1521 Jan 3, Pope Leo X
excommunicated Martin Luther from the Roman Catholic Church.
(NH, 9/96, p.18)(AP, 1/3/98)
1543 Jan 3, Spanish explorer
Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo (43-44) died of gangrene and was buried at
San Miguel. He was injured in December while helping defend his men
fight off a band of Indians in the Channel Islands off California.
In 1989 Harry Kelsey authored the biography “Juan Rodriguez
(NPS-CNM, 4/1/97)(SFC, 10/18/14, p.A1)
1621 Jan 3, William Tucker was
born. He is believed to be first American born African-American.
[1624 date also given]
(HN, 1/3/99)(MC, 1/3/02)
1641 Jan 3, Jeremiah Horrocks
(22), English astronomical prodigy, died.
1670 Jan 3, George Monck (61),
English general (to the-sea), died.
1754 Jan 3, Joseph Black, a
medical student at the Univ. of Edinburgh, rediscovered carbon
dioxide after pouring acid into a tall glass containing some chalk
Black had read Helmont’s memoirs and so knew of gas sylvestris. A
candle near the glass was snuffed out due to the outpouring of
carbon dioxide. He also found that carbon dioxide will precipitate
out of limewater when exposed to a strong source of carbon dioxide
gas. Black later attained a professorship and had James Watt,
engine-builder, as one of his first assistants.
(NOHY, 3/90, p.5,42)
1777 Jan 3, Gen. George
Washington's army routed the British led by Cornwallis in the Battle
of Princeton, N.J.
(AP, 1/3/98)(HN, 1/3/99)
1793 Jan 3, Lucretia
Coffin Mott women’s rights activist, was born. She was a teacher,
minister, antislavery leader and founder of the 1st Women’s Rights
(440 Int'l. 1/3/99)(HN, 1/3/02)
1795 Jan 3, The 3rd division of
the Lithuanian Polish Republic was made between Russia and Austria.
(Voruta #27-28, Jul 1996, p.5)
1795 Jan 3, Josiah Wedgwood
(b.1730), British ceramics manufacturer, died. His daughter,
Susannah, was the mother of Charles Darwin. In 2004 Brian Dolan
authored “Wedgwood: The First Tycoon."
1825 Jan 3, Scottish factory
owner Robert Owen bought 30,000 acres in Indiana as site for New
Harmony utopian community.
1833 Jan 3, Britain ousted
a small group of Argentine settlers and seized control of the
Malvina Islands (Falkland Islands) in the South Atlantic. In 1982
Argentina seized the islands, but Britain took them back after a
(AP, 1/3/98)(SFC, 4/3/02, p.A7)
1852 Jan 3, The 1st Chinese
arrive in Hawaii.
1856 Jan 3, John Thompson
(1827-1876), Norway-born immigrant, departed Placerville, Ca., with
skies and snow shoes on his first mail run to Carson City, Nevada.
By the spring of 1857 he made 31 crossings of the Sierra to deliver
(ON, 4/10, p.7)
1861 Jan 3, Delaware rejected a
proposal that it join the South in seceding.
1861 Jan 3, US Ft. Pulaski
& Ft. Jackson, Savannah, were seized by Georgia.
1864 Jan 3, John Joseph Hughes
(b.1797), Irish-born Archbishop of the Catholic diocese of NY, died.
1868 Jan 3, Emperor Meiji
ascended the throne and assumed power. The Meiji Restoration
re-established the authority of Japan's emperor and heralded the
fall of the military rulers known as shoguns. The feudal clan system
was abolished and industrialism was started. Japan opened itself up
to the West, thereby obtaining the benefits of western technology.
With the erosion of the Tokugawa bakufu system and international
pressure to open the country, the boy emperor Mutsuhito—later known
by the name Meiji—became the political leader replacing the Tokugawa
shogunate. The social and political changes during the Meiji period
(1868-1912) had begun in the late Tokugawa period, but were only
formalized with the creation of the Meiji constitution in 1889.
(V.D.-H.K.p.243,286)(Jap. Enc., BLDM, p. 215)(AP,
1870 Jan 3, Construction of the
Brooklyn Bridge began.
1871 Jan 3, Henry
W. Bradley patented oleomargarine in Binghamton, NY.
(AH, 2/06, p.14)
1879 Jan 3, Grace
Coolidge (Goodhue) First Lady: wife of 30th U.S. President Calvin
Coolidge [1923-29], was born.
(440 Int'l. 1/3/99)(HN, 1/3/99)
1883 Jan 3, Clement
Attlee Britain’s prime minister [1945-1951; head of Labour Party,
(440 Int'l. 1/3/99)
1885 Jan 3, Anna Pavlova,
Russia’s premier ballerina, was born.
(440 Int'l. 1/3/99)
1888 Jan 3, Marvin C.
Stone of Washington, DC, patented the drinking straw.
(440 Int'l. 1/3/99)
1892 Jan 3, J.R.R. Tolkien,
author of the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy, was born in Bloemfontein,
South Africa. "All that is gold does not glitter; not all those that
wander are lost."
(440 Int'l. 1/3/99)(AP, 1/5/99)(AP, 1/3/00)
1897 Jan 3, Marion
(Cecilia Douras) Davies actress: Runaway Romany, When Knighthood Was
in Flower, The Patsy, Show People, Going Hollywood, was born.
(440 Int'l. 1/3/99)
1898 Jan 3, Zasu Pitts
actress: Busby Berkeley’s 1933 musical: Dames, was born.
(440 Int'l. 1/3/99)
1901 Jan 3, Ngo Dinh Diem,
South Vietnamese president (1955-63), was born.
(HN, 1/3/99)(MC, 1/3/02)
1903 Jan 3, The Bulgarian
government renounced the treaty of commerce tying it to
1905 Jan 3, Ray Milland
(Reginald Truscott-Jones) Academy Award-winning actor: The Lost
Weekend , We’re Not Dressing, Star-Spangled Rhythm, Lady in
the Dark, Let’s Do It Again, X: The Man with X-Ray Eyes, was born.
(440 Int'l. 1/3/99)
1909 Jan 3, Victor Borge
(Borge Rosenbaum) pianist, comedian, was born.
(440 Int'l. 1/3/99)
1910 Jan 3, British miners
struck for an 8 hour working day.
1910 Jan 3, The Social
Democratic Congress in Germany demanded universal suffrage.
1911 Jan 3, Joseph Rauh civil
rights activist: cofounded Americans for Democratic Action; member:
executive board of NAACP; general counsel: Leadership Conference on
Civil Rights, was born.
(440 Int'l. 1/3/99)
1911 Jan 3, John Sturges
director: Bad Day at Black Rock, Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, The
Magnificent Seven, The Great Escape, Ice Station Zebra, The Eagle
Has Landed, was born.
(440 Int'l. 1/3/99)
1912 Jan 3, Plans were
announced for a new $150,000 Brooklyn stadium for the Trolley
Dodgers baseball team.
1915 Jan 3, Jack Levine,
artist, was born in Boston, Mass. His social realist and
expressionist art included political and satirical undertones.
(SFC, 7/24/04, p.E1)
1916 Jan 3, Betty Furness,
consumer advocate, TV spokesperson for refrigerators, was born.
(440 Int'l. 1/3/99)
1916 Jan 3, Three armored
Japanese cruisers were ordered to guard the Suez Canal.
1918 Jan 3, Maxene Andrews was
born. Singer with sisters LaVerne and Patti: The Andrews Sisters:
Why Talk About Love?, A Simple Melody, Bei Mir Bist Du Schön, Rum
and Coca Cola; solo: I Suppose; on Broadway with Patti: Over Here.
(440 Int'l. 1/3/99)
1920 Jan 3, The Red Sox sold
Babe Ruth to the Yankees for $100,000, twice the amount of any
previous player transaction. The deal also included a $300,000 loan
secured by a mortgage on Fenway Park, a contractual clause that made
the Yankees owners the Red Sox's landlords.
1920 Jan 3, The last of the
U.S. troops quit France.
1921 Jan 3, John Russell,
actor: Forever Amber, Rio Bravo, Pale Rider, was born.
(440 Int'l. 1/3/99)
1921 Jan 3, The state capitol
in Charleston, West Virginia, was destroyed by a fire. Ammunition,
bought by the West Virginia State Police two years before, was
stored on the top floor of the building. The ammunition had been
purchased for use in the coal field disputes which had threatened to
erupt into civil war.
1921 Jan 3, Italy halted the
issue of passports to those emigrating to the U.S.
1922 Jan 3, Bill Travers,
producer, director, actor: Born Free, was born.
(440 Int'l. 1/3/99)
1924 Jan 3, Hank Stram,
football: coach, was born: Kansas City Chiefs: Super Bowls I, IV;
sportscaster: CBS radio.
(440 Int'l. 1/3/99)
1924 Jan 3, Howard Carter
opened the doors to the last shrine in the hall, revealing the large
stone sarcophagus of the Pharaoh Tutankhamen. The next day Carter
was photographed with Arthur Callender and an Egyptian workman in
the Burial Chamber, looking through the open doors of the four
gilded shrines, towards the quartzite sarcophagus tomb of
1925 Jan 3, Benito Mussolini
dissolved the Italian parliament and became dictator.
1926 Jan 3, Joan Walsh Anglund,
author, was born: Bedtime Book, Crocus in the Snow; illustrator of
(440 Int'l. 1/3/99)
1926 Jan 3, George Martin
record producer, arranger, keyboard player, was born: group: The
Beatles; AIR Studios; inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
(440 Int'l. 1/3/99)
1929 Jan 3, William S. Paley
(27) became CBS president.
1930 Jan 3, Robert Loggia
actor, was born: Independence Day, Wild Palms, Big, Armed and
Dangerous, Prizzi’s Honor, Scarface, Psycho 2, Pink Panther series,
A Woman Called Golda, Speedtrap, An Officer and a Gentleman, The
Greatest Story Ever Told, Somebody Up There Likes Me, Mancuso FBI.
(440 Int'l. 1/3/99)
1930 Jan 3, The second
conference on war reparations began in the Hague.
1931 Jan 3, Hundreds of
farmers stormed a small town in depression-plagued Arkansas
1932 Jan 3, Coo Coo (Clifton)
Marlin auto race: Winston Cup star, was born.
(440 Int'l. 1/3/99)
1932 Jan 3, Dabney Coleman
actor, was born: Judicial Consent, The Beverly Hillbillies, Amos and
Andrew, Clifford, Never Forget, Short Time, Dragnet, The Man with
One Red Shoe, Tootsie, On Golden Pond, 9 to 5, North Dallas Forty,
The Other Side of the Mountain, Cinderella Liberty, The President’s
Plane is Missing, Buffalo Bill.
(440 Int'l. 1/3/99)
1933 Jan 3, The Japanese took
Shuangyashan, China, killing 500 in the process.
1938 Jan 3, The first broadcast
of Woman in White was presented on the NBC Red network. The program
remained on radio for 10 years and was one of the first to feature
real doctors and nurses in leading roles.
(440 Int'l. 1/3/99)
1938 Jan 3, The March of Dimes
was established by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt to fight
poliomyelitis. Roosevelt himself was afflicted with polio. The
organization was originally called the National Foundation for
Infantile Paralysis, as the disease was commonly known.
(AP, 1/3/98)(440 Int'l. 1/3/99)
1939 Jan 3, Bobby Hull, ‘The
Golden Jet’: Hockey Hall of Famer, was born: Chicago Blackhawks left
wing: Hart Memorial Trophy, NHL’s MVP award [1965, 1966]; Lady Byng
Trophy for good sportsmanship ; 1st pro hockey player to score
more than 50 goals in one season [54: 1965].
(440 Int'l. 1/3/99)
1939 Jan 3, Tennis legend Don
Budge played a pro tennis match, his first in Madison Square Garden,
NY, before 6,000 spectators. Budge was touring the country as the
top U.S. tennis player, having won the grand slam of tennis
(Australian, French and U.S. Opens and Wimbledon) the year before.
(440 Int'l. 1/3/99)
1940 Jan 3, The Southland
Shuffle was recorded on Bluebird Records by Charlie Barnet and his
orchestra. A young trumpet player named Billy May was featured.
(440 Int'l. 1/3/99)
1941 Jan 3, Canada & US
acquired air bases in Newfoundland with a 99 year lease.
1943 Jan 3, A US B-17 bomber
was downed over France following a bombing run over a German
submarine base in southern France. John Roten, navigator, was the
only survivor. Roten spent 28 months as a POW.
(SFC, 9/10/01, p.A11)
1944 Jan 3, Jurgis Baltrušaitis
(b.1873), Lithuanian Symbolist poet and translator, died in Paris.
He wrote his works in Lithuanian and Russian. In addition to his
important contributions to Lithuanian literature, he was noted as a
political activist and diplomat. Baltrušaitis was appointed
Lithuania's ambassador to Russia in 1920 and held this position
1945 Jan 3, Stephen Stills,
singer, songwriter, guitarist: group, was born: Buffalo Springfield:
For What It’s Worth; group: Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young.
(440 Int'l. 1/3/99)
1945 Jan 3, US aircraft
carriers attacked Okinawa.
1945 Jan 3, Edgar Cayce
(b.1877), American self-proclaimed psychic from Kentucky, died. Jess
Stearn (d.2002) authored "The Sleeping Prophet: The Life and work of
Edgar Cayce" (1968), and "A Prophet in His Own Country: The Story of
the Young Edgar Cayce" (1974). In 2000 Sidney D. Kirkpatrick
authored Edgar Cayce, An American Prophet.
(SFEC, 7/26/98, BR p.3)(SSFC, 1/14/01, BR
p.12)(SFC, 4/2/02, p.A15)(SFC, 8/7/08, p.E6)
1946 Jan 3, John Paul Jones,
musician, was born as John Baldwin in Kent, England: film score:
Scream for Help; group: Led Zeppelin: Whole Lotta Love, Moby Dick,
Ramble On, Immigrant Song, Since I’ve Been Loving You, Black Dog,
Rock & Roll, The Battle of Evermore, Stairway to Heaven.
1946 Jan 3, Don May, basketball
player, was born: Univ. of Dayton, Indiana Pacers.
(440 Int'l. 1/3/99)
1946 Jan 3, President Truman
called on Americans to spur Congress to act on the on-going labor
1946 Jan 3, William Joyce,
(Lord Haw Haw), was hanged in Britain for treason. He had broadcast
for the Nazis to British and American fighting troops. In 2005 Nigel
Farndale authored “Haw-Haw: The Tragedy of William and Margaret
1947 Jan 3, At the top of the
Ole Buttermilk Sky by The Kay Kyser Orchestra
(vocal: Mike Douglas & The Campus Kids).
The Old Lamplighter by The Sammy Kaye Orchestra
(vocal: Billy Williams).
For Sentimental Reasons by Nat King Cole.
Divorce Me C.O.D. by Merle Travis.
(440 Int'l. 1/3/99)
1947 Jan 3, Congressional
proceedings were televised for the first time as viewers in
Washington, Philadelphia and New York City saw some of the opening
ceremonies of the 80th Congress.
1947 Jan 3, In Trenton,
New Jersey, Al Herrin, the handyman who claimed he had no bed to
sleep in because he had never slept a wink in his life, passed away
at age 92. He was famed for catnapping in chairs but never sleeping
in a bed. No bed was found in his living quarters after he died.
