Today in History - May 7

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399BC    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."
    (, 11/24/07, p.W8)

558        May 7, The dome of the church of St. Sophia in Constantinople collapsed. Its immediate rebuilding was ordered by Justinian.
    (HN, 5/7/99)

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.
    (HN, 5/7/99)

1355        May 7, 1,200 Jews of Toledo, Spain, were killed by Count Henry of Trastamara.
    (MC, 5/7/02)

1416        May 7, Monk Nicolaas Serrurier was arrested for heresy at Tournay.
    (MC, 5/7/02)

1429        May 7, English siege of Orleans was broken by Joan of Arc.
    (HN, 5/7/98)

1525        May 7, The German peasants' revolt was crushed by the ruling class and church.
    (HN, 5/7/99)

1530        May 7, Louis I Conde, French prince, leader of Huguenots, was born.
    (MC, 5/7/02)

1617        May 7, David Fabricius (53), German astronomer, died.
    (MC, 5/7/02)

1660        May 7, Isaack B. Fubine of Savoy, in The Hague, patented macaroni.
    (MC, 5/7/02)

1663        May 7, Theatre Royal in Drury Lane, London, opened.
    (MC, 5/7/02)

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.
    (MC, 5/7/02)
1700        May 7, William Penn began monthly meetings for Blacks advocating emancipation.
    (MC, 5/7/02)

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 26.

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.
    (MC, 5/7/02)

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 saint.
    (SFC, 10/16/06, p.A2)(

1763        May 7, Indian chief Pontiac began his attack on a British fort in present-day Detroit, Michigan.
    (HN, 5/7/99)

1765        May 7, Adm. Nelson's flagship HMS Victory ran aground.
    (MC, 5/7/02)

1769        May 7, Giuseppe Farinelli, composer, singer, was born.
    (MC, 5/7/02)

1789        May 7, The first inaugural ball was held in New York in honor of President and Mrs. George Washington.
    (AP, 5/7/97)

1792        May 7, Capt. Robert Gray discovered Gray's  Harbor in Washington state.
    (MC, 5/7/02)

1793        May 7, Pietro Nardini (71), composer, died.
    (MC, 5/7/02)

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 Territory.
    (HN, 5/7/99)
1800        May 7, Niccolo  Piccinni (72), Italian composer (Roland), died.
    (MC, 5/7/02)

1803        May 7, Johan Peter Cronhamm, composer, was born.
    (MC, 5/7/02)

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.
    (MC, 5/7/02)

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, p.A20)(HN, 5/7/99)
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.
    (HN, 5/7/99)

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.
    (MC, 5/7/02)

1870        May 7, Marcus Loew, film executive, was born. He consolidated studios to create MGM.
    (HN, 5/7/02)

1873        May 7, US marines attacked Panama.
    (MC, 5/7/02)

1875        May 7, German SS Schiller sank near Scilly Islands and 312 were killed.
    (MC, 5/7/02)

1877        May 7, Indian chief Sitting Bull entered Canada with a trail of Indians after the Battle of Little Big Horn.
    (HN, 5/7/99)

1884        May 7, Judah P. Benjamin (72), confederate minister of War, died.
    (MC, 5/7/02)

1888        May 7, Edouard Lalo's opera "Le roi d'Ys," premiered in Paris.
    (MC, 5/7/02)
1888        May 7, George Eastman patented his Kodak box camera.
    (MC, 5/7/02)

1892        May 7, Archibald MacLeish, American poet and statesman, was born.
    (HN, 5/7/02)
1892        May 7, Josip Broz [Tito], leader of Yugoslavia (1943-80), was born.
    (HN, 5/7/98)

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.
    (HN, 5/7/02)

1909        May 7, Edwin Herbert Land, inventor of the Polaroid Land Camera, was born.
    (HN, 5/7/02)

1912        May 7, Columbia University approved plans for awarding the Pulitzer Prize in several categories. The award was established by Joseph Pulitzer.
    (MC, 5/7/02)

1913        May 7, British House of Commons rejected women's right to vote.
    (MC, 5/7/02)

1914        May 7, Woodrow Wilson's daughter Eleanor married in the White House.
    (MC, 5/7/02)

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.
    (MC, 5/7/02)
1915        May 7, Elbert Hubbard, American platitudinist, author, educator, died.
    (MC, 5/7/02)

1919        May 7, Eva (Evita) Peron, first lady of Argentina, was born. She helped her husband, Juan, achieve office.
    (HN, 5/7/99)

1928        May 7, A Pulitzer prize was awarded to Thornton Wilder for Bridge of San Luis Rey.
    (MC, 5/7/02)

1929        May 7, Albert Anselmi, John Scalise and Joseph "Top Toad" Giunta, US gangsters, were murdered by Al Capone.
    (MC, 5/7/02)

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.
    (MC, 5/7/02)

1932        May 7, Jenny Joseph, English poet and novelist (The Thinking Heart, The Inland Sea), was born.
    (HN, 5/7/02)

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 1979.

