Today in History - January 6
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Traditional day of the Epiphany, the day that the
three kings, Melchior, Gaspar and Balthazar brought to Jesus gifts
of Gold, Incense and Myrhh.
(Cafe Clovis, SF, 1/4/98)
01CE Jan 6,
Traditional day of the Epiphany, the day that the three kings,
Melchior, Gaspar and Balthazar brought to Jesus gifts of Gold,
Incense and Myrrh.
(Cafe Clovis, SF, 1/4/98)
1066 Jan 6, (Harald) Harold
Godwinson, Earl of Wessex, was crowned King of England.
(TLC, BTCW, 6/25/95)(HN, 1/6/99)
1215 Jan 6, King John met with
disgruntled barons of northern England who demanded that taxes be
(ON, 7/04, p.1)
1367 Jan 6, Richard II, son of
Edward the Black Prince, was born in Bordeaux. He served as king of
England from 1377-1399.
(HN, 1/6/99)(MC, 1/6/02)
1412 Jan 6, According to
tradition, French heroine Joan of Arc was born Jeanette d'Arc in the
French village of Domrémy. When she was 12 years old, she began
hearing what she believed were voices of saints, sending her
messages from God. When she was 17, the voices told her to leave her
village and save Orléans. Joan convinced the dauphin that she could
lead French troops in resistance against their English invaders, and
she was given a force of several hundred men to command, whom she
led to victory at Orléans in 1429. Wearing her white enameled armor
suit, she continued to fight against the English. Joan was captured
by Burgundians and then burned at the stake by the English on May
30, 1431, for the offenses of witchcraft, heresy and wearing male
clothing. The Roman Catholic Church recognized Joan of Arc as a
saint in 1920.
(CFA, '96,Vol 179, p.38)(AP, 1/6/98)(HNPD,
1493 Jan 6, Columbus
encountered the Pinta along the north coast of Hispaniola.
(ON, 8/09, p.2)
1497 Jan 6, Jews were expelled
from Graz, Syria. [see Mar 12, 1496]
1537 Jan 6, Alessandro de'
Medici (b.1510), Italian monarch of Florence, was assassinated by
his cousin Lorenzino (d.1548). This event was commemorated in the
bust Brutus by Michelangelo. Cosimo I (18) came to power following
the murder of Alessandro.
1540 Jan 6, England's King
Henry VIII married his fourth wife, Anne of Cleves. The marriage
lasted about six months.
(HN, 1/6/99)(AP, 1/6/98)
1558 Jan 6, The French seized
the British held port of Calais.
1579 Jan 6, The Union of
Atrecht (French: Arras) was an accord signed in Atrecht (Arras),
under which the southern states of the Spanish Netherlands, today in
Wallonia and the Nord-Pas-de-Calais (and Picardy) regions in France,
expressed their loyalty to the Spanish king Philip II and recognized
the landlord, Don Juan de Austria. It is to be distinguished from
the Union of Utrecht, signed later in the same month. The Peace of
Arras ensured that the southern provinces of The Netherlands were
reconciled to Philip II. It joined the Low Country Walloons
(Catholics) with those of Hainaut and Artois.
1617 Jan 6, Pocahontas,
American Indian princess, attended a court masque with King James I
and Queen Anne.
(ON, 2/07, p.9)
1639 Jan 6, Virginia became the
1st colony to order surplus crops (tobacco) destroyed.
1663 Jan 6, There was a great
earthquake in New England.
1681 Jan 6, 1st recorded boxing
match was between the Duke of Albemarle's butler and his butcher.
1695 Jan 6, Giuseppe
Sammartini, composer, was born.
1759 Jan 6, George Washington
and Martha Dandridge Custis were married. George had 28 slaves and
Martha had 109.
(AP, 1/6/98)(SFEC, 5/2/99, Z1 p.8)
1785 Jan 6, Haym Salomon (44)
died in Philadelphia. He helped finance the US revolution.
1790 Jan 6, Johann Trier (73),
1811 Jan 6, Charles Sumner
(d.1874), leading anti-slavery senator and author, was born in
Boston. He was active in the movement to outlaw war, opposed the
Mexican War and was a founder in 1848 of the Free-Soil party. A
senator from Massachusetts, Sumner was an ardent abolitionist and
helped organize the Republican party. In c1867 Massachusetts Senator
Charles Sumner popularized the name Alaska for the territory that
had been known as Russian America in a famous Senate speech
supporting the treaty to purchase Russian America: "There is the
National flag. He must be cold, indeed, who can look upon its folds
rippling in the breeze without pride of country. If in a foreign
land, the flag is companionship, and country itself, with all its
(HNQ, 9/28/98)(AP, 6/14/97)(HNQ, 11/17/98)
1822 Jan 6, Heinrich Schliemann
(d.1890), German businessman and amateur archeologist, was born. He
began excavating Troy in 1870 following a visit to Hissarlik in
1832 Jan 6, Gustave Dore,
illustrator (Inferno, Ancient Mariner), was born in Strasbourg,
1838 Jan 6, Max Bruch, composer
Scottish Fantasy), was born in Cologne, Germany.
1838 Jan 6, Samuel Morse
(1791-1872) first publicly demonstrated his telegraph, in
Morristown, N.J. In 2003 David Paul Nickles authored "Under the
Wire," a history of the telegraph and its impact on the world.
(AP, 1/6/98)(WSJ, 1/7/04, p.D10)
1850 Jan 6, Franz Xaver
Scharwenka, German pianist and composer (Mataswintha), was born.
1851 Jan 6, Leon Foucault
(d.1868), French scientist, watched a pendulum swing and shift its
plane of motion. This he realized was due to the rotation of the
Earth. In 2003 Amir D. Aczel authored "Pendulum: Leon Foucault and
the Triumph of Science."
(WSJ, 8/28/03, p.D18)
1852 Jan 6, Louis Braille (43)
died of tuberculosis in France. He had been blinded by an accident
during childhood and spent years developing a system to read by
touch. In 1997 Russell Freedman wrote "Out of Darkness: The Story of
(SFEC, 7/6/97, BR p.10)(ON, 10/04, p.9)(
1857 Jan 6, Patent for reducing
zinc ore was granted to Samuel Wetherill in Penn.
1861 Jan 6, Florida troops
seized the Federal arsenal at Apalachicola.
1861 Jan 6, Governor of
Maryland sent a message to the people of Maryland, strongly opposing
Maryland’s secession from the Union.
1861 Jan 6, NYC mayor proposed
that NY become a free city to continue trading with the North &
1866 Jan 6, In Hawaii the first
leprosy patients arrived at the new leper settlement of Kalawao on
the east side of Molokai’s Makanalua Peninsula. It was established
by King Kamehameha V.
1872 Jan 6, Alexander N.
Scriabin, composer (Prometheus), was born in Moscow.
1878 Jan 6, Carl Sandburg, U.S.
journalist, poet and biographer who won a Pulitzer Prize in history
for his biography of Abraham Lincoln, was born. "There are people
who want to be everywhere at once, and they get nowhere."
(HN, 1/6/99)(AP, 7/13/99)
1880 Jan 6, Tom Mix, silent
screen cowboy actor (Dick Turpin), was born in Mix Run, Pa.
1882 Jan 6, Sam Rayburn, U.S.
congressman from Texas who became the Speaker of the House of
Representatives (1940-46, 1949-53), was born.
1884 Jan 6, Gregor Mendel
(b.1822), Austrian botanist and Augustine monk, died at age 61. He
is considered to be the father of genetics.
(NH, 6/01, p.30)(MC, 1/6/02)
1893 Jan 6, Vincas
Mykolaitis-Putinas (d.1967), writer and poet, was born in Lithuania.
1893 Jan 6, Great Northern
Railway connected Seattle with east coast.
1903 Jan 6, George Pardee
(1857-1941), former mayor of Oakland (1893-1895), was inaugurated as
governor of California. Pardee served a single term to 1907.
1903 Jan 6, Maurice Abravanel,
conductor and composer, was born in Saloniki, Greece.
1904 Jan 6, A Japanese railway
in Korea refused to transport Russian troops.
1907 Jan 6, Maria Montessori
(1870-1952), Italian physician, educationist, opened her 1st school,
Children’s House (Casa dei Bambini), in San Lorenzo, Italy.
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maria_Montessori)(SFC, 1/6/07, p.B1)
1910 Jan 6, Wright Morris
(d.1998 at 88), author, was born in Central City, Nebraska. He wrote
33 books over his career.
(SFC, 5/1/98, p.D7)
1910 Jan 6, Union leaders asked
President Taft to investigate U.S. Steel practices.
1912 Jan 6, New Mexico became
the 47th state of the US.
(HFA, '96, p.22)(AP, 1/6/98)
1914 Jan 6, Stock brokerage
firm of Merrill Lynch was founded.
1917 Jan 6, Hendrik P.G. Quack
(82), lawyer and economist (Bank of Netherlands), died.
1918 Jan 6, Germany
acknowledged Finland’s independence.
1918 Jan 6, George Cantor
(b.1845), Russian-born German mathematician, died. He is best known
as the creator of modern set theory and work with mathematical
1919 Jan 6, The 26th president
of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt, died in Oyster Bay, N.Y.,
at age 60. "Put out the light" were his last words. In 1920 his
autobiography was published by Scribner. In 1997 H.W. Brands
published the biography: "T.R.: The Last Romantic." Around 1954
Carleton Putnam (d.1998), dropped his position as chairman of Delta
Airlines and wrote the biography: "Theodore Roosevelt", that covered
the first 28 years of Roosevelt’s life. Theodore Roosevelt coined
the term "Good to the last drop," used by Maxwell House Coffee. The
original Maxwell House hotel was in Nashville, Tenn. In 1980 Edmund
Morris authored the Pulitzer Prize winning Vol 1: "The Rise of
Theodore Roosevelt." In 1997 "T.R. The Last Romantic" by H.W. Brands
was published. In 2001 Edmund Morris authored Vol 2: "Theodore Rex."
In 2004 the Library of America published “Theodore Roosevelt:
Letters and Speeches; The rough Riders, an Autobiography.”
(WSJ, 12/18/97, p.A20)(AP, 1/6/98)(SFC, 3/17/98,
p.A20)(SFC, 6/27/98, p.E4)(WSJ, 9/27/99, p.A32)(ON, 12/99,
p.12)(WSJ, 11/20/01, p.A16)(SFC, 10/21/04, p.E1)
1920 Jan 6, Sun Myung Moon,
evangelist (Unification Church-Moonies), was born.
1921 Jan 6, The U.S. Navy
ordered the sale of 125 flying boats to encourage commercial
1931 Jan 6, Edgar Laurence
Doctorow (E.L. Doctorow), novelist (World's Fair, Ragtime), was born
1932 Jan 6, Julius Rosenwald
(b.1862), president of Sears, Roebuck & Co., died in Highland
Park, Ill. By 1931 he had financed the construction of 5,295 schools
throughout the South in association with Booker T. Washington and
William Baldwin Jr., a Boston railway executive and founder of the
p.A22)(WSJ, 4/23/02, p.D7)
1936 Jan 6, The US Supreme
Court ruled that the Agricultural Adjustment Act of 1933 is
1937 Jan 6, The U.S. banned the
shipment of arms to war-torn Spain.
1938 Jan 6, A bronze memorial
statue of Henry Hudson was erected in Bronx.
