Today in History - January 18
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474 Jan 18,
Leo I, Roman Byzantine Emperor (457-74), died. He was succeeded by
his grandson Leo II.
1385 Jan 18, A Lithuanian
delegation under Skirgaila arrived in Cracow to ask for the hand of
Jadvyga on behalf of Jogaila.
1401 Jan 18, In Lithuania
Vytautas and the country’s dukes submitted documents to Poland that
Vytautas would rule Lithuania as a vassal to Poland and return the
country to Poland upon his death.
1486 Jan 18, English King Henry
VII (1457-1509) married Elizabeth of York, daughter of Edward IV.
This ended the Wars of the Roses.
(HN, 1/18/99)(ON, 12/06, p.4)
1535 Jan 18, Francisco Pizarro
founded Lima Peru. [see Jan 6]
1580 Jan 18, Antonio Scandello
(63), Italian composer (Passion of John), died.
1644 Jan 18, 1st reported UFO
sighting in America was made by perplexed pilgrims in Boston.
1654 Jan 18, The union of
Ukraine and Russia was announced.
1659 Jan 18, Benedikt Lechler
(64), composer, died.
1671 Jan 18, Pirate Henry
Morgan defeated Spanish defenders and captured Panama.
1681 Jan 18, England's King
Charles II suspended Parliament and set its next meeting for March
(ON, 7/06, p.10)
1689 Jan 18, Charles Louis de
Montesquieu (d.1755), French philosopher and writer (Letters
Persanes), was born. "In most things success depends on knowing how
long it takes to succeed." He authored "The Spirit of the Laws," the
1st great comparative study of civilizations.
(AP, 4/13/99)(WSJ, 11/1/00, p.A24)(MC, 1/18/02)
1701 Jan 18, Frederick III, the
elector of Brandenburg, became the king of Prussia.
1733 Jan 18, The 1st polar bear
exhibited in America was in Boston.
1778 Jan 18, English navigator
Captain James Cook discovered the Hawaiian Islands, which he dubbed
the "Sandwich Islands" after the First Lord of the Admiralty, Lord
Sandwich. About 350,000 Hawaiians inhabited them. Cook first landed
on Kauai and then Niihau where his men introduced venereal disease.
(Wired, 8/95, p.90)(AP, 1/18/98)(HN, 1/18/99)
1779 Jan 18, Peter Roget,
thesaurus fame, inventor (slide rule, pocket chessboard), was born.
1782 Jan 18, Daniel Webster
(d.1852, aka Black Dan) American political leader, Senator and
orator, lawyer, statesman, administrator and diplomat, was born in
Salisbury, N.H. In 1830 he proclaimed "Liberty and Union, now and
forever, one and inseparable!" He was Secretary of State before the
(HFA, '96, p.22)(AHD, p.1452)(WSJ, 9/30/97,
p.A20)(AP, 1/18/98)(HN, 1/18/99)
1788 Jan 18, The first English
settlers arrived in Australia's Botany Bay to establish a penal
colony. They found the location unsuitable and Capt. Arthur Philip
moved on to Sydney Cove. England sent the first sheep along with
convicts to Australia.
(NG, 5.1988, pp. 575)(SFEC, 1/4/98, p.T4)(AP,
1/18/98)(Econ, 5/7/05, Survey p.14)
1788 Jan 18, Australia was
officially founded when the first English settlers arrived in
Australia's Botany Bay to establish a penal colony. Capt. Arthur
Philip landed at Sydney Cove. England sent the first sheep along
with convicts to Australia.
(NG, 5.1988, pp. 575)(SFEC, 1/4/98, p.T4)(AP,
1/18/98)(Econ, 5/7/05, Survey p.14)
1813 Jan 18, Joseph Farwell
Glidden, inventor of barbed wire, was born.
(HN, 1/18/99)(MC, 1/18/02)
1835 Jan 18, Cesar A. Cui, fort
architect, composer, was born in Vilnius, Lithuania.
1836 Jan 18, Jim Bowie, knife
aficionado, arrived at the Alamo to assist its Texas defenders.
1840 Jan 18, "Electro-Magnetic
Intelligencer", 1st US electrical journal, appeared.
1841 Jan 18, Alexis-Emmanuel
Chabrier, French composer (Louise), was born.
1854 Jan 18, Thomas A. Watson,
inventor and assistant Alexander Bell (Telephone), was born.
1856 Jan 18, Daniel Nathan Hale
Williams, surgeon (1st open heart operation), was born.
1858 Jan 18, Daniel Hale
Williams, the first physician to perform open heart surgery and
founder of Provident Hospital in Chicago, Ill., was born.
1862 Jan 18, Confederate
Territory of Arizona formed.
1862 Jan 18, John Tyler (71),
10th president of the United States (1841-1845), died and was buried
at Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond, Va. He drank a mint julep every
morning for breakfast. Tyler had joined the Confederacy after his
presidency and was designated a "sworn enemy of the United States."
(AP, 1/18/98)(SFEC, 11/15/98, Z1 p.10)(SFEC,
12/20/98, Z1 p.8)(HN, 1/18/99)
1865 Jan 18, Battle of Ft.
1871 Jan 18, The German Empire
(Deutsches Kaiserreich) was proclaimed in Versailles. William
I of Prussia was proclaimed "German Emperor" (which was not the same
thing as "Emperor of Germany"). The unification of Germany was the
greatest geopolitical transformation of the period. Germany went on
to adopt the mark as its common currency.
(WSJ, 1/11/99, p.R42)(AP,
1/18/07)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Germany)(WSJ, 5/6/08, p.A21)
1882 Jan 18, A.A. [Alan
Alexander] Milne, novelist, humorist and journalist who wrote
"Winnie the Pooh," was born.
1884 Jan 18, General Charles
("Chinese") Gordon departed London for Khartoum.
1892 Jan 18, Oliver Hardy,
member of Laurel and Hardy comedy duo who starred in numerous films,
was born in Harlem, Ga.
(HN, 1/18/99)(MC, 1/18/02)
1902 Jan 18, The Isthmus Canal
Commission in Washington shifted its support to Panama as the canal
1903 Jan 18, Berthold
Goldschmidt, German-British (opera) composer (Beatrice Cenci), was
1904 Jan 18, Henri-Georges
Adam, French etcher, painter, sculptor (Grand Nude), was born.
1904 Jan 18, Cary Grant
(d.1986), U.S. actor, was born in England. He was famous for his
roles in "Gunga Din," "Bringing Up Baby," "The Philadelphia Story"
and "North by Northwest."
(HN, 1/18/99)(MC, 1/18/02)
1905 Jan 18, Joseph Bonanno
(d.2002), later NYC mafia boss, was born in Castellmare del Golfo,
(SSFC, 5/12/02, p.A23)
1908 Jan 18, Jacob Bronowsky,
British mathematician, cultural historian, was born.
1909 Jan 18, Robert Stroud
(1890-1963), who later gained fame as the Birdman of Alcatraz,
killed a bartender in Alaska. Barman F. K. "Charlie" Von Dahmer had
viciously raped and beat his friend, Kitty O’Brien (36), a
prostitute and dance-hall entertainer. Stroud later knifed a fellow
prisoner and was transferred to Leavenworth prison where he murdered
a guard in the prison dining hall.
(SSFC, 4/15/12, DB
1911 Jan 18, Naval aviation was
born when pilot Eugene B. Ely flew a Curtis Pusher biplane onto the
deck of the USS Pennsylvania in San Francisco Bay.
(SFC, 7/2/96, p.a15)(SFC, 5/7/97, p.A15)(AP,
1/18/98)(SFC, 6/5/98, p.A19)
1912 Jan 18, The expedition of
British Royal Navy Captain Robert Falcon Scott intended to be the
first to reach the South Pole, but when they arrived they found a
letter from Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen, who had been there
over a month earlier. Scott and his group had set out from a camp in
Antarctica 81 days earlier, and on their way back, their supplies
ran out. Scott wrote in a diary during the trek, which a search
party discovered with the team's frozen bodies in November. Part of
Scott's March 29 entry reads, "We shall stick it out to the end, but
we are getting weaker, of course, and the end cannot be far." The
team had made it to within 11 miles of the camp. Scott's diary ended
with, "Last Entry: For God's sake look after our people." [see Jan
(AP, 1/18/98)(HNPD, 1/18/99)
1913 Jan 18, Danny Kaye,
UNICEF, comedian, actor, was born in Brooklyn, NY.
1915 Jan 18, The HMS Endurance,
under Sir Ernest Shackleton and his 27 man crew, froze into the ice
of Antarctica. In 1999 Caroline Alexander published "The Endurance:
Shackleton's Legendary Antarctic Expedition."
(Hem. 1/95, p. 28)(WSJ, 4/2/98, p.B1)(SFEC,
1/24/99, BR p.1)
1915 Jan 18, A train crashed at
Colima-Guadalajara Mexico and some 600 people were killed.
1916 Jan 18, The Russians
forced the Turkish 3rd Army back to Erzurum.
1917 Jan 18, Philip Boileau
(b.1863), Canada-born artist, died in the US. He was known for his
portraits of beautiful women, the “Boileau Girls.”
1919 Jan 18, The World War I
Peace Congress, held to negotiate peace treaties ending World War I,
opened in Versailles, France.
1925 Jan 18, The museum at
Panevezys, Lithuania, opened.
1929 Jan 18, Stalin banned
Trotsky from the Politburo.
1932 Jan 18, Robert Anton
Wilson, US sci-fi author (Trick Top Hat), was born.
1933 Jan 18, Ray Dolby, sound
expert, inventor (Dolby noise limiting system), was born.
1933 Jan 18, The White Sands
National Monument in NM was established.
1936 Jan 18, Author Rudyard
Kipling (70) died in Burwash, England. His work included "Plain
Tales from the Hills," "Barrack-Room Ballads," and the novel "Kim."
In 2000 Harry Ricketts authored the biography "Rudyard Kipling: A
Life." In 2009 Charles Allen authored “Kipling Sahib: India
and the Making of Rudyard Kipling 1865-1900.”
(AP, 1/18/00)(WSJ, 3/30/00, p.A28)(WSJ, 3/14/09,
1942 Jan 18, General MacArthur
repelled the Japanese in Bataan. The United States took the lead in
the Far East war criminal trials.
1943 Jan 18, A wartime ban on
the sale of pre-sliced bread in the United States -- aimed at
reducing bakeries' demand for metal replacement parts -- went into
1943 Jan 18, Jews in Warsaw
Ghetto began an uprising against the Nazis.
1943 Jan 18, The Soviets
announced they'd broken the long Nazi siege of Leningrad. It was
another year before the siege was fully lifted.
1944 Jan 18, Paul Keating was
born in Sydney, Australia. He later became the 24th Prime Minister
of Australia, serving from 1991 to 1996.
