynette,
country singer (Stand by your Man), was born in Redbay, Alabama.
1942 May 5, Sales of sugar
resumed in the United States under a rationing program.
(AP, 5/5/97)(HN, 5/5/98)
1942 May 5, General Joseph
Stilwell learned that the Japanese had cut his railway out of China
and was forced to lead his troops into India.
1942 May 5, The first Japanese
soldiers landed on the Philippine island of Corregidor defended by
only 13,000 soldiers under Gen’l. Wainwright. More than 1,000
Americans and Filipinos died in defense of the island.
(SFEC, 12/15/96, p.T7)
1943 May 5, Michael Palin,
actor and screenwriter (Monty Python's Flying Circus), was born.
1943 May 5, Postmaster General
Frank C. Walker invented the Postal Zone System.
1944 May 5, John Rhys-Davies,
actor (Sir Edward-Quest, Sliders), was born in Salisbury England.
1944 May 5, Gandhi was freed
1944 May 5, A Russian offensive
took place against Sebastopol Krim.
1945 May 5, Ezra Pound, poet
and author, was arrested by American Army soldiers in Italy for
treason. He had served during the war as a profascist and
anti-Semitic spokesman for the Mussolini government.
(NPR, 5/5/95 interview with the sergeant who
arrested Mr. Pound.)
1945 May 5, A Japanese balloon
bomb exploded on Gearhart Mountain in Oregon, killing Mrs. Elsie
Mitchell, the pregnant wife of a minister, and five children after
they attempted to drag it out the woods in Lakeview, Oregon. The
balloon was armed, and exploded soon after they began tampering with
it. They became the 1st and only known American civilians to be
killed in the continental US during World War II.
(AP, 5/5/97)(MC, 5/5/02)
1945 May 5, The 761st Tank
Battalion, an all black unit under Gen. Patton, linked with Russian
allies near Steyr, Austria.
(SSFC, 5/30/04, p.B4)
1945 May 5, The Mauthausen
Concentration camp in Austria was liberated.
1945 May 5, There was an
uprising against SS-occupation troops in Prague.
1945 May 5, Netherlands and
Denmark were liberated from Nazi control. The Liberation of the
Netherlands was completed by the First Canadian Army.
1947 May 5, Pulitzer prize was
awarded to Robert Penn Warren (All the King's Men).
1948 May 5, 1st air squadron of
jets aboard a carrier
1948 May 5, Japan's Children's
Day became a National Holiday.
1949 May 5, The treaty
constituting the Statute of the Council of Europe was signed by ten
countries: Belgium, France, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and the
United Kingdom, accompanied by Ireland, Italy, Denmark, Norway and
Sweden. Robert Schuman, foreign minister of France, defined a
country as European by its democratic and institutional adherence to
common European values.
(http://tinyurl.com/tye8k)(Econ, 11/18/06, p.21)
1952 May 5, A Pulitzer prize
awarded to Herman Wouk (Caine Mutiny).
1954 May 5, There was a
military coup by General Alfredo Stroessner in Paraguay. Thomas
Romero Pereira came to power in a military coup that lasted for
three days. He is best known for giving up power three months later
to Alfredo Stroessner who then became the dictator of Paraguay for
1955 May 5, The baseball
musical "Damn Yankees" opened on Broadway. It was produced by George
Abbott and Douglass Wallop and ran for 1022 performances. Ray
Walston played the devil in the play and the 1958 movie.
(SFEC, 8/25/96, DB p.41)(AP, 5/5/00)(SFC,
1955 May 5, The US detonated a
29-kiloton nuclear device in Nevada. “Apple 2” was the 2nd of 40
tests of Operation Cue, meant to study the effects of a nuclear
explosion on a typical American community.
(AH, 6/02, p.72)
1955 May 5, West Germany became
a sovereign state.
1955 May 5, India’s parliament
accepted Hindu divorce.
1958 May 5, The Arkansas
Gazette received the Pulitzer Prize for its coverage of the Little
Rock Central High School integration crisis; James Agee was
posthumously honored for his novel "A Death in the Family."
1961 May 5, Astronaut Alan
Bartlett Shepard Jr. (d.1998 at 74), a Navy commander, became the
first American in space as he made a 15-minute suborbital flight in
the Freedom 7 Project Mercury capsule launched from Cape Canaveral,
Fla. The spacecraft reached a maximum altitude of 116.5 miles.
(AP, 5/5/97)(HN, 5/5/98)(SFC, 7/23/98, p.A1)(HNQ,
1962 May 5, The West Side Story
soundtrack album went to #1 and stayed #1 for 54 weeks, more than 20
weeks longer than any other album.
1964 May 5, Separatists rioted
1965 May 5, 1st large-scale US
Army ground units arrived in South Vietnam.
1968 May 5, US Air Force planes
hit Nhi Ha, South Vietnam, in support of attacking infantrymen.
1968 May 5, Spain closed its
frontier with Gibraltar. This Followed a referendum in which
Gibraltar's voters were asked whether they wished to become part of
Spain and voted with a resounding no vote.
1969 May 5, N. Scott Momaday
(b.1934) received the Pulitzer Prize for Literature for “House Made
of Dawn.” The Kiowa author was the first American Indian to win the
prize. Norman Mailer won the general non-fiction Pulitzer Prize for
“Armies of the Night” (1968).
1972 May 5, Alitalia’s DC-8
Flight 112 crashed west of Palermo, Sicily; killing 115.
1975 May 5, Michael Shaara won
Pulitzer Prize in fiction for his novel “Killer Angels.”
1976 May 5, In Sri Lanka the
TNT was renamed the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE),
commonly known as Tigers.
1977 May 5, Ludwig Erhard
(b.1897)), German minister of Economic Affairs (CDU), died.
1979 May 5, The recording "In
The Navy" by The Village People reached #9 on the pop singles chart.
1980 May 5, Pres. Carter said
that the Mariel Cubans would be welcomed "with open hearts and open
arms." In 1999 1750 Mariels were in detention as "excludable
aliens," under INS custody for crimes committed after being released
at least once.
(SFEC, 7/11/99, Par p.14)
1980 May 5, A siege at the
Iranian embassy in London ended as British commandos and police
stormed the building. Nineteen hostages were rescued; two others had
already been killed by their captors; four of the five
hostage-takers also were killed.
1981 May 5, Irish Republican
Army hunger-striker Bobby Sands, an elected member of the Irish
Parliament, died at the Maze Prison in Northern Ireland on his
66th day without food.
(SFC, 11/15/96, p.B2)(SFEC, 12/22/96, Z1 p.6)(AP,
1982 May 5, Janet Smith, a
secretary, was injured when a bomb package was opened at Vanderbilt
(WP, 6/29/96, p.A3)(SFEC,11/9/97, Z1p.4)
1985 May 5, President Reagan
kept a promise to West German Chancellor Helmut Kohl by leading a
wreath-laying ceremony at the military cemetery in Bitburg.
1987 May 5, The congressional
Iran-Contra hearings opened with former Air Force Maj. General
Richard V. Secord as the lead-off witness.
1987 May 5, The US federal
government began a yearlong amnesty program, offering citizenship to
illegal immigrants who met certain conditions.
1987 May 5, In San Francisco
the 21st Street Baths at 3244 21st St. turned off its steam room and
shut down its adult movie theater in response to the AIDS epidemic.
The building was razed in 1996.
(SSFC, 5/13/12, p.42)(http://tinyurl.com/77xoonh)
1988 May 5, The Rev. Eugene
Antonio Marino became the nation's first black Roman Catholic
archbishop during an installation Mass in the Atlanta Civic Center.
He stepped down in July 1990 because of a two-year affair with
Columbus resident Vicki Long.
1988 May 5, Michael Shaara
(b.1928), author of the Civil War novel "Killer Angels," died of
1989 May 5, A federal judge
ordered sweeping changes in the FBI's promotion system, months after
the judge found that the bureau had systematically discriminated
against its Hispanic employees in advancements and assignments.
1990 May 5, "Unbridled" won the
116th running of the Kentucky Derby.
1990 May 5, Five people were
killed as 3 small fishing boats capsized in the Strait of Juan De
Fuca, along the northwest int’l. border between the US and Canada.
(SFC, 5/5/09, p.D8)
1991 May 5, New York City's
Carnegie Hall celebrated its centennial with an all-day, all-star
1991 May 5, President Bush
continued to experience an irregular heartbeat, one day after he was
taken to Bethesda Naval Hospital because of fatigue and shortness of
1992 May 5, President Bush and
Democrat Bill Clinton picked up primary victories in Indiana, North
Carolina and the District of Columbia.
1992 May 5, The Basel
Convention, which curbed the trade of toxic materials, came into
force after being ratified by 20 nations. By 2008 170 nations had
signed the convention.
1992 May 5, Yugoslav troops
evacuated Sarajevo under a deal struck with the UN. The troops
clashed with Bosnians under the leadership of Ejup Ganic. Some 42
soldiers were killed.
1993 May 5, In West Memphis,
Arkansas, Cub Scouts Steve Branch (8), Christopher Byers (8) and
Michael Moore (8) were found dead, nude and hogtied. Rumors of
Satanism roiled the community in the weeks following their deaths.
