Today in History - January 8

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871        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.
    (MC, 1/8/02)

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.
    (MC, 1/8/02)

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.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Romanus_Pontifex)

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, p.A24)(MC, 1/8/02)

1598        Jan 8, Genoa, Italy, expelled its Jews.
    (MC, 1/8/02)

1656        Jan 8, Oldest surviving commercial newspaper began in Haarlem, Netherlands.
    (MC, 1/8/02)

1681        Jan 8, The treaty of Radzin ended a five year war between the Turks and the allied countries of Russia and Poland.
    (HN, 1/8/99)

1705        Jan 8, Georg F. Handel's 1st opera "Almira," premiered in Hamburg.
    (MC, 1/8/02)

1713        Jan 8, Arcangelo Corelli (59), composer, violinist (Concerti Grossi), died.
    (MC, 1/8/02)

1745        Jan 8, England, Austria, Saxony and the Netherlands formed an alliance against Russia.
    (HN, 1/8/99)

1746        Jan 8, Bonnie Prince Charlie's troops occupied Stirling.
    (MC, 1/8/02)

1775        Jan 8, John Baskerville (68), English printer, type designer, died.
    (MC, 1/8/02)

1786        Jan 8, Nicholas Biddle, head of the first United States bank, was born.
    (HN, 1/8/99)

1790        Jan 8, President Washington delivered the 1st "State of the Union" address in NYC.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1790_State_of_the_Union_Address)

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 Terror.
    (MC, 1/8/02)

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 federal court.
    (AP, 1/8/08)

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.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Victor_of_Aveyron)

1806        Jan 8, Lewis & Clark found the skeleton of 105' blue whale in Oregon.
    (MC, 1/8/02)

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, 2/05, p.16)

1824        Jan 8, William Wilkie Collins, English novelist (Woman in White), was born.
    (www.qub.ac.uk/en/imperial/india/wilkie-background.htm)
1824        Jan 8, Tom Spring defeated Jack Langan in a British championship boxing match that lasted 2½ hours.
    (SFC, 2/1/06, p.G6)(www.cyberboxingzone.com/boxing/spring-t.htm)

1830        Jan 8, Gouverneur Kemble Warren (d.1882), Major Gen (Union volunteers), was born.
    (MC, 1/8/02)
1830        Jan 8, Hans von Bulow, pianist, virtuoso conductor, was born in Dresden.
    (MC, 1/8/02)

1833        Jan 8, Boston Academy of Music, 1st US music school, was established.
    (MC, 1/8/02)

1853        Jan 8, 1st US bronze equestrian statue of Andrew Jackson was unveiled in Wash. DC. [see Mar 8]
    (MC, 1/8/02)

1856        Jan 8, Dr. John A. Veatch discovered borax in Tuscan Springs, Calif.
    (MC, 1/8/02)

1862        Jan 8, Frank Nelson Doubleday, founder of Doubleday publishing house, was born.
    (HN, 1/8/99)

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.
    (AP, 10/14/12)

1867        Jan 8, Legislation gave suffrage to DC blacks, despite Pres. Johnson's veto.
    (MC, 1/8/02)
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.
    (www.uq.net.au/~zzhsoszy/states/japan/japan.html)(ON, 11/04, 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.
    (MC, 1/8/02)

1871        Jan 8, Prussian troops began to bombard Paris during the Franco-Prussian War.
    (HN, 1/8/99)

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.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nikolay_Nekrasov)

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.
    (www.answers.com/topic/herman-hollerith)(ON, 5/05, p.7)

1891        Jan 8, Walter Bothe, subatomic particle physicist (Nobel 1954), was born in Germany.
    (MC, 1/8/02)
   
1892        Jan 8, Coal mine explosion killed 100 in McAlister, Okla.
    (HN, 1/8/99)

1894        Jan 8, Fire caused serious damage at the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago.
    (AP, 1/8/98)

1896        Jan 8, Jaromir Weinberger, composer (Bird's Opera, Schwanda der Duddelsacpfeifer), was born in Prague, Czechoslovakia.
    (MC, 1/8/02)
1896        Jan 8, Steponas Darius (d.1933), transatlantic pilot, was born in Rubiskis, Lithuania.
    (LHC, 1/8/03)

