Today in History - January 15
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69CE Jan 15,
Servius Sulpicius Galba (70), 6th emperor of Rome (68-69), was
1432 Jan 15, Afonso V "the
African", king of Portugal (1438-1481), was born.
1507 Jan 15, Johann Oporinus
[Herbster], Swiss book publisher (Koran), was born.
1535 Jan 15, Henry VIII
declared himself head of English Church. [see Oct 30, 1534]
1552 Jan 15, France signed a
secret treaty with German Protestants.
1559 Jan 15, England's Queen
Elizabeth I was crowned in Westminster Abbey and Lord Dudley soon
became her favorite.
(TL-MB, 1988, p.19)(AP, 1/15/98)
1582 Jan 15, Russia ceded
Livonia and Estonia to Poland, and lost access to Baltic.
1622 Jan 15, Moliere (d.1673)
[Jean Baptiste Poquelin], French actor and comic dramatist, was
born. He was the author of "Tartuffe" and "The Misanthrope" (1666).
He also did the bilingual experiment "L’Impromptu du Versailles."
His last play was "The Imaginary Invalid." "It is a stupidity second
to none, to busy oneself with the correction of the world."
(WUD, 1994, p.923)(WSJ, 4/5/96, p.A-6)(LSA,
Spg/97, p.14)(WSJ, 4/2/98, p.A20)(AP, 11/10/98)(HN,
1624 Jan 15, The people of
Mexico rioted upon hearing that their churches were to be closed.
1716 Jan 15, Philip Livingston,
Declaration of Independence signer, was born.
1777 Jan 15, The people of New
Connecticut declared their independence. The tiny republic became
the state of Vermont in 1791.
(AP, 1/15/99)(ST, 3/2/04, p.A1)
1797 Jan 15, In St. Petersburg
Russia, Prussia and Austria signed and act that terminated the
1811 Jan 15, In a secret
session, Congress planned to annex Spanish East Florida.
1823 Jan 15, Matthew Brady,
Civil War photographer, was born.
1827 Jan 15, At Monticello,
Va., 130 slaves and other possessions of Thomas Jefferson were sold
at auction. Sally Hemmings and 5 members of the Hemings family were
freed shortly thereafter.
(SFEC, 5/16/99, p.A9)
1844 Jan 15, The University of
Notre Dame received its charter from the state of Indiana.
1861 Jan 15, Elisha Otis
received patent # 31,128 for his steam elevator.
1865 Jan 15, Union troops
captured Fort Fisher at Wilmington, North Carolina. It was the last
major Confederate port open to blockade runners.
(AH, 2/05, p.16)
1870 Jan 15, The Democratic
party was represented as a donkey in a cartoon by Thomas Nast in
(Hem, 8/96, p.84)(AP, 1/15/98)
1877 Jan 15, Lewis M. Terman,
psychologist (developed Stanford-Binet IQ test), was born in
1885 Jan 15, Wilson Bentley
(1865-1931) of Jericho, Vermont, made the world’s 1st clear
photographs of snow crystals.
(ON, 11/04, p.4)
1892 Jan 15, The rules of
basketball were published for the first time, in Springfield, Mass.,
where the game originated.
1896 Jan 15, Matthew B. Brady
(73), US Civil War photographer, died in the charity ward of a New
York hospital at age 73. His project "Gallery of Illustrious
Americans" included many leading figures of his time. In 1955 James
D. Horan authored "Matthew Brady, Historian with a Camera." In 1946
Roy Meredith authored "Mr. Lincoln’s Camera man, Matthew B. Brady."
(ON, 1/00, p.12)(ON, 12/06, p.10)
1906 Jan 15, Aristotle Onassis,
Greek tycoon, who married Jackie Kennedy, was born.
1907 Jan 15, 3-element vacuum
tube was patented by Dr. Lee De Forest.
1908 Jan 15, Edward Teller
(d.2003), US physicist known as the "Father of the H-bomb," was born
in Budapest. In 2001 he authored his "Memoirs."
(HN, 1/15/99)(WSJ, 10/30/01, p.A21)(SFC, 9/10/03,
1909 Jan 15, In San Francisco
police arrested Miss Frances Smith, attired in a jaunty sailor
costume, and Miss May Burke as they strolled down Montgomery street.
Smith was charged with masquerading in male attire and Burke was
charged with vagrancy.
(SSFC, 1/10/10, DB p.42)
1913 Jan 15, Lloyd Bridges,
actor (Sea Hunt, Roots, Airplane), was born in San Leandro, Calif.
1913 Jan 15, The first
telephone line between Berlin and New York was inaugurated.
1915 Jan 15, Fannie Farmer
(b.1857), American culinary expert, died. Her “Boston Cooking-School
Cook Book” (1896) became a widely used culinary text.
1915 Jan 15, Japan claimed
economic control of China.
1918 Jan 15, Gamal Abdel
Nasser, President of Egypt (1954-1971), was born.
1919 Jan 15, In Boston an
explosion opened a tank of molasses and the cylindrical sides
toppled outward knocking down 10 nearby buildings. 2 million gallons
of molasses oozed onto the streets and killed 21 people. Another 50
were injured [see 1872].
1919 Jan 15, Karl Liebknecht
(47), Marxist revolutionary, was murdered.
1919 Jan 15, Rosa Luxemburg
(b.1870), Marxist revolutionary, was murdered.
1919 Jan 15, Peasants in
Central Russia rose against the Bolsheviks.
1920 Jan 15, John J. "Cardinal"
O'Connor, Phila, Roman Catholic Archbishop of NY, was born.
1920 Jan 15, The United States
approved a $150 million loan to Poland, Austria and Armenia to aid
in their war with the Russian communists.
1923 Jan 15, Lithuanians took
Klaipeda back from French control.
(LC, 1998, p.8)(LHC, 1/15/03)
1927 Jan 15, The Dumbarton
Bridge (drawbridge) opened carrying the first auto traffic across
the San Francisco bay.
(HN, 1/15/99)(Ind, 5/23/00,14A)
1929 Jan 15, "Queen Ida"
Guillory, Zydeco accordionist, was born.
1929 Jan 15, Martin Luther King
Jr. (d1968), American Baptist Minister and Civil Rights leader, was
born in Atlanta, Georgia. He won the Nobel Peace prize in 1964 and
was assassinated in 1968. Dr. King began his involvement in the
civil rights movement in 1955 with his leadership of the Montgomery
bus boycott, which ended segregated seating on city buses. Adopting
Mohandas K. Gandhi's principles of nonviolence, King led
demonstrations, sit-ins and boycotts in cities throughout the South
to show the injustice of racist policies. He explained his belief in
nonviolence in a letter written during one of his many
incarcerations: "Nonviolent direct action seeks to create such a
crisis and foster such a tension that a community which has
constantly refused to negotiate is forced to confront the issue. It
seeks so to dramatize the issue that it can no longer be
ignored...." King's efforts helped to bring about the passage of the
Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. He was
awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964. Dr. King's leadership of the
civil rights movement brought many threats against his life and on
April 4, 1968, he was killed by a sniper's bullet in Memphis,
Tennessee. Martin Luther King Day was established by President
Ronald Reagan in 1986, for the third Monday in January. "Injustice
anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." "A man can't ride your
back unless it's bent."
(HFA, '96, p.22)(AHD, p.721)(AP, 4/3/97)(AP,
1929 Jan 15, The U.S. Senate
ratified the Kellogg-Briand anti-war pact.
1930 Jan 15, Amelia Earhart set
an aviation record for women at 171 mph in a Lockheed Vega.
1934 Jan 15, Babe Ruth signed a
contract for $35,000 ($17,000 cut).
1934 Jan 15, Patrick O'Malley,
US policeman, was killed by John Dillinger.
1934 Jan 15, An 8.4 earthquake
in India and Nepal killed some 15,000 people. It damaged the
Mahabuddha Temple in Patan, Nepal, one of but 3 in the world.
1936 Jan 15, The non-profit
Ford Foundation incorporated.
1936 Jan 15, In London, Japan
quit all naval talks after being denied equality.
1939 Jan 15, In the 1st NFL pro
bowl the NY Giants beat the All Stars 13-10 in Wrigley Field.
1942 Jan 15, Jawaharlal Nehru
succeeded Mohandas K. Gandhi as head of India's National Congress
1943 Jan 15, Work was completed
on the Pentagon, headquarters of the U.S. Department of Defense in
Arlington, Va. In 2007 Steve Vogel authored “The Pentagon: A
(AP, 1/15/98)(Econ, 6/30/07, p.93)
1944 Jan 15, General Eisenhower
arrived in England.
1944 Jan 15, The U.S. Fifth
Army successfully broke the German Winter Line in Italy with the
capture of Mount Trocchio.
1947 Jan 15, A grisly,
still-unsolved murder case came to light in Los Angeles as the
mutilated remains of 22-year-old aspiring actress Elizabeth Short,
known as the "Black Dahlia" for the dark outfits she wore, were
found dumped in a vacant lot. Her body was severed at the waist,
drained of blood and fully posed in a vacant lot. The Black Dahlia
murder case remained unsolved even though 500 hundred men confessed
to the murder. In 1977 John Gregory Dunne authored "True
Confessions," a novel based on the case. In 1987 James Ellroy
authored "The Black Dahlia." In 2003 Steve Hodel authored "Black
Dahlia Avenger," in which he held that the killer was Dr. George
Hodel, his own father.
(SFEC, 12/1/96, BR p.3)(SFEC, 4/5/98, p.C16)(AP,
1/15/01)(NW, 4/21/03, p.59)(SFC, 1/2/04, p.D1)(SFC, 4/16/04, p.B7)
1949 Jan 15, Chinese Communists
occupied Tientsin after a 27-hour battle with Nationalist forces.
1951 Jan 15, Supreme Court
ruled that the "clear and present danger" of incitement to riot is
not protected speech and can be a cause for arrest.
1953 Jan 15, The First Asian
Socialist Conference agreed on alliances with the West and land for
1961 Jan 15, The Supremes
signed with Motown Records.
1961 Jan 15, The hurricane
weakened Texas Tower No. 4, a Cold War radar tower, collapsed in the
North Atlantic 85 miles southeast of NYC. In 2011 Pres. Obama wrote
letter honoring the 28 men killed in the collapse.
1966 Jan 15, Nigeria’s PM
Abubakar Tafawa Balewa (b.1912) was assassinated in the country's
1st military coup.
1967 Jan 15, The first Super
Bowl was played as the Green Bay Packers of the National Football
League defeated the Kansas City Chiefs of the American Football
League, 35-10 in Los Angeles. The matchup was officially called the
AFL-NFL World Championship Game.
(WSJ, 1/28/97, p.A16)(AP, 1/15/98)
1967 Jan 15, Some 462 Yale
faculty members called for an end to the bombing in North Vietnam.
1969 Jan 15, The Russian Soyuz
5 went into orbit. The crew then maneuvered to dock with Soyuz 4 and
Yevgeny Khrunov (d.2000 at 67) became the first astronaut to
transfer between linked capsules.
(SFC, 5/27/00, p.A26)
1971 Jan 15, George Harrison’s
"My Sweet Lord" was released in the UK. The US release was in 1970.
1971 Jan 15, Egypt’s Aswan High
Dam, 600 miles upstream from Cairo, was formally inaugurated. It had
been completed Jul 21, 1970.
1972 Jan 15, Heavyweight Joe
Frazier (b.1944) KO’d Terry Daniels.
1973 Jan 15, Gene Shalit
(b.1932) replaced Joe Garagiola on the Today Show panel.
1973 Jan 15, President Nixon
announced the suspension of all U.S. offensive action in North
Vietnam, citing progress in peace negotiations.
1973 Jan 15, Four of six
remaining Watergate defendants pleaded guilty.
