Today in History - January 2

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17CE        Jan 2, Publius Ovidius Naso, Roman poet, died.
    (MC, 1/2/02)

69CE        Jan 2, Roman Lower Rhine army proclaimed its commander, Vitellius, emperor.
    (MC, 1/2/02)

1235        Jan 2, Emperor Joseph II ordered the Jews of Galicia, Austria, to adopt family names.
    (MC, 1/2/02)

1492        Jan 2, Boabdil, the leader of the last Arab stronghold in Spain surrendered to Spanish forces loyal to King Ferdinand II and Queen Isabella I. Sultan Muhammad XI surrendered, ending Muslin rule in Spain. The combined Catholic forces of Ferdinand of Aragon and Isabella of Castile drove out the last of the Berbers from Spain. The Moors were expelled. King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella took the town of Grenada, the last Moslem kingdom in Spain. The event became marked by an annual festival that began around 1516.
    (ATC, p.73,100)(AP, 1/2/98)(SFEC, 3/22/98, p.T11)(HN, 1/2/99)(WSJ, 1/2/02, p.A6)(SSFC, 1/27/02, p.C20)

1557        Jan 2, Jacopo da Pontormo (b.1494), aka Jacopo Carucci, died. He was an Italian Mannerist painter and portraitist from the Florentine School.
    (Econ, 2/23/13, p.82)(

1570        Jan 2, Tsar Ivan the Terrible began a march to Novgorod.
    (MC, 1/2/02)

1602        Jan 2, Battle at Kinsale, Ireland: English army beat the Spanish.
    (MC, 1/2/02)

1647        Jan 2, Nathaniel Bacon (d.1676), leader of Bacon's Rebellion (1676), Va., was born.
    (MC, 1/2/02)

1727        Jan 2, James Wolfe, commanded British Army (captured Quebec), was born.
    (MC, 1/2/02)

1757        Jan 2, British troops occupied Calcutta, India.

1758        Jan 2, The French began bombardment of Madras, India.
    (HN, 1/2/99)

1776        Jan 2, 1st US revolutionary flag was displayed.
    (MC, 1/2/02)

1780        Jan 2, A blizzard hit Washington's army at the Morristown, NJ, winter encampment.
    (AH, 2/05, p.16)
1780        Jan 2, Johann Ludwig Krebs (b.1713), German composer, died.

1788        Jan 2, Georgia became the fourth state to ratify the U.S. Constitution.
    (HFA, '96, p.22)(AP, 1/2/98)

1807        Jan 2, Lord Grenville presented to British Parliament a “Bill for the Abolition of the Slave Trade," effective May 1. He introduced it directly to the House of Lords. It passed the House of Lords by 64 votes and cleared the House of Commons on March 25.
    (ON, 4/05, p.3)

1811        Jan 2, US Sen Timothy Pickering (1745-1829) of Massachusetts became the 1st US senator to be censured. He had revealed confidential documents communicated by the president of the US.

1813        Jan 2, In Vilnius, Lithuania, Russian Army head M. Kutuzov announced the end of war in Russia.
    (LHC, 1/3/03)

1814        Jan 2, Lord Byron completed "The Corsair."
    (MC, 1/2/02)

1818        Jan 2, Lord Byron completed "Childe Harold's Pilgrimage" (4th canto).
    (MC, 1/2/02)

1822        Jan 2, Rudolph J.E. Clausius (d.1888), German physicist (thermodynamics), was born.

1837        Jan 2, Mily Alexeyevich Balakirev (d.1910), composer (Tamara), was born in Nizhny-Novgorod, Russia.

1839        Jan 2, French photographic pioneer Louis Jacques Mande Daguerre took the first photograph of the moon. Soon after his first photograph of people was a shoeshine scene on a Paris boulevard.
    (HN, 1/2/99)(SFEC, 1/16/00, Z1 p.2)(ON, 4/00, p.10)

1843        Jan 2, Wagner's opera "Der Fliegende Holländer" premiered in Dresden.
    (MC, 1/2/02)

1861        Jan 2, Helen Herron Taft, First Lady to President Robert Taft, was born.
    (HN, 1/2/99)
1861        Jan 2, The USS Brooklyn was readied at Norfolk to aid Fort Sumter.
    (HN, 1/2/99)
1861        Jan 2, SC seized the inactive Ft. Johnson in Charleston Harbor.
    (MC, 1/2/02)
1861        Jan 2, Frederik Willem IV (b.1795), king of Prussia (1840-61) and Germany (1849-61), died.

1863        Jan 2, In the second day of hard fighting at Stone's River, near Murfreesboro, Tenn., Union troops defeated the Confederates. The battle, which began Dec 31, involved 80,000 troops and left 24,000 casualties.
    (HN, 1/2/99)(AM, 11/04, p.28)

1866        Jan 2, Gilbert Murray, Australian born scholar who became the chairman of the League of Nations (1923-1928), was born.
    (HN, 1/2/99)

1881        Jan 2, Camille Saint-Saens' 3rd Concerto in B premiered.
    (MC, 1/2/02)

1882        Jan 2, Oscar Wilde arrived in New York City and began to tour the US with lectures on the aesthetic movement.
    (HT, 3/97, p.16)
1882        Jan 2, Because of anti-monopoly laws, Standard Oil was organized as a trust. Attorney Samuel Dodd of Standard Oil first had the idea of a trust. A board of trustees was set up, and all the Standard properties were placed in its hands.

1885        Jan 2, Gen. Wolseley received the last distress signal of Gen. Gordon in Khartoum.
    (MC, 1/2/02)

1895        Jan 2, Count Folke Bernadotte (d.1948), statesman (Red Cross, UN), was born in Sweden.

1897        Jan 2, The S.S. Commodore, a small American ship used to smuggle weapons to Cuba, sank off the coast of Florida. Writer Stephen Crane was aboard, along with a crew of 11 and 16 Cuban rebel soldiers. Crane based his 1897 short story, “The Open Boat," on his survival experience in a lifeboat.
    (ON, 4/10, p.9)

1900         Jan 2, US Secretary of State John Hay announced the Open Door Policy to prompt trade with China. This policy rejected efforts to carve up China or restrict its ports.
    (AP, 1/2/98)(WSJ, 2/3/04, p.A12)
1900        Jan 2, The cargo steamship Australia arrived in San Francisco at the end of a voyage from Hawaii. Plague was known to have already hit Honolulu and rats aboard the ship carried the disease. Wong Chut King became the city’s first victim when he was found dead at the Globe Hotel at Jackson and DuPont (later Grant Ave.). A short term rope quarantine was created around the 6-by-2 block area of Chinatown.
    (SFC, 9/20/14, p.C2)

1903        Jan 2, President Theodore Roosevelt closed a post office in Indianola, Mississippi for refusing to hire a black postmistress.
    (HN, 1/2/99)

1904        Jan 2, U.S. Marines were sent to Santo Domingo to aid the government against rebel forces.
    (HN, 1/2/99)
1904        Jan 2, James Longstreet (b.1821), Confederate general, died in Georgia.

1905        Jan 2, After a six-month siege, Russians surrendered Port Arthur to the Japanese.
    (HN, 1/2/99)

1911        Jan 2, The Terra Nova expedition led by Robert Falcon Scott reached the coast of Antarctica.
    (ON, 6/20/11, p.5)

1915        Jan 2, Karl Goldmark (b.1830), Hungarian composer (Queen of Saba), died in Vienna.

1916        Jan 2, The U.S. instructed Ambassador Sharp to tell the Entente in Paris that America would reject the German peace offer.
    (HN, 1/2/99)

1917        Jan 2, Pietro Bandini (b.1852), Italian Jesuit missionary and founder of Tontitown, Ark., died at St. Vincent Infirmary in Little Rock (Pulaski County) of heart failure.
1917        Jan 2, In Florida Sidney Catts (1863-1936), a Baptist anti-Catholic minister from Alabama, became the state’s 22nd governor and served until 1921. He claimed Catholics were storing arms in a Tampa cathedral.
    (, 11/28/15, p.25)

1918        Jan 2, Bolsheviks talked about resuming war unless the Germans return occupied territory.
    (HN, 1/2/99)

1919        Jan 2, Calvin Coolidge (1872-1933) was inaugurated as governor of Massachusetts.

1920        Jan 2, Isaac Asimov, Prolific American writer of over 300 books including Foundation and I, Robot, was born.
    (HN, 1/2/99)
1920        Jan 2, Some 2,700 arrests were made in raids in 33 American cities as part of a campaign against alleged political radicals and labor agitators spearheaded by the Department of Justice under Attorney General A. Mitchell Palmer. The Palmer Raids were in reaction to the so-called "Red Scare" that followed the Bolshevik Revolution in Russia and the founding in 1919 of the Worker‘s Party (later Communist Party) in the U.S. Mass arrests of political and labor leaders and agitators began in the fall of 1919 and ended in May of 1920.
    (HNQ, 2/22/00)(

1921        Jan 2, Religious services were first broadcast on radio when KDKA aired the regular Sunday service of Pittsburgh's Calvary Episcopal Church.
    (AP, 1/2/00)

1923        Jan 2, A Ku Klux Klan surprise attack on a black residential area of Rosewood, Fla., killed 8 people. The all-black town of Rosewood, a north Florida community of 120 people, was burned to the ground. A white woman fearful of being caught in an affair, falsely claimed that she was raped and beaten by a black man. Violence exploded as a white mob tried to string up a black man for information on an alleged rape. At least 6 black and 2 white died and almost every building was burned. In 1994 the Florida legislature provided up to $2 million in compensation to survivors. Nine survivors won a $2 million settlement in 1995. In 1996 the event was recreated in the film "Rosewood" by John Singleton.
    (SFEC, 8/25/96, DB p.43)(SFC, 9/24/97, p.C2) (SFC, 2/5/00, p.A3)(MC, 1/2/02)

1928        Jan 2, Vaughn Beals, later CEO of Harley Davidson motorcycle, was born in Cambridge, Mass.

1929        Jan 2, The United States and Canada reached agreement on joint action to preserve Niagara Falls.
    (AP, 1/2/98)
1929        Jan 2, Evelyn “Bobbi" Trout (d.2003 at 97) shattered the female pilot endurance record of 8 hours with a flight of 12 hours and 11 minutes.
    (SFC, 2/1/03, p.A18)

1932        Jan 2, Japanese forces in Manchuria set up a puppet government known as Manchukuo.
    (HN, 1/2/99)

1935        Jan 2, Bruno Hauptmann went on trial in Flemington, N.J., on charges of kidnapping and murdering the infant son of Charles and Anne Lindbergh. Hauptmann was found guilty but professed his innocence until he was executed.
    (AP, 1/2/98)(SFC, 10/28/99, p.B7)

1936        Jan 2, The 1st electron tube to enable night vision was described in St Louis, Mo.
    (MC, 1/2/02)
1936        Jan 2, In Berlin, the Nazi officials claimed that their treatment of the Jews was not any of the League of Nation's business.
    (HN, 1/2/99)

1940        Jan 2, Jim Bakker, televangelist (PTL Club), was born in Muskegon, Mich.

1941        Jan 2, The Andrews Sisters recorded what became a big hit for them, the Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy.

