1493 Jan 4, Columbus departed
La Navidad, Hispaniola, and sailed eastward along the coast. He left
behind 38 men, all of whom were later killed in disputes with the
(ON, 8/09, p.2)
1493 Jan 4, Ivan III, Grand
Duke of Moscow, announced the 1st war with Lithuania. In fact the
war had begun in 1487.
1581 Jan 4, James Ussher
(d.1656), Irish prelate and scholar, Archbishop of Armagh, was born.
According to Ussher and Dr. John Lightfoot of Cambridge, the world
was created on Oct 23, 4004BC, a Sunday, at 9 a.m.
(WUD, 1994, p.1574)(NG, Nov. 1985, edit.
p.559)(HN, 10/23/98)(MC, 1/4/02)
1642 Jan 4, King Charles I
attacked the English House of Commons with an armed guard. He was
forced to retire, empty-handed.
1643 Jan 4, (NS) Sir Isaac
Newton, scientist, was born. He developed the laws of gravity and
planetary relations [See Dec 25, 1642].
1710 Jan 4, Giovanni Battista
Pergolesi (d.1736), Italian composer (Il Prigioniero Superbo), was
(MC, 1/4/02)(SFC, 6/24/02, p.B6)
1754 Jan 4, Columbia University
was founded as Kings College in NYC. [see July 7]
1757 Jan 4, Robert Francois
Damiens made an unsuccessful attempt to assassinate King Louis XV of
1785 Jan 4, Jacob Ludwig Carl
Grimm, German philosopher who wrote Grimm’s Fairy Tales, was born.
(HN, 1/4/99)(MC, 1/4/02)
1786 Jan 4, Mozes Mendelssohn
(56), Jewish-German philosopher (Haksalah), died.
1809 Jan 4, Louis Braille
(d.1852), inventor of a universal reading system for the blind, was
born in Coupvray, France. He was blinded at age four as the result
of an accident in his father's shop. He became an accomplished
organist and cellist and won a scholarship in 1819 to attend the
National Institute for Blind Youth in Paris. In 1821 Louis learned
of a communication system devised by Captain Charles Barbier of the
French Army. While Barbier's system was too complex to be practical,
Braille simplified and adapted it to a six-dot code representing
letters that enabled people with impaired vision to not only read
but also write for themselves. In 1829 his first Braille book was
published, but Braille himself died of tuberculosis at age
43--before his system gained widespread acceptance.
1813 Jan 4, Isaac Pitman,
inventor (stenographic shorthand), was born in Britain.
1821 Jan 4, Elizabeth Ann
Seton, the first native-born American saint, died in Emmitsburg, Md.
1837 Jan 4, In Peru Hippolyte
Bouchard (aka Hipólito Bouchard, b.1780), French Argentine sailor
and corsair, was killed by one of his servants. Bouchard had retired
as a gentleman farmer in Peru after serving in the Peruvian Navy.
1838 Jan 4, Charles Sherwood
Stratton (d.1883), later known as the dwarf Tom Thumb, was born in
Bridgeport, Conn. In 1842, P.T. Barnum discovered Charles, who
measured 25 inches and weighed 15 pounds, only six pounds more than
his birth weight.
1843 Jan 4, Gaetano Donizetti's
opera "Don Pasquale," premiered in Paris.
1849 Jan 4, San Francisco’s The
Star and Californian newspaper under Edward Kemble changed its name
to the Alta California.
(PI, 8/8/98, p.5)(SFC, 7/19/14, p.C1)
1862 Jan 4, In the Romney
Campaign Stonewall Jackson occupied Bath.
1863 Jan 4, General Halleck, by
direction of President Lincoln, ordered U.S. Grant to revoke his
infamous General Order No. 11 that expelled Jews from his
1863 Jan 4, Roller skates with
4 wheels were patented by James Plimpton of NY.
1865 Jan 4, The New York Stock
Exchange opened its first permanent headquarters at 10-12 Broad
Street near Wall Street in NYC. The Corinthian-style structure would
serve the Exchange until 1903 when more spacious quarters opened at
18 Broad Street.
1874 Jan 4, Josef Suk, Czech
violinist and composer (Asrael), was born.
1877 Jan 4, Cornelius
Vanderbilt (b.1794), US financier, railroad and shipping magnate,
robber baron, died. His estate at $105 million was worth more than
all the money in the US Treasury. His value in 2007 dollars would be
$143 billion. In 2007 Edward J. Renehan Jr. authored “Commodore: The
Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt.”
p.E4)(WSJ, 12/19/07, p.D9)
1881 Jan 4, The "Academic
Festival Overture" by Johannes Brahms premiered in Breslau.
1883 Jan 4, Benjamin Butler
(1818-1893) began serving as the 33rd governor of Massachusetts and
continued until January 3, 1884.
1885 Jan 4, Dr. William W.
Grant of Davenport, Iowa, performed what is believed to have been
the first appendectomy; the patient was 22-year-old Mary Gartside.
1890 Jan 4, Alfred G. Jodl,
German Wehrmacht general and chief of staff, was born.
1893 Jan 4, US president
Cleveland granted amnesty to Mormon polygamists.
1896 Jan 4, Utah was
admitted to the Union as the 45th state.
1902 Jan 4, The French offered
to sell their Nicaraguan Canal rights to the U.S.
1903 Jan 4, Topsy the elephant
was poisoned electrocuted in Luna Park, Coney Island, NYC. The
10-foot elephant had killed 3 keepers over the last 2 years. Edison
used the opportunity to demonstrate the lethal potential of
alternating current, promoted by rival George Westinghouse.
(Econ, 7/26/03, p.33)(Internet)
1904 Jan 4, The US Supreme
Court, in Gonzalez v. Williams, ruled that Puerto Ricans were not
aliens and could enter the US freely; however, the court stopped
short of declaring them US citizens.
1904 Jan 4, Mary Ellen Pleasant
(89), abolitionist and SF businesswoman, died after years of
work on the Underground Railroad and in civil rights. She was buried
in Napa, Ca. Her monument reads “Mother of Civil Rights in
California.” She had built a mansion at 1661 Octavia, where Gov.
elect Newton Booth boarded. In 1902 Pleasant authored her
p.A15,18)(SFC, 6/10/04, p.B4)
1907 Jan 4, George Bernard
Shaw's "Don Juan in Hell" scene from "Man and Superman" premiered in
1908 Jan 4, Angela Maria "Geli"
Raubal, Austrian nude model, Hitler's cousin and lover, was born.
1908 Jan 4, Antony Winkler
Prins (70), writer (Grolier Encyclopedia), died.
1910 Jan 4, Leon Walrus
(b.1834), French economist, died. In 1874 he wrote and published the
first edition of his magnum opus, the “Elements of Pure Economics.”
1912 Jan 4, Ecuador’s former
President Eloy Alfaro returned to Ecuador and attempted another coup
but was defeated, arrested and jailed by General and former
President Leonidas Plaza.
1914 Jan 4, Jane Wyman, U.S.
film actress who was the first wife of President Ronald Reagan, was
1914 Jan 4, In San Francisco
pilot Lincoln Beachey looped the loop a record seven times in his
biplane in an aerial show before a crowd of some 25,000 people.
Motion pictures were taken from tethered balloon.
(SSFC, 1/5/14, p.42)
1920 Jan 4, William Egan Colby,
CIA director under Nixon, was born.
1920 Jan 4, The Negro National
League, the first black baseball league, was organized by Rube
1921 Jan 4, Congress overrode
President Wilson’s veto, reactivating the War Finance Corps to aid
1923 Jan 4, Emile Coué
(1857-1926), French pharmacist, arrived in NYC. Coue was a proponent
of "auto-suggestion," and believed positive thinking could cure
disease. He recommended chanting "every day, in every way, I'm
getting better and better."
1923 Jan 4, The Paris
Conference on war reparations hit a deadlock as the French insisted
on the hard line and the British insisted on Reconstruction.
1934 Jan 4, President Franklin
D. Roosevelt asked Congress for $10.5 billion to fund recovery
programs over the next 18 months.
(SSFC, 1/18/09, p.D6)
1935 Jan 4, President Franklin
D. Roosevelt claimed in his State of the Union message that the
federal government would provide jobs for 3.5 million Americans on
1935 Jan 4, Ft. Jefferson
National Monument was established in Florida.
1936 Jan 4, Billboard magazine
published its first music hit parade.
1937 Jan 4, Grace Bumbry,
soprano (Venus, in "Tannhauser"), was born in St. Louis.
1939 Jan 4, Hermann Goering
appointed Reinhard Heydrich as head of Jewish Emigration.
1941 Jan 4, On the
Greek-Albanian front, the Greeks launched an attack towards Valona
from Berat to Klisura against the Italians.
1942 Jan 4, Japanese forces
began the evacuation of Guadalcanal
1944 Jan 4, The British Fifth
Army attacked Monte Cassino, Italy.
1944 Jan 4, Soviet troops
crossed the former Polish border.
1945 Jan 4, The last German
offensive in Bastogne, Belgium, failed.
1945 Jan 4, Ricardo Jimenez
Oreamuno (b.1859), 3-term president of Costa Rica, died.
1947 Jan 4, J. Danforth Quayle
(Sen-R-Ind, 44th VP 1989-93) was born. [see Feb 4]
1948 Jan 4, Britain granted
independence to Burma (later renamed to Myanmar). Aung San had
arranged for national independence on this day but was assassinated
before the event by political rivals. The new rulers tried to limit
citizenship to those whose roots predated 1823 and British rule.
(SFEC, 1/19/97, Par p.4)(AP, 1/4/98)(Econ,
1951 Jan 4, During the Korean
conflict, North Korean and Communist Chinese forces captured the
city of Seoul. UN forces abandoned Seoul, Korea, to the Communists.
(AP, 1/4/98)(HN, 1/4/99)
1952 Jan 4, The French Army in
Indochina launched Operation Nenuphar in hopes of ejecting a Viet
Minh division from the Ba Tai forest.
1954 Jan 4, Elvis Presley
recorded a 10 minute demo in Nashville.
1960 Jan 4, Albert Camus
(1913-1960), French writer, died in an automobile accident at age
46. He won the Nobel Prize in literature in 1957. His work included
the play “Caligula” and a collection of journalistic pieces for the
clandestine newspaper Combat (1944-1947). In 1997 Oliver Todd wrote
the biography “Albert Camus.” In 1979 Herbert Lottman also wrote a
biography: “Albert Camus.” In 2006 Camus’ WW II pieces, edited by
Jacqueline Levi-Valensi, were published as ”Camus at Combat.” In
2010 Virgil Tanase authored “Albert Camus.”
(SFC, 12/25/96, p.A22)(WSJ, 12/12/97, p.A16)(AP,
1/4/98)(WSJ, 2/11/06, p.P10)(Econ, 1/9/10, p.83)
1961 Jan 4, The Danish barbers'
assistants strike ended after 33 yrs. It was the longest strike on
1962 Jan 4, The 1st automated
(unmanned) subway train ran in NYC.
1965 Jan 4, President Johnson
outlined the goals of his "Great Society" in his State of the Union
address. The “Great Society” was to be achieved through a vast
program that included an attack on diseases, a doubling of the war
on poverty, greater enforcement of Civil Rights Law, immigration law
reform and greater support of education.
(AP, 1/4/98)(HNQ, 9/11/99)
1965 Jan 4, T.S. Eliot, English
poet, died in London at age 76. In 1995 Anthony Julius published
"T.S. Eliot, Anti-Semitism and Literary Form." Julius was the lawyer
who won a divorce settlement of $23 million for Princess Diana in
1996. "Little Gidding" is an Eliot work. In 2015 Robert Crawford
authored “Young Eliot: From St. Louis to The Waste Land.”
(SFC, 7/17/96, p.E6)(NH, 8/96, p.57)(AP,
1/4/98)(Econ., 2/14/15, p.74)
1967 Jan 4, Mohamed Khider
(b.1912), Algerian politician and a leading figure in the FLN, was
assassinated in Madrid, Spain.
1969 Jan 4, Spain returned the
Ifni province to Morocco.
1974 Jan 4, President Nixon
refused to hand over tape recordings and documents subpoenaed by the
Senate Watergate Committee.
1975 Jan 4, Pres. Ford’s signed
Executive Order No. 11828 on CIA Activities within the US. He
directed the Commission, chaired by VP Nelson A. Rockefeller, to
determine whether or not any domestic CIA activities exceeded the
Agency's statutory authority and to make appropriate
1975 Jan 4, Pres. Ford signed
into law the US Indian Self-Determination Act. It began the transfer
of administration from the Bureau of Indian Affairs to the tribal
(http://tinyurl.com/6rh5v3y)(Econ, 4/7/12, p.35)
1976 Jan 4, "Candide" closed at
Broadway Theater in NYC after 740 performances.
1978 Jan 4, Said Hammami, the
PLO representative in London, was assassinated. It was initially
believed to be the work of Abu Nidal but was later reported to have
been organized by Yasser Arafat.
1978 Jan 4, Chile’s Gen.
Pinochet held a National Consultation, "in defense of the dignity of
Chile," which took place one week after it was first announced, on
1979 Jan 4, Ohio officials
approved an out-of-court settlement awarding $675,000 to the victims
and families in the 1970 shootings at Kent State University, in
which four students were killed and nine wounded by National Guard
1979 Jan 4, Charles Mingus
(56), the most accomplished bassist in jazz history, died of Lou
Gehrig’s disease. In 1999 the film "Charles Mingus: Triumph of the
Underdog" was written and directed by Don McGlynn. In 2000 Gene
Santoro authored “Myself when I Am Real: the Life and Music of
(WSJ, 4/18/97, p.A16)(SFC, 4/27/98, p.E3)(SFC,
5/21/99, p.C3)(SFEC, 8/20/00, BR p.9)(WSJ, 8/22/00, p.A24)(MC,
1986 Jan 4, Christopher
Isherwood, British born author, died of prostate cancer in Santa
Monica, Ca. He was best know for his 1935 semi-autobiographical "The
Berlin Stories," which was the basis for the 1966 musical Cabaret
and made into a 1972 film. His life-partner was painter Don
Bachardy. His "Diaries: Volume II, 1939-1960" were published in
1997. In 2005 Peter Parker authored “Isherwood: A Life Revealed.”
1/16/97, p.E3)(SFC, 5/11/99, p.B6)
1987 Jan 4, An Amtrak train
bound from Washington to Boston collided with Conrail engines
approaching from a side track in Chase, Md., and 16 people were
1988 Jan 4, Drinking water
began to dry up in Pittsburgh suburbs because of a massive diesel
oil spill two days earlier that fouled the Monongahela and Ohio
1989 Jan 4, US Navy F-14s shot
down 2 Libyan jet fighters over Mediterranean.