1939 Jan 6, Alfred Lion
recorded his first Blue Note session with boogie-woogie and blues
pianists Albert Ammons and Meade Lux Lewis. He had just founded the
jazz label in New York. He was later joined by his Berlin friend and
photographer Francis Wolff.
(WSJ, 10/3/97, p.A8)(WSJ, 1/15/98, p.W10)
1939 Jan 6, Joe Arridy (23), a
mentally disabled man, was executed in Colorado after being
convicted of killing a Pueblo girl with a hatchet. Arridy appeared
to have given a coerced confession and was likely not in Pueblo when
Dorothy Drain (15) was killed on Aug 15, 1936. In 2011 outgoing Gov.
Bill Ritter issued a posthumous pardon.
1941 Jan 6, President Franklin
D. Roosevelt asked Congress to support the lend-lease plan to help
supply the Allies. In an address to Congress President Franklin
Roosevelt expressed the general world aims of the United States as
these "Four Freedoms": of speech and expression; of worship; from
want; and from fear. Oscar Cox had helped draft the Lend-Lease Act.
(HN, 1/6/99)(HNQ, 3/2/00)(WSJ, 2/18/05, p.W6)
1942 Jan 6, The Pan American
Airways "Pacific Clipper" arrived in New York under Captain Robert
Ford. He flew west from New Zealand to avoid Japanese attacks and
became the first commercial pilot to make a round-the-world trip.
The Pacific Clipper was known as a "flying boat." This flight was
31,500 miles and took 209 hours to complete.
1944 Jan 6, Ida M. Tarbell
(b.1857), teacher, author and muckraking journalist, died in
Connecticut. She is best-known for her 1904 book “The History of the
Standard Oil Company.”
1945 Jan 6, Pepe Le Pew, the
cartoon skunk created by Chuck Jones and voiced by Mel Blanc,
debuted in Odor-Able Kitty.
1945 Jan 6, George Herbert
Walker Bush married Barbara Pierce in Rye, N.Y.
1945 Jan 6, Boeing B-29’s in
the Pacific struck new blows on Tokyo and Nanking.
1942 Jan 6, The Pan American
Airways "Pacific Clipper" arrived in New York under Captain Robert
Ford. He flew west from New Zealand to avoid Japanese attacks and
became the first commercial pilot to make a round-the-world trip.
The Pacific Clipper was known as a "flying boat." This flight was
31,500 miles and took 209 hours to complete.
1946 Jan 6, Ho Chi Minh won
North Vietnamese elections.
1949 Jan 6, Victor Fleming
(b.1889), Hollywood film director, died. He won his only Oscar for
directing 60% of “gone with the Wind” (1939). In 2008 Michael Sragow
authored “Victor Fleming: An American Movie Master.”
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Victor_Fleming)(WSJ, 12/11/08, p.A17)
1950 Jan 6, Britain recognized
the Communist government of China.
1950 Jan 6, Isaiah Bowman
(b.1878), Canadian-born geographer, died in Baltimore, Md. He
served as the director of the American Geographical Society
1916-1935 and then became president of John Hopkins Univ.
1957 Jan 6, Elvis Presley made
another appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show.
1958 Jan 6, Moscow announced a
reduction in its armed forces by 300,000.
1961 Jan 6, in San Francisco a
fire swept through the buck-a-night Thomas Hotel at 971 Mission St.
killing 19 people and injuring 38.
(SSFC, 1/2/11, p.42)
1963 Jan 6, "Oliver!" opened at
Imperial Theater NYC for 774 performances.
1963 Jan 6, Mutual of Omaha's
"Wild Kingdom" with Marlin Perkins began on NBC.
(AP, 1/6/03)(MC, 1/6/02)
1967 Jan 6, Some 16,000 US and
14,000 South Vietnamese troops started their biggest attack on the
Iron Triangle, northwest of Saigon. They launched Operation
Deckhouse V, an offensive in the Mekong River delta.
(AP, 1/6/98) (HN, 1/6/99)
1968 Jan 6, Dr. Norman E.
Shumway of Stanford performed the 1st US adult heart transplant.
Mike Kasperak (54) lived for 2 weeks before he died of massive
bleeding from other organs.
1971 Jan 6, The 1964 Gulf of
Tonkin resolution, which amounted to a declaration of war against
Vietnam, was repealed by Congress. US Senators Wayne Morse of Oregon
and Ernest Gruening of Alaska share the distinction of casting the
only votes against the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution on August 7, 1964.
The resolution supported President Lyndon Johnson's military actions
against North Vietnam in retaliation for its attack on a US spy ship
in the Tonkin Gulf. The resolution passed in the House 414-0 and the
1973 Jan 6, “You’re So Vain”
by Carly Simon peaked in the top 10 singles.
1974 Jan 6, David Alfaro
Siqueiros (b.1896), Mexican artist (muralist), died. His work
included the 1933 mural "Ejercicio Plastico" (Plastic Exercise),
completed in Argentina at the home of newspaper magnate Natalio
Botana (d.1941). In 1994 the 650-square-foot work fell into a legal
1975 Jan 6, The NBC TV game
show “Wheel of Fortune”, created by Merv Griffin (1925-2007),
1975 Jan 6, George Price
(b.1922), American scientist, exhausted his generosity by slashing
his own throat with a pair of scissors. In 2010 Oren Harman authored
“The Price of Altruism: George Price and the Search for the Origins
1976 Jan 6, Ted Turner
purchased the Atlanta Braves for reported $12 million.
1977 Jan 6, William Gropper
(b.1897), painter and political cartoonist, died. He worked for the
radical publications "The Masses" and "Art Front."
1978 Jan 6, John D. MacArthur
(b.1897), US insurance billionaire and philanthropist, died.
1978 Jan 6, The Wild-2 comet
was discovered by Swiss astronomer Paul Wild.
1980 Jan 6, Indira Gandhi's
Congress Party won elections in India.
1982 Jan 6, Truck driver
William G. Bonin was convicted in Los Angeles of being the "freeway
killer" who had murdered 14 young men and boys.
1984 Jan 6, Texaco offered $125
per share for Getty oil stock superseding the Pennzoil offer of
$112.50 per share. It became the biggest merger on record.
(SFC, 1/8/95, p.7)
1985 Jan 6, Dan White
(1946-1985), former SF supervisor and the killer in 1978 of SF Mayor
Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk, was released from prison in Los
(SSFC, 1/3/10, DB p.46)
1985 Jan 6, Robert Welch,
co-founder of the anti-Communist John Birch Society (1958), died.
Welch was the editor and publisher of the monthly magazine American
Opinion and the weekly "The Review of the News."
1986 Jan 6, In Johannesburg,
South Africa, Impala Platinum fired 20,000 black mine workers.
1987 Jan 6, The US Senate voted
88-4 to establish an 11-member panel to hold public hearings on the
1987 Jan 6, Astronomers
reported sighting a new galaxy 12 billion light years away.
1988 Jan 6, Soviet Foreign
Minister Eduard Shevardnadze was quoted by the Afghan news agency as
saying the Kremlin wanted to pull an estimated 115,000 soldiers from
Afghanistan in the coming year.
1989 Jan 6, The United States
presented photographic evidence to the U.N. Security Council to
justify its shoot down of two Libyan jet fighters as self-defense,
evidence the Libyan ambassador said was faked.
1990 Jan 6, Defense Secretary
Dick Cheney told CNN the U.S. invasion of Panama should not be
viewed as a new "Bush doctrine" inclined toward military
intervention in countries where democratic elections had been
1991 Jan 6, Iraqi President
Saddam Hussein, in a television address, told his country to prepare
for a long war against what he called "tyranny represented by the
1991 Jan 6, Federal regulators
seized banks owned by Bank of New England Corporation in
Massachusetts, Connecticut and Maine.
1992 Jan 6, The United States
joined the U.N. Security Council in condemning Israel's planned
deportation of 12 Palestinians.
1992 Jan 6, The US Food and
Drug Administration called on surgeons to stop using silicone gel
breast implants because of safety questions, but stopped short of an
1992 Jan 6, After two weeks of
fighting, ousted Georgian President Zviad Gamsakhurdia fled the
1993 Jan 6, Authorities rescued
Jennifer Stolpa and infant son after her husband found help after an
eight-day ordeal in the snow-covered Nevada desert.
1993 Jan 6, Jazz trumpeter
Dizzy Gillespie died in Englewood, N.J., at age 75. In 1999 Alyn
Shipton published "Groovin' High: The Life of Dizzy Gillespie."
(SFEC, 7/27/97, DB p.34)(AP, 1/6/98)(SFEC,
8/29/99, BR p.4)
1993 Jan 6, Ballet dancer
Rudolf Nureyev died of AIDS in Paris at age 54. In 1961 his
defection from the Soviet Union made headline news. In 2007 Julie
Kavanagh authored “Nureyev: The Life.”
(AP, 1/6/98)(WSJ, 10/1/98, p.A20)(SSFC, 10/14/07,
1994 Jan 6, Figure skater Nancy
Kerrigan was clubbed on the right leg by an assailant at Cobo Arena
in Detroit. Four men, including Jeff Gillooly, the ex-husband of
Kerrigan's rival, Tonya Harding, were later sentenced to prison.
Harding, who denied advance knowledge, received probation after
pleading guilty to conspiracy to hinder prosecution.
1994 Jan 6, Virginia Kelley
Clinton (70), mother of Pres Clinton, died in Hot Springs, Ark.
(AP, 1/6/99)(MC, 1/6/02)
1995 Jan 6, Haitians housed at
Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba were sent home by the U.S.
military against the refugees' will and over protests of refugee
1995 Jan 6, Ramzi Ahmed Yousef
and Abdul Hakim Murad were arrested in Manila, Philippines, when
explosives that they were mixing blew up and alerted the police. In
their apartment were found bomb-making manuals and timers and
evidence that they intended to blow up US jetliners. They were found
guilty by a jury in New York on 9/5/96.
(SFC, 9/6/96, p.C5)
1995 Jan 6, In South Africa Joe
Slovo, a former leader of the South Africa Communist party and white
hero of the liberations struggle, died. He was born in Obeliai,
Lithuania, to a Jewish family who emigrated to South Africa when he
1996 Jan 6, President Clinton,
bowing to months of Republican demands, offered a seven-year
balanced-budget plan using Congressional Budget Office figures.
1996 Jan 6, Republican
candidates kicked off the 1996 presidential campaign year by
shadowboxing with absent front-runner Bob Dole at a televised debate
in Columbia, South Carolina.
1996 Jan 6, In Iraq Saddam
Hussein decreed economic austerity measures to cope with soaring
inflation and widespread shortages caused by UN sanctions.
(SFC, 9/4/96, p.A8)
1996 Jan 6, In Gaza Yehiyeh
Ayyash, a Hamas bomb-maker known as "the engineer" was assassinated
by an explosives-rigged cellular phone. The operation was attributed
(SFC, 4/2/98, p.A12)(SFC, 3/23/04, p.A11)
1997 Jan 6, House Speaker Newt
Gingrich met behind closed doors with Republican lawmakers,
answering questions about admitted ethics violations and appealing
for support in the upcoming speaker's election.
1997 Jan 6, The Sun erupted
with a "coronal mass ejection." The blast reached Earth on Jan 10,
and may have played a role in the Jan 11 failure of the $200 million
Telstar 401 communications satellite.
