Today in History - May 3

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495        May 3, Pope Gelasius asserted that his authority was superior to Emperor Anastasius.
    (PTA, 1980, p.98)(HN, 5/3/98)

1010        May 3, Ansfried (~69), 9th bishop of Utrecht (995-1010), saint, died.
    (MC, 5/3/02)

1294        May 3, Jan I, duke of Brabant (Belgium-Netherlands), Limburg, poet, died.
    (MC, 5/3/02)

1455        May 3, Jews fled Spain.
    (MC, 5/3/02)

1469                May 3, Nicolo Machiavelli (d.1527), political advisor and author, was born. He was a historian and author of "The Prince." He saw in Cesare Borgia, the bastard son of Pope Alexander VI, the prospect of an Italy free of foreign control. "Men are more apt to be mistaken in their generalizations than in their particular observations."
    (V.D.-H.K.p.109)(AP, 11/15/98)(HN, 5/3/99)

1493        May 3-1493 May 4, Pope Alexander VI issued 3 papal bulls that divided the discoveries of Columbus between Spain and Portugal. By the Bulls of May 3 and 4 he drew an imaginary line one hundred leagues west of the Cape Verde Islands. The May 4 Bull, “Inter Caetera," was amended in Sep. granting Spain the right to hold lands to the “western regions and to India." The Patronata Real granted the Spanish throne the privilege and duty of overseeing propagation of Christianity among Spain’s subjects in the New World.
    (DAH, 1946, p.2)(, 3/5/11, p.E3)

1568        May 3, French forces in Florida slaughtered hundreds of Spanish.
    (HN, 5/3/98)

1621        May 3, Francis Bacon was accused of bribery.
    (MC, 5/3/02)

1624        May 3, Spanish silver fleet sailed to Panama.
    (MC, 5/3/02)
1654        May 3,    A bridge in Rowley, Mass., was permitted to charge a toll for animals, while people crossed for free.
    (AP, 5/3/97)

1662        May 3, John Winthrop the Younger, the son of the first governor of Massachusetts was honored by being made a fellow of the Royal Society, England's new scientific society. Winthrop gained a new charter from the king, uniting the colonies of Connecticut and New Haven.
    (HN, 5/3/99)

1715        May 3, Edmund Halley observed a total eclipse phenomenon: "Baily's Beads."
    (MC, 5/3/02)

1791        May 3, Poland adopted a new Constitution. It was designed to redress long-standing political defects of the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth and its traditional system of "Golden Liberty." The constitution put Lithuania under Polish domination. It is generally regarded as Europe's first and the world's second modern codified national constitution, following the 1788 ratification of the US Constitution.
    (SFC, 4/25/09, p.B1)(,_1791)(Voruta #27-28, 7/1996, p.13)

1802        May 3,    Washington, D.C., was incorporated as a city, with the mayor appointed by the president and the council elected by property owners.
    (AP, 5/3/97)

1808        May 3, Spanish executions took place and were later commemorated in Goya’s painting "Executions of 3rd of May."
    (MC, 5/3/02)

1810        May 3, Lord Byron swam the Hellespont.
    (MC, 5/3/02)

1821        May 3,    The Richmond [Virginia] Light Artillery was organized.
    (RC handout, 5/27/96)

1830        May 3, The 1st regular steam train passenger service started.
    (MC, 5/3/02)

1844        May 3, Richard D'Oyly Carte, opera impresario (Gilbert & Sullivan operas, Ivanhoe), was born in England.
    (MC, 5/3/02)

1849        May 3, Jacob Riis (d.1914), American reporter and reformer (How the Other Half Lives), was born in Denmark.
    (HN, 5/3/01)(

1854        May 3, William Beale (70), composer, died.
    (MC, 5/3/02)

1855        May 3, Macon B. Allen became the first African American to be admitted to the Bar in Massachusetts.
    (HN, 5/3/99)

1856        May 3, Adolphe Charles Adam (52), French composer, critic (Giselle), died.
    (MC, 5/3/02)

1859         May 3, France declared war on Austria.
    (HN, 5/3/98)

1861        May 3, Lincoln asked for 42,000 Army Volunteers and another 18,000 seamen.
    (MC, 5/3/02)
1861        May 3, Gen. Winfield Scott presented his Anaconda Plan to Maj. Gen. George B. McClellan.
    (, 12/05, p.12)

1863        May 3, Stonewall Jackson’s arm was amputated and buried. Jackson told his medical director, Dr. Hunter McGuire, "If the enemy does come, I am not afraid of them; I have always been kind to their wounded, and I am sure they will be kind to me." His words followed an order from Robert E. Lee to move Jackson to Guiney's Station, fearing that nearby Federal troops might capture him. Following perhaps his greatest performance, leading a brilliant flanking maneuver against Union Major General Joseph Hooker at Chancellorsville, he was mistakenly shot by his own troops while scouting ahead of their lines after dark. Jackson sustained severe wounds to the left arm and minor wounds to the right hand that later led to his death.
    (HT, 3/97, p.52)(HNQ, 3/11/02)
1863        May 3, In Virginia the Battle of Chancellorsville raged for a second day, as Confederate General Robert E. Lee parried Union General Joseph T. Hooker's thrusts. [see May 1-2]
    (HN, 5/3/00)
1863        May 3-1863 May 4, The Battle of Salem Church took place in Spotsylvania County, Virginia, as part of the Chancellorsville campaign.
    (AH, 12/02, p.34)(

1865         May 3,    President Lincoln's funeral train arrived in Springfield, Illinois.
    (HN, 5/3/98)

1866        May 3, The first submarine in the Americas, a 39-foot vessel designed in the 1860s by German immigrant Karl Flach, sank in the Bay of Valparaiso off the coast of Chile. The crew, two Chileans, two Frenchmen and seven Germans, including Flach and his 15-year-old son, all died. In 2007 a search team found the vessel.
    (Reuters, 5/3/07)

1873        May 3, Nikolay N. Tcherepnin, composer of ballets, songs, was born in St. Petersburg.
    (MC, 5/3/02)

1886        May 3, Police arrived outside the McCormick Harvester Works in Chicago, where 1,400 IWPA workers were on strike. They opened-fire on the crowd while anarchist August Spies was making a speech, killing four of the workers.

1898        May 3, Golda Mier (d.1978), 4th Prime Minister of Israel (1969-1974) and the first woman PM, was born in Kiev, Ukraine. "Whether women are better than men, I cannot say -- but I can say they are certainly no worse."
    (AP, 5/11/97)(HN, 5/3/02)(MC, 5/3/02)

1902        May 3, Walter Slezak, actor (Bedtime for Bonzo, Inspector General), was born in Vienna.
    (MC, 5/3/02)

1903        May 3, Bing Crosby (d.1977), singer and actor, was born in Tacoma, Wa. The family soon moved to Spokane where he grew up.
    (HN, 5/3/98)(SSFC, 1/21/01, BR p.10)

1907        May 3, Show business columnist Earl Wilson was born in Rockford, Ohio.
    (AP, 5/3/07)

1910        May 3, Alceo Galliera, composer, conductor, was born.
    (MC, 5/3/02)

1912        May 3, May Sarton, poet and writer, was born.
    (HN, 5/3/01)

1913        May 3, William Inge, American playwright (Picnic, Bus Stop), was born.
    (HN, 5/3/01)

1916        May 3,    Irish nationalist Padraic Pearse and two others were executed by the British for their roles in the Easter Rising.
    (AP, 5/3/97)

1917        May 3, Betty Comden (d.2006), librettist, was born in Brooklyn, NY, as Basya Cohen. She became one-half of the musical-comedy duo Comden and Green, who provided lyrics, libretti, and screenplays to some of the most beloved and successful Hollywood musicals and Broadway shows of the mid-20th century.
1917        May 3, Kiro Gligorov (d.2012) was born in the central Macedonian town of Shtip. He later served as the first president of Macedonia (1991-1999).
    (AP, 1/2/12)

1919        May 3, Betty Compden, lyricist, was born.
    (HN, 5/3/01)
1919        May 3, Pete Seeger (d.2014), American folksinger and songwriter, was born in NYC. His father was a musicologist and his mother a concert violinist. Seeger helped to lay the foundation for American protest music, singing out about the plight of everyday working folks and urging listeners to political and social activism.
    (, 1/29/14, p.A10)

1920        May 3, John Lewis, jazz pianist, was born.
    (HN, 5/3/01)
1920        May 3, "Sugar" Ray Robinson (Walker Smith Jr.), American middleweight boxer, was born.  He won the world title for a record five times.
    (HN, 5/3/99)

1921        May 3,    West Virginia imposed the first state sales tax.
    (AP, 5/3/97)

1923        May 3,    The 1st non-stop flight across the US was made. Army lieutenants Kelly and Macready flew from New York to San Diego.
    (HFA, '96, p.30)(HN, 4/6/98)

1926        May 3, A Pulitzer prize was awarded to Sinclair Lewis (Arrowsmith).
    (MC, 5/3/02)
1926         May 3, U.S. marines landed in Nicaragua and remained until 1933.
    (HN, 5/3/98)
1926        May 3, There was a British general strike and 3 million workers supported the miners. The strike lasted 9 days.
1926        May 3, Napoleon V Bonaparte (63), French pretender to the throne, died.
    (MC, 5/3/02)

1928        May 3, James Brown, "The Godfather of Soul," was born in Augusta, Georgia. The singer is best remembered for the song "I Feel Good." [see May 3, 1933]
    (HN, 5/3/99)(MC, 5/3/02)

1929        May 3, Prussia banned anti-fascists.
    (MC, 5/3/02)

1931        May 3, Frank Hoyt Losey (59), composer, died.
    (MC, 5/3/02)

1933        May 3, James Brown, American singer and songwriter, was born. [see May 3, 1928]
    (HN, 5/3/01)
1933        May 3,    Nellie T. Ross became the first female director of the U.S. Mint.
    (AP, 5/3/97)
1933        May 3, A white buffalo calf was born in western Montana. He was later named “Big Medicine" and lived until Aug 25, 1959. His hide was molded to a mannequin and that went on display at the Montana Historical Society on Jul 13, 1961.
    (Helena Museum flyer, 9/11/97)

1936        May 3, Joe DiMaggio (21) of San Francisco made his major-league debut as NY Yankee and got 3 hits.
    (MC, 5/3/02)(CHA, 1/2001)(WSJ, 3/9/99, p.A1)
1936        May 3, The Popular Front in France achieved a majority of the seats in the Chamber of Deputies, which led to the formation of the first Popular Front ministry under Leon Blum.

1937        May 3,    Margaret Mitchell won a Pulitzer Prize for her novel, "Gone with the Wind."
    (AP, 5/3/97)

1938        May 3, The concentration camp at Flossenburg opened.
    (MC, 5/3/02)
1938        May 3, Vatican recognized Franco's Catholic and fascist Spain.
    (MC, 5/3/02)

1939        May 3, Soviet leader Joseph Stalin replaced Maxim Litvinov, the People's Commissar for Foreign Affairs, with Vyacheslav Molotov.

1941        May 3, There was a German air raid on Liverpool.
    (MC, 5/3/02)

1942        May 3, Executive Order 9066, signed by Pres. Franklin D. Roosevelt, was issued by Lt. Gen’l. John DeWitt from his headquarters in the SF Presidio. It called for the evacuation of Japanese-Americans from Los Angeles effective May 9. Some 110,000-112,000 Japanese-Americans were settled in 10 relocation camps, the first of which was in Manzanar in Owens Valley, Ca. In the Bay Area most Japanese-Americans were sent to the Tanforan racetrack where they were put up in stables and later relocated to Topaz, Utah. Soon after, the War Relocation Authority hired Dorothea Lange, a photographer already well-known for her striking Depression-era photos of migrant workers, to document the internment process. Lange's poignant photos reflected her disagreement with government policy and brought her into conflict with her employers.
    (SFC, 10/30/96, p.C2)(SFEC, 4/13/97, Z1 p.6)(SFC, 11/19/96, p.A17)(HNPD, 4/24/99)
1942        May 3, The Luftwaffe bombed Exeter.
    (MC, 5/3/02)
1942        May 3, Nazis executed 72 in reprisal in Sachsenhausen, Netherlands. Johan H. Westerveld, lt.-Col, leader Order Service, was among the executed.
    (MC, 5/3/02)

1944        May 3, "Meet Me in St Louis" opened on Broadway.
    (MC, 5/3/02)
1944        May 3,    Wartime rationing of most grades of meats ended in the United States.
    (AP, 5/3/97)

1945        May 3, The US Submarine Lagarto (SS-371) sank in the Gulf of Thailand following depth charges from the Japanese mine-layer Hatsutaka. 85 sailors died. In 2005 the wreck of the Lagarto was found. The USS Hawksbill sank the Hatsutaka on May 15.
    (SSFC, 6/18/06, p.A5)(
1945        May 3, Allies arrested German nuclear physicist Werner Heisenberg.
    (MC, 5/3/02)
1945        May 3, A British air force squadron bombed two ships, the Cap Arcona and the Thielbeck and sank them. The pilots knew nothing about the ships' human cargo. SS guards had marched prisoners from Neuengamme to Lubeck on the Baltic coast, as British troops approached, and put some 8,000 inmates onto two ships, the Cap Arcona and the Thielbeck.
    (AP, 10/2/10)(
1945        May 3,    Allied forces captured Rangoon, Burma, from the Japanese.
    (AP, 5/3/07)
1945        May 3, Ireland’s PM Eamon de Valera conveyed official condolences to diplomat Eduard Hempel. Pres. Douglas Hyde also visited German diplomat Eduard Hempel, a day after Ireland received reports of Hitler's death. Documents confirming Hyde’s visit were made public in 2005.
    (AP, 12/30/05)
1945        May 3, Japanese forces on Okinawa launched their only major counter-offensive, but failed to break the American lines.
    (AP, 5/3/05)

1946        May 3, The International Military Tribunal for the Far East convened in Tokyo for Japanese War Crimes. 28 defendants were tried. Radhabinod Pal, the judge from India, was the only judge with an international law background and the only judge to find all the defendants innocent on all counts.
    (WSJ, 4/30/98, p.A15)(MC, 5/3/02)

1947        May 3, Japan's postwar constitution, drafted by the Americans, took effect. It included the creation of the House of Councilors and renounced war as a way of settling disputes. Beate Sirota (1923-2012) produced Article 24 which established women’s rights and the essential equality of the sexes. 
    (, 5/3/07)(Econ, 4/14/12, p.54)(Econ, 1/12/12, p.86)

