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Monday, May 11, 2009

A gunman kills two people and commits suicide near Oslo, Norway. //news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/8044826.stm (BBC)
An Iranian appellate court releases imprisoned American journalist Roxana Saberi. //news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/8043768.stm (BBC)

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Sudan's government halts an attack on the country's capital Khartoum by hundreds of rebels from Darfur. //english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/2A52D133-B3CC-4786-8A7F-77AB62067DBD.htm (Al-jazeera)

Friday, May 11, 2007

The United States and European Union nations circulate a United Nations resolution on independence for Kosovo with international supervision. //edition.cnn.com/2007/WORLD/europe/05/11/un.kosovo.ap/index.html?eref=rss_world (CNN)

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Residents flee Mogadishu as warlords and Islamist militias battle for control of the Somali capital. The death toll in five days of fighting reaches 120. //www.voanews.com/english/Africa/2006-05-11-voa61.cfm (VoA), //news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/4760605.stm (BBC)
Ernie Fletcher, Republican governor of the U.S. state of Kentucky, is indicted on three misdemeanor counts of conspiracy, official misconduct and political discrimination for hiring, promoting, demoting and firing state employees based on political loyalties.//www.kentucky.com/mld/kentucky/news/breaking_news/14556190.htm (Lexington Herald-Leader)

Sunday, May 11, 2003

Ponds on the north side of Catoctin Mountain, near Gambrill Park Road and Tower Road in Frederick, Maryland, are under investigation by the FBI, in connection with the 2001 anthrax attacks. FBI investigators found anthrax spores and other evidence in their search of ponds in the area during December and January 2002. Divers retrieved a clear box with holes that could accommodate protective biological safety gloves, as well as vials wrapped in plastic from a pond in the Frederick Municipal Forest. A new theory has been developed suggesting how a criminal could have packed anthrax spores into envelopes without harming (him/her) self. Officials from Fort Detrick have stated that the water is safe because once in water anthrax spores cluster together and descend to the bottom. The water in the pond has been tested several times over the course of the investigation, and all indications are that the water is safe.
In Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 26 people are killed in the Riyadh Compound Bombings.
A suicide truck-bomb attack kills at least 60 at a government compound in northern Chechnya.

Sunday, May 11, 1997

IBM's Deep Blue defeats Garry Kasparov in the last game of the rematch, the first time a computer beats a chess World chion in a match.

Saturday, May 11, 1996

After takeoff from Miami, Florida, a fire started by improperly handled oxygen canisters in the cargo hold of Atlanta-bound ValuJet Flight 592, causes the Douglas DC-9 to crash in the Florida Everglades, killing all 110 on board.

Thursday, May 11, 1995

More than 170 countries agree to extend the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty indefinitely and without conditions.

Monday, May 11, 1987

Klaus Barbie goes on trial in Lyon for war crimes committed during World War II

Friday, May 11, 1984

Wednesday, May 11, 1983

Aberdeen FC beat Real Madrid 2–1 (after extra time) to win the European Cup Winners' Cup in 1983 and become only the third Scottish side to win a European trophy
Aberdeen FC beat Real Madrid 2–1 (after extra time) to win the European Cup Winners' Cup in 1983 and become only the third Scottish side to win a European trophy

Sunday, May 11, 1980

Mobster Henry Hill is arrested for drug possession.

Thursday, May 11, 1967

The United Kingdom and Ireland apply officially for European Economic Community membership.
President Gamal Abdal Nasser of Egypt demands withdrawal of the peacekeeping UN Emergency Force in the Sinai. U.N. Secretary-General U Thant complies (May 18).
Syria mobilizes against Israel.
NASA announces the crew for the "Apollo 7" space mission (first manned Apollo flight): Walter M. Schirra, Jr., Donn F. Eisele, and R. Walter Cunningham.
In Mexico, schoolteacher Lucio Cabañas begins guerrilla warfare in Atoyac de Alvarez, west of Acapulco, in the state of Guerrero.
The Soviet Union ratifies a treaty with the United States and the United Kingdom, banning nuclear weapons from outer space.
Yuri Andropov becomes KGB chief.
TennesseeGovernor Ellington repeals the Monkey Law (officially the Butler Act see the Scopes Trial).

Monday, May 11, 1964

Terence Conran opens the first Habitat store on London's Fulham Road.

Wednesday, May 11, 1960

In Buenos Aires, four Mossad agents abduct the fugitive Nazi criminal against humanity, Adolf Eichmann, in order that he could be taken to Israel and put on trial. Eichmann was later convicted and executed.

Wednesday, May 11, 1955

Japanese National Railways' ferry "Shiun Maru" sinks after collision with sister ship "Uko Maru" in thick fog off Takamatsu, Shikoku, in the Seto Inland Sea of Japan 166 passengers (many children) and two crew are killed. This event is influential in plans to construct the Akashi-Kaikyō Bridge (built 1986-98).

