Today in History - January 19
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570 Jan 19,
Mohammed (d.632), "The Prophet", founder of Islam and speaker in the
“Koran,” was born into the Quraysh tribe in Makkah. He was orphaned
at an early age and found work in a trade caravan. He married a
wealthy widow and this gave him the freedom to visit Mount Hira each
year to think. His birthday is observed on the 12th day of Rabi
ul'Awwal, the 3rd month of the lunar calendar, in a festival known
as Mawlid-al-Nabi. The Koran was probably not fixed for the 1st two
centuries after the emergence of Islam.
(ATC, p.59)(SFC, 7/6/98, p.A14)(WSJ, 11/15/01,
p.A16)(Econ, 4/28/07, p.97)
973 Jan 19, Benedict VI was
consecrated as Catholic Pope. He succeeded John XIII.
(PTA, 1980, p.236)
1523 Jan 19, In Switzerland,
Ulrich Zwingli published his 67 Articles, the first manifesto of the
Zurich Reformation which attacked the authority of the Pope.
1547 Jan 19, Henry Howard (29),
earl of Surrey, army commander, poet, was beheaded.
1576 Jan 19, Hans Sachs (81),
cobbler, poet, composer, inspiration for Wagner's "Die
1597 Jan 19, Maharana Pratap or
Pratap Singh (b.1540), Hindu Rajput ruler of Mewar, died. This
region in north-western India is in the present day state of
Rajasthan (2013). He belonged to the Sisodiya clan of Rajputs. In
popular Indian culture, Pratap is considered to exemplify qualities
like bravery and chivalry to which Rajputs aspire, especially in
context of his opposition to the Mughal emperor Akbar.
1729 Jan 19, William Congreve
(58), English dramatist (Love for Love), died.
1736 Jan 19, James Watt,
Scottish inventor of the steam engine who gave his name to a unit of
power, was born. [see 1705]
(AP, 1/19/98)(HN, 1/19/99)
1746 Jan 19, Bonnie Prince
Charlie's troops occupied Stirling.
1749 Jan 19, Isaiah Thomas, US
printer, editor, publisher, historian, was born.
1764 Jan 19, Bolle Willum
Luxdorph, a Danish diarist, described what is believed to be the
first successful parcel bomb.
(Econ, 11/6/10, p.74)
1783 Jan 19, William Pitt
became the youngest Prime Minister of England at age 24.
1793 Jan 19, French King Louis
XVI was sentenced to death. [see Jan 21]
1807 Jan 19, Robert E. Lee, the
commander-in-chief of the Civil War Confederate Armies, was
born in Stratford, Va.
(AP, 1/19/98)(HN, 1/19/99)
1809 Jan 19, Edgar Allan Poe
(d.1949), American writer, was born in Boston. His father, David
Poe, was an Irish-American actor and abandoned his family shortly
after Edgar’s birth. His mother, Elizabeth Arnold Hopkins, died in
1811 and he grew up with a foster family. Poe studied briefly at the
University of Virginia, but then he quarreled with his foster father
and went to Boston in 1827, where he published his first volume of
poetry anonymously. In the early 1840s Poe became known for his
lyrical, brooding poems and detective stories, such as "The Gold
Bug" and "Murders at the Rue Morgue." In fact, he is recognized as
the father of the modern detective story. Poe was unafraid to
criticize literary practices of the time, stressing the importance
of artistic value more than moral value. After battles with
alcoholism and his wife Virginia's illness and death, Poe became
depressed but continued to write. He became engaged again in 1849
but soon died at the age of 40. His best known stories include:
"Fall of the House of Usher " and "The Tell-Tale Heart." His most
famous poems are "The Raven" and Annabel Lee."
(CFA, '96,Vol 179, p.38)(SFEC,
1/12/97, p.T5) (AP, 1/19/98)(HNPD, 1/19/99)
1825 Jan 19, Ezra Daggett and
nephew Thomas Kensett received a patent from Pres. Monroe for food
storage in tin cans. [see 1810]
1829 Jan 19, Johann von
Goethe's "Faust, Part 1," premiered.
1833 Jan 19, Louis J. Ferdinand
Herold (41), French composer (Zampa), died.
1839 Jan 19, Paul Cézanne
(d.1906), French painter, was born in Aix-en-Provence in southern
France. He was considered a founding figure in 20th century art. He
departed from the Impressionists in his desire to render perspective
through color. His work had a profound influence on the Cubists. A
catalogue of his work was made by John Rewald (1912-1994) and
published posthumously as: "The Paintings of Paul Cézanne: A
catalogue Raisonne." His work includes: "The Feast" (late 60s),
"Portrait of Achille Emperaire" (1869-70), "Self-Portrait" (c1875),
"Rocks at L’Estaque" (1879-82), "Flowerpots" (c1885), "Chestnut
Trees at Jas de Bouffan" (1885-86), "The Kitchen Table" (1888-90),
"Madame Cézanne in a Yellow Chair" (1893-95), "The Lac d’Annecy"
(1896), "Pyramid of Skulls" (1898-1900), "Garden at Le Lauves"
(c1906), "Large Bathers" (1906), "Mont Ste.-Victoire Seen from Les
Lauves." He is best remembered for his works Card Players and
(SFC, 5/30/96, p.E1)(WSJ, 2/10/96, p.A16)(DPCP
1847 Jan 19, New Mexico
Governor Charles Bent was slain by Pueblo Indians in Taos.
1853 Jan 19, Giuseppi Verdi's
opera "Il Trovatore" premiered in Rome.
1853 Jan 19, Napoleon III
married Eugenie de Montijo.
1861 Jan 19, Georgia became the
5th state to secede from the Union.
(AP, 1/19/98)(HN, 1/19/99)
1865 Jan 19, Pierre-Joseph
Proudhon (b.1809), French economist and a socialist, died. “Property
is theft.” He was the founder of Mutualist philosophy and was the
first person to declare himself an anarchist.
1884 Jan 19, Jules Massenet's
opera "Manon," premiered in Paris.
1903 Jan 19, Guglielmo Marconi
broadcast the first transatlantic radio message from his station
(Marconi Beach) on Cape Cod. It was beamed to King Edward of England
from President Theodore Roosevelt. [see 1901]
(Hem, Dec. 94, p.44)
1903 Jan 19, L'Auto announced
the first Tour de France. It was organized by Henri Desgrange
(1865-1940). The new bicycle race began with 60 cyclists competing
in a 2,500 kilometer, 19-day race.
p.R34)(Econ, 6/28/14, p.73)
1904 Jan 19, James Winston
Watts, surgical developer (Frontal Lobotomy), was born.
1904 Jan 19, A team of oil
drillers led by George Reynolds and funded by English millionaire
William Knox D’Arcy, struck oil at Chiah Surkh, Persia, but by March
the volume dwindled to an unprofitable trickle.
(ON, 8/08, p.2)
1914 Jan 19, Lester Flatt,
country musician (Flatt & Scruggs), was born.
1915 Jan 19, The neon tube sign
was patented by George Claude.
1915 Jan 19, The first German
air raids on Britain inflicted minor casualties. A Zeppelin attack
over Great Britain killed 4 people.
(HN, 1/19/99)(MC, 1/19/02)
1917 Jan 19, John Raitt, Bonnie
Raitt's father, singer, actor (Pajama Game, Carousel), was born.
1917 Jan 19, Silvertown Essex's
ammunition factory exploded and 300 died.
1917 Jan 19, The Zimmermann
Note, a coded message sent to Germany’s minister in Mexico by German
Foreign secretary Arthur Zimmermann, proposed an alliance between
Germany and Mexico in the event war broke out between the U.S. and
Germany. Intercepted by British naval intelligence, the note
proposed, among other things, "We shall give generous financial
support, and it is understood that Mexico is to reconquer the lost
territory in New Mexico, Texas, and Arizona." The message was
forwarded by the British to the U.S. State Department, which
subsequently released it to the press on March 1.
1919 Jan 19, John H. Johnson
(d.2005), editor and publisher of Ebony and Jet magazines, was born
(HN, 1/19/99)(SFC, 8/8/05, p.B4)
1920 Jan 19, US Senate voted
against membership in the League of Nations.
1923 Jan 19, The French
announced the invention of a new gun with a range of 56 miles.
1927 Jan 19, British government
decided to send troops to China.
1929 Jan 19, Acadia National
Park, Maine, was established.
1929 Jan 19, Liang Qichao
(b.1873), Chinese intellectual, died in Beijing. He inspired Chinese
scholars with his writings and reform movements.
1930 Feb 19, John Frankenheimer
(d.2002), Hollywood film director, was born in NYC.
(SSFC, 7/7/02, p.A23)
1931 Jan 19, The Wickersham
Committee issued a report asking for revisions in the dry law, but
1935 Jan 19, The first pair of
Jockey briefs showed up in a Marshall Field’s window in Chicago.
(SSFC, 11/29/09, p.N6)
1937 Jan 19, Millionaire Howard
Hughes set a transcontinental air record by flying his monoplane
from Los Angeles to Newark, N.J., in seven hours, 28 minutes and 25
1937 Jan 19, In the Soviet
Union, the People's Commissars Council was formed under Molotov.
1938 Jan 19, GM began mass
production of diesel engines.
1939 Jan 19, Ernest Hausen of
Wisconsin set a chicken-plucking record of 4.4 sec.
1942 Jan 19, Japanese forces
invaded Burma. [see Jan 16]
1943 Jan 19, Janice Joplin
(d.1970), rock singer, was born.
1944 Jan 19, Richard [Erskine
Frere] Leakey, anthropologist, was born in Nairobi, Kenya.
1944 Jan 19, The federal
government relinquished control of the nation's railroads after
settling a wage dispute.
1945 Jan 19, The Red Army
captured Lodz, Krakow, and Tarnow.
1946 Jan 19, Dolly Rebecca
Parton, country singer (Dolly, 9 to 5), was born in Sevierville,
1946 Jan 19, The first
complaint heard by the United Nations Security Council was made by
Iran and directed against the Soviet Union. Iran alleged Soviet
interference in its internal affairs and the refusal to remove
Soviet troops from Iranian territory. The very first session of the
UN had begun just days earlier, on January 10, 1946, in
London. The issue was resolved without UN intervention.
1947 Jan 19, The French opened
a drive on Hue, Indochina (Vietnam).
1949 Jan 19, The Chiang
Government moved the capital of China to Canton.
1950 Jan 19, Communist Chinese
leader Mao recognized the Republic of Vietnam.
1951 Jan 19, In South Korea
American pilots summarized their air strikes at Sansong as
“excellent results.” An investigative commission later found that
the attack, which killed at least 51 villagers and no enemy troops,
was indiscriminate and unjustified.
(SSFC, 8/3/08, p.A16)(AP, 8/3/08)
1955 Jan 19, Sir Simon Rattle,
orchestra conductor (Berlin Philharmonic), was born in England.
1955 Jan 19, A presidential
news conference was filmed for television for the first time, with
permission from President Eisenhower.
1955 Jan 19, "Scrabble" debuted
in the board game market.
1957 Jan 19, Pat Boone sang at
President Eisenhower's inaugural ball.
1960 Jan 19, The US-Japan
Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security formalized a US-Japanese
1961 Jan 19, The 1st episode
for "Dick Van Dyke Show" was filmed.
1966 Jan 19, Neil Simon's,
Coleman's & Fields' musical "Sweet Charity," premiered.
1966 Jan 19, Indira Gandhi,
Nehru’s daughter, was elected the 3rd prime minister of India.
(SFEC, 8/3/97, p.A15)(AP, 1/19/98)(MC, 1/19/02)
1967 Jan 19, In New Zealand 19
people were killed in an explosion at the Strongman mine.