(SFC, 1/23/97, p.A5)
1997 Jan 6, In Pakistan rulers
established a security council to give the army an official role in
running the country.
(SFC, 1/7/97, p.A9)
1997 Jan 6, In Guatemala three
officers, accused of ordering the 1990 assassination of sociologist
Myrna Mack, sought amnesty under terms of the new treaty.
(SFC, 1/7/97, p.A10)
1997 Jan 6, In Serbia on the
Orthodox Christmas Eve the Yugoslav army announced that it would not
interfere in the daily protests against Pres. Milosevic.
(SFC, 1/7/97, p.A9)
1997 Jan 6, In Zaire at least
100 lawmakers quit Pres. Seko’s parliamentary alliance to join a new
nationalist group. Their goal appeared to be to topple Prime
Minister Kengo wa Dondo.
(SFC, 1/7/97, p.A9)
1997 Jan 6, It was reported
that Vietnam’s national Post and Telecommunications "108"
information service responded to citizens questions. Operators
handled about 250 calls per day and the service costs about 2.7 US
(WSJ, 1/6/97, p.B1)
1998 Jan 6, In a bid to expand
health insurance, President Clinton unveiled a proposal to offer
Medicare coverage to hundreds of thousands of uninsured Americans
between the ages of 55 to 64.
1998 Jan 6, A NASA Lunar
Prospector, the 3rd robot mission of the Discovery Program, first
scheduled for Jan 5, was launched.
(SFEC, 1/4/98, p.A14)(SFC, 1/7/98, p.A3)
1998 Jan 6, In Bangladesh it
was reported that frigid weather killed at least 165 people over the
last 2 weeks.
(SFC, 1/6/98, p.A10)
1998 Jan 6, In Guatemala Danita
Gonzalez Plank de Orellana (32) of Philadelphia was kidnapped with
her 6-month old daughter near Quezaltenango. the baby was soon found
in a cardboard box. The mother’s body was found 8 days later. Police
alleged that a gang under Rigoberto Antonio Morales (23) was
responsible. Morales was recaptured 4 days after escaping from
prison in June.
(SFEC, 6/21/98, p.A13)
1998 Jan 6, In South Korea
thousands went to their banks to sell and donate gold in a
nationwide campaign to raise dollars.
(SFC, 1/7/98, p.A8)
1999 Jan 6, The NBA players
agreed to a new contract and a shortened season was scheduled to
begin in Feb. Club owners won a salary cap.
(SFC, 1/7/99, p.A1)(WSJ, 1/7/98, p.A1)
1999 Jan 6, The 106th Congress
convened with Dennis Hastert as the new House speaker.
1999 Jan 6, The federal
government predicted a $76 billion surplus for 1999.
(SFC, 1/7/99, p.A3)
1999 Jan 6, It was reported
that UN Sec. Gen'l. Kofi Annan had evidence that UN arms inspectors
helped collect intelligence used in American efforts to undermine
the Iraqi regime. Kofi Annan, the chief UN arms inspector and State
Dept. officials all denied the spying allegations. An electronic
eavesdropping system was put into place in March by a US spy with
the UN inspection team.
(SFC, 1/6/99, p.A6)(SFC, 1/7/99, p.A8)(WSJ,
1/7/99, p.A1)(SFC, 1/8/99, p.A1)
1999 Jan 6, The Dow Jones
closed at a record 9,544.97.
(SFC, 1/7/99, p.B1)
1999 Jan 6, Buckingham Palace
announced that Prince Edward, youngest son of Queen Elizabeth II,
would marry his longtime friend, public relations executive Sophie
Rhys-Jones, later in the year.
1999 Jan 6, Congo rebel leader
Ernest Wamba dia Wamba said his forces killed about 400 Burundi Hutu
rebels fighting with the Congolese government troops and promised to
investigate the alleged New Year murder of 500 civilians.
(SFC, 1/7/99, p.A10)
1999 Jan 6, The Dominican
Republic considered sending soldiers into parts of Santo Domingo
where fighting between police and drug gangs had left 48 people dead
since late Dec.
(WSJ, 1/7/99, p.A1)
1999 Jan 6, In Israel former
military chief of staff Amnon Lipkin-Shahak announced his candidacy
for prime minister. Separately a man with a toy gun was killed by
(SFC, 1/7/99, p.A10)(WSJ, 1/7/99, p.A1)
1999 Jan 6, In Kosovo Nebojsa
Denic, a Serbian security guard, was killed by ethnic Albanian
rebels during an attack on a power plant outside of Pristina.
(SFC, 1/8/99, p.A16)
1999 Jan 6, In Mexico police
chief Alejandro Gertz fired 6 of his top 8 subordinates for failing
to reduce crime and corruption.
(SFC, 1/7/99, p.A10)
1999 Jan 6, In Sierra Leone
rebels shot their way into Freetown and captured the presidential
(SFC, 1/7/99, p.A8)
1999 Jan 6, In Turkey the
Justice Ministry said authorities will no longer be allowed to force
women and girls to undergo virginity tests.
(SFC, 1/7/99, p.A10)
2000 Jan 6, Republican
presidential candidates debated in Durham, New Hampshire, with such
issues as taxes and gays in the military dominating the discussion.
2000 Jan 6, The US Army
replaced the Young & Rubicam ad agency after a 1999 recruit
shortfall of 6,290. Rubicam held the contract for 12 years and
crafted the slogan: "Be all that you can be."
(WSJ, 1/7/00, p.A1)
2000 Jan 6, Florida lawmakers
passed a bill to give death row inmates the option of lethal
injection rather than the electric chair.
(SFC, 1/7/00, p.A2)
2000 Jan 6, In Miami hundreds
of Cuban Americans protested the INS decision to return Elian
Gonzalez to his father in Cuba. At least 135 people were arrested.
(SFC, 1/7/00, p.A3)(AP, 1/6/01)
2000 Jan 6, Two Austrian banks,
Bank Austria and Creditanstalt, agreed to a $40 million settlement
with an estimated 1,000 Holocaust victims or their heirs for having
confiscated their assets.
(SFC, 1/7/00, p.D2)
2000 Jan 6, Buckingham Palace
announced that Prince Edward, the youngest son of Queen Elizabeth
the Second, would marry his longtime girlfriend, public relations
executive Sophie Rhys-Jones, later in the year.
2000 Jan 6, In China the
state-controlled Catholic Church ordained 5 new bishops while the
Pope elevated 12 prelates in St. Peter's Basilica.
(SFC, 1/7/00, p.A14)
2000 Jan 6, In Ecuador police
broke up a march in Quito where people demanded the ouster of Pres.
Mahuad following a state of emergency and currency plunge.
(WSJ, 1/7/00, p.A1)
2001 Jan 6, With the vanquished
Vice President Al Gore presiding, Congress formally certified George
W. Bush the winner of the achingly close and bitterly contested 2000
2001 Jan 6, The Episcopal
Church and Evangelical Lutheran Church of America inaugurated an
alliance to share clergy, churches and missionary work. Their
combined membership numbered 7.7 million.
(SSFC, 1/7/01, p.A2)
2001 Jan 6, A Nato meeting was
scheduled in Italy on the use of ammunition with depleted uranium
following the deaths from cancer of 6 Italian soldiers following
duty in the Balkans. 5 Balkan veterans from Belgium along with
peacekeepers from Spain, Portugal and the Czech Republic had died of
(WSJ, 1/04/01, p.A1)(SFC, 1/6/01, p.A7)
2001 Jan 6, The number of
national ministries and agencies was cut from 22 to 12 in an effort
to expand efficiency and shift power from bureaucracies to
(SSFC, 1/7/01, p.D3)
2001 Jan 6, In Somalia
Rahanwein Resistance Army gunmen attacked government forces
escorting officials and at least 9 people were killed near Teiglow
(SSFC, 1/7/01, p.D2)
2001 Jan 6, In South Africa it
was reported that cholera had recently sickened some 13,000 people
in KwaZulu-Natal and had killed at least 53.
(SFC, 1/6/01, p.D8)
2001 Jan 6, Thailand government
elections pitted PM Chuan Leekpai’s Democratic Party against the
Thais Love Thais (Thai Rak Thai) party of Thaksin Shinawatra (51).
Elections for 500 seats in the lower parliament were scheduled with
new laws to reduce vote-buying. Shinawatra, Thailand’s richest man,
won with 248 seats and divested his assets to relatives.
(SFC, 1/6/01, p.A8)(SSFC, 1/7/01, p.D1)(WSJ,
2/2/01, p.A1)(Econ, 2/5/05, p.11,24)
2002 Jan 6, US envoy Zinni
wound up his 2nd mission to the Middle East with little progress on
(WSJ, 1/7/02, p.A10)
2002 Jan 6, Christa Worthington
(46), fashion writer, was found dead at her home in Truro on Cape
Cod, Mass. Her 2-year-old daughter was next to her, covered in blood
but unharmed. In 2005 DNA evidence identified Christopher Mccowen, a
local trash collector, as the murderer. In 2006 Mccowen was
convicted and sentenced to life without parole.
(SFC, 4/16/05, p.A5)(SFC, 11/17/06, p.A4)
2002 Jan 6, Anti-Taliban troops
in Afghanistan planned to starve out 7 al Qaeda members holed up in
a Kandahar hospital.
(SFC, 1/7/02, p.A8)
2002 Jan 6, Argentina devalued
its currency 29% with an official exchange rate of 1.4 pesos to the
dollar and promised to ease limits on cash withdrawals. This ended a
decade-long policy pegging the currency one-to-one with the U.S.
dollar. In the year that followed, the peso lost 70 percent of its
value against the dollar.
(SFC, 1/7/02, p.A3)(WSJ, 1/7/02, p.A3)(AP,
2002 Jan 6, It was reported
that Costa Rica required medical professionals to serve a year
treating disadvantaged communities. Mandatory community service
programs were in place for high school students.
(SSFC, 1/6/02, p.A3)
2002 Jan 6, Construction began
to expand Camp X-Ray at the US Guantanamo base in Cuba to house
detainees from Afghanistan. The 1st prisoners arrived Jan 11. As the
number of prisoners rose Camp Delta was added.
(WSJ, 1/26/05, p.A10)
2002 Jan 6, It was reported
that Egypt required female graduates of secondary schools, exempt
from the military draft, to spend 6 months in a service program.
(SSFC, 1/6/02, p.A3)
2002 Jan 6, India shot down an
unmanned Pakistani spy plane. Pres. Vajpayee met with PM Tony Blair
in New Delhi.
(SFC, 1/7/02, p.A3)
2002 Jan 6, Italy’s Premier
Berlusconi named himself interim foreign minister.
(SFC, 1/7/02, p.A5)
2002 Jan 6, It was reported
that Malaysia authorities had arrested 13 suspected members of
extremist groups since Dec 9 with possible links to the Sep 11
(SSFC, 1/6/02, p.A8)
2002 Jan 6, It was reported
that Mexico had a national service program that required
participation by all university graduates and that medical students
were required to work in disadvantaged communities for one year
before being licensed.
(SSFC, 1/6/02, p.A3)
2002 Jan 6, It was reported
that Nigeria had a National Youth Service Corps that required
participation by all university graduates under age 30.
(SSFC, 1/6/02, p.A3)
2003 Jan 6, US Surgeon General
Dr. Richard Carmona called obesity the fastest growing cause of
illness and death in the US.
