Return to home US National Handwriting Day in honor of John
Hancock and his signature on the US Declaration of Independence:
"I'll sign it in letters bold enough so the King of England can see
it without his spectacles on!"
1265 Jan 23,
The 1st English Parliament formally convened.
1429 Jan 23, At the Congress of
Luck Emp. Sigismund of Luxembourg offered to crown Vytautas as King
1492 Jan 23, "Pentateuch," a
Jewish holy book, was first printed.
1552 Jan 23, The 2nd version of
Book of Common Prayer became mandatory in England. The Second Prayer
Book of Edward VI, more radical than the first, was authorized by a
second Uniformity Act.
(TL-MB, 1988, p.18)(MC, 1/23/02)
1622 Jan 23, William Baffin
(~38), British explorer, died.
1639 Jan 23, Francisco
Maldonado da Silva Solis, Peruvian poet, was burned at stake.
1647 Jan 23, Scottish
Presbyterians sold captured Charles I to English Parliament.
1719 Jan 23, Principality of
Liechtenstein was created within the Holy Roman Empire.
1730 Jan 23, Joseph Hewes, US
merchant (Declaration of Independence signer), was born.
1737 Jan 23, John Hancock
(d.1793), American statesman, was born.
(HFA, '96, p.22)
1752 Jan 23, Muzio Clementi,
Italian composer, was born.
1783 Jan 23, Stendahl (d.1842),
[Marie Henri Beyle], French critic and writer (Le Rouge et de Noir),
was born. In 1997 Jonathon Keates published his book
“Stendhal," which covers the writer’s life story. "Beauty is the
promise of happiness." "One can acquire everything in solitude,
(WSJ, 3/25/97, p.A16)(AP, 12/4/97)(AP,
1789 Jan 23, Georgetown
University was established by Jesuits in present-day Washington,
D.C., as the 1st US Catholic college.
(AP, 1/23/98)(MC, 1/23/02)
1793 Jan 23, Prussia and Russia
signed an accord on the 2nd partition of Lithuania and Poland. The
2nd partition of Poland. Polish patriots had attempted to devise a
new constitution which was recognized by Austria and Prussia, but
Russia did not recognize it and invaded. Prussia in turn invaded and
the two agreed to a partition that left only the central portion of
(WUD, 1994, p.1677)(LHC, 1/23/03)
1800 Jan 23, Edward Rutledge
(50), US attorney (signed Declaration of Independence), died.
1806 Jan 23, William Pitt (46),
the Younger, PM Great Britain (1783-1801 and 1804-1806), died. Pitt
was the founder of the modern Conservative Party. In 2004 William
Hague authored the biography “William Pitt The Younger."
1812 Jan 23, A 2nd major
earthquake shook New Madrid, Missouri.
(NH, 3/1/04, p.67)
1832 Jan 23, Edouard Manet
(d.1883), French impressionist painter. His work was a major
influence on the young artists who created the Impressionist
movement. His style was influenced by the Spanish masters,
particularly Velasquez. His work included the “Execution of
Maximilian," “Luncheon on the Grass," the pastel “Portrait of
Mademoiselle Lemaire," “In the Boat," “La Promenade" and “Le Journal
Illustre" (ca. 1878-79)
(WUD, 1994, p.871)(WSJ, 7/1/96, p.A11)(SFC,
8/21/96, p.A9)(AAP, 1964) (WUD, 1994, p.871)(WSJ, 2/13/97,
1845 Jan 23, US Congress
decided all national elections would be held on the first Tuesday
after the first Monday in November. The law was signed by Pres. John
(AP, 1/23/98)(WSJ, 3/13/00, p.A1)
1849 Jan 23, English-born
Elizabeth Blackwell (1821-1910), the 1st woman to receive an
American medical degree, graduated at the top of her class from the
medical school of Hobart College, Geneva, NY.
(http://campus.hws.edu/his/blackwell/biography.html)(ON, 4/03, p.2)
1865 Jan 23, General John Bell
Hood was relieved of his command of the Army of Tennessee.
(AH, 10/02, p.38)
1870 Jan 23, American army
forces, looking for Mountain Chief's band of hostile Blackfoot
Indians, fell instead upon Heavy Runner's peaceable Piegan band in
Montana and killed 173, many of them women and children.
(www.legendsofamerica.com/NA-Blackfoot.html)(SSFC, 12/25/05, p.M2)
1897 Jan 23, In San Francisco
Fong Ching (aka Fung Jing Toy), was killed by two gunmen at the Wong
Lung barbershop at 817 Washington St. Nobody was ever convicted.
“Little Pete" (b.1864) was known as the king of Chinatown and had
led the Sam Yup Tong. He was rumored to have killed 50 men and spent
5 years at Folsom Prison.
(SFC, 2/17/09, p.A10)(SFC, 7/13/13, p.C2)
1898 Jan 23, Sergei Eisenstein,
Russian film director (Battleship Potemkin), was born. [see Jan
1899 Jan 23, Humphrey Bogart,
U.S. actor was born. He won an Oscar for African Queen and also
starred in Casablanca and The Maltese Falcon. [see Dec 25, 1899]
1901 Jan 23, A great fire
ravaged Montreal, resulting in $2.5 million in property lost.
1901 Jan 23, First female
intern was accepted at a Paris hospital.
1907 Jan 23, Hediki Yukawa,
Japanese physicist (Nobel 1949), was born.
1908 Jan 23, Edward Alexander
MacDowell (b.1860), US composer (Indian Suite), died in NYC.
1909 Jan 23, The steamship
Florida, with 850 Italian immigrant passengers, collided off Long
Island with the luxury liner Republic, a steamship under Captain
Sealby of the White Star Line. Jack Binns (26), a Marconi telegraph
operator on the Republic, sent and received messages for hours into
the crises and helped save 550 Republic passengers plus 192 crew.
Only 6 people died in the collision. The event was made into a 1999
TV documentary "Rescue at Sea" as part of the American Experience
(WSJ, 2/8/99, p.A21)(ON, 7/04, p.6)
1913 Jan 23, The "Young Turks"
revolted because they were angered by the concessions made at the
London peace talks.
1915 Jan 23, Potter Stewart,
94th Supreme Court justice (1958-81), was born in Mich.
1915 Jan 23, John Chilembwe
(1871-1915) staged an uprising in Malawi. He and 200 followers
attacked local plantations that they considered to be oppressing
African workers. They killed three white plantation staff, including
plantation owner William Jervis Livingstone, whom they beheaded in
front of his wife and small daughter.
1919 Jan 23, Ernie Kovacs, U.S.
comedian, was born. His “The Ernie Kovacs Show" introduced viewers
to his off-beat sense of humor.
1920 Jan 23, The Dutch
government refused demands from the victorious Allies to hand over
Kaiser Wilhelm II, the dethroned German monarch who had fled to the
1922 Jan 23, The first
successful test on a human patient with diabetes occurred when a 2nd
dose of insulin was administered to dangerously ill Leonard Thompson
(14). Following the birth of an idea and nine months of
experimentation, and through the combined efforts of four men at the
University of Toronto, Canada, insulin for the treatment of diabetes
was first discovered and later purified for human use. Rural
Canadian physician Dr. F.G. Banting first conceived the idea of
extracting insulin from the pancreas in 1920. He and his assistant
C.H. Best prepared pancreatic extracts to prolong the lives of
diabetic dogs with advice and laboratory aid from Professor J.J.R.
Macleod. The crude insulin extract was purified for human testing by
Dr. J.B. Collip. Insulin, now made from cattle pancreases, lifted
the death sentence for diabetes sufferers around the world.
1928 Jan 23, Jeanne Moreau,
actress (Going Places, Jules & Jim), was born in Paris, France.
1932 Jan 23, New York Gov.
Franklin D. Roosevelt announced his candidacy for the Democratic
(AP, 1/23/98)(HN, 1/23/99)
1932 Jan 23, El Salvador army
killed 4,000 protesting farmers.
1937 Jan 23, 17 people went on
trial in Moscow during Josef Stalin's "Great Purge."
1940 Jan 23, Pianist Jan Ignaz
Paderewski became premier of Polish government in exile.
1942 Jan 23, At Novi Sad,
Serbia, some 1200 people (predominantly Jewish), rounded up over a
period of three days, were shot along the shores of the Danube.
Their bodies were dumped into the frozen waters. Sandor Kepiro
(1914-2011), a Hungarian gendarmerie officer, participated in the
mass murder. In 1944 he was sentenced to 10 years in prison for his
part in the atrocities, but conviction was later annulled. Kepiro,
who was at the top of the Simon Wiesenthal Center's most-wanted war
criminals list, returned to Hungary in 1996 after living for decades
in Argentina. In 2011 Kepiro (96) was charged with war crimes in the
slaughter, but was cleared by a court on July 18, 2011.
2/14/11)(AP, 7/18/11)(AP, 9/3/11)
1943 Jan 23, In Mississippi
Muddy Waters received two copies of “Country Blues," recorded by
Alan Lomax for the Library of Congress, along with a check for $20.
(ON, 8/20/11, p.5)
1943 Jan 23, Critic Alexander
Woollcott suffered a fatal heart attack during a live broadcast of
the CBS radio program "People's Platform."
