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.
    (MC, 5/5/02)

1352        May 5, Ruprecht, Roman catholic German king, was born.
    (MC, 5/5/02)

1382        May 5, In the Battle of Beverhoutsveld, Belgium, the population beat a drunken army.
    (MC, 5/5/02)

1430        May 5, Jews were expelled from Speyer, Germany.
    (MC, 5/5/02)

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.
    (MC, 5/5/02)

1553        May 5, Erasmus Alberus (~52), German theologist (Barfesser Munche), died.
    (MC, 5/5/02)

1635        May 5, Philippe Quinault, French playwright (L'amant indiscret), was born.
    (MC, 5/5/02)

1640        May 5, English Short Parliament united.
    (MC, 5/5/02)

1646        May 5, King Charles I surrendered at Scotland.
    (MC, 5/5/02)

1657        May 5, Jacques Danican Philidor, composer, was born.
    (MC, 5/5/02)

1680        May 5, Giuseppe Porsile, composer, was born.
    (MC, 5/5/02)

1705        May 5, Leopold I von Hapsburg (64), Emperor of Holy Roman Empire, died.
    (MC, 5/5/02)

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]
    (HN, 5/5/99)

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.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Estates-General_of_1789)

1800        May 5, Louis Hachette, French publisher (Librairie Hachette), was born.
    (MC, 5/5/02)

1809        May 5, Mary Kies was 1st woman issued a US patent (weaving straw).
    (MC, 5/5/02)
1809        May 5, Citizenship was denied to Jews of Canton of Aargau, Switzerland.
    (MC, 5/5/02)

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, p.C5)(HN, 5/5/99)

1814        May 5, The British attacked Ft. Ontario, Oswego, New York.
    (HN, 5/5/98)

1815        May 5, Eugene-Marin Labiche, French playwright, was born.
    (MC, 5/5/02)

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 Capital."
    (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.
    (MC, 5/5/02)

1830        May 5, John B. Stetson, American hat maker, was born. He gave his name to the wide-brimmed cowboy hat.
    (HN, 5/5/99)

1832        May 5, H.H. Bancroft, historian, publisher (History of Pacific States), was born.
    (MC, 5/5/02)

1834        May 5, The first mainland railway line opened in Belgium.
    (HN, 5/5/98)
1834        May 5, Charles Darwin's expedition continued at Rio Santa Cruz.
    (MC, 5/5/02)

1837        May 5, Niccolo Antonio Zingarelli (85), Italian composer, bandmaster, died.
    (MC, 5/5/02)

1840        May 5, Matthaus Fischer (76), composer, died.
    (MC, 5/5/02)

1842        May 5, Johann Nepomuk Fuchs, composer, was born.
    (MC, 5/5/02)
1842        May 5, City-wide fire burned for over 100 hours in Hamburg, Germany. The medieval center of Hamburg was virtually leveled.
    (www.ksfhh.de/comenius/aufsatz.php?bid=1&l=e)(SSFC, 2/17/13, p.M2)

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.
    (MC, 5/5/02)

1854        May 5, English pirate Plumridge robbed along pro-English Finnish coast.
    (MC, 5/5/02)

1855        May 5, NYC regained Castle Clinton. It would be used for immigration.
    (MC, 5/5/02)

1861        May 5, Peter Cooper Hewitt, electrical engineer, inventor of the mercury-vapor lamp, was born.
    (HN, 5/5/01)
1861        May 5, CS troops abandon Alexandria, VA.
    (MC, 5/5/02)

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.
    (HN, 5/5/98)
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, p.W17)(MC, 5/5/02)

1863        May 5, Battle of Tupelo, MS.
    (MC, 5/5/02)

1864        May 5, Atlanta Campaign: 5 days fighting began at Rocky Face Ridge.
    (MC, 5/5/02)
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.
    (MC, 5/5/02)

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 area.
    (SFC, 5/26/03, p.A2)

1867        May 5, Nellie Bly, [Elizabeth Cochran Seaman], journalist, was born.
    (MC, 5/5/02)
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.
    (http://www.usmemorialday.org/backgrnd.html)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Memorial_Day)

