Today in History - January 5

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1066        Jan 5, Edward  the Confessor, king of England (1043-66), died.
    (MC, 1/5/02)

1463        Jan 5, French poet Francois Villon was banished from Paris.
    (MC, 1/5/02)

1477        Jan 5, Swiss troops defeated the forces under Charles the Bold of Burgundy at the Battle of Nancy.
    (HN, 1/5/99)

1531        Jan 5, Pope Clemens VII forbade English king Henry VIII to re-marry.
    (MC, 1/5/02)

1589        Jan 5, Catherine de Medici (b.1519), Queen Mother of France, died at age 69. In 2005 Leonie Frieda authored “Catherine de Medici: Renaissance Queen of France."
    (TL-MB, 1988, p.24)(AP, 1/5/98)(WSJ, 8/10/05, p.D12)

1592        Jan 5, Shah Jahan, Mughal emperor of India (1628-58), was born. He later built the Taj Mahal.
    (MC, 1/5/02)

1638        Jan 5, Petition in Recife, Brazil, led to the closing of its two synagogues.
    (MC, 1/5/02)

1708        Jan 5, German alchemist Johann Friedrich Bottger, under the tutelage of Ehrenfried Walther von Tschirnhaus, succeeded in creating samples resembling pure porcelain at the Jungfernbastei castle in Dresden. Augustus the Strong, Elector of Saxony, had ordered Bottger to re-create the formula for oriental porcelain. Bottger was imprisoned and joined physicist Ehrenfried Walther von Tschirnhaus in a search for the formula. Tschirnhaus died in Oct, 1708. Within 2 years a factory was established in Meissen’s Albrechtsburg and Meissenware became Europe’s first hard-paste porcelain.
    (Hem, 6/96, p.111)(SSFC, 4/25/04, p.D12)(Econ, 4/3/10, p.88)(ON, 8/10, p.9)

1709        Jan 5, Sudden extreme cold killed 1000s of Europeans.
    (MC, 1/5/02)

1776        Jan 5, Assembly of New Hampshire adopted its 1st state constitution.
    (MC, 1/5/02)

1779        Jan 5, Stephen Decatur (d.1820), U.S. naval hero during actions against the Barbary pirates and the War of 1812, was born. [see 1820 Decatur-Barron duel]
    (HFA, '96, p.26)(HN, 1/5/99)
1779        Jan 5, Zebulon Montgomery Pike, explorer, (Pike's Peak), was born.
    (MC, 1/5/02)

1781        Jan 5, A British naval expedition led by Benedict Arnold burned Richmond, Va. Arnold led some 1,600 British and Loyalist troops in the destructive raid on Richmond.
    (AP, 1/5/98)(AH, 2/06, p.14)

1796        Jan 5, Samuel Huntington (64), US judge (signed Declaration of Independence), died.
    (MC, 1/5/02)

1804        Jan 5, Ohio legislature passed the 1st laws restricting free blacks movement. [see Mar 28]
    (MC, 1/5/02)

1815        Jan 5, Federalists from all over New England, angered over the War of 1812, drew up the Hartford Convention, demanding several important changes in the U.S. Constitution.
    (HN, 1/5/99)

1836        Jan 5, Davy Crockett arrived in Texas just in time to die at the Alamo.
    (MC, 1/5/02)

1854        Jan 5, The steamship San Francisco wrecked and 300 died.
    (MC, 1/5/02)

1855        Jan 5, King Camp Gillette, inventor (safety razor), was born.
    (MC, 1/5/02)

1856        Jan 5, Pierre J. David (67), [David d'Angers], French sculptor, died.
    (MC, 1/5/02)

1861        Jan 5, The merchant vessel Star of the West set sail from New York to Fort Sumter, in response to rebel attack, carrying supplies and 250 troops.
    (HN, 1/5/99)
1861        Jan 5, Alabama troops seized Forts Morgan & Gaines at Mobile Bay.
    (MC, 1/5/02)

1874        Jan 5, Joseph Erlanger, doctor (shock therapy Nobel 1944), was born.
    (MC, 1/5/02)
 
1876        Jan 5, Conrad Adenauer (d.1967), statesman and first chancellor of post-World War II West Germany, was born. He was chancellor of Germany from 1949-1963. "The good Lord set definite limits on man's wisdom, but set no limits on his stupidity -- and that's not fair!"
    (AHD, 1971, p.15)(AP, 7/1/98)(HN, 1/5/99)

1879        Jan 5, The shares of Homestake Mining Co. began trading on the NY Stock Exchange.
    (WSJ, 1/5/00, p.CA1)

1892        Jan 5, The 1st successful auroral photograph made.
    (MC, 1/5/02)

1895        Jan 5, French Capt. Alfred Dreyfus, convicted of treason, was publicly stripped of his rank. He was ultimately vindicated. Dreyfus, a Jew falsely accused of spying for the Germans, was imprisoned alone on Devil’s Island until 1899.
    (AP, 1/5/98)(SSFC, 12/15/02, p.L5)

1896         Jan 5, An Austrian newspaper (Wiener Presse) reported the discovery by  German physicist Wilhelm Roentgen of a type of radiation that came to be known as "X-rays."
    (AP, 1/5/98)

1900        Jan 5, Dennis Gabor, Hungarian-British physicist, inventor of 3D laser photography, was born. He was awarded a Nobel Prize in 1971. [see Jan 5]
    (HN, 6/5/98)(MC, 1/5/02)

1904        Jan 5, American Marines arrived in Seoul, Korea to guard U.S. legation there.
    (HN, 1/5/99)

1905        Jan 5, Representatives of 35 state Audubon organizations incorporated as the National Association of Audubon Societies for the Protection of Wild Birds and Animals.
    (T&L, 10/1980, p.12)(MC, 1/5/02)

1911        Jan 5, Portugal expelled the Jesuits.
    (MC, 1/5/02)

1914        Jan 5, Henry Ford astounded the world as he announced that he would pay a minimum wage of $5 a day and share with employees $10 million in last year’s profits. The wage increase counter-balanced the increased demand on the workers from the new assembly line production methods.
    (HFA, ‘96, p.22)(HN, 1/5/99)(WSJ, 1/11/99, p.R28)

1917        Jan 5, Jane Wyman (d.2007), film star, was born as Sarah Jane Mayfield Fulks in St. Joseph, Mo.
    (SFC, 9/11/07, p.A2)
1917        Jan 5, Wieland Wagner, German opera director (grandson of Richard Wagner), was born.
    (MC, 1/5/02)
1917        Jan 5, Bulgarian and German troops occupied the Port of Braila in East Romania.
    (HN, 1/5/99)(WUD, 1994, p.178)

1919        Jan 5, British ships shelled the Bolshevik headquarters in Riga.
    (HN, 1/5/99)
1919        Jan 5, The National Socialist Party (Nazi) formed.
    (MC, 1/5/02)

1920        Jan 5, GOP women demanded equal representation at the Republican National Convention in June.
    (HN, 1/5/99)

1921        Jan 5, Friedrich Durrenmatt (d.1990), Swiss author and playwright, was born.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Friedrich_D%C3%BCrrenmatt)
1921        Jan 5, Wagner’s "Die Walkyrie" opened in Paris. This was the first German opera performed in Paris since the beginning of WWI.
    (HN, 1/5/99)

1922        Jan 5, Sir Ernest Shackleton (47) died of a heart attack at sea enroute from South Georgia Island to Antarctica. He was buried on South Georgia Island. In 1924 Hugh Robert Mill authored “The Life of Sir Ernest Shackleton."
    (ON, 5/00, p.10)(SSFC, 5/20/01, p.T11)

1923        Jan 5, The Senate debated the benefits of Peyote for the American Indian.
    (HN, 1/5/99)

1925        Jan 5, Nellie Tayloe Ross (1876-1977) of Wyoming was sworn in as the first woman governor in the United States. She succeeded Frank E. Lucas, who had served as acting governor after the death of Ross' husband, William B. Ross. Ross took office as governor of Wyoming,  just 16 days before Miriam A. Ferguson became governor of Texas.
    (AP, 1/5/08)(http://wyoarchives.state.wy.us/articles/rossbio.htm)

1928        Jan 5, Walter Mondale, 42nd Vice President (1977-1981) of the U.S., was born. He was the Democratic presidential nominee who lost to Ronald Reagan in 1984, and Ambassador to Japan.
    (HN, 1/5/99)

1930        Jan 5, Mao Tse-tung wrote "A Single Spark Can Start a Prairie Fire."
    (MC, 1/5/02)

1931        Jan 5, Alvin Ailey, choreographer (American Dance Theater), was born.
    (MC, 1/5/02)

1932        Jan 5, Umberto Eco, Italian novelist who wrote "The Name of the Rose," was born.
    (HN, 1/5/99)
1932        Jan 5, Raisa Maximovna Titorenko Gorbachev, Russia's 1st lady (1982-1991), was born.
    (MC, 1/5/02)

1933        Jan 5, In San Francisco federal judge Harold Lauderback ordered the auction of 2,245 gallons of moonshine that had been seized in raids.
    (SSFC, 1/4/09, DB p.50)
1933        Jan 5, Work on Golden Gate Bridge began on the Marin County side of SF Bay.
    (MC, 1/5/02)
1933        Jan 5, The 30th president (1923-1929) of the United States, Calvin Coolidge, died in Northampton, Mass., at age 60. In 1998 Robert Sobel published his biography: "Coolidge: An American Enigma." Robert Ferrell published "The Presidency of Calvin Coolidge." In 2006 David Greenberg authored “Calvin Coolidge."
    (AP, 1/5/98)(WSJ, 6/16/98, p.A17)(WSJ, 8/7/98, p.W13)(WSJ, 12/12/06, p.D8)

1936        Jan 5, Daggha Bur, Ethiopia, was bombed by the Italians.
    (HN, 1/5/99)

1938        Jan 5, Juan Carlos I, King of Spain, was born.
    (HN, 1/5/99)

1942        Jan 5, U.S. and Filipino troops completed their withdrawal to a new defensive line along the base of the Bataan peninsula.
    (HN, 1/5/99)
1942        Jan 5, 55 German tanks reached North-Africa.
    (MC, 1/5/02)
1942        Jan 5, Tina Modotti (b.1896), Italian born actress, model, photographer and secret agent, died in Mexico City. She had been expelled from Mexico in 1930 but returned incognito in 1939. In 1999 her biography by Pino Cacucci was translated into English.
    (SFEC, 7/25/99, BR p.1)(SFC, 9/2/06, p.E3)(http://tinyurl.com/lklsy)

1943        Jan 5, George Washington Carver, Educator and scientist, died at age 81 at Tuskegee, Alabama. Carver was born the son of a slave woman in the early 1860s, went to college in Iowa and then headed to Alabama in 1896. There, at the Tuskegee Institute, Carver served as an agricultural chemist, experimenter, teacher and administrator, working to improve life for African Americans in the rural South by teaching them better agricultural skills. One of the farming methods Carver devised, using peanut and soybean crops to enrich soil depleted by cotton crops, revolutionized Southern farming. Carver became somewhat of a benevolent example of the potential of black intellectuals. He was well-respected by people such as President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Mahatma Gandhi, Josef Stalin and Thomas Edison, whose offer of a job for more than $100 a year Carver refused. Carver worked at Tuskegee until his death.
    (AP, 1/5/98)(HNPD, 1/5/99)
1943        Jan 5, The Japanese began a planned withdrawal from Guadalcanal.
    (HN, 1/5/99)