(SFC, 1/7/03, p.A1)
2003 Jan 6, U.S. warplanes
bombed two Iraqi anti-aircraft radars that threatened pilots
patrolling the southern no-fly zone.
2003 Jan 6, Thousands of
Marines, sailors and soldiers headed for the Persian Gulf region,
shipping out from California, Georgia and Maryland as the buildup
for a possible war with Iraq accelerated sharply.
2003 Jan 6, California Gov.
Davis promised to create 500,000 new jobs over the next 4 years.
2003 Jan 6, The WSJ reported
that Int'l. Steel offered about $1 billion to buy most of the assets
of Bethlehem Steel, creating the largest US steel company.
(WSJ, 1/2/04, p.R8)
2003 Jan 6, Iraqi President
Saddam Hussein accused U.N. inspectors of engaging in "intelligence
work" instead of searching for suspected nuclear, chemical and
biological weapons in his country.
2003 Jan 6, Rebels in western
Ivory Coast attacked French troops and French officials said 30
rebels were killed and nine soldiers wounded.
2003 Jan 6, In Kenya 12 people
were killed when members of the outlawed Mungiki sect attacked
minibus operators over control of bus stops in Nakuru, 84 miles
northwest of Nairobi. 38 people were soon arrested.
2003 Jan 6, In Mexico a bus
with failing brakes swerved off a mountain highway and into a deep
ravine in Zacatecas state, killing 18 people and injuring 23.
2004 Jan 6, A design consisting
of two reflecting pools and a paved stone field was chosen for the
World Trade Center memorial in New York.
2004 Jan 6, The Ohio Lottery
awarded $162 million to Rebecca Jemison (34). Elicia Battle (40),
who initially claimed to have lost the Dec 30 winning ticket,
recanted on Jan 8.
(SFC, 1/9/04, p.A2)
2004 Jan 6, In Afghanistan a
time bomb in an apple cart blast killed at least 17 people,
including 8 children, in the southern city of Kandahar. 12 civilians
were executed in Helmand Province.
(SFC, 1/7/04, p.A10)(SFC, 1/9/04, p.A12)(AP,
2004 Jan 6, China began a mass
eradication of some 10,000 civet cats to stem a suspected link to
(SFC, 1/7/04, p.A14)
2004 Jan 6, PM Pierre Charles
(49) of Dominica, who slashed public spending in a bid to help his
island's economy and was a critic of U.S. policy in the Caribbean,
died of an apparent heart attack.
2004 Jan 6, India and Pakistan
agreed on talks to formally tackle all issues including Kashmir.
(WSJ, 1/7/04, p.A1)
2004 Jan 6, Egypt and Iran
agreed to restore diplomatic ties sundered in 1979.
(WSJ, 1/7/04, p.A1)
2004 Jan 6, Iraqi police opened
fire on hundreds of stone-throwing former Iraqi soldiers demanding
monthly stipends promised by the U.S.-led coalition, and reporters
saw at least four protesters shot in the southern town of Basra.
2004 Jan 6, In Liberia the LURD
and MODEL rebel groups demanded the resignation of Gyude Bryant,
interim government head.
(Econ, 1/31/04, p.48)
2004 Jan 6, North Korea offered
to refrain from producing nuclear weapons in order to rekindle talks
over its arms programs.
(SFC, 1/6/04, p.A3)
2004 Jan 6, President Bashar
Assad began the first-ever visit to Turkey by a Syrian head of
state, hoping to further improve ties forge a joint position on
growing Kurdish autonomy.
(AP, 1/6/04)(WSJ, 1/7/04, p.A1)
2004 Jan 6, The Sudanese
government and southern rebels agreed on how to share the country's
wealth, including oil revenues, solving a key issue and taking a
major step toward ending their 20-year conflict.
2004 Jan 6, Mijailo Mijailovic
confessed to the fatal stabbing of Swedish Foreign Minister Anna
Lindh in September 2003.
2005 Jan 6, The US Congress
certified President Bush's re-election.
2005 Jan 6, US Attorney
General-nominee Alberto Gonzales, under scorching criticism at his
confirmation hearing, condemned torture as an interrogation tactic
and promised to prosecute abusers of terror suspects.
2005 Jan 6, Andrea Yates'
murder conviction for drowning her children in the bathtub on June
20, 2001, was overturned by a Texas appeals court. On July 26, 2006,
after three days of deliberations, Yates was found not guilty by
reason of insanity, as defined by the state of Texas.
2005 Jan 6, Edgar Ray Killen
(b.1925) was arrested in Philadelphia, Miss., as a suspect in the
1964 abduction and killing of 3 voter-registration volunteers. He
was found guilty on June 21, 2005, the 41st anniversary of the
murders, along with Cecil Price (deputy sheriff of Neshoba at the
time), of three counts of manslaughter and gathering the group of
men who hunted down and killed two Jewish New Yorkers: Andrew
Goodman (20) and Michael Schwerner (24), and one black
Mississippian, James Chaney (21).
2005 Jan 6, The Chicago-based
Pritzker family settled a family suit giving both Matthew (22) and
Liesel Pritzker (20) control of $450 million. The family fortune was
estimated at over $15 bil.
(WSJ, 1/7/05, p.B1)
2005 Jan 6, In South Carolina a
freight train carrying chlorine gas struck a parked train, killing
eight people and injuring more than 240 others, nearly all of them
sickened by a toxic cloud that at nightfall persisted over the small
textile town of Graniteville.
2005 Jan 6, In Bangladesh a
fire at the Sun Knit garment factory in Siddhirganj killed 22
people. Most of the exits were found locked.
(SFC, 1/8/05, p.A3)
2005 Jan 6, A baby boy
delivered in Beijing became China's 1.3 billionth citizen.
2005 Jan 6, Chinese authorities
bulldozed Silk Alley, a 20-year-old landmark in Beijing. Traders
felt the motive was to eliminate competition for a new indoor
complex soon to open next to the alley, to be named Xiushui, which
was the name of the old market.
(Econ, 1/15/05, p.39)
2005 Jan 6, A tsunami aid
conference convened in Jakarta, Indonesia, and the UN asserted
control over the massive relief campaign.
(WSJ, 1/7/05, p.A1)
2005 Jan 6, In Iraq 7 US
soldiers were killed in Baghdad when their Bradley hit a car buried
bomb. 2 Marines were killed in western Iraq.
(WSJ, 1/7/05, p.A1)
2005 Jan 6, President Vicente
Fox announced that all Mexican children with cancer will receive
free treatment as long as they need it.
2005 Jan 6, In Ciudad Juarez,
Mexico, 10 alleged gang members were convicted in the killings of 12
women, some of the hundreds who have been found slain there in
recent years. The Los Toltecas members were arrested in 1999, after
the reputed leader of their group, Jesus Manuel Guardado, alias "El
Tolteca," was identified by a 14-year-old girl as the man who
sexually assaulted and tried to kill her.
2005 Jan 6, In South Africa
former Pres. Nelson Mandela announced that his son, Makgatho
Mandela, had died of illness related to AIDS.
(SFC, 1/7/05, p.A10)
2006 Jan 6, Al-Qaida's No. 2
official, Ayman al-Zawahri, said in a videotape that a recent US
decision to withdraw some troops from Iraq represented "the victory
2006 Jan 6, The 115-year-old
Pilgrim Baptist Church of Chicago was destroyed by fire.
2006 Jan 6, In Florida Martin
Lee Anderson (14) died a day after he was brutally beaten at a
juvenile detention boot camp. Videotape showed that he was punched
and kicked. A 2nd autopsy on Mar 13 indicated that Anderson did not
die of natural causes. An earlier autopsy said his death was due to
a sickle cell trait. In May 2007 the Florida state legislature
agreed to pay Anderson’s family $5 million to settle civil claims.
On Oct 12, 2007, an all-white jury acquitted 8 former boot camp
workers of manslaughter.
(AP, 2/17/06)(SFC, 3/15/06, p.A4)(SFC, 10/13/07,
2006 Jan 6, Lou Rawls (72),
singer, died in Los Angeles. He started as a church choir boy and
went on to sell more than 40 million albums. He won three Grammy
Awards in a career that spanned nearly five decades and a range of
genres. His 1st solo release was the 1962 jazz album “Stormy Monday”
recorded with the Les McCann Trio.
(AP, 1/6/06)(SFC, 1/6/06, p.B5)
2006 Jan 6, Hugh Thompson Jr.,
a former Army helicopter pilot honored for rescuing Vietnamese
civilians during the My Lai massacre, died in Alexandria, La., at
2006 Jan 6, Bulgarian officials
said Gazprom was pushing it to switch to a system in which it pays
transit fees and charges Sofia market prices. Bulgaria rejected the
offer and said its current is good to 2010.
(WSJ, 1/9/06, p.A11)
2006 Jan 6, In China a farmer
angry over a court ruling set off a bomb in a courthouse in Gansu
province, killing himself and four other people. Qian Wenzhao (62)
was angry over a ruling in a property dispute involving the house of
his late son and daughter-in-law.
2006 Jan 6, A study published
in Britain's leading medical journal said war-ravaged Congo is
suffering the world's deadliest humanitarian crisis, with 38,000
people dying each month mostly from easily treatable diseases.
2006 Jan 6, An Indian Supreme
Court panel accused France of violating an international treaty on
hazardous waste movement by sending an asbestos-laden warship to be
scrapped in an Indian shipyard.
2006 Jan 6, A suicide car
bomber struck a police patrol in Baghdad, killing one officer.
2006 Jan 6, Israel’s PM Ariel
Sharon had emergency brain surgery for five hours after doctors
detected further bleeding and increasing pressure.
2006 Jan 6, The Kazakhstan
Parliament voted to ditch the Central Asian state's old national
anthem in favor of "My Kazakhstan," a song written in 1956 and
adapted by Pres. Nazarbayev.
2006 Jan 6, Liberia's
President-elect Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf agreed to pay out benefits and
pensions to widows of soldiers killed in a civil war after they
blocked roads in the capital Monrovia in protest.
2006 Jan 6, Comandante Ramona
(47), a leader of Mexico's Zapatista rebel movement and an advocate
for women's rights, died after a decade-long struggle with a kidney
2006 Jan 6, Morocco's King
Mohammed, under pressure from human rights groups to apologize for
more than four decades of past repression by the state, offered his
sympathy for the victims.
2006 Jan 6, Nigeria’s
government anti-AIDS agency said it will double the number of
centers where AIDS patients can get free drugs in the next three
months as part of a major drive to widen access to treatment.
2006 Jan 6, Stalinist North
Korea demanded billions of dollars in compensation for alleged
atrocities against its prisoners of war and spies formerly held in
South Korea. The demand sparked outrage among politicians in Seoul.
2006 Jan 6, Venezuela said it
will expand a program to provide discounted home heating oil to
low-income Americans, bringing savings to some Indian tribes in
2006 Jan 6, Vietnam said it was
prepared to join some UN peacekeeping operations for the first time
in a move seen as a major shift in its attitude towards the world
2006 Jan 6, In Yemen 5 Italian
hostages were freed in good health after six days in captivity when
their kidnappers surrendered to government troops.
