Return to home238 May 10,
Gaius Julius Verus Maximinus ("The Thracian"), Roman Emperor, was
1267 May 10, Vienna's Catholic
church ordered all Jews to wear distinctive garb.
1278 May 10, Jews of England
were imprisoned on charges of coining. [see Nov 17]
1285 May 10, Philip IV (Fair)
succeeded Philip III as King of Spain.
1291 May 10, Scottish nobles
grudgingly recognized the authority of English king Edward I.
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
(ON, 2/08, p.6)
1427 May 10, Jews were expelled
from Berne, Switzerland.
1497 May 10, Italian navigator
Amerigo Vespucci left for his 1st voyage to New World.
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.
1534 May 10, Jacques Cartier
(CFA, '96, p.46)
1536 May 10, Thomas Howard, 4th
duke of Norfolk, English Earl Marshall, was born.
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
(TL-MB, 1988, p.19)(MC, 5/10/02)
1566 May 10, Leonhard Fuchs
(65), German botanist, died.
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.
1652 May 10, John Johnson, a
free black, was granted 550 acres in Northampton, Va.
1655 May 10, Jamaica was
captured by English.
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.
1727 May 10,
Anne-Robert-Jacques Turgot, French minister of Finance, was born.
1730 May 10, George Ross,
signer of the Declaration of Independence, was born.
1741 May 10, Johann Michael
Schmidt, composer, was born.
1752 May 10, Benjamin Franklin
1st tested his lightning rod. [see Jun 15]
1760 May 10, Claude-Joseph
Rouget de Lisle, soldier, author, composer ("La Marseillaise"), was
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.
1772 May 10, British Parliament
passed the Tea Act, taxing all tea in the colonies.
1773 May 10, To keep the
troubled East India Company afloat, Parliament passed the Tea Act,
taxing all tea in the American colonies.
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,
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.
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.
1783 May 10, Niccola Benvenuti,
composer, was born.
1787 May 10, The British
Parliament impeached Warren Hastings.
1788 May 10, Augustin-Jean
Fresnel, optics pioneer, physicist, was born.
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.
1796 May 10, Napoleon Bonaparte
won a brilliant victory against the Austrians at Lodi bridge in
1797 May 10, The 1st American
Navy ship, the "United States," was launched.
1798 May 10, George Vancouver
(40), British explorer, (Voyage of Discovery), died.
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
(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).
1826 May 10, Giuseppe
Sigismondo (86), composer, died.
1829 May 10, Thomas Young,
physicist, decipherer of Egyptian hieroglyphics, died.
1838 May 10, John Wilkes Booth
(d.1865), assassin of Abraham Lincoln, was born near Bel Air,
1840 May 10, Mormon leader
Joseph Smith moved his band of followers to Illinois to escape the
hostilities they experienced in Missouri.
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
(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
(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.
1855 May 10, Anatoli Liadov,
composer (Enchanted Lake), was born in St Petersburg, Russia.
1857 May 10, Hendrik
Zwaardemaker, Dutch physiologist (olefactometer), was born.
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,
1859 May 10, French emperor
Napoleon III left Paris to join his troops preparing to battle the
Austrian army in Northern Italy.
1861 May 10, Union troops
marched on state militia in St Louis, Mo.
1862 May 10, Battle of Plum Run
Bend, TN (Plum Point Bend).
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]
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
(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, 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
p.T3)(WSJ, 8/14/98, p.A1)
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
(Hem, 6/96, p.108)(SFC,12/10/97, Z1 p.9)(MC,
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
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
1894 May 10, Dimitri Tiomkin,
composer (Academy Award 1954- High and Mighty), was born in Russia.
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.
1902 May 10, David O. Selznick,
film producer (Gone with the Wind, Rebecca), was born in Pittsburgh,
(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."
1906 May 10, Russia's Duma
(Parliament) met for the 1st time.
1907 May 10, Paul Dukas' opera
"Ariane et Barbe Bleue," premiered in Paris.
1908 May 10, Carl Albert,
speaker of the House of Representatives, was born.
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.
1910 May 10, The 1st aircraft
air display was held at Hendon, England.
1915 May 10, A Zeppelin dropped
hundreds of bombs on Southend-on-Sea.
1917 May 10, Atlantic ships got
destroyer escorts to fend off German attacks.
1918 May 10, The HMS Vindictive
was sunk to block the entrance of Ostend Harbor.
1920 May 10, Richard Adams,
English novelist (Watership Down), was born.
1921 May 10, Nancy Walker,
Bounty ads, actress (Rhoda, McMillan & Wife), was born in
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.
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.
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_Stratemeyer)(SFEC, 3/28/99, BR
1932 May 10, Government of
Netherland declared "Wilhelmus" the national anthem.
1933 May 10, Barbara Taylor
Bradford, author, was born.
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
(AP, 5/10/97)(SFC, 1/8/99, p.A13)(HNPD,
1933 May 10, Paraguay declared
war on Bolivia.
1937 May 10, Arthur Kopit,
American playwright, was born.
1938 May 10, Peter Davies,
Major-General, Director-General (RSPCA), was born.
1938 May 10, Maxim
Shostakovich, conductor (Atlanta Symph), was born in Leningrad,
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,
1940 May 10, British Local
Defense Volunteers, the Home Guard, formed.
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,
1941 May 10, England's House of
Commons was destroyed by a German air raid.
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.
1943 May 10, U.S. troops
invaded Attu in the Aleutian Islands to expel the Japanese.
