Return to home399BC May 7, Socrates (b.469BC),
Greek philosopher, committed suicide. He had been indicted for
rejecting the Gods acknowledged by the State, of bringing in strange
deities, and of corrupting the youth. In 2007 Emily Wilson
authored “The Death of Socrates."
558 May 7, The dome of the
church of St. Sophia in Constantinople collapsed. Its immediate
rebuilding was ordered by Justinian.
1014 May 7, Bagrat III (b~960)
of the Georgian Bagrationi dynasty, died. He was King of the
Abkhazians from 978 on (as Bagrat II) and King of Kings of the
Georgians from 1008 on. He is known to have constructed a
magnificent cathedral, the Bagrati Cathedral, at Kutaisi, western
Georgia. Its ruins named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994.
1274 May 7, The Second Council
of Lyons opened in France to regulate the election of the pope.
1355 May 7, 1,200 Jews of
Toledo, Spain, were killed by Count Henry of Trastamara.
1416 May 7, Monk Nicolaas
Serrurier was arrested for heresy at Tournay.
1429 May 7, English siege of
Orleans was broken by Joan of Arc.
1525 May 7, The German
peasants' revolt was crushed by the ruling class and church.
1530 May 7, Louis I Conde,
French prince, leader of Huguenots, was born.
1617 May 7, David Fabricius
(53), German astronomer, died.
1660 May 7, Isaack B. Fubine of
Savoy, in The Hague, patented macaroni.
1663 May 7, Theatre Royal in
Drury Lane, London, opened.
1667 May 6-7, Johann Jakob
Froberger (b.1616), German organist, singer, composer, died.
(MC, 5/6/02)(MC, 5/7/02)
1700 May 7, Gerard van Swieten,
Dutch botanist, was born.
1700 May 7, William Penn began
monthly meetings for Blacks advocating emancipation.
1711 May 7, David Hume
(d.1776), Scottish historian and philosopher, was born. His work
included the “Treatise of Human Nature" and the 6-volume “History of
England." The old style calendar puts his birthday on April
1718 May 7, La Nouvelle-Orleans
(New Orleans) was founded by the French Mississippi Company, under
the direction of Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville, on land
inhabited by the Chitimacha. It was named for Philippe II, Duke of
Orleans, the Regent of France.
1727 May 7, Jews were expelled
from Ukraine by Empress Catherine I of Russia.
1728 May 7, Rosa Venerini
(b.1656), Italian nun and founder of the Congregation of the Holy
Venerini Teachers, died. In 2006 Pope Benedict XVI named her a
1763 May 7, Indian chief
Pontiac began his attack on a British fort in present-day Detroit,
1765 May 7, Adm. Nelson's
flagship HMS Victory ran aground.
1769 May 7, Giuseppe Farinelli,
composer, singer, was born.
1789 May 7, The first inaugural
ball was held in New York in honor of President and Mrs. George
1792 May 7, Capt. Robert Gray
discovered Gray's Harbor in Washington state.
1793 May 7, Pietro Nardini
(71), composer, died.
1800 May 7, Congress divided
the Northwest Territory into two parts. The western part became the
Indiana Territory and the eastern sections remained the Northwest
1800 May 7, Niccolo
Piccinni (72), Italian composer (Roland), died.
1803 May 7, Johan Peter
Cronhamm, composer, was born.
1812 May 7, Poet Robert
Browning was born in London. His works include "The Piper of
Hamelin" and "The Ring and the Book."
(AP, 5/7/97)(HN, 5/7/99)
1824 May 7, The Ninth Symphony
by Beethoven had its premiere. The “Ode to Joy" lyric was originally
written by Friedrich von Schiller as the “Ode to Freedom."
(LGC, 1970, p.98)(WSJ, 12/10/01, p.A16)
1825 May 7, Italian composer
Antonio Salieri (74) died in Vienna, Austria.
(AP, 5/7/97)(MC, 5/7/02)
1826 May 7, Varina Howell Davis
(d.1905), 1st lady (Confederacy), was born.
1832 May 7, The Treaty of
London protocol was signed between Bavaria and the protecting
Powers. It basically dealt with the way in which the Regency of
Bavaria was to be managed until Otto of Bavaria reached his
majority. Greece was defined as an independent kingdom, with the
Arta-Volos line as its northern frontier and Otto as king.
1833 May 7, Composer Johannes
Brahms was born in Hamburg, Germany, and died on Apr 3, 1897. His
works number through Opus 122 and included: the “Hungarian Dances,"
the “Haydn Variations," the "Violin Concerto in D Major," "Lullaby"
and compositions for the pianoforte, organ, chamber music,
orchestral compositions, numerous songs, small and large choral
works. A biography of his life and work was written by Karl
Geiringer in 1934 titled: “Brahms: His Life and Work." In 1997 Jan
Swafford published the biography: “Johannes Brahms." In 1998 Styra
Avins published “Johannes Brahms: Life and Letters."
(BLW, Geiringer, 1963 ed.)(AP, 5/7/97)(WSJ,
12/3/97, p.A20)(WSJ, 5/4/98, p.A20)(HN, 5/7/99)
1840 May 7, Peter Ilyich
Tchaikovsky (d. Nov 6,1893) was born in Kamsko-Votinsk, the Ural
region of Russia (d.1893). His family moved to St. Petersburg in
1850 and there he studied until he graduated from the school of
Jurisprudence where he entered the Ministry of Justice as a clerk,
first-class in 1859. He didn't start to study music seriously until
he was 21 under Nicolai Zaremba, and enrolled into the St.
Petersburg Conservatory when it opened in 1862. His work included
the 1812 Overture. In 1985 Roland John Wiley wrote “Tchaikovsky’s
Ballets." [see Apr 25]
(LGC-HCS, p.354-355)(AP, 5/5/97)(WSJ, 11/18/97,
1840 May 7, A tornado struck
Natchez, Miss., killing 317 people and causing over a million
dollars in damage.
(SFC, 5/7/09, p.D8)
1847 May 7, The American
Medical Association was founded in Philadelphia.
(AP, 5/7/97)(HN, 5/7/98)
1861 May 7, In Australia the
lost Burke party encountered some Aborigines and partook of some
nardoo cakes that provided a euphoric effect.
(ON, 12/01, p.4)
1862 May 7, At the Battle of
Eltham's Landing in Virginia, Confederate troops struck Union troops
in the Shenandoah Valley.
1864 May 7, In Virginia the
Battle of Wilderness ended, with heavy losses to both sides. Union
losses were 17,666; CSA-7,500. In 2002 the US federal government
bought the 465-acre tract of the battle site and incorporated it
into Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania Military Park.
(HN, 5/7/98)(AARP, 7/05, p.12)
1866 May 7, German premier Otto
von Bismarck was seriously wounded in an assassination attempt.
1870 May 7, Marcus Loew, film
executive, was born. He consolidated studios to create MGM.
1873 May 7, US marines attacked
1875 May 7, German SS Schiller
sank near Scilly Islands and 312 were killed.
1877 May 7, Indian chief
Sitting Bull entered Canada with a trail of Indians after the Battle
of Little Big Horn.
1884 May 7, Judah P. Benjamin
(72), confederate minister of War, died.
1888 May 7, Edouard Lalo's
opera "Le roi d'Ys," premiered in Paris.
1888 May 7, George Eastman
patented his Kodak box camera.
1892 May 7, Archibald MacLeish,
American poet and statesman, was born.
1892 May 7, Josip Broz [Tito],
leader of Yugoslavia (1943-80), was born.
1896 May 7, Dr. Henry Howard
Holmes (b.1860), serial killer, was hanged to death in Philadelphia,
Pennsylvania. Born as Herman Webster Mudgett in Gilmantown, New
Hampshire, to a devout Methodist family, Holmes spent much of his
childhood torturing animals. He later graduated from the University
of Michigan with a medical degree. Holmes financed his education
with a series of insurance scams whereby he requested coverage for
nonexistent people and then presented corpses as the insured. In
1886, Holmes moved to Chicago to work as a pharmacist. A few months
later, he killed the elderly owner of the store but told everyone
that the man had left him in charge. With a new series of cons,
Holmes raised enough money to build a giant, elaborate home across
from the store. The home, which Holmes called "The Castle," had
secret passageways, fake walls, and trapdoors. Young women in the
area, along with tourists who had come to see the 1893 World's Fair
in Chicago, and had rented out rooms in Holmes' castle, suddenly
began disappearing. Medical schools purchased many human skeletons
from Dr. Holmes during this period but never asked how he obtained
the anatomy specimens. Holmes was finally caught after attempting to
use another corpse, his assistant Benjamin Pitezel, in an insurance
scam. He confessed, saying, "I was born with the devil in me. I
could not help the fact that I was a murderer, no more than a poet
can help the inspiration to sing." Reportedly, authorities
discovered the remains of over 200 victims on his property.
1901 May 7, Gary Cooper, film
actor (High Noon, Friendly Persuasion), was born.
1909 May 7, Edwin Herbert Land,
inventor of the Polaroid Land Camera, was born.
1912 May 7, Columbia University
approved plans for awarding the Pulitzer Prize in several
categories. The award was established by Joseph Pulitzer.
1913 May 7, British House of
Commons rejected women's right to vote.
1914 May 7, Woodrow Wilson's
daughter Eleanor married in the White House.
1915 May 7, In the 2nd year of
WWI, the British Cunard ocean liner Lusitania, on a voyage from New
York to Liverpool, sank off the coast of Ireland in only 18-21
minutes after being struck by a torpedo fired by the German U-boat
U-20. Of 1,959 [1,978] passengers and crew, 1,195 died. Of the
fatalities, 123 were Americans. Even though the Germans maintained
the liner was carrying arms purchased in America to Britain, the
sinking of a passenger ship aroused intense anger against the German
policy of unrestricted submarine warfare and hastened America's
entrance into the war. In 2002 Diana Preston authored “Lusitania: An
Epic Tragedy" and David Ramsay authored “Lusitania: Saga and Myth."
(CFA, '96, p.46)(AP, 5/7/97)(HN, 5/7/98)(HNPD,
5/7/99)(HN, 5/7/99)(WSJ, 5/8/02, p.AD9)
1915 May 7, Alfred G.
Vanderbilt, US millionaire, died aboard Lusitania.
1915 May 7, Elbert Hubbard,
American platitudinist, author, educator, died.
1919 May 7, Eva (Evita) Peron,
first lady of Argentina, was born. She helped her husband, Juan,
1928 May 7, A Pulitzer prize
was awarded to Thornton Wilder for Bridge of San Luis Rey.