2007 Jan 6, New Orleans
considered a curfew as 8 slayings took place in the 1st week of the
(SSFC, 1/7/07, p.A10)
2007 Jan 6, In Colorado a huge
snow slide knocked two cars off the road in a high pass and buried
2007 Jan 6, The body of Calvin
Jenks (24), a Tennessee state trooper, was found beside his patrol
car near the intersection of state highways 14 and 54. He was shot
during a traffic stop. The next day police arrested two people they
believed were responsible for the killing.
2007 Jan 6, In Knoxville,
Tenn., Channon Christian and Christopher Newsom were last seen as
they left a friend’s apartment. Newsom’s shot and burned body was
found the next day along some railroad tracks. Christian’s body was
discovered 2 days later in a trash can at a house rented by one of
the suspects. Both had been sexually assaulted. 4 black suspects and
an accessory faced murder trials.
(SFC, 5/19/07, p.A4)
2007 Jan 6, The body of Cha
Vang (30), a Hmong man, was found hidden under a log in a Wisconsin
wild life refuge. Vang had been shot and stabbed 5 times. On Nov 28
James Nichols (29) was sentenced to 69 years in prison for Vang’s
(SFC, 11/29/07, p.A3)
2007 Jan 6, Pete Kleinow, film
effects artist and guitarist for the Flying Burrito Brothers, died
in Petaluma, Ca.
(SFC, 1/16/07, p.B5)
2007 Jan 6, In southern
Afghanistan a roadside bomb struck a NATO vehicle, wounding one
2007 Jan 6, In Bangladesh at
least 41 people were burned to death after fire engulfed a bus
packed with migrant workers.
2007 Jan 6, Belarus stepped up
its dispute with Russia over energy sales by announcing Saturday it
has started a customs case against Transneft, Russia's pipeline
2007 Jan 6, In southeastern
Brazil officials said mudslides and flash floods triggered by
torrential downpours killed at least 31 people and drove thousands
from their homes during the past five days.
2007 Jan 6, David Whelan (60)
and his son Andrew (35) trawled through a farmer's field near
Harrogate, in northern England, when their metal detector squealed.
The pair discovered a Viking trove of coins and jewelry was buried
more than 1,000 years ago, a collection of items from Ireland,
France, Russia and Scandinavia that testified to the raiders'
2007 Jan 6, China unveiled its
Jian-10 multi-role indigenous fighter jet, marking a "historic leap
forward" and narrowing a technological gap with major military
2007 Jan 6, Cardinal Frederic
Etsou-Nzabi-Bamungwabi (b.1930), Congo's top Roman Catholic prelate,
died in a Belgian hospital. He had warned of what he called
international meddling in the country's recent landmark elections.
2007 Jan 6, Cindy Sheehan,
American "peace mom," called for the closure of the US military
prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. She and other activists arrived to
draw attention to the nearly 400 terror suspects held at the remote
2007 Jan 6, Riots erupted
overnight in a maximum-security prison in western El Salvador,
leaving 21 inmates dead.
2007 Jan 6, Hong Kong reported
that a wild bird found a few days earlier had tested positive for
the H5N1 strain of bird flu.
(WSJ, 1/8/07, p.A5)
2007 Jan 6, In northeast India
suspected separatist rebels fatally shot 13 sleeping migrant workers
before dawn, adding to a string of attacks over two days that killed
a total of 48 people and wounded at least 19.
2007 Jan 6, The Iraqi army
reported killing 30 militants in a Sunni insurgent stronghold in the
center of Baghdad. In Baghdad two car bombs killed four civilians.
Across the country at least 8 more people were reported killed or
found dead as a result of sectarian violence. 27 bodies were
discovered in a heavily Sunni district just north of the Green Zone.
Most of the victims showed signs of torture. A US soldier died after
coming under fire in Baghdad.
(AP, 1/6/07)(AP, 1/7/07)
2007 Jan 6, Mexican federal and
state police manned checkpoints within Tijuana’s city limits as
local police suspended their patrols because soldiers sent to crack
down on drug gangs and corruption seized most of their guns on
suspicion they aided traffickers.
2007 Jan 6, Palestinian
President Mahmoud Abbas declared Hamas' paramilitary militia in the
Gaza Strip illegal, raising the stakes in his standoff with the
2007 Jan 6, Philippine troops
killed six members of the al-Qaida-linked Abu Sayyaf group,
including one wanted by the US for involvement in the kidnapping of
2007 Jan 6, Seven people were
killed in shootings across Puerto Rico, prompting the US territory's
police chief to plead for tougher gun laws.
2007 Jan 6, Somalia's interim
government indefinitely postponed plans to forcibly disarm Mogadishu
as hundreds of people burned tires, looted vehicles and said they
wouldn't give up their guns. Two people were reported killed and at
17 people wounded.
2007 Jan 6, In Meetiyagoda, Sri
Lanka, an explosion inside a passenger bus killed 15 people.
Officials blamed the Tamil Tiger rebels, but the group denied any
2008 Jan 6, In southeastern
Utah a chartered bus ran off a wet road and rolled 41 feet down an
embankment, killing eight passengers who were returning home from a
ski trip. About 20 others were injured.
2008 Jan 6, Adam Gadahn,
Al-Qaida's American spokesman, urged fighters to meet President Bush
with bombs when he visits the Middle East, according to a new video
posted on the Internet. Gadahn, also known as Azzam al-Amriki, was
charged with treason in the US in 2006 and has been wanted since
2004 by the FBI, which is offering a $1 million reward for
information leading to his arrest or conviction.
2008 Jan 6, Martha Arguello
(b.1917), the cartoonist known as Marty Links, died in San Rafael,
Ca. She was the creator of the Bobby Sox and Emmy Lou cartoon
strips, which ran in the SF Chronicle for over 35 years.
(SFC, 1/9/08, p.B9)
2008 Jan 6, In Afghanistan 3
Taliban militants were killed in a battle between police and NATO
troops in the Zhari district of Kandahar.
2008 Jan 6, In Kinshasa a peace
summit aimed at ending fighting in Congo's blood-steeped eastern
provinces of North and South Kivu opened without the presence of
President Joseph Kabila and rebel leader General Laurent Nkunda.
2008 Jan 6, In Georgia several
thousand people rallied in Tbilisi, claiming early election results
that indicated Mikhail Saakashvili would narrowly win a second
presidential term were fraudulent.
2008 Jan 6, Dr. Pramod Karan
Sethi (80), inventor of a low-cost prosthetic foot that has helped
millions of people in developing and war-torn countries, died in
Jaipur, India. The surgeon developed the Jaipur Foot in 1968 with
India's rural poor in mind.
2008 Jan 6, Five Iranian
Revolutionary Guard boats harassed and provoked three US Navy ships
in the Strait of Hormuz, a major oil shipping route off the Iranian
coast. The US Navy Times newspaper later reported that a threatening
radio message at the end of a video showing Iranian patrol boats
swarming near US warships in the Persian Gulf may have come from a
prankster rather than from the Iranian vessels.
(AP, 1/7/08)(AP, 1/14/08)
2008 Jan 6, Two Iraqi soldiers
threw themselves on a suicide bomber who slipped into a crowd
celebrating Iraq's Army Day, but the attacker detonated an
explosives vest, killing both soldiers and nine other people. A
series of attacks across Baghdad that left as many as 16 people
dead. Near Muqdadiyah a joint Iraqi-US patrol discovered five
severed heads. Near the city of Khalis in Diyala province suspected
al-Qaida in Iraq fighters attacked the house of a local sheik and
kidnapped him and 13 members of his family.
2008 Jan 6, North Korea stepped
up anti-US propaganda with a six-nation nuclear disarmament process
bogged down and Pyongyang and Washington in dispute over the delay.
2008 Jan 6, In northwest
Pakistan suspected Islamic militants in 2 attacks fatally shot 8
tribal leaders involved in efforts to broker a cease-fire between
security forces and insurgents.
(AP, 1/7/08)(SFC, 1/8/08, p.A14)
2008 Jan 6, The head of Gaza's
energy authority said Palestinians in Gaza will be forced to live
without electricity eight hours a day, beginning today, because
Israel has sharply reduced fuel supplies to the territory's only
2008 Jan 6, In northern Sri
Lanka heavy fighting raged where Tiger rebels said they lost a key
leader, as Norwegian-led monitors began pulling out before the
formal end of a tattered truce.
2008 Jan 6, In Zurich Sonntag
newspaper reported that Credit Suisse faces a fresh assets write-off
of 2.5 billion Swiss francs (1.5 billion euros, $2.3 billion) from
the US sub-prime crisis.
2008 Jan 6, Zimbabwe state
media reported that the government has awarded an immediate 600% pay
rise to striking magistrates and prosecutors in a bid to end a
3-month work stoppage.
2009 Jan 6, Pres. Bush
designated parts of 3 Pacific island chains as national monuments to
protect them from oil and gas extraction and commercial fishing. The
areas totaled some 195,274 square miles and included the Mariana
Trench as well as waters and coral surrounding 3 islands in the
Northern Mariana Islands, Rose Atoll in American Samoa and 7 islands
along the equator in the central Pacific Ocean.
(SFC, 1/6/09, p.A4)
2009 Jan 6, Roland Burris of
Illinois, President-elect Barack Obama's appointed successor, was
turned away when he appeared at the US Capitol to take his in the
convening of the 111th Congress.
2009 Jan 6, North Dakota Gov.
John Hoeven reported a budget surplus and plans to grow reserves to
between $800 million and $1.2 billion.
2009 Jan 6, Hal Ellis (b.1931),
co-founder of the Grubb & Ellis real estate company (1958), died
at his home in Oakland, Ca.
(SFC, 1/8/09, p.C1)
2009 Jan 6, In southern
Afghanistan a NATO serviceman was killed in a hostile incident. In
eastern Afghanistan US-led coalition forces killed 32 armed
insurgents during a clash in Laghman province. The troops also
destroyed two caches of weapons and roadside bomb-making materials
that were too unstable to move to another location. Residents
reported that some civilians died when buildings collapsed as the
cache was destroyed. In western Farah province, Afghan army and
coalition troops killed six militants in raid on a compound.
(AP, 1/6/09)(AP, 1/7/09)
2009 Jan 6, In Bangladesh
Sheikh Hasina Wajed was sworn in for her second spell as prime
minister, restoring democracy to the impoverished country after
almost two years of rule by an army-backed regime.
2009 Jan 6, Bahrain’s credit
outlook was downgraded by Moody’s Investors Service amid tumbling
crude prices and the global financial crises.
(WSJ, 1/7/09, p.A7)
2009 Jan 6, Ethiopia's
parliament adopted a controversial bill imposing heavy restrictions
on foreign-funded humanitarian groups operating in the war- and
famine-ravaged country. Under the new law, any group that draws more
than 10 percent of its funding from abroad will be classified as
foreign, and thus banned from working on issues related to
ethnicity, gender, children's rights and conflict resolution.
(AP, 1/6/09)(AFP, 1/9/09)
2009 Jan 6, A natural gas
crisis loomed over Europe, as a contract dispute between Russia and
Ukraine shut off Russian gas supplies to six countries and reduced
gas deliveries to several others. Bulgaria, Greece, Macedonia,
Romania, Croatia and Turkey all reported a halt in gas shipments.
2009 Jan 6, Signs mounted that
the conflict in Gaza is starting to spill over into violence in
Europe's towns and cities, with assaults against Jews and arson
attacks on Jewish congregations in France, Sweden and Britain.