1946        Jan 5, Diane Keaton, actress (Annie Hall, Little Drummer Girl), was born in LA.
    (MC, 1/5/02)

1947        Jan 5, Great Britain nationalized its coal mines.
    (HN, 1/5/99)

1949        Jan 5, In his State of the Union address, President Truman labeled his administration the “Fair Deal." Alben Barkley (1877-1956) served as Truman’s vice-president.
    (WUD, 1994 p.120)(AP, 1/5/98)(WSJ, 2/12/02, p.A18)

1950        Jan 5, Carson McCuller's "Member of the Wedding," premiered in NYC.
    (www.carson-mccullers.com/mccullers/timeline.htm)

1951        Jan 5, Inchon, South Korea, the sight of General Douglas MacArthur's amphibious flanking maneuver, was abandoned by United Nations force to the advancing Chinese Army.
    (HN, 1/5/01)

1952        Jan 5, PM Churchill arrived in Washington to confer with Pres. Truman.
    (HN, 1/5/01)

1953        Jan 5, In South Korea the Changgyeong ferry sank as it was cruising from Yeosu to Busan.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_South_Korean_ferry_disasters)

1954        Jan 5, Walter Edward Scott (b.1872), Death Valley con man, died. He was supported for much of his life by millionaire Albert Johnson (d.1948).
    (ON, 3/04, p.8)( http://mojavedesert.net/walter-scott/)

1956        Jan 5, Elvis Presley, truckdriver, began his 1st recording session for RCA. "Heartbreak Hotel," written by Mae Boren Axton, was the first song recorded. It became the first of his 45 records to sell over a million copies. The second was "I Want You, I Need You, I Love You", and "I Was the One" was the third.  In 1971 Jerry Hopkins authored Elvis: A Biography.
    (SFC,1/22/97, p.A20)(SFEC, 4/6/97, DB p.65)(WSJ, 1/11/99, p.R34)(SFC, 5/10/02, p.A31)

1957        Jan 5, President Eisenhower, in an address to Congress, proposed offering military assistance to Middle Eastern countries so they could resist Communist aggression; this became known as the Eisenhower Doctrine.
    (AP, 1/5/07)

1959        Jan 5, The "Bozo the Clown" live children's show premiered on TV.
    (MC, 1/5/02)

1963        Jan 5, "Camelot" closed at the Majestic Theater, NYC, after 873 performances.
    (MC, 1/5/02)
1963        Jan 5, "Carnival!" closes at Imperial Theater, NYC, after 719 performances.
    (MC, 1/5/02)

1965        Jan 5, Charles Robert Jenkins (b.1940) deserted his US Army post at the Korean DMZ hoping to be arrested, turned over to Russia and returned to the US. His plan failed and he ended up living in North Korea where he married Hitomi Soga, a Japanese woman kidnapped by North Korea in the 1970s. In 2004 Jenkins reunited with his wife in Indonesia and in September turned himself in to US military authorities in Japan. [see Sep 1, 1965] In 2008 Jenkins with Jim Frederick authored “The Reluctant Communist: My Desertion, Court-Martial, and Forty-Year Imprisonment in North Korea."
    (SFC, 11/2/02, p.A5)(SSFC, 5/23/04, p.A18)(WSJ, 7/12/04, p.A1)(AP, 9/1/04)(WSJ, 3/13/08, p.D9)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Robert_Jenkins)

1968        Jan 5, The US Justice Dept. indicted Dr. Benjamin Spock, Rev. William Coffin of Yale (1924-2006) and 3 others for conspiring to violate draft law.
    (SFC, 4/13/06, p.B7)
1968        Jan 5, A newspaper strike shut down the SF Chronicle, the Examiner and the News-Call Bulletin for 53 days. Bill O'Brien (d.2004) became president of the SF-Oakland Newspaper Guild the next day and supported the strike, which had originated with Hearst papers in LA. Senior executives of the SF Chronicle put out a special edition of the paper on a copy machine.
    (SFC, 2/05/04, p.A27)(SSFC, 6/7/09, p.W3)(http://tinyurl.com/nkszr8)
1968        Jan 5, Alexander Dubcek (1921-1992) was elected First Secretary of the Communist Party in Czechoslovakia.
    (http://www.radio.cz/en/article/112505)(www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/COLDdubcek.htm)

1969        Jan 5, President Nixon appointed Henry Cabot Lodge as negotiator at the Paris Peace Talks.
    (HN, 1/5/99)

1970        Jan 5, The TV soap opera “All My Children" premiered. Its final episode was scheduled in the Fall of 2011.
    (SFC, 4/15/11, p.F2)(www.imdb.com/title/tt0065272/)
1970        Jan 5, Joseph A. Yablonski, an unsuccessful candidate for the presidency of the United Mine Workers, was found murdered with his wife and daughter at their Clarksville, Pa., home. Nine people were later charged in the killing including UMW Pres. W.A. Boyle.
    (AP, 1/5/98)(SFC, 11/8/99, p.C2)
1970        Jan 5, In China a 7.7 earthquake in Yunnan province killed over 15,000 people and was covered up by authorities amid the chaos of the cultural revolution.
    (SFC, 1/800, p.A8)

1971        Jan 5, Pres. Nixon named Robert Dole as chairman of the Republican National Party.
    (HN, 1/5/01)
1971        Jan 5, Sonny Liston (b.1932), World Champion boxer (1962-64), was found dead in his Las Vegas home.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sonny_Liston)

1972        Jan 5, President Nixon ordered development of the space shuttle.
    (AP, 1/5/98)

1975        Jan 5, "The Wiz," a musical version of L. Frank Baum's "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz," opened at the Majestic Theater on Broadway with an all-black cast. It ran for 1672 performances.
    (AP, 1/5/00)

1981        Jan 5, Berkeley police arrested 8 demonstrators protesting against draft registration. The protest was one of the largest across the country as a 2nd round of draft registration began.
    (SFC, 12/30/05, p.F2)
1981        Jan 5, Harold C. Urey (b.1893), US chemist (Deuterium, Nobel 1934), died.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harold_Urey)

1982        Jan 5, A Federal judge voided an Arkansas state law requiring balanced classroom treatment of evolution and creationism.
    (www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=4726786)(HN, 1/5/99)

1983        Jan 5, President Reagan announced he was nominating Elizabeth Dole to succeed Drew Lewis as secretary of transportation. Dole became the first woman to head a Cabinet department in Reagan's administration, and the first to head the DOT.
    (AP, 1/5/03)

1985        Jan 5, Boris Weisfeiler (43), a Russian émigré and naturalized US citizen, disappeared while hiking in Chile. US declassified documents in 2000 indicated that Boris, a mathematics professor, was detained by the Chilean military and handed over to Colonia Dignidad.
    (SFC, 6/19/00, p.A8)(SFC, 6/12/08, p.A10)
1985        Jan 5, Israel’s 6-week Operation Moses for the resettlement of 8,000 Ethiopian Jews ended. It began Nov 18, 1984, but new was blacked out for security reasons.
    (www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/Judaism/ejhist.html)

1988        Jan 5, The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously to ask Israel not to deport Palestinians from the occupied territories in the first council vote against Israel since 1981.
    (AP, 1/5/98)
1988        Jan 5, Basketball star "Pistol" Pete Maravich died of a heart attack during a pickup game in Pasadena, Calif., at age 40. He had recently finished an autobiography. In 2007 Mark Kriegel authored “Pistol: The Life of Pete Maravich."
    (AP, 1/5/98)(WSJ, 2/3/07, p.P13)

1989        Jan 5, Lawrence E. Walsh, the special prosecutor in the Iran-Contra case, asked for a dismissal of two charges against Oliver North, citing the Reagan administration's refusal to release material sought by North.
    (AP, 1/5/99)

1990        Jan 5, President Bush told a news conference the United States had a strong case against deposed Panamanian leader Manuel Noriega and said he was convinced Noriega would receive a fair trial on drug-trafficking charges.
    (AP, 1/5/00)

1991        Jan 5, President Bush met at Camp David, Maryland, with UN Secretary-General Javier Perez de Cuellar to discuss the Persian Gulf crisis. The same day, a pretaped radio address by Bush was broadcast in which the president warned Iraq: “Time is running out."
    (AP, 1/5/01)

1992        Jan 5, President Bush arrived in Seoul, South Korea, on the third stop of a 12-day tour focusing on international trade issues.
    (AP, 1/5/02)

1993        Jan 5, The state of Washington executed Westley Allan Dodd, an admitted child sex killer, in America's first legal hanging since 1965.
    (AP, 1/5/98)
1993        Jan 5, The Braer, a Liberian-registered tanker, ran aground in Scotland's Shetland Islands, spilling some 26 million gallons of light crude oil.
    (AP, 1/5/98)(SFC, 11/20/02, p.A14)

1994        Jan 5, The Clinton administration said North Korea had agreed to allow renewed international inspections of seven nuclear sites.
    (AP, 1/5/99)
1994        Jan 5, Thomas P. "Tip" O'Neill, former speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, died in Boston at age 81. In 2001 John A. Farrell authored “Tip O’Neill and the Democratic Century."
    (AP, 1/5/99)(WSJ, 3/15/00, p.A16)

1995        Jan 5, President Clinton received Republican congressional leaders at the White House, declaring that "we can do a lot of business together" on reforming the way government works.
    (AP, 1/5/00)
1995        Jan 5, A warrant was issued for the arrest of James “Whitey" Bulger (b.1929), top mobster of Boston’s Winter Hill Gang. He had disappeared with his girlfriend just days before the warrant was issued. Bulger was linked to 21 murders and in 2000 became a fixture on the FBI’s “Ten Most Wanted" list. In 2007 Kevin Weeks authored “Brutal: The Untold Story Of My Life Inside Whitey Bulger's Irish Mob."
    (http://tinyurl.com/2c8u37f)(SSFC, 1/30/05, p.A13)(http://tinyurl.com/29unfq4)

1996        Jan 5, An end to a three-week-old partial government shutdown was in sight as the House acted to restore the jobs and wages of hundreds of thousands of federal workers.
    (AP, 1/5/01)
1996        Jan 5, Lawyers for Hillary Rodham Clinton released sought-after billing records that were discovered the day before in a White House office.
    (AP, 1/5/01)
1996        Jan 5, US retailers posted their worst holiday sales since 1990.
    (WSJ, 1/2/97, p.R2)
1996        Jan 5, Lincoln Kirstein (b.1906), American writer, impresario, art connoisseur, and cultural figure in New York City, died. In 1946 Balanchine and Kirstein founded the Ballet Society, renamed the New York City Ballet in 1948. Together they made this one of the most innovative dance companies in the world. His books included the 1932 novel “Flesh Is Heir," a historical romance. In 2007 Martin Duberman authored “The Worlds of Lincoln Kirstein."
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lincoln_Kirstein)(WSJ, 2/17/07, p.P18)(SSFC, 5/13/07, p.M3)
1996        Jan 5, Japanese Prime Minister Tomiichi Murayama resigned.
    (AP, 1/5/01)