1990 Jan 4, Charles Stuart, who
had claimed a gunman had killed his pregnant wife and wounded him,
leaped to his death from a Boston Harbor bridge after he became a
1990 Jan 4, Deposed Panamanian
leader Manuel Noriega was arraigned in federal district court in
Miami on drug-trafficking charges.
1990 Jan 4, In Sindh Province,
Pakistan, an overcrowded 16-car passenger train collided with
standing freight train and more than 210 people were killed.
(SFC, 6/4/98, p.A15)(AP, 2/18/04)
1991 Jan 4, With a week and
a-half left before a U-N deadline for Iraq to withdraw from Kuwait,
Iraq agreed to hold its first high-level talks with the United
States since the start of the Persian Gulf crisis.
1992 Jan 4, President Bush,
visiting Singapore as part of a Pacific trade tour, announced plans
to shift to Singapore the Navy logistics command that was being
evicted from the Philippines.
1993 Jan 4, President-elect
Clinton spoke by telephone with Russian President Boris Yeltsin
about the newly signed START II treaty; Clinton pledged to do all he
could to get early ratification.
1993 Jan 4, Junk bond king
Michael Milken was released from jail after 22 months.
1994 Jan 4, Treasury Secretary
Lloyd Bentsen announced a plan to drive most gun dealers out of
business by proposing sharp increases in the licensing fee and
stricter controls on people who buy and sell weapons.
1995 Jan 4, The 104th Congress
convened, the first entirely under Republican control since the
Eisenhower era; Newt Gingrich was elected speaker of the House.
(SFC, 11/7/98, p.A4)(AP, 1/4/00)
1995 Jan 4, Eduardo Mata (52),
Mexican conductor, died in air crash.
1996 Jan 4, Bowing to pressure
from NATO and the United States, Bosnian Serbs freed 16 civilians
who had entered Serb-held territory after NATO forces had declared
roads in Bosnia open to all.
1996 Jan 4, The Boeing Sikorsky
Comanche helicopter was unveiled.
(NPub, 2002, p.26)
1996 Jan 4, Ramon Vinay (83),
operatic tenor, baritone, died.
1997 Jan 4, President Clinton,
in his weekly radio address, took credit for policies reducing
teen-age pregnancy and said he would work for even greater
reductions over the next four years.
1997 Jan 4, Harry Helmsley
(87), self-made billionaire and husband to Leona, died in
Scottsdale, Ariz. His vast real estate holdings included the Empire
State Building. His entire $1.7 billion estate was left to his wife
except for $25k left to a longtime secretary.
(SFC,1/6/97, p.A17)(WSJ, 1/3/97, p.A1)(SFC,
1/10/97, p.A3)(AP, 1/4/98)
1997 Jan 4, In Argentina
thieves tunneled into a Buenos Aires bank and robbed as much as $25
(SFC, 1/16/97, p.A12)
1997 Jan 4, In Brazil some 54
people were killed during 4 days of torrential rain in the
southeastern state of Minas Gerais.
(SFEC, 1/5/97, p.A13)
1997 Jan 4, Czech President
Vaclav Havel married his girlfriend Dagmar Veskrnova, less than a
year after the death of his first wife Olga Havlova.
(SFEC, 7/6/97, p.B4)
1997 Jan 4, In New Zealand
during the week Cyclone Fergus, the worst to hit in 8 years,
produced heavy rains and wind damage along the northern coast.
(SFC, 1/4/97, p.A19)
1998 Jan 4, The History of the
Future Museum, a part of the Star Trek: The Experience, a $70
million attraction, was scheduled to open at the Las Vegas Hilton.
(SFEC,12/28/97, Par p.18)
1998 Jan 4, In Oakland, Ca.,
Dante Jones (2) died of internal bleeding. Damon Valery was later
convicted of the boy’s murder. Investigators said he had beaten his
girlfriend’s nephew as punishment over toilet-training problems.
Valery (40) died in prison in 2012.
(SFC, 3/8/12, p.C3)
1998 Jan 4, Four residents of
Vallejo, Ca., were injured by a bomb disguised as a batch of holiday
goodies left a front porch.
(SFC, 1/6/98, p.A14)
1998 Jan 4, Actress Mae Questel
(89), who had supplied the voices of cartoon characters Betty Boop
and Olive Oyl, died in New York.
1998 Jan 4, In Canada Nirmal
Singh Gill (65) was found beaten and bleeding in the parking lot of
a Sikh temple in Surrey near Vancouver. He soon died. 5 young men
linked to a white supremacist group, White Power, were later
jailed on charges of murder.
(SFC, 4/23/98, p.A16)
1998 Jan 4, In Israel David
Levy, the foreign minister, resigned. He denounced Netanyahu’s
government for abandoning the peace process and not addressing
problems with the poor and unemployed.
(SFC, 1/5/98, p.A1)
1999 Jan 4, The US stance
towards Cuba was reported to be easing following the completed
report by the Council on Foreign Relations. It was proposed to
restore mail service, increase flights, permit food sales to
non-government entities, and allow more Americans to send money.
(SFC, 1/5/99, p.A1)(WSJ, 1/5/99, p.A1)
1999 Jan 4, The US mint began
distributing a new series of commemorative state quarters. The first
one from Delaware marked the 1776 ride of Caesar Rodney from Dover
to Philadelphia to vote for the Declaration of Independence. Rep.
Michael Castle of Delaware dreamed up the program in 1996.
(SFC, 1/5/99, p.A2)(WSJ, 12/29/03, p.A4)
1999 Jan 4, Former professional
wrestler Jesse Ventura was sworn in as Minnesota's 37th governor.
1999 Jan 4, Elizabeth Dole quit
as the head of the American Red Cross and it was speculated that she
might run as the Republican candidate for president.
(SFC, 1/5/99, p.A2)
1999 Jan 4, In Nevada a sniper
hit at least 4 vehicles on I-80 between Reno and the California
border. Police arrested Christopher Lee Merritt (20) of Mankato,
Minn., who hoped to rob the drivers after they crashed. Merritt
pleaded guilty in 1999.
(SFC, 1/5/99, p.A3)(SFC, 1/6/99, p.A2)(SFC,
1999 Jan 4, The euro, the new
money of 11 European nations, got off to a strong start on its first
trading day, rising against the dollar on world currency markets and
closed in New York at $1.181. A founding principal of the euro area
held that national central banks be independent of their
(SFC, 1/5/99, p.C2)(AP, 1/4/00)(HN, 1/4/01)(Econ,
1999 Jan 4, In Angola UNITA
rebels denied shooting down 2 UN planes and claimed that there were
(WSJ, 1/5/99, p.A1)
1999 Jan 4, A footbridge in
Chongqing, China, collapsed and killed 40 people. A week later
another bridge in Fujian province collapsed and killed 7. Bridge
officials were arrested on suspicion of graft or using shoddy
materials. A Party official in Chongqing was later convicted of
taking bribes and sentenced to death.
(SFC, 3/2/99, p.D1)(WSJ, 4/5/99, p.A1)
1999 Jan 4, Chevron received
word of an attack on its Searrex oil rig. Soldiers dispatched to the
rig allegedly fired on Opia village from a helicopter and 2
villagers were killed. 2 more villagers were killed a short time
later at Ikenyan. A day later Chevron was invoiced $109.25 for the
services of the soldiers.
(SFC, 8/4/05, p.A4)
1999 Jan 4, In Sha Jamal,
Pakistan, in the eastern Punjab gunmen on motorcycle opened fire on
Shiite Muslim worshipers and killed 16 people and wounded at least
(SFC, 1/4/99, p.A22)(SFC, 1/5/99, p.A8)
1999 Jan 4, In Sierra Leone
Nigerian troops repelled a rebel attack on Freetown's airport.
Gambia and Mali agreed to send troops to join the Nigerian forces.
(WSJ, 1/5/99, p.A1)
2000 Jan 4, Former presidential
rival Elizabeth Dole endorsed fellow Republican George W. Bush.
2000 Jan 4, In China the State
Development Planning Commission announced that private enterprise
should be put on "equal footing with state-owned enterprises."
(SFC, 1/5/00, p.A6)
2000 Jan 4, In Colombia Red
Cross work shut down after peasant refugees took 40 hostages in
Bogota and demanded homes.
(WSJ, 1/5/00, p.A1)
2000 Jan 4, In Indonesia at
least 17 people were killed when troops opened fire on Christian and
Muslim mobs on Seram Island in Maluku province. Thousands of people
fled violence and poured into Ternate, the capital of North Maluku.
Refugees claimed that hundreds of people died in fighting over 2
(SFC, 1/5/00, p.A6)(SFC, 1/7/00, p.D3)
2000 Jan 4, Israel and
Palestine agreed on an Israeli troop pullback and the transfer of an
additional 5% of West Bank land.
(SFC, 1/5/00, p.A6)(AP, 1/4/01)
2000 Jan 4, In Srinagar,
Kashmir, 13 people and a horse were blown up in an explosion set by
insurgents in a vegetable market used by Indian troops.
(SFC, 1/22/00, p.A10)
2000 Jan 4, In Namibia gunmen
attacked a family of French tourists, killed 3 children and wounded
the parents. Unita rebels were blamed.
(WSJ, 1/5/00, p.A1)
2000 Jan 4, In Norway 2
passenger trains collided 110 miles north of Oslo. At least 20
people were believed to have died.
(WSJ, 1/5/00, p.A1)(SFC, 1/6/00, p.A10)
2000 Jan 4, In Colombo, Sri
Lanka, a suicide bomber set off explosives strapped to her body and
killed herself and 19  others near the prime minister's office.
A Tamil politician was shot dead by motorcycle assassin nearby.
(SFC, 1/5/00, p.A8)(WSJ, 1/6/00, p.A1)
2001 Jan 4, It was announced
that George, the politics and lifestyle magazine founded by the late
John F. Kennedy Jr., would fold.
2001 Jan 4, California state
regulators approved raising electricity rates by an average 10% as
state utilities stood near bankruptcy.
(SFC, 1/5/01, p.A1)
2001 Jan 4, Orchestra leader
Les Brown, known for his “Band of Renown,” died at age 88.
2001 cJan 4, In Colombia a
right-wing death squad killed 11 people in a northeast town.
(WSJ, 1/05/01, p.A1)
2001 Jan 4, India test flew its
1st locally developed jet fighter.
(WSJ, 1/05/01, p.A1)
2001 Jan 4, In Indonesia rival
villages clashed on Lombok and 9 people were killed. 7 others were
killed in fighting between rival villages in North Sulawesi.
(SFC, 1/5/01, p.D2)(WSJ, 1/05/01, p.A1)
2001 Jan 4, It was reported
that Russia had moved nuclear warheads into storage areas at its
Kaliningrad naval base over the past year. Russia called the charges
a dangerous joke.
(SFC, 1/4/01, p.A8)(SFC, 1/5/01, p.A20)
2001 Jan 4, In Sri Lanka the
defense ministry announced that the civil war left 3,753 people dead
in 2000, including 87 civilians.
(SFC, 1/5/01, p.D2)
2002 Jan 4, The US Postal
Service announced an increase in 1st class stamps to 37 cents from
34 to take place June 30.
(SFC, 1/5/02, p.A3)
2002 Jan 4, A WSJ editorial by
former US Army officer Ralph Peters blamed Saudi Arabia as the
source of fundamentalist terrorism. “We must be prepared to seize
the Saudi oil fields and administer them for the greater good.”
(WSJ, 1/4/02, p.A12)
2002 Jan 4, Florida coach Steve
Spurrier resigned to pursue an NFL job, two days after leading the
Gators to victory over Maryland in the Orange Bowl.
2002 Jan 4, The WSJ quoted Ali
K. Shukri, retired Jordanian general: a strike on Iraq “is not a
question of whether it’s going to happen, but when—and it is
coming.” Action in the spring was suggested.
(WSJ, 1/4/02, p.A6)
2002 Jan 4, George and Marisol
Gari, members of the Wasp network Cuban spy ring, were sentenced in
Florida to 7 and 3.5 years.
(SFC, 1/5/02, p.A6)
2002 Jan 4, US Army Special
Forces Sgt. Ross Chapman (31) was killed by enemy fire near Khost,
Afghanistan. He became the 1st US soldier to die there by enemy
(SFC, 1/5/02, p.A1)
2002 Jan 4, Antonio Todde, an
Italian shepherd listed by Guinness as the world’s oldest man, died
just shy of his 113th birthday. “Just love your brother and drink a
good glass of red wine every day.”
(SFC, 1/5/02, p.A22)
2002 Jan 4, In Argentina Pres.
Duhalde acknowledged that the nation will devalue the peso.
(SFC, 1/5/02, p.A6)
2002 Jan 4, In England a
twin-engine Bombardier Challenger plane crashed at Birmingham
International Airport. Pilots Thomas Boydston (51) Robert Norton
(58) and Timothy Vandevort (41) were killed along with John Shumejda
(56) the president and chief executive of agricultural giant AGCO,
and Ed Swingle (60), the company's senior VP for sales and
marketing. A 2004 report said that the crash was caused by the
crew's failure to de-ice the wings before takeoff.
2002 Jan 4, India reported the
death of 15 soldiers and a number of civilians near Amritsar due to
the mishandling of an ammunition filled truck.
