Return to home871 Jan 8,
Ethelred of Wessex defeated the Danish forces at Ashdown.
(PCh, 1992, p.72)(MC, 1/8/02)
1081 Jan 8, Henry V, Roman
German king, emperor (1098/1111-25), was born.
1198 Jan 8, Lotario de Conti di
Sengi became Pope Innocent III (d.1216). He raised the papacy to an
acme of papal prestige and power, and Christian Europe came close to
being a unified theocracy with no internal contradictions. He
oversaw 2 crusades and established fees for indulgences to fatten
the Church's treasury. He hired Italian merchant bankers to manage
papal funds and sanctioned the new Franciscan and Dominican orders.
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pope_Innocent_III)(WSJ, 1/11/99, p.R6)
1324 Jan 8, Marco Polo,
Venetian explorer, governor of Nanking, died.
1455 Jan 8, The Romanus
Pontifex, a papal bull, was written by Pope Nicholas V to King
Afonso V of Portugal. As a follow-up to the Dum Diversas, it
confirmed to the Crown of Portugal dominion over all lands
discovered or conquered during the Age of Discovery.
1547 Jan 8, The first
Lithuanian book was printed in Konigsburg (Karaliauciuje) at the
printing shop of H. Weinreich. It was a catechism titled:
"Katekizmusa prasti Zadei, makslas skaitima raschta yr giesmes" by
the Lithuanian student Martynas Mazvydas (200-300 copies). He had
been specifically invited by Albrecht von Brandenberg to prepare a
book in Lithuanian that would assist the priests in teaching the
native language and help spread the ideas of the Reformation, i.e.
Lutheranism. It was a small format book of 79 pages part of which
was taken up by 11 hymns presented with music. The text was a
faithful translation of J. Seklucian’s (1545) and J. Malecki’s
(1546) Polish catechisms.
(Voruta #27-28, 7/1996, p.10)(DrEE,
9/14/96, p.4)(LHC, 1/7/03)
1587 Jan 8, Johannes Fabricius,
astronomer who discovered sunspots, was born in Denmark.
(HN, 1/8/99)(MC, 1/8/02)
1642 Jan 8, Astronomer Galileo
Galilei (77) died in Arcetri, Italy. Galileo had 2 daughters
consigned to a nunnery and one son, whom he got married into a rich
Florentine family. In 1614, Father Tommaso Caccini denounced the
opinions of Galileo on the motion of the Earth from the pulpit of
Santa Maria Novella, judging them to be erroneous. Galileo went to
Rome and defended himself against charges that had been made against
him. In 1616, he was admonished by Cardinal Bellarmino and told that
he could not defend Copernican astronomy because it went against the
doctrine of the Church. Later, in 1632 he was summoned by the Holy
Office to Rome. The tribunal passed a sentence condemning him and
compelled Galileo to solemnly abjure his theory. He was sent to
exile in Siena. Galileo spent his last years almost totally
blind and poor. In 1999 Dava Sobel published "Galileo's Daughter."
(BHT, Hawking, p.180)(AP, 1/8/98)(WSJ, 10/19/99,
1598 Jan 8, Genoa, Italy,
expelled its Jews.
1656 Jan 8, Oldest surviving
commercial newspaper began in Haarlem, Netherlands.
1681 Jan 8, The treaty of
Radzin ended a five year war between the Turks and the allied
countries of Russia and Poland.
1705 Jan 8, Georg F. Handel's
1st opera "Almira," premiered in Hamburg.
1745 Jan 8, England, Austria,
Saxony and the Netherlands formed an alliance against Russia.
1746 Jan 8, Bonnie Prince
Charlie's troops occupied Stirling.
1775 Jan 8, John Baskerville
(68), English printer, type designer, died.
1786 Jan 8, Nicholas Biddle,
head of the first United States bank, was born.
1790 Jan 8, President
Washington delivered the 1st "State of the Union" address in NYC.
1796 Jan 8, Jean-Marie Collot
d'Herbois (46), French Revolution leader, died in exile. He was a
member of the Committee of Public Safety that ruled during The
1798 Jan 8, The 11th Amendment
to the U.S. Constitution was declared in effect by President John
Adams nearly three years after its ratification by the states; it
prohibited a citizen of one state from suing another state in
1800 Jan 8, Victor of Aveyron
(~1785-1828), a feral child, emerged from French forests on his own.
In 1797 he had been found wandering the woods near
Saint-Sernin-sur-Rance, France, and was captured, but soon escaped.
He was later portrayed in the 1969 movie, The Wild Child
(L'Enfant sauvage), by François Truffaut.
1806 Jan 8, Lewis & Clark
found the skeleton of 105' blue whale in Oregon.
1809 Oct 8, Hapsburg Emp.
Francis I appointed Count Clemens von Metternich (36) foreign
minister of Austria.
(PC, 1992 ed, p.371)(ON, 5/04, p.1)
1811 Jan 8, Charles Deslondes
led several hundred poorly armed slaves towards New Orleans in the
largest slave rebellion in US history.
(AH, 2/06, p.14)
1815 Jan 8, US forces led by
Gen. Andrew Jackson and French pirate Jean Lafitte led some 3,100
backwoodsmen to victory against 7,500 British veterans at Chalmette
in the Battle of New Orleans in the closing engagement of the War of
1812. A British army marched on New Orleans without knowing that the
War of 1812 had ended on Christmas Eve of 1814. A massacre ensued,
as 2,044 British troops, including three generals, fell dead,
wounded or missing before General Andrew Jackson's well-prepared
earthworks, compared with only 71 American casualties. Among the
British victims were Gen. Sir Edward Pakenham and the Highlanders of
the 93rd Regiment of Foot. In 2000 Robert V. Remini published "The
Battle of New Orleans."
(AP, 1/8/98)(HN, 1/8/99)(WSJ, 1/26/00, p.A20)(AH,
1824 Jan 8, William Wilkie
Collins, English novelist (Woman in White), was born.
1824 Jan 8, Tom Spring defeated
Jack Langan in a British championship boxing match that lasted 2½
1830 Jan 8, Gouverneur Kemble
Warren (d.1882), Major Gen (Union volunteers), was born.
1830 Jan 8, Hans von Bulow,
pianist, virtuoso conductor, was born in Dresden.
1833 Jan 8, Boston Academy of
Music, 1st US music school, was established.
1853 Jan 8, 1st US bronze
equestrian statue of Andrew Jackson was unveiled in Wash. DC. [see
1856 Jan 8, Dr. John A. Veatch
discovered borax in Tuscan Springs, Calif.
1862 Jan 8, Frank Nelson
Doubleday, founder of Doubleday publishing house, was born.
1864 Jan 8, David O. Dodd (17),
an Arkansas teenage spy, was hanged by Union forces the grounds of
his former school. He reportedly chose to hang rather than betray
the Confederate cause.
1867 Jan 8, Legislation gave
suffrage to DC blacks, despite Pres. Johnson's veto.
1867 Jan 8, Japan’s Emperor
Osahito died. The Tokugawa Shogunate gave up power as a
revolutionary movement overthrew Shogun Iyesada. Rebels introduced a
representative government under the name of Emperor Maiji
(1852-1912). Ryoma Sakamoto, a samurai, helped topple the feudal
government system. Ryoma means Dragon Horse.
p.12)(WSJ, 6/14/00, p.A1)
1868 Jan 8, Frank Dyson was
born. He proved Einstein right that light is bent by gravity.
1871 Jan 8, Prussian troops
began to bombard Paris during the Franco-Prussian War.
1878 Jan 8, [NS date] Russian
poet Esenin died. He is credited with introducing into Russian
poetry ternary meters and the technique of dramatic monologue.
1880 cJan 8, Emperor Norton
died in San Francisco and had an elaborate funeral sponsored by the
Pacific Union Club at a cost of $10,000. His remains were later
moved from the Masonic Cemetery to Woodlawn Cemetery with a marble
tombstone inscribed: Norton I...Emperor of the United States and
Protector of Mexico. Joshua A. Norton 1815-1880. Dr. Robert Burns
Aird (d.2000) later composed a musical based on Norton's life. The
organization E Clampus Vitius later proceeded to hold an annual
memorial services at his Colma grave site.
(HFA, '96, p.65)(G&M, 7/30/97, p.A24)(SFC,
2/22/00, p.A20)(CHA, 1/2001)
1889 Jan 8, Dr. Herman
Hollerith (1860-1929), statistician for the US Census Bureau,
received the 1st US patent for a tabulating machine. It resembled
Charles Babagge’s Analytical Engine, but used electromagnetic relays
instead of metal gears.
1891 Jan 8, Walter Bothe,
subatomic particle physicist (Nobel 1954), was born in Germany.
1892 Jan 8, Coal mine explosion
killed 100 in McAlister, Okla.
1894 Jan 8, Fire caused serious
damage at the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago.
1896 Jan 8, Jaromir Weinberger,
composer (Bird's Opera, Schwanda der Duddelsacpfeifer), was born in
1896 Jan 8, Steponas Darius
(d.1933), transatlantic pilot, was born in Rubiskis, Lithuania.
1900 Jan 8, The Boers attacked
Ladysmith, but are turned back by General White in South Africa.
1902 Jan 8, Georgy M. Malenkov,
Stalin's successor as head of CPSU, PM (1953-55), was born.
1904 Jan 8, Pope Pius X banned
low cut dresses in the presence of churchmen.
1906 Jan 8, Upton Sinclair
signed a contract with Doubleday Page, which published "The Jungle."
The hero was a newlywed Lithuanian immigrant who found work in a
Chicago meatpacking plant. The novel that exposed the intolerable
working conditions in the Chicago slaughterhouses. Early chapters
were published serially in Appeal to Reason, a Midwestern socialist
(WSJ, 1/11/99, p.R25)(ON, 10/20/11, p.6)
1908 Jan 8, A subway linking
New York’s Brooklyn and Manhattan opened.
1912 Jan 8, The South African
Native National Congress was founded. It was renamed the African
National Congress (ANC) in 1923.
(SFC, 5/7/03, p.A20)(AFP, 1/1/12)
1918 Jan 8, President Woodrow
Wilson addressed a hastily convened joint session of Congress,
publicly stating the Fourteen Points--his idealistic plan for a
world forever free from conflict. Most of Wilson's Fourteen Points
addressed specific European territorial concerns, but he also called
for fair and generous treatment of Germany, absolute freedom of the
seas, national boundaries determined on the basis of language, and
the establishment of a general assembly of nations. When World War I
ended in November 1918, Wilson personally attended the peace
negotiations, believing that with his guidance, "peace without
victory" was possible and a new world order was at hand. What he had
not counted on was the bitterness and cynicism of his allies, who
had lost much. As the negotiations progressed, more and more of the
Fourteen Points were sacrificed to vengeance and a grab for land.
The German magazine Simplicissimus remarked on Wilson's betrayal of
his principles in June 1919 with God asking, "Woodrow Wilson, where
are your 14 Points?" and Wilson responding, "Don't get excited,
Lord, we didn't keep your Ten Commandments either!"
(AP, 1/8/98)(HNPD, 1/7/99)
1918 Jan 8,
Mississippi became the first state to ratify the proposed 18th
amendment to the US Constitution, which established Prohibition.
1920 Jan 8, Massachusetts’ Gov.
Calvin Coolidge stated: "There is a limit to the taxing power of the
state beyond which increased rates produce decreased revenues."
1923 Jan 8, Joseph Wiezenbaum,
artificial intelligence pioneer, was born.
1923 Jan 8, Giorgio Tozzi,
basso (Met Opera, Boris, Don Giovanni), was born in Chicago,
1926 Jan 8, Soupy Sales
(d.2009), comedian (Soupy Sales Show), was born in Franklinton,
North Carolina, as Milton Supman.
1926 Jan 8, Bao Dai (1913-1997)
began serving as king of Annam under French ‘protection’. During
this period, Annam was a protectorate within French Indochina,
covering the central two-thirds of the present-day Vietnam. His rule
ended on Aug 25, 1945.