1973 Jan 15, Pope Paul VI had
an audience with Golda Meir at Vatican.
1974 Jan 15, "Happy Days" began
an 11 year run on ABC.
1974 Jan 15, In Wichita,
Kansas, 4 members of the Otero family were found murdered. Their
murder was later associated with the BTK serial killer.
1976 Jan 15, Sara Jane Moore
was sentenced to life in prison for her attempt on the life of
President Ford in San Francisco.
1978 Jan 15, Lisa Levy and
Margaret Bowman, two students at Florida State University in
Tallahassee, were murdered in their sorority house. Theodore Bundy
(1946-1989) was later convicted of the crime, and executed.
1979 Jan 15, The Soviet Union
vetoed a United Nations resolution and called for the withdrawal of
all Vietnamese troops from Cambodia.
1981 Jan 15, The "Hill Street
Blues" premiered on NBC-TV. It ran to 1987.
(SFEC, 5/24/98, DB
1981 Jan 15, Emanuel Celler
(92), (Rep-D-NY, 1923-73), died.
1982 Jan 15, Walter W. Smith
(b.1905), NY sports writer, died in Connecticut. He won the Pulitzer
Prize in 1976 and in 2000 a collection of 167 essays (1941-1981) was
published: "Red Smith on Baseball: The Game’s Greatest Writer on the
Game’s Greatest Years."
1983 Jan 15, Meyer Lansky (born
Majer Suchowlinski, July 4, 1902), American gangster, died. He and
Charles "Lucky" Luciano were instrumental in the development of the
so-called "National Crime Syndicate" in the United States. He was
the intellectual impetus behind the Commission and the so-called
"Mogul of the Mob." In 2004 Enrique Cirules authored "The Secret
Life of Meyer Lansky in Havana." The book was only available in Cuba
1984 Jan 15, Police raided the
vacation home of Paul and Linda McCartney (1941-1998) following a
tip. Both were arrested on possession of cannabis.
1985 Jan 15, Tancredo Neves
(1910-1985) became the 1st elected president of Brazil in 21 years.
Just one day before he was scheduled to take the oath of office
(March 15, 1985), Neves became severely ill. He suffered from
abdominal complications and developed generalized infections. After
seven operations, Tancredo Neves died on April 21, 1985. He was
succeeded by José Sarney, who served to 1990.
1987 Jan 15, Ray Bolger
(b.1904), actor and dancer, died in Los Angeles. He played the
Scarecrow in the 1939 production of the “Wizard of Oz.”
1988 Jan 15, Jimmy "The Greek"
Snyder made racist remarks about black athletes. The CBS football
analyst was fired the next day.
1988 Jan 15, Sean MacBride
(b.1904), Ireland, commander of Irish Republican Army, died. He was
a founding member of Amnesty Int’l. and was awarded the Nobel peace
Prize in 1974. He wrote the Constitution of the Organization for
African Unity and the first Constitution of Ghana, the first UK
African Colony to achieve Independence.
1988 Jan 15, In Jerusalem, riot
police charged into the Al Aqsa and Dome of the Rock mosques after
worshipers beat a policeman and stole his pistol during some of the
worst clashes seen on the revered Temple Mount.
1989 Jan 15, NATO, the Warsaw
Pact and 12 other European countries adopted a human rights and
security agreement in Vienna, Austria.
1990 Jan 15, A computer problem
disrupted AT&T long-distance service for about nine hours.
1990 Jan 15, Soviet leader
Gorbachev and the Soviet Presidium declared a state of emergency in
parts of Azerbaijan and Armenia in the wake of escalating ethnic
1991 Jan 15, In Colombia Jorge
Luis Ochoa turned himself in to police during an intense hunt for
leaders of the Medellin drug cartel. The Colombian Constitution of
this year forbade the extradition of its citizens.
(SFC, 7/6/96, p.A10)
1991 Jan 15, With hours
remaining before a United Nations deadline for Iraq to withdraw from
Kuwait, UN Secretary-General Javier Perez de Cuellar made a final
appeal to Saddam Hussein to remove his troops.
1992 Jan 15, The Yugoslav
federation, founded in 1918, effectively collapsed as the European
Community recognized the republics of Croatia and Slovenia.
1993 Jan 15, Lyricist Sammy
Cahn, who wrote the words to "Call me Irresponsible" and "High
Hopes," died in Los Angeles at age 79.
1993 Jan 15, In Paris a
historic disarmament ceremony ended with the last of 125 countries
signing a treaty banning chemical weapons.
1993 Jan 15, A 7.5 earthquake
struck northern Japan and 2 people died.
1994 Jan 15, President Clinton
paid solemn tribute to victims of Stalinist purges and German
occupation during a six-hour stop in the former Soviet republic of
Belarus before continuing on to Geneva.
1994 Jan 15, Harry Nilsson
(52), singer-songwriter died in Agoura Hills, Calif.
1995 Jan 15, The San Francisco
49ers defeated the Dallas Cowboys 38-28 in the National Football
Conference title game, while the San Diego Chargers upset the
Pittsburgh Steelers 17-13 in the American Football Conference
1995 Jan 15, San Francisco’s I.
Magnin store on Union Square closed. The first I. Magnin was founded
in 1877 on Market St. In 2006 James Thomas Mullane authored “A Store
to Remember,” an illustrated history of the store.
(SSFC, 12/31/06, p.E1,5)
1995 Jan 15, British soldiers
ended daytime patrols in Belfast, Ireland.
(SFC, 6/18/96, p.A8)
1995 Jan 15, Pope John Paul II
celebrated a final Mass during his visit to the Philippines, drawing
millions of people.
1996 Jan 15, In San Jose, Ca.,
Romel Reid, was arrested and later indicted on 23 accounts of
(SFC, 5/31/96, p.E2)
1996 Jan 15, Juan Garcia
Abrego, a top drug suspect, was arrested and deported to the US for
trial. He allegedly headed a syndicate with links to cocaine
operations in Colombia. Horacio Brunt, Mexican policeman, collared
Juan Garcia Abrego, a Mexican drug kingpin. He was sentenced to 11
life terms in 1997.
(WSJ, 1/16/96, p. A-1)(WSJ, 4/12/96, p.A-1)(SFC,
1996 Jan 15, Ailing Greek
Premier Andreas Papandreou resigned.
1996 Jan 15, Risking the lives
of more than 100 hostages in an effort to wipe out their Chechen
rebel captors, the Russian military hurled rockets and shells at the
tiny village of Pervomayskaya, at the border of Dagestan and
(WSJ, 1/16/96, p. A-1)(AP, 1/15/01)
1997 Jan 15, Boeing agreed to
make rudder changes to its 737 airplanes at an estimated cost of
(WSJ, 1/16/97, p.A1)
1997 Jan 15, The crews of the
shuttle Atlantis and the Russian space station Mir had a raucously
joyful meeting, hours after their spacecraft had docked.
1997 Jan 15, The Israeli
cabinet approved the Hebron accord 11-7. The Palestinian cabinet
approved the accord by a wide margin. A bitterly divided Israeli
Cabinet agreed to withdraw troops from most of Hebron and rural West
Bank areas, approving an accord wrapped up hours earlier by Prime
Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat.
(WSJ, 1/16/97, p.A1)(AP, 1/15/98)
1997 Jan 15, Mexico announced
the final $3.5 billion payment on the [Feb, 1995] $13.5
billion US loan.
(SFC, 1/16/97, p.A1)
1997 Jan 15, In Peru
intelligence officers took Leonor LaRosa, a fellow intelligence
agent, into custody and began torturing her on accusations that she
informed newspapers of military plans to intimidate and assassinate
opposition activists and journalists. La Rosa named 4 intelligence
agents as directly responsible. Ricardo Anderson was named as one of
the 4 agents.
(SFC, 6/28/97, p.A10)(SFC, 3/11/00, p.A9)(WSJ,
1998 Jan 15, The Feb issue of
the American Demographics magazine noted that American adults on
average reported 58 sexual episodes a year.
(SFC, 1/15/98, p.A2)
1998 Jan 15, Pres. Clinton
presented the Presidential Medal of Freedom to 15 honorees.
(SFC, 1/16/98, p.A1,13)
1998 Jan 15, The US and
Singapore announced an agreement for US ships to use a planned $35
million naval base beginning in 2000.
(SFC, 1/16/98, p.B4)
1998 Jan 15, Henry Cisneros'
ex-mistress, Linda Medlar Jones, pleaded guilty to misleading
federal authorities investigating the former U.S. housing
secretary's payment of alleged hush money to her. Jones served
nearly 18 months in prison; she was later pardoned by President
1998 Jan 15, Labor Secretary
Alexis Herman denied allegations that she had sold her influence in
the White House. Herman was cleared in 2000 by Independent Counsel
Ralph I. Lancaster.
1998 Jan 15, Junior Wells (63),
Chicago Blues harmonica star, died. His album "Hoodoo Man Blues" was
recorded in the 1960s and considered by many as one of the best
all-time blues albums.
(SFC, 1/17/98, p.A19)(MC, 1/15/02)
1998 Jan 15, In Algeria the
government agreed to a revamped EU delegation to seek ways to end
(SFC, 1/16/98, p.B4)
1998 Jan 15, Eastern Slavonia
reintegrated into Croatia. Some 75,000 Croat refugees promised
friction with the Serbs occupying their homes. The 2-year UN peace
mission ended but 180 int’l. observers were to remain as monitors.
(SFEC, 8/17/97, Par p.2)(WSJ, 1/15/98, p.A1)(SFC,
1998 Jan 15, In Sri Lanka a
Jaffna library of Tamil literature was reopened as a gesture
conciliatory gesture toward separatist rebels.
(WSJ, 1/16/98, p.A1)
1998 Jan 15, In Turkey the
parliament passed legislation allowing husbands to be indicted for
domestic abuse even if their wives refuse to press charges.
(SFC, 1/16/98, p.B4)
1999 Jan 15, House prosecutors
prodded senators at President Clinton's impeachment trial to summon
Monica Lewinsky, Vernon Jordan and others for testimony and "invite
the president" to appear as well.
1999 Jan 15, SF based AirTouch
was sold to Vodafone Group PLC of Britain for $56 billion.
(SFC, 1/16/99, p.A1)
1999 Jan 15, Off of Argentina a
Liberian tanker collided with a German vessel and leaked over 65,000
gallons of crude oil near the Rio de la Plata, 50 miles north of
(SFC, 1/23/99, p.C1)
1999 Jan 15, In Brazil the real
was allowed to float and the Bovespa index moved up 33%. The real
closed at 1.43 to the dollar.
(SFC, 1/16/99, p.A10)
1999 Jan 15, China asserted its
sovereignty over the potentially oil-rich Spratly Islands and
rejected a Philippine proposal to discuss the disputed islands.
(SFC, 1/16/99, p.A11)
1999 Jan 15, In Greece some
30,000 people protested new education reforms that would base
university entrance on course work rather than a single exam.
(SFC, 1/16/99, p.A11)
1999 Jan 15, In southern India
a stampede by Hindu pilgrims left 51 dead after a hill collapsed
near the Sabarimala shrine.
(WSJ, 1/15/99, p.A1)
1999 Jan 15, In Iraq the US
again fired at an air-defense site.
(WSJ, 1/15/99, p.A1)
1999 Jan 15, In Kosovo Yugoslav
army units killed 15 Albanian rebels. Later reports indicated that
45 Albanians were massacred at Racak.
(SFC, 1/16/99, p.A10)(SFC, 1/22/99, p.A10)
1999 Jan 15, The Sudanese
government and rebels agreed to a 3-month extension of a cease-fire
in a southwestern province.
(SFC, 1/16/99, p.A11)
2000 Jan 15, The US EPA placed
new restrictions on the cultivation of genetically modified Bt corn.
