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1998 May 4
The Clinton administration invoked sanctions against North Korea and Pakistan for a secret 1997 missile deal. Pakistan’s military named the acquired missile, Ghauri, after a famous Muslim warrior who slew a Hindu emperor named Prithvi, the name of a Russian made Indian missile.
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1998 May 4
The IMF resumed lending to Indonesia with the release of almost $1 billion.
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1998 May 4
From Zimbabwe it was reported that the United Merchant Bank of tycoon Roger Boka was shut down when a government audit found it incapable of paying its debts.
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1999 May 4
Allied forces bombed fixed and mobile targets and downed a Yugoslav MigG-29. The US considered freeing 2 prisoners of war and another 5,000 refugees crossed into Albania.
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1999 May 4
Manuel Babbitt (50), a Vietnam veteran, was executed at San Quentin, Ca., the day after his birthday, for the 1980 murder of an elderly grandmother in Sacramento. He refused his last meal and asked that the $50 allotted be given to homeless Vietnam vets. Babbitt was buried May 10 in Wareham, Mass., with full military honors

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1999 May 4
Pres. Clinton authorized a Congressional Gold Medal for Rosa Parks.
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1999 May 4
Five New York police officers went on trial for the torture of Haitian immigrant Abner Louima. One officer later pleaded guilty; a second was eventually convicted of perjury; the remaining three were acquitted of brutality charges. Two of those three were later convicted of conspiring to obstruct justice; those convictions were overturned.
Links: Haiti, NYC, Mad Police, Migrant     Click to see the source(s) for this event 
 
1999 May 4
Martin Frankel flew to Rome on a chartered jet from White Plains N.Y. with two women, Mona Kim and Jackie Ju. It was later learned that he was responsible for over 200 million in missing insurance funds. [see May 5]
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1999 May 4
Tornadoes roared across the Plains for a second straight day.
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1999 May 4
In Lebanon a roadside bomb killed 2 Israeli-backed militiamen. Hezbollah claimed responsibility.
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1999 May 4
Yasser Arafat promised in 1997 to declare statehood, unilaterally if necessary. The five year interim period of Palestinian autonomy was to end. The declaration was deferred on April 28.
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1999 May 4
Work crews struggled to restore electricity across Serbia after NATO strikes on major power grids left Belgrade and other cities in the dark.
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1999 May 4
Goldman Sachs began trading on the NYSE as a publicly owned company. Its prospectus began: “Our clients interests always come first.”
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2000 May 4
Congo agreed to cooperate with UN plans for a 5,500 member observer force to monitor the cease-fire.
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2000 May 4
The e-mail virus "ILOVEYOU" bug hit millions of computers around the world. It was considered the most virulent, most damaging ($2.6 bil), most costly and most rapidly spread virus to date. In Manila Onel de Guzman, a former computing student, was later released with all charges dismissed due to lack of evidence.
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2000 May 4
In London Ken Livingston (54), a socialist member of parliament, was elected mayor.
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2000 May 4
In Indonesia the government announced an agreement for a cease-fire with separatists in Aceh province.
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2000 May 4
In Indonesia a 6.5 earthquake was centered in the Maluku Sea off Pelang Island and at least 17 people were killed.
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2000 May 4
It was reported that Israel planned to deploy a laser shield named THEL, Tactical High Energy Laser (TRW Inc.), to shoot down rockets fired by guerrillas following its withdrawal from southern Lebanon.
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2000 May 4
Lebanese guerrillas fired some 20 Katyusha rockets into Kiryat Shemona, a town in northern Israel. One Israeli soldier was killed and over 24 people were injured. Israel retaliated with heavy air strikes.
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2000 May 4
In Puerto Rico US federal agents moved and arrested 216 protestors from the bombing range on Vieques Island.
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2000 May 4
In Sierra Leone rebels seized more UN troops and brought the total of hostages to 90.
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2000 May 4
In Sri Lanka the government imposed censorship on the foreign media and gave wide powers to the military as rebels poised to recapture Jaffna.
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2000 May 4
Hendrik Casimir (b.1909), Dutch physicist, died. He was best known for his research on the two-fluid model of superconductors (together with C. J. Gorter) in 1934 and the Casimir effect (together with D. Polder) in 1946.
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2001 May 4
US experts, following 3 days of inspections, said the US spy plane on China’s Hainan Island could be repaired and flown home.
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2001 May 4
In Goma, Congo, a ferry flipped at a dock on Lake Kivu and at least 19 people died.
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2001 May 4
In Zambia Pres. Chiluba said he would not run for a 3rd term.
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2001 May 4
Sen. George Mitchell, head of the US-led mission on Israeli-Palestinian fighting, issued a report and said Israel should freeze settlement constructions.
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2001 May 4
The US unemployment rate went up .2% to 4.5%, its highest level in 2 ˝ years. The DJIA rose 154 to 10,951. The Nasdaq rose 45 to 2,191.
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2001 May 4
The Writers Guild of America agreed to a new contract with the major movie studios and television networks.
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2001 May 4
It was reported that the hydroxyl radical, a critical air-cleaning molecule, was decreasing.