1934        May 7, A Pulitzer prize was awarded to Sidney Kingsley (Men in White).
    (MC, 5/7/02)
1934        May 7, World's largest pearl (6.4 kg) was found at Palawan, Philippines.
    (MC, 5/7/02)

1939        May 7, Germany and Italy announced a military and political alliance known as the Rome-Berlin Axis.
    (AP, 5/7/97)

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).
    (MC, 5/7/02)

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.
    (MC, 5/7/02)
1942        May 7, Felix Paul von Weingartner, Austria conductor, composer, died.
    (MC, 5/7/02)

1943        May 7, Peter Carey, Australian writer (Illywhacker, Oscar and Lucinda), was born.
    (HN, 5/7/02)
1943        May 7, The last major German strongholds in North Africa, Tunis and Bizerte, fell to Allied forces.
    (HN, 5/7/99)

1944        May 7, There was a German assault on Tito's hideout in Drvar, Bosnia.
    (MC, 5/7/02)

1945        May 7, A Pulitzer prize was awarded to John Hersey (Bell for Adano).
    (MC, 5/7/02)
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.
    (MC, 5/7/02)

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.
    (MC, 5/7/02)
1947        May 7, General MacArthur approved the Japanese constitution.
    (MC, 5/7/02)
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)(

1951        May 7, A Pulitzer prize was awarded to Conrad Richter (The Town).
    (MC, 5/7/02)

1952        May 7, In Korea Communist POW's at Koje-do rioted against their American captors.
    (HN, 5/7/98)

1953        May 7, "Can Can" opened at Shubert Theater in NYC for 892 performances.
    (MC, 5/7/02)

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 Quentin.
    (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.
    (MC, 5/7/02)
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, p.86)(AP, 6/18/10)

1958        May 7, Howard Johnson set an aircraft altitude record in F-104.
    (HN, 5/7/98)

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 Union.
    (AH, 4/07, p.18)
1960        May 7, Leonid Brezhnev replaced Marshal Kliment Voroshilov as president of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet.
    (AP, 5/7/08)

1962        May 7, A Pulitzer prize was awarded to Theodore H. White (Making of President).
    (MC, 5/7/02)

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.
    (, 10/9/09, p.D12)

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 there.

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 O’Connor.
    (SFC, 10/5/02, p.D10)(
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.
    (, 9/11/03, p.D10)

1975        May 7, The "Matt Helm" TV series, featured Gene Evans (d.1998 at 75), premiered.
    (SFC, 4/2/98, p.A23)(
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 victories.
    (AP, 5/7/04)

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.
    (AP, 5/7/97)

1988        May 7, Winning Colors won the 114th running of the Kentucky Derby, becoming the third filly to win the event.
    (AP, 5/7/98)

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 opponents. 
    (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."
    (AP, 5/7/00)

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 easily treatable.
    (AP, 5/7/01)

1992        May 7, President Bush visited riot-scarred Los Angeles.
    (AP, 5/7/97)
1992        May 7, The space shuttle Endeavour blasted off on its maiden voyage.
    (AP, 5/7/97)
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.
    (AP, 5/7/97)
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.
    (AP, 5/7/98)
1993        May 7, In South Africa, representatives of 23 political parties signed a declaration of intent to hold multiracial elections within a year.
    (AP, 5/7/98)

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.
    (AP, 5/7/99)

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 Socialist rule.
    (AP, 5/7/00)
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.
    (AP, 5/7/00)

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, p.A12)
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 killed.
    (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.
    (AP, 5/7/98)
1997        May 7, Chrysler Corp. and United Auto Workers agreed to a new contract, ending a damaging 28-day engine-plant strike.
    (AP, 5/7/98)
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 p.9)(
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 to 116.
    (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 an appeal.
    (SFC, 5/8/99, p.A1)(WSJ, 5/10/99, p.B8)(AP, 5/7/04)
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 [20] 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 mistake."
    (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 Fars province.
    (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.
    (AP, 5/7/01)
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 by squatters.
    (SFC, 5/8/00, p.A13)(WSJ, 6/8/00, p.a24)

2001        May 7, California electricity grid operators ordered statewide rolling power blackouts.
    (AP, 5/7/02)
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 sentence.
    (AP, 5/7/02)
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, 5/7/07)
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.
    (AP, 5/7/03)
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 killed.
    (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, 5/7/03)

2003        May 7, President Bush ordered U.S. sanctions against Iraq lifted, allowing U.S. humanitarian aid and remittances to flow into Iraq.
    (AP, 5/7/04)
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.
    (AP, 5/7/04)
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.
    (AP, 5/11/03)
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 Israeli gunfire.
    (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.
    (AP, 5/8/03)

