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May 3, Pope Gelasius asserted that his authority was superior to
(PTA, 1980, p.98)(HN, 5/3/98)
1010 May 3, Ansfried (~69), 9th
bishop of Utrecht (995-1010), saint, died.
1294 May 3, Jan I, duke of
Brabant (Belgium-Netherlands), Limburg, poet, died.
1455 May 3, Jews fled Spain.
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.
p.2)(www.kwabs.com/bull_of_1493.html)(SFC, 3/5/11, p.E3)
1568 May 3, French forces in
Florida slaughtered hundreds of Spanish.
1621 May 3, Francis Bacon was
accused of bribery.
1624 May 3, Spanish silver
fleet sailed to Panama.
1654 May 3, A
bridge in Rowley, Mass., was permitted to charge a toll for animals,
while people crossed for free.
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.
1715 May 3, Edmund Halley
observed a total eclipse phenomenon: "Baily's Beads."
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.
#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
1808 May 3, Spanish executions
took place and were later commemorated in Goya’s painting
"Executions of 3rd of May."
1810 May 3, Lord Byron swam the
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.
1844 May 3, Richard D'Oyly
Carte, opera impresario (Gilbert & Sullivan operas, Ivanhoe),
was born in England.
1849 May 3, Jacob Riis
(d.1914), American reporter and reformer (How the Other Half Lives),
was born in Denmark.
1854 May 3, William Beale (70),
1855 May 3, Macon B. Allen
became the first African American to be admitted to the Bar in
1856 May 3, Adolphe Charles
Adam (52), French composer, critic (Giselle), died.
1859 May 3, France
declared war on Austria.
1861 May 3, Lincoln asked for
42,000 Army Volunteers and another 18,000 seamen.
1861 May 3, Gen. Winfield Scott
presented his Anaconda Plan to Maj. Gen. George B. McClellan.
(www.civilwarhome.com/scottmcclellananaconda.htm)(ON, 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]
1863 May 3-1863 May 4, The
Battle of Salem Church took place in Spotsylvania County, Virginia,
as part of the Chancellorsville campaign.
1865 May 3,
President Lincoln's funeral train arrived in Springfield, Illinois.
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.
1873 May 3, Nikolay N.
Tcherepnin, composer of ballets, songs, was born in St. Petersburg.
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
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.
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.
1910 May 3, Alceo Galliera,
composer, conductor, was born.
1912 May 3, May Sarton, poet
and writer, was born.
1913 May 3, William Inge,
American playwright (Picnic, Bus Stop), was born.
1916 May 3,
Irish nationalist Padraic Pearse and two others were executed by the
British for their roles in the Easter Rising.
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
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).
1919 May 3, Betty Compden,
lyricist, was born.
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.
1920 May 3, John Lewis, jazz
pianist, was born.
1920 May 3, "Sugar" Ray
Robinson (Walker Smith Jr.), American middleweight boxer, was
born. He won the world title for a record five times.
1921 May 3,
West Virginia imposed the first state sales tax.
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).
1926 May 3, U.S. marines
landed in Nicaragua and remained until 1933.
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.
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
1931 May 3, Frank Hoyt Losey
(59), composer, died.
1933 May 3, James Brown,
American singer and songwriter, was born. [see May 3, 1928]
1933 May 3,
Nellie T. Ross became the first female director of the U.S. Mint.
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,
(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
(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
1938 May 3, The concentration
camp at Flossenburg opened.
1938 May 3, Vatican recognized
Franco's Catholic and fascist Spain.
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.
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
1942 May 3, Nazis executed 72
in reprisal in Sachsenhausen, Netherlands. Johan H. Westerveld,
lt.-Col, leader Order Service, was among the executed.
1944 May 3, "Meet Me in St
Louis" opened on Broadway.
1944 May 3,
Wartime rationing of most grades of meats ended in the United
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.
1945 May 3, Allies arrested
German nuclear physicist Werner Heisenberg.
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.
1945 May 3,
Allied forces captured Rangoon, Burma, from the Japanese.
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.
1945 May 3, Japanese forces on
Okinawa launched their only major counter-offensive, but failed to
break the American lines.
