Today in History - January 14

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1236        Jan 14, Henry III married Eleanor of Provence.
    (HN, 1/14/99)

1526        Jan 14, Francis of France, held captive by Charles V for a year, signed the Treaty of Madrid, giving up most of his claims in France and Italy.
    (HN, 1/14/99)

1639        Jan 14, (Julian Calendar) "Fundamental Orders," the first constitution of Connecticut, was adopted [see Jan 24].
    (AP, 1/14/98)(www.constitution.org/bcp/fo_1639.htm)

1690        Jan 14, The clarinet was invented in Germany.
    (MC, 1/14/02)

1699        Jan 14, Massachusetts held a day of fasting for wrongly persecuting "witches."
    (MC, 1/14/02)

1730        Jan 14, William Whipple, Declaration of Independence signer, was born.
    (HN, 1/14/99)

1741        Jan 14, Benedict Arnold, U.S. General turned traitor, was born.
    (www.britannica.com/eb/article-9009576)

1742        Jan 14, English astronomer Edmond Halley, who observed the comet that now bears his name, died at age 85. In 2005 Julie Wakefield authored “Halley’s Quest," in which she covered Halley’s travels to Brazil to map the Atlantic’s magnetic declinations and hopefully solve the problem of calculating longitude.
    (AP, 1/14/98)(WSJ, 12/20/05, p.D8)

1776        Jan 14, George Washington commanded an army that consisted of some 9,000 men, up to half of whom were not fit for duty.
    (WSJ, 5/19/05, p.W10)

1784        Jan 14, The United States ratified a peace treaty with England, the Treaty of Paris, ending the Revolutionary War.
    (HFA, '96, p.22)(AP, 1/14/98)

1791        Jan 14, Calvin Phillips, shortest known adult male (67 cm; 2' 2"), was born.
    (MC, 1/14/02)

1794        Jan 14, Dr. Jessee Bennet of Edom, Va., performed the 1st successful Cesarean section operation on his wife.
    (MC, 1/14/02)

1797        Jan 14, Napoleon Bonaparte defeated Austrians at Rivoli in northern Italy.
    (HN, 1/14/99)

1799        Jan 14, Eli Whitney received a government contract for 10,000 muskets.
    (MC, 1/14/02)

1814        Jan 14, Berthe Morisot (d.1895) French impressionist painter, was born in Bourges.
    (NMWA, 12/04, p.10)

1858        Jan 14, Emperor Napoleon III and Empress Eugenie escaped unhurt after an Italian assassin threw a bomb at their carriage as they traveled to the Paris Opera. The hoop skirt was first worn by Empress Eugenie to conceal her pregnancy.
    (HN, 1/14/99)(SFEC, 7/23/00, Z1 p.2)(AP, 1/14/08)

1864        Jan 14, Confederate President Jefferson Davis wrote to General Johnson, observing that troops might need to be sent to Alabama or Mississippi.
    (HN, 1/14/99)
1864        Jan 14, General Sherman began his march to the South.
    (MC, 1/14/02)

1873        Jan 14, "Celluloid" was registered as a trademark.
    (MC, 1/14/02)

1875        Jan 14, Dr. Albert Schweitzer (d.1965), French theologian who set up a native hospital in French Equatorial Africa (Gabon) in 1913, was born. He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1952.
    (HN, 1/14/99)(MC, 1/14/02)(AP, 10/30/03)

1878        Jan 14, In Hall v. Decuir, 95 U.S. 485, the United States Supreme Court ruled that common carriers (rail, ferry, riverboat, and other modes of transportation) could not discriminate based on race (13th Amendment) in interstate travel. US Supreme court ruled that race separation on trains was unconstitutional. The decision did not, however, stop railroad companies from discriminating.
    (www.historiccambria.com/History/History19th.htm)

1897        Jan 14, The 6,960-m (22,834') Cerro Aconcagua in Argentina was 1st climbed.
    (MC, 1/14/02)

1898        Jan 14, Author Charles Lutwidge Dodgson -- better known as "Alice in  Wonderland" creator Lewis Carroll -- died in Guildford, England. In 2008 Robin Wilson authored “Lewis Carroll in Numberland: His Fantastical Mathematical Logical Life."
    (AP, 1/14/98)(Econ, 7/5/08, p.93)

1900        Jan 14, The Puccini opera "Tosca" received a mixed reception at its Rome world premiere.
    (AP, 1/14/98)

1905        Jan 14, Jane Lathrop Stanford drank from a bottle of mineral water at her Nob Hill home in SF and became violently ill. Analysis of the water revealed strychnine. [see Feb 28]
    (Ind, 5/26/01, 5A)

1911        Jan 14, The USS Arkansas, the largest U.S. battleship, was launched from the yards of NY Shipbuilding Company.
    (HN, 1/14/99)

1914        Jan 14, Ford Motor Company greatly improved its assembly-line operation by employing a chain to pull each chassis along.
    (AP, 1/14/01)

1915        Jan 14, The French abandoned five miles of trenches to the Germans near Soissons.
    (HN, 1/14/99)

1916        Jan 14, British authorities seized German attaché Franz von Papen’s financial records confirming espionage activities in the U.S.
    (HN, 1/14/99)

1917        Jan 14, The Provisional Parliament was established in Poland.
    (HN, 1/14/99)

1919        Jan 14, Andy Rooney, American humorist, author and television personality, was born. He appeared on the TV program “60 Minutes."
    (HN, 1/14/99)

1920        Jan 14, Berlin was placed under martial law as 40,000 radicals rushed the Reichstag; 42 were killed and 105 wounded.
    (HN, 1/14/99)

1927        Jan 14, Mary Livingstone (born as Sadye Marks) married Jack Benny. She appeared as Mary Livingstone on The Jack Benny Program (also called The Jack Benny Show ) through its various sponsors on radio and then to television--until 1965. Jack Benny, who cultivated a fake personality of a miserly wiseacre, was always willing to be the brunt of jokes and Mary supplied many of them. In fact, Benny credited his wife with the biggest laugh of the long-running comedy--bigger than the famous "Your money or your life" routine--not with a joke, but with three simple words: "Oh, shut up." They were married until his death in 1974. She wrote a memoir about him in 1978.
    (HNQ, 3/28/01)(www.accuracyproject.org/cbe-Benny,Jack.html)

1935        Jan 14, The oil pipeline from Iraq to the Mediterranean went into use.
    (MC, 1/14/02)

1936        Jan 14, American explorer Lincoln Ellsworth and Canadian pilot Herbert Hollick-Kenyon were rescued by the research ship Discovery II. The pair had made the first flight across Antarctica, 2,300 miles from the Weddell Sea to the Ross Sea. They landed when their plane's engine faltered, and waited in the previously constructed shelter at Little America for a month to be picked up. After his earlier attempts to cross Antarctica failed, Ellsworth set out with Hollick-Kenyon in the Northrop Gamma monoplane, Polar Star, and succeeded. Part of the area that Ellsworth and Hollick-Kenyon flew over in 1935 has been named the Ellsworth Highlands.
    (HNPD, 1/14/99)(AH, 2/06, p.14)

1940        Jan 14, Julian Bond, civil rights leader and Georgia state senator, was born.
    (HN, 1/14/99)

1942        Jan 14, President Franklin D. Roosevelt ordered all U.S. aliens to register with the government.
    (HN, 1/14/99)

1943        Jan 14, Roosevelt, Churchill, and DeGaulle met at Casablanca to discuss the direction of the war.
    (AP, 1/14/98) (HN, 1/14/99)
1943        Jan 14, Italian occupation authorities refused to deport any Jews living on their territories in France.
    (HN, 1/14/99)

1949        Jan 14, There was a Black-Indian race rebellion in Durban, South Africa; 142 died.
    (MC, 1/14/02)

1950        Jan 14, US recalled all consular officials from China.
    (www.tibetjustice.org/reports/chron.html)

1951        Jan 14, The US Army’s X Corps under Major Gen. Edward Almond ordered the methodical destruction of dwellings and other buildings forward of front lines in South Korea and recommended the use of air power.
    (SSFC, 8/3/08, p.A16)

1952        Jan 14, NBC’s TV show “Today" with Dave Garroway (d.1982) and Jack Lescoulie had its debut. Garroway left the show in 1961. The news announcer was James Fleming (1915-1996). The theme music was “Sentimental Journey." Hugh Downs hosted from 1962-1971. Barbara Walters hosted from 1974-1976. Tom Brokaw hosted from 1976-1981. Jane Pauley hosted from 1976-1989. Bryant Gumbel hosted from 1982-1997.
    (SFC, 7/13/96, p.A5)(SFC, 8/19/96, p.C2)(AP, 4/8/97)(AP, 1/14/98)(SFC, 1/11/02, p.D19)(MC, 1/14/02)

1953        Jan 14, In Washington DC the Pennsylvania Railroad's Federal, the overnight train from Boston, crashed into the Union Station. Remarkably, no one was killed.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Union_Station_%28Washington,_D.C.%29)
1953        Jan 14, Josip Broz Tito was elected president of Yugoslavia by the country's Parliament.
    (AP, 1/14/98)

1954        Jan 14, NY Yankee Joe DiMaggio married actress Marilyn Monroe in SF City Hall. They were divorced in Oct.
    (SFC, 1/1/99, p.A13)(SFC, 2/9/99, p.A21)(MC, 1/14/02)

1956        Jan 14, Little Richard released "Tutti Frutti."
    (MC, 1/14/02)

1957        Jan 14, Humphrey Bogart (57), actor, died in Los Angeles of cancer of the esophagus. His many films included  “Casablanca" and “Caine Mutiny."
    (SFEC, 5/18/97, Par p.6)(AP, 1/14/07)

1960        Jan 14, The US Army promoted Elvis Presley to Sergeant.
    (MC, 1/14/02)

1963        Jan 14, George C. Wallace was sworn in as governor of Alabama with a pledge of "segregation forever."
    (AP, 1/14/98)
1963        Jan 14, President of France Charles de Gaulle announced the French veto on Britain's application to join the European Common Market, the forerunner of the European Union. De Gaulle said the British government lacked 'commitment' to European integration.
    (www.bbc.co.uk/history/british/timeline/present_timeline_noflash.shtml)

1967        Jan 14, Sonny and Cher’s "The Beat Goes On" peaked at #6 on the pop charts. In 1999 the TV special “And the Beat Goes On: The Sonny and Cher Story," written by Sonny Bono (1935-1998), was produced.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Beat_Goes_On)(www.imdb.com/title/tt0185155/)
1967        Jan 14, NY Times reported that the US Army was conducting secret germ warfare experiments.
    (www.economicexpert.com/a/1967.htm)
1967        Jan 14, The great Human Be-In was held in Golden Gate Park and drew national attention to the Haight-Ashbury scene. Allen Cohen, editor of a paper called the Oracle, came up with the idea. It was here that Timothy Leary proclaimed "Turn on, Tune in, Drop out." At the Gathering of the Tribes Allen Ginsberg is credited with coining the term "Flower Power."
    (SFC, 5/19/96,City Guide, p.5)(SFEC, 4/6/97, p.A11)(SSFC, 1/14/07, p.A10)