In 1994 Jason Baldwin (16) was sentenced to life in prison; Jessie
Misskelley (18) was sentenced to life plus 40 years; Damien Echols
(19) was sentenced to death. The case was largely based on a
confession by Misskelley, who was mentally handicapped. In 1996 Jo
Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky made an HBO documentary: "The Child
Murders at Robin Hood Hills." In 2007 new DNA tests and forensic
evidence challenged the guilt of the teenagers. In 2011 the
defendants, known by their supporters as the West Memphis 3, agreed
to a legal maneuver that let them maintain their innocence while
acknowledging prosecutors have enough evidence against them.
6/11/96, p.A16)(WSJ, 3/13/00, p.A44)(SFC, 12/20/07, p.A6)(AP,
1993 May 5, The Bosnian Serb
parliament began debating a U.N. peace plan for Bosnia, rejecting
the plan the following day. U.N. Secretary-General Boutros
Boutros-Ghali recommended creation of a tribunal to try those
responsible for war crimes in former Yugoslavia.
1994 May 5, Labour beat the
Conservatives in British local elections.
1994 May 5, Singapore caned
American teenager Michael Fay for vandalism, a day after the
sentence was reduced from six lashes to four in response to an
appeal by President Clinton, who considered the punishment too
1994 May 5, The peak of the Eta
Aquarid meteor shower. It displayed 10-40 meteors per hour.
(PacDis, Spring/'94, p. 40)
1995 May 5, As rescue workers
ended their search for bodies in the Oklahoma City bombing,
President Clinton denounced self-styled anti-government militias,
saying, "How dare you call yourselves patriots and heroes."
1995 May 5, Talks collapsed
between the United States and Japan on averting a trade fight over
1995 May 5, Thunderstorms began
tearing through North Texas, claiming two dozen lives.
1996 May 5, In Alaska at the
Nenana Ice Classic, 12 winners guessed the movement of ice on the
Tanana River at 12:32 p.m. and split the $300,000 jackpot.
(WSJ, 5/7/96, p.A-16)
1996 May 5, The FBI released
preliminary figures showing that serious crimes reported to police
fell for the fourth straight year in 1995.
1996 May 5, Israel and the
Palestinians began the final stage of their peace talks in Taba,
1997 May 5, President Clinton
arrived in Mexico for his first Latin American trip while in office.
1997 May 5, A jury in
Jacksonville, Fla., found R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. was not
responsible for the death of lifelong smoker Jean Connor.
1997 May 5, American Airlines'
pilots ratified a contract, ending nearly three years of
1997 May 5, Police in Texas
killed, Michael Matson, one of the escaped secessionists. [He was
reported on TV to have fired on a police helicopter and police
dogs.] Richard Keyes was still being sought.
(WSJ, 5/6/97, p.A1)(SFC, 5/7/97, p.A3)
1997 May 5, In Palestine
Arafat’s justice minister said he would impose the death penalty on
Palestinians who sell land to Israelis to prevent Israel’s
(WSJ, 5/6/97, p.A1)
1997 May 5, In Peru the 24
miners who dug tunnels for the commandos in Lima had still not
returned home and their families feared for their lives. Two men
were killed or injured in the digging operation.
(SFC, 5/6/97, p.A12)
1997 May 5, In Poland 12 people
were killed in a train crash in Reptowo.
1997 May 5, In Zaire the rebels
nationalized the Sizarail rail system, a consortium that belonged to
South African, Belgian and Zairian interests.
(WSJ, 5/6/97, p.A18)
1998 May 5, The $816 million,
3.1 million-sq.-ft. Ronald Reagan Federal Building in
Washington DC was dedicated.
(USAT, 5/6/98, p.3A)
1998 May 5, An exasperated
Secretary of State Madeleine Albright called on Israel to hand over
an additional 13 percent of the West Bank to the Palestinians, on
top of the 27 percent already relinquished. Israel, however,
continued to balk at the proposal.
1998 May 5, In Indonesia
thousands of people clashed with police in Medan in protests as big
increases in the price of gasoline and other essentials went into
effect under an IMF bailout plan.
(WSJ, 5/6/98, p.A1)
1998 May 5, In Mexico a forest
fire killed 19 firefighters and left 12 missing.
(WSJ, 5/6/98, p.A1)
1999 May 5, In the 34th annual
Country Music Awards Garth Brooks was selected as entertainer of the
year, Tim McGraw as top male vocalist, and Faith Hill as top female
(SFC, 5/6/99, p.E4)
1999 May 5, Pres. Clinton
visited US troops in Germany and conferred with senior NATO
commanders. Clinton’s morale-boosting trip to Europe included a
visit to Ramstein Air Base in Germany, where he met the three
American soldiers just released by Yugoslavia.
(SFC, 5/6/99, p.A10)(AP, 5/5/00)
1999 May 5, A fire at the home
of Martin R. Frankel in Greenwich, Conn., triggered an investigation
that unveiled his disappearance along with some $218 million. The
St. Francis of Assisi Foundation was set up by Frankel and used as a
front to help gain control of insurance money. The amount missing
was raised to $335 million. Frankel vanished with as much as $3
billion in client's money. Early the following day a fleet of
security personnel associated with Mr. Frankel accepted a delivery
of $10 million in diamonds at Teterboro airport in NJ.
(WSJ, 6/21/99, p.C1)(WSJ, 6/22/99, p.C1)(SFC,
6/23/99, p.A3)(WSJ, 7/8/99, p.C25)
1999 May 5, The EU endorsed
Romano Prodi, the former prime minister of Italy, as the next
president of the European Commission.
(WSJ, 5/6/99, p.A1)
1999 May 5, Western allies and
Russia outlined an accord for "an international civil and security
presence" in Kosovo under a UN mandate following the withdrawal of
(SFC, 5/6/99, p.A1)
1999 May 5, The first 453
Kosovar refugees from camps in Macedonia arrived at the 31,000-acre
Fort Dix, New Jersey. A total of up to 20,000 refugees were expected
in operation Task Force Open Arms.
(SFC, 5/5/99, p.C2)(SFC, 5/6/99, p.A10)
1999 May 5, AT&T agreed to
buy MediaOne for $58 billion.
(SFC, 5/6/99, p.A1)
1999 May 5, Two US crew members
were killed when an Apache helicopter crashed in Albania during
training. Chief Warrant Officer David A. Gibbs (38), of Massillon,
Ohio, and Chief Warrant Officer Kevin L. Reichert (28), of Chetek,
Wis., crashed in a mountainous region 50 miles from Task Force Hawk
(SFC, 5/5/99, p.A1)(SFC, 5/6/99, p.A10)
1999 May 5, NATO strategists
were reported to have a plan to send 60,000 ground troops into
Kosovo around July to take the province from retreating Serbs. Their
original plan called for 28,000 soldiers to supervise an interim
(WSJ, 5/5/99, p.A3)(SFC, 5/6/99, p.A12)
1999 May 5, Ibrahim Rugova,
prominent Albanian leader, flew to Rome with the permission of
Yugoslav authorities for talks with Premier Massimo D'Alema and
foreign Minister Lamberto Dini.
(SFC, 5/6/99, p.A13)
1999 May 5, The World Health
Organization (WHO) planned a mass vaccination program in Angola
following a polio outbreak that killed nearly 50 children and left
(WSJ, 5/5/99, p.A1)
1999 May 5, In Congo it was
reported that over 63 people had died from an unknown disease that
appeared to be a type of hemorrhagic fever. Most of the dead were
gold miners and died within 6 days of becoming ill. The disease was
caused by the Marburg virus.
(SFC, 5/5/99, p.A11)(SFC, 5/7/99, p.D2)
1999 May 5, Indonesia and
Portugal signed accords to enable the people of East Timor to vote
on independence Aug 8.
(SFC, 5/6/99, p.A15)
1999 May 5, In Yemen a court
sentenced 3 Islamic militants to death for their role in the
abduction and killing of Western tourists in Dec.
(WSJ, 5/6/99, p.A1)
1999 May 5, From Zambia it was
reported that over 63 people had died from an unknown disease in
northeastern Congo that appeared to be a type of hemorrhagic fever.
Most of the dead were gold miners and died within 6 days of becoming
(SFC, 5/5/99, p.A11)
2000 May 5, President Clinton
met at the White House with Japan’s new prime minister, Yoshiro
2000 May 5, The Labor
Department reported the nation’s unemployment rate had hit a 30-year
low of 3.9% percent in April 2000, with blacks and Hispanics
recording the lowest jobless rates in history.
(SFC, 5/6/00, p.A1)(AP, 5/5/01)
2000 May 5, In Congo Ugandan
and Rwandan troops clashed at Kisangani and at least 10 civilians
were killed and 100 wounded.
(SFC, 5/6/00, p.C1)
2000 May 5, Reformers swept
Iran’s run-off elections, winning control of the legislature from
conservatives for the first time since 1979 Islamic revolution.
2000 May 5, Israel and
Hezbollah guerrillas in Lebanon agreed to a cease-fire.
(SFC, 5/6/00, p.C1)
2000 May 5, In The Philippines
the government and the MILF agreed to a 48-hour cease-fire on
(SFC, 5/6/00, p.A11)
2000 May 5, In Sierra Leone
rebels seized more UN troops and were reported to be holding 300
troops and observers hostage. Gen. Vijay Kumar Jetley of India
scrambled to consolidate his UN troop positions.
(SFC, 5/6/00, p.A1)
2000 May 5, Turkey’s parliament
elected judge Ahmet Necdet Sezer (b.1941) as the country’s 10th
president. Sezer served until Aug 28, 2007.