1944 Jan 23, Edvard Munch
(b.1863), Norwegian painter and hopeless alcoholic, died. His work
included “Kiss by the Window" (1892), “The Scream" (1893) and “Self
Portrait With Cigarette" (1895). He had a breakdown in 1908 and
retreated to Ekely, where he painted for his remaining years. He
left behind a collection 1,008 paintings at his estate outside Oslo.
In 2005 Sue Prideaux authored “Edvard Munch: Behind the Scream."
(WSJ, 4/16/02, p.D7)(SSFC, 12/18/05, p.M2)(Sm,
3/06, p.60)(WSJ, 2/25/09, p.D7)
1945 Jan 23, Helmuth J. Moltke
(37), German general, politician (July 20th Plot), was executed.
1948 Jan 23, Director John
Huston's "Treasure of Sierra Madre" starring Humphrey Bogart opened.
1948 Jan 23, The Soviets
refused UN entry into North Korea to administer elections.
1949 Jan 23, The Communists
Chinese forces began their advance on Nanking.
1950 Jan 23, The Israeli
Knesset approved a resolution proclaiming Jerusalem the capital of
(SFC,12/11/97, p.C2)(AP, 1/23/98)(HN, 1/23/99)
1951 Jan 23, President Truman
created the Commission on Internal Security and Individual Rights,
to monitor the anti-Communist campaign.
1956 Jan 23, Alexander Korda
(62), English movie producer (Henry VIII), died.
1957 Jan 23, Princess Caroline
of Monaco, was born.
1957 Jan 23, Willie Edwards
(25), US black, was murdered by KKK.
1958 Jan 23, Venezuela gained
liberties with the overthrow of Gen. Marcos Perez Jimenez, its last
dictator. The social democrats' Democratic Action (AD) and the
Christian Democrats (Copei) began alternating power and then entered
into the power-sharing agreement called "Pacto de Punto Fijo."
Rafael Antonio Caldera (1916-2009) was one of the three signers of
the Punto Fijo pact, which organized democratic elections after the
fall of Jimenez.
(WSJ, 2/26/99, p.A15)(SSFC, 6/24/01, p.T6)(AP,
1960 Jan 23, The Bathyscaphe
"Trieste" reached bottom of Pacific at 10,900 m. Jacques Piccard
(1922-2008) and US Navy Lt. Don Walsh descended for 20 minutes
in the Trieste into the Mariana Trench, a 1,500 mile gash in the
Earth’s crust east of the Philippines with a depth of 37,000 feet
below sea level, nearly 7 miles.
(SFC, 10/29/96, p.A11)(SFEC, 11/17/96, BR
1962 Jan 23, Jackie Robinson
became the 1st Black elected to Baseball Hall of Fame.
1962 Jan 23, British spy Kim
Philby defected to USSR.
1964 Jan 23, Arthur Miller's
"After the Fall," premiered in NYC.
1964 Jan 23, The 24th amendment
to the Constitution, eliminating the poll tax in federal elections,
1968 Jan 23, North Korea seized
the U.S. Navy intelligence ship Pueblo, charging it had intruded
into the communist nation's territorial waters on a spying mission.
One crewman was killed in the attack. Cmdr. Lloyd Bucher (d.2004 at
76) was quickly separated from the 81-man crew. The crew was
released 11 months later.
(NG, 8/74, p.266)(AP, 1/23/98)(SFC, 10/2/01,
p.A15)(SFC, 1/30/04, p.A25)
1969 Jan 23, Gregorio Ordonez,
deputy mayor of San Sebastian, Spain, was assassinated by an ETA
1970 Jan 23, Evel Knievel made
a motorcycle jump over parked cars and trucks at the Cow Palace in
Daly City, Ca.
1973 Jan 23, President Nixon
claimed that Vietnam peace had been reached in Paris and that the
POWs would be home in 60 days, claiming the agreement will "end the
war and bring peace with honor."
1973 Jan 23, Helgafell, an
island of Heimaey, Iceland, erupted for the 1st time in 7,000 yrs.
1975 Jun 23, Former US Pres.
Richard Nixon met with grand jurors at a California Coast Guard
Station to testify under oath about the Watergate affair. The
transcript was made public on Nov 10, 2011.
(SFC, 11/11/11, p.A9)
1975 Jan 23, "Barney Miller"
premiered on ABC with James Gregory (d.2002 at 90) as Inspector
Luger based in a NYC police precinct. The series ended in 1982 after
172 episodes. Steve Landesberg (1945-2010) played the role of
Detective Sgt. Arthur P. Dietrich. A spin-off called "Fish" was
created in 1977 based on detective Phil Fish played by Abe Vigoda.
p.A18)(SFC, 12/22/10, p.C5)
1976 Jan 23, Paul Robeson
(b.1898), black athlete, lawyer, singer, died in Philadelphia. Lloyd
L. Brown later wrote the biography "The Young Paul Robeson: On My
Journey Now." His granddaughter Susan Robeson in 1981 wrote "The
Whole World in His Hands: A Pictorial Biography of Paul Robeson."
(SFC, 3/26/98, p.A26)(WSJ, 4/9/98,
1977 Jan 23, The TV mini-series
"Roots," based on the Alex Haley novel, began a record breaking
eight night broadcast on ABC.
(AP, 1/23/98)(HN, 1/23/99)
1979 Jan 23, Willie Mays,
former outfielder for the SF Giants, was elected to baseball's Hall
(SFC, 1/23/04, p.E2)
1979 Jan 23, The USAF's 388th
Tactical Fighter Wing at Hill AFB, Utah, became the first unit
anywhere to receive the F-16 Fighting Falcon. Lockheed Corp.
produced the F-16 fighter jet. It became the first production
military aircraft to incorporate a fly-by-wire control system.
(WSJ, 3/22/96, p.A-1)(NPub, 2002,
1980 Jan 23, Pres. Jimmy Carter
made his State of the Union address. His new American policy came to
be known as the “Carter Doctrine." It was a pledge to defend US
interests in the Persian Gulf, using military force if necessary.
1981 Jan 23, Samuel Osborne
Barber II (b.1910), American composer of classical music, died. His
work ranged from orchestral, to opera, choral, and piano music. His
Adagio for Strings, composed in 1936 and first performed in 1938,
became his most famous composition.
1981 Jan 23, Under
international pressure, opposition leader Kim Dae Jung’s death
sentence was commuted to life imprisonment in Seoul.
1983 Jan 23, Cosmos 1402, a
Russian nuclear powered satellite launched in 1982, fell into the
1985 Jan 23, A debate in
Britain's House of Lords was carried live on TV for the first time.
1986 Jan 23, U.S. began
maneuvers off the Libyan coast.
1986 Jan 23, Joseph Beuys
(b.1921), German artist, died. In 1997 an English edition of "The
Essential Joseph Beuys" by Alain Borer was published.
(SFEC, 8/31/97, BR
1988 Jan 23, More than 50,000
Israelis demonstrated in Tel Aviv to protest the treatment of
Palestinians in the occupied territories.
1988 Jan 23, Charles Glenn King
(b.1896), biochemist, died. He and a team of students isolated
vitamin C in 1932.
1989 Jan 23, Vital Gaguine,
leftist Argentine guerrilla, during a rebel attack on a military
barracks in Buenos Aires. He was later identified as the bomber
hired by the Sandinistas to kill Eden Pastora Gomez (May 30, 1984),
a Nicaraguan anticommunist revolutionary.
1989 Jan 23, A challenge to
"Who is a Jew" law was filed in Israeli Supreme Court.
1989 Jan 23, Surrealist artist
Salvador Dali died in his native Spain at age 84. His autobiography
was titled "Secret Life of Salvadore Dali." His work included 2
surrealist films made with Luis Bunuel: "Un Chien Andalou" and
"L'Age d'Or." In 1984 Rafael Santos Torroella (d.2002 at 88), art
historian, authored "La Miel Es Mas Dulce Que La Sangre" (Honey Is
Sweeter Than Blood), considered one of the most important studies of
Dali’s art. In 1998 Albert Field (d.2003), Dali expert, published
his "Official Catalogue of the Graphic Works of Salvador Dali." In
1999 Ian Gibson published "The Shameful Life of Salvador Dali."
(AP, 1/23/99)(WSJ, 1/25/99, p.A16)(SFEC, 7/16/00,
p.T4)(SFC, 10/4/02, p.A26)(SFC, 8/15/03, p.A25)
1990 Jan 23, The 101st US
Congress convened its second session, facing an agenda that included
clean air legislation and deficit reduction.
1990 Jan 23, In Oregon Keith
Hunter Jesperson (b.1955) began his career as a serial killer with
the sexual assault and murder of Taunja Bennett. He went on to
murder 8 women. He was arrested in March, 1995. In October 1995 just
before going to trial, he pleaded guilty to the murder of Bennett.
Multnomah County Presiding Judge Donald H. Londer sentenced
Jesperson to life in prison, setting a minimum 30-year prison term
before being eligible for parole. Jesperson claimed to have murdered
up to 160 people in California, Florida, Washington, Oregon and
Wyoming. In 2002 Jack Olsen (d.2002) authored “I: The Creation
of a Serial Killer."
