Today in History - May 14

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347        May 14, Pachomius, Egyptian monastery founder, abbot (Coenobieten), died.
    (MC, 5/14/02)

649        May 14, Theodore, Greek Pope (642-49), excommunicated by Paul II, died.
    (MC, 5/14/02)

1264        May 14, The Baron's War was fought in England. King Henry III was captured by his brother in law Earl of Leicester Simon de Montfort at the Battle of Lewes in England.
    (HN, 5/14/99)(PC, 1992, p.113)

1509        May 14, In the Battle of Agnadello, the French defeat the Venetians in Northern Italy.
    (HN, 5/14/98)

1533        May 14, Margaret of Valois, queen consort of Navarre, was born.
    (HN, 5/14/01)

1607        May 14, Some 104 men and boys filed ashore from the small sailing ships Susan Constant, Godspeed, and Discovery, onto what English adventurers came to call Jamestown Island in Virginia. Capt. John Smith (27) was among the Englishmen who founded Jamestown.
    (HN, 10/3/00)(AP, 5/14/97)(SFEC, 10/15/00, p.T12)(ON, 2/07, p.7)

1610        May 14, King Henri IV, Henri de Navarre (56), Bourbon King of France (1572, 89-1610) was assassinated by a fanatical monk, François Ravillac. Henri IV was succeeded by 11-year-old Louis XIII, under the eye of Cardinal Richelieu. Henry’s legacy included straight roads flanked by arbres d’alignement on both sides.
    (SFEM, 3/15/98, p.17)(HN, 5/14/99)(MC, 5/14/02)(Econ, 2/14/04, p.48)

1643        May 14, Louis XIV became King of France at age 4 upon the death of his father, Louis XIII.
    (AP, 5/14/97)

1679        May 14, Peder [Nielsen] Horrebow, Danish astronomer, was born.
    (MC, 5/14/02)

1686        May 14, Gabriel Daniel Fahrenheit German physicist and instrument maker, was born. He invented the thermometer. [see May 24]
    (HN, 5/14/98)

1726        May 14, Moshe Darshan, Rabbi, author (Torat Ahsam), died.
    (MC, 5/14/02)

1727        May 14, Thomas Gainsborough (d.1788), English painter, was born (baptized). His work included “The Blue Boy."
    (HN, 5/14/01)(AAP, 1964)(WUD, 1994, p.579)(MC, 5/14/02)

1767        May 14, British government disbanded the import duty on tea in America.
    (MC, 5/14/02)

1771        May 14, Robert Owen, English factory owner, socialist, was born.
    (MC, 5/14/02)
1771        May 14, Thomas Wedgwood, English physicist, was born. He is acknowledged as the first photographer.
    (HN, 5/14/99)

1787        May 14, Delegates began gathering in Philadelphia for a convention to draw up the U.S. Constitution.
    (AP, 5/14/97)

1791        May 14, In Mexico a time capsule was placed atop a bell tower at Mexico City's Metropolitan Cathedral when the building's topmost stone was laid, 218 years after construction had begun. Workers restoring the church found it in October, 2007.
    (AP, 1/15/08)

1796        May 14, English physician Edward Jenner administered the first vaccination against smallpox to his gardener's son, James Phipps (8). A single blister rose up on the spot, but James later demonstrated immunity to smallpox. Jenner actually used vaccinia, a close viral relation to smallpox. [see July 21, 1721]
    (Econ, 11/22/03, p.77)(AP, 5/14/08)

1800        May 14, Friedrich Schiller's translation of "Macbeth" premiered in Weimar.
    (MC, 5/14/02)

1801        May 14, The Pasha of Tripoli declared war on the US after learning that Pres. Jefferson had refused to pay a renewed tribute of $225,000. American warships soon established a blockade.
    (ON, 10/06, p.8)

1804        May 14, The Lewis and Clark expedition to explore the Louisiana Territory left St. Louis. Explorer William Clark sets off from St. Louis, Missouri, to travel upriver to wait for Meriwether Lewis. The two will soon depart together on a journey to reach the Pacific. The trip was retold in a TV movie by Ken Burns in 1997. [see May 22]
    (AP, 5/14/97)(SFC,11/4/97, p.B1)(HN, 5/14/99)

1805        May 14, Johann Peter Emilius Hartmann, composer, was born.
    (MC, 5/14/02)

1832        May 14, Felix Mendelssohn's "Hebrides," premiered.
    (MC, 5/14/02)

1835        May 14, Charles Darwin reached Coquimbo in Northern Chile.
    (MC, 5/14/02)

1842        May 14, 1st edition of London Illustrated News.
    (MC, 5/14/02)

1847        May 14, Fanny Cacilia Mendelssohn Hensel (41), German pianist, composer and sister of Felix Mendelssohn, died of a stroke.
    (ON, 6/07, p.8)

1853        May 14, Gail Borden applied for a patent for condensed milk.
    (HN, 5/14/98)

1856        May 14, James P. Casey, editor of the SF Times, shot James King, proprietor of the rival Evening Bulletin. King died 6 days later. A “Vigilance Committee" of 2,600 later marched up Sacramento St. and broke into the jail where Casey was held. On May 22 Casey was lynched with his unfortunate cell mate, gambler Charles Cora.
    (SFEC, 3/8/98, BR p.1)(SFC, 6/12/10, p.C3)

1863        May 14, Union General Nathanial Banks took his army out of Alexandria, Louisiana, and headed towards Port Hudson along the Mississippi River. The fort was considered the second most important strategic location on the river, after Vicksburg.
    (HN, 5/14/99)
1863        May 14, Battle of Jackson, MS.
    (MC, 5/14/02)

1867        May 14, Kurt Eisner, German premier of revolutionary Bavaria (1918-19), was born.
    (MC, 5/14/02)

1878        May 14, Vaseline first sold with the registered trademark for petroleum jelly.
    (MC, 5/14/02)

1881        May 14, Rudolph Karstadt founded his first store in Wismar, Germany. In 1999 Karstadt merged with Quelle, a mail-order business founded in 1927 by Gustav Schickedanz. By 2009 the venerable German chain, which included the famous Berlin department store KaDeWe, faced bankruptcy after years of erratic management.
    (WSJ, 7/17/06, p.C8)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quelle_(company))(AFP, 9/3/10)
1881        May 14, Mary Seacole (b.1805), Jamaican nurse, died. She is best known for her efforts in the Crimean War during the 1850s. She borrowed money to make the 4,000-mile (about 6500 km) journey by herself and distinguished herself treating battlefield wounded, often nursing wounded soldiers from both sides while under fire.
    (AP, 4/19/10)

1885        May 14, Otto Klemperer, conductor, composer, was born in Breslau, Germany.
    (MC, 5/14/02)

1894        May 14, Fire in Boston bleachers spread to 170 adjoining buildings.
    (MC, 5/14/02)

1897        May 14, Sidney Bechet (d.1951), jazz clarinetist and soprano saxophone player, was born.
    (HN, 5/14/01)
1897        May 14, "Stars and Stripes Forever" by John Phillip Sousa was performed for the first time in Philadelphia.
    (HN, 5/14/01)
1897        May 14, Guglielmo Marconi made the first communication by wireless telegraph.
    (HN, 5/14/98)

1900        May 14, The Olympic games opened in Paris, held as part of the 1900 World's Fair.
    (AP, 5/14/07)

1904        May 14, The first Olympic games to be held in the United States opened in St. Louis. Some 1,500 athletes competed from 13 countries. The US won 80 of 100 gold medals. At the Olympics the game of golf was played for the last time due to lack of general appeal. The 3rd modern Olympics were held at the St. Louis World’s Fair. A separate competition was held for “uncivilized tribes" in what was billed as “Anthropology Days."
    (SFC, 7/14/96, Par p.4)(AP, 5/14/97)(WSJ, 7/23/96, p.A6)(PCh, 1992, p.658)(WSJ, 8/11/04, p.B1)

1908        May 14, 1st passenger flight in an airplane.
    (MC, 5/14/02)

1912        May 14, Johan August Strindberg (b.1849), Swedish novelist, dramatist and essayist, died. In 1985 Michael Meyer authored a Strindberg biography.
    (WUD, 1994 p.1407)(SFC, 8/10/00, p.D2)(MC, 5/14/02)

1913        May 14, Franz Hals museum opened in Haarlem, Netherlands.
    (MC, 5/14/02)

1913        May 14, Walter Johnson (1887-1946), Washington Senators baseball ace, ended his record-breaking streak of 56 scoreless innings against the St. Louis Browns. Johnson’s scoreless inning streak began on April 10, 1913, and lasted 55 and 2/3 innings pitched. He threw six shutouts in a row before finally being scored on by the Browns. The Big Trains streak of 55 2/3 scoreless innings surpassed the Philadelphia Athletics' Jack Coombs record of 53 scoreless innings achieved in 1910. It would take 55 years before Johnson's streak was broken by the Los Angeles Dodgers' Don Drysdale.
    (www.nationalsdailynews.com/columnists/archive.cfm?blog=mark&tag=The%20Big%20Train)
1913        May 14, New York Governor William Sulzer approved a state charter for the Rockefeller Foundation. John D. Rockefeller had given $100 million to the Rockefeller Foundation. This insulated a large part of Rockefeller's fortune from inheritance taxes. At this time Rockefeller’s net worth approached $900 million, about $13 billion in 1998 dollars.
    (WSJ, 5/8/98, p.W10)(Econ, 12/16/06, p.68)

1915        May 14, Harry Joseph Chick Daugherty, trombonist (Spike Jones & City Slickers), was born.
    (MC, 5/14/02)

1918        May 14, Sunday baseball became legal in Wash, DC.
    (MC, 5/14/02)

1925        May 14, Patrice Munsel, soprano (Met Opera, Patrice Munsel Show), was born in Spokane, Wash.
    (MC, 5/14/02)
1925        May 14, Henry Rider Haggard, English writer (Dawn, She), died.
    (MC, 5/14/02)

1928        May 14, Ernesto “Che" Guevara Serna (d.Oct 9, 1967) was born to an aristocratic family in Misiones province, Argentina. A biography was written in 1997 by Jon Lee Anderson: “Che Guevara: A Revolutionary of Life." Ernesto “Che" Guevara, chief lieutenant in the Cuban revolution and active in other Latin American revolutionary movements, was born Ernesto Guevara de la Serna in Rosario, Argentina. “Che" was a nickname meaning “pal." He played a leading role alongside Fidel Castro in the overthrow of Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista in 1959, wrote the book Guerrilla Warfare in 1960 and, as Cuban Minister of Industries from 1961-‘65, led the nationalization of industry and agriculture. He left Cuba in 1965. In 1967 he was tracked down and executed by the Bolivian army.
    (SFC, 6/16/97, p.D3)(HNQ, 12/2/98)(HNQ, 2/10/00)

1931        May 14, Denys Finch-Hatton, British adventurer and lover to writer Isak Dinesen (Karen Blixen), died when his plane crashed shortly after take-off from Kenya’s Voi airport. In 2007 Sara Wheeler authored “Too Close to the Sun: The Audacious Life and Times of Denys Finch Hatton."
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Denys_Finch_Hatton)(SFC, 5/14/07, p.M4)

1932        May 14, There was a "We Want Beer!" parade in NY.
    (MC, 5/14/02)

1933        May 14, Richard P. Brickner, novelist (The Broken Year), was born.
    (HN, 5/14/01)

1935        May 14, A plebiscite in the Philippines ratified an independence agreement.
    (HN, 5/14/98)

1936        May 14, Bobby Darin (d.1973), singer (Mack the Knife), was born in the Bronx as Walden Robert Cassotto.
    (www.history-of-rock.com/bobby_darin.htm)
1936        May 14, In San Francisco a fire at the Shamrock Club, 560 Geary St., left 4 people dead as flames from dancer Betty Blossom’s torches ignited drapes hanging from the ceiling.
    (SSFC, 5/8/11, p.46)

  1940    May 14, British and French forces began a general retreat from Belgium, heading southwest toward France.
    (ON, 12/12, p.1)
1940        May 14, German breakthrough at Sedan, France.
    (MC, 5/14/02)
1940        May 14, The Netherlands (Holland) surrendered to Nazi Germany after the bombing of Rotterdam that left 600-900 dead.
    (HN, 5/14/98)(MC, 5/14/02)
1940        May 14, Emma Goldman, anarchist revolutionary, author (Living My Life), died in Toronto and was buried in Chicago. In 1974 Carol Bolt wrote a play on the formative years of Emma titled: “Red Emma: Queen of the Anarchists." In 1995 Ms. Bolt wrote a libretto based on the play for an opera with music by Gary Kulesha. In 1961 Richard Drinnon authored “Rebel In Paradise: A Biography of Emma Goldman." In 1971 Alex Shulman authored “To the Barricades: The Anarchist Life of Emma Goldman."
    (WSJ, 12/11/95, p.A-1)(ON, 4/00, p.5)(MC, 5/14/02)

