Return to home1066 Jan 5,
Edward the Confessor (b.1003), king of England (1043-66), died
1463 Jan 5, French poet
Francois Villon was banished from Paris.
1477 Jan 5, Swiss troops
defeated the forces under Charles the Bold of Burgundy at the Battle
1531 Jan 5, Pope Clemens VII
forbade English king Henry VIII to re-marry.
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,
1592 Jan 5, Shah Jahan, Mughal
emperor of India (1628-58), was born. He later built the Taj Mahal.
1638 Jan 5, Petition in Recife,
Brazil, led to the closing of its two synagogues.
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.
1776 Jan 5, Assembly of New
Hampshire adopted its 1st state constitution.
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.
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
(AP, 1/5/98)(AH, 2/06, p.14)
1796 Jan 5, Samuel Huntington
(64), US judge (signed Declaration of Independence), died.
1804 Jan 5, Ohio legislature
passed the 1st laws restricting free blacks movement. [see Mar 28]
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.
1836 Jan 5, Davy Crockett
arrived in Texas just in time to die at the Alamo.
1852 Jan 5, Serranus Clinton
Hastings (1814-1893) began serving as California’s third Attorney
General and continued to Jan 2, 1854.
1854 Jan 5, The steamship San
Francisco wrecked and 300 died.
1855 Jan 5, King Camp Gillette,
inventor (safety razor), was born.
1856 Jan 5, Pierre J. David
(67), [David d'Angers], French sculptor, died.
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.
1861 Jan 5, Alabama troops
seized Forts Morgan & Gaines at Mobile Bay.
1874 Jan 5, Joseph Erlanger,
doctor (shock therapy Nobel 1944), was born.
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.
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."
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.
1905 Jan 5, Representatives of
35 state Audubon organizations incorporated as the National
Association of Audubon Societies for the Protection of Wild Birds
(T&L, 10/1980, p.12)(MC, 1/5/02)
1911 Jan 5, Portugal expelled
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.
(SFC, 9/11/07, p.A2)
1917 Jan 5, Wieland Wagner,
German opera director (grandson of Richard Wagner), was born.
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.
1919 Jan 5, The National
Socialist Party (Nazi) formed.
1920 Jan 5, GOP women demanded
equal representation at the Republican National Convention in June.
1921 Jan 5, Friedrich
Durrenmatt (d.1990), Swiss author and playwright, was born.
1921 Jan 5, Wagner’s "Die
Walkyrie" opened in Paris. This was the first German opera performed
in Paris since the beginning of WWI.
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
(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.
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.
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.
1930 Jan 5, Mao Tse-tung wrote
"A Single Spark Can Start a Prairie Fire."
1931 Jan 5, Alvin Ailey,
choreographer (American Dance Theater), was born.
1932 Jan 5, Umberto Eco,
Italian novelist who wrote "The Name of the Rose," was born.
1932 Jan 5, Raisa Maximovna
Titorenko Gorbachev, Russia's 1st lady (1982-1991), was born.
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.
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.
1938 Jan 5, Juan Carlos I, King
of Spain, was born.
1942 Jan 5, U.S. and Filipino
troops completed their withdrawal to a new defensive line along the
base of the Bataan peninsula.
1942 Jan 5, 55 German tanks
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,
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.
1946 Jan 5, Diane Keaton,
actress (Annie Hall, Little Drummer Girl), was born in LA.
1947 Jan 5, Great Britain
nationalized its coal mines.
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,
1950 Jan 5, Carson McCuller's
"Member of the Wedding," premiered in NYC.
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
1952 Jan 5, PM Churchill
arrived in Washington to confer with Pres. Truman.
1953 Jan 5, In South Korea the
Changgyeong ferry sank as it was cruising from Yeosu to Busan.
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)(
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
(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.
1959 Jan 5, The "Bozo the
Clown" live children's show premiered on TV.
1961 Jan 5, The TV show "Mr.
Ed" first aired in syndication. The sitcom featured a talking horse
and continued to 1966. Alan Young played Wilbur Post and Bamboo
Harvester (1946-1979) played Mr. Ed.
1963 Jan 5, "Camelot" closed at
the Majestic Theater, NYC, after 873 performances.