2001 May 5, "Monarchos" won the
2001 May 5, Boozoo Chavis (70),
Zydeco accordionist, died in Lake Charles, La. He recorded one of
the 1st Zydeco hits “Paper In My Shoe in 1954.”
(SFC, 5/7/01, p.C5)
2001 May 5, Cliff Hillegass
(83), the creator of Cliffs Notes, died.
(SSFC, 5/6/01, p.A27)
2001 May 5, In Angola Unita
rebels attacked Caxito, a town near Luanda, and 79 people were
killed. Some 30,000 people fled the area following the attack.
(WSJ, 5/8/01, p.A1)(SFC, 5/8/01, p.C3)(SFC,
2001 May 5, In Guatemala
Barbara Ann Ford (62), a member of the Sisters of Charity of New
York, was shot and killed in an apparent robbery.
(SFC, 5/7/01, p.C4)
2001 ` May 5, In the West Bank
Ahmed Khalil Assad (37), a Palestinian militant, was shot to death
in front of his 2-year-old niece, who was injured. In Jericho
Israeli soldiers rocketed a Palestinian police base and 17 people
(SSFC, 5/6/01, p.A14)
2001 May 5, In Syria Pres.
Bashar Assad greeted Pope John Paul II with a speech against Israel.
Assad asked him to take the Arabs' side in their dispute with
Israel, referring to what Assad described as Jewish persecution of
(SSFC, 5/6/01, p.A14)(AP, 5/5/02)
2002 May 5, In Boston Cardinal
Law supported the Archdiocese decision to scuttle a multimillion
settlement with 86 people for some 15-30 million over sexual abuse
because the number of new cases had grown to over 150.
(SFC, 5/6/02, p.A1)
2002 May 5, A tornado in Texas
killed 2 people.
(SFC, 5/6/02, p.A3)
2002 May 5, In SF Bruce Brooks
(51), a street blues musician, killed Juliette Williamson, his
girlfriend and bandmate, by repeatedly smashing her head with a
hammer. Her body was found on May 22, washed up on Yerba Buena
Island. In 2008 Brooks was convicted of 2nd-degree murder.
(SFC, 8/7/08, p.B3)
2002 May 5, Movie producer
Michael Todd Jr., who produced the only feature in "Smell-o-Vision,"
titled "Scent of Mystery," died in Ireland at age 72.
2002 May 5, George Sidney (85),
film director, died in Las Vegas. He was president of the Screen
Directors Guild (1951-1959) and the Directors Guild of America
(SFC, 5/7/02, p.A21)
2002 May 5, In Bolivia Hugo
Banzer (b.1926), former dictator (1971-1978) and president
(1997-2001), died at age 75.
(SFC, 5/6/02, p.B5)
2002 May 5, In Burma the
military government released Aung San Suu Kyi (56) after 19 months
of house arrest in Rangoon.
(SFC, 5/6/02, p.A1,3)
2002 May 5, In Cuba Fidel
Castro freed Vladimiro Roca (59), jailed 5 years ago for sedition,
ahead of Pres. Carter's visit.
(SFC, 5/6/02, p.A3)
2002 May 5, In France Pres.
Chirac won a 2nd term in a landslide over extreme-right leader
Jean-Marie Le Pen.
(WSJ, 5/6/02, p.A1)(AP, 5/5/03)
2002 May 5, In Indonesia Jaffar
Umar Thalib, leader of the paramilitary Laskar Jihad, was arrested
on charges of inciting Muslims to attack Christians near Ambon in
the Maluku Islands.
(SFC, 5/7/02, p.A10)(WSJ, 5/7/02, p.A1)
2002 May 5, Iraq voted to
resume oil exports.
(SFC, 5/6/02, p.A3)
2002 May 5, Middle East
negotiations over the siege of the Church of the Nativity in
Bethlehem approached agreement with a deal to send some of the
Palestinians into exile and others to the Gaza Strip for trial.
Startled Israeli soldiers killed a mother and 2 children (4&6)
(SFC, 5/6/02, p.A1)
2002 May 5, In South Korea
Pres. Kim Dae Jung resigned from his Millennium Democratic Party in
a bid to insulate it from corruption charges surrounding his
children and several close aides.
(SFC, 5/6/02, p.A3)
2003 May 5, Tornadoes across
Missouri, Kansas and Tennessee left at least 40 people dead.
Tornado-packed storms flattened communities in four Midwestern
states, killing 19 people.
(SFC, 5/6/03, p.A3)(AP, 5/5/04)
2003 May 5, China said
there were 160 new infections and 9 new deaths, similar to totals in
the past several days. It has now recorded 4,280 cases, the bulk of
the world's total. Beijing closed its schools for another 2 weeks.
(AP, 5/5/03)(WSJ, 5/5/03, p.A1)
2003 May 5, In Colombia rebels
killed Guillermo Gaviria, a state governor, Gilberto Echeverri, a
former defense minister and 8 other hostages as army troops tried to
rescue them; three hostages survived. In 2008 a court sentenced 9
rebel leaders in absentia to 40 years in prison for the killings.
(SFC, 5/6/03, p.A3)(AP, 4/9/08)
2003 May 5, Hong Kong reported
three more SARS deaths, for a total of 187, and 8 new infections. In
Singapore SARS has killed 26 of the 203 people infected, a fatality
rate of 12.8 percent, more than double the global average.
2003 May 5, In Indonesia singer
Inul Daratista's (24) grinding moves to Indonesia's "Dangdut" folk
music have made her a celebrity in a matter of weeks. Religious
conservatives demanded that she be banned from the stage.
2003 May 5, Pakistan will get
rid of its nuclear arsenal if rival India does as well, a Pakistani
Foreign Ministry spokesman said.
2003 May 5, In South Africa
Walter Sisulu (b.1912), anti-apartheid hero, died. He brought Nelson
Mandela into the ANC and together with Oliver Tambo formed the ANC
Youth League in 1944.
2004 May 5, Pres. Bush gave
interviews to 2 Arab-language networks saying he and the American
people were appalled by the revelations of prisoner mistreatment in
(SFC, 5/6/04, p.A1)
2004 May 5, A 1905 painting by
Pablo Picasso titled 'Garcon a la pipe' (Boy with a Pipe) sold for a
record $104 million at Sotheby's in NYC.
(AP, 5/5/04)(WSJ, 5/11/04, p.A18)
2004 May 5, SF police shot and
killed Cammerin Boyd (29), an African-American with prosthetic legs,
following a car chase during which Boyd allegedly shot at police.
Boyd was a suspect in an attempted kidnapping. In 2010 four SF
police officers involved in the case were cleared of all
(SFC, 5/7/04, p.A1)(SFC, 4/27/10, p.C3)
2004 May 5, British-based
SABMiller launched an unsolicited HK$4.3 billion ($550m) bid for
Harbin Brewery, China’s 4th largest brewer.
(Econ, 5/8/04, p.61)
2004 May 5, In central China
shelves stacked high with garlic collapsed and killed 15 workers at
a cold-storage warehouse in Zhenghou.
2004 May 5, Russian foreign
minister Igor Ivanov helped ease Aslan Abashidze out of Adzharia,
(Econ, 5/8/04, p.49)
2004 May 5, Coalition forces
raided buildings used by a militia loyal to a radical Shiite cleric
in two southern cities and clashed with militiamen elsewhere in
fighting that killed 15 Iraqis.
2004 May 5, Israel's state
comptroller said the Housing Ministry has funneled nearly $6.5
million to illegal settlement construction in the West Bank in the
past three years, more than half of it to outposts Israel pledged to
2004 May 5, Israeli warplanes
fired missiles at a suspected guerrilla hideout in south Lebanon,
shortly after Hezbollah gunners fired on Israeli jets.
2004 May 5, Mexico celebrated
the 142nd anniversary of its victory over French forces.
2004 May 5, Nicaragua said its
army had destroyed 333 surface-to-air missiles at the urging of the
US and that the military planned to destroy another 333 SAM-7s in
late July. More than 2,000 Russian-made SAM-7s, shoulder-fired
missiles capable of taking down a plane, were left over from the
1980s Contra war.
2005 May 5, President Bush met
with Nigerian Pres. Olusegun Obasanjo. They discussed oil and
Obasanjo said he would explore how to address US concerns that
former Liberian President Charles Taylor be brought to justice.
2005 May 5, The Bush
administration set aside a rule protecting 33% of national forests
from roads. This opened some 58.5 million acres for possible
commercial use. New rules by the Bush administration in 2008
repealed a 1982 regulation requiring that fish and wildlife habitats
be managed to maintain viable populations. On June 30, 2009, these
changes were reversed by a federal judge in San Francisco.
(SFC, 5/6/05, p.A4)(WSJ, 5/6/05, p.A1)(SFC,
2005 May 5, US National Prayer
Day. It has been celebrated since 1952 but was only fixed by
Congress in 1988.
(SFC, 5/5/05, p.B1)
2005 May 5, "Precious Doe," a
slain girl mourned but unknown for four years in Kansas City, Mo.,
was identified as Erica Michelle Marie Green; her mother and
stepfather were charged with murder.
2005 May 5, Michael Jackson's
lawyers opened their case in his molestation and conspiracy trial
after the judge denied a defense motion for an acquittal.
2005 May 5, The Arab-American
National Museum opened across from City Hall in Dearborn, Mich.