2009 Jan 6, A cease-fire
initiative to halt the increasingly bloody Israeli offensive in
Hamas-ruled Gaza won support from Palestinian President Mahmoud
Abbas. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice called on rival sides to
follow up on the proposal. A Hamas rocket hit Gedera, 20 miles from
Tel Aviv, the farthest one has reached to date.
(AP, 1/6/09)(AP, 1/7/09)(Econ, 1/10/09, p.24)
2009 Jan 6, In Mexico masked
gunmen opened fire and tossed a grenade at a television station in
Monterrey as it aired its nightly newscast, leaving behind a message
warning the station about its coverage of drug gangs. Gunmen in
Tijuana opened fire from several cars, killing a 22-year-old
standing with his family outside his house. Two bodies were found
wrapped in blankets and dumped on the street near a cemetery.
2009 Jan 6, In southern Nigeria
armed men robbed an offshore oil platform operated by a subsidiary
of US oil giant ExxonMobile although the attack did not disrupt oil
2009 Jan 6, In Papua New Guinea
Police a woman was tied to a wooden pole, surrounded by rubber tires
and set on fire. Rumors said she was suspected of spreading
witchcraft through the South Pacific island nation.
2009 Jan 6, In Senegal 9 men,
including a prominent activist, were convicted of homosexual acts
and sentenced to eight years in prison. Senegal, a primarily Muslim
nation in West Africa, is one of 38 countries on the continent that
criminalize homosexual acts.
2009 Jan 6, In Somalia 3 masked
gunmen fatally shot a Somali aid worker. The UN envoy to Somalia
said the UN should create a Baghdad-style Green Zone in the African
country so he can base all his aid workers there. Aid workers Keiko
Akahane (32), a Japanese doctor, and Dutchman nurse Willem Sools
(27), were released after being held by Somali gunmen for 108 days.
(AP, 1/6/09)(AP, 1/10/09)
2009 Jan 6, South Korea said it
will invest 50 trillion won ($38.1 billion) over the next four years
on environmental projects in a "Green New Deal" to spur slumping
economic growth and create nearly a million jobs. Opposition
lawmakers ended their violent, 12-day siege of the parliament after
successfully delaying a key vote on a US free trade deal and other
2009 Jan 6, Sri Lankan forces
overran the Tamil Tigers' northernmost defense line and took full
control of Muhamalai, forcing the rebels to fall back about 600
yards to another defense line. Armed men attacked a private Sri
Lankan television station, tossing hand grenades, shooting out TV
screens and starting a fire that caused heavy damage. Reporters
Without Borders said the attack follows accusations by state media
that the Maharaja Organization's television and radio stations were
not "patriotic" enough in their coverage of the government's recent
2009 Jan 6, Turkey held a
shipment bound for Venezuela from Iran saying it contains equipment
that can make explosives.
(WSJ, 1/7/09, p.A1)
2009 Jan 6, The WHO said at
least 1,732 people have died in Zimbabwe's cholera epidemic and the
number of cases diagnosed has risen to 34,306.
2009 Jan 6, Venezuela ordered
Israel's ambassador expelled from the country in protest over the
Israeli military offensive in the Gaza Strip.
2010 Jan 6, It was reported
that Santa Barbara-based Cybersitter has filed a $2.2 billion
lawsuit against China, accusing Beijing of stealing its technology
to bar Internet access to political and religious sites in China.
The suit alleges that the Chinese makers of Green Dam illegally
copied more than 3,000 lines of code from its filtering software,
and conspired with China's rulers and computer manufacturers to
distribute more than 56 million copies of the pirated software
2010 Jan 6, Gilbert Arenas, a
Washington DC Wizards basketball guard, was suspended indefinitely
without pay by NBA commissioner David Stern, for carrying guns into
the Wizards' locker room. With each game he misses, Arenas will lose
about $147,200 of the $16.2 million he will earn in the second
season of a six-year, $111 million contract. The punishment came on
his 28th birthday.
2010 Jan 6, Baltimore Mayor
Sheila Dixon (56) resigned as part of a deal with prosecutors
following allegations that she stole gift cards that had been
donated to the poor.
(SFC, 1/7/10, p.A4)
2010 Jan 6, George Leonard
(86), writer and pioneer in the human potential movement, died at
his home in Mill Valley, Ca. From 1953 to 1970 he worked as a writer
and editor for Look magazine. His best-selling books included
“Education and Ecstasy” (1968).
(http://beststudentviolins.com/education.html)(SFC, 1/7/10, p.A1)
2010 Jan 6, In Afghanistan an
explosion tore through a group of children gathered around foreign
soldiers visiting a US-funded road project, killing 4 kids and a
policeman and wounding scores, including at least 3 American troops
in eastern Nangarhar province. The blast occurred when a passing
police vehicle hit a mine. In a separate attack in the province, 4
Afghan policeman were killed when a remote-controlled bomb blew up
their vehicle in the Khagyani district. At least 15 people were
injured in an explosion at a market in eastern Khost city. Soldiers
found more than 5,300 pounds (2,400 kg) of processed opium, more
than 1,000 pounds (450 kilograms) of wet opium paste, about 50
pounds (20 kilograms) of heroin and multiple firearms with
ammunition in the Maywand district of Kandahar province.
(AP, 1/6/10)(AP, 1/8/10)
2010 Jan 6, In the waters off
Antarctica the trimaran Ady Gil, a Sea Shepherd Conservation Society
boat, had its bow sheared off and was taking on water after it was
struck by the Shonan Maru 2, a Japanese whaling ship. The trimaran’s
6 crew members were safely transferred to the bob Barker, another of
the Society's vessels. The Ady Gil was left to sink the next day
after a tow rope snapped and the Bob Barker resumed its pursuit of
the Japanese whalers.
(AP, 1/6/10)(SFC, 1/6/10, p.A2)(AP, 1/8/10)
2010 Jan 6, Argentine President
Cristina Fernandez ordered the military to declassify all "dirty
2010 Jan 6, In Britain
unusually heavy snowfall stranded hundreds of motorists, disrupted
trains and shut down schools and airports across the land as the
country suffered through its longest cold snap in nearly 30 years.
2010 Jan 6, In Chile
investigators accused Rev. Ricardo Munoz Quinteros (55), a Catholic
priest, and his girlfriend, Pamela Ampuero, of soliciting sex from
young girls, including one who later bore his child.
2010 Jan 6, Egyptian security
forces and Palestinians clashed at the Gaza border over the delay of
an international aid convoy, killing one Egyptian border guard and
wounding 15 Palestinians. 3 gunmen in a car sprayed automatic
gunfire into a crowd leaving a church in the town of Nag Hamadi,
about 40 miles from the ancient ruins of Luxor. The lead attacker
was identified as a Muslim. 6 male churchgoers and one security
guard were killed on the Coptic Christmas Eve. The 3 suspects in the
drive-by shooting gave themselves up to police on Jan 8 after being
surrounded by security forces. On Jan 16, 2011, a court convicted
and sentenced to death a Muslim man for his part in the drive-by
shooting. "I am a victim; I did not do it," screamed Mohammed Ahmed
Hassanein, whose trial lasted 11 months. He was convicted of first
degree murder and terror-related charges.
(AP, 1/6/10)(AP, 1/7/10)(AP, 1/8/10)
2010 Jan 6, In Honduras the
chief prosecutor asked the Supreme Court to issue arrest warrants
charging Honduras' military commanders with abuse of power for
sending President Manuel Zelaya out of the country in his June 28
2010 Jan 6, A conservative
Iranian Web site reported that a parliamentary probe has found Saeed
Mortazavi, a former Tehran prosecutor, responsible for the death by
torture of at least 3 anti-government protesters detained in the
turmoil following the disputed June elections.
2010 Jan 6, A diplomat at the
Iranian embassy in Norway told Norwegian television that he had
resigned in protest over a crackdown on demonstrators in Iran. The
government in Tehran denied the report. In mid-February the
Norwegian Immigration Directorate gave Mohammed Reza Heydari and his
family permission to remain in Norway as political refugees after
going through "all necessary information pertaining to the case."
(AP, 1/6/10)(AP, 2/18/10)
2010 Jan 6, Five Iraqis were
killed and eight injured after their minibus collided with a US
military vehicle that was traveling in the wrong lane 80 km south of
Baghdad. In northern Iraq a US army soldier died of injuries
unrelated to combat.
(AP, 1/6/10)(AP, 1/7/10)
2010 Jan 6, In Indian Kashmir
suspected Muslim militants opened fire in the main market area of
Srinagar, killing one police officer and sending residents running
for cover. A suicide bomber struck an army facility in the
Pakistan-controlled portion of Kashmir, killing four soldiers and
wounding 11 others in an area where such attacks are rare.
(AFP, 1/6/10)(AP, 1/6/10)
2010 Jan 6, Israel announced it
successfully tested a high-tech shield against future mortar and
rocket attacks from the Hamas-ruled territory. Once installed later
this year, the Iron Dome system could deprive Hamas of an important
means of threatening Israel.
2010 Jan 6, Madagascar security
forces used tear gas to disperse protesters in the capital near the
presidential palace. The demonstrators, who are aligned with three
of the country's previous presidents, went to present the country's
military-backed leader with a letter questioning whether or not coup
leader Andry Rajoelina still wants reconciliation.
2010 Jan 6, A Malaysian court
charged an air force sergeant and a businessman with stealing two
fighter jet engines. The engines, each worth 50 million ringgit ($14
million), were stolen while they were undergoing repairs and were
allegedly shipped toward Argentina before being offloaded to another
vessel bound for Uruguay.
2010 Jan 6, In Tijuana, Mexico,
three 16-year-old students, two boys and a girl, were killed.
At least one of the victims was a known drug dealer who frequently
missed classes and sometimes peddled narcotics at or near the
2010 Jan 6, In Morocco the
first Berber TV channel in the ancient but marginalized tongue of
Amazigh was launched after a decades-long struggle.
2010 Jan 6, In Northern Ireland
the major British Protestant paramilitary group, the Ulster Defense
Association, announced it has fully disarmed, finally meeting the
key requirement of the province's 1998 peace accord.
2010 Jan 6, In Pakistan 2
suspected US drone missile strikes killed 13 people in North
Waziristan, an area of the volatile northwest teeming with militants
suspected in a recent suicide attack that killed seven CIA employees
(AP, 1/6/10)(AFP, 1/7/10)
2010 Jan 6, Palestinian work
crews broke ground on Rawabi, what they hope will be the first
modern, planned Palestinian city, a step that officials say will
help build an independent state in spite of the current deadlock in
the peace process with Israel. The $500 million project hinges on
Israel's approval of a short stretch of road.
2010 Jan 6, In Ashgabat,
Turkmenistan, Iranian Pres. Ahmadinejad inaugurated a new gas
pipeline link to Iran from Turkmenistan, which he said would take
ties to a "new level."
2010 Jan 6, In Russia a suicide
bomber blew up an explosives-packed car at a police station in
Dagestan province, killing six officers and wounding at least 16
people on the outskirts of Makhachkala. Investigators determined
that the homemade bomb packed into the Niva, a small Russian-made
SUV, was equivalent to 80 to 100 km (175 to 220 pounds) of TNT.