Tuesday, May 11, 1954

U.S. Secretary of State John Foster Dulles declares that Indochina is important but not essential to the security of Southeast Asia thus ending any prospect of American intervention on the side of France.

Monday, May 11, 1953

The Waco tornado outbreak: A F5 tornado hits in the downtown section of Waco, Texas, killing 114.

Thursday, May 11, 1950

The Kefauver Committee hearings into U.S. organized crime begin.

Tuesday, May 11, 1948

Tuesday, May 11, 1943

WWII: American troops invade Attu in the Aleutian Islands, in an attempt to expel occupying Japanese forces.

Friday, May 11, 1934

Dust Bowl: A strong 2-day dust storm removes massive amounts of Great Plains topsoil in one of the worst dust storms of the Dust Bowl.
The United States Department of Justice offers a $25,000 reward for John Dillinger.
Kārlis Ulmanis establishes an authoritarian government in Latvia.

Monday, May 11, 1931

The "Creditanstalt", Austria's largest bank, goes bankrupt, beginning the banking collapse in Central Europe that causes a worldwide financial meltdown.

Wednesday, May 11, 1927

The "Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences", the Academy in Academy Awards, is founded.

Sunday, May 11, 1924

"Mercedes-Benz" is formed by the merging companies owned by Gottlieb Daimler and Karl Benz.

Thursday, May 11, 1922

Radio station KGU begins broadcasting in Hawaii.

Saturday, May 11, 1918

The United States Post Office Department (later renamed the United States Postal Service) begins the 3rd regular airmail service in the world (between New York City, Philadelphia and Washington, DC), the 1st being from Allahabad to Naini Junction in India on the 18th February 1911 and the 2nd being from London to Windsor Castle on the 22nd June 1911.
The Mountainous Republic of the Northern Caucasus is officially established.
End of the Finnish Civil War.

Thursday, May 11, 1905

Albert Einstein submits his doctoral dissertation "On the Motion of Small Particles...", in which he explains Brownian motion. In the course of the year, Einstein publishes four papers, formulates the theory of special relativity and explains the photoelectric effect by quantization. 1905 is regarded as his miracle year.

Tuesday, May 11, 1897

The patent for an Exhaust muffler for engines was awarded to Milton and Marshall Reeves of Columbus, Indiana.

Friday, May 11, 1894

Pullman Strike: Three thousand Pullman Palace Car Company factory workers go on a wildcat (without union approval) strike in Illinois.
Blackpool Tower is opened in Blackpool, Lancashire, England.
A meteor shower is seen in Southern France.

Monday, May 11, 1891

Otsu Incident: TsesarevichNikolay Alexandrovich (the future Czar Nicholas II) of Russia survives an assassination attempt while visiting Japan.

Thursday, May 11, 1876

May 12 ndash Berlin Memorandum: Germany, Russia and Austria-Hungary propose an armistice between Turkey and its insurgents.

Thursday, May 11, 1871

The first trial in the case of Tichborne Claimant begins in the London Court of Common Pleas.

Friday, May 11, 1866

London bank Overend, Gurney and Company collapses, precipitating a financial crisis.

Wednesday, May 11, 1864

American Civil War ndash Battle of Yellow Tavern: Confederate General JEB Stuart is mortally wounded at Yellow Tavern, Virginia.

Sunday, May 11, 1862

American Civil War: The ironclad CSS \'\'Virginia\'\' is scuttled in the James River northwest of Norfolk, Virginia.
American Civil War: The ironclad CSS "Virginia" is scuttled in the James River northwest of Norfolk, Virginia.

Tuesday, May 11, 1858

Minnesota is admitted as the 32nd U.S. state.

Monday, May 11, 1857

Indian rebellion of 1857: Indian combatants capture Delhi from the East India Company.

Wednesday, May 11, 1842

Income Tax Act establishes the first peacetime income tax in the United Kingdom 7 pence in the pound, for incomes over 150 pounds.ref name=CBH

Tuesday, May 11, 1841

Friday, May 11, 1832

Greece is recognized as a sovereign nation the Treaty of Constantinople ends the Greek War of Independence in July.

Thursday, May 11, 1820

(the ship that will later take young Charles Darwin on his scientific voyage) is launched at Woolwich Dockyard.

Monday, May 11, 1818

Charles XIV of Sweden-Norway is crowned king of Sweden.

Tuesday, May 11, 1813

Gregory Blaxland, William Lawson and William Wentworth leave on an expedition to cross the Blue Mountains.

Monday, May 11, 1812

John Bellingham assassinates BritishPrime MinisterSpencer Perceval in the lobby of the British House of Commons.

Friday, May 11, 1792

Captain Robert Gray on the "Columbia Rediviva" becomes the first white man to enter the Columbia River.

Saturday, May 11, 1771

War of the Regulation: North Carolina Governor William Tryon marches his militia out of Hillsborough to come to the aid of General Hugh Waddell's beleaguered forces. Tryon's army stops at Alamance Creek, away from the Regulator army.

