Today in History - May 8
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615 May 8, St.
Boniface IV ended his reign as Catholic Pope.
685 May 8, St. Benedict II
ended his reign as Catholic Pope.
1319 May 8, Haakon V, King of
Norway (1299-1319), died.
1429 May 8, French troops under
Joan of Arc rescued Orleans.
1450 May 8, Kentishmen revolted
against King Henry VI in Jack Cade's Rebellion.
1521 May 8, Peter Canisius,
[Pieter de Hondt/Kanijs], Jesuit, saint, was born.
1521 May 8, Emperor Charles V
and the Diet issued the Edict of Worms. It banned Luther’s work and
enjoined his detention, but was not able to be enforced.
(NH, 9/96, p.20)
1541 May 8, Spanish explorer
Hernando de Soto discovered and crossed the Mississippi River, which
he called Rio de Espiritu Santo. He encountered the Cherokee
Indians, who numbered about 25,000 and inhabited the area from the
Ohio River to the north to the Chattahoochee in present day Georgia,
and from the valley of the Tennessee east across the Great Smoky
Mountains to the Piedmont of the Carolinas.
(NG, 5/95, p.78)(AP, 5/8/97)(HN, 5/8/99)
1559 May 8, An act of supremacy
defined Queen Elizabeth I as the supreme governor of the church of
England. Soon after Elizabeth I took power in 1558 some 200
Catholics were strangled and disemboweled.
(HN, 5/8/99)(Econ, 9/18/10, p.72)
1639 May 8, William Coddington
founded Newport, RI.
1660 May 8, The son of the late
Charles I is proclaimed King ending 11 years of civil war.
(PCh, 1992, p.248)
1668 May 8, Alain Rene Lesage,
French novelist and dramatist, was born. He is best known for his
works "The Adventures of Gil Blas" and "Turcaret."
1725 May 8, John Lovewell, US
Indian fighter, died in battle.
1737 May 8, Edward Gibbon,
English historian, author of “Decline and Fall of Roman Empire,” was
born. [see April 27, 1737] "All that is human must be retrograde if
it does not advance."
(HN, 5/8/98)(AP, 2/27/00)
1741 May 8, France and Bavaria
signed the Covenant of Nymphenburg.
1753 May 8, Miguel Hidalgo y
Castilla, the father of Mexican independence, was born.
(HN, 5/8/98)(MC, 5/8/02)
1759 May 8, Hearing of his
appointment in the west, General Napoleon Bonaparte left for Paris
in order to obtain a different posting.
1792 May 8, US established a
1792 May 8, British Capt.
George Vancouver sighted and named Mt. Rainier, Wash.
1794 May 8, Antoine-Laurent
Lavoisier, the father of modern chemistry (identified oxygen), was
executed on the guillotine during France's Reign of Terror. In 2005
Madison Smartt Bell authored “Lavoisier in the Year One: The Birth
of a New Science in the Age of Revolution.”
(AP, 5/8/97)(SSFC, 7/3/05, p.E1)
1823 May 8, "Home Sweet Home"
was 1st sung in London.
1824 May 8, William Walker,
president of Nicaragua, was born.
1828 May 8, Jean Henri Dunant
(d.1910), Swiss philanthropist, was born. He founded the Int’l.
Committee of the Red Cross and was the first recipient (jointly) of
the Nobel Peace Prize.
1829 May 8, Louis Moreau
Gottschalk (d.1869), American pianist, was born in New Orleans.
1840 May 8, Alexander Wolcott
patented a photographic process.
1845 May 8 - 1845 May 12, The
Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) was founded. The SBC became a
separate denomination in Augusta, Georgia, following a regional
split with northern Baptists over the issues of slavery.
1846 May 8, News reached
Washington DC that Mexican troops had attacked a US reconnaissance
patrol near the Rio Grande and killed or captured some 40 men. That
same afternoon Polk and his cabinet had decided to ask Congress for
a declaration of war against Mexico.
(AH, 6/07, p.44)
1846 May 8, The first major
battle of the Mexican-American War was fought at Palo Alto, Texas;
US forces led by General Zachary Taylor were able to beat back the
invading Mexican forces.
1852 May 8, A war between
Denmark and Prussia lasted three years (1848–50) and ended only when
the Great Powers pressured Prussia into accepting the London
Protocol of 1852. This was the revision of an earlier protocol,
which had been ratified on August 2, 1850, by the major Germanic
powers of Austria and Prussia. The 1852 London Protocol confirmed
that the duchies of Schleswig-Holstein should remain undivided.
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/London_Protocol)(Econ, 6/23/12, p.20)
1858 May 8, John Brown held an
1861 May 8, Richmond, Va, was
named the capital of the Confederacy.
1862 May 8, General 'Stonewall'
Jackson repulsed the Federals at the Battle of McDowell, in the
Shenandoah Valley Campaign.
1864 May 8, Union troops
arrived at Spotsylvania Court House to find the Confederates waiting
1864 May 8, The Atlanta
Campaign saw severe fighting at Rocky Face Ridge.
1870 May 8, In France a
national plebiscite voted confidence in the Empire with about 84% of
votes in favor. On the eve of the plebiscite members of the Paris
Federation were arrested on a charge of conspiring against Napoleon
III. This pretext was further used by the government to launch a
campaign of persecution of the members of the International
1873 May 8, Melvil Dewey
(d.1931) presented the 1st draft of his decimal classification
system to the Amherst College Library Committee. [see 1876]
(ON, 3/04, p.12)
1873 May 8, John Stuart Mill
(b.1806), British philosopher and economist, died in Avignon,
France. He completed his autobiography just before death. Here he
wrote that happiness is the incidental by-product of pursuing some
other worthy goal.
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Stuart_Mill)(Econ, 4/21/12, p.84)
1880 May 8, Gustave Flaubert
(b.1821), French novelist, died. He revealed in painful detail the
small foibles of a bourgeois life and believed in perfection of form
and the absolute value of art. His work included "Madam Bovary,"
"Salammbo" and "A Simple Heart." "Our ignorance of history causes us
to slander our own times." In 2006 Frederick Brown authored
“Flaubert: A Biography.”
(V.D.-H.K.p.278)(AP, 6/19/99)(HN, 12/12/99)(WSJ,
1881 May 8, Henry Morton
Stanley signed a contract with a Congo monarch. [see Sep 24]
1884 May 8, Harry S. Truman,
33rd President of the United States (1945-1953), was born near
Lamar, Mo. A history buff, President Harry Truman penned this
description of Franklin Pierce, the 14th president, “Pierce was the
best looking President the White House ever had—but as President he
ranks with Buchanan and Calvin Coolidge.” "If there is one basic
element in our Constitution, it is civilian control of the
military." He decided to drop the bomb that ended World War II and
sent troops to Korea to halt communist aggression.
(AP, 5/8/97)(AP, 1/17/99)(HN, 5/8/99)
1895 May 8, China ceded Taiwan
to Japan under the Apr 17 Treaty of Shimonoseki. This followed a war
over control of the Korean peninsula. Japan began administering the
Senkaku Islands between Okinawa and Taiwan following the Treaty of
Shimonoseki. Japanese occupation ended in 1945. The US took over
after WW II but returned them to Japan in 1972. China later disputed
Japanese control of the islands.
(SFEC, 10/8/96, A8)(Econ, 1/15/05, Survey
p.4)(SSFC, 2/18/07, p.G5)(Econ, 9/25/10, p.54)
1886 May 8, Atlanta pharmacist
John Stith Pemberton invented the flavor syrup for Coca-Cola, which
contained cocaine. The name for the soft drink came from his
bookkeeper, Frank Robinson. Sales of Coca-Cola at the soda fountain
of Jacob‘s Pharmacy averaged 9 drinks a day in the first year. [see
1887 May 8, Alexander Ulyanov,
brother of Lenin, was hanged for assassination of tsar.
1891 May 8, Helena Petrovna
Blavatskaya (b.1831), Russian theosophist (Madame Blavatsky), died.
(WUD, 1994 p.157)(MC, 5/8/02)
1895 May 8, Edmund Wilson,
American critic and essayist, was born.
1895 May 8, China ceded Taiwan
to Japan under the Apr 17 Treaty of Shimonoseki. This followed a war
over control of the Korean peninsula. Japanese occupation ended in
(HN, 5/8/98)(Econ, 1/15/05, Survey p.4)(SSFC,
1899 May 8, Friedrich August
von Hayek (d.1992), Austrian-born British economist. He found
solutions to problems proposed by Keynesian economics. He was
dedicated to illuminating the problems of socialism and held that
inflation, unemployment and recession result from governmental
interference. He won a Nobel prize in 1974.
(WSJ, 1/11/99, p.R20)
1902 May 8, Mt. Pelee volcano,
on the French Island of Martinique in the east W. Indies, blew its
top and wiped out the town of St. Pierre. A pyroclastic flow killed
29-40 thousand people. In 1972 Jacques Petitjean Roget published a
detailed report on the event. In 2002 Alwyn Scarth authored “La
(SFC, 8/13/01, p.A4)(SFC, 1/19/02, p.A14)(NH,
1903 May 8, Joseph Desire
Fernandel, comedian (Grand Chef), was born in Marseilles, France.
1903 May 8, Paul Gauguin
(b.1848), French born painter, died at his home on the Marquesas
Islands. He was buried at Atuona on Hiva Oa Island.
(SFEC, 8/25/96, p.T6)(SSFC, 6/2/02, p.C9)
1904 May 8, U.S. Marines landed
in Tangier to protect the Belgian legation.
1904 May 8, Eadweard J.
Muybridge (b.1830 as Edward Muggeridge), English photographer, died
in England. He had spent much of his life in the USA and is known
for his pioneering work on animal locomotion which used multiple
cameras to capture motion, and his zoopraxiscope, a device for
projecting motion pictures that pre-dated the flexible perforated
1906 May 8, Roberto Rossellini,
Italian film director, was born.
1910 May 8, Mary Lou Williams,
jazz pianist and composer, was born.
1910 May 8, Ricardo Jimenez
Oreamuno (b.1859) began serving his first term as president of Costa
Rica. In 1914 he was succeeded by Alfredo Gonzalez Flores.
1913 May 8, California
lawmakers passed Assembly bill 2039, an anti-tipping measure with
penalties for both giving and receiving tips.
(SSFC, 5/5/13, p.46)
1914 May 8, William Wadsworth
Hodkinson (1881-1971) merged 11 film rental bureaus to create the
first US-wide distributor of feature films, Paramount Pictures.
1919 May 8, The first
transatlantic flight took-off by a US Navy seaplane.
1920 May 8, Sloan Wilson,
American author, was born in Norwalk, Conn. He wrote "The man in the
Gray Flannel Suit" and "A Summer Place."
(HN, 5/8/99)(MC, 5/8/02)
1921 May 8, Sweden abolished
1924 May 8, Arthur Honegger's
"Pacifica 231," premiered.
1924 May 8, Ricardo Jimenez
Oreamuno (b.1859) began serving his 2nd term as president of Costa
Rica. In 1928 he was succeeded by Cleto Gonzalez Viquez.
1927 May 8, Sister Miriam
Teresa Demjanovich (b.1901), a New Jersey nun, died. In 2014 she was
beatified for allegedly curing a boy’s macular degeneration.
1927 May 8, French pilots
Charles Nungesser and Francois Coli took off from Paris in their
airplane named L’Oiseau Blanc (the White Bird), in an attempt to
cross the Atlantic. Pilots and plane vanished during the flight.
(ON, 2/08, p.2)
1928 May 8, Theodore Sorenson,
presidential advisor to John F. Kennedy, was born. Many suspect that
he ghost-wrote Kennedy's book "Profiles in Courage."
1930 May 8, Gary Snyder, beat
poet, was born.
1930 May 8, The Richfield Oil
Company tanker Richfield wrecked on the rocks off Point Reyes, Ca.,
with a cargo or 25,000 gallons of high-test gasoline.
(SFC, 5/6/05, p.F3)
1931 May 8, Franz Lehar's
operetta, “Land of Smiles," premiered in London.