(SSFC, 10/9/05, p.E6)(http://tinyurl.com/ajzhu)
2005 May 5, Merck & Co.
said that Raymond V. Gilmartin is stepping down effective
immediately from the top jobs at the drugmaker, which has been
slammed by mounting lawsuits and falling revenues since recalling
its blockbuster painkiller Vioxx last fall. He was succeeded by
Richard Clark, who steered Merck through the Vioxx affair.
(AP, 5/5/05)(WSJ, 5/6/05, p.A1)(Econ, 9/16/06,
2005 May 5, June MacCloy Butler
(b.1909), film actress, died.
(SFC, 5/19/05, p.B7)
2005 May 5, Charlie Muse (87),
inventor of the baseball batting helmet, died in Florida.
(WSJ, 5/17/05, p.A1)
2005 May 5, Tony Blair was
elected to a historic third term as Britain's prime minister.
Conservatives, Michael Howard, announced that he would step down
after a stinging election defeat at the hands of PM Tony Blair's
2005 May 5, Dominica's
governing party won a narrow victory in parliamentary elections
apparently convincing voters of the need for an austerity program
and a switch in diplomatic ties from Taiwan to China.
2005 May 5, Two American
soldiers accused of arms trafficking emerged from jail and were
handed over to US officials, but a top Colombian official tried to
delay their deportation, saying a treaty granting them immunity
might be invalid.
(AP, 5/5/05)(WSJ, 5/5/05, p.A1)
2005 May 5, In central Congo a
Russian-made airplane crashed, killing 10 of the 11 passengers
2005 May 5, Insurgents killed
at least 20 people in three separate attacks targeting Iraqi
security forces in Baghdad, including one by a man who blew himself
up while waiting in line outside an army recruitment center.
2005 May 5, Palestinians voted
for local governments in dozens of towns and villages across the
West Bank and Gaza Strip. More than 2,500 candidates were vying for
seats on 84 municipal councils.
2005 May 5, Russia's Federal
Security service said it foiled planned terror attacks ahead of
Victory in Europe celebrations, discovering a truck near Grozny
packed with more than a ton of explosives and a cache of poisons
allegedly intended for chemical attacks.
2005 May 5, In northern Uganda
rebels from the Lord's Resistance Army attacked villagers tending
their fields, hacking to death at least 10 people and wounding some
2006 May 5, CIA Director Porter
Goss resigned in a second-term shake-up of President Bush's team.
2006 May 5, The US State
Department disclosed that Albania has agreed to take in five
Chinese, ethnic Uighur detainees, held at Guantanamo Bay. They were
flown to Albania the next day.
(AP, 5/5/06)(WSJ, 5/6/06, p.A1)
2006 May 5, The US State
Department said Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has waived a law
to make Myanmar refugees, almost all of whom back an armed group
fighting the Yangon military junta, eligible for resettlement into
2006 May 5, Porter Goss (67),
US CIA director, resigned under pressure after 18 months on the job.
(SFC, 5/6/06, p.A3)
2006 May 5, Valerie Plame,
former CIA agent, agreed to sell her memoir for $2.5 million. The
book, whose working title is "Fair Game," is scheduled to be
published in the fall of 2007 by Crown Publishing, an imprint of
2006 May 5, A spokesman for
Nevada Gov. Kenny Guinn said Nevadans will be able to buy
prescription drugs from Canada over the Internet starting next week,
despite objections by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
2006 May 5, The DJIA rose 138
points to a 6-year high. A report of modest job growth triggered
hopes that the Federal Reserve will soon end interest rate hikes.
(SFC, 5/6/06, p.C1)
2006 May 5, Forbes Magazine in
an article titled, "Fortunes Of Kings, Queens And Dictators," put
Fidel Castro in 7th place in a group of 10 world leaders with "lofty
positions and vast fortunes." The magazine estimated Castro's
personal wealth to be $900 million, nearly double that of the $500
million of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and just under Prince Albert
II of Monaco's estimated $1 billion. Forbes said it assumed Castro
has economic control over a web of state-owned companies including a
convention center, a retail conglomerate and an enterprise that
sells Cuban-produced pharmaceuticals. On May 15 Castro and Cuba’s
Central Bank President Francisco Soberon denied the claims. Soberon
said that all the money made from those companies is pumped back
into the island's economy, into sectors including health, education,
science, security, defense and solidarity projects with other
2006 May 5, Berkshire Hathaway
Inc., the investment company controlled by Warren Buffett, said it
purchased an 80% stake in Iscar, a privately held Israeli
metalworking firm for $5 billion.
2006 May 5, In eastern
Afghanistan a US-led coalition military transport helicopter crashed
while conducting combat operations, killing all 10 American soldiers
on board. The CH-47 Chinook crashed while on a mission in support of
Operation Mountain Lion, an offensive to root out Taliban and
al-Qaida militants near the border with Pakistan.
2006 May 5, In Afghanistan a
roadside bomb killed two Italian soldiers and wounded four as they
were traveling to help Afghan police hurt in an attack near Kabul.
2006 May 5, British PM Tony
Blair shuffled his Cabinet, replacing Foreign Secretary Jack Straw.
2006 May 5, In Windsor, Canada,
Const. John Atkinson (37) was shot to death as he approached two men
involved in a drug transaction in a parking lot outside a
convenience store. Nikkolas Brennan and Cody Defausses, both 18,
were charged with first-degree murder. Atkinson, a father of two,
was the first officer slain in the force's history of more than 120
2006 May 5, In central China
explosions rocked two Internet cafes in Hefei, the capital of Anhui
province, killing two people, injuring four.
2006 May 5, The European
Commission said safety belts will have to be used in all seats on
tour buses and vans across the European Union.
2006 May 5, A roadside bomb
killed three US soldiers south of Baghdad. Coalition forces shot to
death three insurgents in Samarra, the site of the bombing of a
Shiite shrine in February that set off a wave of sectarian killings
in Iraq. An American soldier was killed by the roadside bomb in
(AP, 5/5/06)(AP, 5/6/06)
2006 May 5, An Israeli air
strike killed 5 members of a group with close ties to the ruling
Hamas movement in a Gaza City neighborhood training ground for
2006 May 5, In Srinagar a
strike and protests to force the government to reveal names of
people caught up in a prostitution scandal paralyzed the summer
capital of Indian Kashmir and injured 20 people.
2006 May 5, Vice President Dick
Cheney traveled to Kazakhstan for talks with President Nursultan
Nazarbayev. Cheney promoted export routes for vast oil and gas
reserves that would bypass Russia and supply the West directly.
(AP, 5/5/06)(SFC, 5/6/06, p.A3)
2006 May 5, In Nicaragua riot
police stormed a government building and evicted about 200 striking
doctors who invaded it hours earlier in an effort to force President
Enrique Bolanos to restart wage negotiations.
2006 May 5, In Warsaw 2 parties
that opposed Poland's entry into the EU joined the government,
raising hopes for an end to six months of political wrangling.
2006 May 5, In Moscow a jury
voted to acquit Kazbek Dukuzov (32) and Musa Vakhayev (42), the two
men in the July 2004 death of Paul Klebnikov, a 41-year-old New
Yorker of Russian descent and editor of the Forbes Russian edition.
The Moscow City Court official handed down the verdict the next day.
Prosecutors said they would appeal the acquittal.
2006 May 5, A court in Russia's
Far East overturned a deportation ruling for US and British
adventurers accused of illegally crossing the border by walking
across the frozen Bering Straight from Alaska.
2006 May 5, In South Africa
Anthony Wakaba Mutheki, a Kenyan-born artist who once hawked his
works for as little as $1 apiece, was reported to have become one of
Africa's hottest young talents, fetching up to $12,000 for his
2006 May 5, South Korean
protesters clashed with police for the second day at a planned site
for a new US military base, leaving scores of people wounded, some
seriously. A military training jet crashed during an air show in
South Korea. The pilot was presumed killed, but no spectators were
2006 May 5, Sri Lanka's navy
and air force hit Tamil Tiger targets on land and sea in the
island's northwest, while a policeman died in a fragmentation mine
attack, further straining a battered 2002 ceasefire.
2006 May 5, Sudan's government
and the largest Darfur rebel group agreed to sign a peace plan,
marking major progress in an internationally backed effort to end
the death and destruction in western Sudan. Two other rebel factions
rejected the deal. The Abuja deal allocates an initial $30 million
in compensation from the government for more than 3 million Darfuris
the United Nations says were affected by the conflict. Opposition
groups in the camps dismissed the $10 per person payout as a joke.
(Reuters, 5/5/06)(AP, 6/6/06)
2007 May 5, Street Sense roared
from next-to-last in a 20-horse field to win the Kentucky Derby.
2007 May 5, In Las Vegas Floyd
Mayweather Jr. won his boxing match against Oscar De La Hoya in a
12-round split decision. A sellout crowd of 16,200 paid a record $19
2007 May 5, Four suicide
bombings struck Afghanistan, killing two policemen, as military
officials announced more than 10 Taliban commanders were killed in
major battles a week ago.
2007 May 5, Belgium’s daily La
Derniere Heure reported that prosecutors in Brussels, overwhelmed by
the number of speeding fines imposed since fixed radar traps were
installed, have asked police to let off all but the worst offenders,
angering local mayors.
2007 May 5, In central China an
explosion at the Pudeng mine, outside of Linfen city, killed 28
miners and trapped others.
