Today in History - May 17

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352        May 17, Liberius began his reign as Catholic Pope replacing Julius I.
    (MC, 5/17/02)

884        May 17, St. Adrian III began his reign as Catholic Pope.
    (MC, 5/17/02)

1510        May 17, Sandro Botticelli (b.1445), Florentine artist born as Alessandro di Mariano di Vanni Filipepi, died.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sandro_Botticelli)

1525        May 17, Battle at Zabern: duke of Lutherans beat rebels.
    (MC, 5/17/02)

1536        May 17, Anne Boleyn's 4 "lovers" were executed.
    (MC, 5/17/02)

1540        May 17, Afghan chief Sher Khan defeated Mongol Emperor Humayun at Kanauj.
    (HN, 5/17/98)

1544        May 17, Scot earl Matthew van Lennox signed a secret treaty with Henry VIII.
    (MC, 5/17/02)

1620        May 17, The 1st merry-go-round was seen at a fair in Philippapolis, Turkey.
    (MC, 5/17/02)

1630        May 17, Italian Jesuit Niccolo Zucchi saw the belts on Jupiter's surface.

    (MC, 5/17/02)(HN, 5/17/98)   

1631        May 17, Earl Johann Tilly attacked Magdeburg.
    (MC, 5/17/02)

1642        May 17, Paul de Chomedy de Maisonneuve landed on the Island of Montreal and gave the name Ville-Marie to the town he constructed at the foot of Mont Royal.
    (http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/16059b.htm)

1672        May 17, Frontenac became governor of New France (Canada).
    (MC, 5/17/02)

1673        May 17, Louis Joliet and Jacques Marquette began exploring the Mississippi.
    (MC, 5/17/02)

1681        May 17, Louis XIV sent an expedition to aid James II in Ireland. As a result, England declared war on France.
    (HN, 5/17/99)

1727        May 17, Catherine I (b.1683), Empress of Russia (1725-27), died.
    (www.arthistoryclub.com/art_history/Catherine_I_of_Russia)

1733        May 17, England passed the Molasses Act, putting high tariffs on rum and molasses imported to the colonies from a country other than British possessions.
    (MC, 5/17/02)

1742        May 17, Frederick great (Emperor of Prussia) beat Austrians.
    (MC, 5/17/02)

1749        May 17, Edward Jenner, physician, discoverer of vaccination, was born.
    (HN, 5/17/98)

1756        May 17, After a year and a half of undeclared war Britain declared war on France, beginning the French and Indian War and England hoped to conquer Canada. The final defeat of the French came in 1763 with the British victory at the Battle of Quebec on the Plains of Abraham.
    (HN, 5/17/98)(HNPD, 9/13/98)(http://tinyurl.com/afbze)

1792        May 17, Stock traders signed the Buttonwood Agreement in New York City at the Tontine Coffee House Company near a Buttonwood tree, where business had been transacted in the past. 24 merchants formed their exchange at Wall and Water Streets where they fixed rates on commissions on stocks and bonds. This later developed into the New York Stock Exchange. A market crash and almost total halt in credit, trading and liquidity prompted the Buttonwood Agreement under the influence of Alexander Hamilton. The organization drafted its constitution on March 8th, 1817, and named itself the "New York Stock & Exchange Board."
    (www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/crash/timeline/)(WSJ, 3/24/97, p.A19)(HN, 5/17/98)

1803        May 17, John Hawkins and Richard French patented a reaping machine.
    (MC, 5/17/02)

1809        May 17, The Papal States were annexed by France. Pope Pius VII responded by excommunicating Napoleon.
    (MC, 5/17/02)(PTA, 1980, p.502)

1814        May 17, Denmark ceded Norway to Sweden. Norway's constitution was signed, providing for a limited monarchy.
    (AP, 5/17/97)(HN, 5/17/98)

1836        May 17, Joseph Norman Lockyer, discovered helium, was born. He founded Nature magazine.
    (HN, 5/17/98)(MC, 5/17/02)

1838        May 17, Pennsylvania Hall in Philadelphia was burned following an abolitionist meeting.
    (SFEC, 1/3/99, BR p.1)
1838        May 17, Charles-Maurice duke of Talleyrand-Perigord (84), diplomat, revolutionary, bishop and former PM of France (1815), died. In 2006 David Lawday authored “Napoleon’s Master: A Life of Prince Talleyrand."
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Maurice_de_Talleyrand)(Econ, 9/30/06, p.93)

1845        May 17, The rubber band was patented. [see Mar 17]
    (MC, 5/17/02)

1849        May 17, A fire in St. Louis, Mo., destroyed more than 400 buildings and two dozen steamships.
    (AP, 5/17/99)

1863        May 17, Union General Ulysses Grant continued his push towards Vicksburg at the Battle of the Big Black River Bridge in Mississippi.
    (HN, 5/17/99)

1864        May 17, The Battle of Adairsville, Georgia, resulted in a Confederate retreat.
    (HN, 5/17/98)

1865        May 17, The International Telegraph Union, later the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) was set up in Paris to standardize and regulate international radio communications.
    (Econ, 9/26/09, SR p.18)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Telecommunication_Union)

1866        May 17, Erik Alfred Leslie Satie, French composer, was born.
    (HN, 5/17/01)(MC, 5/17/02)

1871        May 17, Gen. Sherman, Indian fighter, escaped in ambulance from the Comanches.
    (MC, 5/17/02)

1875        May 17, The first Kentucky Derby was run at Louisville; the winner was Aristides.  It later became part of the Triple Crown with the Belmont Stakes and the Preakness.
    (AP, 5/17/97)(SFEC, 5/30/99, Z1 p.8)(HN, 5/17/02)

1876        May 17, The 7th US Cavalry under Custer left Ft. Lincoln.
    (MC, 5/17/02)

1881        May 17, Frederick Douglass was appointed recorder of deeds for Washington, D.C.
    (HN, 5/17/98)

1883        May 17, Buffalo Bill Cody's 1st wild west show premiered in Omaha.
    (MC, 5/17/02)
1883        May 17, Lydia Estes Pinkham, patent-medicine manufacturer, died.
    (MC, 5/17/02)

1884        May 17, Alaska became a US territory.
    (MC, 5/17/02)

1900        May 17, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini (d.1989), Iran's spiritual and revolutionary leader (1979-89), was born.
    (HN, 5/17/98)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ruhollah_Khomeini)

1903        May 17, James "Cool Papa" Bell, baseball player, was born.
    (HN, 5/17/01)

1904        May 17, Jean Gabin, one of France's most popular film actors, was born in Paris.
    (AP, 5/17/04)
1904        May 17, Maurice Ravel's "Sheherezad," premiered in Paris.
    (MC, 5/17/02)

1906        May 17, Opera singer Zinka Milanov was born in Zagreb, Croatia.
    (AP, 5/17/06)

1909        May 17, White firemen on Georgia RR struck to protest the hiring of blacks.
    (MC, 5/17/02)

1912        May 17, Archibald Cox was born. He was the special prosecutor in the Watergate hearings who was fired by President Richard Nixon.
    (HN, 5/17/99)

1915        May 17, The National Baptist Convention was chartered.
    (MC, 5/17/02)

1918        May 17, Birgit Nilsson, operatic soprano (Isolde, Turandot, Elektra, Salome), was born in Karup, Sweden.
    (MC, 5/17/02)
1918        May 17, British authorities arrested Irish leader Eamon de Valera and other Sinn Fein leaders on suspicion of conspiring with the Germans.
    (ON, 9/04, p.5)

1921        May 17, Pres. Harding opened the 1st Valencia Orange Show via telephone.
    (MC, 5/17/02)
1921        May 17, Toronto's Dr. Banting (1891-1941) and graduate student Charles Best (1899-1978) began research at the Univ. of Toronto that led to their discovery of insulin. [see Jul 27] In 1982 Michael Bliss authored “The Discovery of Insulin."
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frederick_Banting)(WSJ, 10/4/08, p.W8)

1924        May 17, In Santa Cruz, Ca., the Giant Dipper roller coaster opened to the public. It was built by local resident Arthur Looff. It cost $50,000 and took 47 days to construct. It was declared a Historic Landmark in 1987.
    (CG, #205, 1991)(SFEC, 3/14/99, DB p.71)

1926        May 17, Chiang Kai-shek was made supreme war lord and "generalissimo" in Canton.
    (MC, 5/17/02)

1929        May 17, Edsel Ford cut the first sod of Ford's new British manufacturing plant in the Dagenham marshes. The first cars at Dagenham were produced in October, 1931. This was Ford’s first expansion outside the US.
    (AP, 12/25/10)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ford_Dagenham)

1930        May 17, Herbert Croly (b.1869), American liberal political author, died. His books included “The Promise of American Life" (1909).
    (WSJ, 1/4/08, p.W5)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Herbert_Croly)

1932        May 17, Congress changed the name "Porto Rico" to "Puerto Rico".
    (HN, 5/17/98)

1936        May 17, Dennis Hopper, actor (True Grit, Blue Velvet, Easy Rider), was born in Kansas.
    (MC, 5/17/02)

1938        May 17, The radio quiz show "Information, Please!" made its debut on the NBC Blue Network.
    (AP, 5/17/97)
1938        May 17, Congress passed the Vinson Naval Act, providing for a strengthened US Navy.
    (AP, 5/17/07)

1939        May 17, Britain's King George VI and Queen Elizabeth arrived in Quebec on the first visit to Canada by reigning British sovereigns.
    (AP, 5/17/99)

1940        May 17, Germany occupied Brussels, Belgium, and began the invasion of France. [See May 12]
    (AP, 5/17/97)(HN, 5/17/98)

1942        May 17, Dutch SS vowed loyalty to Hitler.
    (MC, 5/17/02)

1944        May 17, General Eisenhower set D-Day for June 5th.
    (MC, 5/17/02)
1944        May 17, Polish poet Felix Konarski (1907-1991) wrote the song “Red Poppies on Monte Cassino" on the night before the Allied attack that crushed the German defense at Monte Cassino. Alfred Schutz (d.1999) composed the music.
    (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=trv_4epO6vw)(SFC, 9/23/15, p.A2)
1944        May 17, D. du Toit (Harvard College Observatory, Boyden station, Bloemfontein, South Africa) discovered the comet, 66P/du Toit, on a photograph.
    (http://cometography.com/pcomets/066p.html)

1946        May 17, President Truman seized control of the nation's railroads, delaying — but not preventing — a threatened strike by engineers and trainmen.
    (AP, 5/17/08)

1948        May 17, The Soviet Union recognized the new state of Israel.
    (AP, 5/17/97)

1949        May 17, The British House of Commons adopted the Ireland Bill that recognized the independence of the Republic of Ireland, but affirmed the position of Northern Ireland within the United Kingdom.
    (EWH, 1968, p.1166)

1954        May 17, The US Supreme Court unanimously ruled for school integration in the landmark initiative of Brown vs. Board of Education of Topeka. It helped abolish de facto and de jure segregation that persisted throughout the US. The Supreme Court ruled that racial segregation in public schools is unconstitutional. The 12-page historic opinion was written by Chief Justice Earl Warren. The case was Brown vs. Board of Education and the result overturned the 1896 decision of Plessy vs. Ferguson that proclaimed a doctrine of separate but equal. The Plessy vs. Ferguson decision had allowed that as long as accommodation existed, segregation did not constitute discrimination, establishing the doctrine of "separate but equal." In the Brown case, which involved elementary education, the Court ruled unanimously that segregation in public education was a denial of the equal protection of the laws.
    (www.nationalcenter.org/brown.html)(SFC, 5/12/96, p.A-6)(SFEC, 6/8/97, BR p.8)
1954        May 17, Blacks hailed the Brown vs. Board of Education of Topeka decision. Whites in the Deep South called the day "Black Monday." A movement called Citizens’ Councils, led by Mississippi Circuit Court Judge Tom P. Brady, grew to encompass virtually the state's entire white business class. Council members published a book entitled “Black Monday" which outlined their simple beliefs: African Americans were inferior to whites and the races must remain separate. "If in one mighty voice we do not protest this travesty on justice, we might as well surrender," Brady wrote.
    (www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/till/peopleevents/e_councils.html)(MT, summer 2003, p.19)
1954        May 17, In Romania Monsignor Vladimir Ghika (b.1873) died in Jilava Communist prison. He had been born into a family of Moldovan nobles in Constantinople and spent decades traveling around the world helping the sick and the poor. On Aug 31, 2013, he was beatified.
    (AP, 8/31/13)(http://tinyurl.com/kcj67sc)