1997        Jan 5, In Afghanistan an air raid killed 4 and wounded 32. A bomb in central Kabul killed 3 and wounded 37.
    (WSJ, 1/6/97, p.A1)
1997        Jan 5, In Algeria Muslim guerrillas massacred 16 in Ben Achour village.
    (SFC, 1/6/97, p.A9)
1997        Jan 5, In Burundi the Tutsi-led army attacked and killed hundreds of Hutus in a dispute over land at Bukeye in central Burundi.
    (SFC, 1/25/97, p.A10)
1997        Jan 5, In the CAR district of Petevo, French troops killed 10 CAR army mutineers, after 2 French soldiers were killed on a mediation mission.
    (SFC, 1/6/97, p.A9)
1997        Jan 5, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat held a secret, predawn summit, but fell short of agreement on the issues delaying an Israeli troop withdrawal from Hebron.
    (AP, 1/5/98)
1997        Jan 5, Jewish leaders blasted the remark of former Swiss Pres. Jean-Pascal Delamuraz, who called Jewish demands for the compensation of Holocaust victims “blackmail."
    (SFC, 1/6/97, p.A9)
1997        Jan 5, In Kenya the Daily Nation reported that a man stole $1 million by impersonating a Citibank bank employee. The money had been shipped from NY to a Kenyan airport freight terminal at the Nairobi Int’l. Airport.
    (SFC, 1/9/97, p.A12)
1997        Jan 5, In Mexico at least 26 people were arrested in Sinaloa state, many of them police officers, at the wedding party for the sister of Amado Carrillo, the reputed top drug trafficker in Mexico.
    (SFC, 1/8/97, p.A7)
1997        Jan 5, In Rwanda a mother and father and 7 children were murdered. The mother had testified against the former mayor of Taba, Jean-Paul Akayesu, for the murder of some 2,000 villagers.
    (SFC, 1/17/97, p.A13)
1997        Jan 5, In South Africa police arrested 2 white men in connection with 3 bomb blasts near Johannesburg.
    (SFC, 1/6/97, p.A9)

1998        Jan 5, Balloonist Steve Fosset was forced down in Russia after completing 7,300 miles in four days in his effort to circle the globe.
    (SFC, 1/6/98, p.A3)
1998        Jan 5, Volkswagen rolled out a new version of the Beetle at the annual Detroit Auto Show.
    (SFC, 1/6/98, p.A2)
1998        Jan 5, Sonny Bono (62), former 1960's pop singer and later Republican congressman, died when he struck a tree while skiing in South Lake Tahoe, Calif. Mary Bono later revealed that he was a heavy user of pain pills.
    (SFC, 1/6/98, p.A1)(SFC, 11/20/98, p.A5)(AP, 1/5/99)
1998        Jan 5, A Canada ice storm knocked out electricity in Quebec & Ontario.
    (MC, 1/5/02)
1998        Jan 5, In China Stanford scholar Hua Di (63) was arrested in Beijing on charges of treason for allegedly leaking military secrets.
    (SFC, 10/29/98, p.A23)
1998        Jan 5, In Denmark the bronze head of the Little Mermaid was again sawed off in Copenhagen harbor.
    (SFC, 1/7/98, p.A9)(MC, 1/5/02)
1998        Jan 5, In India a train crash in Uttar Pradesh killed at least 48 people.
    (WSJ, 1/7/98, p.1)
1998        Jan 5, In Kenya Daniel Arap Moi was scheduled to be inaugurated as president after the elections gave him 40% or 2,445,801 votes.
    (SFC, 1/5/98, p.A12)
1998        Jan 5, In Lithuania Vladas Adamkus (71), former administrator of the US Environmental Protection Agency, won the presidency in a runoff election with 49.9% vs. 49.3% for Arturas Paulauskas.
    (SFC, 1/6/98, p.A8)
1998        Jan 5, In Mexico Francisco Labastida took over as the chief of internal security after Emilio Chuayffet resigned under pressure from the Chiapas massacre.
    (SFC, 1/5/98, p.A10)

1999        Jan 5, A federal judge approved settlement in a class-action suit filed by African-American farmers. The agreement to compensate for years of racial bias could total $400 million. The farmers will get $50,000 tax-free and their government debts forgiven.
    (SFC, 1/6/99, p.A4)(WSJ, 1/6/99, p.A1)
1999        Jan 5, A new theory on how HIV attacks cells was reported. The production and survival time of T cells was said to be shortened by HIV.
    (SFC, 1/5/99, p.A1)
1999        Jan 5, New research showed that dendritic spines on the nerve branches of the brain sprouted and changed form within fractions of a second.
    (SFC, 1/5/99, p.A6)
1999        Jan 5, In Angola Unita rebels shelled Malanje for a 2nd day. 25 people were killed and 100 wounded.
    (WSJ, 1/6/99, p.A1)
1999        Jan 5, In Iran the Intelligence Ministry said that rogue intelligence officers were responsible for 5 killings last year of government critics.
    (SFC, 1/6/99, p.A6)
1999        Jan 5, Four U.S. Air Force and Navy jets fired at Iraqi MiGs testing the "no-fly" zone over southern Iraq in the first such confrontation in more than six years. 6 missiles fired by 2 US F-15s missed the 4 MiG 25s of Iraq.
    (SFC, 1/6/99, p.A6)(AP, 1/5/00)
1999        Jan 5, It was reported that Iraqi security forces killed hundreds of people in the Shiite Muslim south in summary executions directed by Saddam Hussein's 2nd son over the last 6 weeks.
    (WSJ, 1/5/99, p.A1)
1999        Jan 5, Malaysia admitted that former Deputy Premier Anwar was beaten by police after his arrest in September.
    (WSJ, 1/6/99, p.A1)

2000        Jan 5, Democratic presidential candidates Al Gore and Bill Bradley engaged in a feisty debate in Durham, New Hampshire.
    (AP, 1/5/01)
2000        Jan 5, Touching off angry protests by Cuban-Americans in Miami, the US government decided to send six-year-old Elian Gonzalez back to Cuba. After a legal battle, and the seizure of Elian from the home of his US relatives, the boy was returned to Cuba in June.
    (SFC, 1/6/00, p.A1)(AP, 1/5/01)
2000        Jan 5, In the Ivory Coast Gen. Robert Guei announced that he was suspending the country's staggering foreign debt payments.
    (SFC, 1/6/00, p.A10)
2000        Jan 5, In Nigeria rival youths of the Yoruba and Hausa tribes clashed in Lagos and Ibadan and some 35 people were killed.
    (SFC, 1/7/00, p.D3)
2000        Jan 5, In Karachi, Pakistan, freed militant Masood Azhar called on some 10,000 followers to liberated Kashmir and to destroy India and the US.
    (SFC, 1/6/00, p.A8)
2000        Jan 5, The 17th Karmapa, Ugyen Trinley Dorje (14), arrived in India after a week-long flight from Tsurphu Monastery in Tibet.
    (SFC, 1/7/00, p.D3)

2001        Jan 5, In a blizzard of last-minute executive orders, President Clinton banned roads and most logging in 58.5 million acres of federal forests in 38 states.
    (WSJ, 1/05/01, p.A1)(AP, 1/5/02)
2001        Jan 5, US Republicans agreed to share power in the Senate with Democrats on committees.
    (SFC, 1/6/01, p.A1)
2001        Jan 5, In 2007 it was reported that a French intelligence document dated to this day warned that al-Qaida was at work on a hijacking plot. The information was passed on to the CIA. Documents on Osama bin Laden's terror network were drawn up by the French spy service, the DGSE, between July 2000 and October 2001.
    (AP, 4/16/07)

2002        Jan 5, It was reported that funds for the Iraqi National Congress (INC), the leading opposition group to Saddam Hussein, were suspended due to accounting problems.
    (SFC, 1/5/02, p.15)
2002        Jan 5, In Florida Charles J. Bishop (15) crashed a stolen Cessna 172 airplane into the 40-story Tampa Bank of American building. Bishop left a note saying he acted alone and expressed sympathy for Osama bin Laden.
    (SSFC, 1/6/02, p.A12)
2002        Jan 5, Canada reported plans to send 900 troops to assist with peacekeeping in Afghanistan.
    (SSFC, 1/6/02, p.A9)
2002        Jan 5, Italy's foreign minister, Renato Ruggiero, resigned after a spat with PM Silvio Berlusconi over the government's lukewarm reception of the euro.
    (SFC, 1/7/02, p.A5)(AP, 1/5/03)
2002        Jan 5, Singapore reported that authorities had arrested 15 suspected militants between Dec 9-24, some of whom were al Qaeda trained in Afghanistan.
    (SSFC, 1/6/02, p.A8)(SFC, 1/7/02, p.A8)

2003        Jan 5, In Edinburg, Texas, 6 men were shot to death in a home invasion that involved weapons and drugs.
    (SFC, 1/6/03, p.A8)
2003        Jan 5, Jean Kerr (79), author and playwright, died. Her books included "Please Don't Eat the Daisies."
    (SFC, 1/7/03, p.A22)
2003        Jan 5, In Algeria rebels killed 13 people form 2 families near the capital in Zabana.  The Armed Islamic Group was suspected.
    (AP, 1/5/03)
2003        Jan 5, In Bhutan Indian separatists said 50 Indian soldiers attacked their camps. 15 soldiers and 7 rebels were reported killed.
    (SFC, 1/8/03, p.A16)
2003        Jan 5, British anti-terrorism police arrested 6 men of North African origin after finding small quantities of ricin, a lethal poison, in a London apartment.
    (SFC, 1/8/03, p.A10)
2003        Jan 5, Roy Jenkins (82), British politician, liberal reformer and biographer, died after collapsing at his home in East Hendred.
    (WSJ, 1/14/03, p.D6)
2003        Jan 5, Chinese media reported that an unmanned Chinese space capsule had returned safely to Earth.
    (AP, 1/5/04)
2003        Jan 5, In Israel 2 Palestinian suicide bombers blew themselves up minutes apart in a central Tel Aviv area crowded with foreign workers, killing 23 bystanders in the bloodiest attack in six months.
    (AP, 1/5/08)
2003        Jan 5, In Kosovo gunmen killed 3 people including Tahir Zemaj, a former Albanian rebel leader.
    (WSJ, 1/6/03, p.A1)
2003        Jan 5, In Lithuania rightist Rolandas Paksas (46), a former stunt pilot and PM in 1999 and 2000, was elected president in a surprise victory over Pres. Adamkus, 54.9% vs. 45%. Paksas promised to keep Lithuania closely aligned with the West. The election of Paksas was bankrolled by Yuri Borisov, a Russian-born dealer in helicopter parts.
    (AP, 1/6/03)(Econ, 1/10/04, p.46)
2003         Jan 5, The Laos government declared this day a national holiday in honor of King Fangum, "the father of Lao unity" and the 650th anniversary of the founding of Lan Xang in1353.
    (AP, 1/6/03)