1900        Jan 8, The Boers attacked Ladysmith, but are turned back by General White in South Africa.
    (HN, 1/8/99)

1902        Jan 8, Georgy M. Malenkov, Stalin's successor as head of CPSU, PM (1953-55), was born.
    (MC, 1/8/02)

1904        Jan 8, Pope Pius X banned low cut dresses in the presence of churchmen.
    (MC, 1/8/02)

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 newspaper.
    (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.
    (HN, 1/8/99)

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.
    (AP, 1/8/08)

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."
    (www.calvin-coolidge.org/html/address_to_the_general_court_b.html)

1923        Jan 8, Joseph Wiezenbaum, artificial intelligence pioneer, was born.
    (MC, 1/8/02)
1923        Jan 8, Giorgio Tozzi, basso (Met Opera, Boris, Don Giovanni), was born in Chicago, Illinois.
    (MC, 1/8/02)

1926        Jan 8, Soupy Sales (d.2009), comedian (Soupy Sales Show), was born in Franklinton, North Carolina, as Milton Supman.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soupy_Sales)
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.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bao_Dai)

1929        Jan 8, The Dow Jones Industrials added National Cash Register as a replacement for Victor Talking Machine.
    (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.
    (MC, 1/8/02)

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 thirty films.
    (SFC, 8/11/97, p.A1)(AP, 1/8/98)(HN, 1/8/99)
1935        Jan 8, AC Hardy patented the spectrophotometer.
    (MC, 1/8/02)

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.
    (HN, 1/8/99)

1941        Jan 8, Robert Baden-Powell (83), founder of the Boy Scout movement, died.
    (MC, 1/8/02)

1943        Jan 8, The British handed Madagascar over to the Free French.
    (HN, 1/8/99)

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 Balkans.
    (HN, 1/8/99)
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.
    (MC, 1/8/02)

1948        Jan 8, Richard Tauber (55), Austria-British tenor, composer (Lehar), died.
    (MC, 1/8/02)

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.
    (MC, 1/8/02)

1954        Jan 8, President Dwight Eisenhower proposed stripping convicted Communists of their U.S. citizenship.
    (HN, 1/8/99)

1958        Jan 8, Bobby Fisher won the United States Chess Championship for the first time at 14 years of age.
    (MC, 1/8/02)

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.
    (AP, 1/8/98)

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.
    (AP, 1/8/08)

1965        Jan 8, the Star of India and other stolen gems were returned to the American Museum of Natural History in New York.
    (AP, 1/8/05)

1968        Jan 8, Jacques Cousteau's 1st undersea special aired on US network TV.
    (www.imdb.com/title/tt0845400/)

1971        Jan 8, 29 pilot whales beached themselves and died at San Clemente Island, off Calif.
    (MC, 1/8/02)

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, p.D6)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kenneth_Patchen)

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 Post-Sixties America."
    (www.watergate.info/chronology/1973.shtml)(SSFC, 4/16/06, p.M3)
1973        Jan 8, Secret peace talks between the US and North Vietnam resumed near Paris.
    (AP, 1/8/98)

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.
    (AP, 1/8/06)
1975        Jan 8, Richard Tucker (b.1913), [Reuben Ticker], US tenor, cantor (La Gioconda), died.
    (www.richardtucker.org/Richard_Tucker.html)

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 Area.
    (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.
    (AP, 1/8/98)

1978        Jan 8, The Israeli government voted to "strengthen" settlements in occupied Sinai.
    (www.dkosopedia.com/wiki/1978)

1979        Jan 8, The US advised the Shah to get out of Iran.
    (HN, 1/8/99)

1981            Jan 8, The "Pirates of Penzance" opened at the Uris Theater, NYC, for 772 performances. Linda Ronstadt (b.1946) debuted Mabel.
    (http://www.ibdb.com/production.asp?ID=4088)
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, p.B3)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Morales)
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 1976-77 drought.
    (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, 1/8/98)
1982        Jan 8, The US Justice Dept withdrew an antitrust suit against IBM.
    (http://tinyurl.com/3e2guh)

1983        Jan 8, In North Korea Kim Jong Il's third and youngest son Jong Un is believed to have been born.
    (AP, 12/28/11)

1985        Jan 8, The Rev. Lawrence Martin Jenco was kidnapped in Lebanon. He was released 19 months later.
    (AP, 1/8/05)

1987        Jan 8, For the first time, the Dow Jones industrial average closed above 2,000, ending the day at 2002.25.
    (AP, 1/8/98)

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.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evan_Mecham)(SFC, 2/23/08, p.B5)
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.
    (www.theatermirror.com/TA42sbcp.htm)
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.
    (www.fas.org/nuke/control/bwc/chron.htm)

