Today in History - May 10

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238        May 10, Gaius Julius Verus Maximinus ("The Thracian"), Roman Emperor, was murdered.
    (MC, 5/10/02)

1267        May 10, Vienna's Catholic church ordered all Jews to wear distinctive garb.
    (MC, 5/10/02)

1278        May 10, Jews of England were imprisoned on charges of coining. [see Nov 17]
    (MC, 5/10/02)

1285        May 10, Philip IV (Fair) succeeded Philip III as King of Spain.
    (HN, 5/10/99)

1291        May 10, Scottish nobles grudgingly recognized the authority of English king Edward I.
    (MC, 5/10/02)

1307        May 10, Forces under Robert Bruce of Scotland defeated the English at Loudoun Hill. Over the next few years Bruce gained control over much of the Scottish countryside.
    (ON, 2/08, p.6)

1427        May 10, Jews were expelled from Berne, Switzerland.
    (MC, 5/10/02)

1497        May 10, Italian navigator Amerigo Vespucci left for his 1st voyage to New World.
    (MC, 5/10/02)

1503        May 10, Columbus stumbled across the Cayman Islands and dubbed them Las Tortugas after the numerous sea turtles.
    (SFEC, 2/16/97, p.T8)(HN, 5/10/98)

1525        May 10, Church reformer John Pistorius was caught in the Hague.
    (MC, 5/10/02)   

1534        May 10, Jacques Cartier reached Newfoundland.
    (CFA, '96, p.46)

1536        May 10, Thomas Howard, 4th duke of Norfolk, English Earl Marshall, was born.
    (MC, 5/10/02)

1559        May 10, Scottish Protestants under John Knox rose against Queen Mary. Knox preached an inflammatory sermon at Perth and incited the Protestants lords to rise. They captured Edinburgh and sacked religious houses in other cities.
    (TL-MB, 1988, p.19)(MC, 5/10/02)

1566        May 10, Leonhard Fuchs (65), German botanist, died.
    (MC, 5/10/02)

1569        May 10, John of Avila (b.1500), Spanish minister and writer, died. He became the patron saint of Spain's diocesan clergy and was considered one of the greatest preachers of his time. He was canonized in 1970. In 2012 Pope Benedict XVI named him as a “doctor" of the Catholic church.
    (, 8/20/11)(AP, 10/7/12)

1652        May 10, John Johnson, a free black, was granted 550 acres in Northampton, Va.
    (MC, 5/10/02)

1655        May 10, Jamaica was captured by English.
    (MC, 5/10/02)

1676        May 10, Bacon's Rebellion began. It pitted frontiersmen against the government. Bacon’s Rebellion in Virginia involved an attack on a local Indian community and the sacking of the colonial capital in Jamestown. It is described by Catherine McNicol Stock in her 1997 book “Rural Radicals; Righteous Rage in the American Grain."
    (SFEC, 2/2/97, BR. p.8)(HN, 5/10/98)

1697        May 10, Jean Marie I'aine Leclair, composer, was born.
    (MC, 5/10/02)

1727        May 10, Anne-Robert-Jacques Turgot, French minister of Finance, was born.
    (MC, 5/10/02)

1730        May 10, George Ross, signer of the Declaration of Independence, was born.
    (HN, 5/10/98)

1741        May 10, Johann Michael Schmidt, composer, was born.
    (MC, 5/10/02)

1752        May 10, Benjamin Franklin 1st tested his lightning rod. [see Jun 15]
    (MC, 5/10/02)

1760        May 10, Claude-Joseph Rouget de Lisle, soldier, author, composer ("La Marseillaise"), was born.
    (MC, 5/10/02)

1768        May 10, The imprisonment of the journalist John Wilkes as an outlaw provoked violence in London. Wilkes had returned to parliament as a member for Middlesex. The “Massacre of St. George’s Fields" left 6 people dead as soldiers fired on a mob cheering Wilkes.
    (HN, 5/10/99)(ON, 12/11, p.9)

1770        May 10, Charles Avison (61), composer, died.
    (MC, 5/10/02)

1772        May 10, British Parliament passed the Tea Act, taxing all tea in the colonies.
    (HN, 5/10/98)   

1773        May 10, To keep the troubled East India Company afloat, Parliament passed the Tea Act, taxing all tea in the American colonies.
    (HN, 5/10/99)

1774        May 10, Louis XV (64), King of France (1715-74), died of smallpox and was succeeded by his grandson Louis XVI (19). Louis XVI soon appointed Charles Gravier, comte de Vergennes, as his new foreign minister.
    (AP, 5/10/97)(HN, 5/10/99)(PCh, 1992, p.318)(AH, 2/06, p.55)   

1775        May 10, The Second Continental Congress convened in Pennsylvania. It named George Washington as supreme commander. Benjamin Franklin represented Pennsylvania soon presented his reworked Plan of Union under the title The Articles of Confederation and Perpetual Union.
    (, 2/06, p.47)
1775        May 10, Ethan Allen and his 83 Green Mountain Boys captured the British-held fortress at Ticonderoga, N.Y., on the western shore of Lake Champlain. They took the entire garrison captive without firing a shot. This was the 1st aggressive American action in the War of Independence.
    (AP, 5/10/97)(HN, 5/10/98)(ON, 3/00, p.4)

1776        May 10, George Thomas Smart, composer, was born.
    (MC, 5/10/02)

1783        May 10, Niccola Benvenuti, composer, was born.
    (MC, 5/10/02)

1787        May 10, The British Parliament impeached Warren Hastings.
    (MC, 5/10/02)

1788        May 10, Augustin-Jean Fresnel, optics pioneer, physicist, was born.
    (MC, 5/10/02)

1794        May 10, In France Elizabeth (30), the sister of King Louis XVI, was beheaded.
    (HN, 5/10/99)(MC, 5/10/02)

1795        May 10, Jacques-Nicolas-Augustin Thierry, historian, was born.
    (MC, 5/10/02)

1796        May 10, Napoleon Bonaparte won a brilliant victory against the Austrians at Lodi bridge in Italy.
    (HN, 5/10/99)

1797        May 10, The 1st American Navy ship, the "United States," was launched.
    (MC, 5/10/02)

1798        May 10, George Vancouver (40), British explorer, (Voyage of Discovery), died.
    (MC, 5/10/02)

1813        May 10, Montgomery Blair, lawyer in the Dred Scot case, was born in Franklin County, Ky. The case decided the limits of slavery.
    (HN, 5/10/99)(MC, 5/10/02)

1818        May 10, Paul Revere (b.1735) American patriot, died in Boston. Revere, best known for his midnight ride, fathered 16 children-eight by his first wife Sarah Orne and eight by his second wife, Rachel Walker. Born to Apollos Rivoire and Deborah Hitchbourne, Paul Revere was one of 13 children.
    (AP, 5/10/97)(HNQ, 7/26/99)

1823        May 10, The 1st steamboat to navigate the Mississippi River arrived at Ft. Snelling (between St. Paul and Minneapolis).
    (MC, 5/10/02)

1826        May 10, Giuseppe Sigismondo (86), composer, died.
    (MC, 5/10/02)

1829        May 10, Thomas Young, physicist, decipherer of Egyptian hieroglyphics, died.
    (MC, 5/10/02)

1838        May 10, John Wilkes Booth (d.1865), assassin of Abraham Lincoln, was born near Bel Air, Maryland.
    (HN, 5/10/98)

1840        May 10, Mormon leader Joseph Smith moved his band of followers to Illinois to escape the hostilities they experienced in Missouri.
    (HN, 5/10/99)

1845        May 10, During a celebrated round-the-world tour in 1844-46, the USS Constitution dropped anchor in the bay outside of Tourane, Cochin China (later part of Vietnam). While there, Bishop Dominique Lefevre, an imprisoned French missionary, requested the assistance of the ship's captain, "Mad Jack" Percival. The Americans attempted to negotiate with the Cochin Chinese, to no avail. Frustrated, they set sail from Cochin and continued on their course on May 26 without further word about or from the missionary, who was eventually retrieved by his own countrymen.
    (HNQ, 10/18/02)(AH, 12/02, p.25)

1849        May 10, A mob destroyed Astor Place opera house in NYC and 22 people were killed. Edward Z.C. Judson (Ned Buntline) was convicted of leading the riot and was sentenced to a year in prison. In 2007 Nigel Cliff authored “The Shakespeare Riots: Revenge, Drama, and Death in Nineteenth-Century America."
    (PCh, 1992, p.450)(WSJ, 4/28/07, p.P8)

1850        May 10, Thomas Johnstone Lipton, yachtsman, tea magnate (Lipton Tea), was born in Glasgow.
    (MC, 5/10/02)

1855        May 10, Anatoli Liadov, composer (Enchanted Lake), was born in St Petersburg, Russia.
    (MC, 5/10/02)

1857        May 10, Hendrik Zwaardemaker, Dutch physiologist (olefactometer), was born.
    (MC, 5/10/02)
1857        May 10, The Seepoys of India revolted against the British Army. The Bengal Army, Indian soldiers in the British army, staged a revolt in what is viewed as the first attempt at independence. The Rani of Jhansi, a charismatic female strategist, led the Hindu revolt.
    (SFEC, 8/3/97, p.A15)(HN, 5/10/98)(SSFC, 11/9/03, p.C9)

1859        May 10, French emperor Napoleon III left Paris to join his troops preparing to battle the Austrian army in Northern Italy.
    (HN, 5/10/02)

1861        May 10, Union troops marched on state militia in St Louis, Mo.
    (MC, 5/10/02)

1862        May 10, Battle of Plum Run Bend, TN (Plum Point Bend).
    (MC, 5/10/02)

1863        May 10, Confederate General Thomas “Stonewall" Jackson (39) died 8 days after being shot by friendly fire at Chancellorsville, Virginia. He had been a professor at the Virginia Military Institute. Many historians believe that he was the greatest commander of the Civil War. Stonewall Jackson has three graves. Jackson‘s left arm, amputated after it was shot twice during the Battle of Chancellorsville, has its own grave near Chancellorsville, Virginia. Lexington, Virginia, where he had lived with his wife, is the site of his original resting place and the nearby monument where his remains were later moved. James I. Robertson published a biography of Jackson in 1997: “Stonewall Jackson: The Man, the Soldier, the Legend."
    (SFC, 7/4/96, p.D8)(HT, 3/97, p.48)(HNQ, 2/22/01)

1864        May 10, Battles at Spotsylvania Court House, Virginia. [see May 8]
    (MC, 5/10/02)

1865        May 10, Confederate Pres. Jefferson Davis was captured by Union troops in Irwinville, Georgia.
    (HN, 5/10/98)(AP, 5/10/08)

1869        May 10, In the desert near Promontory, Utah, railway official Leland Stanford, drove down a golden spike to unite the tracks from the east and the west. The first transcontinental railroad was completed when the Union Pacific Railroad--building west from Omaha, Nebraska--and the Central Pacific--building east from Sacramento, California--met at Promontory Point, Utah. Recognizing that transportation was essential to the economic development of the nation, the U.S. Congress passed legislation in 1862 that provided for the construction of a railroad linking the east and west coasts. A depression followed the completion of the railroad and the Chinese became a target of ill-will as unemployment soared. Engine 350 was the first one down the Union Pacific line and commemorative platters were made for the occasion. In 1999 David Howard Bain published "Empire Express: Building the First Transcontinental Railroad." In 2000 Stephen E. Ambrose authored "Nothing Like It in the World, The Men Who Built the Transcontinental Railroad 1863-1869." In 2007 Richard Rayner authored “The Associates: Four Capitalists Who Created California.
    (SFC, 7/8/96, p.D2)(SFC,1/22/97, Z1 p.7)(HN, 5/11/99)(WSJ, 11/4/99, p.A28)(WSJ, 8/25/00, p.W10)(SSFC, 12/17/00, BR p.10)(SSFC, 1/20/08, p.M1)

1872        May 10, The US General Mining Act law was passed. It let anyone 18 years or older claim public land for hardrock mining for as little as $2.50 per acre with no royalties to the federal government for gold, silver and other precious metals. The law was used by a Danish mining firm in 1995 for 110 acres of public land in Idaho that may contain a billion dollars worth of minerals.
    (, 9/7/95, p.A-1)(SFC, 2/28/97, p.A6)(SFC, 5/22/02, p.A7)(SFC, 12/25/15, p.A10)
1872        May 10, Victoria Woodhull became the first woman nominated for U.S. president. Thomas Nast depicted her as "Mrs. Satan." Woodhull adhered to a diet prescribed by Sylvester Graham, known for his ginger-colored crackers. Sylvester preached against demon rum and died at age 57 after administering himself a medicinal treatment with considerable liquor. Frederick Douglas, African-American statesman, was nominated as vice president on the Equal Rights Party ticket.
    (SFEC, 3/8/98, Par p.14-16)(SFC, 10/17/98, p.E5)(HN, 5/10/98)(WSJ, 3/13/09, p.W2)

1873        May 10, Belgian priest Joseph de Veuster (d.1889), aka Father Damien, arrived on Molokai, Hawaii, to tend the spiritual needs of the lepers. The Catholic priest spent his life ministering to the lepers and built homes, churches and moved the whole colony to a more sheltered area. Damien was beatified in 1995. The settlement peaked at about 1200. A film about him was shot in 1998 with Peter O’Toole and Kris Kristofferson.
    (, 9/8/96, p.T3)(WSJ, 8/14/98, p.A1)

1875        May 10, US Treasury agents under Benjamin Helm Bristow (1832-1896), the 30th US Treasury Secretary, raided and shut down distilleries, rectifying houses, and bottling plants in St. Louis, Chicago, Milwaukee, and six other Mid-Western states. Overwhelming evidence against the ring was collected, while federal grand juries produced over 350 indictments. 238 members of "Whiskey Ring" were accused of anti-US activities.