1941        May 14, French Admiral Francois Darlan, leader of the armed forces of Vichy France, broadcast to the citizens that only within the confines of the Third Reich can France thrive.
    (HN, 5/14/99)
1941        May 14, Some 3,600 Parisian Jews were arrested. [see Apr 14]
    (MC, 5/14/02)

1942        May 14, Aaron Copland's "Lincoln Portrait" was first performed by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Andre Kostelanetz, who had commissioned the work.
    (AP, 5/14/98)
1942        May 14, US Congress voted to establish the Women's Auxiliary Army Corps (WAAC).
    (AP, 5/14/07)
1942        May 14, The British, in retreat from Burma, reached India.
    (HN, 5/14/98)

1943        May 14, Elizabeth Ray, congressman Wilbur Mills' lover, was born in Marshall, NC.
    (MC, 5/14/02)
1943        May 14, Australia’s AHS Centaur was sunk without warning after it was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine. Of the 332 people on board, only 64 survived. In 2009 deep-sea searchers found the wreck of the hospital ship off the city of Brisbane.
    (AFP, 12/19/09)

1944        May 14, George Lucas, writer and director, was born in Modesto, Ca. He is best remembered for his Star Wars trilogy.
    (HN, 5/14/99)(MC, 5/14/02)
1944        May 14, The Latin trio Los Panchos made its debut at El Teatro Hispano in NYC with Alfredo Gil (d.1999 at 84), Jesus Navarro (Chucho), and Hernando Aviles.
    (SFC, 9/17/99, p.D8)(SFC, 9/30/04, p.E14)
1944        May 14, 91 German bombers harassed Bristol.
    (MC, 5/14/02)
1944        May 14, Gens Rommel, Speidel and von Stulpnagel plotted to assassinate Hitler.
    (MC, 5/14/02)

1945        May 14, A Kamikaze Zero struck the US aircraft carrier Enterprise.
    (MC, 5/14/02)
1945        May 14, US offensive on Okinawa. Sugar Loaf was conquered.
    (MC, 5/14/02)

1948        May 14, US granted Israel de facto recognition.
    (MC, 5/14/02)
1948        May 14, The British evacuated Israel. The independent state of Israel was proclaimed in Tel Aviv under Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion as British rule in Palestine came to an end. Ben-Gurion and 36 fellow members of the Provisional Council of State signed the Declaration of the Establishment of the State of Israel. 10 of the member’s signatures were delayed for 10 days because they were cut off by fighting in Jerusalem.
    (SFC, 10/18/96, C8)(AP, 5/14/97) (SFC, 4/24/98, p.A17)(HN, 5/14/98)(WSJ, 6/1/00, p.A20)(SFC, 10/12/02, p.A21)

1949        May 14, Pres. Truman signed a bill establishing a rocket test range at Cape Canaveral.
    (MC, 5/14/02)

1950        May 14, In Turkey the Democratic Party won 52% of the votes in its first free elections and Adnan Menderes (b.1899) became prime minister.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adnan_Menderes)

1951        May 14, The Ernie Kovacs Show, TV Variety “Ernie in Kovacsland," debuted on NBC.
    (MC, 5/14/02)(SFEC, 5/24/98, DB p.37)

1955        May 14, Representatives from eight Communist bloc countries: Soviet Union, Albania, Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, East Germany, Hungary, Poland & Romania, signed the Warsaw Pact in Poland. Andras Hegedues signed for Hungary.
    (AP, 5/14/97)(SFC, 10/26/99, p.B4)(MC, 5/14/02)

1959        May 14, Sidney Bechet, clarinetist and pioneer jazz composer, died.
    (WSJ, 8/24/00, p.A20)(www.sidneybechet.org/bio.html)

1960        May 14, "At the Drop of a Hat" closed at John Golden in NYC after 216 performances.
    (MC, 5/14/02)
1960        May 14, Some 2-5,000 people marched against the HUAC proceedings at SF City Hall and the police actions against protestors.
    (SFEC, 5/23/99, Z1 p.1)(SSFC, 6/9/02, p.F3)

1961        May 14, A bus carrying the 1st group of Freedom Riders was bombed and burned in Alabama.
    (HN, 5/14/98)(MC, 5/14/02)

1962        May 14, Princess Sophia of Greece wed Don Juan Carlos of Spain.
    (MC, 5/14/02)

1964        May 14, Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev joined United Arab Republic President Gamel Abdel Nasser in setting off charges, diverting the Nile River from the site of the Aswan High Dam project.
    (AP, 5/14/04)

1965        May 14, Frances Perkins (83), the first US female cabinet secretary, died. She served as FDR’s Minister of Labor (1933-45). In 2009 Kirstin Downey authored “The Woman Behind the New Deal: The Life of Francis Perkins, FDR’s Secretary of Labor and His Moral Conscience."
    (Econ, 7/25/09, p.80)(www.gwu.edu/~erpapers/teachinger/glossary/perkins-frances.cfm)

1966         May 14, Ludwig Meidner (b.1884), German expressionist artist, died.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ludwig_Meidner)

1968        May 14, The Beatles in NYC announced the formation of their Apple Corp.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apple_Corps)
1968        May 14, Adm. Husband Edward Kimmel (b.1882), commandant US Ocean fleet WW II, died in Connecticut. Some historians, such as submariner Captain Edward L. "Ned" Beach, later believed Admiral Kimmel and Army Lieutenant General Walter Short became scapegoats for the failures of their superiors prior to the attack on Pearl Harbor and that their careers were effectively and unfairly ruined.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Husband_Kimmel)

1969        May 14, Three companies of the 101st Airborne Division failed to push North Vietnamese forces off Hill 937 (Hamburger Hill) in South Vietnam.
    (HN, 5/14/01)
1969        May 14, Abortion and contraception was legalized in Canada.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abortion_in_Canada)

1970        May 14, In West Germany Andreas Baader, a rabid opponent of the Vietnam War, broke out of prison with the help of gang members including Ulrike Meinhof.
    (WSJ, 4/3/09, p.A15)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ulrike_Meinhof)

1971        May 14, Pope Paul VI (1897-1978), the 262nd pontiff, delivered his Octagesima Adveniens apostolic letter on the 80th anniversary of the Rerum Novarum encyclical by Leo XIII. Paul VI was born in Lombardy, Italy, as Giovanni Battista Enrico Antonio Maria Montini.
    (SFC, 11/20/96, p.C1)(http://tinyurl.com/65jr23)

1973        May 14, Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In last aired on NBC-TV.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rowan_&_Martin's_Laugh-In)
1973        May 14, US Supreme court approved equal rights to females in military.
    (http://caselaw.lp.findlaw.com/cgi-bin/getcase.pl?court=US&vol=411&invol=677)
1973        May 14, The United States launched the 85-ton Skylab 1, its first manned space station with crew Kerwin, Conrad and Weitz.
    (AP, 5/14/97)(www.friends-partners.org/partners/mwade/craft/skylab.htm)

1976        May 14, In Sri Lanka the Tamil United Liberation Front adopted the Vaddukkoaddai Resolution declaring the Tamils’ right to statehood.
    (Econ, 1/23/10, p.41)(www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=74&artid=8861)

1977        May 14, Capt. Robert Nairac (29), an underground British soldier, was abducted from a border pub by an IRA gang, taken across the border into a Republic of Ireland forest, and shot through the head. In 2008 the Police Service of Northern Ireland press office confirmed the arrest of Kevin Crilly (57), an IRA veteran, on suspicion of involvement in Nairac's killing. On April 1, 2011, Crilly was acquitted of all charges against him.
    (AP, 5/20/08)(AP, 4/1/11)

1978        May 14, Gerard Barrett of Australia won the 68th annual San Francisco Bay to Breakers race in a record 35 min., 17 sec. There were 9,738 official entrants with some 4,000 unofficial runners. 13 members of the UC Davis track team tied themselves together and became the first centipede to run in the race.
    (SFC, 5/9/03, p.E5)(SFC, 5/15/09, p.B4)

1980         May 14, President Carter inaugurated the Department of Health and Human Services.
    (AP, 5/14/97)
1980        May 14, Hugh Griffith (b.1912), Welsh actor, died. His films included Passover Plot, Ben Hur, and Tom Jones.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hugh_Griffith)

1983        May 14, Fyodor Abramov (b.1920), Russian playwright, died in Leningrad. His plays included “Brothers and Sisters."
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fyodor_Abramov)(Econ, 10/21/06, p.96)
1983        May 14, In Warsaw, Poland, Grzegorz Przemyk (19), student and son of Solidarity Grzegorz activist Barbara Sadowska, died from internal injurious while in police custody.
    (http://files.osa.ceu.hu/holdings/300/8/3/text/47-5-143.shtml)

1985        May 14, In Indiana Paula Cooper (b.1969) took part in the stabbing death of Ruth Pelke (78), a Bible studies teacher during a robbery with three other teens. Cooper was sentenced to death in 1986, but in 1988 the state’s high court set her death sentence aside and ordered her to serve 60 years in prison. Cooper was released from prison on June 17, 2013.
    (SFC, 6/18/13, p.A5)(http://tinyurl.com/mklp5el)

1987        May 14, The Commerce Department reported that the U.S. trade deficit had narrowed in March to $13.6 billion.
    (AP, 5/14/97)
1987        May 14, A Colt revolver, the Peacemaker of 1873, sold at auction for $242,000.
    (http://tinyurl.com/ps7vw)
1987        May 14, Actress Rita Hayworth died in New York at age 68. In 1983 James Hill (d.2001), producer and former husband (1958-1961), authored “Rita Hayworth: A Memoir."
    (AP, 5/14/97)(SFC, 1/16/01, p.C4)

1988        May 14, Twenty-seven people, most of them teen-agers, were killed when their church bus collided with a pickup truck going the wrong way on a highway near Carrollton, Ky. The driver of the truck, Larry Mahoney, was convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to 16 years' imprisonment; he was released in September 1999.
    (AP, 5/14/03)
1988        May 14, Peru’s military was involved in the massacre of at least 26 peasants in the Andean village of Cayara. A week later the military executed 3 more peasants, before systematically killing 8 witnesses. In 2005 a Peruvian judge ordered the arrest of 118 current and retired military officials for the slayings.
    (AP, 7/6/05)

1989        May 14, Moonlighting, TV Crime Drama, last aired on ABC.
    (www.tv.com/moonlighting/show/301/summary.html)
1989        May 14, Peronist candidate Carlos Saul Menem won Argentina's presidential election. He was a Muslim who converted to Catholicism, which was previously a requirement for the presidency. The annual inflation rate was 5000%.
    (WSJ, 12/12/95, p.A-15)(Hem., 1/96, p.11)(SFC, 12/24/96, p.A8)(AP, 5/14/99)
1989        May 14, The 2nd day of a hunger strike for democratic reforms took place in Beijing's Tiananmen square.
    (http://www.tsquare.tv/chronology/)

1990        Apr 14, The hip-hop group Salt-N-Pepa hit the top #40 on the pop singles chart with "Expression."
    (www.rockonthenet.com/archive/1990/04-14.htm)
1990        May 14, In separate decrees, Soviet President Gorbachev declared that the republics of Estonia and Latvia had no legal basis for moving toward independence.
    (AP, 5/14/00)

1991        May 14, President Bush announced his selection of Robert M. Gates to head the Central Intelligence Agency.
    (AP, 5/14/01)
1991        May 14, Britain's Queen Elizabeth the Second arrived in Washington to begin a two-week visit to the United States.
    (AP, 5/14/01)
1991        May 14, Jiang Qing (77), widow of Chinese leader Mao Tse Tung, committed suicide in prison.
    (SFC, 12/25/99, p.B4)(AP, 6/4/01)
1991        May 14, Forty-two people were killed in a train collision in western Japan.
    (AP, 5/14/01)
1991        May 14, In South Africa, Winnie Mandela was sentenced to six years in prison for her part in the kidnapping and beating of three black youths and the death of a fourth.
    (HN, 5/14/99)

1992        May 14, Former Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev addressed members of the U.S. Congress, appealing to them to pass a bill aiding the people of the former Soviet Union.
    (AP, 5/14/97)
1992        May 14, A US press briefing on Serajevo by State Department spokeswoman Margaret Tutweiler indicated concerns of ethnic cleansing by Serb forces.
    (SFC, 6/11/96, p.A14)   
1992        May 14, Lyle Alzado (43), former football player, died in Portland, Ore.
    (AP, 5/14/97)

1993        May 14, President Clinton told a news conference his threat of military force to halt the war in the former Yugoslavia was "still on the table" despite opposition from European allies.
    (AP, 5/14/98)

1994        May 14, The West Bank town of Jericho saw its first full day of Palestinian self-rule following the withdrawal of Israeli troops, an event celebrated by Palestinians.
    (AP, 5/14/99)

1995        May 14, Myrlie Evers-Williams was sworn in to head the NAACP, pledging to lead the civil rights group away from its recent troubles and restore it as a political and social force.
    (AP, 5/14/00)
1995        May 14, The 11th reincarnation of the Panchen Lama, Gedhun Choikyi Nyima, was announced by the exiled Dalai Lama. Gedhun Choekyi (5) disappeared days after his designation. Six months later China declared Gyaincain Norbu (Gyaltsen Norbu) (5) as the 11th Panchen Lama.
    (SFC, 5/8/97, p.C2)(SFC, 6/19/99, p.A11)(SFC, 8/12/11, p.A2)