(SSFC, 1/13/02, p.A18)
2002 Jan 4, Pakistan continued
to round up alleged militants. Some 200 were said to have been
arrested in the last 10 days. Key leaders of Lashkar-e-Tayyaba and
Jaish-e-Mohammed were among the detained. Pakistan also handed over
senior al Qaeda trainer al-Shaykh al-Libi to the US military.
(SFC, 1/5/02, p.A3,15)
2002 Jan 4, Dolly the 1996
Scotland-born cloned sheep, was reported to be suffering from
arthritis, a sign of premature aging.
(SFEC, 2/23/96, p.C1)(SFC, 1/5/02, p.A2)
2002 Jan 4, Russia announced
that it would reduce its military by over 15%.
(SFC, 1/5/02, p.A6)
2002 Jan 4, South Asian leaders
began a 2-day meeting in Nepal.
(SFC, 1/4/02, p.A3)
2002 Jan 4, It was reported
that $54 million in short term food aid was needed to ward off
widespread starvation in Zimbabwe. The AIDS epidemic, called
“Nkondombera” (a Shona word for “no condom”) was claiming over 2,000
people per week. Inflation was running at over 100% per month.
Unemployment was estimated at 50%.
(SFC, 1/5/02, p.A5)
2003 Jan 4, Pres. Bush said he
will ask Congress to boost federal education aid for poor children
by $1 billion. As Bush put the finishing touches on an economic
growth package costing $674 billion over 10 years, Democrats who
wanted his job, pledged to scuttle what they characterized as a plan
that would help the wealthy without reviving the economy.
(AP, 1/4/03)(AP, 1/4/04)
2003 Jan 4, Clonaid, the
company that claims to have produced the first human clone, said a
second child was born to a Dutch lesbian Jan 3.
(AP, 1/5/03)(SSFC, 1/5/03,
2003 Jan 4, Conrad L. Hall
(76), Oscar-winning cinematographer, died in Santa Monica, Calif.
2003 Jan 4, In Algeria Islamic
militants (GSPC) ambushed a military convoy in the northeast village
of Theniet el-Abed. 43 soldiers were killed and 19 wounded.
2003 Jan 4, In southern Iran a
bus carrying university students overturned on a rain-slick road,
killing 15 people and injuring 18 others.
2003 Jan 4, Ivory Coast's main
rebel movement agreed to respect an oft-violated cease-fire and to
resume peace talks with the government later this month in Paris.
2003 Jan 4, A boat from Somalia
to Yemen developed engine trouble and capsized and at least 80
people were feared dead.
2004 Jan 4, Louisiana State
University won college football's Sugar Bowl, defeating Oklahoma
2004 Jan 4, In Iowa, seven of
the nine Democratic presidential hopefuls participated in a feisty,
first debate of the election year.
2004 Jan 4, Michael Straight
(87), former US State Dept employee (1938) and later editor of the
new Republic, died. In 1983 he authored "After Long Silence." He had
passed reports to the Russians in 1938.
(Econ, 1/17/04, p.76)
2004 Jan 4, John Toland (91),
historian, died in Danbury, Conn. His books included "The Rising
Sun" (1971), an account of Japan from 1936-1945, and "Adolph Hitler:
The Definitive Biography" (1976).
(SFC, 1/6/04, p.A19)y
2004 Jan 4, Rival Afghan
factions agreed to a new national constitution. 502 delegates
accepted a system with a strong president and a weaker parliament.
(AP, 1/4/04)(SFC, 1/5/04, p.A1)
2004 Jan 4, In Denmark
residents who openly bought and sold hashish at a famous hippie
enclave in Copenhagen abruptly demolished their booths, trying to
head off a Danish government crackdown on illegal drug sales.
2004 Jan 4, The former Soviet
republic of Georgia voted for a successor to President Eduard
Shevardnadze. Mikhail Saakashvili, Georgia's young firebrand
opposition leader, declared himself the victor in presidential
elections with some 85% of the vote.
(AP, 1/5/04)(SFC, 1/5/04, p.A3)
2004 Jan 4, Israeli Prime
Minister Ariel Sharon issued an order to dismantle two West Bank
2004 Jan 4, In the southern
Philippines a bomb exploded at a packed basketball game, killing 11
people and wounding at least 68 including Parang Mayor Vivencio
Bataga, who was the likely target of the attack.
(AP, 1/4/04)(SFC, 1/5/04, p.A3)
2004 Jan 4, South Korean
prosecutors, investigating corruption in the bidding on government
contracts by an affiliate of IBM Corp., indicted 48 government and
2004 Jan 4, In southern
Thailand assailants set fire to 18 schools and stormed a military
armory, killing four soldiers in nearly simultaneous raids.
2005 Jan 4, The 109th US
Congress convened and took up tsunami aid. The Republican edge was
55 to 45.
(WSJ, 1/5/05, p.A1)
2005 Jan 4, In the Orange Bowl
#1 Southern California overwhelmed #2 Oklahoma 55-19.
2005 Jan 4, Wade Boggs was
elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in his first year of
eligibility, and Ryne Sandberg made it with just six votes to spare
on his third try.
2005 Jan 4, Kelbessa Negewo
(54), an Ethiopian immigrant suspected of torturing and murdering
more than a dozen political opponents of the Ethiopian government in
the 1970s, was arrested at his home near Atlanta. Negewo has lived
in the US since fleeing Ethiopia in 1987.
2005 Jan 4, Robert Heilbroner
(b.1919), author of the 1953 economics classic “Worldly
(WSJ, 1/11/05, p.A1)
2005 Jan 4, Cuban Foreign
Minister Felipe Perez Roque said the island nation was renewing
contacts with France, Britain, Germany, Italy, Austria, Greece,
Portugal and Sweden after an EU panel recommended that member states
stop inviting dissidents to their National Day celebrations at their
embassies in Havana.
2005 Jan 4, Diplomats said the
U.N. atomic watchdog agency has found evidence of secret nuclear
experiments in Egypt that could be used in weapons programs.
2005 Jan 4, Doctors at Haiti's
largest public hospital extended a weeklong strike to protest
2005 Jan 4, Insurgents
assassinated the highest-ranking Iraqi official in eight months,
gunning down the governor of Baghdad province and six of his
bodyguards. A suicide truck bomber killed 10 people at an Interior
Ministry commando headquarters. 5 US soldiers were killed in
(AP, 1/4/05)(WSJ, 1/5/05, p.A1)
2005 Jan 4, Two Israeli tank
shells slammed into a field in response to Palestinian mortar fire,
killing seven Palestinians youths working in a strawberry field.
(AP, 1/4/05)(SFC, 1/4/05, p.A3)
2005 Jan 4, In Peru the leader
of an armed nationalist group that seized a remote police station,
took 10 officers hostage and allegedly killed four others was
detained while most of his 125 followers were rounded up.
2005 Jan 4, Polish PM Marek
Belka arrived in Tripoli for a two-day visit that will include talks
on cooperation in the oil sector and a meeting with Libyan leader
2005 Jan 4, Portugal’s national
meteorology office said many regions, including the southernmost
province of Algarve, the country's main tourism center, are facing
their worst drought in over a decade.
2005 Jan 4, Venezuela's
left-leaning government promised to grant poor farmers at least
100,000 plots of land carved from either state property or large
private holdings, a step toward implementing a controversial
agrarian reform law.
2006 Jan 4, The US Supreme
Court allowed federal prosecutors to take custody of “enemy
combatant” Jose Padilla so he could face criminal charges.
(SFC, 1/5/06, p.A5)
2006 Jan 4, A US federal
appeals court in Atlanta reinstated a $54.6 million verdict against
two retired Salvadoran generals, Carlos Eugenio Vides Casanova (67),
and Jose Guillermo Garcia (72), accused of torture during the civil
war (1980-1992) in their home country.
2006 Jan 4, The Univ. of Texas
Longhorns scored a 41-38 win over Southern California in the Rose
Bowl. Official tickets sold for $175 and resellers on the internet
hawked them for as much as $3000.
(AP, 1/5/06)(Econ, 1/7/06, p.58)
2006 Jan 4, In a
triple-overtime game that began Jan. 3 and finished after midnight,
No. 3 Penn State beat No. 22 Florida State 26-23 in the Orange Bowl.
2006 Jan 4, Scientists said
protected ocean areas are needed to save deep-sea fish which have
been driven to near extinction by commercial fishing.
2006 Jan 4, Chad's President
Idriss Deby urged the UN to take control of Sudan's volatile Darfur
region because he said Khartoum was using the conflict there to
destabilize neighboring states.
2006 Jan 4, In China’s central
province of Hunan a mismanaged silt clean-up project allowed the
industrial chemical cadmium, which can cause neurological disorders
and cancer, to flood out of a smelting works and into the Xiangjiang
2006 Jan 4, Two Egyptian guards
were shot dead at the border with Gaza after armed Palestinians made
a hole in the border wall. Palestinian militants angry at the
jailing of their leader stole two bulldozers and smashed through the
border wall between Gaza and Egypt.
2006 Jan 4, French Interior
Minister Nicolas Sarkozy said France will create a special police
force to ensure security for railway passengers after a band of
marauding youths robbed and sexually assaulted train travelers Jan 1
in southeast France.
2006 Jan 4, In Indonesia
landslides triggered by heavy rains swept down on a village on Java
island, burying homes beneath tons of mud and leaving dozens of
people missing and feared dead. The number of dead or missing from
days of wet weather rose to over 200.
2006 Jan 4, An Iraqi Interior
Ministry official said more than 7,000 Iraqis, most of them
civilians, were killed in violence in 2005, the first year that
Iraqi officials have kept such records.
2006 Jan 4, In Iraq a suicide
bomber killed 32 mourners and wounded dozens at a funeral for the
nephew of a Shiite politician, one of several attacks across the
country that killed a total of 53 people.
2006 Jan 4, Israel’s PM Ariel
Sharon was rushed to an operating room to staunch a brain
hemorrhage; his official powers were transferred to his deputy, Ehud
(WSJ, 1/5/06, p.A1)(AP, 1/4/07)
2006 Jan 4, The world’s largest
bank, the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ (MUFG), opened for business
with $1.6 trillion in assets.
(Econ, 1/7/06, p.64)
2006 Jan 4, The Russian and
Ukrainian natural gas companies agreed on a plan to resume gas
shipments to Ukraine that allowed both sides to claim victory after
a commercial and political dispute that had raised fears of gas
shortages in Europe.
2006 Jan 4, In Tanzania rocks
and boulders tumbled down Mount Kilimanjaro and crashed into tents
where tourists were sleeping, killing 3 American climbers and
seriously injuring 2.
2006 Jan 4, Sheik Maktoum bin
Rashid Al Maktoum (62), the emir of Dubai and prominent owner and
breeder of thoroughbred horses, died during a visit to Australia.
2006 Jan 4, Intel asked the
Vietnamese government for a license to build a chip plant worth 605
million dollars in southern Ho Chi Minh City. Regulators approved
the plans in February.
(AFP, 1/5/06)(WSJ, 2/24/06, p.A6)
2007 Jan 4, The 110th Congress
convened with Democrats in control of both the House and Senate for
the first time in a dozen years. "Today we make history. Today we
change the direction of our country," exulted Rep. Nancy Pelosi,
poised to become the first woman speaker in history. The House of
Representatives, after installing its new Democratic leadership,
voted to ban lawmakers from flying on corporate jets and accepting
gifts and meals from lobbyists. Keith Ellison of Minnesota's 5th
District became the first Muslim member of Congress.
(AP, 1/4/07)(AP, 1/4/08)
2007 Jan 4, The US Federal
Trade Commission fined the marketers of four weight loss pills $25
million for making false advertising claims ranging from rapid
weight loss to reducing the risk of cancer.
2007 Jan 4, Harriet Miers
resigned as White House counsel.
2007 Jan 4, Vincent Sardi Jr.
(91), owner of Sardi's restaurant, the legendary Broadway watering
hole, died in Berlin, Vt.
2007 Jan 4, NATO and Afghan
forces fought a three-hour ground battle with suspected Taliban
militants in southern Afghan mountains, killing 15 of them. 3
suspected Taliban died when a land mine they were planting on a
highway in Grieshk district exploded prematurely.
2007 Jan 4, US officials said
Colombia has extradited to the US a police officer and a former
policeman charged with helping smuggle more than 2 tons of cocaine
into the US on cargo flights in 2005 and 2006.
2007 Jan 4, Pieces of a spent
Russian rocket reentered the atmosphere over Colorado and Wyoming,
showering parts of the western United States with space debris.
2007 Jan 4, John W. Simpson
(1914-2007), former president of Westinghouse (1969-1977), died. He
had worked with Adm. Rickover to create a nuclear US Navy.
(WSJ, 1/20/07, p.A5)
2007 Jan 4, Victor Ramirez
(27), a day laborer from El Salvador, was gunned down by 2 black
teenagers in Richmond, Ca. Ramirez was taken off life support after
2 weeks and died Jan 19.
(SFC, 1/30/07, p.A1)
2007 Jan 4, Overshadowed by an
Israeli raid into the Palestinian territories, a summit between
Israel and Egypt achieved little in reviving the long-stalled
Mideast peace process, highlighting instead the disagreements
between Israel and its Arab neighbors.
2007 Jan 4, Two car bombs
exploded near a fuel station, killing 13 people and wounding 25 amid
a relative downturn in violence in Baghdad during an Islamic holiday
that ended this week.
2007 Jan 4, Israeli troops and
Palestinian gunmen exchanged heavy fire in downtown Ramallah after
undercover Israeli forces tried to arrest fugitives in the city's
vegetable market. Four Palestinians were killed and 20 wounded.
Pres. Abbas demanded $5 million in compensation for the damage to
shops and cars in Ramallah. Fatah Col. Mohammed Ghayeb and six of
his bodyguards were killed in factional fighting in the Gaza Strip.