1932 May 8, Ricardo Jimenez
Oreamuno (b.1859) began serving his 3rd term as president of Costa
Rica. In 1936 he was succeeded by Leon Cortes Castro.
1933 May 8, Gandhi began a
hunger strike to protest British oppression in India.
1937 May 8, Thomas Pynchon,
novelist (Gravity's Rainbow), was born.
1940 May 8, Peter Benchley,
novelist (Jaws, The Deep), was born.
1940 May 8, Ricky Nelson, rock
star (Hello Mary Lou, It's Late, Garden Party), was born in NJ.
1940 May 8, German commandos in
Dutch uniforms crossed the Dutch border to hold bridges for the
advancing German army.
1942 May 8, Battle of the Coral
Sea between the Japanese Navy and the U.S. Navy ended as a tactical
victory for the Japanese. They sank more tons of ships than the U.S.
did. It was a strategic victory for the U.S. in that the Japanese
were halted in their drive south. The aircraft carrier Lexington was
sunk by Japanese air attack at Coral Sea.
(HN, 5/8/99)(MC, 5/8/02)
1942 May 8, German summer
offensive opened in Crimea.
1944 May 8, The first "eye
bank" was established, in New York City.
1945 May 8, Keith Jarrett, jazz
musician, film composer (Nachtfahrer), was born in Allentown, Pa.
1945 May 8, Life photographer
Alfred Eisenstaedt got signalman Jim Reynolds to pose for a kiss
with a nurse in a famous photo that later appeared in life
Magazine’s issue of Aug 27. This was denied by Life and not verified
(WSJ, 8/14/96, p.A14)(WSJ, 8/20/96, p.A11)
1945 May 8, Algerian
demonstrators in the town of Setif unfurled an Algerian flag, banned
by the French occupiers. As police began confiscating the flags, the
crowds turned on the French, killing about two dozen of them. This
led to an uprising in which Algerians say some 45,000 people may
have died. Figures in France put the number at about 15,000 to
20,000. No one is quite sure.
1945 May 8, Germany surrendered
and Victory in Europe was achieved by the allies. Marshal Wilhelm
Keitel surrenders to Marshal Zhukov. The day is commemorated as V-E
Day. President Truman announced in a radio address that World War II
had ended in Europe. In 2004 Max Hastings authored “Armageddon,” an
account of the last days of WW II.
(WSJ, 5/5/95, p.A-12)(AP, 5/8/97)(WSJ, 11/16/04,
1945 May 8, Oskar Schindler
gave a speech and urged the Jews who worked for him not to pursue
revenge attacks. An original list of 1,200 of his workers at the
Plaszow concentration camp was found in 1999.
(SFC, 10/16/99, p.A13)
1949 May 8, The Basic Law for
the Federal Republic of Germany (German: Grundgesetz für die
Bundesrepublik Deutschland), was formally approved. It was
subsequently ratified by all states except Bavaria. With the
signature of the Allies it came into effect on May 23, 1949, as the
constitution of West Germany.
1950 May 8, The US Government
convinced that neither national independence nor democratic
evolution exist in any area dominated by Soviet imperialism,
considers the situation to be such as to warrant its according
economic aid and military equipment to the Associated State of
Indochina and to France in order to assist them in restoring
stability and permitting these states to pursue their peaceful and
1951 May 8, Dacron men's suits
1952 May 8, Beth Henley,
Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright (Crimes of the Heart), was born.
1952 May 8, Allied
fighter-bombers staged the largest raid of the war on North Korea.
1956 May 8, John Osborne’s
"Look Back in Anger," premiered in London at the Royal Court
Theater. It was about a love triangle involving an intelligent but
disaffected young man (Jimmy Porter), his upper-middle-class,
impassive wife (Alison), and her haughty best friend (Helena
Charles). It took English theater on a radical turn. In 1958 it was
made into a movie. In 2006 John Heilpern authored “John Osborne: A
Patriot for Us.”
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Look_Back_in_Anger)(SFEC, 4/11/99, DB
p.39)(Econ, 5/20/06, p.86)
1958 May 8, Vice President
Nixon was shoved, stoned, booed and spat upon by anti-American
protesters in Lima, Peru.
1959 May 8, A 3-deck Nile
excursion steamer sprang a leak panicking passengers who capsized
the ship. 200 drowned just yards from shore.
1962 May 8, The Stephen
Sondheim musical comedy "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the
Forum" opened at the Alvin Theater in NYC for 965 performances.
(AP, 5/8/97)(SFEC, 5/31/98, BR p.6)(MC, 5/8/02)
1962 May 8, London trolley
buses went out of service.
1963 May 8, "Dr. No" premiered
1963 May 8, JFK offered Israel
assistance against aggression.
1967 May 8, Boxer Muhammad Ali
(b.1942) was indicted for refusing induction in US Army.
1968 May 8, William Styron
(1925-2006), a white author, received the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction
for “The Confessions of Nat Turner” (1967). The book was based on
the true story of an 1831 slave revolt in Virginia. Some black
intellectuals, including Cornell historian John Henrik Clarke,
published a critical response to the book.
1969 May 8, The Academy Award
Oscar for best 1968 documentary was given to runner-up “Journey Into
Self,” after it was found that “Young Americans,” the original
winner had been shown in a theater in October, 1967, making it
ineligible for the 1968 award. Alex Grasshoff had directed the
“Young Americans,” a chronicle of a summer tour by the singing
1970 May 8, Beatles released
their "Let it Be" album. [see Mar 6]
1970 May 8, Anti-war protests
took place across the United States and around the world.
Construction workers broke up an anti-war protest on New York City's
1972 May 8, In response to the
ongoing NVA Easter Offensive, President Nixon announced Operation
Linebacker I, the mining of North Vietnam's harbors along with
intensified bombing of roads, bridges, and oil facilities. The
announcement brought international condemnation of the US and
ignited more anti-war protests in America.
1972 May 8, A Belgian Sabena
aircraft, bound for Tel Aviv, was hijacked by 4 Palestinians. At Lod
Intl. 2 hijackers were shot and killed by Israeli military
personnel, dressed as ground engineers. One passenger died 8 days
later as a result of her wounds. The two women hijackers were
subsequently sentenced to life imprisonment.
1973 May 8, Militant American
Indians who had held the South Dakota hamlet of Wounded Knee for 10
1974 May 8, William Simon
(1927-2000), former Wall Street bond trader, began serving as the
63rd head of the US Treasury Dept. under Pres. Nixon. Simon was
reappointed by President Ford and served until 1977. From 1977-1980
he served as treasurer of the US Olympic Committee.
(SFEC, 6/4/00, p.C15)(WSJ, 6/7/00,
1974 May 8, In Canada the
government of Pierre Trudeau fell on a sub-amendment to the budget
(thus a question of confidence).
1976 May 8, San Francisco city
craft workers agreed to end their 38-day strike. City supervisors
agreed to take Propositions E and K off the June ballot.
(SFC, 5/4/01, WBb p.3)
1976 May 8, San Francisco
Supervisor Richard Hongisto was slapped with a DUI by a Marin County
judge. His sentence included a $784 fine and a 90-day driving
restriction. A breath test measured his blood-alcohol level at .11,
just abort the .10 limit.
(SSFC, 5/8/11, DB p.46)
1976 May 8, McKendree Robbins
Long (b.1888), Southern gothic painter and evangelical preacher,
died in North Carolina. His work included: "Apocalyptic Scene With
Philosophers and Historical Figures," and "The Fifth Angel Opens the
1977 May 8, The trial of Pieter
Menten (b.1899), a former Dutch SS officer and art collector, began
in Amsterdam. He was convicted and sentenced to 15 years, but the
sentence was reduced to 10 years in 1980.
1978 May 8, David R. Berkowitz
pleaded guilty in a Brooklyn courtroom to the "Son of Sam" killings
that had terrified New Yorkers.
1979 May 8, Radio Shack
released TRSDOS 2.3.
1980 May 8, The World Health
Organization (WHO) announced that smallpox had been eradicated from
1984 May 8, The album "Legend,"
the greatest hits by Bob Marley (1945-1981) and the Wailers, was
released. It became the best-selling reggae record of all time.
1984 May 8, The Thames Barrier
was officially opened by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Total
construction cost was around £534 m (£1.3 billion at 2001 prices)
with an additional £100 m for river defenses. It was the world's
largest movable flood barrier until Netherlands completed the
Oosterscheldekering in 1986.
1984 May 8, USSR announced it
would not participate in Summer Olympics planned for Los Angeles.
1986 May 8, In Costa Rica Oscar
Arias (b.1940) began serving as president and continued to 1990. In
2006 he began serving a 2nd term as president.
1986 May 8, In Venezuela 9
people were killed by security forces in the western town of Yumare.
Interior minister Octavio Lepage described it as a clash with
guerrillas — remnants of leftist rebel bands that largely had put
down their weapons by the early 1970s.
1987 May 8, An angry and
defiant Gary Hart, dogged by questions about his personal life and
his relationship with Miami model Donna Rice, withdrew from the race
for the Democratic presidential nomination.
1988 May 8, The 2nd American
Comedy Award went to Robin Williams and Tracey Ullman. The event was
broadcast on May 17.
1988 May 8, French President
Francois Mitterrand was elected to a second seven-year term,
defeating conservative challenger Jacques Chirac.
1988 May 8, Science fiction
author Robert A. Heinlein died in Carmel, Calif., at age 80.
1989 May 8, Former President
Carter, a leader of an international team observing Panama's
elections, declared that the armed forces were defrauding the
opposition of victory.
1990 May 8, One crewman was
killed, 18 others injured in a fire aboard the guided-missile
destroyer USS Conyngham in the Atlantic, about 100 miles southeast
of Norfolk, Va.
1990 May 8, NY Newsday reporter
Jimmy Breslin was suspended for a racial slur.
1991 May 8, At the Third Annual
Governor’s Quality Management Conference at the Excelsior Hotel in
Little Rock, Ark., Gov. Bill Clinton invited Paula Jones, a state
employee working at the registration desk, to a private meeting and
exposed his desire for her. Days later Paula Jones filed a complaint
of sexual harassment in US District Court in Little Rock. She has
been seeking $700,000 in damages.
(WSJ, 6/26/96, p.A18)(SFC, 5/29/96, A4)(SFEC,
11/24/96, zone 1 p.9)(WSJ, 4/20/98, p.A20)
1991 May 8, CIA Director
William H. Webster announced his retirement; he was eventually
succeeded by Robert Gates.
1991 May 8, General H. Norman
Schwarzkopf, commander of American forces in the Persian Gulf War,
received a hero’s welcome as he addressed Congress.
1991 May 8, Concert pianist
Rudolf Serkin died in Guilford, Vermont, at age 88.
1992 May 8, President Bush
wound up two emotional days in riot-ravaged Los Angeles, promising
to work harder in Washington to enact a "common-sense agenda" of
conservative proposals to help urban America.
1993 May 8, Keron Thomas (16)
disguised himself as a motorman and took a NYC subway train and
2,000 passengers on a 3 hour ride.
1993 May 8, The Muslim-led
government of Bosnia-Herzegovina and rebel Bosnian Serbs signed an
agreement for a nationwide cease-fire.
1994 May 8, President Clinton
announced a shift in U.S. policy toward Haitian refugees, saying
there would be offshore screening of boat people seeking political
1994 May 8, Actor George
Peppard died at age 65.
1995 May 8, Helmut Oberlander
(b.1924), a former Nazi decorated for service in a death squad that
executed 91,678 people in southern Russia, was extradited to Canada
(SSFC, 4/4/10, Par.
1995 May 8, A monster storm
began dumping 18 inches of rain on southeast Louisiana, flooding
homes and killing five people.
1995 May 8, Fifty years after
Nazi Germany's capitulation in World War II, leaders representing
the victorious powers gathered in Berlin to remember the dead and
pledge peace for the future.
1996 May 8, US postal
inspectors wrapped up a two-year sting operation in 36 states
against the nation's biggest child pornography ring.