1996        May 14, A jury in Pontiac, Mich., acquitted Dr. Jack Kevorkian of assisted-suicide charges, his third legal victory in two years. The judge dismissed murder charges in the same case.
    (AP, 5/14/97)(SFC, 4/14/99, p.A3)
1996        May 14, The Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church in Tigrett, Tenn., burned down. Arson was suspected and investigations by the FBI and ATF were later begun.
    (SFC, 6/11/96, p.A16)
1996        May 14, The US Energy Dept. announced that it would import 20 tons of nuclear waste from research reactors in 41 nations to prevent the weapons grade material from being used for bombs.
    (WSJ, 5/14/96, p.A-1)
1996        May 14, The Voice of America turned on its newest radio transmitter in Kuwait. It was 12 times more powerful than any broadcast station in the US and was directed at Iraq and Iran.
    (WSJ, 5/28/96, p. A-18)
1996        May 14, In France Renault outlined a plan to become majority owned by private investors after more than 5 decades of state control.
    (WSJ, 1/2/97, p.R2)
1996        May 14, Leftist and regional Indian political parties formed a powerful coalition and settled on H.D. Deve Gowda, chief minister of the southern state of Karnataka, as the candidate for prime minister.
    (SFC, 5/15/96, A-10)
1996        May 14, Turkmenistan and Iran opened a rail link.
    (WSJ, 5/14/96, p.A-1)

1997        May 14, Baseball's Exec Council suspended NY Yankee owner George Steinbrenner.
    (MC, 5/14/02)
1997        May 14, Jurors at the Timothy McVeigh trial in Denver saw chilling black-and-white surveillance pictures of a Ryder truck moving toward the Oklahoma City federal building minutes before a bomb blew the place apart.
    (AP, 5/14/98)
1997        May 14, Negotiators agreed on a pact to create a Russia-NATO advisory council. NATO agreed not to base nuclear weapons or substantial combat forces in countries that were recently under Moscow’s control.
    (SFC, 5/15/97, p.A1)
1997        May 14, There was an explosion at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Wash. state. Plutonium and other hazardous chemicals were released and emergency response procedures broke down almost completely.
    (SFC, 7/26/97, p.A8)
1997        May 14, Margaret Lesher (64), inheritor of the Lesher media empire, was reported missing by her new husband, T.C. Thorstenson (39), at Bartlett Lake near Phoenix and was found drowned.
    (SFEM, 9/14/97, p.12,33)
1997        May 14, Harry Blackstone Jr. (62), magician, died of cancer.
    (http://psychcentral.com/psypsych/Harry_Blackstone_Jr.)
1997        May 14, In Vietnam the Supreme People’s Court sentenced 8 state police officials to death after convicting them of drug smuggling.
    (SFC, 5/15/97, p.A13)
1997        May 14, Princess Caradja-Kretzulesco (76), descendant of Prince Dracula, died. Prior to hear death Princess Kretzulesco stepped inside the second-hand book-shop of Ottomar Berbig in Berlin to look for rare books, and ever since the two because inseparable. On her deathbed the princess rewarded Ottomar Berbig’s various services with a title: Ottomar - Prince Kretzulesco.
    (http://dpsinfo.com/dps/cnames.html)(www.cesnur.org/2002/dracula/01.htm)

1998        May 14, The Associated Press commemorated its 150th anniversary.
    (AP, 5/14/99)
1998        May 14, The last episode of the hit sitcom “Seinfeld" was shown after nine years on NBC TV. Commercials paid $2M for 30 seconds.
    (SFC, 4/22/98, p.C1)(AP, 5/14/99)(MC, 5/14/02)
1998        May 14, A US district judge ruled that all California pot clubs were in violation of federal law.
    (SFC, 5/15/98, p.A19)
1998        May 14, In Wisconsin abortion clinics across the state closed as a sweeping ban against “partial birth" abortions went into effect following last month’s bill signed by Gov. Tommy Thompson.
    (SFC, 5/15/98, p.A3)
1998        May 14, Frank Sinatra, singer and actor, died of a heart attack in LA at age 82. Shortly thereafter Brian Gunn published "Rat Pack Confidential: Frank, Dean, Sammy, Peter, Joey & the Last Great Show Biz Party," a biography of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Lawford and Joey Bishop. In Dec the FBI released a 1,300 page Sinatra file that had been put together over a 40-year period. In 2000 Tom and Phil Kuntz edited "The Sinatra Files." In 2005 Anthony Summers and Robbyn Swan authored “Sinatra: The Life."
    (SFC, 5/16/98, p.A1)(SFEC, 7/5/98, BR p.5)(WSJ, 6/13/00, p.B1)(Econ, 7/16/05, p.82)
1998        May 14, Australia, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Japan, the Netherlands, Sweden and the US all imposed penalties on India for its nuclear testing. Pakistan was pressured to refrain from testing its own nuclear weapons.
    (SFC, 5/15/98, p.A15)
1998        May 14, In Indonesia widespread rioting, shooting, looting and demonstrations continued for a 3rd day. At least 230 people were killed in the riots, with over 175 dead from a fire at the 5-story Yogya Plaza shopping center in East Jakarta.
    (SFC, 5/15/98, p.A1)
1998        May 14, Palestinians marked the 50th anniversary of the creation of Israel with 2 minutes of silence and several hours of violence that left 9 dead. They refer to the creation of Israel as the “Nakba" or “Catastrophe."
    (SFC, 5/15/98, p.A14)(SFC, 5/16/98, p.A10)

1999        May 14, His previous calls rebuffed, President Clinton finally got through to Chinese President Jiang Zemin; Clinton expressed hope the two countries could repair the damage to their relations since the U.S. bombing of the Chinese Embassy in Belgrade.
    (AP, 5/14/00)
1999        May 14, The US Senate approved a Republican plan to require background checks at gunshows 48-47.
    (SFC, 5/15/99, p.A3)
1999        May 14, San Francisco and Oakland vied in the Great Green Sweep, an effort to sweep the cities clean.
    (SFEC, 5/16/99, p.D1)
1999        May 14, In San Francisco Julie Christine Day (24) of Walnut Creek was last seen leaving the Bubble Lounge on Montgomery St. Her body was found a week later in a shallow grave in China Basin. In 2009 Jehad Baqleh, a former taxi driver convicted of her murder, was determined to be legally insane.
    (SFC, 5/21/99, p.A15)
1999        May 14, San Francisco police arrested Kevin Keating (38), head of the "Yuppie Eradication Project," on suspicion of property destruction in the Mission. Keating held the pre-WW I Ukrainian anarchist Nestor Makhno as his idol.
    (SFC, 6/7/99, p.A13)
1999        May 14, In Burundi 5 soldiers were sentenced to death for the 1993 murder of Pres. Melchior Ndadaye.
    (SFC, 5/15/99, p.A14)
1999        May 14, In Colombia Matthew Aaron Burtchell, a US helicopter technician, was kidnapped by armed men by Yopal, provincial capital of Casanare.
    (SFC, 5/17/99, p.A10)
1999        May 14, Cuba and Russia agreed on a joint venture to complete a nuclear reactor at the Juragua power station in Cuba.
    (SFC, 5/15/99, p.A14)
1999        May 14, In Guinea-Bissau Malan Bacai Sanha (52), former head of parliament, was declared the 3rd president.
    (SFC, 5/15/99, p.A14)
1999        May 14, In Indonesia the ruling Golkar Party chose Pres. Habibie as its candidate for presidential elections. Polls showed his support at 7%.
    (SFC, 5/15/99, p.A10)
1999        May 14, In Kosovo paramilitary fighters looted homes and killed 41 ethnic Albanian civilians in the village of Cuska. In 2002 Fred Abrahams and Eric Stover authored “A Village Destroyed, May 14, 1999: War Crimes in Kosovo." In 2010 9 men, suspected in the killings in Cuska, were detained and indicted by Serbian police.
    (AP, 3/13/10)(www.ucpress.edu/books/pages/9685.php)(Reuters, 9/11/10)
1999        May 14, In Macedonia Hillary Clinton announced a $21 million aid package to support Kosovo refugees and the Macedonian people who have helped take them in.
    (SFC, 5/15/99, p.A10)
1999        May 14, In South Africa the ruling African National Congress signed a peace pact with the arch-rival Inkatha Freedom Party.
    (SFC, 5/15/99, p.A14)
1999        May 14, In Uganda Pres. Museveni offered amnesty to rebel leader Joseph Kony, head of the Sudanese backed Lord's Resistance Army (LRA). Members of the LRA were included in the offer.
    (SFC, 5/15/99, p.A11)

2000        May 14, In Washington DC tens of thousands took part in the Million Mom March for tougher gun laws.
    (SFC, 5/15/00, p.A1)
2000        May 14, Ethiopia claimed a major victory against Eritrea and claimed that 8 divisions had been destroyed over the last 2 days. Eritrea said 25,000 Ethiopian soldiers were killed or wounded.
    (SFC, 5/15/00, p.A14)
2000        May 14, In Ethiopia elections were held and 7 people were reported killed when government forces threw a grenade into a crowd of protestors and fired into another in the southern region of Hadiya.
    (SFC, 5/15/00, p.A14)
2000        May 14, Thousands of Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza demonstrated and violence erupted with at least one person killed.
    (SFC, 5/15/00, p.A1)
2000        May 14, In Tokyo, Japan, former prime minister Keizo Obuchi (62) died.
    (SFC, 5/15/00, p.A12)(AP, 5/14/01)
2000        May 14, In Sierra Leone rebels handed over 139 UN peacekeepers to Liberia while officials in Freetown secured the release of 18 others. Meanwhile fighting continued for control of Masiaka town 30 miles east of Freetown.
    (SFC, 5/15/00, p.A12)
2000        May 14, In Zimbabwe elections were set for June 24-25, but the opposition objected because voting districts were not yet established and a May 29 deadline for candidates was thought too soon.
    (SFC, 5/17/00, p.A18)

2001        May 14, The Supreme Court ruled 8-to-0 that there is no exception in federal law for people to use marijuana to ease their pain from cancer, AIDS or other illnesses.
    (SFC, 5/15/01, p.A1)(AP, 5/14/02)
2001        May 14, Promising to be a "determined adversary" toward gun violence, President Bush announced plans to mobilize federal and local prosecutors who would focus exclusively on gun-related crimes.
    (AP, 5/14/02)
2001        May 14, The FBI found in Baltimore another batch of undisclosed records on Timothy McVeigh.
    (SFC, 5/15/01, p.A1)
2001        May 14, Tom Green (52), a bigamist with 5 wives and 29 children, went on trial in SLC for bigamy. Green was convicted May 18 of 4 counts of bigamy and one count of failure to pay child support. Green was sentenced to 5 years in prison and ordered to pay $78,000 to the state for fraudulent welfare checks. In 2002 Green was convicted of child rape for impregnating one wife at age 13. Green was released from prison in 2007.
    (SFC, 5/14/01, p.A3)(SFC, 5/19/01, p.A7)(SFC, 8/25/01, p.A3)(SFC, 6/25/02, p.A2)(SFC, 8/8/07, p.A5)
2001        May 14, The European Commission announced that it would establish diplomatic ties with North Korea.
    (WSJ, 5/15/01, p.A1)
2001        May 14, It was reported that bookstores in Indonesia had pulled leftist titles under vigilante pressures.
    (SFC, 5/14/01, p.A10)
2001        May 14, Israeli forces gunned down 5 Palestinian police officers (18-29) at a checkpoint in Beitunia, a suburb of Ramallah. Israel later admitted that the men killed were mistaken for members of Force 17.
    (SFC, 5/15/01, p.A9)(SFC, 5/17/01, p.A10)
2001        May 14, Panama agreed to suspend a 66% increase in bus fares for 7 months following protests and riots in which over 100 people were injured.
    (WSJ, 5/15/01, p.A1)
2001        May 14, In the Philippines midterm elections were held for half the Senate and the entire House of Representatives and 17,600 municipal and provincial posts.
    (SFC, 5/14/01, p.A9)

