Today in History - May 30

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727        May 30, Hubertus (72), bishop of Tongeren-Maastricht, saint, died.
    (MC, 5/30/02)

1220        May 30, Alexander Nevski, Russian ruler (1252-63), was born.
    (MC, 5/30/02)

1381        May 30, English peasant uprising began in Essex.
    (MC, 5/30/02)

1416        May 30, Jerome of Prague was burned as a heretic by the Church.
    (HN, 5/30/98)

1431          May 30, Joan of Arc (19), condemned as a heretic [as a witch], was burned at the stake in Rouen, France. A silent movie of her life was made in 1927 by Carl Theodor Dreyer.
    (CFA, '96, p.46)(WSJ, 1/23/96, p.A-12)(AP, 5/30/97)(HN, 5/30/98)

1434        May 30, The Battle of Lipany virtually ended the Hussite Wars. Prokopius leader of Taborites, died in battle.

1498        May 30, Columbus departed Spain with 6 ships for his 3rd trip to America. He took 30 women along on his third trip to the New World.

1527      May 30, University of Marburg was founded in Germany.
    (HN, 5/30/98)

1536        May 30, English king Henry VIII married Jane Seymour (wife #3).
    (MC, 5/30/02)

1539        May 30, Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto landed at Tampa Bay, Florida, with 600 soldiers in search of gold. Hernando de Soto returned to the New World at the head of a 1,000-man expedition into North America. He landed near present-day Tampa Bay and proceeded through what is now Alabama and Tennessee, making treaties with some Indian, viciously fighting with others.
    (TL-MB, 1988, p.15)(AP, 5/30/97)(HN, 5/30/98)(HNQ, 10/11/00)

1588        May 30, Spanish Armada under Medina-Sidonia departed Lisbon to invade England.
    (MC, 5/30/02)

1593        May 30, Christopher Marlowe (b.Feb 26, 1564), British dramatist (Tamburlaine the Great), poet, was murdered. Marlowe reportedly died in a barfight. It was later speculated that his death was faked and that he fled to Italy and continued writing plays that were produced by Shakespeare. In 2004 Rodney Bolt authored “History Play: The Lives and Afterlife of Christopher Marlowe."
    (SFC, 1/2/03, p.E11)(, 9/4/04, p.78)

1640        May 30, Peter Paul Rubens (b.1577), Flemish painter, died in Antwerp.
    (, 5/15/04, p.81)

1672      May 30, Peter I (the Great) Romanov, great czar (tsar) of Russia (1682-1725), was born. [see Jun 9]
    (HN, 5/30/98)(MC, 5/30/02)

1778        May 30, Voltaire (b.1694), French writer born as Francois-Marie Arouet, died. His books included Candide (1759).

1783        May 30, The first American daily newspaper, The Pennsylvania Evening Post, began publishing in Philadelphia.
    (HN, 5/30/01)

1808        May 30, Napoleon annexed Tuscany and gave it seats in French Senate.
    (MC, 5/30/02)

1814        May 30, The First Treaty of Paris was declared, after Napoleon's first abdication. It returned France to its 1792 borders and secured for the British definite possession of the Cape of Good Hope. [see Aug 13]
    (HN, 5/30/98)(HN, 5/30/99)(EWH, 4th ed, p.884)

1846        May 30, Peter Carl Faberge (d.1920), Russian master jeweler and goldsmith was born (May 18 OS) in St. Petersburg. His work includes the Imperial Coronation Easter Egg (1896-1908), an enameled, diamond-studded golden egg about 5 inches long that opens to reveal a 3-inch-long replica of the carriage that took the czarina to her coronation in 1896; the rococo Imperial Catherine the Great Easter Egg (1908-1917) and the Rectangular Box with a monogram of tiny diamonds (1896-1908).
    (SFC, 5/23/96, p.D1,10)(

1848      May 30, William Young patented the ice cream freezer.
    (HN, 5/30/98)
1848        May 30, Mexico ratified the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo giving US: New Mexico, California and parts of Nevada, Utah, Arizona & Colorado in return for $15 million.
    (MC, 5/30/02)

1852        May 30, George Chinnery (b.1774), painter of Asian scenes, died in Macau. The English painter spent most of his life in Asia, especially India and southern China.
    (Econ, 6/18/11, p.91)

1854        May 30, The Kansas-Nebraska Act, designed by Sen. Stephen A. Douglas of Illinois, was passed by the US Congress. It allowed people in the territories of Kansas and Nebraska to decide for themselves whether or not to allow slavery within their borders. The governor of the Kansas Territory was James William Denver. Pres. Pierce kept appointing proslavery governors. The Kansas-Nebraska Act repealed the Missouri Compromise and opened the north to slavery. This period of Kansas history was incorporated into the 1998 novel "The All-True Travels and Adventures of Lidie Newton," by Jane Smiley.
    (AP, 5/30/97)(WSJ, 2/11/03, p.A10)(, 4/08, p.1)
1854      May 30, Vermont native Elisha Graves Otis (1811-1861) unveiled his invention, the safety elevator at the New York World's Fair. Audiences gasped as Otis, riding on the hoist's platform, dramatically ordered the lifting rope cut. Instead of falling, the car locked safely into the elevator shaft. Prior to the 1850s there was no existing market for passenger elevators because there was no safety mechanism in the event of a cable break. In 1852 Otis was a master mechanic working at a bedstead factory in Yonkers, N.Y., when he built a hoisting machine with two sets of metal teeth at the car's sides. If the lifting rope broke, the teeth would lock into place, preventing the car from falling. Otis never realized the potential of his invention. His sons built the Otis Elevator Company, enabling the skylines of cities throughout the world to be transformed with skyscrapers.
    (HNPD, 5/30/99)(ON, 5/05, p.12)

1859        May 30, The Piedmontese army crossed the Sesia River and defeated the Austrians at Palestro.
    (HN, 5/30/01)

1861        May 30, In Australia William Wills returned to the Cooper’s Creek depot and left an updated message as to the Burke party’s plight.
    (ON, 12/01, p.5)

1862      May 30, Confederate General Beauregard evacuated Corinth, Mississippi and Union troops under Union General Henry Halleck entered.
    (HN, 5/30/98)
1862        May 30, Battle of Front Royal, VA.
    (MC, 5/30/02)

1864        May 30, Battle of Bethesda Church, VA.
    (MC, 5/30/02)

1866        May 30, Bederich Smetana's Opera "The Bartered Bride" premiered in Prague.
    (MC, 5/30/02)

1867      May 30, Arthur Vining Davis, American industrialist, was born. His foundation later gave money to the arts.
    (HN, 5/30/99)

1868      May 30, Memorial Day began when two women placed flowers on both Confederate and Union graves.
    (HN, 5/30/98)

1876        May 30, Murad V succeeded Abdul Aziz in the Ottoman House of Osman. His reign only lasted to August 31.
    (Ot, 1993, xvii) (

1879        May 30, Gilmore Garden in NYC was renamed Madison Square Garden.
    (MC, 5/30/02)

1883      May 30, 12 people were trampled to death in New York City when a rumor that the recently opened Brooklyn Bridge was in danger of collapsing triggered a stampede.
    (AP, 5/30/97)

1889      May 30, The brassiere was invented.
    (HN, 5/30/98)

1896        May 30, The 1st car accident in NYC occurred when Henry Wells hit cyclist Ebeling Thomas on the "Western Boulevard" (Broadway).

1899      May 30, Irving G. Thalberg, legendary MGM production executive, was born in Brooklyn, N.Y.
    (AP, 5/30/99)
1899        May 30, Wilbur Wright (1867-1912), Ohio bicycle mechanic, wrote the Smithsonian Institution and affirmed his belief that human flight was possible.
    (NPub, 2002, p.5)(

1900        May 30, It was reported that 9 deaths in Chinatown were caused by Bubonic plague and that 159 policemen had set up a quarantine. In 2003 Marilyn Chase authored “The Barbary Plague: The Black Death in Victorian San Francisco."
    (SFEC, 12/26/99, p.W2)(SSFC, 1/12/03, p.M2)

1903        May 30, Countee Cullen, American poet, was born.
    (HN, 5/30/01)

1908        May 30, Hannes Alfvén, Swedish, Nobel Prize-winning astrophysicist, was born.
    (HN, 5/30/01)
1908       May 30, Mel Blanc (d.1989), voice of Bugs Bunny, Elmer Fudd, and Porky Pig in Warner Brothers cartoons, was born in San Francisco. When he died he had "That's All Folks" inscribed on his tombstone.
    (SFEC, 4/11/99, Z1 p.8)(AP, 5/30/08)
1908        May 30, 1st federal workmen's compensation law was approved.
    (MC, 5/30/02)

1909      May 30, Benny Goodman was born. He became a great clarinet player, and big band leader and was known as the "King of Swing."
    (HN, 5/30/99)

1911        May 30, The first long-distance auto race in Indianapolis was won by Ray Harroun. One driver was killed and the average speed was 74.4 mph. [see May 29]
    (SMTS, 10/1/86, p.4)(AP, 5/30/97)

1912      May 30, U.S. Marines were sent to Nicaragua to protect American interests.
    (HN, 5/30/99)
1912        May 30, Wilbur Wright (b.1867), aeronautical inventor, died of a typhoid infection.
    (WUD, 1994, p.1647)(ON, SC, p.4)

1913        May 30, Conclusion of the First Balkan War. The Treaty of London ended First Balkan War, and the Second Balkan War began.
    (HN, 5/30/98)(www, Albania, 1998)
1913        May 30, New country of Albania formed.
    (MC, 5/30/02)

1916      May 30, Dr. Joseph W. Kennedy, scientist, discoverer of plutonium, was born.
    (HN, 5/30/98)
1916        May 30, Herbert Smith was the chief designer at Sopwith and came up with the Sopwith Triplane in 1916--the inspiration for other triplanes that followed. In the spring of 1916, Herbert Smith, the chief designer at Sopwith, began work on a successor to the well-regarded Sopwith Pup. He set out to design a plane that could climb faster, fly higher, maneuver as well as if not better than its predecessor and, if possible, afford better visibility than the Pup. Surprisingly, the prototype that emerged from the Sopwith hangar on May 30, 1916, was not a biplane but a triplane. The design impressed the pilots who flew it and the pilots who flew against it. Soon many other triplane designs appeared in the skies.
    (HNQ, 3/22/01)

1921      May 30, U.S. Navy transferred Teapot Dome oil reserves to the Department of Interior.
    (HN, 5/30/98)
1921        May 30, Salzburg, Austria, voted to join Germany.
    (MC, 5/30/02)

1922        May 30, The Lincoln Memorial was dedicated in Washington, D.C., by Chief Justice William Howard Taft and Robert Todd Lincoln. The Memorial has 48 sculptured festoons above the columns representing the number of states at the time of dedication. The 36 Doric columns in the Lincoln Memorial represent the number of states in the Union at the time of Lincoln’s death in 1865. The limestone and marble edifice, which is situated at the western end of the Mall, was designed by Henry Bacon of North Carolina in the style of a Greek temple. Daniel Chester French co-designed the memorial with Bacon.
    (HNQ, 2/12/00)(WSJ, 5/24/08, p.W12)(AP, 5/30/08)

1923        May 30, Howard Hanson's 1st Symphony "Nordic," premiered.
    (MC, 5/30/02)

1924        May 30, The Rivoli Theater in Manhattan opened with a new air-conditioning system developed by Willis Carrier. This followed 3 successful installation in Texas.
    (ON, 8/07, p.11)

1926        May 30, Christine Jorgensen, pioneer transsexual, was born.
    (MC, 5/30/02)

1932        May 31, Socal, formerly Standard Oil of California, discovered oil in Bahrain. This was the 1st middle eastern oil discovered by an American firm.
    (SFC, 10/20/04, p.C6)(

