Today in History - January 2
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Jan 2, Publius Ovidius Naso, Roman poet, died.
69CE Jan 2, Roman Lower Rhine
army proclaimed its commander, Vitellius, emperor.
1235 Jan 2, Emperor Joseph II
ordered the Jews of Galicia, Austria, to adopt family names.
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.
1570 Jan 2, Tsar Ivan the
Terrible began a march to Novgorod.
1602 Jan 2, Battle at Kinsale,
Ireland: English army beat the Spanish.
1647 Jan 2, Nathaniel Bacon
(d.1676), leader of Bacon's Rebellion (1676), Va., was born.
1727 Jan 2, James Wolfe,
commanded British Army (captured Quebec), was born.
1757 Jan 2, British troops
occupied Calcutta, India.
1758 Jan 2, The French began
bombardment of Madras, India.
1776 Jan 2, 1st US
revolutionary flag was displayed.
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
1814 Jan 2, Lord Byron
completed "The Corsair."
1818 Jan 2, Lord Byron
completed "Childe Harold's Pilgrimage" (4th canto).
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,
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,
1842 Jan 2-1842 Jan 12, Akbar
Khan, Afghan hero, was victorious against the British. Out of 4,500
(16,500) soldiers and 12,000 dependents only one survivor, of a
mixed British-Indian garrison, reached the fort in Jalalabad, on a
stumbling pony. The British retreated from Kabul to Jalalabad. The
incident is the backdrop for George MacDonald Fraser’s novel
“Flashman” [see Jan 13].
1843 Jan 2, Wagner's opera "Der
Fliegende Holländer" premiered in Dresden.
1861 Jan 2, Helen Herron Taft,
First Lady to President Robert Taft, was born.
1861 Jan 2, The USS Brooklyn
was readied at Norfolk to aid Fort Sumter.
1861 Jan 2, SC seized the
inactive Ft. Johnson in Charleston Harbor.
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.
1881 Jan 2, Camille
Saint-Saens' 3rd Concerto in B premiered.
1882 Jan 2, Oscar Wilde arrived
in New York City and began to tour the US with lectures on the
(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.
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.
1904 Jan 2, U.S. Marines were
sent to Santo Domingo to aid the government against rebel forces.
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.
1911 Jan 2, The Terra Nova
expedition led by Robert Falcon Scott reached the coast of
(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.
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
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.
1918 Jan 2, Bolsheviks talked
about resuming war unless the Germans return occupied territory.
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.
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.
1921 Jan 2, Religious services
were first broadcast on radio when KDKA aired the regular Sunday
service of Pittsburgh's Calvary Episcopal Church.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
1942 Jan 2, The Philippine
capital of Manila and the US Naval base at Cavite were captured by
(AP, 1/2/98)(HN, 1/2/02)
1943 Jan 2, The Allies captured
Buna in New Guinea.
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.
1954 Jan 2, The "Caine Mutiny"
by Herman Wouk premiered in NYC.
1955 Jan 2, Jose Antonio Remon,
president of Panama (1952-55), was assassinated.
1960 Jan 2, Sen. John F.
Kennedy of Massachusetts announced his candidacy for the Democratic
1960 Jan 2, John Reynolds set
the age of solar system at 4,950,000,000 years.
1960 Jan 2, Australia recorded
a record temperature of 50.7° C at Oodnadatta.
1963 Jan 2, Viet Cong downed
five U.S. helicopters in the Mekong Delta; 30 were reported to be
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
1965 Jan 2, Dr. Martin Luther
King Jr began a drive to register black voters.
1966 Jan 2, The 1st Jewish
child was born in Spain since the 1492 expulsion.
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.
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
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.
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.
1980 Jan 2, President Carter
asked the Senate to delay the arms treaty ratification in response
to Soviet action in Afghanistan.
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
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.
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.
1988 Jan 2, President Reagan
and Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney signed an agreement to
lift trade restrictions between their countries.
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.
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
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.
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.
1991 Jan 2, European, Soviet
and Arab officials pushed for talks to avert war with Iraq.
