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49 BC Jan 12, Julius
Caesar crossed the Rubicon River signaling a war between Rome and
1493 Jan 12, This was the
last day for all Jews to leave Sicily.
1519 Jan 12, Maximilian I of
Hapsburg (59), Holy Roman Emperor and German Kaiser, died.
(TL-MB, 1988, p.11)(AP, 1/12/98)(PC, 1992,
1588 Jan 12, John Winthrop,
the first governor of Massachusetts Bay Colony, was born.
1665 Jan 12, Pierre de Fermat
(b.1601), French lawyer, mathematician (Fermat’s Principle), died.
His equation xn + yn = zn is called Fermat’s Last Theorem and
remained unproven for many years. The history of its resolution
and final proof by Andrew Wiles is told by Amir D. Aczel in his
1996 book Fermat’s Last Theorem. “Fermat’s Enigma: The Epic Quest
to Solve the World’s Greatest Mathematical Problem” by Simon Singh
was published in 1997. In 1905 Paul Wolfskehl, a German
mathematician, bequeathed a reward of 100,000 marks to whoever
could find a proof to Fermat’s “last theorem.” It stumped
mathematicians until 1993, when Andrew John Wiles made a
(MC, 1/12/02)(SFC, 10/2/02, p.D7)
1729 Jan 12, Edmund Burke
(d.1797), British politician and author, was born in Dublin. Burke
advocated consistent and sympathetic treatment of the American
colonies: "A very great part of the mischiefs that vex this world
arises from words."
1737 Jan 12, John Hancock,
first signer of the Declaration of Independence, was born. [see
1755 Jan 12, Tsarina
Elisabeth established the 1st Russian University.
1773 Jan 12, The first public
museum in America was established, in Charleston, S.C.
1777 Jan 12, Franciscans
founded Mission Santa Clara de Asis, the 8th of California’s
original 21 missions.
(SFC, 8/19/00, p.A13)(MC, 1/12/02)
1816 Jan 12, France decreed
the Bonaparte family to be excluded from the country forever.
1820 Jan 12, Royal
Astronomical Society was founded in England.
1848 Jan 12, Sicilians in
Palermo proclaimed a Provisional Government. The People proclaimed
a constitution and elected a parliament. The Sicilian Republic
survived for only 16 months.
(http://tinyurl.com/l8u42fx)(Econ, 7/13/13, SR
1856 Jan 12, John Singer
Sargent (d.1925), American Gilded Age portrait painter (Wyndham
Sisters), was born.
(SFC, 4/11/01, p.E1)(MC, 1/12/02)
1863 Jan 12, President Davis
delivered his "State of Confederacy" address.
1872 Jan 12, Russian Grand
Duke Alexis began a gala buffalo hunting expedition with Gen. Phil
Sheridan and Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer.
1876 Jan 12, Jack London
(d.1916), American writer and adventurer, was born in SF at 3rd
and Brannon. The original home burned down in the 1906 fire. He is
best known for his dog novels "The Call of the Wild" and “White
(HFA, '96, p.22)(AHD, p.768)(HN, 1/12/99)(SFC,
1876 Jan 12, Ermanno
Wolf-Ferrari, composer, was born in Venice, Italy.
1878 Jan 12, Ferenc Molnar,
Hungarian-US playwright (A Pal Utrai Fiuk), was born.
1879 Jan 12, British-Zulu War
began as British troops under Lieutenant General Frederic Augustus
invaded Zululand from the southern African republic of Natal.
1888 Jan 12, A major blizzard
hit South Dakota and left hundreds of children and adults dead. In
2004 David Laskin authored “The Children’s Blizzard.”
(WSJ, 11/24/04, p.D10)
1893 Jan 12, Hermann Goring,
Reichsmarshal of the Third Reich and commander of the Luftwaffe,
was born. He committed suicide before he was to be hung for war
1896 Jan 12, The 1st X-ray
photo on record in the US was made by Dr. Henry Louis Smith at
Davidson, NC. Dr. Henry Smith shot a bullet into the hand of a
dead human body and made a 15 minute x-ray exposure to reveal the
(SFEC, 6/14/98, Z1 p.8)(MC, 1/12/02)
1904 Jan 12, Anxious Germans
opened fire on Ovaherero at Okahandja. The Herero people of
Southwest Africa (Namibia) had risen in rebellion against German
colonial rule. The deadly Deutsche Schutzruppe “peacekeeping
regiment” quelled the tribes. They eventually annihilated 75% of
the Herero and Nama peoples. In 1981 Jon M. Bridgeman authored
“The Revolt of the Hereros.”
1908 Jan 12, A wireless
message was sent long-distance for the first time from the Eiffel
Tower in Paris.
1913 Jan 12, Kiel and
Wilhelmshaven became submarine bases in Germany.
1915 Jan 12, The U.S. House
of Representatives rejected a proposal to give women the right to
1916 Jan 12, Pieter W. Botha,
later president of South Africa, was born in Orange Free State.
1926 Jan 12, U.S. coal talks
broke down, leaving both sides bitter as the strike dragged on
into its fifth month.
1927 Jan 12, U.S. Secretary
of State Kellogg claimed that Mexican rebel Plutarco Calles was
aiding the communist plot in Nicaragua.
1928 Jan 12, Ruth Snyder
(b.1895) became the first woman to die in the electric chair. She
was electrocuted by “state electrician” Robert G. Elliott at Sing
Sing Prison in Ossining, New York, along with Judd Gray, her lover
and co-conspirator, for the murder of her husband, Albert on March
20, 1927. This was billed in the press as “The Dumb-Bell Murder.”
1932 Jan 12, Philip Barry's
"Animal Kingdom," premiered in NYC.
1932 Jan 12, Mrs. Hattie W.
Caraway (Ophelia Wyatt Caraway) a Democrat from Arkansas, became
the first woman elected to the US Senate.
1932 Jan 12, Oliver Wendell
Holmes quit the Supreme Court at age 90.
1933 Jan 12, US Congress
recognized the independence of the Philippines.
1933 Jan 12, An uprising of
Guardia Civil in Spain left 25 dead.
1938 Jan 12, Austria
recognized the Franco government in Spain.
1940 Jan 12, Soviet bombers
raided cities in Finland.
1942 Jan 12, President
Roosevelt created the National War Labor Board.
1943 Jan 12, Frankfurters
were replaced by Victory Sausages, a mix of meat & soy
1943 Jan 12, San Francisco’s
Golden Gate Park Superintendent John McLaren died at age 96. He
had ruled the park for over 5 decades. The 318-acre park between
the Excelsior and Visitacion Valley was later named in his honor.
(SFC, 7/28/97, p.A8)(SFC, 2/7/98, p.A15)(SSFC,
1/7/18, DB p.53)
1943 Jan 12, Soviet forces
raised the siege of Leningrad.
1945 Jan 12, US Task Force 38
destroyed 41 Japanese ships in Battle of South China Sea.
1945 Jan 12, The submarine
USS Swordfish (SS-193) was lost with all 5 officers and 54 men in
the Ryukyu Islands. She was the first American submarine to sink a
Japanese ship during World War II.
1945 Jan 12, German forces in
Belgium retreated in Battle of Bulge.
1945 Jan 12, Soviet forces
began a huge offensive against the Germans in Eastern Europe.
1947 Jan 12, In Haifa,
Palestine, the Stern Gang drove a truckload of explosives into a
British police station. 4 people were killed and 140 injured.
(SSFC, 4/16/06, p.E4)
1948 Jan 12, The Supreme
Court ruled that states could not discriminate against law-school
applicants because of race. The case involved a black woman, Ada
Lois Sipuel (1924-1995), and she earned the right to attend law
school in previously segregated Oklahoma. Her lawyer was Thurgood
1950 Jan 12, Sec. of State
Dean Acheson in a speech placed South Korea and Formosa outside
the US defense perimeter in Asia. Japan, Okinawa, Philippines, and
the Aleutians were inside the perimeter to be defended.
1952 Jan 12, The Viet Minh
cut the supply lines to the French forces in Hoa Bihn, Vietnam.
1954 Jan 12, Howard Stern,
"Radio's Bad Boy,” was born in Roosevelt, NY.
1954 Jan 12, Austria's worst
avalanche killed 200. 9hrs later a 2nd one killed 115.
1960 Jan 12, The San
Francisco Chronicle learned that jazz musician Dave Brubeck had
lost $40,000 in bookings on a monthlong Southern tour by his
quartet because the group included black bass player Eugene
Wright. Brubeck refused to drop Wright from his group.
(SSFC, 1/10/10, DB p.42)
1962 Jan 12, The United
States resumed aid to the Laotian regime.
1964 Jan 12, Jeffrey Bezos,
later founder of Amazon.com, was born in Albuquerque.
(SFEC, 10/10/99, p.B3)
1964 Jan 12, Leftist rebels
in Zanzibar, soon joined with Tanganyika to form Tanzania, began
their successful revolt against the government. The socialist
uprising unseated Sultan Jamshid and was fatal to thousands of
Indian and Arabian gentry.
(AP, 1/12/98)(SSFC, 6/9/02, p.C12)
1966 Jan 12, "Batman" with
Adam West & Burt Ward premiered on ABC TV and continued to
1968. Frank Gorshin (1933-2005) played the Riddler. In 1967 Yvonne
Craig (1937-2015) joined the show as Batgirl and alter ego Barbara
5/19/05, p.B7)(SFC, 8/20/15, p.D4)
1966 Jan 12, President
Johnson said in his State of the Union address that the United
States should stay in South Vietnam until Communist aggression
there was ended.
1966 Jan 12, A 12 day NYC
transit strike ended.
1967 Jan 12, HAL, the
Heuristically Programmed Algorithmic Computer, from the 1968
Arthur C. Clark and Stanley Kubrick movie/book, became operational
at the HAL plant in Urbana, Illinois. The book “HAL’s Legacy:
2001’s Computer as Dream and Reality” was published in 1997 by MIT
Press. The birthday in the movie was 1/12/92.
(SFEC, 1/12/97, p.C14)(SFC, 1/25/97,
p.E1)(SFEC, 3/16/97, Par p.31)(WSJ, 10/3/97, p.A8)
1969 Jan 12, The New York
Jets defeated the Baltimore Colts, 16-7, in Super Bowl III at the
Orange Bowl in Miami.
1970 Jan 12, In Nigeria the
30-month civil war ended. The Biafran forces surrendered after
nearly a million ethnic Igbos died mostly of hunger and disease.
Emeka Ojukwu had led some 40 million Igbos in secession. In 2008
Nigeria paid the pension of Ojukwu and 63 other former rebels as
part of efforts to heal wounds. In 2007 Pres. Obasanjo declared
Jan 15 as “Armed Forces Remembrance Day" in honor of the soldiers
that died in the war.
(HNQ, 5/9/00)(AFP, 1/15/07)
1971 Jan 12, The situation
comedy "All in the Family" with Carroll O’Connor (1924-2001) as
Archie Bunker, began on CBS TV and ran to 1983. It later became
"Archie Bunker’s Place." It was the first video-taped sitcom.
Producers Bud Yorkin (1926-2015) and Norman Lear adopted the 1964
British series "Till Death Do Us Part," written by Johnny Speight
(d.1998 at 78) for the sitcom.
(SFEC, 5/24/98, DB p.39)(AP, 1/12/00)(SFC,
6/22/01, p.A1)(SFC, 8/19/15, p.A10)
1971 Jan 12, Dale Bumpers
(1925-2016) began serving as the 38th governor of Arkansas and
continued to 1975. He then served four terms in the US Senate
(SSFC, 1/3/16, p.A15)
1971 Jan 12, Jimmy Carter
(b.1924) was sworn in as the 76th governor of Georgia.
1971 Jan 12, A federal grand
jury indicted Rev. Philip Berrigan and 5 others, including a nun
& 2 priests, on charges of plotting to kidnap Henry Kissinger.
On 5 September 1972 the Justice Department dropped all charges.
1973 Jan 12, Yasser Arafat
was re-elected as head of the Palestinian Liberation Organization.
1975 Jan 12, The Pittsburgh
Steelers beat the Minnesota Vikings (16-6) in the Superbowl in New
Orleans. Bob McCurry of Chrysler Corp. introduced the auto rebate
in a 1975 Superbowl commercial.
1976 Jan 12, Dame Agatha
Christie (b.1890) (Agatha Mary Clarissa, Lady Mallowan),
English mystery writer, died in Wallingford, England. She also
wrote romances under the name Mary Westmacott, but is remembered
for her 66 mystery novels. Her work with mystery novels,
particularly featuring detectives Hercule Poirot or Miss Marple,
have given her the title the “Queen of Crime” and made her one of
the most important and innovative writers in the development of
the mystery novel. Two of her most famous novels might be Murder
on the Orient Express (1934) and Death on the Nile (1937).
1977 Jan 12, Anti-French
demonstrations took place in Israel after Paris released Abu
Daoud, responsible for the 1972 Munich massacre of Israeli
1977 Jan 12, Henri-Georges
Clouzot (b.1907), French film director and producer, died. His
films included “Les Diaboliques” (1955) and “La Verite” (1960).
1978 Oct 12, Nancy Spungen
(b.1958), girlfriend of Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious, was found
dead on the bathroom floor of their NYC hotel room.
1979 Jan 12, Kenneth Bianchi,
LA's Hillside Strangler, was arrested in Bellingham, Wa. He and
his cousin Angelo Buono (d.2002 at 67) sexually assaulted and
murdered as many as 13 young women (12-28) in 1977-1978, and
dumping their bodies on LA-area hillsides. Bianchi testified
against Buono to escape the death penalty. Buono was convicted on
9 of 10 murder counts and was sentenced to life in prison
(SSFC, 9/22/02, p.A7)(SFC, 10/1/02, p.A17)
1981 Jan 12, The US District
Court in SF sentenced Joseph Bonanno Sr. (75), the reputed NY
mafia boss, to serve 5 years in prison. Bonanno was released from
prison July 29, 1984.
1981 Jan 12, In Iowa Richard
Huntbach (85) and wife Goldie (77) were found shot to death in
their home in Waterloo. On May 10, 2012, Jack Wendell Pursel (66)
turned himself in to police and confessed to the killing saying he
had become a Christian. Months after the Waterloo killings, Pursel
began serving a 21-year sentence for two sex offenses; however, he
was paroled in 1992. He was completely discharged from his
sentence in September of 1995. On June 7, 2012 Pursel pleaded
guilty to the Waterloo murders and was sentenced to life in
(http://tinyurl.com/7pbnbaf)(SFC, 6/8/12, p.A8)
1982 Jan 12, Peking protested
the sale of U.S. planes to Taiwan.
