955 May 16, Alberich II,
(bastard?) son of Octavianus, was elected pope.
1527 May 16, Florence expelled
the Medici nephews of the Pope and reverted to a republic.
(TL-MB, 1988, p.13)(MC, 5/16/02)
1532 May 16, Sir Thomas More
resigned as English Lord Chancellor.
1568 May 16, Mary Queen of
Scotland fled to England.
1691 May 16, Jacob Leisler, 1st
American colonist, was hanged for treason.
1763 May 16, The English
lexicographer, author and wit Samuel Johnson first met his future
biographer, James Boswell.
1770 May 16, Marie Antoinette
(14), married the future King Louis XVI of France (15).
(AP, 5/16/97)(HN, 5/16/98)
1777 May 16, Button Gwinnet, US
revolutionary leader, died from wounds.
1791 May 16, James Boswell’s
celebrated 2-volume work, "The Life of Samuel Johnson," was
published. In 2001 Adam Sisman authored "Boswell’s Presumptuous
Task," an account of how Boswell came to write the Johnson
(WSJ, 8/24/01, p.W8)(ON, 11/06, p.10)
1792 May 16, Denmark abolished
1801 May 16, William Henry
Seward was born. He was later Gov. of New York and the American Sec.
of State from 1861-1869. Under Pres. Lincoln he purchased Alaska for
the United States at 2 cents per acre.
(HFA, '96, p.30)(AHD, p.1187)(HN, 5/16/99)(WSJ,
11/20/01, p.A16)(MC, 5/16/02)
1804 May 16, Elizabeth Palmer
Peabody, founder of the first U.S. kindergarten, was born.
1824 May 16, Edmund
Kirby-Smith, educator and soldier, was born. He was a Confederate
general in the western theater.
1828 May 16, Sir William
Congreve (b.1772), British artillerist and inventor, died. In 1805
he developed the Congreve Rocket.
(MC, 5/16/02)(WUD, 1994 p.310)
1831 May 16, David Edward
Hughes, inventor (microphone, teleprinter), was born.
1850 May 16, Johannes von
Mikulica-Radecki, Polish surgical pioneer, was born.
1860 May 16, The Republican
convention operned in Chicago.
1861 May 16, Pres. Lincoln
commissioned Benjamin F. Butler, a Massachusetts politician, as a
major general of volunteers in the US Army.
(ON, 2/12, p.1)
1861 May 16, Confederate
government offered war volunteers a $10 premium.
1861 May 16, Kentucky
proclaimed its neutrality. [see May 20]
1863 May 16, At the Battle of
Champion's Hill, in Mississippi, the bloodiest action of the
Vicksburg Campaign, Union General Ulysses S. Grant repulsed the
Confederates, driving them into Vicksburg.
1864 May 16, In the Atlanta
Campaign, the battle of Resaca, begun May 13, ended.
1864 May 16, Platt Rogers
Spencer (b.1800), the originator of Spencerian penmanship, a popular
system of cursive handwriting, died in Geneva, Ohio.
1866 May 16, US Congress
authorized the minting of the first five-cent piece, also known as
the "Shield nickel." The Shield nickel was quite effective in
replacing the half dime, as its base metal composition discouraged
hoarding and caused it to circulate very widely.
1866 May 16, Charles Elmer
Hires invented root beer.
1868 May 16, Bedrich Smetana's
opera "Dalibor," premiered in Prague.
1868 May 16, The U.S. Senate
failed by one vote, cast by Edmund G. Ross, to convict President
Andrew Johnson as it took its first ballot on one of 11 articles of
impeachment against him. Johnson, who came to office on Abraham
Lincoln's assassination in April 1865, was an honest but tactless
man who made many enemies in the Radical Republican Congress. In
response to Johnson's recurrent interference with Radical
Reconstruction, the U.S. House of Representatives drew up 11
articles of impeachment against the chief executive in March 1868.
Although the charges against him were weak, Johnson was tried by the
Senate as the Constitution provides.
(AP, 5/16/97)(HNPD, 5/16/99)
1879 May 16, Antonin Dvorak's
"Slavonic Dances" premiered.
1879 May 16, Wallace Wilkerson
was executed by firing squad in Utah. It was so disgraceful that one
newspaper, the Ogden Junction, sarcastically reminded the state that
"the French guillotine never fails." It was 27 minutes before he
could be pronounced dead.
1879 May 16, Treaty of Gandamak
between Russia and England set up the state of Afghanistan.
1881 May 16, World's 1st
electric tram went into service in Lichterfelder near Berlin.
1886 May 16, Douglas Southall
Freeman, journalist, historian, Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer,
1892 May 16, Richard Tauber,
[Ernst Seiffert], Austria-British, tenor, conductor ("Deine ist mein
ganzes Herz"), was born.
1905 May 16, Henry Fonda
(d.1982), actor, was born in Grand Island, Nebraska. He starred in
"Grapes of Wrath" and "On Golden Pond."
(HN, 5/16/99)(AP, 5/16/07)
1911 May 16, Remains of a
Neanderthal man were found in Jersey, UK.
1911 May 16, Zeppelin
"Deutschland" was wrecked at Dusseldorf.
1912 May 16, Studs Terkel
American author, was born. He wrote The 'Good War.' "Take it easy,
but take it."
(AP, 5/16/98)(HN, 5/16/99)
1913 May 16, Woody Herman
(d.1987), jazz bandleader, was born.
1919 May 16, Liberace (d.1987),
pianist, was born in a Milwaukee suburb as Wladziu Valentino
Liberace. At 17 he debuted with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. He
later averaged an income of $5 million for over 35 years.
(SSFM, 4/29/01, p.22)
1920 May 16, Joan of Arc was
canonized by Pope Benedict XV.
(AP, 5/16/97)(HN, 5/16/98)
1924 May 16, Frank F.
Mankiewicz, columnist (Perfectly Clear), was born in NYC.
1926 May 16, In Ireland Eamon
de Valera founded the Fianna Fail (Soldiers of Destiny) party. It
emerged from a split among those in the Sinn Fein Party, who had
rejected the Anglo-Irish Treaty of 1921.
1927 May 16, US Supreme Court
ruled that bootleggers must pay income tax.
1929 May 16, Betty Carter, jazz
singer, was born.
1929 May 16, Adrienne Rich,
poet (Diving into the Wreck), was born.
1929 May 16, Hollywood staged
an experimental publicity stunt for the movie industry at the
Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel that grew to become the Academy Awards
extravaganza. The first Academy Awards were presented during a
banquet at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. The movie "Wings" won best
production while Emil Jannings and Janet Gaynor were named best
actor and best actress. The first ceremony gave out a 2nd best award
that went to F.W. Murnau’s "Sunrise." The dog Rin Tin Tin received
the most votes for best actor, but the academy decided it would be a
more auspicious precedent to grant the award to a human.
(WSJ, 3/21/97, p.A1)(SFEC, 3/23/97, DB p.54)(AP,
5/16/97)(Econ, 2/4/12, p.86)
1936 May 16, San Francisco
Municipal Judge Lazarus condemned dance hall operators who made
white girls dance with Filipinos. He had just held Terry Santiago
(22) to answer a charge of assault with intent to murder for
stabbing Norma Kompisch (22) 22 times with an 8-inch butcher knife,
despite her cries for mercy. Lazarus had recently call Filipinos
(SSFC, 5/15/11, DB p.46)
1939 May 16, US food stamps
were 1st issued.
1940 May 16, Bernardo
Bertolucci, director (1900, Last Emperor), was born in Parma, Italy.
1940 May 16, Jacques
Goudstikker, Dutch art dealer, fell on a staircase of the SS
Bodegraven as the ship was refused entry at Dover. He died from a
broken neck. His inventory in Amsterdam totaled some 1,400 works,
which Reichsmarschall Herman Goring, Hitler’s 2nd in command, soon
(WSJ, 7/2/08, p.D7)
1941 May 16, The last great
German air attack on Great Britain was at Birmingham.
1943 May 16, "Skipping bombs"
were used for the first and only time to breach three massive Ruhr
Valley dams--the Eder, the Mohne and the Sorpe--that supplied water
and hydroelectric power to Germany's vital armament factories. The
bombs were designed to bounce over anti-torpedo nets and explode at
the base of the dams. Despite only two months of training, Royal Air
Force Wing Commander Guy Gibson and his "Dambusters" breached the
Eder and the Mohne dams and damaged the Sorpe. While subsequent
flooding in the Ruhr Valley claimed 1,294 lives, German industrial
production was affected only briefly while the dams were repaired.
1943 May 16, German troops
destroyed the synagogue of Warsaw. Jewish resistance in the Warsaw
ghetto ended after 30 days of fighting.
1944 May 16, The 1st of over
180,000 Hungarian Jews reached Auschwitz.
1944 May 16, Max Brand,
[Frederick Schiller Faust], western author, died.
1945 May 16, The Nazi submarine
U-234 surrendered to US forces at Portsmouth, NH. It had been bound
for Tokyo with 10 containers of uranium oxide. The atomic material
ended up in the bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
(SFC, 9/1/03, p.B4)(www.uboat.net/)
1946 May 16, The Irving Berlin
musical "Annie Get Your Gun" opened on Broadway starring Ethel
Merman as Annie Oakley. The play closed in 1949 after 1,147
(AP, 5/16/97)(SFC, 4/24/99, p.A10)
1948 May 16, The body of CBS
News correspondent George Polk was found in Salonika Harbor in
Greece, several days after he'd left his hotel for an interview with
the leader of a Communist militia.
1948 May 16, Chaim Weizmann was
elected Chairman of the Provisional State Council of Israel.
Weizmann, born in Russia in 1874, taught chemistry in England and as
a leading Zionist influenced Britain’s Balfour Declaration of 1917
favoring a Jewish homeland in Palestine. Weizmann settled in
Palestine in 1934 and served as president of Israel from 1948 until
his death in 1952.
1948 May 16, PM David
Ben-Gurion appointed Israel Amir (d.2002) to head the fledgling air
force of 8 secondhand light aircraft. Amir held the post for 10
weeks and raised the force to 3,000 personnel.
(SFC, 11/2/02, p.A22)
1951 May 16, Chinese Communist
Forces launched a second step, fifth-phase offensive [in Korea] and
gained up to 20 miles of territory.
1952 May 16, Pierce Brosnan,
actor (Remington Steele, Golden Eye), was born in County Meath,
1953 May 16, Django Reinhardt
(b.1910), Gypsy jazz guitarist, died in France. In 2004 Michael
Dregni authored “Django: The Life and Music of a Gypsy Legend."
1955 May 16, Olga Korbut,
Olympic gymnast (2 golds-1972), was born in Grodno, Belorussia.
(HN, 5/16/98)(MC, 5/16/02)
1955 May 16, Rocky Marciano
(1923-1969) defeated Don Cocknell in 9 rounds in San Francisco’s
Kezar Stadium to retain his world light heavyweight title. This was
the 1st international light heavyweight bout in Kezar since 1940.
1955 May 16, American author
and critic James Agee died in New York.
1957 May 16, Pope Pius XII
published his encyclical Invicti Athletae.
1958 May 16, A man endured a
record 82.6 G for .04 seconds on a water-braked rocket sled at
Holloman Air Force Base. He was hospitalized for 3 days for
(SFEC, 7/2/00, Z1 p.2)
1960 May 16, A Big Four summit
conference in Paris collapsed on its opening day as the Soviet Union
leveled spy charges against the United States in the wake of the U-2
(HN, 5/16/98)(AP, 5/16/99)
1963 May 16, After 22 Earth
orbits Gordon Cooper returned to Earth in Friendship Seven, ending
1965 May 16, The musical play
"The Roar of the Greasepaint -- The Smell of the Crowd" opened on
1965 May 16, Spaghetti-O's were
1966 May 16, Columbia Records
released Bob Dylan’s album "Blonde on Blonde."
1966 May 16, Stokely Carmichael
was named chairman of Student Nonviolent Coordinating.
1966 May 16, Mao exploited his
cult status as Communist China's "red, red sun" and urged young
Chinese to revolt against traditional culture and leaders. The
country descended into the ideological frenzy of the Cultural
Revolution. Teenagers armed with red booklets of Mao's speeches
battled one another and dispatched millions to the countryside. Many
"capitalist roaders" were hounded to death. The Cultural Revolution
was a radical upheaval of Chinese society initiated by Chinese
leader Mao Zedong. Mao, fearing his influence fading, chose to
promote the movement, which amounted to anarchy and terror erupting
in China’s urban centers. In doing so, he circumvented his
designated successors with individuals committed to his vision,
including the Gang of Four.
(WSJ 12/10/93)(HNQ, 6/6/01)(Econ, 5/20/06, p.43)
1969 May 16, Russia’s Venera 5
landed on Venus and returned data on atmosphere.
1974 May 16, SLA members
William and Emily Harris were identified with Patty Hearst in LA
during a shoplifting attempt at Mel's Sporting Goods store. They
escaped in a stolen van with a 19-year-old kidnapped victim.
(SFEC, 3/1/98, p.W23)(SFC, 2/4/99, p.A8)
1974 May 16, Helmut Schmidt
(b.1918), head of the Social Democratic Party became the West German
chancellor and served until October 1, 1982.
(AP, 11/21/05)(SFC, 5/31/00,
1975 May 16, Junko Tabei
(1939-2016), Japanese mountain climber, became the first woman to
reach the summit of Mt. Everest. In 1992, she also became the first
woman to complete the "Seven Summits," reaching the highest peaks of
the seven continents.
1975 May 16, India annexed the
Principality of Sikkim. The people of Sikkim had revolted against
the monarchy and Sikkim became India’s 22nd and second smallest
state. The Lepchas are the original inhabitants of Sikkim.
2/27/05, p.F5)(AFP, 11/6/11)
1976 May 16, The Montreal
Canadiens won the Stanley Cup hockey finals in 4 games over the
1977 May 16, Five people were
killed when a New York Airways helicopter, idling atop the Pan Am
Building in midtown Manhattan, toppled over, sending a huge rotor
1977 May 16, In Mali former
Pres. Modibo Keita (1915-1977) died in prison. His reputation was
rehabilitated in 1992 following the overthrow of Moussa Traore and
subsequent the election of president Alpha Oumar Konare. A monument
for Modibo Keita, was dedicated in Bamako on June 6, 1999.
1978 May 16, Patricia Hearst
(24) entered the Federal correctional Institute at Pleasanton, Ca.,
to resume her 7-year sentence for a SF bank robbery with the SLA.
(SFC, 5/16/03, p.E8)
1979 May 16, Asa Philip
Randolph (b.1889), black labor leader and civil rights pioneer, died
in NYC. Randolph brought the word of trade unionism to millions of
African American households.
1982 May 16, In the Dominican
Republic the Revolutionary Party, under the leadership of Jose Pena
Gomez (1937-1998), won the presidential elections. The PRD's
presidential candidate, Salvador Jorge Blanco, won, and the PRD
gained a majority in both houses of Congress. Jose Pena Gomez served
as the mayor of Santo Domingo from 1982-1986.
1984 May 16, Andy Kaufman (35),
comedian, died of cancer. He played Latka Gravas in the TV sitcom
1984 May 16, Irwin Shaw
(b.1913), US writer (Rich Man, Poor Man), died in Switzerland.
1985 May 16, Michael Jordan of
the Chicago Bulls was named NBA Rookie of Year.
1985 May 16, Margaret Hamilton
(b.1902), American film actress, died. She was best known for her
role as the Wicked Witch in the Wizard of Oz.
1986 May 16, Argentine
ex-president Galtieri (1926-2003) was sentenced to 12 years.