1929 May 7, Albert Anselmi,
John Scalise and Joseph "Top Toad" Giunta, US gangsters, were
murdered by Al Capone.
1931 May 7, Teresa Brewer
(d.2007), singer, was born in Toledo, Ohio. She had a big hit with
“Music, Music, Music" in 1950.
(SFC, 10/19/07, p.A11)
1931 May 7, Gene [Rodman]
Wolfe, US, sci-fi author (Soldier of Arete), was born.
1932 May 7, Jenny Joseph,
English poet and novelist (The Thinking Heart, The Inland Sea), was
1933 May 7, Johnny Unitas
(d.2002), the son of Lithuanian immigrants, was born in Pittsburgh,
Pa. He became a NFL Quarterback for the Baltimore Colts and San
Diego Chargers. He was voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in
1934 May 7, A Pulitzer prize
was awarded to Sidney Kingsley (Men in White).
1934 May 7, World's largest
pearl (6.4 kg) was found at Palawan, Philippines.
1939 May 7, Germany and Italy
announced a military and political alliance known as the Rome-Berlin
1940 May 7, British PM Neville
Chamberlain resigned and Winston Churchill became PM. Churchill
formed a new government and served as the Conservative head of a
coalition government with the opposition Labor Party.
(WSJ, 9/3/98, p.A6)(MC, 5/7/02)(PCh, 1992, p.864)
1941 May 7, Glenn Miller and
His Orchestra recorded "Chattanooga Choo Choo" for RCA Victor. It
became the first gold record in history.
(AP, 5/7/99)(SFC, 5/31/00, p.A23)
1941 May 7, British House of
Commons voted for Churchill (477-3).
1942 May 7, In the Battle of
the Coral Sea, Japanese and American navies attacked each other with
carrier planes. It was the first time in the history of naval
warfare where two enemy fleets fought without seeing each other.
This battle stopped Japanese expansion.
(HN, 5/7/99)(MC, 5/7/02)
1942 May 7, A Nazi decree
ordered all Jewish pregnant women of Kovno Ghetto executed.
1942 May 7, Felix Paul von
Weingartner, Austria conductor, composer, died.
1943 May 7, Peter Carey,
Australian writer (Illywhacker, Oscar and Lucinda), was born.
1943 May 7, The last major
German strongholds in North Africa, Tunis and Bizerte, fell to
1944 May 7, There was a German
assault on Tito's hideout in Drvar, Bosnia.
1945 May 7, A Pulitzer prize
was awarded to John Hersey (Bell for Adano).
1945 May 7, Germany signed an
unconditional surrender at Allied headquarters in Rheims, France, to
take effect the following day, ending the European conflict of World
War II. After five years, World War II in Europe ended when Colonel
General Alfred Jodl, the last chief of staff of the German Army,
signed the unconditional surrender at General Dwight D. Eisenhower's
headquarters at Rheims, France. Journalist Edward Kennedy
(1905-1963) made the news public and was suspended for defying
political and military censors.
(AP, 5/7/97)(HN, 5/7/98)(SFC, 8/21/12, p.A6)
1945 May 7, SS opened fire on a
crowd in Amsterdam and killed 22.
1947 May 7, The opera "The
Mother of Us All," by Gertrude Stein and Virgil Thompson, premiered
at the Brander Matthews Theater of Columbia Univ. They wrote it as a
meditation on the life of Susan B. Anthony.
(WSJ, 8/6/98, p.A13)(WSJ, 2/5/04, p.A13)
1947 May 7, "Kraft Television
Theater" premiered on NBC.
1947 May 7, General MacArthur
approved the Japanese constitution.
1947 May 7, Nick DeJohn, former
capodecina in the Chicago Family, was strangled and his body stuffed
into the trunk of a car parked on a San Francisco street. DeJohn had
reportedly fled Chicago after murdering several other gang members
and was living in Santa Rosa, California, under an alias at the time
of his death.
(SFC, 2/8/06, p.B5)(http://tinyurl.com/8fjm7)
1951 May 7, A Pulitzer prize
was awarded to Conrad Richter (The Town).
1952 May 7, In Korea Communist
POW's at Koje-do rioted against their American captors.
1953 May 7, "Can Can" opened at
Shubert Theater in NYC for 892 performances.
1954 May 7, A San Francisco
jury decided that Harold Jackson and Joseph Lear should be executed
for the January kidnapping of Leonard Moskovitz. Their sentences
were later changed to life in prison and both men died in San
(SFC, 5/7/04, p.F2)(SFC, 7/3/08, p.B5)
1954 May 7, US, Great Britain
and France rejected Russian membership in NATO.
1954 May 7, The Battle of Dien
Bien Phu in Vietnam ended after 55 days with Vietnamese insurgents
overrunning French forces and the US began to get involved. French
Gen. Marcel Bigeard (1916-2010) and some 12,000 defenders were
captured. Vietnamese insurgents expelled the French but the country
was divided into a communist north and a pro-US south. In the 8
years of the French Indochina War some 52,000 French soldiers were
killed. Vietnam was soon partitioned between a regime in Hanoi led
by Ho Chi Minh and an anti-communist regime in Saigon under Ngo Dinh
Diem. Howard Simpson later wrote: "Dien Bien Phu: The Epic Battle
America Forgot." In 2004 Martin Windrow authored “The Last Valley:
Dien Bien Phu and the French Defeat in Vietnam."
(TL, 1988, p.114)(SFC, 12/27/96, p.A24)(SFC,
2/22/96, p.B3)(AP, 5/7/97)(SFC, 5/24/99, p.C4)(Econ, 11/27/04,
1958 May 7, Howard Johnson set
an aircraft altitude record in F-104.
1959 May 7, In San Francisco
Albert C. Kogler, a SF State college student, died 2½ hours
following a shark attack while swimming off Baker Beach. Shirley
O’Neill (19), also a SF State College student, had risked her life
to pull her friend to the beach. In June she was awarded the
Carnegie Hero Fund Commission’s silver medal.
(SSFC, 5/3/09, DB p.50)(SSFC, 6/14/09, DB p.50)
1960 May 7, Fidel Castro
announced Cuba’s resumption of diplomatic relations with the Soviet
(AH, 4/07, p.18)
1960 May 7, Leonid Brezhnev
replaced Marshal Kliment Voroshilov as president of the Presidium of
the Supreme Soviet.
1962 May 7, A Pulitzer prize
was awarded to Theodore H. White (Making of President).
1963 May 7, The United States
launched the Telstar II communications satellite. It made the first
public transatlantic broadcast.
(HNQ, 5/3/99)(AP, 5/7/00)
1964 May 7, A disturbed man
entered the cockpit of a Pacific Airlines flight and killed pilot
Ernie Clark (52). All 44 people aboard the Fairchild F-27A died as
the plane crashed in San Ramon, Ca.
1966 May 7, In Northern Ireland
a group of loyalists led by Gusty Spence (1933-2011) petrol bombed a
Catholic-owned pub on Shankill Road, Belfast. Fire also engulfed the
house next door, killing the elderly Protestant widow who lived
1970 May 7, Carlos Estrada
(b.1909), Uruguayan composer, died.
1972 May 7, Ralph Eugene
Meatyard (b.1925), photographer, died. His work included a series of
photos called The Family Album of Lucybelle Carter" based on the
short story "The Life You Save May Be Your Own" by Flannery
1972 May 7, Justin
Ahomadegbe-Tometin (1917-2002) became president of Dahomey (later
Benin) as part of a system that rotated the office between three
leading political figures: Ahomadegbe, Hubert Maga, and Sourou-Migan
Apithy. He was overthrown on October 26.
1974 May 7, West German
chancellor W. Brandt (1913-1992) resigned. A bizarre spy scandal
brought Brandt down after 4 years in office.
1975 May 7, The "Matt Helm" TV
series, featured Gene Evans (d.1998 at 75), premiered.
1975 May 7, President Ford
formally declared an end to the "Vietnam era."
(AP, 5/7/97)(HN, 5/7/98)
1975 May 7, The Viet Cong
celebrated the takeover of Ho Chi Minh City -- formerly Saigon.
(AP, 5/7/97)(HN, 5/7/98)
1977 May 7, Seattle Slew
(d.2002) won the Kentucky Derby, the first of his Triple Crown
1979 May 7, An estimated
125,000 people rallied against nuclear power in Washington, DC.
(SFC, 5/7/04, p.F2)
1984 May 7, A $180 million
out-of-court settlement was announced in the Agent Orange
class-action suit brought by Vietnam veterans who charged they had
suffered injury from exposure to the defoliant. A consortium of Dow
Chemical and other manufacturers paid $184 million to veterans from
the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand but not South Korea.
(AP, 5/7/97)(SFC, 11/16/99, p.A18)
1985 May 7, In California Unit
1 of the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant came online. Unit 2
became operational on March 13, 1986.
1987 May 7, Democratic
presidential candidate Gary Hart, dogged by reports about his
relationship with Miami model Donna Rice, put his campaign on hold
and flew home to Denver to be with his family.
1988 May 7, Winning Colors won
the 114th running of the Kentucky Derby, becoming the third filly to
win the event.
1989 May 7, Both sides claimed
victory in Panama's national elections, with the opposition also
charging a pattern of fraud. Panamanian voters rejected dictator
Manuel Noriega's bid for reelection. Backed by a coalition of
civilian parties, Guillermo Endara (1936-2009) overwhelmingly won
the presidential election, but Noriega refused to recognize the
results and unleashed a wave of repression against his
(AP, 5/7/99)(AP, 9/29/09)
1989 May 7, Guy Williams
(b.1924), actor (Zorro, Lost in Space), died in Argentina. He was
born as Armando Catalano in NYC.
1990 May 7, The White House put
aside President Bush's pledge of no new taxes, saying talks to
strike a budget deal with Congress would have "no preconditions."
1991 May 7, Doctors said that
President Bush’s recent bout with an irregular heartbeat was caused
by a mildly overactive thyroid gland, a condition they said was
1992 May 7, President Bush
visited riot-scarred Los Angeles.
1992 May 7, The space shuttle
Endeavour blasted off on its maiden voyage.
1992 May 7, A 203-year-old
proposed constitutional amendment barring the US Congress from
giving itself a midterm pay raise received enough votes for
ratification as Michigan became the 38th state to approve it.
1992 May 7, The Russian
Federation applied to join the Council of Europe. It acceded to the
council on Feb 28, 1996.
1993 May 7, President Clinton
proposed dramatic changes in political campaign financing.
1993 May 7, In South Africa,
representatives of 23 political parties signed a declaration of
intent to hold multiracial elections within a year.