1876        May 10, Centennial Fair opened in Philadelphia. Centennial Hall was built in Philadelphia, Pa., to commemorate the country’s 100th birthday. The US Centennial Exhibition was a world’s fair celebrating the founding of the US and drew over 9.9 million people. The US population at this time was 46 million.
    (Hem, 6/96, p.108)(SFC,12/10/97, Z1 p.9)(MC, 5/10/02)

1886        May 10, Karl Barth (d.1966), Swiss theologian, was born. “Conscience is the perfect interpreter of life."
    (AP, 3/9/01)(HN, 5/10/02)
1886        May 10, The US Supreme Court ruling in Santa Clara County v Southern Pacific Railroad dealt with taxation of railroad properties. A unanimous decision, written by Justice Harlan, ruled on the matter of fences, holding that the state of California illegally included the fences running beside the tracks in its assessment of the total value of the railroad's property. As a result, the county could not collect taxes from Southern Pacific that it was not allowed to collect in the first place.
    (, 3/26/11, p.78)(Econ, 4/16/11, p.18)

1888        May 10, Maximilian Raoul Walter Steiner (Max Steiner), composer (Gone With Wind), was born in Vienna.
    (MC, 5/10/02)

1894        May 10, Dimitri Tiomkin, composer (Academy Award 1954- High and Mighty), was born in Russia.
    (MC, 5/10/02)

1898        May 10, Ariel Durant, writer (Story of Civilization), was born in Proskurov, Russia.

1899        May 10, Fred Astaire (d.1987), movie musical star, was born in Omaha, Neb. His films included “Easter Parade" (1948).
    (AP, 5/10/99)(HN, 5/10/99)

1902        May 10, Joachim Prinz, author, Rabbi of Berlin (1926-37), was born.
    (MC, 5/10/02)
1902        May 10, David O. Selznick, film producer (Gone with the Wind, Rebecca), was born in Pittsburgh, Pa.
    (HN, 5/10/02)(MC, 5/10/02)

1904        May 10, Henry Morton Stanley (b.1841 as John Rowlands), Welsh-born British explorer, died in London. In 2007 Tim Jeal authored “Stanley: The Impossible Life of Africa’s Greatest Explorer."
    (, 3/17/07, p.90)

1906        May 10, Russia's Duma (Parliament) met for the 1st time.
    (MC, 5/10/02)

1907        May 10, Paul Dukas' opera "Ariane et Barbe Bleue," premiered in Paris.
    (MC, 5/10/02)

1908        May 10, Carl Albert, speaker of the House of Representatives, was born.
    (HN, 5/10/98)
1908        May 10, The first Mother’s Day observance took place during church services in Grafton, W.Va., and Philadelphia. In 1997 Anna Jarvis first proposed the idea that all mothers wear a carnation on the 2nd Sunday of May.
    (AP, 5/10/97)(SFC, 9/30/99, p.E5)

1909        May 10, Maybelle Carter, country singer (Johnny Cash Show), was born in Nickelsville, Va.
    (MC, 5/10/02)

1910        May 10, The 1st aircraft air display was held at Hendon, England.
    (MC, 5/10/02)

1915        May 10, A Zeppelin dropped hundreds of bombs on Southend-on-Sea.
    (MC, 5/10/02)

1917        May 10, Atlantic ships got destroyer escorts to fend off German attacks.
    (HN, 5/10/98)

1918        May 10, The HMS Vindictive was sunk to block the entrance of Ostend Harbor.
    (MC, 5/10/02)

1920        May 10, Richard Adams, English novelist (Watership Down), was born.
    (HN, 5/10/02)

1921        May 10, Nancy Walker, Bounty ads, actress (Rhoda, McMillan & Wife), was born in Philadelphia.
    (MC, 5/10/02)

1923        May 10, Geidar Aliev (Heydar Aliyev, d.2003), later KGB general, Communist Party chief and Azerbaijan president, was born in Nakhichevan.
    (AP, 12/12/03)(SFC, 12/13/03, p.A20)

1924        May 10, J. Edgar Hoover was appointed head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation at age 29.
    (TMC, 1994, p.1924)(AP, 5/10/97)(HN, 5/10/98)

1927        May 10, US aviator Charles Augustus Lindbergh (1902-1974) picked up his plane, “The Spirit of St. Louis," in San Diego and flew it to St. Louis. The next day he continued to New York using railroad maps that he picked up in a drugstore for 50 cents each. The plane was powered by an air-cooled Whirlwind engine built by Ryan Aeronautical Company. Charles Fayette Taylor (1895-1996) worked on the engine design team. Taylor later authored "The Internal Combustion Engine in Theory and Practice."
    (WUD, 1994, p.832)(SFC, 6/23/96, Z1 p.2)(SFC, 6/30/96, p.B6)(ON, 2/08, p.2)

1930        May 10, The 1st US planetarium opened in Chicago.
    (MC, 5/10/02)
1930        May 10, Publisher Edward Stratemeyer (b.1862) died in Newark, NJ.  He launched the Hardy Boys book series along with Nancy Drew. Leslie McFarlane wrote 26 of the Hardy Boy books. In 1999 Carole Kismaric and Marvin Heiferman published "The Mysterious Case of Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys," a history of the series. Mildred Augustine Wirt Benson wrote the 1st 23 Nancy Drew books.
    (, 3/28/99, BR p.5)

1932        May 10, Government of Netherland declared "Wilhelmus" the national anthem.
    (MC, 5/10/02)

1933        May 10, Barbara Taylor Bradford, author, was born.
    (MC, 5/10/02)
1933        May 10, The Nazis staged massive public book burnings at Opernplatz in Berlin, Germany. Some 40,000 people watched or took part. In the great Nazi book-burning frenzy Freud’s work went up in flames, with the declaration: "Down with the soul-devouring exaggeration of instinctive life, up with the nobility of the human soul!" Also burned were books by "unGerman" writers such as: Marx, Brecht, Bloch, Hemingway, Heinrich Mann and Erich Maria Remarque, author of All Quiet on the Western Front.
    (AP, 5/10/97)(SFC, 1/8/99, p.A13)(HNPD, 3/24/00)(HN, 5/10/02)
1933        May 10, Paraguay declared war on Bolivia.
    (MC, 5/10/02)

1937        May 10, Arthur Kopit, American playwright, was born.
    (HN, 5/10/02)

1938        May 10, Peter Davies, Major-General, Director-General (RSPCA), was born.
    (MC, 5/10/02)
1938        May 10, Maxim Shostakovich, conductor (Atlanta Symph), was born in Leningrad, Russia.
    (MC, 5/10/02)

1940        May 10, Winston Churchill took office as PM. Churchill formed a new government and served as the Conservative head of a coalition government with the opposition Labor Party. The debate over the Norway campaign led directly to Churchill replacing Chamberlain.
    (WSJ, 9/3/98, p.A6)(PCh, 1992, p.864)(Econ, 11/4/06, p.67)
1940        May 10, British Local Defense Volunteers, the Home Guard, formed.
    (MC, 5/10/02)
1940        May 10, German forces began a blitzkrieg of the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg, skirting France's "impenetrable" Maginot Line. Belgium was invaded by Germany and maintained resistance for 18 days.
    (WSJ, 8/1/95, p.A-8)(WSJ, 4/29/96, p.C-1)(HN, 5/10/02)

1941        May 10, England's House of Commons was destroyed by a German air raid.
    (HN, 5/10/98)
1941        May 10, Rudolf Hess (d.93), a deputy of Adolf Hitler, parachuted into Scotland to see the Duke of Hamilton on what he claimed was a peace mission. Hess ended up serving a life sentence at Spandau prison until 1987, when he apparently committed suicide.
    (AP, 5/10/97)(ON, 4/02, p.7)

1943        May 10, Donovan Leitch, guitarist, folk singer (Mellow Yellow), was born in Scotland.
    (MC, 5/10/02)
1943        May 10, U.S. troops invaded Attu in the Aleutian Islands to expel the Japanese.
    (HN, 5/10/98)
1943        May 10, Andre Bertulot, Arnaud/Armand Fraiteur and Maurice-Albert Raskin, Belgian resistance fighters, were hanged.
    (MC, 5/10/02)

1944        May 10, Judith Jamison, American ballerina, was born.
    (HN, 5/10/02)

1945        May 10, Allies captured Rangoon from the Japanese.
    (MC, 5/10/02)

1946        May 10, Birute Galdikas, later renowned as a primatologist, was born in Wiesbaden, Germany to Lithuanian parents.
    (SFC, 1/6/98, p.A19)(
1946        May 10, Donovan, rocker (Mellow Yellow), was born as Donovan Leitch in Scotland.

1955        May 10, Mark David Chapman, assassin (John Lennon), was born.
    (MC, 5/10/02)

1956        May 10, French government sent 50,000 reservists to Algeria. [see Apr 11]
    (MC, 5/10/02)
1956        May 10, India recorded its highest temperature ever as the temperature reached 50.6ºC (123ºF) in Alwar, Rajasthan.
    (, 8/1/15, SR p.18)
1956        May 10, A UN sponsored plebiscite in the British trust territory of Togoland revealed that the voters wished to join the soon-to-be-established state of Ghana.
    (EWH, 1968, p.1235)

1957        May 10, Sid Vicious, [John Simon Ritchie], bassist (Sex Pistols), was born in England.
    (MC, 5/10/02)
1957        May 10, Gabriel París Gordillo (1910-2008) began serving as President of Colombia and as Chairman of the Colombian Military Junta Government following the 1957 Coup d'état. He was succeeded in August, 1958, by Alberto Lleras Camargo.

1960        May 10, John F. Kennedy won the primary in West Virginia.
    (MC, 5/10/02)
1960        May 10, USS Nautilus completed the first circumnavigation of globe under water.
    (HN, 5/10/98)

1961        May 10, "Beyond the Fringe," premiered in London.
    (MC, 5/10/02)

1964        May 10, Victor Pasquale Morabito (45), president and managing owner of the San Francisco 49ers, died of a heart attack. His brother, Anthony J. Morabito, founder-owner of the 49ers, had died of a heart attack between halves of a 49ers-Bears game in 1957.
    (SSFC, 5/11/14, DB p.50)

1965        May 10, Warren Buffett of Omaha, Nebraska, took control of Berkshire-Hathaway, a New England textile company that closed at $18 per share. Buffet later closed down the company and called it his dumbest stock. The name was retained and in 2006 shares of Berkshire-Hathaway passed $100,000 per share. By 2014 BH owned over 80 companies.
    (WSJ, 10/24/06, p.C1)(Econ, 4/26/14, p.73)

1968        May 10, FBI director Hoover sent all field offices an urgent memo escalating the FBI’s attack on dissent. It authorized an operation called “Counterintelligence Program – New Left."
    (SFCM, 10/10/04, p.23)
1968        May 10, Preliminary Vietnam peace talks began in Paris.
    (AP, 5/10/97)

1969        May 10, In Louisiana the 2nd Lake Pontchartrain causeway opened. The 1st span was completed in 1956.
1969        May 10, Malaysia held its 3rd general election since independence. Opposition advances at the polls were followed by bloody race riots. Smoldering racial tensions erupted between the Malays and the Chinese with riots that killed dozens.
    (,_1969)(SFC,11/24/97, p.A11)
1969        May 10, The Battle of Hamburger Hill began and lasted to May 20. In Vietnam US military strength peaked in this year with 550,000 men. Identified on American battle maps as Hill 937 the battle for Hamburger Hill, actually Ap Bia Mountain, which cost Americans 46 killed and 400 wounded, was one of the most significant battles of the Vietnam War as it spelled the end of major American ground combat operations. The ground gained in the battle was soon abandoned to the North Vietnamese Army, which lost some 633 soldiers killed in the fight. The American losses at Hamburger Hill, though not the most in one single action of the war, set off a firestorm of protest in the US [see May 20].
    (HFA, '96, p.30)(SFC, 6/24/96, p.A15)(HNQ, 4/4/99)(SFC, 4/27/00, p.A18)

1970        May 10, In Cambodia Spec. Leslie H. Sabo Jr. (b.1948), of Elwood City, Pa., saved his comrades and lost his own life as his unit was nearly overrun by North Vietnamese forces. Documentation of his heroism was lost until 1999. On May 16, 2012, Pres. Obama presented the US Medal of Honor to his widow.
    (SFC, 5/17/12, p.A10)(,_Jr.)

1972        May 10, US Navy pilot Duke Cunningham shot down 3 North Vietnamese MiGs before finessing his badly damaged and burning F-4 out of enemy territory and over safe waters where he and his co-pilot could eject. In 2005 as a US Congressman from San Diego, he pleaded guilty to bribery charges in defense deals.
    (WSJ, 1/5/07, p.B10)

1975        May 10, In El Salvador leftist poet and novelist Roque Dalton (b.1937) was executed by a group of commandos. In 2010 his relatives petitioned prosecutors to file homicide charges against two ex-rebel commanders, who they claim participated in the decision to kill the writer. The complaint named former Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front leader Joaquin Villalobos and Jorge Melendez, who serves in the current government as head of the civil defense office. In 2012 a judge closed the case ruling it's too late for a prosecution.
    (AP, 5/15/10)(, 1/10/12)

1977        May 10, Patti Hearst was sentenced to 5 years’ probation for her role in the Symbionese Liberation Army (SLA) crime spree May 16-17, 1974. She still faced a 7-year sentence for armed robbery.
    (SFC, 5/10/02, p.G7)
1977        May 10, Actress Joan Crawford (69) died in New York of liver cancer.
    (AP, 5/10/97)(SFC,12/17/97, p.D6)

1978        May 10, Britain's Princess Margaret and the Earl of Snowdon announced they were divorcing after 18 years of marriage.
    (AP, 5/10/97)

1981        May 10, Socialist Francois Mitterrand defeated Valery Giscard d’Estaing for Pres. of France in the second round of presidential elections. When the socialists took power they increased the money supply and the deficit. The franc collapsed and inflation accelerated.
    (SFC, 10/24/96, p.C3)(SFC, 6/25/97, p.A8)(AP, 5/10/01)

1982        May 10, Peter Weiss (b.1916), German playwright (Marat-Sade), died.

1983        May 10, The last episode of the TV sitcom "Laverne & Shirley", subtitled “Hear Today Hair Tomorrow," aired on ABC-TV.
1983        May 10, Dominica PM Dame Eugenia Charles chose to support Taiwan out of political conviction.
    (Econ, 4/10/04, p.29)(

1984        May 10, The International Court of Justice said the U.S. should halt any actions to blockade Nicaragua's ports. The U.S. had already said it would not recognize World Court jurisdiction on this issue.
    (AP, 5/10/04)

1987        May 10, President Reagan visited Tuskegee University, one of the nation's oldest black educational institutions, where he told graduating seniors his administration "won't be satisfied until every American who wants a job has a job and is earning a decent living."
    (AP, 5/10/97)

1988        May 10, The Edgar Degas sculpture "Danseresie of 14" (Little Dancer at 14 years of Age) sold for $10,120,000. In 1996 it sold for nearly $12 million.
    (, 11/13/96, p.A3)
1988        May 10, French President Francois Mitterrand named Socialist Michel Rocard to be premier following Mitterrand's decisive victory in France's presidential election.
    (AP, 5/10/98)
1988        May 10, In Poland an eight-day strike by workers at the Lenin Shipyard in Gdansk ended without an agreement.
    (AP, 5/10/98)

1989        May 10, In Panama, the government of Gen. Manuel Antonio Noriega announced it had nullified the country's elections, which independent observers said the opposition had won by a 3-1 margin.
    (AP, 5/10/99)

1990        May 10, The government of China announced the release of 211 dissidents who had been involved in pro-democracy demonstrations a year earlier.
    (AP, 5/10/00)
1990        May 10, Walker Percy (b.1916), Mississippi-raised physician, novelist (Lancelot), died of cancer in Covington, Louisiana. His book "The Moviegoer" was the 1962 winner of the National Book Award." His last book, The Thanatos Syndrome, appeared in 1987.
    (, 3/26/03, p.D8)

1981        May 10, Socialist Francois Mitterrand defeated incumbent Valery Giscard d’Estaing in the second round of France’s presidential election.
    (AP, 5/10/01)
1991        May 10, Alexander Bessmertnykh became the first Soviet foreign minister to visit Israel as he met with Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir and Foreign Minister David Levy.
    (AP, 5/10/01)

1992        May 10, Astronaut Pierre Thuot tried but failed to snag a wayward satellite during a spacewalk outside the shuttle Endeavour. A trio of astronauts succeeded in capturing the Intelsat-Six three days later.
    (AP, 5/10/97)

1993        May 10, A Paul Cezanne still life, Les Grosses Pommes, sold for $28,602,500 in NYC.
1993        May 10, Members of the Senate Armed Services Committee visited the Norfolk Naval Base in Virginia for a hearing on the issue of homosexuals in the military; most of the sailors said they favored keeping the ban on gays.
    (AP, 5/10/98)
1993        May 10. Nelson Mandela moved into the president’s office of South Africa.
    (Hem. 1/95, p.19)
1993        May 10, At least 188 workers were killed in a doll factory fire in Bangkok, Thailand.
    (AP, 5/10/98)

1994        May 10, The state of Illinois executed convicted serial killer John Wayne Gacy (52) for the murders of 33 young men and boys. He was executed at Stateville Correctional Center near Joliet. A search for more bodies was continued in 1998. Gacy left behind some clown art that was auctioned and purchased for $20,000 by Joe Roth, who burned all of it.
    (AP, 5/10/97)(SFEC, 11/22/98, p.A2)(SFC, 2/6/99, p.A13)
1994        May 10, An annular, or "ring" eclipse, cast a moving shadow across the United States.
    (AP, 5/10/99)
1994         May 10, Nelson Mandela was sworn in as the first black Prime Minister of South Africa. His party earmarked $4 billion to be spent over ten years to help correct the land imbalance largely due to the forced abandonment by blacks between 1950-80 when about 3.5 million blacks were forcibly trucked off to ethnic territories, often abandoning land, houses and cattle. It was later declared that crimes committed under apartheid up to this time would be considered for pardon under an amnesty act.
    (WSJ,5/10/94)(WSJ, 5/17/96,p.A-10)(SFEC, 12/15/96, p.C22)