1948        May 3, Pulitzer Prizes were awarded to playwright Tennessee Williams for "A Streetcar Named Desire" and to novelist James Michener for "Tales of the South Pacific."
    (AP, 5/3/98)
1948        May 3, The US Supreme Court in Shelly v. Kraemer ruled that covenants prohibiting the sale of real estate to blacks and other minorities were legally unenforceable. The Supreme Court had allowed the practice in 1926.
    (AP, 5/3/97)(Econ, 7/7/12, p.74)(SFC, 1/14/15, p.A11)

1951        May 3, The Festival of Britain, a national exhibition, officially opened.
    (SFEC, 4/23/00, p.T4)(

1952         May 3, The first airplane landed at geographic North Pole. It was a ski-modified U.S. Air Force C-47, piloted by Lieutenant Colonel William P. Benedict (d.1974) of California and Lieutenant Colonel Joseph O. Fletcher of Oklahoma. In 2002 Charles B. Compton authored "Born to Fly: Some Life Sketches of Lieutenant Colonel William P. Benedict."
    (Polar Times, Fall, 97)(CBC)

1954        May 3, Pulitzer prize was awarded to Charles A. Lindbergh and John Patrick.
    (MC, 5/3/02)

1957        May 3, A low flying Navy bomber, while practicing evasion maneuvers, sheared two high-voltage lines in the East Bay of San Francisco causing a power outage in SF and the Peninsula.
    (SFC, 5/4/09, p.B2)

1958        May 3, Ismael Valenzuela (1935-2009) rode Tim Tam to victory in the Kentucky Derby.
    (SFC, 9/4/09, p.D6)(

1960        May 3, The musical “The Fantasticks" opened at the Sullivan Street Playhouse in Greenwich Village. It featured the song “Try to Remember" by Tom Jones & Harvey Schmidt and was 1st produced at Barnard College in 1959. Lore Noto (d.2002), former actor and agent, produced the show, which became the world’s longest-running musical. It closed Jan 13, 2002 after 17,162 shows.
    (SFC, 7/20/02, p.A20)
1960        May 3, Austria became a founding member of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA), along with Britain, Denmark, Norway, Portugal, Sweden and Switzerland. The agreement took effect in 1994.
    (, 11/24/07, SR p.7)

1961        May 3, A British Colonial Office telegram stated the general guidance for keeping papers out of the hands of newly elected independent governments. Items should be disposed of if they "might embarrass members of the police, military forces, public servants or others eg police informers; might compromise sources of intelligence" -- or might be used "unethically" by incoming ministers. Under "Operation Legacy", officials in Kenya, Uganda, Malaysia, Tanzania, Jamaica and other former colonial territories were briefed on how to dispose of documents that "might embarrass Her Majesty's government." This was only made public in 2013.
    (AFP, 11/29/13)

1962        May 3, William A, Eddy (b.1896), former US minister to Saudi Arabia (1944-1946), died. In 2008 Thomas W. Lippman authored “Arabian Knight: Colonel Bill Eddy, USMC, and the Rise of American Power in the Middle East."
    (Econ, 11/8/08, p.102)

1963        May 3,    In Birmingham, Alabama, police Commissioner Bull Connor unleashed dogs and high-powered fire hoses on boycott-bound school children.
    (SFEC, 3/16/97, p.T5)

1968        May 3, A Black Student Sit-In at the Bursar's Office began. It lasted for 38 hours, after the Northwestern University refused to accede to the demands of For Members Only, the black undergraduate student group.
1968        May 3, Texas Dr. Denton Cooley (1920-2016) and Dr. Michael E. DeBakey (1908-2008), surgeons at Houston’s St. Luke’s Hospital, sewed the heart of a 15-year-old girl into Everett Thomas (47) in the world’s first successful heart transplant. Thomas lived for 204 days.
    (, 11/20/16, p.C11)
1968        May 3, After three days of battle, the US Marines retook Dai Do complex in Vietnam, only to find the North Vietnamese had evacuated the area.
    (HN, 5/3/99)

1971        May 3, The National Public Radio “All Things Considered" program premiered on 112 NPR stations. NPR, the US national, non-commercial radio network, was founded in 1970 and hit the airwaves in April, 1971.
    (, 12/30/99, p.E3)
1971        May 3, John Toland (1912-2004), American author and historian, won a Pulitzer prize for “Rising Sun" (1970) which chronicles Imperial Japan from its Manchurian involvement following World War I to the end of World War II.
1971         May 3, James Earl Ray (1928-1998), Martin Luther King's assassin (1968), was caught in a jail break attempt in Tennessee.
    (HN, 5/3/98)(,9171,915028,00.html)
1971        May 3,    Anti-war protesters calling themselves the Mayday Tribe began four days of demonstrations in Washington aimed at shutting down the nation's capital. 13,000 anti-war protesters were arrested in 3 days.
    (AP, 5/3/97)(MC, 5/3/02)

1973        May 3, Chicago's Sears Tower, the world's tallest building (443 m), topped out. Sears soon moved its headquarters to the Sears Tower. The building was designed by Bruce Graham (d.2010 at 84) of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. In 2009 the name of the structure was changed to Willis Tower as Willis Group Holdings, a London-based insurance broker, consolidated its area offices in the building.
    (WSJ, 11/18/04, p.B1)(SFC, 3/9/10, p.C4)(

1975        May 3,    Gov. Jerry Brown of California began a round of private meetings to resolve the issues between the UFW, agribusiness, and the Teamsters Union.
    (SFEM, 4/13/97, p.22)

1978        May 3,    "Sun Day" fell on a Thursday as thousands of people extolling the virtues of solar energy held events across the country.
    (AP, 5/3/01)

1979        May 3,    Britain held general elections. Conservative Party leader Margaret Thatcher was chosen to become Britain's first female prime minister as the Tories ousted the incumbent Labor government in parliamentary elections. In 2008 Claire Berlinski authored “There Is No Alternative: Why Margaret Thatcher Matters."
    (AP, 5/3/97)(HN, 5/3/98)(WSJ, 11/18/08, p.A19)
1979        May 3, In the Philippines a UN Conference on Trade and Development opened as thousands of squatters around Manila were forcibly moved out of sight.
    (SFC, 11/18/96, p.A12)(

1982        May 3, Sinbad the Sailor, the star horse of Ronald Reagan’s “Death Valley Days" TV series, died when he was struck by lightning at Kanab, Utah.
    (SSFC, 5/3/09, p.C12)

1986        May 3,    In NASA's first post-Challenger launch, an unmanned Delta rocket lost power in its main engine shortly after liftoff, forcing safety officers to destroy it by remote control.
    (AP, 5/3/97)
1986        May 3,    In Sri Lanka Tamil Tigers bombed an Airlanka plane at Colombo airport and killed 16 people.
    (SFC, 7/24/96, p.A9)

1987        May 3,    The Miami Herald, in its Sunday edition, said its reporters had observed a young woman spending "Friday night and most of Saturday" at a Washington, D.C., townhouse belonging to Democratic presidential candidate Gary Hart. The woman was later identified as Donna Rice; the scandal torpedoed Hart's presidential bid.
    (SFEC, 12/19/99, p.C12)(AP, 5/3/07)

1988        May 3, The White House acknowledged that first lady Nancy Reagan had used astrological advice to help schedule her husband's activities. The unflattering revelations surfaced in a yet-to-be published memoir by former chief of staff Donald Regan.
    (AP, 5/3/98)
1988        May 3, Milton A. Caniff (b.1907), US cartoonist (Terry & the Pirates), died.

1989        May 3, PLO leader Yasser Arafat, ending a two-day visit to France, said the PLO charter calling for the destruction of Israel had been "superseded" by a declaration urging peaceful coexistence of the Jewish state and a Palestinian state.
    (AP, 5/3/99)
1989        May 3,    An Israeli soldier, Ilan Saadon, disappeared while hitchhiking north of the Gaza Strip. He was said to have been kidnapped by Hamas militants. In 1996 his bones were unearthed south of Tel Aviv.
    (SFC, 8/12/96, p.C1)
1989        May 3, Christine Jorgensen (b.1926), Denmark-born 1st transsexual (1952), died in California. Her book “Christine Jorgensen: A Personal Autobiography" was published in 1967, and its film adaptation was released in 1970 as The Christine Jorgensen Story.

1990        May 3, The US federal government approved the use of the drug AZT to treat children infected with the AIDS virus.
    (AP, 5/3/00)

1991        May 3, The US government reported the nation’s civilian unemployment rate fell in April to 6.6%.
    (AP, 5/3/01)
1991        May 3, Exxon Corporation and the state of Alaska withdrew from a one billion-dollar settlement of the “Exxon Valdez" oil spill (another settlement was reached later).
    (AP, 5/3/01)
1991        May 3,    J.P. Morgan and Walt Disney companies were added to the Dow Jones. Caterpillar was also added to replace Navistar.
    (WSJ, 6/3/96, p.C1)
1991        May 3, Jerzy Kosinski (57), author (Being There), was found dead in his New York City apartment.
    (AP, 5/3/01)
1991        May 3, Carol Lutz (24) was locked in the trunk of her car near Cleveland, Ohio, and burned to death. In 2009 Daniel Wilson (39) was executed for her killing.
    (SFC, 6/4/09, p.A4)(

1992        May 3,    In Los Angeles, soldiers continued to patrol streets and guard fire-gutted and ransacked stores in the wake of rioting that erupted following the Rodney King-taped beating acquittals.
    (AP, 5/3/97)
1992        May 3,    Hollywood song-and-dance-man-turned-politician George Murphy died at age 89.
    (AP, 5/3/97)
1992        May 3, In Bosnia armed men cruised into Doboj and began a process of ethnic cleansing that pushed 62,000 non-Serbs from their homes in the surrounding area.
    (WSJ, 11/3/97, p.A22)
1992        May 3, Yugoslav Army seized Bosnian Pres. Alija Izetbegovic on his return from peace talks in Lisbon. He was released the next day.

1993        May 3, "Kiss of the Spider Woman" opened at Broadhurst in NYC for 906 performances. John Kander composed the music and Fred Ebb (d.2004) wrote the lyrics.
    (, 9/13/04, p.B4)
1993        May 3, In southern California an arson fire killed ten people in the Westlake district of Los Angeles. Police suspected gang members who had been kicked off the property. In 2017 police made arrests related to the fire.
    (SSFC, 2/5/17, p.A11)
1993        May 3, American sailor Terry M. Helvey confessed to stomping to death Allen Schindler, a homosexual shipmate, but told his court-martial in Japan that he was drunk and did not plan the killing. Helvey was later sentenced to life in prison.
    (AP, 5/3/98)

1994        May 3, President Clinton presided over a televised forum from Atlanta, during which he denied suggestions he'd vacillated on foreign policy, but said global problems were more difficult than he'd imagined.
    (AP, 5/3/99)

1995        May 3, The US government reported that its Index of Leading Economic Indicators dropped half a percentage point in March 1995, its biggest tumble in two years.
    (AP, 5/3/00)

1996        May 3,    Gregory Clepper was charged with killing 12 women on the South side of Chicago in a string of slayings that began in 1991.
    (SFC, 5/3/96, A-10)
1996        May 3, Jack Weston (71), actor (Ishtar, Rad, Cuba), died of lymphoma.
1996        May 3, A weak compromise treaty was passed in Geneva that aimed to phase out non-detectable plastic mines, and introduced rules to limit the lifespan of anti-personnel mines planted outside marked fields to 3 months. The new treaty will go into effect once it is signed by 20 countries and revised an outdated 1980 weapons protocol signed by 57 nations. It has few enforcement provisions. The international conference in Geneva ended 30 months of arduous negotiations over whether to ban land mines with a weak compromise treaty giving countries nine years to switch to detectable, self-destructive devices.
    (SFC, 5/4/96, p.A-1)(AP, 5/3/97)
1996        May 3,    Chandraswami, aka Nemi Chand Jain, faith healer and psychic admired by Elizabeth Taylor, was held by police in New Delhi on charges of swindling $100,000 from a London businessman.
    (SFC, 5/4/96, p.A-10)
1996        May 3,    A preliminary UN report says that Israel fired knowingly on a southern Lebanon UN compound on April 18 after pro-Iranian guerrillas sought refuge in the area.
    (SFC, 5/4/96, p.A-8)
1996        May 3,    In Burundi a handwritten account reached the capital that described the massacre of 375 people at the Kivyuka village market by government soldiers angry over recent rebel attacks on local power line towers. An army spokesman denied the charges.
    (SFC, 5/16/96, p.A-8)
1996        May 3,    A 6.4 earthquake struck Inner Mongolia in northern China. At least 14 people were killed and 266 injured.
    (SFC, 5/4/96, p.A-8)
1996        May 3, A Sudanese airliner on a domestic flight crashed in bad weather and killed all 50 [53] onboard. It was an Antonov 24 airplane and had tried to land outside of Khartoum in an area cleared for a new airport because sand covered the runways at Khartoum.
    (SFC, 5/4/96, p.A-10)(SFC, 5/5/96, p.A-14)

1997        May 3, World chess champion Garry Kasparov won the first game of his rematch with IBM's Deep Blue computer. However, he lost the six-game match.
    (AP, 5/3/98)
1997        May 3, Silver Charm won the 123rd Kentucky Derby.
    (AP, 5/3/98)
1997        May 3, A group of Texas separatists ended a weeklong standoff with authorities; however, two armed followers fled into the woods. One was killed, the other eventually captured.
    (AP, 5/3/98)

1998        May 3, It was reported that the drugs angiostatin and endostatin eradicated cancer in mice and that human trials could begin within a year. The drugs were discovered by Harvard scientist Judah Folkman. Their operation was explained in 1999 by researchers at Duke.
    (BS, 5/3/98, p.3A)(WSJ, 3/16/99, p.B1,6)
1998        May 3, The Columbia Space Shuttle landed at Cape Canaveral after a 16-day mission. The mission studied the effects of space travel on neurological development in nearly 2000 animals.
    (USAT, 5/4/98, p.3A)(AP, 5/3/99)
1998        May 3, "The Sevres Road," by landscape painter Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot, was stolen from the Louvre.
    (AP, 5/3/99)
1998        May 3, European leaders meeting in Brussels, Belgium, agreed on Wim Duisenberg of the Netherlands as the chief of the new European Central Bank (ECB), but with the proviso that he step down in 2002 to make way for Frenchman Jean-Claude Trichet.
    (BS, 5/3/98, p.21A)(AP, 5/3/99)
1998        May 3, In Serbia fighting began in the Kosovo village of Ponosevac and 10 ethnic Albanians were reported killed by Serbian police.
    (WSJ, 5/5/98, p.A1)

