Today in History - May 13

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384        May 13, Servatius (Aravatius), bishop of Tongeren (Belgium), died at age 65.
    (MC, 5/13/02)

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.
    (MC, 5/13/02)

1110        May 13, Crusaders marched into Beirut causing a bloodbath.
    (MC, 5/13/02)

1494        May 13, Columbus found the natives on Jamaica hostile and left for Cuba.
    (http://www1.minn.net/~keithp/v2.htm)

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.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Girolamo_Savonarola)(Hem., 4/97, p.53)(WUD, 1994, p.1672)

1559        May 13, Excavated corpse of heretic David Jorisz was burned in Basel.
    (MC, 5/13/02)

1568        May 13, Mary Queen of Scots was defeated by English at battle of Langside, south of Glasgow.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Langside)

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.
    (MC, 5/13/02)

1637        May 13, Cardinal Richelieu of France created the table knife.
    (MC, 5/13/02)

1643        May 13, Battle at Grantham: English parliamentary armies beat royalists.
    (MC, 5/13/02)

1648        May 13, Margaret Jones of Plymouth was found guilty of witchcraft and was sentenced to be hanged by the neck.
    (HN, 5/13/99)

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.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maria_Theresa_of_Austria)

1729        May 13, Henry William Stiegel, early American glassmaker, was born.
    (HN, 5/13/98)

1730        May 13, Marquess of Rockingham, British Prime Minister from 1765 to 1766 and 1782, was born.
    (HN, 5/13/99)

1732        May 13, Theodor Schwarzkopf (72), composer, died.
    (MC, 5/13/02)

1761        May 13, Adrian Loosjes Pzn (1818, Dutch publisher, writer (Mauritius Lijnslager), was born.
    (MC, 5/13/02)

1767        May 13, Mozart's opera "Apollo et Hyacinthus," premiered in Salzburg.
    (MC, 5/13/02)

1776        May 13, Rodrigo Ferreira da Costa, composer, was born.
    (MC, 5/13/02)

1777        May 13, University library at Vienna opened.
    (MC, 5/13/02)

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.
    (HNQ, 1/24/99)(www.foundingdocs.gov.au/item.asp?dID=35)

1792        May 13, Giovanni-Maria Mastaia-Ferretti, later Pope Pius IX, "Pio Nono" (1846-78), was born at Sinigaglia.
    (PTA, 1980, p.510)(MC, 5/13/02)

1795        May 13, Joshua Ratoon Sands (d.1883), Commander (Union Navy), was born.
    (MC, 5/13/02)

1812        May 13, Johann Matthias Sperger (62), composer, died.
    (MC, 5/13/02)

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.
    (MC, 5/13/02)

1840        May 13, Alphonse Daudet, writer, was born.
    (MC, 5/13/02)

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 Buena Vista.
    (WCG, p.59)(HFA, '96, p.48)(SS, Internet, 5/13/97)(AP, 5/13/98)

1856        May 13, Peter Henry Emerson, 1st to promote photography as an independent art, was born.
    (MC, 5/13/02)

1857        May 13, Ronald Ross, bacteriologist, was born.
    (HN, 5/13/01)

1861        May 13, Britain declared its neutrality in the American Civil War.
    (HN, 5/13/98)

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.
    (MC, 5/13/02)

1868        May 13, Paolo Gallico, composer, was born.
    (MC, 5/13/02)

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.
    (MC, 5/13/02)

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 1949.
    (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, 5/13/98)

1900        May 13, Jos Panhuysen, author (Pornographer), was born.
    (MC, 5/13/02)

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.
    (HN, 5/13/01)
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 dos Santos.
    (AP, 5/13/97)(SFEC, 5/14/00, p.A2)(SFC, 6/27/00, p.A12)

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 to hail.
    (SS, Internet, 5/13/97)

1927        May 13, Clive Barnes, drama critic (NY Times, NY Post), was born.
    (MC, 5/13/02)
1927        May 13, Herbert Ross, director, choreographer (Footloose), was born.
    (MC, 5/13/02)
1927        May 13, "Black Friday" on Berlin Stock Exchange.
    (MC, 5/13/02)