1991 Jan 23, "Seinfeld" began
at a regular slot on NBC-TV. Seinfeld initially debuted on NBC on
July 5, 1989, in the guise of The Seinfeld Chronicles.
1991 Jan 23, After some 12,000
sorties in the Gulf War, General Colin Powell, chairman of the Joint
Chiefs of Staff, said allied forces had achieved air superiority,
and would focus air fire on Iraqi ground forces around Kuwait.
1991 Jan 23, Iraqi forces in
Kuwait deliberately created a huge oil spill in the Persian Gulf.
(SFC, 2/24/98, p.A9)
1992 Jan 23, Forty-seven
nations, including the United States, agreed on a massive global
humanitarian effort to rescue millions of hungry people in the
former Soviet Union.
1993 Jan 23, FBI Director
William S. Sessions dismissed a Justice Department report accusing
him of ethical abuses, accusing former Attorney General William P.
Barr of a "crassly calculated attack."
1994 Jan 23, Treasury Secretary
Lloyd Bentsen, visiting Japan, met with Prime Minister Morihiro
Hosokawa, who promised to go through with a scheduled summit with
1994 Jan 23, The Dallas Cowboys
and the Buffalo Bills won their respective NFL conference playoffs
to set up a Super Bowl rematch.
1995 Jan 23, The US Supreme
Court ruled that companies accused of firing employees illegally
could not escape liability by later finding a lawful reason to
justify the dismissal.
1995 Jan 23, A French team of
paleontologists led by Michel Brunet on 1/23/95 discovered a lower
jaw with 7 teeth and a separate canine of a hominid from 3.5 to 3
million years of age. The discovery was made in a dried lake bed of
central Chad and named Australopithecus bahrelghazalia after the
Arab name of a nearby river.
(SFC, 5/23/96, p.A14)
1996 Jan 23, Delivering his
State of the Union address to a skeptical Republican Congress,
President Clinton traced the themes of his re-election campaign and
confronted GOP lawmakers on the budget, demanding they “never—ever"
shut down the government again.
1996 Jan 23, The US Army
disclosed that it had 30,000 tons of chemical weapons stored in
Utah, Alabama, Maryland, Kentucky, Indiana, Arkansas, Colorado and
(WSJ, 1/23/96, p.A-1)
1996 Jan 23, Sandra Jensen
became the first person with Down syndrome to receive a new heart
and Lungs. The surgery was done at Stanford Univ.
(SFC, 1/31/97, p.A19)
1996 Jan 23, France
acknowledged that its nuclear testing had caused leaks of
radioactive materials in the South Pacific.
(WSJ, 1/25/96, A-1)
1997 Jan 23, The Age of
Aquarius dawned at 12:56 p.m.
(SFC, 1/24/97, p.A20)
1997 Jan 23, Cancer experts,
who were supposed to settle a furious controversy over whether women
should start having mammograms at age 40 or 50, decided instead to
leave the decision up to patients. The recommendation outraged the
American Cancer Society.
1997 Jan 23, A new species of a
carnivorous dinosaur from 120 million years ago was found in
southern England. At 26-feet it was larger than a velociraptor but
smaller than a tyrannosaurus rex.
(SFC, 1/24/97, p.A15)
1997 Jan 23, The Rwandan army
struck at Hutu insurgents and killed at least 310 in the northwest
area. Hutu rebels were suspected of killing more than 50 people
including 3 Spanish aid workers.
(SFC, 1/24/97, p.A14)
1997 Jan 23, In Kragujevac,
Serbia, opposition representatives tried to take over the TV
station, but were blocked by the regime of Pres. Milosevic.
(SFC, 1/24/97, p.A13)
1998 Jan 23, Fighting scandal
allegations involving Monica Lewinsky, President Clinton assured his
Cabinet that he was innocent.
1998 Jan 23, A judge in
Fairfax, Va., sentenced Mir Aimal Kasi to death for an assault rifle
attack outside CIA headquarters in 1993 that killed two men and
wounded three other people. Kasi was executed November 2002.
1998 Jan 23, Pope John Paul II
condemned the US embargo against Catholic Cuba.
1998 Jan 23, Pres. Carlos Menem
ordered the navy to expel Alfredo Astiz, a former death squad
officer. Astiz was sentenced in absentia to life in prison in France
for the murder of 2 nuns and was wanted in Sweden for the murder of
Dagmar Hagelin, a teenage girl. Astiz surrendered to Interpol in
2001. In 2009 Astiz went on trial for the deaths of 2 French nuns, a
journalist and 3 founders of a human rights group.
(SFC, 1/24/98, p.A10)(SFC, 7/3/01, p.A7)(SFC,
1998 Jan 23, From China it was
reported that millions of workers were being laid off in the
northeast industrial belt cities like Harbin and Shenyang.
(SFC, 1/22/98, p.E2)
1998 Jan 23, In France a
massive avalanche killed at least 11 people near the Italian border.
(SFC, 1/24/98, p.A9)
1998 Jan 23, In Belfast,
Northern Ireland, Liam Conway, a Catholic worker, was shot and
killed. The Ulster Freedom Fighters earlier claimed responsibility
for 3 Catholic deaths since new year’s Eve. The Ulster Volunteer
Force was suspected in Conway’s death.
(SFC, 1/24/98, p.A10)
1998 Jan 23, In Papua New
Guinea warring parties on Bougainville signed a peace agreement that
would go into effect on April 30. An estimated 10,000 people died
during the 10 year civil strife, mostly non-combatants from
untreated disease. Some 1,000 rebels died and about 2,200 government
(WSJ, 3/18/98, p.A1,14)
1998 Jan 23, In Venezuela
Alicia Machado (21), a former Miss Universe, drove the getaway car
following an attempted murder by her boyfriend, Juan Rodriguez
(SFC, 1/24/98, p.A10)
1999 Jan 23, Chief Judge Norma
Holloway ordered Monica Lewinsky to submit to questioning from House
Republican managers or Kenneth Starr.
(SFEC, 1/24/99, p.A1)
1999 Jan 23, US jets attacked 2
Iraqi surface-to-air missile batteries after encountering
anti-aircraft fire and MiG jets in the southern no-fly zone.
(SFEC, 1/24/99, p.A16)
1999 Jan 23, Satellites
detected a cosmic explosion that occurred some 9 billion light-years
away in the direction of the constellation Bootes. The gamma ray
burster, GRB 990123, was the largest since the first detected event
(SFC, 3/26/99, p.A2)
1999 Jan 23, Jay Pritzker,
founder of the Hyatt hotel chain, died at age 76. He was listed in
1998 as the 20th richest man in America and created the $100,000
Pritzker Architectural Prize in 1979.
(SFEC, 1/24/99, p.D8)
1999 Jan 23, In his visit to
Mexico, Pope John Paul II urged his flock in the Americas to make
the region a "continent of life."
1999 Jan 23, In South Africa
Sifiso Nkabinde, leader of the small United Democratic Movement
party, was shot and killed in Richmond. Later gunmen in the same
town killed 11 people who backed the ANC.
(SFC, 1/25/99, p.A7)
1999 Jan 23, The Yugoslav
government released 9 ethnic Albanians, captured Dec 14, while the
KLA released 5 elderly Serbian civilians, captured Jan 21.
(SFEC, 1/24/99, p.A20)
2000 Jan 23, At the 57th Golden
Globe Awards "American Beauty" won the best dramatic film category,
"Toy Story 2" won for best musical or comedy, and "The Sopranos" won
for best dramatic TV series.
(SFC, 1/24/00, p.D1)
2000 Jan 23, The Tennessee
Titans advanced to the Super Bowl by beating the Jacksonville
Jaguars 33-to-14 in the AFC Championship game. The St. Louis Rams
defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 11-to-6 to win the NFC
2000 Jan 23, An ice storm in
the Southeast and Midwest knocked out electrical services to a
half-million customers. The storm caused a truck to jackknife north
of Kansas City resulting in a multicar accident the killed 10
(SFC, 1/24/00, p.A2)
2000 Jan 23, NFL star Derrick
Thomas was injured when the sport utility vehicle he was driving
overturned on an icy road in Missouri; Thomas died February eighth.
The crash also claimed the life of Thomas’ friend, Michael Tellis.
2000 Jan 23, In Chechnya rebels
ambushed Russian troops in Staraya Sunzha village and 8 soldiers
were killed. The body of Gen. Mikhail Malofeyev was found in Grozny.
A Chechen commander denied reports that Pres. Maskhadov was wounded.
(SFC, 1/24/00, p.A7)
2000 Jan 23, In Spain some 1.1
million people marched in Madrid to protest the recent car-bomb
attack by Basque separatists.
(SFC, 1/24/00, p.A6)
2001 Jan 23, Pres. Bush
proposed his No Child Left Behind (NCLB) education reform program.
It was signed into law on Jan 8, 2002.
2001 Jan 23, Spencer Abraham,
energy secretary, extended 2 federal emergency orders forcing power
suppliers to continue selling electricity and natural gas to
(SFC, 1/24/01, p.A1)
2001 Jan 23, California energy
officials eked sufficient power out of tight West Coast electricity
supplies to avoid rush hour blackouts as lawmakers scrambled to make
longer-term deals to buy power.