2004        Jan 5, After 14 years of denials, Pete Rose publicly admitted that he'd bet on baseball while manager of the Cincinnati Reds.
    (AP, 1/5/05)
2004        Jan 5, Pres. Bush extended a 1986 order of sanctions against Libya.
    (WSJ, 1/6/04, p.A1)
2004        Jan 5, The US began fingerprinting and photographing int'l. passengers at 115 airports and 14 cruise-ship ports.
    (SFC, 1/6/04, p.A1)
2004        Jan 5, NASA released a 3-D, black-and-white panoramic picture of the bleak surface of Mars snapped by the newly landed rover, Spirit.
    (AP, 1/5/05)
2004        Jan 5, Norman Heatley (92), a scientist whose pioneering work on penicillin production helped save countless lives, died in Oxford, England. It was Heatley and his Oxford University colleagues who produced enough for the first clinical tests on humans.
    (AP, 1/17/04)(SFC, 1/19/04, p.B4)
2004        Jan 5, Kiharu Nakamura (90), Japanese geisha, died in the US. Her 10 books included "The Memoir of a Tokyo-born Geisha."
    (Econ, 1/24/04, p.78)
2004        Jan 5, Tug McGraw (59), baseball pitcher, died near Nashville, Tenn.
    (AP, 1/5/05)
2004        Jan 5, China confirmed its first SARS case since an outbreak of the disease was contained in July and authorities ordered the emergency slaughter of some 10,000 civet cats and related species after tests linked a virus found in the animals to the patient.
    (AP, 1/5/04)
2004        Jan 5, Dutchman Jaap de Hoop Scheffer took over as NATO's top official.
    (AP, 1/5/04)
2004        Jan 5, A letter bomb addressed to a senior member of the European Parliament burst into flames. Italian anarchists were suspected in the 7 mail attacks since Dec 27.
    (AP, 1/5/04)(SFC, 1/6/04, p.A10)
2004        Jan 5, In Mexico heavily armed men in military and police-style uniforms raided the western prison at Apatzingan in Michoacan state and freed 25 inmates.
    (AP, 1/6/04)
2004        Jan 5, Pakistan's President Pervez Musharraf held much-anticipated, face-to-face talks with Indian leader Atal Bihari Vajpayee on the sidelines of a South Asian summit.
    (AP, 1/5/04)
2004        Jan 5, In Thailand 2 bombs exploded in the southern town of Pattani, killing 2 policemen and injuring several people, police said. Two other bombs were found before they could go off.
    (AP, 1/5/04)(WPR, 3/04, p.32)

2005        Jan 5, President Bush opened a new drive for caps on medical malpractice awards, contending the limits would lower health care costs.
    (AP, 1/5/06)
2005        Jan 5, Cpl. Wassef Ali Hassoun, a Marine charged with desertion in Iraq after mysteriously disappearing from his post was again declared a deserter, this time for failing to report to his U.S. base.
    (AP, 1/5/06)
2005        Jan 5, It was reported that PolyMedix, a research firm in Philadelphia, was targeting bacteria with synthetic molecules that prevented the development of resistance.
    (WSJ, 1/5/05, p.B2A)
2005        Jan 5, Julius Axelrod, NIH neuroscientist, died in Rockville, Md. He shared a 1970 Nobel Prize with 2 others for work on neuro-transmitters.
    (SFC, 1/6/05, p.B7)
2005        Jan 5, Australian PM John Howard pledged $765 million over five years to Indonesian tsunami reconstruction and development due to the Dec 26 disaster.
    (AP, 1/6/05)(Econ, 1/15/05, p.38)
2005        Jan 5, The head of the IAEA said Iran has agreed to give U.N. inspectors access to a huge military site that the United States alleges is linked to a secret nuclear weapons program.
    (AP, 1/5/05)
2005        Jan 5, Iraq's intelligence chief said as many as 30,000 well-trained terrorists are actively operating throughout Iraq at the behest of former regime leaders based in Syria.
    (AP, 1/6/05)
2005        Jan 5, A car bomb exploded outside a police academy south of Baghdad during a graduation ceremony, killing at least 20 people. Hours earlier, another car bomb killed two Iraqis in Baghdad. A 2nd car bomber killed five Iraqi policemen in Baqouba.
    (AP, 1/5/05)(AP, 1/6/05)
2005        Jan 5, The bodies of 18 young Iraqi Shiites taken off a bus and executed in December 2005 were found in a field near Mosul.
    (AP, 1/5/06)
2005        Jan 5, A group calling itself "The Free People of the Galilee" claimed that it abducted Dana Bennet, an Israeli-American woman, in Aug 2003, and demanded that Israel release 1,000 Palestinian prisoners in exchange for information about her fate.
    (AP, 1/5/05)
2005        Jan 5, Two homemade Palestinian rockets fell into an army base in southern Israel, wounding 12 people, one of them seriously.
    (AP, 1/5/05)
2005        Jan 5, In western Nepal soldiers backed by helicopters raided a communist rebel hideout, killing at least 30 guerrillas and foiling a planned attack on an army base.
    (AP, 1/5/05)
2005        Jan 5, The UN said that camps for up to 500,000 tsunami refugees will be built on devastated Sumatra island, while world leaders headed to Indonesia to discuss how to distribute billions of dollars in aid.
    (AP, 1/5/05)

2006        Jan 5, Christian broadcaster Pat Robertson suggested that Israeli PM Ariel Sharon’s stroke was divine punishment for “dividing God’s land." Robertson later apologized.
    (AP, 1/5/07)
2006        Jan 5, California’s Gov. Schwarzenegger in his State of the State speech called for over $222 billion for public works projects.
    (SFC, 1/6/06, p.A1)
2006        Jan 5, The Florida Supreme Court struck down the voucher system that allowed some children to attend private schools at taxpayer expense, saying that it violates the state constitution's requirement of a uniform system of free public schools.
    (AP, 1/5/06)
2006        Jan 5, In Afghanistan a suicide attacker in Kandahar detonated explosives strapped to his body during a visit by the US ambassador, killing 10 Afghans and wounding 50.
    (AP, 1/5/06)
2006        Jan 5, The wife of Dragomir Abazovic, a Bosnian Serb war crimes suspect, was killed in a shoot-out when European Union (EUFOR) peacekeepers moved in to arrest her husband at their home. Abazovic and the couple's 11-year-old son were also shot and injured.
    (AP, 1/5/06)
2006        Jan 5, The UN said around 2,000 Rwandan Hutu refugees have arrived in Burundi in the past month, many saying they feel insecure in Rwanda or are being refused permission to cultivate their land.
    (AP, 1/6/06)
2006        Jan 5, China’s government announced the closing 5,290 coal mines in a safety crackdown on the world's deadliest mining industry.
    (AP, 1/5/06)
2006        Jan 5, In China Feng Bingxian (59), a businessman who led investors against the government seizure of oil fields in northern China, was convicted along with 2 co-defendants of organizing illegal protests and sentenced to 3 years in prison.
    (SFC, 1/6/06, p.A3)(WSJ, 1/6/06, p.A8)
2006        Jan 5, In China an oil spill occurred at Gongyi city in neighboring Henan province when a frozen pipe broke, causing six tons of oil to spill into a tributary of the Yellow River.
    (AFP, 1/8/06)
2006        Jan 5, In western China violent blizzards have forced the evacuation of 97,000 people in a largely Muslim region of Xinjiang, as the nation braced for its worst winter in 20 years.
    (AP, 1/5/06)
2006        Jan 5, In Colombia local TV reported that 2 soldiers had been arrested for giving weapons to leftist rebels, their main battlefield enemy, in exchange for cocaine. 14 FARC guerrillas and two soldiers were killed in clashes in a coca-growing area on the edge Sierra Macarena National Park in southern Colombia.
    (AP, 1/6/06)
2006        Jan 5, In France a 76-year-old performance artist was arrested after attacking Marcel Duchamp's  (1917) "Fountain," a porcelain urinal, with a hammer at the Pompidou Center.
    (AP, 1/6/06)
2006        Jan 5, The leader of Haiti's largest business association called for a general strike next week to protest the wave of kidnappings that has sparked fear in the capital and contributed to the chaos that prompted authorities to postpone elections.
    (AP, 1/5/06)
2006        Jan 5, A shootout between inmates at Honduras' biggest prison left at least 13 inmates dead and another 30 wounded.
    (AP, 1/6/06)
2006        Jan 5, A suicide bomber infiltrated a line of police recruits in Ramadi, killing at least 58 and wounding dozens including a US Marine and soldier. 11 US troops were slain during the day. 5 soldiers were killed by a roadside bomb south of Karbala. 2 soldiers were killed in the Baghdad area when their vehicle hit a roadside bomb. 2 US Marines were killed by separate small arms attacks while conducting combat operations in Fallujah. An explosion near one of Shiite Islam's holiest shrines killed at least 5 people. The day’s death toll rose to at least 136 people in a series of attacks as politicians tried to form a coalition government.
    (AP, 1/6/06)
2006        Jan 5, Iraq's largest oil refinery closed again, a day after insurgents ambushed a convoy of tanker trucks carrying gas from the facility.
    (AP, 1/5/06)
2006        Jan 5, Israel’s PM Ariel Sharon (77) fought for his life following seven hours of emergency surgery to stop widespread bleeding in his brain. The massive stroke made it unlikely that he would return to power. Vice Premier Ehud Olmert was named acting PM and convened the Cabinet for a special session.
    (AP, 1/5/06)
2006        Jan 5, Suspected rebels killed 3 police and wounded 4 more in attacks across Nepal, while hundreds of protesters marched through Kathmandu, demanding restoration of democracy.
    (AP, 1/5/06)
2006        Jan 5, Pakistan said it had taken all "appropriate action" to break up the underground nuclear network run by its former chief nuclear scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan.
    (AP, 1/5/06)
2006        Jan 5, Peru recalled its ambassador from Venezuela, accusing President Hugo Chavez of meddling in Peru's upcoming presidential race.
    (AP, 1/5/06)
2006        Jan 5, In Saudi Arabia a building used as a hostel by pilgrims in Mecca collapsed as millions of Muslims converged for the annual hajj, and at least 76 people were killed.
    (AP, 1/6/06)
2006        Jan 5, A Turkish teenager whose brother died of bird flu also succumbed to the disease. Fatma Kocyigit (15) died in a hospital in the eastern city of Van, four days after the death of her brother, Mehmet Ali Kocyigit (14). The children helped raise poultry on a small farm in the eastern town of Dogubeyazit, close to Iranian border, and were in close contact with sick birds. Their 11-year-old sister died the next day.
    (AP, 1/5/06)(AP, 1/6/06)
2006        Jan 5, In Venezuela a viaduct, carrying the motorway that crosses the mountains between Caracas and the int’l. airport, was closed due to geologic and structural problems. Travel time one way rose up to 5 hours.
    (Econ, 1/14/06, p.44)