1999        May 3, In Baltimore the Cuban baseball team beat the Baltimore Orioles 12-6. 7 members missed the departure the next day and one coach, Rigoberto Betancourt Herrera, was reported to have defected, as the others over slept. The 6 stragglers departed May 5.
    (SFC, 5/5/99, p.A1,6)(SFC, 5/6/99, p.A7)
1999        May 3, It was reported that Take Control, a new butter-margarine substitute from Lipton, was deemed safe by the FDA. The produce was made to help promote healthy cholesterol levels.
    (SFC, 5/3/99, p.A6) 
1999        May 3, Bill Gates pledged $25 million over 5 years to help develop a vaccine against AIDS.
    (SFC, 5/4/99, p.A3)
1999        May 3, Pres. Clinton said that he would support a bombing pause if he was convinced that the Yugoslav crackdown on Kosovo guerrillas and civilians was ending and that Serbian forces were being withdrawn.
    (SFC, 5/4/99, p.A1)
1999        May 3, Japanese Prime Minister Keizo Obuchi met with President Clinton at the White House during the first official U.S. visit by a Japanese premier in 12 years.
    (AP, 5/3/00)
1999        May 3, Howard Simpson, US author and career foreign service officer, died. He served in Vietnam and his books included the novel "Someone Else's War." He also wrote a series of detective stories based on the character Inspector Bastide: "The Jumpmaster," and "Junior Year Abroad."
    (SFC, 5/24/99, p.C4)
1999        May 3, US jets attacked Iraqi air defense sites. Iraqi news reported 2 civilians killed and 12 injured north of Mosul.
    (SFC, 5/4/99, p.A14)
1999        May 3, The Justice and Treasury departments agreed to unfreeze the assets of Saleh Idris, the owner of the Sudanese factory that was bombed by US cruise missiles Aug. 20, 1998.
    (SFC, 5/4/99, p.A14)
1999        May 3, A jury in Orange County declared that Charles Ng should die by lethal injection for the murder of 6 men, 3 women, and 2 baby boys during the 1980s.
    (SFC, 5/4/99, p.A1)
1999        May 3, The Dow Jones industrial average closed above 11,000, just 24 trading days after passing 10,000.
    (AP, 5/3/00)
1999        May 3, Some 76 tornadoes hit Oklahoma and Kansas and at least 40 people were killed. As many as 1,500 homes were destroyed. 38 people were killed in Oklahoma and 5 in Kansas. Damages in Oklahoma were later estimated at over $225 million.
    (SFC, 5/4/99, p.A1)(SFC, 5/5/99, p.A1)(WSJ, 5/6/99, p.A1)(MC, 5/3/02)
1999        May 3, British PM Tony Blair visited the Stankovec I refugee camp in Macedonia and pledged to double Britain's aid from $32 million to $64 million.
    (SFC, 5/4/99, p.D1)
1999        May 3, EU scientists said that the hormone, 17 beta-oestradiol, used by American cattle farmers is carcinogenic. The EU 10 year ban on the use of hormones in beef would likely be maintained.
    (WSJ, 5/4/99, p.A14)
1999        May 3, In Indonesia the cabinet approved an autonomy package for East Timor to be voted on in August.
    (WSJ, 5/4/99, p.A1)
1999        May 3, In Indonesia soldiers opened fire on villagers in Pulo Rungkom, Sumatra, and killed at least 19 people. They were there to obtain the release of a soldier abducted over the weekend. Over 30 people were killed and thousands fled the town following the massacre.
    (SFC, 5/4/99, p.A14)(WSJ, 5/6/99, p.A1)
1999        May 3, NATO jets hit a bus in Kosovo and killed about 20 people.
    (WSJ, 5/4/99, p.A1)
1999        May 3, In Nepal elections for the parliament began.
    (WSJ, 5/4/99, p.A1)
1999        May 3, In Turkey Pres. Demirel appointed Bulent Ecevit as prime minister and asked him to form a new government. At the same time legislator Merve Kavakci incited a turmoil by wearing a forbidden scarf.
    (SFC, 5/4/99, p.A14)

2000        May 3, Gen. Wesley Clark left his post as NATO’s supreme allied commander. He was replaced by Gen. Joseph Ralston.
    (SFC, 5/3/00, p.A11)
2000        May 3, The US FDA approved the first device to aid women with sexual dysfunction.
    (SFC, 5/4/00, p.A3)
2000        May 3, Cardinal John O’Connor (80), the archbishop of New York, died.
    (SFC, 5/4/00, p.A3)(AP, 5/3/01)
2000        May 3, The Euro fell below 90 cents to the dollar for the first time.
    (WSJ, 5/4/00, p.A18)
2000        May 3, In Chechnya Russian troops ambushed a rebel band and killed at least 18 men.
    (WSJ, 5/5/00, p.A1)
2000        May 3, In Iran 2 more Iranian Jews admitted, while on trial, that they had spied for Israel.
    (SFC, 5/4/00, p.A16)
2000        May 3, In Japan a teenager (17) hijacked a bus and killed a woman before being overcome after a 15-hour, 190-mile chase on Sanyo Expressway.
    (SFC, 5/4/00, p.A17)
2000        May 3, In Mexico police arrested Ismael Higuera Guerrero, a senior member of the Arellano Felix drug gang, along with his son (15) and 8 others near Ensenada.
    (SFC, 5/5/00, p.A15)
2000        May 3, The trial of two alleged Libyan intelligence agents accused of blowing Pan Am Flight 103 out of the sky over Lockerbie, Scotland, in 1988 opened in the Netherlands. In January 2001, one of the defendants, Abdel Basset Ali al-Megrahi, was convicted of murder; the other defendant, Lamen Khalifa Fhimah, was acquitted.
    (AP, 5/3/01)
2000        May 3, In the southern Philippines 2 hostages died as the military clashed with rebels under Commander Robot (Ghalib Andang) at Talipao. On Basilan Island 15 hostages, 9 children and 6 teachers, were rescued and 4 were killed when government troops engaged the rebels. At Zamboanga, Mindanao, the MILF took some 100 hostages and at least 4 people were killed.
    (SFC, 5/3/00, p.A12)(SFC, 5/4/00, p.A16)(SFC, 5/5/00, p.A14)
2000        May 3, Rebels of the Revolutionary United Front killed 7 UN Kenyan peacekeepers. The number was later reduced to 4 presumed dead.
    (SFC, 5/4/00, p.A1)(WSJ, 5/5/00, p.A1)

2001        May 3, An estimated 36.4 million people tuned in to watch Tennessee nurse Tina Wesson win as the winner of “Survivor 2," following a 42 day stint in the "Survivor: The Australian Outback" on CBS.
    (SFC, 5/4/01, p.C1)(AP, 5/3/02)
2001        May 3, Pres. Bush met with Pres. Fox of Mexico and discussed temporary visas for Mexican workers and plans for long-range energy development.
    (SFC, 5/4/01, p.D3)
2001        May 3, US federal agents broke up a smuggling ring that brought hundreds of Ukrainians into the US through Mexico.
    (WSJ, 5/4/01, p.A1)
2001        May 3, The United States lost its seat on the U.N. Human Rights Commission for the first time since the commission was formed in 1947.
    (AP, 5/3/02)
2001        May 3, In Algiers thousands of protesters demonstrated against what they called a government crackdown on ethnic Berbers.
    (SFC, 5/4/01, p.A14)
2001        May 3, In Macedonia troops backed by helicopter gunships began a fresh offensive against ethnic Albanian rebels after 2 soldiers were killed and one kidnapped in an ambush.
    (SFC, 5/4/01, p.A13)
2001        May 3, In Serbia Slobodan Milosevic was issued an arrest warrant from the UN war crimes tribunal in his jail cell.
    (SFC, 5/4/01, p.D3)
2001        May 3, It was reported that 20 people in Turkey had starved themselves to death in the past 5 weeks in protest of the prison system. Some 200-400 inmates still engaged in the “death fast."
    (SFC, 5/3/01, p.B2)

2002        May 3, The US Labor Dept. reported the April jobless rate at 6%, up .3%.
    (SFC, 5/4/02, p.A1)
2002        May 3, The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston backed out of a settlement agreement with 86 people who had accused defrocked priest John Geoghan of child molestation, saying the deal was becoming too expensive. The archdiocese later agreed to a $10 settlement.
    (AP, 5/3/03)
2002        May 3, In rural Iowa and Illinois and 6 people were injured when 6 of 8 pipe bombs were detonated in what was called a case of domestic terrorism. Suspect Luke Helder was later found incompetent to stand trial.
    (SFC, 5/4/02, p.A3)(AP, 5/3/03)
2002        May 3, In Bakersville, North Carolina, 8 inmates died inside the Mitchell County jail after a fire broke out.
    (SSFC, 5/5/02, p.A8)(AP, 5/3/03)
2002        May 3, Flash flooding in Appalachia killed 4 people. Virginia, W. Va. and Kentucky were hit at their intersection.
    (SFC, 5/4/02, p.A3)
2002        May 3, In Bangladesh a ferry on the Meghna River capsized with some 400 passengers traveling from Dhaka to southern Patuakhali. Early reports had only 100 survivors. The ferry was raised and the death toll increased to 370.
    (SFC, 5/4/02, p.A9)(SFC, 5/7/02, p.A10)(SSFC, 5/19/02, p.C15)
2002        May 3, In Colombia 2 days of fighting left as many as 60 people dead in the region around Bojaya after FARC fired mortars into a Bojaya church. The death toll was soon raised to 119 including 40 children.
    (SFC, 5/4/02, p.A11)(SFC, 5/7/02, p.A11)(SFC, 5/8/02, p.A1)(SFC, 5/13/02, p.A6)
2002        May 3, In India an air force jet crashed into an office building in the Adda neighborhood of Jullundur in Punjab state. At least 8 people were killed. 2 pilots escaped from the MiG-21.
    (SFC, 5/3/02, p.A10)
2002        May 3, In western Nepal security forces killed at least 90 Maoist guerrillas.
    (SFC, 5/4/02, p.A9)
2002        May 3, In Somalia Pres. Mohammed Ibrahim Egal (73) died. VP Dahir Riyale Kahin became acting president.
    (SFC, 5/4/02, p.A21)

2003        May 3, In the Kentucky Derby Jose Santos rode Funny Cide to victory.
    (WSJ, 5/13/03, p.A1)
2003        May 3, President Bush told a news conference in Crawford, Texas, it was a matter of when — not if — weapons of mass destruction would be found in Iraq.
    (AP, 5/3/04)
2003        May 3, The New Hampshire granite symbol called the "Old Man of the Mountain," 1,200 feet above I-93 (65 miles north of Concord), collapsed overnight into rubble.
    (SSFC, 5/4/03, p.A4)
2003        May 3, Suzy Parker (69), model and actress, died in Montecito, Calif.
    (AP, 5/3/04)
2003        May 3, The US picked a new head of Iraq's Health Ministry on Saturday, a Baath Party member, whose appointment was so critical that US officials designated the announcement "Public Notice No. 1."
    (AP, 5/4/03)
2003        May 3, In Baghdad, Iraq, schools re-opened for the 1st time since the start of war.
    (SSFC, 5/4/03, p.A11)
2003        May 3, In Cotonou, Benin, 16 people died in a late night concert stampede at the gates of the nation's Friendship Stadium.
    (AP, 5/5/03)
2003        May 3, It was reported that British researchers had shown that fish feel pain.
    (SFC, 5/3/03, p.B8)
2003        May 3, An apartment building collapsed in Cairo, killing 7 people with at least 5 more reported missing in the rubble.
    (AP, 5/4/03)
2003        May 3, The Ethiopian drought was reported to be the worst in 2 decades with millions of people forced to stand in line each day for food.
    (SFC, 5/3/03, p.B8)
2003        May 3, It was reported that half of Germany's bee colonies failed to survive the winter due to a mite that began spreading from Southeast Asia about 90 years ago.
    (SFC, 5/3/03, p.B8)
2003        May 3, In far eastern Russia a transport helicopter crashed as it returned from dropping water on a forest fire, killing all 12 people on board.
    (AP, 5/3/03)
2003        May 3, Pope John Paul II began a whirlwind visit to Madrid, Spain. He urged hundreds of thousands of young people outside Madrid to be "artisans of peace."
    (AP, 5/3/04)

2004        May 3, The US military said it had reprimanded seven officers in the abuse of inmates at Baghdad's notorious Abu Ghraib prison, the first known punishments in the case; two of the officers were relieved of their duties.
    (AP, 5/3/05)
2004        May 3, Marvin Runyon (79), former postmaster general, died in Nashville, Tenn.
    (AP, 5/3/05)
2004        May 3, A NYC court found financier Frank Quattrone (48) guilty on 3 counts of obstruction of justice and witness tampering. On Aug 22, 2006, a NY judge approved a settlement that would allow him to avoid another trial and return to the securities industry. 
    (SFC, 5/4/04, p.A1)(Econ, 8/26/06, p.56)
2004        May 3, The fast-spreading "Sasser" computer worm has infected hundreds of thousands of PCs globally and the number could soon rise sharply. When a machine is infected, error messages may appear and the computer may reboot repeatedly.
    (Reuters, 5/3/04)
2004        May 3, A group of British scientists announced early work on a new procedure that makes teeth grow from stem cells implanted in the gum.
    (AFP, 5/3/04)
2004        May 3, In Bangladesh at least 5 women were crushed to death and dozens were injured when a false fire alarm caused about 4,000 workers to rush for the exits of a garment factory.
    (AP, 5/3/04)
2004        May 3, Bulgaria sent 24 of its soldiers home after they complained about being unprepared for duty in Iraq.
    (AP, 5/3/04)
2004        May 3, Militiamen pounded a U.S. base in the most intense attacks yet on U.S. troops in the Shiite city of Najaf. US troops killed 20 Shiite militiamen in Najaf. Insurgents opened fire in the Baghdad, killing one American soldier and wounding two others.
    (AP, 5/3/04)(WSJ, 5/4/04, p.A1)
2004        May 3, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger paid a hastily arranged visit to King Abdullah II of Jordan following criticism from Arab-Americans that his Mideast trip excluded a meeting with Arabs.
    (AP, 5/3/04)
2004        May 3, A car packed with explosives went off as a bus carried Chinese engineers to a port project in remote southwestern Pakistan, killing 3 of them and injuring 11 other people.
    (AP, 5/3/04)

