Return to home1250 May 2,
Toeransa, sultan of Egypt, was murdered.
1459 May 2, Pierozzi Antoninus,
Italian archbishop of Florence, saint, died.
1497 May 2, John Cabot departed
for North America. [see Jun 24]
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,
1551 May 2, William Camden,
English historian (Brittania, Annales), was born.
1598 May 2, Henry IV signed the
Treaty of Vervins, ending Spain's interference in France.
1601 May 2, Athanasius Kircher,
German Jesuit, inventor (magic lantern), was born.
1668 May 2, Peace of
Aix-la-Chapelle ended the War of Devolution in France.
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
(AP, 5/2/97)(HN, 5/2/98)(AH, 4/01, p.36)(Econ,
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.
1797 May 2, A mutiny in the
British navy spread from Spithead to the rest of the fleet.
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.
1833 May 2, Czar Nicholas
banned the public sale of serfs.
1837 May 2, Henry Martyn
Roberts, parliamentarian (Robert's Rules of Order).
1844 May 2, Elijah McCoy, black
inventor, held over 50 patents, was born.
1860 May 2, William Maddock
Bayliss, British physiologist, co-discoverer of hormones, was born.
1860 May 2, Theodor Herzl,
journalist, founder (Zionist movement), was born in Austria.
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
1866 May 2, Jesse Lazear,
American physician and researcher of yellow fever.
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,
1885 May 2, "Good Housekeeping"
magazine was 1st published.
1885 May 2, The Congo Free
State was established by King Leopold II of Belgium.
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.
1887 May 2, The remains of
composer Gioachino Rossini (1792-1868), were transferred from Paris
to Santa Croce, Florence.
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.
1895 May 2, Lorenz Milton Hart,
lyricist, collaborator with Richard Rodgers.
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.
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,
1912 May 2, Axel Springer,
German newspaper magnate, was born.
1919 May 2, The first U.S. air
passenger service started.
1920 May 2, 1st game of
National Negro Baseball League was played in Indianapolis.
1921 May 2, Satyajit Ray,
Indian film director (Aparajito, The World of Apu), was born.
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
1924 May 2, Theodore Bikel,
Austrian-US folk singer, actor (Russians Are Coming), was born.
1926 May 2, US military
"intervened" in Nicaragua. [see May 3]
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."
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,
1932 May 2, Jack Benny's first
radio show made its debut on the NBC Blue Network.
1933 May 2, In Germany, Adolf
Hitler banned trade unions.
1934 May 2, Nazi Germany began
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.
1936 May 2, "Peter and the
Wolf," a symphonic tale for children by Sergei Prokofiev, had its
world premiere in Moscow.
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
1938 May 2, Pulitzer prize was
awarded to Thornton Wilder (Our Town).
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
(SFEC, 3/30/97, Par. p.2)(SFEC, 3/30/97, BR.
1941 May 2, Martin Bormann
succeeded Rudolf Hess as Hitler's deputy.
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.
1942 May 2, Japanese troops
occupied Mandalay Burma.
1945 May 2, German Army in
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
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
(AP, 5/4/97)(SFC, 8/11/97, p.A12)(SFC, 4/12/14,
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."
1952 May 2, Christine Baranski,
actress (Maryann-Cybill, Birdcage, Sweeney Todd), was born in
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.
1955 May 2, Pulitzer prize was
awarded to Tennessee Williams for Cat on Hot Tin Roof.
1956 May 2, US Methodist church
disallowed race separation.
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.
1957 May 2, Sen. Joseph R.
McCarthy (48), the controversial Republican from Wisconsin, died at
Bethesda Naval Hospital in Maryland. McCarthy drank himself to
(AP, 5/2/97)(WSJ, 2/9/00, p.A26)
1960 May 2, Pulitzer prize was
awarded to Alan Drury (Advice & Consent).
1960 May 2, House investigating
committee looked into payola questions.
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,
1962 May 2, OAS struck in
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,
1965 May 2, Intelsat 1, also
known as the Early Bird satellite, was used to transmit television
pictures across the Atlantic.
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.
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,
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.
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.
1980 May 2, Pope John Paul II
arrived Kinshasa for the centennial of Catholicism in Zaire and the
beginning of his African tour.
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
(USAT, 3/5/04, p.6A)(Econ, 8/20/05, p.27)(SFC,
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
1991 May 2, US, British, French
and Dutch forces plunged 50 miles deeper into northern Iraq.
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,
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.
1992 May 2, Former US House
Ways and Means Chairman Wilbur D. Mills died in Searcy, Ark., at age
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.
1993 May 2, Authorities said
they had recovered the remains of David Koresh from the burned-out
Branch Davidian compound near Waco, Texas.
1993 May 2, Julio Gallo (82),
wine maker (Gallo), died in a car accident.
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.
1994 May 2, A jury in Detroit
acquitted Dr. Kevorkian of violating a 1992 law against assisted
1994 May 2, Nelson Mandela
claimed victory in the wake of South Africa's first democratic
elections; President F.W. de Klerk acknowledged defeat.
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.
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.
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
(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
(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.
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
(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
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.
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,
(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
(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
(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
2000 May 2, Jockey Julie Krone
became the first female elected to thoroughbred racing’s hall of
2000 May 2, Former nurse
Christina Marie Riggs was executed by injection in Arkansas for
smothering her two young children.
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
(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
(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
(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
(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.
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
(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
(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,
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
(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
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
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.
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.
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
(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.
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.
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
(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
(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
(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.
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.
2005 May 2, Neiman Marcus
agreed to be sold to Texas pacific Group and Warburg Pincus for $5.1
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
2006 May 2, Nepal's new prime
minister announced a seven-member Cabinet, designating a communist
as his deputy and foreign minister.
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
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
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."
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
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
2007 May 2, Isaac Matongo (60),
the chairman of Zimbabwe's opposition Movement for Democratic Change
(MDC) and former trade unionist, died.
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.
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.
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.
2008 May 2, In southern Chile
authorities evacuated hundreds of people from villages after the
snowcapped Chaiten volcano, considered dormant for thousands of
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
2009 May 2, In Austria an
avalanche killed 6 hikers not far from the popular Soelden ski
resort in the alpine province of Tyrol.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
(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
(SFC, 5/2/09, p.A2)
2009 May 2, An Israeli
airstrike against smuggling tunnels on the Gaza-Egypt border killed
2009 May 2, Mexico said it had
no confirmed deaths from HINI swine flu overnight, even as its
confirmed caseload grew to 443.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
2010 May 2, Egyptian police
shot dead two African migrants in separate incidents near the border
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
2011 May 2, A twin engine cargo
plane crashed near an airport in the Miami, Fl., area killing the
(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
(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.
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
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.
2011 May 2, Israeli-based Teva
Pharmaceutical said it will pay $6.8 billion to acquire Cephalon
(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.
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,
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.
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
(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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2012 May 2, In Mauritania the
opposition began protests calling for President Mohamed Ould Abdel
Aziz to step down.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
(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.
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.
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
(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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
2016 May 2, Turkish warplanes
pounded Kurdish rebel positions in northern Iraq, killing 18
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.
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
(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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
2017 May 2, It was reported
that Sweden will end temporary border controls introduced in 2015 to
stem a large influx of asylum seekers.
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.
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
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.
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
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.