Return to home384 May 13,
Servatius (Aravatius), bishop of Tongeren (Belgium), died at age 65.
535 May 13, St Agapitus I began
his reign as Catholic Pope
(SS, Internet, 5/13/97)
609 May 13, Pope Boniface I
turned Roman Pantheon into Catholic church.
1110 May 13, Crusaders marched
into Beirut causing a bloodbath.
1494 May 13, Columbus found the
natives on Jamaica hostile and left for Cuba.
1497 May 13, Pope Alexander VI
excommunicated Girolamo Savonarola for heresy. In Florence the
Dominican monk Girolamo Savonarola (1452-1498) had led the Feb 7
burning of musical instruments, books and priceless works of art. He
preached against corruption in the Church and civil government.
p.53)(WUD, 1994, p.1672)
1559 May 13, Excavated corpse
of heretic David Jorisz was burned in Basel.
1568 May 13, Mary Queen of
Scots was defeated by English at battle of Langside, south of
1607 May 13, English colonists
landed near the James River in Virginia. They went shore the next
day and founded a colony named Jamestown. In 1996 archeologist
discovered the original Jamestown Fort and the remains of one
settler, a young white male who died a violent death. In 2003 David
A. Price authored "Love and Hate in Jamestown."
(SFC, 9/13/96, p.A2)(AP, 5/13/97)(HN,
5/24/98)(WSJ, 11/25/03, p.D8)(AP, 5/13/07)
1619 May 13, Johan van
Oldenbarnevelt (b.1547), Dutch lands advocate, was beheaded.
1637 May 13, Cardinal Richelieu
of France created the table knife.
1643 May 13, Battle at
Grantham: English parliamentary armies beat royalists.
1648 May 13, Margaret Jones of
Plymouth was found guilty of witchcraft and was sentenced to be
hanged by the neck.
1717 May 13, Maria Theresa was
born in Vienna. She later became Archduchess of Austria, a Queen of
Hungary, Croatia and Bohemia, and a Holy Roman Empress.
1729 May 13, Henry William
Stiegel, early American glassmaker, was born.
1730 May 13, Marquess of
Rockingham, British Prime Minister from 1765 to 1766 and 1782, was
1732 May 13, Theodor
Schwarzkopf (72), composer, died.
1761 May 13, Adrian Loosjes Pzn
(1818, Dutch publisher, writer (Mauritius Lijnslager), was born.
1767 May 13, Mozart's opera
"Apollo et Hyacinthus," premiered in Salzburg.
1776 May 13, Rodrigo Ferreira
da Costa, composer, was born.
1777 May 13, University library
at Vienna opened.
1779 May 13, The War of
Bavarian Succession ended.
(SS, Internet, 5/13/97)(HN, 5/13/98)
1781 May 13, British Gen.
William Phillips died of a fever Petersburg, Va., as his forces
confronted the American army under Lafayette. Phillips had commanded
the artillery battery whose fire had killed Lafayette’s father at
the Battle of Minden (1759).
(ON, 2/09, p.5)
1787 May 13, Arthur Phillip set
sail from Portsmouth, Great Britain, with 11 ships of criminals to
Australia. By year’s end some 50,000 British convict servants were
transported to the American colonies in commutation of death
sentences. After the American Revolution, Britain continued dumping
convicts in the US illegally into 1787. Australia eventually
replaced America for this purpose. Penal transports continued until
1853, which left a remarkable legacy: an almost totally unexplored
continent settled largely by convicted felons.
1792 May 13, Giovanni-Maria
Mastaia-Ferretti, later Pope Pius IX, "Pio Nono" (1846-78), was born
(PTA, 1980, p.510)(MC, 5/13/02)
1795 May 13, Joshua Ratoon
Sands (d.1883), Commander (Union Navy), was born.
1812 May 13, Johann Matthias
Sperger (62), composer, died.
1820 May 13, The opera "Die
Jearsbraut" was completed.
(SS, Internet, 5/13/97)
1828 May 13, US passed the
Tariff of Abominations.
(SS, Internet, 5/13/97)
1835 May 13, John Nash, British
town planner, architect (Regent's Park), died.
1840 May 13, Alphonse Daudet,
writer, was born.
1842 May 13, Composer Sir
Arthur Sullivan was born in London. He collaborated with Sir William
Gilbert in writing 14 comic operas that included "HMS Pinafore."
(AP, 5/13/99)(HN, 5/13/99)
1846 May 13, The US under Pres.
Polk declared that a state of war already existed against Mexico, 2
months after fighting began. This was in response to an incident
where the Mexican cavalry surrounded a scouting party of American
dragoons. $10 million was appropriated for war expenses by Congress.
50, 000 volunteers responded to the war effort and Gen. Taylor used
his forces to capture the Mexican town of Monterey [in California]
and then moved south to defeat Santa Anna's armies at the Battle of
(WCG, p.59)(HFA, '96, p.48)(SS, Internet,
1856 May 13, Peter Henry
Emerson, 1st to promote photography as an independent art, was born.
1857 May 13, Ronald Ross,
bacteriologist, was born.
1861 May 13, Britain declared
its neutrality in the American Civil War.
1864 May 13, Battle of Resaca
commenced as Union General Sherman fought towards Atlanta.
(SS, Internet, 5/13/97)(HN, 5/13/98)
1864 May 13, Union soldier
William Christman became the first US soldier to be laid to rest at
Arlington National Cemetery. His death was due to measles.
(SFC, 5/14/14, p.A6)
1867 May 13, Frank Brangwyn,
painter, muralist, cartoonist (Willam Morris), was born in Wales.
1868 May 13, Paolo Gallico,
composer, was born.
1874 May 13, Pope Pius IX
issued the encyclical "On the Greek-Ruthenian rite."
(SS, Internet, 5/13/97)
1877 May 13, Cesar Franck's
"Lesson Eolides," premiered.
1882 May 13, Georges Braque
(d.1963, French cubist painter, was born in Argenteuil, near Paris.
He said of his work that: “The aim is not to reconstitute an
anecdotal fact, but to constitute a pictorial fact." He was shot in
the head during WW I and had his head drilled to relieve the
pressure. His “Billiard Tables" series was painted between 1944 and
(V.D.-H.K.p.359-360)(AHD, 1971, p.160)(WSJ,
5/7/97, p.A16)(MC, 5/13/02)
1884 May 13, The Institute for
Electrical & Electronics Engineers (IEEE) was founded.
(SS, Internet, 5/13/97)
1884 May 13, Cyrus Hall
McCormick (b.1809), the Reaper King, died. His last words were
“work, work, work."
(SFC, 1/11/03, p.D6)(MC, 5/13/02)
1888 May 13, DeWolf Hopper 1st
recited "Casey at the Bat."
(SS, Internet, 5/13/97)
1888 May 13, Slavery was
abolished in Brazil. Some 4 million slaves had been imported, the
most of any nation in the western hemisphere.
(WSJ, 8/6/96, p.A1)(SS, Internet, 5/13/97)(HN,
1900 May 13, Jos Panhuysen,
author (Pornographer), was born.
1903 May 13, The Dewey Memorial
in Union Square, San Francisco, was dedicated by Pres. Theodore
Roosevelt. Robert Aitken sculpted the 12-foot statue of Victory that
stood atop an 83-foot column. Alma deBretteville, later Alma
Spreckels, had posed as the model.
(SSFC, 5/11/03, p.D1)
1907 May 13, Daphne du Maurier
(d.1989), author (Rebecca), was born in England.
(HN, 5/13/01)(WSJ, 8/2/08, p.W4)
1909 May 13, A. Kopff
discovered asteroid #681, Gorgo.
(SS, Internet, 5/13/97)
1911 May 13, NY Giant Fred
Merkle was 1st to get 6 RBIs in an inning (1st).
(SS, Internet, 5/13/97)
1912 May 13, Gil Evans, jazz
pianist and composer, was born.
1912 May 13, In San Francisco
aviator Roy Francis and artist Phil Rader made a 36 minute flight
over the city.
(SSFC, 5/13/12, p.42)
1912 May 13, The Royal Flying
Corps was established in England. It was the predecessor of the
Royal Air Force.
(SS, Internet, 5/13/97)(HN, 5/13/99)
1913 May 13, The first 4 engine
aircraft was built & flown by Igor Sikorsky of Russia.
(SS, Internet, 5/13/97)(HN, 5/13/98)
1914 May 13, Joe Louis, world
heavyweight boxing champion from 1937 to 1949, was born in
Lafayette, Ala. His boxing record was 63-3 with 49 knock-outs.
(AP, 5/13/97)(HN, 5/13/99)
1916 May 13, The 1st US
observance of Indian (Native American) Day. [see Sep 27]
(SS, Internet, 5/13/97)
1916 May 13, Sholem Aleichem
(b.1859), Yiddish writer (Fiddler on the Roof), died in NY. He was
born as Solomon Rabinowitz (1859) in Russia. His work included
“Tevye the Dairyman," a series of stories published from 1894-1914.
(www.britannica.com)(WSJ, 9/22/07, p.W6)
1917 May 13, Ernest Bloch
(1880-1959), Swiss composer, premiered his work "Schelomo."
(WUD, 1994 p.159)(MC, 5/13/02)
1917 May 13, Three peasant
children near Fatima, Portugal, reported seeing a vision of the
Virgin Mary. Francisco and Jacinta Marto and Lucia de Santos
(d.2005) later reported appearances on 5 more occasions. Dos Santos
was said by believers to be the main recipient of prophecies from
the Virgin about key 20th century events. The Vatican said the 1st
secret foretold the end of World War I and that the 2nd predicted
the spread and collapse of Communism and the conversion of Russia.
In 2000 the Vatican disclosed that the so-called 3rd Secret of
Fatima was a vision of an attempt to kill a pope. It was reportedly
associated to the May 13, 1981, assassination attempt. In 2000 the
Vatican unveiled the 62-line handwritten account of Lucia de Jesus
(AP, 5/13/97)(SFEC, 5/14/00, p.A2)(SFC, 6/27/00,
1918 May 13, The first US
airmail stamps, featuring a picture of an airplane, were introduced.
On some of the initial stamps the airplane was printed upside down;
the "inverted Jenny," as it came to be called, became a collector's
item. One sheet of 100 stamps got by inspectors.
(SSFC, 11/12/06, p.A2)(AP, 5/13/08)
1922 May 13, In San Francisco
the 2,300-seat Loew’s Warfield Theater opened on Market St.
(SFC, 5/11/05, p.C1)(SFC, 3/19/15, p.C3)
1930 May 13, A farmer was
killed by hail in Lubbock, Texas. It was the only known fatality due
(SS, Internet, 5/13/97)
1927 May 13, Clive Barnes,
drama critic (NY Times, NY Post), was born.
1927 May 13, Herbert Ross,
director, choreographer (Footloose), was born.
1927 May 13, "Black Friday" on
Berlin Stock Exchange.
1930 May 13, A farmer was
killed in a hailstorm near Lubbock, Texas. His death became the only
US death officially attributed to hail.
(SFC, 5/13/09, p.D8)
1930 May 13, Fridtjof Nansen
(68), Norwegian Arctic explorer (1893-1896), died in Oslo.
(ON, 7/05, p.5)
1931 May 13, Jim Jones
(d.1978), leader of religious community in Jonestown, Guyana, was
born in Crete, Ind. In 1978 he led 900 of his followers to mass
(V.D.-H.K.p.312)(SFEC, 11/8/98, p.A18)
1931 May 13, C. Jackson
discovered asteroid #1194, Aletta.
(SS, Internet, 5/13/97)
1934 May 13, A great dustbowl
storm occurred. [see Apr 14, 1935]
(SS, Internet, 5/13/97)
1934 May 13, C. Jackson
discovered asteroid #1320, Impala.
(SS, Internet, 5/13/97)
1935 May 13, David T. Wilkinson
(d.2002), physicist, was born in Hillsdale, Mich. He became the
driving force behind the 1989 Cosmic Background Explorer Satellite.
It provided evidence for the “Big Bang" that spawned the universe
10-20 billion years ago.