1995        May 10, Terry Nichols was charged in the Oklahoma City bombing.
    (AP, 5/10/00)
1995        May 10, Former President Bush’s office released his letter of resignation from the National Rifle Association in which Bush expressed outrage over its reference to federal agents as “jack-booted government thugs."
    (AP, 5/10/00)
1995        May 10, Britain lifted a 23-year ban on ministerial talks with Sinn Fein, the political wing of the Irish Republican Army.
1995        May 10, One-hundred-four miners were killed in an elevator accident in Orkney, South Africa.
    (AP, 5/10/00)

1996        May 10, Two US Marine helicopters collided and killed 14 servicemen in a piney swamp at Camp LeJeune, N.C. during a U.S.-British training exercise. An AH-1 Cobra attack helicopter collided with a CH-46 Sea Knight troop copter.
    (SFC, 5/11/96, p.A-1)(AP, 5/10/97)
1996        May 10, A plane crashed and killed 16 people in the rugged mountains of northwestern Mexico. The twin-turboprop De Haviland Twin Otter DHC-6 was flying from Durango and crashed in Santa Maria de Otaes, a small mining town.
    (SFC, 5/11/96, p.A-10)
1996        May 10, Riots broke out in Hong Kong where more than 18,000 Vietnamese have been held in what amounts to prison camps. The government is in the process of returning them to Viet Nam from whence they fled as boat people.
    (SFC, 5/11/96, p.A-10)
1996        May 10, A blizzard suddenly erupted on Mt. Everest and led to the death of 8 climbers descending from 29,028 foot summit. Jon Krakauer, journalist, was on the expedition and in 1997 published “Into Thin Air," an account of the ordeal. The climbers were part of an IMAX film expedition.
    (SFC, 5/15/96, A-10)(WSJ, 5/30/97, p.A16)(WSJ, 6/4/01, p.A20)

1997        May 10, President Clinton signed modest drug-fighting and trade agreements with Caribbean leaders in Barbados.
    (AP, 5/10/98)
1997        May 10, Physicists at UC Berkeley first listened to the sound from superfluid helium atoms oscillating between overlapping quantum states.
    (SFC, 7/31/97, p.A2)
1997        May 10, From Bolivia it was reported that more than one-fifth of the population was infected with Chagas disease. The ailment is transmitted by triatomine insects that carry the Trypanosoma cruzi parasite. T. Cruzi can enter the bloodstream through scratched skin and causes nerve damage and swelling of the heart and colon that can lead to death after years of infection.
    (SFC, 5/10/97, p.A10)
1997        May 10, In Britain Jennifer Murray and co-pilot Quentin Smith began a round-the-world helicopter trip in an effort to become the first woman to pilot the globe in a helicopter. She completed her flight on Aug 15.
    (SFC, 7/23/97, p.A3)(SFC, 8/16/97, p.A11)
1997        May 10, A 7.1 earthquake hit in northeastern Iraq centered on the town of Qaen. More than 2,400 people were reported killed. The death toll was reduced to 1,560 with 60,000 left homeless.
    (SFEC, 5/11/97, p.A1)(WSJ, 5/12/97, p.A1)(SFC, 5/14/97, p.A10)
1997        May 10, It was reported that Iceland would resume whaling. Whaling had stopped there in 1989.
    (SFC, 5/10/97, p.A8)
1997        May 10, Lebanese of all faiths welcomed Pope John Paul II on his first visit to their country.
    (AP, 5/10/98)
1997        May 10, From Niger it was reported that recent sandstorms caused the death of some 36 people when the driver of a truck lost his way.
    (SFC, 5/10/97, p.A8)

1998        May 10, Tax freedom day, the day the average American taxpayer will have earned enough to pay his annual taxes.
    (SFC, 4/16/98, p.A3)
1998        May 10, The FAA grounded older models of the Boeing 737 after mandatory inspections of some aircraft found extensive wear in power lines through wing fuel tanks.
    (SFC, 5/11/98)(AP, 5/10/08)
1998        May 10, In Clearfield, Pa., Kimberly Jo Dotts (15) was hanged to death by teenagers who planned to run away to Florida. Seven young people 14-24 were arrested for murder and the trial of Jessica Holtmeyer (16) and Aaron Straw (19) began in 1999. Holtmeyer was convicted Jan 28.
    (SFC, 1/18/99, p.A8)(SFC, 1/29/99, p.A6)
1998        May 10, In Afghanistan opposition forces launched a counterattack against the Taliban at Ishkamish, 120 miles north of Kabul.
    (SFC, 5/11/98, p.A10)
1998        Apr 30, In China over 800 riot police clashed with some 3 thousand vendors when they tried to dismantle the street market in Chengdu.
    (SFC, 5/11/98, p.A10)
1998        May 10, In Hungary Gyula Horn and the ruling Socialists led in the first round of parliamentary elections.
    (SFC, 5/11/98, p.A10)
1998        May 10, From Moscow it was reported that police had arrested 5 members of a crime ring that operated out of an automobile repair shop. The ring responded to car for sale ads and killed 11 people for their vehicles.
    (SFEC, 5/10/98, p.A23)
1998        May 10, In Northern Ireland Sinn Fein (We Ourselves) voted to let their leaders participate in the new compromise administration. Leader Gerry Adams won full backing for the Northern Ireland peace accord in a fundamental reversal of decades-old policy.
    (SFC, 5/11/98, p.A1)(AP, 5/10/99)
1998        May 10, In Paraguay the ruling Colorado Party with Raul Cubas, initially the running mate of Lino Oviedo, won the presidential elections with 52% of the vote.
    (SFC, 5/11/98, p.A10)(SFC, 5/12/98, p.A12)
1998        May 10, In South Africa Louis Luyt announced his resignation as the president of the South African Rugby Football Assoc. [see may 8]
    (SFC, 5/11/98, p.A10)

1999        May 10, In the US it was tax freedom day, the day by which citizens met their financial obligations to the government. In 1902 it was Jan 31, and in 1940 it was Mar 8.
    (SFEC, 4/18/99, BR p.7)
1999        May 10, A military jury at Camp Lejeuneh, North Carolina, sentenced Captain Richard Ashby, a Marine pilot whose jet had clipped an Italian gondola cable, sending 20 people plunging to their deaths, to six months in prison and dismissed him from the corps for helping hide a videotape shot during the flight. Ashby was acquitted earlier of manslaughter.
    (AP, 5/10/00)
1999        May 10, The US approved the export of 2 Motorola Iridium satellites to China. [see May 20, 1998]
    (WSJ, 5/11/99, p.A1,14)
1999        May 10, Cartoonist, playwright and songwriter Shel Silverstein was found dead in his Key West, Florida, apartment; he was 66.
    (AP, 5/10/00)
1999        May 10, The Yugoslav army announced that it had completed its operations against the KLA and had begun a partial withdrawal from Kosovo.
    (SFC, 5/11/99, p.A1)
1999        May 10, In China Pres. Jiang Zemin said that NATO must stop bombing Yugoslavia before the UN Security Council considers any peace plan to end the Kosovo conflict. China broke off talks on arms control with the United States, and allowed demonstrators to hurl stones at the US Embassy in Beijing for a third day to protest NATO’s bombing of the Chinese Embassy in Yugoslavia.
    (SFC, 5/11/99, p.A1)(AP, 5/10/00)
1999        May 10, Anti-NATO protests spread from China to Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, Pakistan and Singapore.
    (SFC, 5/11/99, p.A10)
1999        May 10, NATO announced that it would begin launching strikes from Turkey and Hungary in addition to current launch sites in Western Europe, the US and carriers in the Adriatic.
    (SFC, 5/11/99, p.A10)
1999        May 10, A US State Dept. report, "Erasing History: Ethnic Cleansing in Kosovo," based on refugee accounts suggested that Serbian forces had killed over 4,000 Kosovars.
    (SFC, 5/11/99, p.A10)
1999        May 10, In Belgrade the government claimed that the refugees coming out of Kosovo in the 1st ten days of the war were 3000-4000 ethnic Albanians paid by the US and NATO to march in a circle from Macedonia to Albania and Montenegro and back to Kosovo. Belgrade also opened a legal offensive and asked the World Court to stop NATO air attacks.
    (SFC, 5/11/99, p.A10)
1999        May 10, In Vietnam a huge corruption trial began against 77 defendants, who included powerful bankers and business executives. The charges involved a shell game where the Minh Phung and Epco companies colluded with bankers to obtain huge loans with phony collateral. The scheme was said to have cost the government up to $280 million.
    (SFC, 5/25/99, p.A7)

2000        May 10, Pres. Clinton issued an executive order to make drugs for AIDS less expensive in Africa.
    (SFC, 5/11/00, p.A1)
2000        May 10, The fire at Los Alamos, New Mexico, burned 30 homes and forced the evacuation of all 11,000 residents. 3,700 acres were scorched. The fire had been set to contain an earlier blaze intended to clear brush.
    (SFC, 5/11/00, p.A3)(WSJ, 5/11/00, p.A1)(AP, 5/10/01)
2000        May 10, Actor Craig Stevens, who’d starred in the 1950’s TV series “Peter Gunn," died in Los Angeles at age 81.
    (AP, 5/10/01)
2000        May 10, In Chechnya rebels claimed to have trapped a Russian unit and killed 30-34 soldiers with 4 rebels dead. Russian officials denied the claim.
    (SFC, 5/11/00, p.A24)(WSJ, 5/11/00, p.A1)
2000        May 10, In Sierra Leone the cease-fire ended as pro-government forces rushed to fight rebels moving toward Freetown as refugees clogged the roads. The rebels were pushed back 23 miles to Newton.
    (SFC, 5/11/00, p.A18)(WSJ, 5/11/00, p.A1)
2000        May 10, In Sri Lanka Tamil rebels attacked army posts on three fronts near Jaffna after the government rejected an offer to allow 40,000 troops to withdraw.
    (WSJ, 5/11/00, p.A1)

2001        May 10, The U.S. House of Representatives voted to withhold some back U.N. dues until the United States was reinstated on the U.N. Commission on Human Rights.
    (AP, 5/10/02)
2001        May 10, The US Senate gave final approval to the budget for fiscal 2002.
    (WSJ, 5/11/01, p.A1)
2001        May 10, The Justice Department handed over thousands of documents it said should have been provided to Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh's attorneys; because of the blunder, McVeigh's execution, set for May 16, was postponed.
    (SFC, 5/11/01, p.A1)(AP, 5/10/02)
2001        May 10, The US FDA cleared Gleevec, a cancer drug made by Novartis. The drug disrupted enzymes that make white blood cells proliferate.
    (WSJ, 5/11/01, p.A3)(SFC, 5/11/01, p.A3)
2001        May 10, NBC and the World Wrestling Federation cancelled the XFL.
    (SFC, 5/11/01, p.A1)
2001        May 10, Boeing chose Chicago as the site for its new headquarters, replacing Seattle.
    (WSJ, 5/11/01, p.A3)(AP, 5/10/02)
2001        May 10, In Hong Kong at the Fortune Global Forum Bill Clinton urged that China be admitted to the WTO.
    (SFC, 5/11/01, p.D8)
2001        May 10, In India millions voted in legislative elections in 5 states (Assam, West Bengal, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry) and clashes left 16 people dead. Opposition parties won landslide victories in the 5 state legislatures.
    (SFC, 5/11/01, p.D8)(SFC, 5/14/01, p.A12)
2001        May 10, In Jakarta, Indonesia, 2 people died in the bombing of a student dormitory. The dorm housed students from Aceh province.
    (SFC, 5/11/01, p.D4)
2001        May 10, In Kashmir suspected Islamic guerrillas beheaded 8 Hindu villagers after abducting them near Sajan.
    (SFC, 5/11/01, p.D8)
2001        May 10, Israel retaliated for a roadside bomb that that killed 2 Romanian workers. Rockets were fired at Palestinian police headquarters and Fatah offices in Gaza.
    (WSJ, 5/11/01, p.A1)
2001        May 10, Macedonian and Serb leaders agreed to work together to fight ethnic Albanian guerrillas.
    (WSJ, 5/11/01, p.A1)

2002        May 10, NBA owners approved the Hornets' move to New Orleans, ending the team's 14-year era in Charlotte, NC.
    (AP, 5/10/03)
2002        May 10, In Alabama Linda Lyon Block (54), a political extremist, was put to death in an electric chair. She had been convicted of murdering a police officer in 1993.
    (SFC, 5/11/02, p.A6)
2002        May 10, David Riesman (92), sociologist, died.  His co-authored books included “The Lonely Crowd" (1950) and “The Academic Revolution."
    (WSJ, 5/13/02, p.A1)(WSJ, 5/15/02, p.A18)
2002        May 10, It was reported that IBM would lay off as many as 8,000 workers over the next quarter, 2.5% of its world-wide work force.
    (WSJ, 5/10/02, p.A3)
2002        May 10, Arab leaders pressed Yasser Arafat to stop suicide bombings as Israel delayed a strike into Gaza.
    (SFC, 5/11/02, p.A8)
2002        May 10, A high-speed British train jumped tracks at Potters Bar north of London and 7 people were killed. In 2010 a jury in Letchworth concluded that the poor maintenance of a set of points had contributed to the derailment. In November criminal proceedings were started against Network Rail and maintenance company Jarvis Rail.
    (SFC, 5/11/02, p.A12)(AFP, 7/30/10)(AFP, 11/10/10)
2002        May 10, In Colombia Gen. Gustavo Socha was removed from his job as head of anti-narcotic efforts for the National Police after $2 million in US funds was discovered missing from a special police administrative account.
    (SFC, 5/11/02, p.A12)
2002        May 10, In Cuba activists of the Varela Project delivered 11,000 petitions for greater freedom to Pres. Castro. Oswaldo Paya created the project based on Article 88 of the 1976 Constitution. The regime responded with a counter-referendum in which 8 million citizens were persuaded to vote for a June 27 constitutional amendment that declared socialism “irrevocable."
    (SFC, 5/11/02, p.A9)(WSJ, 5/13/02, p.A1)(Econ, 3/24/12, SR p.9)
2002        May 10, In Jerusalem 120 Palestinians left the Church of the Nativity following complex negotiations and 39-day standoff. 13 senior militants faced deportation to Cyprus and 26 were transferred to the Gaza Strip.
    (SFC, 5/10/02, p.A1)
2002        May 10, A crowded Haitian boat capsized as it was approached by a US Coast Guard cutter and 12 people drowned.
    (SFC, 5/11/02, p.A12)
2002        May 10, In Mexico masked gunmen killed 11 people at a Mother's Day party in Santiago de la Ajoya, 40 miles north of Mazatlan.
    (SSFC, 5/12/02, p.A11)
2002        May 10, In Mexico a truck with 8 tons of sodium cyanide was hijacked in central Mexico. The truck was later found but 76 drums of the chemical were missing. Most of the drums were found dumped near the village of Honey following an 18-day search. All the drums were later recovered.
    (SFC, 5/28/02, p.A7)(SFC, 5/30/02, p.A8)(SFC, 5/31/02, p.A11)