1986 Jan 12, Space shuttle
Columbia blasted off with a crew that included the first
Hispanic-American in space, Dr. Franklin R. Chang-Diaz.
1987 Jan 12, Neil Goldschmidt
(b.1940), former mayor of Portland, began serving a 4-year term as
governor of Oregon. He later served under Pres. Carter as Sec. of
Transportation. It was later reported that Goldschmidt had engaged
in a 3-year relationship, while mayor of Portland, with a girl
(14) who babysat his children.
(http://tinyurl.com/5l7rj)(SFC, 4/5/05, p.A11)
1987 Jan 12, Anglican Church
envoy Terry Waite arrived in Lebanon on his latest mission to win
the release of Western hostages; however, Waite ended up being
taken captive himself.
1988 Jan 12, Willie Stargell,
a 21-year slugger with the Pittsburgh Pirates, was elected to the
Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., in his first year of
1989 Jan 12, President-elect
Bush completed the selection of his Cabinet, naming retired Adm.
James D. Watkins secretary of energy and former education
secretary William J. Bennett drug czar.
1989 Jan 12, Idi Amin was
expelled from Zaire (later CongoDRC) and forced to return to Saudi
1990 Jan 12, Astronauts
aboard the space shuttle Columbia retrieved an 11-ton floating
science laboratory in a rescue mission that kept the satellite
from plunging to Earth.
1990 Jan 12, Civil Rights
activist Rev. Al Sharpton was stabbed in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn.
1990 Jan 12, Laurence J.
Peter (70), author (Peter Principle), died of a stroke.
1991 Jan 12, A deeply divided
Congress gave President Bush the authority to wage war in the
Persian Gulf. The Senate voted 52-to-47 to empower Bush to use
armed forces to expel Iraq from Kuwait; the House followed suit on
a vote of 250-to-183. 45 of 55 Democratic senators voted against
the congressional resolution authorizing the use of force.
(HN, 1/12/99)(AP, 1/12/01)(NW, 9/30/02, p.72)
1992 Jan 12, The Washington
Redskins won the NFC championship, defeating the Detroit Lions 41
to 10; the Buffalo Bills won the AFC title, beating the Denver
Broncos 10 to 7.
1992 Jan 12, HAL, the
Heuristically Programmed Algorithmic Computer, from the 1968
Arthur C. Clark and Stanley Kubrick movie and book, “became
operational” at the HAL plant in Urbana, Illinois. [1997 article
claimed 1/12/97 as birthdate] The book "HAL’s Legacy: 2001’s
Computer as Dream and Reality" was published in 1997 by MIT Press.
The birthday in the movie was 1/12/92.
(SFEC, 1/12/97, p.C14)(SFC, 1/25/97,
p.E1)(SFEC, 3/16/97, Par p.31)(WSJ, 10/3/97, p.A8)
1992 Jan 12, One day after
the surprise resignation of Algeria's president, Chadli Bendjedid,
the army-backed Algerian government canceled parliamentary
elections to prevent fundamentalist Muslims from winning power.
1994 Jan 12, Pres. Clinton
bowed to political pressure and asked that a special prosecutor be
named to investigate his 1980's Whitewater land dealings with
Arkansas businessman James B. McDougal.
(SFEC, 11/15/98, p.A3)(AP, 1/12/99)
1994 Jan 12, President
Clinton, en route to Russia, nailed down an agreement with Ukraine
to eliminate the country's nuclear arsenal, the third-largest in
1994 Jan 12, In Mexico after
an initial hard line, the government agreed to a cease-fire with
the Zapatista rebels.
1995 Jan 12, Qubilah Shabazz,
the daughter of Malcolm X, was arrested in Minneapolis on charges
that she had tried to hire a hitman to kill Nation of Islam leader
Louis Farrakhan; the charges were later dropped.
1995 Jan 12, In LA, Ca.,
Judge Ito heard defense arguments for questioning racial attitudes
of Detective Mark Fuhrman in the murder trial against OJ Simpson.
Fuhrman had found a bloody glove at O.J.'s estate.
1995 Jan 12, In
Port-au-Prince, Haiti, an American soldier was killed and another
wounded during a shootout with a former Haitian army officer who
also was killed.
1996 Jan 12, Chechen fighters
holding more than 100 hostages in the Russian village of
Pervomayskaya freed about a dozen of their captives and pledged to
release the rest if four top Russian officials took their place.
1997 Jan 12, Two recently
enrolled female cadets at The Citadel announced they were not
returning for the spring semester, citing harassment by male
1997 Jan 12, The Green Bay
Packers defeated the Carolina Panthers, 30-13, to win the NFC
Championship, while the New England Patriots beat the Jacksonville
Jaguars 20-6 to claim the AFC Championship.
1997 Jan 12, The Atlantis
space shuttle went up for a rendezvous with the MIR space
station. Jerry Linenger, physician, was to replace astronaut
Jim [John] Blaha.
(USAT, 1/13/97, p.3A)(AP, 1/12/98)
1997 Jan 12, In Mexico four
generals and a colonel met with Mr. Gonzalez Quirarte, the
right-hand man of drug lord, Carillo Fuentes, to arrange
protection according to later statements made by Gen. Jesus
(WSJ, 10/2/97, p.A12)
1998 Jan 12, The music groups
Santana, the Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, the Mamas and the Papas were
inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Also inducted were
rockabilly legend Gene Vincent, and New Orleans musician Lloyd
Price as well as jazz composer Jelly Roll Morton and New Orleans
producer Allen Toussaint.
(SFC, 1/14/98, p.D3)
1998 Jan 12, Linda Tripp
provided Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr's office with taped
conversations between herself and former White House intern Monica
1998 Jan 12, Former Senator
Robert Dole signed a $30,000 per month contract as a foreign agent
(WSJ, 1/13/98, p.A1)
1998 Jan 12, CBS signed a $4
billion eight-year deal to televise American Football Conference
games on Sunday afternoons; Fox signed a $4.4 billion eight-year
contract to continue showing National Football Conference games on
1998 Jan 12, A human-cloning
ban was signed in Paris by 19 European nations.
(WSJ, 1/13/98, p.A1)(AP, 1/12/99)
1998 Jan 12, In Algeria gangs
of men hurled bombs into a mosque in Haouche Sahraoui and a
movie theater in Sidi Ahmed and up to 120 people were killed. It
coincided with the 6th anniversary of the coup that thwarted the
Islamic Salvation Front’s rise to power by cancelled elections.
The number killed was reported by local papers to be at least 400.
(SFC, 1/13/98, p.A11)(SFC, 1/14/98,
1998 Jan 12, Britain and
Ireland proposed a power-sharing compromise to reconcile the
divided Protestants and Roman Catholics. Home rule was offered to
Northern Ireland under an assembly elected by proportional
(SFC, 1/13/98, p.A10)
1998 Jan 12, In Burundi Hutu
rebels attacked army positions and at least 55 people were killed.
(WSJ, 1/13/98, p.A1)
1998 Jan 12, Germany
announced that it will pay $110 million over 5 years in pensions
to Holocaust survivors in Eastern Europe.
(SFC, 1/13/98, p.A11)
1998 Jan 12, In Hong Kong the
Peregrine finance house collapsed due to a debt burden to an
Indonesian cab company of $260 million.
(SFC, 1/13/98, p.A1)
1998 Jan 12, Iraq authorities
said they would block a UN inspection team led by former US Marine
captain Scott Ritter.
(SFC, 1/13/98, p.A10)
1998 Jan 12, Japan announced
that the nation’s banks carried only about $580 billion in bad or
(SFC, 1/13/98, p.A10)
1998 Jan 12, In Mexico
Chiapas state police opened fire on stone-throwing Indian
protestors and 1 woman was killed and 2 others wounded. The
government said the army arrested 27 state police at the site of
the shooting near Ocosingo. Separately Chiapas state police
commander Felipe Vazquez Espinosa was indicted for helping arm the
paramilitary gunmen of the Acteal massacre.
(SFC, 1/13/98, p.A10)
1998 Jan 12, In Nigeria an
underwater pipeline from a Mobil Oil production platform broke and
released 40,000 barrels of oil into the Niger delta.
(SFEC, 9/20/98, p.A26)
1998 Jan 12, It was reported
that Turkish police rounded up 1,374 people, mostly Kurds, around
Istanbul in an effort to stem illegal emigration.
(SFC, 1/12/98, p.A1)
1998 Jan 12, From Venezuela
it was reported that over 140 dead dolphins were recently washed
ashore on La Tortuga Island. There were no external wounds other
than some reddish marks on the abdomen.
(SFC, 1/12/98, p.A8)
1999 Jan 12, The Mark McGwire
70th home run ball was auctioned off for $3.005 million. The high
bid was $2.7 million plus commission. Todd McFarlane, creator of
"Spawn" comic books, was the buyer.
(SFC, 1/13/99, p.A3)(SFC, 2/9/99, p.A2)
1999 Jan 12, The Supreme
Court limited state regulation of voter initiatives, striking down
several methods used by Colorado to police such measures.
1999 Jan 12, In Haiti 2
gunmen on motorcycle opened fire on a vehicle carrying the sister
of Pres. Rene Preval. She was seriously wounded and her driver was
(SFC, 1/13/99, p.A10)
1999 Jan 12, In Iraq a US
F-16 jet encountered an active radar site and fired a HARM
anti-radiation missile at it.
(SFC, 1/13/99, p.A10)
1999 Jan 12, In Zimbabwe
military police detained a newspaper editor who printed an article
saying 23 soldiers were arrested for plotting to overthrow Pres.
Mugabe last month. The government denied any coup attempt.
(WSJ, 1/13/99, p.A1)
2000 Jan 12, The US Supreme
Court gave police broad authority to stop and question people who
run at the sight of an officer.
2000 Jan 12, US Attorney
General Janet Reno said that the Florida court order granting
temporary custody of Elian Gonzalez to his great uncle had no
force or effect on the INS decision that the boy should be
returned to his father in Cuba.
(SFC, 1/13/00, p.A3)
2000 Jan 12, Scientists
reported that the temperature of the Earth's surface had risen
0.7-1.4 degrees Fahrenheit over the past century and that the
Earth has been warming for the past 300 years.
(SFC, 1/13/00, p.A7)
2000 Jan 12, Charlotte
Hornets guard Bobby Phills was killed in a crash during a drag
2000 Jan 12, An Argentine a
tour bus crashed into a 2nd local bus in Brazil and 42 people were
(WSJ, 1/13/00, p.A1)
2000 Jan 12, Forced to act by
a European court ruling, the British government ended its ban on
gay men and women serving in the armed forces.
(SFC, 1/13/00, p.A1)(AP, 1/12/01)
2000 Jan 12, In Colombia
rebels ended a holiday truce and 24 people were feared dead in
attacks on southern mountain towns.
(WSJ, 1/13/00, p.A1)
2000 Jan 12, In Malaysia
police arrested 3 vocal critics of Prime Minister Mahathir
(SFC, 1/13/00, p.A12)
2000 Jan 12, Turkish leaders
postponed the execution of Kurdish leader Abdullah Ocalan.
(SFC, 1/13/00, p.A12)
2001 Jan 12, The U.S.
Commission on Civil Rights concluded a two-day hearing on
Florida's presidential election, with members accusing Secretary
of State Katherine Harris of presiding over a “disaster” and
trying to shift blame to others.
2001 Jan 12, The FERC
approved a corporate restructure for California’s PG&E that
allowed the parent company to shield profits from the mounting
debts of its utility subsidiary.
(SFC, 1/16/01, p.A1)
2001 Jan 12, William Hewlett
(b.1913), co-founder of Hewlett-Packard Corp., died in Palo Alto,
(SFC, 1/13/01, p.A1)(NW, 12/31/01, p.109)
2002 Jan 12, Michelle Kwan
won her fifth successive U.S. Figure Skating Championships crown
and sixth overall.
2002 Jan 12, The United
States intensified its anti-terror campaign in eastern
Afghanistan, dropping bombs on suspected al-Qaida and Taliban
(SSFC, 1/13/02, p.A8)(AP, 1/12/03)
2002 Jan 12, Cyrus R. Vance
(84), former US Sec. of State under Jimmy Carter, died in New
(SSFC, 1/13/02, p.A27)(AP, 1/12/03)
2002 cJan 12, The World Food
Program halted aid shipments to Afghanistan this week due to theft
and looting by bandits and warlords.
(SSFC, 1/13/02, p.A10)
2002 Jan 12, In Colombia
Pres. Pastrana rejected a last minute FARC proposal to save the
(SSFC, 1/13/02, p.A19)
2002 Jan 12, Israeli missile
boats hit a Palestinian fuel depot in a 4th day of reprisals.
(SSFC, 1/13/02, p.A20)
2002 Jan 12, Malaysia
announced the arrests of 2 more suspected militants tied to al
Qaeda and linked to a cell in Singapore.
(SSFC, 1/13/02, p.A11)
2002 Jan 12-13, In Mexico a
rain storm was followed by a freeze and as many as 270 million
monarch butterflies were killed at the Rosario and Sierra Chincua
colonies in Michoacan state.
(SFC, 2/12/02, p.A4)(SFC, 2/18/02, p.A3)
2002 Jan 12, In Nigeria
fighting broke out in Owo when members of the Odua People’s
Congress approached the palace of a Yoruba tribal leader. Dozens
were feared dead.
(SFC, 1/14/02, p.A6)
2002 Jan 12, In Northern
Ireland Protestant militants, the Red Hand Defenders, killed a
Catholic postman, Daniel McColgan (20). On Jan 16 the group
announced that it was disbanding and lifting its threat to kill
(WSJ, 1/14/02, p.A1)(SFC, 1/17/02, p.a10)
2002 Jan 12, Pakistan’s Pres.
Musharraf vowed to crack down on militant Islamists using Pakistan
as a base of operations in Kashmir. Musharraf also announced new
regulations on education criteria for the estimated 6,000
madrassas, the Islamic schools.
(SSFC, 1/13/02, p.A1)(SFC, 1/21/02, p.A10)
2002 Jan 12, In Zimbabwe
police fired on some 5,000 opposition supporters in Buhera.
Opposition MDC offices were wet on fire in Kwekwe.
(SFC, 1/15/02, p.A9)
2003 Jan 12, It was reported
that the $250 billion-a-year US Medicare program was riddled with
conflicts of interest and fraud estimated at $50-75 billion.
(SSFC, 1/12/03, p.A1)
2003 Jan 12, Steve Case
announced he was stepping down as chairman of the conglomerate
he'd helped to create. Shareholders blamed him for AOL Time
Warner's sharp fall in fortunes. The Board soon named Richard
Parsons as chairman.