1935        May 30, Babe Ruth in his final game went hitless for Braves against Phillies.
    (MC, 5/30/02)

1937      May 30, The Memorial Day Massacre took place. Ten union demonstrators were killed and 84 wounded when police opened fire in front of the South Chicago Republic Steel plant. Earlier in 1937 the Steel Workers' Organizing Committee had secured recognition by U.S. Steel as the workers' bargaining agency and had won a number of concessions. "Little Steel," under the leader ship of Republic's Tom Girdler firmly opposed the union demands, leading to the deadly demonstration. A newsreel film of the Republic Steel strike riots was made.
    (AP, 5/30/97)(SFC,11/21/97, p.C17)(HNQ, 5/25/98)

1938        May 30, In San Francisco followers of Adolf Hitler opened their 2-day German-American Bund convention at California Hall at Polk and Turk Streets. As an estimated 3,000 pickets shouted anti-Nazi slogans.
    (SSFC, 5/26/13, DB p.42)

1941        May 30, Serbia enacted anti-Semitic measures.
    (MC, 5/30/02)

1942        May 30, US aircraft carrier Yorktown left Pearl Harbor.
    (MC, 5/30/02)
1942          May 30, The Royal Air Force launched the first 1,000 plane raid over Germany. 1,047 RAF bombers bombed Cologne.
    (HN, 5/30/98)(MC, 5/30/02)
1942        May 30, Reichsfuhrer Heinrich Himmler arrived in Prague.
    (MC, 5/30/02)

1943      May 30, American forces secured the Aleutian island of Attu from the Japanese during World War II.
    (AP, 5/30/97)
1943        May 30, Dr. Josef Mengele arrived at Auschwitz as research assistant to Dr. Otmar Freiherr von Verschuer.
    (SSFC, 11/9/03, p.D6)

1944        May 30, In Rome the ancient remains of Caligula’s ships, extracted from Lake Nemi, were set ablaze and destroyed. Blame was cast on German soldiers and American artillery.
    (AM, 5/01, p.31)

1947        May 30, In Hungary Soviet-backed communists forced PM Ferenc Nagy (1903-1979) into exile. Dinnyés Lajos (1901-1961) was appointed as successor and served as the last non-communist Prime Minister of Hungary until December, 1948.

1948        May 30, Vanport, Oregon, was dramatically destroyed when a 200-foot (61 m) section of the dike holding back the Columbia River collapsed during a flood, killing 15. The city was underwater by nightfall leaving its inhabitants homeless.

1951        May 30, Fernando Lugo, elected president of Paraguay in 2008, was born in a village of the San Pedro del parana district.
    (SSFC, 5/24/09, p.A9)(

1953        May 30, Jonas Zemaitis (b.1909), the last Lithuanian anti-Soviet partisan commander, was captured and transported to Moscow to be interviewed by intelligence chief Lavrenti Beria.  Beria was executed this year. Zemaitis was executed in 1954.

1956        May 30, Bus boycott began in Tallahassee, Florida.
    (MC, 5/30/02)

1957        May 30, In California Santa’s Village, a Christmas theme park, opened in Scotts Valley. It filed for bankruptcy in 1977 and finally closed in 1979.
    (, 5/31/08, p.B2)

1958      May 30, Unidentified soldiers killed in World War II and the Korean conflict were buried at Arlington National Cemetery.
    (AP, 5/30/97)

1959        May 30, President-Generalissimo Alfredo Stroessner disbanded Paraguay's parliament and established a dictatorship. Josef Mengele became a citizen of Paraguay.
    (MC, 5/30/02)

1960        May 30, Boris Pasternak (b.1890), Russian poet, novelist (Dr Zhivago) and translator, died at age 70.
    (WUD, 1994, p.1055)(MC, 5/30/02)

1961        May 30, Rafael Leonides Trujillo Molina (69), Dominican Republic dictator (1930-61), was murdered. In his final years he had installed Joaquin Balaguer as vice president and then as president. Balaguer fled to exile in NYC following the assassination.
    (SFC, 5/17/96, p.A-14)(SFC, 7/15/02, p.B6)(MC, 5/30/02)

1962        May 30, Benjamin Britten's "War Requiem," premiered.
    (MC, 5/30/02)

1964        May 30, Leo Szilard (66), Hungarian-US nuclear physicist, died.
    (MC, 5/30/02)

1965        May 30, Vivian Malone (later Vivian Malone Jones) became the first black graduate of the University of Alabama with a degree in Business Management.
    (NYT, 10/14/2005, p.C15)
1965        May 30, Viet Cong offensive began against US base at Da Nang, South Vietnam.
    (MC, 5/30/02)

1967        May 30, Robert "Evel" Knievel (1938-2007) on his motorcycle jumped 16 cars in Gardena, Ca.
1967        May 30, Biafra declared independence from Nigeria.

1968        May 30, French Pres. Charles de Gaulle delivered a forceful televised address in order to regain control of public opinion, thrown into confusion by the political events resulting from a student protest.
1968        May 30, Authorities blew up the University Church in Leipzig, Germany, to make room for the re¬construction of Karl-Marx-Platz, the city’s main square.

1969        May 30, Refinery workers on Curacao set fires in Willemstad. Marines from the Netherlands restored order.
    (Econ, 5/26/07, p.38)

1971      May 30, The American space probe Mariner 9, the first satellite to orbit Mars, blasted off from Cape Kennedy, Fla. It later transmitted photos of possible riverbeds.
    (AP, 5/30/97)(SFEC, 9/28/97, p.A14)(HN, 5/30/98)

1972        May 30, Three militants of the Japanese Red Army staged a machine-gun and hand-grenade attack at the Lod Airport in Israel. 24 people were killed and a 100 injured. The terrorists found refuge in Lebanon until 1997 when they were arrested. Kozo Okamoto served 13 years of a life sentence in Israel. In 2000 Lebanon granted asylum to Kozo Okamoto. 4 other Japanese Red Army members were deported to Japan.
    (SFC, 2/19/96, p.A8)(SFC, 3/18/00, p.A3)

1975        May 30, Steve Prefontaine (b.1951), American long distance runner, flipped his gold MG and died at age 24. Tests revealed that he was legally drunk. In 1997 two films based on his life were released.
    (SFC,1/22/97, p.E1)(

1977        May 30, Paul Desmond (b.1924), jazz alto saxophonist, died in NYC.

1980        May 30, In Bangladesh General Ziaur Rahman was assassinated by dissident army officers.
    (SFC, 6/12/96, p.A9)(
1980          May 30, Pope John Paul II arrived in France on the first visit by the head of the Roman Catholic Church since the early 19th century.
    (AP, 5/30/97)

1981        May 30, US performed a nuclear test at Nevada Test Site.
1981        May 30, In Bangladesh Major Gen’l. Abdul Manzoor was shot and killed after he led a failed uprising that killed Pres. Ziaur Rahman 1980. Hussein Mohammed Ershad and 4 army officers were later accused of the killing.
    (SFC,11/27/97, p.B5)(, 5/30/01)

1982      May 30, Spain became NATO's 16th member, the first country to enter the Western alliance since West Germany in 1955.
    (AP, 5/30/97)(

1984        May 30, There was an assassination attempt on Eden Pastora Gomez, a Nicaraguan anticommunist revolutionary, by Sandinistas. The Costa Rica government of Luis Alberto Monge Alvarez failed to make a serious investigation. Two Costa Ricans, four Nicaraguan rebels and US journalist Linda Frazier were killed and more than 20 other people were wounded in the attack at the village of La Penca, near the Nicaraguan border. In 2011 a former Nicaraguan official confirmed that Vital Gaguine (d.1989), a leftist Argentine guerrilla, had been hired by the Sandinistas to kill Pastora.
    (, 12/12/97, p.A19)(AP, 8/26/11)

1985        May 30, The play "Woman in Mind" by Alan Ayckbourn (b.1936) was first staged in Scarborough at the Stephen Joseph Theatre in the Round.

1986        May 30, A tour bus went out of control on a mountain road and plunged into the Walker River near the California-Nevada border killing 21 elderly passengers.
    (AP, 5/30/06)(

1987        May 30, North American Philips Company unveiled compact disc video.
1987        May 30, Turk Murphy (b.1915), San Francisco-based trombone player and jazz singer, died in San Francisco.
    (SSFC, 6/3/12, p.46)(
1987        May 30, A Beastie Boy concert in Liverpool, England, turned into a riot. Adam Horowitz was charged with assaulting a fan.
1987          May 30, Soviet Defense Minister Sergei L. Sokolov and the chief of Soviet air defenses were fired, two days after West German pilot Mathias Rust entered Soviet airspace in a small plane and flew all the way to Moscow's Red Square.
    (AP, 5/30/97)

1988      May 30, On the second day of the Moscow summit, Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev, giving a toast at a state dinner, called for closer contacts with Americans, adding, "This should be done without interfering in domestic affairs, without sermonizing or imposing one's views and ways."
    (AP, 5/30/98)

1989        May 30, US Rep. Claude Pepper (b.1900), D-Fla., a champion of the nation's elderly, died in Washington, DC, at age 88.
    (AP, 5/30/99)
1989      May 30, Student demonstrators at Tiananmen Square in Beijing erected a 33-foot statue they called the "Goddess of Democracy."
    (AP, 5/30/99)
1989      May 30, In Brazil landless farmer-workers stormed a farm in the state of Espirito Santo to pressure for agrarian reform. Jose Machado, the owner, opened fire with hired guns. Machado and a hired off-duty policeman were killed and four squatters were injured. In 1997 Jose Rainha, a land reform advocate, was sentenced to 26.5 years in prison for the killing. Rainha argued that he was in another state with witnesses and that the squatters acted in self defense but was still convicted in a 4-3 vote.
    (SFC, 6/12/97, p.A14)

1990        May 30, A 6.3 earthquake in northern Peru killed 137 people. [see May 29]
    (SSFC, 6/24/01, p.A16)
1990        May 30, Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev arrived in Washington for his summit with President Bush.
    (AP, 5/30/00)

1991        May 30, The US Supreme Court ruled that prosecutors can be sued for the legal advice they give police and can be forced to pay damages when that advice leads to someone’s rights being violated.
    (AP, 5/30/01)

1992      May 30, President Bush ordered the seizure of Yugoslav government assets in the United States after the United Nations imposed sanctions in an effort to force Yugoslavia to observe a cease-fire in Bosnia-Herzegovina.
    (AP, 5/30/97)

1993      May 30, Emerson Fittipaldi won the 77th Indianapolis 500, driving at an average speed of 157.2 mph.
    (AP, 5/30/98)

1994      May 30, Mormon Church president Ezra Taft Benson died in Salt Lake City at age 94.
    (AP, 5/30/99)
1994      May 30, The U.N. Security Council warned North Korea to stop refueling a nuclear reactor and allow U.N. monitors to perform full inspections.
    (AP, 5/30/99)

1995        May 30, In a letter to UN Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali, Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic demanded guarantees of no further NATO air attacks and de facto recognition of a self-styled Serb state.
    (AP, 5/30/00)

1996      May 30, The House called off a contempt-of-Congress vote after President Clinton's aides turned over 1,000 pages of papers and a long-sought list of documents in the travel office firings.
    (AP, 5/30/97)
1996      May 30, Veterinary researchers have found a way to transplant testicular stem cells from one animal to another and even from species to species.
    (SFC, 5/30/96, p.A3)
1996      May 30, Britain's Prince Andrew and the former Sarah Ferguson were granted an uncontested decree ending their 10-year marriage.
    (SFEC, 5/25/97, Par p.C2)(AP, 5/30/97)
1996      May 30, In eastern Burundi suspected Hutu rebels of the Council for the Defense of Democracy killed at least 61 and wounded 25 Tutsis.
    (SFC, 5/31/96, A16)
1996      May 30, Voters in Northern Ireland selected 110 members for a forum on negotiations to determine its future status. Protestants want their British ties and majority position secured. Catholic leaders want linkage with the Irish Republic where they form the overwhelming majority.
    (SFC, 5/31/96, A15)
1996      May 30, UN officials confirmed the statement of Prime Minister Hasan Muratovic that Bosnian Serbs were expelling Muslims from the Teslic area in central Bosnia.
    (SFC, 5/31/96, E1)
1996        May 30, Venezuela’s former Pres. Carlos Andres Perez was convicted on corruption charges. He was sentenced to prison for 28-months and fined for misappropriation of $17 million from a secret security spending fund.
    (SFC, 5/31/96, A16)(SFC, 5/28/97, p.A12)