1963 Jan 5, "Carnival!" closes
at Imperial Theater, NYC, after 719 performances.
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,
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
(SFC, 2/05/04, p.A27)(SSFC, 6/7/09,
1968 Jan 5, Alexander Dubcek
(1921-1992) was elected First Secretary of the Communist Party in
1969 Jan 5, President Nixon
appointed Henry Cabot Lodge as negotiator at the Paris Peace Talks.
1970 Jan 5, The TV soap opera
“All My Children" premiered. Its final episode was scheduled in the
Fall of 2011.
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.
1971 Jan 5, Sonny Liston
(b.1932), World Champion boxer (1962-64), was found dead in his Las
1972 Jan 5, President Nixon
ordered development of the space shuttle.
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.
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.
1982 Jan 5, A Federal judge
voided an Arkansas state law requiring balanced classroom treatment
of evolution and creationism.
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
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.
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.
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
(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.
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.
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."
1992 Jan 5, President Bush
arrived in Seoul, South Korea, on the third stop of a 12-day tour
focusing on international trade issues.
1993 Jan 5, The state of
Washington executed Westley Allan Dodd, an admitted child sex
killer, in America's first legal hanging since 1965.
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.
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.
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."
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
1996 Jan 5, Lawyers for Hillary
Rodham Clinton released sought-after billing records that were
discovered the day before in a White House office.
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."
p.P18)(SSFC, 5/13/07, p.M3)
1996 Jan 5, Japanese Prime
Minister Tomiichi Murayama resigned.
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.
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
(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
(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,
1998 Jan 5, A Canada ice storm
knocked out electricity in Quebec & Ontario.
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
(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
(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.
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.
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
(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
(SFC, 1/6/03, p.A8)
2003 Jan 5, Jean Kerr (79),
author and playwright, died. Her books included "Please Don't Eat
(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.
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
(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
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.
2003 Jan 5, In Kosovo gunmen
killed 3 people including Tahir Zemaj, a former Albanian rebel
(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.
2004 Jan 5, After 14 years of
denials, Pete Rose publicly admitted that he'd bet on baseball while
manager of the Cincinnati Reds.
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.
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.
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.
2004 Jan 5, Dutchman Jaap de
Hoop Scheffer took over as NATO's top official.
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.
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
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.
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.
2005 Jan 5, It was reported
that PolyMedix, a research firm in Philadelphia, was targeting
bacteria with synthetic molecules that prevented the development of
(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.
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.
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.
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.
2005 Jan 5, Two homemade
Palestinian rockets fell into an army base in southern Israel,
wounding 12 people, one of them seriously.
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
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.
2006 Jan 5, Christian
broadcaster Pat Robertson suggested that Israeli PM Ariel Sharon’s
stroke was divine punishment for “dividing God’s land." Robertson
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
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
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.
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.
2006 Jan 5, China’s government
announced the closing 5,290 coal mines in a safety crackdown on the
world's deadliest mining industry.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
2006 Jan 5, A shootout between
inmates at Honduras' biggest prison left at least 13 inmates dead
and another 30 wounded.
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
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.
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
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.
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
2006 Jan 5, Peru recalled its
ambassador from Venezuela, accusing President Hugo Chavez of
meddling in Peru's upcoming presidential race.
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
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
(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.
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
(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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
(AP, 1/5/07)(AP, 1/6/07)(SFC, 1/6/07, p.A5)(AP,
2007 Jan 5, Mexican officials
in Michoacan state said they had found nine bodies in a shallow
grave in the city of Uruapan.
2007 Jan 5, In southern Nigeria
gunmen kidnapped five Chinese workers fixing overhead telephone
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
2009 Jan 5, President George W.
Bush authorized the immediate use of US aircrafts to transport
supplies to the international peacekeeping force in Darfur.
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
(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,
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
(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.
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.
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
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.
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
2009 Jan 5, India handed to
Pakistan what it said was evidence linking the country to the
Islamic militants who attacked Mumbai in November.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
2011 Jan 5, The US said it has
decided against renewing a $215 million aid program for farming and
infrastructure in Honduras.
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.