Doctors said there was evidence that he had gone several months
without sleep and they confirmed that if he went that long, it could
well be that he was awake his entire life.
(SFC, 12/4/94, p. S-8)(440 Int'l. 1/3/99)
1948 Jan 3, King Michael left
Romania. His Peles Castle in Sinaia was confiscated by the
Communists. In 2006 it was returned to the former king.
(SFC, 10/20/00, p.A16)(SFC, 5/24/06, p.A2)
1950 Jan 3, Bart (Clair Barth)
Johnson baseball, was born.: pitcher: Chicago White Sox.
(440 Int'l. 1/3/99)
1950 Jan 3, Rick MacLeish,
hockey player, was born: London Nationals, Oklahoma City Blazers,
Philadelphia Flyers, Hartford Whalers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Detroit
(440 Int'l. 1/3/99)
1950 Jan 3, Victoria Principal,
actress, was born: Dallas, Fantasy Island, Scott Turow’s The Burden
of Proof, Naked Lie, Blind Witness, Mistress, Pleasure Palace,
Earthquake, Life & Times of Judge Roy Bean.
(440 Int'l. 1/3/99)
1950 Jan 3, Albert Cobo
(1893-1957) began serving as mayor of Detroit. He pursued the
building of motorways by razing black neighborhoods, sowing the
seeds for the race riots of 1967.
1952 Jan 3, A revived "Pal
Joey" opened at Broadhurst Theater, NYC, for 542 performances.
1952 Jan 3, "Dragnet" with Jack
Webb premiered on NBC TV.
1953 Jan 3, Frances Bolton and
her son, Oliver from Ohio, became the first mother-son combination
to serve at the same time in the United States Congress.
(440 Int'l. 1/3/99)
1954 Jan 3, Albert Einstein
wrote a letter to the philosopher Eric Gutkind describing belief in
God as "childish superstition" and saying Jews were not the chosen
people. In 2008 the letter was put up for auction and sold for
(AFP, 5/13/08)(AP, 5/16/08)
1955 Jan 3, Melody Anderson,
actress, was born.: Marilyn & Bobby: Her Final Affair,
Landslide, Hitler’s Daughter, Final Notice, Speed Zone, Firewalker,
Beverly Hills Madam, Policewoman Centerfold, Dead and Buried, Flash
(440 Int'l. 1/3/99)
1955 Jan 3, At the top of the
Mr. Sandman by The Chordettes.
Let Me Go, Lover by Joan Weber.
Naughty Lady of Shady Lane by The Ames Brothers.
More and More by Webb Pierce.
(440 Int'l. 1/3/99)
1956 Jan 3, Mel Gibson,
Academy Award-winning director and actor, was born in Peekskill, New
York. His films included Braveheart (1995) actor and director;
Maverick, The Man Without a Face, Lethal Weapon series, Forever
Young, Hamlet, Bird on a Wire, Tequila Sunrise, Mad Max series, Mrs.
Soffel, The Road Warrior, The Year of Living Dangerously, Summer
1957 Jan 3, The Hamilton Watch
Company was the first to introduce an electric watch in Lancaster,
1958 Jan 3, The first six
members of the newly formed US Commission on Civil Rights held their
first meeting at the White House after they were sworn in by
1958 Jan 3, Edmund Hillary
reached the South Pole (Antarctica) overland. Hillary was part of a
joint New Zealand-British ice trek that drove farm tractors on the
Skelton Glacier to the South Pole. He beat Vivian Fuchs to the South
Pole by 17 days.
(SFC, 1/14/99, p.C2)(MC, 1/3/02)
1958 Jan 3, The British
created the West Indies Federation with Lord Hailes as governor
general. The federation lasted to 1962. It included Barbados,
Jamaica, Trinidad, Tobago and the Windward and Leeward Islands.
(HN, 1/3/99)(WUD, 1994, p.1623)
1959 Jan 3, President
Eisenhower signed a proclamation admitting Alaska to the Union as
the 49th state. Its area is 586,412 sq. mls. Capital: Juneau; bird:
willow ptarmigan; flower: forget-me-not; nickname: The Last
(TMC, 1994, p.1959)(THM, 4/27/97, p.L5)(AP,
1/3/98)(440 Int'l. 1/3/99)
1959 Jan 3, Fidel Castro took
command of the Cuban army.
1961 Jan 3, The United States
severed diplomatic relations with Cuba after Fidel Castro announced
he was a communist. The US Guantanamo Bay base remained under US
(AP, 1/3/98)(HN, 1/3/99)(MC, 1/3/02)
1962 Jan 3, Pope John XXIII
excommunicated Fidel Castro.
1963 Jan 3, Top hits:
Telstar by The Tornadoes
Bobby’s Girl by Marcie Blane
Little Girl by Steve Lawrence
Let Me Cross Over by Carl Butler & Pearl (Dee Jones).
(440 Int'l. 1/3/99)
1964 Jan 3, Barry
Goldwater announced that he was a candidate for the U.S. Presidency.
He lost to Lyndon B. Johnson: 43,126,506 to 27,176,799.
(440 Int'l. 1/3/99)
1965 Jan 3, UC Berkeley
officials announced a new campus policy that allowed political
activity on campus.
(SSFC, 6/9/02, p.F5)
1966 Jan 3, Cambodia warned
the UN of retaliation unless the U.S. and South Vietnam end
1967 Jan 3, Mary Garden
(b.1874), Scottish opera star, died in Inverurie, Scotland.
1967 Jan 3, Jack Ruby (55), the
man who shot accused presidential assassin Lee Harvey Oswald, died
in a Dallas hospital.
1969 Jan 3, Police in Newark,
NJ, confiscated 30,000 copies of the John Lennon, Yoko Ono album,
Two Virgins. A nude photo of John and Yoko on the cover violated
pornography laws in Jersey.
1970 Jan 3, "Mame" closed at
Winter Garden Theater in NYC after 1508 performances.
1971 Jan 3, At the top of the
record charts: "My Sweet Lord and Isn’t It" a Pity by George
Harrison; "Knock Three Times" by Dawn; "Black Magic Woman" by
Santana; and "Rose Garden" by Lynn Anderson.
1972 Jan 3, Don McLean received
a gold record for his 8-minute-plus (8:32) hit, American Pie.
(440 Int'l. 1/3/99)
1973 Jan 3, The Columbia
Broadcasting System (CBS) got out of the baseball business this day
by selling the New York Yankees to a 12-man syndicate headed by
George Steinbrenner III for $8.8 million. Steinbrenner (1930-2010)
put up barely $100,000.
1974 Jan 3, Following eight
years of inactivity, Bob Dylan and The Band began his 2-month
concert tour in Chicago, IL. The tour was recorded and later
released as a double-LP set titled, “Before the Flood."
1975 Jan 3, President Ford
signed Public Law 93-620. This Act, written to enlarge the Grand
Canyon National Park, also provided in Section 10 for the
enlargement of the adjacent Havasupai Indian Reservation by 185,000
acres and designated a contiguous 95,300 acres of the enlarged
National Park as a permanent traditional use area of the Havasupai
Indians of Havasu Canyon, Arizona.
1975 Jan 3, President Gerald
Ford signed the Jackson-Vanik amendment into law, after both houses
of the United States Congress unanimously voted for its adoption.
Congress had passed the Jackson-Vanik amendment for economic
sanctions on Russia to pressure the Soviet Union to allow unfettered
emigration for Soviet Jews. Pres. Bush in 2001 proposed that it be
1975 Jan 3, The US Trade Act of
1974 was enacted.
1976 Jan 3, Pres. Gerald Ford
signed the American Folklife Preservation Act. San Francisco
Folklorist Aaron Green (1917-2009) had lobbied Congress for the
passage of the bill.
1977 Jan 3, Apple Computers
incorporated under Steven Jobs and Steve Wozniak. In March Apple
produced the Apple II, the first pre-assembled, mass-produced PC.
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apple_Computer)(WSJ, 1/11/99, p.R42)
1978 Jan 3, In India the
Congress Party split and Indira Gandhi became head of the larger
(WUD, 1994, p.1691)
1978 Jan 3, Vietnamese troops
were reported to be occupying 400 square miles in Cambodia. North
Vietnamese Army (NVA) troops were using Laos and Cambodia as staging
areas for attacks against allied forces.
1979 Jan 3, The top of the
record charts included: Le Freak by Chic; Too Much Heaven by the Bee
Gees; My Life by Billy Joel; The Gambler by Kenny Rogers.
(440 Int'l. 1/3/99)
1979 Jan 3, Conrad Hilton
(b.1887), American founder of the Hilton Hotel chain, died.
1980 Jan 3, Conservationist Joy
Adamson (69), author of "Born Free," was killed in northern Kenya by
(AP, 1/3/98)(WSJ, 9/8/00, p.W4)
1981 Jan 3, John Lennon’s (Just
Like) Starting Over and the album Double Fantasy topped the pop
music charts just weeks after the death of the former Beatle.
1982 Jan 3, A small plane
crashed into the peak of White Mountain in northern California.
Donnie Priest (10), the only survivor, was rescued 5 days later but
lost both legs due to frostbite. His mother and stepfather were
killed in the crash.
(SSFC, 11/25/07, p.A1)
1983 Jan 3, In Hawaii the Pu’u
O’o vent of the Kilauea volcano lit up the skies for the first time
and began a state of almost constant eruption.
(SFEC, 4/2/00, p.T6)
1985 Jan 3, Soprano Leontyne
Price, part of the Met since 1961, bid adieu to the Metropolitan
Opera in New York. She sang the title role of Aida.
(440 Int'l. 1/3/99)
1985 Jan 3, President Reagan
condemned a rash of arsons on abortion clinics.
1986 Jan 3, The British
Banker’s Association started publishing the London inter-bank
offered rates (LIBOR), a measure of interest rates banks pay
when they borrow from one another. The rate is subjective by design
and not a statistical measure.
1987 Jan 3, At the top of the
record charts included: Walk Like an Egyptian by the Bangles;
Everybody Have Fun Tonight by Wang Chung; Notorious by Duran Duran;
Mind Your Own Business by Hank Williams, Jr.
1987 Jan 3, The first
woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame was ‘Lady Soul’:
Aretha Franklin (b.1942). Bill Haley was among the 14 others
1975 Jan 3, Milton J. Cross
(b.1897), TV announcer (Met Opera), died.
1988 Jan 3, Margaret Thatcher
(b.1925) became the longest serving British PM this century.
1988 Jan 3, The Israeli Army
ordered nine Palestinian activists deported from West Beirut as part
of a controversial crackdown to stop the uprising in the occupied
territories. Israeli raids on Palestinian and Progressive Socialist
Party positions in the region of Saida make killed 21 persons and
1990 Jan 3, Ousted Panamanian
leader Manuel Noriega surrendered to U.S. forces, 10 days after
taking refuge in the Vatican's diplomatic mission.
1991 Jan 3, The 102nd Congress
convened, plunging immediately into acrimonious debate over the
Persian Gulf crisis. President Bush proposed direct talks between
Secretary of State James A. Baker the Third and Iraqi Foreign
Minister Tariq Aziz.
1992 Jan 3, In California,
police pursued a driver who had killed another motorist along
Interstate 5 for more than 300 miles until the car ran out of gas in
Westminster; the driver was shot to death after officers said he
pointed a shotgun at them.
1992 Jan 3, The Dow Jones
industrial average closed above 3,200 for the first time, ending the
day at 3,201.48.
1992 Jan 3, The UN, led by US
Sec. of State Cyrus Vance, brokered a cease-fire between the
Croatian government and rebel Serbs. Following subsequent breaches
the UN Protection Force (UNPROFOR) put 14,000 peacekeeping troops
into Croatia. The European Community (EC) recognized the
independence of Croatia.
(SFC,10/16/97, p.A12)(SFC, 6/11/96, p.A14)
1993 Jan 3, The START II Treaty
was signed between the US and Russia by President Bush and Russian
President Boris Yeltsin. It was to eliminate land-based
multiple-warhead missiles and reduce the long-range nuclear
(SFEC, 12/1/96, Parade p.6)(AP, 1/3/98)
1993 Jan 3, Three days after he
was jeered in Sarajevo, U.N. Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali
took refuge from angry Somalis in Mogadishu.
1995 Jan 3, The US Postal
Service raised the price of a first-class stamp to 32 cents.
1995 Jan 3, Mexican President
Ernesto Zedillo announced an emergency plan for wage and price
controls and budget cuts to stabilize the peso and combat spiraling
inflation. The peso had lost 37% of its value since Dec. 20, 1994.
(WSJ, 1/13/95, p.A-3)(AP, 1/3/00)
1996 Jan 3, As a partial US
government shutdown spilled into its record 19th day, stubborn House
Republicans rebuffed a Senate bill that would have immediately
returned idled federal workers to their jobs.
1996 Jan 3, US House speaker
Newt Gingrich hired Christina Jeffrey to the post of historian for
the House of Representatives.
(WSJ, 5/28/96, p. A-18)
1997 Jan 3, Bryant Gumbel ended
his 15-year career as host of the NBC morning show “Today."
(SFC, 1/4/97, p.E1)(AP, 1/3/98)
1997 Jan 3, Pres. Clinton
waived indefinitely the part of the Helms-Burton law that would
punish foreign companies that used American property confiscated in
Cuba 40 years ago.
(SFC, 1/4/97, p.A3)
1997 Jan 3, President Clinton
declared northern Nevada a major disaster area following days of
rain that sent rivers over their banks in the Reno and Carson City
1997 Jan 3, Las Vegas had a
total of 101,106 hotel rooms as of this date.
(SFEC, 5/10/98, DB p.64)
1997 Jan 3, In NY in
Centereach, Long Island, William Sodders (21) shot and killed, James
Halverson, a firefighter out on a jog, in a random murder. Sodders
was later turned in to police by his father after admitting to him
the murder. Sodders was said to be influenced by the film “Natural
Born Killers." Halverson left a wife pregnant with twins and a
(SFC, 8/15/97, p.A7)
1997 Jan 3, In Washington a
diplomat from Georgia, Gueorgui Makharadze, was in a car crash that
killed a 16-year-old girl. Police said he was drinking, but he
refused a breath test.
(SFC, 1/8/97, p.A17)
1997 Jan 3, In Europe the 11th
day of a cold front left some 206 dead.
(SFC, 1/4/97, p.A8)
1997 Jan 3, In Mexico a Jalisco
state judge dismissed drug trafficking charges against Hector Luis
Palma, leader of the Sinaloa drug cartel. He was sentenced to 6
years on lesser charges.
(SFC, 1/9/97, p.A12)
1997 Jan 3, In Rwanda two Hutu
men were sentenced to death for their role in the 1994 genocide.
(SFC, 1/4/97, p.A10)
1998 Jan 3, Peter Christoff,
Prof. of Russian history at SF State Univ., died at age 86. His
dissertation was on Alexander Herzen and Mikhail Bakunin and he
later specialized on the Slavophil movement, which attempted to
reinforce Orthodox Christian values and Slavic cultural traditions
in the former USSR. His main work was a 4-volume “History of Russian
(SFC, 1/16/98, p.A19)
1998 Jan 3, In Meknassa,
Algeria, a 117 people were killed. In Chekala some 200 people were
killed. Villagers fled their homes and sought shelter in big-city
(SFC, 1/7/98, p.A8)
1999 Jan 3, The Mars Polar
Lander was launched. Landing was scheduled for Dec 3 with probes
designed to burrow 3 feet into the Mars surface.