1996 May 8, Julie Andrews
declined her Tony Award nomination after her show,
"Victor/Victoria," was snubbed for best musical.
1996 May 8, South Africa
approved a National Constitution that guaranteed equal rights for
all races. Zulu nationalists and white extremists boycotted the
parliament vote and the entire process.
(SFC, 5/8/96, p.A-19)(WSJ, 5/9/96, p.A-1)(AP,
1996 May 8, In Pakistan a bomb
killed at least 6 and injured 38 aboard a bus in Punjab province.
(WSJ, 5/9/96, p.A-1)
1996 May 8, In Mexico a
government task force in the state of Sinaloa issued a report on the
mysterious chupacabras or “goat-sucker.” An unknown creature has
been killing goats and leaving fang marks. The report said: There is
no goat sucker, but pollution is now so bad that it is driving
animals mad, giving them the behavioral trappings of crazed alien
(SFC, 5/11/96, p.A-10)
1997 May 8, President Clinton
assured Central American leaders during a summit in Costa Rica that
they need not fear mass deportations of immigrants who had sought
refuge in the United States during U.S.-backed conflicts.
1997 May 8, After months of
railing against Democrats for taking foreign money, the Republican
Party announced it had returned $122,400 in contributions from a
Hong Kong company.
1997 May 8, In Washington DC
Jacqueline Thompson (32) gave birth to sextuplets. One was
stillborn. No fertility drugs were used but both she and her husband
Linden had a family history of multiple births.
1997 May 8, In Japan a law was
passed to preserve the culture of the aboriginal Ainu people who
have inhabited northern Japan since prehistoric times.
(SFC, 5/9/97, p.E3)
1997 May 8, In Zaire rebels
were meeting increased resistance from French mercenaries and
Angolan UNITA forces. A shortage of cash was also hindering their
advance on Kinshasa.
(WSJ, 5/9/97, p.A1)
1998 May 8, The tobacco
industry agreed to pay $6.6 billion to settle a suit with the state
of Minnesota as the state's lawsuit was about to go to a jury. The
settlement included restrictions on sales and marketing with
payments spread over 25 years. Minnesota became the fourth state to
settle with the tobacco industry over the costs of treating
(SFC, 5/9/98, p.A3)(AP, 5/8/99)
1998 May 8, Eddie Rabbit,
country music singer, died at age 53 of lung cancer. His songs
included “Drivin’ My Life Away,” “Every Which Way But Loose,” and
“Someone Could Lose a Heart Tonight.”
(SFC, 5/9/98, p.A21)
1998 May 8, In Brazil
“Operation Drought” was launched to airlift food to the drought
stricken northeast where 10 million people were threatened with
(SFC, 5/9/98, p.A12)
1998 May 8, In France a bomb
exploded in Marseilles and damaged the Regional Council building.
Corsican militants were suspected.
(SFEC, 5/10/98, p.A22)
1998 May 8, In Mexico
immigration authorities put a limit on human rights delegations to
Chiapas. Groups of 10 people would only be allowed to stay 10 days.
(SFC, 5/9/98, p.A12)
1998 May 8, Norway authorized
another season of hunting minke whales with a 30% allotment increase
(SFC, 5/9/98, p.A7)
1998 May 8, In Somalia fighting
in Kismayo between rival militias left 23 dead and 30 wounded.
(SFC, 5/9/98, p.A12)
1998 May 8, In South Africa the
National Sports Council asked the world to boycott South African
Rugby in a move to push for the resignation of Louis Luyt, the
league’s president, over racist and corrupt practices.
(SFC, 5/9/98, p.A10)
1999 May 8, The Citadel, South
Carolina's formerly all-male military school, graduated its first
female cadet, Nancy Ruth Mace.
1999 May 8, Dana Plato (34), a
star of TV’s Diff'rent Strokes, died in a suburb of Oklahoma City.
Authorities said she succumbed to an overdose of painkillers.
1999 May 8, British actor Sir
Dirk Bogarde died in London at age 78.
1999 May 8, US warplanes bombed
northern Iraq as Iraqi TV reported 3 people were killed when 18
bombs fell on civilian and military positions.
(SFEC, 5/9/99, p.A23)
1999 May 8, In Bangladesh 200
people were feared dead when a river ferry boat sank. About 100
people were rescued or swam to shore.
(WSJ, 5/10/99, p.A1)
1999 May 8, In China protestors
attacked US diplomatic mission in demonstrations against the NATO
bombing of the Chinese Embassy in Belgrade. Many of the
demonstrations were organized by the government-controlled Beijing
Students Assoc. NATO expressed regret for a mistaken attack on the
Chinese Embassy in Belgrade, but pledged to pursue the bombing
(SFEC, 5/9/99, p.A1)(SFC, 5/10/99, p.A8)(AP,
1999 May 8, In Iraq military
forces attacked villages in Nasiriya, a Shiite Muslim city.
(SFC, 5/12/99, p.C10)
1999 May 8, An estimated 7,500
Kosovars crossed the border into Albania.
(SFEC, 5/9/99, p.A17)
2000 May 8, The San Francisco
Board of Supervisors voted to ban discrimination based on weight or
2000 May 8, Scientists
announced that they had mapped chromosome 21 which is associated
with Down syndrome, epilepsy, Lou Gehrig’s disease and Alzheimer’s.
(SFC, 5/9/00, p.A1)
2000 May 8, In New Mexico a
controlled burn Bandolier National Monument near the Los Alamos
National Laboratory blew out of control and 500 people were forced
to evacuate the area.
(SFC, 5/9/00, p.A3)
2000 May 8, The remains of
Cardinal John O’Connor were entombed inside New York’s St. Patrick’s
Cathedral after a funeral Mass that drew thousands of mourners,
including President Clinton.
2000 May 8, In Congo the city
of Kisangani (formerly Stanleyville) was declared a neutral zone as
Rwanda and Uganda agreed to withdraw their troops from the area and
allow UN forces to take over.
(SFC, 5/9/00, p.A12)
2000 May 8, In Iran 2 more
Iranian Jews confessed to spying for Israel.
(WSJ, 5/9/00, p.A1)
2000 May 8, In Japan Hogen
Fukunaga, founder of the Hono Hana Sampogyo, cult was arrested on
fraud charges. Members were told that they would get cancer or die
if their feet were not inspected by Fukunaga.
(SFC, 5/9/00, p.A12)
2000 May 8, In the Philippines
investigators arrested a Manila bank employee, Reomel Ramones,
suspected in the creation of the “Love Bug” computer virus.
(SFC, 5/9/00, p.A1)
2000 May 8, In Puerto Rico the
US Navy resumed practice bombing on Vieques Island with dummy bombs.
(SFC, 5/9/00, p.A3)
2000 May 8, In Sierra Leone
bodyguards of Foday Sankoh fired into a crowd of pro-government
protestors in Freetown and killed 7 people. Sankoh later
(SFC, 5/9/00, p.A1)(SFC, 5/10/00, p.A12)
2001 May 8, China rejected a US
plan to repair EP-3 the spy plane and fly it away. China protested
the resumption of U.S. surveillance flights off its coast and said
it would refuse to let the United States fly out a crippled Navy spy
(WSJ, 5/9/01, p.A1)(AP, 5/8/02)
2001 May 8-9, In El Salvador
some 100 small earthquakes hit the country over a 24-hour period.
(SFC, 5/10/01, p.C5)
2001 May 8, In Hong Kong AOL
Time Warner sponsored a business conference attended by Pres. Jiang
Zemin of China and Bill Clinton. Followers of Falun Gong were barred
from entering Hong Kong.
(SFC, 5/9/01, p.A16)
2001 May 8, In Malta Pope John
Paul II was welcomed on the final stop of his 6-day pilgrimage to
retrace the steps of the Apostle Paul.
(WSJ, 5/9/01, p.A1)
2001 May 8, In New Zealand
Prime Minister Clark announced that the air force would be stripped
of combat jets along with sharp cuts to the navy.
(WSJ, 5/9/01, p.A1)
2001 May 8, In South Africa 12
miners were killed in a gold mine explosion.
(WSJ, 5/9/01, p.A1)
2002 May 8, FBI Director Robert
Mueller told a Senate committee an FBI memo from Phoenix warning
that several Arabs were suspiciously training at a U.S. aviation
school wouldn't have led officials to the Sept. 11 hijackers even if
they'd followed up the warning with more vigor.
2002 May 8, US Sec. of State
Rumsfeld said the Pentagon would kill the $11 billion Crusader
(SFC, 5/8/02, p.A5)
2002 May 8, Abdullah Al
Mujahir, also known as Jose Padilla, was arrested as he flew from
Pakistan into Chicago's O'Hare International Airport. Padilla was
alleged to be al-Qaida connected and suspected of plotting to build
and detonate a radioactive ''dirty'' bomb in an attack in the United
States. A public announcement of his arrest was delayed until Jun
10. In 2008 Padilla was sentenced to just over 17 years in prison
for terrorism-related charges. Adham Amin Hassoun was sentenced to
over 15 years for recruiting Padilla. Kifah Wael Jayyousi was
sentenced to over 12 years for financing the al-Qaida cell.
(AP, 6/10/02)(SFC, 1/23/08, p.A4)
2002 May 8, In Israel a suicide
bomber detonated himself prematurely. Israeli sappers used a robot
to drag the man, still alive, across a road for inspection.
(SFC, 5/8/02, p.A12)
2002 May 8, In Kenya the
parliament approved an Amended Books and Newspapers Act that made it
illegal to sell publications that had not been submitted to the
government for review.
(SFC, 5/10/02, p.A20)
2002 May 8, Fighting continued
in western Nepal. Guerrillas regained control of Gam. The army
reported 518 people killed, including 410 rebels, since May 2.
Rebels offered a one-month cease-fire. The government rejected the
(SFC, 5/8/02, p.A9)(WSJ, 5/10/02, p.A1)(WSJ,
2002 May 8, In Pakistan a bomb
destroyed a shuttle bus in Karachi. 11 of 14 dead were French naval
engineers helping to build a submarine for Pakistan. Asif Zaheer and
Mohammad Rizwan, who allegedly belonged to Al-Qaeda-linked extremist
group Harkatul Mujahideen al-Aalmi, were found guilty in 2003 of
assisting the suicide attack which also killed 3 Pakistanis. In May,
2009, a Pakistan court acquitted the two men sentenced to death over
the bombing. Mohammad Sohail Habib, who also allegedly belonged to
Al-Qaeda-linked extremist group Harkatul Mujahideen al-Aalmi, was
sentenced to death in his absence in 2003 for assisting the suicide
attack. Sohail was arrested in 2005 but was acquitted after a
six-month re-trial in an anti-terrorism court ordered on appeal by
the high court. In October, 2009, a Pakistani court acquitted Soheil
for lack of evidence.
(SFC, 5/8/02, p.A17)(SFC, 5/8/02, p.A8)(WSJ,
5/9/02, p.A1)(AFP, 5/5/09)(AFP, 10/30/09)
2003 May 8, The US Senate
unanimously endorsed adding to NATO seven former communist nations:
Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia and
2003 May 8, The US House
International Relations Committee narrowly approved the measure
saying that any accord on immigration issues with Mexico should
include an agreement to allow U.S. companies to invest in the state
oil company Pemex. The measure is a nonbinding "sense of Congress"
amendment and still needed to be approved by both houses of
2003 May 8, A federal grand
jury indicted Chinese-born California socialite Katrina Leung on
charges that she'd illegally taken, copied and kept secret documents
obtained from an FBI agent. A federal judge later dismissed the case
against Leung, rebuking prosecutors for misconduct.
2003 May 8, Halliburton Corp.,
already under fire over accusations that its White house ties helped
win a major Iraqi oil contract, has admitted that a subsidiary paid
a multi-million dollar bribe to a Nigerian tax official.
2003 May 8, In Oklahoma a
tornado swept through Oklahoma City and flattened hundreds of homes.
At least 104 people were injured.