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 suicide.
    (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.
    (MC, 5/13/02)
1937        May 13, Roger [Joseph] Zelazny, sci-fi author (6 Hugos, Chronicles of Amber), was born.
    (MC, 5/13/02)

1939        May 13, Harvey Keitel, actor (Taxi Driver, Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs), was born.
    (MC, 5/13/02)
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]
    (http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c107:H.+Con.+Res.+185:)(WSJ, 11/3/98, p.A20)

1940        May 13, Bruce Chatwin, travel writer (Patagonia), was born.
    (HN, 5/13/01)
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.
    (ON, 3/06, p.5)(www.firstflight.org/shrine/igor_sikorsky.cfm)
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 and sweat."
    (AP, 5/13/97)(SS, Internet, 5/13/97)
1940        May 13, British bombed a factory at Breda, Netherlands.
    (MC, 5/13/02)
1940        May 13, Dutch Queen Wilhelmina fled to England.
    (MC, 5/13/02)

1941        May 13, Ritchie Valens, singer (Donna, La Bamba), was born.
    (MC, 5/13/02)
1941        May 13, Martin Bormann was named head of Nazi Party Chancellery in Germany.
    (MC, 5/13/02)

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.
    (MC, 5/13/02)

1944        May 13, Allied forces in Italy broke through the German Gustav Line into the Liri Valley.
    (HN, 5/13/99)

1945        May 13, US troops conquered Dakeshi, Okinawa.
    (MC, 5/13/02)
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.
    (SFC, 3/22/08, p.B5)(www.ussbaya.com/history.html)

1946        May 13, US condemned 58 camp guards of Mauthausen concentration camp to death.
    (MC, 5/13/02)

1947        May 13, The US Senate approved the Taft-Hartley Act limiting the power of unions. [see Jun 4]
    (MC, 5/13/02)

1949        May 13, The 1st British-produced jet bomber, Canberra, made its 1st test flight.
    (MC, 5/13/02)

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 Ethiopians.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stevie_Wonder)
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.
    (MC, 5/13/02)

1954        May 13, The musical play "The Pajama Game" opened on Broadway for 1063 performances.
    (AP, 5/13/97)
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.
    (AP, 5/13/97)
1954        May 13, Labour Party won British municipal elections.
    (MC, 5/13/02)

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 army.
    (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.
    (http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-2501072550238174626#)(SFEC, 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.
    (MC, 5/13/02)
1961        May 13, Gary Cooper (60), 2 time Academy award winning actor (High Noon), died.
    (MC, 5/13/02)

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.
    (WSJ, 12/16/94, A-12)(www.guggenheimcollection.org/site/artist_bio_77.html)

1965        May 13, Rolling Stones recorded "Satisfaction,"
    (SS, Internet, 5/13/97)
1965        May 13, Several Arab nations broke ties with West Germany after it established diplomatic relations with Israel.
    (MC, 5/13/02)

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.
    (MC, 5/13/02)

1967        May 13, NY Yankee Mickey Mantle (b.1931) hit career HR #500 off Stu Miller.
    (www.baseball-almanac.com/boxscore/05141967.shtml)

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.
    (http://marxists.anu.edu.au/history/etol/writers/frank/1968/may1968/chronology.htm)

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.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1775_Zimmerwald)

1972        May 13, Milwaukee Brewers beat Minn. Twins, 4-3, in 22 innings. The game had started the evening of May 12.
    (www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/MIN/MIN197205120.shtml)
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 Dean.
    (SFC, 2/26/99, p.A4)
1972        May 13, Dan Blocker (b.1928), actor (Hoss-Bonanza), died.
    (www.imdb.com/name/nm0088779/)
1972        May 13, In Osaka, Japan, 118 died in a nightclub atop the 7-story Sennichi dept store.
    (http://shippai.jst.go.jp/en/Detail?fn=0&id=CD1000133)

1973        May 13, Tennis hustler Bobby Riggs (1918-1995) beat Margaret Smith Court (b.1942) in a Mother's Day match in California.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Margaret_Court)