(SFC, 12/11/98, p.D6)(SFC, 1/4/99, p.A2)
1999 Jan 3, Chicagoans dug out
from their biggest snowstorm in more than 30 years.
1999 Jan 3, In Wyoming Cindy
Thompson Dixon (40) was found dead near a road about 5 miles north
of Laramie. She was reported to have frozen to death after leaving a
bar. She was the mother of Russell Henderson (21), who was waiting
in jail for trial in the death of Matthew Shepard. Henderson pleaded
guilty to murder in 1999 to avoid a trial and possible death
sentence. He was sentenced to 2 consecutive life terms without
eligibility for parole.
(SFC, 1/5/99, p.A3)(SFC, 1/6/99, p.A3)(SFC,
1999 Jan 3, In Indonesia 6
people died following a riot touched off by a military raid in Aceh
province. The military sought Ahmad Kandang, leader of the
separatist Free Aceh movement.
(SFC, 1/4/99, p.A8)
1999 Jan 3, Israeli warplanes
attacked Hezbollah positions in southern Lebanon and wounded 6
people including a woman (55) and her 4 daughters.
(SFC, 1/4/99, p.A22)
1999 Jan 3, In Israel police
detained 8 adults and 6 children belonging to the Concerned
Christians sect from Denver, Colo. Police said the group under Monte
Kim Miller planned violent acts to hasten the 2nd coming of Christ.
11 of the members were ordered to be deported.
(SFC, 1/4/99, p.A1)(SFC, 1/5/99, p.A8)(SFC,
1999 Jan 3, In Pakistan a bomb
intended for Prime Minister Sharif killed 3 civilians and a police
official. The Muttahida Qami Movement (MQM) was suspected. The MQM
represented Urdu-speaking people who immigrated from British India
(SFC, 1/4/99, p.A8)
2000 Jan 3, The last new daily
“Peanuts" strip by Charles Schulz ran in 26-hundred newspapers.
2000 Jan 3, Pres. Clinton
opened peace talks between Syria and Israel in Shepherdstown, West
(SFC, 1/4/00, p.A1)
2000 Jan 3, In Brazil flooding
killed at least 11 people in Rio de Janeiro.
(WSJ, 1/4/00, p.A1)
2000 Jan 3, In Croatia a
center-left coalition won the elections over the nationalist
Democratic Union (HDZ). Leading the coalition were Ivica Racan (55)
of the Social Democratic Party and Drazen Budisa (52) of the
(SFC, 1/4/00, p.A10)
2000 Jan 3, A curfew was
imposed in southern Egypt following violence between Muslims and
Christians that left 20 Christians and Muslim dead in the village of
el-Kusheh (Al Kosheh).
(SFC, 1/4/00, p.A12)(SFC, 6/30/01, p.A10)
2000 Jan 3, Germany reported
plans to cut the tax on profits from sales of shares held less than
a year, making 50% of the gains taxable rather than 100%. The change
would be effective in 2001.
(WSJ, 1/4/00, p.A1)
2000 Jan 3, In Indonesia new
fighting in the Spice Islands left at least 18 people dead.
(SFC, 1/4/00, p.A12)
2000 Jan 3, In India controlled
Kashmir a land mine killed 17 people.
(WSJ, 1/4/00, p.A1)
2000 Jan 3, In Beirut, Lebanon,
assailants fired rocket-propelled grenades at the Russian Embassy.
One police officer and one attacker were killed. In northern Lebanon
Muslim militants killed 4 soldiers and 3 hostages.
(SFC, 1/4/00, p.A10,12)
2000 Jan 3, In Russia acting
Pres. Putin fired Tatyana Dyachenko, the daughter of Boris Yeltsin
and Kremlin image advisor from her post in one of his first official
acts, moving quickly to distance himself from Yeltsin’s
(SFC, 1/4/00, p.A10)(AP, 1/3/01)
2000 Jan 3, In Sri Lanka
fighting was reported at a key northern pass that had left 60 people
dead on both sides.
(WSJ, 1/3/00, p.A1)
2001 Jan 3, Oklahoma defeated
Florida State, 13-to-2, to win the Orange Bowl and capture college
football's Bowl Championship Series title game.
2001 Jan 3, The 107th Congress
opened with the Senate split evenly down the middle. Because of the
50-50 divide, the Democrats were initially in control, since Vice
President Al Gore could break ties, but the Republicans took over on
Inauguration Day when Dick Cheney became vice president. However,
the Senate reverted to Democratic control when Vermont Sen. James
Jeffords switched his affiliation from Republican to Independent in
(SFC, 1/4/01, p.A3)(AP, 1/3/02)
2001 Jan 3, The US Federal
Reserve under Alan Greenspan, outside its normal schedule of
meetings, reduced interest rates by a half % and sent the Nasdaq up
324 points to 2616. The Dow rose 299 to 10,945.
(SFC, 1/4/01, p.A1)(Econ, 10/20/07, SR p.16)
2001 Jan 3, In Delaware a fire
at an Oak Orchard rural home killed 11 Wright-Shelton family members
including 7 children.
(SFC, 1/4/01, p.C12)(AP, 1/3/02)
2001 Jan 3, In Prague some
100,000 people gathered in Wenceslas Square to support the striking
(SFC, 1/4/01, p.A8)
2001 Jan 3, On the
India-Pakistan border 4 Indian soldiers and 2 civilians were killed
at the border post of Arhayee Mandi.
(SFC, 1/4/01, p.A12)
2001 Jan 3, Iraq denied reports
that Pres. Saddam Hussein was hospitalized with a stroke following a
parade Dec 31.
(SFC, 1/4/01, p.A12)
2001 Jan 3, Yasser Arafat
accepted “with reservations" Pres. Clinton’s outline for an
(SFC, 1/4/01, p.A8)
2001 Jan 3, In Spain a commuter
train hit a van near Lorca and 12 Ecuadoran farm workers were
(WSJ, 1/04/01, p.A1)
2001 Jan 3, In Tanzania 6 armed
men attacked a ferry with 50 passengers in Lake Tanganyika and 3
were shot to death including a 3-year-old girl. Male passengers were
ordered to jump into the lake and 5 bodies were later recovered. 20
were feared drowned. 5 gunmen were later arrested
(SFC, 1/8/01, p.A10)(SFC, 1/9/01, p.A15)
2001 Jan 3, In Turkey suicide
bomber Gultekin Koc (23) killed himself a 2 others in a police
station in Istanbul. At least 7 people were injured. Koc was a
member of the Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party-Front, a
(SFC, 1/4/01, p.A9)(SFC, 9/11/01, p.B3)
2002 Jan 3, Miami beat Nebraska
37-14 in the Rose Bowl.
2002 Jan 3, A three-year
federal investigation into the political and personal finances of
Sen. Robert Torricelli, D-N.J., ended with no criminal charges.
2002 Jan 3, A judge in Alabama
ruled that former Ku Klux Klansman Bobby Frank Cherry was mentally
competent to stand trial on murder charges in the 1963 Birmingham
church bombing that killed four black girls. Cherry was later
convicted, and served a life sentence until his death in November
2002 Jan 3, US warplanes hit an
al Qaeda compound in the Khost region south of Tora Bora and Islamic
fighters near Baghran were reported to be in negotiations.
(SFC, 1/4/02, p.A19)(WSJ, 1/4/02, p.A1)
2002 Jan 3, The US announced
increased military operations in Somalia and prepared to send
Marines there. It was suspected that Al Qaeda fighters might attempt
fleeing to Somalia.
(SFC, 1/4/02, p.A19)(WSJ, 1/4/02, p.A14)
2002 Jan 3, In Florida the
conviction of Juan Melendez for a 1983 murder was overturned after
he had spent 17 years on death row. In 2000 the transcript of
another man’s confession, withheld by prosecutors, was found.
(SFC, 1/4/02, p.A17)(WSJ, 1/4/02, p.A1)
2002 Jan 3, In the US south the
largest snowstorm in a decade stranded thousands and left at least 9
(SFC, 1/4/02, p.A7)
2002 Jan 3, Afghan troops beat
back refugees seeking food at a Red Crescent compound in
Jalalabad. There were numerous reports of stolen wheat and relief
supplies attributed to members of the Eastern Shura.
(SFC, 1/4/02, p.A1)
2002 Jan 3, Argentina failed to
make a $28 million payment on a foreign loan. A devaluation of the
peso by 30-40% was expected soon. Duhalde named Jorge Remes Lenicov,
former economic chief of Buenos Aires, as his finance minister.
(SFC, 1/4/02, p.A5)(WSJ, 1/4/02, p.A5)
2002 Jan 3, In Australia fires
continued for the 11th straight day. At least 40 were fires were
started by arsonists. Over 100 fires covered 1,250 square miles.
(SFC, 1/4/02, p.A14)
2002 Jan 3, Israel seized a
ship, Karine A, in the Red Sea carrying 50 tons of advanced weapons
allegedly for the Palestinian Authority. Most of the equipment was
from Iran. Operation Noah’s Ark was not reported until the next day
when US envoy Gen. Zinni arrived to promote peace talks. Hezbollah
helped broker the deal and it was reported to have been overseen by
Fuad Shubaki, a close aide to Arafat. Captain Omar Akawi, a member
of Fatwah, said he was in contact with Adel Awadallah, an alias for
Adel Mughrabi, a weapons buyer for the Palestinian Authority.
(SFC, 1/5/02, p.A1,9)(SFC, 1/7/02, p.A3)(SFC,
2002 Jan 3, Juan Garcia
Esquivel, pianist and composer, died in Mexico at age 83. He turned
out 10 albums in the US from 1957-1963.
(SFC, 1/10/02, p.A16)
2002 Jan 3, Alfred Henry
Heineken (78), builder of a global beer brand, died in the
Netherlands. Freddie designed the green bottle and logo. In 1983 he
was abducted for weeks and released unharmed.
(WSJ, 1/4/02, p.A1)(SFC, 1/5/02, p.A22)
2002 Jan 3, Russian forces
fought Chechen rebels for a 6th day in a conflict that left 40 dead.
In other action 5 Russian soldiers were killed in attacks across
Chechnya. Fighting continued in Tsotsin-Yurt. Moscow claimed 100
rebels killed, but rebels disputed that and said 40 Russians were
(SFC, 1/4/02, p.A17)(WSJ, 1/4/02, p.A1)
2002 Jan 3, The UN made public
a decision by Kofi Annan to pursue war crimes in Sierra Leone with a
war crimes tribunal.
(SFC, 1/5/02, p.A7)
2003 Jan 3, Ohio State beat
Miami in the Fiesta Bowl 31-24 in double overtime to become the
national college football champion.
(SFC, 1/4/03, p.C1)
2003 Jan 3, President George W.
Bush visited Fort Hood in Texas, where he rallied Army troops as the
nation faced the prospect of war with Iraq.
2003 Jan 3, David Westerfield,
the man who'd kidnapped and murdered 7-year-old neighbor Danielle
van Dam, was sentenced to death by a judge in San Diego.
2003 Jan 3, In Brazil Pres.
Silva delayed a plan to spend $700 million on jet fighters. The
military's $7.4 billion budget is scheduled to be cut by $282
2003 Jan 3, Ivory Coast Pres.
Laurent Gbagbo pledged to cease hostilities and send home foreign
mercenaries fighting with loyalist troops.
2003 Jan 3, A Peruvian court
struck down anti-terror laws that had been used to quash rebel
movements in the 1990s.
2003 Jan 3, Jose Maria
Gironella (85), Spanish author, died. His work included "The
Cypresses Believe in God," a trilogy based on the 1936-1939 Civil
War, for which he won the 1953 National Literary prize.
(SFC, 2/10/03, p.B5)
2003 Jan 3, In Caracas,
Venezuela, clashes between opponents and supporters of Pres. Chavez
left at least eighty people wounded.
2004 Jan 3, The NASA spacecraft
Spirit landed on Mars at the Gusev Crater. It was the 4th successful
US landing on Mars.
(SSFC, 1/4/04, p.A1)(USAT, 1/16/04, p.2A)
2004 Jan 3, In San Jose., Ca, a
gang brawl at a Jack in the Box restaurant left 2 teenagers (17)
dead. James Ortega (14) was charged as an adult on 2 counts of gang
motivated murder. In 2007 a San Jose court sentenced Ortega to 36
years to life in prison for the shooting.
(SFC, 1/9/04, p.A17)(SFC, 2/23/07, p.B1)
2004 Jan 3, In China a fire
broke out on an overcrowded bus along an expressway that connects
Shanghai with the eastern city of Nanjing, killing at least 12
people and injuring 14.
2004 Jan 3, In China a
landslide crushed five houses, killing at least 14 people in
northern Shanxi province.
2004 Jan 3, An Egyptian Air
Flash, Boeing 737, carrying 148 people, most of them French tourists
on New Year family holidays, crashed into the Red Sea off the resort
of Sharm el-Sheikh, killing all on board.
(AP, 1/3/04)(SFC, 1/3/04, p.A3)
2004 Jan 3, India's PM Atal
Bihari Vajpayee made a historic visit to Pakistan ahead of a key
South Asian summit, greeted with a warm handshake by PM Zafarullah
Khan Jamali. The airport ceremony would have been unimaginable just
one year ago.
2004 Jan 3, In eastern India
unidentified gunmen stormed a village and shot to death five
2004 Jan 3, In Iran rescuers
pulled Sharbanou Mazandarani (97) from the rubble at Ban, 9 days
following the earthquake, as the death toll rose to about 35,000.
(SSFC, 1/4/04, p.A2)
2004 Jan 3, In Tikrit, Iraq,
American soldiers opened fire with a machine gun on a taxi, killing
four Iraqi civilians, including a 7-year-old boy.
2004 Jan 3, Israeli soldiers
shot and killed 3 Palestinians in the West Bank city of Nablus.
2004 Jan 3, Isidro Galeana
(65), a former state police commander and the first former
government official to face arrest for his role in Mexico's "dirty
war" of the 1960s and 1970s, died of a heart attack.
2004 Jan 3, Nigeria said it had
routed a newly emerged Muslim militant movement fighting to create
an Islamic state in Africa's most populous nation. 2 weeks of
running gunbattles had killed at least eight people.
2005 Jan 3, President Bush
tapped his father, former President Bush, and former President
Clinton to help raise tsunami relief funds.
2005 Jan 3, The third-ranked
Auburn Tigers limped to a 16-13 victory over No. 9 Virginia Tech in
the Sugar Bowl.
2005 Jan 3, Heavy snow shut
down a major highway north of Los Angeles and slowed post-holiday
travel in the Sierra Nevada as Californians grappled with a 2nd week
of stormy weather.
2005 Jan 3, Will Eisner
(b.1917), comic book pioneer, died in Fla. In 1978 he wrote and drew
his graphic novel “A Contract With God." It was the 1st of a trilogy
that included “A Life Force" (1983) and “Dropsie Avenue" (1995).
(SFC, 1/4/05, p.A2)(Econ, 1/15/05, p.81)(SSFC,
2005 Jan 3, In eastern
Afghanistan a US soldier was killed and three others wounded in a
clash with militants.
2005 Jan 3, The Algerian
Interior Ministry said security forces had arrested the leader of
the Armed Islamic Group, the radical insurgency movement responsible
for brutal village massacres several years ago, and killed his
replacement. The arrest of Nourredine Boudiafi and the killing of
Chaabane Younes were near-fatal blows to the seriously weakened GIA,
as the movement is known. Islamic extremists killed 18 people in an
ambush of an army convoy south of the capital Algiers.