2007        Jan 5, Pres. Bush nominated Michael McConnell, a retired US Navy vice admiral, to be the next director of national intelligence (DNI). He would follow John Negroponte, who served 18 months as the 1st head over 16 intelligence agencies.
    (SFC, 1/6/07, p.A3)
2007        Jan 5, The White House announced a planned shuffling of military leaders in the Iraq war. Adm. William Fallon ended up replacing Gen. John Abizaid as top US commander in the Middle East; Army Lt. Gen. David Petraeus succeeded Gen. George Casey as top American general in Iraq; Casey replaced retiring Gen. Peter Schoomaker as Army chief of staff.
    (AP, 1/5/08)
2007        Jan 5, US House Democrats approved new budget rules that required new spending or tax cuts to be paid for by other spending cuts or tax increases. The new rules also required lawmakers to disclose which spending items (earmarks), they have added to bills.
    (SFC, 1/6/07, p.A1)
2007        Jan 5, SF signed a contract with EarthLink and Google to install and operate a free wireless Internet service across the city.
    (SFC, 1/6/07, p.A1)
2007        Jan 5, Hitachi announced the 1st 1-terrabyte hard drive, eclipsing Seagate’s 750 gigabyte drives.
    (SFC, 1/5/07, p.C1)
2007        Jan 5, Momofuko Ando (b.1910), inventor of instant noodles (1958), died in Japan.
    (Econ, 1/20/07, p.94)
2007        Jan 5, In eastern Afghanistan a suicide bomber in a car wounded four soldiers.
    (AP, 1/6/07)
2007        Jan 5, Australia’s Foreign Minister Alexander Downer said Australia and China have ratified a nuclear agreement clearing the way for the export of uranium to feed Beijing's giant nuclear power program.
    (AFP, 1/5/07)
2007        Jan 5, Bangladesh police over the last 2 days detained about 1,500 activists ahead of a two-day nationwide general strike aimed at forcing electoral reform and the postponement of a general election this month.
    (AP, 1/6/07)
2007        Jan 5, Chinese police raided an alleged terrorist camp in a western mountain region near the border with Pakistan, killing 18 suspects and arresting 17 at a training camp run by the East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM). Critics accused Beijing of using claims of terrorism as an excuse to crack down on peaceful pro-independence sentiment and expressions of Uighur identity.
    (AP, 1/8/07)
2007        Jan 5, Chinese Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing met with Pres. Bozize of the Central African Republic. Zhaoxing was set to sign a series of accords as part of seven-nation tour highlighting China's increasing interest in the African continent.
    (AFP, 1/5/07)
2007        Jan 5, In central Congo a diamond mine collapsed in Tshikapa. 2 people were soon rescued and 15 bodies were later pulled from the mine. Further rescue efforts were abandoned. The group appeared to have been teenagers who hoped that recent rains had uncovered diamonds in the community mine.
    (AP, 1/7/07)
2007        Jan 5, Leon Febres Cordero, Former President of Ecuador (1984-1988), resigned from Congress and political life, citing unspecified medical problems. His center-right Social Christian Party long dominated Ecuadorian politics.
    (AP, 1/6/07)
2007        Jan 5, Nicolas Cocaigne, a French prisoner in Rouen, confessed to killing his cellmate and then eating part of the man's body. Thierry Baudry's mutilated body was found Jan 3 by a guard at the prison. A third cellmate who claimed he slept though the attack was charged with complicity in homicide.
    (AP, 1/6/07)
2007        Jan 5, A prominent Sunni Arab group charged that some officials in the Iraqi government have links with Shiite militias involved in sectarian violence and said authorities should be held responsible for any attacks by the armed groups. Mortar rounds killed four civilians on Baghdad's outskirts, and gunmen attacked an Iraqi army checkpoint north of the capital, killing four soldiers. Police in the southern city of Basra reported that an American contractor and two Iraqis were abducted. The 2 Iraqis were later found dead. The body of Ahmed Hadi Naji (28), an Associated Press employee, was found in Baghdad shot in the back of the head, 6 days after he was last seen by his family leaving for work. A US soldier died from combat wounds sustained in Iraq's Anbar province.
    (AP, 1/5/07)(AP, 1/6/07)(SFC, 1/6/07, p.A5)(AP, 1/7/07)
2007        Jan 5, Mexican officials in Michoacan state said they had found nine bodies in a shallow grave in the city of Uruapan.
    (AP, 1/6/07)
2007        Jan 5, In southern Nigeria gunmen kidnapped five Chinese workers fixing overhead telephone lines.
    (AP, 1/5/07)
2007        Jan 5, The Norwegian Directorate of Fisheries warned that some 790,000 salmon and trout escaped from Norwegian fish farms in 2006, up 10% on the previous year and a trend that poses a serious threat to wild salmon.
    (AFP, 1/5/07)
2007        Jan 5, In Pakistan's part of Kashmir a landslide triggered by recent heavy rains swamped a minibus and a car on a narrow mountainous road, killing 15 people and injuring three others.
    (AP, 1/6/07)
2007        Jan 5, In Gaza Adel Nasar, an anti-Hamas cleric, was shot by men in a car after he delivered a sermon warning that God would punish those responsible for seven killings the previous day.
    (AP, 1/5/07)(WSJ, 1/6/07, p.A1)
2007        Jan 5, Stanislaw Wielgus, Warsaw's incoming archbishop, admitted he had cooperated with the Communist-era secret police and said he was leaving his fate in the hands of Pope Benedict XVI.
    (AP, 1/6/07)
2007        Jan 5, In Sri Lanka an explosion inside a passenger bus killed 6 people in Nittambuwa. Officials blamed the Tamil Tiger rebels, but the group denied any involvement.
    (AP, 1/6/07)
2007        Jan 5, Sudanese aircraft carried out strikes on Bamina and Gadir in North Darfur state near the border with Chad, endangering a fragile ceasefire.
    (AFP, 1/9/07)
2007        Jan 5, Taiwan's high-speed rail system welcomed its 1st paying passengers amid lingering safety concerns and embarrassing ticketing glitches. Construction of the system began in 2000 with an original launch date of October 2005, but a delay in the completion of the project's core electrical systems forced a postponement to October 2006.
    (AP, 1/4/07)(AFP, 1/5/07)
2007        Jan 5, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appointed Tanzania's Foreign Minister Asha-Rose Migiro to the deputy secretary-general post at the UN, calling her a highly respected leader and outstanding manager who has championed the developing world. A senior UN official said the United Nations has investigated more than 300 members of UN peacekeeping missions for alleged sexual exploitation and abuse during the past three years and more than half were fired or sent home.
    (AP, 1/6/07)
2007        Jan 5, Senior doctors at Zimbabwe's state hospitals joined junior doctors in a strike over pay that has left patients stranded at the country's major medical centers. Health Minister David Parirenyatwa told state radio meanwhile that he had met with representatives of the striking doctors and that they had agreed to return to work.
    (AFP, 1/5/07)

2008        Jan 5, Georgia authorities served a warrant charging Gary Michael Hilton (61) with the kidnapping with bodily injury of Meredith Emerson (24). Emerson was last seen on New Year's Day hiking with her black Labrador retriever, Ella, in Vogel State Park. On Jan 7 he led investigators to a spot in a wooded area in north Georgia where they found her body. In March Hilton was sentenced to 30 years in prison.
    (AP, 1/6/08)(AP, 1/8/08)(SFC, 3/24/08, p.A8)
2008        Jan 5, In Hayden, Idaho, a man who believed he bore the "mark of the beast" used a circular saw to cut off one hand, then he cooked it in the microwave and called 911.
    (AP, 1/9/08)
2008        Jan 5, A levee break flooded hundreds of homes In Nevada as a storm that has pummeled the West Coast with high wind and heavy rain dropped a thick blanket of snow on the Sierra Nevada.
    (AP, 1/5/08)
2008        Jan 5, In Alaska a small plane crashed at the end of a runway off Kodiak Island killing 6 people enroute to celebrate Eastern Orthodox Christmas.
    (SFC, 1/7/08, p.A3)
2008        Jan 5, Heavy rains caused flooding across parts of eastern Australia, forcing the evacuation of hundreds of people as rural towns throughout the area were put on flood alert.
    (AP, 1/5/08)
2008        Jan 5, Georgians voted to determine whether to keep Mikhail Saakashvili as president in the former Soviet republic, where he was once considered a symbol of democratic reform but now faces accusations of authoritarian leanings. Saakashvili's supporters poured onto the streets, tooting car horns and waving white-and-red national flags, celebrating victory based on exit poll results. Saakashvili received 52.8% of the vote according to preliminary results.
    (AP, 1/5/08)(AP, 1/6/08)(AP, 1/7/08)
2008        Jan 5, In Iraq a roadside bomb struck a passing minibus north of the town of Muqdadiyah, killing six people. In Baqouba another roadside bomb wounded three civilians.
    (AP, 1/5/08)
2008        Jan 5, The Israeli army wound up a large 3-day operation in Nablus saying they had discovered another explosives laboratory there.
    (SSFC, 1/6/08, p.A18)
2008        Jan 5, Kenya’s government said President Kibaki is ready to form "a government of national unity" to help resolve disputed elections that caused deadly riots. Some 300 people have been killed and the UN said 250,000 made homeless in violent protests and clashes since the vote.
    (AP, 1/5/08)
2008        Jan 5, Malaysia’s New Straits Times said Malaysian police have arrested a beauty parlor owner and a farmer suspected of distributing a sex video showing a former Health Minister Chua Soi Lek committing adultery. Soi Lek resigned Jan 2 after admitting he was the man in the video.
    (AP, 1/5/08)
2008        Jan 5, Jacob Zuma, the new African National Congress leader and would-be national president, took another wife, in a Zulu tradition of polygamy that coexists uneasily with calls for gender equality in modern South Africa.
    (AP, 1/5/08)
2008        Jan 5, Syria joined other Arab nations in endorsing the head of Lebanon's army as that country's next president, putting pressure on the Lebanese opposition to drop demands that have blocked a compromise over the post.
    (AP, 1/5/08)

