Return to homeSt. Sebastian's day.
(Hem., 3/97, p.74) 820 Jan 20,
Abu Abdallah Mibn Idris al-Sjafi'i, Islamic author of Book of
1265 Jan 20, The 1st English
Parliament was called into session by Earl of Leicester.
1327 Jan 20, Edward II of
England was deposed by his eldest son, Edward III. [see Jan 7]
1517 Jan 20, Ottoman sultan
Selim I captured Cairo. The center of power transferred then to
Istanbul. The Ottoman Empire retained the Mamluks as an Egyptian
1586 Jan 20, Johann Hermann
Schein, German composer (Fontana d'Israel), was born.
1612 Jan 20, Rudolf II von
Habsburg (59), emperor of Germany (1576-1612), died in Prague and
Matthias became Holy Roman Emperor. In 1912 an enigmatic manuscript,
once owned by Rudolf II, was acquired by Wilfrid Voynich and came to
be known as the Voynich manuscript. In 2006 Peter Marshall authored
“The Magic Circle of Rudolf II."
p.C13)(www.historylearningsite.co)(Econ, 1/10/04, p.71)(WSJ, 9/9/06,
1616 Jan 20, The French
explorer Samuel de Champlain arrived to winter in a Huron Indian
village after being wounded in a battle with Iroquois in New France.
1675 Jan 20, Christian Huygens,
Dutch scientist, transformed a theoretical insight on springs into a
practical mechanism with the 1st sketch of a watch balance regulated
by a coiled spring.
1731 Jan 20, Antonio Farnese
(b.1679), the eighth and ultimate Farnese Duke of Parma and
Piacenza, died. The Farnese art collection passed to Charles III,
king of Naples.
1732 Jan 20, Richard Henry Lee,
American Revolutionary patriot and signer of the Declaration of
Independence, was born.
1760 Jan 20, Charles III, King
of Spain, was born.
1764 Jan 20, John Wilkes
was expelled from the English House of Commons. In February he was
found guilty, in absentia, of seditious libel (for the North Briton)
and of obscene and impious libel (for Essay on Woman, a parody on
Pope which he had co-written with Thomas Potter years before,
intended for a select group of friends).
1783 Jan 20, The fighting of
the Revolutionary War ended. Britain signed a peace agreement with
France and Spain, who allied against it in the American War of
(HFA, '96, p.22)(HN, 1/20/99)
1788 Jan 20, The pioneer
African Baptist church was organized in Savannah, Ga.
1801 Jan 20, US Secretary of
State John Marshall was nominated by President Adams to be chief
justice. He was sworn in on Feb. 4, 1801. Marshall effectively
created the legal framework within which free markets in goods and
services could establish themselves.
(WSJ, 3/10/99, p.A22)(AP, 1/20/08)y
1807 Jan 20, Napoleon convened
the great Sanhedrin in Paris.
1809 Jan 20, The 1st US geology
book was published by William Maclure.
1820 Jan 20, Anne Clough,
promoter of higher education, was born.
1820 Jan 20-1820 Jan 29, As
George IV was about to become King of England, his wife Caroline
(the German princess of Brunswick) returned to claim her rights. She
had been living on the continent and was rumored to have had as
lovers such men as: the politician George Canning, the admiral Sir
Sydney Smith, the painter Sir Thomas Lawrence. The House of Lords
introduced a Bill of Pains and Penalties, which sought to strip
Caroline of her title of Queen on the grounds of her scandalous
conduct. George had previously married Maria Anne Fitzherbert in
secret. A trial ensued, but witnesses refused to speak against the
queen and the bill had to be amended.
p.A-10)(WSJ, 3/26/99, p.W10)
1831 Jan 20, Protocols were
signed in London that recognized Belgium as an independent nation.
Belgium became a nation and combined French and Flemish-speaking
lands. The Rothschild banking empire financed the founding of
(SFC, 7/12/96, p.A11)(SSFC, 2/24/02,
1839 Jan 20, Chile defeated a
confederation of Peru and Bolivia in the Battle of Yungay.
1841 Jan 20, The Convention of
Chuenpi ceded the island of Hong Kong to Great Britain from China as
part of the concessions from the Opium War. It became a capitalist
bastion as opposed to the rest of China. The British won the first
Opium War and forced China to open markets to foreign trade. Britain
soon established a formal police force commanded mostly by British
officers. Hong Kong returned to Chinese control in July 1997.
p.A-1)(SFEC, 11/10/96, Par p.14)(SFC, 3/11/97, p.A12)(SFC, 7/1/97,
p.A8)(AP, 1/20/98)(WSJ, 1/11/99, p.R49)(WSJ, 2/2/04, p.A12)
1859 Jan 20, The Federal War
began in Venezuela. Ezequiel Zamora (1817-1860) led the Federalist
Army until his assassination on Jan 10, 1860.
1875 Jan 20, Jean Francois
Millet (b.1814), French painter, died.
1887 Jan 20, The U.S. Senate
approved an agreement to lease Pearl Harbor in Hawaii as a naval
base. [see Nov 29]
1891 Jan 20, Mischa Elman, US
violinist, was born in Talnoye, Ukraine.
1891 Jan 20, King David
Kalakaua, sovereign of the Hawaiian Islands, died at the SF Palace
(SFEC, 11/17/96, p.C1)(SFC, 5/29/98, p.C18)
1893 Jan 20, Bessy Colman,
first African American aviator, was born.
1896 Jan 20, George Burns
(d.3/9/96), vaudeville comedian and actor, was born Nathan Birnbaum
in New York City. He hosted radio and television show with his wife
Gracie Allen before going into movies like The Sunshine Boys. "By
the time you're 80 years old, you've learned everything. You only
have to remember it."
(WSJ, 3/11/96, p. A1)(AP, 1/20/98)(HN, 1/20/99)
1899 Jan 20, Alexander
Tcherepnin, composer, was born.
1899 Jan 20, President William
McKinley appointed a Philippine Commission led by Jacob G. Schurman,
president of Cornell University, to study the situation in the
island and to submit a report to serve as a basis for setting up a
civil government. The commission issued findings in June suggesting
the ultimate independence for the islands but, for an indefinite
period continued U.S. rule.
1910 Jan 20, Joy Adamson,
British author and naturalist, was born. He lived in Kenya and wrote
1913 Jan 20, Karl Wittgenstein
(b.1847), Viennese industrialist and father of philosopher Ludwig
Wittgenstein (1889-1951), died of throat cancer. In 2009 Alexander
Waugh authored “The House of Wittgenstein: A Family at War."
1913 Jan 20, Jose Guadalupe
Posada, Mexican cartoonist, died. He had created Catrina, the
Skeleton Lady in her elegant broad-brimmed hat in a satirical
engraving sometime between 1910 and his death. Her image grew over
the years to symbolize Mexico’s Day of the Dead.
1920 Jan 20, Movie director
Federico Fellini was born in Rimini, Italy.
1928 Jan 20, Martin Landau,
actor (Mission Impossible, Tucker, Space 1999), was born in
1930 Jan 20, Dr. Edwin 'Buzz'
Aldrin, second man to walk on the moon, was born.
1930 Jan 20, Charles Lindbergh
arrived in New York, setting a cross country flying record of 14.75
hours. [see Apr 20]
1931 Jan 20, Gifford Pinchot
(1865-1946) began serving a 2nd term as the 28th governor of
Pennsylvania and continued to 1935. His first term was from
1923-1927. Following the of Prohibition in 1933, Pinchot kept
restrictions on the sale of alcohol.
(Econ, 3/30/13, p.34)
1935 Jan 20, Belgium arrested
some Nazi agitators who were urging for a return to the Reich.
1936 Jan 20, Britain's King
George V, served from 1910-1936, died at age 70; he was succeeded by
Edward VIII. He is remembered for saying: “Any man who is not a
socialist before he is 30 has no heart, and any man who is a
socialist after he is 30 has no head."
(AP, 1/20/98)(MC, 1/20/02)(WSJ, 7/16/02, p.D6)
1937 Jan 20, President Franklin
Roosevelt was inaugurated for a 2nd term. He became the first chief
executive to be inaugurated on Jan. 20 instead of March 4.
(AP, 1/20/08)(SSFC, 1/18/09, p.D6)
1937 Jan 20, In San Francisco a
fire gutted the 7-story Wilson building at 975 Market St.
(SSFC, 1/15/12, p.46)
1939 Jan 20, Hitler proclaimed
to German parliament his intention to exterminate all European Jews.
1941 Jan 20, US Pres. Franklin
D. Roosevelt was inaugurated for his 3rd term. It was the first time
any US president had been elected for more than two terms.
(WUD, 1944, p.1683)
1941 Jan 20, Hitler met with
Mussolini and offered aid in Albania and Greece.
1942 Jan 20, Top Nazis met at
Grossen-Wannsee, outside Berlin, and there formulated the infamous
"Final Solution" to the Jewish question. Chaired by SS General
Reinhard Heydrich, the one-day conference was designed to address
the Nazi efforts at removing the Jews. The 15 top-ranking men of the
German Reich agreed upon a blueprint for the extermination of
Europe’s Jews. Their "final solution" called for exterminating
Europe's Jews. Until this time, the plan had been to deport all Jews
to the island of Madagascar off Africa, but by 1942 this plan was
rejected in favor of transporting Jews to the east where the
able-bodied would become slave laborers for the Reich. SS chief
Heinrich Himmler would be in charge. Those unfit to work would be,
the conference minutes noted, "appropriately dealt with." This
phrase was left unexplained, but there was no doubt of its sinister
meaning. After approving genocide as Nazi policy, the conference
attendees adjourned for lunch. The minutes were taken by Adolf
Eichmann. In 2004 Christopher R. Browning authored "The Origins of
the Final Solution."
(AP, 1/20/98)(WSJ, 4/28/97, p.A17)(HNPD,
1/20/99)(WSJ, 3/23/04, p.D8)(AP, 1/20/12)
1942 Jan 20, Japanese invaded
1942 Jan 20, There was a
Japanese air raid on Rabaul, New Britain.
1943 Jan 20, Giacomo Benvenuti
(57), composer, died.
1944 Jan 20, Allied forces
began unsuccessful operations to cross the Rapido River and seize
1944 Jan 20, RAF dropped 2300
1-ton bombs on Berlin.
1945 Jan 20, Franklin D.
Roosevelt was inaugurated for his fourth term.
1945 Jan 20, The Allies signed
a truce with the Hungarians.
1946 Jan 20, France's Charles
DeGaulle handed in his resignation.
1947 Jan 20, Josh Gibson (35),
Negro League slugger, died of a brain tumor.
1949 Jan 20, Ivana Trump,
former wife of Donald Trump, was born.
1949 Jan 20, Pres. Truman was
inaugurated for his 2nd term. He presented a 4-point plan for
American foreign policy. Point 4 called for “a bold new program" of
assistance to economically underdeveloped areas. In his inaugural
address, Truman branded communism a "false philosophy" as he
outlined his program for U.S. world leadership.