(AP, 1/4/07)(AP, 1/5/07)
2007 Jan 4, Musir Salem Jawher
(28) from Bahrain won the 30th International Tiberias Marathon,
around the Sea of Galilee. The Kenyan runner (Leonard Mucheru),
adopted by Bahrain 4 years earlier, faced anger from Bahrain for
running in an Israeli marathon.
2007 Jan 4, Kenya said it has
closed its border with Somalia in an apparent effort to keep Islamic
militants and refugees from entering the country.
2007 Jan 4, Jorge Bajos
Valverde, a Mexican state legislator, was gunned down in the center
of Acapulco on his way to an interview at a radio and TV station.
2007 Jan 4, Nigeria’s President
Olusegun Obasanjo said Nigeria has repaid 1.4 billion dollars (1.12
billion euros) to the so-called London Club of private creditors and
that the rest of the debt will be cleared by March. At least 3
people were killed in violent clashes between farmers and nomads in
the northwestern state of Zamfara. A 4th died in hospital the next
(AFP, 1/4/07)(AFP, 1/6/07)
2007 Jan 4, Authorities lifted
a ban on kite-flying in Pakistan’s Punjab province after the sport
was forbidden last year following a series of deaths caused by
glass-coated or metal reinforced kite strings. The ban was lifted
ahead of Basant, Feb 25, an annual festival that heralds spring.
2007 Jan 4, Polish newspapers
reported that Stanislaw Wielgus (67), who is poised to be sworn in
as archbishop of Warsaw, was a "secret and conscious" collaborator
with Poland's hated communist-era security forces from 1973-1978.
2007 Jan 4, A Somali government
spokesman said government troops, backed by Ethiopian soldiers, were
fighting about 600 Islamic militiamen in the south.
2007 Jan 4, Marais Viljoen
(91), former president of South Africa (1979-1984), died. The post
of president in the then apartheid state was largely ceremonial
during his term.
2007 Jan 4, Police in the
Basque region said they had found a bomb in northern Spain, five
days after a Madrid car bombing, blamed on the separatist group ETA,
killed 2 people.
(AP, 1/4/07)(AP, 1/6/07)
2007 Jan 4, Sudan described the
alleged sexual abuse of children by UN peacekeepers in south Sudan
as "outrageous" and said it would launch its own investigation into
2007 Jan 4, In Uzbekistan Elena
Urlayeva, a prominent human rights advocate, was attacked and beaten
by a group of women she said were sent by police. Urlayeva has
accused the tightly controlled ex-Soviet state of abuse and torture.
2008 Jan 4, The US Labor
Department said hiring practically stalled in December, driving the
nation's unemployment rate up to a two-year high of 5 percent and
fanning fears of a recession. The DJIA fell 256.54 to 12800.18.
(AP, 1/4/08)(WSJ, 1/5/08, p.A1)
2008 Jan 4, The United States
700 MHz FCC wireless spectrum auction, officially known as Auction
73, was started by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
AT&T, Verizon and others paid close to $20 billion for the
700MHZ band covering channels 52-69 on the television dial.
2008 Jan 4, Flights were
grounded and trucks overturned in Northern California as wind gusted
to 80 mph during the second wave of the arctic storm that has sent
trees crashing onto houses, cars and roads. Hundreds of thousands of
customers lost power from central California into Oregon and
Washington. An estimated 1.9-2.1 million PG&E customers lost
(AP, 1/5/08)(SFC, 1/8/08, p.A1)
2008 Jan 4, In Texas Jana
Shearer (21), the girlfriend of Christopher Lee McCuin (25), was
taken by McCuin from her home and killed. McCuin was arrested Jan 5
after police found that he had cooked parts of her body and may have
tried to eat them. On Dec 7 McCuin was found dead in his jail cell.
(AP, 1/7/08)(AP, 12/8/08)
2008 Jan 4, In Oakland, Ca.,
Jessica Birden (19) died from wounds suffered on Jan 1, when she was
found unconscious on a trail in the King Estates Recreation Area in
the Oakland Hills. On Jan 8 Kenneth Jovan Washington, a man
suspected in her assault and that of others in the Bay Area, was
charged with her murder and another attack on Dec 24.
(SFC, 1/8/08, p.B3)(SFC, 1/9/08, p.B3)
2008 Jan 4, Mort Garson
(b.1983), Canadian-born composer and arranger, died in SF. He
co-wrote the 1963 hit “Our Day Will Come,” performed by Ruby and the
Romantics. He also fused the Moog synthesizer with orchestral music
and composed music that was used by CBS-TV in 1969 in film footage
of NASA spaceflights as Neil Armstrong stepped on the moon.
(SFC, 1/16/08, p.B9)
2008 Jan 4, In Afghanistan’s
Uruzgan province a clash between NATO troops and Taliban insurgents
near Tirin Kot, the provincial capital, left two civilians dead and
five others wounded.
2008 Jan 4, Young men stormed
the streets of Guinea, hurling rocks and setting tires ablaze as
labor unions called for a strike, threatening to throw the African
nation into gridlock.
2008 Jan 4, P. Chidambaram,
India’s finance minister, urged state-run banks to reduce lending
rates by half a percentage point to spur consumption and investment
as signs emerge of a slowdown in consumer spending. Police arrested
14 men for allegedly harassing two women outside a five-star hotel
in Mumbai during New Year's celebrations, a case that drew
widespread criticism after police initially refused to pursue it.
(AP, 1/4/08)(AFP, 1/5/08)
2008 Jan 4, Israeli troops on a
night mission in the Gaza Strip killed two Hamas gunmen in the early
hours as Israel responded to Palestinian rocket fire with strikes
against militants that left 11 dead in 24 hours.
2008 Jan 4, Kenya's opposition
called for a new presidential election to settle a dispute that has
sparked deadly riots from the capital to the coast, but a government
spokesman said a new vote could come on only on orders from the
highest court. The World Food Program warned that 100,000 people
faced starvation in western Kenya.
(AP, 1/4/08)(SFC, 1/5/08, p.A3)
2008 Jan 4, Kosovo's
legislators were sworn in at the first session of a new parliament
that is widely expected to declare independence from Serbia early
2008 Jan 4, A Moroccan court
sentenced 51 Islamists of the Ansar El Mahdi group to between two
and 25 years in jail for plotting to overthrow the government here
and install an Islamist regime.
2008 Jan 4, Myanmar's
Independence Day was marked by opposition calls for the freeing of
democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi and other political prisoners as the
military rulers urged national discipline.
2008 Jan 4, Russian rescuers
saved 11 people stranded for nearly three months in a remote area of
the Pacific coast after a fishing trip went wrong. Their two boats
were damaged in a storm on October 10 during a fishing expedition
off the Kamchatka Peninsula.
2008 Jan 4, The annual 5,760
Dakar Rally was canceled on the eve of the race across the Sahara
Desert because of terror threats and the recent Christmas Eve
killings of a French family in Mauritania blamed on al-Qaida-linked
militants. The race, organized by the France-based Amaury Sport
Organization (ASO), had been due to start in Lisbon, Portugal, and
finish in Dakar, Senegal, on Jan. 20.
(AP, 1/4/08)(WSJ, 1/5/08, p.A1)
2008 Jan 4, Fresh fighting
erupted between southern Sudanese forces and Khartoum-backed Arab
tribesmen near key oil areas of the country, former southern rebels
said, further denting hopes of an end to north-south hostilities.
2008 Jan 4, Taiwan's ties with
its ally Malawi were shaky after the African country snubbed the
island's top diplomat in an aborted visit to the African nation
aimed at persuading it to resist diplomatic wooing by China.
2008 Jan 4, A private plane
carrying 14 people, including 8 Italians, crashed into the sea after
taking off from Venezuela's Los Roques islands.
(AP, 1/5/08)(AP, 1/7/08)
2008 Jan 4, The Zambian
government awarded a 1.2 billion dollar crude oil deal to a Kuwait
firm to supply over 1.4 million tons of oil to the southern African
2008 Jan 4, Zimbabwe’s
state-owned The Herald daily reported that a diarrhea outbreak has
hit Harare following weeks of uncollected garbage, sewer blockages
and erratic water supplies.
2009 Jan 4, Pres. Obama signed
a law expanding SCHIP, a health scheme covering children in poor
(Econ, 2/7/09, p.26)
2009 Jan 4, New Mexico Gov.
Bill Richardson, Obama's choice for commerce secretary, withdrew
under pressure of a federal investigation into how his political
donors landed a lucrative transportation contract.
(AP, 1/5/09)(SFC, 1/5/09, p.A5)
2009 Jan 4, In Louisiana 8
people were killed when a PHI Inc. helicopter, bound for offshore
oil fields, crashed about 100 miles southwest of New Orleans.
(SFC, 1/5/09, p.A3)
2009 Jan 4, In Syracuse, NY,
Shawn Rhines (15) killed public works department employee Casimir
Snyder (47). Police later said Ja-Le Johnson and Rhines would often
hang out in an attic across the street and shoot target practice
with rifles from a window. Police recovered two rifles from the
attic. Rhines confessed and faced 10 years to life in prison.
(SFC, 4/17/09, p.A6)
2009 Jan 4-2009 Jan 5, In
Afghanistan 12 insurgents and 11 civilians were killed in fighting
in central Uruzgan province.
2009 Jan 4, British PM Gordon
Brown pledged to create 100,000 jobs through a public works program
and said he would press banks to resume normal lending as Britain
faces its sharpest economic downturn in decades.
2009 Jan 4, A northern
Guatemala mudslide left at least 37 people dead. At least 50 people
were still missing in Aquil Grande.
(AP, 1/5/09)(AP, 1/6/09)(AP, 1/7/09)
2009 Jan 4, In eastern
Indonesia a series of powerful earthquakes toppled or badly damaged
more than 100 buildings and left one person dead and dozens injured.
(AP, 1/4/09)(AP, 1/5/09)
2009 Jan 4, In Iraq a female
suicide bomber blew herself up among a crowd of pilgrims worshipping
at a revered Shiite shrine in northern Baghdad, killing at least 38
people and wounding about 72.
2009 Jan 4, Israeli ground
troops and tanks cut swaths through the Gaza Strip, cutting the
coastal territory into two and surrounding its biggest city as the
new phase of a devastating offensive against Hamas militants gained
momentum. Gaza officials said at least 31 civilians were killed in
the onslaught. Israel reported one soldier was killed by mortar
fire. The new deaths brought the death toll in the Gaza Strip to
more than 500 since Dec 27. At least 45 missiles fell on southern
Israel, wounding five people. 2 women waving white flags were killed
in the Juher a-Dik neighborhood in Gaza City. The incident occurred
when the Abu Hajaj family evacuated their home after it was hit by a
tank shell. On Aug 12, 2012, an infantry sergeant, who was initially
charged with manslaughter for the deaths of the 2 women, was
convicted in a military court of illegal weapons use as part of a
plea deal and will serve 45 days in prison.
(AP, 1/4/09)(AP, 1/5/09)(AP, 6/16/10)(AP,
2009 Jan 4, In a densely
forested region of Indian Kashmir a gun battle between government
forces and suspected Islamic insurgents raged for a fourth day
leaving at least seven combatants killed.
2009 Jan 4, In eastern Nepal
dozens of people were missing after an overcrowded boat carrying
mostly women and children capsized in the Saptakosi river. More than
50 people were believed on board the boat and only 14 were rescued.
(AP, 1/4/09)(SFC, 1/5/09, p.A12)
2009 Jan 4, Gunmen hijacked a
vessel and 9 crewmen belonging to French oil services group Bourbon
off Nigeria's Niger Delta as it traveled toward a Royal Dutch Shell
offshore oilfield. The 9 crewmen: five Nigerians, two Ghanaians, one
Cameroonian and one Indonesian aboard. were released on Dec 7.
(Reuters, 1/4/09)(AP, 1/6/09)(AP, 1/7/09)
2009 Jan 4, In northwest
Pakistan a suicide bomber attacked police as they rushed to treat
civilians injured by an earlier explosion, killing seven people and
wounding at least 25 others. During a raid elsewhere in northwest
Pakistan, the army discovered a van packed with 880 pounds (400
kilograms) of explosives. Six suspected militants were arrested in
the raid on a house in the Khyber tribal region.
2009 Jan 4, Russia's military
leaders approved a plan by the navy to station warships permanently
in friendly ports across the globe.
2009 Jan 4, Russia asked the EU
to provide monitoring of Ukraine's gas transit system and charged
Ukraine was stealing gas bound for Europe, as Kiev leveled its own
charges. Gazprom CEO Alexei Miller said that the state-controlled
company wanted $450 per 1,000 cubic meters, up from its last offer
of $418. The reductions in gas supplies spread to the Czech Republic
(AP, 1/4/09)(Reuters, 1/4/09)
2009 Jan 4, A French warship
foiled attempts by Somali pirates in the Gulf of Aden to seize two
cargo vessels and intercepted 19 people.
2009 Jan 4, Sri Lanka’s
rebel-affiliated TamilNet Web site reported that the insurgents
stalled a military advance on the road to Mullaittivu, killing 53
soldiers and wounding 80 others.
2009 Jan 4, Jimmy Mohlala, a
South African official who blew the whistle on alleged corruption in
the building of a stadium for the 2010 World Cup, was shot dead by
unknown gunmen. The 46,000-capacity Mbombela stadium, scheduled for
completion this year, is one of 10 venues for the 2010 World Cup.
2009 Jan 4-2009 Jan 5, In South
Africa a lethal storm on the eastern coast killed 18 people over the
weekend, including four family members struck dead by lightning.
2010 Jan 4, James Cameron's
science-fiction epic "Avatar" had another stellar weekend with $68.3
million domestically, shooting past $1 billion worldwide, only the
fifth movie ever to hit that mark. Along with "Titanic," the others
are "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" at $1.13
billion, "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest" at $1.06
billion and "The Dark Knight" at a fraction over $1 billion,
according to box-office tracker Hollywood.com.
2010 Jan 4, The US Census
Bureau kicked off its $300 million campaign to prod, coax and cajole
the nation's more than 300 million residents to fill out their
once-a-decade census forms.