2005        May 3, The US Federal Reserve hiked the fed funds target rate by a quarter-point to an even 3%, marking a cumulative increase of two full percentage points in the past 10 months. That increase was matched by a quarter-point increase in commercial banks' prime lending rate, the benchmark rate for millions of consumer and business loans, which moved up to 6 percent, the highest that rate has been since the fall of 2001.
    (AP, 5/4/05)
2005        May 3-2005 May 4, American troops and Afghan police killed 64 rebels and captured six during a battle in the mountains of southern Afghanistan. 9 Afghan troops and one policeman were also killed in the clashes in the southern provinces of Zabul and Kandahar.
    (AP, 5/5/05)
2005        May 3, The WHO said Indonesia has detected its first case of polio in a decade, prompting the government to launch a massive vaccination campaign that is expected to inoculate more than 5 million children.
    (AP, 5/3/05)
2005        May 3, Iran told a United Nations nonproliferation conference it would press on with its uranium-enrichment technology.
    (AP, 5/3/06)
2005        May 3, Shiite Arab leader Ibrahim al-Jaafari was sworn in as prime minister as Iraq's first democratically elected government took office.
    (AP, 5/3/05)
2005        May 3, Two American soldiers died in roadside bomb attacks by insurgents in Baghdad.
    (AP, 5/4/05)
2005        May 3, Insurgents attacked coalition forces in Ramadi, setting off a battle that killed 12 militants, an Iraqi soldier and two Iraqi civilians.
    (AP, 5/3/05)
2005        May 3, Israeli officials said Hamas must disarm before participating in Palestinian parliament elections this summer, in a new twist to their standoff with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas over his refusal to use force against militants.
    (AP, 5/3/05)
2005        May 3, In Indian-controlled Kashmir suspected rebels killed six people in attacks, while at least six militants died in an overnight gunbattle with soldiers.
    (AP, 5/3/05)
2005        May 3, Kuwait’s Parliament created a constitutional roadblock that effectively kept women out of this year’s race for municipal council seats.
    (SFC, 5/4/05, p.A3)
2005        May 3, ChevronTexaco's Nigerian subsidiary said it would overhaul its aid projects in the country's oil-rich south after finding much of the tens of millions of dollars spent yearly was fueling violence and wasted by corruption.
    (AP, 5/4/05)
2005        May 3, In Pakistan a parliamentary committee issued 32 recommendations on how the government should address grievances in Baluchistan.
    (Econ, 5/7/05, p.37)
2005        May 3, On World Press Freedom Day Pakistan police beat journalists with sticks and detained at least 30 of them for staging a rally in the capital, Islamabad.
    (Reuters, 5/3/05)
2005        May 3, In Lahore, Pakistan, gas cylinders exploded in the basement of an apartment building as residents slept, causing the three-story structure to collapse. At least 25 people were killed and 20 injured.
    (AP, 5/3/05)
2005        May 3, An explosion erupted as Somalia's provisional prime minister was starting a speech, killing at least seven people and causing an undetermined number of injuries at a government rally in Mogadishu's soccer stadium.
    (AP, 5/3/05)

2006        May 3 In their second meeting at the White House, President Bush and German Chancellor Angela Merkel vowed to keep pressing Iran on its nuclear program as other allies took the issue to the United Nations.
    (AP, 5/4/06)
2006        May 3, The Bush administration released a 234-page report on avian flu saying a global bird flu epidemic could disable the US economy. It called for stockpiling antiviral medication and new vaccine development.
    (SFC, 5/4/06, p.A11)
2006        May 3, A federal jury in Alexandria, Va., rejected the death penalty for al-Qaida conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui, deciding he should spend life in prison for his role in 9/11; as he was led from the courtroom, Moussaoui taunted, "America, you lost. ... I won."
    (AP, 5/3/07)
2006        May 3, Vernon Jackson (53), owner of iGate, pleaded guilty in Alexandria, Virginia, to bribing Rep. William Jefferson, D-La., with more than $400,000 to promote the Kentucky’s firm’s high tech business in Africa between 2001 and 2005.
    (SFC, 5/4/06, p.A3)
2006        May 3, The US Postal Service said it wants to raise the price of a first-class stamp by 3 cents to 42 cents, and proposed a "forever" stamp that people could use as hedge against future rate increases.
    (AP, 5/3/06)
2006        May 3, US federal agents conducted raids in California targeting a SF-based cocaine and methamphetamine trafficking operation. 19 indictments were unsealed.
    (SFC, 5/4/06, p.B2)
2006        May 3, Sotheby’s auction house sold “Dora Maar au Chat," a painting by Pablo Picasso, for a $95.2 million, the 2nd highest amount for a painting at auction.
    (SFC, 5/5/06, p.A7)
2006        May 3, A burglary at a VA data analyst's home in Aspen Hill, Md., included loss of a laptop with personal data for 26.5 million veterans and military personnel. The burglary was disclosed May 22 and the VA first said the data was for 50,000 veterans and military personnel. On June 29 federal officials reported that the laptop was recovered.
    (AP, 6/9/06)(SFC, 6/30/06, p.A1)
2006        May 3, In western Afghanistan suspected Taliban gunmen killed a judge.
    (AP, 5/3/06)
2006        May 3, An Armenian Airbus A-320 crashed in stormy weather off Russia's Black Sea coast while readying to land at the Sochi resort, killing all 113 people on board, most of them Armenians.
    (AP, 5/3/06)(WSJ, 5/3/06, p.A1)
2006        May 3, Australia raised its benchmark interest rate by a quarter point to 5.75%. This sent its currency to a seven-month peak against the US dollar.
2006        May 3, Bolivia's decision to nationalize its natural gas industry drew challenges from Brazil as top officials pledged to defend current gas contracts and suspend investment in the Bolivian industry.
    (AP, 5/3/06)
2006        May 3, A decade-old ban on British beef, triggered by the mad cow crisis in the mid-1990s, was officially lifted, allowing cattle farmers to resume exports.
    (AFP, 5/3/06)
2006        May 3, Britain and France introduced a UN Security Council resolution demanding that Iran abandon its uranium enrichment program, possibly setting the stage for sanctions if Tehran does not comply.
    (AP, 5/3/06)
2006        May 3, Chadians voted for president despite no real alternatives to incumbent Idriss Deby, who rebuffed calls to delay the election in this emerging African oil exporter in favor of peace talks with rebels.
    (AP, 5/3/06)
2006        May 3, China's state-approved Catholic church installed a bishop without Vatican approval, the second this week.
    (AP, 5/3/06)
2006        May 3, Owners of a coal mine in China's central Henan province falsely claimed that five workers were killed and seven injured in a blast, when 66 miners were underground. An investigation by the county government later revealed that 10 workers were killed and 18 were injured in the accident which occurred in Yegou village.
    (AP, 5/8/06)
2006        May 3, The European Commission fined 7 companies a total of $489.8 (388.1 euros) for running a cartel in bleaching chemicals.
    (WSJ, 5/4/06, p.A2)
2006        May 3, In New Delhi Muslim separatists met India's prime minister for fresh peace talks on the future of Kashmir. Hours before the talks were due to begin, four rebels and three security men died in gunbattles in Kashmir.
    (AP, 5/3/06)
2006        May 3, India and Pakistan agreed to launch a truck service and a second passenger bus route this summer linking the parts of Kashmir held by each country.
    (AP, 5/3/06)
2006        May 3, The guardian of Budhia Singh, a five-year-old Indian boy who runs 50 kilometers (31 miles) a day, denied media accusations he was flogging him for personal gain. When Budhia’s father died two years ago, his mother, a dish washer in Bhubaneswar, was unable to provide for her four children and sold Budhia to a man for 800 rupees (20 dollars).
    (AP, 5/3/06)
2006        May 3, In northern India, a driver apparently lost control of his speeding bus, veering off a bridge into a dry river bed near Rampur, a town in Uttar Pradesh state. 21 people were killed and 26 were injured.
    (AP, 5/3/06)
2006        May 3, Indonesian police detained the heads of the state electricity company Perusahaan Listrik Negara (PLN) and a state fertilizer firm as suspects in corruption cases.
    (AFP, 5/4/06)
2006        May 3, Sunni insurgents boldly attacked fellow Sunni Arabs, the latest in a growing campaign against those who cooperate with the US-backed Iraqi government. A suicide bomber cloaked in explosives killed two policemen and 13 police recruits gathered in Fallujah. Three more of the new Iraqi soldiers were found dead in Khaldiyah. The bodies of 20 Iraqi men were found in several areas of the capital, apparent victims of death squads that kidnap civilians of rival Muslim sects, torture them, and dump their bodies. In Wasit province southeast of Baghdad, masked gunmen broke into the home of a Shiite family, killing the husband, two of his sons and his sister.
    (AP, 5/3/06)
2006        May 3, Mexican President Vicente Fox refused to sign a drug decriminalization bill, hours after US officials warned the plan could encourage "drug tourism."
    (AP, 5/3/06)
2006        May 3, In Mexico one person was killed as machete-wielding protesters near Mexico City clashed with police, blocking highways, throwing molotov cocktails and briefly seizing six officers. The residents attacked police after several of their companions were arrested in the nearby town of Texcoco.
    (AP, 5/4/06)
2006        May 3, Nepal's Cabinet declared a cease-fire with communist rebels and will no longer designate them as a terrorist group. Nepal's rebel chief ruled out disarming his forces and launched a scathing attack on the nation's new political leadership, according to the Maoists' website.
    (AP, 5/3/06)(AFP, 5/3/06)
2006        May 3, In Pakistan gunmen attacked a police post in a remote northwestern tribal region near the Afghan border, killing three policemen.
    (AP, 5/4/06)
2006        May 3, Peru confirmed that ex-President Garcia placed 2nd in the April 9 voting and will face nationalist Ollanta Humala in a June 4 runoff.
    (WSJ, 5/4/06, p.A1)
2006        May 3, The European Union suspended aid and trade talks with Serbia after Belgrade failed to deliver fugitive Gen. Ratko Mladic to the U.N. war crimes tribunal.
    (AP, 5/3/06)
2006        May 3, The Alexandros T, a bulk carrier, sank off the South African coast with 33 crewmen. The sip sank in heavy seas on its way from Brazil to China. Five managed to reach life rafts in time and one was rescued with a life vest.
    (AP, 5/4/06)

2007        May 3, A US House panel called on the VA chief to explain why top officials got hefty bonuses even as veteran’s care deteriorated.
    (WSJ, 5/4/07, p.A1)
2007        May 3, A US federal judge barred planting of alfalfa engineered by Monsanto to resist Roundup, a popular weed killer made by Monsanto, pending further study.
    (WSJ, 5/4/07, p.A1)
2007        May 3, The Florida Legislature gave its final approval to moving the state's 2008 primary from early March to Jan. 29.
    (AP, 5/3/08)
2007        May 3, Ignacio De La Fuente Jr. (32), the son of Oakland, Ca., City Council President Ignacio De La Fuente, pleaded guilty to 5 felony sex charges committed between 2003 and 2005. Three of his 4 victims were prostitutes.
    (SFC, 5/4/07, p.B5)
2007        May 3, James H. Simons, mathematician and philanthropist, announced a $10 million donation to Berkeley’s Mathematical Sciences Research Institute from the Simons Foundation. Simons is president of Renaissance Technologies Corp., a private investment firm dedicated to the use of mathematical methods.
    (SSFC, 5/6/07, p.B7)
2007        May 3, In Alabama Jamison Stone (11) killed a wild pig weighing 1,051 pounds with a .50 caliber revolver. The pig measured 9 feet, 4 inches from snout to tail. The animal's former owner later said the not-so-wild pig, named Fred, had been raised on an Alabama farm and was sold to the Lost Creek Plantation just four days before it was shot there in a 150-acre fenced area.
    (SFC, 5/25/07, p.A3)(AP, 6/1/07)
2007        May 3, Dr. Leonard D. Eron (87), psychologist, died in Illinois. His research led him to warn society that children who watch violent TV shows tend to show aggressive and destructive behavior later in life. He determined that aggression is learned behavior.
    (SFC, 5/21/07, p.B4)
2007        May 3, Wally Schirra, one of the original Mercury Seven astronauts, died in La Jolla, Ca. From 1962 to 1968 he logged over 295 hours in space.
    (SFC, 5/4/07, p.B9)
2007        May 3, A remote-control bomb hit an Afghan army bus in Kabul, killing the driver and wounding 29 people, including 22 soldiers.
    (AP, 5/3/07)
2007        May 3, African neighbors Sudan and Chad signed a Saudi-brokered reconciliation deal in Saudi Arabia, requiring both sides to cooperate with the United Nations to stabilize Darfur and the adjacent region in Chad.
    (AP, 5/3/07)
2007        May 3, Australia signed the first in a series of contracts that will see its air force buy 24 Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornet fighter-bombers from the US Navy.
    (AP, 5/3/07)
2007        May 3, Voters handed PM Tony Blair's Labour Party a string of embarrassing defeats in local elections.
    (AP, 5/4/07)
2007        May 3, Madeleine McCann (3), a British girl, was kidnapped from her bed in a Portuguese beach resort while her parents dined nearby.
    (Reuters, 5/5/07)
2007        May 3, Seven of Canada's biggest investment dealers said they plan to launch a new Alternative Trading System in 2008 to boost the efficiency of equity trading and make Canada more globally competitive. The Royal Canadian Mint unveiled a monster gold coin with a face value of C$1 million (455,000 pounds) that it says is the world's biggest, purest and highest denomination coin.
    (Reuters, 5/3/07)
2007        May 3, Forces loyal to the outgoing president of the Comoros island of Anjouan took control of a building housing federal offices in what one African Union official called a coup.
    (AFP, 5/4/07)
2007        May 3, A pair of heavily armed Cuban soldiers seized a city bus, killed an army officer and triggered a gun battle in a foiled bid to hijack a charter flight bound for the United States.
    (AP, 5/4/07)
2007        May 3, Ecuador's new leftist government set up a truth commission to investigate alleged human rights abuses committed over the last 27 years, particularly during the right-wing administration of former President Leon Febres Cordero.
    (AP, 5/4/07)
2007        May 3, In Egypt a conference of nearly 50 nations opened at Sharm el-Sheik to rally international support, particularly from Arab nations, for an ambitious plan to stabilize Iraq. US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice met Syria's foreign minister in the first high-level talks between the two countries in years. Hours after the chief military spokesman in Iraq said Syria had moved to reduce "the flow of foreign fighters" across its border.
    (AP, 5/3/07)
2007        May 3, In France Claude Mandil, head of the International Energy Agency (IEA), told a news conference that there is no reason why Iran should not have nuclear energy.
    (Reuters, 5/3/07)
2007        May 3, US-led forces conducting a crackdown on al-Qaida in Iraq killed Muharib Abdul-Latif al-Jubouri, described as al-Qaida's information minister. He was responsible for the high-profile kidnappings of several Westerners. Gunmen stormed the offices of an independent radio station in a predominantly Sunni area of Baghdad, killing two employees and wounding five before bombing the building and knocking the station off the air. Police in Fallujah found nine bullet-riddled bodies, four members of a Sunni tribe that recently joined an alliance against al-Qaida in Iraq and five found near the tax office. Gunmen stormed a market in Baqouba killing a plainclothes policeman after a militant read a death sentence issued by al-Qaida and two Shiite men. They then killed a policeman after he arrived at the scene to investigate.
    (AP, 5/3/07)(AP, 5/4/07)
2007        May 3, In Israel the campaign to oust PM Ehud Olmert shifted to the streets, with a mass rally in Tel Aviv expected to draw tens of thousands of people calling for the embattled leader to step down.
    (AP, 5/3/07)
2007        May 3, In Nigeria at least 21 workers, most of them foreigners, were kidnapped in separate attacks in the oil-rice delta region. 8 foreigners and a Nigerian were later freed.
    (AP, 5/3/07)
2007        May 3, The Ulster Volunteer Force, an outlawed Northern Ireland group that for decades attacked the province's Catholic minority, renounced violence and pledged to disarm.
    (AP, 5/3/07)
2007        May 3, Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo announced that US-based Texas Instruments Inc., the world's biggest maker of mobile phone chips, will build a $1 billion plant in the Philippines, choosing the country over China despite concerns about power costs.
    (Reuters, 5/3/07)
2007        May 3, Russia lashed out at the EU and NATO for supporting Estonia in its row with Moscow over the relocation of a Soviet war monument.
    (AP, 5/3/07)
2007        May 3, Scotland held parliamentary elections. Labor was knocked out of the top spot for the 1st time in 50 years by the Scottish National Party. The SNP supported a future referendum on independence. The SNP won 47 of the 129 seats.
    (AFP, 5/3/07)(Econ, 5/12/07, p.61)(Reuters, 2/16/12)
2007        May 3, Turkish lawmakers moved up elections to July 22, after the Islamic-rooted ruling party and its secular opposition agreed that an early ballot was the only way out of their standoff over political Islam.
    (AP, 5/3/07)
2007        May 3, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez warned he will nationalize the country's banks and largest steel producer in an apparent bid to strong-arm the businesses to contribute more to local industry.
    (AP, 5/4/07)

