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1250        May 2, Toeransa, sultan of Egypt, was murdered.
    (MC, 5/2/02)

1459        May 2, Pierozzi Antoninus, Italian archbishop of Florence, saint, died.
    (MC, 5/2/02)

1497        May 2, John Cabot departed for North America. [see Jun 24]
    (MC, 5/2/02)

1519        May 2, Artist Leonardo da Vinci (67) died at the Chateau du Clos-Luce, France, where he had lived since 1516. In 1994 A. Richard Turner wrote "Inventing Leonardo," a history of Leonardo legends. In 2004 Bulent Atalay authored “Math and the Mona Lisa: The Art and Science of Leonardo da Vinci." In 2004 Charles Nicholl authored “Leonard da Vinci: The Flights of the Mind."
    (AP, 5/2/97)(NH, 5/97, p.58)(Econ, 5/15/04, p.80)(Econ, 12/11/04, p.81)(SSFC, 10/9/11, p.C6)

1536        May 2, King Henry VIII accused Anna Boleyn of adultery, incest, and treason. [see May 15, May 19]
    (MC, 5/2/02)

1551        May 2, William Camden, English historian (Brittania, Annales), was born.
    (MC, 5/2/02)

1598        May 2, Henry IV signed the Treaty of Vervins, ending Spain's interference in France.
    (HN, 5/2/98)

1601        May 2, Athanasius Kircher, German Jesuit, inventor (magic lantern), was born.
    (MC, 5/2/02)

1668        May 2, Peace of Aix-la-Chapelle ended the War of Devolution in France.
    (HN, 5/2/99)

1670        May 2, The Company of Adventurers of England Trading into Hudson Bay (the Hudson Bay Co.) was chartered by England's King Charles II to exploit the resources of the Hudson Bay area. By 2006 it had mutated into Canada’s largest non-food retailer.
    (AP, 5/2/97)(HN, 5/2/98)(AH, 4/01, p.36)(Econ, 2/4/06, p.36)

1729        May 2, Catherine the Great (d.1796), (Catherine II), empress (czarina) of Russia (1762-1796), was born. She succeeded her husband Peter III to the throne in 1762. "I am one of the people who love the why of things." [see Apr 21]
    (AP, 9/4/97)(HN, 5/2/99)(WSJ, 2/14/02, p.A18)

1776        May 2, France and Spain agreed to donate arms to American rebels.
    (HN, 5/2/98)

1797        May 2, A mutiny in the British navy spread from Spithead to the rest of the fleet.
    (HN, 5/2/99)

1798        May 2, The black General Toussaint L'ouverture forced British troops to agree to evacuate the port of Santo Domingo. After 5 years of fighting over 60% of 20,000 British troops were buried on St. Domingue.
    (HN, 5/2/99)(SFCM, 5/30/04, p.12)

1808        May 2, The citizens of Madrid rose up against Napoleon. It culminated in a fierce battle fought out in the Puerta del Sol, Madrid's central square. The Spanish were defeated, and during the night the French army lead by Grand Duke Joachim Murat slaughtered hundreds of citizens along the Prado promenade in reprisal.
    (HN, 5/2/98)(MC, 5/2/02)

1813        May 2, Napoleon defeated a Russian and Prussian army at Grossgorschen. During the Napoleonic Wars a British naval officer proposed the use of saturation bombing and chemical warfare.
    (HN, 5/2/98)

1833        May 2, Czar Nicholas banned the public sale of serfs.
    (MC, 5/2/02)

1837        May 2, Henry Martyn Roberts, parliamentarian (Robert's Rules of Order).
    (HN, 5/2/02)

1844        May 2, Elijah McCoy, black inventor, held over 50 patents, was born.
    (MC, 5/2/02)

1860        May 2, William Maddock Bayliss, British physiologist, co-discoverer of hormones, was born.
    (HN, 5/2/02)
1860        May 2, Theodor Herzl, journalist, founder (Zionist movement), was born in Austria.
    (MC, 5/2/02)

1863        May 2, The Confederates smashed Hooker's flank and won a smashing victory at Chancellorsville, Virginia. Confederate Gen’l. Stonewall Jackson was shot by friendly fire as he returned to his lines; he died eight days later. Captain J. Keith Boswell, an officer with Jackson, was also shot and killed.
    (HT, 3/97, p.48)(AP, 5/2/99)(HN, 5/2/99)

1865        May 2, President Johnson offered a $100,000 reward for the capture of Confederate President Jefferson Davis.
    (HN, 5/2/98)

1866        May 2, Jesse Lazear, American physician and researcher of yellow fever.
    (HN, 5/2/02)

1876        May 2, American civil engineer James Buchanan Eads hired the luxury steamer Grand Republic for her maiden voyage to carry investors and the press from New Orleans to the jetties at the mouth of the Mississippi to show off his work. The jetties were completed in 1880 and New Orleans went from being the nation’s 9th largest port to the 2nd largest.
    (ON, 10/09, p.8)

1877        May 2, Vernon Castle, ballroom dancer.
    (HN, 5/2/02)

1885        May 2, "Good Housekeeping" magazine was 1st published.
    (MC, 5/2/02)
1885        May 2, The Congo Free State was established by King Leopold II of Belgium.
    (HN, 5/2/98)

1886        May 2, Edouard Lockroy, French Minister of Culture, announced plans for a tower for the 1889 Paris exhibition and invited proposals for the project. The winning design was submitted by engineer Gustave Eiffel.
    (ON, 7/03, p.9)

1887        May 2, Hannibal W. Goodwin patented celluloid photographic film.
    (MC, 5/2/02)
1887        May 2, The remains of composer Gioachino Rossini (1792-1868), were transferred from Paris to Santa Croce, Florence.
    (MC, 5/2/02)

1890        May 2, The Oklahoma Territory was organized.
    (AP, 5/2/97) (HN, 5/2/98)

1892        May 2, Manfred von Richthofen (the Red Baron), was born. He was a German pilot and greatest ace of world War I with 80 planes to his credit.
    (HN, 5/2/99)

1895        May 2, Lorenz Milton Hart, lyricist, collaborator with Richard Rodgers.
    (HN, 5/2/02)

1902        May 2, "A Trip To The Moon," the 1st science fiction, was film released. The French film "Le Voyage Dans La Lune" (Voyage to the Moon) was a 14-minute silent film directed by Georges Melies. It displayed early efforts in trick photography to show a group of scientists traveling to the moon after being shot from a giant cannon.
    (WSJ, 3/19/98, p.R4)(MC, 5/2/02)

1903        May 2, Benjamin Spock, pediatrician, author and activist, was born. His book, "Common Sense of Baby and Child Care" sold 30 million copies.
    (HN, 5/2/99)

1908        May 2, The original version of the song "Take Me Out to the Ball Game," with music by Albert Von Tilzer and lyrics by Jack Norworth, was copyrighted by Von Tilzer's York Music Co. It sealed the popularity of Cracker Jacks, a popcorn candy.
    (AP, 5/2/08)(AH, 10/01, p.34)(WSJ, 3/22/08, p.W16)

1912        May 2, Axel Springer, German newspaper magnate, was born.
    (MC, 5/2/02)

1919        May 2, The first U.S. air passenger service started.
    (HN, 5/2/98)

1920        May 2, 1st game of National Negro Baseball League was played in Indianapolis.
    (MC, 5/2/02)

1921        May 2, Satyajit Ray, Indian film director (Aparajito, The World of Apu), was born.
    (HN, 5/2/02)

1923        May 2, Lieutenants Okaley Kelly and John Macready took off from New York for the West Coast on what would become the first successful nonstop transcontinental flight.
    (HN, 5/2/02)

1924        May 2, Theodore Bikel, Austrian-US folk singer, actor (Russians Are Coming), was born.
    (MC, 5/2/02)

1926        May 2, US military "intervened" in Nicaragua. [see May 3]
    (MC, 5/2/02)

1928        May 2, In Emeryville, Ca., a raid on a brewery next door to the home of Police Chief Ed. J. Carey uncovered 5,000 gallons of unbottled beer and 3,000 bottles of beer. Jimmy Reese, star 2nd baseman of the Oakland Coast League and son-ibn-law of Chief Carey, emerged from a cottage in front of the warehouse and demanded to know what the raid was about. Alameda Ct. DA Earl Warren filed a federal complaint against Carey.
    (SFC, 5/2/03, p.E3)

1932        May 2, Pulitzer prize was awarded to Pearl S. Buck for “The Good Earth."
    (MC, 5/2/02)
1932        May 2, Walter Duranty of the NY Times won a Pulitzer Prize for his series on the Soviet Union that contained uncritical praise of Joseph Stalin. In 2003 a historian argued, without success, that the prize should be revoked due to Duranty's deliberate failure to cover the forced famine in the Ukraine that killed millions of people. In 2004 David C. Engerman authored "Modernization from the Other Shore," an American view of the Soviet experience."
    (SFC, 10/23/03, p.A3)(SFC, 11/22/03, p.A3)(WSJ, 2/24/04, p.D8)
1932        May 2, Jack Benny's first radio show made its debut on the NBC Blue Network.
    (AP, 5/2/97)

1933        May 2, In Germany, Adolf Hitler banned trade unions.
    (MC, 5/2/02)

1934        May 2, Nazi Germany began "People's court."
    (MC, 5/2/02)
1934        May 2, In Germany a Chancellery meeting took place between Adolph Hitler and executives of General Motors Corp. and its German division (Opel). Opel quickly became an essential element in German rearmament.
    (SSFC, 1/7/07, p.E6)

1936        May 2, Michael Rabin, violinist (In Memorium), was born in NYC.
    (MC, 5/2/02)
1936        May 2, "Peter and the Wolf," a symphonic tale for children by Sergei Prokofiev, had its world premiere in Moscow.
    (AP, 5/2/97)
1936        May 2, With the Italian invasion Ethiopia’s Emp. Haile Selassie left for French Somaliland. He went into exile for 5 years during which time he was based in Bath, England.

1938        May 2, Pulitzer prize was awarded to Thornton Wilder (Our Town).
    (MC, 5/2/02)

1939        May 2, Baseball player Henry Louis Gehrig, “the Iron Horse," asked to be taken out of the NY Yankees starting lineup in a game where the Yanks beat Tigers 22-2. He had played 2,130 consecutive games. A few weeks later he was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral schlerosis, a fatal neuromuscular disease.
    (SFEC, 3/30/97, Par. p.2)(SFEC, 3/30/97, BR. p.10)(MC, 5/2/02)

1941        May 2, Martin Bormann succeeded Rudolf Hess as Hitler's deputy.
    (MC, 5/2/02)
1941        May 2, Hostilities broke out between British forces in Iraq and that country's pro-German faction under PM Rashid Ali. There was a pro-Axis coup led by the army. Quickly overthrown by British troops, a pro-British regime under PM Nuri al-Said was installed, declaring war on the Axis powers in 1943.
    (HN, 5/2/99)(HNQ, 6/20/99)(SFC, 9/24/02, p.A10)

1942        May 2, Admiral Chester J. Nimitz, convinced that the Japanese would attack Midway Island, visited the island to review its readiness.
    (HN, 5/2/99)
1942        May 2, Japanese troops occupied Mandalay Burma.
    (MC, 5/2/02)

1945        May 2, German Army in Italy surrendered.
    (MC, 5/2/02)
1945        May 2, The Soviet Union announced the fall of Berlin and the Allies announced the surrender of Nazi troops in Italy and parts of Austria. The Russians took Berlin after 12 days of fierce house-to-house fighting and General Weidling surrendered. Yevgeny Khaldei (d.1997 at 80), soldier-photographer, made pictures of Soviet soldiers hoisting the red flag over the Reichstag in Berlin.
    (HFA, '96, p.30)(AP, 5/2/97)(SFC, 10/11/97, p.A19)(HN, 5/2/98)(MC, 5/2/02)
1945        May 2, Yugoslav troops occupied Trieste.
    (MC, 5/2/02)

1946        May 2-1946 May 4, A 3-day siege at Alcatraz prison in San Francisco Bay ended after five people were killed. Six led by bank robber Bernard Paul Coy (46) inmates took 9 guards hostage. Inmate Joe Cretzer shot the 9 hostages but killed only one. He and 2 compeers were later shot and killed. 2 inmates were executed for their part and one served out a life sentence.
    (AP, 5/4/97)(SFC, 8/11/97, p.A12)(SFC, 4/12/14, p.C1)

1947        May 2, William Moulton Marston (b.1893), American psychologist, inventor and comic book writer, died. He created the character Wonder Woman, who made her debut in All Star Comics #8 in December 1941.

