Return to home330 May 11,
Constantine renamed the town of Byzantium to: “New Rome which is
Constantine’s City." It became know as Constantinople.
(ATC, p.31)(HN, 5/11/98)
1189 May 11, Emperor Frederik I
Barbarossa and 100,000 crusaders departed Regensburg.
1421 May 11, Jews were expelled
from Styria, Austria.
1502 May 11, Columbus embarked
on his 4th voyage with 150 men in 4 caravels. Among those in the
fleet were Columbus's brother Bartholomew, and Columbus' younger son
Fernando, then just 13 years old. They reached the coast of Honduras
after 8 months and passed south to Panama (1503). The ships included
the Capitana, which served as the flagship, and the Vizcaina. In
2006 Klaus Brinkbaumer authored “The Voyage of the Vizcaina."
p.R49)(http://www1.minn.net/~keithp/v4.htm)(WSJ, 5/26/06, p.W5)
1568 May 11, Christian I, ruler
of Anhalt-Bernburg (Battle of White Mountain), was born.
1573 May 11, Henry of Anjou
became the first elected king of Poland.
1588 May 11, The Spanish Armada
of 130 ships with 30,000 men left Lisbon for England. [see May 19]
(ON, 3/02, p.2)
1610 May 11, Matteo Ricci,
Italian Jesuit missionary (China), died.
1647 May 11, Peter Stuyvesant
(37) arrived in New Amsterdam to become governor of New Netherland.
The one-legged professional soldier was sent from the Netherlands to
head the Dutch trading colony at the southern end of Manhattan
Island. Stuyvesant lost a leg in a minor skirmish in the Caribbean
(ON, 4/00, p.1)(AH, 10/04, p.74)(AP, 5/11/08)
1689 May 11, French and English
naval battle took place at Bantry Bay.
1690 May 11, In the first major
engagement of King William’s War, British troops from Massachusetts
seized Port Royal in Acadia (Nova Scotia and New Brunswick) from the
French, their objective was to take Quebec.
1742 May 11, Francesco
Stradivari (70), Italian violin maker, son of Antonius, died.
1744 May 11, In Britain
Elizabeth Robinson of Middlesex and 2 other women were tried and
convicted at the Old Bailey on charges of stealing 104 imported
China oranges from a grocer’s warehouse with the intent to sell
them. She was sentenced to transport for a term of 7 years. She was
pregnant and gave birth on ship.
(SFEC, 10/27/96, p.T9)
1745 May 11, French forces
defeated an Anglo-Dutch-Hanoverian army at Fontenoy.
1751 May 11, The 1st US
hospital was founded in Pennsylvania. [see Feb 11, 1752]
1752 May 11, The 1st US fire
insurance policy issued in Philadelphia.
1772 May 11, Joseph Kerckhoff,
Limburg surgeon, robber captain, was hanged.
1778 May 11, William Pitt Sr.
(69), English premier (1756-61, 66-68), died.
1792 May 11, The Columbia River
was discovered and named by Captain Robert Gray.
(HN, 5/11/98)(MC, 5/11/02)
1811 May 11, Chang and Eng
Bunker, Chinese Siamese twins, were born.
1812 May 11, The Waltz was
introduced into English ballrooms. Most observers considered it
disgusting and immoral.
1812 May 11, British PM Spencer
Perceval was shot by a bankrupt banker in the lobby of the House of
Commons. Lord Liverpool (1770-1828) was asked to serve as PM of
Britain and he served until 1827.
(HN, 5/11/99)(WSJ, 2/9/05,
1814 May 11, Americans defeated
the British at Battle of Plattsburgh.
1853 May 11, Baron Nathaniel de
Rothschild of England purchased Chateau Mouton in Bordeaux, France,
for 1,125,000 gold francs.
1857 May 11, Indian mutineers
against the British seized Delhi.
1858 May 11, Minnesota became
the 32nd state of the Union.
(AP, 5/11/97)(HN, 5/11/98)
1860 May 11, Giuseppe Garibaldi
landed at Marsala, Sicily. He began a series of campaigns that
politically unified most of the Italian peninsula in 1861.
(HN, 5/11/99)(ON, 10/06, p.7)
1862 May 11, The Confederates
scuttled the CSS Virginia off Norfolk, Virginia.
1864 May 11, Confederate
General J.E.B. Stuart was mortally wounded at Yellow Tavern.
1866 May 11, Confederate
President Jefferson Davis became a free man after spending two years
in prison for his role in the American Civil War.
1866 May 11, The Overend
Gurney, known as the 'bankers bank,' suspended payments and went
into liquidation owing £11 million to shareholders and the public.
Overend Gurney began collapsing in the early months of 1866. The
bank run on Overend Gurney was the last in the UK until 2007. The
Bank of England’s role as a lender of last resort helped to
establish sterling as an international currency.
9/22/07, p.16)(Econ, 1/31/15, p.62)
1880 May 11, A US Marshal and
his deputies faced a group of farmers in the San Joaquin Valley of
California over a land dispute between the farmers and the Southern
Pacific Railroad. The farmers had developed an irrigation system
that turned the land into a rich agricultural area and the Railroad
then claimed the land for itself and won a suit to that effect.
Seven men were killed in what became known as the battle of Mussel
(Smith., 5/95, p.84)
1885 May 11, "King" Joseph
Oliver, jazz cornetist and bandleader, was born.
1888 May 11, Songwriter Irving
Berlin (d.1989), Jewish composer of White Christmas, was born Israel
Isadore Baline in Temun, Russia. He arrived in the US with his
family at age 5.
(AP, 5/11/97)(HN, 5/11/98)(SFC, 12/28/12, p.E1)
1889 May 11, Major Joseph
Washington Wham took charge of $28,000 in gold and silver to pay
troops at various points in the Arizona Territory. The money was
soon stolen in a train robbery.
1891 May 11, Alexandre
Becquerel (b.1820), French physicist, died. In 1839, Becquerel
observed the photoelectric effect via an electrode in a conductive
solution exposed to light.
1894 May 11, Martha Graham,
choreographer (Appalachian Spring), was born in Allegheny, Penn.
1894 May 11, Mari Sandoz,
writer and biographer (Crazy Horse), was born.
1894 May 11, Workers at the
Pullman Palace Car Company in Illinois went on strike. The American
Railway Union, led by Eugene Debs, subsequently began a boycott of
Pullman that blocked freight traffic in and out of Chicago. Pullman
had cut wages due to the recession but left high rents in his
company town. Mail cars were coupled to Pullman cars and Pres.
Cleveland ordered federal troops onto the trains to insure the
delivery of mail. Illinois Gov. John Peter Altgeld opposed
Cleveland’s plans. 34 union workers were killed when federal troops
(AP, 5/11/97)(SFC, 12/3/98, p.A3)(SFC, 10/4/02,
1895 May 11, William Grant
Still was born. He is considered the Dean of black African
1904 May 11, Salvador Dali
(d.1989), surrealist painter, was born in Figueres, Spain.
(HN, 5/11/98)(WSJ, 1/25/99, p.A16)(SFEC, 7/16/00,
1904 May 11, Andrew Carnegie
donated $1.5M to build a peace palace.
1910 May 11, Glacier National
Park in Montana was established.
1911 May 11, Doodles Weaver,
comedian (Spike Jones and City Slickers), was born in LA, Calif.
1912 May 11, Phil Silvers,
comedian and actor, was born. He stared on TV’s “Sergeant Bilko."
1916 May 11, Einstein's paper
“The Basis of the General Theory of Relativity" was published.
1916 May 11, Max [Johann BJM]
Reger (43), German composer, pianist, organist, died.
1918 May 11, Richard Feynman
(d.1988), theoretical physicist was born. His classic lectures were
published in 1995 in the book “Six Easy Pieces: Essentials of
Physics Explained by its most Brilliant Teacher" by Addison -Wesley
in 1995. In 1996 Feynman’s “Lost Lecture" was written by David L.
and Judith R. Goodstein. Feynman won a Nobel Prize in 1965.
(WSJ, 11/6/95, p. A-20)(HN, 5/11/02)(MC, 5/11/02)
1921 May 11, Tel Aviv became
the 1st all Jewish municipality.
1927 May 11, An official
organizational banquet was held for the Academy of Motion Picture
Arts and Sciences at the Biltmore Hotel. Of the 300 guests, 230
joined the Academy, paying $100 each. [see May 4] Douglas Fairbanks
served as the first president.
1927 May 11, Henry Martyn
Robert (90), (Robert's Rules of Order), died.
1930 May 11, Stanley Elkin,
author (George Mills), was born in Brooklyn, NY.
(HN, 5/11/02)(MC, 5/11/02)
1933 May 11, Louis Farrakhan,
leader of the black Nation of Islam, was born.
1935 May 11, The US Rural
Electrification Administration was established.
(SSFC, 1/18/09, p.D6)
1937 May 11, Spam, a canned ham
by Hormel, was registered as a trademark. It was introduced to the
public as Spam on July 5, 1937.
(WSJ, 4/29/04, p.D10)(http://tinyurl.com/3soounh)
1939 May 11, In San Francisco
the Top of the Mark Nightclub opened at the top of the Mark Hopkins
(SFEM, 11/24/96, p.13)(SSFC, 5/11/14, DB p.50)
1941 May 11, London’s
Bridgewater House was bombed. A major work by French painter Paul
Delaroche, "Charles I Insulted by Cromwell's Soldiers" (1837)
depicting the British monarch shortly before his execution in 1649,
was thought to have been virtually destroyed. In 2009 it was
unrolled and found to be in good condition.
1941 May 11, The 1st
Messerschmidt 109F was shot down above England.
1943 May 11, During World War
II, American forces landed on Japanese-held Attu island in the
Aleutians; the Americans took the island 19 days later.
1943 May 11, Hermann Goering
division in Tunisia surrendered.
1944 May 11, Allied forces
launched a major offensive against German lines in Italy.
1945 May 11, Kiyoshi Ogawa,
Japanese pilot, crashed his plane into the US carrier Bunker Hill
near Okinawa. 496 Americans died with him and the ship was knocked
out of the war.
(SFC, 3/29/01, p.A15)
1946 May 11, Robert Jarvik,
physician: inventor of the Jarvik artificial heart, was born in
1946 May 11, The first packages
from the relief agency CARE (Cooperative for American Remittances to
Europe) arrived in Europe, at Le Havre, France.
1947 May 11, The B.F. Goodrich
Company of Akron, Ohio, announced the development of a tubeless
1948 May 11, Haganah took
control of Safed and port of Haifa.
1948 May 11, Edward Ricketts
(Doc Ricketts, 51), marine biologist and friend of John Steinbeck,
died in Monterey, Ca., after his car stalled on railroad tracks and
was struck by a Del Monte Express. He authored “Between Pacific
(SFC, 2/22/02, p.A21)
1949 May 11, The 1st Polaroid
camera sold $89.95 in NYC.
1949 May 11, Israel was
admitted to the United Nations as the world body's 59th member by a
vote of 37-12. The capital was moved to Tel Aviv.
(TOH, 1982, p.1949)(AP, 5/11/97)(MC, 5/11/02)
1949 May 11, Siam changed its
named to Thailand.
1951 May 11, Jay Forrester
patented computer core memory.
1953 May 11, An F5 tornado hit
downtown Waco, Texas, killing 114 people with 597 injured. Damages
were estimated at $200 million.
(SSFC, 5/11/03, Par p.11)(SFC, 5/11/09, p.D8)
1953 May 11, Winston Churchill
criticized the domino theory of John Foster Dulles.
1960 May 11, John D.
Rockefeller Jr. (86), philanthropist, died.
1960 May 11, Israeli soldiers
captured Adolf Eichmann in Buenos Aires as he returned home from his
job at the Mercedes factory. Eichmann, the Nazi war criminal, was
nabbed by Peter Malkin. Eichmann was taken to Israel where he was
tried, found guilty and hung in 1962.
(SFEC, 11/3/96, Par. p.13)(WSJ, 4/28/97,
p.A17)(HN, 5/11/98)(MC, 5/11/02)
1962 May 11, US sent troops to
1963 May 11, "Puff The Magic
Dragon" by Peter, Paul and Mary hit #2.