(SFEC, 1/16/00, p.A5)
2000 Jan 15, Madeleine Albright
stopped in Colombia to discuss a $1.2 billion emergency aid package
that included $400 million for 30 US Blackhawk helicopters to help
in the drug war.
(SFEC, 1/16/00, p.A25)
2000 Jan 15, In Belgrade
Serbian paramilitary leader Zeljko Raznatovic (47), aka Arkan, was
shot dead along with associates. Serb police later arrested 3
suspects, Dobrosav Gavric (23), Dejan Pitulic (33), and Vujadin
Krstic (36), and called the murder a gangland hit.
(SFEC, 1/16/00, p.A1,16)(SFEC, 1/23/00,
p.A27)(WSJ, 1/24/00, p.A23)
2000 Jan 15, In China 5.9 and
6.5 earthquakes hit in Yunnan province and 4 people were killed.
(SFEC, 1/16/00, p.A25)
2000 Jan 15, In Colombia the
government military claimed to have killed 44 guerrillas. 6 soldier
and police also died as well as 8 civilians in a town 30 miles
southeast of Bogota.
(SFC, 1/18/00, p.A9)
2000 Jan 15, In San Jose, Costa
Rica, a Czech-built Let 410 Taxi Aereo Centroamericano flight
crashed and 4 people were killed with 17 injured.
(SFC, 1/17/00, p.A11)
2000 Jan 15, In Russia Gennady
Zyuganov and Grigory Yavlinsky joined the presidential race.
(SFEC, 1/16/00, p.A16)
2001 Jan 15, President-elect
Bush marked the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday at an elementary
school in Houston, where he promised wary black Americans: "My job
will be to listen not only to the successful, but also to the
2001 Jan 15, Jimmy Wales (35),
a retired futures and options trader, founded Wikipedia, an Internet
encyclopedia. It started as an offshoot of Nupedia, a free, online
encyclopedia written by experts. Larry Sanger and Jimmy Wales came
up with the idea of allowing anybody to edit entries. In 2009 Andrew
Lih authored “The Wikipedia Revolution: How as Bunch of Nobodies
Created the World’s Greatest Encyclopedia.”
(SFC, 12/6/05, p.A10)(WSJ, 3/18/09, p.A13)(SFC,
1/15/11, p.D1)(Econ, 1/15/11, p.14)
2001 Jan 15, In East Africa the
presidents of Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda formed a regional
partnership, reviving one that collapsed in 1978.
(SFC, 1/16/01, p.A10)
2001 Jan 15, The Jan 13 El
Salvador earthquake death toll climbed to over 707 and damages were
estimated at $1 billion [see Jan 13].
(SFC, 1/16/01, p.A1)(SSFC, 1/21/01, p.D1)
2001 Jan 15, The Palestinian
authority offered amnesty to suspected collaborators with Israel.
(SFC, 1/16/01, p.A9)
2001 Jan 15, In the Philippines
flooding of the Balugo River and tributaries drove some 12,000
people from their homes.
(SFC, 1/16/01, p.A10)
2002 Jan 15, It was reported
that an American, Clark Russell Bowers (37), had been taken hostage
in Afghanistan with ransom at $25k.
(SFC, 1/15/02, p.A10)
2002 Jan 15, Nancy Pelosi,
California Senator, began her position as Democratic whip.
(SFC, 1/15/02, p.A1)
2002 Jan 15, Attorney General
John Ashcroft said that John Walker Lindh, the 20-year-old
Californian who had fought alongside the Taliban in Afghanistan,
would be charged with conspiracy to kill U.S. citizens and could
face life in prison if convicted. Lindh received a 20-year sentence
after pleading guilty to supplying services to the Taliban and
carrying explosives in commission of a felony.
(SFC, 1/16/02, p.A1)(SFC, 1/25/02, p.A20)(AP,
2002 Jan 15, Arthur Andersen
LLP said it was firing senior auditor David B. Duncan, who had
organized a "rushed disposal" of Enron documents after federal
regulators requested information about the failing energy company.
2002 Jan 15, Michael Bilandic
(78), former Chicago mayor and Illinois Supreme Court chief justice,
2002 Jan 15, In Argentina
protesters rioted in 3 provinces as the peso fell to 1.95 to the
dollar from 1.7
(SFC, 1/16/02, p.A8)
2002 Jan 15, Fighting began in
Burundi between the army and Hutu rebels. At least 60 people were
dead after a week.
(SFC, 1/26/02, p.A8)
2002 Jan 15, China reported
that at least 50 miners were killed in 3 separate mine accidents.
(SFC, 1/16/02, p.A7)
2002 Jan 15, In Colombia FARC
rebels staged attacks in Puente Quetame, Ibague, Guayabal and
Cubarral following an accord to continue peace talks. At least 4
people were killed.
(SFC, 1/16/02, p.A8)
2002 Jan 15, Palestinian gunmen
killed 2 Israelis in separate attacks in the West Bank and near
Jerusalem. Avi Boaz (71) was abducted and killed after visiting with
a Palestinian family. The Palestinian Authority arrested Ahmed
Saadat, sec. gen’l. of the PFLP.
(SFC, 1/16/02, p.A7)(SFC, 1/17/02, p.A11)
2002 Jan 15, Philippine police
arrested Fathur Rohman Al-Ghozi of Indonesia, an alleged bomb-maker
in an al Qaeda linked terrorist cell. Ghozi admitted to providing
munitions and financing for the Dec 30, 2000, attack in Manila that
(WSJ, 1/21/02, p.A10)
2002 Jan 15, In the Philippines
15 people were killed in a shootout between Muslim demonstrators and
police in Jolo.
(SFC, 1/16/02, p.A7)
2003 Jan 15, White House budget
director Mitchell Daniels predicted federal deficits will exceed
$200 billion and probably go over $300 billion in 2004.
(SFC, 1/16/03, p.A7)(AP, 1/15/04)
2003 Jan 15, A Texas Tech
professor was arrested on a complaint of giving false information to
the FBI. Authorities said Thomas C. Butler had reported that vials
containing deadly bacteria were missing when, in fact, he had
destroyed them. Butler was later acquitted at trial of the most
serious charges against him, including lying to the FBI.
2003 Jan 15, Mickey Mouse and
The Walt Disney Company scored a big victory as the Supreme Court
upheld longer copyright protections for cartoon characters, songs,
books and other creations worth billions of dollars.
2003 Jan 15, The EU Parliament
voted to ban the use of animals to test cosmetics by 2009. Imports
of cosmetics using animal testing would also be banned.
(WSJ, 1/16/03, p.A1)
2003 Jan 15, Lufthansa
introduced Internet access to passengers on a flight from Germany to
(SFC, 1/15/03, p.B1)
2003 Jan 15, Former New York
City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani ended a two-day visit to Mexico's
capital, declaring that fighting government corruption will be
crucial in lowering crime.
2004 Jan 15, Carol Moseley
Braun ended her White House, leaving an all-male field for the
presidency and giving her support to Democratic front-runner Howard
2004 Jan 15, The NASA Spirit
rover rolled onto the surface of Mars for the first time since the
vehicle bounced to a landing nearly two weeks earlier.
2004 Jan 15, Olivia Goldsmith
(54), author of "The First Wives Club" (1992), died in NYC of
complications from plastic surgery. Her book became a revenge
fantasy for wives tossed aside in favor of younger women. It became
a No. 1 film in 1996 starring Goldie Hawn, Diane Keaton and Bette
(AP, 1/16/04)(SFC, 1/17/04, p.A17)
2004 Jan 15, Ron O’Neal (66),
star of the 1972 film "Superfly," died in Los Angeles.
(SFC, 1/16/04, p.A3)(SFC, 1/17/04, p.A17)
2004 Jan 15, In Argentina Pres.
Nestor Kirchner ordered an investigation into charges the army
operated training camps on torture techniques during the mid-80s.
2004 Jan 15, In Australia
regular train service from Adelaide to Darwin in 43 hours was set to
begin. Plans for the Transcontinental line had begun in 1911.
(SSFC, 10/26/03, p.A1)
2004 Jan 15, Manik Saha (49), a
Bangladeshi reporter for the New Age newspaper and the BBC, was
leaving a press club when unidentified attackers hurled a bomb at
him. He was the first journalist in the world to be murdered in
2004 Jan 15, Ecuador's
government declared a state of emergency in the prison system after
a series of protests.
2004 Jan 15, India and
Pakistan, resumed rail services across their border. The frontier
had been closed for 2 years.
(SFC, 1/16/04, p.A16)
2004 Jan 15, Iraqi bank notes
bearing Saddam Hussein's portrait became obsolete as a three-month
period to exchange old bills for new ones came to an end. The new
currency required 27 flights of 747 planes for delivery.
(AP, 1/15/04)(WSJ, 1/20/04, p.A14)
2004 Jan 15, In Karachi,
Pakistan, a car bomb blew up outside a Christian Bible society,
injuring 12 people.
2004 Jan 15, Amnesty Int'l.
said more than 400 prisoners have been hanged since 1991 in
Singapore, mostly for drug offenses. The London-based rights report
on Singapore was entitled "A Hidden Toll of Executions."
(AP, 1/15/04)(WSJ, 1/16/04, p.A1)
2005 Jan 15, A military court
at Fort Hood, Texas, sentenced Army Specialist Charles Graner Jr. to
10 years behind bars for physically and sexually mistreating Iraqi
prisoners at Abu Ghraib prison. Graner (42) was released from prison
In Leavenworth, Kansas, on Aug 6, 2011.
(AP, 1/15/06)(SSFC, 8/7/11, p.A10)
2005 Jan 15, Michelle Kwan won
her ninth title at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships; earlier,
Johnny Weir won his second straight men's title..
2005 Jan 15, Dan Lee (35),
Pixar animator, died in Berkeley, Ca. His work included the design
of Nemo in Pixar’s animated film “Finding Nemo.”
(SFC, 2/1/05, p.B7)
2005 Jan 15, Ruth Warrick (88),
stage and screen actress and the inveterate busybody on "All My
Children," died in NY. She played Phoebe Tyler Wallingford in the TV
soap opera that debuted in 1970.
2005 Jan 15, Visiting
Chancellor of the Exchequer Gordon Brown revealed that Britain has
decided to cancel Mozambique's total debt to it of 150 million
dollars (114 million euros) to help the southern African country
combat poverty. He said: "We've also agreed to pay 10 percent of
Mozambique's multilateral debt."
2005 Jan 15, China and Taiwan
agreed to allow the first direct flights since 1949.
2005 Jan 15, Gunmen shot and
killed three police officers as authorities stormed a house in
Kaspiisk, a port on the Caspian Sea in the Russian province of
Dagestan. Riot police and other security forces besieged a house in
the provincial capital, Makhachkala, where gunmen were hiding and
one officer was killed.
2005 Jan 15, Denmark’s
waterfront opera house opened in Copenhagen. Arnold Maersk McKinney
Moeller put up $440 million for the project.
2005 Jan 15, Sami Mohammed Ali
Said al-Jaaf, also known as Abu Omar al-Kurdi, was arrested during a
raid in Baghdad. On Jan 24 authorities announced the arrest of
Al-Jaaf, an al-Qaida figure allegedly behind the vast majority of
the car bombings in Baghdad.
2005 Jan 15, In Kashmir
separatist guerrillas stormed a government building in Srinagar,
triggering a gunbattle with security forces days ahead of Republic
2005 Jan 15, Police and
militants fought a gun battle in a small Kuwaiti town near a US
military logistics center, leaving one Saudi gunman dead and two
2005 Jan 15, Mahmoud Abbas was
sworn in as Palestinian Authority president. 46 members of the
Palestinian election commission, including top managers, resigned
saying they were pressured by Mahmoud Abbas' campaign and
intelligence officials to abruptly change voting procedures during
the Jan. 9 presidential poll.
