Today in History - May 9

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May 9 is Europe Day.
    (Econ, 7/28/07, p.55)

1079        May 9, Stanislaus, Polish bishop of Cracow, was murdered.
    (MC, 5/9/02)

1265        May 9, Dante Alighieri, Italian poet (Divine Comedy), was born.
    (WUD, 1994 p.367)(MC, 5/9/02)

1429        May 9, Joan of Arc defeated the besieging English at Orleans.
    (HN, 5/9/98)

1443        May 9, Niccolo d'Albergati, Italian cardinal, died.
    (MC, 5/9/02)

1460        May 9, In the Netherlands the courtyard Episcopal palace at Atrecht had witch burnings.
    (MC, 5/9/02)

1474        May 9, Peter van Hagenbach, Elzasser knight, land guardian, was beheaded.
    (MC, 5/9/02)

1502        May 9, Christopher Columbus left Cadiz, Spain, on his fourth and final trip to the Western Hemisphere. He explored Central America, and discovered St. Lucia, the Isthmus of Panama, Honduras, and Costa Rica. Columbus left 52 Jewish families in Costa Rica. [see May 11]
    (TL-MB, 1988, p.8)(AP, 5/9/97)(WSJ, 6/15/00, p.A1)

1588        May 9, Duke Henri de Guise's troops occupied Paris.
    (MC, 5/9/02)

1657        May 9, William Bradford, Governor (Plymouth Colony, Mass), died.
    (MC, 5/9/02)

1667        May 9, Marie Louise de Gonzague-Nevers, French Queen of Poland (1645-48), died.
    (MC, 5/9/02)

1671        May 9, Colonel Thomas Blood (1618-1680), Irish adventurer, attempted to steal the Crown Jewels from the Tower of London.
    (MC, 5/9/02)(Reuters, 8/24/01)

1707        May 9, Dietrich Buxtehude (~69), German organist, composer, died.
    (MC, 5/9/02)

1738        May 9, John Pindar, [Peter], physician, poet, was born.
    (MC, 5/9/02)

1740        May 9, Giovanni Paisiello, Italian composer (Barber of Seville), was born.
    (MC, 5/9/02)

1745        May 9, Tomaso Antonio Vitali (82), composer, died.
    (MC, 5/9/02)

1753        May 9, King Louis XV disbanded the French parliament.
    (MC, 5/9/02)

1754        May 9, The first American newspaper cartoon was published. The illustration in Benjamin Franklin's Pennsylvania Gazette showed a snake cut into sections, each part representing an American colony; the caption read, "Join or die."
    (AP, 5/9/97)(HN, 5/9/98)

1783        May 9, Alexander Ross, pioneer, fur trader, was born in Canada.
    (MC, 5/9/02)

1785        May 9, James Pollard Espy, meteorologist (Philosophy of Storms), was born in Pennsylvania.
    (MC, 5/9/02)
1785        May 9, British inventor Joseph Bramah patented a beer-pump handle.
    (MC, 5/9/02)

1791        May 9, Francis Hopkinson (53), US writer, music, lawyer, died.
    (MC, 5/9/02)

1800        May 9, John Brown, American abolitionist, was born. His adventures came to an end at Harper's Ferry, where he tried to start a revolution against slavery.
    (HN, 5/9/99)

1805        May 9, Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller (45), poet, playwright, died in Weimar.
    (MC, 5/9/02)(SSFC, 8/1/04, p.D10)

1810        May 9, Louis Gallait, historical painter, was born.
    (MC, 5/9/02)

1813        May 9, U.S. troops under William Henry Harrison rescued Fort Meigs from British and Canadian troops.
    (HN, 5/9/99)

1836        May 9, HMS Beagle with Charles Darwin departed Port Louis, Mauritius.
    (MC, 5/9/02)

1837        May 9, "Sherrod" burned in Mississippi River below Natchez, Miss., and 175 died.
    (MC, 5/9/02)

1843        May 9, Belle Boyd, Confederate spy, was born. She helped 'Stonewall' Jackson during his Valley campaign.
    (HN, 5/9/99)

1846        May 9, US forced Mexico back to Rio Grande in the Battle of Resaca de la Palma.
    (MC, 5/9/02)
1846        May 9, Gen. Mariano Arista crossed the Rio Grande and killed a number of US soldiers in a surprise attack. Mexico believed that France and Britain would support it in a war against the US.
    (WP, 6/29/96, p.A15)

1859        May 9, Threatened by the advancing French army, the Austrian army retreated across the River Sesia in Italy.
    (HN, 5/9/00)

1860        May 9, James Matthew Barrie (d.1937), novelist (Margaret Ogilvy, Peter Pan), was born in Kirriemuir, Scotland.
    (www.angus.gov.uk)

1861        May 9, The Banshee, a British ship designed to run the American blockade on Confederate ports, departed Nassau for Wilmington, NC, on the first of many successful runs directed by Thomas E. Taylor, a shipping clerk for the Anglo-Confederate Trading Company.
    (ON, 8/09, p.11)

1862        May 9, Battle of Ft. Pickens, FL (Pensacola), evacuated by CSA.
    (MC, 5/9/02)
1862        May 9, Battle of Farmington, Missouri.
    (MC, 5/9/02)
1862        May 9, US Naval Academy was relocated from Annapolis MD to Newport, RI.
    (MC, 5/9/02)

1864        May 9, Union General John Sedgwick was shot and killed by a confederate sharpshooter during fighting at Spotsylvania, Va. His last words before getting hit were " From this distance they couldn't hit an elephant."
    (AH, 2/03, p.35)
1864        May 9, Battle of Dalton, GA.
    (MC, 5/9/02)
1864        May 9, Battle of Cloyd's Mt. and Swift Creek, VA (Drewry’s Bluff, Ft. Darling).
    (MC, 5/9/02)
1864        May 9, Austria and Denmark held a ship battle at Helgoland.
    (MC, 5/9/02)

1865        May 9, William Smith (1797-1887) was forced out of office as governor of Virginia following the Confederate surrender.
    (http://tinyurl.com/lnq3flb)(Econ, 8/17/13, p.28)
1865        May 9, August de Boeck (d.1937), Flemish composer, was born.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/August_de_Boeck)

1868        May 9, Anton Bruckner's 1st Symphony in C premiered.
    (MC, 5/9/02)

1873        May 9, Howard Carter, discoverer of King Tutankhamen's tomb, was born.
    (HN, 5/9/98)

1880        May 9, Johann Hermann Berens (54), composer, died.
    (MC, 5/9/02)

1882        May 9, Henry J. Kaiser, builder of Liberty Ships for U.S. war effort, was born.
    (HN, 5/9/98)

1883        May 9, Spanish philosopher Jose Ortega y Gasset was born in Madrid.
    (AP, 5/9/08)

1885        May 9, In the Battle of Batoche, Saskatchewan, Metis rebels ran out of ammunition and resorted to firing pebbles from their guns, until they were forced to retreat.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North-West_Rebellion)

1896        May 9, The 1st horseless carriage show in London featured 10 models.
    (MC, 5/9/02)

1899        May 9, A lawn mower was patented.
    (MC, 5/9/02)

1907        May 9, Baldur von Schirach, German writer, Nazi Youth leader, convicted war criminal, was born.
    (MC, 5/9/02)

1908        May 9, Dirk Fock became governor of Suriname.
    (MC, 5/9/02)

1909        May 9, In San Francisco 135 delegates of the anti-Japanese Laundry League took steps at a convention at Golden Gate Hall, 222 Van Ness Ave., to boycott all Japanese enterprises on the Pacific Coast.
    (SSFC, 5/10/09, DB p.50)

1913        May 9, The 17th amendment to the Constitution, providing for the election of US senators by popular vote rather than selection by state legislatures, was ratified. [see May 31]
    (AP, 5/9/01)

1914        May 9, Carlo Maria Giulini, conductor, was born.
    (MC, 5/9/02)
1914        May 9, Clarence Eugene Snow (d.1999), later known as singer Hank Snow (I Went to Your Wedding), was born in Brooklyn, Nova Scotia. His songs included the 1950 hit "I'm Moving On."
    (SFC, 12/21/99, p.A27)(MC, 5/9/02)
1914        May 9, Pres. Wilson proclaimed Mother's Day.
    (MC, 5/9/02)

1915        May 9, German and French forces fought the Battle of Artois.
    (HN, 5/9/98)

1918        May 9, Mike Wallace, newscaster (Biography, 60 Minutes), was born in Brookline, Mass.
    (MC, 5/9/02)
1918        May 9, Orville Freeman, (Gov-D-Minn.), Sec of Agriculture (1961-69), was born in Minneapolis.
    (MC, 5/9/02)

1919        May 9, Arthur English, comedian, actor (Malachi's Cove), was born.
    (MC, 5/9/02)
1919        May 9, James Reese Europe (b.1881), jazz band leader and founder of the NYC Clef Club, died after he was stabbed during the intermission of a performance at Mechanic’s Hall in Boston. Europe led the Clef Club Symphony Orchestra before WW I and during the war led a US Army band in the all-black 369th Infantry Regiment, which was attached to the French Army. In 1995 Reid Badger authored “A Life in Ragtime," a biography of Europe.
    (WSJ, 11/10/05, p.D7)(www.jass.com/Others/europe.html)

1921        May 9, The play "Sei Personaggi in Cerca d'Autore" (Six Characters in Search of an Author) by Luigi Pirandello (1867-1936) premiered in Rome.
    (http://tinyurl.com/qs2xg8)

1925        May 9, Cornerstone for Hebrew University in Jerusalem was laid. It was founded in Jerusalem in part by Aharon and Yocheved Shulov.
    (SFC, 6/3/96, p.A19)(MC, 5/9/02)

1926        May 9, Americans Richard Byrd and Floyd Bennett made the first flight over the North Pole. [see 1888-1957, Byrd] Two teams of aviators competed to be the first to fly over the North Pole. American Navy Lt. Cmdr. Richard E. Byrd and pilot Floyd Bennett claimed victory when they circled the North Pole. But even today experts suspect that faulty navigation caused Byrd to miss the North Pole. Later archivists determined that Byrd was probably 150 miles short of the pole. His tri-motor Fokker monoplane named Josephine Ford probably came within 2.25 degrees of the pole.
    (HFA, ‘96, p.30)(TMC, 1994, p.1926)(SFC, 5/9/96, p.A-13)(HN, 5/9/98)(HNPD, 5/13/99)
1926        May 9, In San Francisco a bomb exploded in front of the main entrance of Sts. Peter and Paul’s Catholic Church.
    (SFC, 11/22/14, p.C1)
1926        May 9, Joseph Malaby Dent (b.1849), British bookbinder turned publisher, died. He began Everyman’s Library in 1906, a collection of low cost classic books. Random House and Knopf debuted a revived line in 1991.
    (WSJ, 1/9/07, p.D4)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J._M._Dent)