1956        May 17, Sugar Ray [Charles] Leonard, boxer (Olympics-gold-76) was born in Willington, SC.
    (MC, 5/17/02)

1960        May 17, Connecticut executed Joseph "Mad Dog" Taborsky in the electric chair for a series of murders and robberies.
    (http://capitaldefenseweekly.com/chair.htm)
1960        May 17, The YF4H-1 Phantom fighter and Douglas DC-8 were unveiled.
    (NPub, 2002, p.19)

1961        May 17, Cuban leader Fidel Castro offered to exchange prisoners captured in the abortive Bay of Pigs invasion for 500 bulldozers.
    (AP, 5/17/01)(MC, 5/17/02)

1964        May 17, In San Francisco thousands gathered in Golden Gate park to rally against a proposal for a Panhandle Freeway.
    (SSFC, 5/18/14, DB p.50)

1966        May 17, A North Vietnamese interview with US Adm. Jeremiah Denton (1924-2014) was broadcast on US TV. He had been shot down over North Vietnam in 1965. Denton used his eyes to blink out T-O-R-T-U-R-E in Morse code. This was the first confirmation that American POWs were being tortured.
    (SFC, 3/29/14, p.C6)

1968        May 17, In Maryland the Catonsville Nine including Daniel and Phillip Berrigan (1921-2002), a Catholic priest, took hundreds of files from the draft board at the Knights of Columbus building and set them on fire with gasoline and soap chips.
    (www.amazon.com/Trial-Catonsville-Nine-Daniel-Berrigan/dp/0823223310)(SFC, 12/7/02, p.A3)

1970        May 17, Thor Heyerdahl (1914-2002), Norwegian anthropologist, left Morocco aboard Ra II, a papyrus reed boat, and sailed 3,270 nautical miles across the Atlantic to Barbados in 57 days [see Jul 12].
    (SFC, 4/19/02, p.A2)(www.spiritus-temporis.com/thor-heyerdahl/)

1971        May 17, The musical "Godspell," by Stephen Schwartz and John-Michael Tebelak, premiered off-Broadway.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Godspell)

1972        May 17, In Italy Luigi Calabresi, head of the political dept. of the Milan police, was killed. He had been falsely suspected of having killed the anarchist Giuseppe Pinelli in 1969. In 1988 Leonardo Marino, a former far left Lotta Continua militant, confessed that he drove a getaway car and that Adriano Sofri (b.1942), a writer, had masterminded the killing. On July 28, 1988, Sofri was arrested with Ovidio Bompressi and Giorgio Pietrostefani for the alleged murder of Calabresi. Sofri was convicted in 2000.
    (WSJ, 3/12/02, p.A22)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adriano_Sofri)

1973        May 17, The US Senate began its televised hearings into the Watergate scandal and the role of Pres. Nixon.
    (HN, 5/17/98)(AH, 10/04, p.16)(AP, 5/17/08)

1974        May 17, LA police and FBI agents engaged in a gun battle with SLA members in a bungalow. The house caught fire and 6 bodies were recovered that included Cinque and William Wolfe. Patty Hearst was not there.
    (SFEC, 5/16/99, p.A10)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Symbionese_Liberation_Army)
1974        May 17, In Northern Ireland three cars exploded amidst crowds of Dublin shoppers and commuters walking toward a train station. A fourth detonated about an hour later outside a pub in the border town of Monaghan. In 2007 an investigation into the bombings was finally completed by lawyer Patrick MacEntee. The government had tasked MacEntee in 2005 with finding out why Ireland's national police force, the Garda Siochana, closed down its investigation in 1974 and failed to follow up important leads.
    (AP, 3/13/07)

1975        May 17, NBC paid $5M for rights to show "Gone with the Wind" one time. The film aired over 2 nights in November, 1976.
    (www.440.com/twtd/archives/may17.html)

1977        May 17, Menachem Begin's Likud-party won election in Israel.
    (http://begincenterdiary.blogspot.com/2007/05/another-avner-article-great-emancipator.html)

1978        May 17, Women were included in the White House honor guard for the first time as President Carter welcomed Zambian President Kenneth Kaunda.
    (AP, 5/17/08)

1980        May 17, Rioting that claimed 18 lives erupted in Miami's Liberty City neighborhood after an all-white jury in Tampa acquitted four former Miami police officers of fatally beating black insurance executive Arthur McDuffie.
    (AP, 5/17/97)

1981        May 17, SF celebrated "Tillie Olsen Day." Her books included "Yonnondio" (1974), and "Silences," a study of blocked creativity. In 2001 she received the Fred Cody Lifetime Achievement Award.
    (SSFC, 4/1/01, BR p.2)
1981        May 17, Jeannette Ridlon Piccard (b.1895), American teacher and 1st US woman free balloon pilot, died.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeannette_Piccard)

1984        May 17, A federal bailout of $4.5 billion kept the Continental Illinois Bank afloat. The 7th biggest US bank’s loss of half its funds overnight led to America’s return to strict capital requirements. Fed chairman Paul Volcker lent $8 billion through the discount window and endorsed the bailout of uninsured depositors. CIB was later sold to BankAmerica.
    (WSJ, 9/24/98, p.A16)(Econ, 5/20/06, Survey p.12)(http://tinyurl.com/358vwv)

1987        May 17, An Iraqi warplane attacked the US Navy frigate Stark in the Persian Gulf and 37 American sailors were killed. Iraq and the United States called the attack a mistake.
    (NG, 5/88, p.653)(AP, 5/17/97)(HN, 5/17/98)
1987        May 17, Gunnar Myrdal (b.1898), Swedish economist (Nobel 1974), died.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gunnar_Myrdal)

1988        May 17, The US Commerce Department reported that a record level of export sales gave the US its lowest monthly trade deficit in three years in March 1988, totaling $9.7 billion.
    (AP, 5/17/98)

1989        May 17, Robert Webber (b.1924), actor (Nuts, SOB, Assassin, 10), died in California.
    (www.movieactors.com/actors/robertwebber.htm)
1989        May 17, More than 1 million people swarmed into central Beijing to express support for Chinese students fasting for democracy.
    (AP, 5/17/99)
1989        May 17, A court in Frankfurt, West Germany, sentenced Mohammed Ali Hamadi to life in prison for his role in the 1985 TWA hijacking.
    (AP, 5/17/99)

1990        May 17, The effective date for pension rights for both men and women as ruled by a European court in 1994.
    (www.opas.org.uk/PensionRights/EqualTreatment/equalTreatment.htm)
1990        May 17, Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev met in Moscow with Lithuanian Prime Minister Kazimiera Prunskiene, Gorbachev's first face-to-face meeting with a senior official of the defiant Baltic republics.
    (AP, 5/17/00)

1991        May 17, The Commerce Department reported the US trade deficit had narrowed sharply in March 1991 to $4.05 billion, the lowest level in nearly eight years.
    (AP, 5/17/01)

1992        May 17, Pro-democracy protests began in Thailand; in four days of clashes with troops, 44 people reportedly were killed, although activists charged that hundreds died.
    (AP, 5/17/97)
1992        May 17, Lawrence Welk (89), conductor and accordionist, died in Santa Monica, Calif.
    (AP, 5/17/97)(SFC, 8/19/99, p.E2)
1992        May 17, Tony "Big Tuna" Accardo (86), mobster (heir to the late Al Capone), died.
    (www.ipsn.org/characters/accardo.html)

1993        May 17, President Clinton visited the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico, the birthplace of the atomic bomb to promote a five-year, $20 billion defense-conversion plan.
    (AP, 5/17/98)

1994        May 17, The U.N. Security Council approved a peacekeeping force and an arms embargo for violence-racked Rwanda. By June, 1994, 800,000 died there despite the presence of a small UN mission.
    (AP, 5/17/99)

1995        May 17, The US Senate ethics committee concluded that Sen. Bob Packwood (R-Ore.) had to face a full-scale Senate investigation of charges that included making improper advances toward women.
    (AP, 5/17/00)
1995        May 17, Jacques Chirac was sworn in as president of France, ending the 14-year tenure of Socialist Francois Mitterrand.
    (AP, 5/17/00)

1996        May 17, D. Pipes reviewed “The Middle East: A Brief History of the Last 2,000 Years" by Bernard Lewis.
    (WSJ, 5/17/96,p.A-12)
1996        May 17, President Clinton signed a measure requiring neighborhood notification when sex offenders move in. Megan's Law, as it's known, is named for Megan Kanka, a 7-year-old New Jersey girl who was raped and slain in 1994.
    (AP, 5/17/97)
1996        May 17, Scott Brayton, race car driver, was killed during a practice run for the US Indy 500 race. He was the 40th driver to die during practice, qualifications or the race. 66 people in all have died in accidents related to the race.
    (SFC, 5/18/96, p.B-1)
1996        May 17, Conservative Social Democrats were sworn in as the British colony’s new government. The new chief minister is Peter Caruana.
    (SFC, 5/18/96, p.A-10)
1996        May 17, Israeli troops shot and arrested Hassan Salameh. He was accused of organizing 3 bombings this year that killed 43 and wounded 91. His family lived in the Gaza Strip and claimed to have no idea of their son’s activities.
    (SFC, 5/21/96, p.A-11)
1996        May 17, Hutu gunmen attacked 800 Zairian Tutsis who had taken refuge in a church. The killed at least 12 and left 130 missing. Hutu refugees from Rwanda have been conducting a campaign to drive out other ethnic groups in eastern Zaire.
    (WSJ, 5/17/96,p.A-1)
1996        May 17, This week huge swarms of locusts swept through the Zimbabwe capital, Harare. The insects had come up from Mozambique.
    (SFC, 5/18/96, p.A-9)

1997        May 17, Silver Charm won the Preakness, two weeks after winning the Kentucky Derby. However, he failed to win the Belmont Stakes.
    (AP, 5/17/98)
1997        May 17, The first flight of NASA’s subscale remotely piloted X-36 Tailless Fighter Agility Research Aircraft took place.
    (www.dfrc.nasa.gov/gallery/Photo/X-36/index.html)
1997        May 17, Russia's Mir space station received a new oxygen generator and a fresh American astronaut, courtesy of space shuttle Atlantis.
    (AP, 5/17/98)
1997        May 17, From Gabon it was reported that controlled logging in the tropical forests has led to savage territorial wars among the native chimpanzees. The population was estimated to have dropped from 50,000 to 30,000.
    (SFC, 5/17/97, p.A4)
1997        May 17, In Zaire rebel forces entered Kinshasa and Laurent Kabila declared himself president of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Kabila requested Swiss authorities to block Mobuto Sese Seko’s access to his Swiss villa. The house was seized and searched and documents were found that related to his wealth. The seizure was declared legal Aug 7.
    (SFEC, 5/18/97, Z1 p.6)(SFC, 8/8/97, p.E3)(AP, 5/17/98)

1998        May 17, New York Yankees pitcher David Wells became the 13th player in modern major league baseball history to throw a perfect game as he retired all 27 batters he faced in a 4-0 victory over the Minnesota Twins.
    (AP, 5/17/99)
1998        May 17, Leaders of the Group of Eight nations ended their summit in Birmingham, England, with a plea to Pakistan not to respond in kind to India's five nuclear explosions.
    (AP, 5/17/99)
1998        May 17, In Afghanistan Taliban jet fighters bombed a crowded market and killed at least 30 people and wounded 50 in Taloqan, the capital of Takhar province.
    (SFC, 5/18/98, p.A12)
1998        May 17, It was reported that the worst drought since one in 1983 plagued northeast Brazil.
    (SFC, 5/18/98, p.A10)
1998        May 17, In Colombia at least 10 people were killed by an alleged right-wing death squad in Barrancabermeja. Later the United Self-Defense Group acknowledged that they had kidnapped, killed and burned 25 people. At least 11 other people were shot.
    (SFC, 5/18/98, p.A12)(SFC, 6/5/98, p.A14)
1998        May 17, In Indonesia Muslim leader Amien Rais, head of the 28-million member Muhammadiyah Islamic group, threatened to bring millions onto the streets to demand Suharto’s resignation.
    (SFC, 5/18/98, p.A10)
1998        May 17, Mexico continued to suffer in its worst drought in 70 years. Some 50 people were reported to have died fighting fires caused by peasants clearing their fields.
    (SFC, 5/18/98, p.A10)
1998        May 17, In Russia retired Gen’l. Alexander Lebed was elected Gov. of Krasnoyarsk in Siberia.
    (SFC, 5/18/98, p.A10)