1967 Jan 19, North Korean
artillery batteries fired on and sank ROKN PCE-56 off the north
Korean east coast killing 39 South Korean sailors.
1968 Jan 19, Cambodia charged
that the United States and South Vietnam had crossed the border and
killed three Cambodians.
1971 Jan 19, The revival of
"No, No Nanette," first produced on March 11, 1925, opened at 46th
St Theater NYC and continued for 861 performances.
1970 Jan 19, President Nixon
nominated G. Harrold Carswell to the Supreme Court, but the
nomination was later defeated because of controversy over Carswell's
past racial views.
1975 Jan 19, Thomas Hart Benton
(b.1889), US artist, died in Kansas City, Missouri. In 2009 Henry
Adams authored “Tom and Jack: The Intertwined Lives of Thomas Hart
Benton and Jackson Pollock.
1976 Jan 19, In the Iowa caucus
Jimmy Carter won with 28% of the vote. The rest went to Birch Bayh
(13%), Fred R. Harris (10%), Morris Udall (6%) and “Uncommitted”
1977 Jan 19, In one of his last
acts of office, President Ford pardoned Iva Toguri D'Aquino, a
Japanese-American who had been suspected of being wartime radio
propagandist "Tokyo Rose" [see Sep 25, 1948].
(AP, 1/19/00)(AH, 10/02, p.28)
1979 Jan 19, Former Attorney
General John N. Mitchell was released on parole after serving 19
months at a federal prison in Alabama.
1980 Jan 19, William O. Douglas
(b.1898), member US Supreme court (1939-75), died. In 2003 Bruce
Allen Murphy authored ""Wild Bill: The legend and Life of William O.
1980 Jan 19, Richard Franko
Goldman (b.1910), American composer, died. He was the son of band
leader Edwin Franko Goldman.
1981 Jan 19, The United States
and Iran signed an agreement paving the way for the release of 52
Americans held hostage for more than 14 months. Iran signed after
accepting a US offer for the return of $7.9 billion in frozen
1982 Jan 19, Thomas Kean
(b.1935) began serving as the 48th governor of New Jersey. In 2002
President George W. Bush appointed him as Chairman of the National
Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, widely known
as the 9/11 Commission, which was responsible for investigating the
causes of the September 11, 2001 attacks and providing
recommendations to prevent future terrorist attacks.
1983 Jan 19, The New Catholic
code expanded women's rights in the Church.
1983 Jan 19, Apple’s Lisa
computer went on sale for $1400. It was pulled from the market after
1984 Jan 19, In SF seven
Municipal Railway workers were arrested by police who saw them
skimming money from locked fare boxes at the Kirkland yard near
Fisherman’s Wharf. Estimates of losses for the year ran from
$500,000 to $2 million.
(SSFC, 1/18/09, DB p.50)
1985 Jan 19, "Born In The USA,"
released by Bruce Springsteen in 1984, peaked at #9.
1988 Jan 19, State Farm
Insurance Co. in California announced that it will pay $1.3 million
to settle a sex discrimination lawsuit brought by three former
1988 Jan 19, In downtown San
Francisco a runaway commuter bus plowed through a crowd at Mission
and Fremont killing at least 3 people and injuring 15.
(SSFC, 1/20/13, DB p.46)
1989 Jan 19, Pres Reagan
pardoned George Steinbrenner for illegal funds for Nixon.
1989 Jan 19, The US Senate
Foreign Relations Committee voted unanimously to recommend that the
full Senate approve the nomination of James A. Baker to be secretary
1989 Jan 19, Israel’s Minister
of Defense Rabin proposed that Palestinians end the intifadah in
exchange for an opportunity to elect local leaders who would
negotiate with the Israeli government.
1990 Jan 19, Arthur J.
Goldberg, former Supreme Court justice, labor secretary and U.S.
ambassador to the United Nations, was found dead in his Washington
apartment at age 81.
1990 Jan 19, Elias Zayek,
leader of the Christian Phalange party of Lebanon was shot and
killed in Byblos. Samir Geagea, leader of the of the Lebanese Forces
militia, was later accused and convicted (5/20/96) of the murder.
(SFC, 5/21/96, p.A-11)
1990 Jan 19, Bhagwan Shree
Rajneesh (b.1931), Indian guru (Osho), died in Pune, India. From
1981 to 1985 he resided in the US. His followers were involved in a
bio-terrorist attack in Oregon in 1984.
(SFC, 12/13/02, p.K6)(SFC, 6/15/05,
1991 Jan 19, During the Gulf
War, Israel’s anti-missile force was boosted by additional Patriot
missile batteries and US crews. A second Iraqi missile attack caused
29 injuries in Tel Aviv. Allied forces began bombarding Iraq’s elite
1991 Jan 19-23, Czechoslovakian
soldiers in Northern Saudi Arabia detected sarin, a lethal chemical
agent. This was about the same time that Desert Storm air attacks
occurred on Muhammadiyat, west of Baghdad, that blew up an estimated
2.9 metric tons of sarin.
(SFC, 8/7/96, p.A4)
1992 Jan 19, "City of Angels"
closed at Virginia Theater in NYC after 878 performances.
1992 Jan 19, Arkansas Governor
Bill Clinton drew fire from fellow Democratic presidential
candidates during a debate in Manchester, N.H.
1992 Jan 19, German government
and Jewish officials dedicated a Holocaust memorial at the villa
where the notorious Wannsee Conference had taken place.
1993 Jan 19, US Attorney
General-designate Zoe Baird apologized to the Senate Judiciary
Committee for hiring illegal aliens as domestic help.
1993 Jan 19, The first American
combat troops flew home from their humanitarian mission in Somalia.
1993 Jan 19, IBM announced a
$4.97 billion loss for 1992, which was at that time the largest
single-year corporate loss in United States history.
1993 Jan 19, Israel recognized
the PLO as no longer criminal.
1994 Jan 19, President Clinton
visited quake-stricken Los Angeles, where he pledged fast and
aggressive federal help.
1994 Jan 19, Figure skater
Tonya Harding's ex-husband, Jeff Gillooly, surrendered to
authorities in Portland, Ore., after being charged with conspiring
to attack skater Nancy Kerrigan.
1995 Jan 19, Russian troops
regained control of the presidential palace in Grozny, the capital
of the breakaway republic of Chechnya.
1996 Jan 19, The Bosnian peace
agreement suffered its first setback as a planned nationwide
prisoner release fell far short of its goal.
1996 Jan 19, A ferry sank in a
storm off Sumatra, Indonesia, killing about 340 people.
1997 Jan 19, "The English
Patient" won best picture and "Evita" won in the category of best
movie musical or comedy at the Golden Globes.
1997 Jan 19, A consortium led
by Motorola (Iridium) planned to launch a rocket with the first 3
satellites for a global mobile-telephone network based on 66
satellites. It had already been twice delayed.
(WSJ, 1/13/97, p.B6)
1997 Jan 19, Balloonist Steve
Foster ended his attempt to circle the globe and landed in India as
he ran out of gas in his Solo Spirit balloon. He had covered 9,000
miles and floated for 6 days, 2 hours and 54 minutes.
(SFC, 1/20/97, p.A12)
1997 Jan 19, James Dickey (84),
poet and novelist, died. In 1998 his son published "Summer of
Deliverance," an account of his relations with his father.
(WSJ, 8/19/98, p.A16)(MC, 1/19/02)
1997 Jan 19, In Albania, riot
police beat demonstrators demanding restitution for money lost in
1997 Jan 19, In Algeria a car
bomb killed 21 and wounded dozens in Algiers just hours after
attackers massacred 36 villagers south of the capital.
(SFC, 1/20/97, p.A12)
1997 Jan 19, In Austria
Chancellor Franz Vranitzky announced his resignation after 10 years
(SFC, 1/20/97, p.A13)
1997 Jan 19, In Bulgaria Pres.
Peter Stoyanov was sworn into office and he immediately called for
new parliamentary elections.
(SFC, 1/20/97, p.A13)
1997 Jan 19, Yasser Arafat
returned to Hebron for the first time in more than 30 years, joining
60,000 Palestinians in celebrating the handover of the last West
Bank city in Israeli control.
1998 Jan 19, This was the
Martin Luther King Jr. federal holiday. During a ceremony in Atlanta
commemorating the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, Vice President
Gore announced that the Clinton administration would propose
increasing spending on civil rights by $86 million.
(AP, 1/19/98)(AP, 1/19/99)
1998 Jan 19, The US and China
signed an accord designed to avoid naval and air conflicts at sea.
(SFC, 1/19/98, p.B2)
1998 Jan 19, The FDA decided
that is has the authority to regulate human cloning, and that it
would be a violation of federal law to try the procedure without its
(SFC, 1/20/98, p.A3)
1998 Jan 19, Carl Perkins,
rockabilly king, died at age 65 in Jackson, Tenn. He wrote and
recorded the hit "Blue Suede Shoes" in 1955 and it hit the top
of the charts in 1956. He also wrote "Daddy Sang Bass" recorded by
(SFC, 1/20/98, p.A1,8)(AP, 1/19/99)
1998 Jan 19, European
diplomats arrived in Algeria to discuss was to end the violence
after another 16 people were killed in an eastern province.
(SFC, 1/20/98, p.D2)(WSJ, 1/20/98, p.A1)
1998 Jan 19, In Northern
Ireland Jim Guiney (38), a Protestant shopkeeper, was shot and
killed in his Belfast carpet store. Later a 52-year-old Catholic
taxi driver was shot and killed in Belfast in apparent retaliation
(SFC, 1/20/98, p.D1)
1998 Jan 19, Peru and Ecuador
signed an accord pledging to settle their longtime 49-mile border
conflict by May.
(WSJ, 1/20/98, p.A1)
1998 Jan 19, In Rwanda Hutu
rebels killed 35 brewery workers and wounded 25 near Gisenyi.
(WSJ, 1/20/98, p.A1)
1998 Jan 19, In Harare,
Zimbabwe, people rioted over soaring food prices. The price of corn
meal, the staple food, rose 21%, the 3rd increase in 4 months.
(SFC, 1/20/98, p.D2)
1999 Jan 19, Pres. Clinton gave
his State of the Union address and proposed a number of new policies
that included infusions of cash to bolster Social Security and
Medicare. He also said that the Justice Dept. will sue cigarette
makers for smoking-related health care costs and wanted to tie
federal education funds to improvements in local schools. Hours
earlier, at the president's impeachment trial in the Senate, White
House Counsel Charles Ruff opened the defense with ringing
statements of Clinton's innocence.
(SFC, 1/20/99, p.A1)(WSJ, 1/20/99, p.A1)(SFC,
1/21/99, p.A1)(AP, 1/19/00)
1999 Jan 19, In Brazil the
Senate voted to double the tax on all financial transactions. The
measure, expected to yield $9.6 billion a year, then went to the
Chamber of Deputies.
(SFC, 1/20/99, p.A8)
1999 Jan 19, In Burundi rebels
based in Tanzania killed 59 civilians in Makamba. In Muresi Hill 76
civilians were killed.
(SFC, 1/29/99, p.E9)
1999 Jan 19, In Colombia rebels
suspended peace talks and accused the government of backing recent
massacres by right-wing death squads.
(SFC, 1/20/99, p.A10)
1999 Jan 19, In France 8 men
were sentenced to prison for providing arms and logistics to the
banned Islamic Salvation Front (FIS) in Algeria.
(SFC, 1/20/99, p.A10)
1999 Jan 19, Indian and
Pakistani troops clashed in Kashmir and 4 Pakistani soldiers were
(WSJ, 1/20/99, p.A1)
1999 Jan 19, In Jordan King
Hussein returned home following cancer treatment at the Mayo Clinic.