(EWH, 1968, p.1207)(AP, 1/20/99)
1951 Jan 20, American bombing
and strafing killed about 300 Korean refugees at Youngchoon. Korean
witnesses later said 300 people were trapped and suffocated in
Gokgyegul. On May 20, 2008, a South Korean Truth and Reconciliation
Commission identified 3 US attacks of indiscriminant use of napalm
that killed at least 228 civilians. The 1st at Wolmi on Sep 10,
1950, a 2nd at Sansong on Jan 19, 1951 and a 3rd at Tanyang on Jan
20, 1951, where at least 167 villagers were killed.
(SFC, 12/29/99, p.A13)(SFC, 1/13/01,
p.A12)(http://tinyurl.com/5crkh9)(SSFC, 8/3/08, p.A16)
1952 Jan 20, British troops
occupied Ismalia, Egypt. [see Nov 18, 1951]
1953 Jan 20, In the US Dwight
D. Eisenhower was inaugurated as president. He succeeded Harry S.
Truman. TV coverage sent the event to 21 million sets.
(WUD, 1994, p.1685)(SFC, 1/17/03, p.E8)
1954 Jan 20, "The Caine Mutiny
Court-Martial," a play by Herman Wouk based on part of his 1951
novel "The Caine Mutiny," opened on Broadway.
1954 Jan 20, Over 22,000
anti-Communist prisoners were turned over to the UN forces in Korea.
1954 Jan 20, The CIA built a
tunnel from west Berlin to East Berlin to tap Soviet and East German
(SFC, 9/17/97, p.A3)
1955 Jan 20, Joe Doherty, IRA
activist (jailed in US), was born in Ireland.
1956 Jan 20, Buddy Holly
recorded "Blue Days Black Night" in Nashville.
1957 Jan 20, President
Eisenhower and Vice President Nixon were sworn in for their second
terms of office in a private Sunday ceremony. A public ceremony was
held the next day.
1961 Jan 20, Francis Poulenc's
"Gloria," premiered in Boston.
1961 Jan 20, Pres. Kennedy made
his inaugural address from the steps of the US Capital. In 2004
Thurston Clarke authored “Ask Not: The Inauguration of John F.
Kennedy and the Speech That Changed America." In 2005 Richard J.
Tofel authored “Sounding the Trumpet: The Making of John F.
Kennedy’s Inaugural Address."
(SSFC, 10/24/04, p.M2)(WSJ, 8/24/05, p.D10)
1961 Jan 20, Poet Robert Frost
recited his poem "The Gift Outright" at the inauguration of U.S.
President John F. Kennedy. Frost, born in San Francisco on March 26,
1874, was the first poet to participate in a presidential
inauguration. Awarded the Pulitzer Prize four times, most of Frost's
work drew on themes from rural New England life. He died on January
29, 1963. Although 86-year-old Robert Frost had composed a new poem,
titled “Dedication," for the inauguration of President John F.
Kennedy, he was unable to recite it at the ceremony because he could
not read his own typewritten manuscript. A dim typewriter ribbon
conspired with Frost‘s failing eyesight and bright glare on a sunny
day with snow cover, making it impossible for the poet to read the
poem written especially for the occasion. Instead Frost recited from
memory his famous poem “The Gift Outright."
(HNQ, 9/12/98)(HNQ, 1/21/00)
1965 Jan 20, Byrds recorded
"Mr. Tambourine Man."
1965 Jan 20, Generalissimo
Francisco Franco met with Jewish representatives to discuss
legitimizing Jewish communities in Spain.
1967 Jan 20, Clark Kerr,
president of the UC system, was fired by Gov. Reagan and the UC
Regents for being too soft on student protesters at Berkeley. In
2003 Kerr authored vol. 2 of his memoir: "The Gold and the Blue: A
Personal Memoir of the Univ. of California.
(SSFC, 2/17/02, p.M6)(SSFC, 6/9/02, p.F6)
1969 Jan 20, Richard Nixon in
his first inaugural address proclaimed that Americans "cannot learn
from one another until we stop shouting at one another." He also
said: “the greatest honor history can bestow is the title of
peacemaker. This honor now beckons America."
(HNQ, 6/30/98)(SSFC, 6/9/02, p.F6)
1970 Jan 20, William T. Cahill
(1912-1996), began serving as the governor of New Jersey and
continued to 1974.
1974 Jan 20, Howard C. Ulrich
was appointed by Gov. Ronald Reagan to serve as the chief of
Caltrans and served from this day to Aug 8, 1975.
(SFEC, 1/31/99, p.A14)
1977 Jan 20, President Jimmy
Carter was sworn in and then surprised everyone as he walked from
the U.S. Capitol to the White House.
1978 Jan 20, Columbia Pictures
paid $9.5 million for movie rights to "Annie."
1980 Jan 20, President Jimmy
Carter announced the US boycott of Olympics in Moscow.
1981 Jan 20, Ronald Reagan was
sworn in as president of the US. He inherited 10% inflation and 20%
(AP, 1/20/98)(WSJ, 8/15/96, p.A12)
1981 Jan 20, Iran released 52
Americans held hostage for 444 days, minutes after the presidency
had passed from Jimmy Carter to Ronald Reagan.
1984 Jan 20, Johnny Weissmuller
(79), Romania-born US swimmer (Olympics-5 gold-1924, 28), movie
actor (Tarzan), died in Acapulco, Mexico. In 2002 his son
(1940-2006) published “Tarzan, My Father."
1985 Jan 20, The SF 49ers
defeated the Miami Dolphins 38-16 in the Super Bowl played at
Stanford Stadium. This capped the winningest season in national
Football League history, with 18 wins and only one loss.
(www.superbowl.com/history/recaps/game/sbxix)(SSFC, 1/17/10, DB
1985 Jan 20, President Reagan
and VP Bush were sworn in for 2nd terms of office in a brief White
House ceremony. It being a Sunday, the public swearing-in was held
the following day.
1986 Jan 20, The United States
observed the first federal holiday in honor of slain civil rights
leader Martin Luther King Jr.
1986 Jan 20, Britain and France
announced plans to build the Channel Tunnel.
1987 Jan 20, Anglican Church
envoy Terry Waite disappeared in Beirut, Lebanon, while attempting
to negotiate the release of Western hostages. He was freed in
1988 Jan 20, An Arizona House
committee opened hearings on the possible impeachment of Gov. Evan
1988 Jan 20, Philippe de
Rothschild (b.1902), Bordeaux Vineyard manager, died in Paris.
1989 Jan 20, George Bush was
sworn in as the 41st president of the United States; Dan Quayle was
sworn in as vice president. Reagan became the 1st pres elected in a
"0" year, since 1840, to leave office alive.
1990 Jan 20, The space shuttle
Columbia returned from an 11-day mission.
1990 Jan 20, Actress Barbara
Stanwyck died in Santa Monica, Calif., at age 82.
1990 Jan 20, The Soviets
attacked Baku, leaving dozens dead and wounded. Gen’l. Lebed led
Russian forces in Baku to crush the nationalist Azeri Popular Front.
62 civilians were killed and more than 200 wounded when the Soviet
army stormed into the city of Baku to end what Soviet leader Mikhail
Gorbachev called fratricidal killing between Muslim Azerbaijanis and
(WSJ, 12/18/96, p.A21)(CO, Grolier’s Amer. Acad.
Enc./ Azerbaijan)(WSJ, 8/7/96, p.A15)(AP, 1/20/00)
1991 Jan 20, During the Gulf
War, Iraqi missiles were shot down by US Patriot rockets as they
approached Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. Iraqi television showed interviews
with seven downed allied pilots, three of them Americans.
1991 Jan 20, In Latvia, “black
beret" commandos of the Soviet Interior Ministry attacked the
republic’s Interior Ministry headquarters, killing five people.
Communist leader Alfred Rubiks supported a Soviet crackdown against
a move by his countrymen for independence.
(SFC,11/6/97, p.C3)(AP, 1/20/01)
1992 Jan 20, A French Airbus
A-320 crashed near Strasbourg, killing 87 people.
1992 Jan 20, A German court
convicted two former East German border guards of the last killing
at the Berlin Wall.
1993 Jan 20, Bill Clinton
was sworn in as the 42nd president of the United States; Al Gore was
sworn in as vice president. The Senate confirmed Lloyd Bentsen as
treasury secretary, Les Aspin as defense secretary and Warren
Christopher as secretary of state. That night, Clinton picked up a
saxophone and jammed at five of the 12 inaugural balls he and his
wife, Hillary, attended. Christopher served for 4 years and in 1998
published "In the Stream of History: Shaping Foreign Policy for a
new Era," a compilation of 41 of his major speeches.
(SFC, 11/8/96, p.C6)(SFEC, 11/17/96, Par p.2)(AP,
1/20/98)(SFEC, 7/12/98, BR p.3)
1993 Jan 20, Audrey Hepburn,
actress died in Switzerland at age 63. The 8th biography of her life
was written by Barry Paris in 1996.
(SFC, 11/8/96, p.C6) (AP, 1/20/98)
1994 Jan 20, Robert B. Fiske
Jr. was appointed by Attorney General Janet Reno as the special
Whitewater prosecutor to investigate President and Mrs. Clinton's
Arkansas land deals.
(SFEC, 11/15/98, p.A3) (AP, 1/20/99)
1994 Jan 20, Shannon Faulkner
became the first woman to attend classes at The Citadel in South
Carolina. She joined the cadet corps in August 1995, under court
order, but soon dropped out, citing isolation and stress.
1995 Jan 20, The U.S. State
Department announced a partial lifting of economic sanctions against
1995 Jan 20, The Mt. Zion AME
Church in Williamsburg Co., S.C.., burned down. Arson was suspected
and investigations by the FBI and ATF were later begun.
(SFC, 6/11/96, p.A16)
1995 Jan 20, The Japanese
government, criticized for being slow to respond to Kobe's
devastating earthquake, admitted its initial reaction might have
1995 Jan 20, Jean-Claude
Juncker (b.1954), the leader of the Christian Social People's Party,
succeeded Jacques Santer as PM of Luxembourg. “Juncker’s Curse" was
named after Jean-Claude Juncker, who famously quipped: “We all know
what to do. But we don’t know how to get reelected once we've done
1996 Jan 20, The space shuttle
“Endeavour" landed after a nine-day mission that included snaring a
1996 Jan 20, US Ambassador
Swanee Hunt gave the Austrian government a list of sites where
weapons were stockpiled by the US in the 1950s as a precaution
against a Soviet takeover.
(FB, 9/12/96, p.A9)
1996 Jan 20, Yasser Arafat was
elected president in the first Palestinian elections. Hundreds of
thousands of Palestinians turned out to vote in the festive first
election, solidly endorsing Arafat and his peace policies.
(WSJ, 12/27/95, p. A-1)(SFC, 2/8/99, p.A6)(AP,
1997 Jan 20, President Clinton
and Vice President Gore were sworn in for second terms of office. In
his inaugural address, Clinton called for an end to "the politics of
petty bickering and extreme partisanship." Poet Miller Williams
delivered the inaugural poem.
