Return to home69CE Jan 10,
Roman emperor Galba adopted Marcus Piso Licinianus as Caesar.
1072 Jan 10, Robert Guiscard
and his brother Roger took Palermo in Sicily.
1429 Jan 10, Order of Golden
Fleece was established in Austria-Hungary & Spain.
1642 Jan 10, King Charles I and
his family fled London for Oxford.
1645 Jan 10, William Laud (71),
the Archbishop of Canterbury, was beheaded on Tower Hill, accused of
acting as an enemy of the Parliament.
1654 Jan 10, Russia’s Czar
Alexander announced a war against Lithuania and Poland. It lasted to
1663 Jan 10, King Charles II
affirmed the charter of Royal African Company.
1709 Jan 10, Abraham Darby
(1678-1717) in Coalbrookdale, England, began using coke to provide
carbon for making iron. This led to the end of the use of charcoal
for making iron.
1724 Jan 10, King Philip V
shocked all of Europe when he abdicated his throne in favor of his
eldest son, Louis. Philip V (1683-1746) was King of Spain from
(WUD, 1994, p.1081)(HN, 1/10/99)
1738 Jan 10, Ethan Allen was
born. He was the American Revolutionary commander of the Green
Mountain Boys in Vermont. [see 1738-1789]
(HFA, '96, p.22)(AHD, p.34)
1769 Jan 10, Michel Ney, French
marshal (Waterloo), was born.
1776 Jan 10, Thomas Paine
(1737-1809), British émigré and propagandist, anonymously published
"Common Sense," a scathing attack on King George III's reign over
the colonies and a call for complete independence. The first 1,000
sold within days at 2 shillings. By the end of the year some 150,000
copies were sold, greatly affecting public sentiment and the
deliberations of the Continental Congress leading up to the
Declaration of Independence. An instant bestseller in both the
colonies and in Britain, Paine baldly stated that King George III
was a tyrant and that Americans should shed any sentimental
attachment to the monarchy. America, he argued, had a moral
obligation to reject monarchy.
1/10/98)(ON, 6/2011, p.3)
1778 Jan 10, Carolus Linnaeus
[Carl von Linné, b.1707], Swedish botanist, died. His system for
classifying living organisms in a hierarchy placed kingdoms at the
top and species at the bottom.
1810 Jan 10, French church
annulled the marriage of Napoleon I & Josephine.
1811 Jan 10, An uprising of
over 400 slaves was put down in New Orleans. Sixty-six blacks were
killed and their heads were strung up along the roads of the city.
1834 Jan 10, Lord Acton [John
E.E. Dalberg], English historian and editor of The Rambler, a Roman
Catholic monthly, was born.
1847 Jan 10, General Stephen
Kearny and Commodore Robert Stockton retook Los Angeles in the last
California battle of the Mexican War.
1860 Jan 10, Ezequiel Zamora
(1817-1860), leader of the Federalist Army in Venezuela, was
1861 Jan 10, Florida became the
3rd state to secede from the Union.
(AP, 1/10/98)(HN, 1/10/99)(MC, 1/10/02)
1861 Jan 9, Southern shellfire
stopped the Union supply ship Star of the West from entering
Charleston harbor on her way to Fort Sumter.
1861 Jan 10, Ft. Jackson and
Ft. Philip were taken over by LA state troops.
1861 Jan 10, US forts &
property were seized by Mississippi.
1862 Jan 10, Battle of Big
Sandy River, KY (Middle Creek).
1862 Jan 10, Battle of Romney,
1862 Jan 10, Samuel Colt (47),
inventor (6 shot revolver), died.
1863 Jan 10, London's
Metropolitan, the world's first underground passenger railway,
opened to the public. The first stretch of rail had opened the day
before. It was nationalized in 1948. In 2004 Christian Wolmar
authored “The Subterranean Railway: How the London Underground was
Built and How it Changed the City Forever."
(AP, 1/10/98)(HN, 1/10/99)(Econ, 1/22/05,
1864 Jan 10, George Washington
Carver (d.1943), American botanist and a former slave who became a
scientist and inventor, gave the world peanut butter, was born.
“Ninety-nine percent of the failures come from people who have the
habit of making excuses."
(AP, 9/20/98)(HN, 1/10/99)
1870 Jan 10, John D.
Rockefeller (1839-1937) and his brother William incorporated the
Standard Oil Company of Ohio. The original Standard Oil Company,
founded by John D. Rockefeller and three partners in 1870, was
incorporated in the state of Ohio.
(WSJ, 7/15/97, p.A16)(AP, 1/10/98)(HN,
1870 Jan 10, Victor Noir (22),
French journalist, was killed by Prince Pierre Bonaparte. Noir "had
called on him with a companion to present his editor's challenge to
a duel because of a journalistic dispute concerning Corsican
politics." Public sentiment over Noir's death forces Napoleon III to
abdicate. A statue of Noir’s prostrate figure became a magnet for
infertile women rubbing themselves against him as a sexual charm.
1880 Jan 10, Frank Leslie
(b.1821), English-born American engraver, illustrator and publisher,
died in NY. His publications included Frank Leslie's Illustrated
Newspaper, aka Leslie's Weekly, (1852-1922).
1883 Jan 10, Fire at uninsured
Newhall Hotel in Milwaukee, Wisconsin killed 71. General Tom Thumb
of P.T. Barnum fame escaped unhurt.
1895 Jan 10, Benjamin Louis
Paul Godard (45), composer, died.
1898 Jan 10, Sergei M.
Eisenstein (d.1948), Russian director (Alexandr Nevski) [OS], was
born in Riga, Latvia. He became a renowned film director in Russia.
In 1999 Ronald Bergan published the biography: "Sergei Eisenstein: A
Life In Conflict." [see Jan 23]
(SFEC, 5/2/99, BR p.1,10)(MC, 1/10/02)
1898 Jan 10, In France a
court-martial against Major Ferdinand Walsin Esterhazy began behind
closed doors. The next day the defendant was found not guilty.
Writer Emile Zola followed this action 2 days later with a
4-thousand word letter in support of Captain Dreyfus and accusing
the French military of a conspiracy in the case.
(ON, 2/09, p.6)
1899 Jan 10, Filipino leader
Emilio Aguinaldo renounced the Treaty of Paris, which annexed the
Philippines to the United States.
1901 Jan 10, The Automobile
Club of America installed signs on major highways.
1901 Jan 10, The Lucas Gusher
flowing at the rate of 80,000 to 100,000 barrels per day, blew in.
Pattillo Higgins, a self-taught geologist, became interested in
Spindletop Hill, just south of Beaumont, Texas in 1889. Believing
that Spindletop covered a vast pool of oil, Higgins joined two other
men in 1892 to form the Gladys City Oil, Gas, and Manufacturing
Company--one of the first oil companies in Texas. Higgins, lacking
proper drilling equipment, failed in his efforts, and the Gladys
City Company leased land to a team led by Austrian mining engineer
Captain Anthony Lucas in 1899. By 1902, 285 wells were operating on
Spindletop Hill and over 600 oil companies had been chartered, but
overproduction ruined the field. By 1903 the boom was over and
within 10 years Spindletop Hill was practically a ghost town.
Spindletop enjoyed a resurgence in 1926 when technology made
possible the recovery of more oil through deeper drilling.
1903 Jan 10, Argentina banned
the importation of American beef, because of sanitation problems.
1904 Jan 10, Ray Bolger, actor,
dancer (Scarecrow-Wizard of Oz), was born in Dorchester, Mass.
1911 Jan 10, Rear Admiral
Buttervant Barry (1849-1938), commander in chief of the US Pacific
fleet, was discovered in his quarters on the flagship West Virginia
engaged in a liaison with a cabin boy. Admiral Barry, in lieu of
resigning or suicide, retired on Jan 13.
(SSFC, 1/9/11, DB
1911 Jan 10, Two German
cruisers, the Emden and the Nurnberg, suppressed a native revolt on
island of Ponape in the Carolina Islands [Caroline Islands, east of
the Philippines] when they fired on the island and land troops.
1912 Jan 10, The World's first
flying-boat airplane, designed by Glenn Curtiss (1878-1930), made
its maiden flight at San Diego, Ca. The Curtiss Model D featured an
electric starter. Curtiss had become the first licensed pilot in
1914 Jan 10, In Utah John
Morrison, a Salt Lake City grocer and father of six, was shot dead
along with his son (17) after two men entered his shop. Labor leader
Joe Hill (1879-1915) was soon treated for a fresh gunshot wound and
was later tried and convicted for murder.
(Econ, 8/6/11, p.73)
1917 Jan 10, Buffalo Bill Cody,
army scout and Indian fighter, died. Edward Zane Carroll Judson
wrote about Western themes using the name Ned Buntline. The author
is best known for his dime novels about William “Buffalo Bill" Cody.
(MesWP)(HNQ, 4/9/00)(MC, 1/10/02)
1917 Jan 10, Germany was
rebuked as the Entente officially rejected a proposal for peace
talks and demanded the return of occupied territories from Germany.
1918 Jan 10, The US House of
Representatives passed women's suffrage. The 19th Amendment for
women's suffrage was also known as the Anthony Amendment in honor of
Susan B. Anthony.
(HN, 1/10/99)(SFC, 10/11/99, p.E12)
1920 Jan 10, The League of
Nations was established as the Treaty of Versailles went into
(AHD, 1971, p.744)(AP, 1/10/98)
1923 Jan 10, The United States
withdrew its last troops from Germany.
1925 Jan 10, France-Saarland
1928 Jan 10, The Soviet Union
ordered the exile of Leon Trotsky.
1934 Jan 10, Marinus van der
Lubbe (24), a bricklayer and Dutch communist, was executed in
Berlin. He had been convicted of arson and high treason for torching
the Reichstag parliament building on Feb 27, 1933. On Dec 6, 2007,
German prosecutors formally overturned the conviction.
1935 Jan 10, Sherrill Milnes,
baritone (Scarpia, Rigoletto), was born in Hinsdale, Illinois.
1935 Jan 10, Actress Mary
Pickford married actor Douglas Fairbanks.
1938 Jan 10, Eduard van Beinum
became the 1st conductor of Amsterdam Concert orchestra.
1940 Jan 10, German planes
attacked 12 ships off the British coast; three sank and 35 were
1941 Jan 10, The Soviets and
the Germans agreed on the East European borders and the exchange of
Jan 10, Jim Croce, (d.1973) rock vocalist (Time in a Bottle, Workin'
At The Car Wash Blues), was born in Phila.
1943 Jan 10, Russian offensive
began against German 6th and 4th Armies near Stalingrad.
1944 Jan 10, The GI Bill of
Rights, first proposed by the American Legion, was passed by
Congress. The Bill, more formally known as the Servicemen's
Readjustment Act of 1944, was intended to smooth demobilization for
America's almost 16 million servicemen and women. Postwar college
and vocational school attendance soared as more than 50 percent of
honorably discharged veterans took advantage of education benefits
of up to $500 a year for tuition, plus a living allowance. When they
returned home to marry and start families in record numbers,
veterans faced a severe housing shortage. The home loan provisions
of the GI Bill provided more than 2 million home loans and created a
new American landscape in the suburbs. In 1990, President George
Bush summed up the impact of the GI Bill: "The GI Bill changed the
lives of millions by replacing old roadblocks with paths of
1945 Jan 10, Rod Stewart, rock
singer, was born in North London, England.
(SSFC, 10/10/04, Par p.20)
1946 Jan 10, The first manmade
contact with the moon was made as the US Army bounced radar signals
off the lunar surface from Belmar, NJ.