1968        Jan 14, The Green Bay Packers under Vince Lombardi, after winning its third consecutive NFL championship, won the 2nd Super Bowl Football game over the Oakland Raiders. This was Lombardi's last game as coach of the Packers. The game drew the first $3 million gate in football history. In 1999 David Maraniss authored "When Pride Still Mattered: A Life of Vince Lombardi."
    (WSJ, 1/28/97, p.A16)(SFEC, 1/9/00, BR p.5)(Superbowl.com)

1969        Jan 14, An explosion on the US carrier Enterprise, 75 miles from Hawaii, resulted in 28 dead and over 300 injured.
    (http://tinyurl.com/64clvh)

1970        Jan 14, Diana Ross and the Supremes performed their last concert together, at the Frontier Hotel in Las Vegas.
    (AP, 1/14/00)

1972        Jan 14, "Sanford & Son" premiered on NBC TV. It starred Desmond Wilson and Red Foxx and became the most successful black-oriented series in TV history. The series ended in 1977.
    (SSFC, 2/11/01, BR p.1)(www.imdb.com/title/tt0068128/)(SFC, 9/19/02, p.A24)
1972        Jan 14, Denmark’s King Frederik IX (b.1899) died.
    (SFC, 11/8/00, p.B7)(www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=9422986)

1975        Jan 14, The House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC), created in 1938 to inquire into subversive activities in the US, was terminated following the efforts of the National Committee to Abolish HUAC, co-founded by Richard Criley (d.2000 at 88). In 1969, the House changed the committee's name to "House Committee on Internal Security". When the House abolished the committee, its functions were transferred to the House Judiciary Committee.
    (SFC, 6/22/00, p.C2)(http://tinyurl.com/3hqzjd)
1975        Jan 14, Donald Neilson (1936-1911) kidnapped heiress Lesley Whittle (17) from her bedroom in Highley, Shropshire. Her body was found on 7 March 1975, hanging from a wire at the bottom of a drainage shaft following failed attempts at ransom. Neilson received five life sentences in July 1976 for the murder of Whittle.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donald_Neilson)

1976        Jan 14, "Bionic Woman," with Lindsay Wagner, debuted on ABC (later NBC).
    (www.imdb.com/title/tt0073965/)
1976        Jan 14, Abdul Razak (b.1922), Malaysia’s 2nd prime minister, died. His son Najib Razak (23) was soon elected to parliament.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tun_Abdul_Razak)(Econ, 11/8/08, p.60)

1978        Jan 14, Blossom Rock (b.1895), actress, died. She played Grandmamma on the TV Addams Family. She was born as Edith Marie Blossom MacDonald, the sister of the late actress and singer Jeanette MacDonald.
    (www.tv.com/blossom-rock/person/5434/summary.html)
1978        Jan 14, In Japan the 7.0 Izu-Oshima earthquake damaged nine railway and four road tunnels in a limited area. 25 people were killed.
    {Earthquake, Japan}
    (SFC, 9/6.96, p.A11)(http://tinyurl.com/2uz9wg)

1980        Jan 14, UN voted 104-18 to deplore the Soviet Afghan acts.
    (HN, 1/14/99)

1981        Jan 14, The US FCC freed radio stations to air as many commercials an hour as they wished.
    (http://tinyurl.com/39dv7r)

1983        Jan 14, In Iowa Terry Branstad (b.1946) began serving as governor and continued to 1999 after which he became president of Des Moines Univ. In 2011 he began serving a 5th term as governor of Iowa.
    (Econ, 10/19/13, p.34)

1984        Jan 14, Ray Kroc (b.1902), founder of MacDonalds and owner San Diego Padres, died.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ray_Kroc)

1986        Jan 14, Donna Reed (b.1921), actress (Donna Reed Show, Dallas), died of cancer in Beverly Hills, Ca., at age 64.
    (www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=1172)
1986        Jan 14, In Guatemala, Vinicio Cerezo (b.1942) began serving as president.
    (SFC, 7/5/96, p.A13)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vinicio_Cerezo)

1987        Jan 14, Sam Wagstaff, photo collector, died. His collection of 7,500 prints was sold to the Getty Museum in 1984 for a reported $5 million.
    (WSJ, 1/30/97, p.A14)(http://tinyurl.com/e9t5m)

1988        Jan 14, With the United States abstaining, the U.N. Security Council voted 14-0 to call on Israel to stop deporting Palestinians and to allow those already expelled to return.
    (AP, 1/14/98)

1989        Jan 14, President Reagan delivered his 331st and last weekly radio address, telling listeners, "Believe me, Saturdays will never seem the same. I'll miss you." In 2001 Peggy Noonan authored the Reagan biography “When character Was King."
    (AP, 1/14/99)(WSJ, 11/15/01, p.A24)

1990        Jan 14, The Denver Broncos and the San Francisco 49ers earned a trip to the Super Bowl by winning the American and National Football Conference championships.
    (AP, 1/14/00)

1991        Jan 14, With time running out before a United Nations deadline for Iraq to withdraw from Kuwait, Iraq’s National Assembly voted to give President Saddam Hussein full authority over the Persian Gulf crisis.
    (AP, 1/14/01)

1992        Jan 14, Historic Mideast peace talks continued in Washington, with Israel and Jordan holding their first-ever formal negotiations, and the Israelis continuing exchanges with Palestinian representatives.
    (AP, 1/14/02)

1993        Jan 14, Retreating from a campaign promise, President-elect Clinton said he would continue President Bush's policy of forcibly returning Haitian boat people to Haiti.
    (AP, 1/14/98)
1993        Jan 14, Talk show host David Letterman announced he was moving from NBC to CBS.
    (AP, 1/14/98)
1993        Jan 14, In Colombia the Galeras Volcano erupted as 15 people gathered at the crater. Only 6 survived. In 2001 Stanley Williams and Fen Montaigne authored “Surviving Galeras."
    (WSJ, 4/20/01, p.W12)

1994        Jan 14, In post-Cold War breakthroughs, President Clinton and Russian President Boris Yeltsin signed Kremlin accords to stop aiming missiles at any nation and to dismantle the nuclear arsenal of Ukraine.
    (AP, 1/14/99)
1994        Jan 14, In Phoenix, Ariz., Shane Stant, who admitted to being the "hit man" in the clubbing assault on figure skater Nancy Kerrigan, surrendered to authorities.
    (AP, 1/14/99)

1995        Jan 14, Pope John Paul II addressed a huge rally in Manila, urging young people to reject cynicism.
    (AP, 1/14/00)
1995        Jan 14, Russian troops in the breakaway republic of Chechnya captured the Council of Ministers building, a key rebel position in the capital Grozny.
    (AP, 1/14/00)

1996        Jan 14, The Pittsburgh Steelers defeated the Indianapolis Colts, 20-to-16, to win the AFC championship. The Dallas Cowboys beat the Green Bay Packers, 38-to-27, to win the NFC championship.
    (AP, 1/14/01)
1996        Jan 14, Eric Briault (84), English educationalist, died.
    (http://tinyurl.com/7jbmj)
1996        Jan 14, Several thousand government, Serb and Croat troops withdrew from their front-line trenches and bunkers across central and northeastern Bosnia, beating a deadline to create buffer zones.
    (AP, 1/14/01)

1997        Jan 14, The House Ethics Committee's ranking Democrat, Jim McDermott of Washington, removed himself from the investigation of Speaker Newt Gingrich, bowing to pressure concerning his role in the handling of an illegally taped phone call involving the House leader.
    (AP, 1/14/98)
1997        Jan 14, An agreement was reached on Hebron. Palestinian police would be allowed to carry limited-range weapons in buffer zones between them and Jewish settlers. Israel committed to reopening a central road and Palestinian market.
    (USAT, 1/15/97, p.9A)

1998        Jan 14, Whitewater prosecutors questioned Hillary Rodham Clinton at the White House for 10 minutes about the gathering of FBI background files on past Republican political appointees. Sources quoted Mrs. Clinton as saying she knew nothing about any such collection of files.
    (AP, 1/14/99)
1998        Jan 14, NBC agreed to pay Warner Bros. $13 million per episode to retain the highly-rated TV show "ER."
    (AP, 1/14/99)
1998        Jan 14, Internal company documents revealed that R.J. Reynolds actively advertised to lure teenagers as young as 12 to smoke cigarettes.
    (SFC, 1/15/98, p.A1)
1998        Jan 14, An int’l. agreement on Antarctica took effect that banned mining and oil drilling for 50 years and forbade a wide range of environmental hazards including pesticides and dogs.
    (SFC, 1/17/98, p.C16)
1988        Jan 14, The IMF and Indonesia agreed to a strengthened economic restructuring plan.
    (SFC, 1/15/98, p.A10)
1998        Jan 14, In Montenegro riot police clashed with some 10,000 protestors who attacked government buildings the day before the inauguration of Milan Djukanovic, who favored autonomy from Serbia.
    (WSJ, 1/15/98, p.A1)

1999        Jan 14, The Clinton administration planned to propose that the UN lift all limits on Iraq's ability to export oil to pay for food and medicine.
    (SFC, 1/14/99, p.A10)
1999        Jan 14, The Senate began opening arguments its trial of Pres. Clinton. Before a jury of 100 silent senators, House prosecutors demanded President Clinton's removal from office, charging he had "piled perjury upon perjury" and obstructed justice.
    (SFC, 1/14/99, p.A1)(SFC, 1/15/99, p.A1)(AP, 1/14/00)
1999        Jan 14, In Brazil the markets slumped for a 2nd day and closed down 10%.
    (SFC, 1/15/99, p.A12)
1999        Jan 14, In Colombia right-wing paramilitary groups announced they were willing to begin peace talks.
    (SFC, 1/15/99, p.A15)
1999        Jan 14, The EU voted against censure after EU Pres. Jacques Santer of Luxembourg pledged to impose a reform program to prevent fraud.
    (SFC, 1/15/99, p.A15)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacques_Santer)
1999        Jan 14, In Italy police arrested 9 people in Milan who allegedly rigged the Milan Lotto using children and tampered balls for drawing wining numbers.
    (SFC, 1/16/99, p.A10)
1999        Jan 14, In Japan the ruling Liberal Democrats under prime Minister Keizo Obuchi formed a coalition with the Liberal Democrats, a conservative rival.
    (SFC, 1/15/99, p.A15)
1999        Jan 14, Mexican officials authorized the first extradition of a major drug suspect to the US. Jesus Amezcua faced federal indictments for methamphetamine smuggling in California.
    (SFC, 1/15/99, p.A15)
1999        Jan 14, In Sierra Leone the rebel alliance was prepared for a cease-fire after Nigerian led forces took control of Freetown.
    (SFC, 1/15/99, p.A15)