2008        May 3, Big Brown pulled won the Kentucky Derby 4 3/4 lengths ahead of the filly Eight Belles, who was euthanized by injection on the track with 2 broken ankles.
    (AP, 5/4/08)
2008        May 3, In Berkeley, Ca., student Christopher Wootton (21) was stabbed to death during an off campus scuffle. In 2010 former student Andrew Hoeft-Edenfield (22) was convicted of 2nd degree murder and faced 16 years to life in prison. In 2010 Andrew Hoeft-Edenfield was sentenced to 16 years to life in prison. On Apr 29, 2014 a judge dismissed the 2nd degree murder charge against Hoeft-Edenfield and blasted his defense attorney as ineffective and arrogant.
    (SFC, 5/14/10, p.C4)(SFC, 6/11/10, p.C5)(SFC, 4/30/14, p.E3)
2008        May 3, In Philadelphia police officer Liczbinski was shot with an assault rifle after a robbery. One suspect was fatally shot by police soon after, another was arrested the next day and a third was captured May 7.
    (AP, 5/8/08)
2008        May 3, The Asian Development Bank, announced emergency funding to help poor countries struggling with rice prices that have nearly tripled in four months. The Manila-based organization made the announcement while meeting in Spain.
    (AP, 5/4/08)
2008        May 3, An embassy representative said 11 US diplomats have left Belarus after a row with the tightly controlled former Soviet state over human rights and sanctions.
    (AP, 5/3/08)
2008        May 3, Early results showed Boris Johnson defeating Ken Livingstone as mayor of London. Voters also picked opposition candidates in more than 300 municipal council races, prompting PM Brown to humbly pledge to heed the scathing verdict.
    (AP, 5/3/08)
2008        May 3, Thousands of marijuana enthusiasts marched in downtown Toronto, many openly smoking the drug as part of a globally coordinated rally meant to celebrate cannabis culture and push for the drug's legalization.
    (AP, 5/3/08)
2008        May 3, In Guinea prison authorities said more than 30 prisoners escaped from a jail by using spoons to scoop a hole in the baked earth wall of their prison building which had been softened by rain.
    (Reuters, 5/3/08)
2008        May 3, The US military fired missiles at a target about 50 yards away from the general hospital in Baghdad's Sadr City district, wounding more than 20 people and destroying ambulances. US soldiers killed four militants elsewhere in Baghdad. A US soldier died of wounds sustained in a roadside bomb that struck the soldier's vehicle during a combat patrol in eastern Baghdad a day earlier.
    (AP, 5/3/08)
2008        May 3, Insurgents attacked an army convoy in northern Mali, violating a cease-fire and sparking a fire fight that left five people dead.
    (AP, 5/3/08)
2008        May 3, A tropical cyclone slammed into Myanmar's main city of Yangon, ripping off roofs, felling trees and raising fears of major casualties. Later counts guessed that some 138,000 died or went missing due to the cyclone. Foreign countries mobilized to rush in aid after the country's deadliest storm on record. In 2010 Emma Larkin authored “Everything Is Broken: A Tale of Catastrophe in Burma."
    (AP, 5/4/08)(AP, 5/6/08)(Econ, 5/1/10, p.86)
2008        May 3, Rebels in Nigeria's oil-rich Niger Delta blew up three oil wells operated by Royal Dutch Shell, their fifth attack in recent weeks against the petroleum industry.
    (AP, 5/3/08)
2008        May 3, In southern Pakistan thousands of Islamists rallied to condemn an anti-Koran film by a Dutch lawmaker and cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed in Danish newspapers.
    (AFP, 5/3/08)
2008        May 3, In Sri Lanka heavy fighting between government troops and Tamil separatists left 35 rebels and eight soldiers dead.
    (AP, 5/4/08)
2008        May 3, In Yemen 3 soldiers and four rebels died in the overnight skirmishes that took place in the remote mountain province of Saada, near the Saudi Arabian border.
    (AP, 5/3/08)

2009        May 3, In California Briant Rodriguez (3) was kidnapped by 2 gunmen who broke into his family’s home in San Bernadino.
    (,2933,518779,00.html)(SFC, 5/5/09, p.A7)
2009        May 3, In Florida Troy Ryan Bellar (34) shot and killed his wife, Wendy Bellar (31) and their 5-month-old and 8-year-old sons before killing himself outside their home in Lakeland. His 13-year-old son, Nathan, escaped.
    (AP, 5/4/09)
2009        May 3, The weekly Onion newspaper said it will close its print editions in San Francisco and Los Angeles. The free weekly began its San Francisco edition in 2005. Print editions will continue in Milwaukee, Madison, Minneapolis, Denver and Boulder.
    (SFC, 5/6/09, p.C1)
2009        May 3, Swine flu extended its reach through Europe and Latin America, with at least five countries reporting new cases. Health experts were investigating a case of the virus jumping from a person to pigs, trying to determine if the disease was reaching a new stage.
    (AP, 5/3/09)
2009        May 3, Three Afghan men were shot in Kabul by US defense contractors working for Paravant, a subsidiary of Blackwater Worldwide. 2 of the Afghan’s died. In 2010 Justin Cannon (27) and Christopher Drotleff (29) were indicted on charges that included 2nd degree murder. On March 11, 2011, Cannon and Drotleff were convicted of involuntary manslaughter.
    (SFC, 1/8/10, p.A8)(SFC, 3/12/11, p.A9)
2009        May 3, China tightened visa rules for citizens from the US, which has reported the second highest number of swine flu cases in the world.
    (AP, 5/5/09)
2009        May 3, Egyptian police fired tear gas and clashed with irate pig farmers, leaving 12 people injured as owners resisted the government's attempt to slaughter all the nation's pigs to guard against swine flu.
    (AP, 5/3/09)
2009        May 3, A French naval vessel intercepted 11 suspected pirates traveling off the Somali coast in two assault vessels and a so-called "mothership" loaded with Kalashnikovs and rocket launchers.
    (AP, 5/3/09)
2009        May 3, Italian media reported that PM Silvio Berlusconi's wife wants a divorce, just days after she publicly criticized his party's selection of young women to run in European elections.
    (Reuters, 5/3/09)
2009        May 3, Mexican police found 11 bodies dumped around a southern Guerrero state, including seven wrapped in plastic bags and thrown off a bridge. The bodies of five men and two women were found in a river between the Pacific resort town of Acapulco and the city of Cuernavaca. The other four bodies were found in a 600-yard ravine in the town of Pilcaya.
    (AP, 5/4/09)
2009        May 3, In Mexico at least four gunmen confronted journalist Carlos Ortega (52) when he got out of his car in front of his home in the small town of Santa Maria del Oro. Ortega was shot in the head after struggling with the attackers. Ortega recently argued with the town's mayor, Martin Silvestre Herrera, over an article on sanitation at a local slaughterhouse, and then wrote a column saying he would hold the mayor responsible if anything happened to him.
    (AP, 5/5/09)
2009        May 3, Nepal's PM Pushpa Kamal Dahal, former Maoist rebel leader, fired army chief Rookmangud Katawal after accusing him of defying government orders, prompting a key party to quit the coalition government and plunging the Himalayan country into a political crisis that could endanger its peace process. Dahal’s firing of the army chief was rejected by President Ram Baran Yadav, who officially leads the army.
    (AP, 5/3/09)(AP, 5/4/09)
2009        May 3, In Niger Tuareg rebels fighting the government released their last hostage. Mamane Louali, who was captured in June 2007, was released at the airport in Agadez, a town in the country's far north and one of the traditional bases of the nomadic Tuaregs.
    (AP, 5/3/09)
2009        May 3, In Pakistan the bullet-ridden body of Fazal Haq (28), kidnapped two months ago, was found dumped by the side of a road in Naurak village, 15 km (nine miles) east of Miranshah, the main town in the semi-autonomous North Waziristan tribal region. He had been accused of spying for the United States. Militants beheaded 2 government officials in Swat, in revenge for the killing of two Taliban commanders in dir and Buner.
    (AFP, 5/3/09)(Econ, 5/9/09, p.45)
2009        May 3, Panama held elections. Ricardo Martinelli (57), a conservative supermarket magnate, was favored to win the presidential elections. Martinelli won the election in a landslide, promising to guide the country through the world economic crisis and an ambitious expansion of the Panama Canal. A leaked cable from the US embassy later revealed that Martinelli requested help in the wiretapping of his political opponents.
    (AP, 5/3/09)(AP, 5/4/09)(Econ, 11/24/12, p.40)
2009        May 3, In the southern Philippines 7 people were killed and 1,000 forced to flee their homes as fresh fighting broke out when MILF separatist guerrillas attacked civilians. The 12,000-member MILF has been waging a decades-old insurgency to set up a Muslim state in the southern Philippines, where Christian settlers now outnumber the original inhabitants.
    (AFP, 5/5/09)
2009        May 3, A gas explosion tore through a Siberian apartment block and sparked a fire that engulfed the building, killing eight people, including two children.
    (AP, 5/3/09)
2009        May 3, In northwest Spain one member of the country’s second-place junior female volleyball team died and 12 others were injured, two seriously, in a bus crash. The Emeve de Lugo team had just arrived in Santiago de Compostela from the Canary Islands when their bus overturned.
    (AP, 5/3/09)
2009        May 3, In Thailand an American identified as Jill St. Onge (27) a bartender and artist from Seattle, died while staying at a popular destination for budget travelers. Norwegian Julie Michelle Bergheim (22) died the next day. Both died after suddenly falling ill within hours of each other at the Laleena guesthouse on Koh Phi Phi in southern Thailand.
    (AP, 5/7/09)
2009        May 3, Sixteen Venezuelan soldiers and a civilian were killed when a military helicopter crashed near the Colombian border. A brigadier general was among those killed.
    (AP, 5/3/09)