(SFC, 1/20/99, p.A10)
1999 Jan 19, From Kenya it was
reported that Pres. Daniel arap Moi ordered the prohibition of new
(SFC, 1/19/99, p.A6)
1999 Jan 19, In Romania ten
thousand coal miners clashed with police on the 15th day of a strike
to protest low wages and possible layoffs.
(USAT, 1/20/99, p.8A)(SFC, 1/20/99, p.A10)
1999 Jan 19, In Serbia Gen'l.
Wesley Clark and Gen'l. Klaus Naumann met with Pres. Milosevic and
threatened him with NATO airstrikes due to the massacre of ethnic
Albanians in Kosovo.
(SFEC, 4/18/99, p.A3)
1999 Jan 19, From the Ukraine
it was reported that the number of HIV cases had risen to between
38,000 and 110,000. In 1994 44 people tested positive.
(SFC, 1/19/99, p.A6)
2000 Jan 19, Michael Skakel, a
nephew of Robert F. Kennedy, was charged with bludgeoning to death
15-year-old Martha Moxley in Greenwich, Connecticut, in 1975, when
he was also 15. Skakel was later convicted, and in 2005 was
2000 Jan 19, Transmeta Corp.
leaders unveiled a pair of new microprocessors named Crusoe designed
for hand-held Internet-access devices.
(SFC, 1/20/00, p.B2)
2000 Jan 19, Scientists noted a
"giant horseshoe pattern" of warm air over the western Pacific Ocean
called the "Pacific Decadal Oscillation." It was expected to effect
weather for the next 20 years.
(SFC, 1/20/00, p.A1)
2000 Jan 19, In New Jersey 3
students were killed in a fire at a dormitory at Seton Hall Univ. 62
students were injured. In 2006 two former roommates pleaded guilty
to arson admitting that a prank had got out of hand.
(SFC, 1/20/00, p.A3)(SFC, 11/16/06, p.A15)
2000 Jan 19, Dr. G. Ledyard
Stebbins Jr. (b.1906), considered to be the founder of evolutionary
botany, died in Davis, Ca. His books included “Variation and
Evolution in Plants” (1950), “Flowering Plants: Evolution Above the
Species Level” (1974), and “Chromosomal Evolution in Higher Plants”
(1971). In 2007 his autobiography was published under the title “The
Ladyslipper and I, Autobiography of G. Ledyard Stebbins.”
(Fremontia, Fall, 2008,
2000 Jan 19, Bettino Craxi
(65), former 2-term Italian premier, died in Tunisia. He had fled
Italy in 1994 to escape a corruption jail sentence.
(WSJ, 1/20/00, p.A1)(Econ, 1/9/10, p.53)
2000 Jan 19, Actress Hedy
Lamarr (b.1913) died in Orlando, Fla. Her career began with the 1933
Czechoslovakian film "Ecstasy." In 2011 Richard Rhodes authored
“Hedy’s Folly: The Life and Breakthrough Inventions of Hedy Lamarr,
The Most Beautiful Woman in the World.”
(SFC, 1/20/00, p.A10,E1)(SSFC, 12/18/11, p.F3)
2000 Jan 19, In Austria the
union-backed Social Democrats and the pro-business Austrian People's
Party formed a coalition (the Reds and Blacks) to keep the
right-wing Freedom Party of Joerg Haider out of the government.
(SFC, 1/21/00, p.D2)
2001 Jan 19, Pres. Clinton
admitted that he misled prosecutors about his relationship with
Monica Lewinsky and struck a deal with independent counsel Robert
Ray to accept a 5-year suspension of his Arkansas law license and
pay a $25,000 fine.
(SFC, 1/20/01, p.A1)(AP, 1/19/02)
2001 Jan 19, Pres. Clinton
lifted economic sanctions against Yugoslavia.
(SFC, 1/20/01, p.A11)
2001 Jan 19, The US and Israel
signed an agreement to phase out economic aid by 2008. half the aid
would be replaced by military aid. Separately $80 million was
pledged to a UN relief agency for Palestinian refugees.
(SFC, 1/20/01, p.A11)
2001 Jan 19, Former NFL player
Rae Carruth was acquitted of first-degree murder but convicted of
conspiracy and two other charges in the fatal shooting of his
pregnant girlfriend. Carruth was later sentenced to a minimum of 18
years, 11 months in prison and a maximum of 24 years, four months.
2001 Jan 19, In Afghanistan UN
sanctions began following a 30-day deadline for the handover of
Osama bin Laden. The sanctions coincided with the worst drought in
(SFC, 1/20/01, p.A13)
2001 Jan 19, In Algeria gunmen
killed 11 family members in Medea.
(SSFC, 1/21/01, p.D4)
2001 Jan 19, The Belgian
government agreed to decriminalize the use of marijuana.
(SFC, 1/20/01, p.A11)
2001 Jan 19, In Congo fighting
between Hema and Lendu tribes people left about 118 Hema dead along
with 159 Lendu.
(SFC, 1/29/01, p.A12,14)
2001 Jan 19, Off Ecuador’s
Galapagos Islands, the tanker Jessica, aground on San Cristobal
island, cracked its cargo hold and began leaking fuel. Some 150,000
gallons of diesel and bunker fuel were released. It was later
learned that the oil caused the deaths of thousands of marine
(SFC, 1/22/01, p.A10)(SFC, 6/6/02, p.A2)
2001 Jan 19, Thousands of
people fled the Ivory Coast for Burkino Faso to escape attacks on
foreigners. As many as 10,000 were arriving each week and others
were fleeing to Mali, Ghana and Niger.
(SFC, 1/20/01, p.A14)
2001 Jan 19, In Liberia Pres.
Charles Taylor said that he has ended support of the RUF in Sierra
Leone and would submit to int’l. scrutiny of his finances.
(SFC, 1/20/01, p.A14)
2001 Jan 19, In Mexico Joaquin
Guzman Loera, aka "El Chapo," escaped from the maximum-security
prison in Jalisco state. Leonardo Beltran, the prison director, and
30 officers were detained for possible involvement in the cocaine
trafficker’s escape. 78 people were later implicated.
(SSFC, 1/21/01, p.D4)(SFC, 2/21/01, p.A11)
2001 Jan 19, In Nigeria Bariya
Magazu (19) was flogged 100 times for having premarital sex under
Islamic law (sharia).
(SFC, 1/23/01, p.A11)
2002 Jan 19, It was reported
that China had imposed new Internet controls and required service
providers to screen all e-mail messages for political content.
(SFC, 1/19/02, p.A4)
2002 Jan 19, Israel troops set
off a powerful explosion that gutted the official Palestinian
broadcasting building in Ramallah, dealing another retaliatory blow
to Yasser Arafat and the Palestinian Authority.
(SFC, 1/19/02, p.A1)(AP, 1/19/03)
2002 Jan 19, Mexican federal
officials froze the bank accounts 9 current and former executive of
Petroleos Mexicano in a $120 million corruption scheme tied to the
(SFC, 1/22/02, p.A8)
2002 Jan 19, Spain arrested 2
suspected members of al Qaeda.
(SSFC, 1/20/02, p.A4)
2003 Jan 19, In the 60th Golden
Globes "The Hours" won as best drama and "Chicago" won as best
musical or comedy. Jack Nicholson won for his role in "About
Schmidt" and Nicole Kidman won for her role in The Hours. Martin
Scorsese won as best director for "Gangs of New York."
(SFC, 1/20/03, p.A2)
2003 Jan 19, The Oakland
Raiders won the AFC title game, beating the Tennessee Titans 41-24.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers took the NFC Championship game, defeating
the Philadelphia Eagles 27-10.
2003 Jan 19, Colombian AUC
gunmen kidnapped three Americans (Robert Y. Pelton, Mark Wedeven and
Megan A. Smaker) just north of the Colombian border in Panama. The
writer and 2 hikers were released Jan 23.
(AP, 1/22/03)(SFC, 1/24/03, p.A14)
2003 Jan 19, Hans Blix
and Mohamed El Baradei, the chief UN arms inspectors, sat down for
urgent talks with Iraqi officials.
2003 Jan 19, In Cuba more than
97 percent of voters showed overwhelming support for the nation's
socialist system by electing 609 candidates who ran uncontested for
2003 Jan 19, Francoise Giroud
(86), France's 1st minister of women's affairs died. She co-founded
one of France's top news magazines and became a powerful force in
French post-war journalism at a time when few women were in the
business. She published an autobiography in 1997.
(AP, 1/19/03)(SFC, 1/21/03, p.A18)
2003 Jan 19, In western
Mozambique it was reported that 9 people had died of hunger in a
village and some 175,000 people in the area are at risk of
2003 Jan 19, Sierra Leone
declared ex-junta leader Johnny Paul Koroma a wanted man linking him
to an alleged plot to destabilize the country.
2003 Jan 19, Syria and Iran
support Turkey's proposal for a regional summit to seek a peaceful
way out of the Iraq standoff. Turkey has offered to hold the summit
where Egypt, Iran, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Syria would discuss the
standoff over Iraq.
2004 Jan 19, In the Iowa caucus
John Kerry led the Democrats with 38%, John Edwards was 2nd with
32%, Howard Dean was 3rd with 18% and Dick Gephardt 4th with 11%.
Entrance polls showed that economic issues held top priority.
(SFC, 1/20/04, p.A1)(WSJ, 1/21/04, p.A1)
2004 Jan 19, Connecticut Gov.
Rowland said he's looking forward to a legislative investigation on
charges that he accepted free gifts and work on a vacation cottage.
(USAT, 1/20/04, p.12A)(Econ, 1/17/04, p.25)
2004 Jan 19, In Algeria an
explosion at a liquefied natural gas (LNG) complex in the port city
of Skikda killed 23 and left 74 people injured.
(AP, 1/20/04)(WSJ, 5/14/04, p.A1)
2004 Jan 19, The freighter MS
Rocknes capsized in a narrow inlet between the island of Bjoroey and
Norway's western coast, less than 200 yards from land after it put
out a distress call. The 30 crew members included 24 Filipinos,
three Dutch, two Norwegians and one German. 12 crew members were
rescued. The death toll was put at 18.
(AP, 1/20/04)(WSJ, 1/21/04, p.A1)
2004 Jan 19, Tens of thousands
of Shiite Muslims marched peacefully in Baghdad to demand an elected
2005 Jan 19, Previewing his
second inauguration, President Bush pledged to seek unity in a
nation divided by political differences, saying, "I am eager and
ready for the work ahead."
2005 Jan 19, Condoleezza Rice
won strong but not unanimous endorsement as secretary of state from
a Senate panel.
2005 Jan 19, It was reported
that the FBI had shelved its surveillance technology, once know as
Carnivore and later renamed DCS-1000, and switched to unspecified
commercial software to eavesdrop on computer traffic.
(SFC, 1/19/05, p.A3)
2005 Jan 19, Norma McCorvey,
the “Roe” of Roe vs. Wade, asked the Supreme Court to overturn the
abortion ruling. Lower courts already blocked her twice.
(WSJ, 1/20/05, p.A1)
2005 Jan 19, The US Bureau of
Labor Statistics reported that the consumer price index rose 3.3% in
2004, the largest gain since 2000.
(WSJ, 1/20/05, p.A2)
2005 Jan 19, The American
Cancer Society reported that cancer had passed heart disease as the
top killer of Americans age 85 and younger.
2005 Jan 19, Donald Beardslee
(61) became the 11th prisoner to be executed in California since the
death penalty was reinstated in 1997.
2005 Jan 19, Walter Wriston
(85), longtime head of Citicorp and an advisor to Pres. Reagan, died
(WSJ, 1/21/05, p.A1)(Econ, 1/29/05, p.83)
2005 Jan 19, Brazil raised its
reference lending rate for a 5th consecutive month by a half point
to 18.25% in an effort to curb inflation.