(AP, 1/4/05)(AFP, 1/5/05)
2005 Jan 3, Thousands of
Argentines angered over safety lapses at a nightclub where a fire
killed 183 people, many of them teenagers, marched through capital
streets holding pictures of the victims and demanding the
resignations of key city officials.
2005 Jan 3, Honduras Pres.
Ricardo Maduro said that police have arrested the alleged mastermind
of an attack on a public bus that left 28 passengers dead two weeks
ago. The suspect was identified as Juan Carlos Miralda, 24, one of
the leaders of the violent Mara Salvatrucha criminal gang.
2005 Jan 3, India’s death toll
from the Dec 26 tsunami was expected to top 15,000.
2005 Jan 3, J.N. Dixit (68),
India’s national security advisor, died in New Delhi.
(SFC, 1/6/05, p.B7)
2005 Jan 3, In Iraq 3 suicide
car bombs, including one that exploded near the Iraqi prime
minister's party headquarters in Baghdad, along with a roadside
explosion, rifle fire and an explosive rigged to a dead body killed
at least 20 people.
(AP, 1/3/05)(SFC, 1/4/05, p.A3)
2005 Jan 3, Jewish settlers
clashed with Israeli troops who came to tear down two structures at
an unauthorized West Bank outpost, and a soldier was arrested for
encouraging comrades to refuse to evacuate the settlement.
2005 Jan 3, Russian President
Vladimir Putin stripped many of the duties of his top economic
adviser, an outspoken critic who has accused the Kremlin of trying
to muzzle voices of dissent and civil society in Russia.
2005 Jan 3, Ukraine gave in and
agreed to pay Turkmenistan a third more for natural gas following a
(WSJ, 1/4/05, p.A1)
2006 Jan 3, Jack Abramoff, the
US lobbyist who spawned a congressional corruption scandal, pleaded
guilty to 3 felonies and pledged to cooperate in a criminal probe
edging closer to former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay.
2006 Jan 3, In Pennsylvania the
Dover School Board rescinded its policy of presenting intelligent
design as an alternative to evolution in high school biology
(SFC, 1/4/06, p.A2)
2006 Jan 3, Rhode Island became
the 11th state to legalize medical marijuana and the first since the
U.S. Supreme Court ruled in June that patients who use the drug can
still be prosecuted under federal law.
2006 Jan 3, The US DJIA rose
129.91 to 10847.41 on expectations for an end to interest rate
increases based the release of minutes from the Federal Reserve
meeting in December.
(WSJ, 1/4/06, p.A1)
2006 Jan 3, The Committee to
Protect Journalists reported that 47 journalists were killed in
2005, and that more than three-quarters were murdered to silence
their criticism of punish them for their work. Iraq accounted for 22
of the deaths.
(WSJ, 1/4/06, p.A9)
2006 Jan 3, The UN secretariat
of the Convention on Int’l. Trade in Endangered Species ordered a
temporary halt to the global export of caviar to compel nations to
demonstrate that their fishing practices are not pushing caviar
producing fish to extinction.
(SFC, 1/4/06, p.A2)(WSJ, 1/4/06, p.A9)
2006 Jan 3, Armed men beheaded
a teacher in the central Afghan town of Qalat, the latest in a
string of attacks against educators at schools where girls study.
Officials blamed Taliban militants.
2006 Jan 3, Argentina repaid
$9.57 billion in debt to the International Monetary Fund, a measure
officials depicted as a means to help reclaim Argentina's economic
2006 Jan 3, A Foreign Ministry
spokeswoman said Egypt will deport 654 Sudanese refugees who were
violently evicted from a protest camp in a Cairo park last week.
2006 Jan 3, A top official said
Iran has decided to resume research into nuclear fuel production in
a statement certain to increase concerns that Iran is moving toward
production of nuclear weapons.
2006 Jan 3, Gunmen attacked a
car carrying construction workers in western Baghdad, killing three
and wounding two. Gunmen in the same neighborhood fired on a car
carrying civilians, killing two and wounding three. The sister of
Iraqi Interior Minister Bayan Jabr was kidnapped and her bodyguard
killed. The nephew of Maj. Gen. Ali Al-Yasiri, Baghdad rescue police
commander, was kidnapped.
(AP, 1/3/06)(SFC, 1/4/06, p.A3)
2006 Jan 3, Urbano Lazzaro
(81), a resistance fighter credited with arresting fascist dictator
Benito Mussolini at the end of World War II, died in Vercelli,
2006 Jan 3, In Japan Yoshie
Sato (56) was killed near the Yokosuka base. Japanese media later
reported that a US serviceman (21) had admitted to US military
authorities to killing her.
2006 Jan 3, Peru formally asked
Chile to extradite former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori so he
can be tried on human rights and corruption charges.
2006 Jan 3, Russian and
Ukrainian officials agreed to resume talks on resolving a dispute
over the price of natural gas that has reverberated across the
continent and left Ukraine cut off from its supplies.
2006 Jan 3, Serb officials
acknowledged that war crimes fugitive Ratko Mladic was drawing an
army pension until at least mid-November 2005.
(WSJ, 1/4/06, p.A1)
2006 Jan 3, Venezuela President
Hugo Chavez offered Bolivia's president-elect Evo Morales diesel
fuel, trade benefits and help in financing his social reforms as the
two leftists cemented ties, reasserting their opposition to US
policy in Latin America.
2007 Jan 3, Hundreds of hay
bales fell from the sky across Colorado's rangeland as military
helicopter and cargo plane crews delivered food to cattle that have
been stranded by heavy snow and high drifts for a week.
2007 Jan 3, Bob Nardelli
abruptly resigned as chairman and chief executive of The Home Depot
Inc. after a six-year tenure that saw the world's largest home
improvement store chain post big profits but left investors
disheartened by poor stock performance. He left with a severance
package of $210 million. He was succeeded by Frank Blake.
(AP, 1/3/07)(SFC, 1/4/07, p.C1)(Econ, 1/6/07,
2007 Jan 3, C. William Verity
Jr. (89), former US Commerce Secretary, died in Beaufort, SC.
2007 Jan 3, Afghanistan’s the
interior ministry said Afghan and NATO troops killed 17 rebels,
including two commanders, in a sweep of a Taliban stronghold in
southern Afghanistan. In southern Afghanistan a roadside bomb killed
five Afghan security forces and wounded four as they patrolled with
(AFP, 1/3/07)(AP, 1/4/07)
2007 Jan 3, A key political
alliance announced it would boycott this month's general elections
in Bangladesh, deepening a political crisis that has crippled the
South Asian country for months.
2007 Jan 3, Belarus vowed to
charge fees for transshipped oil.
(WSJ, 1/4/07, p.A1)
2007 Jan 3, Mike Perham (14), a
British teenager, became the youngest person to sail solo across the
Atlantic Ocean, reaching the Caribbean island of Antigua after a
six-week voyage. Perham was trailed by his father in another boat.
2007 Jan 3, It was reported
that more than a million Chinese die each year of smoking related
diseases. The toll was expected to double by 2025. A roadside bomb
in southern China killed two children who found the explosive
wrapped in a package and began playing with it in Shenzhen.
(WSJ, 1/3/07, p.A1)(AP, 1/4/07)
2007 Jan 3, China's Foreign
Minister Li Zhaoxing arrived in the central African nation of
Guinea-Bissau for cooperation talks. His 7-nation tour reflected
Chinese interest in Africa.
2007 Jan 3, In northern India
ash-smeared and naked Hindu saints led millions of devotees in a
pre-dawn holy dip at the meeting of three major rivers, starting a
weeks-long pilgrimage to wash away their sins.
2007 Jan 3, Iraq arrested 3 men
who were present at Saddam Hussein's execution, including the person
believed to have recorded the event on a cell phone camera. US
troops detained 23 people suspected of ties to senior al-Qaida
leaders in raids in western Iraq. Police in Baghdad found 27 bodies,
most of them with gunshot wounds to the head. Four Americans and an
Austrian abducted in southern Iraq spoke briefly and appeared
uninjured in a video.
(AP, 1/3/07)(SFC, 1/4/07, p.A3)(WSJ, 1/4/07,
2007 Jan 3, Kenya sent extra
troops to its border with Somalia to keep Islamic militants from
entering the country after Ethiopian helicopters attacked a Kenyan
border post by mistake while pursuing suspected fighters.
2007 Jan 3, Myanmar's military
government freed nearly 3,000 convicts, but key political prisoners
were not among those released.
2007 Jan 3, A Nigerian militant
group said it had seized $545,000 sent by Italian oil firm Agip to
obtain the release of 4 foreign workers kidnapped on Dec 7 but had
kept the men hostage.
2007 Jan 3, In the northern
Philippines a minibus carrying partygoers from a beach collided with
a cargo truck, killing eight people and injuring 17.
2007 Jan 3, In Saudi Arabia
Muslims circled the Kaaba, Islam's holiest site, for a final time,
bringing to a close what may have been the largest hajj pilgrimage
2007 Jan 3, South Korea’s
official media reported that Paek Nam Sun, North Korea's foreign
minister and the country's top diplomat for nearly 10 years, has
died at the age of 78.
2007 Jan 3, In Tunisia at least
14 people, including two security forces, were killed in the
shootout in Soliman, 25 miles south of the capital, Tunis. Fifteen
people were arrested. On Jan 12 the interior minister said nearly 30
Islamic extremists involved in a deadly gunbattle with police had
blueprints of foreign embassies and documents naming foreign envoys.
2007 Jan 3, Turkmenistan's
acting president, in his first campaign statement for next month's
election, called for wider Internet access in the country and for
improving pensions that were slashed last year.
2008 Jan 3, Democrat Barack
Obama and Republican Mike Huckabee won the Iowa caucuses as the
candidates move on to New Hampshire. Obama won with 38% over Edwards
at 30% and Hillary Clinton at 29%. Overall, Clinton leads with 175
delegates, including superdelegates, followed by Obama with 75 and
Edwards with 46. Huckabee won 34% with Romney at 25%. Huckabee
scored 30 delegates and Romney got 7.
2008 Jan 3, Ford Motor Co.
named Tata Motors Ltd. the top bidder for its Jaguar and Land Rover
brands and entered into "focused negotiations at a more detailed
2008 Jan 3, In southwestern
Afghanistan a suicide bomber attacked Indian road construction
workers and their Afghan police escorts, killing seven and wounding
2008 Jan 3, In Chile Interior
Minister Belisario Velasco, one of the most powerful officials in
President Michelle Bachelet's government, resigned as part of an
expected Cabinet shake-up. Mapuche Indians trying to reclaim
farmland they say belonged to their ancestors clashed with police in
violence that left protester Matias Catrileo dead.
(AP, 1/3/08)(AP, 1/5/13)
2008 Jan 3, China issued rules
restricting the broadcast of Internet videos to sites run by the
(WSJ, 1/4/08, p.A1)
2008 Jan 3, A bitterly cold
winter storm pummeled parts of Europe, killing at least three
sailors when a ship sank in rough seas, and piling up snow that
stranded thousands at airports, on mountain roads and in remote
2008 Jan 3, Worshippers at a
Hindu temple in southern India stampeded as they tried to draw close
to a goddess' statue, trampling at least five people to death and
injuring 15 others. The northern state of Himachal Pradesh said it
planned to use unemployed youths to sterilize monkeys to try to
combat aggressive primates who have been raiding farms. The idea
drew immediate condemnation from conservationists, who said the plan
was unscientific and would likely worsen the problem.
2008 Jan 3, Iraqi PM Nuri
al-Maliki held talks with PM Gordon Brown, notably discussing the
plight of five Britons seized in Baghdad last year. Abdul-Aziz
al-Hakim, a top Shiite politician, acknowledged the contribution of
US-backed Sunni Arab groups to the decline in violence across Iraq
and called for their use in the continuing fight against al-Qaida.
The Samarra dam bridge, one of the entrances into Samarra,
reopened. For the past 8 months, the entrances to the city were
essentially closed due to the levels of violence. At least 5 people
were killed in two separate attacks in Baghdad, one targeting a
local member of the prime minister's party. One woman was killed and
another civilian wounded when a rocket slammed into the primarily
Shiite neighborhood of Washash in northwest Baghdad. Iraqi
authorities ordered a one-day vehicle ban in Baqouba in response to
a series of deadly suicide bombings and other attacks by al-Qaida in
Iraq against predominantly Sunni fighters that have allied with the
United States. The US military killed two insurgents and detained 12
in the Diyala region. But the operations also resulted in the deaths
of two American soldiers the wounding of another in a small arms
(AFP, 1/3/08)(AP, 1/3/08)(AP, 1/4/08)(AP, 1/5/08)
2008 Jan 3, Israeli tanks and
warplanes attacked a series of targets throughout the Gaza Strip. 9
people were killed including 3 civilians with over 30 Palestinians
wounded. The attack had intensified following a Katyusha rocket
strike 10½ miles into Israel. The Israeli military uncovered an arms
cache in Nablus that contained explosives, military equipment and
material for manufacturing rockets.
(AP, 1/3/08)(SFC, 1/4/08, p.A16)(SSFC, 1/6/08,
2008 Jan 3, Israeli authorities
ordered fowl destroyed in an area of northern Israel after chickens
kept at a kindergarten were diagnosed with a deadly strain of bird
2008 Jan 3, Crews in Naples,
where the streets increasingly are lined with trash, began cleaning
up a long disused dump in a bid to ease a mounting garbage crisis.
2008 Jan 3, In Kenya riot
police fired tear gas and water cannons to beat back crowds heading
for a banned rally to protest the disputed election, and the
president said he is willing to talk to the opposition once calm has
2008 Jan 3, Libya's foreign
minister declared an end to confrontation with the US in a rare
visit to Washington by a top Libyan diplomat aimed at cementing ties
between the former foes.
2008 Jan 3, In the southern
Philippines 2 al-Qaida-linked Muslim militants, including one wanted
for the 2001 kidnapping of three Americans and 17 other people from
a resort island, were captured in separate raids. Troops arrested
suspected Abu Sayyaf sub-leader Tuwatin Anahalul in Zamboanga del
Sur province's Margusatubig town.
2008 Jan 3, Puerto Rico halted
all bird imports after a rare outbreak of avian flu in nearby
Dominican Republic, where authorities killed more than 100 chickens,
including fighting roosters that tested positive for the lethal
virus. The ban forced the cancellation of more than 100 cockfights,
dealing a blow to the lucrative industry.
2008 Jan 3, South Sudanese
officials said North Sudanese troops have missed a third deadline to
fully redeploy from the south following over two decades of
north-south civil war that ended in 2005.
2008 Jan 3, In northern Sri
Lanka heavy fighting broke out between government troops and Tamil
Tigers, hours after Colombo announced it was pulling out of a
tattered ceasefire agreement with the rebels.
2008 Jan 3, Turkey’s Parliament
approved a law extending a smoking ban in this tobacco-growing
nation to all bars, restaurants and coffeehouses by mid-2009.
2008 Jan 3, In Turkey a car
bomb exploded in the Kurdish-dominated southeastern city of
Diyarbakir, killing 6 people, including 5 students. 67 people were
wounded, including military personnel.