2003        May 10, The New York Times announced on its Web site that one of its reporters, Jayson Blair, had "committed frequent acts of journalistic fraud," according to an investigation conducted by the paper.
    (AP, 5/10/04)
2003        May 10, A Brazilian police SWAT team killed eight men in a shootout as they raided a shantytown looking for drug traffickers.
    (AP, 5/10/03)
2003        May 10, Colombia rebels in overnight attacks bombed a reservoir and energy towers, killing 3 security guards and cutting water to Cali and power to Buenaventura.
    (AP, 5/10/03)
2003        May 10, In northeastern Congo tribal militias battled for control of Bunia, killing at least 14 people.
    (AP, 5/11/03)
2003        May 10, Iceland voters re-elected David Oddsson, Europe's longest serving prime minister supporting his conservative economic policies rather than the progressive spending plans of the former Reykjavik mayor.
    (AP, 5/10/03)
2003        May 10, In northern India a fire raged through a garment factory, killing at least 12 people and injuring 70 others.
    (AP, 5/10/03)
2003        May 10, The leader of Iraq's largest Shiite Muslim group, Ayatollah Mohammad Baqir al-Hakim, returned triumphantly to his U.S.-occupied homeland after two decades in Iranian exile.
    (AP, 5/10/04)
2003        May 10, Lithuanians began casting ballots in a two-day referendum that could allow this nation of 3.5 million people to become the first ex-Soviet republic to vote itself into the EU.
    (AP, 5/10/03)
2003        May 10, In the Philippines a bomb exploded at a crowded market in a southern Koronadal city, killing at least 9 people with 41 injured. Abu Sayyaf claimed responsibility.
    (AP, 5/11/03)

2004        May 10, President Bush reacted with "deep disgust and disbelief" during a Pentagon visit as he examined new photos and video clips of American soldiers abusing Iraqi prisoners.
    (AP, 5/10/05)
2004        May 10, Charles Prince, CEO of Citigroup, said his bank would pay $2.65 billion to settle class-action litigation accusing it of misleading investors in WorldCom.
    (Econ, 5/15/04, p.73)(AP, 5/10/05)
2004        May 10, Scientists working with mice reported success in killing fat cells by cutting off their blood supply.
    (WSJ, 5/10/04, p.B1)
2004        May 10, In Bloomington, Indiana, Brood X of the 17-year Cicadas started emerging from the ground. Billions and possibly even trillions of cicadas were expected to emerge across much of the eastern half of the United States over the next few weeks.
    (Reuters, 5/15/04)(Econ, 5/8/04, p.75)
2004        May 10, An asteroid identified as 2004JG6 was observed inside Earth’s orbit and traveling around the sun every 184 days.
    (SFC, 5/31/04, p.A4)
2004        May 10, In India exit polls showed PM Vajpayee’s coalition government was far short of a majority needed to control Parliament.
    (SFC, 5/11/04, p.A7)
2004        May 10, A U.S. aircraft destroyed a Baghdad office of Muqtada al-Sadr. His followers said two people were killed and six injured. US military said as many as 35 Al-Sadr supporters were killed. Gunmen fired on a vehicle in the northern oil city of Kirkuk, killing two foreign construction workers and their Iraqi driver.
    (AP, 5/10/04)(SFC, 5/11/04, p.A9)(USAT, 5/11/04, p.7A)
2004        May 10, In Iraq one Russian worker was killed and two were taken hostage 18 miles south of Baghdad.
    (AP, 5/11/04)
2004        May 10, A U.N.-backed tribunal issued an arrest warrant against Indonesia's former military chief and current presidential candidate Gen. Wiranto for human rights abuses during the territory's bloody break with Jakarta in 1999.
    (AP, 5/10/04)
2004        May 10, In Matamoros, Mexico, drug outlaw Alberto Guerrero, his bodyguard and 3 teenage girls were killed by a spray of bullets outside the Wild West dance hall. Ex-army commandos turned traffickers, known as Zetas, were responsible.
    (SFC, 6/22/04, p.D3)
2004        May 10, In Philippine elections voters cast ballots for president, vice president, the House of Representatives, half of 24 seats in the Senate and about 17,000 municipal posts. Incumbent Gloria Macapagal Arroyo opposed film star Fernando Poe Jr. Arroyo won a narrow victory over her movie star rival and her coalition gained a majority in the legislature.
    (AP, 5/10/04)(AP, 5/24/04)(WSJ, 5/25/04, p.A1)
2004        May 10, Saudi oil ministers called on OPEC to pump more oil.
    (SFC, 5/11/04, p.A1)

2005        May 10, A federal bankruptcy judge freed United Airlines from responsibility for pensions covering 120,000 employees.
    (SFC, 5/11/05, p.A1)
2005        May 10, In Riverside County, Ca., David McGowan (44) killed his wife, mother and 3 children, a boy (14) and 2 girls (8 and 10), while they slept. He then killed himself at their home in Garner Valley.
    (SFC, 5/12/05, p.A5)
2005        May 10, Peter Costello, Australia’s finance minister, proposed his 10th budget that included income tax cuts worth almost $17 billion.
    (Econ, 5/14/05, p.44)
2005        May 10, Egypt's parliament overwhelmingly passed a constitutional amendment allowing multicandidate presidential elections for the first time, but the opposition denounced the reform, saying it won't shake President Hosni Mubarak's grip on power.
    (AP, 5/10/05)
2005        May 10, A leading human rights group said systematic political repression in Ethiopia's largest state has kept people there from freely participating in the country's third general election campaign on May 15.
    (AP, 5/10/05)
2005        May 10, Germany dedicated its national Holocaust memorial in Berlin, an undulating field of 2,711 concrete slabs.
    (AP, 5/10/05)(Econ, 5/7/05, p.48)
2005        May 10, Cheered by tens of thousands in the former Soviet republic of Georgia, President Bush urged the spread of democracy across the former communist world and beyond.
    (AP, 5/10/06)
2005        May 10, In central India a man with a sword cut off the hands of a government social worker for trying to stop child marriages. The attack on the woman highlighted the difficulty of ending the centuries-old practice in the region.
    (AP, 5/11/05)
2005        May 10, Iran officially launched production of its first locally built submarine, dubbed Ghadir, a craft that can fire missiles and torpedoes at the same time.
    (AP, 5/10/05)
2005        May 10, Gunmen kidnapped the governor of Iraq's western Anbar province and told his family he would be released when US forces withdraw from Qaim, the site of a major new offensive against followers of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. Gov. Raja Nawaf Farhan al-Mahalawi was later killed.
    (AP, 5/10/06)
2005        May 10, US forces backed by helicopter gunships and warplanes swept through western Iraq near the Syrian border for a third day, raiding desert outposts and safe houses belonging to insurgents.
    (AP, 5/10/05)
2005        May 10, Italy's center-left opposition celebrated as returns from local elections in Sardinia and 2 northern regions dealt Premier Berlusconi's forces another embarrassing defeat.
    (AP, 5/10/05)
2005        May 10, A Moroccan jailed for involvement in the Casablanca bombings two years ago died during a hunger strike by some 1,000 predominantly Islamist inmates.
    (Reuters, 5/10/05)
2005        May 10, A UN resolution backed by the US urged Nigeria to hand Charles Taylor to a court in Sierra Leone on the grounds that Taylor had violated his terms of asylum.
    (Econ, 5/14/05, p.52)
2005        May 10, Northern Ireland State prosecutor Gordon Kerr told Belfast High Court that prosecutors have accepted a police recommendation to charge Sean Gerard Hoey (35) with the murders of all 29 people killed by the Aug. 15, 1998, bomb in Omagh.
    (AP, 5/10/05)
2005        May 10, Philip Agustin, publisher of a weekly in Dingalan, Philippines, was shot dead in his house. He had with him 500 copies of his newspaper featuring reports on corruption in Dingalan.
    (Econ, 6/18/05, p.39)
2005        May 10, Russian Pres. Vladimir Putin and top European Union leaders unveiled a new partnership accord which aims in particular to deepen ties in the economic sphere, where Europe's thirst for energy dovetails with Russia's need for investment.
    (AP, 5/10/05)
2005        May 10, Senegal passed a law that criminalized forcing another into begging for financial gain, under penalty of a large fine and imprisonment for between two and five years. It did not begin enforcing the ban until 2010.
    (AP, 9/5/10)(
2005        May 10, Taiwan arrested 17 military officers and civilians on suspicion of passing secrets about the island's intelligence capability to rival China.
    (AP, 5/11/05)
2005        May 10, The UN children's agency said it is sending medical aid to the West African country of Sao Tome and Principe to combat a cholera outbreak that has infected 131 people, killing three.
    (AP, 5/10/05)

2006        May 10, The US Federal Reserve raised interest rates for the 16th time in a row by .25% to 5%. They said further moves may be needed to address inflation risks.
    (SFC, 5/11/06, p.C3)
2006        May 10, Daniel Biechele, a former rock-band manager whose pyrotechnics caused a 2003 Rhode Island nightclub fire that killed 100 people, was sentenced to four years in prison.
    (AP, 5/10/07)
2006        May 10, Oklahoma became the last state to make tattoos legal when the governor Brad Henry signed legislation to license and regulate tattoo artists and parlors.
    (AP, 5/11/06)
2006        May 10, Val Guest (94), British movie director, died in Palm Desert, Calif.
    (AP, 5/10/07)
2006        May 10, John Hicks (64), jazz pianist, died in NY.
    (SFC, 5/19/06, p.B5)
2006        May 10, A.M. Rosenthal (84), former New York Times executive editor, died.
    (AP, 5/10/07)
2006        May 10, Soraya, a Colombian-American singer and songwriter, died of breast cancer in Miami.
    (SFC, 5/16/06, p.E1)
2006        May 10, In southern China a gas blast at the Aotian Coal Mine in Sichuan province killed 11 people and injured nine.
    (AP, 5/11/06)
2006        May 10, Colombia's top court voted to legalize abortion in specific cases, easing a complete ban on the procedure in this majority Roman Catholic nation.
    (AP, 5/11/06)
2006        May 10, The UN reported an upsurge of rapes, killings and torture by Congo's security forces and warned that UN peacekeepers overseeing the postwar transition in the country could end their cooperation with the police and army.
    (AP, 5/11/06)
2006        May 10, A Cuban pro-democracy activist presented a proposal for a new constitution with expanded freedoms for Cubans, calling for the right to criticize the government and operate private businesses.
    (AP, 5/10/06)
2006        May 10, German customs authorities arrested four men, breaking up a smuggling ring that allegedly was supplying Iran with navigation equipment for military use.
    (AP, 5/10/06)
2006        May 10, In Iraq suspected insurgents opened fire on a bus near Baqouba, killing at least 11 people and wounding three.
    (AP, 5/10/06)
2006        May 10, Israel said it will give the Palestinians until the end of the year to prove they are willing to negotiate a final peace deal, and will unilaterally set its final borders by 2008 if they don't. Israeli and Palestinian officials said the Israeli company that provides fuel to the Palestinian areas is cutting off supplies due to growing debts. Israel said it was willing to release millions of dollars in funds it has withheld from the Palestinians and was considering easing restrictions on the transport of goods between Israel and the Gaza Strip.
    (AP, 5/10/06)(AP, 5/11/06)
2006        May 10, The Italian Parliament elected Giorgio Napolitano (80), a former Communist, to be president, paving the way for a government headed by center-left leader Romano Prodi to be formed within days.
    (AP, 5/10/06)
2006        May 10, In Kyrgyzstan a gunman in a passing car shot and killed Ryspek Akmatbayev, a reputed crime boss, who was recently elected to parliament.
    (AP, 5/10/06)
2006        May 10, In Lebanon a quarter-million-strong wave of workers, students and activists, some backed by pro-Syrian groups, marched through Beirut, protesting a proposed tax hike and calling for the anti-Syrian prime minister to resign.
    (AP, 5/10/06)
2006        May 10, In southern Nigeria a gunman riding a motorcycle shot to death an American oil worker on his way to the office.
    (AP, 5/11/06)
2006        May 10, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said senior members of the rival Hamas and Fatah factions had forged a joint platform, including acceptance of a Palestinian state alongside Israel.
    (AP, 5/11/06)
2006        May 10, Puerto Rican officials resolved a budget impasse that put more than 95,000 public employees out of work, crippled government services and hurt business in this U.S. island territory.
    (AP, 5/11/06)
2006        May 10, President Vladimir Putin called population declines of hundreds of thousands a year one of Russia's most serious problems and urged parliament to offer financial incentives for families to have more children. He used his state-of-the-nation speech to call for a big increase in military spending to protect Russian interests world-wide. He dismissed US criticism that the Kremlin is curtailing democratic freedoms.
    (AP, 5/10/06)(WSJ, 5/11/06, p.A1)
2006        May 10, Georgy Korniyenko (81), Soviet diplomat, died. He served at the Soviet Embassy in Washington during the 1962 Cuban missile crisis and later was a deputy foreign minister.
    (AP, 5/11/06)
2006        May 10, Alexander Zinoviev (83), prominent Russian author, died in Moscow. Zinoviev's "The Yawning Heights" (1976), a satirical description of Soviet society, was published in Switzerland. It led to his ouster from his job at the Academy of Sciences and his dismissal from the Communist Party. He was forced to emigrate from the Soviet Union in 1978 for his satire aimed at the Communist regime. He had returned to Russia in 1999.
    (AP, 5/11/06)(Econ, 5/20/06, p.89)
2006        May 10, In Madrid, Spain, hundreds of thousands of small investors who fell victim to a stamp scam demonstrated to try to recover lost savings potentially amounting to billions of euros. A day earlier police arrested nine directors of two philately organizations, Afinsa and Forum Filatelico.
    (AP, 5/10/06)
2006        May 10, Taiwan's President Chen Shui-bian made a surprise visit to Libya, after he turned down an offer to make a refueling stop in Alaska in an apparent sign of diplomatic pique.
    (AP, 5/10/06)
2006        May 10, In southern Thailand a bomb exploded at a tea shop near a busy market, killing at least three people and injuring more than a dozen.
    (AP, 5/10/06)