1942        Jan 2, The Philippine capital of Manila and the US Naval base at Cavite were captured by Japanese forces.
    (AP, 1/2/98)(HN, 1/2/02)

1943        Jan 2, The Allies captured Buna in New Guinea.
    (HN, 1/2/99)

1944        Jan 2, The US under Pres. Franklin Delano Roosevelt established the War Refugee Board to protect the endangered populations of Europe. In June Raoul Wallenberg of Sweden was hired to head the agency’s office in Budapest, where he arrived on July 9.
    (WSJ, 2/28/09, p.A7)(Econ, 9/19/15, p.81)
1944        Jan 2, The first Atlantic convoy that used the new antisubmarine helicopter patrol capability sailed from New York to Liverpool, UK, with three HNS-1 helicopters.

1945        Jan 2, Allies made an air raid on Nuremberg. About 90% of the city center was destroyed in only one hour.

1947        Jan 2, Mahatma Gandhi began a march for peace in East-Bengali.

1952        Jan 3, A revived "Pal Joey" opened at Broadhurst Theater, NYC, for 540 performances.
1952        Jan 2, In Korea British pilot Desmond Fredrick William Hinton (b.1922) was shot down while on a bombing run targeting railway infrastructure. In 2011 North Korea handed his re-mains over to British officials.
    (AP, 5/4/11)(

1954        Jan 2, The "Caine Mutiny" by Herman Wouk premiered in NYC.
    (MC, 1/2/02)

1955        Jan 2, Jose Antonio Remon, president of Panama  (1952-55), was assassinated.
    (MC, 1/2/02)

1960        Jan 2, Sen. John F. Kennedy of Massachusetts announced his candidacy for the Democratic presidential nomination.
    (AP, 1/2/98)
1960        Jan 2, John Reynolds set the age of solar system at 4,950,000,000 years.
    (MC, 1/2/02)
1960        Jan 2, Australia recorded a record temperature of 50.7° C at Oodnadatta.
    (Econ, 1/12/13, p.34)(

1963        Jan 2, Viet Cong downed five U.S. helicopters in the Mekong Delta; 30 were reported to be dead.
    (HN, 1/2/99)
1963        Jan 2, In San Francisco a gas pipeline leak at Nevada and Crescent Ave. in Bernal Heights caused a blast that left 9 firefighters injured and led to heart attack death of Battalion Chief Frank Lamey (63).
    (SSFC, 6/26/11, p.A1, 16)
1963        Jan 2, Dick Powell (b.1904), American film star, producer and director, died.

1965        Jan 2, The New York Jets signed University of Alabama quarterback Joe Namath for a reported $427,000.
    (AP, 1/2/08)
1965        Jan 2, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr began a drive to register black voters.
    (MC, 1/2/02)

1966        Jan 2, The 1st Jewish child was born in Spain since the 1492 expulsion.
    (MC, 1/2/02)

1969        Jan 2, The play "To be Young, Gifted & Black," by Lorraine Hansberry (1930-1965) premiered in NYC.

1973        Jan 2, The United States admitted the accidental bombing of a Hanoi hospital.
    (HN, 1/2/99)

1974        Jan 2, President Nixon signed legislation requiring states to limit highway speeds to 55 mph. Federal speed limits were abolished in 1995. The legislation was conceived by Claude Brinegar (1926-2009), Nixon’s secretary of transportation.
    (AP, 1/2/98)(, 3/18/09, p.B6)
1974        Jan 2, Coleman Young (1918-1997) was inaugurated as mayor of Detroit. In 1973 he narrowly defeated Police Commissioner John F. Nichols, who would later become Oakland County Sheriff, to become Detroit's first African American mayor. Young won the four subsequent terms by very wide margins and continued in office until December, 1993.
    (WSJ, 5/28/98, p.A20)(

1975        Jan 2, Milton J. Cross (b.1897), TV announcer (Met Opera), died.
1975        Jan 2, Ken Brugger, searching on behalf of Canadian entomologist Dr. Fred A. Urquhart, found that vast numbers of monarch butterflies, wintered at Cerro Pelon, an inactive volcano a hundred miles west of Mexico City. Urquhart had been tagging butterflies and searching for their winter quarters since 1954. In 1986 the Mexican government established some protection over 5 sites where monarchs were known to overwinter.
    (ON, 4/07, p.12)

1978        Jan 2, In Sri Lanka Junius Richard Jayewardene (1906-1996) became the first president with true executive powers. He served as president until 1989.
    {Sri Lanka}
    (SFC, 11/2/96, p.A21)(

1980        Jan 2, President Carter asked the Senate to delay the arms treaty ratification in response to Soviet action in Afghanistan.
    (HN, 1/2/99)

1981        Jan 2, "Yorkshire Ripper" Peter Sutcliffe (b.1946), murderer of 13 women, was arrested on a traffic violation. On Jan 4 he declared he was the ripper and charges were filed on Jan 6. Stuart Kind (d.2003), a leading forensic biologist, helped British police crack the "Yorkshire Ripper" serial murder case. Sutcliffe was convicted on May 22 on 13 counts of murder and sentenced to life in prison. In 2003 Michael Bilton authored “Wicked Beyond Belief: The Hunt for the Yorkshire Ripper."
    (, 4/30/03)

1982        Jan 2, The Somali National Movement (SNM) launched its first military operation against the Somali government. Operating from Ethiopian bases.

1983        Jan 2, The musical play "Annie," based on the "Little Orphan Annie" comic strip, closed at Broadway’s Alvin Theater after a run of 2,377 performances.
    (AP, 1/2/98)
1983        Jan 2, "Sophisticated Ladies" closed at the Lunt-Fontanne, NYC, after 767 performances.

1984        Jan 2, A record 281,981 dominoes were toppled at Furth, W. Germany.

1986        Jan 2, Bill Veeck (71) former baseball owner, died in Chicago. He is remembered for his well-publicized stunts and promotional gimmicks, including an exploding scoreboard and a midget pinch-hitter.
    (AP, 1/2/06)

1988        Jan 2, President Reagan and Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney signed an agreement to lift trade restrictions between their countries.
    (AP, 1/2/98)
1988        Jan 2, An Ashland Oil Company tank collapsed at Floreffe near Elizabeth, Penn., sending more than 700,000 gallons of diesel oil into the Monongahela River.
    (AP, 1/2/98)

1989        Jan 2, PTL founders Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker returned to the television pulpit for the first time in two years, broadcasting from a borrowed house in Pineville, N.C.
    (AP, 1/2/99)

1990        Jan 2, On Wall Street, the Dow Jones Industrial Average ended the day above 2,800 for the first time, at 2,810.15.
    (AP, 1/2/00)
1990        Jan 2, Alan Hale Jr. (b.1921), Skipper on Gilligan's Island, died of cancer.

1991        Jan 2, Sharon Pratt Dixon was sworn in as mayor of Washington, D.C., becoming the first black woman to head a city of Washington's size and prominence.
    (AP, 1/2/98)
1991        Jan 2, European, Soviet and Arab officials pushed for talks to avert war with Iraq.
    (AP, 1/2/01)

1992        Jan 2, Military commanders in Croatia agreed to a cease-fire accord, the 15th attempt at a truce.
    (AP, 1/2/02)
1992        Jan 2, Russian shoppers experienced their first day of “sticker shock" after President Boris Yeltsin lifted price controls to stimulate production.
    (AP, 1/2/02)

1993        Jan 2, President Bush arrived in Moscow to sign a strategic arms treaty with Russian President Boris Yeltsin, who hailed the agreement as "our joint gift to the people of the Earth."
    (AP, 1/2/98)
1993        Jan 2, Leaders of the three warring ethnic groups in Bosnia-Herzegovina met face-to-face in Geneva.
    (AP, 1/2/98)

1994        Jan 2, The new Republican mayor of New York City, Rudolph Giuliani, delivered his inaugural address in which he called for unity while promising to crack down on crime and tackle the city's budget problems. 24,000 homeless people lived in shelters as Giuliani took office.
    (AP, 1/2/99)(Econ, 3/25/17, p.25)

1995        Jan 2, Marion Barry was inaugurated as mayor of Washington D.C., four years after leaving office to serve a six-month sentence for misdemeanor drug possession.
    (AP, 1/2/00)
1995        Jan 2, Chechen defenders drove Russian troops out of the capital of Grozny.
    (AP, 1/2/00)

1996        Jan 2, Former Interior Secretary James Watt pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count of attempting to sway a grand jury investigating 1980s influence-peddling at the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Watt was later fined and sentenced to five years’ probation.
    (AP, 1/2/01)
1996        Jan 2, AT&T announced it would eliminate 40,000 jobs, mostly through layoffs.
    (AP, 1/2/01)

1997        Jan 2, In Las Vegas the New York New York casino-hotel hosted a private party prior to opening to the public at 12:35 a.m.
    (WSJ, 1/21/97, p.A18)
1997        Jan 2, In the US Northwest a week of heavy rain and melting snow caused many rivers to overflow. Downtown Reno was under water and casinos closed. More than 2,000 visitors were trapped in Yosemite National Park for more than two days as a rockslide swept away a section of Highway 140. The park was closed until March. Highway 50 to Lake Tahoe was closed and expected to be out for a month. The Feather River between Marysville and Yuba City crested at just over 78 feet and 50,000 Californians were forced to evacuate the area.
    (WSJ, 1/3/97, p.A1)(SFEC, 1/5/97, p.A1)(SFC, 1/6/97, p.A13)(AP, 1/2/98)(SFC, 1/7/17, p.A10)
1997        Jan 2, Letter bombs began arriving into the US from Egypt. Four were addressed to the Washington bureau of Al-Hayat, an Arab language daily. Others went to Leavenworth, Kansas. They contained the plastic explosive semtex.
    (SFC, 1/4/97, p.A3)
1997        Jan 2, In India movie theaters in Bombay closed in protest of a state doubling of the ticket tax. Some 120 films are produced annually and theaters provide about half the funding.
    (WSJ, 1/3/97, p.A6)
1997        Jan 2, 90 miles off the coast of Japan the Russian oil tanker Nakhodka broke in two. It carried 5 million gallons of fuel oil. The bow of the ship ran aground 5 days later, 110 miles northwest of Tokyo, and much oil was spilled.
    (SFC, 1/8/97, p.C1)
1997        Jan 2, In Kazakhstan President Nusultan Nazarbayev was building a new capital 600 miles north of Almaty in swampy Akmola with transfer due to begin in 1998.
    (SFC, 1/2/97, p.A10)
1997        Jan 2, In Peru Pres. Fujimori replaced the president of the Supreme Court and six police generals, who were among the hostages held by Tupac Amaru rebels. The hostage count was down to 74.
    (SFC, 1/3/97, p.A16)
1997        Jan 2, The Serbian Orthodox Church issued a criticism of Pres. Milosevic and accused his government of stealing elections and provoking bloodshed.
    (SFC, 1/3/97, p.A16)
1997        Jan 2, In Singapore the ruling party captured all but 2 seats in parliamentary elections. More than 85% of the country’s 3 million live in government-built apartments.
    (SFC, 1/4/97, p.A9)
1997        Jan 2, In Zaire rebel troops captured Pres. Seko’s 32,000 sq. mile Kilomoto gold mining region and the town of Mangbwalu.
    (SFC, 1/3/97, p.A18)