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
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
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,
1951 May 3, The Festival of
Britain, a national exhibition, officially opened.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
1971 May 3, James Earl Ray
(1928-1998), Martin Luther King's assassin (1968), was caught in a
jail break attempt in Tennessee.
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
(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,
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
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
1991 May 3, The US government
reported the nation’s civilian unemployment rate fell in April to
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
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
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.
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.
1992 May 3,
Hollywood song-and-dance-man-turned-politician George Murphy died at
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.
(www.imagi-nation.com/moonstruck/albm57.html)(SFC, 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.
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.
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.
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 
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.
1997 May 3, Silver Charm won
the 123rd Kentucky Derby.
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
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
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
(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
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
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
(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
(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
(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.
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
(SFC, 5/3/00, p.A12)(SFC, 5/4/00, p.A16)(SFC,
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.
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
(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.
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
(SFC, 5/4/02, p.A9)(SFC, 5/7/02, p.A10)(SSFC,
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
(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.
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
(SSFC, 5/4/03, p.A4)
2003 May 3, Suzy Parker (69),
model and actress, died in Montecito, Calif.
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."
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.
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.
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
(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.
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."
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.
2004 May 3, Marvin Runyon (79),
former postmaster general, died in Nashville, Tenn.
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
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.
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.
2004 May 3, Bulgaria sent 24 of
its soldiers home after they complained about being unprepared for
duty in Iraq.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2005 May 3, Iran told a United
Nations nonproliferation conference it would press on with its
2005 May 3, Shiite Arab leader
Ibrahim al-Jaafari was sworn in as prime minister as Iraq's first
democratically elected government took office.
2005 May 3, Two American
soldiers died in roadside bomb attacks by insurgents in Baghdad.
2005 May 3, Insurgents attacked
coalition forces in Ramadi, setting off a battle that killed 12
militants, an Iraqi soldier and two Iraqi civilians.
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
2005 May 3, In
Indian-controlled Kashmir suspected rebels killed six people in
attacks, while at least six militants died in an overnight gunbattle
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
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,
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.
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
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2006 May 3, China's
state-approved Catholic church installed a bishop without Vatican
approval, the second this week.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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
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.
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."
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
(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
(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.
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.
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.
2007 May 3, Voters handed PM
Tony Blair's Labour Party a string of embarrassing defeats in local
2007 May 3, Madeleine McCann
(3), a British girl, was kidnapped from her bed in a Portuguese
beach resort while her parents dined nearby.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
(AFP, 5/3/07)(Econ, 5/12/07, p.61)(Reuters,
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.
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.
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
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,
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
2008 May 3, In Sri Lanka heavy
fighting between government troops and Tamil separatists left 35
rebels and eight soldiers dead.
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
2009 May 3, In California
Briant Rodriguez (3) was kidnapped by 2 gunmen who broke into his
family’s home in San Bernadino.
(www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,518779,00.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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
(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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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."
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.
2010 May 3, Mohamed Abed
Al-Jabri (b.1935), Moroccan Islamic philosopher, critic and
political ideologue for a socialist opposition party, died in
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
(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
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
2010 May 3, In Saudi Arabia 2
people died in the flooding caused by violent thunderstorms which
paralyzed Riyadh this week.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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."
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.
2011 May 3, In Thailand a
cabinet meeting of Abhisit Vejjajiva’s administration approved 102
spending proposals totaling billions of dollars. Elections were soon
(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
(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
(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.
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.
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.
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
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.
2012 May 3, Chinese police
detained and beat two supporters of Chen Guangcheng at the hospital
where the blind activist was being treated.
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).
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.
2012 May 3, The European Union
slapped an assets freeze and travel ban on six coup leaders in
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
(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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
(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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
(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.”
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.
2014 May 3, In southern China a
stone arch bridge under illegal construction, collapsed, killing 11
people and injuring several others in Liangkengkou village,
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
2014 May 3, In southwest Haiti
a bus crash killed 17 people and injured 17 near the coastal town of
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.
2014 May 3, In Iraq gunmen
killed 4 Sunni anti-al-Qaida militiamen in Tarmiyah.
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
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.
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.