1963 May 11, Racial bomb
attacks took place in Birmingham, Alabama.
1965 May 11, The US 10th
fighter Bomber F105D was shot down at Xien Khouong, Laos.
(SSFC, 11/9/03, p.D6)
1965 May 11-12, In East
Pakistan a cyclone killed some 12,000.
1967 May 11, The United Kingdom
re-applied to join the European Community. It was followed by
Ireland and Denmark and, a little later, by Norway. General de
Gaulle was still reluctant to accept British accession.
1967 May 11, French President
Charles de Gaulle for a second time said he will veto Britain's
application to join the Common Market. One reason he gave was the
incompatibility of its farming policies.
1967 May 11, David Galula
(b.1919), Tunisia-born French military officer and scholar, died in
France. He was influential in developing theories of
counterinsurgency. He wrote his experiences in two books, later
published by the RAND Corporation: “Pacification in Algeria" (1963),
and “Counterinsurgency Warfare: Theory and Practice" (1964).
1967 May 11, In Vietnam the
siege of Khe Sanh ended, with the base still in American hands.
1968 May 11, In France PM
Georges Pompidou made a speech conceding to the demand to reopen the
universities and implied the government would release arrested
students. The night of May 10-11 became known as the ``Night of the
Barricades.’ These events galvanized public support for the
1969 May 11, The Monty Python
comedy troupe formed.
1969 May 11, Canada’s CBC
public broadcaster announced it will no longer accept advertising
from tobacco companies.
1969 May 11, The Battle of
Hamburger Hill began. [see May 10]
(HFA, '96, p.30)(SFC, 6/24/96, p.A15)
1970 May 11, The song "Long
& Winding Road" by the Beatles was released in the US. It was
their last American release.
1972 May 11, US pilot First Lt.
Michael Joseph Blassie (b.1948) was shot down by anti-aircraft fire
after having logged 137 combat missions. His remains were entombed
on Memorial Day, 1984, at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington. In
1998 his remains were exhumed and identified by DNA testing.
(SFC, 1/20/98, p.A2)(SFC, 6/30/98,
1973 May 11, Charges against
Daniel Ellsberg and Anthony Russo (1936-2008) for their role in the
Pentagon Papers case were dismissed by Judge William M. Byrne, who
cited government misconduct.
(AP, 5/11/97)(SFC, 8/12/08, p.B5)
1974 May 11, In Argentina
leftist liberation theology priest Carlos Mugica (b.1930) was killed
by ultra-right groups.
1975 May 11, The Cambodian
government seized an American merchant ship, the Mayaguez.
(SFEC, 5/11/97, p.T10)
1976 May 11, Col. Joaquin
Zenteno Anaya, Bolivia’s ambassador to France, was assassinated in
Paris. Members of the Che Guevara brigade claim credit. Zenteno had
led the army division that captured and executed Che Guevara in
1976 May 11, Alvar Aalto
(b.1898), Finnish architect, died. A show in 1998 featured his work
and an accompanying book was published that covered his Nordic
classicism of the 1920s to the completion of his Finlandia Hall in
Helsinki in 1971.
1980 May 11, In Ivory Coast the
first stone of St. Paul’s Roman Catholic cathedral was consecrated
by Pope John Paul II during his first pastoral visit to Côte
d'Ivoire. Pres. Felix Houphouet-Boigny built the $150 million St.
Paul's Cathedral, designed by architect Aldo Spirito, in Abidjan. It
was completed in 1985.
1981 May 11, The Andrew Lloyd
Webber musical "Cats," based on TS Eliot poems, premiered in London.
1981 May 11, Bob Marley
(b.1945), Jamaican reggae artist, died of brain cancer in Miami.
(AP, 5/11/97)(SFEC, 2/14/99,
1982 May 11, In Massachusetts
Michael Donohue (b.1906) and FBI informant Brian Halloran were shot
to death in a hit allegedly planned and carried out by gang boss
(http://tinyurl.com/lfzujv2)(Econ, 7/20/13, p.28)
1985 May 11, 56 people died
when a flash fire swept a jam-packed soccer stadium in Bradford,
1986 May 11, Fred Markham (US),
unpaced and unaided by wind, became 1st to pedal 65 mph on a level
course, Big Sand Flat, Calif.
1987 May 11, In a medical
first, doctors in Baltimore transplanted the heart and lungs of an
auto accident victim to Clinton House who gave up his own heart to a
2nd recipient. House, the nation's first living heart donor, died 14
1987 May 11, Former US National
Security Adviser Robert C. McFarlane began testifying at the
1987 May 11, The trial of
former Gestapo official Klaus Barbie began in Lyons, France.
1987 May 11, Legislative
elections in the Philippines gave pro-Aquino candidates a large
1988 May 11, Master spy Harold
"Kim" Philby, the notorious "Third Man" of a British espionage ring,
died in the Soviet Union at age 76. In 2014 Ben Macintyre authored
“A Spy Among Friends: Kim Philby and the Great Betrayal" and Tim
Milne authored “Kim Philby: The Unknown Story of the KGB’s Master
(AP, 5/11/98)(Econ, 4/19/14, p.76)
1988 May 11, Fans of Irving
Berlin paid tribute on his 100th birthday with celebrations that
included a gala at New York's Carnegie Hall.
1989 May 11, President Bush
recalled the US ambassador and planned to dispatch about 1,700
soldiers and 165 marines in phases to reinforce troops already in
1989 May 11, US Federal Judge
Walter Nixon (61) of Mississippi was impeached by the House of
Representatives. The US Senate voted to remove Nixon from the bench
on November 4, 1989. He had been convicted in 1986 on perjury
charges and sentenced to five years in prison.
(SFC, 9/18/08, p.A6)(http://tinyurl.com/3qfr28)
1989 May 11, The Franklin Mills
mega-mall, the former Liberty Bell Racetrack, opened in
1989 May 11, Kenya announced
that it would seek a worldwide ban on the trade of ivory -- a move
intended to preserve its fast-dwindling elephant herds.
1990 May 11, President Bush, on
a two-day trip of college commencement speeches, told reporters
aboard Air Force One that there were "no conditions" going into a
budget summit with Congress.
1990 May 11, The center fuel
tank of Philippine Air Lines B737-300 exploded as the plane pushed
back from the gate and 8 people were killed.
(WSJ, 6/26/08, p.A12)
1991 May 11, President Bush
dispatched an amphibious task force with thousands of Marines and
dozens of helicopters to help cyclone-ravaged Bangladesh with
disaster relief efforts.
1992 May 11, Leaders of 12
European countries recalled their ambassadors from Serb-dominated
Yugoslavia to protest Serb involvement in Bosnia's ethnic war.
1992 May 11, Carlos Herrera
(90), drink inventor (Margarita), died.
1993 May 11, The US Senate
approved the so-called "motor voter" bill, designed to make voter
1993 May 11, The US Senate
Armed Services Committee heard emotional testimony from Marine Col.
Fred Peck, who affirmed his love for his homosexual son, Scott,
while reiterating his opposition to lifting the ban on openly gay
1994 May 11, Arkansas put to
death two convicted murderers; it was the first time a state
executed two people on the same day since the U.S. Supreme Court
allowed states to restore the death penalty in 1976.
1994 May 11, In Rwanda Colonel
Ephrem Setako ordered the killings of 10 Tutsis at Mukamira military
camp in Ruhengeri prefecture. In 2010 Setako was convicted of crimes
against humanity and murder.
1994 May 11, In South Africa
the Rand Supreme Court sentenced to death six white rightwing
extremists for the murder of four blacks, including an 11-year-old
child, at a roadblock near Randfontein on December 12, 1993.
1995 May 11, A United Nations
conference indefinitely extended the Nuclear Non-Proliferation
Treaty, which was originally set to expire after 25 years.
1996 May 11, A ValuJet DC-9
with 110 people onboard caught fire shortly after takeoff crashed in
the Florida Everglades shortly after takeoff from Miami Int’l.
airport. In 1999 Florida brought murder charges against Sabre-Tech,
a Miami repair facility, that had loaded hazardous oxygen generators
onto the plane. In 1999 SabreTech Maintenance Co. was convicted for
mishandling oxygen canisters that were blamed for the crash. In 2000
an $11 million penalty was ordered against SabreTech. In 2001 8 0f 9
convictions against Sabre-Tech were overturned by a federal appeals
(SFC, 5/12/96, p.A-1)(AP, 5/11/97)(SFC, 7/14/99,
p.A1)(SFC, 12/7/99, p.A3) (SFC, 8/15/00, p.3)(SFC, 11/1/01, p.C2)
1996 May 11, In Pomona,
California, police officer Daniel Fraembs was shot and killed on
South Humane Way.
(SFC, 5/12/96, p.C-7)
1996 May 11, Mountain climber
Beck Weathers went unconscious atop Mt. Everest and was given up by
rescuers. He awoke and managed to climb down to base camp.
(SFC, 5/27/96, p.A3)
1997 May 11, The "Deep Blue"
IBM computer demolished an overwhelmed Garry Kasparov and won the
six-game chess match between man and machine in New York.
1997 May 11, In South Africa
some 8,000 people filed for amnesty to meet the deadline of the
commission for the investigation of apartheid-era crimes.
(WSJ, 5/12/97, p.A1)
1998 May 11, Attorney General
Janet Reno requested an independent counsel to investigate Labor
Secretary Alexis Herman for alleged influence-peddling and
solicitation of illegal campaign contributions. Herman was later
1998 May 11, SBC Communications
Inc. announced that it would acquire Ameritech Corp. in a stock
merger valued at some $60 billion in stock.
(SFC, 5/11/98, p.A1)
1998 May 11, Re: the Congo a
new study reported that James Kabari, Pres. Kabila’s chief of staff,
supervised a special Rwandan military unit that killed 2,000 Hutus
in 1997 in the Congolese town of Mbandaka with Kabila’s knowledge.
(SFC, 5/11/98, p.A8)
1998 May 11, A French mint
produced the first coins of Europe's single currency, the euro.
1998 May 11, India set off the
1st of 3 underground atomic blasts in the Thar Desert in Rajasthan
near the Pakistan border, its first nuclear tests in 24 years. Abdul
Kalam led the teams of scientists who developed missiles designed
for India’s atomic warheads.
(WSJ, 5/12/98, p.A1)(AP, 5/11/99)(WSJ, 7/15/02,
p.A1)(Econ, 12/16/06, p.42)
1998 May 11, Mexico expelled 40
Italian human-rights activists, labeled as professional
provocateurs, who spent 9 days in Chiapas and banned them from
(WSJ, 5/12/98, p.A1)
1998 May 11, In the Philippines
elections for a new president were held. Joseph Ejercito Estrada, a
former actor, led the polls. He was opposed by business groups and
the Catholic Church. Estrada was declared the winner on May 29.
(SFC, 5/11/98, p.A1)(WSJ, 5/12/98, p.A1)(SFC,
1999 May 11, Stung by an
espionage scandal, Energy Secretary Bill Richardson said he would
halt the Clinton administration's aggressive declassification of
Cold War-era nuclear documents.
1999 May 11, The solar wind
from the sun died away almost completely for 24 hrs and allowed the
Earth's magnetic field to stretch out to the moon.
(SFC, 12/14/99, p.A6)
1999 May 11, In Beijing,
protests outside the US Embassy over NATO's bombing of the Chinese
Embassy in Belgrade eased after state-run television aired US and
NATO apologies for the attack.
1999 May 11, NATO bombings
continued in Serbia with strikes against radio and TV towers, oil
storage tanks, bridges and army barracks.
(SFC, 5/12/99, p.A7)
1999 May 11, US and British
warplanes bombed air defense targets in northern and southern Iraq
after they were targeted by radar.
(SFC, 5/12/99, p.C10)
1999 May 11, In Congo a
government plane bombed rebel strongholds at Goma and Uvira and at
least 28 people were killed according to Gen'l. Celestin Ilunga.
(SFC, 5/12/99, p.C10)
1999 May 11, In Cuba 2
tornadoes killed 5 people.