1932        May 9, Piccadilly Circus was lit by electricity.
    (MC, 5/9/02)

1933        May 9, Spanish anarchists called for a general strike.
    (MC, 5/9/02)

1934        May 9, Alan Bennett, playwright, actor (Secret Policeman's Other Ball, Beyond the Fringe), was born in England.
    (MC, 5/9/02)
1934        May 9, The San Francisco waterfront strike began. The Int’l. Longshoremen’s Association (ILA), headed by Australian immigrant Harry Bridges, shut down seaports in Washington, Oregon and California for 3 months. Union workers went on strike for a 6 hour day and a hiring hall to replace the company operated Blue Book Union on the waterfront. Strike breakers were housed in ships to avoid getting beat up by the dock workers. In 1996 David F. Selvin published "A Terrible Anger: The 1934 Waterfront and General Strikes in San Francisco." [see Jul 5]
    (SFEC, 12/15/96, BR p.5)(SFEM, 3/2/97, p.21)(SFC, 8/4/97, p.E5)(SFEC, 5/2/99, Z1 p.4)(SFC, 10/4/02, p.A17)

1936        May 9, Albert Finney, actor, was born in Salford, UK. He starred in "Murder on the Orient Express" and "Tom Jones."
    (HN, 5/9/99)(MC, 5/9/02)
1936        May 9, Glenda Jackson, actress (Women in Love), was born in Cheshire, England.
    (MC, 5/9/02)
1936        May 9, Fascist Italy took Addis Abba and annexed Ethiopia as Benito Mussolini celebrated in Rome.
    (AP, 5/9/97)(HN, 5/9/98)

1940        May 9, James L. Brooks, producer, director (Broadcast News, Taxi, Critic), was born.
    (MC, 5/9/02)
1940        cMay 9, The Germans made their panzer attack across the Ardennes.
    (DrEE, 10/26/96, p.4)

1941        May 9, The German submarine U-110 was captured at sea by the Royal Navy, revealing considerable Enigma material. Enigma was the German machine used to encrypt messages during World War II.
    (HN, 5/9/99)(HNQ, 8/30/00)

1942        May 9, John Ashcroft, later Missouri governor (1984-1992) senator (1995-2000) and US Attorney Gen’l (2001-2004), was born in Chicago, Ill.
    (USAT, 11/5/04, p.4A)

1943        May 9, The 5th German Panzer army surrendered in Tunisia.
    (MC, 5/9/02)

1944        May 9, Russians recaptured Crimea by taking Sevastopol. [see May 6]
    (MC, 5/9/02)

1945        May 9, U.S. officials announced that the midnight entertainment curfew was being lifted immediately.
    (AP, 5/9/97)
1945        May 9, Czechoslovakia was liberated from Nazi occupation (Nat’l Day).
    (MC, 5/9/02)
1945        May 9, Jersey was liberated from Nazis.
    (MC, 5/9/02)
1945        May 9, Norwegian Nazi collaborator Vidkun Quisling was arrested.
    (MC, 5/9/02)
1945        May 9, Soviet citizens celebrated their WW II victory in Europe at Red Square. This became an annual holiday to commemorate the 27 million Soviet citizens who died in the war.
    (Econ, 5/7/05, p.45)

1946        May 9, King Victor Emmanuel III of Italy abdicated and was replaced by his son, Umberto II. He served until a June referendum abolished the monarchy.
    (HN, 5/9/98)(SFC, 1/30/01, p.C2)

1949        May 9, Billy Joel, Bronx, rock vocalist (Piano man, Capt Jack, Bridge), was born.
    (MC, 5/9/02)
1949        May 9, In Monaco Prince Rainier (26) succeeded his grandfather, Prince Louis II.
    (SFEC, 3/28/99, p.T3)

1951        May 9, The U.S. Far East Air Force launched a strike on Sinuiju, North Korea, on the Yalu River.
    (HN, 5/9/99)

1957        May 9, Ezio F. Pinza, Italian bass (La Scala of Milan, NY Met Opera, Broadway musicals), died.
    (MC, 5/9/02)
1957        May 9, Heinrich Campendonk (b.1889), German-born Dutch artist and a member of the Der Blaue Reiter group (1911-1912), died.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heinrich_Campendonk)

1958        May 9, The film "Vertigo" with James Stewart and Kim Novak was released. It was directed by Alfred Hitchcock and had been shot in the SF Bay Area. "Vertigo" premiered in San Francisco.
    (SFEC, 8/11/96, DB, p.39)(AP, 5/9/08)

1960        May 9, The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the pill Enovid as safe for birth control use. The pill was made by G.D. Searle and Company of Chicago. It was commissioned by Margaret Sanger and funded by heiress Katharine McCormick. In 2001 Carl Djerassi authored "This Man’s Pill: Reflections on the 50th Birthday of the Pill." Djerassi synthesized a key hormone in the pill in Mexico City in 1951.
    (SSFC, 10/21/01, p.R6)(AP, 5/9/00)
1960        May 9, US sent a U-2 over USSR.
    (MC, 5/9/02)

1961        May 9, In a speech to the National Association of Broadcasters, Federal Communications Commission chairman Newton N. Minow condemned television programming as a "vast wasteland."
    (AP, 5/9/97)

1962        May 9, A laser beam was successfully bounced off Moon for the first time.
    (HN, 5/9/99)

1964        May 9, Khrushchev visited Egypt.
    (MC, 5/9/02)

1967        May 9, Marine Sgt. James Neil Tycz (22) and three other US servicemen were killed on Hill 665 near Khe Sanh, Vietnam, close to the Laos border. In 2005 three of the men were buried at Arlington National Cemetery on the 38th anniversary of their deaths.
    (AP, 5/8/05)

1970        May 9, Walter Reuther (1907-1970) died in a plane crash. He was a die maker who pioneered the establishment of the United Automobile Workers union and served as the UAW president from 1946 for 24 years.
    (WSJ, 6/19/96, Adv. Supl)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walter_Reuther)

1971        May 9, In the 23rd Emmy Awards: Jack Klugman won for his role in “The Odd Couple" & Jean Stapleton won for her role in “All in the Family."
    (www.imdb.com/Sections/Awards/Emmy_Awards/1971)
1971        May 9, Friends of Earth returned 1500 non-returnable bottles to Schweppes. Friends of Earth became an international network this year with a meeting of representatives from the US, Sweden, the UK and France.
    (http://tinyurl.com/6yqzul)(http://tinyurl.com/5zmwfa)

1974        May 9, The House Judiciary Committee opened hearings on whether to recommend the impeachment of President Nixon.
    (AP, 5/9/97)(HN, 5/9/98)

1976        May 9, Harvey Fite, professor of art at Bard College, died in Saugerties, NY, while working on his multi-acre Opus 40 landscape sculpture. In 2010 the 37-year project was listed for sale for $3.5 million.
    (SFC, 3/22/10, p.A4)
1976        May 9, Ulrike Meinhof (b.1934), co-leader of the Baader-Meinhof gang, committed suicide in German prison.
    (SFC, 1/10/01, p.A8)(WSJ, 4/3/09, p.A15)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ulrike_Meinhof)

1977        May 9, Pink Floyd opened a 2-night stand at the Oakland Coliseum.
    (http://concerts.wolfgangsvault.com/dt/pink-floyd-concert/2923-5541.html)
1977        May 9, James Jones (b.1921), US writer (From Here to Eternity), died. His work included the pre-WW II novel "From Here to Eternity." His daughter later wrote the novel "A Soldier’s Daughter never Cries," which was made into a film with Kris Kristofferson as James Jones.
    (www.kirjasto.sci.fi/jjones.htm)(SFEC, 7/12/98, Par p.17)

1978        May 9, "Ain't Misbehavin'" opened at Longacre Theater NYC for 1604 performances.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ain't_Misbehavin')
1978        May 9, The bullet-riddled body of former Italian PM Aldo Moro, who'd been abducted by the Red Brigades, was found in an abandoned automobile in the center of Rome. In 2000 French police arrested Alvaro Loiacono in northern Corsica for his alleged role in the murder.
    (AP, 5/9/97)(SFC, 6/3/00, p.A12)

1980        May 9, In Florida 35 motorists were killed when a Liberian-flagged freighter rammed the Sunshine Skyway Bridge over Tampa Bay. The freighter MV Summit Venture collided with a pier (support column) during a blinding thunderstorm, sending over 1200 feet (366m) of the bridge plummeting into Tampa Bay. The collision caused six cars, a truck, and a Greyhound bus to fall 150 feet (46 m) into the water.
    (AP, 5/9/97)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sunshine_Skyway_Bridge)

1981        May 9, Nelson Algren (72), US writer (Man with the Golden Arm), died.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nelson_Algren)

1982        May 9, The musical "Nine," inspired by Federico Fellini's film "Eight and a-Half," opened on Broadway.
    (AP, 5/9/07)

1984        May 9, In San Francisco a 5-alarm fire engulfed Piers 30 and 32 along the Embarcadero at the foot of Bryant Street. Damages were estimated at $2.5 million.
    (SSFC, 5/3/09, DB p.50)(SSFC, 5/10/09, DB p.50)

1985        May 9, Laurent Fabius, head of the French Socialist government, blocked the sale of an AIDS virus detection test made by Abbott Laboratories. Fabius and others were later charged with criminal negligence and manslaughter in the deaths of hundreds who died from transfusions of tainted blood. In 1999 Fabius and Georgina Dufoix were cleared of the charges. Edmond Herve, the health minister under Dufoix, was convicted of negligence in 2 cases.
    (SFEC, 2/7/99, p.A2)(SFC, 3/10/99, p.A1)

1986        May 9, In Norway the Conservative-led coalition resigned and Gro Harlem Brundtland (b.1939) returned to power. She immediately appointed 8 women to her 18-member cabinet.
    (SFC, 10/24/96, p.C3)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gro_Harlem_Brundtland)
1986        May 9, Tenzing Norgay (b.1914), Tibetan climber (Mount Everest 1953), died.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tenzing_Norgay)

1987        May 9, All 183 people aboard a Polish jetliner were killed when the plane, bound for New York, crashed and burned in Warsaw after the pilot attempted an emergency return.
    (AP, 5/9/97)

1988        May 9, Education Secretary William J. Bennett announced he would leave his position in mid-September.
    (AP, 5/9/98)

1989        May 9, President Bush complained that Panama's elections were marred by "massive irregularities," and he called for worldwide pressure on General Manuel Antonio Noriega to step down as military leader.
    (AP, 5/9/99)
1989        May 9, VP Quayle said in United Negro College Fund speech: "What a waste it is to lose one's mind" instead of "a mind is terrible thing to waste."
    (www.realchange.org/quayle.htm)