2010        May 3, Faisal Shahzad (30), a US citizen who had recently returned from a five-month trip to his native Pakistan, was arrested at a New York airport on charges that on May 1 he drove a bomb-laden SUV meant to cause a fireball in Times Square.
    (AP, 5/4/10)(SFC, 6/22/10, p.A6)
2010        May 3, The US renewed sanctions against Damascus, saying Syria has made some progress containing terror networks that use the country to infiltrate Iraq but that Damascus continues to support terrorists and pursue weapons of mass destruction.
    (AP, 5/5/10)
2010        May 3, Some 20 students at UC Berkeley began a hunger strike demanding that the school denounce Arizona’s new immigration law, drop charges against protesters from anti-fee hike occupation, rehire laid-off janitors and declare Berkeley a sanctuary for undocumented immigrants.
    (SFC, 5/7/10, p.C2)
2010        May 3, Karl Kasten (b.1916), painter, printmaker and UC Berkeley professor, died.
    (SFC, 6/3/10, p.C5)(
2010        May 3, Nick Rogers (30), former NFL player and Georgia Tech star, died in a one-car accident. He was killed about 1:30 a.m. when his car hit a utility pole in College Park, near Atlanta, Georgia.
    (AP, 5/4/10)
2010        May 3, Rabbi David Forman, founder of Rabbis for Human Rights, a prominent group defending Palestinians, died in Dallas, Texas. Forman founded Rabbis for Human Rights in 1988 and led it until 1992. He served as its chairman again from 2002-2003.
    (AP, 5/4/10)
2010        May 3, Prosecutors said Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has agreed to pay $27.6 million to settle allegations that it improperly handled and dumped hazardous waste at stores across California in a case that led to changes in the retailer's practices nationwide.
    (AP, 5/3/10)
2010        May 3, George Huguely (22), a men's lacrosse player at the University of Virginia, was arrested hours after the body of Yeardley Love (22), a female lacrosse player, was found in her apartment. He has been charged with murder.
    (AP, 5/4/10)(SFC, 5/4/10, p.A4)
2010        May 3, In southern Afghanistan two NATO service members died, one from a roadside bomb, the other in a vehicle accident. A joint operation between Afghan and NATO forces killed five militants in central Afghanistan. Several militants also were arrested in the operation in Gezeb district of Daykundi province. In eastern Afghanistan a suicide bomber killed one civilian outside the Camp Chapman CIA base.
    (AP, 5/4/10)(SFC, 5/4/10, p.A2)
2010        May 3, In Argentina a judge widened the case against former dictator Jorge Rafael Videla (1976-1981) to include an additional 49 cases of kidnapping, torture and murder. These include victims whose bodies have been identified by forensic experts.
    (AP, 5/3/10)
2010        May 3, Energy giant BP vowed to pay "all necessary and appropriate clean-up costs" from the US oil pollution disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. Oil has been spewing into the Gulf of Mexico since a deepwater oil rig operated by BP exploded and sank on April 20 killing 11 men.
    (AP, 5/3/10)
2010        May 3, In Burundi attackers chopped off the limbs of a 5-year-old albino boy and pulled out his mother's eye, killing them over the belief that their body parts would bring wealth and success. Ten assailants armed with guns and grenades killed Desire Vyegura (5) and his mother, Susann Vyegura. Thoma Vyegura, who was not albino, was also killed while trying to protect his daughter and grandson.
    (AP, 5/7/10)
2010        May 3, In Egypt police used batons and splintered wooden sticks to beat several protesters from a crowd of about 400 people, mostly from opposition groups and social movements, that turned out near the government headquarters in downtown Cairo.
    (Reuters, 5/3/10)
2010        May 3, Egypt's oil ministry said it has signed a memorandum of understanding in Beijing with two Chinese companies to build a $2 billion refinery that would be its largest such plant.
    (AP, 5/3/10)
2010        May 3, The leaders of Israel and Egypt met to discuss the renewal of the Middle East peace process ahead of US-backed indirect negotiations between the Palestinians and the Jewish state.
    (AP, 5/3/10)
2010        May 3, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said her country will provide euro22.4 billion ($29.6 billion) to help bailout Greece over a three-year period, part of a wider plan aimed at keeping Greece afloat and protecting their shared euro currency.
    (AP, 5/3/10)
2010        May 3, In Grenada Steve Gorrie (36) walked into a precinct station with two severed human heads in a bucket and presented his haul to horrified police. Police later found two hacked-up, headless bodies in a rural field, including the owner of a local tavern.
    (AP, 5/4/10)(AP, 5/7/10)
2010        May 3, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad seized center stage at the opening of a monthlong debate at the United Nations on how to stop the spread of nuclear weapons. But behind the scenes, UN Security Council powers were discussing ways to punish Iran for defying their demands that it curb nuclear activities that could be used to make bombs.
    (AP, 5/4/10)
2010        May 3, Kuwait said that several suspects are being questioned in connection with a busted spy cell which a local newspaper said had been working for Iran.
    (AFP, 5/3/10)
2010        May 3, Kyrgyzstan's interim government offered cash rewards for information leading to the arrest of fugitive relatives and colleagues of deposed President Kurmanbek Bakiyev. Rewards from $20,000 to $100,000 were offered to those who can help find them, colossal bounties in a country where the average salary is $130 per month. Bakiyev’s brother Zhanybek was wanted for ordering police to open fire on protestors.
    (AP, 5/3/10)
2010        May 3, North Korean leader Kim Jong Il arrived on a luxury 17-car train in China, in what would be his first journey abroad in years as his regime faces a worsening economy and speculation it may have torpedoed a South Korean warship.
    (AP, 5/3/10)
2010        May 3, In India Mohammed Ajmal Amir Kasab (22), a Pakistani national, was found guilty for his role in the 60-hour siege (Nov 26-28, 2008) that left 166 people dead. He was convicted on most of the 86 charges against him and faced the death penalty. The next day Judge M.L. Tahaliyani imposed the death penalty against Kasab on four counts of murder, waging war against India, conspiracy and terrorism offences.
    (AFP, 5/3/10)(AFP, 5/6/10)
2010        May 3, In Iraq two American soldiers died from injuries sustained in separate incidents unrelated to combat. Sardasht Othman (23), a Kurdish journalist, was kidnapped in front of the campus of University of Salahuddin in the regional capital of Irbil. His handcuffed and bullet-riddled body was found four days later outside the Kurdish region in Mosul.
    (AP, 5/4/10)
2010        May 3, A team of Israeli, Jordanian and Palestinian environmental scientists said large stretches of the biblical Jordan River could dry up by 2011. In 1847, a US Naval officer visiting the area reported on the "deafening roar of the tumultuous waters."
    (AP, 5/4/10)
2010        May 3, In Mexico gunmen drove up to a soccer field and shot five men to death as they played early Monday near the Pacific coast resort of Acapulco.
    (AP, 5/3/10)
2010        May 3, Mohamed Abed Al-Jabri (b.1935), Moroccan Islamic philosopher, critic and political ideologue for a socialist opposition party, died in Casablanca.
    (AFP, 5/5/10)(
2010        May 3, Nigeria's private pay TV station NN24 began a 24-hour news coverage service in a first for the west African country. Nigerian police freed a Ghanaian woman after a shootout with her kidnappers in the restive oil city of Port Harcourt. The kidnappers seized another woman, Rita Oparaocha, an employee of the state ministry of works and housing after snatching her car.
    (AFP, 5/3/10)(AFP, 5/4/10)
2010        May 3, In Pakistan suspected US missiles killed four alleged militants in a tribal region near the Afghan border, while a top US general arrived to discuss the countries' efforts in the war against Islamist extremists.
    (AP, 5/3/10)
2010        May 3, Paraguay’s Pres. Fernando Lugo and Brazilian President Luis Inacio Lula Da Silva met under a heavy police presence in a rough outpost called Pedro Juan Caballero on the Paraguayan side and Ponta Pora in Brazil in a joint effort to fight to drug-trafficking. Lugo's ministers were frustrated by the Paraguayan Senate's vote last week to delay until 2013 a personal income tax that would generate nearly $37 million a year that Lugo desperately needs to fund troops and provisions of martial law he has declared across five states in pursuit of the guerrillas.
    (AP, 5/4/10)
2010        May 3, In Saudi Arabia 2 people died in the flooding caused by violent thunderstorms which paralyzed Riyadh this week.
    (AFP, 5/5/10)
2010        May 3, In Senegal lawmakers from 27 African countries gathered in Dakar for a two-day conference to push for a UN ban on female genital mutilation as a breach of human rights. Senegal hoped to eradicate the practice completely by 2015.
    (AFP, 5/3/10)
2010        May 3, In South Africa police officers found Emmanuel "Lolly" Jackson's body, a flamboyant strip club owner, shot several times in a house near Johannesburg after receiving a call from a man who said he wanted to surrender. The caller, known as George Smith or George Louca, fled to his native Cyprus. In Sep, 2011, the charred body of Jackson's lawyer was found in the burned remains of his car near Johannesburg. Days later, Jackson's former business partner, Mark Andrews, was found dead on an isolated stretch of highway near Johannesburg. Local media have linked other deaths since 2009 to Jackson.
    (AP, 5/4/10)(AP, 10/2/11)
2010        May 3, Sri Lanka's court of appeal suspended a court martial probing ex-army chief and defeated presidential candidate Sarath Fonseka who is charged with engaging in politics while in uniform.
    (AFP, 5/3/10)
2010        May 3, Darfur's most powerful rebel group said it was suspending peace talks with Sudan's government, accusing Khartoum of attacking villages and military positions in breach of a ceasefire. In South Sudan a renegade army general said he had taken command of a body of soldiers and demanded the removal of the man who beat him in recent elections. South Sudan's army accused George Athor of masterminding an attack on one of its bases on April 30 and plotting further assaults after he lost in the race to become governor of the oil-producing south's Jonglei state last week.
    (AP, 5/3/10)(Reuters, 5/3/10)
2010        May 3, Thailand's PM Abhisit Vejjajiva promised to produce a political roadmap that would end a stand-off with "Red Shirt" protesters after the country's deadliest civil violence in almost two decades.
    (AFP, 5/3/10)

2011        May 3, US analysts scoured a trove of secrets grabbed from Osama bin Laden's fortified hideout for evidence of the slain terrorist's support network in Pakistan.
    (AFP, 5/3/11)
2011        May 3, The US Centers for Disease Control reported that nearly one in ten US children and one in 12 Americans of all ages have asthma.
    (SFC, 5/4/11, p.A7)
2011        May 3, Oklahoma City reported a record drought, the longest there since record keeping began in 1908.
    (SFC, 5/4/11, p.A6)
2011        May 3, In Texas Cary Kerr became the 13th condemned inmate to be put to death this year in the USA and the 1247th overall since the nation resumed executions on January 17, 1977. Texas used a new three-drug combination to execute Kerr for the 2001 rape and murder of Pamela Horton (34) in Haltom City near Fort Worth.
    (AP, 5/4/11)
2011        May 3, Jackie Cooper (b.1922), child actor turned director, died in Santa Monica, Ca. He had signed onto the “Our Gang" film series in 1929. His other films included “Skippy" (1931) and “Treasure Island" (1934). Cooper also played Daily Planet Editor Perry White in the 1970s and 1980s Superman Series with Christopher Reeve.
    (SFC, 5/5/11, p.C4)
2011        May 3, Afghan security forces killed and wounded 25 foreign fighters overnight after they crossed the border to Nuristan province from Pakistan.
    (AP, 5/3/11)
2011        May 3, The Arctic Monitory and Assessment Program (AMAP) reported that the ice of Greenland and the Arctic is melting faster than expected and could raise global sea levels by as much as five feet this century.
    (SFC, 5/4/11, p.A3)
2011        May 3, Bahrain’s justice minister said 24 doctors and 23, who treated injured anti-government protesters during months of unrest in the Gulf kingdom, have been charged with acts against the state and will be tried in a military court. Their prosecution began on June 6.
    (AP, 5/3/11)(AFP, 5/4/11)(SFC, 6/7/11, p.A2)
2011        May 3, Colombia's solicitor general suspended Bogota's Mayor Samuel Moreno from office for three months for alleged negligence in overseeing public contracts.
    (AP, 5/4/11)
2011        May 3, French investigators recovered the cockpit voice recorder from an Air France Flight 447 that plunged into the Atlantic Ocean on June 1, 2009, killing all 228 people on board.
    (AP, 5/3/11)
2011        May 3, Germany and several other countries launched a campaign to create a human rights logo that would serve as a universal symbol like the peace sign or a heart signifying love.
    (AP, 5/3/11)
2011        May 3, In Iraq a car bomb tore through a cafe packed with young men watching a football match in Baghdad, killing at least 16 people. Earlier in the day a police colonel in northern Iraq was killed by a roadside bomb.
    (AP, 5/4/11)
2011        May 3, Japan’s Nikkei newspaper said Israel's Teva Pharmaceutical Industries has decided to buy Japan's third-largest generic drug company Taiyo Pharmaceutical Industry for about $500 million.
    (AFP, 5/3/11)
2011        May 3, Italian anti-mafia prosecutors said that 80 Mafiosi from two prominent crime syndicates have been arrested in separate operations. 40 were arrested for association with the 'Ndrangheta crime syndicate in Calabria. Another 40 people in Naples were accused of trafficking drugs between Italy and Spain.
    (AP, 5/3/11)
2011        May 3, Kazakhstan ratified an agreement with the United States to allow the air transit of supplies and personnel destined for operations in Afghanistan.
    (AP, 5/3/11)
2011        May 3, Mexican police found a total of five decapitated bodies in the suburbs of Mexico City accompanied by written messages of the kind frequently left by drug gangs. Unidentified attackers shot Joel St. Tierre, a Canadian citizen, in the head on a street in the Benito Juarez district of Mexico City. Prosecutors in the northern state of Durango announced that six more sets of skeletal remains had been found in continuing excavations at mass graves, bringing the total number of bodies found in a month-long search of the sites to about 110.
    (AP, 5/4/11)(AFP, 5/11/11)
2011        May 3, In Mexico a gas explosion that ripped through a primitive, vertical-shaft coal mine trapping 14 miners in San Juan de Sabinas, Coahuila state. All 14 were killed. The last body was recovered on May 8.
    (AP, 5/4/11)(AP, 5/6/11)
2011        May 3, In central Nepal a crowded bus skidded off a mountain road, killing at least 12 people and injuring many others.
    (AP, 5/3/11)
2011        May 3, In New Zealand a tornado ripped across part of Auckland, upturning cars and sending debris slicing through the air. At least one person was killed and about 20 injured.
    (AP, 5/3/11)
2011        May 3, Pakistan's president acknowledged for the first time that his security forces were left out of a US operation to kill Osama bin Laden, but he did little to dispel questions over how the al Qaeda leader was able to live in comfort near Islamabad.
    (AP, 5/3/11)
2011        May 3, A top Palestinian negotiator said 15 smaller factions, including militant Islamic groups, have thrown their weight behind a reconciliation deal ending a four-year rift between the movement's main groups, Hamas and Fatah.
    (AP, 5/3/11)
2011        May 3, In Peru a group of gunmen accosted reporter Julio Castillo Narvaez (41) as he was leaving a Viru restaurant after lunch and shot him six times, then fled the scene. Narvaez, who headed the newscast at Radio Ollantay in the northern city of Viru, was a fierce critic of regional authorities.
    (AFP, 5/4/11)
2011        May 3, Portugal announced a bailout of 78 billion euros by the IMF, the EU and the European Central Bank to avoid default. The conditions as well as the key reaction of opposition parties remain unclear.
    (AFP, 5/4/11)
2011        May 3, Russia's domestic intelligence agency said it had established the guilt of Alexander Poteyev, a man Russian media have identified as the spymaster who betrayed a ring of agents operating in the United States last year.
    (Reuters, 5/3/11)
2011        May 3, The Church of Scientology said Russia's Justice Ministry has dropped 29 books and lectures by the movement's founder, L. Ron Hubbard, from its list of extremist literature. They had been banned in late April after a court in the Siberian city of Surgut found them "extremist."
    (AP, 5/3/11)
2011        May 3, Syrian security forces fired tear gas in the northern city of Aleppo to disperse hundreds of students rallying and calling for an end to Daraa's siege. Rights groups said at least 545 Syrians have been killed since the uprising began in Daraa.
    (AP, 5/4/11)
2011        May 3, In Thailand a cabinet meeting of Abhisit Vejjajiva’s administration approved 102 spending proposals totaling billions of dollars. Elections were soon expected.
    (Econ, 5/7/11, p.44)
2011        May 3, A UN report said the world’s population is growing and may hit 10.1 billion by the year 2100.
    (SFC, 5/4/11, p.A2)