(SFC, 5/8/03, p.A10)
2003 May 8, The Michigan
Wolverines were barred from the next postseason and put on three and
a-half years' probation by the NCAA for a booster's payments to
players dating to the Fab Five era.
2003 May 8, Elizabeth Neuffer
(46), an award-winning reporter for The Boston Globe, died in a car
accident in Iraq.
2003 May 8, Rival tribal
fighters battled for control of a northeastern Congolese town,
killing at least 21 people and forcing thousands to flee. Fighters
of the Union of Congolese Patriots, a rebel group dominated by Hema
tribesmen, had attacked Bunia in a bid to seize its airport
2003 May 8, A Russian-built
cargo plane lost a back door ramp over Congo, hurling more than 100
Congolese soldiers and their families to their deaths.
(Reuters, 5/9/03)(AP, 5/8/04)
2003 May 8, In Honduras 2
gunmen with automatic weapons fatally shot Arnulfo Gutierrez (62),
an honorary Belgian consul as he drove his car in San Pedro Sula.
His wife was kidnapped March 18 as she left a San Pedro Sula beauty
2003 May 8, In Hungary a
passenger train collided with a double-decker bus, slicing the bus
in two. At least 30 people were killed, all German tourists on the
2003 May 8, Israeli helicopters
fired 3 missiles at a car in northern Gaza, killing a senior Hamas
2004 May 8, Former Iraq hostage
Thomas Hamill returned home to a chorus of cheering family and
friends in Mississippi.
2004 May 8, In Bangladesh
Ahsanullah Master, a member of the main opposition Awami League, was
2004 May 8, Gunmen loyal to
radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr rampaged through Basra and
Amarah, attacking British patrols and government buildings.
Witnesses in Basra reported 9 militiamen killed in the fighting. One
child was killed when his house was struck by a projectile.
Attackers in Habhab set off a bomb outside the house of a police
official killing three members of his family and wounding three
others. A pipeline was bombed and slowed the flow of export oil by
as much as 25%.
(AP, 5/8/04)(SFC, 5/11/04, p.A9)
2005 May 8, Steve Nash edged
Shaquille O'Neal by 34 points to win the NBA's most valuable player
2005 May 8, In Zion, Ill.,
Laura Hobbs (8) and Krystal Tobias (9), out on a Mother's Day
bicycle ride, were stabbed multiple times and left to die near a
bike path. Laura’s father Jerry Hobbs (34), just out of a Texas
prison a few weeks, led police to the girls' bodies in a ravine. He
was charged with murder on the second day of questioning by police.
(AP, 5/10/05)(AP, 5/11/05)
2005 May 8, Lloyd Cutler (87),
White House counsel to Presidents Carter and Clinton and adviser to
presidents of both parties, died at his Washington home.
2005 May 8, In eastern
Afghanistan insurgents trying to escape US Marines took refuge in a
cave and killed 2 Americans during a 5-hour battle that left an
estimated 23 rebels dead.
2005 May 8, In Brazil top
government officials from the 11 South American nations and 22
Middle Eastern and North African countries attending the Summit of
South American-Arab Countries met ahead of the two-day summit's
opening on May 10.
2005 May 8, In Central African
Republic a coup leader who seized power in a rebel war two years ago
sought the presidency in a runoff election against a man
representing the former ruling party he ousted. The military
strongman Francois Bozize faces former PM Martin Ziguele in a poll
that many hope will bring an end to an era of army coups and
2005 May 8, In Alexandria
Egypt, some 3,000 female supporters of the opposition Muslim
Brotherhood gathered to demand democratic reforms.
2005 May 8, The new Turkish
Cypriot government of Premier Ferdi Sabit Soyer won a vote of
confidence in the breakaway Turkish Cypriot state.
2005 May 8, In India the number
of rare bacterial meningitis cases in New Delhi rose by at least 30
over the last 24 hours with 15 confirmed deaths from the disease.
2005 May 8, In Indonesia US
Deputy Secretary of State Robert Zoellick signed an agreement to
build a $245 million road along Aceh's western coast.
2005 May 8, Iraq's parliament
approved six Cabinet nominees, handing four more posts to the
disaffected Sunni Arab minority. Iraq's newly approved human rights
minister turned down the job, saying he was selected only because he
was a Sunni Arab.
2005 May 8, In Iraq gunmen shot
and killed a senior official in Iraq's Transportation Ministry in
Baghdad. Zoba Yass, director general of the ministry's projects, and
his driver were killed.
2005 May 8, In Nepal seven
mainstream opposition parties agreed to form a united front to push
for a return to democracy following King Gyanendra's seizure of
power. Nepal's Maoist rebels soon threw their support behind the
2005 May 8, In central Iraq 3
US soldiers were killed in separate attacks.
2005 May 8, In Iraq the Ansar
al-Sunnah Army kidnapped Akihiko Saito (44), after ambushing a group
of five foreign contractors. It later said Saito was "seriously
injured" in the fighting and that the others had died.
2005 May 8-2005 May 9, American
troops backed by helicopters and war planes launched a major
offensive against insurgents in a remote desert area near the Syrian
border, and about 100 militants were killed in the first 24 hours.
(AP, 5/9/05)(SFC, 5/10/05, p.A1)
2005 May 8, In southeastern
Niger a swarm of locusts has descended on a town, sparking fears
that the West African nation, where millions of people face food
shortages, could endure another invasion of the crop-munching
2005 May 8, President Bush paid
homage in the Netherlands to the "terrible price" paid by World War
II soldiers who never came home from their fight against tyranny.
2005 May 8, In Pakistan's
northwestern tribal region a bomb ripped through a car, killing 2
2005 May 8, In Moscow Pres.
Bush and Vladimir Putin went out of their way to take a unified
stand on Middle East peace and terrorism after sharp words in recent
days about democratic backsliding and postwar Soviet domination.
2005 May 8, Russia began a
pomp-filled, high-security celebration of the 60th anniversary of
the Allied victory over Nazi Germany.
2005 May 8, In Saudi Arabia a
Pakistani man was beheaded for attempting to smuggle heroin into the
2005 May 8, In Syria a
prominent Kurdish Islamic scholar was murdered in Damascus.
(WSJ, 6/6/05, p.A1)
2006 May 8, The White House
said it will nominate General Michael Hayden to run the CIA and
defended the move to name a top military officer to run the civilian
2006 May 8, US federal Judge
Gary Klausner in Los Angeles sentenced "botmaster" Jeanson Ancheta
(20) to 57 months in jail for taking control of an array of
computers he had corralled into his "Botnet."
2006 May 8, Florida’s Gov. Jeb
Bush declared a state of emergency and called in the state National
Guard to help fight wildfires that have burned thousands of acres
and blanketed highways with thick smoke.
2006 May 8, Hawaii abandoned
gas-price controls after 8 months.
(WSJ, 5/9/06, p.A1)
2006 May 8, A former top aide
to Ohio Republican Rep. Bob Ney pleaded guilty and agreed to
cooperate in the corruption and influence-peddling investigation
involving lobbyist Jack Abramoff.
2006 May 8, Stunt artist David
Blaine emerged weak and wrinkly from a week spent submerged within
an eight-foot snow globe-like tank in the plaza of New York's
Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, but without a world record
for holding his breath.
2006 May 8, Silicon Graphics, a
pioneer of 3-D visualization technology, filed for Chapter 11
(SFC, 5/9/06, p.C1)
2006 May 8, Thermo Electron
said it will acquire Fisher Scientific for $10.6 billion.
(SFC, 5/9/06, p.C2)
2006 May 8, In Afghanistan US
airstrikes on a cave complex near Afghanistan's border with Pakistan
killed four Taliban militants and destroyed a truck loaded with
2006 May 8, Argentina requested
the extradition of five former Uruguayan military officers and a
former police officer wanted in the 1976 disappearance of Maria
Claudia Garcia, the missing daughter-in-law of poet Juan Gelman.
2006 May 8, In China Bai
Ningyang (19) walked into a Gongyi kindergarten in central Henan,
locked the door and set fire to two gasoline cans. Local authorities
said 13 children and one teacher were injured in addition to three
students killed. Ningyang was captured the next day.
2006 May 8, Oscar Arias (65),
Nobel Peace Prize winner (1987), returned to the Costa Rican
presidency, hoping to use his skills as a mediator to unite a
country sharply divided over free trade with the United States.
2006 May 8, Indian voters
braved blistering summer heat as marathon state elections drew to a
close with ruling Congress party chief Sonia Gandhi looking set to
regain her parliamentary seat in a by-election. The death toll from
a heat wave rose to 34.
2006 May 8, Indonesia said it
supported Iran's right to pursue nuclear technology for peaceful
means ahead of a visit to the country by President Mahmoud
2006 May 8, Iranian President
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad wrote to President Bush, proposing "new
solutions" to their differences in the first letter from an Iranian
head of state to an American president in 27 years.
2006 May 8, In Iraq a roadside
bomb killed a US soldier. A car bomb went off near a main courthouse
in western Baghdad, killing at least five people and wounding 10. In
eastern Baghdad, a car bomb exploded during morning rush hour near a
police patrol on Palestine street in eastern Baghdad, killing two
policemen and wounding 12 Iraqis. Gunmen killed 4 police officers in
Ramadi and 2 Iraqi soldiers in Tikrit. Violence across Iraq left at
least 34 dead.
(AP, 5/8/06)(Reuters, 5/8/06)(WSJ, 5/9/06,
p.A1)(SFC, 5/10/06, p.A3)
2006 May 8, A report said UN
peacekeepers, aid workers and teachers are having sex with Liberian
girls as young as 8 in return for money, food or favors, threatening
efforts to rebuild a nation wrecked by war.
2006 May 8, In the Hague the UN
war crimes court sentenced Ivica Rajic, a Bosnian Croat former
militia leader, to 12 years in prison. Rajic admitted that forces
under his command operating in the Muslim village of Stupni Do in
central Bosnia in October 1993 "forced Bosnian Muslim civilians out
of their homes and hiding places, robbed them of their valuables,
willfully killed Muslim men, women and children and sexually
assaulted Muslim women".
2006 May 8, In Gaza rival
gunmen from Hamas and Fatah fought with assault rifles and missiles,
killing 3 militants in the bloodiest internal fighting since Hamas
came to power six weeks ago.
2006 May 8, Five lawmakers who
took refuge in the Philippine legislature for two months while
facing coup accusations walked out of the building in triumph after
a court dismissed the charges.
2006 May 8, Puerto Rico's
governor and legislative leaders have agreed to abide by the
recommendations of a commission seeking a solution to a fiscal
crisis that has partially closed the island's government.
2006 May 8, Rwandan President
Paul Kagame said he was considering a plea for clemency from Pasteur
Bizimungu, the nation's first post-genocide president (1994-2000).
Bizimungu was in jail for crimes including inciting ethnic violence
and embezzling state funds.
2006 May 8, A judge acquitted
former Deputy President Jacob Zuma of rape in a politically charged
trial that left in tatters his aspirations to lead South Africa.
2006 May 8, Darfur refugees
rioted and forced the UN humanitarian chief to rush from their camp,
then later attacked African peacekeepers and killed a translator in
a sign of deep tensions in Sudan’s war torn region despite a fragile
peace deal. Arab militias, known as Janjaweed, attacked Labado town
in South Darfur, killing and injuring up to 50 people. The AU has a
base in Labado town.
(AP, 5/8/06)(Reuters, 5/20/06)
2006 May 8, A senior American
diplomat pledged US support to impoverished Tajikistan in improving
security and expanding economic opportunities and political
2006 May 8, Thailand's
Constitutional Court invalidated last month's parliamentary
elections and ordered fresh polls in a bid to end a political
impasse that has left the country unable to form a new government.
2007 May 8, The US hired a
Florida firm to build a Guantanamo camp by next May to house fleeing
Cubans should there be an exodus when Castro dies.
(WSJ, 5/9/07, p.A1)
2007 May 8, The Pentagon
announced that it had notified more than 35,000 Army soldiers to be
prepared to deploy to Iraq beginning in the fall.