2009        Jan 5, President George W. Bush authorized the immediate use of US aircrafts to transport supplies to the international peacekeeping force in Darfur.
    (AP, 1/6/09)
2009        Jan 5, Pres. Elect Obama named William Panetta (70) to head the CIA.
    (SFC, 1/6/09, p.A1)
2009        Jan 5, The US Federal Reserve began buying mortgage bonds guaranteed by Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and Ginnie Mae, in an effort to make home financing more affordable.
    (WSJ, 1/6/09, p.C3)
2009        Jan 5, The California Supreme Court decided that churches that break away from a national denomination may not take church assets with them.
    (SFC, 1/6/09, p.A3)
2009        Jan 5, Alexander James Trabulse (61) of Colma, Ca., was arrested at San Francisco Airport, after arriving from France. He had been charged 3 days earlier with mail fraud. Authorities said he had sent account statements to investors in his Fahey Fund that inflated the hedge fund’s returns by as much as 200%. On Nov 3 Trabulse pleaded guilty for defrauding investors of some $8.3 million. In 2010 Trabulse was sentenced to over 8 years in federal prison.
    (SFC, 1/9/09, p.C1)(SFC, 11/4/09, p.D3)(SFC, 5/5/10, p.C5)
2009        Jan 5, Former US Representative Joseph P. Kennedy said Citgo Petroleum, the US refiner owned by the Venezuelan government, planned to stop deliveries to his Boston-based nonprofit, Citizens’ Energy, due to falling oil prices. The stop order was removed 2 days later.
    (WSJ, 1/6/09, p.A7)(AP, 1/8/09)
2009        Jan 5, A Minnesota board certified results showing Democrat Al Franken winning the state’s US Senate recount by 225 votes over Republican Norm Coleman, whose lawyer promised a legal challenge.
    (SFC, 1/6/09, p.A2)(WSJ, 1/6/09, p.A1)
2009        Jan 5, Boeing signed a $2.1 billion deal with India for eight P-81 maritime patrol aircraft.
    (WSJ, 1/6/09, p.B4)
2009        Jan 5, In Illinois Steven L. Good (52), chief executive of Sheldon Good & Co, one of the nation’s largest real estate auction firms, was found dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound in a forest outside Chicago. In 2003 he authored “Churches, Jails and Gold Mines… Mega-Deals from a Real Estate Maverick."
    (WSJ, 1/7/09, p.A9)
2009        Jan 5, In Afghanistan 9 Taliban militants were killed in a gunfight by Afghan and NATO troops in the southern province of Kandahar. 2 gunmen shot a Muslim cleric to death inside a mosque in Kandahar city.
    (AFP, 1/5/09)(AP, 1/6/09)
2009        Jan 5, British company Waterford Wedgwood PLC, the maker of classic china and crystal, filed for bankruptcy protection after attempts to restructure the struggling business or find a buyer failed.
    (AP, 1/5/09)
2009        Jan 5, Chile’s Pres. Michelle Bachelet announced a $4 billion economic stimulus package.
    (WSJ, 1/6/09, p.A9)
2009        Jan 5, China launched a major crackdown on Internet pornography targeting popular online portals and major search engines such as Google.
    (AP, 1/5/09)
2009        Jan 5, A Chinese woman (19) died from bird flu in a Beijing hospital, but the World Health Organization said the case did not appear to signal a new public health threat.
    (AP, 1/6/09)
2009        Jan 5, In eastern Congo rival rebel chief of staff Bosco Ntaganda announced the dismissal of Laurent Nkunda and has taken control of the CNDP rebel movement.
    (AFP, 1/8/09)
2009        Jan 5, Germany’s ruling coalition agreed to a 2-year fiscal stimulus package of as much as $69 billion (€50 billion).
    (WSJ, 1/6/09, p.A8)
2009        Jan 5, In southwestern Germany the body of billionaire Adolf Merckle (74) was found near railway tracks at Blaubeuren. He had committed suicide after his business empire ran into trouble in the global financial crisis. Merckle’s VEM holding company controlled Ratiopharm, building materials giant HeidelbergCement and one of Europe's biggest wholesale drug distributors, Phoenix. In 2008 Forbes Magazine ranked Merckle as the world’s 94th richest man.
    (AP, 1/6/09)(Econ, 1/10/09, p.58)(AP, 3/18/10)
2009        Jan 5, In Greece gunmen sprayed Athens riot police with automatic weapons fire, seriously wounding a policeman in an escalation of violence that broke out after the fatal police shooting of a teenager on Dec 6. The Revolutionary Struggle group later claimed responsibility.
    (AP, 1/5/09)(AP, 9/30/11)
2009        Jan 5, In Hong Kong a new survey said one in five residents is considering leaving the city because of its dire air quality, raising fears over the financial hub's competitiveness.
    (AFP, 1/5/09)
2009        Jan 5, India handed to Pakistan what it said was evidence linking the country to the Islamic militants who attacked Mumbai in November.
    (AFP, 1/5/09)
2009        Jan 5, In Iraq the US inaugurated its largest embassy ever in the heart of the Green Zone, officially opening the $700 million fortress-like compound that was built as a testament to America's commitment to Iraq. Four bombs exploded in different parts of Baghdad just before noon, killing four people and wounding 19. Subhi Hassan, who handles political relations for the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, and a bodyguard were killed after unidentified gunmen chased down their car after it passed through a checkpoint. US troops killed a civilian in a vehicle after the driver failed to heed warnings to stop in Baqouba.
    (AP, 1/5/09)(AP, 1/6/09)
2009        Jan 5, Israel consolidated its hold on parts of the Gaza Strip, seizing high-rise buildings on the outskirts of the territory's biggest city as a stream of world leaders headed for the region to press for a truce. About 12 Palestinian children were killed. The 10th day of fighting put the Palestinian death toll at an estimated 550. 3 Israeli soldiers were killed and 24 others wounded by friendly fire. Gaza health officials said an Israeli airstrike outside a United Nations school in the Gaza Strip killed 39 people, many of them children. An Israeli missile struck a building in Zeitoun where Palestinians had been herded. At least 30 people were killed. 4 members of the Haji family, including their three-year-old daughter, were killed and another nine people were injured when an Israeli tank opened fire on them in the Zeitun area, despite the fact that they were holding a white flag. In 2011 Israel's military advocate general closed an investigation into the white flag incident due to lack of evidence.
    (AP, 1/5/09)(SFC, 1/6/09, p.A3)(AP, 1/11/09)(Econ, 1/17/09, p.49)(AFP, 4/12/11)
2009        Jan 5, Israeli forces directly targeted the house of Wa’el Fares Hamdi al-Samouni, and its vicinity, killing 21 persons and injuring many others. Between January 4-7, 27 members of the Samouni family were killed, including 11 children and 6 women, and 35 others were injured. On May 2, 2012, the Israeli military said it has closed its investigation into the shelling deaths of 21 members of a single Palestinian family and would not file any charges.
    (http://tinyurl.com/6m5sh7h)(AFP, 5/2/12)
2009        Jan 5, In Indian Kashmir Omar Abdullah (38), a young pro-India Muslim, was sworn in as the new chief minister after elections that attracted a higher turnout than many politicians and voters expected.
    (AFP, 1/5/09)
2009        Jan 5, Ahmed Aboutaleb (47), a Moroccan immigrant, was installed as mayor of Rotterdam, the Netherlands' second largest city, in a move hailed as a significant step for the integration of minorities in the European Union nation.
    (AP, 1/5/09)
2009        Jan 5, In Pakistan three bullet-riddled bodies were found along a road some 16 miles east of Miran Shah. Police said suspected Taliban militants had executed a Pakistani construction contractor and two Afghan men they accused of spying for the US.
    (AP, 1/5/09)
2009        Jan 5, Sri Lanka’s government troops captured a strategic Tamil Tiger-held town and moved closer to a key rebel base, as citizens raised flags and held a moment of silence to honor the military as it battles to end the country's 25-year-old civil war. The rebels, as well has hundreds of thousands of civilians displaced by the fighting, were confined to a jungle area slightly larger than the city of Los Angeles.
    (AP, 1/5/09)
2009        Jan 5, The Vatican said that Bishop Allen H. Vigneron will replace Cardinal Adam Joseph Maida at the head of the Detroit archdiocese. The pope also named the auxiliary bishop of Halifax, Claude Champagne, as the new bishop of Edmundston in Canada. Benedict appointed the Rev. Cirilo Flores as new auxiliary bishop of Orange, California.
    (AP, 1/5/09)
2009        Jan 5, Turkey restored the citizenship of its most famous poet Monday in a symbolic step meant to show it was addressing criticism of its human rights record in hopes of joining the European Union. Turkey had stripped Nazim Hikmet of his nationality in 1951 at the height of the Cold War because of his communist views, branded him a traitor and imprisoned him for more than a decade. He died in exile in Moscow in 1963.
    (AP, 1/5/09)

2010        Jan 5, The Ninth US Circuit Court of Appeals in SF overturned Washington state’s ban on voting by convicted felons. The ruling could extend ballots to prisoners in other states.
    (SFC, 1/6/10, p.C3)
2010        Jan 5, US sports broadcaster ESPN said it will show some World Cup soccer matches live from South Africa in 3-D and Japan's Sony teamed up with Discovery and IMAX to launch a 3-D TV network in the United States.
    (AFP, 1/5/10)
2010        Jan 5, Google introduced its Nexus One smart phone.
    (SFC, 1/6/10, p.D1)
2010        Jan 5, In California 3 biologists with the California Dept. of Fish and Game were killed along with their helicopter pilot while they were surveying deer in the foothills of Sierra national Forest after their vehicle clipped a power line and crashed.
    (SFC, 1/6/10, p.C2)
2010        Jan 5, In Illinois a small Learjet cargo plane crashed into the Des Plains River in Glenview killing two pilots onboard.
    (SFC, 1/6/10, p.A4)
2010        Jan 5, Kentucky lottery officials said Rob Anderson (39) and his wife were winners of the $128.6 million Powerball jackpot, the largest in the state's history. The central Kentucky autoworker held on to the $128 million Powerball ticket he bought on Christmas Eve during some last-minute shopping, after it was printed by mistake.
    (AP, 1/7/10)
2010        Jan 5, In Utah deputy sheriff Josie Greathouse Fox was killed following a traffic stop in Delta. Police searched for suspect Roberto Miramontes Roman, who had just sold drugs to a relative of the slain officer.
    (SFC, 1/6/10, p.A4)
2010        Jan 5, Bolivian President Evo Morales said he's inviting activists, scientists and government officials from around the world to an alternative climate conference following the failure of a summit in Copenhagen to produce binding agreements.
    (AP, 1/5/10)
2010        Jan 5, In Bulgaria gunmen shot dead Bobbie Tsankov, a popular radio show host and crime journalist, and critically injured two other men in a busy part of the capital, Sofia.
    (AP, 1/5/10)
2010        Jan 5, A fire in a coal mine in central China killed at least 25 workers. Search efforts continued for at least three others trapped underground at the Lisheng coal mine in Xiangtan city in Hunan province.
    (AP, 1/6/10)
2010        Jan 5, Iceland’s Pres. Olafur Ragnar Grimsson rejected a bill passed by parliament on Dec 30 on a state guarantee for €3.9 billion owed to British and Dutch governments. This amount would cover compensation paid to savers in those countries following the collapse of Landsbanki and its internet-banking scheme, Icesave, one of three stricken Icelandic banks nationalized in October 2008.
    (Econ, 1/9/10, p.52)
2010        Jan 5, In India global car manufacturers eyeing the explosive growth of the Indian market unveiled new compact models at the Delhi auto show as they sought to break the dominance of entrenched local producers.
    (AFP, 1/5/10)
2010        Jan 5, In Nairobi, Kenya, public transit was paralyzed after minibus drivers went on a 3-day strike following claims of extortion and corruption by police.
    (SSFC, 1/10/10, p.A4)
2010        Jan 5, Sheik Abdullah el-Faisal, a Jamaican-born radical Muslim cleric, was stuck in Kenya despite attempts to deport him because other nations are refusing to allow him to transit through their countries. He has called for Americans, Hindus and Jews to be killed. The British government has said he was a key influence on July 7 bomber Jermaine Lindsay.
    (AP, 1/5/10)
2010        Jan 5, The UN food agency said it is stopping aid distribution to about 1 million people in southern Somalia because of attacks against staff and demands by armed groups that aid organizations remove women from their teams.
    (AP, 1/5/10)
2010        Jan 5, Taiwan’s parliament voted to reinstate a ban on imports of US ground beef and offal amid mad cow concerns, challenging a decision by Pres. Ma Ying-jeou to allow some shipments.
    (SFC, 1/6/10, p.A2)