1987 May 16, Kentucky Derby
winner Alysheba captured the Preakness Stakes in Baltimore. Alysheba
fell short in the Belmont Stakes, failing to become the first Triple
Crown champion since Affirmed.
1987 May 16, "Bobro 400," a
barge carrying 3,200 tons of garbage, set sail from NY, beginning an
unsuccessful 8-week search for a dumping site.
1988 May 16, US Surgeon General
C. Everett Koop released a report declaring nicotine was addictive
in ways similar to heroin and cocaine.
1988 May 16, The US Supreme
Court ruled that police can search discarded garbage without a
1989 May 16, During his visit
to Beijing, Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev met with Chinese
leader Deng Xiaoping, formally ending a 30-year rift between the two
1990 May 16, Sammy Davis Jr.
(64), entertainer, died in Los Angeles. Davis owed the IRS $5
million at his death. A settlement was later reached for $300,000.
In 2003 Wil Haygood authored "In Black and White: The Life of Sammy
(AP, 5/16/00)(SSFC, 1/21/01, Par p.2)(WSJ,
1990 May 16, Jim Henson (53),
"Muppets" creator, died in NYC. In 2013 Brian Jay Jones authored
“Jim Henson: The Biography."
1991 May 16, US Secretary of
State James A. Baker the Third wrapped up his latest Mideast visit
in Israel without an agreement for Arab-Israeli peace talks.
1991 May 16 Queen Elizabeth II
became the first British monarch to address the U.S. Congress.
1992 May 16, America3,
skippered by Bill Koch, won the 28th defense of the America's Cup.
1992 May 16, The space shuttle
Endeavour completed its maiden voyage with a safe landing in the
1993 May 16, A two-day Bosnian
Serb referendum on a U.N.-backed peace plan ended, with voters
rejecting the proposal by a wide margin.
1994 May 16, Israel began its
final withdrawal from the Gaza Strip, shutting down the prison and
military headquarters where Israeli soldiers had been in charge
since the 1967 Middle East War.
1995 May 16, The Clinton
administration threatened punitive tariffs that would double the
prices for Japan's most popular luxury cars.
1995 May 16, Some $10 million
worth of computer microprocessors were stolen from Centon, a chip
firm in Irvine, Ca. The massive “Bytes Dust" task force
investigation resulted in the 2000 racketeering trial of the 4 men
who masterminded the heist. Mady Chan, Hoang Ai Le, John That Luong
and Hui Chi Luong were found guilty. 15 more defendants of “The
Company" awaited trial. In 2001 John That Luong was sentenced to 88
years in prison.
(SFC, 3/1/00, p.A26)(SFC, 6/23/00, p.A14)(SFC,
1995 May 16, Aum Shinri Kyo
cult leader Shoko Asahara was found hiding in a secret room at a
cult compound in Kamikuishiki and arrested. A letter bomb exploded
in Tokyo’s city hall and injured an aid of the governor who had
advocated withdrawing Aum’s religious permit. His teachings declared
that he was Christ, that meditation was required for enlightenment,
and that Armageddon is imminent.
(SFC, 4/24/96, p.A-8)(SFC, 11/2/96, p.A9)(SFC,
1996 May 16, The US Treasury
Dept. announced planned to issue a new type of government bond that
would protect investors from inflation and help government finance
the national debt. The new bond would offer returns that would rise
and fall in line with inflation.
(SFC, 5/17/96, p.A-1)
1996 May 16, The government
announced a plan to pay debt-strapped home-owners up to 30% of their
monthly mortgage payments thus easing the pressure on the country’s
(SFC, 5/17/96, p.A-15)
1996 May 16, GM was expected to
pick Thailand over the Philippines for a $1 billion vehicle assembly
(WSJ, 5/16/96, p.A-1)
1996 May 16, US Navy Admiral
Jeremy "Mike" Boorda (57), the nation’s top Navy officer, died from
a self-inflicted gunshot wound after some of his military awards
were called into question. Boorda committed suicide shortly before
answering questions from Newsweek Magazine about his right to wear
certain combat pins.
(SFC, 11/25/96, p.A3)(AP, 5/16/97)
1996 May 16, Michael Lyons, (8)
of Yuba City, Ca., was kidnapped, sexually assaulted and murdered.
Robert Rhoades (45) was arrested the next day near the boy’s body.
In 1998 Rhoades was convicted of the murder and sentenced to death.
In 2007 Rhoades faced another trial for the 1984 rape and murder of
Julie Connell (18) in Hayward, Ca.
1996 May 16, French unions
scheduled a series of strikes to protest Prime Minister Juppe’s
plans to eliminate thousands of civil service jobs.
(WSJ, 5/16/96, p.A-1)
1996 May 16, Indonesian
commandos rescued 9 hostages, members of a scientific team, seized
by separatists in Irian Jaya 4 months ago. 2 Indonesian hostages
were hacked to death during the raid.
(WSJ, 5/16/96, p.A-1)(SFC, 5/17/96, p.A-16)
1996 May 16, Romano Prodi was
named head of the center-left Olive Branch alliance that won April
elections. PM Prodi led Italy’s 55th postwar government with the
leftists in power for the first time in 50 years.
(WSJ, 5/17/96, p.A-1)(Econ, 11/26/05, Survey
1996 May 16, Chevron said it
spilled as much as 17,000 gallons of oil into Pearl Harbor after a
pipeline sprang a leak.
(SFC, 5/16/96, p.A-4)
1996 May 16, The US federal
government set aside 3.9 million acres of land in California, Oregon
and Washington state for the endangered marbled murrelet.
(SFC, 5/16/96, p.A-14)
1996 May 16, UN and Iraqi
officials reached a tentative agreement to resume oil sales of $4
billion a year to buy food and medicine. The oil for food program
mandated that 13% of the UN resources go to northern Kurdish areas.
In 2004 it was reported that illicit trade agreements with neighbors
netted Iraq nearly $11 billion between 1990 and 2003. In 2004 the
estimate for illicit trade was raised to $21.3 billion. In 2008
Michael Soussan authored “Backstabbing for Beginners: My Crash
Course in International Diplomacy," in which he tells of his 3-year
close-up experience in the UN’s Oil for Food program beginning in
(SFC, 5/16/96, p.A-9)(SFC, 9/3/01, p.A9)(SFC,
10/9/04, p.A15)(SFC, 11/16/04, p.A9)(WSJ, 11/14/08, p.A15)
1996 May 16, In Iraq a team of
Iranian agents were captured in Baghdad. They were on a mission to
assassinate Iranian guerilla leader Massoud Rajavi. Hassan Nedham
al-Malki, spokesman for the National Council of Resistance of Iran,
said the team was armed with rocket launchers and a mortar and had
infiltrated through the marshes of southern Iraq.
(SFC, 5/17/96, p.A-16)
1996 May 16, Sylvestre
Ntibantunganya, Burundi’s Hutu president, has called his army
“paralyzed and useless" and given it a week to stop ethnic violence
between Tutsi armed forces and Hutu rebels.
(SFC, 5/18/96, p.A-10)
1997 May 16, Pres. Clinton
spoke an apology for the government’s Tuskegee syphilis study from
1932-1972, in which 399 black men were kept untreated by government
scientists in order to study the progression of the disease.
(WSJ, 5/16/97, p.A1)(AP, 5/16/98)
1997 May 16, The space shuttle
Atlantis docked with Russia's Mir station.
1997 May 16, It was reported
that researchers have found the gene that controls the sleep/wake
cycles in mammals.
(USAT, 5/16/97, p.1A)
1997 May 16, Some 2,500 barrels
of oil leaked near a coastal marsh in Louisiana at lake Barre in
(SFC, 5/20/97, p.A3)
1997 May 16, In Croatia
southwest of Zagreb mobs of Croat refugees rampaged through at least
4 Serbian villages during the week and forced dozens of Serbs to
flee. A campaign was growing to drive out of the country some
100,000 Serbs who have remained since the end of the Balkan war and
to block returning Serbs from re-settling.
(SFC, 5/17/97, p.A13)
1997 May 16, The new 60-story,
Commerzbank in Frankfurt, Germany, by English architect Sir Norman
(WSJ, 5/14/97, p.B1)
1997 May 16, From Hong Kong Fei
Long (Fat Dragon) was described as a local celebrity for his
articles on prostitution on Portland St., the heart of the red-light
district. His columns have been compiled as the “Fat Dragon
(WSJ, 5/16/97, p.A1)
1997 May 16, In Italy Giuseppe
De Santis, film director, died at 80. His films included “Bitter
Rice" (1949), “Obsession," “Tragic Hunt," “Under the Olive Tree,"
and “Rome 11 O’Clock."
(SFC, 5/19/97, p.A24)
1997 May 16, In Zaire,
President Mobutu Sese Seko ended 32 years of autocratic rule, giving
control of the country to rebel forces.
(SFC, 5/17/97, p.A1)(AP, 5/16/98)
1998 May 16, "Real Quiet" won
the Preakness, two weeks after winning the Kentucky Derby. Real
Quiet later failed to capture the Triple Crown, losing the Belmont
Stakes to Victory Gallop by a nose.
1998 May 16, Israeli soldiers
in Hebron wounded 10 Palestinians in the 3rd straight day of
(SFEC, 5/17/98, p.A23)
1998 May 16, In the Philippines
a fire at the Lung Center of the Philippines, in a suburb of Manila,
killed at least 8 people and another 14 were presumed dead.
(SFC, 5/16/98, p.A11)
1998 May 16, Rwanda’s former
interior minister Seth Sendashonga (b.1951), a Hutu, was shot dead
in Nairobi, Kenya.
1999 May 16, The Justice
Department said preliminary figures from the FBI indicated a decline
in serious crime in 1998 for the seventh consecutive year.
1999 May 16, Tornadoes swept
through western Iowa and 2 people were killed.
(SFC, 5/17/99, p.A3)
1999 May 16, NATO admitted to
some 100 casualties from its air strikes but cited executions by
Serb forces of at least 4,600 ethnic Albanians.
(SFC, 5/17/99, p.A1)
1999 May 16, In Belarus an
unofficial presidential election drew to a close after 10 days of
door-to-door vote getting. One of the 2 candidates withdrew and the
other was in prison and the affair was denounced by Pres.
(SFC, 5/17/99, p.A10)
1999 May 16, In Guatemala a
referendum was scheduled on a package of 50 constitutional reforms
that included recognition of the rights of the Indian majority and
modernization of the army. Voters rejected the referendum 77% to
(SFC, 5/14/99, p.D5)(SFC, 5/17/99, p.A10)
1999 May 16, In Kuwait the
Cabinet voted to give women the right to vote in the 2003 general
(SFC, 5/17/99, p.A12)
1999 May 16, The 1956 Picasso
painting, "Woman Nude Before Garden," was slashed by a mental
patient in Amsterdam's Stedelijk Museum.
(WSJ, 2/16/99, p.A20)
1999 May 16, In Pakistan a
gasoline truck overturned and exploded while people attempted to
salvage leaking fuel in Adda Rodu Sultan. Some 65 people were killed
and at least 75 injured.
(SFC, 5/17/99, p.A12)
2000 May 16, The Federal
Reserve raised its federal funds rate by one-half point, the biggest
increase in five years.
(SFC, 5/17/00, p.A1)(AP, 5/16/01)
2000 May 16, The New York
Democratic Party, meeting in Albany, nominated first lady Hillary
Rodham Clinton for the US Senate.
2000 May 16, In Oregon ballots
were counted in the nation’s first regular primary election
conducted by mail. Estimated response was 47%.
(SFC, 5/17/00, p.A8)
2000 May 16, Veteran White
House correspondent Helen Thomas resigned from United Press
International, a day after the wire service was sold to the parent
firm of The Washington Times.
2000 May 16, The 3M Co.
announced that it would stop making many Scotchguard stain repellent
products. The company found that the compound perfluorooctane
sulfonate (PFOA), one of the ingredients, tended to persist in the
environment and in the bloodstream of people worldwide. The US
market was left to DuPont.
(SFC, 5/17/00, p.A7)(SFC, 4/15/03, p.A5)
2000 May 16, In China some
5,000 retired or laid-off workers in Liaoyang clashed with police
following protests over non-payment of pensions and wages.
(SFC, 5/17/00, p.A18)
2000 May 16, In Congo an
immediate pullout from Kisangani of forces from Rwanda and Uganda
was agreed to in a bid to avert a wider war.
(WSJ, 5/17/00, p.A1)
2000 May 16, Ethiopian troops
penetrated into western Eritrea and attempted to cut off retreating
(WSJ, 5/17/00, p.A1)
2000 May 16, In Iran the
Hammihan daily, a major reformist newspaper, was shut down on 17
counts of press law violations.
(SFC, 5/17/00, p.A18)
2000 May 16, Palestinian
demonstrators continued to fight Israeli forces for a 5th day but
Palestinian authorities appeared to contain most of the violence.
(SFC, 5/17/00, p.A14)
2001 May 16, The US State Dept.
decided to designate the Real IRA as a terrorist organization and
banned fund raising by the group and its supporting organizations.
(SFC, 5/18/01, p.D4)
2001 May 16, Former FBI agent
Robert Hanssen was indicted on charges of spying for Moscow. Hanssen
later pleaded guilty to 15 counts of espionage and was sentenced to
life in prison without parole.
2001 May 16, Nathaniel Brazill,
a 14-year-old boy who shot his English teacher to death on the last
day of the school year, was convicted of second-degree murder in
West Palm Beach, Fla. Brazill was later sentenced to 28 years in
2001 May 16, Timothy McVeigh
was scheduled for execution by injection and the event was set to
show on closed-circuit TV at an Oklahoma City site restricted to 200
people. The execution was postponed to June 11.
(WSJ, 4/13/01, p.A1)
2001 May 16, The DJIA rose 342
to 11,215. The Nasdaq rose 80 to 2,166.
(SFC, 5/17/01, p.B1)
2001 May 16, In Colombia Ronald
de Jesus Arrollave, a La Terraza leader, was dragged from his
Medellin home and shot to death by 15 hooded gunmen. FARC rebels
kidnapped Lothar Hintze, a German businessman, at a tourist complex
that he was building in Prado. He was released April 5, 2006.
(SFC, 5/19/01, p.A12)(AP, 4/6/06)
2001 May 16, In Sierra Leone
rebels and pro-government militias agreed to end hostilities and
(SFC, 5/17/01, p.A12)
2001 May 16, In Turkey a Casa
CN-235 military transport plane crashed and killed 34 people, mostly
special-forces soldiers returning from a Kurdish region.
(SFC, 5/17/01, p.A12)
2002 May 16, The White House
defended President Bush for not disclosing intelligence before the
Sept. 11 attacks that Osama bin Laden wanted to hijack U.S.
airplanes, saying there had been no specific threat.
2002 May 16, David Berg (81),
Mad magazine artist, died. He began his “The Lighter Side of" comic
strips for Mad Magazine in 1961 and continued for 365 subsequent
issues. He also wrote and drew 17 Mad books along with “My Friend
God and “Roger Kaputnik and God."
(SFC, 5/25/02, p.A27)
2002 May 16, Astronomers
announced the discovery of 11 more moons orbiting Jupiter bringing
the total number to 39.
(SFC, 5/17/02, p.A9)
2002 May 16, In Afghanistan
coalition forces came under fire in eastern Paktia province. Some
enemy fighters were reported killed. Fire from an AC-130 gunship
killed about 10 people, possibly local tribe members.