(SFEC, 9/28/97, p.A14)(SFC, 9/16/02, p.A20)
1937 May 13, Judith Somogi,
conductor, was born in NYC.
1937 May 13, Roger [Joseph]
Zelazny, sci-fi author (6 Hugos, Chronicles of Amber), was born.
1939 May 13, Harvey Keitel,
actor (Taxi Driver, Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs), was born.
1939 May 13, The SS St Louis
departed Hamburg with some 937 passengers including over 900 Jewish
refugees. They sought refuge in Cuba, but only 22 were allowed to
disembark there. No country in the Americas would take them. It
returned to Germany where a number of the Jews were later murdered.
[see May 27, June 4 and June 16]
1940 May 13, Bruce Chatwin,
travel writer (Patagonia), was born.
1940 May 13, The completed
Maryhill Museum in Washington state opened on founder Sam
Hill’s (d.1931), birthday. Much of the art collection was donated by
Alma de Bretteville Spreckels, wife of the California sugar magnate.
(AM, 9/01, p.10)
1940 May 13, Igor Sikorsky made
the 1st free flight of his new VS-300 helicopter, the world’s first
fully functional helicopter.
1940 May 13, In his first
speech as prime minister of Britain, Winston Churchill told the
House of Commons, "I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears
(AP, 5/13/97)(SS, Internet, 5/13/97)
1940 May 13, British bombed a
factory at Breda, Netherlands.
1940 May 13, Dutch Queen
Wilhelmina fled to England.
1941 May 13, Ritchie Valens,
singer (Donna, La Bamba), was born.
1941 May 13, Martin Bormann was
named head of Nazi Party Chancellery in Germany.
1942 May 13, Pitcher Jim Tobin
belted 3 HRs in a game.
(SS, Internet, 5/13/97)
1942 May 13, A helicopter made
its 1st cross-country flight.
1944 May 13, Allied forces in
Italy broke through the German Gustav Line into the Liri Valley.
1945 May 13, US troops
conquered Dakeshi, Okinawa.
1945 May 13, The Baya, US
submarine SS-318 under the command of Capt. Benjamin C. Jarvis
(d.2008 at age 91), sank a Japanese tanker and left 2 other ships
severely disable off of French Indochina. Capt. Jarvis received a
Navy Cross for his action.
1946 May 13, US condemned 58
camp guards of Mauthausen concentration camp to death.
1947 May 13, The US Senate
approved the Taft-Hartley Act limiting the power of unions. [see Jun
1949 May 13, The 1st
British-produced jet bomber, Canberra, made its 1st test flight.
1950 May 13, Steveland Morris
Hardaway (AKA Stevie Wonder) was born prematurely, in Saginaw, Mi.,
as Steveland Judkins. Too much oxygen in the incubator caused the
baby to become permanently blind. At the age of ten, Little Stevie
Wonder, as he was called by Berry Gordy at Motown, was discovered
singing and playing the harmonica. He had many hits during his teens
including "Fingertips" and as an adult he has earned an Oscar and at
least 16 Grammy Awards. He has stood up for civil rights and
campaigned against cancer, AIDS, drunk driving and the plight of
1950 May 13, Diner’s Club
issued its 1st credit cards.
(SS, Internet, 5/13/97)
1952 May 13, Minor-league
pitcher Ron Necciai struck out 27 in 9-innings.
(SS, Internet, 5/13/97)
1952 May 13, Pandit Jawaharlal
Nehru became premier of India.
1954 May 13, The musical play
"The Pajama Game" opened on Broadway for 1063 performances.
1954 May 13, Robin Roberts gave
up a HR then retired the next 27 men in a row.
(SS, Internet, 5/13/97)
1954 May 13, President
Eisenhower signed into law the St. Lawrence Seaway Development Act.
1954 May 13, Labour Party won
British municipal elections.
1955 May 13, Mickey Mantle hit
3 consecutive HRs of at least 463'.
(SS, Internet, 5/13/97)
1957 May 13, Jean Peters
(d.2000 at 73), actress, married Howard Hughes (51) in Tonopah, Nev.
(SFC, 10/21/00, p.A24)
1958 May 13, Stan Musial made
hit # 3000.
(SS, Internet, 5/13/97)
1958 May 13, Vice President
Nixon's limousine was battered by rocks thrown by anti-U.S.
demonstrators in Caracas, Venezuela. Nixon’s eight-nation South
America goodwill tour encountered violent demonstrations,
particularly in Peru and Venezuela, spurring President Dwight
Eisenhower to order the movement of US forces into Caribbean bases.
(AP, 5/13/97)(HNQ, 6/14/99)
1958 May 13, French troops took
control of Algiers as French settlers rioted against the French
(HN, 5/13/98)(MC, 5/13/02)
1960 May 13, Phillies lost
their 3rd consecutive 1-0 game
(SS, Internet, 5/13/97)
1960 May 13, Bill Mandel was
brought before a HUAC committee at SF City Hall concerning his
broadcasts at KPFA radio and KQED TV about press and periodicals of
the Soviet Union. His TV show was canceled but he continued
broadcasting at KPFA. There was a protest over the hearing and 64
people were arrested as police turned on fire hoses to quell the
disturbance. The event led Frank Cieciorka (1939-2008) to create his
woodcut of a fist that became an icon of the 1960s. The film
“Operation Abolition" was later made depicting the riots. The ACLU
called the film a propaganda job.
7/26/98, p.D1,4)(SFEC, 5/23/99, Z1 p.1)(SSFC, 6/9/02, p.F3)(SFC,
11/29/08, p.B5)(SSFC, 2/6/11, DB p.42)
1960 May 13, The 1st US launch
of the Delta satellite launching vehicle failed.
(SS, Internet, 5/13/97)
1961 May 13, Dennis Rodman, NBA
forward (Chicago Bulls), was born.
1961 May 13, Gary Cooper (60),
2 time Academy award winning actor (High Noon), died.
1962 May 13, Franz Kline
(b.1910), American painter of abstract expressionist style, died of
a heart attack in NYC. He was known for dramatic, easy-to-recognize
pictures of big black slashes against snowy backgrounds. His early
work was as a cartoonist and bar decorator. His portraits sketches
of patrons still line the walls of the Minetta Tavern in Greenwich
Village, N.Y. Kline’s hot brush stroke was parodied in Roy
Lichtenstein’s pixilated "Brushstroke" series, where RL provided a
cool version of Kline’s hot stroke.
1965 May 13, Rolling Stones
(SS, Internet, 5/13/97)
1965 May 13, Several Arab
nations broke ties with West Germany after it established diplomatic
relations with Israel.
1966 May 13, Rolling Stones
released "Paint it Black."
(SS, Internet, 5/13/97)
1966 May 13, Federal education
funding was denied to 12 school districts in the South because of
violations of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.
1967 May 13, NY Yankee Mickey
Mantle (b.1931) hit career HR #500 off Stu Miller.
1968 May 13, Peace talks
between the U.S. and North Vietnam began in Paris.
(WUD, 1994, p.1687)(HN, 5/13/98)
1968 May 13, In France a
general strike and monster demonstration took place in Paris. Some
1,000,000 French demonstrated in support of student protesters.
1969 May 13, In Malaysia deadly
race riots took place in Kuala Lumpur.
(Econ, 5/16/09, p.49)
1969 May 13, Paul Wild, Swiss
astronomer, discovered asteroid #1775, Zimmerwald.
1972 May 13, Milwaukee Brewers
beat Minn. Twins, 4-3, in 22 innings. The game had started the
evening of May 12.
1972 May 13, There was a
burglary at the Chilean Embassy in Washington DC. Two members of
Pres. Nixon's secret White House team, known as the plumbers, were
involved. Nixon later blamed the robbery on White House counsel John
(SFC, 2/26/99, p.A4)
1972 May 13, Dan Blocker
(b.1928), actor (Hoss-Bonanza), died.
1972 May 13, In Osaka, Japan,
118 died in a nightclub atop the 7-story Sennichi dept store.
1973 May 13, Tennis hustler
Bobby Riggs (1918-1995) beat Margaret Smith Court (b.1942) in a
Mother's Day match in California.
1975 May 13, Jonas Rimsa
(b.1903), Lithuania-born artist, died in Santa Monica.
1976 May 13, In game 6 the NY
Nets beat the Denver Nuggets in 9th & final American Basketball
Association (ABA) championship, 4 games to 2.
1978 May 13, The last season of
"Columbo," begun in 1971, ended on NBC TV.
1978 May 13, Henry Rono
(b.1952) of Kenya, running for Washington State Univ., set an NCAA
record for 3,000 meter steeplechase (8:05.4).
1978 May 13, Joie Chitwood
(1912-1988), Texas-born race car driver, set a world record when he
drove a Chevette 5.6 miles on just 2 wheels.
1979 May 13, In Tehran, Iran,
the Shah and his family, who had fled in January, were sentenced to
1980 May 13, Ray Knight
(b.1952) of the Cincinnati Reds, following an 0-for-15 slump, hit 2
home runs in the 5th inning vs. NY Mets.
1981 May 13, John Paul II was
shot and seriously wounded in St. Peter's Square by Turkish
assailant Mehmet Ali Agca. The shots hit the pope’s hand and
penetrated his abdomen. John Paul forgave Agca 4 days later. In 2006
an Italian report said the Soviet Union was behind the attempted
(TMC, 1994, p.1981)(AP, 5/13/97)(SFC, 6/14/00,
1982 May 13, Soyuz T-5 was
launched at Baikonur. Berezovoi & Lebedev spent the next 211
days in space.
1985 May 13, Police in
Philadelphia dropped a bomb on the headquarters of the radical group
MOVE. A fire resulted that killed 11 people, 5 of them children.
Ramona Africa and her 13 year old son were the only two people to
escape the inferno at 6221 Osage St. Africa was charged with rioting
and conspiracy, was convicted and served 7 years in state prison. No
charges have ever been filed against any city officials or employee.
The lawsuit was re-opened in 1996. On Jun 24, 1996, a jury in
Philadelphia awarded $1.5 mil to the survivors of the MOVE cult. In
2013 the documentary “Let the Fire Burn," directed by Jason Osder,
covered the MOVE story with archival footage.
(SFC, 4/3/96, p.A-4)(USAT, 6/25/96, p.3A)(AP,
5/13/97)(SFC, 11/1/13, p.E7)
1987 May 13, President Reagan
said his personal diary confirmed that he'd talked with Saudi
Arabia's King Fahd about Saudi help for the Nicaraguan Contras at a
time when Congress banned military aid, but Reagan said he did not
solicit secret contributions.
1987 May 13, The Fijian army
under Col. Sitiveni Rabuka staged the 1st of two coups this and
overthrew the country’s first Indian-dominated government. A 2nd
coup followed on Sep 28. Sitiveni Rabuka later served as the prime
minister (1992-1999). UN peacekeeping operations had caused a
10-ford increase in military size since independence in 1970.
(SFC, 5/18/99, p.C12)(Econ, 4/24/04,
1988 May 13, The U.S. Senate
voted 83-6 to order the U.S. military to enter the war against
illegal drug trafficking, approving a plan to give the Navy the
power to stop drug boats on the high seas and make arrests.
1988 May 13, In northern
California the body of Wynetta Davis (26) of Vallejo was found in a
trough on Pepper Rd. in Petaluma. She was last seen two days earlier
and an autopsy revealed that she had been strangled. In 2013 DNA
testing led to the arrest of two men in connection to her slaying.
(SFC, 9/25/13, p.D3)
1988 May 13, Chet Baker
(b1929), jazz trumpet player, died in Amsterdam after "falling" from
a hotel window. A documentary on his life: "Let’s Get Lost,"
produced and directed by Bruce Weber, was released in  1989.
Baker played with Gerry Mulligan in a pianoless quartet that brought
him fame as a leading member of the West Coast "cool school."
Baker’s personal memoir "As Though I Had Wings" was written in the
late 70s and published in 1997. In 2000 J. De Valk authored "Chet
Baker: His Life and Music." In 2002 James Gavin authored the
biography "Deep in a Dream."
