• US surrender in the Philippines... • Battle of Coral Sea ends... • Battle of the Wilderness continues... • DeSoto car... • Chunnel opens... • Duchess of Devonshire sold... • Pulitzer for Grapes of Wrath... • WPA... • Manhattan for $24... • Mathematician Weil is born... • Zeppelin fire disaster... • Condamnés à mort par la Révolution... • First stored~program computer...
a 06 May:
2012 Transit of Venus.
2004 Bulgarian woman nurses Kristiyana Valcheva, Nassya Nenova, Valentina Siropulo, Valya Chervenyashka, and Snezhana Dimitrova; and Palestinian physician Ashraf Gomaa; [in court in 2003 >] are sentenced to death by firing squad, in a Benghazi, Libya, court by a panel of five judges headed by Fadallah el-Sherif, for having infected 426 Libyan children with HIV-contaminated blood as part of an experiment to find a cure for AIDS. Twenty-three of the children reportedly have died of AIDS. The Bulgarian government says: "This trial cannot be called just, as not a single proof provided by the defense has been taken into account. The verdict is based solely on confessions made by some of the defendants under duress." The defendants reported being tortured by extensive use of electric shocks; being suspended by the arms; being blindfolded and threatened with being attacked by barking dogs; and beatings, including falaqa (beatings on the soles of the feet), and being beaten with electric cables, and repeatedly jumped on while strapped to their beds. Two of the women said they were raped. Dr. Luc Montagnier, the French co-discoverer of the AIDS virus, testified that poor hygiene at the Benghazi hospital is likely to have led to the contamination. He estimated that it happened in 1997, more than a year before the defendants (who were arrested in 1999) were hired to work in Libya. The European Union and such human rights organizations as Amnesty International have protested against the injustice.
2004 David Freidel, an anthropology professor at Southern Methodist University, who, with archaeologist Hector Escobedo of Universidad San Carlos de Guatemala, lead a team excavating the Waka' (modern El Peru) site in the largest (900 sq km) Guatemalan national park, Laguna del Tigre, announces that in February 2004 they discovered there the 3.5x1.2x2m tomb of a Mayan queen, with many artifacts.
2003 Late the previous day, Looksmart Ltd (which runs an inferior search engine at http://www.looksmart.com/ useful only if you want to be targeted by advertising) makes an earnings announcement that does not succeed in concealing that they are lower than analysts' expectations. Consequently, its stock (LOOK) is downgraded by First Albany from Buy to Neutral. On the NASDAQ 23.5 million of the 102 million LOOK shares are traded, dropping from their previous close of $3.48 to an intraday low of $2.00 and closing at $2.17. They had traded as low as $0.77 as recently as 07 October 2003 and as high as $69.63 ot 06 March 2000. [4~year price chart >]
2002 The regime of US usurper-president “Dubya” Bush writes to the UN Secretary-General to inform him that the USA does not intend to become a party to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, and therefore “has no legal obligations arising from its signature on 31 December 2000”. During 2002, the Bush regime approaches several governments requesting that they enter into agreements that they would not surrender US nationals accused of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes to the new International Criminal Court. In some cases, the US usurper-government threatens to withdraw military assistance from countries that would not agree.
E-mail worm keeps anti-virus sites busy
The Symantec AntiVirus Research center began receiving reports regarding this worm in the early morning of 04 May 2000 UT. This worm appears to originate from Manila, Phillipines. It has wide-spread distribution, infecting millions of computers.
This worm sends itself to email addresses in the Microsoft Outlook address book and also spreads itself into Internet chatrooms via mIRC. This worm overwrites files on local and remote drives, including files with the extensions .vbs, .vbe, .js, .jse, .css, .wsh, .sct, .hta, .jpg, .jpeg, .mp3, and .mp2. The contents of these files will be replaced with the source code of the worm, thus destroying the original contents. The worm will also append the extension '.vbs' to each of these files. For example, the file image.jpg will become image.jpg.vbs. However, files with .mp2 and .mp3 extensions will merely be hidden from the user's view and not actually destroyed. It also tries to download a password-stealing Trojan horse program from a Web site (however that web site was soon removed by the provider). Symantec has identified eight variants of VBS.LoveLetter.A. This information is current as of 06 May 2000 at 07:30 (PST)
Swede claims to have found worm's originator
Swedish computer expert Fredrik Bjoerck, who helped the FBI track down the Melissa e-mail virus in 1999, said Friday 000505 evening: "I can say on good grounds that I have probably found the creator of the virus Loveletter."