(SFC, 5/17/02, p.A11)(SSFC, 5/19/02, p.A4)
2002 May 16, In Belgium the
parliament approved a euthanasia bill that would give terminally ill
patients the right to die under limited conditions.
(SFC, 5/17/02, p.A20)
2002 May 16, In China the state
phone industry was divided into 2 competing parts: China Telecom and
(WSJ, 5/16/02, p.A12)
2002 May 16, In Cuba former US
Pres. Jimmy Carter met with over 20 dissidents and urged them to
continue fighting for democratic change and human rights.
(SFC, 5/17/02, p.A14)
2002 May 16, In the Dominican
Republic legislative and municipal elections were held. The ruling
Dominican Revolutionary Party of Pres. Hipolito Mejia claimed
(SFC, 5/18/02, p.A13)
2002 May 16, A military court
convicted Toujan Faisal, Jordan's 1st female lawmaker, of harming
the government's reputation in an open letter accusing the PM of
financial wrongdoing. She was sentenced to 1 ½ years in prison.
(SFC, 5/17/02, p.A20)
2002 May 16, Liberian forces
claimed to have stopped the rebel offensive to have killed 100 in
(SFC, 5/17/02, p.A20)
2002 May 16, In Karachi,
Pakistan, police uncovered a body believed to be WSJ reporter Daniel
(SFC, 5/17/02, p.A11)
2002 May 16, PLO Pres. Yasser
Arafat agreed to revamp his cabinet and hold elections within 6
(SFC, 5/17/02, p.A1)
2003 May 16, President Bush
launched his re-election campaign.
2003 May 16, The US Senate
committed $15 billion to fight global AIDS. Congress approved the
President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). In his Jan 28,
State of the Union address Pres. George W. Bush had made a
commitment to substantially increase US support for addressing
2003 May 16, Bosnia signed an
agreement with the United States on Friday that exempts Americans
from prosecution by a new international criminal court.
2003 May 16, In northeastern
Congo rival tribes fighting signed a cease-fire. There were over 100
confirmed killings and evidence of cannibalism.
(AP, 5/16/03)(SFC, 5/20/03, p.A8)
2003 May 16, Slovak voters
began a two-day referendum to reaffirm their nation's top foreign
policy goal to be membership in the European Union.
2003 May 16, In Morocco suicide
attackers set 5 nearly simultaneous explosions in the heart of
Casablanca, killing 33 people and a dozen suicide bombers at a
Jewish community center, the Belgian consulate, a Spanish social
club and a major hotel. The attackers all came from the shantytown
of Carriere Thomas. In 2007 a Paris court convicted eight people of
supporting the suicide bombers.
(AP, 5/17/04)(SFCM, 3/27/05, p.10)(AP, 7/12/07)
2004 May 16, The United States
announced a new initiative to speed up the approval process for new
combination AIDS drugs that was designed to bring cheap, easy-to-use
treatment to millions of people in Africa and the Caribbean.
2004 May 16, Dominican Republic
President Hipolito Mejia sought a second term in an election. Leonel
Fernandez, former Dominican leader (1996-2000), reclaimed the
presidency in a vote that reflected frustration with the nation's
worst economic crisis in decades. A polling-station shooting left 3
(AP, 5/16/04)(AP, 5/17/04)(WSJ, 5/17/04, p.A1)
2004 May 16, Gunmen In Baghdad
fired on a minibus, killing two Iraqi women who worked for the
U.S.-led coalition. Assailants in a southern city killed a coalition
translator and critically injured another.
2004 May 16, It was reported
that a Scottish bus firm had begun issuing DNA “spit kits" help
drivers verify assault charges on passengers spitting at drivers.
(SSFC, 5/16/04, p.A2)
2004 May 16, Pope John Paul II
named six new saints, including Gianna Beretta Molla, revered by
abortion foes because she'd refused to end her pregnancy despite
warnings it could kill her. Beretta Molla, an Italian pediatrician,
died in 1962 at age 39, a week after giving birth to her fourth
2004 May 16, In Uganda rebels
killed 22 civilians during a raid on a Gulu district camp set up for
2005 May 16, A US Senate report
detailing alleged misuse of the program said almost one third of the
oil allocations granted under the United Nations' 1996 to 2003 Iraqi
Oil-for-Food program went to Russian parties or individuals.
2005 May 16, The US Supreme
Court in Swedenburg v. Kelly ruled 5-4 that wine lovers may buy
directly from out-of-state vineyards if those states allow direct
shipments from in-state wineries. Vintner Juanita Swedenburg
(1925-2007) had filed her suit against a New York state law in 2000.
(AP, 5/16/05)(SFC, 5/17/05, p.A1)(WSJ, 6/16/07,
2005 May 16, Army Specialist
Sabrina Harman was convicted at Fort Hood, Texas, of six of the
seven charges she faced for her role in the mistreatment of Iraqi
prisoners at Abu Ghraib. She was sentenced to six months in prison
after testimony about her acts of kindness toward Iraqis before she
became an Abu Ghraib guard.
2005 May 16, Newsweek magazine
retracted its Quran abuse story that sparked deadly protests in
Afghanistan that left about 15 people dead and scores injured.
2005 May 16, In Coeur d’Alene,
Idaho, police found Mark McKenzie (37), Brenda (40) and Slade Groene
(13) bound and slain. Shasta Groene (8) and Dylan Groene (9)
were missing. Shasta was found alive July 2.
(AP, 5/18/05)(SSFC, 7/3/05, p.A18)
2005 May 16, In Afghanistan 4
armed men kidnapped Clementina Cantoni (32), an Italian relief
worker, from her car in Kabul. Authorities described the group as
2005 May 16, In Brazil
thousands of landless farmers, organized as the Movement of Landless
Rural Workers (MST), swarmed into Brasilia.
(Econ, 5/21/05, p.39)
2005 May 16, In Brazil the
Indian rights group Survival International said logging companies
were cutting down the forest in the Rio Pardo area, about 1,400
miles northwest of Rio de Janeiro, despite repeated reports that
there were isolated Indians in the region.
2005 May 16, Many French
workers ignored the new national "Day of Solidarity," an extra work
day in place of the annual Pentecost holiday, that was part of the
government's response to a 2003 heat wave that killed 15,000 people.
Under a new law workers give up a holiday, while their employers pay
into a government fund to improve health care for the aged and
(AP, 5/15/05)(WSJ, 5/17/05, p.A10)
2005 May 16, In southern India
firecrackers illegally stored in a home in Hassan exploded, killing
2005 May 16, In Iraq 8 more
bodies were found executed by insurgents. Attacks left at least 24
(WSJ, 5/17/05, p.A1)(SFC, 5/17/05, p.A1)
2005 May 16, The Kuwait
Parliament extended political rights to women, but religious
fundamentalists who opposed women's suffrage succeeded in attaching
a clause requiring future female politicians and voters to abide by
2005 May 16, Mexican President
Vicente Fox regretted any hurt feelings for saying that Mexicans in
the United States were doing the work that even blacks wouldn't.
2005 May 16, Nepalese troops
resumed their search for hundreds of children taken hostage by
Maoist insurgents in the mountains of western Nepal. In the latest
fighting, 4 rebels, 3 army soldiers and a policeman were killed in
Sandheni area, about 100 miles southeast of Kathmandu. Meanwhile,
Nepal's anti-corruption agency charged former Prime Minister Sher
Bahadur Deuba and five others with embezzling $53 million.
2005 May 16, Senior Russian
officials said Russia is prepared to reduce its strategic nuclear
arsenal below 1,500 warheads, less than the level agreed to with the
United States, but Moscow is concerned about nuclear threats on its
2005 May 16, In Sri Lanka at
least one man was killed and four wounded in fresh violence, as
international aid donors tried to nudge the island's warring parties
to revive peace talks.
2005 May 16, In Turkey 2
Kurdish guerillas trying to attack the home of a Turkish governor
were killed after police fired on them as they approached the
2005 May 16, Gunfire persisted
in the eastern city of Andijan where Uzbek security forces fired on
protesters last week, a clash that reportedly left several hundred
dead. New accounts emerged that violence in nearby towns killed
2006 May 16, The Pentagon
released the first video images of American Airlines Flight 77
crashing into the military headquarters building and killing 189
people on 9/11.
2006 May 16, The US State
Department apologized to Bangladesh's national carrier, Biman, after
a flight was barred from landing at New York's JFK Airport on May
13. The airline said that it would seek compensation for the
financial losses it suffered due to the FAA decision.
2006 May 16, Seven
African-American members of the US Congress were arrested at the
Embassy of Sudan, where they were protesting atrocities in that
country's Darfur region.
2006 May 16, The US Postal
Service approved a one-year trial that allows businesses to purchase
custom postage from private companies that contract with the Postal
(SFC, 6/1/06, p.A1)
2006 May 16, After months of
intense pressure, the director of Los Angeles' J. Paul Getty Museum
agreed to recommend to the museum's board to return ancient
artifacts in its collections that Greece claims were illegally
spirited out of the country.
2006 May 16, Richard Hatch, who
had won $1 million in the debut season of "Survivor," was sentenced
in Providence, R.I., to more than four years in prison for failing
to pay taxes on his reality TV prize and other income.
2006 May 16, Joe Paterno and
Bobby Bowden, the winningest coaches in Division I-A football, were
elected to the college football Hall of Fame.
2006 May 16, Militants attacked
a police post and a government office near Afghanistan's rugged
eastern border with Pakistan and a gunbattle killed four people and
2006 May 16, Bolivia's leftist
government outlined its plan to redistribute idle land to poor
peasants, ruling out mass expropriations and proposing instead the
distribution of state-owned property.
2006 May 16, In Brazil an
unprecedented crime wave, that killed at least 97 people and
terrified the 18 million residents of Sao Paulo, seemed to be waning
as stores reopened and bus service was fully restored. Police struck
back at gangs that rampaged through Sao Paulo, killing 33 suspected
gang members in less than 24 hours and frisking motorists at
roadblocks while reporting only one death of their own.
2006 May 16, Colombian-born
Pablo Rayo Montano, one of the world's most hunted drug traffickers
was arrested in Sao Paulo, Brazil, as part of an international
crackdown. He was accused of shipping more than 70 tons of cocaine
to the United States.
2006 May 16, Yang Tianshui, a
freelance writer, was sentenced to 12 years in prison amid one of
China's most severe media crackdowns since the 1980s. Yang was
convicted after being accused of posting articles on foreign Web
sites, receiving money from abroad and helping a would-be opposition
2006 May 16, In Colombia
farmers and members of indigenous tribes clashed with police during
protests against a free-trade agreement with the US and the
re-election of President Alvaro Uribe, and protest leaders said an
Indian farmer was killed.
2006 May 16, The UN mission
Congo said Innocent Kaina, one of the founding members of a militia
group in northeastern Congo, has been wounded and captured in
fighting with the Congolese army.
2006 May 16, Scientists warned
that tropical forests, which house El Salvador's famed coffee
plantations and provide habitat for migrating birds, are being
depleted at an alarming rate.
2006 May 16, Fiji's
indigenous-dominated governing party led the Indian-dominated
opposition after a second day of general election vote-counting,
with voters polarized along racial lines.
2006 May 16, France's PM
Dominique de Villepin was in the firing line as parliament debated a
no confidence motion filed by the opposition over the Clearstream
dirty tricks scandal. Jean-Luis Gergorin, a senior executive at
EADS, was later identified as the anonymous informer who tried to
link important politicians to secret bank accounts in Luxembourg.
(AP, 5/16/06)(Econ, 5/27/06, p.63)
2006 May 16, Militants raided a
parking lot in a predominantly Shiite neighborhood of Baghdad. The
shot dead 5 militiamen working as guards and left behind a car bomb
that killed 18 would-be rescuers. A roadside bomb near Rasheed
airfield killed a US soldier. Suspected insurgents attacked a police
patrol in Kirkuk, killing two policeman. Gunmen in eastern Baghdad
killed police 1st Sgt. Latif Abdullah, who worked in Interior
(AP, 5/16/06)(SFC, 5/17/06, p.A8)
2006 May 16, In Iraq gunmen
kidnapped UAR diplomat Naji Rashid al-Nuaimi (28) as he left the
home of the United Arab Emirates' cultural affairs attache in
Baghdad's Mansour district. On May 30 it was reported that Al-Nuaimi
(AP, 5/17/06)(AP, 5/31/06)
2006 May 16, Irish rock star
Bono began a new African tour in Lesotho where he planned to unveil
a new initiative to fight AIDS in its ailing textile industry.
2006 May 16, Italy’s top
sporting body put the national football federation under emergency
rule as prosecutors looked into a match-fixing scandal involving the
Juventus team of Turin in 19 games in the 2004-05 season.
(Econ, 5/20/06, p.53)
2006 May 16, Electronics giant
Sony Corp said it will launch the world's first notebook personal
computer equipped with a next-generation Blu-ray optical disk drive
on June 24.
2006 May 16, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a
Somali-born member of Parliament, said she will resign and leave
Holland after the government said she was improperly granted
citizenship. She became an internationally known opponent of some
violent types of Islam.
2006 May 16, A powerful
magnitude 7.4 earthquake occurred deep under the South Pacific near
an uninhabited chain of islands north of New Zealand.
2006 May 16, The Nigerian
Senate rejected a constitutional amendment that would have allowed
President Olusegun Obasanjo to run for a third term in office in
2006 May 16, In northwestern
Pakistan suspected Islamic militants ambushed a convoy of security
forces, setting off a shootout that left at least 7 militants and
one security official dead.
2006 May 16, Shooting attacks
in the Gaza Strip left one Hamas member dead and two others wounded.
2006 May 16, Saudi newspapers
reported that King Abdullah has told Saudi editors to stop
publishing pictures of women as they could make young men go astray.
2006 May 16, In Somalia
fighting between Islamic militias and rival secular fighters killed
two people on the outskirts of Mogadishu, despite a weekend
cease-fire ending days of bloodshed in the capital.
2006 May 16, South Korean
prosecutors indicted Hyundai Motor Co. Chairman Chung Mong-koo in an
embezzlement and slush fund scandal. He was later convicted of
embezzling $90 million from his company. In August, 2008, he was
pardoned by Pres. Lee Myung-bak.
(AP, 5/16/06)(Econ, 9/27/08, SR p.13)
2006 May 16, The UN Security
Council passed a resolution pressing Sudan to cooperate with the
United Nations as it prepares take over peacekeeping in Darfur from
an underfunded African Union force.
2006 May 16, Vietnam's PM Phan
Van Khai (70) said he has nominated Deputy PM Nguyen Tan Dung (56)
as his successor.
2007 May 16, Anti-war Democrats
in the US Senate failed in an attempt to cut off funds for the Iraq
2007 May 16, British PM Tony
Blair paid a farewell visit to President Bush at the White House.
2007 May 16, Paul Wolfowitz
began to negotiate the terms under which he would resign from the
(SFC, 5/17/07, p.A3)
2007 May 16, The DJIA rose
103.69 to a record 13,487.53. Nasdaq rose 22.13 to 2,547.
(SFC, 5/17/07, p.C1)
2007 May 16, The journal Nature
said that a bird count had found common US species, like robins,
crows and bluebirds, in sharp decline due to West Nile virus. A US
Geological survey in June found that populations of 20 common
American bird species have dropped by half in the last 40 years.
(WSJ, 5/17/07, p.A1)(SFC, 6/15/07, p.A11)
2007 May 16, In Algeria bombs
killed a police officer and wounded five other people on the eve of
parliamentary elections, prompting fears of renewed Islamist
2007 May 16, Gen. Sir Richard
Dannatt, British army chief of staff, announced that Prince Harry
would not go to Iraq because of "specific threats" to his life that
would expose the prince and his fellow soldiers to unacceptable
risk. The prince did end up serving in Afghanistan for 10 weeks,
until word of his deployment got out.