10/1/00, p.4)(WSJ, 5/16/02, p.D7)
1989 May 13, In unusually
strong language, President Bush called on the people of Panama and
the country's defense forces to overthrow their military leader,
Gen. Manuel Antonio Noriega.
1989 May 13, Trinidad &
Tobago tied the US 1-1, in 3rd round of 1990 world soccer cup.
(SS, Internet, 5/13/97)
1989 May 13, Some 2,000
students began a hunger strike in Tiananmen Square, China.
1991 May 13, The album "Michael
Jackson: The Magic & the Madness" went on sale.
(SS, Internet, 5/13/97)
1991 May 13, Apple released
Macintosh System 7.0.
(SS, Internet, 5/13/97)
1991 May 13, South African
black activist Winnie Mandela and two co-defendants were convicted
of abducting four young black men and keeping them at her Soweto
home. After an appeal, Mrs. Mandela was ordered to pay a fine.
1992 May 13, President Bush
announced a $600 million loan package to help rebuild riot-scarred
1992 May 13, A trio of
astronauts from the space shuttle Endeavour captured a wayward
Intelsat-6 communications satellite during the first-ever
1993 May 13, The House Ways and
Means Committee gave final approval to President Clinton's
deficit-cutting package, containing a tax increase of $246 billion
over five years.
1993 May 13, In suburban Paris,
a masked man armed with dynamite took a roomful of nursery school
children hostage, demanding $18.5 million. The man was shot to death
by police two days later.
1994 May 13, President Clinton
nominated federal appeals Judge Stephen G. Breyer to the U.S.
Supreme Court to replace retiring Justice Harry A. Blackmun.
1995 May 13, Army Capt.
Lawrence Rockwood was convicted at his court-martial in Fort Drum,
N.Y., of conducting an unauthorized investigation of reported human
rights abuses at a Haitian prison. Rockwood was dismissed from the
military the next day.
1996 May 13, The Supreme Court
unanimously struck down Rhode Island's ban on ads that list or refer
to liquor prices, saying the law violated free-speech rights.
1996 May 13, Recovery workers
in the Florida Everglades retrieved the flight data recorder from
ValuJet Flight 592.
1996 May 13, Bopp van Dessel,
Shell’s former head of environmental studies reported in a taped
interview that the company broke its own rules and inter-national
standards in Nigeria and caused widespread pollution. He resigned
from his post in protest in late 1994.
(SFC, 5/13/96, p.C-12)
1996 May 13, The US winter
wheat harvest was expected to be 12% smaller than last year, making
it the smallest since 1978.
(WSJ, 5/13/96, p.A-1)
1996 May 13, A tornado killed
more than 600 people in Bangladesh. A severe storm in north
Bangladesh killed at least 447 and injured more than 50,000 in the
district of Tangail. Winds had surged to 125 mph.
(SFC, 5/15/96, A-8)(AP, 5/13/97)
1996 May 13, In Belgrade
thousands of workers took to the streets demanding jobs and back pay
and chanted support for the Central Bank governor, who is at odds
with the government leadership. IMF funds are on delay because
Milosevic wants the IMF to recognize Serbia as the sole successor of
the old federation.
(SFC, 5/14/96, A-8)
1996 May 13, Britain’s last
Polaris submarine, the HMS Repulse, came home for good. The Polaris
subs have been replaced by the US Trident nuclear subs.
(SFC, 5/14/96, A-9)
1996 May 13, In Turkey torture
rehabilitation centers set up by the country’s Human Rights
Foundation were declared illegal by the government.
(SFC, 5/14/96, A-10)
1997 May 13, At the Oklahoma
City bombing trial, prosecutors showed jurors the key to the Ryder
truck used to blow up the Alfred P. Murrah federal building,
alleging Timothy McVeigh left it behind in the same alley he picked
to stash his getaway car.
1997 May 13, In Burundi an
outbreak of Typhus was reported. Some 20,000 cases in 3 northwest
provinces were reported by March, mostly in Hutu regroupment camps
set up by the Tutsi-led military.
(WSJ, 5/13/97, p.A1)
1997 May 13, In the Congo rebel
troops reached Wendji and Mbandaka and proceeded to kill Hutu
refugees. Estimates of deaths varied from 550-2000.
(WSJ, 6/6/97, p.A11)(SFC, 9/23/97, p.A11)
1997 May 13, From Ethiopia it
was reported that 6 teenage girls had committed suicide over the
last 9 months in order to avoid traditional marriages to elderly
cousins as old as 80.
(SFC, 5/13/97, p.A13)
1997 May 13, The pension crises
in Poland was described. One-fifth of the GDP was being used for
pensions and the state social security office, ZUS, was feared to be
facing bankruptcy without quick reforms.
(SFC, 5/13/97, p.A13)
1998 May 13, Pres. Clinton
traveled to Germany to meet with Chancellor Kohl and commemorate the
50th anniversary of the Berlin Airlift.
(WSJ, 5/12/98, p.A1)
1998 May 13, President Clinton
ordered harsh sanctions against an unapologetic India, which
undertook a second round of nuclear tests despite global criticism.
It was later reported that the number and size of the weapons were
(SFC, 5/13/98, p.A1)(SFC, 9/16/98, p.A1) (AP,
1998 May 13, Federal regulators
approved a plan to store nuclear bomb waste in the New Mexico at the
Waste isolation Pilot Project (WIPP).
(SFC, 5/14/98, p.A3)
1998 May 13, Thousands of
yellow cab drivers went on a one day strike in NYC.
(SFC, 5/14/98, p.A3)
1998 May 13, India set off 2
more nuclear explosions in defiance of int’l. condemnations.
(SFC, 5/14/98, p.A1)
1998 May 13, In Indonesia
student riots continued and at least 10 student activists were badly
wounded. Pres. Suharto planned to return home early and said he was
willing to step down if he is no longer trusted to lead the country.
(SFC, 5/14/98, p.A14)
1998 May 13, Israeli jets
raided Lebanon and killed 3 men and wounded 21 in an attack on the
radical Palestinian group, Fatah, the Uprising. As many as 10 men
were killed in a Bekaa Valley training camp for Palestinian
(SFC, 5/13/98, p.A13)(SFC, 5/14/98, p.C2)
1998 May 13, In Israel a 6th
Arab victim of stabbing died in Jerusalem. A serial stabber in the
Orthodox Edah Heredit community had stabbed 5 victims since Feb.,
all of whom survived. A religious court of the community, which
rejects the official state of Israel, ruled that its followers
should inform police whatever they know about the attacks.
(SFEC, 5/24/98, p.A17)
1998 May 13, In Mexico
impeachment procedures began for Jorge Carrillo Olea, governor of
(SFEC, 5/17/98, p.A22)
1998 May 13, In Moscow a wall
of the Jewish Lubavitch Marina Roshcha synagogue was destroyed by a
bomb. It was another sign of rising anti-Semitism.
(SFC, 5/15/98, p.D3)
1999 May 13, The GOP leadership
agreed to approve background checks for all buyers at gun shows
following angry calls from constituents.
(WSJ, 5/14/99, p.A1)
1999 May 13, Meg Greenfield
(68), Pulitzer Prize-winning editor and columnist, died in
1999 May 13, Ecuador and Peru
signed a treaty settling their 50-year border dispute over a 50 mile
stretch in the Amazon jungle.
(WSJ, 5/14/99, p.A1)
1999 May 13, In Guatemala
Roberto Belarino Gonzalez (40), ass't. sec. gen'l. for the
opposition Democratic Front for the New Guatemala (FDNG), was shot
and killed as he left his home.
(SFC, 5/14/99, p.D5)
1999 May 13, In Italy the
Parliament chose Treasury Minister Carlo Azeglio Ciampi (78) as the
(SFC, 5/14/99, p.A15)
1999 May 13, In Lebanon a
roadside bomb killed a child, 2 women and a pro-Israeli militia
officer. The bomb was believed to have been detonated by Hezbollah
guerrillas. Separately Israeli planes killed 2 men as they struck
back for an overnight attack by guerrillas on Israeli-occupied
territory that left 1 civilian dead and 4 injured.
(SFC, 5/14/99, p.A15)
1999 May 13, NATO bombs struck
a group of some 500 refugees in Korisa (Kosovo) and at least 79
people were killed. Some 700 hundreds refugees had been locked up by
the Serbs inside the grounds of a warehouse in Korisa.
(SFC, 5/15/99, p.A1)(SFC, 5/31/99, p.A8)
1999 May 13, In Russia the
lower house opened impeachment proceedings against Pres. Yeltsin.
Charges included instigating the 1991 Soviet collapse; improper use
of force against hard-line lawmakers in 1993; launching the
1994-1996 war in Chechnya; ruining the military; and imposing
economic policies that impoverished the country.
(SFC, 5/14/99, p.A1,18)
1999 May 13, In Yugoslavia 120
troops were withdrawn from Kosovo in front of cameras and reporters.
(SFC, 5/14/99, p.A14)
2000 May 13, In the Netherlands
a fireworks depot exploded in Enschede and 20 people were killed
with 589 injured. An estimated 100 tons of fireworks exploded and
flattened some 400 houses.
(SFEC, 5/14/00, p.A12)(SFC, 5/15/00, p.A13)
2000 May 13, In Russia Pres.
Putin divided Russia’s 89 regions into 7 federal districts headed by
a Kremlin representative.
(WSJ, 5/15/00, p.A1)
2000 May 13, In Yugoslavia
Bosko Perosevic (43), head of the Vojvodina provincial government,
was shot and killed at a trade fair. Milivoje Gutovic (50), an
off-duty security guard, was arrested for the murder. Pres.
Milosevic later blamed the student organization Otpor and the
opposition Serbian Renewal Movement party.
(SFC, 5/14/00, p.C13)(SFEC, 5/15/00, p.A12)
2001 May 13, Jason Miller (62),
actor-playwright, died in Scranton, Pa.
2001 May 13, Israeli
helicopters rocketed Palestinian police compounds in the Gaza Strip.
Navy ships fired shells at the Palestinian navy office in the
Nusseiraqt refugee camp.
(SFC, 5/14/01, p.A9)
2001 May 13, In India author
R.K. Narayan died at age 94. His work included 34 novels and
hundreds of short stories.
(SFC, 5/14/01, p.B2)
2001 May 13, In Italy Silvio
Berlusconi’s House of Freedoms coalition led the left-of-center
Olive Tree coalition in parliamentary elections. Berlusconi opposed
a federal Europe and stood as a proponent of free trade and low
(SFC, 5/14/01, p.A1)(SFC, 5/15/01, p.A9)
2001 May 13, The center-right
won Italy's parliamentary elections, setting the stage for the
return to power of media magnate Silvio Berlusconi.
2001 May 13, Pakistan refused
to give refugee status to tens of thousands of Afghans living in the
northwest part of the country. An estimated 50,000 Afghans were on
the move inside Afghanistan.
(SFC, 5/14/01, p.A12)
2001 May 13, In Spain Basque
Nationalists won the regional elections.
(WSJ, 5/11/01, p.A1)(SFC, 5/14/01, p.A9)
2002 May 13, President Bush
signed a $190 billion farm bill guaranteeing higher subsidies to
growers in Midwestern and Southern states. The Farm Security and
Rural Investment Act increased federal payments by some $83 billion
over the next 10 years and was passed to help farmers cope with low
(WSJ, 5/9/02, p.A1)(SFC, 5/14/02, p.A5)(AP,
5/13/03)(Econ, 3/26/05, p.34)
2002 May 13, President Bush
announced that he and Russian President Vladimir Putin would sign a
treaty to shrink their countries' nuclear arsenals by two-thirds to
1,700-2,200 active warheads at the end of 10 years.
(SFC, 5/14/02, p.A1)(AP, 5/13/03)
2002 May 13, In Baltimore
Dontee Stokes (26), a former altar boy, shot and seriously wounded
Rev. Maurice Blackwell (56), who had sexually abused him from age 9
to 13. Stokes was acquitted of murder, but was sentenced to 18
months of home detention on gun charges. In 2005 Blackwell was
convicted of molesting Stokes.