1945 Jan 18, The German Army
launched its second attempt to relieve the besieged city of Budapest
from the advancing Red Army.
1945 Jan 18, The Red Army freed
Krakow from Nazi occupation. [see Jan 19]
(SSFC, 4/3/05, p.A12)
1946 Jan 18, Katia Ricclarelli,
opera soprano (Met Opera), (Falstaff, Othello, Turandot), was born.
1948 Jan 18, Ghandi broke a
121-hour fast after halting Moslem-Hindu riots.
1955 Jan 18, Kevin Costner,
actor (Dances With Wolves), was born in LA, Calif.
1957 Jan 18, A trio of B-52's
completed the first nonstop, round-the-world flight by jet planes,
landing at March Air Force Base in California after more than 45
1962 Jan 18, The U.S. sprayed
foliage with pesticide in South Vietnam, in order to reveal the
whereabouts of Vietcong guerrillas.
1964 Jan 18, Beatles 1st
appeared on Billboard Chart at #35 for "I Want to Hold Your Hand."
The song hit No. 1 by the end of the month.
(MC, 1/18/02)(SSFC, 2/8/04, Par p.18)
1964 Jan 18, Plans were
disclosed for the World Trade Center in NYC. It was commissioned in
1962 to Minoru Yamasaki.
(HN, 1/18/99)(WSJ, 12/2/03, p.D10)
1966 Jan 18, Robert Clifton
Weaver (1907-1997), the 1st African-American to hold a post in the
presidential cabinet, was sworn in as head of the newly created
Department of Housing and Urban Development under Pres. Johnson.
1967 Jan 18, Albert DeSalvo,
who claimed to be the "Boston Strangler," was convicted in
Cambridge, Mass., of armed robbery, assault and sex offenses.
Sentenced to life, DeSalvo was killed by a fellow inmate in 1973.
DeSalvo had confessed to being the Boston Strangler and killing 13
women. He was never convicted of murder. A portrait of him with
police interviews was made in 1996 for TV show Biography. In 1999
DNA evidence was sought to confirm DeSalvo's claims.
(SFC, 6/6/96, E9)(AP, 1/18/98)(SFC, 7/10/99,
1970 Jan 18, Mormon president
David McKay died at age 96.
1971 Jan 18, Two Standard Oil
tankers collided in the fog a quarter mile west of the Golden Gate
Bridge. The Arizona Standard ripped into the Oregon Standard and
caused the spill of some 1.9 million gallons of heavy bunker oil.
(SFEC, 2/23/96, Z1 p.5)
1974 Jan 18, "$6 Million Man"
starring Lee Majors premiered on ABC TV.
1974 Jan 18, Israel and Egypt
signed a Separation of Forces Agreement.
1975 Jan 18, The TV situation
comedy series "The Jeffersons" with Sherman Helmsley and Isabel
Sanford (d.2004) began and ran through 1985. The spin-off from "All
in the Family," premiered on CBS-TV.
(SFEC, 11/17/96, Par p.24)(AP,
1975 Jan 18, Ray Blanton
(1930-1996) began serving as governor of Tennessee. In 1979 he was
ousted from office 3 days early in a cash for clemency scandal.
1976 Feb 18, Pres. Gerald Ford
signed an executive order prohibiting US officials from plotting or
engaging in political assassination. The order was later broadened
by Presidents Carter and Reagan. Ford issued Executive Order
11905 to clarify U.S. foreign-intelligence activities. In a section
of the order labeled "Restrictions on Intelligence Activities," Ford
concisely but explicitly outlawed political assassination. It became
effective on March 1.
1978 Jan 18, Center for Disease
Control (CDC) isolated the cause of Legionnaire's disease.
1980 Jan 18, Steve Rubell &
Ian Schrager, owners of the Studio 54 disco in NYC, were sentenced
to 3 years in prison for tax evasion and fined $20,000.
1980 Jan 18, Cecil Beaton
(b.1904)), British fashion photographer, died.
1981 Jan 18, Wendy O. Williams
(1949-1998), lead singer for the punk band the Plasmatics, was
arrested in Milwaukee for on-stage obscenity.
1982 Jan 18, Four Thunderbird
USAF pilots died when their T-38 Talon jets crashed at Indian
Springs Auxiliary Airfield, Nv. Mechanical failure was cited as the
cause. Shortly after, the precision flying team began flying F-16
fighter jets. It was the worst accident in the Thunderbirds'
history. In all, 18 pilots and one crew member have died in
(www.reviewjournal.com)(SFC, 8/30/03, p.A22)
1985 Jan 18, President Reagan
declared that the U.S. would not take part in the World Court ruling
on Nicaraguan charges.
1985 Jan 18, In Sudan Mahmud
Mohammed Taha (b.1909) was hanged for refusing to recant his
unorthodox views on Islam. Sudanese president Jaafar Nimeiri, on the
advice of Islamist leader Hassan al-Turabi, ordered the execution.
1988 Jan 18, An airliner
crashed in southwestern China, killing all 108 people on board,
according to the official Xinhua news agency.
1989 Jan 18, The US Supreme
Court upheld a tough, year-old sentencing system for people
convicted of federal crimes, overruling more than 150 trial judges
who had struck down the guidelines.
1989 Jan 18, Astronomers
discovered pulsar in remnants of Supernova 1987A (LMC).
1989 Jan 18, Bruce Chatwin
(b.1940), British travel writer, died of AIDS in France. His books
included "In Patagonia" (1984) "Songlines," "The Viceroy of Ouidah,"
and "On the Black Hill." In 1997 a collection of incidental writing
was published: "Anatomy of Restlessness."
1990 Jan 18, In an FBI sting,
Washington, D.C., Mayor Marion Barry was arrested for drug
possession. Barry was arrested while smoking crack cocaine and
fondling a woman who was not his wife. He was later convicted of a
(AP, 1/18/00)(SFC, 11/24/14, p.A6)
1990 Jan 18, A jury in Los
Angeles acquitted former preschool operators Raymond Buckey and his
mother, Peggy McMartin Buckey, of 52 child molestation charges.
1991 Jan 18, The US
acknowledged that the CIA and US Army paid Panama’s military leader
Manuel Noriega $322,226 from 1955-1986. Noriega began receiving
money from the CIA in 1976.
1991 Jan 18, Round-the-clock
bombing of Iraqi targets continued in Operation Desert Storm.
1991 Jan 18, Financially
strapped Eastern Airlines shut down after 62 years in business.
1991 Jan 18, Former New York
Congressman Hamilton Fish Senior died in Cold Spring, New York, at
1991 Jan 18, Three young people
were crushed to death at an AC-DC concert in Salt Lake City.
1991 Jan 18, Iraq fired more
Scud missiles at Israeli cities. Israel refrains from responding at
the request of President Bush.
1992 Jan 18, The Hollywood
Foreign Press Association presented its Golden Globe awards,
considered a forerunner of the Academy Awards; no clear favorite
emerged as the Walt Disney animated film "Beauty and the Beast,"
"Bugsy," "JFK" and "The Prince of Tides" were honored.
1993 Jan 18, Allied warplanes
attacked targets in "no fly" zones in southern and northern Iraq.
1993 Jan 18, The Martin Luther
King Jr. holiday was observed in all 50 states for the first time.
1994 Jan 18, Retired Adm. Bobby
Inman withdrew his nomination to be US defense secretary, denouncing
what he called attacks on his character and reputation.
1994 Jan 18, Iran-Contra
prosecutor Lawrence Walsh released his final report in which he said
former President Reagan had acquiesced in a cover-up of the scandal.
Reagan called the accusation "baseless."
1995 Jan 18, The new San
Francisco Museum of Modern Art, designed by Swiss architect Mario
Botta, opened. It’s cost is $63 million and it’s size is 225,000 sq.
(SF E&C, 1/15/95, SFE Mag. p.21)
1995 Jan 18, The death toll
climbed past 6,000 in the earthquake in Kobe, Japan.
1995 Jan 18, South African
President Nelson Mandela's cabinet denied amnesty sought by 3,500
police officers in apartheid's waning days.
1996 Jan 18, Lisa Marie
Presley-Jackson filed for divorce from Michael Jackson.
1996 Jan 18, Minnesota Fats
(82), born as Rudolf Wanderone Jr., billiard hustler, died.
1996 Jan 18, Russian President
Boris Yeltsin announced that 82 hostages were freed when his forces
wiped out Chechen fighters in Pervomayskaya, ending a weeklong
standoff; however, he said 18 other hostages were missing.
1997 Jan 18, Former
Massachusetts Sen. Paul Tsongas (55), who rebounded from cancer to
briefly become the Democratic front-runner for president in 1992,
died in Boston of pneumonia.
(SFEC, 1/19/97, p.B6)(AP, 1/18/98)
1997 Jan 18, Norwegian Boerge
Ousland completed a solo crossing of Antarctica that began Nov 15.
He used a parachute and skies to help pull himself across the 1695
miles from Berkner Island to Scott Base.
(SFC, 1/18/97, p.C1)
1997 Jan 18, In Tanzania it was
reported that the lion population had fallen by about a third in the
Serengeti National park due to distemper in dogs that transmitted up
the food chain. More than 1,000 lions had died over the last 2
(SFC, 1/18/97, p.A16)
1998 Jan 18, The annual Golden
Globes awards in Beverly Hills awarded "Titanic" the best drama,
best director for James Cameron, best score and best original song.
"As Good as it Gets" won as best film comedy/musical, best actor for
Jack Nicholson, and best actress for Helen Hunt. "Ally McBeal" beat
"Seinfeld" as best TV comedy.
(SFC, 1/19/98, p.E1)(AP, 1/18/99)
1998 Jan 18, Pope John Paul II
named 22 new cardinals, including Archbishop Francis Eugene George
of Chicago and James Francis Stafford, the former archbishop of
1998 Jan 18, The Bosnian Serb
Parliament named a coalition government led by Milorad Dodik, a
pro-western leader of the Independent Social Democrats.
(SFC, 1/19/98, p.A8)
1998 Jan 18, In Jordan
assailants assassinated 8 people in a hilltop villa that included a
top Iraqi diplomat, Hikmet Hajou, and Iraqi businessman Namir Ochi,
who handled food imports to Iraq for Saddam Hussein.
(SFC, 1/19/98, p.B2)
1998 Jan 18, In Northern
Ireland Fergal McCusker (28) was killed by the Loyalist Volunteer
Force in Maghera.
(SFC, 1/19/98, p.A8)
1999 Jan 18, The UN reported
that the Parliament of Senegal banned the tradition of female
(SFC, 1/18/99, p.A14)
1999 Jan 18, UN leader Kofi
Annan recommended that UN military observers leave Angola due to
their targeting by the warring sides.