(WSJ, 5/12/99, p.A1)
1999 May 11, Moroccan police
reported that at least 13 migrants drowned after smugglers told them
to jump and swim to the Spanish shore while still off the coast of
Morocco. 21 others were still missing.
(SFC, 5/12/99, p.C10)
1999 May 11, In Russia the
lower house set impeachment proceedings against Pres. Yeltsin to
begin the next day.
(SFC, 5/12/99, p.A8)
1999 May 11, In Uganda US
Ambassador Nancy Powell expressed regret in a decision to withdraw
Peace Corps volunteers from the country due to safety.
(SFC, 5/18/99, p.C12)
2000 May 11, Gov. Angus King
signed a bill that made Maine the 1st state to threaten the
pharmaceutical industry with price controls.
(SFC, 5/12/00, p.A9)
2000 May 11, Pope John Paul the
Second named Bishop Edward M. Egan of Bridgeport, Connecticut, the
new head of the New York archdiocese, succeeding the late Cardinal
2000 May 11, At Los Alamos
25,000 people were evacuated and the fire destroyed at least 150-260
homes. Flames scorched parts of the nuclear weapons facility.
(SFC, 5/12/00, p.A1)(WSJ, 5/12/00, p.A1)
2000 May 11, Chechen rebels
ambushed a Russian troop convoy west of Chechnya and killed 18
(SFC, 5/12/00, p.D3)
2000 May 11, In Japan the Aum
Shinri Kyo cult, renamed Aleph, agreed to pay $37.4 million in
compensation to victims of the 1995 gas attack in Tokyo.
(SFC, 5/12/00, p.D2)
2000 May 11, Mexico reached a
free-trade agreement with Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras.
(SFC, 5/12/00, p.D2)
2000 May 11, In Russia masked
police raided the offices of Media Most, the country’s largest
private media company and outspoken critic of Pres. Putin.
(WSJ, 5/12/00, p.A1)
2001 May 11, Attorney General
John Ashcroft delayed Timothy McVeigh’s execution from May 16 to
June 11 due to documents that the FBI had failed to turn over to the
(BS, 5/12/01, p.1A)(AP, 5/11/02)
2001 May 11, An FDA advisory
panel ruled that the allergy medications, Claritin, Allegra and
Zyrtec, are safe enough for sale without prescriptions.
(BS, 5/12/01, p.A1)
2001 May 11, Texas Gov. Rick
Perry signed the James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Act.
(SFC, 5/12/01, p.A3)
2001 May 11, A jury in
Pittsburgh sentenced Richard Baumhammers to death for killing five
people in a racially motivated shooting rampage.
2001 May 11, Douglas Adams
(b.1952), English author of "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy,"
died in Santa Barbara, Calif. He was buried at London’s Highgate
(AP, 5/11/02)(AP, 9/29/09)
2001 May 11, In Colombia an
army offensive against FARC began in 7 states. After 3 days of
fighting 41 rebels and 3 soldiers were dead.
(SFC, 5/14/01, p.A12)
2001 May 11, Denise Quinones
August of Puerto Rico won the Miss Universe contest held in Bayamon,
(SFC, 5/12/01, p.A2)(AP, 5/11/02)
2001 May 11, Cairo authorities
arrested 52 males aboard a riverboat restaurant for homosexual
activities. 23 of the men were later convicted and sentenced to
prison terms of one to five years for immoral behavior and contempt
(SFC, 9/19/01, p.B4)(SSFC, 11/2/14, p.A3)
2001 May 11, In Gaza Israeli
bulldozers flattened a police station and 5 homes. Tanks fired at
the Jabaliya refugee camp. Surface to air missiles hit downtown Gaza
(BS, 5/12/01, p.9A)(SFC, 5/11/01, p.A16)
2001 May 11, It was reported
that a new Salvadoran government report documented brutal conditions
in its maquiladora factories. The report was suppressed but one copy
made it to the National Labor Committee.
(SFC, 5/11/01, p.A16)
2002 May 11, It was reported
that a dead orca whale found off the Washington state coast
contained toxic PCBs so high that test equipment needed to be
recalibrated. Levels were measured at 1,000 parts-per-million.
(SFC, 5/11/02, p.A5)
2002 May 11, Joseph Bonanno
(97), former Mafia boss known as "Joe Bananas," died in Tucson, Az.
His autobiography was titled “A Man of Honor."
(SSFC, 5/12/02, p.A23)(AP, 5/11/03)
2002 May 11, In Tel Aviv,
Israel, some 50,000 protested for peace. A military attack on Gaza
was put on hold. Israel pulled out of the West Bank town of
Tulkarem, leaving Palestinian-run territories free of Israeli troops
for the first time in six weeks.
(SSFC, 5/12/02, p.A10)(AP, 5/11/03)
2002 May 11, In Japan a cow
tested positive for mad cow disease for the 1st time since last
(SFC, 5/15/02, p.A13)
2003 May 11, The United States
declared Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein's Baath Party dead.
2003 May 11, The Burundi army
killed 23 Hutu rebels during fighting in central Burundi, but the
insurgents claimed the dead were civilians.
2003 May 11, Anson Carter
scored at 13:49 of overtime to give Canada a 3-2 victory over Sweden
and win its first world ice hockey championship since 1997.
2003 May 11, In Lithuania's
2-day referendum to join the European Union 91 percent voted in
favor of joining, while 9 percent voted "no." Election officials
said more 64 percent of the nation's 2.7 million registered voters
cast ballots over two days of voting this weekend. The country will
become the first former Soviet republic to vote itself into the EU
(AP, 5/11/03)(AP, 5/12/03)
2003 May 11, Montenegro held
its 3rd presidential election in six months and former prime
minister Filip Vujanovic, who favors independence from Serbia, won a
landslide victory. He promised to hold a referendum in 3 years on
whether to split with Serbia.
(AP, 5/11/03)(AP, 5/12/03)(WSJ, 5/13/03, p.A1)
2003 May 11, A Palestinian
gunmen killed an Israeli motorist in the West Bank and Israeli
troops raided a Palestinian town. Palestinian leaders put
aside reservations to parts of the US-developed plan for peace and
PM Mahmoud Abbas said Israel was ready to get started on it.
2004 May 11, The Bush
administration ordered economic sanctions against Syria for
supporting terrorism. Food and medicine were excepted.
(SFC, 5/12/04, p.A3)
2004 May 11, NBA star Kobe
Bryant pleaded not guilty in a Colorado court to a rape charge.
Prosecutors later dropped the case.
2004 May 11, Oil for June
delivery rose to 40.06 per barrel, the highest price in 13 years.
(SFC, 5/12/04, p.A1)
2004 May 11, A video, posted on
an al-Qaida-linked Web site, showed the beheading of Nick Berg, an
American civilian in Iraq. The execution was carried out to avenge
abuses of Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib prison. Abu Musab
al-Zarqawi, aka Ahmad Fadhil al Khalayeh, was later identified as
the beheader. Nick Berg (26) was from West Chester, Pa.
(AP, 5/11/04)(SFC, 5/12/04, p.A1)(SFC, 5/14/04,
p.A13)(ST, 5/14/04, p.A17)
2004 May 11, Taliban guerrillas
killed two Afghan soldiers on a U.S.-funded highway in a troubled
southeastern province where American troops continue to arrest
2004 May 11, Brazil decided to
expel American journalist Larry Rohter, who had just published a
story on Pres. Lula’s drinking.
(Econ, 5/15/04, p.36)
2004 May 11, The Int’l. Justice
Mission, a US-based evangelical Christian organization, was reported
to be active in battling the child-sex trade in Cambodia. The group,
founded in 1997 by Gary Haugen, was operating with $1.7 million in
(SFC, 5/11/04, p.A1)
2004 May 11, Cuba’s dollar-only
stores “closed for inventory." Cuba blamed new US measures aimed at
squeezing the island’s economy.
(SFC, 5/12/04, p.A9)
2004 May 11, India's stock
market suffered its deepest plunge in four years due to fears the
government's liberal economic policies might falter if the prime
minister's ruling alliance fails to get a majority in Parliament, as
predicted by exit polls.
2004 May 11, Hamas militants
triumphantly displayed remains of some of the six Israeli soldiers
killed in a roadside bombing in Gaza City, prompting Israeli threats
of punishing reprisals if body parts are not returned. 8
Palestinians were killed and 123 wounded in a battle that pitted
hundreds of gunmen against Israeli troops.
2004 May 11, A bomb in a
crowded market in Kirkuk killed 4 Iraqis and wounded 3.
(WSJ, 5/18/04, p.A3)
2004 May 11, In Nigeria angry
young Muslim men attacked "nonbelievers" with machetes in Kano,
while others burned cars, stores and apartments in apparent revenge
for last week's killings of hundreds of Muslims by a Christian
2004 May 11, In Pakistan Shabaz
Shariff, the brother of deposed PM Nawaz Sharif, was deported to
Saudi Arabia 90 minutes after landing in Lahore.
(SFC, 5/12/04, p.A9)
2004 May 11, In Scotland an
explosion destroyed part of a plastics factory in Glasgow. 7 people
were killed and 44 injured. 2 remained missing.
(AP, 5/11/04)(AP, 5/12/04)
2005 May 11, The US Real ID Act
of 2005 was signed into law. It was Division B of an act of the
United States Congress entitled Emergency Supplemental
Appropriations Act for Defense, the Global War on Terror, and
Tsunami Relief, 2005.
2005 May 11, In Afghanistan
demonstrators angry over the alleged desecration of the Quran at
Guantanamo Bay smashed car and shop windows and stoned a passing
convoy of US soldiers. Police opened fire on the protesters, killing
four and injuring at least 71, as protests spread over the Newsweek.
Newsweek later apologized for what it termed errors in the article.
(AP, 5/11/05)(AP, 5/12/06)
2005 May 11, Actor Macaulay
Culkin took the stand at Michael Jackson's trial to denounce the
molestation allegations against the pop star as "absolutely
2005 May 11, Lawmakers in
Austria and neighboring Slovakia voted overwhelmingly to ratify the
new European constitution, giving much-needed support to the charter
intended to strengthen the 25-member European Union.
2005 May 11, In northeastern
China a gas explosion at a coal mine killed nine miners.
2005 May 11, The European Union
parliament voted to abolish loopholes that give member states,
especially Britain, a way around the bloc's 48-hour maximum
2005 May 11, French police
swooped down by helicopter to the luxury Riviera villa of
self-exiled Russian tycoon Boris Berezovsky, seizing documents and
2005 May 11, India and Pakistan
agreed to start a bus service between the cities of Lahore and
Amritsar, and share information on fishermen in each other's
2005 May 11, In the Indian
portion of Kashmir a series of rebel bomb attacks and gunfights with
security forces left at least 13 people dead and dozens injured.
2005 May 11, In Hawija, Iraq, a
man with explosives strapped to his body killed at least 30 people
at a recruitment center. A wave of explosions and gunfire across
Iraq killed at least 39 more people.
2005 May 11, In western Iraq 4
Marines were killed when their troop transporter was struck by a
bomb near Karabilah, a village close to the Syrian border, during
2005 May 11, A Katyusha rocket
fired from Lebanon landed in the northern Israeli town of Shlomi
heavily damaging a factory and drawing an Israeli threat of
2005 May 11, Qatar's first hard
look at its own human rights shortcomings produced a catalogue of
abuses that include prolonged detentions, mistreatment of foreign
workers and the use of children as jockeys in camel races.
2005 May 11, In Sudan's
conflict ridden Darfur region 2 main rebel groups signed a
declaration pledging to adhere to a cease-fire and help facilitate
the flow of humanitarian relief aid.
2006 May 11, Pres. Bush,
responding to reports that the National Security Agency has
collected telephone records of tens of millions of Americans, said
authorities are not mining or trolling through the personal lives of
ordinary Americans and that government efforts are focused on
(SFC, 5/12/06, p.A1)(WSJ, 5/12/06, p.A1)
2006 May 11, The US FDA
approved the drug Chantix. It was developed by Pfizer to help
smokers kick their habit. By mid-2009 the FDA had received reports
of almost 100 suicides related to its use. Clinical trials had
failed to test the product on people with mental illness.