(AP, 1/12/04)(WSJ, 1/2/04, p.R8)
2003 Jan 12, Maurice Gibb
(53), member of the Bee Gees musical group, died in Miami
following surgery for a blocked intestine. The group's work
included the 1977 "Saturday Night Fever" album.
(SSFC, 1/12/03, p.A2)
2003 Jan 12, In Argentina
former military dictator Leopoldo F. Galtieri (76), who in 1982
led Argentina into the Falkland Islands war against Britain, died.
2003 Jan 12, The death toll
from a month-long cold spell rose to 986 people in northern India,
Nepal and Bangladesh.
2003 Jan 12, Three missiles
fired from an Israeli helicopter missed their apparent target,
Islamic militants riding in a car, and killed two 15 year-old
Palestinian boys, seriously wounding another teen. In Israel 7
Palestinians, two other Arab attackers and two Israelis were
killed in raids and infiltrations.
(AP, 1/13/03)(SFC, 1/13/03, p.A3)
2003 Jan 12, Kinji Fukasaku
(72), Japanese film director, died. His films included "Battle
without Honor and Humanity" (1973), "Cops vs. Thugs" (1975),
"Yakuza Graveyard" (1976) and "Graveyard of Honor" (1976) and "The
Geisha House" (1999).
(SFC, 1/28/03, p.A15)
2004 Jan 12, President Bush
and Mexican President Vicente Fox forged agreement on the
contentious issues of immigration and Iraq, meeting in Monterrey
before the opening of a 34-nation hemispheric summit.
2004 Jan 12, It was reported
that a new US Homeland Security program planned to screen airline
passengers according to a color code based on computerized data.
(SFC, 1/13/04, p.A1)
2004 Jan 12, The US Supreme
Court refused to hear on appeal by civil liberties groups seeking
access to basic data of individuals detained indefinitely by the
government after the Sep. 11, 2001, attacks.
(SFC, 1/13/04, p.A1)
2004 Jan 12, Randy VanWarmer
(48), singer-songwriter, died in Seattle.
2004 Jan 12, In Afghanistan
dozens of suspected Taliban fighters armed with assault rifles
attacked a police checkpoint and killed four policemen.
2004 Jan 12, Juan
Barrionuevo, Argentine legislator from Tierra del Fuego, was
arrested and charged with committing crimes and torture during the
1976-83 military dictatorship.
(WPR, 3/04, p.26)
2004 Jan 12, In Burundi Hutu
rebels killed 17 people, including five soldiers, in attacks
northwest of Bujumbura over the last 2 days.
2004 Jan 12, The $780 million
Queen Mary 2 departed Southampton, England, for Fort Lauderdale,
Fla. The ship was built by Chantieres de l'Atlantique in St.
(WSJ, 10/2/03, p.A1)
2004 Jan 12, A roadside bomb
explosion in Baghdad killed one U.S. soldier and wounded two,
bringing the American death toll to nearly 500 since the start of
fighting in March. US soldiers killed an Iraqi man and a boy
driving in a car behind a convoy after a roadside bomb went off
(AP, 1/12/04)(SFC, 1/13/04, p.A10)
2004 Jan 12, It was reported
that China might inject $40 billion into its Industrial and
Commercial Bank. 2 other state-run lenders, Bank of China and
China Construction Bank, split $45 billion in transfers from
foreign exchange reserves a week earlier.
(WSJ, 1/12/04, p.A1)
2004 Jan 12, In northwest
Colombia suspected FARC rebels using a grenade launcher and guns
killed at least five paramilitary fighters inside a bar in Anza.
2004 Jan 12, A 2-day meeting
began for leaders of the 34 members of the Organization of
American States opened in Monterrey, Mexico.
2004 Jan 12, The United
States announced plans to return to Peru $20 million stolen by a
corrupt government official and stashed in U.S. bank accounts. In
December, Peru accused Victor Venero Garrido of hiding the money
in U.S. accounts under the guidance of Vladimiro Montesinos.
2004 Jan 12, In the
Philippines a huge fire in a Manila shantytown hurt at least 23
people, destroyed thousands of homes and left about 25,000
2004 Jan 12, Olga
Ladyzhenskaya (81), Russian mathematician, died. Her studies in
differential equations helped improve weather forecasts and
advance other fields of science.
2005 Jan 12, The US Supreme
Court ruled that federal sentencing guidelines enacted 2 decades
ago are unconstitutional. The decision was not retroactive.
(WSJ, 1/13/05, p.A1)
2005 Jan 12, New US
government Dietary Guidelines suggested 30 minutes of daily
physical activity to reduce risk of chronic disease; 60 minutes to
maintain a healthy weight; and 90 minutes to lose weight.
(SFC, 1/13/05, p.A4)
2005 Jan 12, Democrat
Christine Gregoire, winner of the extremely close Washington
governor’s race, was inaugurated.
2005 Jan 12, It was reported
that researchers had synthesized a DNA molecule of 14,500 chemical
units with 21 genes used by a harmless laboratory bacterium.
(SFC, 1/12/05, p.A2)
2005 Jan 12, NASA launched
its Deep Impact spacecraft from Cape Canaveral, Fla. It was
scheduled to launch an 820-poind impactor vehicle at Comet
Tempel-1 on July 4.
(WSJ, 1/13/05, p.D8)
2005 Jan 12, In southern
Afghanistan gunmen kidnapped six government soldiers in a former
Taliban stronghold and dumped their bullet-ridden bodies in a
2005 Jan 12, Firefighters
brought Australia's deadliest bushfires in 20 years under control
after 9 people died in the blazes in the Eyre Peninsula.
2005 Jan 12, Britain’s Prince
Harry apologized after a newspaper published a photograph of the
young royal wearing a Nazi uniform to a costume party.
2005 Jan 12, The European
Parliament gave its overwhelming endorsement to the European
Union's first-ever constitution and urged EU governments to
quickly follow suit.
2005 Jan 12, Maud Fontenoy, a
French woman (26), set out in a row boat on a 4,900-mile solo
voyage to Polynesia, hoping to trace Thor Heyerdahl's epic 1947
Pacific crossing aboard the balsa raft Kon-Tiki.
2005 Jan 12, German police
arrested 14 people during raids of apartments and mosques in five
states in a crackdown on an Islamic extremist organization
suspected of aiding terrorists.
2005 Jan 12, Indonesia
demanded that all foreign troops providing disaster relief leave
the country by Mar 31.
(SFC, 1/13/05, p.A1)
2005 Jan 12, Insurgents
launched a string of attacks in the northern city of Mosul killing
two Iraqi National Guardsmen and wounding two others in a car
bombing. Sheik Mahmoud Finjan was shot to death as he headed home
after evening prayers in a mosque at the town of Salman Pak
southeast of Baghdad. Attackers also killed Finjan's son and four
bodyguards. Sunni Muslim militants claimed responsibility.
(AP, 1/12/05)(AP, 1/14/05)
2005 Jan 12, Islamic
militants detonated a bomb near a Jewish settlement in the
southern Gaza Strip, killing an Israeli civilian and wounding
2005 Jan 12, Nigeria made
public plans to build a second $6-billion liquefied natural gas
(LNG) plant in the southwestern state of Ondo.
2005 Jan 12, A US-sponsored
study estimated that one million Russians were infected with the
(WSJ, 1/13/05, p.A1)
2006 Jan 12, The US mint
began shipping a new Jefferson nickel.
(SFC, 1/13/06, p.C1)
2006 Jan 12, In Palm Springs,
Ca., Richard Milanovich, chairman of the Agua Caliente Ban of
Cahuilla Indians, apologized to other tribal leaders for the
scandal tied to Washington lobbyist Jack Abramoff. He addressed
tribal leaders on the 2nd day of a 3-day conference for
casino-operating tribes. Abramoff and associates had collected
some $66 million from 6 American Indian tribes seeking influence
(SFC, 1/13/06, p.B14)
2006 Jan 12, The United Farm
Workers left the AFL-CIO to join 5 other unions in a new
confederation due to a rift over organizing tactics.
(WSJ, 1/13/06, p.A1)
2006 Jan 12, The winning
entry in New Jersey’s slogan contest was: "New Jersey: "Come See
2006 Jan 12, Houston became
the largest school district in the country to adopt a merit pay
plan for teachers that focuses on students' tests scores.
2006 Jan 12, Nikon announced
that it would no longer make most film cameras. A week later
Minolta said it was quitting the camera business.
(Econ, 2/4/06, p.75)
2006 Jan 12, Starbucks
announced plans to promote a new film, ramping up its ambition to
move into the entertainment business.
(WSJ, 1/12/06, p.A1)
2006 Jan 12, In Fort
Lauderdale 4 youths went cruising to beat up some bums. Norris
Gaynor (45), a homeless man, was beaten to death with baseball
bats in one of 3 attacks. A surveillance camera captured the
beating of Jacques Pierre in one of the non-lethal attacks. [see
(SFC, 9/5/08, p.A5)
2006 Jan 12, Australia and
East Timor agreed to equally share revenue from the Greater
Sunrise natural gas project in the Timor Sea.
(WSJ, 1/13/06, p.A8)
2006 Jan 12, In Bahrain an
official said Prince Faisal (15), the sixth son of the king, Sheik
Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, was killed in an accident while driving
2006 Jan 12, The British,
French and German foreign ministers said that negotiations with
Iran over its nuclear program had reached a "dead end" and the
Islamic republic should be referred to the U.N. Security Council
for possible sanctions.
2006 Jan 12, China’s
government released a white paper outlining its African policy.
(Econ, 1/21/06, p.44)
2006 Jan 12, Chinese Foreign
Minister Li Zhaoxing gave four million US dollars to Dakar within
hours of his arrival in Senegal, the latest west African country
to have recently ditched Taiwan in favor of mighty Beijing.
2006 Jan 12, In Ecuador
police used tear gas to disperse about 2,000 demonstrators after
they burned an American flag in front of the government palace to
protest a free trade pact with the United States.
2006 Jan 12, EU governments
refused to ascribe market-economy status to 13 Chinese shoemakers,
opening the way for duties to be imposed on their imports to
2006 Jan 12, A German court
convicted Amin Lokman Mohamed (33), an Iraqi man, of aiding a
terror group in his home country and sentenced him to seven years
2006 Jan 12, In Lucknow,
India, police said 4 men, who were arrested last week on charges
of spreading homosexuality, were running a secret Internet club
for homosexuals. Homosexuality is illegal in India. Activists
called for their release.
2006 Jan 12, Italy's Air One
said it will buy 30 Airbus A320s under a $1.8 billion deal for
delivery by 2008 and plans to exercise an option to buy 10 more
planes this year.
2006 Jan 12, In Kenya gunmen
shot and killed, Joan Wells Root (69), a well-known British
environmentalist and wildlife filmmaker, at her home in the
central Rift Valley.
2006 Jan 12, Hundreds of
protesters stormed the headquarters of Mongolia's biggest
political party (MPRP), one day after it pulled out of the
country's 15-month-old ruling coalition.
2006 Jan 12, A Palestinian
militant blew himself up and two other Palestinians were killed in
a gunbattle with Israeli troops during an arrest raid in the West
Bank town of Jenin.
2006 Jan 12, Thousands of
Muslim pilgrims rushing to complete a symbolic stoning ritual
during the hajj tripped over luggage, causing a crush in which 363
people were killed.
2006 Jan 12, Spanish police
detained Omar Nakcha (23), a Moroccan whom they suspect of being
the leader of two extremist groups recruiting volunteers to fight
2006 Jan 12, In Sri Lanka at
least 9 sailors died when a bus they were traveling on was blown
up by a mine.
(Econ, 1/14/06, p.47)
2006 Jan 12, UN
Secretary-General Kofi Annan said he wants the US and European
countries to help form a tough mobile force that would stop the
bloodshed, rape and plunder in Sudan's Darfur region.
2006 Jan 12, Mehmet Ali Agca
(48), the man who shot Pope John Paul II in 1981, was released
from prison after serving more than 25 years in Italy and Turkey
for the plot against the pontiff and the slaying of a Turkish
2006 Jan 12, Turkey’s
government said 2 more Turks tested positive for the deadly H5N1
strain of bird flu in preliminary tests, bringing the total number
of human infections to 18.
2007 Jan 12, Pres. Bush
signed a bill into law that made it a crime to lie to obtain
telephone records of private citizens, a procedure known as
pretexting, following a 2006 case at Hewlett-Packard.
(SFC, 1/13/07, p.C1)
2007 Jan 12, Durham County,
N.C., District Attorney Mike Nifong asked to be removed from the
Duke lacrosse rape investigation. State prosecutors later
exonerated three suspects.
2007 Jan 12, Francisco Javier
Dominguez-Rivera (22) of Puebla, Mexico, was killed in a
confrontation with the unidentified agent north of the US-Mexico
border in Arizona between Bisbee and Douglas. On Jan 16 the
Mexican government sent a diplomatic note to the United States
protesting the fatal shooting.
2007 Jan 12, In California
the Fresno-based Westlands Water District purchased 3,000 acres on
the McCloud River for $35 million. They planned to sell the land
to the federal government if officials and lawmakers decide to
raise the nearby Shasta Dam.
(SSFC, 1/28/07, p.A1)
2007 Jan 12, Jennifer Strange
(28) of Rancho Cordova, Ca., died after guzzling a large quantity
of water as part of a Sacramento KDND-FM radio show contest. In
2009 Entercom Sacramento LLC was found negligent and ordered to
pay nearly $16.6 million to the family of Jennifer Strange.
(SFC, 1/18/07, p.A1)(SFC, 10/30/09, p.A8)
2007 Jan 12, In SF Mia Sagote
(30) and Leslie Siliga (29) reportedly doused Leslie May (49), a
homeless woman from the Tenderloin, with gasoline and burned her
alive at Candlestick Point in retaliation for May’s report to
police implicating them in a personal robbery. Sagote was
convicted of murder, kidnapping and robbery on Oct 20, 2013. On
Dec 20, 2013, Sagote was sentenced to life in prison without
(SFC, 2/15/07, p.A1)(SFC, 10/30/13, p.D3)(SFC,
2007 Jan 12, In Missouri 2
missing boys were found at the suburban St. Louis home of Michael
Devlin (41). William Ownby (13) had been missing for 5 days; Shawn
Hornbeck (15) had been missing since Oct 2002. In October Devlin
was sentenced to multiple life terms for kidnapping and sexual
(SFC, 1/13/07, p.A5)(SFC, 10/9/07, p.A6)(AP,
2007 Jan 12, Larry Stewart
(58), known as “Secret Santa” for the millions he passed out with
no strings attached to people in need, died at St. Lukes Hospital
in Kansas City, Missouri of esophageal cancer. Stewart, from the
Kansas City suburb of Lee's Summit, made his millions in cable
television and long-distance telephone service.