2014 May 3, South Korea’s
confirmed death toll from the April 16 ferry disaster reached 236
with 66 people were still missing.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
2015 May 3, In Israel several
thousand people, mostly from the Jewish Ethiopian minority,
protested in Tel Aviv against racism and police brutality.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
2016 May 3, In Chicago a
15-year-old student from Spain fell ill and later was found not
breathing in her bed. In 2018 Francis Emanuele (38), a suburban
Chicago man, pleaded guilty to supplying a fatal dose of methadone
to the student.
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
(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
(http://tinyurl.com/j848mxx)(SFC, 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
(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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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,
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.
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.
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
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
2017 May 3, Puerto Rico’s
governor announced a historic restructuring of $70B debt through
courts after talks with bondholders fail.
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.
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.
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.
2018 May 3, US House Speaker
Paul Ryan reinstated Rev. Patrick J. Conroy as chaplain of the House
of Representatives after Conroy sent him a letter intimating that
the speaker did not have the authority to fire him..
(SFC, 5/4/18, p.A5)
2018 May 3, CBS News anchor
Charlie rose was fired after more than two dozen women came forward
with sexual misconduct allegations.
(SFC, 5/4/18, p.A5)
2018 May 3, In Los Angeles the
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, closed the door on
Roman Polanski (84), announcing that it had revoked his nearly
50-year membership, along with that of Bill Cosby. Polanski had been
a film academy member for over 40 years since pleading guilty to
unlawful sex with a minor in 1977.
2018 May 3, In the SF Bay Area
a man opened fire in an apartment building on the edge of Mill
Valley killing Sabrina Lew (30) and wounding her father (84)
following a talk about eviction. The shooter, Victor Aurelino Lugo
(71), was soon found dead.
(SFC, 5/4/18, p.A1)(SFC, 5/5/18, p.A1)
2018 May 3, Hawaii's Kilauea
Volcano erupted, belching ash into the sky and spewing fountains of
lava in a residential area after a series of earthquakes over the
last couple of days. Hundreds of people on the Big Island were
ordered to evacuate their homes.
2018 May 3, The Seattle-based
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation said it will spend $150 million
over the next four years in a new fight against systemic poverty.
(SFC, 5/4/18, p.A5)
2018 May 3, In Afghanistan a
gunman in western Farah province shot and killed Abdul Jalal, a
deputy counterterrorism official in the provincial capital, also
named Farah. Officials said security forces arrested seven suspected
militants who were planning to attack a government-run hospital and
an interior ministry office in Kabul.
(AP, 5/3/18)(Reuters, 5/3/18)
2018 May 3, In Armenia Daniel
Danielyan, a senior traffic police officer in Yerevan, shot and
killed a security guard and injured two other people - one of whom
died of his wounds hours later - when he robbed a branch of the
British HSBC bank.
2018 May 3, Basque separatist
group ETA formally declared its dissolution, marking the definitive
end to western Europe's last armed insurgency after more than four
decades of violence.
2018 May 3, Beijing reasserted
its right to build "defence" facilities in the disputed South China
Sea, but declined to confirm reports it had installed new missiles
on artificial islands it has built in the region.
2018 May 3, Chinese smartphone
maker Xiaomi filed documents with Hong Kong's stock exchange
operator for an initial public offering that could be the world's
biggest share sale in years.
2018 May 3, The Czech
government said nerve agents of the Novichok type, though not the
same as that used to poison a former Russian spy in Britain, have
been synthesized in tiny amounts in the Czech Republic to help train
the army against chemical warfare.
2018 May 3, Hundreds of German
police officers raided a refugee shelter in the southern town of
Ellwangen, days after an angry mob of migrants prevented authorities
from deporting a 23-year-old man from Togo.
2018 May 3, In India a mob
blocked highways and sat on railway tracks near Guntur, in the state
of Andhra Pradesh, demanding public punishment for a rickshaw puller
accused of raping a girl (9). The accused, said to be around 55, was
found hanging in a wood the next day. Police said he had likely
2018 May 3, A powerful dust
storm and rain swept parts of north and western India overnight,
causing house collapses, toppling trees and leaving at least 134
people dead and more than 160 injured.