(AP, 5/17/07)(AP, 5/16/08)
2007 May 16, In Canada some
3,200 track workers at Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. began a
national strike over failed talks on wages and other issues.
2007 May 16, Zheng Xiaoyu,
China's former top drug regulator, went on trial accused of taking
bribes to approve untested medicine, including an antibiotic that
killed at least 10 patients last year before it was taken off the
market. Zheng was fired in 2005 on charges he took up to $780,000 in
bribes to approve medicine that had not been tested to ensure its
safety. He was expelled earlier this year from the ruling Communist
2007 May 16, In northern
Colombia Diana Patricia Pena (36) was abducted by armed men with her
husband, Roland Erik Larson (68), at their farm. Pena soon escaped
but Larson was still missing.
2007 May 16, Following a
six-decade wait, Estonia's 3,000-strong Jewish community inaugurated
its new and only synagogue in Tallinn in the presence of top Israeli
2007 May 16, Nicolas Sarkozy
took office as France's president.
2007 May 16, In northwestern
Haiti gunmen killed journalist Alix Joseph (38), shooting him 11
times outside his fiancé’s house.
2007 May 16, Indian company
United Spirits bought Scottish liquor maker Whyte and Mackay for
more than one billion dollars, emphasizing India's growing economic
2007 May 16, In southern Iraq
clashes broke out in the mostly Shiite city of Nasiriyah, when a
militia fought with police there after they arrested two wanted
militia members, police said. Nine Iraqis were killed and 75
wounded. At least nine apparent mortar rounds slammed into the
US-controlled Green Zone, wounding at least six people, the second
such attack in as many days.
2007 May 16, The Organization
for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Ministerial Council
Meeting in Paris approved a decision to open accession discussions
(Econ, 4/5/08, SR p.7)(http://tinyurl.com/2h2frt)
2007 May 16, An Israeli
helicopter launched missiles at a Hamas command center in the
southern Gaza Strip, after Hamas fired rocket barrages into Israel
in an apparent attempt to draw Israel into increasingly violent
Palestinian infighting. At least 19 people were killed in factional
fighting between Fatah and Hamas.
(AP, 5/16/07)(SFC, 5/17/07, p.A12)
2007 May 16, Japanese officials
said the landlocked nation of Laos has agreed to join the
International Whaling Commission at Japan's request and is highly
likely to support Tokyo's high-profile pro-whaling campaign.
2007 May 16, Kazakhstan's
President Nursultan Nazarbayev proposed limited political reforms in
the oil-rich country he has headed since the Soviet era, including
shortening the presidential term from seven years to five and
strengthening the powers of parliament.
2007 May 16, In Mexico over 40
armed men abducted and killed 4 police officers south of the Arizona
(SFC, 5/17/07, p.A3)
2007 May 16, Thomas Frank
White, a US businessman, was convicted of raping a teenage boy and
sentenced to more than 7 years in jail in Mexico. White, who founded
the brokerage firm Thomas White & Co. in 1978, was arrested in
Thailand in 2003 at the behest of Mexican officials and later
2007 May 16, Nigerian militants
used dynamite to blow up a home of vice president-elect Goodluck
Jonathan, killing two police officers.
2007 May 16, In northwestern
Pakistan suspected pro-Taliban militants firing mortars and machine
guns attacked a police checkpoint, and at least five civilians were
killed in the ensuing gunbattle.
2007 May 16, Scottish National
Party leader Alex Salmond was elected to become first minister of
the devolved Edinburgh parliament, after the pro-independence
party's historic election victory this month.
2007 May 16, In Somalia a
roadside bomb struck a convoy carrying African Union peacekeepers,
killing four Ugandan peacekeepers in one of the deadliest attacks on
the troops since they arrived in March.
2007 May 16, The UN Security
Council voted unanimously to extend its peacekeeping mission in
Congo until the end of the year while calling for a timetable to
gradually withdraw the nearly 18,000-member force.
2008 May 16, Under pressure
from Congress the US Energy Dept. said it would temporarily suspend
filling the US strategic oil stocks. Oil futures rose to a record
$126.29 on the NY Mercantile Exchange. Pres. Bush signed a bill to
stop the filling on May 19.
(SFC, 5/17/08, p.C1)(WSJ, 5/20/08, p.A1)
2008 May 16, Robert Mondavi
(b.1913), the pioneering vintner who helped put California wine
country on the map, died at his Napa Valley home. He was 52 and a
winemaking veteran in 1966, when he opened the winery that would
help turn the Napa Valley into a world center of the industry.
(AP, 5/16/08)(SFC, 5/17/08, p.A1)
2008 May 16, Maria Isavel
Vasquez Jimenez (17), a pregnant Mexican migrant worker, died after
succumbing to heat stroke from laboring more than 9 hours in a San
Joaquin County, Ca., vineyard.
2008 May 16, Osama bin Laden
said in a new audio recording that al-Qaida will continue its holy
war against Israel and its allies until it liberates Palestine.
2008 May 16, A bomb hit a group
of Afghan soldiers during a foot patrol in southern Kandahar
province. One soldier was killed and three were wounded. In eastern
Khost province, joint Afghan and foreign forces attacked insurgents
as they were planting roadside bombs before dawn. A brief gun battle
left two militants dead. Another wounded insurgent later died at a
military hospital. US-led coalition and Afghan troops called in
airstrikes during the raid on a compound suspected of housing
militants involved in bomb making activities. Afghan and foreign
troops in western Farah province bombed a Taliban hideout where two
hostages were being held, leaving eight militants dead.
(AP, 5/16/08)(AP, 5/17/08)
2008 May 16, In Australia
protesting pensioners brought traffic to a stand still in Melbourne
when some stripped to demand more money from the government.
2008 May 16, In Canada Nancy
Michaud (37), a political aide in Quebec, was disappeared from her
home in Riviere-Ouelle. Her body was found the next day in an
abandoned home. Francis Proulx was charged with her murder.
(www.thestar.com/News/Canada/article/427352)(SSFC, 4/19/09, p.A4)
2008 May 16, In China a strong
aftershock sparked landslides near the epicenter of this week's
powerful earthquake, while some survivors were pulled from rubble
after being buried for four days. The official death toll rose to
about 22,069, and another 14,000 still were buried in Sichuan.
2008 May 16, Dominican Republic
President Leonel Fernandez was favored to win a third term, despite
concerns over long-serving politicians in this Caribbean nation with
a painful history of rule by strongmen.
2008 May 16, Iraq’s PM Nouri
al-Maliki offered members of armed groups in Mosul an amnesty in
exchange for surrendering their weapons. Ali Mansour Mohammed, an
Iraqi detainee, was shot and killed by US soldiers at or near their
forward operating base, Summerall, near Beiji. 1st Lt. Michael C.
Behenna and Staff Sgt. Hal M. Warner were later charged with the
(AP, 5/16/08)(AP, 9/21/08)
2008 May 16, The EU aid chief
said that Myanmar's junta still would not budge on accepting foreign
relief workers, two weeks after the cyclone tragedy. State media
said the death toll had risen to nearly 78,000.
(AP, 5/16/08)(WSJ, 5/17/08, p.A1)
2008 May 16, Pakistan's
ambassador to Afghanistan was freed unharmed three months after he
vanished in a tribal area in the border region. Tariq Azizuddin had
disappeared Feb. 11 along with his driver and bodyguard as they
drove from Peshawar toward the border.
(AP, 5/17/08)(SSFC, 5/18/08, p.A9)
2008 May 16, In Peru European
and Latin American leaders concluded their 5th summit in a decade
and pledged to fight poverty, global warming and high food prices,
presenting a show of unity amid a festering conflict between two
South American nations.
2008 May 16, In the Philippines
at least 8 bank employees and a security guard were lined up and
shot dead in the head in a bloody bank robbery in Cabuyao, Laguna
province. Another employee was in critical condition at a hospital.
On May 30 Ricardo Gomolon (38), a former soldier, was among three
people arrested over the murder of 10 people in one of the
Philippines' deadliest bank robberies. 2 suspects were still at
(AP, 5/16/08)(AFP, 5/30/08)
2008 May 16, Pres. Bush arrived
in Saudi Arabia and appealed for increased oil production just as
prices hit another record high.
2008 May 16, Sri Lankan ground
troops killed at least 16 Tamil Tiger rebels while air force fighter
jets bombed guerrilla targets in the island's north. The offensive
came hours after a suicide bomber rammed into a police bus in the
capital of Colombo, killing 11 people and injuring more than 80.
2008 May 16, London-based
Tullow Oil Plc announced the discovery of oil reserves in western
Uganda, boosting hopes for the energy-starved east African nation.
2008 May 16, Zimbabwe's
President Robert Mugabe acknowledged he had suffered an electoral
disaster in losing a first round against arch rival Morgan
Tsvangirai, as the date for a run-off was fixed for June 27.
2009 May 16, President Barack
Obama reached across the political divide and named Utah Gov. Jon
Huntsman, a potential Republican presidential contender in 2012, to
the sensitive diplomatic post of US ambassador to China.
2009 May 16, In Maryland Rachel
Alexandra won the second leg of the Triple Crown. She joined an
impressive list when she became the first filly in 85 years to win
2009 May 16, In North Oakland,
Ca., motorist Anthony Perea (27) and pedestrian Floyd Ross (41) were
killed when 4 suspects in a Berkeley homicide fled police and
crashed. Stephon Anthony and Anthony Price were arrested. 2 other
suspects, later identified as Rafael Campbell (27) and Samuel
Flowers (21), escaped. The suspected gang members had just killed
Charles Davis (25) in West Berkeley. Flowers was arrested on May 25
in Florida. Campbell was arrested in Sacramento on Nov 17.
(SSFC, 5/17/09, p.B1)(SFC, 5/20/09, p.B3)(SSFC,
5/24/09, p.B2)(SFC, 5/27/09, p.B5)(SFC, 11/17/09, p.C5)
2009 May 16, In Afghanistan 6
militants, including a "foreign national," were killed in a clash
with troops in Uruzgan province. 5 Taliban insurgents who were
preparing suicide vests in a house in central Ghazni province were
killed when some of the explosives detonated.
2009 May 16, In Britain David
Chaytor, a ruling party lawmaker, became the latest casualty of a
growing row over MPs' expenses when he was suspended, as police said
they would examine whether the issue merited an investigation. He
was reprimanded after The Daily Telegraph newspaper reported he
claimed 13,000 pounds (14,500 euros, 19,700 dollars) for mortgage
interest on a loan that had already been paid off. He has said he
will repay the amount.
2009 May 16, In Cuba President
Raul Castro's daughter led hundreds of Cuban gays in a street dance
to draw attention to gay rights on the island.
2009 May 16, In Egypt 13
factory workers were killed when their small pickup truck crashed
head on into a large lorry in southern Egypt.
2009 May 16, In Germany tens of
thousands of workers from across the country marched through
downtown Berlin to call for increased government measures to protect
(SSFC, 5/17/09, p.A6)
2009 May 16, In Hong Kong two
bottles of acid were thrown into a crowd in a popular downtown
shopping district. 30 people suffered burns but none was seriously
injured. On the same street in December, 46 people suffered burns
when two plastic bottles filled with acid were thrown at
2009 May 16, Indian PM Manmohan
Singh's ruling coalition won an overwhelming election victory,
boosting hopes of a stable government as the emerging Asian power
faces economic downturn and tensions with Pakistan. The Congress
party won 206 seats, short of the 272 needed for a parliamentary
majority. The BJP won just 116 of 545 seats.
(Reuters, 5/16/09)(Econ, 10/10/09, p.48)
2009 May 16, A joint US-Iraqi
force targeted an al-Qaida cell involved in funneling arms and
weapons into Iraq from Syria, arresting three people over the last
24 hours near Mosul. A mortar round crashed into a house in the
eastern part of Baghdad, killing a 2-year-old child and wounding
three others. Two policemen were killed west of Baghdad by a
roadside bomb that went off near their patrol. In southern Iraq an
American soldier was killed during combat.
2009 May 16, Japan's main
opposition party, the Democratic Party of Japan, which hopes to take
control of the country in elections later this year, chose Yukio
Hatoyama, the grandson of a former prime minister, as its chief.
2009 May 16, Japan said 8 high
school students had tested positive for swine flu amid fears the
virus was spreading in at least two cities where scores of students
said they felt ill.
2009 May 16, Kuwaitis voted in
the second parliamentary election in a year. 210 candidates for the
50-seat parliament included 16 women. Kuwaiti women won political
rights in 2005, and practiced them for the third time. Kuwait’s
population of about 3.4 million people included 2.3 million foreign
workers. Kuwaitis elected 4 women and rejected a number of Islamic
fundamentalist candidates. 21 incumbents lost their seats.
(AP, 5/16/09)(AP, 5/17/09)(Econ, 5/23/09, p.50)
2009 May 16, Ziad al-Homsi, a
mayor of a Lebanese village, was arrested by Lebanese special forces
and later jailed for 15 years for spying for Mossad. He served three
2009 May 16, In central Mexico
an armed gang freed 53 inmates from the Cieneguillas prison in
Zacatecas state, including two dozen with ties to a powerful drug
cartel, in a daring raid that took just five minutes. Gov. Amalia
Garcia Medina said footage from the security cameras inside and
outside the prison indicates that guards helped the armed gang. The
bodies of two men were found shot to death in central Michoacan
state. Federal police came under fire as they raided a Cuernavaca
building where four of suspects were arrested, including 3 police
officers. A fifth suspect was also arrested as an alleged hit man.
(AP, 5/16/09)(AP, 5/17/09)
2009 May 16, Norway’s
fiddle-wielding Alexander Rybak (23), dubbed 'Alexander the Great'
by Norwegian media, won a landslide victory in the Eurovision Song
Contest in Moscow for his song "Fairytale," gaining the most points
in Eurovision's 53-year history.
2009 May 16, In Pakistan a
suspected US drone aircraft fired missiles at militants in the North
Waziristan ethnic Pashtun tribal region. Pakistani intelligence
agents said the militants were preparing to cross into Afghanistan
to fight there and among the 28 dead were two Arabs. A car packed
with mortar bombs blew up in the city of Peshawar, killing 11 people
including four children passing in a school bus.
2009 May 16, In Russia riot
police violently broke up several gay rights demonstrations in
Moscow, hauling away scores of protesters hours before the Russian
capital hosted the major Eurovision international pop music
2009 May 16, The gay community
in tightly controlled Singapore held its first-ever rally, taking
advantage of looser laws on public gatherings to call for equality.
2009 May 16, Sri Lankan forces
seized control of the island's entire coastline for the first time
in decades, sealing the Tamil Tigers in a tiny pocket of territory
and cutting off the possibility of a sea escape by the rebels' top
2009 May 16, Sudan accused Chad
of mounting a second series of air strikes on its territory and said
the conflict between the African neighbors must be resolved
2010 May 16, In San Francisco
some 60,000 people participated in the 99th Bay to Breakers run.
Lineth Chepkurui (22) of Kenya broke her record in the 12-km run
with a time of 38 min. and 7 sec. Sammy Kitwara was the winner for
(SFC, 5/17/10, p.A1)
2010 May 16, In San Francisco
Pearla Louis (52) was last seen alive at the Harcourt Hotel on
Larkin St. Later this month her body washed up in a suitcase along
the Embarcadero. On June 15, 2017, her boyfriend Lee Bell (55) was
convicted of first-degree murder. On April 26, 2018, Bell was
sentenced to 25 years to life in prison.