2007 Jan 12, A suicide bomber
rammed his explosives-filled car into a two-vehicle convoy
carrying foreigners south of Kabul, wounding at least one Afghan
2007 Jan 12, Fakhruddin
Ahmed, a former Bangladesh central bank governor, was sworn in as
head of the country's new interim government.
2007 Jan 12, Bolivia’s
President Evo Morales proposed a new law to allow recall votes
against elected officials, a move that would give protesters
demanding the resignation of an opposition-aligned state governor
a way to remove him from office.
2007 Jan 12, In Sao Paulo,
Brazil, a hole being excavated for a new subway station collapsed,
opening a huge crater that swallowed cars and dump trucks. A
missing minibus was feared under the dirt.
2007 Jan 12, Severe gales and
heavy rains powered by an Atlantic storm left at least one person
dead and eight missing, sunk two fishing trawlers and disrupted
travel across Britain and Ireland.
2007 Jan 12, Canada unveiled
plans to spend more than $368 million over the next five years to
protect its border from terrorist, economic and environmental
2007 Jan 12, State media said
China will have 30 million more men of marriageable age than women
in less than 15 years as a gender imbalance resulting in part from
the country's tough one-child policy becomes more pronounced. In
northern China an underground gas explosion struck the Niuxinhui
Coal Mine in the province of Shanxi killing 13 people with 9
injured. Police in southern China arrested 10 farmers in Botang in
the impoverished region of Guangxi embroiled in a dispute with a
paper mill over pollution they say is killing their crops and
fouling their water sources.
(AP, 1/12/07)(AP, 1/13/07)(AP, 1/26/07)
2007 Jan 12, China and Russia
blocked the Security Council from demanding an end to political
repression and human rights violations in military-ruled Myanmar,
rejecting a resolution proposed by the United States. South Africa
sided with China and Russia.
(AP, 1/13/07)(Econ, 1/27/07, p.47)
2007 Jan 12, East Timor and
France signed non-aggression treaties with ASEAN member countries
on the sidelines of the annual ASEAN summit in the Philippine
resort city of Cebu. Both countries looked to strengthen ties with
a bloc representing a sixth of the world's people.
2007 Jan 12, French
authorities freed Mikhail Prokhorov, a Russian billionaire,
following four days of questioning in connection with an
investigation into a suspected prostitution ring at the swank
Alpine ski resort of Courchevel.
2007 Jan 12, The US Embassy
in Athens came under fire from a rocket that exploded inside the
modern glass-front building but caused no casualties in an attack
police suspect was the work of Greek leftists.
2007 Jan 12, An American man
dubbed by local media the "butcher of New York" was sentenced to
38 years in prison for killing and dismembering his Honduran wife.
Andrew Gole (49) of Long Island, NY, confessed to strangling and
cutting up his wife, Martha Isabel Moncada (28) with an electric
saw in May 2003.
2007 Jan 12, In Iraq at least
19 people were reported killed or dead including 10 bullet-riddled
bodies found in Baghdad and Khudr Younis al-Obaidi, an Iraqi
journalist killed in a drive-by shooting in Mosul.
(SFC, 1/13/07, p.A9)
2007 Jan 12, In Nigeria 9
South Korean pipeline workers and a Nigerian kidnapped in southern
Nigeria were released with the help of a youth group.
2007 Jan 12, Roman
Abramovich, Russian oil magnate, was reported to have ordered a
new yacht called the Eclipse. It was under construction in
Germany and was expected to measure over 525 feet, making it the
largest privately owned yacht in the world.
(WSJ, 1/12/07, p.W1)
2007 Jan 12, Russia
reportedly agreed to slash the duty on oil exports to Belarus by
70% and Belarus will share with Moscow a substantial amount of
profits from the refined oil products it sells to Europe.
2007 Jan 12, A government
official said Somalia's warlords have agreed to disarm and join a
new national army. Violence in the capital brought home the
challenge of restoring order in this fractious and heavily armed
2007 Jan 12, In the tea
growing region of central Sri Lanka at least 18 people were killed
in landslides. The National Disaster Management Center said at
least three people were killed and another 61,000 made homeless in
south and central Sri Lanka in flash floods caused by heavy
(AP, 1/12/07)(AP, 1/14/07)
2007 Jan 12, A Darfur rebel
group denied that it agreed to a cease-fire with the Sudanese
government during a meeting this week with New Mexico Gov. Bill
2007 Jan 12, Ugandan rebels
pulled out of peace talks with the government, dealing a blow to
already faltering negotiations aimed at ending one of Africa's
most brutal conflicts.
2008 Jan 12, America formally
opened its new $174 million base at the south Pole. It took almost
20 years to design and build.
(Econ, 1/19/08, p.89)
2008 Jan 12, In Half Moon
Bay, Ca., the annual Maverick surfing contest was won by Greg Long
(24), or Orange County, who split his first prize of $30,000 with
5 other finalists in a pact that netted each $9,500.
(SSFC, 1/13/08, p.A1)
2008 Jan 12, In Daly City,
Ca., Jose Perez-Gonzalez, an illegal immigrant, broke into a house
and beat a woman with a metal pry bar after she surprised him. The
attack left the woman (78) blind. Perez was tracked to
Guadalajara, Mexico, where he was arrested in November 2008. In
2011 he was sentenced in San Mateo County to 11 years and 8 months
(SFC, 3/4/11, p.C3)
2008 Jan 12, In southern
Afghanistan Dutch troops killed two of their own men during a
nighttime battle in Uruzgan province, and separately two allied
Afghan soldiers they mistook for enemies. About 1,650 Dutch troops
were deployed in Uruzgan as part of the NATO mission there. 14
Dutch troops have died since their mission began last year.
2008 Jan 12, Greenpeace said
its protest ship located Japan's whaling fleet in Antarctic waters
and is pursuing it to stop the hunt for the giant sea creatures.
2008 Jan 12, At Argentina's
main airport frustrated passengers smashed ticket counters and
threw objects at airline staff after the country's flagship
airline canceled international flights for a 2nd day due to delays
caused by a baggage handlers strike and a walkout by ticket
2008 Jan 12, In Bangladesh
thousands of textile factory workers took to the streets blocking
a major highway in the capital Dhaka, demanding a pay rise and
2008 Jan 12, China’s state
media reported that accidents in China's coal mines killed 3,786
people In 2007, a toll that is a marked improvement from previous
years, but still leaves China's mines the world's deadliest.
2008 Jan 12, Croatia’s
Parliament approved a new coalition government headed by PM Ivo
Sanader, who vowed to pursue Croatia's quest to join the EU and
2008 Jan 12, Iraq's
parliament voted to allow some former members of Saddam Hussein's
Baath party to reclaim government jobs and said others could
receive pensions but could not return to work. A US soldier died
after a bomb struck his vehicle in northern Iraq.
(AP, 1/12/08)(SFC, 1/14/08, p.A19)
2008 Jan 12, A leading Kenyan
human rights group said some of the worst violence in the
country's deadly disputed presidential election was the work of
militias paid and directed by politicians. Maina Kiai, chairman of
the state-funded human rights body, said that in response to
attacks on Kikuyu, government politicians have recruited the
Mungiki, a Kikuyu gang blamed for a string of beheadings carried
out in Nairobi's slums this year. The EU, US and UN urged Kenya's
feuding politicians to agree a peaceful and democratic end to
violence that has killed 575 people since disputed December 27
(AP, 1/12/08)(Reuters, 1/12/08)(WSJ, 1/14/08,
2008 Jan 12, A Macedonian
Army helicopter returning from a peacekeeping mission in Bosnia
crashed in foggy conditions, killing all 11 people on board.
2008 Jan 12, In Nigeria a
speeding fuel tanker crashed and spilled its cargo in Port
Harcourt, and as many as three dozen people were feared dead in
the resulting fire.
2008 Jan 12, In Pakistan
security forces arrested 59 insurgents after they attacked police
with rockets near the town of Ladha in South Waziristan.
2008 Jan 12, Gunmen smashed
windows, burned buses and looted computers belonging to a private
American school in Gaza before dawn, an attack officials believed
was linked to President Bush's visit to the West Bank earlier this
2008 Jan 12, Saudi
authorities beheaded an Indonesian maid convicted of killing her
employer. The Interior Ministry said the maid used a pillow to
suffocate her employer Aisha Al Makhaled and then stole her
jewelry in the southern province of Asir.
2008 Jan 12, South African
national police chief Jackie Selebi was placed on extended leave,
a day after prosecutors announced plans to charge him with
corruption over his links to a murder suspect. Selebi resigned as
president of Interpol and planned to fight corruption allegations.
(AP, 1/12/08)(WSJ, 1/14/08, p.A1)
2008 Jan 12, Angel Gonzalez
(82), one of Spain's most prominent poets and member of a literary
generation known for its opposition to the dictatorship of Gen.
Francisco Franco, died.
2008 Jan 12, Taiwan's
opposition Nationalist Party (KMT) won a landslide victory over
the ruling DPP in legislative elections, dealing a humiliating
blow to the government's hardline China policies two months before
a presidential poll.
2008 Jan 12, In Venezuela
Commander Hugo Chavez, spearheaded the installation of the
Founding Congress of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela
(PSUV) at the San Carlos quarter in Caracas.
2009 Jan 12, The US Senate
said it will seat Roland Burris, the junior senator from Illinois.
(SFC, 1/12/09, p.A8)
2009 Jan 12, The US slapped
sanctions on people and firms linked to Pakistani scientist Abdul
Qadeer Khan’s black market nuclear network.
(WSJ, 1/13/09, p.A1)
2009 Jan 12, Minnesota
officials said lab tests had confirmed salmonella bacteria in a
five pound container of King Nut brand peanut butter. King Nut of
Solon, Ohio, had recalled the product on January 10. At least 6
people had been killed and over 470 sickened nationwide in 43
(WSJ, 1/13/09, p.A2)(SFC, 1/20/09, p.A12)
2009 Jan 12, In El Reno,
Oklahoma, a woman and her 4 children, aged 3-7, were found killed.
Texas officials the next day arrested the mother’s boyfriend,
Joshua Steven Durcho (25).
(SFC, 1/14/09, p.A3)
2009 Jan 12, Sofa retailer
Land of Leather filed for bankruptcy protection, becoming the
latest British retailer to succumb to a downturn in consumer
spending amid the global economic slowdown.
2009 Jan 12, State media said
China has shut down 91 websites for pornographic and other
"vulgar" content, as well as a political blog portal, since
announcing its latest bid to ensure Internet morality.
2009 Jan 12, In China a
Shanghai distributor of a popular brand of dog food said it had
suspended sales of the product following reports that dogs who ate
it had died from aflatoxin poisoning. This appeared to involve an
imported product, Optima, a brand of dog food made by Nashville,
Tennessee-based Doane Pet Care Co. It was not clear if the pet
food sold in China was the US brand.
2009 Jan 12, War crimes
prosecutors in The Hague accused former Congolese vice president
Jean-Pierre Bemba of using systematic rape to terrorize civilians
suspected of supporting rebels during a bloody power struggle in
neighboring Central African Republic.
2009 Jan 12, Cuba published
new regulations encouraging classic car owners to apply for taxi
licenses and set their own prices for the first time in nearly a
decade as the communist government turns to the free market to
improve its woeful transportation system.
2009 Jan 12, In Dubai Kabir
Mulchandani, chairman of the Dynasty Zarooni development company,
was arrested on charges of fraud and embezzlement. He was accused
of defrauding investors of more than $100 million. He has been
under investigation in India for the past 10 years by the excise
department, directorate of revenue intelligence (DRI), enforcement
directorate (ED), and income tax authority.
(WSJ, 1/24/09, p.C3)(http://tinyurl.com/amevml)
2009 Jan 12, Fiji authorities
rushed to deliver clean drinking water and other supplies to
thousands of villagers who fled flooding from tropical storms. The
storms left 11 people dead.
(AP, 1/12/09)(SSFC, 1/25/09, p.E2)
2009 Jan 12, French teachers
hurled shoes and other objects at police to protest President
Nicolas Sarkozy's high school reforms, prompting police to respond
with tear gas.
2009 Jan 12, Germany’s
coalition government approved a $67 million spending package to
mitigate recession effects.
(Econ, 1/17/09, p.52)
2009 Jan 12, In Greece 3
gunmen had grabbed Periklis Panagopoulos (74), founder of one of
Greece's largest ferry operators, and his driver in the southern
Athens suburb of Vouliagmeni. Panagopoulos was released unharmed
on Jan 20 following a large ransom payment.
2009 Jan 12, In Haiti Police
Commissioner Philippe Jean Raymond of Port-de-Paix was poisoned
after several million dollars of cash seized from the uncle of a
prominent drug smuggler went missing.
2009 Jan 12, In Iraq a series
of bombs targeted Iraqi security forces in Baghdad. At least 10
people died as Vice President-elect Joe Biden arriving in Baghdad
following trips to Afghanistan and Pakistan.
2009 Jan 12, Israeli
warplanes pounded the homes of Hamas leaders and ground troops
edged closer to the Gaza Strip's densely populated urban center,
as Israel weighed a decision to escalate its devastating
offensive. Militants managed to fire off at least four rockets.
Gaza officials said the offensive has killed some 870
2009 Jan 12, Alitalia's board
accepted Air France-KLM's offer to buy 25 percent of the company
and become its international partner.
2009 Jan 12, Kazakh PM Karim
Masimov told his ministers to start personal blogs to get them
closer to the people of the former Soviet state.
2009 Jan 12, Mozambique
authorities said torrential rains have killed 19 people in the
past few days and that worse flooding may lie ahead.
2009 Jan 12, In Nigeria
Susanne Wenger (93), Austrian-born sculptress, died. She had been
initiated as a Yoruba traditional priestess and was responsible
for towering works of art in one of Nigeria's two World Heritage
2009 Jan 12, In Pakistan the
bodies of two men killed by Taliban militants for allegedly spying
for the US were found in the North Waziristan tribal region to the
south of Mohmand. The two were abducted a week ago as they
attempted to flee with their families. Trucks and other vehicles
blocked the main Quetta-Chaman highway, forcing about 100 trucks
carrying NATO supplies to park.
2009 Jan 12, Russia's
state-run monopoly Gazprom announced it will resume shipping
natural gas to Europe, where tens of thousands of homes and
buildings have been left without heat in freezing weather.
2009 Jan 12, In Somalia
Islamist insurgents fired mortar rounds at the presidential palace
in Mogadishu. At least 13 people were killed in 2 attacks. The
United States circulated a draft resolution calling for a UN
peacekeeping force to be deployed in Somalia to replace a small
African Union force, but leaving the Security Council to make a
final decision by June 1.