(AP, 5/6/07)(AP, 5/7/07)
2007 May 5, It was reported
that China has 16 of the world’s most polluted cities. The UN said
dirty air caused the premature death of some 400,000 Chinese
(Econ, 5/5/07, SR p.11)
2007 May 5, Colombian officials
reported that forensic teams have unearthed 211 bodies buried in
dozens of mass graves near La Hormiga in southern Colombia in the
past 10 months, a legacy of fierce fighting in this coca-rich land.
2007 May 5, Al-Qaida in Iraq
released a recording purportedly of its leader, who had been
reported killed in recent fighting, branding the country's Sunni
vice president a "criminal" for participating in the government. A
suicide bomber, meanwhile, struck an army recruitment center outside
Baghdad, killing 15 people, among nearly 40 killed or found dead.
Residents and police in a Shiite area in eastern Baghdad said US
helicopters fired on three houses, killing six men and wounding a
woman and five children. The US military said a helicopter
supporting ground operations in the area came under fire but did not
shoot back. Two US Marines were killed in fighting in Anbar
(AP, 5/5/07)(AP, 5/6/07)
2007 May 5, A roller coaster
traveling up to 46 mph hit a guardrail at an amusement park in
western Japan, killing one person and injuring 21 others.
2007 May 5, A Kenya Airways jet
with 114 people on board crashed after sending out a distress signal
over a remote rainforest in southern Cameroon. The Boeing 737-800
was carrying 114 people, including 105 passengers, from 23
countries. There were no survivors.
(AP, 5/5/07)(AP, 5/7/07)
2007 May 5, The 12 million
people of Mali earned on average less than $400 a year.
(Econ, 5/5/07, p.62)
2007 May 5, The 3 million
people of Mauritania earned on average about $530 a year.
(Econ, 5/5/07, p.62)
2007 May 5, In southern Nigeria
armed men kidnapped a Briton overnight from the Trident 8 oil rig.
Unknown gunmen in Port Harcourt kidnapped a Russian woman who worked
for a catering company.
2007 May 5, Prince Abdul-Majid
bin Abdul-Aziz (65), the governor of Mecca, died after a long
2007 May 5, Hundreds of burly
former militiamen from the Balkan wars regrouped outside a church in
central Serbia, promising to fight together as a paramilitary unit
once more if Kosovo breaks away from the government in Belgrade.
2007 May 5, Sri Lankan naval
craft sank two suspected Tamil Tiger boats off the island's
northeastern coast, inflicting heavy losses on the guerrillas.
2007 May 5, In southern Sudan
an attack by one tribe left 54 members of another tribe dead, mainly
2007 May 5, Tens of thousands
of secularist flag-waving Turks rallied for the third big
anti-government protest in a month as conflict rages over the role
of religion in the Muslim country's politics.
2007 May 5, President Hugo
Chavez said that Venezuela's largest steel maker, Sidor, will not be
allowed to make any more exports until it meets domestic needs, and
threatened to expropriate the Argentine-controlled company if it
2007 May 5, A state daily said
Zimbabwe has lost about 40 black rhinos to poachers who have killed
the animals in some government parks and conservancies over the past
2008 May 5, Philadelphia police
stopped the suspects' car while investigating a triple shooting. No
weapons were found in the car or on the suspects, but officers said
they had seen them shoot three people on a drug corner moments
earlier. Video shot by WTXF-TV from a helicopter showed officers
gathered around the vehicle as they pulled three men out. About a
half-dozen officers held two men on the ground on the driver's side.
Both were kicked repeatedly, while one was punched; one also
appeared to be struck with a baton. A review of the video led to the
firing of 4 officers with disciplinary action for 4 others. In 2009
a grand jury cleared the officers involved saying no excessive force
(AP, 5/8/08)(WSJ, 5/20/08, p.A2)(SFC, 8/7/09,
2008 May 5, Oil futures hit a
trading record of $120.36 before closing at a record $119.97.
(SFC, 5/6/08, p.D1)
2008 May 5, In Richmond, Ca., a
toxic spill of toluene killed some 200-300 fish in an irrigation
canal. The spill was the result of the theft of valves on holding
tanks. Damages from the theft of the brass worth $10 totaled some
(SFC, 5/7/08, p.B1,3)
2008 May 5, Hugh Bradner
(b.1916), UC physicist and diver, died. In 1952 he invented the
(SSFC, 5/11/08, p.B6)(WSJ, 5/17/08, p.A8)
2008 May 5, Irvine Robbins
(b.1917), co-founder of the Baskins-Robbins ice cream chain, died.
Robbins and his brother-in-law Burt Baskin (d.1967) became partners
in 1948. They sold the company to United Fruit in 1967.
(WSJ, 5/10/08, p.A8)
2008 May 5, In Afghanistan 2
accidental explosions in Kabul left 7 people dead and more than 20
wounded, including some counternarcotics police. In Nangarhar
province US-led coalition troops killed several militants during a
raid. A roadside bomb in the south wounded 5 people, including 3
(AP, 5/5/08)(AP, 5/6/08)
2008 May 5, Canada banned all
smoking in federal prisons because a partial ban was largely
ignored. The full effect of the ban would not be felt until hidden
stockpiles of cigarettes are depleted.
2008 May 5, In China, state
media said a deadly viral outbreak that preys on children has
appeared in Beijing, and the number of infections in China has grown
to more than 8,000. Enterovirus 71 was blamed and went on to kill at
least 43 people with over 24,000 sickened.
(AP, 5/5/08)(SFC, 5/24/08, p.A8)
2008 May 5, Egypt's parliament
endorsed a government bill to raise taxes and fuel prices less than
a week after President Hosni Mubarak announced a 30 percent salary
increase for all government employees.
2008 May 5, Guatemala's
attorney general said 2,286 pending foreign adoptions have been
placed on hold for at least a month while officials review related
2008 May 5, An Iranian envoy
rejected nuclear inspections while Israel stays outside the global
(WSJ, 5/6/08, p.A1)
2008 May 5, Iraqi health
officials said 41 that people, including women and children, have
been wounded in the last 24 hours in the militia stronghold of Sadr
City. At least 6 people were killed by US air strikes in Sadr City.
An attack in Mosul killed three prostitutes and wounded two others.
2 policemen were killed in clashes with unidentified gunmen in
Mosul. In eastern Mosul 2 gunmen were killed by police. In Tikrit a
car bomb targeting a police patrol exploded in the central part of
the city killed four people and wounded 8 others. US and Iraqi
forces raided two police stations and arrested 48 policemen
suspected of having links to Shiite militias. A US Air Force gunship
strafed Shiite extremists who attacked US soldiers in Baghdad.
(AP, 5/5/08)(AP, 5/6/08)(SFC, 5/7/08, p.A3)
2008 May 5, In southern Mexico
a prominent cattle rancher hid from gunmen who killed two of his
sons and kidnapped his daughter in weekend attacks that left 17
2008 May 5, Polish authorities
arrested the Kuwaiti ambassador's son (23) for briefly abducting
three Jewish teenagers at a hotel and claiming he had a bomb. Police
said a heavily intoxicated Mohammad A. had pulled three 16-year-old
Brazilians into their sixth-floor room of Warsaw's Holiday Inn.
2008 May 5, In the southern
Philippines communist rebels ambushed an army convoy with land mines
and machine-gun fire, killing three soldiers and wounding 13.
2008 May 5, In Somalia troops
opened fire and killed at least two people as tens of thousands of
people rioted over high food prices in Mogadishu.
2008 May 5, In Zimbabwe 2
truckloads of youths, led by senior members of Pres. Mugabe’s party,
marauded through Chiweshe and beat to death 11 opposition activists.
(SFC, 5/8/08, p.A15)
2009 May 5, Pres. Obama and
Democratic lawmakers reached agreement on a legislative proposal
designed to stimulate US auto sales, which have fallen to near
2009 May 5, US Federal Reserve
Chairman Ben Bernanke told Congress that the economy should pull out
of a recession and start growing again later this year.
2009 May 5, The District of
Columbia Council gave final approval to legislation that recognizes
same-sex marriages performed elsewhere. The law became effective on
(SFC, 5/6/09, p.A5)(SFC, 7/8/09, p.A4)
2009 May 5, In Detroit,
Michigan, basketball legend Dave Bing was elected as mayor through
the end of the year, sweeping the incumbent from office in the city
with myriad problems. Bing had 52.3% of the vote, to 47.7% for
Cockrel. Both are Democrats.
2009 May 5, California’s Gov.
Schwarzenegger said that the time is right to debate legalizing
marijuana for recreational use in California.
(SFC, 5/6/09, p.A1)
2009 May 5, A Marine Corps
helicopter crashed shortly before midnight in a remote area of
Southern California, killing the two people who were on board.
2009 May 5, In California a
wildfire broke out in the Santa Ynez mountains near Santa Barbara.
By May 15, after destroying 80 homes, it was 90% contained. On Dec
10 officials charged 2 men with misdemeanors for allegedly sparking
the Jesusita fire.
(SFC, 5/15/09, p.B7)(SFC, 12/11/09, p.A11)
2009 May 5, In Columbia,
Illinois, Sheri Coleman (31) and her two sons, Garett (11) and Gavin
(9) were found strangled to death. Husband and father Chris Coleman
(32) was charged with three counts of first-degree murder, but later
pleaded not guilty.