(AP, 1/3/08)(Reuters, 1/4/08)(AP, 1/8/08)
2008 Jan 3, President Hugo
Chavez shuffled his Cabinet, naming a retired military officer as
vice president and other changes aimed at tackling corruption and
inefficiencies in his socialist government.
2009 Jan 3, The United States
blocked approval of a UN Security Council statement calling for an
immediate cease-fire between Israel and Gaza's Hamas rulers.
2009 Jan 3, In New Orleans
Danny Platt (22), was arrested and accused of committing an
"extremely hideous" murder because he was ordered to pay child
support. He initially told police that gunmen had kidnapped his 2
2009 Jan 3, Bitcoin, the
“world’s first decentralized digital currency" was introduced. It
was devised in 2008 by programmer Satoshi Nakomoto (thought not to
be the person’s real name). It was run by a peer-to-per network and
limited to 21 million coins. By 2013 the leading exchange was
Mt.Gox, a Tokyo-based firm.
6/18/11, p.83)(Econ, 4/13/13, p.69)
2009 Jan 3, Sir Alan Walters
(b.1926), a top economic adviser to former British PM Margaret
Thatcher, died. Walters received a knighthood from Queen Elizabeth
II in 1983.
(AP, 1/6/09)(Econ, 1/10/09, p.50)
2009 Jan 3, Tens of thousands
of people demonstrated in European cities against Israel's
bombardment of Gaza, including protesters who hurled shoes at the
tall iron gates outside the British prime minister's residence in
2009 Jan 3, In eastern China an
explosion at an illegal fireworks factory killed 13 people in the
city of Weifang in Shandong province. A boy, Zou Chuanshuo (2) was
killed with an ax in Luoyang in Hubei province. The child's
grandmother Zhu Deqing (43) and six others were also killed. On Jan
11 authorities arrested junk collector Xiong Zhenlin (32) in Wuhan,
the capital of Hubei province. He confessed to the murders, which
included a widow who jilted him. A Chinese court sentenced him to
death on Feb 9 for the murders. Zhenlin was executed on April 16 in
the central city of Suizhou.
(AP, 1/4/09)(AP, 2/9/09)(AP, 4/16/09)
2009 Jan 3, In Ghana opposition
leader John Atta Mills was declared the next president in the
closest electoral race this West African nation has ever seen. The
peaceful ballot secured Ghana's place as a beacon of democracy on a
2009 Jan 3, In Iraq two
brothers were killed and another was wounded when a bomb they were
concealing in their car exploded near the town of Sinjar, 75 miles
west of Mosul.
2009 Jan 3, Israeli warplanes,
gunboats and artillery units bombarded more than 40 Hamas targets,
including weapons storage facilities, training centers and leaders'
homes. Palestinian medical officials said an Israeli airstrike on a
mosque in the Gaza Strip killed 10 people and wounded dozens in the
northern town of Beit Lahiya.
2009 Jan 3, In southwest
Pakistan two paramilitary soldiers were killed and four wounded in a
landmine explosion in Dera Bugti, Baluchistan province. Sarbaz Khan,
a spokesman for the Baluch Republican Army, later claimed
responsibility of the attack.
2009 Jan 3, Russian gas flows
to four European Union countries fell normal levels after Moscow cut
off supplies to Ukraine in a pricing row with no talks in sight to
resolve the dispute. Bulgaria's Bulgargaz joined energy firms in
Poland, Romania and Hungary in saying they had noted falls in
2009 Jan 3, In Somalia Islamic
insurgents appeared to be scrambling for power, taking over several
police stations in the capital as Ethiopian troops who have been
propping up the government began to pull out.
2009 Jan 3, Sri Lankan troops
advanced on the military headquarters of the Tamil Tigers and
engaged the rebels in fresh gun battles. At least three people were
wounded in a bomb blast in Colombo.
2010 Jan 3, The US and Britain
closed their embassies in Yemen in the face of al-Qaida threats,
after both countries announced an increase in aid to the government
to fight the terror group linked to the failed attempt to bomb a US
airliner on Christmas.
2010 Jan 3, John Irwin (80),
former criminal turned writer and criminologist, died at his SF
home. Irwin was released from Soledad Prison in 1957 after serving 5
years for armed robbery. In 1967 He began teaching at SF Univ. and
founded Project Rebound, a program to help those coming out of
prison to go to college. His 6 books included “The Felon" (1970).
(SFC, 1/7/10, p.C3)
2010 Jan 3, Afghan President
Hamid Karzai ordered parliament to cancel its winter recess so
lawmakers can consider his new cabinet nominees. In southern
Afghanistan 4 US troops and a British soldier were killed in two
separate roadside bomb attacks.
2010 Jan 3, In southeastern
Australia more than 1,000 people were forced to evacuate their homes
in Coonamble, in central New South Wales, as the worst floodwaters
to hit the area in a decade threatened to swamp a remote farming
2010 Jan 3, National Bank of
Egypt (NBE) and Banque Misr, the country's first and second biggest
banks by assets, said they had agreed to accept real estate in
exchange for hundreds of millions of dollars in public sector debt.
2010 Jan 3, Eric Rohmer
(b.1920), French new Wave film director and critic, died in Paris.
His first feature film, “The Sign of Leo," was released in 1959.
(SFC, 1/15/10, p.C5)
2010 Jan 3, In northern India
police said more than 30 people have died in cold weather-related
incidents in the past 24 hours, including 10 people killed in train
accidents caused by dense fog.
2010 Jan 3, In Pakistan's
northwest tribal region a suspected US drone missile strike killed
at least 2 people. A roadside bomb struck a vehicle in the Hangu
district of North West Frontier Province, killing a former
irrigation minister and 3 others. Another roadside bomb struck a
vehicle carrying anti-Taliban elders in the Bajur tribal area,
killing 2 and critically wounding 4 others. The bullet-riddled
bodies of a man and a woman were found in the Mamund area of Bajur
with a note saying they were guilty of violating Islamic law.
2010 Jan 3, Serbian police
arrested Darko Jankovic, a war crimes suspect. He was wanted for the
killing of at least 19 civilians in eastern Bosnia and other
atrocities of the 1992-95 war.
2010 Jan 3, In Switzerland
avalanches killed at least four skiers and a rescue doctor. Two of
the avalanches occurred in Diemtig Valley, the first hitting a group
of skiers, the second the rescuers who came to their aid. A third
avalanche buried two skiers near Switzerland's borders with France
2010 Jan 3, In northwestern
Turkey a passenger train crashed head-on into another train, killing
one of the engine drivers and injuring 14 other people.
2011 Jan 3, Boston scientists
and health care giant Johnson & Johnson announced that they are
joining forces to bring a blood test for cancer to market. Four big
cancer centers also will start studies using the experimental test
this year. The test is so sensitive that it can spot a single cancer
cell lurking among a billion healthy ones.
2011 Jan 3, It was reported
that Facebook has received a $450 million infusion from Goldman
Sachs Group along with another $50 million from Digital Sky
Technologies, a Russian firm already invested in Facebook and other
(SFC, 1/4/11, p.D1)
2011 Jan 3, US Marine Maj. Gen.
Richard Mills, the senior Marine general in Afghanistan, said the
leaders of the largest tribe in a Taliban stronghold in the southern
Helmand province have pledged to halt insurgent attacks and expel
2011 Jan 3, Australian military
flights rushed to restock the coastal city of Rockhampton before it
was cut off by floodwaters that have turned a huge swath of the
Outback into a lake. Police confirmed two more deaths in the crisis.
2011 Jan 3, Brazil’s President
Dilma Rousseff kicked off her government with a series of
market-friendly signals, including new details on budget cuts and a
report that she will turn to the private sector to help solve one of
Brazil's biggest infrastructure bottlenecks, a badly needed new
terminal at Sao Paulo's main international airport.
2011 Jan 3, Ed Miliband,
Britain’s Labor leader, warned that the VAT rise from 17.5% to 20%
will cost families £7.50 from January 4, and put 250,000 jobs at
2011 Jan 3, China’s state
television reported that Chinese scientists have mastered the
technology for reprocessing nuclear fuel, potentially yielding
additional power sources to keep the country's economy booming.
2011 Jan 3, Colombian
authorities said that they have accused an army major and four other
soldiers of killing three civilians and then falsely presenting
their bodies as those of guerrillas slain in combat. Maj. Juan
Carlos Del Rio Crespo and four other troops were charged in the 2002
killings of three members of the Agudelo family in Antioquia state.
2011 Jan 3, The Dominican
Republic launched its first major crackdown on illegal Haitian
immigrants since last year's devastating earthquake, rounding up and
deporting hundreds of people in recent days. Human rights groups
criticized the deportations, accusing authorities of stopping and
questioning people based on their physical appearance.
2011 Jan 3, A Greek ministry
statement said experts from Greece and the US have found rough axes
and other tools, thought to be between 130,000 and 700,000 years,
old close to shelters on the south coast of Crete. The island has
been separated from the mainland for about five million years, so
whoever made the tools must have traveled there by sea, a distance
of at least 40 miles.
2011 Jan 3, In Guatemala City 7
people were killed and 15 others injured from a fire inside a
passenger bus. Guatemalan authorities soon arrested four members of
the Mara 18 street gang, including a woman (19) who police say left
the bomb on the bus that was then detonated by cell phone. In the
following days 2 more people died of the injuries.
(AP, 1/3/11)(AFP, 1/4/11)(AP, 1/12/11)
2011 Jan 3, In India a
government environmental panel approved the initial stage of a
project by POSCO of South Korea, to produce 4 million tons of steel
on a 4,000-acre site in Orissa state. Activists opposed the project
citing ecological damage.
(Econ, 1/8/11, p.67)
2011 Jan 3, In Iraq a suicide
bomber detonated an explosives-laden car northeast of Baghdad,
killing a passerby and injuring 33. A policeman was killed in a
drive-by shooting in Baghdad and a Christian woman was shot to death
by armed men who broke into her house.
2011 Jan 3, African leaders
returned to Ivory Coast in their second visit in a week as they
stepped up pressure on the country's renegade president to cede
power more than a month after the election or face a military
2011 Jan 3, In Lebanon Ahmed
Yamani (86), one of the founders of the radical Popular Front for
the Liberation of Palestine, died in Beirut after a stroke. The PFLP
was launched by the late Palestinian leader George Habash in
December 1967, six months after the Arabs lost the West Bank, Gaza
Strip and Syria's Golan Heights to Israel.
2011 Jan 3, In Mexico the
severed head of Ramses Mendoza (30) was found hanging from a bridge
in the Mexican border city of Tijuana. Hours earlier, a woman
between 30 and 35 years old was found shot to death in another
Tijuana neighborhood, also with a threatening message left nearby.
Unidentified gunmen shot to death Sonora state's interim prison
director, Erasto Ortiz Valencia, outside his home. The assistant
police chief of the city of Empalme, near the coastal city of
Guaymas, was also shot to death by a gunmen who fired an assault
rifle from an SUV. Police in Acapulco reported they had found the
bound bodies of four young men dumped on a main boulevard. Gunmen
opened fire on people gathered at a street corner in the northern
city of Monterrey, killing two adults and a 13-year-old boy.
(AP, 1/4/11)(AP, 1/5/11)(AP, 1/7/11)
2011 Jan 3, In Nigeria a
policeman was shot dead in the northeastern city of Maiduguri, where
an Islamist sect last week killed at least 16 people in a series of
religiously motivated attacks. Security officers killed 3 bystanders
and arrested 7 suspected Boko Haram sect members, including a man
they were chasing in Maiduguri movie theater.
(Reuters, 1/3/11)(AFP, 1/4/11)
2011 Jan 3, Pakistani PM Yusuf
Raza Gilani scrambled to save his ruling coalition after a key
partner withdrew, plunging the country into a political crisis.
Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari threw his weight behind
beleaguered PM Gilani.
(AP, 1/3/11)(Reuters, 1/3/11)
2011 Jan 3, In Sudan a Darfur
alliance of rebel splinter factions said that it has agreed to sign
a final peace settlement with the Sudanese government.
2012 Jan 3, The US Justice
Dept. said Maersk, a Danish shipping company, will pay $31.9 million
for overcharging the US government for shipments to US troops in
Afghanistan and Iraq for several years.
(SFC, 1/4/12, p.D1)
2012 Jan 3, Mitt Romney won 25%
of the Iowa caucus by eight votes over Rick Santorum. Ron Paul won
21%, Newt Gingrich won 13% and Rick Perry won 10%. Michele Bachmann
won just 5% and dropped out the race the next day. A recount of the
vote gave the victory to Rick Santorum.
(ABCNews, 1/4/12)(Econ, 1/28/12, p.25)
2012 Jan 3, An expert hired by
the state of Ohio said a 4.0 magnitude earthquake in Ohio on New
Year's Eve did not occur naturally and may have been caused by
high-pressure liquid injection related to oil and gas exploration
2012 Jan 3, Orchard Supply
Hardware Stores went public in an $82 million IPO on NASDAQ after
being spun off by struggling Sears Holding Corp.
(SFC, 1/4/12, p.D1)
2012 Jan 3, Patagonia, an
outdoor clothing firm, became the first company to take advantage of
a new California law designed to give businesses greater freedom to
pursue strategies which they believe benefit society as a whole
rather than having to concentrate on maximizing profits. California
became the 6th state to allow B Corps; the first was Maryland in
(Econ, 1/7/12, p.57)
2012 Jan 3, In Afghanistan a
suicide bomber riding a motorcycle struck in Kandahar, killing four
civilians and a policemen. 3 explosions today killed 13 people
Kandahar. The dead include a child and four police officers. The
Taliban announced that they had come to an "initial agreement" to
open their first political overseas office, possibly in Qatar, in
the first public gesture towards peace talks with the US.
(AP, 1/3/12)(AFP, 1/3/12)
2012 Jan 3, Afghan police
arrested two British private security contractors and two Afghan
colleagues and ordered their company, GardaWorld, closed down after
finding a cache of weapons in their vehicle in Kabul.
2012 Jan 3, The Arab League
called for an emergency meeting to discuss whether to withdraw the
group's monitors from Syria. The British-based Syrian Observatory
for Human Rights said security forces shot dead three people in the
restive city of Homs. The LCC had a higher toll, saying security
forces killed four people in Homs, one in the Damascus suburb of
Kfar Batna and one in the central province of Hama. An explosion
struck a gas pipeline in central Syria in an attack the government
blamed on terrorists.
2012 Jan 3, Brazil’s labor
ministry said some 294 employers submit workers to slave-like
(SFC, 1/4/12, p.A2)
2012 Jan 3, In Canada Czech
emigre writer Josef Skvorecky (87) died in Toronto. He had published
the works of former President Vaclav Havel and other authors
persecuted by the communist government at home. His first novel was
"The Cowards," written in 1948-1949, describing the atmosphere of
Skvorecky's native Czech town of Nachod during the 1945 liberation
from Nazism. It was only published in 1958 and then confiscated and
banned. It was later translated into more than 20 languages.
2012 Jan 3, China’s official
Xinhua news agency said the number of entertainment shows airing
during prime time every week had plunged to 38 from 126, in line
with an order the state broadcasting watchdog issued in October.
2012 Jan 3, In China 13 people
were killed in Hunan province when a truck crossed a highway divider
and crashed head-on into a bus traveling in the opposite direction.
2012 Jan 3, In CongoDRC at
least 8 people were killed in the town of Ngolombe in an attack by
Rwandan Hutu rebels.