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
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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,
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
(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.
2013 Jan 5, In the Central
African Republic the Seleka alliance rebels took Alindao town
raising their control to 11 towns.
2013 Jan 5, In Egypt
unidentified gunmen shot and killed an Egyptian policeman in
northern Sinai's main city of el-Arish.
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."
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.
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.
2013 Jan 5, In northwest
Nigeria suspected armed robbers raided three villages in Zamfara
state, killing at least 7 people and wounding 7 more.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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,
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
2014 Jan 5, Fighting continued
across South Sudan, even as peace talks between the government and
rebels were set to begin in Ethiopia.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
(AFP, 1/5/14)(AFP, 1/6/14)
2015 Jan 5, The US Justice
Department said it has charged two men, Cherno Njie (57) and Papa
Faal (46), for their involvement in the failed Dec. 30 attempt to
overthrow the government of Gambia.
2015 Jan 5, The California
Dept. of Motor Vehicles wrote an advisory saying any passenger
vehicle used or maintained for the transportation of persons for
hire, compensation of profit is a commercial vehicle.
(SFC, 1/24/15, p.A1)
2015 Jan 5, In NYC Thomas
Gilbert Jr., founder of hedge fund Wainscott Capital Partners, was
shot and killed by his son Tommy Gilbert, who was soon arrested.
(SFC, 1/7/15, p.A14)
2015 Jan 5, In Miami lesbian
and gay couples were wed hours before Florida’s coming out party as
the nation’s 36th state to legalize same-sex marriages.
(SFC, 1/6/15, p.A12)
2015 Jan 5, In Afghanistan a
suicide car bomber struck near the headquarters of the European
police training mission in Kabul, killing one Afghan civilian and
wounding 16 people.
2015 Jan 5, Southern Australia.
State Premier Jay Weatherill said that hundreds of fire fighters
have taken advantage of milder conditions in recent days to attempt
to contain the fire which has razed 12,500 hectares (31,000 acres)
of countryside in hills northwest of Adelaide.
2015 Jan 5, In Bangladesh two
men on a motorbike opened fire on a group of anti-government
activists in the northwest, killing two amid heightened tensions on
the anniversary of a general election boycotted by a major
opposition alliance last year. Two more activists from the
opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party were killed during clashes
with supporters of the governing party and security forces.
(AP, 1/5/15)(SFC, 1/6/15, p.A4)
2015 Jan 5, In CongoDRC UN and
Democratic Republic of Congo forces seized several rebel bases in an
offensive launched against a Burundi rebel group.
2015 Jan 5, In Germany
thousands of protesters in several cities rallied against Muslim
immigration. Rallies organized by a new grassroots movement called
PEGIDA, or Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamization of the West,
have become a weekly event in the eastern city of Dresden.
2015 Jan 5, Grenada's PM Keith
Mitchell said the eastern Caribbean island will only have to pay
half of a $22 million debt it owes Taiwan with a payment plan for
loans it awarded over a 10-year period.
2015 Jan 5, Indonesia’s
transportation ministry announced harsh measures against everyone
who allowed AirAsia Flight 8501 to take off without proper permits,
including the suspension of the airport's operator and officials in
the control tower.
2015 Jan 5, The Islamic State
jihadist group posted a series of pictures online indicating the
execution of 8 people, four of them policemen, in Iraq's Salaheddin
2015 Jan 5, The US-led
coalition launched 20 more air strikes against Islamic State in
Syria and Iraq over the last 24 hours, targeting fighters for the
militant group and hitting its crude oil operations.
2015 Jan 5, Ireland said the
United States will permit imports of beef from the country, the
first European Union state allowed to resume sales since the mad cow
disease scare over 15 years ago.
2015 Jan 5, Lebanon began
imposing unprecedented restrictions on the entry of Syrians, as it
struggled to cope with well over a million refugees feeling the
civil war next door.
2015 Jan 5, Libya's official
government banned Palestinians, Syrians and Sudanese from entry
because their countries are undermining the oil producing nation's
security. The government of PM Abdullah al-Thinni runs only a rump
state in eastern Libya and would therefore only be able to enforce
the ban at the eastern airports of Tobruk and Labraq and the land
crossing with Egypt.