1946 Jan 10, The first General
Assembly of the United Nations convened in London.
1946 Jan 10, Chiang Kai-shek
and the Yenan Communist forces halted fighting in China.
1947 Jan 10, The musical
fantasy "Finian's Rainbow," with music by Burton Lane and lyrics by
E.Y. Harburg, opened on Broadway and ran for 725 performances. It is
the tale of an Irishman who stole a pot of gold and came to the US
to plant it and became rich. Burton Lane (1912-1996) also did “On a
Clear Day You Can See Forever."
(MT, 10/94, p.15)(AP, 1/10/98)(MC, 1/10/02)
1949 Jan 10, George Foreman,
world heavyweight champion from 1973 to 1974, was born. He
lost it to Mohammed Ali and regained it in 1994 at the age of 46.
1949 Jan 10, RCA introduced the
45 RPM record.
1951 Jan 10, UN headquarters
opened in Manhattan, NY.
1951 Jan 10, [Harry] Sinclair
Lewis (65), American author of 23 novels and 3 plays (Nobel 1930),
died in Rome of a nervous disorder. In 2002 Richard Lingeman
authored “Sinclair Lewis: Rebel from Main Street."
(HNQ, 5/18/98)(WSJ, 1/18/02, p.W8)(MC, 1/10/02)
1956 Jan 10, The US Navy
established its first nuclear power school at Submarine Base, New
(AH, 2/06, p.14)
1957 Jan 10, Rev. Martin Luther
King Jr. organized the Southern Christian Leadership Conference
(SCLC) to fight facial segregation by means of nonviolent protests.
(ON, 4/2011, p.4)
1957 Jan 10, Harold Macmillan
became prime minister of Britain, following the resignation of
1958 Jan 10, Jerry Lee Lewis'
"Great Balls of Fire" reached #1.
1961 Jan 10,
Dashiell Hammett (66), author, died in NYC from throat cancer.
In 1983 Diane Johnson authored his biography. His books included
“The Maltese Falcon" and “The Thin Man," both of which were turned
into films. He wrote “The Maltese Falcon" while living in San
Francisco at 891 Post St., which was also given as the address of
detective Sam Spade.
(www.imdb.com/name/nm0358591/)(SFC, 6/7/04, p.C2)
1961 Jan 10, In San Francisco a
25-foot grey whale died after getting trapped under Pier 50C at
Mission Rock Terminal. Humane officers fired soft-nosed and armor
piercing bullets into its skull to try to put the animal out of its
(SSFC, 1/9/11, DB p.42)
1962 Jan 10, Eruptions on Mount
Huascaran in Peru destroyed 7 villages and killed 3,500.
Jan 10, Pres. Johnson held a meeting with Sec. of Defense Robert
McNamara after which he approved covert operations against North
Vietnam [see Jan 16].
(SFEC, 8/17/97, BR p.9)
1964 Jan 10, The US Post Office
released a new stamp showing Texas pioneer Sam Houston with a rifle.
Its initial Dec 13 release was withheld due to the assassination of
(SSFC, 12/15/13, p.42)
1964 Jan 10, Panama broke ties
with the U.S. and demanded a revision of the canal treaty.
1964 Jan 10, Battles took place
between Muslims & Hindus in Calcutta.
1966 Jan 10, Julian Bond was
denied a seat in Georgia legislature for opposing Vietnam War.
1966 Jan 10, In Mississippi
Vernon Dahmer, a revered civil rights leader, was killed in a
firebombing. In 1998 Klansmen Sam Bowers (1924-2006), Deavours Nix
(72) and Charles Noble (55) were arrested for the murder. 8 men in 2
cars loaded with shotguns and 12 gallons of gasoline attacked
Dahmer’s home. Billy Roy Pitts participated and later testified how
Bowers had called meetings and presided over the planning of the
bombing. Bowers was convicted in his 5th trial and sentenced to life
in prison where he died.
(SFC, 5/29/98, p.A5)(SFC, 8/17/98, p.A5)(SFC,
8/20/98, p.A12)(WSJ, 8/24/98, p.A1)
1966 Jan 10, The Tashkent
Agreement, was signed in the Soviet city of Tashkent, and officially
ended a 17-day war between Pakistan and India. It required that both
sides withdraw by February 26, 1966, to positions held prior to
August 5, 1965, and observe the cease-fire line agreed to on June
30, 1965. The agreement was brokered by Soviet premier Aleksey
Kosygin and signed by Indian Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri and
Pakistan President Ayub Khan. The Indian prime minister died the day
after signing the agreement.
1967 Jan 10, National
Educational Television (forerunner of Public Broadcasting Service)
operated as a true network for the 1st time as it carried Pres.
Johnson's State of the Union address.
1967 Jan 10, Edward W. Brooke,
R-Mass., the first black elected to the U.S. Senate by popular vote,
took his seat.
1967 Jan 10, American artist
Charles Birchfield (b.1893) died.
(SFC, 10/20/12, p.E2)(
1968 Jan 10, Lyle Menendez was
born in NY and grew up in Princeton, NJ. In 1989 he and his brother
Erik killed their parents.
1970 Jan 10, Charles Olson
(b.1910), American poet, died in NYC. Volume Three of his Maximus
Poems appeared posthumously in 1975.
1971 Jan 10, “Masterpiece
Theatre" premiered on PBS with host Alistair Cooke introducing a
drama series, “The First Churchills."
1971 Jan 10, Gabrielle "Coco"
Chanel (b.1883), French fashion designer, died in Paris. In 2011 Hal
Vaughan authored “Sleeping With the Enemy: Coco Chanel’s Secret
1972 Jan 10, Sheikh Mujibur
Rahman (b.1920) returned to Dhaka from prison in West Pakistan. He
soon promulgated an interim constitution and was sworn in first as
president of Bangladesh, then as prime minister.
1973 Jan 10, An empty liquefied
natural gas (LNG) tank in Bloomfield on Staten Island exploded and
40 workers were killed.
1974 Jan 10, An Advisory Panel
on White House Tapes determined that an 18-m gap in Watergate tape
was due to erasure and of no consequence.
1976 Jan 10, Howlin’ Wolf,
blues singer born as Chester Arthur Burnett (b.1910), died. In 2004
James Segrest and Mark Hoffman authored “"Moanin’ at Midnight: The
Life and Times of Howlin’ Wolf."
(SSFC, 7/4/04, p.M6)(www.britannica.com)
1977 Jan 10, The crater walls
of Congo’s Nyiragongo volcano fractured, and a lava lake drained in
less than an hour. The lava flowed down the flanks of the volcano at
speeds of up to 60 miles per hour on the upper slopes, overwhelming
villages and killing at least 70 people.
1978 Jan 10, Diane Feinstein
was elected president of the 11-member SF Board of Supervisors.
Harvey Milk and Dan White took their seats on the board for the
(SFC, 11/26/98, p.A19)(SFC, 1/10/03, p.E6)
1978 Jan 10, In Nicaragua Pedro
Joaquin Chamorro Cardenal (b.1924), journalist and editor of La
Prensa, was shot dead. His murder sparked the Sandinista-led
uprising that later toppled Somoza. His wife, Violeta Barrios de
Chamorro, later became head of the country and in 1996 published her
autobiography: "Dreams of the Heart." The murder also inspired Susan
Meiselas, photographer, to go to Nicaragua from NY. She spent ten
years photographing events in the area, later published as
"Nicaragua." The Sandinista Party was founded by Carlos Fonseca.
9/11/96, p.A20)(SFC, 10/23/96, p.A8)
1978 Jan 10, The Soviet Union
launched two cosmonauts aboard a Soyuz capsule for a rendezvous with
the Salyut VI space laboratory.
1979 Jan 10, Billy Carter, the
brother of US Pres. Jimmy Carter, made allegedly anti-Semitic
remarks. Billy eventually registered as a foreign agent of the
Libyan government and received a $220,000 loan. This led to a Senate
hearing over alleged influence peddling which some in the press
1980 Jan 10, The last broadcast
of "Rockford Files" on NBC. It began on the NBC network on September
1980 Jan 10, George Meany
(b.1894), former plumber and president of the AFL-CIO, died in
Washington, D.C. Meany, president of the AFL-CIO from 1955 to 1979,
was a NYC plumber before becoming a labor leader. He became an
apprentice plumber in 1910 and a journeyman in 1915. In 1922 Meany
was elected business agent of Plumbers Union 463. From 1934 to 1939
he served as president of the New York State Federation of Labor and
in 1940 became secretary of the American Federation of Labor. He was
an architect of the AFL merger with the Congress of Industrial
Organizations and in 1955 became the president of the new AFL-CIO.
Meany led a campaign against corruption in organized labor, which
resulted in the expulsion from the AFL-CIO of the Teamsters and two
other major unions in 1957.
(HNQ, 6/9/98)(AP, 1/10/00)
1984 Jan 10, Clara Peller
(1902-1987) 1st asked: "Where's the Beef?," as part of a TV ad for
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Where's_the_beef%3F)(AH, 6/07, p.11)
1984 Jan 10, The United States
and the Vatican established full diplomatic relations for the first
time in 117 years.
(AP, 1/10/98)(HN, 1/10/99)
1988 Jan 10, In Pakistan Farooq
Sattar (28), a founding member of the MQM, became Karachi’s youngest
(WSJ, 12/5/07, p.A22)(http://tinyurl.com/36566r)
1988 Jan 10, Soviet media
reported on an interview given to Chinese journalists by Mikhail S.
Gorbachev, who praised the state of Sino-Soviet relations and called
for a summit. The Beijing government turned aside the summit call,
saying Soviet-backed Vietnamese forces first had to withdraw from
1989 Jan 10, Cuba began
withdrawing its troops from Angola, more than 13 years after its
first contingents arrived.
1990 Jan 10, NCAA approved the
random drug testing for college football players.
1990 Jan 10, Chinese Premier Li
Peng lifted Beijing's 7-month-old martial law and said that by
crushing pro-democracy protests the army had saved China from "the
abyss of misery."
1991 Jan 10, Baseball
officially banned Pete Rose from being elected to the Hall of Fame.
1991 Jan 10, Five days before a
UN deadline for Iraq to withdraw from Kuwait, peace efforts
intensified, with UN Secretary-General Javier Perez de Cuellar
setting off on a mission aimed at averting war.
1992 Jan 10, President Bush
returned home from his grueling 12-day journey to Australia,
Singapore, South Korea and Japan, boasting of “dramatic progress" on
1992 Jan 10, In Algeria an army
coup cancelled elections that were running strongly in favor of the
Islamic Salvation Front (FIS). France supported the move which led
to a bloody struggle between the Algerian army and Algerian
fundamentalist (Armed Islamic Group, GIA) guerillas that by 1995
claimed nearly 40,000 lives and numerous bomb attacks in France.
(WSJ, 10/26/95, p.A-22)(SFC, 11/14/96,
p.A12)(SFC, 1/8/96, p.A7)
1993 Jan 10, An unidentified
62-year-old man at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
underwent the world's second baboon liver transplant. The man died
less than a month later without regaining full consciousness.
1994 Jan 10, On the first day
of a two-day NATO summit in Belgium, leaders signed a document
inviting nations of the former Warsaw Pact to join in a "partnership
1994 Jan 10, Talks between
Israeli and Palestinian negotiators resumed in Taba, Egypt.
1994 Jan 10, In Manassas, Va.,
Lorena Bobbitt went on trial, charged with malicious wounding of her
husband, John. She had cut off her husband's penis and was acquitted
by reason of temporary insanity.