2002        May 14, Former Pres. Carter addressed the Cuban people and said the US should end its embargo and that Cuba should become more democratic.
    (SFC, 5/15/02, p.A1)
2002        May 14, In Colombia leftist rebels attacked army-backed right-wing paramilitaries at Alto de Minas and left at least 80 people dead 180 miles NW of Bogota.
    (WSJ, 5/17/02, p.A1)(SFC, 5/18/02, p.A13)
2002        May 14, An uprising in Kisangani, Congo, left 163 people dead. Three top commanders: Barnard Biamungu, commander of the RCD's fifth brigade; Laurent Nkunda, seventh brigade commander; and Gabriel Amisi, assistant chief of staff for logistics were identified as part of the Rally for Democracy, the Rwandan-backed rebel group responsible for the massacre.
    (SFC, 6/1/02, p.A11)(AP, 8/19/02)
2002        May 14, In Kashmir 3 Islamic militant attacked an Indian army base and killed 34 civilians and soldiers in Kaluchak. India held Pakistan responsible.
    (SFC, 5/14/02, p.A13)(SFC, 5/15/02, p.A11)(WSJ, 5/16/02, p.A1)
2002        May 14, Nato agreed with Russia on a new framework that would include Russia on a handful of agreed-on issues.
    (SFC, 5/15/02, p.A1)
2002        May 14, In Sierra Leone UN sponsored voting for the presidency and parliament took place for the 1st time since the war ended in 2000. Pres. Kabbah posted a strong lead.
    (WSJ, 5/14/02, p.A1)(SFC, 5/15/02, p.A14)(WSJ, 5/16/02, p.A1)(SSFC, 5/19/02, p.A18)
2002        May 14, The UN Security Council revamped its sanctions against Iraq in order to ease the delivery of civilian goods and tighten controls on military items.
    (SFC, 5/15/02, p.A12)

2003        May 14, Pres. Bush met for the first time with South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun; both leaders said they were united in seeking a Korean peninsula free of nuclear weapons.
    (AP, 5/14/04)
2003        May 14, In Texas Victoria County Sheriff's deputies found 17 people dead in and around a tractor-trailer rig at a South Texas truck stop. Another died at hospital. The victims were illegal immigrants. In 2006 a Texas jury convicted 3 US citizens for the suffocation of 19 smuggled immigrants in an airtight truck. In 2007 truck driver Tyrone Williams (36) was sentenced to life in prison for his role in the smuggling. In 2008 the last of 14 people indicted in the smuggling pleaded guilty. In 2010 Octavio Torres-Ortega was sentenced to 14 years in prison for his role in the smuggling operation. In 2011 Williams was resentenced to nearly 34 years after a federal appeals court overturned the multiple life sentences he had received.
    (WSJ, 5/15/03, p.A1)(WSJ, 2/9/06, p.A1)(SFC, 1/19/07, p.A3)(SFC, 4/15/08, p.A3)(SFC, 6/8/10, p.A5)(SFC, 1/25/11, p.A6)
2003        May 14, Dave DeBusschere (62), basketball Hall-of-Famer, died in New York.
    (AP, 5/14/04)
2003        May 14, Robert Stack (84), the tough-guy hero of TV's "Untouchables" (1959-1963), died. His film debut was in 1939 with "First Love."
    (AP, 5/15/03)
2003        May 14, Dame Wendy Hiller (90), actress, died in Beaconsfield, England.
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    (AP, 5/14/04)(www.imdb.com/name/nm0384908/)
2003        May 14, In Argentina Carlos Menem withdrew from the presidential elections making Nestor Kirchner, governor of Santa Cruz province, the new president-elect.
    (SFC, 5/15/03, p.A12)
2003        May 14, A Belgian attorney filed suit against US Gen. Tommy Franks and Col. Brian P. McCoy for war crimes in the war in Iraq. The use of some 1,500 cluster bombs in Iraq was part of the suit.
    (SFC, 5/15/03, p.A6)
2003        May 14, In Chechnya a female suicide attacker killed 18 people at a funeral service in an apparent attempt on the life of the Moscow-backed chief administrator (Akhmad Kadyrov).
    (AP, 5/14/04)
2003        May 14, In Iraq villagers pulled body after body from a mass grave in Mahaweel, exhuming the remains of up to 3,000 people they suspect were killed during the 1991 Shiite revolt against Saddam Hussein's regime.
    (AP, 5/14/03)
2003        May 14, An Israeli helicopter fired a missile into a crowd in a refugee camp in the Gaza Strip, wounding 30 people and killed three Palestinian policemen, after 10 Israeli soldiers were wounded nearby in a mortar attack.
    (AP, 5/13/03)
2003        May 14, In Italy Premier Silvio Berlusconi inaugurated the ambitious $4 billion "Moses" project to ease the flooding in Venice. Construction soon began on a breakwater for Venice to prevent high tides from entering its lagoon.
    (AP, 5/15/03)(Econ, 9/27/03, p.80)

2004        May 14, The Pentagon announced that Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez, the top US commander in Iraq, had banned virtually all coercive interrogation practices on Iraqi prisoners.
    (SFC, 5/15/04, p.A1)
2004        May 14, Anna Lee (91), whose nearly 70-year acting career in movies and television spanned from her breakthrough role in "How Green Was My Valley" to an extended run on "General Hospital," died of pneumonia.
    (AP, 5/17/04)
2004        May 14, Algerian officials reported that 13 of the countries 48 provinces were infested with swarms of desert locusts.
    (ST, 5/14/04, p.A1)
2004        May 14, A Brazilian domestic airliner crashed near the Amazon city of Manaus, killing all 30 passengers and three crew members.
    (AP, 5/15/04)
2004        May 14, Britain's Daily Mirror newspaper published a front-page apology after photographs purportedly showing British forces abusing Iraqi prisoners turned out to be fake.
    (AP, 5/14/05)
2004        May 14, In Copenhagen, Denmark, Australian Mary Donaldson married Danish Crown Prince Frederik, becoming Crown Princess Mary.
    (AP, 5/14/04)
2004        May 14, In Iraq 4 people were detained in Salaheddin province for the killing of American Nicholas Berg, whose decapitation was captured on videotape. The informant who tipped off authorities was killed by unidentified gunmen the day after the arrests.
    (AP, 5/21/04)
2004        May 14, In Iraq British troops engaged in a battle near the town of at Al Majar Al Kabir. In 2008 lawyers released evidence that they said shows British soldiers may have tortured and executed up to 20 Iraqis after the battle of Danny Boy. On Feb 4, 2013, Britain’s Al-Sweady Inquiry began oral hearings in the case.
    (AP, 2/22/08)(AP, 3/4/13)
2004        May 14, Heavy fighting raged in the Rafah refugee camp, killing two Israeli soldiers and a Palestinian man.
    (AP, 5/14/04)
2004        May 14, It was reported that drought in Peru had forced water restrictions in Lima.
    (ST, 5/14/04, p.A3)
2004        May 14, Poland's new PM Marek Belka, who had urged patience for free-market reforms and his country's mission in Iraq, lost a parliamentary confidence vote.
    (AP, 5/14/04)
2004        May 14, In South Korea the Constitutional Court ruled to dismiss the impeachment case against Pres. Roh. It agreed that Roh violated election rules when he spoke in favor of the Uri party at a news conference.
    (AP, 5/14/04)(SFC, 5/14/04, p.A5)

2005        May 14, The retired aircraft carrier USS America sank to the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean following a series of explosions over 25 days.
    (AP, 5/21/05)
2005        May 14, In Brazil more than 12,000 landless farmers who have marched nearly 125 miles to protest the slow pace of land reform reached the outskirts of Brasilia.
    (AP, 5/15/05)
2005        May 14, Congo's legislature adopted a constitution that reduces the required age for presidential candidates, a change that would allow President Joseph Kabila to stand in the country's next elections.
    (AP, 5/15/05)
2005        May 14, A magnitude 6.9 undersea earthquake rocked Indonesia's Sumatra island.
    (AP, 5/14/05)
2005        May 14, In Iraq insurgents staged a series of attacks, killing at least 9 people. The US military wrapped up Operation Matador, a major offensive in a remote desert region near the Syrian border.
    (AP, 5/14/05)(AP, 5/14/06)
2005        May 14, In Indian Kashmir suspected Muslim rebels shot dead the brother of an ex-militant who became a moderate separatist leader.
    (AFP, 5/14/05)
2005        May 14, In western Nepal government soldiers rescued about 600 students who were abducted from their classrooms in a series of bold strikes by communist rebels.
    (AP, 5/15/05)
2005        May 14, Russian security forces and police killed six suspected militants, including two female suicide bombers, who had holed up in an apartment in Cherkessk. Russian forces in Chechnya killed 4 rebels including former separatist vice president Vakha Arsanov.
    (AP, 5/15/05)
2005        May 14, Warlords began withdrawing thousands of militia fighters from the Somali capital in a bid to restore order after more than 15 years of anarchy and civil war.
    (AP, 5/15/05)
2005        May 14, A surprise election victory for Taiwan's ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), marred by a record-low voter turnout, gave a limited endorsement of President Chen Shui-bian's policy of standing up to China.
    (AP, 5/15/05)
2005        May 13, Turkish soldiers killed 9 Kurdish rebels in Turkey's predominantly Kurdish southeast. Automatic weapons, plastic explosives, grenades, and a rocket-propelled grenade launcher were seized in the operation. A Syrian citizen was among those killed.
    (AP, 5/14/05)
2005        May 14, Thousands of terrified Uzbeks waiting to flee across the border into Kyrgyzstan stormed government buildings, torched police cars and attacked border guards in a 2nd day of violence spawned by an uprising against the iron-fisted rule of US-allied Pres. Islam Karimov.
    (AP, 5/14/05)

2006        May 14, Mexican President Vicente Fox telephoned President Bush to express his concern about the border between the two nations, a day before Bush's planned Oval Office speech on immigration.
    (AP, 5/14/07)
2006        May 14, Maine's governor declared a state of emergency in the southern most county, and the governors of Massachusetts and New Hampshire also declared states of emergency as a 3-day deluge turned streets into rivers across New England, flooding homes up to their door knobs, forcing dozens of schools to close because the buses couldn't get through, and threatening dams and communities as rivers rise.
    (AP, 5/15/06)
2006        May 14, Aras Baskauskas, a 24-year-old yoga instructor from Santa Monica, Calif., won "Survivor: Panama, Exile Island," the 12th edition of the CBS reality show.
    (AP, 5/14/07)
2006        May 14, Lew Anderson (b.1922), who captivated young baby boomers as the Howdy Doody Show's final Clarabell the Clown, died in Hawthorne, NY. Anderson broke the clown's silence in the show's final episode in 1960. With trembling lips and a visible tear in his eye, he spoke the show's final words: "Goodbye, kids."
    (AP, 5/17/06)
2006        May 14, Marsha Spicer (41) was raped and murdered in Lafayette County, Missouri. On July 31, 2008, Richard D. Davis (44) was found guilty of murder in her videotaped sexual torture and slaying. In June 2008 Davis was convicted in the kidnapping and rape of Michelle Huff-Ricci (36), whose body was found in June, 2006. On Oct 10 Davis was sentenced to death.
    (http://mylifeofcrime.wordpress.com/2006/05/27/marsha-spicer-murder-51406/)(SFC, 8/1/08, p.A4)(AP, 10/10/08)
2006        May 14, Stanley Kunitz (b.1905), former US poet laureate (2000), died at his home in Manhattan.
    (SFC, 5/16/06, p.B5)(Econ, 5/27/06, p.83)
2006        May 14, A Bangladesh court sentenced 10 Islamic militants to life imprisonment and three others to 20 years in jail for their roles in deadly blasts across Bangladesh last year.
    (AFP, 5/14/06)
2006        May 14, Rene Preval was sworn in as Haiti's president for the second time in a decade. Prisoners rioted at Haiti's main prison, with gunfire heard within its walls and scores of inmates massing on the roof and holding what appeared to be two dead bodies.
    (AP, 5/14/06)(AP, 5/14/07)
2006        May 14, In Iraq 2 suicide car bombings killed 14 Iraqis and injured at least six near a main checkpoint leading to Baghdad's international airport. 5 roadside bombings in Baghdad killed 12 people with some 55 injured. Six Shiite shrines were damaged in a series of blasts around the Baqouba area northeast of the capital. US forces, planes and helicopters attacked an insurgent haven in Youssifiyah, killing 25 insurgents. Insurgents shot down a US helicopter south of Baghdad and killed two soldiers, bringing the weekend death toll of American service members to seven.
    (AP, 5/14/06)(AP, 5/15/06)
2006        May 14, Israeli troops raided a village in the West Bank, killing 5 Palestinians, including a militant Israel blamed for several suicide bombings that have killed dozens of Israelis.
    (AP, 5/14/06)
2006        May 14, In northwestern Pakistan suspected Islamic militants stormed a roadside security post in a tribal region and shot dead an officer.
    (AP, 5/14/06)
2006        May 14, Exiled former Pakistan prime ministers Benazir Bhutto and Nawaz Sharif met in London and agreed to a “charter of democracy" and to join in opposition to the rule of Pres. Musharraf.
    (Econ, 5/20/06, p.46)
2006        May 14, Officials said a searing heatwave in central Pakistan has killed at least 84 people with temperatures as high as 50 degrees Celsius (122 Fahrenheit) in the past week.
    (AFP, 5/14/06)
2006        May 14, The armed Basque group ETA stated publicly for the first time since a ceasefire declaration in March that it still demands self-determination for the Basque Country.
    (AFP, 5/14/06)
2006        May 14, Syria detained Michel Kilo (66), a prominent writer and democracy campaigner, who has long been one of the government's most outspoken critics.
    (AP, 5/15/06)
2006        May 14, Vietnam’s state media said the US had clinched a bilateral market access deal with Vietnam that will help clear the path to its former wartime enemy joining the World Trade Organization.
    (AFP, 5/14/06)