1992 Jan 2, Military commanders
in Croatia agreed to a cease-fire accord, the 15th attempt at a
1992 Jan 2, Russian shoppers
experienced their first day of “sticker shock” after President Boris
Yeltsin lifted price controls to stimulate production.
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."
1993 Jan 2, Leaders of the
three warring ethnic groups in Bosnia-Herzegovina met face-to-face
1994 Jan 2, In San Francisco
Father Alfred Boeddeker (90), the founder of the city's St. Anthony
Dining Room, died. The Tenderloin dining hall for the poor was
founded in 1950.
(SSFC, 12/30/18, DB p.50)
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
1995 Jan 2, Chechen defenders
drove Russian troops out of the capital of Grozny.
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’
1996 Jan 2, AT&T announced
it would eliminate 40,000 jobs, mostly through layoffs.
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
(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
(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.
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
(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,
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
(SFC, 1/4/00, p.A12)
2001 Jan 2, Pres. Clinton met
with Yasser Arafat and coaxed Arafat to curb the Middle East
(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.
2001 Jan 2, Ships made the
first legal and direct crossing between China and Taiwan in more
than half a century.
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
(SFC, 1/3/01, p.A10)
2002 Jan 2, The No. 5 Florida
Gators crushed No. 6 Maryland 56-23 in the Orange Bowl.
2002 Jan 2, The new Afghan
government confirmed that American bombs had killed the Taliban's
intelligence chief, Qari Ahmadullah.
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.
(www.cseindia.org/aboutus/anilji/anilji.htm)(Econ, 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,
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.
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.
2003 Jan 2, It was reported
that scientists had mapped chromosome 14, the 4th of 24 and longest
sequenced to date.
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
2003 Jan 2, A motorized rubber
boat carrying 41 illegal immigrants sank off the southern coast of
Spain, and six passengers drowned.
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.
2004 Jan 2, British flights to
Washington and Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, were canceled as a security
2004 Jan 2, Bulgaria reported
that more than two dozen Bulgarian soldiers are refusing deployment
in Iraq, following the deaths of five countrymen.
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.
2004 Jan 2, A U.S. military
helicopter crashed west of Baghdad, killing one soldier and wounding
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.
2005 Jan 2, The death toll from
the Dec 26 Tsunami was expected to hit 150,000.
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
2006 Jan 2, No. 4 Ohio State
beat No. 5 Notre Dame 34-20 in the Fiesta Bowl.
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
(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.
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.
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.
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
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.
2006 Jan 2, In central
Indonesia flash floods swept away hundreds houses and schools,
killing at least 57 people.
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
(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.
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.
2006 Jan 2, A car exploded in
northern Gaza after nightfall, killing at least one Palestinian.
Witnesses said an Israeli aircraft was overhead.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
(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.
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.
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.
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,
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.
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.
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.
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, Tamilnet.com said
at least 15 civilians were killed and dozens more wounded when Sri
Lankan air force jets "carpet bombed" territory held by the Tamil
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.
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.
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
(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
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.
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).
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.
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.
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,
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
2009 Jan 2, In SF the AsianWeek
newspaper, founded in 1979, published its final print edition. It
planned to continue a presence online at www.asianweek.com.
(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
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.
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
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
(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
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.
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.
2009 Jan 2, In southern Nigeria
an oil pipeline was blown up with dynamite.
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.
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.
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
(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.
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.
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.
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
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,
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
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.
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.
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
(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.
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.
(http://tinyurl.com/ycmkkye)(SFC, 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
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
(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.
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
(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.
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).
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
2012 Jan 2, Pakistani
protesters clashed with police and major cities were paralyzed as
thousands of people demonstrated over severe gas shortages and price
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.
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.
2012 Jan 2, In Yemen a French
journalist was found strangled with an electrical wire in his hotel
room in Sanaa.
2013 Jan 2, President Obama
signed the "fiscal cliff" legislation into law via autopen from
Hawaii, where he is vacationing with his family.
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.
2013 Jan 2, Avis Budget Group
agreed to buy Zipcar Inc., a rent by the hour car agency, for $491
(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
(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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
2013 Jan 2, The UN said more
than 60,000 people have killed in the 21-months of the Syrian
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
2015 Jan 2, The United States
imposed new sanctions on North Korea in retaliation for a cyber
attack on Hollywood studio Sony Pictures.