1975        May 13, Jonas Rimsa (b.1903), Lithuania-born artist, died in Santa Monica.
    (www.anykstenai.lt/asmenys/asm.php?id=573)

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.
    (www.remembertheaba.com/New-York-Nets.html)

1978        May 13, The last season of "Columbo," begun in 1971, ended on NBC TV.
    (http://tviv.org/Columbo)
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).
    (www.lewrockwell.com/englund/englund39.html)
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.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joie_Chitwood)

1979        May 13, In Tehran, Iran, the Shah and his family, who had fled in January, were sentenced to death.
    (http://openweb.tvnews.vanderbilt.edu/1979-5/1979-05-13-ABC-8.html)

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.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ray_Knight)

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 assassination.
    (TMC, 1994, p.1981)(AP, 5/13/97)(SFC, 6/14/00, p.A12)(AP, 3/2/06)

1982        May 13, Soyuz T-5 was launched at Baikonur. Berezovoi & Lebedev spent the next 211 days in space.
    (http://space.kursknet.ru/cosmos/english/machines/st5.sht)

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.
    (AP, 5/13/97)
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, p.88)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sitiveni_Rabuka)(WSJ, 9/29/07, p.A6)

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.
    (AP, 5/13/98)
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 [1987] 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."
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chet_Baker)(SFEM, 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.
    (AP, 5/13/99)
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.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tiananmen_Square_protests_of_1989)

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.
    (AP, 5/13/01)

1992        May 13, President Bush announced a $600 million loan package to help rebuild riot-scarred Los Angeles.
    (AP, 5/13/02)
1992        May 13, A trio of astronauts from the space shuttle Endeavour captured a wayward Intelsat-6 communications satellite during the first-ever three-person spacewalk.
    (AP, 5/13/97)

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.
    (AP, 5/13/98)
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.
    (AP, 5/13/98)

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.
    (AP, 5/13/99)

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.
    (AP, 5/13/05)

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.
    (AP, 5/13/97)
1996        May 13, Recovery workers in the Florida Everglades retrieved the flight data recorder from ValuJet Flight 592.
    (AP, 5/13/97)
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.
    (AP, 5/13/98)
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 exaggerated.
    (SFC, 5/13/98, p.A1)(SFC, 9/16/98, p.A1) (AP, 5/13/99)
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 guerrillas.
    (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 Morelos state.
    (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 Washington.
    (AP, 5/13/04)
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 new president.
    (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.
    (AP, 5/13/02)
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 taxes.
    (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.
    (AP, 5/13/02)
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 commodity prices.
    (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, p.A7)
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 Pradesh state.
    (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.
    (AP, 5/13/08)
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 looting.
    (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.
    (AP, 5/14/03)
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.
    (AP, 5/13/03)