2010 Jan 6, Yemeni security
forces captured Mohammed al-Hanq, a key Al-Qaeda leader, and two
other militants believed behind threats against Western interests in
Sanaa. The US embassy reopened after a 2-day closure due to terror
(AFP, 1/6/10)(SFC, 1/6/10, p.A2)
2010 Jan 6, Zimbabwe state
media reported that Zimbabwe Power Company (ZPC) has signed an eight
million dollar deal with Botswana to revive a shut-down thermal
power station and ease national blackouts.
2011 Jan 6, President Barack
Obama named banker and seasoned political fighter William Daley as
his new chief of staff, hoping to rejuvenate both a White House
storming into re-election mode and an economy still gasping for
2011 Jan 6, The Pentagon said
the US will temporarily send 1,400 more Marines to Afghanistan in an
effort to hold onto fragile security gains, but overall troop levels
will not surpass previously announced limits.
2011 Jan 6, The US military
said that it has sent a Guantanamo prisoner back to his native
Algeria over the objections of his attorneys who said he feared
being tortured in his homeland. Saiid Farhi had been held without
charge at the US base in Cuba for nearly nine years. 173 prisoners
remained at Guantanamo.
2011 Jan 6, It was reported
that San Francisco’s Haight Ashbury Clinic, operating since 1967,
and Walden House, a substance abuse center started in 1969, had
agreed to merge.
(SFC, 1/6/11, p.C1)
2011 Jan 6, Donald J. Tyson
(b.1930), chicken entrepreneur, died in Arkansas. He had built his
father’s chicken business into the behemoth Tyson Foods.
(SFC, 1/7/11, p.A9)
2011 Jan 6, Fresh unrest struck
Algeria as protests over rising costs and unemployment spread after
a night of rioting in the capital in which youths attacked a police
station and torched shops.
2011 Jan 6, Authorities in
Brazil said four people from the same family have died in a mudslide
in the interior of Sao Paulo state. Civil defense officials said
heavy flooding has killed at least 35 people and forced more than
30,000 out of their homes across the country.
2011 Jan 6, In Honduras Gunmen
killed 4 women and 4 children, including an 18-month boy, and
wounded three others in an attack on a minibus in the rural eastern
province of Olancho.
2011 Jan 6, Israel's Supreme
Court issued a ruling permitting the separation of men and women on
some buses serving minority ultra-Orthodox Jewish communities, but
only if the passengers agree. The approval was for a trial period of
2011 Jan 6, In Ivory Coast
Alassane Ouattara, the man recognized as the winner of the recent
presidential election, called for West African special forces to
remove incumbent president Gbagbo in a commando operation. The UN
mission in Ivory Coast said at least 210 people have been killed
there since a presidential stand-off escalated in mid-December.
2011 Jan 6, In Mexico 2
purported drug dealers were arrested on suspicion of decapitating a
man who owed them money and hanging his severed head from a bridge
in the border city of Tijuana. 2 men were found shot to death in the
trunk of a car parked outside the General Hospital in Tijuana. Their
hands and feet were bound and their bodies bore signs of torture.
Gunmen later attacked three men driving past a Tijuana shopping
mall, killing one and wounding the other two. Gunmen shot to death
Francisco Aparicio Mendez, the police chief of the town of Taretan,
in western Michoacan state. In Ciudad Juarez the body of Susana
Chavez was found strangled and mutilated after a night of partying
with three teenagers, who were drunk and on drugs. She had led
protests against the unsolved killings of women, but authorities
said her killing had nothing to do with her activism. Her left arm
chopped off. She was not identified until Jan 11.
(AP, 1/6/11)(AP, 1/12/11)
2011 Jan 6, In the Netherlands
the daily Het Parool reported that prostitutes in Amsterdam will be
required to pay taxes this year. Over 3,000 sex workers were
affected by the move.
(SFC, 1/7/11, p.A2)
2011 Jan 6, Nigerians voted in
a key state governor's ballot seen as a test ahead of April's
nationwide elections, with massive security deployed amid fears of
2011 Jan 6, Pakistan's PM
Gilani agreed to reverse an unpopular increase in fuel prices under
pressure from opposition parties, as he sought to save his shaky
government following the defection of a key coalition partner.
2011 Jan 6, Romanian witches
angry about having to pay income taxes for the first time hurled
poisonous mandrake into the Danube River to cast spells on the
president and government.
2011 Jan 6, Spain's second most
important lottery dished out euro840 million ($1.1 billion) in new
year joy across a country struggling to emerge from recession, with
the top prize tickets being sold in a working class area of Madrid.
2012 Jan 6, In central Florida
seven teenagers punched and kicked a 13-year-old until she was
unconscious while on a school bus bound for a middle school in
Ocala. The seven teens, ranging in age from 12 to 15, were charged
with battery and disorderly conduct.
2012 Jan 6, Nadeem Akhtar (46),
a Maryland businessman, was sentenced to over 3 years in prison for
conspiring to export to Pakistan materials that can be used in
(SFC, 1/7/12, p.A5)
2012 Jan 6, Harry Thomas Jr., a
Democratic former city councilman in Washington, DC, pleaded guilty
to embezzling over $350,000 in government funds earmarked for youth
sports and arts programs. He also admitted filing false tax returns.
(SFC, 1/7/12, p.A5)
2012 Jan 6, Salesforce.com
signed an 18-year, 400,000-square-foot lease at 50 Fremont St. in
San Francisco for nearly $340 million. The software company was
founded by Marc Benioff in a Telegraph Hill apartment in 1999.
(SFC, 1/7/12, p.A1)
2012 Jan 6, US hotel chain Best
Western announced plans to build 66 new hotels in India, part of a
nearly $300 million investment in the country's hospitality
2012 Jan 6, In Afghanistan 6
children and a civilian were killed when a bomb planted in a garbage
bin exploded in Tirin Kot, Uruzgan province. 5 NATO soldiers were
killed in two roadside bomb blasts. A policeman turned his gun on
his colleagues in their headquarters of Shahrak district, central
Ghor province, killing two before being gunned down himself.
2012 Jan 6, In Bahrain Nabeel
Rajab, the president of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights, was
reported to have been beaten by members of the security forces
during a rally in Manama.
2012 Jan 6, In Brazil a group
associated with the Roman Catholic Church said a child from an
isolated indigenous community in northern Brazil was killed and the
body burned in a region where loggers operate.
2012 Jan 6, City of London
police said that Michael Brown, a fugitive multimillionaire
fraudster, has been detained in the Dominican Republic and that
British authorities would be seeking his return to the U.K. to serve
his sentence. Four former clients, including an ex-chairman of
Manchester United football club, had accused Brown of duping them
out of about 40 million pounds ($62 million). Brown was sentenced in
his absence to seven years in jail in 2008 after he was convicted of
fraud. On April 21 Brown was deported to Spain.
(AP, 1/6/12)(AFP, 4/22/12)
2012 Jan 6, In London Rebekah
Brooks (47), a long-serving personal assistant to the former Rupert
Murdoch, was arrested by police investigating phone hacking. She was
the 17th person to be arrested as part of Operation Weeting.
2012 Jan 6, Central African
Republic police arrested ex-rebel chief Jean-Jacques Demafouth for
an alleged bid to destabilize the country.
2012 Jan 6, China’s government
bowed to a vocal online campaign for a change in the way air quality
is measured in Beijing, one of the world's most polluted cities. The
Beijing Environmental Bureau said it would provide hourly updates of
PM2.5 measure ahead of the Lunar New Year, which starts on January
23, in response to the flood of public anger.
2012 Jan 6, In China a man was
fatally shot in the head shortly after withdrawing 200,000 yuan
($31,700) in cash from a bank in Nanjing. Zeng Kaigui, a one-time
policeman suspected in a series of slayings and robberies dating
back to 2004, was suspected in the fatal shooting.
2012 Jan 6, In southwest China
two Tibetan men set themselves on fire near the restive Kirti
monastery, the 13th and 14th to hit Tibetan areas in less than a
year. An 18-year-old died in a hotel room while another man, aged
22, was being treated in hospital.
(AFP, 1/6/12)(AFP, 1/8/12)
2012 Jan 6, The Czech Republic
granted asylum to Oleksandr Tymoshenko, the husband of jailed former
Ukrainian PM Yulia Tymoshenko. He requested asylum because a
criminal investigation has been launched against him in Ukraine in
an attempt to increase pressure on his jailed wife.
2012 Jan 6, Fiji's government
stepped back from a promise of a more open society, imposing new
controls on public order just a day before it was supposed to lift
more than two years of emergency rule.
2012 Jan 6, French President
Nicolas Sarkozy vowed to push ahead with a new tax on financial
transactions, also known as a Tobin tax, even without France's EU
partners, in the face of stiff British resistance. The EU's
executive European Commission adopted plans last September for a
financial transaction tax under which stock and bond trades would be
taxed at the rate of 0.1 percent, with derivatives taxed at 0.01
2012 Jan 6, Fitch Ratings
downgraded Hungary's credit grade to junk status, citing a standoff
between the country and the EU and the IMF over rescue loans.
2012 Jan 6, The Iraqi official
in charge of reconciling with the country's armed groups said an
Iranian-backed Shiite militia, Asaib Ahl al-Haq, that carried out
deadly attacks on US troops has agreed to lay down its arms and join
the political process. Roadside bombs killed two Shiite pilgrims.
2012 Jan 6, In Israel Christian
lawyer and accountant Gabriel Cadis was fatally stabbed by a man in
a Santa suit after a parade in Jaffa marking the day before the
Greek Orthodox Christmas. Six Israeli Arabs were arrested on
suspicion of involvement in the killing. On Jan 31 police announced
the arrest of three Arab Christians from Jaffa saying they had
confessed — one for ordering the hit and two for carrying it out.
(AFP, 1/7/12)(AP, 1/31/12)
2012 Jan 6, Kenyan police
seized landmines and homemade explosive devices in Dadaab, the
world's largest refugee camp and site of several attacks and blasts
in recent months.
2012 Jan 6, In New Zealand 7
long-finned pilot whales died after being beached. Rescuers the next
day were confident they had saved 18 others.
2012 Jan 6, In northern Nigeria
gunmen fired on Christian mourners, killing at least 20 people. The
attack occurred in Mubi in Adamawa state as Igbo traders held a
meeting before opening up their shops for business. Boko Haram
members attacked a beauty salon and fought government forces as part
of its continuing sectarian battle against Nigeria's weak central
government. At least eight worshippers died in an attack on the
Apostolic Church in Yola, Adamawa state. At a nearby beauty salon,
at least three others were killed in a similar attack. At least two
people were killed In the town of Potiskum, Yobe state, as gunmen
set two banks ablaze and started a gunfight with police.
(AFP, 1/6/12)(AP, 1/6/12)(AP, 1/7/12)
2012 Jan 6, In Peru Dutch
citizen Joran Van der Sloot said he would "sincerely confess" to
killing a Peruvian woman in 2010 in a plea strategy that aimed to
reduce his eventual prison sentence, prompting judges to suspend the
trial until Jan 11.
2012 Jan 6, In Russia a former
Cabinet member close to PM Vladimir Putin called for a rerun of the
country's fraud-tinged parliamentary elections, an apparent bid to
soothe public outrage as Putin seeks to reclaim the presidency.
2012 Jan 6, An alleged Saudi
hacker (19), oxOmar, posted thousands of Israeli credit card numbers
and other personal data online, his second politically motivated
attack this week.