2006 May 11, The Philadelphia
City Council unanimously approved a plan to blanket the city's 135
square miles with a high-speed wireless Internet connection, a
measure the mayor is expected to sign soon.
2006 May 11, In SF 2 officials
of the defunct Pacific Cement company, including founder Ricardo
Ramirez, were arraigned on felony and grand theft charges for using
inferior concrete on Bay Area projects from 2001-2005. In 2008
Ramirez pleaded guilty to a single environmental count. He was
expected to serve a year of home detention and pay $427,000 in fines
(SFC, 5/12/06, p.A1)(SSFC, 7/9/06, p.A10)(SSFC,
2006 May 11, A priest was
convicted in Toledo, Ohio, of murdering a nun; the Rev. Gerald
Robinson was immediately sentenced to 15 years to life in prison for
the 1980 death of Sister Margaret Ann Pahl.
2006 May 11, In Kingston,
Tenn., deputy Bill Jones and a friend were shot and killed as they
served felony warrants alleging aggravated assault. Jones was shot
33 times by two brothers at a rural farmhouse. Leon Houston (47) and
his brother, Rocky Houston (46), were accused of shooting Jones and
Mike Brown. Court records show the brothers had filed at least 15
federal lawsuits since 1991 against federal and state judges, police
officers, clerks, attorneys and companies. Each petition claimed
their civil rights were violated while trying to expose government
fraud. All were dismissed.
2006 May 11, Environmentalists
and authorities said about 100 oil-coated penguins have turned up
dead in recent weeks off the coast of Argentina, most in a nature
reserve near the frigid southernmost tip of Patagonia. The source of
the oil was not known.
2006 May 11, Floyd Patterson
(71), former heavyweight champion died in New Paltz, N.Y.
2006 May 11, In Australia the
local assembly of the Australian Capital Territory (ACT), which
encompasses the national capital Canberra, adopted controversial
legislation in a late night vote providing for civil unions between
same-sex couples, the first such law in Australia.
2006 May 11, Bangladesh PM
Khaleda Zia reaffirmed her government's determination to crack down
on Islamic militants who have killed at least 28 people in the past
2006 May 11, In Antwerp,
Belgium, a gunman (18) shot and wounded a woman of Turkish descent,
then he turned his rifle on a black woman from Mali and the
2-year-old white girl in her care, killing both. In 2007 Hans Van
Themsche was sentenced to life in prison for the killings.
(AP, 5/12/06)(AP, 10/11/07)
2006 May 11, Thousands of
Egyptian riot police beat pro-democracy activists in Cairo, chasing
and dragging them through the streets to break up a demonstration in
support of judges who blew the whistle on election fraud.
2006 May 11, The EU and Latin
America opened a three-day summit in Vienna with over 60 national
leaders attending, including Venezuela's fiery, often
anti-Washington President Hugo Chavez. Bolivian President Evo
Morales said that foreign oil companies would not be compensated for
oil and gas resources that have been nationalized, and European
Union president Austria called for explanations.
2006 May 11, Indian communists
swept to power in two of five state assembly elections. Sonia
Gandhi, the chief of the ruling Congress party, easily won a
2006 May 11, Iran's president
said he was ready to negotiate with the United States and its allies
over his country's nuclear program but he also suggested that any
threats against Tehran would make the dialogue more difficult.
2006 May 11, In Iraq 2 US
soldiers were killed near Batrah when their vehicle was hit by a
roadside bomb. Another soldier died in a similar bombing near Zaybaq
in a separate attack. 4 US Marines drowned when their tank rolled
off a bridge and plunged into a canal, adding that while the
accident occurred in a Sunni insurgent stronghold, it was not the
result of an enemy action. Officials said a reporter, who worked for
a pro-Sunni Iraqi television station, had been gunned down in
Baghdad last week, making him at least the fourth media worker
killed in Iraq this month.
(AFP, 5/11/06)(AP, 5/12/06)
2006 May 11, In Nepal Matrika
Yadhav and Suresh Ale Magar, 2 top rebel Maoist leaders, walked free
from jail after the new government dropped murder charges against
them, marking the administration's first major release of militants.
2006 May 11, In Nigeria gunmen
kidnapped at least two foreign oil workers from a bus in the
southern city of Port Harcourt.
2006 May 11, The UN’s World
Food Program said it has reached agreement with North Korea to
resume food aid to the hunger-stricken country, but the operation
will be smaller than it was before its suspension in December.
2006 May 11, In southwestern
Pakistan 5 bombs ripped through a firing range at a police training
school, killing six members of an anti-terrorism unit and wounding
2006 May 11, In Somalia
fighters loyal to secular warlords and Islamic extremists fired
artillery and mortars at each other Mogadishu as hundreds of
families fled violence that has killed at least 122 people over five
2006 May 11, Officials in
Suriname said floods caused by days of rain have killed three people
and left up to 22,000 others homeless along riverbanks of the remote
2006 May 11, Tamil Tiger rebels
sank two Sri Lankan navy gunboats in sea battles and attacked a
ferry transporting 700 soldiers. The military hit back with air
strikes. At least 50 rebels were killed and 17 Sri Lankan sailors
(AFP, 5/11/06)(WSJ, 5/12/06, p.A1)
2007 May 11, Speaking aboard
the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis in the Persian Gulf, Vice
President Dick Cheney warned Iran that the US and its allies would
keep it from restricting sea traffic as well as from developing
2007 May 11, In California
firefighters struggled to protect Avalon, Catalina island's main
city, from a wildfire that forced hundreds of residents to flee on
ferries as ash rained down like snow.
2007 May 11, In California the
high school graduation rate fell to 67%, a 10-year low, as the exit
exam for basic skills was required for the first time.
(SFC, 5/12/07, p.A1)
2007 May 11, Austrian
authorities said they have arrested 40 suspects and seized thousands
of videos, CDs and DVDs as part of a yearlong crackdown on child
pornography. Police in Italy made two arrests in connection with the
investigation, which was code-named Operation Max. The server was
located in St. Petersburg, Russia, and since has been shut down.
2007 May 11, In Sao Paulo Pope
Benedict XVI canonized Antonio de Sant'Anna Galvao (d.1822), an
18th-century Franciscan monk, as Brazil's first native-born saint.
Friar Galvao began a tradition among Brazilian Catholics of handing
out tiny rice-paper pills, inscribed with a Latin prayer, to people
seeking cures for all manner of ailments.
2007 May 11, Gordon Brown
launched his campaign to become Britain's next prime minister,
pledging to learn from the mistakes of the Iraq war. Tony Blair has
formally endorsed Gordon Brown to be prime minister.
2007 May 11, British private
equity group Terra Firma swooped into the aviation sector to become
the world's third-biggest aircraft leasing operator, snapping up US
firm Pegasus for 5.2 billion dollars.
2007 May 11-2007 May 12, Local
militia allied to Rwandan Hutu rebels killed four Congolese soldiers
during clashes in a volatile eastern region of the Democratic
Republic of Congo.
2007 May 11, Germany’s
steelmaker ThyssenKrupp AG said it will build a new $4.19 billion
steel plant in Alabama. Deutsche Telekom employees began an
open-ended strike in protest at restructuring measures at Europe's
biggest telecoms operator.
(AP, 5/11/07)(AFP, 5/11/07)
2007 May 11, Authorities in
Georgia's breakaway region of South Ossetia launched a blockade of
all ethnic Georgian villages in the province and demanded that the
central government withdraw its police troops from the settlements.
2007 May 11, In Guinea soldiers
demanding pay raises spread their revolt from Conakry, seizing
control of many provincial towns, going on looting sprees and
killing at least two people in the second day of an uprising in the
West African nation.
2007 May 11, In India's most
populous state of Uttar Pradesh, a party dominated by the lowest
caste (dalits) scored a surprise win in elections, while the
country's ruling and main opposition parties both lost ground. In
eastern India a bus plunged nearly 30 feet into a riverbed, killing
at least 20 people and injuring 12. Three Indian officials working
for a South Korean steel company were taken hostage by activists who
contend that the company's plan to build a plant in eastern India
would displace thousands of people.
(Reuters, 5/11/07)(AP, 5/11/07)(AP,
5/12/07)(Econ, 5/26/07, p.41)
2007 May 11-2007 May 12, At
least 31 people died as a storm hammered northern India. All the
deaths were reported from the worst-hit state of Uttar Pradesh.
2007 May 11, Iran detained Kian
Tajbakhsh (45), an Iranian-American working for the George Soros
Open Society Institute.
(SFC, 5/24/07, p.A12)
2007 May 11, Iraq's Kurdish
president said his country may need American troops for one or two
more years. US-led forces targeting car bombing networks across Iraq
killed four suspected insurgents and detained nine others in a
series of raids. Two suicide car bombers struck police checkpoints
near bridges in a predominantly Shiite area of Baghdad, killing at
least 12 people. Near Iskandariyah US snipers killed Genei Nasir
al-Janabi in an effort to hide their presence. On June 30 Staff Sgt.
Michael A. Hensley from Candler, N.C., and Spc. Jorge G. Sandoval
from Laredo, Texas, were charged with the premeditated murder of
three Iraqis. A 3rd soldier Sgt. Evan Vela, of Phoenix, Idaho, was
similarly charged the next day. In 2008 Sgt. Vela was found guilty
on all charges.
(AP, 5/11/07)(AP, 7/3/07)(AP, 2/10/08)
2007 May 11, Only around half
of 45 oil exploration blocks Nigeria put up for auction attracted
bids, with foreigners wary of political uncertainty ahead of a
2007 May 11, North and South
Korea adopted a military agreement enabling the first train crossing
of their heavily armed border in more than half a century.
2007 May 11, Poland's highest
court struck down the key provisions of a new law requiring that up
to 700,000 Poles with public service jobs be screened for past
collaboration with the communist-era secret police.
2007 May 11, Malietoa
Tanumafili II, head of state of Samoa, died at age 94-95.
(Econ, 5/26/07, p.101)
2007 May 11, In southern
Thailand separatist militants killed two policemen in a raid on a
security checkpost, attacking it with guns and grenades before
setting it ablaze with the victims inside.
2007 May 11, Zimbabwe won
approval, in a vote of 26-21 with three abstentions, to lead the
important UN Commission on Sustainable Development despite protests
from the US, European nations and human rights organizations.
African members nominated Francis Nhema, Zimbabwe's minister of
environment and tourism, for the post.
(AP, 5/12/07)(Econ, 5/19/07, p.49)
2008 May 11, In Santa Rosa,
Ca., the body of Patricia Barrales (25) was found by her mother in a
closet buried under toys in a toy chest. She had been stabbed 68
times. In Dec, 2009, Honorio Pantaleon (32) was convicted of the
murder of the mother of his 2 children.
(SFC, 12/19/09, p.C2)
2008 May 11, Rights groups and
local lawmakers about 300 Taliban suspects have been on a hunger
strike in Afghanistan's southern Kandahar prison for a week
demanding fair trials.
2008 May 11, In Algeria 6
government troops died in an ambush allegedly by armed members of
the Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat (GSPC) as the soldiers
were in a truck patrolling Medea province.
2008 May 11, China PM Wen
Jiabao launched Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (CACC), in
an effort to challenge the duopoly of Airbus and Boeing.
(Econ, 5/17/08, p.82)
2008 May 11, In India suspected
rebels lined up and fatally shot eight railroad workers in the
insurgency-wracked northeastern region of Assam.
2008 May 11, Indian forces and
suspected Islamic militants clashed in two separate incidents in
Indian-controlled Kashmir, killing six people, including two
civilians and a news photographer.
2008 May 11, A Quran, with 14
bullet holes and graffiti marked on its paged, was found by Iraqis
near a former base outside the town of Radwaniyah, west of Baghdad.
An American sniper had used a Quran for target practice. On May 17
an apology was made by the US military. The unidentified soldier was
disciplined and removed from Iraq.
2008 May 11, In Lebanon heavy
fighting broke out between supporters of the Western-backed
government and opposition followers in the central mountains
overlooking the capital. Paramedics said at least 11 people were
killed in fighting in the mountains overlooking Beirut.
