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Deaths in May

28 Gerald Anthony
27 Umberto Agnelli
22 Richard Biggs
20 Len Murray
17 Tony Randall
17 Ezzedine Salim
9 Alan King
9 Akhmad Kadyrov
8(?) Nick Berg
7 Waldemar Milewicz
Other recent deaths

Ongoing events

Reconstruction of Iraq
Occupation & Resistance
Israeli-Palestinian conflict
Liberal Party of Canada scandal
War on Terrorism
USA 9-11 Commission
Same-Sex Marriage in the USA
Darfur genocide in the Sudan
Ongoing wars
Afghanistan timeline May 2004

Election results in May

02 Panama (general)
07 Iran (Majlis, 2nd round)
10 Philippines (general)
13 India (general)
16 Dominican Rep. (president)
20 Malawi (general)
23 Germany (president)

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May 31, 2004

May 30, 2004

  • Thousands of people in Hong Kong take to the streets to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre, and to protest Beijing's recent moves to limit their autonomy. (VOA) ( (BBC) (
  • Pakistan test-fires a ballistic missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead, but claims it will not increase tensions with India. (PakistanLink) (
  • Saudi commandos storm the Khobar housing compound where Islamic militants were holding several dozen hostages, ending with 22 dead. (BBC (
  • Thousands of Pakistani Sunni Muslims riot in Karachi, ransacking property, setting fire to four banks, and stoning vehicles after Mufti Nizamuddin Shamzai, an influential pro-Taliban cleric, is killed in a drive-by shooting. (NYT) ( (BBC) (
  • Buddy Rice wins the 2004 Indianapolis 500 driving for Rahal Letterman Racing. (VOA) ( (Sports Illustrated) (

May 29, 2004

  • The World War II Memorial is dedicated in Washington, DC, with around 200,000 people attending the ceremony. (Reuters) ( (CNN) (
  • Islamist militants attack two oil industry installations and a foreign workers' housing complex in Khobar, Saudi Arabia, killing at least 11 people and taking some 50 hostages. Saudi police attempt to storm the housing complex but withdraw after taking casualties. A previously unknown militant group styling itself "The Jerusalem Squadron" claims responsibility and says they are attacking "zionists and crusaders" who are there to "steal our oil and resources". (CNN) ( (BBC) (
  • U.S. District Judge Nancy Gertner (in Massachusetts) rules that stating that someone is homosexual does not constitute libel or slander. (AP) (
  • India flies its first multi-purpose civilian aircraft Saras in Bangalore. (Times of India (
  • An earthquake measuring 4.4 on the Richter scale occurs in the border area between Haiti and the Dominican Republic. (BBC (

May 28, 2004

May 27, 2004

  • NASA announces the first Spitzer Space Telescope find: a planet that appears to be less than a million years old. (NYT) (

May 26, 2004

  • A signed peace accord marks an end to the 21-year civil war in Sudan. The Darfur conflict continues. (AP) (
  • Archaeologists discover what they term the 'world's oldest university' in Alexandria, Egypt. It dates from the 5th century AD. (Toronto Star) (
  • FBI Director Robert Mueller and United States Attorney General John Ashcroft state that Al Qaeda may be planning a terrorist strike over the coming months. Multiple FBI officials contend that there is no recent intelligence to suggest a significant change in the USA's security situation, and critics question the validity and timing of the public warning.(NYT) ( Seven people wanted for questioning are also named.
  • Journalist Peter Hounam, who had revealed Israel's secret nuclear program, is arrested in Jerusalem and denied access to a lawyer. He is released and expelled from the country the following day. (BBC) ( (BBC) (
  • A man armed with a knife enters the mansion of Puerto Rican governor Sila María Calderón and takes a secretary hostage. Calderón negotiates with him for the hostage's release, and he is arrested soon after. (CNN) (
  • Football: FC Porto defeat AS Monaco FC 3-0 in the final of the UEFA Champions League (BBC) (

May 25, 2004

  • As many as 1,000 people are killed in floods in the Dominican Republic and Haiti. (CNN) ( (BBC) (
  • France bans the use of Bayer CropScience Gaucho (insecticide) on maize seeds. Gaucho is claimed to be harmful to bees. (Rtrs) (
  • Viacom's MTV Networks unit announces plans for the LOGO channel, the first LGBT-themed major cable television service in the United States, set for a February 17, 2005 debut. (Bloomberg) ( (Reuters) ( (CNN) (
  • The Abel Prize is awarded in a ceremony in Oslo for the Atiyah-Singer index theorem. (AP) (
  • Tennis: At the French Open, a new world record for the longest match in the sport's recorded history is set when Frenchman Fabrice Santoro beats Arnaud Clement 6-4, 6-3, 6-7 (5), 3-6, 16-14 after playing for 6 hours and 33 minutes, split over two days. (ESPN) (