2011        Jan 5, Claiming power beneath the Capitol dome, resurgent Republicans gained control of the House of Representatives as the 112th Congress convened in an era of economic uncertainty. Dozens of tea party-backed lawmakers took office in both houses.
    (AP, 1/6/11)
2011        Jan 5, Federal prosecutors said IRS agent Albert Bront (51) pleaded guilty in Los Angeles to filing false tax returns for himself and two innocent relatives. The false tax form claims included bogus alimony and mortgage deductions.
    (AP, 1/7/11)
2011        Jan 5, The US said it has decided against renewing a $215 million aid program for farming and infrastructure in Honduras.
    (AP, 1/6/11)
2011        Jan 5, A US Border Patrol agent was involved in a shooting on the Arizona border with Mexico that resulted in the death of Ramses Barron Torres (17), who was trying to illegally scale the border fence.
    (Reuters, 1/5/11)(SFC, 1/8/11, p.A2)
2011        Jan 5, A US panel spread blame for the deadly Gulf of Mexico oil spill beyond BP to Halliburton and Transocean, accusing all three of "systemic" management failures that could happen again. A full report was due in a week.
    (AFP, 1/6/11)
2011        Jan 5, In Nebraska Robert Butler Jr. (17) opened fire at Millard South High School in Omaha wounding his principal and killing the vice-principal before killing himself.
    (SFC, 1/6/11, p.A4)
2011        Jan 5, In Oakland, Tennessee, explosions and a fire at the Kinematics Research ammunition plant killed one worker.
    (SFC, 1/6/11, p.A11)
2011        Jan 5, The USS Kittiwake, a decommissioned 1945-vintage submarine rescue ship, was scuttled in the clear Caribbean waters of the Cayman Islands, where officials say the sunken vessel will attract fish and tourists.
    (AP, 1/6/11)
2011        Jan 5, Afghanistan's intelligence agencies said that they have thwarted two major attacks in Kabul in the past 20 days: a plot to assassinate the country's first vice president and a bombing near the president's palace. NATO said two of its service members were killed by roadside bombs, one in southern Afghanistan and the second in the east.
    (AP, 1/5/11)
2011        Jan 5, Queensland's premier said Australia's record floods are causing catastrophic damage to infrastructure in the state of Queensland and have forced 75 percent of its coal mines, which fuel Asia's steel mills, to grind to a halt. Officials and scientists said the disastrous floods have spread to 40 towns and threatened the world-famous Great Barrier Reef as tons of sludge poured into the sea.
    (AP, 1/5/11)(AFP, 1/5/11)
2011        Jan 5, A lawyer for the Belarus Helsinki Committee said police had seized computers at its office and taken its director in for questioning.
    (AP, 1/5/11)
2011        Jan 5, In Brazil five sisters in Sao Paulo state went to police and accused their father of sexually abusing them for over 20 years.
    (AP, 1/8/11)
2011        Jan 5, China’s state media said Beijing and Shanghai will be among the first places to put marriage databases online this year. The plan is to have records for all of China online by 2015. Officials were putting marriage records online so lovers and spouses could check for cheaters. The Ministry of Civil Affairs a few years ago said such a project would be operational by last year. The plan now is to have records for all of China online by 2015.
    (AP, 1/5/11)
2011        Jan 5, French automaker Renault suspended three top managers suspected of leaking secrets about electric cars, the auto industry's big hope for the future. Renault and the French secret service suspected Chinese involvement in the affair. In March the firm apologized to the managers after it emerged police found no trace of bank accounts the accused men were alleged to have held and that the source of the spying allegations may have been a fraudster.
    (AFP, 1/7/11)(AFP, 4/11/11)
2011        Jan 5, In Guyana a grenade that exploded at a bus depot in Georgetown while still in the hands of the man carrying it. He was the only person killed and was described as a Guyana native who had been released from a US prison and deported back to his home country a few years ago. 19 people were wounded by shrapnel in the explosion, including a 4-year-old boy and his 76-year-old grandmother.
    (AP, 1/6/11)
2011        Jan 5, Indian officials said near-freezing temperatures and icy Himalayan winds have killed dozens of people in northern India over the past two weeks and forced schools to close in the capital. A sightseeing bus overturned and plunged into a gorge, killing 22 Indian tourists and injuring 12 others who were visiting Mussoorie at the foot of the Himalayas. The driver fled the scene but was arrested the next day.
    (AP, 1/5/11)(AP, 1/6/11)
2011        Jan 5, Iran hanged in public a man who committed a sensational murder captured on video, as well as a drug trafficker who was executed in a prison in the northeast of the country. Iranian media in October reported that Yaqub stabbed Mohammad Reza to death in public and in front of two policemen.
    (AFP, 1/5/11)
2011        Jan 5, Iranian authorities arrested an American woman (55), reportedly with a microphone hidden in her teeth, on suspicion of spying. The woman was identified in Farsi as Hall Talayan (Hal Talaian, Hal Fayalan). State television first denied the report and then reversed itself saying the woman was arrested while filming a town on the Iran-Azerbaijan border. On Jan 9 state broadcaster IRIB said the woman was seeking an Iranian visa and never entered Iranian territory. She was denied entry and returned to Armenia on Jan 8. The US State Department confirmed that she was safe and not in Iranian custody.
    (AP, 1/6/11)(Reuters, 1/6/11)(AP, 1/8/11)(AP, 1/9/11)
2011        Jan 5, Anti-American cleric Muqtada al-Sadr (36) returned to Iraq. He led several Shiite uprisings against American forces in Iraq before going into exile in neighboring Iran at least three years ago.
    (AP, 1/5/11)
2011        Jan 5, Israeli troops killed two Palestinians along the Israel-Gaza border. Troops opened fire at two men trying to cross the border fence into Israel.
    (AP, 1/6/11)
2011        Jan 5, In Japan a giant bluefin tuna fetched a record 32.49 million yen, or nearly $396,000, in Tokyo, in the first auction of the year at the world's largest wholesale fish market.
    (AP, 1/5/11)
2011        Jan 5, In Mali an assailant hurled an explosive at France's embassy in Bamako in an attack that wounded two Malian security guards. The blast appeared to be small, however, and caused only minor damage to an outer gate of the building. A Malian later died of injuries sustained in the attack. On Nov 29 Bachir Simoun (24) of Tunisia was sentenced to death for the attack.
    (AP, 1/6/11)(AP, 11/29/11)
2011        Jan 5, In Mexico a gang of teenagers, most 15-years-old, were detained after a running shootout with officers in Ciudad Juarez. Acapulco police said they found the bodies of three men tossed into a sewer. The victims had been shot in the head and in the chest.
    (AP, 1/5/11)
2011        Jan 5, Morocco said it had arrested a member of Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) among 26 others who planned to attack security services and rob banks using weapons they hid in an area of the disputed Western Sahara.
    (Reuters, 1/5/11)
2011        Jan 5, North Korea proposed "unconditional" talks with Seoul to mend battered cross-border ties, in its most conciliatory remarks since cranking up tensions by shelling a South Korean island. South Korea dismissed the North Korean offer.
    (AFP, 1/5/11)(Reuters, 1/5/11)
2011        Jan 5, Swedish officials said 50 to 100 jackdaw birds, a type of crow. were found lying in a snow-covered street in the southwestern town of Falkoeping.
    (AFP, 1/5/11)
2011        Jan 5, In Turkey authorities searching for mass graves of Kurds, who disappeared in the 1990s, unearthed the bones of eight people in a field in Bitlis province in southeast Turkey.
    (AP, 1/5/11)
2011        Jan 5, In Venezuela supporters and opponents of Hugo Chavez held rival rallies to mark the start of a new parliament shorn of power by the radical socialist leader's assumption of decree rule. Larry Tovar Acuna, a convicted drug trafficker who has been in and out of prison, was recaptured by Venezuelan authorities after a shootout with police.
    (AP, 1/5/11)(AP, 1/6/11)
2011        Jan 5, In Vietnam police roughed up Christian Marchant, an American diplomat, and repeatedly slammed a car door on his legs when he went to visit a prominent dissident. The encounter prompted a strong US protest.
    (AP, 1/6/11)