2005 Jan 15, Massive
demonstrations across Russia posed a major challenge to President
Vladimir Putin, and Moscow authorities bowed to the demands of
protesting retirees by restoring some of their state benefits, such
as free public transportation and subsidized medicine.
2005 Jan 15, Savo Todovic (52),
a Bosnian Serb wanted by the U.N. war crimes tribunal for crimes he
allegedly committed during the 1992-95 war, surrendered to Bosnian
2005 Jan 15, Opera singer
Victoria de los Angeles (81) died in Barcelona, Spain.
2006 Jan 15, A spokesman said
Rep Bob Ney, an Ohio Republican implicated in a lobbying corruption
investigation, will step aside temporarily as chairman of the US
House Administration Committee.
2006 Jan 15, Police in Fort
Lauderdale, Florida, arrested Brian Hooks and Thomas Daugherty, two
teenagers charged with murdering Norris Gaynor (45), a homeless man.
Three such attacks were conducted in the early hours of January 12,
leaving Gaynor dead and two others seriously wounded. In 2008 Brian
Hooks (21) and Thomas Dougherty (19) faced trial for murder and
attempted murder. 2 other youths played lesser roles. On Oct 23
Dougherty was sentenced to life in prison.
(AFP, 1/15/06)(SFC, 9/5/08, p.A5)(SFC, 10/24/08,
2006 Jan 15, The NASA space
capsule, Stardust, returned safely to Earth in a desert near Salt
Lake City with the first dust ever fetched from a comet, a cosmic
bounty that scientists hope will yield clues to how the solar system
2006 Jan 15, In southern
Afghanistan a suicide car bomb hit a Canadian military convoy,
killing three civilians, including a Canadian diplomat.
2006 Jan 15, Chileans voted in
a presidential runoff election that pitted Michelle Bachelet, a
socialist pediatrician promising to maintain the country's
free-market policies, against Sebastian Pinera, a Harvard-trained
economist and multimillionaire businessman vowing to fight poverty.
Michelle Bachelet (54) won the elections with 53% of the vote,
compared to 46% for Pinera.
2006 Jan 15, Finnish President
Tarja Halonen won the first round of the country's presidential
election, but failed to obtain an absolute majority and will be
forced into a runoff.
2006 Jan 15, Iran’s Pres.
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad proposed his 1st budget bill. The government
expected some $36 billion in oil revenues, promised to build 300,000
housing units and planned to maintain energy subsidies amounting to
10% of GDP.
2006 Jan 15, Iran said it would
sponsor a conference to examine the scientific evidence supporting
2006 Jan 15, The US military
freed 509 Iraqi detainees from three prisons in Iraq, including two
journalists who work for Reuters.
2006 Jan 15, Israel’s acting PM
Ehud Olmert faced his first major test when he led his Cabinet in a
unanimous decision to let Palestinians vote in Jerusalem later this
2006 Jan 15, Crown prince Sheik
Saad Al Abdullah Al Sabah, in his mid-70s and ailing himself,
assumed the throne of Kuwait following the death of emir Sheik Jaber
Al Ahmed Al Sabah.
2006 Jan 15, In Malaysia a
homemade bomb filled with nails and bullet casings exploded outside
a shopping mall on Penang island, killing one man and injuring
2006 Jan 15, Separatist gunmen
shot dead several Nigerian troops and overran an oil plant run by
the Anglo-Dutch Shell, amid fears for the safety of four kidnapped
foreign workers. The Movement for the Emancipation of the Nigerian
Delta (MEND) claimed responsibility. MEND told Shell to pay $1.5
billion to the state of Bayelsa for pollution it said Shell has
(AFP, 1/15/06)(Econ, 1/21/06, p.47)
2006 Jan 15, North Korea news
reported that North Korea has awarded a medal for the first time to
an American, Ellsworth Culver (1927-2005), the late leader of Mercy
Corps, a U.S.-based aid group, for his efforts to help the communist
state fight hunger and poverty.
2006 Jan 15, An overcrowded
boat capsized during a religious sea parade in a remote central
Philippine province, and at least 16 people drowned and more were
2006 Jan 15, Taiwan's ruling
party elected a former close aide to President Chen Shui-bian as its
new leader, a move seen as an endorsement of Chen and his
2006 Jan 15, A Turkish girl
died from suspected bird flu, while her brother was critically ill
in hospital after testing positive for the virus.
2007 Jan 15, In the 64th Golden
Globe Awards the film "Babel" won for best dramatic film;
"Dreamgirls" was named best musical or comedy; "Grey’s Anatomy" won
best dramatic television series, while "Ugly Betty" won for best TV
musical or comedy series. Forest Whitaker won the film actor award
for “The Last King of Scotland; Helen Mirren won the film actress
award for “The Queen.”
(SFC, 1/16/07, p.E1)(AP, 1/15/08)
2007 Jan 15, California’s top
agricultural official said 3 days of freezing temperatures had
ruined as much as 70% of the state’s citrus crop.
(SFC, 1/16/07, p.A1)
2007 Jan 15, The death toll
from a powerful winter storm rose to 36 across six states as utility
crews labored to restore service to hundreds of thousands of
Missouri households and businesses enduring cold weather without
electricity for heat and lights.
2007 Jan 15, Richard Musgrave
(b.1910), German-born American economist and Harvard professor
(1965-1981), died in Santa Cruz, Ca. His books included the classic
textbook: “The Theory of Public Finance: A Study in Public Economy.”
(SFC, 1/22/07, p.B4)
2007 Jan 15, In southern
Afghanistan NATO troops attacked a militant base in an operation
that left one Western soldier dead and several wounded. 13 suspected
Taliban militants were killed and 17 others were wounded during the
clash with NATO troops. Gunmen in the east killed a deputy
provincial council chief. Afghan agents arrested Abul Haq Haqiq, aka
Dr. Mohammad Hanif, one of two spokesmen who often contacted
journalists on behalf of the Taliban, in eastern Afghanistan. He
said that fugitive leader Mullah Mohammad Omar is under the
protection of the ISI in Quetta. (ISI is Pakistan's Inter-Services
Intelligence agency and Quetta is a city in southwestern Pakistan
near the border with Afghanistan.) Afghan officials have alleged
some of the Taliban's leadership may be based there.
(AP, 1/15/07)(AP, 1/16/07)(AFP, 1/17/07)
2007 Jan 15, A British
prosecutor told a jury that 6 men plotted to kill London subway and
bus passengers with bombs made from hydrogen peroxide and flour on
July 21, 2005, two weeks after suicide bombers killed 52 commuters
in the city. The devices failed to explode.
2007 Jan 15, It was reported
that a team at the British institute that cloned Dolly the sheep
have made a genetically engineered chicken that produces cancer
drugs in its eggs. The proteins they chose were miR24, a monoclonal
antibody with potential for treating melanoma, and human interferon
b-1a, an immune system protein from a family of proteins that
attacks tumors and viruses.
2007 Jan 15, More than 100
rebels attacked a northwestern town in the Central African Republic,
sparking the first fighting with government troops in more than a
2007 Jan 15, Anti-government
rebels in Chad said they have captured a new location in the far
north of the central African country after ending a truce at the
weekend. Chadian defense minister, General Bichara Issa Djadallah,
denied the rebel claim.
2007 Jan 15, More than 500
armed militants in Chechnya and other parts of Russia's troubled
North Caucasus surrendered to authorities as part of an amnesty that
expired at day’s end.
2007 Jan 15, Bo Yibo (b.1908),
one of China's first Communist revolutionaries and a member of the
post-Mao circle of leaders known as the "eight immortals," died in
2007 Jan 15, In Colombia
Eugenio Montoya Sanchez (37), believed by authorities to be a leader
of the Norte del Valle drug cartel, was captured following a
shootout, ending a years-long hunt for a man wanted by American
officials for allegedly smuggling tons of cocaine into the US. 2
cold-storage tanks owned by a Nestle supplier outside the town of
San Vicente de Caguan were blown up in an attack also attributed to
the FARC. Salvatore Mancuso became the 1st senior paramilitary
leader to make a voluntary confession of his involvement in
kidnappings and mass murders. Sanchez was later extradited to the US
and in 2009 pleaded guilty to drug trafficking. He was sentenced to
30 years in prison.
(AP, 1/16/07)(AP, 1/19/07)(Econ, 1/20/07,
p.48)(SFC, 4/29/09, p.A4)
2007 Jan 15, In Ecuador
nationalist Rafael Correa was sworn in as president. He pledged to
fight a political establishment widely discredited as corrupt. He
signed a decree calling a referendum for a Constituent Assembly and
doubled a monthly welfare payment to $30 for some 1.3 million of the
(AP, 1/15/07)(Econ, 1/20/07, p.48)(Econ, 4/21/07,
2007 Jan 15, In India hundreds
of Hindu holy men, naked but for the ash smeared on their bodies and
an occasional marigold garland, led a sea of humanity to the waters
of the Ganges River to wash away their sins at the apex of a
2007 Jan 15, Two top aides to
Saddam Hussein were hanged before dawn, and the head of one of them,
the former Iraqi dictator's half brother Barzan Ibrahim, was severed
from his body during the execution. 3 policemen were killed and two
hurt when a roadside bomb targeted their car in a southeastern
section of Baghdad.
2007 Jan 15, The Israeli
government published plans to build 44 homes in Israel's largest
West Bank settlement, violating a pledge to the US as Secretary of
State Condoleezza Rice was in the region on a peace-seeking mission.
2007 Jan 15, An Israeli court
ruled that a dead soldier's family can have his sperm impregnated
into the body of a woman he never met.
2007 Jan 15, Kyrgyzstan Pres.
Bakiyev signed into law constitutional amendments strengthening his
powers that he had pushed through after threatening to dissolve
2007 Jan 15, President Felipe
Calderon launched a program to create jobs for young Mexicans and
curb the flow of millions of migrants to the United States.
2007 Jan 15, The editor and a
journalist at a Moroccan news weekly that published jokes relating
to Islam were convicted of insulting the religion. The court gave
three-year suspended sentences to Driss Ksikes, editor of Nichane,
and to journalist Sanaa al-Aji. Both were barred from journalistic
activity with Nichane for two months and the independent
Arab-language magazine was suspended for two months. They were fined
(AP, 1/15/07)(AP, 1/30/07)
2007 Jan 15, Nepal’s Parliament
was dissolved and replaced by an interim legislature including
former communist rebels, a major step to co-opt the ex-guerrillas
into mainstream Nepalese politics after they agreed to end their
decade-long insurgency. 4-time prime minister Girija Prasad Koirala
became acting head of state, succeeding King Gyanendra.
2007 Jan 15, Some 2,000 ethnic
Pashtun tribesmen rallied in this Pakistani border town near
Afghanistan to condemn the Pakistani government for new border
2007 Jan 15, Russian
authorities began cracking down on millions of illegal migrants
throughout Russia as new rules tightening government control of
migration came into effect, prompting concerns that the country
could face serious shortages of low-wage laborers.
2007 Jan 15, A cargo ship and a
commuter hydrofoil collided near the entrance to the Sicilian port
of Messina, killing four people and leaving dozens of passengers
2007 Jan 15, Somali troops and
allied Ethiopian soldiers conducted house-to-house searches,
pursuing gunmen who carried out an attack in the northeastern part
of the capital.
2007 Jan 15, In South Korea
unionized workers at Hyundai Motor Co. began a promised partial
strike amid a dispute with management over bonuses.