2010 Jan 4, Solis Palma, a
Mexican migrant, was shot and killed after he reportedly attacked a
US Border Patrol agent in southern Arizona with rocks.
2010 Jan 4, Bobby DeLaughter
(55), a former Mississippi prosecutor and judge whose legal
conquests became the subject of books and a movie, reported to
federal prison for lying to the FBI in a judicial bribery
investigation. DeLaughter was sentenced to 18 months in November
after pleading guilty to lying about secret conversations he had
with a lawyer while presiding over a dispute between wealthy
attorneys over legal fees. As part of a plea deal, prosecutors
dropped conspiracy and mail fraud charges.
2010 Jan 4, In Nevada Las Vegas
Johnny Lee Wicks (66), disgruntled over cuts in his Social Security
benefits, opened fire in the lobby of the federal court house in Las
Vegas killing a court security officer and wounding a deputy. Police
officers returned fire and Wicks was killed as he fled across the
(SFC, 1/5/10, p.A6)
2010 Jan 4, Novartis, a Swiss
drug company, agreed to buy a controlling 52% stake in Alcon, an
American listed but Swiss-based eyecare company, from food giant
(Econ, 1/9/10, p.66)
2010 Jan 4, NASA scientists
reported that the new Kepler space telescope has discovered 5
fiery-hot planets in the depths of the Milky Way, each far larger
(SFC, 1/5/10, p.A5)
2010 Jan 4, Edward Nathan
(1919), longtime grantmaker for the Zellerbach Family Foundation,
died in Oakland, Ca.
(SFC, 1/15/10, p.C5)
2010 Jan 4, In Algeria an
Algerian employee of Canadian construction firm SNC-Lavalin was
kidnapped by insurgents southeast of Algiers. The engineer was freed
on Jan 7.
2010 Jan 4, A new report by
Canada's Alzheimer Society said Canadians are developing dementia at
such a rapid rate that dealing with the problem will cost a total of
more than C$870 billion ($835 billion) over the next 30 years unless
preventive measures are taken.
2010 Jan 4, In northern China
21 workers were killed by a gas leak at the Hebei Puyang Iron and
Steel Co. Company officials initially said 16 workers were poisoned
and seven died while nine were sent to a hospital. On Jan 7 senior
executives "confessed" that they had covered up the death toll.
2010 Jan 4, Dubai inaugurated
the world's tallest skyscraper, the Burj Khalifa, hoping to shift
international attention away from the Gulf emirate's deep financial
crisis and rekindle the optimism that fueled its turbocharged
growth. The name was secretly switched from Burj Dubai and unveiled
to the public as the Burj Khalifa, after the emir of Abu Dhabi and
UAE president Sheik Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan. The observation
deck was the only part of the tower that opened. It was closed in
February following an elevator malfunction that left visitors
trapped. The deck reopened on April 4. Work continued on the rest of
the building's interior.
(AP, 1/4/10)(AFP, 1/5/10)(AP, 1/6/10)(AP, 4/4/10)
2010 Jan 4, In Iran dozens of
Tehran University professors appealed to the supreme leader to halt
the ongoing violence against protesters, adding a new and respected
voice in support of the opposition.
2010 Jan 4, In Iraq 3 policemen
were killed and eight people were wounded by two explosions in the
northern oil-rich city of Kirkuk.
2010 Jan 4, Irish writer Colm
Toibin was named novelist of the year in Britain's lucrative Costa
Book Awards for his emigrant saga "Brooklyn."
2010 Jan 4, Israel approved
construction of four new apartment buildings in disputed east
Jerusalem, fueling tensions with the Palestinians at a time when the
US is laboring to get peace talks moving again.
2010 Jan 4, In Kenya US citizen
Sharon Brown (39) and her daughter Margaux (1) were trampled to
death when a lone elephant charged out of the brush just outside
Mount Kenya National Park.
2010 Jan 3, In Mexico Josefina
Reyes, a human rights activist, was been killed in the border city
of Ciudad Juarez.
2010 Jan 4, Myanmar's ruling
junta chief confirmed that the country's first general elections in
two decades will be held this year but gave no date for the
balloting, which is expected to exclude pro-democracy leader Aung
San Suu Kyi.
2010 Jan 4, Nigerian soldiers
shot 2 contract workers dead and injured 4 others at a Chevron plant
under construction. This led to a riot and left several buildings
destroyed and halted operations at the southern Escravos gas
2010 Jan 4, The Norwegian Chess
Federation said Magnus Carlsen (19) is the youngest person to hold
the title since ratings were introduced in 1971.
2010 Jan 4, Serbia filed a
lawsuit against Croatia at the International Court of Justice,
accusing it of genocide during the 1991-1995 Balkan war, which
killed or displaced thousands of people.
2010 Jan 4, A tsunami unleashed
by an earthquake plowed into the Solomon Islands with the crashing
waters devastating at least one village, leaving over a thousand
people homeless. The US Geological Survey recorded 8 earthquakes in
the region since late Jan 3. The magnitude 7.2 was centered 64 miles
(103 km) southeast of Gizo, and followed a 6.5 tremor less than two
hours earlier centered 54 miles (90 km) southeast of Gizo at a depth
of 6 miles (10 km).
(AP, 1/4/10)(AP, 1/5/10)
2010 Jan 4, In South Africa
Pres. Jacob Zuma formalized his marriage to a third wife in a
traditional ceremony in rural KwaZulu-Natal province.
2010 Jan 4, In South Korea
Seoul residents slogged through the heaviest snowfall in modern
Korean history after a winter storm dumped more than 11 inches (28
cm), forcing airports to cancel flights and paralyzing traffic in
the bustling capital.
2010 Jan 4, Yemeni security
forces killed two suspected al-Qaida militants in clashes outside
the capital Sanaa, as the US and British embassies extended their
closure for a second day because of threats of attack by the terror
group's offshoot here. France became the latest foreign mission to
close in Yemen as security around embassies and the airport was
(AP, 1/4/10)(AFP, 1/4/10)
2011 Jan 4, Pres. Obama signed
the Food Safety Modernization Act, but Congress failed to adequately
fund the program, a $1.4 billion overhaul of the nation’s
(SFC, 1/5/11, p.A4)(SFC, 4/8/15, p.A7)
2011 Jan 4, The Internal
Revenue Service kicked off the US tax filing season, announcing that
taxpayers will have until April 18, 2011 to file their 2010 returns
and pay their tax bills because of a holiday on April 15.
2011 Jan 4, Owen Honors,
Captain of the US aircraft carrier Enterprise, was permanently
relieved of his command for making a series of ribald and offensive
videos that aired on the ship’s closed-circuit TV system when he was
second in command in 2006-207.
(SFC, 1/5/11, p.A4)
2011 Jan 4, Cornelius Dupree
Jr., a Texas man, was declared innocent after 30 years in prison. He
had at least two chances to make parole and be set free, if only he
would admit he was a sex offender. Dupree refused to do so, doggedly
maintaining his innocence in a 1979 rape and robbery. In the process
he serving more time for a crime he didn't commit than any other
Texas inmate exonerated by DNA evidence.
2011 Jan 4, Officials in
Louisiana said 500 birds were discovered dead, shortly after
thousands of birds were discovered dead in neighboring Arkansas.
2011 Jan 4, The archdiocese of
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, filed for bankruptcy becoming the 8th in the
US to do so. It had become besieged by lawsuits related to priests
(Econ, 2/12/11, p.36)
2011 Jan 4, Motorola Corp.
split into 2 companies: Motorola Mobility and Motorola Solutions.
(Econ, 1/1/11, p.57)
2011 Jan 4, Alireza Pahlavi
(44), the former shah of Iran's youngest son, died of an apparently
self-inflicted gunshot wound at his home in Boston. He was the
second of the four children of the late Shah Mohamed Reza Pahlavi
and former Empress Farah Pahlavi to die in exile. His sister Leila
was found dead of a drug overdose in 2001.
2011 Jan 4, Afghanistan's Pres.
Karzai told foreign powers to stop meddling in the country's
internal affairs. A bomb exploded in central Kabul, killing one
police officer and wounding three other people. Hundreds of police
swept through villages 220km northeast of Kabul, killing at least
eight rebels in an operation against militants. In Kandahar province
four rebels were killed when an IED they were planting on a road
went off prematurely.
(AP, 1/4/11)(AFP, 1/4/11)
2011 Jan 4, Mick Karn (52),
bass player in the 1980s group Japan, died in London. Karn, born in
Cyprus as Andonis Michaelides, was co-founder of Japan along with
David Sylvian and Steve Jansen. The group's 1982 album, "Tin Drum,"
included a hit song, "Ghosts."
2011 Jan 4, In China a gunfight
in Tai’an City of Shandong Province left four police officers dead
and five people injured.
2011 Jan 4, In India school
principal Rupan Pathak fatally stabbed Raj Kishore Kesri (51), a
Hindu nationalist lawmaker, while he was meeting with some of his
supporters at his residence in eastern Bihar state. Pathak accused
Kesri of sexually harassing her over a three-year period. Kesri's
guards overpowered Pathak, who is in her early 40s, and beat her up.
2011 Jan 4, Iran’s government
confirmed that it has invited world powers and its allies in the
Arab and developing world to tour Iranian nuclear sites before a
high-profile meeting late this month on its disputed nuclear
2011 Jan 4, Italian protesters
rallied against the Brazilian president's refusal to extradite
ex-militant Cesare Battisti, amid government assurances that
relations with Brazil will not be affected.
2011 Jan 4, Mediators said
Ivory Coast strongman Laurent Gbagbo has agreed to negotiate a
resolution to the crisis gripping the west African nation and lift a
blockade around his rival's headquarters.
2011 Jan 4, Kenya's
industrialization minister resigned over a car imports scandal that
will see the country's anti-graft agency taking him to court on
2011 Jan 4, Mexican federal
police announced they had arrested three US citizens in a sport
utility vehicle loaded with 159 packages of marijuana hidden in the
bodywork and gas tank. , Prosecutors said the David Romo, the leader
of Mexico's Death Saint cult, has been detained on suspicion of
participating in a kidnapping ring. Romo was one of nine suspects
placed under a form of house arrest for 30 days pending
investigation. The Mexican army detained the local operations leader
for the Sinaloa cartel, Jesus de la Cruz Lopez, alias "The Tomato."
(AP, 1/4/11)(AP, 1/5/11)
2011 Jan 4, Pakistan's main
opposition leader gave the government a three-day deadline to accept
a list of demands if it wants to avert its possible collapse after
the loss of its ruling majority in parliament. A gunman assassinated
the governor of Punjab province, a senior member of the ruling
party, in Islamabad. Salman Taseer was killed by Malik Mumtaz Qadri,
one of his guards, because of Taseer’s opposition to Pakistan's
controversial blasphemy law. On Oct 1 Qadri was convicted and
sentenced to death.
(AP, 1/4/11)(Reuters, 1/4/11)(Econ, 1/15/11,
2011 Jan 4, In Puerto Rico
police officers seized nearly 200 bags of cocaine and roughly 30
bags each of heroin and marijuana. A caiman was tied near the drugs,
which were found during a routine patrol in La Perla neighborhood of
historic Old San Juan.
2011 Jan 4, Zambian prosecutors
applied for arrest warrants after the mining officials Xiao Li Shan
and Wu Jiu Hua failed to attend the preliminary hearing regarding
the Oct 15 shooting of nearly a dozen miners at a Chinese-run coal
2012 Jan 4, President Barack
Obama, tired of Senate Republicans stalling his nominee to lead a
new consumer protection agency, put Richard Cordray in charge over
2012 Jan 4, In San Diego, Ca.,
Benjamin Arellano Felix (58), Mexican drug kingpin, pleaded guilty
to racketeering and conspiracy to launder money in exchange for a
sentence of no more than 25 years. On April 2 he was sentenced to 25
years in prison.
(SFC, 1/5/12, p.A6)(SFC, 4/3/12, p.A10)
2012 Jan 4, Los Angeles
Auxiliary Bishop Gabino Zavala (60) resigned under the code of canon
law that lets bishops step down earlier than the normal retirement
age of 75 if they're sick or for some other reason that makes them
unfit for office. Zavala had told the Pope in December that he had
two children who lived with their mother in a different state.
2012 Jan 4, In Texas Jaime
Gonzalez (15) was shot 3 times by police in a hallway at Cummings
Middle School in Brownsville after he refused to drop a pellet gun.
2012 Jan 4, In Utah Army
veteran Matthew David Stewart killed a police officer and wounded 5
others as authorities descended on his home in a marijuana raid.
(http://tinyurl.com/paqc29c)(SFC, 5/25/13, p.A6)
2012 Jan 4, US car giant Ford
said it is opening a new dealership in India every 10 days to feed
demand in a market it expects to be the third-biggest worldwide by
the end of the decade.
2012 Jan 4, Anti-whaling
activists claimed a small victory in their Antarctic campaign with
the discovery of a Japanese harpoon ship.
2012 Jan 4, British engineers
battled to restore electricity to thousands of homes after fierce
storms battered the UK, killing two men and causing widespread
2012 Jan 4, British company
Everything Everywhere said it is launching a mobile virtual network
in Britain in partnership with telecoms giant China Telecom,
targeting Chinese residents and visitors.
2012 Jan 4, In the Central
African Republic taxi and bus drivers in Bangui held a one-day
strike. The government promised to look into grievances about its
decision to raise fuel prices.
2012 Jan 4, Chinese
steelworkers began a 3-day strike at a state-controlled enterprise
in the Qingbaijiang district of Sichuan province. Workers managed to
get a small wage increase.
(Econ, 1/28/12, p.21)
2012 Jan 4, In southern China a
bus went out of control and slipped from a snow-covered bridge,
killing at least 18 people in Guizhou province.