2012        May 3, US federal authorities said a Miami-based crime ring stat stole at least $80 million worth of prescription drugs has been broken up following a 3-year FBI probe. 22 people were charged in New Jersey, Connecticut and Miami.
    (SFC, 5/4/12, p.A7)
2012        May 3, The journal Science reported that a single gene mutation is responsible for the unique pairing of very dark skin and very blond hair in the Solomon Islands. The findings debunked theories Solomon Islanders got their blond hair from intermarrying with European explorers.
2012        May 3, In Afghanistan six Taliban militants were killed and two others wounded in eastern Paktya province when the roadside bomb they were building in a mosque exploded. Four of those killed were foreign fighters. The Afghan intelligence agency arrested a Pakistani citizen driving a truck in Kabul packed with explosives.
    (AP, 5/3/12)
2012        May 3, Bahrain’s King Hamad ratified amendments to the constitution aimed at defusing unrest in the strategic Gulf state, but the opposition dismissed the extra powers given to parliament as not enough.
    (AFP, 5/3/12)
2012        May 3, Brazil pledged major investment and technology transfer to Africa to repay a "solidarity debt" from a country with a huge black population to the poorest but resource-rich continent.
    (AFP, 5/3/12)
2012        May 3, Brazil's top court backed sweeping affirmative action programs used in more than 1,000 universities across this nation. The Supreme Court voted 7-1 to uphold a federal program that has provided scholarships to hundreds of thousands of black and mixed-race students for university studies since 2005.
    (AP, 5/4/12)
2012        May 3, British insurer Aviva became the latest victim of investor activism as shareholders rebelled over boardroom pay amid under-performance in the poor economic climate. More than half of Aviva’s shareholders rejected annual executive pay awards, delivering a major snub to chief executive Andrew Moss at the group's annual meeting.
    (AFP, 5/6/12)
2012        May 3, Chinese police detained and beat two supporters of Chen Guangcheng at the hospital where the blind activist was being treated.
    (AFP, 5/4/12)
2012        May 3, China's Bright Food said it is buying 60% of Weetabix from British owner Lion Capital in a deal valuing the breakfast cereal giant at £1.2 billion (1.48 billion euros, $1.94 billion).
    (AFP, 5/3/12)
2012        May 3, In Dagestan bombs hidden in two vehicles exploded outside a police station in Makhachkala, killing at least 13 people and wounding scores. Islamic suicide bombers were suspected.
    (AP, 5/4/12)
2012        May 3, The European Union slapped an assets freeze and travel ban on six coup leaders in Guinea-Bissau.
    (AFP, 5/3/12)
2012        May 3, In Hong Kong authorities arrested Walter Kwok, the eldest sibling of the Kwok brothers, over bribery allegations in a corruption scandal. The Kwoks are among Hong Kong's richest men and Sun Hung Kai Properties is the city's biggest property developer by market capitalization.
    (AFP, 5/4/12)
2012        May 3, The Italian government said citizens could now click on a government website and indicate where state funds are being wasted.
    (SFC, 5/4/12, p.A2)
2012        May 3, Libyan authorities passed legislation granting immunity to former rebels who fought to oust Moamer Kadhafi's regime and criminalized any glorification of the former leader.
    (AFP, 5/3/12)
2012        May 3, In Mexico 3 photojournalists who worked the perilous crime beat in the port city of Veracruz were found dismembered and dumped in plastic bags in a canal.
    (AP, 5/3/12)
2012        May 3, Nepal said Maoist PM Baburam Bhattarai will disband his cabinet and form a new national unity government in a bid to end the country's political deadlock.
    (AFP, 5/3/12)
2012        May 3, In northeastern Nigeria at least 34 people were killed after a failed cattle raid in a market In Potiskum, Yobe state, sparked a retaliatory attack by robbers angry one of their colleagues had been burned alive by herders. Olaitan Oyerinde, a popular labor activist and principal secretary to Edo State Gov. Adams Oshiomhole, was murdered in cold blood by unknown gunmen in Benin city.
    (AFP, 5/3/12)(
2012        May 3, In Pakistan 2 bomb attacks killed at least five people in the Bajaur district of the lawless tribal badlands on the Afghan border.
    (AFP, 5/3/12)
2012        May 3, The Philippine military accused China of sending more ships to the disputed Scarborough Shoal in the South China Sea, describing the move as an insult that would further inflame tensions.
    (AFP, 5/3/12)
2012        May 3, South Sudan President Salva Kiir, in an appeal for stolen funds to be returned, wrote a letter to government officials saying corrupt officials have stolen an estimated $4 billion from the world's newest nation.
    (AFP, 6/5/12)
2012        May 3, Syrian security forces arrested two sons of prominent opposition figure Fayez Sara, hauling them off to an unknown location without showing a warrant. Sara was among more than 100 journalists who founded an "Association of Syrian Journalists" in February.
    (AFP, 5/3/12)
2012        May 3, A Tunisian court slapped a small fine on the head of the Nessma television station for undermining morality by screening the film "Persepolis," which included depictions of God. Nabil Karoui broadcast the award-winning Franco-Iranian film which recounts the Iranian revolution and its aftermath through the eyes of a young girl, on October 7 last year. The court ordered Karoui to pay 2,400 dinars (1,300 euros, $1,700 dollars).
    (AFP, 5/3/12)
2012        May 3, Tens of thousands of Yemenis took to the streets to demand dismissal of members of the country's former regime from top military posts. 8 al-Qaida militants and three troops were killed in clashes in Zinjibar. 9 al-Qaida militants were killed in a battle when the militants tried to re-enter Lawder after it was taken by the army with the help of armed civilians and tribesmen.
    (AFP, 5/3/12)(AP, 5/3/12)

2013        May 3, President Barack Obama in Mexico City said he wants to set aside old stereotypes that have created misunderstanding between Mexico and the United States.
    (AP, 5/3/13)
2013        May 3, In a press conference with Costa Rican President Laura Chinchilla, Pres. Obama said only a comprehensive approach will work to solve the region's problems, including stronger economies, better institutions, education and youth centers. Obama went on to a closed meeting with the eight-nation Central American Integration System, known by its Spanish initials SICA, which was formed to discuss regional issues.
    (AP, 5/3/13)
2013        May 3, An unexpectedly strong US jobs report pushed stock markets higher as investors welcomed signs that the world's largest economy is not slowing down as quickly as some had feared.
    (AP, 5/3/13)
2013        May 3, In southern California a coastal fire covered 43 square miles and forced the evacuation of homes in Ventura County.
    (SFC, 5/4/13, p.A4)
2013        May 3, The Iowa Supreme Court ruled that the state health deprartment mist list the names of both spouses in a same-sex relationship on a child’s birth certificate.
    (SFC, 5/4/13, p.A4)
2013        May 3, In Saginaw, Michigan, the Buena Vista Township school district closed because it ran out of money.
2013        May 3, The Solar Impulse,  a solar-powered airplane, that developers hope to eventually pilot around the world, took off from Moffet Field, south of San Francisco, on the first leg of an attempt to fly across the US with no fuel but the sun's energy.
    (Reuters, 5/3/13)
2013        May 3, In Minnesota Buford Rogers (24) of Montevideo, was arrested and charged with one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm. His mobile home contained Molotov cocktails, suspected pipe bombs and firearms.
    (AP, 5/7/13)
2013        May 3, Herbert Blau, innovator in American theater, died at his home in Seattle. He and Jules Irving founded the Actor’s Workshop in SF in 1952. It continued until 1965 when the founders left to run New York’s new Lincoln Center theater company.
    (SFC, 5/10/13, p.C7)
2013        May 3, Australia announced a significant boost to its military air power, committing to buy up to new 100 Lockheed Martin Corp F-35 Joint Strike Fighters, as it shifts its focus back to the Indo-Pacific as China and India beef up forces.
    (Reuters, 5/3/13)
2013        May 3, In Geneva, Austria, more than 100 nations concluding a round of global nuclear talks expressed alarm that many nuclear weapons are kept at a high-alert level and are still being modernized, despite a promise to get rid of them.
    (AP, 5/3/13)
2013        May 3, In Indonesia up to 2,000 police were deployed to secure the Myanmar Embassy and its ambassador's house before a demonstration by the Islamic Defenders Front. Several hundred protesters showed up dressed in white with some holding banners that read: "We want jihad" and "Stop genocide in Myanmar."
    (AP, 5/3/13)
2013        May 3, In Iraq a bomb attack outside the al-Ghofran mosque in a primarily Sunni area of Rashidiya killed 7 worshippers as Sunnis continued to hold demonstrations to protest what they say is second-class treatment by the Shiite-led government.
    (AP, 5/3/13)
2013        May 3, Israel's air force carried out a strike against Syria, saying it targeted a shipment of advanced missiles bound for the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah.
    (AP, 5/4/13)
2013        May 3, Italian police said they have arrested 29 airport baggage handlers accused of stealing cameras, cellphones and other loot from passengers' luggage, a bust made possible after hidden cameras were installed in airplane cargo holds where the thefts occurred.
    (AP, 5/3/13)
2013        May 3, Hundreds of Libyan pro-democracy advocates marched in Tripoli, denouncing militias' recent blockade of government buildings and coming under attack briefly by supporters of the armed groups.
    (AP, 5/4/13)
2013        May 3, In Nigeria at least 24 people were killed in ethnic violence  that pitted the Jukun people against the Hausa Fulani in the rural town of Wukari, Taraba state.
    (AP, 5/4/13)
2013        May 3, In Islamabad, Pakistan, gunmen killed prosecutor Chaudhry Zulfikar Ali. He was leading investigations into the assassination of former PM Benazir Bhutto and a brutal attack on civilians in the Indian city of Mumbai.
    (AP, 5/3/13)
2013        May 3, An American KC-135 military tanker refueling plane carrying 3 crew members crashed in the mountains of Kyrgyzstan, the Central Asian nation where the US operates an air base key to the war in Afghanistan.
    (AP, 5/3/13)
2013        May 3, In Nigeria at least 39 people were killed in ethnic violence  that pitted the Jukun people against the Hausa Fulani in the rural town of Wukari, Taraba state.
    (AP, 5/4/13)
2013        May 3, In Islamabad, Pakistan, gunmen killed prosecutor Chaudhry Zulfikar Ali. He was leading investigations into the assassination of former PM Benazir Bhutto and a brutal attack on civilians in the Indian city of Mumbai. Gunmen on a motorcycle in Karachi shot to death a parliamentary candidate from the Awami National Party, and his son (6).
    (AP, 5/3/13)(AP, 5/4/13)
2013        May 3, The president of the University of Puerto Rico's main campus resigned just days after the presidents of the university's 10 other campuses did the same. The announcement by Ana Guadalupe came amid a flurry of resignations to protest the governor's reform of the institution's board of directors.
    (AP, 5/3/13)
2013        May 3, The Saudi Justice Ministry said a special security court has issued 2,145 jail sentences for "supporting terrorism" since it was formed four and a half years ago.
    (AP, 5/4/13)
2013        May 3, A new report, called “The Real State of the Nation," said South Africa is fighting a losing battle against corruption which sucked up nearly 1 billion rand ($111 million) in taxpayers' money last year — nearly three times the amount lost in 2010.
    (AP, 5/3/13)
2013        May 3, In Syria the death toll from sectarian killings in the coastal city of Banias, initially put at 62, was later raised to 145.
    (AP, 5/16/13)
2013        May 3, A Zimbabwe lawyer for a youth leader said Solomon Madzore is in jail for referring to longtime ruler Robert Mugabe (89) as "a limping donkey" at an election campaign rally.
    (AP, 5/3/13)

2014        May 3, In Arkansas a gunman shot six people killing a man and a teenager in Jonesboro. The gunman was later found dead of a gunshot wound in the driver’s seat of a stopped car.
    (SSFC, 5/4/14, p.A13)
2014        May 3, California Chrome became the first California-bred horse to win the Kentucky Derby since Decidedly in 1962. He will try to win his second consecutive Triple Crown race when the 139th Preakness Stakes goes off on May 17.
    (SFC, 5/17/14, p.B9)
2014        May 3, Gary Becker (b.1930), American economist, died in Chicago. He was awarded the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences in 1992 and received the United States Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2007. His books included “The Economics of Discrimination."
    (Econ, 5/10/14, p.75)(
2014        May 3, In northeastern Afghanistan rescuers and hundreds of volunteers armed with shovels and little more than their bare hands dug through earth and mud looking for survivors in Hobo Barik village, Badakshan province.
    (AP, 5/3/14)
2014        May 3, In southern China a stone arch bridge under illegal construction, collapsed, killing 11 people and injuring several others in Liangkengkou village, Guangdong province.
    (AP, 5/4/14)
2014        May 3, An Egyptian court sentenced 102 Islamists to 10 years in prison for rioting as campaigning began for the country's upcoming May presidential election.
    (AP, 5/3/14)
2014        May 3, In southwest Haiti a bus crash killed 17 people and injured 17 near the coastal town of Roseau.
    (Reuters, 5/4/14)
2014        May 3, India deployed troops to the state of Assam after 31 Muslims were gunned down in three days of what police said were attacks by tribal militants who resent the presence of immigrants from neighboring Bangladesh. Police said they have arrested 22 people for helping separatist rebels accused of killing Muslims in Assam state.
    (Reuters, 5/3/14)(AP, 5/3/14)
2014        May 3, In central India a blaze in a fireworks factory killed 15 people and seriously injured another four near Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh state.
    (AP, 5/3/14)
2014        May 3, In Iraq gunmen killed 4 Sunni anti-al-Qaida militiamen in Tarmiyah.
    (AP, 5/3/14)
2014        May 3, In Kenya 4 people were killed when attackers threw an explosive device at passengers at a bus station in Mombasa, and also targeted a luxury hotel in the coastal city.
    (Reuters, 5/4/14)
2014        May 3, In the Philippines about 80 members of the New People's Army (NPA) "prevented" 39 miners, including four children, from leaving a mining site in Compostela Valley to stop troops from advancing and capturing them. Local officials persuaded the rebels to free most of the miners. Around a dozen were still believed held at the site.
    (AP, 5/4/14)
2014        May 3, In Somalia at least six people were killed in Mogadishu, including a senior city council official, when a remotely controlled bomb planted by al Shabaab insurgents exploded on a busy street.
    (Reuters, 5/3/14)   
2014        May 3, South Korea’s confirmed death toll from the April 16 ferry disaster reached 236 with 66 people were still missing.
    (AFP, 5/3/14)
2014        May 3, In Sudan hundreds of exhausted illegal migrants reached the safety of a northern town, after 10 died when human traffickers abandoned them in the desert. Most appeared to be Ethiopian or Eritrean but there were some Sudanese as well.
    (AP, 5/3/14)
2014        May 3, In eastern Ukraine pro-Russia insurgents released the seven OSCE military observers and five Ukrainian assistants who had been seized on April 25. A team member from Sweden was also seized but was released earlier. 10 people were reported killed in a confrontation with soldiers on the outskirts of Slovyansk. A three-day mourning period was declared in Odessa for those that died a day earlier.
    (AP, 5/3/14)
2014        May 3, In Yemen two soldiers were injured when a car bomb exploded in Mukalla, Hadramout province. State news agency reported that one of those killed in an early stage of the latest offensive was Abu Islam al-Shaishani, a Chechnian fighter with a senior role in AQAP.
    (Reuters, 5/3/14)