2008 Jan 15, Pres. Bush signed
an exemption to allow the US Navy to continue using high-power sonar
off the coast of Southern California. Anti-submarine warfare
training would still not go forward because an injunction was in
place against the practice due to its effect on whales and other
marine mammals. On Feb 4 a federal judge rejected the Bush
(SFC, 1/17/08, p.A3)(SFC, 2/5/08, p.A3)
2008 Jan 15, Republican Mitt
Romney won the Michigan primary with 39.4% of the vote. McCain got
30% and Huckabee 15.4%.
(SFC, 1/16/08, p.A11)
2008 Jan 15, A US District
judge ordered the border city of Eagle Pass, Texas, to surrender 233
acres to the federal government for the construction of a border
fence by the Homeland Security Dept.
(SFC, 1/17/08, p.A5)
2008 Jan 15, US lawyers for the
families of seven Americans killed in the Sep, 1989, bombing of
French UTA Flight 772 said a federal judge in Washington has ordered
Libya and six of its officials to pay more than $6 billion in
2008 Jan 15, Citigroup Inc.
said it lost $9.8 billion in last year's final three months, the
largest quarterly deficit in its 196-year history. The company
slashed its dividend and 4,200 jobs as it recorded a mammoth
write-down for bad bets on the mortgage industry. Vikram Pandit
planned a $14.5 capital infusion from sovereign wealth funds and
(AP, 1/15/08)(Econ, 1/19/08, p.82)
2008 Jan 15, Brad Renfro (25),
a street-smart Tennessee schoolboy plucked from obscurity in 1993 to
play the title role in "The Client" (1993), was found dead in his
home in LA.
2008 Jan 15, A Boeing-built
satellite for mobile voice and data services was placed in orbit by
a rocket launched from a floating platform in the Pacific Ocean.
2008 Jan 15, Afghan authorities
raided a house in Kabul where the alleged attackers on the Serena
Hotel had spent the night before the attack. Police found a video
showing two of the assailants, identified as Farouq and Salahuddin,
saying they were ready to die. The owner of the house and his
brother were arrested. Officials said heavy snow, avalanches and
cold weather have killed at least 85 people in western Afghanistan
in recent days.
2008 Jan 15, Australia's new
government told an Indian envoy that it will not sell uranium to his
country while it is not a member of the global nonproliferation
2008 Jan 15, An Australian
judge banned the company that conducts Japan's whale hunt from
killing the animals in a large part of its regular hunting grounds
off Antarctica. Japanese whalers said they are holding captive two
activists who "illegally" boarded their vessel in the Southern
Ocean, in a dramatic escalation in the battle between the two sides.
2008 Jan 15, Barbados held
elections. The opposition swept to power, winning at least 20 of the
30 seats in Barbados' legislature. David Thompson led the Democratic
Labor Party back to power and inherited a public debt equal to 88%
(AP, 1/16/08)(Econ, 1/19/08, p.40)
2008 Jan 15, Brazil signed
accords with Cuba offering economic aid and sealed a deal to drill
for oil off the island’s coast. Brazil’s Pres. Luiz Inacio Lula da
Silva Trade with businessmen in tow signed trade and investment
deals totaling some $1 billion.
(WSJ, 1/16/08, p.A1)(Econ, 6/28/08, p.45)
2008 Jan 15, Britain and Russia
traded threats and recrimination as a diplomatic feud over the role
of the British government's cultural arm worsened.
2008 Jan 15, The Canadian
government fired the country's top nuclear watchdog, criticizing her
for how she handled the closure of a key reactor which makes medical
2008 Jan 15, Finland's Nokia,
the top global mobile phone manufacturer, said that it planned to
close a factory in Germany by mid-year which employs 2,300 workers.
2008 Jan 15, The French
government announced during a visit by Pres. Sarkozy that it will
set up a permanent military base of up to 500 troops in the United
2008 Jan 15, In Georgia tens of
thousands of people demonstrated in Tbilisi, pressing for a
presidential runoff but celebrating an agreement giving the
opposition more control over the main state-funded television
2008 Jan 15, India confirmed a
bird flu outbreak among poultry following the death of thousands of
chickens in the past week in the state of West Bengal. A train
collided with a packed auto rickshaw in eastern India, killing nine
people and injuring two.
(AFP, 1/15/08)(AP, 1/15/08)
2008 Jan 15, In Iraq 5 school
children were killed after being struck by a car in the convoy of a
top judicial official during a chaotic gunbattle with checkpoint
guards in Baghdad.
2008 Jan 15, Israeli tanks and
helicopters raided Gaza, killing the son of the territory's most
powerful leader and 16 other Palestinians in the bloodiest day of
fighting since Hamas seized the coastal strip in June.
2008 Jan 15, Kenya’s
legislators chose an opposition member as parliament speaker in a
close vote, giving a victory to foes of the president as they
prepared for mass protest rallies. Grace Kaindi, the police chief of
Kisumu, said she had ordered her officers to fire on a rioting
crowd, saying she was forced to because police were overwhelmed
during protests over disputed elections. Of the 612 deaths
government officials have attributed to election violence, 53 were
in Kisumu; hospital records show 44 of those were killed by police
2008 Jan 15, An explosion
targeted a US Embassy vehicle in northern Beirut, killing four
Lebanese and injuring a local embassy employee.
2008 Jan 15, In Mexico before
dawn Margarito Saldana, Tijuana district commander, was shot dead
while he slept in his home.
2008 Jan 15, In Nigeria a
civilian was killed and two policemen injured in an overnight attack
on the convoy of a port authority official in the oil hub city Port
Harcourt. Anglo-Dutch energy giant Shell said that local people were
hampering efforts to repair the sabotaged pipelines at the Forcados
export terminal in southern Nigeria.
2008 Jan 15, In Pakistan some
200 Islamic militants overran the Sararogha Fort close to the Afghan
border breaking through the walls with rockets. The battle killed
seven soldiers and left 20 missing. The military said 50 attackers
2008 Jan 15, In the Philippines
gunmen ransacked a Roman Catholic school in the southernmost
Tawi-Tawi Island, fatally shooting Reynaldo Roda (55), a priest who
had received death threats from Muslim militants and abducting a
2008 Jan 15, In Saudi Arabia
Pres. Bush urged OPEC nations to put more oil on the world market
and warned that soaring prices could cause an economic slowdown in
the US. The kingdom's oil minister said Saudi Arabia will raise oil
production when the market justifies it.
2008 Jan 15, A southern
official said in the local press that troops from northern Sudan are
hiding out in bushes of south Sudan in defiance of a peace deal
requirement to withdraw.
2008 Jan 15, Singing
schoolchildren welcomed Taiwanese President Chen Shui-bian to St.
Lucia for his first visit since the small Caribbean island shifted
diplomatic ties to Taipei instead of rival China.
2008 Jan 15, In southern
Thailand suspected Muslim insurgents exploded a bomb that left at
least 39 people injured in a market in Yala.
2008 Jan 15, Turkish warplanes
bombed Kurdish rebel targets in northern Iraq in the latest in a
series of cross-border air strikes.
2009 Jan 15, Pres. George W.
Bush offered his own first draft of history, summarizing eight years
in office. He told the country that while his policies have been
unpopular, there can be little debate about the results saying
America has gone more than seven years without another terrorist
attack on our soil.
2009 Jan 15, Pres. Bush passed
new rules to end over fishing of 40 struggling marine species. Under
the rules the nation’s 8 regional fishery management councils must
draw up measures to end over fishing by 2010.
(WSJ, 1/26/09, p.A2)
2009 Jan 15, Eric Holder,
Obama’s choice for attorney general, called waterboarding torture
and vowed to shut Guantanamo.
(WSJ, 1/16/09, p.A1)
2009 Jan 15, Roland Burris was
sworn in as junior senator from Illinois.
(SFC, 1/16/09, p.A4)
2009 Jan 15, The US dollar
strengthened against the ruble to a record 32.40 rubles, well above
the high set in 2003. The depreciation was expected to continue.
(WSJ, 1/16/09, p.C8)
2009 Jan 15, A US Airways
Airbus A320 jetliner, piloted by Chesley B. Sullenberger and bound
for Charlotte, NC, landed in the Hudson River after both engines
failed shortly after takeoff from LaGuardia and an encounter with a
flock of geese. All 155 people aboard Flight 1549 survived.
(AP, 1/16/09)(WSJ, 1/16/09, p.A3)
2009 Jan 15, In western
Afghanistan Gen. Fazaludin Sayar, a top Afghan army general, was
killed in a helicopter crash. All 12 others aboard were also killed.
2009 Jan 15, Australia's
tropical Queensland state declared a flood disaster over an area the
size of France and Germany after recent monsoon storms. The floods
are eventually expected to move inland, helping fill lakes and
relieving a long-running drought in parts of Australia's desert
interior and tropical north.
2009 Jan 15, The British
government announced its support for a controversial third runway at
London's chronically overcrowded Heathrow Airport, despite angry
opposition from green groups and locals.
2009 Jan 15, Bulgarians held a
rally outside parliament for the second day to demand that their
government resign because of alleged corruption and a deepening
2009 Jan 15, A police official
said Chinese authorities have detained 13 members of a gang
suspected of kidnapping and selling children, sometimes swooping by
on motorcycles and snatching them in broad daylight. Xinhua News
Agency said Su Tonghua (21) was arrested on Dec. 31. His 12
accomplices were arrested last week.
2009 Jan 15, Denmark's central
bank lowered its key interest rate by 0.75 to 3 percent.
2009 Jan 15, The European
Central Bank cuts its key rate by half a point to 2%, matching its
lowest level ever, set in December 2005.
(WSJ, 1/16/09, p.A5)
2009 Jan 15, The last Ethiopian
troops backing Somalia's fragile government left Mogadishu, as
Islamist forces took control of bases that the Ethiopians had
vacated. An Islamist court under Shabab publicly executed politician
Abdirahman Ahmed (55) to death by firing squad for showing sympathy
(AP, 1/15/09)(Econ, 2/28/09,
2009 Jan 15, In Hong Kong Grace
Mugabe (43), the wife of Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe, struck
a photographer in the face repeatedly as her bodyguard grabbed him
when he was trying to snap photos of her leaving the five-star
Kowloon Shangri-la Hotel. She was later granted diplomatic immunity
from prosecution over her alleged assault of the British journalist.
2009 Jan 15, Iraq's minister of
higher education escaped injury when a roadside bomb exploded near
his convoy in central Baghdad. A government security guard was
killed and four people were wounded in another blast. Iraqi police
arrested 13 suspected Sunni insurgents north of Baghdad, including
three senior members of an al-Qaida front group.
2009 Jan 15, The Irish
government nationalized Anglo Irish Bank after its chairman, Sean
Fitzpatrick, failed to disclose some €83 million in personal loans.
2009 Jan 15, Israel shelled the
UN headquarters in the Gaza Strip, engulfing the compound and the
main warehouse in fire and destroying thousands of pounds of food
and humanitarian supplies intended for Palestinian refugees.
Fighting killed at least 70 people including 2 top Hamas leaders,
Said Siam (49), the minister of the interior, and deputy Salah Abu
Sharah. Gaza medical officials said 1,100 Palestinians have been
killed since Israel's offensive started Dec. 27. Israeli soldiers
used a Palestinian child, later identified as Majd R, as a human
shield by forcing him to check for booby traps. In 2010 two Israeli
soldiers were convicted of using the child as a human shield. They
received suspended sentences and demotions.
(AP, 1/15/09)(SFC, 1/16/09, p.A2)(AP,
2009 Jan 15, Kazakh lawmakers
approved legislation to guarantee at least two political parties are
represented in parliament, a move designed to improve the Central
Asian nation's tarnished democratic credentials.
2009 Jan 15, A Luxembourg court
ordered Swiss bank UBS AG to pay French financial company Oddo &
Cie euro30 million ($40 million) it had invested in a fund linked to
the alleged fraud perpetrated by US financier Bernard Madoff.