1879        May 5, The US Supreme Court supported the power of states to restrict polygamy in Reynolds vs. United States.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reynolds_v._United_States)(SSFC, 12/15/13, p.A13)

1881        May 5, Anti-Jewish rioting took place in Kiev, Ukraine.
    (MC, 5/5/02)

1883        May 5, Charles Albert “Chief" Bender, the only Native American in baseball's Hall of Fame, was born.
    (HN, 5/5/98)

1886        May 5, A bomb exploded on the fourth day of a workers' strike in Chicago, Ill.
    (HN, 5/5/99)

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, 1/19/99)

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 program.
    (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.
    (MC, 5/5/02)

1893        May 5, Panic hit the New York Stock Exchange; by year's end, the country was in the throes of a severe depression.
    (AP, 5/5/99)

1899        May 5, Freeman F. Gosden, radio comedy writer and performer (Amos 'n' Andy), was born in Richmond, Va.
    (HN, 5/5/01)(MC, 5/5/02)

1900        May 5, Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt, German composer, conductor (Hassan gewinnt), was born.
    (MC, 5/5/02)
1900        May 5, "The Billboard" began weekly publication.
    (MC, 5/5/02)

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, 5/5/02)

1903        May 5, James Beard (d.1985), US culinary expert, author (Delights & Prejudices), was born in Portland, Ore.
    (http://members.localnet.com/~jgeorge/jbeard.htm)

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 Athletics, 3-0.
    (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 dead.
    (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."
    (HN, 5/5/99)
1908        May 5, Jacques Massu, French general (Algeria), was born.
    (MC, 5/5/02)

1909        May 5, Carlos Baker, biographer, was born.
    (HN, 5/5/01)

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.
    (MC, 5/5/02)

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.
    (MC, 5/5/02)
1915        May 5, German U-20 sank the Earl of Lathom.
    (MC, 5/5/02)

1916        May 5, U.S. marines invaded the Dominican Republic.
    (HN, 5/5/98)

1917        May 5, Eugene Jacques Bullard became the first African-American aviator when he earned a flying certificate with the French Air Service.
    (HN, 5/5/99)

1919        May 5, George London, bass-baritone (The Flying Dutchman, Wotan, Scarpia. Rigoletto), was born in Montreal, Canada.
    (MC, 5/5/02)

1920        May 5, US Pres. Wilson made the Communist Labor Party illegal.
    (MC, 5/5/02)
1920        May 5, Anarchists Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti were arrested for murder.
    (HN, 5/5/98)

1922        May 5, Construction began on Yankee Stadium in the Bronx.
    (MC, 5/5/02)

1924        May 5, Kate Claxton (b.1850), NYC theater actress, died.
    (SFC, 7/11/07, p.G4)(www.amazon.imdb.com/name/nm1590986/bio)

1925        May 5, John T. Scopes was arrested in Tennessee for teaching Darwin's theory of evolution.
    (AP, 5/5/97)

1926        May 5, Sinclair Lewis refused his Pulitzer Prize for "Arrowsmith."
    (MC, 5/5/02)

1927        May 5, Dmitri Shostakovitch' 1st Symphony, premiered in Berlin.
    (MC, 5/5/02)

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.
    (MC, 5/5/02)
1936        May 5, Italian troops occupied Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
    (MC, 5/5/02)

1940        May 5, Norwegian government in exile formed in London.
    (MC, 5/5/02)

1941        May 5, A Pulitzer prize was awarded to Robert E Sherwood (There shall be no night).
    (MC, 5/5/02)
1941        May 5, Emperor Haile Selassie returned to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
    (MC, 5/5/02)

1942        May 5, Tammy Wynette, country singer (Stand by your Man), was born in Redbay, Alabama.
    (MC, 5/5/02)
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.
    (HN, 5/5/99)
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.
    (HN, 5/5/01)
1943        May 5, Postmaster General Frank C. Walker invented the Postal Zone System.
    (MC, 5/5/02)