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.
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
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
2015 Jan 2, In Libya armed
militants shot and killed 17 soldiers and one civilian at a
checkpoint in the central district of Jufra.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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,
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
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.
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.
2016 Jan 2, Somali police said
a suicide bomber killed himself and one civilian in a bombing of a
restaurant in Mogadishu.
2016 Jan 2, In Syria 16
jihadists were reported killed and 19 wounded in clashes with Syrian
Democratic Forces (SDF) near Ain Issa.
2016 Jan 2, Tonga was raked by
Category-2 Cyclone Ula with widespread damage.
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.
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.
2017 Jan 2, US House
Republicans voted 119-74 in a secret caucus meeting to eviscerate
the Office of Congressional Ethics, the independent body created in
2008 to investigate allegations of misconduct by lawmakers following
several bribery and corruption scandals.
(SFC, 1/3/17, p.A5)(SFC, 1/4/17, p.A1)
2017 Jan 2, A powerful storm
across the US south left four people dead when a tree fell on their
mobile home in Rehobeth, Alabama. A woman in Georgia and a man in
Florida were also killed.
(SFC, 1/3/17, p.A4)(SFC, 1/4/17, p.A12)
2017 Jan 2, In the SF Bay Area
electric bus maker Proterra of Burlingame raised $140 million in its
latest funding round. The company said it has sold more than 300
buses to transit agencies across North America.
(SFC, 1/3/17, pad)
2017 Jan 2, In Maine Sister
Frances Carr, the last lifelong Shaker, died in Sabbathday Lake. The
offshoot of Quakers had begun in England in the 1740s.
(Econ, 1/14/17, pp.)
2017 Jan 2, Afghan Pres. Ashraf
Ghani suspended Abdul Razaq Wahidi, his minister for
telecommunications and information technology, while he is
investigated over a levy on mobile telephone charges. At least one
police officer was killed by a roadside bomb in Logar province. A
Taliban ambush in the northeastern Badakhshan province killed at
least four police. In Takhar province a Taliban fighter was killed
while planting a mine.
(Reuters, 1/2/17)(AP, 1/2/17)(AP, 1/3/17)
2017 Jan 2, Britain's
government announced plans to build 17 new towns and villages across
the English countryside in a bid to ease a chronic housing shortage.
2017 Jan 2, British police shot
and killed Mohammed Yassar Yaqub of Huddersfield (27) during an
operation in which five other people were arrested.
2017 Jan 2, John Berger
(b.1926), influential British art critic and prize-winning author,
died in France. The self-declared revolutionary had controversially
backed the far-left Black Panthers. He won the 1972 Booker Prize for
Fiction for his experimental novel "G.", set in pre-World War I
Europe. His “Ways of Seeing” (1972) spawned a BBC series and ushered
in a political perspective to art criticism.
(AFP, 1/3/17)(SFC, 1/3/17, pp.)
2017 Jan 2, In Chile a large
fire burned 150 homes in the historic port city of Valparaiso.
2017 Jan 2, Beijing and other
cities across northern and central China were shrouded in thick
smog, prompting authorities to delay dozens of flights and close
2017 Jan 2, In Congo DRC a
regional official said at least six people have been hacked to death
in the troubled northeast in two attacks last week in Irumu
territory blamed on Ugandan rebels. A civil society leader in Ituri,
reported that 14 people were killed in the attacks, which took place
in the villages of Saboko and Bialee.
2017 Jan 2, In Croatia around
50 migrants staged a protest in Zagreb claiming they have suffered
attacks by unknown assailants.
2017 Jan 2, A senior Egyptian
judge arrested on corruption charges was found dead in his cell
having hanged himself. Wael Shalaby, a deputy chief justice in the
country's administrative courts system, resigned Dec 31 shortly
before he was arrested and was charged the following day with taking
2017 Jan 2, India's top court
prohibited politicians from using religion and caste to garner
votes, a verdict that could force political parties to change their
strategy in upcoming elections.
2017 Jan 2, India and Sri Lanka
agreed to release fishermen in each others' custody, a move that is
likely to ease tensions between the countries which have held
fishermen captive for crossing territorial waters.