2015        May 3, The mayor of Baltimore lifted a nightly curfew that was implemented after residents in the US city rioted following the death of a man in police custody.
    (AP, 5/3/15)
2015        May 3, Texas police shot dead two suspected Islamist extremists who opened fire outside an exhibition of cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed staged by an anti-Muslim group in Garland. One of the gunmen was identified as Elton Simpson. Abdul Malik Abdul Kareem (43) of Phoenix was arrested on June 11 for helping orchestrate the shootout.
    (AFP, 5/4/15)(SFC, 6/17/15, p.A5)
2015        May 3, In Wisconsin Sergio Daniel Valencia del Toro (27), who had just been in a fight with his girlfriend, armed himself with two guns, cycled to a scenic bridge and opened fire, killing a father and his daughter along with another man before taking his own life on the Trestle Trail bridge in Menasha.
    (Reuters, 5/5/15)
2015        May 3, In northwestern Afghanistan Taliban attacks on police checkpoints killed at least 16 policemen in Badakhshan province.
    (AP, 5/4/15)(SFC, 5/5/15, p.A4)
2015        May 3, In Afghanistan at least 18 people died and another three were injured when a minibus plummeted into a ravine in northwestern Badghis province.
    (AP, 5/3/15)
2015        May 3, Burundi journalists held a somber gathering to mark World Press Freedom Day, after a week of political violence that has also seen radio stations shut down.
    (AFP, 5/3/15)
2015        May 3, In Iraq and Syria the United States and its allies staged 17 strikes on Islamic State targets over the last 24 hours.
    (Reuters, 5/3/15)
2015        May 3, In Israel several thousand people, mostly from the Jewish Ethiopian minority, protested in Tel Aviv against racism and police brutality.
    (AP, 5/3/15)
2015        May 3, Italian Coast Guard and commercial vessels came to the rescue of at least 16 boats of migrants, saving hundreds of them and recovering 10 bodies off Libya's coast, as smugglers took advantage of calm seas to send packed vessels across the Mediterranean. Some 40 migrants in a crowded rubber boat fell into the sea and likely drowned as the commercial vessel, the Zeran, approached the rubber boat to rescue migrants between Libya and Sicily.
    (AP, 5/3/15)(AP, 5/5/15)(Reuters, 5/5/15)
2015        May 3, In Nepal 3 people were pulled out alive from the rubble of their home eight days after the devastating April 25 earthquake. Rescuers found about 100 bodies on a popular trekking route that was hit by an avalanche. The current toll of 7,056 dead was likely to rise as the entire village of Langtang was carried away by the avalanche.
    (AP, 5/3/15)(Reuters, 5/4/15)
2015        May 3, In Pakistan 8 members of a wedding party died when metal dowry furniture strapped to the bus they were traveling in struck a power line.
    (AP, 5/3/15)
2015        May 3, In the Philippines Abdul Basit Usman, the country’s most wanted Islamist militant, was killed along with 5 others in a firefight with Muslim rebels in Muti village. He had escaped after a raid in January that killed 44 police commandos.
    (Reuters, 5/3/15)
2015        May 3, In Poland thirty people were arrested and five police vans damaged during a second night of violence in Knurow. This followed the death of a soccer fan hit by a rubber bullet fired by police a day earlier.
    (AP, 5/4/15)
2015        May 3, Syria's army cut the last main supply route for a rebel bastion east of Damascus. A barrel bomb killed at least 7 civilians, including a teacher and 4 children, when it hit a school in the city of Aleppo.
    (AFP, 5/3/15)
2015        May 3, Ukraine said one government soldier and a civilian were killed in the past 24 hours in in the separatist-held east amid a marked increase in fighting despite a fragile ceasefire.
    (AFP, 5/3/15)
2015        May 3, In Yemen local fighters battling the rebel Houthi militia in Aden stormed areas around the airport in an operation supervised by the Saudi-led coalition, which also provided air support. At least 20 troops from a Saudi-led Arab coalition, including Yemeni expatriates in shorts, landed in Aden on a "reconnaissance" mission.
    (Reuters, 5/3/15)(AP, 5/3/15)

2016        May 3, The United States and its coalition partners launched 22 strikes against Islamic State in Iraq, including 10 near the key city of Mosul.
    (Reuters, 5/4/16)
2016        May 3, In Michigan nearly all of Detroit’s schools were closed for a 2nd consecutive day after hundreds of teachers called in sick over concerns that many may not get paid if the district runs out of money. Classes resumed on May 4 after teachers received assurances they would be paid for the school year.
    (SFC, 5/4/16, p.A5)(SFC, 5/5/16, p.A6)
2016        May 3, In New Mexico the body of Ashlynne Mike (11) was found after she and her brother were kidnapped a day earlier near San Juan in the Navajo Nation. Suspect Tom Begaye (27) was soon arrested and faced murder charges.   
    (, 5/7/16, p.A6)
2016        May 3, New York former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (72) was sentenced to 12 years in prison following his conviction last year in a $5 million corruption case. On July 13, 2017, a federal appeals court overturned the conviction.
    (SFC, 5/4/16, p.A6)(SFC, 7/14/17, p.A6)
2016        May 3, A new report by Transparency Int’l. said almost a third of the people in nine countries surveyed in the Middle East have had to pay a bribe to access some kind of public service.
    (SFC, 5/4/16, p.A3)
2016        May 3, In Bangladesh a special war crimes court sentenced four men to death for killing, torture, arson and looting during the nation's independence war against Pakistan in 1971. Only one suspect, Shamsuddin Ahmed, was in court for the verdict. Authorities were still hunting for the other three: Gazi Abdul Mannan, Hafiz Uddin, and Shamsuddin Ahmed's brother, Nasiruddin.
    (AP, 5/3/16)
2016        May 3, Authorities in northern Cameroon said a local self-defense group used a poisoned arrow to kill a woman with explosives strapped to her body. The woman had crossed over from neighboring Nigeria along with a girl (14), who girl also died when she detonated her own explosives.
    (AP, 5/3/16)
2016        May 3, A Chinese state-run newspaper reported that the influential Communist Youth League has had its budget slashed by more than 50 percent for this year, after the organization came under fire in official media over graft scandals and inefficiency.
    (Reuters, 5/3/16)
2016        May 3, In northeastern Congo DRC 17 people were killed by armed attackers in Beni despite the presence of a UN outpost with 3,000 peacekeepers 20 miles away. UN blue helmets numbered 18,900 in the country.
    (Econ, 5/21/16, p.55)
2016        May 3, In Corsica the so-called October 22 splinter group of the National Liberation Front of Corsica (FLNC) said it would end "military operations", two years after the main militant movement on the French island laid down its arms.
    (AFP, 5/3/16)
2016        May 3, The Cuban government announced that farm products sold in state-controlled markets would have prices capped at levels affordable for the average person, who earns a state salary of about $25 a month. The government measure included a series of exceptions for private vendors, allowing them to continue to set prices for their goods that are often far higher than prices in state-controlled markets.
    (AP, 5/3/16)
2016        May 3, Memos containing internal instructions from Egypt's Interior Ministry were leaked to the media, outlining strategies on how to deflect public outrage over arrests it made inside the journalists' union, handle the media in general, and deal with the case of an Italian student found tortured to death.
    (AP, 5/3/16)
2016        May 3, Iranian cartoonist Atena Farghadani, imprisoned over portraying lawmakers as animals to criticize a draft law restricting contraception and criminalizing voluntary sterilization, was released from Evin prison after an appeals court last month reduced her initial 12-year prison sentence to 18 months.
    (AP, 5/3/16)
2016        May 3, In Iraq tens of thousands of Shiite pilgrims converged on a golden-domed Shiite shrine in Baghdad to commemorate the anniversary of the death of a revered imam as authorities tightened security measures in the capital amid concerns of more attacks by Sunni extremists.
    (AP, 5/3/16)
2016        May 3, In northern Iraq Islamic State militants killed a US Navy SEAL after blasting through Kurdish defenses and overrunning a town in the biggest offensive in the area for months.
    (Reuters, 5/3/16)
2016        May 3, Amnesty International said Iraq is holding more than 1,000 detainees, some as young as 15, without charge in "inhumane and degrading conditions" at makeshift holding centers in western Anbar province.
    (Reuters, 5/3/16)
2016        May 3, Israel's Tax Authority said inspectors uncovered four tons of ammonium chloride— enough to produce hundreds of rockets— hidden inside sacks of salt about two weeks ago as the shipment was being transferred to Gaza.
    (AP, 5/3/16)
2016        May 3, In western Myanmar a fire burned down a camp that sheltered members of the country's persecuted Rohingya minority, leaving 440 families homeless.
    (AP, 5/3/16)
2016        May 3, A Nepali official said Canadian Robert Penne, living and working in Nepal, has been ordered to leave the country within two days for criticizing the government on social media.
    (Reuters, 5/3/16)
2016        May 3, Pakistan's army chief signed off on the death sentences of 11 members of the Taliban convicted of terrorism, kidnappings, attacks on civilians as well as assaults on police and army officers. The 11 had the right to appeal.
    (AP, 5/4/16)
2016        May 3, In Pakistan Aftab Husain, a prominent party activist and an aide to Farooq Sattar, MQM leader in the National Assembly, died two days following his arrest in Karachi. MQM accused the regional paramilitary Pakistan Rangers force of killing Hussain. The Rangers, who answer to the Ministry of Interior and to the army, said Husain was "wanted in several criminal cases" and had died of a heart attack.
    (Reuters, 5/3/16)
2016        May 3, The Philippine defense chief said his government has agreed in principle to lease five Japanese surveillance planes to be used in patrolling disputed areas of the South China Sea and in search-and-rescue missions during disasters.
    (AP, 5/3/16)
2016        May 3, Spain's  King Felipe VI signed a decree setting a historic new election for June 26 after politicians chosen in an inconclusive December ballot failed to agree on which of them should form a government, despite months of negotiations.
    (AP, 5/3/16)
2016        May 3, In Syria heavy air strikes throughout the night on the Islamic State group's de facto capital Raqa killed 19 civilians and 10 jihadists. Syrian opposition fighters shelled government-held parts of Aleppo. Battles in the city killed at least 20 people.
    (AFP, 5/3/16)    (AP, 5/3/16)(SFC, 5/4/16, p.A3)
2016        May 3, Zimbabwe put its wild animals up for sale, saying it needed buyers to step in and save the beasts from a devastating drought.
    (Reuters, 5/3/16)

2017        May 3, President Donald Trump met with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. Abbas said the meeting left him hopeful, but he did not appear to have come away with any achievements that move the needle on Israeli-Palestinian peace. Trump struck an optimistic note, saying he believes an Israeli-Palestinian deal can be reached.
    (AP, 5/4/17)
2017        May 3, Ten environmental and Alaskan Native groups filed suit to maintain the ban on oil and gas exploration, a key part of former Pres. Obama’s environmental legacy.
    (SFC, 5/4/17, p.C4)
2017        May 3, In Afghanistan at least eight civilians were killed and three US soldiers wounded when a suicide bomber attacked a US military convoy in Kabul.
    (SFC, 5/4/17, p.A2)
2017        May 3, A London jury found university student Damon Smith (20) guilty of planting a home-made bomb on a busy London subway train last October.
    (AP, 5/3/17)
2017        May 3, In Colombia UN official Arley Lopez, a member of a team working on a project to substitute illegal crops with legal ones, was kidnapped by dissident former FARC rebels who have rejected the peace process. On July 5 the government announced that Lopez has been released.
    (Reuters, 5/4/17)(Reuters, 7/5/17)
2017        May 3, In Germany the state legislature of Baden-Wuerttemberg approved plans to introduce tuition fees for students from outside the European Union, starting with this year's winter semester.
    (AP, 5/3/17)
2017        May 3, In northern Iran more than 50 miners were trapped after a huge explosion in a coal mine, and some were feared to have died in the Zemestanyurt coal mine in Golestan province. At least 35 people were killed.
    (Reuters, 5/3/17)(AP, 5/4/17)
2017        May 3, Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu said he will withhold $1 million in payments to the United Nations following a resolution adopted by its cultural agency that he says diminishes Jewish ties to Jerusalem.
    (AP, 5/3/17)
2017        May 3, Italian health authorities announced they would recall up to 7,000 children in northern Italy to be re-vaccinated after determining that some children didn't receive the necessary doses. A nurse, identified by authorities only as P.E., is accused of having botched thousands of vaccinations from 2009-2015, intentionally or not.
    (AP, 5/3/17)
2017        May 3, In Mexico two army soldiers were shot to death and a third wounded when troops investigating a pipeline fuel theft came under fire from gunmen using townspeople as a human shield in Palmarito, Puebla state. A video appeared to show a soldier shooting a wounded man in the head as gunmen defended their fuel theft operations. The day’s combat left four soldiers and six civilians dead.
    (AP, 5/4/17)(AP, 5/6/17)(SSFC, 5/14/17, p.A5)
2017        May 3, Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari (74) missed his weekly cabinet meeting for the third straight time as concerns mounted about his health.
    (AP, 5/3/17)
2017        May 3, Pakistan and Iran reached an agreement to strengthen security along their shared border after last week's incident when gunmen killed 10 Iranian border guards.
    (AP, 5/3/17)
2017        May 3, Puerto Rico’s governor announced a historic restructuring of $70B debt through courts after talks with bondholders fail.
    (AP, 5/3/17)
2017        May 3, Puerto Rico’s governor announced a historic restructuring of $70 billion debt through courts after talks with bondholders fail. Public sector debts totaled almost $74 billion.
    (AP, 5/3/17)(Econ 5/6/17, p.68)
2017        May 3, Swiss authorities extended the detention of Ousman Sonko, Gambia's former interior minister, for another three months amid an investigation into accusations he committed crimes against humanity while serving in the African country's government.
    (Reuters, 5/3/17)
2017        May 3, The Syrian armed opposition said it has suspended its participation in the 4th round of peace talks being held in Astana, Kazakhstan, and demanded an end to government bombing of areas under its control. Kazakhstan said it expects the Syrian armed opposition to return to the table on May 4.
    (Reuters, 5/3/17)(AP, 5/3/17)
2017        May 3, A large explosion shook a rebel-held Syrian town along the border with Turkey, killing at least five people and wounding others.
    (AP, 5/3/17)
2017        May 3, Thai media organizations called on the military government to withdraw a bill that would set up an appointed council to regulate print and online media and require journalists to be licensed or risk jail.
    (AP, 5/3/17)

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