2009 May 5, H.H Sheikh Sultan
Bin Tahnoun Al Nahyan, Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority
(ADTA), announced the official launch of Al Ain Wildlife Park and
Resort at the Intercontinental Hotel in Abu Dhabi. Sudan had
recently signed a leasing agreement with an Al Ain National Wildlife
for some 6,180 square miles of southeastern wilderness to be
developed as a safari site with semi-permanent tented camps
and top-class hotels.
2009 May 5, In Afghanistan a
shooting followed a car accident in Kabul leaving one Afghan died
and two others wounded. Four US contractors for the private security
company formerly known as Blackwater were detained for their
involvement in the shooting.
2009 May 5, Australia's army
started shooting 6,000 kangaroos to thin their population on an army
training ground near the capital, outraging conservationists who
have vowed to protest.
2009 May 5, Britain for the
first time published a list of people barred from entering the
country for what the government says is fostering extremism or
2009 May 5, The British
International news portal One News Page was launched. One News Page
(http://www.onenewspage.us/) was founded by Dr Marc Pinter-Krainer
(38) a successful internet entrepreneur who has been working in the
commercial online arena since 1999.
2009 May 5, China said it has
given 10 million dollars (7.5 million euros) to Zimbabwe, half of it
directly into the state coffers, to help boost the country's
2009 May 5, In central China
more than 1,000 villagers clashed with police following a land
dispute with construction workers that left one person dead.
Protests continued into the next day.
2009 May 5, The European
Parliament voted to update the rules on the use of animals in
research and to ban imports of seal products, including fur coats
and even omega-3 pills, trying to force Canada to end the annual
seal hunt that animal rights groups call barbaric.
(AP, 5/5/09)(Econ, 5/9/09, p.84)
2009 May 5, A French judge
decided to investigate three African heads of state for money
laundering and other alleged crimes linked to their wealth in
France. The probe follows a complaint by Transparency International
France, an association that tracks corruption, against Gabon's Omar
Bongo, Republic of Congo's Denis Sassou-Nguesso and Teodoro Obiang
of Equatorial Guinea.
2009 May 5, Georgia said it had
ended a brief mutiny at a military base near the capital that broke
out after the arrest of a former special forces commander accused of
planning to disrupt NATO exercises.
2009 May 5, Guinea's ruling
junta recalled 30 ambassadors, nearly five months after seizing
power when the West African country's longtime dictator died.
2009 May 5, The leaders of Iran
and Syria reaffirmed their support for Palestinian resistance, a
defiant message to the US and its Mideast allies who are uneasy over
Washington's efforts to forge closer ties with the hard-line
government in Tehran.
2009 May 5, Israeli authorities
arrested two Palestinians who tried to sell a looted 1,900-year-old
papyrus document in Hebrew worth millions of dollars.
2009 May 5, In Nepal thousands
of Maoist supporters took to the streets of Kathmandu, a day after
Prachanda, the leader of the ex-rebels, quit as prime minister
following a bitter row over the country's army chief.
2009 May 5, In Pakistan
fighting between Taliban militants and troops in a northwestern
valley triggered an exodus the government said could see 500,000
people flee and signaled the end of a peace deal in the area widely
criticized as a surrender to the extremists.
2009 May 5, The Philippine
military rejected a US government assessment that labeled the
country's south as a terrorist safe haven. The US State Department
reported last week in its annual assessment of worldwide terrorism
that the southern Mindanao region, specifically predominantly Muslim
Sulu province, remains a sanctuary for extremists.
2009 May 5, Somali pirates
hijacked the MV Victoria, a German cargo ship carrying 11 crew
members in the Gulf of Aden. Pirates released the ship and its 11
Romanian crew members on July 18 following a ransom of $1.8 million.
(AP, 5/6/09)(AP, 7/18/09)
2009 May 5, A South Korean
official said 3 South Korean army personnel have been convicted of
accepting or seeking bribes while serving as part of a US-led
alliance aimed at rebuilding Iraq. A captain identified by his
surname Park, was sentenced last month by a South Korean military
court to three years in prison for taking $25,000 and a digital
camera worth $800 from a local firm involved in construction
projects in the northern city of Irbil in return for administrative
favors. A master sergeant and a major received suspended jail terms
for demanding bribes from other Iraqi firms. The captain and the two
others were arrested in South Korea in December following a joint
US-South Korean investigation.
2009 May 5, In Spain Basque
Socialist leader Patxi Lopez (49), expected to be sworn in as the
Basque region's first non-nationalist president, vowed to wage a
relentless fight against the armed separatist group ETA.
2009 May 5, Sudan denied
accusations by the government of Chad that its forces had launched
an attack against the neighboring African state.
2009 May 5, Former Taiwanese
President Chen Shui-bian was indicted on new graft charges as his
high-profile corruption trial continued into its second month.
2009 May 5, Turkish security
forces detained 8 gunmen suspected of fatally shooting 44 people at
an engagement ceremony in the southeastern village of Bilge. PM
Recep Tayyip Erdogan said "the result of a feud between two
families" had led to the deaths of six children, 17 women and 21
2009 May 5, The UN chief
accused Israel of lying about attacks on United Nations schools and
other facilities during the Gaza military campaign, including one
reported to have killed more than 40 people, and formally demanded
2009 May 5, A restricted UN
report said IAEA inspectors detected nuclear particles in Egypt last
year and in 2007. A senior diplomat accredited to the agency said
that it was the first time the traces were reported by the
Vienna-based nuclear monitor.
2009 May 5, Yemen suspended
seven publications, including the nation's most popular daily, in
effort to stifle reporting on an unprecedented wave of deadly
rioting sweeping the south.
2009 May 5, In Zimbabwe
prominent human rights campaigner Jestina Mukoko and the 17 others
were taken back into custody, just two months after their release on
bail over an alleged plot to overthrow President Robert Mugabe. PM
Morgan Tsvangirai's party warned their detention threatened the
survival of Zimbabwe's fledgling unity government. Zimbabwe's
teachers unions called off a threatened strike at state schools
after the government agreed to scrap fees for children of teachers.
2010 May 5, The US Coast Guard
said BP PLC has managed to cap one of three leaks at a deepwater oil
well, but the work is not expected to reduce the overall flow of oil
into the Gulf of Mexico. The well has been spewing at least 210,000
gallons per day since an April 20 explosion at a rig 50 miles off
2010 May 5, The US federal
government said it will allow people from Nicaragua, El Salvador and
Honduras to stay another 18 months in the US with temporary legal
status. A new expiration date was set for Jan 5, 2012. The temporary
legal status has been extended repeatedly since Hurricane Mitch
devastated the region in 1998.
2010 May 5, US mediator George
Mitchell launched Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations after a
break of more than a year, starting a shuttle mission between a
hard-line Israeli government and a Palestinian administration in
control of only part of its territory.
2010 May 5, In southwestern
Afghanistan Taliban suicide bombers disguised as police attacked a
government compound in Nimroz province. 8 attackers blew themselves
up and police shot the ninth. Two police officers and a provincial
council member died. 3 explosions targeted the vehicles of private
development companies in the southern provinces of Kandahar and
Zabul. One person was killed and 11 were wounded in the blasts.
Floodwaters coursed through several villages while residents slept
in western Herat province. At least 20 people were killed and 30
(AP, 5/5/10)(AP, 6/11/10)
2010 May 5, Brazilian local
media reported that Brazil is to build a 483-million-dollar nuclear
reactor to produce radioactive material for medical use as well as
industrial-grade enriched uranium.
2010 May 5, Britain and Ireland
grounded flights again after a fresh cloud of ash swept in from the
Icelandic volcano which sparked unprecedented air travel chaos in
Europe last month.
2010 May 5, CBC News reported
that the Bank of Montreal is suing lawyers, brokers and some of its
own employees for an alleged C$140 million ($136 million) mortgage
scam that may have involved hundreds of people.
2010 May 5, In the east of the
Central African Republic 2 people were killed and two wounded in an
attack on an aid vehicle blamed on Uganda's rebel Lord's Resistance
2010 May 5, China said it would
punish officials who failed to fulfill emissions reduction targets,
warning the nation's current environmental situation was extremely
2010 May 5, Congo’s government
information minister said civilians who were being recruited to a
new rebel movement in Congo's northwest captured the group's leader
and he now will stand trial for war crimes. Odjani was captured by
youths he was trying to recruit in the village of Dongo. In eastern
Congo 80 people were missing and feared dead after an overloaded
canoe capsized on a river. 45 people were rescued from the Congo
River near the city of Kindu, the capital of Congo's eastern Maniema
2010 May 5, Cuba reported its
worst sugar harvest since 1905.
(SFC, 5/6/10, p.A2)
2010 May 5, In Greece 3 people
died when an Athens bank went up in flames as over 50,000 Greeks
took to the streets to protest harsh spending cuts aimed at saving
the country from bankruptcy.
(AP, 5/5/10)(Econ, 7/3/10, p.50)
2010 May 5, Kuwaiti and Saudi
officials said an Iranian espionage group has been dismantled in
Kuwait. The cell was reportedly acting on behalf of Iran's
2010 May 5, Nepal's Maoist
opposition blocked streets leading to key government offices on the
fourth day of their crippling general strike to demand the prime
minister's resignation, while the government vowed not to bow to
2010 May 5, A Pakistani
anti-terror court acquitted four men put on trial over the 2008
bombing of the five-star Marriott hotel in Islamabad that killed at
least 60 people. Suspects Rana Ilyas, Dr Mohammad Usman Safi, Hameed
Afzal and Tehseenullah Jan, were arrested in Islamabad and the
neighboring garrison city of Rawalpindi in October, one month after
the devastating bomb.