(AP, 1/4/12)(AP, 1/5/12)
2012 Jan 4, An Ecuadoran
appeals court upheld last year’s landmark $9.5 billion judgement
against Chevron Corp. over oil contamination in the Amazon rain
(SFC, 1/5/12, p.D1)
2012 Jan 4, Egyptians voted
again in the final round of a phased election to choose the first
parliament since a popular uprising toppled Hosni Mubarak in
February last year.
2012 Jan 4, In Iraq 6 roadside
bombs targeted the homes of police officers in Baqouba. Two children
died in the blasts and nine people were wounded. Gunmen stormed the
house of a leader in the anti al-Qaida militia in the predominantly
Sunni suburb of Abu Ghraib, west of the capital, killing him and his
2012 Jan 4, Kenya's military
said its forces killed three militant fighters from al-Shabab in a
battle in Somalia. A Kenyan soldier was also killed in the battle.
2012 Jan 4, In Mexico suspended
first-division soccer goalkeeper Omar "El Gato" Ortiz was arrested
for alleged participation in a kidnapping ring. Prosecutors later
said he was arrested at his home in a Monterrey suburb after two
kidnapping suspects were detained on Jan 2 and implicated him in the
2012 Jan 4, In Mexico a fight
among inmates armed with makeshift knives, clubs and stones left 31
people dead in a prison in the Gulf Coast city of Altamira,
Tamaulipas state. 20 inmates were detained for involvement in the
(AP, 1/4/12)(AP, 1/5/12)
2012 Jan 4, Senegalese bus and
taxi drivers ended a two-day strike that had left people stranded
and resorting to horse-drawn carts to get to work. Drivers in
Senegal were protesting against the high price of fuel, the cost of
insurance, police harassment and a lack of social protection from
2012 Jan 4, Syrian activists
accused President Bashar Assad's regime of misleading Arab League
observers by taking them only to areas loyal to the government and
changing street signs to confuse them. Security forces and
pro-government gunmen reportedly shot dead at least three people,
two in the province of Homs and one in the central province of Hama.
2012 Jan 4, In Venezuela more
than 950 relatives of inmates were refusing to leave the Yare I and
II prison in a protest to demand faster trial for inmates. President
Hugo Chavez has told authorities to negotiate peacefully.
2012 Jan 4, In Yemen Islamic
militants stormed a hotel where alcohol is served in Aden, setting
the building on fire, killing two people and wounding 20.
2013 Jan 4, The US House
overwhelmingly approved $9.7 billion to pay flood insurance claims
for the many home and business owners flooded out by the storm. The
Senate was expected to pass the bill later in the day.
2013 Jan 4, A Beechcraft BE35
crashed on its way to the Flagler County Airport in Palm Coast,
Florida, killing at least 3 people.
(SFC, 1/5/13, p.A4)
2013 Jan 4, Afghan Police Maj.
Jalal Uddin said that 80 prisoners, formerly held by the US, were
freed from prisons across the country today, the latest batch of a
total of 400 to be released this week. The released prisoners had
been captured in operations against the Taliban and other groups.
2013 Jan 4, British police
charged Nepali army colonel Kumar Lama (46) with two counts of
torture committed in 2005 during the Himalayan nation's decade-long
civil war, despite the Nepali government's demanding his immediate
2013 Jan 4, The Church of
England confirmed that its House of Bishops, one of its most senior
bodies, has ended an 18-month moratorium on the appointment of gays
in civil partnerships as bishops. The decision was made in late
2013 Jan 4, In southern Chile
Werner Luchsinger (75) and wife Vivian McKay, whose family's vast
landholdings have long been targeted by Mapuche Indians, were killed
in an arson attack while trying to defend their home. The attack
began the previous evening as one of many political protests around
Chile commemorating the death five years ago of Mapuche activist
Matias Catrileo, who was shot in the back by an officer who served a
minor sentence and then rejoined the police. In 2014 Celestino
Cordova Transito (27) was convicted for killing the couple.
(AP, 1/4/13)(SFC, 2/21/14, p.A2)
2013 Jan 4, Leaders of the
Palestinian Fatah party led tens of thousands of supporters in a
mass rally in the Gaza Strip, the first such gathering for the
largely secular party in the territory since the rival Islamist
Hamas seized power there in 2007. Hamas condoned the demonstration.
2013 Jan 4, Six Russians were
killed and two seriously injured when the snowmobile and sled they
were riding veered off an Italian Alpine ski slope at night, slammed
into a barrier and flew through the air into a ravine.
2013 Jan 4, Omar Hammami, an
Alabama native who moved to Somalia to wage jihad alongside
al-Shabab militants, was given 15 days to surrender to militants or
be killed. The FBI has named Hammami as one of its most-wanted
2013 Jan 4, Syrian ground and
air forces bombarded rebel strongholds on the outskirts of Damascus
and other areas around the country. Anti-government forces targeted
a military post near the capital with a car bomb.
2013 Jan 4, A small plane
disappeared off the Venezuelan coast with six people aboard,
including Vittorio Missoni (58), a top executive in Italy's Missoni
fashion house. Wreckage of the plane was found in June.
(AP, 1/5/13)(AP, 6/27/13)
2014 Jan 4, This issue of the
Economist reported that most non-African humans carry around 2% of
(Econ, 1/4/14, p.28)
2014 Jan 4, In Afghanistan a
suicide bomber struck outside joint NATO-Afghan in the Nangarhar
province's Ghani Khail district. One US solider and 5 Taliban
attackers were killed. Hours later an explosion hit one of the
entrances to Camp Eggers in Kabul.
(AP, 1/4/14)(SSFC, 1/5/14,
2014 Jan 4, Bahrain named Ali
Mafoudh al-Moussawi, a Bahraini citizen who lives in Iran, as a main
suspect in planned "terrorist acts" and said he and his
collaborators had received training and other help from Tehran.
2014 Jan 4, In Bangladesh
scores of polling booths were torched and a train set alight on the
eve of elections as the opposition launched a strike against the
2014 Jan 4, Cambodia's
government launched a broad crackdown on the political opposition,
clearing its main protest site, banning its street demonstrations
and having a court call in opposition party leaders for questioning
on charges of inciting social unrest.
2014 Jan 4, An Egyptian soldier
was killed and at least two were wounded when a roadside bomb
targeted their armored vehicle in the restive Sinai peninsula.
2014 Jan 4, In India a
five-story building under construction in the southern state of Goa
collapsed, killing at least 15 workers and leaving dozens more
feared trapped under the rubble.
(AFP, 1/4/14)(AP, 1/5/14)
2014 Jan 4, The Lebanese army
said Saudi citizen Majid al-Majid, the "emir" of the Abdullah Azzam
Brigades fighting in Syria, died while undergoing treatment at the
central military hospital.
2014 Jan 4, In western Mexico a
small plane crash-landed, killing one person and injuring four
others, including the leader of a vigilante group fighting drug
2014 Jan 4, Russian President
Vladimir Putin reversed a blanket ban on protests at the Winter
Olympics in Sochi, bowing to pressure from the International Olympic
2014 Jan 4, Senegal said its
navy has boarded a Russian ship that was allegedly illegally fishing
in its waters and is escorting it toward Dakar. The Russian trawler
left the port of Dakar on Jan 22 following an agreement by Moscow to
pay $1 million.
(AFP, 1/4/14)(AP, 1/23/14)
2014 Jan 4, South Sudan’s rebel
and government sides met mediators from the regional IGAD grouping
in Ethiopia for a second day but did not sit down together.
2014 Jan 4, In Syria an
alliance of Islamist and other rebel factions battled fighters from
the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) across the
north-west in apparently coordinated strikes against the powerful al
2014 Jan 4, Tunisian lawmakers
rejected Islam as the main source of law for the country that
spawned the Arab Spring as they voted for a second day on a new
2014 Jan 4, The Tunisian coast
guard fired on three Egyptian fishing boats intercepted in its
territorial waters. One boat captain was killed.
(SFC, 1/6/14, p.A2)
2014 Jan 4, A Turkish court
ordered the release from jail of three Kurdish lawmakers, in
addition to two freed a day earlier.
2014 Jan 4, In Yemen renewed
clashes in the north between rebels belonging to a Shiite-branch of
Islam and ultraconservative Salafis backed by allying tribes killed
2015 Jan 4, Thousands of police
officers in NYC defied calls not to stage a protest at the funeral
of a slain comrade, pointedly turning their backs as Mayor Bill de
Blasio paid tribute to the murdered patrolman.
(AFP, 1/4/15)(SFC, 1/5/15, p.A5)
2015 Jan 4, In Afghanistan
insurgents killed 5 policemen, including their commander, in the
volatile eastern province of Logar.
2015 Jan 4, Australian PM Tony
Abbott made an unannounced visit to Baghdad, meeting with top
officials to discuss ways his country can aid Iraqi forces in their
fight against the Islamic State group.
2015 Jan 4, A Burundi military
official said at least 105 rebels have been killed after a
cross-border attack from the Democratic Republic of Congo following
five days of non-stop military operations. Five gunmen dressed in
military fatigues burst into a bar and shot dead 3 ruling party
activists before torching the local party office in the eastern
(AFP, 1/4/15)(AFP, 1/6/15)
2015 Jan 4, China’s corruption
watchdog said it is investigating Yang Weize, the Communist Party
chief of Nanjing, as the country's corruption crackdown drags in a
growing number of top officials.
2015 Jan 4, A city in central
India elected the country's first transgender mayor, nine months
after a court ruled that transgender be recognized as a legal third
gender. Madhu Kinnar (35) won the mayoral election in Raigarh in the
mineral-rich state of Chhattisgarh.
2015 Jan 4, In India a
16-year-old victim was attacked and gang-raped after arriving in
eastern Bihar state late today where the gang, including a local
administrator's driver, approached her and offered her a lift to a
relative's home. Police soon arrested one of five suspects.
2015 Jan 4, In eastern India 14
langur monkeys died after snatching and then eating biscuits laced
with rat poison being sold by a hawker in West Bengal state. The
hawker who fled in the aftermath of the deaths.
2015 Jan 4, In Kenya Fidel
Odinga (41), the son of main opposition leader Raila Odinga, was
found dead in his home near Nairobi, prompting a major police
investigation and minor unrest in the capital.
2015 Jan 4, In Kenya at least 2
people were killed and several others were injured when a six-storey
residential building collapsed in Nairobi.
2015 Jan 4, Forces loyal to
Libya's internationally recognized government launched air strikes
on the country's biggest steel plant at Misrata. A warplane from
forces loyal to the internationally recognized government bombed a
Greek-operated oil tanker anchored offshore, killing 2 crewmen. The
Liberian-flagged ARAEVO was carrying 12,600 tons of crude oil when
it was struck off the eastern port of Derna. No oil was spilled.
(Reuters, 1/4/15)(Reuters, 1/5/15)
2015 Jan 4, In northeastern
Mali six Nigerian soldiers of the UN's MINUSMA mission were injured,
with gunmen also burning four UN trucks.
2015 Jan 4, In northwest
Pakistan a US drone strike killed at least six suspected militants
in North Waziristan.
2015 Jan 4, In Saudi Arabia a
general and two soldiers were killed in a rare attack and suicide
bombing by "terrorists" on the border with Iraq. 4 attackers were
also killed in the clash, 2 in suicide blasts.
(AFP, 1/5/15)(Econ, 1/10/15, p.43)
2015 Jan 4, In Somalia a car
bomb targeting security officials exploded in Mogadishu, and was
followed by shooting. An al Shabaab car bomb killed four people in
(Reuters, 1/4/15)(Reuters, 1/7/15)
2015 Jan 4, Sudan's parliament
passed constitutional amendments allowing President Omar al-Bashir
(71) to appoint state governors directly and expanding the mandate
of its powerful security agency.
2015 Jan 4, In Syria Islamist
fighters seized a suburb east of Damascus after driving out a
smaller rival insurgent group in deadly clashes.
2015 Jan 4, Syria's
western-backed opposition group elected Khalid Khoja as its new
leader during a three-day meeting in Istanbul of the National
Coalition. Khalid Khoja announced the next day that his group is not
yet willing to go to peace talks in Moscow.
2015 Jan 4, At the Vatican Pope
Francis named 15 new cardinals from 14 countries, including many
from Latin America and Africa.
(AP, 1/4/15)(SFC, 1/5/15, p.A3)
2015 Jan 4, In Yemen a bomb
explosion in Dhamar, a mainly Shiite city, killed at least 4 people
including a reporter and wounded 25 others. The bombing targeted a
gathering of Shiite Huthi militiamen, also known as Ansarullah.
2016 Jan 4, Editas Medicine
filed for an IPO. The company offered new technology, called CRISPR
Cas9, allowing DNA to be cut and edited.
(Econ, 1/9/16, p.54)
2016 Jan 4, Afghan troops
rappelled from helicopters onto the roof of a four-story building
near the Indian Consulate in Mazar-i-Sharif to drive out gunmen who
had attacked the diplomatic mission the night before. A truck bomb
attack on Camp Baron, a compound for civilian contractors near Kabul
airport, wounding at least 30 Afghan civilians. Earlier today a
suicide bomber blew himself up near a police checkpoint without
causing any other casualties. The bodies of 5 soldiers were found on
the outskirts of the eastern city of Ghazni. They had been abducted
from a main highway around a week earlier by Taliban insurgents.
(AP, 1/4/16)(Reuters, 1/4/16)
2016 Jan 4, Bahrain announced
it was cutting diplomatic ties with Iran, a day after its ally and
neighbor Saudi Arabia also severed relations with Tehran.
2016 Jan 4, Chinese authorities
detained Peter Dahlin, a Swedish national who worked on legal aid
and rule of law issues, on suspicion of endangering state security.
2016 Jan 4, Denmark and Sweden
tightened border checks. Six countries in Europe's document-free
travel area now have wide-ranging border checks in place.
2016 Jan 4, A powerful
earthquake struck northeast India and Bangladesh, killing at least
11 people and injuring nearly 200, with efforts to reach remote
areas where people may be trapped hampered by severed power lines
and telecommunication links.
2016 Jan 4, Indian security
forces battled for the third day to clear out militants who attacked
the Pathankot Air Force base in Punjab state and killed 7 soldiers.