1990        Jan 8, Terry Thomas (78), English comic (Heroes), died of Parkinson's disease.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terry-Thomas)
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 Ceausescu.
    (AP, 1/8/00)

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.
    (AP, 1/8/01)
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.
    (www.balticsww.com/news/features/crackdown.htm)

1992        Jan 8, President Bush collapsed during a state dinner in Tokyo; White House officials said Bush was suffering from stomach flu.
    (AP, 1/8/02)

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.
    (AP, 1/8/98)
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.
    (AP, 1/9/03)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brown's_Chicken_massacre)(SFC, 9/30/09, p.A8)
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.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asif_Nawaz)(www.highbeam.com/doc/1G1-14397943.html)
1993        Jan 8, Sicilian journalist Beppe Alfano (b.1945) was killed by the Mafia.
    (SSFC, 12/19/10, p.D3)(http://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beppe_Alfano)

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.
    (AP, 1/8/98)

1995        Jan 8, "Guys & Dolls" closed at Martin Beck Theater, NYC, after 1143 performances.
    (www.theatredb.com/QShow.php?sid=s0398)
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 palace.
    (AP, 1/8/00)
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, 11/30/13, p.83)
1996         Jan 8, Japan's Trade Minister Hashimoto was endorsed by the ruling coalition to become prime minister.
    (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, 11/13/01, p.A14)

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.
    (AP, 1/8/98)
1997        Jan 8, The state of Arkansas put three men to death in the second triple execution since capital punishment was reinstated in 1976.
    (AP, 1/8/98)
1997        Jan 8, Russian President Boris Yeltsin was hospitalized with early signs of pneumonia.
    (AP, 1/8/98)
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.
    (AP, 1/7/99)
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.
    (www.courttv.com/news/flashback/January.html)
1998        Jan 8, Air traffic control over the Pacific broke down for 16 hours; officials said the outage posed no real danger.
    (AP, 1/7/99)
1998        Jan 8, Walter Diemer (93), inventor (bubble gum 1928), died of heart failure.
    (MC, 1/8/02)
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 dipping 19%.
    (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.
    (AP, 1/8/00)
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 opened.
    (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.
    (AP, 10/8/02)
1999        Jan 8, In Indonesia some 2,000 people rampaged in Karawang and 2 people were shot dead by police.
    (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 policemen).
    (SFC, 1/9/99, p.A9)(SFC, 1/12/99, p.A8)(WSJ, 1/11/99, p.A1)
1999        Jan 8, In Malaysia Prime Minister Mahathir named Abdullah Ahmad Badawi (59) as his heir apparent.
    (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 army commanders.
    (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."
    (AP, 1/8/01)
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 vote.
    (AP, 3/30/04)

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.
    (AP, 1/8/02)
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.
    (AP, 1/8/02)
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 rollover issues.
    (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.
    (AP, 1/8/03)
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, p.28)
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, Florida.
    (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.
    (AP, 1/8/03)
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.
    (AP, 1/8/04)
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.
    (AP, 1/9/03)
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.
    (AP, 1/8/04)
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.
    (AP, 1/8/04)
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.
    (AP, 1/8/04)
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 soldiers aboard.
    (AP, 1/8/04)
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.
    (AP, 1/8/05)
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 public schools.
    (AP, 1/10/04)
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.
    (AP, 1/8/05)
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.
    (AP, 1/8/06)
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 Evangelical Edge."
    (SFC, 1/11/05, p.B8)(SSFC, 2/6/05, p.A1)(SSFC, 10/20/07, p.M1)
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.
    (AP, 1/9/05)
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.
    (AP, 1/8/05)
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 others.
    (AP, 1/8/05)
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.
    (AP, 1/9/05)
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 al-Beshir.
    (AP, 1/8/05)
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.
    (AP, 1/8/05)
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 government soldier.
    (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 improved.
    (AP, 1/8/05)
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.
    (AP, 1/8/05)