(WSJ, 1/20/05, p.A12)
2005 Jan 19, PM Tony Blair said
the military would not tolerate any abuse of Iraqi prisoners as new
graphic photos depicting alleged mistreatment of detainees blared
across the front pages of British newspapers.
2005 Jan 19, In Canada 2 houses
in Vancouver, BC, were completely destroyed and at least three
people were missing after a mudslide caused by heavy rains swept
down a hillside.
2005 Jan 19, The Chinese
government ordered a halt to construction at 30 big construction
projects, including two at the massive Three Gorges Dam, due to
alleged violations of environmental protection regulations and other
2005 Jan 19, Strikes over job
cuts and pay disrupted French rail service and hospitals.
2005 Jan 19, The US State
Department issued a warning asking Americans to defer travel to
Guyana because of flooding that has killed at least two people there
over the past week.
2005 Jan 19, Indonesia's Health
Ministry raised the country's death toll from the Dec. 26 tsunami to
166,320, pushing the total number of people killed in the disaster
around the region above 225,000.
(Reuters, 1/19/05)(SFC, 1/20/05, p.A4)
2005 Jan 19, A wave of car
bombings shook the Iraqi capital, killing 26 people. Other attacks
were reported north and south of the capital. The al-Qaida in Iraq
terror group claimed that it carried out a truck bombing at the
Australian Embassy in Baghdad that killed two people. A militant
group posted a video on the Web showing gunmen killing
execution-style two Iraqis said to have set up an Internet system in
northern Iraq. American soldiers on patrol in Mosul killed three
insurgents who fired on them from a car. A British security worker
and an Iraqi colleague were killed in an ambush near the Beiji power
station complex. Joao Jose Vasconcellos (50), a Brazilian engineer,
was kidnapped in Baghdad. His remains were returned to Brazil in
(AP, 1/19/05)(SFC, 1/20/05, p.A10)(AP,
2005 Jan 19, In Nigeria a fuel
tanker crashed into two buses and burst into flames on a road in
Lagos, killing at least 30 people.
2005 Jan 19, The Polish
government signed a deal with US defense contractor Lockheed Martin
Corp. paving the way for the transfer of technology and investment
to a Polish weapons producer.
2005 Jan 19, Russia’s finance
minister, Alexei Kudrin, said the government plans to compensate
pensioners for lost benefits using windfall from oil receipts.
(WSJ, 1/20/05, p.A12)
2006 Jan 19, The Bush
administration issued a 42-page Justice Dept. white paper to support
the president’s domestic spying program. Vice President Cheney
defended the administration's domestic surveillance program, calling
it an essential tool in monitoring al-Qaida and other terrorist
(SFC, 1/20/06, p.A10)(AP, 1/19/07)
2006 Jan 19-2015 Jul, NASA
launched its New Horizons spacecraft on a mission to Pluto following
a 2-day delay. Scientists won't be able to receive data on Pluto
until at least July 2015, the earliest date the mission is expected
(SFC, 1/20/06, p.A5)
2006 Jan 19, Global News Blog,
a weblog of Global Geopolitics Net, began breaking news and analysis
on global security and intelligence issues. The site is sponsored by
the Eurasia Research Center. Alan Fogelquist, the site editor, is a
historian and geopolitical analyst.
2006 Jan 19, In West Virginia
19 miners escaped after a conveyor belt caught fire inside Aracoma
Coal's Alma No. 1 mine. The bodies of 2 others, who failed to
escape, were recovered Jan 21 and Gov. Joe Manchin said he planned
to introduce legislation dealing with rapid responses in
emergencies. In September 2 miners with safety responsibilities at
the mine committed suicide.
(AP, 1/22/06)(WSJ, 9/27/06, p.A1)
2006 Jan 19, Wilson Pickett
(b.1941), soul music pioneer, died in Reston, Va. His hits included
“Mustang Sally” (1966) and “In the Midnight Hour” (1965).
(SFC, 1/20/06, p.A1)
2006 Jan 19, Al-Jazeera
broadcast portions of an audiotape purportedly from Osama bin Laden,
saying al-Qaida is making preparations for attacks in the United
States but offering a possible truce to rebuild Iraq and
2006 Jan 19, Dragan
Vasiljkovic, a Serbian-Australian man accused of ordering the
torture of Croats during the bloody breakup of the former
Yugoslavia, was arrested in Sydney. Authorities said Vasiljkovic
trained and commanded a unit of the Croatian Serb special forces
known as the "Kninjas." At the time, the rebels were engaged in a
major campaign of ethnic cleansing, forcing tens of thousands of
local Croats to flee their homes.
2006 Jan 19, In Bolivia a
flatbed truck drove off the side of the mountainous road near
Tarija, killing at least 38 people.
2006 Jan 19, Pres. Chirac said
France would be ready to use nuclear weapons against any state that
carried out a terrorist attack against it, reaffirming the need for
its nuclear deterrent.
2006 Jan 19, In Germany
environmentalists positioned a 55-foot dead whale in front of the
Japanese Embassy in Berlin to protest against Japanese
2006 Jan 19, President Omar
Bongo (69) of Gabon, was sworn in for another 7-year term. Bongo has
been president since Dec. 2, 1967, taking over upon the death of
Leon M'Ba, the country's only other head of state since independence
from France in 1960. Gabon produces about 290,000 barrels of oil a
day and boasts sub-Saharan Africa's third largest reserves, around
2.5 billion barrels. Half the country still lives below the poverty
2006 Jan 19, In northeastern
Hungary a Slovak military plane crashed as it ferried troops back
from Kosovo, killing at least 42 people. Only one person survived
the crash of the AN-24 aircraft.
2006 Jan 19, India said that it
had agreed to pay the Czech Republic 20 million dollars to resolve a
trade dispute dating back to the Cold War. The move was announced at
the end of a three-day visit by Czech President Jiri Paroubek.
2006 Jan 19, In India Jet
Airways confirmed that it has agreed to buy Sahara Airlines for $500
million in cash. In 2005 Jet overtook the government owned Indian
Airlines as India’s largest domestic carrier.
(Econ, 1/21/06, p.60)
2006 Jan 19, Iranian President
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad began a visit to Syria to consolidate an old
alliance made increasingly crucial as both countries face mounting
US pressure and the threat of international sanctions.
2006 Jan 19, In Iraq 2
near-simultaneous bombings targeted a crowded downtown Baghdad
coffee shop and nearby restaurant, killing at least 23 people and
2006 Jan 19, Italy’s defense
minister said Italy will withdraw all its troops from Iraq by the
end of this year, in the first official timetable for Rome to end
2006 Jan 19, Violent street
protests erupted in Ivory Coast for a fourth day as hundreds of
government supporters ignored the president's call to stay home,
angry about a deadly firefight involving UN peacekeepers.
2006 Jan 19, Nepal's royalist
government detained nearly 80 activists and cut off mobile phone
services to foil organizers of an anti-government rally.
2006 Jan 19, Nigerian
kidnappers said their US hostage was gravely ill and threatened to
kill three other foreign oil workers held captive if he died.
2006 Jan 19, Pakistani security
officials said Midhat Mursi al-Sayid Umar, an al-Qaida explosives
and chemical weapons expert and a relative of the terror network's
No. 2 leader, were among four top operatives believed killed in a US
missile strike last week, as authorities arrested five more militant
2006 Jan 19, A Palestinian
suicide bomber blew himself up at a Tel Aviv fast-food stand,
killing himself and wounding 15 people.
2006 Jan 19, A Philippine
congressional committee approved a resolution calling on the
government to abrogate an accord allowing large-scale American
military exercises in the country after US officials refused to hand
over four US Marines accused of rape.
2006 Jan 19, Another seven
people died overnight in Moscow and concerns over energy supplies in
Russia and Europe grew as record bone-chilling cold forced cutbacks.
2006 Jan 19, Suspected Tamil
Tiger rebels exploded anti-personnel mines twice in eastern Sri
Lanka, killing four people and injuring 25 others.
2006 Jan 19, A Swedish man who
confessed to killing two women and drinking their blood was charged
with double murder. The 29-year-old man was arrested in October on
suspicion of stabbing the women to death in two separate attacks.
2006 Jan 19, Syria asserted
that Iran had a right to atomic technology and said Western
objections to Tehran's nuclear ambitions were not persuasive.
2006 Jan 19, Taiwan's president
appointed Su Tseng-chang, a popular politician and former party
chief, as the island's next premier in a move aimed at regaining
support for the ruling party ahead of the 2008 presidential
2006 Jan 19, Venezuelan
officials said that they have approved a new anti-drug agreement
with the US, months after suspended cooperation amid allegations of
2007 Jan 19, US deputy
ambassador Mark Wallace charged that the UNDP operated "in blatant
violation of UN rules" for years in North Korea. UN
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon responded quickly to the accusations,
calling on all UN funds and programs to conduct an urgent outside
investigation into their operations.
2007 Jan 19, Former Ohio Rep.
Bob Ney was sentenced to 2½ years in federal prison for
trading political favors for gifts and campaign donations from
lobbyist Jack Abramoff.
2007 Jan 19, North Carolina’s
Gov. Mike Easley said Google will invest up to $600 million to build
a data center in his state.
(SFC, 1/20/07, p.C1)
2007 Jan 19, CNL Hotel &
Resorts agreed to sell a collection of 8 resorts, including the
Claremont Resort & Spa in Berkeley, Ca., to Morgan Stanley Real
Estate for $6.6 billion.
(SFC, 1/23/07, p.D4)
2007 Jan 19, The so-called
"Storm Worm" swept into US email systems, cutting a wider swath of
American email systems than within Europe.
2007 Jan 19, Denny Doherty
(66), one-quarter of the 1960s folk-rock group the Mamas and the
Papas, died at his home in Ontario, Canada. The group was known for
their soaring harmony on hits like "California Dreamin’" (1966) and
2007 Jan 19, Belgian lawyers
confirmed that a group of Belgian newspapers had asked Yahoo! Inc.
to remove links to their archived stories from its Web search
service, claiming they infringe copyright laws.
2007 Jan 19, British foreign
secretary Margaret Beckett admitted that her government was aware of
a secret CIA prison network before Pres. Bush acknowledged its
existence in September.
2007 Jan 19, Europeans labored
to restore services across the continent after hurricane-force winds
toppled trees, brought down power lines and damaged buildings,
killing at least 47 people and disrupting travel for tens of
(AP, 1/19/07)(SFC, 1/20/07, p.A3)
2007 Jan 19, An Egyptian woman
died from bird flu after six days in hospital.
2007 Jan 19, The EU said it has
donated an additional 3.95 million euros ($5 million) to support the
implementation of the Nigeria-Cameroon boundary demarcation project.
2007 Jan 19, In Guinea 2 people
were killed when police and troops opened fire on thousands of
demonstrators, raising the death toll to five since a general strike
was launched in the west African nation this month.
2007 Jan 19, Iraqi and US
forces arrested one of Muqtada al-Sadr's top aides in Baghdad as
pressure increased on the radical Shiite cleric's militia ahead of a
planned security crackdown in the capital. Al-Sadr said in an
interview with an Italian newspaper that the crackdown had already
begun and that 400 of his men had been arrested. A US Marine died
from wounds due to enemy action in the Sunni insurgent stronghold of
Anbar province. Another was killed by a roadside bomb while
conducting combat operations in Ninevah province.
(AP, 1/19/07)(AP, 1/20/07)
2007 Jan 19, Israel said it had
paid $100 million in frozen tax funds to the Palestinians and
rescinded a contentious decision for a new West Bank settlement,
strengthening the hand of moderate President Mahmoud Abbas ahead of
crucial weekend talks in Damascus with his Hamas rivals.
