Return to home727 May 30,
Hubertus (72), bishop of Tongeren-Maastricht, saint, died.
1220 May 30, Alexander Nevski,
Russian ruler (1252-63), was born.
1381 May 30, English peasant
uprising began in Essex.
1416 May 30, Jerome of Prague
was burned as a heretic by the Church.
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,
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.
1536 May 30, English king Henry
VIII married Jane Seymour (wife #3).
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
(TL-MB, 1988, p.15)(AP, 5/30/97)(HN,
1588 May 30, Spanish Armada
under Medina-Sidonia departed Lisbon to invade England.
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
(SFC, 1/2/03, p.E11)(www.canterbury.co.uk)(Econ,
1640 May 30, Peter Paul Rubens
(b.1577), Flemish painter, died in Antwerp.
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
1808 May 30, Napoleon annexed
Tuscany and gave it seats in French Senate.
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).
1848 May 30, William Young patented the ice
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
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
(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)(www.historyplace.com/lincoln/kansas.htm)(ON, 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.
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.
1862 May 30, Battle of Front
1864 May 30, Battle of Bethesda
1866 May 30, Bederich Smetana's
Opera "The Bartered Bride" premiered in Prague.
1867 May 30, Arthur Vining Davis, American
industrialist, was born. His foundation later gave money to the
1868 May 30, Memorial Day began when two
women placed flowers on both Confederate and Union graves.
1876 May 30, Murad V succeeded
Abdul Aziz in the Ottoman House of Osman. His reign only lasted to
(Ot, 1993, xvii)
1879 May 30, Gilmore Garden in
NYC was renamed Madison Square Garden.
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.
1889 May 30, The brassiere was invented.
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.
1899 May 30, Wilbur Wright
(1867-1912), Ohio bicycle mechanic, wrote the Smithsonian
Institution and affirmed his belief that human flight was possible.
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
(SFEC, 12/26/99, p.W2)(SSFC, 1/12/03, p.M2)
1903 May 30, Countee Cullen,
American poet, was born.
1908 May 30, Hannes Alfvén,
Swedish, Nobel Prize-winning astrophysicist, was born.
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.
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."
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.
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
1916 May 30, Dr. Joseph W. Kennedy,
scientist, discoverer of plutonium, was born.
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.
1921 May 30, U.S. Navy transferred Teapot
Dome oil reserves to the Department of Interior.
1921 May 30, Salzburg, Austria,
voted to join Germany.
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.
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.
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.
1935 May 30, Babe Ruth in his
final game went hitless for Braves against Phillies.
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
1942 May 30, US aircraft
carrier Yorktown left Pearl Harbor.
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.
1943 May 30, American forces secured the
Aleutian island of Attu from the Japanese during World War II.
1943 May 30, Dr. Josef Mengele
arrived at Auschwitz as research assistant to Dr. Otmar Freiherr von
(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
(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
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
1951 May 30, Fernando Lugo,
elected president of Paraguay in 2008, was born in a village of the
San Pedro del parana district.
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.
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.
1958 May 30, Unidentified soldiers killed
in World War II and the Korean conflict were buried at Arlington
1959 May 30,
President-Generalissimo Alfredo Stroessner disbanded Paraguay's
parliament and established a dictatorship. Josef Mengele became a
citizen of Paraguay.
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,
1962 May 30, Benjamin Britten's
"War Requiem," premiered.
1964 May 30, Leo Szilard (66),
Hungarian-US nuclear physicist, died.
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.
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
(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.
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.
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.
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.
1982 May 30, Spain became NATO's 16th
member, the first country to enter the Western alliance since West
Germany in 1955.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
1989 May 30, Student demonstrators at
Tiananmen Square in Beijing erected a 33-foot statue they called the
"Goddess of Democracy."
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
(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
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.
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.
1993 May 30, Emerson Fittipaldi won the
77th Indianapolis 500, driving at an average speed of 157.2 mph.
1994 May 30, Mormon Church president Ezra
Taft Benson died in Salt Lake City at age 94.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
(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,
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.
1999 May 30, Kenny Brack won
the crash-marred Indianapolis 500, driving a car owned by racing
legend A.J. Foyt.
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.
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.
2000 May 30, Gordon “Tex"
Beneke, a singer and sax player with the Glenn Miller Orchestra,
died in Costa Mesa, California, at age 86.
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.
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
(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
(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.
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,
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
(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.
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.
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
2004 May 30, Buddy Rice won the
Indianapolis 500 in the rain.
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.
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
2004 May 30, In southwest China
a landslide triggered by torrential rains buried a village in
Guizhou province, killing 8 people.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2005 May 30, Miss Canada,
Natalie Glebova, was crowned Miss Universe in the 54th annual
pageant held in the Thai capital of Bangkok.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2005 May 30, Officials in
Lebanon announced that Saad Hariri, the son of assassinated former
premier Rafik Hariri, had swept parliamentary elections in Beirut.
2005 May 30, Nicaragua
President Enrique Bolanos issued an emergency decree, allowing him
to raise electricity prices as demanded by producers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2006 May 30, Actor Robert
Sterling (88), who appeared in the ghostly 1950s comedy series
"Topper," died in Los Angeles.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
(AP, 5/30/07)(WSJ, 5/31/07, p.A8)(Econ, 6/2/07,
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.
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.
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.
2007 May 30, Iranian troops
killed 10 militants in ongoing clashes in the country's northwest,
near the border with Turkey.
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,
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.
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
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.
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.
2007 May 30, Moroccans were
able to access the video sharing Web site YouTube for the first time
since access was blocked last week.
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
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.
2007 May 30, In southern
Nigeria 4 American oil workers abducted three weeks ago were
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.
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.
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.
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
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
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
2008 May 30, Jordan and France
signed an agreement to help the Arab kingdom develop its nuclear
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.
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
2008 May 30, Palestinian
doctors said Israel troops opened fire and wounded 7 Palestinians in
a demonstration at a crossing into Israel.
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 Tamilnet.com. The rebels condemned government
moves to devolve more power to the north and east
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
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
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
(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.
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
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
(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.
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.
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
2010 May 30, In Cameroon at
least 45 people died after a bus overturned in the West African
nation during an overnight journey.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
2011 May 30, Pres. Obama
nominated Army Gen. Martin Dempsey as chairman of the Joint Chiefs
(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,
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
(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.
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.
2011 May 30, Authorities in the
Philippines detained 122 Vietnamese fishermen after seven boats were
intercepted in Philippine waters.
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.
2011 May 30, In Somalia a
suicide bomber in Mogadishu was shot at by AU forces and immediately
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
(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.
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.
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.
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,
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
2013 May 30, In Iraq a series
of bomb explosions in Baghdad, Mosul and Tal Afar killed at least 30
people and wounded dozens.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)(http://tinyurl.com/lq9cjgp)
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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