(SFC, 5/15/02, p.A3)(AP, 5/13/03)(SFC, 2/18/05,
2002 May 13, In Cuba former US
Pres. Carter challenged US government conservatives to prove charges
that Cuba has developed biological weapons and shared such
technology with renegade states.
(SFC, 5/14/02, p.A9)
2002 May 13, In India the
government that a heat wave had left 50 people dead in the Andhra
(SFC, 5/14/02, p.A13)
2002 May 13, In Liberia rebels
attacked Arthington and threatened to move on Monrovia unless Pres.
Charles Taylor is arrested and tried.
(SFC, 5/15/02, p.A14)
2002 May 13, In Mexico 2 police
officers were killed in a shootout with suspected ERP rebels at a
water treatment plant in Buena Vista de Cuellar, Guerrero state.
(SFC, 5/14/02, p.A13)
2003 May 13, The US government
unveiled a new $20 bill with color added to help thwart
counterfeiters. $130 million of counterfeit US money was estimated
to be circulating globally. It began circulating in October.
(USAT, 5/13/03, p.1B)(SFC, 10/10/03, p.A1)
2003 May 13, A judge ruled that
Oklahoma City bombing conspirator Terry Nichols should stand trial
in state court on 160 counts of first-degree murder. Nichols was
later found guilty on 161 counts; the 161st count was for the fetus
of a pregnant victim. Nichols was sentenced to life in prison.
2003 May 13, L. Paul Bremer,
the new US administrator in Iraq, reportedly authorized troops to
shoot looters on sight. Rumsfeld said muscle would be used to stop
(SFC, 5/14/03, p.A3)(WSJ, 5/15/03, p.A1)
2003 May 13, Kathleen
Aiello-Loreck (49), a mother of 3 from Antioch, Ca., was killed
during a lunchtime stroll along the Contra Costa Canal Regional
Trail in Concord. The next day John Kahler (32), who lived nearby,
threw himself off the Golden Gate Bridge. On Sep 22 police in
Indiana arrested Robert Ward Frazier (39) for the murder based on
DNA evidence. On June 21, 2006, a jury convicted Frazier of murder,
rape and sodomy. A judge sentenced Frazier to death on Dec 15, 2006.
(SFC, 5/21/03, p.A15)(SFC, 9/26/03, p.A1)(SFC,
6/22/06, p.B1)(SFC, 12/16/06, p.B3)
2003 May 13, Algerian army
commandos freed 17 European tourists kidnapped in the Sahara Desert
by an al-Qaeda-linked terror group, the Salafist Group for Preaching
and Combat. 9 captors were killed and 15 hostages remained.
(AP, 5/14/03)(Econ, 9/3/05, p.44)
2003 May 13, It was reported
that coca production in Bolivia was on the rise due in part to a
failed US-supported crop-substitution program.
(WSJ, 5/13/03, p.A1)
2003 May 13, In eastern China a
gas explosion ripped through a coal mine, killing at least 63 miners
and leaving 23 others missing 1,500 feet underground.
2003 May 13, South Korea's
military deployed soldiers and trucks to the world's third-busiest
port to alleviate a crippling five-day truckers' strike.
2004 May 13, The last episode
of "Frasier" aired on TV following an 11-year run.
(SFC, 5/15/04, p.E3)
2004 May 13, During a campaign
swing in West Virginia, President Bush said he felt "disgraced" by
the images of U.S. soldiers abusing Iraqi prisoners but reminded his
listeners that actions of a handful of Americans should not sully
the nation's military.
2004 May 13, Defense Secretary
Donald H. Rumsfeld visited the Abu Ghraib prison camp in Iraq, where
he insisted the Pentagon did not try to cover up abuses there.
2004 May 13, The SpaceShipOne
rocket climbed to 211,400 feet, becoming the 1st privately funded
vehicle to reach the edge of space.
(ST, 5/14/04, p.A12)
2004 May 13, It was reported
that scientists had recorded as much as a 10% drop in the amount of
sunshine reaching Earth since the 1950s, likely due to atmospheric
(SFC, 5/13/04, p.A1)
2004 May 13, Floyd Kalber (79),
TV anchorman, died in Burr Ridge, Ill.
2004 May 13, Colombia's
outlawed right-wing paramilitary groups agreed to move into a
special zone as they negotiate eventual demobilization.
2004 May 13, France and Germany
declared an intention to formulate a joint industrial policy aimed
at creating a framework for mergers and joint ventures.
(Econ, 5/22/04, p.55)
2004 May 13, India's opposition
Congress Party led by Sonia Gandhi (57) captured the most seats in
parliamentary elections, a stunning defeat for PM Atal Bihari
Vajpayee. Congress won 145 of 543 seats.
(AP, 5/12/04)(Econ, 4/4/09, p.45)
2004 May 13, Israeli forces
pulled out of Gaza City after Egyptian intermediaries helped return
body parts of Israeli soldiers. At least 12 Palestinians were killed
as the army left behind a swath of destruction.
(AP, 5/13/04)(SFC, 5/14/04, p.A6)
2004 May 13, Libya agreed to
halt military trade with North Korea, Syria and Iran.
(WSJ, 5/14/04, p.A1)
2005 May 13, The Pentagon
proposed the most sweeping changes to its network of military bases
in modern history.
2005 May 13, Michael Ross (45),
a serial killer who fought to hasten his own execution and was
forced to prove he wasn't out of his mind, was put to death in
Connecticut in New England's first execution in 45 years.
(AP, 5/13/05)(SFC, 5/14/05, p.A4)
2005 May 13, Afghan police and
demonstrators clashed, killing at least 4 people, as protests over
allegations that interrogators at the US prison in Guantanamo Bay
desecrated Islam's holy book spread to more cities.
2005 May 13, Canada said it
would go ahead with plans to send military advisors to Sudan's
Darfur region despite Khartoum's insistence that it did not want the
troops to enter the country.
2005 May 13, A senior Chinese
official met with President Fidel Castro during a visit aimed at
cementing political and economic ties between the two communist
2005 May 13, East Timor
finished talks in Sydney, Australia, that managed to overcome 2 main
sticking points on their maritime border and revenue from the
Greater Sunrise gasfield. They agreed to defer the boundary issue
for 50 years along with a 50% revenue split.
(Econ, 5/21/05, p.46)
2005 May 13, John Jairo
Velasquez, the man who directed hit teams for drug kingpin Pablo
Escobar, said that Alberto Santofimio Botero, a former top
politician, was behind the 1989 assassination of Colombia’s leading
presidential candidate Luis Carlos Galan.
2005 May 13, In India's
southern Andhra Pradesh state police shot dead six opposition party
supporters, sparking a riot in which hundreds of political activists
stoned to death a policeman and burned cars and trucks.
2005 May 13, Indonesia reported
that researchers had found a strain of bird flu in pigs on Java, and
feared the virus could spread to humans.
(SSFC, 5/15/05, p.A14)
2005 May 13, Iraq announced it
has renewed its state of emergency for another 30 days following two
weeks of insurgent-led violence that killed hundreds of people.
2005 May 13, Hezbollah shelled
Israeli positions in the disputed Chebaa Farms near the border, and
the Israeli army returned fire in the heaviest exchange in months
between Israel and the Lebanese guerrilla force.
2005 May 13, Pres. Fox praised
the dedication of Mexicans working in the US, saying they're willing
to take jobs that "even blacks" won't do. Pres. Fox apologized for
his comments a few days later saying he regretted any hurt feelings
his statements may have caused.
(AP, 5/17/05)(SFC, 5/17/05, p.A3)
2005 May 13, Russia struck a
landmark deal to repay up to $15 billion it owes to the West,
sealing its rapid transformation from economic basket case to
emerging markets powerhouse. The deal crowns Finance Minister Alexei
Kudrin's drive to use Russia's growing oil wealth to reduce the $43
billion it owes to the Club's other 18 members.
2005 May 13, The 2 main rebel
groups fighting in Sudan's Darfur region announced they were willing
to resume stalled peace talks, dropping their previous conditions
for new negotiations.
2005 May 13, In southern
Thailand a roadside bomb exploded near a passing military truck,
killing two Thai marines and seriously wounding eight others.
2005 May 13, In Andijan,
Uzbekistan, soldiers opened fire on thousands of protesters after
demonstrators stormed a jail to free 23 local businessmen accused of
Islamic extremism. The next day Pres. Karimov said 10 soldiers were
killed in the clash. An estimated 700-1000 demonstrators were
killed. The Uzbek government put the death toll at 187.
(AP, 5/13/05)(SSFC, 5/15/05, p.A10)(Econ,
2005 May 13, Pope Benedict XVI
appointed SF Archbishop William Levada (68) as the new prefect of
the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the Vatican’s top
arbiter of questions of faith and morals.
(SFC, 5/14/05, p.A1)
2006 May 13, Former Presidents
George Bush and Bill Clinton helped Tulane University celebrate its
"miracle" commencement, nine months after Hurricane Katrina put
two-thirds of the campus under water and scattered students to more
than 600 schools nationwide.
2006 May 13, The US government
filed a motion to intervene and seek dismissal of a lawsuit by a
civil liberties group against AT&T Inc. over a federal program
to monitor U.S. communications.
2006 May 13, In Boston, Mass.,
unbeaten Ricky Hatton of England dethroned World Boxing Association
welterweight champion Luis Collazo, lifting the title with a
12-round unanimous decision in his welterweight debut.
2006 May 13, In Algeria
security forces found 28 bodies, most of them children, in a
secluded cave used as a hideout by an Algerian Islamic militant
2006 May 13, The presidents of
Brazil and Bolivia said they patched things up after days of
accusations and threats.
2006 May 13, One of Brazil's
most notorious gangs staged dozens of attacks on police before dawn,
setting off gunbattles in three cities that killed at least 30
people, officials said. 74 of 140 prison uprisings were reported
across Sao Paulo state. Authorities blamed the violence on the
prison-based gang, First Command of the Capital (PCC), which formed
in the aftermath of the 1992 massacre at Carandiru Penitentiary. It
was later reported that a recording of Congressional talks to
transfer gang leaders to a remote prison had been leaked to the PCC.
(AP, 5/13/06)(SFC, 5/16/06, p.A7)(SFC, 5/23/06,
p.A6)(Econ, 5/20/06, p.39)
2006 May 13, In central China a
shaft collapsed in an iron mine, trapping eight miners 420 feet
underground at the Dalongshan Iron Mine near Anqing City.
2006 May 13, An international
charity said rich countries are not giving enough money to help
fight a humanitarian crisis in Congo, where more than 1,000 people
die daily from violence, hunger and disease.
2006 May 13, More than 11,000
people marched through Paris to protest a bill that would stiffen
rules for immigrants in France and give authorities power to choose
who can enter.
2006 May 13, PM Ferenc
Gyurcsany announced a plan to stabilize Hungary's economy involving
massive public sector layoffs, in an effort to get the country into
the eurozone by 2010.
2006 May 13, In southern
Hungary a model airplane crashed into a crowd at an air show killing
2006 May 13, In central India 4
special police were killed and five people were injured when
hundreds of Maoist rebels stormed a relief centre sheltering those
fleeing guerrilla violence.
2006 May 13, In Indonesia a
summit of 8 large Muslim countries largely skirted a diplomatic
nuclear crisis engulfing its member Iran but agreed that members
should cooperate to develop atomic energy.
2006 May 13, In central
Indonesia a landslide at a sand pit killed 11 workers, burying their
bodies beneath tons of mud and debris.
2006 May 13, In the
Indian-controlled portion of disputed Kashmir suspected Islamic
militants hurled a grenade at a Hindu political rally, killing two
people and wounding at least 35.
2006 May 13, In southeastern
Iran armed bandits stopped four cars and killed 12 passengers on the
road between the cities of Kerman and Bam.