1929 Jan 8, The Dow Jones
Industrials added National Cash Register as a replacement for Victor
(WSJ, 4/8/04, p.C4)
1932 Jan 8, Joseph Kahahawai
(21) was kidnapped and killed by a vigilante group following an
alleged gang rape. Thalia Massie, her husband, mother, and 2 other
suspects were convicted of manslaughter in the Kahahawai murder, but
their sentences were commuted to one hour in the custody of
Territorial Gov. Lawrence Judd. They then sailed to SF to avoid a
new trial. In 2005 David E. Stannard authored “Honor Killing: How
the Famous Masie Affair Transformed Hawaii."
(SFC, 5/28/05, p.E1)
1933 Jan 8, Charles Osgood,
news anchor (CBS Weekend News), was born in NYC.
1935 Jan 8, Rock 'n' roll
legend Elvis Presley, "The King," was born in Tupelo, Miss. The most
popular singer of the 1950s and 60s. Best known for "Hound Dog,"
"Jailhouse Rock" and "Love Me tender." He also starred in over
(SFC, 8/11/97, p.A1)(AP, 1/8/98)(HN, 1/8/99)
1935 Jan 8, AC Hardy patented
1937 Jan 8, In San Francisco
demonstrations took place in front of the German Consulate at 201
Sansome Street protesting the bombing of Madrid.
(SSFC, 1/8/12, p.42)
1937 Jan 8, Nash Motors, a
component of the Dow Jones, changed its name to Nash Kelvinator.
(WSJ, 4/8/04, p.C4)
1940 Jan 8, Britain began
rationing sugar, meat and butter.
1941 Jan 8, Robert Baden-Powell
(83), founder of the Boy Scout movement, died.
1943 Jan 8, The British handed
Madagascar over to the Free French.
1944 Jan 8, Sir Edmund
Backhouse (b.1873), English Sinologist, died in Beijing. In 1977
Hugh Trevor-Roper authored “Hermit of Peking" an investigation into
the life of Backhouse.
(WSJ, 8/18/07, p.P9)
1945 Jan 8, US Tech. Sgt.
Russell Dunham (1920-2009) assaulted 3 German machine gun
placements, killed 9 German soldiers and took 2 as prisoners near
Kaysersberg, France. His bravery earned him the US Medal of Honor.
(SFC, 4/10/09, p.B5)
1946 Jan 8, President Truman
vowed to stand by the Yalta accord on self-determination for the
1946 Jan 8-9, The Baltic Camp
University was founded in Germany by 40 Estonian, Latvian and
Lithuanian scientists in Hamburg and Pinneberg. It operated for 3 ½
years, with classes over 9 semesters.
(DrEE, 9/21/96, p.3)
1947 Jan 8, Gen. George
Marshall became US Sec. of State.
1948 Jan 8, Richard Tauber
(55), Austria-British tenor, composer (Lehar), died.
1950 Jan 8, Joseph A.
Schumpeter (b.1883), Austrian-German-American economist, died in
Connecticut. In 1911 while teaching at Czernowitz (now in the
Ukraine), he wrote his “Theory of Economic Development," where he
first outlined his famous theory of entrepreneurship. In 1942 he
published his fifth book "Capitalism, Socialism and Democracy." In
2007 Thomas K. McCraw authored “Prophet of Innovation: Joseph
Schumpeter and Creative Destruction."
(WSJ, 4/5/07, p.D7)(Econ, 4/28/07, p.94)
1951 Jan 8, A cahow, thought
extinct since 1615, was rediscovered in Bermuda. David Wingate (15)
helped 2 scientists discover the cahow, aka Bermuda petrel, a
nocturnal seabird thought to have been extinct since the 17th
century. Wingate proceeded to make a life time goal of saving the
bird from extinction.
(WSJ, 12/19/00, p.A1)(MC, 1/8/02)
1952 Jan 8, Antonia Maury,
discoverer of supergiant, giant & dwarf stars, died.
1954 Jan 8, President Dwight
Eisenhower proposed stripping convicted Communists of their U.S.
1958 Jan 8, Bobby Fisher won
the United States Chess Championship for the first time at 14 years
1959 Jan 8, Fidel Castro rolled
into Havana a week after Batista fled. In 2002 Julia E. Sweig
authored "Inside the Cuban Revolution."
(SSFC, 6/9/02, p.F3)(WSJ, 7/10/02, p.D8)
1959 Jan 8, Charles de Gaulle
was inaugurated as president of France's Fifth Republic.
1963 Jan 8, President John F.
Kennedy attended the unveiling of the Mona Lisa on loan at America's
National Gallery of Art.
(HN, 1/8/99)(MC, 1/8/02)
1964 Jan 8, President Johnson
declared a "War on Poverty" in his State of the Union address.
1965 Jan 8, the Star of India
and other stolen gems were returned to the American Museum of
Natural History in New York.
1968 Jan 8, Jacques Cousteau's
1st undersea special aired on US network TV.
1971 Jan 8, 29 pilot whales
beached themselves and died at San Clemente Island, off Calif.
1972 Jan 8, Kenneth Patchen
(b.1911), American poet, died in Palo Alto, Ca. He was bed-ridden in
his later years from a debilitating spinal injury. His works
included "Before the Brave" and "Hurrah for Anything."
(HN, 12/13/99)(SFC, 3/24/00,
1973 Jan 8, The trial of
Watergate burglars began in Washington, DC. In 2006 Andreas Killen
authored “1973 Nervous Breakdown: Watergate, Warhol and the Birth of
1973 Jan 8, Secret peace talks
between the US and North Vietnam resumed near Paris.
1975 Jan 8, Judge John J.
Sirica ordered the release of Watergate figures John W. Dean III,
Herbert W. Kalmbach and Jeb Stuart Magruder from prison.
1975 Jan 8, Richard Tucker
(b.1913), [Reuben Ticker], US tenor, cantor (La Gioconda), died.
1976 Jan 8, In Pacifica, Ca.,
the body of Ronnie Cascio (18) was discovered at the Sharp Park Golf
Course. She had been sexually assaulted and stabbed 30 times. Over
the next few months four more young women were found murdered, Tanya
Blackwell (14) of Pacifica; Paula Baxter (17) of Millbrae; Denise
Lampe (19) of Broadmoor; and Carol Lee Booth (26) of South San
Francisco. In 2014 police linked the Feb 24, 1976, murder of Reno
resident Michelle Mitchell (19) to the Bay Area murders. In 1979
Cathy Woods, a psychiatric patient at the Louisiana State Univ.
Medical Center, told staff that she had killed a girl named Michelle
in Reno. Woods was ultimately convicted of murder. In 2014 DNA
evidence linked Rodney Halbower (66), an inmate at the Oregon State
Penitentiary, to the murder of Mitchell and 5 women in the SF Bay
(SFC, 3/7/14, p.D8)(SFC, 9/9/14, p.C1)
1976 Jan 8, Chou En-lai (78),
Chinese premier (1949-1976), died in Beijing.
1978 Jan 8, The Israeli
government voted to "strengthen" settlements in occupied Sinai.
1979 Jan 8, The US advised the
Shah to get out of Iran.
Jan 8, The "Pirates of Penzance" opened at the Uris Theater, NYC,
for 772 performances. Linda Ronstadt (b.1946) debuted Mabel.
1981 Jan 8, Terri Winchell (17)
was beaten, raped and stabbed to death in San Joaquin County, Ca.
Michael Morales (31) was convicted in the murder and was slated for
execution in 2006. Morales said he was enlisted by his cousin, Ricky
Ortega, who had learned that Winchell was having an affair with
Ortega’s male lover. Morales' original execution date of February
21, 2006, was postponed as a result of two court-appointed
anesthesiologists withdrawing from the procedure.
(SFC, 1/28/06, p.B2)(SFC, 2/7/06,
1981 Jan 8, Resorts around Lake
Tahoe offered limited skiing and businesses suffered from a late
start in the skiing season. It was the latest start since the
(SFC, 1/6/06, p.F2)
1982 Jan 8, American Telephone
and Telegraph settled the Justice Department's antitrust lawsuit
against it by agreeing to divest itself of the 22 Bell System
companies. The ATT Bell System was ordered to be subdivided into 7
Baby Bells by the US government.
(I&I, Penzias, p.190) (HFA, '96, p.22)(AP,
1982 Jan 8, The US Justice Dept
withdrew an antitrust suit against IBM.
1983 Jan 8, In North Korea Kim
Jong Il's third and youngest son Jong Un is believed to have been
1985 Jan 8, The Rev. Lawrence
Martin Jenco was kidnapped in Lebanon. He was released 19 months
1987 Jan 8, For the first time,
the Dow Jones industrial average closed above 2,000, ending the day
1988 Jan 8, An Arizona state
grand jury indicted Gov. Evan Mecham (1924-2008) and his brother,
Willard, on charges of concealing a campaign loan. Both were later
acquitted on these charges.
1988 Jan 8, In San Francisco
Art Agnos was inaugurated as the city’s 39th mayor. He promised not
to rest as long as a single homeless person has to make a bed on the
streets of the city.
(SSFC, 1/6/13, DB p.42)
1989 Jan 8, "42nd Street"
closed at Winter Garden Theater, NYC, after 3,486 performances.
1989 Jan 8, Forty-seven people
were killed when a British Midland Boeing 737-400 carrying 126
passengers crashed in central England. The pilots shut down the good
engine and tried to land with a bad one.
(AP, 1/8/99)(WSJ, 10/3/01, p.A20)
1989 Jan 8, Soviet Union
promised to eliminate stockpiles of chemical weapons.
1990 Jan 8, Terry Thomas (78),
English comic (Heroes), died of Parkinson's disease.
1990 Jan 8, Military tribunals
in Romania began trials of the country's dreaded security forces who
stood accused of resisting the revolution that toppled Nicolae
1991 Jan 8, Secretary of State
James A. Baker the Third and Iraqi Foreign Minister Tariq Aziz
arrived in Geneva for the first high-level talks between their
countries since the Persian Gulf crisis began.
1991 Jan 8, Pro Soviet
demonstrators protested price rises and surrounded the parliament in
Vilnius. Fresh Soviet troops began rolling across Baltic borders
from Pskov, Russia, allegedly to deal with Baltic youth who have
been evading the Soviet draft.
1992 Jan 8, President Bush
collapsed during a state dinner in Tokyo; White House officials said
Bush was suffering from stomach flu.
1993 Jan 8, At post offices
across America, commemorative Elvis Presley stamps went on sale on
what would have been "the King's" 58th birthday.
1993 Jan 8, In Palatine, a
suburb of Chicago, 7 people were shot to death at a fried chicken
restaurant. The victims were forced into two walk-in coolers and
shot a total of 24 times with a .38. Some were also stabbed and one
had their throat slit. Their bodies were found the next day. On May
16, 2002, Juan Luna (28) and James Degorski (29) were arrested and
confessed to the killings. "They just did it to do something big."
In 2009 Degorski was convicted in the slayings of 7 people.
1993 Jan 8, Bosnian Prime
Minister Hakija Turajlic was shot 7 times and killed by Serb gunmen
in the presence of French peacekeepers while riding in a UN
personnel carrier at a Serb checkpoint near the Serajevo airport.
(WSJ, 6/11/96, p.A14)(AP, 1/8/98)
1993 Jan 8, Asif Nawaz Khan
Janjua (56), Pakistan’s 10th Chief of Army, died under mysterious
circumstances while jogging near his home in Rawalpindi. His widow
later accused the government of poisoning her husband.
1993 Jan 8, Sicilian journalist
Beppe Alfano (b.1945) was killed by the Mafia.
1994 Jan 8, Tonya Harding won
the ladies' U.S. Figure Skating Championship in Detroit, a day after
Nancy Kerrigan dropped out because of a clubbing attack that injured
her right knee. The U.S. Figure Skating Assn. later stripped Harding
of the title because of her involvement in the attack.
1995 Jan 8, "Guys & Dolls"
closed at Martin Beck Theater, NYC, after 1143 performances.
1995 Jan 8, The Inner City
Church in Knoxville, Tenn., burned down. Arson was suspected and
investigations by the FBI and ATF were later begun.
(SFC, 6/11/96, p.A16)
1995 Jan 8, Russian forces in
Chechnya pounded the capital of Grozny with rocket and mortar fire
in an attempt to scatter Chechen fighters defending the presidential
1995 Jan 8, In Sri Lanka the
Tigers and government agreed to a truce.