2012 Jan 6, In Somalia at least
60 al-Shabab militants were killed in Kenyan airstrikes on
Garbaharey town, a base of the al-Qaida-linked group.
2012 Jan 6, South Africa’s
Media24 said its famous Boekehuis bookshop in Johannesburg will
close at the end of January, a victim of the country's poor reading
2012 Jan 6, In Syria an
explosion ripped through a busy intersection in Damascus, hitting a
bus carrying police and killing 26 people in what authorities said
was the second suicide attack in as many weeks. A smaller bomb
exploded in the Damascus suburb of Tal, killing a girl. Syrian
troops opened fire on demonstrators holding anti-Assad sit-ins in
two parts of the country, killing one and wounding at least 20. In
other shootings, security forces killed at least six more people.
State media SANA said terrorists blew up a pipeline that carries
diesel from the central province of Homs to nearby Hama.
(AP, 1/6/12)(AP, 1/7/12)
2012 Jan 6, A former Turkish
military chief, Gen. Ilker Basbug (68), suspected of leading an
Internet campaign to stir revolt, was jailed in a sweeping
investigation of alleged conspiracies to topple a civilian
government that has stripped the armed forces of political clout.
2012 Jan 6, Pope Benedict XVI
named 22 new cardinals, including prelates in such key posts as New
York and Hong Kong and a large number of Italians holding major
2013 Jan 6, The White House
said Pres. Obama has signed a $9.7 billion bill to pay flood
insurance claims from Superstorm Sandy.
(SFC, 1/7/13, p.A4)
2013 Jan 6, Huell Howser (67),
public TV figure, died. His “California Gold” TV series ran for 19
seasons and spawned 6 spin-off series.
(SFC, 1/8/13, p.C5)
2013 Jan 6, In Afghanistan 2
suicide bombers penetrated a government compound killing five people
in Spin Boldak, Kandahar province. In Helmand province a bomb
planted at a bus station killed one policeman and wounded another
2013 Jan 6, Libya's interim
president Mohammed al-Megarif survived an overnight assassination
attempt in an oasis city in the country's southern deserts.
2013 Jan 6, Pakistan and India
traded accusations of violating the cease-fire in the disputed
northern region of Kashmir, with Islamabad accusing Indian troops of
a cross-border raid that killed one of its soldiers and India
charging that Pakistani shelling destroyed a home on its side.
2013 Jan 6, In Pakistan
suspected American drones fired several missiles into three militant
hideouts in the South Waziristan tribal region, killing 9 Pakistani
2013 Jan 6, Palestinian Pres.
Mahmoud Abbas ordered his government to officially change the name
of the Palestinian Authority to "State of Palestine."
2013 Jan 6, In the Philippines
gunmen riding in three black SUVs opened fire on more than 50 army
and police troopers who flagged down the vehicles late today in the
coastal town of Atimonan in Quezon province. At least three police
personnel were among 13 suspected criminals who were gunned down in
the shootout on Luzon island.
2013 Jan 6, Somalia’s Universal
TV reported that armed men in police uniform had raped a young
woman. The same day Al Jazeera published an article describing rape
by security forces in camps for internally displaced people in
Mogadishu. Journalist Abdiaziz Abdinur Ibrahim then interviewed the
woman but never published a story. He was arrested for conducting
2013 Jan 6, The South African
presidency announced that is sending 400 army troops to Central
African Republic to help the country's army as it faces a threat
from a coalition of rebel groups. Neighboring countries Cameroon,
Gabon and Republic of Congo already have sent about 120 troops each
to help stabilize the country confronted by the rebellion.
2013 Jan 6, Spain’s “El Nino”
lottery showered €840 million ($1.1 billion) on top ticket holders
in five regions as the country endured a deep recession and high
2013 Jan 6, Syria’s Pres.
Bashar Assad offered a national reconciliation conference, elections
and a new constitution but demanded regional and Western countries
stop funding and arming rebels trying to overthrow him first.
Syria's opposition swiftly rejected the proposal. Fighting between
rebels and government forces raged across the country.
2013 Jan 6, Yemen's state
security court sentenced five alleged al-Qaida militants to up to 10
years in prison for carrying out attacks against security forces and
supporting the group logistically in the southern province of Abyan
in 2011. The court ordered the release of six others who had already
spent about 18 months in detention.
2014 Jan 6, The US Senate
confirmed Janet Yellen as the first woman to lead the Federal
(SFC, 1/7/14, p.A6)
2014 Jan 6, The US Supreme
Court blocked further same-sex marriages in Utah while state
officials appeal a decision allowing such unions.
(SFC, 1/7/14, p.A6)
2014 Jan 6, In Pennsylvania
Colleen LaRose (50), aka “Jihad Jane,” was sentenced to ten years in
prison for plotting to kill a Swedish artist. She had pleaded guilty
and helped in the indictment of two others.
(SFC, 1/7/14, p.A6)
2014 Jan 6, Airlines canceled
more than 4,400 flights as extreme cold in the US Midwest and
Northeast froze fuel lines to airplanes and posed exposure hazards
for employees working on the tarmac.
2014 Jan 6, Three Chicago-bound
trains came to a halt after running into impassable snow and ice.
More than 500 passengers spent the night on board Amtrak trains in
northwestern Illinois, stranded due to the harsh winter weather.
2014 Jan 6, Dennis Rodman and
former NBA players arrived in Pyongyang, North Korea. They planned a
"birthday present" game for leader Kim Jong Un.
2014 Jan 6, Bangladesh’s PM
Sheikh Hasina held to her stance that fresh polls could be called
only if her rivals halt violence. The opposition already called a
48-hour strike and 7 people were killed in clashes.
2014 Jan 6, Extreme cold in
Canada disrupted flights and school classes. Temperatures as low as
minus 50 degrees Celsius (-58 Fahrenheit) plunged the western
Prairies region into a deep freeze, heightening risks of frostbite
2014 Jan 6, China temporarily
lifted a 14-year-old ban on selling video game consoles, paving the
way for Sony Corp, Microsoft Corp and Nintendo Co Ltd to enter the
world's third largest video game market in terms of revenue.
2014 Jan 6, China destroyed
about 6 tons of illegal ivory from its stockpile in an unprecedented
move wildlife groups say shows growing concern about the black
market trade by authorities in the world's biggest market for
2014 Jan 6, China, the biggest
investor in South Sudan's oil industry, called for an immediate
ceasefire in the world's newest state as rebel and government
negotiators haggled over the scope of peace talks meant to end three
weeks of fighting.
2014 Jan 6, In the Czech
Republic the left-wing Social Democrats, the first-place party in
October's parliamentary election, signed a deal with two other
parties to form a new coalition government.
2014 Jan 6, France's interior
minister said that local officials have the right to ban shows on a
national tour of comic Dieudonne M'Bala M'Bala whose performances
are considered anti-Semitic.
2014 Jan 6, In France two
Goodyear managers were trapped in a conference room with angry
workers demanding more money in exchange for the inevitable loss of
their jobs in Amiens. The managers were released after police
intervened on Jan 7.
(AP, 1/6/14)(AP, 1/7/14)
2014 Jan 6, Iraq's PM Nouri
al-Maliki urged residents and tribes of Fallujah to "expel" al-Qaida
militants from the Sunni-dominated city to avoid an all-out battle.
An army officer and 4 soldiers were captured in Fallujah.
(AP, 1/6/14)(AP, 1/7/14)
2014 Jan 6, In Israel several
thousand African migrants protested outside Western embassies in Tel
Aviv, demanding freedom for compatriots jailed by Israel in a desert
facility under a new open-ended detention law.
2014 Jan 6, Israel gave final
approval for building 272 new apartments in two isolated West Bank
settlements as US Sec. of State John Kerry wrapped up his latest
mediating mission in the region.
(SFC, 1/7/14, p.A3)
2014 Jan 6, Latvia Pres. Andris
Berzins nominated laimdota Straujuma as the next prime minister.
(Econ, 1/11/14, p.45)
2014 Jan 6, In Libya an
explosion at a guard post outside a courthouse in Benghazi killed
one judiciary policeman and seriously wounded another.
2014 Jan 6, In Nigeria gunmen
shot and killed at least 30 people, burned down 40 homes and made
off with scores of cattle from a mainly Christian village in Plateau
state. Muslim Fulani herdsmen were blamed.
2014 Jan 6, In Nigeria a dozen
men were formally charged by the Bauchi State Sharia Commission with
belonging to a gay club and having received funding from the United
States for an apparent membership drive. Four were convicted on
March 6. Seven were granted bail on March 11. A Christian suspect
awaited his case heard before a secular court.
2014 Jan 6, In Pakistan an
explosion from a suspected artillery shell stored in a house killed
10 members of a family in the Tirah Valley village of Dars in
the Khyber tribal region.
2014 Jan 6, In Pakistan Aitzaz
Hasan (17) was running late for school when he and friends were
interrupted by a stranger in school uniform who was asking for
directions. Suspicious of the query, Aitzaz tackled the man as he
walked away in Hangu, a district in northwest Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
province. The man then blew himself up, taking both lives. On Jan 10
PM Nawaz Sharif said Hasan should be honored with the nation's
highest civil award of bravery.
2014 Jan 6, Hamas PM Ismail
Haniya reached out to West Bank rivals Fatah saying its members
would be allowed back into Gaza, in efforts to promote Palestinian
2014 Jan 6, Former Romanian
prime minister Adrian Nastase was sentenced to four years in jail
for taking hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes to appoint a
businesswoman to a senior government post. He was released from
prison in 2013 after serving a third of a previous corruption
(AFP, 1/6/14)(SFC, 1/7/14, p.A2)
2014 Jan 6, Sudan's President
Omar al-Bashir arrived in Juba calling for an end to three weeks of
fighting in South Sudan as mediators struggled to get peace
negotiations under way in neighboring Ethiopia.
2014 Jan 6, In Syria rival
Islamist rebel groups fought in Raqqa, as local fighters tried to
drive out a foreign-led al Qaeda affiliate which has also seized
towns across the border in Iraq. The al-Qaida-linked ISIL (aka ISIS)
group killed 50 people before surrendering its Aleppo base.
(Reuters, 1/6/14)(AP, 1/7/14)(Econ, 1/11/14,
2014 Jan 6, Tunisia's national
assembly voted to enshrine gender equality "without discrimination"
in its draft constitution, a key step towards safeguarding the most
liberal laws in the Arab world on women's rights. Unemployed
Tunisian youths ransacked an empty police post in the impoverished
central region of Gafsa overnight and torched its contents.
2014 Jan 6, In Venezuela Monica
Spear (29), a popular soap-opera actress and former Miss Venezuela
(2004), was shot and killed along with her ex-husband Thomas Henry
Berry, a 39-year-old British citizen, during a highway robbery
between Puerto Cabello and the provincial capital of Valencia. Their
daughter (5) was wounded. Police in Puerto Cabello soon arrested
five suspects, some under the age of 18.
2014 Jan 6, In Yemen tribesmen
in Hadramawt province blew up a major oil pipeline in retaliation
for the killing by the army of one of their men.
2014 Jan 6, Zambian police
arrested and charged opposition leader Frank Bwalya with defamation,
after he referred to Pres. Michael Sata as a "Chumbu
Mushololwa.” The Bemba term literally refers to a sweet potato that
breaks when it is bent and is used to describe someone who does not
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