(WSJ, 1/22/97, p.A12)(AP, 1/20/98)
1997 Jan 20, Edith Haisman
(100), the oldest survivor of Titanic, died.
1997 Jan 20, In Scotland an
1800-year-old sculpture of a lioness devouring a man was found in
the mud of the Almond River near Edinburgh.
(SFC, 1/22/97, p.A9)
1998 Jan 20, The Idaho Coeur
d’Alene Indian tribe planned to begin a national online lottery
called US Lottery. US residents will be restricted by their local
(SFC, 1/16/98, p.A1)
1998 Jan 20, In Texas jury
selection in the multi-million-dollar lawsuit trial of Oprah Winfrey
began. She was being sued by Texas cattlemen for remarks on her Apr
16, 1996 show about mad cow disease. The case was initially a test
of the state’s 1995 "veggie libel" law that protected perishable
food products from false and defamatory statements, but was ruled to
proceed as a common-law business defamation case. Winfrey won the
case on Feb 26.
1998 Jan 20, In Algeria the
European envoys concluded their mission as 3 people were killed by a
bomb in Ben Aknoun District, another 3 by a bomb in the village of
Ziralda. 2 people died from a bomb thrown into a cafe in Boussaken.
King Fahd of Saudi Arabia offered his nation’s assistance to end the
(SFC, 1/21/98, p.A8)
1998 Jan 20, The 1st criminal
suit was filed against Chile’s Gen’l. Pinochet for human rights
(SFC, 12/11/06, p.A4)
1998 Jan 20, In the Congo
Joseph Olengankoy, opposition leader, was arrested in Kinshasa. He
had refused to meet with Pres. Kabila to discuss his criticism.
(SFC, 1/21/98, p.C12)
1998 Jan 20, In the Czech
Republic Pres. Vaclav Havel won re-election by a slim margin in a
2nd round vote of parliament.
(SFC, 1/21/98, p.C12)
1998 Jan 20, In Indonesia Pres.
Suharto (76) announced plans for another 5-year term. He hinted that
his vice-pres. would be Bacharuddin Jusuf Habibie (61).
(SFC, 1/21/98, p.C12)
1998 Jan 20, In Zimbabwe army
troops were ordered into Harare to quell 2 days of unrest.
(SFC, 1/21/98, p.C12)
1999 Jan 20, For a second day,
President Clinton's legal team argued its case before the Senate,
saying that House-passed articles of impeachment were "flawed and
1999 Jan 20, The Clinton
administration pledged $6.6 billion over 5 years for a national
missile defense system.
(SFC, 1/21/99, p.A3)
1999 Jan 20, The Malcolm X
postage stamp, the 22nd in the Black heritage series, went on sale.
(SFC, 1/21/99, p.A3)
1999 Jan 20, In China Lin Hai,
a software entrepreneur, was sentenced to 2 years in jail for giving
e-mail addresses to dissidents abroad.
(SFC, 1/21/99, p.A12)
1999 Jan 20, In Indonesia
rioting extended for a 3rd day on Ambon Island where at least 22
people were killed.
(SFC, 1/21/99, p.A14)
1999 Jan 20, NATO moved forces
within striking distance of Yugoslavia and warned Belgrade to stop
its repression in Kosovo.
(WSJ, 1/21/99, p.A15)
1999 Jan 20, The UN announced
that it would release over $81 million to Iraq to buy electricity
generating equipment. This included $6.5 million for oil industry
(SFC, 1/21/99, p.A14)
2000 Jan 20, The Clinton
administration issued visas to the grandmothers of Elian Gonzalez,
enabling them to visit the United States to make their case for the
six-year-old’s return to Cuba.
2000 Jan 20, Census 2000
officially got under way as Census Bureau Director Kenneth Prewitt
knocked on the door of a small wood-frame house in Unalakleet,
Alaska, to begin the nationwide head count.
(SFC, 1/21/00, p.A1)(AP,
2000 Jan 20, Madeleine Albright
told visiting Indonesian Foreign Minister, Alwi Shihab, that the US
would increase aid from $75 million to $125 million.
(SFC, 1/21/00, p.D3)
2000 Jan 20, Jesse Helms
addressed the UN Security Council and argued that the US Congress
has the right to dictate conditions for payment of American debt to
(SFC, 1/21/00, p.A1)
2000 Jan 20, It was reported
that the number of Internet users in China had more than doubled
over the last 6 months from 4 to 8.9 million, most of them young
(SFC, 1/20/00, p.C16)
2000 Jan 20, In Germany
Wolfgang Huellen (49), a finance official of the Christian
Democratic Party, committed suicide in Berlin over fear of an audit
of the party's finances.
(SFC, 1/21/00, p.A12)
2000 Jan 20, Greece and Turkey
signed a series of accords to regulate commerce, provide for
cooperation in fighting organized crime, preventing illegal
immigration, promoting tourism and protecting the Aegean Sea
(SFC, 1/21/00, p.D2)
2000 Jan 20, In Israel the
attorney general called for a criminal investigation into possible
tax evasion by Pres. Ezer Weizman. Weizman was reported to have
accepted $453,465 from Edouard Saroussi, a French executive, from
1988 to 1993.
(SFC, 1/21/00, p.A12)
2000 Jan 20, Poland expelled 9
Russian diplomats under allegations of spying.
(WSJ, 1/21/00, p.A1)
2000 Jan 20, In Turkey
authorities unearthed 3 bodies from a coal shed in Ankara a day
after 10 bodies were found strangled and left in a coal bin of an
Istanbul house. Hezbollah militants were blamed.
(SFC, 1/21/00, p.D3)
2001 Jan 20, Michelle Kwan won
her fourth straight U.S. Figure Skating Championship title while
Timothy Goebel won his first men's title.
2001 Jan 20, Pres. Clinton in
his final hours issued 36 commutations and 140 pardons that included
Susan McDougal, Patricia Hearst, Henry Cisneros, John Deutch and
Roger Clinton. It was later revealed that Hugh Rodham, the brother
of Hillary Rodham Clinton, received $400,000 to help 2 felons win
(SSFC, 1/21/01, p.A1)(SFC, 2/23/01, p.A1)
2001 Jan 20, George Bush, the
1st president with an MBA, was inaugurated as the nation’s 43rd
president in Washington DC. The “compassionate conservative" vowed
to lead “through civility, courage, compassion and character."
(SFC, 1/20/01, p.A1)(SSFC, 1/21/01, p.A1)
2001 Jan 20, Pres. Bush
suspended all late-term executive orders issued by Pres. Clinton.
(SSFC, 1/21/01, p.A5)
2001 Jan 20, Some 25,000
protesters gathered in Washington DC for the inauguration of Pres.
Bush along with some 7,000 police.
(SSFC, 1/21/01, p.A4)
2001 Jan 20, In Bangladesh a
bomb exploded at a leftist political rally in Dhaka and at least 6
people were killed.
(SSFC, 1/21/01, p.D4)
2001 Jan 20, In Indonesia
mudslides in North Sulawesi province killed at least 33 people.
(SFC, 1/23/01, p.C14)
2001 Jan 20, In Iraq the
government said US and British warplanes killed 6 citizens in air
attacks over southern Al-Muthana province.
(SSFC, 1/21/01, p.D4)
2001 Jan 20, In Israel Prime
Minister Barak agreed to a Palestinian proposal for a fresh round of
peace negotiations in Taba, Egypt.
(SSFC, 1/21/01, p.D3)
2001 Jan 20, In the West Bank
Israeli soldiers captured Mona Najar (25), suspected in the Jan 18
luring and murder of Ophir Rakhum.
(SSFC, 1/21/01, p.3)
2001 Jan 20, In the Philippines
Pres. Estrada stepped down as tens of thousands, united by cell
phone messages, marched on his residence. Vice President Gloria
Macapagal Arroyo (53), daughter of former pres. Diosdado Macapagal,
took over power.
(SFC, 1/20/01, p.A1,12)(AP, 1/20/02)
2002 Jan 20, In the 59th annual
Golden Globes Ron Howard’s "A Beautiful Mind" was named best drama
and its star, Russell Crowe, the top dramatic actor; Sissy Spacek
was named best dramatic actress for "In the Bedroom" while Baz
Luhrmann’s “Moulin Rouge" won 3 awards including best musical or
(SFC, 1/21/02, p.D1)(AP, 1/20/03)
2002 Jan 20, Carrie Hamilton,
actress and daughter of Carol Burnett, died of cancer at age 38.
(SFC, 1/21/02, p.B5)
2002 Jan 20, John Jackson,
Virginia bluesman, died at age 77.
(SFC, 1/22/02, p.A20)
2002 Jan 20, A US CH-53E Super
Stallion helicopter crashed in Afghanistan after take off from
Bagram air base. Marines Dwight Morgan and Walter Cohee III were
(AP, 1/20/03)(SSFC, 1/20/02, p.A14)(SFC, 1/21/02,
2002 Jan 20, In Colombia rebel
and government negotiators agreed to a timetable for cease-fire
(SFC, 1/21/02, p.A11)
2002 Jan 20, Thousands of
Congolese left Rwanda to return to Goma after receiving scant help.
(SFC, 1/21/02, p.A3)
2002 Jan 20, Israeli forces
took control of Tulkarem in the West Bank and soldiers arrested
dozens of suspected militants.
(SFC, 1/21/02, p.A7)
2003 Jan 20, Secretary of State
Colin Powell, faced with stiff resistance and calls to go slow,
bluntly told the U.N. Security Council that the United Nations "must
not shrink" from its responsibility to disarm Saddam Hussein's Iraq.
2003 Jan 20, Energizer agreed
to buy the Shick-Wilkinson Sword razor business for $930 million
from Pfizer as it aimed to expand beyond batteries.
(WSJ, 1/2/04, p.R8)
2003 Jan 20, Al Hirschfield
(b.1903), caricaturist of Hollywood stars, died in NYC at age 99.
(SFC, 1/21/03, p.A2)(Econ, 7/16/05, p.82)
2003 Jan 20, Pollster Burns W.
"Bud" Roper died in Cape Cod, Mass., at age 77.
2003 Jan 20, In Canada 7
members of a ski party were killed in an avalanche near Durrand
Glacier outside of Banff National Park.
(WSJ, 1/22/03, p.A1)
2003 Jan 20, In northeast China
a gas explosion tore through a coal mine, killing 16 workers at a
facility in the same city where another blast killed scores of
miners last year.
2003 Jan 20, In northern
Colombia FARC rebels ambushed a pickup truck carrying policemen,
killing 6 officers and their civilian driver in a hail of gunfire
2003 Jan 20-27, In Honduras a
drastic drop in oxygen in rivers and ponds may have killed 5.5
million fish near the El Cahon hydroelectric plant.
2003 Jan 20, The chief UN arms
inspectors and Iraqi officials agreed on practical steps to greater
Iraqi cooperation in the UN disarmament program, including Baghdad's
encouragement of weapons scientists to submit to private UN
2003 Jan 20, The UN human
rights watchdog elected a Libyan diplomat as its president for this
year, despite concern from the United States about the country's
poor record on civil liberties and its alleged role in sponsoring
2003 Jan 20, An Organization of
American States report accused Nicaragua of negligence for
authorizing a deal that allowed 3,000 Kalashnikov rifles meant for
Panama to go to a Colombian paramilitary militia.