2007 Jan 19, Jordan's King
Abdullah II told an Israeli newspaper that his country wants its own
nuclear program for peaceful purposes.
2007 Jan 19, Mexico extradited
four major drug traffickers to the US, including Osiel Cardenas,
head of the so-called Gulf Cartel. President Felipe Calderon
announced that 7,600 soldiers have massed in the Pacific coast state
of Guerrero to go after drug gangs that have committed beheadings
and other violence in the resort city of Acapulco in recent months.
(AP, 1/19/07)(AP, 1/20/07)(Econ, 1/27/07, p.p33)
2007 Jan 19, Five Moroccans
sent home from the Guantanamo US military camp in 2004 were
acquitted of terrorism charges leveled at them on their return.
2007 Jan 19, Mozambique
officials said 4 people have died, hundreds of homes destroyed and
more than 6,000 affected by torrential rains over the last two days.
2007 Jan 19, North Korea said
it reached an agreement with the US during talks this week on its
nuclear program, and the top US nuclear envoy expressed optimism
that progress could be made when wider arms negotiations reconvene.
2007 Jan 19, Pakistan's
president discussed the "deteriorating situation" in the Middle East
with his Iranian counterpart ahead of his tour of the region.
2007 Jan 19, A Polish court
convicted two doctors and two ambulance workers of participating in
a scheme in which 14 patients were allowed to die, or in some cases
killed with muscle relaxants, in return for kickbacks from funeral
homes. All received prison sentences, ranging from five years to
2007 Jan 19, Rwanda's
government said it has approved plans to scrap the death penalty, in
a step which could remove a major obstacle to the transfer back home
of defendants facing trial over the 1994 genocide.
2007 Jan 19, The African Union
agreed to deploy a long-discussed peacekeeping force in Somalia.
2007 Jan 19, Sri Lankan troops
captured the main rebel bastion in the island's east. After weeks of
fighting, at least 45 security forces and 331 Tiger rebels were
killed in the battle for Vakarai.
2007 Jan 19, Hrant Dink (53), a
Turkish citizen of Armenian descent, was shot to death at the
entrance to his newspaper's offices. The journalist had faced
constant threats and legal proceedings as one of the most prominent
voices of Turkey's shrinking Armenian community. Dink had called the
1915 massacre of Armenians by Ottoman Turks a genocide. In 2012
Yasin Hayal was sentenced to life in prison for masterminding the
killing, while another 19 were acquitted of charges of acting under
a terrorist organization's orders.
(AP, 1/19/07)(AP, 1/19/12)(Econ, 1/21/12, p.58)
2008 Jan 19, In Nevada Hillary
Clinton defeated rival Barack Obama 51-45% in a tight Democratic
contest. Her delegate count increased to 236 followed by Obama with
136 and 50 for Sen. John Edwards. Mitt Romney, former Massachusetts
governor, cruised to victory in the little-contested GOP Nevada
(AP, 1/20/08)(SSFC, 1/20/08, p.A1)
2008 Jan 19, In South Carolina
John McCain (33%) bested Mike Huckabee (30%), a former Arkansas
governor, in a GOP fight that focused on the economy.
(AP, 1/20/08)(SSFC, 1/20/08, p.A6)
2008 Jan 19, In southern
California a Hummer, suspected of carrying drugs and heading to
Mexico, cut through a campground and hit and killed Luis Aguilar
(32), a US Border Patrol, as he threw a spike strip in front of the
vehicle. On Jan 23 Jesus Navarro Montes (22) was arrested in the
northern state of Sonora for hitting Aguilar. On April 12, 2011,
Navarro was found guilty of drug charges and second degree murder
for killing Aguilar. On July 1 Navarro was sentenced to life in
prison and was given an additional 80 years in prison on drug
(SFC, 1/21/08, p.A3)(AP, 1/23/08)(Reuters,
4/13/11)(SFC, 7/2/11, p.A5)
2008 Jan 19, Suzanne Pleshette
(b.1937), film and TV star, died in Los Angeles. The husky-voiced
star was best known for her role as Bob Newhart's sardonic wife on
television's long-running "The Bob Newhart Show." Her work included
roles in such films as Hitchcock's "The Birds" and in Broadway plays
including "The Miracle Worker."
2008 Jan 19, James Levoy
Sorenson (b.1921), medical device inventor and Utah real estate
investor, died. He amassed over 40 medical patents and introduced
the disposable paper surgical mask.
(WSJ, 1/26/08, p.A8)
2008 Jan 19, John Stewart (68),
singer and songwriter, died in San Diego. He wrote the Monkees' hit
"Daydream Believer" and became a well-known figure in the 1960s folk
music revival as a member of The Kingston Trio.
2008 Jan 19, In southern
Afghanistan a roadside bomb, probably intended for Afghan or NATO
forces, killed five civilians in a taxi in the Panjwayi district of
Kandahar province. Militants attacked a convoy of trucks carrying
gravel to a NATO base in Helmand, killing four drivers and two
(AP, 1/20/08)(AP, 1/21/08)
2008 Jan 19, In Algeria an
armed Islamist was killed in a clash with anti-terrorist security
forces at Tebessa, near the Tunisian border while a fourth man died
at Jijel, also in the east. His weapon was seized.
2008 Jan 19, Andy Palacio (47),
Belize musician, died in Belize City. His 2007 album “Watina” was
acclaimed as one of the best world music releases of the year.
(SFC, 1/22/08, p.B5)
2008 Jan 19, Activists said
actress Mia Farrow has arrived in Cambodia and plans to defy a ban
on holding a ceremony at a former Khmer Rouge prison, as part of her
campaign on Darfur.
2008 Jan 19, Egyptian police
shot dead a man from Ivory Coast and detained two other African
migrants who were trying to cross illegally into Israel.
2008 Jan 19, Ethiopia’s justice
minister Dimegn Wube said half of Ethiopian women are victims of
2008 Jan 19, In India
laboratory workers analyzed new samples from dead chickens amid
fears that India's worst-ever bird flu outbreak may have spread in
eastern India as locals resisted a massive cull.
2008 Jan 19, Hundreds of
thousands of Shiites beat their heads and chests and whipped
themselves with chains across much of Iraq to honor the martyrdom of
one of their most revered saints. Two bombs hidden under trash
struck an Ashoura procession in the city of Kirkuk, killing at least
two. A rocket attack also struck a busy market in the northern city
of Tal Afar, killing at least 7 people and wounding 17. Three
suicide bombers targeted a police station in Ramadi, the capital of
Anbar and a former Sunni insurgent stronghold. Guards killed one
attacker, but two others detonated their explosives at the entrance,
killing at least five officers. A US Marine was killed during
fighting in Anbar. A roadside bomb killed another soldier in the
rural al-Qaida in Iraq stronghold of Arab Jabour. The soldier who
died was the gunner who sits atop the MRAP vehicle. The V-shaped
hull of the huge Mine-Resistant, Ambush-Protected (MRAP) truck is
designed to deflect blasts from roadside bombs. Three crew members
tucked inside the cabin were wounded.
(AP, 1/19/08)(AP, 1/20/08)(AP, 1/21/08)(AP,
2008 Jan 19, Israeli air
strikes killed two Hamas militants in Gaza, a day after Israel
sealed the territory and bombed an empty Hamas government ministry
in an intensifying campaign to halt rocket fire on Israeli border
2008 Jan 19, In Kenya 5 people
died in ethnic clashes when three ethnic groups, Kalenjin, Kisii and
Kikuyu, fought each other with bows and arrows and machetes in
villages around the Catholic Kipkelion Monastery in the Rift Valley.
2008 Jan 19, In Lebanon Sheik
Hassan Nasrallah, Hezbollah's reclusive leader, claimed the militant
group had the remains of Israeli soldiers killed in Lebanon during
the 2006 war, saying the dead were left behind "in our villages and
2008 Jan 19, In Spain civil
guard police found explosives and other equipment during raids on
five addresses in Barcelona and arrested 12 Pakistanis and two
Indians after receiving information from its own and other European
2008 Jan 19, In northern Sri
Lanka 23 rebels, 17 in one battle alone, and one soldier were killed
in clashes. In northeastern Welioya village fighting killed six
rebels and left a soldier missing.
2008 Jan 19, Turkmenistan Pres.
Gurbanguli Berdymukhamedov reversed his predecessor's 2001 ban on
operas and circuses, saying that with increasing development in the
Central Asian nation, it deserved to have such artistic
2008 Jan 19, The bodies of
nearly 50 Africans trying to immigrate washed up on Yemen's shores
after their boat capsized in the treacherous waters of the Gulf of
2008 Jan 19, Nationwide power
outages shut down basic services across Zambia and Zimbabwe as anger
mounted in South Africa over power cuts that have wreaked havoc in
the continent's economic hub.
2009 Jan 19, President George
W. Bush In his final acts of clemency granted early prison releases
to Jose Alonso Compean and Ignacio Ramos, two former Texas-based US
Border Patrol agents whose convictions for shooting a Mexican drug
dealer in 2005 fueled the national debate over illegal immigration.
(AP, 1/20/09)(SFC, 1/20/09, p.A3)
2009 Jan 19, Afghan President
Hamid Karzai's office said that Russia is ready to cooperate on
defense matters with Afghanistan. The announcement coincided with an
increasingly public tussle between Afghan and Western officials.
2009 Jan 19, The Arab League’s
22 leaders met in Kuwait City for a 2-day session on infrastructure
projects and ways to deal with the global financial crises.
(SFC, 1/19/09, p.D1)
2009 Jan 19, Britain announced
a second rescue plan for the country's ailing banks, hoping to thaw
frozen lending by offering to insure banks against large-scale
losses on bad assets they already hold.
2009 Jan 19, CAR President
Francois Bozize reappointed Faustin-Archange Touadera as prime
minister of Central African Republic, just a day after the president
dissolved the government.
2009 Jan 19, Chile's former top
air force commander was arrested on charges of taking graft in the
1994 sale of 25 Belgian military planes to the government. Air Force
Gen. Ramon Vega and three other retired officers were charged with
tax evasion, misappropriation of public funds and improper
2009 Jan 19, China warned of a
rising bird flu risk after a second person died of the virus in less
than a month, and said it could be especially dangerous as the
nation headed into the Lunar New Year holiday.
2009 Jan 19, China’s state
media reported that nearly 1,000 people have been caught cheating on
China's notoriously competitive civil service entrance exams, some
with high-tech listening devices in their ears.
2009 Jan 19, El Salvador's
chief leftist party lost its stronghold in the capital but was
winning the most seats in the Legislative Assembly.
2009 Jan 19, Some 25 people,
most of them Haitians, were aboard an overloaded boat that was
illegally traveling the 100-mile (160-kilometer) passage from the
Dutch territory of St. Maarten to the British Virgin Islands. They
were apparently island-hopping in hopes of eventually reaching US
shores when the boat hit a reef, pitching passengers into the ocean.
13 migrants were rescued by a passing fishing boat. In September 4
men, two Sri Lankans and two residents of St. Kitts, were convicted
and sentenced to prison terms ranging up to 2 1/2 years for
organizing the doomed sea voyage from St. Maarten.
(AP, 1/21/09)(AP, 9/22/09)
2009 Jan 19, Iran's state news
agency reported that two internationally renowned Iranian AIDS
physicians were among four men sentenced to prison over the weekend
for allegedly participating in a US-backed plot to overthrow Iran's
Islamic regime. Arash and Kamyar Alaei have been held in prison
since June 2008.
2009 Jan 19, Patrick Rocca
(42), Irish property tycoon, was found dead of apparent suicide at
his home near Dublin.
(WSJ, 1/21/09, p.A13)
2009 Jan 19, Israeli officials
said they hope to pull all its troops out of the Gaza Strip by the
time Barack Obama is inaugurated as president of the United States
on Jan 20. This was the last full day of fighting as Hamas fired 19
rockets into Israel. About 1,300 Palestinians and 13 Israelis died
in the offensive, which started Dec. 27.