2015 Jan 5, In Mali at least 5
people were killed in a gun attack on an army base close to the
2015 Jan 5, In Pakistan a US
drone strike in North Waziristan killed Ubaidullah (aka Qari Imran),
in charge of al-Qaida's Indian branch of Afghan affairs, as well as
5 other fighters. In the 3rd week of this month another strike
killed deputy chief Raja Suleman (aka Ustad Ahmed Farouq).
2015 Jan 5, Pakistani troops
fired gunshots and mortar shells that killed an Indian soldier in
2015 Jan 5, Kremlin critic
Alexei Navalny said he would no longer comply with the terms of his
house arrest and had cut off his monitoring tag.
2015 Jan 5, Bitstamp, a
Slovenia-based bitcoin exchange bitcoin, halted operations and
reported that 19,000 of the currency units had vanished. Bitstamp
resumed operation on Jan 9.
(http://tinyurl.com/ne46mkd)(Econ, 1/10/15, p.58)
2015 Jan 5, In South Africa 2
suspected rhino poachers were shot dead after they opened fire on
rangers in South Africa's Kruger National Park.
2015 Jan 5, South Korean media
reported that a young North Korean soldier crossed the border in
late December and stole money and food at a house before killing
four residents in China's northeastern city of Helong.
2015 Jan 5, Taiwan’s justice
ministry granted former president Chen Shui-bian (2000-2006) medical
parole as he served a 20-year prison sentence on corruption charges.
(Econ, 1/10/15, p.35)
2015 Jan 5, Police in Turkey
detained 20 more police officers suspected of conducting illegal
wiretaps in a new wave of raids in twelve cities.
2015 Jan 5, In eastern Ukraine
12 servicemen were killed and 21 injured when their bus collided
with two heavy trucks on a snowy road.
2016 Jan 5, Pres. Obama
announced executive decisions to tighten gun laws.
(SFC, 1/6/16, p.A1)
2016 Jan 5, Michigan Gov. Rick
Snyder declared a state of emergency in Flint over problems with
lead in the city’s drinking water.
(SFC, 1/6/16, p.A12)
2016 Jan 5, In Afghanistan one
US service member was killed and two wounded in an operation near
Marjah in Helmand province.
2016 Jan 5, In China a man
upset over a financial dispute set fire to a moving bus and fled as
the flames trapped people inside, killing 17 and injuring 32.
Several hours later police caught Ma Yongping (33) on a construction
site in Yinchuan, Ningxia region.
2016 Jan 5, European equities
staged a timid rebound, winning moderate support after Beijing
pumped cash into the money market to soothe worries over the slowing
2016 Jan 5, Pierre Boulez (90),
the former principal conductor of the New York Philharmonic, died at
his home in Germany. The French conductor moved between conducting,
composition and teaching over a long career that made him one of the
leading figures in modern classical music.
(AP, 1/6/16)(Econ, 1/16/16, p.92)
2016 Jan 5, India said defense
forces have killed the last of the six militants who attacked the
Pathankot Air Force base near the Pakistan border over the weekend.
2016 Jan 5, In Libya Islamic
State militants attacked checkpoints near the oil port of Es Sider
for a second day and an oil storage tank in the port was set on fire
by a long-range rocket. 2 guards were killed and 16 wounded in the
2016 Jan 5, In Nigeria three
female suicide bombers sneaked into Izghe and detonated bombs hidden
under their garments, killing 7 other people and destroying three
houses. A male suicide bomber also blew himself up, killing himself
and 4 other people.
2016 Jan 5, A Palestinian
stabbed and wounded a soldier in the southern West Bank before being
2016 Jan 5, The diplomatic
crisis surrounding Saudi Arabia and Iran widened as Kuwait recalled
its ambassador to Tehran and Bahrain severed air links in the face
of growing international concern.
2016 Jan 5, Gunmen in Syria
shot and killed Abu Rateb al-Homsy, the commander of an
ultraconservative rebel group in the central Homs province.
2016 Jan 5, Turkey’s military
said security forces have killed at least 14 militants in the mainly
Kurdish southeast over the last 24 hours.