1994 May 7, Norway's most
famous painting, "The Scream," by Edvard Munch, was recovered almost
three months after it was stolen from an Oslo museum. Another
version was stolen in 2004.
(AP, 5/7/99)(WSJ, 8/24/04, p.A1)
1994 May 7, Go For Gin won the
120th Kentucky Derby.
1995 May 7, Jacques Chirac, the
conservative mayor of Paris, won France's presidency in his third
attempt, defeating Lionel Jospin in a runoff to end 14 years of
1995 May 7, Leaders of 54
nations that fought on both sides in World War II signed olive
leaves in London in a ceremony of reconciliation.
1996 May 7, Tax Freedom Day,
the day on which the average American had earned enough to pay
federal, state and local taxes.
(WSJ, 5/8/96, p.A-12)
1996 May 7, The first
international war crimes proceeding since Nuremberg opened at The
Hague in the Netherlands, with a Serbian police officer, Dusan
Tadic, facing trial on murder-torture charges. Tadic was convicted
of crimes against humanity but acquitted of murder on May 7, 1997.
In Jul, 1997 he was sentenced to 20 years in prison.
(AP, 5/7/97)(SFC, 5/8/97, p.C2)(SFC, 7/15/97,
1996 May 7, In San Diego, Ca.,
Alzheimer’s researcher, Tsunao Saitoh and his daughter, 13-year-old
Loullie, were shot and killed. In 1993 he identified a protein that
is deposited in plaques that form in the brains of Alzheimer's
patients. In 1995 he learned that the protein was controlled by
chromosome 4 and was searching for its exact location when he was
(SFC, 5/25/96, p.A17)
1996 May 7, Guatemala’s leftist
guerrillas and the government signed a key accord in negotiations to
end 35 years of civil war. A Land Fund that would help poor peasant
farmers acquire arable land was agreed upon.
(SFC, 5/7/96, p.A-10)
1996 May 7, Indian supporters
of the Zapatista rebels occupied two radio stations in Chiapas,
Mexico, and demanded the release of Javier Elloriaga, a TV
journalist who was sentenced to 13 years in prison last week on
charges of being a Zapatista commander.
(SFC, 5/8/96, p.A-19)
1996 May 7, Peace talks for
Sierra Leone opened in the Ivory Coast to resolve a civil war that
has killed 10,000 people since 1991.
(WSJ, 5/7/96, p.A-1)
1997 May 7, This date was
established as the cut off day for sales and exchanges in a planned
US capital gains tax cut.
(WSJ, 5/8/97, p.C1)
1997 May 7, The Army accused
its top enlisted man, Army Sgt. Maj. Gene McKinney, of sexual
misconduct. At his court-martial, McKinney was acquitted of sexual
misconduct, but found guilty of obstruction of justice.
1997 May 7, Chrysler Corp. and
United Auto Workers agreed to a new contract, ending a damaging
28-day engine-plant strike.
1997 May 7, Brazil’s state
mining Companhia Vale do Rio Doce (CVRD), incorporated in 1942, was
privatized. In 2006 it acquired Inco, a Canadian nickel producer,
and became the world’s 2nd largest mining company.
(Econ, 4/14/07, SR
1997 May 7, Chadrel Rinpoche, a
senior Tibetan monk, was sentenced to 6 years in prison for plotting
to split China and leaking state secrets. He led the Beijing
approved search for the 11th reincarnation of the Panchen Lama and
was suspected to have leaked the information to the Dalai Lama.
(SFC, 5/8/97, p.C3)
1998 May 7, The $34.7 billion
merger of Daimler-Benz and Chrysler Corp. was confirmed in London.
The parent company of Mercedes-Benz agreed to buy Chrysler Corp. for
more than $37 billion.
(USAT, 5/7/98, p.1A)(AP, 5/7/99)
1998 May 7, In England
Londoners voted overwhelmingly to elect their own mayor for the
first time in history. Ken Livingston was elected in May 2000.
(AP, 5/7/03)(Econ, 6/5/04, p.53)
1998 May 7, In southern Italy
heavy rains sent a torrent of mud through Sarno and several other
towns. At least 55 people were reported dead. The death toll climbed
(USAT, 5/8/98, p.7A)(SFEC, 5/10/98, p.A22)
1998 cMay 7, In Pakistan Bishop
John Joseph (67), a Catholic human rights crusader, shot himself in
the head to protest the country’s blasphemy law. His death triggered
a 2 day riot when police clashed with mourners who carried his body
to the Faisalabad cathedral for his funeral.
(SFC, 5/9/98, p.A10)
1999 May 7, A jury in Pontiac,
Mich., announced a $25 million verdict against the producers of the
Jenny Lind TV Show over the 1995 segment that led to the murder of
Scott Amedure by Jonathan Schmitz. Amedure, a gay man, was shot to
death after revealing a crush on Jonathan Schmitz, a fellow guest on
the talk show. However, the Michigan Court of Appeals later
overturned the award, and the Michigan Supreme Court refused to hear
(SFC, 5/8/99, p.A1)(WSJ, 5/10/99, p.B8)(AP,
1999 May 7, The Dow Jones
closed at a record 11,031.59.
(SFC, 5/8/99, p.D8)
1999 May 7, It was reported
that researchers at Merck had found a druglike chemical that mimics
the molecular effects of insulin.
(WSJ, 5/7/99, p.B1)
1999 May 7, NATO bombs hit a
residential area in Nis and at least 15 people were killed and 60
wounded. NATO bombs hit the Chinese Embassy in Belgrade and 3 people
were killed and  21 injured. An outdated map was blamed for the
embassy bombing. The British Observer later reported that NATO
bombed the Embassy because it was being used to transmit Yugoslav
military communications. British, NATO and US officials denied the
story. In 2000 the US CIA fired one officer and reprimanded 6 others
for the bombing. President Clinton called the attack a "tragic
(SFC, 5/8/99, p.A1,10)(SFC, 5/10/99, p.A1)(WSJ,
10/18/99, p.A1)(SFEC, 4/9/00, p.A1,15)(AP, 5/7/00)
1999 May 7, In Colombia ELN
rebels released 7 more hostages from the Apr 12 hijacking.
(SFC, 5/8/99, p.C14)
1999 May 7, In Guinea-Bissau
renegade troops forced the surrender of the 600-man presidential
guard and ousted Pres. Joao Bernardo Vieira, who sought refuge in
the Portuguese Embassy.
(SFC, 5/8/99, p.C14)
1999 May 7, A series of
earthquakes hit southern Iran and at least 26 people were killed in
(SFC, 5/8/99, p.C14)
1999 May 7, In Japan the
parliament passed the country's first freedom of information act.
Requests would not be honored for at least 2 years.
(SFC, 5/12/99, p.C2)
1999 May 7, A final peace
accord was to have been settled with Palestinians by this time as
negotiated by Yasser Arafat and Rabin in [Oct] 1995.
(SFC, 1/9/96, p.A10)
1999 May 7, In Romania the Pope
began a 3-day visit. This was his first visit to a country with an
Orthodox Christian majority. The Pope was greeted by Orthodox
Patriarch Teoctist (84).
(WSJ, 5/7/99, p.A1)(SFC, 5/8/99, p.A10)
2000 May 7, A second fire was
set to contain an earlier blaze that was begun to clear brush on the
Bandelier National Monument in New Mexico; the second fire blew out
of control, destroying more than 200 homes and damaging part of the
Los Alamos National Laboratory before it was controlled.
2000 May 7, Douglas Fairbanks
Jr., film actor, died at age 90.
(SFC, 5/8/00, p.A5)
2000 May 7, In the Philippines
13 soldiers and 3 rebels were killed in a clash on Basilan Island.
(SFC, 5/8/00, p.A13)
2000 May 7, In Russia Pres.
Putin was inaugurated. He named Mikhail Kasyanof as the prime
minister and pledged to restore the country to world-power status.
(SFC, 5/8/00, p.A1)
2000 May 7, Pres. Kagami
announced that Rwanda was prepared to quickly implement a phased
withdrawal from Congo.
(SFC, 5/8/00, p.A12)
2000 May 7, In Spain Jose Luis
Lopez de La Calle, a columnist for El Mundo, was shot and killed in
Andoain. The ETA was blamed.
(SFC, 5/8/00, p.A13)
2000 May 7, In Thailand
thousands of protestors besieged the annual meeting of the Asian
Development Bank. The 13 nations agreed to rescue each other’s
currencies to fend off economic crises.
(SFC, 5/8/00, p.A14)
2000 May 7, In Zimbabwe
squatter leader Chenjerai Hunzvi urged people attending a ruling
party rally in Glen Norah to seek out British passport holders and
force them out of the country. Allan Dunn was murdered at his farm
(SFC, 5/8/00, p.A13)(WSJ, 6/8/00, p.a24)
2001 May 7, California
electricity grid operators ordered statewide rolling power
2001 May 7, In Alaska 4
Anchorage school children were stabbed by Jason Pritchard (33).
Pritchard was shot with rubber bullets and taken into custody.
(WSJ, 5/8/01, p.A1)(SFC, 5/8/01, p.A2)
2001 May 7, "Great Train
Robber" Ronnie Biggs, who had eluded capture for decades following
his prison escape in 1965, returned to Britain, where he was
arrested and jailed to complete the 28 remaining years of his
2001 May 7, In Chechnya a 2-day
fight around Argun left at least 15 Russian soldiers dead.
(SFC, 5/9/01, p.C5)
2001 May 7, In Colombia leftist
FARC guerrillas used dynamite to free 61 prisoners in Caloto.
(SFC, 5/9/01, p.C5)
2001 May 7, A report by the
Int’l. Rescue Committee estimated the death toll in Congo’s 33-month
war at 2 ½ million people, mostly due to disease and malnutrition.
(SFC, 5/5/01, p.A1)(WSJ, 5/10/01, p.A1)
2001 May 7, It was reported
that Shaaban Abdel Rehim, an Egyptian singer, had a big hit with his
song “I Hate Israel."
(SFC, 5/7/01, p.C1)
2001 May 7, Israeli tank fire
killed Iman Hijo, a Palestinian 4-month-old baby in Khan Yunis. A
Palestinian police officer in the West Bank was also killed.
(WSJ, 5/8/01, p.A1)(SFC, 5/8/01, p.C5)
2001 May 7, In Macedonia Prime
Minister Georgievski said parties agreed to form a coalition
government to include all main ethnic Albanian and Slav parties.
(WSJ, 5/8/01, p.A1)
2002 May 7, Pres. Bush met with
PM Ariel Sharon. They called for sweeping changes to Palestinian
governing institutions and a new Palestinian security service but
they failed to agree on many other issues.