(SFC, 7/24/96, p.A9)
1996 Jan 8, Federal employees
who had been out of work for weeks while the government was shut
down began returning to their jobs; however, along the East Coast,
many government workers were idled by a huge blizzard that had
paralyzed the nation’s capital and caused at least 50 deaths.
(AP, 1/8/01)(MC, 1/8/02)
1996 Jan 8, In a low turnout
for presidential elections in Guatemala, Alvaro Arzu, a conservative
former foreign minister, beat Alfonso Portillo, backed by
ex-dictator, Efrain Rios Montt, by less than 3 %.
(WSJ, 1/8/96, p.A-1)
1996 Jan 8, Francois
Mitterrand (79), former Socialist president of France (1981-1995),
died of prostate cancer. He had been in office for 14 years and
helped to make France an engine of European unity and changed the
face of Paris with his grand projects. In 2013 Philip Short authored
“Mitterrand: A Study in Ambiguity."
(WSJ, 1/9/96, p.A-1)(SFC, 10/24/96, p.C3)(Econ,
1996 Jan 8, Japan's Trade
Minister Hashimoto was endorsed by the ruling coalition to become
(WSJ, 1/9/96, p.A-1)
1996 Jan 8, A Russian-made
Antonov-32 skidded into a crowded marketplace shortly after take-off
in Kinshasa in Zaire (Congo) and killed at least 350 people. The
twin-turboprop was owned by African Air and was overweight when it
took off. At least 470 people were injured.
(WSJ, 1/9/96, p.A-1) (SFC, 5/12/96, p.A-14)(WSJ,
1997 Jan 8, Anne Galjour, San
Francisco writer and performer, received the 13th annual Will
Glickman Playwright Award for the best new play, "Mauvais Temps,"
produced in the Bay Area in 1996.
(SFC, 1/9/97, p.E2)
1997 Jan 8, The Supreme Court
heard arguments on whether to allow physician-assisted suicide.
1997 Jan 8, The state of
Arkansas put three men to death in the second triple execution since
capital punishment was reinstated in 1976.
1997 Jan 8, Russian President
Boris Yeltsin was hospitalized with early signs of pneumonia.
1997 Jan 8, In Bulgaria the
ruling party backed Nikolai Dobrev for premier.
(WSJ, 1/9/97, p.A1)
1997 Jan 8, From Israel
warplanes were sent on 2 raids to Lebanon after a Katyusha rocket
hit northern Israel.
(WSJ, 1/9/97, p.A1)
1997 Jan 8, In Pakistan gas
cylinders aboard a truck leaked in Lahore and killed at least 30
people with 900 taken to hospitals. The gas was identified as either
ammonia or chlorine.
(WSJ, 1/10/97, p.A1)
1998 Jan 8, At the U.S. Figure
Skating Championships in Philadelphia, Michelle Kwan received seven
perfect presentation marks out of nine for her short program.
1998 Jan 8, Ramzi Yousef was
sentenced in New York to life in prison for the 1994 bombing of a
Philippines airliner and 240 years for masterminding the 1993
bombing of the World Trade Center.
1998 Jan 8, Air traffic control
over the Pacific broke down for 16 hours; officials said the outage
posed no real danger.
1998 Jan 8, Walter Diemer (93),
inventor (bubble gum 1928), died of heart failure.
1998 Jan 8, Sir Michael
Tippett, British composer, died at age 93.
(SFC, 1/10/98, p.A19)
1998 Jan 8, The EU decided to
send a fact-finding mission to Algeria. New reports said 30 more
people were killed in the region of Relizane.
(SFC, 1/9/98, p.A8)
1998 Jan 8, French Prime
Minister Lionel Jospin was forced to meet with protestors angry over
the nation’s 12.4% unemployment.
(SFC, 1/9/98, p.A11)
1998 Jan 8, In Indonesia the
currency and stock market dropped and panic buying hit retailers
after the budget failed to address the nation’s urgent needs. The
rupiah fell at one point to 10,550 to the dollar and the market
(SFC, 1/9/98, p.A8)
1998 Jan 8-9, The US Northeast
and Canada were hit with a severe ice storm and at least 16 people
were reported killed. Millions of people were left without power in
upper New York, Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire.
(SFC, 1/9/98, p.A3)(SFC, 1/10/98, p.A8)
1999 Jan 8, By a unanimous
vote, the U.S. Senate formally ratified the rules for President
Clinton's impeachment trial.
1999 Jan 8, Two top organizers
of the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt lake City resigned in a
mushrooming bribery scandal amid disclosures that civic boosters had
given cash to members of the International Olympic Committee.
(SFC, 1/9/99, p.A1)(AP, 1/8/00)
1999 Jan 8, In Bridgeport,
Conn., Leroy Brown Jr. (8) and his mother Karen Clarke (30) were
found murdered. The boy had witnessed a drive-by shooting and
identified Russell Peeler as the gunman. Adrian Peeler (22) was
arrested in North Carolina on Jan 21. He had escaped from a halfway
house in April and was sought for questioning.
(SFC, 1/12/99, p.A2)(SFC, 1/22/99, p.A3)
1999 Jan 8, In Azerbaijan the
first part of an oil pipeline across Georgia to the Black Sea was
(SFC, 1/9/99, p.A14)
1999 Jan 8, George Skiadopoulos
(25), a Greek seaman, murdered and mutilated his American
girlfriend, former model Julie Scully (31) of Mansfield, N.J.
Scully's body was found burned and beheaded. A Greek appeals court
in 2002 reduced his life sentence to 23 years in prison.
1999 Jan 8, In Indonesia some
2,000 people rampaged in Karawang and 2 people were shot dead by
(SFC, 1/9/99, p.A9)
1999 Jan 8, In Kosovo ethnic
Albanians killed 3 Serbian police officers in separate ambushes.
Ethnic Albanians also seized 8 Yugoslav soldiers (Serbian
(SFC, 1/9/99, p.A9)(SFC, 1/12/99, p.A8)(WSJ,
1999 Jan 8, In Malaysia Prime
Minister Mahathir named Abdullah Ahmad Badawi (59) as his heir
(SFC, 1/9/99, p.A14)
1999 Jan 8, In Mexico 5
dissident army officers of the Patriotic Command to Raise the
People's Consciousness were arrested. They had tried to present
Pres. Zedillo with a letter complaining of abuses of soldiers by
(SFC, 1/9/99, p.A14)
1999 Jan 8, In Pakistan it was
reported that some 50,000 Pakistanis were being kept as slaves by
powerful landlords in the Sindh province. Gov. Moinuddin Haider
acknowledged the problem and promised to investigate.
(SFC, 1/9/99, p.A14)
1999 Jan 8, In Sierra Leone Sam
Bockarie of the rebel army rejected a cease-fire and pushed to the
western parts of Freetown.
(SFC, 1/9/99, p.A9)
2000 Jan 8, During a debate in
Johnston, Iowa, Democratic presidential candidate Bill Bradley
accused Al Gore of trying to scare voters by misrepresenting his
health care proposal; for his part, the vice president said he had
not been hiding in a Washington bunker but campaigning on "the front
lines in the fight for our future."
2000 Jan 8, The US Dept. of
Transportation cited safety standards and decided not to remove
restrictions on Mexican trucks crossing the border despite
unrestricted access granted in 1995 as part of NAFTA.
(SFEC, 1/9/00, p.A4)
2000 Jan 8, Uzbek Pres. Karimov
was re-elected to a five-year term with more than 90 percent of the
2001 Jan 8, Mike Dombeck, US
Forest Service chief, outlined a policy to end the cutting of all
old-growth trees in national forests.
(SFC, 1/9/01, p.A3)
2001 Jan 8, Pope John Paul II
was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal.
2001 Jan 8, Former Louisiana
Gov. Edwin Edwards was sentenced to 10 years in prison and fined a
quarter of a million dollars for extorting payoffs from businessmen
applying for riverboat casino licenses.
2001 Jan 8, Donna Bailey (43),
paralyzed from a Ford Explorer rollover crash, settled her suit with
Ford and Firestone for a total in the range of $20-35 million along
with the disclosure of internal memos and reports on tire safety and
(SFC, 1/9/01, p.A3)
2001 Jan 8, Advanced Micro
Devices announced its new 850 MHz Duron chip.
(WSJ, 1/09/01, p.B7)
2001 Jan 8, In Afghanistan the
Taliban ordered the death penalty for anyone who converts from Islam
to a different religion.
(WSJ, 1/09/01, p.A1)
2001 Jan 8, The Taliban
massacred some 150-300 unarmed Hazaras, a Shiite Muslim minority
group, in Yakalang.
(SFC, 2/19/01, p.A9)(SFC, 11/10/01, p.A4)
2001 Jan 8, It was reported
that Britain was culling 20-30 thousand older cows per week in the
mad cow crises and that it would take 3 years to catch up with the
backlog for rendering their remains to powder.
(WSJ, 1/08/01, p.A1)
2001 Jan 8, In Montenegro
assassins killed a senior secret-service officer in Podgorica.
(WSJ, 1/09/01, p.A1)
2001 Jan 8, Palestinian’s
rejected Pres. Clinton’s formula for a permanent Mideast settlement.
(SSFC, 12/30/01, p.D2)
2002 Jan 8, Ozzie Smith,
regarded as the finest-fielding shortstop ever, was elected to the
Baseball Hall of Fame on his first try.
2002 Jan 8, Pres. Bush signed
an education bill that tied federal aid to test performance. It was
the most far-reaching federal education bill in nearly 4 decades.
Bush’s No Child Left Behind (NCLB) program decreed that all students
should by reading and doing math at age-appropriate levels by 2014.
(WSJ, 1/9/02, p.A1)(AP, 1/8/03)(Econ, 8/13/11,
2002 Jan 8, The Bush
administration sent a secret report to Congress, the "Nuclear
Posture Review," that said the Pentagon needs to be prepared to use
nuclear weapons against 7 nations: China, Russia, Iraq, North Korea,
Syria, Iran, and Libya. A furor erupted when it was leaked to the
press in March.
(SFC, 3/9/02, p.A1)(SFC, 3/11/02, p.A3)
2002 Jan 8, Dave Thomas (69),
founder of Wendy’s hamburger chain, died in Fort Lauderdale,
(SFC, 1/9/02, p.A1)(AP, 1/8/03)
2002 Jan 8, Cecilia Garcia (24)
was found dead by her father in the shower of her home in Livermore.
In 2010 Bryan Vulgamore (34) of Modesto was charged with her murder.
(SFC, 1/21/10, p.C2)
2002 Jan 8, US soldiers
captured 14 suspected fighters at the Zhawar Kili cave and bunker
complex near Khost. An al Qaeda fighter blew himself up with a
grenade during an escape attempt at a Kandahar hospital. 2 senior al
Qaeda leaders were reported caught with documents and laptops, while
fleeing bombing in eastern Afghanistan. An intensified search was
reported to be in progress for Abu Zubeida (Zain al-Abidin Muhammad
Husain), the director of external affairs for al Qaeda.
(SFC, 1/9/02, p.A8)
2002 Jan 8, The Most Rev.
George Carey, the Archbishop of Canterbury, announced his retirement
as spiritual leader of the world's 70 million Anglicans.
2002 Jan 8, India and Pakistan
traded fire on their Kashmir border.
(WSJ, 1/9/02, p.A1)
2002 Jan 8, Iran’s
Revolutionary Court began the closed door trial of 15 men charged
with plotting to overthrow the Islamic system
(SFC, 1/9/02, p.A5)
2003 Jan 8, Pres. Bush signed
an emergency extension of federal unemployment benefits following
approval by the 108th Congress. It extended 26 weeks of state aid
with 13 weeks of federal aid.
(SFC, 1/9/03, p.A1)(WSJ, 1/8/03, p.A1)
2003 Jan 8, A federal appeals
court ruled that Pres. Bush could order U.S. citizens captured
overseas indefinitely detained as enemy combatants without the
rights normally afforded citizens charged in criminal cases.
2003 Jan 8, In Charlotte, NC, a
US Airways Express Beech 1900 turboprop crashed on takeoff and all
21 aboard were killed.
(SFC, 1/9/03, p.A3)
2003 Jan 8, In Mali the 3rd
annual Festival of the Desert ended in Essakane.
(SFC, 1/11/03, p.D1)
2003 Jan 8, Manuel Ciervides
Lacayo, the Panamanian consul to Guayaquil, Ecuador, was shot and
killed while vacationing in Panama.