2007        May 14, Pres. Bush ordered up new rules aimed at increasing automobile fuel efficiency and the use of alternative fuels.
    (WSJ, 5/15/07, p.A1)
2007        May 14, The trial of suspected al-Qaida operative Jose Padilla opened in Miami. Padilla and two co-defendants were convicted in August, 2007, of terrorism conspiracy; Padilla was sentenced to 17 years in prison.
    (AP, 5/14/08)
2007        May 14, The cost of first-class US letters went up 2 cents to 41 cents.
    (AP, 5/14/07)
2007        May 14, Endemol, the brains behind reality television shows like "Big Brother", fell into the hands of a consortium led by Italy's Mediaset which is looking to branch out of the saturated Italian television market.
    (AP, 5/14/07)
2007        May 14, Charles Y. Lazarus (b.1914), the last of four generations to run the iconic Federated Dept. store in Columbus, Ohio, died in Columbus.
    (WSJ, 5/19/07, p.A6)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Simon_Lazarus)
2007        May 14, Algerian troops, stepping up assaults on al Qaeda's north African wing after suicide bombings last month, killed 13 Islamist fighters east of Algiers.
    (Reuters, 5/15/07)
2007        May 14, An Australian teenager was awarded record damages including a lifetime income after a court found that his life had been ruined by bullying at primary school. Australian authorities said they want to shoot more than 3,000 kangaroos on the fringes of Canberra, noting the animals were growing in population and eating through the grassy habitats of endangered species.
    (AFP, 5/14/07)(AP, 5/14/07)
2007        May 14, Pope Benedict XVI returned to Rome after telling Brazilians a growing rich-poor gap is to be lamented, but that the solution isn’t Marxism.
    (WSJ, 5/15/07, p.A1)
2007        May 14, In the Central African Republic the president's office said several former armed rebels have surrendered to the authorities over the past few days in the troubled north.
    (AP, 5/14/07)
2007        May 14, A Chinese rocket blasted a Nigerian communications satellite into orbit, marking an expansion of China's commercial launching services for foreign space hardware.
    (AP, 5/14/07)
2007        May 14, In Colombia judicial authorities ordered the arrest of 20 politicians and business leaders, including five congressmen, on criminal conspiracy charges for signing a 2001 pact with illegal right-wing militias. In the biggest shake-up in years of the security forces, Colombia's police chief and the head of police intelligence were forced to retire as the government alleged that police illegally tapped calls of opposition political figures, journalists and members of the government for the past two years.
    (AP, 5/15/07)
2007        May 14, Gangs torched houses and fought in East Timor, injuring around 14 people, as violence broke out following the nation's presidential elections.
    (AP, 5/15/07)
2007        May 14, EU foreign ministers gave the green light for a 40-million euro aid package to the African Union peacekeeping force in the troubled Sudanese province of Darfur.
    (AP, 5/14/07)
2007        May 14, EU foreign ministers decided to drop a visa ban against four Uzbek officials, while extending other sanctions against the Central Asian nation imposed after a crackdown on an uprising in 2005.
    (AP, 5/14/07)
2007        May 14, German-based DaimlerChrysler said it will sell almost all of money-losing Chrysler to Cerberus, a private equity firm, for $7.4 billion, backing out of a troubled 1998 takeover aimed at creating a global automotive powerhouse. John Snow, former US treasury secretary, served as chairman of Cerberus.
    (AP, 5/14/07)(Econ, 5/19/07, p.67)
2007        May 14, In India Dr. Binayak Sen (b.1950), a human rights activist, was arrested for conspiring with Naxalites in Chhattisgarh state. He was charged with carrying messages to the Maoist insurgents.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Binayak_Sen)(Econ, 5/31/08, p.48)(Econ, 1/29/11, p.41)
2007        May 14, In western India a gas tanker, truck and bus collided, sparking a fire that engulfed the three vehicles and killed at least 30 people.
    (AP, 5/14/07)
2007        May 14, Iraqi and US forces also exchanged fire with gunmen near Youssifiyah during the house-to-house search operation for 3 missing American soldiers, killing two suspected insurgents and injuring four others. Gunmen opened fire on a police checkpoint in Baqouba killing three policemen and two civilians. Mortar rounds struck an outdoor market in Baghdad killing 3 people. In Suwayrah police dragged two unidentified, bullet-riddled bodies of a man and a women in their 40s from the Tigris River. A roadside bomb near the southern city of Basra also killed one Danish soldier and wounded five. 2 US soldiers on a foot patrol southeast of Baghdad were shot to death. Five US troops were killed in attacks in Baghdad and surrounding areas, while another soldier died of non-combat related causes.
    (AP, 5/14/07)(AP, 5/14/07)
2007        May 14, Lebanon's prime minister asked the UN Security Council to impose an international tribunal to prosecute suspects in the assassination of former premier Rafik Hariri.
    (AP, 5/14/07)
2007        May 14, Malaysia’s PM Badawi hosted Singapore’s Premier Lee Hsein Lloong for a 2-day talk on economic cooperation.
    (WSJ, 5/14/07, p.A8)
2007        May 14, In Mexico City gunmen fatally shot Jose Nemesio Lugo, Mexico’s new federal narcotics intelligence chief, as he was on his way to work at the Attorney General's Office.
    (AP, 5/14/07)(SFC, 5/25/07, p.A1)
2007        May 14, Nearly 60 former heads of state, including three ex-American presidents, demanded that Myanmar's military regime release Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi from house arrest.
    (AP, 5/14/07)
2007        May 14, In southern Nigeria's Rivers State unidentified gunmen snatched a Nigerian working for Italian oil giant Agip.
    (AFP, 5/14/07)
2007        May 14, In Pakistan militants opened fire on a group of US, Afghan and Pakistani military officials meeting near the Afghan border, killing one American and a Pakistani soldier. In 2011 it was reported that a Pakistani soldier had opened fire with an automatic rifle, pumping multiple rounds from just 5 or 10 yards away into American officer, Maj. Larry J. Bauguess Jr., (36) killing him almost instantly. Separately Karachi storefronts were shuttered and the streets of the commercial hub emptied of cars on as residents angry over a weekend of deadly political violence honored a general strike called amid growing discontent over President Gen. Pervez Musharraf's ouster of the chief justice.
    (AP, 5/14/07)(http://tinyurl.com/3hyzgoo)
2007        May 14, The Palestinian interior minister resigned, accusing Hamas and Fatah leaders of thwarting his efforts to halt new violence that is threatening the survival of the Palestinian coalition government.
    (AP, 5/14/07)
2007        May 14, Filipinos braved the threat of violence to choose local and congressional representatives in elections. Wahab Akbar, governor of Basilan, was elected congressman from Basilan. His 1st wife, Jum, was elected to become governor of Basilan. His 2nd wife Cherrylyn was already mayor of Isabela City.
    (AP, 5/14/07)(SSFC, 9/9/07, p.F1)
2007        May 14, In South Africa deputies and experts attending the Pan African Parliament called for Western countries to help reverse the environmental damage to the continent that they had helped create.
    (AP, 5/14/07)
2007        May 14, In Russia 10 people were found dead after a fire swept through a cafe in Orsk near the border with Kazakhstan. Prosecutors indicated they suspect arson.
    (AP, 5/14/07)
2007        May 14, Taiwanese President Chen Shui-bian named his sixth premier in seven years amid paralysis in the island's relations with rival China and gridlock in its deeply divided legislature. The World Health Organization rejected Taiwan's bid for membership after Chinese officials accused the island of trying to strengthen its claim to sovereignty.
    (AP, 5/14/07)
2007        May 14, In Tunisia Sfax port officials said the Tunisian coastguard had rescued 35 African would-be immigrants who were trying to sail to Italy from the Libyan coast. More than 1,000 people have landed on Spanish or Italian territory since May 10.
    (AFP, 5/14/07)

2008        May 14, A triptych by Francis Bacon (1909-1992), titled “Triptych 1976," sold for $86.3 million in NYC, a record for contemporary art auctions.
    (Econ, 5/17/08, p.79)
2008        May 14, The US House passed a veto-proof, $290 billion farm bill that included $40 billion in subsidies to commodity farmers. The Senate was also expected to pass the bill by a veto-proof margin.
    (SFC, 5/15/08, p.A1)(WSJ, 5/15/08, p.A1)
2008        May 14, US Interior Sec. Dirk Kempthorne said the government will list the polar bear as threatened under the Endangered Species Act, making it the 1st animal to win protection due to global warming.
    (SFC, 5/15/08, p.A1)
2008        May 14, US federal prosecutors said Willbros Group Inc., a Houston-based oil services company, agreed to pay $32.3 million in criminal and civil penalties to settle charges that it bribed officials in Nigeria and Ecuador to get contracts between 2003-2005.
    (WSJ, 5/15/08, p.B2)
2008        May 14, Sen. Obama won the support of John Edwards, former North Carolina Senator and presidential candidate.
    (WSJ, 5/15/08, p.A1)
2008        May 14, In California UC regents announced a 7.4% tuition increase and CSU voted for a 10% increase. These marked the 6th increases in 7 years.
    (SFC, 5/15/08, p.A1)
2008        May 14, Marc Dann (46), Ohio’s attorney general, resigned under threat of impeachment due to an extramarital affair with an employee.
    (SFC, 5/15/08, p.A7)
2008        May 14, In Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue signed a new law allowing permitted gun owners to carry concealed weapons in restaurants that serve alcohol, aboard public transportation and in parks.
    (SFC, 5/15/08, p.A3)
2008        May 14, Plaxo, an online address book and social networking service, reported it had signed an agreement to be acquired by Comcast. It was founded by Napster co-founder Sean Parker, Minh Nguyen and two Stanford engineering students, Todd Masonis and Cameron Ring and was based in Mountain View, Ca.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plaxo)
2008        May 14, In Austria investigators discovered the bodies of five people after a man turned up at a Vienna police station saying he had killed his wife and daughter.
    (AP, 5/14/08)
2008        May 14, In eastern Bangladesh 8 people died and one person was critically injured when two trains collided at a station.
    (AP, 5/14/08)
2008        May 14, In Brazil a reporter and photographer for O Dia were abducted with their driver and held for nearly eight hours in the western Rio de Janeiro shantytown where they had been working undercover investigating paramilitaries. O Dia said it contacted state security officials immediately after the incident, but did not report it publicly until Jun 1 to protect its journalists.
    (AP, 6/2/08)
2008        May 14, China’s Xinhua News Agency said that 2,000 troops had been sent to work on the Zipingku Dam, upriver from Dujiangyan in Sichuan province as the death toll from the May 12 earthquake approached 15,000.
    (AP, 5/14/08)
2008        May 14, Colombian police seized US$25 million (euro16 million) in properties from a paramilitary warlord extradited to the U.S. on drug-trafficking charges.
    (AP, 5/15/08)
2008        May 14, In the Dominican Republic 3 people, including a former congressman, were shot and killed in Villa Vasquez ahead of May 16 elections.
    (WSJ, 5/16/08, p.A8)
2008        May 14, In Ethiopia Ginbot 7, a Movement for Justice, Freedom and Democracy, was formed.
    (http://ginbot7.com/Ginbot_7-Movement_for_Justice_Liberty_and_Democracy_is_Formed.htm)
2008        May 14, A French court handed down jail sentences to seven men convicted of running a network that recruited poor young Muslims in Paris to fight in the Iraqi insurgency.
    (AFP, 5/14/08)
2008        May 14, In India a poor worker and his 4-year-old daughter were crushed to death by a bus after the conductor pushed them off for not having sufficient fare for the journey. Angry passengers set the bus on fire near Jharsuguda, Orissa state. The bus conductor was arrested and charged with unintentional murder.
    (AP, 5/15/08)
2008        May 14, Iran raided the homes of top Baha’i leaders and threw six of them in the notorious Evin prison north of Tehran. A 7th Bahai leader was detained March 5. A government spokesman said the arrests aimed to defend Iran's national security and had "nothing to do with ideological issues." In 2010 Iran cut the jail terms imposed on the seven from 20 to 10 years.
    (AP, 5/22/08)(AFP, 9/18/10)
2008        May 14, Iraq’s PM Nouri al-Maliki visited the northern city of Mosul to supervise a military offensive against al-Qaida in Iraq in its last major stronghold. In Sadr City skirmishes left five dead and 22 wounded. In western Baghdad a car bomb detonated next to a convoy carrying a lawmaker from the mostly-Sunni Islamic Party, Ayad al-Samarrie, but he was not hurt. One civilian was killed and 6 others wounded, including four guards. A suicide bomber killed 22 people and wounded at least 35 at the funeral of a Sunni school principal west of Baghdad. A girl strapped with explosives killed an Iraqi officer. 2 militants were killed and a third was wounded by an air-to-ground Hellfire missile as they placed a roadside bomb on a road between Sadr City and the northern Sunni district of Azamiyah. In Sadr City one person was killed when another Hellfire missile hit a group of militants also attempting to plant a bomb.
    (AP, 5/14/08)(AP, 5/15/08)(WSJ, 5/15/08, p.A1)
2008        May 14, In Israel President Bush said that 60 years of Israel's existence is cause for optimism for democratic change throughout the Middle East, opening a trip divided between ceremonial duties and a new push for Israeli-Palestinian peace. A rocket fired from Gaza exploded in a shopping center in Ashkelon, southern Israeli, wounding at least 14 people.
    (AP, 5/14/08)
2008        May 14, In Kenya an international aid worker said officials backed by armed police are forcing some 9,000 Kenyans displaced by postelection violence to leave a refugee camp in Kitale.
    (AP, 5/14/08)
2008        May 14, In Mexico 2 police officers were shot and killed in Torreon, Coahuila state, when they tried to stop gunmen from kidnapping a family. Assailants opened fire and threw grenades at a police station in Guamuchil in the northern state of Sinaloa.
    (AP, 5/14/08)
2008        May 14, The annual meeting of the African Development Bank (AfDB) opened in Mozambique with the organization’s head warning that rising growth rates are having little impact on poverty levels.
    (AFP, 5/14/08)
2008        May 14, Experts said the 1.5 million people left destitute by Myanmar's cyclone are in increasing danger of disease and starvation, but the ruling junta said no to a Thai request to admit more aid workers. The Red Cross said the death toll could reach nearly 128,000. Another powerful storm headed toward Myanmar's cyclone-devastated delta and the UN warned that inadequate relief efforts could lead to a second wave of deaths among the estimated 2 million survivors.
    (AP, 5/14/08)(WSJ, 5/15/08, p.A1)
2008        May 14, In Pakistan a number of foreign militants were killed when 2 missiles hit a house in the village of Damadola in the Bajaur tribal region. The US missile strike killed al-Qaida operative Abu Suleiman al Jaziery and at least 14 others. Some of the dead were civilians. Authorities freed militants and started to pull troops from a tribal region in a bid to make peace with Islamic fighters. Suspected Islamic militants soon killed a Pakistani soldier in revenge for the US missile strike near the Afghan border.
    (Reuters, 5/15/08)(WSJ, 5/15/08, p.A1)(AP, 5/16/08)(WSJ, 5/20/08, p.A14)
2008        May 14, In Spain a booby-trapped van exploded outside a civil guard barracks in the restive Basque country, killing one guard and wounding four others. The government blamed the attack on separatist group ETA.
    (AP, 5/14/08)
2008        May 14, In Sudan clashes erupted in Abyei between the northern-based national army and former guerrillas from the south. Arab Misseriya nomads, some armed by the northerners, and the southern Ngok Dinka, protected by the SPLM, held a historic animosity in the area over land and water. The UN mission (UNMIS) there did little more than protect the local UN base.
    (Econ, 5/24/08, p.66)(Econ, 11/22/08, p.33)
2008        May 14, A Swiss pilot strapped on a jet-powered wing and leaped from a plane for the first public demonstration of the homemade device, turning figure eights and soaring high above the Alps.
    (AP, 5/15/08)