1944        May 5, John Rhys-Davies, actor (Sir Edward-Quest, Sliders), was born in Salisbury England.
    (MC, 5/5/02)
1944        May 5, Gandhi was freed from prison.
    (MC, 5/5/02)
1944        May 5, A Russian offensive took place against Sebastopol Krim.
    (MC, 5/5/02)

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.
    (MC, 5/5/02)
1945        May 5, There was an uprising against SS-occupation troops in Prague.
    (MC, 5/5/02)
1945        May 5, Netherlands and Denmark were liberated from Nazi control. The Liberation of the Netherlands was completed by the First Canadian Army.
    (HN, 5/5/98)(www.bouwman.com/netherlands/Liberation.html)

1947        May 5, Pulitzer prize was awarded to Robert Penn Warren (All the King's Men).
    (MC, 5/5/02)

1948        May 5, 1st air squadron of jets aboard a carrier
    (MC, 5/5/02)
1948        May 5, Japan's Children's Day became a National Holiday.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Children%27s_Day#Japan)

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).
    (MC, 5/5/02)

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 35 years.
    (SFC, 5/11/98, p.A10)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom%C3%A1s_Romero_Pereira)

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, 10/23/00, p.F3)
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.
    (AP, 5/5/97)
1955        May 5, India’s parliament accepted Hindu divorce.
    (MC, 5/5/02)

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."
    (AP, 5/5/08)

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, 7/11/99)

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.
    (MC, 5/5/02)

1964        May 5, Separatists rioted in Quebec.
    (MC, 5/5/02)

1965        May 5, 1st large-scale US Army ground units arrived in South Vietnam.
    (MC, 5/5/02)

1968        May 5, US Air Force planes hit Nhi Ha, South Vietnam, in support of attacking infantrymen.
    (HN, 5/5/99)
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.
    (www.thepeoplehistory.com/may5th.html)

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).
    (http://tinyurl.com/5naupa)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1969_Pulitzer_Prize)

1972        May 5, Alitalia’s DC-8 Flight 112 crashed west of Palermo, Sicily; killing 115.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alitalia)

1975        May 5, Michael Shaara won Pulitzer Prize in fiction for his novel “Killer Angels."
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1975_Pulitzer_Prize)

1976        May 5, In Sri Lanka the TNT was renamed the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), commonly known as Tigers.
    (www.dailynews.lk/2009/05/19/fea02.asp)

1977        May 5, Ludwig Erhard (b.1897)), German minister of Economic Affairs (CDU), died.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ludwig_Erhard)

1979        May 5, The recording "In The Navy" by The Village People reached #9 on the pop singles chart.
    (www.1050chum.com/index_chumcharts.aspx?chart=1166)

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.
    (AP, 5/5/00)

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, 5/5/97)

1982        May 5, Janet Smith, a secretary, was injured when a bomb package was opened at Vanderbilt Univ.
    (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.
    (AP, 5/5/05)

1987        May 5, The congressional Iran-Contra hearings opened with former Air Force Maj. General Richard V. Secord as the lead-off witness.
    (AP, 5/5/97)
1987        May 5, The US federal government began a yearlong amnesty program, offering citizenship to illegal immigrants who met certain conditions.
    (AP, 5/5/97)
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.
    (AP, 5/5/98)
1988        May 5, Michael Shaara (b.1928), author of the Civil War novel "Killer Angels," died of heart disease.
    (SFEC, 6/21/98, p.D5)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Shaara)

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.
    (AP, 5/5/99)

1990        May 5, "Unbridled" won the 116th running of the Kentucky Derby.
    (AP, 5/5/00)
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 concert.
    (AP, 5/5/97)
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 breath.
    (AP, 5/5/01)

1992        May 5, President Bush and Democrat Bill Clinton picked up primary victories in Indiana, North Carolina and the District of Columbia.
    (AP, 5/5/97)
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.
    (www.ec.gc.ca/wmd-dgd/default.asp?lang=En&n=AE05D309-1)(SSFC, 7/6/08, p.A2)
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.
    (Econ, 3/6/10, p.70)(www.ess.uwe.ac.uk/comexpert/ANX/VI-01.htm#II.B.1)