2006 May 13, Gunmen killed
Ahmed Midhat al-Mahmoud (22), the son of Iraq's top judge, along
with two of his bodyguards and dumped their bodies in Baghdad. Other
attacks outside Baghdad killed five Iraqis and a US soldier. The
bodies of three other Iraqis who had been kidnapped and tortured
were found in the capital. In Mosul suspected insurgents shot and
killed Idrees Shihatha, a local tribal sheik, as he drove his car.
In another part of Mosul, a drive-by shooting killed four Iraqis and
2006 May 13, In Iraq 2 British
soldiers were killed by a roadside bomb as they patrolled in an
armored vehicle near the southern Iraqi city of Basra.
2006 May 13, The Kenyan
government banned smoking in public places in order to protect
non-smokers from the harmful effects of tobacco.
2006 May 13, Myanmar's ruling
military acknowledged that its army is targeting the Karen ethnic
minority, saying the offensive is necessary to suppress bombings and
other anti-government attacks.
2006 May 13, Nepal's communist
rebel chief put forth a peace plan that seeks the release of
political prisoners, the dissolution of parliament and the
constitution and the restructuring of the national army.
2006 May 13, A fishing trawler
sank off New Zealand's South Island, killing three people on board
and leaving three missing in treacherous seas.
2006 May 13, In Saroki,
Pakistan thousands of people gathered for the funeral of Amir Cheema
(28), a Pakistani student found dead in a German jail while awaiting
trial for an alleged assault over cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed.
Cheema was found dead from suicide in his cell at the Moabit prison
in Berlin on May 3.
2006 May 13, Poland’s general
unemployment was running at 18% with youth unemployment at 40%.
(Econ, 5/13/06, Survey p.3)
2006 May 13, Puerto Rican
lawmakers approved the first key pieces of legislation aimed at
resolving a budget crisis that has kept more than 100,000 public
employees out of work since May 1.
2006 May 13, In Somalia Islamic
militia and secular fighters pounded each other with heavy artillery
and mortar fire as the death toll rose to 142 in seven days of
fighting for control of a neighborhood north of the Mogadishu.
2006 May 13, Thousands of
activists held a candlelit vigil urging US troops to withdraw from
South Korea, a week after violent clashes left 210 injured.
2006 May 13, Spanish police and
rescue vessels intercepted six boats carrying over 460 sub-Saharan
illegal migrants off the coast of the Canary Island of Tenerife.
Officials said as many as 1,000 immigrants may have drowned on this
route over just the last 6 months.
(AP, 5/13/06)(Econ, 5/13/06, p.61)
2006 May 13, In Sudan 6 people
were killed when demonstrators opposed to a peace deal the Sudanese
government signed with Darfur rebels clashed with police in the
2006 May 13, Tamil rebels
threatened to resume war if they are denied access to the sea and
claimed government naval forces killed eight Tamil civilians in an
attack in northern Sri Lanka.
2006 May 13, A bomb exploded
outside a garage in eastern Turkey, killing three children.
2006 May 13, The United Arab
Emirates and South Korea signed a series of accords, including a
memorandum of understanding on stockpiling Emirati oil in South
Korea, on the second day of a visit by the South Korean president.
2006 May 13, Pope Benedict XVI
named a new bishop for Vietnam, a country that lacks ties with the
Vatican but has the second highest number of Catholics in Southeast
2007 May 13, President Bush
made a pilgrimage to the site of the Jamestown settlement in
Virginia to mark the 400th anniversary of its founding.
2007 May 13, The US said it is
willing to talk to Iran if discussions deal only with Iraq, where
the Bush administration says Tehran is undermining the Baghdad
government and exporting deadly roadside bombs. Iran's foreign
ministry spokesman said that Tehran has agreed to a formal request
from the US to talk about security in Iraq. Vice President Dick
Cheney held talks with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak toward the
end of a regional tour, focusing on ways to stem chaos in Iraq and
on Iran's impact on security in the Gulf.
2007 May 13, A mother humpback
whale and her calf were spotted in the Sacramento River. They
reached close to Sacramento before turning around back to SF Bay as
thousands watched media marked their wayward progress. On May 29 the
pair reached SF Bay and the next day were spotted outside the Golden
(SFC, 5/31/07, p.B1)
2007 May 13, In Afghanistan 9
policemen lost their lives in fresh attacks. Pakistani and Afghan
forces exchanged fire at their rugged border in their most serious
skirmish in years. Pakistan claimed it killed six Afghan soldiers,
but Afghanistan said just two Afghan civilians were killed.
2007 May 13, Al Qaeda-linked
Algerian rebels facing stepped up assaults by the army set off a
bomb killing three soldiers including an officer east of Algiers.
2007 May 13, Australia’s PM
John Howard said the Australian government has banned the country's
cricket team from touring Zimbabwe in September because he does not
want to support the regime of a "grubby dictator."
2007 May 13, Canada won
hockey's world championship with a 4-2 victory over Finland.
2007 May 13, Pope Benedict XVI
held an inaugural mass for the 5th conference of bishops from Latin
America and the Caribbean. This brought together 166 bishops to
discuss the church's situation in the region, home to nearly half of
the world's 1.1 billion Catholics.
(Econ, 5/5/07, p.47)(AFP, 5/13/07)
2007 May 13, German
pharmaceutical giant Merck KGaA announced that it had signed an
agreement to sell its generic drugs division to the US group Mylan
Laboratories for 4.9 billion euros (6.6 billion dollars).
2007 May 13, Icelandic PM Geir
Haarde's centre-right Independence Party came out on top in weekend
general elections but it was unclear if his coalition government
will stay in power.
2007 May 13, Iran confirmed
that it has detained Haleh Esfandiari, a prominent Iranian-American
academic. A hardline newspaper accused her of spying for the United
States and Israel and trying to start a revolution inside Iran.
2007 May 13, A suicide truck
bomber crashed into the offices of a Kurdish political party,
killing at least 50 people, including the police chief, and wounding
scores. Another bombing at a market in Baghdad killing at least 17
people and wounding 46. Iraqi gunmen drove into the Diyala capital
of Baqouba, pulled two handcuffed men out of the trunk and shot them
to death, one in view of a bustling market and the other near a
movie theater. Three other civilians also were killed
execution-style in a market in the city center. Five civilians were
killed execution style on the streets of Baquoba by gunmen who
appeared to be accusing them of collaborating with the US-led
coalition. Gunmen apparently disguised as Iraqi soldiers broke into
the house of a Sunni family at the Shiite-dominated al-Wihda
district, killing two men and wounding four others, included a
6-year-old child. In all at least 126 people were killed.
(AP, 5/13/07)(AP, 5/14/07)(SFC, 5/14/07, p.A1)
2007 May 13, A Jamaican
newspaper reported that Scotland Yard investigators have concluded
that Pakistan cricket coach Bob Woolmer died of natural causes and
was not strangled as local police have said.
2007 May 13, Nigeria's central
labor union called for a two-day mass protest against last month's
elections, which have been roundly criticized by both local and
foreign observers for fraud. In southern Nigeria at least 30 people
were killed when three vehicles burst into flames after colliding on
(AFP, 5/13/07)(AP, 5/14/07)
2007 May 13, Pro-government and
opposition groups blamed each other for Pakistan's worst political
violence in years, as new riots broke out and the toll from street
battles in Karachi rose to 41 dead and over 150 wounded.
(AP, 5/13/07)(WSJ, 5/14/07, p.A1)
2007 May 13, Fighting between
Palestinian faction of Hamas and Fatah left 4 people dead in the
(SFC, 5/14/07, p.A7)
2007 May 13, A Serbian
ultranationalist resigned as parliament speaker after only five days
in the post, averting immediate fears that the country was returning
to its warmongering past.
2007 May 13, Tamil Tiger rebels
attacked a group of Sri Lankan soldiers who had crossed into
insurgent territory in the north, sparking a battle that left 7
guerrillas and a soldier dead.
2007 May 13, One of
Switzerland's central bankers said further increases in Swiss
interest rates are still on the cards, while also praising the
management of the euro currency.
2007 May 13, A Syrian court
sentenced four pro-democracy campaigners, including one of Syria's
most respected writers, to prison terms as part of President's
Bashar Assad's latest crack down on dissent.
2007 May 13, Hundreds of
thousands of Turks streamed into this port city of Izmir in an
enormous show of opposition to the pro-Islamic ruling party, saying
it threatened to destroy the country's modern foundations.
2008 May 13, Hillary Clinton
won with 67 percent of the vote in the West Virginia primary.
2008 May 13, A research company
said more US homeowners fell behind on mortgage payments last month,
driving the number of homes facing foreclosure up 65 percent versus
the same month last year and contributing to a deepening slide in
2008 May 13, In California
Assemblywoman Karen Bass (54) became the 67th speaker of the
Assembly, the 1st African American woman speaker of the state
(SFC, 5/14/08, p.B3)
2008 May 13, Timothy Kooyman
(24), a homeless man in Rancho Cucamonga, Ca., was arrested on
animal cruelty charges. In 2009 additional charges of using scissors
to cut off feline tails was added to counts of soaking cats in gas
and torching them. Kooyman pleaded insanity.
(SFC, 2/27/09, p.B4)
2008 May 13, In Florida
investigators searched for one or more arsonists behind a string of
wildfires that had destroyed or damaged over 160 homes along the
(SFC, 5/14/08, p.A4)
2008 May 13, EarthLink said it
is pulling out of its high-speed Internet network in Philadelphia,
and that it would shut down the operation on June 12.
(SFC, 5/14/08, p.C3)
2008 May 13, Microsoft Corp.
introduced its WorldWide Telescope, bringing the free Web-based
program for zooming around the universe to a broad audience.
(AP, 5/13/08)(SFC, 5/13/08, p.A1)
2008 May 13, Hewlett-Packard
Co. said it is buying Electronic Data Systems Corp. for $12.6
billion. The deal will create the second largest technology services
provider behind IBM.
2008 May 13, John Philip Law
(b.1937), film star, died. He played the blind angel opposite Jane
Fonda in “Barbarella" (1968).
(SFC, 5/16/08, p.B11)
2008 May 13, International and
Afghan troops forged ahead with an offensive against the Taliban
near the Pakistan border. Helmand governor Gulab Mangal insisted 150
rebels had been killed in Garmser in the past week.
2008 May 13, Two major
Australian banks agreed to a proposed merger which would create the
nation's biggest financial services group worth around 66 billion
dollars (62 billion US). St George, the country's fifth-largest
bank, said it had agreed to an 18.6 billion dollar offer from
Westpac Banking Corporation, Australia's third-largest bank by
2008 May 13, In Brazil renowned
rain forest defender Marina Silva resigned as the environment
minister, saying she lacked the necessary political support to
protect the Amazon. A government study said Blacks will outnumber
whites in Brazil this year for the first time since slavery was
abolished, but the income gap between the two groups may take
another 50 years to bridge.
2008 May 13, In Canada a
helicopter with three people on board appeared to hover as if
looking for a landing spot before it crashed onto a street and burst
into flames in Cranbrook, British Columbia. A pedestrian Kenyan
exchange student, was killed along with the 3 in the helicopter.
2008 May 13, Colombia
extradited 14 top paramilitary warlords, many of them wanted on
drug-trafficking charges, to the United States, saying they failed
to comply with the peace pact under which they demobilized. They
included Ramiro Vanoy Murillo and Francisco Javier Zuluaga. In
October Murillo (60) and Zuluaga (38) pleaded guilty to cocaine
conspiracy charges and faced at least 2 decades in prison.
(AP, 5/13/08)(SFC, 10/10/08, p.A4)
2008 May 13, In India 8 bombs
ripped through bustling streets in Jaipur, killing 63 people and
injuring 216. Evidence pointed increasingly towards Indian Islamists
backed by a Bangladeshi militant group as being behind the blasts.
The Indian Majuhideen claimed responsibility.
(Reuters, 5/14/08)(AP, 5/16/08)(Econ, 5/17/08,
2008 May 13, In Iraq a Sunni
grammar school principal who was shot and killed in Abu Minasir, a
village west of Baghdad. A US soldier was killed when a roadside
bomb exploded next to his vehicle in northwest Baghdad.