1997      May 30, Child molester Jesse K. Timmendequas was convicted in Trenton, N.J., of raping and strangling a 7-year-old neighbor, Megan Kanka. The 1994 murder inspired "Megan's Law," requiring that communities be notified when sex offenders move in. Timmendequas was later sentenced to death.
    (AP, 5/30/98)
1997        May 30, Jonathan Levin, 31-year-old Bronx high-school teacher, was killed by a former student, Corey Arthur (19). Arthur and Montoun Hart had withdrawn $800 withdrawn from an ATM on Mr. Levin’s card. In 1998 Arthur was sentenced 25 years to life.
    (, 6/25/97, p.A22)(SFC, 12/11/98, p.D6)
1997        May 30, Canada's 8-mile long Confederation Bridge, connecting New Brunswick to Prince Edward Island, was scheduled to be opened. It cost C$1 billion.
    (WSJ, 2/14/97, p.A1)(Econ, 11/29/03, p.34)
1997      May 30, The Swiss based World Fund for Nature said that the few thou sand remaining tigers in the world were dying off at a rate of one per day.
    (SFC, 5/31/97, p.A13)

1998        May 30, A tornado tore through Spencer, S.D., killing six people. It destroyed 90% of the town.
    (SFC, 6/1/98, p.A1)(AP, 5/30/99)
1998        May 30, An estimated 6.9 earthquake hit northern Afghanistan and Tajikistan. Shari Basurkh was hit hardest and some estimates put the death toll up to 3,000. The estimated deaths later reached 5,000.
    (SFEC, 5/31/98, p.A2)(SFC, 6/1/98, p.A1)(AP, 6/22/02)
1998      May 30, In Indonesia the government cancelled tax breaks for a "national car" program run by Suharto's son, Hutomo Madala Putra, and with four port-service contracts owned by Hutomo. Economic contraction was feared to reach 10-20%.
    (SFEC, 5/31/98, p.A21)
1998      May 30, In Japan the 4-year-old governing coalition fractured and the Social Democratic Party announced it would go it alone. The Liberal Democratic Party continued to run the government.
    (SFEC, 5/31/98, p.A26)
1998      May 30, Pakistan set off a nuclear bomb, the 6th test in 3 days.
    (SFEC, 5/31/98, p.A15)
1998      May 30, In South Korea thousands of union members and students marched through Seoul to protest recent job losses and restructuring demands by the IMF.
    (SFEC, 5/31/98, p.A22)

1999        May 30, Astronauts from the space shuttle “Discovery" rigged cranes and other tools to the exterior of the international space station during a spacewalk; then, the astronauts entered the orbiting outpost for three days of making repairs and delivering supplies.
    (AP, 5/30/00)
1999        May 30, Kenny Brack won the crash-marred Indianapolis 500, driving a car owned by racing legend A.J. Foyt.
    (AP, 5/30/00)
1999        May 30, NATO warplanes bombed a bridge in Varvarin, Serbia, and 9 civilians were reported killed and 28 wounded. A convoy of Western journalists was also hit and a driver was killed.
    (SFC, 5/31/99, p.A1)
1999        May 30, In Belarus at least 54 people, mostly teen-age girls, were killed in a stampede near an underground passageway in Minsk as they left a concert by a local beer company due to a sudden heavy rain.
    (SFC, 5/31/99, p.A10)
1999        May 30, In Chile Ricardo Lagos won the presidential primary to represent the center left governing coalition against Joaquin Lavin on Dec. 12.
    (WSJ, 6/1/99, p.A1)
1999        May 30, In Colombia suspected ELN rebels kidnapped some 140 churchgoers in Cali and later abandoned at least 84.
    (SFC, 5/31/99, p.A8)(SFC, 6/1/99, p.a6)
1999        May 30, In Kashmir Indian fighter jets pounded militants in the Kargil sector for the 5th day.
    (SFC, 5/31/99, p.A10)
1999        May 30, In Nigeria fighting broke out among members of the Itsekiri, Urhobo and Ijaw tribes in the Niger River delta.
    (SFC, 8/24/99, p.A10)

2000        May 30, Last Monday of the month. Memorial Day, which began in 1868 as Decoration Day, was set aside to remember those who have died in the service of their country. Celebrated on May 30 for the first 100 years, Memorial Day was officially changed to the last Monday in May in 1968.
    (HNPD, 5/31/99)
2000        May 30, Pres. Clinton traveled to Portugal for talks with the EU and met with Pres. Jorge Sampaio at the Belem Palace outside of Lisbon. Clinton opened a week-long visit to Europe.
    (SFC, 5/31/00, p.A10)(AP, 5/30/01)
2000        May 30, It was reported that a US government study indicated a direct link between smoking and gum disease.
    (SFC, 5/30/00, p.A4)
2000        May 30, It was reported that physicists had conducted experiments in which light beams appeared to travel faster that the speed of light.
    (SFC, 5/30/00, p.A2)
2000        May 30, Former Pennsylvania Governor Robert P. Casey died in Scranton at age 68.
    (AP, 5/30/01)
2000        May 30, Gordon “Tex" Beneke, a singer and sax player with the Glenn Miller Orchestra, died in Costa Mesa, California, at age 86.
    (AP, 5/30/01)
2000        May 30, Three crew members of the Maria Estela skiff, enroute from Guatemala to Belize, killed at least 5 people and threw survivors overboard into the Gulf of Honduras. 3 of 10 passengers survived.
    (SFC, 6/1/00, p.A15)
2000        May 30, Ethiopia and Eritrea opened peace talks in Algeria.
    (SFC, 5/31/00, p.A10)
2000        May 30, In Japan it was reported that the Bandai Corp., a major toy maker, had begun offering employees $10,000 for every baby after their 2nd child due to low national birth rate.
    (SFC, 5/30/00, p.A14)

2001        May 30, Moses Malone and college coaches Mike Krzyzewski and John Chaney entered the Basketball Hall of Fame.
    (AP, 5/30/02)   
2001        May 30, Pres. Bush spoke from Sequoia National Park and renewed his campaign promise to spend $4.9 billion to restore the nation’s national parks and to protect "these works of God" and other natural treasures from mankind.
    (SFC, 5/31/01, p.A1)(AP, 5/30/02)
2001        May 30, In France Roland Dumas, a former foreign minister, was sentenced to 6 months in jail for corruption. Alfred Sirven, 2nd in command at Elf, was sentenced to 4 years in jail along with a fine. Loik Le Floch-Prigent, former Elf president was sentenced to 3 ½ years in jail; along with a fine. Christine Deviers-Joncour was sentenced to 3 years in jail with half suspended.
    (SFC, 5/31/01, p.A12)
2001        May 30 In Germany lawmakers gave the final approval for $4.5 billion in payments to the last uncompensated Nazi victims of slave labor.
    (SFC, 5/31/01, p.A12)
2001        May 30, In Indonesia the parliament voted to begin impeachment proceedings against Pres. Wahid. Lawmakers called on a special assembly to end his 19-month tenure.
    (SFC, 5/31/01, p.A12)(WSJ, 5/31/01, p.A1)
2001        May 30, Libya flew troops and weapons to the Central African Republic to help Pres. Patasse to put down a coup attempt.
    (WSJ, 5/31/01, p.A1)
2001        May 30, In Russia Pres. Putin ousted the head Gazprom and installed an ally to head the natural gas monopoly.
    (WSJ, 5/31/01, p.A1)

2002        May 30, Attorney General John Ashcroft issued new terror-fighting guidelines allowing FBI agents to visit Internet sites, libraries, churches and political organizations as part of an effort to pre-empt terrorist strikes.
    (AP, 5/30/03)
2002        May 30, In NYC a solemn, wordless ceremony was held to mark the end of the cleanup at the World Trade Center site.
    (SFC, 5/31/02, p.A1)(AP, 5/30/03)
2002        May 30, In Oregon 3 of 9 hikers were killed while climbing Mt. Hood. A Pave Hawk rescue helicopter crashed in an attempt to rescue the climbers.
    (WSJ, 5/31/02, p.A1)(SFC, 5/31/02, p.A1)
2002        May 30, In Algeria legislative elections for the 380-seat parliament were held. 2 key parties planned to boycott as did many ethnic Berbers of the Kabylia region. Islamic militants massacred 23 nomads. Berber riots took place. The national Liberation Front of PM Ali Benflis won 199 of 389 seats. The turnout was just 46%.
    (SFC, 5/30/02, p.A7)(SFC, 5/31/02, p.A12)(SFC, 6/1/02, p.A12)
2002        May 30, It was reported that China was embarking on a program to inoculate its poorest people against hepatitis. Half of the population was reported to have had the disease with 120 million long term carriers.
    (WSJ, 5/30/02, p.A1)
2002        May 30, In Greece civil servants staged a 1-day national strike to protest government welfare and tax reforms.
    (SSFC, 6/9/02, p.C11)
2002        May 30, In India violence resumed in Gujarat state. In Kadi a Muslim bus driver was dragged from his bus and burned alive and a Hindu man was killed in a bomb blast.
    (SFC, 5/31/02, p.A12)
2002        May 30, Israeli forces entered Nablus and raided Hebron and Jenin.
    (WSJ, 5/31/02, p.A1)
2002        May 30, It was reported that dynamite fishing in the Philippines has put the native coral reefs on the verge of collapse.
    (SFC, 5/30/02, p.A1)
2002        May 30, PLO leader Yasser Arafat signed the Basic Law package that granted his people basic rights and regulated government operations.
    (SFC, 5/31/02, p.A10)
2002        May 30, In Turkey police found the bodies of 19 suspected illegal immigrants who had apparently attempted to enter during the winter from Iran.
    (SFC, 5/31/02, p.A12)

2003        May 30, President Bush began a 6-nation tour in Krakow, Poland, and brought personal thanks to the country for standing up as a wartime ally in Iraq.
    (AP, 5/30/03)(SFC, 5/31/03, p.A14)
2003        May 30, The US government lowered the terrorist threat level from orange to yellow.
    (SFC, 5/31/03, p.A3)
2003        May 30, A rebel ambush and other attacks killed five Russian soldiers and wounded 11 others in and around the breakaway republic of Chechnya.
    (AP, 5/31/03)
2003        May 30, In Myanmar a pro-government drunken mob of some 3,000 ambushed a 400-person convoy carrying Aung San Suu Kyi and members of her National League for Democracy. At least 70 people were killed.
    (SFC, 6/12/03, p.A6)(SFC, 7/5/03, p.A16)
2003        May 30, In northern Spain a car bomb, allegedly placed by Basque separatists, exploded killing two police officers.
    (AP, 5/30/03)
2003        May 30, The U.N. Security Council unanimously authorized the deployment of a French-led international force in northeastern Congo, the scene of ethnic fighting.
    (AP, 5/30/04)