1995 Jan 10, President Clinton
declared flood-stricken areas of California major disaster areas.
1995 Jan 10, Russia announced a
48-hour truce in breakaway Chechnya, but the cease-fire fell apart
after a few hours.
1996 Jan 10, Chechen rebels
seized as many as 3,000 hostages in the Russian Republic of
(WSJ, 1/2/97, p.R2)
1996 Jan 10, Russian troops
allowed a convoy of Chechen rebels and 160 hostages to head for
Chechnya, then surrounded them in the village of Pervomayskaya.
After a five-day standoff, Russian troops launched a massive
military assault that resulted in the deaths of most of the rebels
and some of the hostages.
1997 Jan 10, Dallas police
ended their investigation into Dallas Cowboys stars Erik Williams
and Michael Irvin, saying a woman's claim that Williams raped her
while Irvin held a gun to her head was false.
1997 Jan 10, The NASA Near
Earth Tracking Program detected an asteroid, AC11, that was about
600 feet across with a sun orbit of 9.5 months. It was the 24th Aten
asteroid, a group whose orbits all lie within that of the Earth.
(SFC, 2/1/97, p.A8)
1997 Jan 10, Sheldon Leonard
(b.1907), film actor, producer and TV director (Dick Van Dyke),
1997 Jan 10, In Bulgaria
protestors trapped legislators of the ruling Socialist Party inside
parliament. The economy was still 90% state-owned and inflation last
year topped 300%.
(SFC, 1/11/97, p.A8)
1997 Jan 10, From Tokyo it was
reported that scientists had successfully implanted micro-robotic
backpacks onto cockroaches in experiments to control their
(SFC, 1/10/97, p.B2)
1997 Jan 10, In Japan the
Nikkei had fallen more than 16% over the last five weeks due to
gloomy economic news and the government’s recent vow to reduce its
role in the economy.
(WSJ, 1/10/97, p.A1)
1997 Jan 10, In Nicaragua
Arnoldo Aleman began a 5-year term as president.
(SFC, 1/11/97, p.C1)
1998 Jan 10, In his weekly
radio address, President Clinton denounced Chicago physicist Richard
Seed's expressed desire to clone humans, calling it "morally
1998 Jan 10, Michelle Kwan won
the ladies' U.S. Figure Skating Championship in Philadelphia; Tara
Lipinski came in second and Nicole Bobek, third.
1998 Jan 10, In China a 6.2
earthquake hit Zhangbei County in northern Hebei province and 50
people were reported killed and over 11,440 injured. The quake
reportedly left cracks in the Great Wall.
(SFEC, 1/11/98, p.A15)(SFC, 1/12/98, p.A12)(SFC,
1998 Jan 10, In Zambia a court
filing accused Kenneth Kaunda of paying army officers $270 to stage
an October coup, promising another $13,300 if the insurrection was
(SFC, 1/12/98, p.A1)
1999 Jan 10, Republicans and
Democrats disagreed over whether to call witnesses in President
Clinton's impeachment trial, with Republicans pressing to hear
testimony from Monica Lewinsky and others, and Democrats saying such
testimony could unnecessarily prolong the proceedings.
1999 Jan 10, In Chechnya Pres.
Aslan Maskhadov planned to adopt a constitution based on the Koran
and phase in sharia law over 3 years.
(SFC, 1/11/99, p.A10)(USAT, 9/2/04, p.13A)
1999 Jan 10, In Colombia The
United Self-Defense Forces, right-wing death squads, killed 8 people
in Toluviejo, and 20 people in La Hormiga.
(SFC, 1/11/99, p.A8)
1999 Jan 10, Congo allies
bombed Kisangani and aid workers said 40 people were killed.
(WSJ, 1/12/99, p.A1)
1999 Jan 10, In New Delhi 3
rich young men crashed into seven people standing along an empty
street. They were charged with barreling down a street and hitting 3
police officers and 3 laborers while driving home after an all-night
party in what became called the BMW case . In 2008 a court convicted
Sanjeev Nanda (30), the son of a wealthy Indian arms dealer, of
manslaughter and sentenced him to 5 years in prison. 3 other
defendants faced charges of destroying evidence.
(SFC, 5/5/99, p.C5)(AP, 9/5/08)
1999 Jan 10, In Kazakstan
presidential elections were scheduled. Nazarbayev won another 7-year
term in rigged elections tinged with repression.
(WSJ, 1/7/99, p.A16)(SFC, 1/11/99, p.A10)
1999 Jan 10, In Sierra Leone
Myles Tierney (34), an AP TV producer, was killed in Freetown by a
rebel fighter. Another AP journalist was wounded.
(SFC, 1/11/99, p.A10)
1999 Jan 10, In Zimbabwe
journalists Ray Choto and Mark Chavunduka wrote that 23 officers had
been arrested for plotting a coup.
(SFC, 2/8/99, p.A10)
2000 Jan 10, Peace talks
between Israel and Syria recessed in West Virginia without agreement
on new borders or any other major elements of a land-for-peace
2000 Jan 10, Time Warner agreed
to be acquired by AOL in a merger valued at $160-162 billion. In
2003 Alec Klein authored "Stealing Time: Steve Case, Jerry Levin,
and the Collapse of AOL Time Warner." In 2004 Nina Munk authored
"Fools Rush In," an account of the merger.
(SFC, 1/11/00, p.A1)(AP, 1/10/01)(WSJ, 6/20/03,
p.W10)(WSJ, 1/23/04, p.W5)
2000 Jan 10, In Florida Judge
Rosa Gonzalez ordered that Elian Gonzalez remain in the US until a
March court date to hear arguments by the boy's relatives in Miami
for Elian to remain in the US.
(SFC, 1/11/00, p.A1)
2000 Jan 10, Ecuador announced
that its currency, the sucre, would be replaced with the US dollar.
The sucre recently plunged to 29,000 to the dollar.
(SFC, 1/11/00, p.A12)
2000 Jan 10, India agreed to
dismantle its largest single barrier to agriculture, textile and
consumer product imports in a deal negotiated with the US. India
agreed to lift over 1,400 specific restrictions, half of which would
be implemented within 3 months.
(WSJ, 1/10/00, p.A2)
2000 Jan 10, In Peru a
passenger bus plunged into the Mantaro River 90 miles northeast of
Lima and at least 27 people were killed.
(SFC, 1/11/00, p.A11)
2000 Jan 10, In South Africa
there was a rock fall at the African Rainbow Minerals gold mine. 9
miners were rescued after 4 days, but 4 were found dead and two were
(SFC, 1/14/00, p.D2)
2000 Jan 10, In Switzerland a
Crossair Saab-340 airplane crashed after takeoff from Zurich and all
10 people aboard were killed.
(SFC, 1/11/00, p.A11)
2001 Jan 10, President-elect
Bush moved quickly in search of a new candidate for labor secretary
after the abrupt withdrawal of his first choice, Linda Chavez. Bush
and his national security team received a top-secret Pentagon
briefing on military challenges around the world.
2001 Jan 10, James Hoecker,
chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC),
resigned. The agency had rejected calls to cap soaring energy prices
(SFC, 1/11/01, p.A1)
2001 Jan 10, LA Mayor Richard
Riordan warned Gov. Davis that he would cut off the sale of surplus
power to the state, unless LA was paid in advance.
(SSFC, 12/16/01, p.A1)
2001 Jan 10, In Nevada County,
Ca., Scott Harlan Thorpe (40) killed 3 people, including Laura
Wilcox (19), and wounded 2 others at the Nevada County Behavioural
Health clinic before he was apprehended by police near Smartville.
Thorpe had refused to take medication and could not be force to do
so under the 1967 Lanterman-Petris-Short state law. In 2000 a bill
AB1421 named “Laura’s Law," was pending to address the issue. In
2002 Gov. Gray Davis signed Laura’s Law allowing for court-ordered
assisted outpatient treatment or forced anti-psychotics in most
1/11/01, p.A1)(SFC, 5/1/02, p.A20)
2001 Jan 10, American Airlines
(AMR) called its plan to acquire Trans World Airlines (TWA)
beneficial to consumers. TWA’s board approved plans for bankruptcy
and accept the buyout offer. TWA had used St. Louis as a hub.
(WSJ, 1/11/01, p.A3)(WSJ, 1/2/02, p.R12)(Econ,
2001 Jan 10, It was reported
that some 18,000 Afghan refugees had crossed the border into
Pakistan in recent weeks.
(SFC, 1/10/01, p.A8)
2001 Jan 10, China sent rats
into orbit aboard its “Sacred Ship" Shenzhou II, powered by a Long
(SFC, 1/11/01, p.A16)
2001 Jan 10, In Colombia
soldiers rescued 56 hostages held by ELN guerrillas outside Barbosa.
(SFC, 1/11/01, p.A14)
2001 Jan 10, In the Republic of
Congo 2 freight trains collided near Nvoungouti station and at least
30 people were killed.
(SFC, 1/12/01, p.A18)
2001 Jan 10, In Germany
Chancellor Schroeder created a new super-ministry for food,
agriculture and consumer protection to combat mad cow disease.
(SFC, 1/11/01, p.A14)
2001 Jan 10, In Indonesia
searchers found a crashed navy plane in the dense jungle of Irian
Jaya and confirmed the death of ten people.
(SFC, 1/10/01, p.A9)
2001 Jan 10, Indonesia extended
a truce in Aceh province after separatists agreed at talks in
Switzerland to halt fighting for a month.
(WSJ, 1/11/01, p.A1)
2001 Jan 10, In Mexico the
government shut down a 3rd military base in Chiapas.
(SFC, 1/11/01, p.A14)
2002 Jan 10, Todd Eldredge won
his 6th US Figure Skating Championship title.
2002 Jan 10, The White House
revealed that Enron Corp. had sought the administration's help
shortly before collapsing with the life savings of many workers.
2002 Jan 10, A US military
transport took off carrying al Qaeda and Taliban prisoners to the US
Guantanamo Bay naval base in Cuba. Prisoners were set up in an area
called Camp X-Ray. In 2004 David Rose authored “Guantanamo: The War
on Human Rights."
(SFC, 1/11/02, p.A5)(SFC, 1/26/02, p.A10)(SSFC,
2002 Jan 10, US Energy Sec.
Spencer Abraham said he found the Nevada site at Yucca Mountain
“scientifically sound and suitable" as a nuclear waste repository.
(SFC, 1/11/02, p.A3)(WSJ, 1/11/02, p.A1)
2002 Jan 10, A CIA report said
China, North Korea and Iran will probably have long-range missile
capable of reaching the US by 2015.
(SFC, 1/11/02, p.A7)
2002 Jan 10, Ethan Zohn (27)
was the latest million dollar “Survivor" winner.
(SFC, 1/11/02, p.A2)
2002 Jan 10, An F-16 crashed
near the Garden State Parkway in New Jersey. The pilot ejected
(SFC, 1/11/02, p.A5)
2002 Jan 10, In Afghanistan
gunmen attacked the Kandahar airport as a US military transport took
off carrying al Qaeda and Taliban prisoners to the US Guantanamo Bay
naval base in Cuba. Prisoners were set up in an area called Camp
(SFC, 1/11/02, p.A5)(SFC, 1/26/02, p.A10)
2002 Jan 10, In Argentina
thousands of middle-class families protested in Buenos Aires. The
government had ordered checking deposits of $10k and savings over
$3k switched to fixed-term deposits and out of reach for at least a
(SSFC, 1/13/02, p.A17)
2002 Jan 10, In Chechnya
Russian troops lifted a weeklong blockade of Argun.