2008 May 13, Italy's new PM
Silvio Berlusconi adopted a conciliatory tone with a pledge to reach
out to the left-wing opposition and to turn the country around
2008 May 13, In Kuwait Sheik
Saad Al Abdullah Al Sabah (b.1930), who ruled here for just nine
days in 2006 before being removed for ill health, died.
2008 May 13, The Lebanese army
expanded its troop deployment to several tense areas around the
country, saying its soldiers would use force if needed to impose
order after clashes between the US-backed government and
2008 May 13, In Malawi police
arrested former security and political leaders over allegations they
wanted to overthrow the government of Pres. Bingu Mutharika.
(WSJ, 5/14/08, p.A13)
2008 May 13, In Mexico more
than 2,700 soldiers and federal agents were sent to Sinaloa state as
part of a crackdown on drug-related violence.
2008 May 13, In Nigeria
unidentified gunmen in the restive south hijacked an oil-services
vessel carrying 11 crew members demanding about $250,000 for their
release. The crew members were released on June 25.
(AP, 5/14/08)(AFP, 6/26/08)
2008 May 13, In Qatar the 6th
Doha Interfaith Dialogue Conference opened. More than a dozen
rabbis, including two from Israel, were in attendance. This
conservative Muslim sheikdom recently opened the Doha International
Centre for Interfaith Dialogue, one of the Gulf's first scholarly
centers dedicated to interfaith dialogue.
2009 May 13, Chicago became the
first US city to adopt a ban on the sale of baby bottles and sippy
cups containing the chemical BPA.
2009 May 13, The California
State Univ. Board of Trustees voted 17-2 to adopt a 10% tuition
increase at its 23 campuses. This was its 7th increase since 2002.
(SFC, 5/14/09, p.B3)
2009 May 13, Massachusetts
transportation officials banned nearly all mass-transit drivers from
carrying cell phones or other digitals assistants in response to a
trolley driver’s recent text message that cause a crash injuring
nearly 50 people.
(SFC, 5/14/09, p.A4)
2009 May 13, In North Carolina,
the country’s top tobacco growing state by sales, legislators
approved a ban on smoking in restaurants and bars.
(SFC, 5/14/09, p.A4)
2009 May 13, Off of Florida an
overloaded boat capsized and sank with about 30 people aboard,
mainly Haitian immigrants fleeing their country's crushing poverty.
At least 9 people were dead. 17 survivors were pulled from the
waters. On May 18 Jimmy Metellus (33) of Haiti was charged with
(AP, 5/14/09)(SFC, 5/14/09, p.A4)(SFC, 5/19/09,
2009 May 13, Bank of America
Corp. sold part of its stake in China Construction Bank for some
$7.3 billion as the US lender sought to raise billions more to help
withstand the recession. The stock sale left Bank of America with
about 11% of CCB's shares.
2009 May 13, A new, 2-person,
research submarine, the Deep Flight Super Falcon, was unveiled at
the California Academy of Sciences in SF. It was designed by marine
engineer Graham Hawkes. Its $1.5 million cost was underwritten by
venture capitalist Tom Perkins. It was scheduled to begin exploring
Monterey Bay in June.
(SFC, 5/14/09, p.B5)
2009 May 13, RealtyTrac Inc.
said new data indicated that the number of US households faced with
losing their homes to foreclosure jumped 32 percent in April
compared with the same month last year, with Nevada, Florida and
California showing the highest rates.
2009 May 13, In Afghanistan a
vehicle drove up to the first gate outside Camp Salerno, on the edge
of Khost city, and exploded. 7 people were killed and 21 others were
wounded. Int’l. troops opened fire on a civilian vehicle in Wardak
province, killing a father and his son. A gunbattle between police
and Taliban in western Badghis province left one officer dead.
(AP, 5/13/09)(AFP, 5/13/09)(AP, 5/14/09)
2009 May 13, In Brazil slum
dwellers rioted after the arrest of drug dealers in a Sao Paulo
shantytown, burning vehicles and tires, pelting police with rocks
and briefly shutting down a major urban highway.
2009 May 13, In Egypt the NDP's
Mohammed Zaki Mohammed Mussa was found stabbed to death. He was the
administrative director for the affluent Cairo suburb of 6th October
City. It was later reported that Mussa’s assistant Ikram Ahmed Abdel
Latif (25) stabbed Mussa for failure to pay him his monthly salary
of 350 Egyptian pounds (62 dollars) four times in a row.
2009 May 13, The European
Commission, after an eight-year investigation, fined Intel Corp a
record 1.06 billion euros ($1.45 billion) and ordered it to halt
illegal rebates and other practices it used to squeeze out its
2009 May 13, Voting in India's
marathon elections ended, with early exit polls giving the ruling
Congress party and its allies a slight edge over the opposition bloc
led by the Hindu nationalist BJP.
2009 May 13, In Iraq Ali
Mohammed Kazim of the Public Integrity Commission, a senior
anti-corruption official, was assassinated on his way to work. The
US Army handed over its base at the 6,000-year-old archaeological
site of Ur to the Iraqi military in a ceremony.
2009 May 13, Standing in
Bethlehem, Pope Benedict XVI told Palestinians he understands their
suffering and offered the Vatican's strongest and most symbolic
public backing yet for an independent Palestinian homeland.
2009 May 13, Italy's lower
chamber of parliament passed a hotly debated bill making it a crime
to enter or stay in Italy illegally, the latest effort by Premier
Silvio Berlusconi's conservative forces to crack down on illegal
migration. The bill included a fine of up to $13,670 and jail for
people housing illegal immigrants.
(AP, 5/13/09)(SFC, 5/14/09, p.A2)
2009 May 13, Nigerian MEND
rebels hijacked an oil industry ship and held 15 Filipino sailors
hostage. They demanded that all oil workers leave the southern Niger
Delta by May 16.
2009 May 13, In Pakistan troops
secured footholds in Swat valley overrun by the Taliban, killing 11
militants and discovering 5 headless corpses near Mingora, the
region's main town. Dozens of assailants stormed a transport depot
handling supplies for NATO troops in neighboring Afghanistan and
torched eight trucks before escaping.
2009 May 13, Russian news
agencies reported that Russia, in agreement with the US, will charge
US astronauts $51 million per return trip to the International Space
Station (ISS) from 2012 and will resume selling seats to space
tourists. In 2006 Russia charged the US $21.8 million per return
flight to the ISS. Since then the price for of a space tourist
ticket to the ISS has climbed to $35 million from $20 million.
2009 May 13, South Korean
Destroyer ROKS Munmu the Great and the US guided missile cruiser
Gettysburg dispatched helicopters to aid Egypt’s MV Amira after it
came under attack. 17 suspected pirates were apprehended following
the attack in the Gulf of Aden. In 2010 a Kenya court freed all 17
pirates for lack of evidence. A magistrate blamed the loss of the
case on the US Navy for not providing video and photographic proof
that they claimed to have.
(AP, 5/14/09)(AP, 11/5/10)
2009 May 13, In Sri Lanka
shells hit the only hospital in the northern war zone, killing at
least 50 people in the second such attack in two days. Medics at the
makeshift facility said they were using brief lulls between
explosions to tend to patients but had little to offer beyond gauze
2009 May 13, In Uruguay the
defense ministry confirmed that Minister Jose Bayardi had signed a
decree lifting a ban on people with “open sexual deviations," that
had been imposed by the military dictatorship (1973-1985). The new
decree stated that sexual orientation will no longer be considered a
reason to prevent people from entering military service.
(SFC, 5/14/09, p.A2)
2010 May 13, US Attorney
General Eric Holder said 3 Pakistani men had been taken into custody
in a series of raids related to the May 1 failed Time Square car
2010 May 13, The Los Angeles
City Council voted to boycott Arizona businesses, making it the
largest city to take such action to protest the state's tough new
law targeting illegal immigration.
2010 May 13, In Richmond, Ca.,
3 men were killed in a drive-by shooting.
(SFC, 5/15/10, p.C1)
2010 May 13, Tribune Media
Service in Chicago said that it will cease syndication of the Little
Orphan Annie comic strip on June 13.
(SFC, 5/14/10, p.A6)
2010 May 13, Ruth Chew (90),
author of children’s fantasy books, died in Castro Valley, Ca. She
published 29 children’s books including “Trapped in Time."
(SSFC, 6/6/10, p.C8)
2010 May 23, Ohio executed
Michael Beuke, a hitchhiker who killed a motorist in 1983. Beuke
recited prayers for 17 minutes before he was executed. On Nov 18 new
state prison rules were announced under which the final words of
condemned prisoners could be edited or shortened.
(SFC, 11/19/10, p.A7)
2010 May 13, In Afghanistan
officials said at least three dozen suspected insurgents were killed
in two days of joint NATO and Afghan operations across the country.
A NATO service member died following in a roadside bombing in the
(AP, 5/13/10)(AP, 5/14/10)
2010 May 13, In China a man who
spent 11 years in jail after being tortured into confessing to the
murder of a man who wasn't even dead was been given $96,000 in
government compensation. Zhao Zuohai (57) was recently released from
prison after the man he was convicted of killing more than a decade
ago reappeared in their home village last month. Henan province
Chief Justice Hu Ye was soon suspended over the case.
(AP, 5/13/10)(AP, 5/19/10)
2010 May 13, In Dagestan 5
repairmen on their way to fix a cell phone tower in the southern
province of Russia were killed in an explosion and subsequent gun
2010 May 13, In Greece a
powerful bomb blast outside the country’s largest prison left one
woman injured and nearby homes damaged.
2010 May 13, In Iraq a roadside
bomb exploded near a police patrol in Baghdad's central al-Nahda
square, killing a bystander and wounding eight others, including
five policemen. 2 Iraqi soldiers were killed and seven wounded when
a bomb they were trying to defuse exploded along the road connecting
Baghdad with Mahmudiyah.
(AP, 5/13/10)(AFP, 5/13/10)
2010 May 13, The Israeli
government asked the fishermen to stop fishing in the Sea of
Galilee. Officials said a decade of overfishing has left the aquatic
population of the biblical body of water in danger. The fishing ban
was approved by PM Benjamin Netanyahu and his Cabinet last month and
will be in effect for two years.
2010 May 13, In Kyrgyzstan
opponents of the interim rulers stormed two regional government
headquarters, threatening the delicate peace that has reigned since
the violent overthrow of the president last month.
2010 May 13, In Mexico gunmen
burst into the farm supplies business of Jose Guajardo Varela and
killed him and his son, after he ignored warnings to drop his bid
for mayor of Valle Hermosa, Tamaulipas state. The leader of the
conservative National Action Party said the victim and other
candidates had received threats. 4 policemen in Chiapas state were
killed and two others seriously wounded when gunmen attacked a
convoy carrying payments for a government anti-poverty program.
(AP, 5/14/10)(AP, 5/15/10)
2010 May 13, In Nigeria Vincent
Ogbulafor, chairman of the ruling People's Democratic Party, wrote
that he would be resigning his post following accusations of
embezzling government money. The move pushed aside the most powerful
man blocking the nation's new president from running in next year's
2010 May 13, In Abuja, Nigeria,
the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and China State
Construction Engineering Corporation Limited (CSCEC) sealed a $23
billion deal to build three refineries and a petrochemical complex.
2010 May 13, A Palestinian
teenager (16) was found dead from a gunshot wound near his village
in the West Bank. Palestinians said he was likely shot by an Israeli
settler while throwing stones at cars.
2010 May 13, South African and
Chinese companies announced plans to build a $217 million cement
plant in South Africa, in one of China's biggest investments in the
2010 May 13, In Thailand Maj.
Gen. Khattiya Sawasdiphol, a renegade army officer accused of
marshaling a paramilitary force among the Red Shirt protesters, was
shot in the head, apparently by a sniper, and taken to a hospital.
2010 May 13, The UN General
Assembly approved all 14 candidates for the 14 seats on the
47-member Human Rights Council. Human rights groups criticized the
poor human rights records 7 of the candidates: Angola, Libya,
Malaysia, Mauritania, Qatar, Thailand and Uganda.