2004        May 30, Buddy Rice won the Indianapolis 500 in the rain.
    (AP, 5/30/05)
2004        May 30, In Hawaii lava from the Kilauea eruption, which began Jan. 3, 1983, reached the ocean for the first time in nearly a year on May 30.
    (AP, 6/12/04)
2004        May 30, Australians have been warned they face an environmental crisis unless they stop squandering scarce water resources in the world's most arid inhabited continent.
    (AFP, 5/30/04)
2004        May 30, In southwest China a landslide triggered by torrential rains buried a village in Guizhou province, killing 8 people.
    (AP, 6/1/04)
2004        May 30, Ousted Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide left Jamaica for South Africa, saying it would be his "temporary home" until he could return to Haiti.
    (AP, 5/30/05)
2004        May 30, An Israeli air strike killed Wael Nassar (38), a top Hamas commander, along with his assistant and a bystander in Gaza City.
    (SSFC, 5/30/04, p.A9)
2004        May 30, In Pakistan gunmen killed Mufti Nizamuddin Shamzai, a senior pro-Taliban cleric, sparking riots across Karachi city by thousands of his Sunni Muslim supporters who ransacked shops, banks and a police station.
    (AP, 5/30/04)
2004        May 30, Saudi commandos stormed the expatriate resort of Khobar to free up to 60 foreign hostages seized by Islamic militant gunmen who had attacked oil industry compounds, killing 22 people. Americans were among those killed and taken captive. 3 suspects escaped.
    (AP, 5/31/04)(WSJ, 6/1/04, p.A1)

2005        May 30, Quoting letters of the fallen from the war in Iraq, President Bush vowed to a Memorial Day audience at Arlington National Cemetery that America would honor its dead by striving for peace and democracy, no matter the cost.
    (AP, 5/30/06)
2005        May 30, Natalee Holloway disappeared on the last night of a trip to Aruba to celebrate her graduation from Alabama high school. On Jan 12, 2012, an Alabama judge declared Natalee dead.
    (AP, 6/3/05)(SFC, 1/13/12, p.A4)
2005        May 30, In Afghanistan Taliban militants claimed responsibility for a bicycle bomb aimed at a NATO-led vehicle which wounded at least 7 Afghans and a rocket which slammed into the peacekeeping force's base in Kabul.
    (AFP, 5/30/05)
2005        May 30, US-led warplanes and troops killed up to 9 suspected Taliban rebels after the militants launched 3 attacks in quick succession on Afghan and US-led coalition forces.
    (AFP, 5/31/05)
2005        May 30, In Graz, Austria, the body of a slain infant was found at an apartment complex. 3 more soon discovered: 2 stuffed in a basement freezer, one entombed in a paint bucket filled with concrete and one in a plastic bag beneath debris in a garden shed.
    (AP, 6/3/05)
2005        May 30, Miss Canada, Natalie Glebova, was crowned Miss Universe in the 54th annual pageant held in the Thai capital of Bangkok.
    (AP, 5/31/05)
2005        May 30, China scrapped concessions meant to avert a trade war with the US and Europe, withdrawing a plan to sharply increase export duties on Chinese-made textiles that are flooding foreign markets. The turnaround followed new import controls imposed by Washington and the EU, which China's commerce minister called a violation of WTO rules.
    (AP, 5/30/05)
2005        May 30, President Jacques Chirac began a widely expected government shakeup to save face at home as European Union officials worked to control damage after French voters rejected the EU's first constitution.
    (AP, 5/30/05)
2005        May 30, Germany's conservative opposition nominated Angela Merkel, a former chemistry researcher who entered politics during the collapse of communism, as its challenger to Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder.
    (AP, 5/30/05)
2005        May 30, Indonesia's first polio outbreak in a decade widened with two new cases reported, as the government kicked off a massive eradication campaign that aims to vaccinate 6.4 million children in one day.
    (AP, 5/30/05)
2005        May 30, In Iraq 2 suicide bombers blew themselves up in a crowd of police officers in Hilla, south of Baghdad, killing 31 people and wounding 108, while US forces mistakenly detained a Sunni political leader on the 2nd day of an Iraqi-led security sweep in the capital.
    (AP, 5/30/05)(SFC, 5/31/05, p.A1)
2005        May 30, In Iraq separate air crashes killed 4 American and 4 Italian troops.
    (AP, 5/31/05)
2005        May 30, The Israeli military targeted rocket launchers just before an attack was to be launched from northern Gaza, and two launchers were destroyed.
    (AP, 5/30/05)
2005        May 30, Officials in Lebanon announced that Saad Hariri, the son of assassinated former premier Rafik Hariri, had swept parliamentary elections in Beirut.
    (AP, 5/30/06)
2005        May 30, Nicaragua President Enrique Bolanos issued an emergency decree, allowing him to raise electricity prices as demanded by producers.
    (AP, 5/30/05)
2005        May 30, In Pakistan a blast ripped through a Shiite Muslim mosque in the southern city of Karachi, leaving at least 4 people dead, 3 of them the attackers, and a dozen injured in a suspected suicide bombing.
    (AP, 5/30/05)
2005        May 30-31, In Pakistan a mob angered by an al-Qaida-linked suicide bombing in a Shiite mosque set a KFC restaurant afire in overnight rioting, killing six employees and bringing the day's overall death toll to 11. Police in southern Pakistan later arrested eight Shiite Muslims for attacking the KFC restaurant.
    (AP, 5/31/05)(AP, 6/9/05)
2005        May 30, Russia agreed to begin withdrawing its troops from two Soviet-era bases in Georgia this year, resolving one of the most serious disputes between Moscow and its pro-Western neighbor.
    (AP, 5/30/05)

2006        May 30, Treasury Secretary John Snow resigned, allowing President Bush to nominate Goldman Sachs Chairman Henry M. Paulson Jr. (b.1946) as his replacement.
    (AP, 5/30/06)(WSJ, 5/31/06, p.A1)
2006        May 30, US Air Force Gen. Michael Hayden was sworn in as CIA director.
    (AP, 5/30/07)
2006        May 30, John Allen Muhammad was convicted of 6 Maryland sniper killings. He was already condemned to death in Virginia for his 2002 murder spree. On June 1 he was sentenced to 6 consecutive life terms without parole.
    (WSJ, 5/31/06, p.A1)(SFC, 6/2/06, p.A5)
2006        May 30, The FBI said it had found no trace of Jimmy Hoffa after digging up a suburban Detroit horse farm.
    (AP, 5/30/07)
2006        May 30, The Pentagon said that the Sunni Arab heart of the Iraqi insurgency seems likely to hold its strength the rest of the year, and some of its leaders are now collaborating with al-Qaida terrorists.
    (AP, 5/30/06)
2006        May 30, Actor Robert Sterling (88), who appeared in the ghostly 1950s comedy series "Topper," died in Los Angeles.
    (AP, 5/30/07)
2006        May 30, Afghanistan's parliament approved a nonbinding motion calling on the government to prosecute the US soldiers responsible for a deadly road crash that sparked the worst riots in Kabul in years.
    (AP, 5/31/06)
2006        May 30, A missionary group said more than one-quarter of Brazil's isolated Indian tribes face extinction unless the government defines their boundaries and gives them control of their land.
    (AP, 5/30/06)
2006        May 30, In Bulgaria more than 10,000 people protested in the streets of Sofia to demand changes in the government's economic and social policy, which they blame for the country's rising cost of living.
    (AP, 5/30/06)
2006        May 30, A nationwide protest by Chilean high school students demanding school reforms turned violent as police struggling to contain hundreds of raucous marchers opened fire with tear gas and water cannons. Some 600,000 pupils, backed by university students, teachers and many parents, walked out of classes.
    (AP, 5/30/06)(Econ, 6/3/06, p.35)
2006        May 30, In East Timor machete-wielding mobs torched homes and ransacked buildings in Dili as desperate residents scuffled over scarce food and the president said he was taking over "sole responsibility" for the country's national security.
    (AP, 5/30/06)
2006        May 30, In Gambia Lamin Cham, who works for the BBC's Africa service, was taken into custody by authorities as part of a government crackdown on a US-based Web site, Freedom Newspaper. Cham was released June 6. Authorities continued to hold 2 other journalists.
    (AP, 6/6/06)
2006        May 30, India's government threatened to fire hundreds of government doctors striking to protest an affirmative action plan for low-caste Hindus and said replacements would prop up crippled medical services.
    (AP, 5/30/06)
2006        May 30, Iran's foreign minister said that Tehran is ready to restart negotiations with the European Union on its nuclear program, but he ruled out direct talks with the US.
    (AP, 5/30/06)
2006        May 30, Iraq's prime minister held meetings aimed at finding new defense and interior ministers. A bomb hidden in a plastic bag detonated outside a bakery in east Baghdad, killing at least nine people and injuring 10. Car bombs targeting Shiite areas devastated a bustling outdoor market and an auto dealership, part of a relentless onslaught that killed 54 people and prompted the US to deploy more troops to combat insurgents in western Iraq.
    (AP, 5/30/06)(AP, 5/31/06)
2006        May 30, Israel launched its first ground military operation inside the Gaza Strip since it pulled out of the region nearly a year ago, killing three members of a Palestinian rocket squad and a policeman in a fierce battle.
    (AP, 5/30/06)
2006        May 30, In South Korea Daewoo Group founder Kim Woo-Choong (69) was sentenced to 10 years in prison for fraud and embezzlement relating to the collapse of the firm under 82 billion dollars of debt in one of the world's largest corporate failures. Kim Woo-Choong had admitted to accounting fraud and embezzlement worth over $30 million.
    (AFP, 5/30/06)(Econ, 9/27/08, SR p.9)
2006        May 30, Emirati authorities said Naji Nuaimi, an Emirati diplomat held hostage in Iraq since May 16, has been released without ransom.
    (AP, 5/30/06)