2007        May 10, The Democratic-controlled House, by a vote of 255-171, defeated legislation to require the withdrawal of US combat troops from Iraq within nine months.
    (AP, 5/10/08)
2007        May 10, US congressional Democrats and the White House reached a deal on trade and labor standards.
    (Econ, 5/19/07, p.30)
2007        May 10, US VP Cheney arrived at Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates to a red carpet welcome. The vice president is on a weeklong tour of the Middle East that will also take him to Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Jordan.
    (AP, 5/10/07)
2007        May 10, A US federal jury in Santa Ana, Ca., convicted Chi Mak, a China-born engineer, of passing submarine data to Beijing. Mak was later sentenced to 24 1/2 years in federal prison.
    (WSJ, 5/11/07, p.A1)(AP, 5/10/08)
2007        May 10, Thirunavukarasu Varatharasa (37), a Sri Lankan national, pleaded guilty in a Maryland court to charges he tried to smuggle US weapons to Tamil Tiger rebels. He was the last of six defendants in the plot to be convicted of trying to obtain military weapons in the 2006 scheme.
    (AFP, 5/11/07)
2007        May 10, In Virginia the maker of the powerful painkiller OxyContin and three of its current and former executives pleaded guilty to misleading the public about the drug's risk of addiction. Purdue Pharma L.P., its president, top lawyer and former chief medical officer will pay $634.5 million in fines for claiming the drug was less addictive and less subject to abuse than other pain medications.
    (AP, 5/11/07)
2007        May 10, In Afghanistan new airstrikes in the Sangin area killed 10 Taliban fighters after the insurgents ambushed a patrol. A Taliban commander said the militant group kidnapped Uruzgan governor spokesman Qayum Qayumi. 4 policemen and two more insurgents were killed when fighting erupted after a group of the extremist militants attacked a police post.
    (AP, 5/10/07)(AP, 5/11/07)
2007        May 10-2007 May 11, Seven Islamic extremists and two members of Algeria's security forces were killed in the violent run-up to parliamentary elections.
    (AFP, 5/12/07)
2007        May 10, EnGeneIC, an Australian biotechnology firm, said it had developed a means of delivering anti-cancer drugs directly to cancer cells, which aims to avoid the debilitating toxicity associated with chemotherapy.
    (AP, 5/10/07)
2007        May 10, Talks in Brussels between NATO's top generals and their Russian counterpart failed to narrow the gap between Moscow and the West over missile defense and arms control in Europe.
    (AP, 5/10/07)
2007        May 10, In Brazil Pope Benedict XVI reaffirmed the Roman Catholic Church's opposition to abortion in his first speech but avoided further suggestion that politicians who support abortion rights should be considered excommunicated.
    (AP, 5/10/07)
2007        May 10, Britain’s PM Tony Blair said he would step down on June 27. The Bank of England raised its key interest rate by a quarter of a point to 5.5%, the highest level since 2001, to tackle surging inflation.
    (AP, 5/10/07)
2007        May 10, China, criticized for not pushing its close ally Sudan to resolve the Darfur crisis, said that it had appointed a special representative on African affairs to focus on the issue.
    (AP, 5/10/07)
2007        May 10, In southwestern Colombia A roadside bomb planted by leftist rebels killed 10 soldiers on patrol, the deadliest attack on security forces this year.
    (AP, 5/10/07)
2007        May 10, Nobel Peace Prize winner Jose Ramos-Horta pledged to unite troubled East Timor after the former resistance leader was elected president of one of the world's poorest nations.
    (AFP, 5/10/07)
2007        May 10, In Cairo Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni held talks with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in the first high-level discussion between Israel and the Arab world on an Arab initiative calling for an exchange of land for peace.
    (AP, 5/10/07)
2007        May 10, The armed forces of Indonesia and Malaysia agreed to step up cooperation to boost security along shared borders after successful patrols in the Malacca Strait.
    (AFP, 5/10/07)
2007        May 10, US-led forces conducted a raid in the Baghdad neighborhood of Sadr City, killing three militants as they tried to break up a cell accused of smuggling weapons from Iran to fight US forces. Iraqi police and medical officials said the airstrike damaged three houses and killed eight civilians and wounded nine others. 2 gunmen on a motorcycle killed an Iraqi military intelligence officer as he drove through Diwaniyah. Iraqi police discovered two bodies, bound, blindfolded and shot, floating in a river in Mahaweel. Two other bodies of police officers, one of them a colonel, were found in Mosul. An al-Qaida front organization posted a video showing the killings of nine Iraqi security officers who were lined up blindfolded with their hands bound behind them and shot in the back of the head. An explosion in Diyala province killed one US soldier and wounded nine others. One US soldier was killed and two others were wounded when an improvised explosive device detonated on their patrol in eastern Baghdad. One soldier was shot dead in combat security operations in south Baghdad. Another, from the military police, died of his wounds after being hit by gunfire in Diwaniyah.
    (AP, 5/10/07)(AP, 5/11/07)
2007        May 10, Guillaume Soro, Ivory Coast's former rebel chief-turned Prime Minister, called for the fostering of new era ties between Africa and Europe, in line with modern developments.
    (AFP, 5/10/07)
2007        May 10, A Japanese hospital opened the country's only anonymous drop box for unwanted infants despite government admonitions against abandoning babies.
    (AP, 5/10/07)
2007        May 10, Nigeria's Senate cleared outgoing President Olusegun Obasanjo of corruption in the management of a multi-billion-dollar oil fund but indicted his deputy. In Port Harcourt gunmen wearing military fatigues jumped from their vehicles and killed two police officers.
    (AFP, 5/11/07)(AP, 5/11/07)
2007        May 10, The Pakistani military said it has completed building a fence on a first section of its border with Afghanistan, a disputed measure designed to prevent militants from crossing the mountainous frontier.
    (AP, 5/10/07)
2007        May 10, A Palestinian woman in the seventh month of her pregnancy lost her unborn baby when she was caught in crossfire between Israeli troops and Palestinian militants.
    (AP, 5/11/07)
2007        May 10, Kamal Labwani, a Syrian dissident who was arrested after meeting with White House officials two years ago, was convicted and sentenced to 12 years in prison for contacting a foreign country and inciting attack against his country. His sentencing follows another in recent days against Anwar al-Bunni, a human rights lawyer, who received a five-year prison sentence, signaling a continuing of a crackdown by authorities against dissent.
    (AP, 5/10/07)
2007        May 10, A land mine attack on a convoy of Somali government officials ended in the deaths of two civilians in Mogadishu. Elsewhere, two aid workers were reportedly kidnapped.
    (AP, 5/10/07)
2007        May 10, South Africa's common law was rewritten to classify forced anal sex with a woman or girl, previously considered indecent assault, as rape.
    (AP, 5/11/07)
2007        May 10, Turkey's parliament approved a major constitutional amendment to allow the president to be elected directly by voters, a move that could fan fresh tensions between the Islamist-rooted government and secularists.
    (AP, 5/10/07)
2007        May 10, A Vietnamese court sentenced 3 pro-democracy activists to prison after convicting them of spreading subversive propaganda, as the communist country continued its latest crackdown against dissent. Le Thi Cong Nhan (30), human rights lawyer, was released in 2010 after serving a 3-year sentence for advocating for a multiparty government in Internet posts. Nguyen Van Dai, a fellow lawyer who was convicted along with Nhan, was sentenced to 5 years in prison. His sentence was later reduced by one year. Nguyen Bac Truyen, a member of the banned People's Democratic Party, was sentenced to four years. An appeal court three months later reduced the term by six months. Truyen was released on May 17, 2010.
    (AP, 5/10/07)(AP, 3/8/10)(AP, 5/17/10)

2008        May 10, A tornado rumbled through Picher, Okla., killing at least 7 people. The same storm system then moved into southwest Missouri, where tornadoes killed at least 15 others. The storms moved eastward and killed at least one person the next day in Georgia.
    (AP, 5/11/08)(SFC, 5/12/08, p.A2)
2008        May 10, In Wisconsin a medical helicopter crashed killing a surgeon, nurse and pilot.
    (SFC, 5/12/08, p.A3)
2008        May 10, The main border crossing between the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip and Egypt was temporarily opened under a deal between the Islamist group and Cairo.
    (Reuters, 5/10/08)
2008        May 10, In Haiti an overloaded ferry capsized off the southern coast, killing at least 13 people.
    (AP, 5/12/08)
2008        May 10, Shiite militants agreed on a ceasefire in Baghdad's embattled neighborhood of Sadr City, holding out hope that weeks of clashes in the capital could be at an end. In Mosul an Iraqi army commander announced the start of a long anticipated offensive against al-Qaida in Iraq's last urban stronghold. 4 people, including a woman and a child, were killed in an operation against al-Qaida near Mosul. One US soldier was killed when the vehicle he was traveling in rolled over near al-Asad.
    (AP, 5/11/08)
2008        May 10, Hamas fired rockets at southern Israel, hitting a house and a Jewish seminary just hours after five Hamas policemen were killed in Israeli air strikes.
    (AP, 5/10/08)
2008        May 10, Lebanon's army command ordered troops to establish security in the capital and called on all parties to withdraw their gunmen from the streets. An army statement said an airport security chief fired by the government for alleged ties to Hezbollah will be kept on. A Shiite Muslim shop owner opened fire on a funeral procession, killing two people and wounding six others in a Sunni neighborhood. A total of 25 people have been killed and dozens wounded in the recent violence.
    (AP, 5/10/08)
2008        May 10, Juan Antonio Roman Garcia, the No. 2 police officer in a Mexican border city across from Texas, was shot dead, the latest high-ranking official killed in an onslaught of attacks blamed on gangs resisting a crackdown. Gunman sprayed Garcia's car with bullets outside his home in Ciudad Juarez.
    (AP, 5/11/08)
2008        May 10, Myanmar's military regime distributed international aid but plastered the boxes with the names of top generals in an apparent effort to turn the relief effort for last week's devastating cyclone into a propaganda exercise. Voting on a new constitution began in all but the hardest hit parts of the country. The UN said at least one million survivors remain without aid more than a week after the deadly cyclone.
    (AP, 5/10/08)(AFP, 5/10/08)
2008        May 10, Oil major Royal Dutch Shell said it was losing the equivalent of 30,000 barrels of crude oil per day because of recent attacks against its installations in Nigeria.
    (AP, 5/10/08)
2008        May 10, In northwest Pakistan gunmen killed a Shiite Muslim shop owner and two of his customers in an apparent sectarian attack in Dera Ismail Khan.
    (AP, 5/10/08)
2008        May 10, Sudanese soldiers clashed with Darfur rebels of the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) in the north of the capital Khartoum where a curfew has now been imposed. Officials later said more that 200 people were killed in the weekend fighting. The rebels had traveled from Chad in 191 land cruisers and pick-up trucks. On May 27 an official Egyptian newspaper claimed that Sudanese forces searching the rebel JEM movement found modern Iranian weapons with them and that authorities had seized large amounts of ammunition and Iranian equipment.
    (AFP, 5/10/08)(AP, 5/13/08)(Econ, 5/17/08, p.59)(AFP, 5/27/08)
2008        May 10, Tamil Tiger rebels sank the Invincible, a navy cargo ship moored in the northeast of Sri Lanka, in an attack coinciding with key elections in the tense eastern province. Allegations of fraud, voter intimidation and sporadic violence marred the elections.
    (AP, 5/10/08)(Econ, 5/17/08, p.56)
2008        May 10, Turkish warplanes and artillery units destroyed key Kurdish rebel positions in northern Iraq, including a communications center, in a second day of raids on rebel positions.
    (AP, 5/11/08)
2008        May 10, Morgan Tsvangirai, Zimbabwe's opposition leader, said he would contest a presidential runoff poll, but he called for peacekeepers and observers to ensure a fair vote.
    (AP, 5/10/08)

2009        May 10, In southern Afghanistan a double suicide bomb attack killed 7 people and wounded 20 in the town of Gereshk in Helmand province. The majority of casualties were police and army units responding to the initial attack. A roadside bomb in eastern Nangarhar province killed eight construction workers traveling on a rural road on their way to build a checkpoint for the country's border police. Three Afghan civilians, a truck driver and two assistants, died in a roadside bomb blast in Zabul province while transporting goods to an American base.
    (AP, 5/10/09)
2009        May 10, Floodwaters receded some in inundated towns across northern Brazil, but the number of homeless rose above 300,000 and two people were missing after an overloaded canoe overturned in swift waters.
    (AP, 5/11/09)
2009        May 10, The British government hit record opinion polls lows as more details of lawmakers' expenses, detailing lavish spending on everything from home improvement to pest control, emerged in the press. Labor legislator Stuart Bell said Parliament will set up an independent body to oversee legislators' expenses following a series of damaging revelations.
    (AFP, 5/10/09)(AP, 5/10/09)
2009        May 10, In China Deng Yujiao (21), a karaoke bar waitress, turned herself in shortly after allegedly using a fruit knife to stab Deng Guida (43), who ran a local government office for business promotion. She had also attacked his colleague Huang Dezhi at Badong's Xiongfeng Hotel after they tried to force her into having sex. On May 22 the local government in the central city of Badong posted a statement online promising her fair treatment. On May 31 the government announced that the two surviving officials had been sacked. On June 16 Yujiao was freed.
    (AP, 5/22/09)(Econ, 6/6/09, p.40)(AP, 6/16/09)
2009        May 10, In the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo at least 60 people were killed over the last 48 hours during attacks blamed on Rwandan Hutu rebels.
    (AFP, 5/15/09)
2009        May 10, In Guatemala lawyer Rodrigo Rosenberg was shot to death by unidentified assailants while riding his bicycle. The next day a video tape that emerged alleging that if anything happened to him it would be at the behest of Guatemalan Pres. Alvaro Colom with help from Gustavo Alejos," the president's chief of staff, Gregorio Valdez, a businessman, and the approval of Sandra Torres, Pres. Colom’s wife. Rosenberg said on the tape that officials might want to kill him because he represented businessman Khalil Musa, who was killed along with his daughter Marjorie in March. Rosenberg said Musa, who had been named to the board of Guatemala's Rural Development Bank, was killed for refusing to get involved in purported illicit transactions at the bank. On Dec 9 authorities ordered the arrest of Francisco and Jose Valdes Paiz, cousins of Rosenberg, for allegedly ordering the killing of Rosenberg. Eleven people had already been arrested. On Jan 12, 2010, a special international group commissioned by the government said Rosenberg had contacted cousins of his first wife to help him find a hitman to deal with an extortionist, when he really was orchestrating his own slaying amid severe personal problems. On July 15, 2010, a judge convicted and sentenced eight men to prison for Rosenberg’s killing.
    (AP, 5/12/09)(AP, 5/18/09)(Econ, 5/23/09, p.40)(AP, 12/30/09)(AP, 1/12/10)(AP, 7/15/10)
2009        May 10, A small plane filled with cocaine crashed in Honduras. The plane registered in Venezuela was carrying around 3,300 pounds (1,500 kilograms) of cocaine when it crashed on Utila, one of the Bay Islands off the country's northern coast.
    (AP, 5/11/09)
2009        May 10, Italian police arrested a fugitive crime boss who they found holed up in a secret room of his brother's house in the southern Italian region of Calabria. Salvatore Coluccio has been a fugitive since 2005.
    (AP, 5/10/09)
2009        May 10, In Jordan Pope Benedict XVI urged Middle East Christians to persevere in their faith despite hardships threatening their ancient communities, addressing a crowd of 20,000 who filled a sports stadium where he celebrated the first open-air Mass of his pilgrimage.
    (AP, 5/10/09)
2009        May 10, Mexican prosecutors announced that police had arrested four alleged members of a drug cartel in the border city of Tijuana after police found over $542,000 in their vehicles. Federal prosecutors in Cuernavaca detained 11 men and 3 women on suspicion of smuggling weapons for the Beltran Leyva drug cartel. The 14 caught in the raid on a house were ordered held under house arrest for 40 days pending possible charges.
    (AP, 5/10/09)
2009        May 10, In Pakistan thousands of fearful civilians many on foot or donkey-pulled carts, streamed out of the Swat valley as authorities briefly lifted a curfew. The army said 50 to 60 militants died in various parts of the valley. Two soldiers also died in the latest fighting. The army said 12,000 to 15,000 troops in Swat face 4,000 to 5,000 militants, including small numbers of foreigners and hardened fighters from the South Waziristan tribal region. The Taliban executed Zahid Khan, imam of the main mosque in Mingora, because he had objected to their stockpiling arms and laying landmines.
    (AP, 5/10/09)(Econ, 5/16/09, p.45)
2009        May 10, In Somalia mortars slammed into Mogadishu hitting a mosque and several homes. Weekend fighting killed at least 35 people as pro-government Islamist fighters clashed with gunmen who want to topple the Western-backed government.
    (AP, 5/10/09)
2009        May 10, In Sri Lanka a government doctor said an all-night artillery barrage in the war zone killed at least 378 civilians and forced thousands to flee to makeshift shelters. Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels accused the government of killing more than 2,000 civilians in 24 hours of artillery attacks, but the military vehemently denied the allegations.
    (AP, 5/10/09)(AFP, 5/10/09)
2009        May 10, Syria rejected the Obama administration's decision to renew economic and diplomatic sanctions against Damascus and urged Washington to abandon "foolish polices."
    (AP, 5/10/09)