1999        May 17, The US announced a 400,000 ton food aid donation to North Korea, as inspectors flew in to check on nuclear weapons development.
    (SFC, 5/18/99, p.C12)
1999        May 17, The US Supreme Court ruled that California cannot pay lower welfare benefits to new residents as proposed in a 1992 state law. The Supreme Court banned states from paying lower welfare benefits to newcomers than to longtime residents.
    (SFC, 5/18/99, p.A1)(AP, 5/17/00)   
1999        May 17, US authorities charged Jean-Philippe Wispelaere of Australia for trying to sell classified American defense documents. Wispelaere had worked in Canberra for the Australian Defense Intelligence Organization.
    (SFC, 5/18/99, p.A3)
1999        May 17, In Neah Bay, Washington state, Makah Indian hunters legally harpooned their first gray whale in 70-75 years.
    (SFC, 5/18/99, p.A3)(AP, 5/17/00)
1999        May 17, James Broughton, poet and film maker, died in Washington state. His 20 books included "True and False Unicor." His 23 films included "This Is It" and "Nuptiae."
    (SFC, 5/21/99, p.D6)
1999        May 17, Henry Jones, actor, died at age 86 in Los Angeles. His films included "This Is the Army" (1943).
    (SFC, 5/21/99, p.D6)
1999        May 17, Ernest Wamba dia Wamba was ousted as the rebel leader of the Congolese Democratic Coalition.
    (SFC, 5/18/99, p.C12)(SFC, 8/16/99, p.A8)
1999        May 17, Finnish Pres. Martti Ahtisaari, appointed as the new Balkans mediator, consulted with German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder.
    (SFC, 5/18/99, p.A8)
1999        May 17, In India Sonia Gandhi stepped down as president of the Congress Party after several party leaders complained of her Italian birth.
    (SFC, 5/18/99, p.C12)
1999        May 17, In Iran the judiciary set a $20,000 legal limit on the diyeh (blood money), the amount a killer can pay to a victim's family to avoid execution.
    (SFC, 5/18/99, p.C12)   
1999        May 17, In Israel the Likud and Labor party agreed to hold elections on this date. Labor Party leader Ehud Barak (57) won over Benjamin Netanyahu 56% to 44%.
    (SFC, 12/29/98, p.A6)(SFC, 5/18/99, p.A1)(AP, 5/17/00)
1999        May 17, In Mexico the PRI approved new party rules to select its presidential candidate in primary elections.
    (SFC, 5/18/99, p.A1,11)
1999        May 17, In Yugoslavia Pres. Milosevic allowed a UN team into Kosovo for the first time. Serb forces meanwhile blocked ethnic Albanians from fleeing.
    (WSJ, 5/18/99, p.A1)

2000        May 17, Two former Ku Klux Klansmen were arrested on murder charges in the 1963 church bombing in Birmingham, Alabama, that killed four black girls. Thomas Blanton Junior was convicted and sentenced to life in prison May 1, 2001. Bobby Frank Cherry was indicted in 2000 and later convicted and sentenced to life in prison.
    (AP, 5/17/01)(AP, 5/17/05)
2000        May 17, In the Dominican Republic Hipolito Mejia, the populist opposition leader, was on the verge of winning the election with enough votes to avoid a runoff. Danilo Medina of the incumbent Liberation party had 24.9% and Joaquin Balaguer had 24.6% for the Social Christian Reformist Party.
    (SFC, 5/18/00, p.C16)
2000        May 17, Ethiopian forces pushed into Eritrean territory and the UN Security council approved an embargo against both countries.
    (SFC, 5/18/00, p.A11)
2000        May 17, In Iraq a US-British air attack killed Omran Harbi Jawair (13), a shepherd boy, near Toq al-Ghazalat. 4 other shepherds were injured. Some 300 Iraqis were killed and 800 wounded over the last 18 months from US and British bombing.
    (SFC, 6/23/00, p.A18)
2000        May 17, In the Philippines Islamic rebels asked for $2 million for the freedom of ailing German hostage Renate Wallert. They also issued written conditions that included the creation of an independent Islamic state and a global probe into the plight of the Muslim minority.
    (SFC, 5/18/00, p.A11)(WSJ, 5/18/00, p.A1)
2000        May 17, In Sierra Leone pro-government troops captured rebel leader Foday Sankoh.
    (SFC, 5/18/00, p.A10)
2000        May 17, In Taiwan a wave of earthquakes left 3 people dead in Taichung County of the central mountain region.
    (SFC, 5/18/00, p.A14)
2000        May 17, In Yugoslavia Pres. Milosevic ordered the seizure of independent radio and TV stations and charging that they were advocating an uprising against the government. Tens of thousands protested the crackdown.
    (SFC, 5/18/00, p.A10)(WSJ, 5/18/00, p.A1)

2001        May 17, The US pledged $43 million in aid to Afghanistan.
    (SFC, 5/18/01, p.A14)
2001        May 17, President Bush unveiled his energy plan, bracing Americans for a summer of blackouts, layoffs, business closings and skyrocketing fuel costs and warning of "a darker future" without his aggressive plans to drill for more oil and gas and rejuvenate nuclear power.
    (AP, 5/17/02)
2001        May 17, California energy regulators uncovered evidence that some electrical power companies repeatedly shut down generating plants for unnecessary maintenance.
    (SFC, 5/18/01, p.A1)
2001        May 17, Prof. Li Shaomin (45), a Chinese born US citizen, was charged by China with spying for Taiwan.
    (SFC, 5/18/01, p.A14)
2001        May 17, In Argentina a Fokker F27 air force plane crashed on takeoff in Medoza and all 5 officers aboard were killed.
    (SFC, 5/18/01, p.D4)
2001        May 17, In Colombia the United Self-Defense Forces (AUC) freed 201 recently abducted farmworkers. In Medellin a car bomb killed 7 people and injured 138. The criminal band “La Terraza" was blamed.
    (SFC, 5/18/01, p.A14)(SFC, 5/19/01, p.A8)
2001        May 17, In Greece a nationwide mass strike took place and some 10,000 demonstrated in Athens to protest a pension overhaul.
    (SFC, 5/18/01, p.D4)
2001        May 17, In Iran a Russian-built Yak-40 plane crashed in Khorasan province and at least 29 people were killed. The dead included Rahman Dadman, the transport minister, and 7 members of parliament.
    (SFC, 5/18/01, p.A15)(WSJ, 5/18/01, p.A1)
2001        May 17, In Kazakstan a fire in a 26-story hotel in Almaty killed 4 people.
    (SFC, 5/18/01, p.D4)
2001        May 17, In Kyrgyzstan a bus fell into a mountain ravine and 19 people were killed.
    (SFC, 5/18/01, p.D4)
2001        May 17, It was reported that the Mexican government would provide survival kits to citizens planning to cross into the US illegally.
    (SFC, 5/17/01, p.A1)

2002        May 17, Former President Jimmy Carter ended a historic visit to Cuba sharply at odds with the Bush administration over how to deal with Fidel Castro, saying limits on tourism and trade often hurt Americans more than Cubans.
    (AP, 5/17/03)
2002        May 17, Midwest flooding left as many as 9 people dead over the last 2 weeks. Missouri Gov. Bob Holden asked Pres. Bush to declare 37 counties as disaster areas. Illinois and Indiana were also hard hit.
    (SFC, 5/18/02, p.A3)
2002        May 17, Joe Black (78), the first black pitcher to win a World Series game, for the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1952, died in Scottsdale, Ariz.
    (AP, 5/17/03)
2002        May 17, Coalition forces battled enemy forces in Operation Condor in the Khost region. A pan-Arab newspaper quoted Mullah Mohammed Omar as saying Osama bin Laden is alive and that the future of the US in Afghanistan is “fire, hell and total defeat."
    (SFC, 5/18/02, p.A10)
2002        May 17, In Ireland national elections the Fianna Fail Party of PM Bertie Ahern won 80 of the 166 seats in Parliament. Another coalition with the conservative Progressive Democrats was expected. IRA-allied Sinn Fein won 5 seats.
    (WSJ, 5/16/02, p.A1)(SSFC, 5/19/02, p.A18)(SFC, 5/20/02, p.A7)(WSJ, 5/20/02, p.A1)
2002        May 17, Yasser Arafat changed his previous day's remarks and said balloting would only take place if Israel withdraws from occupied territory.
    (SFC, 5/17/02, p.A1)

2003        May 17, Funny Cide ran away from the field in the Preakness, two weeks after winning the Kentucky Derby. However, Funny Cide came up short at the Belmont Stakes, finishing third.
    (AP, 5/17/04)
2003        May 17, In G-8 talks at a Normandy resort the United States secured a commitment from the world's wealthiest nations and Russia not to demand that Iraq begin paying off its huge debts before 2005. The Paris Club's 19 members, which include the US, are alone believed to be owed an estimated $26 billion, not including interest accrued on the debt, most of which dates from the 1970s.
    (AP, 5/18/03)
2003        May 17, In southern China heavy rainstorms caused flooding killing 45 people and causing millions of dollars in damage to homes and crops.
    (AP, 5/20/03)
2003        May 17, A German tour bus overturned on a French highway in heavy rain, killing at least 28 of the 74 people on board.
    (AP, 5/17/03)
2003        May 17, In Iraq US forces arrested Kamal Mustafa Abdallah Sultan al-Tikriti, former secretary of the Republican Guard (listed as No. 10 and the queen of clubs). Univ. students and teachers returned to their campuses.
    (SSFC, 5/18/03, p.A12)
2003        May 17, A Palestinian suicide bomber blew himself up in the West Bank city of Hebron, killing an Israeli man and his pregnant wife.
    (AP, 5/17/04)
2003        May 17, Slovaks in a 2-day plebiscite voted to join the European Union. About 92 percent of voters approved EU membership, with a turnout of some 52 percent.
    (AP, 5/17/03)
2003        May 17, In south-central Sri Lanka flash floods and landslides killed at least 300 people and drove some 150,000 people from their homes.
    (WSJ, 5/19/03, p.A1)(AP, 5/21/03)
2003        May 17, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey will open its doors next week to Greek Cypriot tourists, signaling an end to a decades-long travel ban.
    (AP, 5/18/03)
2003        May 17, Cardinal Giovanni Battista Re acknowledged that Pope John Paul II was suffering from Parkinson's disease.
    (AP, 5/17/04)

2004        May 17, Transsexuals were cleared to compete in the Olympics for the first time.
    (AP, 5/17/05)
2004        May 17, In Massachusetts gay couples began exchanging vows, marking the first time a state has granted gays and lesbians the right to marry and making the United States one of four countries where homosexuals can legally wed.
    (AP, 5/17/04)
2004        May 17, Tony Randall (84), actor who served as a fussy foil for Rock Hudson and Doris Day, David Letterman and Johnny Carson and, most famously, Jack Klugman on "The Odd Couple," died in NYC.
    (AP, 5/18/04)
2004        May 17, June Taylor (86), Emmy-winning television choreographer died in Miami.
    (AP, 5/17/05)
2004        May 17, China and Kazakhstan agreed to build a 744-mile crude oil pipeline to send an initial 10 million tons of Kazakh oil to Xinjiang by 2006.
    (WSJ, 6/17/04, p.A16)
2004        May 17, Cuba’s dollar-only stores were ordered to mark up their prices 10-30% for staples.
    (AP, 5/21/04)
2004        May 17, In northern Honduras authorities said a short-circuit caused a fire that killed 103 inmates before dawn. Survivors of the fire claimed that the inferno was intentionally set by fellow inmates. The prison at San Pedro Sula, designed for 800, was crammed with 2,200.
    (AP, 5/18/04)(SFC, 5/18/04, p.A8)(Econ, 5/22/04, p.31)
2004        May 17, India's stock market took the biggest one-day plunge in its 129-year history as investors panicked over how communist parties would influence the new government. An investigation followed into the alleged murky dealings by a dozen foreign firms.
    (AP, 5/17/04)(Econ, 5/28/05, p.76)
2004        May 17, The US military in Iraq reported that a roadside bomb containing deadly sarin nerve agent had exploded a few days earlier near a U.S. military convoy.
    (AP, 5/17/04)
2004        May 17, Abdel-Zahraa Othman, also known as Izzadine Saleem, the head of the Iraqi Governing Council, was killed in a suicide car bombing near a checkpoint outside the coalition headquarters in central Baghdad. 8 others were also killed.
    (AP, 5/17/04)(WSJ, 5/18/04, p.A3)
2004        May 17, Myanmar held a constitutional convention.
    (WSJ, 5/17/04, p.A1)
2004        May 17, Two Russian workers held hostage in Iraq for a week were freed.
    (AP, 5/17/04)