(SFC, 6/13/17, p.C2)(SFC, 6/16/17, p.D1)(SFC,
2010 May 16, Rima Fakih
(b.1986), a Lebanese-born immigrant and crowned as Miss Michigan,
became the first Arab-American woman to win the Miss USA pageant at
the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.
2010 May 16, In Detroit,
Michigan, Aiyana Jones (7) was killed by a Detroit police officer
during a raid at the girl's home. State police were brought in to
investigate the shooting. Detroit police were searching for a
homicide suspect when they burst in and an officer's gun went off,
fatally striking the girl in the neck. The police were being
shadowed by a reality television crew. In Oct 2011 officer Joseph
Weekley was indicted for involuntary manslaughter. On Jan 30, 2015,
the last charges against Weekly were dismissed after two trials
ended without verdicts.
(AP, 5/17/10)(SFC, 10/5/11, p.A7)(SFC, 1/31/15,
2010 May 16, In NYC 2 off-duty
police officers were killed and 4 women injured when their car hit a
guardrail in the Bronx.
(SFC, 5/17/10, p.A4)
2010 May 16, Scientists said
oil from a blown-out well is forming huge underwater plumes as much
as 10 miles long below the visible slick in the Gulf of Mexico, as
BP wrestled for a third day with its latest contraption for slowing
the nearly month-old gusher.
2010 May 16, An Afghan official
said a mystery disease infecting opium poppies in Afghanistan could
cut this year's illicit crop in some areas by up to 70 percent. A US
service member was killed following an insurgent attack in southern
Afghanistan. 2 militants on a motorbike opened fire on a car
belonging to a National Security Directorate official who was on his
way to work. The intelligence official's driver was killed. The
appellate court of the Afghan Criminal Justice Task Force reported
that drug-traffickers from the provinces of Nangarhar, Herat,
Kapisa, Helmand, Panjshir, Kunar, Kandahar and Wardak were fined and
sentenced to prison last week. Militants shot and killed Rahman Gul,
a prominent Muslim cleric who had called for peace, along with two
members of his family in Kunar province. 2 US service members died
in southern Afghanistan. One was killed in an insurgent attack, and
the other died of injuries sustained a day earlier.
(AP, 5/16/10)(AP, 5/17/10)
2010 May 16, In eastern
Bangladesh a speeding bus plunged off a bridge after slamming into
another bus, killing 11 people and injuring 32 others.
2010 May 16, In Brazil Marina
Silva, former rubber tapper turned environmentalist, joined the
presidential race as candidate for the small Green Party on Sunday,
pledging clean government and sustainable development.
2010 May 16, Aviation officials
closed airports in northern England, Scotland and Northern Ireland
due to a drifting, dense cloud of volcanic ash from Iceland.
2010 May 16, About 20 armed
pirates boarded the MV North Spirit, a cargo ship carrying
fertilizer and soya beans, as it docked off Cameroon's commercial
capital of Douala. Pirates kidnapped two Russian sailors during the
2010 May 16, In China Xie Yulin
(20), a cleaver-wielding man, attacked and wounded 6 women before
jumping to his death in the southern city of Foshan. One of the
women died the next day.
(AP, 5/17/10)(AP, 5/18/10)
2010 May 16, In Cuba the
government said private farmers will purchase supplies directly in
future instead of having them allocated by the state, in the latest
concession to their demands for more autonomy.
2010 May 16, Dominicans were
expected to expand the ruling party's strong congressional majority
elections that could strengthen President Leonel Fernandez's grip
over the legislature.
2010 May 16, Egyptian police
shot and killed a Sudanese migrant as he attempted to cross the
border illegally into neighboring Israel.
2010 May 16, Clotilde Reiss
(24), a young French academic who battled spying charges in Iran for
more than 10 months, returned to France and thanked President
Nicolas Sarkozy and other officials for insisting on her innocence
and pressing for her release.
2010 May 16, Hong Kong held
by-elections triggered by pro-democracy lawmakers seeking to
pressure Beijing into speeding up the pace of electoral reform in
the territory. Most Hong Kongers stayed away from special elections
that five opposition lawmakers had triggered. A low turnout returned
five opposition legislators who had resigned. Beijing loyalists
called the engineered election a failure.
(AFP, 5/16/10)(AP, 5/16/10)(AP, 5/17/10)
2010 May 16, In India at least
two people died in a stampede at a railway station in New Delhi as
thousands of passengers waited to board trains.
2010 May 16, In Iran Brazil's
Pres. Luis Inacio Lula da Silva met with Iranian leaders to try to
broker a compromise in the international standoff over Tehran's
nuclear program, even as the US says new sanctions are the only way
to force Iran's cooperation.
2010 May 16, In Iran acclaimed
filmmaker and opposition supporter Jafar Panahi went on a hunger
strike to protest his imprisonment. He was this month freed on a
bail of around 200,000 US dollars. Panahi is known for his gritty,
socially critical movies such as the "Circle," which bagged the 2000
Venice Golden Lion award, "Crimson Gold," and "Offside," winner of
the 2006 Silver Bear at the Berlin film festival.
(AP, 5/19/10)(AP, 1/19/11)
2010 May 16, Iran arrested
Mohsen Armin, a senior member of the banned reformist party, the
Organization of Mujahedeen of the Islamic Revolution. He was
released from Tehran's Evin prison in July after posting a bail of
2010 May 16, Honduran strongman
Oswaldo Lopez Arellano (89) died. He led two military coups and
served as president from 1963-1971 and 1972-1975.
2010 May 16, Israel inaugurated
a huge new desalination facility on its Mediterranean seashore, with
a network of pipes beneath the beach reaching far into the ocean.
The $425 million Hadera plant is the world's largest using reverse
2010 May 16, Thousands of
Japanese linked hands and encircled a Marine Corps base in Okinawa
to protest its presence on the island, putting more pressure on
Tokyo to resolve an impasse over the base's future.
2010 May 16, Pakistan’s
military killed 58 suspected militants in the northwestern Orakzai
tribal region with a mix of airstrikes and ground combat, the latest
violence in a months-long campaign to rout Taliban fighters from a
mountainous area near the Afghan border. Militants who kidnapped 60
people at gunpoint the day before released 40 of their hostages.
Another 10 people told the local government they managed to escape
the militants. The kidnappers kept the wealthier men so they could
demand ransom from their families.
2010 May 16, Hamas police
wielding clubs beat and pushed residents out of dozens of homes in
the southern Gaza town of Rafah before knocking the buildings down
with bulldozers. Gaza's militant Hamas rulers said the homes were
built illegally on government land. Residents said between 30 and 40
homes were torn down.
2010 May 16, In the Philippines
Muslim guerrillas said that they were ready to enter into peace
talks with Philippine president-apparent Benigno Aquino III after
years of little progress under his predecessor.
2010 May 16, Prominent Saudi
journalist Jamal Khashoggi resigned from the helm of Al-Watan daily
in a move believed linked to official displeasure with articles
critical of the state's harsh Islamic rules.
2010 May 16, In Singapore
Oliver Fricker (32), a Swiss citizen, broke into a train depot with
an accomplice and painted graffiti on two subway carriages. On June
25 a court sentenced Fricker to five months' jail and three strokes
of a cane. On Aug 18 he asked a judge to reduce his five-month jail
term for graffiti, but instead got two months added to his sentence,
showing the lengths the city-state will go to maintain its
reputation as a safe and clean place.
2010 May 16, In Somalia
Islamist rebels shelled the newly rebuilt parliament in Mogadishu,
sparking clashes with government forces and African Union
peacekeepers that left 11 civilians dead.
2010 May 16, Thailand's main
emergency medical center said 30 people have been killed in four
days of street fighting between Red Shirt protesters and troops in
central Bangkok. The latest deaths raise to 59 the number of people
killed in related violence since April 10. Most of the dead are
2010 May 16, Yemeni tribesmen
kidnapped two Chinese engineers and their government escorts in the
country's volatile south. Kidnappers released the engineers after
several days of mediation.
(AP, 5/16/10)(AP, 5/18/10)
2010 May 16, Zimbabwe's PM
Morgan Tsvangirai called for an immediate Southern African
Development Community (SADC) summit to resolve major disagreements
stalling a power-sharing government with his long-time rival
President Robert Mugabe.
2011 May 16, The US and
Pakistan agreed to work together in any future actions against "high
value targets" in Pakistan, even as US Sen. John Kerry defended
Washington's decision not to tell Islamabad in advance about the
American raid that killed Osama bin Laden.
2011 May 16, The US reached its
legal $14.3 billion debt limit. Treasury Sec. Timothy Geithner said
the government can move money around until about Aug 2, when the
Obama administration would be forced to choose between paying
creditors or paying for military operations. America’s debt ceiling
has been raised 74 times since 1962.
(SFC, 5/17/11, p.A6)(Econ, 5/14/11, p.96)
2011 May 16, The US Treasury
Department said that China cut its holdings by $9.2 billion to $1.14
trillion, its 5th straight month of trimming.
2011 May 16, Rahm Emanuel
(b.1959) took office as Chicago’s 55th mayor. He cut $75 million
form the city’s bloated budget on his first day.
2011 May 16, Las Vegas marked
the end of an era as one of the US gambling mecca's last original
"Rat Pack" casino-hotels, the Sahara, closed its doors.
2011 May 16, Jerry Lewis (85)
said he is retiring as host of the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s
Labor Day telethon. Lewis planned to continue as the association’s
national chairman, a role he has held since the early 1950s.
(SFC, 5/17/11, p.A5)
2011 May 16, Endeavour blasted
off on NASA's next-to-last shuttle flight, thundering through clouds
into orbit as the mission commander's wounded wife, Gabrielle
Giffords, watched along with an exhilarated crowd estimated in the
hundreds of thousands.
2011 May 16, In southern
Afghanistan 4 NATO service members were killed in an explosion.
2011 May 16, Australia’s Sydney
Morning Herald said a development application has been lodged for a
Aus$12 million (US$12.7 million) extension to the Stiletto brothel,
which proposes doubling its size to 40 working rooms and 21 waiting
2011 May 16, British scientists
said they have found that a gene, called KLF14, linked to diabetes
and cholesterol is a "master switch" that controls other genes found
in fat in the body, and say it should help in the search for
treatments for obesity-related diseases.
2011 May 16, In Canada
wildfires whipped by high winds destroyed more than a third of a
sizable town in northern Alberta and forced oil companies in
Canada's largest energy-producing province to shut off tens of
thousands of barrels of output.
2011 May 16, Egyptian riot
police fired tear gas and live ammunition overnight to disperse
thousands of pro-Palestinian protesters outside the Israeli Embassy
in Cairo, and a security official said that at least 185
demonstrators were arrested over allegations of attacking police and
2011 May 16, An Egyptian
military court sentenced the 17-year-old and three other men to be
hanged for kidnapping and raping a young woman.
2011 May 16, Guatemala declared
a 30-day state of emergency for the northern Peten region following
the brutal massacre of 27 people at a cattle ranch. President Alvaro
Colom called the killings sadistic and perverse, and said they were
the work of a drug gang believed to be part of a group called "Z
200." On Feb 21, 2014, nine men were convicted for the murders. They
included 3 Mexican men and six Guatemalans.
(AP, 5/17/11)(SSFC, 2/23/14, p.A4)
2011 May 16, In Iraq two
members of the security forces were killed and two Norwegian
contractors injured in attacks in Baghdad, part of a recent uptick
in violence as US troops prepare to leave the country by year's end.
2011 May 16, The Israeli
military blocked a Malaysian anti-war group's ship from reaching the
Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip. The Malaysian group, the Perdana Global
Peace Foundation, said its ship was fired at when it tried to reach
Gaza. The military denied firing at the ship.
2011 May 16, Israeli
authorities arrested John Lund (70), a retired US lecturer, on
suspicion of trafficking antiquities stolen from Israel. Lund was
allowed to leave after posting a $7,500 bond meant to guarantee he
will return to stand trial.
2011 May 16, Ivory Coast's
President Alassane Ouattara told citizens of Burkina Faso that they
are welcome to return to his country, and vowed to put an end to the
xenophobia and racial targeting that characterized his predecessor's
2011 May 16, Luis
Moreno-Ocampo, International Criminal Court prosecutor, sought an
arrest warrant for Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi accusing him of
committing crimes against humanity by killing protesters during an
uprising against his 41-year rule.
2011 May 16, Libya's oil
minister, Shukri Ghanem, reportedly defected and fled to Tunisia,
one of the highest profile figures to abandon Moammar Gadhafi's
government. Ghanem’s defection was later questioned as he maintained
ties to oil firms. Overnight air strikes by NATO set fire to two
buildings near Kadhafi's compound in the Libyan capital.
(AP, 5/17/11)(AFP, 5/17/11)(Reuters, 5/24/11)
2011 May 16, Results from
Lithuania's census carried out this year show that the country's
population has fallen more than 10 per cent over the past decade.
Statistics Lithuania says the Baltic country that borders Belarus
and Poland now has 3.05 million residents, compared with more than
3.4 million in 2001. The census was carried out from March to May
2011 May 16, In southern Mexico
gunmen opened fire on four local police officers, killing them and
two bystanders in the downtown area of Coyuca de Catalan, Guerrero
2011 May 16, In Pakistan a
Saudi diplomat was killed in a hail of bullets on his way to the
country's consulate in Karachi, the second attack on Saudi interests
in Pakistan's biggest city in less than a week.
2011 May 16, In Poland
representatives of millions of Poles, whose property was seized
during and after World War II, met for a national congress that
lashed out at the Cabinet of PM Donald Tusk for recently abandoning
a plan to partly compensate families, many of them Jewish, whose
property was confiscated by the Nazis and the subsequent Communist
2011 May 16, Russian
billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov, owner of the New Jersey Nets
basketball team, announced plans to lead Right Cause, a liberal
Russian political party with close ties to the Kremlin. Critics
referred to the party as fake opposition to help give Russia a
semblance of multiparty democracy.
(SFC, 5/17/11, p.A2)
2011 May 16, In Somalia a bomb
explosion in Mogadishu killed five pro-government troops at a base
militants fled last week. An AU spokesman said his forces began an
operation May 12 that has gained 500 yards (meters) of territory
2011 May 16, Syrians fleeing
their homeland described a "catastrophic" scene in the besieged
border town of Talkalakh that has been largely sealed off as the
army strove to crush a two-month uprising. Talkalakh is a Sunni
city, surrounded by 12 Alawite villages.
2012 May 16, The text for
America’s Synthetic Drug Abuse Prevention Act of this year was
introduced. It banned cannabimimetic agents as defined by the
effects they have on the brain.
2012 May 16, The new $1.4
billion int’l. air terminal opened at Hartsfeld-Jackson Atlanta
(SFC, 5/17/12, p.A8)
2012 May 16, Mary Kennedy (52),
ex-wife of Robert F. Kennedy Jr., was found dead at her Bedford, NY,
home. She was Robert F. Kennedy Jr.'s second wife. Suicide was
(SFC, 5/17/12, p.A11)
2012 May 16, Australia said it
will contribute $100 million annually for three years beginning in
2015 toward the $4 billion a year cost of running the Afghan
National Security Forces after they take responsibility for their
2012 May 16, In Bangladesh a
Dhaka court decision denied bail to 33 key figures, including
ex-ministers and lawmakers, over charges stemming from an arson
attack during an anti-government protest last month.