2016 Jan 4, Islamic State
militants attacked Iraqi troops and allied tribal fighters outside
the western town of Haditha, killing at least 11 and wounding
dozens. In central Iraq overnight blasts rocked two Sunni mosques,
amid fears of renewed sectarian strife following Saudi Arabia's
execution of a prominent Shiite cleric.
(AP, 1/4/16)(AFP, 1/4/16)
2016 Jan 4, Israeli forces
destroyed the east Jerusalem homes of two Palestinians who killed
four Israelis on Oct 13, one of the deadliest days in the recent
surge in violence.
2016 Jan 4, Lebanon's Hezbollah
movement said it had targeted an Israeli army border patrol with a
bomb in an attack that prompted retaliatory fire from the Jewish
2016 Jan 4, In northern Libya
jihadists carried out a suicide car bomb attack on a military
checkpoint at the entrance to the town of Al-Sidra, killing 2
soldiers. They then launched an attack on the town of Ras Lanouf via
the south but did not manage to enter.
2016 Jan 4, In Nigeria Boko
Haram gunmen wearing soldiers' uniforms and female suicide bombers
unleashed separate attacks on Izghe, a village 123 km (76 miles)
southwest of Maiduguri. At least 18 people were killed.
2016 Jan 4, Pakistan PM Nawaz
Sharif started a three-day visit to Sri Lanka during which several
agreements aiming to strengthen relations between the south Asian
nations are to be signed.
2016 Jan 4, A Palestinian
stabbed an Israeli woman in Jerusalem before being shot and wounded.
2016 Jan 4, Puerto Rico’s
government missed a $36 million coupon on paper issued by its
Infrastructure Financing Authority.
(Econ, 1/9/16, p.21)
2016 Jan 4, In Puerto Rico
Antonio Soto (66), a former senator, died. He was awaiting
sentencing after pleading guilty to tax evasion and misappropriation
of public funds.
2016 Jan 4, Poland’s government
said 21 people died over the weekend because of freezing weather
amid one of the country's deadliest cold spells.
2016 Jan 4, Saudi Arabia
widened its rift with Iran, saying it would end air traffic and
trade links with the Islamic republic and demanding that Tehran must
"act like a normal country" before it would restore severed
2016 Jan 4, Turkish security
sources said 2 civilians, 2 soldiers and a police officer have been
killed in the southeast over the last 24 hours as military
operations to root out armed fighters focused on urban centers
across the mainly Kurdish region. 3 female Kurdish political
activists were killed in fighting in curfew-hit Silopi town as the
authorities press an offensive against the outlawed Kurdistan
Workers Party (PKK).
(Reuters, 1/4/16)(AFP, 1/6/16)
2016 Jan 4, Ugandan police said
they were investigating reports nearly $4 million worth of cocaine
seized by customs officers at its main airport had disappeared from
2016 Jan 4, Yemeni authorities
announced a dusk to dawn curfew in Aden starting today following a
night of gunbattles between armed men and government forces that
killed at least 12 people from both sides.
2017 Jan 4, Pres.-elect Donald
Trump chose Jay Clayton, a Wall Street attorney, as his nominee to
head the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
(SFC, 1/5/17, p.A5)
2017 Jan 4, In Chicago a
federal jury convicted Hobos gang boss Gregory “Bowlegs” Chester,
alleged hit man Paris Poe and four others for racketeering
(SFC, 1/5/17, pea)
2017 Jan 4, In Kentucky former
LaRue County High School principal Stephen Kyle Goodlett (36) was
indicted in Louisville on federal charges of possessing and
transporting child pornography. He had admitted to investigators
that he has a pornography addiction and downloaded images from
phones confiscated from students.
2017 Jan 4, In Massachusetts
about $20 million in cash was found hidden inside a box spring in a
Westborough apartment. It was seized as part of a wide-ranging
investigation into the TelexFree internet telecom company that
authorities say was actually a massive international pyramid scheme.
Cleber Rene Rizerio Rocha was charged with conspiring to commit
money laundering. TelexFree filed for bankruptcy in 2014, its assets
frozen, and its two principals were indicted on federal charges of
wire fraud and conspiracy.
(AP, 1/6/17)(SFC, 1/7/17, pea)
2017 Jan 4, In Nevada Faraday
Future’s FF91 was unveiled during a press event for CES17 in las
Vegas. The company was backed by Chinese billionaire Jia Yueting.
Production was scheduled to start in Nevada this year with first
deliveries in 2018.
(SFC, 1/5/17, pp.)
2017 Jan 4, Macy’s said it will
move forward with 68 store closures and eliminate more than 10,000
jobs following a disappointing holiday shopping season.
(SFC, 1/5/17, pp.)
2017 Jan 4, In China Chen
Zhongshu, the land and resources chief of Panzhihua city in Sichuan
province, allegedly shot and injured two leaders of the city as the
pair held a meeting in a conference center, and later killed
2017 Jan 4, In southern China a
man armed with a kitchen knife stabbed 11 children at a kindergarten
in Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region, seriously wounding three, the
latest such attack in recent years.
2017 Jan 4, Czech authorities
said they had detected highly-contagious bird flu at two small
poultry farms and in dead swans in the first such cases in a decade.
2017 Jan 4, Egypt released
political activist Ahmed Maher (36), a leading figure in the 2011
revolt that toppled the government, after he completed his jail
term. Maher was the founder and spokesman of the April 6 protest
movement, one of the main groups that campaigned for more freedom
under longtime ruler Hosni Mubarak.
2017 Jan 4, In France former
Kosovar PM Ramush Haradinaj was arrested at Basel Mulhouse Freiburg
airport on a Serbian warrant. He faced possible extradition to
Serbia to face war crimes charges.
2017 Jan 4, French customs
officials intercepted 70 kg of Captagon, dubbed the "jihadists'
drug", at Paris's Charles de Gaulle airport, a first for France.
Another 67 kg of the drug were found at the airport in February.
Captagon, a type of amphetamine, is one of the most commonly used
drugs among fighters in the Syrian war.
2017 Jan 4, The Gambia's army
chief reaffirmed his loyalty to Pres. Yahya Jammeh despite the
threat of a regional military intervention if the strongman refuses
to step down.
2017 Jan 4, Indian officials
said police have rescued nearly 200 children, most of them under the
age of 14, who had been found working in a brick kiln in the
southern state of Telangana in one of the biggest operations in the
2017 Jan 4, In India a
24-year-old housemaid died in hospital, two weeks after she was
admitted with multiple fractures and injuries. She had said she was
abused by her New Delhi employers after being lured to the city with
the promise of a job.
2017 Jan 4, The UN said more
than 2,000 Iraqis a day are fleeing Mosul, several hundred more each
day than before U.S.-led coalition forces began a new phase of their
battle to retake the city from Islamic State.
2017 Jan 4, The Israeli
government said China has agreed for thousands of migrant
construction laborers to work in Israel in a bid to alleviate a
2017 Jan 4, Israel released
billionaire businessman Beny Steinmetz from house arrest without
charge, following his detention over bribery allegations involving
BSGR in Africa.
2017 Jan 4, Israeli Sergeant
Elor Azaria, who shot dead a Palestinian assailant lying wounded and
motionless on the ground in the occupied West Bank last March 24,
was convicted of manslaughter in one of the most polarizing cases in
2017 Jan 4, Italy vowed to
increase deportations of migrants whose asylum requests have been
rejected, after a riot in a reception center sparked by the death of
a young woman.
2017 Jan 4, Niger said around
20 more members of the jihadist group Boko Haram have surrendered.
About 50 Boko Haram fighters have now given themselves up since
2017 Jan 4, Pakistan's Supreme
Court asked the police to look into allegations that a 10-year-old
girl working as a maid was tortured by her employers, an influential
judge and his wife, after disturbing photographs of the girl,
purporting to show her badly beaten and bruised, circulated on
social media. A day earlier the girl's parents announced they have
"forgiven" the judge and his wife, apparently after reaching a
2017 Jan 4, In Pakistan four
campaigners of the Civil Progressive Alliance of Pakistan (CPAP)
activist group went missing.
2017 Jan 4, Palestinian
fisherman Mohammed Al-Hissi (33) disappeared after colliding with an
Israeli navy ship off the Gaza coast.
2017 Jan 4, In the southern
Philippines more than 100 suspected Muslim rebels stormed a jail
before dawn allowing 158 inmates to escape. Six inmates were killed
in firefights with police and eight others were caught and returned
(SFC, 1/5/17, pea)
2017 Jan 4, Romania's
Parliament approved a left-leaning government led by Sorin
Grindeanu, who vowed to stop thousands of Romanians emigrating,
build highways and encourage the consumption of local produce.
2018 Jan 4, Pres. Donald
Trump's legal team demanded that author Michael Wolff and his
publisher halt the release of “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White
House.” They demanded that Wolff apologize of face a possible
lawsuit. Henry Hold & Co. said it would make the book available
January 5 instead of the original January 9 release date.
(SFC, 1/5/18, p.A4)
2018 Jan 4, The US State
Department said it has placed Pakistan on a special watch list for
"severe violations of religious freedom". The United States said it
was suspending at least $900 million in security assistance to
Pakistan until it takes action against the Afghan Taliban and the
Haqqani network militant groups.
(AP, 1/4/18)(Reuters, 1/5/18)
2018 Jan 4, US Attorney General
Jeff Sessions urged federal prosecutors to override state marijuana
laws and file criminal charges in those that have legalized sale and
use of the drug.
(SFC, 1/5/18, p.A1)
2018 Jan 4, High winds and
heavy snow barreled into the US Northeast, closing schools and
government offices and disrupting travel as work crews scrambled to
clear roads before plummeting temperatures turn snow into
treacherous ice. The cold has been blamed for at least nine deaths
over the past few days. Utilities along the East Coast said about
65,000 homes and businesses were without power from the massive snow
and ice storm battering Mid-Atlantic and Northeast states.
2018 Jan 4, Four people were
reported killed in North Carolina and South Carolina after their
vehicles ran off snow-covered roads. More than 5,000 flights were
reported cancelled across the US.
(SFC, 1/5/18, p.A5)
2018 Jan 4, The state of Oregon
sued Monsanto over pervasive pollution from PCBs and sought $100
million to mitigate pollution , particularly along a 10-mile stretch
of the Willamette River. Federal authorities in 2016 announced a $1
billion cleanup in the area.
(SFC, 1/5/18, p.A4)
2018 Jan 4, In Virginia
incumbent Republican David Yancey won a tied state House of
Delegates race, over challenger Shelley Simonds, when his name was
pulled from a ceramic bowl.
(SFC, 1/5/18, p.A5)
2018 Jan 4, Brookfield Business
Partners LP acquired Westinghouse Electric, the US nuclear unit of
embattled Japanese electronics giant Toshiba, in a deal valued at
about out $4.6 billion.
2018 Jan 4, In Afghanistan the
Taliban shot and killed three members of the Afghan security forces
in western Farah province. The attack unfolded when a group of
Taliban fighters stopped a bus travelling in the Bala Buluk
2018 Jan 4, Britain's PM
Theresa May apologized to tens of thousands of patients whose
operations were canceled to free up staff and beds to deal with
emergency patients. A flu outbreak, colder weather and high levels
of respiratory illnesses have put hospitals in England under strain
with many operating at or near full capacity.
2018 Jan 4, France's interior
ministry said a second person has died in the country as a result of
the violent storm battering northern Europe. Storm Eleanor swept
through Europe. The body of a man was pulled from the Breda River.
He was soon identified the missing firefighter who was swept away
just after saving a family. The death brought to four the number of
people killed in France this week as winter storms battered western
Europe. At least two other people have disappeared in other eastern
(AP, 1/4/18)(AFP, 1/4/18)(AP, 1/5/18)
2018 Jan 4, Germany's highest
civil and criminal court ruled that a transsexual woman, who used
sperm she had banked prior to her sex change to have a baby with her
female partner, cannot be legally registered as the child's mother.
2018 Jan 4, India began
investigating a report that access to its database of the identity
details of more than 1 billion citizens was being sold for just $8
on social media, in what could be one of the giant program's biggest
2018 Jan 4, A New Delhi court
declared India's flamboyant tycoon Vijay Mallya a "proclaimed
offender" for failing to appear to answer allegations of money
laundering by flouting foreign currency laws. The order paved the
way for the government to take over Mallya's businesses and real
2018 Jan 4, Iran's army chief
declared that police had already quelled anti-government unrest that
has killed 21 people but that his troops were ready to intervene if
needed, as Tehran staged more pro-government rallies.
2018 Jan 4, Israeli novelist
Aharon Appelfeld (b.1932), a Holocaust survivor who became one of
the foremost contemporary Hebrew-language writers, died near Tel
Aviv. He published the first of 46 novels and collections of poetry
in 1962 and won several awards throughout his career.
2018 Jan 4, Mexico's acting
attorney general said prosecutors were already working to improve
investigations and cooperation with other countries following an
international report that blasted the country for failing to punish
2018 Jan 4, In Mexico the
dismembered bodies of two young men were found inside plastic bags
outside the beach resort of Acapulco. The young men had been
arrested by Chilpancingo police on December 30 after a brawl at a
Christmas fair and officers were suspected of later murdering them.
2018 Jan 4, The Nigerian
military said it had rescued Salomi Pogu, one of more than 270
schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram from the town of Chibok in 2014.
2018 Jan 4, A court in Norway
said that the government can hand out oil drilling licenses in the
Arctic, dealing a blow to two environmental groups that had filed a
lawsuit against further drilling in the Barents Sea. The court also
said Nature and Youth and Greenpeace Nordic should pay legal
expenses worth 580,000 kroner ($71,435).
2018 Jan 4, It was reported
that Poland has created a new, state-owned aviation company, the
Polish Aviation Group, based on the national airline, LOT, that aims
to capitalize on a planned major airport and on the region's growing
air travel market.