(SFC, 1/19/99, p.A6)
1999 Jan 18, In Brazil the real
was allowed to float and interest rates were raised from 29 to 41%.
(SFC, 1/19/99, p.A6)
1999 Jan 18, In Grenada Keith
Mitchell's New National party won all 15 parliamentary seats. His
government had collapsed 7 weeks previous under allegations of
(SFC, 1/20/99, p.A10)
1999 Jan 18, The end of Ramadan
was marked by prisoner releases in Egypt, Palestine and Afghanistan.
(WSJ, 1/18/99, p.A1)
1999 Jan 18, In Kosovo defying
global outrage over the massacre of 45 ethnic Albanian civilians,
Serb forces pounded villages with artillery. Pres. Milosevic also
ordered the expulsion of Ambassador William Walker within 48 hours.
Walker had accused Serbian forces in the recent massacre of 45
people in Kosovo.
(SFC, 1/19/99, p.A1)(AP, 1/18/00)
1999 Jan 18, In Zimbabwe former
Pres. Canaan Banana was sentenced to 10 years in jail for sodomy and
indecent assault. Nine of the years were suspended.
(SFC, 1/19/99, p.A7)
2000 Jan 18, A US test missile
fired from the Marshall Islands failed to shoot down a mock warhead
fired from a California air base. In a blow to the Pentagon’s push
to develop a national missile defense by 2005, officials announced
that a prototype missile interceptor had roared into space in search
of a mock warhead over the Pacific, but had failed to hit it.
(SFC, 1/19/00, p.A3)(AP, 1/18/01)
2000 Jan 18, In Chechnya
Russian troops began moving through the streets of Grozny in the
most intense ground attack in 4 months.
(SFC, 1/19/00, p.A1)
2000 Jan 18, In Chechnya
Russian Gen. Mikhail Malofeyev went missing in Grozny following an
ambush and rebel commanders later reported that they had him
(SFC, 1/21/00, p.A12)
2000 Jan 18, In China the
Intermediate People's Court in Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang,
convicted 13 Uigher defendants of separatism, murder, robbery and
illegally dealing in weapons. 5 of the convicted were sentenced to
(SFC, 1/25/00, p.A12)
2000 Jan 18, In Indonesia
Muslim mobs attacked the Christian minority for a 2nd day in Lombok.
(SFC, 1/19/00, p.A13)
2001 Jan 18, One year ago:
President Clinton, in a farewell from the Oval Office, told the
nation that "America has done well" during his presidency, with
record-breaking prosperity and a cleaner environment.
2001 Jan 18,
Electricity-strapped California saw a second day of rolling
2001 Jan 18, SF sued 13 energy
providers for collusion to fix prices and restrict the energy
(SFC, 1/19/01, p.A12)
2001 Jan 18, Rev. Jesse Jackson
acknowledged that he had fathered a daughter in 1999 through an
extramarital affair with Karin Stanford, former head of the
Rainbow/PUSH Washington office.
(SSFC, 1/21/01, p.D7)(AP, 1/18/02)
2001 Jan 18, In Algeria 23
shepherds and farmers were killed in the Dahra region by armed
(SFC, 1/20/01, p.A11)
2001 Jan 18, The Congo
government announced the death of Laurent Kabila.
(SFC, 1/19/01, p.A16)
2001 Jan 18, Ofir Rafum (16) of
Israel was murdered in the West Bank after being lured over by a
woman via an internet relationship.
(SFC, 1/20/01, p.A11)
2001 Jan 18, In Romania there
was a cyanide spill in the Siret River. 72 people were later
hospitalized after eating river fish.
(WSJ, 1/25/01, p.A1)
2001 Jan 18, Pavel Borodin
(54), secretary of the Russia-Belarus Union, was arrested at JFK
airport by FBI agents on a Swiss warrant for money laundering.
(SFC, 1/19/01, p.A15)
2001 Jan 18, In Thailand a
court agreed to hear a corruption case against Prime Minister-elect
(SFC, 1/19/01, p.D4)
2001 Jan 18, In Thailand 2
bombs exploded in Bangkok and at least 8 people were killed.
(SFC, 1/19/01, p.A17)
2002 Jan 18, New US
bomb-screening measures went into effect that included tying
passengers to their checked baggage.
(WSJ, 1/18/02, p.A1)
2002 Jan 18, Sara Jane
Olson, '70s radical-turned-suburban mother, was sentenced in Los
Angeles to 20 years to life in prison for plotting to blow up a pair
of police cars 27 years earlier. On March 17 2008 Olson was released
on parole, but soon returned to prison for another year due to an
alleged clerical error made in 2004. In 2009 Olson (62) was freed
from prison in California and returned to Minnesota to serve a
year long parole.
(AP, 1/18/03)(AP, 3/21/08)(SFC, 3/24/08,
p.B1)(SFC, 3/18/09, p.A5)
2002 Jan 18, Talk magazine
announced it was shutting down, less than three years after its
highly publicized launch.
2002 Jan 18, Estimates of
Afghan civilian deaths from US bombing were set at 1,000 to 1,300 by
the Mass. think tank, Project on Defense Alternatives.
(SFC, 1/19/02, p.A6)
2002 Jan 18, US forces took 6
terrorism suspects, held since October, from Bosnia after local
courts ruled that there was too little evidence to hold them. The
suspects included Bensayah Belkacem, a key European al Qaeda
lieutenant. Protesters clashed with riot police.
(SFC, 1/19/02, p.A12)(SFC, 1/23/02, p.A9)(WSJ,
2002 Jan 18, In Brazil Celso
Daniel, the PT mayor of Santo Andre, a Sao Paulo suburb, was
kidnapped by a gang seeking to free comrades from prison. His
bullet-riddled body was found Jan 20. The Revolutionary Armed Forces
of Brazil claimed responsibility (Brazilian Revolutionary Action
Front) for the killing and the Sep murder of another Workers’ Party
(WSJ, 1/21/02, p.A1)(SFC, 1/26/02, p.A8)
2002 Jan 18, Bayer AG disclosed
that as many as 100 deaths might be linked to Baycol, a promising
cholesterol drug that was withdrawn in Aug 2001.
(WSJ, 1/21/02, p.A10)
2002 Jan 18, Five Colombian
police officers died while protecting a downed UH-1N helicopter. The
US helicopter was destroyed to keep it out of rebel hands.
(SFC, 1/25/02, p.A15)
2002 Jan 18, Israeli forces
bombed the Palestinian town of Tulkarm and at least 2 Palestinians
were killed. Two Israeli tanks and an armored personnel carrier
parked outside Yasser Arafat's headquarters, confining the
Palestinian leader to his office complex a day after a Palestinian
gunman burst into a banquet hall and gunned down six Israelis.
(SFC, 1/19/02, p.A1)(AP, 1/18/03)
2002 Jan 18, In Mexico Feliz
Alonso Fernandez Garcia, editor of the weekly Nueva Opcion magazine,
was shot and killed after filing a report that linked former mayor
Raul Rodriguez Barrera and drug traffickers.
(SFC, 1/24/02, p.A8)
2002 Jan 18, It was reported
that the biography: "Vladimir Putin: a Life Story" by Oleg Blotsky
was being released in Moscow.
(SFC, 1/18/02, p.A7)
2003 Jan 18, Michelle Kwan won
her sixth straight U.S. Figure Skating Championships title and
seventh overall; Michael Weiss won his third U.S. men's title.
2003 Jan 18, In the US tens of
thousands rallied in Washington DC in an emphatic dissent against
preparations for war in Iraq. As many as 500,000 rallied outside the
Capitol. In SF the rally drew at least 100,000 by my count.
(AP, 1/19/03)(AR)(SSFC, 1/19/03, p.A1)
2003 Jan 18, Heavy bush fires
hit Canberra, Australia, killing 4 people. At least 388 homes were
2003 Jan 18, In Bolivia a bus
slammed into a mountainside outside Cochabamba, killing 28 people
and injuring at least 30.
2003 Jan 18, In southern
Colombia FARC guerrillas blew up every home in the hamlet of La
2003 Jan 18, The Czech
Republic's ruling party nominated former PM Milos Zeman as its new
candidate to replace President Vaclav Havel.
2003 Jan 18, UN officials
warned Iraq it was running out of time to cooperate and avoid war.
2003 Jan 18, Israeli soldiers
tracked and killed a 2nd Palestinian assailant who fled after an
attack on a Jewish outpost in the West Bank. The two slain
Palestinians had earlier killed one Israeli and injured three others
the previous night.
2003 Jan 18, Activists in Tokyo
carried toy guns filled with flowers, one banner at a Moscow rally
read "Iraq isn't your ranch, Mr. Bush," and some 6,000 anti-war
protesters in Paris shouted, "Stop Bush! Stop war!"
2003 Jan 18, Moroccan rescue
workers found the bodies of 16 people who drowned while trying to
illegally enter Spain by crossing the Strait of Gibraltar in an
2003 Jan 18, Serhiy Naboka
(47), one of Ukraine's best-known journalists, and a reporter for a
U.S.-funded radio station, was found dead in his hotel room.
2003 Jan 18, In Venezuela at
least 100,000 anti-government protesters staged a candlelight march
2004 Jan 18, The New England
Patriots earned their second trip to the Super Bowl in three seasons
by defeating the Indianapolis Colts 24-14 in the AFC championship
game; the Carolina Panthers defeated the Philadelphia Eagles, 14-3,
in the NFC championship game.
2004 Jan 18, A U.S. helicopter
attacked a house in Saghatho village in southern Afghanistan,
killing 11 people, four of them children. The US military said that
only 5 militants were killed.
(AP, 1/19/04)(SFC, 1/20/04, p.A3)
2004 Jan 18, London billionaire
twins Sir David and Sir Frederick Barclay (69) announced their plan
to buy a controlling interest in Hollinger Inc., the Toronto-based
parent of publisher Hollinger Intl. led by Conrad Black. The sale
was blocked in Feb.
(ADN, 1/20/04, p.F2)(WSJ, 3/1/04, p.B4)
2004 Jan 18, In Georgia an
explosion at a scientific institute in Tbilisi killed two people and
injured two others. It occurred during a transfer of nitrogen, an
indication that a canister of the gas could have blown up.
2004 Jan 18, Marches in
Port-au-Prince, Haiti, continued against Pres. Aristide. Gunmen
hiding inside a state-run TV station killed at least one marcher and
wounded several other.
(SFC, 1/19/04, p.A3
2004 Jan 18, A suicide bomber
blew up a pickup truck packed with 1,000 pounds of explosives
outside the headquarters of the U.S.-led coalition, killed at least
31 people and injuring about 120, most of them Iraqis.
2004 Jan 18, Pakistani agents
arrested seven al-Qaida suspects and confiscated weapons during a
raid in the southern city of Karachi.