(SFC, 5/8/02, p.A18)
2002 May 7, Lucas John Helder
(21) of Pine Island, Minn., was arrested following a car chase near
Lovelock, Nevada, and charged for the recent series of mailbox pipe
bombs. Helder said he was trying to make a "smiley face" pattern on
the map of his bombings. His series of rural mailbox bombings left
six people wounded in Illinois and Iowa. Helder has since been found
incompetent to stand trial.
(SFC, 5/8/02, p.A1)(SFC, 5/10/02, p.A3)(AP,
2002 May 7, David Geffen (59),
co-founder of DreamWorks, donated $200 million to the school of
medicine at UCLA. This was the largest ever donation to a school of
medicine in the US
(SFC, 5/8/02, p.A12)
2002 May 7, It was reported
that strain of Gonorrhea resistant to antibiotics had reached the
mainland US after migrating from Hawaii and Asia.
(SFC, 5/7/02, p.A5)
2002 May 7, Triple Crown winner
"Seattle Slew" died at age 28, 25 years to the day after his victory
in the Kentucky Derby.
2002 May 7, A China Northern
Airlines with 112 people crashed off the northeast coast. Flight
6136 was an MD-82 enroute from Beijing to Dalian. Xinhua news later
reported that it was due to an act of sabotage by a passenger who
lit a fire on board.
(SFC, 5/8/02, p.A15)(Reuters, 12/7/02)
2002 May 7, An EgyptAir Boeing
737 with 62 people crashed in bad weather near Tunis. 14 people were
(SFC, 5/8/02, p.A15)(AP, 5/7/03)
2002 May 7, In India a land
mine exploded under a police van in Jharkhand state and 15 officers
were killed. Rebels were enforcing a 3-day strike in the area to
protest the labeling of some 21 groups as terrorists.
(SFC, 5/8/02, p.A17)
2002 May 7, In Israel a Hamas
suicide bomber killed 15 people in a pool hall in Rishon Lezion.
Hamas claimed responsibility.
(SFC, 5/8/02, p.A1)(SFC, 7/24/02, p.A14)(AP,
2003 May 7, President Bush
ordered U.S. sanctions against Iraq lifted, allowing U.S.
humanitarian aid and remittances to flow into Iraq.
2003 May 7, The White House
announced President Bush had chosen New Mexico oilman Colin R.
McMillan to be secretary of the Navy and Air Force Secretary James
Roche to replace the dismissed secretary of the Army, Thomas White.
However, McMillan died an apparent suicide the following July, while
Roche's nomination was held up in Congress.
2003 May 7, It was reported
that scientists had altered a common cold virus to destroy a common
brain tumor in mice.
(WSJ, 5/7/03, p.D7)
2003 May 7, In Afghanistan
Habibullah, a Muslim cleric close to U.S.-backed President Hamid
Karzai, was killed outside a mosque in the village of Kalacha.
2003 May 7, In Israel a Hamas
militant was killed when a bomb exploded in his West Bank apartment.
In northern Gaza a Hamas member was killed near a Jewish settlement.
In the southern Gaza Strip a Palestinian toddler was killed from
(SFC, 5/8/03, p.A17)
2003 May 7, In northeastern
India assailants killed 10 sleeping villagers and wounded six others
in the second attack blamed on separatist guerrillas in two days.
2004 May 7, Donald Rumsfeld, US
Defense Secretary, testified before Congress for 6 hours and
apologized for Iraqi prisoner abuse by US soldiers.
(SFC, 5/8/04, p.A1)
2004 May 7, Army Pvt. 1st Class
Lynndie England, shown in photographs smiling and pointing at naked
Iraqi prisoners, was charged by the military with assaulting the
detainees and conspiring to mistreat them, becoming the seventh
soldier charged in the scandal.
2004 May 7, In Bangladesh
gunmen opened fire at an opposition rally outside the capital,
killing 4 people including a member of parliament. Ahsanullah
Master, a senior member of Bangladesh's main opposition Awami
League, and a young man were killed when a group of armed men opened
fire on a rally being addressed by the politician. On Apr 16, 2005,
a court sentenced 22 to death for the killings.
(AP, 5/7/04)(Reuters, 4/16/05)
2004 May 7, Chile legalized
divorce despite strong opposition from the Catholic Church.
2004 May 7, German authorities
arrested Sven Jaschen, an 18-year-old high school student, for
creating the "Sasser" network computer worm. Jaschan also
confessed to writing the Netsky virus and was suspected to be
responsible for 70% of the 2004 virus infections. In 2005 Jaschan
was found guilty of computer sabotage and illegally altering data.
He was given a suspended sentence of one year and nine months.
(AP, 5/8/04)(USAT, 5/11/04, p.4B)(SFC, 7/29/04,
2004 May 7, In Iraq gunmen
ambushed a Polish TV crew south of Baghdad, killing a producer and a
correspondent who was Poland's best-known war reporter.
2004 May 7, Israeli troops
raided a West Bank village near the town of Tulkarem, surrounding a
house and killing two Palestinian militants.
2004 May 7, Israeli warplanes
struck suspected guerrilla positions in southern Lebanon after
artillery fire killed one Israeli soldier on the border.
2004 May 7, Nepal's prime
minister Surya Bahadur Thapa quit after weeks of protests demanding
the return of democracy in the Himalayan kingdom wracked by
political instability and a Maoist insurgency.
2004 May 7, In Karachi,
Pakistan, a bomb exploded at a Shiite Muslim mosque packed with
worshippers, killing 14 people and wounding more than 200 in a
suspected suicide attack.
2005 May 7, Giacomo, a 50-1
shot, defied the odds and won the $2.4 million Kentucky Derby in a
gigantic upset, running down Afleet Alex in the final strides and
generating a huge payoff.
2005 May 7, Peter Rodino (95),
the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee chairman who
directed the impeachment investigation of President Richard Nixon,
died in New Jersey. Rodino represented a Newark, NJ, district from
(AP, 5/8/05)(SSFC, 5/8/05, p.A2)
2005 May 7, MIT students held
their 1st convention for time travelers.
(Econ, 5/7/05, p.75)
2005 May 7, In Afghanistan a UN
worker from Myanmar was among three people killed in a suicide
attack at an Internet cafe in Kabul.
2005 May 7, In northeastern
Australia a commuter airplane carrying 15 people slammed into a
hillside and everyone on board was feared killed.
2005 May 7, Canadian Press
reported that Canada will send up to 150 military personnel to Sudan
to help the African Union and a UN mission keep the peace.
2005 May 7, China and Japan
agreed to try to improve strained ties and meet soon to discuss a
disputed gas field.
2005 May 7, After extensive use
of H2OIL fuel additives for over 15 years, China will begin
manufacturing F2-21 nanotechnology fuel additives. H2OIL's first
overseas plant in Tianjin opened under a joint venture agreement
with PetroChina's Huafu Oilfield Chemical Company. F2-21, developed
by H2Oil president Richard Hicks, is a mixture of water, shampoo and
baby oil that forms nano-sized globules which explode in an engine’s
combustion chamber helping the gas to burn more cleanly and
(www.h2oil.com/press.shtml)(SFC, 3/23/06, p.C3)
2005 May 7, In central India
about 200 Maoist rebels, some armed with AK-47 assault rifles,
attacked a mining unit of Hindalco Industries, India's largest
aluminium and copper producer, shutting down its operations.
2005 May 7, In Iraq US forces
began Operation Matador, aimed at clearing a region believed to be a
haven for foreign fighters slipping into Iraq from Syria.
2005 May 7, Two suicide car
bombs exploded in a central Baghdad square, killing 22 people,
including two American contract workers. 3 US Marines and one sailor
were killed in a bombing and firefight in Haditha.
(AP, 5/7/05)(SFC, 5/9/05, p.A1)
2005 May 7, In Iraq gunmen
stopped a minibus in which the 6 men were carrying the coffin of a
relative to a funeral service in the Shiite city of Najaf. The 6
men, 3 of them brothers, were kidnapped and killed, and the
attackers threw the coffin into the nearby Euphrates River.
2005 May 7, In Riga, Latvia,
Pres. Bush said the Soviet domination of central and eastern Europe
after World War II will be remembered as "one of the greatest wrongs
of history" and acknowledged that the United States played a
significant role in the division of the continent.
2005 May 7, Gen. Michel Aoun,
who led a quixotic battle to oust Syria's army from Lebanon 16 years
ago, returned to Lebanon from a lengthy exile in France.
2005 May 7, In Myanmar 3
explosions rocked the capital, Yangon, killing at least 19 people
and wounding 162 others.
(AP, 5/8/05)(Reuters, 5/15/05)
2005 May 7, David Trimble,
Nobel Peace Prize laureate and one of the architects of Northern
Ireland's 1998 peace accord, resigned as head of the Ulster Unionist
Party after losing his seat in this week's parliamentary elections.
2006 May 7, Vice President Dick
Cheney endorsed the NATO membership aspirations of Croatia, Albania
2006 May 7, Golden West
Financial Corp. of Oakland, Ca., agreed to sell itself to Wachovia
Corp. for $25.5 billion. Investors soon expressed skepticism calling
the transaction risky and too costly.
(AP, 5/8/06)(SFC, 5/8/06, p.A1)
2006 May 7, Taliban militia
fighters ambushed a police patrol in southern Afghanistan, sparking
an hour-long gunbattle that killed two policemen and one attacker.
2006 May 7, China's official
Roman Catholic church named a new bishop, reportedly with papal
approval, as Beijing rejected Vatican criticism of the unauthorized
ordination of two other bishops.
2006 May 7, Iran's hard-line
parliament threatened to pass legislation that would force the
Tehran government to withdraw from the Nuclear Nonproliferation
2006 May 7, In Iraq 3 car bombs
rocked northern Baghdad within a span of half an hour while another
struck Karbala, killing at least 17 and wounding 44. Elsewhere in
Iraq, the bound and bullet-ridden bodies of 8 men were found in
eastern Baghdad. Two other bodies with bullet wounds were found
separately in eastern Baghdad. An American soldier was killed and
one wounded near Tal Afar while US troops were helping Iraqi forces
attack a building where insurgents were firing at civilians and
soldiers. A total of about 30 Iraqis were killed in Baghdad and
Karbala. Over the last 24 hours 51 bodies were found in Baghdad.
(AP, 5/7/06)(AP, 5/8/06)(SFC, 5/8/06, p.A3)
2006 May 7, Israeli police
armed with batons evicted dozens of Jewish squatters from a
Palestinian home in West Bank city of Hebron, in an important test
for Israel's new government and its plans to uproot tens of
thousands of settlers.