(SFC, 5/14/10, p.A2)
2010 May 13, The Venezuelan
government said the Aban Pearl offshore natural gas platform has
sunk into the sea, and 95 workers have been safely rescued.
2010 May 13, In Zimbabwe
thousands of mine workers went on strike for better pay after
negotiations with employers collapsed.
2011 May 13, California state
parks officials said 70 state parks will close starting in September
as a result of state budget cuts.
(SFC, 5/14/11, p.A1)
2011 May 13, Georgia’s Gov.
Nathan Deal signed HB 87, a new immigration bill, into law. On June
14 He proposed that unemployed probationers be given the jobs that
migrants would have typically filled.
(Econ, 6/18/11, p.37)(http://tinyurl.com/3wyckfu)
2011 May 13, In Idaho Gaylin
Leirmoe (26) shot his ex-girlfriend and sister-in-law and his 2
young children before setting fire to a home in Ammon. Leirmoe shot
a bullet to his own head.
(SFC, 5/14/11, p.A4)(http://tinyurl.com/3hytd43)
2011 May 13, It was reported
that tests by bee researcher Dr. Daniel Favre found that mobile
phones may be a major factor in bee colony decline, leading to
massive population issues within the species.
2011 May 13, In Afghanistan two
NATO service members were killed in Helmand province by an Afghan
policeman, who was wounded and hospitalized. Another NATO service
member was killed by a roadside bomb in southern Afghanistan.
(AP, 5/13/11)(SFC, 5/14/11, p.A2)
2011 May 13, Egyptian
authorities on ordered the detention of Suzanne Mubarak, wife of
deposed President Hosni Mubarak. Thousands of Egyptians took to the
streets to push their military rulers to do more to help
(AP, 5/13/11)(Reuters, 5/13/11)
2011 May 13, In Ethiopia a
World Food Program driver was killed in the Ogaden region in an
ambush that also injured another staff member.
2011 May 13, Greek government
officials appealed for calm after three days of attacks by
ultranationalist mobs on dark-skinned foreigners in Athens, sparked
by the fatal mugging of a Greek man in the capital's crime-infested
2011 May 13, India’s ruling
Congress party and its allies weathered a string of corruption
scandals to win three major state elections. The state of West
Bengal said goodbye to three decades of uninterrupted rule by the
world's longest-serving democratically-elected communist government.
Communists also lost in Kerala state, where they ruled for the last
5 years. The Trinamool Congress Party and its allies looked set to
take close to 220 of the state assembly's 294 seats, with the
Marxists reduced to less than 70.
(AP, 5/13/11)(AFP, 5/13/11)(Econ, 5/21/11, p.41)
2011 May 13, In Iraq more than
500 protesters gathered in downtown Baghdad, demanding better
government services and more jobs.
2011 May 13, In Italy Rev.
Riccardo Seppia (51), who had served in Sestri Ponente as pastor of
Holy Spirit church for 14 years, was arrested for allegedly abusing
a 16-year-old boy and giving him cocaine.
2011 May 13, Japan announced a
plan to help Tokyo Electric Power compensate victims of the crisis
at its tsunami-crippled nuclear plant without going broke while it
struggles to resolve the worst nuclear crisis since Chernobyl.
2011 May 13, In Jordan heeding
a call from Palestinian Facebook organizers, several hundred
Jordanians took to the streets of the capital demanding a sovereign
Palestinian state and that refugees be given the right to return
2011 May 13, In Libya NATO
launched more airstrikes in Tripoli as Moammar Gadhafi's regime
faced open defiance on the ground, with activists reporting
gunfights between protesters and soldiers in several of the
capital's neighborhoods. Libyan rebels met senior White House
officials in Washington to seek cash and diplomatic legitimacy in
their battle to topple Gaddafi. The US stopped short of granting
Libyan rebels full diplomatic recognition, as Mahmud Jibril became
the opposition's first senior official to have talks at the White
House. Libya’s government accused the alliance of killing the 11
clerics as they were sleeping in a guesthouse. Government spokesman
Moussa Ibrahim said those killed were part of a group that had
gathered to pray for peace in the oil town of Brega.
(AP, 5/13/11)(Reuters, 5/13/11)(AP, 5/14/11)(AFP,
2011 May 13, Libyan students
attending college in the US expected to lose financial support,
effective May 31, after Libya lost access to about $30 billion in
assets that were frozen by the United Nations and the US as a result
of the military conflict in that country.
2011 May 13, In northern
Nigeria suspected members of an Islamist sect shot and killed a
driver for a state governor. A blast in Borno state killed two
bystanders at a bus stop. 18 people were killed after a bus crashed
head-on with a car in the country's northeast.
(AFP, 5/13/11)(AP, 5/14/11)
2011 May 13, Pakistan’s
parliament passed a resolution declaring the US drone strikes were a
violation of sovereignty. A pair of Taliban suicide bombers attacked
paramilitary police recruits eagerly heading home for a break after
months of training, killing 87 people, including 66 recruits, in the
first act of retaliation for the US raid that killed Osama bin
Laden. The bombers blew themselves up in Shabqadar at the main gate
of the facility for the Frontier Constabulary. Four US missiles
struck a vehicle in the Doga Madakhel village of North Waziristan
tribal region killing 3 people. Two dozen vehicles, including 15
tankers carrying fuel for NATO in Afghanistan, were destroyed when a
blast ripped through a parking lot close to the Torkham border
crossing in the Khyber tribal region.
(SSFC, 5/15/11, p.A6)(AP, 5/13/11)(AP, 5/14/11)
2011 May 13, Palestinian teen
Milad Said Ayyash was fatally wounded after being shot and wounded
near a Jewish settler enclave in east Jerusalem. New clashes erupted
in the disputed city ahead of Palestinian commemoration of their
uprooting more than six decades ago.
2011 May 13, Spanish regional
government authorities said Deyan Valentinov, a homeless Bulgarian
man, beheaded Jennifer Mills-Westley (60), a British grandmother of
five, in a supermarket on the Spanish resort island of Tenerife in
the Canary Islands. The suspect was detained by security guards.
(AP, 5/13/11)(AP, 5/14/11)
2011 May 13, Pioneering Swiss
solar-powered aircraft Solar Impulse landed in Brussels after a
12-hour flight from Switzerland, the futuristic aircraft's first
2011 May 13, Syrian security
forces and snipers opened fire on thousands of protesters, killing
at least 6 people as soldiers tried to head off demonstrations by
occupying mosques and blocking public squares.
(AP, 5/13/11)(SFC, 5/14/11, p.A2)
2011 May 13, In Thailand
authorities at Bangkok's international airport arrested a
first-class passenger whose suitcases were filled with baby
leopards, panthers, a bear and monkeys. The animals had been drugged
and were headed for Dubai.
2011 May 13, A report was
submitted to the Security Council by a UN Panel of Experts, a group
that monitors compliance with UN sanctions imposed on Pyongyang
after it conducted two nuclear tests in 2006 and 2009. It said North
Korea and Iran appear to have been regularly exchanging ballistic
missile technology in violation of UN sanctions. The report said the
illicit technology transfers had "trans-shipment through a
neighboring 3rd country," said to be China.
2011 May 13, In Yemen 7
soldiers were killed in two separate attacks in the cities of Marib
and Shabwa. Anti-government demonstrators rallied in 15 cities. Tens
of thousands of Saleh supporters gathered at a main square in Sanaa,
calling it "Unity Friday." Security forces opened fire at a protest
march in Ibb killing 3 people.
(AP, 5/13/11)(SFC, 5/14/11, p.A2)
2012 May 13, In Chicago 4
mothers were pronounced dead this morning after their speeding car
hit a support beam of an elevated train track around midnight,
crashing with enough force for the vehicle to split in two.
2012 May 13, Bass player and
songwriter Donald "Duck" Dunn (b.1941), a member of the Rock 'n'
Roll Hall of Fame band Booker T. and the MGs and the Blues Brothers
band, died in his sleep while on tour in Tokyo.
2012 May 13, In Afghanistan
Arsala Rahmani, a former Taliban minister, senior Afghan peace
negotiator and close ally of President Hamid Karzai, was shot dead,
dealing a major blow to Kabul's efforts to broker peace with Taliban
insurgents. The radical Mullah Dadullah Front later claimed
(AFP, 5/13/12)(SSFC, 5/20/12, p.A9)
2012 May 13, A Bangladeshi
special court indicted Ghulam Azam (89), a former opposition leader
for alleged atrocities including genocide and murder during the
nation's 1971 liberation struggle against Pakistan.
2012 May 13, Bangladesh police
fired rubber bullets and tear gas at thousands of garment workers
during a second day of riots triggered by false reports that a man
had been murdered by his employers.
2012 May 13, CongoDRC mutineers
allegedly killed 26 loyalist troops in heavy fighting near the
2012 May 13, Voters in
Germany's most populous state inflicted an embarrassingly heavy
defeat on Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives and strengthened
a regional government that the German leader's party had portrayed
as irresponsibly spendthrift. The center-left Social Democrats and
Greens, Germany's main opposition parties, won combined support of
50.4 percent in the election in North Rhine-Westphalia.
2012 May 13, In Germany veteran
anti-whaling campaigner Paul Watson, a Canadian national, was
detained in Frankfurt on charges stemming from a high seas
confrontation over shark finning in 2002. The founder of marine
conservation group Sea Shepherd remained in custody a day after his
arrest on a warrant from Costa Rica. Watson skipped bail on July 22
and fled the country. In August Interpol issued an international
notice for his arrest.
(AFP, 5/14/12)(AFP, 8/8/12)
2012 May 13, In Iraq a series
of bomb attacks mostly targeting security forces, including a
suicide car bombing, killed five people across the country and
wounded several more.
2012 May 13, Japanese artist
Mao Sugiyama (22) had his penis and testicles surgically removed in
March and kept them frozen for two months before dishing them out,
seasoned and braised, to customers at an event hall. Diners paid
20,000 yen ($250) for the plate with a portion of genitals. Police
in Tokyo said they knew of the episode, but added that it had not
broken the law as cannibalism was not illegal in Japan.
2012 May 13, In southwestern
Japan 6 people were killed when a fire swept through their hotel in
2012 May 13, In Lebanon ongoing
clashes in the northern city of Tripoli between factions supporting
and opposed to the revolt in neighboring Syria left one person dead.
2012 May 13, In southern Libya
"Khaled Abu Saleh, a candidate in the upcoming poll for a
constituent assembly, was murdered in the southern desert shortly
after submitting his registration.
2012 May 13, In Mexico 49
bodies, with heads and hands hacked off, were found dumped at the
entrance to the town of San Juan on a highway leading from the
metropolis of Monterrey to the border city of Reynosa. On May 20
police arrested Daniel Elizondo Jesus Ramirez, a Zetas drug cartel
leader nicknamed "El Loco." He confessed to dumping the corpses and
said he'd done so on the orders of Zeta leaders.
(AP, 5/13/12)(AP, 5/21/12)
2012 May 13, In Nigeria a joint
task force raided a suspected Boko Haram base in London Ciki,
Maiduguri, killing two Islamists. Two locally made pistols were
recovered and five suspects were arrested. Gunmen opened fire on
card players in the northern city of Kano, killing three people
including a prison warden. Around 500 attackers, believed to be
nomadic Fulanis, stormed five villages in Lamurde district of
Adamawa state. At least six people were killed in what was thought
to be reprisals in a communal dispute.
(AFP, 5/13/12)(AFP, 5/15/12)
2012 May 13, North Korea
stopped transmitting signals which jammed the GPS systems of
hundreds of civilian aircraft and ships in South Korea for two
weeks. The signals originated from the North's border city of
Kaesong and began on April 28.
2012 May 13, Palestinian
security forces in Jenin arrested Zakariya Zubeidi, a prominent
ex-fighter, in a campaign of arrests that followed the death of its
2012 May 13, The Philippines
foreign ministry said it has lifted an 8-year ban on its nationals
working in Iraq, but only for the Middle Eastern country's
autonomous Kurdistan region.