2003 Jan 20, The leaders of
Russia and Belarus reaffirmed their commitment to closer integration
under a union treaty that has developed slowly since it was created
nearly seven years ago.
2003 Jan 20, Milan Milutinovic,
Serbia's former president, surrendered to the Yugoslav war crimes
tribunal to face charges that he was complicit in a crackdown on
2003 Jan 20, A powerful
earthquake hit the Solomon Islands, causing residents to flee homes
2003 Jan 20, In South Africa an
execution-style attack at a Cape Town house used as a gay massage
parlor killed eight men and badly wounded two.
2004 Jan 20, President Bush
gave his 3rd State of the Union address hailing progress fighting
terrorism, recharging the economy and helping Americans afford
health care. He embraced the conservative move to ban same-sex
marriages and called for making his tax cuts permanent.
(AP, 1/21/04)(SFC, 1/21/04, p.A1)(WSJ, 1/21/04,
2004 Jan 20, Democrat Dick
Gephardt abandoned his second bid for the presidency.
2004 Jan 20, Martha Stewart's
stock-trading trial formally began in New York. In 2005 Stewart was
serving a five-month prison sentence for lying about a stock sale.
2004 Jan 20, Salvation Army
officials announced a $1.5 billion donation by the late Joan Kroc
(d.2003), heiress to the McDonald's fortune, for 25-30 community
(SFC, 1/21/04, p.A16)(WSJ, 1/20/04, p.A1)
2004 Jan 20, The Internet virus
called the "Bagle" or "Beagle" worm was reported to be arriving on
computers in an e-mail with the subject "hi" and the word "test" in
the message body.
(SFC, 1/21/04, p.B2)
2004 Jan 20, French transport
workers went on a 1-day train strike.
2004 Jan 20, In Indonesia
blasts rocked a chemical plant in Gresik, sparking a series of fires
at the complex that killed two people and injured nearly 70 others.
2004 Jan 20, In Iran Hard-line
authorities said they were reinstating 200 candidates barred from
running in next month's legislative elections and will reconsider
the cases of thousands more after fierce opposition from reformists
who threatened to boycott the vote.
2004 Jan 20, Israeli warplanes
struck Hezbollah guerrilla bases in southern Lebanon after a soldier
was killed there a day earlier.
(AP, 1/20/04)(WSJ, 1/21/04, p.A1)
2004 Jan 20, Amnesty Int'l.
released a report at the World Social Forum in Bombay, India, that
charged North Korea with public executions of people stealing food.
(SFC, 1/21/04, p.A12)
2004 Jan 20, Asha Keita-Conneh,
the wife of the leader of Liberia's most powerful rebel movement
announced she was taking charge, backed by dozens of guerrilla
commanders in ousting a husband whose ambitions she said were
endangering the nation's hard-won peace.
2004 Jan 20, In Mexico gunmen
ambushed and shot to death two federal agents and an army captain as
they drove along a Mexico City expressway.
2005 Jan 20, The inauguration
ceremony for Pres. Bush was held in Washington DC. Chief Justice
William H. Rehnquist, ill with thyroid cancer, delivered the oath of
office. Anti-Bush demonstrators jeered the president's motorcade
during the inaugural parade. The event was expected to cost $40
million the administration asked DC to use 11.9 million of its
federal homeland security funds to help pay costs. Pres. Bush
pledged to spread democracy and support democratic movements
worldwide. Thousands of people in dozens of cities across the US
walked out of work and school, held mock coronations, intoned the
names of the Iraq war dead and held candlelight vigils to show their
disapproval of President Bush.
(SFC, 1/20/05, p.A12)(AP, 1/21/05)(SFC, 1/21/05,
2005 Jan 20, It was reported
that the global car industry had an annual excess capacity of some
24 million vehicles.
(WSJ, 1/20/05, p.A1)
2005 Jan 20, Delta Airlines
reported a record $5.2 billion loss for 2004.
(SFC, 1/21/05, p.C1)
2005 Jan 20, Alzheimer’s
scientists said they had reversed brain-cell damage in mice by
clearing plaque with antibodies.
(WSJ, 1/21/05, p.A1)
2005 Jan 20, Brazil’s central
bank said Brazil posted a current-account surplus of $11.7 billion
for 2004, its 2nd straight annual surplus.
(WSJ, 1/21/05, p.A7)
2005 Jan 20, Chile, the world's
biggest copper producer, and India, the world's biggest grains
producer, agreed to launch talks to reduce import tariffs on some
goods to boost bilateral trade.
2005 Jan 20, Estonia's Jewish
community broke ground on a new synagogue to replace the house of
worship destroyed by bombing in World War II.
2005 Jan 20, North of Baghdad 3
Iraqi army soldiers were killed by a roadside bomb in the city of
Samarra. US troops launched Mosul raids. 5 suspected insurgents were
(AP, 1/20/05)(WSJ, 1/21/05, p.A1)
2005 Jan 20, Israeli officials
accepted a Palestinian plan to deploy hundreds of police officers
along the Gaza-Israel frontier Jan 21, in the first act of security
cooperation with Israel under Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas.
2005 Jan 20, In Mexico 6 prison
workers were shot to death and left outside their lockup in
Matamoros, following a federal crackdown against drug gangs at
lockups across the nation.
2005 Jan 20, It was reported
that a Zimbabwe government crackdown on dissent is deepening a
climate of fear ahead of parliamentary elections due in March.
President Robert Mugabe appointed a new electoral commission to run
parliamentary polls due in March under a law which the opposition
says does not guarantee a free and fair vote.
(AP, 1/20/05)(Reuters, 1/20/05)
2006 Jan 20, The US Treasury
Department issued a license allowing the Cubans to participate in
the 16-team World Baseball Classic.
2006 Jan 20, A federal judge
ordered Los Angeles to pay $1.1 million in legal costs to the family
of slain rapper Notorious B.I.G. as sanctions for intentionally
withholding evidence during the family's civil lawsuit trial.
2006 Jan 20, Michael Fortier,
the government's star witness in the Oklahoma City bombing trials,
was released from federal prison after serving more than 10 years
for failing to warn authorities about the plot.
2006 Jan 20, FirstEnergy agreed
to a record $28 million fine as workers at its Ohio Davis-Besse
nuclear power station were accused of providing false statements on
cleaning and inspections at the reactor vessel head.
(WSJ, 1/21/06, p.A6)
2006 Jan 20, Greenpeace said
that its two vessels shadowing the Japanese whaling fleet in the icy
Southern Ocean were ending their protests because their fuel and
food were running short.
2006 Jan 20, In Chile former
dictator Augusto Pinochet was stripped of immunity from prosecution
on charges involving 59 cases of torture and kidnapping at a secret
detention center where hundreds of dissidents were held.
2006 Jan 20, In Ethiopia at
least two people were killed and 36 injured, three seriously, after
commotion erupted in Addis Ababa on the final day of celebrations
marking the 2-day Orthodox Epiphany, or Timkat.
2006 Jan 20, German factory
workers at Swedish home-appliances maker AB Electrolux launched a
strike, demanding a better severance package when the plant shuts
down late next year.
2006 Jan 20, In Haiti a judge
dropped charges against Rev. Gerard Jean-Juste (59), a supporter of
ousted President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, in the death of a
journalist, but indicted him on two lesser counts.
2006 Jan 20, In India a bomb
exploded at the entrance of a state-owned petroleum Refinery in the
northeastern state of Assam, leaving 10 people injured.
2006 Jan 20, Indonesian
security forces opened fire on a group of protesters outside a
central Papua police station, killing one person and injuring two.
2006 Jan 20, Iran’s Central
Bank Governor said Iran moving its foreign currency reserves out of
European banks as a pre-emptive measure against any possible UN
sanctions over its nuclear program.
2006 Jan 20, Iraq’s election
commission said an alliance of Shiite religious parties won the most
seats in Iraq's new parliament but not enough to rule without
2006 Jan 20, A top Sunni
politician appealed for the release of American journalist Jill
Carroll and urged US and Iraqi forces to stop arresting Iraqi women
as a deadline set by the reporter's kidnappers was set to lapse.
2006 Jan 20, Japan halted
imports of US beef just a month after lifting a ban, following the
discovery of spinal material in a shipment that should have been
removed due to the risk of mad cow disease.
2006 Jan 20, A crowded bus
veered off a steep mountain road in Indian-controlled Kashmir,
killing at least 53 people.
2006 Jan 20, Kuwait’s PM Sheik
Sabah Al Ahmed Al Sabah agreed to take charge of Kuwait due to the
poor health of the new emir. The move was perceived as a first step
toward his eventually taking over the top office.
2006 Jan 20, In west Nepal
suspected communist rebels attacked a security checkpoint, killing
at least four policemen and injuring four others.
2006 Jan 20, In Papua New
Guinea a landslide sent mud and boulders smashing through a remote
village, killing at least eight people and leaving five more missing
and feared dead.
2006 Jan 20, The head of
Russia's atomic energy agency said that Iran is ready for detailed
discussions on the proposal to conduct Iran's uranium enrichment in
2006 Jan 20, Russia's coldest
winter in a generation killed 7 more people overnight lifting the
reported death toll to 123 putting huge pressure on the Soviet-era
heating and power network.
2006 Jan 20, Taiwan allowed
students and tour groups to fly direct to China for the first time
in the third annual installment of symbolic Chinese New Year flights
aimed at warming tense relations with the mainland.
2006 Jan 20, Mehmet Ali Agca,
the man who shot Pope John Paul II in 1981, returned to prison,
after an appeals court ruled that he should serve more time for the
killing of a Turkish journalist and other crimes.
2007 Jan 20, Democratic Sen.
Hillary Rodham Clinton embarked on a widely anticipated campaign for
the White House. The former first lady, intent on becoming the first
female president, said on her Web site: "I'm in and I'm in to win."
2007 Jan 20, Kansas Sen. Sam
Brownback began a long-shot bid for the Republican presidential
nomination. He withdrew in October.
2007 Jan 20, George Smathers
(b.1913), former 3-term US Senator from Florida, died. He helped
pass bills to create Medicare, the Small Business Administration and
Everglades National Park. He also pushed for federal holidays to be
moved to Mondays and ardently supported the war in Vietnam.
(SSFC, 1/21/07, p.A15)
2007 Jan 20, Richard
Vollenweider (1922-2007), Swiss scientist, died. He developed
methods for quantifying the eutrophication of freshwater. His
methods were used to save Lake Erie and helped form the basis of the
1972 Great Lakes Water Quality Act.
(http://tinyurl.com/ygrc3p)(WSJ, 2/3/07, p.A8)
2007 Jan 20, The Taliban's
governing body said it has decided to open schools in the areas
controlled by the militants in Afghanistan.