2003 Jan 8, In Turkey the pilot
of the British Aerospace RJ-100 missed the runway because of heavy
fog in the southeastern city of Diayarbakir. 75 people were killed
with 5 survivors.
(AP, 1/9/03)(WSJ, 1/9/03, p.A1)
2003 Jan 8, A UN team was
reported to be investigating reports that Congolese rebel troops had
killed and eaten Pygmies in northeastern Congo. UN authorities
confirmed the reports Jan 15 and identified the rebel campaign as
"Operation Clean Slate."
(AP, 1/8/03)(SFC, 1/16/03, p.A9)
2004 Jan 8, The journal Science
reported high levels of dangerous chemicals in farmed salmon. Wild
Pacific salmon had 10 times less than the farmed ones.
(SFC, 1/9/04, p.A2)
2004 Jan 8, Pressure in the
Int'l. Space Station continued to drop.
(WSJ, 1/9/04, p.A1)
2004 Jan 8, Queen Elizabeth II
christened the world's largest ocean liner, the Queen Mary 2.
2004 Jan 8, Chinese state media
reported that authorities had dismissed 44,701 police between August
and November in 2003 for lacking job qualifications, corruption or
other offenses in a campaign to raise policing standards.
2004 Jan 8, Authorities in
Georgia's autonomous region of Adzharia imposed a state of
emergency, fearing the newly elected Georgian president may try to
rein in the province.
2004 Jan 8, India unveiled a
broad range of tax cuts.
(WSJ, 1/9/04, p.A6)
2004 Jan 8, In Iraq a US Black
Hawk medivac helicopter crashed near Fallujah killing all nine
2004 Jan 8, Libya agreed to
compensate family members of victims of a 1989 bombing of a French
passenger plane over the Niger desert that killed 170 people.
2004 Jan 8, In Kenya a new
agreement, between the Ministry of Education and the country's
largest and oldest orphanage for HIV-positive children, allowed a
group of children infected with the virus that causes AIDS to attend
2004 Jan 8, Teams of Swiss
police in 5 cantons arrested 8 suspected accomplices in the May 12
al Qaeda car bomb attack in Saudi Arabia.
(SFC, 1/10/04, p.A3)
2004 Jan 8, It was reported
that Thailand's PM Thaksin Shinawatra had ordered the Finance
Ministry and stock exchange to set up a task force to examine the
balance sheets of listed companies.
(WSJ, 1/8/04, p.A14)
2004 Jan 8, Turkey and the US
agreed to reopen the Incirlik air base for Iraq operations.
(WSJ, 1/9/04, p.A1)
2005 Jan 8, The official death
toll from the Dec 26 tsunami rose above 150,000.
2005 Jan 8, An Army platoon
sergeant who ordered his soldiers to throw Iraqis into the Tigris
River was sentenced to six months in military prison; the jury in
Fort Hood, Texas, also reduced the rank of Army Sgt. 1st Class Tracy
Perkins by one grade.
2005 Jan 8, Richard P.
Rodriguez (29) stabbed to death Angela M. Smith (51) in Tucson, Az.
Rodriguez was found dead of a gunshot wound the next day in Blythe,
Ca., near the Arizona border. He had grown up in the evangelical sex
cult “Children of God" also known as the Family. Smith, a member of
the cult, was involved in his upbringing. The cult was later linked
to the San Diego based Family Care Foundation. In 2007 Don Lattin
authored “Jesus Freaks: A True Story of Murder and Madness on the
(SFC, 1/11/05, p.B8)(SSFC, 2/6/05, p.A1)(SSFC,
2005 Jan 8, Hurricane-force
winds swept across northern Europe, leaving at least 13 dead
including 3 in Carlisle, England, 4 in Denmark and 6 in Sweden.
2005 Jan 8, Indian security
forces killed the last rebel holed up inside a government office in
Kashmir, ending a two-day battle during which guerrillas took over
the building and set it on fire with dozens of employees inside.
2005 Jan 8, In Iraq officials
said Militants had abducted three senior Iraqi officials, beheaded a
man who worked for the U.S. military and killed at least four
2005 Jan 8, The US military
acknowledged 5 people were killed when it bombed the wrong house
during a search operation in northern Iraq. The owner of the house,
Ali Yousef, said 14 people were killed when the 500-pound GPS-guided
bomb hit at about 2 a.m. in the town of Aitha, 30 miles south of
Mosul. An Associated Press photographer at the scene said seven
children and seven adults died.
2005 Jan 8, Nigerian President
Olusegun Obasanjo flew to Sudan's troubled Darfur region to assess
the crisis there following talks with his Sudanese counterpart Omar
2005 Jan 8, In northern
Pakistan at least 11 people were killed, including six family
members who were burned alive, during sectarian unrest after riots
broke out following the shooting of a popular Shiite leader.
2005 Jan 8, In Pakistan’s SW
Baluchistan province assailants fired rockets at wells and a gas
pipeline, killing a woman and wounding 14 other people. The attacks
followed the rape of Dr. Shazia Khalid (31) a week earlier by a
(AP, 1/9/05)(SFC, 3/22/05, p.A1)
2005 Jan 8, Former Democratic
presidential candidate John Kerry met with Syria's president and
said he was hopeful that strained U.S.-Syrian relations could be
2005 Jan 8, Russian troops
killed 5 alleged militants hiding in a house in the city of Nazran,
Ingushetia, in a firefight.
(AP, 1/8/05)(SSFC, 1/9/05, p.A3)
2005 Jan 8, Venezuela
government officials escorted by troops and police descended on a
privately owned cattle ranch to determine whether some lands may be
turned over to poor farmers as part of an agrarian reform. The owner
of the 32,000 acre El Charcote Ranch, Agropecuaria Flora C.A., is a
subsidiary of the British-owned Vestey Group Ltd. and a major beef
producer. The company insists that it can prove ownership back to
1830. A 1998 census found that 60 percent of Venezuelan farmland was
owned by less than 1 percent of the population.
2006 Jan 8, The cost of a US
1st class postage stamp rose to 39 cents.
(WSJ, 1/7/06, p.A1)
2006 Jan 8, Wildfires in the
southwest US spread to Arkansas and Colorado destroying 9 more
homes. Over the last 2 weeks the fires in New Mexico, Oklahoma and
Texas have destroyed 475 homes and left 5 people dead.
(SFC, 1/9/06, p.A3)
2006 Jan 8, In Washington DC
David E. Rosenbaum (63), a recently retired journalist for the NY
Times, died from injuries suffered in a robbery on Jan 6. Michael
Hamlin (24) and Percy Jordan Jr. (42) were soon arrested and charged
with felony murder. Both men were convicted of murder. In 2007
Hamlin was sentenced to 26 years in prison after he pleaded guilty
and testified against his cousin.
(SFC, 1/14/06, p.A3)(SFC, 10/25/06, p.A3)(SFC,
2006 Jan 8, In Afghanistan
suspected Taliban gunmen burned down a primary school in the
southern city of Kandahar, the latest in a spate of attacks against
teachers and institutions that educate girls.
2006 Jan 8, A car ploughed into
a group of 12 cyclists in North Wales, killing four and leaving four
others seriously injured.
2006 Jan 8, State media said
China will invest more than $3 billion over the next five years to
clean up the Songhua River, a key source of drinking water for tens
of millions of people that was polluted in November by a toxic spill
that flowed into Russia.
2006 Jan 8, The Indian capital
of Delhi saw its first winter frost in 70 years as a cold wave
sweeping in from the frigid heights of the Himalayas. The death toll
from the cold rose to 137 people in northern India.
2006 Jan 8, In Iraq 3 Marines
were killed by small arms attacks in Fallujah, 40 miles west of
Baghdad. 5 people were killed in separate attacks in Baghdad,
including a policeman killed by a suicide car bomber that targeted
an Interior Ministry patrol. Seven others were wounded.
2006 Jan 8, Almost 500 would-be
illegal immigrants have arrived on Italy's Mediterranean island of
Lampedusa, between Sicily and North Africa, in the past 24 hours.
2006 Jan 8, Greenpeace claimed
a Japanese whaling ship deliberately rammed its ship Arctic Sunrise,
denting the ship's bow but causing no injuries. Greenpeace said it
would continue hounding Japan's whaling fleet in Antarctic waters
despite the damaging collision.
2006 Jan 8, Jordan's parliament
approved a law that prevents Amman handing over US citizens accused
of war crimes to the international criminal court (ICC).
2006 Jan 8, The US and South
Korea withdrew their last remaining staff from the site of two North
Korean nuclear reactors, ending a decade-old construction project
amid rekindled tension over the North's nuclear ambitions.
2006 Jan 8, In Morocco a senior
official said Royal Air Maroc (RAM), encouraged by its majority
shareholdings in the national airlines of Senegal and Gabon, is
planning a major expansion of routes in Africa.
2006 Jan 8, The UN envoy to
Myanmar, Razali Ismail of Malaysia, said he had quit his post after
being refused entry for the past 2 years to the military-ruled
country where he pushed for reforms.
2006 Jan 8, Nigeria's
multi-billion-dollar liquefied natural gas company Nigeria NLNG said
it had shipped the first cargo of gas from its fourth production
plant to the US.
2006 Jan 8, The Islamic
militant group Hamas launched a TV station in the Gaza Strip as part
of its expansion into Palestinian politics.
2006 Jan 8, In the Philippines
fire raced through a dormitory in Manila's congested university
district, killing at least eight people, including some clustered
near a second-floor exit.
2006 Jan 8, In Tajikistan a
fire swept through a home for mentally disabled children in the
capital of Dushanbe, killing 13 children before firefighters
2006 Jan 8, In Turkey Anatolia
news reported that a court has approved the release of Mehmet Ali
Agca (46), the man who shot Pope John Paul II in 1981, saying he
completed his prison term.
2006 Jan 8, Three Turks were
reported to be infected with a deadly strain of bird flu in the
2006 Jan 8, In Venezuela
American singer and activist Harry Belafonte called President Bush
"the greatest terrorist in the world" and said millions of Americans
support the socialist revolution of Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez.
2007 Jan 8, USS Newport News
nuclear-powered submarine collided with a Japanese oil tanker in the
Straits of Hormuz, through which 40 percent of the world's oil
supplies travel. The bow of the submarine was traveling submerged
when it hit the stern of the supertanker Mogamigawa. Damage was
2007 Jan 8, California’s Gov.
Schwarzenegger proposed to extend medical insurance to all
Californians, including illegal immigrants. He said the $12 billion
cost would be spread among employers, individuals, insurers,
government and health care providers.
(SFC, 1/9/07, p.A1)
2007 Jan 8, Ron Dellums was
sworn in as Oakland’s 48th mayor.
(SFC, 1/9/07, p.B1)
2007 Jan 8, A wildfire
destroyed 5 multimillion dollar homes in Malibu, Ca.
(SFC, 1/10/07, p.B10)
2007 Jan 8, In NYC an
unidentified rotten-egg smell wafted over the city.
(SFC, 1/10/07, p.A2)
2007 Jan 8, In Texas police
shut down 10 blocks of businesses in the heart of downtown Austin
after dozens of birds were found dead.
2007 Jan 8, General Electric
Co. it agreed to buy oil services company Vetco Gray for $1.9
billion from a group of private equity funds.
2007 Jan 8, The San Francisco
Hyatt Regency, opened in 1973, was sold by Strategic Hotel Capital
LLC to Dune Capital Management and DiNapoli Capital Partners,
privately held investment funds in a deal pegged at over $200
(SFC, 1/9/07, p.E3)
2007 Jan 8, Yvonne De Carlo
(84), TV and film star, died. She played Moses' wife in "The Ten
Commandments," but achieved her greatest popularity on TV's "The
Munsters" (1964-1966). In her 1987 book, "Yvonne: An Autobiography,"
she listed 22 of her lovers, who included Howard Hughes, Burt
Lancaster, Robert Stack, Robert Taylor, Billy Wilder, Aly Khan and
an Iranian prince.
2007 Jan 8, Iwao Takamoto (81),
creator of the Scooby-Doo cartoon character, died in Los Angeles. He
also assisted in the designs of some of the biggest animated
features and television shows, including "Cinderella," "Peter Pan,"
"Lady and the Tramp" and "The Flintstones."