2012 Jan 3, Egyptians lined up
in front of polling centers in nine provinces to cast their ballots
in the third and final round of the country's first parliamentary
elections following the ouster of Hosni Mubarak. The two-day
balloting is taking place in areas known as strongholds of Islamist
parties and is unlikely to change the outcome of the elections.
2012 Jan 3, Indian activists
reacted angrily after 12 doctors were fined less than $100 each for
conducting secret drug trials on children and patients with learning
2012 Jan 3, Iraq’s Cabinet
voted to declare the missing Iraqiya ministers "on leave." That
decision sidesteps for now the possibility that boycotting ministers
would be replaced.
2012 Jan 3, Israel's Yitzhak
Molcho and Palestinian Saeb Erekat met in Jordan in the presence of
envoys from the US, Russia, the EU and the UN. The Palestinian
president threatened to take "new measures" against Israel if a
much-anticipated meeting in Jordan fails to bring about a resumption
of peace talks. There were no significant breakthroughs but both
sides agreed to continue the dialogue.
(AP, 1/3/12)(SFC, 1/4/12, p.A3)
2012 Jan 3, Israeli credit card
companies said hackers claiming to be Saudis disclosed credit card
information of thousands of Israelis on the Internet.
2012 Jan 3, In Jamaica final
results gave Portia Simpson Miller's opposition People's National
Party (PNP) a two-to-one margin in Parliament.
2012 Jan 3, Libya’s National
Transitional Council said Yussef al-Mangush, a former colonel in
Kadhafi's military, has been appointed as the new chief of staff of
the Libyan army. Mangush was arrested in the oil town of Brega in
April by Kadhafi's forces and freed in late August following the
fall of Tripoli. Two former rebel factions clashed in hours of
gunbattles in central Tripoli that left five fighters dead. The
clashes were triggered by arrest of a Misrata fighter on New Year's
Eve by Tripoli fighters. He was suspected of robbery and the Misrata
fighters were trying to free him.
(AFP, 1/3/12)(AP, 1/3/12)
2012 Jan 3, Mali's government
announced a plan to distribute 40,000 tons of food in emergency aid
to drought victims and those lacking food security.
2012 Jan 3, Myanmar began
releasing some prisoners, but activists and relatives said a
government clemency fell short of national reconciliation promise.
2012 Jan 3, The offices of
Niger's justice ministry in Niamey were ravaged by a serious fire
which broke out in the early hours. In August last year, the justice
ministry set up a hotline number for callers wishing to report
alleged cases of corruption.
2012 Jan 3, Nigerian police
fired tear gas and detained protesters while crowds blocked petrol
stations amid rising anger over a controversial measure that has led
to skyrocketing fuel prices. A top trade union accused police of
shooting dead a protester. Two suspected Boko Haram gunmen shot dead
the head of the Shehuri neighborhood in Maiduguri. Suspected sect
members also killed the leader of a neighborhood in Damaturu during
a simultaneous attack. A girl was killed in the crossfire after
suspected sect members attacked a police station in the northern
state of Jigawa. Sect members also attacked a church in Gombe state,
killing at least 8 people.
(AFP, 1/3/12)(AP, 1/4/12)(AP, 1/7/12)
2012 Jan 3, Pakistanis angry at
gas shortages blocked a major highway and clashed with police for
the second day, adding pressure on a government bogged down by
scandal, near economic collapse and militant violence.
2012 Jan 3, In the Philippines
some 50 New People's Army guerrillas assaulted a government militia
outpost guarding a village in Agusan del Norte province, killing a
militiaman and two rebels. A weeklong rebel cease-fire ended on Jan
2012 Jan 3, In Senegal
suspected separatist rebels attacked a paramilitary police brigade
in the troubled Casamance region for the second time this week.
2012 Jan 3, In Spain Ibrahima
Dyey (32) of Senegal was shot in the San Marti neighborhood of
Barcelona. Dyey’s death led to rioting and the arrest of four
members of a Roma family. One of the arrested men had asked a group
of youths to stop playing football on the street and after they
refused he opened fire on them with a gun, striking Dyey in the
2012 Jan 3, In Sri Lanka Dinesh
Buddhika Charitananda (25), an ethnic Sinhalese, was abducted. His
body was found the following morning near a river in a Colombo
(Econ, 1/14/12, p.42)
2012 Jan 3, In Turkey Kenan
Evren (94), a former president (1982-1989), and former air force
commander Tahsin Sahinkaya faced charges of crimes against the
state. A court will now have to decide whether to accept the
indictment and order a trial. Their trial began on April 4.
(AP, 1/3/12)(AP, 4/4/12)
2013 Jan 3, The new 113th US
Congress convened. It was set to take a fresh crack at a number of
old, and highly contentious, issues, such as gun control,
immigration, the record debt, tax reform and the farm bill.
2013 Jan 3, Officials said a
smuggling ring brought narwhal tusks from the Canadian Arctic into
Maine in a trailer with a secret compartment and then illegally sold
them to American buyers. In 2015 Andrew Zarauskas (61) was sentenced
to nearly three years for buying more than 30 tusks over six years
from two Canadians.
(SFC, 1/4/13, p.A6)(SFC, 1/13/15, p.A6)
2013 Jan 3, Hormel Foods said
it has agreed to buy the Skippy peanut butter business from Unilever
for about $700 million.
(SFC, 1/4/13, p.C3)
2013 Jan 3, Argentine Pres.
Cristina Fernandez called on Britain to relinquish control of the
(SFC, 1/4/13, p.A2)
2013 Jan 3, Australian
astronomers discovered a comet named C/2013 A1 (Siding Spring).
Scientists said it will pass about 50km from Mars on October 19,
2014. On Oct 19 the comet’s closest approach to Mars was about
(Econ, 3/9/13, p.80)(Econ, 10/25/14, p.82)
2013 Jan 3, The Basque
nationalist group known as Batasuna, legal in France but banned in
Spain, announced that it is dissolving after 11 years.
2013 Jan 3, British police
extradited terror suspect Abid Naseer (26) to the United States to
face charges that he took part in an alleged al-Qaida plot to
detonate explosives aboard the New York City subway system.
2013 Jan 3, Coalition military
officials in Afghanistan said an elite Danish soldier was killed
overnight by an explosive device.
2013 Jan 3, In India 5 men
accused of raping a university student for hours on a bus as it
drove through New Delhi were charged with murder, rape and other
crimes that could bring them the death penalty. A sixth suspect,
listed as a 17-year-old, was expected to be tried in a juvenile
court, where the maximum sentence would be three years in a reform
facility. Authorities said they will seek the death penalty against
the 5 men.
(AP, 1/3/13)(SFC, 1/4/13, p.A2)
2013 Jan 3, Iraqi authorities
ordered the release of 11 women facing criminal charges and pledged
to transfer other women prisoners to jails in their home provinces,
in a move to address a main demand during a wave of protests by the
country's Sunni minority against the Baghdad government. A car bomb
struck a procession of Shiite pilgrims in the town of Musayyib,
about 60 km south of Baghdad, killing at least 20 and wounding
2013 Jan 3, In northeast
Nigeria at least 43 people were killed when gunmen suspected of
belonging to Boko Haram attacked the town of Song.
(SFC, 1/4/13, p.A2)
2013 Jan 3, In Northern Ireland
8 police officers were injured when protests at the removal of the
British flag from Belfast City Hall turned violent for the first
time in more than two weeks.
2013 Jan 3, In Pakistan a US
drone strike took place near Mir Ali, the main town of the North
Waziristan tribal region. One missile hit a vehicle near the town,
followed by another missile when people rushed to the vehicle to
help people in the car. Officials said four people were killed in
2013 Jan 3, Palestinian
officials said Israeli undercover troops broke into a West Bank
house in a failed arrest raid near Jenin, igniting a violent protest
and signaling that Israeli-Palestinian security coordination may be
2013 Jan 3, Russia announced
that President Vladimir Putin has approved French actor Gerard
Depardieu's application for citizenship.
2013 Jan 3, In Russia Denis
Burakov (27), was killed when a transparent plastic ball, known as a
zorb, veered off course and sailed over a rock ledge at the Dombai
ski resort in the rugged Caucasus Mountains. His friend Vladimir
2013 Jan 3, Syrian troops and
rebels fought intense battles around the Taftanaz air base in the
country's north and a suburb of the capital that government forces
have been trying to capture since last month. Rebels reportedly
killed the commander of the air base, a brigadier general. The
Observatory and the LCC said 8 people were killed in Douma and
nearby areas. Dozens of people were also killed or wounded in the
town of Hayan in Aleppo province. A car bomb blew up in a Damascus
gas station, killing at least 9 people.
(AP, 1/3/13)(AP, 1/4/13)
2013 Jan 3, Syrian
journalist Suheil al-Ali, who worked for a pro-government television
station, died four days after a "terrorist" opened fire on him as he
was returning home from work in the suburbs of Damascus.
2014 Jan 3, A major snowstorm
producing blizzard-like conditions hammered the northeastern United
States, causing 2,000 US flight delays and cancellations. At least
15 deaths were blamed on the storm.
(Reuters, 1/3/14)(SFC, 1/4/14, p.A4)
2014 Jan 3, In San Jose, Ca.,
police Officer Dondi West shot Vietnamese immigrant Hung Lam in the
back as Lam allegedly walked backward on his front lawn with a knife
in her direction. Lam was left paralyzed and restricted to a wheel
chair. In 2017 a federal appeals court said San Jose must pay Lam, a
mentally disturbed man, $11.3 million.
(http://tinyurl.com/yd5nf2lx)(SFC, 9/6/17, p.D1)
2014 Jan 3, Rock & Roll
singer Phil Everly (b.1939), the younger brother of Don Everly
(b.1937), died. Phil helped make the Everly Brothers one of
the biggest rock and country acts of the 1950s and early 1960s.
(Reuters, 1/3/14)(SFC, 1/4/14, p.A7)
2014 Jan 3, Argentina’s
government agreed to roll over the debt of 18 provinces to help ease
their financial strains.
(Econ, 1/11/14, p.29)
2014 Jan 3, In Cambodia At
least 4 people were killed when police outside Cambodia's capital
opened fire to break up a protest by striking garment workers
demanding a doubling of the minimum wage.
2014 Jan 3, The health minister
of Alberta, Canada, said an H1N1 flu outbreak in Alberta has
sickened nearly 1,000 people and killed five over the past few
weeks. He urged everyone to get vaccinated.
2014 Jan 3, Egyptian riot
police clashed with supporters of former Islamist Pres. Morsi across
the country, leaving 17 dead and 62 injured as the Muslim
Brotherhood renewed calls to protest ahead of a key referendum later
(AP, 1/3/14)(AP, 1/4/14)
2014 Jan 3, An Egyptian
security official said police have found a murdered Swiss couple
buried in the garden of their house in the Red Sea resort town of
Hurgada. They were reportedly killed by the house's guard and two of
his friends who wanted to rob the couple.
2014 Jan 3, In Ethiopia South
Sudan's warring parties began negotiations to end nearly three weeks
of raging conflict which has left thousands feared dead and taken
the world's youngest nation to the brink of all-out civil war.
Fighting intensified as the army moved on rebel-held Bor.
2014 Jan 3, In western Germany
a World War II bomb exploded during construction work in Euskirchen,
near Bonn, killing one person and wounding at least eight others.
2014 Jan 3, Indian PM Manmohan
Singh ruled out serving another term after an election due by May
and threw his support behind Nehru-Gandhi dynasty scion Rahul Gandhi
to lead the country if their party wins the vote.
2014 Jan 3, In Iraq Sunni
Muslim tribesmen backed by Iraqi troops fought al Qaeda-linked
militants for control of Anbar province. More than 100 people were
killed as police and tribesmen battled ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq
and al-Sham, aka ISIL) fighters, Al-Qaeda-linked militants who took
over parts of Fallujah and Ramadi.
(Reuters, 1/3/14)(AFP, 1/3/14)(Econ, 1/11/14,
2014 Jan 3, Israeli war planes
carried out a series of strikes in the Gaza Strip, shortly after a
rocket from the enclave struck the Jewish state.
2014 Jan 3, The Italian navy
over the last 24 hours rescued more than 1,000 migrants from boats
trying to reach Europe.
2014 Jan 3, Madagascar’s
electoral commission said that former finance minister Hery
Rajaonarimampianina, the candidate backed by outgoing President
Andry Rajoelina who spearheaded the coup nearly five years ago, won
53.5 percent of the December 20 vote.
2014 Jan 3, In Mexico 9 people
were killed during a gunfight at a prison in Guerrero state, after a
gang dressed as police officers gained entry.
2014 Jan 3, In Pakistan Iram
Ramazan, a 10-year-old maid, died in Lahore after being beaten by
the wife of the household for stealing a few rupees.
(SSFC, 1/5/14, p.A4)(http://tinyurl.com/mhrtzx3)
2014 Jan 3, In Pakistan two
senior Sunni leaders were killed in Islamabad.
2014 Jan 3, A Palestinian
youth, identified as Adnan Abu Khater (16), died of his wounds after
he was shot a day earlier by Israeli soldiers near the border fence
in the northern Gaza Strip.
2014 Jan 3, Spanish police said
they have caught two women flying in from Brazil with more than a
kilo (two pounds) of cocaine each hidden under their wigs. The two
women, who were Portuguese and aged 18 and 28, arrived at Madrid's
Barajas airport on different days from Sao Paulo.
2014 Jan 3, A Turkish court
ordered the release from jail of two Kurdish lawmakers being tried
for links to militants in a potential boost to a fragile peace
process. Turkish prosecutors said they have charged 36 protesters
with terrorism over mass anti-government demonstrations that swept
the country last year.
(Reuters, 1/3/14)(AFP, 1/3/14)
2014 Jan 3, Zimbabwe's black
empowerment agency said at least 90 percent of foreign shop owners
don't have bank accounts and are hiding away money or smuggling it
out of the country, worsening cash shortages in the troubled
2015 Jan 3, In southern
California a shooting in Long Beach left a mother and two brothers
wounded. Giseleangelique Rene D'Milian and Anthony Ray McCall
abducted 3-week old Eliza Delacruz, whose body was found the next
day in a dumpster.
(SFC, 1/6/15, p.A5)(SFC, 3/28/15, p.A5)
2015 Jan 3, In Kentucky
teenagers Dalton Hayes (18) and Cheyenne Phillips (13) disappeared
from Leitchfield and went on a crime spree stealing vehicles in
South Carolina and Georgia. On Jan 18 the teens were arrested in
Panama City, Fla.
(SFC, 1/17/15, p.A6)(SFC, 1/19/15, p.A4)
2015 Jan 3, Edward Brooke
(b.1919), former Massachusetts senator (1966-1978) died at his home
in Coral Gables, Florida. Brooke was the first black person to be
elected as senator in any state since Reconstruction.
(SSFC, 1/4/15, p.C9)
2015 Jan 3, In Afghanistan
insurgents kidnapped 4 policemen from Wardak province. Their bodies
were found near the provincial capital Pul-i-Alam hours later.
2015 Jan 3, In Armenia the
defense ministry of the separatist Nagorno-Karabakh region said two
of its soldiers were killed while repelling Azerbaijani
2015 Jan 3, In Australia
thousands of people fled their homes as wildfires raged across the
nation's south, with firefighters struggling to contain the blazes
fanned by strong winds.