1949        May 2, Arthur Miller won Pulitzer Prize for "Death of a Salesman."
    (MC, 5/2/02)

1952        May 2, Christine Baranski, actress (Maryann-Cybill, Birdcage, Sweeney Todd), was born in Buffalo NY.
    (MC, 5/2/02)
1952         May 2, The British Overseas Aircraft Corporation (BOAC), the national British carrier, introduced the world’s 1st commercial jet airliner service. Initial flights took passengers from London to Johannesburg in South Africa, with stops. The British De Havilland Comet, the first commercial jetliner, was grounded later this year after a series of fatal crashes. Its flaws were fixed and the plane went on to deliver years of reliable service.
    (www.centennialofflight.gov/essay/Commercial_Aviation/Opening_of_Jet_era/Tran6.htm)(Econ, 1/19/13, p.65)

1955        May 2, Pulitzer prize was awarded to Tennessee Williams for Cat on Hot Tin Roof.
    (MC, 5/2/02)

1956        May 2, US Methodist church disallowed race separation.
    (MC, 5/2/02)

1957        May 2, Crime boss Frank Costello narrowly survived an attempt on his life in New York; the alleged gunman, Vincent "The Chin" Gigante, was acquitted at trial after Costello refused to identify him as the shooter.
    (AP, 5/2/07)
1957        May 2, Sen. Joseph R. McCarthy (48), the controversial Republican from Wisconsin, died at Bethesda Naval Hospital in Maryland. McCarthy drank himself to death.
    (AP, 5/2/97)(WSJ, 2/9/00, p.A26)

1960        May 2, Pulitzer prize was awarded to Alan Drury (Advice & Consent).
    (MC, 5/2/02)
1960        May 2, House investigating committee looked into payola questions.
    (MC, 5/2/02)
1960        May 2, Caryl Chessman (39), convicted sex offender and best-selling author, the Red Light Bandit," was executed at San Quentin Prison in California. He became a best-selling author while on death row. SFC crime reporter Bernice Davis (d.2002 at 97) later authored “Desperate and the Damned," an account of the Chessman case.
    (AP, 5/2/08)(SFC, 2/8/02, p.A25)(SFC, 4/20/02, p.A23)

1962        May 2, OAS struck in Algeria.
    (MC, 5/2/02)

1964        May 2, In Mississippi Charles Moore (19) and Henry Dee (19) were beaten and killed by local members of the Ku Klux Klan. Their mutilated bodies were later found in the Mississippi River while federal authorities searched for civil rights workers Goodman, Chaney and Schwerner. Charles Marcus Edwards and James Ford Seale were arrested for the crime, but neither was tried. In 2007 James Ford Seale (71) was arrested and charged with two counts of kidnapping and one count of conspiracy to commit kidnapping. In 2008 an appeals court ruled that the statue of limitations had expired overturning Seale’s conviction.
    (SFC, 7/15/05, p.A5)(AP, 1/25/07)(AP, 1/26/07)(www.msnbc.msn.com/id/26633038/)

1965        May 2, Intelsat 1, also known as the Early Bird satellite, was used to transmit television pictures across the Atlantic.
    (AP, 5/2/08)

1967        May 2, The Stockholm Vietnam Tribunal opened and continued to May 10. The formation of this investigative body immediately followed the 1966 publication of Bertrand Russell's book, “War Crimes in Vietnam." It condemned US aggression in Vietnam and Cambodia. A 2nd session of the tribunal was held at Roskilde, Denmark, Nov 20 – Dec 1, 1967.

1968        May 2, The US Army attacked Nhi Ha in South Vietnam and began a fourteen-day battle to wrestle it away from Vietnamese Communists.
    (HN, 5/2/99)

1969        May 2, Franz JHMM von Papen (b.1879), German chancellor (1932), died.

1970        May 2, Diane Crump became the 1st woman jockey at the Kentucky Derby.
1970        May 2, Student anti-war protesters at Ohio's Kent State University burned down the campus ROTC building. Ohio Governor James A. Rhodes ordered in the National Guard to take control of the campus.
    (HN, 5/2/98)(HNPD, 5/4/99)

1972        May 2, The play "That Championship Season" by Jason Miller (1939-2001) premiered in NYC off Broadway. A film version premiered in 1982.
1972        May 2, In Idaho a fire at the Sunshine Mine precipitated the death of 91 underground employees by smoke inhalation and/or carbon monoxide poisoning.
1972        May 2, J. Edgar Hoover (b.1895), head of the FBI (1924-72), died in Washington. Hoover had come to the forefront of federal law enforcement during the "Red Scare" of 1919 to 1920. The Watergate affair subsequently revealed that the FBI had illegally protected President Richard Nixon from investigation. Ronald Kessler later published "The FBI: Inside the World's Most Powerful Law Enforcement Agency."
    (AP, 5/2/97)(SFEC, 6/6/99, p.A19)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J._Edgar_Hoover)
1972        May 2, Camp Carroll was officially surrendered to the North Vietnamese and Viet Cong. This was the first major victory for the North Vietnamese Army during the Nguyen Hue Offensive. The Viet Cong's Provisional Revolutionary Government immediately imposed their authority in the province, as collective farms were set up and strict rules instilled by the Viet Cong were forced on the villagers.

1973        May 2, A New Jersey state trooper was killed in a gunbattle. Joanne Chesimard (b.1947), a Black Panther activist, was later found guilty in the killing and sentenced to prison. She escaped in 1979 and everntually made her way to Cuba, where she was granted asylum by Fidel Castro.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Assata_Shakur)(SFC, 12/22/14, p.A8)

1974        May 2, Former Vice President Spiro T. Agnew was disbarred by the Maryland Court of Appeals, effectively preventing him from practicing law anywhere in the United States.
    (AP, 5/2/97)

1980        May 2, Pope John Paul II arrived Kinshasa for the centennial of Catholicism in Zaire and the beginning of his African tour.
    (SFC, 7/18/97, p.A10)(http://eightiesclub.tripod.com/id99.htm)

1981        May 2, In California Joseph Azevedo (50) was found shot dead at his mobile home in Lancaster, LA County. On Nov 6, 2010, suspect David Winter (55), a long-haul truck driver, was arrested in Ohio.
    (http://tinyurl.com/4ekecdj)(SFC, 1/10/11, p.A4)
1981        May 2, In Savannah, Ga., Jim Williams shot and killed his younger, redneck boyfriend. Clint Eastwood based his 1997 film "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil" on this event.
    (SFC, 6/5/98, p.C14)

1982        May 2, A project to produce oil from shale rock in Colorado's Roan Plateau collapsed due to technical hurdles and falling oil prices. Exxon Mobil laid off 2,200 workers and cancelled its $5 billion Colony Oil Shale project near Parachute.
    (USAT, 3/5/04, p.6A)(Econ, 8/20/05, p.27)(SFC, 9/4/06, p.A8)
1982        May 2, In the Falklands War the Argentine cruiser General Belgrano was sunk by the British submarine Conqueror, killing 323 men. Lord Terence Thornton Lewin (d.1999 at 78), British military commander, was regarded as the one who persuaded Margaret Thatcher to order the sinking.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ARA_General_Belgrano)(SFC, 1/25/99, p.A20)

1983        May 2, A 6.4 earthquake injured 94 people in Coalinga, Ca., and caused an estimated $10 million in damages.

1985        May 2, US financial firm E.F. Hutton pleaded guilty to charges that that it carried out a large check-kiting scam.
    (WSJ, 10/15/05, p.B3)(http://my.econedlink.org/calendar.php?month=05)

1987        May 2, Alysheba won the 113th running of the Kentucky Derby to earn a record $618,600; Bet Twice came in second and Avies Copy was third.
    (AP, 5/2/97)

1988        May 2, Jackson Pollock's "Search" sold for $4,800,000.
1988        May 2, Cincinnati Reds baseball manager Pete Rose was suspended for 30 days by National League president A. Bartlett Giamatti, two days after Rose shoved an umpire during a game won by the New York Mets, 6-5. Giamatti died a week later. In 1998 his musings on baseball were published as “A Great and Glorious Game," ed. by Kenneth S. Robson.
    (AP, 5/2/98)(SFEC, 7/5/98, BR p.9)

1989        May 2, At a Baltimore gathering, physicists said they were persuaded that claims of "cold fusion" were based on nothing more than experimental errors by scientists in Utah.
    (AP, 5/2/99)

1990        May 2, David Rappaport (38), British 3'11' actor (Wizard, LA Law), committed suicide by gunshot in California.
1990        May 2, The government of South Africa and the African National Congress opened their first formal talks aimed at paving the way for more substantive negotiations on dismantling apartheid.
    (AP, 5/2/00)

1991        May 2, US, British, French and Dutch forces plunged 50 miles deeper into northern Iraq.
    (AP, 5/2/01)
1991        May 2, In his ninth encyclical, Pope John Paul the Second acknowledged the success of capitalism, but denounced the system for sometimes achieving results at the expense of the poor and of morality. Pope John Paul II put forth his encyclical “Centesimus Annus," on the dignity of the human person and the free economy in the free society. He pointed out that the main cause of the wealth of nations is knowledge, science, know-how, and discovery.
    (WSJ, 10/16/98, p.W13)(WSJ, 12/23/99, p.A18)(AP, 5/2/01)

1992        May 2, Los Angeles began to recover from rioting that had erupted in the wake of the Rodney King-taped beating acquittals; about 2,800 National Guard troops patrolled the city while 3,200 stood by.
    (AP, 5/2/97)
1992        May 2, Former US House Ways and Means Chairman Wilbur D. Mills died in Searcy, Ark., at age 82.
    (AP, 5/2/97)
1992        May 2, Ejup Ganic took over as Bosnia's acting president. Serbian prosecutors later alleged that Ganic personally commanded a series of attacks on illegal targets across Sarajevo, including an officers' club, a military hospital and what the Serbs describe as a medical convoy making its way out of town.
    (AP, 3/4/11)

1993        May 2, Authorities said they had recovered the remains of David Koresh from the burned-out Branch Davidian compound near Waco, Texas.
    (AP, 5/2/98)
1993        May 2, Julio Gallo (82), wine maker (Gallo), died in a car accident.
    (MC, 5/2/02)
1993        May 2, Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic approved a plan to end the Bosnian war. Four days later, the Bosnian Serb assembly rejected it.
    (AP, 5/2/98)

1994        May 2, A jury in Detroit acquitted Dr. Kevorkian of violating a 1992 law against assisted suicide.
    (SFC, 4/14/99, p.A3)(www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/kevorkian/chronology.html)
1994        May 2, Nelson Mandela claimed victory in the wake of South Africa's first democratic elections; President F.W. de Klerk acknowledged defeat.
    (AP, 5/2/98)

1995        May 2, President Clinton agreed to allow some 20,000 Cubans into the United States after months of detention at Guantanamo Bay, but said any more Cubans who fled their country would be forcibly repatriated.
    (AP, 5/2/00)
1995        May 2, A new scientific theory predicted an earthquake for the Central Valley of California to occur by July 9. It was estimated to be about 6.0 in magnitude but did not happen.
    (local newspaper San Luis Obispo, Ca.)
1995        May 2, Serb missiles exploded in the heart of Zagreb, killing six.

1996        May 2, By a 97-3 vote, the Senate passed an immigration bill to tighten border controls, make it tougher for illegal immigrants to get U.S. jobs and curtail legal immigrants' access to social services.
    (AP, 5/2/97)
1996        May 2, John Dylan Katz (16) was beaten up and put into a coma in Windsor, California. He was apparently wearing the wrong colors. Arrested for the assault were Dominque Marie Gaitan (22), and 3 17-year-old youths including a girl. A 5th suspect was being sought.
    (SFC, 5/16/96, p.A-13)
1996        May 2, Some 20,000 workers marched in Asuncion, Paraguay, demanding improved wages and working conditions. Police broke up groups of strikers and detained 16 union leaders.
    (SFC, 5/3/96, A-18)

1997        May 2, President Clinton and congressional Republicans came to terms on a plan to balance the budget over five years.
    (SFC, 5/3/97, p.A1)(AP, 5/2/98)
1997        May 2, A new national memorial honoring Pres. Franklin D. Roosevelt was officially opened in Washington, D.C., and was dedicated by Pres. Clinton
    (SFC, 5/3/97, p.A3)(AP, 5/2/98)
1997        May 2, In Texas Robert Scheidt surrendered to police and left behind 7 people of the Republic of Texas under the leadership of Richard McLaren. The number of separatists was reduced to 7 from an earlier estimate of 13.
    (SFC, 5/3/97, p.A3)
1997        May 2, Tony Blair, whose new Labor Party crushed John Major's long-reigning Conservatives, became at age 44 Britain's youngest prime minister in 185 years.
    (AP, 5/2/98)
1997        May 2, In Bulgaria the average salary was reported as $30 a month and the average pension $4 a month.
    (SFC, 5/2/97, p.A18)
1997        May 2, In Zaire the Tenke Mining Corp. of Vancouver, Canada, signed a $250 million contract with the rebels to develop copper and cobalt deposits.
    (SFC, 5/10/97, p.A10)

1998        May 2, In the 124th Kentucky Derby jockey Kent Desormeaux rode to victory on "Real Quiet."
    (BS, 5/3/98, p.1A)(AP, 5/2/99)
1998        May 2, In separate radio addresses, President Clinton and congressional Republicans lambasted the Internal Revenue Service and promised more reforms to prevent future abuses.
    (AP, 5/2/99)
1998        May 2, Police fired tear gas into a crowd of 3,000 students at Michigan State Univ. who were protesting the end of drinking at Munn Field.
    (BS, 5/3/98, p.3A)
1998        May 2, It was reported that a small galaxy was detected 12.3 Billion light-years away, 94% of the distance back to the Big Bang.
    (SFC, 5/2/98, p.A7)
1998        May 2, The European Economic and Monetary Union (EMU) was launched in Brussels with 11 nations welcomed as the founding members.
    (SFC, 5/1/98, p.A18)
1998        May 2, Cambodian refugees entered Thailand as government troops declared that they had all but destroyed the Khmer Rouge.
    (BS, 5/3/98, p.16A)
1998        May 2, In Indonesia tens of thousands of students in Jakarta and at least a dozen other cities rallied against the government.
    (BS, 5/3/98, p.19A)
1998        May 2, In Tajikistan government troops withdrew from around the capital after 4 days of fighting Islamist opposition forces. An agreement for a peaceful settlement was reached.
    (BS, 5/3/98, p.17A)