2010        May 10, President Barack Obama nominated Solicitor General Elena Kagan (50) to the Supreme Court, pushing the former law school dean toward the pinnacle of her profession and positioning the United States to have three women justices for the first time in its history.
    (AP, 5/10/10)(SFC, 5/10/10, p.A5)
2010        May 10, Several tornadoes were reported in Oklahoma and Kansas. 5 people were killed and dozens more injured. Flattened homes, toppled semitrailers and downed power lines were left behind.
    (AP, 5/11/10)
2010        May 10, Afghan President Hamid Karzai arrived in Washington, seeking to show a united front with the United States during a pivotal time in the nine-year war. In northeast Afghanistan heavy rain sent floodwaters tearing through villages, killing at least 10 people and destroying hundreds of homes. A roadside bomb struck a car in southeastern Zabul province, killing two civilians. Afghan and NATO forces killed 18 militants and arrested six in the Sangin district of southern Helmand province. The NATO alliance killed "several insurgents" in Khost.
    (AP, 5/10/10)(AP, 5/11/10)
2010        May 10, The Central African Republic's parliament voted to extend President Francois Bozize’s mandate until presidential and legislative elections can be held.
    (AFP, 5/10/10)
2010        May 10, In Chile Mauhannas Saif ur Rehnab (28) of Pakistan was detained under terms of Chile's anti-terror law after officials detected traces of TNT on him when he visited the US embassy in Santiago. On May 15 he was set free pending an investigation, but could not leave Chile and must check in with a judge every two weeks.
    (AFP, 5/16/10)
2010        May 10, EU finance ministers agree to a €500 billion “stabilization fund" for euro-zone countries.
    (Econ, 6/12/10, p.83)
2010        May 10, In Haiti police fired tear gas outside the ruins of the national palace to control 2,000 demonstrators calling for President Rene Preval's resignation in the largest political protest since the Jan. 12 earthquake. The driver for the Pan-American Development Foundation was kidnapped along with a British contractor. The contractor was released after four days. The body of the driver was found dead on May 15.
    (AP, 5/10/10)(AP, 5/15/10)
2010        May 10, In Iraq a suicide bomber blew himself up outside a Hillah textile factory in a crowd that gathered after two car bombings at the same spot. At least 50 people were killed and 140 wounded. Attacks killed 119 people across the country, the deadliest day this year. After Hillah, Basra was the hardest hit, with the morgue reporting a total of 30 people dying in three bombings.
    (AP, 5/10/10)(AP, 5/11/10)
2010        May 10, Israel said it will press forward with construction of new housing for Jews in east Jerusalem, drawing Palestinian accusations that the plans could undermine newly relaunched peace talks. Israeli police said two Israeli Arabs were under arrest on suspicions they spied for the Lebanese Hezbollah guerrillas. Police detained Amir Makhoul, the brother of a former member of Israel's parliament, on April 26 and the other suspect on May 6.
    (AP, 5/10/10)
2010        May 10, The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) accepted Israel into its ranks, capping a lengthy effort by the Jewish state to join the exclusive club in the face of stiff opposition from the Palestinians.
    (AP, 5/10/10)
2010        May 10, Italian anti-mafia police said they have broken up an unusual alliance of Italy's three main crime syndicates controlling wholesale produce markets, including price fixing.
    (AP, 5/10/10)
2010        May 10, In Kuwait a criminal court acquitted eight Kuwaitis allegedly linked to Al-Qaeda of plotting to attack a key US military base in the emirate.
    (AFP, 5/10/10)
2010        May 10, In Pakistan army troops rooting out extremist militants in the country's northwest clashed with Taliban fighters, leaving 9 troops and 37 militants dead.
    (AP, 5/10/10)
2010        May 10, In the Philippines the military reported 37 incidents of election day violence, with at least nine dead and 12 wounded. That tally was low by the standards of past Philippine elections. Frontrunner Senator Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino was poised for a decisive victory despite technical problems which caused long delays but did not derail the polls as feared. Aquino grabbed over 40% of the estimated 37.5 million votes cast in the country's first automated polls.
    (Reuters, 5/10/10)(AFP, 5/11/10) 
2010        May 10, In Puerto Rico a group of people including nine American Airlines employees pleaded guilty to a drug-smuggling scheme that spanned a decade and targeted cities across the United States. They were arrested in September as part of a joint investigation called "Operation Heavy Cargo."
    (AP, 5/10/10)
2010        May 10, In Rwanda Bernard Hategekimana (aka Mukingo), the former managing editor of a Rwandan newspaper was sentenced by a gacaca court to life in prison after being convicted for his role in inciting the country's 1994 genocide.
    (AFP, 5/10/10)
2010        May 10, Serbian war crimes prosecutors said a mass grave has been discovered in Serbia believed to contain the bodies of 250 ethnic Albanians who were killed in Kosovo during the 1998-99 Serbian crackdown on separatists.
    (AP, 5/10/10)(SFC, 5/11/10, p.A2)
2010        May 10, In Zimbabwe a judge acquitted top prime minister's aide Roy Bennett of all charges in a terrorism case that had strained Zimbabwe's struggling coalition government since it was forged more than a year ago.
    (AP, 5/10/10)

2011        May 10, Microsoft announced an $8.5 billion deal to acquire Skype, an Internet voice and video communications company.
    (SFC, 5/11/11, p.A1)
2011        May 10, In San Jose, Ca., 3 people were killed in a burst of gunfire at parking garage at San Jose State Univ.
    (SFC, 5/12/11, p.C2)
2011        May 10, The Mississippi River crested at Memphis, Tenn., at nearly 48 feet, just inches short of the 48.7 feet record set in 1937. Vicksburg was forecast to see its highest river level ever, slightly above the 56.2-feet mark set in 1927. Farther south in Natchez, forecasters said the 1937 record could be shattered by 4 feet on May 14.
    (, 5/11/11)
2011        May 10, Vermont officials said swamped farm fields and gorged rivers could worsen pollution worries for the flooded Lake Champlain because of the high amount of phosphorus that has washed into it.
    (AP, 5/10/11)
2011        May 10, In Afghanistan hundreds of insurgents launched a large-scale attack against Afghan police in remote Nuristan province, a part of the country that is largely under Taliban control. A NATO service member was killed by a roadside bomb. In southern Zabul province NATO and Afghan forces killed 10 militants. In eastern Paktika, the provincial governor's office said six insurgents were killed and another eight captured in Afghan police operation.
    (AP, 5/10/11)(AP, 5/11/11)
2011        May 10, In Bahrain Abdulhussain bin Ali Mirza, energy minister and chief executive of the state-owned Bahrain Petroleum Company (BAPCO), said that 293 employees have been dismissed since the king declared martial law on March 15 to quell weeks of demonstrations.
    (AP, 5/11/11)
2011        May 10, In Canada Marshall Zhang, an 11th-grade student at Richmond Hill's Bayview Secondary School, received first place in the 2011 Sanofi-Aventis BioTalent Challenge. The Toronto area student used a supercomputer system to find a new drug combination that shows potential in treating the genetic disorder cystic fibrosis.
2011        May 10, In China a Mongol herder named Mergen was run over by a truck driven by an ethnic Han Chinese in Inner Mongolia. Mergen and other herders had been attempting to block a caravan of coal-hauling trucks in the Xilin Gol area. The killing sparked protests. 4 days later another Mongol was killed in a similar confrontation elsewhere. The truck driver was later executed and his co-driver sentenced to life in prison.
    (AFP, 5/25/11)(Econ, 6/4/11, p.48)(Econ, 7/14/12, p.40)
2011        May 10, An Egyptian court convicted the country's ex-tourism minister of corruption and sentenced him to five years in prison, making him the second high-ranking official to be found guilty since President Hosni Mubarak's ouster.
    (AP, 5/10/11)
2011        May 10, The Gulf Co-operation Council (Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman, Saudi Arabia, UAE) said it welcomed Jordan’s request to join the 6-member group. Jordan had first applied for membership in the mid-1980s. The GCC said it would encourage Morocco to also join.
    (Econ, 5/21/11, p.54)(
2011        May 10, The Court of Justice of the EU ruled that gay couples in civil partnerships should enjoy the same rights as heterosexual married couples.
    (SFC, 5/11/11, p.A2)
2011        May 10, In eastern Honduras six alleged drug traffickers were killed and two police officers and a teenager injured in a three-hour gunbattle in Catacamas. In northern Honduras television reporter Francisco Medina (35) was shot and killed by two gunmen on a motorcycle outside his home in the city of Morazan. Medina was critical of the Honduran national police and of private security firms contracted by ranchers in the area, where drug traffickers operate.
    (AP, 5/11/11)
2011        May 10, India's top court recommended the death penalty for perpetrators of "honor killings," calling the practice barbaric and feudal.
    (AP, 5/10/11)
2011        May 10, Iran said it has accepted the European Union's proposal for more talks about the country's controversial nuclear program.
    (AP, 5/10/11)
2011        May 10, Japan’s PM Naoto Kan said Japan will scrap a plan to obtain half of its electricity from nuclear power and will instead promote renewable energy and conservation as a result of its ongoing nuclear crisis. The president of TEPCO submitted a request for Japanese government aid in compensating those affected by its stricken nuclear power plant, as the utility said it faced funding problems.
    (AP, 5/10/11)(AFP, 5/10/11)
2011        May 10, In Libya NATO warplanes struck a command center in Tripoli in the heaviest bombing of the Libyan capital in weeks. Rebels, capitalizing on other NATO air strikes, reported battlefront gains that could ease the siege of the port city of Misrata.
    (AP, 5/10/11)
2011        May 10, Malaysian local papers highlighted how underworld groups were using Facebook and other social media to recruit members, the majority of whom are still at secondary school. The next day the government announced a major crackdown on criminal gangs using social networking sites to enlist teenage recruits as "street fighters."
    (AFP, 5/11/11)
2011        May 10, Mexican police found two male heads on top of a cement wall in the plaza of Guadalupe Distrito Bravos, a town on the outskirts of Ciudad Juarez. Two headless bodies, one of them stabbed in the back, were later found in two separate homes. Another man and a woman were then discovered in a nearby house with their throats slashed. Mexican security forces searching mass graves in the northern Mexican state of Durango unearthed eight more bodies, bringing the total to 188 and making it the largest discovery yet of corpses secretly buried in regions plagued by drug-gang fighting.
    (AP, 5/11/11)(AFP, 5/11/11)
2011        May 10, Pakistani lawmakers adopted tougher penalties for acid attacks in a step towards eradicating a form of violence that can disfigure around 200 women a year. The lower house of parliament passed the amendment, but the legislation needs to be formally rubber stamped by the Senate.
    (AFP, 5/11/11)
2011        May 10, Pakistan’s US envoy delivered a memo from Pres. Zardari to US Admiral Mullen, offering that a "new national security team" would end relations between Pakistani intelligence and Afghan militants, namely the Taliban and its Haqqani faction. On Oct 10 American businessman Mansoor Ijaz wrote that a "senior Pakistani diplomat" telephoned him in May soon after bin Laden's death, urging him to deliver a message to the White House bypassing Pakistan's military and intelligence chiefs.
    (AFP, 11/22/11)
2011        May 10, In Pakistan US missiles killed three alleged Arab militants in the Baghar area of South Waziristan.
    (AP, 5/10/11)
2011        May 10, In Puerto Rico Norberto Gonzalez Claudio (65), part of a radical group that stole the money to aid their struggle for Puerto Rican independence, was captured while out for a morning jog. A judge soon ordered that he be sent to Connecticut to face charges in the theft of $7 million from an armored car depot in 1983.
    (AP, 5/13/11)
2011        May 10, In Slovakia Jaroslava Oravcova (43) was wounded after a gunbattle with officers during an undercover police operation to apprehend him. Police believe the man used the Internet to search for a person who wanted to commit suicide and would agree to let him eat the body. Oravcova died from his wounds on May 12.
    (AP, 5/12/11)
2011        May 10, In South Sudan 4 UN peacekeepers from Zambia were shot and wounded while on patrol in Abyei.
    (SFC, 5/11/11, p.A2)
2011        May 10, Syrian forces tightened the noose on key protest hubs, including flashpoint Banias, sealing off neighborhoods and arresting leaders of the anti-regime dissent movement. Syria’s National Organization for Human Rights said over 750 civilians have been killed in Syria since an uprising against President Bashar Assad's regime began in mid-March. Activists said three protesters were killed when government forces fired on demonstrations in Jassem. In Banias at least 7 civilians, including 4 women, were killed during military operations.
    (AFP, 5/10/11)(AP, 5/10/11)(AP, 5/11/11)
2011        May 10, Two more top Turkish opposition politicians resigned, a month before the country's general election, over secretly filmed tapes posted on the Internet that reportedly showed them having extramarital affairs.
    (AP, 5/10/11)

2012        May 10, The US Justice Dept. sued Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio after months of negotiations failed to reach a settlement over allegations that his department racially profiled Latinos.
    (SFC, 5/11/12, p.A12)
2012        May 10, In Alabama Katelynn Arnold (9) was found hanged to death. The next day a boy (14) was charged with her murder.
    (SFC, 5/12/12, p.A5)
2012        May 10, San Francisco police shot and killed Dennis Hughes (41) after he fired numerous shots at officers from the apartment of his girlfriend at 861 Post St. Police a day earlier found the body of his mother, Diana Hughes (66), beaten to death at her home in Rohnert Park.
    (SFC, 5/11/12, p.C1)
2012        May 10, Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) directors awarded an $896.3 million contract for Canadian firm bombardier to build 410 railcars.
    (SFC, 5/11/12, p.C1)
2012        May 10, Carroll Shelby (b.1923), legendary car designer and champion auto racer, died in Dallas.
    (SFC, 5/12/12, p.A6)
2012        May 10, In Afghanistan 6 suicide attackers wearing police uniforms killed five people when they were caught trying to sneak through a checkpoint in Paktika province's Yayakhil district. 4 attackers detonated their explosives-rigged suicide vests and 2 were shot and killed.
    (AP, 5/10/12)
2012        May 10, Algeria held parliamentary elections. 44 political parties competed for 462 seats. The ruling party dominated elections, taking nearly half of the seats in the 462 person assembly, dramatically increasing its share. The Islamist Front for Justice and Development, mustered only 7 seats. President Bouteflika's National Liberation Front tightened its grip on power by securing 220 seats. 143 of the enlarged national assembly's 462 seats will be occupied by women, up from a representation of only 7% in the outgoing house. On June 2 a multi-party national monitoring commission said the elections were neither credible nor transparent.
    (AP, 5/10/12)(AP, 5/12/12)(AFP, 5/16/12)(AFP, 6/2/12)
2012        May 10, The British government confirmed it has reversed its choice of fighter jets for future aircraft carriers, ditching the preferred conventional take-off version of the US-built F-35 for a jump-jet model. It means that planned Royal Navy aircraft carriers will no longer be equipped to handle French aircraft.
    (AFP, 5/10/12)
2012        May 10, Thousands of off-duty police officers took to the streets in London in a rare display of collective anger against government austerity measures, joining a mass protest by public sector workers including immigration officials, healthcare workers and prison officers.
    (Reuters, 5/10/12)
2012        May 10, The Olympic flame was lit in Ancient Olympia in Greece, in a solemn ceremony filled with mystery and tradition that signals the final countdown to the start of this year's summer Games in London.
    (AFP, 5/10/12)
2012        May 10, In Canada officers in Montreal found three devices after receiving dozens of calls about dense smoke in several underground stations. Quebec Premier Jean Charest, embroiled in a high-stakes battle with university students over proposed tuition increases, called the acts "unjustifiable." Thousands of commuters were stranded, but nobody was hurt.
    (Reuters, 5/10/12)
2012        May 10, In the CAR Erik Mararv, a Swedish professional hunter who heads the big game Central African Wildlife Adventures company, and 10 employees, several of them foreigners, were charged with murder and remanded in custody in Bangui's central N'garagba prison. The bodies of the 13 miners who had been working at the Ngungunza mining site were discovered on March 29.
    (AFP, 5/14/12)
2012        May 10, Chile’s Congress passed a hate-crimes law. It had been stuck in Congress for 7 years until Pres. Pinera put it on fast track following the march 27 brutal murder of Daniel Zamudio.
    (SFC, 5/11/12, p.A3)
2012        May 10, In northwestern China at least 44 people were killed when a brief but violent hailstorm and torrential rain swept through a mountainous region of Gansu province. 26 people remained missing.
    (AFP, 5/13/12)(SFC, 5/14/12, p.A2)
2012        May 10, Colombian authorities said 7 antinarcotics police were killed in North Santander province by suspected FARC guerrillas.
    (SFC, 5/11/12, p.A3)
2012        May 10, In eastern CongoDRC a military spokesman said hundreds of mutineers have returned to the army as a deadline loomed for the ex-rebel deserters to return to ranks.
    (AFP, 5/10/12)
2012        May 10, In Germany photographer Horst Fass, 2-time Pulitzer winner, died in Munich. He earned the Pulitzers for combat photos from Vietnam in 1965 and from Bangladesh in 1972.
    (SSFC, 5/13/12, p.C5)
2012        May 10, In Guinea at least 19 people were injured in clashes between police and opposition protesters demanding long-delayed legislative polls, a demonstration that drew thousands and paralyzed Conakry.
    (AFP, 5/10/12)   
2012        May 10, West African mediators (ECOWAS) entered crisis talks with Guinea-Bissau's former governing party to mediate a return to civilian rule after a military junta deposed the government last month.
    (AFP, 5/10/12)
2012        May 10, In central Iraq authorities found the corpses of seven men, all handcuffed, blindfolded and shot in the head, in a desert area north of Fallujah.
    (AFP, 5/10/12)
2012        May 10, In Pakistan a bomb ripped through a police patrol, killing one policeman and wounding three others in the southwestern city of Quetta. It was the second fatal attack on police in the city in two days.
    (AFP, 5/10/12)
2012        May 10, Peruvian President Ollanta Humala wrapped up a three-day visit to Japan, having secured up to $250 million worth of loans for infrastructure projects.
    (AFP, 5/10/12)
2012        May 10, Somali pirates hijacked the MT Smyrni, a Greek tanker carrying 135,000 tons of fuel oil. The ship and 26 crew members were released 10 months later.
    (, 5/18/13, p.67)
2012        May 10, In Syria 2 suicide blasts ripped through Damascus, killing 55 people and leaving scenes of carnage in the streets in the deadliest bombing attack since the country's uprising began 14 months ago. A military intelligence building appeared to be the target. The next day a group calling itself the Al-Nusra Front said the bombing was in response to attacks on residential areas by the regime of President Bashar Assad.
    (AP, 5/10/12)(AP, 5/12/12)
2012        May 10, A Turkish court placed in custody six active and five retired generals as part of a widening probe into the 1997 bloodless coup that toppled the country's first Islamist-led government.
    (AFP, 5/10/12)
2012        May 10, Vanuatu expelled the 12-member police contingent from Australia in retaliation for the April 27 arrest of PM Kilman’s private secretary while in transit to Israel.
    (Econ, 5/19/12, p.49)
2012        May 10, In southern Yemen US drone strikes overnight killed 8 Al-Qaeda militants gathered in a house in Jaar, Abyan province.
    (AFP, 5/10/12)