(WSJ, 1/11/02, p.A1)
2002 Jan 10, In Colombia Pres.
Pastrana sent troops to the demilitarized zone occupied by the FARC.
(SFC, 1/11/02, p.A6)
2002 Jan 10, In Gabon a medical
team fled the site of an Ebola outbreak following threats after they
insisted that villagers not touch corpses at funerals.
(WSJ, 1/11/02, p.A1)
2002 Jan 10, Israel demolished
dozens of Palestinian homes in Rafah. The Islamic Jihad said it
would resume attacks as Palestinian police arrested 2 of its members
(SFC, 1/11/02, p.A3)(WSJ, 1/11/02, p.A1)
2003 Jan 10, The US Labor Dept.
reported that 101,000 jobs were lost in December with 8.6 million
(6%) officially unemployed.
(SFC, 1/11/03, p.A1)
2003 Jan 10, With just three
days left in office, Illinois Gov. George Ryan pardoned four death
row inmates he said had been tortured by Chicago police into falsely
confessing to murders in the 1980's.
2003 Jan 10, An Australian
euthanasia campaigner complained that customs officials seized a
machine he designed to help people kill themselves as he prepared to
board a flight to the United States.
2003 Jan 10, Benin's National
Voodoo Day drew about 12,000 people.
2003 Jan 10, Djiboutians chose
a new 65-seat parliament in elections. Parties allied with Pres.
Ismael Omar Guelleh swept Djibouti's first multi-party legislative
elections. The bloc of four parties known as the Union for the
Presidential Majority, or UMP, won 62.7 percent of the vote to 37.3
percent for the four-party opposition alliance known as the Union
for a Democratic Alternative.
(AP, 1/10/03)(AP, 1/11/03)
2003 Jan 10, The European Union
proposed a diplomatic initiative to avoid war against Iraq and
increased pressure on Washington to pursue a peaceful solution to
the crisis over Iraq's arms programs.
2003 Jan 10, Iraq blocked all
e-mail services following a batch of messages from disguised US
agencies urging dissent and military defections. Some service was
restored the next day.
(SSFC, 1/12/03, p.A14)
2003 Jan 10, North Korea
announced that it was pulling out of the Nuclear Non-proliferation
(SFC, 1/10/03, p.A1)
2003 Jan 10, It was reported
that an estimated 3,000 Pakistani boys are sold each year to the
gulf states to work as camel jockeys.
(SFC, 1/10/03, p.A17)
2003 Jan 10, In Venezuela
opponents of President Hugo Chavez took to the streets as a bank
strike prompted authorities to suspend dollar auctions for a second
day in a row after Venezuela's currency fell.
2004 Jan 10, Michelle Kwan won
her seventh straight title and eighth overall at the U.S. Figure
Skating Championships in Atlanta; Johnny Weir skated to his first
2004 Jan 10, Spalding Gray
(62), morose humorist, disappeared in NYC. His body was found in the
East River in March. In 2011 film director Steven Soderbergh culled
clips from 90 hours of Gray source material to produce the
documentary: And Everything Is Going Fine."
(SFC, 2/09/04, p.A2)(SFC, 2/18/11, p.E8)
2004 Jan 10, Alexandra Ripley
(70), novelist, died in Richmond, Va.
2004 Jan 10, Fiona Thornewill
(37), a British woman, completed her unaided solo hike to the South
Pole in record time. She walked 700 miles in 42 days broking the
previous record of 44 days for an unaided individual or team for
walking or skiing.
2004 Jan 10, China reported a
3rd suspected SARS infection involved a 35-year-old man in Guangdong
(AP, 1/11/04)(WSJ, 1/13/04, p.D5)
2004 Jan 10, In Ghana the
United Nations launched a yearlong commemoration of the anti-slavery
movement. The International Year for the Commemoration of the
Struggle Against Slavery and its Abolition coincides with the
200-year anniversary of Haiti, the first independent black state in
the Western Hemisphere.
2004 Jan 10, A US anti-terror
team arrived in Mauritania. The US had received information of
threats against American interests in the West African nations of
Mauritania and Senegal.
2004 Jan 10, North Korea said
it had shown its "nuclear deterrent" to an unofficial U.S.
delegation that visited the disputed Yongbyon nuclear complex.
2004 Jan 10, Panamanian
officials arrested Arcangel de Jesus Henao Montoya, a top leader of
the Colombian Norte de Valle drug cartel, in the southern city of
Torti and took him to Panama City. He was soon handed over to US
(AP, 1/11/04)(SFC, 1/15/04, p.A1)
2004 Jan 10, In the Philippines
3 rebels and 4 soldiers died when the guerrilla New People's Army
attacked a power plant south of Manila.
2004 Jan 10, A conference on
U.S.-Islamic relations began in Qatar. Washington's support for
Israel is at the root of differences between the United States and
2004 Jan 10, In South Korea
prosecutors arrested six lawmakers and the head of a conglomerate in
a broadening investigation of corruption allegations.
2002 Jan 10, Pres. Mugabe
enacted sweeping security and election laws to clamp down on critics
and limit election monitoring. Iden Wetherell, editor of the
Zimbabwe Independent, was arrested along with 2 staff members on
charges of defaming Mugabe.
(SFC, 1/11/02, p.A5)(WPR, 3/04, p.29)
2005 Jan 10, CBS issued a
damning independent review of mistakes related to a "60 Minutes
Wednesday" report, aired by Dan Rather, on President Bush's National
Guard service and fired three news executives and a producer for
their "myopic zeal" in rushing it to air.
(SFC, 1/11/05, p.A1)(AP, 1/10/06)
2005 Jan 10, Gov.
Schwarzenneger proposed an $85.7 billion California state budget
with cuts in programs to the poor, elderly and disabled to help
close a $9.1 billion deficit.
(SFC, 1/11/05, p.A1)
2005 Jan 10, Randall W. Harding
pleaded guilty to money laundering and wire fraud charges as part of
a scam that authorities say bilked investors from Palm Springs to
Orange County, including church members at Crossroads Christian
Church in Riverside, Ca.
2005 Jan 10, A mudslide at La
Conchita in Ventura County, Ca., crushed over 15 homes and killed 10
(SFC, 1/12/05, p.A1)(SFC, 1/13/05, p.A3)
2005 Jan 10, GlaxoSmithKline
PLC said that Bayer Healthcare AG has paid more than 200 million
euros ($260 million) for sole marketing rights outside the United
States for the erectile dysfunction drug Levitra.
2005 Jan 10, Spencer Dryden
(66), former Jefferson Airplane drummer, died in Petaluma, Calif.
2005 Jan 10, The African
Union's (AU) Peace and Security Council wrapped up its inaugural
meeting unexpectedly quickly here with a series of resolutions on
the continent's main flashpoints, including Ivory Coast, Democratic
Republic of Congo and Sudan's Darfur region.
2005 Jan 10, Canada and Nigeria
agreed to terms under which the Canadian International Development
Agency is to provide 24.9 million Canadian dollars (20.4 million US)
for health projects in the west African country.
2005 Jan 10, Congo security
forces fired bullets and tear gas at demonstrators burning tires in
Congo's capital, killing at 4 people among thousands protesting a
government decision to delay upcoming national elections.
(AP, 1/10/05)(Econ, 1/22/05, p.44)
2005 Jan 10, Cuba said it was
resuming formal ties with all of Europe, ending a deep freeze in
relations following a 2003 crackdown on dissidents and the
firing-squad executions of three men who tried to hijack a ferry.
2005 Jan 10, India’s Supreme
Court granted bail to Jayendra Saraswathi, one of Hinduism's most
venerated clerics, after he spent nearly two months in jail in
connection with the murder of a temple official. Former monastery
official Sankaraman, said to be a bitter critic of the top cleric,
was hacked to death in an ancient temple in Kanchi in September.
2005 Jan 10, A bus driver
apparently lost control of his vehicle and it plunged into a canal
killing 57 people in southern India.
2005 Jan 10, In Iraq gunmen
assassinated Baghdad's deputy police chief and his son. A huge
roadside bomb in southwestern Baghdad destroyed a U.S. armored
vehicle and killed two American soldiers.
2005 Jan 10, New Italian
legislation went into effect to stop smoking in restaurants and
bars. Officials extended the initial Jan 1 date for the benefit of
New Year revelers.
(SFC, 12/21/04, p.A7)(WSJ, 1/10/05, p.A10)
2005 Jan 10, In Kuwait a
shootout killed two policeman and a suspect they were chasing in a
suburb of the capital.
2005 Jan 10, Ukraine's Election
Commission declared Viktor Yushchenko the winner of the presidential
2005 Jan 10, Venezuela's
President Chavez declared that farmland nationwide would be
inspected and some of it given to the poor, expanding agrarian
reforms with a pledge to fight "the large estates."
2006 Jan 10, Oil magnate Boone
Pickens donated $165 million to Oklahoma State Univ. for the
development of new sports facilities. The 100-acre site under
consideration in Stillwater faced problems with low-income
2006 Jan 10, Apple Computer CEO
Steve Jobs unveiled an iMac computer based on Intel chips.
2006 Jan 10, Bruce Sutter
became the 4th relief pitcher elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame.
2006 Jan 10, Australia said it
will send an extra 110 troops to Afghanistan to bolster the fight
against Islamist militants, increasing its presence in the country
to about 300.
2006 Jan 10-2006 Jan 11, The
bodies of 24 Haitian migrants, who apparently suffocated crossing
the border in a sealed truck, were found in the Dominican Republic.
The victims were among 69 Haitians, mostly adult men, who were
driven across the border illegally at the northern Dominican town of
2006 Jan 10, European airlines
lost a legal bid that aimed to strike down new EU rules guaranteeing
passengers compensation for flight delays or cancellations.
2006 Jan 10, The European
Commission ordered that Greece allow genetically modified corn seed
(GMO) to be planted there despite objections by Greek farmers.
(WSJ, 1/11/06, p.A13)
2006 Jan 10, Iran removed UN
seals on uranium enrichment equipment and resumed nuclear research
Tuesday, defying demands it maintain a two-year freeze on its
nuclear program and sparking an outcry from the US and Europe.
2006 Jan 10, North Korean
leader Kim Jong-il passed through China on the way to Russia, a
source with knowledge of the stopover said. South Korean and
Japanese media said Kim was making a secret visit to China.
2006 Jan 10, A battle between
Pakistani security forces and suspected Islamic militants firing
rockets and assault rifles left 21 dead in a tribal region near the
2006 Jan 10, Panama's
agricultural minister resigned, accusing the US of pressuring the
Central American country to accept lower agricultural inspection
2006 Jan 10, Peru's National
Election Board formally rejected a bid by jailed former President
Alberto Fujimori to run in April's presidential race, citing a
congressional ban on his holding public office.
2006 Jan 10, Spanish police
arrested 20 people, mostly Moroccans, linked to Islamic terrorism
and violence in Iraq in raids across Spain.
2006 Jan 10, In Thailand
protesters pushed through a police barricade outside a hotel where
negotiators were trying to hammer out a US-Thai free trade pact, as
demonstrations against the deal gained momentum but failed to
disrupt the talks.
2006 Jan 10, Preliminary tests
showed another person in Turkey has tested positive for a deadly
strain of bird flu, raising the number in the country to 15. The
number of people hospitalized with symptoms climbed to about 70.
2006 Jan 10, Ukraine’s
Parliament fired the Cabinet because of a new deal with Russia that
nearly doubled what Ukraine pays for natural gas. PM Yuri Yekhanurov
and the justice minister, however, said the vote was nonbinding and
vowed that the current Cabinet would continue working.