1999        May 2, A US F-16 went down over western Serbia on the 39th night of air strikes. Allied forces rescued the pilot.
    (SFEC, 5/2/99, p.A3)
1999        May 2, Actor Oliver Reed died in Malta at age 61.
    (AP, 5/2/00)
1999        May 2, Yugoslav authorities handed over to the Rev. Jesse Jackson three American prisoners of war who had been held for 32 days.
    (SFEC, 5/2/99, p.A1)(AP, 5/2/00)
1999        May 2, NATO bombings struck the Obrenovac power plant in Belgrade and blacked out large areas of Serbia. A soft bomb (KIT-18) sprayed graphite over the power station and shorted its circuits. A metalworks factory in Valjevo was hit and missile hit Mitrovica where one woman was killed and several civilians wounded.
    (SFC, 5/3/99, p.A12)(SFC, 5/4/99, p.D1)
1999        May 2, In Colombia Pres. Pastrana and Manual Marulanda Velez, the leader of FARC, agreed to begin formal peace negotiations with int'l. observers.
    (SFC, 5/5/99, p.C5)
1999        May 2, In Mexico Rodolfo Montiel, a peasant leader in a struggle to protect the forests of the southern Sierra Madre, was arrested, tortured and jailed on trumped-up drug and weapons charges for his battle against US and local logging companies. Teodoro Cabrera was also arrested. Pres. Fox ordered the release of Montiel and Teodoro Cabrera on Nov 8, 2001.
    (SFC, 4/6/00, p.A16)(SFC, 11/9/01, p.A20)
1999        May 2, In Nepal insurgents killed 2 police officers the day before parliamentary elections that they asked voters to boycott. The rebels demanded land reforms and an end to the monarchy. Election related violence left at least 10 people dead.
    (WSJ, 5/3/99, p.A1)(WSJ, 5/4/99, p.A1)
1999        May 2, In Panama presidential elections were scheduled. Martin Torrijos, son of Gen'l. Omar Torrijos, was favored over Mireya Moscoso (52), wife of the late Arnulfo Arias. Moscoso led the vote in early returns.
    (SFC, 4/29/99, p.D5)(SFC, 5/3/99, p.A12)
1999        May 2, Serbian police ambushed a convoy of ethnic Albanians near Studime and 109 people were killed.
    (SFC, 6/19/99, p.A12)(SFC, 3/8/02, p.A14)

2000        May 2, An investigating panel concluded that Texas A&M University students cut corners in construction and school officials failed to adequately supervise them before a bonfire collapse in November 1999 that killed 12 people.
    (AP, 5/2/01)
2000        May 2, Jockey Julie Krone became the first female elected to thoroughbred racing’s hall of fame.
    (AP, 5/2/01)
2000        May 2, Former nurse Christina Marie Riggs was executed by injection in Arkansas for smothering her two young children.
    (AP, 5/2/01)
2000        May 2, In Armenia Pres. Robert Kocharian fired Prime Minister Aram Sarkisian and his government for allowing the economy to deteriorate and for ignoring discord in the military. Police security was tightened around government buildings.
    (SFC, 5/3/00, p.A14)
2000        May 2, In Belgium the Parliament opened an inquiry into possible government involvement in the 1961 killing of Congo’s Premier Patrice Lumumba. This followed allegations in the new book “The Murder of Lumumba" by Ludo De Witte.
    (SFC, 5/3/00, p.A14)
2000        May 2, In Israel the Day of the Shoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, was observed. The date was fixed by Israel to commemorate the Warsaw Jewish ghetto uprising of 1943.
    (SFC, 5/3/00, p.A12,13)
2000        May 2, In Indonesia it was reported that a tribal conflict between the Wampe and Bilaga on West Papua, formerly Irian Jaya, had left over 100 people dead in the last year.
    (SFC, 5/2/00, p.A10)
2000        May 2, In the Philippines rebels at Talipao threatened to behead 2 hostages if military troops were not pulled back.
    (SFC, 5/3/00, p.A12)
2000        May 2, In Rwanda health minister Ezechias Rwabuhihi reported that some 500,000 Rwandans, 6% of the population, were infected with AIDS.
    (SFC, 5/4/00, p.A18)
2000        May 2, In Sierra Leone Revolutionary United Front rebels seized 50 UN workers over the last 2 days as the West African intervention force completed its pullout. The seizures took place in Makeni, Kailahun and Magburaka.
    (SFC, 5/3/00, p.A13)

2001        May 2, President Bush and Republican congressional leaders clinched a budget deal embracing most of the president's tax and spending goals.
    (AP, 5/2/02)
2001        May 2, It was reported that a large embezzlement case in Brazil threatened to unravel the ruling coalition. Some $2 billion had disappeared from the Amazon Development Bureau (Sudam). Fakery of land deals (grilagem) was estimated to involve some 100 million acres of the Amazon Basin.
    (SFC, 5/2/01, p.A8)(SFC, 5/3/01, p.B5)
2001        May 2, In China US technical experts examined the US spy plane on Hainan Island.
    (WSJ, 5/3/01, p.A1)
2001        May 2, Foreign Minister Tang Jiaxuan returned to China from Russia with a draft accord for relations with Russia.
    (SFC, 5/4/01, p.D2)
2001        May 2, In China a landslide in Wulong County buried a 9-story building where 76 of 95 residents were home. 65 bodies were recovered. At least 79 people were killed.
    (SFC, 5/4/01, p.D2)(AP, 5/2/02)
2001        May 2, Germany inaugurated its new Chancellery in Berlin designed by Axel Schultes. There were concerns that the building was too grandiose.
    (SFC, 5/3/01, p.B2)(AP, 5/2/02)
2001        May 2, Israeli bulldozers demolished 20 houses in the Rafah refugee camp in Gaza and killed one teenager during the predawn operation.
    (SFC, 5/3/01, p.B1)
2001        May 2, In North Korea Kim Jong Il agreed to hold talks with visiting EU officials about his missile program and tensions with South Korea. Kim Jong Il announced that North Korea would launch no ballistic missiles until 2003.
    (WSJ, 5/3/01, p.A1)(SFC, 5/4/01, p.A14)
2001        May 2, In Zambia the ruling party ousted Vice Pres. Christon Tembo, 8 Cabinet members and 11 0ther senior officials who opposed Pres. Chiluba’s bid for a 3rd term.
    (SFC, 5/4/01, p.D3)

2002        May 2, The Rev. Paul Shanley, a priest at the epicenter of the clergy sex abuse scandal, turned himself in to authorities in San Diego to face charges in Massachusetts of raping boys during the 1980s. Shanley pleaded innocent but was later convicted of repeatedly raping one boy at a Newton parish in 2005, and was sentenced to 12 to 15 years in prison. On July 28, 2017, Shanley (86) was released from prison.
    (AP, 5/2/07)(SFC, 7/22/17, p.A6)
2002        May 2, The Bush administration committed to join a UN int’l. conference on Middle East peace and economic reconstruction.
    (SFC, 5/3/02, p.A1)
2002        May 2, A federal crackdown on identity theft reported 130 recent arrests. Estimates were that some 500,000 people were victimized annually.
    (WSJ, 5/3/02, p.A1)
2002        May 2, The US Int’l. Trade Commission upheld a 27% tariff against imported Canadian softwood.
    (SFC, 5/3/02, p.B1)
2002        May 2, Dr. William F. Gibson (69), former head of the NAACP, died.
    (SFC, 5/4/02, p.A21)
2002        May 2, In the Bahamas the opposition Liberal Progressive Party won Parliamentary elections with 23 seats in the 40-seat legislature. Perry Christie (b.1944) led the party to victory and served as prime minister to 2007.
    (SFC, 5/3/02, p.A10)(AP, 5/8/12)(http://tinyurl.com/7crjgun)
2002        May 2, A report on Iraq’s oil sales showed that illegal surcharges allowed Iraq to siphon off large amounts for its war chest.
    (WSJ, 5/2/02, p.A1)
2002        May 2, Yasser Arafat emerged from his West Bank headquarters, hours after Israeli troops withdrew from his compound and released the Palestinian leader from months of confinement.
    (AP, 5/2/03)
2002        May 2, In the Philippines Salip Abdullah, a key aide to Abu Sayyaf chief Janjalini, was captured in Labangal village near General Santos.
    (SFC, 5/3/02, p.A10)
2002        May 2, In Pakistan a bomb exploded in Karachi and a boy (12) was killed.
    (SFC, 5/3/02, p.A12)
2002        May 2, In Vietnam the Russian flag was lowered over the Cam Rhan Bay naval base for the last time.

2003        May 2, A US official warned that the US is ready to sacrifice the free flow of trade with Canada if necessary to respond to a planned Canadian decriminalization of marijuana.
    (AP, 5/2/03)
2003        May 2, A federal court struck down most of the new campaign finance law's ban on the use of large corporate and union contributions by political parties. However, the Supreme Court later ruled that rooting out corruption, or even the appearance of it, justified limitations on the free speech and free spending of contributors, candidates and political parties.
    (AP, 5/2/04)
2003        May 2, The US jobless rate was reported at 6%, an 8-year high.
    (SFC, 5/3/03, p.B1)
2003        May 2, China reported an accident on a diesel-powered submarine that killed all 70 sailors aboard.
    (AP, 5/2/03)
2003        May 2, James Miller (34), a British journalist filming a documentary in the southern Palestinian city of Rafah, was shot and killed during an exchange of fire between Israeli soldiers and Palestinians. In 2006 a British jury ruled that the shooting was an act of murder. In 2009 Israel agreed to pay about $2 million to the family Miller.
    (AP, 5/2/04)(AP, 4/6/06)(AP, 2/1/09)
2003        May 2, India and Pakistan agreed to hold talks and restore diplomatic and air links.
    (WSJ, 5/5/03, p.A1)
2003        May 2, Striking Nigerian oil workers released the first of hundreds of people they have held for days on oil rigs as part of an agreement to free all the captives.
    (AP, 5/2/03)
2003        May 2, In Papua New Guinea a landslide buried a meeting hall under mud and debris, killing at least eight people as they listened to election results.
    (AP, 5/3/03)
2003        May 2, In eastern Sicily Giuseppe Leotta (42), a disgruntled worker, opened fire with a handgun in the Aci Castello town hall, killing 5 people. He fled and then killed himself.
    (AP, 5/2/03)
2003        May 2, In Taiwan 11 more cases of SARS were confirmed with 5 new deaths. Confirmed cases totaled 100 with the death toll at 8. Mutations of the virus were also reported.
    (SFC, 5/3/03, p.A7)
2003        May 2, Chuwit Kamolvisit, A sex club operator in Thailand, was arrested for unlawfully demolishing a downtown Bangkok block housing scores of bars and shops to make way for another massage parlor, the Taj Mahal. He soon claimed to have spent about $289,156 each month in payoffs to policemen.
    (AP, 8/2/03)
2003        May 2, In Vietnam an aging Russian-made bus, carrying more than 40 passengers, burst into flames. 6 people died and 70 were badly burned. Flammable cargo was suspected.
    (AP, 5/3/03)

2004        May 2, In Afghanistan a fuel-truck explosion killed at least 25 people in western Herat.
    (WSJ, 5/3/04, p.A1)
2004        May 2, In Colombia 2 small bombs exploded outside the Ministry of Social Affairs in Bogota, injuring nine people and shattering windows.
    (AP, 5/2/04)
2004        May 2, American hostage Thomas Hamill, kidnapped three weeks ago in an insurgent attack on his convoy, was found by U.S. forces south of Tikrit after he apparently escaped from his captors.
    (AP, 5/2/04)
2004        May 2, Shiite militiamen attacked a U.S. convoy in southern Iraq, killing two soldiers and setting vehicles on fire. Two other American soldiers were killed in Baghdad. At least 9 US soldiers were killed across central and northern Iraq.
    (AP, 5/2/04)(SFC, 5/3/04, p.A1)
2004        May 2, Adzharian forces blew up the three major bridges connecting their recalcitrant province with the rest of Georgia in what their leader said was a preventive measure against Georgian military action.
    (AP, 5/2/04)
2004        May 2, In Israel PM Sharon’s Likud Party rejected his proposal to withdraw troops and settlers from the West Bank. Palestinian militants attacked an Israeli vehicle in the Gaza Strip, killing 4 children and their mother. Israeli soldiers killed the 2 attackers.
    (AP, 5/2/04)(SFC, 5/3/04, p.A1)
2004        May 2, In Mexico a small plane carrying federal anti-narcotics agents crashed, killing all seven people on board.
    (AP, 5/4/04)
2004        May 2-4, In Nigeria Tarok fighters, a predominantly Christian tribe, attacked Yelwa, a town dominated by Hausa, a rival Muslim ethnic group, razing homes and mosques and killing 500-600 people in 2 attacks over the last 3 days.
    (AP, 5/6/04)(SFC, 5/7/04, p.A9)
2004        May 2, Martin Torrijos (40), son of former military dictator Gen’l. Omar Torrijos, was easily elected as Panama's next leader in its first presidential vote since the handover of the Panama Canal and withdrawal of US troops in December 1999. Torrijos promised to tackle vested interests.
    (AP, 5/3/04)(Econ, 1/19/08, p.39)