Bjoerck, a postgraduate student at Stockholm University's computer and information technology institute, said he started searching for the creator on Thursday 000504 [when it first was detected] "The creator's name is Michael and he is a German exchange student studying in Australia. He has exposed himself by leaving tracks in Usenet newsgroups. The virus was activated from the Philippines but it's not certain that Michael was there in person."
| 2000 Jack Mazzan, after 20 years on death row for the
murder of a judge's son, is released on bail, three months after the Nevada
Supreme Court reversed his conviction.
1999 La Real Academia de la Lengua Española aprueba la nueva edición revisada de la Ortografía, consensuada por las Academias de los países hispanohablantes.
1997 Se crea en La Haya la Organización para la Prohibición de las Armas Químicas.
| 1988 Declarada constitucional la Ley de Amnistía Militar
por la Suprema Corte de Justicia de Uruguay.
1986 The Rev. Donald E. Pelotte, 41, is ordained in Gallup, New Mexico the first American Indian to be made a Roman Catholic bishop in the US.
1984 León Febres Cordero gana las elecciones presidenciales en Ecuador.
1981 Grave tensión en la frontera entre Honduras y Nicaragua a causa de choques armados registrados entre sandinistas y guerrilleros nicaragüenses.
1965 La OEA aprueba el envío de una fuerza interamericana a la República Dominicana.
1965 Se lanza al espacio el "Early Bird", primer satélite de comunicaciones con fines comerciales.
1962 Guillermo León Valencia es elegido presidente de Colombia.
1960 Pres Eisenhower signs Civil Rights Act of 1960.
1960 Cumplida su condena, es expulsado de México el español Ramón Mercader, asesino de Trotski.
| 1959 Pablo Picasso [25 Oct
1881 08 Apr
1973] se convierte en el artista que más dinero cobra en vida por una
obra, al venderse un cuadro en Londres por $154'000. LINKS
1919 El presidente costarricense, Federico Tinoco, es depuesto y tropas estadounidenses desembarcan en defensa de los intereses de EEUU.
1916 The captain of the battleship New Hampshire, off the coast of Virginia, calls naval commanders in Washington, D.C.. The call is made as part of a test to determine whether the radiotelephone presents a feasible communications option during wartime.
1895 José Martí es nombrado jefe supremo de la revolución en la lucha por la independencia de Cuba.
1890 Mormon Church renounces polygamy.
The Duchess of Devonshire is sold for 10'000 guineas
Thomas Gainsborough's 1783 painting, Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire, is auctioned in London, England, nearly 100 years after it disappeared into obscurity. The portrait of Georgiana Spencer, an ancestor of Princess Diana, sold for 10'000 guineas, the highest price ever paid for a work of art up until this time. [< click on image for full portrait]
Public interest in Gainsborough's masterpiece peaked a few weeks later when it was stolen from the Thomas Agnew and Sons art gallery. Adam Worth, whom Scotland Yard later called the "Napoleon of Crime," and upon whom Sir Arthur Conan Doyle eventually based Sherlock Holmes' arch nemesis Dr. Moriarty, stole the artwork in order to come up with the bail to release his brother from jail. However, his brother was freed without his help, so Worth decided to keep the painting, even in the face of serious consequences.
Adam Worth was perhaps the 19th century's most masterful criminal. Born in Germany but raised in the United States, Worth joined the Union Army in the Civil War. He then successfully faked his own death in order to escape his duty. He spent the rest of the war hopping from one regiment to another, collecting money to join and then immediately deserting.
After the war, he made his way to New York, where he joined a gang of pickpockets. A conviction for robbery resulted in a three-year sentence at Sing Sing Prison. However, Worth escaped after only a few weeks and vowed to be more careful in the future. Using the alias Henry Raymond, Worth took up a lucrative career robbing banks before moving his criminal exploits to Europe. With perfectly planned heists and a consistent forgery operation, Worth avoided all violent encounters and established himself in respectable society.