1943 May 10, Andre Bertulot,
Arnaud/Armand Fraiteur and Maurice-Albert Raskin, Belgian resistance
fighters, were hanged.
1944 May 10, Judith Jamison,
American ballerina, was born.
1945 May 10, Allies captured
Rangoon from the Japanese.
1945 May 10, Russian troops
1946 May 10, Birute Galdikas,
later renowned as a primatologist, was born in Wiesbaden, Germany to
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.
1956 May 10, French government
sent 50,000 reservists to Algeria. [see Apr 11]
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.
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
1959 May 10, Soviet forces
arrived in Afghanistan.
1960 May 10, John F. Kennedy
won the primary in West Virginia.
1960 May 10, USS Nautilus
completed the first circumnavigation of globe under water.
1961 May 10, "Beyond the
Fringe," premiered in London.
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.
1969 May 10, In Louisiana the
2nd Lake Pontchartrain causeway opened. The 1st span was completed
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
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
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
(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.
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.
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,
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.
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.
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."
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.
(http://tinyurl.com/lx277)(SFC, 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
1988 May 10, In Poland an
eight-day strike by workers at the Lenin Shipyard in Gdansk ended
without an agreement.
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.
1990 May 10, The government of
China announced the release of 211 dissidents who had been involved
in pro-democracy demonstrations a year earlier.
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.
1981 May 10, Socialist Francois
Mitterrand defeated incumbent Valery Giscard d’Estaing in the second
round of France’s presidential election.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
(AP, 5/10/97)(SFEC, 11/22/98, p.A2)(SFC, 2/6/99,
1994 May 10, An annular, or
"ring" eclipse, cast a moving shadow across the United States.
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.
1995 May 10, Terry Nichols was
charged in the Oklahoma City bombing.
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."
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.
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
(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,
1997 May 10, President Clinton
signed modest drug-fighting and trade agreements with Caribbean
leaders in Barbados.
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,
1997 May 10, It was reported
that Iceland would resume whaling. Whaling had stopped there in
(SFC, 5/10/97, p.A8)
1997 May 10, Lebanese of all
faiths welcomed Pope John Paul II on his first visit to their
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
(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
(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.
1999 May 10, The US approved
the export of 2 Motorola Iridium satellites to China. [see May 20,
(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.
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
(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
(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
(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,
2000 May 10, Actor Craig
Stevens, who’d starred in the 1950’s TV series “Peter Gunn," died in
Los Angeles at age 81.
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.
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
(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
(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
(WSJ, 5/11/01, p.A1)
2001 May 10, Macedonian and
Serb leaders agreed to work together to fight ethnic Albanian
(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.
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
(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,
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
(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
(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,
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.
2003 May 10, A Brazilian police
SWAT team killed eight men in a shootout as they raided a shantytown
looking for drug traffickers.
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.
2003 May 10, In northeastern
Congo tribal militias battled for control of Bunia, killing at least
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.
2003 May 10, In northern India
a fire raged through a garment factory, killing at least 12 people
and injuring 70 others.
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.
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.
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
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
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
(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
(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,
2004 May 10, In Iraq one
Russian worker was killed and two were taken hostage 18 miles south
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
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
(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
(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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
(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.
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.
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.
2005 May 10, Taiwan arrested 17
military officers and civilians on suspicion of passing secrets
about the island's intelligence capability to rival China.
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.
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
(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.
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
2006 May 10, Val Guest (94),
British movie director, died in Palm Desert, Calif.
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.
2006 May 10, Soraya, a
Colombian-American singer and songwriter, died of breast cancer in
(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.
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
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.
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.
2006 May 10, German customs
authorities arrested four men, breaking up a smuggling ring that
allegedly was supplying Iran with navigation equipment for military
2006 May 10, In Iraq suspected
insurgents opened fire on a bus near Baqouba, killing at least 11
people and wounding three.
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
(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.
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.
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
2006 May 10, In southern
Nigeria a gunman riding a motorcycle shot to death an American oil
worker on his way to the office.
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.
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.
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.
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
(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
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
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.
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.
2007 May 10, US congressional
Democrats and the White House reached a deal on trade and labor
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
2007 May 10, A Japanese
hospital opened the country's only anonymous drop box for unwanted
infants despite government admonitions against abandoning babies.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
2008 May 10, In Haiti an
overloaded ferry capsized off the southern coast, killing at least
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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,
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.
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.
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
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.
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
(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
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
(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
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.
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
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.
2010 May 10, EU finance
ministers agree to a €500 billion “stabilization fund" for euro-zone
(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.
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
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.
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.
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
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."
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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,
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
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.
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.
2011 May 10, India's top court
recommended the death penalty for perpetrators of "honor killings,"
calling the practice barbaric and feudal.
2011 May 10, Iran said it has
accepted the European Union's proposal for more talks about the
country's controversial nuclear program.
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.
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."
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
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
2011 May 10, In Pakistan US
missiles killed three alleged Arab militants in the Baghar area of
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.
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.
2011 May 10, In South Sudan 4
UN peacekeepers from Zambia were shot and wounded while on patrol in
(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
(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.
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
(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.
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,
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
(http://gcaptain.com/smyrni-hijacking-update/)(Econ, 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
(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.
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.
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.
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
2013 May 10, In Afghanistan 3
children in central Ghazni province were killed when they tried to
dismantle an old bomb.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
(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
2014 May 10, In northern
Arizona a small plane carrying French tourists crashed while landing
in windy conditions, killing one person and leaving another
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
2014 May 10, In Ukraine at
least 7 people died in clashes in the port city of Mariupol on the
Sea of Azov.
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