2012        Jan 5, Pres. Obama announced a new “strategic guidance" regarding the future of American military power.
    (Econ, 1/14/12, p.30)
2012        Jan 5, A US Navy destroyer rescued 13 Iranian fishermen, more than 40 days after their boat was commandeered by suspected Somali pirates in the northern Arabian Sea. The event was made public a day later and Iran's government on Jan 7 welcomed the rescue, calling it a positive humanitarian gesture. Iran's hard-line Fars news agency called the rescue operation a Hollywood dramatization of a routine event.
    (AP, 1/7/12)
2012        Jan 5, Afghan President Hamid Karzai ordered the transfer of the prison at Bagram, sometimes called "Afghanistan's Guantanamo," to Afghan control within a month, citing reports of human rights violations there. Four US soldiers from the Indiana National Guard were killed by a roadside bomb in southern Afghanistan as they worked to clear a supply route.
    (AFP, 1/5/12)(SSFC, 1/8/12, p.A5)
2012        Jan 5, The African Union asked the UN to authorize an increase of its peacekeeping force in war-torn Somalia by 5,700 to 17,700 amid mounting attacks by Islamist rebels.
    (AFP, 1/5/12)
2012        Jan 5, In Colombia a criminal band called the Urabenos began a 2-day shut down of a northern swathe of the country in retaliation for the Jan 1 death of their leader, Juan de Dios Usaga.
    (Econ, 1/14/12, p.37)
2012        Jan 5, In Chile shifting winds caused flames to sweep over a group of firefighters battling wildfires, killing six of them, badly burning two and leaving another missing.
    (AP, 1/5/12)
2012        Jan 5, China’s state media said Poyang Lake, the country’s largest freshwater lake, has shrunk to its smallest size in years due to drought, endangering the ecology in the area and fishermen's livelihoods.
    (AFP, 1/5/12)
2012        Jan 5, In Iraq explosions struck two Shiite neighborhoods in Baghdad, killing at least 27 people. Hours later a suicide attack hit Shiite pilgrims heading to the holy Shiite city of Karbala, killing 45. A series of bombings targeting members of Iraq's Shiite Muslim majority claimed the lives of at least 78 people.
    (AP, 1/5/12)(AP, 1/6/12)
2012        Jan 5, Former Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert was indicted alongside a number of other people for allegedly taking bribes in a massive property scandal.
    (AFP, 1/5/12)
2012        Jan 5, In Japan a deep-pocketed restaurateur shelled out nearly $750,000 for a tuna at the Tsukiji fish market, smashing the record price for a single bluefin.
    (AFP, 1/5/12)
2012        Jan 5, Wilson Sossion of the Kenya National Union of Teachers said that rioting parents have forcefully closed at least 10 primary schools. They are angry that their children failed national exams that determine if the children get into high school.
    (AP, 1/5/12)
2012        Jan 5, Mexican police captured Baltazar Saucedo Estrada (38), an alleged member of the Zetas drug cartel. He was considered the mastermind behind the Aug 25 casino fire that killed 52 people in the northern city of Monterrey.
    (AP, 1/6/12)
2012        Jan 5, Myanmar's government approved the National League for Democracy to run in upcoming by-elections that will return Aung San Suu Kyi's party to mainstream politics after two decades.
    (AP, 1/5/12)
2012        Jan 5, In Nigeria the two suspected Boko Haram members were killed after resisting arrest in the northeastern city of Maiduguri. Police fired tear gas and beat demonstrators who staged a protest in Kano against soaring fuel prices. Residents said an attack at Good Will Hotel in Mubi killed five people, all of them Igbos. Gunmen opened fire on worshippers at a church on the outskirts of the city of Gombe, killing six people, including the pastor's wife.
    (AP, 1/5/12)(AFP, 1/5/12)(AFP, 1/6/12)
2012        Jan 5, In Pakistan unidentified gunmen kidnapped British Dr. Khalil Rasjed Dale (60) of the ICRC, the International Committee of the Red Cross, in Baluchistan province. The bullet-scarred bodies of 15 members of the paramilitary Frontier Constabulary were found, almost two weeks after they were kidnapped on Dec 23 in the militant-infested northwest. On April 29 Dale’s beheaded body was found in Quetta.
    (AFP, 1/5/12)(Reuters, 4/29/12)
2012        Jan 5, In the southern Philippines a landslide tore through a tiny gold-mining village, killing at least 31 people in Napnapan village, Mindanao island. Up to 39 people were still missing.
    (AP, 1/5/12)(AFP, 1/6/12)(AFP, 1/8/12)
2012        Jan 5, In southern Sweden dozens of police took to the streets of Malmo to try calm the public and to collect tips about the attacks, which come only a year after a suspected serial shooter was arrested in the city. In less than six weeks, five people have been shot dead in this city of 250,000, including a 15-year-old boy.
    (AP, 1/5/12)
2012        Jan 5, Syrian state-TV reported that authorities have released more than 500 prisoners accused of involvement in anti-regime activities. Avaaz, an online global activist group, issued a report saying 617 people have been confirmed killed under torture by President Bashar Assad's forces as they cracked down on the revolt. Avaaz said that 37,000 people remain in detention.
    (AP, 1/5/12)
2012        Jan 5, Thai wildlife officials said body parts from a dead wild elephant, found on Jan 2 without its tusks, tail and penis, were likely destined for restaurants in tourist areas. The creature, which was discovered in Kaeng Krachan National Park near the Myanmar border.
    (AFP, 1/5/12)
2012        Jan 5, In Tunisia Ammar Gharsalla (48), a jobless father of three, poured petrol and set himself ablaze in front of the main office of the governorate of Gafsa after three ministers visiting the area to look into the unemployment problem refused to meet him. He had been part of a group of protesters staging a sit-in for days in front of the Gafsa government office to highlight the unemployment problem in the phosphate-rich region. Gharsalla died on Jan 9.
    (AFP, 1/6/12)(Econ, 1/14/12, p.47)
2012        Jan 5, In Vietnam six police and army officers were injured in the northern port city of Haiphong during a guerrilla-style clash between authorities and farmers who tried to fend off a land eviction by laying homemade land mines and firing improvised shotguns. Doan Van Vuon (49) had long been at odds with authorities who proposed evicting him from 19 hectares (47 acres) of swamp land leased in 1993 on a 14-year contract. He had converted the area into a seafood farm. On Jan 17 PM Nguyen Tan Dung called for an investigation.
    (AP, 1/17/12)

2013        Jan 5, In Colorado a gun man in Aurora, a suburb of Denver, fired shots at police before he was gunned down. Inside the home SWAT officers found the bodies of 3 adults.
    (SSFC, 1/6/13, p.A7)
2013        Jan 5, In North Carolina Pat McCrory was sworn in as governor, becoming the first Republican to head the state in 20 years.
    (SSFC, 1/6/13, p.A7)
2013        Jan 5, In Canada aboriginal demonstrators disrupted passenger rail service on routes connecting Toronto with Ottawa and Montreal, a day after PM Harper agreed to meet with First Nations leaders to discuss grievances behind a growing native protest movement.
    (Reuters, 1/5/13)
2013        Jan 5, In the Central African Republic the Seleka alliance rebels took Alindao town raising their control to 11 towns.
    (AP, 1/5/13)
2013        Jan 5, In Egypt unidentified gunmen shot and killed an Egyptian policeman in northern Sinai's main city of el-Arish.
    (AP, 1/6/13)
2013        Jan 5, In Hungary journalist Zsolt Bayer, a founding member of the governing Fidesz party, wrote a newspaper column in which he said: "a significant part of the Roma are unfit for coexistence. They are not fit to live among people. These Roma are animals and they behave like animals."
    (AP, 1/8/13)
2013        Jan 5, Indonesia anti-terror police shot and killed 5 suspected Islamist militants over the last 24 hours in raids on the island of Sumbawa.
    (SSFC, 1/6/13, p.A4)
2013        Jan 5, In Kenya a poaching gang used gunfire to kill an entire family of 11 elephants in Tsavo National Park for their ivory tusks.
    (AP, 1/8/13)
2013        Jan 5, A Moroccan family of 5 returning home died when their plane crashed shortly after takeoff from Grenoble airport near the French Alps.
    (AP, 1/5/13)
2013        Jan 5, In northwest Nigeria suspected armed robbers raided three villages in Zamfara state, killing at least 7 people and wounding 7 more.
    (AP, 1/6/13)
2013        Jan 5, Northern Ireland police used water cannons to fend off brick-hurling protesters in Belfast as demonstrations continued over flying the British flag.
    (SSFC, 1/6/13, p.A4)
2013        Jan 5, Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said rebels and government troops clashed in suburbs south of Damascus, including Harasta and Daraya. The Observatory, which relies on reports by activists on the ground, said government troops had arrested several residents in raids in the suburb of Qatana.
    (AP, 1/5/13)
2013        Jan 5, In Venezuela allies of cancer-stricken President Hugo Chavez chose to retain Diosdado Cabello as the National Assembly president. He could be in line to step in as a caretaker leader in some circumstances.
    (AP, 1/5/13)
2013        Jan 5, In Zimbabwe eight people died in a bus crash that brought the traffic accident death toll during the holiday period to the highest on record in the country. The central police traffic command said 209 people have died in accidents since Dec. 15.
    (AP, 1/6/13)

2014        Jan 5, A US Coast Guard heavy icebreaker left Australia for Antarctica to rescue more than 120 crew members aboard Chinese and Russian icebreakers trapped in pack ice near the frozen continent's eastern edge.
    (AP, 1/5/14)
2014        Jan 5, In Colorado a co-pilot was killed and two pilots injured when a private jet crashed and burst into flames at the airport that serves Aspen.
    (AFP, 1/5/14)
2014        Jan 5, Bangladesh held parliamentary elections. The ruling Awami League won 232 of the 300 elected seats as about half the seats were uncontested due to a boycott by the main opposition party. At least 21 people were killed in election-related violence. Alleged ballot stuffing by the ruling party pushed the turnout just over 40%.
    (Reuters, 1/5/14)(AP, 1/6/14)(SSFC, 1/12/14, p.A6)
2014        Jan 5, In Burkina Faso 75 officials announced their resignation from the ruling party, ratcheting up political tension before elections scheduled for next year. They said democracy had "disappeared" from President Blaise Compaore's Congress for Democracy and Progress party.
    (AP, 1/6/14)
2014        Jan 5, In the CAR a hand grenade attack on a Bangui market left four people injured, including two women and a Burundian soldier from MISCA, the African force deployed in the Central African Republic.
    (AFP, 1/5/14)
2014        Jan 5, In China worshippers at the Beida Mosque in Guyuan, Ningxia region, were handing out traditional cakes when a rush for food triggered a stampede that left 14 dead.
    (AP, 1/6/14)
2014        Jan 5, An Egyptian court gave suspended one-year sentences to 12 activists including youth leaders of the 2011 uprising for an attack on a former presidential candidate's headquarters.
    (AFP, 1/5/14)
2014        Jan 5, In Iraq a new wave of bombings hit Baghdad, killing at least 20 people. Government forces battling an al Qaeda offensive near the Syrian border launched an air strike on Ramadi killing 25 Islamist militants. 22 soldiers and 12 civilians were killed in the fighting.
    (AP, 1/5/14)(Reuters, 1/5/14)
2014        Jan 5, In Israel over 30,000 African migrants, many holding banners demanding freedom for compatriots jailed as illegal job-seekers, protested in a main Tel Aviv square against a new open-ended detention law.
    (AFP, 1/5/14)
2014        Jan 5, In Lebanon one man was shot dead and six people were wounded in clashes in Tripoli between districts that support rival sides in neighboring Syria's civil war.
    (Reuters, 1/5/14)
2014        Jan 5, Libya's navy blocked an oil tanker from illegally loading crude at an eastern port that has been held for months by armed protesters demanding more autonomy from Tripoli.
    (AP, 1/6/14)
2014        Jan 5, Portuguese football legend Eusebio (71), the top scorer in the 1966 World Cup, died. The Mozambique-born striker made his name at Benfica, winning 11 league titles and one European Cup during a 15-year spell there.
    (AFP, 1/5/14)
2014        Jan 5, In Saudi Arabia human body parts fell from the sky in the city of Jeddah, with police saying they could be the remains of a person trapped in an airplane's wheel bay.
    (AFP, 1/5/14)
2014        Jan 5, A Saudi court jailed five people for up to 30 years on charges including plotting to blow up an oil refinery on behalf of Al-Qaeda.
    (AFP, 1/6/14)
2014        Jan 5, Fighting continued across South Sudan, even as peace talks between the government and rebels were set to begin in Ethiopia.
    (AFP, 1/5/14)
2014        Jan 5, Spanish police arrested Abdeluahid Sadik Mohamed at Malaga airport after arriving on a flight bound from Istanbul. He was suspected of belonging to an al-Qaida linked terror organization and participating in the Syrian conflict.
    (AP, 1/5/14)
2014        Jan 5, In southern Switzerland 4 skiers were killed and another was in a critical condition after a series of avalanches hit the Alps.
    (AFP, 1/5/14)
2014        Jan 5, Syrian opposition fighters seized a compound garrisoned by an al-Qaida-linked rebel faction, in some of the most serious infighting to date within the vast array of rebel groups trying to topple Pres. Assad.
    (AP, 1/5/14)
2014        Jan 5, In Thailand thousands of anti-government protesters marched through Bangkok, a prelude to a broader action next week when they say they will shut down the city in their bid to scuttle a February election and topple PM Yingluck Shinawatra.
    (Reuters, 1/5/14)
2014        Jan 5, In northern Yemen at least 10 people were killed in a 2nd day of clashes between Shiite rebels and Sunni tribesmen fighting alongside hardline Salafists. In Hadramawt province a tribesman was killed at an army checkpoint.
    (AFP, 1/5/14)(AFP, 1/6/14)

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