2000        Jan 14, The US federal government announced the return of 84,000 acres in northern Utah to the Ute Indians. The land was taken in 1916 for the rights to oil shale reserves.
    (SFC, 1/14/00, p.A12)
2000        Jan 14, The Dow Jones reached a peak high.
    (NW, 3/17/03, p.44)
2000        Jan 14, In a massive demonstration demanding the return of Elian Gonzalez, tens of thousands of Cuban women marched to the U-S mission in Havana, waving Cuban flags and chanting, “Bring back our son!"
    (AP, 1/14/01)
2000        Jan 14, In Boston investigators found the bodies of 2 men and a woman believed to be the victims of mobsters Stephen "The Rifleman" Flemmi and James "Whitey" Bulger. One of the bodies was said to be Arthur "Bucky" Barrett, one of 6 men who stole $1.5 million in a 1980 bank robbery.
    (SFC, 1/15/00, p.A8)
2000        Jan 14, A UN tribunal sentenced five Bosnian Croat militiamen to up to 25 years in prison for a 1993 murder rampage that emptied a Bosnian village of every one of its Muslim inhabitants.
    (AP, 1/14/01)
2000        Jan 14, In Israel Lafi al-Rajabi (20), a Palestinian, died while under Israeli detention near Ariel. His body bore wounds, cuts and bruises. He had been arrested 7 months earlier for ties to criminal defendants and not carrying an ID card. An Israeli official said Lafi hanged himself and dismissed claims that he was abused.
    (SFC, 1/20/00, p.C16)(SFC, 1/21/00, p.D3)
2000        Jan 14, Russia published the 21-page "Concept on National Security" that detailed the scenarios under which it would use nuclear weapons.
    (SFC, 1/15/00, p.A10)
2000        Jan 14, It was reported that Swiss scientists had found a way to make rice rich in beta carotene, the source of Vitamin A.
    (SFC, 1/14/00, p.A7)

2001        Jan 14, The matchup for Super Bowl 35 was decided as the New York Giants shut out the Minnesota Vikings, 41-to-0, to win the NFC championship and the Baltimore Ravens beat the Oakland Raiders, 16-to-3, to gain the AFC title.
    (AP, 1/14/02)
2001        Jan 14, It was reported that power generators in California were suspected of shutting down power plants to sell high-valued natural gas contributing to high costs and power shortages.
    (SSFC, 1/14/01, p.A1)
2001        Jan 14, In Colombia 8 people were killed by at least 40 gunmen outside Valledupar in Cesar state. Right-wing paramilitaries were blamed.
    (SFC, 1/15/01, p.A15)
2001        Jan 14, In El Salvador aftershocks continued from the Jan 13 earthquake and the death toll climbed to over 400.
    (SFC, 1/15/01, p.A1)
2001        Jan 14, In Mongolia 9 people were killed when a Russian-made MI-8 helicopter crashed. The dead included 4 members of a UN disaster assessment team.
    (SFC, 1/15/01, p.A15)
2001        Jan 14, In Portugal Pres. Sampaio won re-election with 55.8% of the vote. The turnout was a record low.
    (WSJ, 1/15/01, p.A1)

2002        Jan 14, Two members of Congress released excerpts of a letter to Enron Chairman Kenneth Lay the previous August in which Enron executive Sherron Watkins warned of the reckless practices that eventually brought down the energy-trading giant.
    (AP, 1/14/03)
2002        Jan 14, US warplanes began to seal caves near Khost, Afghanistan.
    (WSJ, 1/15/02, p.A1)
2002        Jan 14, In Colombia the government and FARC rebels agreed to salvage peace talks.
    (SFC, 1/15/02, p.A9)
2002        Jan 14, An Israeli bomb in the West Bank killed Raed Karmi (27), a Palestinian militia leader. A short time later a Palestinian gunmen killed an Israeli and wounded another in a roadside ambush.
    (SFC, 1/15/02, p.A8)
2002        Jan 14, In Pakistan police continued a round-up of Islamic militants and increased the number of detainees to nearly 1,500.
    (SFC, 1/15/02, p.A10)
2002        Jan 14, PM Bulent Ecevit of Turkey began a 5-day visit to Washington.
    (WSJ, 1/14/02, p.A12)
2002        Jan 14, The World Trade Organization decided the European Union could ask for punitive tariffs on U.S. imports.
    (AP, 1/14/03)

2003        Jan 14, Kmart Corporation announced its biggest round of cutbacks yet, saying it would close 326 more stores and eliminate 37,000 more jobs in hopes of getting out of bankruptcy by the end of April 2003. Kmart emerged from Chapter 11 protection in May 2003.
    (AP, 1/14/08)
2003        Jan 14, Thousands of General Electric Company employees across the country began a two-day strike to protest higher health insurance costs.
    (AP, 1/14/04)
2003        Jan 14, Hundreds of American soldiers arrived in Israel for joint maneuvers with anti-missile defenses, aimed at protecting against any Iraqi strikes if the United States attacks Iraq.
    (AP, 1/15/03)
2003        Jan 14, In England Constable Stephen Oake was stabbed to death during a raid on a Manchester apartment associated with terror suspects and the poison ricin.
    (SFC, 1/17/03, p.A12)
2003        Jan 14, North Korea said that it was running out of patience and warned it was prepared to exercise "options" in its dispute with the United States over its nuclear activities.
    (AP, 1/14/03)

2004        Jan 14, Pres. Bush proposed a new space program that would send humans back to the moon by 2015 and establish a base to Mars and beyond. Bush said he would seek $12 billion for the initial stages of the plan.
    (SFC, 1/15/04, p.A1)(WSJ, 1/15/04, p.A1)
2004        Jan 14, Andrew Fastow, former Enron finance chief, agreed to a 10-year prison sentence and to help prosecutors build a case against Enron's executive officers. His wife, former Enron assistant treasurer Lea Fastow (42), received a 5-month prison sentence.
    (SFC, 1/15/04, p.B3)
2004        Jan 14, J.P. Morgan reported plans to take over Bank One Corp. for $58 billion in stock.
    (WSJ, 1/15/04, p.A1)
2004        Jan 14, Former Pres. Clinton announced an agreement with 5 medical technology companies to reduce the cost of tests for HIV-AIDS treatment in Africa and the Caribbean.
    (SFC, 1/15/04, p.A1)
2004        Jan 14, The US Army launched an inquiry into conditions at Abu Ghraib prison a day after photos of abused prisoners were passed up the chain of command.
    (WSJ, 5/7/04, p.A1)
2004        Jan 14, Joaquin Nin-Culmell (95), composer and younger brother of writer Anais Nin, died in Berkeley, Ca.
    (SFC, 1/16/04, p.A1)
2004        Jan 14, Uta Hagen (84), German-born Broadway actress, died. Her work included the role of Martha in the 1962 Albee play "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolfe."
    (SFC, 1/16/04, p.A23)
2004        Jan 14, Ron O'Neal (66), actor, died in Los Angeles.
    (AP, 1/14/05)
2004        Jan 14, In Canada a freight train traveling over a bridge east of Toronto derailed sending massive containers plummeting onto the road, killing two women in a van who were driving by.
    (AP, 1/15/04)
2004        Jan 14, In Iraq a suicide bomber detonated a bomb at a police station in Baqouba that killed 2 passers-by and wounded 26 others.
    (SFC, 1/15/04, p.A8)
2004        Jan 14, A UN agency said Libya has ratified the nuclear test ban treaty. The treaty is 12 nations short of the 44 ratifications needed for it to enter into force. Once it comes into force, the treaty bans any nuclear weapon test explosion in any environment.
    (AP, 1/14/04)
2004        Jan 14, Reem al-Reyashi (22), Palestinian mother of two, blew herself up at the main crossing point between Israel and the Gaza Strip, killing at least 4 Israelis and wounding 7 other people.
    (AP, 1/14/04)(SFC, 1/15/04, p.A3)
2004        Jan 14, In Spain Mohammed Kamal Mustafa, imam of the southern town of Fuengirola, was given a suspended sentence of to 15 months in prison. Spanish women's associations hailed the conviction of the Islamic cleric who advised Muslims how to beat their wives.
    (AP, 1/15/04)

2005        Jan 14, The US Justice Department's Office of the Inspector General released an unclassified summary of its investigation into the March, 2002, termination of Sibel Edmonds. She had discovered and reported several problems inside the FBI, including shoddy translation work, a large backlog of untranslated documents and employees with questionable alliances. The report concluded that Edmonds was fired for reporting serious security breaches and misconduct in the agency's translation program, and that many of her allegations were supported.
    (www.fbi.gov/pressrel/pressrel05/011405.htm)
2005        Jan 14, Army Specialist Charles Graner Jr., the reputed ringleader of a band of rogue guards at the Abu Ghraib prison, was convicted at Fort Hood, Texas, of abusing Iraqi detainees. He was later sentenced to 10 years in prison.
    (AP, 1/14/06)
2005        Jan 14, Oracle Corp. announced that it would fire some 5,000 employees of PeopleSoft following the recent $10.3 billion merger.
    (SFC, 1/15/05, p.A1)
2005        Jan 14, In Park City, Utah, 5 people were feared buried by a massive avalanche.
    (AP, 1/15/05)
2005        Jan 14, Charlotte MacLeod (82), mystery writer, died in Lewiston, Maine.
    (AP, 1/14/06)
2005        Jan 14, The European space probe Huygens landed on Saturn's moon Titan, sending back images of what scientists were calling the strangest landscape in the solar system. Pictures showed a pale orange surface covered by a thin haze of methane and what appears to be a methane sea complete with islands and a mist-shrouded coastline.
    (AP, 1/14/06)(http://huygens.esa.int/science-e/www/object/index.cfm?fobjectid=36280)
2005        Jan 14, Brian Blackburn (62), a retired British policeman who killed his terminally-ill wife in a suicide pact, walked free with a suspended jail sentence after the court called him a "loving husband."
    (AP, 1/14/05)
2005        Jan 14, A mentally disturbed soldier killed five of his fellow troopers during a shooting spree at an army base in southwest Colombia.
    (AP, 1/14/05)
2005        Jan 14, A strike brought the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo to a standstill as public transport shut down and businesses remained closed in protest at the possible postponement of elections.
    (AFP, 1/14/05)
2005        Jan 14, Prague Mayor Pavel Bem got a close-up look at how the city's notorious taxi drivers operate this week when he went undercover for a ride and was overcharged by some 500 percent.
    (Reuters, 1/14/05)
2005        Jan 14, Assailants robbed and severely beat two reporters for Haiti's largest newspaper while the journalists were covering a cleanup effort by U.N. peacekeepers in a slum.
    (AP, 1/15/05)
2005        Jan 14, An Iraqi bus collided with a U.S. tank that was on patrol, killing six of the bus passengers and injuring eight.
    (AP, 1/14/05)
2005        Jan 14, Attackers fired on a bus carrying Iraqi national guard members west of Baghdad, kidnapping 15 guardsmen and leaving the bus in flames.
    (AP, 1/14/05)
2005        Jan 14, Israel sealed off the Gaza Strip but signaled it will hold off on harsh retaliation for an attack by Palestinian militants.
    (AP, 1/14/05)
2005        Jan 14, In Kosovo a Nigerian UN peacekeeper was killed when his car exploded as he drove to work.
    (WSJ, 1/14/05, p.A1)
2005        Jan 14, Over 750 Mexican federal police and soldiers seized control over the nation's top-security prison amid reports of a planned escape, possible murder plots and a jailhouse alliance between two reputed drug trafficking kingpins.
    (AP, 1/14/05)(SFC, 1/15/05, p.A3)
2005        Jan 14, Nicaragua’s feuding leaders vowed to try to solve a political crisis, a day after Congress passed a law restricting the powers of President Enrique Bolanos.
    (AP, 1/15/05)
2005        Jan 14, A Rwanda official estimated 1 million Rwandans, an eighth of the population, are expected to be tried in traditional "gacaca" village courts for alleged participation in the 1994 genocide.
    (AP, 1/16/05)
2005        Jan 14, President Hugo Chavez said that diplomatic and commercial relations with Colombia would be put on hold until it apologizes for paying bounty hunters to abduct a rebel leader from inside Venezuela.
    (AP, 1/14/05)