2007 Jan 10, Pres. Bush said
that an additional 21,500 US troops will head to Iraq soon to try
improve the security situation mainly in Baghdad and the western
province of Anbar. Bush’s plan became known as “the surge."
(AP, 1/15/07)(Econ, 1/13/07, p.11)
2007 Jan 10, The
Democratic-controlled US House voted 315-116 to increase the federal
minimum wage to $7.25 per hour.
2007 Jan 10, The US Postal
Service honored Ella Fitzgerald (1917-1996), the First Lady of Song,
with her own postage stamp.
(AP, 1/10/07)(SFC, 1/10/07, p.E8)
2007 Jan 10, California State
coastal regulators voted to impose restrictions on the US Navy's use
of sonar, which has been linked to harmful effects on whales and
other marine mammals.
2007 Jan 10, California’s Gov.
Schwarzenegger released a proposed $143.4 billion budget.
(SFC, 1/11/07, p.A1)
2007 Jan 11, NATO forces
overnight fought two large groups of suspected Taliban militants
crossing the border from Pakistan, and scores of insurgents were
killed. Some 150 militants under Jalaluddin Haqqani were killed by
the US 10th Mountain Division.
(AP, 1/11/07)(WSJ, 11/7/07, p.A16)
2007 Jan 10, Belarus lifted a
duty it had imposed on Russian fuel transiting the country.
(SFC, 1/11/07, p.A7)
2007 Jan 10, Bolivian President
Evo Morales renewed his pledge to nationalize his country's mining
industry, saying he would complete the task this year.
2007 Jan 10, Bosnia's state
court jailed a Swede, a Turk and a Bosnian for up to 15 years four
months for planning a suicide attack in Europe. All 3 men were
Muslims and wanted to pressure Bosnia and European governments to
withdraw forces from Iraq and Afghanistan.
2007 Jan 10, In England 2 RAF
training helicopters collided in mid-air in Shropshire, with some
reports claiming that one person was killed and three injured.
2007 Jan 10, China said 2006
its global trade surplus jumped nearly 75% from the previous year to
a record $177.5 billion. Lan Chengzhang, who worked for the China
Trade News, was beaten while visiting a mine in Hunyuan county in
the northern province of Shanxi and died of an apparent brain
hemorrhage the next day. His death sparked a media outcry and a
police investigation. On June 27 the Intermediate People's Court of
Linfen city in Shanxi province convicted Hou Zhenrun, the head of a
small unlicensed mine outside the northern city of Datong, for
organizing a gang of five men to beat reporter. Zhenrun sentenced to
life in prison. The five men who beat the reporters received jail
terms of 5-15 years. A sixth was sentenced to a year in jail for
harboring the suspects.
(AP, 1/10/07)(Reuters, 1/17/07)(AP, 6/28/07)
2007 Jan 10, Cuban dissident
Manuel Valdes Tamayo (50) died. He was one of 75 activists jailed in
a massive crackdown in 2003 and released a year later for health
2007 Jan 10, In Guinea shop,
government and business workers held a general strike, heeding a
union call for protests after President Lansana Conte decided to
free two corruption suspects. Unions demanded that Mamadou Sylla and
Fode Soumah, who have been charged with embezzling public funds and
imprisoned in Conakry on December 6, be put back in jail. The strike
threatened the world’s surplus of alumina, used to make aluminum.
Guinea accounted for 10% of the world’s bauxite exports and 30% of
(AFP, 1/10/07)(WSJ, 1/25/07, p.A13)
2007 Jan 10, Former
Guinea-Bissau PM Carlos Gomes Jr. sought asylum at the local UN
office, three days after he said President Vieira was behind the
assassination of an ex-military commander last week.
2007 Jan 10, In northern Indian
a 4-story building under construction in Allahabad collapsed,
killing 10 workers and injuring at least 25.
2007 Jan 10, A 14-year-old
Indonesian boy died from bird flu, just days after being
hospitalized. It was the first H5N1 fatality in the country in six
2007 Jan 10, In central Iran a
truck smashed into a bus, killing at least 14 people.
2007 Jan 10, Bombings and
shootings across Iraq killed at least 99 people, including a US
soldier who died from a gunshot wound in Diyala province. A suicide
bomber killed four civilians in a crowd outside a police station in
the northern city of Tal Afar.
(AP, 1/10/07)(SFC, 1/11/07, p.A15)
2007 Jan 10, Israeli PM Ehud
Olmert, midway through an official visit to Beijing, said he
received a candid assurance from China that it opposes Iran having a
2007 Jan 10, Lebanese trade
unions threatened to escalate protests unless the government drops
plans to raise taxes, adding to troubles for Lebanon's US-backed
prime minister amid an opposition campaign to bring him down.
2007 Jan 10, A new report
alleged that Myanmar's military junta is allowing gold mines to
pollute the world's largest wild tiger reserve and has promoted
development that is destroying ethnic Kachin communities.
2007 Jan 10, In Nicaragua
former revolutionary Daniel Ortega took office in a ceremony
attended by more than a dozen world leaders.
2007 Jan 10, Khaled Meshaal,
the leader of Hamas, said Hamas acknowledges the existence of Israel
but formal recognition by the group will only be considered when a
Palestinian state has been created.
2007 Jan 10, In Russia Liana
Askerova said she was detained as part of the investigation into the
killing of Andrei Kozlov, the Central Bank first deputy chairman who
was shot point-blank on Sept. 13 as he left a soccer game in Moscow.
2007 Jan 10, Militants
kidnapped nine South Korean oil workers and one local worker in the
Niger Delta region of southern Nigeria, bringing the total number of
foreigners currently held hostage there to 18.
2007 Jan 10, US forces launched
a third day of airstrikes in southern Somalia. At least four
separate strikes were reported around Ras Kamboni, on the Somali
coast near the Kenyan border. Unknown insurgents attacked a
transitional government barracks and soldiers responded by sealing
portions of Mogadishu and searching house to house for guns.
(AP, 1/10/07)(SFC, 1/11/07, p.A4)
2007 Jan 10, In the southern
Philippines a bomb exploded across the street from a public market,
killing six people and wounding 22 others. A second blast in the
region hours later wounded two people near a police outpost.
2007 Jan 10, Sudan and rebel
groups, prodded by New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson, agreed on a
60-day ceasefire, plus diplomatic efforts by the UN and African
Union, to end the conflict in Darfur.
2007 Jan 10, Zimbabwe’s central
statistics office (CSO) said inflation had hit a new record high of
1,281%, puncturing government hopes of reining in the galloping rate
which has left households struggling to make ends meet.
2008 Jan 10, A US Justice
Department audit was released and said telephone companies have cut
off FBI wiretaps used to eavesdrop on suspected criminals because of
the bureau's repeated failures to pay phone bills on time.
2008 Jan 10, California Gov.
Arnold Schwarzenegger proposed an austere state budget to close a
projected $14.5 billion deficit.
(SFC, 1/11/08, p.A1)
2008 Jan 10, Ed Jew resigned
from his seat on the SF Board of Supervisors effective as of noon on
(SFC, 1/11/08, p.A1)
2008 Jan 10, Afghanistan urged
Iran to stop deporting its citizens during the winter months, saying
doing so could cause a humanitarian disaster.
2008 Jan 10, In Belarus police
broke up a rally of 2,000 entrepreneurs protesting moves by the
authoritarian government to increase the burden on private business.
The demonstrators opposed new legislation that would force them to
reregister their ventures and double the amount of taxes they have
2008 Jan 10, Britain’s
government unveiled a new energy policy, which included a decision
to support the building of new nuclear-power stations.
(Econ, 1/12/08, p.49)
2008 Jan 10, British media
reports said 3 swans found dead on a nature reserve in south-west
England have tested positive for the H5N1 strain of bird flu.
2008 Jan 10, Helicopters sent
by Venezuela's president picked up two hostages freed by Colombian
rebels in the jungle and flew the women across the border. Clara
Rojas was an aide to Colombian presidential candidate Ingrid
Betancourt in February 2002 when the two were kidnapped on the
campaign trail. Rojas gave birth in captivity to a boy fathered by
one of the guerrillas. Betancourt is still being held. The other
freed hostage, former congresswoman Consuelo Gonzalez de Perdomo,
had been abducted in September 2001. FARC, in a statement published
on a pro-rebel Web site, said the unilateral release demonstrated
the group's "unquestionable willingness" to engage the government in
talks over the release of remaining hostages. The Revolutionary
Armed Forces of Colombia is thought to still hold more than 700
(AP, 1/11/08)(Econ, 1/19/08, p.39)
2008 Jan 10, In Georgia
authorities formally charged Badri Patarkatsishvili, a billionaire
businessman, who ran in this month's presidential election with
plotting to overthrow the government. Patarkatsishvili left Georgia
in November and has spent time in Britain and Israel. He has
acknowledged offering large sums of money to police if they side
2008 Jan 10, India's Tata
Motors unveiled the world's cheapest car, bringing new mobility
within the reach of tens of millions of people and nightmares to
environmentalists, traffic engineers and safety advocates. The Tata
Nano was expected to sell for about $2,500.
(AP, 1/10/08)(SFC, 1/11/08, p.C1)
2008 Jan 10, In central
Baghdad, two bombs exploded almost simultaneously near a military
checkpoint, killing two policemen and one soldier. 11 others were
wounded, including four civilians. US bombers and jet fighters
unleashed 40,000 pounds of explosives during a 10-minute airstrike,
flattening what the military called safe havens for al-Qaida in Iraq
on the southern outskirts Baghdad. Al-Jibouri, leader of Arab
Jabour's Awakening Council, said the airstrikes killed at least 21
al-Qaida militants including a group leader.
(AP, 1/10/08)(AP, 1/11/08)
2008 Jan 10, A cargo boat laden
with 500 tons of garbage from Naples docked at the island of
Sardinia as the government worked to undo a weeks-long trash
emergency that left heaps of waste piled up on the streets of
2008 Jan 10, Japan’s Matsushita
Electric Industrial Co. said it will drop the name of its
charismatic founder and become Panasonic Corp. to strengthen its
2008 Jan 10, An African Union
statement said former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan is taking over
mediation in Kenya's disputed presidential election. Kenya's feuding
political leaders agreed to an immediate cessation of violence and
any acts that may harm efforts to end the country's post-election
(AP, 1/10/08)(AFP, 1/10/08)
2008 Jan 10, In Mexico gunmen
shot dead two federal agents and a civilian in the central state of
2008 Jan 10, Sir Edmund Hillary
(88), the first person to stand atop the world's highest mountain,
died in New Zealand. He was remembered as a deeply driven but
unassuming man who strived to help the people of Nepal in the
decades after his 1953 ascent of Mount Everest with Sherpa Tenzing
2008 Jan 10, In eastern
Pakistan a suicide bomber blew himself up among police deployed
outside a court in Lahore, killing at least 25 people, including 21
policemen, and wounding more than 70. Pakistani troops killed more
than 50 Taliban militants after fighting off an attack overnight on
a military fort near the town of Ladha in rugged South Waziristan.
(AP, 1/10/08)(WSJ, 1/11/08, p.A1)(AFP, 1/12/08)
2008 Jan 10, In the West Bank
President Bush predicted that a Mideast peace treaty would be
completed by the time he leaves office. Bush named Lt. Gen. William
Fraser III of the US Air Force to oversee compliance with a
US-backed peace plan.