2017 Jan 2, Iranian state TV
reported the country's coast guard has detained 21 fishermen and
their three boats from neighboring Arab nations for straying into
its territorial waters and fishing rare species.
2017 Jan 2, In Iraq a suicide
bomber driving a pickup loaded with explosives struck a bustling
market in Baghdad, killing at least 36 people in an attack claimed
by the Islamic State group. Three smaller bombings elsewhere in the
city killed another seven civilians and wounded at least 30.
2017 Jan 2, A court in Kuwait
sentenced father Salem Buhan (26) and mother Amira Hussein (23) to
death after finding them guilty of torturing their three-year-old
daughter until she died. They were arrested in May and accused of
beating and torturing the girl until she died and then keeping her
body in a freezer for a week. The ministry said the couple were drug
2017 Jan 2, In Somalia a
suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden vehicle at a security
checkpoint near Mogadishu's international airport, killing at least
2017 Jan 2, Syria's army
advanced as it battled to capture a rebel region that is key to the
capital's water supply, launching strikes and artillery fire
threatening a fragile nationwide truce.
2017 Jan 2, Ten Syrian rebel
factions suspended talks on new peace negotiations, accusing
President Bashar al-Assad's regime of violating a four-day-old
ceasefire with attacks near Damascus.
(AFP, 1/3/17)(SFC, 1/4/17, p.A2)
2017 Jan 2, In eastern Thailand
a van and a pickup collided and caught fire on a highway, killing 25
people in Chonburi province.
2017 Jan 2, Ukraine reported a
one-third drop in its use of natural gas and general energy savings
that will be cheered by its financial backers from the IMF.
2017 Jan 2, In Yemen an air
strike by the pro-government Saudi-led coalition killed five Shiite
rebels when it targeted a convoy of three vehicles in Marees, in the
southern province of Daleh. Six other insurgents were killed in a
similar raid on two vehicles in Al-Makhdara, in the central province
of Marib. Shelling by government forces killed three more rebels in
the same area of Marib. Air strikes across several regions killed
two civilians in the western province of Hodeida.
2018 Jan 2, The United States
accused Pakistan of playing a "double game" on fighting terrorism
and warned Islamabad it would have to do more if it wanted to
maintain US aid.
2018 Jan 2, A record-shattering
Arctic freeze kept its grip on much of the United States east of the
Rocky Mountains and was blamed for the deaths of at least four
2018 Jan 2, A court in eastern
Bangladesh issued an arrest warrant for former prime minister and
opposition leader Khaleda Zia involving an arson attack during an
anti-government protest two years ago.
2018 Jan 2, British energy
major BP said that it expected to take a $1.5-billion
(1.2-billion-euro) hit from US President Donald Trump's tax reforms.
2018 Jan 2, Bulgaria's
President Rumen Radev vetoed anti-graft legislation passed by the
parliament, saying the bill failed to offer the means to effectively
investigate corruption networks.
2018 Jan 2, Ant Financial, an
affiliate of Chinese internet titan Alibaba, said it has been forced
to abandon a $1.2 billion deal to buy US remittances firm MoneyGram
after failing to get approval from regulators in Washington.
2018 Jan 2, Egypt executed four
alleged Islamic militants following their conviction by a military
tribunal in the killing of three military academy students in a 2015
2018 Jan 2, In England 13 Patas
monkeys died in a fire at Woburn Safari Park, marking the second
major fire at an animal attraction in the last two weeks.
2018 Jan 2, India's defense
ministry announced it is to buy 131 surface-to-air missiles from
Israel in a $70 million deal, ahead of a visit by Israeli PM
Benjamin Netanyahu. An Israeli arms company said India has cancelled
a $500 million deal ahead of a visit by pm Benjamin Netanyahu.
Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. said in a statement the Indian
Defense Ministry cancelled the Spike missile deal.
(AFP, 1/2/18)(AP, 1/3/18)
2018 Jan 2, In India thousands
of Dalits, who rank at the lower end of the country's ancient caste
hierarchy, disrupted traffic and threw stones at buses in Mumbai as
they protested against violence in Pune in which one man was killed.