2016 Jan 5, In Turkey the
bodies of 36 migrants, at least seven of them children, were found
at two sites along the Aegean coast after they apparently tried to
cross to the nearby Greek island of Lesbos.
2016 Jan 5, Turkish forces,
acting on a tip, conducted an operation on a Bolivian-flagged ship
in international waters off the coast of Libya and seized 13 tons of
marijuana. It was Turkey's first anti-narcotics operation in
2016 Jan 5, Turkmenistan
President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov slammed the country's
anti-smoking strategy at a televised government meeting. Authorities
soon began to force shops to stop selling cigarettes, but a ban on
cigarette sales was not yet officially announced or published by the
2016 Jan 5, Venezuela’s
opposition took majority control of the National Assembly. 163 of
167 lawmakers were sworn in as the government-stacked Supreme Court
barred four from taking their seats under probes of electoral fraud.
(SFC, 1/6/16, p.A4)
2016 Jan 5, In Yemen the
governor of the southern port city of Aden survived a car bomb
attack that killed two bodyguards and critically wounded three
2016 Jan 5, Zimbabwe media
reported that Ellen Chiweshe, whose title was group captain, has
been promoted to become the southern African country's first female
Air Commodore, the No. 3 post in the air force.
2017 Jan 5, US Pres.-elect
Donald Trump selected former Indiana Sen. Dan Coats to lead the
office of the Director of National Intelligence.
(SFC, 1/6/17, p.A5)
2017 Jan 5, America's top
intelligence official said that Russia undoubtedly interfered in the
US 2016 presidential election but stopped short of using the
explosive description "an act of war," telling lawmakers such a call
isn't within the purview of the US intelligence community. Senior US
officials said the CIA has identified Russian officials who fed
material hacked from the Democratic National Committee and party
leaders to WikiLeaks at the direction of Russian President Vladimir
Putin through third parties.
(AP, 1/5/17)(Reuters, 1/6/17)
2017 Jan 5, The US State and
Treasury department said Hamza bin Laden, a son of Osama bin Laden,
and Ibrahim al-Banna, a leader of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula
(AQAP), have been added to the US counter-terrorism blacklist, a
move to keep them from using the US financial system.
2017 Jan 5, In Chicago four
people were charged with hate crimes in connection with a video
broadcast live on Facebook that showed a mentally disabled white man
(18) being beaten and taunted, threatened with a knife and forced to
drink from a toilet.
(SFC, 1/6/17, pea)(SFC, 1/7/17, pea)
2017 Jan 5, Mercedes-Benz said
it is recalling nearly 48,000 SUVs in the US to fix a sensor problem
that could stop the front passenger air bag from inflating in a
2017 Jan 5, Argentine
firefighters struggled to control a series of wildfires that have
devastated nearly one million hectares (2.5 million acres) of the
country's famous pampas. The largest was started by a lightning
strike on New Year's weekend and was now 10 km across.
2017 Jan 5, Bahrain announced
that it has restored the power of its domestic spy service to make
some arrests, reversing a key reform recommended in the wake of the
crackdown that followed the country's 2011 Arab Spring protests.
2017 Jan 5, Bahrain's
prosecution extended by two weeks the detention of Shiite opposition
leader Nabil Rajab over spreading "false information" about the
2017 Jan 5, Brazilian President
Michel Temer said the country will build new prisons in every state
to relieve overcrowding after a "horrific" riot that left 56 inmates
2017 Jan 5, The International
Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said women in the Lake Chad basin,
where the borders of Chad, Cameroon, Niger and Nigeria meet, have
been forced to sell sex to survive due to an insurgency by Boko
Haram fighters that has driven millions from their homes and left
children to starve.
2017 Jan 5, Cyprus' biggest
bank said it has fully repaid 11.4 billion euros ($11.9 billion) of
emergency cash it received to stay afloat during a 2013 banking
crisis that forced the island to need a multibillion euro rescue
deal from its eurozone partners.
2017 Jan 5, Egypt’s Interior
Ministry said one suspect was killed and three others arrested in a
police raid in connection with a bomb attack that killed six
policemen in Cairo on December 9. Those arrested in the raid on the
outskirts of Cairo belonged to a militant group called the Hasm
Movement, which claimed responsibility for the attack.