2001 Jan 23, Five people
believed to members of Falun Gong set themselves on fire in
Tiananmen Square. One woman and her daughter (12) died. In August 4
people were convicted of murder for organizing the self-immolation.
A judge found that they had spread the notion that members could
achieve nirvana through self-immolation.
(SFC, 1/24/01, p.A12)(SFC, 8/18/01, p.A11)
2001 Jan 23, In Egypt
Israeli-Palestinian peace talks were suspended after Palestinian
gunmen executed 2 Israelis, alleged Shin Bet security agents, in
(SFC, 1/24/01, p.A13)
2001 Jan 23, India extended its
cease-fire in Kashmir for a 3rd month.
(WSJ, 1/24/01, p.A1)
2002 Jan 23, Pres. Bush said he
would ask for $48 billion in additional spending for the armed
services next year, the biggest defense spending increase in 20
years. Federal deficits were expected for the next 2 years.
(SFC, 1/24/02, p.A1)(AP, 1/23/03)
2002 Jan 23, US authorities
raised the reward for information leading to the arrest of the
anthrax perpetrator to $2.5 million.
(SFC, 1/24/02, p.A12)
2002 Jan 23, Enron CEO Kenneth
Lay (59) resigned under pressure.
(SFC, 1/24/02, p.A1)
2002 Jan 23-2002 Jan 24, US
soldiers captured 27 Taliban fighters in Hazar Qadam, north of
Kandahar. Gov. Jan Muhammad Khan later said that 60 people were
killed and denied that any were Taliban or al Qaeda fighters. US
military later acknowledged that some of the dead may have been
allies. The captives were released Feb 6 and reported that they had
been beaten and abused. The Pentagon acknowledged Feb 21 that 16
villagers were mistakenly killed.
(SFC, 1/25/02, p.A18)(SSFC, 1/27/02, p.A8)(SFC,
2/2/02, p.A10)(SFC, 2/7/02, p.A19)(SSFC, 2/10/02, p.A18)(SFC,
2/11/02, p.A1)(SFC, 2/22/02, p.A16)
2002 Jan 23, John Walker Lindh,
a U.S.-born Taliban fighter, was returned to the United States to
face criminal charges that he'd conspired to kill fellow Americans.
2002 Jan 23, It was reported
that China was moving 17,000 settlers to a traditionally Tibetan
(WSJ, 1/23/02, p.A1)
2002 Jan 23, In Congo some 22.5
tons of food was distributed to the volcano stricken people of Goma.
(SFC, 1/24/02, p.A8)
2002 Jan 23, Israeli jets
attacked Hezbollah sites in Lebanon after a disputed border area was
(WSJ, 1/24/02, p.A1)
2002 Jan 23, Daniel Pearl, Wall
Street Journal reporter, was kidnapped in Karachi, Pakistan, by the
"National Movement for the Restoration of Pakistani Sovereignty." A
deadline to kill him was extended a day pending 4 demands that
included: the return of Pakistanis in Cuba; access to lawyers for
Pakistani detainees in the US; the return of a former Taliban
ambassador; and the release of F-16 jets purchased by Pakistan in
the 1980s. Ahmad Omar Saeed Sheikh became the chief suspect. Pearl
was later murdered. In 2011 a Pearl Project report said at least 14
of 27 people involved in abducting and murdered Pearl were thought
to remain free. And that four who have been convicted could be
released if their appeal is ever heard because of false and
contradictory evidence used in their trial.
(SFC, 1/28/02, p.A8)(SFC, 1/30/02, p.A6)(SFC,
2/1/02, p.A24)(SFC, 2/8/02, p.A18)(AP, 1/20/11)
2002 Jan 23, Papua New Guinea
voted to grant autonomy and the right to a referendum on total
independence to Bougainville.
(SFC, 1/24/02, p.A8)
2002 Jan 23, In Puerto Rico 17
people were charged in a corruption scandal that involved $4.3
million in diverted federal funds.
(SFC, 1/24/02, p.A4)
2002 Jan 23, The UN sent famine
relief to Zimbabwe.
(SFC, 1/24/02, p.A8)
2003 Jan 23, The US Senate
approved a $390 billion spending bill.
2003 Jan 23, In Texas 2
military helicopters collided and 4 marine reservists were killed.
(WSJ, 1/24/03, p.A1)
2003 Jan 23, Actress Nell
Carter (54) died in Beverly Hills, Calif.
2003 Jan 23, In Porto Alegre,
Brazil, the 3rd World Social Forum began as anti-globalization
activists demonstrated at the start of the third annual summit on
ways to limit the excesses of global capitalism.
2003 Jan 23, South and North
Korea agreed to peacefully resolve the international standoff over
North Korea's nuclear programs after Cabinet-level talks.
2003 Jan 23, Hamas gunmen
opened fire on a vehicle south of the West Bank city of Hebron and
three Israelis were killed. Retaliatory raids wounded 6 in Gaza.
(AP, 1/23/03)(SFC, 1/24/03, p.A11)
2003 Jan 23, The government of
Kuwait said a Kuwaiti had confessed to the Jan. 21 shootings of two
U.S. defense workers in Kuwait.
2003 Jan 23, In northern Peru
an explosion leveled an ammunition depot at a military base, killing
seven people and injured 95.
2004 Jan 23, The enduring
situation comedy "Friends" filmed its final episode in front of an
2004 Jan 23, US District Judge
in LA, Aubrey Collins, ruled that a part of the Patriot Act, that
makes it a crime to give expert advice to foreign terrorist
organizations, was unconstitutional.
(SFC, 1/27/04, p.A3)
2004 Jan 23, It was reported
that Halliburton told the Pentagon that 2 employees took kickbacks
at up to $6 million from a Kuwaiti-based company for supplying US
troops in Iraq.
(SFC, 1/23/04, p.A3)
2004 Jan 23, The Illinois
Supreme Court upheld former Gov. George Ryan's powers to commute
sentences, keeping 32 spared inmates off death row.
2004 Jan 23, Bob Keeshan (76),
who gently entertained and educated generations of children as
television's walrus-mustachioed Captain Kangaroo, died. Keeshan's
"Captain Kangaroo" debuted on CBS television in 1955 and ran for 30
years before moving to public TV for 6 more.
2004 Jan 23, Helmut Newton
(83), fashion photographer, died in a car accident in LA.
(SFC, 1/23/04, p.A2)
2004 Jan 23, Vasili Mitrokhin
(81), a KGB archivist whose defection opened up thousands of spy
agency’s files to the West, died. He had been living in Britain
under a false name and with police protection since his defection in
2004 Jan 23, A bomb planted in
a meeting room exploded after a gathering of the Iraqi Communist
Party, killing two men in an apparent attack on supporters of the
2004 Jan 23, A Greek-owned
cargo ship laden with cement sank near the Mediterranean island of
Malta, Greece's Merchant Marine Ministry said. Two crewmen were
rescued, but 15 were missing.
2004 Jan 23, A fire tore
through a wedding hall in southern India, killing 45 people,
including the groom, and injuring the bride and dozens of guests.
2004 Jan 23,The World Economic
Forum began in Davos, Switzerland. The war in Iraq and the threat of
terrorism dominated the Forum as the US appealed for cooperation on
both issues and the U.N. chief warned that an overly narrow focus
could worsen global tensions.
2005 Jan 23, The Philadelphia
Eagles defeated the Atlanta Falcons 27-10 to win the NFC
championship game; the New England Patriots won the AFC championship
by beating the Pittsburgh Steelers, 41-27.
2005 Jan 23, Travel was slowed
to a crawl at best across wide areas of the Northeast US and Canada
as a huge snowstorm whipped up blizzard conditions with wind gusting
to 60 mph, making highways treacherous, canceling hundreds of
airline flights and slowing trains.
(AP, 1/23/05)(WSJ, 1/24/05, p.A1)
2005 Jan 23, Johnny Carson
(b.1925), the 30-year host of the "Tonight Show," died. Carson's
death was the result of complications from emphysema.
2005 Jan 23, Sir William Deakin
(91), a historian who founded St. Antony's College at Oxford
University, helped Winston Churchill write about World War II, and
led the first British mission to Marshal Tito's partisans in
Yugoslavia, died in Var, France.
2005 Jan 23, Police said
suspected leftist rebels ambushed a candidate for the legislature in
India's eastern state of Bihar, killing him and three supporters.
Maoist rebels in Bihar have called for a boycott of next month's
2005 Jan 23, Indonesia raised
its death toll from the disaster by as many as 7,000 people.
2005 Jan 23, Iran's hard-line
leadership ruled out allowing women to run for president in June
elections, denying reports in the state-run media that it had
decided to allow female candidates for the first time.
2005 Jan 23, In Iraq fire swept
through the general hospital in Nasiriyah, killing 14 people and
2005 Jan 23, Israeli leaders
said it willing to suspend military operations against Palestinian
militants if they call off attacks.