2008 Jan 10, Russia’s President
Vladimir Putin named a prominent nationalist politician as
ambassador to NATO at a time of severely strained ties between the
2008 Jan 10, Government
officials and rebels said soldiers and Shiite rebels are fighting
again in northern Yemen, breaking a 6-month-old cease-fire with
clashes that have killed more than 30 people.
2009 Jan 10, President-elect
Barack Obama made public a detailed analysis by his economic
advisers that estimates the $775 billion plan of tax cuts and new
spending would create 3.5 million jobs over the next two years.
2009 Jan 10, A winter storm
left large swaths of the Midwest and Northeast covered in snow and
freezing rain. 10 inches of snow forced some 100 cancellations at
Chicago’s O’Hare Int’l. Airport. At least 8 inches fell on lower
Michigan and Ohio.
(SSFC, 1/11/09, p.A14)
2009 Jan 10, In Argentina 6
children died in Buenos Aires after a fire ripped through a former
bank being used as a home by poor families.
2009 Jan 10, Australian police
said a Canadian man has been charged with trying to smuggle more
than two million dollars (1.4 million US) worth of cocaine
inside forklift battery cells into Australia from Mexico.
2009 Jan 10, Two British
climbers, including the youngest Briton to conquer Everest, fell
hundreds of meters to their deaths on Mont Blanc in the French Alps.
2009 Jan 10, In Guinea-Bissau a
boat carrying passengers on the Geba River capsized in strong winds,
leaving 42 people missing.
2009 Jan 10, Israeli forces
pounded rocket-launching sites and smuggling tunnels in Gaza and
planes dropped leaflets warning of an escalation in attacks, as
Palestinian militants fired at least 10 more rockets at Israel. The
Israeli military said more than 15 militants were killed in
overnight fighting. An Israeli tank shell killed nine people in a
garden outside a home in the northern Gaza town of Jebaliya. In
Cairo, Egypt, Palestinian Authority Pres. Mahmoud Abbas urged both
Israel and Hamas to agree to an Egypt-brokered truce. Syria-based
Palestinian militant groups including Hamas rejected the idea of
deploying international observers or troops in Gaza.
2009 Jan 10, In Nigeria leaders
of ECOWAS, West Africa's regional economic body, suspended Guinea's
membership following a military coup in the country.
2009 Jan 10, In northwestern
Pakistan at least 40 people were killed over the last 24 hours in
clashes between Sunnis and Shiites in villages of the Hangu
(AP, 1/10/09)(SFC, 1/12/09, p.A8)
2009 Jan 10, In northern Peru a
bus ran off a slick mountain road into a ravine, killing at least 33
2009 Jan 10, Russia and the EU
took a step toward securing the resumption of gas flows to Europe
when the two signed a deal on monitoring the supplies through
Ukraine. PM Vladimir Putin said Russia will restart gas supplies to
Europe once an EU-led monitoring mission begins to track gas transit
(AP, 1/10/09)(Reuters, 1/10/09)
2009 Jan 10, South Korean
officials arrested Park Dae-sung (31), a blogger writing under the
pseudonym Minerva. They charged that his postings had led to a
plunge in the value of the won, forcing the government to intervene
in trading. In April 20 Park Dae-sung was cleared of spreading false
(WSJ, 1/13/09, p.A11)(Econ, 1/17/09, p.45)(AP,
2009 Jan 10, In Sri Lanka
government soldiers captured a guerrilla camp in the village of
Aiyamperumal in Mullaittivu. A pro-rebel TamilNet Web site reported
that four civilians were killed in a government artillery assault on
a rebel-held village in Mullaitivu.
2010 Jan 10, US Republicans
moved to draw attention to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s
racially tinged remarks about Barack Obama during the 2008
presidential race. Reid had acknowledged that he had described Obama
as “light skinned" and possessing no “Negro dialect" in a private
conversation with two reporters, Mark Halperin and John Heilemann,
authors of the new book “Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain
and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime" (2010).
(SFC, 1/11/10, p.A4)(SFC, 1/12/10, p.A12)
2010 Jan 10, Juliet Anderson
(71), adult film star born as Judith Carr, died at her home in
Berkeley, Ca. She had begun her career in 1978 and appeared in some
80 hardcore porn films. In 1984 she cast and directed Nina Hartley
in “Educating Nina."
(SSFC, 1/31/10, p.C12)
2010 Jan 10, Abu Dhabi Sheik
Issa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, a member of the United Arab Emirates
ruling family being tried in connection with the videotaped beating
of an Afghan man, was cleared of all charges. The video showed the
prince beating the man with stick, pouring salt on his wounds and
driving over him in a car. The victim, identified as Afghani grain
dealer Mohammed Shapoor, survived the beatings.
(AP, 1/10/10)(Econ, 1/16/10, p.48)
2010 Jan 10, In Afghanistan a
roadside bomb killed three charity workers and wounded two others in
Uruzgan province. Bombs killed an American service member and two
Afghan road construction workers in separate attacks in Helmand
(AP, 1/10/10)(AP, 1/11/10)
2010 Jan 10, In Algeria a
collision between a bus and a truck killed 15 people and injured
another 15 on a major highway in the Ghardaia region in the Sahara
2010 Jan 10, New data showed
that China has overtaken Germany as the world's top exporter after
December exports jumped 17.7% for their first increase in 14 months.
2010 Jan 10, In southeast Congo
6 people, including 5 children, died in a tin mine collapse. 2
people were left missing.
2010 Jan 10, Croatia held a
presidential run-off vote pitting a left-wing professor against the
populist Zagreb mayor. Front-runner Ivo Josipovic vowed to crack
down on corruption and lead the recession-hit nation into the EU.
Law expert and classical music composer Josipovic (b.1957) won the
runoff presidential vote, beating popular Zagreb Mayor Milan Bandic.
(AFP, 1/10/10)(AP, 1/10/10)
2010 Jan 10, In Dagestan 2
militants were gunned down in the provincial capital, Makhachkala,
after police surrounded and stormed a house where a group of wanted
terrorists was hiding.
2010 Jan 10, Heavy snowfall
caused havoc in parts of Europe, causing hundreds of traffic
accidents, downing power lines in Poland, halting flights out of
southern France and trapping more than 160 people overnight on a
frozen highway in northeastern coastal Germany.
2010 Jan 10, Voters in French
Guiana overwhelmingly rejected a proposal to give local government
more autonomy while remaining a part of France. 70% voted "no," with
2010 Jan 10, Hong Kong police
arrested a man after two bottles of corrosive liquid were hurled
into a crowd in the city's Kowloon area. At least 30 people were
injured in the city's latest acid attack.
2010 Jan 10, In Iran a
parliamentary investigation was made public that found Saeed
Mortazavi, the former Tehran prosecutor, responsible for the deaths
of at least three anti-government protesters imprisoned in the
turmoil following Iran's disputed June elections. Iran freed a
Syrian journalist working for Dubai television who was detained
during anti-government protests two weeks ago.
(AP, 1/10/10)(Reuters, 1/10/10)
2010 Jan 10, Israel's
government approved a plan for the construction of two massive
fences along the long and porous southern border with Egypt. PM
Netanyahu said he wants to stem a growing flood of African asylum
seekers and to prevent Islamic militants from entering the country.
The project is expected to cost about $400 million.
2010 Jan 10, In Malaysia
firebombs were thrown at 3 more churches and another was splashed
with black paint, the latest in a series of assaults on Christian
houses of worship following a court decision allowing non-Muslims to
use "Allah" to refer to God.
2010 Jan 10, Voters in
Martinique overwhelmingly rejected a proposal to give local
government more autonomy while remaining a part of France. Election
officials said 80% of voters rejected the plan, with 55%
participation. An estimated 50,000 people were unemployed on
Martinique, home to some 400,000 inhabitants.
2010 Jan 10, In Pakistan four
bodies were found in Karachi, three of them headless, in a wave of
targeted attacks among rival political groups that some say is aimed
at destabilizing the country's ruling coalition. Pakistan's Interior
Ministry said that 41 people have died in targeted killings in
Karachi since the beginning of the year, including 10 MQM workers,
10 from a breakaway faction called Haqiqi, and 16 members of a
committee set up by the ruling party in Lyari to control violence in
2010 Jan 10, About 50,000
Philippine policemen began enforcing a 5-month ban on carrying guns
in public in hopes of avoiding bloodshed in the buildup to May
elections, arresting 18 violators at checkpoints across the country.
2010 Jan 10, In Somalia clashes
began between rival Islamic militias battling for control of in
Belet Weyne, a strategic western town. At least 14 people were
killed as the clashes continued into the next day.
2010 Jan 10, Venezuela’s
President Hugo Chavez says there's too much capitalism on Venezuelan
TV. So he's urging producers to start making films and TV shows that
stress socialist values.
2011 Jan 10, Sam Brownback
(b.1956) began serving as the 46th governor of Kansas. He
immediately created the post of Repealer to free business from the
burden of complying with an endless accumulation of rules.
(Econ, 3/16/13, SR
2011 Jan 10, In Texas Tom
DeLay, former US House Majority Leader, was sentenced to 3 years in
prison for a scheme to influence elections.
(SFC, 1/11/11, p.A7)
2011 Jan 10, Texas authorities
heralded the capture of Billie Joe Harris (53), a suspected serial
rapist believed to have attacked a dozen elderly women in the past
(SFC, 1/11/11, p.A6)
2011 Jan 10, The publisher of
Playboy magazine said it has agreed to a sweetened offer by founder
Hugh Hefner to take the company private. The price of $6.15 a share
is an 18 percent premium over the Jan 7 closing price and valued the
company at about $207 million.
2011 Jan 10, North
Carolina-based Duke Energy announced that it would buy Progress
Energy for $13.7 billion.
(Econ, 2/12/11, p.39)
2011 Jan 10, NASA said it has
spotted a tiny, rocky planet about the size of Earth doing a speedy
orbit of a star outside our solar system. Named Kepler-10b its
scorching temperatures are too hot for life.
2011 Jan 10, Joe Gores, mystery
writer, died in San Anselmo, Ca. His 16 published novels included
“Spade and Archer: The Prequel to Dashiell Hammett’s ‘The Maltese
(SFC, 1/14/11, p.C5)
2011 Jan 10, In southern
Afghanistan 3 policemen were killed in a car bombing claimed by the
Taliban in Kandahar province. Vice President Joe Biden arrived on a
trip for talks with President Hamid Karzai and visit with US troops.
Gen. David Petraeus, commander of NATO forces in Afghanistan, said a
recent pledge by a southern Afghan tribe to stand up to the Taliban
shows that the military push in the region is making headway.
(AFP, 1/10/11)(Reuters, 1/10/11)
2011 Jan 10, In Australia flash
floods swept through the city of Toowoomba, killing at least four
people, trapping others in cars and leaving some clinging to trees.
A 26-foot (8-m) wall of water was coursing through the low-lying
communities from Toowoomba and eastward toward Queensland’s state
2011 Jan 10, Bangladesh
suspended trading at its main stock exchange after a market plunge
ignited protests by thousands of investors and security officials
struck some with batons to disperse them.
2011 Jan 10, John Gross
(b.1935) English literary critic, author, and anthologist, died. His
work included the book: “The Rise and Fall of the Man of Letters"
2011 Jan 10, Canada-based
Research In Motion said it will filter pornographic internet content
for its Blackberry smartphone users in Indonesia, following
government pressure to stop access to porn sites or face its
browsing service being shut down.
2011 Jan 10, Egypt said it aims
to generate 12% of its electricity needs by wind power and will
initiate wind-farm projects with a capacity of 2,690 megawatts over
the next five years.