2006 May 7, In Northern Ireland
Michael McIlveen (15), a Roman Catholic teenager, was hospitalized
in critical condition after being bludgeoning with baseball bats in
the overwhelmingly Protestant town of Ballymena. He died the next
day. Police interrogated 5 Protestant men on suspicion of the
2006 May 7, In Pakistan an
11-year-old boy was strangled by relatives who killed him rather
than obey a tribal elders' order for them to marry one of their
womenfolk to the child.
2006 May 7, Officials said
pirates who hijacked a cargo ship off the coast of Somalia and
killed one of its crew members have released the vessel after
holding it for a week.
2006 May 7, In Sri Lanka a
senior Japanese envoy began talks with government officials to try
to save the peace process. Tamil rebels said troops abducted 8 men
in the island's north.
2006 May 7, A fire broke out at
a club in the Thai resort town of Pattaya, killing at least seven
people and injuring at least 49.
2007 May 7, President Bush
welcomed Britain's Queen Elizabeth II to the White House. He brought
roars of laughter when he mistakenly started to say that the queen
had helped the US celebrate its bicentennial in "1776," then quickly
corrected himself to say "1976."
2007 May 7, In New Jersey 6
Islamic militants from Yugoslavia and the Middle East were arrested
on charges of plotting to attack the Fort Dix Army post and "kill as
many soldiers as possible." In Dec 2008 a federal jury found 5 of
the men guilty of plotting to kill US soldiers. 4 of the 5 men were
also convicted of weapons charges. All were acquitted of attempted
murder charges. In 2009 three brothers, Dritan (30), Shain (28) and
Eljvir Duka (25), were convicted of conspiracy and sentenced to life
in prison. Mohamad Schnewer was also sentenced to life in prison and
Serdar Tatar was sentenced to 33 years.
(AP, 5/8/07)(WSJ, 12/23/08, p.A3)(SFC, 4/29/09,
p.A4)(SFC, 4/30/09, p.A4)
2007 May 7, The DJIA rose 48.35
to a record 13,312.97. Nasdaq fell 1.20 to 2,570.
(SFC, 5/8/07, p.C1)
2007 May 7, Scientists testing
the beds of streams around Portland, Oregon, found the residue of
the region's medicine cabinets and coffee shops. The list of
compounds includes many known by such names as Prozac, Tagamet,
Benadryl, Micatin, and caffeine.
2007 May 7, Alcoa, the world's
largest aluminum company, said it would make a hostile bid for
Canada's Alcan Inc., estimated at $27 billion, after talks between
the rivals failed to lead to a deal.
2007 May 7, In Afghanistan a
rocket slammed into a street outside an apartment building in Kabul,
killing one man and wounding five other people including a small
2007 May 7, The African Union
announced it would send an extra 8,000 peacekeepers to Somalia but
said dialogue remained the only solution to the bloody conflict in
2007 May 7, Australian gangster
Carl Williams was sentenced to 35 years in jail for murdering three
underworld rivals in a gangland war which lasted almost 10 years and
killed 28 people.
2007 May 7, In Austria a
130-nation nuclear meeting stalled for its sixth straight day after
Iran refused to commit itself to a compromise meant to break a
deadlock caused by Tehran's opposition to language of the
2007 May 7, Former prime
minister Sheikh Hasina Wajed was greeted by tens of thousands of
supporters as she returned to Bangladesh after the military-backed
government abandoned plans to force her into exile.
2007 May 7, Stylist and fashion
guru Isabella Blow (b.1958)), a vibrant and often outrageous
presence on the British fashion scene, died of cancer.
2007 May 7, State media said
China's top family planning body has warned that the country could
face a "population rebound" because the newly rich are ignoring
population control laws and because of early marriages in rural
areas. In southwestern China a bus plunged off a highway, killing 17
people including three children and injuring 24 others.
2007 May 7, Hong Kong
newspapers reported that an unidentified animal illness has spread
in two southern Chinese cities, infecting at least 1,300 pigs and
killing more than 300. The diseased pigs began dying in Gaoyao and
Yunfu in Guangdong province following Chinese New Year celebrations
in February. The illness was soon identified as a strain of blue ear
disease. Blue ear disease, also called porcine reproductive and
respiratory syndrome, was first identified in the United States in
1987. The disease this year killed an estimated 45 million pigs in
(AP, 5/8/07)(SFC, 5/8/07, p.A17)(AP,
5/10/07)(Econ, 12/20/14, p.68)
2007 May 7, Ecuador's foreign
minister said President Rafael Correa has decided not to renew a
1993 bilateral investment treaty with the United States, which
expires this week.
2007 May 7, More than 1,000
government delegates gathered in Bonn, Germany, to find ways to
break gridlock in international negotiations on widening action to
slow global warming. The UN urged far tougher action to fight
climate change at the 166-nation climate conference.
2007 May 7, Two suicide car
bombers attacked a market and a police checkpoint on the outskirts
of Ramadi, killing 13 people and dealing a blow to recent US success
in reclaiming the Sunni city from insurgents. A mortar attack also
killed five people and wounded two others in Baiyaa, a religiously
mixed neighborhood in western Baghdad. Four Iraqi troops were killed
in separate attacks in Baqouba. The bullet-riddled body of a
policeman bearing signs of torture also was found outside Kirkuk. At
least 68 people were killed or found dead nationwide including the
bullet-riddled bodies of 30 men found in Baghdad.
2007 May 7, Israeli scientists
said they found King Herod’s tomb near Jerusalem.
(WSJ, 5/8/07, p.A1)
2007 May 7, The owner of the
Macau bank at the heart of a dispute over North Korea's nuclear
disarmament said he is challenging a US decision to shut it out of
the global banking system.
2007 May 7, In western Mexico 4
purported drug smugglers were killed in a shootout with soldiers in
Apatzingan, Michoacan state, the second deadly clash in a week
between traffickers and troops in the same remote, mountainous
2007 May 7, Nigeria's next
president Umaru Yar'Adua departed on a tour of seven African
countries, his first foreign trip since being elected in April. Oil
major Chevron said it had temporarily shut down its Ebite flow
station in southern Nigeria because of a community protest.
2007 May 7, Pakistan's Supreme
Court suspended a judicial inquiry into misconduct charges against
the country's top judge that triggered weeks of nationwide protests.
2007 May 7, Russia’s state
security service said fugitive Rustam Dzhumaliyev had evaded arrest
and become a minor celebrity by masquerading as a US citizen
hitch-hiking across the country for a record attempt.
2007 May 7, In South Africa
Dina Rodrigues was found guilty of murder for orchestrating the June
2005 killing of 6-month-old Jordan-Leigh Norton, her lover's baby
daughter from a previous marriage. This was South Africa's first
known contract killing of an infant.
2007 May 7, South Korea and the
European Union started free trade talks aimed at linking Asia's
third largest economy to the world's biggest trading bloc.
2007 May 7, Turkey's
Islamic-rooted government, whose presidential candidate dropped his
bid in the face of protests from pro-secular lawmakers, pushed for a
constitutional amendment that allows the president to be elected in
a popular vote rather than in a parliamentary poll.
2007 May 7, A large explosion
in Ukraine knocked out of service one of the main pipelines which
carries Siberian gas through Ukraine to Germany and other EU
clients. Shifting soil led to a break in the pipeline.
(AP, 5/7/07)(AP, 5/8/07)
2007 May 7, Venezuela said it
will not allow US agents to carry out counter-drug operations in the
country, accusing the US Drug Enforcement Administration of being a
"new cartel" that aids traffickers.
2008 May 7, Tennessee Gov. Phil
Bredesen said 2,011 state jobs will be eliminated to shore up the
state’s budget. Voluntary buyouts would begin in June.
(WSJ, 5/8/08, p.A2)
2008 May 7, Oil closed at a
record high with light, sweet crude settling at $123.53 per barrel
on the New York Mercantile Exchange.
(SFC, 5/8/08, p.C5)
2008 May 7, Clearwire and
Sprint Nextel announced they will combine their wireless broadband
units to create a $14.55 billion communications company to be called
(SFC, 5/8/08, p.C1)
2008 May 7, In eastern
Afghanistan 3 people including a child were killed in blasts.
2008 May 7, London's new mayor
Boris Johnson announced a ban on alcohol on the capital's transport
system, as part of a wider clampdown on crime and anti-social
2008 May 7, China’s state media
said the number of infections of hand, foot and mouth disease has
grown to more than 15,000 with 28 deaths.
2008 May 7, Colombia extradited
Carlos Mario Jimenez, one of the country's most feared paramilitary
warlords, to the US to face drug trafficking charges.
2008 May 7, Rosalina Rivera,
the sister of a Guatemalan congressman, was charged with running an
illegal adoption ring after police found nine children in her home.
Rivera is the sister of congressman Gudy Rivera, president of a
congressional committee on minors and family affairs.
2008 May 7, India successfully
test-fired a nuclear-capable missile that can hit targets from
Beijing to Baghdad.
2008 May 7, In Iraq 7 militants
were killed in clashes around Baghdad. 5 suspected al-Qaida members,
including a Moroccan national, were killed in an operation in
Samarra. 4 Sunni insurgents were killed in the province of
Salahuddin when they attacked a checkpoint manned by Awakening
2008 May 7, In Ireland Finance
Minister Brian Cowen was elected new prime minister, and he pledged
to keep the country on its pro-European course through choppy
2008 May 7, Conservative leader
Silvio Berlusconi formed Italy's 62nd postwar government for his
third stint as premier.
2008 May 7, The leaders of
Japan and China agreed to resolve a territorial row and start
regular summits to ease decades of tension, pledging that Asia's two
largest economies would not see each other as a threat.
2008 May 7, It was reported
that Japan was experiencing a problem with a growing population of
crows. Over the last 2 years utilities in Tokyo had reported almost
1400 cases of crows cutting fiber optic cables.
(SFC, 5/7/08, p.A10)
2008 May 7, In Lebanon
Hezbollah opposition supporters and government backers exchanged
gunfire and threw stones as a strike by the Shiite militant group
paralyzed large parts of Beirut. Labor unions had called for the
strike after rejecting a last-minute pay raise offer by the
2008 May 7, In Mexico a leftist
rebel group (EPR) linked to a series of oil pipeline blasts on
rejected an offer from Mexico's government to hold talks. The
People's Revolutionary Army dismissed a proposal by President Felipe
Calderon because it said the offer showed no willingness to solve
crimes allegedly committed by current and past administrations
against its members.
2008 May 7, The international
relief effort for hundreds of thousands of Myanmar cyclone victims
picked up speed as India dispatched two planeloads of aid and
Myanmar authorized the UN to send its own air shipment.