1998        Jan 2, The defense in the Terry Nichols trial rested its case in the penalty phase after calling nine witnesses who pleaded for his life. Nichols had already been convicted of conspiracy, which carried a potential death sentence, and involuntary manslaughter for his role in the Oklahoma City bombing. Nichols was sentenced to life in prison on federal convictions of conspiracy and involuntary manslaughter involving the deaths of eight federal law enforcement officers. He was later convicted of state murder charges in Oklahoma, and sentenced to 161 consecutive life sentences.
    (AP, 1/2/99)(AP, 1/2/08)
1998        Jan 2, In Canada Mayor Mel Lastman will begin running the new municipality of greater Toronto.
    (SFC,12/897, p.A18)
1998        Jan 2, In the Czech Republic Josef Tosovsky was sworn in as the prime minister. He pledged economic reforms, privatization, and efforts to fight crime and corruption.
    (SFC, 1/3/98, p.A10)
1998        Jan 2, Italy pledged to grant political asylum to genuine Kurdish immigrants. Another 1,300 were scheduled to soon arrive from Turkey. German and Austrian officials feared the immigrants would spill over to their countries.
    (SFC, 1/3/98, p.A9)
1998        Jan 2, In Mexico Judge Maria Claudia Campuzano freed 5 suspects who were held in connection with the Dec 15 murder of John Peter Zarate. The judge claimed conflicting evidence as grounds for the release.
    (SFC, 1/6/98, p.A10)

1999        Jan 2, In Chicago about 22 inches of snow fell on the city and across the northern Midwest. In Detroit some 4,000 travelers were stranded in planes on the tarmac for as long as 9 hours.
    (SFC, 1/4/99, p.A5)(SFC, 2/8/99, p.A3)
1999        Jan 2, Rolf Liebermann, Swiss composer, died in Paris. He led the Hamburg Opera from 1959-1972 and the Paris Opera from 1973-1980. His work included "Eleonore 40/45," "Penelope," "L'Ecole des Femmes" and "La Foret."
    (SFC, 1/4/99, p.D2)
1999        Jan 2, In Angola rebel forces shot down a UN plane with 9 people shortly after takeoff from Huambo; there were no survivors. The plane was later found with bullets in the tail section and the flight recorders removed.
    (SFEC, 1/3/99, p.A23)(SFC, 1/27/99, p.C10)(AP, 1/2/00)
1999        Jan 2, In Egypt police arrested 71 suspected Muslim militants over the last 3 days on suspicion of plotting to kill senior government officials.
    (SFEC, 1/3/99, p.A19)
1999        Jan 2, In the Philippines rebels lobbed a grenade into a crowd watching firemen fight a fire on Jolo Island and at least 10 people were killed and 74 injured. The Abu Sayyaf guerrillas were believed to be responsible.
    (SFC, 1/4/99, p.A22)(WSJ, 1/4/99, p.A1)

2000        Jan 2, Steven Ray Thacker (29) of Oklahoma was arrested in Tennessee following a 3-state crime spree that left 3 people dead.
    (SFC, 1/3/00, p.A5)
2000        Jan 2, Elmo Russell Zumwalt Jr., former US Navy commander, died at age 79. He and his son authored "My Father, My Son" in 1986 and his son died shortly thereafter from cancer that they attributed to Agent Orange. In 1976 Adm Zumwalt authored "My Watch."
    (SFC, 1/3/00, p.A5)(AP, 1/2/01)
2000        Jan 2, Patrick O'Brian, (born in England as Richard Patrick Russ), celebrated novelist, died at age 85 in Ireland while writing his 21st novel set during the Napoleonic wars. His 1st Aubrey and Maturin novel was "Master and Commander," begun in 1969 was published in 1970. His first novel was "The Golden Ocean" written in 1956.
    (SFC, 1/8/00, p.A19)(WSJ, 11/7/03, p.W15)
2000        Jan 2 In Somalia Shuab Mohamed Hussein, a CARE engineer, was killed during an ambush north of Mogadishu.
    (SFC, 1/4/00, p.A12)

2001        Jan 2, Pres. Clinton met with Yasser Arafat and coaxed Arafat to curb the Middle East violence.
    (SFC, 1/3/01, p.A1)
2001        Jan 2, Pres.-elect Bush chose Spencer Abraham of Michigan as Sec. of Energy; Linda Chavez as Sec. of labor; and Norm Mineta, Pres. Clinton’s Commerce Sec., as Sec. of Transportation. Chavez ended up withdrawing after it was disclosed she had given money and shelter to an illegal immigrant who once did chores around Chavez's house.
    (SFC, 1/3/01, p.A1)(AP, 1/2/02)
2001        Jan 2, Former Attorney General and Secretary of State William P. Rogers died in Bethesda, Md., at age 87.
    (AP, 1/2/02)
2001        Jan 2, Ships made the first legal and direct crossing between China and Taiwan in more than half a century.
    (AP, 1/2/02)
2001        Jan 2, In Afghanistan opposition troops captured Ghalmin in central Ghor province.
    (SFC, 1/3/01, p.A12)
2001        Jan 2, In Cambodia the legislature voted to create a special tribunal to try leaders of the 1970s Khmer Rouge regime.
    (SFC, 1/3/01, p.A9)
2001        Jan 2, In Indonesia Ryaas Rasyid, the Administrative Reform Minister, resigned and said the government was moving too slowly to decentralize administrative policies.
    (SFC, 1/3/01, p.A10)

2002        Jan 2, The No. 5 Florida Gators crushed No. 6 Maryland 56-23 in the Orange Bowl.
    (AP, 1/2/03)
2002        Jan 2, The new Afghan government confirmed that American bombs had killed the Taliban's intelligence chief, Qari Ahmadullah.
    (AP, 1/2/03)
2002        Jan 2, In Argentina Eduardo Duhalde was sworn in as president.
    (SFC, 1/3/02, p.A6)
2002        Jan 2, In Australia fires continued near Sydney and almost 160 houses were lost. 21 arson suspects had been arrested since the fires began Christmas eve. Arson bombs were found in Sydney’s northern suburbs.
    (SFC, 1/3/02, p.A4)
2002        Jan 2, In India, Kashmir, militants detonated 2 grenades near the legislature killing 1 police officer and wounding at least 24. 2 soldiers were later killed by militants at an Indian military post in Darhal.
    (SFC, 1/3/02, p.A3)
2002        Jan 2, Foreign ministers of India and Pakistan shook hands at a regional summit in Nepal.
    (SFC, 1/3/02, p.A3)
2002        Jan 2, Anil Agarwal, founder and leader of India’s Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), died of cancer. Leadership passed to Sunita Narain.
    (, 8/26/06, p.51)
2002        Jan 2, In Zambia Levy Mwanawasa (1948-2008) of the ruling Multiparty Democracy (MMD) was sworn in as president despite protests of ballot stuffing and voter intimidation. An appeal for a recount was rejected. Nearly 85% of the country’s 10 million people lived on less than $1 a day. Unrest closed much of Lusaka. Zambia’s inflation at this time was 21.7%.
    (SFC, 1/3/02, p.A4)(WSJ, 1/3/02, p.A1)(SFC, 8/20/08, p.B4)

2003        Jan 2, President Bush, seeking to counter Democratic criticisms that his economic policies favored the rich, said the economic-stimulus plan he was going to unveil the following week would focus on jobs and the unemployed.
    (AP, 1/2/04)
2003        Jan 2, Sen. John Edwards of North Carolina announced that he would seek the Democratic nomination for president.
    (WSJ, 11/3/04, p.A6)
2003        Jan 2, Sydney Omarr (76), the astrologer to the stars whose horoscopes appeared in more than 200 newspapers, died in Santa Monica, Calif.
    (AP, 1/2/04)
2003        Jan 2, It was reported that scientists had mapped chromosome 14, the 4th of 24 and longest sequenced to date.
    (AP, 1/2/03)
2003        Jan 2, A Palestinian gunman was killed several hours after he tried to shoot an Israeli couple and then holed up inside their house in the Israeli village of Maor.
    (AP, 1/2/03)
2003        Jan 2, A motorized rubber boat carrying 41 illegal immigrants sank off the southern coast of Spain, and six passengers drowned.
    (AP, 1/2/03)

2004        Jan 2, The NASA Stardust spacecraft took pictures of the Wild-2 comet tail and collected particles on "aerogel," a silica foam 99.8% air, the lightest material ever made.
    (SFC, 2/6/99, p.A8)(SSFC, 1/4/04, p.A8)
2004        Jan 2, The Fort Pierre Livestock Auction in South Dakota managed to auction beef calves at around 92.5 cents a pound. This was 15-20% below mid-December prices due to the recent mad cow scare.
    (WSJ, 1/9/04, p.A1)
2004        Jan 2, In Argentina near Buenos Aires an explosion at a supermarket that sold illegal fireworks left five people dead and injured more than a dozen others. A gas leak was blamed.
    (AP, 1/4/04)
2004        Jan 2, British flights to Washington and Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, were canceled as a security precaution.
    (AP, 1/2/05)
2004        Jan 2, Bulgaria reported that more than two dozen Bulgarian soldiers are refusing deployment in Iraq, following the deaths of five countrymen.
    (AP, 1/2/04)
2004        Jan 2, Ecuadorian authorities captured Ricardo Ovidio Palmera Pineda, aka Simon Trinidad, one of the 7 members who make up the ruling secretariat of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC. He was arrested at dawn in a medical clinic in Ecuador.
    (AP, 1/3/04)(Econ, 1/10/04, p.30)
2004        Jan 2, Kemal el-Sheik (85), Egyptian film director celebrated for a career that spanned nearly five decades, died.
    (AP, 1/2/04)
2004        Jan 2, A U.S. military helicopter crashed west of Baghdad, killing one soldier and wounding another.
    (AP, 1/2/04)
2004        Jan 2, In central Iraq insurgents hit a U.S. base with mortar shells, killing one American soldier and wounding two others. A US helicopter was shot down near Fallujah killing one American soldier.
    (AP, 1/3/04)(SFC, 1/2/04, p.A5)
2004        Jan 2, Norwegian police arrested Mullah Krekar, Muslim Kurd leader of Ansar al-Islam, on charges connected to 2 suicide bombings in Iraq 2 years ago. Norway ordered Krekar deported in 2005 after declaring him a national security threat, but postponed the move because of worries he could face execution or torture in Iraq.
    (SFC, 1/2/04, p.A3)(AP, 2/14/12)
2004        Jan 2, Philippine movie star Fernando Po Jr.  filed his candidacy for the presidency.
    (SFC, 1/2/04, p.A2)