2010 May 5, Somali pirates
hijacked the China-bound oil tanker MV Moscow University 350 miles
off the coast of Yemen with 23 Russian crew and crude oil worth $52
million on board.
2010 May 5, In South Africa 23
people died and 15 were badly injured when a bus overturned. The
privately-registered bus accident was on the road despite being
suspended for poor roadworthiness. The owner of the bus was soon
charged with murder.
(AFP, 5/5/10)(AFP, 5/7/10)
2010 May 5, Sri Lanka's
parliament voted to scale back tough state of emergency laws that
were first introduced 27 years ago to deal with separatist Tamil
2010 May 5, Sudan’s justice
minister said police investigating an investment scam in the Darfur
region have collected bounced checks and receipts for up to $27
million and arrested 58 people. The south Sudan armed forces said
clashes over livestock between members of two large tribes killed 26
people in the south Sudan state of Warrap.
(Reuters, 5/6/10)(AFP, 5/6/10)
2010 May 5, Ukraine Communists
unveiled a monument to Soviet dictator Josef Stalin in front of the
party's office in the city of Zaporizhya., sparking the anger of
2010 May 5, Yukiya Amano, the
head of the UN atomic watchdog, asked for international input on an
Arab-led push to have Israel join the Nonproliferation Treaty, in a
move that adds to pressure on the Jewish state to disclose its
unacknowledged nuclear arsenal.
2010 May 5, Yemen slapped a
last-minute ban on a meeting of Arab parliamentarians to discuss the
crisis in Sudan's war-torn Darfur region.
2011 May 5, US Government
engineers blew up a third section of a Mississippi River levee to
manage flooding, as a wall of water roared down the nation's largest
river system, threatening towns and cities all the way to the Gulf
2011 May 5, Pima County, Ariz.,
police officers armed with SWAT gear and an armored personnel
carrier raided at least four homes as part of an investigation into
alleged marijuana trafficking. One of those homes belonged to Jose
Guerena (26) and his wife, Vanessa Guerena. Guerena, a former Marine
who served two tours of duty in Iraq, armed himself with his AR-15
rifle and told his wife and son to hide in a closet. As the officers
entered, Guerena confronted them from the far end of a long, dark
hallway. Police opened fire, releasing more than 70 rounds in about
7 seconds, at least 60 of which struck Guerena. He was pronounced
dead a little over an hour later. Guerena had no prior criminal
record, and the police found nothing illegal in his home. The safety
on his gun was still activated when he was killed.
2011 May 5, Indiana Gov. Mitch
Daniels signed two bills into law establishing a statewide private
school voucher program and expanding charter schools.
2011 May 5, Michigan Gov. Rick
Snyder appointed former GM executive Roy Roberts as the new
emergency manager for Detroit Public Schools. Since 1977 the city’s
schools enrollment dropped from 175,168 to 74,000.
(SFC, 5/6/11, p.A8)
2011 May 5, A federal judge in
Pennsylvania sentenced conman Donald Young (39) to nearly two
decades in prison for a $23 million pyramid scheme.
(SFC, 5/6/11, p.A8)
2011 May 5, Vermont’s
legislature passed a bill outlining steps for a single-payer health
system. Gov. Peter Shumlin was expected to soon sign the bill.
(Econ, 5/14/11, p.40)
2011 May 5, In Afghanistan some
2,000 protesters gathered to criticize President Hamid Karzai's
willingness to start peace talks with the Taliban. A roadside bomb
killed a NATO service member in southern Afghanistan. In Baghlan
province a torrential downpour flooded several districts, killing
(AP, 5/5/11)(AP, 5/6/11)
2011 May 5, Australian police
said they have arrested four people and seized 239 kg (527 pounds)
of methamphetamine, or ice, in the country's biggest bust of its
2011 May 5, In Bolivia a plane
monitoring the cultivation of coca went missing. Wreckage of the
plane and the bodies of the two crew members and four UN workers was
found on May 7.
2011 May 5, Brazil's high court
ruled that same-sex civil unions must be recognized, a decision
welcomed as a watershed by gay activists who also hope it will cool
rising violence against homosexuals in Latin America's most populous
2011 May 5, British voters
looked set to reject a change in the way they elect their MPs as
they cast their ballots in a national referendum that has threatened
to tear the ruling coalition apart. British voters punished the
Liberal Democrats for their role in a deficit-cutting government,
deserting the party in local elections and almost certainly
rejecting its efforts to reform the electoral system.
(AFP, 5/5/11)(AP, 5/6/11)
2011 May 5, Chile's Supreme
Court found six ex-navy officers guilty in the abduction and
execution of a Chilean journalist one day after the coup that
ushered in the 1973-1990 military dictatorship.
2011 May 5, China’s Xinhua News
Agency said in a brief report that a Panama-registered cargo ship
with 24 Chinese sailors was hijacked by seven pirates in the Arabian
2011 May 5, A Cuban court
sentenced Chilean revolutionary-turned-businessman Max Marambio,
long a friend of Fidel Castro, to 20 years in prison for fraud and
bribery following a trial in absentia. Communist Party newspaper
Granma also said a 15-year sentence was handed down to Alejandro
Roca Iglesias, who was removed as food minister in March 2009.
2011 May 5, In Egypt former
President Hosni Mubarak's top security official was convicted of
corruption and money laundering and sentenced to 12 years in prison.
2011 May 5, A German-Syrian
man, Rami Makanesi, admitted in a Frankfurt court to belonging to a
terrorist group and training in an al-Qaida paramilitary camp in
Pakistan. He faced up to five years in prison under a plea deal.
2011 May 5, In central Iraq a
suicide car bomber rammed his explosive-packed vehicle into a
barrier outside a police building in Hillah, killing at least 20
police officers and wounding dozens more. At least four other people
were killed in scattered violence around the country.
2011 May 5, In Italy an
international meeting on Libya agreed to set up a new fund to aid
Libyan rebels, with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton promising
Washington would tap frozen assets of Moamer Kadhafi's regime.
2011 May 5, In Libya NATO air
strikes reportedly destroyed at least two helicopters near the town
of Zintan as government forces transported them on trucks. Small
helicopters flew over Misrata dropping mines into the harbor of
Misrata. Rebels said the helicopters were marked with the Red Cross
(Reuters, 5/5/11)(AFP, 5/7/11)
2011 May 5, Mexican soldiers
searching mass graves in the state capital of the northern state of
Durango recovered 25 more bodies, bringing the total recovered there
to at least 146.
2011 May 5, In Mexico more than
600 people led by a Mexican poet Javier Sicilia, whose son was
killed by suspected drug traffickers, set off on a march from the
resort city of Cuernavaca to Mexico City to protest the country's
unrelenting gang violence.
2011 May 5, Morocco said 3
nationals have been arrested in the April 28 deadly bombing at the
Argana café in Marrakech, including the main suspect Adel Othmani, a
man with loyalties to al-Qaida who had attempted to travel to Iraq
(AP, 5/6/11)(AP, 8/18/11)
2011 May 5, Northern Ireland
held elections. Early returns showed strong support for the two
dominant pillars in Northern Ireland politics: the Protestants of
the Democratic Unionists and the Catholics of Sinn Fein.
2011 May 5, Pakistan detained
Brigadier Ali Khan for links to a banned Islamist group, the
highest-ranking serving officer arrested in a decade. He was
detained over links to the banned Hizb-ul-Tahrir. The detention was
not announced until June 21
(Reuters, 6/21/11)(AP, 6/21/11)
2011 May 5, In the Philippines
Arabani Jakiran (39) was arrested amid an intensified manhunt for
al-Qaida-linked militants to pre-empt any possible revenge attacks
for Osama Bin Laden's killing this week in Pakistan.
2011 May 5, Officials said
Portugal will get IMF loans at rates similar to those granted to
Greece and Ireland, but Lisbon is still waiting for fellow European
countries to decide how much they'll charge for their slice of a
euro78 billion ($115 billion) bailout.
2011 May 5, Scotland held
parliamentary elections. The Scottish National Party, led by first
minister Alex Salmond, won a historic majority in elections for the
Scottish parliament, bringing an independence referendum a step
(AFP, 5/6/11)(Econ, 5/14/11, p.73)
2011 May 5, In South Africa
Sheryl Cwele, the wife of the South African Cabinet minister in
charge of intelligence, was convicted of dealing in illegal drugs.
Cwele and her co-defendant faced a minimum of 15 years in prison for
recruiting women to smuggle drugs from Turkey and South America.
2011 May 5, The Syrian army
said it has begun withdrawing from Daraa, a city at the heart of the
country's uprising, but the regime expanded its crackdown elsewhere
by deploying soldiers and arresting hundreds ahead of a fresh wave
of anti-government protests. Syrian troops arrested 300 people in a
(AP, 5/5/11)(AFP, 5/5/11)
2011 May 5, In Venezuela
inmates at a prison near Caracas freed the prison director and 14
other hostages and ended an eight-day standoff over conditions at
2011 May 5, Vietnamese
officials said security forces have quashed a rare protest of
hundreds of ethnic Hmong Christians calling for an independent
2011 May 5, In Vietnam customs
officials intercepted 661 pounds (300 kg) of smuggled African
elephant tusks from Tanzania at a northern port city.