2006        Jan 14, Johnny Weir won his third straight title at the US Figure Skating championships; Sasha Cohen won the women's division; Michelle Kwan was given a berth on the U.S. Olympic figure skating team.
    (AP, 1/14/07)
2006        Jan 14, It was reported that Dr. Alexandra Imre and colleagues of the Univ. of Notre Dame, Indiana, had constructed logic gates from tiny magnets. Until this time electrical charge was used for data processing, while electrical spin was used for data storage.
    (Econ, 1/14/06, p.78)
2006        Jan 14, Christopher Penley (15) was shot by a SWAT team in a Longwood, Fl., middle school when his pellet gun was mistaken for real pistol. Penley died the next day.
    (SSFC, 1/15/06, p.A5)
2006        Jan 14, Shelley Winters (b.1922), Hollywood film star born in St. Louis as Shirley Schrift, died in Beverly Hills. Her 99 films included “A Patch of Blue" (1965) and “Lolita" (1962).
    (SSFC, 1/15/06, p.B7)
2006        Jan 14, In Afghanistan gunmen killed Mohammed Khaksar, a former Taliban leader. He had renounced the hard-line Islamic regime after it was ousted in late 2001 and had since supported Afghanistan's U.S.-backed government.
    (AP, 1/14/06)
2006        Jan 14, In southern China scores of protesters were wounded and a girl was killed as hundreds of police used electric batons and tear gas to quell a land protest.
    (AP, 1/15/06)(WSJ, 1/17/06, p.A1)
2006        Jan 14, Egypt and France were locked in legal wrangling over a decommissioned aircraft carrier containing asbestos, leaving the French warship stranded off the Egyptian coast for the third day running.
    (AFP, 1/14/06)
2006        Jan 14, The European Commission cleared 3 types of genetically modified corn made by Monsanto Co. for use in the EU.
    (WSJ, 1/16/06, p.A13)
2006        Jan 14, The chief judge in Saddam Hussein's trial (Rizgar Mohammed Amin) submitted his resignation. He was succeeded by Raouf Rasheed Abdel-Rahman. An Iraqi sailor was killed and nine were captured by an Iranian Navy vessel during a skirmish in the Gulf near the southern Iraqi city of Basra. Iraqi coast guardsmen were pursuing suspected oil smugglers in disputed territorial waters. 
    (AP, 1/17/06)(SFC, 1/18/06, p.A7)(AP, 1/14/07)
2006        Jan 14, Tens of thousands of women marched through Milan to demand Italy keep its liberal abortion law intact while gays rallied in Rome to push for legal recognition for homosexual couples.
    (AP, 1/14/06)
2006        Jan 14, Japan’s Fire and Disaster Management Agency said the death toll from heavy snow reached 87 as relatively mild weather over the weekend sparked several avalanches.
    (AFP, 1/14/06)
2006        Jan 14, In Bamako, Mali, China unveiled plans to boost its ties with Africa, outlining a new relationship with the continent based on a "win-win" concept of economic and military cooperation.
    (AFP, 1/15/06)
2006        Jan 14, In Nepal Maoist rebels assaulted two police stations on the outskirts Kathmandu, killing 12 and wounding six.
    (AP, 1/14/06)
2006        Jan 14, Sadatu Abubakar Rimi, the wife of a senior Nigerian opposition figure, was hacked to death in the early hours by suspected hired assassins.
    (Reuters, 1/14/06)
2006        Jan 14, Pakistan condemned a purported CIA airstrike on a border village, and said it was protesting to the U.S. Embassy over the attack that killed at least 18 people.
    (AP, 1/14/06)(WSJ, 1/16/06, p.A1)
2006        Jan 14, In southwestern Romania 7 miners were killed and five injured in a gas explosion at a mine. Union leaders blamed it on a lack of investment in safety measures.
    (AP, 1/14/06)

2007        Jan 14, President Bush, facing opposition from both parties over his plan to send more troops to Iraq, said on CBS' "60 Minutes" that he had the authority to act no matter what Congress wanted. On "Fox News Sunday," Vice President Dick Cheney asserted that lawmakers' criticism would not influence Bush's plans and he dismissed any effort to "run a war by committee."
    (AP, 1/14/08)
2007        Jan 14, In Oklahoma a minivan carrying 12 people skidded off an icy highway and slammed into an oncoming tractor-trailer, killing seven.
    (AP, 1/14/07)
2007        Jan 14, Scientists said they have pinpointed a new gene (SORL1) linked to Alzheimer's disease, the incurable brain disorder that is the top cause of dementia in the elderly.
    (Reuters, 1/15/07)
2007        Jan 14, Darlene Conley (72), a veteran stage, film and television actress, died in Los Angeles. She entertained daytime audiences for nearly two decades as the feisty fashion mogul Sally Spectra on "The Bold and the Beautiful."
    (AP, 1/16/07)
2007        Jan 14, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton ate breakfast with soldiers from New York and Indiana at the main US base in Afghanistan before meeting with the top American general in Afghanistan and Afghan President Hamid Karzai. After leaving Kabul, Clinton went to Lahore, Pakistan, where she met with the Pakistani president, Gen. Pervez Musharraf. A suicide bomber blew himself up near a convoy of foreign construction workers and Afghan soldiers in southern Afghanistan, wounding one civilian.
    (AP, 1/14/07)
2007        Jan 14, ASEAN leaders meeting in the Philippines signed an agreement to liberalize the trade in services between China and ASEAN countries.
    (Econ, 1/20/07, p.54)
2007        Jan 14, Australia's Environment Minister Ian Campbell told national radio that Japanese whaling ships on their annual hunt in the Antarctic are banned from docking in Australia and should use restraint in looming clashes with protesters.
    (AFP, 1/15/07)
2007        Jan 14, Belarus held local elections. Government loyalists appeared to sweep the local elections, as President Alexander Lukashenko retained a firm grip over the former Soviet nation. Belarus opposition and human rights activists denounced the vote as rigged, and the United States and the European Union said it failed to meet democratic standards.
    (AP, 1/15/07)
2007        Jan 14, France's interior minister, Nicolas Sarkozy, formally clinched the ruling conservatives' presidential nomination.
    (AP, 1/14/07)
2007        Jan 14, Guatemala's Pres. Oscar Berger declined to read his state-of-the nation speech to Congress, instead sending a written version to lawmakers after violent clashes erupted between protesting teachers and police outside the legislative building.
    (AP, 1/15/07)
2007        Jan 14, The US military said 5 Iranians arrested in northern Iraq last week were connected to an Iranian Revolutionary Guard faction that funds and arms insurgents in Iraq. At least 78 people were reported killed or found dead, including 41 bullet-riddled bodies discovered in Baghdad. The US military also said two American soldiers died from roadside bombs in Baghdad.
    (AP, 1/14/07)(AP, 1/15/07)
2007        Jan 14, A court convicted Sheik Talal Nasser Al Sabah, a member of Kuwait's ruling family, for drug trafficking and condemned him to death.
    (AP, 1/15/07)
2007        Jan 14, Gunmen burst into the home of Jaime Meraz Martinez, a political leader in the northern Mexican state of Durango, and fatally shot him, two family members and an employee.
    (AP, 1/15/07)
2007        Jan 14, In Nicaragua Iran's Pres. Ahmadinejad, touring Latin America in search of an alliance of "revolutionary countries," said the US is trying to hide its failures in Iraq by accusing his nation of funding insurgents there.
    (AP, 1/15/07)
2007        Jan 14, In Nigeria 12 chiefs from various delta communities were killed overnight when assailants attacked their boat.
    (AP, 1/16/07)
2007        Jan 14, Hurricane-strength winds whipped across southwestern Sweden, leaving more than 100,000 households without power and causing major disruptions in train and boat traffic across Scandinavia.
    (AP, 1/14/07)
2007        Jan 14, An African Union delegation was in Somalia's capital to discuss the deployment of peacekeepers, as the government struggled to disarm Mogadishu residents reluctant to give up their guns after years of fending for themselves amid chaos.
    (AP, 1/14/07)
2007        Jan 14, Two passenger trains collided near a beach resort town south of Bangkok, killing three people and injuring more than 100 others.
    (AP, 1/14/07)
2007        Jan 14, Gulbakhor Turayeva, an Uzbek doctor and rights advocate, was arrested for allegedly possessing banned literature. She claimed to have seen hundreds of bodies in the bloody crackdown of the 2005 Andijan uprising.
    (AP, 1/17/07)

