Return to home715 May 19,
St. Gregory II began his reign as Catholic Pope.
988 May 19, Dunstanus, English
archbishop of Canterbury, died.
1218 May 19, Otto IV (36), Holy
Roman Emperor, died.
(PC, 1992, p.106)
1296 May 19, Pietro di Murrone,
former Pope Celestine V, died in the castle of Fumone, where he was
imprisoned by his successor, Boniface VIII.
1469 May 19, Giovanni della
Robbia, Italian sculptor, was born.
1506 May 19, Columbus selected
his son Diego as sole heir.
1535 May 19, French explorer
Jacques Cartier set sail for North America.
1536 May 19, Anne Boleyn, the
second wife of England's King Henry VIII, was beheaded on Tower
Green after she was convicted of adultery and incest with her
brother, Lord Rochford, who was executed two days before. It was the
day before Henry VIII's marriage to Jane Seymour.
(AP, 5/19/97)(DTnet, 5/19/97)(HN, 5/19/99)
1568 May 19, Defeated by the
Protestants, Mary, Queen of Scots, fled to England where Queen
Elizabeth imprisoned her.
1571 May 19, Miguel Lopez de
Lagazpi founded the city of Manila in the Philippines and
encountered Chinese settlements. [see Mar 19]
(DTnet, 5/19/97)(WSJ, 12/26/02, p.A1)
1588 May 19, The Spanish Armada
set sail to Lisbon bound for England; it was soundly defeated by the
English fleet the following August. [see May 11]
(AP, 5/19/97)(DTnet, 5/19/97)
1608 May 19, The Protestant
states formed the Evangelical Union of Lutherans and Calvinists
under the direction of the elector of Brandenburg.
1635 May 19, Cardinal Richelieu
of France intervened in the great conflict in Europe by declaring
war on the Hapsburgs in Spain.
(DTnet, 5/19/97)(HN, 5/19/99)
1643 May 19, Delegates from
four New England colonies, Massachusetts Bay, Plymouth, Connecticut
and New Harbor, met in Boston to form a confederation: the United
Colonies of New England.
1643 May 19, A French army
destroyed Spanish army at the Battle at Rocroi /Allersheim in France
(DTnet, 5/19/97)(HN, 5/19/98)
1749 May 19, George II granted
a charter to the Ohio Company to settle Ohio Valley.
1762 May 19, Johann Gottlieb
Fichte, German philosopher, was born. He developed ethical idealism
out of Immanuel Kant's work.
1774 May 19, Ann Lee and eight
Shakers sailed from Liverpool to New York. The religious group
originated in Quakerism and fled England due to religious
persecution. They become the first conscientious objectors on
religious grounds and were jailed during the American Revolution in
1776. In 1998 Suzanne Skees published “god Among the Shakers." The
United Society of Believers in Christ's Second Appearing is the
full, proper name for the 19th-century religious group better known
as the Shakers. Although they were the largest and best-known
communal society a century ago, the Shakers were rarely referred to
by their proper name. Outsiders dubbed them "Shakers" for the
movements in their ritualistic dance.
(DT internet 5/19/97)(WSJ, 3/27/98, p.W10)(HNQ,
1780 May 19, A mysterious
darkness enveloped much of New England and part of Canada in the
early afternoon; the cause has never been determined.
(HFA, '96, p.30)(DTnet, 5/19/97)
1786 May 19, John Stanley (74),
1792 May 19, Russian army
1795 May 19, Johns Hopkins,
founder of Johns Hopkins University, was born.
1795 May 19, James Boswell
(54), friend and biographer of Samuel Johnson, died. His 1791
biography, the Life of Samuel Johnson," changed the way biographies
were written by its emphasis on character and careful research.
1796 May 19, A game protection
law was passed by Congress to restrict encroachment by whites on
Indian hunting grounds.
1798 May 19, A French armada of
335 ships carrying nearly 40,000 men set sail for Alexandria, Egypt,
which Napoleon planned to conquer. In 2008 Paul Strathern authored
“Napoleon in Egypt."
(WSJ, 11/17/08, p.A17)
1800 May 19, French Bosbeeck,
veterinarian, robber, was hanged.
1802 May 19 Napoleon
established the French Order of Legion d'Honneur award (Legion of
Honor). It was a general military and civil order of merit conferred
without regard to birth or religion, provided that anyone admitted
swore to uphold liberty and equality.
(DrEE, 9/28/96, p.5)(SFC, 10/19/96, A7)
1845 May 19, The HMS Erebus and
Terror sailed from England under Sir John Franklin to navigate
through the Arctic and find the elusive Northwest passage. Sir John
Franklin and his 128-member crew all died on the journey and the
ships vanished. By 1847 the British Admiralty had received no
reports of Franklin. [see Franklin Jun 11, 1847]
1848 May 19, Texas was awarded
to the U.S.A. by Mexico thus ending the war.
1856 May 19, Senator Charles
Sumner spoke out against slavery.
1857 May 19, William Francis
Channing and Moses G. Farmer were granted the first patent for an
electric fire alarm system.
1858 May 19, A pro-slavery band
led by Charles Hameton executed unarmed Free State men near Marais
des Cygnes on the Kansas-Missouri border.
1862 May 19, Homestead Act
became law and provided cheap land for settlement of West.
1863 May 19, Union General
Ulysses S. Grant's first attack on Vicksburg, Miss., was repulsed.
1864 May 19, The last
engagement in a series of battles of Spotsylvania was fought.
Following the American Civil War Battle of Spotsylvania in 1864,
General Ulysses S. Grant said, "The world has never seen so bloody
and so protracted a battle as the one being fought and I hope never
(HN, 5/19/98)(HNQ, 2/12/99)
1864 May 19, Battle of Port
Walthall Junction, VA (Bermuda Hundred).
1864 May 19, Nathaniel
Hawthorne (b.1804), US writer (Scarlet Letter), died in Plymouth,
New Hampshire. Friend and former US Pres. Franklin Pierce was at his
bedside. In 2003 Brenda Wineapple authored "Hawthorne: A Life."
1879 May 19, Lord Waldorf
Astor, British publisher, was born.
1879 May 19, Lady Nancy Astor,
Nancy Witcher Langhorne, was born. She was the first woman to sit in
the British House of Commons.
1881 May 19, Kemal Ataturk
(d.1938), first president (1923-38) of the Republic of Turkey, later
set this as his birth date. He did not know the exact day, but
favored May 19, tied to his start in 1919 of the war for
1885 May 19, Jan Matzeliger
began the 1st mass production of shoes in Lynn,
1885 May 19, “Professor" Robert
Emmet Odlum of Washington, D.C., a well named swimming instructor
and author of pamphlets on diving, jumped from Brooklyn bridge. He
entered the water feet first (as was the accepted diving position at
the time) and shattered every bone in his frame from heel to skull.
He was pulled from the river unconscious and died a half hour later.
1885 May 19, German chancellor
Bismarck took possession of Cameroon & Togoland.
1886 May 19, Camille
Saint-Saens' 3rd Symphony in C ("Organ"), premiered.
1890 May 19, Ho Chi Minh,
revolutionist and leader of North Vietnam (1946-1969), was born. He
fought the Japanese, French and United States to gain independence
for his country.
(HN, 5/19/99)(MC, 5/19/02)
1892 May 19, Charles Brady King
of Detroit invented the pneumatic hammer. [see Jan 30, 1894]
1895 May 19, Johns Hopkins,
merchant and philanthropist, was born.
1898 May 19, US Congress passed
the Private Mailing Card Act which allowed private publishers and
printers to produce postcards.
1900 May 19, Simplon Tunnel
opened as the world's longest railroad tunnel at 12 miles; it linked
Italy & Switzerland through the Alps.
1906 May 19, The Federated
Boys' Clubs, the forerunner of the Boys' Clubs of
America, were organized.
(AP, 5/19/97)(DTnet, 5/19/97)
1909 May 19, San Francisco
Mayor Edward Taylor wrote a letter to Pres. Taft testifying to the
valuable aid of the federal government in the city’s recent campaign
against bubonic plague.
(SSFC, 5/31/09, DB p.50)
1911 May 19, Maurice Ravel’s
opera "L'Heure Espagnole," premiered in Paris.
1913 May 19, The Webb Alien
Land-Holding Bill was signed in California, excluding Japanese from
1916 May 19, The
Sykes-Picot Agreement was a secret understanding between the
governments of Britain and France defining their respective spheres
of post-World War I influence and control in the Middle East. The
boundaries of this agreement still remains in much of the common
border between Syria and Iraq. Britain and France carved up the
Levant into an assortment of monarchies, mandates and emirates. The
agreement enshrined Anglo-French imperialist ambitions at the end of
WW II. Syria and Lebanon were put into the French orbit, while
Britain claimed Jordan, Iraq, the Gulf states and the Palestinian
Mandate. Sir Mark Sykes (d.1919 at age 39) and Francois Picot made
1918 May 19, Florence Chadwick,
the 1st to swim English Channel both ways, was born.
1919 May 19, Mustafa Kemal
arrived in Samsun, Anatolia, to start the National Struggle.
1920 May 19, In Matewan, West
Virginia, a gunbattle between coal company-hired detectives and
local townspeople leaving 10 men dead, including mayor Cabell
Testerman, 2 miners and 7 detectives.
1921 May 19, Congress passed
the Emergency Quota Act, which established national quotas for
immigrants entering the United States.
(AP, 5/19/97)(DTnet, 5/19/97)
1925 May 19, Malcolm X,
(Malcolm Little) militant black Muslim leader, was born in Omaha,
Neb. He spoke of racial pride and black nationalism and was
assassinated in 1965. "You can't separate peace from freedom because
no one can be at peace unless he has his freedom."
(AP, 2/21/99)(HN, 5/19/99)(SFC, 9/8/99, p.A7)
1925 May 19, Pol Pot (d.1998),
Cambodian dictator and mass murderer, was born in Prek Sbauv,
1926 May 19, French air force
bombed Damascus, Syria.
1928 May 19, The 1st annual
"Frog Jumping Jubilee" at Angel's Camp, Ca., drew 51 frogs.
1928 May 19, "Firedamp"
exploded in a Mather, Pennsylvania, coal mine killing 195 of 273
1929 May 19, Harvey Cox, US
theologist (Secular City), was born.
1934 May 19, James Lehrer,
broadcast journalist, was born in Wichita, Ks.
1935 May 19, National Football
League adopted an annual college draft to begin in 1936.