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.
    (AP, 5/7/05)
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.
    (AP, 5/8/04)
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, p.C3)(AP, 7/8/05)
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.
    (AP, 5/7/04)
2004        May 7, Israeli troops raided a West Bank village near the town of Tulkarem, surrounding a house and killing two Palestinian militants.
    (AP, 5/7/04)
2004        May 7, Israeli warplanes struck suspected guerrilla positions in southern Lebanon after artillery fire killed one Israeli soldier on the border.
    (AP, 5/7/04)
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.
    (AP, 5/7/04)
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.
    (AP, 5/8/04)

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.
    (AP, 5/8/05)
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 1949-1989.
    (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.
    (AP, 5/8/05)
2005        May 7, In northeastern Australia a commuter airplane carrying 15 people slammed into a hillside and everyone on board was feared killed.
    (AP, 5/7/05)
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.
    (CP, 5/7/05)
2005        May 7, China and Japan agreed to try to improve strained ties and meet soon to discuss a disputed gas field.
    (Reuters, 5/7/05)
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 completely.
    (, 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.
    (AP, 5/9/05)
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.
    (AP, 5/13/05)
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.
    (AP, 5/10/05)
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.
    (AP, 5/7/05)
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.
    (AP, 5/7/05)
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.
    (AP, 5/7/05)

2006        May 7, Vice President Dick Cheney endorsed the NATO membership aspirations of Croatia, Albania and Macedonia.
    (AP, 5/7/06)
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.
    (AP, 5/8/06)
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.
    (AP, 5/7/06)
2006        May 7, Iran's hard-line parliament threatened to pass legislation that would force the Tehran government to withdraw from the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty.
    (AP, 5/7/07)
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.
    (AP, 5/7/06)
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 attack.
    (AP, 5/8/06)
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.
    (Reuters, 5/8/06)
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.
    (AP, 5/7/06)
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.
    (AP, 5/7/06)
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.
    (AP, 5/7/06)

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."
    (AP, 5/7/08)
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.
    (AP, 5/8/07)
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.
    (AP, 5/7/07)
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 boy.
    (AP, 5/7/07)
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 that country.
    (AP, 5/7/07)
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.
    (AP, 5/7/07)
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 gathering's agenda.
    (AP, 5/7/07)
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.
    (AP, 5/7/07)
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.
    (AP, 5/8/07)
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.
    (AP, 5/7/07)
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 China.
    (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.
    (AP, 5/7/07)
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.
    (Reuters, 5/7/07)
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.
    (AP, 5/7/07)
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.
    (AP, 5/7/07)
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 region.
    (AP, 5/7/07)
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.
    (AFP, 5/7/07)
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.
    (AFP, 5/7/07)
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.
    (AP, 5/7/07)
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.
    (AP, 5/7/07)
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.
    (AP, 5/7/07)
 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.
    (AP, 5/7/07)
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.
    (AP, 5/7/07)

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 Clearwire.
    (SFC, 5/8/08, p.C1)
2008        May 7, In eastern Afghanistan 3 people including a child were killed in blasts.
    (AFP, 5/7/08)
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 behavior.
    (AP, 5/7/08)
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.
    (AP, 5/5/08)
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.
    (AP, 5/7/08)
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.
    (AP, 5/7/08)
2008        May 7, India successfully test-fired a nuclear-capable missile that can hit targets from Beijing to Baghdad.
    (AP, 5/7/08)
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 Council fighters.
    (AP, 5/8/08)
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 economic waters.
    (AP, 5/8/08)
2008        May 7, Conservative leader Silvio Berlusconi formed Italy's 62nd postwar government for his third stint as premier.
    (AP, 5/7/08)
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.
    (AP, 5/7/08)
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 government.
    (AP, 5/7/08)
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. 
    (AP, 5/7/08)
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.
    (AP, 5/7/08)
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.
    (AP, 5/7/08)
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.
    (AP, 5/7/08)
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.
    (AFP, 5/7/08)