May 24, 2004

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May 22, 2004

May 21, 2004

May 20, 2004

May 19, 2004

  • Citing "insufficient evidence", US Federal Judge Adalberto Jordan acquits environmental group Greenpeace on charges under the "sailormongering" statute. A record total of more than 100,000 people worldwide sent protest messages to George W. Bush and US Attorney General John Ashcroft demanding that the case be dropped. (Greenpeace) ( ( ( (BBC) (
  • US Army kills 40 and wounds 117 others during an attack in Iraq near the border with Syria. Brigadier General Mark Kimmitt, deputy director of operations for the US military in Iraq, tells Reuters the attack was within the military's rules of engagement, denying reports that the victims were members of a wedding party. He says a large amount of money, Syrian passports and satellite communications equipment was found at the site after the attack. (Guardian) ( (Reuters) ( (NYT) (
  • At least ten Palestinians are killed in Rafah, Gaza Strip, by an explosion following warning shots fired by the IDF. The road used by the Palestinians was strewn with explosives. (BBC) ( (CNN) ( (FOX) (,2933,120331,00.html)
  • Iraqi abuse scandal at Abu Ghraib prison:
    • The Denver Post has uncovered Pentagon documents that show more than twice as many allegations of detainee abuse (75) are being investigated by the military than previously known. Twenty-seven of the abuse cases involve deaths; at least eight are believed to be homicides. (Denver Post) (,1413,36%7E11676%7E2157003,00.html)
    • The first U.S. soldier is sentenced after pleading guilty: Spc. Jeremy Sivits receives one year in prison, demotion and a dishonorable discharge. (CNN) (
    • At least one British soldier is arrested for creating the faked British abuse photos. (CNN) (
  • The British House of Commons is temporarily suspended after purple flour thrown by a Fathers 4 Justice protester hits Tony Blair during Prime Minister's Questions. (BBC) (
  • The Nationalist Party of China (KMT) and the People First Party announce plans to merge after a unanimous vote by the KMT Central Standing Committee. (BBC) (
  • A third outspoken Hong Kong radio talk show host, Allen Lee, quits his program, questioning the status of media freedom in the special administrative region; he also resigns from his seat in the Chinese National People's Congress. (VOA) ( (BBC) (
  • Rudy Giuliani testifies before the 9/11 panel. He defends the work of his commissioners before the September 11th Commission. (AP) (
  • Manmohan Singh is asked by India's Congress party to become Prime Minister and form new government. (Reuters) (
  • In football, Valencia wins the UEFA Cup, defeating Olympique Marseille 2-0. ( (

May 18, 2004

May 17, 2004

May 16, 2004

  • Voters in the Dominican Republic go to the polls to elect a new president; with 79% of the vote counted, former president Leonel Fernández is declared the winner. (BBC) (
  • The Israeli army announces its intention to demolish hundreds of additional houses in the Rafah refugee camp in the Gaza Strip along the border with Egypt after the Supreme Court rejects a petition against the demolitions. In the past, the IDF has found dozens of tunnels hidden underneath homes allegedly used to smuggle guns, ammunition, explosives, fugitives, drugs and other illegal materials into Gaza. The court had previously issued a temporary injunction after 88 homes had been destroyed leaving more than 1000 people homeless (UNRWA figures disputed by the Israeli army). (BBC) ( (Haaretz) ( (Maariv) (
  • French European Union parliamentarian Paul Marie Couteax declares: "I have no hesitation in saying that we must consider giving the Arab side a large enough force, including a large enough nuclear force, to persuade Israel that it cannot simply do whatever it wants. That is the policy my country (France) pursued in the 1970s when it gave Iraq a nuclear force."(JPost) (