2007        May 30, US President George W. Bush officially nominated Robert Zoellick, the former US deputy secretary of state, to be new World Bank president, describing him as a "committed internationalist."
    (Reuters, 5/30/07)
2007        May 30, Robert Alan Soloway (27), described as one of the world's most prolific spammers, was arrested in Seattle, Wa. Federal authorities said computer users across the Web could notice a decrease in the amount of junk e-mail.
    (AP, 5/31/07)
2007        May 30, Microsoft introduced a computer designed like a table with a touch-screen called Surface. It was aimed for use in hotels and casinos.
    (WSJ, 5/30/07, p.B1)
2007        May 30, Motorola announced plans to cut 7,500 jobs and reduce costs by $1 billion through the end of this year and next. The company also announced that a shareholder proposal to have a say on executive pay passed by 51.8%.
    (WSJ, 5/31/07, p.A3)
2007        May 30, Global banking giant HSBC donated 50 million pounds (73.5 million euros, 98.8 million dollars) to set up a "green task force" to tackle climate change worldwide. HSBC teamed up with The Climate Group, Earthwatch Institute, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) and WWF to provide conservation managers and policy makers with the latest research.
    (AFP, 5/30/07)
2007        May 30, Mark Harris (b.1922 as Mark Harris Finkelstein), American author, died in Goleta, Ca. His 13 novels and 5 nonfiction books included “Bang The Drum Slowly" (1956), a baseball novel that he adopted for the 1973 movie of the same name.
    (SFC, 6/1/07, p.B9)
2007        May 30, A Saudi Arabian detainee died at Guantanamo Bay prison and the US military said he apparently committed suicide.
    (AP, 5/31/07)
2007        May 30, Afghan and US-led coalition forces clashed with Taliban militants in eastern Afghanistan, leaving six suspected insurgents dead and one wounded. A roadside bomb killed four policemen and wounded another in the southern province of Uruzgan. A CH-47 Chinook helicopter was shot down by Taliban militants in an attack that killed everyone on board, five US soldiers, a Canadian and a Briton. In western Farah province, insurgents attacked the Pusht Rod district, and ensuing clashes with police left 10 militants dead and 15 wounded.
    (AP, 5/30/07)(AP, 5/31/07)
2007        May 30, Afghanistan and Pakistan agreed to increase cooperation after meeting with Group of Eight foreign ministers amid concerns that enmity between the neighbors is helping the Taliban inflict mounting losses on NATO troops and Afghan civilians.
    (AP, 5/31/07)
2007        May 30, Ontario and California leaders said they will work together to develop new stem cell therapies to help conquer cancer, and will cooperate on curbing greenhouse gas emission.
    (Reuters, 5/31/07)
2007        May 30, In the northwest corner of Central African Republic soldiers set fire to hundreds of houses in retaliation for the killing of a local official by unidentified gunmen. The UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) estimates that about 420 children die each week, and that escalating conflict between the CAR government and rebel groups has forced some 212,000 people to flee their homes in recent years.
    (AFP, 6/4/07)
2007        May 30, Chinese stocks plunged after the government raised a tax on share trades, trying to cool a market boom amid growing concerns about a possible bubble. The stamp tax was tripled to 0.3%. The port city of Xiamen announced a decision to temporarily suspend construction of a petrochemical plant after nearly a million text messages were sent protesting its construction.
    (AP, 5/30/07)(WSJ, 5/31/07, p.A8)(Econ, 6/2/07, p.82)
2007        May 30, Cuba agreed to buy $118 million in US food products ranging from pork and corn to soybeans and Spam, and said it was negotiating deals that could bring the total to nearly $150 million.
    (AP, 5/30/07)
2007        May 30, Officials said one of the world's largest slums, a filthy shantytown in western India, will be razed and replaced with free homes for Mumbai's poor in a multi-billion dollar project by a private developer.
    (AP, 5/30/07)
2007        May 30, Indonesian marines shot and killed five people on Java island during a violent protest over a plot of land allegedly owned by the force.
    (AP, 5/30/07)
2007        May 30, Iranian troops killed 10 militants in ongoing clashes in the country's northwest, near the border with Turkey.
    (AP, 5/30/07)
2007        May 30, Hundreds of Iraqi and US troops cordoned off sections of Baghdad's Sadr City slum and conducted a series of raids after five British citizens were abducted from a nearby government building. 2 civilians were killed and four others injured in crossfire from gunbattles that broke out in one of the raids. Several mortar rounds apparently targeting an American military base in Fallujah missed their mark and landed instead on a courthouse and in a residential neighborhood, killing 9 civilians and wounding 15 others. A police commander's convoy was struck by a roadside bomb in Hamzah, south of Baghdad, killing two guards and injuring two others. Gunmen in 3 cars ambushed 3 soldiers who had stopped to drink orange juice in the center of Karbala, and stole the nearly $396,000 in salaries they were transporting to their unit. In Amarah gunmen mowed down Nazar Abdul-Wahid (33), an Iraqi journalist, as he stood on a city street. Over 25 people were killed across Iraq and the bodies of 25 men, all shot to death, were found in different parts of Baghdad. 3 US soldiers were killed in a roadside bombings in Baghdad.
    (AP, 5/30/07)(AP, 5/31/07)(SFC, 5/31/07, p.A12)(AP, 6/2/07)
2007        May 30, A group of internationally renowned Israeli authors and university presidents demanded that Israel grant Palestinian students from the Gaza Strip free movement to superior universities in the West Bank.
    (AP, 5/31/07)
2007        May 30, Medical officials in Kyrgyzstan confirmed that PM Almazbek Atambayev was poisoned after receiving death threats but said they have not yet identified the toxin.
    (AP, 5/30/07)
2007        May 30, A UN resolution gave the Lebanese parliament a last chance to establish a tribunal to prosecute the killers of former PM Rafik Hariri. If it doesn't act by June 10, the UN decision will automatically "enter into force." A military judge filed terrorism charges against 20 suspected members of an Islamic militant group fighting Lebanese troops at a Palestinian refugee camp.
    (AP, 5/31/07)
2007        May 30, Malaysia's top civil court rejected a woman's appeal to be recognized as a Christian, in a landmark case that tested the limits of religious freedom in this moderate Islamic country. A three-judge Federal Court panel ruled by a 2-1 majority that only the Islamic Shariah Court has the power to allow her to remove the word "Islam" from the religion category on her government identity card. Judge Richard Malanjum, the only non-Muslim on the panel, sided with Lina Joy, saying it was "unreasonable" to ask her to turn to the Shariah Court because she could face criminal prosecution there.
    (AP, 5/30/07)
2007        May 30, Moroccans were able to access the video sharing Web site YouTube for the first time since access was blocked last week.
    (AP, 5/30/07)
2007        May 30, In Nepal some 10,000 Bhutanese refugees demonstrated at the India-Nepal border, where a day earlier Indian troops had opened fire, killing one refugee.
    (AP, 5/30/07)
2007        May 30, It was reported that  coffee shops licensed to sell marijuana in the southern Dutch city of Maastricht will begin fingerprinting customers and scanning their IDs this summer to help prove they're following rules governing such sales.
    (AP, 5/30/07)
2007        May 30, In southern Nigeria 4 American oil workers abducted three weeks ago were released.
    (AP, 5/30/07)
2007        May 30, In Pakistan a court sentenced Younis Masih (29), a Christian, to death under Pakistan's blasphemy laws. Masih was arrested in Sep 2005 on the outskirts of the eastern city of Lahore after residents told police he made derogatory remarks against Islam and Muhammad. Masih has said that dozens of Muslims had thrashed him on Sept. 10, 2005, when he asked them not to sing loudly because his nephew had died, and his body was still lying at home.
    (AP, 6/1/07)
2007        May 30, Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade, host of the Islamic Development Bank’s annual meeting, spoke on behalf of the bank’s launch of a $10 billion fund to combat poverty in developing Muslim nations in Africa and other parts of the world. Saudi Arabia pledged to contribute $1 billion, Kuwait $300 million, Iran $100 million and Senegal $10 million.
    (AP, 5/30/07)
2007        May 30, Outgoing British PM Tony Blair arrived in the small west African nation of Sierra Leone on the second leg of a three-nation African tour.
    (AP, 5/30/07)
2007        May 30, In Somalia Ethiopian troops shot and killed five bystanders after a land mine exploded as their convoy passed through the center of a western Somali town.
    (AP, 5/30/07)
2007        May 30, Two senior officials with Thailand's Thai Rak Thai (TRT) party were found guilty of election fraud in a ruling that could doom the political powerhouse founded by ousted PM Thaksin Shinawatra. A court disbanded the political party of Shinawatra, barring him and 110 party executives from politics for five years due to election law violations.
    (AFP, 5/30/07)(AP, 5/31/07)
2007        May 30, Turkish police captured 11 suspected al-Qaida militants who allegedly were planning to stage terrorist attacks in Istanbul.
    (AP, 5/30/07)
2007        May 30, In Venezuela a top opponent of President Hugo Chavez demanded the release of jailed protesters as university students poured into the streets for a third day to protest the removal of a leading opposition TV station from the air.
    (AP, 5/30/07)

2008        May 30, The US State Department said the US and Libya have agreed to try to resolve compensation claims from the 1988 Lockerbie bombing and other incidents Washington views as acts of terrorism by Libya.
    (AP, 5/31/08)
2008        May 30, In Florida 2 veteran police officers were charged with providing protection for purported shipments of cocaine and stolen goods in what was actually an undercover FBI operation.
    (AP, 5/30/08)
2008        May 30, A jury in Syracuse, NY, found Hewlett-Packard guilty of infringing a patent for data processing held by Cornell Univ. and ordered the company to pay Cornell $184 million.
    (SFC, 6/4/08, p.C5)
2008        May 30, A construction crane collapsed on New York's Upper East Side, smashing into a 23-story apartment building before crashing onto the street below and killing two workers.
    (AP, 5/30/08)(SFC, 5/31/08, p.A3)
2008        May 30, Afghan forces recaptured Bakwa, a remote district in the southwestern province of Farah, which was captured eight months ago. Authorities said they have killed more than 100 Taliban-linked militants in the operation. 
    (AFP, 5/31/08)
2008        May 30, Agathon Rwasa, the exiled leader of Burundi's last rebel group, returned to the capital to begin implementing a stalled deal seen as the final obstacle to peace in the tiny central African country.
    (Reuters, 5/30/08)
2008        May 30, In Honduras a Grupo Taca Airbus A320 overshot a runway and raced onto a busy street in Tegucigalpa, killing the pilot, two passengers and a motorist on the ground. At least 65 people were injured.
    (AP, 5/31/08)
2008        May 30, In India police fired on protesters from one of the lower castes in western Rajasthan, killing two people and bringing the death toll to 43 after a week of violence.
    (AP, 5/30/08)
2008        May 30, Diplomats from 111 nations, meeting in Ireland, formally adopted a landmark treaty banning cluster bombs after futile calls for participation by the weapons' biggest makers and users, particularly the United States. Participants planned to sign the treaty in the Oslo, Norway, in December. It would go into effect in mid-2009.
    (AP, 5/30/08)
2008        May 30, Tens of thousands of Shiites, meanwhile, took to the streets in Baghdad and other cities to protest plans for a long-term security agreement with the United States. The rallies after Friday prayer services were the first to follow a call by anti-US cleric Muqtada al-Sadr for weekly protests against the deal. The US military removed a trooper from duty for handed out coins promoting Christianity to Muslims in Fallujah.
    (AP, 5/30/08)
2008        May 30, Italy declared a state of emergency in the north of the country after flooding and mudslides left at least three people dead in heavy rains that also hit Belgium, Britain, France and Germany.
    (AFP, 5/30/08)
2008        May 30, In Japan participants closed a 3-day African development conference saying they aim to double rice production in Africa in 10 years and expand irrigated land by 20 percent in five years.
    (AP, 5/30/08)
2008        May 30, Jordan and France signed an agreement to help the Arab kingdom develop its nuclear energy program.
    (AP, 5/30/08)
2008        May 30, Myanmar's ruling junta lashed out at foreign aid donors, saying cyclone victims did not need supplies of "chocolate bars" and could instead survive by eating frogs and fish.
    (AFP, 5/30/08)
2008        May 30, Tropical Storm Alma weakened to a tropical depression after slamming into Nicaragua's coast the day before, forcing tens of thousand of people to evacuate and flooding low-lying areas before pushing into neighboring Honduras.
    (AP, 5/30/08)
2008        May 30, Palestinian doctors said Israel troops opened fire and wounded 7 Palestinians in a demonstration at a crossing into Israel.
    (AP, 5/30/08)
2008        May 30, Sri Lanka’s Tigers repelled an army advance into rebel-held areas of Vavuniya and Mannar, killing 31 troops and wounding at least 52 in several clashes according to The rebels condemned government moves to devolve more power to the north and east
    (AFP, 5/31/08)
2008        May 30, In Yemen a gunman opened fire in a mosque in a predominantly Shiite northern town, killing at least 8 worshippers and wounding dozens. Police detained the attacker.
    (AP, 5/30/08)
2008        May 30, Zimbabwe’s opposition declared itself the new ruling party and convened what if called a session of Parliament.
    (WSJ, 5/31/08, p.A1)