2005        May 17, The US Department of Homeland Security said it detained Luis Posada Carriles, after the longtime Castro opponent granted interviews to TV stations and The Miami Herald for the first time since surfacing in the United States two months ago.
    (AP, 5/18/05)
2005        May 17, British lawmaker George Galloway denounced US senators in testimony on Capitol Hill, denying accusations that he'd profited from the UN oil-for-food program and accusing them of unfairly tarnishing his name.
    (AP, 5/17/06)
2005        May 17, Los Angeles Councilman Antonio Villaraigosa (52) trounced Mayor James Hahn to become the city's first Hispanic mayor in more than a century as voters embraced the promise of change in a metropolis troubled by gridlock, gangs and failing schools.
    (AP, 5/18/05)
2005        May 17, Toyota said it will build a gasoline-electric hybrid version of the Camry at its plant in Georgetown, Ky.
    (WSJ, 5/18/05, p.D4)
2005        May 17, Frank Gorshin (72), actor, died in Burbank, Ca. He played the Riddler on the Batman TV series (1966-1969).
    (SFC, 5/19/05, p.B7)
2005        May 17, In Bolivia a measure increasing taxes on foreign oil companies became law. It slapped a 32% production tax on top of royalties of 18% paid by producers of natural gas and oil. The president and thousands of street protesters wanted the industry nationalized.
    (AP, 5/18/05)(Econ, 5/21/05, p.42)
2005        May 17, PM Tony Blair unveiled plans to shake up Britain's welfare state, tackle terrorism and introduce Britain's first national ID card since WW II in a challenging third term agenda that could spark revolt in his restive Labour Party and test his waning authority.
    (AP, 5/18/05)
2005        May 17, In Canada British Columbians re-elected Premier Gordon Campbell's Liberal government, but voters resoundingly signaled they wanted to end the government's free ride, electing more than 30 New Democrats.
    (AP, 5/18/05)
2005        May 17, Eritrean President Issaias Afeworki met with Sudan Pres. Omar al-Beshir in Tripoli, Libya. Beshir demanded that Eritrea refrain from harboring armed Sudanese opposition and stops offering assistance to that opposition.
    (AP, 5/17/05)
2005        May 17, Ethiopia's ruling party claimed to have won just over half the seats in parliamentary elections, but opposition leaders said it was still too early to tell who would form the next government.
    (AP, 5/17/05)
2005        May 17, In northern India a bus carrying a wedding party fell into a mountain gorge, killing 37 people and injuring 20 others.
    (AP, 5/17/05)
2005        May 17, In Baghdad gunmen killed a Shiite Muslim cleric, and two missing Sunni clerics were found shot dead. Gunmen abducted and killed former Baath Party member Kanis Mohammed al-Janabi and his three sons, aged 17 to 25 in Tunis.
    (AP, 5/17/05)
2005        May 17, Cyrus Kar, Iranian-American filmmaker, was arrested by Iraqi security forces after washing machine timers were found in the trunk of a taxi in which he was traveling. He was in Iraq to film footage on the ancient Persian king Cyrus the Great. Kar was released July 10. In 2006 Kar sued US military officials for his 55-day detention.
    (SFC, 7/7/05, p.A18)(AP, 7/10/05)(SFC, 7/8/06, p.A3)
2005        May 17, In Kashmir suspected Muslim rebels threw a grenade at a group of mourners in Srinagar, killing two and wounding at least 20. Earlier in the day suspected rebels killed four villagers by slitting their throats on the outskirts of Srinagar.
    (AP, 5/17/05)
2005        May 17, In southeastern Nigeria hundreds of youths stormed a police station and set fire to cars after a protester was fatally shot by a police rifle.
    (AP, 5/17/05)
2005        May 17, Russian security services killed Alash Daudov, a prominent Chechen rebel wanted for a series of planned chemical attacks.
    (AP, 5/17/05)
2005        May 17, Russia and Venezuela signed a contract for 100,000 Russian assault rifles to be provided to the Latin American nation.
    (AP, 5/18/05)
2005        May 17, Spain’s Parliament approved a resolution authorizing a “negotiated end" to almost 40 years of separatist violence. Parliament backed Socialist PM Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero's offer of talks with ETA if its groups end violence.
    (WSJ, 5/18/05, p.A12)(AP, 3/22/06)
2005        May 17, The captain of the Greenpeace boat, "The Rainbow Warrior," was sentenced to six months in prison for disobedience during a protest against the war in Iraq in 2003. The case stemmed from the detention of five men on March 14, 2003, for staging a protest aboard the boat captained by Daniel Rizzotti, an Argentine citizen, near the U.S.-Spanish Rota naval base in southern Spain.
    (AP, 5/17/05)
2005        May 17, Uzbekistan's top prosecutor said that 169 people were killed in last week's violence in the eastern town of Andijan. opposition activists maintained more than 700 died, most of them civilians.
    (AP, 5/17/05)(AP, 5/18/05)
2005        May 17, In Vietnam an international consortium led by French group Technip signed a 1.5-billion-dollar deal to build Vietnam's first oil refinery.
    (AP, 5/17/05)
2005        May 17, The UN WHO health agency said confirmed polio cases reached 83 in Yemen. The country was believed to have been free of the disease until last month.
    (AP, 5/18/05)

2006        May 17, Pres. Bush signed tax cut legislation that substantially increased taxes on American working abroad in a provision that Iowa Sen. Charles Grassley included under Section 911 of the tax code.
    (Econ, 6/24/06, p.78)(www.centerfortaxstudies.com/blog/taxnews/2006/05/18/)
2006        May 17, The FBI began digging at a Michigan horse farm in search of the remains of former Teamsters leader Jimmy Hoffa; the two-week search yielded no evidence.
    (AP, 5/16/07)
2006        May 17, Stocks plunged after a stronger-than-expected rise in consumer inflation fueled Wall Street's fear that interest rates will keep climbing. The Dow Jones industrial average lost 214 points to end the day at 11205.61.
    (AP, 5/17/06)(SFC, 5/18/06, p.C1)
2006        May 17, Scientists reported the sequencing of the last chromosome in the Human Genome project, which began in 1990. Chromosome 1 is packed with 3,141 genes and linked to 350 illnesses including cancer, Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease.
    (Reuters, 5/17/06)
2006        May 17, The US Food and Drug Administration said it approved Azilect, also called rasagiline, for use as an initial single-drug therapy for early Parkinson's disease. The FDA said Azilect, made by Teva Pharmaceutical Industries of Israel, also has the potential to cause involuntary movements, hallucinations and lowered blood pressure.
    (AP, 5/17/06)
2006        May 17, US Navy divers detonated explosives aboard the USS Oriskany, sending the retired aircraft carrier on a 212-foot plunge to bottom of the Gulf of Mexico 24 miles off the coast of Pensacola, Fla., to create the world's largest intentional reef.
    (AP, 5/17/06)(www.irishmansoftware.com/Oriskany.htm)
2006        May 17, Broadway producer Cy Feuer died at age 95.
    (AP, 5/16/07)
2006        May 17-2006 May 18, Some of the fiercest violence since the Taliban's 2001 ouster erupted across Afghanistan, with coalition forces engaging in multiple firefights, two suicide car bombs and a massive rebel assault on a small village. Up to 105 people were killed. An attack on a police and government headquarters in the town of Musa Qala in Helmand province sparked eight hours of clashes with security forces. Mullah Dadullah, the Taliban’s operational commander, claimed control of 20 districts in southern Afghanistan with 12,000 fighters.
    (AP, 5/18/06)(Econ, 7/8/06, p.22)
2006        May 17, In Australia widespread evidence of child abuse in Aboriginal communities has sparked calls for the Australian government to take greater action to protect children at risk.
    (AFP, 5/17/06)
2006        May 17, In Brazil the body count grew in Sao Paulo as police, who lost 41 comrades in gang attacks, killed 22 more suspected criminals. Authorities said little about the latest deaths, generating criticism from rights groups.
    (AP, 5/17/06)
2006        May 17, It was announced that Paul McCartney and his second wife, Heather Mills McCartney, had agreed to separate.
    (AP, 5/16/07)
2006        May 17, In Canada 4 people were reported killed at a mine being decommissioned in the British Columbia. One of the victims may have gone undiscovered for two days. Kimberley area media said the victims may have been overcome by hydrogen sulfide gas, a highly toxic and explosive gas that is slightly heavier than air and tends to concentrate at the bottom of poorly ventilated areas.
    (Reuters, 5/17/06)
2006        May 17, Following a meeting of the State Council China announced a series of policy measures to rein in prices. These included levying profits taxes on real estate.
    (WSJ, 5/19/06, p.A6)
2006        May 17, Some 620,000 people were evacuated from southern China as Typhoon Chanchu, the strongest storm to hit the region at this time of year, churned towards the coastal province of Guangdong.
    (AP, 5/17/06)
2006        May 17, The European Parliament approved 864.4 billion euro ($1.11 trillion) budget for 2007-2013. The budget would cost EU citizens 26 European cents a day to run the EU.
    (WSJ, 5/18/06, p.A7)
2006        May 17, Fiji's caretaker PM Laisenia Qarase claimed victory in parliamentary elections and said he was committed to improving the South Pacific country's relations between indigenous Fijians and the ethnic Indian minority.
    (AP, 5/17/06)
2006        May 17, Medical services in many parts of India were in chaos for a sixth day as student doctor protests intensified over a government plan to boost seats reserved for the poor in top universities.
    (AFP, 5/17/06)
2006        May 17, Indonesia's bird flu toll jumped to 30 after the World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed five family members had died of the virus.
    (AFP, 5/17/06)(SFC, 5/19/06, p.A3)
2006        May 17, Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad rejected a possible European offer for incentives, including a light-water nuclear reactor, in return for allaying fears about his country's nuclear program by giving up uranium enrichment.
    (AP, 5/17/06)
2006        May 17, In Iraq 3 roadside bombs and a drive-by shooting targeted Iraqi forces in Baghdad, killing one policeman. The bodies of two Iraqi men, handcuffed and shot in the head, were found in western Baghdad. A US sailor died in fighting with insurgents in Anbar province. 15 Tae kwon do athletes were kidnapped in western Anbar province while driving to a training camp in neighboring Jordan. In 2009 Iraqi commandoes and US forces arrested a suspect in the kidnapping and murder of the tae kwon do team.
    (AP, 5/17/06)(AP, 5/18/06)(SFC, 9/28/09, p.A2)
2006        May 17, Israel's new defense minister reopened the main cargo crossing between Israel and the Gaza Strip, signaling a policy shift aimed at easing some of Israel's security restrictions on the Palestinians.
    (AP, 5/17/06)
2006        May 17, Romano Prodi became prime minister of Italy, forming the country's 61st postwar government more than a month after his center-left coalition narrowly won parliamentary elections.
    (AP, 5/17/06)
2006        May 17, In Libya Venezuela's anti-American president was given a warm welcome in Tripoli by Col. Moammar Gadhafi. Chavez and Gadhafi planned to discuss "social programs based on oil revenues."
    (AP, 5/17/06)
2006        May 17, Under withering criticism, the Dutch immigration minister Rita Verdonk agreed to rethink her threat to revoke the citizenship of a Somali-born former lawmaker known for her opposition to fundamentalist Islam.
    (AP, 5/17/06)
2006        May 17, A powerful bomb blew up a gas pipeline in a remote town of southwestern Pakistan, killing a 7-year-old girl.
    (AP, 5/17/06)
2006        May 17, The Palestinians' defiant Hamas-led government sent a 3000-man force into the streets of Gaza, disregarding President Mahmoud Abbas' order banning the creation of the security body and raising the stakes in their deepening power struggle.
    (AP, 5/17/06)(WSJ, 5/18/06, p.A1)
2006        May 17, In southern Russia Ingushetia's Deputy Interior Minister Dzhabrail Kostoyev, two of his bodyguards and four civilians were killed when a sedan packed with explosives blocked a road on the outskirts of the region's main city of Nazran and blew up. A rebel ambush killed 5 Russian soldiers.
    (AP, 5/17/06)(WSJ, 5/18/06, p.A1)
2006        May 17, A secular alliance that is battling fundamentalist Islamic militias in Somalia charged that its rivals are bolstered by fighters from the Middle East, Pakistan and elsewhere, and said it has the bodies to prove it. The interim government said the US was supporting secular warlords fighting Islamic groups for control of Mogadishu.
    (AP, 5/17/06)(SFC, 5/18/06, p.A11)
2006        May 17, In Sri Lanka a rebel sniper shot dead a soldier at a de facto front line while two civilians were killed elsewhere.
    (AFP, 5/18/06)
2006        May 17, The UN said armed militiamen had ignored a peace pact and  attacked several villages this week in Sudan's Darfur region, killing at least 11 people and wounding many others.
    (AP, 5/17/06)
2006        May 17, In Turkey Alparslan Arslan (29), a lawyer, stormed into a meeting at Ankara’s highest administrative court and opened fire. One pro-secular judge was killed and 4 wounded. Arslan picked on the judges because they supported a ban on the Islamic headscarf in public places, schools and universities.
    (AP, 5/17/06)(Econ, 5/27/06, p.49)(WSJ, 3/30/07, p.A1)