(AP, 1/13/09)(SFC, 1/12/09, p.A3)
2009 Jan 12, In Sri Lanka
heavy fighting was reported around guerrilla-controlled
Mullaittivu district, with troops seizing a rebel administration
base, a training camp and a bunker line.
2009 Jan 12, Taiwan's
parliament voted through a controversial bill lifting a
decades-old ban on casinos, despite protests that gambling could
lead to a damaging decline in public morality.
2010 Jan 12, The US National
Safety Council said 28% of all traffic accidents are caused when
people talk on cell phones or send text messages while driving.
(SFC, 1/13/10, p.A11)
2010 Jan 12, In California a
state commission voted unanimously to approve the most stringent,
environmentally friendly building code standards of any state in
the nation. The new code, dubbed Calgreen, will take effect next
(SFC, 1/13/10, p.A1)
2010 Jan 12, In Georgia a
disgruntled ex-employee stormed a Penske Truck Rental facility in
Kennesaw killing 2 people and critically wounding 3 others.
(SFC, 1/13/10, p.A11)
2010 Jan 12, Officials shut
down a North Carolina port and urged people to leave the area
after nine containers with highly explosive materials were
accidentally punctured by a fork lift operator. The chemical
involved is pentaerythritol tetranitrate (PETV), a powerful
(AP, 1/12/10)(SFC, 1/13/10, p.A6)
2010 Jan 12, Google's
announced that it was considering a withdrawal from China, after
what it said were attacks from China on human rights activists
using its Gmail service and on dozens of companies.
2010 Jan 12, Texas-based
Apache Corp. said it made its sixth oil and gas discovery in the
Faghur Basin play in Egypt's far Western Desert near the Libyan
2010 Jan 12, Kenn Allan Davis
(78), newspaper illustrator and mystery novel writer, died at his
home in Placer County, Ca. His 8 detective novels featured Carver
Bascombe, an African American private eye. The first in the series
was titled “The Dark Side” (1976), co-written with John Stanley.
(SFC, 1/19/10, p.C3)
2010 Jan 12, In Afghanistan
protesters claiming that international troops destroyed copies of
the Quran clashed with Afghan and foreign security forces, leaving
six people dead in Helmand province's Garmsir district. Coalition
troops saw a group of insurgents near a safe house preparing
ammunition as well as insurgent mortar teams moving equipment and
launched one missile in the Naw Zad area of Helmand province,
killing the 13 militants. A French army captain died of wounds
suffered a day before during an insurgent ambush in the Alasay
valley east of Kabul.
2010 Jan 12, China took new
steps to control bank lending, ordering institutions to set aside
more reserves in a move to avert a surge in credit that Beijing
worries might fuel inflation or asset price bubbles.
2010 Jan 12, The European
Court of Human Rights condemned British anti-terror legislation
allowing people to be searched by police without reasonable
suspicion of wrongdoing.
2010 Jan 12, Guinea's wounded
junta leader, Capt. Moussa "Dadis" Camara, arrived in Burkina Faso
from Morocco to recuperate after last month's assassination
attempt. One of his top opponents said the surprise move could
help him avoid prosecution.
2010 Jan 12, A powerful 7.0
earthquake hit Haiti and crushed thousands of structures, from
schools and shacks to the National Palace. Thousands of people
were believed dead and untold numbers were trapped. An estimated 3
million people were in need of emergency aid. The quake left over
200,000 people dead. Some 4,500 prison inmates escaped during the
earthquake. By April they were terrorizing neighborhoods and
fighting turf battles. The UN later estimated 222,570 people were
killed and 300,572 injured. In 2011 a report commissioned by USAID
contended that between 46,000 and 85,000 people were killed by the
quake, far below the Haitian government's death toll of 316,000.
(AP, 1/13/10)(SFC, 3/11/10, p.A2)(SFC, 4/8/10,
p.A2)(Econ, 3/19/11, p.46)(AFP, 6/1/11)
2010 Jan 12, The Indonesian
government, which has promised to stamp out corruption, was
embarrassed by revelations that rich and powerful prisoners are
living in luxury behind bars.
2010 Jan 12, In Iran Masoud
Ali Mohammadi (50), a nuclear physics professor who publicly
backed Iranian opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi in the
disputed June presidential election, was killed when a bomb-rigged
motorcycle blew up outside his home in Tehran. The government
blamed the rare assassination on an armed Iranian opposition group
that it said operated under the direction of Israel and the US. In
2011 Majid Jamali Fashi, charged with the killing of Mohammadi,
went on trial. Fashi was also accused of cooperating with Mossad.
On Aug 28 Fashi was sentenced to death.
(AP, 1/12/10)(AP, 8/23/11)(AP, 8/28/11)
2010 Jan 12, Iraqi security
forces locked down large swathes of Baghdad, seized hundreds of
pounds of explosives and arrested 25 men suspected of plotting
terror attacks possibly timed to coincide with the run-up to
parliamentary elections in March.
2010 Jan 12, Israeli police
broke up the harem of Goel Ratzon (60), who was suspected of
enslaving a cult-like harem of at least 17 women and 37 children.
Ratzon, who's lived this way for two decades, denied any
wrongdoing. He maintained the harem with 17 women in a state of
near-total obedience in apartments in the Tel Aviv area. On Feb 14
he was charged in a Tel Aviv court with enslavement, rape, incest
and other sexual offenses.
(AP, 1/14/10)(AP, 2/8/10)(AP, 2/14/10)
2010 Jan 12, In Mexico
druglord Teodoro Garcia Simental, known as "El Teo," was seized by
federal troops when they stormed a seaside vacation home near the
southern tip of the Baja California peninsula. He was accused of
ordering massacres, beheadings and the dissolving of bodies in
2010 Jan 12, Nigerian
lawmakers voted to send a delegation to Saudi Arabia to discuss
"issues of national importance" with ailing President Umaru
Yar'Adua as protests mounted for him to stand down. Gunmen seized
3 Britons and a Colombian, shooting dead their police escort in
the first major kidnapping for six months in southern Niger Delta.
Gunmen soon demanded a ransom of 300 million naira (1.98 million
dollars, 1.38 million euros) for the release of three Britons and
the Colombian. On Jan 18 gunmen freed the 3 British expatriate
workers and their Colombian colleague.
(AFP, 1/12/10)(AFP, 1/15/10)(AFP, 1/18/10)
2010 Jan 12, In Papua New
Guinea 38 people were killed and 18 others hospitalized after two
speeding buses crashed head-on while trying to drive around
2010 Jan 12, A web site
linked to leading Polish daily Gazeta Wyborcza reported that
Poland's tax office has levied a fine of 2.3 million zlotys
($820,000) on an unemployed woman for failing to pay tax on income
worth at least 13.7 million zlotys she said she had earned as a
2010 Jan 12, Saudi Arabia
said that 82 Saudi soldiers been killed and 21 are missing since
November when it joined the fighting in battling rebels along the
2010 Jan 12, In Sri Lanka
Gunmen opened fire on a bus carrying supporters of the main
opposition presidential candidate, killing one political activist.
2010 Jan 12, Novartis, a
Swiss drug company, announced its decision to spend $24 million to
secure exclusive licenses and options on drug delivery
technologies developed by Proteus Biomedical, a California
(Econ, 1/16/10, p.62)
2010 Jan 12, Switzerland's
highest court ruled that $4.6 million seized from bank accounts
linked to Haiti's former dictator Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier
can be handed over to his family. The decision was not published
until Feb 3. Many in Haiti considered that money to be stolen from
public funds. Duvalier was ousted in 1986.
2010 Jan 12, Yemeni military
forces killed 20 rebels in a door-to-door sweep of the main
northern city Saada and arrested 20 more in an operation dubbed
"Strike on the Head." Yemeni security forces killed Abdullah
Mihzar, a suspected militant, who was on a government list of
wanted al-Qaida figures. 4 others were arrested in a raid on a
house in the remote mountainous province of Shabwa.
(AP, 1/12/10)(AP, 1/13/10)
2011 Jan 12, Democratic
Illinois lawmakers beat a looming deadline and approved a 66%
income-tax increase in a desperate bid to end the state's
crippling budget crisis.
2011 Jan 12, Idaho lottery
officials said Holly Lahti (29) was the co-winner of the $380
million Mega Millions jackpot, the 2nd largest lottery jackpot in
history. She will share the prize with Jim and Carolyn McCullar of
(SFC, 1/13/11, p.A6)
2011 Jan 12, In Ohio Rev.
Raleigh Trammell (73), former national chairman of the Southern
Christian leadership Conference, was indicted on 51 charges that
included grand theft, forgery and tampering with government
(SFC, 1/13/11, p.A6)
2011 Jan 12, A winter storm
that shut down much of the US South churned up the coast, dumping
snow across the Northeast. In Connecticut more than 2 feet of snow
had fallen in some places.
2011 Jan 12, ITT Corp., which
began making telephone equipment in 1920, announced plans to split
itself into three publicly traded companies.
(SFC, 1/13/11, p.D3)
2011 Jan 12, In Afghanistan
attacks against the intelligence service and international forces
killed at least nine people. A suicide bomber on a motorbike
targeted a minibus carrying Afghan intelligence service employees.
The attack left at least two people dead and wounded more than 30.
Two roadside bombs killed four international troops. A fifth
international service member was killed in an insurgent attack in
eastern Afghanistan, and another died in the east from a
"non-battle related injury. Afghan and coalition forces detained a
Taliban operator in Behsud district of Nangarhar province.
(AP, 1/12/11)(AP, 1/13/11)
2011 Jan 12, In Australia
floodwaters poured into the empty downtown of Australia's
third-largest city after tearing a deadly path across the
northeast, swamping neighborhoods in what could be Brisbane's most
devastating floods in a century.
2011 Jan 12, Brazilian
authorities in Rio de Janeiro said at least 350 people died in
three towns north of Rio following early morning mudslides.
(AP, 1/12/11)(AP, 1/13/11)
2011 Jan 12, Colombian police
assisted by US drug agents captured Julio Enrique Ayala Munoz, the
chief go-between linking the country's cocaine suppliers and
Mexico's Sinaloa cartel. Munoz was wanted for extradition to New
York on drug trafficking-related charges.
2011 Jan 12, A Danish cargo
ship, the M/V Leopard, came under fire from pirates approaching in
two skiffs. Since then, there's been no contact with the crew,
four Filipinos and two Danes. All were released 838 days later. In
2016 a Danish court ordered the tabloid Ekstra Bladet to pay
300,000 kroner ($46,000) each in damages to two of the seamen for
violating the privacy of Eddy Lopez and Soeren Lyngbjoern by
reporting about them during their captivity.
(AP, 1/14/11)(AP, 5/13/16)
2011 Jan 12, A Dubai court
gave a three-year jail sentence to a self-professed African
wizard, a blacksmith from Chad, who claimed he could make millions
of dollars rain from the sky in exchange for a modest payment to
2011 Jan 12, In Egypt
hundreds of Christians demonstrated near a Cairo slum, blocking a
major highway and clashing with police following the Jan 11
shooting death of a Christian man.
2011 Jan 12, Iran's
opposition leader, Mir Hossein Mousavi, denounced the country's
ruling system for being 'totalitarian' like the old Nazi and
Soviet regimes, with lying to its people being its defining
2011 Jan 12, Israeli
extradited to the US two suspected leaders of one of the country's
most powerful crime families to face murder, drug and racketeering
charges. US marshals escorted brothers Itzhak and Meir Abergil
onto a plane to Los Angeles.
2011 Jan 12, Ivory Coast
security forces loyal to the sitting president, who is refusing to
cede power, descended on an opposition stronghold and opened fire
for the second time in as many days, only hours after opposition
supporters had taken to the streets in protest.
2011 Jan 12, Kuwait's PM
Sheikh Nasser Mohammad al-Ahmad al-Sabah received a red carpet
welcome on his first visit since Iraq's 1990 invasion of its
oil-rich neighbor. Both sides pledged to redouble efforts to
resolve issues from that conflict.
2011 Jan 12, A Lebanese
official said Hezbollah ministers and their allies have resigned
from the 30-member Cabinet, bringing the government to the brink
of collapse. 11 ministers of the March 8 opposition stepped down
from the Cabinet over tensions stemming from a UN-backed tribunal
investigating the assassination of a Former Prime Minister Rafik
(AP, 1/12/11)(Econ, 1/15/11, p.50)
2011 Jan 12, Morocco’s
interior minister said soldiers had turned a blind eye to the
smuggling of weapons that were seized in the recent dismantlement
of a terrorist cell with links to Qaida's North African branch. 5
Moroccan soldiers stationed in disputed Western Sahara were
arrested for accepting kickbacks and allowing smuggled goods into
the occupied territory.
(AP, 1/12/11)(AFP, 1/13/11)
2011 Jan 12, Nigerian
authorities presented Keiti Sese, aka Commander Noumekeme, to
journalists. He said he surrendered because he wanted to become
part of the amnesty program, though it was unclear whether he
would be allowed since deadlines to do so have long passed. His
gang in Bayelsa state has been suspected of sabotaging Chevron
pipelines, as well as involvement in kidnappings and the illegal
2011 Jan 12, North and South
Korea restored an important cross-border communication channel,
though South Korea still rejected North Korea's calls for talks to
defuse high tensions.
2011 Jan 12, In Pakistan US
VP Joe Biden tried to dispel what he called common anti-American
misperceptions while urging the government to fight growing
religious extremism. A suicide bomber rammed his explosive-laden
vehicle into a mosque in northwest Pakistan, killing 17
paramilitary soldiers and policemen.
2011 Jan 12, Sri Lanka's
government says five more people have died in widespread floods
and mudslides, pushing the death toll to 18 from days of heavy
2011 Jan 12, Sudanese
students demonstrating against rising food and petrol prices began
2 days of clashes with police in three towns in the mostly Arab
north, including Khartoum.
2011 Jan 12, Tajikistan
agreed to give away a portion of its territory to neighboring
China in a bid to put an end to a land dispute dating back more
than a century. Foreign Minister Khamrokon Zarifi portrayed it as
a victory, saying China had initially claimed more than 11,000
square miles (28,000 square km).
2011 Jan 12, In Tunisia
police and protesters clashed in the center of the capital, Tunis,
bringing unrest to the government's doorstep after nearly a month
of deadly protests that pose the most serious challenge to the
president's two decades of iron-fisted rule.
2011 Jan 12, Pope Benedict
XVI named a new archbishop for the Catholic church in Haiti on the
first anniversary of the devastating earthquake that killed the
bishop's predecessor along with dozens of other priests,
seminarians and nuns. The Vatican said that Monsignor Guire
Poulard, bishop of Les Cayes, is the new archbishop of
2011 Jan 12, Vietnam’s
Communist Party leaders acknowledged that rampant abuse of power
is holding the country back, telling delegates during the opening
of a key meeting that cleaning up corruption would help solve the
country's economic woes.