(AP, 5/3/18)(AFP, 5/3/18)(SFC, 5/15/18, p.A4)
2018 May 3, In eastern India a
bus caught fire after falling into a ditch along a highway in Bihar
state. The Press Trust of India news agency said 20 people were
2018 May 3, An Israeli court
convicted Arab poet Dareen Tatour (36) of online incitement to
terrorism for using her poem "Resist, My People, Resist" as the
soundtrack to images in 2015 of Palestinians in violent
confrontations with Israeli troops.
2018 May 3, It was reported
that a government taskforce in Kenya has called for the management
of the Kenya Forest Service to be sacked and some of its staff
investigated for alleged corruption which it said had allowed for
illegal logging and significant destruction to forests.
2018 May 3, In Kenya eight
people were swept off a bridge in a flashflood outside the capital.
120 people have died over the last two months following weeks of
torrential rain. Rwanda officials said 116 people had died and 207
had been injured in flooding and landslides since January.
Torrential rains have also hit Tanzania, where 14 people died in
April, as well as Uganda where flash floods have destroyed homes and
left at least three dead.
2018 May 3, Doctors without
Borders (MSF) said about 800 migrants in a government-run center in
western Libya are being detained in worsening conditions without
sufficient food or water.
2018 May 3, Madagascar's High
Court ruled that the state's new election laws are unconstitutional.
2018 May 3, In Mali a Tuareg
leader said extremists linked to the islamic State killed at least
17 people in the Menaka region.
(SFC, 5/4/18, p.A2)
2018 May 3, In Mexico a lone
gunman in Hidalgo state killed Pacula Mayor Alejandro Gonzalez
(SFC, 5/5/18, p.A2)
2018 May 3, In Mexico nine men
were kidnapped in Guerrero state. Their bodies were found two days
later in a truck on a highway between Chilpancingo and Tixtla.
(SFC, 5/7/18, p.A2)
2018 May 3, Moldova handed
prison sentences to eight citizens for fighting on the side of
pro-Russian rebels in the separatist conflict in eastern Ukraine.
2018 May 3, Mozambique veteran
rebel leader Afonso Dhlakama (65), who had opened talks with the
government, died unexpectedly. Local media said he suffered sever
diabetes. For 39 years Dhlakama led Renamo, the rebel group which
fought a 16-year civil war against the ruling Frelimo party. In
December 2016, Dhlakama announced a surprise truce with the
government in the major first step towards a formal peace deal.
2018 May 3, A team of experts
from the OPCW returned to the Netherlands from their mission after
going to Damascus on April 14. Inspectors for the Organization for
the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) had completed their work
at the site of a suspected gas attack in the Syrian town of Douma.
2018 May 3, North Korean leader
Kim Jong Un told a visiting Chinese diplomat that he is committed to
2018 May 3, In Pakistan gunmen
killed six laborers from Punjab province who were working on a
project for the national phone company in the border town of Kharan,
2018 May 3, The Palestinian
Authority cut salaries for its staff in Gaza by 20 percent and
failed to make up for skipping the previous month's pay, leaving
civil servants in the impoverished territory fuming they were pawns
in a factional power struggle. PA salaries in the other Palestinian
territory, the Israeli-occupied West Bank, were paid in full.
2018 May 3, Palestinian Anas
Abu Asr (19) died of wounds sustained during confrontations on April
27 between protesters and Israeli troops along Gaza's border.
2018 May 3, Doina Cornea (88),
a Romanian anti-communist dissident, died at her home in the
northwestern city of Cluj. She had been beaten and arrested after
criticizing the destruction of Romanian villages and churches during
the regime of Nicolae Ceausescu.
2018 May 3, A Russian Su-30
fighter jet crashed off the coast of Syria, killing both pilots.
2018 May 3, Saudi Arabia kicked
off an initiative to invest 130 billion riyals ($34.7 billion, 29
billion euros) in culture and leisure by 2020. The initiative aims
to create 300,000 new jobs and represents a key pillar of the
nation's "Vision 2030" reforms.