2007        May 17, President Bush and retiring British PM Tony Blair held a joint news conference at the White House, during which Blair allowed not a single regret about the Iraq war alliance.
    (AP, 5/17/08)
2007        May 17, The US White House and key lawmakers agreed on a sweeping immigration plan to grant legal status to millions of people in the country unlawfully.
    (AP, 5/17/07)
2007        May 17, US lawmakers branded China and Russia the world's two biggest copyright thieves.
    (Reuters, 5/17/07)
2007        May 17, US Navy lawyer Lt. Cmdr. Matthew Diaz (41) was convicted in military court of communicating secret information that could be used to injure the US. Diaz had given a human rights attorney the names of 550 Guantanamo Bay detainees.
    (SFC, 5/18/07, p.A7)
2007        May 17, Paul Wolfowitz announced that he was stepping down soon as World Bank chief. This marked yet another blow for US President George W. Bush as his Republican administration nears its end.
    (AFP, 5/17/07)
2007        May 17, It was reported that Chris Cohan, owner of the Golden State Warriors basketball team, faced tax evasion charges by the IRS for potentially abusive tax shelters used when he sold Sonic Communications in 1998 for $200 million.
    (SFC, 5/17/07, p.A1)
2007        May 17, In Oakland, Ca., a mother and daughter were kidnapped and tortured by men associated with Your Black Muslim Bakery. Yusuf Bey IV, the group’s leader, believed the women could reveal where a local drug dealer kept his money. In October Richard Lewis (23), aka Rakeem Kahlil Bey, was arrested for his role in the kidnap-torture. On April 7, 2010, Lewis was convicted of kidnapping, carjacking and torture. In 2014 a state appeals court overturned the conviction and life sentence of Lewis, entitling him to a new trial.
    (SFC, 10/18/07, p.B1)(SFC, 4/8/10, p.C3)(SSFC, 2/2/14, p.C2)
2007        May 17, The journal "Science" reported that Antarctica’s Southern Ocean, a crucial "carbon sink" into which 15 percent of the world's excess carbon dioxide flows, is reaching saturation and soon may be unable to absorb more , a deeply troubling development.
    (AFP, 5/17/07)
2007        May 17, In southern Afghanistan 2 coordinated bomb blasts killed seven people, including three police responding to the first explosion. In western Afghanistan airstrikes in Farah province targeted a convoy of suspected Taliban militants who had left a meeting, killing 14 and wounding 10. In Kandahar a suicide car bomber rammed a government convoy, killing three bystanders and wounding Information and Culture Minister Abdul Karim Khurram.
    (AP, 5/17/07)(AP, 5/18/07)
2007        May 17, Algerians, shaken by al-Qaida-claimed suicide bombings and dealing with a tough economy, slowly trickled to vote in legislative elections under tight police security.
    (AP, 5/17/07)
2007        May 17, In Argentina leftist union members shut down the Buenos Aires subway system with a one-day strike, causing huge traffic jams as commuters drove, packed buses or struggled to hail taxis.
    (AP, 5/17/07)
2007        May 17, Greyhound Canada suspended passenger and parcel service in Western Canada because of a labor disruption.
    (Reuters, 5/18/07)
2007        May 17, A Colombian warlord, accused of spearheading civilian massacres, claimed that some US companies who buy Colombia's bananas had made regular payments to his illegal right-wing militias.
    (AP, 5/17/07)
2007        May 17, Estonia's defense minister said that the massive cyber attacks that have crippled the high-tech country's Web sites are a threat to national security, and that it's possible the Russian government was behind them.
    (Econ, 5/5/07, p.65)(AP, 5/17/07)
2007        May 17, The World Bank said that it and the European Commission and six other donors have committed $780 million to support basic services and transparency in Ethiopia.
    (AP, 5/17/07)
2007        May 17, French Pres. Nicolas Sarkozy named Francois Fillon (53), a Gaullist former social affairs minister, to be his prime minister.
    (SFC, 5/18/07, p.A3)(Econ, 5/19/07, p.56)
2007        May 17, Across Iraq at least 58 Iraqis were killed or found dead in bombings, shootings and mortar attacks. They included 42 bullet-riddled bodies of apparent victims of so-called sectarian death squads. Three American soldiers were killed and another was wounded in a roadside bombing south of Baghdad. Mortar rounds hit a US Air Force base north of Baghdad, destroying one helicopter and damaging nine others.
    (AP, 5/17/07)
2007        May 17, Israeli aircraft struck a Hamas command center, a trailer housing bodyguards and two vehicles, citing the firing by militants of more than 50 rockets at the Israeli border town of Sderot over three days.
    (AP, 5/17/07)
2007        May 17, In central Japan a man went on a shooting rampage in his home, killing a policeman, wounding three other people, including his son and daughter, and taking his wife hostage.
    (AP, 5/17/07)
2007        May 17, The first trains since 1953 traversed the Korean DMZ in a peace gesture.
    (WSJ, 5/18/07, p.A1)
2007        May 17, Mexican police chased the remnants of a criminal assault force through the mountains of Sonora near the Arizona border after kidnappings and gunbattles that left at least 22 people dead.
    (AP, 5/17/07)(Econ, 6/16/07, p.45)
2007        May 17, Moroccan police clashed with student protestors from Western Sahara demanding an end to Rabat's control over the disputed region.
    (AP, 5/17/07)
2007        May 17, Nicaraguan said it has re-established formal diplomatic relations with North Korea and rejected criticism of the Asian country's nuclear weapons program.
    (AP, 5/17/07)
2007        May 17, In Nigeria labor leaders called a two-day nationwide strike coinciding with the May 29 inauguration of the new government to protest what they said was a fraudulent election.
    (AP, 5/17/07)
2007        May 17, Russia filed a suit against the Bank of New York for $22.5 billion for its role in a money laundering scheme that was broken up by US authorities in 1999.
    (WSJ, 5/18/07, p.A3)
2007        May 17, Russian Orthodox leaders signed a pact to heal an 80-year schism between the church in Russia and an offshoot, the Church Abroad, set up following the Bolshevik Revolution. At least 10 of 145 Church Abroad parishes in the US opposed the canonical union. Most of the New York-based Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia (ROCOR) agreed to unite with the Patriarchate of Moscow.
    (AP, 5/17/07)(WSJ, 1/18/07, p.A12)(Econ, 10/18/08, p.69)
2007        May 17, In Sri Lanka said security forces had shot dead at least 20 Tamil Tiger rebels in northern Sri Lanka in a fresh outbreak of fighting.
    (AFP, 5/17/07)
2007        May 17, In Ukraine Petro Balabuyev (75), a lead designer of the world's largest aircraft, the An-225, died.
    (AP, 5/17/07)
2007        May 17, Analysts warned that a new pricing law approved by Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, as inflation exceeded 3,700%, could worsen rather than relieve widespread shortages and price rises.
    (AP, 5/17/07)

2008        May 17, This was the official release date by the US Mint for the Adams dollar coin, the 6th of its presidential dollar series.
    (WSJ, 12/27/07, p.D6)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Presidential_$1_Coin_Act_of_2005)
2008        May 17, In Louisiana 6 train cars derailed spilling 8-10 thousand gallons of hydrochloric acid and forming a toxic cloud over Lafayette, 125 miles west of New Orleans.
    (WSJ, 5/19/08, p.A2)
2008        May 17, In Afghanistan a roadside blast hit a vehicle in the eastern Paktia province, left three civilians dead. A bomb placed on a bicycle exploded as a police vehicle passed by outside Kandahar. The blast killed a 10-year old boy and wounded another civilian. 15 Taliban rebels were killed in an operation by the Afghan military in southwestern Badgis province.
    (AP, 5/17/08)(AFP, 5/18/08)
2008        May 17, In China the confirmed death toll rose to 28,881 as thousands of earthquake victims fled areas near the epicenter, fearful of floods from rivers blocked by landslides rattled loose in this week's powerful temblor. A 6.1-magnitude earthquake shook Sichuan province. At least 14 people died in a collision between a bus and a tractor in eastern China.
    (AP, 5/17/08)(Reuters, 5/17/08)
2008        May 17, Dominican Republic President Leonel Fernandez declared victory in the national election and pledged to continue pushing forward economic projects that have helped pull the Caribbean nation's economy out of crisis.
    (AP, 5/17/08)
2008        May 17, In Egypt Pres. Bush opened two days of talks with a string of leaders in Sharm El-Sheik by sitting down with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.
    (AP, 5/17/08)
2008        May 17, Voters in Kuwait lined up to vote in parliamentary elections that could substantially change the legislative body of this tiny, oil-rich Gulf emirate following electoral reforms to reduce corruption and vote buying.
    (AP, 5/17/08)
2008        May 17, Iraq’s PM al Maliki met with US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in Baghdad. Her visit came amid complaints the Iraqi government is not contributing enough financially to the reconstruction of the oil-rich country. Mortar shells slammed into a residential area north of the Iraqi capital, killing at least four people, a man and 3 children, and wounding 30. US airstrikes killed six militants and destroyed a weapons cache after troops were attacked by rocket-propelled grenades and small-arms fire near Khan Bani Saad, north of Baghdad. American soldiers killed two other militants after coming under attack by a roadside bomb and small-arms fire in Baghdad’s northern Shiite neighborhood of Kazimiyah.
    (AP, 5/17/08)(AP, 5/18/08)
2008        May 17, Frustrated world leaders tightened the pressure on Myanmar, raising the allegation of crimes against humanity over the regime's slow-moving response to the cyclone disaster. Diplomats witnessed "huge" devastation in the Irrawaddy delta and the toll of dead and missing from the cyclone rose above 133,000 people.
    (AFP, 5/17/08)(Reuters, 5/17/08)
2008        May 17, In the Philippines Tropical Storm Halong made landfall in Pangasinan province, northwest of Manila. By May 20 the death toll from the storm had reached 37.
    (AP, 5/21/08)
2008        May 17, Somali pirates hijacked a Jordanian-flagged ship, called the Victoria, in the latest in a string of attacks off the lawless coast of Somalia. Islamic insurgents in Somalia seized a major agricultural center overnight in Jilib. 2 militia fighters were killed. The UAE-owned ship was released on May 23.
    (AP, 5/17/08)(AP, 5/18/08)(AP, 5/23/08)
2008        May 17, Spanish police announced the arrest of five people this week suspected of hacking into or outright disabling thousands of Internet pages, some of them run by government agencies in the US, Latin America and Asia. Two of the suspects were 16 years old. The others were 19 or 20.
    (AP, 5/17/08)
2008        May 17, Sri Lankan air force helicopters bombed a Tamil Tiger rebel operations center in the contested north. Separate ground battles killed 12 insurgents.
    (AP, 5/18/08)
2008        May 17, In eastern Turkey a clash between soldiers and Kurdish rebels left 6 rebels dead in Van province.
    (AP, 5/17/08)
2008        May 17, Zimbabwean opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai postponed his expected return home to contest an election run-off after his party said it had discovered an assassination plot against him.
    (AP, 5/17/08)