2015 Jan 3, Bangladesh police
banned all protests in Dhaka and locked main opposition leader
Khaleda Zia in her office in Dhaka as clashes broke out before the
first anniversary of an election her party boycotted.
(AFP, 1/4/15)(SFC, 1/5/15, p.A2)
2015 Jan 3, Greek police
arrested convicted terrorist Christodoulos Xiros, who had failed to
return to prison while on a furlough almost a year ago.
2015 Jan 3, Guyana said it is
issuing new passports with improved safety features after seizing
fraudulent ones in recent months.
2015 Jan 3, Search teams
hunting for the wreck of Indonesia’s AirAsia Flight QZ8501 that
crashed with 162 people on board reported four large parts of the
plane on the sea bed.
2015 Jan 3, Israel said it will
withhold critical tax revenue and seek ways to bring war crimes
prosecutions against Palestinian leaders in retaliation for
Palestinian moves to join the International Criminal Court (ICC).
2015 Jan 3, In central Libya
masked gunmen kidnapped 13 Coptic Christians in Sirte after seven
were abducted days earlier. Forces loyal to the internationally
recognized government staged air strikes on the commercial port of
Misrata, a western city allied to a group that holds the capital
(AP, 1/3/15)(Reuters, 1/3/15)
2015 Jan 3, In Mexico Hipolito
Mora, the founder of a vigilante group in the western state of
Michoacan, was arrested along with 26 followers for their alleged
role in 10 deaths during a shootout with a rival group last month.
2015 Jan 3, A Norwegian ship
owner said one if its cargo vessels, the "Bulk Jupiter," has sunk
off Vietnam. Bergen-based Gearbulk said only one of the 19 Filipino
crew members was known to have survived.
2015 Jan 3, Pakistani
airstrikes killed 31 militants and a suspected US drone strike
killed another seven. The airstrikes in the Tirah valley of the
Khyber region destroyed four militant hideouts and a suicide bomber
2015 Jan 3, Pakistani and
Indian border guards traded artillery fire overnight along the
disputed border region of Kashmir, killing 4 people and wounding
2015 Jan 3, A cargo ship
carrying cement overturned off the coast of Scotland. The
Cypriot-registered Cemfjord sank the next day. The crew of seven
Poles and one Filipino were missing.
2015 Jan 3, In Tunisia
suspected Islamist militants captured and killed a police officer
south of Tunis, stabbing him and slashing his throat as he traveled
home. Nine suspected militants were arrested. In late December four
men were convicted of cutting the throat of the 23-year-old
policeman in El Fahs. Three men were sentenced to death. A fourth
man, who is on the run, was sentenced to 22 years in jail.
(Reuters, 1/4/15)(AFP, 12/30/15)
2015 Jan 3, Uganda officials
said outspoken General David Sejusa, who recently returned to the
country after 18 months in self-imposed exile, has been placed under
2015 Jan 3, Yemeni authorities
reported the arrest of a Belgian, a Bulgarian and a Somali suspected
of having links with al-Qaida after a search found one of them
carrying documents and materials with the group's logos on them.
Unknown gunmen killed two fighters from the Shiite Houthi rebel
group in central Ibb province.
2016 Jan 3, New York Gov.
Andrew Cuomo singed an order requiring communities statewide to take
homeless people from the streets when temperatures reach freezing.
(SFC, 1/4/16, p.A6)
2016 Jan 3, In Afghanistan an
army M-17 helicopter crashed in the eastern Logar province, killing
3 Afghan soldiers.
2016 Jan 3, Police in the
Sunni-ruled Gulf state of Bahrain clashed with Shiite protesters a
day after neighboring Saudi Arabia executed a leading Shiite cleric.
2016 Jan 3, The European
Commission said it would debate the rule of law in Poland this month
in the first stage of a potentially-punitive procedure after Warsaw
seized control of public broadcasters.
2016 Jan 3, Indian troops were
still battling at least two gunmen at the Pathankot air force base
near the border with Pakistan. At least 7 troops and 4 gunmen have
been killed in the fighting so far.
2016 Jan 3, In Iraq suicide
attackers from the Islamic State group killed at least 12 Iraqi
forces in a brazen attack on police training at Speicher base, near
Tikrit. Police managed to kill 7 attackers but 3 were able to
detonate their suicide vests.
2016 Jan 3, Mexican officials
said they have killed 2 people and arrested three others linked to
the slaying of a mayor who had taken office only a day earlier.
Morelos Gov. Graco Ramirez attributed the killing of Gisela Mota to
2016 Jan 3, Saudi Arabia
announced it was cutting diplomatic ties with Iran.
2016 Jan 3, The Islamic State
released a new video in which five purported British spies are shot
dead by masked extremists as propaganda from a group that is losing
control of territory in Syria and Iraq. Newspapers named Siddhartha
Dhar, a British Indian, as the speaker in the tape.
(AP, 1/4/16)(SFC, 1/4/16, p.A4)(Econ, 1/9/16,
2016 Jan 3, In Turkey more than
200 people in Istanbul protested peacefully against curfews and
operations in mainly Kurdish cities and towns in the southeast,
where security forces and Kurdish militants are locked in an
2016 Jan 3, Yemeni government
forces clashed with militant groups for control over the strategic
Port of Aden in the southern city with the same name.
2016 Jan 3, In southeastern
Yemen Al-Qaeda militants stoned a woman to death after accusing her
of adultery and prostitution in Mukalla, Hadramawt province.
2017 Jan 3, President-elect
Donald Trump announced he has nominated Reagan-era lawyer Robert
Lighthizer, described as an advocate of greater protectionism, as US
2017 Jan 3, US House
Republicans scrapped their plan eviscerate the Office of
Congressional Ethics, after the move drew a public backlash and a
Twitter scolding from Pres.-elect Donald Trump.
(SFC, 1/3/17, p.A5)
2017 Jan 3, Ford Motor Co. said
that it is canceling plans to build a $1.6 billion car plant in
Mexico and will instead invest $700 million to increase production
(SFC, 1/4/17, p.C1)
2017 Jan 3, In Minnesota a
federal appeals court ruled that a program for keeping sex offenders
confined after they complete their prison sentences is
(SFC, 1/4/17, p.A6)
2017 Jan 3, Toyota began moving
hundreds of jobs out of its northern Kentucky headquarters as part
of a nationwide consolidation of the company's operations.
2017 Jan 3, Albania suspended
the reopening of schools after the New Year's break because of
frigid weather and concern about the spread of flu.
2017 Jan 3, Haitian officials
said an electoral tribunal has rejected claims that massive voter
fraud marred the November presidential election victory of
first-time candidate Jovenel Moise.
2017 Jan 3, Imprisoned Iranian
human rights activist Arash Sadeghi ended a 71-day hunger strike as
his detained wife won a temporary release from prison, a day after
his case sparked a rare unauthorized protest in Tehran.
2017 Jan 3, In Iran two
pipelines were reportedly bombed in Khuzestan province. The next day
the Arab Struggle Movement for the Liberation of Ahwaz claimed
responsibility. Iranian Interior Ministry spokesman Salman Samani
denied the claim.
2017 Jan 3, Moldova's new Pres.
Igor Dodon stripped the ex-president of Romania of his
recently-acquired Moldovan citizenship, saying he obtained it
illegally. Traian Basescu and his wife Maria were awarded
citizenship of the troubled ex-Soviet republic, formerly part of
Romania. Dodon favors closer relations with Russia, while Basescu
has called for the reunification of Romania and Moldova.
2017 Jan 3, Mozambique's Renamo
opposition party said it had extended a ceasefire by two months to
allow talks with President Filipe Nyusi's government, raising hopes
for a nascent peace process.
2017 Jan 3, Nigerian anti-drug
officers said they found 9.15 kg (20 pounds) of cocaine worth $4.7
million "factory-packed" inside a new pair of shoes that arrived at
Abuja airport on a flight from Brazil.
2017 Jan 3, In Romania Sevil
Shhaideh, poised to become the country's first female and Muslim
prime minister, was offered a job as deputy premier after the
country's president declined to nominate her for the top government
2017 Jan 3, Taiwan strongly
objected to the deportation from Vietnam to China of four Taiwanese
nationals suspected of telecommunications fraud, saying the move was
carried out under pressure from Beijing.
2017 Jan 3, Turkmenistan said
that it has restricted natural gas deliveries to Iran over unpaid
debts. Iranian state media have put the figure demanded by
Turkmenistan at around $2 billion.
2017 Jan 3, In southern Yemen
pro-government forces attacked al-Qaida militants, killing 15
jihadis but losing 11 of their own troops.
2017 Jan 3, In southern Yemen
at least three soldiers were killed in clashes with al Qaeda
militants in Shuqra in an operation launched by the internationally
recognized government of President Abd-Rabu Mansour Hadi.
2018 Jan 3, US Pres. Donald
Trump signed an executive order disbanding his voter fraud
(SFC, 1/4/18, p.A4)
2018 Jan 3, A winter storm
dumped snow in Tallahassee, Florida, for the first time in nearly
(SFC, 1/4/18, p.A5)
2018 Jan 3, In NYC Mehmet Hakan
Atilla (47), a deputy general manager of Turkey's state-run
Halkbank, was found guilty of five counts including bank fraud.
Atilla was found guilty of conspiracy to defraud the US. He was
acquitted of a money laundering charge.
2018 Jan 3, A agreement was
proposed to tie up loose ends from two failed nuclear reactors in
South Carolina. The deal could mean $1.3 billion in refunds for
utility customers affected by the failed project. South Carolina
Electric & Gas Co. had abandoned construction reactors at the
V.C. Summer Nuclear Station. Thousands were left jobless in the wake
of the $9 billion failure.
2018 Jan 3, Brazil's oil giant
Petrobras said it has agreed to pay $2.95 billion to settle a class
action suit in New York brought on behalf investors harmed by a huge
2018 Jan 3, In Congo DRC 44
people perished overnight in Kinshasa as shanty homes were swept
away by killer floods and landslips.
2018 Jan 3, In Egypt Laila
Amer, a little-known female singer, was arrested for a racy video
posted online. She was charged with violating public decency and
inciting debauchery in the video, titled "Bos Omak," or "Look at
Your Mother" a pun on a popular Arabic profanity.
2018 Jan 3, Ethiopia's PM
Hailemariam Desalegn announced plans to drop charges against
political prisoners and close a notorious prison camp in what he
called an effort to "widen the democratic space for all."
2018 Jan 3, MiFID II/MiFIR, the
Markets in Financial Instruments Directive, came into force across
the EU. MiFID II and MiFIR will ensure fairer, safer and more
efficient markets and facilitate greater transparency for all
2018 Jan 3, Winter storm
Eleanor packing winds up to 100 mph (160 kph) battered parts of
western Europe, derailing trains, toppling trees, halting flights
and leaving hundreds of thousands of homes across France,
Switzerland, Britain and Ireland without power.
2018 Jan 3, In Germany a
government study said violent crime rose by about 10 percent in 2015
and 2016. It attributed more than 90 percent of that to young male
2018 Jan 3, The prime ministers
of Hungary and Poland said their countries' anti-immigration
policies are gaining strength within the 28-nation European Union.
2018 Jan 3, In India
demonstrators from the lowest caste blocked roads and railways
across Mumbai in protest against violence involving Hindu
nationalist groups at an event commemorating a 200-year-old battle.
2018 Jan 3, Thousands of
Iranians took part in pro-government rallies in several cities as
the elite Revolutionary Guards deployed forces to three provinces to
put down an eruption of anti-government unrest. Six days of protests
have left 21 people dead.
2018 Jan 3, In Ireland an
Egyptian man (18) was arrested as a suspect after a Japanese man
(24) was stabbed to death and two others were injured in the town of
Dundalk. Three attacks had taken place at three separate locations
within 40 minutes of each other.
2018 Jan 3, Israel said it
would pay thousands of African migrants living illegally in the
country to leave, threatening them with jail if they are caught
after the end of March.
2018 Jan 3, Israel's internal
security agency said it has busted an Iranian espionage ring
operating in the West Bank and arrested Mohammed Maharmeh (29) its
Palestinian leader. Maharmeh was allegedly tasked with enlisting
suicide bombers and gunmen for attacks against Israelis.
2018 Jan 3, In Italy
surveillance footage of a theft at the Doge's Palace in Venice
showed one of the thieves calmly opening a showcase window, putting
the jewels in his pocket and sauntering off. The Al Thani Collection
hasn't revealed the pieces' value, but news reports estimate they
are worth millions of euros.
2018 Jan 3, Four Kosovo
opposition lawmakers were handed suspended jail terms of between 15
and 18 months for obstructing parliamentary work by releasing tear
gas in the chamber.
2018 Jan 3, It was reported
that group of Kuwaitis, imprisoned for taking part in
anti-government protests, have announced the formation of a new
political bloc in defiance of their detention and charges related to
their political activism. Kuwait's Democratic Party was launched
this week by four Kuwaitis sentenced to prison in late November.
2018 Jan 3, In Mexico at least
eight young people used social media to organize two days of
collective looting of stores in several northern suburbs of Mexico
City, leading to clashes with police and more than 100 arrests. As
of Jan. 5 authorities detained 113 people, including 30 teenagers.
2018 Jan 3, In northern Nigeria
a suicide bomber entered a mosque in and detonated his explosives,
killing 14 people during early morning prayers in Gamboru Ngala
town, Borno state.
2018 Jan 3, North Korean leader
Kim Jong Un reopened a key cross-border communication channel with
South Korea for the first time in nearly two years as the rivals
explored the possibility of sitting down and talking after months of
acrimony and fears of war.
2018 Jan 3, Norway said it has
suspended exports of munitions and arms to the United Arab Emirates
as a "precautionary line," based on its assessment of the situation
in Yemen, where a Saudi-led coalition including the UAE has been
fighting Shiite rebels for nearly three years.
2018 Jan 3, Palestinian Musab
Tamemi (17) was killed in clashes with the Israeli army, which says
troops fired at an armed protester.
2018 Jan 3, In the southern
Philippines eight people were killed when a rusty mortar round they
thought was an iron canister with gold inside exploded as they tried
to pry it open with a hammer in Sirawai town, Zamboanga del Norte
2018 Jan 3, In Poland a protest
by thousands of doctors, who refuse to work overtime, disrupted
services at some hospitals, including children's wards. The Health
Ministry said that some 3,500 of about 88,000 hospital doctors have
refused to sign up to contracts allowing for work weeks of more than
2018 Jan 3, In Saudi Arabia
Saleh al-Shehi, a columnist for Arabic-language daily al-Watan, was
detained over various articles and television appearances, including
one in which he accused the royal court of corruption in
distributing land. On Jan. 5 the Committee to Protect Journalists
(CPJ) called for his release.
2018 Jan 3, Singapore banned a
film festival from screening the documentary "Radiance of
Resistance" later this week that features a teenage Palestinian
female activist Ahed Tamimi, whose arrest last month has made her a
symbol of resistance to Israeli military occupation in the West
2019 Jan 3, The United States
issued a pre-emptive warning to Iran against pursuing three planned
space rocket launches that it said would violate a UN Security
Council resolution because they use ballistic missile technology.
2019 Jan 3, Democrats took over
the US House of Representatives, ushering in a new era of divided
government in Washington with the goal of checking Donald Trump's
2019 Feb 3, In southern
California a small plane crashed into a home in Yorba Linda killing
the pilot and four people in the home.