2005 Jan 18, Secretary of State
nominee Condoleezza Rice, at her Senate confirmation hearing,
insisted the United States was fully prepared for the Iraq war and
its aftermath and refused to give a timetable for U.S. troops to
2005 Jan 18, Oscar Sanchez,
owner of a family restaurant in Dallas, was kidnapped in what police
believed was a stage car wreck. His body was found a week later.
Jose Felix, a former teacher, and Edgar "Richie" Acevedo, a
waiter at the restaurant, were responsible for the kidnapping and
slaying. Within weeks Felix was captured in Chicago. In October
Mexican federal authorities captured Edgar "Richie" Acevedo in Cabo
2005 Jan 18, More than 900
right-wing paramilitary fighters surrendered their weapons, but a
leading international rights group criticized the demobilization
process and said the Colombian government is letting war criminals
off the hook.
2005 Jan 18, Cuba's National
Gazette published a new resolution by the Commerce Ministry that
beginning on Feb. 7, smoking will be prohibited in theaters, stores,
buses, taxis and other enclosed public areas.
2005 Jan 18, In France Airbus
unveiled the 840-passenger A380, the world's biggest passenger jet,
in a glitzy ceremony in which the leaders of France, Britain,
Germany and Spain hailed Europe's victory over the US as the new
king of the commercial skies.
2005 Jan 18, In Iraq a suicide
bombing killed three people outside the offices of a leading Shiite
political party. Insurgents released a video showing 8 Chinese
workers held hostage by gunmen who claim the men are employed by a
construction company working with U.S. troops, in the latest
abduction of foreigners in Iraq. 2 US soldiers died elsewhere.
(AP, 1/18/05)(WSJ, 1/19/05, p.A1)
2005 Jan 18, U.S. soldiers
opened fire on a car as it approached their checkpoint in northern
Iraq, killing 2 civilians in the vehicle's front seats. 6 children
riding in the backseat were unhurt.
2005 Jan 18, A tsunami
conference began in Japan with calls to expand warning systems.
(WSJ, 1/19/05, p.A1)
2005 Jan 18, Palestinian leader
Mahmoud Abbas summoned militant leaders to cease-fire talks in the
Gaza Strip and said he is hopeful he can persuade them to halt
attacks on Israel.
2006 Jan 18, Pres. Bush ordered
assets of Asef Shawkat, head of Syria’s military intelligence, to be
frozen and barred trade with him because of violent meddling in
2006 Jan 18, The US Supreme
Court ruled unanimously that a lower court was wrong to strike down
New Hampshire abortion restrictions, but steered clear of a major
ruling on the volatile issue.
2006 Jan 18-2006 Jan 19, The US
Justice Dept. filed a motion requiring Google to disclose
information about consumer Web searches. Google refused to comply.
(WSJ, 1/20/06, p.A3)
2006 Jan 18, Knicks forward
Antonio Davis climbed into the stands out of concern for his wife
and was ejected without a scuffle during New York's overtime loss at
Chicago. He was suspended for five games.
2006 Jan 18, Thomas Murphy,
former head of General Motors (1974-1981), died in Florida.
(WSJ, 1/19/06, p.A1)
2006 Jan 18, In China senior
envoys from the United States, North Korea and China held a
"beneficial" meeting on the stalled six-party talks on Pyongyang's
2006 Jan 18, In China alarmed
by the spread of bird flu beyond East Asia, nations pledged nearly
$2 billion to fight the disease, far exceeding expectations at the
fundraising conference in Beijing. The US promised $334 million.
2006 Jan 18, In Colombia some
3,000 armed troops were deployed to the Sierra Macarena National
Park, one of Colombia's most pristine national parks, as part of an
operation to clear the rebel-controlled region of coca plants and
the laboratories used to make cocaine.
2006 Jan 18, President Fidel
Castro announced a long-awaited renovation of Cuba's energy system
to combat blackouts that have afflicted the island nation for the
past two summers.
2006 Jan 18, Egypt released 233
Sudanese migrants detained after security forces broke up a protest
camp in a Cairo square last month.
2006 Jan 18, The European
Parliament rejected plans to liberalize port services across the
European Union that had sparked mass strikes by dock workers and a
violent protest in front of the EU legislature in France.
2006 Jan 18, In Germany
thousands of doctors marched through Berlin to demand changes to the
state health care system, including better pay and less bureaucracy.
2006 Jan 18, In Iraq gunmen
killed at least 10 security guards and seized an African engineer
from Malawi in an ambush. 2 Americans were killed in a roadside
bombing in Basra. The sister of Iraq's interior minister was freed
by kidnappers about two weeks after being seized in Baghdad. The
bodies of three men were found in a Baghdad apartment with gunshot
wounds to the head. Sadad al-Batah, a Sunni Arab tribal leader
related to Defense Minister Saadoun al-Dulaimi, was killed along
with his nephew and a third person. 30 people were dragged from
their cars and shot execution style in Nibaei.
(AP, 1/18/06)(SFC, 1/19/06, p.A8)
2006 Jan 18, Former PM Shimon
Peres said Israel would be ready to open negotiations with the
Palestinians on a permanent peace accord after Israeli elections on
2006 Jan 18, In western Ivory
Coast 4 pro-government protesters were killed when UN peacekeepers
opened fire to repel an attack on their base in a third day of
2006 Jan 18, Japan's main stock
market index tumbled for a second day led by a sell-off in
technology shares in a session that was halted 20 minutes early
because of heavy trading volume amid a widening criminal
investigation of the Internet startup Livedoor. Technical glitches
forced an emergency closing for the 1st time in the exchanges
(AP, 1/18/06)(WSJ, 1/19/06, p.A1)(Econ, 1/21/06,
2006 Jan 18, North Korean
leader Kim Jong Il said he is committed to a peaceful resolution of
the standoff over his country's nuclear ambitions, as Pyongyang
confirmed that the reclusive Kim had visited China over the past
2006 Jan 18, Interfax news
reported that Russian natural gas monopoly Gazprom has reduced
supplies to European customers because of a cold snap at home.
2006 Jan 18, Gervan Lubbe, a
South African inventor, was reported to have developed an
anti-malaria wristwatch to help combat one of Africa's biggest
killers by monitoring the blood of those who wear it and sounding an
alarm when the parasite is detected.
2006 Jan 18, Syrian authorities
released five pro-democracy activists, including two prominent
former legislators, after they had served nearly four years of their
five-year prison sentences.
2006 Jan 18, In Thailand 2
fishermen were sentenced to death in the rape and murder of a
British tourist, a crime that prompted the PM to demand the maximum
penalty. Bualoi Posit (23) and Wichai Somkhaoyai (24) pleaded guilty
to the New Year's Day slaying of Katherine Horton, a 21-year-old
student from Wales.
2006 Jan 18, An American couple
claiming to be of Lao royal descent were shot dead in northeastern
Thailand. Anouwong Sethathirath IV (49) and Oulayvanh Sethathirath
(38) were killed at a Buddhist monastery in Nong Khai. The next day
Thai police said they might have been targeted by Laos' government
on suspicions that they were working against the communist regime.
2007 Jan 18, The United States
criticized China for conducting an anti-satellite weapons test in
which an old Chinese weather satellite was destroyed by a ballistic
missile on Jan 11.
2007 Jan 18, Federal Reserve
Chairman Ben Bernanke warned the US Congress that failure to take
action soon to deal with the budgetary strains posed by an aging US
population could lead to serious economic harm.
2007 Jan 18, Truck driver
Tyrone Williams was spared the death penalty and sentenced in
Houston to life in prison for his role in the deaths of 19 illegal
immigrants crammed in a sweltering tractor-trailer.
2007 Jan 18, The heated
controversy at ABC's top show, "Grey's Anatomy," boiled over as the
network rebuked co-star Isaiah Washington for an anti-gay comment
and Washington issued a lengthy apology.
2007 Jan 18, A suicide bomber
detonated his explosives next to Afghan soldiers in an eastern
Afghan market, killing one soldier and wounding three.
2007 Jan 18, South America's
most prominent leaders met in Rio for a two-day summit of the
fractured Mercosur economic bloc. Leaders sought to refocus Mercosur
on the needs of the region's poor as Venezuela's outspoken president
called for remaking Mercosur to fit his vision of "21st century
2007 Jan 18, In China hundreds
of riot police clashed with villagers protesting against an alleged
land grab by officials in the southern province of Guangdong.
2007 Jan 18, In Dubai a
high-rise apartment building under construction caught fire,
injuring up to 25 workers and trapping others in thick smoke as
rescue crews scrambled to reach them.
2007 Jan 18, East Timor and the
UN launched an appeal for $16.6 million to help resettle and
reintegrate about 100,000 people displaced by violence which wracked
the country last year.
2007 Jan 18, India prepared to
send 125 of its crack policewomen to Liberia to act as UN
peacekeepers, the first time the world body has deployed an
2007 Jan 18, In India a boat
carrying people to a religious festival sank on the Krishna River.
As many as 66 pilgrims were feared drowned.
2007 Jan 18, In Iraq at least
59 people were killed or found dead. 3 car bombs detonated within
minutes of each other in front of a wholesale vegetable market near
a Shiite enclave on the edge the predominantly Sunni neighborhood of
Dora in southern Baghdad, killing at least 10 people and wounding
30. The US military acknowledged that coalition forces had searched
the Sudanese Embassy in Baghdad.
(AP, 1/18/07)(SFC, 1/19/07, p.A10)
2007 Jan 18, President Felipe
Calderon signed an accord with businesses to curb soaring tortilla
prices and protect Mexico's poor from speculative sellers and a
surge in the cost of corn driven by the US ethanol industry.
2007 Jan 18, Truck driver
Albano Ramirez Santos tried to commit suicide by throwing himself
onto the tracks of the Mexico City subway and was later beaten to
death by police. Santos was reportedly despondent over the theft of
2007 Jan 18, Myanmar’s state
media accused pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi of evading taxes
by spending her money from the 1991 Nobel Peace prize and other
2007 Jan 18, A Philippine
Marines platoon battled about 30 extremists under Abu Sayyaf veteran
Radullan Sahiron in the Jolo town of Patikul. Ten Abu Sayyaf members
and three government troops died in the hour-long fight, while three
militants were captured.
2007 Jan 18, President Vladimir
Putin ordered Russia's ambassador to Georgia to return to the
Georgian capital after recalling him four months ago, saying that
the two countries must "normalize" badly strained ties.
2007 Jan 18, South Korean
regulators fined the Hyundai Motor Co. 23 billion won ($24.5
million) for violating competition rules.
(Econ, 1/27/07, p.67)
2007 Jan 18, Borys Tarasyuk,
Ukraine's foreign minister, accused the Cabinet of PM Yanukovych of
cutting off funds to his ministry, leaving it unable to pay its
employees or contribute dues to international organizations.