2008 May 7, Nigeria announced
it was suspending import duties and other taxes on rice while
launching a raft of other measures to head off a food crisis in
Africa's most populous nation.
2008 May 7, Dmitry Medvedev was
inaugurated as Russia's president, pledging to bolster the country's
economic development and civil rights, in what may signal a
departure from his predecessor's heavy-handed tactics.
2008 May 7, World Bank figures
indicated that donor countries and organizations had pledged some
$4.8 billion to aid Sudan. Norway, the host of a donors’ conference,
pledged $500 million. The EU promised $435 million and Japan
promised to double its contribution to $200 million.
(WSJ, 5/8/08, p.A8)
2008 May 7, Zimbabwe, already
facing a presidential run-off, hit new electoral turmoil after the
ruling party and opposition filed legal challenges to half of the
parliamentary results from March's polls.
2009 May 7, Ten of the largest
US banks came up collectively $75 billion short according to
government stress tests and quickly took steps to shore up their
(SFC, 5/8/09, p.A1)
2009 May 7, Maryland’s Gov.
Martin O’Malley signed legislation extending hate crimes protection
to homeless people.
(SFC, 5/8/09, p.A11)
2009 May 7, Seven
Pittsburgh-area ACORN workers were charged with falsifying voter
registration forms, with six accused of doing so to meet the group's
alleged quota system before last year's general election.
2009 May 7, LA Dodger’s star
Manny Ramirez (36) was suspended by Major League Baseball for 50
games for using HCG, a banned drug.
(SFC, 5/8/09, p.A1)
2009 May 7, General Motors
Corp. lost $6 billion in the first quarter and its revenue was cut
nearly in half as car buyers feared the wounded auto giant would
enter bankruptcy and no longer honor its warranties.
2009 May 7, Univ. of California
regents voted 17-4 to raise tuition by 9.3%, the 6th increase in 7
(SFC, 5/8/09, p.B3)
2009 May 7, In Connecticut
Wesleyan University junior Johanna Justin-Jinich was gunned down by
a man wearing a wig. Officers arrested Stephen P. Morgan (29) the
next night standing outside the store in Meriden, 10 miles from
where the woman was killed. Morgan's journals contained threats
against Jews and mentioned plans for a shooting spree at Wesleyan.
2009 May 7, In Mississippi
Jackson Mayor Frank Melton (60), elected in 2005, died just as polls
closed in his unsuccessful bid for re-election.
(SFC, 5/8/09, p.B6)
2009 May 7, John Furia Jr.
(b.1929), prolific screen and television writer, died. His work
included popular TV series including "Bonanza," "The Waltons,"
"Hawaii Five-O" and “The Twilight Zone."
2009 May 7, In southern
Afghanistan a suicide bomber blew himself up, killing 21 Afghan
civilians and two British soldiers in one of the deadliest such
attacks in months. Four British soldiers were killed in attacks in
Helmand province. Police fired on a crowd of rock-throwing
protesters in western Farah province, who were angry about civilian
deaths they blame on American bombing runs.
(AP, 5/7/09)(AFP, 5/8/09)
2009 May 7, In Algeria 4 armed
Islamists were killed by Algerian security forces during firefights
in Tizi Ouzou and Boumerdes, east of the capital Algiers. Two
soldiers died as well, and three assault rifles were seized by the
military. Another Islamist was killed as security forces mounted a
joint operation on an armed group at Kharrouba, near Boumerdes.
2009 May 7, Argentina and
Brazil confirmed five swine flu cases within their borders as the
virus affects more nations in South America.
2009 May 7, Britain promised it
would remove the DNA records of hundreds of thousands from its vast
national registry of genetic information, but said it will still
keep the details of some innocent people for up to 12 years.
2009 May 7, The European Union
extended its hand to former Soviet republics, holding a summit to
draw them closer into the EU orbit despite Russia's deep misgivings.
Presidents, premiers and their deputies from 33 nations signed an
agreement meant to extend the EU's political and economic ties. The
six ex-Soviet republics to whom the partnership would apply are
Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine.
2009 May 7, The European
Central Bank cut interest rates a quarter point and said it would
buy euro-denominated bonds as well as offer longer-term credit to
banks as it moves to get more money flowing through the 16-nation
euro zone economy.
2009 May 7, In Georgia
opposition protesters clashed with police in Tbilisi in the first
outbreak of violence since demonstrations began in April.
(Econ, 5/9/09, p.55)
2009 May 7, In northwestern
Indonesia 2 rare Sumatran elephants, believed to have been poisoned
with cyanide-laced pineapples, were found dead with their tusks
removed. Just 3,000 Sumatran elephants are believed to still be
living in their natural surroundings.
2009 May 7, Iran’s state media
reported that 9 people, including a 30-year-old woman, have been
hanged. 4 of the 9 including the woman were convicted of murder in
separate cases and were hanged on May 6. The woman was found guilty
of killing her husband with a hammer.
2009 May 7, The Baghdad
contract for the security firm once known as Blackwater Worldwide
ended, although the company will temporarily continue operations
elsewhere in Iraq. US troops in Mosul shot dead a 12-year-old Iraqi
boy suspected of throwing a grenade at them. It was believed
insurgents were paying children to help them. The boy was found with
10,000 Iraqi dinars, or around $8.50, in his hand.
(AP, 5/7/09)(AP, 5/10/09)
2009 May 7, In Italy Jonathan
Robert Hindenach (24) of Charlotte, Michigan, killing an Italian man
in Florence. He had consumed drugs and alcohol before slaying
Riccardo Nistri (62).
2009 May 7, In Kashmir scores
of protesters clashed with government troops in Srinagar as
residents went to the polls in the disputed Himalayan region and
other Indian key states in a monthlong parliamentary election.
2009 May 7, Animal welfare
activists said more than 300 stray dogs, dumped on isolated islands
in Malaysia’s Selangor state, turned to cannibalism after weeks of
2009 May 7, In Mexico high
schools and universities closed by the swine flu epidemic reopened
as teachers and parents carefully checked returning students for flu
symptoms. The death toll due to the HINI flu was raised to 44.
Mexico City says all businesses can reopen including sports arenas,
2009 May 7, Mexican police said
3 women who disappeared in the border city of Tijuana were killed by
drug traffickers who dissolved their bodies in a caustic substance.
2 drug traffickers were arrested this week and confessed to the
killings. A 3rd suspect was being sought.
2009 May 7, In Nepal riot
police beat back hundreds of women from the Maoist party who
protested in front of the president's house to demand that he fire
the country's army chief.
2009 May 7, In New Zealand
former army reservist Jan Molenaar (51) fired a fusillade of shots
from an automatic rifle at police who arrived with a warrant to
search the house for cannabis. One officer was shot dead and two
others seriously wounded, along with a bystander. Molenaar was found
dead on May 9 in his house in the North Island city of Napier.
(AP, 5/8/09)(AP, 5/9/09)
2009 May 7, In Pakistan attack
helicopters and war planes pounded suspected Taliban hideouts as the
government vowed a decisive victory in the northwest. Thousands of
terrified Pakistanis dodged Taliban roadblocks to flee the Swat
valley being shelled by the government, streaming into makeshift
camps and crowding hospitals as the army bombarded the extremists
who have taken over much of the area.
(AP, 5/7/09)(AFP, 5/7/09)
2009 May 7, In the Philippines
fighting in the southern island of Jolo broke out after Muslim
extremist Abu Sayyaf members ambushed Chief Superintendent Julasirim
Kasim, killing him and four of his men. Five rebels were also killed
in the attack. In retaliatory attacks that followed more than 20
Muslim extremists were killed.
2009 May 7, Russian Mission
Control said the unmanned Progress M-02M lifted off from Kazakhstan
on schedule and should dock with the int’l. space station on May 12.
2009 May 7, Somali pirates
captured the Netherlands Antilles-flagged MV Marathon in the Gulf of
Aden. The ship listed 19 Ukrainian crew members. One of the crew
members died from a gun shot wound. On June 23 the Dutch Defense
Ministry reported that the ship was released.
(AP, 5/7/09)(AP, 6/23/09)
2009 May 7, Sudanese President
Omar al-Beshir named Ahmed Harun, who is wanted for war crimes in
Darfur, as governor of disputed south Kordofan province,
transferring him from his post as a state minister. In 2007 the ICC
issued a warrant for Harun on 51 charges of war crimes and crimes
against humanity allegedly committed in Sudan's western Darfur
region in 2003 and 2004.
2009 May 7, A UN peacekeeper
was shot dead and his car stolen by unknown gunmen in the South
Darfur state capital Nyala.
2009 May 7, In eastern Ukraine
9 people were killed in an explosion at a gambling hall in
2009 May 7, Zimbabwe’s finance
minister, Tendai Biti, said African financial institutions have
extended $428 million in credit lines in a bid to rescue the
country's ailing economy.
2010 May 7, In California
former Burbank middle school teacher Amy Victoria Beck (33) was
sentenced to 2 years in prison for unlawful sexual intercourse and
committing a lewd act on a child. Back had pleaded no contest to
having sex with a former student (14).
(SFC, 5/8/10, p.A5)
2010 May 7, In southern
California CHP officer Danny Benavides (39) was killed when his
patrol plane went down near Highway 78 in Imperial County.
(SSFC, 5/9/10, p.A8)
2010 May 7, It was reported
that JetBlue has formed a partnership with South African Airways
that will allow travelers to fly on both airlines with a single
ticket. Starting May 12 JetBlue customers will be able to travel to
40 international cities served by South African Airways.
2010 May 7, It was reported
that bisphenol-A (BPA), contained in the lining of most US canned
foods, has been found in the urine of 93% of tested adults and
children. The hormone mimicker leaches from cans into foods,
especially acidic content like tomatoes.
(SFC, 5/7/10, p.A14)
2010 May 7, Int’l. scientists
reported that Eurasians today carry 1-4% of Neanderthal DNA.
Analysis of the Neanderthal genome indicated that it was 99.5%
identical to modern humans.
(SFC, 5/7/10, p.A1)(Econ, 5/8/10, p.79)
2010 May 7, Dave Fisher
(b.1940), lead singer for the Highwaymen folk group, died at his
home in Rye, NY. In 1958 Fisher connected with Bob Burnett, Steve
Butts, Chan Daniels and Steve Trott, at Wesleyan Univ. in
Connecticut to form the Clansmen, a name they picked for the Irish
and Scottish folk music influences they drew upon. As soon as their
music started to build a following in the Northeast, their manager
came up with the name the Highwaymen, a nod to the early 20th
century poem by Alfred Noyes. Their hit songs included “Michael"
(1961), “Cotton Fields" (1962), written by blues musician Huddie
Ledbetter, and its reverse side “The Gypsy Rover." The group
disbanded in 1964.