2013        May 10, In Connecticut a task force unanimously recommended razing and rebuilding Sandy Hook Elementary School, the site of the Dec 24, 2012, shooting that left 27 people dead.
    (Reuters, 5/11/13)
2013        May 10, In Kansas Kyle Flack, a convicted felon, was charged with the slaying of Kaylie Bailey, Andrew Stout and Steven White. The 3 were found dead a week earlier on a farm near Ottawa, Kan. On May 11 the body of Bailey’s 18-month-old daughter was also found.
    (SFC, 5/13/13, p.A5)
2013        May 10, Hundreds of fast-food employees in Detroit walked off the job, temporarily shuttering a handful of outlets as part of a growing US worker movement that is demanding higher wages for flipping burgers and operating fryers.
    (Reuters, 5/10/13)
2013        May 10, In Afghanistan 3 children in central Ghazni province were killed when they tried to dismantle an old bomb.
    (AP, 5/11/13)
2013        May 10, In Bangladesh seamstress Reshma Begum (19), buried for 17 days in the wreckage of the Rana Plaza, was rescued as the death toll climbed to 1045.
    (AP, 5/10/13)(SSFC, 5/12/13, p.A6)
2013        May 10, British fugitive Andrew Terence Moran (31) was taken into custody in Spain's eastern town of Calpe. He was accused of taking part in the armed robbery of 25,000 pounds from a mail van in England in 2005, then escaping from security guards during his UK trial four years ago.
    (AP, 5/13/13)
2013        May 10, Human Rights Watch said an angry mob in late April stoned to death a soldier (17) in Central African Republic who had been freed from a rebel group and moved to the capital for his own safety only to be re-recruited by armed fighters. The watchdog also documented the case of 9 men who had been abducted by Seleka forces in April and accused of being members of the national military. The men were repeatedly stabbed by rebels before being taken to a river bank where 5 were shot.
    (AP, 5/10/13)
2013        May 10, The official China Internet Network Information Center explained in state media reports that a microblog belonging to He Bing, liberal professor at the China University of Political Science and Law, had been suspended because he was "intentionally spreading rumors."
    (AP, 5/14/13)
2013        May 10, In China 12 miners were killed in a coal mine blast in Guizhou province.
    (SFC, 5/13/13, p.A2)
2013        May 10, Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood staged an anti-Israel rally in Cairo, the first such protest by the main backers of President Morsi since they rose to prominence in the wake of the country's 2011 uprising. Ahmed Maher, founder of the April 6 Youth Movement, was arrested at Cairo airport as he returned from a trip to the United States.
    (AP, 5/10/13)(AP, 5/11/13)
2013        May 10, A Guatemala tribunal convicted former dictator Efrain Rios Montt (86) of genocide and sentenced him to 80 years in prison, a historic moment in a country still healing from a brutal, three-decade civil war. Montt was convicted of trying to exterminate the Ixil ethnic group, a Mayan Indian community whose villages were wiped out by his forces.
    (AP, 5/11/13)(SFC, 4/5/18, p.D5)
2013        May 10, Iranian border guards opened fire on Afghan laborers as they tried to cross the boundary illegally looking for work. 10 laborers were killed in the shooting with 8 wounded. 21 were taken by the Iranian guards.
    (AP, 5/12/13)(SFC, 5/13/13, p.A2)
2013        May 10, In Iraq a bombing at a Sunni mosque near Baghdad killed three worshippers and wounded seven others. Iraq’s border with Jordan was reopened this morning for the first time since April 29.
    (AP, 5/10/13)
2013        May 10, Israeli police with metal barriers and human chains held back thousands of ultra-Orthodox protesters who tried to prevent a liberal Jewish women's group from praying at a key holy site, the first time police have come down on the side of the women and not the protesters.
    (AP, 5/10/13)
2013        May 10, Newspapers in Liberia printed black front pages after a government official was accused of threatening journalists. The director of the presidential security service reportedly told a journalist: "Be careful, because you have your pens and we have our guns."
    (AP, 5/10/13)
2013        May 10, Scores of Libyan militiamen descended on a rally in Tripoli, kicking and beating protesters who had taken to the streets as part of a call for mass demonstrations against the country's unruly militias. Similar rallies in Benghazi and Tobruk passed without violence.
    (AP, 5/10/13)
2013        May 10, In northern Mali 5 suicide bombers carried out two simultaneous attacks on soldiers in Gossi and Menaka. All 5 attackers were killed.
    (AP, 5/10/13)(SFC, 5/11/13, p.A2)
2013        May 10, In Nigeria workers barricaded the front of ThisDay newspapers in Lagos, hoping to force publisher Nduka Obaigbena into paying them as much as four months' worth of back salaries due to them. The crisis hit a man politically connected to the nation's ruling elite.
    (AP, 5/10/13)
2013        May 10, In Pakistan a pair of bombs targeting the offices of candidates running in this weekend's election killed three people in Miran Shah, North Waziristan. Unknown assailants threw a grenade at the main office of the secular Pakistan People's Party in Quetta, Baluchistan province, wounding five people.
    (AP, 5/10/13)
2013        May 10, In Russia a 23-year-old man was brutally beaten and left to die by his companions in Volgograd after drunkenly telling them he was gay. A former schoolmate of the victim and another man were soon arrested for the killing.
    (AP, 5/13/13)
2013        May 10, Syrian military dropped leaflets over Qusair, urging rebel fighters to surrender, but did not set a deadline for them to do so.
    (AP, 5/11/13)
2013        May 10, A contingent of about 100 Tanzanian troops began arriving in eastern Congo, a first step in assembling the new UN intervention brigade. 3,000 soldiers from South Africa, Tanzania and Malawi were expected in a month or two.
    (AP, 5/11/13)(AP, 5/14/13)(Econ, 6/15/13, p.50)
2013        May 10, UN officials and delegates said more than 120 nations have agreed to tighter controls on several chemicals and hazardous waste, including a gradual ban on a flame retardant and some new export requirements for other substances.
    (AP, 5/10/13)

2014        May 10, In northern Arizona a small plane carrying French tourists crashed while landing in windy conditions, killing one person and leaving another hospitalized.
    (AP, 5/11/14)
2014        May 10, The City Council of Hearne, Texas, voted unanimously to fire police officer Stephen Stem for the May 6 shooting of Pearlie Golden (93), who was armed with a handgun, during a confrontation at her home.
    (SSFC, 5/11/14, p.A16)
2014        May 10 - 2014 May 11, In Central African Republic at least 13 people were burned alive when they were rounded up by armed men and barricaded inside a home that was set alight.
    (AFP, 5/13/14)
2014        May 10, China’s state media reported that President Xi Jinping has called for the acceleration of land transfers to help modernize the country's agriculture.
    (Reuters, 5/10/14)
2014        May 10, Protesters in eastern China clashed with police at a rally against plans to build a huge waste incinerator in Yuhang that residents fear will be harmful to their health and add to pollution. The Yuhang government said that all work on the incinerator has stopped, and that it would invite the public to participate in a decision whether to press ahead with the scheme.
    (Reuters, 5/10/14)
2014        May 10, In the Congo Republic Udjani Mangbama, DR Congo militia boss, was among 11 people killed in an area near Owando, 500 km north of Brazzaville.
    (AFP, 5/11/14)
2014        May 10, The finals of the 59th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest took place in Copenhagen, Denmark. Austrian bearded drag queen Conchita Wurst, the alter ego of 25-year-old Thomas Neuwirth (25), won the contest.
    (, 5/11/14)
2014        May 10, In Dubai 15 migrant workers were killed in a bus crash. At least nine of the dead were from India and four were Bangladeshi.
    (AP, 5/11/14)
2014        May 10, Egypt’s chief prosecutor charged 200 suspected militants, all members of al-Qaida-inspired Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, with carrying out the Dec 25, 2013, terrorist attacks that killed 15 civilians and of conspiring with Hamas.
    (SSFC, 5/11/14, p.A6)
2014        May 10, In northern India a private bus plunged off a mountain road, killing 17 people and injuring five others in Uttarakhand state.
    (AP, 5/10/14)
2014        May 10, In Iraq a series of bombings killed 14 people. Militants launched an audacious late night attack on a military barracks in the village of Ayn al-Jahish outside of Mosul and killed 20 troops, including some who had been bound and shot at close range.
    (AP, 5/10/14)(AP, 5/11/14)
2014        May 10, Mexico's government planned to begin demobilizing a vigilante movement of assault-rifle-wielding ranchers and farmers that formed in the western state of Michoacan. The movement had succeeded in largely expelling the Knights Templar cartel when state and local authorities couldn't.
    (AP, 5/10/14)
2014        May 10, In Myanmar Southeast Asian foreign ministers voiced "serious concerns" over naval clashes between Vietnam and China as the ASEAN’s top official urged Beijing to step up efforts to advance talks on maritime security.
    (Reuters, 5/10/14)
2014        May 10, South Africa deployed its armed forces overnight to quell post-election unrest in a Johannesburg slum and police arrested 59 people as the ANC government clamped down on disorder following its victory at the polls. A vote count confirmed the ruling ANC as election winners.
    (Reuters, 5/10/14)(SSFC, 5/11/14, p.A6)
2014        May 10, Thousands of Syrians streamed into war-battered parts of Homs for the first time in nearly two years, many making plans to move back just days after rebels surrendered their strongholds to pro-government forces.
    (AP, 5/10/14)
2014        May 10, Supporters of Thailand's beleaguered government gathered on the outskirts of Bangkok, saying they were determined to safeguard democracy as rival anti-government protesters pressed their campaign in the city.
    (Reuters, 5/10/14)
2014        May 10, In Ukraine at least 7 people died in clashes in the port city of Mariupol on the Sea of Azov.
    (AP, 5/11/14)
2014        May 10, In northeastern Zimbabwe farmer Malcolm and daughter Catherine Francis suffered head injuries from possible axe blows in an assault on their farm in Guruve district.
    (AP, 5/23/14)

2015        May 10, In Afghanistan a suicide bomber attacked a bus carrying government employees in Kabul, killing 3 people.
    (Reuters, 5/10/15)
2015        May 10, In Burundi one person was killed in a clash with police in Bujumbura, as the government ordered a ban on any further street protests over President Pierre Nkurunziza's bid for a third term.
    (AP, 5/10/15)
2015        May 11, In eastern Congo DRC 6 people were hacked to death in a new attack blamed on Ugandan rebels near Beni.
    (AP, 5/12/15)    (AP, 5/14/15)
2015        May 10, Cuban President Raul Castro (83) thanked Pope Francis for brokering the thaw between Havana and Washington and said the pope so impressed him that he might return to the Catholic Church, despite being a communist.
    (Reuters, 5/10/15)
2015        May 10, Indonesia's Pres. President Joko Widodo announced the lifting of a travel ban for foreign journalists to the country's easternmost province, a day after freeing five Papuan political prisoners.
    (AP, 5/10/15)
2015        May 10, In Indonesia rescuers brought ashore 469 migrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh after their wooden boat arrived off Aceh.
    (AFP, 5/10/15)
2015        May 10, In Iraq separate bombings in and around Baghdad killed at least 14 people.
    (AP, 5/10/15)
2015        May 10, The Lebanese Shi'ite group Hezbollah said it had killed over 20 fighters from Syria's al Qaeda wing and destroyed several hideouts and training camps the fighters had set up to launch attacks in Lebanon across the rugged border with Syria.
    (Reuters, 5/10/15)
2015        May 10, Libya's internationally recognized government attacked a Turkish-owned cargo vessel from ground and air, killing a seaman, after it entered territorial waters "without permission".
    (AFP, 5/11/15)
2015        May 10, Poland held presidential elections. Incumbent Bronislaw Komorowski was expected to be re-elected, but not in the first round of balloting. Exit polls showed that Komorowski took just 33 percent of the votes compared to more than 34 percent for Andrzej Duda (42), backed by the right-wing Law and Justice party.
    (AP, 5/10/15)(AP, 5/11/15)
2015        May 10, The South African government said that more rhinos had been poached in 2015 than in the previous year with 393 poached by the end of April.
    (AFP, 5/10/15)
2015        May 10,  In South Africa Mmusi Maimane (34) became the leader of the leader of the opposition Democratic Alliance (DA).
    (Econ, 5/16/15, p.44)
2015        May 10, In Syria rebels including an Al-Qaeda affiliate stormed the hospital complex in Jisr al-Shughur, Idlib province, where some 250 regime forces and civilians have been trapped for two weeks. At least 40 rebels and 32 government troops were killed as the Syrian army battled to relieve some 250 besieged regime loyalists under rebel assault.
    (AFP, 5/10/15)(AFP, 5/11/15)
2015        May 10, Yemen's Shiite rebels and their allies in the country's splintered armed forces said they would accept a five-day humanitarian cease-fire to allow aid to reach civilians after more than a month of daily airstrikes from a Saudi-led military coalition. A coalition aircraft from Morocco crashed in the Wadi Nushur area in Saada. Houthi TV said air defense operated by tribesmen shot it down.
    (AP, 5/10/15)(AFP, 5/11/15)
2015        May 10, In Yemen First Lieutenant Yassine Bahti (26) of Morocco became the first airman to die since a Saudi-led coalition began bombing Iran-backed Huthi rebels in Yemen on March 26.
    (AFP, 5/19/15)