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.
    (www.wm3.org/live/trialshearings/chrono_detail.php?guy=1&chrono_Id=151&page=8)(WSJ, 6/11/96, p.A16)(WSJ, 3/13/00, p.A44)(SFC, 12/20/07, p.A6)(AP, 8/20/11)
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.
    (AP, 5/5/98)

1994        May 5, Labour beat the Conservatives in British local elections.
    (www.crest.ox.ac.uk/beps9297.htm)
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 harsh.
    (AP, 5/5/99)
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."
    (AP, 5/5/00)
1995        May 5, Talks collapsed between the United States and Japan on averting a trade fight over automobiles.
    (AP, 5/5/00)
1995        May 5, Thunderstorms began tearing through North Texas, claiming two dozen lives.
    (AP, 5/5/00)

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.
    (AP, 5/5/97)
1996        May 5, Israel and the Palestinians began the final stage of their peace talks in Taba, Egypt.
    (AP, 5/5/97)

1997        May 5, President Clinton arrived in Mexico for his first Latin American trip while in office.
    (AP, 5/5/98)
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.
    (AP, 5/5/98)
1997        May 5, American Airlines' pilots ratified a contract, ending nearly three years of negotiations.
    (AP, 5/5/98)
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 expansion.
    (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.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Poland_disasters_by_death_toll)
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.
    (AP, 5/5/99)
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 vocalist.
    (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 Serbian forces.
    (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 base.
    (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 peace settlement.
    (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 700 paralyzed.
    (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 ill.
    (SFC, 5/5/99, p.A11)

2000        May 5, President Clinton met at the White House with Japan’s new prime minister, Yoshiro Mori.
    (AP, 5/5/01)
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.
    (AP, 5/5/01)
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 Mindanao.
    (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.
    (SFC, 5/6/00, p.C1)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ahmet_Necdet_Sezer)

2001        May 5, "Monarchos" won the Kentucky Derby.
    (AP, 5/5/02)
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, 5/11/01, p.D8)
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 were injured.
    (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 Jesus Christ.
    (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.
    (AP, 5/5/03)
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 (1961-1967).
    (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) near Jenin.
    (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.
    (AP, 5/5/03)
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.
    (AP, 5/6/03)
2003        May 5, Pakistan will get rid of its nuclear arsenal if rival India does as well, a Pakistani Foreign Ministry spokesman said.
    (AP, 5/6/03)
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.
    (AP, 5/6/03)

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 Iraq.
    (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 disciplinary charges.
    (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.
    (AP, 5/6/04)
2004        May 5, Russian foreign minister Igor Ivanov helped ease Aslan Abashidze out of Adzharia, Georgia.
    (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.
    (AP, 5/5/04)
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 remove.
    (AP, 5/5/04)
2004        May 5, Israeli warplanes fired missiles at a suspected guerrilla hideout in south Lebanon, shortly after Hezbollah gunners fired on Israeli jets.
    (AP, 5/5/04)
2004        May 5, Mexico celebrated the 142nd anniversary of its victory over French forces.
    (AP, 5/6/04)
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.
    (AP, 5/6/04)

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.
    (AP, 5/5/05)
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, 7/1/09, p.A6)
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.
    (AP, 5/5/06)
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.
    (AP, 5/5/06)
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, p.75)
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 Labor Party.
    (AP, 5/6/05)
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.
    (AP, 5/5/05)
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 aboard.
    (AP, 5/5/05)
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.
    (AP, 5/5/05)
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.
    (AP, 5/5/05)
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.
    (AP, 5/5/05)
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 14 others.
    (AP, 5/5/05)