2011 May 5, Yemeni security and
tribal officials said a suspected US drone has fired a missile at a
car in Shabwa province, killing two brothers thought to be al-Qaida
2012 May 5, Five accused 9/11
plotters, including self-confessed mastermind Khalid Sheikh
Mohammed, appeared before a military court on charges of planning
the deadliest attack on US soil.
2012 May 5, In Arizona
fugitives Nelson Grant Hallahan (65) and wife Janet Hallahan (54)
were arrested by deputy marshals in Tonopah, a desert community 50
miles west of Phoenix. They had fled punishment in Illinois in 2000
for running a Ponzi scheme that targeted friends, the elderly, and
even family members.
2012 May 5, In Indianapolis
Leon Thomas III (4) was stabbed to death. Police picked up his
14-year-old cousin covered in blood. She faced a preliminary murder
charge. The boy and his 11-year-old sister were at their
grandparent's apartment at the time of the attack.
2012 May 5, Four Bahraini
policemen were wounded in a "terrorist" attack in a Shiite village,
one of them critically. They had arrived in Bani Jamra before dawn
to disperse dozens of protesters, who were blocking roads in the
2012 May 5, In Bahrain rights
activist Nabeel Rajab was detained for releasing tweets deemed
insulting to the government.
2012 May 5, More than 40,000
spectators watched as a cascade of white balloons was released to
open London's Olympic stadium, before the Games begin on July 27.
2012 May 5, In Burundi an armed
gang kidnapped, killed and dismembered overnight an albino girl (15)
in Burundi's 18th such slaying in less than four years. Albinos Sans
Frontieres said the government was failing to protect albinos and
said everyone sentenced to prison in the killings had escaped.
2012 May 5, In CongoDRC at
least 10 people, including four women working in the fields, were
killed by presumed Rwandan rebels in a Sud-Kivu village.
2012 May 5, Egypt's military
ruler attended an unprecedented public funeral for a soldier killed
in clashes with protesters. The army decided to hold 179 people,
including 13 women, for 15 days pending investigation.
2012 May 5, Voters in France's
overseas territories began casting ballots for Nicolas Sarkozy or
Francois Hollande in a presidential election that could affect
everything from Europe's efforts to fight its debt crisis to how
long French troops stay in Afghanistan.
2012 May 5, In northern Italy a
bus bringing retired police officers to a national convention veered
off a highway and plunged into a canal, killing at least five
2012 May 5, Israeli officials
said 10 Palestinian prisoners participating in a mass hunger strike
in Israeli jails have been placed under medical supervision as their
conditions worsened. They were among 1,500 to 2,500 Palestinian
prisoners on hunger strike to demand better conditions and an end to
detention without trial.
2012 May 5, Thousands of
Japanese marched to celebrate the switching off of the last of their
nation's 50 nuclear reactors, waving banners shaped as giant fish
that have become a potent anti-nuclear symbol.
2012 May 5, In Japan 8 elderly
mountaineers who went missing in Japan's Northern Alps following a
snowstorm were confirmed dead after some of them were evacuated by
2012 May 5, Morocco said it had
broken up a "terrorist network" active in several cities in the
country and that had links to Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb
2012 May 5, In Nepal at least
15 people were killed and 43 left missing, including 3 tourists from
Ukraine, when the Seti River near Mount Annapurna burst its banks
and swept away a village.
(AFP, 5/5/12)(AFP, 5/6/12)
2012 May 5, In Nigeria 3 people
were shot dead while four others, including two soldiers, were
wounded when suspected Islamists opened fire at a wedding in
Maiduguri. 2 of the suspected Islamists were arrested. Gunmen shot
dead a resident in Kano.
(AFP, 5/5/12)(AFP, 5/6/12)
2012 May 5, In Pakistan a US
drone attack targeting a militant compound killed at least 10
insurgents in the Shawal area of North Waziristan.
2012 May 5, In Peru a predawn
fire swept through a drug rehabilitation center in a town on Lima's
outskirts, killing 14 people in the second blaze in Peru this year
to claim the lives of addicts trapped behind locked doors in a
private treatment residence.
2012 May 5, In the Philippines
a grenade attack left two people dead and at least 19 others hurt in
Iligan city on the north coast of Mindanao island.
2012 May 5, Russia's secret
service agency FSB discovered ten caches of arms and ammunition over
the last 48 hours in Abkhazia. The region is very close to Black Sea
resort of Sochi, host of the 2014 Winter Olympics. The FSB said it
suspects the attacks targeting Sochi were being masterminded by
Chechen rebel leader Doku Umarov.
2012 May 5, In South Korea a
fierce blaze swept through a karaoke lounge in a busy commercial
district of Busan, killing nine people including three Sri Lankans.
2012 May 5, In Syria thousands
of people took to the streets of Damascus for funerals to mourn
slain protesters. An explosion in a car wash in Aleppo killed at
least five people.
(AFP, 5/5/12)(AP, 5/5/12)
2012 May 5, In eastern Thailand
a large blaze at a chemical factory killed 12 people, injured more
than 100 and spewed toxic smoke into the air in Rayong province.
2012 May 5, Yemeni airstrikes
killed five militants in the south as the country's president vowed
to intensify his campaign against al-Qaida militants. A Yemeni human
rights group said the internal intelligence agency has been
detaining two Belgian nationals for over a month without prosecution
or referral to trial.
2013 May 5, A new jihadi
magazine, set up by militants in Afghanistan and Pakistan, appealed
to Muslims around the world to come up with technology to hack into
or manipulate drones, describing this as one of their most important
2013 May 5, A Bahrain court
sentenced 31 Sitra island protesters, aged 16 to 34, to 15 years in
prison each for roles in firebomb attacks against security forces
during an anti-government demonstration last year.
2013 May 5, Bangladesh police
fired rubber bullets to disperse stone-throwing activists who were
among thousands who rallied around Dhaka. Officials said at least
one person died and 45 others were injured.
2013 May 5, In France tens of
thousands of supporters of leftist parties marched through central
Paris to express disappointment with President Hollande's first year
in power, criticizing the leader for reneging on his promises to
rein in the world of finance and enact economic stimulus.
2013 May 5, In Iraq bomb went
off near the Sunni Zein al-Abideen mosque in the western suburbs of
Baghdad. One by-passer was killed, six others were wounded. Hours
later gunmen stormed the house of a district mayor in Mahmoudiya
town, killing the mayor and his son. Altogether 9 people were killed
in series of explosions in and around Baghdad.
(AP, 5/5/13)(AP, 5/6/13)
2013 May 5, Israeli warplanes
struck areas in and around Damascus, setting off a series of
explosions as they targeted a shipment of highly accurate,
Iranian-made guided missiles believed to be bound for Lebanon's
Hezbollah militant group. At least 42 Syrian soldiers were reported
(AP, 5/5/13)(AP, 5/6/13)
2013 May 5, Kosovo police in
Pristina arrested Naser Kelmendi (56), a suspected Balkan drugs
kingpin. He was wanted on an international arrest warrant and
blacklisted by US authorities. Bosnian authorities wanted him as
part of an investigation into at least six murders, illegal money
transfers and drug trafficking.
2013 May 5, Libya's parliament,
under pressure from armed militias, passed a sweeping law that
bans anyone who served as a senior official under Moammar Gadhafi
during his 42 year-long rule from working in government.
2013 May 5, Malaysia held
national elections. PM Najib Razak's National Front coalition
(Barisan Nasional) faced opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim's
three-party alliance. At least 112 of the 222 parliamentary seats at
stake were needed to win federal power. The National Front coalition
won the parliamentary elections despite losing the popular vote.
(AP, 5/5/13)(AP, 5/6/13)(Econ, 5/11/13, p.14)
2013 May 5, North Koreans
seized a Chinese fishing boat in what the boat owner maintained were
Chinese waters. The gun-toting North Koreans demanded a 600,000 yuan
2013 May 5, In Pakistan 2
soldiers and 16 militants were killed in the Tirah Valley area of
the Khyber tribal region. In the North Waziristan tribal region a
roadside bomb attack on a convoy killed 2 soldiers and wounded
three. 2 members of the paramilitary Frontier Corps were killed in
clashes in the Bolan district of Baluchistan. A convoy of an
independent candidate in the Sibbi district was attacked by two
gunmen, who killed two of his police guards. Altogether 30 militants
and criminal suspects were killed.
2013 May 5, In Somalia 7 people
were killed when a suicide bomber attempted to ram a car laden with
explosives into a military convoy escorting a four-member Qatari
delegation on the KM4 roadway. 4 Somali soldiers were wounded when a
roadside bomb struck a government vehicle in Deynile district, in
2013 May 5, Syrian rebels moved
deep inside Mannagh air base, near the border with Turkey, while
under fire from government warplanes. Rebels captured a tank unit
inside the base. The commander of the base was reportedly killed.
Rebels shot down a military helicopter in the eastern province of
Deir el-Zour, killing 8 government troops on board.
2013 May 5, In Tanzania a bomb
thrown from a motorcycle on a Catholic church in Arusha left 2
people dead. 4 Saudi Arabian citizens were initially identified as
among the 6 people arrested. The UAE later said 3 of those arrested
were from the UAE.
(AP, 5/6/13)(AP, 5/8/13)
2013 May 5, The government of
Venezuela announced that it will use military forces to fight
rampant violent crime.
(SFC, 5/6/13, p.A2)
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