2009 Jan 15, Police in New
Zealand said they had nabbed a man who was trying to crack a bar's
safe after posting security camera footage of the act on the
Internet networking site Facebook.
2009 Jan 15, Pakistani
officials said 71 people have been arrested in a crackdown on groups
allegedly linked to the Mumbai attacks, while adding that the
information India has handed over needs work before it can be used
as evidence in court. Pakistan also said security forces had closed
five training camps run by Lashkar-e-Taiba, the group blamed for the
Mumbai attack, and arrested the entire top, middle and lower-level
leadership and those of a related charity. Security forces killed
and injured a large number of militants in the Swat valley in the
country's northwest. Four local militant commanders died in the
(AP, 1/15/09)(Reuters, 1/15/09)(AP, 1/16/09)(WSJ,
2009 Jan 15, In the Philippines
gunmen abducted three Red Cross workers in a southern Muslim
militant stronghold, prompting a search operation by US-backed
Filipino troops through dense jungles in the country's worst foreign
hostage crisis in nearly eight years. Seven suspects including three
police officers were later arrested in connection with a
wide-ranging official enquiry into the abductions on the southern
island of Jolo. Eugenio Vagni (63), Italian Red Cross worker, was
released on July 11. A Swiss and a Filipino, had been freed earlier
in the year by the militants.
(AP, 1/15/09)(AFP, 4/6/09)(AP, 7/11/09)
2009 Jan 15, The US Air Force
began airlifting heavy machinery to Rwandan troops serving in an
international mission in Darfur, the first time the new US Africa
Command has undertaken a large-scale peacekeeper support operation.
2009 Jan 15, Swiss
pharmaceutical giant Novartis AG said it has secured a $486 million
contract to build a new flu vaccine plant in North Carolina.
2009 Jan 15, Togo agreed to
extradite to the US Solano Cortez Jorge, an alleged druglord from
Colombia, who was arrested trying to smuggle hundreds of pounds
(kilograms) of cocaine through this West African nation last year.
2009 Jan 15, In Turkmenistan
Pres. Gurbanguli Berdymukhamedov fired almost one-third of his
Cabinet and the head of the state oil company in a large-scale
reshuffle reminiscent of his eccentric predecessor's frequent
2009 Jan 15, Ukraine rejected
Russia's latest request to pipe natural gas westward to increasingly
frustrated EU consumers, deepening the bitter economic and political
dispute that has paralyzed energy shipments to Europe.
2010 Jan 15, The US State
Department said it will soon give China a formal diplomatic message
expressing its concern about cyber attacks that prompted Google Inc
to threaten to pull out of China.
2010 Jan 15, Johnson &
Johnson issued a massive recall of over-the-counter drugs including
Tylenol, Motrin and St. Joseph's aspirin because of a moldy smell
that has made people sick.
2010 Jan 15, In Arizona an
oversight board voted to close 13 state parks in response to budget
cuts. Since July the Legislature has cut 61% of the state parks
(SFC, 1/16/10, p.A4)
2010 Jan 15, In southern
Afghanistan a roadside bomb struck a family traveling home after
visiting a shrine, killing five people, including four children.
Kabul police investigated a rocket attack in the Shar-e-Naw
district, home to embassies, businesses and residences in Kabul.
2010 Jan 15, In Afghanistan Pfc
Andrew Holmes from 5 Joint Base Lewis-McChord killed an unarmed
teenage villager from 15 feet away after fellow soldier Cpl. Morlock
tossed a grenade at him. In 2011 Holmes pleaded guilty and was
sentenced to 7 years in prison. Prosecutors said soldiers from Joint
Base Lewis-McChord killed three civilians for sport during patrols
in January, February and May. Army Staff Sgt. Calvin Gibbs killed a
second victim with Spc. Michael Wagnon, and tossed an AK-47 at the
man's feet to make him appear to have been an enemy fighter. In May,
Gibbs threw a grenade at the victim as he ordered them to shoot. In
2011 Gibbs (26) was sentenced to 10 years in prison. During his
court-martial Gibbs acknowledged cutting fingers off corpses to keep
as war trophies.
p.A4)(SFC, 11/11/11, p.A18)
2010 Jan 15, Opposition parties
in the Central African Republic announced that they were quitting
the electoral process and demanded the resignation of the head of
the Independent Electoral Commission. The walkout involved 15 of the
30 members of the commission, which was set up in August to organize
and supervise elections at dates yet to be announced.
2010 Jan 15, Chinese police in
Beijing shut down what would have been the country’s first-ever gay
pageant an hour before it was set to begin, highlighting the
enduring sensitivity surrounding homosexuality and the struggle by
gays to find mainstream acceptance.
2010 Jan 15, Guinean military
rulers decided to keep wounded junta chief Captain Moussa Dadis
Camara convalescing abroad, leaving his deputy and an opposition
leader to restore civilian rule.
2010 Jan 15, In Haiti the UN
and other aid organizations struggled to get food and water to
stricken millions. Fears spread of unrest among the people in their
fourth day of desperation. France urged Haiti’s creditors to cancel
the nation’s debt.
(AP, 1/15/10)(SFC, 1/16/10, p.A2)
2010 Jan 15, In Hong Kong
protesters against a national high-speed rail network scuffled with
police as they tried but failed to storm the legislature. Another
500 staged a sit-in in front of the Hong Kong leader's mansion,
shutting down traffic. The $55 billion Hong Kong dollar ($7.1
billion) project to link Hong Kong to a national high-speed rail
network has run into a growing protest movement.
2010 Jan 15, In India suspected
Maoist rebels blew up a police jeep in eastern Jharkhand state
killing six officers and their civilian driver.
2010 Jan 15, Iran's police
chief warned opposition supporters not to use cell phones and e-mail
messages to organize protest rallies against the government, saying
those who do so will be prosecuted and punished.
2010 Jan 15, In Kenya at least
7 people were killed during a demonstration in Nairobi by Muslim
youth protesting the arrest of a radical Jamaican-born Muslim cleric
whose teachings influenced one of the 2005 London transport system
(AP, 1/15/10)(SFC, 1/16/10, p.A2)
2010 Jan 15, Malaysian student
Mohamad Tasyrif Tajudin (25) was charged after allegedly posting
comments on Facebook about throwing a gasoline bomb amid a recent
spate of attacks on churches, most of which were hit by Molotov
Cocktails. He was charged under Malaysia’s Communications and
Multimedia Act for improper use of the Internet, which carries a
penalty of up to a year in jail and a fine if found guilty.
2010 Jan 15, Manuel Acosta
(42), the lead investigator in the Dec 31 slaying in Mexico of
Roberto Salcedo, a Southern California school board member, was shot
several times in the chest and torso, but survived in critical
condition. He succumbed to his wounds on Jan 26.
2010 Jan 15, A UN official said
North Korea is meting out harsher punishment to citizens who try to
flee the country, a sign that overall human rights conditions remain
dire in the communist state.
2010 Jan 15, In Pakistan a US
drone missile attack killed five militants in the tribal belt on the
Afghan border, destroying their compound.
2010 Jan 15, Russian lawmakers
ended years of resistance and ratified an international agreement
intended to strengthen and speed up the work of the European Court
of Human Rights. The measure still needed to be approved by the
upper house and signed by Pres. Medvedev, but both steps were
expected to occur soon.
2010 Jan 15, Venezuela’s
President Hugo Chavez announced a 25% increase in the minimum wage
to try to blunt the effects of soaring inflation, and playing down
criticism of his government's handling of an energy crisis and other
2010 Jan 15, A Yemeni airstrike
killed six al-Qaida operatives, including a key leader, in a desert
village bordering Saudi Arabia. Officials said four of those killed
were on Yemen's list of most-wanted al-Qaida figures, including
Qassim al-Raimi, who had been accused of plotting to assassinate the
US ambassador in 2004. Al-Raimi escaped from a Yemeni prison in 2006
with 21 other militants.
2011 Jan 15, The United States
passed a dubious milestone: Government debt surged to an all-time
high, more than $14 trillion. The debt level represents a $45,300
tab for each and everyone in the country.
2011 Jan 15, Nebraska's Teresa
Scanlan (17) was named Miss America becoming the youngest winner
ever in the pageant's history after a night of being judged for
poise, talent, fitness and knowledge.
2011 Jan 15, Republican Bill
Haslam (52), former executive for the Pilot chain of truck stops and
former mayor of Knoxville, was sworn in as governor of Tennessee. He
replaced Democrat Phil Bredeson, who could not run for re-election
due to term limits.
(SSFC, 1/16/11, p.A9)
2011 Jan 15, In southern
Afghanistan a US Marine shot and killed an Afghan policeman after an
argument at a patrol base in Sangin, Helmand province. A joint
Afghan and NATO force killed several armed insurgents while tracking
a Taliban operator in Nirkh district of Wardak province, west of
Kabul. 13 militants were killed in the operation. A bicycle bomb
targeting police vehicles near the center of Kandahar city wounded
at least 10 people. 6 civilians were killed by a roadside bomb in
Helmand province and six died after an air strike by foreign forces
in mountainous eastern Kunar.
(AP, 1/15/11)(Reuters, 1/16/11)
2011 Jan 15, Argentina's
government said it would take steps to ensure mills and exporters
paid fixed local wheat prices to farmers and punish those that did
not, as it braced for a growers strike over export quotas.
2011 Jan 15, In eastern
Bangladesh 10 policemen were killed when their jeep collided head-on
with a truck.
2011 Jan 15, Three former
Church of England bishops who are opposed to the consecration of
women bishops were ordained as Roman Catholic priests, the first
traditionalist Anglicans to take up an offer by Pope Benedict.
2011 Jan 15, British actress
Susannah York (72), one of the leading stars of British and
Hollywood films in the late 1960s and early 1970s, died in London.
She received an Oscar nomination in 1970 for her role in "They Shoot
Horses, Don't They?" and also appeared in the classic "A Man For All
Seasons" before going on to play Christopher Reeve's biological
mother in the Superman series of movies.
2011 Jan 15, The EU raised
pressure on Ivory Coast leader Laurent Gbagbo to step down, freezing
assets of the country's cocoa-exporting ports, its state oil firm
and three banks.
2011 Jan 15, German authorities
banned 934 more farms from selling eggs, poultry and pork after
finding out that a company had hidden its deliveries of possibly
dioxin contaminated livestock feed.
(SSFC, 1/16/11, p.A4)
2011 Jan 15, In Hungary three
young women died in a stampede at the West-Balkan nightclub in
downtown Budapest. Thousands of people were caught up in the
stampede and the victims may have been trampled by the rushing
2011 Jan 15, In Iran several
international envoys, but crucially none from the world powers, got
a look inside an Iranian nuclear site as part of a tour the Islamic
Republic hopes will build support before a new round of talks on its
disputed atomic activities. Ambassadors to the UN atomic energy
agency from Egypt, Cuba, Syria, Algeria, Venezuela, Oman and the
Arab League arrived in Tehran and visited the unfinished heavy water
reactor near Arak.
2011 Jan 15, Iran said it has
determined that two pilotless spy planes it claims to have shot down
were operated by the United States, and offered to put them on
public display. A day later Gen. Gholam Ali Rashid, acting chief of
the country's armed forces said "the planes were shot down outside
of Iran's airspace."
(AP, 1/15/11)(AP, 1/16/11)
2011 Jan 15, The prime
ministers of Iraq and Syria agreed to boost cooperation in security
and economic affairs during talks aimed at improving relations
strained by Baghdad's allegations that the Syrians were harboring
2011 Jan 15, In Iraq 2 US
troops were killed by an Iraqi soldier who apparently smuggled real
bullets into a training exercise in Mosul and opened fire. The
shooter was immediately killed by American soldiers. Another
American soldier was killed during an unrelated military operation
in central Iraq.