2009        May 14, It was disclosed that the US Treasury Department has agreed to extend billions in bailout funds to six major life insurers, following a months-long quest by some in the sector for government help in shoring up capital positions in the wake of major investment losses.
    (AP, 5/15/09)
2009        May 14, Federal authorities in Detroit charged 74 members and associates of the Highwaymen Motorcycle Club with attempted murder, cocaine and steroid distribution and other crimes.
    (SFC, 5/15/09, p.A7)
2009        May 14, Chrysler LLC said in a bankruptcy court filing that it wants to eliminate roughly a quarter of its 3,200 US dealerships by early next month, because the network is antiquated and has too many stores competing with each other.
    (AP, 5/14/09)
2009        May 14, Scientists reported that ginger, long used as a folk remedy for stomach aches, limits nausea caused by chemotherapy used in cancer treatments.
    (SFC, 5/15/09, p.A14)
2009        May 14, The World Health Organization (WHO) said the number of confirmed cases of the new Influenza A (H1N1) flu has climbed to 6,497, including 65 deaths.
    (Reuters, 5/14/09)
2009        May 14, In southern Afghanistan overnight fighting between Afghan police and insurgents left 11 militants dead in Kandahar province. A British pilot was injured after his jet crashed following takeoff in the same region. French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner pledged increased financial support for police and health care following a meeting with President Hamid Karzai. A suicide car bomber struck a police station in Kandahar province's Spinboldak district, leaving only the bomber dead and 5 others wounded.
    (AP, 5/14/09)
2009        May 14, In Australia a court suspended a government program to kill 7,000 kangaroos on federal land near the Australian capital, halting efforts to thin a mushrooming population of the beloved marsupials that authorities say are threatening endangered species.
    (AP, 5/14/09)
2009        May 14, Bangladesh's high court moved to plug a gaping hole in the country's laws by introducing a first-ever ban on sexual harassment. Bangladeshi police arrested 250 border guards accused of spreading violence across the country during a mutiny that started at a military base in Dhaka.
    (AFP, 5/14/09)
2009        May 14, Britain’s PM Gordon Brown suspended former agriculture and environment minister Elliot Morley over embarrassing expenses claim revelations. It had emerged that Morley claimed over 16,000 pounds for a home loan 18 months after it was paid off. Hours earlier the opposition Conservatives announced that Andrew MacKay, a lawmaker, had resigned as an aide to leader David Cameron after it emerged he and his wife, also a Conservative MP, had claimed expenses for two home loans at the same time.
    (AFP, 5/14/09)
2009        May 14, A British parliamentary report into human trafficking said more than 5,000 mostly women and children have been smuggled into Britain to work as sex slaves and beggars.
    (AFP, 5/14/09)
2009        May 14, The OECD ruled to keep Britain’s Cayman Islands on its list of un-cooperative tax havens.
    (Econ, 5/23/09, p.41)
2009        May 14, Egyptian security forces arrested 14 members of the banned Muslim Brotherhood in dawn raids at their homes.
    (AFP, 5/14/09)
2009        May 14, A French rocket carrying the largest space telescope ever was launched into space on a mission that European scientists hope will help unravel the mystery of the universe's creation. The Ariane-5 rocket was loaded with the Herschel space telescope and the Planck spacecraft, carrying a payload of 5.3 tons (4.81 metric tons) when it launched from the city of Kourou near the jungles of French Guiana.
    (AP, 5/15/09)
2009        May 14, A small plane crashed into a yard in Guatemala City, reportedly killing six people on board and setting a home on fire near the airport.
    (AP, 5/15/09)
2009        May 14, In India Azharuddin Mohammed Ismail, the 10-year-old child star of "Slumdog Millionaire," was awakened by a policeman wielding a bamboo stick and ordered out of his home. Minutes later it was bulldozed along with dozens of other shanties in the Mumbai slum he calls home.
    (AP, 5/15/09)
2009        May 14, Iraq's Trade Minister Falah al-Sudani submitted his resignation following allegations of widespread corruption in his department. PM Nouri al-Maliki delayed accepting it to allow parliament to review the allegations. Acceptance was announced on May 25.
    (AP, 5/25/09)
2009        May 14, Pope Benedict XVI greeted tens of thousands of adoring followers in Nazareth with a message of reconciliation, urging Christians and Muslims to overcome recent strife and "reject the destructive power of hatred and prejudice."
    (AP, 5/14/09)
2009        May 14, Japan’s Sony Corp. reported its first annual net loss in 14 years and forecast a bigger loss this year, saying the pressure from sliding sales, competition in gadget prices and a strong yen was expected to continue.
    (AP, 5/14/09)
2009        May 14, Jordan's king pressed Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu to immediately commit to the establishment of a Palestinian state, as he pursues a sweeping resolution of the Muslim world's conflicts with Israel.
    (AP, 5/14/09)
2009        May 14, Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi was charged with breaking the terms of her house arrest and faces up to five years in jail after John Yettaw, an American intruder, sneaked into her lakeside home.
    (AP, 5/14/09)(Econ, 5/23/09, p.44)
2009        May 14, Pakistan said artillery batteries shelled suspected hideouts in Swat and the neighboring district of Lower Dir, with the military claiming to have killed 54 militants in the last 24 hours. Nine soldiers were reported killed. Residents said that armed Taliban have mined roads and dug trenches around up to 200,000 civilians encircled by Pakistani troops.
    (AFP, 5/14/09)
2009        May 14, Russia said it was proposing a new version of a key European arms-control treaty it suspended more than a year ago, and could once again honor the agreement if the US and its NATO allies accept the changes.
    (AP, 5/14/09)
2009        May 14, In Spain a new study said the air in Madrid and Barcelona is laced with at least five drugs, including trace amounts of amphetamines, opiates, cannabinoids and lysergic acid, a relative of LSD. The tests were done in areas where drugs were likely to be consumed.
    (AP, 5/14/09)
2009        May 14, In Sri Lanka doctors and aides abandoned the only hospital in the war zone amid unrelenting shell attacks. The military said thousands of civilians braved rebel gunfire and fled across the front lines.
    (AP, 5/14/09)

