Return to home1236 Jan 14,
Henry III married Eleanor of Provence.
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.
1639 Jan 14, (Julian Calendar)
"Fundamental Orders," the first constitution of Connecticut, was
adopted [see Jan 24].
1690 Jan 14, The clarinet was
invented in Germany.
1699 Jan 14, Massachusetts held
a day of fasting for wrongly persecuting "witches."
1730 Jan 14, William Whipple,
Declaration of Independence signer, was born.
1741 Jan 14, Benedict Arnold,
U.S. General turned traitor, was born.
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
(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.
1794 Jan 14, Dr. Jessee Bennet
of Edom, Va., performed the 1st successful Cesarean section
operation on his wife.
1797 Jan 14, Napoleon Bonaparte
defeated Austrians at Rivoli in northern Italy.
1799 Jan 14, Eli Whitney
received a government contract for 10,000 muskets.
1814 Jan 14, Berthe Morisot
(d.1895) French impressionist painter, was born in Bourges.
(NMWA, 12/04, p.10)
1814 Jan 14, The Treaty of Kiel
or Peace of Kiel was concluded between the United Kingdom of Great
Britain and Ireland and the Kingdom of Sweden on one side and the
Kingdoms of Denmark and Norway on the other side in Kiel. It ended
the hostilities between the parties in the ongoing Napoleonic Wars,
where the United Kingdom and Sweden were part of the anti-French
camp (the Sixth Coalition) while Denmark-Norway was allied to
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
(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.
1864 Jan 14, General Sherman
began his march to the South.
1873 Jan 14, "Celluloid" was
registered as a trademark.
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.
1897 Jan 14, The 6,960-m
(22,834') Cerro Aconcagua in Argentina was 1st climbed.
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
(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.
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
1914 Jan 14, Ford Motor Company
greatly improved its assembly-line operation by employing a chain to
pull each chassis along.
1915 Jan 14, The French
abandoned five miles of trenches to the Germans near Soissons.
1916 Jan 14, British
authorities seized German attaché Franz von Papen’s financial
records confirming espionage activities in the U.S.
1917 Jan 14, The Provisional
Parliament was established in Poland.
1919 Jan 14, Andy Rooney,
American humorist, author and television personality, was born. He
appeared on the TV program “60 Minutes."
1920 Jan 14, Berlin was placed
under martial law as 40,000 radicals rushed the Reichstag; 42 were
killed and 105 wounded.
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.
1935 Jan 14, The oil pipeline
from Iraq to the Mediterranean went into use.
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.
1942 Jan 14, President Franklin
D. Roosevelt ordered all U.S. aliens to register with the
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
1949 Jan 14, There was a
Black-Indian race rebellion in Durban, South Africa; 142 died.
1950 Jan 14, US recalled all
consular officials from China.
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
1953 Jan 14, Josip Broz Tito
was elected president of Yugoslavia by the country's Parliament.
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,
1956 Jan 14, Little Richard
released "Tutti Frutti."
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.
1963 Jan 14, George C. Wallace
was sworn in as governor of Alabama with a pledge of "segregation
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.
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.
1967 Jan 14, NY Times reported
that the US Army was conducting secret germ warfare experiments.
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
(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
1969 Jan 14, An explosion on
the US carrier Enterprise, 75 miles from Hawaii, resulted in 28 dead
and over 300 injured.
1970 Jan 14, Diana Ross and the
Supremes performed their last concert together, at the Frontier
Hotel in Las Vegas.
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. He was succeeded by Queen Margrethe II
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.
1976 Jan 14, "Bionic Woman,"
with Lindsay Wagner, debuted on ABC (later NBC).
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.
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.
(SFC, 9/6.96, p.A11)(http://tinyurl.com/2uz9wg)
1980 Jan 14, UN voted 104-18 to
deplore the Soviet Afghan acts.
1981 Jan 14, The US FCC freed
radio stations to air as many commercials an hour as they wished.
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.
1986 Jan 14, Donna Reed
(b.1921), actress (Donna Reed Show, Dallas), died of cancer in
Beverly Hills, Ca., at age 64.