1990        May 9, President Bush and congressional leaders announced plans for emergency budget talks, with tax increases and spending cuts on the negotiating table.
    (AP, 5/9/00)
1990        May 9, A major cyclone made landfall on Andhra Pradesh, India. It dissipated 2 days later over central India. Strong flooding caused 510 human fatalities, but the effect on agriculture was substantial. More than 100,000 animals were killed,
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1990-1994_North_Indian_Ocean_cyclone_seasons)

1991        May 9, President Bush met at the White House with UN Secretary-General Javier Perez de Cuellar, who relayed Iraq’s rejection of a US-backed proposal for a UN civilian force in northern Iraq.
    (AP, 5/9/01)
1991        May 9, William Kennedy Smith was charged with rape, nearly six weeks after Patricia Bowman accused him of attacking her at the Kennedy family estate in West Palm Beach, Florida. He was later acquitted at trial.
    (AP, 5/9/01)
1991        May 9, Michael Landon (d.7/1/1991) appeared on Tonight Show to talk about his cancer.
    (www.sawilsons.com/highway_to_heaven.htm)

1992        May 9, Final episode of "Golden Girls" aired on NBC-TV.
    (www.tv.com/golden-girls/show/131/summary.html)
1992        May 9, President Bush, back in Washington after a visit to riot-torn Los Angeles, promised in a radio speech that he would work with the Democrat-controlled Congress on proposals to help American cities.
    (AP, 5/9/97)

1993        May 9, The White House said President Clinton had directed Secretary of State Warren M. Christopher to contact U.S. allies to discuss how they could ensure Serbia's promise to cut supplies to the Bosnian Serbs.
    (AP, 5/9/98)
1993        May 9, Major flooding began in the Mississippi Valley. 1700 square miles flooded in Kansas, Illinois, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Total damage was later estimated at $20 billion.
    (SSFC, 9/4/05, p.A7)
1993        May 9, Paraguay held its 1st presidential and parliamentary elections in 50 years. A democracy was established in Paraguay. Juan Carlos Wasmosy was elected president.
    (WSJ, 4/24/96, A1)
1993        May 9, Pope John Paul II made an anti-Mafia speech in Agrigento, Sicily.
    (www.cbc.ca/news/obit/pope/timeline.html)
1993        May 9, Penelope Gilliatt [Conner], British author, died.
    (www.britannica.com/eb/article-9104302)

1994        May 9, "Passion" opened at Plymouth Theater in NYC for 280 performances.
    (www.sjsondheim.com/passion.html)
1994        May 9, Comedian Bobcat Goldthwait set fire to the couch on Tonight Show. A misdemeanor charge soon followed and a fine of $3,888.
    (www.courttv.com/news/flashback/May.html)
1994        May 9, Mass murderer Joel Rifkin was found guilty in NY. By January 1996, Rifkin was scheduled to serve at least 183 years for seven slayings, with 10 counts outstanding.
    (www.crimelibrary.com/serial_killers/predators/rifkin/9.html)
1994        May 9, South Africa's newly elected parliament chose Nelson Mandela to be the country's first black president. Mandela promised a South Africa for "all its people, black and white."
    (AP, 5/9/99)

1995        May 9, President Clinton arrived in Moscow for a summit with Russian President Boris Yeltsin.
    (AP, 5/9/00)
1995        May 9, The United States returned 13 Cuban boat people to their homeland, the first to be sent back under a new policy bitterly protested by Cuban-Americans.
    (AP, 5/9/00)
1995        May 9, Kinshasa, capital of Zaire (later Congo), was placed under quarantine after an outbreak of the Ebola virus.
    (AP, 5/9/00)

1996        May 9, In dramatic video testimony to a hushed courtroom in Little Rock, Ark., President Clinton insisted he had nothing to do with a $300,000 loan at the heart of the criminal case against his former Whitewater partners.
    (AP, 5/9/97)
1996        May 9, In India the Congress Party conceded to electoral losses.
    (WSJ, 5/9/96, p.A-1)
1996        May 9, In South Africa the National Party withdrew from a national-unity government with Pres. Mandela’s African National Congress.
    (WSJ, 5/10/96, p.A-1)
1996        May 9, In Germany the parliament cleared the way for a high-speed, magnetically levitated train system to link Berlin and Hamburg. The project is estimated to cost $3.7 billion and is to be completed in 2005.
    (WSJ, 5/10/96, p.A-6)
1996        May 9, Bacterial meningitis had Infected more than 100,000 people in West Africa over the last 3 months and more than 10,000 died. The epidemic was most intense in the region just south of the Sahara known as the Sahel.
    (SFC, 5/9/96, p.C-5)

1997        May 9, During a visit to a rain forest in Costa Rica, President Clinton urged nations not to sacrifice their environment in pursuit of economic gain.
    (AP, 5/9/98)
1997        May 9, HUD announced a suit against A. Bruce Rozet, a prominent SF property owner, for kickbacks on inflated management fees. Rozet and partner Deane Earl Ross had holdings that included 21,851 housing units that received annual federal subsidies of $71.6 million.
    (SFC, 5/10/97, p.A3)
1997        May 9, The California state Environmental protection Agency issued a report that linked lung cancer to diesel exhaust fumes.
    (SFC, 5/10/97, p.A17)
1997        May 9, A pesticide plant burned after an explosion in West Helena, Ark. The chemical Azinphosmethyl was not supposed to have exploded unless it was heated and decomposed. A levee was built to keep poison-laden rainwater from entering the Mississippi River. Three firefighters were killed.
    (SFC, 5/10/97, p.A8)
1997        May 9, Australian scientists reported in the journal Radiation Research that prolonged exposure of cellular phone radiation in the 900 megahertz range increased the risk of lymphoma cancer in mice.
    (SFC, 5/9/97, p.A1,11)
1997        May 9, In Hong Kong a 3-year-old boy became ill with the flu. He died May 21 and the flu was identified as subtype H5N1, a bird flu.
    (SFC, 2/26/01, p.A9)
1997        May 9, In Italy 8 Venetian separatists took over the bell tower at St. Mark’s Square. They were overpowered by police after 7 1/2 hours.
    (SFC, 5/10/97, p.A10)
1997        May 9, Marco Ferreri (b.1928), film director, died. His work included “The Wheelchair" (El Cochecit 1960), “Le Lit Conjugal" (The Conjugal Bed 1963), “Dillinger Is Dead" (1969), “La Grande Bouffe" (1973), “La Derniere Femme" (1976), and “Bye Bye Monkey’ (1978).
    (SFC, 5/10/97, p.A20)
1997        May 9, In Russia Pres. Yeltsin approved a new security doctrine that stipulated that right to use nuclear weapons if it was attacked.
    (SFC, 5/10/97, p.A12)

1998        May 9, In Britain the Israeli transsexual, Dana International (Yaron Cohen), won the annual Eurovision Song Prize with the song “Diva.".
    (SFC, 5/11/98, p.D5)(SFEC, 7/20/98, p.A9)
1998        May 9, In France a bomb exploded near the Spanish border at Saint-Pierre d’Irube and caused damage to a bank branch and the City Hall. Basque militants were suspected.
    (SFEC, 5/10/98, p.A22)
1998        May 9, In Greece Archbishop Christodoulos was enthroned in Athens as the new head of the Greek Orthodox Church. A recent proposal to force the separation of church and state in Greece was rejected the previous week.
    (SFEC, 5/10/98, p.A19)
1998        May 9, Indonesian President Suharto left his troubled country for a summit in Egypt with a warning his army would quell violence over his 32-year rule and the worsening economy.
    (AP, 5/9/99)
1998        May 9, The leading Group of Eight industrialized countries imposed an investment ban on Serbia and froze and froze the assets abroad of Serbia and Montenegro due to conditions in Kosovo. The sanctions did not go into effect because Serbia began talks with ethnic Albanians in Kosovo.
    (SFEC, 5/10/98, p.A13)(WSJ, 5/19/98, p.A1)

1999        May 9, On Oahu, Hawaii, a landslide at Sacred Falls State Park killed 8 people and injured dozens.
    (SFC, 5/11/99, p.A3)(SFC, 5/13/99, p.A5)
1999        May 9, In Louisiana a chartered bus, bound for a Mother's Day gambling excursion, crashed on I-610 in New Orleans and [22] 23 people were killed.
    (SFC, 5/10/99, p.A1)(WSJ, 5/10/99, p.A1)(AP, 5/9/00)
1999        May 9, NATO struck artillery and mortar positions along with armored vehicles and Serbian troops in Kosovo.
    (SFC, 5/10/99, p.A8)
1999        May 9, China announced that it was breaking off diplomatic contacts with Washington on human rights and arms control along with contacts on weapons proliferation and int'l. security due to the bombing of its embassy in Belgrade. Furious Chinese demonstrators hurled rocks and debris into the U.S. Embassy in a second day of protests against NATO's bombing of the Chinese Embassy in Yugoslavia.
    (SFC, 5/10/99, p.A1)(AP, 5/9/00)
1999        May 9, In East Timor violence in Dili between separatists and anti-independence militia began and left 4 people dead over the next 2 days.
    (SFC, 5/11/99, p.A12)

2000        May 9, Senator John McCain endorsed Texas Governor George W. Bush for president.
    (SFC, 5/10/00, p.A1)
2000        May 9, Former four-term Louisiana Governor Edwin Edwards was convicted of extortion schemes to manipulate the licensing of riverboat casinos. Edwards was sentenced in January, 2001, to ten years in prison and fined a quarter of a million dollars.
    (AP, 5/9/01)
2000        May 9, In Kentucky a fire at the Wild Turkey Distillery caused an alcohol runoff into an 8-mile stretch of the Kentucky River and a huge fish kill followed within days.
    (SFC, 5/20/00, p.D8)
2000        May 9, It was reported that 10% of the world’s 608 primate species and subspecies on 3 continents were critically imperiled.
    (WSJ, 5/9/00, p.A1)
2000        May 9, In the Philippines Reomel Ramones, suspect in the “Love Bug" computer virus case, was released due to lack of evidence. His girlfriend, Irene de Guzman, failed to turn herself in as promised.
    (SFC, 5/10/00, p.A12)