2012 May 16, In Brazil the Rio
Negro crested at 97.7 feet after flooding the center of the Amazon
jungle city of Manaus.
(SFC, 5/17/12, p.A2)
2012 May 16, Cambodian security
forces fatally shot a teenage girl during a clash with villagers in
Kratie province. The clashes were a result of violent evictions
aimed at clearing land for development.
(SFC, 5/17/12, p.A2)
2012 May 16, Human Rights Watch
said Congolese Gen. Bosco Ntaganda, already sought on an
international arrest warrant for his alleged use of child soldiers
during an earlier conflict, has forcibly recruited another 149 boys
and teenagers since April. The UN said Rwandan rebels have killed at
least 50 civilians so far this month in the volatile east.
(AP, 5/16/12)(AFP, 5/16/12)
2012 May 16, In France
Jean-Marc Ayrault, previously the mayor of Nantes, took office as
the new prime minister. He replaced Francois Fillon.
(SFC, 5/16/12, p.A2)(Econ, 11/17/12, SR p.4)
2012 May 16, French energy
giant Total said it had plugged a gas leak under the North Sea Elgin
platform that cost the firm hundreds of millions of dollars and
threatened to trigger a major explosion off the coast of Scotland.
2012 May 16, In French Guiana
an Ariane 5 rocket successfully launched two Asian telecoms
satellites into orbit from the Kourou space center. It placed into
orbit two geostationary satellites, the JCSAT-13 for the Japanese
SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation, and the VINASAT-2 of the Vietnam Posts
and Telecommunications Group.
2012 May 16, Greece appointed
Panagiotis Pikrammenos (67), head of the Council of State, to head a
caretaker government until new elections expected on June 17.
(SFC, 5/16/12, p.A3)
2012 May 16, Guinea-Bissau’s
interim leader Manuel Serifo Nhamadjo named Rui Duarte Barros, a
former finance minister, to serve as the new prime minister and help
lead a transition following last month's coup.
2012 May 16, In western Libyan
clashes in the Berber city of Ghadamis (Ghadames) left six dead and
at least 20 injured.
2012 May 16, Pakistan said it
has ordered officials to finalize an agreement as quickly as
possible on lifting a six-month blockade on overland NATO supplies
into war-torn Afghanistan.
2012 May 16, The top
Palestinian anti-corruption campaigner said Mohammed Rashid, the
shadowy financial adviser of the late Yasser Arafat, is being sought
on suspicion he stole millions of dollars in public funds. Rashid
became Arafat's top financial adviser when the Palestinian Authority
was established, following interim peace deals with Israel.
2012 May 16, Syrian regime
troops shot dead at least five people in a new assault on the town
of Khan Sheikhun and opened fire on a refugee camp in southern Daraa
province. In an interview with Russian TV Pres. Assad insisted his
regime is fighting back against foreign mercenaries who want to
(AFP, 5/16/12)(AP, 5/16/12)
2012 May 16, In southern Yemen
clashes between government troops and al-Qaida fighters left 19
people dead including 13 militants. US troops, operating from a
desert air base near the main battle zones, helped to coordinate
assaults and airstrikes.
2013 May 16, Florida
authorities said a shipment of gold with a declared value of
$625,000 has gone missing in a suspected heist at Miami
2013 May 16, Heinrich Rohrer
(79), Swiss physicist and Nobel Prize winner (1986), died in
Switzerland. He is regarded as the father of nanotechnology.
(Econ, 6/1/13, p.90)
2013 May 16, Four British
LulzSec hackers, who pleaded guilty to a series of high-profile
cyberattacks on computers in the US and Britain, were sentenced to
up to 32 months in prison.
(SFC, 5/17/13, p.A2)
2013 May 16, In Cambodia the
ceiling of a factory, a Taiwanese-owned operation called Wing Star,
collapsed on workers, killing 2 people and injuring 7. The firm made
sneakers for Asics, a Japanese sportswear label.
2013 May 16, In Afghanistan a
suicide bomber rammed his car into a US convoy in Kabul, killing at
least 15 people including two American soldiers and four civilian
contractors. Islamic militant group Hizb-e-Islami claimed
responsibility for the early morning bombing.
2013 May 16, The Brazilian
Congress approved legislation to modernize and expand its
overcrowded ports, attract private investments to the sector and
make it easier for companies to hire skilled foreign workers, in a
bid to spur economic growth.
2013 May 16, In southern China
more than 2,000 people unfurled banners in Kunming and shouted
"Protest! Protest!" to oppose plans for a petroleum refinery. Local
authorities allowed the large environmental rally to go forward in
order to let the public vent frustration.
2013 May 16, In Egypt masked
gunmen ambushed two taxis at gunpoint outside the city of el-Arish,
the capital of North Sinai governorate, fleeing with four border
policemen working at the Rafah crossing, a riot policeman, and a
military border guard. A 7th person was also taken captive. All 7
men were released on May 22.
(AP, 5/16/13)(AP, 5/17/13)(AP, 5/22/13)
2013 May 16, In France, a dozen
students and a teacher saw a man kill himself with a shot in the
head at a private Catholic school. People expressed surprise that
the man gained access to the private La Rochefoucauld school, in the
heart of Paris' 7th district.
2013 May 16, Flights in Greece
were halted for four hours as the country's two largest labor unions
staged work stoppages to protest austerity measures and the
government decision to cancel a teachers' strike.
2013 May 16, In India 3
cricketers and a dozen bookmakers were arrested for alleged
match-fixing in the Indian Premier League (IPL).
(Econ, 5/25/13, p.18)
2013 May 16, Indonesia’s Pres.
Yudhoyono extended a 2-year moratorium on forest clearing
concessions for another 2 years.
(Econ, 5/25/13, p.40)
2013 May 16, In Iraq car bombs
struck Shiite neighborhoods of Baghdad and Mosul, killing 21 people.
Gunmen in Baghdad shot dead the brother of a Sunni lawmaker.
2013 May 16, Israeli police
temporarily barred Israeli Jews and tourists from entering the most
hotly contested Jerusalem holy site following Palestinian
2013 May 16, In Jordan a
British-made aerobatic T-67 Firefly trainer crashed near the Syrian
border, killing its two Jordanian pilots.
2013 May 16, In northern Nepal
a plane crashed while trying to land at a mountain airstrip. All 21
people on board, including 8 Japanese tourists, survived with
2013 May 16, Soldiers in
northeast Nigeria shelled suspected camps of Islamic extremists in
the first military action of a new offensive against the insurgents,
killing at least 21 people in the Sambisa Forest Reserve. In a
firefight in the town of Daura near the Niger border, two government
soldiers were killed and an officer was wounded while two members of
Boko Haram were killed. Three other Boko Haram fighters died when
their vehicle crashed while attempting to flee the scene.
2013 May 16, Pakistan says it
will conduct a recount or re-do the vote for eight national assembly
seats following allegations of vote rigging in the recent election.
The Pakistan Muslim League-N party led by former PM Nawaz Sharif has
won 124 seats so far, setting it up to form the next government.
2013 May 16, Levada Center,
Russia's only independent polling agency, was told by prosecutors to
register as a foreign agent.
(Econ, 6/1/13, p.53)
2013 May 16, In Riyadh, Saudi
Arabia, vegetable seller Muhammad Harissi set himself on fire after
police confiscated his goods for standing in an unauthorized
area. He died the next day.
(AP, 5/19/13)(Econ, 7/13/13, SR p.10)
2013 May 16, Syrian rebels
withdrew from a prison in the northern city of Aleppo after heavy
fighting with government troops. Syrian Observatory for Human Rights
more than doubled its tally of deaths from the May 3 sectarian
killings in Banias. A video emerged showing a Nusra Front commander
killing 11 regime soldiers execution-style for alleged crimes they
committed against the Syrian people.
2013 May 16, Taiwan announced a
2nd wave of sanctions against Manila in response the Philippines
coast guard’s fatal shooting of a Taiwanese fisherman on May 9.
(SSFC, 5/19/13, p.A4)
2013 May 16, A Vietnamese
satellite TV company stopped airing international channels including
BBC and CNN, citing a law which came into effect a day earlier.
2014 May 16, US Federal safety
regulators slapped General Motors with a record $35 million fine for
taking more than a decade to disclose an ignition-switch defect in
millions of cars that has been linked to at least 13 deaths. On June
5 GM said it has forced out 15 employees for their role in the
(AP, 5/16/14)(SFC, 6/6/14, p.C1)
2014 May 16, California
firefighters were battling wind-whipped wildfires, as some 125,000
people fled their homes in the San Diego area and police arrested at
least two people on arson-related charges.
2014 May 16, Clyde Snow
(b.1928), American forensic anthropologist, died in Norman, Ok. His
work took him around the world to examine the slaughter of
2014 May 16, In Utah 4
undocumented immigrants from Mexico and El Salvador were killed when
a crowded van crashed on Interstate 70. Agents detained three of
four men who survived the crash and continued to search for a woman
who fled the scene.
2014 May 16, Four British
sailors went missing after their yacht, Cheeki Rafiki, capsized
about 1,000 miles off Cape Cod, Mass.
2014 May 16, In China the
leader of a baby trafficking ring that brought 23 boys and pregnant
women from Vietnam was sentenced to death. The court in the southern
region of Guangxi gave another 23 members of the group sentences
ranging from less than two years to life in prison.
2014 May 16, Colombia's
government and main rebel group (FARC) announced an agreement to
jointly combat illicit drugs in the South American country, which
was long the world's leading cocaine producer.
2014 May 16, Dominican Rep.
legislators unanimously approved a bill they say would allow
thousands of people of Haitian descent born in the Dominican
Republic the opportunity to obtain naturalized citizenship. Pres.
Danilo Medina singed the legislation on May 23. Some 200,000
(AP, 5/16/14)(Econ, 5/31/14, p.31)
2014 May 16, German authorities
said they have arrested a Mexican man (44) at the Frankfurt Airport
after finding his suitcase full of snakes, turtles and lizards,
including endangered species.
2014 May 16, Dozens of
Guatemalan war survivors and human rights activists protested
against a congressional resolution that denies there was any attempt
to commit genocide during the country's bloody 36-year civil war.
2014 May 16, India’s opposition
candidate Narendra Modi thundered to victory, with partial results
showing that the pro-business Hindu nationalist and his party
trounced the ruling Nehru-Gandhi dynasty in a seismic political
2014 May 16, In Iraq separate
attacks killed 5 members of an anti-militant Sunni militia. An
al-Qaida splinter group claimed responsibility for a spate of
Baghdad bombings that killed at least 19 people the day before.
2014 May 16, In Kenya at least
10 people were killed and 70 wounded in two explosions in Nairobi.
2014 May 16, In eastern Libya
fierce fighting broke out between army troops believed to be loyal
to rogue Gen. Khalifa Hifter (Haftar) and two influential militias
in the city of Benghazi. More than 70 people were killed and more
than 100 wounded.
(AP, 5/16/14)(Reuters, 5/18/14)
2014 May 16, Mexican
authorities arrested Leonor Nava Romero (45), the leader of a gang
responsible for trafficking drugs from the southwestern state of
Guerrero to the United States, in Tecpan de Galeana, Guerrero.
2014 May 16, Suspected Boko
Haram rebels from Nigeria attacked a Chinese work site near Waza in
northern Cameroon and at least 10 people were believed to have been
(Reuters, 5/17/14)(Econ, 7/26/14, p.43)
2014 May 16, Filipinos and
Vietnamese residents in Manila staged a joint protest against
China's incursions into South China Sea territories claimed by their
2014 May 16, Russia's Proton-M
booster rocket failed and broke apart during a test launch, just
months after a shake-up in the country's space agency that was meant
to boost its dented image.
2014 May 16, South Africa said
it has suffered its first elephant poaching incident in 10 years
this week at the country's largest game reserve.
2014 May 16, In Syria rebels
fired a rocket that struck a government-held neighborhood in the
northern city of Aleppo, killing 13 people.
2014 May 16, Turkish police
fired water cannon and tear gas to disperse a crowd of several
thousand protesters in the town of Soma, where 301 people died in
the country's worst ever mining disaster this week.
2014 May 16, UN
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned a cut in water supplies in
the northern Syrian city of Aleppo that he said has deprived at
least 2.5 million people of access to potable water. Rebels from the
al-Qaida-linked Nusra Front shut down main water pumping station in
Aleppo nearly two weeks ago to punish civilians living on the
government-controlled side of the divided metropolis.
2015 May 16, In southern
California Hao Zhang was arrested after arriving from China for a
scientific conference. A 32-page indictment charged him and five
others, still in China, with economic espionage in a case that went
back to 2006.
(SFC, 5/20/15, p.A10)
2015 May 16, In Washington
state hundreds of activists in kayaks and small boats fanned out on
a Seattle bay to protest plans by Royal Dutch Shell to resume oil
exploration in the Arctic and keep two of its drilling rigs stored
in the city's port.
2015 May 16, In eastern
Afghanistan Taliban militants blocked roads in Paktia province,
forcing cars to stop and kidnapping the occupants at gunpoint. Six
people were still being held out of the 22 initially abducted.
2015 May 16, Burundi officials
said five generals have been arrested for plotting a failed coup led
by Maj. Gen. Godefroid Niyombare, who remained in hiding.
(SSFC, 5/17/15, p.A2)
2015 May 16, In China Indian PM
Narendra Modi got down to business on the final day of his trip,
saying his country was open for investment as firms signed deals
worth more than $22 billion.
2015 May 16, In northern China
a chemical leak killed 8 people and injured two others in Yangcheng
County, Shanxi province. The carbon disulfide leak occurred at a
plant belonging to the Ruixing chemical company.
2015 May 16, An Egyptian court
sentenced former president Mohamed Morsi to death for his role in a
mass jailbreak during the 2011 uprising that ousted former president
Hosni Mubarak. Over 100 others were also sentenced to death. Gunmen
killed two judges and a prosecutor in the Sinai Peninsula.
2015 May 16, In western Germany
a train hit the trailer of a tractor at a road crossing, killing the
train driver and one passenger and injuring at least 20 others near
2015 May 16, Guatemalans jammed
onto the capital's streets to voice anger over corruption that
permeates the government, demanding jail time for the guilty and
calling for President Otto Perez Molina to resign.
2015 May 16, In Guyana former
army brigadier David Granger (69) was sworn in as the new president
after his multiracial opposition coalition, an alliance led by the
Afro-Guyanese People’s National Congress, narrowly won the national
election. His election ended 23 years of rule by the People’s
Progressive Party (PPP).
(Reuters, 5/17/15)(Econ, 5/23/15, p.28)(Econ
2015 May 16, In Iraq Islamic
State militants withdrew from the main government building in Ramadi
as air strikes by a US-led coalition forced the militants to
2015 May 16, A small Lithuanian
plane with two pilots disappeared from radar some two hours after
takeoff from Sweden’s southwestern city of Goteborg.
2015 May 16, Moldovans marched
from a central square in Chisinau past parliament shouting "Good
bye, Russia! Don't forget Bessarabia is not yours!" using the
historical name for Moldova, urging the reunification of the former
Soviet republic with neighboring Romania.
2015 May 16, In northeastern
Nigeria a girl aged about 12 carried out a suicide attack at a bus
station, killing 7 people and injuring 31 in Damaturu. The deputy
governor in neighboring Borno state said Marte, located on a
strategic trading route between Nigeria and neighboring Cameroon and
Chad, had fallen to Islamists.
2015 May 16, In Pakistan
missiles fired from a US drone struck a compound in the North
Waziristan tribal region, killing 5 militants. 3 of the militants
killed were Uzbeks and the other two were Pakistanis.