2010        May 14, In New Jersey 34 alleged members and associates of the Lucchese crime family were indicted in connection with an illegal gambling operation.
    (SFC, 5/15/10, p.A4)
2010        May 14, In Tennessee truck driver Bruce Mendenhall (59) was convicted in the June 2007 death of a woman at a Nashville truck stop. Authorities said he preyed on prostitutes at truck stops. Mendenhall has also been charged with killing women in Lebanon, Ten., Indianapolis and Birmingham, Ala.
    (SFC, 5/15/10, p.A4)
2010        May 14, The space shuttle Atlantis blasted off from Cape Canaveral for its final voyage with a crew of 6 heading to the Int’l. space station.
    (SFC, 5/15/10, p.A5)
2010        May 14, In eastern Afghanistan hundreds of protesters brandished sticks, threw stones and burned an American flag as they accused NATO forces of killing civilians in an overnight raid, but the alliance said eight insurgents were killed in the attack. NATO said at least nine insurgents were killed the previous night during a pursuit of suspected militants in the Tarnak Wa Jaldak district of eastern Zabul province. An American service member died in an insurgent attack in the east. A suicide bomber in Gardez jumped in front of a vehicle in a convoy of the governor of eastern Paktiya province, who narrowly escaped the attack. A civilian was killed and four other people injured. Afghan and coalition forces conducted sweeps across Afghanistan that left at least 30 militants dead, while insurgents in the east killed five security guards in an ambush on a convoy. 8 militants were killed and two others wounded in a joint raid by Afghan and coalition forces in Nangahar province.
    (AP, 5/14/10)(AP, 5/15/10)
2010        May 14, In Algeria a moderate earthquake killed two people and injured 43 others.
    (AFP, 5/15/10)
2010        May 14, The Algerian army killed three armed Islamic militants in the east of the country. Several weapons, including two semi-automatic rifles, were seized in the operation.
    (AFP, 5/15/10)
2010        May 14, In Australia the body of Nona Belomesoff (18) was found in an isolated bushland area. Christopher James Dannevig (20) was charged with her murder. He had allegedly set up a fake identity on Facebook and enticed Belomesoff to a nature reserve in Sydney's southwest on May 12.
    (AFP, 5/16/10)
2010        May 14, British lawmaker Stephen Timms (54), a member of Parliament for the constituency of East Ham and the former financial secretary to the Treasury, was stabbed by Roshonara Choudhry (21) during an advice session with his constituents. His injuries were not life-threatening and the women was arrested. Choudhry was convicted on Nov 2 of trying to murder Timms in retaliation for his support for the Iraq conflict. The next day she was sentenced to at least 15 years in prison.
    (AP, 5/15/10)(AP, 11/2/10)(AP, 11/3/10)
2010        May 14, In eastern Central African Republic villagers at Guerekindo killed two Ugandan rebels of the Lord's Resistance Army in a self-defense initiative.
    (AFP, 5/17/10)
2010        May 14, China’s state-run Xinhua News Agency said four robbers were sentenced to death as part of a 27-member gang who robbed a dozen tombs near the capital of the central province of Hunan in 2008 and 2009. The other robbers got prison terms.
    (AP, 5/14/10)
2010        May 14, In China Internet service was restored to Xinjiang province, 10 months after it was blocked following deadly rioting in Urumqi, the regional capital.
    (SFC, 5/15/10, p.A2)
2010        May 14, Four African countries (Ethiopia, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda) signed a new treaty on the equitable sharing of the Nile waters despite strong opposition from Egypt and Sudan, who have the lion's share of the river waters. The new agreement, the Nile Basin Cooperative Framework, is to replace a 1959 accord between Egypt and Sudan that gives them control of more than 90 percent of the water flow. Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Abul Gheit warned at the weekend that Cairo's water rights were a "red line" and threatened legal action if a partial deal is reached.
    (AFP, 5/14/10)
2010        May 14, In Hungary Gabor Vona, the leader of Hungary's nationalist Jobbik party, wore a banned black vest while taking his oath of office. The Hungarian Guard was disbanded last year and its black outfits banned, although the group has continued its activities.
    (AP, 5/15/10)
2010        May 14, In central India a bus carrying wedding guests hit a high-tension electricity line, killing 28 people on board, mostly women and children, who were on their way back from the ceremony in the Mandla district of Madhya Pradesh state.
    (Reuters, 5/14/10)
2010        May 14, Iraq’s election commission said a full recount of votes for Baghdad province from the parliamentary elections showed no fraud or major irregularities and is unlikely to change the vote's final results. Al-Qaida in Iraq's new leader warned Shiites that "dark days soaked with blood" lie ahead and that a new campaign of attacks was under way. The Iraqi insurgent umbrella group, the Islamic State of Iraq, named al-Nasser Lideen Allah Abu Suleiman as its new minister of war, replacing the Egyptian Abu Ayyub al-Masri, killed in a US-Iraqi military strike on a safe house in April. Within hours of the warning, a car bomb exploded outside a Shiite mosque south of Baghdad just after Friday prayers, wounding 20 worshippers.
    (AP, 5/14/10)
2010        May 14, In Indian Kashmir 4 policemen and 2 civilians were injured in a grenade attack by suspected Muslim militants, minutes after protesters and police clashed.
    (AFP, 5/14/10)
2010        May 14, An Indonesian official said police have foiled a plot to assassinate the president and other top officials, massacre foreigners in Mumbai-style terrorist attacks and declare an Islamic state.
    (AP, 5/14/10)
2010        May 14, In Kyrgyzstan gunfire erupted as hundreds of interim government backers fought supporters of deposed Pres. Kurmanbek Bakiyev for control over regional government buildings. At least one person was killed and more than 60 injured in the worst violence since last month's forceful government change.
    (AP, 5/14/10)
2010        May 14, Greece and Turkey held a joint cabinet meeting in Athens in a new effort to overcome old grudges and economic cooperation amidst the Greek debt crises. A powerful bomb exploded inside a courthouse in the northern city of Thessaloniki, sending smoke billowing in the building and wounding one person.
    (AP, 5/14/10)(SFC, 5/15/10, p.A2)
2010        May 14, In Mexico gunmen killed six men and wounded two more in a drive-by shooting near a kindergarten in Loma Blanca, a small town outside the border city of Ciudad Juarez.
    (AP, 5/15/10)
2010        May 14, In southern Nigeria gunmen sporting military uniforms kidnapped four Lebanese road construction workers in an attack that left a soldier and a gang member dead in Abia state. The 4 workers were freed on May 22.
    (AP, 5/15/10)(AFP, 5/22/10)
2010        May 14, Russia’s Itar-Tass news agency quoted a senior Russian arms trader as saying Russia has signed deals with Syria under which it will sell it warplanes, anti-tank weapons and air defense systems. Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation chief Mikhail Dmitriyev said Russia will sell MiG-29 fighter jets, Pantsyr short-range air defense systems and armored vehicles. He didn't give any numbers or provide any further details.
    (Reuters, 5/14/10)(AP, 5/15/10)
2010        May 14, In central Somalia 3 gunmen killed a World Food Program contracted driver in what is believed to be clan-related violence.
    (AP, 5/15/10)
2010        May 14, In South Africa Frederik Van Zyl Slabbert (70), anti-apartheid activist, died. The former South African legislator helped chart a way out of apartheid by leading fellow whites into talks with exiled black leaders.
    (AP, 5/14/10)
2010        May 14, In Spain Judge Baltasar Garzon (54), the crusading judge who indicted Augusto Pinochet and Osama bin Laden, was suspended for allegedly overstepping his jurisdiction in a probe of one of Spain's biggest cases, atrocities committed during and after the nation's ruinous civil war. Human rights groups called Garzon's suspension a sad day for the Spanish justice system.
    (AP, 5/14/10)
2010        May 14, In Sudan government troops killed 108 fighters from the rebel Justice and Equality Movement in the Jebel Moon area of western Darfur. Government forces also battled JEM rebels near Nyala in south Darfur where 27 police and 33 rebels were killed. Forces loyal to a renegade south Sudanese general clashed with government troops for the fourth time in two weeks, leaving at least five soldiers dead.
    (AP, 5/15/10)(Reuters, 5/14/10)
2010        May 14, In Sweden the home of cartoonist Lars Vilks, who once drew a cartoon of the Prophet Muhammad as a dog, was hit by a suspected arson attack.
    (AP, 5/15/10)
2010        May 14, Thai troops fired bullets at anti-government protesters and explosions thundered in the heart of Bangkok. An army push to clear the streets and end a two-month political standoff sparked clashes that left 5 people dead and dozens wounded. Demonstrators the next day accused the government snipers of picking people off with head shots.
    (AFP, 5/14/10)(AP, 5/15/10)

2011        May 14, President Barack Obama, under pressure from Republicans and the public to bring down gasoline prices, announced new measures to expand domestic oil production in Alaska and the Gulf of Mexico.
    (Reuters, 5/14/11)
2011        May 14, Dominique Strauss-Kahn (62), the leader of the International Monetary Fund and a possible candidate for president of France, was yanked from an airplane moments before it was to depart for Paris and arrested in the alleged sexual assault of Nafissatou Diallo, a NYC hotel maid. The immigrant maid from Guinea identified him in a line-up. On Aug 8 Diallo sued Strauss-Kahn for sexual assault. In 2012 John Solomon authored “DSK: The Scandal That Brought Down Dominique Strauss-Kahn."
    (AP, 5/15/11)(Econ, 5/21/11, p.25)(SFC, 8/9/11, p.A5)(Econ, 5/12/12, p.88)
2011        May 14, US officials said 6 people in the United States and Pakistan have been charged with providing financing and material support to the Pakistani Taliban, a designated foreign terrorist organization. 3 were living in Pakistan and remained at large. Miami imam Ali Khan (76) and two of his sons were arrested on charges that they provided some $50,000 to the Pakistani Taliban.
    (Reuters, 5/14/11)(SSFC, 5/15/11, p.A10)
2011        May 14, US Army engineers prepared to slowly open the gates of an emergency spillway along the rising Mississippi River, diverting floodwaters from Baton Rouge and New Orleans, yet inundating homes and farms in parts of Louisiana's populated Cajun country.
    (AP, 5/14/11)
2011        May 14, Andrei Sannikov (57), a Belarusian presidential candidate, was sentenced to five years in prison following a trial that he denounced as political punishment for challenging the nation's authoritarian ruler. On May 16 a court gave his journalist wife, Irina Khalip, a two-year suspended prison sentence for taking part in an antigovernment rally.
    (AP, 5/14/11)(AP, 5/16/11)(Econ, 5/14/11, p.66)
2011        May 14, Canada’s Manitoba province opened its dike on the swollen Assiniboine River, starting a slow creep of water across rich farmland to avert a potentially catastrophic, unplanned breach.
    (Reuters, 5/14/11)
2011        May 14, Cubans held a short but colorful parade celebrating sexual diversity to mark the International Day Against Homophobia.
    (AP, 5/14/11)
2011        May 14, In Egypt Bothaina Kamel (48) a political activist, TV presenter and a candidate for president, was hauled in for questioning because of her outspoken criticism of the nation's military rulers and said she is facing allegations of slandering a top official and the military. Clashes between Muslims and Christians in the center of Cairo left 51 people wounded, as Coptic Christians pursued a sit-in protest against the violence.
    (AP, 5/14/11)(AFP, 5/15/11)
2011        May 14, In Guatemala Haroldo Leon, the brother of alleged Guatemalan drug boss Juan Jose "Juancho" Leon, was killed in Peten province. "Juancho" Leon was killed in 2008 in an ambush that Guatemalan authorities blame on Mexico's Zetas drug cartel.
    (AP, 5/16/11)
2011        May 14, In Haiti Michel Martelly took the oath of office as the new president, assuming the leadership of an impoverished country still in ruins from one of the most destructive earthquakes of modern times.
    (AFP, 5/14/11)
2011        May 14, Indonesia's anti-terrorism forces killed two suspected militants in a predawn raid in Central Java. A nearby rice vendor was killed in crossfire in Sukoharjo district.
    (AP, 5/14/11)
2011        May 14, Italian border police escorted a boat with 218 Tunisians aboard to tiny Lampedusa island, where tens of thousands of illegal migrants have arrived since January to escape turmoil in North Africa. Meanwhile, Africans fleeing Libya by sea reached Sicily.
    (AP, 5/14/11)
2011        May 14, Japan shut down the final working reactor at a nuclear plant near a tectonic faultline as PM Naoto Kan pledged a new law to help compensate victims of the Fukushima nuclear crisis. A worker at the tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant died, bringing the death toll at the complex to 3 since a massive earthquake and tsunami in March.
    (AFP, 5/14/11)(Reuters, 5/14/11)
2011        May 14, In Libya NATO conducted 147 air sorties, 48 of them strike sorties that aimed to identify and hit targets but not always deploy munitions. Targets included surface-to-air missile launchers, ammunition stores and artillery pieces.
    (AP, 5/16/11)
2011        May 14, In Mexico unidentified gunmen shot dead at least nine indigenous people and wounded another 10 on a highway en route to a political rally in southern Oaxaca state. A clash between gunmen and police in the popular Pacific coast beach town of Zihuatenejo left at least 13 people dead. Security forces said they have discovered another 17 bodies in mass graves found last month in the northern state of Durango bringing the total to 218. An armed gang burst into a Red Cross clinic in the northern city of Culiacan and attempted to kill a 23-year-old man who had arrived with head wounds and one arm nearly axed off.
    (AFP, 5/14/11)(AP, 5/15/11)
2011        May 14, In eastern Pakistan a roadside bomb hit a passenger bus near Kharian, killing at least three people and wounding several others.
    (AP, 5/14/11)
2011        May 14, Singapore founding father Lee Kuan Yew resigned from the Cabinet, ceding leadership to a younger generation after his party's worst election result since independence in 1965.
    (AP, 5/14/11)
2011        May 14, Syrian troops killed three people and wounded several others in the border town of Tall Kalakh. Hundreds of Syrians, including four wounded people, crossed into Lebanon fleeing violence in their country as an uprising against President Bashar Assad's regime entered its eighth week.
    (AFP, 5/14/11)(AP, 5/14/11)
2011        May 14, Tunisian army troops deployed along the border thwarted an attempt by 200 troops from Gadhafi's army to cross the border aboard some 50 off-road vehicles. 3 pro-Gadhafi officers who defected landed at Tunisia's port of Zarzis on a boat. 2 people suspected of links to al-Qaida's North African affiliate were arrested overnight, one with a belt of explosives and the other carrying a grenade.
    (AP, 5/15/11)
2011        May 14, Turkey's military in Sirnak province killed 12 Kurdish rebels over the last 24 hours who trying to infiltrate the country from northern Iraq.
    (AP, 5/14/11)
2011        May 14, In Yemen gunmen killed six soldiers and wounded a seventh in a central province. Police clashed with protesters in the southern city of Taiz, injuring 15 during a rally calling for President Ali Abdullah Saleh's ouster.
    (AP, 5/14/11)