2001        May 9, Pres. Bush told Pres. Kostunica of Yugoslavia that aid would depend on cooperation with the Balkan war crimes tribunal.
    (SFC, 5/10/01, p.A16)
2001        May 9, It was reported that El Paso Merchant Energy had crimped space in its desert pipeline and forced California power buyers to pay some $3.8 billion in excess over the past year.
    (SFC, 5/9/01, p.A7)
2001        May 9, China sought U.S. understanding for its refusal to allow a damaged U.S. Navy spy plane to fly home, saying public sentiment would be outraged if the aircraft flew again over Chinese territory.
    (AP, 5/9/02)
2001        May 9, In Split, Croatia, a soccer brawl left 130 people injured including 30 police.
    (SFC, 5/11/01, p.D4)
2001        May 9, In Ghana a stampede at a soccer match in Accra killed 126 people. Police had use of tear gas to quell fans which caused panic and the stampede.
    (WSJ, 5/10/01, p.A1)(SFC, 5/10/01, p.A16)(AP, 5/9/02)
2001        May 9, In Kashmir Islamic guerrillas, members of the Pakistan based Lashkar-e-Tayyaba group, set off explosives in a paramilitary camp in Magam and killed themselves and 6 civilians.
    (SFC, 5/10/01, p.C5)
2001        May 9, In the West Bank 2 Israeli teenagers, Koby Mandell (13) and Yossi Ishran (14), were stoned to death and found in a cave.
    (WSJ, 5/10/01, p.A1)(SFC, 5/10/01, p.A16)
2001        May 9, Macedonian forces intensified assaults on suspected ethnic Albanian positions.
    (WSJ, 5/10/01, p.A1)
2001        May 9, In Papua New Guinea the Bougainville Provincial Peace Consultative committee adopted a peace plan and opposing factions agreed to lay down their weapons. The agreement entailed the PNG government’s accepting greater autonomy for Bougainville and a referendum on independence to be held between 2015-2020.
    (SFC, 5/11/01, p.D8)(Econ, 2/9/08, p.48)
2001        May 9, In southern Sudan a Red Cross plane was shot and its co-pilot, Dane Ole Friis Eriksen, was killed. The plane managed to land in Kenya.
    (SFC, 5/10/01, p.C5)

2002        May 9, Veteran Mexican musician Juan Gabriel won four awards, including top songwriter, at the Billboard Latin Music Awards held in Miami Beach, Florida.
    (AP, 5/9/03)
2002        May 9, In Maryland Gov. Parris Glendening declared a moratorium on executions. It was the 2nd state after Illinois to do so because of doubts over its fairness.
    (SFC, 5/10/02, p.A5)
2002        May 9, In Bahrain voters cast ballots in elections for 50 municipal seats. Bahraini women were allowed to vote and run for office for the 1st time, though none were elected.
    (SFC, 5/10/02, p.A20)
2002        May 9, In India rioting between Hindus and Muslims in Ahmadabad left 9 people dead.
    (SFC, 5/10/02, p.A20)
2002        May 9, In Liberia many civilians were reported killed as rebels attacked Gbarnga, the stronghold of Pres. Charles Taylor.
    (SFC, 5/10/02, p.A16)
2002        May 9, In Russia a remote-controlled terrorist bomb killed 43 people including 13 children in Kaspiisk, Dagestan.
    (SFC, 5/10/02, p.A1)(WSJ, 5/10/02, p.A1)(SFC, 5/11/02, p.A12)(AP, 5/9/03)

2003        May 9, The US and its allies asked the UN Security Council to legitimize their occupation of Iraq and sought permission to use revenue from the world's second-largest oil reserves to rebuild the war-battered country.
    (AP, 5/9/03)
2003        May 9, The Republican-led House approved 222-203 a $550 billion tax cut package.
    (AP, 5/9/04)
2003        May 9, The Fizzer computer virus began circulating aided by its ability to propagate through the Kazaa file sharing network.
    (WSJ, 5/13/03, p.D3)
2003        May 9, In Cleveland, Ohio, Biswanath Halder (62), a camouflage-clad gunman, fired hundreds of rounds as he roamed the halls of the Case Western Univ. Weatherhead School of management, killing Norman Wallace (30), of Youngstown and wounding others. He was arrested after a 7-hour standoff. Halder was later convicted and sentenced to life in prison.
    (SFC, 5/10/03, p.A3)(SSFC, 5/11/03, p.A1)(AP, 5/9/08)
2003        May 9, In Tyler, Texas, Deanna LaJune Laney (38) bludgeoned to death her 2 sons Joshua (8) and Luke (6). A toddler was in critical condition. In 2004 a jury found Laney legally insane.
    (SFC, 5/13/03, p.A6)(AP, 4/4/04)
2003        May 9, Russell Long (b.1918), U.S. senator from Louisiana, died. He was 1st elected to the senate in 1948 and served for over 32 years.
    (HN, 11/3/98)(SFC, 5/10/03, p.A13)
2003        May 9, In northern Iraq 3 U.S. soldiers were killed when their helicopter crashed into the Tigris River.
    (AP, 5/9/03)
2003        May 9, Japan launched a rocket carrying the Muses-C probe, which planned to make contact with asteroid 1998 SF36 in June of 2005.
    (SFC, 5/10/03, p.A7)
2003        May 9, Spain's highest court barred nearly 1,500 Basque nationalists from running in municipal elections, calling them camouflaged members of the outlawed party Batasuna.
    (AP, 5/9/03)

2004        May 9, Alan King, comedian, died in NYC. King was born in Brooklyn as Irwin Alan Kniberg. His books included “Is Salami and Eggs Better than Sex?" (1985).
    (SFC, 5/10/04, p.A2)
2004        May 9, The Bangladesh government put thousands of security forces on the streets of Dhaka and nearby Tongi as a strike to protest the killing of Ahsanullah Master, a member of the main opposition Awami League, brought the country to a standstill.
    (AP, 5/9/04)
2004        May 9, Canada rallied to beat Sweden for the second straight year in the gold-medal game at the world hockey championships, 5-3.
    (AP, 5/9/05)
2004        Mar 9, In Chad 2 days of fighting broke out as the army battled Islamic militants near a remote village on the country's western border with Niger, killing 43 "terrorists" of a group suspected of links with al-Qaida. Chad’s defense minister said hundreds of Arab militiamen from Sudan had raided a village inside Chad, setting off gun battles with the army that killed dozens of fighters.
    (AP, 3/12/04)(AP, 5/9/04)
2004        May 9, The Chinese government warned that AIDS is continuing to spread and estimated that there were some 840,000 carriers of the disease.
    (SFC, 5/10/04, p.A3)
2004        May 9, Akhmad Kadyrov (52), the Kremlin-backed president of Russia's warring Chechnya region, was killed along with 23 others when an explosion tore through a stadium in Grozny, during Victory Day observances marking the defeat of the Nazis in World War II. Russian Sergei Abramov was named acting president.
    (SFC, 5/10/04, p.A1)(SFC, 5/11/04, p.A7)(AP, 5/9/05)
2004        May 9, U.S. and British troops clashed with forces of radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr for a second day. 4 Iraqis were killed in an explosion in a Baghdad market. Militants loyal to al-Sadr took over Sadr City.
    (AP, 5/9/04)(SFC, 5/10/04, p.A1)(SFC, 5/11/04, p.A9)
2004        May 9, Polish police in Lodz mistakenly opened fire with live ammunition to stop a street fight, killing a 19-year-old man and wounding three others.
    (AP, 5/9/04)
2004        May 9, Brenda Fassie (39), South Africa's first black pop star, who gave a voice to disenfranchised blacks at the height of apartheid, died of complications from an asthma attack.
    (AP, 5/10/04)

2005        May 9, President Bush, Russian President Vladimir Putin, French President Jacques Chirac and German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder commemorated the 60th anniversary of the Allied victory over Nazi Germany with a lavish military parade in Moscow. President Bush then traveled to Georgia.
    (AP, 5/9/06)
2005        May 9, Actress Renee Zellweger married country music star Kenny Chesney on the island of St. John in the US Virgin Islands. The marriage was annulled just months later.
    (AP, 5/9/06)
2005        May 9, Eight-year-old Laura Hobbs and 9-year-old Krystal Tobias were found stabbed to death in Zion, Ill.; Laura's father, Jerry Hobbs III, was later charged with killing the girls.
    (AP, 5/9/06)
2005        May 9, In Hingham, Mass., the bodies of two homeless men were found. They had likely been killed the previous April. In 2007 Eric Snow (25) and James Winquist (23) were accused of beating the 2 men to death with baseball bats.
    (SFC, 9/5/07, p.A3)
2005        May 9, In Espertantina, Brazil, Mayor Felipe Santolia (32) declared May 9 as an official Orgasm Day.
    (AP, 5/9/05)
2005        May 9, In northern China nearly a dozen homes built into hillside caves were buried when the soil above them collapsed, trapping 24 people.
    (AP, 5/10/05)
2005        May 9, In Ecuador former President Gustavo Noboa was placed under house arrest on charges he mishandled Ecuador's foreign debt negotiations during his three-year term.
    (AP, 5/9/05)
2005        May 9, In Tbilisi Pres. Bush, before a cheering crowd of tens of thousands of people, said that the former Soviet republic of Georgia is proving to the world that determined people can rise up and claim their freedom from oppressive rulers.
    (AP, 5/9/05)
2005        May 9, Werner G. Seifert, the long-serving chief executive of the German stock exchange, was ousted by The Children's Investment Fund (TCI), a British hedge fund. In 2006 Seifert authored his account of the affair: “Invasion der Heuschrecken: Intrigen, Machkampfe, Marktmanipulation."
    (Econ, 4/8/06, p.64)(Econ, 4/22/06, p.81)
2005        May 9, In Athens, Greece, Christian leaders, theologians and religious activists from around the world gathered for a meeting to assess some of the most serious challenges for the faith, such as growing rifts between churches and African congregations ravaged by AIDS.
    (AP, 5/9/05)
2005        May 9, Iran confirmed that it has processed 37 tons of uranium into gas, a key step into the using the material as a fuel for reactors or weapons.
    (WSJ, 5/10/05, p.A1)
2005        May 9, PM Ariel Sharon told Israeli media that Israel's evacuation of the Gaza Strip will be put off until mid-August.
    (AP, 5/9/05)
2005        May 9, Leftist Mexico City Mayor Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador announced that he will resign on July 31 to run for president.
    (AP, 5/9/05)
2005        May 9, Nepali troops killed 26 Maoist rebels who attacked a military base at Bandipur. 3 policemen and one soldier were also killed.
    (AP, 5/10/05)
2005        May 9, Palestinian militants and police exchanged gunfire in two West Bank towns Monday, defying Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas' attempts to crack down on lawlessness and put peacemaking with Israel on a more solid footing.
    (AP, 5/9/05)
2005        May 9, World leaders joined Russian Pres. Vladimir Putin on Red Square for a lavish military parade celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Allied victory over Nazi Germany.
    (AP, 5/9/05)