2011 Jan 12, Yemen's
president suspended his oil minister and the head of the national
oil company over a fuel shortage that has forced people to queue
at petrol stations.
2012 Jan 12, President Barack
Obama formally notified Congress that he plans a $1.2 trillion
increase in the US debt limit, prompting Republicans to level
election-year charges that deficits are out of control.
2012 Jan 12, In San Mateo
Ct., Ca., a prosecutor said Jo Ann Seeney (60), the former finance
director of the San Mateo County Mosquito and Vector Control
District and her assistant, Vika Sinipata (35), have been charged
with embezzling over $450,000 from the agency from 2009-2011.
Seeney had already been accused of embezzling hundreds of
thousands from two previous employers. Sinipata pleaded no contest
on Feb 25, 2013. On April 16, 2013, Seeney pleaded no contest to
10 felony embezzlement charges.
(SFC, 1/13/12, p.C3)(SFC, 2/27/13, p.E3)(SFC,
2012 Jan 12, A Michigan judge
ordered an 84-year old billionaire to jail after finding him in
contempt for failing to complete a construction project at
Detroit's Ambassador Bridge, the busiest crossing between the
United States and Canada. Manuel "Matty" Moroun, an owner of the
Detroit International Bridge Co that controls the Ambassador
Bridge, along with company president Dan Stamper were booked at
Wayne County Jail.
2012 Jan 12, Afghanistan,
Washington and the Taliban condemned a video purporting to show US
Marines urinating on corpses of insurgents. The troops in the
inflammatory video were soon identified as being from the 3rd
Battalion 2nd Marine Regiment, based at Camp Lejeune, North
Carolina. In southern Afghanistan a suicide car-bomber killed five
people and wounded 10 others near Kandahar city. The dead included
Fazludin Agha, the chief of Panjwayi district, his two sons and
(AFP, 1/12/12)(AFP, 1/13/12)
2012 Jan 12, The Australian
military was rocked by more sex scandals, including allegations of
assault, child porn, rape and drug-dealing within its ranks.
2012 Jan 12, Belgium's
Catholic Church said that priests and clergy who abused children
will be required to pay damages, even if victims make their claims
after the country's statute of limitations has expired.
2012 Jan 12, Bosnia’s
parliament voted 36-2, with 3 abstentions, to approve Vjekoslav
Bevanda, a Bosnian Croat and former regional finance minister, as
2012 Jan 12, Canada’s
government abruptly argued that the same-sex marriages of many
foreigners who wed in Canada are not valid, a move that stunned
the gay community and could affect thousands of couples.
2012 Jan 12, DR Congo's
influential Catholic church denounced "serious errors" in the
tallying of November polls as the electoral commission announced a
further delay in final vote results.
2012 Jan 12, El Salvador's
government said it has received a formal request from Spain for
the extradition of 13 former military officers accused in the 1989
slayings of six Jesuit priests and two other people. Two other
officers were in the United States.
2012 Jan 12, In Germany a
46-year-old priest, who has been suspended, went on trial at the
state court in Braunschweig. The Roman Catholic priest has
admitted to 280 counts of sexually abusing three boys over a
2012 Jan 12, In Honduras a
decomposed, bullet-riddled body was found near the border with
Nicaragua. The body of Santos Guadalupe Borge was soon identified
as the purported leader of a shadowy Nicaraguan resistance group.
2012 Jan 12, Israeli rights
groups and parliamentarians criticized a court ruling upholding a
law that prevents Palestinians married to Arab Israelis from
obtaining Israeli citizenship or residency. Israel troops
demolished an unauthorized settler outpost made up of 10 wooden
huts in the southern West Bank.
(AFP, 1/12/12)(AFP, 1/12/12)
2012 Jan 12, Hackers claiming
to be from the Gaza Strip defaced the website of the Israel Fire
and Rescue services, posting a message saying "Death to Israel."
2012 Jan 12, Human
Rights Watch (HRW) warned that Kenyan security forces were abusing
civilians and Somali refugees in northeastern regions. The ICRC
said it has suspended food aid to 1.1 million people in southern
and central Somalia because of obstruction by local militia.
Gunmen killed a local aid worker and his driver in central
2012 Jan 12, Lebanese media
and officials said the Lebanese army has detained a man on
suspicion of collaborating for years with Israel's Mossad spy
agency. Elias Younes, a retired employee of the state
telecommunications company Ogero, was arrested earlier in the
2012 Jan 12, Malian President
Amadou Toumani Toure ended a 2-day visit to India. At the end of
the visit a joint statement announced that India extended a
$100-million loan to Mali for a power project, while Bamako
promised to support the Asian giant's bid for a permanent UN
Security Council seat.
2012 Jan 12, In Mexico gunmen
wounded a man outside a school in Ciudad Juarez. The victim ran
onto the campus trying to escape, the attackers followed him and
finished him off.
2012 Jan 12, In Mexico City
the 104-meter Estele de Luz (stele of light) was inaugurated. This
was sixteen months later than planned at a cost of 1.2 billion
pesos ($100m), treble the original budget.
2012 Jan 12, Myanmar's
government signed a cease-fire agreement with ethnic Karen rebels
in a major step toward ending one of the world's longest-running
insurgencies and meeting a key condition for better ties with the
West. Myanmar also said it will release 651 prisoners starting Jan
13 under a new presidential pardon, with anticipation mounting
that many of those to be freed will be political detainees.
2012 Jan 12, In Nigeria a
national strike entered its fourth day with oil workers
threatening to halt production.
2012 Jan 12, In Pakistan an
American missile strike in North Waziristan killed four foreign
Islamist militants. It was the second such drone strike in three
days. Intercepted militant radio communications later indicated
that Taliban chief Hakimullah Mehsud was among those killed.
(AP, 1/12/12)(AP, 1/15/12)
2012 Jan 12, In Poland the
Warsaw Provincial Court found retired Gen. Czeslaw Kiszczak guilty
on charges of membership in an armed criminal group that illegally
declared a clampdown and violated the freedom of many Poles in
1981. The former interior minister was given a two-year suspended
prison term for his role in implementing martial law in Poland on
Dec 13 1981.
2012 Jan 12, Russia’s PM
Vladimir Putin promised that his government will become more
accountable to the Russian people if he wins a third presidential
term in March as he laid out his priorities for the future on a
2012 Jan 12, Saudi security
forces clashed with Shiite protesters in the kingdom's oil-rich
east killing one person and wounding 3. The clashes came after
demonstrations were held in four Qatif region villages to call for
the "release of political detainees, reform and an end to
sectarian discrimination. Most of Saudi Arabia's estimated two
million Shiites live in the Eastern Province.
2012 Jan 12, In South Sudan
hundreds of armed attackers from Murle ethnic group that suffered
a devastating assault last month charged into three Lou Nuer
villages, burned them to the ground and killed 57 people Uror
2012 Jan 12, Speaking in
Sudan the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Antonio Guterres,
said Eritrean refugees are being kidnapped and sometimes killed by
human traffickers. He called for global action against the crimes.
2012 Jan 12, Syrian
authorities barred hundreds of activists from crossing into the
country to deliver aid to victims of the Syrian regime's deadly
crackdown on anti-government dissidents.
2012 Jan 12, In Thailand
gunmen shot dead journalist Wisut Tangwitthayaporn (40), a local
newspaper owner and political activist in a targeted attack on the
island of Phuket.
2012 Jan 12, A Thai navy
patrol caught a gang of dog smugglers on the shore of the Mekong
River in Nakhon Phanom province. At least 750 dogs were to be
transported through Laos to Vietnam, where dog meat is a delicacy.
2012 Jan 12, Turkish
officials said a Russian ship, allegedly carrying tons of weapons,
made a dash for Syria after Cypriot officials allowed it to leave
their waters. The Chariot was ferrying cargo owned by Russia's
state arms trader Rosoboronexport.
2012 Jan 12, A Turkish court
files charges against Britain’s Duchess of York for secretly
filming orphanages in the country in 2008 for a British TV
(SFC, 1/13/12, p.A2)
2013 Jan 12, In Florida
nearely 800 people began month-long "Python Challenge" to deal
with an infestation of Burmese pythons that were eating their way
through a fragile ecosystem. Roughly 2,050 pythons have been
harvested in Florida since 2000.
2013 Jan 12, In Las Vegas
Mallory Hagan, a 23-year-old blonde from Brooklyn, N.Y., won the
Miss America crown after deftly dealing with a question about
armed guards in schools and raising the issue of child sexual
abuse in her contestant platform.
2013 Jan 12, New York
Governor Andrew Cuomo declared a public health emergency, giving
pharmacists permission to administer flu vaccinations to more
people as officials seek to stem the worst flu outbreak in that
state in several years.
2013 Jan 12, Three men from
Utah died when their plane went down near Paris, Texas.
(SFC, 1/14/13, p.A5)
2013 Jan 12, Four Chinese
workers were abducted in Sudan's North Darfur region by
unidentified gunmen. They were released on Jan 16. Eleven Sudanese
workers who were abducted together with the Chinese remained
(AP, 1/14/13)(AP, 1/16/13)
2013 Jan 12, The Czech
Republic held presidential elections in a direct popular vote for
the first time, choosing from nine candidates to replace
euroskeptic President Vaclav Klaus. Some 61.3% of Czech voters
cast their ballots. Former leftist PM Milos Zeman and Foreign
Minister Karel Schwarzenberg appeared to be the front runners.
With no candidate achieving a majority, the top two finishers
would face each other in a runoff in two weeks.
(AP, 1/12/13)(Econ, 1/19/13, p.55)
2013 Jan 12, An Egyptian
court ordered a religious TV program hosted by a fiery preacher
off the air on charges of libeling and defaming a well-known
actress. It was one of three legal reverses suffered by Islamists
today in cases dealing with the media.
2013 Jan 12, In Egypt a dozen
masked attackers fired birdshot late today at protesters who have
camped outside the presidential palace in Cairo for the past
month, wounding several along with security forces standing watch
2013 Jan 12, In India police
arrested six suspects in another gang rape of a bus passenger in
Punjab state. Police also arrested a 32-year-old man for allegedly
raping and killing a 9-year-old girl two weeks ago in Ahmednagar
district in western India.
2013 Jan 12, In Iraq Shiite
demonstrators took to the streets of Baghdad to show support for
PM Nouri al-Maliki's government, which has faced angry protests in
Sunni provinces in a sign of growing sectarian tensions.
2013 Jan 12, Kenya's
President Mwai Kibaki vetoed legislation in which members of
parliament gave themselves a hefty send-off package in a
late-evening vote on the last day of session before national
elections. The Salaries and Remuneration Commission said it was
unconstitutional for legislators to set their own pay under the
constitution the country adopted in 2010.
2013 Jan 12, The Kenya Red
Cross said at least 200 people have been killed in violence in the
southeast since August in fighting that could be related to
political tensions ahead of March elections.
2013 Jan 12, In Mali French
airstrikes overnight drove back Islamist rebels from Konna and
destroyed a militant command center, as West African nations
authorized the immediate deployment of troops to the country. At
least 11 civilians were killed in Konna. A French pilot was killed
after the Islamists downed his combat helicopter.
(AP, 1/12/13)(AP, 1/13/13)
2013 Jan 12, In west Nepal a
bus veered off a mountain road leaving at least 30 people dead and
several more injured near Chatiwan village.
2013 Jan 12, Northern Ireland
police fought day-and-night street battles with Protestant
militants as a protest march to Belfast City Hall degenerated into
riots when many marchers returned home to the Protestant east
side. 29 officers were injured.
2013 Jan 12, In Somalia a
French commando raid to free a captive intelligence agent,
code-name Denis Allex, ended in the deaths of 17 Islamists and a
French soldier. France said the hostage also died in the failed
rescue, but the man's captors denied he had been killed and
claimed to have seized a 2nd soldier. Allex was captured in
Somalia on July 14, 2009.
2013 Jan 12, In Somalia three
Syrian hostages held by pirates were released after more than two
years in captivity. They were the last to be freed of the 21
surviving crew of the ship MV Orna, hijacked in Dec, 2010.
2013 Jan 12, Syrian troops
captured most of Daraya, a strategic Damascus suburb used by
rebels as a base to threaten key regime facilities in the capital.
2014 Jan 12, The Cygnus cargo
ship from Orbital Sciences delivered Christmas presents along with
needed supplies to the Int’l. Space Station.
(SFC, 1/13/14, p.A6)
2014 Jan 12, In Afghanistan a
Taliban suicide bomber riding a bicycle detonated himself next to
a police bus in Kabul, killing a policeman and a civilian in the
first major attack in the Afghan capital this year.
2014 Jan 12, In Afghanistan
Daniel Menard, a former Canadian brigadier-general and head of
Canadian forces in Afghanistan, was detained for alleged gun
smuggling. He was currently working for security firm Garda World.
Menard had resigned from the military after pleading guilty in
2011 to having an affair with a female corporal under his command.
2014 Jan 12, In Bangladesh
Sheikh Hasina was sworn in for a third spell as prime minister
after a deadly general election boycotted by the opposition amid
an ongoing political crisis.
2014 Jan 12, Central African
Republic’s local Red Cross said scattered violence in Bangui,
including two consecutive nights of intense gunfire in some
neighborhoods, has killed 13 people since Michel Djotodia
announced his resignation from the presidency on Jan 10. Rival
militiamen struck a truce and hugged each other in a neighborhood
of Bangui on the eve of consultations aimed at replacing the
president who resigned under international pressure.
(AP, 1/12/14)(AFP, 1/12/14)
2014 Jan 12, In Egypt
hundreds of students supporting ousted Pres. Morsi battled
security forces at three Cairo universities, two days before a
referendum that officials say will be protected by a massive
deployment of soldiers and police.
2014 Jan 12, In western
Germany a small jet crashed near an airfield near Trier and four
people on board were killed.
2014 Jan 12, A 2009
Indonesian law banning the export of unprocessed minerals took
effect, with the government aiming to boost local operations and
create more jobs and mining companies warning of losses.
(AP, 1/12/14)(Econ, 1/18/14, p.64)
2014 Jan 12, Iran's foreign
ministry said that the “joint plan of action,” the landmark
agreement the Islamic republic clinched with world powers on its
disputed nuclear program, will take effect from January 20. Under
the JPA Iran would freeze its nuclear program for six months.