2017 Jan 5, French authorities
started slaughtering ducks in the main foie gras-producing region to
try to contain a dangerous form of bird flu.
2017 Jan 5, Guyana narrowly
passed a bill late today that allows officials to raid the
commercial bank accounts of business owners who owe a large amount
of unpaid taxes.
2017 Jan 5, In Haiti Guy
Philippe (48) a key figure in the 2004 ouster of then-President
Jean-Bertrand Aristide and later ran for president himself, was
arrested. He had been indicted in 2005 on US cocaine trafficking
charges but managed to elude capture.
2017 Jan 5, An Indonesian
government minister clarified that the country was suspending only
part of its military cooperation with Australia, as that country
promised its investigation of an alleged insult of Indonesian
beliefs was nearly complete. Australian Defense Minister Marise
Payne said the issue began in November, after an Indonesian military
officer raised concerns about teaching materials and remarks made at
an army language-training facility in western Australia.
2017 Jan 5, Iraqi forces
launched an offensive against the Islamic State group near the
Syrian border, piling further pressure on the jihadists' crumbling
2017 Jan 5, In Iraq several
attacks in and around Baghdad killed at least 27 people including a
suicide car bombing in a commercial area in central Baghdad that
killed at least 11 civilians.
(AP, 1/5/17)(SFC, 1/6/17, p.A3)
2017 Jan 5, Israeli police
questioned PM Benjamin Netanyahu for a second time as part of a
probe into whether he illegally accepted gifts from wealthy
2017 Jan 5, Namibian
plaintiffs, including some from New York, sued Germany over a
genocide carried out by German colonial troops in the early 1900s,
in which more than 100,000 people were killed. They sued under the
Alien Tort Statute, a 1789 US law often invoked in human rights
2017 Jan 5, Nigerian soldiers
found one of the Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram nearly
three years ago wandering in the bush with her baby near the Islamic
extremist group's forest stronghold. More than 200 of the girls
(AP, 1/5/17)(SFC, 1/6/17, p.A2)
2017 Jan 5, A Nigerian official
said three teenage girls suspected of planning a triple suicide bomb
attack in a town frequently targeted by Boko Haram have been shot
dead. The girls were intercepted at Bakin Dutse village, some five
km from Madagali.
2017 Jan 5, Philippines’s
police chief Ronald dela Rosa said security forces had effectively
broken the backbone of Ansar Al-Khilafah Philippines (AKP) with the
killing of its leader, Mohammad Jaafar Maguid, and the arrest of his
three AKP colleagues.
2017 Jan 5, In Sri Lanka
hundreds of opposition supporters and farmers protested the
government's plan to lease a southern seaport to a
Chinese-controlled joint venture in exchange for the heavy loans to
build the port.
2017 Jan 5, A Swiss insurance
agency ruled that an Uber driver is an employee for whom the company
must pay social security contributions, dealing a blow to the US
ride-hailing platform that says drivers are independent contractors.
2017 Jan 5, In Syria at least
ten people were killed in a car blast in the coastal province of
Latakia where two Russian bases are located.
2017 Jan 5, In Syria the Jabar
citadel on the banks of Lake Assad was taken by the Syrian
Democratic Forces (SDF) alliance.
2017 Jan 5, Thailand’s Interior
Ministry said flooding in the south has killed at least five people,
disrupted transportation and spoiled tourists' holidays at one of
the country's most popular resort islands.
2017 Jan 5, Two senior Turkish
military officers were jailed for life for involvement in July's
failed coup attempt that killed almost 250 people, marking the first
conviction related to the putsch.
2017 Jan 5, In western Turkey a
car bombing outside a courthouse in Izmir killed two people. The
Kurdish PKK militant group was suspected. Turkish police shot dead
two assailants. A day later police detained 18 people in connection
to the attack.
(Reuters, 1/5/17)(SFC, 1/7/17, p.A2)
2017 Jan 5, Zimbabwe's wildlife
agency said it has sold 35 elephants to China to ease overpopulation
and raise funds for conservation, amid criticism from animal welfare
activists that such sales are unethical.