2005        May 2, Florida’s Gov. Bush signed legislation imposing 25-year jail terms for some child molesters and forcing many to wear satellite tracking gear upon release.
    (WSJ, 5/3/05, p.A1)
2005        May 2, Utah’s Gov. Jon Huntsman signed a measure defying the Bush administration's No Child Left Behind Act despite a warning from the federal education secretary that it could cost $76 million in federal aid. The legislation gives Utah's education standards priority over federal requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act.
    (AP, 5/3/05)
2005        May 2, Pvt. 1st Class Lynndie England, the young woman pictured in some of the most notorious Abu Ghraib photos, pleaded guilty at Fort Hood, Texas, to mistreating prisoners. However, a judge later threw out the plea agreement; England was later convicted in a court-martial and sentenced to three years in prison.
    (AP, 5/2/06)
2005        May 2, Neiman Marcus agreed to be sold to Texas pacific Group and Warburg Pincus for $5.1 billion.
    (WSJ, 5/3/05, p.B1)
2005        May 2, Verizon Communications won its bid to buy MCI Inc. in an $8.44 billion deal.
    (WSJ, 5/3/05, p.A1)
2005        May 2, Bob Hunter (63), inspirer of Greenpeace, died.
    (Econ, 5/14/05, p.89)
2005        May 2, In Afghanistan an arms cache, hidden under the house of a warlord and former government militia commander named Jalal Bashgah, exploded in a bunker beneath his home killing 34 people, injuring 16 and devastating surrounding buildings.
    (AP, 5/2/05)(SFC, 5/3/05, p.A5)
2005        May 2, Brazil posted a record trade surplus for the month of April. During the month its currency rose 5% against the dollar.
    (WSJ, 5/3/05, p.A14)
2005        May 2, Jose Miguel Insulza, Chile’s interior minister, became head of the Organization of American States.
    (WSJ, 5/2/05, p.A16)
2005        May 2, Coalition soldiers fought suspected insurgents near Qaim, a Syrian border town, in a battle that killed 12 militants, injured a 6-year-old girl and wounded six coalition soldiers.
    (AP, 5/3/05)
2005        May 2, A car bomb exploded in an upscale shopping district of Baghdad, killing at least six Iraqis and setting fire to an apartment building.
    (AP, 5/2/05)
2005        May 2, Israeli cabinet minister Natan Sharansky resigned to protest the planned Gaza withdrawal, which he called a "tragic mistake" that will encourage Palestinian violence and deepen the rift in Israeli society.
    (AP, 5/2/05)
2005        May 2, An Israeli soldier and a Palestinian fugitive were killed in a shootout at Seideh in the West Bank.
    (AP, 5/2/05)(SFC, 5/3/05, p.A5)
2005        May 2, Italian investigators blamed US military authorities for failing to signal there was a checkpoint ahead on the Baghdad road where American soldiers killed an Italian agent, concluding in a report that stress, inexperience and fatigue played a role in the shooting.
    (AP, 5/3/05)
2005        May 2, In Kuwait a push to allow women to participate in local elections stalled when Islamist and conservative lawmakers abstained en masse from a key vote in parliament, leaving the measure undefeated but short of the number of votes needed for passage.
    (AP, 5/2/05)
2005        May 2, An Oman state security court convicted 30 people of plotting to overthrow the sultan and install an Islamic government, but spared them the death penalty. Another defendant was convicted of a lesser crime.
    (AP, 5/2/05)
2005        May 2, Pakistani authorities arrested Abu Farraj al-Libbi, head of al-Qaida operations in Pakistan. The nation's most-wanted militant had a $10 million bounty on his head. A 2nd militant was seized with al-Libbi, who has a five-million-dollar US bounty on his head, was himself a key Al-Qaeda figure with a reward tag of four million dollars.
    (AP, 5/4/05)(AP, 5/5/05)
2005        May 2, Yevgeny Adamov, Russia's former nuclear energy minister, was arrested in the Swiss capital on a US warrant accusing him of diverting up to $9 million from funds intended to improve Russian nuclear security.
    (AP, 5/4/05)
2005        May 2, The world's nations gathered, for the 7th time since it took force in 1970, to reassess how well the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty is working.
    (AP, 5/2/05)

2006        May 2, Louis Rukeyser (73) died in Connecticut. The best-selling author, columnist, lecturer and television host had delivered pun-filled, commonsense commentary on complicated business and economic news.
    (AP, 5/3/06)
2006        May 2, In Minnesota a small, spiral-shaped snail that clones itself and is native to New Zealand has been discovered in Duluth-Superior Harbor and the St. Louis River estuary, raising concerns about the impact of another invasive species.
    (AP, 5/3/06)
2006        May 2, A pre-dawn fire in NYC raged through a 21-acre site. It destroyed 15 industrial buildings and was the worst city fire in 10 years.
    (http://nyc.gov/html/fdny/html/home2.shtml)(WSJ, 5/27/06, p.P9)
2006        May 2, A suspected suicide attacker set off a car bomb on a road between the Afghan capital Kabul and a main US military base, killing himself and a civilian.
    (AFP, 5/2/06)
2006        May 2, Bolivia's leftist government said it would extend control over mining, forestry and other sectors of the economy. Foreign governments warned relations could be damaged. Soldiers guarded natural gas fields and refineries across Bolivia after President Evo Morales ordered the sector nationalized, threatening to evict foreign companies unless they cede control over production within six months.
    (AP, 5/2/06)
2006        May 2, Canada's new government released its first federal budget, offering broad tax cuts and pledging to shore up the country's security with spending increases for the military, border security and policing.
    (AP, 5/2/06)
2006        May 2, The Canadian dollar cracked 90 US cents, setting a new 28-year high and helping Canadians to realize cheaper US imports of everything from vegetables and clothing to computers.
    (AP, 5/2/06)
2006        May 2, China's official Xinhua News Agency said glaciers in western China's Qinghai-Tibet plateau, known as the "roof of the world," are melting at a rate of 7 percent annually due to global warming.
    (AP, 5/2/06)
2006        May 2, In Colombia the entire municipal council of Villavieja resigned and fled to Neiva in Huila province, fearing for their lives amid a spate of political killings.
    (AP, 5/3/06)
2006        May 2, In western India at least 30 people were killed when a crowded bus veered off a bridge and plunged into a river. The bus, which had a capacity of 58 but was carrying 69 passengers, was traveling from Kashimira town to Thane, near Mumbai.
    (AFP, 5/2/06)
2006        May 2, In Iran a court sentenced two Swedes to three years in prison each for photographing military installations. The two men, both in their 30s, were convicted of photographing military buildings and telecommunications equipment on Qeshm, an Iranian island in the Strait of Hormuz.
    (AP, 5/2/06)
2006        May 2, Iraq's parliament speaker said in a nationally televised speech that the new government's top priority will be ending widespread bloodshed in cities such as Baghdad. But insurgents launched new attacks, killing at least seven Iraqis and a US soldier. US soldiers raided an al-Qaeda site and killed 10 insurgents, including 3 in suicide vests. German engineers Rene Braeunlich and Thomas Nitzschke were released unharmed following 99 days in captivity.
    (AP, 5/2/06)(WSJ, 5/3/06, p.A1)(AP, 5/3/07)
2006        May 2, PM Silvio Berlusconi, the longest-serving leader in postwar Italy, resigned to make way for a center-left government led by Romano Prodi.
    (AP, 5/2/06)
2006        May 2, Nepal's new prime minister announced a seven-member Cabinet, designating a communist as his deputy and foreign minister.
    (AP, 5/2/06)
2006        May 2, In Norway 3 key suspects were convicted in the theft of the Edvard Munch masterpieces "The Scream" and "Madonna" and sentenced to between four and eight years in prison. The works were snatched by masked gunmen from the Munch Museum in Oslo in August 2004. They are still missing.
    (AP, 5/2/06)
2006        May 2, An explosion destroyed a building inside a Palestinian national security compound in the northern Gaza Strip, killing two police officers and wounding seven others.
    (AP, 5/2/06)
2006        May 2, Sri Lanka’s President Mahinda Rajapakse called for immediate peace talks with Tamil Tiger rebels, saying his tiny tropical island had seen enough violence. Gunmen stormed the offices of the Uthayan newspaper in Jaffna, 400 kilometers north of the capital Colombo, killing a manager and another employee. The next day the government said the murders were timed to embarrass it as Sri Lanka hosted UNESCO World Press Freedom Day celebrations, while the rebel Tamil Tigers blamed government forces for the attack.
    (AP, 5/2/06)(AFP, 5/3/06)

2007        May 2, In a defeat for anti-war Democrats, Congress failed to override President Bush's veto of legislation requiring the withdrawal of US troops from Iraq. Bush declared al-Qaida "public enemy No. 1 in Iraq."
    (AP, 5/2/08)
2007        May 2, Cablevision Systems Corp. agreed to be taken private by the founding Dolan family for $10.6 billion in cash.
    (SFC, 5/3/07, p.C2)
2007        May 2, James Abegglen, American-born chronicler of the rise of “Japan Inc.," died in Japan. In the 1960s and 1970s he warned corporate America that Japan should be taken more seriously. His 9th book was titled “21st-Century Japanese Management."
    (WSJ, 5/12/07, p.A8)
2007        May 2, Afghan regional officials said that 51 villagers, some of them women and children, were killed in recent fighting in western Afghanistan. The US-led coalition said it had no reports of civilian deaths.
    (AP, 5/2/07)
2007        May 2, A former prime minister led his opposition party to victory in the Bahamas, returning to power in elections dominated by questions about the direction of the tourism-driven economy. Hubert Ingraham's Free National Movement won 23 seats in the 41-seat legislature, while PM Perry Christie's Progressive Liberal Party claimed the other 18.
    (AP, 5/3/07)
2007        May 2, The Canadian Food Inspection Agency said another case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy, or mad cow disease, has been confirmed in a mature dairy cow in the province of British Columbia.
    (Reuters, 5/2/07)
2007        May 2, An Egyptian court sentenced Al Jazeera producer Huweida Taha Metwalli to six months in jail or a fine of 10,000 Egyptian pounds ($1,760) for her part in producing a feature on torture by Egyptian police.
    (AP, 5/2/07)
2007        May 2, Egypt and Japan agreed to push together in a bid to end the crisis over Iran's nuclear ambitions, calling for a Middle East free of weapons of mass destruction.
    (AFP, 5/2/07)
2007        May 2, The grave of Hungary's last communist ruler, Janos Kadar (1956-1988), was pried open and his remains and his wife's urn were thought to have been stolen.
    (Reuters, 5/2/07)
2007        May 2, The Iranian state news agency reported that the country's former nuclear negotiator, Hossein Mousavian, has been arrested on an unspecified security charge.
    (AP, 5/2/07)
2007        May 2, A suicide car bomber struck in the main Shiite district of Baghdad, killing at least nine people as the US military said its troop buildup in Baghdad was nearly complete. Three more US soldiers were killed by bombs in the capital. At least 85 Iraqis were killed or found dead nationwide.
    (AP, 5/2/07)
2007        May 2, Kazakhstan’s Emergencies Agency said hundreds of dead seals have washed up on its Caspian Sea shoreline in the past several days, bringing the total number of the animals found dead along the shoreline in recent weeks to 832.
    (AP, 5/2/07)
2007        May 2, Ahmed Errachidi (41) a Moroccan man sent home from the US detention camp at Guantanamo Bay last week, was released by local authorities after terrorism-related charges were dropped.
    (Reuters, 5/3/07)
2007        May 2, The International Criminal Court in the Hague said it has issued arrest warrants for the Sudanese government's humanitarian affairs minister and a janjaweed militia leader suspected of committing war crimes in Darfur.
    (AP, 5/2/07)
2007        May 2, A company spokesman said US oil giant Chevron has shut down 15,000 barrels per day of oil production in its Funiwa facility in southern Nigeria following a militant attack.
    (AFP, 5/2/07)
2007        May 2, Romania’s Parliament approved an agreement allowing the US to use four military bases and station up to 3,000 troops in the former communist country.
    (AP, 5/3/07)
2007        May 2, Russian oil firms rushed to re-route a quarter of their refined products exports away from ports in Estonia after Russia's railways halted the route amid a political dispute with Tallinn. Young Russians staged raucous protests in Moscow to denounce neighboring Estonia for removing a Soviet war memorial from its capital, and the Estonian ambassador said pro-Kremlin activists tried to attack her as she arrived at a news conference.
    (Reuters, 5/2/07)
2007        May 2, The South Korean government announced its first-ever plan to seize assets gained by alleged Korean collaborators during Japanese colonial rule as part of efforts to reconcile with its past more than 60 years after the end of the peninsula's occupation. 2 defectors to South Korea described how they had been tortured in a North Korean prison camp, as a South Korean rights group issued a report on abuses of detainees in the communist state.
    (AP, 5/2/07)
2007        May 2, Taiwan's opposition leader Ma Ying-jeou was nominated by his Kuomintang party to run for the 2008 presidential election and pledged to improve economic ties with China.
    (AP, 5/2/07)
2007        May 2, Thailand's military-installed PM Surayud Chulanont said he has tasked his southern army commander with developing a detailed amnesty proposal for Islamic militants.
    (AP, 5/2/07)
2007        May 2, The US and EU warned Turkey's military to stay out of the country's political showdown between the Islamic-rooted government and those in the secular establishment who fear the country will shift toward Islamic rule.
    (AP, 5/2/07)
2007        May 2, Isaac Matongo (60), the chairman of Zimbabwe's opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) and former trade unionist, died.
    (AP, 5/2/07)