1935 May 19, Colonel Thomas E.
Lawrence (b.1888), better known as Lawrence of Arabia, died 6 days
after sustaining head injuries in a motorcycle accident on a Dorset,
England, country road. Lawrence served the British Foreign Office as
liaison officer during the Arab revolt against the Turks in World
War I. His leadership and sympathetic understanding of the Arabs
were instrumental in Allied General Edmund Allenby's conquest of
Palestine in 1917. Bitterly disappointed by the 1919 Paris Peace
Conference's refusal to mandate Arab independence, Lawrence resigned
from the Foreign Office in 1922 to write books about his Middle East
experiences. In 2011 Michael Korda authored “Hero: The Life and
Legend of Lawrence of Arabia." In 20154 Anthony Sattin authored “The
Young T.E. Lawrence."
(HNPD, 5/19/99)(AP, 5/19/08)(Econ, 4/30/11,
p.90)(Econ., 2/14/15, p.75)
1939 May 19, In San Francisco a
new Safeway grocery store opened at Bush and Larkin at a site once
occupied by Lurline baths.
(SSFC, 5/18/14, DB p.50)
1940 May 19, Amsterdam time
became MET (Middle European Time).
1941 May 19, Jane Brody, food
and health writer, was born.
1941 May 19, Nora Ephron,
screenwriter and director, was born.
1941 May 19, German occupiers
in Holland forbade bicycle taxis.
1941 May 19, The new 823.5-foot
Nazi battleship Bismarck left Gdynia, Poland, under the command of
Commander Gunther Lutjens.
1942 May 19, Sir Joseph Larmor
(b.1857), professor of mathematics, died in Ireland. His
contributions bridged the old and the new physics. He published
three papers all entitled “A dynamical theory of the electric and
luminiferous medium" between 1894 and 1897. These papers presented
his theory of the electron, which gained further weight in 1897 when
J J Thomson experimentally identified the electron.
(http://tinyurl.com/y9y5wg)(WSJ, 10/13/06, p.A13)
1943 May 19, In an address to
the U.S. Congress, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill pledged
his country's full support in the war against Japan.
1943 May 19, Billy Sing
(b.1886), credited with being the most successful and feared sniper
in the Gallipoli campaign, died in Australia. The Australian-Chinese
war hero was credited with having killed more than 200 enemy
soldiers. In 2010 a television film, "The Legend of Billy Sing,"
raised the ire of the Australian-Chinese community because it
featured a white actor as Billy Sing.
1943 May 19, Berlin was
declared "Judenrien" (cleansed of Jews).
1944 May 19, The Gustav line,
the German defense line in Italy, collapsed under heavy assault by
1944 May 19, 240 gypsies were
transported to Auschwitz from Westerbork Neth.
1944 May 19, Friedrich Engel
(1909-2006), a Nazi SS officer, oversaw the massacre of 59 Italian
prisoners near Genoa. An Italian military court convicted Engel in
absentia in 1999 and sentenced him to life for war crimes connected
to a total of 246 deaths. In 2002 a German court convicted Engel of
59 counts of murder and handed him a suspended seven-year term.
1945 May 19, Peter Townshend,
England, rock guitarist, vocalist, composer (Who-Tommy), was born.
1945 May 19, The UN Charter
committee met in Muir Woods. The meeting was planned by Roosevelt on
a suggestion by Sec. of the Interior Ickes: one of the sessions
“might be held among the giant redwoods in Muir Woods. Not only
would this focus attention upon the nation’s interest in preserving
these mighty trees for posterity, but in such a “temple of peace"
the delegates would gain a perspective and sense of time that could
be obtained nowhere better than in such a forest."
(Park, Spring/95, p.2)
1951 May 19, UN began a counter
offensive in Korea.
1952 May 19, John Garfield
(39), blacklisted film actor, died. His films included "The Postman
Always Rings Twice" (1946).
(SFC, 1/27/04, p.A16)
1954 May 19, Postmaster General
Summerfield approved a CIA mail-opening project.
1954 May 19, American composer
Charles Ives died in New York.
1955 May 19, In Vietnam Maj. Vo
Bam, a defense supply specialist, was instructed to find a supply
route south. Bam's route became the Ho Chi Minh Trail.
(SFC, 8/18/00, p.D2)
1956 May 19, R.C., "(You've
Got) The Magic Touch" by The Platters peaked at #4 on the pop
1958 May 19, The movie "Attack
of the 50 Foot Woman" was released in the movie theaters in USA.
1958 May 19, The United States
and Canada formally established the North American Air Defense
(AP, 5/19/97)(Econ, 3/5/05, p.38)
1958 May 19, British actor
Ronald Colman died in Santa Barbara, Calif., at age 67.
1959 May 19, Nicole Brown
Simpson, Mrs. OJ Simpson (murdered), was born in Frankfurt, Germany.
1959 May 19, The Peoples’ Army
of Vietnam’s Military Transportation Group 559 formed on the 69th
birthday of Vietnamese revolutionary leader Ho Chi Minh. It
ultimately resulted in the creation of the Ho Chi Minh Trail. The
trail was intended to facilitate the infiltrating of troops and
transporting supplies from North Vietnam to support the revolution
in South Vietnam.
1960 May 19, Walt Disney's
movie "Pollyanna" was released in movie theaters.
1960 May 19, The Drifters
recorded "Save the Last Dance For Me".
1960 May 19, DJ Alan Freed was
accused of bribery in radio payola scandal.
1960 May 19, USAF Maj. Robert M
White took the X-15 to 33,222 m.
1960 May 19, Belgian parliament
required a rest day for self employed.
1962 May 19, R.C., "Shout!
Shout! (Knock Yourself Out)" by Ernie Maresca peaked at #6 on the
pop singles chart.
1962 May 19, Marilyn Monroe
sang "Happy Birthday" to Pres. Kennedy at Madison Square Garden
while wearing a dress described as "skin and beads." In 1999 the
dress sold for $1.15 million at Christie's auction house.
(SFC, 10/28/99, p.A3)
1962 May 19, Stan Musial broke
Honus Wagner's NL baseball hit record with 3,431.
1962 May 19, Indonesian
paratroopers landed in New Guinea.
1964 May 19, The State
Department announced the U.S. embassy in Moscow had been bugged. A
network of more than 40 microphones embedded in the walls had been
(AP, 5/19/97)(DTnet, 5/19/97)
1966 May 19, A tortoise,
reportedly given to Tonga's King by Capt. Cook in 1773), died.
1967 May 19, The Soviet Union
ratified a treaty with the United States and Britain banning nuclear
weapons from outer space: "Treaty on Principles Governing the
Activities of States in the Exploration and Use of Outer Space,
including the Moon and Other Celestial Bodies." The Int’l. Outer
Space Treaty barred nations from appropriating celestial bodies but
did not mention individuals.
(AP, 5/19/97)(SFC, 6/25/97, p.A15)(SFEC, 7/13/97,
1967 May 19, Aircraft from the
US carriers Enterprise, Kitty Hawk, and Bon Homme Richard conducted
air strikes against three targets in the vicinity of Hanoi.
1971 May 19, The Russian Mars 2
Orbiter and Lander made it to Mars but the Lander crashed when
braking rockets failed. The orbiter returned late until 1972.
(SFC, 11/19/96, p.B1)
1972 May 19, Kathy Boudin and
Bernardine Dohrn, members of the Weathermen, set explosives in
bathroom of the US Pentagon. [See Oct 20,1981]
1974 May 19, Valeri Giscard
d'Estaing won French presidential elections.
1976 May 19, The US Senate
established congressional oversight over the CIA with the permanent
Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI).
(SFC, 9/17/97, p.A3)(http://tinyurl.com/3cc2yh)
1976 May 19, In San Francisco
Jenny Read (b.1945), an Episcopal sculptor, was raped and murdered
while working on a sculpture of St. John of the Cross in Potrero
Hill. In 2009 police using DNA evidence arrested and charged James
Lee Mayfield (63), a registered sex offender with her murder.
(SFC, 6/18/04, p.F4)(SFC, 8/11/09, p.C1)
1977 May 19, David Frost,
British talk-show host, extracted an on-air apology from former
Pres. Richard Nixon regarding his role in Watergate.
1979 May 19, The recording
"Shake Your Body (Down To The Ground)" by The Jacksons peaked at #5
on the pop singles chart.
1979 May 19, The Regents of the
Univ. of California asked General Motors to stop doing business with
the police and military forces in South Africa.
(SFC, 5/14/04, p.F5)
1982 May 19, Sophia Loren
(b.1934) began serving 18 days in an Italian prison for failing to
pay her taxes.
1984 May 19, Michael Larson
(1949-1999) won $110,000 on the "Press Your Luck" Game Show. He had
memorized the generated game patterns.
1984 May 19, John Betjeman
(b.1906), British poet, died. In 2004 Bevis Hillier authored a
3-volume biography of Betjeman. In 2006 A.N. Wilson authored a
single volume biography.
1986 May 19, South African
commandos struck alleged ANC "operational centers" in Zimbabwe,
1987 May 19, President Reagan
defended America's presence in the Persian Gulf, two days after 37
American sailors were killed when an Iraqi warplane attacked the
U.S. frigate Stark.
1988 May 19, Carlos Lehder
Rivas, co-founder of Colombia's Medellin drug cartel, was convicted
in Jacksonville, Fla., of smuggling more than 3 tons of cocaine into
1989 May 19, The NCAA announced
sanctions against the University of Kentucky's basketball program
for recruiting and academic violations.
1989 May 19, On Wall Street,
the Dow Jones Industrial Average passed the 2500 mark, ending the
day at 2,501.10.
1990 May 19, The tune "Vogue"
by Madonna peaked at #1 on the pop singles chart.
1990 May 19, Summer Squall won
the Preakness Stakes.
1990 May 19, Secretary of State
James A. Baker III concluded an agreement with the Soviet Union to
destroy chemical weapons and settle longstanding disputes over
limits on nuclear-tipped cruise missiles.
1991 May 19, Martial-law courts
in Kuwait began trying people accused of collaborating with Iraqi
occupation forces, sentencing one man to life in prison for wearing
a Saddam Hussein T-shirt. The trials came under international
criticism, and were halted.
1992 May 19, The 27th Amendment
to the Constitution, which prohibited Congress from giving itself
mid-term pay raises, went into effect as it was certified by the
archivist of the United States, two centuries after it was first
proposed by James Madison. It actually became part of the
constitution on May 7, 1992, when Michigan became the 38th state to
ratify the amendment.
1992 May 19, In San Francisco,
Vice President Dan Quayle denounced what he called the "poverty of
values" in America's inner cities, and criticized the TV show
"Murphy Brown" for having its title character decide to bear a child
out of wedlock.
1992 May 19, In Massapequa, New
York, Mary Jo Buttafuoco was shot and seriously wounded by teen-ager
Amy Fisher (17), who claimed to be having an
affair with Mrs. Buttafuoco's husband, Joey, an allegation the
Buttafuoco's denied. Joey later pleaded guilty to
3rd degree rape and admitted to the affair. In 1998 Mr. Buttafuoco
planned to premier a TV show on public cable access for “people
jammed up in the media." Fisher was later dubbed "the Long Island
Lolita" and served 7 years of a 15 year sentence.