2007 Jan 20, Anselmo Oliveira
Magalhaes (32), a man accused of helping steal more than $70 million
in cash from a branch of Brazil's central bank in 2005, was found
dead with a broken neck and his hands and feet tied inside a 75-foot
well at a ranch in Santa Izabel. The bodies of two other men were
found in the well, but it wasn't immediately clear whether they had
any connection to the bank heist.
2007 Jan 20, The London Times
said police had tracked down the man, who was introduced to former
Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko and his associates as "Vladislav",
using details that the ex-agent recounted on his deathbed.
2007 Jan 20, The UN’s food
agency said some 800,000 Burundians face a serious food crisis after
devastating floods ravaged several regions of the tiny central
2007 Jan 20, Czech PM Mirek
Topolanek said the US wants to build a radar base in the Czech
Republic as part of its global missile defense system. Poland was
also mentioned as a potential site. Russia in response warned of an
(AP, 1/20/07)(WSJ, 1/22/07, p.A1)
2007 Jan 20, Elite Iraqi police
forces dropped off by US helicopters staged a raid against an
al-Qaida-linked Sunni militant group, killing 15 insurgents and
capturing five others. At least 25 American service members were
killed in military operations in the deadliest day for US forces in
two years, including 13 who died in a helicopter crash and five
slain in an attack by militia fighters in Karbala. An American
general later said Iranian forces helped plan the Karbala raid in
which gunmen posed as an American security team and launched an
attack that killed five US soldiers. Laith al-Khazali, a key member
of a group called Asaib Ahl al-Haq (League of the Righteous), and
his brother Qais, were later accused of organizing the Karbala raid.
Laith al-Khazali was released in June, 2009, as part of national
reconciliation efforts by the Iraqi government. 4 US soldiers and a
Marine were killed during combat in Anbar province. In 2009 Shiite
militant Laith al-Khazali, accused of being involved in the killings
at Karbala, was released as part of "the wider Iraqi government
reconciliation process of reaching out to groups that are willing to
set aside violence in favor of taking part in the political
process." In January, 2010, Qais al-Khazali was released by the
(AP, 1/20/07)(AP, 1/21/07)(WSJ, 1/22/07,
p.A1)(AP, 7/2/07)(AP, 6/9/09)(SFC, 8/4/09, p.A2)(SFC, 1/6/10, p.A3)
2007 Jan 20, In Nairobi, Kenya,
more than 80,000 people from around the globe descended on the
massive Kibera shanty-town, home for at least 700,000 of Kenya's
poorest, to kick-off the seventh annual World Social Forum.
2007 Jan 20, In Mexico Rodolfo
Rincon (54), who worked for the newspaper Tabasco Hoy, was last seen
after he reported on local drug dealers. In 2010 Mexican authorities
said he was killed by a drug cartel's hit men who dissolved his body
2007 Jan 20, The Russian
population was reported to be shrinking by some 750,000 people per
year. New rules put severe restrictions on foreign workers in retail
operations. Russia planned to make available 6 million work permits
for migrants from poor ex-Soviet republics.
(Econ, 1/20/07, p.61)
2007 Jan 20, Konstantin Borovko
(25), a Russian television journalist, was beaten to death in
Vladivostok. Colleagues said they did not think the killing was
related to his work.
2007 Jan 20, The last major
warlord in Somalia surrendered his weapons and 200 militiamen to the
army, while an Islamic leader claimed responsibility for a string of
guerrilla attacks and promised there would be more until the
government agreed to talks. An Ethiopian military convoy was
ambushed in a new round of deadly violence in the Somali capital
Mogadishu, hours after the African Union agreed to send peacekeepers
to the war-torn country. Kenya handed over 34 Islamic militiamen to
Somalia's transitional government. A Somali government spokesman
said that some of them may be senior leaders of the country's
(AP, 1/20/07)(AFP, 1/20/07)(AP, 1/21/07)
2007 Jan 20, Istanbul police
arrested Ogun Samast, a teenage boy (16-17), for the fatal shooting
of Hrant Dink, an ethnic Armenian journalist. Samast confessed to
2008 Jan 20, The Nature
Conservancy said the Hewlett and Packard families had donated the
28,359-acre San Felipe Ranch, southeast of San Jose, as a
conservation easement to protect the property from development.
(SFC, 1/21/08, p.A6)
2008 Jan 20, In southern
California The two small Cessnas crashed near the small Corona
Municipal Airport, killing five and raining debris and bodies down
on car dealership parking lots.
2008 Jan 20, Brianna Denison
(19) last was seen at the edge of the University of Nevada, Reno.
Her body was found Feb 15, 8 miles away near a business park and an
autopsy confirmed that she died of strangulation. DNA evidence
linked her kidnapping to two other attacks on women near the
university late last year.
2008 Jan 20, In southern
Afghanistan an explosion struck a NATO patrol vehicle outside a
former Taliban town, killing one British soldier and wounding five
2008 Jan 20, In Algeria 2 armed
suspects died in the Eddough mountains, near the eastern city of
Annaba, after they failed to follow orders to surrender.
2008 Jan 20, Britain's PM
Gordon Brown arrived in India hailing relations between the two
countries as a "partnership of equals" as he looked to further boost
2008 Jan 20, The final 210
members of the first battalion of Burundian soldiers to be deployed
in Somalia as part of an African Union peace-keeping force left
Bujumbura for Mogadishu. Burundi is expected to deploy a total of
1,700 soldiers in Somalia, alongside around 1,600 troops from Uganda
who have been in the capital Mogadishu since March.
2008 Jan 20, In Cambodia
American actress Mia Farrow was forced to cancel a ceremony in Phnom
Penh highlighting human rights abuses in Sudan after authorities
barred her access to the city's genocide museum.
2008 Jan 20, Some 8.4 million
Cubans ratified a slate of parliamentary candidates that included
the ailing Fidel Castro (81).
(SFC, 1/21/08, p.A3)
2008 Jan 20, In western India a
bus carrying Hindus on a religious pilgrimage skidded off a hill and
plunged into a gorge, killing at least 38 people and injuring 40
2008 Jan 20, Iran’s official
Islamic Republic News Agency reported that a fourth Russian shipment
of nuclear fuel had arrived, destined for a power plant being
constructed in the southern port of Bushehr.
2008 Jan 20, In western Iraq a
suicide bombing killed six people near Fallujah. The attacker (18)
was a relative carrying a box of candy at a gathering of tribal
members to celebrate the recent release of a relative, Hadi Hussein,
who had been released after more than a week in US custody. Hussein
and five other people were killed in the blast.
(AP, 1/20/08)(AP, 1/21/08)
2008 Jan 20, In Kenya renewed
ethnic fighting broke out in a Nairobi slum following the deaths of
more than 20 people in demonstrations against the disputed
re-election of President Mwai Kibaki. Several people were beaten and
hacked to death with machetes.
(AP, 1/20/08)(AP, 1/21/08)
2008 Jan 20, Joshua Milton
Blahyi (37), one of Liberia's most notorious rebel commanders, known
as Gen. Butt Naked for charging into battle wearing only boots,
spoke of his role under Charles Taylor in the civil war. He returned
last week to confess his role in terrorizing the nation, saying he
is responsible for 20,000 deaths.
2008 Jan 20, In Myanmar a bus
plunged over the side of a road and flipped over, killing 27
passengers and injuring 10 others.
2008 Jan 20, Pakistan villagers
said army helicopter gunships launched strikes in an area regarded
as a stronghold of a Taliban commander linked with the assassination
of opposition leader Benazir Bhutto.
2008 Jan 20, Gaza's power plant
shut down late in the day after an Israeli border closure blocked
the entry of fuel that powers it. This plunged Gaza City into
darkness, and gas stations and many bakeries stopped operating.
Health officials warned that hospital generators were running out of
fuel. 5 rockets were fired into Israel, down from 53 in the two
(AP, 1/20/08)(AP, 1/21/08)
2008 Jan 20, Serbia held
presidential elections. A pro-Western and a nationalist candidate
faced off in a closely contested race. The electoral commission,
giving preliminary results after counting 30% of ballots, said that
so far Radical Party leader Tomislav Nikolic had 38% support, while
incumbent Boris Tadic% had 35 percent. Both Tadic and Nikolic reject
independence for Kosovo, but Nikolic, unlike the current president,
has promised tough measures against countries that recognize
2008 Jan 20, In Sri Lanka
troops overran at least six rebel bunkers in Adampan village,
killing two female fighters. Simultaneous clashes took place in the
villages of Periyathampanai and Madu and, killing a total of 4
rebels. Soldiers killed an area rebel leader on the Jaffna
peninsula. Soldiers on the northern Jaffna peninsula fired on the
Tiger boats as they sailed near the shore.
2009 Jan 20, In Washington DC
some 2 million people packed the National Mall to celebrate the
inauguration of Barack Obama as America's 44th and first black
president. “The Question we ask today is not whether government is
too big or too small, but whether it works." Obama's new
administration ordered all federal agencies and departments to stop
any pending regulations until they can be reviewed by incoming
staff, halting last-minute Bush orders.
(AP, 1/20/09)(Reuters, 1/20/09)(SFC, 1/21/09,
2009 Jan 20, The head of US
Central Command said the US has struck deals with Russia and
neighboring countries allowing it to transport supplies to American
troops in Afghanistan through their territory. US officials have
said that one likely route is overland from Russia through
Kazakhstan and on through Uzbekistan using trucks and trains.
Another possible route is via Azerbaijan across the Caspian Sea to
the Kazakh port of Aktau and then through Uzbekistan.
2009 Jan 20, State Attorney
General Jerry Brown said California will get $54 million as its
share of a national settlement with drug maker Eli Lilly & Co.
for marketing the antipsychotic drug Zyprexa for unapproved uses.
Lilly agreed to pay $1.415 billion to US state and the federal
government, the largest recovery in a health care fraud case in US
(SFC, 1/21/09, p.A21)
2009 Jan 20, In SF Edgar Diaz
(23), a member of the Down Below Gang, was sentenced to 40 years in
federal prison after admitting that he took part in 3 murders:
Beverly Robinson in April 2004, and Kenya Taylor and Antoine Morgan
in June 2004.
(SFC, 1/21/09, p.B2)
2009 Jan 20, Jack Markell
(b.1960) began serving as governor of Delaware. He made education
reform a centerpiece of his tenure.
(Econ, 3/16/13, SR
2009 Jan 20, Chrysler and
Italy’s Fiat confirmed they had reached an agreement on an alliance
that would give Fiat a 35% stake in Chrysler, but only if Chrysler
gets $3 billion more in financial help from Washington.
(WSJ, 1/21/09, p.B1)
2009 Jan 20, US software
protection firm F-Secure said a computer worm known as "Conficker"
or "Downadup" had infected more than nine million computers and was
spreading at a rate of one million machines daily.
2009 Jan 20, In Afghanistan the
coalition said a nighttime raid had killed 19 militants, including
Mullah Patang, a locally feared leader, during an operation in the
Tagab Valley, in Kapisa province just 30 miles (50 kilometers) north
of Kabul. The Afghan news agency Pajhwok quoted villagers saying 25
civilians had been killed. On Jan 27 US commanders traveled to the
village and distributed $40,000 to relatives of 15 people killed in
the US raid. The Americans also apologized for any civilians killed
in the operation.