2005 Jan 23, Lebanon's finance
minister played down the transfer by Iraq's Defense Ministry of $500
million in cash to a financial institution in Beirut, saying he
would expect such a transfer to be legal if it was made by the Iraqi
government. Iraqi officials in early January sent some $300 million
on a charter jet to Lebanon to purchase weapons from int’l. arms
(SFC, 1/22/05, p.A10)(AP, 1/23/05)
2005 Jan 23, Viktor Yushchenko
was sworn in as president of Ukraine.
2006 Jan 23, The US government
cleared Pakistan from the threat of having its trade preferences
withdrawn after the country took action to clamp down on copyright
theft. The announcement coincided with a visit to Washington by
Pakistani PM Shaukat Aziz, who told the US Chamber of Commerce that
his government was serious about clamping down on copycat piracy.
2006 Jan 23, A US military jury
at Fort Carson, Colo., ordered a reprimand, but no jail time, for an
Army interrogator convicted of killing an Iraqi general.
2006 Jan 23, The US Trade
Representative's Office said a 2nd layer of sanctions on Ukraine has
been removed because of that country's progress in fighting piracy
of US music and films.
2006 Jan 23, The US Treasury
Department briefed South Korean officials on its investigations into
suspected illegal financial activities by North Korea that
Washington says helped fund Pyongyang's nuclear arms program.
2006 Jan 23, West Virginia
lawmakers passed a bill requiring mines to use electronic devices to
track trapped miners and to stockpile oxygen to help keep them
(SFC, 1/24/06, p.A4)
2006 Jan 23, Alan Crotzer (45)
was freed in Florida after DNA testing and other evidence convinced
prosecutors he was not involved in the 1981 armed robbery and rapes
that led to a 130-year prison sentence. DNA has been used to clear
at least 172 people wrongly convicted of crimes in 31 states since
1989, according to the Innocence Project.
2006 Jan 23, US researchers
reported that chimpanzees may be more closely related to human
beings than they are to other apes.
2006 Jan 23, Albertson's Inc.,
the nation's second biggest traditional grocery store chain, said it
has agreed to sell the company. The deal was valued at about $17.4
billion in cash and stock and debt to an investment group including
supermarket chain Supervalu Inc. and drugstore chain CVS Corp. In
June the new owners announced the closure of 37 underperforming
stores in Northern California. In 2007 the remaining stores were
renamed under the Lucky name.
(AP, 1/23/06)(SFC, 1/24/06, p.E1)(SFC, 6/8/06,
p.C1)(SFC, 7/19/07, p.C3)
2006 Jan 23, Ford Motor Co.,
the nation's second-largest automaker, said that it will cut 25,000
to 30,000 jobs and idle 14 facilities by 2012 as part of a
restructuring designed to reverse a $1.6 billion loss last year in
its North American operations.
2006 Jan 23, African leaders
began their annual summit in disarray, failing to resolve dissension
over Sudan's bid to chair the 53-state body. An AU official said 5
African leaders have asked Sudan to withdraw its bid to head the
African Union because the appointment could sink Darfur peace talks
and dent the group's credibility.
2006 Jan 23, In Australia
commercial fishing was banned in Sydney's harbor due to dangerous
levels of poisonous dioxin being found in prawns and fish. Prawn
fishing had already been banned a month earlier. Greenpeace said
some of the pollution originated in Homebush Bay on the Parramatta
River, some 12 kilometers (7.5 miles) from Sydney Harbor Bridge.
From 1957 to 1976 Union Carbide made chlorinated herbicides there,
including 2,4,5,-T a component of the infamous Agent Orange used
during the Vietnam War.
2006 Jan 23, Wildfires raged
across southern Australia. A firefighter was killed as a fire truck
overturned speeding to a blaze. Distraught ranchers shot cattle
injured by the flames.
2006 Jan 23, In northwest
Bangladesh 6 people were killed and around 100 were wounded when
police opened fire on a crowd of 10,000 rioting farmers demanding
improved electricity supply.
2006 Jan 23, Belgian brewer
InBev NV, the world's largest brewery by volume, said it has agreed
to buy the largest brewer in China's Fujian province for 614 million
euros ($740 million).
2006 Jan 23, In Bolivia Evo
Morales appointed a Marxist energy minister and a Cabinet of
Indians, intellectuals and union leaders, backing his promise to
establish a socialist shape.
2006 Jan 23, Canadians began
voting on whether to send their Liberal Party packing after 13
years. Conservatives won and Stephen Harper pledged to quickly carry
out his campaign promises to cut taxes, get tough on crime and
repair strained ties with Washington.
2006 Jan 23, Canadian officials
said a cow from Alberta had tested positive for mad cow disease.
(SFC, 1/24/06, p.A5)
2006 Jan 23, In Chile Gen.
Augusto Pinochet's wife and four grown children were indicted and
ordered arrested on charges of tax evasion related to the former
dictator's multimillion-dollar accounts at overseas banks.
2006 Jan 23, China's Ministry
of Health announced the country's 10th human case of bird flu
infection after a 29-year-old woman from the southwest of the
country was diagnosed with the H5N1 virus.
2006 Jan 23, Saudi King
Abdullah met with Chinese President Hu Jintao in Beijing, amid
efforts by China to secure overseas oil and gas reserves for its
2006 Jan 23, Ugandan rebels
killed eight Guatemalan peacekeepers in Congo in an ambush near the
border with Sudan. The gunbattle also left 15 attackers dead.
2006 Jan 23, A senior envoy
said Iran will immediately retaliate if referred to the UN Security
Council next week by forging ahead with developing a full-scale
uranium enrichment program.
2006 Jan 23, A suicide car
bomber killed at least three Iraqis Monday near the Green Zone
housing the US Embassy and Iraqi government. 2 American servicemen
died in a roadside bombing in Baghdad. 2 Marines died in a vehicle
accident in western Iraq. Armed men, some wearing police commando
uniforms, raided homes and a mosque in a predominantly Sunni Arab
neighborhood of northern Baghdad. They shot and killed three men on
the spot and detained more than 20.
(AP, 1/23/06)(AP, 1/24/06)
2006 Jan 23, Takafumi Horie,
chief executive of Japanese Internet portal Livedoor, was arrested
for alleged securities law violations in a scandal that has caused a
week of turmoil in Japan's stock market. On Jan 25 Horie resigned
from the board of Livedoor.
(AP, 1/23/06)(Econ, 1/28/06, p.60)
2006 Jan 23, In Kenya a
five-story building collapsed in central Nairobi with more than 280
construction workers inside, killing at least 14 people and injuring
more than 60. The government next day said the owner and contractor
of a building were rushing workers to complete the structure before
the concrete on lower levels had set.
2006 Jan 23, In Mali a closing
ceremony was held for a gathering of the World Social Forum. Other
gatherings were set for Pakistan and Venezuela. The first World
Social Forum was held in Brazil in 2001 and coincides each year with
the market-friendly World Economic Forum of political and business
leaders in Davos, Switzerland.
(AP, 1/24/06)(SFC, 1/24/06, p.A2)
2006 Jan 23, Raul Osiel
Marroquin was arrested in Mexico City. On Jan 26 he described
killing four gay men. His arrest was the 1st confirmation of a
serial killer targeting homosexuals.
2006 Jan 23, In Montenegro a
packed passenger train derailed and plunged into a steep river
canyon outside the capital of Podgorica, killing at least 44 people
and injuring more than 135, more than half of them children.
2006 Jan 23, Nepal's royal
government vowed to hold municipal elections next month despite a
boycott by major parties, street protests, a candidate's
assassination and rebel violence that killed 26 over the weekend.
2006 Jan 23, Russia's main
intelligence agency said it had uncovered spying by four British
diplomats, using electronic equipment inside a fake rock. The FSB
then alleged that Britain was making covert payments to
pro-democracy and human rights groups. In 2012 Jonathan Powell, a
former Downing Street official, admitted for the first time that
Britain was responsible for the James Bond-style spy plot involving
the fake rock.
(AP, 1/23/06)(AFP, 1/19/12)
2006 Jan 23, The family of Thai
PM Thaksin Shinawatra sold their controlling stake in the telecom
Shin Corp. for $1.87 billion to Singapore’s Temasek Holdings. Legal
loopholes were used to avoid taxes on the sale.
(WSJ, 2/6/06, p.C10)(Econ, 3/4/06, p.39)
2006 Jan 23, A Turkish court
dropped charges against Orhan Pamuk, the country's best-known
novelist, for insulting "Turkishness," ending a high-profile trial
that outraged Western observers and cast doubt on Turkey's
commitment to free speech. He had been charged under articles 301
and 305 of the penal code.
(AP, 1/23/06)(Econ, 1/28/06, p.50)
2006 Jan 23, The United Nations
Children's Fund (UNICEF) appealed for $805 million to provide aid to
children and mothers in 29 emergencies worldwide.
2007 Jan 23, President Bush won
cautious kudos in Europe and Asia for urging reduced dependence on
oil and backing alternative energy sources in his State of the Union
address, but his push for more troops in Iraq was widely derided.
Bush called for 20% cut in gasoline consumption over the next
(AP, 1/24/07)(WSJ, 1/24/07, p.A1)
2007 Jan 23, US customs rules
went into effect calling for passports for US citizens returning by
air from any country including Canada, Mexico and Caribbean nations.