May 15, 2004

May 14, 2004

  • Vatican foreign minister Archbishop Giovanni Lajolo says torture of prisoners is a "more serious" blow for U.S. than September 11 (Al Jazeerah) (,%20beheading%20dogs%20US.htm). American reaction is negative. (Catholic News) (
  • The British tabloid newspaper The Daily Mirror, which published photos allegedly depicting British Army soldiers abusing Iraqi prisoners, concedes that it was hoaxed, apologises, and sacks its editor Piers Morgan. (BBC) ( (Al Bawaba) ( (Reuters) (
  • Danish Crown Prince Frederik marries Australian Mary Donaldson in Copenhagen. The service is attended by royalty and dignitaries from around the world, amidst very high security in the face of terrorism fears. (BBC) (
  • Roh Moo-hyun is reinstated as President of South Korea after that country's Constitutional Court overturns the National Assembly's March 12 impeachment vote against him. (KBS News) (
  • Polish Prime Minister Marek Belka looses a parliamentary vote of confidence, less than two weeks after he was appointed to the post. He will continue in a caretaker capacity until a new candidate is appointed. (BBC) ( (PolitInfo) (
  • The impact crater of the "Great Dying" — the end-Permian event, the largest extinction event in the history of life on Earth — appears to be a 125 mile (200 km)-wide crater called "Bedout" off the northwestern coast of Australia. (UCSB Press release) (
  • Iraqi Occupation and resistance:
    • Mohammad's Army, in an interview with IWPR, states "We want to inform America that its attempt to stir up sectarian discord is a failure." (IWPR) (
  • FMDC Coinarama World Championships held. Robert "Hog" Little defeats Alex "Fat" Malcolm

May 13, 2004

May 12, 2004

May 11, 2004

May 10, 2004

May 9, 2004

  • Chechen president Akhmad Kadyrov is killed in a landmine bomb blast under a VIP stage during a World War II memorial victory parade in Grozny, Chechnya. (Reuters) ( (AP) ( (BBC) (
  • The scandal about U.S. torture in Iraq widens as The New Yorker reports about guards setting dogs against naked prisoners. (newyorker) (
  • Twenty-two passengers, two stoweaways and crew are injured when an American Eagle ATR 42, flight 1450, crash-lands in San Juan, Puerto Rico. (AP) (

May 8, 2004

  • Israel makes the first permanent appointment of an Arab to its Supreme Court as Salim Jubran is selected unanimously; Esther Hayut and Elyakim Rubinstein are also selected unanimously. Edna Arbel, the former state prosecutor who recommended indicting Prime Minister Ariel Sharon on bribery charges, is selected amongst considerably more controversy and opposition. (Haaretz) (
  • Computer security: German authorities arrest an 18-year-old high school student on suspicion that he is responsible for creating the Sasser worm, which has infected hundreds of thousands of computers worldwide by exploiting a flaw in the Windows 2000 and Windows XP operating systems. According to CNET, a US$5 million reward from Microsoft was instrumental in leading investigators to the suspect. (AP) (,0,1719391.story?coll=sns-ap-world-headlines) (CNET) (
  • Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan wraps up a landmark visit to Greece. Both sides pledge cooperation—Erdoğan visits the Turkish minority in Thrace and urges reconciliation, and his Greek counterpart Costas Karamanlis says Greece will support Turkey's EU bid, marking a high point in Greco-Turkish relations. (BBC) ( (BBC) ( (BBC) (

May 7, 2004

  • Japan's longest-serving chief cabinet secretary, Yasuo Fukuda, resigns to take responsibility for not making pension payments. (VOA) (
  • A report from the UN's High Commissioner for Human Rights describes a "reign of terror" imposed by government-backed militias in Sudan's western province of Darfur. (UN) (
  • A bomb blast during Friday prayers at a Shia mosque in Karachi, Pakistan kills 10 people and injures 100. A suicide bombing is suspected. The head cleric of the mosque is among the dead. (NYT) ( (National Post) (
  • Vladimir Putin is sworn in for his second (and final) four-year term as Russian president. (BBC) (
  • Iraq Occupation and resistance:
  • Chilean President Ricardo Lagos signs legislation legalizing divorce. (BBC) (
  • U.S. attorney Brandon Mayfield is detained in the investigation of the 11 March Madrid attacks. (CNN) ( (BBC) (
  • The Prime Minister of Nepal Surya Bahadur Thapa resigns amid protests by oppostion parties. Prime Minister Thapa was appointed by King Gyanendra eleven months ago. The opposing parties are demanding formation of an all party government with a Prime Minister of their choice. (BBC) (
  • The FDA blocks the Over-the-counter sale of a morning-after pill despite the (23-4) recommendation of a federal advisory panel. (NYT) (