2007 Jan 8, Austria's two main
political parties, the Social Democrats and the People's Party,
agreed to form a new coalition government.
2007 Jan 8, In Bangladesh riot
police used tear gas, rubber bullets and batons to disperse
thousands of stone-throwing protesters in Dhaka, who are demanding
postponement of this month's elections and electoral reforms.
2007 Jan 8, Backers of leftist
Bolivian President Evo Morales set fire to the Cochabamba state
capitol in a protest to demand the resignation of state Gov. Manfred
Reyes Villa, who is allied with the conservative opposition.
2007 Jan 8, In Finland 2
newspaper editors were fined for publishing a letter that said
violence against Jews was justified and that the Holocaust was
2007 Jan 8, In Germany Mounir
el Motassadeq, a Moroccan man convicted of aiding three of the four
suicide pilots who committed the Sept. 11 attacks, was sentenced to
the maximum of 15 years in prison for his role in the terror plot.
2007 Jan 8, Thousands of poor
migrant laborers fled India's remote northeast despite a government
promise of protection after dozens were massacred at the weekend by
a powerful rebel group.
2007 Jan 8, In Iraq 9 workers,
primarily Shiite, were killed in an ambush near Baghdad's airport. 6
bodies found in a largely Sunni neighborhood in southern Baghdad.
2007 Jan 8, Israeli police
arrested Yigal Saar, the US representative of the Israel Tax
Authority, as part of a bribery and influence-peddling probe that
has so far questioned the authority's top officials and an aide to
Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.
2007 Jan 8, Daniyal Akhmetov,
the PM of oil-rich Kazakhstan, resigned in the wake of criticism of
his performance by the heavy-handed president of the Central Asian
country. Nazarbayev, who has ruled Kazakhstan as president since its
independence in 1991, regularly replaced his prime ministers as he
tried to secure his position and balance interests of various
powerful elite groups.
2007 Jan 8, The Nigerian
government withdrew a suit seeking to sack Vice President Atiku
Abubakar for defecting to a party other than the one in which he was
2007 Jan 8, Fatah gunmen
released the deputy mayor of Nablus unharmed, two days after
kidnapping him. Fatah militants torched stores of Hamas supporters
in Ramallah and shot at the house of a top Hamas official. Agence
France-Presse expressed gratitude for the release of a photographer
who had been held hostage by Palestinian militants in the Gaza
2007 Jan 8, Rev. Janusz
Bielanski, head priest of Krakow's prestigious Wawel
Cathedral, left his post amid allegations he collaborated with
secret services of the communist era, a day after Warsaw's
newly-appointed archbishop resigned in a scandal that shocked the
2007 Jan 8, A senior Russian
official said that Russia has been forced to stop delivering oil to
Europe via Belarus after disruptions to the flow of exports it
blamed on Minsk.
2007 Jan 8, Venezuela’s Pres.
Hugo Chavez announced plans to nationalize power and
telecommunications companies and make other bold changes to increase
state control as he promised a more radical push toward socialism.
Chavez stated that he had been a “communist" since at least 2002.
(AP, 1/9/07)(Econ, 1/13/07, p.34)
2008 Jan 8, Pres. Bush met with
Turkey’s Pres. Abdullah Gul to discuss US policy on Turkey's fight
against Kurdish rebels. Bush prepared to leave later in the day on
his first major trip to the Mideast to try to build momentum for
2008 Jan 8, Pres. Bush signed
legislation aimed at preventing the severely mentally ill from
(WSJ, 1/9/08, p.A1)
2008 Jan 8, California’s Gov.
Schwarzenegger in his 5th State of the State speech proposed a
constitutional amendment to keep the state from spending more than
it collects in taxes. He said the projected $14 billion deficit was
driven by voter-approved mandates escalating faster than state
income. The proposed cost cutting included a the shutdown of 48
(SFC, 1/9/08, p.A1)(SFC, 1/17/08, p.A12)
2008 Jan 8, In New Hampshire
Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (39%) led Barack Obama (36%) and John
McCain (37%) led Mitt Romney (32%), reviving their sagging
2008 Jan 8, Gold futures surged
above $880 an ounce and closed at $880.30, up $18.30.
(SFC, 1/9/08, p.C3)
2008 Jan 8, James "Jimmy" Cayne
(73), Bear Stearns Cos. Chief Executive, said he will give up
day-to-day control of the fifth-largest US investment bank amid
unprecedented losses from the subprime mortgage crisis. He planned
to remain as executive chairman, and will be succeeded as CEO by
President Alan Schwartz, effective immediately.
(AP, 1/8/08)(Econ, 1/12/08, p.65)
2008 Jan 8, Google unveiled a
strategy for its philanthropic arm, Google.org, under the leadership
of Dr. Larry Brilliant. The program will be funded with 1% of the
firm’s equity, annual profits and employee’s time and pursue 5 core
initiatives in 3 areas: fighting climate change, economic
development, and building an early warning system for pandemics and
(Econ, 1/19/08, p.75)
2008 Jan 8, Flooding in
northern Indiana left 3 people dead.
(SFC, 1/10/08, p.A3)
2008 Jan 8, In Algeria an army
commander and three members of the security forces were killed
during an operation aimed at flushing out an Islamist group in
scrubland in the north of the country. The sweep, aided by
helicopters, was intended to flush out a group of 10-15 new recruits
to the Al-Qaeda of the Islamic Maghreb group, who were intent on
launching attacks on Constantine.
2008 Jan 8, In Vienna, Austria,
a court convicted an accountant of embezzling $1.8 million from the
Helsinki Federation for Human Rights to support his mistress, a
crime that forced the respected group to fold. The 43-year-old
accountant to three years in jail, two of which were suspended. His
31-year-old girl friend was sentenced to two years, 16 months of
which could be served on parole.
2008 Jan 8, Britain’s PM Gordon
Brown said that he wants a 3-year public sector pay deal, rather
than the traditional annual deals, to control inflation and maintain
2008 Jan 8, Sohail Qureshi
(29), a dentist, was jailed in London after admitting planning to
travel to Pakistan to carry out unspecified acts of terrorism.
Qureshi, who was sentenced to four and a half years, was detained at
London Heathrow Airport in October 2006 carrying thousands of pounds
in cash, as well as a night sight, medical supplies and computer
2008 Jan 8, Britain's Royal
Mail issued a set of stamps commemorating James Bond to mark 100
years since the birth of his creator, Ian Fleming.
2008 Jan 8, China posted a
regulation dating from Dec 31 declaring war on the "white pollution"
choking its cities, farms and waterways. China said it is banning
free plastic shopping bags and called for a return to the cloth bags
of old, steps largely welcomed by merchants and shoppers. The ban
takes effect June 1.
2008 Jan 8, The US military
said US and Iraqi forces have launched operation Phantom Phoenix to
strike against al-Qaida in Iraq and other extremists, hoping to
build on a recent reduction of violence and push militants from
their strongholds. The head of the municipality of Baghdad's
primarily Sunni neighborhood of Yarmouk was killed when a bomb
attached to his car exploded. A suicide bomber detonated his
explosives at a checkpoint manned by police special forces in the
Madain area, about 15 miles southeast of Baghdad, killing two
members of the special forces and wounding five people. 3 US
soldiers were killed and two wounded in an attack in Salahuddin
(AP, 1/8/08)(AP, 1/10/08)
2008 Jan 8, In northern Greece
a group of female protesters locked in a land dispute with the Greek
Orthodox Church defied a 1,000-year-old ban and entered the all-male
Mount Athos monastic sanctuary.
2008 Jan 8, Two rockets fired
from Lebanon struck northern Israel overnight, expanding the
violence that has erupted on Israel's other borders ahead of
President Bush's visit to the region. No injuries were reported.
2008 Jan 8, Some 60,000 tons of
garbage were piled up in the streets of Naples.
(Econ, 1/12/08, p.44)
2008 Jan 8, Kenya's opposition
leader rejected talks with the president, describing an invitation
to meet as "public relations gimmickry" that would undermine
attempts to end the ethnically-charged election standoff that has
killed more than 500 people.
2008 Jan 8, Maumoon Abdul
Gayoom (70), the Maldives president, survived an assassination
attempt when boy scout Mohammed Jaisham Ibrahim (15) grabbed the
knife of an attacker who jumped out of a crowd of people greeting
(AP, 1/9/08)(AP, 1/10/08)
2008 Jan 8, In Mexico 3 US
residents and seven others linked to the powerful Gulf drug cartel
were arrested following a deadly shootout in Rio Bravo just across
the border from Texas. In a second shootout, two federal agents were
killed and three more injured when they clashed with a group of
suspects in the nearby city of Reynosa.
2008 Jan 8, A human rights
campaign group called on Morocco to stop "muzzling" independence
campaigners in the vast disputed region of Western Sahara, as
UN-brokered peace talks on the 32-year row got underway in New York.
2008 Jan 8, Nauru’s foreign
minister said Australia's plans to close a much-criticized detention
center for asylum seekers on Nauru will devastate its economy.
2008 Jan 8, A Sri Lankan
government minister died in a roadside bombing blamed on the Tamil
Tiger rebels, the first successful assassination of a top Sri Lankan
official in 19 months. The bomb tore through the car carrying Nation
Building Minister D.M. Dassanayake as he traveled through the Ja-Ela
2008 Jan 8, A government
spokeswoman said Taiwan cannot match China's reported $6 billion aid
offer to Malawi, but hopes a legacy of goodwill can convince the
African nation not to switch allegiance to its giant neighbor.
2008 Jan 8, The wife of ousted
PM Thaksin Shinawatra was handed an arrest warrant after she
returned to Thailand to face corruption charges that could put her
behind bars for 20 years.
2009 Jan 8, President-elect
Barack Obama warned of dire and lasting consequences if Congress
doesn't pump unprecedented dollars into the economy, making an
urgent pitch for his mammoth spending proposal in his first speech
since his election.
2009 Jan 8, The US Navy said a
new international force to battle pirates off the Somali coast is
being formed under American command in a bid to focus more military
resources to protect one of the world's key shipping lanes.
2009 Jan 8, Dell Inc. announced
that it is moving its Irish manufacturing operations to Poland by
2010, as part of a cost cutting measure that will result in the loss
of some 1,900 Irish jobs.
(WSJ, 1/9/09, p.B4)
2009 Jan 8, Department-store
operator Macy's Inc. said it will close 11 underperforming stores in
nine states, affecting 960 employees, and lowered its forecast for
the fourth quarter after one of the weakest holiday seasons in
2009 Jan 8, Flooding in the US
Pacific Northwest led to mudslides and avalanches and closed 20
miles of I-5 between Olympia, Wa., and the Oregon line.
(SFC, 1/9/09, p.A2)
2009 Jan 8, Rev. Richard John
Neuhaus (b.1936), Catholic priest and author, died. His book
included “The Naked Public Square" (1984), which argued that
religious values have a crucial place in American politics.
(WSJ, 1/10/09, p.A6)
2009 Jan 8, Afghan President
Hamid Karzai's office said that reports suggested 17 civilians,
including women and children, were killed in the Jan 6 US raid in
Laghman province. A suicide bomber struck US troops patrolling on
foot in southern Afghanistan, killing three civilians, 2 Americans
and wounding at least nine others. A coalition strike on a
bomb-making network in Zabul killed five militants.
(AFP, 1/8/09)(AP, 1/8/09)(AP, 1/9/09)(SFC,
2009 Jan 8, The Bank of England
cut interest rates from 2% to 1.5%, the lowest level since its
founding in 1694, taking it into uncharted territory as it attempts
to ward off a prolonged recession.
(AP, 1/8/09)(WSJ, 1/9/09, p.A5)(Econ, 1/10/09,
2009 Jan 8, Britain's Financial
Services Authority fined insurance broker Aon Ltd. 5.25 million
pounds ($8 million) for weak anti-bribery controls, the largest
penalty of its kind.
2009 Jan 8, In eastern Congo
Mai Mai militiamen attacked a group of seven rangers killing one in
a government-controlled sector in the far north of Virunga National
2009 Jan 8, A magnitude 6.1
earthquake rocked Costa Rica killing at least 20 people with dozens
(AP, 1/9/09)(AP, 1/14/09)
2009 Jan 8, In Iraq 2
simultaneous roadside bombs tore through an Iraqi army patrol
responding to a mortar attack north of Baghdad, killing six Iraqi
soldiers. Two other Iraqi soldiers died in another blast near the
city of Kirkuk.