2018 May 3, In South Africa the
Legal Resources Center said lawyers for gold miners who got lung
diseases while working underground over many decades have reached a
compensation agreement in their class action lawsuit against mining
2018 May 3, In South Africa 13
miners were trapped at the mine located in its Driefontein
operations west of Johannesburg after an earthquake caused a
cave-in. Seven miners were killed at Sibanye-Stillwater's Masakhane
mine. Six others were rescued after being trapped underground for
2018 May 3, Six critically
endangered black rhinos were en route from South Africa to Chad in a
pioneering project to re-introduce the animals to a country where
they were wiped out by poaching nearly 50 years ago.
2018 May 3, Syrian rebels began
pulling out of an enclave they have surrendered in south Damascus,
but a few fighters in another besieged area near Homs shelled
government areas after their groups agreed to quit. The enclaves in
south Damascus and near Homs were the only two besieged areas still
held by rebels.
2018 May 3, It was reported
that Tunisia's PM Youssef Chahed has opened a conference on dialogue
between religions on the island of Djerba during an annual Jewish
pilgrimage that is taking place amid high security.
2018 May 3, Turkish
caricaturist Musa Kart (64) of the opposition newspaper Cumhuriyet,
facing more than three years in jail, won the International Press
Drawing Prize, an award given every two years to leading
cartoonists, especially those working under authoritarian regimes.
2019 May 3, US Air Force Gen.
Tod Wolters was sworn in as the top military officer of the
29-nation NATO alliance.
(SFC, 5/4/19, p.A1)
2019 May 3, In Illinois at
least one person was killed in an an exlosion and fire at the AB
Specialty Silicones in Waukegan. A 2nd victim died the next day and
a 3rd was found the next day. One person remained missing.
(SSFC, 5/5/19, p.A7)(SFC, 5/6/19, p.A5)
2019 May 3, In Ohio a federal
court ruled that the state’s congressional map is unconstitutional
and ordered a new one to be drawn for the 2020 elections.
(SFC, 5/4/19, p.A6)
2019 May 3, Texas girl Maleah
Davis (4) was reported missing. Investigators found her remains on
May 31 near a freeway outside of Hope, Arkansas. Derion Vence, a man
arrested in connection with her disappearance, had told a community
activist he had disposed of her body there.
(http://tinyurl.com/y3pshbmv)(SFC, 6/4/19, p.A4)
2019 May 3, An Afghan grand
council convened by President Ashraf Ghani ended with a resounding
call for peace with the Taliban and a promise from the president to
free 175 Taliban prisoners ahead of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month
that starts next week.
2019 May 3, In Algeria tens of
thousands of protesters rallied peacefully in Algiers after Friday
prayers, chanting "We will not shut up!" and demanding the departure
of Algeria's ruling elite a month after the downfall of President
2019 May 3, In Australia the
Victoria state Supreme Court Justice Michael Croucher ordered
Islamic State group sympathizer and firebrand preacher Robert "Musa"
Cerantonio to serve at least five years and three months in prison
before becoming eligible for parole. Cerantonio and five other men
had plotted in 2016 to take a 7-meter (23-foot) half-cabin
fiberglass power boat off the northeast Queensland coast to
2019 May 3, In Ohio a federal
court ruled that the state’s congressional map is unconstitutionl
and ordered a new one to be drawn for the 2020 elections.
(SFC, 5/4/19, p.A6)Sharia Law.
2019 May 3, Troops in Benin
maintained a tight clamp on protests after two days of deadly
violence sparked by elections in which not a single opposition
candidate took part.
2019 May 3, It was reported
that police killings in the state of Rio de Janeiro have hit a
record high, rising by 18% in the first three months of this year in
a spike partly attributed to a zero tolerance for criminals campaign
by state leaders.
2019 May 3, Britain's two main
parties suffered a drubbing in English local elections as voters
vented their frustration with the prolonged Brexit deadlock.
2019 May 3, Canada vowed to
defend its businesses operating in Cuba after US President Donald
Trump lifted a ban on American citizens filing lawsuits against
investors working on the island nation.
2019 May 3, More than 1,000
people have now died of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo,
as aid workers warned that the highly contagious virus combined with
insecurity in the restive region was creating a "deeply worrying
2019 May 3, Cyprus President
Nicos Anastasiades fired the small island nation's police chief,
saying botched missing person investigations might have allowed a
self-confessed serial killer to claim more victims.