2007 May 8, Governors and
environmental officials from 31 US states announced that they would
create a national registry to measure greenhouse gas emissions.
(SFC, 5/9/07, p.A6)
2007 May 8, The SEC accused two
Hong Kong residents of "widespread and unlawful trading activity"
when they bought $15 million of Dow Jones & Co. stock ahead of
an announcement that News Corp. was seeking to buy the company.
2007 May 8, Maryland Gov.
Martin O’Malley signed the nation’s first statewide living-wage
(SFC, 5/9/07, p.A4)
2007 May 8, In Michigan Thomas
Katona (56), the former Alcona County treasurer (1993-2006), pleaded
guilty to embezzlement charges. He was accused of dumping public
funds into fraudulent Nigerian investments. He lost more than $1.2
million in county funds altogether, plus $72,500 of his own money,
despite a warning from his bank that he might be getting swindled.
2007 May 8, It was reported
that San Jose State Univ. planned to name its college of education
after Connie Lurrie, the wife of former SF Giants owner Robert
Lurrie, pledged to donate $10 million to the school.
(SFC, 5/8/07, p.B2)
2007 May 8, Comcast Corp. Chief
Executive Brian Roberts dazzled a cable industry audience, showing
off for the first time in public new technology that enabled a data
download speed of 150 megabits per second, roughly 25 times faster
than today's standard cable modems. The technology, called DOCSIS
3.0, was developed by the cable industry's research arm, Cable
2007 May 8, A new study found
that US hospitals are charging uninsured patients about
two-and-a-half times more than those with health insurance, a
mark-up that has been steadily rising despite pressure to level
2007 May 8, A flood surge moved
down the Missouri River and tributaries following weekend storms and
damages approached 1993 levels.
(WSJ, 5/9/07, p.A1)
2007 May 8, Afghanistan's upper
house of parliament passed a bill calling for a halt to all
international military operations unless coordinated with the Afghan
government, action seen as a rebuke of the international mission
here. In southern Afghanistan suspected Taliban militants ambushed a
NATO convoy, and a gunshot victim said soldiers fleeing the scene
shot him and killed a man in a bakery. Airstrikes called in by US
Special Forces soldiers fighting with insurgents killed at least 21
civilians in the Sangin area of Helmand province. One coalition
soldier was also killed. The US military apologized and paid
compensation to the families of 19 people killed and 50 wounded by
US Marines Special Forces who fired indiscriminately on civilians
after being hit by a suicide attack in eastern Afghanistan in March.
Residents claimed that over 60 people were killed by the bombing.
(AP, 5/8/07)(AP, 5/9/07)(SFC, 5/11/07, p.A20)
2007 May 8, Algeria’s El-Watan
newspaper reported that authorities have arrested 5 people believed
responsible for organizing deadly terrorist attacks last month.
2007 May 8, Amnesty Int’l. said
in a report that China and Russia are supplying arms to Sudan that
are being used to fuel the violence in the Darfur region in
violation of a UN arms embargo. China and Russia quickly rejected
the report and Sudan's government said it was "not justified." China
confirmed it would send military engineers for a planned UN
peacekeeping force to Sudan's Darfur region.
2007 May 8, It was reported
that groups of elderly Australians are setting up backyard
laboratories to manufacture an illegal euthanasia drug so they can
kill themselves when they have had enough of life.
2007 May 8, In Austria
officials said Vienna's City Hall has launched a "sex hotline" to
raise money for the capital's main public library. Callers paid 53
cents a minute to listen to an actress read breathless passages from
erotica dating to the Victorian era.
2007 May 8, News and
information company Reuters Group PLC and financial data provider
Thomson Corp. confirmed that they are discussing a combination of
their businesses that values Reuters at more than $17 billion.
2007 May 8, A survey showed
that London beat the glamour of Monaco, New York, Hong Kong and
Tokyo to become the world's most expensive place to buy residential
2007 May 8, Cuba released
Roberto de Jesus Guerra Perez, a journalist who served 22-months in
prison for participating in an anti-government rally. Guerra has
been a contributor to Miami's Payolibre and Nueva Prensa Cubana, as
well as the US government-funded Radio Marti.
2007 May 8, An Egyptian court
decided in a rare ruling that President Hosni Mubarak's order to try
40 of the banned opposition Muslim Brotherhood's top figures before
a military court was not valid.
2007 May 8, The leader of
France's defeated Socialists appealed for calm after a second night
of post-election violence left cars burned and store windows
2007 May 8, In India Mohammed
Shahabuddin, a popular Muslim lawmaker from the state of Bihar, was
convicted and sentenced to life in prison on a charge of kidnapping
with intent to kill a rival who disappeared eight years ago and has
never been found.
2007 May 8, Iran accepted a
compromise on the agenda of a 130-nation nuclear conference, meeting
in Austria, clearing the way for the meeting to approve it and end
six days of deadlock that threatened to doom the gathering to
2007 May 8, A suicide car
bomber flattened a restaurant in a busy market in the Shiite city of
Kufa, killing at least 16 people, including women and children, and
wounding 70. A roadside bomb went off next to a passing mini bus in
the Shiite area of Zafaraniyah on the southeastern outskirts of
Baghdad, killing three passengers and injuring five others. In
Jalula a suicide bomber attacked a police station as the night-shift
officers gathered in front of the building, preparing to go home.
The explosion killed two policemen and wounded 20 others. The
bullet-riddled bodies of six men, the apparent victims of sectarian
violence, were found with their hands and legs bound and bearing
marks of torture in an abandoned field in Baqouba. Also in Baqouba,
12 gunmen trying to rob a bank were confronted by Iraqi police,
sparking a gunbattle that killed one police officer and wounded
another. An Al-Qaida umbrella group threatened in a video to kill
nine abducted Iraqi security officers in 72 hours unless their
demands were met, including the release of all Sunni women from
Iraqi prisons. An American soldier was killed and four others were
wounded in a shooting attack in Diyala province. 2 children were
among five people killed when a helicopter fired at militants
operating an illegal checkpoint and planting a roadside bomb near
(AP, 5/8/07)(AP, 5/9/07)
2007 May 8, The Moroccan
Association of Human Rights, formed in 1979) announced that it had
chosen Khadija Ryadi (47) as its first woman president.
2007 May 8, NATO Secretary
General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer and President Pervez Musharraf agreed
to strengthen security along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border to
contain the Taliban insurgency.
2007 May 8, In southern Nigeria
militants staged coordinated attacks on 3 pipelines in the wetlands
region, the most damaging assault on the country's vital oil
infrastructure in over a year. MEND claimed responsibility for the
bombings, which forced Italian oil giant Eni to halt production of
150,000 barrels per day (bpd) feeding its Brass export terminal.
Militants released 3 South Koreans and 8 Filipinos kidnapped last
week at a Daewoo construction site in the oil-rich south.
(Reuters, 5/8/07)(AFP, 5/8/07)(AP, 5/9/07)
2007 May 8, In Northern Ireland
Protestant firebrand Ian Paisley and IRA veteran Martin McGuinness
formed a long-unthinkable alliance as power-sharing went from dream
2007 May 8, In the Philippines
a homemade bomb ripped through a billiards hall in Tacurong city,
killing three on the spot and five more overnight with 33 seriously
wounded. Officials said the attack bore the hallmarks of
Al-Qaeda-linked militants from Jemaah Islamiyah (JI).
2007 May 8, A newspaper owned
by Saudi Arabia's royal family said one of seven recently exposed
Saudi terrorist cells used Syria as a base for coordinating with
al-Qaida in Iraq and held training camps in the desert of
2007 May 8, In Serbia an ally
of late President Slobodan Milosevic was elected as the new
parliament speaker, signaling a return of ultranationalists to power
in the Balkan country.
2007 May 8, In Taiwan rival
lawmakers exchanged punches, climbed on each other's shoulders and
jostled violently for position around the speaker's dais as the
Legislature dissolved into chaos over an electoral reform bill.
2007 May 8, Thailand and the
United States launched their annual war games.
2007 May 8, In Zimbabwe riot
police violently broke up a demonstration by dozens of lawyers
protesting the arrest of two colleagues outside the High Court in
2008 May 8, In Louisiana Carl
Hunter (73), a construction company owner who lost two homes in
Hurricane Katrina, claimed a $97 million Powerball prize, a jackpot
won off a ticket he bought at a convenience store where he stopped
to buy his wife a gallon of milk. Hunter took a lump sum payment
that will give him $33.9 million after taxes.
2008 May 8, Federal officials
arrested 13 fraternity members in San Diego, Ca., in a drug bust.
Officials said 128 people, including at least 75 SDSU students, had
been arrested as part of a 5-month investigation.
(SFC, 5/9/08, p.B2)
2008 May 8, In Martinez, Ca.,
Contra Costa sex crimes prosecutor Michael Gresset (51) brought home
a fellow female prosecutor (30) for afternoon sex. She later accused
him of rape. That afternoon he convicted a man for molesting a
4-year-old relative. The case was not reported to police until Sep
26, 2008. A grand jury indictment against Gresset was issued in
October 2009. In 2011 A judge dismissed the rape case saying
prosecutors had failed to present exculpatory evidence to the grand
jury. The woman, at the time of the indictment, had been in the
process of securing a $450,000 civil claim settlement from the
county over the alleged attack.
(SFC, 7/27/09, p.A1)(SFC, 10/20/11, p.C6)
2008 May 8, In California the
owners of Tejon Ranch agreed to place 178,000 acres under a series
of conservation easements that will preserve the land as open space.
90% will be preserved for public recreation and the owner will be
allowed to develop 10%. A land grant in 1843 established Rancho El
(SFC, 5/9/08, p.A1)
2008 May 8, Eddy Arnold,
country singer, died, days short of his 90th birthday. His mellow
baritone on songs like "Make the World Go Away" made him one of the
most successful country singers in history.
2008 May 8, In southern
Afghanistan US-led coalition killed several militants.
2008 May 8, President Evo
Morales agreed to stand for election in a nationwide recall vote,
gambling that Bolivians will re-elect him after just two years in
office and shore up support for his pending reforms.
2008 May 8, A Chinese
mountaineering team took the Olympic flame to the top of Mount
Everest, a feat dreamed up to underscore China's ambitions for the
2008 May 8, Georgia's breakaway
region of Abkhazia said it had shot down another Georgian spy drone.
2008 May 8, A rocket hit a
downtown Baghdad park, killing two people as American and Iraqi
forces battled Shiite militants believed responsible for many such
attacks. A bomb went off on a minibus in Baghdad's eastern Zayona
neighborhoods, killing two passengers and injuring five. 9 militants
were killed in two American missile attacks in the New Baghdad
neighborhood. US soldiers killed six Shiite extremists, who attacked
US forces with shoulder fired rockets and small arms, in several
clashes in Baghdad's Shiite militia stronghold of Sadr City.
(AP, 5/8/08)(AP, 5/9/08)
2008 May 8, Relief supplies
from the United Nations began arriving in Myanmar, but US military
planes loaded with aid were still denied access by the country's
isolationist regime five days after a devastating cyclone. Some
feared that lack of safe food and drinking water could push the
death toll above 100,000.
2008 May 8, In Lebanon violence
spread outside the capital. Sunnis and Shiites exchanged gunfire in
the village of Saadnayel in the eastern Bekaa Valley. Hezbollah's
leader Hassan Nasrallah said a government decision to declare the
Shiite militant group's telecommunications network illegal amounted
to a declaration of war. At least four people were killed and eight
(AP, 5/8/08)(AP, 5/9/08)
2008 May 8, A Malaysian Islamic
court allowed a Chinese convert to renounce Islam in a rare decision
for this conservative Muslim-led nation. Siti Fatimah, or Tan Ean
Huang (38), said she had never practiced Islamic teachings since she
converted in 1998 and only did so to enable her to marry Iranian
2008 May 8, Edgar Millan Gomez
(42), Mexico's acting federal police chief, was shot dead outside
his Mexico City apartment complex, as drug traffickers increasingly
lashed back at a nationwide crackdown on organized crime. Bodyguards
at the scene arrested Alejandro Ramirez (34). Edgar Guzman, the son
of Sinaloa cartel chief Joaquin Guzman, was shot dead in Culiacan,
Sinaloa state. Also killed in the attack was Arturo Meza Cazares,
the son of Blanca Margarita Cazares, whom the US has identified as a
key money launderer for the cartel. Police later said Millan’s
murder was likely ordered by Arturo Beltran Leyva, a capo in the
Sinaloa drug cartel.