2008        May 2, The US Federal Reserve and key European central banks announced a fresh offensive against a global credit crisis that has gridlocked lending and slowed the world economy.
    (AP, 5/2/08)
2008        May 2, Severe storms rolled across Arkansas and killed 8 people, including a teenager crushed by a tree while she slept in her bed. The deaths came after earlier storms seriously damaged homes and businesses in the Kansas City, Mo., area.
    (AP, 5/2/08)(AP, 5/3/08)
2008        May 2, Sami al-Haj, an Al-Jazeera cameraman, was released from US custody at Guantanamo Bay. he returned home to Sudan after six years of imprisonment that drew worldwide protests.
    (AP, 5/2/08)
2008        May 2, Britain's ruling Labor Party suffered its worst local election defeat on record. Labor won 24% of the votes, a warning to PM Brown that he must fix Britain’s credit crunch.
    (AP, 5/2/08)(WSJ, 5/3/08, p.A1)
2008        May 2, In Chechnya suspected Islamic militants clashed with police, killing two law enforcement officers. The rebel-linked Web site Kavkaz Center claimed that at least nine law enforcement officers were killed in a gunfight that lasted for four hours.
    (AP, 5/3/08)
2008        May 2, In southern Chile authorities evacuated hundreds of people from villages after the snowcapped Chaiten volcano, considered dormant for thousands of years, erupted.
    (AP, 5/3/08)
2008        May 2, Colombian police captured Miguel Angel Mejia, the second of two drug-trafficking twins who were among the country's main cocaine shippers.
    (AP, 5/2/08)
2008        May 2, In Cuba computers went on sale to the general public and potential consumers were lining up outside store windows to gawk and consider buying.
    (AP, 5/2/08)
2008        May 2, In Honduras 31 prisoners were attacked by their cellmates with knives and guns just hours after they were transferred to a prison in Tegucigalpa from San Pedro Sula. At least 18 inmates died in the attack.
    (AP, 5/4/08)
2008        May 2, Shiite clerics offered sharply different visions in the showdown between government forces and Shiite militias, one predicting that armed groups will be crushed in Baghdad and another calling for the prime minister to be prosecuted for crimes against his people. Al-Qaida insurgents, mostly Sunnis, raked a police car with automatic weapons, killing 8 Iraqi policemen in the town of Qaim on the Syrian border. 2 civilians were killed and 7 others wounded in Baghdad's central Salihiyah district after a mortar round apparently fired by Shiite extremists toward the US-protected Green Zone fell short. According to US military 10 militants were killed in fighting, including a sniper and a triggerman accused of planting armor-piercing roadside bombs in Sadr City and the adjacent Ubaydi area. A roadside bomb attack in eastern Baghdad killed a US soldier. A roadside explosion killed 4 Marines in western Anbar province.
    (AP, 5/2/08)(AP, 5/3/08)(AP, 5/4/08)
2008        May 2, A rebel spokesman said Turkish warplanes bombed Kurdish rebel bases deep inside Iraq for three hours overnight. The Turkish military said the raid in northern Iraq killed more than 150 Kurdish rebels.
    (AP, 5/2/08)(AP, 5/3/08)
2008        May 2, Nigeria’s high court ruled that former president Olusegun Obasanjo's daughter, Iyabo Obasanjo-Bello, currently in hiding, must face corruption charges.
    (AP, 5/2/08)
2008        May 2, A UN official said rising prices and funding shortages have forced the UN to stop providing emergency food aid to more than 13 percent of the 750,000 Palestinian refugees it feeds in Gaza.
    (AP, 5/2/08)
2008        May 2, In Saudi Arabia a German-based quartet staged the first-ever performance of European classical music in a public venue before a mixed gender, largely expatriate audience.
    (AP, 5/4/08)
2008        May 2, South Sudan's defense minister, Lieutenant General Dominic Dim Deng, was killed in a plane crash along with 23 other people, most of them senior members of the southern former rebel leadership.
    (AFP, 5/2/08)(AP, 5/3/08)
2008        May 2, In northern Yemen a motorcycle bomb exploded amid a crowd of worshippers leaving a mosque after prayers, killing at least 18 people and wounding about 45.
    (AP, 5/2/08)
2008        May 2, Zimbabwe elections officials said opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai won 47.9% of the vote in the presidential elections, more than longtime President Robert Mugabe but not enough to avoid a runoff. The opposition said it was willing to share power with the ruling party, but not with longtime President Robert Mugabe.
    (AP, 5/2/08)

2009        May 2, Mine That Bird, a gelding from New Mexico trained by Bennie Woolley Jr., won the 135th Kentucky Derby. With an inspired ride on the rail from Calvin Borel the 50-to-1 odds win was one of the greatest upsets in America's most famous horse race.
    (AP, 5/3/09)(SSFC, 5/3/09, p.C1)
2009        May 2, Jack Kemp (b.1935), Republican politician, died of cancer at his home in Maryland. A former quarterback for the Buffalo Bills, Kemp represented western NY for nine terms in Congress, leaving the House for an unsuccessful presidential bid in 1988.
    (AP, 5/3/09)(SSFC, 5/3/09, p.A16)
2009        May 2, In Albania Fatmir Xhindi (49), a lawmaker from the main opposition Socialist Party, was shot and killed outside his home in Roskovec. Albania ended communist rule in 1990, but has struggled since then with high unemployment, widespread corruption, dilapidated infrastructure and organized crime.
    (AP, 5/2/09)
2009        May 2, Australia’s government said it will spend more than 70 billion US dollars boosting its defenses over the next 20 years in response to a regional military build-up and global shifts in power.
    (AFP, 5/2/09)
2009        May 2, In Austria an avalanche killed 6 hikers not far from the popular Soelden ski resort in the alpine province of Tyrol.
    (AP, 5/3/09)
2009        May 2, In Bolivia former US Pres. Jimmy Carter met with Pres. Evo Morales and discussed bettering relations with the new US government.
    (SSFC, 5/3/09, p.A6)
2009        May 2, Brazilian officials said floods and mudslides from heavy rains in the northeast have killed at least 14 people in the last month and driven tens of thousands from their homes.
    (AP, 5/2/09)
2009        May 2, In Brazil Augusto Boal (78), theater director and playwright known for the interactive genre called the "Theater of the Oppressed," died. Seen as a threat to the dictatorship that ruled Brazil between 1964 and 1985, Boal was arrested, jailed and tortured before being exiled to Argentina. He returned to Brazil after the fall of the military regime.
    (AP, 5/2/09)
2009        May 2, Canadian health officials said a traveler has carried the new H1N1 virus from Mexico to Canada, infecting his family and a herd of swine.
    (Reuters, 5/2/09)
2009        May 2, It was reported that an estimated 250,000 Roma lived in the Czech Rep. A rising number of the gypsies were applying for visas to Canada. Of 861 applications in 2008, 84 were accepted.
    (Econ, 5/2/09, p.54)
2009        May 2, In the Dominican Rep. the decapitated body of a migrant from neighboring Haiti was found in the Buenos Aires neighborhood of Santo Domingo. Residents alleged the victim killed a local merchant. About 1 million people of Haitian descent lived in the Dominican Rep., often suffering discrimination and violence.
    (AP, 5/5/09)
2009        May 2, India's biggest drug maker Ranbaxy announced the recall of an antibiotic, on sale in the US, because of manufacturing problems, marking a new setback for the company. The Japanese-controlled company said it was voluntarily recalling all lots of nitrofurantoin capsules, an antibiotic used in the treatment of urinary tract infections.
    (AFP, 5/2/09)
2009        May 2, In Iraq a roadside bomb also exploded near a car and a cement mixer in Kirkuk, killing at least 3 civilians and wounding 3 others. Two American soldiers were killed after a gunman opened fire at a combat outpost near Mosul. The attacker was described as a soldier, who also served as a Sunni Muslim preacher for his unit. Iraqi police arrested Mullah Nadim Jibouri, an Awakening leader in Duluija, along with 2 of his brothers.
    (AP, 5/2/09)(SSFC, 5/3/09, p.A6)(SFC, 5/4/09, p.A3)(SFC, 5/6/09, p.B5)
2009        May 2, South Pacific nations announced that military-ruled Fiji has been suspended from the 16-nation bloc for its rejection of democracy, freedom and human rights.
    (SFC, 5/2/09, p.A2)
2009        May 2, An Israeli airstrike against smuggling tunnels on the Gaza-Egypt border killed two people.
    (AP, 5/3/09)
2009        May 2, Mexico said it had no confirmed deaths from HINI swine flu overnight, even as its confirmed caseload grew to 443.
    (AP, 5/2/09)
2009        May 2, In Pakistan scores of militants attacked the Spinal Tangi security post near the Afghan border, triggering a battle that left 18 combatants dead and cast doubt on claims by Pakistan's army to have regained control of a critical region. A Taliban commander in the Khyber region, just west of Peshawar, surrendered after authorities put pressure on his tribe. Iftikhar Khan Afridi was aligned with Baitullah Mehsud, the top Pakistani Taliban commander. The Taliban beheaded two government officials in the northwestern Swat Valley in revenge for the killing of two insurgent commanders by security forces.
    (AP, 5/2/09)(Reuters, 5/3/09)
2009        May 2, In Senegal Madieye Diallo's, a gay man, died of HIV AIDS. His body had only been in the ground for a few hours when a mob descended on the weedy cemetery with shovels. They yanked out the corpse, spit on its torso, dragged it away and dumped it in front of the home of his elderly parents.
    (AP, 4/12/10)
2009        May 2, In Sri Lanka a government doctor and a rebel-linked Web site said artillery shells hit a makeshift hospital in Sri Lanka's northern war zone, killing at least 64 civilians.
    (AP, 5/2/09)
2009        May 2, In Trinidad 4 police officers allegedly hijacked a smuggling boat from Venezuela and stole 1,000 endangered birds and monkeys along with 400 pounds of wild animal meat. Investigators acting on a tip found birds and monkeys in people's homes, in pet shops and even along roads in Port-of-Spain.
    (AP, 5/5/09)