2006        May 5, CIA Director Porter Goss resigned in a second-term shake-up of President Bush's team.
    (AP, 5/5/07)
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 the US.
    (AP, 5/5/06)
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 Random House.
    (www.rightnation.us/forums/index.php?showtopic=102710)
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.
    (AP, 5/5/06)
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 countries.
    (AP, 5/16/06)
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.
    (http://money.cnn.com/2006/05/05/news/companies/berkshire/index.htm)
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.
    (AP, 5/6/06)
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.
    (AP, 5/5/06)
2006        May 5, British PM Tony Blair shuffled his Cabinet, replacing Foreign Secretary Jack Straw.
    (AP, 5/5/07)
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 years.
    (AP, 5/7/06)
2006        May 5, In central China explosions rocked two Internet cafes in Hefei, the capital of Anhui province, killing two people, injuring four.
    (AP, 5/6/06)
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.
    (AP, 5/5/06)
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 Baghdad.
    (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 militants.
    (AP, 5/6/06)
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.
    (AP, 5/5/06)
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.
    (AP, 5/5/06)
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.
    (AP, 5/5/06)
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.
    (AP, 5/6/06)
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.
    (AP, 5/5/06)
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 paintings.
    (Reuters, 5/5/06)
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 hurt.
    (AP, 5/5/06)
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.
    (Reuters, 5/5/06)
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.
    (AP, 5/5/08)
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 million gate.
    (AP, 5/6/07)
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.
    (AP, 5/5/07)
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.
    (Reuters, 5/7/07)
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 each year.
    (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.
    (AP, 5/5/07)
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 province.
    (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.
    (AP, 5/5/07)
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.
    (AFP, 5/5/07)
2007        May 5, Prince Abdul-Majid bin Abdul-Aziz (65), the governor of Mecca, died after a long illness.
    (AP, 5/5/07)
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.
    (AP, 5/5/07)
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.
    (AP, 5/5/07)
2007        May 5, In southern Sudan an attack by one tribe left 54 members of another tribe dead, mainly women.
    (AP, 8/24/07)
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.
    (AP, 5/5/07)
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 resists.
    (AP, 5/5/07)
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 3 years.
    (AP, 5/5/07)

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 was used.
    (AP, 5/8/08)(WSJ, 5/20/08, p.A2)(SFC, 8/7/09, p.A5)
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 $250,000.
    (SFC, 5/7/08, p.B1,3)
2008        May 5, Hugh Bradner (b.1916), UC physicist and diver, died. In 1952 he invented the neoprene wetsuit.
    (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 policemen.
    (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.
    (Reuters, 5/6/08)
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.
    (AP, 5/5/08)
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 paperwork.
    (AP, 5/6/08)
2008        May 5, An Iranian envoy rejected nuclear inspections while Israel stays outside the global nonproliferation treaty.
    (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 people dead.
    (AP, 5/5/08)
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.
    (AP, 5/6/08)
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.
    (AP, 5/5/08)
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.
    (AP, 5/5/08)
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 30-year lows.
    (AP, 5/6/09)
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.
    (AP, 5/5/09)
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 July 7.
    (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.
    (http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=4143798)
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.
    (AP, 5/6/09)
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.
    (AP, 5/20/09)
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.
    (www.ameinfo.com/155601.html)(Econ, 7/11/09, p.46)
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.
    (AP, 5/16/09)
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.
    (AP, 5/8/09)
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 hatred.
    (AP, 5/5/09)
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.
    (www.onenewspage.co.uk/press.php)
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 troubled economy.
    (AP, 5/5/09)
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.
    (AP, 5/7/09)
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.
    (AP, 5/6/09)
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.
    (AP, 5/5/09)
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.
    (AP, 5/6/09)
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.
    (AP, 5/5/09)
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.
    (AP, 5/6/09)
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.
    (AFP, 5/5/09)
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.
    (AP, 5/5/09)
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.
    (AP, 5/5/09)
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.
    (AP, 5/5/09)
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.
    (AP, 5/5/09)
2009        May 5, Sudan denied accusations by the government of Chad that its forces had launched an attack against the neighboring African state.
    (AFP, 5/5/09)
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.
    (AP, 5/5/09)
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 men.
    (AP, 5/5/09)
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 compensation.
    (AP, 5/5/09)
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.
    (AP, 5/6/09)
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.
    (AP, 5/6/09)
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.
    (AFP, 5/5/09)