1986 Jan 14, In Guatemala,
Vinicio Cerezo (b.1942) began serving as president.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
1993 Jan 14, Talk show host
David Letterman announced he was moving from NBC to CBS.
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
(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.
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.
1995 Jan 14, Pope John Paul II
addressed a huge rally in Manila, urging young people to reject
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.
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.
1996 Jan 14, Eric Briault (84),
English educationalist, died.
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.
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.
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
(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.
1998 Jan 14, NBC agreed to pay
Warner Bros. $13 million per episode to retain the highly-rated TV
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,
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
(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.
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
(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!"
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.
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
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
(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
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.
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.
2003 Jan 14, Thousands of
General Electric Company employees across the country began a
two-day strike to protest higher health insurance costs.
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.
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
(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
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
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
2005 Jan 14, Charlotte MacLeod
(82), mystery writer, died in Lewiston, Maine.
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.
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."
2005 Jan 14, A mentally
disturbed soldier killed five of his fellow troopers during a
shooting spree at an army base in southwest Colombia.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2005 Jan 14, Israel sealed off
the Gaza Strip but signaled it will hold off on harsh retaliation
for an attack by Palestinian militants.
2005 Jan 14, In Kosovo a
Nigerian UN peacekeeper was killed when his car exploded as he drove
(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
(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
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.
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.
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.
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
(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.
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.
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.
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
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.
2006 Jan 14, In Nepal Maoist
rebels assaulted two police stations on the outskirts Kathmandu,
killing 12 and wounding six.
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.
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
(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
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
2007 Jan 14, In Oklahoma a
minivan carrying 12 people skidded off an icy highway and slammed
into an oncoming tractor-trailer, killing seven.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
2007 Jan 14, France's interior
minister, Nicolas Sarkozy, formally clinched the ruling
conservatives' presidential nomination.
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.
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
(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.
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.
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
2007 Jan 14, In Nigeria 12
chiefs from various delta communities were killed overnight when
assailants attacked their boat.
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.
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.
2007 Jan 14, Two passenger
trains collided near a beach resort town south of Bangkok, killing
three people and injuring more than 100 others.
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
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.
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.
2008 Jan 14, The British
government said all visitors to Britain requiring visas will have to
be fingerprinted starting today.
2008 Jan 14, A Chinese cargo
ship sank in high waves off western Taiwan, leaving 12 seamen
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
(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.
2008 Jan 14, The Serbian
government said has adopted a secret plan to implement "in case of a
unilateral declaration of independence" by Kosovo.
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
(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.
2008 Jan 14, In southern
Thailand suspected Muslim insurgents killed eight soldiers, leaving
one beheaded, in a bomb and shooting attack.
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).
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
2009 Jan 14, In Afghanistan 2
British NATO soldiers were killed in a blast in southern Helmand
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
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
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
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.
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.
2009 Jan 14, In Iraq two people
were killed and two wounded in a suicide car bombing in the northern
city of Mosul.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2009 Jan 14, Venezuela and
Bolivia broke off diplomatic relations with Israel to protest its
military offensive in Gaza.
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,
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
(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
(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.
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
(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
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,
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
2011 Jan 14, In China Liu
Huaqing (95), the father of the modern Chinese navy, died.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
2012 Jan 14, The United States
said that it would offer Bangladesh close to $1 billion in aid over
the next five years.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
(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
(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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2014 Jan 14, In India a Danish
tourist (51) was gang-raped, robbed and beaten in New Delhi after
she got lost and approached a group of men for directions back to
her hotel near Connaught Place. Nine attackers took her to a
secluded spot, robbed her and raped her repeatedly at knifepoint. On
June 10, 2016, five men were sentenced to life in prison for the
attack. One of the accused men died during trial in February. Three
who were younger than 18 at the time of the attack were handed to
the Juvenile Justice Board to remain in custody until they are 18
(AP, 1/15/14)(AP, 6/10/16)
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
2014 Jan 14, In Russia’s
Dagestan region a shootout between security forces and militants
killed 5 people.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2014 Jan 14, Turkish
anti-terrorism police carried out raids in six cities, detaining at
least five people with alleged links to al-Qaida.
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.
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.