(AP, 1/19/09)(Econ, 1/24/09, p.53)(AP, 2/11/09)
2009 Jan 19, The International
Court of Justice at The Hague ruled that the United States defied
its order when authorities in Texas on Aug 5, 2008, executed a
Mexican convicted of rape and murder.
2009 Jan 19, Militant attacks
killed a Pakistani soldier near the crucial supply route to US and
NATO forces in Afghanistan. Suspected Taliban militants bombed five
schools in a nearby valley in their growing campaign against girls'
2009 Jan 19, Russia released a
text by President Dmitry Medvedev ordering the government to
introduce economic sanctions against countries supplying weapons to
2009 Jan 19, Russia and Ukraine
signed a deal that restores natural gas shipments to Ukraine and
paves the way for an end to the nearly two-week cutoff of most
Russian gas to a freezing Europe.
2009 Jan 19, In Russia
Stanislav Markelov (34), a human-rights lawyer who unsuccessfully
fought the early release of a Russian colonel convicted of murdering
a Chechen woman, was shot dead on a Moscow street along with
reporter Anastasia Baburova (b.1983). Markelov had told reporters he
was considering file an international court appeal against the early
release of Col. Yuri Budanov, who was convicted in 2003 and
sentenced to 10 years, including time served, for strangling
18-year-old Heda Kungayeva in 2000. He admitted to killing her,
saying he believed she was a Chechen insurgent sniper. Budanov was
freed last week with more than a year left on his murder sentence.
On Nov 4 Nikita Tikhonov and a female comrade were detained for the
murder and Tikhonov confessed to the crime. On May 6, 2011, Tikhonov
was sentenced to life in prison, and his girlfriend received an
(AP, 1/19/09)(Econ, 2/7/09, p.79)(AP,
11/6/09)(Econ, 11/14/09, p.63)(AP, 5/6/11)
2009 Jan 19, Rwanda said it was
restoring relations with Germany after a diplomatic spat between the
two countries over Berlin's arrest of a top Rwandan official for
complicity in the 1994 genocide. A Rwandan court passed a life
sentence on Agnes Ntamabyariro, a former justice minister accused of
ordering the killing of Jean Baptiste Habyarimana, a Tutsi official
who opposed Rwanda's 1994 genocide.
(AP, 1/19/09)(AFP, 1/20/09)
2009 Jan 19, The Saudi king
said his country will donate $1 billion to help rebuild the Gaza
Strip after the devastating Israeli offensive and told Israel that
an Arab initiative offering peace will not remain on the table
forever. The Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency cut its benchmark lending
rate a half point to 2%, and its deposit rate by three-quarters
point to .75%.
(AP, 1/19/09)(WSJ, 1/20/09, p.A11)
2009 Jan 19, An Atheist Bus
Campaign's message, translated into Catalan, began appearing on two
routes in Barcelona, with plans to extend the campaign to the rest
of the country. A campaign with the concise message "There's
probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life," took to the
road in Britain this month. In Italy buses with the slogan "The bad
news is that God does not exist. The good news is that we do not
need him" will begin traversing the northern Italian city of Genoa
on February 4.
2009 Jan 19, In Russia a girl
disappeared after leaving her home in St. Petersburg for school.
Vity prosecutor's spokesman later Sergei Kapitonov she was killed
that night, and that body parts believed to be hers were found in
plastic bags scattered around the city. Yuri Mozhnov (19), a
florist, and Maxim Golovatskikh (19), a street-market butcher, were
arrested on Jan 31 on suspicion of killing her and eating parts of
2009 Jan 19, In Thailand Harry
Nicolaides (41), an Australian writer, was sentenced to three years
in prison for insulting Thailand's royal family in his novel, a rare
conviction of a foreigner amid a crackdown on people and Web sites
deemed critical of the monarchy. Bangkok's Criminal Court sentenced
Nicolaides to six years behind bars but reduced the term because he
had entered a guilty plea. His 2005 book “Verisimilitude” had sold 7
copies. Nicolaides returned home on Feb 21, after he was granted a
(AP, 1/19/09)(SFC, 1/20/09, p.A3)(AP, 2/21/09)
2009 Jan 19, In Turkey
Abdulkarim Kirca committed suicide. He was found shot in the head in
his apartment in Ankara, following allegations in the Turkish press
that he had been involved in extra-judicial killings of Kurds.
2009 Jan 19, The United Arab
Emirates central bank cut its benchmark lending rate a half point to
(WSJ, 1/20/09, p.A11)
2009 Jan 19, In Zimbabwe
Southern African mediators tried to forge a compromise between
Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe and his rival Morgan Tsvangirai, in
a last-ditch effort to save a power-sharing deal. The power-sharing
talks ended without a deal and opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai
said no progress was made on what he called the "darkest day of our
(AFP, 1/19/09)(Reuters, 1/20/09)
2010 Jan 19, The US Justice
Dept. arrested 22 executives and employees at suppliers to the
military and law enforcement agencies on the eve of their industry’s
annual trade show following a 2½ year undercover sting operation
aimed at schemes to bribe a foreign official.
(SFC, 1/20/10, p.A4)
2010 Jan 19, In Massachusetts
Democrat Martha Coakley lost to Republican State Sen. Scott Brown
(50) in a special election slowing down President Barack Obama's
agenda and loosening the Democratic grip on the US Senate.
(AP, 1/19/10)(AP, 1/20/10)
2010 Jan 19, In New Jersey
Republican Chris Christie was sworn in as the state’s 55th governor.
The state was plagued by the nation’s highest taxes and a deficit
that could hit $10 billion by July as well as unemployment near 10%.
(SFC, 1/20/10, p.A4)
2010 Jan 19, In Virginia a
gunmen killed 8 people before firing on law enforcement officers and
hitting a police helicopter. Suspect Christopher Speight (39), a
former security guard, surrendered the next morning in a wooded area
of Appomattox County. On Feb 15, 2013, Speight was sentenced to 5
(SFC, 1/20/10, p.A4)(SFC, 1/21/10, p.A6)(SFC,
2010 Jan 19, Nina Nilssen (29),
a graduate student at San Francisco State Univ., was stabed to death
during a port call in Antigua. On Jan 29 Suspect Tishara Daniel (24)
was arrested and confessed to fatal stabbing of Nina Nilssen.
(SFC, 1/25/10, p.A1)(AP, 1/31/10)
2010 Jan 19, A UN report said
corruption in Afghanistan is so entrenched that Afghans had to pay
bribes worth nearly a quarter of the country's GDP last year. 13
Uighers and two Turks were killed by a missile fired by a US
unmanned aircraft near the Pakistan border.
(AP, 1/19/10)(AP, 1/23/10)
2010 Jan 19, An Angolan human
rights lawyer said that police are rounding up peaceful activists
and accusing them of responsibility in a deadly attack on the Togo
national soccer team's bus as it headed to the African Cup of
2010 Jan 19, The British
government said it will ban drinking contests in bars and force pub
owners to offer patrons tap water in a bid to help tackle the
country’s boozy culture.
2010 Jan 19, British chocolate
bar maker Cadbury melted into the arms of US giant Kraft in a
multi-billion-dollar deal to create a world leader in food and
confectionery that sparked fears of job losses.
2010 Jan 19, China’s Foreign
Ministry said Google Inc will not be treated as an exception to
China's demand foreign companies obey its laws, a week after the
world's largest search engine warned it could pull out of China.
Google said it had postponed the launch of two mobile handsets in
China, in the latest fallout from its threat last week to withdraw
from the Asian giant over cyberattacks and censorship.
(Reuters, 1/19/10)(AFP, 1/19/10)
2010 Jan 19, A former Chinese
Supreme Court judge was sentenced to life in prison following his
conviction for embezzlement and receiving more than half a million
dollars in bribes. Huang Songyou, the court's former vice president,
is the first judicial official of his stature to be tried and
convicted on such charges.
2010 Jan 19, The World Wildlife
Fund warned that the wild tiger faced extinction in China after
having been decimated by poaching and the destruction of its natural
2010 Jan 19, In Cuba Mariela
Castro, the daughter of pres. Raul Castro and head of the Center for
Sex Education, said Cuba has begun performing state-sponsored
sex-change operations. The government had lifted a longtime ban on
the procedure in 2007.
(SFC, 1/20/10, p.A2)
2010 Jan 19, A Guinean
government spokesman said leaders have appointed Jean-Marie Dore, an
opposition veteran, as prime minister, a key step to prepare the
West African nation to transition from military rule to democratic
elections later this year.
2010 Jan 19, Troops in Haiti
struggled to control looters in Port-au-Prince a week after the
devastating earthquake, as rescuers continued to pull women and
babies from the rubble and kept alive hope of finding more
survivors. A riot in a prison in Les Cayes began when some of the
400-plus prisoners tried to escape a week after the Jan 12
earthquake, because they were terrified of aftershocks in the
overcrowded prison. Police were later accused of then rushing into
the building and opening fire killing at least 10 prisoners. In 2011
13 officers faced trial for murder, attempted murder and other
crimes. On Jan 19, 2012, eight police officers were convicted for
their role in the prison riot.
2010 Jan 19, The head of an
Iraqi national reconciliation committee said he hopes to place all
the estimated 96,000 members of the Sons of Iraq movement in
government jobs by the middle of the year. The government said it
has found jobs for nearly 50,000 Sunni fighters who played a key
role in US efforts to fight insurgents.
2010 Jan 19, Japan Airlines
filed for one of the country's largest bankruptcies ever, entering a
restructuring that will shrink Asia's top carrier and its presence
around the world.
2010 Jan 19, In Mexico "El Teo"
Teodoro Garcia Simental, an alleged drug kingpin blamed for much of
Tijuana's gang violence, was ordered to face trial. The military
said it caught three purported members of his gang about to dissolve
a body in chemicals. State police found the bodies of four young men
in an abandoned car near a hotel in Guerrero's capital,
Chilpancingo. A police report said the men appeared to have been
asphyxiated by plastic tape covering their faces.
(AP, 1/20/10)(AP, 1/20/10)
2010 Jan 19, Mexico’s
telecommunications mogul Carlos Slim pledged $65 million for genetic
research on cancer, type 2 diabetes and kidney disease.
2010 Jan 19, In Nigeria
religious violence between Christians and Muslims erupted again in
central Nigeria. Gregory Anyating, Plateau state's police
commissioner, declared a 24-hour curfew as the number of dead
reached close to 150 in 3 days of violence.
2010 Jan 19, North and South
Korea discussed development of their joint industrial complex,
despite Pyongyang's recent threats it might break off all dialogue
with its neighbor and could even stage an attack.
2010 Jan 19, In Pakistan a
suspected US drone attacked a compound in the Deegan area of North
Waziristan, killing four people as part of an unprecedented wave of
strikes since a deadly attack against the CIA across the border in
2010 Jan 19, A Saudi court
sentenced a teenage girl (13) to a 90-lash flogging and two months
in prison as punishment for assaulting a teacher. The assault
happened after the girl was caught with a camera phone at school.
2010 Jan 19, The Slovak Foreign
Ministry said the country has agreed to take in three inmates from
the US prison at Guantanamo Bay in an effort to help President
Barack Obama to close it down.
2010 Jan 19, Sudan's Pres.
Bashir said he would support the country's oil-producing south if it
chose independence in a looming referendum, in his closest
acknowledgement of the possibility of separation. A Sudanese court
sentenced another two Darfur rebels to death for a deadly 2008
attack, raising to 105 the number of Justice and Equality Movement
fighters ordered hanged for the raid.