(AP, 5/11/08)(AP, 5/12/08)
2008 May 11, In Mexico
thousands of white-clad people marched silently to protest a surge
of drug-related violence in Ciudad Juarez, where the No. 2 police
officer was shot dead.
2008 May 11, In Myanmar a Red
Cross boat carrying rice and drinking water for cyclone victims
sank, while the death toll jumped to more than 28,000 and aid groups
warned of a humanitarian catastrophe.
2008 May 11, In Nepal police
detained more than 600 female Tibetan protesters, including many
Buddhist nuns, after breaking up several demonstrations against
China's recent crackdown in Tibet.
2008 May 11, In southern
Nigeria unknown gunmen raided a police station in the oil-rich state
of Bayelsa killing two police officers. The gunmen also stole arms
and ammunition during the attack at Okiki in Ogbia area of the
2008 May 11, A member of the
militant group Hamas was killed in an explosion along Gaza's fence
2008 May 11, A divided Serbia
voted in a parliamentary election that gave its people the stark
choice of entering or rebuffing the EU after the trauma of losing
Kosovo. Voting went ahead in Kosovo despite opposition from the UN
and Kosovo Albanians, who see the polls as an illegal attempt by
Serbia to partition the breakaway territory. Boris Tadic claimed
victory saying his bloc had won 39% of the vote.
(AP, 5/11/08)(SFC, 5/12/08, p.A9)
2008 May 11, Sri Lanka's ruling
coalition was declared the winner of key elections in the east of
the island, and hailed its victory as a major boost for the war
against Tamil rebels.
2008 May 11, Sudan severed
diplomatic ties with Chad, accusing its neighbor of backing a first
ever Darfur rebel assault on Khartoum, and partly lifted a curfew
amid its clampdown on remaining rebels.
2009 May 11, US Defense
Secretary Robert Gates replaced General David McKiernan as the
commander of the Afghanistan war, saying the Obama administration
needs "fresh thinking" to turn around the war against a resurgent
Taliban. Lt. Gen. Stanley McChrystal was named to replace McKiernan.
2009 May 11, US District Judge
Samuel Kent was sentenced to 3 years in prison for lying to
investigators about sexually abusing 2 female employees at his
Galveston, Texas, courthouse. Kent had pleaded guilty to obstruction
of justice as his trial was about to start in February. This was the
first sex abuse case ever against a sitting federal judge.
(SFC, 5/12/09, p.A5)
2009 May 11, The space shuttle
Atlantis and 7 astronauts blasted off from Cape Canaveral on a
mission to repair the Hubble telescope.
(SFC, 5/12/09, p.A6)
2009 May 11, The price of a US
first-class stamp rose 2 cents to 44 cents.
(SFC, 5/11/09, p.A3)
2009 May 11, Insurer American
International Group Inc. said it is selling its Japanese
headquarters to Nippon Life Insurance Co. for $1.2 billion in cash.
2009 May 11, Confirmed cases of
H1N1 swine flu in the US climbed to more than 2,500, surpassing
Mexico as the country most affected by the outbreak.
2009 May 11, In Oakland,
California, Ivarene Lett (97) was found beaten to death inside her
6th story Van Buren Tower apartment near lake Merritt.
(SFC, 5/13/09, p.A1)
2009 May 11, The US military
accused militants in Afghanistan of using white phosphorus munitions
in attacks on American forces and in civilian areas, saying it has
documented at least 44 incidents of insurgents using or storing the
weapons. Doctors began investigating whether dozens of girls were
poisoned at a high school in northern Afghanistan after 61 girls
went to the hospital because of sudden illness.
2009 May 11, Australia’s armed
forces chief announced that Australia will formally end its military
mission in Iraq at the end of July, bringing the country's
involvement in one war to a close even as it prepares to send more
troops to Afghanistan.
2009 May 11, Bolivia demanded
that Peru hand over three former government ministers charged with
genocide in the 2003 killing of dozens of protesters. President Evo
Morales called asylum an "open provocation of the Bolivian people."
2009 May 11, British PM Gordon
Brown and the leader of the country's main opposition party
apologized over lawmakers' excessive expenses claims, pledging to
overhaul the allowance system and win back public trust.
2009 May 11, Colombian
authorities arrested a senator closely allied with President Alvaro
Uribe for alleged collusion with illegal far-right militias. Sen.
Zulema Jattin (39) had been under Supreme Court investigation for
allegedly benefitting politically from ties with militia boss
Rodrigo Tovar. Jattin called her arrest a "kidnapping" by the
2009 May 11, Georgia's
pro-Western president and four of his fiercest opponents failed to
agree on a way to resolve the country's political crisis, a
negotiator said, promising continued street demonstrations to demand
2009 May 11, In Iran an appeals
court reduced the jail term of Roxana Saberi (32), dual
Iranian-American citizen, to a two-year suspended sentence. She
planned to return home to Fargo, North Dakota.
2009 May 11, In Iraq Brig. Gen.
Abdul-Hussein al-Kadhoumi, a high ranking traffic police officer,
was fatally shot in central Baghdad. Sgt. John M. Russell (44), who
had served previously in Iraq, fatally shot five fellow soldiers at
a US military counseling clinic at the Camp Liberty base near the
Baghdad Int’l. Airport. Russell was charged with murder and
aggravated assault. A 325-page report on Russell was released on Oct
16. It painted a picture of a soldier on his third deployment who
began to show obvious signs of unraveling nearly two weeks before
the shootings at the clinic. In 2013 Russell found guilty of
(AP, 5/11/09)(AP, 5/12/09)(AP, 10/20/09)(SFC,
2009 May 11, Israeli PM
Benjamin Netanyahu was in Egypt for talks seen aimed at showing he
can be a true Middle East peace partner before he heads to the White
House on May 18. Progress in peace negotiations must come before
Arab recognition of Israel, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak said in
an interview with Israel TV.
(Reuters, 5/11/09)(AP, 5/12/09)
2009 May 11, Pope Benedict XVI
confronted the dark history of his native Germany on the first day
of his visit to Israel, shaking the hands of six Holocaust survivors
and saying victims of the genocide "lost their lives but they will
never lose their names." He also called for the establishment of an
independent Palestinian homeland, a stance that could put him at
odds with his hosts on a trip aimed at improving ties between the
Vatican and Jews.
2009 May 11, Ichiro Ozawa, head
of Japan’s opposition DPJ, resigned following a fund raising scandal
involving his main political aide.
(Econ, 5/30/09, p.42)
2009 May 11, A Libyan newspaper
reported that Ali Mohamed Abdelaziz al Fakhiri (46), also known as
Ibn Sheikh al-Libi, has killed himself in his Libyan jail cell. His
fabricated testimony about al Qaeda was used by the United States to
justify its 2003 invasion of Iraq. Captured by US-led forces in
Pakistan in the weeks after the September 11, 2001 attacks, Fakhiri
later made up a story about links between al Qaeda and Iraq to avoid
torture while in the custody of Egypt, according to a 2006 US Senate
Intelligence Committee report. Fakhiri was extradited by the US to
Libya in 2006, when Tripoli authorities sentenced him to life
imprisonment. Al Qaeda's deputy leader Ayman al-Zawahri later
accused Libya of torturing to death al Fakhiri.
(Reuters, 5/11/09)(Reuters, 10/4/09)
2009 May 11, Most of Mexico's
primary schools and kindergartens welcomed back millions of students
after a nationwide shutdown ordered to help put a brake on the
spread of swine flu.
2009 May 11, In the Netherlands
thieves pried open the emergency door of the IJsselstein City Museum
near Utrecht. They made off with six 17th- and 19th-century
landscape paintings, the second major art heist in 10 days in the
2009 May 11, Pakistani
warplanes bombed suspected militant positions in a stronghold close
to the capital, pressing ahead with a fierce offensive that has
driven hundreds of thousands from their homes, many into crowded
refugee camps. 52 Islamist fighters were reported killed. The
government claimed 700 insurgents had died over the last 4 days and
that the Taliban were on the run.
(AP, 5/11/09)(SFC, 5/12/09, p.A2)
2009 May 11, In Sudan armed men
on camel and horseback shot dead three Sudanese policemen in an
ambush in the war-ravaged western region of Darfur.
2009 May 11, The UN condemned a
"bloodbath" in Sri Lanka's northern war zone after two days of
shelling that a government doctor said killed as many as 1,000
ethnic Tamil civilians, including 106 children.
2010 May 11, The Obama
administration announced a shift in national drug policy that would
treat illegal drug use more as a public health issue.
(SFC, 5/12/10, p.A4)
2010 May 11, The Obama
administration announced plans to reorganize the Mineral Management
Services, the federal Interior Dept. agency that regulates offshore
(SFC, 5/12/10, p.A4)
2010 May 11, Arizona Gov. Jan
Brewer signed a bill targeting a school district's ethnic studies
program, hours after a report by United Nations human rights experts
condemned the measure. The measure prohibits classes that advocate
ethnic solidarity, that are designed primarily for students of a
particular race or that promote resentment toward a certain ethnic
group. State schools chief Tom Horne, who has pushed the bill for
years, said he believes the Tucson school district's
Mexican-American studies program teaches Latino students that they
are oppressed by white people.
2010 May 11, In Richmond, Ca.,
city officials signed an agreement with Chevron Corp., which
operates the Richmond refinery, to provide the city $114 million
over the next 15 years.
(SFC, 5/14/10, p.C1)
2010 May 11, Afghanistan's
government, facing international pressure to wipe out corruption,
said it had dissolved 152 Afghan and 20 international aid
organizations, some for misconduct. A bomb attack killed two US
service members in southern Afghanistan. In northern Kunduz province
about 50 students at a girls' school were hospitalized after losing
consciousness or vomiting in what the top local health official
called a suspected poison gas attack. 4 teachers and 9 students were
hospitalized after a bomb went off underneath a stairwell at a boys'
school in the Smalhail district of eastern Khost province. In the
Mizan district of southern Zabul province, a rocket fired in clashes
between allied and Taliban fighters hit a civilian home, killing two
girls and injuring a mother and son.
(AFP, 5/11/10)(AP, 5/11/10)(AP, 5/12/10)
2010 May 11, In Albania Endrit
Llambaj (19) stormed into a classroom in the southern town of
Elbasan with a handgun and ordered all the students out except
20-year-old Gerta Baja. 3 shots were fired and Baja was found dead
at her desk. Llambaj ran away from the school but fatally shot
himself a few hundred yards away as police chased him.
2010 May 11, The government of
Belize said it will stop sending appeals cases to the colonial-era
British Privy Council starting June 1. The Trinidad-based Caribbean
Court of Justice will hear all Belize court appeals filed after May
2010 May 11, Britain’s PM
Gordon Brown resigned ending 5 days of uncertainty after last week's
general election left the country with no clear winner. Queen
Elizabeth II named David Cameron (43) as the new prime minister.
(AP, 5/12/10)(AFP, 5/12/10)
2010 May 11, Egypt's government
called for a two-year extension of the country's controversial
emergency law but claimed its use would now be limited. Human rights
activists dismissed the changes and warned the law would continue to
be used to suppress dissent.
2010 May 11, Mohamed Ibrahim,
an Egyptian-American university botany professor teaching in the
United States, was arrested at Cairo airport after arriving on a
direct flight from New York carrying two pistols, 250 bullets, two
swords and 11 knives in his luggage.
2010 May 11, French lawmakers
unanimously passed a resolution, 434-0, asserting that face-covering
Muslim veils are contrary to the principles of liberty, equality and
(SFC, 5/12/10, p.A2)
2010 May 11, Indonesia's former
chief detective, Gen. Susno Duadji, who has recently exposed
corruption among government and police officials, was arrested on
allegations that he accepted a bribe in 2008.
2010 May 11, Iran said that
Brazil and Turkey have offered a promising new proposal for a
nuclear fuel deal as Tehran steps up a diplomatic push to stave off
new UN sanctions over its disputed nuclear program. Iran’s foreign
ministry spokesman said Iran's top nuclear negotiator, Saeed Jalili,
could hold talks with EU foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton in
Turkey. The Fars news agency reported that Iranian border guards
have arrested 9 Iraqi fishermen in Iranian waters in the Shatt
al-Arab waterway in recent days.