2015 Jan 14, The US Pentagon
said five men from Yemen have been released from the US navy base at
Guantanamo, Cuba, after more than a dozen years in captivity. One
man was sent to Estonia and four to Oman. 122 men continued to be
held at Guantanamo.
(SFC, 1/15/15, p.A8)
2015 Jan 14, In California
Tommy Caldwell (36) and Kevin Jorgenson (30) reached the top of El
Capitan completing a 3,000-foot free climb up the Dawn Wall begun 19
(SFC, 1/15/15, p.A1)
2015 Jan 14, Ohio police
arrested Christopher Lee Cornell (20) of Cincinnati outside a gun
shop after he bought two semi-automatic rifles and some 600 rounds
of ammunition. He was soon charged with plotting a jihadist attack
on Washington, DC, with pipe bombs and shooting government officials
and employees. On August 1, 2016, Cornell pleaded guilty to three
federal charges and faced up to 30 years in prison.
(SFC, 1/16/15, p.A7)(SFC, 1/17/15, p.A8)(SFC,
2015 Jan 14, In Argentina
federal prosecutor Alberto Nisman filed a 300-page court document in
which he claimed that Pres. Cristina Fernandez, the foreign
minister, Hector Timerman, and others had opened secret negotiations
with Iran to absolve Iranian suspects in the 1994 bombing of a
(Econ, 1/24/15, p.29)
2015 Jan 14, In Bangladesh 5
people were killed when demonstrators firebombed a passenger bus and
2 political activists were assassinated as violence claimed at least
22 lives this month. Authorities blamed supporters of opposition
leader Khaleda Zia.
(SFC, 1/15/15, p.A2)
2015 Jan 14, Bulgaria said it
would extend a barbed wire fence along its border with Turkey by a
further 130 km (80 miles) in an attempt to prevent a growing number
of refugees, mainly from Syria, entering the EU member state.
2015 Jan 14, Chile's Senate
voted to end a dictatorship-era electoral system that has squeezed
out independent candidates and guaranteed an outsized presence in
Congress for the center-right coalition.
2015 Jan 14, In France the
first edition of Charlie Hebdo after the Jan 7 attack by Islamist
gunmen sold out within minutes.
2015 Jan 14, France ordered
prosecutors around the country to crack down on hate speech,
anti-Semitism and those glorifying terrorism. Authorities said 54
people have been arrested since the terror attacks in Paris last
(SFC, 1/15/15, p.A2)
2015 Jan 14, In France a
28-year-old attacker forced the front door of his neighbors' house
in the picturesque village of Beaucet near Avignon just after
midnight shouting "I am your god, I am your Islam" before repeatedly
stabbing to death Mohamed El Makouli. The man was soon charged with
murder, attempted murder and possession of drugs, before being
committed to a psychiatric hospital in nearby Montfavet.
2015 Jan 14, Notorious French
comedian Dieudonne was arrested for condoning terrorism over a
comment suggesting he sympathized with one of the Paris attacks
gunmen, in a move that sparked a debate about free speech.
2015 Jan 14, In India
authorities in Uttar Pradesh state suspended 23 officials in a
crackdown on illegal liquor sales, as the death toll among villagers
who drank from a bad batch of cheap alcohol climbed to 38.
2015 Jan 14, In India wildlife
rangers shot 3 suspected poachers dead in a gunbattle in remote
northeastern Kaziranga National Park, Assam state.
2015 Jan 14, Indian troops
killed a suspected rebel in a gunbattle in the northern Kashmir town
2015 Jan 14, In Israel some
half a million high school students stayed home in a strike against
a decision to cancel annual field trips. Officials agreed to
reinstate the activities.
(SFC, 1/15/15, p.A2)
2015 Jan 14, In Kenya one
soldier and five suspected Islamists insurgents loyal to Somalia's
Al-Qaeda-affiliated Shebab fighters were killed in a battle in the
coastal Lamu district.
2015 Jan 14, The Mozambique
government disaster management office said heavy flooding has killed
10 people and displaced nearly 20,000 more.
2015 Jan 14, Nigerian security
forces repelled an attack by Islamist rebels on the northeastern
town of Biu, killing several of the insurgents.