2016        May 10, In Afghanistan a joint raid by US and Afghan forces rescued Ali Haider Gilani, the son of a former Pakistani prime minister, who was held captive for three years by Islamic militants.
    (AP, 5/10/16)
2016        May 10, In Afghanistan Taliban insurgents killed at least 15 Afghan policemen when they overran two checkpoints in Helmand province. 8 people were killed and another 18 wounded when a suicide car bomber detonated his vehicle in the Nazyan district of Nangarhar province.
    (Reuters, 5/10/16)(AP, 5/10/16)
2016        May 10, In Brazil the mayor of Sao Paulo signed a decree authorizing the use of smartphone-based ride-sharing applications like Uber. Cab drivers protested that Uber is unfair competition because its drivers don’t have to pay city fees or undergo official inspections.
    (SFC, 5/10/16, p.C2)
2016        May 10, British researchers warned that fifth of the world's plant species are at risk of extinction, in an unprecedented global census of the plant kingdom.
    (AFP, 5/10/16)
2016        May 10, Bulgaria's deputy prime minister and labor minister, Ivailo Kalfin, resigned from his post after his center-left ABV party said it would withdraw its support from the center-right government.
    (Reuters, 5/10/16)
2016        May 10, France's government decided to bypass parliament and impose a relaxation of the country's protective labor laws by decree, sidestepping a rebellion against one of socialist President Francois Hollande's flagship reforms.
    (Reuters, 5/10/16)
2016        May 10, In France a 19-year-old woman committed suicide by throwing herself in front of a suburban train near Paris and streamed the act live on Periscope. A judicial source said the victim "spoke of a rape and named the aggressor" during the filming, adding that the claims were being treated with caution at this stage.
    (AFP, 5/11/16)
2016        May 10, Germany announced plans to add 7,000 military jobs and 4,400 civilians to its armed forces over the next seven years to help tackle demands such as cybersecurity and the fight against Islamic State.
    (Reuters, 5/10/16)
2016        May 10, In Germany unemployed carpenter Paul H. (27) stabbed four people at a train station near Munich, killing one and injuring three. The man had reportedly shown up in a different part of Germany a few days ago, suspected of using drugs and exhibiting behavior suggesting he might be mentally disturbed.
    (Reuters, 5/10/16)(AFP, 5/11/16)
2016        May 10, Thousands of ecstatic North Koreans joined a mass rally and parade as leader Kim Jong Un capped off the consolidation of his power at a ruling party congress at which he formalized its claim to be a nuclear weapons power.
    (Reuters, 5/10/16)
2016        May 10, In Pakistan a bomb exploded in the parking area of a state-run university in Quetta, Baluchistan province, killing 2 police officers and wounding five people.
    (AP, 5/10/16)
2016        May 10, The Philippines started the process to strengthen its anti-money laundering and bank secrecy laws, aiming to plug loopholes that allowed $81 million stolen in one of the world's biggest cyber heists to pass through Manila banks and casinos.
    (Reuters, 5/10/16)
2016        May 10, In the Philippines Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr., the son of late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, who is running for vice president, called for a stop to an unofficial vote count that shows his rival, Congresswoman Leni Robredo, has overtaken him.
    (AP, 5/10/16)
2016        May 10, In Syria two airstrikes struck the northwestern town of Binnish, killing at least 10 people, wounding many others and knocking out the dome of a mosque. The LCC said the warplanes were Syrian while the Observatory said it wasn't clear if they were Syrian or Russian.
    (AP, 5/10/16)
2016        May 10, Thailand ordered the closure of its only active gold mine by the end of the year after more than 300 people tested positive for arsenic and manganese at Akara Resources' Chatree mine.
    (Reuters, 5/10/16)
2016        May 10, In southeastern Turkey 3 people were killed and 23 wounded when a bomb-laden car detonated near a police vehicle in the strife-hit city of Diyarbakir. The state-run Anadolu news agency said the attack was carried out by the PKK.
    (Reuters, 5/10/16)(SFC, 5/11/16, p.A2)
2016        May 10, Zambia police said four suspects have been arrested in connection with a string of grisly ritual murders in Lusaka that triggered anti-foreign riots targeting mostly Rwandan migrants in April.
    (Reuters, 5/10/16)

2017        May 10, President Donald Trump welcomed Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov Vladimir to the White House marking his highest level face-to-face contact with a Russian government official since taking office. Before that session, Lavrov stopped at the State Department to see Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.
    (AP, 5/10/17)
2017        May 10, It was reported that the administrators at three Univ. of California campuses changed their responses to a state auditor’s survey to reflect more favorably on UC Pres. Janet Napolitano’s office after her staff directed them to make changes.
    (SFC, 5/10/17, p.A1)
2017        May 10, The Trans Adriatic Pipeline company said work on building a massive gas pipeline through southeastern Europe has been suspended after the discovery of an ancient settlement in the village of Turan in eastern Albania. The findings are believed to date to the early Iron Age in the 10th and 9th centuries B.C., and to the late Roman period in the 4th and 6th centuries.
    (AP, 5/10/17)
2017        May 10, In Argentina the coalition government of Pres. Mauricio Macri joined with the opposition to pass a law stating that the country’s two-for-one law should not apply to crimes against humanity. Argentina’s two-for-one law said the time a person spends in prison before a conviction should count double toward the sentencing total.
    (Econ 5/13/17, p.32)
2017        May 10, Reinhold Mitterlehner, Austria's vice chancellor and economy minister, announced his resignation amid persistent infighting in his center-right People's Party, saying that he is also stepping down as its leader. Mitterlehner said he would quit all his posts May 15. Chancellor Christian Kern urged the conservative party in his coalition government to keep working with his Social Democrats rather than force a snap election.
    (AP, 5/10/17)(Reuters, 5/10/17)
2017        May 10, In western China a moderate earthquake killed eight people in the Xinjiang region.
    (SFC, 5/11/17, p.A2)
2017        May 10, The Czech government approved a Defense Ministry plan to deploy up to 290 troops in the Baltics as part of NATO forces for just over a year from the start of 2018. They will join NATO forces in Latvia and Lithuania. The deployment still needed approved by Parliament.
    (AP, 5/10/17)
2017        May 10, In Egypt Islamic extremists ambushed local tribesmen manning a checkpoint south of Rafah in the northern part of the Sinai Peninsula. 12 members of the Tarabeen tribe were reported killed.
    (SFC, 5/11/17, p.A2)(Reuters, 5/14/17)
2017        May 10, French carmaker Peugeot said shareholders of parent company PSA Group have agreed to the financial plans for buying General Motors' European operations, including the Opel and Vauxhall brands.
    (AP, 5/10/17)
2017        May 10, In western India a building wall collapsed onto guests at a wedding, killing at least 24 people and injuring others in Rajasthan state.
    (AP, 5/11/17)
2017        May 10, Italian police said they have found indirect links between Islamic militants and a Somali-run migrant trafficking and money transfer ring that was busted in overnight raids in southern Italy.
    (AP, 5/10/17)
2017        May 10, In Italy three sisters, ages 4, 8 and 20, died after their camper burst into flames as they slept, in what news reports said might have been an intentional attack aimed at Roma, also known as Gypsies.
    (AP, 5/10/17)
2017        May 10, Ivory Coast announced a 54 billion CFA budget cut in response to a fall in the price of cocoa, which accounted for more than 40% of exports.
    (Econ 5/20/17, p.41)
2017        May 10, Kosovo President Hashim Thaci issued a decree dissolving the parliament just hours after the government lost a no-confidence vote 78-34.
    (AP, 5/10/17)
2017        May 10, In Mexico Miriam Rodriguez Martinez (50), a campaigner against drug gangs, was killed by a band of Zetas in front of her house in San Fernando, Tamaulipas state.
    ( 5/20/17, p.82)
2017        May 10, The Philippine navy welcomed a second Indonesian-made amphibious landing dock as part of the military's modernization program.
    (AP, 5/10/17)
2017        May 10, Saudi security forces entered the old quarter of Awamiya, where authorities said Shi'ite militants are hiding. At least two people were confirmed killed in the dawn raid. Bulldozers began demolishing the historic district of al-Awamiya with plans to tear down several hundred homes. Officials said the area has become a hideout for local militants.
    (Reuters, 5/10/17)(SFC, 6/28/17, p.A2)
2017        May 10, South Korea's new liberal President Moon Jae-in was sworn in and vowed to immediately tackle the difficult tasks of addressing North Korea's advancing nuclear ambitions and soothing tensions with the United States and China.
    (Reuters, 5/10/17)
2017        May 10, Switzerland's government said it will temporarily limit the number of workers from European Union member states Bulgaria and Romania who can access Swiss jobs, after an influx from the countries in recent months.
    (AP, 5/10/17)   
2017        May 10, The Syrian air force pounded the remaining Islamic State-held villages in Aleppo province, killing 13 people near al-Maskaneh town. The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces expelled Islamic State militants from the Tabqa Dam and the nearby town of Tabqa.
    (Reuters, 5/10/17)(SFC, 5/11/17, p.A2)
2017        May 10, Tunisia's President Beji Caid Essebsi ordered the army to protect phosphate, gas and oil production facilities after protests aimed at disrupting output broke out in the south of the country.
    (Reuters, 5/10/17)
2017        May 10, In Tunisia Oliver Potezica (64), Serbia's ambassador to Libya, died some days after a car crash near Sousse.
    (AP, 5/10/17)
2017        May 10, Turkey said it has signed a memorandum of understanding with Pakistan for the sale of four Turkish made corvette warships and 52 Pakistan-made training planes for Ankara's armed forces.
    (Reuters, 5/10/17)
2017        May 10, Turkey warned the United States that a decision to arm Kurdish forces fighting Islamic State in Syria could end up hurting Washington, and accused its NATO ally of siding with terrorists.
    (Reuters, 5/10/17)

2018        May 10, President Donald Trump welcomed three Americans who had been held prisoner in North Korea back home, thanking leader Kim Jong Un for their release and sounding upbeat about a planned US-North Korea summit.
    (Reuters, 5/10/18)
2018        May 10, US President Donald Trump signed the Justice for Uncompensated Survivors Today (JUST) Act that Jewish groups praise as helpful in their efforts to reclaim lost property in Poland but which the Polish government says is discriminatory.
    (AP, 5/10/18)
2018        May 10, In San Francisco more than 500 people gathered to celebrate the opening of the 803-foot, mixed use building at 181 Fremont St.
    (SFC, 5/12/18, p.C1)
2018        May 10, In southern California a small plane crashed on Volcan Mountain in eastern San Diego County killing three people and sparking a wildfire that burned 12 acres.
    (, 5/15/18, p.A6)
2018        May 10, Armenian President Armen Sarkissian dismissed the heads of the security service and police at the request of newly elected PM Nikol Pashinyan.
    (Reuters, 5/10/18)
2018        May 10, Britain apologized to a Libyan former rebel and his wife over the role of British spies in their 2004 rendition to Libya. Britain apologized for contributing to the mistreatment of Abdel Hakim Belhaj, a former Islamist fighter turned politician who was kidnapped and handed over to Libya and subsequently tortured, in an unprecedented admission of culpability.
    (Reuters, 5/10/18)(AFP, 5/10/18)
2018        May 10, Didi, China's biggest ride-sharing company, apologized over the killing last week of a passenger, apparently by her driver, and said it had to win back the trust of users after the "tragedy".
    (Reuters, 5/10/18)
2018        May 10, A Congo DRC hospital director said there are five new suspected cases of Ebola in the northwestern town of Bikoro, where an outbreak of the often deadly hemorrhagic fever was declared this week.
    (AP, 5/10/18)
2018        May 10, In Germany a gathering of almost 180 nations made slow progress on a "rule book" for a global climate accord at talks ending today and agreed to a new round of negotiations to break a diplomatic logjam before a year-end deadline for a deal.
    (Reuters, 5/10/18)
2018        May 10, Guatemala asked both Sweden and Venezuela to remove their ambassadors and accused them of interfering in its internal affairs. A few days earlier Sweden's ambassador Anders Kompass had announced Sweden's financial support for a United Nations-sponsored commission investigating corruption in Guatemala.
    (AP, 5/11/18)
2018        May 10, Hungary's parliament elected PM Viktor Orban to his third consecutive term and forth overall term in office.
    (AP, 5/10/18)
2018        May 10, In Indonesia dozens of Islamic militant prisoners, who took over a police detention center in Depok and killed five officers, surrendered to police. A suspected Islamic militant (23) fatally stabbed a police officer at the headquarters of the elite Mobile Brigade in Depok before being shot and killed by another officer. A police counter-terrorism squad arrested four suspected militants in Bekasi, just outside Jakarta, after receiving information they planned to attack the Mobile Brigade headquarters to support fellow militants following the clash at the headquarters' prison.
    (AP, 5/10/18)(AP, 5/11/18)
2018        May 10, Overnight Israeli attacks struck several military posts for Syrian troops and Iranian-backed militias near Damascus, in central and southern Syria. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Right said the attacks killed 23 fighters, including five Syrian soldiers. The death toll soon rose from 23 to 27, including at least 11 Iranians and six Syrian soldiers, including three officers. The Israeli military the attacks were in response to an Iranian rocket barrage on Israeli positions in the occupied Golan Heights. Russia's defense ministry said that Syria had shot down more than half of the missiles fired by Israel.
    (AP, 5/10/18)(Reuters, 5/10/18)(AP, 5/12/18)
2018        May 10, Italian anti-terrorism police dismantled a suspected international network that smuggled migrants across Europe and then funneled some of the proceeds to Islamist militants in Syria.
    (AP, 5/10/18)
2018        May 10, Mahathir Mohamad was sworn in as Malaysia's 7th prime minister in a ceremony before the Southeast Asian country's king after leading opposition parties to a historic election victory.
    (AP, 5/10/18)
2018        May 10, A court in the Maldives sentenced two Supreme Court justices to more than 19 months in prison on charges of influencing lower court decisions.
    (AP, 5/10/18)
2018        May 10, Pakistani police said they have arrested the father and brother of Sana Cheema (25), an Italian woman of Pakistani descent, who was strangled last month in a suspected honor killing.
    (Reuters, 5/10/18)
2018        May 10, Polish lawmakers approved divisive legislation paving the way for the construction of what is intended to be one of Europe's largest airports, and China's gateway to the continent.
    (AP, 5/11/18)
2018        May 10, The Russian Foreign Ministry said Russia will maintain close coordination on nuclear issues with Iran despite the US quitting the international agreement.
    (Reuters, 5/10/18)
2018        May 10, It was reported that the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) has agreed to pay US regulators $4.9 billion in fines to settle litigation over subprime mortgage products it sold before the 2008 financial meltdown.
    (AFP, 5/10/18)
2018        May 10, In southern Somalia a bomb targeting soldiers killed seven in the town of Wanlaweyn in the Lower Shabelle region. An explosion in the same town a day earlier killed at least five.
    (Reuters, 5/10/18)
2018        May 10, In South Africa three attackers entered a mosque in Verulam, KwaZulu-Natal province, after midday prayers, stabbed three people and set the place on fire before fleeing. The attackers killed one man by slitting his throat and injured two others.
    (AP, 5/10/18)(AFP, 5/11/18)
2018        May 10, In Sudan a young woman (19), convicted of killing her husband while she claims he was raping her, was sentenced to death. Noura Hussein had been forced into marriage by her parents three years ago and had initially fled her husband, refusing to consummate the marriage. Lawyers appealed the decision by the Criminal court in Omdurman.
    (AP, 5/10/18)
2018        May 10, In Switzerland David Goodall, a 104-year-old Australian man, cheerily sang a few bars of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony as he told reporters that medically assisted suicide should be more widely available and not only viewed as a last resort for the terminally ill. His death soon followed.
    (AP, 5/10/18)
2018        May 10, The UN's refugee agency airlifted 132 vulnerable migrants from Libya to Niger, the first group to be flown out after a two-month halt in such evacuations.
    (AP, 5/10/18)
2018        May 10, The United Nations human rights investigator on North Korea called on for six South Korean nationals in custody there to be freed, voicing concern over conditions of their detention.
    (Reuters, 5/10/18)
2018        May 10, Police in Vietnam arrested the chairman and the chief accountant of Binh Son Refining and Petrochemical Co. Ltd. on suspicion of embezzlement as the communist-led government widens a crackdown on corruption.
    (Reuters, 5/10/18)

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