2005        Jan 2, US professional football teams (NFL) joined Venus Williams, Maria Sharapova and other sports figures around the world in assisting the relief mission for the tsunami-earthquake catastrophe in southern Asia.
    (AP, 1/2/06)
2005        Jan 2, The death toll from the Dec 26 Tsunami was expected to hit 150,000.
    (AP, 1/2/05)
2005        Jan 2, In El Dorada, Ark., firefighters evacuated hundreds of residents as they fought a blaze in a hazardous waste warehouse.
    (WSJ, 1/3/05, p.A1)
2005        Jan 2, H. David Dalquist (86), creator of the aluminum Bundt pan (1950), the top-selling cake pan in the world, died at his home in Edina, Minn. He founded St. Louis Park-based Nordic Ware, which has sold more than 50 million Bundt pans.
    (AP, 1/5/05)
2005        Jan 2, In western Afghanistan a US soldier and a former Afghan militia leader were killed when American troops clashed with gunmen while searching the leader's compound.
    (AP, 1/2/05)
2005        Jan 2, Canada confirmed that a 2nd case of mad cow disease has been discovered, just days after the United States said it planned to reopen its border to Canadian beef.
    (AP, 1/3/05)
2005        Jan 2, In Croatia Pres. Stipe Mesic won about 49 percent of the votes, compared with 20 percent for his closest rival, conservative government minister Jadranka Kosor, the popular incumbent narrowly failed to win the absolute majority required for a first-round victory. Voters will return to the polls later this month for a presidential runoff.
    (AP, 1/3/05)
2005        Jan 2, A suicide attacker detonated a car bomb north of Baghdad, killing at least 22 Iraqi soldiers. 10 Iraqis were killed in attacks elsewhere.
    (AP, 1/2/05)(WSJ, 1/3/05, p.A1)
2005        Jan 2, Some 1,500 people inhabited the artificial Maldive island of Hulhumale. Some $60 million had already been spent on its creation and completion was expected in 2040.
    (SSFC, 1/2/05, p.A10)
2005        Jan 2 Shin Dong-hyuk (b.1982) escaped from a prison camp in North Korea and made his way to China. In 2012 former Washington Post journalist Blaine Harden authored "Escape from Camp 14," an account of Shin’s escape. In 2015 Shin apologized for misleading people after changing key parts of his story.
    (Reuters, 1/18/15)
2005        Jan 2, Thailand's confirmed death toll from the Dec 26 tidal wave disaster approached 5,000, including more than 2,400 foreign holidaymakers.
    (AP, 1/2/05)

2006        Jan 2, No. 4 Ohio State beat No. 5 Notre Dame 34-20 in the Fiesta Bowl.
    (AP, 1/2/07)
2006        Jan 2, California’s Gov. Schwarzenegger declared a state of emergency in 7 northern counties making them eligible for disaster aid. The aid was soon extended to 16 more counties.
    (SFC, 1/3/06, p.A1)(SFC, 1/4/06, p.B1)
2006        Jan 2, Grass fires in New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas left at least 4 people dead with over 250 structures burned.
    (SFC, 1/3/06, p.A4)
2006        Jan 2, In Tallmansville, West Virginia, an explosion at the Sago coal mine trapped 13 miners more than a mile underground. After 1½ days 12 miners were found dead. Randal McCloy (27) was the lone survivor.
    (AP, 1/4/06)
2006        Jan 2, Independence Air, formerly known as Atlantic Coast Airlines, said it will shut down on Jan 5. The DC based carrier only began operations Jun 16, 2004.
    (SFC, 1/3/06, p.E1)
2006        Jan 2, The Afghan government said it has ordered the US Embassy, the UN and other organizations to remove security barriers that are blocking streets in Afghanistan's capital and causing traffic jams.
    (AP, 1/2/06)
2006        Jan 2, In Afghanistan a suspected suicide bomber detonated explosives in a car near a US military convoy in the southern city of Kandahar, killing himself and wounding an American soldier and two passers-by. Suspected Taliban gunmen killed an Afghan aid worker who was praying in a mosque in southern Afghanistan. A policeman was killed in a separate firefight with militants.
    (AP, 1/2/06)(AFP, 1/3/06)
2006        Jan 2, In eastern Australia 5 people were killed when a plane carrying a group of skydivers plunged into a dam near Brisbane.
    (AP, 1/2/06)
2006        Jan 2, China’s Xinhua News reported that the nation’s GDP grew 9.8% in 2005.
    (WSJ, 1/3/06, p.A14)
2006        Jan 2, The roof of an ice rink with about 50 people inside collapsed after a heavy snowfall in a town in the Bavarian Alps killing 15 people, most of them teens and children.
    (AP, 1/5/06)
2006        Jan 2, In India’s Orissa state police shot and killed 12 tribals who were seeking to block construction of a steel plant in Kalinga Nagar. Tensions were heightened after the "tribals hacked to death a senior constable." Hundreds of protesters, some armed with bows and arrows, soon blocked a highway to protest the police shooting.
    (AFP, 1/3/06)
2006        Jan 2, In central Indonesia flash floods swept away hundreds houses and schools, killing at least 57 people.
    (AP, 1/3/06)
2006        Jan 2, In Iraq the main Sunni Arab group, the Iraqi Accordance Front, and Kurdish regional Pres. Massoud Barzani agreed on broad outlines for a coalition government.
    (SFC, 1/3/06, p.A5)
2006        Jan 2, A suicide car bomber targeted a busload of police recruits north of Baghdad, killing seven people, and gunmen in the capital killed five workers.
    (AP, 1/2/06)
2006        Jan 2, US aircraft bombed a house in Beiji, 155 miles north of Baghdad, killing seven people and wounding four. Iraqis claimed an innocent family was killed. US military said a recon drone had recorded men planting a roadside bomb and traced them to the building.
    (AP, 1/3/06)(SFC, 1/4/06, p.A3)
2006        Jan 2, An Israeli intelligence report said Palestinians have smuggled anti-aircraft missiles into the Gaza Strip along with tons of other military hardware since Israel withdrew in September.
    (AP, 1/2/06)
2006        Jan 2, A car exploded in northern Gaza after nightfall, killing at least one Palestinian. Witnesses said an Israeli aircraft was overhead.
    (AP, 1/2/06)
2006        Jan 2, More than 130 Libyan political prisoners, mostly members of the banned opposition Muslim Brotherhood group, started a hunger strike in a Tripoli prison, saying the government broke its promise to release them.
    (AP, 1/3/06)
2006        Jan 2, The leader of Mexico's Zapatista rebels, wearing a ski mask to protect his identity, railed against the country's government and free trade to kick off a six-month tour of Mexico aimed at reshaping the nation's politics.
    (AP, 1/2/06)
2006        Jan 2, Communist rebels in Nepal announced they would end a four-month cease-fire, saying they had to take up arms to defend themselves against government attacks.
    (AP, 1/2/06)
2006        Jan 2, Russia's state-controlled natural gas monopoly accused Ukraine of diverting about $25 million worth of Russian gas intended for other customers, a day after Moscow halted deliveries to Kiev in a price dispute whose effects were spreading across Europe.
    (AP, 1/2/06)
2006        Jan 2, A heavily-criticized Russia promised to restore full gas supplies to Europe after Germany warned that its dispute with Ukraine over deliveries could hurt its long-term credibility as an energy supplier.
    (AP, 1/2/06)
2006        Jan 2, In Sri Lanka 5 civilians suspected of working for separatist rebels were allegedly killed when their grenades exploded before they could hurl them at troops. Forensic tests showed that the victims had been shot dead. The incident referred to as Trincomalee massacre happened when 5 minority Sri Lankan Tamil high school students playing by the beach were briefly detained and then shot dead.
    (AP, 1/3/06)(AP, 2/14/06)(
2006        Jan 2, Kizza Besigye, Uganda's main opposition leader, was released on bail, and greeted some 12,000 cheering supporters outside the courthouse where he is on trial for charges he says were fabricated to keep him out of next month's presidential election.
    (AP, 1/2/06)
2006        Jan 2, Yemeni tribal and state officials said 3 Italian women kidnapped in north Yemen have refused to go free until their abductors release two Italian men held with them.
    (AP, 1/2/06)