Yet the theft of the Duchess of Devonshire led to his eventual downfall. His co-conspirators, Joe Elliot and Junka Phillips, were angered by the fact that they weren't financially rewarded for stealing the valuable painting. When Worth refused to divulge its whereabouts, Elliot and Phillips went to the police and Worth was sent to prison, albeit on other charges.
Following his release four years later in 1897, Worth returned to America. After a change of heart, he began negotiations with the Pinkerton Detective Agency for the ransom of the painting. The Duchess of Devonshire was finally returned to England in 1901 where J. P. Morgan, Wall Street's biggest financier, promptly made the journey to obtain the painting for himself. He is said to have paid as much as $150'000 for it. Worth, who had received relatively little for his ransom, died a year later, penniless.
| 1862 Battle of Williamsburg, Virginia concludes
1861 Arkansas becomes 9th state to secede from US
1861 Tennessee secedes from the Union.
1860 Giuseppe Garibaldi (04 Jul 1807 02 Jun 1882) and his Thousand sail from near Genoa, Piedmont, on the way to conquer Sicily and Naples, in the cause of Italian unification.
1830 Se deshace la Gran Colombia, al proclamar el general José Antonio Páez un gobierno aparte para Venezuela, ratificado por el Congreso Constituyente, que nombra presidente a Páez.
1816 En una asamblea celebrada en la Villa del Norte, hoy población de Santa Ana, Isla de Margarita, Simón Bolívar es proclamado Jefe Supremo de la República y sus Ejércitos.
1794 Haiti, under Toussaint L'Ouverture, revolts against France
1753 French King Louis XV observes transit of Mercury at Mendon Castle
1703 Guerra de Sucesión: El rey de Portugal se declara opuesto a la causa de Felipe V de España.
1527 Forty thousand mercenaries, hired by Cardinal Pompeo Colonna, sack the city of Rome, destroying two-thirds of the houses. They butcher clergy and laity alike, and force Clement VII to flee, disguised as a gardener. It is the end of the golden age of the Renaissance.
1497 Se emite la real cédula por la que se declara libre de impuestos el comercio de las Indias Americanas.
1432 Flemish artist Jan van Eyck, 61, finishes the Adoration of the Lamb altarpiece for St. John's Church in Ghent, Belgium. MORE AT ART 4 MAY with links to images.
2006 Three workers, when a wooden and metal supporting frame collapses at a high rise hotel-condo construction project in Bal Harbour, Florida. They fall from the 27th-floor level, where they were pouring the concrete roof to the 26th floor and a one-meter layer of fast-drying concrete falls on top of them. — (060507)
2006 Wing Commander John Coxen [1959–]; Navy Lieutenant Commander Darren Chapman, 40; Flight Lieutenant Sarah Mulvihill, 32; Navy Lieutenant David Ian Dobson, 27; and Marine Paul M. Collins, 21; who are all those aboard a British military Lynx helicopter shot down by a rocket in Basra, Iraq. — (060508)
2004:: 41 Mehdi Army militiamen, killed in fighting across the Euphrates River from Najaf, Iraq, in fighting against US forces, who do not report their own casualties. The Mehdi is anti-US Islamic cleric Moqtada al-Sadr's private militia.
2001 Muhammad Abayat, 48, by an Israeli tank shell. Abayat was a member of the Tanzim militia, linked to the Fatah movement of Arafat. A few kilometers south of Jerusalem, Palestinian gunmen had opened fire on Israeli border policemen guarding a highway that links Jerusalem to Jewish settlements in the West Bank.. The Israeli army responded by sending tanks several hundred meters into Palestinian-controlled land, where they fired dozens of rounds at Palestinian gunmen taking cover in homes in Beit Jalla. At least 20 other Palestinians were hurt, including a 5-year-old boy seriously injured by shrapnel, and an 11-year-old girl hit in the eye. One Israeli soldier was lightly injured.
1996 Austin Bastable, a Canadian who has multiple sclerosis, commits suicide, with the assistance of Dr. Kevorkian. (Mr. Bastable is the 28th person that Kevorkian assisted to commit suicide.)
1987 William J. Casey, 73, director of CIA (1981-1987)
1983 Yudell Leo Luke, US mathematician born on 26 June 1918.
1963 Theodore von Kármán, Hungarian US aeronautical mathematician born on 11 May 1881.
1951 Elie Joseph Cartan, French, born on 09 April 1869, he was one of the most important mathematicians of the first half of the 20th century. He worked on continuous groups, Lie algebras, differential equations, and geometry, achieving a synthesis between these areas.