(AP, 5/11/10)(AFP, 5/11/10)
2010 May 11, Iran’s Fars news
agency reported that Iranian border guards have arrested 9 Iraqi
fishermen in Iranian waters in the Shatt al-Arab waterway in recent
2010 May 11, The Irish
government passed a law outlawing the sale of many “head shop"
products. Anyone caught selling cocaine, cannabis and ecstasy
substitutes would face up to life in prison and any caught in
possession would face up to 7 years in jail.
(SSFC, 5/16/10, p.A4)
2010 May 11, Israeli Foreign
Minister Avigdor Lieberman accused nuclear power North Korea of
supplying Syria with weapons of mass destruction.
2010 May 11, In Jamaica the
gunbattle began when unknown assailants shot at a patrol car in
Waterford, near the capital of Kingston. Bystander Josephine Brown
(45), the mother of 5 children, was hit and killed when police
2010 May 11, In Jordan John
Zinn (33), president and chief executive officer of South
Carolina-based Defense Venture Group, died. A top security official
said an investigation showed that Zinn was "highly intoxicated." He
was in Amman for a military exhibition. Security officials said he
fell to his death from the second floor of a deserted building in
Amman. Preliminary reports show no indication of foul play or
2010 May 11, Volcanic ash from
Iceland wound its way down to North Africa and curled over to
Turkey, forcing authorities to shut down Casablanca airport in
Morocco as well as airports in Spain and airspace over Turkey.
2010 May 11, In Kuwait writer
Mohammad Abdulqader al-Jassem (54) was detained on charges of
instigating to overthrow the regime. The next day he began a hunger
strike to protest the accusations. On Dec 15 Kuwait's appeals court
reduced to three months a one-year jail term given to al-Jassem for
allegedly slandering the prime minister.
2010 May 11, Nigerian Senator
Ahmed Sani Yerima (49), under fire over marrying a 13-year-old
Egyptian girl, justified his actions by saying he was following in
the footsteps of Islam's Prophet Mohammed, who had married a
nine-year-old girl, Aishatu.
2010 May 11, In Pakistan US
drone aircraft killed at least 24 suspected militants in two attacks
in North Waziristan, a major al Qaeda and Taliban sanctuary.
2010 May 11, In Puerto Rico
hundreds of police and federal agents raided a public housing
complex and arrested more than three dozen people allegedly involved
in selling an estimated $65 million worth of drugs.
2010 May 11, Russia's Pres.
Medvedev said that Israeli-Arab tensions threaten to draw the Middle
East into a new catastrophe, as he added Moscow's weight to a
diplomatic push to ease antagonism between Israel and Syria. While
in Syria, Medvedev unnerved Israel by paying a visit to Khaled
Meshaal, the exiled leader of the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas.
(AP, 5/11/10)(AP, 5/14/10)
2010 May 11, In Sweden a
maritime museum said a "giant herring" measuring 3.5 meters (11.4
feet) had been discovered off Sweden's western coast -- the first
such fish found in the Scandinavian country in more than 130 years.
2010 May 11, Thai
anti-government demonstrators insisted that they would continue
their two-month protest until the country's top leaders face
criminal charges for a violent crackdown on their rallies, rejecting
a government gesture of concession.
2011 May 11, The United States
designated Badruddin Haqqani, a North Waziristan-based leader of the
Al-Qaeda-linked Haqqani network, to a list of people sanctioned for
involvement or support of terrorist organizations.
2011 May 11, The United States
signed a deal with the Marshall Islands to continue using the key
missile testing range at Kwajalein Atoll through to 2066.
2011 May 11, Samuel Kioskli
(64), a former San Francisco ATM serviceman, was arrested during a
routine traffic stop in Phoenix, Arizona. On July 4, 2010, he stole
about 200,000 from six bank branches in SF and one in Daly City,
Ca., by replacing cash with counterfeit $20 bills.
(SFC, 5/27/11, p.C3)
2011 May 11, In NYC Ahmed
Ferhani (26), an American of Algerian descent, was arrested in a
sting operation after buying weapons and an inert hand grenade from
an undercover officer. He and Mohamed Mamdouh (20) were soon charged
with conspiracy for plotting to bomb a synagogue in Manhattan. On
March 15, 2013, Fehrani was sentenced to 10 years in prison.
(SFC, 5/13/11, p.A6)(SFC, 2/16/13, p.A6)
2011 May 11, In NYC hedge fund
founder Raj Rajaratnam was convicted on all counts of fraud and
conspiracy, in Wall Street's biggest insider trading trial for
2011 May 11, Snooky Young (92),
big band trumpeter, died in Newport Beach, Ca.
(SFC, 5/19/11, p.A6)
2011 May 11, Afghan police
engaged in fierce battles with about 100 Taliban fighters on
motorcycles who had attacked Abduraman village in northern Jawzjan
province. In an overnight firefight that raged intensely for two
hours, 17 insurgents and one villager were killed.
2011 May 11, In Australia
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was awarded the Sydney Peace
Foundation's top honor for "exceptional courage in pursuit of human
rights", joining the likes of Nelson Mandela and the Dalai Lama.
2011 May 11, Canadian
researchers reported an alarming combination: bedbugs carrying a
staph "superbug." Scientists detected drug-resistant staph bacteria
in bedbugs from three hospital patients from St. Paul's Hospital
located in a downtrodden Vancouver neighborhood.
2011 May 11, A new study
released by the American Journal of Public Health said 1,152 women
are raped every day in CongoDRC, a rate equal to 48 per hour.
2011 May 11, Denmark’s
government agreed to reintroduce custom checks at Danish borders.
(Econ, 5/14/11, p.68)
2011 May 11, Three top French
publishers said they were suing US Internet giant Google for
scanning thousands of their books for its online library without
2011 May 11, France canceled
all of Togo's debt, amounting to 101.1 million euros, in a bid to
encourage the West African nation to pursue economic reforms.
2011 May 11, The French
government imposed a moratorium on fracking, the blasting of
fissures in subterranean rock and pumping in water and sand to
extract shale gas.
(Econ, 6/25/11, p.79)
2011 May 11, The sculpture
"Leviathan" was unveiled at Paris's Grand Palais by Mumbai-born
British sculptor Anish Kapoor. It created an experience of being
swallowed by a whale.
2011 May 11, Haitian officials
reversed their findings on election results for all but four of 19
legislative races contested by the international community because
of concerns about possible fraud.
2011 May 18, Hong Kong’s new
Mercantile Exchange began trading a dollar-denominated futures
contract tied to the physical delivery of gold.
(Econ, 5/14/11, p.94)
2011 May 11, India said it had
lodged a complaint with the Australian government over swimwear
carrying the image of the Hindu goddess Lakshmi that has sparked
protests. Fashion house Lisa Blue promised to halt production
immediately and apologized for any offence the design may have
2011 May 11, Tokyo Electric
Power Co., which operates the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant, said it
accepted the government-set reorganization plan. TEPCO agreed to
drastic restructuring and cost-cutting in exchange for a government
plan to support the company in its obligations to compensate people
affected by the crisis. The government planned to inject about $62
billion into a fund to help TEPCO compensate victims.
(AP, 5/11/11)(Reuters, 5/11/11)
2011 May 11, In Libya rebels
took total control of the airport in southern Misrata after two days
of fighting that left five rebels killed and 105 injured. Five
French nationals were stopped at a police checkpoint in Benghazi in
the rebel-held east of Libya. 4 were released on May 21. A fifth
Frenchman, Pierre Marziali, was shot and wounded and later died in a
(AP, 5/11/11)(SFC, 5/12/11, p.A3)(Reuters,
2011 May 11, In Lithuania
Konstantin Mikhailov, a former member of a Soviet special police
unit, was found guilty of murder and was sentenced to life in prison
for his role in the killings of seven Lithuanian border guards on
July 31, 1991. Mikhailov was arrested in Latvia in 2007 and
extradited to Lithuania to stand trial. Several other members of the
unit are believed to have fled to Russia.
2011 May 11, In Mexico 15
people were shot dead in separate incidents in a single day in the
northern Mexican border state of Nuevo Leon. The Defense Ministry
meanwhile announced that troops had seized a record shipment of 194
kilos of heroine in the southeast Pacific coast state of Guerrero as
well as 127 kilos of opium poppy seeds and 57 grams of cocaine.
2011 May 11, Saudi Arabia said
three al-Qaida members have returned from abroad and turned
themselves in. Officials said four other al-Qaida operatives
surrendered to Saudi security after their leader, Osama bin Laden,
was killed in a US raid May 2 in Pakistan.
2011 May 11, In Spain a pair of
temblors, with magnitudes of 4.4 and 5.2, killed nine people and
caused extensive damage in Lorca.
2011 May 11, The Syrian army
shelled residential areas in Homs, the country's third-largest city,
sending people fleeing for cover in a sharp escalation in the
government's attempts to crush a popular revolt against President
Bashar Assad's autocratic rule. An official, who was not identified,
said two soldiers were killed and five wounded during
confrontations. Al-Jazeera said that Dorothy Parvaz, one of the
network's journalists with extensive connections in the US and
Canada, has been sent to Iran following her detention last month in
2011 May 11, Tunisian police
arrested a Libyan man in a car packed with Kalashnikov rifle
cartridges in the south of the country, 80 km (50 miles) from the
border with Libya. Authorities had also arrested a second man, an
Algerian, who was transporting grenades. It appeared the vehicles
were traveling from Libya.
2011 May 11, Turkey announced
plans to build two earthquake-resistant developments in the Istanbul
area to lure residents away from dangerous neighborhoods.
2011 May 11, In Istanbul 13
European countries signed a Council of Europe convention on
combating violence against women.
2011 May 11, Yemeni security
forces killed two protesters in Taiz and wounded dozens as mass
rallies demanding the ouster of President Ali Abdullah Saleh
paralyzed two major cities. Two others were killed in the town of
Dhamar and the city of Hudayda. In Sanaa at least 13 people were
killed and hundreds wounded as security forces and plainclothes
gunmen fired at protesters.
(Reuters, 5/11/11)(AP, 5/11/11)(AP, 5/12/11)(SFC,
2012 May 11, In San Diego, Ca.,
Clyde Thompson Jr. (51), the president of the local Black Sabbath
Motorcycle chapter, was killed in a drive-by shooting.
(SFC, 5/14/12, p.A5)
2012 May 11, The US Attorney in
Kansas announced racketeering and other charges against 23 members
of the Nortenos gang in Dodge City.
(SFC, 5/12/12, p.A5)
2012 May 11, In Kansas 3 recent
graduates of Oral Roberts Univ. and a former business instructor
were killed when their small Cessna airplane crashed near Chanute.
Hannah Luce (22) was reportedly pulled out of the burning aircraft
by a passenger, an Iraq war veteran, who later died from his
2012 May 11, Tennessee Governor
Bill Haslam's office confirmed that he had signed the controversial
"gateway sexual activity" bill, which stirred up controversy
nationwide and even was lampooned by comedian Stephen Colbert.
2012 May 11, JPMorgan Chase
faced intense criticism for claiming that a surprise $2 billion loss
by one of its trading groups was the result of a sloppy but
well-intentioned strategy to manage financial risk.
2012 May 11, In northern
Afghanistan a flash flood swept through villages in a mountainous
area, killing at least 17 people in Takhar province.
2012 May 11, In Algeria an
alliance of Islamist parties expecting a strong showing in Algeria's
elections accused authorities of widespread fraud as initial figures
pointed to them finishing third, with a spokesman suggesting unrest
2012 May 11, Bahrain police
fired tear gas and birdshot during overnight clashes with protesters
demanding the release of jailed opposition activists, wounding
2012 May 11, British police
arrested two people on suspicion of murder after five children died
in a house fire in the central English city of Derby. A 6th child
died soon after at Birmingham Children's Hospital. The suspects were
released on may with no charges. Investigators later said the fire
was sparked by petrol poured through the letterbox. On May 29
parents Mick Philpott (55) and his wife Mairead (31) were arrested
on suspicion of murder. In 2013 the parents and a family friend were
convicted of manslaughter. On April 4 the Philpots and Paul Mosley
were sentenced to 17 years in prison.