(AP, 5/9/08)(SFC, 5/9/08,
2008 May 8, In Nepal Ram Hari
Shrestha, a Kathmandu businessman and supporter of the former
rebels, died after he was abducted and beaten by Maoist cadre.
2008 May 8, A US diplomatic
cable, unveiled by WikiLeaks in 2010, described Nicaragua’s Pres.
Ortega as a "willing follower" of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.
The report said Ortega uses Venezuelan oil money to fund Sandinista
campaigns and that "several unconfirmed reports indicate that Ortega
will have as much as 500 million dollars at his disposal over the
course of 2008.
2008 May 8, North Korea handed
over thousands of pages of nuclear weapons documents to a US
diplomat, that will help verify the North’s plutonium holdings.
(WSJ, 5/9/08, p.A1)
2008 May 8, Vladimir Putin was
named prime minister of Russia after a fervent speech full of
ambitious plans that overshadowed his low-key successor and
suggested that he will keep a strong hand in ruling the country.
2008 May 8, In Somalia two
police officers and five insurgents died in the attack when Islamist
fighters fired rocket-propelled grenades and heavy submachine guns
at the heavily guarded K4 district of Mogadishu. Three other
insurgents were captured. Islamist spokesman Abdirahim Issa Adow
said fighters killed eight police and one Islamist fighter died and
two were wounded.
2008 May 8, Spain formally laid
claim to a shipwreck that yielded a $500 million treasure, saying it
has proof the vessel was Spanish. Officials said the shipwreck at
the heart of the dispute is the Nuestra Senora de las Mercedes, a
Spanish warship sunk by the British navy southwest of Portugal in
1804 with more than 200 people on board.
2008 May 8, Sri Lanka’s defense
ministry said at least 74 Tamil Tiger rebels and three Sri Lankan
soldiers have been killed in 3 days of fighting in the island's
2008 May 8, UN Convention on
the Rights of Persons with Disabilities entered into force.
2008 May 8, In Zimbabwe
farmers' groups said the ruling ZANU-PF has pushed 40,000 workers
off farms in a post-election campaign targeting supporters of the
opposition ahead of a possible presidential run-off. Pressure
mounted to admit foreign observers to oversee a presidential
election run-off amid fresh claims pro-government militias were
instilling terror in the countryside.
(Reuters, 5/8/08)(AFP, 5/8/08)
2009 May 8, A federal jury
acquitted W.R. Grace and 3 of its executives on all criminal charges
that they knowingly contaminated Libby, Montana, with asbestos and
conspired to cover up the deed.
(SFC, 5/9/09, p.A6)
2009 May 8, In California the
4-day Jesusita fire in Santa Barbara was only 10% contained as of
the evening, after charring more than 13 square miles and destroying
about 31 homes with another 47 damaged. By the next day the fire was
40% contained and residents were allowed to return to the area.
(AP, 5/9/09)(SSFC, 5/10/09, p.A12)
2009 May 8, In Panama City,
Florida, Dr. Jason Newsom resigned from the Bay County Health
Department under pressure following his launch of a one-man war on
obesity by posting sardonic warnings on an electronic sign outside.
After the lawyers threatened to sue, his bosses made him remove the
anti-fried doughnut rants and eventually forced him to resign.
2009 May 8, In the Midwest a
wave of storms damaged or destroyed hundreds of homes and businesses
in Kansas, Kentucky, Illinois, Kentucky and Missouri. 5 people were
2009 May 8, Brazilians huddled
in cow pens converted into emergency shelters, as swollen rivers
continue to rise and northern Brazil's worst floods in decades
boosted the number of homeless to nearly 300,000. The death toll
rose to 39, and coffins started popping out of the soaked earth.
2009 May 8, In London Marks
& Spencer admitted it had "boobed" in a row over larger bras,
agreeing to slash the prices of its DD-plus cup sizes to bring them
in line with smaller models.
2009 May 8, In Canada a
provincial medical official said a woman from Alberta has died from
the H1N1 flu virus, making her the first Canadian to die from the
2009 May 8, Chad’s government
claimed that 225 rebels and 22 soldiers had been killed in clashes
over the last 2 days south of the main eastern city of Abeche.
2009 May 8, In Colombia Jorge
Noguera, former director of the civilian intelligence service, DAS,
was charged with conspiracy and murder. He was accused of colluding
with paramilitaries and helping to plan the murders of opposition
(Econ, 5/16/09, p.43)
2009 May 8, A Croatian court
convicted an opposition lawmaker of war crimes, making him the
country's first senior politician to be held responsible for wartime
atrocities against Serbs. Branimir Glavas was sentenced to 10 years
in prison for war crimes against civilians, but he remained free
because he enjoys parliamentary immunity from detention. During the
1991 Serbo-Croat war, he was a member of the ruling Croatian
Democratic Union and formed a paramilitary unit in eastern Croatian
town of Osijek, where he was seen as a warlord.
2009 May 8, In Ecuador an angry
mob dragged two suspected robbers from a police station in Valencia
and burned them to death.
2009 May 8, Indian police used
teargas and batons to disperse hundreds of rock-throwing Kashmiris
protesting against the holding of national elections in the
2009 May 8, In Ireland Dr. Yuri
Melini (47), a leading Guatemalan environmentalist who recently
survived an assassination attempt, won a human rights award for his
efforts to stop the rapid growth of mines in his mineral-rich
nation. Melini received the annual Front Line Award for Human Rights
Defenders at Risk in a Dublin City Hall ceremony.
2009 May 8, In southern Lebanon
authorities arrested five people for allegedly spying for Israel as
part of the two countries' long-running espionage battle.
2009 May 8, Malaysia said it
will free 13 people detained under internal security laws, including
three ethnic Indian activists, members of the banned ethnic Indian
rights group Hindraf, held without trial since organizing
anti-government protests in 2007.
2009 May 8, Mexico’s federal
attorney general's office said authorities have arrested 25 Tijuana
police officers and two civilians on organized crime charges for
alleged drug gang ties. In the border state of Chihuahua,
prosecutors said police acting on an anonymous tip found two
clandestine graves with 7 bodies in the town of Palomas, across from
Columbus, New Mexico.
2009 May 8, In Nigeria the
governor of southern oil-rich Rivers state signed a law making life
jail terms mandatory for kidnappers in the area.
2009 May 8, Pakistani jets
screamed over Mingora, a Taliban-controlled town, and bombed
suspected militant positions as hundreds of thousands fled in terror
and other trapped residents appealed for a pause in the fighting so
they could escape. Maj. Gen. Athar Abbas said that 140 militants had
been killed in the last 24 hours, adding to around 150 already
reported slain. He did give any figures for civilian deaths, but
witness and local media say that noncombatants have been killed.
2009 May 8, In the northern
Philippines Typhoon Cha-hom dumped heavy rains overnight, triggered
landslides and left at least 10 people dead and four missing.
2009 May 8, South Sudanese
gunmen killed dozens of people from a rival tribe, most of them
women and children, in one of a string of attacks that have raised
fears for elections in the region. Fighters from the Lou Nuer tribe
raided the village of Torkej, home to the Nuer Jikany, in the
region's Upper Nile state, in apparent revenge for cattle thefts.
Some 71 people were killed in Torkej.
(Reuters, 5/11/09)(Econ, 6/13/09, p.49)
2009 May 8, Pope Benedict XVI
arrived in Jordan and expressed deep respect for Islam. He said he
hopes the Catholic Church can play a role in Mideast peace as he
began his first trip to the region, where he hopes to improve frayed
ties with Muslims.
2009 May 8, Venezuelan police
uncovered a cache of weapons and explosives at a Caracas apartment.
The discovery led to the detention of 3 citizens of the Dominican
Republic, Luini Omar Campusano de la Cruz (38); Edgar Floiran
Sanchez (29); and Diomedis Campusano Perez (31) and a Frenchman,
Laurent Frederic Bocquet, on suspicion of planning terrorist acts.
2009 May 8, Venezuela’s
National Guard began occupying dozens of oil rigs, docks and boats
operated by private contractors, both local and foreign, hired by
PDVSA, the state oil company. It appeared that PDVSA had run out of
(Econ, 5/16/09, p.44)
2010 May 8, In Utah GOP
delegates voted to bar Sen. Bob Bennett (76) from seeking a fourth
term, making him the first congressional incumbent to be ousted this
year and demonstrates the challenges candidates face from the right
2010 May 8, BP’s first attempt
to divert a major crude spill was foiled and it could be at least a
day before another attempt at putting a lid on the well could be
made. Meanwhile, thick blobs of tar washed up on Alabama's white
sand beaches, yet another sign the spill was worsening.
2010 May 8, In eastern
Afghanistan private security guards opened fire and killed a
30-year-old civilian after the guards' vehicle hit a roadside bomb
in Wardak province.
2010 May 8, Hundreds of flights
between Europe and North America were either delayed or canceled due
to the spreading cloud of volcanic ash stretching across much of the
northern Atlantic. Spain shut 19 northern airports including
Barcelona because of the cloud of ash.
(AP, 5/8/10)(Reuters, 5/8/10)
2010 May 8, In southeastern
China Zhou Yezhong (36) stabbed to death 8 people including his
wife, elderly mother and young daughter in Chengyuan village in
Jiangxi province. Another two people were killed and three wounded
in a stabbing spree by a man (42) in Hong Kong.
2010 May 8, Costa Rica
inaugurated Laura Chinchilla as its first woman leader, replacing
Nobel laureate Oscar Arias with his former vice president and
2010 May 8, It was reported
that Egyptian billionaire Mohamed Al Fayed has sold luxury London
department store Harrods to Qatar Holding, the Gulf royal family's
2010 May 8, French President
Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced that
Europe will set up an intervention mechanism to calm markets rattled
by the Greek debt crisis.
2010 May 8, Bishop Walter Mixa,
a leading German bishop who has acknowledged slapping children and
is being investigated for sexual abuse of minors and financial
misconduct, lost his job as Pope Benedict XVI continued cleaning
2010 May 8, In Hungary Andor
Lilienthal (99), the last surviving member of 27 original
grandmaster chess players, died in Budapest.
2010 May 8, In northern India
at least 52 people were killed and scores injured by heavy rains
over the past two days. The worst hit areas were the central and
eastern regions of Uttar Pradesh, India's most populous state, where
35 people died and some 50 were injured. The other 17 casualties
were reported from neighboring Bihar state. Maoist rebels in central
India blew up an army truck killing 8 paramilitary soldiers and
wounding 2 others in a densely forested area in Bijapur district of
(AFP, 5/8/10)(AP, 5/8/10)
2010 May 8, Iran voiced
optimism about Turkish and Brazilian mediation efforts in its
nuclear dispute with the West, welcoming in principle ideas aimed at
reviving a stalled fuel deal with major powers.
2010 May 8, In northern Iraq
bombs planted inside the home of a policeman exploded, killing him,
his mother and one other resident. The bombing was one of several
attacks around Iraq's north that killed a total of nine people since
the previous evening. The kidnapped teenage son of a wealthy Sufi
sheik was found dead. Mohammed Tahir Said (16) was kidnapped on
April 27 and a $250,000 ransom was demanded. Hundreds of students
and other activists rallied to protest the kidnap and murder of
Sardasht Othman, a Kurdish journalist in northern Iraq, with many
blaming the regional government for his death.
(AP, 5/8/10)(AP, 5/9/10)
2010 May 8, Opponents of
Lithuania's first gay pride parade threw smoke bombs and tried to
break through a barrier but were stopped by police firing tear gas.