(AFP, 1/12/14)(Econ, 1/18/14, p.47)
2014 Jan 12, Iraqi PM Nuri
al-Maliki threatened to cut central government funding for Iraq's
autonomous Kurdistan region if the Kurds pursued a drive to pipe
oil exports to Turkey without Baghdad's approval.
2014 Jan 12, In Iraq two car
bombs exploded in Baghdad killing at least 21 people. Government
employees returned to work under tight security in Ramadi, but
militants still held parts of the Anbar provincial capital and all
(Reuters, 1/12/14)(AFP, 1/12/14)(SFC, 1/13/14,
2014 Jan 12, In the Israeli
occupied West Bank at least 50 people were hurt in a clash between
Palestinian police and residents of the Jalazoun refugee camp
protesting against a strike in a UN aid agency that has paralyzed
2014 Jan 12, In Libya
assailants in Sirte gunned down a deputy minister Hassan al-Droui
overnight, in the first killing of a government member since the
2011 overthrow of dictator Moamer Kadhafi. The toll from tribal
clashes in the southern town of Sebha rose to 27 dead, with
another 72 people wounded in the unrest.
2014 Jan 12, The leaders of
Mali and Mauritania signed an accord to boost military cooperation
and information sharing in the battle against "armed groups or
terrorists" plaguing the west African neighbors.
2014 Jan 12, In western
Mexico vigilantes seized a drug cartel's bastion in the
Michoacan state town of Nueva Italia, sparking a shootout as the
civilian militia gained new ground in their struggle against the
Knights Templar in the violence-plagued region.
2014 Jan 12, In Pakistan a
bomb attack targeting an aide of the prime minister killed 5
people in the Swat Valley. The official escaped unharmed.
Hours later gunmen fatally shot Mian Mohammad Mushtaq, an
anti-Taliban politician, along with two aides on the outskirts of
Peshawar. Private guards working for the lawmaker, Abdul Rehman
Khetran, attacked police at a checkpoint, beat them up and stole
their weapons. Police then raided the lawmaker's fortified home in
Baluchistan province and found a private dungeon at his home in
which five people were found chained up. Khetran is a legislator
for Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam, a conservative, religious party.
(AP, 1/12/14)(Reuters, 1/13/14)(SFC, 1/13/14,
2014 Jan 12, A Saudi court
sentenced to death an Al-Qaeda militant and jailed 10 others over
the May 1, 2004, attack that killed six Westerners and a
2014 Jan 12, Syrian state
media and anti-government activists said a mortar attack has
killed at least 19 people in the central city of Homs. Activists
said the al Qaeda-linked Islamist State of Iraq and the Levant
(ISIL) has executed dozens of rival Islamists over the last two
days as the group recaptured most territory it had lost in Raqqa
(AP, 1/12/14)(Reuters, 1/12/14)
2014 Jan 12, In Tanzania
clashes broke out in the Embroi Murtangosi nature reserve in
Manyara province, when armed Masai herdsmen launched an attack on
farmers. At least 10 people were killed over the next few days.
2014 Jan 12, Thai protest
leader Suthep Thaugsuban ruled out talks with the government in a
published interview, but said he would stand down his movement if,
as some fear, violence escalates and civil war looms.
2014 Jan 12, In Ukraine an
estimated 50,000 pro-Western protesters massed in the heart of
Kiev amid swelling anger over the bloody beating of prominent
former minister turned opposition leader Yuriy Lutsenko.
2014 Jan 12, The UN’s refugee
agency said around 10,000 people have fled north to Sudan from
South Sudan where government troops and rebels have battled for
the past month.
2014 Jan 12, Pope Francis
named his first batch of cardinals, choosing 19 men from Asia,
Africa, Latin America and elsewhere, including the developing
nations of Haiti and Burkina Faso.
2014 Jan 12, Yemeni tribesmen
tried to overrun an army camp on the outskirts of al-Shihr,
Hadramout province, killing 4 soldiers.
2015 Jan 12, Pres. Obama
launched a new drive to improve data security and privacy.
(Econ, 1/17/15, p.63)
2015 Jan 12, US officials
said Cuba has released all 53 prisoners it had promised to free.
2015 Jan 12, Hacker group
CyberCaliphate took over the Twitter and YouTube accounts of US
Central Command. The Pentagon called it an annoying prank that did
not breach military networks.
(AP, 1/13/15)(SFC, 1/13/15, p.A6)
2015 Jan 12, California state
regulators ordered Mercury Insurance to pay nearly $27.6 million
for improperly collecting unapproved broker fees from its auto
customers. Mercury disagreed with the decision and planned to
contest the ruling.
(SFC, 1/13/15, p.C2)
2015 Jan 12, Illinois Gov.
Bruce Rauner declared that business as usual is over in his
(Econ, 6/6/15, p.22)
2015 Jan 12, A US federal
judge declared South Dakota’s ban on same-sex marriage to be
illegal, but stayed the decision pending appeal.
(SFC, 1/13/15, p.A6)
2015 Jan 12, In Washington DC
a woman died and dozens of people were injured after thick smoke
filled a subway tunnel during the evening rush hour.
2015 Jan 12, Darrell
Winfield, the “real” Marlboro man (1968-1989) of the Philip Morris
Tobacco Co., died in Riverton, Wyoming. The company began using
Marlboro men in its advertising in 1954.
2015 Jan 12, The Afghan
government, after months of delay, unveiled its full list of
Cabinet nominees. An Afghan policeman opened fire, killing two
colleagues, including a district chief and a police unit commander
in Helmand province. The attacker was shot and soon died.
2015 Jan 12, In Armenia a
family of six was killed by machine gun at their home in the city
of Gyumri. Suspect Valery Permyakov, a Russian soldier who
deserted his unit at a Russian military base, was detained the
next day while trying to cross from Armenia into Turkey. On Jan 19
a six-month-old boy became the 7th member the Avetisyan family to
die. On August 23, 2016, a Russian military court sentenced
Permyakov to life in prison.
(AP, 1/13/15)(Reuters, 1/19/15)
2015 Jan 12, British author
John Bayley (89) died of a heart ailment. His "Elegy for Iris"
(1999) chronicled his wife's descent into Alzheimer's disease and
was turned into an Oscar-winning movie starring Judi Dench and Jim
2015 Jan 12, Cameroonian
soldiers killed at least 143 Boko Haram fighters when the Islamist
militant group attacked a military base along the Nigerian border.
2015 Jan 12, Cambodia's
biggest hydropower dam began operating as PM Hun Sen inaugurated
the Chinese-built project to help supply electricity for
underserved villages and factories.
2015 Jan 12, In the Central
African Republic nearly 100 people were feared dead after the New
Jerusalem barge caught fire and sank on the Oubangui River near
the village of Modale.
2015 Jan 12, Chinese police
shot and killed six would-be bombers in the latest violence to
strike the restive far northwestern region of Xinjiang.
2015 Jan 12, In China taxi
drivers began protesting against high cab rental fees and emerging
competitors such as Uber in several provincial cities.
2015 Jan 12, Interpol said it
has put ousted Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich on the
international wanted list on Ukrainian charges of embezzlement and
2015 Jan 12, An Egyptian
court acquitted 26 men accused of "debauchery" after their
night-time arrest last September from a Cairo bathhouse for
suspected homosexual activity.
2015 Jan 12, In Germany a
record 25,000 anti-Islamist protesters marched through Dresden,
many holding banners with anti-immigrant slogans.
2015 Jan 12, Iranian police
confiscated seven tons of opium from drug smugglers. It was
concealed in a cement truck heading toward Tehran. Iran was the
main route for drug smugglers to ship narcotics from the poppy
fields of Afghanistan to Europe.
2015 Jan 12, In Iraq suicide
car bomb killed 12 Shiite militiamen and soldiers in Abasiyat, a
town north of Baghdad, sparking a battle between security forces
and fighters with the extremist Islamic State group.
2015 Jan 12, Lebanese
security forces raided the notorious Roumieh prison after
discovering that inmates were linked to a deadly bomb attack last
2015 Jan 12, In Nigeria
fighters from the Islamist group Boko Haram launched an attack on
a military base in the northwest Cameroonian city of Kolofata.
2015 Jan 12, Saudi Arabia
said it has beheaded a Myanmar female child-killer, bringing to 7
the number of death sentences it has carried out this year. Layla
bint Abdul Mutaleb Bassim is later seen screaming her innocence in
a video posted on the Internet on Jan 17.
(AFP, 1/12/15)(AFP, 1/17/15)
2015 Jan 12, Hundreds of
Tanzanian schoolgirls returned home after spending three months
hiding in safe houses to escape genital mutilation.
2015 Jan 12, Ukraine, Russia,
Germany and France scrapped plans to hold a summit in Kazakhstan
later this week because of the failure to implement a
four-month-old ceasefire agreement fully and there was no sign of
when it might be rescheduled.
2016 Jan 12, Pres. Obama
delivered his last annual State of the Union speech to Congress.
He called for leaders to "fix" US politics and criticized
candidates such as Trump for using anti-Muslim rhetoric that
betrayed American values.
2016 Jan 12, Two US patrol
boats and their crews were seized by Iranian Revolutionary Guards
after unintentionally entering Iranian waters near an island naval
base. The boats and crew were released the next day.
(Econ, 1/16/16, p.51)
2016 Jan 12, The US Supreme
Court ruled against Florida’s death sentencing system, which
allowed judges to decide whether to impose the death penalty in
2016 Jan 12, Tens of
thousands of junior doctors went on strike in England, causing
major disruption to hospitals in the first walkout of its kind for
2016 Jan 12, British energy
major BP said that it will axe more than 4,000 jobs worldwide over
the next two years in response to collapsing oil prices.
2016 Jan 12, In Cambodia two
trucks transporting garment workers to their factory crashed,
killing 5 of the workers and injuring 65 others.
2016 Jan 12, Canadian mining
company Eldorado Gold said it is suspending work at a site in
Greece and laying off 600 workers following protests by local
residents and a spat with the country's leftwing government.
2016 Jan 12, Chinese
conglomerate Wanda Group signed a $3.5 billion deal to buy
Hollywood studio Legendary Entertainment, the maker of
blockbusters "Jurassic World" and "Godzilla", dubbing it China's
biggest-ever cultural takeover.
2016 Jan 12, A court in
northern China sentenced Li Dongsheng, a former vice minister of
public security, to 15 years in jail for accepting bribes.
2016 Jan 12, Czech police
said they have broken a ring that was allegedly producing large
amounts of methamphetamine for illegal sale in western Europe.
2016 Jan 12, The
Denmark-based Lego Group announced that it would no longer ask
what the "thematic purpose" of a project is. Instead, customers
who intend to display their creations in public will be asked to
make clear that Lego does not support or endorse them.
2016 Jan 12, The Council of
Europe told Georgia to improve its justice system, saying it was
worried by allegations the authorities were abusing the law to
conduct a politically-motivated crackdown on the opposition.
2016 Jan 12, In Guatemala an
overnight battle between rival gangs in an overcrowded prison in
Chimaltenango left 6 inmates dead and another six wounded.
2016 Jan 12, Iran said it
will sell part of its stock of heavy water to the United States
under its nuclear deal with world powers.
2016 Jan 12, An Iranian
Phantom fighter jet crashed close to the Pakistan border, killing
2016 Jan 12, In Iraq a
suicide bomber attacked a police convoy near Baquba, critically
wounding a senior police officer and killing 3 other members of
the security forces. 2 Iraqi journalists were killed outside
Baquba. At least seven Sunni mosques and dozens of shops were
firebombed in the east.
2016 Jan 12, Clashes erupted
in Indian-controlled Kashmir as police fired tear gas to stop
thousands of people from marching in a funeral procession of a
rebel commander killed in a clash with government forces.
2016 Jan 12, Kuwait sentenced
two defendants to death, including Iranian Abdulreda Hayder being
tried in absentia, after they were convicted of "spying for Iran"
and plotting attacks in the Gulf country.
2016 Jan 12, In the
Netherlands five sperm whales beached on Texel Island. All 5 died
before anyone could attempt a rescue operation. Sperm whales began
to wash up on German, Dutch, French and British shores. Over the
next two months 29 beached whales surprised scientists after only
82 previous beaching of sperm whales had been documented since the
1990s. In 2017 German scientists said the mass beachings could
have been due to solar storms.
(AP, 1/13/16) (Reuters,
2016 Jan 12, A 21-year-old
Palestinian was shot dead after hurling stones at Israeli troops
in the West Bank.
2016 Jan 12, The Philippine
Supreme Court declared as constitutional a defense pact that
allows American forces, warships and planes to temporarily base in
local military camps.
2016 Jan 12, In Spain Carles
Puigdemont became the first Catalan president to take the oath of
office while omitting the traditional vows of loyalty to Spain’s
(Econ, 1/16/16, p.58)
2016 Jan 12, Syrian state
media said the government’s army and allied forces has taken full
control of the rebel-held town of Salma, Latakia province.
2016 Jan 12, In Turkey a
suicide bomber thought to have crossed recently from Syria killed
himself and 10 German tourists, in Istanbul's historic heart. PM
Ahmet Davutoglu blamed the attack on the Islamic State. Finger
prints soon identified the bomber as Saudi-born Syrian Nabil
Fadli. An 11th German victim died of wounds on Jan 26.
(Reuters, 1/12/16)(Reuters, 1/13/16)(SSFC,
1/17/16, p.A5)(AFP, 1/28/16)
2016 Jan 12, Banks in
Turkmenistan halted hard currency sales as the economy shows signs
of struggling amid falling global energy prices.
2016 Jan 12, Venezuela's
opposition-controlled legislature suspended its session after the
Supreme Court declared it null and void because the new speaker
defied the judiciary by swearing in three banned lawmakers.
2017 Jan 12, Pres. Obama
awarded Vice-Pres. Joe Biden the Presidential Medal of Freedom,
the nation’s highest civilian honor.
(SFC, 1/13/17, p.A5)
2017 Jan 12, The Obama
administration repealed a measure granting automatic residency to
virtually every Cuban who arrived in the United States, whether or
not they had visas, ending a longstanding exception to US
immigration policy. This also stopped Cuban doctors who defect
from a third country from getting fast-track entry to the US.
(Reuters, 1/13/17)(Econ, 1/21/17, p.28)
2017 Jan 12, Pres. Obama
added roughly 6,000 acres to the California Coastal national
(SFC, 1/13/17, p.D1)
2017 Jan 12, The United
States blacklisted 18 senior Syrian officials it said were
connected to the country's weapons of mass destruction program,
after an international investigation found Syrian government
forces were responsible for chlorine gas attacks against
2017 Jan 12, The US
government EPA accused Fiat Chrysler of failing to disclose
software in some of its pickups and SUVs with diesel engines that
allows them to emit more pollution than allowed under the Clean
Air Act. Fiat Chrysler quickly issued a statement denying any
(AP, 1/12/17)(Econ, 1/21/17, p.10)
2017 Jan 12, US troops and
tanks began streaming into Poland as part of one of the largest
deployments of US forces in Europe since the Cold War. The
Atlantic Resolve mission will see more than 3,000 American
soldiers and heavy equipment deployed in Poland and nearby NATO
partners Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Bulgaria and Hungary
on a rotational basis.