(SFC, 1/22/07, p.A3)
2007 Jan 23, Two US inmates, a
convicted rapist in Georgia and a man who was unjustly convicted of
murder in New York but helped find the real killer from his prison
cell, were granted their freedom after DNA tests proved their
2007 Jan 23, E. Howard Hunt
(b.1918), leader of the 1972 Watergate break-in, died in Florida. He
described the affair in his book “Under Cover: Memoirs of an
American secret agent" (1974).
(SFC, 1/24/07, p.B7)
2007 Jan 23, In eastern
Afghanistan a bomber blew himself up amid a crowd of workers outside
a US military base, killing as many as 10 and wounding more than a
dozen others in the deadliest suicide attack in four months.
2007 Jan 23, Brazil said it had
requested the US extradite two leaders of an evangelical church
(Reborn in Christ) who allegedly used their followers' donations to
buy mansions, a horse farm and apartments in Brazil and the US.
Estevam Hernandes Filho (52) and his wife, Sonia Haddad Moraes
Hernandes (48) were arrested by US customs agents in Miami earlier
this month on charges of carrying a large sum of undeclared cash.
The couple was sentenced to five months in prison, five months of
house arrest and a probation period for failing to declare they were
carrying more than $10,000 into the United States. They were also
fined $60,000. Both returned to Brazil on Aug 1, 2009.
(AP, 1/24/07)(AP, 8/2/09)
2007 Jan 23, British police
arrested five men under anti-terror laws, in dawn raids reportedly
linked to the escape of a terror suspect and the distribution of
2007 Jan 23, British police set
up roadblocks to try to hinder scavengers who descended on a
southwest England beach to pick through shipping containers that
washed ashore from a stranded cargo vessel.
2007 Jan 23, China Central
Television banned all images and spoken references to pigs in order
to avoid offending Muslims. The Year of the Pig was set to begin in
(WSJ, 1/25/06, p.A1)
2007 Jan 23, Ethiopian troops
who helped Somalia's government drive out a radical Islamic militia
began withdrawing in military trucks and tanks.
2007 Jan 23, A special
committee of the European Parliament approved a report alleging EU
nations including Britain, Poland, Germany and Italy were aware of
secret CIA flights over Europe and the abduction of terror suspects
by US agents into clandestine detention centers.
2007 Jan 23, French doctors
said that they had performed the world’s third partial face
transplant on a man whose face was disfigured by severe tumors.
(SFC, 1/24/07, p.A2)
2007 Jan 23, In northeast India
suspected separatist rebels set off a large bomb in a crowded market
in Gauhati, the capital of Assam state, killing at least one person
and wounding 12.
2007 Jan 23, The UN refugee
agency said that men allegedly wearing uniforms of the Iraqi
security forces abducted a group of 17 Palestinian refugees from a
building rented by the agency in Baghdad. Two bombs struck separate
Shiite targets in Baghdad, killing five people. A Blackwater USA
security helicopter crashed in a Sunni neighborhood in central
Baghdad and 5 men were shot execution style in the back of the head.
(AP, 1/23/07)(AP, 1/24/07)
2007 Jan 23, Bertie Ahern,
taoiseach of Ireland, launched a $238 billion national-development
plan for the economy over the next 7 years.
(Econ, 2/3/07, p.54)
2007 Jan 23, A Jordanian man
fatally shot his 17-year-old daughter whom he suspected of having
sex despite a medical exam that proved her chastity. The man
surrendered to police hours after the killing, saying he had done it
for family honor. On average, about 20 women in the country are
killed by their relatives in such cases each year.
2007 Jan 23, Hezbollah-led
protesters paralyzed Lebanon, clashing with government supporters
and burning tires and cars on roads in and around the capital to
enforce a general strike aimed at toppling US-backed Prime Minister
Fuad Saniora. Three people were killed and more than 170 wounded.
2007 Jan 23, Mozambique’s
National Institute for Disaster Management said torrential rains in
central Mozambique had claimed five lives and rendered more than
3,500 homeless since the weekend.
2007 Jan 23, In southern
Nigeria unidentified assailants seized oil engineers, an American
and a Briton, in the latest kidnapping.
2007 Jan 23, Dozens of masked
gunmen claiming to be members of al-Qaida stormed an empty Gaza
Strip beach resort and blew up a reception hall, saying they were
sending a message to an ally of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
2007 Jan 23, Ryszard
Kapuscinski (b.1932), Belarus-born Polish writer and journalist,
died following heart surgery. He gained international acclaim for
his books chronicling wars, coups and revolutions in Africa, the
Middle East and other parts of the world. His books included "The
Emperor" (1978), a chronicle of the decline of Haile Selassie's
regime in Ethiopia. In 1981 he published "Shah of Shahs," a book
about the 1979 Islamic revolution that toppled Iran's Shah Mohammad
Reza Pahlavi. His last book “Travels With Herodotus" was published
shortly after his death. In 2012 Artur Domoslawski’s “Ryszard
Kapuscinski: A Life" (2010), was translated to English by Antonia
(AP, 1/24/07)(WSJ, 6/9/07, p.P8)(SSFC, 7/22/07,
p.M1)(Econ, 6/23/12, p.83)
2007 Jan 23, In northern Sri
Lanka 2 roadside bombs exploded in Jaffna town, killing a government
soldier and three civilians.
2007 Jan 23, Hundreds of
Venezuelans protested against a congressional measure that would
grant President Hugo Chavez the power to pass laws by decree in
areas from the economy to defense.
2008 Jan 23, The US
Congressional Budget Office estimated that the deficit for the
current budget year will jump to about $250 billion, citing the
weakening economy. This figure does not reflect at least $100
billion in red ink from an economic stimulus measure in the works.
2008 Jan 23, Bechtel Corp. and
its partner Parsons Brinckerhoff in Boston’s Big Dig announced an
agreement to pay $407 million to settle a government lawsuit and
avoid criminal charges over the 2006 collapse that left one woman
(SFC, 1/24/08, p.C1)
2008 Jan 23, Police in San Jose
and Santa Clara, Ca., picked up over 70 people, part of more than
140 sought in the culmination of Operation Meltdown, a year-long
undercover investigation into copper theft.
(SFC, 1/24/08, p.B2)
2008 Jan 23, In Detroit Mayor
Kilpatrick responded to revelations by the Detroit Free Press
regarding an affair with a top aide in 2002-2003. He said that
period represented a difficult time in his life. Some 14,000 text
messages revealed that he had lied under oath during testimony in
2007 over the use of his security unit to cover up his extramarital
affair with Christine Beatty, his Chief of Staff.
(SFC, 1/24/08, p.A9)
2008 Jan 23, In Afghanistan a
Canadian soldier was killed and two others were injured when a
military convoy struck an improvised mine near the southern city of
2008 Jan 23, In Australia the
final issue of The Bulletin magazine was published. It was launched
in 1880 and became an institution in Australian publishing.
2008 Jan 23, Canada bowed out
of the 2009 UN conference on racism in Durban, South Africa, saying
it would likely "degenerate into ... expressions of intolerance and
2008 Jan 23, In Chile retired
Col. Ivan Quiroz was arrested in the southern city of Concepcion
after remaining at large for four months. He went into hiding to
avoid a 10-year prison sentence in a human rights case dating from
the dictatorship of Gen. Augusto Pinochet He had been convicted as
member of a secret police unit that killed 12 members of a
pro-communist urban guerrilla gang in 1987.
2008 Jan 23, In China a train
ran into group of railway workers in eastern Shandong province,
killing 18 and injuring nine others.
2008 Jan 23, The EU unveiled
its comprehensive climate and energy proposals.
2008 Jan 23, Militia leaders
signed a peace accord with Congo's government aimed at ending years
of fighting in the country's restive east.
2008 Jan 23, In France an
economic commission headed by Jacques Attali issued a report: 300
Decisions for Changing France," which had been requested by Pres.
(Econ, 1/26/08, p.51)
2008 Jan 23, PM Costas
Karamanlis became the first Greek premier to pay an official visit
to Turkey in nearly 50 years, reflecting warmer ties between two
countries that have come close to war several times.
2008 Jan 23, In Iran a top
interior ministry official said more than 2,000 reformers seeking
democratic changes within Iran's hard-line ruling establishment have
been disqualified from running in the upcoming parliamentary
2008 Jan 23, In Iraq an
explosion struck an apartment building in Mosul shortly after police
arrived to investigate a tip about a weapons cache inside, killing
at least 38 people and injuring 225. The huge blast destroyed about
50 buildings in the Mosul slum. It was later blamed on the Seifaddin
Regiment, some 150 foreign and Iraqi fighters who entered Iraq from
Syria a few months earlier. A relief organization later said more
than 60 people were killed and 280 wounded based on estimates from
relatives who buried victims without officially registering them.
Gunmen opened fire on an Iraqi army checkpoint in central Baghdad,
killing 8 soldiers and wounding two.
(AP, 1/23/08)(AP, 1/24/08)(SSFC, 1/27/08,
2008 Jan 23, Italy’s Premier
Romano Prodi won a confidence vote in parliament's lower house, but
his chances for success in the upper house appeared to worsen as
more allies defected amid growing pressure on the center-left leader
2008 Jan 23, In Malaysia tens
of thousands of ethnic Indian Malaysians gathered at the Batu Caves
temple outside Kuala Lumpur to celebrate Thaipusam, one of
Hinduism’s biggest festivals. In past years over a million have
turned out. The reduced turnout was due to a boycott called by the
Hindu rights Action Force (Hindraf), despite PM Badawi’s promise to
make Thaipusam a public holiday in the capital.