2008        Jan 14, The trial of US film actor Wesley Snipes began regarding unpaid taxes from 1999-2004. During this period he earned $38 million and paid no taxes under advice from 2 tax professionals, who cited section 861 of the federal tax code.
    (SFC, 1/14/08, p.A2)
2008        Jan 14, The NASA space probe Messenger skimmed 124 miles above Mercury in the first of 3 passes before it settles into orbit in 2011.
    (SFC, 1/14/08, p.A20)
2008        Jan 14, A 30-year-old Boeing 747, outfitted by NASA with a telescope, stopped at Ames Research Center in Mountain View, Ca. The Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) was expected to begin scientific flights in 2009.
    (SFC, 1/15/08, p.B3)
2008        Jan 14, California officials confirmed that zebra mussels have been found in the San Justo Reservoir, a dam near Hollister. This type of mussel was first detected in the US in the Great lakes in 1989 and has spread like a plague. Colorado officials earlier this month confirmed zebra mussels in Lake Pueblo.
    (SFC, 1/25/08, p.B1)(http://tinyurl.com/2nojd2)
2008        Jan 14, In Indianapolis two mothers and their 2 babies were shot and killed. 2 men were seen running form the victim’s home. Four men were later arrested in connection with the fatal shootings.
    (SFC, 1/16/08, p.A4)(AP, 1/20/08)
2008        Jan 14, Richard Knerr (82), co-founder of the toy company that popularized the Hula Hoop, Frisbee and other fads that became classics, died. Knerr started Wham-O in 1948 with his childhood friend Arthur "Spud" Melin.
    (AP, 1/17/08)
2008        Jan 14, In Afghanistan militants with suicide vests, grenades and AK-47 rifles attacked Kabul's most popular luxury hotel, killing 8 people in a coordinated assault. Three hotel employees and two guards were killed during the attack along with an American citizen and a Norwegian reporter. A Filipina spa supervisor wounded in the attack died the next day.
    (AP, 1/15/08)
2008        Jan 14, The British government said all visitors to Britain requiring visas will have to be fingerprinted starting today.
    (AP, 1/14/08)
2008        Jan 14, A Chinese cargo ship sank in high waves off western Taiwan, leaving 12 seamen missing.
    (AP, 1/14/08)
2008        Jan 14, Alvaro Colom (56) was sworn in for a four-year term as president of Guatemala, along with Vice President Rafael Espada, who gave up a decades-long medical career in Texas to return to Guatemala last year as Colom's running mate.
    (AP, 1/14/08)
2008        Jan 14, In India hundreds of residents were evacuated as a towering fire in a central Calcutta market burned for the third straight day. Some 2,500 shops have been destroyed in the blaze, although there have been no serious injuries or deaths reported.
    (AP, 1/14/08)
2008        Jan 14, In Iraq gunmen assassinated Sunni Judge Amir Jawdat al-Naeib as he headed to work in Baghdad. Gunmen who apparently followed two Iraqi soldiers from a military camp opened fire on them, killing both. To the north in Buhriz, a booby-trapped house exploded as Iraqi police searched the building. A police officer and 2 members of the local Awakening Council were killed. Haji Uday, a senior member of the Awakening Council in Baquba was killed in a collision with a dump truck. In Kut  4 people were killed when US troops opened fire in an intersection. Alternately the US military said a suspected criminal was killed when 2 vehicles failed to stop as they approached a US-Iraqi patrol in Kut.
    (AP, 1/14/08)(SFC, 1/15/08, p.A15)
2008        Jan 14, PM Ehud Olmert told a powerful parliamentary panel that Israel rejects "no options" to block Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons.
    (AP, 1/14/08)
2008        Jan 14, Kazakhstan’s state oil company Kazmunaigas said it has ended a long-running conflict with a group of Western majors over ownership of the Kashagan oil field, one of the world's largest new deposits.
    (AFP, 1/14/08)
2008        Jan 14, In Mexico Tijuana District Commander Jose de Jesus Arias Rico and his assistant Elbert Escobedo Marquez were riddled with bullets as they traveled in a private vehicle after finishing their shift. A car chase and shootout between Tijuana municipal police and at least two people who allegedly tried to rob an armored car after it made a cash pickup at a bank. One suspect was killed and another was wounded.
    (AP, 1/15/08)
2008        Jan 14, Pakistani security forces killed 23 Taliban fighters and lost seven of their own men during clashes, while a Taliban spokesman said 17 troopers were captured. A bomb killed 10 people in Karachi as Pres. Musharraf was visiting, sparking violent protests. Six British detectives left Pakistan bound for London with evidence collected from their investigation into the assassination of Pakistani opposition leader Benazir Bhutto.
    (Reuters, 1/14/08)(AP, 1/14/08)(AFP, 1/15/08)
2008        Jan 14, Russia’s Foreign Ministry said no more visas will be issued for new British Council expatriate employees in Saint Petersburg and Yekaterinburg, accreditation renewals for existing employees will be blocked and a tax inquiry will be launched against the Saint Petersburg office after a British cultural organization reopened offices in defiance of an order to close. Russia last month ordered the closure of the two regional offices of the British Council, a nonprofit organization that acts as the cultural arm of the British Embassy, saying they were operating illegally.
    (AFP, 1/14/08)(AP, 1/14/08)
2008        Jan 14, In Saudi Arabia President Bush, on his first visit to this oil-rich kingdom, delivered a major arms sale to its ally in a region.
    (AP, 1/14/08)
2008        Jan 14, The Serbian government said has adopted a secret plan to implement "in case of a unilateral declaration of independence" by Kosovo.
    (Reuters, 1/14/08)
2008        Jan 14, In South Africa Johan Nel (18), wearing camouflage and carrying a rifle, began firing on a group of children as he took a path through the settlement just outside the village of Swartruggens. His shooting rampage in the black settlement left four people dead, including a mother and her infant. His father handed him over to police. In November Nel pleaded guilty as his trial started.
    (AP, 1/24/08)(AP, 11/17/08)
2008        Jan 14, In Sri Lanka Japanese mediator Yasushi Akashi met with Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama and President Mahinda Rajapaksa during the envoy's three-day visit. Government fighter jets attacked a Tamil Tiger intelligence and military base in Kombavikulam in a rebel-held area. A second air raid destroyed a rebel artillery position in a village in Mannar. The military said a wave of pitched battles, bombings and an airstrike killed at least 22 guerrillas and 2 soldiers in northern Sri Lanka. Rebels said they held off a major military offensive in Mannar in a battle that killed at least 30 soldiers and three rebels.
    (AP, 1/15/08)(AFP, 1/15/08)
2008        Jan 14, A rebel chief said Sudanese warplanes have been bombing rebel positions around the town of Geneina for the past three days in a bid to break the siege on the West Darfur state capital. Local media said gunmen stormed a Darfur prison, setting free at least 90 detainees, as sporadic violence continued to erupt throughout the western Sudanese region. A UN official in South Darfur said the attack appeared to have been conducted by fighters from the Salamat tribe of nomadic Arabs, who escaped with several of the detainees also believed to be Salamat. The Salamat and other Darfur nomadic tribes are among the groups suspected of belonging to the janjaweed.
    (AFP, 1/14/08)(AP, 1/14/08)
2008        Jan 14, Taiwan reported that Malawi has cut diplomatic ties with Taiwan in favor of relations with China, which has been using its rising political and economic clout to reduce the number of countries who recognize the island. Chinese state media said Beijing and Malawi had established diplomatic relations late last month.
    (AP, 1/14/08)
2008        Jan 14, In southern Thailand suspected Muslim insurgents killed eight soldiers, leaving one beheaded, in a bomb and shooting attack.
    (AP, 1/14/08)

2009        Jan 14, The US stimulus plan’s price tag, originally estimated at $775 billion, neared $850 billion as a result of negotiator’s decisions to emphasize investments to spur job creation.
    (WSJ, 1/15/09, p.A1)
2009        Jan 14, In Atlanta, Georgia, a federal appeals court upheld the state’s voter ID law.
    (WSJ, 1/30/09, p.A13)
2009        Jan 14, Trammell Crow (b.1914, Texas real estate developer, died. His projects included the Dallas Decorative Center (1955) and the 10-million square foot Dallas Market Center. In the 1970s and 1980s Crow was the nation’s biggest real estate developer. In 1981 he founded Wyndham Co., which became one of the nation’s largest hotel chains. 
    (WSJ, 1/17/09, p.A5)
2009        Jan 14, Ricardo Montalban (b.1920), the Mexican-born actor,  died at his home in Los Angeles. His 1980 autobiography was titled "Reflections: A Life in Two Worlds." He became a star in splashy MGM musicals and later as the wish-fulfilling Mr. Roarke in TV's "Fantasy Island" (1978-1984).
    (AP, 1/15/09)
2009        Jan 14, Al-Qaida chief Osama bin Laden urged Muslims to launch a jihad against Israel and condemned Arab governments as allies of the Jewish state in a new message aimed at harnessing anger in the Mideast over the Gaza offensive.
    (AP, 1/14/09)
2009        Jan 14, In Afghanistan 2 British NATO soldiers were killed in a blast in southern Helmand province.
    (AFP, 1/15/09)
2009        Jan 14, In Brazil Cesare Battisti (54), a leftist fugitive who wrote police thrillers while evading a life sentence for two political murders, was granted refugee status in Brazil and an official said he could go free this week. Italy's government protested the decision. Battisti escaped from an Italian prison in 1981 while awaiting trial on four counts of murder allegedly committed when he was a member of the Armed Proletarians for Communism. He fled to France and reinvented himself as a mystery writer. Battisti has repeatedly insisted on his innocence. On March 5, 2010, he was sentenced to two years in prison for passport fraud.
    (AP, 1/14/09)(AFP, 3/6/10)
2009        Jan 14, Canada’s Nortel Networks Corp, North America's biggest telephone equipment maker, filed for bankruptcy, hoping to save a once high-flying business whose decade-long decline has accelerated with the global economic crisis.
    (Reuters, 1/14/09)
2009        Jan 14, Jan Kaplicky (b.1937), a British-based Czech architect, died in Prague just hours after his wife Eliska gave birth to their daughter Johanka. He designed the award-winning media center at Lord's cricket ground in London.
    (AP, 1/15/09)
2009        Jan 14, The developer of a Dubai skyscraper set to soar two-thirds of a mile said it's halting work on the project for a year as the boomtown grapples with the financial crisis.
    (AP, 1/14/09)
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 14, A French court acquitted six doctors and pharmacists in the deaths of at least 114 people who contracted a brain-destroying disease after being treated with tainted human growth hormones.
    (AP, 1/14/09)
2009        Jan 14, Shares in Deutsche Bank, Germany's biggest bank, slumped after it announced massive losses for the fourth quarter and new terms for its takeover of giant retail lender Postbank.
    (AP, 1/14/09)
2009        Jan 14, In Iraq two people were killed and two wounded in a suicide car bombing in the northern city of Mosul.
    (AP, 1/14/09)
2009        Jan 14, Italian police arrested Giovanni Setola, a top Mafia fugitive, who had eluded capture earlier this week by climbing through a trap door and into a sewer below his hideout.
    (AP, 1/14/09)
2009        Jan 14, Guerrillas in Lebanon rocketed northern Israel for the second time in a week, drawing Israeli artillery fire and threatening to drag the Jewish state into a second front as diplomatic efforts to broker a truce in Gaza intensified. Gaza health ministry official Dr. Moaiya Hassanain said the offensive has killed 1,000 Palestinians, about half of them civilians, including 300 children. The Israeli navy intercepted an Iranian ship loaded with medicine, food and clothing destined for Gaza and forced the vessel to Egypt instead. Palestinian surveyors estimated that Israel's fierce assault on Gaza's Hamas rulers has destroyed at least $1.4 billion worth of buildings, roads, pipes, power lines and other infrastructure.
    (AP, 1/14/09)
2009        Jan 14, Police in Indian-controlled Kashmir said they have arrested Mohammed Ahsan Dar, the founder and commander of the region's largest rebel group, calling it a major setback for the separatists.
    (AP, 1/14/09)
2009        Jan 14, Pakistan reopened a supply route for NATO and US forces in Afghanistan after tribesmen ended a three-day blockade. Thousands of people protested in Quetta after four police officers were shot dead in what an official said was a sectarian attack against Shiites.
    (AP, 1/14/09)
2009        Jan 14, Philippine officials said weeklong rains have triggered flash floods, landslides and sea surges across the Philippines, leaving at least 11 people dead and another 8 missing.
    (AP, 1/14/09)
2009        Jan 14, Russia and Ukraine wrangled over gas supplies again. Bulgaria and Slovakia, cut off by the row for a freezing week, launched missions to plead for Russian gas flow to be restored.
    (Reuters, 1/14/09)
2009        Jan 14, Saudi Arabia's most senior cleric was quoted as saying it is permissible for 10-year-old girls to marry and those who think they're too young are doing the girls an injustice.
    (AP, 1/14/09)
2009        Jan 14, In Somalia Islamic insurgents fired mortar rounds at the presidential palace and clashed with government forces, leaving at least five civilians dead a day after Ethiopian troops handed over security duties.
    (AP, 1/14/09)
2009        Jan 14, South Africa’s health ministry said the death toll from a cholera outbreak has risen to 15, with more than 2,100 cases registered in a spillover from Zimbabwe's epidemic. The UN said the death toll from Zimbabwe's cholera outbreak has risen to 2,106.
    (AP, 1/14/09)
2009        Jan 14, South Korea's Chosun Ilbo newspaper said North Korean leader Kim Jong Il has reportedly ordered a crackdown on street markets in an apparent move to reassert control over the economy amid an influx of foreign goods into the isolated country.
    (AP, 1/14/09)
2009        Jan 14, Sri Lankan defense officials said troops have established total control over the northern peninsula of Jaffna after flushing out the last remaining pockets of rebel resistance.
    (AFP, 1/14/09)
2009        Jan 14, Sudanese security officers arrested iconic opposition leader Hassan al-Turabi (76) two days after he urged the head of state to surrender to the International Criminal Court. Al-Turabi was freed on March 9.
    (AP, 1/14/09)(Reuters, 3/9/09)
2009        Jan 14, The UN Security Council authorized 5,200 UN peacekeepers to replace a 3,300-strong EU force in Chad and Central African Republic, which have been seriously affected by fighting in neighboring Sudan's Darfur region.
    (AP, 1/14/09)
2009        Jan 14, Venezuelan lawmakers approved a proposed constitutional amendment that would allow President Hugo Chavez to run for re-election indefinitely, the final step before the proposal goes before voters in a referendum.
    (AP, 1/14/09)
2009        Jan 14, Venezuela and Bolivia broke off diplomatic relations with Israel to protest its military offensive in Gaza.
    (AP, 1/14/09)