2010        May 2, Louisiana's 2.4-billion-dollar a year commercial and recreational fishing industry was dealt its first major blow from the April 20 oil spill, as the US government banned activities for 10 days due to health concerns.
    (AFP, 5/2/10)
2010        May 2, In Tennessee more rain and storms loomed as emergency officials coped with evacuations and closed roads from heavy flooding that claimed five lives. Weekend thunderstorms killed at least 31 people with 19 dead in Tennessee, 6 in Mississippi and 6 in Kentucky. More than 13 inches of rain fell in Nashville over two days, nearly doubling the previous record of 6.68 inches that fell in the wake of Hurricane Fredrick in 1979.
    (AP, 5/2/10)(AP, 5/3/10)(AP, 5/4/10)(SFC, 5/8/10, p.A5)(SSFC, 5/9/10, p.A8)
2010        May 2, United Airlines said it has agreed to buy Continental in a $3 billion-plus deal that would create the world's largest carrier with a commanding position in several top US cities.
    (AP, 5/3/10)(SFC, 5/3/10, p.D1)
2010        May 2, Lynn Redgrave (b.1943), British-born actress, died at her home in Kent, Conn. She achieved acclaim for her role in “Georgy Girl" (1966).
    (SFC, 5/4/10, p.C5) 
2010        May 2, In southern Afghanistan a British soldier died in an explosion while protecting fellow troops as they returned from a patrol.
    (AFP, 5/2/10)
2010        May 2, Australia said it would impose taxes worth billions of dollars on mining companies to tap the profits of an Asia-driven commodities surge, prompting warnings it could "kill" the boom.
    (AFP, 5/2/10)
2010        May 2, China raised the proportion of deposits that lenders must keep in reserve at the central bank, another step in its months-old campaign to mop up excess cash in the economy at a time when inflation is on the rise.
    (Reuters, 5/3/10)
2010        May 2, Cuba allowed a small group of dissidents to hold a protest march after the country's top Roman Catholic clergyman negotiated with authorities, ending three straight weeks of ugly confrontations.
    (AP, 5/2/10)
2010        May 2, Egyptian police shot dead two African migrants in separate incidents near the border with Israel.
    (AFP, 5/2/10)
2010        May 2, Ethiopia’s information minister said police have arrested 10 suspected Islamic militants they believe were sent by Eritrea to carry out attacks to upset May 23 general elections.
    (AFP, 5/2/10)
2010        May 2, Greece reached agreement with the EU and the International Monetary Fund on rescue loans to keep Athens from defaulting on its debts, a deal that will impose harsh cuts on the county's 11 million people for years.
    (AP, 5/2/10)
2010        May 2, In Iran the Fars news agency reported that 9 bronze statues, some of famous Iranians and costing thousands of dollars, have been stolen in Tehran in what is said to be serial thievery.
    (AFP, 5/2/10)
2010        May 2, In Iraq 2 bombs exploded minutes apart near buses carrying Christian students in the northern city of Mosul, killing at least one bystander and injuring around 100 others.
    (AP, 5/2/10)
2010        May 2, Moshe Hirsch (86), an American-born anti-Zionist rabbi and close associate of the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, died in Jerusalem. Hirsch was a leading figure in Neturei Karta, a tiny ultra-Orthodox sect that opposes Israel's existence as a Jewish state and has embraced its enemies. Neturei Karta, which is Aramaic for "Guardians of the City," was founded some 70 years ago in Jerusalem by Jews who opposed the drive to establish the state of Israel.
    (AP, 5/3/10)
2010        May 2, In Jamaica a sleeping 5-year-old boy died after his throat was slashed. Police soon charged Jermaine Gushman (34) with the murder saying he may have done it to get back at the boy's father.
    (AP, 5/15/10)
2010        May 2, In Mexico 5 people were trampled to death when a gunshot fired at a cattle fair sent a panic-stricken crowd rushing for the exits in Guadalupe, outside the industrial city of Monterrey, already on edge from rampant drug violence.
    (AP, 5/2/10)
2010        May 2, In Nepal Maoist opposition supporters armed with bamboo sticks enforced a general strike that closed transportation, schools and markets across the country to demand the prime minister's resignation.
    (AP, 5/2/10)
2010        May 2, Norsk Hydro announced that it was acquiring the aluminium assets of Vale, a Brazilian mining giant, in a deal valued at $4.9 billion.
    (Econ, 5/8/10, p.65)
2010        May 2, Pakistani army helicopter gunships pounded insurgent hideouts in the northwest, killing at least 22 militants.
    (AP, 5/2/10)
2010        May 2, Hamas Deputy Finance Minister Ismail Mahfouz denied that the Islamic militants are caught in a cash crunch, but said Hamas is having trouble getting money into blockaded Gaza.
    (AP, 5/2/10)
2010        May 2, In Somalia dozens of fighters from one of Somalia's most powerful rebel groups moved into Haradhere, a northern town where pirates operate, sending the pirates fleeing in a development that could upend the piracy trade.
    (AP, 5/2/10)(SFC, 5/3/10, p.A2)
2010        May 2, In Sudan gunfire broke out and ambulance sirens wailed as hundreds of angry victims of a failed pyramid scheme protested in the Darfur region. Police opened fire as the protesters tried to march on the house of the state governor. At least 3 people died in the clashes.
    (AFP, 5/2/10)(Reuters, 5/5/10)

2011        May 2, The US Army corps. of Engineers exploded a section of the Mississippi River Birds Point levee in Missouri to protect the small town of Cairo, Ill. Water levels receded but a second, smaller section was detonated May 3 to allow water back into the river.
    (SFC, 5/3/11, p.AA4)(AP, 5/5/11)
2011        May 2, Authorities in Arizona found a 250-foot-long unfinished smuggling tunnel underneath the US-Mexico border containing electricity, water pumps and ventilation.
    (AP, 5/10/11)
2011        May 2, A twin engine cargo plane crashed near an airport in the Miami, Fl., area killing the pilot.
    (SFC, 5/3/11, p.AA4)
2011        May 2, In South Carolina Barnard Bailey (54), an unarmed black man, was shot and killed by Eutawville police officer Richard Combs. In 2014 Combs (38) was charged with murder.
    (http://tinyurl.com/q3getfv)(SFC, 12/5/14, p.A18)
2011        May 2, The Algerian press said security forces have arrested seven men, mainly Algerians and Moroccans, who are suspected of supporting Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb. Students and riot police fought pitch battles in Algiers, leaving more than 20 injured as protesters took to the streets demanding political change.
    (AFP, 5/2/11)(AFP, 5/3/11)
2011        May 2, Canadians voted in one of their most unpredictable parliamentary elections ever. The Conservatives stormed to a decisive victory, winning 54 percent of the seats in Parliament and securing a stable four-year term in power after vowing to focus on the economy. Green Party Leader Elizabeth May was elected to Parliament, marking the first time a member of the environmental party has won a federal election in North America.
    (Reuters, 5/2/11)(Reuters, 5/3/11)
2011        May 2, In CongoDRC at least 106 people were missing after an overloaded boat capsized overnight on the Kasai River.
    (Reuters, 5/3/11)(SFC, 5/3/11, p.AA2)
2011        May 2, In El Salvador Rene Emilio Ponce (64), an army general and former defense minister accused of ordering the 1989 killings of six Jesuit priests and two others during the country's civil war, died.
    (AP, 5/2/11)
2011        May 2, Greece's cash-strapped government promised to raise an additional euro11.8 billion ($17.5 billion) through 2013, with a crackdown on tax evasion.
    (AP, 5/2/11)
2011        May 2, A Honduran court dismissed the last two remaining charges against former President Manuel Zelaya, removing a key obstacle to his return to the country.
    (AP, 5/2/11)
2011        May 2, Israeli-based Teva Pharmaceutical said it will pay $6.8 billion to acquire Cephalon Inc.
    (SFC, 5/3/11, p.D2)
2011        May 2, Japan's parliament passed a $48 billion tsunami recovery budget that will only start to cover the cost of what was the most expensive disaster ever.
    (AP, 5/2/11)
2011        May 2, In Libya Gadhafi's forces used tanks to shell the besieged western town of Mis-rata, as rumors fueled fears that the Libyan leader was preparing to use chemical weapons. Shelling in Misrata killed 14 people.
    (AP, 5/2/11)(AFP, 5/3/11)
2011        May 2, Osama bin Laden (b.1957), the face of global terrorism and architect of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, was killed in an early morning firefight in Abbotabad, Pakistan, with elite American forces. Bin Laden was quickly buried at sea in a stunning finale to a furtive decade on the run. 3 adult males were also killed in the raid, including one of bin Laden's sons. One woman was killed when she was used as a shield by a male combatant. Courier Ibrahim Saeed Ahmed and his brother Abrar were among the dead. In 2012 former US Navy SEAL Matt Bissonette authored an account of the raid, “No Easy Day," under the pseudonym Mark Owen.
    (AP, 5/2/11)(SFC, 6/2/11, p.A4)(SFC, 8/30/12, p.A3)
2011        May 2, In Sudan former civil war foes faced off in polls to elect a new governor and regional assembly in the oil-producing northern state of South Kordofan, a key battleground in the conflict. Sudan's Islamist opposition leader Hassan al-Turabi, who helped slain Al-Qaeda mastermind Osama bin Laden settle in Khartoum in the 1990s, was freed after more than three months in jail.
    (AFP, 5/2/11)
2011        May 2, The Swiss government said it has identified potential assets belonging to Libya’s Moammar Khadafy and his entourage amounting to $415 million. Assets of $473 million were also found linked to Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak and $69 million to Tunisia’s Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali.
    (SFC, 5/3/11, p.AA2)
2011        May 2, Syrian troops conducted door-to-door raids in cities and towns across the nation, arresting scores of people in a campaign of intimidation aimed at crushing the six-week uprising against President Bashar Assad's authoritarian regime. Over 500 arrests were documented in Daraa since April 28 and another 300 in towns on the outskirts of Damascus.
    (AP, 5/2/11)(SFC, 5/3/11, p.AA3)
2011        May 2, The Vatican said in a statement that Pope Benedict XVI had "removed from pastoral care" Bishop William Morris of the Toowoomba diocese, west of Brisbane. Morris had called on the church to consider ordaining women and married men.
    (AP, 5/2/11)
2011        May 2, In Yemen thousands of protesters took to the streets across the country to press Pres. Saleh to step down. Police gunshots in Aden killed at least one bystander. At least 140 people have been killed in the government’s crackdown on protesters.
    (SFC, 5/3/11, p.AA2)

2012        May 2, US federal authorities charged over 100 people in 7 cities with Medicare fraud in scams that bilked the program of over $450 million.
    (SFC, 5/3/12, p.A6)
2012        May 2, In Arizona 5 people were killed in shootings in a home in Gilbert. They included 16-month-old Lily Lynn Mederos, Amber Nieve Mederos (23), Lisa Lynn Mederos (47), Jim Franklin Hiott (24) and Jason Todd Ready (39), a former Marine with ties to neo-Nazi and Minutemen groups. Lisa Mederos was reported to have been Ready's girlfriend. It appeared that Ready, who was running for sheriff in Arizona's Pinal County, killed the others before turning the gun on himself.
    (AP, 5/3/12)(SFC, 5/4/12, p.A14)
2012        May 2, SF police and sheriff’s officers arrested 26 people who had occupied a vacant church building at 888 Turk St. Most of those arrested were homeless or former residents of the old Occupy camp on Justin Herman Plaza.
    (SFC, 5/3/12, p.A15)
2012        May 2, Edvard Munch's "The Scream" (1895), one of the art world's most recognizable images, sold for a record $119,922,500 at auction in New York City. The previous record for an artwork sold at auction was $106.5 million for Picasso's "Nude, Green Leaves, and Bust," sold by Christie's in 2010.
    (AP, 5/3/12)
2012        May 2, In Afghanistan 7 people were killed after attackers in burqas detonated a suicide car bomb and clashed with guards at the "Green Village" complex of guesthouses used by the EU in Kabul. The Taliban militia announced they would launch their annual "spring offensive," code-named Al-Farouq, across Afghanistan on May 3.
    (AFP, 5/2/12)
2012        May 2, In Algeria Tarek Mameri (23) was detained for posting videos on his blog calling for a boycott of last month's parliamentary election. On June 27 a court slapped an eight-month suspended prison sentence and a 1,000-euro ($1,250) fine on a blogger.
    (AFP, 6/27/12)
2012        May 2, Britain’s national police agency closed the website of the Serious Organized Crime Agency (SOCA) following an attack by hackers. It was a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack, where a website's host computers are bombarded with requests for information, making them crash.
    (AFP, 5/3/12)
2012        May 2, Burundi blocked Human Rights Watch from holding a press conference to release a report on the country's political violence, which it blamed on state agents and armed opposition groups.
    (AFP, 5/2/12)
2012        May 2, Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng left the US embassy, where he had sought protection after fleeing house arrest, following a deal with Beijing on his safety, US officials said. Beijing pledged that the legal campaigner and his family would be treated "humanely" and moved to a safe place, hours after US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrived in China for pre-arranged talks.
    (AFP, 5/2/12)
2012        May 2, In Egypt suspected supporters of the military rulers attacked predominantly Islamist anti-government protesters outside the Defense Ministry in Cairo, setting off clashes that left 20 dead as political tensions rise three weeks before crucial presidential elections.
    (AFP, 5/2/12)
2012        May 2, Eritrea has surpassed North Korea as the world's top press censor, with Syria and Iran placing third and fourth in a new list published by the Committee to Protect Journalists.
    (AFP, 5/2/12)
2012        May 2, The Hungarian parliament chose Janos Ader (52), a close ally of PM Viktor Orban, to be country's new president, guaranteeing that his conservative Fidesz party will be able to pass laws at will without interference. The Hungarian Socialist Party, the largest opposition formation in parliament, boycotted the presidential election.
    (AP, 5/2/12)
2012        May 2, In Mauritania the opposition began protests calling for President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz to step down.
    (AFP, 5/25/12)
2012        May 2, In northeastern Nigeria gunmen started shooting in a Potiskum market, trying to steal cattle. Witnesses said three people at the market were killed, as a fourth man suspected to be part of the group of robbers was set afire while still alive and died of his burns.
    (AFP, 5/3/12)
2012        May 2, In Somalia 2 armed men shadowed radio journalist Farhan Abdulle after he left his station, then shot him dead. He became the fifth Somali journalist killed this year.
    (AP, 5/4/12)
2012        May 2, South Korea's parliament approved a long-delayed bill to start trading carbon dioxide emissions in 2015, joining the vanguard of countries battling climate change.
    (AFP, 5/2/12)
2012        May 2, Sudanese officials extended the expulsion deadline for thousands of ethnic South Sudanese encamped south of Khartoum. A UN Security Council resolution called for Sudan and South Sudan to cease hostilities along their border, and resume talks to settle unresolved issues.
    (AFP, 5/2/12)(AFP, 5/10/12)
2012        May 2, Syria's army reportedly suffered its deadliest day in a ceasefire when rebel fighters killed 20 troops, in the latest violation of the three-week truce the UN says both sides are flouting. The rebels killed 15 soldiers, including two colonels, in a dawn ambush in the northern province of Aleppo, where two rebel fighters also died. Clashes near Damascus killed six troops, while the army shelled and torched activists' homes in eastern Deir Ezzor province and regime gunfire killed a civilian in southern Daraa. 24 UN monitors were currently in place. Security forces stormed dorms Aleppo University to break up anti-government protests there, killing at least four students and wounding several others with tear gas and live ammunition.
    (AFP, 5/2/12)(AP, 5/3/12)
2012        May 2, In southern Yemen an airstrike killed 15 al-Qaida-linked militants in their training camp in Abyan province. The airstrike resembled earlier US drone attacks, but the US did not comment.
    (AP, 5/2/12)
2012        May 2, The UN Security Council put three top North Korean state firms on a sanctions black list over the country's failed rocket launch.
    (AFP, 5/3/12)