(AP, 1/19/10)(AFP, 1/20/10)
2010 Jan 19, Swiss bank Credit
Suisse said that it would reduce bonuses paid to its top executives
in London by about 30% in response to a tax announced last month by
2011 Jan 19, President Barack
Obama announced a deal to step up cooperation with China on nuclear
security. The United States and China reached agreement on export
deals worth $45 billion. The agreements included a $19 billion deal
with Boeing in which China will purchase 200 Boeing aircraft. The
deals were announced at the formal start of a four-day state visit
to the US by Chinese President Hu Jintao. President Barack Obama
issued a finely tuned call for greater respect for human rights in
his speech to welcome his Chinese counterpart Hu Jintao.
(AP, 1/19/11)(Reuters, 1/19/11)
2011 Jan 19, Luigi Manocchio,
the reputed head of New England's Patriarca crime family, was
arrested in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
2011 Jan 19, Peter Egner
(b.1922), an alleged member of a WWII Nazi death squad, died in
Seattle, Wa., of natural causes.
(SFC, 2/2/11, p.A4)
2011 Jan 19, In eastern
Afghanistan a total of 13 civilians including children and women
were killed by a Taliban-style roadside bomb in Paktika province. A
roadside bomb in southern Zabul province killed four border police
officers who were patrolling the area. Pres. Karzai’s office said he
would defer by a month the already delayed inauguration of
parliament. Legislators said they start their work unilaterally.
(AFP, 1/19/11)(AP, 1/19/11)(SFC, 1/20/11, p.A3)
2011 Jan 19, An Algerian court
charged Ali Belhadj, the former number two in the country's banned
Islamic Salvation Front, with harming state security and inciting an
armed rebellion. He was arrested during the January 6-9 protests
against high inflation.
2011 Jan 19, In Algeria 3
people attempted suicide by fire, bringing the total number of such
actions to eight in a week, in a replica of protests that ousted the
president of neighboring Tunisia.
2011 Jan 19, The World Bank
said it will lend Brazil $485 million for rebuilding and disaster
prevention efforts following devastating mudslides. At least 207
people were still missing as the death toll from the disaster in a
scenic mountain region reached 741.
(AFP, 1/19/11)(Reuters, 1/20/11)
2011 Jan 19, Canadian officials
said police have arrested Sayfildin Tahir Sharif, a man accused of
helping stage suicide bomb attacks in Iraq, including one that
killed five US soldiers in Mosul in april 2009. He was also accused
of helping with an attack on an Iraqi police station in March 2009
that killed seven people.
2011 Jan 19, The European
Commission, which regulates the trading of carbon emissions
certificates, shut the carbon credit trading system down following a
spate of computer attacks that stole certificates worth about $62
million. The shutdown was expected to last a week.
(SFC, 1/20/11, p.D3)(Econ, 2/5/11, p.88)
2011 Jan 19, In western France
Laetitia Perrais, an 18-year-old waitress, disappeared after her
restaurant shift in Pornic. Officials later filed preliminary
charges against suspect Tony Meilhon (31), recently out of prison
with 15 convictions on his record, for the "kidnapping followed by
death." On Feb 3 Pres. Sarkozy said: "Our duty is to protect society
from these monsters." The president's incautious comments about the
suspect, and his complaints of incompetence in the legal system,
sparked a revolt among judges, prosecutors and lawyers.
2011 Jan 19, India’s Supreme
Court asked the government to release more details on how rich
Indians stash money abroad to evade taxes.
(Econ, 1/22/11, p.51)
2011 Jan 19, Iran hanged 10
drug smugglers in a prison in the city of Karaj, west of Tehran,
taking to 45 the number of executions in the Islamic republic since
the start of this year according to an AFP count based on media
2011 Jan 19, In Iraq a suicide
attacker driving an explosives-packed ambulance crashed through the
front gate of an Iraqi guard force headquarters in Baqouba, killing
at least 13 people, wounding 74 and toppling a building. Another
suicide bomber detonated an explosive-packed belt among a group of
Shiite pilgrims walking to holy sites to observe a major religious
ritual next week. 2 people were killed and 15 were injured.
(AP, 1/19/11)(SFC, 1/20/11, p.A4)
2011 Jan 19, Dhyan Or, the
Israel director of the global anti-mining advocacy group Roots of
Peace, said there are half a million mines in the Jordan Valley, an
area prone to floods. He warned that land mines could drift from the
fenced areas, and that overzealous worshippers could stray from the
2011 Jan 19, Italy’s the
national statistics office said one in five young Italians, or more
than 2 million people, are not studying nor working, the highest
percentage of "idle" youths in the European Union.
2011 Jan 19, In Mexico Leonardo
Vazquez, alias "El Pachis," a suspected top operative of the brutal
Zetas drug cartel, died during a confrontation with security forces
in Poza Rica city, Veracruz state. Two other suspected members of
the drug cartel were taken into custody. Gunmen toting high-powered
weapons shot dead two police officers, a man and a woman, in
Guadalupe, a suburb of the industrial city of Monterrey. Juan Miguel
"El Boxer" Valle Beltran was arrested after the shootout in the
seaside city of Playas de Rosarito. He was arrested with 13
2011 Jan 19, UN Assistant
Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Catherine Bragg launched
a $51 million appeal to help Sri Lankans recover from deadly floods
as she began a 3-day visit to the island.
2011 Jan 19, Sudanese police
clashed with protesters demanding the release of opposition leader
Hassan al-Turabi, who was detained after he called for a "popular
revolution" over price rises and political demands.
2011 Jan 19, Switzerland's
federal council said it has agreed to freeze any assets of Tunisia's
ousted president and the incumbent leader of Ivory Coast.
2011 Jan 19, In southern
Thailand four soldiers were killed in an attack on their post by at
least 20 armed men. The attackers also set fire to two shelters in
the base and took away an unknown number of M16 assault rifles in
2011 Jan 19, In Tunisia
hundreds of protesters demonstrated in Tunis to demand the dismissal
from the new coalition government of ministers associated with
ousted president Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali. A Tunisian prosecutor
opened an investigation into the overseas assets of the ousted
president and his deeply resented family. The government moved to
give legal status to three parties barred under the previous
administration and freed a dissident journalist, Fahem Boukadous,
sentenced to four years in prison last year for his work.
(AP, 1/19/11)(AFP, 1/20/11)
2011 Jan 19, The UN Security
Council voted unanimously to deploy 2,000 additional peacekeepers to
Ivory Coast, where the incumbent president has refused to relinquish
his post to the man internationally recognized as the legitimate
2011 Jan 19, In Vietnam
reporter Le Hoang Hung (50) suffered burns on about half his body
following an attack in his house while he was sleeping. Hung died of
his injuries on Jan 29. His wife Tran Thi Thuy Lieu (40) was taken
into police custody on Feb 22.
(AP, 1/20/11)(AP, 1/29/11)(AP, 2/23/11)
2012 Jan 19, A US federal judge
blocked Vermont from forcing the Vermont Yankee nuclear reactor to
shut down when its license expires in March and said the state
cannot force the plant’s owner to sell electricity to in-state
utilities at reduced rates as a condition of operation.
(SFC, 1/20/12, p.A6)
2012 Jan 19, Texas Gov. Rick
Perry ended his presidential campaign and endorsed Newt Gingrich's
candidacy for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination.
(SFC, 1/20/12, p.A6)
2012 Jan 19, Eastman Kodak Co,
the photography icon that invented the hand-held camera, filed for
bankruptcy protection and plans to shrink significantly after a
prolonged plunge for one of America's best-known companies.
2012 Jan 19, In southern
Afghanistan a suicide bomber killed at least seven people and
wounded eight in an attack at Kandahar international airport.
Hundreds of people took to the streets in Dewa Gul Vally, Kunar
province, in protest over a recent night raid by Afghan and NATO
forces that allegedly killed six civilians. A NATO-US
helicopter crashed killing 6 Marines. Taliban fighters attacked a
police checkpoint in Helmand province. At least 2 police officers
and 12 Taliban fighters were killed.
(AFP, 1/19/12)(SFC, 1/20/12, p.A2)(SFC, 1/21/12,
2012 Jan 19, The Bangladesh
military said it has foiled a plot by a group of hardline officers,
their retired colleagues and Bangladeshi conspirators living abroad
to overthrow PM Sheikh Hasina.
2012 Jan 19, In Brazil a
federal court in the northeastern in the state of Alagoas sentenced
politician Talvane de Albuquerque to 103 years in prison for the
1998 killing of his running mate, Ceci Cunha, so that he could take
her place in Congress. Albuquerque was also found guilty of ordering
the murder of Cunha's husband, sister-in-law and her sister's
2012 Jan 19, Britain’s PM David
Cameron said bonuses in the financial services sector have "got out
of control" in recent years, adding cash payments at state-backed
banks would again be limited to 2,000 pounds.
2012 Jan 19, In London a $6
billion (3.8 billion pound) lawsuit between two of Russia's
best-known tycoons ended after a four-month High Court hearing.
Former Kremlin insider Boris Berezovsky (65) claimed he was extorted
into handing the crown jewel of his business empire to Roman
Abramovich (45), the billionaire owner of Chelsea football club. A
ruling was expected at the end of March or in early April.
2012 Jan 19, Top Canadian
freestyle skier Sarah Burke (29), an early gold medal favorite ahead
of the 2014 Olympics, died at a Utah hospital from injuries she
suffered in a training fall.
2012 Jan 19, In Cuba Wilman
Villar (31), an imprisoned dissident who went on a hunger strike to
protest his four-year sentence, died of pneumonia in the eastern
city of Santiago. His widow acknowledged on Jan 30 that his legal
troubles stemmed from a domestic violence incident and that he
aligned himself with the opposition only after he was detained for
(AP, 1/19/12)(AP, 1/30/12)
2012 Jan 19, Egypt’s Al-Ahram
newspaper reported that a safe containing radioactive material was
stolen from a site in Al-Dabaa, on the Mediterranean coast. The
low-level radioactive material was stolen from a laboratory at a
construction site for a nuclear power plant that is not yet
operational. A day later the Al-Akhbar newspaper said that the
experts who toured the site a day earlier found "no evidence of any
theft of radioactive material" or any radioactive leakage.
2012 Jan 19, An Ethiopian court
found three journalists, a politician and a politician's assistant
guilty of conspiring to commit acts of terrorism, in a case that
drew rebukes from rights groups who fear the country's
anti-terrorism law is being used to suppress dissent.
2012 Jan 19, A Haitian judge
convicted seven police officers on a range of charges for their role
in a prison riot in which at least 10 prisoners were shot to death
on Jan 19, 2010.
2012 Jan 19, Honduras' congress
approved legislation to allow extradition of its citizens charged
elsewhere with drug trafficking, terrorism and organized crime.
Honduras has barred extraditing its nationals since 1982.
2012 Jan 19, India's largest
lender to the poor, SKS Microfinance, posted its third straight
quarterly loss, hit by bad loans and dwindling investor confidence.
2012 Jan 19, In eastern
Indonesia a crocodile swallowed a 10-year-old girl while she played
in the Wailolong river with her father, the second death in the same
place in two months.
2012 Jan 19, Indonesia's
forestry ministry said it would conserve nearly half its share of
Borneo island, which is covered with dense rainforest, so as to meet
a presidential pledge to reduce gas emissions.
2012 Jan 19, Iraq's presidency
approved the death penalty for 11 men, including Al-Qaeda militants,
convicted two years ago of being behind devastating attacks against
two ministries on Aug 19, 2009.