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 Louisiana.
    (AP, 5/5/10)
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.
    (AP, 5/5/10)
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.
    (AP, 5/5/10)
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 injured.
    (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.
    (AFP, 5/6/10)
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.
    (AFP, 5/5/10)
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.
    (Reuters, 5/5/10)
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 Army (LRA).
    (AFP, 5/8/10)
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 serious.
    (AP, 5/5/10)
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 province.
    (AP, 5/6/10)
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 Revolutionary Guard.
    (AP, 5/6/10)
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 protesters' pressure.
    (AP, 5/5/10)
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.
    (AFP, 5/5/10)
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.
    (Reuters, 5/5/10)
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 rebels.
    (AFP, 5/5/10)
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 Ukrainian nationalists.
    (AP, 5/5/10)
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.
    (AP, 5/6/10)
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.
    (AFP, 5/5/10)

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 of Mexico.
    (Reuters, 5/5/11)
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.
    (www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/05/25/jose-guerena-arizona-_n_867020.html?ncid=webmail)
2011        May 5, Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels signed two bills into law establishing a statewide private school voucher program and expanding charter schools.
    (www.wsws.org/articles/2011/jun2011/indi-j02.shtml)(SFC, 8/29/11, p.A6)
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 nine people.
    (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 kind.
    (AFP, 5/5/11)
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.
    (AP, 5/7/11)
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 nation.
    (AP, 5/6/11)
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.
    (AFP, 5/5/11)
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 Sea.
    (AP, 5/5/11)
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.
    (AP, 5/5/11)
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.
    (AP, 5/5/11)
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.
    (AP, 5/5/11)
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.
    (AP, 5/5/11)
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.
    (AFP, 5/5/11)
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 sign.
    (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.
    (AP, 5/5/11)
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.
    (AP, 5/5/11)
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 and Chechnya.
    (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.
    (AP, 5/6/11)
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.
    (AP, 5/6/11)
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.
    (AP, 5/5/11)
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 closer.
    (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.
    (AP, 5/5/11)
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 Damascus suburb.
    (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 the jail.
    (AP, 5/5/11)
2011        May 5, Vietnamese officials said security forces have quashed a rare protest of hundreds of ethnic Hmong Christians calling for an independent state.
    (AP, 5/5/11)
2011        May 5, In Vietnam customs officials intercepted 661 pounds (300 kg) of smuggled African elephant tusks from Tanzania at a northern port city.
    (AP, 5/6/11)
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 militants.
    (AP, 5/5/11)

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.
    (AFP, 5/5/12)
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.
    (AP, 5/7/12)
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.
    (AFP, 5/7/12)
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 village.
    (AFP, 5/5/12)
2012        May 5, In Bahrain rights activist Nabeel Rajab was detained for releasing tweets deemed insulting to the government.
    (AFP, 5/13/12)
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.
    (AFP, 5/5/12)
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.
    (AFP, 5/6/12)
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.
    (AFP, 5/16/12)
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.
    (AFP, 5/5/12)
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.
    (AP, 5/5/12)
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 people.
    (AP, 5/5/12)
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.
    (AP, 5/5/12)
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.
    (AP, 5/5/12)
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 helicopter.
    (AFP, 5/5/12)
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 (AQIM).
    (AFP, 5/5/12)
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.
    (AFP, 5/5/12)
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.
    (AP, 5/5/12)
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.
    (AFP, 5/6/12)
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.
    (AP, 5/10/12)
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.
    (AFP, 5/6/12)
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.
    (AFP, 5/6/12)
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.
    (AP, 5/5/12)

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 priorities.
    (Reuters, 5/6/13)
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.
    (AP, 5/5/13)
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.
    (AP, 5/6/13)
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.
    (AP, 5/5/13)
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 killed.
    (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.
    (AP, 5/6/13)
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.
    (AP, 5/5/13)
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 ($100,000) ransom.
    (AP, 5/20/13)
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.
    (AP, 5/5/13)
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 Mogadishu's northwest.
    (AP, 5/5/13)
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.
    (AP, 5/5/13)
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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