2015 May 16, Russia lost a
Mexican satellite on launch just hours after a glitch with a
maneuver involving the International Space Station, the latest in a
string of embarrassing failures for its troubled space program.
2015 May 16, In Syria Islamic
State group said that its fighters have seized full control of Saker
Island in the Euphrates River north of Deir el-Zour, the
northeastern province divided between areas held by the group and
the government. The Islamic State group seized control of the
northern part of Syria's ancient desert city of Palmyra after fierce
clashes with government forces.
(AP, 5/16/15)(AFP, 5/16/15)
2015 May 16, A boat crammed
with migrants was towed out to sea by the Thai navy and then held up
by Malaysian vessels, the latest round of "maritime ping-pong" by
Asian states determined not to let asylum seekers come ashore.
2015 May 16, Turkish military
jets shot down a Syrian aircraft after it violated Turkey's
2015 May 16, Turkmenistan state
media reported the pardon of 1,202 Turkmen prisoners and 13
foreigners in an amnesty.
2015 May 16, Ukraine said a
government soldier was killed and three were wounded in fighting
between government forces and separatists in eastern Ukraine.
Pro-Russian separatists in turn reported violations of the ceasefire
by Ukrainian forces. Ukraine's military detained two Russian
(AFP, 5/16/15)(Reuters, 5/18/15)
2015 May 16, Pope Francis
praised Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas as an "angel of peace"
during a meeting at the Vatican that underscored the Holy See's warm
relations with the Palestinians as it prepares to canonize Mariam
Bawardy and Marie Alphonsine Ghattas, two 19th century nuns from the
2015 May 16, In southern Yemen
fierce clashes between rebels and pro-government forces killed
dozens, threatening to derail a humanitarian ceasefire. The clashes
came after overnight fighting killed 26 rebels and militiamen loyal
to former president Ali Abdullah Saleh as well as 14 pro-government
2016 May 16, The United States
and its allies conducted 12 strikes against Islamic State in Iraq
2016 May 16, The International
Federation of Red Cross and the Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)
pledged $110 million to a new initiative to help drought-stricken
southern African countries including Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique,
Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland and Zimbabwe.
2016 May 16, In Afghanistan
thousands of demonstrators from the Hazara minority marched in
protest through Kabul, accusing President Ashraf Ghani's government
of cutting them out of a multi-million dollar power transmission
2016 May 16, In Austria world
powers meeting in Vienna said they supported the lifting of an arms
embargo on Libya and were ready to supply weapons to the country's
new unity government to help it fight the growing threat posed by
the Islamic State group.
2016 May 16, The UN said more
than nine million people in the Lake Chad region are in desperate
need of food aid as the violent insurgency continues being waged
there by Boko Haram. Nigeria, Chad, Cameroon and Niger have
significantly weakened Boko Haram but have been unable to vanquish
the Islamists entirely.
2016 May 16, French energy
giant Total officially opened the Shetland Gas Plant in Britain's
northernmost outpost, which cost $5 billion (4.4 billion euros) to
2016 May 16, In western
Indonesia rescuers found the bodies of 17 people who were among 20
university students and two guides who went missing in
rain-triggered floods and landslides at a popular waterfall. One
student was found alive. 4 people remained missing.
2016 May 16, Iraqi security
forces and allied fighters launched an operation to retake the town
of Rutba from the Islamic State jihadist group.
2016 May 16, Kenyan police
fired tear gas and water cannon at stone-throwing crowds protesting
in central Nairobi against an election oversight body they say is
biased and should be scrapped. Police officers were seen viciously
beating an unresponsive fallen protester as they broke up the
demonstrations. At least 15 people were arrested and at least one
victim died. A day later Kenya's police chief ordered an internal
(Reuters, 5/16/16)(AFP, 5/17/16)(Econ, 5/21/16,
2016 May 16, In Nepal
supporters of ethnic minority groups demanding changes in the new
constitution clashed with police and blocked main streets near the
prime minister's office, as their newly started protests entered
their second day.
2016 May 16, Presumptive
Philippine President-elect Rodrigo Duterte said he will reimpose the
death penalty, offer Cabinet posts to communist rebels, and move to
amend the constitution to give more power to the provinces. He also
said he will launch a major military offensive to destroy Abu Sayyaf
extremists on southern Jolo Island.
2016 May 16, Rwanda officials
said over 1,500 Burundians have been expelled in recent days, amid
worsening relations between the neighbors.
2016 May 16, Han Kang’s “The
Vegetarian" won the Man Booker Int’l. Prize (MBIP) for fiction. The
South Korean book was translated by Deborah Smith.
(Econ, 5/21/16, p.77)
2016 May 16, Swedish citizen
Claver Berinkindi (61), originally from Rwanda, was sentenced in
Stockholm to life in prison for his role in the 1994 genocide in the
2017 May 16, Pres. Donald Trump
defended his decision to share "facts pertaining to terrorism" and
airline safety with Russia, saying in a pair of tweets he has "an
absolute right" as president to do so. Senate Democratic Leader
Chuck Schumer urged the White House to immediately release
transcripts of Trump's May 10 meeting with Russian officials to the
relevant lawmakers probing alleged interference by Russia in the
2016 US election.
(AP, 5/16/17)(Reuters, 5/16/17)
2017 May 16, President Donald
Trump held his first face-to-face meeting with Turkey's president
amid accusations that Trump gave Russian officials classified
intelligence from a foreign ally. Trump and Erdogan vowed to repair
the a relationship battered by years of disputes over Syria’s civil
war and its various fighting groups. Elsewhere in DC Turkish
security guards beat Armenian and Kurdish protesters.
(AP, 5/16/17)(SFC, 5/17/17, p.A2)(Econ 5/20/17,
2017 May 16, The Pentagon said
the United States and the United Arab Emirates have signed a new,
updated defense cooperation agreement that dictated "the magnitude
and conditions" of the US military presence inside the Emirates.
2017 May 16, Cybersecurity
researchers said they have found evidence that could link North
Korea with the WannaCry cyber-attack that has infected more than
300,000 computers worldwide, as global authorities scrambled to
prevent hackers from spreading new versions of the virus.
2017 May 16, In the central US
storms that stretched from Texas to the Great Lakes spawned 29
twisters that killed two people in Oklahoma and Wisconsin.
(SFC, 5/18/17, p.A4)
2017 May 16, In Afghanistan a
rocket attack on a market in Asad Abad, the capital of Kunar
province, killed two civil servants. In the Laghman province, a
Taliban mortar round struck a house, killing two women and wounding
2017 May 16, It was reported
that researchers have found an estimated 100-1200 tons of plastic
floating in the Arctic Ocean.
(SFC, 5/16/17, p.A12)
2017 May 16, Austria’s
parliament approved new legislation banning the wearing of full
facial veils in public places to become effective in October.
Violators would face fines of about $167.
(SFC, 5/18/17, p.A3)
2017 May 16, Britain's Labour
Party made its case for voters to back its move to the left and
throw out the Conservatives at next month's election, promising
renationalization of some services, measures to curb corporate
excess and end healthcare cuts.
2017 May 16, In Congo DRC
President Joseph Kabila named eight senior police officers as
"national heroes". Former police chief John Numbi, believed by
regime critics to be prime suspect in the murder of a key rights
activist, was one of the eight.
2017 May 16, The World Health
Organization said a second case of Ebola has been confirmed by
laboratory testing amid an outbreak in a remote corner of northern
2017 May 16, A Danish court
convicted a teenage girl (17), arrested on Jan. 13, 2016, of
attempted terrorism for planning bomb attacks against two schools.
2017 May 16, In Ethiopia a
judge in Addis Ababa found former opposition spokesman Yonatan
Tesfaye guilty of encouraging terrorism with a series of
anti-government Facebook posts in 2015.
2017 May 16, The EU announced
it is restoring a preferential tax concession for goods imported
from Sri Lanka that it withdrew seven years ago over alleged human
2017 May 16, Germany’s dpa news
agency said a German court has convicted an Iraqi man (32) of raping
two Chinese college students in the western city of Bochum. He was
sentenced to 11 years in prison.
2017 May 16, An Indian court in
New Delhi ruled that doctors were free to carry out an abortion on a
girl (10) who was raped and impregnated by her stepfather.
(SFC, 5/17/17, p.A2)
2017 May 16, Iran's reformist
first vice president, Eshaq Jahangiri, pulled out of this week's
presidential election and endorsed the incumbent, Hassan Rouhani.
2017 May 16, Ivory Coast rebel
soldiers agreed to end a four-day mutiny which drew in troops from
across the country after reaching agreement with the government over
a wages dispute. The government reportedly agreed to give them an
immediate payment of 5.0 million CFA francs each with the remaining
2.0 million to be paid next month.
2017 May 16, In northeast Mali
an unmarried couple were stoned to death in public by Islamists in
Taghlit, the first such known occurrence since 2012.
2017 May 16, Mexican federal
and state authorities detained 60 people and disarmed local police
infiltrated by organized crime in the Pacific coast tourist
destination of Zihuatanejo, Guerrero state.
2017 May 16, Boyan Slat, a
22-year-old Dutchman, said it would be possible to reduce by half
the millions of tons of plastic garbage in the Pacific by deploying
2017 May 16, A Saudi Arabian
police officer was killed by a rocket-propelled grenade in the
Almosara area of Awamiya, a Shiite town.
2017 May 16, The Syrian
government "categorically" denied US accusations of mass killings at
a prison near Damascus, including the alleged execution of political
opponents and burning the victims in a crematorium at the site.
2017 May 16, Thailand backed
off a threat to block Facebook, instead providing the social media
site with court orders to remove content that the government deems
2017 May 16, Ukraine imposed
sanctions on Russia's largest internet group Yandex and other
popular online firms, saying it wanted to guard against
cyber-attacks, and the Kremlin threatened retaliation.
2017 May 16, In Venezuela
Yeison Mora (17) died after he was shot in the head during a protest
the day before, taking the death toll from six weeks of
anti-government unrest to at least 40.
(Reuters, 5/16/17)(SFC, 5/17/17, p.A4)
2018 May 16, President Donald
Trump welcomed Uzbekistan President Shavkat Mirziyoyev to the White
House to discuss strengthening their economic ties and cooperation
2018 May 16, Pres. Trump's
financial disclosure, released by the Office of Government Ethics,
revealed for the first time that he paid more than $100,000 to his
personal attorney, Michael Cohen, as reimbursements for a "third
(SFC, 5/17/18, p.A8)
2018 May 16, A US judge ordered
Turkish banker Mehmet Hakan Atilla to spend 32 months in prison,
including 14 months he has already served after his arrest last year
during a business trip to New York on behalf of Halkbank. The
sentence means Atilla can return to Turkey in about a year.
2018 May 16, Maine's fishermen
sold elvers at the dock for more than $2,400 a pound. Fishermen have
sold more than $20 million worth of the eels so far this season, the
highest total since interstate managers instituted a quota system
for the eels in 2014.
2018 May 16, Michigan State
Univ. announced a $500 million settlement with 332 women and girls
who said they were molested by sports doctor Larry Nassar.
(SFC, 5/17/18, p.A14)
2018 May 16, In North Carolina
thousands of teachers filled the streets of Raleigh demanding better
pay and more funding for public schools.
(SFC, 5/17/18, p.A14)
2018 May 16, Texas executed
Juan Edward Castillo (36) for the shooting and robbery of a man (19)
more than 14 years ago. Castillo had said he was not involved in the
fatal San Antonio "lovers' lane" killing.
(SFC, 5/17/18, p.A6)
2018 May 16, In western
Afghanistan security forces pushed back an attack by Taliban
insurgents and took control of Farah city. At least 25 government
troops were reported killed along with more than 300 Taliban
2018 May 16, A Belgium court
rejected a Spanish request for the extradition of three Catalan
separatist leaders because there were no corresponding arrest
(SFC, 5/17/18, p.A2)
2018 May 16, Bosnian tycoon
Fahrudin Radoncic, who leads a party in the ruling coalition, was
cleared of charges of organizing a criminal group and interfering in
a high-profile court case in Kosovo against Balkan drug boss Naser
2018 May 16, The Bulgarian
government approved the purchase of up to 10 new or used fighter
jets to replace its ageing Soviet-designed MiG-29s as well as the
purchase of 150 combat vehicles.
2018 May 16, Canada pledged to
compensate Kinder Morgan, the builder of the controversial Trans
Mountain pipeline (TMX) in British Columbia, for any losses that may
result from political delays.
2018 May 16, More than two
dozen writers, poets and artists called for the release of Liu Xia,
the widow of Nobel Peace Prize-winner Liu Xiaobo, who has been under
house arrest in China since her husband died in custody last year.
2018 May 16, Chinese
archeologist Zhao Kangmin (82) died. He was the first to identify
fragments of terracotta found by local farmers digging a well in
1974 as relics dating back to the Qin dynasty and the first to
excavate the site.
2018 May 16, Egypt's President
Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi pardoned more than 330 young people, most of
whom had been convicted and jailed for their participation in
2018 May 16, French oil and gas
giant Total said it has decided to cancel a multi-billion-dollar
project in Iran unless it is granted a waiver by US authorities.
2018 May 16, Guatemala
inaugurated its Israel embassy in Jerusalem, becoming the first
country to follow in the footsteps of the United States' deeply
2018 May 16, India announced
that its troops will halt counterinsurgency operations in disputed
Kashmir during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, its first such
declaration in 18 years.
2018 May 16, Indonesian police
shot dead four sword-wielding men who attacked a police headquarters
in Sumatra's Riau province, killing one officer. A fifth man was
arrested trying to escape.
2018 May 16, Greenpeace
announced it has ended a five-year truce with one of the world's
largest paper companies, accusing it of cutting down tropical
forests in Indonesia during the entire time the two were cooperating
on conservation. This ended a landmark 2013 agreement in which the
environmental group suspended a global campaign against Indonesia's
Sinarmas and its Asia Pulp & Paper arm in exchange for
commitments to end deforestation, land grabs and conflicts with
2018 May 16, In southwestern
Iran two people were killed and 48 injured in a violent protest in
Kazeroon. This was preceded by peaceful protests against a local
government decision to divide some districts of the city and merge
them into a new town.
2018 May 16, In the presence of
the British ambassador in Tehran officials from Britain's Pergas
International Consortium and the National Iranian South Oil Co.
signed a preliminary deal on a partnership to develop the
55-year-old Karanj oil field.
2018 May 16, In Iraq several
people were killed or wounded north of Baghdad when a man wearing an
explosive belt blew himself up in the middle of a group of people
receiving condolences in the region of Tarmiya.
2018 May 16, Gunmen in the
northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk were besieging several polling
stations containing election staff, four days after a national vote.
2018 May 16, Kenya's President
Uhuru Kenyatta signed a new law that outlaws the abuse of people on
social media but which critics say could be exploited to repress
2018 May 16, In Malaysia
reformist icon Anwar Ibrahim (70) celebrated a "new dawn" for the
country after he was given a royal pardon and freed from custody.
2018 May 16, Nepal's veteran
Sherpa guide Kami Rita (48) scaled Mount Everest for the 22nd time,
setting a record for the most climbs of the world's highest
mountain. Female Sherpa Lhakpa Sherpa (44) made it to the summit for
the ninth time, shattering her own record for the most climbs by a
2018 May 16, North Korea
threatened to scrap a historic summit next month between its leader,
Kim Jong Un, and US President Donald Trump, saying it has no
interest in a "one-sided" affair meant to pressure the North to
abandon its nuclear weapons.