(AFP, 5/11/12)(AFP, 5/14/12)(AFP, 5/16/12)(AFP,
2012 May 11, British police
arrested 2 local men, aged 52 and 31, over explosives offences in
raids on two locations in a quiet residential suburb of Cheltenham,
which is also home to Britain's national electronic surveillance
2012 May 11, Egyptian
expatriates voted to replace ousted leader Hosni Mubarak in what
were hoped to be the first genuinely contested presidential
elections in the country's history. The general election begins May
2012 May 11, Guinea-Bissau coup
leaders and west African mediators agreed that parliamentary speaker
Manuel Serifo Nhamadjo will lead a transition government, ruling out
the return of the toppled team.
2012 May 11, In northeastern
Honduras police gunfire killed four innocent people, including two
pregnant women on the Patuca River. On May 16 the US Drug
Enforcement Administration confirmed that some of its agents were on
a US-owned helicopter with Honduran police officers when the
shooting happened. People on the boat transporting cocaine had
reportedly fired on the helicopters. Villagers later said masked
agents landed their helicopters in the community near the river and
began breaking down doors, hunting for a drug trafficker they called
"El Renco." People in the predominantly Indian Mosquito coast region
burned down government offices and demanded that US drug agents
leave the area.
(AP, 5/17/12)(AP, 5/22/12)
2012 May 11, India agreed to a
$560-million deal to buy 145 howitzer guns from BAE Systems of the
United States as it upgrades its antiquated military hardware.
2012 May 11, In Italy an
anti-nuclear anarchist group, the Informal Anarchist Federation's
Olga unit, that previously targeted the tax collection agency
claimed responsibility for shooting and wounding the chief executive
of a nuclear engineering firm earlier in the week. Roberto Adinolfi
was shot in the leg on may 7 near his Genoa home by an unknown
2012 May 11, In Mexico the
offices of El Manana newspaper in Nuevo Laredo were sprayed with
bullets. Two days later the paper announced that it would no longer
cover the drug war.
(Econ, 5/19/12, p.45)
2012 May 11, A Moroccan court
sentenced Mouad Belghouat (24), one of the country's most famous
rappers, to one year in prison over a video critical of the police.
2012 May 11, Nigerian troops
arrested a suspected leading Boko Haram militant in a raid in Kano
hours after Maiduguri, where the Islamist group is based, was rocked
by blasts and gunfire.
2012 May 11, In Pakistan a taxi
driver was killed when a mortar bomb hit his cab in the upmarket
Hayatabad area of Peshawar.
2012 May 11, Syrian troops
opened fire on anti-regime protesters in Damascus, wounding five
people, as thousands of people took part in demonstrations across
Syria. In Hama province troops shot and wounded 20 demonstrators in
the town of Helfaya, where two civilians were killed in a raid. At
least 12 people died across the country. State TV said the army
foiled a would-be suicide attack a day after twin bombings a day
earlier in Damascus killed dozens.
2012 May 11, Venezuelan Pres.
Hugo Chavez returned home after 11 days of cancer treatment in Cuba.
(SSFC, 5/13/12, p.A6)
2013 May 11, In Indiana 3 men
and a woman were found shot to death in Waynesville.
2013 May 11, In Afghanistan a
bomb killed Faiz Mohammed, the deputy intelligence chief of Nuristan
province. A roadside bomb in Nangarhar province ripped through a
police vehicle, killing two and injuring three other police
(AP, 5/11/13)(AP, 5/15/13)
2013 May 11, In Bangladesh
recovery operations at the Rana Plaza in Savar continued as the
death toll reached 1,115.
2013 May 11, It was reported
that unsafe cars made in Brazil, coupled with the nation's often
dangerous driving conditions, have resulted in a death rate from
passenger car accidents that is nearly four times that of the United
2013 May 11, In England a 2-day
meeting of G7 financial representatives concluded with formal
acknowledgement that each member needed to secure their own
countries' growth by balancing economically restraining austerity
measures with growth-enhancing policies.
2013 May 11, Canada deported
Mahmoud Mohammad Issa Mohammad, a former Popular Front for the
Liberation of Palestine commando, to Lebanon. He had taken part in a
1968 assault on an El Al jet in Athens that killed an Israeli man.
2013 May 11, In China 28 miners
were killed in a coal mine blast in Sichuan province.
(SFC, 5/13/13, p.A2)
2013 May 11, Egypt's interior
minister said that security authorities have arrested three
suspected al-Qaida-linked militants who were planning to carry out
suicide attacks on vital installations and an unspecified foreign
embassy. Egypt's top prosecutor ordered the release of Ahmed Maher,
founder of the April 6 Youth Movement that was at the forefront of
the 2011 revolt that ousted longtime President Hosni Mubarak.
2013 May 11, Marcin Skowronek,
an investigator at Europol's European Cybercrime Center in The
Hague, said "We are seeing an unprecedented number of cyberscams
that include phishing for financial data, viruses, credit card fraud
and others." Police Maj. Gen. Pisit Paoin, chief of Thailand's
Technology Crime Suppression Division, said in a telephone interview
that Thai police have arrested more than 20 suspects involved in the
recent $45 million cyber heist including those from Bulgaria,
Bangladesh and eastern Europe.
2013 May 11, Thousands of
Gabonese people marched to protest ritual killings, in which people
are murdered so their body parts can be used in amulets to bring
good luck. Sylvia Bongo Ondimba, Gabon's first lady, led the event
along with Christian and Muslim religious leaders.
2013 May 11, ISNA, an Iranian
semi-official news agency, said a court has lifted a ban on the
Reuters news agency, allowing it to restart its operations in Iran.
2013 May 11, In Iraq a
suicide tanker truck packed with explosives blew up outside the home
of an army intelligence officer, killing three people and wounding
18 others in al-Shurqat, 250 km northwest of Baghdad.
2013 May 11, In Israel
some two thousand protesters marched in Tel Aviv over proposed tax
hikes and benefit cuts.
2013 May 11, The Israel
military intentionally crashed an unmanned aircraft into the
Mediterranean Sea because of a malfunction. The military then
grounded its fleet of high altitude surveillance drones.
2013 May 11, In northern Italy
thousands of supporters of former Premier Silvio Berlusconi rallied
in Brescia to protest the media mogul's recent conviction by a Milan
appeals court for tax fraud.
2013 May 11, In Italy an
illegal immigrant from Ghana went on a rampage with a pickaxe in
Milan at dawn, killing a passerby and wounding four others in an
apparently random attack. Mada Kabobo (21) was jailed while he is
investigated for murder.
2013 May 11, In Mali a
suspected jihadist opened fire on a crowd at an aid distribution
point in the northern village of Ikadiwane, killing three civilians.
The suspect was shot and wounded and taken to Kidal.
2013 May 11, Pakistanis
streamed to the polls for a historic vote. Imran Khan (60) faced off
against the Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N), headed by two-time
former PM Nawaz Sharif and the Pakistan People's Party, led by
President Asif Ali Zardari. Militant attacks killed 22 people
underlining the risks many people took just casting their ballots.
Former PM Nawaz Sharif won the elections. The PML-N won 124 of 272
seats. The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party of Imran Khan won
control of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.
(AP, 5/11/13)(AP, 5/12/13)(Econ, 5/18/13,
p.42)(Econ 6/10/17, p.40)
2013 May 11, Sierra Leone state
radio said that opposition politician Charles Francis Margai has
been detained for alleged subversion. Margai earlier in the week
spoke about a land displute he has with Sierra Leone's first lady,
Sia Koroma. Margai was reported released on May 13.
2013 May 11, Activists said
Syrian rebels have cut a newly built desert road linking the capital
Damascus with the northern city of Aleppo. State media reported that
government troops have secured the highway between the capital and
the southern city of Daraa.
2013 May 11, A contingent of
about 100 Tanzanian troops arrived in eastern Congo, a first step in
assembling the new UN intervention brigade.
2013 May 11, In Turkey 2 car
bomb explosions in a town across the border from Syria killed 51
people in Reyhanli, Hatay province, a main hub for Syrian refugees.
13 Turkish citizens, believed to have links to the Syrian
intelligence agency, were soon detained.
(AP, 5/11/13)(AP, 5/12/13)(AP, 5/14/13)
2014 May 11, A 2nd US case of
MERS was diagnosed in Florida in a man visiting from Saudi Arabia.
(SFC, 5/13/14, p.A10)
2014 May 11, In Afghanistan a
suicide car bomber attacked an Afghan army vehicle, killing 5
civilians and wounding 36 in Kandahar province. NATO said one of its
service members died as a result of a non-battle related injury in
the country's north.
2014 May 11, In eastern China
heavy rain caused a retaining wall to collapse at a recycling plant
in Qingdao city, killing 18 people.
2014 May 11, China signed a
deal with East African leaders to build a $3.8 billion rail link
between Kenya's Indian Ocean port of Mombasa and Nairobi, the first
stage of a line that will eventually link Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi
and South Sudan.
2014 May 11, In CongoDRC a
stampede at the Tata Raphael Stadium in Kinshasa killed at least 15
people and injured more than a dozen after police fired tear gas
canisters into the crowd after fighting broke out at the end of a
match between soccer teams, AS Vita Club and TP Mazembe.
(AP, 5/12/14)(AFP, 5/12/14)
2014 May 11, An Egyptian court
sentenced 36 students of the prestigious Al-Azhar university to four
years in prison each over violent protests backing ousted Pres.
Morsi. Suspected militants attacked an army convoy in the Sinai
Peninsula, killing one soldier and wounding another.
(AFP, 5/11/14)(AP, 5/11/14)
2014 May 11, In central India
leftist rebels detonated a land mine under a police vehicle and
killed 7 officers. The blast was followed by a gunbattle between
police and the insurgents in the Maharashtra district of Gadchiroli.
2014 May 11, In Iraq gunmen in
speeding car opened fire on members of the Sahwa militia in Adeim,
about 100 km north of Baghdad, killing seven. Outside of Mosul
gunmen attacked a joint checkpoint for Iraqi police and the Sahwa,
killing 3 police officers and one Sunni militiaman. Another Sahwa
member was killed along with his brother and son when gunmen stormed
his house in the town of Youssifiyah.
2014 May 11, Israeli PM
Benjamin Netanyahu arrived in Tokyo for a summit with his Japanese
counterpart Shinzo Abe at which he is expected to raise the Iranian
nuclear talks and economic cooperation.
2014 May 11, In Jordan a man
died after being infected with the MERS virus.
2014 May 11, At least 40 people
died and 51 were rescued after a boat carrying migrants sank off
Libya's coast east of Tripoli.
2014 May 11, Polls opened in
Lithuania for the presidential election. Tough-talking incumbent
Dalia Grybauskaite was widely expected to be re-elected for a second
term. Grybauskaite got nearly 46 percent of the votes. She will face
Social Democratic politician Zigmantas Balcytis, who won 13.6
percent, in the runoff.
(AP, 5/11/14)(AP, 5/12/14)
2014 May 11, Moldovan
authorities said they have stopped Russia's deputy prime minister
from leaving the country with a petition calling on Moscow to
recognize the separatist Trans-Dniester region, but Dmitry Rogozi
claimed he had delivered most of the signatures supporting it.
2014 May 11, Myanmar hosted the
Southeast Asian summit (ASEAN) as Vietnam and the Philippines pushed
for stronger action to confront China's aggressive behavior in the
South China Sea.
2014 May 11, In Pakistan
Samiullah Khan Afrid, the lawyer for Dr. Shakil Afridi who helped
the US find Osama bin Laden, said he wouldn't represent him any
longer after facing threats from militants.
2014 May 11, In Pakistan a bomb
blast targeting refugees registering with the government killed 4
people in northwestern city of Peshawar.
2014 May 11, Saudi Arabia
reported that three new deaths from MERS had taken its death toll
from the disease to 142.