2013        May 2, Pres. Obama embarked on a trip to Mexico with a 2-day stop in Costa Rica. In a joint news conferece with Mexico’s Pres. President Enrique Pena Nieto, Obama sought to tamp down a potential rift with Mexico over a dramatic shift in the cross-border fight against drug trafficking and organized crime.
    (SFC, 5/2/13, p.A3)(AP, 5/3/13)
2013        May 2, Maryland’s Gov. Martin O’Malley signed legislation to abolish the death penalty, making Maryland became the 18th US state to do so.
    (SFC, 5/3/13, p.A7)
2013        May 2, Rhode Island became the nation's 10th state to allow gay and lesbian couples to wed as Gov. Lincoln Chafee signed the bill into law.
    (AP, 5/3/13)
2013        May 2, In Texas Carnell Moore fired a gun inside the ticketing area of Bush Int’l. Airport after being confronted by a law enforcement official. Moore was killed as a Homeland Security agent fired at him and as Moore turned his gun on himself.
    (SFC, 5/3/13, p.A6)(http://tinyurl.com/caq3jyo)
2013        May 2, Britain’s Chancellor George Osborne said tax havens such as Bermuda and the Cayman Islands will work more closely with Britain and other European countries to fight tax evasion.
    (Reuters, 5/2/13)
2013        May 2, A British judge sentenced businessman James McCormick (57), who sold fake bomb detectors, to 10 years in jail. The millionaire, convicted last month, made an estimated 50 million pounds ($77.8 million) from the sales of his non-working detectors — which were based on a novelty golf ball finder — to countries including Iraq, Belgium, Niger and Saudi Arabia.
    (AP, 5/2/13)
2013        May 2, British news media reported that Stuart Hall (83) had pleaded guilty last month to sex abuse charges against young girls decades ago. Media were barred from reporting the plea until now.
    (SFC, 5/3/13, p.A5)
2013        May 2, China’s Ministry of Public Security said police have broken a crime ring that passed off more than $1 million in rat and small mammal meat as mutton.
    (Reuters, 5/2/13)
2013        May 2, Prominent Egyptian activist Ahmed Douma was arrested and immediately referred to trial for allegedly insulting the country's president in a TV interview.
    (AP, 5/2/13)
2013        May 2, Guatemala's government declared a state of emergency and banned public gatherings in four townships east of the capital following several days of violent clashes between police and anti-mining protesters.
    (AP, 5/2/13)
2013        May 2, Indonesia police arrested Achmad Taufiq (22) and Sefa Riano (29). They were members of a cell allegedly involved in recent attacks against Indonesian police. The suspects told authorities they wanted to retaliate against Myanmar for recent attacks on Rohingya Muslims there.
    (AP, 5/3/13)
2013        May 2, In Iraq gunmen and security forces clashed in several districts of the former Sunni insurgent stronghold of Mosul. 9 police and 4 militants were killed in the fighting.
    (AP, 5/3/13)
2013        May 2, A Kenyan court found 2 Iranian nationals guilty of terror-related charges. Officials accused them of planning to attack Western targets inside Kenya. Ahmad Abolfathi Mohammad and Sayed Mansour Mousavi were arrested in June 2012 and led officials to a 15-kg (33-pound) stash of the explosive RDX. On May 6 the two men were sentenced to life in prison.
    (AP, 5/2/13)(AP, 5/6/13)
2013        May 2, North Korea’s media said Kenneth Bae (44), a Korean American detained for six months in North Korea, has been sentenced to 15 years of hard labor for "hostile acts" against the state. In August Bae was reportedly hospitalized after losing over 50 pounds.
    (AP, 5/2/13)(SFC, 8/12/13, p.A2)
2013        May 2, It was reported that the last rhino in Mozambique has been killed. The warden in charge of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park — the only place where the horned behemoths lived in Mozambique — also said poachers have wiped out the last of the rhinos. Mozambique's conservation director believed a few may remain.
    (AP, 5/2/13)
2013        May 2, In Pakistan convicted India spy Sarabjit Singh died at Jinnah Hospital in the eastern city of Lahore. He was was attacked by fellow inmates on April 26 and had been comatose and on a ventilator for days. Singh was arrested in 1990 after bombings in Lahore and Faisalabad, Pakistan, that killed 14 people. Indians expressed outrage at the Pakistan government over his death.
    (AP, 5/2/13)
2013        May 2, In Russia Valery Gergiev, the artistic director of the Mariinsky theater in St. Petersburg, opened the new Mariinsky theater next door to the old imperial structure.
    (Econ, 5/11/13, p.87)
2013        May 2, Saudi Arabia's Health Ministry said that five people have died and two other patients were in critical condition with confirmed cases of a new respiratory coronavirus related to SARS. The new virus was first identified last year in the Middle East and several of the people infected had all traveled to Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Jordan or Pakistan.
    (AP, 5/2/13)
2013        May 2, Spanish police said they have arrested 30 suspects who allegedly smuggled drugs into Spain through the southern coast using boats and jet skis.
    (AP, 5/2/13)
2013        May 2, Syrian government troops, backed by warplanes, pushed into the central districts of the city of Homs in an effort to oust rebels from the country's third largest urban center. In Aleppo rebels reportedly overran the headquarters of Assad's anti-terrorism forces. Regime jets also hit the northern city of Raqqa, killing eight people. Warplanes also hit several targets in Damascus province.
    (AP, 5/2/13)
2013        May 2, Syrian troops backed by pro-government gunmen swept into Bayda, a village in the mountains outside the city of Banias, and killed men, women and children and torched homes. At least 50 people, and as many as 100, were reported killed.
    (AP, 5/3/13)
2013        May 2, The UN said it recorded 712 people killed in Iraq last month, including 117 members of the security forces. More people were killed in violent attacks across the country in April than in any other month since June 2008.
    (AP, 5/2/13)

2014        May 2, US Health officials confirmed the first case of an American infected with MERS, a mysterious virus that has sickened hundreds in the Middle East. The man fell ill after flying to the US late last week from Saudi Arabia where he was a health care worker.
    (AP, 5/3/14)
2014        May 2, A California jury awarded Apple $119 million, far less than it demanded, in a patent battle with Samsung over alleged copying of smart phone features. The jury made the victory even smaller by finding that Apple illegally used one of Samsung's patents.
    (AP, 5/3/14)
2014        May 2, SF Bay Area police raided massage parlors in Hayward, Oakland, San Leandro and San Lorenzo arresting 17 women and two men for allegedly operating fronts of prostitution.
    (SSFC, 5/4/14, p.C3)
2014        May 2, In Oakland, Ca., the “Hook-Up Truck" made its debut a few blocks off Telegraph at 26th St. after security guards at Art Murmur refused its entrance. The brainchild of conceptual artist Spy Emerson provided a space for couples to enjoy intimacy.
    (SFC, 5/3/14, p.C1)
2014        May 2, Efrem Zimbalist Jr. (b.1918), American TV star, died at his home in Solvang, Ca. He had starred in “77 Sunset Strip (1958-1964) and “The F.B.I." (1965-1974).
    (SFC, 5/3/14, p.A7)
2014        May 2, In northeastern Afghanistan numerous people were missing after a landslide buried a village in Hobo Barik village, Badakshan province. The killed and missing numbered from 255 to 2,700.
    (AP, 5/2/14)(AP, 5/3/14)
2014        May 2, British judge Constance Briscoe (56) was jailed for 16 months for a catalogue of lies and deception in a case that last year brought down government minister Chris Huhne.
    (AFP, 5/2/14)
2014        May 2, Cambodian security forces clashed with demonstrators in Phnom Penh for a 2nd straight day as the opposition canceled plans for a rally amid a ban on demonstrations and a large-scale police presence.
    (AP, 5/2/14)
2014        May 2, Colombia's constitutional court ruled that applying a decision by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) that granted Nicaragua a disputed area of Caribbean waters could not take effect without a treaty between the countries.
    (Reuters, 5/2/14)
2014        May 2, In Egypt two suicide bombings in South Sinai killed a soldier and wounded at least seven people. Two Cairo bombings killed at least 5 people. In Alexandria two people were shot dead when supporters of deposed President Mohamed Mursi clashed with residents.
    (Reuters, 5/2/14)(SFC, 5/3/14, p.A2)
2014        May 2, In Greece some 5,000 farmers' market vendors blocked traffic in central Athens and continued giving away food as part of anti-government protests. The vendors had closed their street markets indefinitely this week.
    (AP, 5/2/14)
2014        May 2, In northeastern India Bodo separatist rebels wearing black masks opened fire overnight on Muslim villagers in western Assam in two attacks, killing at least 11 people, mostly women and children. A 3rd attack in Baksa left 19 people dead.
    (AP, 5/2/14)(SSFC, 5/4/14, p.A12)
2014        May 2, In India politician Kamruzzama Fauji died in hospital after suffering burns to 75 percent of his body when a member of a TV audience doused himself in petrol and grabbed him in Sultanpur, Uttar Pradesh state. The attacker also died.
    (AFP, 5/3/14)
2014        May 2, Kenya wildlife authorities caught two police officers with six pieces of ivory at a road block while travelling from the central town of Meru to Nairobi.
    (AP, 5/3/14)
2014        May 2, In Libya suspected Islamic militants attacked the security headquarters in the eastern city of Benghazi early, killing 9 soldiers and policemen and wounding 24.
    (AP, 5/2/14)
2014        May 2, In northern Mali Sidati Ag Baye was shot by two suspected al-Qaida-linked Islamic extremists on a motorcycle in Kidal. Baye had foiled an attack by Islamic extremists several months ago by alerting security forces to a bomb left on a runway at Kidal’s airport.
    (AP, 5/4/14)
2014        May 2, The World Bank said it has approved a $12 billion loan for cash-strapped Pakistan that will be disbursed over five years.
    (Reuters, 5/2/14)
2014        May 2, Philippine officials said police have arrested 58 suspected members of an online extortion syndicate this week in Manila and three other regions. They had reportedly duped hundreds of victims worldwide into exposing themselves in front of webcams or engaging in lewd chats. Some 100 more Filipino suspects were later linked to online blackmail syndicates.
    (SFC, 5/3/14, p.A2)(AP, 5/13/14)
2014        May 2, Puerto Rico's governor filed legislation aimed at retaining young workers and reversing an exodus of people moving to the US mainland amid economic problems. The measure would allow for tax exemptions on the first $40,000 earned by those ages 16 to 26.
    (AP, 5/2/14)
2014        May 2, South Korea suffered its second serious transport accident in just over two weeks when a subway train in the capital, Seoul, crashed into a train at a station, injuring 200 people although no one was killed.
    (Reuters, 5/2/14)
2014        May 2, South Sudan's President Salva Kiir agreed to fly to Ethiopia for talks and to consider forming a transitional government to try and end four months of fighting in the world's newest nation following talks with US Sec. of State John Kerry.
    (Reuters, 5/2/14)   
2014        May 2, Syria's government and rebels agreed to a ceasefire in Homs to allow hundreds of fighters holed up in its old quarters to evacuate. Two car bombs struck two small villages in the central province of Hama, killing 23 people, including 14 children.
    (AP, 5/2/14)(AP, 5/3/14)
2014        May 2, Turkish media said prosecutors have dismissed a case against 60 suspects, among them a former minister's son and a construction tycoon, in the graft scandal swirling around PM Tayyip Erdogan's inner circle.
    (Reuters, 5/2/14)
2014        May 2, In Ukraine pro-Russia forces shot down two government helicopters as the country launched its first major offensive against an insurgency that has seized government buildings in the east. Two crew members were killed in the crashes, and pro-Russia militiaman was reported killed. At least 48 people died in clashes between government supporters and opponents in the Black Sea port of Odessa. Most died when government opponents took refuge in a building that caught fire after protesters threw firebombs inside.
    (AP, 5/2/14)(AP, 5/3/14)(Econ, 5/9/15, p.50)
2014        May 2, Uruguay released its rules for the legal marijuana market, detailing how the government plans to get very involved in every aspect of the business. The regulations will take effect May 6.
    (AP, 5/3/14)
2014        May 2, Venezuela's government said it has arrested 58 foreigners, including an American, on suspicion of inciting violent street protests against the government of President Nicolas Maduro.
    (AP, 5/3/14)
2014        May 2, A Venezuelan fishing boat found 11 Chinese sailors floating in a raft about 1,000 miles west of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. 2 soon died of their injuries.
    (SFC, 5/5/14, p.A2)
2014        May 2, In the US Virgin Islands Enrique Saldana, a former police captain, called 911 and said he was at the beach with his wife when she collapsed and stopped breathing. Jeanette Magras Saldana (43) had bruises all over her body and that it appeared she had died hours before the emergency call was made. Saldana previously was sentenced in February 2011 to more than three years in prison after being convicted of participating in an extortion conspiracy.
    (AP, 5/3/14)
2014        May 2, Yemeni government forces killed five al Qaeda militants and wounded dozens of others in the south, in the fourth day of an offensive against Islamist insurgents. Unidentified gunmen shot dead an army colonel in his car in the southern port city of Aden.
    (Reuters, 5/2/14)(Reuters, 5/3/14)