2010 May 7, Walter Hickel
(b.1919), former governor of Alaska and US Interior chief
(1969-1970) under Pres. Nixon, died in Anchorage.
(SSFC, 5/9/10, p.C8)
2010 May 7, Bernard Schoenbaum
(89), cartoonist, died at his home in Queens, NY. His work included
over 300 cartoons for the New Yorker magazine.
(SFC, 5/18/10, p.C5)
2010 May 7, Afghan civilians
traveling south of the capital of Kabul died when their vehicle hit
a large roadside bomb. A NATO service member died following an
insurgent attack in southern Afghanistan.
(AP, 5/7/10)(AP, 5/8/10)
2010 May 7, In China lawyers
Tang Jitian and Liu Wei were informed by Beijing judicial
authorities that they had lost their credentials. They had
represented a member of an outlawed spiritual movement. The next day
Jitian and Wei said the penalty was designed to scare other lawyers
away from taking on sensitive human rights cases.
2010 May 7, A Dubai newspaper
reported that local police have identified five new suspects in the
January slaying of Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, a Hamas operative in the Gulf
2010 May 7, India's Supreme
Court ruled in favor of the country's richest man Mukesh Ambani in
his long-running feud with his brother Anil over a family deal to
share the nation's largest gas find.
2010 May 7, In Iraq gunmen late
at night attacked a car in downtown Kirkuk carrying two members of
the Peshmerga, the military force of the nearby Kurdish autonomous
region, killing one and injuring the other.
2010 May 7, Japanese
researchers said they had found high mercury levels in residents of
the dolphin-hunting town of Taiji, but no cases of related illness.
2010 May 7, A Lithuanian
appeals court said a gay pride parade in Vilnius can go ahead as
planned this weekend, overturning a ban imposed by a lower court
that cited security concerns.
2010 May 7, In Mexico a groom
and two members of his wedding party snatched at gunpoint as they
left the church in Ciudad Juarez. Their bodies, along with a fourth
body of someone who had not been identified and might not have been
at the wedding, were found May 10.
2010 May 7, In Myanmar a
faction of Aung San Suu Kyi's opposition declared it will form its
own political party to contest Myanmar's first elections in two
decades, a day after the democracy icon's party disbanded to boycott
the vote it says will be flawed.
2010 May 7, In Nepal protesters
pleading for the end of a crippling strike called by former Maoist
rebels clashed with the communists across Nepal. Shots were fired
amid the chaos in one western town, wounding five people.
2010 May 7, Anglo-Dutch oil
giant Shell said it had deferred crude shipments from its Bonny
Light terminal in the Niger Delta for two months due to a fire that
has hampered production.
2010 May 7, In Pakistan gunmen
attacked a police checkpoint in the northwest Mansehra district
killing four officers.
2010 May 7, Russia’s Defense
Ministry said the pirates seized by a Russian warship off the coast
of Somalia have been released because of "imperfections" in
international law, a claim that sparked skepticism, and even
suspicion the pirates might have been killed.
2010 May 7, Russia's parliament
defeated a motion that would have prevented Americans from adopting
2010 May 7, Spain’s central
bank said the country has scraped out of recession after six
quarters of economic shrinkage, becoming the last major world
economy to return to growth after the global financial crisis.
2010 May 7, In Sudan gunmen
killed two Egyptian peacekeepers and wounded three more in an ambush
on their convoy in south Darfur. Police soon arrested two men in the
South Darfur area of Edd al Fursan and were hunting down the rest of
a seven-man bandit gang blamed for the attack.
(AP, 5/7/10)(Reuters, 5/10/10)
2010 May 7, In Tajikistan a
mudslide in a remote southern region killed seven people, including
four children after the banks of the Tebalai river ruptured. The
death toll from the mudslides and floods soon rose to 24 and
increases were considered possible.
(AP, 5/7/10)(AP, 5/10/10)
2010 May 7, The Turkish
parliament narrowly approved a series of constitutional amendments
that opposition parties say are designed to give the Islamic-rooted
government leverage over the largely secular judiciary.
2010 May 7, The Turkish air
force struck Kurdish rebel hideouts in neighboring northern Iraq
after an attack inside Turkey left two soldiers dead.
2010 May 7, In Venezuela
Retired Gen. Raul Baduel, former defense minister and critic of
President Hugo Chavez, was sentenced to more than seven years in
prison after being convicted of embezzlement and abuse of power. In
the same case, Col. Hernan Medina Marval was sentenced to 8 years,
11 months in prison.
2011 May 7, In Afghanistan the
Taliban unleashed a wave of attacks on government targets in
Kandahar city. At least 10 blasts, including seven suicide attacks,
rocked the city as assaults spread to other sites including police
stations and the office of the National Directorate of Security
(NDS). Afghan intelligence service paraded five alleged suicide
bombers from Pakistan, all boys in adolescence or even younger,
before reporters, photographers and cameramen at a news conference
in an effort to turn public opinion against the Taliban.
(AFP, 5/7/11)(AFP, 5/8/11)(AP, 5/15/11)
2011 May 7, Australia’s PM
Julia Gillard said Malaysia has agreed to take hundreds of asylum
seekers who land in Australia illegally and called this "big blow"
to people smugglers.
2011 May 7, Pirates robbed the
chemical tanker MT Sea King and its 17 Filipino crewmen in the port
of Benin's main city, Cotonou. Four days later Christopher Cortez
Ceprado, a Filipino seafarer, was found dead on the ship.
2011 May 7, Cambodia accused
Thailand of invading its territory on the opening day of a summit of
Southeast Asian leaders that was supposed to focus on plans to
create a regional economic zone.
2011 May 7, Chinese farmer Liu
Mingsuo came out and counted 80 burst watermelons. By the afternoon
it was 100. Two days later he didn't bother to count anymore.
Watermelons began bursting by the score in Jiangsu province, after
farmers gave them overdoses of growth chemicals during wet weather.
About 20 farmers were affected, losing up to 115 acres (45 hectares)
2011 May 7, Ecuadoreans voted
on 10 ballot questions proposed by leftist President Rafael Correa
that could affect press freedom and the judiciary's independence.
Five of the questions mandated constitutional change. The other five
required congressional action. Two controversial questions from the
referendum appeared to be headed for defeat.
(AP, 5/7/11)(AP, 5/8/11)(Econ, 5/14/11, p.46)
2011 May 7, In Egypt 13 people
died in clashes in a Cairo suburb sparked by unconfirmed suspicions
that Christians had abducted a woman who converted to Islam. On May
9 authorities said they have arrested the "mastermind" behind the
(Reuters, 5/8/11)(AFP, 5/10/11)(SFC, 5/10/11,
2011 May 7, Europe faced the
specter of Greek calls for new financial aid as Athens'
"catastrophic" finances returned to haunt stressed eurozone states,
despite efforts to prevent panic. The Greek public deficit for 2010
was recently revised upwards, from 9.4 percent of gross domestic
product to 10.5 percent.
2011 May 7, In Indonesia a
passenger plane carrying 25 people plunged into the ocean as it
approached an airport in bad weather in the eastern province of West
Papua. There were no survivors.
(AP, 5/7/11)(AP, 5/8/11)
2011 May 7, In Iraq thieves
armed with guns fixed with silencers stormed a currency exchange
company in Baqouba, killing five people, and detonated a bomb to
fend off pursuing police. The assailants managed to make off with
four billion Iraqi dinars, about $3.4 million. Nine people were
wounded including four policemen when a sticky bomb attached to a
civilian car exploded near a checkpoint in Baghdad's southern Dora
2011 May 7, In Japan thousands
of people rallied to demand a shift away from nuclear power after an
earthquake and tsunami sparked the world's worst atomic crisis since
Chernobyl a quarter-century ago.
2011 May 7, In Libya forces
loyal to Moamer Kadhafi fired on the lifeline port in the besieged
city of Misrata and hit several fuel depots.
2011 May 7, Prominent Pakistani
lawmakers called for President Asif Ali Zardari and other senior
government officials to resign after the American raid that killed
Osama bin Laden and embarrassed the nation.
2011 May 7, In Rwanda a bus
crash outside the capital of Kigali left 16 passengers dead.
2011 May 7, Singapore held
parliamentary elections. The long-time ruling party won an
overwhelming parliamentary majority in the elections, but the
opposition made historic gains after mounting its biggest challenge
since independence in 1965.
2011 May 7, In South Sudan
militiamen, under the leadership of Philip Bepan, attacked the
southern Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA) in Unity state. They
were chased away and went to Warrap state, where they attacked
cattle camps the next day.
2011 May 7, Spanish-born Seve
Ballesteros (b.1957), Europe’s greatest golfer, died of brain
2011 May 7, Syrian tanks rolled
into the Mediterranean coastal town of Banias in an escalating
crackdown by President Bashar Assad. Rights groups said more than
580 civilians and 100 soldiers have been killed since the revolt
2011 May 7, In Thailand
militants detonated a homemade bomb near a football field in Pattani
province, killing four policemen and wounding a dozen others who had
come to play a friendly match with villagers. In Yala province
insurgents set off a roadside bomb and shot at an army patrol,
killing three soldiers and wounding two. In Narathiwat province two
men on a motorcycle fatally shot a former local official in his
2011 May 7, Tunisia's caretaker
government has ordered an overnight curfew for the capital and
nearby areas, following three days of renewed protests over fears
that the country's efforts at democracy are in jeopardy.
2011 May 7, In Yemen residents
in several cities, including Aden, Saada and Hodeida, observed a
one-day shutdown of offices and businesses as part of a civil
disobedience campaign called by the opposition to pressure President
Ali Abdullah Saleh to step down. One protester was killed in the
town of al-Maafir, Taiz province.
(AP, 5/7/11)(SSFC, 5/8/11, p.A5)
2012 May 7, US officials said
that Al-Qaeda's branch in Yemen had planned to blow up a passenger
plane near the first anniversary of Osama bin Laden's death on May
2012 May 7, In Illinois the
former comptroller of Dixon, Rita Crundwell (58), pleaded not guilty
to charges that she stole over $53 million in public money to fund a
lavish lifestyle and create one of the nation’s foremost
(SFC, 5/8/12, p.A6)
2012 May 7, In Guntown,
Mississippi, the FBI identified two bodies found in a home
associated with Adam Mayes (35), as Jo Ann Bain and her 14-year-old
daughter, Adrienne Bain. Mayes has been charged in Tennessee with
abducting Bain and her 3 daughters (8,12,14), last seen on Aril 27.