2012 Jan 19, Israeli forces
arrested three Palestinians overnight as they tried to enter Israel
from the southern Gaza Strip. Israeli forces clashed with angry
settlers during the demolition of a settlement outpost on the
2012 Jan 19, In Libya
Abdelhafiz Ghoga, the deputy head of the National Transitional
Council, was manhandled by protesters at the University of Ghar
Yunis in Benghazi. Students have been demonstrating on the campus
for weeks to protest against the perceived lack of transparency of
2012 Jan 19, In Libya a
Tripoli-based militia from the town of Zintan detained Omar Brebesh
(62), the country‘s ex-ambassador to France. His body appeared at a
hospital in Zintan the next day and a preliminary autopsy found the
cause of death included "multiple bodily injuries and fractured
2012 Jan 19, The Maldives
Journalists' Association said the government is threatening and
harassing the media over their reporting of a political crisis and
the military's arrest of the nation's top criminal court judge.
2012 Jan 19, Five unemployed
Moroccan men set themselves on fire in the capital Rabat as part of
widespread demonstrations in the country over the lack of jobs,
especially for university graduates. Three were burned badly enough
to be hospitalized. Abdelwahab Zaydoun (27), who held a master's
degree in law, died of his burns on Jan 24.
(AP, 1/19/12)(AP, 1/24/12)
2012 Jan 19, Myanmar's
government and ethnic Kachin rebels met for cease-fire talks to end
several months of armed clashes near the northern border with China,
but their preliminary meeting did not make any major breakthroughs.
2012 Jan 19, Nigerian police
fired tear gas in Lagos at hundreds of protestors as more than 200
defied police warnings and marched towards a park in the economic
capital that has become the epicenter of mass mobilization against
the removal of fuel subsidies.
2012 Jan 19, In Pakistan a
German aid worker and his Italian colleague were kidnapped in
Multan. Pakistan police on Jan 24 accused Islamist militants over
(SFC, 1/21/12, p.A2)(AFP, 1/24/12)
2012 Jan 19, In Somalia a bomb
exploded in a crowded refugee camp in Mogadishu, only minutes after
a group of UN officials and international journalists left a nearby
feeding site. The blast killed two Somalis.
2012 Jan 19, In Syria at least
16 people were killed by security forces across the country. An Arab
League observer mission ends today but can be renewed for another
(AP, 1/19/12)(SFC, 1/20/12, p.A2)
2012 Jan 19, Thailand said that
it has recognized a Palestinian state, in a move hailed by
Palestinian leaders eager to boost their international standing amid
a stalemate with Israel.
2012 Jan 19, Turkish
authorities exhumed the bodies of three Kurds near the village of
Yagizoymak as part of their investigation into alleged extrajudicial
killings by Turkish security forces in the 1990s. Lawyer Ridvan
Dalmis, who witnessed the excavation, said the remains allegedly are
those of civilians who were killed by security forces in June 1993
and hastily buried by Kurdish villagers before they were forced to
evacuate the area.
2012 Jan 19, Vietnam confirmed
its first case death from bird flu in nearly 2 years, a day after
Cambodia also logged its first fatality this year from the H5N1
(SFC, 1/20/12, p.A2)
2013 Jan 19, Rick Champagne, an
Arizona man with a special fondness for caped crusader Batman and
his sidekick Robin, bought the original Batmobile driven in the
iconic television series with a bid of $4.2 million at an auction.
2013 Jan 19, In New Mexico 5
people, including three young children, were shot and killed in a
rural area southwest of Albuquerque. Nehemiah Griego (15) was
arrested on murder and other charges in connection with the
shootings of his family.
(AP, 1/20/13)(AP, 1/22/13)
2013 Jan 19, Algeria's special
forces stormed the Amenas natural gas complex in the middle of the
Sahara desert in a final assault, killing 11 militants, but not
before they in turn killed seven hostages. The standoff with
Islamist extremists, begun on Jan 16, left at least 37 foreign
workers and 27 militants dead.
(AP, 1/19/13)(AP, 2/12/13)
2013 Jan 19, In Azerbaijan
market traders blocked a highway 50 km (30 miles) outside Baku and
clashed with riot police in a spontaneous protest over increased
rent for their stalls.
2013 Jan 19, In Bulgaria Oktay
Enimehmedov (25) tried to shoot a gas pistol at Ahmed Dogan (58),
the leader of his country's ethnic Turkish political party, at a
conference in Sofia. The gun failed to fire and Enimehmedov was
wrestled to the ground and beaten.
2013 Jan 19, Egyptian riot
police fired tear gas to disperse demonstrators throwing stones
outside an Alexandria courtroom where the city's ex-security
director and other officers are on trial for the killing of
protesters during the 2011 uprising. A criminal court invoked a
presidential amnesty and dismissed charges against 379 people
accused of taking part in deadly clashes with police.
2013 Jan 19, Officials in
Ethiopia said South Sudan and Sudan have failed to reach an
agreement on security arrangements and oil exports after several
days of talks in Addis Ababa.
2013 Jan 19, In Greece several
thousand people marched through central Athens to protest a spate of
anti-immigrant attacks, including the fatal stabbing by suspected
right-wing extremists of Shehzad Luqman (27), a Pakistani immigrant
who died Jan 17. Two men have been charged in the murder.
2013 Jan 19, In Iraq gunmen
shot and killed the two policemen in a drive-by-shooting near the
northern city of Mosul. In Kirkuk a civilian driver was killed when
his truck hit a roadside bomb. A roadside bomb exploded just south
of Baghdad, killing a policeman and wounding three others while they
were on patrol.
2013 Jan 19, The Malian
military announced that the government was now controlling Diabaly.
2013 Jan 19, Ethnic Kachin
rebels in Myanmar said clashes in the country's north continued
despite a government promise to cease fire, casting doubt over hopes
that the bloody conflict there could end soon.
2013 Jan 19, 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 19, In northwest
Nigeria gunmen attacked the convoy of a religious leader in Kano,
killing at least 3 guards.
2013 Jan 19, In Scotland an
avalanche killed four climbers at Glencoe in the Scottish Highlands.
2013 Jan 19, In Geneva more
than 140 nations adopted the first legally-binding international
treaty aimed at reducing mercury emissions, capping four years of
negotiations on how to set limits on the use of a highly toxic
metal. 50 nations must ratify it before it comes into force, which
officials said they would expect to happen within about three to
2013 Jan 19, Syrian troops
fought intense battles against rebels who are trying to capture two
military bases in the northwest. Dozens of people were killed and
wounded as Syria's air force targeted a mosque and a school building
that apparently was sheltering displaced Syrians in the town of
Salqin in Idlib province.
2014 Jan 19, In NYC Deisy
Garcia (21) and her two daughters, ages 1 and 2, were found stabbed
to death in their Queens apartment. Police searched for Miguel Mejia
Ramos (28), the father of the girls, as a suspect.
(SFC, 1/21/14, p.A5)
2014 Jan 19, Afghanistan's
Pres. Karzai said the US can no longer carry out military operations
or airstrikes and must jump-start peace talks with the Taliban
before his country signs a security deal to keep American troops in
Afghanistan after 2014.
2014 Jan 19, British athletics
great Chris Chataway (82), best known for being one of the
pacemakers for Roger Bannister's landmark four-minute mile run in
1954, died after a long battle with cancer. He was knighted by Queen
Elizabeth II in 1995 for his services to the aviation industry.
2014 Jan 19, Canadian PM
Stephen Harper began his first official visit to Israel, with his
Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu hailing him as a "great
friend" of the Jewish state.
2014 Jan 19, Colombia’s army
said at least 9 Marxist FARC rebels have been killed in a clash in
Tame even as peace talks were being held between the two sides in
2014 Jan 19, Deposed Egyptian
president Mohamed Mursi (Morsi) was ordered to stand trial for
insulting the judiciary, alongside 24 others including liberal
activists who opposed his Islamist rule but have also been critical
of the new army-backed order.
2014 Jan 19, In southeastern
France "historic" floods left two people dead and more than 150 were
airlifted to safety.
2014 Jan 19, In Hong Kong
thousands of people rallied to demand justice for a young Indonesian
maid who was badly beaten by her employer in a case that has sparked
widespread outrage and a police investigation into accusations of
2014 Jan 19, In Indonesia
monsoon rains inundated parts of Jakarta, forcing more than 30,000
people to evacuate.
2014 Jan 19, Iraqi tribesmen
backed by police special forces and helicopter gunships assaulted al
Qaeda-linked militants in the eastern and southern outskirts of the
city of Ramadi. Authorities imposed an indefinite curfew in Ramadi
to try to avert civilian casualties. Iraq hanged 26 people convicted
of "terrorism" offences.
(Reuters, 1/19/14)(Reuters, 1/21/14)
2014 Jan 19, Israel decided to
end a decades-old policy of issuing gas masks to the public in an
apparent sign of confidence in Syria's chemical weapons disarmament.
2014 Jan 19, In Libya unknown
gunmen kidnapped Han Seok-woo, a South Korean trade official, in
2014 Jan 19, Mexican security
forces said they have arrested 38 people in the region of Michoacan,
including Jesus Vasquez Macias (37), a leading figure of the
notorious Knights Templar drug cartel.
2014 Jan 19, The Nauru
government deported Peter Law, its Australian resident magistrate,
and barred its Australian chief justice, Geoffrey Eames, from
re-entering the country.
(Econ, 2/1/14, p.34)
2014 Jan 19, In Pakistan a
bombing claimed by the Pakistani Taliban, killed 26 soldiers and
wounded 30 when it ripped through a military convoy in Bannu, North
Waziristan. Army helicopters fired missiles killing 3 militants, in
apparent retaliation for the Taliban bomb attack.
(AFP, 1/19/14)(SFC, 1/22/14, p.A2)
2014 Jan 19, Two Palestinians
were hurt, one critically, in an Israeli air strike on Gaza City.
The Israel military said it had targeted a senior Islamic Jihad
2014 Jan 19, Pres. Putin in
broadcast comments defended Russia's anti-gay law by equating gays
with pedophiles and said Russia needs to "cleanse" itself of
homosexuality if it wants to increase its birth rate. At the same
time he offered new assurances to gay athletes and fans attending
the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics next month.
2014 Jan 19, South African
press reported that at least two police officers who took part in
the deadly crackdown on Marikana miners in 2012 were implicated in
the killing of three protesters this week.
2014 Jan 19, South Korean
regulator Financial Supervisory Service (FSS) revealed the full
scale of personal information theft on more than 100 million South
Korean credit cards. Some 20 million people were victims of data
theft a three credit card companies.
(Reuters, 1/21/14)(SFC, 10/15/14, p.A5)
2014 Jan 19, South Sudanese
troops fought to win back the key oil town of Malakal from rebels
loyal to sacked vice president Riek Machar.
2014 Jan 19, In Thailand 28
people were wounded, seven seriously, in explosions at a camp of
anti-government protesters in Bangkok.
2014 Jan 19, Ukraine protesters
attacked riot police with sticks in Kiev and tried to overturn a bus
blocking their path to parliament, as up to 100,000 massed in
defiance of sweeping new laws aimed at stamping out anti-government
2014 Jan 19, The UAE cabinet
approved a draft law making it compulsory for Emirati men to serve
in the military for up to two years.
2014 Jan 19, UN
Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon said Iran has been invited to attend a
Jan 22 meeting of foreign ministers in the Swiss city of Montreux
ahead of internationally brokered peace talks between Syria's
warring factions. The UN invite sparked a boycott call from the
opposition and President Bashar al-Assad ruled out a power-sharing
(AP, 1/19/14)(AFP, 1/20/14)
2014 Jan 19, Pope Francis'
newly chosen Spanish cardinal, Fernando Sebastian Aguilar (84),
described homosexuality as a "defect" that can be corrected with
treatment, sparking condemnation from gay rights groups.
2014 Jan 19, In Yemen
unidentified gunman shot and killed Police Director Abd el-Wali
el-Turkmi in the southwest city of Taiz.
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