May 6, 2004

May 5, 2004

  • Parliament grounds and adjoining footpaths in New Zealand host 15,000 people (many of whom have participated in several days of route march - "hīkoi") protesting about the proposed law that is expected to change the ownership of foreshore and seabed.
  • The Dalai Lama ends his visit to Canada with a ceremony initiating thousands in Tibetan Buddhism. (Toronto Star) (
  • Israeli company Givot Olam announces that from a previously known oil reserve near Kfar Sava believed to contain 980 million barrels (156 million m³) of oil, 20% of it is extractible. (INN) ( (Haaretz) (
  • During a raid in Gaza Israeli troops kill a police captain and wound 15 people, in an area that is used to fire Qassam rockets into Israeli towns. (Reuters) (
  • Maya artifacts are discovered in Cival, a ruined city in the Peten region of Guatemala, suggesting an earlier development of dynastic customs than previously known. (Washington Post) (
  • Three bombs explode in Athens outside a single police station, 100 days before the start of the Olympic Games. One policeman was injured. (BBC) ( (Boston Herald) (
  • George W. Bush speaks on the Al Arabiya and Alhurra Arabic-language television networks, stating he was 'appalled' at the conduct of U.S. soldiers in Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. (Toronto Star) (
  • Houston Astros baseball pitcher Roger Clemens records his 4,137th career strikeout to place him second on the all-time list behind Nolan Ryan. (AP) ( (Reuters) (
  • A judge of the Ontario Superior Court, overseeing the bankruptcy and reorganization of Air Canada, approved an amended "standby purchase agreement" from Deutsche Bank, which stands to become a major owner of equity in the revived airline. (Globe and Mail) (
  • President of the breakaway Georgian republic of Ajaria, Aslan Abashidze is forced to resign by Georgian president Mikhail Saakashvili. (BBC) ( (Independent) ( (Guardian) (,14065,1210367,00.html) (Washington Post) (

May 4, 2004

  • The Legislative Yuan in Taiwan passes a bill mandating that official documents in Chinese be written from left to right instead of right to left, ending centuries of tradition. (Straits Times) (,4386,249302,00.html?) (BBC) (
  • The United Nations Commission on Human Rights elects thirteen countries to serve on it for 3-year terms. Sudan is elected unopposed to represent the African bloc, prompting a walk-out by the U.S. delegation. (NYT) ( (CNN) (
  • Hundreds of Muslim cattle herders are killed by Christian farmers in central Nigerian town of Yelwa. (Reuters) (
  • U.S. Democratic and Republican leaders in Congress condemn the alleged mistreatment of Iraqi detainees in the strongest terms and call for a congressional investigation. (Reuters) ( (PolitInfo) (
  • Iraq Occupation and resistance:
    • The Pentagon announces that it plans to keep as many as 138,000 U.S. troops in Iraq through the end of 2005. (Bloomberg) ( (NYT) (
    • The U.S. Department of Defense announces that 37,000 National Guardsmen and 10,000 active duty Army and Marine Corps troops are to be called up to serve a one-year tour of duty in Iraq by early 2005. (AP) (,1282,-4053336,00.html)
  • A Chicago laboratory announces they helped choose embryos by genetic testing to yield five babies who could donate stem cells to sick siblings. (CNN) (
  • William Krar, a Texan with ties to white supremacists, is sentenced to 11 years in prison after he pled guilty to building and possessing chemical weapons in what has been described as one of the most serious cases of domestic terrorism since the Oklahoma City bombing. (Reuters) ( (KRT) ( (AP) (

May 3, 2004

  • The USA is starting to lose its dominance in the sciences; "the rest of the world is catching up", according to John E. Jankowski of the National Science Foundation. Scientists from Europe and now other countries are now publishing more papers in major professional journals than scientists from the US. New York Times p.A1.
  • An Egyptian court rejects the petition of an Egyptian movie producer seeking to establish an Egyptian-Israeli friendship organization stating: "Egyptian society does not need a friendship association with Israel. The Egyptian public and Arabs do not need such false friendships, as demonstrated by the attacks on the Palestinian people."" (INN) ( (
  • French police seek 500 kg (1,100 lb) of ammonium nitrate fertilizer stolen from the port of Honfleur at the mouth of the Seine River. The fertilizer can be converted easily into a powerful explosive. Such an explosive was used in the 1995 Oklahoma City Bombing. AZF recently suspended operations inside France while the group seeks to upgrade its arsenal. (NYT) (
  • Mexico and Peru recall their ambassadors from Cuba, citing recent "offensive" comments by Cuban head of state Fidel Castro. The Cuban ambassador to Mexico is also expelled, for "activities incompatible with his diplomatic status". (VOA) ( (BBC) (
  • At US$38.21 per barrel of crude, oil prices hit their highest level since 1990. (AP) (
  • In an open letter to George W. Bush more than 50 former high-ranking United States diplomats (including former ambassadors to Saudi Arabia and Qatar) complain about the Bush administration's policy towards the Middle East claiming that the President's approach, and specifically his endorsement of Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's disengagement plan, is losing the U.S. "credibility, prestige and friends". The letter follows a similar one written by 52 former British diplomats sent to Tony Blair a few days ago. (BBC) (

May 2, 2004

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