2007        Jan 2, The Wall Street Journal introduced a new print format.
    (WSJ, 1/2/07, p.A1)
2007        Jan 2, Jim Gibbons, former Republican Representative in Congress, was sworn in as governor of Nevada. He soon faced FBI investigations over unreported gifts while serving on the House Intelligence and Armed Services committees.
    (WSJ, 2/15/07, p.A1)
2007        Jan 2, US markets and federal agencies closed in respect for funeral rites for former Pres. Gerald Ford. Ford’s body was flown to Michigan for burial following services in the National Cathedral.
    (WSJ, 1/2/07, p.A1)(WSJ, 1/3/07, p.A1)
2007        Jan 2, New York City commuter Wesley Autrey Sr. saved a 19-year-old student who had fallen onto subway tracks by leaping down and pulling the teen and himself into the trough between the tracks as a train passed over them.
    (AP, 1/2/08)
2007        Jan 2, Garry Betty (49), chief executive of EarthLink Inc., died of cancer. Betty had led the company from 1995, one year after Sky Dayton founded the Internet service provider.
    (WSJ, 1/6/07, p.A4)
2007        Jan 2, An Australian Aborigine tribe was granted joint management rights over several state and national parks under a deal that recognizes its traditional ownership of the land.
    (AP, 1/2/07)
2007        Jan 2, In Brazil an explosion in Sao Paulo ripped through a state police warehouse used to store guns and ammunition, killing one officer and injuring five.
    (AP, 1/2/07)
2007        Jan 2, China's foreign minister continued his whistle-stop African tour in Equatorial Guinea, where he cancelled debt, promised aid and opened a new Chinese-built media centre.
    (AP, 1/2/07)
2007        Jan 2, Ethiopian helicopters pursuing Somali Islamists missed their target and bombed a Kenyan border post, prompting Kenyan fighter planes to rush to the area. The gun collection program in Mogadishu began with little response. 2 Ethiopian soldiers were shot dead.
    (AFP, 1/2/07)(SFC, 1/3/07, p.A3)(Econ, 1/6/07, p.41)
2007        Jan 2, In France prisoner Nicolas Cocaign (b.1971) killed his cellmate killed Thierry Baudry. In 2010 Cocaign, who was in jail for armed robbery and was awaiting trial for attempted rape at the time, said he proceeded to eat part of the lung raw before frying the rest with onions on a camping stove and dining on the dish.
    (AP, 6/23/10)
2007        Jan 2, Gunmen attacked the car of a provincial councilman northeast of Baghdad, killing the official and three relatives. A roadside bomb killed three Iraqi civilians and wounded seven others in eastern Baghdad. US troops killed a suspected al-Qaida weapons dealer and two other people in Baghdad raids. Police found 15 bodies dumped in northern Baghdad.
    (AP, 1/2/07)
2007        Jan 2, Teddy Kollek (b.1911), the legendary mayor of Jerusalem, died. He was born in Hungary, but was brought up mostly in Vienna. Kollek arrived in Palestine in 1934 and in 1965 was elected mayor of Jerusalem and served to 1993. He presided over the reunification of the city after the 1967 Mideast war and tried to balance the needs of its split Jewish and Arab populations.
    (AP, 1/2/07)(Econ, 1/13/07, p.78)
2007        Jan 2, Mexico said it is sending some 3,300 soldiers and federal police officers to fight drug gangs in the crime-plagued border city of Tijuana, which has become a major smuggling route for cocaine and methamphetamine entering the United States.
    (AP, 1/3/07)
2007        Jan 2, In South Africa Oprah Winfrey opened a school for disadvantaged girls south of Johannesburg, fulfilling a promise she made to former President Nelson Mandela six years ago and giving more than 150 students a chance for a better future. The school later became embroiled in allegations of abuse; Winfrey apologized and promised an overhaul.
    (AP, 1/2/07)(AP, 1/2/08)
2007        Jan 2, said at least 15 civilians were killed and dozens more wounded when Sri Lankan air force jets "carpet bombed" territory held by the Tamil Tigers.
    (AFP, 1/2/07)
2007        Jan 2, New UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon ran into trouble on his first day of work over Saddam Hussein's execution when he failed to state the United Nations' opposition to the death penalty and said capital punishment should be a decision of individual countries.
    (AP, 1/2/07)
2007        Jan 2, A UN official said the UN will investigate a report of allegations of sexual abuse and child rape by peacekeepers operating in southern Sudan.
    (AP, 1/2/07)
2007        Jan 2, Rival gangs battled for control of Uribana Prison in eastern Venezuela, killing 16 inmates and injuring 13. National Guard troops restored order after the riot broke out overnight. The death toll in riots this week rose to 22.
    (AP, 1/2/07)(AP, 1/3/07)

2008        Jan 2, California led 15 other states and 5 environmental groups into federal court to challenge the Bush administration’s refusal to let the state limit vehicle emissions of gases that contribute to global warming.
    (SFC, 1/3/08, p.A1)
2008        Jan 2, Gold prices swept to a record high of $861.10 above the key $850-an-ounce mark, driven by surging oil, a weaker dollar and simmering geopolitical tensions. It later backtracked slightly to $855.70/$856.50 in New York at 2:25 p.m. EST.
    (Reuters, 1/2/08)
2008        Jan 2, Oil futures hit an intraday high of $100 per barrel and closed at a record $99.62.
    (WSJ, 1/3/08, p.A1)
2008        Jan 2, US researchers said a married couple who sailed to America from England around 1630 are the reason why thousands of people in the United States are at higher risk of a hereditary form of colon cancer.
    (Reuters, 1/2/08)
2008        Jan 2, Becton, Dickinson and Co said it received clearance from the Food and Drug Administration for a test to identify the presence of two deadly healthcare-associated infections: Staphylococcus aureus and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).
    (Reuters, 1/2/08)
2008        Jan 2, In Algeria a car bomb exploded near a police station in Naciria east of Algiers, killing at least four people and ripping off the building's façade.
    (AFP, 1/2/08)
2008        Jan 2, Sterling slumped to a record low against the euro after the release of weak British economic data that raised expectations of further interest rate cuts by the Bank of England.
    (AP, 1/2/08)
2008        Jan 2, George MacDonald Fraser (82), English author of the "Flashman" series of historical adventure yarns, died. "Flashman," published in 1969, introduced readers to an enduring literary antihero: the roguish, irrepressible Harry Flashman. Fraser’s work also included over 30 movie scripts including “The Three Musketeers" (1973).
    (AP, 1/3/08)(WSJ, 1/17/08, p.D7)(Econ, 1/12/08, p.78)
2008        Jan 2, In southern Chile hundreds of people fled their homes overnight as the Llaima volcano erupted, rocking the area with explosions and spewing lava and ash.
    (AP, 1/2/08)
2008        Jan 2, Egypt allowed more than 2,000 Palestinian pilgrims to enter the Gaza Strip, drawing a fierce rebuke from Israel, which had tried to prevent top members of the militant Hamas from returning home.
    (AP, 1/2/08)
2008        Jan 2, France's most drastic measure to curb smoking went into effect with a full ban on lighting up in cafes, restaurants and discotheques.
    (AP, 1/2/08)
2008        Jan 2, In northern India an unusually fierce cold snap has killed nine people over the past two days, bringing the death toll from weeks of unusually chilly weather to 38.
    (AP, 1/2/08)
2008        Jan 2, In Iraq a suicide bombing in Baqouba killed seven people, including Abu Sadjat, a local tribal chief, and wounded 22 others.
    (AP, 1/2/08)(SFC, 1/3/08, p.A11)
2008        Jan 2, Israeli forces killed seven Palestinian militants in a clash before dawn, pressing its war against armed groups in the Gaza Strip days before President Bush arrives to promote Israeli-Palestinian peace.
    (AP, 1/2/08)
2008        Jan 2, International pressure mounted on Kenya's leaders to end postelection violence that has killed more than 300 people. Vice President Moody Awori told a local television station that the violence has cost the country $31 million a day.
    (AP, 1/2/08)
2008        Jan 2, In Lebanon Sheik Hassan Nasrallah, the leader Hezbollah, declared no president will be elected unless his opposition party gets veto power in the future government.
    (AP, 1/2/08)
2008        Jan 2, Myanmar's military junta dramatically raised the annual fee for TV satellite dishes, an apparent move to block the foreign news channels that beamed in global criticism of its recent crackdown on pro-democracy protests.
    (AP, 1/2/08)
2008        Jan 2, Authorities said Pakistan's elections will be delayed six weeks until Feb. 18 because of unrest following the assassination of Benazir Bhutto. Opponents condemned the postponement but said they would take part in the vote anyway. Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf said that he had requested a team of investigators from Britain's Scotland Yard to assist in the investigation into the killing of opposition leader Benazir Bhutto.
    (AP, 1/2/08)
2008        Jan 2, The Sri Lankan government decided to withdraw from an internationally brokered cease-fire with the insurgents. Suspected Tamil Tiger rebels detonated a bomb near a bus carrying wounded soldiers through a busy commercial district in Sri Lanka's capital, killing one soldier and three civilians and wounding 24 other people. Air force jets launched two airstrikes in the north, one targeting a Tamil Tiger naval base in Mannar district and the other a logistics base in Mullaitivu district. Some 5,000 people had died over the last two years of the cease-fire.
    (AP, 1/3/08)(Econ, 1/5/08, p.36)
2008        Jan 2, Darfur rebels in Sudan said they had taken a town around Geneina, the main city of west Darfur which they claim to have surrounded.
    (AFP, 1/2/08)

2009        Jan 2, In SF the AsianWeek newspaper, founded in 1979, published its final print edition. It planned to continue a presence online at
    (SFC, 1/1/09, p.C1)
2009        Jan 2, Idaho investors met with Daren Palmer of Idaho Falls and were informed that as much as $100 million in their investments was gone. State security regulators soon launched an investigation into Palmer (40) and his Trigon Group Inc. under allegations that he had operated a long running Ponzi scheme.
    (WSJ, 1/17/09, p.B4)
2009        Jan 2, In Britain 2 people were feared dead after a light aircraft crashed into a major railway line, causing severe disruption to train services between Rugeley and Stafford.
    (AFP, 1/2/09)
2009        Jan 2, In Burundi an 8-year-old albino boy was hacked to death in front of his mother and made off with his arms and legs. The body parts of a single albino, to be used in witch doctor potions, fetched about $1000. This attack followed another on a 6-year-old girl.
    (Econ, 1/17/09, p.50)
2009        Jan 2, Ghana's leader appealed for calm and urged his people to accept the results of a tight presidential election as voters in a single district cast ballots that could decide the West African nation's next president. Election results from all other districts showed opposition leader John Atta Mills ahead of his ruling party rival Nana Akufo-Addo by only around 23,000 votes out of more than 9 million cast.
    (AP, 1/2/09)
2009        Jan 2, India eased foreign borrowing for real estate and certain other companies and allowed additional liquidity for non-banking financial firms to boost growth.
    (AP, 1/2/09)
2009        Jan 2, In Iraq a suicide bomber sneaked into a luncheon gathering called by the leader of a local tribe in Youssifiyah, killing at least 23 people and wounding 110. Gunmen killed two people when they opened fire on a checkpoint manned by members of the Sons of Iraq in Jurf al-Sakhar. Four other people were reported wounded in the attack 40 miles south of Baghdad.
    (AP, 1/2/09)(SFC, 1/3/09, p.A3)
2009        Jan 2, Israel bombed a mosque it claimed was used to store weapons and destroyed homes of more than a dozen Hamas operatives, but under international pressure, the government allowed hundreds of Palestinians with foreign passports to leave besieged Gaza. Thus far more than 400 Gazans have been killed and some 1,700 have been wounded. Three Israeli civilians and one soldier have also died in the rocket attacks.
    (AP, 1/2/09)
2009        Jan 2, Kenya's Pres. Mwai Kibaki signed into law a media bill that opponents say threatens the country's hard-fought reputation for having one of Africa's most vigorous press. A controversial part of the bill, which parliament passed last month, allows the government to shut down media outlets by declaring a state of emergency. Kibaki said that part was not included in the bill he signed.
    (AP, 1/3/09)
2009        Jan 2, Mexican Federal prosecutors said they placed three municipal policemen in the northern border city of Ciudad Juarez under house arrest on suspicion of aiding drug traffickers. In the northern city of Monterrey, prosecutors accused former Nuevo Leon state policeman Aldo Perales (34) of leading a gang of bank robbers and participating in more than 30 robberies.
    (AP, 1/3/09)
2009        Jan 2, In southern Nigeria an oil pipeline was blown up with dynamite.
    (AP, 1/3/09)
2009        Jan 2, Pakistan reopened the main supply route for US and NATO troops fighting in Afghanistan after blocking it for three days during a military operation against militants who have been attacking convoys.
    (AP, 1/2/09)
2009        Jan 2, Luis Fortuno (48), Puerto Rico's new governor was sworn, inheriting an island government that is battling a recession, a soaring murder rate and a deficit of more than $1 billion.
    (AP, 1/2/09)
2009        Jan 2, Singapore said its GDP had contracted at an adjusted annualized pace of 12.5% in the 4th quarter. Its biggest contraction since it began publishing data in 1976.
    (WSJ, 1/3/09, p.A4)
2009        Jan 2, Crewmen fired high pressure water jets to fight off heavily armed Somali pirates trying to board a Greek oil tanker in the Gulf of Aden in the fourth such attack since the start of the year. A Chinese cargo ship evaded two pirate boats chasing it in the Gulf of Aden.
    (AP, 1/2/09)(AFP, 1/2/09)
2009        Jan 2, In northern Sri Lanka government forces captured the Tamil Tigers' de facto capital, dealing a devastating blow to the rebels' quarter-century fight for an independent state. A suspected Tamil Tiger suicide attacker on a motorcycle detonated a bomb near the air force headquarters in the heart of Colombo during the afternoon rush hour, killing two airmen.
    (AP, 1/2/09)
2009        Jan 2, Ugandan Lord's Resistance Army rebels killed two wildlife rangers and six other people in a remote national park in northeastern Congo.
    (AP, 1/6/09)
2009        Jan 2, Ukraine sought support in European capitals a day after Russia cut off gas supplies and hardened its stance on prices. The cutoff came after Ukraine made a $1.5 billion overdue payment, but Russia demanded another $600 million, including $450 million penalties for the late payment for gas shipped in November and December. The two sides also have not agreed on prices for 2009. Russia accused Ukraine of stealing gas destined for the rest of Europe.
    (AP, 1/2/09)(Reuters, 1/2/09)