2018 Jan 4, Pres. Vladimir
Putin authorized the resumption of regular Russian airline flights
to Cairo, according to a document published on the Moscow
government's website. It said the clearance for flights to resume
was effective from Jan. 2.
2018 Jan 4, In Russia at least
10 people were killed in a warehouse fire in Chernoretsky village,
Siberia. The dead were believed to be workers from China and
2018 Jan 4, In South Africa
more at least 18 people were killed and hundreds were feared injured
after a train struck a lorry, derailed and burst into flames as it
traveled between Port Elizabeth and Johannesburg.
(Reuters, 1/4/18)(SFC, 1/5/18, p.A2)
2018 Jan 4, South Korea's
Hyundai Motor Co. said it will begin selling its first self-driving
vehicles by 2021 in partnership with US based self-driving
technology startup Aurora Innovation Inc. Hyundai and Volkswagen
each said they're partnering with Aurora Innovation, a US autonomous
vehicle tech firm led by former executives from Google, Tesla and
2018 Jan 4, In South Sudan new
fighting erupted between government and opposition forces less than
20 km (12 miles) outside Juba.
2018 Jan 4, In Syria at least
30 civilians were killed when Russian jets dropped bombs on the
Eastern Ghouta residential area, a besieged rebel enclave east of
2018 Jan 4, It was reported
that Turkey's broadcasting watchdog has fined a TV station nearly
one million lira ($266,000) over footage of young girls dancing in
shorts in a talent competition after viewers complained of "child
2018 Jan 4, Fugitive Vietnamese
property tycoon Phan Van Anh Vu (42), accused of spilling state
secrets, was arrested in Hanoi after Singapore deported him, despite
appeals that his life could be in danger in Vietnam.
2018 Jan 4, A Zimbabwean court
freed "for now" Martha O'Donovan, an American woman charged with
subversion for allegedly describing the former president on Twitter
as a "sick man".
2019 Jan 4, In southern
California three men were killed and four others injured during a
brawl at the Gable House Bowl in Torrence.
(SFC, 1/7/19, p.A4)
2019 Jan 4, In the SF Bay Area
police found three people dead following gunfire at the 1000 blcok
of Center Street in Oakland. Antonio Malike Durant (26) was arrested
on Jan. 18 and soon charged with three counts of murder.
(SFC, 1/24/19, p.C6)
2019 Jan 4, In Texas Jenna
Scott and her friend Michael Swearingin disappeared. Their bodies
were later found in a shallow grave in Clearview, Oklahoma. Cedric
Marks (44) was arrested this month in Michigan on a burglary charged
related to Scott's house in Temple, Texas.
(http://tinyurl.com/y7986eun)(SFC, 2/4/19, p.A4)
2019 Jan 4, Twitter suspended
an account that posted links to sensitive personal data and
documents stolen by hackers from hundreds of German public figures
and politicians — from every political party but the far-right
Alternative for Germany. The breach, discovered by journalists a day
earlier, affected politicians at all levels.
2019 Jan 4, Afghan officials
said Taliban fighters are threatening major oil wells near the
northern city of Sar-e Pul following days of fighting in which
dozens of members of the security forces have been killed and
wounded. At least seven border police officers were killed late
today when their checkpoint came under attack by insurgents in
southern Kandahar province. 16 insurgents were killed and 11 others
wounded in an ensuing battle.
(Reuters, 1/4/19)(AP, 1/4/19)
2019 Jan 4, An Australian man
(24) rammed his four-wheel drive into a Sydney police car, hijacked
a supermarket delivery truck and taxi, rammed other cars and stabbed
and wounded a passerby before killing himself in front of police.
2019 Jan 4, It was reported
that Bolivia's bee population is being decimated by massive and
intensive use of chemical pesticides to protect coca plants, the
region's biggest cash crop.
2019 Jan 4, The People's Bank
of China said it would cut the amount of cash that banks must hold
as reserves by one percentage point essentially freeing up about
$218 billion to ease lending.
(SFC, 1/5/19, p.D4)
2019 Jan 4, The China Academy
of Social Sciences said in a research report that the country's
population is set to reach a peak of 1.442 billion in 2029 and start
a long period of "unstoppable" decline in 2030.
2019 Jan 4, China's Jade Rabbit
2 space rover explored the lunar terrain in the world's first
mission on the surface of the far side of the moon.
2019 Jan 4, Colombia's
government said it has asked Venezuela to verify whether certain
members of the ELN rebel group are living in the country and to
detain them under Interpol red notices if they are.
2019 Jan 4, The French
government dismissed 'yellow vest' protesters as agitators whose
only goal was to topple it, signaling a toughening stance against a
movement that has shaken Emmanuel Macron's presidency.
2019 Jan 4, In Germany an
Interior Ministry spokesman said personal data and documents from
hundreds of German politicians and public figures have been
published online, in what appears one of the most far-reaching
cyber-attacks in a country that has become a target of choice for
2019 Jan 4, Ghanaian religious
leaders said angry young Muslims have attacked a charismatic church
in Accra a day after its pastor predicted the country’s chief imam
would die this year in a New Year's eve sermon.
2019 Jan 4, In India the office
of the chief minister of Kerala state said a woman (46) has become
the third to enter the Sabarimala Hindu temple in defiance of an
ancient ban on females of menstruating age. Temple management denied
that the Sri Lankan woman had in fact entered. Only small protests
were reported from across the state.
2019 Jan 4, In Iraq a fire at a
women's shelter in Baghdad killed several lodgers. A police chief
called it a "group suicide" caused by women rioting in the shelter.
Two women died from stab wounds and seven perished in the fire.
2019 Jan 4, Parts of Lebanon's
public and private sectors went on a union-organized strike to
protest worsening economic conditions and months of delay in the
formation of a new government.
2019 Jan 4, Mexican federal
police took steps to close a migrant shelter in Tijuana, sparking
protests from some of the dozens of US-bound people who had been
staying there after traveling in a caravan from Central America.
2019 Jan 4, In Myanmar thirteen
policemen were killed and nine injured in early morning attacks on
police outposts in Rakhine state by the insurgent Arakan Army, as
the country celebrated Independence Day. The AA was led by Twan Mrat
(AP, 1/4/19)(Reuters, 1/18/19)(Econ, 4/18/20,
2019 Jan 4, Dutch authorities
said they will hold Swiss shipping line MSC liable for the cost of
cleaning up debris from more than 270 cargo containers that fell off
one of its vessels and washed up on shore. Roughly 35 containers
have been located and the remainder were lost at sea.
2019 Jan 4, In Nigeria the
Koluama Seven Brothers militant group carried out an unconfirmed
warning strike on an oil facility owned by local energy firm Conoil
in the southern state of Bayelsa. The group soon threatened a
production shut-down and demanded action from Conoil and a
traditional ruler called King Solomon Eddy on issues such as job
2019 Jan 4, A Palestinian
broadcasting corporation said masked gunmen have raided its studios
in the Gaza Strip.
2019 Jan 4, In Peru foreign
ministers from 12 Latin American countries and Canada said their
governments would not accept Nicolas Maduro as Venezuela's president
when he is sworn in for a second six-year term next week. The
14-member Lima Group -- with the exception of Mexico -- said it
would not grant recognition to Maduro's hardline socialist
2019 Jan 4, In the Philippines
Talib Abo, a former mayor of the town of Parang, was killed in a
shootout with police. His brother, Bobby Abo, was also killed in a
separate raid. In 2016 Pres. Duterte had accused them of being
involved the drug trade. Police reportedly found guns and
methamphetamine at both of the brothers' homes.
(SFC, 1/5/19, p.A4)
2019 Jan 4, A Philippine court
ordered the arrest of Japanese pachinko billionaire Kazuo Okada,
about a month after the country's Department of Justice recommended
the filing of charges against him over three counts of fraud. The
warrant of arrest was made public on Dec. 6.
2019 Jan 4, Poland accused
France of breaching European Union laws by exceeding spending
limits. Paris last month forecast a 2019 deficit of 3.2 percent,
which would violate the EU-mandated limit of 3.0 percent of GDP.
2019 Jan 4, In Poland five
teenage girls were killed by a fire in an "escape room" attraction
in Koszalin. In "escape rooms", participants are locked in a room
and race against the clock to solve puzzles and challenges to open a
2019 Jan 4, In Portugal a court
in Lisbon said it was not proven that former Interior Minister
Miguel Macedo had favored Chinese and Angolan investors in
administrative procedures granting the so-called "golden visas." Two
other senior Portuguese officials were found guilty of corruption
while two Chinese citizens were convicted of influence-peddling.
Another Chinese citizen and an Angolan were acquitted.
2019 Jan 4, In Romania Eugeniu
Iordachescu (89), a civil engineer who devised an ingenious way to
save 12 churches and many other historic buildings from being
destroyed by the country's former Communist strongman, died.
2019 Jan 4, In Sudan dozens of
protesters chanted anti-government slogans as they left a major
mosque following Friday prayers in Omdurman, near Khartoum. Security
forces fired teargas and the crowd quickly dispersed.
2019 Jan 4, In Syria an air
strike by the US-led coalition on a village held by the Islamic
State killed at least ten people.
(SFC, 1/5/19, p.A2)
2019 Jan 4, In southern
Thailand one person was reported dead and another missing as rain,
wind and surging seawater as Tropical Storm Pabuk buffeted coastal
villages and world-famous tourist resorts, knocking down trees and
utility poles and flooding roads.
2019 Jan 4, The UN human rights
office called on Bahrain to release activist Nabeel Rajab, saying
that the upholding of his five-year jail sentence by the top court
this week showed "continued suppression of government critics".
2019 Jan 4, Zimbabwe's
government said it has begun laying off 3,365 workers from its youth
ministry, as it tries to make good on its promise to cut the bloated
civil service and sort out the country's finances.
2020 Jan 4, The White House
sent Congress a formal notification under the War Powers Act of the
drone strike ordered by President Donald Trump that killed Maj. Gen.
Qassem Soleimani a day earlier. Trump warned that America would
target 52 sites "important to Iran & Iranian culture" and hit
them "very fast and very hard" if American personnel or assets were
(NY Times, 1/5/20)(AFP, 1/5/20)
2020 Jan 4, Demonstrators
chanting "no war on Iran" rallied in Washington, New York and across
the US to protest the assassination of a top Iranian military
commander in a US drone strike.
2020 Jan 4, John Baldessari
(88), California artist, died in his sleep. In 2010 he was cited as
"arguably America's most influential Conceptual artist".
(SFC, 1/10/20, p.C2)
2020 Jan 4, In Florida a pair
of Chinese nationals attending the University of Michigan were
arrested on a charge of entering a US Naval property for the purpose
of photographing defense installations.
(Miami Herald, 1/7/20)
2020 Jan 4, Wildfires raged in
Australia, choking the sky with smoke, forcing thousands to flee and
prompting the US to send more fire personnel to help battle the
(Good Morning America, 1/4/20)
2020 Jan 4, Members of
Austria's Green party voted to join a new government led by
conservative former Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, clearing the final
hurdle for a previously untested left-right alliance at the national
2020 Jan 4, Austria's foreign
ministry said it is facing a serious cyberattack, possibly from a
2020 Jan 4, In northwestern
Burkina Faso at least 14 civilians, mostly students, died after
their bus hit an explosive device on the way back from a school
2020 Jan 4, In France a
businessman returned from a holiday break to find his collection of
19 top watches, including 11 Rolexes, had been swiped from a safe
with police blaming “professional” criminals. Over the weekend
burglars reportedly swiped more than €1 million (£850,000) worth of
Rolex watches and other prestige timepieces in Paris.
(The Telegraph, 1/6/20)
2020 Jan 4, Indonesian
officials said landslides and floods triggered by torrential
downpours have left at least 60 people dead in and around Jakarta,
as rescuers struggled to search for people apparently buried under
tons of mud.
2020 Jan 4, In Iran US and
Israeli flags were set alight in Tehran as thousands mourned the
loss of top military commander Qasem Soleimani, a day after he was
killed by American forces.
2020 Jan 4, Iraq's PM Adel
Abdel Mahdi attended a mourning procession in Baghdad for Iranian
commander Qasem Soleimani and Iraqi paramilitary chief Abu Mahdi
al-Muhandis. They were killed along with eight others in a precision
US drone strike a day earlier as they drove away from Baghdad
international airport in two vehicles.
2020 Jan 4, A volley of
missiles appeared to target the US’s embassy and one of its bases in
Iraq late today, sparking fears an Iran-backed militia had begun
taking revenge for the killing of its commander and Iran’s top
(The Telegraph, 1/5/20)
2020 Jan 4, In Libya an
airstrike hit a military academy used by the Tripoli-allied militias
late today in the Hadaba area. The death toll climbed to at least 30
people, most of them military trainees.
2020 Jan 4, In northern Mexico
an American family returning to the US after a visit to San Luis
Potosi came under attack late today in Tamaulipas state just south
of Texas. Gunmen killed a boy (13) and wounded three others.
(SFC, 1/7/20, p.A2)
2020 Jan 4, It was reported
that NATO has suspended ongoing efforts to fight Isis in Iraq amid
demands by Iran and its allies for revenge against the US following
the assassination of an Iranian leader by American forces.
(The Independent, 1/4/20)
2020 Jan 4, The Russian
government published a plan to adapt the economy and population to
climate change, aiming to mitigate damage but also "use the
advantages" of warmer temperatures.
2020 Jan 4, Spanish human
rights groups called for an investigation into potential human
rights violations by Spanish authorities after the alleged expulsion
of 42 migrants to Morocco without due process.
2020 Jan 4, It was reported
that police authorities in Spain believe that a crackdown on
criminal biker gangs in northern Europe could be behind a crime wave
that saw 24 murders in the Costa del Sol province of Malaga over the
(The Telegraph, 1/4/20)
2020 Jan 4, Sudanese activists
said tribal clashes in eastern Sudan have killed at least nine
people over the past two days. Security forces were deployed in Port
Sudan to help contain the clashes between the Bani Amer tribe and
the displaced Nuba tribe.