2006        May 9, The United States bowed to pressure from its allies and agreed to support a new program to temporarily funnel additional aid directly to the Palestinian people.
    (AP, 5/10/06)
2006        May 9, Vermont Gov. Jim Douglas signed a health reform package to provide health insurance to as many as 25,000 uninsured residents.
    (SFC, 5/10/06, p.A3)
2006        May 9, Cory Anthony Booker (b.1969) was elected the 36th mayor of Newark, New Jersey. The Democratic politician and former Newark Councilman and community activist had run unsuccessfully for mayor in 2002 against longtime incumbent Sharpe James. Booker inherited a $44 million deficit from James, who had boasted of a $30 million surplus.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cory_Booker)
2006        May 9, Gold futures closed above $700 for the 1st time since 1980.
    (SFC, 5/10/06, p.C1)(WSJ, 5/10/06, p.C1)
2006        May 9, Tornadoes swept through two North Texas towns after dark, reducing houses to bare concrete slabs in a path of destruction that left three people dead and 10 injured.
    (AP, 5/10/06)
2006        May 9, Victor Gonzalez, former butcher, murdered his roofing foreman Wilfredo Pinto.  He then dismembered and bagged the body parts and scattered them on NYC street corners. In 2009 Gonzalez was convicted of murder.
    (SFC, 4/9/09, p.A4)(www.mahalo.com/Victor_Gonzalez)
2006        May 9, Australia's government unveiled a big-spending "boom budget" that will use a projected 10 billion dollar (7.7 billion US) surplus to finance across-the-board tax cuts and build up the military and national security agencies.
    (AP, 5/9/06)
2006        May 9, In Beaconsfield, Australia, Brant Webb and Todd Russell were rescued from a mine more than a half mile underground. A small earthquake on April 25 trapped Webb and Russell in the 4-foot-tall safety cage they were working in under tons of rock. Mourners gathered to bury, Larry Knight, who died in the same rock collapse.
    (AP, 5/9/06)
2006        May 9, A plan by Bolivia's leftist government to redistribute up to 54,000 square miles of land to the poor generated protests by leaders in the wealthy province of Santa Cruz, the stronghold of opposition to leftist President Evo Morales.
    (AP, 5/10/06)
2006        May 9, Bosnia's war crimes court launched the trial of 11 Bosnian Serbs charged over the 1995 Srebrenica massacre of 8,000 Bosnian Muslims, its first genocide trial since it opened last year.
    (Reuters, 5/9/06)
2006        May 9, A land mine killed five Cambodian soldiers and maimed another as they tried to remove it from an area being developed to build a casino.
    (AP, 5/10/06)
2006        May 9, The Canadian dollar hit a 28-year high against the US dollar, as the greenback came under broad selling pressure.
    (AP, 5/9/06)
2006        May 9, Authorities said Chinese and US had agents seized more than 300 pounds of cocaine in March smuggled from Colombia in the country's largest ever cocaine bust. Nine people involved in a drug ring were arrested in southern China.
    (AP, 5/9/06)
2006        May 9, In Egypt Nasser Khamis el-Mallahi, the leader of an al-Qaida-inspired group wanted for last month's bombings in Dahab, was killed in a gunbattle in the mountains of the Sinai Peninsula.
    (AP, 5/9/06)
2006        May 9, A German court handed down a life sentence for murder to Armin Meiwes, the German cannibal jailed for killing a man and feeding on his flesh, overturning a previous manslaughter conviction.
    (AP, 5/9/06)
2006        May 9, Officials said Iran will supply crude oil and equity investment to build an oil refinery in Indonesia that will supply China and provide Iran with a secure outlet in the face of possible sanctions.
    (WSJ, 5/10/06, p.A8)
2006        May 9, Iran's president declared in a letter to President Bush that democracy had failed worldwide and lamented "an ever-increasing global hatred" of the U.S. government. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice swiftly rejected the letter, saying it didn't resolve questions about Tehran's suspect nuclear program.
    (AP, 5/9/06)
2006        May 9, In Iraq a suicide truck bomber hit a crowded public market in the northern city of Tal Afar, killing at least 19 people and wounding 35. In Suwayra police recovered the corpses on 11 people, 9 of whom had been beheaded. In Salahuddin province 3 Iraqi detainees were shot and killed by US soldiers near Samarra. On June 19 the US military announced murder charges against 4 US soldiers of the 101st Airborne Division’s 3rd Brigade. The soldiers said they were under orders to kill all military-age males on “Objective Murray." In 2007 Spec. Juston Graber pleaded guilty to reduced charges. On Jan 25, 2007, Pfc. Corey Clagett (22) was sentenced to 18 years in prison for murdering a detainee and taking part in the killing of 2 others. In 2007 Staff Sgt. Ray Girouard was found guilty on 3 counts of negligent homicide. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison.
    (AP, 5/9/06)(SFC, 5/10/06, p.A3)(SFC, 6/20/06, p.A4)(SFC, 7/22/06, p.A3)(SFC, 1/4/07, p.A3)(SFC, 1/26/07, p.A3)(SFC, 3/17/07, p.A3)(AFP, 3/20/07)
2006        May 9, Mexican lawmakers handed federal investigators a box of evidence that they claim shows that two of President Vicente Fox's stepsons were involved in fraud and illicit enrichment through real estate deals.
    (AP, 5/9/06)
2006        May 9, In eastern Nepal a school van plunged into a canal, killing at least nine students and leaving several others missing.
    (AP, 5/9/06)
2006        May 9, Renewed clashes between Hamas and Fatah militants wounded nine Palestinians, including five children, raising fears that Palestinian territories could erupt in a much wider conflagration.
    (AP, 5/9/06)
2006        May 9, Somalian factions said they have agreed to a truce following clashes between Islamic fighters and a warlord alliance that have killed about 60 people.
    (WSJ, 5/10/06, p.A1)
2006        May 9, UN members elected 47 countries to a new Human Rights Council. Cuba, Saudi Arabia, China and Russia won seats on the new UN Human Rights Council despite their poor human rights records. Two rights abusers, Iran and Venezuela, were defeated.
    (AP, 5/10/06)(SFC, 5/10/06, p.A17)

2007        May 9, The NY Times reported on its Web site that Amgen Inc. and Johnson & Johnson are paying doctors hundreds of millions of dollars every year in return for prescribing anemia drugs which regulators now say may be unsafe at commonly used doses.
    (AP, 5/9/07)
2007        May 9, Alfred D. Chandler Jr., American historian, died in Massachusetts. He helped establish the field of business history. His books included “Strategy and Structure: Chapters in the History of the Industrial Revolution" (1962).
    (WSJ, 5/12/07, p.A8)(Econ, 5/19/07, p.91)
2007        May 9, Afghan civilians fought with Taliban militants who hit a checkpoint near Sangin, leaving three of the attackers dead. A suicide car bomber killed two Afghans and wounded five when he detonated his car in the eastern Paktika province.
    (AP, 5/10/07)
2007        May 9, Police in Brazil and Norway detained at least 25 people in simultaneous raids on suspected criminal gangs, seeking evidence of money laundering.
    (AP, 5/9/07)
2007        May 9, Britain’s Home Office, once called "not fit for purpose" by the minister in charge of it, was split into two in a bid to combat illegal immigration, crime and terrorism more effectively. British police arrested four people in connection with the suicide bombings that killed 52 bus and subway passengers in London in 2005.
    (AFP, 5/9/07)(AP, 5/9/07)
2007        May 9, Chad pledged to work to demobilize hundreds of child soldiers fighting in the ranks of the government army and rebel groups across the conflict-torn central African country.
    (Reuters, 5/9/07)
2007        May 9, China ordered strengthened controls over its food industry after a series of health scares with international repercussions laid bare lax standards. A Beijing court sentenced a man to life in prison for taking nearly $500,000 in bribes while posing as a reporter, and sometimes a top editor, for the Communist Party's official newspaper, the People's Daily.
    (AP, 5/9/07)
2007        May 9, East Timor voted for a new president, choosing between a Nobel Prize winner and an ex-freedom fighter in polls critical to maintaining peace a year after the nation was pushed to the brink of civil war.
    (AP, 5/9/07)
2007        May 9, In the early hours Internet traffic in Estonia spiked to thousands of times the normal flow. May 10 was heavier still, forcing Estonia’s biggest bank to shut down its online service for more than an hour. Hansabank continued under assault and worked to block access to 300 suspect Internet addresses. On March 12, 2009, Konstantin Goloskokov, an activist with Russia's Nashi youth group and aide to a pro-Kremlin member of parliament, said he had organized a network of sympathizers who bombarded Estonian Internet sites with electronic requests, causing them to crash.
    (www.lunchoverip.com/2007/05/estonia_under_c.html)(Reuters, 3/12/09)
2007        May 9, France’s interior minister said violence hit for a third night following the election of conservative Nicolas Sarkozy, with about 200 vehicles torched by vandals and more than 80 people taken in for questioning nationwide.
    (AP, 5/9/07)
2007        May 9, In France Nayef al-Shaalan, a Saudi Prince, was sentenced in absentia to 10 years in jail on charges of involvement in a cocaine smuggling gang.
    (AP, 5/9/07)
2007        May 9, Hundreds of German police raided the offices and apartments of left-wing activists suspected of planning to disrupt next month's Group of Eight summit, leading security officials to tighten border controls ahead of the gathering.
    (AP, 5/9/07)
2007        May 9, US VP Dick Cheney and Iraqi PM Nouri al-Maliki acknowledged problems in the pace of reducing violence in Iraq, but both pledged their governments would continue working together toward a solution. A majority of Iraqi lawmakers endorsed a draft bill calling for a timetable for the withdrawal of foreign troops and demanding a freeze on the number already in the country. A suicide truck bomb ripped through the Interior Ministry headquarters in the Kurdish city of Irbil, killing at least 14 people and wounding dozens. Four Iraqi journalists were killed in a drive-by shooting near the northern oil-rich city of Kirkuk. Gunmen killed two members of the minority Yazidi religious sect and wounded another in a drive-by shooting in Mosul. A car bomb exploded near an Iraqi military checkpoint in Baghdad, killing one civilian and wounding two soldiers. Police found four decapitated heads in the Sabtiyah area north of Baqouba. The body of a security officer was found shot in the head and chest in Diwaniyah. 72 people killed or found dead nationwide.
    (AP, 5/9/07)(AP, 5/10/07)
2007        May 9, Japan's Supreme Court rejected compensation claims by Chinese victims of atrocities committed by Japan in the 1930s and 40s, which included the use of biological weapons and a massacre in the city of Nanjing.
    (AP, 5/10/07)
2007        May 9, In Mexico gunmen opened fire on a naval commander in the Pacific resort city of Ixtapa and killed his bodyguard. Suspected drug traffickers attacked a military checkpoint in the Pacific resort of Huatulco. One attacker was killed.
    (AP, 5/10/07)
2007        May 9, In southern Nigeria gunmen seized four American workers overnight as violence escalated in the petroleum-producing region. South Korea's top builder Daewoo Engineering and Construction welcomed the release of its kidnapped workers in Nigeria and said the incident would not affect its lucrative business in the country.
    (AP, 5/9/07)
2007        May 9, Military officials from North and South Korea reached an agreement clearing the way for the first railway journeys across their heavily fortified border for half a century.
    (AP, 5/9/07)
2007        May 9, Pakistan and the Czech Republic agreed to boost diplomatic links and promote relations in trade, health and science.
    (AP, 5/9/07)
2007        May 9, The Palestinian information minister said Hamas militants have suspended a TV program that featured a Mickey Mouse look-alike urging Palestinian children to fight Israel and work for global Islamic domination. Hamas militants in Palestine had enlisted a figure bearing a strong resemblance to Mickey Mouse to broadcast their message of Islamic domination and armed resistance to their most impressionable audience, children. The show was broadcast as usual two days after the Palestinian information minister said it would be suspended.
    (AP, 5/9/07)(AP, 5/11/07)
2007        May 9, In the Philippines Ernie Tatoy (41), an aide to a gubernatorial candidate, was fatally shot and his daughter (13) wounded, as violence in the run-up to next week's local and congressional elections claimed its 100th victim in four months.
    (AP, 5/9/07)
2007        May 9, Saudi authorities beheaded an Ethiopian woman convicted of killing an Egyptian man over a dispute. Khadija Bint Ibrahim Moussa was the second woman to be executed this year. The kingdom last beheaded two women in 2005. Beheadings are carried out with a sword in a public square.
    (AP, 5/9/07)
2007        May 9, Authorities said Somali security forces are seizing and even burning Muslim women's veils in Mogadishu to stop Islamist insurgents disguising themselves for attacks.
    (AP, 5/9/07)
2007        May 9, In northern Syria 7 people were killed and 7 were wounded when a 5-story building collapsed.
    (AP, 5/10/07)
2007        May 9, Pope Benedict XVI departed for a 5-day visit to Brazil, as evangelical Christians packed converted storefronts and cavernous churches every Sunday. Benedict gave his first full-fledged news conference since becoming pontiff in 2005. When a reporter pressed Benedict on whether he agreed that Catholic politicians who recently legalized abortion in Mexico City should rightfully be considered excommunicated, the response was "Yes."
    (AP, 5/9/07)(AP, 5/10/07)
2007        May 9, Zimbabweans braced for darker days after President Robert Mugabe's government announced 20-hour daily electricity cuts for households across the country.
    (AP, 5/9/07)
2007        May 9, A Zimbabwean court authorized the extradition of Briton Simon Mann to Equatorial Guinea on coup plot charges, sweeping aside concerns that he might face torture or invalid justice there.
    (AFP, 5/9/07)