(AP, 1/21/09)(AP, 1/28/09)
2009 Jan 20, In Belgium the
“Entropa" art installation at the EU headquarters, by Czech artist
David Cerny, covered up the part that showed Bulgaria as a squat
toilet after protests from the aggrieved nation.
2009 Jan 20, The Bank of Canada
cut its key interest rate by a half-point to a fresh 50-year low of
1 percent, as expected, and predicted a period of falling prices
this year as an economic recession takes hold.
2009 Jan 20, The Central
African Republic's main opposition grouping said it refused to join
PM Faustin-Archange Touadera's government because he failed to play
by allegedly established rules.
2009 Jan 20, In Chechnya
Hundreds of people rallied in Grozny to protest the slaying of
Stanislav Markelov (34), a lawyer who opposed the early release of a
Russian army officer convicted of strangling an 18-year-old Chechen
2009 Jan 20, In central China a
16-year-old boy infected with the H5N1 bird flu virus died, the
country's third fatality from the disease this month.
2009 Jan 20, Hundreds of
Rwandan troops rolled into the Democratic Republic of Congo to join
Congolese forces hunting Rwandan rebels operating there since 1994.
2009 Jan 20, In Iraq the
spokesman of PM al-Maliki said Iraq is willing to have the US
withdraw all its troops and assume security for the country before
the end of 2011, the departure date agreed to by former Pres. George
W. Bush. In Baghdad 2 bombings left 5 people dead.
(AP, 1/21/09)(SFC, 1/21/09, p.A22)
2009 Jan 20, In Japan Toyota
tapped Akio Toyoda, grandson of the automaker's founder, as
president, paying homage to its roots at a time when the company
faces its first operating loss in 70 years.
2009 Jan 20, In Kuwait the
deeply divided Arab League failed to come up with a plan to
reconstruct the devastated Gaza Strip and could not agree on whether
to back Egyptian peace efforts to end the crisis.
2009 Jan 20, Mexican
prosecutors said three heads were found in an ice box south of
Ciudad Juarez, which lies across from El Paso, Texas. The heads
belonged to three unidentified men and were found in a rural town
about 50 kilometers (30 miles) from Ciudad Juarez. A headless body
was discovered in a canal a few miles (kilometers) away. Mexican
federal police said they have found 3 suspected drug tunnels under
construction in Nogales near the Arizona border.
2009 Jan 20, Pakistani police
said suspected Taliban militants killed six alleged US spies in a
lawless region of northwest Pakistan where American missile attacks
have reportedly killed several al-Qaida leaders in recent months. A
bomb wounded five police officers in Peshawar, the capital of North
West Frontier Province. An industry official said bus drivers in
northwest Pakistan have begun removing audio and video equipment
from their vehicles after Taliban militants threatened suicide
attacks against those who played music or movies for their
(AP, 1/20/09)(AP, 1/21/09)
2009 Jan 20, In Gaza UN chief
Ban Ki-moon voiced sorrow and frustration over the suffering of
civilians during Israel’s 3-week war on Hamas rulers. Ismail Radwan,
a Hamas legislator, celebrated the blood battles as proof of Hamas
strength and defiance.
(SFC, 1/21/09, p.A21)
2009 Jan 20, Russian gas
reached Europe via Ukraine for the first time in two weeks after
Moscow and Kiev ended a contract row that cut supplies to about 20
2009 Jan 20, Saudi Arabia’s
prince Alwaleed bin Talal said his conglomerate Kingdom Holding Co.
lost about $7.9 billion in 2008.
(WSJ, 1/21/09, p.A11)
2009 Jan 20, Abdullahi Yusuf
(75), Somalia's former president and an ex-warlord who was forced
from government, arrived in Yemen in a private jet from his
impoverished homeland, seeking political asylum. Islamic insurgents
and Somali forces clashed in Mogadishu, killing at least 14 people
in the latest sign the Islamists are making inroads into the few
areas the UN-backed government still controls.
(AP, 1/21/09)(AP, 1/21/09)
2009 Jan 20, South Korean
police commandos stormed a vacant office building occupied by
displaced tenants in central Seoul, sparking a clash and a blaze
that killed six people and injured 23.
2009 Jan 20, In Spain 6 people
of Pakistani origin were arrested on suspicion of "fraud" in
Barcelona. They were suspected of financing terrorist activities by
carrying out thefts and sending money raised from criminal
activities to Pakistan.
2009 Jan 20, Venezuelan
President Hugo Chavez challenged President Barack Obama to remake US
policy toward Latin America, but said he isn't holding out much hope
for major changes. Police used tear gas, plastic bullets and a water
cannon to break up a protest by university students against Chavez's
attempt to eliminate term limits.
2010 Jan 20, The United States
extradited to Bosnia Nedjo Ikonic (45), a former Serb policeman. He
was suspected of taking part in genocide against Muslims in
Srebrenica in 1995, Europe's worst massacre since WWII.
2010 Jan 20, The US Consumer
Product Safety Commission said about 1.5 million Graco strollers
sold at Wal-Mart, Target and other major retailers are being
recalled after some children's fingertips were amputated by hinges
on the products. The strollers were made in China by Graco and sold
at AAFES, Burlington Coat Factory, Babies R Us, Toys R Us, Kmart,
Fred Meyer, Meijer, Navy Exchange, Sears, Target, Wal-Mart and other
retailers nationwide from October 2004 to December 2009.
2010 Jan 20, US researchers
reported that shaving 3 grams off the daily salt intake of Americans
could prevent up to 66,000 strokes, 99,000 heart attacks and 92,000
deaths in the United States, while saving $24 billion in health
costs per year.
2010 Jan 20, The Afghan
government and its international partners agreed to significantly
increase the country's security forces and outlined plans to lure
Taliban militants from the fight and combat corruption in a bid to
turn the tide of the war. A NATO raid in the Qara Bagh district
targeted a Taliban commander and killed 4 suspected insurgents,
including a 15-year-old boy shot while allegedly reaching for a
soldier's gun. Villagers insisted the dead were civilians.
(AP, 1/20/10)(AP, 1/22/10)
2010 Jan 20, In Belgium the
world's largest brewer, Anheuser-Busch InBev SA, shut down
production in its home country, in an escalation of a standoff over
job cuts with its Belgian workers which is causing beer shortages in
2010 Jan 20, A top regulator
said China will slow its massive lending spree and step up
monitoring of banks as it tries to prevent speculative bubbles in
real estate and other assets while keeping the country's economic
recovery on track.
2010 Jan 20, The Dominican
government announced a deal with Honduras' president-elect to give
ousted leader Manuel Zelaya safe passage to this Caribbean nation.
2010 Jan 20, Mahmoud al-Mabhouh
(b.1960), one of the founders of Hamas' military wing, was poisoned
and electrocuted overnight in his hotel room in Dubai. Al-Mabhouh
was involved in the kidnapping and killing of two Israeli soldiers
in 1989. On Jan 29 Hamas accused Israeli agents of assassinating the
veteran operative. In 2013 it was reported that Ben Zygier took part
in the killing by a Mossad hit-team of Hamas operative Mahmoud
(AP, 1/29/10)(Reuters, 2/14/13)
2010 Jan 20, Three more
Egyptians died in flooding in the southern Sinai Desert, bringing
the toll for three days of unseasonably heavy rains to 10.
2010 Jan 20, A French court
ruled that a Russian Orthodox cathedral built on the French Riviera
nearly a century ago under Czar Nicholas II now belongs to Moscow.
The ruling was a defeat for an association founded by Russians who
fled the Bolshevik Revolution that has been fighting to maintain its
control over the Saint Nicholas Cathedral in Nice, and its
archbishop is accusing the Russian government of a land grab as part
of a national pride campaign.
2010 Jan 20, In Greece dozens
of prostitutes, most using headscarves or hoods to hide their faces,
demonstrated in central Athens, demanding working licenses for
brothels across Greece.
2010 Jan 20, A 6.1 aftershock
struck Haiti, shaking more rubble from damaged buildings and sending
screaming people running into the streets eight days after the
country's capital was devastated by an apocalyptic quake.
2010 Jan 20, In Iraq an
audacious robbery attempt in Baghdad left 3 dead and 6 wounded. The
suspects escaped. A roadside bomb struck a patrol in Kirkuk killing
a police lieutenant. A US soldier died of injuries from a vehicle
accident that was not related to combat.
(AP, 1/20/10)(AP, 1/21/10)
2010 Jan 20, Israel deported
Jared Malsin, the American editor of a Palestinian news agency, back
to NYC after he was questioned about his “anti-Israeli" views.
Malsin was the chief English editor of the Maan News Agency based in
(SFC, 1/21/10, p.A2)
2010 Jan 20, In Jerusalem,
Israel, burglars broke into the Ashdod Museum where hundreds of
artifacts recovered from the black-market were on show and snatched
several valuable items, including a silver ring belonging to
Alexander the Great and gold earrings.
2010 Jan 20, Malaysian police
announced the arrest of eight Muslim men who allegedly attacked a
Christian church with a firebomb, the first suspects in a spate of
assaults on churches after a court ruled that non-Muslims could use
the word "Allah" to refer to God.
2010 Jan 20, Mexican
authorities found seven corpses in two abandoned cars between the
resort communities of Acapulco and Zihuatanejo along with written
messages referring to drug cartels. 24 inmates were killed and
several others injured during a prison brawl at a penitentiary in
northern Durango city. 4 days of rain unleashed heavy flooding in
parts of the border city of Tijuana, killing a 5-year-old girl and
leaving at least 10 other people missing.
(AP, 1/20/10)(AP, 1/20/10)(AP, 1/22/10)
2010 Jan 20, In Jos, Nigeria,
charred bodies with scorched hands reaching skyward lay in the
streets and a mosque with blackened minarets smoldered after several
days of fighting between Christians and Muslims killed more than 200
2010 Jan 20, Pakistan’s
government reached an agreement to hand back responsibility for
maintaining order in South Waziristan to tribal leaders, following a
3-month military offensive.
(SFC, 1/21/10, p.A2)
2010 Jan 20, In Siberia
Konstantin Popov (47), a reporter for Tomskaya Nedelya weekly, died
after nearly two weeks in a coma. He had been taken in police
custody to sober up. Police officer Alexei Mitayev (26) shot him in
the genitals after beating him up. On Feb 11, 2011, Mitayev was
convicted of beating and shooting Popov and was sentenced to 12
years in prison.
2010 Jan 20, South Korea’s
health ministry said in a statement that switches will be flicked at
7.30 pm every third Wednesday in the month to "help staff get
dedicated to childbirth and upbringing." Low birthrate was a
pressing issue in this fast-ageing society.
2010 Jan 20, In Turkey the
independent Taraf newspaper exposed an alleged military plan,
codenamed “Sledgehammer," which sought to create chaos and panic to
justify a military takeover of the government.
(Econ, 2/13/10, p.56)(http://tinyurl.com/yhwj9sb)
2010 Jan 20, In Venezuela’s
Pres. Chavez opened the new 1.8 km. Metro Cable in Caracas.