(SFC, 3/31/98, p.A6)(SFC, 5/11/99, p.A9)
1992 May 19, Members of a
Bosnian Serb paramilitary group allegedly killed 11 detained Bosniak
(Bosnian Muslim) civilians in the Hunters Lodge in Mostina, shooting
from automatic rifles and throwing hand grenades through an opened
door. In 2010 Milan Kornjaca (56) Milorad Zivkovic 54) and Dusko
Tadic (46) were charged with taking part in the killing.
1993 May 19, The US White House
set off a political storm by abruptly firing the entire staff of its
travel office; five of seven staffers were later reinstated and
assigned other duties.
1993 May 19, Dow Jones closed
above 3,500 for the first Time (3,500.03).
1993 May 19, A Boeing 727 of
Columbian SAM regional airline crashed into a jungle mountain near
Medellin and killed all 132 on board.
(SFC, 11/1/96, p.A18)
1994 May 19, The final episode
of LA Law (b.1986) showed on TV after 8 year run.
1994 May 19, President Clinton
held a news conference in which he defended his foreign policy
against suggestions he improvises it from crisis to crisis, saying,
"I continue to look for new solutions."
1994 May 19, The US FDA
approved of the first genetically engineered tomato. Flavr Savr
tomatoes supermarkets this year.
1994 May 19, Former first lady
Jacqueline Lee Bouvier Kennedy Onassis died of non-Hodgkin's
lymphoma cancer in New York City at age 64.
(SFEC, 11/10/96, Par p.2)(SFEC, 5/4/97, p.A3)(AP,
1995 May 19, The movie "Die
Hard: With a Vengeance" was released in the movie theaters in USA.
1995 May 19, The Senate voted
99-0 to reject President Clinton's spending blueprint.
1995 May 19, NASA's
administrator unveiled plans to slash thousands of aerospace jobs
and to overhaul virtually every part of the agency.
1995 May 19, AMC Entertainment
Inc. opened the 1st multi-theater film megaplex, the Grand 24, in
(SFC, 5/19/05, p.C3)(WSJ, 5/13/97, p.B1)
1995 May 19, The world's
youngest doctor in the world came to be as India-born Balamurali
Ambati at 17 graduated from Mount Sinai Medical School.
1996 May 19, In an astronomical
near hit, a large asteroid approached Earth within 279,000 miles, a
distance just greater than the moon, in a surprise to astronomers
who discovered it in midweek.
(SFC, 5/19/96, p.A-2)
1996 May 19, The Endeavour
Shuttle rocketed into orbit with six astronauts. One task was to
deploy an experimental antennae that would inflate and swell to the
size of a tennis court.
(SFC, 5/20/96, p.A-2)
1996 May 19, French troops
moved into Bangui of the Central African Republic to help quell an
army uprising and protect French citizens.
(SFC, 5/20/96, p.A-9)
1997 May 19, An indictment was
filed against NBC sportscaster Marv Albert for biting a woman in an
Arlington, Va., hotel on Feb 12 as many as 15 times and forcing her
to perform oral sex. At trial, Albert ended up pleading guilty to
assault and battery; he served no jail time.
1997 May 19, The Univ. of
Calif. at Berkeley created the first professorship dedicated to the
study of how knowledge is created within businesses. Japanese
scholar Ikujiro Nonaka was named as head of the post with a grant
from Xerox and Fuji Xerox Co.
(SFC, 5/20/97, p.C2)
1997 May 19, In China’s Inner
Mongolia a gas explosion in Wuhai city killed at least 28 miners.
(SFEC, 5/25/97, p.C16)
1998 May 19, The PanAmSat Corp.
Galaxy 4 communications satellite malfunctioned and disrupted pager
services for some 40 million customers.
(SFC, 5/20/98, p.A1)(WSJ, 5/20/98, p.A1)
1998 May 19, In Florida Hank
Carr freed himself from handcuffs and killed 2 officers and a state
trooper after he was picked up for questioning in the shooting death
of his 4-year-old stepson. He later shot himself during a standoff
with 170 police officers at a gas station.
(SFC, 5/20/98, p.A3)
1998 May 19, In Fayetteville,
Tenn., an honor student (18) killed a classmate, who was dating his
(SFC, 4/21/99, p.A6)
1998 May 19, In Afghanistan
Taliban officials withdrew from the peace plan citing the refusal of
the opposition to cooperate.
(SFC, 5/20/98, p.C2)
1998 May 19, In Colombia Pres.
Samper disbanded the 20th Intelligence Brigade under US pressure
because of evidence that the unit was responsible for a series of
murders of civilian politicians and human rights activists.
(SFC, 5/25/98, p.A12)
1998 May 19, A Congo military
court sentenced Masasu Nindanga and Joseph Olenghankoy, opponents of
Pres. Kabila, to jail terms of 20 and 15 years with no right of
(SFC, 5/20/98, p.C2)
1998 May 19, In Indonesia a
threatened anti-Suharto demonstration was called off to avoid
bloodshed after the army mounted a big show of force in the capital.
(WSJ, 5/20/98, p.A1)
1998 May 19-1998 May 20,
Bandits stole three of Rome's most important paintings, two by Van
Gogh and one by Cezanne, from the National Gallery of Modern Art.
(SFC, 5/21/98, p.A14)(AP, 5/19/99)
1998 May 19, In Russia strikes
by coal miners, scientists and other workers spread across the
country in a demand for unpaid wages.
(SFC, 5/20/98, p.A12)
1998 May 19, In Serbia Pres.
Milosevic named Momir Bulatovic as federal prime minister.
Montenegro’s parliament said it did not recognize the ouster of
Radoje Kontic and that it would no recognize any laws of the federal
(SFC, 5/20/98, p.A12)
1999 May 19, The
much-anticipated movie prequel "Star Wars: Episode One -- The
Phantom Menace" opened. The film brought in a record $28,543,549.
(SFC, 5/21/99, p.C1)(AP, 5/19/00)
1999 May 19, The US Justice
Dept. moved to revoke the citizenship of John Demjanjuk (79), a
retired Cleveland autoworker, and said it had new evidence that he
was a death camp guard, known as "Ivan the Terrible," at Treblinka
during WW II.
(SFC, 5/20/99, p.A4)(AP, 5/19/00)
1999 May 19, Ali A. Mohamed, a
former US Army sergeant, was indicted for conspiring with Osama bin
Laden to kill Americans abroad.
(SFC, 5/20/99, p.A2)
1999 May 19, Researchers
reported that pollen from corn infused with genes from the Bacillus
thuringiensis (Bt) is toxic to monarch butterfly larvae when
sprinkled on milkweed, a natural food source for the caterpillars.
The genetically manipulated corn comprised about 20% of the US crop.
(SFC, 5/20/99, p.A1,15)
1999 May 19, A bull market
began in China after the people’s Daily exhorted the masses to buy
(SFC, 6/13/00, p.D1)
1999 May 19, In Congo the rebel
Congolese Democratic Coalition named Emile Ilunga as their new
(SFC, 5/20/99, p.A13)
1999 May 19, In France
employees of the Culture Ministry went on strike and shut down the
government-owned museums and historic chateaus.
(SFEC, 5/23/99, p.A26)
1999 May 19, As NATO's
Operation Allied Force entered its ninth week, Russia's special
envoy to the Balkans called on both NATO and Yugoslavia to suspend
1999 May 19, In Russia Sergei
Stepashin was approved as the new prime minister by the Duma 301 to
(SFC, 5/20/99, p.A12)
1999 May 19, Ukrainian
authorities on 19 May 1999 arrested four Russian citizens who were
attempting to smuggle 20kg of “enriched uranium ore" to Western
1999 May 19, As many as 1000
Yugoslav Army soldiers were reported to have returned home from
Kosovo after hearing of the suppression of anti-war demonstrations
in Cacak, Krusevac and Alexandrovac.
(SFC, 5/20/99, p.A1)
2000 May 19, NYC Mayor Giuliani
dropped out of the race for a US senate seat due to prostate cancer.
He was also beleaguered by a personal scandal.
(SFC, 5/20/00, p.A1)
2000 May 19, Scientists led by
Robert Gallo announced plans for an oral AIDS vaccine to be tested
in Uganda for less than $1 per dose. Trials might begin within 18
(SFC, 5/20/00, p.A1)
2000 May 19, The shuttle
Atlantis lifted off with 7 astronauts on a mission to fix the Int’l.
(SFC, 5/20/00, p.A7)
2000 May 19, China and the
European Union reached a market-opening trade deal, clearing
Beijing’s largest remaining hurdle to joining the World Trade
(SFC, 5/20/00, p.A8)(AP, 5/19/01)
2000 May 19, Masked gunmen
launched a coup in Fiji that toppled Prime Minister Mahendra
Chaudhry, the country’s first ethnic Indian premier.
2000 May 19, In France an
11-day strike by armored truck guards left the country short of
(SFC, 5/20/00, p.A9)
2000 May 19, Nine countries
banded together to petition entry into NATO in 2002. They included
Albania, Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Romania,
Slovakia and Slovenia.
(SFC, 5/20/00, p.A9)
2000 May 19, In Paraguay Pres.
Luis Gonzalez Macchi announced that an attempted coup by soldiers
and police was stopped.
(SFC, 5/20/00, p.A8)
2001 May 19, "Point Given" won
the Preakness as Derby winner "Monarchos" finished out of the money.
2001 May 19, The Arab League
called on Arab governments to sever political contacts with Israel
until the Jewish state ended military action against Palestinians.
2001 May 19, It was reported
that China’s “Strike Hard" anti-crime campaign had resulted in at
least 801 executions in the last 3 weeks of April.
(SFC, 5/19/01, p.A8)
2001 May 19, In Croatian local
elections nationalists won 14 of 21 counties.
(WSJ, 5/22/01, p.A1)
2001 May 19, In Somalia luggage
in a bus exploded near Halgan and 26 passengers were killed.
Gunpowder in a suitcase was placed near the engine.
(SSFC, 5/20/01, p.A16)
2001 May 19, In Yemen an
explosion in the weapons market of al-Suwaida killed at least 14
people and injured 15.
(SSFC, 5/20/01, p.A16)
2002 May 19, Boston Cardinal
Bernard Law said in a letter distributed to parishes that he did not
become aware until 1993 of sexual abuse allegations against the Rev.
2002 May 19, Sgt. Gene Arden
Vance (38), an American special forces soldier, was killed in
Afghanistan, when his unit came into contact with enemy forces.
Operation Mountain Lion began in an attempt to seal off the border.