2007 Jan 18, Venezuelan
lawmakers gave initial approval to a bill granting President Hugo
Chavez the power to rule by decree for 18 months so that he can
impose sweeping economic, social and political change.
2008 Jan 18, Pres. Bush called
for a $145 billion stimulus package centered on tax breaks to
rejuvenate the US economy.
(SFC, 1/19/08, p.C1)
2008 Jan 18, In eastern
Afghanistan more than 20 Taliban rebels were killed and over a dozen
wounded in a joint operation between Afghan and Western forces.
2008 Jan 18, Two activists who
had jumped on board a Japanese whaling boat were returned to their
ship by Australian officials.
2008 Jan 18, British PM Gordon
Brown brought a high-profile delegation of business leaders to China
for a visit focused on expanding economic ties between the
countries. Brown began a major effort to position Britain as China's
premier international business partner, offering London as a base
for distribution of the Asian nation's state fund for private
2008 Jan 18, Mohammed Mansour
Jabarah (25), a Canadian citizen of Iraqi descent, who admitted
plotting to bomb US embassies in Singapore and the Philippines in
2002 was sentenced to life in prison after telling the court he had
been "brainwashed" by al Qaeda.
2008 Jan 18, Central African
Republic PM Elie Dote tendered his resignation and that of his
government. His resignation came amid a social crisis gripping the
country, marked by government disruptions and near-paralysis in
public schools due to a civil servant strike over salaries launched
earlier this month.
2008 Jan 18, Egypt angrily
rejected a European parliament resolution criticizing its human
rights record, with Foreign Minister Ahmed Abul Gheit saying it
revealed both arrogance and ignorance.
2008 Jan 18, In Iraq heavy
security was set up in Karbala, where some 30,000 troops watched
over hundreds of thousands of pilgrims performing the culmination of
Ashoura rites. Militant Sunnis look upon Ashoura with contempt. They
believe some of its rituals, like self flagellation and the use of
images, amount to pagan worship and violate Islamic teachings. In
Basra at least 44 people were killed, including seven officers, two
civilians and 35 gunmen, after the fighting with members of the
Soldiers of Heaven cult. Cult leader Ahmed Hassan Yamani was among
the dead along with 4 police officers. About 60 gunmen were
arrested. Aziz Khazim Alwan, the governor of Dhi Qar, of which
Nasariyah is the capital, said at least 28 people were killed in
that city, including 10 police.
(AP, 1/18/08)(AP, 1/19/08)(SFC, 1/19/08, p.A7)
2008 Jan 18, Defense officials
said Israel has closed all border crossings into Gaza, cutting off
food and humanitarian supplies to the coastal strip in a bid to
pressure its Hamas rulers to stop a barrage of rocket attacks on
Israeli towns. Israeli air strikes in Gaza killed two civilians and
one militant while Palestinians fired 16 rockets into southern
2008 Jan 18, A court in Palermo
convicted Sicily's Gov. Salvatore Cuffaro of helping a Mafia boss
and sentenced him to five years in prison.
2008 Jan 18, In Kenya a
weakened opposition said it would turn to economic boycotts and
strikes to keep up pressure over the East African nation's disputed
election. 12 new deaths raised the toll to at least 22 people killed
in three days of protests called by the opposition, all but five
blamed on police.
(AP, 1/18/08)(AP, 1/19/08)(SFC, 1/19/08, p.A3)
2008 Jan 18, Libya defended
plans to carry out a massive expulsion of illegal immigrants,
rejecting criticism from a human rights group that doing so would
violate international law.
2008 Jan 18, It was reported
that the EU’s environment commissioner has threatened to take Malta
to the European Court of Justice to force an end spring shooting of
turtledoves and quail. Bird hunting and trapping is a traditional
pastime in Malta where migrating stop twice every year. Numerous
protected birds have been killed.
(WSJ, 1/18/08, p.A1)
2008 Jan 18, Renault-Nissan
signed an accord with the Moroccan government for what it says will
be one of its largest automobile-making operations in the world, set
to be constructed near Tangiers.
2008 Jan 18, Ian Paisley, head
of Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), stepped away
from the helm of the Free Presbyterian Church, which he had founded
(Econ, 1/26/08, p.55)
2008 Jan 18, In South
Waziristan, Pakistan, “security forces used artillery, mortars and
small-arms fire to engage the miscreants. Reportedly, 50-60
miscreants were killed and (the) rest of them dispersed.” Militants
ambushed a convoy moving from the main town of Wana, in the
Chaghmalai area of South Waziristan, prompting a fierce-one hour
gunbattle. Between 20 and 30 rebels were killed. Security forces
captured 40 militants in the Chaghmalai area. 2 Sunni extremists on
death row for a 2004 attack on a procession that killed 42 Shiites
escaped from their cell in southwest Baluchistan province.
(AFP, 1/18/08)(AP, 1/18/08)(Reuters, 1/19/08)
2008 Jan 18, Russian President
Vladimir Putin clinched a key pipeline deal with Bulgaria that
strengthens Moscow's grip on European gas markets before issuing a
stern warning about the future status of Kosovo.
2008 Jan 18, In South Korea a
fish merchant was critically ill after setting himself ablaze during
a rally demanding greater compensation for South Korea's worst oil
2008 Jan 18, UN chief Ban
Ki-moon picked Hollywood heart-throb George Clooney, a passionate
advocate for an end to war and famine in Sudan's Darfur region, as
the world body's latest Messenger of Peace.
2008 Jan 18, In Yemen gunmen
believed to be al-Qaida militants opened fire on a tourist convoy
near the ancestral home of Osama bin Laden, killing two Belgian
women and their driver. In 2009 four Al-Qaida militants were
convicted for the attack and sentenced to death.
(AP, 1/18/08)(AP, 7/11/10)
2009 Jan 18, Bob May (69),
American TV and film actor, died. He donned the Robot's suit in the
hit 1960s television show "Lost in Space" (1965).
2009 Jan 18, The Polar Mist
unexpectedly sank 25 miles (40 kilometers) off the Argentine coast,
near the mouth of the Straits of Magellan, as it was being tugged to
dry land. 8 crew members had been rescued 2 days earlier. The owners
of its cargo said nearly $22 million in unrefined gold and silver
went down with it, and they asked insurer Lloyd's of London to foot
the bill for the costly recovery operation. Argentine news media and
maritime experts asked whether the precious metals were aboard at
all. On July 14 divers recovered nearly a ton of unrefined silver
from the ship easing suspicions about insurance claims on the
vessel. Divers concluded their mission on August 2 to retrieve 9.5
tons of unrefined gold and silver.
(AP, 4/8/09)(AP, 7/16/09)(AP, 8/3/09)
2009 Jan 18, Australia listed
the world's largest sea turtle, the leatherback, as endangered due
to the threats posed by overfishing and the unsustainable harvesting
of its eggs and meat.
2009 Jan 18, The roof of a
Brazilian church in Sao Paulo caved in shortly after a religious
service, killing 9 people and injuring 106 more.
2009 Jan 18, British television
presenter Tony Hart (83) died. He had charmed generations of
children with his artsy antics.
2009 Jan 18, Central African
Republic President Francois Bozize dissolved the government, after
pledging to form a unity government at recent peace talks.
2009 Jan 18, China’s public
security bureau of Lhasa, Tibet, launched a "strike hard" campaign
against crime, with raids on residential areas, Internet cafes,
bars, rented rooms, hotels and guesthouses.
2009 Jan 18, Denmark said it is
expanding its financial rescue package by lending the country’s
banks and mortgage $17.8 billion.
(SFC, 1/19/09, p.D1)
2009 Jan 18, Dubai said it has
reached a deal with Nigeria to invest in the African nation's
conflict-ravaged oil industry and other sectors of the economy.
2009 Jan 18, In El Salvador
polls ahead of six-party elections indicated the Farabundo Marti
National Liberation Front, a former guerrilla group known as the
FMLN, will increase its 32-seat plurality in the 84-member
legislature while winning the capital and most of the 262 mayors
races up for grabs.
2009 Jan 18, Militants in
Hamas-ruled Gaza agreed to a weeklong cease-fire with Israel, after
three weeks of violence that Palestinian medics say has killed more
than 1,200 people, about half of them civilians. The announcement
came about 12 hours after Israel declared its own unilateral
ceasefire. On March 19 a final tally of Palestinians killed in
Israel's recent war on Gaza's Hamas rulers was reported to be 1,417,
including 926 civilians. A Palestinian human rights groups published
the names, ages and other information about the dead on its Web
(AP, 1/18/09)(AP, 3/19/09)
2009 Jan 18, Kyrgyzstan began
to come under a massive cyber attack attributed to Russian
“cyber-militia.” Less than 20% of the country’s 5.3 million
population had online access. Proposed reasons for the attacks
included the US use of an air base for operations in Afghanistan or
a hit on the fledgling Kyrgyz opposition, which has used the
Internet to express its discontent.
(WSJ, 1/28/09, p.A10)
2009 Jan 18, Moldovan poet
Grigore Vieru (b.1935) died in a car crash. He was admired for his
courage in promoting Romanian, the country's native language, when
Moldova was a Soviet republic. In the 1970s, he wrote "The Little
Bee," Moldova's first Romanian-language school manual for young
2009 Jan 18, Nigerian militants
attacked a loading vessel, a tanker and a tug boat at a crude oil
platform operated by Shell in Bonny and took 8 crew members hostage.
One person was killed in the attack. Nigerian rebels holding two
British oil workers said they had moved 3 British hostages to
another location after what it claimed was a botched rescue attempt
by government troops.
(AFP, 1/18/09)(AP, 1/18/09)
2009 Jan 18, Pakistan’s
information minister said the government will push to quickly reopen
girls' schools destroyed by Islamic militants in the northwest Swat
2009 Jan 18, Russia and Ukraine
announced a deal to end the bitter dispute that has blocked Russian
natural gas from Europe following talks between Russian PM Vladimir
Putin and his Ukrainian counterpart Yulia Tymoshenko. Under the
terms, Ukraine will pay 20 percent less than the European "market
price" price for gas this year, which Russia says is $450 per 1,000
cubic meters. That's more than twice as much as the $179.50 Ukraine
paid in 2008.
2009 Jan 18, The UN-African
Union peacekeeping mission said rebels from the Justice and Equality
Movement have taken control of Muhajaria town in the western Sudan
region of Darfur.
2010 Jan 18, US officials said
on some 390 tons of ground beef produced by a California meat
packer, some of it nearly two years ago, is being recalled for fear
of potentially deadly E. coli bacterium tainting.