2012        May 14, Minnesota’s Gov. Mark Dayton approved a $975 million stadium for the Minneapolis-based Vikings football team. Minneapolis and the state will pay $498 million and the team $477 million.
    (Econ, 5/19/12, p.36)
2012        May 14, Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee issued an executive order that the state will recognize same-sex marriages performed elsewhere.
    (SFC, 5/15/12, p.A6)
2012        May 14, In Afghanistan remotely-detonated bomb ripped through a bazaar in Faryab province, killing seven civilians, including provincial councilor Amanullah Shahabzai, and injuring eight other people.
    (AFP, 5/14/12)(SFC, 5/15/12, p.A3)
2012        May 14, Liberal civil society groups in Gulf states called on Saudi and Bahraini leaders to postpone plans to announce a union between them, saying such a step must be preceded by a referendum.
    (AFP, 5/14/12)
2012        May 14, The United States consulate in Shanghai began issuing its own pollution statistics, giving a much more pessimistic assessment of the city's air quality than official Chinese data.
    (AFP, 5/15/12)
2012        May 14, Colombia’s free trade agreement with the US went into effect. It was initially signed in 2006 under George Bush and Alvaro Uribe.
    (Econ, 5/19/12, p.44)
2012        May 14, In CongoDRC Rwandan rebels killed 22 civilians in an attack in the village of Kamananga in Sud-Kivu province.
    (AFP, 5/16/12)
2012        May 14, In Greece coalition government talks failed after nine days of discussions, meaning the country is heading for another election next month.
    (AP, 5/15/12)
2012        May 14, In central and northern Iraq 6 people were killed in attacks, including five who died in a spate of bombings in the former insurgent bastion of Fallujah.
    (AFP, 5/14/12)
2012        May 14, Aid groups said in a report that Israel demolished dozens of Palestinian homes, water cisterns and farm buildings built with European funds in 2011, and over 100 such structures are currently at risk.
    (AFP, 5/14/12)
2012        May 14, In Kuwait an appeals court upheld a 10-year sentence for tweeter Lawrence al-Rasheedi, who was found guilty of insulting Emir Al Sabah and calling for his overthrow.
    (SSFC, 5/20/12, p.A4)
2012        May 14, Clashes in Lebanon continued for a third day, with gunmen firing assault rifles and rocket-propelled grenades as sectarian tensions spilled across the border from Syria.
    (AP, 5/14/12)
2012        May 14, In northern Mali hundreds of residents of Gao took to the streets to protest against the Tuareg rebels, Islamists and an Al-Qaeda group that took control of the city after a March coup.
    (AFP, 5/14/12)
2012        May 14, President Lee Myung-Bak arrived in Myanmar on the first visit by a South Korean leader since a North Korean attempt to assassinate one of his predecessors in Yangon almost three decades ago. His two-day trip was aimed at promoting economic ties and encouraging the country's recent political reforms. Lee Myung-Bak won a promise from Myanmar to refrain from military cooperation with nuclear-armed North.
    (AFP, 5/14/12)(AFP, 5/15/12)
2012        May 14, In northern Nepal a small plane crashed near a treacherous high-altitude airport, killing 15 people while six others miraculously survived just outside Jomsom airport.
    (AFP, 5/14/12)
2012        May 14, Human Rights Watch said NATO's bombing campaign in Libya left 72 civilians dead last year and accused the military alliance of failing to acknowledge the deaths.
    (AFP, 5/14/12)
2012        May 14, Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike agreed with Israel to end their fast in return for improved conditions.
    (AFP, 5/14/12)
2012        May 14, Syrian troops shelled the rebel-held town of Rastan, sparking intense clashes that sent bloodied victims flooding into hospitals and clinics. Activists said at least 23 soldiers and seven civilians died in the fierce clashes. Government troops stormed the Damascus suburb of Qaboun where they conducted raids and deployed snipers on roofs of buildings. At least three people were killed in an explosion in the coastal city of Banias.
    (AP, 5/14/12)(AP, 5/15/12)(AFP, 5/17/12)
2012        May 14, Yemeni government forces pounded al-Qaida fighters, killing at least 16 in Zinjibar and Lawder, while six soldiers died in clashes with militants in Lawder where the army is trying to uproot the terror group. An oil pipeline in Marib province was blown up about 100 miles (160 km) east of Sanaa.
    (AP, 5/14/12)

2013        May 14, The US Navy for the first time launched an unmanned aircraft the size of a fighter jet from a warship in the Atlantic Ocean. The bat-winged X-47B was launched from the George H.W. Bush aircraft carrier off the Virginia coast.
    (AP, 5/14/13)(SFC, 5/15/13, p.A6)
2013        May 14, Prosecutors in San Francisco said 6 current and former SF Unified School District employees faced a total of 205 felony charges for allegedly misappropriating some $15 million in public funds.
    (SFC, 5/15/13, p.A1)
2013        May 14, In Iowa a federal judge slashed the May 1 $240 million verdict to $1.6 million for 32 mentally disabled workers who suffered years of abuse by their caretakers.
    (SFC, 5/15/13, p.A6)
2013        May 14, Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton signed a bill allowing gay couples to marry. This made Minnesota the 12th US state to permit same-sex marriages.
    (SFC, 5/14/13, p.A5)
2013        May 14, Billie Sol Estes (88), convicted Texas swindler, died at his home in Granbury, Texas. He had created a $150 million empire of real and illusory farming enterprises. In 1963 he was convicted on federal charges and served 6 years of a 15 year sentence. In 1979 he was convicted of tax fraud and served 4 more years.
    (SFC, 5/16/13, p.D5)
2013        May 17, Two FBI agents were killed in a training accident off the coast of Virginia Beach, Va.
    (SFC, 5/20/13, p.A4)
2013        May 14, In Washington state two letters containing the deadly poison ricin were intercepted in Spokane. On May 22 Matthew Ryan Buquet (37) was arrested and accused of mailing the letters.
    (SSFC, 5/19/13, p.A7)(SFC, 5/23/13, p.A10)
2013        May 14, In Afghanistan a powerful explosion ripped through a NATO convoy in southern Kandahar province. 4 US personnel were killed. A bomb hidden in a parked motorcycle ripped through a crowded market in Helmand province, killing at least 3 people.
    (AP, 5/14/13)
2013        May 14, Brazil’s National Council of Justice said that the country’s notary publics must register same-sex civil unions as marriages if the couple requests it.
    (AP, 5/14/13)
2013        May 14, Croatia Airlines pilots and flight attendants went on strike over planned salary cuts and layoffs that are part of efforts to restructure the loss-making state carrier ahead of the country's EU entry.
    (AP, 5/14/13)
2013        May 14, An Ethiopian court ruled that prosecutors have two weeks to finalize corruption charges against two dozen people who have been arrested, including a senior Cabinet minister.
    (AP, 5/14/13)
2013        May 14, The European Court of Human Rights found that Swiss laws on passive assisted suicide are unclear and need revising to clarify when people are entitled to a medical prescription for a lethal dose of drugs.
    (AP, 5/14/13)
2013        May 14, The European Union's executive arm, the Commission, said it had raided the offices of a number of oil industry companies for possible price-fixing.
    (AP, 5/15/13)
2013        May 14, In Germany a union representing workers at Amazon said members are striking in a push for higher wages from the online retailer.
    (AP, 5/14/13)
2013        May 14, In Indonesia 25 workers were trapped after the collapse at a giant gold and copper Grasberg mine in Mimika district in Papua. On May 22 the last of 28 miners killed was recovered.
    (AP, 5/15/13)(SFC, 5/20/13, p.A2)(SFC, 5/23/13, p.A2)
2013        May 14, In Iraq a convoy of gunmen opened fire on a row of liquor stores in eastern Baghdad immediately after sunset, killing 11 people and wounding five others.
    (AP, 5/14/13)
2013        May 14, Israel's PM Netanyahu came under fire again for a costly lifestyle at taxpayers' expense, just as his government is slashing welfare benefits and raising taxes to cope with a huge deficit.
    (AP, 5/14/13)
2013        May 14, The first Kurdish fighters crossed from Turkey into northern Iraq as part of a peace deal to end a long uprising despite Iraqi objections to the transfer. The Iraqi Cabinet reiterated its rejection of the deal and of the presence of PKK fighters.
    (AP, 5/14/13)
2013        May 14, Malaysia-based Genting Group, a major casino operator, accused Phil Ivey (37) of amassing millions of dollars in winnings by cheating at baccarat. Ivey, an American, is one of the world's top professional poker players. The game in question took place on Aug 20-21, 2012, at Crockfords, one of London's oldest and most respected casinos.
    (AP, 5/16/13)
2013        May 14, Nigeria's Pres. Goodluck Jonathan declared a state of emergency allowing soldiers to arrest people at will and take over buildings suspected to house extremists in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states. An official in the Kaduna state said gunmen armed with assault rifles and suspected to be Hausa-Fulani cattle herders killed 11 people in a village there. In Benue state, a government spokesman said an attack blamed on Hausa-Fulani cattle herders there killed at least 12 people.
    (AP, 5/14/13)(AP, 5/18/13)
2013        May 14, Palestinian Fatah official Azzam al-Ahmed said Fatah and Hamas have agreed to form a national unity government.
    (SFC, 5/15/13, p.A2)
2013        May 14, In the Philippines former President Joseph Estrada was declared the winner of Manila's mayoral election, his first ballot victory since his ouster in a 2001 anti-corruption revolt and a possible prelude to a return to higher office.
    (AP, 5/14/13)
2013        May 14, Russian President Vladimir Putin met Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu in Moscow for talks that focused on the situation in Syria, amid concerns that Russia could soon provide Syria with advanced missiles.
    (AP, 5/14/13)
2013        May 14, Russia's security services said they have caught a US diplomat who they claim is a CIA agent in a red-handed attempt to recruit a Russian agent. Ryan Fogle, a third secretary at the US Embassy in Moscow, was carrying special technical equipment, disguises, written instructions and a large sum of money when he was detained overnight.
    (AP, 5/14/13)
2013        May 14, In Rwanda 6 people were killed and dozens more injured when a four-story building under construction collapsed in the eastern Rwanda district of Nyagatare.
    (AP, 5/15/13)
2013        May 14, Saudi Arabia confirmed four new cases of the deadly new coronavirus virus related to SARS that appears centered in the Arabian Peninsula but that has also been reported in Europe.
    (AP, 5/14/13)
2013        May 14, The UN said an overcrowded boat capsized while trying to escape a cyclone bearing down on Myanmar, tossing dozens of Rohingya Muslims into the sea. 8 bodies were found and more than 50 people were missing and feared dead.
    (AP, 5/14/13)
2013        May 14, Venezuela’s Commerce Minister Alejandro Fleming blamed a shortage of toilet tissue on "excessive demand" built up as a result of "a media campaign that has been generated to disrupt the country."
    (AP, 5/16/13)

2014        May 14, In Afghanistan a bomb stuck onto an Afghan army vehicle in Kabul killed a soldier while a woman died when a rocket slammed into a residential area in Ghazni province. five militants wearing suicide vests attacked a border police outpost in Kandahar province. The attack left 3 police and all 5 militants dead.
    (AP, 5/14/14)(SFC, 5/15/14, p.A2)
2014        May 14, Azerbaijan took over as chairman of the Committee of Ministers, the Council of Europe’s decision-making body which brings together the member states' foreign ministers.
    (AP, 5/23/14)
2014        May 14, Chinese police said they have charged the former British boss of drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline PLC's China business and other colleagues with corruption, after a probe found the firm made billions of yuan from elaborate schemes to bribe doctors and hospitals. Mark Reilly and two Chinese executives, Zhang Guowei and Zhao Hongyan, were also suspected of bribing officials in the industry and commerce departments of Beijing and Shanghai.
    (Reuters, 5/14/14)
2014        May 14, In northwestern China a pipeline in a coal mine collapsed, killing 11 people in the city of Yulin, Shaanxi province. 24 people came out alive and 2 remained missing.
    (AP, 5/16/14)
2014        May 14, Egypt’s army said fifteen tons of a material used to make explosives have been seized in a town straddling the Suez Canal, one of the biggest such hauls since the start of a campaign against Islamist militants in the nearby Sinai.
    (Reuters, 5/14/14)
2014        May 14, In France the Grace Kelly melodrama "Grace of Monaco" kicked off the 67th annual Cannes Film Festival.
2014        May 14, Indonesia’s anti-corruption agency identified the head of parliament's energy committee and a company executive as suspects in an ongoing graft scandal involving energy regulator SKKMigas.
2014        May 14, In Iraq attacks targeting security forces killed 13 people across the country.
    (AP, 5/14/14)
2014        May 14, Israeli military forces began demolishing structures in an illegal West Bank settler outpost, after attempts at a voluntary evacuation failed.
    (AFP, 5/14/14)
2014        May 14, In Lebanon thousands of teachers, civil servants and children rallied outside parliament in the biggest of a year of pay protests as the assembly debated a much-delayed bill on public sector salaries.
    (Reuters, 5/14/14)
2014        May 14, A Russian Soyuz space capsule carrying three astronauts landed in Kazakhstan. Russian Mikhail Tyurin, American Rick Mastracchio and Koichi Wakata of Japan had spent 188 days in the ISS.
    (SFC, 5/15/14, p.A5)
2014        May 14, South Korea-based Samsung Electronics Co. apologized and promised compensation to chip factory workers who suffered cancers linked to chemical exposure, a rare win for families and activists seven years after the death of a 23-year-old employee from leukemia galvanized a movement to hold the company to account.
    (AP, 5/14/14)
2014        May 14, In Thailand 2 people were killed and 22 wounded after an attack on an opposition PDRC protest camp.
    (Econ, 5/17/14, p.40)
2014        May 14, The Ukrainian government reluctantly agreed to launch talks on decentralizing power as part of an OSCE backed peace plan, but did not invite its main foes, the pro-Russia insurgents who have declared independence in the east.
    (AP, 5/14/14)
2014        May 14, United Arab Emirates telecommunications firm Etisalat said it has completed a deal to buy French entertainment company Vivendi's majority stake in Morocco's Maroc Telecom.
    (AP, 5/14/14)
\2014        May 14, Venezuelan security forces arrested 105 people during a sweep of a busy Caracas avenue as protests against the government heated up amid a widening split within the opposition over whether to back possible US sanctions.
    (AP, 5/15/14)
2014        May 14, In Vietnam a 1,000-strong mob stormed a Taiwanese steel mill in Ha Tinh province and hunted down Chinese workers, killing one, attacking scores more and then setting the complex alight in response to Beijing's deployment of an oil rig in the long-disputed South China Sea. State-owned China Metallurgical Group later reported that 4 of its workers were killed. Some 600 Chinese crossed into Cambodia over the land border in southern Vietnam.
    (AP, 5/15/14)(AP, 5/20/14)(SFC, 5/21/14, p.A2)
2014        May 14, In southern Yemen at least 42 people were killed in clashes between  soldiers and al-Qaida militants after insurgents attacked two military posts in Shabwa province where the government mounted an offensive two weeks ago.
    (Reuters, 5/14/14)(SFC, 5/15/14, p.A2)

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