Mayes shot himself in the head on May 10 as authorities found him in
New Albany, Miss. The two Bain younger girls were safely recovered.
(AFP, 5/7/12)(AP, 5/10/12)
2012 May 7, In eastern
Afghanistan 3 soldiers serving with international coalition forces
were killed in a bomb attack.
2012 May 7, Former Bahamian PM
Perry Christie led the main opposition party to victory, ousting the
ruling party in elections dominated by unhappiness over rising crime
and joblessness. PM Hubert Ingraham, who was seeking a 2nd
consecutive term, conceded defeat.
2012 May 7, In Chile Koh-Ichiro
Morita (57), a Japanese astronomer who helped develop the
international ALMA observatory, died from injuries of a robbery in
Santiago. In 2014 Cristopher Quijada Villalobos was sentenced to 10
years in prison for the robbery and manslaughter of Koichiro Morita.
2012 May 7, In Egypt
investigating judges sent 293 people to trial on charges related to
protests last December that left 14 people dead in 4 days of
(SFC, 5/8/12, p.A2)
2012 May 7, An Iraqi court
declared Hezbollah commander Ali Mussa Daqduq, accused of killing US
solders in 2007, not guilty for lack of evidence and ruled that he
be set free. Under Iraqi law the verdict will be appealed
automatically so Daqduq has still not been released.
2012 May 7, Malawi floated its
currency, with the kwacha plunging a third against the US dollar, as
the impoverished nation bowed to a key demand of the International
Monetary Fund to fix its troubled economy. Official exchange rates
put one dollar at 250 kwacha, compared to 166 kwacha on May 4, a
33.598 percent value drop.
2012 May 7, In northern Nigeria
gunmen in Kaduna state shot dead a Lebanese man and his Nigerian
driver and abducted another Lebanese national. Crowds of protesters
took to the streets of Potiskum over a deadly market attack last
week that left 34 dead.
2012 May 7, Nigeria's military
arrested 21 Ghanaians and five Nigerians for alleged oil theft as
they operated two vessels in the country's main crude-producing
region. Oil giant Shell said two new leaks had occurred on one of
its pipelines in southern Nigeria after similar incidents in recent
days blamed on crude theft.
(AFP, 5/8/12)(AFP, 5/7/12)
2012 May 7, In Pakistan Taliban
militants beheaded two Pakistani soldiers and hung their heads from
wooden poles in Miran Shah, North Waziristan.
2012 May 7, In Romania Victor
Ponta (b.1972), head of the Social Democratic party, took office as
prime minister. Ponta's government quickly moved to remove both
speakers of Parliament and replace them with figures from the
2012 May 7, In Russia Vladimir
Putin was inaugurated as president. Putin signed a decree calling
for the sale of all state holdings in firms outside the defense and
energy industries by 2016.
(AP, 5/8/12)(Econ, 1/19/12, p.56)
2012 May 7, In Somalia a mortar
shell fired into a crowded Mogadishu neighborhood and killed seven
civilians, including two children.
2012 May 7, A South African man
suspected of stealing a mobile phone from a woman was stoned to
death by a mob in the northern town of Polokwane.
2012 May 7, South Korean
officials said they have seized thousands of smuggled drug capsules
filled with powdered flesh from dead babies. The capsules were made
in northeastern China from babies whose bodies were chopped into
small pieces and dried on stoves before being turned into powder.
2012 May 7, Sudan resumed its
aerial bombardment of South Sudan, violating international calls for
a cessation of hostilities between the two countries. Attacks over
the next 24 hours took place in the states of Upper Nile, Unity and
Northern Bahr el Ghazal.
2012 May 7, Syria's main
opposition group slammed the regime for holding parliamentary polls
"under gunfire," saying it did not have the legitimacy to run
elections. Polling stations opened for Syria's first "multiparty"
election in five decades. Turnout, boycotted by the opposition, was
later reported at 51.26%.
(AFP, 5/7/12)(AP, 5/15/12)
2012 May 7, Sudan's finance
minister told parliament that failure to agree with South Sudan on
oil fees has cost the Sudanese economy $2.4 billion dollars. Sudan
resumed its aerial bombardment of South Sudan, violating
international calls for a cessation of hostilities between the two
countries. Attacks over the next 24 hours took place in the states
of Upper Nile, Unity and Northern Bahr el Ghazal.
(AFP, 5/7/12)(AFP, 5/9/12)
2012 May 7, In Yemen al-Qaeda
gunmen launched spectacular attacks on two army posts outside
Zinjibar killing at least 22 soldiers, apparently to avenge the
death of a top militant in an air raid. 25 soldiers were taken
(AFP, 5/7/12)(SFC, 5/8/12, p.A2)
2013 May 7, Pres. Obama met
with South Korea’s new Pres. Park Geun-hye. Her visit marked the
60th anniversary of South Korea’s alliance with the US. She
addressed both houses of Congress the next day.
(Econ, 5/11/13, p.58)
2013 May 7, The US and Russia
agreed to try to convene an int’l. conference this month to come to
a political solution in end the 2-year civil war in Syria.
(SFC, 5/8/13, p.A2)
2013 May 7, Delaware’s state
senate voted 12-9 to allow same-sex marriage. Within an hour Gov.
Jack Markell signed it into law making Delaware the 11th US state to
support same-sex marriage.
2013 May 7, In South Carolina
former Gov. Mark Sanford defeated Democratic businesswoman Elizabeth
Colbert Busch in a special House election for the state’s first
congressional district, despite an expansive effort among Democrats
to turn the district blue for the first time in more than 30 years.
(SFC, 5/8/13, p.A11)
2013 May 7, Scientists said
Cassava Brown Streak Disease (CBSD) is destroying entire crops of
cassava and has spread out of East Africa into the heart of the
continent. It is attacking plants as far south as Angola and now
threatens to move west into Nigeria, the world's biggest producer of
the potato-like root that helps feed 500 million Africans.
2013 May 7, Argentina's
government announced new measures intended to suck up undeclared
dollars in response to growing pressure to abruptly devalue the
2013 May 7, In Rio de Janeiro,
Brazil, Marcos Pereira da Silva, a pastor of the Assembly of God of
the Last Days, was arrested for raping 6 women. He also faced drug
trafficking and money laundering charges.
(SSFC, 5/12/13, p.A4)(http://tinyurl.com/d65sryf)
2013 May 7, Ray Harryhausen
(b.1920), Hollywood special effects master, died in London. His work
in 17 movies included “The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms" (1953), “It
Came From Beneath the Sea" (1955), Jason and the Argonauts" (1963)
and “Clash of the Titans" (1981).
(SFC, 5/8/13, p.E6)
2013 May 7, In China Premier Li
Keqiang and Pres. Xi Jinping met for talks in Beijing with Israel’s
(SFC, 5/8/13, p.A6)
2013 May 7, In eastern CongoDRC
a UN peacekeeper from Pakistan was killed in South Kivu province.
2013 May 7, French authorities
detained six suspected members of Basque separatist group ETA in
simultaneous police operations at three sites: Blois, Montpellier
2013 May 7, Two prominent
Israeli activist groups said PM Netanyahu has stopped approving new
construction in West Bank settlements.
2013 May 7, In Italy a cargo
ship slammed into a control tower late at night in the port of
Genoa, toppling it into the harbor and leaving at least 7people
dead. 2 people remained unaccounted for.
(AP, 5/8/13)(AP, 5/8/13)
2013 May 7, Libya's defense
minister said he has resigned to protest to a show of force by
militias who have been besieging government buildings to push their
political demands. Al-Barghathi then withdrew his resignation based
on a request from PM Ali Zidan.
2013 May 7, In Mexico a natural
gas tanker truck lost control, hit a center divider and exploded on
a highway in the Mexico City suburb of Ecatepec. At least 22 people
were killed and nearly 3 dozen injured.
2013 May 7, Soldiers from Mali
and Burkina Faso pushed into the village of Ber, 50 km (30 miles)
northeast of Timbuktu. It had previously been occupied by fighters
from a Tuareg rebel group, the National Movement for the Liberation
of the Azawad (NMLA).
2013 May 7, Mexico’s Pres.
Enrique Pena Nieto resurrected an ambitious reform program and
restarted a tri-party political pact.
(Econ, 5/11/13, p.39)
2013 May 7, In Nigeria’s
northeast coordinated attacks by Islamic extremists armed with heavy
machine guns killed at least 42 people in Bama, Borno state. The
military said two soldiers died in an attack on army barracks in
Bama along with some 10 insurgents. Extremists took some women and
children hostage in Bama. Fighters also raided a federal prison
during their assault killing 14 guards and freeing 105 inmates. In
central Nigeria an ethnic militia killed at least 30 police officers
who launched a raid to try and arrest them in Alakio, Nasarawa
(AP, 5/7/13)(AP, 5/8/13)(AP, 5/9/13)(AP, 5/24/13)
2013 May 7, In northwest
Pakistan a pair of bombings targeting individuals involved in this
week's national elections killed 18 people.
2013 May 7, Pakistani
politician Imran Khan fell off a forklift as he was being raised to
a stage and fractured 3 vertebrae and a rib.
(SFC, 5/9/13, p.A2)
2013 May 7, A spokesman for the
Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command
(PFLP-GC) said President Assad's regime has given the militant group
the go-ahead to set up missiles to attack Israel in the wake of
recent Israeli airstrikes on the Syrian capital.
2013 May 7, In the Philippines
the active Mayon volcano spewed room-sized rocks toward nearly 30
surprised climbers, killing 5 and injuring others who were fetched
with rescue helicopters and rope. The 2,460-meter (8,070-foot)
mountain, about 340 km (212 miles) southeast of Manila, has erupted
about 40 times during the last 400 years.
2013 May 7, Somali President
Hassan Sheikh Mohamud urged donors at an international conference in
London to provide "considerable investment and support" for his
beleaguered government, arguing that the fate of his country and the
region hangs in the balance.
2013 May 7, A Spanish court
withdrew a subpoena for King Juan Carlos' daughter, Princess
Cristina (47), as a suspect in a corruption case, following an
appeal by prosecutors.
2013 May 7, In Sweden a new
museum opened in Stockholm dedicated to ABBA, the 1970s superstar
pop group that sold over 400 million records.
(SFC, 5/7/13, p.A2)
2013 May 7, In Syria opposition
fighters shot down a fighter jet that was bombing rebel positions in
the battle for the Mannagh airbase near the border with Turkey.
Rebels detained four UN peacekeepers from the Philippines in an area
that separates Syria and Israel. Rebels released the Filipinos on
(AP, 5/7/13)(AP, 5/8/13)(AP, 5/12/13)