2018 May 16, Pakistani troops
acting on intelligence raided a militant hideout near the
southwestern city of Quetta, triggering a shootout in which an
intelligence officer and a notorious militant wanted for over 100
deaths of minority Shiites were killed along with two other
2018 May 16, A power cut hit a
large part of Pakistan, suspending work at factories and businesses
in its industrial heartland and highlighting the challenges
successive governments have faced in getting to grips with chronic
2018 May 16, Philippine
President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the "total" lifting of a ban on
Filipinos working in Kuwait after the two countries agreed on
measures to regulate employment following a diplomatic row over
alleged abuse of workers.
2018 May 16, Poland's Supreme
Court acquitted Tomasz Komenda. He had served 18 years in prison for
rape and murder of a teenager that the judges now say he couldn't
have committed, in a case that has shocked the nation.
2018 May 16, Swiss
pharmaceutical giant Novartis said that its top lawyer, Felix Ehrat,
is stepping down over a deal to hire US President Donald Trump's
personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, as a consultant.
2018 May 16, Syria's military
said it has restored government control over a large area in central
Syria, securing a power station, a refinery and a cement factory
after uprooting the armed opposition.
2018 May 16, The Organization
for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) said banned chlorine
munitions were likely dropped on a Syrian neighborhood on February
4, after laboratory tests confirmed the presence of the toxic
2019 May 16, The United States
imposed sanctions on five Russians over abuses including the killing
of a prominent opposition leader, days after top-level talks seemed
to ease tensions between the two powers.
2019 May 16, The US State
Department cleared $313.9 million in possible sales of air defense
missiles to South Korea, as tensions re-emerged on the Korean
2019 May 16, The Trump
administration cancelled nearly $1 billion in federal funds for
California's high-speed rail project.
(SFC, 5/17/19, p.A1)
2019 May 16, Alabama executed
Michael Brandon Samra (41) for his role in a quadruple killing that
followed a dispute over a pickup truck.
(SFC, 5/17/19, p.A5)
2019 May 16, Members of
Florida's congressional delegation said it was unacceptable that the
FBI and the Department of Homeland Security will not publicly
identify the two counties where Russian hackers gained access to
voter databases before the 2016 election.
2019 May 16, In Chicago Lori
Lightfoot was sworn in as city mayor, becoming the first black woman
and the first openly gay person to hold that post in the city's
(SFC, 5/21/19, p.A8)
2019 May 16, New York Mayor
Bill de Blasio (58) said he will seek the 2020 Democratic
presidential nomination, despite a panning by US media and polls
which suggest he faces a tough fight. He became the 23rd prospective
Democratic challenger to President Donald Trump.
2019 May 16, Architect I.M. Pei
(b.1917) who died at the age of 102 at his home in New York City.
His work included the giant glass pyramid of the Louvre Museum in
Paris, complete in 1989, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in
2019 May 16, Tennessee executed
Don Johnson (68) for killing his wife in 1984.
(SFC, 5/17/19, p.A5)
2019 May 16, Facebook said it
banned the Archimedes Group, an Israeli company that ran an
influence campaign aimed at disrupting elections in various
countries. FB purged 65 Israeli accounts, 161 pages, dozens of
groups and four Instagram accounts engaged in spreading
(SFC, 5/17/19, p.A2)
2019 May 16, In Afghanistan a
US air strike killed at least eight policemen in Helmand province.
Another 11 policemen were wounded in a firefight with Taliban
insurgents during the same security operation.
2019 May 16, Bob Hawke )89),
Australia's longest-serving Labor Party prime minister, died. He won
four terms as prime minister, serving from 1983 to 1991 before being
ousted by his own center-left party when the economy soured. His
charisma and powers of persuasion earned him near-folk hero status
among many Australians.
2019 May 16, A former head of
Britain's MI6 foreign spy service said China's Huawei poses such a
grave security risk to the United Kingdom that the government must
not allow it to have even a limited role in building 5G networks.
2019 May 16, China vowed to
"resolutely safeguard" Chinese companies after Washington labeled
telecom equipment giant Huawei a security risk and imposed export
curbs on U.S. technology sales to the company.
2019 May 16, China formally
arrested two Canadian citizens it is believed to be holding to
pressure Canada into releasing a Chinese telecoms executive. Michael
Kovrig and Michael Spavor had been arrested for allegedly stealing
2019 May 16, In China a
building that was being refurbished collapsed in downtown Shanghai.
Seven people were killed. 14 were pulled from the rubble alive by
2019 May 16, The crash of the
Diamond DA62 at Dubai International Airport saw the aircraft roll
upside-down in air and smash into a park near the airport at high
speed, killing the three Britons and one South African on board.
Investigations later said it had followed other larger aircraft
landing there too closely as air traffic controllers offered
inconsistent warnings about the hazard.
2019 May 16, Egypt said five
soldiers and dozens of militants were killed in recent clashes in
the country's restive northern Sinai Peninsula.
2019 May 16, Egyptian media
announced that President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi has pardoned 560
prisoners, including prominent journalist Abdel Halim Qandil and
2019 May 16, In France ETA
kingpin Josu Ternera (69), aka Jose Antonio Urrutikoetxea, described
by Spain as the Basque separatist group's most wanted fugitive, was
arrested after more than 16 years in hiding from court orders served
in both countries.
2019 May 16, In northern
Germany activists occupied a building site to protest against the
ongoing Nord Stream 2 pipeline project with Russia.
2019 May 16, Prominent Hong
Kong student leader Joshua Wong (22) was sent back to prison after
he lost an attempt to quash a jail sentence over his leadership of
huge democracy protests five years ago.
2019 May 16, Indian troops and
separatist militants clashed in Indian-controlled Kashmir and five
people were killed including civilian Rayees Ahmad Dar (32). Three
JeM militants, including a Pakistani commander, and an Indian
soldier were killed in the gun battle in Dalipora, a village in
south Kashmir, which began in the early hours.
2019 May 16, In
Indian-controlled Kashmir a Muslim man was shot and killed and
another injured by Hindu vigilantes over allegations of smuggling
2019 May 16, In Iraq four
people were killed in overnight unrest that erupted as a mall burned
down during a demonstration in Najaf.
2019 May 16, In the Ivory Coast
inter-community violence began in the small town of Beoumi. Three
days of violence left 10 people died and another 83 wounded.
2019 May 16, Animal activists
urged Kenya to ban the slaughter of donkeys for use in Chinese
medicine, a practice which has soared in recent years and decimated
African populations of the animal.
2019 May 16, In Nepal two
Indian climbers died overnight near the summit of Mount Kanchenjunga
and a Chilean mountaineer was missing on the world's third highest
2019 May 16, In Nicaragua Eddy
Montes Praslin, a naturalized US citizen who had served in the Navy,
was shot dead in prison. Montes had returned to Nicaragua where he
fought for a change in government. Officials said Montes died after
he and others tried to snatch a gun from a guard while the
International Red Cross was visiting the prison. 17 others were
wounded in the disturbance.
(Reuters, 5/17/19)(AP, 5/18/19)
2019 May 16, Norwegian media
reported that representatives of Venezuela's regime and the
opposition are holding "peace negotiations" in Oslo this week.
2019 May 16, A Pakistani court
upheld death sentences for three Muslims but acquitted two others in
the 2014 mob killing of a Christian couple accused of blasphemy in
the eastern city of Lahore.
2019 May 16, The Philippines
recalled its ambassador and consuls in Canada over Ottawa's failure
to comply with a deadline to take back truckloads of garbage that
Filipino officials say were illegally shipped to the Philippines
2019 May 16, Russian police
detained several dozen people in the early hours at a rally
protesting plans to build a cathedral in a popular park in
Yekaterinburg, Russia's fourth-largest city.
2019 May 16, Saudi Arabia's
deputy defense minister accused Iran of ordering an attack on Saudi
oil pumping stations that Yemen's Iran-aligned Houthi militia has
claimed responsibility for.
2019 May 16, The Saudi-led
military coalition in Yemen carried out several air strikes on the
Houthi-held capital Sanaa after the Iranian-aligned movement claimed
responsibility for drone attacks on Saudi oil installations. The
Houthi health ministry said six civilians, including four children,
had been killed and 52 wounded, including two Russian women working
in the health sector.
2019 May 16, Sudan’s ruling
military council suspended negotiations for three days with
opposition representatives over a peaceful transfer of power to
civilian rule. Sudanese protesters vowed to press on with a sit-in
despite being targeted in fresh violence.
(AP, 5/16/19)(AFP, 5/16/19)
2019 May 16, Thailand's
Election Commission recommended that Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit,
the leader of major political party opposed to military rule, be
barred from taking his seat in the soon-to-be-convened parliament
because he is accused of violating electoral rules.
2019 May 16, A small boat
carrying escaping migrants form Venezuela sank in coastal waters on
its way to Trinidad and Tobago. At least 20 people aboard were
(SFC, 5/21/19, p.A2)
2020 May 16, California
to date had 77,515 cases of coronavirus and 3,166 deaths. The SF Bay
Area had 10,682 cases and 390 deaths. Total cases nationwide reached
over 1,456,941 with the death toll at 88,230.
2020 May 16, A US federal judge
issued an order that allows North Carolina religious leaders to
reopen their doors to their congregations in spite of Gov. Roy
Cooper's warning that they risk spreading coronavirus.
(Good Morning America, 5/17/20)
2020 May 16, An at-home
coronavirus testing project in Seattle backed in part by the Bill
and Melinda Gates Foundation said it was working with US regulators
to resume the program after being suspended by the Food and Drug
2020 May 16, Gay rights
organizations welcomed a decision by Albania's governing body of
psychologists to scrap conversion therapy with regards to sexual
(SSFC, 5/17/20, p.A3)
2020 May 16, Australia's
Victoria state reported 11 new coronavirus cases, including some
linked to known clusters at a meat factory and a McDonald's
2020 May 16, Bolivia's
population was about 11 million.
(Econ., 5/16/20, p.25)
2020 May 16, In Bosnia
thousands marched through Sarajevo to commemorate victims of the
Ustasa regime, a puppet state founded by Croat fascists and allied
to Nazi Germany, and to oppose a Catholic Mass held in the city for
Ustasa and their families, slain at the end of World War Two.
2020 May 16, Brazil's Health
Ministry registered 14,919 new confirmed cases in the prior 24
hours, taking the total to 233,142.
2020 May 16, Cambodia's health
ministry said the last patient with the new coronavirus has
recovered and left hospital, leaving the Southeast Asian country
with zero cases. Cambodia has reported 122 cases of the virus that
causes COVID-19 and no deaths.
2020 May 16, Mainland China had
five new confirmed COVID-19 cases, down from eight the previous day.
The city of Wuhan, where the new coronavirus outbreak originated in
China, conducted 222,675 nucleic acid tests.
2020 May 16, In France Félicien
Kabuga (84), one of the most wanted suspects in the Rwandan
genocide, was arrested near Paris. The businessman from the Hutu
ethnic group is alleged to have been the main financier of the Hutu
extremists who slaughtered 800,000 people in 1994.
2020 May 16, French health
authorities reported 96 new coronavirus deaths, as the country eases
from a two month lockdown. This brought France's total fatalities to
2020 May 16, Thousands of
Germans across the country took to the streets to protest against
restrictions imposed by the government to contain the coronavirus
pandemic. The number of confirmed coronavirus cases increased by 583
to 174,355. The reported death toll rose by 33 to 7,914.
2020 May 16, Greeks flocked to
the seaside when more than 500 beaches reopened, as the country
sought to walk the fine line between protecting people from COVID-19
while reviving the tourism sector that many depend on for their
2020 May 16, India's total
novel coronavirus cases rose to 85,940 with 2,752 fatalities.
2020 May 16, In northern India
a truck crammed with migrant laborers trying to reach their distant
homes amid a nationwide lockdown crashed, killing at least 23 and
2020 May 16, Indonesia reported
529 new coronavirus infections, taking the total number of cases to
17,025. Indonesia also reported 13 new deaths, taking the total
number of COVID-19 deaths to 1,089.
2020 May 16, Iran sentenced
French-Iranian academic Fariba Adelkhah (61) to five years in prison
on national security charges.
2020 May 16, Iran reported 35
new deaths from the coronavirus, the lowest number since March 7
despite infections rising, and announced a further relaxation of
COVID-19-related closures. The new deaths brought the overall toll
to 6,937. However, 1,757 new coronavirus cases were confirmed across
Iran in the last 24 hours, bringing the overall total to 118,392.
2020 May 16, Kenya's President
Uhuru Kenyatta ordered a cessation of movement between the country
and neighboring Tanzania and Somalia to help curb the spread of the
novel coronavirus. He exempted cargo trucks but said drivers would
have to be tested for the disease.
2020 May 16, In Libya bombs hit
a shelter for displaced people late today in Tripoli, killing at
least seven people including a 5-year-old child from Bangladesh.
2020 May 16, Malaysian reported
17 new coronavirus cases, bringing the cumulative total to 6,872.
Health authorities there reported one new death, with total
fatalities at 113.
2020 May 16, Mexico registered
47,144 cases of coronavirus, with the country's death toll rising to
2020 May 16, It was reported
that Mozambique's armed forces killed 50 Islamic extremist fighters
this week in battles in the gas-rich Cabo Delgado province.
(SFC, 5/16/20, p.A2)
2020 May 16, In Myanmar at
least 200 buildings were set on fire in the Rohingya village of Let
Kar in Rakhine state’s Mrauk-U township. The burning of villages was
a tactic used on a large scale by the military in Rakhine in 2017.
2020 May 16, The Philippines'
health ministry reported 11 more coronavirus deaths and 214
additional infections. Total confirmed cases of the novel
coronavirus have risen to 12,305, most of which are in the capital,
while deaths reached 817. The Philippines started loosening its
lockdown in the capital and other major cities to slowly restart an
2020 May 16, Portugal said it
has suspended imports of trash until the end of 2020 to protect
domestic landfill capacity. The country usually attracts huge mounds
of rubbish from other European states because of its low waste
2020 May 16, Qatar reported
another 1,547 cases of the novel coronavirus, bringing the country's
total number of confirmed infections to more than 30,000.
2020 May 16, Russia reported
9,200 new confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus. The overall
number of cases nationwide stood at 272,043. The official death toll
rose to 2,537 after 119 people died over the last 24 hours.
2020 May 16, In Saudi Arabia
the number of coronavirus cases topped 50,000. The health ministry
reported 2,840 new cases, taking the cumulative total to 51,980. The
death toll in the kingdom increased by 10 to 302.
2020 May 16, South Africa's
Impala Platinum said it had detected 19 positive cases of the
COVID-19 disease at its Marula operation in northern Limpopo
province, and that it would close the plant until it had taken
necessary health measures.
2020 May 16, In South Sudan an
outbreak of violence between pastoralists and farm workers began in
the north-eastern town of Pieri, forcing thousands of people to flee
to the bush. Over the next days At least 300 people, including three
aid workers, were killed in the fighting.
2020 May 16, Spain's overnight
death toll from the coronavirus was 102, marking the lowest 24-hour
rise since mid March. The cumulative death toll rose to 27,563,
while the number of confirmed coronavirus cases rose to 230,698.
2020 May 16, In eastern Syria
unknown warplanes attacked Iran-backed fighters late today, killing
several of the Iraqi militiamen.
2020 May 16, Thailand reported
no new coronavirus cases or deaths as the country begins to reopen
businesses and ease restrictions. Thailand extended a ban on
international passenger flights until the end of June. A previous
order was set to run until the end of May. Thailand has reported a
total of 3,025 cases of the coronavirus and 56 fatalities.