2009 Jan 8, Israeli
representatives arrived in Cairo for Egyptian-brokered talks on a
cease-fire proposal after the UN Security Council failed to agree on
action to end the crisis in Gaza.
2009 Jan 8, The UN halted aid
deliveries to the besieged Gaza Strip, citing Israeli attacks on a
UN truck that killed 2 Palestinian workers. For a 2nd straight day,
Israel suspended its Gaza military operation for three hours to
allow in humanitarian supplies. Israel killed at least 11 people,
including three who were fleeing their homes, raising the death toll
from its 13-day offensive to 699 Palestinians. 11 Israelis have died
since the offensive began. Militants in Lebanon fired at least three
rockets into Israel. UN figures said as many as 257 children have
been killed and 1,080 wounded, about a third of the total casualties
since Dec. 27.
(AP, 1/8/09)(SFC, 1/9/09, p.A3)
2009 Jan 8, Kuwait’s top
investment bank, Global Investment House, said it had defaulted on
most of its $3 billion in debt, raising concerns that other Arab
Gulf financial firms may follow as the global financial crises
spreads through the region.
(WSJ, 1/9/09, p.C2)
2009 Jan 8, In Pakistan a fire
swept through a slum in Karachi, killing 38 people, many of them
2009 Jan 8, Russia's
state-controlled gas monopoly said it would restore supplies to
Europe through Ukraine, cut off after a dispute between Moscow and
Kiev, as soon as international monitors are in place.
2009 Jan 8, In Somalia
gunmen fatally shot a UN World Food program worker during a food
distribution, the second staff member killed this week.
2009 Jan 8, In Spain Leonidas
Vargas (60), a convicted Colombian drug baron with links to two
major smuggling cartels, was shot dead in a Madrid hospital.
2009 Jan 8, Sri Lankan troops
captured an important Tamil Tiger base and pounded the rebels with
air attacks, forcing the insurgents to withdraw deeper into the
dwindling area that remains under their control. Gunmen on a
motorcycle shot and killed Lasantha Wickrematunge, the editor of a
Sri Lankan newspaper critical of the government, the second violent
attack on media this week. Three days after he was gunned down
execution-style, Wickrematunge's newspaper published a haunting,
self-written obituary in which he says he was targeted for his
writings and adds: "When finally I am killed, it will be the
government that kills me."
(AP, 1/8/09)(AP, 1/12/09)
2009 Jan 8, Darfur rebels
accused Sudan's army of bombing their positions over the last 24
hours, breaking a period of relative calm in the country's violent
2009 Jan 8, In Zimbabwe
opposition members accused of being involved in a bomb plot said
they were tortured into making false confessions.
2010 Jan 8, In NYC 2 men linked
to an alleged Al-Qaida associate were arrested after one of the men
caused a traffic accident while under surveillance. Zarein Ahmedzay
(24) and Adis Medunjanin (25), former classmates of Najibullah Zazi,
were first publicly linked to an investigation of a plot to attack
NYC with homemade bombs in September. Zazi was arrested in Denver on
Sep 19 after investigators found evidence of a planned attack in his
rented vehicle in NYC on Sep 10. On April 23 Ahmedzay pleaded guilty
to charges including conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction.
He said Al-Qaida leaders in Pakistan in 2008 had encouraged him and
Zazi to target structures in NYC.
(SFC, 1/9/10, p.A9)(SFC, 4/24/10, p.A7)
2010 Jan 8, Lashonda Booker, a
former Federal Emergency Management employee and her cousin, Peggy,
Hilton were charged with stealing over $721,000 in Hurricane Katrina
relief money. Booker had worked in FEMA’s Biloxi, Miss., office.
(SFC, 1/12/10, p.A4)(http://tinyurl.com/yer5crg)
2010 Jan 8, It was reported
that YMax Corp., the company behind the magicJack, the cheap
Internet phone gadget that's been heavily promoted on TV, has made a
new version of the device that allows free calls from cell phones in
the home, in a fashion that's sure to draw protest from cellular
2010 Jan 8, Art Clokey (88),
American animator, died in Los Osos, Ca. His bendable creation Gumby
became a pop culture phenomenon through decades of toys, revivals
and satires. Gumby grew out of a student project Clokey produced at
the University of Southern California in the early 1950s called
2010 Jan 8, In Afghanistan two
local intelligence guards were killed at a dog fight in the
provincial capital of Pul-e Alam in Logar province. A suspected
suicide bomber had entered the dog fight and opened fire. Other
intelligence officers killed the gunman, who never detonated his
2010 Jan 8, In Angola hooded
gunmen sprayed the Togo soccer team’s bus with gunfire as it
traveled through the restive northern Cabinda enclave. The bus
driver was killed and 7 others were injured. The attack was claimed
by the separatist Front for the Liberation of the Enclave of Cabinda
(FLEC), which has been fighting for decades for the independence of
the oil-rich territory. The next day media officer Stanislas Ocloo
and assistant coach Amalete Abalo died from their wounds. Virgilio
Santos, an official with the African Nations Cup local organizing
committee COCAN, said teams had been told explicitly not to travel
to the tournament by road.
2010 Jan 8, Australia angrily
condemned an Indian newspaper cartoon likening its police to the Ku
Klux Klan over their investigations into the recent murder of a
young Indian man. 4 men reportedly poured an unidentified fluid on
Jaspreet Singh (29), a man of Indian descent, and set him alight in
a suburb of Melbourne, leaving him with 15% burns. Singh was later
charged with making a false report to police and criminal damage
with a view to gaining financial advantage over the incident,
allegedly to make an insurance claim.
(AFP, 1/8/10)(AFP, 1/9/10)(AFP, 2/2/10)
2010 Jan 8, Virgin Money, part
of Richard Branson's Virgin empire, took big strides towards
becoming a major retail bank able to compete in a battered sector
seeking to recover from the financial crisis.
2010 Jan 8, The beleaguered
Eurostar train service cancelled half of its trains between London
and Paris because of freezing temperatures.
2010 Jan 8, In Canada Wiebo
Ludvig (68), an anti-energy-industry activist was arrested in Grande
Prairie, Alberta, in connection with the investigation into a series
of pipeline bombings in northeastern British Columbia. Ludwig had
been convicted a decade ago of bombing oil and gas wells. The next
day Ludwig was released without charges.
(SFC, 1/9/10, p.A2)(Reuters, 1/10/10)
2010 Jan 8, Charles Massi (57)
a former minister and head of the rebel Convention of Patriots for
Justice and Peace (CPJP), died following the torture he was
2010 Jan 8, The China Passenger
Car Association reported that China overtook the US as the biggest
auto market in 2009 and automakers should see more strong growth
2010 Jan 8, In southeastern
China a fire in coal mine trapped and killed 12 workers in Xinyu
city, Jiangxi province.
2010 Jan 8, The EU said it will
pursue a new deal on global warming through the Group of 20, since
last month's UN climate conference of nearly 200 nations led to
unwieldy negotiations that didn't accomplish much.
2010 Jan 8, Officials said
Guinea's No. 2 leader, Gen. Sekouba Konate, is going to Senegal for
medical treatment for cirrhosis of the liver, heightening fears of a
power vacuum since the country's president is already hospitalized
in Morocco following an assassination attempt. Guinea's Health
Minister denied reports that the nation's No. 2 leader was heading
to Senegal to be hospitalized, rejecting rumors he was being
evacuated for a medical emergency.
2010 Jan 8, Israeli airstrikes
against targets in Gaza killed three men in a smuggling tunnel along
the Gaza-Egypt border.
2010 Jan 8, Israeli cooks
doubled the previous record for the world's biggest serving of
hummus, set in October by cooks in Lebanon. An adjudicator sent from
London by Guinness World Records, Jack Brockbank, confirmed that
Israeli chefs now held the record for hummus. He put the exact
amount of hummus in a giant satellite dish at 9,017 pounds (4,090
2010 Jan 8, In Italy at least
37 people were wounded in Rosarno, following clashes between the
migrants, police and local residents. The wounded included 5
migrants, 14 residents and 18 police officers.
2010 Jan 8, Government forces
in Indian Kashmir killed two suspected rebels in a gunbattle. The
fighting started after troops cordoned off a house in Khrew village
after receiving a tip that suspected militants were hiding there.
2010 Jan 8, In Malaysia 3
churches were attacked with firebombs, causing extensive damage to
one, as Muslims pledged to prevent Christians from using the word
"Allah," escalating religious tensions in the multiracial country.
On Aug 13 a Malaysian court sentenced two Muslim brothers to five
years in prison for torching a Christian church during the height of
(AP, 1/8/10)(AP, 8/13/10)
2010 Jan 8, In Mexico a major
regional newspaper in the northern city of Saltillo announced
it would stop covering drug violence altogether after the body of a
reporter was found outside a motel with a threatening message.
Valentin Valdes (28) had written about the Dec. 29 arrests at the
Marbella Motel of five alleged members of the Gulf drug cartel. He
also covered the arrests on Jan 6 of five others who barged into the
same hotel and stole the surveillance tapes. All 60 policemen in the
embattled town of Tancitaro were fired because they had failed to
stop a series of killings and other crimes. Michoacan state police
and soldiers planned to take over security duties in the town. In
Ciudad Juarez a man's body was found on a street with its hands and
head cut off. Another man's body, with its head cut off and eyes
gouged out, was found elsewhere in the city and two women's bodies
were found in a vacant lot. The body of a man whose legs had been
surgically amputated some time ago was also found on a dirt road on
the outskirts of Ciudad Juarez. A man riding a bicycle was shot to
death in the city. 5 people were killed in drive-by shootings and a
group of 3 men were shot to death at a fast-food restaurant near a
(AP, 1/8/10)(AP, 1/9/10)
2010 Jan 8, In Nigeria a
crude-oil pipeline operated by Chevron was attacked by unknown
gunmen in the Niger Delta region.
2010 Jan 8, In Pakistan a US
missile strike killed 4 militants in North Waziristan, as US Senator
John McCain, visiting Islamabad, defended the attacks which fuel
anti-American sentiment in the Muslim nation. 8 suspected insurgents
were killed when explosives intended for a bomb attack accidentally
blew up, destroying a militant safe house in Karachi.
(AFP, 1/8/10)(SFC, 1/9/10, p.A2)
2010 Jan 8, Portugal's
parliament passed a bill that would make the predominantly Catholic
nation the sixth in Europe to permit gay marriage.
2010 Jan 8, In Puerto Rico
officials said they have killed 800 monkeys blamed for scavenging
crops and damaging natural resources in southwest region. Most of
those killed were patas monkeys. About 200 rhesus monkeys were sent
to the Caribbean Primate Research Center at the University of Puerto
Rico and to other countries. The monkeys had escaped from research
labs in the 1960s and '70s.
2010 Jan 8, An avalanche in
Russia's southern Caucasus mountain range killed five climbers
including an instructor. The novice climbers, all from Moscow or St.
Petersburg had undergone an intensive, six-day training course in
the climbing base of Bezengi, in the province of Kabardino-Balkaria.
Four climbers in a party of nine survived the snow slide, which
struck as they were ascending the Gedan-tau peak.
2010 Jan 8, Steven Lin of
Hsinchu-based Heli-Ocean Technology, a Taiwanese company, said his
company had agreed to a request from a firm in China to procure
sensitive components with nuclear uses, then shipped them to Iran.
Such transactions violate UN sanctions imposed on the Middle Eastern
nation. Lin said he received an Internet order from a Chinese firm
in January or February 2008 to obtain an unspecified number of
pressure transducers, which convert pressure into analog electrical
2010 Jan 8, Venezuela’s Pres.
Chavez issued a presidential decree devaluing the currency by up to
(Econ, 1/16/10, p.39)
2010 Jan 8, Venezuela’s Pres.
Chavez issued a presidential decree devaluing the currency by up to
50%. Finance minister Ali Rodriguez admitted that this would boost
the inflation rate, 27% last year, by 3-5 percentage points.