(SFC, 5/20/02, p.A14)(NW, 8/26/02, p.39)
2002 May 19, A team of 50 US
Green Berets landed in Tbilisi for a 2-year training program for
(SFC, 5/20/02, p.A14)
2002 May 19, Walter Lord (84),
author of "A Night To Remember," a minute-by-minute retelling of the
"Titanic" tragedy, died in New York.
2002 May 19, Weekend fighting
in Kashmir between India and Pakistan left at least 15 people
(SFC, 5/20/02, p.A8)
2002 May 19, In Israel a
suicide bomber killed himself, 3 Israelis and wounded over 50 in a
market in Netanya.
(SFC, 5/20/02, p.A1)
2002 May 19, Sanabel Al-Fararja
(15) and Kayan Al-Saify (16), West Bank teenagers, ended an 8-week
trip in the US where they crossed the country and spoke on behalf of
peace in Palestine.
(SFC, 5/16/02, p.A13)
2002 May 19, The Sierra Leone
National Election Committee declared Pres. Kabbah the winner in the
May 14 elections with 70.6% of the votes.
(SFC, 5/20/02, p.A6)
2002 May 19, Vietnam claimed
almost 100% turnout in the mandatory single party national
elections. All 759 candidates were approved by the Fatherland Front.
(SFC, 5/20/02, p.A7)
2003 May 19, The US Supreme
Court dealt a defeat to the drug industry, ruling 6-3 that a state
may try to force companies to lower prices on prescription
medications for the poor and uninsured.
2003 May 19, It was reported
that a loose affiliation of people worked to coordinate Internet
attacks on span generators. E-mail marketer Optinrealbig.com was one
of those targeted.
(WSJ, 5/19/03, p.A1)
2003 May 19, MCI agreed to pay
investors $500 million to settle fraud charges that it acquired in
its merger with WorldCom.
(WSJ, 5/20/03, p.A1)
2003 May 19, In France more
than 300,000 protesters marched in anger over government pension
reforms and striking teachers prevented students from taking part of
their high-school graduation exams.
2003 May 19, Indonesian war
planes attacked a rebel base and troops parachuted into restive Aceh
province as the military launched a major offensive just hours after
peace talks broke down and the president imposed martial law.
2003 May 19, In central Iraq 4
US Marines on a resupply mission were killed when their Ch-46
Sea-Knight helicopter crashed into a canal and a fifth drowned
trying to save them.
2003 May 19, A Palestinian
riding a bicycle blew himself up near an Israeli army jeep. A female
suicide bomber detonated at the entrance to a shopping mall in Afula
and killed 3 others in the 5th suicide bombing in 48 hours.
(SFC, 5/20/03, p.A1)(AP, 5/19/04)
2004 May 19, Specialist Jeremy
C. Sivits wept and apologized after receiving a year in prison and a
bad conduct discharge in the first court-martial stemming from abuse
of Iraqis at the Abu Ghraib prison.
2004 May 19, Jack Eckerd (91),
founder of the Eckerd drug store chain, died in Florida.
(WSJ, 5/20/04, p.A1)
2004 May 19, Melvin J. Lasky
(84), an American writer and editor who shaped opinions against
communism in Cold War Europe, died at his home in Berlin.
2004 May 19, In Afghanistan
clashes left at least 4 Taliban dead.
(WSJ, 5/20/04, p.A1)
2004 May 19, Britain opened the
world’s 1st stem cell bank.
(WSJ, 5/20/04, p.A1)
2004 May 19, The European Union
lifted its 6-year-old ban on biotech products by approving imports
of an insect-resistant strain of sweet corn for human consumption.
2004 May 19, Sonia Gandhi
announced that her Congress party had elected economist Manmohan
Singh (71) as the next prime minister of India.
2004 May 19, US Army Spc.
Jeremy C. Sivits received the maximum penalty, one year in prison,
reduction in rank and a bad conduct discharge, in the first
court-martial stemming from mistreatment of Iraqi prisoners at the
Abu Ghraib prison.
2004 May 19, In Iraq US bombing
killed up to 45 people, mostly women and children from the Bou Fahad
tribe, at Mogr el-Deeb near the Syrian border. Witnesses said the
site was a wedding celebration while US officials called it a way
station for infiltrators.
(AP, 5/20/04)(SFC, 5/20/04, p.A1)
2004 May 19, Israeli forces
fired a missile and a tank shell into a large crowd of Palestinians
demonstrating against the invasion of a neighboring refugee camp,
witnesses said. At least 10 Palestinians were killed, all children
2004 May 19, Ivory Coast's
president fired 3 rebel and opposition ministers from a national
unity government, including the leader of insurgents holding the
northern half of the country.
2004 May 19, A cyclone that
swept through western Myanmar and left more than 140 people dead or
missing, and about 18,000 people homeless.
2004 May 19, In the Philippines
Typhoon Nida left 31 people dead.
(SFC, 5/21/04, p.B10)
2004 May 19, A Moscow court
sentenced Mikhail Trepashkin, a former intelligence agent, to 4
years in prison, on a charge of revealing state secrets. The charge
was related to Trepashkin’s investigations of 4 bombings in
apartments across Russia in 1999 that were blamed on Chechen
(SFC, 5/20/04, p.A10)
2004 May 19, Antonina
Presnyakova, Russian Ebola researcher, died following an accidental
needle stick containing the deadly virus. She worked at the Vektor
State Research Center of Virology and Biotechnology outside
Novosibirsk in central Siberia.
2005 May 19, The film “Star
Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith," premiered.
(WSJ, 5/19/05, p.A1)
2005 May 19, Republicans and
Democrats tangled over President Bush's judicial nominees and the
Senate's filibuster rules, with Democrats accusing Bush of trying to
"rewrite the Constitution" and Republicans accusing Democrats of
2005 May 19, J.P. Morgan Chase
introduced a no-swipe plastic credit card that used an embedded chip
and RFID technology as well as the usual magnetic strip.
(SFC, 5/20/05, p.C1)
2005 May 19, The US FCC voted
to require internet phone companies to offer 911 service.
(Econ, 5/28/05, p.67)
2005 May 19, UN health
officials said death from the Angola Marburg fever outbreak had
(WSJ, 5/20/05, p.A1)
2005 May 19, British
researchers reported the creation of the country's first, and the
world's second (South Korea), cloned human embryo.
2005 May 19, The Canada House
of Commons split 152-152 on a confidence motion and it took a vote
by the parliament speaker to give Martin's minority government its
2005 May 19, Five Chilean
soldiers froze to death and 65 were missing after a fierce snowstorm
pounded the Andes mountains.
2005 May 19, In northern China
a large gas explosion in a coal mine left at least 51 workers
trapped. 40 bodies were later found and 10 remained missing.
(AP, 5/19/05)(AP, 5/22/05)
2005 May 19, Colombian rebels
ambushed a police convoy and fought government forces along the
border with Ecuador in separate attacks, killing at least 13 police.
2005 May 19, In Egypt
authorities detained 14 members of the opposition Muslim Brotherhood
in the south in a crackdown on the large Islamist movement. The
number of detained rose to more than 780.
2005 May 19, Indonesia lifted 2
years of emergency rule in Aceh.
(WSJ, 5/19/05, p.A1)
2005 May 19, Iraq's prime
minister called on Syria to block the infiltration of foreign
fighters trying to start a civil war. 25 Iraqis, including an Oil
Ministry engineer, and 4 US soldiers were reported killed in the
ongoing daily bloodshed. Oil Ministry employee Ali Hamid Alwan
al-Dulaimy (31) walked out of his house toward his car when three
men firing pistols from a minivan killed him.
(AP, 5/19/05)(WSJ, 5/20/05, p.A1)
2005 May 19, South Korea
scientists announced the creation of 11 different stem cell lines
matching the DNA of human patients with a variety of diseases. The
work was later discredited.
(SSFC, 5/29/05, p.A17)(AP, 12/23/05)
2005 May 19, The leaders of
Togo's bitterly divided ruling and opposition parties, meeting in
Nigeria, failed to agree on a power-sharing deal to end a bloody
2005 May 19, Uzbekistan troops
retook an eastern Uzbek town from rebels who said they would build
an Islamic state, arresting the group's leaders. Uzbekistan said it
opposes an int’l. investigation into Andijan.
(AP, 5/19/05)(WSJ, 9/2/05, p.A13)
2006 May 19, Sony Corp.’s film
“The Da Vinci Code," opened. It was directed by Ron Howard and based
on Dan Brown’s best-selling 2003 novel. The weekend global debut
produced $224 million, Hollywood’s 2nd highest behind “Star Wars:
Episode III," which took in $253 million.
(WSJ, 5/22/06, p.B4)
2006 May 19, The UN panel that
monitors compliance with the world's anti-torture treaty said the
United States should close its prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and
avoid using secret detention facilities in the war on terror. The
report by the Committee Against Torture came as the US military
disclosed that prisoners wielding improvised weapons had clashed
with guards trying to save a detainee who was pretending to commit
(AP, 5/19/06)(AP, 5/19/07)
2006 May 19, In Detroit 12
people died over the last 2 days from an overdose of a drug called
fentanyl that was considered 80 times more powerful than morphine.
Some fentanyl was being mixed with heroine. Officials reported over
100 confirmed overdose cases from the drug since last fall.
(SSFC, 5/27/06, p.A21)
2006 May 19, The NRA opened its
annual convention in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Wayne LaPierre, executive
VP, signed copies of his new book: “the Global War on Your Guns:
Inside the UN Plan to destroy the Bill of Rights."
(Econ, 5/27/06, p.28)
2006 May 19, Freddie Garrity
(69), lead singer of the 1960s British pop band Freddie and the
Dreamers, died in Wales.
2006 May 19, Gunbattles in
Helmand province killed at least 6 militants and one Afghan soldier.
A US soldier was killed in Uruzgan province.
2006 May 19, Roadside bombs and
other attacks killed 10 Iraqis and wounded 26 people, including a US
soldier riding through Baghdad in a minesweeper.
2006 May 19, In Morocco the
prime ministers of Morocco and Pakistan expressed hopes for closer
bilateral ties, especially economically, after inking several
agreements during a visit by Pakistan's Shaukat Aziz.
2006 May 19, Nepal's new
government declared a public holiday after parliament passed a
proclamation stripping King Gyanendra of his powers and thousands of
people staged a celebration rally.
2006 May 19, Nigeria sold to a
state-owned Chinese group licenses to explore four oil blocks,
underlining Beijing's increasing drive for energy resources. In
exchange for the drilling rights, China agreed to invest two billion
dollars in northern Nigeria's Kaduna refinery. The Movement for the
Emancipation of Niger Delta (MEND), rejected the claim and described
the allocation as a "bribe".