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.
    (AP, 5/13/05)
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.
    (AP, 5/13/05)
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 pollution.
    (SFC, 5/13/04, p.A1)
2004        May 13, Floyd Kalber (79), TV anchorman, died in Burr Ridge, Ill.
    (AP, 5/13/05)
2004        May 13, Colombia's outlawed right-wing paramilitary groups agreed to move into a special zone as they negotiate eventual demobilization.
    (AP, 5/13/04)
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.
    (AP, 5/13/06)
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.
    (AP, 5/13/05)
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.
    (Reuters, 5/13/05)
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 nations.
    (AP, 5/14/05)
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.
    (AP, 5/13/05)
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.
    (AP, 5/13/05)
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.
    (AP, 5/13/05)
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.
    (AP, 5/13/05)
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.
    (AP, 5/13/05)
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.
    (AP, 5/13/05)
2005        May 13, In southern Thailand a roadside bomb exploded near a passing military truck, killing two Thai marines and seriously wounding eight others.
    (AP, 5/13/05)
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, 10/1/05, p.39)
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.
    (AP, 5/13/07)
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.
    (AP, 5/13/06)
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.
    (AFP, 5/14/06)
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 group.
    (AP, 5/14/06)
2006        May 13, The presidents of Brazil and Bolivia said they patched things up after days of accusations and threats.
    (AP, 5/14/06)
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.
    (AP, 5/14/06)
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.
    (AP, 5/13/06)
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.
    (AP, 5/13/06)
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.
    (AFP, 5/13/06)
2006        May 13, In southern Hungary a model airplane crashed into a crowd at an air show killing two spectators.
    (AP, 5/13/06)
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.
    (AFP, 5/13/06)
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.
    (AFP, 5/13/06)
2006        May 13, In central Indonesia a landslide at a sand pit killed 11 workers, burying their bodies beneath tons of mud and debris.
    (AP, 5/14/06)
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.
    (AP, 5/13/06)
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.
    (AP, 5/14/06)
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 wounded one.
    (AP, 5/13/06)
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.
    (AP, 5/14/06)
2006        May 13, The Kenyan government banned smoking in public places in order to protect non-smokers from the harmful effects of tobacco.
    (AFP, 5/13/06)
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.
    (AP, 5/14/06)
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.
    (AP, 5/13/06)
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.
    (AP, 5/14/06)
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.
    (AFP, 5/13/06)
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.
    (AP, 5/13/06)
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.
    (AP, 5/13/06)
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.
    (AFP, 5/13/06)
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 war-torn region.
    (AFP, 5/14/06)
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.
    (AP, 5/14/06)
2006        May 13, A bomb exploded outside a garage in eastern Turkey, killing three children.
    (AP, 5/13/06)
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.
    (AFP, 5/13/06)
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 Asia.
    (AP, 5/13/06)

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.
    (AP, 5/13/08)
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.
    (AP, 5/13/07)
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 Gate.
    (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.
    (AP, 5/13/07)
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.
    (Reuters, 5/14/07)
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."
    (AP, 5/13/07)
2007        May 13, Canada won hockey's world championship with a 4-2 victory over Finland.
    (AP, 5/13/08)
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).
    (AP, 5/13/07)
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.
    (AP, 5/13/07)
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.
    (AP, 5/13/07)
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.
    (AP, 5/13/07)
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 a road.
    (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 Gaza Strip.
    (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.
    (AP, 5/14/07)
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.
    (AP, 5/14/07)
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.
    (AP, 5/13/07)
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.
    (AP, 5/14/07)
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.
    (AP, 5/13/07)

2008        May 13, Hillary Clinton won with 67 percent of the vote in the West Virginia primary.
    (AP, 5/14/08)
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 home values.
    (AP, 5/14/08)
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 Assembly.
    (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.
    (www.animalshelter.org/forum/Serial_Cat_Torturer,_Timothy_Kooyman/m_1804/tm.htm)    (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 Atlantic coast.
    (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.
    (AP, 5/13/08)
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.
    (AFP, 5/13/08)
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 market capitalization.
    (AFP, 5/13/08)
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.
    (AP, 5/13/08)
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.
    (Reuters, 5/14/08)
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, p.54)
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.
    (AP, 5/14/08)
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 economically.
    (AP, 5/13/08)
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.
    (AP, 5/13/08)
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 Hezbollah-led opposition.
    (AP, 5/13/08)
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.
    (AP, 5/15/08)
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.
    (AP, 5/16/08)

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.
    (AP, 5/13/09)
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 human smuggling.
    (AP, 5/14/09)(SFC, 5/14/09, p.A4)(SFC, 5/19/09, p.A5)   
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.
    (AP, 5/14/09)
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.
    (AP, 5/13/09)
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.
    (AP, 5/14/09)
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.
    (AFP, 5/16/09)
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 rival, AMD.
    (AP, 5/13/09)
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.
    (AFP, 5/13/09)
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.
    (AP, 5/13/09)
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.
    (AP, 5/13/09)
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.
    (AP, 5/14/09)
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.
    (AP, 5/13/09)
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.
    (Reuters, 5/13/09)
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 and bandages.
    (AP, 5/13/09)
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 bombing.
    (AP, 5/14/10)
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.
    (AP, 5/13/10)
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 restive south.
    (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 attack.
    (AP, 5/13/10)
2010        May 13, In Greece a powerful bomb blast outside the country’s largest prison left one woman injured and nearby homes damaged.
    (AP, 5/13/10)
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.
    (AP, 5/14/10)
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.
    (AP, 5/13/10)
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 election.
    (AP, 5/14/10)
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.
    (AFP, 5/14/10)
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.
    (AP, 5/14/10)
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 country.
    (AFP, 5/13/10)
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.
    (AP, 5/13/10)
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.
    (AP, 5/13/10)
2010        May 13, In Zimbabwe thousands of mine workers went on strike for better pay after negotiations with employers collapsed.
    (AP, 5/13/10)