2018 Jan 2, In India some
200,000 Hindu pilgrims arrived at Allahabad, where the Yamuna river
meets the Ganges as well as the mythical Saraswati river, on the
first major bathing day of a 45-day annual ritual known as the Magh
2018 Jan 2, Iran's supreme
leader blamed the country's "enemies" for days of unrest that have
seen 21 killed and hundreds arrested in the biggest test for the
Islamic regime in years.
2018 Jan 2, Iran re-opened two
crossings with the Iraqi Kurdistan region that it had closed after a
referendum in favor of independence in the Kurdish area.
2018 Jan 2, Israel's parliament
passed an amendment that would make it harder for it to cede control
over parts of Jerusalem in any peace deal with the Palestinians, who
condemned the move as undermining any chance to revive talks on
2018 Jan 2, Moldovan Pres. Igor
Dodon rejected a decision by the country's constitutional court to
suspend his powers temporarily due to a wrangle between him and the
pro-Western government over ministerial appointments.
2018 Jan 2, Nigeria's Boko
Haram leader Abubakar Shekau released a video message claiming a
series of attacks in the northeast during the festive season.
2018 Jan 2, Nigeria's
electricity grid was shut down late today by a fire on a gas
pipeline, the Escravos Lagos Pipeline System near Okada in the
southern state of Edo.
2018 Jan 2, In Peru at least 48
people were killed when a bus collided with a truck and careened off
a cliff along a sharply curving highway north of the capital Lima.
2018 Jan 2, In Somalia a US
military drone strike killed two al-Shabab extremists and destroyed
a vehicle carrying explosives to Mogadishu.
2018 Jan 2, South Korea
proposed high-level talks with Pyongyang on January 9, after the
North's leader Kim Jong-Un called for better relations and said his
country might attend the Winter Olympics in the South.
2018 Jan 2, UN human rights
experts called on Saudi Arabia to end "repression" of rights
activists and release dozens detained since September for peacefully
exercising their civil and political rights.
2018 Jan 2, A rebel-controlled
Yemeni court sentenced Hamid bin Haydara, a local Baha'i man
detained since December 2013, to death on charges of disseminating
the beliefs of his faith and spying for Israel.
2018 Jan 2, Zambian foreign
affairs minister Harry Kalaba resigned citing "swelling" corruption
in government and criticizing President Edgar Lungu.
2019 Jan 2, Pres. Donald Trump
said the United States would get out of Syria slowly "over a period
of time" and would protect the US-backed Kurdish fighters in the
country as Washington draws down troops. US-backed Syrian Democratic
Forces, which include Kurdish fighters, captured the Syrian town of
2019 Jan 2, The first of about
80 US military personnel arrived in Gabon in case they are needed to
protect US citizens and diplomatic facilities in Congo's capital
2019 Jan 2, The US military
carried out an airstrike in southwestern Somalia that killed 10
members of the al-Shabab extremist group. The US carried out at
least 47 such strikes last year in the Horn of Africa nation.
2019 Jan 2, US soldier Peter
Lian (21) was charged with murder in the death of his estranged
wife, Khuang Par, whose body was discovered in a suitcase in an
Indianapolis dumpster on Dec. 23. Lian was accused of flying to
Indianapolis from Colorado to kill his estranged wife, then dumping
her body in a trash bin and fleeing to Thailand.
2019 Jan 2, US Apple CEO Tim
Cook said in a letter to shareholders that demand for iPhones is
waning and revenue for the last quarter of 2018 will fall well below
projections, a decrease he traced mainly to China.
2019 Jan 2, It was reported
that Netflix has removed an episode of a satirical comedy show from
its service in Saudi Arabia over its criticism of the kingdom,
following a legal request by officials in Riyadh.
2019 Jan 2, New Brazilian
President Jair Bolsonaro issued an executive order making the
Agriculture Ministry responsible for deciding on lands claimed by
indigenous peoples, in a victory for agribusiness that will likely
enrage environmentalists. The temporary decree will expire unless it
is ratified within 120 days by Congress. It strips power over land
claim decisions from indigenous affairs agency FUNAI.