2010 Jan 20, Vietnam convicted
4 democracy activists of trying to overthrow the communist
government and sentenced them to up to 16 years in prison for
promoting multiparty democracy. Le cong Dinh (41), a lawyer, was
sentenced for 5 years and activist Nguyen Tien Trung (26) was
sentenced to 7 years. In May a court upheld the 16-year sentence
against Internet entrepreneur Tran Huynh Duy Thuc and the 5-year
sentence against U.S.-trained human rights attorney Le Cong Dinh. It
reduced the sentence of businessman Le Thang Long.
(AP, 1/20/10)(Econ, 1/30/10, p.52)(AP, 5/11/10)
2010 Jan 20, Yemeni airstrikes
targeted Ayed al-Shabwani, one of the country's most wanted al-Qaida
figures, for the second time in a week.
2011 Jan 20, US FBI agents
dealt another major blow to New York's five Mafia crime families by
arresting some 127 suspected mobsters throughout the Northeast on
charges including murder, extortion and narcotics trafficking.
(AP, 1/20/11)(Econ, 1/29/11, p.29)
2011 Jan 20, The United States
resumed the deportation of Haitians for the first time since the
devastating earthquake that struck the poor Caribbean nation last
2011 Jan 20, The US national
Reconnaissance Office launched a classified defense satellite on a
235-foot Delta IV Heavy Launch Vehicle at Vandenberg Air Force Base
(SFC, 1/20/11, p.A5)
2011 Jan 20, In California
regents of the Univ. of Cal. awarded hundreds of employees over $4
million in incentive pay and raises one day after UC Pres. mark
Yudof said US would need to close a $1 billion budget gap next year.
(SFC, 1/20/11, p.C1)
2011 Jan 20, In Florida a
shootout erupted in the Liberty City section of Miami leaving 2
police officers and suspect Johnny Simms (22) dead.
(SFC, 1/20/11, p.A5)
2011 Jan 20, The Islamic
Movement of Uzbekistan said in an online post that Bekkay Harrach,
known by the pseudonym Abu Talha al-Almani, "Abu Talha the German,"
was killed leading an attack on the Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan.
It didn't specify when.
2011 Jan 20, In Australia a
surging river flooded and isolated Kerang, Victoria state, the
latest community hit in the deadly flood disaster, straining a levee
serving as the main protection between the muddy waters and
residents' homes. The flooding shut down much of Queensland's
lucrative coal industry and has caused 30 deaths.
2011 Jan 20, Dubai media
reported that undercover agents have wrapped up a real sting
operation, finding devices that delivered electric shocks to camels
to make them run faster in races. Small vibrating robot "jockeys"
were being used atop camels for racing in the United Arab Emirates.
2011 Jan 20, Egypt's highest
Islamic authority, al-Azhar, said it was freezing all dialogue with
the Roman Catholic Church over what it called Pope Benedict's
repeated insults toward Islam.
2011 Jan 20, WWF officials said
Gabon has arrested five people, four Nigerians and a woman from
Benin. who were found with the heads of 12 chimpanzees and an
endangered gorilla. The seizure was the largest of its kind in a
2011 Jan 20, Ivory Coast's
incumbent leader Laurent Gbagbo ordered the military to stop and
search UN vehicles, the latest escalation of hostilities between the
man who refuses to leave office and the global body that declared
his rival the election winner.
2011 Jan 20, In Kenya photos on
the front page of Daily Nation, Kenya's largest newspaper, showed
shocking images of what appeared to be undercover police shooting
three compliant suspects at point-blank range in the middle of the
day on a busy Nairobi highway. 3 police officers were suspended and
placed under investigation.
(AP, 1/20/11)(SFC, 1/20/11, p.A2)
2011 Jan 20, In Iraq 56 people
were killed in triple suicide bombings at security checkpoints
targeting pilgrims headed to the Shiite holy city of Karbala for
rituals. As many as 175 people were believed to be wounded.
(AP, 1/20/11)(AP, 1/21/11)
2011 Jan 20, Mexican police
battled armed suspects at a popular mall in Ciudad Juarez, sending
terrified shoppers scrambling and leaving one officer dead.
Officials nabbed Jose Lozano (21), the alleged top hit man for an
Acapulco drug gang, suspected in the slayings of 22 people earlier
this month. Six other suspected members of the Independent Cartel of
Acapulco were also arrested.
(AP, 1/20/11)(AP, 1/23/11)
2011 Jan 20, A Palestinian man
opened fire at an Israeli guard post in the West Bank and soldiers
returned fire, killing him.
2011 Jan 20, The EU Naval Force
said that Somali pirates have seized a Vietnamese-owned bulk
carrier, the MV Hoang Son Sun, with 24 crew onboard. All crew
members returned to Vietnam on Sep 23 after shipping firm Hoang Son
Ltd Co. paid more than $2 million in ransom.
(AP, 1/20/11)(AFP, 9/26/11)
2011 Jan 20, South African
police found two dead bodies in the rural west. They were identified
as Philippe Meniere and Agnes Jardel, a French couple wanted for
allegedly shooting at a police officer last week.
2011 Jan 20, South Korea agreed
to a North Korean offer of high-level military talks, a major
breakthrough in the crisis on the peninsula which improves the
prospect of renewed aid-for-disarmament negotiations.
2011 Jan 20, Sudan's army
clashed with fighters from two rebel factions in Darfur in a
four-hour fight that left 21 people dead.
2011 Jan 20, Tunisian police
fired shots into the air to try to disperse hundreds of protesters
demanding that ministers associated with the rule of ousted
president Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali leave the government. Tunisian
authorities arrested 33 members of toppled dictator Zine El Abidine
Ben Ali's family and paraded a treasure trove of jewelry seized in
raids on their homes on state television. 8 ministers in the new
national unity cabinet, who had up until now remained members of Ben
Ali's disgraced Constitutional Democratic Rally, resigned from the
(AP, 1/20/11)(AFP, 1/20/11)
2012 Jan 20, The US Department
of Health and Human Services ruled that religiously affiliated
nonprofit organizations, including hospitals and universities, will
have to offer birth-control coverage to women employees but gave the
organizations an extra year to comply.
2012 Jan 20, A US federal
appeals court in Boston upheld multimillion-dollar judgments that
found the federal government liable for the deaths of 3 people
allegedly murdered by James “Whitey" Bulger. The FBI had used Bulger
and associate Stephen Flemmi as informants and had shielded them
(SSFC, 1/22/12, p.A7)
2012 Jan 20, The FBI announced
that it had closed down one of the world's largest file sharing
sites Megauploader.com. The site, which had over 180 million
registered users, was accused of copyright violation and its founder
Kim Dotcom (37), aka Kim Schmitz, was arrested in New Zealand.
Shortly after, Anonymous launched an attack on several US based
sites, including the FBI and Universal Music.
2012 Jan 20, US federal
regulators designated nearly 42,000 square miles of ocean along the
West Coast as critical habitat for the endangered Pacific
(SFC, 1/21/12, p.A1)
2012 Jan 20, Etta James
(b.1938), the powerhouse singer who combined blues, gospel and
R&B and emerged as a major star in the '50s and '60s, died after
a long battle with leukemia in a Riverside, Ca., hospital. James
placed No. 62 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the greatest
artists of all time. Her 1995 autobiography was titled "Rage to
2012 Jan 20, An Afghan soldier
shot dead four unarmed French troops during a sports session inside
a base. Pres. Sarkozy suspended French military training and joint
combat operations with Afghan troops, and sent Defense Minister
Gerard Longuet to probe the attack in which at least 15 French
soldiers were also wounded.
2012 Jan 20, Bolivia joined
Brazil and the United States in signing an accord to cooperate in
the control of coca plant cultivation. The agreement creates a coca
cultivation tracking system, with the US providing GPS equipment and
Brazil capturing satellite images.
2012 Jan 20, British
authorities revoked the license of Press TV, the Iranian state
broadcaster's English-language outlet, saying the channel had
breached a string of regulations.
2012 Jan 20, In Chile two
retired generals in Chile were found guilty of illegal weapons sales
to Croatia in violation of a UN embargo. The Supreme Court sentenced
Hector Letelier Skinner and Vicente Rodriguez Bustos to three years
each. Eight others also were convicted. All are allowed to serve
their terms at home.
2012 Jan 20, The European
Medicines Agency said it is investigating a multiple sclerosis drug
made by Novartis after at least 11 patients taking the drug died.
The drug, Gilenya, was licensed last year in the EU to treat
patients with a severe type of multiple sclerosis.
2012 Jan 20, In Haiti Pakistani
peace-keepers raped a 14-year-old boy in Gonaives. In March a
Pakistani military tribunal convicted two soldiers and sentenced
them to one year in prison.
(Econ, 4/28/12, p.41)
2012 Jan 20, Indonesian police
said a civil servant, who declared himself an atheist on Facebook,
has been arrested and is now facing jail for blasphemy after being
attacked by an angry mob. Alexander Aan (30), who wrote "God doesn't
exist" on his Facebook page, was beaten by a mob of dozens on Jan 18
in his hometown in Pulau Punjung, West Sumatra province. An was also
an administrator of a Facebook group promoting atheism with 1,243
followers. His postings no longer appeared online following his
2012 Jan 20, Iraqi security
forces detained a Sunni Arab politician in central Iraq while a
second escaped in the latest round of detentions to hit the minority
group amid a political row.
2012 Jan 20, In Japan Estonian
sumo wrestler Baruto won his first tournament, logging an unbeatable
13th straight victory with only two bouts to go in the New Year
2012 Jan 20, In Malawi hundreds
of outraged girls and women, among them prominent politicians,
protested the recent public stripping of women of their miniskirts
and pants. Many wore pants or miniskirts and T-shirts emblazoned
with such slogans as: "Real men don't harass women." Men also took
2012 Jan 20, Malaysian
prosecutors filed a notice of appeal against the acquittal of
opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim on sodomy charges, sending the
long-running divisive case back to court.
2012 Jan 20, In the Maldives
dozens of anti-government activists were arrested in the capital
Male, as the government accused them of whipping up religious
2012 Jan 20, Mali’s military
said its army has taken control of three northern towns which were
attacked by Tuareg rebels, leading to two days of fierce clashes.
2012 Jan 20, In Mexico members
of an army special forces unit fatally shot a high-ranking aide to
the country's most-wanted drug dealer in a gunfight in the northern
state of Durango. Luis Alberto Cabrera Sarabia, know as "The
Architect," was responsible for the operations of Guzman's Sinaloa
Cartel in Durango and part of the neighboring state of Chihuahua.
2012 Jan 20, Police in northern
Mexico captured Enrique Elizondo Flores (35), an alleged member of
the Zetas drug gang. He confessed to killing at least 75 people,
including many who were pulled off buses.
2012 Jan 20, In Mexico police
officers in Jalisco state barged into a Lagos de Moreno hotel and
kidnapped 3 men. Hours after the three were seized, they were found
asphyxiated and beaten to death. The action was captured on video
and the faces of several officers were clearly visible. On June 6
five police officers were detained, when soldiers and state police
raided their police station.