2006 May 19, A gun battle
erupted between the new Hamas security force and rival Fatah forces
in Gaza City, police officials said. Two police officers were
2006 May 19, Officials said
Russia stands to lose tens of millions of dollars in international
AIDS funding because the World Bank has reclassified it as an upper
2006 May 19, In South Africa
Noziphu Bhengu (32), a victim of AIDS and quackery, died.
(Econ, 6/10/06, p.89)
2006 May 19, In Sudan's Darfur
region dozens were killed in a major attack by government-backed
militias on Shearia town, the latest in a wave of raids since a
peace deal was signed earlier this month.
2006 May 19, In southern Turkey
a truck carrying illegal immigrants from Afghanistan and Bangladesh
crashed into a parked transport truck, killing at least 40 people.
2006 May 19, Ukraine cultural
figures and celebrities criticized efforts to grant the Russian
language special status, calling it an act of war against the
Ukrainian language. Council officials said their decision is based
on a European charter, which was ratified by the Ukrainian
parliament in 2003, that protects regional and minority languages.
2006 May 19, The Vatican said
it had asked Rev. Marcial Maciel, the Mexican founder of the
conservative order Legionaries of Christ (1941), to renounce
celebrating public Masses and live a life of "prayer and repentance"
following its investigation into allegations he sexually abused
2006 May 19, In Vietnam 5
people convicted of heroin dealing were executed by firing squad.
About 100 people were executed in Vietnam each year for drug-related
2006 May 19, An official said
at least 150 Vietnamese fishermen were missing at sea and another 28
were found dead after getting caught in Typhoon Chanchu.
2007 May 19, Curlin nipped
Kentucky Derby winner Street Sense to win the Preakness Stakes.
2007 May 19, In San Francisco
Scott Chris Thomas attacked Loren Schaller (15) with a knife at a
Twin Peaks bakery. In 2010 a jury convicted Schaller (29) of
attempted murder and mayhem. He still phased the issue of whether or
not he was sane during the attack.
(SFC, 3/3/10, p.C2)
2007 May 19, In northern
Afghanistan a suicide attacker detonated himself next to German
soldiers shopping in a crowded market in Kunduz, killing 3 German
soldiers and 6 Afghan civilians with 16 people wounded. A district
police chief and a bodyguard were killed in a bomb blast in the
eastern province of Nangarhar.
2007 May 19, Algerian official
news reported that security forces had dismantled a suspected
support network linked to twin terror bombings last month in the
capital that killed 30 people.
2007 May 19, Two local health
workers were kidnapped for ransom in the Central African Republic
(CAR), prompting UN concerns that worsening security was hampering
aid work there.
2007 May 19, China’s state
media said an outbreak of a viral disease common in children has
sickened almost 900 people in eastern China but the outbreak has
been contained. The outbreak of hand, foot and mouth disease began
in late April in the city of Linyi in Shandong province. In southern
China thousands of farmers rioted at a government office in Shabi
township, Guangxi region, after authorities imposed heavy fines on
families that had more children than allowed under the country's
family planning policy.
(AP, 5/19/07)(AP, 5/21/07)
2007 May 19, The ruler of Dubai
launched a $10 billion foundation to provide scholarships and
promote research in the Middle East, saying the region has neglected
education despite its oil wealth.
2007 May 19, Police arrested 14
members of the banned Muslim Brotherhood as part of Egypt's ongoing
campaign against the country's strongest opposition group.
2007 May 19, In Germany G8
finance ministers from the world's richest nations sought ways to
improve financial management in Africa and were asked to scold China
for lending too freely to African countries.
2007 May 19, Gunmen wearing
Iraqi army uniforms entered a village east of Baghdad, rousted
families from their homes and opened fire on the men, killing 15 men
and one woman. Shiite militiamen from the Mahdi Army traded gunfire
with Iraqi soldiers in southwestern Baghdad's Baiyaa district,
killing one of the soldiers. In Tikrit police received the bodies of
seven men killed in clashes the night before in Samarra. Outgoing
British PM Tony Blair arrived in Baghdad on a farewell visit, and
three mortar shells or rockets slammed into the Green Zone where he
met with Iraq's leaders. One US soldier died from a roadside bomb
south of Baghdad. Six American soldiers and their translator died in
a bombing in western Baghdad. Another US soldier was killed and two
were wounded when a blast struck their vehicle near Diwaniyah. At
least one US soldier was killed and four wounded as insurgents
attacked the searchers for 3 missing comrades with guns, mortars and
(AP, 5/19/07)(AFP, 5/19/07)(AP, 5/20/07)
2007 May 19, Japan's state and
navy police raided a Japanese naval academy over an alleged leak of
sensitive warship technology data shared between Japan and the US.
2007 May 19, Assailants shot
dead a police commander in a wealthy Monterrey suburb, the latest in
a wave of killings of law enforcement officials across Mexico.
2007 May 19, In southern
Nigeria gunmen dynamited the front gate of a residential compound
and kidnapped three Indians in an attack that left one Nigerian
2007 May 19, In Islamabad
hardline clerics holding four Pakistani police at a mosque won the
release of four extremists after a tense day-long stand-off between
armed police and baton-wielding students.
2007 May 19, In Gaza
negotiators from the rival Hamas and Fatah movements reached a new
2007 May 19, Romanians voted on
whether to impeach President Traian Basescu, who has been accused of
violating the constitution but remains popular among the public.
Basescu, suspended on grounds he abused power, easily survived a
referendum on his impeachment, with partial results indicating about
three-fourths of the votes supporting the leader.
(AP, 5/19/07)(AP, 5/20/07)
2007 May 19, German Gref,
Russia’s Economy Minister, told reporters that Russia will not allow
indebted state companies to default. It was reported that more than
a half-dozen journalists with the Russian News Service, have
resigned to protest the new pro-Kremlin management's policy that at
least 50 percent of coverage must be positive.
(Reuters, 5/19/07)(AP, 5/19/07)
2007 May 19, Miroslav Deronjic
(52), Bosnian Serb war criminal, died in a hospital in Sweden.
Deronjic, the top authority in the eastern Bosnian city of Bratunac
during the 1992-1995 Bosnian War, was convicted of ordering a 1992
attack on a Bosnian village in which 65 civilians were killed. He
had been serving a 10-year sentence for war crimes.
2007 May 19, Tens of thousands
of Venezuelans marched to support a TV station aligned with
opponents of President Hugo Chavez, whose government plans to kick
the channel off the air next week by not renewing its license.
2008 May 19, The US Justice
Department said international investigators have busted a vast
Internet fraud network and charged 38 suspects, most of them
Romanians living in the US.
2008 May 19, Federal regulators
said eight former AOL Time Warner Inc. executives fraudulently
inflated the company's online advertising revenues by more than $1
billion between 2000 and 2002.
2008 May 19, Al Gore received a
$1 million prize on Monday for his environmental work from an
Israeli fund. The Dan David Foundation awarded the former vice
president its annual "present" prize for alerting the world to the
crisis from the overuse of fossil fuels.
2008 May 19, Google made
available a free service allowing customers to manage their medical
records online at www.google.com/health.
(SFC, 5/20/08, p.D1)
2008 May 19, Huntington
Hartford (b.1911), the deep-pocketed A&P grocery heir who burned
through most of a $100 million fortune in a series of fruitless
business and cultural endeavors before his life unraveled, died at
his home in Lyford Cay, Nassau, in the Bahamas.
2008 May 19, In eastern
Afghanistan a suicide attacker blew himself up near Afghan troops in
a bazaar near the Pakistani border, wounding four soldiers and a
civilian translator. 8 Taliban were killed in a military raid
elsewhere. The decapitated body of a policeman was found in the
southwestern province of Farah, a day after he had been captured by
Taliban fighters. In eastern Afghanistan militants fired mortars at
an aid agency's water tanker, killed the driver and stole his
tanker. In southwestern Nimroz province, a mine blew up a truck
transporting sheep and killed five men and several of the animals.
In Wardak, near Kabul, a mine apparently intended for police
exploded under a civilian car and killed two people. Two soldiers
with NATO's International Security Assistance Force were killed in
separate insurgency-related incidents in southern Afghanistan.
(AFP, 5/19/08)(AFP, 5/20/08)
2008 May 19, Argentine farmers
announced plans to suspend a 13-day strike and resume grain sales,
paving the way for talks with the government to end contentious
2008 May 19, In Australia the
Tasmania state government said the Tasmanian devil will be listed as
an endangered species this week as a result of a deadly and
disfiguring cancer outbreak. Animal rights activists said Australian
authorities have started the controversial killing of about 400
kangaroos on the outskirts of Australia's capital of Canberra.
(AFP, 5/19/08)(AP, 5/19/08)
2008 May 19, British lawmakers
voted to approve controversial plans to allow the use of
animal-human embryos for research.
2008 May 19, China stood still
to begin 3 days of mourning over tens of thousands of earthquake
victims, and the government appealed for more international aid to
cope with the country's deadliest disaster in a generation. The
confirmed death toll from the May 12 quake rose to 34,073.
(AP, 5/19/08)(Econ, 5/24/08, p.57)
2008 May 19, In southern India
police said locally brewed liquor apparently tainted with lethal
chemicals killed at least 59 people over the weekend. By May 21 the
death toll rose to 156.
(AP, 5/19/08)(AP, 5/21/08)
2008 May 19, The Iraqi Interior
Ministry reported the arrest of Abdul-Khaliq al-Sabawi, a top
al-Qaida in Iraq figure in the northern city of Mosul, where
security forces have been carrying out an intensified crackdown to
root out the terror network. Lt. Col. Farhan Qassim, the police
chief of the southern town of Suq al-Shiyoukh, was killed by a bomb
that exploded in his office. Suspected Sunni insurgents near the
Syrian border ambushed a minibus carrying Iraqi recruits killing all
(AP, 5/19/08)(SFC, 5/20/08, p.A8)
2008 May 19, In Ireland UN
chief Ban Ki-Moon called for a "visionary" global deal to ban
cluster bombs, as delegates from over 100 countries opened a
conference aimed at outlawing the lethal weapons.
2008 May 19, Japan’s tourism
ministry named Hello Kitty as its choice to represent the country in
China and Hong Kong, two places where she is wildly popular among
kids and young women.
2008 May 19, Nissan Motor Co.
and NEC corp. announced plans to begin mass-producing lithium-ion
batteries for electric cars. Nissan and Renault planned to have an
all-electric car in the US and Japan by 2010.
(WSJ, 5/20/08, p.B1)
2008 May 19, In Mexico the
military took over the town of Zirandaro near Texas after all 20 of
its police officers were either killed, run out of town or quit.
2008 May 19, Myanmar declared
three days of mourning for cyclone victims after agreeing to an
international aid effort led by its Southeast Asian neighbors to
help two million survivors in dire need.