2011 Jan 10, In Germany melted
record December snowfalls across the country caused rivers from the
Rhine in the west to the Oder in the east to burst their banks,
flooding fields and towns, turning streets into waterways, and
leaving one person feared dead.
2011 Jan 10, Iran's
intelligence services said they have arrested suspects in the
assassination a year ago of nuclear physicist Masoud Ali Mohammadi
in a months-long covert operation that also led them to penetrate
Israel's Mossad spy agency.
2011 Jan 10, Iraqi fishermen
killed a Kuwaiti coast guard member during a shootout in one of the
more serious incidents between the neighboring countries in years. 4
Iraqi fishermen were then detained by Kuwaiti forces.
2011 Jan 10, Israeli troops
shot dead a Palestinian farmer (65) in the northern Gaza Strip.
2011 Jan 10, Italian auto giant
Fiat said it has increased its stake in Chrysler to 25% from 20% as
part of a deal signed after the iconic US brand emerged from
bankruptcy in 2009.
2011 Jan 10, In Mauritius
Michaela McAreavey (27), an Irish beauty queen and daughter of a
high-profile Gaelic football manager, was found strangled to death
at the five-star Legends hotel on her honeymoon. Three hotel
employees were soon charged with her murder. On Jan 18 a 4th
suspect, security guard Dassen Narainen (26), was arrested.
(AFP, 1/11/11)(AP, 1/12/11)(AFP, 1/19/11)
2011 Jan 10, Mexico said it
will stop subjecting a rotating list of US products to tariffs after
the United States offered to reach a deal to allow Mexican trucks on
US roads and end a long-running trade dispute. Mexico will maintain
punitive tariffs on 99 US products but will not add any more pending
(Reuters, 1/10/11)(SFC, 1/11/11, p.A2)
2011 Jan 10, In Mexico the body
of a murdered man was found on the main highway to Acapulco,
bringing to 31 the number of people killed in the Pacific resort
city over four days. Abraham Ortiz Rosales, the mayor of Temoac in
Morelos state, was shot to death as he drove with his wife and son
near the town of Jantetelco. Federal prosecutors said 5 people have
been arrested in the kidnappings of Central American migrants in
2011 Jan 10, In Mozambique a
heavy storm killed 10 people and seriously injured seven others in
the central province of Manica.
2011 Jan 10, Former Nigerian
leader and mediator Olusegun Obasanjo left Ivory Coast as incumbent
Pres. Gbagbo continued to defy the world and insist he had won the
recent election. Men armed with rifles and machetes killed 19 people
in attacks on three villages in volatile central Nigeria. Three
homes were attacked in the Christian village of Kuru Station. Those
that escaped said they saw military men shooting and other people
burning the houses and macheteing the villagers.
(AP, 1/10/11)(AP, 1/11/11)
2011 Jan 10, Portugal's
borrowing rates briefly spiked to euro-era highs amid reports that
Germany and France are pushing it to accept outside help to avoid
2011 Jan 10, Interpol said it
had placed 47 Saudis on its most wanted list after Saudi Arabia
accused them of involvement in the Al-Qaida terror network.
(SFC, 1/11/11, p.A2)
2011 Jan 10, The militant
Basque separatist group ETA declared a permanent cease-fire in what
it called a firm step toward ending its bloody decades-long
independence fight, but Spain's government quickly dismissed the
announcement and demanded ETA disband outright.
2011 Jan 10, South Korea
rebuffed a North proposal for talks to ease tensions but extended
its own offer to discuss last year's two military attacks blamed on
Pyongyang and North Korea's nuclear program.
2011 Jan 10, Thousands of south
Sudanese poured out to vote for a second straight day in a landmark
independence referendum, bringing the region a step closer to
becoming the world's newest state. Former US President Jimmy Carter
told CNN that Sudan's President Omar Hassan al-Bashir offered to
take on all of the country's crippling debt if the south declares
independence after a referendum. Armed men killed 10 southern
Sudanese in an ambush on a convoy of people returning to the south
for the referendum. The attack had happened on the northern side of
the border between the northern state of Southern Kordofan and the
southern state of Northern Bahr al-Ghazal.
(AFP, 1/10/11)(Reuters, 1/10/11)(Reuters,
2011 Jan 10, Tunisia
temporarily shut down all of its high schools and universities as it
tried to stop deadly riots over joblessness and poor prospects for
youths. At least 14 people were killed in unrest this weekend.
2012 Jan 10, A US Navy ship
saved a group of Iranian mariners as their cargo dhow was foundering
with a flooded engine room.
(SFC, 1/11/12, p.A2)
2012 Jan 10, Former
Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney won the New Hampshire primary
claiming 39.4% of the vote. Ron Paul took a strong second with
22.8%. Jon Huntsman, Obama's former ambassador to China, came in
third with 16.8%. Newt Gingrich finished fourth with 9.4% and Rick
Santorum fifth with 9.3%.
2012 Jan 10, In North Carolina
a task force said the state should pay $50,000 to some 2,000 people
who were forcibly sterilized from 1929-1974.
(SFC, 1/11/12, p.A5)
2012 Jan 10, The Chicago-based
Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists announced that it has moved its
"Doomsday Clock" one minute ahead to five minutes to midnight.
(AP, 1/10/12)(SFC, 1/11/12, p.A5)
2012 Jan 10, In southeastern
Afghanistan 3 policemen and 4 civilians were killed when a group of
suicide bombers stormed a government building in Sharana, the
capital city of Paktika province. One bomber was gunned down by
police, the two others detonated themselves. Four Afghan National
Army soldiers killed in a Taliban mortar attack in Kunar province.
2012 Jan 10, Algerian police
fired tear gas on protesters angry over unemployment and housing
shortages in a southern Algerian gas industry town, leaving at least
2012 Jan 10, Brazil’s Justice
Minister Jose Eduardo Cardozo said Brazil will grant work visas to
2,400 Haitians who are stuck in two Amazon border towns. He said
another 1,600 Haitians in Brazil have been given visas already.
2012 Jan 10, In southeastern
Brazil 2 days of downpours left at least 28 people dead in
floodwaters and mudslides.
2012 Jan 10, The British
government set out conditions under which Scotland would be allowed
to hold a referendum - limiting it to a single yes-or-no question
and rejecting a second question on greater powers of devolution.
2012 Jan 10, A British court
annulled the bankruptcy of Sean Quinn (64), once the Republic of
Ireland's richest man, in a victory for Irish Bank Resolution
Corporation which has been pursuing debts of up to 2.9 billion euros
(2.4 billion pounds). He had turned a rural quarrying operation into
a 4 billion euro fortune before running up a large stake in the now
failed Anglo Irish Bank. Quinn made the bankruptcy declaration in
November, taking advantage of British laws which would have allowed
him to go back into business in under a year.
2012 Jan 10, The British
government approved the construction of a high-speed rail network
linking London with cities in central and northern England from 2026
at a cost of almost £33 billion.
2012 Jan 10, In Greece a group
of anarchists took over the studio of a local radio station in
Athens, and broadcast a message in support Revolutionary Struggle, a
domestic terrorist group best known for firing a rocket-propelled
grenade into the US Embassy in Athens in 2007.
2012 Jan 10, Guinea-Bissau's
opposition rejected the appointment of the National Assembly leader
Raimundo Pereira as interim head of the chronically unstable state
following the death of President Malam Bacai Sanha in Paris.
2012 Jan 10, India's Premier
Manmohan Singh called malnutrition in the country "a national shame"
as he released a major survey that found 42% of children under five
2012 Jan 10, A survey across 33
states by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India, a
government watchdog, found that 68.4% of 1,791 milk samples
contained adulterants. Detergent was found in 8.4% of all samples.
2012 Jan 10, In Iraq 2
agriculture ministry workers were killed in Shurqat, 155 miles (250
km) northwest of Baghdad. A roadside bomb wounded three boys, two of
them seriously, as they were on their way to school in Salahuddin
province north of Baghdad. Army Colonel Hassan Ali was killed when a
roadside bomb struck the convoy he was travelling in Diyala
(AP, 1/10/12)(AFP, 1/10/12)
2012 Jan 10, Israel's
parliament approved harsh new penalties on illegal migrants and
Israelis who help them, building on other contentious measures
designed to stanch the flood of Africans seeking sanctuary here.
2012 Jan 10, Libya’s foreign
minister said Libya has received roughly $20 billion in assets that
were held overseas by Moamer Kadhafi's regime and frozen during the
conflict that ousted him. The UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL)
signed a status of mission agreement with Libya, paving the way for
the world body to continue assisting the war-torn country during its
current transitional period.
2012 Jan 10, Mexican
authorities said they have seized 32.6 metric tons of methylamine, a
precursor chemical used to make methamphetamines, at the Pacific
coast port of Manzanillo. The shipment came from China.
2012 Jan 10, In Nigeria Imam
Abubakar Shekau, the leader of the Boko Haram radical Islamist sect
challenged the authority of Nigeria's president in an online video,
promising more attacks in a nation increasingly overcome by unrest
and divided by religion. Gunmen killed eight people, including five
police officers, in a pub in Potiskum town in the northern state of
Yobe before speeding off on a motorcycle. Gunmen also killed three
people in an attack on a Christian village in Bauchi state. In the
south a mob burnt part of the central mosque complex in the city of
Benin. Local media reported that three others were killed in
southwestern Ogun and Osun states, one by a police officer.
(AFP, 1/10/12)(AP, 1/11/12)(AFP, 1/11/12)
2012 Jan 10, In Pakistan a bomb
targeting a militia opposed to the Taliban exploded in a Jamrud
market in the Khyber region, killing 30 people in the deadliest
blast in the country in several months. A drone piloted remotely
from the United States fired a missile at a house in North
Waziristan killing four people, including Aslam Awan, described as
an "external operations planner" for al-Qaida.
(AP, 1/10/12)(SFC, 1/11/12, p.A4)(AP, 1/22/12)
2012 Jan 10, Peru's government
replaced its drug czar. Ricardo Soberon's refusal to endorse an
all-out coca crop eradication effort put him at odds with the
Cabinet chief and prompted concern by the US Embassy.
2012 Jan 10, In South Africa a
stampede broke out as thousands tried to enroll at the Univ. of
Johannesburg, killing one woman and injuring at least 22 people.
South Africa's national university system has room for some 150,000
first-year students this year. Another 180,000 high school graduates
are expected to be turned away.
2012 Jan 10, South African
rangers found eight dead rhinos that had been stripped of their
horns, an unprecedented one-day toll, in Kruger National Park.
2012 Jan 10, Three Vietnamese
crew from a South Korean fishing boat died and seven others suffered
burns after a fire broke out on their trawler off Antarctica. the
Busan-flagged Jeong Woo 2 was fishing for the rare Patagonian
toothfish, along with ray, crab and other bottom fishes.
2012 Jan 10, Syrian President
Bashar Assad vowed to respond to threats against him with an "iron
hand" and refused to step down. Activists said Syrian security
forces have shot dead at least 10 people in the eastern city of in
Deir el-Zour despite the presence of an Arab observer mission in the
area. The UAE's foreign minister accused the Syrian regime of not
facilitating the job of Arab League observers.
(AP, 1/10/12)(AFP, 1/10/12)
2013 Jan 10, President Barack
Obama signed into a law a measure giving him, George W. Bush and
future former presidents and their spouses lifetime Secret Service
protection. This rolled back a mid-1990s law that imposed a 10-year
limit on Secret Service protection for former presidents.