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 capital.
    (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.
    (AP, 5/7/09)
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.
    (AP, 5/7/09)
2009        May 7, Univ. of California regents voted 17-4 to raise tuition by 9.3%, the 6th increase in 7 years.
    (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.
    (AP, 5/8/09)
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.
    (AFP, 5/8/09)
2009        May 7, Argentina and Brazil confirmed five swine flu cases within their borders as the virus affects more nations in South America.
    (AP, 5/8/09)
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.
    (AP, 5/7/09)
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.
    (AP, 5/7/09)
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.
    (AP, 5/7/09)
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.
    (AP, 5/8/09)
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.
    (AP, 5/7/09)
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).
    (AP, 5/8/09)
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.
    (AP, 5/7/09)
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 starvation.
    (AP, 5/7/09)
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, museums, bars.
    (AP, 5/7/09)
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.
    (AP, 5/7/09)
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.
    (AP, 5/7/09)
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.
    (AP, 5/11/09)
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.
    (AP, 5/7/09)
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.
    (AFP, 5/8/09)
2009        May 7, A UN peacekeeper was shot dead and his car stolen by unknown gunmen in the South Darfur state capital Nyala.
    (AFP, 5/8/09)
2009        May 7, In eastern Ukraine 9 people were killed in an explosion at a gambling hall in Dnipropetrovsk.
    (AP, 5/7/09)
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.
    (AP, 5/7/09)

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.
    (AP, 5/7/10)
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.
    (AP, 5/8/10)
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 city-state.
    (AP, 5/7/10)
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.
    (AFP, 5/7/10)
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.
    (AP, 5/8/10)
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.
    (AFP, 5/7/10)
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.
    (AP, 5/7/10)
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.
    (AP, 5/12/10)
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.
    (AP, 5/7/10)
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.
    (AP, 5/7/10)
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.
    (AFP, 5/7/10)
2010        May 7, In Pakistan gunmen attacked a police checkpoint in the northwest Mansehra district killing four officers.
    (AP, 5/7/10) 
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.
    (AP, 5/7/10)
2010        May 7, Russia's parliament defeated a motion that would have prevented Americans from adopting Russian children.
    (AP, 5/7/10)
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.
    (AFP, 5/7/10)
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.
    (AP, 5/7/10)
2010        May 7, The Turkish air force struck Kurdish rebel hideouts in neighboring northern Iraq after an attack inside Turkey left two soldiers dead.
    (AFP, 5/8/10)
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.
    (AP, 5/8/10)

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.
    (AFP, 5/7/11)
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.
    (AFP, 5/7/11)
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) of melon.
    (AP, 5/17/11)
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 sectarian violence.
    (Reuters, 5/8/11)(AFP, 5/10/11)(SFC, 5/10/11, p.A2)
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.
    (AFP, 5/7/11)
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 area.
    (AP, 5/7/11)
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.
    (AFP, 5/7/11)
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.
    (AFP, 5/7/11)
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.
    (AP, 5/7/11)
2011        May 7, In Rwanda a bus crash outside the capital of Kigali left 16 passengers dead.
    (AFP, 5/8/11)
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.
    (AP, 5/7/11)
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.
    (AFP, 5/10/11)
2011        May 7, Spanish-born Seve Ballesteros (b.1957), Europe’s greatest golfer, died of brain cancer.
    (Econ, 5/21/11, p.90)(
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 began.
    (AP, 5/7/11)
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 pickup truck.
    (AP, 5/7/11)
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.
    (AP, 5/7/11)
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 2.
    (AFP, 5/8/12)
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 horse-breeding operations.
    (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.
    (AP, 5/7/12)
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.
    (AP, 5/8/12)
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.
    (, 10/29/14)
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 clashes.
    (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.
    (AP, 5/7/12)
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.
    (AFP, 5/8/12)
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.
    (AFP, 5/7/12)
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.
    (AP, 5/7/12)
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 governing coalition.
    (, 7/17/12)
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.
    (AFP, 5/8/12)
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.
    (AFP, 5/8/12)
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.
    (AP, 5/7/12)
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.
    (AFP, 5/9/12)
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 captive.
    (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.
    (AP, 5/8/13)
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.
    (AP, 5/7/13)
2013        May 7, Argentina's government announced new measures intended to suck up undeclared dollars in response to growing pressure to abruptly devalue the nation's currency.
    (AP, 5/7/13)
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)(
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 PM Netanyahu.
    (SFC, 5/8/13, p.A6)
2013        May 7, In eastern CongoDRC a UN peacekeeper from Pakistan was killed in South Kivu province.
    (AP, 5/8/13)
2013        May 7, French authorities detained six suspected members of Basque separatist group ETA in simultaneous police operations at three sites: Blois, Montpellier and Brive-la-Gaillarde.
    (AP, 5/7/13)
2013        May 7, Two prominent Israeli activist groups said PM Netanyahu has stopped approving new construction in West Bank settlements.
    (AP, 5/7/13)
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.
    (AP, 5/7/13)
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.
    (AP, 5/8/13)
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).
    (AP, 5/7/13)
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 state.
    (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.
    (AP, 5/7/13)
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.
    (AP, 5/7/13)
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.
    (AP, 5/7/13)
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.
    (AP, 5/7/13)
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.
    (AP, 5/7/13)
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 May 12.
    (AP, 5/7/13)(AP, 5/8/13)(AP, 5/12/13)

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