2009        May 17, In Indiana Pres. Obama addressed a graduation ceremony at Notre Dame Univ. and called for “open hearts, open minds and fair-minded words" in the pursuit of “common ground" regarding the issue of abortion rights.
    (SFC, 5/18/09, p.A3)
2009        May 17, In San Francisco’s 98th Bay to Breakers race Sammy Kitwara (22) of Kenya won with a time of 33 minutes, 31 seconds. Teyba Erkesso (26) of Ethiopia was the fastest woman at 38:29. An estimated 62,000 ran as revelers swilled beer despite rules banning alcohol in the 7.5-mile. Street cleaners gathered up some 13 tons of garbage.
    (SFC, 5/18/09, p.A1)(SFC, 5/19/09, p.B1)
2009        May 17, In NYC Mitchell Wiener, an assistant principal at a middle school, became the first death linked to the H1N1 flu virus.
    (SFC, 5/18/09, p.A3)
2009        May 17, David Ireland (b.1930), SF Bay Area sculptor and conceptual artist, died.
    (SFC, 5/21/09, p.B6)
2009        May 17, In southern Afghanistan militant attacks and a roadside bomb explosion killed 11 policemen and an army soldier in areas plagued by a violent Taliban insurgency.
    (AP, 5/17/09)
2009        May 17, In Bangladesh a state prosecutor said a corruption charge against PM Sheikh Hasina has been dropped because the man who laid it now says he was pressured to do so by the last government.
    (AFP, 5/17/09)
2009        May 17, Chad said its air force had completed raids on "mercenaries" inside Sudan, announcing its aircraft had destroyed seven groups of fighters while ground forces had captured 100 prisoners on the border.
    (Reuters, 5/17/09)
2009        May 17, Chile confirmed its first two cases of swine flu in two women who arrived from the Dominican Republic.
    (AP, 5/17/09)
2009        May 17, In Guatemala thousands protested to demand the resignation of President Alvaro Colom over accusations that he ordered a lawyer killed, a scandal threatening the rule of the country's first leftist leader more than 50 years.
    (AP, 5/18/09)
2009        May 17, The International Criminal Court said Bahr Idriss Abu Garda, a Sudanese rebel leader, has turned himself in to face war crimes charges for an attack that killed 12 African Union peacekeepers in Darfur in September 2007.
    (AP, 5/17/09)
2009        May 17, In Iraq a gunman killed an off-duty prison officer in Mosul. Hours later a car bomb went off near the governor's residence in Mosul, killing a policeman and wounding three civilians.
    (AP, 5/17/09)
2009        May 17, Israel's President Shimon Peres urged Syria to open direct peace talks and said indirect negotiations mediated by Turkey had not resumed.
    (AP, 5/17/09)
2009        May 17, Jordan and Royal Dutch Shell PLC signed a concessionary agreement to explore for oil in the country's vast oil shale deposits.
    (AP, 5/17/09)
2009        May 17, Lithuanians voted in a presidential election. Dalia Grybauskaite (53), EU budget chief and karate black belt, poised to return to politics in her recession-hit homeland as its first female head of state. Grybauskaite stood as an independent, but was nonetheless backed by the ruling Conservatives, although she warned their government is also under watch. Under Lithuanian law, the new president takes the reins in July. The government then has to step down, and the head of state names a premier. Grybauskaite won nearly 70 percent of the vote in a presidential election.
    (AFP, 5/17/09)(AP, 5/18/09)(SFC, 5/18/09, p.A2)
2009        May 17, In Nepal an alliance of 22 political parties claimed to have enough support to form a new coalition government and called for a parliamentary vote to elect its candidate as the new prime minister.
    (AP, 5/17/09)
2009        May 17, Nigeria's main militant group said it destroyed two oil pipelines in the southern Niger Delta, the latest attack amid the worst outbreak of violence to hit the region in months. MEND accused government troops of killing a second unnamed hostage and said two bodies would be handed over to the Red Cross. An army spokesman said Nigerian troops have freed three more Filipinos held hostage by militants in the Niger Delta, bringing the total number of the Asians rescued in the past two days to nine.
    (AP, 5/17/09)(AFP, 5/17/09)
2009        May 17, In Pakistan an army statement said 25 militants and a soldier had died in the previous 24 hours in the Swat valley, and that security forces had surrounded and entered Matta and Kanju, two key towns in the area. Britain's Sunday Times reported that Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari said military action would follow in the tribal belt.
    (AP, 5/17/09)
2009        May 17, In the Philippines police recovered the severed head of Doroteo Gonzales (61), a farm owner kidnapped on April 25 by Muslim militants. Authorities said he was likely beheaded because his family failed to pay ransom.
    (AP, 5/18/09)
2009        May 17, In Somalia Islamic insurgents sustained their offensive on the nation's fragile government and captured a strategic southeastern town, hours after a key Islamic militia leader defected to the government. Several local and foreign jihadists were killed in Mogadishu when a bomb-making workshop blew up.
    (AP, 5/17/09)(Econ, 5/23/09, p.49)
2009        May 17, In Sudan rebels of Darfur's Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) said they had seized a town in North Darfur after a clash with government forces.
    (AP, 5/18/09)
2009        May 17, The Tamil Tiger rebels admitted defeat in their 25-year-old war with the Sri Lankan government, offering to lay down their guns as government forces swept across their last strongholds in the northeast. The government rejected the last-ditch call for a cease-fire, saying the thousands of civilians trapped in the war zone all have escaped to safety and there was no longer any reason to stop the battle. Troops killed at least 70 rebels trying to escape the one-square km patch of land that government troops have surrounded.
    (AP, 5/17/09)
2009        May 17, In Taiwan tens of thousands of anti-government demonstrators marched through downtown Taipei to protest against President Ma Ying-jeou's policy of greater engagement with rival China, saying it could undermine the island's self-rule.
    (AP, 5/17/09)
2009        May 17, Mario Benedetti (b.1920), a prolific Uruguayan writer, died. His novels and poems reflect the idiosyncrasies of Montevideo's middle class and a social commitment forged by years in exile from a military dictatorship. Benedetti's 1960 novel "The Truce" was translated into 19 languages and along with "Thank You for the Fire" (1965), heralded his inclusion in the Latin American literary boom in the 1960s. In 1973 he joined thousands of other Uruguayans fleeing the nation's military dictatorship, spending 12 years in exile in Havana, Madrid, Lima and Buenos Aires.
    (AP, 5/17/09)

2010        May 17, The US Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that teenagers may not be locked up for life without chance of parole if they haven't killed anyone.
    (AP, 5/17/10)
2010        May 17, The US Treasury Dept.; received a $1.9 billion loan repayment from Chrysler Holding. The Treasury had made a $4 billion loan to the carmaker in January 2009. The loan was reduced by $500 million when assets of Old Chrysler were sold to the new company in June. The latest payment cleared Chrysler of obligations incurred as part of the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP).
    (SFC, 5/18/10, p.D2)
2010        May 17, A new analysis of US health data linked children's attention-deficit disorder with exposure to common pesticides used on fruits and vegetables.
    (AP, 5/17/10)
2010        May 17, US researchers said eating bacon, sausage, hot dogs and other processed meats can raise the risk of heart disease and diabetes, in a study that identifies the real bad boys of the meat counter.
    (Reuters, 5/17/10)
2010        May 17, Insurance giant Prudential said it will raise £14.5 billion from the sale of new shares to help fund a record takeover of Asian insurer AIA.
    (AP, 5/17/10)
2010        May 17, BP said it was siphoning more than one-fifth of the oil that has been spewing into the Gulf for almost a month, as worries escalated that the ooze may reach a major ocean current that could carry it through the Florida Keys and up the East Coast. The US Coast Guard said 20 tar balls have been found off Key West, Fla., but the agency stopped short of saying whether they came from a massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
    (AP, 5/17/10)(AP, 5/18/10)
2010        May 17, In northern Afghanistan a Pamir Airways passenger plane crashed with 44 people on board. The British Embassy in Kabul confirmed that three British nationals were among 6 foreigners on the plane. Poor weather hampered search efforts. No survivors were found. 5 Afghan UN staffers kidnapped in northern Afghanistan a month ago were freed in a military operation. 2 Italian soldiers in the NATO mission were killed by a roadside bomb while riding in a convoy near the western city of Herat. Two other soldiers were wounded. Two other NATO service members died in separate bomb attacks.
    (AFP, 5/17/10)(AP, 5/17/10)(AP, 5/21/10)
2010        May 17, France decided to send home an Iranian agent it had jailed for murdering the Shah's last prime minister, two days after Tehran freed a young French academic accused of spying. Ali Vakili Rad was serving a life sentence for stabbing Shapour Bakhtiar to death at his home outside Paris in August 1991.
    (AP, 5/17/10)
2010        May 17, A group of French technology firms know as the association for digital Economy in France called on local governments to partner with private companies to build a network of data centers and shared cloud platforms catering to French needs.
    (SFC, 5/31/10, p.D5)
2010        May 17, Haitian protesters marched to the collapsed national palace for a second straight Monday to criticize President Rene Preval, saying he failed the nation in the aftermath of its catastrophic earthquake. The last of 10 Americans detained while trying to take 33 children out of Haiti after the Jan. 12 earthquake was freed when a judge convicted her but sentenced her to time already served in jail.
    (AP, 5/18/10)
2010        May 17, In central India a Maoist land mine blew up a bus filled with police and civilians as it drove through Chhattisgarh state, killing at least 35 people.
    (AP, 5/17/10)
2010        May 17, Iran agreed to ship most of its low-enriched uranium to Turkey in a surprise nuclear fuel swap deal that could ease the international standoff over the country's disputed atomic program and deflate a US-led push for tougher sanctions. The deal was reached in talks between Brazils’ Pres. Silva, Turkey’s PM Erdogan and Iran’s Pres. Ahmadinejad.
    (AP, 5/17/10)(SFC, 5/17/10, p.A2)
2010        May 17, An Iraqi official said security forces have detained Abdullah Azam Saleh al-Qahtani, an al-Qaida militant suspected of planning an attack targeting the World Cup in South Africa next month. Al-Qahtani entered Iraq in 2004 and was suspected in several attacks in the capital and elsewhere in the country. Assailants disguised in Iraqi military uniforms beheaded a Sunni cleric and stuck his head on an electricity pole in Sadiyah, where he had preached against al-Qaida.
    (AP, 5/17/10)
2010        May 17, Jamaica's PM Bruce Golding said he will allow Christopher "Dudus" Coke, a reputed drug kingpin, to be extradited to the US, ending a nine-month fight with Washington but raising fears of a violent backlash from the suspect's supporters.
    (AP, 5/18/10)
2010        May 17, The Mexican army said it has detained Crispin Borunda, an alleged lieutenant of the Ciudad Juarez-based Carrillo Fuentes cartel, who escaped from a US prison two decades ago. A statement said Borunda tried to flee on foot and fired at soldiers before being caught last week in the capital of the border state of Chihuahua. Soldiers seized another suspect and five weapons. 6 of the 11 municipal officers in La Union, Guerrero state, resigned after armed men ambushed and wounded two of their officers. Several other Mexican towns have seen mass police resignations because of cartel violence or threats. In Mexico State, on the outskirts of Mexico City, residents of a town beat a man death on suspicion of robbing a young couple of 200 pesos (about $16) and a cell phone. Juan Padilla Juarez (28), an alleged member of the La Linea gang, was arrested in the border city of Ciudad Juarez. He had allegedly participated in the killing of 10 people. Police in northern Mexico arrested 8 men who allegedly kidnapped migrants trying to reach the US. An investigation led to the arrest of 3 more suspects a day later.
    (AP, 5/18/10)(AP, 5/18/10)(AP, 5/19/10)
2010        May 17, Nicaragua’s navy chief, Capt. Roger Gonzalez Diaz, said Mexico's La Familia cartel is moving heavily into Central America and dominates much of the drug trade through the region. He said officials would take tough measures to prevent the trade.
    (AP, 5/18/10)
2010        May 17, A report by civil liberties group Open Society Justice Initiative alleged that Nigeria's federal police force kills with impunity, extorts those it's charged to protect and rapes arrested prostitutes as a "fringe benefit" of the job.
    (AP, 5/17/10)
2010        May 17, Outgoing Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo swore in a new chief justice whose appointment has been questioned by her apparent successor, sparking fears of a constitutional crisis. Communist guerrillas freed town Mayor Roberto Luna and his four bodyguards after 12 days of jungle captivity in which the rebels interrogated him.
    (AP, 5/17/10)(AP, 5/18/10)
2010        May 17, In the Philippines a helicopter carrying Quezon Gov. Rafael Nantes, two security personnel and the pilot, crashed into houses south of Manila, killing all four people aboard and a girl on the ground.
    (AP, 5/17/10)
2010        May 17, Portugal’s Pres. Anibal Cavaco Silva said he would not veto a new law allowing same-sex marriages because majority liberal lawmakers would only override his decision.
    (SFC, 5/18/10, p.A3)
2010        May 17, Russian Pres. Medvedev visited Kiev, Ukraine, and oversaw the signing of several cooperation deals with the new Moscow-friendly leadership of Pres. Viktor Yanukovych.
    (SFC, 5/18/10, p.A2) 
2010        May 17, Somalia’s Pres. Sheik Sharif Sheik Ahmed dissolved the Cabinet to overcome divisions that have paralyzed his administration in the face of an al-Qaida linked Islamist insurgency. The UN-backed government currently only controls a few city blocks in the capital of Mogadishu and has failed to deliver either security or services to its people.
    (AP, 5/18/10)
2010        May 17, In South Africa a strike by rail workers left two million commuters stranded just 24 days from the kick-off of the World Cup.
    (AP, 5/17/10)
2010        May 17, The Thai government said it would accept a cease-fire offer from a Red Shirt protest leader if their fighters return to their camp in central Bangkok, as street battles that have killed 37 people raged for a fifth day.
    (AP, 5/17/10)
2010        May 17, In northern Turkey rescue teams strived to reach workers trapped hundreds of meters underground after a powerful methane gas explosion in the Karadon state-run coal mine near the northern Black Sea port of Zonguldak. On May 20 rescuers found the bodies of 28 miners. 2 miners remained missing.
    (AFP, 5/17/10)(AP, 5/20/10)