(Econ, 1/26/08, p.42)
2008 Jan 23, Nepal's government
reversed a fuel price hike after two days of nationwide protests and
clashes in the capital.
2008 Jan 23, Fifteen pilot
whales died in beach strandings in southern New Zealand while
rescuers monitored progress of 15 others toward safer waters.
2008 Jan 23, Tens of thousands
of Palestinians on foot and on donkey carts poured into Egypt from
Gaza after masked gunmen used land mines to blast down a seven-mile
barrier dividing the border town of Rafah.
2008 Jan 23, A Polish military
plane carrying 20 passengers and crew crashed in flames in
northwestern Poland, killing all aboard including an air force
2008 Jan 23, Russia said a new
draft UN resolution on Iran's disputed nuclear program does not call
for any harsh sanctions, and the Iranian president said new measures
would not deter the country in its pursuit of nuclear technology.
2008 Jan 23, Police in Moscow
arrested Semyon Mogilevich, a suspected crime boss with alleged
links to Russia's multibillion dollar gas business. Mogilevich, a
Ukrainian-born Russian citizen, has long been sought by the FBI and
2008 Jan 23, In Venezuela a
dozen opposition parties formally launched the Coalition for
Democratic Unity (MUD).
2009 Jan 23, President Barack
Obama struck down the Bush administration's “global gag rule," a ban
on giving federal money to international groups that perform
abortions or provide abortion information, an inflammatory policy
that has bounced in and out of law for the past quarter-century.
(AP, 1/24/09)(WSJ, 1/24/09, p.A1)
2009 Jan 23, US federal
fisheries regulators announced rules to protect marine mammals
during Navy sonar training along the Atlantic coast and in the Gulf
of Mexico. Similar regulations were issued previously by the
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration covering the West
Coast and Hawaii.
(SFC, 1/24/09, p.A2)(AP, 1/24/09)
2009 Jan 23, Gov. David
Paterson picked Democratic US Rep. Kirsten Gillibrand to fill New
York's vacant US Senate seat, a day after Caroline Kennedy abruptly
withdrew from consideration.
2009 Jan 23, Joseph Bruno (79),
former majority leader of the New York Senate, was indicted on
federal corruption charges.
(SFC, 1/24/09, p.A3)
2009 Jan 23, Geron Corp., a
Menlo Park, Ca., biotechnology company, announced that it had
received a FDA clearance to mount a study of its stem cell treatment
for spinal cord injuries in up to 10 patients.
(WSJ, 1/23/09, p.A12)
2009 Jan 23, In Afghanistan a
NATO soldier died in a bomb blast in the south of the country.
Taliban militants attacked a police post in Kandahar province
sparking a battle in which three policemen died. A roadside bomb
blast struck a joint Afghan army and NATO forces convoy in western
Farah province, killing an Afghan soldier and wounding five NATO
2009 Jan 23, In Australia
rescuers poured water on the parched skin of sperm whales beached on
a remote sand bank on Perkins Island to keep them alive until the
next high tide. All 45 whales died with 2 days.
(AP, 1/23/09)(AP, 1/24/09)(AP, 1/25/09)
2009 Jan 23, Authorities in the
Bahamas charged an island lawmaker and detained two other people in
an alleged plot to extort money from actor John Travolta after the
death of his son. Sen. Pleasant Bridgewater, an attorney from Grand
Bahama, was arrested a day earlier and charged with abetment to
extort and conspiracy to extort.
2009 Jan 23, In Belgium Kim De
Gelder went on a rampage at a day care center, stabbing two young
children and a female worker to death and slashing 10 other children
all over their bodies.
(AP, 1/23/09)(AP, 3/22/13)
2009 Jan 23, Bolivia’s Pres.
Evo Morales seized control of Pan-American Energy’s local natural
gas producer and warned other privately owned companies they would
face similar fates if they do not comply with Bolivian laws.
(WSJ, 1/24/09, p.A6)
2009 Jan 23, The British
economy was officially declared in recession as a galloping economic
crisis has driven down the value of the British pound to a 23-year
low and threatened to remake the country's political landscape.
(McClatchy Newspapers, 1/23/09)
2009 Jan 23, Colombia's
national police chief said that fugitive drug boss Daniel Rendon,
the country's leading drug lord, has offered assassins a bounty of
$1,000 for each police officer they kill. The defense minister said
another 10 Colombian soldiers have been fired for negligence in
connection with the killings of civilians to inflate guerrilla
casualty figures. A major was the highest ranking of the 10
cashiered soldiers from the Popa Battalion in the northern city of
2009 Jan 23, Indian PM Manmohan
Singh was hospitalized and will undergo heart bypass surgery after
doctors found blocked arteries.
2009 Jan 23, Iraqi Foreign
Minister Hoshiyar Zebari said Turkey, Iraq and the United States
have agreed to set up a joint command center in northern Iraq to
gather intelligence to fight Kurdish PKK rebels in the region.
2009 Jan 23, Iraq's top
security official called a decision by his government to close Camp
Ashraf, housing some 3,500 members of an armed Iranian opposition
group north of Baghdad "irreversible," saying the Iraqi authorities
do not allow anti-Iran activities on their soil. Members of the
terrorist People's Mujahedeen, known as the Mujahedeen-e-Khalq, will
either be deported to Iran or be given the option of going to a
third country. A bomb hidden inside a traffic police booth exploded
in western Baghdad, killing a 7-year-old boy and wounding his
2009 Jan 23, Japan’s space
agency (JAXA) launched Ibuki (breath), the first satellite dedicated
to monitoring carbon dioxide emissions. Officials hoped to gather
information on climate change and help the country compete in the
lucrative satellite-launching business.
(AP, 1/23/09)(Econ, 2/14/09, p.90)
2009 Jan 23, Officials said
Liberia's worst caterpillar plague in three decades has spread to
neighboring Guinea after swarms of the crop-eating insects
devastated more than 45 towns.
2009 Jan 23, In northern Norway
an off-duty police officer shot and killed his ex-girlfriend with
another officer's service pistol, then critically wounded himself
outside the elementary school where she was a student teacher.
2009 Jan 23, In Pakistan 2
suspected US missile attacks killed 14 people just east of the
Afghan border. At least five victims were identified as foreign
militants. A suicide attack and a roadside bomb killed two soldiers
and three civilians in the Swat Valley.
2009 Jan 23, In Puerto Rico
three of five co-defendants reached plea agreements days after
another co-defendant, former Acevedo aide Eneidy Coreano, agreed to
testify in a federal corruption trial against former Gov. Anibal
Acevedo Vila and have her charges dropped.
2009 Jan 23, Said Ali
al-Shihri, a Saudi man released from Guantanamo after spending
nearly six years inside the US prison camp, is now the No. 2 of
Yemen's al-Qaida branch, according to a purported Internet statement
from the terror network.
2009 Jan 23, In Sri Lanka
assailants on motorbikes attacked and wounded a newspaper editor and
his wife as they drove to work, the latest in a string of assault on
2009 Jan 23, In Zimbabwe city
workers in Harare began an indefinite strike, demanding to be paid
in hard currency. President Robert Mugabe's ruling party refused to
budge on opposition demands for a unity government, whose fate
hinges on the outcome of a regional summit next week. The WHO said
cholera in Zimbabwe has so far killed 2,773 people.
(AP, 1/23/09)(AFP, 1/23/09)
2010 Jan 23, President Barack
Obama said he can't imagine "anything more devastating to the public
interest" than the Supreme Court's decision to ease limits on
campaign spending by corporations and labor unions.
2010 Jan 23, Abby Sunderland
(16) of Thousand Oaks, Ca., sailed into the Pacific aboard a 4-foot
craft called wild Eyes in an effort to become the youngest person to
sail solo around the world. On April 24 Sunderland wrote on her blog
that it would be "foolish and irresponsible" to keep going after
losing use of her boat's main autopilot.
(SFC, 1/25/10, p.A5)(AP, 4/25/10)
2010 Jan 23, In Texas an
800-foot oil tanker and towing vessel collided spilling oil in the
southeast port of Port Arthur. The spill, estimated at 462,000
gallons, was contained to a 2-mile area along the Sabine Neches
(AP, 1/24/10)(SSFC, 1/24/10, p.A10)(SFC, 1/26/10,
2010 Jan 23, Afghanistan’s
Pres. Karzai unveiled an ambitious Western-funded plan to offer
money and jobs to tempt Taliban fighters to lay down their arms.
Militants in the south killed two US soldiers and kidnapped a police
chief in a series of attacks. Insurgents killed 3 Afghan women in
the eastern province of Paktika. 12 militants were killed in
2010 Jan 23, Brazil extradited
Manuel Juan Cordero Piacentini, a retired Uruguayan military
officer, to Argentina to face charges of human rights abuses
allegedly committed more than 30 years ago. Under "Operation
Condor," the military dictatorships that ruled much of South America
in the 1970s and 1980s secretly cooperated in the torture and
disappearances of each others' citizens.