2010 Jan 18, It was reported
that Alaska corporations and a multinational firm are planning to
build the first fiber optic cable between Asia and Europe through
the Arctic. The project estimated at $1 billion, involved laying
10,000 miles of undersea fiber optic cable from Tokyo, along the
Alaska coast, through the Northwest Passage, past Greenland to
(SFC, 1/18/10, p.D3)
2010 Jan 18, Robert B. Parker
(77), crime novelist and author of the popular Spencer novels, died
in Cambridge, Mass. Parker reinvigorated the detective novel genre
with “The Godwulf Manuscript” (1973).
(SSFC, 1/24/10, p.F6)(SFC, 5/14/10, p.F6)
2010 Jan 18, Afghan Taliban
militants wearing explosives vests launched a brazen assault on the
heart of Kabul, as suicide bombings and gunbattles near the
presidential palace and other government buildings paralyzed the
capital for hours. The 12 people killed included 7 attackers, 2 of
whom detonated suicide bombs.
(AP, 1/18/10)(SFC, 1/19/10, p.A2)
2010 Jan 18, Kate McGarrigle
(63), Canadian folk singer, died of cancer at her home in Montreal.
She performed with her sister Anna as the McGarrigle Sisters. Their
songs included “Heart Like a Wheel.”
(SFC, 1/20/10, p.C7)
2010 Jan 18, It was reported
that China was tightening smoking regulations by enforcing a ban on
smoking in any indoor public space in seven provincial capitals.
2010 Jan 18, In China rescue
workers evacuated thousands of rural residents from parts of the
northwest after extreme cold and blizzard conditions killed four
people and left half a million snowed under. Storms in far western
Xinjiang flattened or damaged about 100,000 homes and more than
15,000 head of livestock were killed by the cold front that set in
the previous night.
2010 Jan 18, EU finance
ministers began 2 days of talks with worries over Greece's swelling
debt expected to dominate the session, as the euro fell to a ten-day
low against the dollar.
2010 Jan 18, The European Union
said some 200,000 people may have been killed in the magnitude-7.0
quake, quoting Haitian officials who also said about 70,000 bodies
have been recovered so far.
2010 Jan 18, In Egypt and
Israel heavy rains and flash floods left seven people dead,
including a British tourist who was killed when a sailboat capsized
on the Nile River.
2010 Jan 18, The OSCE, Europe's
main security and human rights watchdog, said that Turkey was
blocking some 3,700 Internet sites for "arbitrary and political
reasons" and urged reforms to show its commitment to freedom of
2010 Jan 18, In Iran gunmen
fatally shot Vali Hajgholizadeh, a court prosecutor, outside his
home in the town of Khoy, near the Turkish border. An Iranian
official said Kurdish rebels may have been involved in the
assassination. Opposition groups flooded the Web with calls for a
huge show of force on the Feb 11 commemoration of the Islamic
(AP, 1/19/10)(SFC, 1/19/10, p.A3)
2010 Jan 18, In Iraq gunmen
broke into the office of an Iraqi humanitarian organization in
Baghdad and killed five employees.
2010 Jan 18, Israel's Cabinet
convened for the first time in Berlin, the former heart of the Nazi
regime, for a special joint session with the German government
highlighting the two nations' strong bond six decades after the
2010 Jan 18, Israeli police
arrested 9 people at a radical Jewish settlement in connection with
the Dec 11, 2009, torching of a West Bank mosque and other attacks
on Palestinian property.
2010 Jan 18, A group of 30
Mauritanian Muslim leaders issued a religious edict banning female
genital mutilation in the West African country. The leaders also
agreed to preach against the practice at their mosques.
2010 Jan 18, Pakistani troops
killed 10 Taliban militants and arrested five others in a clash in
the northwestern tribal belt near the Afghan border. Militants
attacked anti-Taliban militiamen in the Bazai section of Mohmand
tribal area near the Afghan border, killing one and wounding
another. Authorities also found the bullet-riddled body of another
anti-Taliban militiaman in a nearby area, two days after he was
(AFP, 1/18/10)(AP, 1/18/10)
2010 Jan 18, A Spanish Foreign
Ministry official said the country will take in two inmates from the
US prison at Guantanamo Bay.
2010 Jan 18, In southern Sudan
clashes began in the troubled southern state of Jonglei leaving 9
2010 Jan 18, Swiss Reinsurance
Co. said it transferred part of its US life insurance business to
American investor Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc. for 1.3
billion Swiss francs ($1.27 billion) to free up capital and invest
it more profitably.
2010 Jan 18, Mehmet Ali Agca
(52), the Turk who shot Pope John Paul II in 1981, was released from
prison after more than 29 years behind bars. Doctors at military
hospital concluded that he was unfit for compulsory military service
because of "severe anti-social personality disorder as Agca
proclaimed that he was a messenger of God and that the world will
end in this century.
2010 Jan 18, Ukrainian PM Yulia
Tymoshenko rushed to the east of the country after an explosion in a
hospital killed seven people.
2011 Jan 18, President Barack
Obama ordered a government-wide review of regulations with the goal
of eliminating those that hurt job creation and make the economy
2011 Jan 18, The city of
Camden, NJ, laid off 335 workers, about one-sixth of its employees
as city leaders sought to balance the budget amid falling tax
revenue and diminishing aid from the state.
2011 Jan 18, Philadelphia Gas
Works employee, Mark Keeley (19), was killed in a gas main
explosion. 6 people were sent to the hospital with 3 in critical
(SFC, 1/20/11, p.A6)
2011 Jan 18, Sargent Shriver
(95), first director of the US Peace Corps (1961), died in Maryland.
(SFC, 1/19/11, p.A9)
2011 Jan 18, In Stanislaus
County, Ca., Jose Esteban Rodriguez (27), kidnapped Juliani Cardenas
(4), the son of his girlfriend, from the arms of the boy’s
grandmother and fled in a Toyota car. A witness saw the car plunge
into a canal with a man and boy inside. Authorities found the car on
Jan 28 in a canal near Patterson. On Feb 1 the child’s body was
found in the Delta-Mendota canal about 30 miles south of Patterson.
Tabitha Cardenas was pregnant with Rodriguez’s daughter. On Feb 12
the body of Rodriguez was found in the Delta-Mendota Canal near
(SFC, 2/2/11, p.C3)(SSFC, 2/13/11, p.C9)
2011 Jan 18, Afghanistan's
trade associations said they have halted trade with neighboring Iran
to protest against an unexplained fuel blockade which has been
choking the Afghan economy. An Afghan soldier shot dead one Italian
troop and seriously wounded another at an army post in northern
Afghanistan. 50 Taliban fighters laid down their arms and joined
pro-government forces in northern Afghanistan. A rocket hit a
civilian house during a firefight between insurgents and NATO forces
in Herat province. One child was killed and another 10 people were
(Reuters, 1/18/11)(AP, 1/18/11)(AP,
2011 Jan 18, In Afghanistan an
unknown assailant in Kabul sprayed acid in the face of a Razaq
Mamoon, a prominent journalist and author, apparently in retaliation
for his politically charged writing. Mamoon was not critically
injured, but his face was splotchy with red and black patches.
2011 Jan 18, Algeria’s El
Khabar daily said a father-of-six became the fifth Algerian to turn
himself into a human fireball this week, in a replica of the
immolation protest that triggered the president's ouster in
2011 Jan 18, In Australia the
city of Horsham, Victoria state, resembled a lake after the Wimmera
River overflowed its banks and bisected the community before
starting to recede. The weekslong flooding crisis has left 30 people
2011 Jan 18, In Egypt Ahmed
Hashem el-Sayed (25), an unemployed man, died in a hospital after
setting himself on fire the previous evening in the port city of
Alexandria. Two men attempted to set themselves on fire in downtown
Cairo. Both survived.
2011 Jan 18, Guatemalan
President Alvaro Colom said he is extending a state of siege in a
violent province on the border with Mexico that has been taken over
by Mexico's brutal Zetas drug gang. A monthlong state of siege that
began on Dec. 19 in Alta Verapaz province has been successful but
that he'll extend it an extra month.
2011 Jan 18, Haitian
prosecutors slapped a slew of corruption charges on Jean-Claude
"Baby Doc" Duvalier, under 48 hours after the ex-dictator's
unexpected return to his homeland. He remained free after four hours
2011 Jan 18, In western India a
major fire on the outskirts of Mumbai burned nearly 10,500 gallons
(40,000 liters) of lubricant oil at a depot of state-owned Indian
2011 Jan 18, Iran’s
semi-official Mehr news agency said that the ration of gasoline
costing just 1,000 rials per liter (about 10 US cents, or $0.38 per
US gallon) would be zero from the next Iranian month, which starts
on January 21.
2011 Jan 18, In Iraq a suicide
bomber blew himself up in a crowd of police recruits, killing at
least 65 people in Tikrit.
(AP, 1/18/11)(AP, 1/19/11)
2011 Jan 18, Israeli police
arrested Aleksander Cvetkovic, a former Bosnian Serb soldier. He was
suspected by Bosnian authorities to be a member of an eight-man
firing squad involved in executing between 1,000 and 1,200 Bosnian
Muslims at the Branjevo Farm in July 1995. In 2013 He was extradited
to face trial in Bosnia.
(AP, 1/18/11)(SFC, 8/17/13, p.A2)
2011 Jan 18, Israeli forces
killed a Palestinian on the Gaza border after militants set off a
2011 Jan 18, Ivory Coast
security forces loyal to the incumbent leader who refuses to give up
power opened fire killing at least one person, as military chiefs
from neighboring nations met to plan a possible armed intervention
to depose Laurent Gbagbo.
2011 Jan 18, Jordan’s powerful
Islamist opposition said Jordanians should be able to elect their
prime minister and other government officials rather than having
them appointed in a rare challenge to Jordan's political system.
2011 Jan 18, A Luxembourg
official said the country will invest a large sum in Burkina Faso to
help alleviate poverty in the landlocked West African nation.
2011 Jan 18, Mexico's federal
police said they have arrested Flavio Mendez Santiago (35), a
founding member of the brutal Zetas drug cartel. He controlled drug
smuggling routes and the kidnapping of Central American migrants in
southern Mexico. Police found five mutilated bodies outside the
wealthy city of Monterrey, part of a series of attacks that killed
23 people and dragged the region deeper into Mexico's drug war.
(AP, 1/18/11)(Reuters, 1/18/11)
2011 Jan 18, The US Peace Corps
said it has suspended its operations in Niger and evacuated all 98
of its volunteers from the west African nation due to security
concerns following the kidnapping and murder of two French citizens
claimed by an al-Qaida affiliate.
2011 Jan 18, Pakistani
paramilitary troops went house to house rounding up dozens of men in
a restive neighborhood of Karachi as part of a crackdown on soaring
violence. A US drone attacked a compound in North Waziristan,
killing five militants. Suspected militants in South Waziristan
fired rockets at a military camp, killing three soldiers. A roadside
bomb exploded near a car, killing two civilians in southwest
(AFP, 1/18/11)(AP, 1/18/11)
2011 Jan 18, In Pakistan a 7.2
magnitude earthquake was centered in Baluchistan province.