(Econ, 1/16/10, p.39)
2011 Jan 8, Rep. Gabrielle
Giffords (40) of Arizona was shot in the head when an assailant
opened fire outside a grocery store during a meeting with
constituents in Tucson. The dead included US District Judge John
Roll (63); Christina Greene (9); Giffords aide Gabe Zimmerman (30);
Dorothy Morris (76); Dorwin Stoddard (76); and Phyllis Scheck (79).
9 others were wounded. Giffords underwent a two-hour surgery and
remained unconscious. The shooter was in custody and was identified
as Jared Loughner (22). On May 25 a federal judge declared that
Loughner was incompetent to stand trial. Loughner, who has
schizophrenia, was forcibly medicated at a Missouri prison medical
facility so he can be competent to understand the charges against
him. On Nov 8, 2012, he was ordered to serve the seven consecutive
life sentences, plus 140 years in federal prison for the shootings.
(AP, 1/8/11)(AP, 1/9/11)(SFC, 5/26/11,
p.A7) (AP, 11/8/12)
2011 Jan 8, The San Francisco
Board of Supervisors picked Supervisor David Chiu to serve a 2nd
term as board president.
(SSFC, 1/9/11, p.A1)
2011 Jan 8, In Los Angeles a
2nd suspect was arrested regarding videotaped sexual assaults of
profoundly disabled women at a residential care facility. As many as
10 suspects were possibly involved.
(SFC, 1/10/11, p.A4)
2011 Jan 8, In South Dakota
Republican Dennis Daugaard (b.1953) began serving as state governor.
By Fall of 2014 he repealed 3,724 regulations.
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dennis_Daugaard)(Econ, 8/30/14, p.27)
2011 Jan 8, In Afghanistan 3
civilians, including a child, were killed in crossfire as militants
battled NATO forces in Helmand province. 2 civilians were killed and
three wounded when a rocket struck their home in Helmand. A roadside
bomb killed a coalition soldier in the east.
(AP, 1/9/11)(SSFC, 1/9/11, p.A5)
2011 Jan 8, In Algeria Fresh
protests erupted against soaring food prices as the government
considered measures to limit the cost of staple foodstuffs to quell
the unrest. 2 people were already dead and 400 injured in protests
across the country since Jan 6. The government announced that it
will cut the cost of sugar and cooking oil.
(Reuters, 1/8/11)(SSFC, 1/9/11, p.A5)
2011 Jan 8, In Australia almost
a foot of rain in just a few hours renewed flood fears in the
already waterlogged Queensland state, sending a surging river over
its banks and into another large town. Some 20 buildings in
Maryborough, where about 22,000 people live, were expected to be
flooded after the river burst its banks in the overnight downpour.
2011 Jan 8, Investigators told
Brazil’s G1 news website that 2 brothers have been charged with
killing their father, a local Afro-Brazilian religious leader, by
knocking him out with sleeping pills and then burying him alive in
Maranhao state. The brothers told police their father was a violent
man who drank too much and didn't accept their homosexuality.
2011 Jan 8, Former Czech
foreign minister Jiri Dienstbier (b.1937) died. The reporter turned
dissident had joined Vaclav Havel to help topple one of East
Europe's most repressive regimes, and then served under Havel in
Czechoslovakia's first post-communist government.
2011 Jan 8, France’s Pres.
Sarkozy said 2 French hostages, kidnapped a day earlier in the Niger
capital Niamey, were killed by their captors despite a rescue
attempt by French forces.
(SSFC, 1/9/11, p.A5)
2011 Jan 8, A spokesman for
Germany's Agriculture Ministry said an overly high concentration of
cancer-causing dioxin has for the first time been detected in
samples of meat following the discovery that farm animals were fed
2011 Jan 8, India said at least
22 people, many of them homeless, have died over the past three days
in Uttar Pradesh state, pushing the death toll from two weeks of
cold weather to 63.
2011 Jan 8, In India a 2-day
cricket player auction for the Indian Premier League was watched by
some 19 million people. 127 cricketers were sold for $62 million.
(Econ, 1/15/11, p.70)
2011 Jan 8, Iran hanged 4
convicted drug traffickers in a prison in the central city of
Isfahan. At least 179 people were executed in 2010.
2011 Jan 8, Israeli soldiers
shot and killed a Palestinian who tried to throw explosives at a
West Bank checkpoint. A mortar attack from Gaza wounded 2 Thai
workers in southern Israel.
(AP, 1/8/11)(SSFC, 1/9/11, p.A5)
2011 Jan 8, An Italian
association for bird protection said that over 700 dead birds have
been picked up since Jan. 1 from the streets of Faenza, about 30
miles (50 km) southeast of Bologna. They appeared to have overeaten
sunflower seeds, which damage their livers and kidneys. The seeds
were mostly waste from a nearby oil factory.
2011 Jan 8, Mexican police
found the headless bodies of 14 men and a 15th intact corpse outside
a shopping center in the Pacific coast resort of Acapulco.
Narco-messages indicated the Sinaloa cartel killed the 15 men for
trying to intrude on the gang's turf and extort residents. Also
killed in Acapulco were two police officers; six people shot dead
and stuffed in a taxi, their hands and feet bound; and four others
elsewhere in the city. 10 people were kidnapped from a local
discotheque. 3 of their bodies were found the next day. In Mexico
City four young men were killed in a drive by shooting outside a
(AP, 1/8/11)(AP, 1/9/11)(AFP, 1/9/11)
2011 Jan 8, In Nigeria at least
11 people died around Jos from religious violence and a political
rally gone awry.
2011 Jan 8, North Korea
reiterated a proposal for unconditional talks with South Korea to
ease tensions on the divided peninsula.
2011 Jan 8, In Spain tens of
thousands of people marched in the Basque region to protest the
government policy of shipping separatist prisoners convicted of
terror to jails far from their homes.
2011 Jan 8, In Sudan 6 people
were killed in clashes between rebel militias and south Sudan's army
over the last 24 hours, a day before a referendum in which the south
is expected to vote for independence. A spokesman for the southern
Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA) said his forces ambushed
fighters loyal to militia leader Galwak Gai in oil-producing Unity
state on Jan 7 and Gai's men launched a counter-attack on Jan 8. Gai
was among several southern militia leaders who rebelled after April
elections, accusing the south's government of fraud. In Jonglei
state deadly clashes between men commanded by militia leader David
Yauyau and the southern military left at least one civilian dead.
2011 Jan 8, In Tunisia at least
10 people were killed in rioting in the western towns of Thala and
Kasserine. 4 people died in the central-western town of Regueb. The
opposition said at least 20 people were killed Thala and Kasserine.
(AP, 1/9/11)(AP, 1/10/11)
2012 Jan 8, In California
animal rights arsonists destroyed 14 cattle trucks at the Harris
Ranch of I-5.
(SFC, 1/11/12, p.C3)
2012 Jan 8, Brandy Fonteneaux
(28), a US Army Specialist, was found dead in her room. She had been
stabbed 74 times in her barracks on Fort Carson, Colorado, by fellow
soldier Army Sgt. Vincinte Jackson (40). On Dec 13 Jackson was
convicted of unpremeditated murder.
2012 Jan 8, In Mississippi 4
convicted killers were released from prison following reprieves of
198 inmates by outgoing Gov. Haley Barbour. Only 26 of those
pardoned were still in prison. On march 8, 2012, the state Supreme
Court upheld the pardons.
(SFC, 1/10/12, p.A5)(SFC, 1/12/12, p.A6)(Econ,
1/21/12, p.36)(SFC, 3/9/12, p.A6)
2012 Jan 8, The Consumer
Electronics Show opened in Las Vegas. South Korea-based Samsung and
LG introduced their new 55-inch organic light emitting diode (OLED)
(SFC, 3/15/12, p.D2)
2012 Jan 8, Wildlife officials
said white-tailed deer populations in parts of eastern Montana and
elsewhere in the Northern Plains could take years to recover from a
devastating disease that killed thousands of the animals in recent
months. The deaths were attributed to an outbreak of epizootic
hemorrhagic disease (EHD), transmitted by biting midges.
2012 Jan 8, An Afghan soldier
shot dead a NATO colleague and was himself killed when a dispute
ended in a shoot-out.
2012 Jan 8, Algeria said it is
to buy a 51-percent stake in mobile phone operator Djezzy, after
talks with Russian telecoms firm Vimpelcom, the main shareholder in
the group's Egyptian parent company. Djezzy is the largest mobile
operator in Algeria, claiming with over 16 million subscribers last
August. It has been operating in Algeria since 2002.
2012 Jan 8, The anti-whaling
group Sea Shepherd said three Australian activists were being held
as "prisoners" by the Japanese harpoon fleet after sneaking aboard
one of their vessels overnight to protest. The activists were
transferred to an Australian customs vessel on Jan 13.
(AFP, 1/8/12)(AP, 1/13/12)
2012 Jan 8, Britain’s PM David
Cameron said he would veto a European-wide financial transaction tax
unless it was imposed globally, deepening a confrontation with
European Union heavyweights France and Germany. Cameron also
suggested that legislation to curb excessive executive pay,
including giving shareholders new voting powers, could be set out in
2012 Jan 8, In Chile the family
home of one of a top Indian leader was destroyed in a suspicious
fire. Hours later, hooded gunmen attacked the home of a retired
military official and set it ablaze in the southern Araucania region
where Mapuche Indians and Chile's largest forestry companies have
been mired in land conflicts.
2012 Jan 8, In China a monk
named Sopa (42) died after drinking kerosene and throwing it over
his body. His body exploded in pieces before police took it away in
Dari county in Qinghai province. Xinhua News Agency identified the
dead monk as Nyage Sonamdrugyu. The reason for the discrepancy in
identification was not known.
2012 Jan 8, A leading Iranian
hardline newspaper reported Iran has begun uranium enrichment at the
Fordo facility near the holy city of Qom, well protected from
possible airstrikes. Another newspaper quoted a senior commander of
the powerful Revolutionary Guard force as saying Tehran's leadership
has decided to order the closure of the Strait of Hormuz, a
strategic oil route, if the country's petroleum exports are blocked.
2012 Jan 8, Iraq's Shiite-led
government has formally demanded that authorities in the
semiautonomous Kurdish region hand over the country's top Sunni
official, who is wanted on terrorism charges. Vice President Tariq
al-Hashemi has denied the allegations and says he cannot get a fair
trial in Baghdad.
2012 Jan 8, Yair Lapid (48),
one of Israel's most popular television personalities, quit the news
business to start his own political party, a move that could shake
up the Israeli political system by energizing opposition to PM
2012 Jan 8, Israeli police
arrested 3 more men in a suspected pedophilia ring thought to have
preyed on dozens of Jerusalem children. The ring is suspected of
molesting 70 children between the ages of 2 and 7 in their religious
2012 Jan 8, Israel charged five
alleged Jewish extremists over a December 12 raid on an army base,
accusing them of gathering intelligence on the Israeli military and
planning a riot.
2012 Jan 8, Kuwait’s interior
minister said in remarks published that Kuwait will start granting
citizenship to some stateless people by early February.
2012 Jan 8, In New Zealand the
cargo ship Rena, which caused New Zealand's worst maritime pollution
disaster when it ran aground three months ago, broke in two in a
storm, raising fears of a fresh environmental crisis.
2012 Jan 8, In Nigeria gunmen
attacked a military vehicle in Maiduguri, the capital of Borno
state. The attack killed three civilians and wounded six civilians
and one soldier.
2012 Jan 8, South Korean police
detained a Chinese man (38) accused of throwing petrol bombs at the
Japanese embassy in Seoul after claiming his grandmother was forced
into wartime sex slavery.
2012 Jan 8, In Sudan 3 people
were killed and several injured during a stampede after police fired
tear gas at an Independence Day celebration in the Sennar state
capital of Singa.
2012 Jan 8, Syrian security
forces conducting raids on homes and pro-regime snipers on rooftops
killed at least 10 civilians, including 2 teenagers, most of them in
the central city of Homs. Fierce clashes in Basr al-Harir, southern
Daraa province, between government troops and military defectors
left 11 soldiers dead.
(AP, 1/8/12)(AP, 1/9/12)
2012 Jan 8, Yemeni troops
clashed with Al-Qaeda linked militants overnight in a new attempt to
regain control of Abyan province. A soldier and six militants were
killed in the fighting.