2019 May 3, In the Czech Rep.
cybersecurity officials from dozens of countries drew up a blueprint
to counter threats and ensure the safety of next generation mobile
networks that their nations are set to start deploying.
2019 May 3, German prosecutors
said police have shut down one of the world's largest illegal online
markets in the so-called darkweb and arrested the three men
allegedly running it. German police had on April 23 and 24 arrested
the three German suspects aged 22 to 31 in the states of Hesse,
Baden-Wuerttemberg and North Rhine-Westphalia. The illicit "Wall
Street Market" site enabled trade in cocaine, heroin, cannabis and
amphetamines as well as stolen data, fake documents and malicious
2019 May 3, Cyclone Fani tore
through India's eastern coast as a grade 5 storm, lashing beaches
with rain and winds gusting up to 205 km (127 miles) per hour and
affecting weather as far away as Mount Everest as it approached the
former imperial capital of Kolkata. At least three people died
Cyclone Fani slammed into eastern India. Media reports put the death
toll at up to six.
(AP, 5/3/19)(AP, 5/3/19)
2019 May 3, Two Israeli
soldiers were wounded by Gaza gunfire near the border. A retaliatory
Israeli air strike killed two militants from the Islamist Hamas
group that governs Gaza. Two other Palestinians protesting near the
frontier were also killed by Israeli forces.
2019 May 3, In Italy Norveo
Fedeli (74) was found dead inside his clothing store in Viterbo.
Police the next day arrested American Michael Aaron Pang (22) and
alleged that he killed the storekeeper by striking him with a stool.
2019 May 3, Malawi's high court
sentenced to death a man who murdered a young albino, an
unprecedented penalty in a country which has seen a surge in attacks
and killings of people with albinism.
2019 May 3, Doan Thi Huong, a
Vietnamese woman who was tried in the 2017 killing of the estranged
half brother of North Korea's leader was released from a Malaysian
prison and flew back to Hanoi.
2019 May 3, Singapore police
said that $26 million in 1MDB-related funds was in the process of
being returned to Malaysia, the latest tranche in $176 million in
cash and properties seized by the city-state relating to the
scandal. Sources said US authorities will this month return $200
million stolen from Malaysia's state fund 1MDB, including money from
a stake in a luxury New York hotel and from a Hollywood movie
2019 May 3, In Spain the town
council of Barcelona voted to modify its zoo's bylaws to include a
rule by which any of its breeding programs will be stopped unless
there is a plan to eventually release the offspring into nature. The
goal is to convert the zoo, which was built inside a park in the
city center in 1892, into a center focused on education and
research, and a refuge for animals that can no longer survive in
2019 May 3, In Syria at least a
dozen air raids overnight on the southern edge of Idlib province
killed six civilians. Government warplanes dropped over 68
indiscriminate barrel bombs on several villages, including a dozen
in Kfar Nabudah alone.
2019 May 3, Tunisia ordered the
army to transport fuel to petrol stations on the second day of a
strike by fuel distribution workers that has caused empty pumps and
long queues across the country.
2019 May 3, In northwestern
Turkey at least two women and five children drowned after a boat
carrying migrants sank off the Aegean coastal town of Ayvalik.
2019 May 3, The UN human rights
office said Hungary is deliberately depriving rejected asylum
seekers of food as they await deportation, in violation of
2019 May 3, The UN's top food
agencies said about 10 million people in North Korea are facing
"severe food shortages" after the East Asian nation had one of the
worst harvests in a decade.
2019 May 3, The World Bank said
will extend more than half-a-billion dollars in grants for
cyclone-ravaged southern African countries as he concluded a visit
to Mozambique. A total of up to $545 million will be disbursed to
Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi, the three countries hit by Cyclone
Idai in March.
2019 May 3, A Venezuelan court
issued a warrant for the arrest of opposition politician Leopoldo
Lopez, saying he violated an order that required him to remain under
house arrest and restricted his ability to speak publicly. Lopez was
evading arrest in a Spanish diplomatic residence. A Spanish
government spokeswoman said Madrid had no intention of turning him
over to Venezuelan authorities.
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