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, 1/4/07, p.A3)
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.
    (AP, 1/8/06)
2006        Jan 8, A car ploughed into a group of 12 cyclists in North Wales, killing four and leaving four others seriously injured.
    (AFP, 1/8/06)
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.
    (AP, 1/8/06)
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.
    (AP, 1/8/06)
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.
    (AP, 1/8/06)
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.
    (AP, 1/8/06)
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.
    (AP, 1/9/06)
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).
    (Reuters, 1/8/06)
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.
    (AP, 1/8/06)
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.
    (AFP, 1/8/06)
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.
    (AFP, 1/8/06)
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.
    (AFP, 1/8/06)
2006        Jan 8, The Islamic militant group Hamas launched a TV station in the Gaza Strip as part of its expansion into Palestinian politics.
    (AP, 1/9/06)
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.
    (AP, 1/8/06)
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 arrived.
    (AP, 1/8/06)
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.
    (AP, 1/8/06)
2006        Jan 8, Three Turks were reported to be infected with a deadly strain of bird flu in the capital Ankara.
    (AP, 1/8/06)
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.
    (AP, 1/8/06)

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 light.
    (AP, 1/9/07)
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.
    (AP, 1/8/07)
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.
    (AP, 1/8/07)
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 million.
    (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.
    (AP, 1/11/07)
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."
    (AP, 1/9/07)
2007        Jan 8, Austria's two main political parties, the Social Democrats and the People's Party, agreed to form a new coalition government.
    (AP, 1/8/07)
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.
    (AP, 1/8/07)
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.
    (AP, 1/9/07)
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 acceptable.
    (AP, 1/9/07)
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.
    (AP, 1/8/07)
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.
    (AP, 1/8/07)
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.
    (AP, 1/8/07)
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.
    (AP, 1/9/07)
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.
    (AP, 1/8/07)
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 elected.
    (AFP, 1/9/07)
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 Strip.
    (AP, 1/8/07)
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 nation.
    (AP, 1/8/07)
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.
    (AP, 1/8/07)
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 peace.
    (AP, 1/8/08)
2008        Jan 8, Pres. Bush signed legislation aimed at preventing the severely mentally ill from buying guns.
    (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 state parks.
    (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 campaigns.
    (AP, 1/9/08)
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 disasters.
    (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.
    (AP, 1/9/08)
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.
    (AP, 1/9/08)
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 economic stability.
    (AP, 1/8/08)
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 material.
    (AFP, 1/8/08)
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.
    (AP, 1/8/08)
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.
    (AP, 1/10/08)
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 province.
    (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.
    (AP, 1/9/08)
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.
    (AP, 1/8/08)
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.
    (AP, 1/8/08)
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 the president.
    (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.
    (AP, 1/9/08)
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.
    (AP, 1/8/08)
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.
    (AFP, 1/8/08)
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 area.
    (AP, 1/8/08)
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.
    (AP, 1/8/08)
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.
    (AP, 1/8/08)

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.
    (AP, 1/8/09)
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.
    (AP, 1/8/09)
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 years.
    (AP, 1/8/09)
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, 1/9/09, p.A10)
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, p.49)
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.
    (AP, 1/8/09)
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 park.
    (AP, 1/10/09)
2009        Jan 8, A magnitude 6.1 earthquake rocked Costa Rica killing at least 20 people with dozens still missing.
    (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.
    (AP, 1/8/09)
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.
    (AP, 1/8/09)
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 children.
    (AP, 1/9/09)
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.
    (Reuters, 1/8/09)
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.
    (AP, 1/8/09)
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.
    (AP, 1/8/09)
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 west.
    (Reuters, 1/8/09)
2009        Jan 8, In Zimbabwe opposition members accused of being involved in a bomb plot said they were tortured into making false confessions.
    (AP, 1/8/09)