2010 May 8, In Mexico Mario
Villanueva, former governor of the Caribbean state of Quintana Roo
(1993-1999), was turned over to US authorities at the international
airport in Toluca. He faced charges of helping a cartel smuggling
cocaine through the resort of Cancun en route to the US market.
Villanueva spent two years in hiding before he was arrested in
Cancun in 2001. 3 headless bodies were found just outside of
Acapulco. The bodies of 5 other men were found with multiple gunshot
wounds in a car north of Acapulco.
(AP, 5/9/10)(SSFC, 5/9/10, p.A5)
2010 May 8, In Mexico Joaquin
Capilla (b.1928), the country’s top Olympic-medal recipient, died.
Capilla brought home medals in 1948, 1952 and 1956.
2010 May 8, In northern Mexico
the body of Ronald C. Ryan (67), a US citizen from Phoenix, Az., was
found the partially buried near a creek on the outskirts of Santa
Ana, Sonora state. He had been reported missing May 3. State police
had reported detaining three men the following day who had left
Ryan's pickup truck at a carwash in Santa Ana.
2010 May 8, In Nepal markets
reopened for business, vehicles returned to the streets and some
banks allowed customers to withdraw cash after the former communist
rebels ended their debilitating general strike after six days. The
top leaders of the Maoist party decided late the previous evening to
end the strike since it was making life difficult.
2010 May 8, Pakistan
successfully test-fired two ballistic missiles capable of carrying
nuclear warheads, as the Islamic nation's leader urged the world to
recognize it as a legitimate nuclear power.
2010 May 8, Palestinian leaders
gave their backing for indirect peace talks with Israel, clearing
the way for the Obama administration's first sustained on-the-ground
Mideast peace effort. Mideast envoy George Mitchell will now shuttle
between the Israeli and Palestinian leaders for up to four months to
try to narrow the vast gaps on the terms of Palestinian statehood.
Four Palestinians were injured and four others went missing when a
smuggling tunnel on the border between the Gaza Strip and Egypt
(AP, 5/8/10)(AFP, 5/8/10)
2010 May 8, Russian President
Dmitry Medvedev turned over scores of volumes from an investigation
into the Katyn massacre to his Polish counterpart, a move
underlining Moscow's new willingness to repair long-troubled
relations with Warsaw.
2010 May 8, In western Siberia
2 explosions tore through the Raspadskaya mine just before midnight,
killing at least 66 workers and injuring 41 others. A further 24
people remained trapped in the mine, Russia's largest underground
coal mine, including rescue workers.
(AP, 5/9/10)(AP, 5/10/10)(AP, 5/11/10)(AP,
2010 May 8, Somali pirates off
East Africa, armed with rocket-propelled grenades and automatic
guns, hijacked the Marida Marguerite, a chemical tanker, with 22
crew members on board. The ship was reported released on Dec 28.
(AP, 5/8/10)(AP, 12/28/10)
2010 May 8, Thailand's
government and "Red Shirt" protesters committed themselves to a
faltering peace process despite twin attacks that left two police
2011 May 8, In Afghanistan
gunfire rang out through Kandahar after government troops fought
running battles with Taliban fighters, the second day of fighting
since scores of insurgents launched waves of attacks on key
government and police targets. The fighting left 23 attackers killed
as well as two members of the security forces. Nearly all the
insurgents killed so far had escaped late last month from Kandahar
city's main Sarposa prison. NATO said it had seized more than six
tons of hashish during an operations against insurgents in Kandahar
province's Panjwai and Zhari district.
(Reuters, 5/8/11)(AP, 5/8/11)
2011 May 8, Bahrain's state
news said the Sunni king has ordered a state of emergency to be
lifted from June 1, after imposing it in mid-March following weeks
of Shi'ite-led street protests in the Gulf Arab kingdom. Opposition
leaders appeared in a military court charged as part of a group of
21 with forming a terrorist organization and attempting to overthrow
(Reuters, 5/8/11)(AFP, 5/8/11)
2011 May 8, Cuban dissident
Juan Wilfredo Soto (46) died in Santa Clara. He was detained May 5
during an anti-government protest. Government opponents accused
police of beating him and provoking his death. A medical examiner
and relatives of a late Cuban dissident later concluded that Soto
died of natural causes and showed no signs of being beaten.
(AP, 5/8/11)(AP, 5/12/11)
2011 May 8, In Dagestan a
Russian officer and three rebels were killed when police discovered
an encampment in the woods near Chechnya. Police reported that an
insurgent was killed and two others detained in an operation in the
city of Astrakhan in the Volga delta.
2011 May 8, Egypt's army said
that 190 people would be tried in military courts over sectarian
violence a day earlier that left 13 people dead.
(Reuters, 5/8/11)(SFC, 5/10/11, p.A2)
2011 May 8, Haitian lawmakers
amended an article in the old constitution to do away with a law
banning dual nationality. It would become official after it is
published in The Monitor, a government publication.
2011 May 8, Iran's Bushehr
nuclear power station began operating at a low level in a crucial
step toward bringing it online.
2011 May 8, In Iraq Abu
Huthaifa al-Battawi, the man accused of masterminding an attack on a
Baghdad church last year, wrestled a gun from a guard at a detention
facility, freed his comrades and launched an hours-long assault that
ended with 17 people dead, including a top counterterrorism officer.
A group of the detainees, including al-Battawi, managed to seize a
car and were driving toward the gate of the compound when a guard
opened killed them with a machine gun.
2011 May 8, In Kenya four
children were killed and one seriously injured after playing with
unexploded ordnance they found near a military training ground near
the village of Ole Maroroi.
2011 May 8, In Libya intense
fighting erupted near Misrata as smoke billowed from fuel depots
bombed by regime forces laying siege to the lifeline port city where
rebels awaited arms from Italy.
2011 May 8, In Mexico an
anti-violence march that began in a central state with a few hundred
people and gathered thousands over a four-day trek reached Mexico
City, led by a poet whose son was killed by suspected drug
traffickers. One marine and 12 suspected gunmen of the Zetas drug
cartel were killed in a gun battle on Falcon Lake in the
northeastern state of Tamaulipas. The decapitated bodies of 11 men
were found in two places in Durango, bringing the rapidly mounting
toll to 179.
(AP, 5/8/11)(AP, 5/10/11)
2011 May 8, In Morocco
thousands of protesters marched to demand reform in the Arab world's
longest-serving dynasty and to oppose militant violence after a
deadly bomb attack.
2011 May 8, In Mozambique Vale,
the Brazilian mining giant, opened a new $1.7 billion coal mine,
tapping the southern African country's thermal and coking coal
reserves of around 23 billion tons.
2011 May 8, Nigeria's
opposition Congress for Progressive Change party asked a court to
nullify the election of Pres. Goodluck Jonathan because of alleged
irregularities in some areas.
2011 May 8, In the Philippines
a police intelligence unit arrested Asdatul Sahirun, a suspected
member of the Abu Sayyaf extremist movement, at a shopping mall in
the Manila’s Malate tourist district.
2011 May 8, In the Philippines
tropical storm Aere slammed into the eastern coast, bringing heavy
rains and landslides. At least 22 people were left dead and
thousands forced to leave their homes.
(AFP, 5/8/11)(AP, 5/10/11)
2011 May 8, North and south
Sudan agreed to start withdrawing unauthorized troops from the
flashpoint Abyei border region, a week after clashes there left 14
people dead. The pullout would begin May 10 and be completed within
2011 May 8, In Southern Sudan
rebels attacked cattle herders. 38 militia were killed in the
village of Nadiet. SPLA spokesman Philip Aguer said 34 of those
killed were civilians.
(AP, 5/10/11)(AP, 5/12/11)
2011 May 8, In Syria a
12-year-old boy was killed as gunfire and shelling erupted in the
central city of Homs. An activist said the two-day death toll in
Banias had risen to six. State-run SANA said authorities have seized
sophisticated weapons and that the army is still hunting down "armed
terrorist groups" across the country, including in Banias.
2011 May 8, In Togo seven boats
capsized in a storm on lake Togo, leaving at least 36 people dead.
2011 May 8, In Venezuela the
director of a municipal police force and his son were slain in the
western part of the country. Investigators believed the criminals
began shooting during an attempt to steal the officer's vehicle.
2011 May 8, Yemeni security
forces backed by army units opened fire on protesters demanding the
ouster of the longtime President Ali Abdullah Saleh. One protester
was killed in the western port of Hodeida, and two were killed in
the southern city of Taiz.
2012 May 8, The US Treasury
announced sanctions against Ivan Archivaldo Guzman Salazar and
Ovidio Guzman Lopez, 2 sons of Sinaloa cartel drug lord Joaquin
(SFC, 5/9/12, p.A2)
2012 May 8, A federal judge
said Oracle cannot seek $1 billion in damages from Google for
infringing on copyrights when it developed Android software, because
a jury could not agree on whether it was fair use.
(SFC, 5/9/12, p.D2)
2012 May 8, Maurice Sendak
(83), renowned children's author, died in Connecticut. His books
captivated generations of kids and simultaneously scared their
parents. Sendak wrote and illustrated more than 50 children's books,
including "Where the Wild Things Are," his most famous, published in
1963. Sendak left instructions that his home in Ridgefield become a
museum for his more than 10,000 illustrations.
2012 May 8, Florida authorities
said 10 alleged members of a white supremacist group training near
Orlando and Disney World for a "race war" have been rounded up in a
series of arrests. Ringleader Marcus Faella (39) had been planning
and preparing his American Front (AF) for what he believed to be an
inevitable race war.
2012 May 8, North Carolinians
voted to change the state constitution to say that the only valid
"domestic legal partnership" in the state is marriage between a man
and a woman. The amendment passed 61 to 39 percent, making North
Carolina the 29th state with a gay marriage ban in its constitution.
2012 May 8, In Afghanistan
Taliban insurgents ambushed a convoy of education officials in
Paktika province. 5 officials were killed and 3 others wounded.
(SFC, 5/9/12, p.A2)
2012 May 8, Australia's
government said it will rein in defense spending and scale back
promised increases in foreign aid as it tries to become the first
major developed economy to balance its books after the global
2012 May 8, Andrew Moss, the
chief executive of Britain's second-biggest insurance group Aviva,
stepped down becoming the latest victim of a growing shareholder
revolt over pay for top managers.
2012 May 8, Ecuador’s
legislature passed legislation that would require banks to forgive
any outstanding debt on mortgages for first-time home buyers of
properties worth up to $146,000 if they default and forfeit a home.
(SFC, 5/10/12, p.A2)
2012 May 8, An Egyptian court
upheld a one-year prison sentence for prominent activist Asmaa
Mahfouz for assaulting a witness in an ongoing trial over a deadly
clash between soldiers and Christians. She was in the United States
and unable to attend the sentencing.
2012 May 8, At least 100 pilots
from India's debt-laden national carrier Air India failed to turn up
to work in a move the civil aviation minister described as an
"illegal" strike. The pilots were protesting against former Indian
Airlines flyers -- who moved to Air India when the two firms merged
-- also being trained for new Boeing 787 Dreamliner airplanes,
claiming that would threaten their own career prospects.
2012 May 8, The Indonesia
Embassy in Singapore said it is pushing for a ban on cleaning
outside windows. 8 Indonesian maids in Singapore have fallen to
their deaths from high-rise apartments this year.
2012 May 8, In Iran Seo
Ok-Seok, a UN nuclear inspector from South Korea, was killed and a
colleague was injured in a car crash near a reactor site in Khondab.
2012 May 8, Interpol said it
has put Iraq's fugitive Sunni vice president on its most-wanted list
after issuing a so-called "red notice" for Tariq al-Hashemi, who is
currently in Turkey. The Lyon, France-based organization said on its
website the move came at the request of the government in Baghdad.