2008        May 9, Oil closed at a record high with light, sweet crude settling at $125.96 per barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange.
    (WSJ, 5/10/08, p.B4)
2008        May 9, In eastern Afghanistan the US-led coalition killed several militants during an operation in Nangarhar province. Villagers claimed that 3 civilians were among those killed.
    (AP, 5/10/08)
2008        May 9, The government of Central African Republic (CAR), plagued by unrest since 2005, and the country's main rebel group signed a ceasefire and peace accord to take effect immediately.
    (AFP, 5/9/08)
2008        May 9, A newly disclosed set of documents that Colombia's government says were recovered on March 1 from a slain rebel's computers indicate senior Venezuelan officials tried to help arm Colombia's main guerrilla army. The price of crude rose above US$126 a barrel for the first time as investors questioned whether a Wall Street Journal report regarding the documents could lead to a confrontation between Washington and Venezuela.
    (AP, 5/10/08)
2008        May 9, Dominica legislators balked at deciding who can marry whom. Chief Charles Williams, the leader of the last remaining pre-Columbian tribe in the eastern Caribbean, recently suggested outlawing marriage to outsiders to save a dwindling indigenous population.
    (AP, 5/9/08)
2008        May 9, In Balla, India, 5 armed men killed Sunita (21), 22-weeks pregnant, and her boyfriend, Jasbir Singh (22). They were beaten, dragged into waiting cars, driven away and strangled. Their bodies, half-stripped, were laid out on the dirt outside Sunita's father's house for all to see, a sign that the family's "honor" had been restored by her cold-blooded murder. At the small police post in Balla, a constable later admitted the case was unlikely to ever reach prosecution, with the village putting enormous pressure on the police, and especially Jasbir's family, to quietly drop the case.
    (Reuters, 5/16/08)
2008        May 9, Shiite Hezbollah gunmen seized nearly all of the Lebanese capital's Muslim sector from Sunni foes loyal to the US-backed government in the country's worst sectarian clashes since the 15-year civil war.
    (AP, 5/9/08)
2008        May 9, Mortar shells fired by militant Hamas killed an Israeli man in an Israeli communal farm near Gaza. Israel fired missiles at two Hamas police station in retaliation and killed five Hamas members.
    (AP, 5/10/08)
2008        May 9, Myanmar's junta seized UN aid shipments headed for hungry and homeless survivors of last week's devastating cyclone prompting the world body to suspend further help. According to state media, 23,335 people died and 37,019 are missing from Cyclone Nargis.
    (AP, 5/9/08)
2008        May 9, In northwest Pakistan suspected Islamic militants killed a policeman and injured two other police officers in a rocket attack.
    (AP, 5/9/08)
2008        May 9, South African President Thabo Mbeki held intensive talks with veteran counterpart Robert Mugabe over Zimbabwe's post-election crisis as doctors reported a dramatic rise in violence.
    (AP, 5/9/08)
2008        May 9, A South Korean aid group said North Koreans are dying because of food shortages in rural areas, and a massive famine is just a matter of time.
    (AP, 5/9/08)
2008        May 9, In eastern Sri Lanka a bomb hidden in a package exploded in a cafe in the town of Ampara, killing 11 people on the eve local elections.
    (AP, 5/10/08)
2008        May 9, In southeast Turkey a land mine explosion killed 3 people and injured 3 others. Air strikes launched in retaliation for a rebel raid killed 19 Kurdish fighters. Six soldiers died in the violence. The PKK denied the military's claims of 19 rebel deaths saying "not a single guerrilla was killed."
    (AP, 5/9/08)(AP, 5/10/08)

2009        May 9, Federal drug enforcement agents began seizing about 351 pounds of meth from two houses in Duluth, in suburban Atlanta. The 2-day operation included the arrest of four Mexican nationals, three of whom were in the US illegally. It was the biggest seizure of Mexican crystal methamphetamine ever recorded east of the Mississippi River.
    (AP, 5/13/09)
2009        May 9, Chuck Daly (b.1930), NBA basketball coach, died in Florida. He coached the Dream Team to the Olympic gold medal in 1992 after winning back-to-back NBA championships with the Detroit Pistons.
    (AP, 5/9/09)
2009        May 9, In Afghanistan 2 police died in a roadside blast in Zabul province.
    (AP, 5/10/09)
2009        May 9, Australia and Japan joined the ranks of affected countries with confirmed H1N1 swine flu. New Zealand, the first country in the Asia-Pacific region to confirm cases, reported two more for a total of seven.
    (AP, 5/9/09)
2009        May 9, Costa Rica reported the first swine flu death outside North America and the US announced its third death from the virus, while Mexico delayed the reopening of primary schools in some states.
    (AP, 5/9/09)
2009        May 9, PM Nouri al-Maliki said Iraq should launch an anti-corruption campaign that would match the fight it has waged against insurgents and militias, amid increasing complaints over criminality in the government.
    (AP, 5/9/09)
2009        May 9, In Mexico gunmen killed 9 people in three separate attacks in the western state of Michoacan. 4 horses and a bull were also killed in one of the attacks. The bodies of 4 US citizens (19-23) were found strangled, beaten and stabbed in a van in Tijuana, two days after they reportedly left their Southern California homes for a night at the Mexican clubs.
    (AP, 5/11/09)(AP, 5/15/09)
2009        May 9, Pakistani civilians cowered in hospital beds and refugees looted UN supplies, all of them desperate for relief from the fighting that has engulfed a northwestern valley as troops and warplanes struggled to drive out Taliban militants. The army said it killed as many as 55 more Taliban fighters in Swat. A suspected US missile strike killed nine people, mostly foreigners, in another militant stronghold near the Afghan border.
    (AP, 5/9/09)
2009        May 9, It was reported that Peru’s police over the last two months have seized some $40 million in near perfect replicas of American dollar bills in $20, $50 and $100 denominations. Most of the fake bills were sent to Ecuador and Panama, which used the greenback as their national currency.
    (Econ, 5/9/09, p.40)
2009        May 9, In South Africa Jacob Zuma became president, vowing to work to fulfill the dreams of all South Africans after he overcame corruption and sex scandals to reach the nation's highest office.
    (AP, 5/9/09)
2009        May 9, Human Rights Watch accused Sri Lankan forces of repeatedly striking hospitals in the northern war zone with indiscriminate artillery and aerial attacks that have killed scores of people, a charge the military denied. Sri Lankan police arrested three journalists for London-based Channel 4 television news on charges of tarnishing the image of government security forces.
    (AP, 5/9/09)
2009        May 9, UN officials said a UN-sponsored treaty to combat highly dangerous chemicals has been expanded beyond the original "dirty dozen" to include nine more substances that are used in pesticides, flame retardants and other products.
    (AP, 5/9/09)
2009        May 9, In Venezuela police and soldiers discovered 4,370 pounds (1,983 kilograms) of cocaine during a raid on a ranch in central Miranda state. A Colombian and two Venezuelans were detained.
    (AP, 5/11/09)

