• 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 May 06:
2012 Transit of Venus.
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.
| 2000 LoveLetter
E-mail worm keeps virus sites busy
The Symantec AntiVirus Research center began receiving reports regarding this worm in the early morning of May 4, 2000 GMT. 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 May 6, 2000 at 7:30am (PST)
Swede claims to have found worm's originator ^top^
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. Van Eyck's work is noted for its descriptive realism and intensive color. — The Ghent Altarpiece wings closed MORE AT ART 4 MAY LINKS
which occurred on a May 06:
1904 Franz Seraph von Lenbach, German artist born on 13 December 1836. MORE ON VON LENBACH AT ART 4 MAY LINKS Marion Lenbach, the Artist's Daughter (age about 12, I guess) — A Lady Wearing a Black Coat With Fur Collar (— An Elegant Lady in Rubenesque Costume — A Bearded Gentleman Wearing a Pince~Nez — A Lady in Profile — Furst Otto von Bismarck — John Acton, 1st Baron Acton
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.
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 LINKS Allegory on the Abdication of the Emperor Charles V on 25 October 1555, in Brussels Passage of the Children of Israel through the Red Sea Worship of the Golden Calf Feast of Esther Jesus among the Doctors Art Room An Antique Dealer's Gallery Sebastiaan Leerse in his Gallery Madonna and Child in a Landscape (painted with Abraham Govaerts) An Assembly of Witches Supper at the House of Burgomaster Rockox
1629 Otto van Veen, Flemish painter born in 1556. MORE ON VAN VEEN AT ART 4 MAY LINKS Distribution of herring and White Bread at the Relief of Leiden, 3 October 1574 Batavians Defeating the Romans on the Rhine — Sinite Parvulos — The Last Supper — Nicolaas Rockox — Zeuxis Painting Helen of Troy
1475 Dieric Bouts the Elder, Dutch painter born in 1412. MORE ON BOUTS AT ART 4 MAY LINKS Virgin and Child, Virgin and Child a different The Virgin and Child a 3rd version: Mary and Child Christ in the House of Simon The Entombment _ detail Resurrection _ detail Paradise Hell Portrait of a Man Triptych of the Virgin Martyrdom of St Erasmus Altarpiece of the Holy Sacrament The Justice of Emperor Otto III
1452 Bicci di Lorenzo, Italian artist born in 1373.
which occurred on a May 06:
1953 Tony Blair, British Prime Minister.
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 what the Nazis were doing. MORE ON KIRCHNER AT ART 4 MAY LINKS Selbstbildnis als Soldat Self-Portrait with Model Girl Under a Japanese Parasol A Group of Artists: Otto Mueller, Kirchner, Heckel, Schmidt-Rottluff Two Women in the Street 59 prints at FAMSF
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).
1857 Frank Bramley, British artist who died on 09 August 1915. MORE ON BRAMLEY AT ART 4 MAY — A Hopeless Dawn— Primrose Day — A Truce — Sir Frederick Augustus Abel, Bt
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 in 1935 (1937?). MORE ON STRUDWICK AT ART 4 MAY LINKS The Madonna and Child with attendant Angels Saint Cecilia Apollo and Marsyos A Golden Thread — The Music Of A Bygone Age Circe and Scylla _ Compare Waterhouse's Circë Invidiosa Isabella and the Pot of Basil _ inspired by the poem Isabella, or the Pot of Basil by John Keats, as also are _ Isabella and the Pot of Basil by William Holman Hunt _ Isabella and the Pot of Basil by John White Alexander [07 October 1856 01 June 1915] _ Isabella and the Pot of Basil by John William Waterhouse
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.
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.
1688 Charles Parrocel, French painter and engraver who died on 24 (25?) May 1752 — more
1581 Frans Francken II, Flemish painter who would die on his 61st birthday (see above)
0973 Henry II Holy Roman emperor (1014-24)