2015        May 2, Writer Michael Blake (69) died in Tucson, Az. His novel "Dances With Wolves" became a major hit movie and earned him an Academy Award for the screenplay.
    (AP, 5/4/15)
2015        May 2, In Kentucky American Pharoah, ridden by Victor Espinoza, won the 141st running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs.
    (SSFC, 5/3/15, p.B6)
2015        May 2, In Las Vegas boxer Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines lost by unanimous decision to American Floyd Mayweather Jr. in a 12-round fight.
    (AP, 5/3/15)
2015        May 2, Australian police said flash floods killed 5 people in south-east Queensland when their cars were swept away following a rain storm on the east coast.
    (Reuters, 5/2/15)
2015        May 2, British mystery writer Ruth Rendell (b.1930), crime novelist, died in London. She brought psychological insight and social conscience to the classic British detective story. Her Wexford books were made into a popular TV series, "The Ruth Rendell Mysteries," which ran for more than a decade from 1987. In 1997 she was appointed to the House of Lords by PM Tony Blair's Labour government, becoming Baroness Rendell of Babergh.
    (AP, 5/2/15)
2015        May 2, Burundi's government vowed a major crackdown after a week of political protests. Protest organizers called for a two-day halt to demonstrations against President Pierre Nkurunziza's move to seek a third term, which they says violates the constitution and endangers the peace deal that ended a civil war in 2005.
    (AFP, 5/2/15)    (Reuters, 5/2/15)
2015        May 2, Canadian PM Stephen Harper made an unannounced visit to Iraq days after lawmakers extended and expanded the NATO member's air campaign against the Islamic State jihadist group.
    (AFP, 5/2/15)
2015        May 2, In northern China police fatally shot Xu Chunhe as he was on his way to Beijing to ask the central government to help house and take care of his children and elderly mother. His relatives received approval for the aid three days after the killing.
    (AP, 5/6/15)
2015        May 2, In Iraq 7 women and children were killed by a roadside bomb in Diyala province. A suicide blast killed six government troops in Anbar province. Two car bombs outside a popular Baghdad restaurant killed at least 19 people, including 4 policemen and a media figure, for which the IS group claimed responsibility.
    (AP, 5/2/15)(AFP, 5/3/15)(AP, 5/3/15)
2015        May 2, Nigerian troops over the last 24 hours raided communities suspected of harboring militiamen in central Plateau state. Local media said at least 30 people died when soldiers stormed into Kadarko, Kurmi and Wadata areas.
    (AFP, 5/2/15)
2015        May 2, In Poland one man died after being hit by a rubber bullet and 14 police officers were injured in clashes that erupted during a league football match in Knurow.
    (AP, 5/3/15)
2015        May 2, In Syria fighting continued between government forces and Islamist fighters in government-held Latakia, heartland of Assad's minority Alawite community. Rebels shelled government-held districts in Aleppo, killing at least 12 civilians, including 3 children.
    (Reuters, 5/2/15)(AP, 5/2/15)
2015        May 2, Tunisians unfurled a national flag the size of 19 football pitches in a bid to set a Guinness world record and promote patriotism in the face of Islamist extremism.
    (AFP, 5/3/15)

2016        May 2, The United States and its allies targeted Islamic State on Monday with 29 strikes against the militants in Syrian and Iraq, including the northern city of Mosul under militant control.
    (Reuters, 5/3/16)
2016        May 2, Solar Impulse 2 completed the 10th leg of its journey, landing in Arizona after a 16-hour flight from California. The solar-powered airplane was midway through a historic bid to circle the globe.
    (AP, 5/3/16)
2016        May 2, The first US cruise ship in nearly 40 years crossed the Florida Straits from Miami and pulled into Havana Harbor, restarting commercial travel on waters that served as a stage for a half-century of Cold War hostility.
    (AP, 5/2/16)
2016        May 2, A St. Louis jury ruled that Johnson & Johnson pay $55 million to a woman who claims its talcum powder caused her ovarian cancer.
    (SFC, 5/4/16, p.A5)
2016        May 2, An Afghan police officer accused his wife of having affairs and then shot her in public before shooting himself in eastern Paktika province.
    (AP, 5/2/16)
2016        May 2, Craig Wright, an Australian man long rumored to be associated with the digital currency Bitcoin, publicly identified himself as its creator, a claim that would end one of the biggest mysteries in the tech world. BBC News said that Wright told the media outlet he is the man previously known by the pseudonym Satoshi Nakamoto. The computer scientist, inventor and academic said he launched the currency in 2009 with the help of others.
    (AP, 5/2/16)
2016        May 2, China's Communist Party said it has placed Ren Zhiqiang, a property mogul and outspoken government critic, on probation for a year after he criticized state media for pledging absolute loyalty to the party.
    (AP, 5/2/16)
2016        May 2, Egypt's journalists' syndicate called for the dismissal of the interior minister and an immediate sit-in at its headquarters in downtown Cairo, to protest the police detention of two journalists on its premises the night earlier.
    (AP, 5/2/16)
2016        May 2, Around 400 people gathered in Hong Kong to protest a veteran newspaper editor's dismissal that triggered concerns about press freedom in the semiautonomous Chinese territory.
    (AP, 5/2/16)
2016        May 2, In northern India dozens of fires were spreading unpredictably in the states of Uttarakhand and neighboring Himachal Pradesh. Massive wildfires in the two states have killed at least seven people in recent weeks. The fires extended into Nepal where 11 people have died fighting fires across the country, the worst in six years.
    (AP, 5/2/16)(Reuters, 5/2/16)
2016        May 2, Survivors of Indonesia's anti-communist massacres in 1965 submitted a list of what they say are more than 100 mass graves to the government after the president called for an investigation into the killings.
    (AP, 5/2/16)
2016        May 2, Indonesian police fatally shot Amokrane Sabet (49), a French citizen, after he stabbed a policeman to death while resisting arrest on the resort island of Bali.
    (AP, 5/2/16)
2016        May 2, In Iraq an explosives-laden car detonated in Baghdad, killing at least 18 Shiite pilgrims. Tens of thousands of Shiite faithful have been making their way this week to the northern Baghdad neighborhood of Kadhimiyah, where the 8th century Imam Moussa al-Kadhim is buried.
    (AP, 5/2/16)
2016        May 2, Japan said it wants to work with countries in the lower Mekong river basin and will help them improve infrastructure and bolster development with 750 billion yen ($7 billion) in aid over three years.
    (Reuters, 5/2/16)
2016        May 2, Puerto Rico’s Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla announced that the government will not make nearly $370 million in bond payments due today after a failure to restructure or find a political solution to the US territory's spiraling public debt crisis.
    (AP, 5/2/16)
2016        May 2, Syria's military extended a unilateral cease-fire around Damascus and opposition strongholds in the eastern suburbs of the capital for another 48 hours, as a humanitarian convoy delivered aid to 12,000 families trapped in a government-besieged area in central Syria.
    (AP, 5/2/16)
2016        May 2, Turkish warplanes pounded Kurdish rebel positions in northern Iraq, killing 18 militants.
    (AP, 5/3/16)
2016        May 2, A UN arbitration court ruled that India should release Italian marine Salvatore Girone, who has been detained in Delhi for more than four years, and allow him to return home.
    (Reuters, 5/2/16)

2017        May 2, Former San Francisco Archbishop George Niederauer (b.1936) died at a senior care facility in San Rafael. In 2008 led the battle to pass Prop. 8 that banned same-sex marriage in California. The ban remained on the books until a federal court overturned it in 2010.
    (SFC, 5/3/17, p.A9)
2017        May 2, In Brazil several public buses were torched in Rio de Janeiro. Police said ski-masked bandits were suspected, possibly in retaliation for a police operation.
    (SFC, 5/3/17, p.A2)
2017        May 2, Britain jailed Islamic State jihadist Samata Ullah (34) to eight years in prison. The IT expert had hid extremist material on a computer memory stick disguised as cufflinks and created an online "library for terrorists".
    (AFP, 5/2/17)
2017        May 2, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said armed groups in Central African Republic have killed at least 45 civilians in apparent reprisal strikes over the past three months.
    (Reuters, 5/2/17)
2017        May 2, China announced it is tightening rules for online news as censors try to control a flood of information spread through instant-messaging apps, blogs and other media sources that are proliferating across the country. The rules take effect June 1.
    (AP, 5/3/17)
2017        May 2, Greenpeace said authorities in West Africa have detained eight Chinese vessels for fishing illegally and the boat owners could be subject to millions of dollars in fines. Inspectors from Guinea, Sierra Leone and Guinea-Bissau boarded the ships off their respective coasts. They found them to be violating regulations on catching protected fish and using nets with small holes to facilitate bigger hauls.
    (Reuters, 5/3/17)
2017        May 2, Czech PM Bohuslav Sobotka unexpectedly announced that his government will resign over unexplained business dealings of his rival Andrej Babis, the country's finance minister.
    (AP, 5/2/17)
2017        May 2, Denmark banned five Islamic clerics and an American evangelical Christian pastor from entering the country, calling them "hate preachers" who posed threats to public order.
    (Reuters, 5/2/17)
2017        May 2, In Egypt the powerful Tarabeen tribe in the Sinai Peninsula said it has killed eight suspected Islamic State fighters in battle and captured three more.
    (AP, 5/2/17)
2017        May 2, Heinz Kessler (97), former East German defense minister, died in Berlin. As the country's last defense minister (1985 to 1989) he was responsible for a shoot-to-kill policy aimed at stopping people escaping to the West. He was sentenced to prison in 1991 for his role in the killing of people trying to flee the Communist state.
    (Reuters, 5/4/17)
2017        May 2, Greece struck a deal with rescue creditors toward getting the bailout cash it needs to avoid another brush with bankruptcy this summer, though it leaves long-suffering Greeks facing years more austerity.
    (AP, 5/2/17)
2017        May 2, In India Ghulam Mohammad, a Muslim man, was beaten to death in Uttar Pradesh state's Bulandshahar district for helping an interfaith couple elope. Police soon detained three members of Yuva Vahini, a Hindu militia, for suspected involvement in the killing.
    (AP, 5/3/17)
2017        May 2, A prosecutor based in Sicily told Italian senators his office has found no links or contacts between migrant smugglers and humanitarian organizations operating rescue boats in the Mediterranean.
    (AP, 5/2/17)
2017        May 2, PM Fayez Serraj of Libya's UN-backed government and powerful rival Field Marshal Khalifa Hifter met in the United Arab Emirates in the latest effort to resolve the country's long-running conflict.
    (AP, 5/2/17)
2017        May 2, Mexican prosecutors said they have captured Damaso Lopez, one of the Sinaloa cartel leaders, who launched a struggle for control of the gang following the re-arrest of Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman. Lopez was captured in Mexico City.
    (AP, 5/2/17)
2017        May 2, In central Mexico eight assailants stopped the family's vehicle before dawn on the highway. A toddler was killed when they forced open the door and a mother and daughter were raped. Victims had to walk about a mile to a toll booth after the assault. On May 16 a man identified only as "Orlando N." (37) was arrested.
    (AP, 5/17/17)
2017        May 2, Bondholders filed to sue Puerto Rico in the first legal challenges to hit the US territory after a freeze on litigation that protected it from lawsuits expired amid a deep economic crisis.
    (AP, 5/2/17)
2017        May 2, In Russia the mayor’s office of Moscow published a list of 4,566 buildings, home to some 1 million people, that will be up for demolition. It was part of Mayor Sergei Sobyanin’s plan for an urban makeover. May residents were furious.
    (Econ 5/6/17, p.50)   
2017        May 2, Judges in South Sudan went on strike over poor pay and living conditions, raising the risk of impunity in a country already convulsed by criminality and war.
    (Reuters, 5/3/17)
2017        May 2, It was reported that Sweden will end temporary border controls introduced in 2015 to stem a large influx of asylum seekers.
    (Reuters, 5/2/17)
2017        May 2, In Syria a jihadist assault led by suicide bombers killed dozens at a camp for the displaced near the border with Iraq. The violence left at least 38 people dead and came as another surprise IS attack killed 10 soldiers in Iraq.
    (AFP, 5/2/17)
2017        May 2, Turkey's Pres. Recep Tayyip Erdogan rejoined the ruling Islamic-rooted Justice and Development Party (AKP) he co-founded in a step on his path toward solidifying his grip on power, following his narrow victory in last month's referendum.
    (AP, 5/2/17)
2017        May 2, UNICEF said about 1.4 million children in Somalia are projected to suffer acute malnutrition this year due to drought, 50 percent more than estimated in January.
    (Reuters, 5/2/17)
2017        May 2, Uruguay announced the launch of a registry of people who want to legally buy marijuana at pharmacies as part of the world's first government-regulated national marketplace for pot. Marijuana will cost about $1.30 per gram. Companies that won the government bid to grow it will charge about $.90. The rest will be split between pharmacies and the government.
    (AP, 5/2/17)
2017        May 2, Venezuela's opposition blocked streets in Caracas to denounce a decision by unpopular leftist President Nicolas Maduro to create a new super-body known as a "constituent assembly," a move critics say is a veiled attempt to cling to power by avoiding elections.
    (Reuters, 5/2/17)

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