2012 Jan 20, New Zealand police
seized a treasure trove of luxury goods from the founder of
file-sharing site Megaupload.com as four suspected Internet pirates
wanted in the United States appeared in court.
2012 Jan 20, In Nigeria an
explosion ripped through a zonal police headquarters in Kano, the
largest city in the Muslim north. Bomb attacks targeting security
forces and gun battles killed at least 150 civilians, 29 police
officers, three secret police officers, two immigration officers and
one customs official, bringing the death toll in Kano to 185 dead. A
local television journalist was among those shot dead as he covered
(AP, 1/20/12)(AFP, 1/21/12)(AP, 1/24/12)
2012 Jan 20, In Northern
Ireland officials confirmed that 3 babies have died in the last week
to 10 days after an infectious outbreak linked to the pseudomonas
bacteria in a Belfast hospital.
2012 Jan 20, In Romania crowds
gathered in Bucharest for the eighth day as a US official urged
Romanians to avoid the violence that has tarred anti-government
protests that have left more than 60 people injured.
2012 Jan 20, In Senegal more
than 200 women were let out of jail for 24 hours after President
Abdoulaye Wade declared a "day of giving" in which no ladies should
be in prison. Wade also pardoned 34 women convicted for various
2012 Jan 20, In Somalia African
Union-backed government forces raided Islamist rebel hideouts in
Mogadishu with tanks and artillery, sparking a retaliation that
killed 3 government soldiers and one official.
2012 Jan 20, South Korea lifted
its nine-year import ban on Canadian beef.
2012 Jan 20, South Sudan
ordered the shutdown of oil production that provides some 98 percent
of its revenue, amid a deepening row with Khartoum over pipeline
fees. Shutting down production would not be immediate, and that
South Sudanese President Salva Kiir would meet with Sudanese
President Omar al-Bashir before it was stopped.
2012 Jan 20, In Syria thousands
of people held anti-government protests, chanting for the downfall
of the regime. At least eight people were killed by security forces
across the country. In Egypt two Arab League officials said the
organization is likely to extend its observer mission.
2012 Jan 20, The UN refugee
agency raised concern over the record numbers of Ethiopians and
Somalis flocking to Yemen, despite the deteriorating security
situation there. Last year 103,000 refugees, asylum seekers and
migrants crossed the Gulf of Aden and Red Sea, almost double the
2010 figure of 53,000.
2012 Jan 20, The UN refugee
agency said an upsurge in violence involving government troops and
militia in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo has forced 100,000
people from their homes since November.
2012 Jan 20, In Yemen
unidentified gunmen shot dead three policemen in the center of Aden.
2013 Jan 20, President Barack
Obama took the oath of office in an intimate swearing-in ceremony at
the White House.
2013 Jan 20, Algerian bomb
squads scouring a gas plant, where Islamist militants took dozens of
foreign workers hostage, found 25 new bodies as they searched for
explosive traps left behind by the attackers, a day after a bloody
raid ended the four-day siege of the remote desert refinery. At
least 81 people have been reported dead, including 32 Islamist
militants. Nearly two dozen foreign workers remained unaccounted.
(AP, 1/20/13)(AP, 1/21/13)
2013 Jan 20, Austria held a
referendum on the future of its army. Austrians voted overwhelmingly
to retain their conscript army, with preliminary results showing
around 60% rejecting the proposed shift to a professional force.
2013 Jan 20, London's Heathrow
Airport cancelled a fifth of flights and airlines scrapped 40
percent of flights to Paris's main airports as snow continued to
blanket parts of Europe, with more forecast.
2013 Jan 20, In Egypt overnight
clashes between police and residents of a district just north of
Cairo left four people dead and 12 wounded. The clashes began when a
bystander in Shubra al-Kheima was hit by a stray bullet fired by
police chasing a suspected drug dealer. Gunmen raided a post office
in the Nile Delta town of Kafr el-Dawar, killing a police guard
before making away with 2 million pounds (around $300,000). A
courthouse went up in flames in Alexandria during a 2nd straight day
of clashes between protesters and riot police.
2013 Jan 20, In Georgia more
than 1,000 people protested outside of the president's residence in
Tbilisi to demand that he immediately resign and hand over executive
power to the speaker of parliament.
2013 Jan 20, In Greece a bomb
exploded at a shopping mall in Athens, slightly wounding two
security guards and forcing the evacuation of about 200 people.
2013 Jan 20, Iran hanged 2 men
(24) publicly after a video posted on YouTube showing them robbing
and assaulting a man with a machete on a Tehran street.
2013 Jan 20, In Iraq a man,
identified by police as Talal Ali Abbas, ignited himself in a
central square in Mosul where protesters have been rallying for
weeks. They say other protesters quickly put the blaze out by
smothering the flames with their coats.
2013 Jan 20, In Mali French
forces extended their deployment northward up from the central town
of Markala, reinforcing their presence in the towns of Niono and
Mopti. Some 400 troops from Nigeria, Togo and Benin arrived in
Bamako to help train an African force for Mali.
(AP, 1/20/13)(AP, 1/21/13)
2013 Jan 20, In New Zealand
indicted Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom launched “Mega," a new
file-sharing website that promised users greater privacy and defied
the US prosecutors who accuse him of facilitating massive online
2013 Jan 20, Syrian government
troops battled rebels in several areas outside Damascus. Regime
warplanes bombed opposition-held areas around the capital, including
an airstrike on the village of al-Barika that killed at least seven
2013 Jan 20, The United Nations
said that Afghan authorities were still torturing prisoners, such as
hanging them by their wrists and beating them with cables, a year
after the UN first documented the abuse and the Afghan government
promised detention reform.
2013 Jan 20, In Yemen an
explosion in the province of Bayda killed at least 13 suspected
al-Qaida militants. It went off in a house owned by a known al-Qaida
operative, Ahmed Abdullah Deif-Allah Al-Zahab, and appeared to be an
2014 Jan 20, In Nebraska there
was an explosion at the Int’l. Nutrition building in Omaha. At least
two people were killed and 10 others injured at the animal feed
(SFC, 1/21/14, p.A7)
2014 Jan 20, In southern
Afghanistan 9 Taliban militants launched a suicide assault against a
US base killing one NATO soldier.
2014 Jan 20, Canada’s PM
Stephen Harper said the staunch Israeli ally would provide
additional financial support for the West Bank, as he met
Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas in Ramallah.
2014 Jan 20, In Central African
Republic Catherine Samba-Panza, the mayor of Bangui, was elected
interim president and tasked with restoring peace to the country
torn by sectarian bloodshed.
2014 Jan 20, The EU foreign
ministers decided to send up to 1,000 soldiers to help stabilize
Central African Republic, deploying its first major army operation
in six years.
2014 Jan 20, A small fishing
boat crammed with 28 people entered Greece illegally from Turkey.
The Greek Coast Guard said it was towing the boat to a nearby Greek
island when it capsized. The mishap killed at least two and left 10
missing. Survivors later recounting in tears how they watched their
children drown while coast guard officials looked on. Three Afghans
who survived the sinking of a migrant boat later described how Greek
authorities had tried to forcibly tow them back to Turkey.
(AP, 1/24/14)(Reuters, 1/24/14)(AP, 1/25/14)
2014 Jan 20, Law Wan-tung (44)
of Hong Kong was arrested on suspicion of abusing her Indonesian
maids as she tried to leave for Thailand. The case sparked
widespread outrage and drawn fresh attention to the risks faced by
the migrant community. Erwiana Sulistyaningsih (23), a maid who said
she had been badly beaten by her employer, was recovering at a
hospital in Sragen, central Java, after flying out from Hong Kong in
(Reuters, 1/20/14)(SFC, 1/23/14, p.A2)(AP,
2014 Jan 20, In India Arvind
Kejriwal, New Delhi's chief minister, and his supporters launched a
sit-in against the city police, creating traffic chaos and a
standoff with hundreds of officers in the latest radical step by the
anti-graft crusader who has shaken up a national election. Kejriwal
called on the public to join him in a ten-day protest to demand the
police be transferred from the Home Ministry to his control.
2014 Jan 20, In India a woman
(20) was assaulted by 13 men in Birbhum district in West Bengal.
Police later said was gang-raped on the orders of a village court as
punishment for having a relationship with a man from a different
community. The village chief and all 13 men were soon arrested.
2014 Jan 20, Iran halted
production of 20 percent enriched uranium, marking the entry into
force of an interim deal with world powers on its disputed nuclear
program. The United States eased some sanctions on Iran, pausing
efforts to reduce Iranian crude oil exports, as part of a nuclear
deal between Tehran and world powers that went into effect. The EU
also agreed to suspend some economic sanctions against Iran as part
of the ground-breaking nuclear deal.
(AFP, 1/20/14)(Reuters, 1/20/14)
2014 Jan 20, Iran rebuffed a
precondition for taking part in Syria peace talks in Geneva this
week, saying it could not accept a plan for a Syrian political
transition agreed at talks in the Swiss city in 2012. In response UN
leader Ban Ki-moon withdrew his surprise invitation to Iran, less
than 24 hours after he announced it.
(Reuters, 1/20/14)(AFP, 1/21/14)
2014 Jan 20, In central Iraq a
series of bombs killed 28 people, mostly in Baghdad, as security
forces battled Sunni Muslim militants around the western cities of
Falluja and Ramadi.
(Reuters, 1/20/14)(SFC, 1/21/14, p.A2)
2014 Jan 20, Claudio Abbado
(80), conductor, died in Bologna. He was a star in the great
generation of Italian conductors who was revered by musicians in the
world's leading orchestras for developing a strong rapport with them
while still allowing them their independence.
2014 Jan 20, Lebanese medical
and security sources said sectarian sniper fire in Tripoli has
killed 5 people since Jan 18.
2014 Jan 20, In Nigeria Boko
Haram suspects tracked a man to his house in Wulgo, killed him and
injured another man who was hospitalized.
2014 Jan 20, In Pakistan a
Taliban suicide bomber blew himself up near the country's main
military headquarters in Rawalpindi, killing 13 people.
2014 Jan 20, In Romania a small
British plane crashed on a mountain. All seven aboard initially
survived but two people died while waiting for medical assistance.
Hypothermia was among the causes of death.
2014 Jan 20, In South Korea the
heads of three big credit card firms apologized and resigned over
the largest-ever thefts of customer data.
(Econ, 1/25/14, p.62)
2014 Jan 20, South Sudan's army
said it has seized back full control of the strategic town of
Malakal, the last major settlement under rebel control.
2014 Jan 20, In Thailand
anti-government protesters besieged government offices in a dozen
southern provinces as part of their campaign to force PM Yingluck
Shinawatra from power.
2014 Jan 20, Vietnam sentenced
30 drug smugglers to death in the communist country's largest ever
narcotics case, involving scores of male and female defendants and
nearly two tons of heroin.
2014 Jan 20, In northern Yemen
at least 12 people were killed overnight after Sunni Muslim
tribesmen fought with a Shi'ite group which was trying to capture a