2008 May 19, In western Nepal
36 people were killed when an overcrowded bus careened off a
mountain highway into a river. Another 10 were presumed dead.
2008 May 19, In the Philippines
a man strafed several houses during a shooting spree in a town south
of Manila, killing eight people and wounding six others. Five of the
dead were children aged 4-12 years who were sleeping inside their
homes in Calamba town. The lone suspect escaped.
2008 May 19, Matrook al-Faleh
was arrested at King Saud University in the Saudi capital Riyadh,
where he teaches political science. A rights group said it came
after al-Faleh publicly criticized conditions in a prison where two
other human rights activists are serving jail terms. Faleh was
released in January, 2009.
(AP, 5/25/08)(AP, 1/11/09)
2008 May 19, In South Africa
police fired rubber bullets and made arrests to try to quell
outbursts of anti-foreigner violence in and around Johannesburg, as
the death toll reached 22.
2008 May 19, Suspected members
of a Basque separatist group allegedly exploded a car bomb in a
northern Basque town, causing considerable damage but no injuries.
2008 May 19, In Turkey a law
extending a smoking ban to most enclosed areas — including taxis,
ferries and shopping malls — came into effect in the
2008 May 19, Zimbabwe's
opposition party accused the country's military of plotting to
assassinate the group's presidential candidate using snipers.
2009 May 19, "Glee," Fox's new
musical comedy, premiered.
2009 May 19, US astronauts
completed a 5-day repair of the 19-year-old Hubble Space Telescope.
The improved Hubble will take its first pictures by the end of the
(SFC, 5/20/09, p.A6)
2009 May 19, California voters
defeated 5 of 6 propositions aimed to reduce the state’s $21.3
billion budget deficit. Voters approved Prop. 1F, which barred
elected officials from receiving pay raises when the state’s reserve
fund has a deficit larger than 1% of the general fund.
(SFC, 5/20/09, p.A1)
2009 May 19, In Ventura, Ca.,
an intruder dressed in black and wearing a motorcycle helmet barged
into a beach home and stabbed to death a pregnant Davina Husted (42)
and father, Brock Husted (42) as their two children were in other
2009 May 19, Scientists in New
York unveiled the skeleton of what they said could be the common
ancestor to humans, apes and other primates. The tiny creature,
officially known as Darwinius masillae, but dubbed Ida, lived 47
million years ago and is unusually well preserved. The monkey-like
creature, discovered in 1983, was preserved through the ages in
Germany's Messel Pit, a crater rich in Eocene Epoch fossils. New
analysis soon followed saying Darwinius does not belong in the same
primate category as monkeys, apes and humans. Instead, the analysis
concluded, it falls into the other major grouping, which includes
(AFP, 5/19/09)(AP, 10/21/09)
2009 May 19, In Oklahoma City
pharmacist Jerome Ersland (57), confronted by two holdup men, pulled
a gun, shot one of them in the head and chased the other away. Then,
in a scene recorded by the drugstore's security camera, he went
behind the counter, got another gun, and pumped five more bullets
into the wounded teenager. Ersland was soon charged with
first-degree murder. District Attorney David Prater later said
Ersland was justified in shooting Antwun Parker (16) once in the
head, but not in firing the additional shots into his belly.
2009 May 19, In Afghanistan an
airstrike by NATO-led forces killed eight Afghan civilians following
a battle with militants in southern Helmand province, where Afghan
troops also killed 25 militants. This was the beginning of a 4-day
(AP, 5/20/09)(AP, 5/23/09)
2009 May 19, Michael Martin,
the Speaker of Britain's lower house, said he would step down in
June after criticism of his handling of a scandal over lawmakers'
expenses that has badly tarnished the reputation of the "Mother of
Parliaments." The last Speaker to be forced from the post was John
Trevor, who lost the confidence of the house in 1695 for taking a
2009 May 19, In London,
England, a protest outside parliament turned violent early as relief
agencies and governments called for urgent humanitarian aid after
Sri Lanka announced defeat for Tamil Tiger rebels.
2009 May 19, China and Brazil
signed a raft of agreements in Beijing including a $10 billion loan
for the South American country's state energy company and a deal to
send oil to China amid stronger ties between the two developing
2009 May 19, China’s government
Web site said Liu Youjun (46), a senior official in southern
Guangdong province, has been detained in an apparent corruption
sweep that has already targeted other major figures in the wealthy
region on the cutting-edge of China's economic reforms.
2009 May 19, Colombian
lawmakers approved a proposal for voters to decide in a referendum
whether to change the constitution and let President Alvaro Uribe
seek a third term.
2009 May 19, In India newly
elected Congress lawmakers formally chose PM Manmohan Singh as their
leader for a second term, clearing the way for the swearing in of
his new government this week.
2009 May 19, Environmental
groups in Indonesia said Singapore-based Asia Pulp &
Paper, one of the world's largest paper companies, plans to
clear a large swath of unprotected forest in Indonesia being used as
a sanctuary for critically endangered orangutans.
2009 May 19, Italian police
arrested Franco Letizia (31), one of the country's "most-dangerous"
fugitives, in raids that netted at least 70 suspected members of the
Naples-based Camorra crime syndicate. The search for dozens more was
still under way.
2009 May 19, Malawi held
elections. Voters chose between re-electing Malawi's President Bingu
wa Mutharika (75) or replacing him with challenger John Tembo (77)
backed by his predecessor. The race between Mutharika and Tembo was
too close to predict going into the polls. Mutharika, a former World
Bank official credited with bringing economic gains to the southern
African nation of 12 million, won the national election with about
66% of the vote.
(AP, 5/19/09)(AP, 5/22/09)
2009 May 19, Inmates at a
Mexico City prison rioted over restrictions on visits due to swine
flu, as the country reported two more confirmed deaths, raising the
toll to 74 nationwide.
2009 May 19, Russia announced
it has created a commission to fight what President Dmitry Medvedev
says are efforts to hurt his country by falsifying history, part of
a campaign to promote the Kremlin's views and silence those who
2009 May 19, Russia and the US
held talks in Moscow aimed at cutting stockpiles of nuclear weapons,
a move that could herald a thaw in relations between the former Cold
2009 May 19, A Spanish court
sentenced three senior army officers to prison for knowingly
misidentifying the bodies of 30 peacekeepers killed in a plane crash
on May 26, 2003, in northwestern Turkey. 32 of the Spaniards were
identified correctly but relatives of the other 30 got the wrong
2009 May 19, In Somalia
witnesses said that Ethiopian troops have crossed the border and
appear to be stationing themselves at a strategic crossroads.
Ethiopia denied the reports. Witnesses said they saw Ethiopian
troops in the Somali town of Kalabeyr, 14 miles (22 km) from the
Ethiopian border and 11 miles (18 km) north of Belet Weyne, the
provincial capital of the Hiran region.
2009 May 19, UN
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon formally named Bill Clinton as its
special envoy to Haiti.
2009 May 19, The UN Security
Council said that it had asked the Congolese government to
investigate and arrest five high-ranking army officers known to have
2010 May 19, Khalid Ouazzani
(32) of Kansas City, Mo., admitted that he sent $23,500 to Al-Qaeda
between 2007-2008. The Morocco-born auto parts dealer became a US
citizen in 2006.
(SFC, 5/20/10, p.A6)
2010 May 19, In Afghanistan
insurgents launched a brazen pre-dawn assault against the giant
US-run Bagram Air Field, killing an American contractor and wounding
nine troops in the second Taliban strike at NATO forces in and
around the capital in as many days. 10 guerrillas were killed
including 4 with suicide vests.
(AP, 5/19/10)(SFC, 5/20/10, p.A3)
2010 May 19, The Bahrain-based
USS McFaul discovered the Panamanian-flagged M/V Iceberg I with as
many as 50 pirates and more than 20 crew members on board. It says
the location of the hijacked ship was previously unknown. The McFaul
followed the ship for more than a day and a half before the pirates
turned back toward the Somali coast.
2010 May 19, Nick Clegg,
Britain's new deputy leader, says he'll scrap an unpopular national
identity card program, limit the retention of DNA samples and
tightly regulate the use of closed circuit TV cameras in a sweeping
civil liberties drive.
2010 May 19, The Burundian
government said in a statement that it had given Neela Ghoshal, a
Human Rights Watch researcher, until June 5 to leave the country.
Burundi is due to hold its first round of elections after nearly 16
years of civil war May 23. Presidential polls are scheduled for June
2010 May 19, Chadian
authorities at Ndjamena airport refused entry to Khalil Ibrahim and
a number of other JEM members who had arrived from the Libyan
capital Tripoli. Chadian authorities confiscated their passports and
refused to let them into Chadian territory and ordered them to go
back to Libya. Khalil and his delegation had planned to head to
Darfur through Chad.
2010 May 19, In China at least
five men armed with knives burst into the dormitory of a vocational
college in Haikou, the capital of the southern island province of
Hainan, and slashed nine students, one of them seriously.
2010 May 19, The French
government decided to impose a $185 fine on women who wear a
full-face Islamic veil in public. The legislation was forwarded to
(SFC, 5/20/10, p.A2)
2010 May 19, India's auction of
3G bandwidth for mobile telephone services ended, with final bids
earning the government close to 15 billion dollars -- double its own
2010 May 19, Iran dismissed as
"illegitimate" a draft UN Security Council resolution seeking to
impose harsher sanctions against Tehran for its refusal to halt
2010 May 19, Kenya signed a new
treaty for the equitable sharing of waters of the Nile after four
other upstream countries inked the deal last week.
2010 May 19, In southern
Kyrgyzstan ethnic violence broke out in Jalalabad. Ethnic Kyrgyz
supporters of ousted Pres. Bakiyev clashed with the Uzbek minority,
supporters of the interim government.
(AP, 5/20/10)(SFC, 5/20/10, p.A2)
2010 May 19, Mexican police
found the mummified bodies of two women and three men stuffed in
plastic bags in a pickup truck left near a highway in the northern
Mexico state of Chihuahua. University authorities in Ciudad Juarez
also reported that a freshman had been found dead, wrapped in a
blanket at a local fairground. Authorities said about 88 tons (80
metric tons) of a precursor chemical used to make methamphetamines
had been seized at the Pacific Coast seaport of Manzanillo.
2010 May 19, NATO and Russia
said they will boost efforts to develop a joint system to protect
their troops from attack by short-range missiles.
2010 May 19, Royal Dutch Shell
PLC announced it will spend more than $2 billion to sharply reduce
the burning off of natural gas at its oil wells in Nigeria, gases
that when burned contribute to global warming and sicken people
2010 May 19, Pakistan's
government ordered Internet service providers to block Facebook amid
anger over a page that encourages users to post images of Islam's
2010 May 19, Tens of thousands
of Romanians rallied in Bucharest to protest planned wage cuts as a
budget crises impacted the ailing economy.