2010        May 9, US Attorney General Eric Holder said Washington had evidence that Pakistani Taliban were behind a failed car bomb attack in the heart of New York City.
    (AFP, 5/9/10)
2010        May 9, Lena Horne (b.1917), jazz singer and actress, died in NYC at age 92. She was known for her plaintive signature song "Stormy Weather" and for her triumph over the bigotry that allowed her to entertain white audiences but not socialize with them. In 1942's "Panama Hattie," her first movie with MGM, she sang Cole Porter's "Just One of Those Things," winning critical acclaim.
    (AP, 5/10/10)
2010        May 9, In Afghanistan an insurgent rocket, apparently fired at a NATO convoy, missed its target and hit a civilian vehicle in southern Helmand province killing four civilians. A NATO service members died in an insurgent attack in eastern Afghanistan.
    (AP, 5/10/10)
2010        May 9, Australia's government said 5 people are feared dead and 59 people were rescued from a disabled boat carrying suspected asylum-seekers in the Indian Ocean.
    (Reuters, 5/9/10)
2010        May 9, European Union leaders agreed to provide $572 billion in new loans and $78 billion under an existing lending program to contain its spreading government debt crisis and keep it from tearing the euro currency apart and derailing the global economic recovery. An IMF contribution of $325 million would raise the amount to over $975 million. The European Financial Stability Facility (EFSF) fund was conjured up as a backstop for Eurozone countries should they shut out of bond markets. On Sep 20 it was given a AAA grade by the three major ratings agencies.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/European_Financial_Stability_Facility)(AP, 5/10/10)(SFC, 5/10/10, p.A2)(SFC, 5/11/10, p.D2)(Econ, 9/25/10, p.83)
2010        May 9, A plume of volcanic ash snaked its way through southern France, Switzerland, Italy and Germany, shutting down airports and disrupting flights across Europe.
    (AP, 5/9/10)
2010        May 9, In Germany Angela Merkel's center-right coalition lost control of Germany's most populous state, North Rhine-Westphalia, in an election that also erased its majority in the upper house of parliament, making the country harder to run. The defeat followed a stumbling start for Merkel's new national coalition government, which took power in October.
    (AP, 5/10/10)
2010        May 9, In Indonesia an earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.4 rattled the North Sumatra province, prompting a brief local tsunami watch, knocking out power and damaging some homes.
    (AP, 5/9/10)
2010        May 9, Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad opened what is being dubbed as the Middle East's biggest car plant set up by Iranian state-run automobile company Saipa.
    (AFP, 5/9/10)
2010        May 9, Iran hanged five Kurdish activists, including one woman, convicted of membership of armed opposition groups and involvement in bombings.
    (AP, 5/9/10)
2010        May 9, In Iran Newsweek reporter Maziar Bahari was sentenced in absentia to more than 13 years in prison and 74 lashes, raising concerns about a new government crackdown ahead of the anniversary of disputed presidential elections.
    (AP, 5/11/10)
2010        May 9, The second round of Lebanon's municipal elections kicked off in Beirut and the Bekaa region, respectively dominated by PM Saad Hariri and the Shiite party Hezbollah.
    (AFP, 5/9/10)
2010        May 9, In Nepal riot police clashed with thousands of communists demonstrating outside the government's main offices in Katmandu, injuring several protesters and police officers.
    (AP, 5/9/10)
2010        May 9, In Pakistan 10 people were killed in a US drone attack in North Waziristan. 9 of the 10 were said to be militants.
    (AP, 5/9/10)(SFC, 5/10/10, p.A2)
2010        May 9, The Palestinians announced the official start of indirect peace talks with Israel after a 17-month breakdown, while Israel's leader urged a quick transition to face-to-face negotiations to tackle the hardest issues. Israeli-Arab leaders launched a boycott of 1000 companies that produce Jewish settlement-made products, following Palestinian Authority Pres. Abbas’ call for a similar ban by West Bank Arabs.
    (AP, 5/9/10)(SSFC, 5/9/10, p.A4)

2011        May 9, Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and wife Maria Shriver announced their separation, cleaving a sometimes-turbulent 25-year relationship. On May 17 Schwarzenegger acknowledged that he had fathered a child with a member of his household staff over a decade ago.
    (AP, 5/10/11)(AP, 5/17/11)
2011        May 9, In New York two small planes collided near New Hampton killing two people. Both planes were registered to men from New Jersey.
    (SFC, 5/10/11, p.A6)
2011        May 9, Abu Dhabi donated US$32 million dollars to Queensland to help protect the Australian state from cyclones in the wake of a monster storm that hit in February.
    (AFP, 5/9/11)
2011        May 9, In southern Afghanistan 2 NATO service members were killed by roadside bombs.
    (AP, 5/10/11)
2011        May 9, In Australia organizers of the Sydney Writers' Festival said Chinese authorities have barred dissident writer Liao Yiwu from traveling to Australia for a festival for "security reasons" and advised him against publishing his works abroad.
    (AFP, 5/9/11)
2011        May 9, An Austrian court approved the extradition of former Croatian PM Ivo Sanader to his homeland where he is suspected of corruption while in office.
    (AP, 5/9/11)
2011        May 9, Lidia Gueiler (b.1921), former Bolivian president and the second woman to lead a Latin American nation, died. She served as president of Bolivia when she held the post for about eight months in 1979-80 between coup d'etats.
    (AP, 5/10/11)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lidia_Gueiler_Tejada)
2011        May 9, In Canada the provincial government of Manitoba said breaking dikes on the flooded Assiniboine River on May 11 at a spot west of Winnipeg will unleash a torrent of water that will swamp 225 square km of land. Manitoba pushed back the timing of the planned break to May 12 afternoon as residents scrambled to protect themselves from a deliberate flood of a vast area of farmland.
    (Reuters, 5/10/11)(Reuters, 5/12/11)
2011        May 9, A Chilean government commission approved a $7 billion project to dam, two rivers for electrification, despite much opposition. 5 dams were approved on the Baker and Pascua rivers in Aysen, southern Patagonia.
    (SFC, 5/10/11, p.A4)
2011        May 9, Colombia extradited Walid Makled to Venezuela to face drug smuggling and murder charges.
    (SFC, 5/10/11, p.A2)
2011        May 9, Egyptian authorities detained 23 more people in connection with recent clashes between Muslims and Christians, including two people suspected of sparking riots over the weekend that left a Cairo church torched and 13 people dead. Hundreds of Christians continued their sit-in outside Egypt's state TV building, saying they fear an Islamic state is in the making.
    (AP, 5/9/11)(SFC, 5/10/11, p.A2)
2011        May 9, The Gambian high court granted an application allowing the government to seize millions of dollars worth of Libyan assets "until a government recognized by the United Nations is in place in Libya."
    (AFP, 5/9/11)
2011        May 9, A Guatemalan court acquitted former president Alfonso Portillo on charges of embezzling $15 million in defense funds during his 2000-2004 term of office. He remained in prison facing an extradition request from the United States, on charges of embezzling $1.5 million in foreign donations.
    (AP, 5/10/11)
2011        May 9, India's top court suspended a ruling that divided between Hindus and Muslims the Babri Mosque holy site in northern India that had been the cause of deadly riots.
    (AP, 5/9/11)
2011        May 9, The operator of Japan's ageing Hamaoka nuclear plant, located near a tectonic faultline southwest of Tokyo, said it would temporarily shut down its last two running reactors.
    (AP, 5/9/11)
2011        May 9, In Libya NATO planes pounded government weapons depots southeast of the town of Zintan, in a sign of widening conflict in the Western Mountains region as rebels battled to unseat Muammar Gaddafi. Rebels were reported to have found a way to access badly needed cash, selling oil worth $100 million paid for through a Qatari bank in US dollars.
    (Reuters, 5/9/11)
2011        May 9, Malaysian police said they have arrested Abdul Majid Kunji Mohamad, a Singaporean businessman, suspected of channeling funds to southern Philippine militants.
    (AP, 5/9/11)
2011        May 9, Mexican public defenders said a group of Central American migrants recently rescued from kidnappers in northern Mexico has accused immigration agents of pulling them from a bus and handing them over to criminal gangs. In April the federal government had announced the arrest of six immigration agents in Tamaulipas for "federal crimes."
    (AP, 5/10/11)
2011        May 9, Pakistan met US demands for an inquiry into how Osama bin Laden lived for years under the noses of its military but refused to be blamed alone for Al-Qaeda or its mastermind. Pakistan’s spy agency gave the name of the CIA station chief to the Nation, a conservative daily newspaper.
    (AFP, 5/9/11)(SFC, 5/10/11, p.A3)
2011        May 9, The Palestinian Authority said it had not been able to pay salaries for the first time since 2007 because of Israel's decision to halt the transfer of funds it collects on its behalf.
    (Reuters, 5/9/11)
2011        May 9, A Philippine anti-graft court approved a much-criticized plea bargain deal between prosecutors and former Maj. Gen. Carlos Garcia, who was accused of plunder. Garcia had pleaded guilty to the lesser charges of direct bribery and facilitating money laundering. He was released on bail in December pending sentencing on the lesser charges.
    (AP, 5/9/11)
2011        May 9, It was reported that Samoa plans to leap 24 hours into the future, erasing a day and putting a new kink in the Pacific's jagged international date line so that it can be on the same weekday as Australia, New Zealand and eastern Asia.
    (AP, 5/9/11)
2011        May 9, Serbia’s High Court ruled that folksinger Svetlana Raznatovic known as Ceca will spend one year under house arrest in exchange for a euro1.5-million ($2.2-million) fine. Raznatovic pleaded guilty on charges that she embezzled about euro4 million in the sale of 10 football players to foreign clubs from a Belgrade team she managed in the early 2000s.
    (AP, 5/9/11)
2011        May 9, In Southern Sudan 46 militia were killed in fighting in Kuei Koi.  Most of the dead killed over the last 2 days were rebels loyal to Peter Gadet, a formerly high-ranking army officer who launched his own rebel group.
    (AP, 5/11/11)(AP, 5/12/11)
2011        May 9, Syrian security forces arrested hundreds of activists and anti-government protesters in house-to-house raids across the country, part of an escalating government crackdown aimed at stamping out the nationwide revolt engulfing the country.
    (AP, 5/9/11)
2011        May 9, Thailand's PM Abhisit Vejjajiva announced that he is dissolving the lower house of Parliament to hold early elections July 3, setting off a political battle that could inflame tensions in the divided nation.
    (AP, 5/9/11)
2011        May 9, In Turkey a five-day UN-backed conference of the 48-member "least-developed countries" opened to address the problems of the world's poorest countries. The last such conference was hosted by the EU in Brussels in 2001. France hosted the two previous ones in 1990 and 1981.
    (AP, 5/9/11)
2011        May 9, In Uganda hundreds of women demonstrated in Kampala over high food prices and brutal tactics employed by police during recent political rallies.
    (AP, 5/9/11)
2011        May 9, Yemeni security forces opened fire on demonstrators and launched rocket-propelled grenades at an office building as they cracked down on a protest in the flashpoint city of Taiz in the country's south. Three people were reported killed.
    (AP, 5/9/11)