2009        May 30, In Arizona a home invasion in rural Arivaca left Brisenia Flores (9) and her father Raul Flores Jr., dead. In June 3 people were arrested for the murders. Two of the people arrested headed up a splinter Minuteman group, and were looking for drugs and money to fund their efforts to keep illegal immigrants and drug runners out of the country. On Feb 14, 2011, Shawna Forde, head of the Minutemen American Defense group, was found guilty of murder. On Feb 22 a jury sentenced her to death.
    (SFC, 2/15/11, p.A10)(Econ, 3/5/11, p.38)
2009        May 30, In western Afghanistan an overnight battle in a militant-controlled region of Badgis province killed 30 insurgents and nine Afghan soldiers, while a roadside bomb in northern Kunduz province wounded an Afghan governor. A militant attack on a police checkpoint in Farah province killed four police.
    (AP, 5/30/09)(AP, 5/31/09)
2009        May 30, Susan Boyle (48), Scottish singing sensation, was been beaten in the televised finals of "Britain's Got Talent," by the street dance group "Diversity," who jumped, kicked and shook their way to victory against her. "Diversity" mesmerized audiences with a frenetic but perfectly choreographed dance routine.
    (AP, 5/31/09)
2009        May 30, Michelle Samaraweera (35) was rape and murdered in Walthamstow, England. On July 4, 2009, Aman Vyas (26), a suspect in her murder and other sexual assaults, was arrested at Indira Gandhi International Airport just before he boarded a flight for Thailand.
    (AP, 7/5/11)(
2009        May 30, It was reported that some 135 gangs in Vancouver, Canada, were believed to fighting over drug business estimated at US$6.2 billion a year.
    (Econ, 5/30/09, p.38)
2009        May 30, In southwest China 25 miners were killed and 20 trapped by a gas explosion at the Tonghua Coal Mine in Anwen town, Chongqing municipality.
    (AFP, 5/30/09)
2009        May 30, In Colombia 3 computers were seized in the Bogota home of a Adela Perez (36), a suspected FARC operative. One computer, finally decrypted in July, contained an hour-long video that appeared to confirm that Colombia's largest rebel army gave money to the 2006 election campaign of President Rafael Correa of Ecuador.
    (AP, 7/17/09)
2009        May 30, Cuba agreed to resume negotiations with the US over immigration and mail service between the two countries. Cuba also expressed a willingness to cooperate with the US on fighting terrorism and drug trafficking, and on hurricane disaster preparedness.
    (AP, 5/31/09)
2009        May 30, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said General Motors Corp. will sell its Opel unit and other European assets to Canada's Magna International Inc. in a deal that would protect the assets from GM's likely bankruptcy.
    (AP, 5/30/09)
2009        May 30, In Paris a man, wearing a suit and a hat, walked into the Chopard jewelry boutique on the chic Place Vendome. He threatened employees with a gun and, minutes later, walked calmly out of the store with loot worth up to euro6.5 million. A suspect (52) was detained in the Belgian port city of Antwerp in mid-July at the request of French justice authorities. He was extradited to France several weeks later and put in custody here.
    (AP, 8/10/09)
2009        May 30, In Iran 3 people convicted of involvement in the May 28 mosque bombing in Zahedan were hanged. The men, identified as Haji Nouti Zehi, Gholam Rasoul Shahoo Zehi and Zabihollah Naroui, were also involved in several other bombings including a bus attack in March, 2006, that left 21 dead. Jundallah or God's Brigade, a Sunni militant group believed to have links with al-Qaida, claimed responsibility for the attack. The group is composed of Sunni Muslims from the Baluchi ethnic minority who have been fighting a low level insurgency in southeastern Iran for years.
    (AP, 5/30/09)
2009        May 30, Iraq's former trade minister, Abdul-Falah al-Sudani, wanted on a corruption charge was arrested at the Baghdad airport after attempting to leave the country. The minister's brothers are accused of having skimmed millions of dollars in kickbacks on food imports. One of them is in custody after attempting to flee the country while the other is still at large. A man purporting to be Abu Omar al-Baghdadi, the head of the Islamic State of Iraq, issued a 40-minute tape that was posted on militant Web sites.
    (AP, 5/30/09)(AP, 6/1/09)
2009        May 30, Ephraim Katzir (b.1916), Israel's 4th president (1973-1978), died. He was an internationally recognized biophysicist and a founder of Israel's renowned Weizmann Institute of Science, where he headed its biophysics department. His work on synthetic protein models deepened understanding of the genetic code and immune responses. Katzir was awarded the Israel Prize, the country's highest honor, in 1959 for his contribution to the natural sciences. He received the Japan Prize in 1985 for his work on immobilized enzymes used in oral antibiotics.
    (AP, 5/30/09)
2009        May 30, In Indian Kashmir massive protests and clashes erupted after the bodies of two young women were found amid claims that they were raped and murdered by Indian soldiers.
    (AP, 5/30/09)
2009        May 30, Lebanon charged four people with collaborating with Israel, raising to 23 the number of suspected spies who have been charged in the last few months.
    (AP, 5/31/09)
2009        May 30, In Mexico two gunmen died in a clash with soldiers in Michaocan. The gunmen opened fire on soldiers on patrol in the village of Moreno de Valencia. Soldiers found a Kalashnikov rifle, a shotgun, a handgun and a grenade inside the gunmen's sport utility vehicle.
    (AP, 6/1/09)
2009        May 30, A Pakistani army spokesman said troops have retaken Mingora, the largest town in the Swat Valley from the Taliban, though they were still meeting pockets of resistance from fighters on the outskirts of the town. 25 militants and seven soldiers were killed in clashes in South Waziristan near the Afghan border, a bolt-hole for Taliban and Al-Qaeda-linked militants south of the current army bombardment.
    (AP, 5/30/09)(AP, 5/31/09)
2009        May 30, In the central Philippines communist rebels threw two grenades at army troops helping treat villagers, killing two soldiers and a civilian who covered a child with his body during the attack in Northern Samar province.
    (AP, 5/31/09)
2009        May 30, Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk indicated that Gulf capital was behind the consortium which bought two of Poland's three historic shipyards this week.
    (AFP, 5/30/09)
2009        May 30, Taiwan officials said they had confiscated nearly 18,000 cases of Red Bull imported from Austria after finding traces of cocaine. On June 1 Hong Kong officials reported founding traces of cocaine in Red Bull cans. Red Bull moved quickly to deny the findings and said independent tests on the same batch of drinks had found no traces of cocaine.
    (AP, 6/2/09)
2009        May 30, In South Africa 55 pilot whales beached near Cape Point, prompting a massive rescue operation. The rescue efforts failed and 44 of the whales were shot to end their suffering. The rest died of stress and organ failure.
    (AP, 5/30/09)(AP, 5/31/09)
2009        May 30, Former Sudanese President Gaafar al-Nimeiry (b.1930) died after a period of illness. He took power in a coup in 1969 and brought Islamic rule to Sudan. He spent 16 stormy years as Sudan's leader until he was ousted in April 1985 by a military coup and granted political asylum in Egypt.
    (Reuters, 5/30/09)
2009        May 30, Zimbabwe’s PM Morgan Tsvangirai said that his efforts to restore democratic freedoms and the rule of law to Zimbabwe have so far failed. Tsvangirai urged southern African leaders to help resolve a deadlock over the appointments of the country's bank chief and attorney general. The national statistical agency said Zimbabwe had recorded a minus 1.1 percent inflation rate in April, a slower fall than March, after scrapping its worthless currency to combat world record prices.
    (AP, 5/30/09)(AFP, 5/30/09)

2010        May 30, With BP declaring failure in its latest attempt to plug the uncontrolled gusher feeding the worst oil spill in US history, the company is turning to yet another mix of risky undersea robot maneuvers and long shot odds to keep crude from flowing into the Gulf. White House energy czar Carol Browner said oil might keep leaking into the Gulf of Mexico for months until relief wells are completed.
    (AP, 5/30/10)
2010        May 30, In Indianapolis Marco Andretti earned his first podium finish of the season at the Indy 500 following an extensive video review that showed three cars illegally passed the 23-year-old under caution in the race's final yards.
    (AP, 5/30/10)
2010        May 30, Peter Orlovsky (76), poet and partner of Allen Ginsberg, died in Vermont.
    (SFC, 6/3/10, p.C5)
2010        May 30, In Afghanistan a roadside bomb struck a police patrol in remote northeastern Badakhshan province, killing 7 officers. NATO helicopters raided a militant hideout in Panjwayi district, killing up to 8 insurgents. A local farmer at the Kandahar city hospital said that the strike had injured 4 civilians, including his father. Elsewhere in Kandahar, Afghan men evacuating wounded relatives said NATO helicopters struck their mudbrick homes, killing one and injuring 4 others. Gen. Stanley McChrystal, commander of NATO and US forces, stressed that progress toward real stability in Afghanistan will be slow as international troops painstakingly try to win over a population that includes its enemies and has little trust in the government. In Khost province men using rocket-propelled grenades and bombs blew up a barely completed school built with int’l. aid at a cost of $220,000.
    (AFP, 5/30/10)(SFC, 5/31/10, p.A3)
2010        May 30, Algeria's President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, amid a growing corruption scandal, fired the CEO and all top managers at Sonatrach, the state-owned oil firm that dominates the North African country's economy.
    (AP, 5/31/10)
2010        May 30, Bangladesh said it has blocked the popular social networking website Facebook over a page that urges people to draw images of Islam's prophet Muhammad.
    (AP, 5/30/10)
2010        May 30, British Airways cabin crew started a fresh five-day strike with little sign of a breakthrough in the long-running dispute between their union and the airline.
    (AFP, 5/30/10)
2010        May 30, In Cameroon at least 45 people died after a bus overturned in the West African nation during an overnight journey.
    (AP, 5/31/10)
2010        May 30, Authorities in Central America struggled to clear roads of debris and reach cut-off communities due to landslides and flooding triggered by Tropical Storm Agatha. The death toll rose to include 165 people in Guatemala; in Honduras at least 18 deaths were linked to the storm; El Salvador President Mauricio Funes warned that the danger had not yet passed and reported 10 deaths.
    (AP, 5/30/10)(AP, 5/31/10)(AP, 6/1/10)(AP, 6/2/10)(AP, 6/6/10)(AP, 6/16/10)
2010        May 30, China's security and judicial authorities, embarrassed by a murder victim who turned up a decade after his "killer" was convicted, issued rules to make it harder to convict suspects based on confessions secured under duress. Authorities said such evidence would be thrown out in death penalty cases that are under appeal.
    (AP, 5/30/10)(AP, 5/31/10)
2010        May 30, Colombia held presidential elections. Juan Manuel Santos (58), who helped craft the wildly popular security policies of outgoing President Alvaro Uribe, won 47 percent of the vote to top a field of nine candidates. Antanas Mockus (58), the son of Lithuanian immigrants who stressed clean government and promised a tax increase, got 22 percent. A former two-time mayor of the Colombian capital, he catapulted into contention in pre-election polls only to falter at the ballot box. A run-off was set for June 20. Insurgents killed 10 policemen and soldiers on election day.
    (AP, 5/30/10)(AP, 5/31/10)(Econ, 6/5/10, p.43)(Econ, 6/26/10, p.39)
2010        May 30, Voters in Georgia chose local leaders in the first ballot since President Mikhail Saakashvili led the country into a disastrous war with neighboring Russia nearly two years ago. Candidates from President Saakashvili's party dominated local elections, according to preliminary results.
    (AP, 5/30/10)(AP, 5/31/10)
2010        May 30, In India at least 30 people, including 10 children, were burnt alive when a bus bound for the southern city of Bangalore ploughed into a roadblock and caught fire.
    (AFP, 5/30/10)
2010        May 30, In Japan a small party decided to leave PM Yukio Hatoyama's ruling coalition over his broken campaign promise to move a US Marine base off Okinawa island, as he faced calls Sunday to resign and dim prospects in upcoming elections.
    (AP, 5/30/10)  
2010        May 30, In Kosovo riot police used tear gas and pepper spray to separate hundreds of ethnic Albanian protesters and Serbs voting in local Serbian elections in the tensely divided town of Mitrovica.
    (AP, 5/30/10)
2010        May 30, In Montenegro Ivan Vracar allegedly pulled a pistol on him and killed Dragan Dudic, the owner of the Maximus disco and other enterprises. Dudic was being investigated in connection with money laundering and was a close associate of Darko Saric, a man on the run and who is accused of being the kingpin of a major drug smuggling gang.
    (, 9/11/10, p.63)
2010        May 30, In northern Nigeria a chlorine gas leak led 300 people to fall ill after a welder cut into a tank of the noxious gas in Kaduna.
    (AP, 5/30/10)
2010        May 30, In Pakistan fighter jets pounded militant hide-outs in the northwest, killing 18 suspected fighters. Militants in the neighboring Kurram tribal area opened fire on a passenger vehicle, killing two women and wounding four other people.
    (AP, 5/30/10)
2010        May 30, Hundreds of pro-Palestinian activists set sail for the Gaza Strip from international waters off the coast of Cyprus, edging closer to an expected naval showdown with Israeli gunships determined to stop them.
    (AP, 5/30/10)
2010        May 30, In Peru Stephany Flores (21) was killed in a room at a Lima hotel where Joran van der Sloot (22), long suspected in the 2005 disappearance in Aruba of US teen Natalee Holloway, had been staying. Her body was found on June 2. Chilean police captured van der Sloot on June 3 as he was heading to the country's Pacific coast. On June 4 Van der Sloot was handcuffed and placed aboard a police Cessna 310 in the Chilean capital of Santiago for extradition to Peru. After 3 days in custody van der Sloot admitted to killing Flores.
    (AP, 6/3/10)(AP, 6/4/10)(AP, 6/8/10)
2010        May 30, Sudan’s President Omar al-Beshir dissolved the government four days after he was sworn in for a new term, ahead of the formation of a fresh cabinet line-up.
    (AFP, 5/30/10)