2019 Jan 2, Chinese President
Xi Jinping, declaring that independence is not an option for Taiwan,
urged both sides to reach an early consensus on unification and not
leave the issue for future generations.
2019 Jan 2, DR Congo said it
had pulled accreditation for Florence Morice, a French radio
journalist, and cut off the broadcasts of Radio France
Internationale (RFI) amid tensions over the counting of votes in
2019 Jan 2, A Red Cross
official said hundreds of refugees have crossed into Uganda from
Congo in the aftermath of that country's presidential election,
heightening concerns about the possible cross-border spread of
2019 Jan 2, In Denmark eight
people were killed and 16 injured on the Great Belt Bridge linking
Zealand and Funen when a passenger train hit a trailer that had
blown off a freight wagon coming the other way. The victims were all
on the passenger train.
(Reuters, 1/2/19)(AP, 3/14/19)
2019 Jan 2, In France Eric
Drouet, of the leaders of the "yellow vest" demonstrations, was
arrested late today for organizing an unauthorized protest on the
Champs-Elysees avenue. He was released the following afternoon.
Drouet already faced a trial for carrying a weapon at a previous
2019 Jan 2, In India two women
entered the Sabarimala temple in Kerala state, one of the country's
largest Hindu pilgrimage sites that had been forbidden to females
between the ages of 10 and 50, sparking protests across the state.
2019 Jan 2, In India Hindu
nationalists linked to PM Narendra Modi’s ruling party urged him to
push through laws to allow the building of a temple on the ruins of
a 16th century mosque in Ayodhya.
2019 Jan 2, In Italy temporary
administrators were appointed to lead the country's 10th largest
lender, the struggling Carige, as part of a plan to avoid yet
another bank bailout.
2019 Jan 2, Madagascan security
forces fired tear gas to break up a protest by supporters of losing
presidential candidate Marc Ravalomanana, who claims he was denied
victory in last month's election because of fraud.
2019 Jan 2, The Dutch Coast
Guard said up to 270 containers had fallen off the
Panamanian-flagged MSC ZOE, one of the world's biggest container
ships, in rough weather near the German island of Borkum and floated
southwest toward Dutch waters. Three missing containers contained an
organic peroxide, a flammable and highly toxic compound. In Feb. the
estimate of fallen containers was raised to 345.
(Reuters, 1/2/19)(AP, 1/3/19)(AP, 2/6/19)
2019 Jan 2, A Nigerian Air
Force helicopter crashed in combat at Damasak in northern Borno
state, killing five crew members.
2019 Jan 2, In Norway avalanche
occurred in the northern region of Troms in an area popular with
skiers. Three Finns and a Swede were skiing in the area and were
reported to police as missing.
2019 Jan 2, Qatar Airways said
it now holds a 5 percent share in China Southern Airlines, helping
expand the Gulf carrier's reach in one of the world's fastest
growing aviation markets.
2019 Jan 2, Philippine
officials said the death toll from weekend landslides and
devastating floods triggered by a tropical depression in the Bicol
and eastern Visayas regions has climbed to 85.
2019 Jan 2, Saudi Arabia
announced plans to build an entertainment complex in the capital
Riyadh, the latest in a series of state-backed efforts to encourage
public leisure activities after decades of tight social
2019 Jan 2, Sudan's largest
opposition bloc joined calls by a wide array of political groups for
President Omar al-Bashir to step down, turning up the pressure on
the longtime autocrat after two weeks of street protests.
2019 Jan 2, The Syrian
Observatory for Human /Rights said two days of fighting in the
provinces of Aleppo and Idlib have killed 31 people, including five
civilians. 17 Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) fighters and 16 combatants
from the Turkish-backed National Liberation Front rebel alliance
were killed in Idlib province.. The al-Qaida-linked Levant
Liberation Committee and the Turkey-backed Nour el-Din el-Zinki
group blamed each other for triggering the fighting.
(AP, 1/2/19)(AFP, 1/3/19)
2019 Jan 2, In Thailand tens of
thousands of tourists fled popular islands and resort areas as
Tropical Storm Pabuk closed in and threatened to batter the southern
part of the kingdom with heavy rains, winds and seven-meter
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