2010        Jan 2, In North Carolina, the nation's leading tobacco producer, a ban on smoking in restaurants and bars went into effect. This made it least the 29th state to ban smoking in restaurants and 24th for bars.
    (AP, 1/2/10)
2010        Jan 2, Afghanistan's parliament dealt a stinging rebuke to President Hamid Karzai by rejecting 17 out of 24 of his nominees for a new cabinet, including a regionally powerful warlord and the country's only female minister.
    (AP, 1/2/10)
2010        Jan 2, In Australia Indian accounting graduate Nitin Garg (21) was stabbed by unknown attackers before collapsing in the Melbourne burger restaurant where he worked. On June 17 a 15-year-old Australian boy was charged with the stabbing murder. On June 18 the boy (16) was charged with accessory to the killing. On April 20, 2011, the boy (16) pleaded guilty to the murder and one count of attempted armed robbery. On Dec 22 the boy was sentenced to up to 13 years in jail.
    (AFP, 1/4/10)(AFP, 6/17/10)(AFP, 6/18/10)(AP, 4/20/11)(Reuters, 12/22/11)
2010        Jan 2, French police said about 30 works of art, including paintings by Pablo Picasso and Henri Rousseau, have been stolen from the home of a private collector in southern La Cadiere-d'Azur, near Marseilles. The theft comes days after a drawing by Impressionist Edgar Degas worth euro800,000 ($1.15 million) was stolen from the Cantini Museum in Marseilles.
    (AP, 1/3/10)
2010        Jan 2, In northern India 4 trains collided in two separate accidents caused by dense winter fog, killing 10 people and injuring 47 others.
    (AP, 1/2/10)
2010        Jan 2, Israeli warplanes struck and destroyed two tunnels under Gaza's border with Israel. The Israeli military says Gaza militants had planned to use the tunnels to enter Israel and carry out attacks.
    (AP, 1/2/10)
2010        Jan 2, In northern Mexico a bus carrying farm workers and their families home plunged off a cliff, killing 14 people and injuring 21. Hugo Hernandez (36) was kidnapped in Sonora state and taken to neighboring Sinaloa state where assailants skinned his face and stitched it onto a soccer ball. His body was later left on the streets of Los Mochis in seven pieces.
    (AP, 1/3/10)(AP, 1/8/10)
2010        Jan 2, Tens of thousands of North Koreans rallied in the capital to support the communist government's policies for the new year, including improved relations with the US and South Korea and a higher standard of living.
    (AP, 1/2/10)
2010        Jan 2, In Somalia Al-Shabab attacked Dusamareb, 500km north of the capital Mogadishu, and captured it from Ahlu Sunna Waljama'a, a traditional Sufi group, for a short while before being forced out again. At least 50 people died in the fighting.
    (, 1/5/10, p.A2)
2010        Jan 2, In southern Sudan armed Nuer tribesmen killed at least 139 members of a rival tribe in an attack in Tonj, one of the most remote parts of the oil-producing south.
    (Reuters, 1/7/10)
2010        Jan 2, In Tajikistan a magnitude 5.3 earthquake struck the Pamir Mountains. Some 783 people were left homeless. 98 houses were completely destroyed and nearly 1,000 others damaged by the quake that hit several villages in the Gorno-Badakhshansky region.
    (AP, 1/3/10)(AP, 1/5/10)
2010        Jan 2, Yemen security officials said they deployed several hundred extra troops to two mountainous eastern provinces that are al-Qaida's main strongholds in the country and where the suspected would-be Christmas airplane bomber may have visited.
    (AP, 1/2/10)

2011        Jan 2, Pres .Obama signed a $4.3 billion measure covering the cost of medical care for rescue workers and others sickened by toxic fumes following the 9/11 attack in NYC.
    (SFC, 1/3/11, p.A4)
2011        Jan 2, Anne Francis (80), film and TV star, died. She played a sexy private eye in the TV series “Honey West," which aired from 1965-1966. Her films included “Bad Day at Black Rock" (1954) and “Blackboard Jungle" (1956).
    (SFC, 1/4/11, p.C5)
2011        Jan 2, In Afghanistan gunmen entered a mosque in Baghlan province's Markazi district, killing four civilians and wounding two. A fifth person was killed in a bombing outside a butcher's shop in Herat.
    (AP, 1/3/11)
2011        Jan 2, Four Argentines were arrested in Spain for allegedly transporting almost a ton of cocaine in a private plane. They included Gustavo and Eduardo Julia, sons of the late former head of the Air Force Jose Julia, and Gaston Miret, son of Jose Miret, the former Air Force brigadier who was secretary of planning during Argentina's 1976-1983 dictatorship. The cocaine was almost pure with a value of more than 30 million euros (about $39 million).
    (AP, 1/7/11)
2011        Jan 2, British actor Pete Postlethwaite (b.1946) died following a lengthy illness. He had earned an Oscar nomination for his role in "In the Name of the Father" (1994).
    (AP, 1/3/11)
2011        Jan 2, In China seven crew members were missing and feared drowned after their fishing boat sank in the Xijiang River in the southern province of Guangdong.
    (AP, 1/3/11) 
2011        Jan 2, Hong Kong democracy activist Szeto Wah (b.1931) died. He was a leading campaigner for the victims of Beijing's 1989 crackdown on protesters at Tiananmen Square, a voice for mainland dissidents, and founder of the Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements in China.
    (AFP, 2/27/11)(
2011        Jan 2, In Iran Sahra Bahrami, a Dutch-Iranian woman, was sentenced to death for drug smuggling. Bahrami reportedly was arrested in Dec 2009 after taking part in anti-government demonstrations. She also faced trial and the possibility of another death sentence, likely within two months, for allegedly belonging to an armed opposition group.
    (AP, 1/5/11)
2011        Jan 2, Across Iraq bomb and gun attacks killed at least 9 people, including six members of the Iraqi security forces and a city engineer. Two American soldiers were killed during operations in central Iraq.
    (AFP, 1/2/11)(AP, 1/3/11)(SFC, 1/3/11, p.A2)
2011        Jan 2, Israel's PM Netanyahu said that he's ready to sit down with the Palestinian president for continuous one-on-one talks until they reach a peace deal. Israeli troops shot dead a Palestinian at a checkpoint near the West Bank city of Nablus. Palestinian security sources said Mohammed Daraghmeh was trying to pass through the checkpoint on his way to work at a West Bank settlement and a row broke out with troops when they refused him passage.
    (AP, 1/2/11)(AFP, 1/2/11)(AFP, 1/3/11)
2011        Jan 2, In Israel Eugene Perchikov, an Israeli doctor accused of killing two women in New York, bled to death in a Jerusalem jail after cutting himself with a prison-issued razor blade as his cellmates slept. US authorities believed he poisoned two women to death in order to collect their life insurance. Larysa Vasserman of Brooklyn, was slain in 2002, and Tatiana Korkhova of Manhattan, was murdered in 2004.
    (AP, 1/4/11)(
2011        Jan 2, Mexican officials announced plans to shake-up of the corruption-ridden immigration institute, after a year that saw some of the worst atrocities against illegal migrants trekking through the country. Two boys ages 14 and 17 were shot to death in the remote mountain town of Alcozahuca, near the Oaxaca state line. 2 men dressed up in clown costumes were found executed in the city of Cardenas, Tabasco.
    (AP, 1/2/11)(AP, 1/4/11)(AP, 1/5/11)
2011        Jan 2, In the Philippines a bus has collided with a passenger jeep in a province south of Manila, killing 7 members of a family who were returning home from a Christmas vacation. Landslides and floods, after days of heavy rain, killed at least 17 people including 8 children.
    (AP, 1/2/11)(AP, 1/3/11)(AP, 1/4/11)
2011        Jan 2, In South Africa 7 people from neighboring families have been killed in a lightning strike in Eshowe, KwaZulu-Natal province. In neighboring Eastern Cape province, four others were killed and 20 injured in a New Year's Day lightning strike.
    (AP, 1/3/11)
2011        Jan 2, Off southern Yemen at least one boat of African migrants capsized and dozens were feared drowned. The boat capsized near the Bab al-Mandab strait which links the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden. 5 migrants survived.
    (AFP, 1/4/11)