2012 May 13, In the northern
Philippines 11 people died and 10 others were injured when a bus
fell into a ravine. A bag had fallen off the vehicle as it labored
up a hill and the driver stopped for it. The bus then rolled
backwards until it pitched down a 150-m (500-foot) cliff.
2012 May 13, Sri Lankan
authorities released information for the first time about thousands
of people held under draconian anti-terror laws despite it being
three years since Tamil rebels were crushed.
2012 May 13, In Syria regime
forces battled rebels and carried out raids across the country in a
surge of violence that killed at least 30 people. Syrian forces
killed at least five people when they raided the Sunni farming
village of Al-Tamanaa Al-Ghab in Hama province. The UN mission said
it now has 189 military observers on the ground, nearly two-thirds
of its planned strength of 300.
2012 May 13, Yemen forces
pressed with an assault to recapture the Al-Qaeda-held city of
Zinjibar, advancing on two fronts amid air cover in fighting that
killed six soldiers in two days. Six fighters of the Al-Qaeda-linked
Partisans of Sharia (Islamic law) were also killed in the attack on
Zinjibar. 42 people were reported killed in the southern region of
(AFP, 5/13/12)(SFC, 5/14/12, p.A2)
2013 May 13, President Obama
welcomed British PM David Cameron to the White House, where the two
leaders discussed issues ranging from economic development to the
unfolding conflict in Syria.
2013 May 13, In New Jersey
Joseph Galfy, Jr. (73), a Clark, N.J., attorney was found dead. On
May 16 Caleb "Kai" McGillvary, a homeless, hatchet-wielding
hitchhiker was arrested in Philadelphia for allegedly beating Galfy
to death inside his home. McGillvary had become an Internet hero
earlier this year after he intervened in an attack on a California
2013 May 13, Pennsylvania Dr.
Kermit Gosnell (72) was convicted of first-degree murder in the
deaths of 3 babies and involuntary manslaughter in the overdose
death of an abortion patient. The next day Gosnell gave up his right
to appeal in exchange for a life sentence.
(SFC, 5/14/13, p.A4)(SFC, 5/15/13, p.A6)
2013 May 13, Memphis, Tenn.,
educator Clarence Mumford Sr. was sentenced to 7 years in prison
after pleading guilty to leading a 15-year scheme that helped
teachers cheat on qualification exams.
(SFC, 5/14/13, p.A4)
2013 May 13, Dr. Joyce Brothers
(b.1927), advice columnist and media star, died in NYC. She
initially gained fame in 1955 for winning top prize in “The $64,000
Question" TV quiz show.
2013 May 13, In southern
Afghanistan a roadside bomb in Kandahar province hit a bus and
killed 10 civilians, mostly women and children. 3 Georgian soldiers
killed when a truck bomb exploded at the gate of their outpost in
neighboring Helmand province.
(AP, 5/13/13)(AP, 5/14/13)
2013 May 13, Bangladesh's
government agreed to allow the country's garment workers to form
trade unions without prior permission from factory owners. The
search for the dead ended at the site of the worst disaster in the
history of the global garment industry with the death toll at 1,127.
2013 May 13, Belize authorities
said a construction company has essentially destroyed the Nohmul
complex, one of the country’s largest Mayan pyramids, with backhoes
and bulldozers to extract crushed rock for a road-building project.
The ceremonial center dated back at least 2,300 years.
2013 May 13, Britain’s former
energy minister Chris Huhne and his ex-wife Vicky Pryce were
released early from prison, just two months after being jailed for
lying to police about a speeding offence.0
2013 May 13, In China several
rights lawyers attempting to visit one of the unofficial detention
centers — also known as "black jails" — in the southwestern city of
Ziyang were beaten by unidentified men.
2013 May 13, Greek civil
servants' unions called a 24-hour strike for May 14 in reaction to
the government's decision to use emergency powers to prevent
protesting teachers from disrupting the May 17-31 exams for school
leavers and university candidates.
2013 May 13, It was reported
that at least five times in the last few months, members of a
Honduras street gang were killed or went missing just after run-ins
with the US-supported national police.
2013 May 13, Hong Kong's top
court granted a transgender woman the right to marry her boyfriend
in a watershed ruling that falls short of allowing same-sex
2013 May 13, Indonesia approved
a two-year extension to a landmark ban on clearing primary
rainforests and peatlands. President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono signed
the decree to continue the 2011 moratorium, which barred new logging
and palm oil plantation permits under a $1 billion deal with Norway.
2013 May 13, Ivory Coast
security forces used teargas to disperse hundreds of students
demonstrating against overcrowded classrooms and empty libraries at
the country's largest university, sending at least two students to
the hospital with injuries.
2013 May 13, Kenya police
searched for 40 mentally ill patients who escaped from Mathari
Mental Hospital, the country's only public psychiatric facility. The
escapees had earlier complained that the drugs they were being given
2013 May 13, In Libya a car
bomb exploded near a hospital in a busy area packed with civilians
in Benghazi, destroying part of the facility. Conflicting reports
said 3-10 people were killed.
2013 May 13, In Nigeria Boko
Haram leader Abubakar Shekau, in a newly released video, said his
group has started kidnapping women and children as part of its
bloody guerrilla campaign against the country's government.
2013 May 13, A Nigerian federal
judge ruled that Iranian Azim Aghajani and his accomplice, Nigerian
national Usman Abbas Jega, must serve a five-year prison sentence.
The two men were arrested after authorities in Lagos' Apapa Port
found a container full of 107 mm mortars, rifle rounds and other
weapons in 2010.
2013 May 13, The Philippines
held congressional and local elections. Political allies of Pres.
Aquino looked to take control of the Senate.
(AP, 5/13/13)(SFC, 5/15/13, p.A2)
2013 May 13, In South Africa
thieves stole several hundred thousand dollars from a safe at Soccer
City, a Johannesburg stadium where Justin Bieber and Jon Bon Jovi
performed over the weekend. Police believed it was an inside job.
2013 May 13, In Togo opposition
activists protested the death of one of their leaders in state
custody. Authorities said Kodjo Yakanou suffered a heart attack in
jail, but his supporters maintain he was denied access to adequate
medical care. He was among the opposition supporters detained for
months in questioning with the January burning of two central
2013 May 13, In Venezuela a
"Secure Homeland" initiative placed dozens of military checkpoints
in Petare, a sprawling slum on the outskirts of Caracas. This was
the socialist government's latest attempt to control the oil-rich
country's pandemic of violence.
2013 May 13, A Yemeni military
plane on a training exercise exploded in midair over the country's
capital, killing the pilot and slamming into a residential
neighborhood in Sanaa.
2014 May 13, Pres. Obama met
with Uruguay’s Pres. Jose Mujica and lauded trade and commercial
ties between the two countries.
(SFC, 5/13/14, p.A2)
2014 May 13, A US federal judge
ruled that Idaho’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.
(SFC, 5/14/14, p.A6)
2014 May 13, In New Jersey Ras
Baraka, the son of poet Amiri Baraka (aka LeRoi Jones), was elected
as mayor of Newark with 54% of the vote.
(Econ, 5/17/14, p.26)
2014 May 13, It was reported
that the cost of Brazil’s World cup stadium has nearly tripled to
$900 million in public funds, largely because of allegedly
(SSFC, 5/18/14, p.A20)
2014 May 13, In Brazil bus
drivers demanding higher pay began a 48-hour strike in Rio de
Janeiro, forcing hundreds of thousands of passengers to seek
alternative ways to get to work.
2014 May 13, Canada-based
BlackBerry launched a new lower-cost smartphone designed
specifically for Indonesia in an attempt to win back market share
that has plunged in recent years but remains higher than in many
2014 May 13, In Central African
Republic the body of French journalist Camille Lepage (26) was found
by a patrol of French peacekeeping troops in the Bouar region.
Lepage was with the anti-balaka militia as part of her efforts to
report on the conflict when they were attacked on May 12.
2014 May 13, Europe's highest
court said people should have some say over the results that pop up
when they conduct a Google search of their own name online.
2014 May 13, In Haiti American
missionary George Knoop (77), who came to Haiti in the wake of the
January 2010 earthquake, was stabbed to death in Port-au-Prince.
(AP, 5/16/14)(SSFC, 5/18/14, p.A4)
2014 May 13, In Hungary a
Budapest court found Bela Biszku (92), a former senior official in
the Hungarian Communist Party, guilty of war crimes during the
suppression of the 1956 anti-Soviet uprising. He was sentenced to 5
years and six months imprisonment.
2014 May 13, In Iraq militants
unleashed a wave of car bombings, killing at least 34 people and
sending thick, black smoke into the Baghdad skies in a show of force
meant to intimidate the majority Shiites as they marked what is
meant to be a joyous holiday for their sect.
2014 May 13, An Israeli court
sentenced former PM Ehud Olmert to six years in prison for his role
in a bribery scandal. He was charged for acts while he was mayor of
Jerusalem and national trade minister, years before he became prime
minister in 2006.
2014 May 13, The International
Criminal Court's prosecutor said the Libyan government must
surrender the son of slain dictator Moammar Gadhafi for trial on
charges of crimes against humanity despite its appeal of the
handover and legal proceedings in Libya.
2014 May 13, In Nigeria
vigilante villagers of Kalabalge, Borno state, after learning about
an impending attack by militants, ambushed two trucks with gunmen.
At least 10 militants were reported detained, and scores killed.
2014 May 13, In North Korea an
apartment building under construction in Pyongyang collapsed. The
23-story apartment building was presumed to have housed 92 families.
Word of the collapse was reported on May 18 by the North's official
Korean Central News Agency.
2014 May 13, US authorities in
Puerto Rico said they have arrested a Roman Catholic priest on
charges including sexual trafficking of minors in the first federal
case of its kind in the US territory. Israel Berrios (58), a priest
in the Diocese of Caguas, was arrested in the northern town of
2014 May 13, Saudi health
authorities reported another five deaths from MERS. The potentially
fatal Middle Eastern respiratory virus has sickened hundreds in the
kingdom. A total of 152 people have now died and 495 have been
confirmed to have contracted the virus in Saudi Arabia since it was
discovered in 2012.
2014 May 13, Serbia's new PM
Aleksandar Vucic pledged support for neighboring Bosnia's integrity,
making clear Belgrade would not encourage calls by Bosnian Serbs for
a Crimean-style secession of their half of the country.
2014 May 13, In Sweden Malik
Bendjelloul (36), the director of the acclaimed "Searching for Sugar
Man" documentary, committed suicide following bouts of depression.
2014 May 13, In western Turkey
at least 282 people were killed underground after an explosion and
fire at the Soma coal mine in Manisa province. The death toll soon
rose to 302, making it the worst industrial accident in Turkish
(AP, 5/13/14)(Reuters, 5/14/14)(Reuters,
5/17/14)(Econ, 11/29/14, p.49)
2014 May 13, Ukraine's PM
Arseny Yatseniuk and EU officials signed a deal for 1 billion euro
($1.37 billion) in EU aid for Kiev's beleaguered government as well
as for assistance to help build Ukrainian institutions.
2014 May 13, In Ukraine 7
soldiers were ambushed and killed by rebels armed with grenade
launchers outside the town of Kramatorsk. Ukrainian PM Arseny
Yatseniuk urged Russia not to use natural gas as a "weapon" against
his country, and accused Moscow of seizing tens of billions of
dollars' worth of its assets and energy resources in Crimea.
(AP, 5/13/14)(Reuters, 5/13/14)(Econ, 5/17/14,
2014 May 13, UN
Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon said Lakhdar Brahimi will resign as
the joint UN-Arab League envoy on Syria after a nearly two-year
effort that failed to bring peace to the war-ravaged country.
2014 May 13, In Vietnam several
thousand workers protested at Chinese-owned factories, vandalizing
some of them, as anger flared at Beijing's deployment of an oil rig
in waters claimed by Vietnam.
2014 May 13, Yemeni fighter
planes targeted a vehicle in the southern province of Shabwa,
killing 3 drivers and 5 suspected al Qaeda militants.
(Reuters, 5/13/14)(AP, 5/13/14)