2011        May 30, Pres. Obama nominated Army Gen. Martin Dempsey as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
    (SFC, 5/31/11, p.A5)
2011        May 30, In western Afghanistan Taliban insurgents led by suicide bombers attacked an Italian military base and set off another explosion that left dozens wounded. 4 insurgents died. An Afghan policeman and four civilians were killed in the explosions in Herat. 4 NATO soldiers were killed in other parts of the country. NATO officials apologized for an airstrike on May 28 that inadvertently killed women and children, saying that they thought that only insurgents were inside the targeted compound when they ordered the strike. An Afghan soldier shot dead his Australian mentor in Uruzgan province. A night raid carried out by Afghan forces under NATO direction in the northern province of Balkh resulted in the arrest of a man believed to have taken part in the May 28 attack that killed two Afghan police officials and wounded a German general.
    (Reuters, 5/30/11)(AP, 5/30/11)(AP, 5/31/11)(AP, 6/1/11)
2011        May 30, Australian robots have begun talking to each other in a language of their own devising. Two "Lingodroids," developed by the University of Queensland, have picked up their shared language by playing location games that led them to construct a shared vocabulary for places, distances and directions.
    (Reuters, 5/30/11)
2011        May 30, European anti-trust regulators launched in-depth probes into proposed US takeovers of South Korean and Japanese businesses manufacturing computer hard disk drives (HDD). The planned acquisitions of the hard disk drive operations of South Korean electronics giant Samsung by Seagate Technology, and the storage business of Japan's Hitachi by Western Digital Corporation in a sector with just five manufacturers worldwide have raised concerns. Brussels officials have until October 10 to decide what action if any they will take.
    (AFP, 5/30/11)
2011        May 30, Germany's governing coalition said it will shut down all the country's nuclear power plants by 2022. The decision, prompted by Japan's nuclear disaster, will make Germany the first major industrialized nation to go nuclear-free in years.
    (AP, 5/30/11)
2011        May 30, India and Pakistan worked to reduce tensions in the world's highest battlefield, as their defense secretaries discussed ways to demilitarize the Siachen Glacier.
    (AP, 5/30/11)
2011        May 30, In India a would-be groom and several relatives going to a wedding were among the 28 people killed when a wooden bridge collapsed near Hayo, Assam state, and sent a bus crashing into a lake in the remote northeast.
    (AP, 5/31/11)
2011        May 30, Italian PM Silvio Berlusconi faced a stinging defeat in his northern stronghold of Milan. Local elections threatened to unbalance his fractious center-right coalition government. Berlusconi's candidates lost in major races like Milan and Naples, as did candidates of his ally the Northern League in northern cities like Novara where they have thrived.
    (Reuters, 5/30/11)(AP, 5/31/11)
2011        May 30, Humanitarian agencies active in Pakistan's northwest said they have been quietly told to prepare for up to 365,000 displaced people in advance of a military offensive against North Waziristan.
    (Reuters, 5/30/11)
2011        May 30, In the southern Philippines suspected Abu Sayyaf militants launched bomb attacks that wounded five army soldiers who were hunting them amid a crackdown on kidnappings.
    (AP, 5/31/11)
2011        May 30, Authorities in the Philippines detained 122 Vietnamese fishermen after seven boats were intercepted in Philippine waters.
    (AP, 5/30/11)
2011        May 30, Russia banned the import of all vegetables from Germany and Spain and warned the sanction could soon be applied to the rest of Europe because of the deadly E. coli bacteria scare. German officials suspect the deadly strain, which has already killed 12 people, may have come from organic cucumbers imported from Spain.
    (AFP, 5/30/11)
2011        May 30, In Somalia a suicide bomber in Mogadishu was shot at by AU forces and immediately blew up.
    (AP, 5/30/11)
2011        May 30, South Africa President Jacob Zuma arrived in Tripoli for talks on ending the Libyan conflict as NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen said Moamer Kadhafi's "reign of terror" was near its end. 5 generals, 2 colonels and a major announced they had defected from Kadhafi's forces, and said the regime's army was now at 20-percent capacity.
    (AFP, 5/30/11)(AFP, 5/31/11)
2011        May 30, A Spanish judge indicted 20 Salvadorans for the November 16, 1989, slaying of six Jesuit priests and two other people during the Central American country's civil war.
    (AP, 5/30/11) 
2011        May 30, In Sri Lanka police attacked workers protesting over proposed pension reforms in Katunayake, near the capital Colombo. The government had proposed taking over the provident fund savings of workers in the private sector and then paying them a smaller state pension in retirement. A man (22) was critically wounded at the protest and died on June 1.
    (AFP, 6/1/11)
2011        May 30, A UN human rights expert said gruesome new footage from the final days of Sri Lanka's civil war is authentic and proves war crimes took place there, challenging the government's claim that videos showing the army executing captured rebels in May 2009 are faked.
    (AP, 5/30/11)
2011        May 30, Syrian troops shelled the central town of Tabliseh, and for the first time in the two-month-old revolt against the president, residents armed with automatic rifles and rocket-propelled grenades put up fierce resistance. State media said four soldiers were killed. Two bodies were found in the area of Bab Amro cemetery, raising the death toll from the two-day crackdown in the country's turbulent heartland to 11.
    (AP, 5/30/11)
2011        May 30, In Venezuela Guillermo Torres (56), aka "Julian Conrado," a top commander for the FARC rebels, was captured in a collaboration between Colombia and Venezuela.
    (AP, 6/1/11)
2011        May 30, Yemeni warplanes carried out airstrikes on Zinjibar, a southern town seized by hundreds of Islamic militants over the weekend, as the political crisis surrounding the embattled president descended into more bloodshed. Shelling killed at least four of the fighters. 21 Yemeni soldiers were killed in the clashes in Zinjibar. Hundreds of soldiers from the Republican Guard stormed a protest camp in Taiz, firing on crowds and bulldozing a field hospital set up in anticipation of such an attack. Forces loyal to the embattled Yemeni president killed some 5o protesters as they dispersed a sit-in in Taiz.
    (AP, 5/30/11)(AFP, 5/30/11)(Reuters, 5/31/11)(Econ, 6/4/11, p.58)

2012        May 30, New Mexico’s Gila Wilderness blaze grew to over 170,000 acres, making it the biggest in state history.
    (SFC, 5/31/12, p.A9)
2012        May 30, In Seattle, Wa., Ian Lee Stawicki (40) shot dead 4 people at the Café Racer and then hijacked a car killing the driver, a mother of two. Stawicki, a man with mental problems, shot himself in the head as police closed in on him later in the afternoon.
    (SFC, 5/31/12, p.A8)(Econ, 6/9/12, p.38)
2012        May 30, A consortium of geneticists reported that they have decoded the genome of the tomato and that is has 31,760 genes, about 7,000 times more than human beings. They sequenced both the Heinz 1706 variety, used for ketchup, and its closest wild relative, Solanum pimpinellifolium, from the highlands of Peru.
    (SFC, 5/31/12, p.A10)
2012        May 30, In southern Afghanistan an insurgent attack and a homemade bomb killed two NATO service members. 3 district government employees were killed by a roadside bomb as they were traveling to work in eastern Nangarhar province's Deh Bala district.
    (AP, 5/30/12)
2012        May 30, Brazilian prosecutors said that they asked a court to force oil company Shell and the world's largest chemical company, BASF, to immediately pay $500 million into a compensation fund for hundreds of workers who may have been contaminated at an agricultural chemicals plant. The chemical plant at Paulinia operated from 1977 until it was closed in 2002. Shell originally owned it, but sold the operation to American Cyanamid in 1995. Germany-based BASF bought American Cyanamid in 2000 and took over the chemicals plant. At least 61 former workers at the plant have died in recent years.
    (AP, 5/30/12)
2012        May 30, Britain’s Supreme Court ruled that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange can be extradited to Sweden, but put his deportation on hold to give his lawyers a final chance to reopen the case.
    (AFP, 5/30/12)
2012        May 30, Sir Andrew Huxley (94), British neurophysiologist, died. In 1963 he shared a Nobel Prize with Alan Hodgkin and John Eccles.
    (Econ, 6/16/12, p.102)
2012        May 30, Canadian authorities issued a "Canada-wide arrest warrant" for porn actor Luca Rocco Magnotta (29), a suspect police have connected to a homicide and the mailings of two body parts from Montreal to Ottowa. Police suspected he killed Jun Lin (33), last seen on May 24. Police said Magnotta had dated Lin, filmed the murder and then fled to France. Magnotta was reported arrested in Berlin on Jun 4.
    (SFC, 5/31/12, p.A2)(AP, 6/1/12)(SFC, 6/2/12, p.A2)(Reuters, 6/4/12)
2012        May 30, In China a woman, identified as Rechok (33), set herself on fire outside a Buddhist monastery in an ethnically Tibetan region of western Sichuan province.
    (AP, 5/31/12)
2012        May 30, A Congolese military court slapped 13 officers with sentences ranging from two years to death for taking part in a mutiny in the east of the country.
    (AFP, 5/3o/12)
2012        May 30, Ecuadorans sued Chevron in Canada in an attempt to seize $18 billion in assets after the company refused to pay a verdict against it in Ecuador.
    (SFC, 5/31/12, p.A13)
2012        May 30, A senior Iranian military official said Iran's key oil industry was briefly affected by the powerful computer virus known as "Flame" that has unprecedented data-snatching capabilities and can eavesdrop on computer users.
    (AP, 5/30/12)
2012        May 30, In Egypt Hosni Mubarak's two sons were accused with insider trading in a new case. 7 others were also accused of conspiring to stealthily buy a controlling 80 percent stake in Al Watany Bank of Egypt without declaring their share to the stock market authority.
A criminal court convicted and sentenced to five years in prison a policeman for his part in the shooting death of 18 protesters on January 28, 2011, the bloodiest day of Egypt’s uprising.
    (AP, 5/31/12)
2012        May 30, Indonesian maids began returning to work in Malaysia three years after a ban was enforced because of numerous abuse cases. Fewer arrived than had been expected.
    (AFP, 6/3/12)
2012        May 30, Iranian media reported that female booth attendants at an international trade fair and shops selling men's ties have become targets in a strict crackdown by Tehran police on clothing deemed un-Islamic.
    (AFP, 5/30/12)
2012        May 30, Iraq kicked off a two-day auction of a dozen energy exploration blocks, but hopes that the sale would up reserves and boost its role as a key producer were dampened when just one deal was agreed with a consortium led by a Kuwaiti energy company.
    (AFP, 5/30/12)(AP, 5/30/12)
2012        May 30, Japan ordered the Syrian ambassador in Tokyo to leave the country because of concerns about violence against civilians.
    (AP, 5/30/12)
2012        May 30, Lesotho PM Pakalitha Mosisili resigned after his party failed to win a majority in parliamentary elections and the opposition united to oust him after 14 years in power.
    (AFP, 5/30/12)
2012        May 30, Mozambican police arrested a Vietnamese man at the main airport in Maputo as he tried to smuggle rhino horns out of the country. Doan Minh (41) had already made it past airport security screening when he was caught.
    (AFP, 5/31/12)
2012        May 30, In the Netherlands international judges sentenced former Liberian President Charles Taylor to 50 years in prison for atrocities in Sierra Leone during the 1990s.
    (AP, 5/30/12)(SFC, 5/31/12, p.A2)
2012        May 30, Qatar issued arrest orders for the owner of a fire-ravaged mall and four others as investigations widened into possible safety lapses during the May 28 blaze that killed 19 people, including 13 children.
    (AP, 5/30/12)
2012        May 30, In Moscow world chess champion Viswanathan Anand of India retained his title, beating Israeli challenger Boris Gelfand 2.5-1.5 in a rapid tiebreaker round of four games.
    (AP, 5/30/12)
2012        May 30, In northern Somalia's Puntland region at least six people, including three civilians, were killed when a roadside bomb exploded as security forces tried to defuse it.
    (AFP, 5/30/12)
2012        May 30, The Somali militant group al-Shabab threatened to bring down skyscrapers in Kenya within two weeks, a warning that followed a bomb attack in Nairobi's city center. Kenya naval forces bombarded the Somali town of Kismayo, a key stronghold of the Al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab. Ground troops attacked Afmadhow.
    (AP, 5/31/12)(SFC, 5/31/12, p.A2)
2012        May 30, Syrian activists said government troops shelled restive suburbs of Damascus and rebel-held areas in Homs. The monitoring mission said UN observers have discovered 13 bound corpses in Deir el-Zour province, many of them apparently shot execution-style.
    (AP, 5/30/12)
2012        May 30, Thai online editor Chiranuch Premchaiporn was handed a suspended jail term for failing to remove a comment critical of the revered monarchy on her website, prompting Google to issue a stark warning over Internet freedom.
    (AFP, 5/30/12)
2012        May 30, Tunisia’s PM Hamadi Jebali said Tunisians have lost patience with hardline Islamists sowing violence in the country, and authorities will deal firmly with any such groups "who believe they are charged by God to purify society."
    (AP, 5/31/12)
2012        May 30, Turkey said it has ordered Syrian diplomats to leave the country within 72 hours following the massacre of more than 100 civilians in Houla which has triggered global outrage.
    (AFP, 5/30/12)
2012        May 30, In Yemen government air and artillery strikes killed 20 al-Qaida-linked militants over the last 24 hours in the south of the country.
    (AFP, 5/30/12)(SFC, 5/31/12, p.A2)