2012        Jan 2, In Los Angeles Harry Burkhart, a Germany citizen, was arrested in West Hollywood following 4 nights of arson fires around the city.
    (SFC, 1/3/12, p.A5)
2012        Jan 2, An Algerian court sentenced Abdelhamid Abou Zeid (Mohamed Ghdir), one of the most radical leaders of Al-Qaeda's north Africa branch, in his absence to life in prison for creating "an international terror group." Four other co-accused were each sentenced to five years in jail. Algerian security forces shot dead Mohand Ouramdane, a senior operative of Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM).
    (AFP, 1/2/12)(AFP, 1/3/12)
2012        Jan 2, The Arab League chief said Syria's government has withdrawn heavy weapons from inside cities and freed about 3,500 prisoners but security forces continue to kill protesters even with foreign monitors in the country. Syrian security forces fired on protesters in Hama province.
    (AP, 1/2/12)
2012        Jan 2, Burkina Faso's president fired the country's customs chief after his detention over the seizure of nearly three million euros ($3.8 million) in trunks carried by a relative.
    (AFP, 1/2/12)
2012        Jan 2, Iran test-fired a surface-to-surface cruise missile called Ghader during a drill that the country's navy chief said proved Tehran was in complete control of the strategic Strait of Hormuz, the passageway for one-sixth of the world's oil supply.
    (AP, 1/2/12)
2012        Jan 2, Three Iranian border guards were arrested in southwestern Baluchistan province along after they allegedly crossed the frontier and shot at a car, killing a Pakistani national. On Jan 14 Pakistan deported the 3 guards after they were pardoned in court by the family of the man killed in the attack.
    (AFP, 1/15/12)
2012        Jan 2, Israeli and Palestinian negotiators headed to Jordan for their first face-to-face meeting in nearly 16 months, although both sides stressed it did not mark a renewal of talks.
    (AFP, 1/2/12)
2012        Jan 2, Security forces in Indian Kashmir opened fire and killed a protester during a demonstration by hundreds of residents angry about mid-winter power cuts.
    (AFP, 1/2/12)
2012        Jan 2, Myanmar's government announced that it is reducing the sentences of many prisoners, but stopped short of declaring an amnesty that had been expected by many people.
    (AP, 1/2/12)
2012        Jan 2, In Nigeria prices at many stations more than doubled to 140 naira or more per liter in a country where most of the population lives on less than two dollars a day. The country's main labor unions threatened mass action.
    (AFP, 1/2/12)
2012        Jan 2, Pakistani protesters clashed with police and major cities were paralyzed as thousands of people demonstrated over severe gas shortages and price hikes.
    (AFP, 1/2/12)
2012        Jan 2, Saudi Arabia said it will begin enforcing a law that allows only females to work in women's lingerie and apparel stores, effective December 5. The 2006 law banning men from working in female apparel and cosmetic stores has never been put into effect.
    (AP, 1/1/12)
2012        Jan 2, In Senegal thousands of Dakar residents found themselves stranded as bus and taxi drivers took part in a two-day strike over high fuel prices, leaving some to turn to horse-drawn carts to get around. A paramilitary officer was killed, five injured and another left missing in the Casamance region village of Affiniam.
    (AFP, 1/2/12)(AP, 1/4/12)
2012        Jan 2, Sudanese authorities shut down Rai al-Shaab, the newspaper of the opposition Popular Congress Party, just months after it started publishing again following an earlier raid.
    (AFP, 1/2/12)
2012        Jan 2, In Yemen a French journalist was found strangled with an electrical wire in his hotel room in Sanaa.
    (AP, 1/2/12)

2013        Jan 2, President Obama signed the "fiscal cliff" legislation into law via autopen from Hawaii, where he is vacationing with his family.
    (AP, 1/2/13)
2013        Jan 2, Al Jazeera said it will buy Current TV, the struggling cable channel founded by Al Gore and partners, in a move that will boost the Qatar-based broadcaster's footprint in the United States.
    (Reuters, 1/3/13)
2013        Jan 2, Avis Budget Group agreed to buy Zipcar Inc., a rent by the hour car agency, for $491 million.
    (SFC, 1/3/13, p.C3)
2013        Jan 2, Jon Fromer (b.1946), musician, activist and television producer, died at his home in Mill Valley, Ca. He was the founder of Freedom Song Network, a coalition of Bay Area musicians dedicated to promoting human rights.
    (SFC, 1/9/13, p.E8)
2013        Jan 2, Algerian security forces killed two radical Islamist insurgents in the same locality east of the capital where seven were killed a day earlier.
    (AP, 1/2/13)
2013        Jan 2, Britain's Health Protection Agency (HPA) said more than 1.1 million people in Britain have succumbed to the norovirus winter vomiting disease so far this season.
    (AP, 1/2/13)
2013        Jan 2, Colombia's chief prosecutor's office opened a preliminary criminal investigation into former President Alvaro Uribe over allegations he sponsored a killer far-right militia as a regional governor in the 1990s.
    (AP, 1/8/13)
2013        Jan 2, Ethiopian security forces announced the arrest of 15 people alleged to be members of a terror cell linked with al-Qaida. Authorities said the suspects were trained by al-Shabab militants in neighboring Somalia and Kenya.
    (AP, 1/3/13)
2013        Jan 2, Iranian media reported that Iran has captured 2 US RQ11 Raven surveillance drones over the last 17 months and that much of the data has been decoded by the army.
    (SSFC, 1/6/13, p.A4)
2013        Jan 2, Myanmar's military acknowledged launching airstrikes against ethnic Kachin rebels in the north and said it captured a hilltop post on Dec 29 from where the insurgents had attacked government supply convoys.
    (AP, 1/2/13)
2013        Jan 2, In Pakistan Taliban commander Maulvi Nazir was among nine people killed in a missile strike on a house in Angoor Adda in the South Waziristan tribal region. Nazir had a truce with the Pakistani military.
    (AP, 1/3/13)
2013        Jan 2, In Switzerland a man armed with an old military rifle and a handgun shot and killed three women and wounded two men in the village of Daillon. Police shot and wounded the suspect after he threatened to also shoot officers.
    (AP, 1/3/13)
2013        Jan 2, A Syrian warplane blasted a gas station near Damascus, killing and wounding dozens of people and igniting a huge fire in one of the bloodiest attacks in weeks during the 22-month civil war. Rebels attacked the sprawling Taftanaz air base. Rebels bombarded the Mannagh air base, which has been subjected to almost daily attacks since late last month.
    (AP, 1/2/13)
2013        Jan 2, The UN said more than 60,000 people have killed in the 21-months of the Syrian conflict.
    (SSFC, 1/6/13, p.A4)

2014        Jan 2, The influential New York Times and Britain’s Guardian newspapers hailed fugitive intelligence leaker Edward Snowden as a "whistleblower" and threw its weight behind calls for him to be shown clemency.
    (AP, 1/2/14)
2014        Jan 2, British author Elizabeth Jane Howard (b.1923) died. She was best known for "The Cazalet Chronicles," which followed the tangled lives and loves of several generations of an aristocratic household in the run-up to World War II.
    (AP, 1/3/14)
2014        Jan 2, A Chinese helicopter rescued all 52 passengers from the  MV Akademik Shokalskiy Russian research ship that has been trapped in Antarctic ice since Christmas Eve after weather conditions finally cleared enough for the operation. The passengers were all transported to an Australian icebreaker in the area.
    (AP, 1/2/14)
2014        Jan 2, A Cameroon secutiry official said 7 people, including two Cameroonian soldiers, have been killed in an attack in the east by an armed group from the Central African Republic.
    (AFP, 1/2/14)
2014        Jan 2, Canadian lawmaker  Rathika Sitsabaiesan said she was intimidated and warned she could be deported during an ongoing visit to her birthplace of Jaffna, the war-battered Tamil heartland of Sri Lanka.
    (AFP, 1/2/14)
2014        Jan 2, In CongoDRC Colonel Mamadou Ndala (34), the commander of government troops fighting Ugandan Islamist rebels in the restive east of country, was killed along with two bodyguards in an ambush.
    (AFP, 1/2/14)(AP, 1/10/14)
2014        Jan 2, Egyptian authorities produced what they said was a confession by the son of a senior member of the Muslim Brotherhood. An Alexandria court sentenced seven activists to two years in prison on several charges including protesting without a permit and clashing with police last month.
    (AP, 1/2/14)
2014        Jan 2, In western India a bus plunged into a 120m (400-feet) deep gorge, splitting open on the rocky ground below, killing at least 30 people.
    (AP, 1/2/14)
2014        Jan 2, Iraqi security forces arrested a controversial Shiite cleric who leads an Iranian-backed militia, a move apparently aimed at bolstering Sunni support as the Shiite-led government and allied tribes battled Islamic militants who rose up in multiple Sunni-dominated cities. Fighting continued in Fallujah and Ramadi. A truck packed with explosives blew up in Balad Ruz, killing at least 19 people. At least 35 people were reported killed in Anbar province. Militants bombed a major oil pipeline in the north, causing a fire and forcing pumping to be suspended.
    (AP, 1/2/14)(AFP, 1/2/14)(SFC, 1/3/14, p.A4)
2014        Jan 2, Italy-based Fiat secured full ownership of Chrysler in a $4.35 billion agreement.
    (SFC, 1/3/14, p.C4)
2014        Jan 2, In Kenya 10 people were wounded when attackers hurled a grenade into a restaurant in Diani, a popular coastal tourist resort town.
    (AFP, 1/2/14)
2014        Jan 2, In Lebanon a large car bomb killed 5 people and wounded at least 20 in a Hezbollah bastion in south Beirut. The al Qaeda-linked militant group Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS aka ISIL)) soon claimed responsibility. On Jan 6 an employee of Hezbollah's Al-Manar television died from wounds sustained in a suicide bombing.
    (AFP, 1/2/14)(Reuters, 1/4/14)(AFP, 1/6/14)
2014        Jan 2, Libyan troops found the bodies of Mark De Salis, a British man, and a New Zealand woman shot dead southwest of Tripoli.
    (AFP, 1/3/14)(AP, 1/4/14)
2014        Jan 2, Islamic authorities in Malaysia seized 321 Bibles from a Christian group because they used the word Allah to refer to God.
    (Reuters, 1/2/14)
2014        Jan 2, Morocco launched an operation to give residency permits to tens of thousands of immigrants living in the country illegally, after the king expressed concern about their harsh treatment by the police.
    (AFP, 1/2/14)
2014        Jan 2, Myanmar's Pres. Thein Sein gave his backing for amending a military drafted constitution and indicated support for changes that would make Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi eligible to lead the country.
    (Reuters, 1/2/14)
2014        Jan 2, A Palestinian man (85) died after inhaling tear gas fired by the Israeli army to disperse local protesters landed in his home in the occupied West Bank.
    (Reuters, 1/2/14)
2014        Jan 2, South Korea's military said it would fight a court ruling quashing its move to kick an officer candidate out of the elite Army Academy for having sex with his girlfriend while on leave.
    (Reuters, 1/2/14)
2014        Jan 2, A South Sudanese military official says rebels are trying to march on Juba from Bor, a town under the control of rebel forces. South Sudan's army (SPLA) advanced towards Bor.
    (AP, 1/2/14)(Reuters, 1/2/14)
2014        Jan 2, The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 8 people held by the Syrian government in Aleppo's central prison have died over the past two days from malnutrition. Five staffers of Doctors Without Borders (MSF) were taken from a house they were using in Syria.
    (AFP, 1/2/14)(AFP, 1/4/14)
2014        Jan 2, Tunisia says four Ansar al-Shariah militants have been arrested after late-night gunbattles between militants and security forces in the southern city that was the cradle for the Arab Spring revolutions.
    (AP, 1/2/14)