2011        May 17, Pres. Obama met with Jordan’s King Abdullah II. They discussed the sweeping political and social changes in the Middle East.
    (SFC, 5/18/11, p.A4)
2011        May 17, In eastern Afghanistan NATO and Afghan overnight joint operations killed at least 12 insurgents in Paktika province. Another four insurgents were killed today in a raid in Mata Khan district. A NATO raid late in the day killed two men and two women who were inside a home in an area known as Gawmal, Takhar province.
    (AP, 5/17/11)(AP, 5/18/11)
2011        May 17, Bahrain's parliament accepted the resignations of the last seven lawmakers of the Shiite opposition in a move that could exacerbate sectarian tensions in the strategic Gulf island kingdom.
    (AP, 5/17/11)
2011        May 17, Britain's Queen Elizabeth arrived in Dublin for a historic state visit steeped in symbolism and surrounded by security after a makeshift bomb was found, highlighting the lingering hostility of a small minority.
    (AP, 5/17/11)
2011        May 17, The British government pledged to cut the country’s carbon emissions in half by 2025 from benchmark levels of 1990.
    (SFC, 5/18/11, p.A2)
2011        May 17, British defense contractor BAE Systems said it has agreed to pay a fine of up to $79 million to settle an arms export controls case with the US Department of State, the largest civil fine ever levied by the department. Separately, BAE pleaded guilty in Britain to a charge relating to payments to a former adviser in Tanzania, and agreed to pay a fine of 30 million pounds ($49 million).
    (AP, 5/17/11)
2011        May 17, Canada announced it has decided to expel five Libyan diplomats for actions it called "inappropriate."
    (AFP, 5/17/11)
2011        May 17, China downplayed a UN report saying North Korea remains "actively engaged" in exporting ballistic missiles, components and technology to numerous customers in the Middle East, saying it was not an official Security Council report.
    (AP, 5/17/11)
2011        May 17, In Colombia 8 miners were trapped at the Loma Gorda coal mine.
    (SFC, 5/18/11, p.A2)
2011        May 17, Egypt's Justice Ministry ordered the wife of former president Hosni Mubarak released from custody without bail. Suzanne Mubarak was released after handing over her assets to the state, as her husband pledged to do the same in a bid to secure an amnesty.
    (AP, 5/17/11)(AFP, 5/17/11)
2011        May 17, In eastern India seven paramilitary soldiers were killed in a land mine explosion they believe was triggered by Maoist rebels in Chhattisgarh state.
    (AP, 5/18/11)
2011        May 17, India broke with past practice and called on Sri Lanka to investigate allegations of human rights abuses during the island's civil war, upping pressure on President Mahinda Rajapakse.
    (AFP, 5/17/11)
2011        May 17, In Libya Gadhafi forces started attacking the Maraba pass on the edge of the Nafusa mountains. Rebels lost 10 men to artillery and sniper fire.
    (Econ, 5/28/11, p.53)
2011        May 17, In southern Mexico prosecutors detained 2 officials of the National Immigration Institute for allegedly prostituting female Central American migrants in Chiapas state. Police in Chiapas state found 513 migrants inside two trailer trucks bound for the United States, and said they had been transported in dangerously crowded conditions. Gunmen opened fired on a group of people at an auto body shop in the Gulf Coast state of Tabasco, killing 8 people and badly wounding 2 others. A ninth victim died of his wounds the next day. Gunmen ambushed and killed three police officers in a suburb of Monterrey.
    (AP, 5/18/11)(AP, 5/18/11)
2011        May 17, Myanmar began releasing 17,000 prisoners, under a clemency program that sparked outrage from critics as it leaves more than 2,000 political detainees languishing in jail.
    (AFP, 5/17/11)
2011        May 17, Pakistan's PM Yousuf Raza Gilani declared China his country's best friend in an apparent dig at Washington as he began a visit to China. China is Pakistan’s main arms supplier. Pakistan last week opened a 330-megawatt nuclear power plant in central Punjab province with Chinese help and said Beijing had been contracted to construct two more reactors.
    (AFP, 5/17/11)
2011        May 17, Pakistani troops and a NATO helicopter that crossed into Pakistani territory exchanged fire, wounding two soldiers. The Pakistani army said it lodged a strong protest and demanded a meeting with NATO officials to discuss the incident. The army said a "senior al-Qaida operative" had been arrested in the port city of Karachi. A statement said Yemeni national Muhammad Ali Qasim Yaqub, alias Abu Sohaib Al Makki, had been working directly under al Qaida leaders along the border between Pakistan and Afghanistan.
    (AP, 5/17/11)
2011        May 17, Pakistani security forces shot and killed 5 alleged suicide bombers, including three women, when they tried to attack an army checkpoint in the southwestern city of Quetta. A bomb disposal squad in its report released in Quetta on May 21 said the alleged attackers, one Tajik and 4 from Chechnya were unarmed. A post mortem report said one of the women was pregnant with 7-month baby. In October Pakistan sacked 2 police officers over the killings.
    (AFP, 5/21/11)(AFP, 10/26/11)
2011        May 17, In Puerto Rico Jorge de Castro Font (47), an influential former senator whose testimony helped convict an ex-colleague and has bolstered federal investigations against other high-ranking politicians, was sentenced to five years in prison after having pleaded guilty to corruption charges. De Castro was accused of soliciting up to $525,000 in cash and other benefits including meals and private flights from 2005 to 2008 and of promising to block or advance certain bills as chair of the powerful rules committee.
    (AP, 5/18/11)
2011        May 17, Doku Umarov, leader of an Islamist insurgency in the North Caucasus, posted an interview saying Osama bin Laden's death would not stop violence and hinted at more attacks, calling all of Russia a "battleground."
    (Reuters, 5/17/11)
2011        May 17, Sierra Leone police seized three tons of marijuana with an estimated street value of some $10 million, one of its biggest seizures in recent years. Authorities said they are fighting the increased production of marijuana, mainly by unemployed youths looking for ways to earn money.
    (Reuters, 5/18/11)
2011        May 17, In South Korea hundreds of prostitutes and pimps rallied near a red-light district in Seoul to protest a police crackdown on brothels, with some unsuccessfully attempting to set themselves on fire.
    (AP, 5/17/11)
2011        May 17, Spanish wind turbine giant Gamesa said it had won a $2 billion (1.4-billion-euro) deal to supply turbines in India, touting it as one of the largest contracts of its kind in the world.
    (AFP, 5/17/11)
2011        May 17, The Swiss-based World Health Organization said it will cut $1 billion from its next budget because of financial problems among rich donor nations and the exchange rate for the weak US dollar.
    (AP, 5/17/11)
2011        May 17, Syria's opposition called for a general strike on May 18 in defiance of a government campaign to crush pro-democracy protests, as the army presses its siege of the restive town of Tall Kalakh, the latest target of its brutal crackdown. Syrian government agents chased students who were protesting against President Bashar Assad's regime at campus in Aleppo, beating them with batons and injuring dozens.
    (AFP, 5/17/11)(AP, 5/17/11)
2011        May 17, Taiwanese health authorities investigating illegal gender-selective abortions warned that doctors found guilty of the practice may have their licenses revoked.
    (AFP, 5/17/11)
2011        May 17, In Tanzania the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda sentenced Maj. Gen. Augustin Bizimungu to 30 years in prison for ordering killings during the 1994 genocide. Three other top officers were also sentenced. Bizimungu was captured in Angola in 2002. The ICTR also convicted the head of the paramilitary police at the time, Augustin Ndindiliyimana, of genocide crimes but ordered his release as he had already spent 11 years in jail.
    (AP, 5/17/11)(AFP, 5/17/11)
2011        May 17, In Venezuela the body of journalist Wilfred Ivan Ojeda (56) was found in a vacant lot in the town of La Victoria. He had been shot in the head and was found gagged and hooded with his hands bound. He was a local political activist for the opposition party Democratic Action and a columnist for the small daily El Clarin in the rural town.
    (AP, 5/18/11)

2012        May 17, The US Commerce Department imposed levies of between 31 and 250 percent on Chinese producers and exporters after saying it had found they sold solar cells in the United States at artificially low prices, known as dumping. 61 Chinese makers of solar panels were hit with a provisional tariff of 31%.
    (AFP, 5/18/12)(Econ, 5/26/12, p.68)
2012        May 17, The US Obama administration announced that it would ease the ban on investments in Myanmar.
    (SFC, 5/18/12, p.A3)
2012        May 17, US carmaker General Motors said it has opted to build the next generation of its Astra compact in Britain, leaving its plant in Bochum, Germany in danger of closure. GM said it would invest $200 million (126 million pounds) in its Ellesmere Port plant.
    (Reuters, 5/17/12)
2012        May 17, Donna Summer (63) died following a battle with cancer. The disco legend reportedly passed away this morning in Florida. She released her first single, "Sally Go 'Round the Roses," under her birth name (Donna Gaines) in 1971.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donna_Summer)
2012        May 17, In Kentucky 3 people were killed after a chaotic shooting scene that had crowds running for cover in a crime-ridden section of Louisville.
    (AP, 5/17/12)
2012        May 17, In southwest Afghanistan gunmen dressed in Afghan police uniforms and wearing suicide vests stormed a government compound in Farah, killing 7 people and wounding 12 others.
    (AFP, 5/17/12)
2012        May 17, Algerian singer Warda al-Jazairia (72), the Algerian Rose, died in Cairo. She was a regional icon whose powerful patriotic tunes were matched in popularity by her romantic ballads. She performed for presidents and popular audiences, reinventing herself over the decades to appeal to old and young alike.
    (AFP, 5/18/12)
2012        May 17, Angola’s Supreme Court ordered Suzana Ingles to vacate her post leading the National Electoral Commission. the ruling MPLA, in power since independence from Portugal in 1975, has seen few challenges to its power.
    (AFP, 5/19/12)
2012        May 17, Argentina’s President Cristina Kirchner arrived in Angola for a short state visit to push for a deal to exchange her country's food for Angolan oil.
    (AFP, 5/17/12)
2012        May 17, In Bangladesh 2 small bombs exploded and protesters damaged vehicles in Dhaka, during a nationwide strike against the jailing of 33 opposition leaders.
    (AFP, 5/17/12)
2012        May 17, The Canada Science and Technology Museum in Ottowa opened "Sex: A Tell-all Exhibition" as planned despite strong criticism from Canadian Heritage Minister James Moore, who has called it an insult to taxpayers.
    (Reuters, 5/17/12)
2012        May 17, In Egypt a Cairo court found 14 policemen not guilty in the killing of protesters during last year’s popular uprising. They were among 200 security officers and former regime officials facing trial for the deaths of nearly 850 protesters.
    (SFC, 5/18/12, p.A2)
2012        May 17, Members of France's new Socialist-led government promised to take a pay cut, a gesture of shared sacrifice by leaders who must now both reduce the country's massive debts and tackle spiraling unemployment.
    (AP, 5/17/12)
2012        May 17, In Guinea-Bissau some 70 ECOWAS soldiers arrived on a mission to restore stability after the country's April 12 coup, as transitional government PM Rui Duarte Barros took office.
    (AFP, 5/17/12)
2012        May 17, In Honduras prisoners in San Pedro Sula seized hostages and battled among themselves leaving at least one person dead.
    (SFC, 5/18/12, p.A2)
2012        May 17, Israeli tanks fired into the Gaza Strip, wounding seven Palestinians and leaving two of them in critical condition. The army said tank fire had been directed at "terrorists."
    (AFP, 5/17/12)
2012        May 17, Japan and Australia signed an agreement in Tokyo that will allow them to share intelligence as the Asia-Pacific region adapts to the rising power of China.
    (AFP, 5/17/12)
2012        May 17, Morocco's said that it had lost confidence in veteran US diplomat Christopher Ross, the UN envoy on Western Sahara. Ross was forced to call off plans to carry out his first official trip to the disputed territory.
    (AFP, 5/18/12)
2012        May 17, In Nigeria an explosion caused by dynamite on a bus in the oil hub city of Port Harcourt killed the driver and wounded two others. Rivers state Gov. Rotimi Amaechi said it appeared the alleged robbers were using the bus for transportation and the explosion happened accidentally.
    (AFP, 5/17/12)
2012        May 17, In northwestern Pakistan 2 Pakistani air force planes crashed in a residential area of Nowshera city, killing all four pilots on board and injuring five people on the ground.
    (AP, 5/17/12)
2012        May 17, In Sri Lanka former international rugby player Wasim Thajudeen (28) was found dead inside a burning car that appeared to have crashed into a wall. In February 2015, following a change in government, the police announced that Thajudeen's death was not accidental and that the investigation had been handed over to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID). According to the CID Thajudeen's body showed signs of torture. Ex-President Mahinda Rajapaksa's son was believed to be implicated.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wasim_Thajudeen)(AP, 8/10/15)
2012        May 17, Syrian regime forces sent shells crashing into rebel stronghold Rastan. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights called on UN observers to rush to the town in central Homs province. 2 blasts rocked the neighborhoods of Al-Jamila and Al-Furqan in Aleppo, while other explosions were heard across the northern city. Syrian National Council chief Burhan Ghalioun said he will step down to avert divisions within the opposition bloc, after activists on the ground accused him of monopolizing power.
    (AFP, 5/17/12)(AFP, 5/18/12)
2012        May 17, Thailand police in Bangkok seized 6 human fetuses, which had been roasted and covered in gold leaf as part of a black magic ritual, from Chow Hok Kuen (28), a British citizen. The corpses had been packed into luggage and were set to be smuggled to Taiwan.
    (AFP, 5/18/12)
2012        May 17, In central Vietnam a crowded overnight bus plunged off a bridge into the Serepok River, killing 34 people and injuring 21 others in one of the country's deadliest road accidents.
    (AFP, 5/18/12)
2012        May 17, Zimbabwe Finance Minister Tendai Biti said Chinese diamond firm Anjin has failed to remit revenue from its operations in the controversial Marange fields in the first quarter of this year.
    (AFP, 5/17/12)