2012        May 9, President Barack Obama announced his support for gay marriage and boosted the hopes of gay rights groups around the world. Opponents denounced his switch as a shameless appeal for votes.
    (AP, 5/9/12)
2012        May 9, The United States opened its banking market to China's biggest bank ICBC, for the first time clearing a takeover of a US bank by a Chinese state-controlled company.
    (AFP, 5/9/12)
2012        May 9, Bed Bath and Beyond announced a cash deal to buy Cost Plus for $554 million.
    (SFC, 5/10/12, p.D1)
2012        May 9, Argentina's senate overwhelmingly approved a "dignified death" law giving terminally ill patients and their families more power to make end-of-life decisions. The law passed by a vote of 55 to zero, with 17 senators declaring themselves absent. It passed the lower house last year.
    (AP, 5/10/12)
2012        May 9, Argentina’s senate passed a gender identity law giving people the freedom to change their legal and physical gender identity simply because they want to, without having to undergo judicial, psychiatric and medical procedures beforehand.
    (AFP, 5/10/12)
2012        May 9, In Australia 27 protected Little Penguins were found mauled in the Phillip Island Nature Park in Victoria state, a popular tourist attraction. The penguins were believed killed by a dog or a pack of dogs, ironically at Cat Bay.
    (AFP, 5/10/12)
2012        May 9, Britain’s Queen Elizabeth unveiled the government’s agenda in her annual Queen‘s Speech.
    (SFC, 5/10/12, p.A2)
2012        May 9, A group of London investment bankers won their High Court battle to receive 50 million euros ($65 million) in unpaid bonuses. The bankers claimed that Commerzbank had reneged on a deal to pay bonuses promised to them by Dresdner before the takeover in 2008.
    (AFP, 5/9/12)
2012        May 9, British police in Newcastle arrested a suspected spokesman (17) for Team Poison, a hacking group that has claimed responsibility for a series of high-profile cyber-attacks.
    (AFP, 5/10/12)
2012        May 9, Nine men in northwest England were sentenced to jail terms for luring girls as young as 13 into sexual encounters using alcohol and drugs. The men, aged between 22 and 59, were all of Pakistani or Afghan origin.
    (AP, 5/9/12)
2012        May 9, British drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline said it has gone hostile over its $2.6 billion (2.0 billion-euro) takeover bid for US research partner Human Genome Sciences Inc.
    (AFP, 5/9/12)
2012        May 9, In CongoDRC the Nord-Kivu governor's office said a 25-ton arms cache has been found on the farm of Bosco Ntaganda, the leader and wanted war criminal of a band of Congolese army mutineers. The farm is located in Masisi," part of Nord-Kivu province, where clashes took place between April 29 and May 4.
    (AFP, 5/9/12)
2012        May 9, In India the number of pilots involved in a wildcat strike at national carrier Air India rose to 150, as the walkout forced the cancellation of more international flights.
    (AFP, 5/9/12)
2012        May 9, In Indonesia a Russian Sukhoi Superjet 100 crashed into a volcano south of Jakarta during a demonstration flight. All 45 people on board were feared dead. The Superjet, Russia's first new model of passenger jet since the fall of the Soviet Union two decades ago, was in Indonesia as part of a 6-nation tour of Asia aimed at drumming up new customers.
    (AFP, 5/9/12)(AP, 5/10/12)
2012        May 9, Japan's government approved a plan to take a controlling stake in the operator of the Fukushima nuclear plant, effectively nationalizing one of the world's largest utilities. Tokyo will inject one trillion yen ($12 billion) as part of a 10-year restructuring aimed at preventing the vast regional power monopoly from going bankrupt.
    (AFP, 5/9/12)
2012        May 9, In Mauritania thousands opposition activists staged a march and sit-down protest in Nouakchott, calling for former coup leader Pres. Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz to step down.
    (AFP, 5/9/12)
2012        May 9, Mexican police found 18 dismembered bodies inside 2 vans near the Lake Chapala enclave of Ajijic, just south of Guadalajara.
    (SFC, 5/10/12, p.A2)Reuters, 6/17/12)
2012        May 9, In  northeast Nigeria at least two people were killed in an attack on a market in Maiduguri. The military blamed the radical Boko Haram Islamist sect.
    (AP, 5/9/12)
2012        May 9, Palestinian Airlines resumed operations, starting with biweekly flights between El-Arish and Marka Airbase in the Jordanian capital of Amman. The new route means Gazans no longer have to travel to Cairo, some 350 km (215 miles) from their territory, to board planes.
    (AFP, 5/27/12)
2012        May 9, In the southern Philippines an inferno at a three-story clothing store killed 17 employees, all women who were sleeping on the top floor in downtown Butuan city.
    (AP, 5/9/12)
2012        May 9, In Serbia pro-European Union Democrats and Socialists reached an agreement to form a new coalition government, after an election that indicated the bloc has kept its luster in the Balkans despite the eurozone crisis.
    (AP, 5/9/12)
2012        May 9, South African authorities seized assets worth almost $7 million from game farm owner Dawie Groenewald and veterinary surgeons, Karel Toet and Manie Du Plessis, accused of rhino poaching. They were charged with 1,872 counts of racketeering.
    (AFP, 5/9/12)
2012        May 9, Spain’s government nationalized Banco Financiero y de Ahorros (BFA), parent of Bankia, the largest property lender in the country.
    (Econ, 5/12/12, p.79)
2012        May 9, Sudan offered African tribesmen in the disputed oil-rich region of Abyei its citizenship in an effort to woo them to the north. Abyei's fate was left unresolved when South Sudan split from Sudan. Sudanese armed forces said they have repulsed an attack by Darfur rebels in Gereida (Girayda). 9 soldiers and an unknown number of rebels were reported killed.
    (AFP, 5/9/12)(AP, 5/9/12)
2012        May 9, In Syria bullets flying across the Syrian border into Lebanon killed a 70-year-old woman and wounded her daughter. A roadside bomb struck a Syrian military truck, wounding 6 soldiers just seconds after a convoy carrying the head of the UN observer mission passed by.
    (AP, 5/9/12)
2012        May 9, In Yemen a girl (13) was raped as she headed to a bakery. She was kidnapped and taken into a car whose owner has been identified. She was brutally raped by the suspects who then deformed her face using sharp tools. Protesters later called for the arrest of 7 escaped suspects.
    (AFP, 5/19/12)

2013        May 9, Federal prosecutors in Brooklyn unsealed an indictment accusing Lajud-Pena and 7 other New York suspects of withdrawing $2.8 million in cash from hacked accounts in less than a day. The accused ringleader in the US cell, Alberto Yusi Lajud-Pena, was reportedly killed in the Dominican Republic late last month. US federal prosecutors said a worldwide gang of criminals stole $45 million in a matter of hours by hacking their way into a database of prepaid debit cards and then draining cash machines around the globe. There were two separate attacks, one in December that reaped $5 million worldwide and one in February that snared about $40 million in 10 hours with about 36,000 transactions.
    (AP, 5/9/13)
2013        May 9, In southern California Pamela Marie Devitt (63) was fatally mauled by a pack of pit bulls while walking near her home near Palmdale. Authorities were still searching for the dogs as darkness fell. On May 30 Alex Jackson (29), the owner of the dogs, was charged with murder. On Oct 4, 2014, Jackson was sentenced to 15 years to life. The dogs had guarded his pot-growing operation.
    (Reuters, 5/9/13)(SFC, 5/11/13, p.A5)(SFC, 5/31/13, p.A12)(SFC, 10/5/14, p.A5)
2013        May 9, In Ohio an amber alert was issued for Blain (14) and Blake Romes (17) of Ottawa. Michael Fay (17) told authorities where the bodies of the two brothers could be found. Murder charges against Fay were announced on May 17.
    (SFC, 5/18/13, p.A6)
2013        May 9, In Afghanistan unidentified kidnappers abducted 11 Afghans working in a UN-affiliated landmine clearing program in Nangarhar province.
    (AP, 5/11/13)
2013        May 9, A Bangladesh tribunal sentenced the deputy head of Jamaat-e-Islami, Muhammad Kamaruzzaman, to death for crimes against humanity during the 1971 war for independence.
    (Econ, 5/11/13, p.55)
2013        May 9, British yacht-racing champion Andrew "Bart" Simpson, who won a gold medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, was killed when his vessel capsized in SF Bay during training for the America's Cup.
    (Reuters, 5/9/13)
2013        May 9, A federal jury in Texas found Jose Trevino Morales (46) guilty of conspiracy to commit money laundering. His older brothers were said to be leaders of the Zetas, a Nuevo Leon based criminal group that has become the largest in Mexico.
    (SFC, 5/9/13, p.A8)
2013        May 9, It was reported that 460 Vietnamese men, women and children have fled to Australian shores so far this year.
    (AP, 5/9/13)
2013        May 9, Brazil’s Sao Paulo state Gov. Geraldo Alckmin unveiled a program that will provide about $650 per month in subsidies for the rehabilitation of addicts who voluntarily enroll in the rehab program.
    (SFC, 5/10/13, p.A3)
2013        May 9, Chinese officials said film director Zhang Yimou is being investigated for a potential violation of family planning laws. He reportedly has fathered up to 7 children with 4 women.
    (SFC, 5/10/13, p.A7)
2013        May 9, Ratings agency Standard & Poor's pushed Egypt's sovereign credit ratings deeper into junk status to CCC+ and C, from B- and B, citing "continued pressure" on foreign reserves.
    (AP, 5/9/13)
2013        May 9, In Egypt American national Christopher Stone was attacked and stabbed outside the US Embassy in Cairo. Police arrested the attacker.
    (AP, 5/9/13)(SFC, 5/10/13, p.A2)
2013        May 9, Amnesty Int’l. said Eritrea's government has jailed about 10,000 dissidents without charge or trial over the years and described the Horn of Africa nation as one of the world's most repressive states. Among those behind bars are 187 people detained since January.
    (AP, 5/9/13)
2013        May 9, Iran's defense minister said Iran has built a new, radar-evading drone that can do surveillance and fire on enemy targets. The Fars news agency quoted Gen. Ahmad Vahidi as saying that the new aircraft — dubbed Epic, or Hemaseh in Farsi — can fly at high altitudes.
    (AP, 5/9/13)
2013        May 9, Iraq rejected a key element of an accord to bring an end to a long Kurdish uprising in Turkey — offering refuge to rebel fighters in country's north.
    (AP, 5/9/13)
2013        May 9, Northern Ireland officials said they hope to tear down the so-called “peace lines," walls of brick steel and barbed wire that have divided Irish Catholic and British Protestant neighborhoods going back to 1970, within a decade.
    (SFC, 5/10/13, p.A3)
2013        May 9,  In northern Italy Ottavio Missoni (b.1921), the patriarch of the iconic fashion brand of zigzag-patterned knitwear, died.
    (AP, 5/9/13)
2013        May 9, In Mexico Malcolm Shabazz (28), grandson of Malcolm X, was beaten to death in Mexico City during a dispute over a $1200 bar bill. Prosecutors soon arrested two men in connection with the death of Shabazz.
    (SSFC, 5/12/13, p.A4)(AP, 5/13/13)
2013        May 9, Nine young defectors from North Korea, ages 15-23,  entered Laos through China. The alleged orphans were caught by Laotian authorities on May 16 and soon returned to North Korea. On May 31 the UN human rights chief criticized China and Laos for their actions.
    (SFC, 6/1/13, p.A2)
2013        May 9, In Pakistan gunmen attacked an election rally in the southern Punjab province and abducted Ali Haider Gilani, the son of ex-premier Yousuf Raza Gilani. Two guards were killed. A bomb blew up at an election office of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam in the city of Mir Ali in the North Waziristan tribal area. One person was killed and six others wounded.
    (AP, 5/9/13)
2013        May 9, Syrian warplanes pounded rebel targets in two northern provinces as President Bashar Assad's troops pushed on with an offensive to reclaim more territory from the opposition.
    (AP, 5/9/13)
2013        May 9, Taiwanese fisherman Hung Shih-cheng (65) was shot dead by Philippine coast guard sailors in disputed waters. On May 15 Philippine Pres. Benigno Aquino III apologized to Taiwan for the shooting.
    (SFC, 5/11/13, p.A2)(SFC, 5/16/13, p.A2)
2013        May 9, Yemen’s President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi warned that the al-Qaida branch in the country was expanding and using assassinations and abductions of foreigners as a way to challenge the central authority.
    (AP, 5/9/13)

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