2017 Jan 12, US Senate
Republicans took the first major step toward repealing the
Affordable Care Act, approving a budget blueprint that would allow
them to gut health care without the threat of a Democratic
(SFC, 1/13/17, p.A5)
2017 Jan 12, The US federal
government’s Drought Monitor pronounced 42% of California drought
(SFC, 1/13/17, p.A1)
2017 Jan 12, James Mattis,
President-elect Donald Trump's pick for US defense secretary,
accused Russia of trying to break up NATO and said China was
destroying trust with its neighbors.
2017 Jan 12, Human Rights
Watch on issued a sharp warning that the rise of populist
politicians in the United States and Europe threatened modern
rights movements and potentially even Western democracy.
2017 Jan 12, UCSF announced a
$500 million donation from the Helen Diller Foundation, the
biggest gift in campus history, to recruit students and faculty
for “High risk, high-reward” research.
(SFC, 1/12/17, p.A7)
2017 Jan 12, In Baltimore a
huge house fire killed six children.
(SFC, 1/13/17, p.A5)
2017 Jan 12, Novelist and
filmmaker William Peter Blatty (89) died in Maryland. His books
included “The Exorcist” (1971).
(SFC, 1/14/17, p.A5)
2017 Jan 12, Albania’s
Serious Crime Court sentenced former Peshkopi mayor Shukri Xhelili
to 32 months in jail after he was found guilty of having fondled
and kissed a 20-year-old woman in his office while she resisted,
then taken her to a hotel room in Tirana and promised a pay rise
in exchange for sexual favors.
2017 Jan 12, Dozens of
flights at London's Heathrow Airport were canceled amid forecasts
of snow and strong winds in Britain.
2017 Jan 12, Human Rights
Watch said in a report that Egypt has banned public criticism and
peaceful opposition, and that security forces routinely torture
detainees and forcibly disappeared hundreds last year.
2017 Jan 12, Iraqi forces
joined flanks in northern Mosul and drove back Islamic State
militants in the southeast in a renewed push that has brought them
closer to controlling the eastern half of the city.
2017 Jan 12, In Libya
self-declared PM Khalifa Ghwell said his forces have seized at
least three ministries in the capital and is declaring a return of
his government after what he described as a yearlong failure of PM
Fayez Serraj, the current UN-backed premier.
2017 Jan 12, In Pakistan
journalist Muhammad Jan (37) was shot and killed while returning
home by unidentified assailants. He had worked for the
Urdu-language daily Qudrat and was teaching at a school.
2017 Jan 12, Thousands of
Palestinians participated in a demonstration in the Gaza Strip to
protest chronic power cuts during the cold winter season.
2017 Jan 12, Poland's main
opposition party ended its weekslong blockade of parliament,
stepping back in what had been a bitter standoff with the populist
2017 Jan 12, In Romania two
tigers were among a number of animals that died when a fire broke
out at an animal shelter which houses animals retired from the
2017 Jan 12, Turkish
lawmakers brawled and threw chairs as parliament approved three
more articles in a hugely controversial bill bolstering the powers
of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
2017 Jan 12, Human Rights
Watch in an annual report accused the Ukrainian government and
Russian-backed separatists of holding dozens of civilians in
arbitrary detention in Ukraine's industrial east, where fighting
has killed more than 9,600 people since 2014.
2017 Jan 12, In Venezuela the
son of Raul Baduel, a retired general turned critic of Pres.
Maduro, said authorities had revoked the parole of his father who
served six years in jail for corruption.
2018 Jan 12, The Wall Street
Journal reported that Michael Cohen, Pres. Donald Trump's personal
lawyer, had arranged a $130,000 payment in October 2016 to adult
film star Stormy Daniels, aka Stephanie Clifford, to keep her from
discussing an alleged sexual encounter dating back to 2006 during
the 2016 presidential campaign.
2018 Jan 12, Algerian Berbers
marked their New Year as a public holiday with feasts, dancing and
horse parades, a first for the North Africa region where
indigenous peoples have long suffered marginalization. On December
27 veteran President Abdelaziz Bouteflika had decreed that
Yennayer would become an official holiday for the first time "to
strengthen national unity".
2018 Jan 12, An Argentine
court freed former Vice President Amado Boudou from prison where
he had been held since early November after being arrested on
corruption charges. He remained under investigation for alleged
money laundering and illicit association.
2018 Jan 12, In Azerbaijan
investigative journalist Afgan Mukhtarli was sentenced to six
years in prison on charges of smuggling, illegal border crossing
and violently resisting arrest. Human rights advocates called the
charges trumped-up and demanded his immediate release.
2018 Jan 12, Authorities in
southern Brazil said two people have died amid heavy rains that
have forced more than 1,700 to flee their homes. Two more people
were missing after two days of downpour unleashed flooding and
2018 Jan 12, British surgeon
Simon Bramhall (53), who burned his initials into patients' livers
during transplant operations, was fined 10,000 pounds ($13,600),
and ordered to perform community service.
2018 Jan 12, Bulgarian
lawmakers voted to leave a contentious anti-corruption bill
unchanged even after the President Rumen Radev refused to sign it
into law. Under the constitution, Radev now has no choice but to
approve the bill.
2018 Jan 12, In Chile three
Catholic churches were firebombed in Santiago, days before the
start of a visit to the country by Pope Francis.
2018 Jan 12, The Czech Rep.
began two days of presidential elections. President Milos Zeman
(73) sought another five-year term in the largely ceremonial post
and was the favorite to win the election's first-round vote.
2018 Jan 12, Congolese police
fired teargas to disperse dozens of churchgoers who had gathered
in the capital Kinshasa to mourn seven people killed in protests
against President Joseph Kabila two weeks ago.
2018 Jan 12, In the Czech
Rep. three people died after a bus collided with a car near
2018 Jan 12, In Germany
Chancellor Angela Merkel and Social Democrat (SPD) reached a deal
that paves the way for a coalition government, saying its
provisional terms were good for Europe.
2018 Jan 12, In Greece police
fired tear gas in brief clashes with protesters and strikes halted
ferries and disrupted public transport, as unions stepped up
protests against a new austerity bill that will limit the right to
strike and speed up property foreclosures.
2018 Jan 12, Haitians reacted
with outrage to reports that President Donald Trump used a vulgar
remark to describe the country on the eve of the anniversary of
the 2010 earthquake, one of the deadliest disasters in modern
2018 Jan 12, In Honduras
protests against the re-election of President Juan Orlando
Hernandez turned violent with security forces firing tear gas and
some marchers breaking windows and setting fires.
2018 Jan 12, In Indonesia
some 200 protesters organized by the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI)
marched in Jakarta to protest Facebook's blocking of accounts
belonging to their group. The group has a long record of
vandalizing nightspots, hurling stones at Western embassies and
attacking rival religious groups.
2018 Jan 12, Japan's PM
Shinzo Abe arrive in Estonia kicking off a five-day European tour
that will also take him to Latvia, Lithuania, Bulgaria, Serbia and
Romania — becoming the first-ever head of the Asian nation to
visit these countries.
2018 Jan 12, Northern Iraq's
Yazidi community, that suffered so terribly under Islamic State
group persecution, celebrated as it inaugurated the temple at
Bashiqa to the sound of traditional drums and flutes. This was one
of 68 Yazidi temples destroyed by IS, and one of the last of 23 in
the region to be restored.
2018 Jan 12, Nigeria's army
said that militant leader Peregbakumo Oyawerikumo was killed in a
gun battle after his gang members ambushed a military unit that
was transporting him following his arrest a day earlier in Delta
(SFC, 1/13/18, p.A2)
2018 Jan 12, Hundreds of
Palestinians clashed with Israeli soldiers in the Gaza Strip and
occupied West Bank in what they said was a protest against US
recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.
2018 Jan 12, Puerto Rican
Gov. Ricardo Rossello slammed the federal government's response to
Hurricane Maria, saying residents of the island, who are U.S.
citizens, are being treated like "second-class citizens."
2018 Jan 12, The Russian
military said it has eliminated a group of rebels that had
attacked Russia's air base in Syria, and destroyed a rebel
facility for assembling drones in Idlib.
2018 Jan 12, Saudi women for
the first time were allowed to enter a sports stadium to watch a
soccer match between two local teams. They were segregated from
the male-only crowd with designated seating in the so-called
2018 Jan 12, The Spanish
government dismissed outright the possibility of former Catalan
leader Carles Puigdemont ruling the region from self-imposed exile
in Brussels, and said Madrid would contest any attempt to do so in
2018 Jan 12, Tunisian
authorities arrested another 150 people including local opposition
leaders, bringing the total detained close to 800 in response to
demonstrations this week against price and tax rises.
2018 Jan 12, The Vatican said
Chinese Bishop Peter Shao Zhumin, who was removed from his diocese
and held by authorities in detention for seven months, has been
2018 Jan 12, It was reported
that two days of protests and looting in western Venezuela over
food shortages have left at least three people dead and 16 more
2019 Jan 12, The partial US
government shutdown entered a record 22nd day, as Pres. Donald
Trump remained steadfast in his demand for $5.7 billion to build a
Mexico border wall and Democrats in Congress determined to refuse
2019 Jan 12, The United
States stepped up its criticism of Venezuelan leader Nicolas
Maduro with an explicit call for the formation of a new government
in the South American country.
2019 Jan 12, In Afghanistan
at least five security forces were killed after their checkpoint
came under attack by insurgents in southern Kandahar province. At
least nine people were killed when a gas cylinder exploded late
today in Kabul.
(AP, 1/12/19)(AP, 1/13/19)
2019 Jan 12, In Austria three
German skiers were killed in an avalanche. A fourth was reported
missing. The bodies of the three German skiers were recovered
hours later near the resort of Lech. The 4th body was recovered on
(AP, 1/13/19)(AP, 1/16/19)
2019 Jan 12, Brazil's
government issued a statement saying it recognized Venezuela's
Congressional leader, who opposes President Nicolas Maduro, as the
rightful president of Venezuela.
2019 Jan 12, In Britain
hundreds of protesters, inspired by France's yellow vest movement,
rallied in London, drawing attention to government austerity
programs that have hit the poor hard.
2019 Jan 12, Rahaf Mohammed
al-Qunun (18), a Saudi woman who fled her family this week saying
she feared for her life, arrived in Toronto after Canada granted
2019 Jan 12, Chinese
telecommunications equipment maker Huawei said it had sacked Wang
Weijing, an employee arrested in Poland on spying charges, in a
case that could intensify Western security concerns about the
2019 Jan 12, In northern
China 21 coal miners were killed when a mine collapsed in Shenmu,
2019 Jan 12, Congo's
presidential runner-up Martin Fayulu said he has asked the
constitutional court to order a recount in the disputed election.
2019 Jan 12, Egyptian
security forces killed six Islamic militants in a raid on their
desert hideout south of Cairo between the southern provinces of
Sohag and Assiut.
2019 Jan 12, Egypt's Al-Azhar
university expelled a female student after she appeared in a video
hugging a male colleague, accusing her of undermining the school's
reputation. A video went viral earlier this month showing a young
man carrying a bouquet of flowers kneeling before a young woman
and then hugging her in what appeared to be a marriage proposal.
The Al-Azhar University strictly segregates the genders.
2019 Jan 12, The French
Interior Ministry said about 32,000 people have turned out in
yellow vest demonstrations across France, including 8,000 in
Paris. Paris police fired water cannon and tear gas to push back
demonstrators from around the Arc de Triomphe monument, in the
ninth straight weekend of protests against President Emmanuel
Macron's economic reforms.
(AP, 1/12/19)(Reuters, 1/13/19)
2019 Jan 12, In France two
firefighters and a Spanish woman died and nearly people 50 were
injured in a massive gas explosion in a bakery that gutted the
ground floor of a building in a central Paris shopping district. A
4th body was soon found bringing the overall death toll to four.
(AFP, 1/12/19)(AP, 1/13/19)
2019 Jan 12, Gabon's
President Ali Bongo, who has been out of the country for two
months recovering from a stroke, named Julien Nkoghe Bekale as the
new prime minister in an apparent effort to shore up his political
base days after a failed coup attempt. Bekale replaced Emmanuel
Issoze-Ngondet, who has served since 2016.
2019 Jan 12, In Germany a
small plane crashed east of Berlin, killing two people.
2019 Jan 12, Thousands of
Guatemalans marched against President Jimmy Morales's bid to close
a UN anti-corruption mission that sought to investigate him on
suspicion of campaign finance violations.
2019 Jan 12, Japan-based
Nissan confirmed that Chief Performance Officer Jose Munoz, who
took a leave of absence a week ago, has resigned, the first
high-profile departure at the Japanese automaker publicly
acknowledged as related to the arrest of former Chairman Carlos
2019 Jan 12, In Kashmir rebel
commander Zeenatul Islam was killed along with his associate late
today in a gunbattle with Indian troops.
2019 Jan 12, Malaysia's
Pahang state announced it had a new sultan, who is expected to be
elected king after the former monarch abdicated following his
reported marriage to a Russian former beauty queen. Tengku
Abdullah Shah (59) replaced his father, Sultan Ahmad Shah.
2019 Jan 12, In southwest
Poland one miner died and six were injured after a tremor struck
KGHM's copper mine Rudna, around 700 meters underground.
2019 Jan 12, In northern
Sweden a mining company truck crashed into a minibus early today.
Six Swiss citizens were killed and one person was injured in the
(AP, 1/12/19)(AP, 1/13/19)
2019 Jan 12, In Syria
artillery shelling by government forces pounded parts of the
northwestern Idlib province where militants were trying to
2019 Jan 12, Turkey for a
second day loaded tanks and armored vehicles onto trucks and
dispatched the convoy to the Turkish province of Hatay on the
2019 Jan 12, In Yemen clashes
erupted between Huthi rebels and government forces in the
flashpoint port city of Hodeida, dealing a new blow to a fragile
2019 Jan 12, In Yemen a fire
at a refinery in the southern port city of Aden spread to a second
storage tank, injuring six people.
2019 Jan 12, Zimbabwe's
President Emmerson Mnangagwa said prices of petrol and diesel
would more than double to tackle a shortfall caused by increased
demand and "rampant" illegal trading. Despite the price hike,
diplomats and tourists would be able to access cheaper fuel at
certain pumping stations.
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