2013        May 17, A federal judge in Arkansas granted a request to temporarily block enforcement of a new state law that bans most abortions 12 weeks into a pregnancy.
    (SFC, 5/18/13, p.A6)
2013        May 17, California Attorney General Kamala Harris said that a requirement for every new semiautomatic handgun to contain “micro-stamping" technology would be effective immediately. The gun control law was originally passed in 2007.
    (SFC, 5/18/13, p.D1)
2013        May 17, In California Dr. Christine Daniel (58) of Los Angeles was sentenced to 14 years in prison for bilking patients out of more than $1 million by promising them that an herbal supplement she hawked could cure late-stage cancer.
    (SFC, 5/18/13, p.A6)
2013        May 17, Golfer Ken Venturi (b.1931), winner of the 1964 US Open, died in Rancho Mirage, Ca.
    (SFC, 5/18/13, p.A1)
2013        May 17, In New York Andrea Rebello (24), a student at Hofstra Univ. was shot and killed after an armed man broke into the home she shared with her twin sister. Gunfire from a police officer killed intruder Dalton Smith (30) and Rebello. 
    (SFC, 5/18/13, p.A6)(SSFC, 5/19/13, p.A7)
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 17, In Afghanistan motorcycle-riding gunmen assassinated a police chief in front of his house after he led an anti-Taliban campaign in Farah province. Two bombs hidden in a motorcycle and a car exploded inside an elite gated community linked to the family of President Karzai, killing at least 9 people and wounding more than 70 near Kandahar city.
    (AP, 5/17/13)(AP, 5/18/13)
2013        May 17, Former Argentine dictator Jorge Rafael Videla (87) died of natural causes while serving life sentences in prison for crimes against humanity. He took power over Argentina in a 1976 coup and led a military junta that killed thousands of his fellow citizens in a dirty war to eliminate so-called "subversives."
    (AP, 5/17/13)
2013        May 17, An Organization of American States (OAS) study was released calling for a serious discussion on legalizing marijuana. The study was presented by outgoing OAS Secretary-General Jose Miguel Insulza in Bogota.
    (AP, 5/17/13)
2013        May 17, In the Central African Republic suspected foreign fighters backing a rebel movement now in control of the CAR government invaded Bouca, a remote north-central village and killed six people.
    (AP, 5/20/13)
2013        May 17, The body of a Congolese journalist was found on the bank of the Ngezi River near the provincial capital of Bunia in eastern Congo. Guylain Chanjabo, a journalist at Radio Canal Révélation in Bunia, had disappeared 12 days ago.
    (AP, 5/18/13)
2013        May 17, In Egypt dozens of disgruntled border policemen forced the closure of the main crossing point into the Gaza Strip to protest the abduction of their colleagues by suspected militants.
    (AP, 5/17/13)
2013        May 17, Egyptian security forces fired tear gas at protesters hurling firebombs at them in central Cairo, hours after hundreds of opponents of Egypt's President Mohammed Morsi rallied peacefully in the streets denouncing his rule and demanding early presidential elections.
    (AP, 5/17/13)
2013        May 17, In France PSA Peugeot Citroen said that it has signed an agreement with the CGT union to end a strike at a factory north of Paris, which started January 16. Workers said they will still fight a plan to close the plant.
    (AP, 5/17/13)
2013        May 17, French officials said thieves overnight had ripped a safe from the wall of a hotel room near the Cannes Film Festival and made off with some $1 million worth of jewelry.
    (SFC, 5/18/13, p.A2)
2013        May 17, In Georgia thousands of anti-gay protesters, including Orthodox priests, occupied a central street in Tbilisi, with some threatening to lash with stinging nettles any participant in a gay pride parade which was to take place there.
    (AP, 5/17/13)
2013        May 17, In India 8 festival-goers were killed in Bastar village, Chhattisgarh state, as they were reportedly mistaken as Maoists.
    (Econ, 6/1/13, p.41)
2013        May 17, In Iraq bombs ripped through Sunni areas in Baghdad and surrounding areas, killing at least 76 people. The deadliest blast struck worshippers as they were leaving the main Sunni mosque in Baqouba. Another explosion went off shortly afterward as people gathered to help the wounded, leaving 41 dead and 56 wounded. In Baghdad a bomb exploded near a shopping center in the mainly Sunni neighborhood of Amariyah, killing 21 people. Another bomb in a commercial district in the Dora neighborhood killed 4 people. A blast struck a cafe in Fallujah killing 2 people. A roadside bomb during a Sunni funeral procession in Madain killed 8 mourners.
    (AP, 5/17/13)
2013        May 17, In northwestern Pakistan bombs exploded outside two mosques in a village killing at least 15 people in Baz Darrah village, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.
    (AP, 5/17/13)
2013        May 17, South Africa police said 23 youths have died in the past nine days at initiation ceremonies that include circumcisions and survival tests in the northeastern province of Mpumalanga.
    (AP, 5/17/13)
2013        May 17, Human Rights Watch said in a report that its researchers have visited abandoned government prisons in Raqqa, the first Syrian city to come under rebel control, and found torture devices and other evidence that detainees were abused there.
    (AP, 5/17/13)
2013        May 17, In Turkey a container of fuel being smuggled into the country from Syria exploded, killing 10 people in Tunisma village, Hatay province.
    (AP, 5/17/13)

2014        May 17, US health officials reported what appears to be the first time that a mysterious Middle East virus (MERS) has spread from one person to another in the United States. An Illinois man probably picked up an infection from an Indiana man who earlier this month became the first US case of Middle East respiratory syndrome.
    (AP, 5/18/14)
2014        May 17, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper signed the first state law to allow terminally ill patients to access experimental medications before federal approval.
    (SSFC, 5/18/14, p.A7)
2014        May 17, In Maryland 3-year-old California Chrome won the 139th Preakness at Pimlico Race Course making him eligible for the Triple Crown on June 7 at the Belmont Stakes.
    (SSFC, 5/18/14, p.B1)
2014        May 17, In Bosnia and Serbia tens of thousands fled their homes, evacuated by boat or helicopter as rising waters surged into villages and towns. Authorities said the record flooding killed at least 20 people and the death toll could rise further.
    (AP, 5/17/14)
2014        May 17, In Brazil inmates at a penitentiary in the northeastern city of Aracaju took four prison officers hostage and refused to allow nearly 130 prisoners' relatives to leave the grounds. The inmates demanded to be transferred from the maximum-security prison to others. The hostages were released the next day and relatives were allowed to leave after authorities met demands that some prisoners be transferred.
    (AP, 5/18/14)(SFC, 5/19/14, p.A2)
2014        May 17, China's public security chief urged Vietnam to take tough measures to stem anti-China violence and punish rioters following deadly attacks there earlier this week.
    (Reuters, 5/17/14)
2014        May 17, Cyprus' finance minister said that international creditors have given a fourth straight positive review to the country's financial rescue program and are projecting that its economy will shrink this year slightly less than earlier forecasts.
    (AP, 5/17/14)
2014        May 17, France and five African countries (Benin, Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria) declared war on the Boko Haram extremist Islamic sect. West African leaders met in Paris to improve cooperation in the fight against Boko Haram and other militant groups.
    (Reuters, 5/17/14)(SSFC, 5/18/14, p.A5)
2014        May 17, In Iraq a bombing at an outdoor market in Tarmiyha, 50 km north of Baghdad, killed 5 people.
    (AP, 5/17/14)
2014        May 17, In Laos a plane carrying senior Lao government officials crashed in the Pek district of Xiangkhoung province, killing the defense minister and at least four other people.
    (AP, 5/17/14)
2014        May 17, In Mali gunfire erupted between the army and Tuareg separatists (MNLA) in the northern city of Kidal as PM Moussa Mara embarked on a trip there. Rebels attacked the governor's office in Kidal, abducting 32 civil servants. 8 soldiers and 28 insurgents were killed. PM Moussa Mara responded by saying Mali is now at war with the armed Tuareg separatists.
    (Reuters, 5/17/14)(Reuters, 5/18/14)(SFC, 5/19/14, p.A2)(AP, 5/22/14)
2014        May 17, In Morocco some 700 African migrants charged barbed wire fences in two waves at the Spanish enclave of Melilla. Moroccan and Spanish border guards repulsed the charges.
    (SSFC, 5/18/14, p.A4)
2014        May 17, Sudanese authorities in Khartoum arrested Sadiz al-Mahdi (78), a prominent opposition leader, following remarks criticizing the government’s security policies in Darfur.
    (SSFC, 5/18/14, p.A4)
2014        May 17, In Syria Lt. Gen. Hussein Ishaq, the head of air defenses, was killed in clashes near Damascus as rebels attacked an air defense base near the town of Mleiha.
    (AP, 5/18/14)
2014        May 17, Vietnam's PM Nguyen Tan Dun ordered an end to all "illegal protests" in the country after a week of violent demonstrations against China's deployment of an oil rig in a disputed section of the South China Sea.
    (AP, 5/17/14)
2014        May 17, In Ukraine a second round of European-brokered talks aimed at resolving the crisis. Lawmakers and officials from eastern Ukraine poured criticism on the fledging central government for ignoring the grievances of the regions, which have been overrun for pro-Russian protesters.
    (AP, 5/17/14)
2014        May 17, Yemen’s military said it has regained control of Azzan, Shabwa province. 7 militants and 2 soldiers were killed in the offensive. A militant ambush in Qarn al-Sawda left 5 militants and 2 soldiers dead.
    (SSFC, 5/18/14, p.A4)

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