2010        Jan 14, Pres. Obama proposed that as many as 50 financial firms with assets greater than $50 billion each be hit by a levy to help recoup taxpayer bailout money and trim the federal budget deficit. The “Financial Crisis Responsibility Fee" was proposed to cover taxpayer losses of $117 billion on the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP).
    (AP, 1/14/10)(SFC, 1/15/10, p.D1)(Econ, 1/16/10, p.73)
2010        Jan 14, US union leaders bowed to White House demands for a new tax on high-cost medical insurance plans. The tentative agreement included significant concessions by the Obama administration.
    (SFC, 1/15/10, p.A6)
2010        Jan 14, The Doomsday Clock, set up in 1947, was set back 1 minute for the first time in its 63-year history. In moving the clock from 5 minutes before midnight to 6 minutes before midnight, scientists expressed optimism for humanity's future. The actual clock is housed at the Bulletin of Atomic Sciences (BAS) office in Chicago, Ill.
    (http://news.yahoo.com/s/livescience/doomsdaydeferredendofworldclocksetback1minute)
2010        Jan 14, Los Angeles-based Gipson Hoffman & Pancione, the law firm representing a Santa Barbara company that sued China for allegedly pirating its Internet content filtering software, said its attorneys on Jan 11 started received emails containing Trojans, which can allow outside access to the target's computer.
    (AP, 1/14/10)
2010        Jan 14, In Florida Chad Reed (33), a Dixie County sheriff’s deputy, died in a shootout with a man suspected of killing his sister and another woman near Brooksville. John Kalisz (55) was wounded in the shootout.
    (AP, 1/16/10)
2010        Jan 14, In Massachusetts Phoebe Prince (15), an Irish immigrant, hanged herself following extensive bullying at South Hadley High School. 9 teenagers later faced charges including statutory rape by 2 boys and criminal harassment by 9 girls.
    (SFC, 3/30/10, p.A10)
2010        Jan 14, In Afghanistan a suicide bomber apparently planning to attack a meeting of NATO and tribal officials blew himself up in a busy market district in Dihrawud, Uruzgan province, killing at least 20 people, making it the deadliest attack against civilians in more than three months. Another suicide bomber targeted a police patrol in the southern town of Musa Qala, killing an Afghan national police officer and wounding four civilians.
    (AP, 1/14/10)
2010        Jan 14, Austrian scientists stopped a 2-week old avalanche experiment that involved burying pigs in snow and monitoring their deaths, following vehement protests by animal rights activists.
    (SFC, 1/15/10, p.A2)
2010        Jan 14, Hundreds of Bulgarians protested against planned legal amendments allowing mass monitoring of emails, electronic messages and phone calls to fight crime and corruption.
    (AP, 1/14/10)
2010        Jan 14, Colombia extradited William Suarez (42), a suspect in the nation's most notorious pyramid scheme, to face trial in the United States. Suarez was the principal partner of his brother-in-law David Murcia, creator of the company DMG, which offered investors interest rates far above what banks offer, but was actually a pyramid scheme that bilked Colombians out of millions of dollars.
    (AP, 1/14/10)
2010        Jan 14, In Haiti planes carrying teams from China, France and Spain landed at Port-au-Prince's airport with searchers and tons of food, medicine and other supplies, with more promised from around the globe. Tens of thousands were feared dead in the Jan 12 earthquake and the international Red Cross estimated 3 million people, a third of the 9 million population, may need emergency relief.
    (AP, 1/14/10)(Econ, 1/16/10, p.38)
2010        Jan 14, In India hundreds of thousands of Hindus bathed in waters considered sacred across large parts of India to mark the start of a religious festival. In West Bengal state six women were among seven people killed in a stampede as thousands bathed at the confluence of Ganges river and the Bay of Bengal.
    (AP, 1/14/10)
2010        Jan 14, Iraq's electoral commission barred 500 candidates from running in March's parliamentary election, including a prominent Sunni lawmaker, in a decision that is sure to deepen Iraq's sectarian divides. A Baghdad court sentenced 11 Iraqis to death by hanging after convicting them of carrying out the first of a series of audacious attacks on Aug 19, 2009, targeting government buildings in the heart of the city.
    (AP, 1/14/10)
2010        Jan 14, In Jordan there was an attack on a convoy of Israeli diplomats heading home for the weekend. It was the first roadside bombing in Jordan and exposed a security gap for Israeli diplomats. On Jan 31 a Jordanian security official said authorities have arrested dozens of Muslim militants in connection with the failed bomb attack.
    (AP, 1/31/10)
2010        Jan 14, Mongolia's Pres. Elbegdorj Tsakhia announced a moratorium on the death penalty, a move that rights groups welcomed as a step toward changing Mongolian law to ban executions permanently.
    (AP, 1/14/10)
2010        Jan 14, Key southern African leaders gathered in the Mozambican capital Maputo for a special summit on the political crises in Zimbabwe and Madagascar. Leaders called for a return to dialogue in the ongoing political crisis in Madagascar. A medical aid group said Zimbabweans crossing illegally into neighboring South Africa after holidays at home are being raped and robbed by gangs on both sides of the border.
    (AFP, 1/14/10)(AP, 1/14/10)
2010        Jan 14, In Pakistan at least four missiles from unmanned drones pounded a militant training camp in the morning along the remote and mountainous border area between Taliban strongholds North and South Waziristan. The US drone missile strike targeted Pakistani Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud, but the militia denied reports that he was among the15 killed. Abdul Basit Usman, a Filipino militant wanted by the US, was believed to have been killed in an American drone strike close to the Afghan border. Another 11 militants were also killed in the strike on a militant compound.
    (AFP, 1/14/10)(AP, 1/21/10)
2010        Jan 14, In Panama former Pres. Ernesto Perez Balladares (194-1999) was put under house arrest while authorities investigate accusations that he laundered money.
    (AP, 1/15/10)(SFC, 1/15/10, p.A2)
2010        Jan 14, A Russian Su-27 fighter jet disappeared while on a training mission in the country's far east. Late-night traffic on one of Moscow’s roads slowed as a couple's explicit escapades appeared across the 9-by-6-meter (yard) display. A hacker attack was likely to blame. City police said they have yet to receive any complaints and have not opened an investigation.
    (AP, 1/14/10)(AP, 1/15/10)