(SFC, 5/20/10, p.A2)
2010 May 19, John
Shepherd-Barron (84), the Scotsman credited with inventing the
world's first automatic cash machine, died after a short illness.
The first automatic teller machine, now known as ATMs, was installed
at a branch of Barclays Plc in a north London suburb on June 27,
2010 May 19, Downtown Bangkok,
Thailand, became a battleground as an army assault forced
anti-government protest leaders to surrender, enraging followers who
shot grenades and set fire to landmark buildings, cloaking the
skyline in black smoke. The Central World mall was in charred ruins.
Italian freelance photographer Fabio Polenghi (48) was killed by
gunfire in clashes between the military and demonstrators. A 2013
inquest said Polenghi was shot by a high-velocity bullet like those
issued to soldiers.
(AP, 5/19/10)(Econ, 5/29/10, p.46)(AP,
2010 May 19, Zimbabwe's Chamber
of Mines proposed a compromise in the government's drive to force
foreign firms to give 51 percent stakes to locals, saying 15 percent
local shareholding for mines was enough.
2011 May 19, President Barack
Obama laid out a new US strategy toward a skeptical Arab world,
offering fresh aid to promote democratic change as he seeks to shape
the outcome of popular uprisings threatening both friends and foes.
2011 May 19, A US federal judge
awarded $300 million in punitive damages in each of two suicide
bombings blamed on Iran and Iranian-backed Islamic groups. One
ruling came on behalf of the family of Alan Beer, a US citizen who
was killed in Jerusalem in 2003 in the bombing of a bus by the
Iran-backed organization Hamas. The other was made to American
citizen Seth Haim, his father and his brother. They were injured in
the 1995 bombing of a bus in the Gaza Strip by the Iranian-supported
Shaqaqi Faction of the Palestine Islamic Jihad.
2011 May 19, San Francisco
Mayor Ed Lee signed legislation banning the unsolicited distribution
of Yellow Pages in the city.
(SFC, 5/26/11, p.C1)
2011 May 19, A US judge in NYC
agreed to allow IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn (62) to be freed on
$1 million bail, but remain under house arrest.
(SFC, 5/20/11, p.A7)
2011 May 19, Doctors in Oregon
announced that electrodes implanted on the spinal cord of Rob
Summers (25) had reactivated nerve circuits and allowed him to
consciously move body parts that had been paralyzed following a 2006
hit and run accident.
(SFC, 5/20/11, p.A8)
2011 May 19, The Mississippi
River crested at over 14 feet above flood stage in Vicksburg,
Mississippi. The flooding left one man dead.
(SFC, 5/20/11, p.A6)
2011 May 19, The LinkedIn IPO
was priced at $45 per share and closed at $94.25 after reaching a
high of $122.70. It was the first major US social networking company
to sell stock on a public market.
(SFC, 5/20/11, p.A1)
2011 May 19, A Bahraini
security court announced the sentencing of a prominent Shiite cleric
and eight others to 20 years in prison for the alleged kidnapping of
a police officer.
2011 May 19, Amnesty
International said Egyptian authorities continue to restrict freedom
of assembly, torture detainees and try civilians in military courts,
highlighting the urgent need for reform.
2011 May 19, Guyana police
detained Akbar Muhammad, a visiting US Muslim cleric and longtime
aide to Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, on suspicion of ties
to drugs and terrorism. Muhammad was released by Guyanese
authorities the next day and demanded an official apology from the
(AP, 5/20/11)(AP, 5/20/11)
2011 May 19, India's most
powerful politician, Sonia Gandhi, promised to push forward with
legislation to reform land acquisition rules after deadly clashes
near the national capital.
2011 May 19, In Iraq twin bombs
that lured policemen out of their fortified headquarters in Kirkuk
killed 27 people, most of them police officers. A third bomb,
planted on a road, set cars and trucks ablaze when it exploded about
550 yards (500 m) away, targeting a police patrol near a mosque
wounding eight people.
2011 May 19, Garret FitzGerald
(b.1926)), Ireland's most popular elder statesman, died. He twice
served as prime minister (1981-1982, 1982-1987) and played a crucial
role in paving the way for peace in Northern Ireland.
2011 May 19, Takeda
Pharmaceutical Co. said it will buy Switzerland's Nycomed for $13.6
billion, giving Japan's biggest drugmaker coveted access to emerging
2011 May 19, In Libya Gadhafi
forces shelled the main rebel stronghold in the strategic Nafusa
mountains southwest of the Libyan capital, pounding the area with
2011 May 19, In northeastern
Nigeria a bomb went off wounding five soldiers and policemen just
hours after a gang of suspected Islamists raided a police station.
2011 May 19, In Puerto Rico a
jury convicted five people of fraudulently obtaining medical
licenses to work as doctors in the US territory.
2011 May 19, In South Africa
more than 700 people were injured, 70 of them seriously, when two
commuter trains collided in the Soweto township outside
2011 May 19, A South Korean
court boosted the amount the government must pay a group of North
Korean defectors who say a leak of their identities led to
retaliation against their families in the North.
2011 May 19, Thousands of
Spaniards defied a ban on a pre-election demonstration and mounted a
protest camp in the heart of Madrid to express anger at political
parties and the country's handling of the economic crisis. Spain is
battling to emerge from nearly two years of recession that has left
it with a swollen deficit and a staggering 21.3% unemployment rate.
2011 May 19, In Sudan a UN
convoy transporting 200 northern army troops was attacked as they
were pulling out of the contested region of Abyei along the
north-south border. Sudan's army spokesman said northern troops were
ambushed by the southern army and suffered "huge losses." A
spokesman for the south's Sudan Peoples' Liberation Army (SPLA) said
the northern forces provoked the fighting in at attempt to seize the
disputed area. 70 northern troops were killed and more than 120
others were missing.
(AP, 5/20/11)(AP, 5/24/11)
2011 May 19, The Syrian army
shelled the border town of Talkalakh overnight and early today,
sparking gunbattles that killed at least 8 people. The government
condemned US sanctions targeting President Bashar Assad.
2011 May 19, Ugandan police
placed the country's top opposition leader under house arrest to
prevent what authorities said could be a destructive protest march.
2012 May 19, G8 leaders meeting
in Maryland made progress on addressing the two biggest threats to
their economies, the euro zone crisis and very high oil prices. G8
leaders sent a strong message to Iran that tough energy sanctions
would be firmly applied, vowing to ensure oil markets are well
supplied to prevent crude prices soaring. G8 leaders pledged to lift
millions of Africans out of poverty by promoting investments in
2012 May 19, G8 leaders meeting
in Maryland backed keeping Greece in the euro zone and vowed to take
all steps necessary to combat financial turmoil while revitalizing a
global economy increasingly threatened by Europe's debt crisis.
2012 May 19, The NAACP passed a
resolution endorsing same-sex marriage as a civil right and opposing
any efforts "to codify discrimination or hatred into the law."
2012 May 19, In southeast
Afghanistan a suicide bomber in Khost province struck at a lunch
gathering of Afghan police and local civilians killing at least 13
people, 3 of them policemen.
2012 May 19, In northern
Afghanistan flood waters ravaged a provincial capital, killing at
least 19 people and destroying hundreds of homes. About 60 other
people were missing.
2012 May 19, Blind activist
Chen Guangcheng and his family left China on a plane bound for the
United States to pursue studies at an American university.
2012 May 19, In CongoDRC
fighting broke out when mutineers attacked army positions in the
Rutshuru territory near Virunga National Park on the Ugandan border,
home to more than half the world's 700 or so mountain gorillas.
2012 May 19, In East Timor
former guerrilla leader and ex-army chief Taur Matan Ruak was sworn
in as the new president as the young democracy, devastated by
decades of conflict, celebrated 10 years of independence.
2012 May 19, The European Bank
for Reconstruction and Development approved investment of 1.0
billion euros for expansion into north Africa and the Middle East
under its first British president, Suma Chakrabarti, who a day
earlier replaced Thomas Mirow from Germany. The EBRD is planning to
invest specifically in Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia and Jordan.
2012 May 19, In Germany some
20,000 held a rally of the local Occupy movement in Frankfurt to
decry austerity measures, the dominance of banks and “untamed
(SSFC, 5/20/12, p.A4)
2012 May 19, Officials said
Guinea-Bissau's junta, parliament and a group of political parties
have signed a roadmap aimed at ending the crisis created by the
April 12 coup.
2012 May 19, In Northern
Ireland 7 Irish nationalists were charged over the last two days of
involvement in militant activity, three under a rarely used law
against "directing terrorism."
2012 May 19, Israeli soldiers
stood by as settlers shot at Palestinians during stone-throwing
clashes between hardline Yitzhar settlers and Palestinian villagers
from Asira al-Qibliya near Nablus. Video showed live fire hitting
one stone-thrower in the head.
2012 May 19, In southern Italy
a bomb exploded outside a vocational school in Brindisi, named after
a slain anti-Mafia prosecutor, as students arrived for class,
killing one girl (16) and wounding several other classmates. On June
6 police arrested Giovanni Vantaggioto (68), a fuel vendor on
suspicion of multiple homicide.
(AP, 5/19/12)(SFC, 6/8/12, p.A5)
2012 May 19, Lesotho held early
voting, one week before the mostly hotly contested general elections
since the 1998 polls that degenerated into looting and sparked a
South African intervention. A full election was set for May 26.
2012 May 19, Madagascar police
made several arrests after using tear gas to break up an
unauthorized protest of several thousand people who turned out to
support opposition radio Free FM.
2012 May 19, In Malaysia a
Canadian Muslim gay activist launched her controversial new book on
liberal Islam despite a government minister's attempts to shut down
the event. Irshad Manji launched "Allah, Liberty and Love" at a
hastily arranged event in Kuala Lumpur after two other venues pulled
out of hosting her. Her previous internationally acclaimed book,
"The Trouble with Islam Today," was already banned in Malaysia.
2012 May 19, In Mali coup
leaders said they respect a decision by the West African bloc ECOWAS
that interim president Dioncounda Traore must head the transition
until general elections.
2012 May 19, In Nepal 4
climbers from Germany, South Korea, China and Canada died while
returning from the summit of Mount Everest.
(AFP, 5/21/12)(AP, 5/22/12)
2012 May 19, In Pakistan Imtiaz
Ahmad, chief warden of the Quetta district prison, was targeted when
two people riding a motorcycle sprayed him with bullets near his
office. The al-Qaeda-linked militant group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi later
(AFP, 5/20/12)(AFP, 5/27/12)
2012 May 19, In Somalia at
least 7 people, mostly Somali soldiers, were killed in bomb
explosions in Mogadishu.