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.
    (http://tinyurl.com/3m9k97w)
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 Palestinians.
    (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.
    (Reuters, 5/14/11)
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 center.
    (AP, 5/13/11)
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.
    (AP, 5/13/11)
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.
    (AP, 5/15/11)
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.
    (Reuters, 5/13/11)
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 home.
    (AP, 5/13/11)
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, 5/14/11)
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.
    (AP, 5/13/11)
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.
    (AFP, 5/14/11)
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 international sortie.
    (AP, 5/13/11)
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.
    (AP, 5/13/11)
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.
    (Reuters, 5/14/11)
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.
    (AP, 5/14/12)
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.
    (AP, 5/13/12)
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 responsibility.
    (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.
    (AFP, 5/13/12)
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.
    (AFP, 5/13/12)
2012        May 13, CongoDRC mutineers allegedly killed 26 loyalist troops in heavy fighting near the Rwandan border.
    (AFP, 5/14/12)
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.
    (AP, 5/14/12)
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.
    (AFP, 5/13/12)
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.
    (AFP, 5/25/12)
2012        May 13, In southwestern Japan 6 people were killed when a fire swept through their hotel in Fukuyama.
    (AFP, 5/13/12)
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.
    (AFP, 5/13/12)
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.
    (AFP, 5/13/12)
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.
    (AFP, 5/15/12)
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 governor.
    (AFP, 5/13/12)
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.
    (AFP, 5/13/12)
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.
    (AFP, 5/14/12)
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.
    (AFP, 5/13/12)
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.
    (AFP, 5/13/12)
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 Al-Hurur.
    (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.
    (http://tinyurl.com/koo96fu)
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 utility worker.
    (AP, 5/16/13)
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.
    (SFC, 5/14/13, p.A4)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joyce_Brothers)
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.
    (AP, 5/13/13)
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.
    (AP, 5/14/13)
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
    (AP, 5/13/13)
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.
    (AP, 5/14/13)
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.
    (AP, 5/13/13)
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.
    (AP, 5/13/13)
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 marriage.
    (AP, 5/13/13)
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.
    (AP, 5/16/13)
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.
    (AP, 5/13/13)
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 are ineffective.
    (AP, 5/13/13)
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.
    (AP, 5/13/13)
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.
    (AP, 5/13/13)
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.
    (AP, 5/13/13)
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.
    (AP, 5/14/13)
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 markets.
    (AP, 5/13/13)
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.
    (AP, 5/17/13)
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.
    (AP, 5/13/13)

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 fraudulent billing.
    (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.
    (AP, 5/13/14)
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 other nations.
    (AP, 5/13/14)
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.
    (AFP, 5/14/14)
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.
    (AP, 5/13/14)
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.
    (Reuters, 5/13/14)
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.
    (AP, 5/13/14)
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.
    (AP, 5/13/14)
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.
    (AP, 5/13/14)
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.
    (AP, 5/14/14)
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.
    (AP, 5/18/14)
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 Naranjito.
    (AP, 5/13/14)
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.
    (AP, 5/13/14)
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.
    (Reuters, 5/13/14)
2014        May 13, In Sweden Malik Bendjelloul (36), the director of the acclaimed "Searching for Sugar Man" documentary, committed suicide following bouts of depression.
    (AP, 5/14/14)
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 history.
    (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.
    (AP, 5/13/14)
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, p.50)
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.
    (AP, 5/13/14)
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.
    (AP, 5/13/14)
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)

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