2011 Jan 15, In Mexico Cmdr.
Raul Espinoza and a guard were kidnapped about 5 a.m. in Boca del
Rio, just south of the port city of Veracruz.
2011 Jan 15, In southwest
Pakistan gunmen attacked tankers carrying fuel for US and NATO
forces in Afghanistan as they sat parked at a roadside restaurant,
setting 14 of the vehicles ablaze.
2011 Jan 15, Somali pirates
seized a South Korean freighter with 21 crew members in the Arabian
2011 Jan 15, In central South
Africa 20 people died when a burst tire sent a passenger bus out of
control and caused it to veer into a muddy stream.
2011 Jan 15, In South Sudan
voters began celebrating after the end of a weeklong independence
2011 Jan 15, Sri Lanka’s
Disaster Management Center said 11 more people were reported dead,
raising the death toll to 38 with four others missing and 51
2011 Jan 15, Tunisia swore in a
new interim president, the second change of power in this North
African nation in less than 24 hours, and grappled with looting,
deadly prison riots and chaos in the streets after protests forced
the country's leader to flee. At least 42 people were killed in a
prison fire in a resort town and the director of another prison let
1,000 inmates flee after a deadly rebellion. Interim president,
Fouad Mebazaa (77), the former president of the lower house of
parliament, ordered the creation of a unity government that could
include the opposition.
2011 Jan 15, Venezuela’s
President Hugo Chavez called for conciliation between political
rivals and told recently elected lawmakers he was willing to sharply
reduce the period of time he has to enact laws by decree.
2012 Jan 15, Jon Huntsman said
he is dropping out of the race for the Republican presidential
nomination and will throw his support to rival Mitt Romney.
(SFC, 1/16/12, p.A4)
2012 Jan 15, At Hollywood’s
Golden Globes “The Artist” won 3 Golden Globes. “The Descendants”
won two. Meryl Streep won for best actress in a drama (The Iron
Lady). George Clooney won for best actor (The Descendants). An
Iranian film, "A Separation", won a Golden Globe for Best Foreign
(SFC, 1/16/12, p.D1)(AFP, 1/16/12)
2012 Jan 15, In California 4
people, including 2 children, were killed in an apparent
murder-suicide in Fresno.
(SFC, 1/16/12, p.A4)
2012 Jan 15, In Massachusetts
the bodies of two people were recovered on a beach in Brewster
following a crash of their small plane.
(SFC, 1/16/12, p.A4)
2012 Jan 15, Bahrain's King
Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa promised that the strife-wracked Gulf
nation will move ahead with political reforms that widen the powers
of the elected parliament to oversee governments selected by the
2012 Jan 15, Britain's foreign
secretary William Hague said that European nations will intensify
pressure on Iran over its nuclear program, but insisted the West
wasn't pressing for military action.
2012 Jan 15, An antiquities
official said Egyptian and Swiss archaeologists have unearthed a
roughly 1,100 year-old tomb of a female singer in the Valley of the
Kings. It was the only tomb of a woman not related to the ancient
royal families ever found in the Valley of the Kings. The singer's
name, Nehmes Bastet, means she was believed to be protected by the
feline deity Bastet. At the time of her death, Egypt was ruled by
Libyan kings, but the high priests who ruled Thebes were
2012 Jan 15, Guatemala began
Operation Martillo, a broad effort to stop drug trafficking along
the Central American coast. Guatemalan authorities signed a treaty
allowing the US military to conduct the operations on July 16.
2012 Jan 15, An Iranian news
website said a court has sentenced Pres. Ahmadinejad's press adviser
to one year in prison on the charge of insulting Supreme Leader
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Ali Akbar Javanfekr was also banned from
journalism activities for five years.
2012 Jan 15, The Iraqi Supreme
Judicial Council said in a statement that the appeals court ruled
that Sunni Vice President Tareq al-Hashemi must stand trial in
Baghdad. Security forces battled 5 gunmen who detonated a car bomb
before blasting their way into a government compound and killing
seven policemen in Ramadi. All the attackers were killed.
2012 Jan 15, Kazakhstan held
elections that were expected to slightly broaden democratic
representation in parliament's rubber-stamp lower house. Opposition
parties that were most likely to pose a robust challenge to the
ruling Nur Otan party have been either disqualified from competing
or rendered largely powerless. President Nazarbayev's Nur Otan party
won 80.7 percent of the vote, with two other parties achieving
slightly more than 7 percent each, thereby clearing the threshold to
(AP, 1/15/12)(AP, 1/16/12)
2012 Jan 15, Two Kenyan fighter
jets, apparently targeting a southern Somali militant camp, instead
killed five children in Jilib according to an insurgent spokesman
and residents. A resident said she saw 2 dead al-Shabab fighters
being transported after the attack.
2012 Jan 15, In Lebanon a
five-story residential building collapsed after days of heavy rains,
killing 27 people, mostly foreign workers. The building's owner,
Michel Saadeh, was arrested the next day.
(AP, 1/16/12)(AFP, 1/18/12)
2012 Jan 15, In Libya a militia
from the town of Gharyan, approximately 80 km (50 miles) south of
Tripoli, clashed with a rival armed group from the nearby town of
Assabia. Fighting between the two militias began Jan 13 and by the
next day left 2 dead. The clash erupted after an Assabia resident
killed a local from Gharyan. Late in the day the rival fighters
settled their deadly dispute through a prisoner swap and agreed to a
2012 Jan 15, Tropical Storm
Dando hit Mozambique. 3 days of rain left 5 people dead.
2012 Jan 15, In Pakistan a bomb
ripped through a Shiite procession killing 21 marchers and wounding
over 20 others in Punjab province as Shiites marked the 40th day of
mourning the death of the Prophet Mohammed's grandson Imam Hussain.
(AFP, 1/15/12)(Econ, 1/21/12, p.52)
2012 Jan 15, In Romania
protests continued in cities for a 4th day reflecting widespread
anger against austerity measures and an unpopular government.
2012 Jan 15, A failed $170
million Russian space probe, Phobos-Ground, crashed into the
southern Pacific, 770 miles off the southern coast of Chile.
(SFC, 1/16/12, p.A2)
2012 Jan 15, Sierra Leone
police used live bullets and tear gas to quell rioting between
followers of the ruling party and opposition where several people
suffered stab wounds.
2012 Jan 15, Spain’s Interior
Ministry said French police acting alongside Spanish counterparts
have arrested three men at a railway station in France on suspicion
of belonging to Basque separatist group ETA. They were identified as
Jon Echeverria Oyarbide (33), Ruben Rivero Campo, and Inigo Sancho
2012 Jan 15, In Spain Manuel
Fraga Iribarne (89), the founder Spain's ruling conservative party,
died. He was the last surviving minister from Gen. Francisco
Franco's right-wing regime.
2012 Jan 15, In Sudan
international oil companies gathered in Khartoum to study six
exploration blocks that Sudan opened for bidding ahead of talks
aimed at resolving a long-running oil fee dispute with South Sudan.
2012 Jan 15, Syria’s President
Bashar Assad granted a general amnesty for crimes committed during
the unrest of the past 10 months. State-run news agency SANA said
the amnesty covers those who have peacefully demonstrated. At least
six factory workers were killed when a roadside bomb detonated near
their bus traveling from a textile factory in Idlib. The
British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Right and other activists
said seven other people died in the central city of Homs, including
three from indiscriminate gunfire and one in the northern province
(AP, 1/15/12)(SFC, 1/18/12, p.A2)
2012 Jan 15, A member of
Syria's parliament left the country to join the opposition. Imad
Ghalioun, who represents the central city of Homs, said the city is
a disaster after months of being a focus of the regime's fierce
2012 Jan 15, UN chief Ban
Ki-moon, speaking in Beirut, called for an end to Israeli occupation
of the Palestinian territories, saying the illegal building of
settlements worked against a two-state solution. Ban Ki-moon also
demanded that Syria's president stop killing his own people.
(AFP, 1/15/12)(AP, 1/15/12)
2013 Jan 15, US Treasury
Secretary Timothy Geithner said the government has begun borrowing
from the federal employee pension fund to keep operating without
surpassing its debt limit.
2013 Jan 15, In Galt,
California, police officer Kevin Tonn (35) was killed while crossing
paths with an armed man in an area where Tonn was responding to a
burglary. The gunman shot and killed himself after firing at another
(SFC, 1/16/13, p.A5)(SFC, 1/17/13, p.D2)
2013 Jan 15, In Kentucky Dalton
Stidham (21), enraged by a domestic dispute, bought a gun and
fatally shot Caitlin Cornett, his former girlfriend, and her uncle,
Jackie Cornett, in the parking lot of a community college. Her
cousin Taylor Jade Cornett (12) was also shot and died the next day.
(SFC, 1/17/13, p.A6)
2013 Jan 15, A part-time
student strode into the office of a longtime administrator at a
downtown St. Louis business school and shot the man in the chest,
creating panic in the school before turning the gun on himself.
2013 Jan 15, New York’s Gov.
Andrew Cuomo signed the NY Safe Act, the nation’s toughest gun
restrictions and the first since the recent Connecticut school
shooting. It included an expanded assault weapon ban and mandatory
background checks for buying ammunition.
(SFC, 1/16/13, p.A6)(Econ, 1/19/13, p.30)
2013 Jan 15, Daniel Edelman
(92), American public relations pioneer, died. His life is described
in a new biography “Edelman and the Rise of Public Relations” by
(Econ, 1/19/13, p.65)
2013 Jan 15, British music
retailer HMV announced that it was putting itself into
(Econ, 1/19/13, p.59)
2013 Jan 15, Rebels from
Central African Republic and the country's political opposition said
that they have agreed to choose Nicolas Tiangaye as a candidate for
prime minister. Under the deal Pres. Bozize will remain in office
until his term ends in 2016.
2013 Jan 15, Cuba's Public
Health Ministry acknowledged 51 new cases of cholera in Havana amid
growing concerns about the illness' spread and disappointment in the
diplomatic community over the government's lack of transparency.
2013 Jan 15, In Egypt a train
wreck killed 19 soldiers and injured over 100 others. The last
carriage of the train disconnected, jumped the tracks and crashed
into another train 20 km (12 miles) south of Cairo. Three workers
were later sentenced to two years of hard labor for the crash.
(AP, 1/15/13)(SSFC, 5/5/13, p.A5)
2013 Jan 15, Human Rights Watch
said in a report that workers in Eritrea were forced to construct
the Bisha mine operated by Canadian company Nevsun Resources.
2013 Jan 15, Ethiopia sentenced
10 men to jail terms of between three to 20 years for plotting
terror attacks with Islamist extremist rebels from neighboring
Somalia. Kenyan national, Hassan Jarso, who pleaded guilty when
first charged in May, was sentenced with nine Ethiopians.
2013 Jan 15, Europe's top court
said religious freedom is a right but not an absolute one, ruling
that British Airways discriminated against a devoutly Christian
employee by making her remove her crucifix, but backing a UK charity
that fired a marriage counselor who refused to give sex therapy to
2013 Jan 15, French Pres.
Francois Hollande opened talks with top leaders in Abu Dhabi in
hopes of pushing ahead efforts to sell up to 60 Rafale fighter jets
to the United Arab Emirates and strengthen French ties in Gulf
energy and defense industries.
2013 Jan 15, French forces led
an all-night aerial bombing campaign to wrest control of Diabaly, a
small Malian town, from armed Islamist extremists, as more French
troops arrived in preparation for a possible land assault. France
announced it tripling the number of troops deployed to Mali from 800
(AP, 1/15/13)(AP, 1/16/13)
2013 Jan 15, In Honduras
British tourist Kaya Omer (33) was shot dead in the dangerous city
of San Pedro Sula, after being assaulted by two gunmen who stole his
2013 Jan 15, A Hong Kong
company controlled by controlled by Li Ka-shing, Asia's richest man,
said that it's buying New Zealand's second biggest waste disposal
company, EnviroWaste Services Ltd., from Australian private equity
firm Ironbridge Capital.