Tuesday, May 11, 1751

The Pennsylvania legislature grants a charter to Benjamin Franklin and Dr. Thomas Bond for the establishment in Philadelphia of the first hospital in the Colonies.

Tuesday, May 11, 1745

War of Austrian Succession: Battle of Fontenoy ndash French forces defeat an Anglo-Dutch-Hanoverian army including the Black Watch.

Wednesday, May 11, 1689

May 1 O.S.) - Williamite War in Ireland: Battle of Bantry Bay between the English Royal Navy under the Earl of Torrington and the French fleet under the Marquis de Châteaurenault. The French are able to protect their transports unloading supplies for James II and withdraw unpursued.

Friday, May 11, 1685

The Killing Time: Five Covenanters in Wigtown, Scotland, notably Margaret Wilson, are executed for refusing to swear an oath declaring King James of England, Scotland and Ireland as head of the church, becoming the 'Wigtown martyrs'.

Monday, May 11, 1682

Moscow Uprising of 1682: A mob takes over the Kremlin and lynches the leading boyars and military commanders.

Wednesday, May 11, 1678

French admiral d'Estrees runs his whole fleet aground in Curaçao.
June ndash French buccaneer Michel de Grammont leads 6 pirate ships and 700 men in a daring raid on Spanish-held Venezuela, reaching inland as far as Trujillo, Venezuela.

Friday, May 1, 1573 (Julianian calendar)

16 ndash The Duke of Anjou is elected to the throne of the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth by the Polish nobility.

Wednesday, May 1, 1560 (Julianian calendar)

At the Battle of Djerba, the Ottoman fleet, commanded by under Piyale Pasha, overwhelms a large joint European (mainly Spanish) fleet, sinking about half its ships.

Sunday, May 1, 1502 (Julianian calendar)

Christopher Columbus leaves Cadiz, Spain for his fourth and final trip to the 'New World'. He explores Central America, and discovers St. Lucia (possibly), the Isthmus of Panama, Honduras, and Costa Rica.

Wednesday, May 3, 1318 (Julianian calendar)

Battle of Dysert O'Dea: The Irish armies of Conor O'Dea defeat the Normans under Richard de Clare.
Battle of Dysert O\\'Dea: The Irish armies of Conor O'Dea defeat the Normans under Richard de Clare.

Sunday, May 3, 1310 (Julianian calendar)

The first purpose-built accommodation for students (the Mob Quad) is completed in Merton College, Oxford, England.
Basarab I, after the battle against the Tatars, is named big prince of Wallachia by the feudal lords of the region. The country remains under Hungarian domination until the Battle of Posada on 12 October, 1330.
In France, 54 members of the Knights Templar are burned at the stake for heresy.
Abu al-Fida becomes governor of Hama.

Wednesday, May 4, 1222 (Julianian calendar)

Alexander of Hales enters the Franciscan Order.
The Cistercian convent is completed in Alcobaça, Portugal.
Royal Standard of Scotland adopted
August ndash After the death of Johan Sverkersson on March 10, Erik Eriksson is elected new king of Sweden sometime between this time and July 1223.
The Golden Bull of 1222 is issued in Hungary.
The Manden Charter is proclaimed in Mali.

Friday, May 7, 868 (Julianian calendar)

The First County of Portugal is established by Vímara Peres, after the reconquest from the Moors of the region north of the Douro River.
Aed Finliath drives the invading Danes and Norwegians out of Ireland, after defeating them at the Battle of Killineery.
Ratramnus writes "Contra Graecorum Opposita".
Al-Andalus: The city of Mérida rises against the Umayyad rule. The emir Muhammad regains control, have the walls of the city destroyed and supports the rival creation of the city of Badajoz as a retaliation.ref name=rucquoi1993
The "Diamond Sūtra", the oldest known surviving dated book, is printed in China.
In Metz, Charles the Bald and Louis the German decide on a division of the lands of former emperor Lothar (now in possession of Lothar II and Louis II).
In England, Alfred the Great marries Ealhswith and goes to the aid of Burgred of Mercia, who is attacked by Danes.

Saturday, May 7, 824 (Julianian calendar)

Pope Eugene II succeeds Pope Paschal I as the 99th pope (probable date).

Sunday, May 10, 330 (Julianian calendar)

Eustathius, Patriarch of Antioch, is banished to Trajanopolis.
The Bible is translated into the Gothic language by Wulfila.
Emperor Constantine the Great dedicates Constantinople, or "Nova Roma" (modern Istanbul), and moves the capital of the Roman Empire there from Rome. He has spent 4 years building the city on the site of ancient Byzantium having chosen the site for its strategic location (a seaport with easy access to Anatolia and the Danube).
The Goths devastate the city of Tanais in the Don River delta.
Frumentius is the first bishop of Ethiopia (approximate date).
Pagan temples are starting to be progressively abandoned, destroyed or left to fall into disrepair, save those that are transformed into Christian churches.
Ezana, king of Axum, extends his area of control to the west. He defeats the Nobates, and destroys the kingdom of Meroë.
Source: Wikipedia