(SFC, 1/19/11, p.A3)
2011 Jan 18, Palestinians
welcomed Russian President Dmitry Medvedev to the West Bank.
Medvedev gave a political boost to the Palestinians, backing their
claim to east Jerusalem as a capital and their demand that Israel
must freeze all settlement construction before peace talks can
2011 Jan 18, Paraguay granted
political refugee status to Mario Cossio, a key opponent of
Bolivia's leftist President Evo Morales, sheltering him from
corruption charges across the border. Cossio fled Bolivia last month
after provincial lawmakers allied with Morales ousted him as
governor of the natural gas-rich state of Tarija due to charges of
dereliction of duty and causing economic damage.
2011 Jan 18, Negotiators from
the Philippines government and communist rebels agreed to resume
peace talks after informal meetings in Norway.
2011 Jan 18, Philippine
disaster authorities said stormy weather since late December has
killed 56 people and left at least 19 missing, mostly fishermen lost
in rough seas.
2011 Jan 18, Rwanda said police
will begin cracking down on those degrading the environment as part
of their widened jurisdiction to shore up ecological protection.
2011 Jan 18, The South Korean
commandos aboard a speedboat and a Lynx helicopter were dispatched
to rescue a Mongolian ship from Somali pirates. The firefight left
several pirates missing and believed killed.
2011 Jan 18, South Sudan
appealed for investors to plough $140 million into its war-hit
wildlife parks, seeking to kick-start a tourism industry and wean
itself off oil months ahead of its expected independence.
2011 Jan 18, A court in the
northeastern Spanish region of Catalonia suspended a ban by the city
of Lleida on face-covering Islamic veils in municipal buildings. The
ban was suspended while the court studies an appeal lodged by a
Muslim association. Only about 3 percent of Lleida's population is
Muslim and only a handful of women actually wear body-covering
burqas or face-covering niqab garments.
2011 Jan 18, Spanish police
said they have arrested 25 people, including Spaniards and
Colombians, and dismantled what they claim is the biggest and most
sophisticated cocaine laboratory known to date in Europe. The
operation began Dec. 7 and followed two years of investigations.
2011 Jan 18, Sudanese security
forces arrested Hassan Turabi, Sudan's top Islamist opposition
leader, overnight after he called for a Tunisia-style uprising in
the country. Around eight other members of Turabi's Islamic Popular
Congress Party also were arrested.
2011 Jan 18, Taiwan publicly
test-fired 19 missiles. Six of the 19 surface-to-air and air-to-air
missiles failed in drills. The tests were the first held in full
view of the press for almost a decade.
2011 Jan 18, Four ministers
quit Tunisia's day-old government, undermining its hopes of quelling
unrest by sharing power with members of the opposition to the old
2011 Jan 18, It was reported
that around 187,000 women in Turkey are in polygamous marriages even
though polygamy is illegal.
2011 Jan 18, A Yemeni court
official said Sanaa State Security Court has sentenced Abdel Elah
al-Shaia, a journalist who interviewed the leader of al-Qaida in the
Arabian Peninsula in 2009, to five years in prison for his ties to
the extremist group. The same court also sentenced Abdel Karim
al-Shami, a technician, to two years in prison for helping al-Shaia.
2011 Jan 18, Vietnam's
Communist elite selected a new party boss, after a week of secret
meetings at which politicians jockeyed for power before choosing a
moderate now tasked with trying to sustain country's explosive
2012 Jan 18, The Obama
Administration rejected the Keystone oil pipeline because there was
not enough time to review an alternate route that would avoid a
sensitive aquifer in Nebraska within a 60-day window set by
Congress. Republicans decried the move for sacrificing jobs and
energy security in order to shore up the president's environmental
base before elections. TransCanada quickly said it would re-apply
for the permit, which it first sought in 2008.
2012 Jan 18, The US Army
Deseret Chemical Depot in Utah burned its last hard weapons
containing mustard gas. This marked the destruction of about 90% of
its aging chemical weapons, accumulated during the Cold War.
(SFC, 1/19/12, p.A6)
2012 Jan 18, The US Navy led a
rescue operation to assist the crew of an Iranian fishing vessel in
distress in the Gulf of Oman, the third in 10 days in an area marked
by tension between Washington and Tehran.
2012 Jan 18, Prosecutors in NYC
introduced an almost $78 million insider trading case involving at
least 7 financial industry professionals.
(SFC, 1/19/12, p.D2)
2012 Jan 18, In Chicago 7 teens
were charged in the beating and robbery of a 17-year-old high school
student in an incident that stemmed from a previous altercation last
October. A video of the beating went viral online. Viewers who
posted comments identified the alleged attackers by name.
2012 Jan 18, The
Washington-based International Monetary Fund said that it's aiming
to increase its financial firepower by around $500 billion so it can
give out new loans to help mitigate a worsening financial crisis.
2012 Jan 18, A number of
Internet sites went dark for 24 hours to raise awareness of twin
antipiracy bills pending in Congress. Protests quickly cut into
support for the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Act
(PIPA) as Senator Marco Rubio, Republican of Florida, said he would
no longer back the legislation he co-sponsored. The bills were
pushed by former Connecticut Sen. Chris Dodd, head of the Motion
Pictures Association of America.
p.D1)(http://tinyurl.com/7e2o5ma)(Econ, 1/21/12, p.33)(SSFC,
2012 Jan 18, The US Embassy in
Kathmandu said Peace Corps volunteers will return to Nepal seven
years after they left during the peak of a Maoist rebel insurgency.
2012 Jan 18, Aid agencies said
thousands of people, more than half of them children, died
needlessly and millions of dollars were wasted because the
international community did not respond to early warnings of an
impending famine in East Africa. Earlier this week food donated by
Cargill, the Minnesota-based producer and marketer of food,
agricultural, financial and industrial products, was delivered to
communities in need in Kenya. Cargill donated 10,000 metric tons of
rice to World Food Program USA. The donation, the largest ever food
donation to WFP USA, would feed nearly 1 million people for a month.
2012 Jan 18, In southern
Afghanistan 12 people were killed by a suicide bomber on a
motorcycle at a bridge under construction in Helmand province. An
Afghan intelligence official in Nad Ali district of Helmand province
and two of his body guards were killed in an explosion. Afghan
security forces said they have killed nine armed insurgents and
captured 23 suspects in a series of raids in the past 24 hours.
2012 Jan 18, Angola's
government denied that $32 billion had gone missing from public
funds, after the IMF last month raised a flag over a discrepancy in
the national books. The government said the discrepancy resulted
from "oil revenue being inadequately recorded.
2012 Jan 18, Bahraini riot
police chased anti-government protesters out of the center of the
island kingdom's capital. Authorities the previous day denied the
country's main Shiite-backed opposition party, Al Wefaq, permission
to hold protests in central Manama.
2012 Jan 18, Britain’s High
Court in London approved a bid by authorities to evict
anti-capitalist protesters from outside St Paul's Cathedral. Dozens
of protesters from the Occupy London movement have been camping
outside St Paul's since October.
2012 Jan 18, A Chinese court in
Wuhan city sentenced democracy activist Li Tie to 10 years
imprisonment for subversion. A provincial court upheld the death
sentence against Wu Ying (31), one of China’s wealthiest
businesswomen. She was convicted on Dec 18, 2009, of illegal fund
(SFC, 1/19/12, p.A2)(Econ, 1/28/12, p.45)
2012 Jan 18, In Egypt
assailants attacked Nawara Negm, a prominent activist, as she left
work at Cairo's Nileside state television headquarters. She said the
beating took place while scores of policemen and army soldiers
assigned to the protection of the TV building stood by and watched.
Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi, delivered a thinly veiled warning to
anti-military activists planning a wave of protests to mark the Jan.
25 anniversary of the start of the uprising.
2012 Jan 18, The EU said it is
doubling humanitarian aid to Africa's Sahel area to 95 million euros
in a "race against time" to lift two million people facing food
shortages out of danger.
2012 Jan 18, In Haiti the
driver for a French journalist was killed in a robbery. Haitian
driver Maxime Alcius died of gunshot wounds but Anthony Lapeyre and
his wife escaped unharmed.
2012 Jan 18, PM Viktor Orban
said that Hungary's new constitution is based on the core principles
of the EU but acknowledged questions over the independence of the
central bank and the judiciary are understandable.
2012 Jan 18, A conservative
Iranian lawmaker was quoted as saying US President Barack Obama has
called for direct talks with Iran in a secret letter to the Islamic
Republic's supreme leader that also warned Tehran against closing
the strategic Strait of Hormuz.
2012 Jan 18, Iran's currency,
the rial, hit a record low against the dollar, based on rates in
black market trading that the government has tried to ban.
2012 Jan 18, In Iraq suspected
insurgents killed a member of the government-allied Sunni militia
along with three of his sons in Latifiyah, about 20 miles (30 km)
south of Baghdad. Riyadh al-Adhadh, deputy chief of Baghdad
provincial council, was arrested while on his way to work in
connection with funding insurgent groups. Adhadh is a member of the
Iraqi Islamic Party, a Sunni grouping under the broader Iraqiya
(AP, 1/18/12)(AFP, 1/19/12)
2012 Jan 18, Defrocked Irish
priest Peter Kennedy (72) returned to Dublin after being extradited
from Brazil. He faced 55 counts of sexually abusing 18 children from
1968-1984. Kennedy had fled to England in 2002 and to Brazil in
2012 Jan 18, Israeli forces
attacked a group of suspected Palestinian militants believed to have
been planting a bomb along Gaza's border with the Jewish state.
Palestinian officials said two people were killed and two wounded.
Relatives of the dead men said they were setting traps for birds
near the buffer zone.
2012 Jan 18, A book titled "My
Father, Kim Jong Il and Me," by Tokyo-based journalist Yoji Gomi,
went on sale. The author said it is based primarily on email
exchanges he had with Kim Jong Nam over many years.
2012 Jan 18, Malawi said police
have arrested a gang that had been terrorizing trouser-wearing women
in the capital Lilongwe by stripping off their clothes.
2012 Jan 18, In Mali a new
Tuareg rebel group, the National Movement for the Liberation of the
Azawad, launched a second day of attacks on two more towns in the
arid north. 47 people were killed in the clashes.
(AP, 1/18/12)(AP, 1/20/12)
2012 Jan 18, Mexican police in
Culiacan captured Eduardo Avila Ojeda (34), one of the main
smugglers of illegal weapons for the Sinaloa drug cartel.
2012 Jan 18, Niger PM Brigi
Rafini said 34.9% of local households, or more than five million
people, are going hungry.