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 carriers.
    (AP, 1/8/10)
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 "Gumbasia."
    (AP, 1/9/10)
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 alleged cache.
    (AP, 1/8/10)
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.
    (Reuters, 1/9/10)
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.
    (AFP, 1/8/10)
2010        Jan 8, The beleaguered Eurostar train service cancelled half of its trains between London and Paris because of freezing temperatures.
    (AP, 1/8/10)
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 subjected to.
    (AFP, 1/16/10)
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 this year.
    (AP, 1/8/10)
2010        Jan 8, In southeastern China a fire in coal mine trapped and killed 12 workers in Xinyu city, Jiangxi province.
    (AP, 1/9/10)
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.
    (AP, 1/9/10)
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.
    (AP, 1/8/10)
2010        Jan 8, Israeli airstrikes against targets in Gaza killed three men in a smuggling tunnel along the Gaza-Egypt border.
    (AP, 1/8/10)
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 kg).
    (AP, 1/8/10)
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.
    (AP, 1/9/10)
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.
    (AP, 1/8/10)
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 the dispute.
    (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 school.
    (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.
    (AFP, 1/9/10)
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.
    (AP, 1/8/10)
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.
    (AP, 1/8/10)
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.
    (AP, 1/9/10)
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 signals.
    (AP, 1/8/10)
2010        Jan 8, Venezuela’s Pres. Chavez issued a presidential decree devaluing the currency by up to 50%.
    (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.
    (AP, 1/8/11)
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.
    (AP, 1/8/11)
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.
    (AP, 1/9/11)
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 contaminated feed.
    (AP, 1/8/11)
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.
    (AP, 1/8/11)
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.
    (AFP, 1/8/11)
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.
    (AP, 1/8/11)
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 grocery store.
    (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.
    (AP, 1/9/11)
2011        Jan 8, North Korea reiterated a proposal for unconditional talks with South Korea to ease tensions on the divided peninsula.
    (AP, 1/8/11)  
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.
    (AP, 1/8/11)
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.
    (AP, 1/8/11)
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.
    (http://tinyurl.com/b4g9rec)(SFC, 12/14/12, p.A11)
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) HDTVs.
    (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.
    (AP, 1/8/12)
2012        Jan 8, An Afghan soldier shot dead a NATO colleague and was himself killed when a dispute ended in a shoot-out.
    (AFP, 1/8/12)
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.
    (AFP, 1/8/12)
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 the spring.
    (Reuters, 1/8/12)
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.
    (AP, 1/8/12)
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.
    (AP, 1/9/12)
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.
    (AP, 1/8/12)   
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.
    (AP, 1/8/12)
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 Benjamin Netanyahu.
    (AP, 1/8/12)
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 Jewish neighborhood.
    (AP, 1/9/12)
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.
    (AFP, 1/8/12)
2012        Jan 8, Kuwait’s interior minister said in remarks published that Kuwait will start granting citizenship to some stateless people by early February.
    (AFP, 1/8/12)
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.
    (AFP, 1/8/12)
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.
    (AP, 1/8/12)
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.
    (AFP, 1/8/12)
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.
    (AFP, 1/8/12)
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.
    (AFP, 1/8/12)

2013        Jan 8, In northern Afghanistan gunmen killed two local government officials in separate attacks in Kunduz province.
    (AP, 1/8/13)
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.
    (AP, 1/8/13)
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.
    (Reuters, 1/9/13)
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 Belfast.
    (Reuters, 1/8/13)
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.
    (AP, 1/8/13)
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.
    (AP, 1/8/13)
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.
    (AP, 1/8/13)
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.
    (AP, 1/8/13)
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.
    (AP, 1/8/13)
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" officers.
    (AP, 1/9/13)
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 Pakistani-controlled territory.
    (AP, 1/8/13)
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.
    (AP, 1/8/13)
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.
    (AP, 1/8/13)
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 suspected militants.
    (AP, 1/8/13)
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 sniper fire.
    (AP, 1/8/13)
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 hungry.
    (AP, 1/8/13)

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 Joe Biden.
    (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 same home.
    (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.
    (Reuters, 1/10/14)
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.
    (Reuters, 1/10/14)
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.
    (AP, 1/8/14)
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.
    (AP, 1/8/14)
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.
    (AFP, 1/8/14)
2014        Jan 8, Canada announced the first H5N1 avian flu death in North America, of a patient who had just returned from China.
    (AFP, 1/9/14)
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.
    (AFP, 1/9/14)
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 France.
    (AP, 1/8/14)
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.
    (AP, 1/8/14)
2014        Jan 8, Greece formally assumed the European Union's rotating six-month presidency with a ceremony attended by EU commissioners.
    (AP, 1/8/14)
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.
    (AP, 1/9/14)
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.
    (AP, 1/8/14)
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.
    (AFP, 1/8/14)
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.
    (AP, 1/9/14)
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.
    (AP, 1/8/14)
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.
    (Reuters, 1/8/14)
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.
    (Reuters, 1/8/14)
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.
    (AFP, 1/8/14)
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.
    (AFP, 1/8/14)
2014        Jan 8, An Islamic Jihad militant was killed near Gaza City in what medics and family said was an Israeli drone strike.
    (AFP, 1/8/14)
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.
    (AP, 1/9/14)
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 new leader.
    (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.
    (AFP, 1/8/14)
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 blood.
    (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.
    (AFP, 1/8/14)
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.
    (Reuters, 1/8/14)

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