2014 May 11, South Sudan's army
and rebel forces blamed each other for violating a ceasefire hours
after it came into effect.
2014 May 11, Syrian activists
said ISIL, an al Qaeda splinter group, has wrested control of key
parts of the eastern province of Deir al-Zor from other rebel
groups, worsening infighting that has handicapped the insurgency
against President Bashar al-Assad.
2014 May 11, Residents in
eastern Ukraine formed long queues at polling stations to cast their
votes in hastily organized independence referendums, defying the
central government which called the ballots illegal and funded by
2014 May 11, In southern Yemen
a suicide bomber detonated his explosives-laden car outside a police
station in Mukalla, killing 11 police officers and wounding 15.
Security forces in Sanaa clashed with suspected al-Qaida gunmen not
far from the presidential palace, killing 3 militants.
2015 May 11, The Obama
administration approved plans for Shell Oil to drill in the Arctic
Chukchi Sea. Shell still needed to secure seven other permits.
(SFC, 5/12/15, p.A9)
2015 May 11, The governors of
Arkansas and Texas declared disasters in parts of their states
following tornadoes and flooding that left at least 5 people dead.
2015 May 11, In NYC a
Christie’s auction sold Pablo Picasso’s “Women of Algiers" (Version
O) for a record $179.4 million. Alberto Giacometti’s “Pointing Man"
sculpture sold for a record $141.3 million.
(SFC, 5/12/15, p.A7)
2015 May 11, In Afghanistan
kidnappers released 19 hostages out of a group of 30 that was
kidnapped in February, all members of the Hazara ethnic community
from the country's southern Zabul province. The 19 were freed in
exchange for 22 Uzbeks.
2015 May 11, In Burundi about
2,000 people marched through a neighborhood of Bujumbura as police
looked on, breaking the government's ban on any further street
protests against President Pierre Nkurunziza's bid for a third term
2015 May 11, In eastern Congo
DRC 5 people were hacked to death in a new attack blamed on Ugandan
rebels near Beni.
2015 May 11, Francois Hollande
became the first French president to visit Cuba, using a one-day
trip to build business and diplomatic relations five months after a
detente between Havana and Washington.
2015 May 11, The presidents of
Ghana and Ivory Coast agreed to negotiate an amicable end to issues
around their maritime dispute.
2015 May 11, Greece emptied an
emergency IMF holding account to repay 750 million euros ($839
million) due to the IMF. Athens used about 650 million euros from
the holding account and 100 million euros from its cash reserves to
make the payment.
2015 May 11, In India an
appeals court acquitted Jayaram Jayalalitha (67), a powerful
politician in Tamil Nadu, of corruption charges. This cleared the
way for her to return to public office. On May 23 she began her 5th
spell as chief minister of Tamil Nadu.
2015 May 11, Indonesian and
Malaysian authorities said nearly 2,000 boat people from Myanmar and
Bangladesh have been rescued or swum to shore, warning that yet more
desperate migrants could be in peril at sea.
2015 May 11, In Kashmir a
crowded bus veered off a rocky village road and fell into a deep
gorge, killing at least 23 people in the Indian-controlled portion
of the country.
2015 May 11, A Macedonian
prosecutor said that 18 citizens of Kosovo were among 30 men charged
over a weekend shootout in Macedonia that left 22 people dead,
including 8 policemen.
2015 May 11, In northern Mali
separatist rebels ambushed a military convoy at Tin Telout, 25 miles
from Timbuktu. The government said 9 soldiers were killed The
Coordination of Movements for Azawad (CMA) said 30 soldiers were
killed in the attack.
(Reuters, 5/11/15)(SFC, 5/12/15, p.A2)
2015 May 11, Niger adopted a
law that could see human smugglers facing up to 30 years in prison
in an effort to stem the flow of illegal immigrants crossing its
borders in hopes of getting to Europe.
2015 May 11, Saudi-led
warplanes pressed air strikes against rebel positions in Yemen, 36
hours before a scheduled five-day pause to allow the delivery of
much-needed humanitarian aid. The air strikes on a rocket base in
Sanaa killed 90 people and wounded 300.
(AFP, 5/11/15)(Reuters, 5/12/15)
2016 May 11, In Bangladesh
Jamaat-e-Islami party leader Motiur Rahman Nizami (73), a main
political ally of opposition chief Khaleda Zia, was executed for war
crimes committed during the country's 1971 independence conflict
with Pakistan. His hanging sparked several outbreaks of violence and
2016 May 11, Senators in Brazil
began debate on whether to oust President Dilma Rousseff. If a
simple majority of the 81 senators vote in favor, Rousseff will be
suspended from office and Vice President Michel Temer will take over
for up to six months pending a decision on whether to remove her
from office permanently.
2016 May 11, Former Comoros
coup leader Azali Assoumani was elected as president, after last
month's election led to a re-run at 13 polling stations due to
violence and "irregularities".
2016 May 11, Democratic
Republic of Congo's highest court ruled that President Joseph Kabila
would stay in power beyond the end of his mandate if his government
failed to hold an election due in November.
2016 May 11, Germany’s Justice
Minister Heiko Maas announced plans to annul the historic
convictions of tens of thousands of men charged under a law that
criminalized homosexuality and to grant them financial compensation.
2016 May 11, Indian officials
announced plans to close a tax loophole that allows its citizens to
channel income through the tropical island of Mauritius and avoid
2016 May 11, India's government
said South Asian nations will set up a toll-free helpline and online
platform to fight human trafficking, and trace the thousands of
children who go missing in the region annually. Ministers from
India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, the
Maldives and Nepal came to the agreement after a conference on child
protection held under the auspices of the South Asian Association
for Regional Cooperation (SAARC).
2016 May 11, In Iraq three car
bombs in Baghdad, including a huge blast at a market in a Shiite
area, killed at least 93 people. IS issued an online statement
claiming responsibility for the attack in Sadr City and saying a
suicide bomber it identified as "Abu Sulaiman al-Ansari" detonated
the explosives-rigged vehicle killing at least 64.
(AFP, 5/11/16)(SFC, 5/12/16, p.A2)
2016 May 11, In Iraq the
Islamic State group of Nineveh province released a video showing
five alleged "spies" being shot dead in Iraq by young men from a
crowd assembled for the execution.
2016 May 11, Italy's parliament
gave a green light for the introduction of gay civil unions in the
last major Western country not to legally recognize same-sex
2016 May 11, Kenya’s interior
security minister said the government will close Dadaab refugee
camp. It held an estimated 328,000-344,000 refugees mostly from
Somalia and is often referred to as the world's largest camp.
(AP, 5/11/16)(Econ, 5/14/16,
2016 May 11, In Nigeria Shell
closed the terminal exporting the country’s benchmark Bonny Light
crude oil as was evacuating workers as renewed militant attacks cut
(SFC, 5/12/16, p.A2)
2016 May 11, Syrian regime
forces battled jihadists who cut a key supply route west of ancient
Palmyra, after new bombardments hit Aleppo city where a ceasefire is
due to expire at midnight.
2016 May 11, In Tunisia two
suspected jihadists were killed during a security operation near the
capital against a cell planning "simultaneous" attacks. Sixteen
others were arrested during the operation in Ariana province.
2016 May 11, The southern
Tunisia of Ben Guerdane went on strike in protest at a decision by
Libyan authorities late last month to halt cross-border trade on
which its economy depends.
2016 May 11, In Uganda
opposition leader Kizza Besigye was arrested in Kampala after
staging his own swearing-in ceremony and whisked to Moroto, a town
in the remote Karamoja region of the country, and subsequently
charged with treason. On July 12 Besigye was freed on bail.
(AFP, 5/14/16)(AP, 7/12/16)
2017 May 11, Pres. Donald Trump
said that he had planned to fire FBI Director James Comey regardless
of whether top Justice Dept. officials recommended the decision.
(SFC, 5/11/17, p.A6)
2017 May 11, Pres. Donald Trump
signed an executive order establishing a commission to review
alleged voter fraud and voter suppression, building on his
unsubstantiated claims that millions of people voted illegally in
the 2016 election.
(SFC, 5/11/17, p.A6)
2017 May 11, Pres. Donald Trump
signed an executive order for federal agencies to review how
vulnerable they might be to cyberattacks and how they can limit the
(SFC, 5/11/17, p.C1)
2017 May 11, Acting FBI
Director Andrew McCabe, while under questioning at a Senate hearing,
agreed to refrain from updating the White House about an
investigation into Russian meddling in the presidential election.
2017 May 11, US environmental
regulators cleared the path for a stalled copper and gold mine in
Alaska by agreeing to settle current lawsuits and other issues over
the project, which had drawn environmental concerns over its
potential impact on the world's largest sockeye salmon fishery.
(Reuters, 5/12/17)(SFC, 5/13/17, p.A6)
2017 May 11, In Arkansas James
Arthur Bowden (42) surrendered at a house near Dardanelle. He was
suspected in the killing of Sheriff’s Lt. Kevin Mainhart (46) and
two female victims. Bowden released one female hostage before giving
(SFC, 5/13/17, p.A5)
2017 May 11, In Florida former
US Rep. Corrine Brown (70) was found guilty of taking money from a
charity. She was convicted of 18 of 22 charges against her.
(SFC, 5/11/17, p.A5)
2017 May 11, Atlanta’s Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention said the heroin epidemic is
driving up hepatitis C infections. New infections had tripled in
five years to about 2,400 in 2015.
(SFC, 5/11/17, p.A5)
2017 May 11, In Bangladesh five
militants and a firefighter were killed in a police raid on a house
during a crackdown on radical groups in the northwestern region.
2017 May 11, German industrial
conglomerate Siemens AG said it is cutting or outsourcing 2,700 jobs
as part of efforts to modernize its IT operations and increase
2017 May 11, Indian PM Narendra
Modi arrived in Sri Lanka o attend a UN celebration of Buddha's
birth and hold talks with leaders of the island nation.
2017 May 11, Six protesters
were wounded by Israeli fire at a West Bank demonstration in support
of Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike, now in its 25th day.
2017 May 11, In Kashmir two
civilians were killed and three others injured when Indian and
Pakistani soldiers traded gunfire and shelled each other's border
posts in the disputed region.
2017 May 11, After a week of
rigorous tests ranging from blind tastings to expertly pairing wines
with sumptuous meals, Raimonds Tomsons (36) of Latvia beat out 37
rivals to become Europe's top-rated sommelier.
2017 May 11, The US Center for
Disease Control said more than 1,000 people have died in an outbreak
of meningitis in Nigeria, but added that the spread of the disease
is slowing. A new strain of meningitis C was first reported in
Zamfara last November.
2017 May 11, In Portugal
thousands of angry passengers who were stranded in Lisbon's
international airport by a refueling system failure a day earlier
and had to sleep on the floor and luggage belts were finally able to
2017 May 11, In South Africa
there was a gas explosion at the Eland shaft near the town of
Welkom. 11 miners survived. Police later recovered 25 bodies
believed to be those of illegal miners, from the disused Harmony
Gold mine shaft.
2017 May 11, Spanish lawmakers
approved a motion calling for the remains of General Francisco
Franco to be removed from a controversial mausoleum near Madrid that
was built by prisoners during his dictatorship. Approval of the
motion is symbolic since it does not place any obligation on the
government to act.
2017 May 11, In Syria Abu Asim
al-Jazeri, an Islamic State planner from Algeria, was killed a US
coalition air strike in Mayadin.
2017 May 11, In Uganda pictures
began circulating online and in local media of Geoffrey Byamukama,
mayor of a small town in western Uganda, lying on a hospital bed
with gaping wounds on his swollen knees and ankles, and bruises
elsewhere on his body inflicted by security personnel. Byamukama was
arrested on April 5 on suspicion he had participated in the murder
of police official, Andrew Felix Kaweesi on March 17.
2017 May 11, The United Nations
confirmed 58 cases of cholera and 47 cholera-associated deaths
across war-torn Yemen in the past two weeks, the second such
outbreak in a year.
2017 May 11, In Yemen Aidaroos
al-Zubaidi, the former governor of the area's main city Aden, said
senior tribal, military and political leaders have formed a new
council seeking the secession of southern Yemen.