2012 Jan 18, Rwanda's military
said it has suspended and put under house arrest four top military
officers over allegations of business dealings with civilians in
2012 Jan 18, Syria's
state-owned media accused Qatar of arming and financing opponents of
President Bashar al-Assad's regime. Qatar's emir, Sheikh Hamad Ben
Khalifa al-Thani, said in an interview aired at the weekend that he
backs sending Arab troops to Syria. Activists said Syrian troops
have shelled the mountain resort of Zabadani near the border with
Lebanon, and living conditions are deteriorating there after six
days of siege. By nightfall government tanks and armored vehicles
pulled back from Zabadani to two military barracks on the outskirts.
(AFP, 1/18/12)(AP, 1/18/12)(AP, 1/19/12)
2012 Jan 18, Five Tunisian
students said they went on hunger strike against a ban on niqab
veils imposed by Manouba university, upping the ante in a dispute
which began in November.
2012 Jan 18, In Venezuela a
helicopter crashed into Auyantepui mountain during a tour of the
tabletop mountains in the Canaima National Park. 5 people were
2013 Jan 18, Former New Orleans
Mayor Ray Nagin was indicted on charges that he used his office for
personal gain, accepting payoffs, free trips and gratuities from
contractors while the city was struggling to recover from the
devastation of Hurricane Katrina.
2013 Jan 18, US federal
prosecutors filed a fraud charge against Michigan Supreme Court
Justice Diane Hathaway in a scandal involving the sale of a
Detroit-area home and suspicious steps to conceal property in
(SSFC, 1/20/13, p.A9)
2013 Jan 18, McDonald's and
Finley's Management Co. agreed to pay $700,000 to members of a
Muslim community to settle allegations a Detroit-area restaurant
falsely advertised its food as being prepared according to Islamic
2013 Jan 18, Algeria's state
news service reported that nearly 100 of the 132 foreign workers
kidnapped by Islamic militants had been freed. A "provisional toll"
showed 12 hostages have been killed since the start of the military
operation to free kidnapped workers.
2013 Jan 18, The British
defence ministry said Britain and Australia will increase ties on
defence issues including cyber security and equipment programs such
as the BAE Systems-built Type 26 frigate.
2013 Jan 18, In the Central
African Republic a rebel commander known only as Binani, the chief
bodyguard of LRA leader Joseph Kony, was killed in a firefight 280
km (175 miles) north of Djema, where Uganda-led African Union troops
are being advised by US special forces.
2013 Jan 18, In northern
Colombia leftist ELN rebels kidnapped five gold prospectors doing
exploratory drilling for Braeval Mining Corp., a Canadian company.
2013 Jan 18, Egyptian police
fired tear gas to disperse hundreds of Muslim protesters outside a
church in Qena province. 4 shops owned by Coptic Christians were
torched overnight after Marashda villagers accused one of the store
owners of molesting a 6-year-old girl.
2013 Jan 18, In western and
central Iraq thousands of Sunnis rallied against the Shiite-led
government's policies they see as sidelining their minority group.
2013 Jan 18, Some 1300
Jordanian Islamists, youth activists and other opposition groups
rallied in the capital, Amman, calling for a boycott of next week's
2013 Jan 18, In Lebanon
protesters demanding the release of Islamist prisoners in the city
of Tripoli threw a grenade at the convoy of Sports and Youth
Minister Faisal Karameh that set fire to one of the vehicles. 4
people were wounded.
2013 Jan 18, A Nicaraguan judge
sentenced 18 Mexicans who posed last August as members of a
televison crew to 30 years in prison for drug trafficking and money
(SFC, 1/19/13, p.A2)
2013 Jan 18, Pakistani
prosecutor Kamran Faisal, investigating a corruption case against PM
Raja Pervaiz Ashraf, was found dead in Islamabad. Some colleagues
suspected foul play and on Jan 23 a judge ordered a judicial
(AP, 1/18/13)(SFC, 1/24/13, p.A4)
2013 Jan 18, In Somalia unknown
gunmen shot dead Shabelle radio producer Abdihared Osman Aden, the
first journalist to be killed this year. 18 journalists were killed
in Somalia last year.
2013 Jan 18, A South African
government official said two prisoners were killed and 65 injured
when a fight broke out between two gangs at St. Albans prison Port
2013 Jan 18, Spain's central
bank said the level of bad debt in the country's banks rose to a new
record 11.38 percent in November, up from 11.23 percent in October.
It was the 17th monthly increase in a row.
2013 Jan 18, In Syria 2 car
bombs exploded in Daraa and a rocket slammed into a building in
Aleppo. Fighting between rebels and Assad's loyalists flared in the
Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp in Damascus, killing 12 people and
wounding at least 20 others. Syrian fighter jets pounded villages in
rebel-held areas in Latakia province, dropping makeshift bombs made
from hundreds of pounds (kg) of explosives stuffed into barrels.
2013 Jan 18, Ukrainian
authorities formally notified jailed former PM Yulia Tymoshenko that
she is a suspect in the murder of Yvhen Scherban, a businessman and
lawmaker, his wife and two other people in 1996.
2013 Jan 18, Zimbabwe's
political leaders said they have reached agreement on a new
constitution after more than two years of delays and bickering over
changes to reduce the sweeping powers of President Robert Mugabe and
his ruling party.
2014 Jan 18, The film “American
Hustle,” directed by David O. Russell, won the Screen Actors Guild
award for outstanding cast.
(SSFC, 1/19/14, p.A9)
2014 Jan 18, The 75,000
deadweight ton Liberian-flagged fuel tanker MT Kerala lost contact
with its Greece-based owner Dynacom off the coast of Angola. A
pirate attack was suspected making it the most southerly attack to
date by pirates off West Africa. On Jan 26 Angola's navy said the
crew of the oil tanker had turned off communications to fake an
(Reuters, 1/22/14)(Reuters, 1/26/14)
2014 Jan 18, In Brazil an
estimated 150 black and leftist militants staged a boisterous rally
outside the JK Iguatemi shopping mall in Sao Paulo to protest
attempts to bar underprivileged youths from shopping malls in
2014 Jan 18, Brazilian police
said that they had broken up a bank robbery scheme that had diverted
73 million reais ($31 million) from a lottery run by state-owned
lender Caixa Economica Federal.
2014 Jan 18, BBC presenter
Komla Dumor (41), one of Ghana's best known journalists, died
suddenly. Dumor, a presenter on the BBC’s World News channel and its
"Focus on Africa" program, suffered a heart attack at his London
2014 Jan 18, Burkina Faso's
opposition staged the country's biggest demonstration in decades to
protest against an attempt by President Blaise Compaore's party to
abolish constitutional term limits.
2014 Jan 18, A Canadian pilot
was among two people feared dead when the small plane he was flying
went down in Guyana's thick Amazon jungle two minutes after takeoff.
2014 Jan 18, In Central African
Republic fresh fighting broke out as the deadline closed for
candidates to register for a vote by the transitional parliament for
a new interim president.
2014 Jan 18, Egypt’s elections
chief said voters have approved a new constitution by 98.1 percent.
2014 Jan 18, Police in central
Greece said they had arrested seven people including five Bulgarians
for attempted baby trafficking.
2014 Jan 18, Guinea's President
Alpha Conde said he had reinstated PM Mohamed Said Fofana just three
days after accepting his resignation to make way for a new
administration following parliamentary elections.
2014 Jan 18, India and Pakistan
agreed to allow round-the-clock movement of trucks and containers
through their main Wagah-Attari border crossing in Punjab.
2014 Jan 18, In India a
pre-dawn stampede killed 18 people as tens of thousands of people
gathered in Mumbai to mourn the death of Muslim spiritual leader
Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin, the head of the Dawoodi Bohra Muslim
2014 Jan 18, In Iraq clashes
between militants and government troops as well as two bombings at
marketplaces killed 6 people. At least a half-dozen car bombs killed
25 people and left more than 70 wounded.
(AP, 1/18/14)(AFP, 1/18/14)
2014 Jan 18, Libya's General
National Congress declared a state of emergency, after fresh clashes
erupted in the south when gunmen group seized a military base. Libya
sent troops to the restive south after gunmen stormed an air force
base in Sabha. In the east two Italian construction workers were
reported abducted in the Islamist stronghold of Derna.
(Reuters, 1/18/14)(AFP, 1/18/14)
2014 Jan 18, In Morocco the
Al-Quds (Jerusalem) Committee of Muslim nations ended talks and
urged the international community to put pressure on Israel to stop
building Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank.
2014 Jan 18, Russian news said
7 suspected militants were killed today by security forces in a
shootout near Makhachkala, Dagestan.
2014 Jan 18, South Korea
confirmed the outbreak of highly pathogenic bird flu and said it
would expand the culling of birds to a radius of 3-km (1.9 mile)
around a duck farm.
2014 Jan 18, South Sudanese
government forces said they seized the flashpoint town of Bor back
from rebels. Uganda's army claimed credit for the operation.
2014 Jan 18, Officials say
Spanish police have arrested Juegers Veloz (37), a
Dominican fugitive wanted by US authorities for a multimillion
dollar cellphone fraud in 2009-2011.
2014 Jan 18, The National
Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces voted to
send a delegation to an int’l. peace conference set to begin next
week in Geneva.
(SSFC, 1/19/14, p.A6)
2014 Jan 18, In Syria food aid
entered the besieged Yarmuk Palestinian refugee camp for the first
time in four months. The delivery of food followed reports that
dozens of people in the camp in southern Damascus have died of
hunger and lack of medical care.
2014 Jan 18, In Thailand
anti-government protesters marched defiantly through Bangkok, with
one group entering a police compound, undeterred by a grenade
explosion the day before. The military urged both sides to settle
(Reuters, 1/18/14)(Reuters, 1/19/14)
2014 Jan 18, In Turkey riot
police in Istanbul used water canons against hundreds of people
protesting a government plan to expand controls over the public’s
use of the Internet.
(SSFC, 1/19/14, p.A6)
2014 Jan 18, State media said
Turkey has extended a purge of official bodies to the banking and
telecoms regulators and state TV, firing dozens of executives in
moves that appear to broaden PM Tayyip Erdogan's backlash against a
2014 Jan 18, Turkmenistan's
Pres. Gurbanguli Berdymukhamedo said his government will begin
installing gas meters in households, ending the unlimited supply of
free gas to citizens. The nation is estimated to have the world's
fourth-largest natural gas reserves, and gas, electricity and water
have been supplied free to households since 1993.
2014 Jan 18, In Yemen Ali
Asghar Asadi, Iran's economic attaché in Sanaa, was killed in a
drive-by shooting. A military intelligence officer was killed in a
drive-by shooting by gunmen who fled on a motorbike in Huta. In
Al-Milah armed men ambushed an army vehicle and shot dead 2
(AP, 1/18/14)(AFP, 1/18/14)
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