2013        May 30, The US issued sanctions against Ashgar Mir-Hejazi, the deputy chief of staff of Iran’s Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, and 50 other Iranian government officials for alleged human rights abuses.
    (SFC, 5/31/13, p.A2)
2013        May 30, A New York court sentenced Iranian-born Manssor Arbabsiar, a former used car salesman from Texas, to 25 years in prison for plotting to kill the Saudi Arabian ambassador by bombing a Washington restaurant in 2011.
    (AP, 5/31/13)
2013        May 30, An Afghan official said intelligence agents have captured six militants with suicide vests and heavy weaponry who were planning a major attack in Kabul. A seventh alleged plotter was killed in the raid on a hideout in the capital.
    (AP, 5/30/13)
2013        May 30, Cuban blogger Yoani Sanchez returned to the island homeland that officially considers her a traitor, concluding a more than three-month globe-trotting tour that cemented her status as the most internationally recognizable face of Cuba's small dissident community.
    (AP, 5/30/13)
2013        May 30, El Salvador's Health Minister approved the C-section for a 22-year-old woman suffering from kidney failure and lupus, a day after the Supreme Court ruled that she could not have an abortion despite her lawyers' appeal that the pregnancy was life-threatening. Ultrasound images indicated that her fetus was developing with only a brain stem and was given no chance of surviving. The C-section was performed on June 3. Her baby girl, born without a brain, died within hours.
    (AP, 5/30/13)(AP, 6/3/13)(AP, 6/4/13)
2013        May 30, It was reported that Estonia, a country of 1.3 million people, gets more than 90% of its electricity needs from oil shale — by far the world's most shale-dependent country. A board member at Eesti Energia said the country has 100 years' experience working with oil shale.
    (AP, 5/30/13)
2013        May 30, The EU agreed to drastically reform its fishing policy, aiming to end decades of overfishing that has depleted many species in its Atlantic and Mediterranean waters.
    (AP, 5/30/13)
2013        May 30, In Iraq a series of bomb explosions in Baghdad, Mosul and Tal Afar killed at least 30 people and wounded dozens.
    (AP, 5/30/13)
2013        May 30, Israel's Housing Ministry said it has given the final go-ahead for the construction of 300 new homes in a Jewish settlement in east Jerusalem.
    (AP, 5/30/13)
2013        May 30, Moldova’s parliament approved Iurie Leanca, a former foreign minister, as the new prime minister. He vowed to move the country closer to Europe and fight endemic corruption and poverty.
    (SFC, 5/31/13, p.A2)
2013        May 30, Nigeria's House of Representatives voted to ban gay marriage and outlaw any groups actively supporting gay rights, endorsing a measure that also calls for 10-year prison sentences for any "public show" of affection by a same-sex couple.
    (AP, 5/30/13)
2013        May 30, The Pakistani military killed 19 militants in a late night battle for control of strategic mountain peaks in in the Para Chamkani area of Kurram tribal region and the Maidan area of Khyber tribal region.
    (AP, 5/31/13)
2013        May 30, In Portugal a 24-hour strike by Lisbon subway staff snarled rush-hour traffic, heralding a new spate of planned strikes against the bailed-out country's austerity policies.
    (AP, 5/30/13)
2013        May 30, Russian scientists said a perfectly preserved woolly mammoth carcass with liquid blood has been found on a remote Arctic island, fueling hopes of cloning the Ice Age animal.
    (AP, 5/30/13)
2013        May 30, Saudi Arabia reported that 3 more people have died from a new respiratory virus related to SARS, bringing the total number of deaths globally to 30.
    (AP, 5/30/13)
2013        May 30, The Int’l. Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) acquitted Jovica Stanisic, the former head of Serbia’s secret police, and his right hand man Franko Simatovic, ruling that they cannot be held responsible for crimes of special forces units in early 1990s.
    (Econ, 6/8/13, p.58)(
2013        May 30, Syrian President Bashar Assad said the regime has received the first shipment of sophisticated Russian anti-aircraft missiles, while the main Western-backed opposition group announced Thursday that it will not participate in peace talks — a double blow to international efforts to end the country's devastating civil war.
    (AP, 5/30/13)
2013        May 30, Ugandan police ended their occupation of the Daily Monitor newspaper after 10 days during which they looked for evidence against an army general accused of publicly discussing politics. The newspaper was allowed to operate again after its managers agreed not to publish stories that could spark insecurity or hatred.
    (AP, 5/30/13)

2014        May 30, Pres. Obama accepted the resignation of Eric Shinseki (71) from his position as Secretary of Veteran Affairs following ongoing issues of veteran care at VA medical centers.
    (SFC, 5/31/14, p.A5)
2014        May 30, In Kentucky James Schook (66), a former priest dying of cancer, was sentenced to 15 years in prison for carrying on a years-long sexual relationship with a teenage boy.
    (SFC, 5/31/14, p.A4)
2014        May 30, Abkhazia opposition leaders said they now held power, despite President Alexander Ankvab's refusal to quit after protesters stormed his headquarters.
    (Reuters, 5/30/14)
2014        May 30, Britain’s Office of National Statistics said prostitution and the import, manufacture and consumption of illegal drugs will be counted when making the quarterly calculations of the gross domestic product (GDP).
    (SFC, 5/31/14, p.A3)
2014        May 30, The Central African Republic's interim president Catherine Samba-Panza accused armed groups of seeking to destabilize her government, as two people were shot dead by Burundian peacekeepers in a second day of violent protests in Bangui. Thousands marched through the center of Bangui to demand the resignation of Catherine Samba-Panza and the withdrawal of the Burundian contingent of the African Union peacekeeping mission.
    (Reuters, 5/30/14)
2014        May 30, Egypt's state media reported that interim president Adly Mansour has revoked amnesties for 52 people pardoned in 2012-13 by ousted president Mohamed Mursi, including Islamists affiliated with the banned Muslim Brotherhood.
    (AP, 5/30/14)
2014        May 30, French police in Marseille arrested Mehdi Nemmouche (29) over the May 24 killings at a Belgian Jewish museum after he arrived on a bus from Amsterdam. Nemmouche had spent about a year in Syria and claimed responsibility for the shootings in a video.
    (Reuters, 6/1/14)
2014        May 30, An Iranian an opposition website, Kaleme, said an Iranian court last week sentenced eight people to jail terms ranging from seven to 20 years for crimes including anti-regime propaganda posted on Facebook.
    (AFP, 5/30/14)
2014        May 30, In Iran floods killed 3 women in the northeast. Emergency workers rescued 600 people from a neighboring region hit by a landslide in Golestan province.
    (AFP, 5/31/14)
2014        May 30, Jamaica's government said it is launching a $5 million welfare-to-work program that is expected to benefit some 2,000 people. The program will be implemented in the next two years. The island of 2.9 million people suffered a 16 percent unemployment rate with nearly 17 percent of the population below the poverty line.
    (AP, 5/31/14)
2014        May 30, Malawi police clashed with protesters demanding a recount of the disputed presidential elections. At least one protester was shot dead. Democratic Progressive Party leader Peter Mutharika was declared the winner of the disputed presidential election after defeating President Joyce Banda, who came in third.
    (AFP, 5/30/14)(Reuters, 5/30/14)(AFP, 5/30/14)
2014        May 30, In Mexico 19 people filed a criminal complaint alleging they were sexually abused by a now-suspended Mexican priest, and allege his archdiocese covered up the allegations for years. Mexico's Roman Catholic Church announced May 27 that the Vatican had stripped Eduardo Cordova of his clerical functions after investigations into allegations of the sexual abuse of a 16-year-old in 2012.
    (AP, 6/1/14)
2014        May 30, Pakistani police chopped off the left hands of two men accused of theft after they refused to confess to stealing electrical wire and mobile phones. Ghulam Mustafa (38) and Liaquat Ali (42) later said they were arrested eight days earlier after local people falsely accused them of stealing and handed them over to the police who beat and tortured them.
    (Reuters, 6/2/14)
2014        May 30, South Korean pop star Psy and his irrepressible "Gangnam Style" became the first YouTube video to surpass 2 billion views, crossing the mark around shortly before midnight EDT.
    (AP, 5/31/14)
2014        May 30, Spain's police arrested six members of a group that allegedly recruited jihadist militants to fight in Libya and Mali. The arrests took place in north African enclave city of Melilla.
    (AP, 5/30/14)
2014        May 30, The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said some 2,000 people have been killed since January in regime bombing of rebel-held areas of Aleppo city and nearby towns and villages.
    (AFP, 5/31/14)
2014        May 30, Ukraine told Russia a $786 million partial payment on a bill that Russia says could exceed $5 billion by next week was on its way to Moscow. That averted an immediate threat that Russia would stop supplying the former Soviet republic with gas if it fails to make advance payments.
    (Reuters, 5/31/14)
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