2015        Jan 2, The United States imposed new sanctions on North Korea in retaliation for a cyber attack on Hollywood studio Sony Pictures.
    (AFP, 1/2/15)
2015        Jan 2, Andrew Marshall (93), head of the US Office of Net Assessment (ONA), known as the Pentagon’s internal think tank, retired. He had led the office since its inception in 1973.
    (Econ, 1/10/15, p.28)
2015        Jan 2, In California hundreds of people lined up in early morning cold as the state began taking driver's license applications from the largest population of immigrants living in the US illegally.
    (AP, 1/2/15)
2015        Jan 2, A judge in Alameda, Ca., approved a $9.87 million settlement against Safeway Inc. for improperly disposing of hazardous material and customers’ medical records.
    (SFC, 1/6/15, p.C4)
2015        Jan 2, In Kentucky Sailor Gutzler, a seven-year-old girl, walked free from the wreckage of a private plane that crashed in a wooded area killing her parents, a sister (9) and a cousin (14). She walked three-quarters of a mile in near freezing temperatures before finding a residence and directing emergency workers to the crash.
    (AP, 1/3/15)(SFC, 1/5/15, p.A4)
2015        Jan 2, Little Jimmy Dickens (b.1920), former singer with the Grand Ole Opry, died in Nashville. His hit songs included "Take an Old Cold Tater" (1949), “Out Behind the Barn" (1954) and “May the Bird of Paradise Fly Up Your Nose" (1965).
    (SSFC, 1/4/15, p.A10)
2015        Jan 2, In Afghanistan a civilian man was killed after a rocket fired from an army checkpoint struck a house in southern Helmand province.
    (AP, 1/3/15)
2015        Jan 2, Egyptian troops opened fire on six Gazans who had illegally crossed into the Egyptian Sinai, where the army has created a buffer zone to prevent the movement of militants. Ashraf al-Qudra (17) was killed.
    (AFP, 1/3/15)
2015        Jan 2, The Eurasian Economic Union, a trade bloc of former Soviet states, expanded to four nations when Armenia formally joined, a day after the union between Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan began.
    (AP, 1/2/15)
2015        Jan 2, In Greece a couple and their 12-year-old son were stabbed to death in their apartment in Thessaloniki. The alleged attacker (60) was arrested after being injured by falling from a balcony of the building.
    (AP, 1/2/15)
2015        Jan 2, In Hungary some 5000 thousand people protested at what they see as the country's move towards Russia in the latest demonstration against the government of controversial PM Viktor Orban.
    (AFP, 1/2/15)
2015        Jan 2, The Icelandic Coast Guard ship Tyr towed a cargo vessel to Italy with about 450 migrants after Italian rescue teams managed to secure the wave-tossed Ezadeen for towing toward the southern Calabrian region. The migrants were abandoned by smugglers, leaving the vessel in rough seas without a crew.
    (AP, 1/2/15)
2015        Jan 2, Rescue teams battling monsoon rains recovered 21 more bodies from Indonesia’s AirAsia Flight 8501, which crashed on Dec 28. To date 30 of 162 bodies were recovered.
    (AP, 1/2/15)
2015        Jan 2, In northern Iraq militants linked to the Islamic State group rounded up dozens of men from the villages of al-Shajara and al-Ghariba following a quarrel that led to the burning of the extremist group's flag.
    (AP, 1/3/15)
2015        Jan 2, Kenya's High Court suspended key parts of a controversial new national security law that the opposition had warned risked turning the east African nation into a dictatorship.
    (AFP, 1/2/15)
2015        Jan 2, In Libya armed militants shot and killed 17 soldiers and one civilian at a checkpoint in the central district of Jufra.
    (AP, 1/2/15)
2015        Jan 2, In Mexico armed men seized Moises Sanchez Cerezo (49), a journalist and activist, from his home in the eastern state of Veracruz. His decapitated body was found on January 24.
    (AP, 1/3/15)(SSFC, 5/21/17, p.E7)
2015        Jan 2, Nigerian Islamist militants overran an army base in the remote northeastern town of Baga. Scores of soldiers and civilians were killed, while others drowned in Lake Chad. The death toll was later said to have killed as many as 2,000 civilians. Boko Haram claimed responsibility.
    (Reuters, 1/4/15)(AP, 1/5/15)(SFC, 1/13/15, p.A4)(SFC, 1/22/15, p.A4)(AP, 10/17/15)
2015        Jan 2, In Pakistan Moeen Yasin, a six-year-old boy, was found strangled and dumped in a mosque after being sexually abused. Police soon apprehended up to seven people including local cleric Qari Saqib, a prime suspect in the case.
    (AFP, 1/3/15)
2015        Jan 2, In Sweden hundreds of demonstrators marched in three cities to condemn recent arson attacks against mosques.
    (SFC, 1/3/15, p.A2)
2015        Jan 2, in northeastern Syria US-led coalition warplanes carried out at least 13 airstrikes overnight in and around Raqqa, the Islamic State group's de facto capital. At least 19 people were killed overnight by Syrian rebel fire on government-controlled parts of the northern city of Aleppo.
    (AP, 1/2/15)(AFP, 1/2/15) 
2015        Jan 2, In Turkey the main Western-backed Syrian opposition group opened a three-day meeting to discuss a range of issues, including a Russian initiative to hold peace talks in Moscow to broker a resolution to Syria's civil war.
    (AP, 1/2/15)
2015        Jan 2, Ukraine reported its first military death of 2015 in its conflict with pro-Russian separatists, saying a soldier had been killed and five others wounded in attacks by the rebels.
    (Reuters, 1/2/15)
2015        Jan 2, The World Health Organization said deaths last year from Ebola had reached 7,989 with 2,827 from Sierra Leone, 3,423 from Liberia and 1,739 from Guinea.
    (SFC, 1/3/15, p.A2)

2016        Jan 2, The United States and its allies conducted 26 strikes against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.
    (Reuters, 1/3/16)
2016        Jan 2, US Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents began arresting immigrants targeting Central American families who came to the country illegally since 2014. Over the next two days 121 people from El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala and Mexico were arrested primarily in Georgia, North Carolina and Texas.
    (SFC, 1/15/16, p.A8)
2016        Jan 2, The population of the nine-county SF Bay Area was said to be about 7.5 million.
    (SFC, 1/2/16, p.A1)
2016        Jan 2, In Oregon an armed group of citizens, members of the Oath Keepers, seized control of a federal building at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. Group leader Ammon Bundy claimed ranchers, loggers and farmers should have control of federal land. Ex-serviceman Elmer Stewart Rhodes, who opposed the occupation, had founded Oath Keepers after working on Ron Paul’s 2008 campaign for the Republican nomination.
    (SFC, 1/6/16, p.A5,10)(Econ, 2/27/16, p.23)
2016        Jan 2, Afghan officials said special forces have freed 59 prisoners from a Taliban jail in Helmand, as government troops redouble their efforts to drive back the insurgents who have seized large parts of the volatile southern province.
    (Reuters, 1/2/16)
2016        Jan 2, Honduras said the US has requested the extradition of former vice president Jaime Rosenthal, one of the country's biggest tycoons, whom it accuses of drug trafficking and money laundering. The extradition request was received before December 24, but had been waiting for the document to be translated into Spanish.
    (AFP, 1/2/16)
2016        Jan 2, In northern India 6 gunmen launched a deadly attack on an Air Force base in Pathankot, Punjab state, exchanging fire with Indian forces who, backed by tanks and helicopters, battled for over 15 hours before wresting back control of the compound. All the attackers and at least 7 Indian soldiers were killed. India blamed militants from Pakistan.
    (Reuters, 1/2/16)(SSFC, 1/3/16, p.A6)(Econ, 1/9/16, p.34)
2016        Jan 2, The Israeli air force carried out attacks on Hamas sites in the Gaza Strip early today, just hours after rockets from the enclave hit southern Israel.
    (AFP, 1/2/16)
2016        Jan 2, In Mexico the newly installed mayor of the city of Temixco was killed. Gisela Mota formally took office with the new year. She was attacked at her home by armed gunmen. Police killed 2 and captured three.
    (Reuters, 1/2/16)(Econ, 1/9/16, p.30)
2016        Jan 2, North Korea arrested Otto Frederick Warmbier from the University of Virginia as his tour group was set to return to Beijing. North Korea later said it had arrested Wambier for engaging in an unspecified "hostile act" under orders from Washington.
    (AFP, 1/22/16)
2016        Jan 2, A Saudi-led coalition that has been bombing the Houthi movement in Yemen for nine months announced the end of a ceasefire that began on Dec. 15, in a setback to attempts to end the conflict.
    (Reuters, 1/2/16)
2016        Jan 2, Somali police said a suicide bomber killed himself and one civilian in a bombing of a restaurant in Mogadishu.
    (AP, 1/2/16)
2016        Jan 2, In Syria 16 jihadists were reported killed and 19 wounded in clashes with Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) near Ain Issa.
    (AFP, 1/2/16)
2016        Jan 2, Tonga was raked by Category-2 Cyclone Ula with widespread damage.
    (, 1/10/16, p.C18)
2016        Jan 2, The Vatican announced that its first accord with the Palestinians -- an agreement that Israel has attacked as counter-productive to the Middle East peace process -- has come into force.
    (AFP, 1/2/16)
2016        Jan 2, Vietnam formally accused China of violating its sovereignty and a recent confidence-building pact by landing a plane on an airstrip Beijing has built in a contested part of the South China Sea. Late last year China completed an airfield on Fiery Cross Reef that security experts say could accommodate most Chinese military aircraft.
    (Reuters, 1/2/16)

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