2015 Jan 14, In Puntland, a
region of northern Somalia, Islamist fighters killed at least two
officers at a police post in Basasso port town, as the militants,
driven out of areas further south, make more frequent attacks in the
2015 Jan 14, Saudi Arabia
beheaded a convicted Pakistani drug trafficker and one of its own
citizens who killed a soldier.
2015 Jan 14, A Singapore Navy
ship located the fuselage of Indonesia AirAsia Flight QZ8501, the
passenger jet that crashed more than two weeks ago off the coast of
Indonesia, raising hopes that more bodies will be found.
(Reuters, 1/14/15)(AP, 1/14/15)
2015 Jan 14, South Korean
prosecutors arrested leftist activist Hwang Sun in Seoul for
allegedly praising archrival North Korea.
(SFC, 1/15/15, p.A2)
2015 Jan 14, A judicial
official said Spain's Supreme Court has agreed to examine a
paternity suit against former king Juan Carlos by a woman who claims
to be his daughter.
2015 Jan 14, In Sri Lanka a
million worshippers packed the Colombo seafront to greet Pope
Francis as he canonized Sri Lanka's first saint, Joseph Vaz, a 17th
century missionary. Sri Lanka released nearly 600 prisoners and
reduced jail terms for others to mark Pope Francis' visit.
(AFP, 1/14/15)(Reuters, 1/14/15)
2015 Jan 14, The Syrian
Observatory for Human Rights said that in total 14 people had been
executed for alleged adultery or homosexuality in the war-torn
country since July, half of them women. A new video showed fighters
from Al-Nusra Front, Al-Qaeda's Syrian affiliate, tying up a woman
and shooting her in a square for alleged adultery.
2015 Jan 14, A Turkish court
ordered the telecommunications authority to ban access to websites
showing Charlie Hebdo's front cover with the image of the Prophet
2015 Jan 14, In Turkey, a child
(12) was allegedly shot and killed by security forces in the old
southeastern Kurdish settlement of Cizre. 17 locals have been
reportedly killed in fighting jihadists across the border in the
Syrian town of Kobane.
(Econ, 2/14/15, p.46)
2015 Jan 14, In Wales Zack
Davies struck Sarandev Bhambra (24), a Sikh trainee dentist, with a
foot-long blade in a supermarket in Mold. Bhambra suffered
“life-changing" injuries. On June 25 Davies was convicted of
(http://tinyurl.com/oc5besx)(SFC, 6/26/15, p.A2)
2016 Jan 14, The Obama
administration announced plans to pour nearly $4 billion into
developing self-driving cars over the next decade.
(SFC, 1/15/16, p.A1)
2016 Jan 14, The US sent ten
Yemeni men, held at the Guantanamo Bay US military prison, to Oman,
bringing the detainee population to 93.
2016 Jan 14, In Hawaii two US
Marine Corps helicopters crashed just before midnight off the island
of Oahu. All 12 crew members were missing.
(SFC, 1/16/16, p.A6)
2016 Jan 14, An unprecedented
$1.6 billion Powerball jackpot will be divided among three winning
tickets purchased in Tennessee, California and Florida with each
ticket worth $528.8 million. John and Lisa Robinson of Munford were
soon confirmed as the Tennessee winners
(Reuters, 1/14/16)(SFC, 1/16/16, p.A6)
2016 Jan 14, JPMorgan Chase
reported a record annual profit of $24 billion.
(Econ, 1/23/16, p.69)
2016 Jan 14, In Belize Anne
Swaney (39), an American tourist, went missing. Her body was
discovered the next morning floating in the Mopan River.
(SSFC, 1/17/16, p.A4)
2016 Jan 14, Brazil’s federal
Judge Maria Carolina Valente do Carmo suspended the operating
license for a massive hydroelectric dam in the Amazon jungle state
of Para weeks before the first of its 24 turbines is scheduled to
begin generating electricity. She said Norte Energia consortium has
failed to comply with a previously established requirement that
called for the reopening the regional offices of the federal
indigenous affairs department in the area where the dam is being
2016 Jan 14, Veteran British
actor Alan Rickman (b.1946), a master of playing menacing screen
villains, died after suffering from cancer. He played the largely
malicious teacher Severus Snape in all eight "Harry Potter" films
from 2001 to 2011.