2013 Jan 8, In northern
Afghanistan gunmen killed two local government officials in separate
attacks in Kunduz province.
2013 Jan 8, A court in Algiers
convicted Amar Gharbia (39) of taking part in the 2003 kidnapping of
15 European tourists, mainly German, in the Sahara Desert and
sentenced him to life in prison. Youcef Ben Mohamed (25) of Mali was
also convicted and imprisoned for seven years. Both belonged to the
Salafist Group for Call and Combat which later transformed into
al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb.
2013 Jan 8, In London 2 former
employees of HBOS were charged by UK prosecutors over business loans
made through a high street bank for about 35 million pounds.
2013 Jan 8, Pro-British
protesters pelted police with petrol bombs and fireworks in a sixth
successive night of rioting in Northern Ireland's capital of
2013 Jan 8, A Canadian federal
court ruled that 200,000 Metis and 400,000 First nations’ people
living outside reserves should also be considered to be
Indians under the constitution.
(Econ, 1/19/13, p.38)
2013 Jan 8, In China
free-speech protesters in masks squared off against flag-waving
communist loyalists in Guangzhou as a dispute over censorship at a
newspaper spilled into the broader population, with authorities
shutting microblog accounts of supporters of the paper.
2013 Jan 8, A European court
ruled that Italy's woefully overcrowded prisons violate the basic
rights of inmates, fined the government €100,000 ($131,000) and
ordered it to make changes within a year. The finding came three
years after Italy's government recognized the problem itself but
failed to pass legislation designed to correct it.
2013 Jan 8, A Paris court
convicted nine people for links to a militant group that the UN
Security Council has described as an al-Qaida affiliate. Suspected
ringleader, Irfan Demirtas (53), a Turkish-Dutch national, was given
an eight-year sentence, €20,000 ($26,170) fine and barred from
French territory after his sentence is up.
2013 Jan 8, A lawyer for former
detainees of Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq said 71 former detainees
received a portion of a $5.28 million settlement involving US
defense contractor Engility Holdings. The company’s L-3 Services
subsidiary was accused of conspiring to torture the detainees.
(SFC, 1/9/13, p.A3)
2013 Jan 8, The Japanese
government summoned China's ambassador to protest four Chinese
maritime surveillance ships that spent about 13 hours in waters near
disputed islands claimed by both countries.
2013 Jan 8, In Jordan Syrian
refugees in a refugee camp attacked aid workers with sticks and
stones, frustrated after cold, howling winds swept away their tents
and torrential rains flooded muddy streets overnight.
2013 Jan 8, Kenya’s The
National Police Service Commission suspended three senior police
officers from the Rift Valley province where Joshua Waiganjo (34)
operated as a fake officer extorting money from civilians.
Commission Chairman Johnston Kavuludi said Waiganjo's case has
prompted a detailed audit of all police to weed out "ghost"
2013 Jan 8, An Indian army
official said Pakistani soldiers crossed the cease-fire line in the
disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir and attacked an army patrol,
killing two Indian soldiers before retreating back into
2013 Jan 8, In Nigeria a
massive fire tore through a waterfront slum in Lagos, burning down
dozens of shack workshops and homes. There were no firefighters,
trucks or emergency equipment seen in the neighborhood.
2013 Jan 8, Students at North
Korea's premier university showed Google's executive chairman Eric
Schmidt how they look for information online: they Google it. Kim Su
Hyang, a librarian, said students at Kim Il Sung University have had
Internet access since the laboratory opened in April 2010.
2013 Jan 8, In Pakistan several
missiles fired from American drones slammed into a compound near the
town of Mir Ali in the North Waziristan tribal area, killing eight
2013 Jan 8, Palestinian
factions in Syria called for a cease-fire after fighting flared at a
refugee camp in the capital, Damascus. 5 people were killed on
Yarmouk Street, four of them when a shell exploded and the fifth in
2013 Jan 8, Slovenia’s official
anti-corruption commission said PM Janez Jansa and opposition leader
Zoran Jankovic had questions to answer.
(Econ, 1/19/13, p.55)
2013 Jan 8, The UN World Food
Program said it is unable to help 1 million Syrians who are going
2014 Jan 8, The US White House
pushed back against harsh criticism in a new book “Duty: Memoirs of
a Secretary of War," by former Defense Secretary Robert Gates that
questions President Barack Obama's war leadership and rips into VP
(AP, 1/9/14)(SFC, 1/9/14, p.A4)
2014 Jan 8, The Obama
administration pressed the nation’s schools to abandon overly
zealous discipline policies that send students to court instead of
to the principal’s office.
(SFC, 1/9/14, p.A4)
2014 Jan 8, Seventeen people
related to the San Diego street gang BMS were arrested in California
and New Jersey by police and FBI agents for operating a prostitution
ring that spanned 46 cities in 23 states.
(SFC, 1/10/14, p.A5)
2014 Jan 8, Former Georgia
banker Aubrey Lee Price (47) pleaded non guilty to stealing millions
from investors before vanishing for 18 months. Prosecutors said he
misspent, embezzled and lost some $21 million.
(SFC, 1/9/14, p.A40)
2014 Jan 8, Omaha police said
an African-American toddler, who was cursed at buy adults and
encouraged to curse in return in a posted video, has been placed in
protective custody. Three other children were also removed from the
(SFC, 1/10/14, p.A5)
2014 Jan 8, New Jersey
officials released e-mails that appeared to show Gov. Chris
Christie's staff plotting the lane closures in September to
retaliate against the Democratic mayor of Fort Lee, New Jersey,
because he had not endorsed the governor's re-election campaign.
2014 Jan 8, The Utah governor’s
office said that the state will not recognize more than 1,000
same-sex marriages performed over the past two weeks as it appeals a
legal ruling that had overturned the state’s ban on such unions.
(SFC, 1/9/14, p.A4)
2014 Jan 8, A US navy
helicopter went down in the Atlantic off of Virginia killing 2 crew
members and wounding two others. A 5th remained missing.
(SFC, 1/9/14, p.A4)
2014 Jan 8, Dennis Rodman sang
"Happy Birthday" to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un before leading a
squad of former NBA stars in a friendly game as part of his
"basketball diplomacy" that has been criticized in the US as naive
and laughable. Tourists said Rodman singing "Happy Birthday" to Kim
Jong-Un was akin to Marilyn Monroe performing for JFK.
(AFP, 1/8/14)(AP, 1/9/14)
2014 Jan 8, In Afghanistan US
forces accidentally shot dead a four year old boy.
2014 Jan 8, A Bahraini court
sentenced 22 Shiites to 15 years in prison over the killing of a
policeman and the wounding of another in an attack outside Manama.
2014 Jan 8, In Belgium Emiel
Pauwels (95), a European masters athletics champion, committed
euthanasia because he suffered from cancer. Pauwels held the over-90
60 meters European title he won last year.
2014 Jan 8, Britain’s Electoral
Commission said voters should have to prove their identity at
polling stations, as it launched a study into fraud concerns around
ethnic South Asian communities.
2014 Jan 8, Canada announced
the first H5N1 avian flu death in North America, of a patient who
had just returned from China.
2014 Jan 8, China's foreign
minister said Beijing was tackling illegal gold mining in Ghana,
after hundreds of his compatriots were arrested and sent home for
extracting the mineral without permission.
2014 Jan 8, A Croatian court
ruled that Josip Perkovic, a communist-era intelligence chief, could
be extradited to Germany where he is wanted over a killing of a
Yugoslav dissident in 1983. On Jan 24 Perkovic was flown to Germany.
(Reuters, 1/8/14)(Reuters, 1/24/14)
2014 Jan 8, German authorities
said they have charged Werner C. (88), a former member of an SS
armored division, with 25 counts of murder over allegations that he
took part in the June 10, 1944, slaughter in Oradour-sur-Glane in
southwestern France, the largest civilian massacre in Nazi-occupied
2014 Jan 8, A German court
dropped the case against Siert Bruins (92), a former member of the
Nazi SS, ruling that there are too many gaps in the evidence to
deliver a verdict. Bruins was accused of killing resistance fighter
Aldert Klaas Dijkema in September 1944 in Appingedam, near the
German border in the northern Netherlands.
2014 Jan 8, Greece formally
assumed the European Union's rotating six-month presidency with a
ceremony attended by EU commissioners.
2014 Jan 8, Greek authorities
charged 25 people and arrested three following an investigation into
allegedly inadequately secured loans from the former Hellenic
Postbank to local businessmen.
2014 Jan 8, India chipped away
at America's diplomatic perks, ordering the envoys to obey local
traffic laws and warning that a popular US Embassy club violates
diplomatic law because it is open to outsiders.
2014 Jan 8, In India a fire on
an overnight train killed at least nine people near Mumbai with
sleeping victims overcome by flames and smoke as the blaze ripped
through three carriages.
2014 Jan 8, Iraq's PM al-Maliki
urged al-Qaida-linked fighters who have overrun two cities west of
Baghdad to give up the battle, vowing to press forward with a push
to regain control of the mainly Sunni areas. NGOs said more
than 13,000 families have fled Fallujah.
(AP, 1/8/14)(AFP, 1/8/14)
2014 Jan 8, Iraq's self-ruled
northern Kurdish region said it has unilaterally started sending its
crude to Turkey and is going ahead with plans to export oil despite
objections by the central government in Baghdad. The flow of oil to
Turkey started in early January.
2014 Jan 8, In Israel thousands
of African migrants demanding to be recognized as refugees protested
outside of Israel's parliament, part of a series of mass
demonstrations over their status in Israel.
2014 Jan 8, Libya's PM Ali
Zeidan warned oil tankers trying to reach ports seized by armed
protesters must stay away or they could be sunk by the navy. Libya
said it will sue any foreign firms trying to buy oil from eastern
ports seized by armed protesters and stop doing business with them.
2014 Jan 8, Nauru, the tiny
Pacific island that hosts a controversial Australian immigration
detention centre, was reported to be hiking visa costs for foreign
journalists by 40 times, fuelling concerns over secrecy surrounding
Australia's asylum seeker policy.
2014 Jan 8, Dutch pension asset
manager PGGM, one of the largest in the country, said it was
divesting from five Israeli banks because they finance Jewish
settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories.
2014 Jan 8, Gaza's Hamas
government freed seven imprisoned Fatah members, as part of efforts
to mend relations between the Islamist movement and its West
Bank-based Palestinian rival.
2014 Jan 8, An Islamic Jihad
militant was killed near Gaza City in what medics and family said
was an Israeli drone strike.
2014 Jan 8, In southern Russia
the bodies of 6 men were found shot to death in four cars abandoned
on the outskirts of Pyatigorsk.
2014 Jan 8, Officials in the
semi-autonomous Somalia region of Puntland confirmed Abdiweli
Mohammed Ali Gaas, a former Somali prime minister, as the region's
(AP, 1/8/14)(AFP, 1/8/14)
2014 Jan 8, South Korean
prosecutors arrested an IT contractor for stealing the personal
information of around 20m credit card holders.
(Econ, 1/25/14, p.62)
2014 Jan 8, South Sudan's
government and rebels were locked in fierce battles across the
country, as peace talks taking place in neighboring Ethiopia
appeared to flounder.
2014 Jan 8, Syrian rebels
seized control of a hospital used as a headquarters by an al-Qaida
affiliate in the northern city of Aleppo, part of a widening
campaign against the extremist group in the country's
opposition-held north. Rebels overran the Aleppo headquarters of the
Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), as claims emerged that
the Al-Qaeda linked group had massacred prisoners there in cold
(AP, 1/8/14)(AFP, 1/9/14)
2014 Jan 8, In central Tunisia
clashes broke out between police and demonstrators protesting
economic hardship in Kasserine, as discontent mounts over new taxes
and government failure to improve living conditions, three years
after the revolution.
2014 Jan 8, Turkey's deputy
police chief was sacked overnight, the most senior commander yet
targeted in a purge of a force heavily influenced by cleric
Fethullah Gulen PM Tayyip Erdogan accuses of plotting to seize the
levers of state power. The police chief of Izmir was among 16 senior
police officials reassigned to new posts.
(Reuters, 1/8/14)(AP, 1/8/14)
2014 Jan 8, In Yemen 2
suspected al Qaeda militants were killed in a US drone strike in the
southeastern province of Hadramout.