2012 May 8, Israeli PM Benjamin
Netanyahu called off plans to hold early parliamentary elections and
unveiled a revamped coalition government, forming a broad alliance
with Kadima, the chief opposition party, that could free his hand to
take action on peace with the Palestinians and decide whether to
2012 May 8, Former Libyan
rebels angry over unpaid stipends opened fire on the headquarters of
the interim government after surrounding the building in Tripoli.
Militias armed with machine guns and mortars tried to storm the
prime minister's office. A gunbattle with security forces left one
(AFP, 5/8/12)(AP, 5/8/12)
2012 May 8, Myanmar opposition
leader Aung San Suu Kyi received her first passport in 24 years
ahead of a planned trip to Norway and Britain.
2012 May 8, A North Korean boat
hijacked three boats with 29 Chinese fishermen on board and demanded
1.2 million yuan ($190,000) for their release. The fisherman were
freed May 20 after being held for 13 days.
(AP, 5/17/12)(AFP, 5/21/12)
2012 May 8, Qatar-based
Al-Jazeera said it has shut its English-language bureau in China
after its correspondent became the first foreign journalist to be
expelled from the country since 1998. Beijing's refusal to renew the
visa of US citizen Melissa Chan sparked anger among press groups,
which linked the decision to a documentary by the international news
channel on forced prison labor in China.
2012 May 8, In Russia Dmitry
Medvedev was confirmed as prime minister. Police broke up a
demonstration by hundreds of opposition activists who had spent the
night outside the presidential administration offices to protest
Vladimir Putin's return as president.
(AP, 5/8/12)(SFC, 5/9/12, p.A4)
2012 May 8, A South African
judge ordered prosecutors to investigate whether Zimbabwean
President Robert Mugabe's government committed human rights abuses
against his rivals ahead of 2008 elections.
2012 May 8, Rebels in Sudan's
Darfur region said they had seized control of Girayda (Gereida) town
from government troops, the latest in a reported upsurge of fighting
in a region that has seen nearly a decade of unrest.
2013 May 8, US officials said
the Obama administration is providing $100 million in new Syria aid,
but the money is for humanitarian purposes only and not linked to
any decision on arming Syrian rebels.
2013 May 8, In Arizona a jury
found Jodi Arias (32) guilty of first-degree murder in the 2008
killing of her onetime boyfriend, Travis Alexander.
(SFC, 5/9/13, p.A8)
2013 May 8, Michigan Gov. Rick
Snyder signed a bill to schedule the state’s first gray wolf hunting
(SFC, 5/9/13, p.A6)
2013 May 8, In Tennessee Sister
Megan Rice (83) and fellow protesters Michael Walli and Greg
Boertje-Obed were convicted of interfering with national security
when they broke into a nuclear weapons facility in Oak Ridge. On May
15, 2015, an appeals court ordered all three to be released.
(SFC, 5/9/13, p.A6)(SFC, 5/16/15, p.A5)
2013 May 8, Afghan police
opened fire on hundreds of demonstrators. 8 protesters were killed.
They were protesting raids that Afghan and NATO forces conducted in
their village of Loye Karez two days earlier. 3 people were killed
when their vehicle triggered an explosive device in Lashkar Gah,
Helmand province. Afghan intelligence service said it arrested an
Afghan national who confessed to having been sent by the Taliban to
carry out a suicide bombing against Abdullah Abdullah, a
presidential candidate in the 2009 election.
2013 May 8, Two Australian
citizens from New South Wales state fell from the mid deck of the
Carnival Spirit. They were discovered missing the next morning after
the ship docked at Sydney's Circular Quay.
2013 May 8, In Bangladesh a
fire fed by huge piles of acrylic products used to make sweaters
killed 8 people at the Tung Hai Sweater factory. The dead included a
ruling-party politician and a top official in the country's powerful
clothing manufacturers' trade group.
2013 May 8, Belgian, French and
Swiss authorities arrested at least 31 people in a sweep for robbers
who pulled off a diamond theft on Feb 18 with clockwork precision at
2013 May 8, The British
government announced a modest, austerity-sensitive program of
legislation intended to tighten immigration controls, reform
pensions and reduce red tape for business as Queen Elizabeth II laid
out plans for the next year at the state opening of Parliament.
2013 May 8, Geza Vermes,
British scholar, Jew and ex-Catholic priest, died. His life’s work
was a definitive study of the Dead Sea Scrolls, discovered in 1947.
His books included “Jesus the Jew” (1973).
(Econ, 5/18/13, p.98)
2013 May 8, In CongoDRC a
community leader said that nearly 30 people have been kidnapped by
the M23 rebels in their eastern fief of Rutshuru since the beginning
of April. The kidnappings appear to be for ransom.
2013 May 8, Guinea's leading
human rights group confirmed that a member of the country's
paramilitary police unit was found guilty of raping a female
demonstrator inside the national soccer stadium during the Sep 28,
2009, pro-democracy rally.
2013 May 8, In northern India a
bus fell into a river in Himachal Pradesh state killing at least 39
2013 May 8, Iran withdrew its
ambassador in Cyprus to protest the country's decision to extradite
an Iranian to the United States for prosecution. Iranian Saeid
Mohabat (45) was extradicted to the US last month to face charges of
breaching UN sanctions against Iran.
2013 May 8, In Iraq at least 8
people were killed and nearly 40 were wounded in separate attacks in
Fallujah, Kirkuk, Mosul and Baghdad.
2013 May 8, Israel gave
preliminary approval to build nearly 300 housing units in a West
Bank settlement, bringing a Palestinian rebuke and possibly
complicating US efforts to relaunch Mideast peace talks.
2013 May 8, In Italy former
Premier Silvio Berlusconi's tax fraud conviction and four-year
prison sentence were upheld on the first appeal.
2013 May 8, Mexico's government
proposed a sweeping overhaul of the banking sector to make credit
cheaper and more available, a move desperately needed in a country
where bank loans represent less than 20 percent of GDP — one-tenth
the level seen in the United States.
2013 May 8, Pakistani PM Mir
Hazar Khan Khoso's office said a ban on air conditioners in
government offices will go into effect on May 15 and will continue
until pervasive energy shortages improve.
2013 May 8, In Russia Vladislav
Surkov, a longtime Kremlin strategist considered the architect of
the tightly controlled political system created under President
Vladimir Putin, resigned his post of deputy prime minister. His
ouster followed an unusually public feud with investigators over a
criminal investigation into Skolkovo, a government project to
promote innovation modeled on Silicon Valley. Surkov was overseeing
the ambitious project.
2013 May 8, South Sudan's
military spokesman says a rebel force under David Yau Yau has
overrun part of Boma, a town in the country's east near the border
2013 May 8, Syrian troops
pushed into Khirbet Ghazaleh, a strategic town along the highway
leading to the Jordanian border. A massive Internet outage engulfed
most of the country for a second day.
2013 May 8, Uruguay convicted
Gen. Miguel Dalmao for dictatorship-era human rights violations. He
was sentenced to 28 years in prison for the death of a communist
2013 May 8, In Yemen suspected
militants shot and killed three senior air force pilots in Dubba, an
area about 10 km (six miles) outside Al-Annad base in the southern
province of Lahj.
2014 May 8, Pablo Picasso’s
1932 oil painting “The Rescue” sold for $31.5 million at a Sotheby
auction in NYC.
(SFC, 5/9/14, p.A8)
2014 May 8, British police
officers across London will wear video cameras when responding to
emergency calls as part of a year-long pilot project launched today.
2014 May 8, Religious leaders
in Britain called for all meat to be labelled with details of how it
was slaughtered after it emerged halal and kosher meat in
supermarkets is often not marked as such.
2014 May 8, Colin Pillinger
(70), an ebullient British space scientist died. He captured the
popular imagination with his failed 2003 attempt to land a British
probe on Mars.
2014 May 8, Bulgarian
prosecutors charged Maria Divizieva, the prime minister's chief of
staff, with aiding in the embezzlement of EU funds, two weeks after
charges were pressed against two top magistrates in the same case.
2014 May 8, In Chile tens of
thousands of students protested for education reform in their first
march since Pres. Bachelet took power.
(SFC, 5/9/14, p.A2)
2014 May 8, China accused
Vietnam of intentionally colliding with its ships in the South China
Sea, but called for talks to end a bitter row sparked by Beijing's
parking of a giant oil rig in contested waters.
2014 May 8, Chinese police shot
dead an assailant who attacked a police vehicle with knives in the
far western region of Xinjiang.
2014 May 8, France said it will
deploy 3,000 soldiers to combat Islamist violence in the vast and
largely lawless Sahel region to pursue counter-terrorism in north
Mali, the north of Niger and in Chad.
2014 May 8, In Ghana at least 4
people were killed when a helicopter crashed while heading to an
offshore oil field operated by Lukoil. Three survivors were rescued
and one person remained missing.
2014 May 8, Honduras for the
first time extradited a suspected drug trafficker to the United
States. Carlos Arnoldo Lobo (40) was arrested March 27 and has been
indicted on US drug trafficking charges in Florida.
2014 May 8, In Hong Kong a
blockbuster corruption trial involving property tycoons Thomas and
Raymond Kwok got under way. They were among five defendants pleading
not guilty to bribery charges.
2014 May 8, India rejected the
findings of a World Health Organization (WHO) study that ranks New
Delhi as the world's worst city for air pollution.
2014 May 8, Indian scientists
reported the discovery of 14 new species of so-called dancing frogs
in the jungle mountains of southern India — just in time, they fear,
to watch them fade away.
2014 May 8, In Italy Claudio
Scajola, a former minister in several of Silvio Berlusconi's
center-right governments, was arrested in a luxury Rome hotel for
allegedly helping Amedeo Matacena, a prominent businessman convicted
of Mafia association, flee to Dubai last summer.
2014 May 8, In Italy seven
managers and ex-members of parliament were arrested over alleged
attempts to influence public tenders for Milan's Expo 2015, casting
a shadow over plans to stage an international showcase event and
help kick-start the economy.
2014 May 8, Lebanon recorded
its first case of the often-fatal Middle East respiratory virus
(MERS). The patient had recently returned from a visit to several
Gulf countries, including Saudi Arabia.
2014 May 8, In Libya 3
policemen were killed instantly when the thieves opened fire on
officers who chased them during the theft of a car in Tripoli. Two
more policemen died later of their wounds. The armed group took one
2014 May 8, In Pakistan a
roadside bomb killed 9 paramilitary soldiers near Miran Shah in
2014 May 8, In southwestern
Spain 5 members of a youth football team aged between 12 and 15 were
killed when their bus collided with another vehicle. Police arrested
the driver of the second vehicle, a farm digger, after he tested
positive for drugs.
2014 May 8, Syrian rebels
detonated a huge bomb underneath an Aleppo hotel used by President
Bashar al-Assad's forces, destroying it The rebel Islamic Front
claimed responsibility said 50 soldiers were killed in the Carlton
2014 May 8, Thailand's
anti-graft agency indicted former PM Yingluck Shinawatra for
negligence, a ruling that came a day after a court threw her out of
office and could kill off any hopes she has of staging an electoral
2014 May 8, Tunisia’s President
Moncef Marzouk declared a state of emergency in Douz, a southern
desert town swept by days of clashes between rival tribes. An
overnight curfew would remain in force until May 22 because of the
2014 May 8, In eastern Ukraine
the pro-Russia insurgency decided to go ahead with a May 11
referendum on autonomy or even independence despite a call from
Russian President Vladimir Putin to postpone it.
2014 May 8, In Venezuela
hundreds of National Guard members and police broke up four camps
maintained by student protesters and arrested 243 people in an early
morning raid. Officials reported one officer killed in clashes
following the raids.
(AP, 5/8/14)(SFC, 5/9/14, p.A4)
2014 May 8, Yemeni armed forces
swept al-Qaida fighters out of a district in the country's south,
one of the main goals of the major offensive waged by the military
the past two weeks. Yemen’s US embassy was closed to the public
after a spate of attacks against foreigners and fears that Al-Qaeda
will seek revenge for a deadly offensive in the south.
(AP, 5/8/14)(AFP, 5/8/14)
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