(SFC, 2/4/19, p.A4)
2019 Feb 3, In San Francisco
two people were killed early today when a car entered Hwy. 101 at
the Vermont St. exit going the wrong way. Driver Kayla Wilson (21)
was killed along with Waheedullah Etimad, the driver of a minivan
carrying 6 people.
(SFC, 2/4/19, p.C1)
2019 Jan 3, In Florida two big
rigs and two passenger vehicles collided and spilled diesel fuel
across I-75 sparking a massive fire that killed 7 people, including
five children riding in a church van.
(SFC, 1/4/19, p.A4)(SFC, 1/5/19, p.A6)
2019 Jan 3, Michigan's
Democratic congresswoman Rashida Tlaib kicked off her term with an
expletive-laced vow to impeach Donald Trump, testing her party's
discipline and earning a chiding the next day from the president.
2019 Feb 3, Barbra Siperstein
(76), a crusader for transgender rights, died in New Jersey. Two
days earlier a New Jersey bill, named in her honor, went into effect
granting states residents the right to amend their gender on birth
certificates without proof of surgery.
(SSFC, 2/10/19, p.C9)
2019 Jan 3, In Texas three
children were found killed and their mother Kimaria Nelson (24)
beaten and severley wounded by a pellet gun in Texas City. Junaid
Hashim Mehmood, the father of one of the children was soon arrested
and charged with murder.
(http://tinyurl.com/yb43d96j)(SFC, 1/5/19, p.A6)
2019 Jan 3, Stocks went into a
steep slide after Apple reported a slowdown in iPhone sales over the
holidays in China, a hugely important market for the company.
2019 Jan 3, Texas lawyer Herb
Kelleher (b.1931), co-founder of Southwest Airlines, died. He became
chairman of the airline in 1978 and CEO in 1982.
(SFC, 1/4/19, p.D2)
2019 Jan 3, In Afghanistan the
Taliban killed eight police in an attack on their post in the
provincial capital of the northern Baghlan province.
2019 Jan 3, The new government
of Brazil's far-right President Jair Bolsonaro hit the ground
running on its first day of business, rushing through changes to put
a conservative stamp on the country by trashing progressive
achievements of past administrations.
2019 Jan 3, Canada said that 13
of its citizens have been detained in China since Huawei
Technologies Co Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou was arrested
last month in Vancouver at the request of the United States.
2019 Jan 3, A Chinese space
probe successfully touched down on the far side of the moon. The
Chang'e-4 lunar probe, launched in December, made the "soft landing"
and transmitted the first-ever "close range" image of the far side
of the moon.
2019 Jan 3, Croatia threatened
to cancel its purchase of F-16 fighter jets from Israel after months
of stalling due to a lack of US approval. Washington has objected to
the sale because it wants the removal of electronic system upgrades
that Israel added in a rare defence dispute between the close
2019 Feb 3, In El Salvador
transgender woman Camila Diaz Cordova (29), who sought asylum in the
United States, died after being kidnapped and beaten. This was weeks
after she was deported, underscoring the dangers of the Trump
administration's hardening policy on asylum seekers.
2019 Jan 3, In Greece two men,
67 and 64 years old, along with the older man's wife, went missing
after setting out from Keratea in a pouring rain. Their bodies were
later found separately in a creek that had turned into a raging
river southeast of Athens.
2019 Jan 3, India deported a
second small group of Rohingya Muslims, five members of a family, to
Myanmar after ordering the expulsion of members of the Myanmar
minority group and others who entered the country illegally.
2019 Jan 3, In southern India
Hindu hard-liners shut shops and businesses and clashed with police
in Kerala state to protest the entry of two women into the
Sabarimala hill temple, one of India's largest Hindu pilgrimage
2019 Jan 3, In Iran prominent
human rights activist Narges Mohammadi and British-Iranian detainee
Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe announced plans to go on hunger strike in
Tehran's Evin Prison to protest against the denial of medical
2019 Jan 3, Israeli far-right
activists clashed with police as authorities moved in to clear away
two mobile homes illegally set up on a hilltop near Ramallah in the
occupied West Bank.
2019 Jan 3, Italy's deputy PM
Matteo Salvini demanded the resignations of the rebellious leaders
of Florence, Palermo and Naples for refusing to obey a controversial
2019 Jan 3, Mexico's government
said construction on a partly-built $13 billion new Mexico City
airport which the new president wants to cancel has been officially
2019 Jan 3, Niger's defense
ministry said several days of raids have killed more than 280 Boko
Haram extremists near the border with Nigeria.
2019 Jan 3, Nigeria's President
Muhammadu Buhari appointed his niece, Amina Zakari, to the election
commission ahead of presidential elections in February, when he will
seek a second term. The opposition quickly objected to the
2019 Jan 3, Saudi Arabia
announced that it will seek the death penalty against five suspects
in the slaying of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, a
killing that has seen members of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's
entourage implicated in the writer's assassination.
2019 Jan 3, In Spain workers at
Amazon's biggest local warehouse started a two-day strike just ahead
of a gift-giving feast day, as part of a long-running campaign for
better pay and conditions.
2019 Jan 3, Sudanese security
forces fired tear gas to disperse some 200 protesters who were
trying to deliver an anti-government petition to the local
headquarters of President Omar al-Bashir's ruling party in Port
2019 Jan 3, In Syria clashes
between jihadists and rebels raged inside the last major opposition
bastion for a third day, as the death toll mounted to more than 70
2019 Jan 3, In Tunisia two
alleged jihadists blew themselves up during an early morning raid by
security forces on a house in the central region of Sidi Bouzid.
2019 Jan 3, Turkey's President
Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Ankara and Baghdad would deepen
cooperation against terrorism after tensions last month over Turkish
air strikes against Kurdish militants in Iraq.
2020 Jan 3, A United States
airstrike early today killed Revolutionary Guards commander Qasem
Soleimani (62) in Baghdad as well as Iraqi militia commander Abu
Mahdi al-Muhandis. Five Guards were killed in total as well as five
members of Iraq's Hashed al-Shaabi paramilitary force. The UN and a
host of world leaders, including several in Europe, Russia, and
Turkey condemned the US drone strike that killed Soleimani. Iranian
leaders promised a "forceful revenge" against the US and Iraqi
leaders said the strike violated its sovereignty and international
laws. US media reported the strike the evening of Jan. 2.
(ABC News, 1/3/20)(AFP, 1/3/20)(Business Insider,
2020 Jan 3, President Trump
said the killing of Iran’s top general, carried out by a US drone
strike in Baghdad, was long overdue.
(Yahoo News, 1/3/20)
2020 Jan 3, President Donald
Trump delivered a typical bombastic and at times vicious stump
speech this evening at a Miami megachurch for his first campaign
event of 2020. Trump declared his belief that God supports his
agenda and pledged to bring prayer to public schools.
(ABC News, 1/3/20)(Yahoo News, 1/3/20)(Reuters,
2020 Jan 3, A US federal judge
ruled that Lev Parnas, an associate of President Donald Trump’s
personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, can provide additional records
sought by the House impeachment investigators, including the
contents of his cell phone.
(ABC News, 1/3/20)
2020 Jan 3, Leaders of the
United Methodist Church, the 2nd largest Protestant denomination in
the US, announced a plan that would formally split the church after
years of division over same-sex marriage. A new "traditionalist
Methodist" denomination would be created and would continue to ban
same sex marriage.
(SFC, 1/4/20, p.A6)
2020 Jan 3, In Alaska
Shishaldin Volcano in the Aleutian Islands, one of Alaska’s most
active volcanoes, shot a cloud of ash more than 5 miles high,
triggering a warning to aviators and putting on a show that was
captured in satellite imagery.
2020 Jan 3, In Mississippi a
3rd inmate was killed at the State Penitentiary at Parchman. He
became the fifth inmate to be killed in the state since Dec. 29 in
what was described as a feud between gangs.
(SFC, 1/4/20, p.A6)
2020 Jan 3, It was reported
that Missouri’s two biggest cities saw a jump in homicides in 2019,
and if that wasn’t bad enough, an alarming number of killers got
away with it. St. Louis had 194 killings last year, eight more than
in 2018. Kansas City’s homicide total rose by 10, to 148.
2020 Jan 3, In Australia one of
the largest evacuations in the country's history was under way as
more than 200 fires burned across the country. The navy evacuated
hundreds of people from Mallacoota, cut off for days by the wild
fires. Victoria premier declared a disaster across much of the
eastern part of the state. Ten deaths have been confirmed in
Victoria and New South
Wales with 28 reported missing in Victoria.
(SFC, 1/4/20, p.A4)
2020 Jan 3, Belarus suspended
its oil exports after Moscow stopped supplying crude until contracts
for this year are drawn up. A day later Belarus reached an agreement
for limited oil supplies to ensure refinery operations for January.
(SFC, 1/4/20, p.A2)(SSFC, 1/5/20, p.A4)
2020 Jan 3, In Cambodia a
building under construction collapsed in the coastal province of
Kep, killing at least four workers. The death toll soon rose to 36.
(SFC, 1/4/20, p.A2)(SFC, 1/6/20, p.A2)
2020 Jan 3, In China the Wuhan
Municipal Health Commission said 44 people have been diagnosed with
pneumonia, the cause of which is unknown. That’s up from 27 three
days earlier. Eleven people were in serious condition.
2020 Jan 3, In France one man
was killed and two other people seriously injured in a knife attack
by an unidentified assailant in the Paris suburb of Villejuif.
Police shot dead the assailant.
(The Telegraph, 1/3/20)
2020 Jan 3, In India more that
1,000 members of the LGBTQ community, rights groups and their
supporters marched through New Delhi to protest a new citizenship
law that excludes Muslims. Opposition parties say the Modi
government is trying to consolidate its Hindu base.
(SFC, 1/4/20, p.A2)
2020 Jan 3, In Indonesia the
death toll from floods in Jakarta rose to 43 as rescuers found more
bodies amid receding floodwaters.
2020 Jan 3, Iran's Supreme
Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei appointed Qassem Soleimani's deputy,
Maj. Gen. Esmail Ghaani as the new commander of the Revolutionary
Guard's Quds Force, part of the 125,000-strong Revolutionary Guard.
2020 Jan 3, American oil
workers began fleeing Iraq, as fears grew of war between the United
States and Iran.
(NY Times, 1/4/20)
2021 Jan 3, All 10 living
former secretaries of defense cautioned against any move to involve
the military in pursuing claims of election fraud, arguing that it
would take the country into “dangerous, unlawful and
2021 Jan 3, The 117th Congress
convened for the first time and re-elected Nancy Pelosi as House
speaker. Democrats control 222 of 435 seats, the slimmest majority
either party has held in two decades.
(NY Times, 1/3/21)
2021 Jan 3, California to date
had 2,356,544 cases of coronavirus and 26,547 deaths. The SF Bay
Area had 273,843 cases and 2,635 deaths. Total cases nationwide
reached over 20,439,674 with the death toll at
2021 Jan 3, In Minnesota
hundreds of protesters marched in Minneapolis to demand justice in
the fatal police shooting of a 23-year-old man, the city’s first
police-involved death since George Floyd died after being restrained
by officers in May. Dolal Idd was killed on Dec. 30 during an
attempted felony traffic stop.
2021 Jan 3, The Wall Street
Journal reported that in recent days Icahn had sold about 10% of his
stake back to Herbalife Nutrition, a multi-level marketing company,
whose products include dietary supplements. Icahn sold more than
half his stake in Herbalife Nutrition back to the company for $600
million at $48.05 a share and has given up the five seats on the
firm's board held by his representatives.
2021 Jan 3, Australia's New
South Wales state recorded eight new local cases. There are 161
active cases in the state, most of them in the northern beaches of
Sydney, and 13 emanating from liquor store that are not connected to
the beaches cluster. More Australian states and territories are
reimposing travel restrictions to prevent the spreading of the
coronavirus from new outbreaks in New South Wales and Victoria
2021 Jan 3, British PM Boris
Johnson warned that more onerous lockdown restrictions in England
are likely in the coming weeks as the country reels from a new
coronavirus variant that has pushed infection rates to their highest
2021 Jan 3, It was reported
that rebel forces have seized Bangassou, a south-eastern city in the
Central African Republic. The rebels have accused the government of
holding a fraudulent election on 27 December.
2021 Jan 3, Mainland China
reported 33 new COVID-19 cases, up from 24 cases a day earlier. The
total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in mainland China now
stands at 87,150, while the death toll remained unchanged at 4,634.
2021 Jan 3, It was reported
that two men convicted over the assassination of the Democratic
Republic of Congo's Pres. Laurent Kabila 20 years ago have been
pardoned. Col Eddy Kapend and Georges Leta, implicated in the
killing, had their death sentences commuted last June.
2021 Jan 3, Egypt, Ethiopia and
Sudan resumed their years-long negotiations over the controversial
dam Ethiopia is building on the Blue Nile.
2021 Jan 3, India's drugs
regulator granted emergency authorization for the AstraZeneca
coronavirus vaccine, but on the condition that Serum Institute
doesn't export the shots to ensure that vulnerable populations in
India are protected. Serum Institute of India has been contracted to
make 1 billion doses of the vaccine for developing nations. COVAXIN,
made by Hyderabad-based Bharat Biotech, received emergency use
approval from India's drugs regulator.
(AP, 1/3/21)(4, 1/4/21)
2021 Jan 3, In India hundreds
of Tibetans in exile voted in Dharmsala for their new political
leader and parliament. A 2nd round will take place in April.
(SFC, 1/4/21, p.A6)
2021 Jan 3, Tens of thousands
of Iraqis chanting anti-American slogans streamed to Baghdad's
central square to mark the anniversary of the US killing of top
Iranian general Qassem Soleimani and Iraqi militia commander Abu
2021 Jan 3, Italy reported 347
coronavirus-related deaths against 364 the day before, while the
daily tally of new infections rose to 14,245 from 11,831.
2021 Jan 3, In Mali more than
20 people, including children, were reported killed when an
airstrike hit a wedding party in a remote village. The French
military, which has troops in the region, said it carried out a
strike on jihadist militants in central Mali, but that no wedding
was involved. Defense Minister Florence Parly later said no
helicopters were engaged in the strike that “eliminated several
(AP, 1/6/21)(AP, 1/10/21)
2021 Jan 3, In Pakistan gunmen
opened fire on a group of minority Shiite Hazara coal miners after
abducting them in southwestern Baluchistan province. 11 miners were
killed. The Islamic state claimed responsibility.
(SFC, 1/4/21, p.A6)
2021 Jan 3, A South Korean
health official said that a third wave of the novel coronavirus is
being contained, as it reported the lowest number of new infections
in nearly four weeks with the help of tougher restrictions during
the New Year holiday season. South Korea expanded a ban on private
gatherings larger than four people to the whole country, and
extended unprecedented social distancing rules in greater Seoul as
the number of daily cases bounced back to more than 1,000 in four
2021 Jan 3, It was reported
that Swiss regulators have allowed contract manufacturer Lonza Group
to start producing Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine at a plant in
2021 Jan 3, In central Syria
militants ambushed buses traveling down a highway late today,
killing nine people, including a 13-year-old girl.
2021 Jan 3, Zimbabwe imposed
curbs to slow the spread of the coronavirus as Information Minister
Nick Mangwana warned that the country was being overwhelmed.
(SFC, 1/4/21, p.A4)