2016 Jan 14, In central China 5
people were killed and seven injured in an explosion at a fireworks
factory in Henan province just weeks ahead of the Chinese New Year.
2016 Jan 14, A French court
convicted British ex-soldier Rob Lawrie of endangerment for trying
to spirit a 4-year-old Afghan girl from a squalid migrant camp in
Calais to family members in Britain, but dropped a tougher smuggling
charge and handed him only a suspended fine.
2016 Jan 14, French
investigators confirmed that Belgian-Moroccan Chakib Akrouh, who
blew himself up when trapped by police on Nov 18, was the third
member of the three-man unit that killed dozens of cafe-goers.
2016 Jan 14, In Indonesia 8
people were killed in an attack by suicide bombers in Jakarta
including 4 of the attackers themselves. 20 people were wounded in
the attack claimed by the Islamic State. Police identified Bahrun
Naim as the mastermind behind the deadly attack, pulling the strings
(Reuters, 1/14/16)(AP, 1/17/16)
2016 Jan 14, Iran reported that
the sensitive core of its Arak nuclear reactor has been removed and
UN inspectors planned visit the site today to verify the move
crucial to the implementation of Tehran's atomic agreement with
2016 Jan 14, In northern Iraq
early-morning attacks by the Islamic State on Tal Kusaiba village
killed the police station chief and his guard along with nine
fighters from a powerful Shi'ite militia and Sunni tribal force. The
Iraqi army retook Tal Kusaiba hours later in a counter- attack.
2016 Jan 14, In northern Iraq
French warplanes bombed overnight an Islamic State communications
hub near Mosul.
2016 Jan 14, Israelis troops
killed two Palestinians who attacked soldiers with knives in the
2016 Jan 14, Mozambican
refugees were reported flooding into Malawi by the hundreds,
recounting how government forces are torching their homes and barns
in the hunt for supporters of Renamo opposition leader Afonso
Dhlakama, who aims to seize power in six provinces.
2016 Jan 14, A Nigerian court
ordered the arrest of former Niger Delta militant leader Government
Ekpemupolo on theft and money laundering charges totaling more than
2016 Jan 14, It was reported
that Russian authorities have burned more than 50 books and pulled
more than 500 other volumes from college libraries on the grounds
they contain sentiments "alien to Russian ideology." The books, most
of them humanities textbooks, were published with money from the
Soros Fund, which in November was declared an "undesirable agent"
and forced to stop its work in Russia.
2016 Jan 14, Swiss authorities
said they have returned to Italy 45 boxes of ancient Etruscan art
stolen during illegal excavations and stashed away for more than 15
years, including two rare sarcophaguses.
2016 Jan 14, In Syria a convoy
carrying desperately needed food and medicine entered the
hunger-stricken town of Madaya, the second delivery of aid this week
after months of government siege.
2016 Jan 14, Turkey said that
seven people have been detained in connection with the Jan 12
suicide bombing in Istanbul's historic district that killed 10
German tourists. PM Ahmet Davutoglu said Turkish ground forces have
pounded Islamic State jihadists in Iraq and Syria with intense
shelling of some 500 IS positions over the last 48 hours.
(Reuters, 1/14/16)(AFP, 1/14/16)
2016 Jan 14, In southeast
Turkey Kurdish militants attacked a police station overnight with a
truck bomb, killing 6 people including a baby and two toddlers in
2016 Jan 14, Turkish
authorities discovered the bodies of seven would-be migrants to
Greece on western Turkish beaches.
2016 Jan 14, Ukraine said 25
people have died from swine flu since the start of the flu season.
2016 Jan 14, The World Health
organization (WHO) said the two-year Ebola epidemic that killed
11,000 and triggered a global health alert was over, with Liberia
the last country given the all-clear.
2017 Jan 14, A SpaceX Falcon 9
successfully blasted off from California carrying a payload for
Iridium Communications Inc. The rocket’s first stage soon landed
upright on a droneship south of Vandenberg Air Force Base.