2012 May 19, In eastern Syria a
suicide vehicle bomb tore through the parking lot of a military
compound in Deir al-Zour, killing nine people. A day earlier the
state-run news agency SANA reported that authorities had foiled an
attempt to blow up a car rigged with explosives in the city and
detained those involved.
2012 May 19, In Taiwan tens of
thousands rallied in Taipei to voice their anger at Pres. Ma
Ying-jeou over a spate of controversial policies, on the eve of his
inauguration for a 2nd term.
2012 May 19, In Thailand
Buddhist monks led prayers as tens of thousands gathered in Bangkok
to mark the 2nd anniversary of deadly clashes between soldiers and
"Red Shirt" protesters.
2012 May 19, In northeastern
Turkey a 22-meter (72-foot) high copper statue of Ataturk, the
country's biggest of the iconic figure, was inaugurated in Artvin.
It was a tribute to the near-mystical hold that Ataturk exerts over
his fervent believers, whose admiration is rooted in his success in
imposing secular values on a largely Muslim nation.
2012 May 19, The Vatican
denounced as criminal a new book, “His Holiness," by journalist
Gianluigi Nuzzi, which reproduced letters and memos to and from Pope
Benedict XVI and his personal secretary.
(SSFC, 5/20/12, p.A4)
2012 May 19, Yemeni officials
said fresh clashes with al-Qaida fighters in the south have left at
least 34 people dead, while a suspected US drone strike killed two
2013 May 19, More than two
dozen tornadoes were spotted in parts of Iowa, Oklahoma, Kansas and
Illinois. A half-mile wide twister struck near Oklahoma City and at
least one person was killed.
2013 May 19, Lottery officials
said a lone ticket in Florida matched each of the numbers drawn for
the highest Powerball jackpot in history at an estimated $590.5
2013 May 19, Nigel Wright, the
top aide to Canadian PM Stephen Harper, abruptly resigned over his
role in a mounting expenses scandal which threatened to undermine
the Conservative government.
2013 May 19, China's new
Premier Li Keqiang visited India on his first foreign trip as the
neighboring giants look to speed up efforts to settle a decades-old
boundary dispute and boost economic ties.
2013 May 19, Iran’s state radio
said Mohammad Heidari, who was accused of providing Mossad with
classified information in return of money, and Kourosh Ahmadi, who
allegedly gave the CIA intelligence on Iran, have been hanged.
2013 May 19, Nigeria's military
said its offensive against insurgents in the country's restive
northeast has killed at least 14 suspected Islamic extremists and
2013 May 19, Pakistan held a
repeat election in an upscale area of the southern city of Karachi
that was plagued with allegations of vote-rigging.
2013 May 19, A Russian capsule
carrying mice, lizards and other small animals returned to Earth
after spending a month in space for what scientists said was the
longest experiment of its kind. Fewer than half of the 53 mice and
other rodents who blasted off on April 19 from the Baikonur
Cosmodrome survived the flight.
2013 May 19, In South Sudan a
battle in Jonglei state killed 20 rebel fighters and 4 government
troops as the army recaptured the town of Boma, near the border with
Ethiopia, from rebels led by David Yau Yau who took over the town
earlier this month.
2013 May 19, Syrian troops
backed by tanks and warplanes launched an assault on Qusair, a
rebel-held town near the Lebanese border, pounding the area with
airstrikes and artillery salvos. At least 50 Syrian rebels were
reported killed in the battle for Qusair, including two commanders.
An official at the Homs governor's office said two suicide bombings
in the town of Deir Balbaa killed at least 3 people and wounded 15
others. State news said another pair of bombings struck near a
factory on a different Homs highway, killing 4 people and wounding
(AP, 5/19/13)(AP, 5/20/13)
2013 May 19, In Tunisia some
11,000 police officers and soldiers blocked an annual conference by
a radical Islamist movement that has been implicated in attacks
across the country, prompting clashes with angry youths that
resulted in one death.
2013 May 19, Tunisian feminist
Amina Tyler (19), who scandalized her country by posting topless
photos of herself online, was arrested after allegedly sneaking into
Tunisia's holiest city disguised in a veil, then trying to get
undressed during a protest.
2014 May 19, The US indicted
five members of the Chinese military on charges they stole US
secrets through hacking to help state-run companies. Attorney
General Eric Holder said they hacked into six US nuclear power,
metals and solar products industries: Alcoa World Alumina,
Westinghouse Electric Co., Allegheny Technologies, U.S. Steel Corp.,
United Steelworkers Union, and SolarWorld.
(AFP, 5/19/14)(AP, 5/19/14)
2014 May 19, Swiss-based Credit
Suisse pleaded guilty to a criminal charge of having helped its
customers elude America’s tax authorities. The bank was fined $2.8
(Econ, 5/24/14, p.65)
2014 May 19, In Alaska the
human-caused Funny River wildfire began in the Kenai Peninsula. By
May 26 it grew to some 248 square miles. Mandatory evacuations were
(SFC, 5/27/14, p.A7)
2014 May 19, Actor Michael Jace
(51) shot and killed his wife, April Jace (40), at their home in the
Hyde Park neighborhood of Los Angeles. Jace had appeared on the FX
series “The Shield" as a police officer.
(SFC, 5/21/14, p.A9)
2014 May 19, In Florida an
indictment was unsealed charging North Miami Mayor Lucie Tondreau
(54) and others in an $8 million mortgage fraud scheme. Tondreau was
elected North Miami's first female Haitian-American mayor last June.
2014 May 19, A Manhattan jury
convicted Mustafa Kamel Mustafa (aka Abu Hamza al-Masri), a former
London-based Egyptian Islamic cleric, for providing material to
support terrorist organizations, for sending men to establish an
al-Qaida training camp in Bly, Oregon, and sending at least one man
to an al-Qaida training camp in Afghanistan. Al-Masri (56) was
extradited in 2012 from England where in the 1990s he led London’s
Finsbury Park Mosque.
(SFC, 5/20/14, p.A8)(SFC, 5/21/14, p.A2)
2014 May 19, A US federal judge
threw out Oregon’s same-sex marriage ban.
(SFC, 5/20/14, p.A8)
2014 May 19, AT&T Inc. said
it would buy DirecTV for $48.5 billion in cash and stock, or $95 per
share. The deal faced unique regulatory scrutiny from the FCC and
Department of Justice.
2014 May 19, Bosnia’s
government said more than a quarter of the country’s four million
people have been affected by the worst floods to hit the Balkans in
more than a century. Torrential rains have caused rivers to burst
their banks and triggered more than 2,000 landslides as the death
toll in Bosnia and Serbia rose to 38. Croatia reported 2 deaths. The
flooding left tons of drowned livestock.
(AP, 5/19/14)(AP, 5/20/14)(AP, 5/20/14)
2014 May 19, Chinese media said
the government of the industrial city of Tianjin will limit the
number of vehicles allowed on roads during heavy smog. Last month
Tianjin banned new steel and cement plants as part of a program to
reverse damage done to its environment.
2014 May 19, Hundreds of
Chinese workers left Vietnam on ships chartered by their government
after deadly unrest broke out last week amid a dispute over
sovereignty claims in the South China Sea.
2014 May 19, In Egypt gunmen in
a drive-by shooting killed 3 policemen and wounded nine during late
night rally by Islamist students in Cairo.
2014 May 19, European law
enforcement officials announced that police worldwide, acting on an
FBI tipoff, have arrested 97 people in 16 countries suspected of
developing, distributing or using malicious software called
BlackShades that allows criminals to gain surreptitious control of
personal computers. French detectives said they arrested more than
two dozen people during their May 13 raids.
2014 May 19, Germany lowered
the pension age for some workers from 65 to 63.
2014 May 19, Greece's main
opposition party Syriza declared a victory for its anti-austerity
message after its candidates fared strongly in big local election
races in Athens and the surrounding region.
2014 May 19, In Iraq election
results from April 30 were released by the Independent High
Electoral Commission and showed that PM al-Maliki's State of Law
gained 92 seats, winning the top spot in 10 of 18 provinces. He
would need to build support from a total of 165 seats to have a shot
at keeping the prime minister's post.
2014 May 19, In northeast Kenya
Somali militants killed 12 people including 3 police reservists in a
border ambush for which Al-Shabab claimed responsibility.
(SFC, 5/20/14, p.A2)
2014 May 19, Kuwait’s Cabinet
accepted the resignation of five lawmakers who resigned in protest
after the largely pro-government parliament refused to question PM
Sheik Jaber Mubarak Al Sabah over corruption allegations.
2014 May 19, Libya’s parliament
chief Nouri Abu Sahmein, an Islamist-leaning politician, ordered a
powerful umbrella group of mainly Islamist militias known as
"Libya's Central Shield" to mobilize to defend against forces under
rogue Gen. Khalifa Hifter. The umbrella group is dominated by a
militia from Libya's third largest city, Misrata. A Libyan air force
base in the eastern city of Tobruk said it has decided to join
forces of Gen. Khalifa Hifter.
(AP, 5/19/14)(Reuters, 5/19/14)
2014 May 19, In Myanmar
community activists freed two contractors working for a Chinese
company operating a copper mine in Monywa that is the subject of a
long-running land dispute. The two Chinese were abducted a day
earlier by a group calling itself the "Student Network of Mandalay."
2014 May 19, The Philippines
said it has reached an agreement over the weekend with Indonesia on
a sea border dispute after 20 years of negotiations, and hopes to
sign the pact soon.
2014 May 19, Russian President
Vladimir Putin ordered troops deployed near Ukraine to return to
their home bases and praised the launch of a dialogue between the
Ukrainian government and its opponents even as fighting continued in
the eastern parts of the country.
2014 May 19, Serbia braced for
a river surge that threatened to inundate the country’s main power
plant at Obrenovac and cause major power cuts in the crisis-stricken
2014 May 19, South Korean Pres.
Park Geun-hye formally apologized for the April 16 ferry disaster
that killed about 300 people, mostly school children, and said she
would dismantle the coast guard for failing in its duties.
2014 May 19, A Swiss court
ordered Dmitry Rybolovlev of Monaco to pay his ex-wife, Elena
Rybolovlev, 4,020,555,987.80 Swiss francs to settle their divorce
after a 6-year legal fight. The Russian billionaire had made his
fortune in potash mining. Forbes estimated his worth at $8.8
(SFC, 5/20/14, p.A2)
2014 May 19, In Syria 13 people
were killed after a missile smashed into a building late today in
the town of Marea. Most of the dead were children. Hours later a
missile fired at a building in the nearby town of Azaz killed
another 10 people.
2014 May 19, Uruguay said it
will exempt marijuana production and sales from taxes in a bid to
ensure prices remain low enough to undercut competition from black
market pot smuggled in from Paraguay.