1903 José Jiménez y Aranda, Spanish painter born on 07 February 1837. — more
1882 Lord Cavendish assassinated at Dublin, Ireland
1849 Jacques Nicolas Paillot de Montabert, French artist born in December or on 06 October 1771.
1840 James Sillett (or Selleth), Belgian artist born in 1764.
1840 Francisco de Paula Santander, born on 02 April 1792, soldier and statesman who fought beside Simón Bolívar in the war for South American independence and who served as president of the newly formed New Granada (Colombia) from 01 April 1833 until 1837.
1684 Heyman Dullaert, Duch aertist born on 06 February 1636. [Hey man! He may not have been Brightaert, Sharpaert, or even Finaert, but these names bring up no more samples of aertwork on the Internet than does Dullaert, or Dumbaert for that matter]
1679 Nicolas Pierre Loir (or Loyr), French painter and engraver born in 1624. — more
1642 Frans Francken II, dies on his 61st birthday, Flemish painter. MORE ON FRANCKEN AT ART 4 MAY with links to images.
1629 Otto van Veen, Flemish painter born in 1556. MORE ON VAN VEEN AT ART 4 MAY with links to images.
1475 Dieric Bouts the Elder, Dutch painter born in 1412. MORE ON BOUTS AT ART 4 MAY with links to images.
1452 Bicci di Lorenzo, Italian artist born in 1373.
1953 Anthony Charles Lynton “Tony” Blair, British Prime Minister (Labour Party) from 02 May 1997 to 27 June 2007. An Anglican, he married (on 29 March 1980) a Catholic, Cherie Booth [23 Sep 1954~], and, on 21 December 2007, he was received into the Catholic Church. —(071224)
1896 Zygmunt Menkes, Polish artist who died in 1986.
1893 Wilhelm Kohlhoff, German artist who died in 1971
1889 Eiffel Tower, completed for the Universal Exposition which opens in Paris.
1880 Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, German Expressionist painter and sculptor who commited suicide on 15 June 1938 after destroying much of his artwork, despondent over the persecution by the Nazis. MORE ON KIRCHNER AT ART 4 JUNE with links to images.
1875 William Daniel Leahy Iowa, 5 star adimiral/chief of staff (1949)
1872 Willem de Sitter, Dutch astronomer and mathematician who cooperated with Einstein and made advances in the theory of relativity. De Sitter died on 20 November 1934. [De Sitter was not the sitter in any painted portrait that I could discover.]
1870 Amedos Peter Giannini San Jose Calif, founded Bank of America
1861 Rabindranath Tagore (Nobel prize-winner: literature ; Hindu poet, mystic, musical composer).
1856 Sigmund Freud, cigar smoker, father of psychiatry
1856 Robert Edward Peary arctic explorer (North Pole-1909) discoverer of the North Pole, Greenland, and the Melville meteorite
1851 Refrigeration machine is patented by Dr. John Gorrie. El Dr. John Farrie obtiene la patente de su "maquina de refrigerar".
1849 John Melhuish Strudwick, British Pre-Raphaelite painter who died on 16 July 1937. MORE ON STRUDWICK AT ART 4 JULY with links to images.
1840 first postage stamps issued (Great Britain)
1833 Steel plow: the first one is made by John Deere.
1823 Johann Batholomäus Duntze, German artist who died in 1895.
1807 Moritz Karl Friedrich Müller, German artist who died on 08 November 1865.
1801 Auguste Flandrin, Lyon French painter and printmaker, who died on 30 August 1842. — more with link to an image.
1769 Jean Nicolas Pierre Hachette, French mathematician who died on 16 January 1834. He was son of bookseller Jean-Pierre Hachette,
1758 Maximilien-François-Marie-Isidore Robespierre, Arras, French revolutionary / avocat (1781). He was responsible for many heads chopped off by the guillotine, including, on 10 Thermidor An II (28 July 1794), his own, in the Thermidorian Reaction against his reign of Terror through the Comité de Salut Public.
1581 Frans Francken II, Flemish painter who would die on his 61st birthday (see above)