2011        Jan 14, The Obama administration ended a high-tech border fence project that cost taxpayers nearly $1 billion but did little to improve security. Congress ordered the high-tech fence along the border with Mexico in 2006 amid a clamor over the porous border, but it yielded only 53 miles of protection.
    (AP, 1/15/11)
2011        Jan 14, US Pres. Obama issued a directive relaxing the rules on travel and remittances to Cuba. It allowed Americans to send up to $2000 a year to ordinary Cubans.
    (Econ, 1/22/11, p.47)
2011        Jan 14, In San Bernadino, Ca., 3 people were electrocuted, one after the other, as a wife and son attempted to rescue Steven Vego (43), each coming in contact with a 12,000-volt power line that had fallen over in their backyard.
    (AP, 1/15/11)
2011        Jan 14, In New Jersey police officer Christopher Matlosz (27) was shot and killed by Jahmell Crockam (19), known by the street name “Sav," short for “Savage." A SWAT team arrested Crockam in Camden on Jan 16. On March 22, 2012, Crockam was sentenced to life in prison. New Jersey repealed capital punishment in 2007.
    (SSFC, 1/16/11, p.A9)(SFC, 1/17/11, p.A5)(SFC, 3/23/12, p.A7)
2011        Jan 14, In Tennessee an 8,000-pound elephant named Edie (26) backed  Knoxville zoo trainer Stephanie James (33) into a wall and crushed her to death.
    (Reuters, 1/16/11)
2011        Jan 14, In southern Afghanistan insurgents detonated a roadside bomb that killed seven civilians they had released only moments earlier following a brief detention on a highway in Zabul province. NATO said in a statement that its regional command in the south had received more than 800 claims for compensation since Nov. 2 and that it had settled more than half, paying out a total of $1.4 million.
    (AP, 1/14/11)
2011        Jan 14, Albanian Deputy PM Ilir Meta resigned, saying he wanted to fight allegations of corruption, after the release of a videotape appearing to show him lobbying for favors.
    (Reuters, 1/14/11)
2011        Jan 14, In Belarus state-controlled media accused the intelligence services of Germany and Poland of trying to organize a coup during last month's presidential election.
    (Reuters, 1/14/11)
2011        Jan 14, In Brazil grieving mudslide survivors carried the bodies of loved ones for hours down washed-out mountainsides as the death toll hit 514.
    (AP, 1/14/11)
2011        Jan 14, BP and Russian state-run firm Rosneft unveiled an agreement to swap shares and launch a joint venture to exploit the Arctic's vast untouched energy resources. BP’s share in Rosneft would increase to 10.8% and Rosneft would get 5% of BP. Critics held that BP was buying stolen goods.
    (AFP, 1/15/11)(Econ, 1/22/11, p.74)
2011        Jan 14, A Chinese court announced it will retry a farmer sentenced to life in prison for evading highway tolls after a massive public outcry over his heavy punishment. Farmer Shi Jianfeng had been convicted of fraud and sentenced to life in prison for using fake military license plates and uniforms to deceive toll collectors and avoid paying over $530,000 in tolls. A judge and two court officials were soon suspended in a probe into Jianfeng’s life sentence.
    (http://www3.washingtontimes.com/topics/shi-jianfeng/)(AP, 1/16/11)
2011        Jan 14, In China Liu Huaqing (95), the father of the modern Chinese navy, died.
    (AP, 1/14/11)
2011        Jan 14, In Haiti violence flared in Port-au-Prince with witnesses reporting gunfire. The trouble flared the morning after international election experts formally handed over a report calling for Jude Celestin to withdraw from the delayed runoff round in the presidential race, because of alleged vote-rigging. A 30-year-old Haitian was killed during a gunbattle between police and protesters.
    (AFP, 1/14/11)(AP, 1/14/11)
2011        Jan 14, In India a senior government official said the government will reduce its enormous military presence in the Kashmir region by 25% if anti-Indian violence there ends.
    (AP, 1/14/11)
2011        Jan 14, In southern India more 102 pilgrims were killed and 44 injured in a stampede following a religious festival in Kerala state.
    (AP, 1/14/11)(AP, 1/15/11)
2011        Jan 14, In Indonesia a group armed with guns and arrows attacked an army post in Papua, and one Papuan was killed and another wounded in the exchange.
    (AP, 1/14/11)
2011        Jan 14, In Iraq a dozen terror suspects disguised in police uniforms broke out of a jail in Basra, prompting a manhunt across the nation's south for what officials called a dangerous group of top-ranking insurgents linked to al-Qaida.
    (AP, 1/14/11)
2011        Jan 14, An Israeli newspaper reported that the army is to begin collecting weapons from Jewish settlers as a result of the calm in the West Bank and over fears they may be used against Palestinians.
    (AFP, 1/14/11)
2011        Jan 14, Italy’s PM Berlusconi learned that he had been placed under investigation for paying for sex with an underage prostitute, Karima el-Mahroug (known as Ruby), and abusing his position by trying to cover it up.
    (Econ, 1/22/11, p.63)
2011        Jan 14, The UN peace mission to Nepal ended after a four-year engagement that helped end a communist insurgency.
    (AP, 1/14/11)
2011        Jan 14, Nigeria's former anti-corruption czar, Nuhu Ribadu, who won international acclaim for seeking charges against members of the oil-rich nation's political elite, was chosen as the presidential candidate of the country's strongest opposition party. President Goodluck Jonathan won his ruling party's primary.
    (AP, 1/14/11)(AFP, 1/14/11)
2011        Jan 14, A Rwandan military court handed jail terms of between 20 and 24 years to four former comrades-in-arms of Pres. Paul Kagame, tried in absentia for threatening state security. They had accused Kagame of being authoritarian, corrupt and driving the country back towards a conflict on the same scale as the 1994 massacres. On Jan 16 all four  dismissed as politically motivated the heavy jail terms, and accused Kagame of misusing justice to target his foes.
    (AFP, 1/14/11)(AFP, 1/16/11)
2011        Jan 14, Sri Lanka’s Disaster Management Center said 27 people have died in the floods and mudslides, including four whose deaths were reported today. 12 more were missing. The UN said it will appeal for emergency flood aid for Sri Lanka.
    (AP, 1/14/11)(AP, 1/15/11)
2011        Jan 14, The Swiss National Bank said it expects its loss in 2010 to reach 21 billion Swiss francs, as the country's strengthening currency pared down the bank's foreign currency holdings.
    (AFP, 1/14/11)
2011        Jan 14, Tunisian police fired rounds of tear gas at thousands of protesters in the capital after some climbed atop the roof of the Interior Ministry, a symbol of the iron-fisted government they want to oust. Tunisian President Zine al-Abedine Ben Ali stepped aside after failing to quell the worst anti-government unrest in his two decades in power. The official death toll in the riots was 23, but opposition leaders put the figure at three times that. Medical workers reported another 13 new deaths and over 50 injuries from the previous day alone. PM Mohammed Ghannouchi went on state television to say he is assuming power. Ben Ali and his wife, Leila Trabelsi, fled to Saudi Arabia. The Trabelsi and Ben Ali's families were said to have a stake in Tunisian banks and airlines, car dealerships, Internet providers, radio and television stations, industry and big retailers.
    (AP, 1/14/11)(AP, 1/17/11)
2011        Jan 14, Venezuela’s Interior Ministry said in a statement that 56-year-old Gloria Rojas Valencia, a drug suspect alleged to belong to Mexico's Zetas drug gang and wanted by a US court, was detained in Caracas this week.
    (AP, 1/14/11)

2012        Jan 14, The United States said that it would offer Bangladesh close to $1 billion in aid over the next five years.
    (Reuters, 1/14/12)
2012        Jan 14, Laura Kaeppeler (23), a beauty queen from Wisconsin, won the Miss America pageant in Las Vegas after singing opera and strutting in a white bikini and black beaded evening gown.
    (AP, 1/14/12)
2012        Jan 14, Dan Evins (76), the founder of the Cracker Barrel Old Country Store chain, died in Lebanon, Tenn. He opened his first restaurant in Lebanon in 1969. The restaurant catered to highway travelers and focused on offering Southern hospitality, country-style cooking and an associated gift shop.
    (AP, 1/16/12)
2012        Jan 14, In Cambodia the badly decomposed bodies of Frenchman widower Laurent Vallier (42) and his four young children were discovered inside Vallier's white 4x4 vehicle after it was retrieved from a large pond behind his house in southern Kampong Speu province. The family had been missing since September. Vallier's Cambodian wife died in childbirth in 2009.
    (AFP, 4/5/12)
2012        Jan 14, In southwest China a Tibetan set himself on fire and police fired on hundreds of locals, possibly killing one, as they attempted to rescue the burned body from officials near the restive Kirti monastery in Sichuan province's Aba county. This was the 16th self-immolation attempt in Tibetan areas inside a year and the fourth in nine days.
    (AFP, 1/14/12)
2012        Jan 14, China agreed to provide Nepal with $119 million in aid during a surprise visit to the tiny Himalayan nation by Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao.
    (AP, 1/14/12)
2012        Jan 14, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao held talks with Saudi officials in Riyadh on the first stop of a Gulf tour, as tensions over Iran's nuclear program sparked fears of major oil supply disruptions.
    (AFP, 1/15/12)
2012        Jan 14, Egypt's reform leader Mohamed ElBaradei (69) said he is pulling out of the country's presidential race to protest the military's failure to put the country on the path to democracy.
    (AP, 1/14/12)
2012        Jan 14, Egyptian telecom magnate Naguib Sawiris, a billionaire Coptic Christian who founded the liberal Free Egyptians party, faced trial for tweeting a cartoon of Mickey Mouse with a beard and Minnie Mouse in a face veil, joking that the cartoon characters would be forced to dress conservatively if Islamists took power. The trial was delayed as Sawiris failed to show.
    (AFP, 1/9/12)(AFP, 1/14/12)
2012        Jan 14, A French Mirage and a Saudi F-15 collided in the kingdom's northern region of Tabuk without causing casualties.
    (AFP, 1/14/12)
2012        Jan 14, Iran’s Foreign Ministry sent a diplomatic letter to the US saying that it has "evidence and reliable information" that the CIA provided "guidance, support and planning" to assassins "directly involved" in the Jan 11 assassination of Iranian nuclear scientist Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan. State media IRNA also reported that Iran delivered a letter to Britain accusing London of having an "obvious role" in the killing.
    (AP, 1/14/12)
2012        Jan 14, In Iraq a bomb killed at least 53 Shiite pilgrims near the town of Zubair as pilgrims marched toward the Shiite Imam Ali shrine on the outskirts of the town on the last of the 40 days of Arbaeen.
    (AP, 1/14/12)
2012        Jan 14, Lebanese citizen Hassan Obeid (17) died in a clinic where he was rushed after being hit in the stomach by a bullet  in his northern hometown of Bkarha coming from the Syrian side of the border.
    (AP, 1/14/12)
2012        Jan 14, Nepal's president announced a campaign to lure hundreds of thousands of tourists and pilgrims this year to visit the area of the country where Buddha was born.
    (AP, 1/14/12)
2012        Jan 14, Nigeria's government and union leaders ended talks without a deal to end a week-old strike that has shut down the country.
    (AFP, 1/14/12)
2012        Jan 14, Pakistani security forces quelled a militant attack on a police station in which eight people were killed including four suicide bombers, one police and three civilians in Dera Ismail Khan city.
    (AFP, 1/14/12)
2012        Jan 14, Masked Hamas police beat and detained members of the Gaza Strip's tiny Shiite community during the religious commemoration of Arbaeen. Gaza's Shiites are believed to number several dozen, a minuscule minority among a population of 1.6 million people who are overwhelmingly Sunni Muslim.
    (AP, 1/17/12)
2012        Jan 14, Russian police detained two officials of a liberal opposition party after a protest rally in Moscow against election fraud. The rally by the Yabloko party was sanctioned for 300 participants, but police counted about 350.
    (AP, 1/14/12)
2012        Jan 14, In Spain Jose Luis Alvarez Enparantza (b.1927), one of the founders of Basque separatist group ETA, died. His work "Leturiaren Egunkari Ezkutua" is regarded as the first modern novel written in Basque.
    (AP, 1/14/12)
2012        Jan 14, The Sudanese military denied bombing civilians in a Jan 7-8 operation which rebels said left 16 villagers and five government troops dead near the South Sudanese frontier.
    (AFP, 1/14/12)
2012        Jan 14, Top Syrian army defector General Mustafa Ahmad al-Sheikh (54) was set to take charge of the rebel army's operations. A council headed by Sheikh will oversee military operations in conjunction with the Free Syrian Army. The FSA said it has some 40,000 fighters under its command. The US accused Iran of supplying munitions to aid Damascus' bloody crackdown on protests. Violence in Homs reportedly claimed two lives.
    (AFP, 1/14/12)
2012        Jan 14, Taiwan's president won re-election, paving the way for a continuation of the China-friendly policies that have delighted Beijing and Washington, and caused consternation among some in Taiwan worried about the durability of their de facto independence. Ma Ying-jeou garnered 51.6% of the total against 45.6% for Tsai Ing-wen of the main opposition Democratic Progressive Party. In May Ma Ying-jeou was fined Tw$500,000 ($17,000) by electoral authorities for urging his Facebook followers to vote for him on polling day.
    (AP, 1/14/12)(AFP, 5/16/12)
2012        Jan 14, In Yemen residents of Zinjibar, who fled nearly eight months of fighting between the army and Islamists, began returning home, escorted by Al-Qaeda-linked militants.
    (AFP, 1/14/12)