2013 Jan 10, Pres, Obama signed
a bill making California’s Pinnacles National Monument the nation’s
59th national park.
(SFC, 1/11/13, p.D2)
2013 Jan 10, The US Department
of Homeland Security urged computer users to disable Oracle Corp's
Java software, amplifying security experts' prior warnings to
hundreds of millions of consumers and businesses that use it to surf
2013 Jan 10, California's
Governor Jerry Brown said the state budget deficit is gone
after years of financial troubles as he proposed a state budget plan
that would raise spending on education and healthcare, boosting
total expenditures by 5 percent with a surplus remaining.
2013 Jan 10, In California a
student (16) armed with a shotgun opened fire at Taft Union High
School in Kern County, critically wounding a fellow student before
two adult staff members talked the boy into giving up his weapon,
and he was arrested.
2013 Jan 10, Evan Connell Jr.
(b.1924), historian and novelist, was found dead at his home in
Santa Fe, NM. His books included "Son of the Morning Star: Custer
and the Little Bighorn" (1984) and “the Alchemyst’s Journal" (1991).
(SSFC, 1/13/13, p.C12)
2013 Jan 10, Belgium PM Elio Di
Rupo chastised Queen Fabiola over her inheritance plans, which have
widely seen as a tax dodge on a fortune amassed with taxpayer money.
(SFC, 1/11/13, p.A2)
2013 Jan 10, In Brazil Chilean
artist Jorge Selaron (b.1947), a symbol of his adopted city of Rio
de Janeiro, was found dead in front of his house. In 1990 he began a
staircase project in the Lapa neighborhood tiling steps and
collecting old porcelain bathtubs to use as planters along the
2013 Jan 10, British Detective
Chief Inspector April Casburn (53) was found guilty of one count of
misconduct for trying to sell information to one of Rupert Murdoch’s
(SFC, 1/11/13, p.A3)
2013 Jan 10, Journalist Paul
Salopek (50) departed a small Ethiopian village and took the first
steps of a planned 21,000-mile (34,000-km) walk that will cross some
30 borders, where he will encounter dozens of languages and scores
of ethnic groups. The walk from Ethiopia to Chile, which took human
ancestors some 50,000 years to make, is called Out of Eden and is
sponsored by National Geographic, the Knight Foundation and the
Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting.
2013 Jan 10, Georgia opposition
groups and NGOs announced that more than 1 million of Georgia's 4.6
million citizens have signed a petition calling for the resignation
of Pres. Mikhail Saakashvili.
2013 Jan 10, Honduras’ El
Heraldo newspaper reported that police overnight had captured Kevin
Samraid Carranza Padilla (28), a leader of the 18th Street gang
along with his girlfriend, Cindy Yadira Garcia (19). Carranza was
suspected in the shooting death of a police officer months earlier.
Carranza and Yadira were later reported disappeared.
(SSFC, 2/17/13, p.A16)
2013 Jan 10, In Iraq a series
of attacks on a bus stop, police patrol and a convoy carrying the
head of a university killed eight people and wounded 20 others.
2013 Jan 10, Indian troops
fired across the disputed Kashmir border and killed a Pakistani
soldier, the third deadly incident in the disputed Himalayan region
in recent days.
2013 Jan 10, In Israel an
explosion went off in a car near a bus in Tel Aviv in what police
said was a criminally motivated assassination attempt. Four people
were slightly injured.
2013 Jan 10, A Kenyan community
retaliated with their own tribal assault, killing 10 people and
furthering a tribal feud that threatens to explode as March
2013 Jan 10, Islamists, who
rule northern Mali, clashed with government forces for the first
time in nearly a year, seizing the strategic city of Konna as the
al-Qaida-linked militants pushed toward the government line of
control in the center of the troubled country.
2013 Jan 10, In southwest
Pakistan a bomb targeting paramilitary soldiers killed 12 people in
Quetta. Another 86 people, mostly Shiite Muslims, were killed in
twin bombings at a billiards hall in Quetta. 5 suspected militants
died in a US drone strike in Mir Ali, North Waziristan. A gas
cylinder explosion ripped through a crowded mosque in the northwest
city of Mingora, killing 21 people and injuring more than 70 others.
(AP, 1/10/13)(AP, 1/11/13)
2013 Jan 10, Russia said that
an adoption deal with the US will remain valid until 2014 despite a
new Russian law banning the practice, but no new adoptions will be
permitted and only those already cleared by Russian courts before
the ban will be allowed to complete.
2013 Jan 10, Somali journalist
Abdiaziz Abdinur Ibrahim, a freelance journalist, was arrested by
police after interviewing a woman who said she was raped by
government security forces. She was also briefly arrested and
questioned by police before being released.
2013 Jan 10, In northern
Switzerland two passenger trains collided near a station, injuring
17 people in Schaffhausen canton.
2013 Jan 10, Rebels trying to
topple Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime battled army troops
inside an air base in the north as government forces fought
opposition strongholds near the seat of his government in Damascus.
2013 Jan 10, In Venezuela
thousands of chanting supporters of President Hugo Chavez rallied
outside his presidential palace in an exuberant alternative
inauguration for a leader too ill to return home for the real thing.
2013 Jan 10, In Yemen Ali
Abdul-Salam, a prominent tribal chief, was killed in an ambush, an
apparent revenge attack by al-Qaida for his security links.
2014 Jan 10, President Barack
Obama issued an emergency declaration for the state of West
Virginia, ordering federal aid in the aftermath of a chemical spill
that has left up to 300,000 people without tap water, closed schools
and businesses. Governor Earl Ray Tomblin declared a state of
emergency for nine counties.
2014 Jan 10, Arkansas Gov. Mark
Darr said he will leave office Feb 1. He was under pressure to
resign over ethics violations including making personal use of over
$30,000 of his campaign funds.
(SSFC, 1/12/14, p.A10)
2014 Jan 10, Larry Speakes
(b.1929), press secretary to Ronald Reagan, died in Mississippi. He
became press secretary to Pres. Reagan following the 1981 attempted
assassination of Reagan and the wounding of press secretary James
(SSFC, 1/12/14, p.A15)
2014 Jan 10, New Jersey
legislators planned to release nearly 1,000 pages of documents that
may shed new light on a probe of four days of traffic jams at the
George Washington Bridge apparently orchestrated by Republican
Governor Chris Christie's top aides to settle a political score.
2014 Jan 10, In eastern
Afghanistan 2 US service members and a civilian were killed in an
2014 Jan 10, A new analysis of
British census figures said almost one in 10 babies and toddlers in
England and Wales are Muslim, illustrating the growth of the
2014 Jan 10, Central African
Republic's interim President Michel Djotodia and his prime minister
resigned, according to a statement issued after a two-day summit in
neighboring Chad. Alexsandre-Ferdinand Nguendet took over as Acting
(Reuters, 1/10/14)(Econ, 1/18/14, p.50)
2014 Jan 10, China defended its
new fishing restrictions in disputed waters in the South China Sea
against criticism from the United States, saying the rules were in
accordance with international law.
2014 Jan 10, In Egypt hundreds
of Islamists rallied in Cairo and across the country, calling for a
boycott of an upcoming constitutional referendum as clashes with
security forces killed 3 people.
2014 Jan 10, French President
Francois Hollande threatened legal action over a Closer magazine
report saying he is having a secret affair with actress Julie Gayet.
2014 Jan 10, India ordered the
United States to withdraw one of its diplomats from New Delhi, as
Devyani Khobragade (39), the Indian consul at the center of the
dispute between the two countries, flew home after being indicted in
New York for visa fraud.
2014 Jan 10, India's
overcrowded financial capital unveiled its long-awaited $2 billion
new airport terminal. Mumbai’s renovated Chhatrapati Shivaji
International Airport was delayed for nearly two years and overran
its construction budget by 25 percent.
2014 Jan 10, Indonesia's
anti-graft agency arrested a former senior member of President
Yudhoyono's party, in a long-running case that has damaged the
ruling party's popularity ahead of elections.
2014 Jan 10, Iranian state
television reported that talks with the European Union have ended
with an agreement over outstanding issues about the practical
details of implementing a nuclear agreement.
2014 Jan 10, In Iraq
fierce clashes erupted between special forces and al-Qaida-linked
militants in in al-Bubali, a village between Fallujah and
Ramadi in western Anbar province.
2014 Jan 10, Israel announced
plans to build 1,400 new homes in Jewish settlements in the West
Bank and east Jerusalem. Police said suspected Jewish extremists cut
down fruit trees belonging to Israeli Arabs overnight in an apparent
revenge attack for Palestinian villagers beating up Jewish settlers.
(AP, 1/10/14)(AFP, 1/10/14)
2014 Jan 10, Israel's cultural
and financial capital unveiled a memorial honoring gays and lesbians
persecuted by the Nazis, the first specific recognition in Israel
for non-Jewish victims of the Holocaust.
2014 Jan 10, Namibia wildlife
authorities defended the auction of permits to hunt black rhino,
saying the kill was aimed at conserving the endangered species.
2014 Jan 10, Nigeria's military
confirmed that it was to release 167 people who were detained as
part of counter-insurgency operations against Boko Haram militants
in three northeast states.
2014 Jan 10, Pakistani police
found two workers shot to death at a small Sufi Muslim shrine
in Mardan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.
2014 Jan 10, The Philippines
and Vietnam condemned a new Chinese law that requires foreign
fishermen to seek Beijing's approval to operate in much of the South
China Sea, but China's Foreign Ministry insisted it has the right do
2014 Jan 10, Romanian education
authorities fired a teacher Dana Blandu, who was filmed aggressively
demanding money as gifts from students in a case that has made local
headlines. It is customary in Romania to give presents to teachers.
2014 Jan 10, Russia designated
a park in the town of Khosta as a protest zone for the Winter
Olympics. Khosta is 7 miles away from there the athletes will
compete in Sochi.
(SFC, 1/11/14, p.A2)
2014 Jan 10, Russia's powerful
Orthodox Church proposed a referendum on banning gay relations in
the face of Western pressure over human rights ahead of next month's
Winter Olympics in Sochi.
2014 Jan 10, In Singapore two
men were charged with kidnapping after the elderly mother of
supermarket tycoon Lim Hock Chee was abducted two days earlier and
held for ransom.
2014 Jan 10, It was reported
that al-Shabab, Somalia's al-Qaida-linked group, has ordered telecom
companies to shut down mobile internet services over fears the US
can use the data to target militants.
2014 Jan 10, South Sudan said
that government troops retook Bentiu, the capital of Unity state,
after a 2.5-hour battle. Rebels still controlled Bor, a state
capital outside Juba, the country capital.
2014 Jan 10, A Spanish court
ordered the extradition of Aurea Vazquez Rijos (33), a Puerto Rican
woman, wanted by US federal authorities for allegedly hiring a hit
man to kill her wealthy Canadian husband. Adam Anhang was beaten and
stabbed to death in Puerto Rico on Sep 23, 2005, while he walked
with Vazquez near a bar he had bought for her.
2014 Jan 10, Tunisia's new
premier Mehdi Jomaa took office to lead a caretaker government until
elections this year.
2014 Jan 10, Turkey's top
judicial body hit back at government's plans to curb its powers,
adding fuel to a bitter row over a vast corruption probe engulfing
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
2014 Jan 10, The UN refugee
agency warned that fighting in South Sudan could by April drive more
than half a million people from their homes, doubling the number of
those already affected.
2014 Jan 10, Zimbabwe police
said they are investigating the murder of four suspected illegal
ivory buyers whose bodies were found in a wrecked car in western