(SSFC, 1/15/17, p.A7)
2017 Jan 14, Feld
Entertainment, the owner of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey
Circus, said it will close forever in May after 146 years of circus
(SSFC, 1/15/17, p.A7)
2017 Jan 14, California
historian Kevin Starr (b.1940) died. He was best known for his
mammoth series of history books: Americans and the California
(SFC, 1/16/17, p.A1)
2017 Jan 14, The leaders of
Australia and Japan agreed to boost cooperation between their
militaries, as Japan tries to shore up security ties throughout the
Asia-Pacific region amid concern over China's growing military
2017 Jan 14, Unilever, a
British-based consumer goods maker, said all of its plastic
packaging would be fully reusable, recyclable or compostable by
2017 Jan 14, In China Beijing's
Mayor Cai Qi said the air quality target for 2017 is to keep PM2.5
at an annual average of around 60 micrograms per cubic meter, more
than double the acceptable standard set by the World Health
2017 Jan 14, In China linguist
Zhou Youguang (b.1906) died. He is considered the father of modern
China's Pinyin Romanization system.
(AP, 1/14/17)(Econ, 1/21/17, p.72)
2017 Jan 14, In Iceland Birna
Brjansdottir (20) went missing after a night out with friends. Her
body was found in Selvogsviti, 58 km (36 miles) from the capital on
the other side of the country after a weeklong search. She was
reportedly strangled before being thrown into the ocean where she
(AP, 1/25/17)(AFP, 2/7/17)
2017 Jan 14, In India Sunil
Rastogi (38), a tailor, was arrested by police investigating sexual
assaults on three girls aged between nine and ten in eastern Delhi
in January and December. Rastogi confessed to abducting "hundreds"
of girls since 2004 -- luring them with new clothes, and taking them
to secluded places such as derelict buildings, where he would
sexually assault and rape them.
2017 Jan 14, In eastern India
at least 19 people drowned and others were missing after their
overcrowded boat capsized in a river near Patna, Bihar state. The
next day five more bodies were recovered from the Ganges river after
as rescuers ended search operations.
(AP, 1/14/17)(Reuters, 1/15/17)
2017 Jan 14, Iraqi government
troops retook the eastern edge of a third bridge in Mosul and a
cluster of buildings inside Mosul university.
2017 Jan 14, Only four people
survived the sinking of a migrant ship carrying around 100 people
that went down 30 miles (49 kilometers) off the Libyan coast. Around
180 people were presumed to have died in the first major migrant
boat disaster of 2017 in the Mediterranean following interviews with
a handful of survivors.
(AP, 1/15/17)(AFP, 1/17/17)
2017 Jan 14, Malawi’s
agriculture minister said armyworms have destroyed 2,000 hectares of
crops in Malawi, spreading to nine of its 28 districts in the last
2017 Jan 14, In the Philippines
Islamist militants allied with Islamic State freed a South Korean
cargo ship captain and a Filipino member of his crew held captive
for more than three months on a southern island.
2017 Jan 14, Philippine
President Rodrigo Duterte said he has ordered his troops to bomb
extremists who flee with their captives in a bid to stop a wave of
kidnappings at sea, calling the loss of civilian lives in such an
attack "collateral damage."
2017 Jan 14, A Saudi Arabia
soldier was killed by cross-border fire from Yemen amid the
kingdom's campaign against Shiite rebels there.
2017 Jan 14, Serbia launched
provocative train service to Kosovo's Serbian north. Because the
central Kosovo government has no real control over the predominantly
ethnic Serb north and that region's borders with Serbia, it has
appealed to the European Union to "stop this illegal train".
2017 Jan 14, In Syria the
Islamic State group launched one of its fiercest assaults yet on the
besieged city of Deir Ezzor, leaving more than 30 regime fighters
and jihadists dead.
2017 Jan 14, A Thai air force
pilot died when his fighter jet crashed at an air show during the
country's Children's Day.
2017 Jan 14, Ukrainian
government forces and the pro-Russian separatist rebels fighting in
eastern Ukraine accused each other of disrupting a fragile truce
declared late December.
2017 Jan 14, In Yemen an
overnight air strike by a pro-government Arab coalition on a rebel
assembly in Zaydiya, in Hodeida province, left nine Huthis dead.
Five pro-government fighters were killed in overnight clashes around
Dhubab and 14 others wounded.