2013        Jan 14, USA Today and other media said that Lance Armstrong confessed to the doping in an interview with Oprah Winfrey to be aired later this week.
    (Reuters, 1/15/13)
2013        Jan 14, Conrad Bain (89), stage and TV sitcom actor, died. He starred in the TV sitcom “Diff’rent Strokes," which debuted in 1978 and ran for 6 seasons.
    (SFC, 1/17/13, p.D6)     
2013        Jan 14, In Afghanistan a soldier from 1st Battalion The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment was wounded by enemy action. He died of his wounds in Birmingham on Jan 16.
    (AP, 1/16/13)
2013        Jan 14, Britain’s coalition government unveiled sweeping reforms to the state pension system, scheduled to take place in 2017.
    (Econ, 1/19/13, p.58)
2013        Jan 14, A British court approved the extradition of former Credit Suisse trader Kareem Serageldin (39) to the United States, where he is accused of inflating the prices of subprime mortgage-backed bonds to the tune of $540 million in 2007-2008.
    (AP, 1/14/13)
2013        Jan 14, In Cuba long lines formed outside travel agencies, migration offices and the US Interests Section in Havana on the first day of a new law easing travel restrictions on Cubans.
    (AP, 1/14/13)
2013        Jan 14, Cuba reportedly began using the ALBA-1 cable to Venezuela, but only for incoming traffic. Outgoing data still travelled via satellite, according to an Internet analysis firm.
    (SFC, 1/22/13, p.A2)
2013        Jan 14, German police said robbers dug a 30-meter (100-foot) tunnel into the safe deposit room of a Berlin bank and escaped with their haul, setting a fire as they left to cover their tracks.
    (AP, 1/15/13)
2013        Jan 14, In Guatemala gunmen killed Jutiapa Mayor Carlos Castillo. His brother, former congressman Manuel de Jesus Castillo, was serving a prison sentence in the slaying of 3 El Salvador representatives to the Central American Parliament.
    (SFC, 1/15/13, p.A2)
2013        Jan 14, In India millions of devout Hindus led by naked ascetics with ash smeared on their bodies plunged into the frigid waters of the Ganges River in a ritual they believe can wash away their sins. The ceremony in the northern city of Allahabad took place at the start of the 55-day Kumbh Mela, or Pitcher Festival. An estimated 100 million people were expected to participate in the gathering, which is held every 12 years.
    (AP, 1/14/13)(SSFC, 2/24/13, p.A4)
2013        Jan 14, In Mali despite intensive aerial bombardments by French warplanes, Islamist insurgents grabbed more territory and got much closer to the capital.
    (AP, 1/14/13)
2013        Jan 14, Mexico's best-known anti-violence activist and a prominent intellectual presented a petition, signed by more than 54,000 Mexicans, to the US embassy calling on the United States to take further steps to combat weapons trafficking.
    (AP, 1/15/13)
2013        Jan 14, In Pakistan thousands of supporters of a fiery cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri, who has been calling for election reforms, descended onto Islamabad as security officials girded for mass rallies by a movement that has virtually overnight become a powerful but still mysterious force on the political scene. Pakistani leaders dismissed the government of southwest Baluchistan province in response to the demands of protesters angry about an attack on minority Shiite Muslims there that killed 86 people.
    (AP, 1/14/13)
2013        Jan 14, A Syrian airstrike slammed into a house in a rebellious suburb of Damascus, killing at least 13 people including eight children. Fighter jets also carried out fresh airstrikes on the suburb of Daraya. Regime warplanes also bombed targets in the north.
    (AP, 1/14/13)
2013        Jan 14, Turkish jets struck suspected Kurdish rebel targets in a cross-border raid in northern Iraq, even as Turkey prepared to start peace talks with the rebels' imprisoned leader.
    (AP, 1/15/13)

2014        Jan 14, The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit tossed the FCC’s online access rules arguing that Internet providers built their networks and therefore have the right to manage their costs and services.
    (SFC, 1/15/14, p. A1)
2014        Jan 14, A Chicago federal court sentenced H. Ty Warner (69), the billionaire businessman behind Beanie Babies, to two years probation for not paying taxes on $25 million he had hidden.
    (SFC, 1/15/14, p.A4)
2014        Jan 14, The NY Times reported that the National Security Agency has implanted software in nearly 100,000 computers around the world, but not in the United States, that allows the US to conduct surveillance on those machines.
    (AP, 1/15/14)
2014        Jan 14, In New Mexico a boy (12) drew a shotgun from a band instrument case and shot two classmates at the Berrendo Middle School in Roswell. A boy (11) and a girl (13) were seriously wounded. The shooter was described as a smart and nice kid.
    (SFC, 1/15/14, p.A4)(SFC, 1/16/14, p.A9)
2014        Jan 14, West Virginia officials lifted a ban on drinking tap water for 35,000 customers who had been affected by a Jan 9 chemical spill that left the state's water supply nearly unusable for hundreds of thousands.
    (Reuters, 1/14/14)
2014        Jan 14, Lawyers said Britain has granted asylum to an atheist from Afghanistan due to fears he would be prosecuted back home, in what is believed to be the first case of its kind.
    (AFP, 1/14/14)
2014        Jan 14, Chinese doctor Zhang Shuxia, who abducted and sold newborn babies, was given a suspended death sentence in a case that drew widespread outrage with child trafficking a chronic problem in the country.
    (AFP, 1/14/14)
2014        Jan 14, In China a fire at the Dadong factory in Wenling, Zhejiang province, killed 16 people. Safety exits were blocked.
    (SFC, 1/15/14, p.A2)
2014        Jan 14, Egyptians voted on a new constitution in a referendum that will pave the way for a likely presidential run by the nation's top general months after he ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi. 11 people were killed on the 1st day of the vote.
    (AP, 1/14/14)(AFP, 1/14/14)(AP, 1/15/14)
2014        Jan 14, The European Investment Bank (EIB) said it has raised a further 350 million euros ($477.9 million) on its Climate Awareness Bond (CAB), making it the largest ever "green bond" at 1.5 billion euros.
    (Reuters, 1/14/14)
2014        Jan 14, Germany's No.2 utility RWE said it is preparing to sue for millions of euros of damages after a federal court confirmed that a state's decision to shut down the company's Biblis nuclear plant for three months in 2011 was illegal.
    (Reuters, 1/14/14)
2014        Jan 14, In India a Danish tourist (51) was gang-raped, robbed and beaten near a popular shopping area in New Delhi after she got lost and approached a group of men for directions back to her hotel.
    (AP, 1/15/14)
2014        Jan 14, In India the body of a woman, killed by a tiger prowling for food, was found Uttar Pradesh state. She was the animal’s 7th victim.
    (SFC, 1/16/14, p.A2)
2014        Jan 14, It was reported that canine distemper virus has killed four tigers and several other animals across northern and eastern India.
    (SFC, 1/14/14, p.A5)
2014        Jan 14, In Iraq at least 12 people were killed in violence across the country, mostly in bombings and shootings in Baghdad. Al-Qaida militants blew up an explosives laden fuel tanker at an army checkpoint, killing 3 soldiers, on a small bridge near Saqlawiya.
    (Reuters, 1/14/14)(SFC, 1/16/14, p.A2)
2014        Jan 14, Rose Fostanes, a Filipina who has spent nearly half her life as a carer overseas, won Israel's first "X Factor" TV talent competition.
    (AFP, 1/15/14)
2014        Jan 14, Japanese engineering giant JGC Corp. said it has won a contract to help build a Canadian liquefied natural gas plant in a deal reportedly worth $9.4 billion.
    (AFP, 1/14/14)
2014        Jan 14, Mexican federal forces launched an offensive to take over security in Michoacan state, seizing a drug cartel's bastion and clashing with vigilantes who refused to disarm.
    (AFP, 1/14/14)
2014        Jan 14, In Mexico Juan Gelman, the celebrated Argentine poet and fierce critic of the South American nation's "dirty war" against leftists, died in Mexico City.
    (Reuters, 1/14/14)
2014        Jan 14, In Myanmar a Buddhist mob reportedly killed at least 48 Muslims, including many women and children, in Du Char Yar Tan, Rakhine state. Security forces had surrounded Du Char Yar Tan after Rohingya Muslim residents allegedly abducted and killed a police sergeant.
    (AP, 1/16/14)(AP, 1/23/14)(AP, 1/24/14)
2014        Jan 14, In New Zealand at least 13 pilot whales were beached on a remote coastline and conservation officials desperately battled to prevent another 50 from reaching the shore.
    (AFP, 1/14/14)
2014        Jan 14, In northeaster Nigeria a car bomb exploded at a military post in a Maiduguri, causing pandemonium with blood-spattered bystanders running away and vehicles colliding as drivers rushed to flee. 19 people were killed.
    (AP, 1/14/14)(AFP, 1/15/14)
2014        Jan 14, Local and international groups fighting AIDS warned that a new Nigerian law criminalizing same-sex marriage and gay organizations will jeopardize the fight against the deadly disease. Human rights activists reported that dozens of gay men were being arrested in northern Nigeria in an apparent response to the law.
    (AP, 1/14/14)
2014        Jan 14, Russia’s Foreign Ministry said that journalist David Satter, author of three books on Russia and the Soviet Union, was prevented from returning to Russia last month after grossly violating visa regulations. Satter, who is critical of President Vladimir Putin, was barred from returning for five years.
    (Reuters, 1/14/14)
2014        Jan 14, In Russia’s Dagestan region a shootout between security forces and militants killed 5 people.
    (AP, 1/15/14)
2014        Jan 14, In South Africa protester Lerato Theodore Seema (27) was allegedly pushed from a moving police van during violent demonstrations near Pretoria. He was confirmed dead the next day from head wounds.
    (AFP, 1/15/14)(http://tinyurl.com/ogeafwt)
2014        Jan 14, In South Sudan some 200 people fleeing warfare died after a boat crossing the Nile River sank, as fighting between rebels and government forces moved closer to Juba, the national capital.
    (AP, 1/14/14)
2014        Jan 14, The Syrian said it has retaken territory around the northern city of Aleppo, after two weeks of rebel infighting that has weakened the insurgency against President Bashar al-Assad.
    (Reuters, 1/14/14)
2014        Jan 14, Thailand's PM Shinawatra insisted she wouldn't quit as protesters seeking her ouster blocked key roads in the heart of Bangkok for a second day, leaving the country's political crisis firmly deadlocked.
    (AP, 1/14/14)
2014        Jan 14, Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he was ready to withdraw a contentious bill aimed at curbing the powers of the judiciary as he battled to contain the worst crisis of his 11 years in office.
    (AFP, 1/14/14)
2014        Jan 14, Turkish anti-terrorism police carried out raids in six cities, detaining at least five people with alleged links to al-Qaida.
    (AP, 1/14/14)
2014        Jan 14, A Ugandan military spokesman said that Ugandan and South Sudanese army officials are drafting what he called a "status of forces agreement" that will soon be signed by both countries after Pres. Kiir requested the Ugandans to extend their deployment.
    (AP, 1/14/14)
2014        Jan 14, The UN human rights office said a UN human rights team has gathered testimony that Chadian citizens, including peacekeepers, carried out mass killings during chaotic violence in the Central African Republic. The team also received reports that French disarmament of ex-Seleka forces left Muslim communities vulnerable.
    (Reuters, 1/14/14)

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