2013 Jan 15, In western Iraq a
suicide bomber in Fallujah assassinated Ifan Saadoun, a Sunni
lawmaker, raising tensions in a part of the country that has been
roiled by weeks of demonstrations.
2013 Jan 15, The Israeli
military shot dead a 17-year-old Palestinian near the West Bank
separation barrier. The Israeli military said he had breached the
barrier, which separated soldiers from protesters.
2013 Jan 15, Jamaica’s top
mining official said his country may be able to benefit from newly
found deposits of rare-earth elements that are key ingredients for
smartphones, computers and numerous other high-tech goods.
2013 Jan 15, Japanese filmmaker
Nagisa Oshima (b.1932) died at a hospital near Tokyo. His films
included “A Town of Love and Hope” (1959), “Cruel Story of Youth”
(1960), “Violence At Noon” (1966), “Death by Hanging” (1968), “Three
Resurrected Drunkards” (1968), “In the Realm of the Senses” (1976),
“Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence” (1983) and “Taboo” (1999).
(SFC, 1/17/13, p.D7)
2013 Jan 15, Kenyan custom
officials in Mombasa seized 638 pieces of illegal elephant ivory
estimated to be worth $1.2 million. The ivory was in a container
destined for Indonesia. The tusks were said to be from Tanzania.
2013 Jan 15, Pakistan's top
court ordered the arrest of PM Raja Pervaiz Ashraf in a corruption
case involving private power stations set up to provide electricity
to the energy-starved country. Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry
ordered the arrest of 16 people involved in the case, including
Ashraf, who previously served as minister for water and power.
2013 Jan 15, In Pakistan
thousands of anti-government protesters, heeding the call of
firebrand cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri, rallied in the streets of Islamabad
for a 2nd day despite early morning clashes with police who launched
tear gas and fired shots into the air to push back stone-throwing
2013 Jan 15, In Qatar Gloria
Huang (8), the adopted African-born daughter of Americans Matthew
and Grace Huang, died unexpectedly. Qatari police charged the couple
the next day of murder with intent by forced starvation. The couple
argued that Gloria had been suffering from malnutrition-related
diseases since they adopted her from Ghana at the age of four.
2013 Jan 15, Russian
authorities charged Yelena Kotova, a former Russia director at the
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, with conspiracy to
take a $1.4 million bribe.
2013 Jan 15, In Russia Aslan
Usoyan (75), aka Grandpa Khasan, was gunned down in Moscow. He
headed one of the region's most powerful criminal groups, which
trafficked in drugs and weapons and controlled underground casinos
and legal businesses. Since 2006 Usoyan had been at war with a
criminal group headed by another Georgian, Tariel Oniani.
2013 Jan 15, A Saudi court
convicted an Egyptian human rights lawyer for smuggling drugs into
the kingdom. He was sentenced to five years in prison and 300
lashes. The case of Ahmed el-Gezawi caused an outcry in Egypt where
rights groups claimed he was initially detained in April 2012 for
criticizing the kingdom's monarch. They claimed he confessed to the
smuggling charges under duress.
2013 Jan 15, In Saudi Arabia
dozens of conservative clerics picketed the royal court to
condemn the recent appointment of 30 women to the 150-member Shura
(Econ, 1/19/13, p.52)
2013 Jan 15, In Somalia African
Union troops mistakenly opened fire on a religious school while
pursuing militants at Leggo village, killing five children and two
2013 Jan 15, In Syria 2
explosions struck the main university in Aleppo, killing 87 people.
Activists reported clashes in suburbs south of Damascus. In other
regions government air raids and shelling killed dozens of people.
Forces loyal to President Bashar Assad swept through Haswiyeh, a
small farming village near Homs, torching houses and shooting and
stabbing residents in an attack that killed up to 106 people. All of
the dead appeared to be Sunni Muslims.
(AP, 1/15/13)(AP, 1/16/13)(AP, 1/17/13)
2013 Jan 15, Venezuelan Vice
President Nicolas Maduro took the place of ailing President Hugo
Chavez by delivering a short speech and turning in a
state-of-the-nation report amid legal debate about his legitimacy.
2014 Jan 15, US Air Force
leaders said 34 officers in charge of launching nuclear missiles
have been suspended for cheating on a proficiency test. The scandal
at Malmstrom Air Force Base in Montana marked the latest in a series
of damaging revelations dogging the country's nuclear force.
2014 Jan 15, Police in San
Jose, Ca., arrested Patrick William Brennan (48) as the suspected
arsonist responsible for over a dozen fires that began Jan 7. On Dec
22 Brennan pleaded guilty to nine counts of arson and four counts of
(SFC, 1/16/14, p.A9)(SFC, 1/17/14, p.D1)(SFC,
2014 Jan 15, The Archdiocese of
Chicago released 6,00 pages of documents as part of a settlement
with sex abuse victims.
(SFC, 1/16/14, p.A6)
2014 Jan 15, In Nebraska a
Payton Benson (5) was killed in Omaha after being hit by a stray
bullet while eating breakfast. 4 men later faced charges in the
death of the girl.
(SFC, 1/30/14, p.A6)
2014 Jan 15, West Virginia
officials said they have lifted a ban on drinking tap water for
two-thirds of the customers affected by a chemical spill, but warned
pregnant women to avoid it until the chemical is completely flushed
from the pipes.
2014 Jan 15, In eastern
Afghanistan a NATO service member was shot and killed by insurgents.
A NATO bombing strike on the village of Wazghar, Parvan province,
reportedly left 13 civilians dead. NATO later said the Afghan army
called for the strike. One Afghan and one NATO soldier died in the
(AP, 1/15/14)(Econ, 2/1/14, p.31)
2014 Jan 15, Australian
officials said lightning strikes ignited more than 250 fires across
the southeast. Firefighters battled to put out the flames as the
country sweltered under a heatwave.
2014 Jan 15, Bosnia's president
and a Qatar minister opened a new library in the heart of the
Ottoman-era Old Town section of Sarajevo to house books and more
than 100,000 manuscripts saved from the 1992-95 siege. The oldest is
a handwritten Islamic encyclopedia that was written in Arabic in
1105. Qatar donated $9 million to the project.
2014 Jan 15, British actor
Roger Lloyd-Pack (69), best known for playing dim-witted
street-sweeper Trigger on the sitcom "Only Fools and Horses"
(1981-1991), died at his home in London.
2014 Jan 15, China's commercial
capital, Shanghai, introduced emergency measures to tackle air
pollution, allowing it to shut schools and order cars off the road
in the case of severe smog.
2014 Jan 15, Chinese police
detained economics Prof. Ilham Tohti, an outspoken scholar of the
Turkic Uighur ethnic minority. They raided his home in Beijing,
seizing computers, cellphones and even his students' thesis
manuscripts. On Jan 25 Tohti was accused of leading a separatist
group that advocates violence to overthrow Chinese rule in Xinjiang.
In late July Tohti (44) was charged with separatism.
(AP, 1/16/14)(AP, 1/25/14)(SFC, 7/31/14, p.A2)
2014 Jan 15, Chinese police in
Urumqi arrested Akbar Imin, a Uighur AIDS activist, for endangering
national security in the troubled far western region of Xinjiang,
home to the largely Muslim Uighur people. His arrest was only made
public in March.
2014 Jan 15, Egyptians lined up
to vote on the second and final day of a key referendum on the
country's new constitution.
2014 Jan 15, French business
leaders hailed promises by President Francois Hollande to cut taxes
and spending, but the left accused him of lurching to the right.
2014 Jan 15, Guinea's PM
Mohamed Said Fofana stepped down and handed in the resignation of
his cabinet as part of a transition to a new government after
2014 Jan 15, In Indonesia at
least 13 people were killed after torrential rain triggered flash
floods and landslides on northern Sulawesi island. Some 40,000 fled
their homes as water surged through the city of Manado and
2014 Jan 15, In Iraq a wave of
attacks, including car bombs in Baghdad, killed at least 73 people
as militants took more territory from security forces in crisis-hit
Anbar province. Overnight clashes erupted periodically in Ramadi and
on the outskirts of Fallujah, leaving 2 children killed and 13
(AFP, 1/15/14)(Reuters, 1/15/14)(AFP, 1/15/14)
2014 Jan 15, Suspected Jewish
extremists torched the entrance to a mosque in the West Bank, in an
apparent revenge attack for Palestinians beating and detaining
Israeli settlers last week.
2014 Jan 15, Donors gathered in
Kuwait as the UN sent out a distress signal, warning that nearly
half Syria's population needs urgent humanitarian assistance and
that some 245,000 Syrians faced severe food shortages. Western and
Gulf Arab nations pledged $1.4 billion for UN aid efforts in Syria.
This included $500 million from Kuwait and 380 million from the US.
(AFP, 1/15/14)(Reuters, 1/15/14)
2014 Jan 15, Mozambican police
say they have arrested four Rwandans, including Lt. Col. Francis
Gakwerere, a senior official in the Rwandan armed forces, for the
Jan 1 murder in South Africa of former Rwandan spymaster Col.
Patrick Karegeya. The four were arrested last week.
2014 Jan 15, Civilians from the
Nigerian town of Banki fled across the border to Cameroon to escape
heavy gunfire. Cameroonian forces responded to repel Boko Haram
attackers who also tried to cross over. One woman in Cameroon was
killed and five other shooting victims were taken to hospitals.
2014 Jan 15, Norway's Yara, the
world's biggest mineral fertilizer producer, said it has been hit
with a hefty fine by Norwegian authorities following an
international corruption investigation. The affair centered on
bribes to senior government officials in Libya and India, and to a
supplier in Russia from 2004-2009.
2014 Jan 15, In southern
Pakistan a truck slammed into a bus bringing schoolchildren home
from an outing, killing at least 17 pupils and three adults in Sindh
2014 Jan 15, The Philippines
launched anti-corruption reforms including cashless and checkless
(SFC, 1/16/14, p.A2)
2014 Jan 15, South Sudan's
military battled rebels in the streets of the key northern oil town
of Malakal, as violence in the world's newest nation entered its
2014 Jan 15, In Spain police
clashed with demonstrators in Madrid as thousands of people marched
across the country to protest against costly plans to redevelop a
street in the northern city of Burgos, where protests continued for
a 6th day.
2014 Jan 15, Roughly 60
migrants entered Spain's north African territory of Melilla after
charging a barbed-wire border fence bordering Morocco.
2014 Jan 15, In Syria a car
bomb planted by rebels linked to al Qaeda killed at least 26 people
in the northern city of Jarablus, most of them rival opposition
2014 Jan 15, Turkey's embattled
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan declared open war on what he
labelled an "empire of fear" created by an Islamic rival at the
heart of a deepening political crisis.
2014 Jan 15, Uganda confirmed
its troops are fighting alongside South Sudan's government against
2014 Jan 15, Pope Francis named
an oversight commission of cardinals for the Vatican Bank, replacing
all but one of the appointees made by his predecessor Benedict XVI.
(SFC, 1/16/14, p.A2)
2014 Jan 15, Venezuela’s Pres.
Nicolas Maduro delivered his annual state-of-the-nation address. He
blamed soap operas for crime saying they are spreading “antiglares.”
(AP, 1/22/14, p.A4)(http://tinyurl.com/m9v8dz7)
2014 Jan 15, A Yemeni farmer
was killed in a US drone strike in what witnesses said was an attack
apparently intended for suspected Islamist militants in southeastern
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