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2001 May 4
Bonny Lee Bakley (44), the wife of actor Robert Blake (67), died from a bullet wound to the head as she sat in a car near a restaurant in Los Angeles. Blake and his bodyguard, Earle Caldwell, were arrested April 18, 2002, in connection with Bakley's death. Blake, accused of the killing, was acquitted in a 2005 criminal trial but was found liable by a civil jury and ordered to pay damages.
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2001 May 4
In Afghanistan a bomb killed at least 8 people at a Sunni Muslim mosque in Herat. Hundreds of people soon set fire to Shiite mosques and marched on the Iranian Consulate.
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2001 May 4
In Oaxaca, Mexico, Fidel Bautista Guerrero (33), a Mixtec Indian, was shot to death in Putla. He had organized Indian farmers to conserve forests. The killers were pursued to the ranch of timber baron Efrain Cruz Bruno and 8 men with AK 47s and other rifles were arrested.
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2001 May 4
Pope John Paul II visited Athens and apologized for Roman Catholic sins of "action or omission" against Orthodox Christians. A day earlier some 1,000 Orthodox conservatives took to the streets to denounce his visit.
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2001 May 4
The UN Security Council imposed sanctions against Liberia for failing to sever ties with rebels in Sierra Leone.
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2002 May 4
Two explosions killed at 34 miners in Guizhou and Hunan.
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2002 May 4
War Emblem, a 20-1 shot, scored a down-to-the-wire, four-length victory over Proud Citizen in the Kentucky Derby.
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2002 May 4
Five pipe bombs were found in rural Nebraska mailboxes.
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2002 May 4
In China 2 explosions killed at 34 miners in Guizhou and Hunan.
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2002 May 4
In the West Bank Arafat ordered his negotiators to provide a list of the Palestinians inside the Church of the Natividad. 123 names were turned over. Israeli snipers killed one Palestinian inside the compound.
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2002 May 4
In Nepal security forces increased the number of rebels killed in 2 days of fighting to 350.
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2002 May 4
A Nigerian jet crashed in Kano. 4 of 76 onboard survived. Nigeria's EAS Airlines owned the British Aerospace twin-engine jet. The Red Cross reported 145 dead. A total of 154 people on the plane and the ground were killed.
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2003 May 4
In eastern Bangladesh a tropical storm flattened hundreds of flimsy huts in several villages, killing 19 people.
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2003 May 4
In Glenbrook, Ill., senior girls of Glenbrook North High engaged in a "powder puff" football game with junior girls that turned into a hazing melee that was caught on video and shown on national TV. Several seniors were later suspended for 10 days. A Civil Suit was later filed on behalf of 3 of the juniors girls.
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2003 May 4
New lab studies reported that the SARS virus can survive outside an infected body for hours to days.
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2003 May 4
Idaho Gem, the 1st cloned mule, was born at the Univ. of Idaho.
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2003 May 4
Swarms of violent thunderstorms and tornadoes crashed through the nation's midsection, killing at least 30 people in Kansas, Missouri and Tennessee. 8 people were missing in Pierce City, Mo.
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2003 May 4
Huda Salih Mahdi Ammash (49), a top biological weapons scientist and among the top 55 most wanted members of Saddam Hussein's fallen regime, was taken into custody.
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2003 May 4
Police in Baghdad, Iraq, returned to work in force.
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2003 May 4
In Ivory Coast a new cease-fire agreement took effect, just hours after rebels accused government forces of fresh attacks.
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2003 May 4
In Kenya floods caused by two weeks of heavy rain have washed out roads and submerged entire villages, killing at least 30 people and forcing thousands from their homes.
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2003 May 4
In the Philippines Muslim guerrillas attacked the town of Siocon in the southern province of Zamboanga del Norte, and took hostages as they withdrew from fighting that killed at least 22 people.
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2003 May 4
A Soyuz spacecraft safely delivered a three-man, US-Russian crew to Earth in the first landing since the Columbia space shuttle disaster.
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2003 May 4
In Spain Pope John Paul II proclaimed five new saints and urged Spaniards to emulate them. They included: Pedro Poveda, a priest killed in 1936; Angela de la Cruz, who founded the Sisters of the Company of the Cross; Genoveva Torres, who founded the Sisters of the Sacred Heart and of the Holy Angels; Maravillas de Jesus, who founded convents for the Order of Barefoot Carmelites, and Jose Maria Rubio, a Jesuit priest.
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2004 May 4
In Afghanistan 2 foreign contractors helping the UN prepare for landmark elections and their Afghan driver were killed in an attack in a remote eastern province. The bullet-ridden bodies of 10 government soldiers were found in southern Afghanistan, hours after the men were abducted in two raids by suspected Taliban militants.
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2004 May 4
In Australia 800 delegates of the Country Women's Association of New South Wales voted to drop the singing of "God Save the Queen" altogether and only permit renditions of "Advance Australia Fair", the national anthem.
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2004 May 4
Pakistan and China signed a deal for the construction of a nuclear power plant, the second such plant to be built in Pakistan with Beijing's help.
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2004 May 4
In Bogota Famed Colombian painter Fernando Botero opened a new exhibition that graphically depicts the bloodshed of his nation's war and the cruel crime of kidnapping.
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2004 May 4
The US Army disclosed that the deaths of 10 prisoners and abuse of 10 more in Iraq and Afghanistan were under criminal investigation, as US commanders in Baghdad announced interrogation changes.
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