2010 Jan 23, The British
Department for Business Innovation and Skills halted the export of
the ADE651 after a Jan 22 BBC Newsnight investigation challenged the
claims of the company, ATSC. The broadcaster took the key aspects of
the device to a laboratory, which concluded that a component
intended to detect explosives contained technology used to prevent
theft in stores. The government banned its export to Iraq and
Afghanistan because of the risk that it could hurt British and
2010 Jan 23, Haiti's government
declared the search and rescue phase for survivors of the earthquake
over, saying there is little hope of finding more people alive 11
days after much of the capital was reduced to rubble.
2010 Jan 23, The US Marine
Corps wrapped up nearly seven years in Iraq, handing over duties to
the Army and signaling the beginning of an accelerated withdrawal of
American troops as the US turns its focus away from the waning Iraqi
war to a growing one in Afghanistan. Iraqi-American contractor Issa
T. Salomi (60) went missing in Baghdad. Shiite militants executed
the kidnapping after luring him into central Baghdad with promises
of visiting distant relatives. In a video that later surfaced, his
abductors from the League of the Righteous, demanded the release of
militants and the prosecution of Blackwater security contractors
accused of killing 17 Iraqis in 2007 in Baghdad. Salomi was freed on
March 25 in exchange for 4 militants.
(AP, 1/23/10)(AP, 2/6/10)(SFC, 8/13/10, p.A3)
2010 Jan 23, In southern Mexico
about 150 migrants were pulled off a train by unidentified
assailants in the state of Oaxaca. On Jan 26 a Salvadoran
official filed a complaint with Mexican officials saying 3 men
were slain and 4 women were raped in the attack.
2010 Jan 23, In New Zealand 48
pilot whales stranded at Port Levy on South Island, but scores of
volunteers joined Department of Conservation workers to refloat them
off the shallow, muddy inlet. By the next day rescuers managed to
coax 33 back out into deep waters, but another 15 of the pod died.
2010 Jan 23, In central Nigeria
a village headman said at least 150 bodies were recovered from wells
following deadly Muslim-Christian clashes, taking the unofficial
death toll past 400.
2010 Jan 23, In Pakistan a
suicide bomber killed at least four people including two children in
northwestern Gomal. Militants destroyed a NATO tanker outside
Peshawar. Gunmen on a motorbike shot dead two soldiers and wounded
two others in Khuzdar town, 350km (217 miles) south of Quetta, the
capital of southwestern Baluchistan. Militants ambushed Pakistani
security forces at checkpoints in the Orkazai and Kurram regions
close to the Afghan border, sparking gunbattles that left 22
insurgents and two troops dead.
(AFP, 1/23/10)(AP, 1/23/10)(SSFC, 1/24/10, p.A8)
2010 Jan 23, Russian PM
Vladimir Putin declared that peace has returned to North Caucasus,
the center of a growing Islamist insurgency, and called for the
region's economy to be rebuilt. He also ordered officials in the
North Caucasus to ensure what he called the "normal work" of human
rights groups operating in the volatile region.
(Reuters, 1/23/10)(AP, 1/23/10)
2010 Jan 23, Saudi Arabia’s
assistant defense minister said Saudi forces have recovered the
bodies of 20 soldiers who had been reported missing in fierce
battles with Yemeni rebels on the border, raising the Saudi death
toll in the conflict to 133.
2010 Jan 23, In Sudan a
military spokesman said at least 24 people have been killed in
clashes in the troubled southern Sudanese state of Jonglei in recent
2010 Jan 23, In Venezuela tens
of thousands opposed to President Hugo Chavez took to the streets,
blaming him for rolling blackouts, water rationing, widespread crime
and other problems they say are making daily life increasingly
difficult. This day marked the 1958 uprising that ousted Venezuela’s
last military dictator. The Chavez regime told cable TV operators to
stop carrying RCTV, a pro-opposition channel.
(AP, 1/24/10)(Econ, 1/30/10, p.44)
2011 Jan 23, In Indiana police
officer David Moore was shot twice in the face during a traffic stop
in Indianapolis. On Jan 26 Moore was declared brain dead.
(SFC, 1/27/11, p.A6)
2011 Jan 23, In Detroit,
Michigan, Lamar D. Moore (38) opened fire at the 6th precinct on
Warwick and Plymouth and wounded 4 police officers before he was
2011 Jan 23, In Oregon Lincoln
City police officer was shot and critically injured during a traffic
stop. Gunman David Anthony Durham escaped the scene.
(SFC, 1/29/11, p.A6)
2011 Jan 23, Jack LaLanne (96),
fitness fanatic, died. He was still pumping iron and pushing fruits
and vegetables decades past most Americans' retirement age.
2011 Jan 23, Afghan lawmakers
set aside a demand for President Hamid Karzai to scrap a
controversial court probing election fraud, paving the way for
parliament to convene in three days after weeks of in-fighting.
2011 Jan 23, In Bangladesh tens
of thousands of Muslims seeking peace and the revival of Islam's
tenets joined a mass prayer to wrap up an annual three-day Islamic
congregation outside the capital on the bank of the River Turag.
2011 Jan 23, In Belgium tens of
thousands of protesters marched through the Brussels in support of
national unity and to demand that the rival political groupings
finally form a coalition after seven months without a government.
2011 Jan 23, Voting began in
the Central African Republic for presidential and parliamentary
polls, with incumbent President Francois Bozize tipped to retain
power amid charges of fraud. On Feb 1 provisional results said
Francois Bozize re-elected to a 2nd term as president with 66% of
(AFP, 1/23/11)(AP, 2/2/11)
2011 Jan 23, In the Dominican
Rep. a 3-year-old boy of Haitian descent was killed when a group of
Dominican men burned down four family homes in revenge for an
2011 Jan 23, Iran's state TV
said the country has launched its first cyber police unit in the
latest attempt by authorities to gain an edge in the digital world.
2011 Jan 23, In Iraq a flurry
of morning bombs killed 10 people and wounded 34 around Baghdad. At
least two car bombs exploded, apparently targeting police patrols,
killing two policemen and a bystander, while two other people were
killed when the offices of the government sewage department in
downtown was bombed. Another bomb exploded as a bus of Iranian
pilgrims drove by, killing one and injuring nine. In the town of
Taji, a car bomb killed a farmer and his son heading to a nearby
market. In the nearby town of Tarmiyah, a bomb planted outside a
school went off, killing two young boys.
2011 Jan 23, In Mexico gunmen
spraying automatic weapons fire killed 7 people at a park that had
been built as an anti-violence measure in Ciudad Juarez. 7 other
drug gang suspects were killed in a series of gunbattles outside the
northern city of Monterrey. They included a top operator of the
Zetas drug gang known as "Comandante Lino." Another seven-hour
shootout between soldiers and gunmen broke out in Los Mochis,
Sinaloa state. One gunman was killed and two soldiers were wounded.
2011 Jan 23, In northern
Nigeria suspected members of an Islamist sect, blamed for a series
of attacks in Maiduguri, shot dead a soldier guarding a church and
stole his rifle. Suspected members of the Boko Haram sect shot two
soldiers to death and injured another manning a checkpoint in
northern Biu village.
(AFP, 1/23/11)(AP, 1/25/11)
2011 Jan 23, North Korea's
leader Kim Jong Il held talks with an Orascom Telecom Executive
Naguib Sawiris, an Egyptian telecoms magnate. In 2008 Orascom set up
and began operating an advanced mobile phone network in North Korea.
2011 Jan 23, In eastern
Pakistan authorities arrested 21-year-old Saima Bibi's father and
three of her uncles in a small village. Police a day earlier
recovered Bibi's body, which had burn marks indicating she had been
electrocuted. The woman had eloped with another villager a month ago
and got married in the southern port city of Karachi.
2011 Jan 23, In Pakistan Sultan
Amir Tarar, a former Pakistani spy who helped the Taliban rise to
power in Afghanistan, was reported to have died under captivity 10
months after he was seized in northwest Pakistan. Tarar, better
known as Col. Imam, played a major role in funneling Pakistani
support and training to Afghans fighting Soviet rule in the 1980s, a
push in large part financed by the CIA. On Feb 19 the Pakistani
Taliban claimed it had killed Tarar.
(AP, 1/24/11)(AP, 2/19/11)
2011 Jan 23, In Pakistan a pair
of suspected US drone strikes killed six alleged militants in Datta
Khel, North Waziristan. A 3rd strike killed at least six militants
in Mando Khel.
(AP, 1/23/11)(AFP, 1/23/11)
2011 Jan 23, In southern
Pakistan a bus slammed into an oil tanker before dawn, setting off a
blazing inferno that gutted both vehicles and killed 32 people.
2011 Jan 23, In the northern
Philippines suspected communist rebels shot and killed Rizal town
police chief Antonio Rueco, and four other officers, including his
wife, after detonating roadside bombs under their patrol car.
2011 Jan 23, Portuguese voted
in an election looking certain to return President Anibal Cavaco
Silva for a second term, a result that would uphold the government's
efforts to avoid an international financial bailout.
2011 Jan 23, South African
police raided apartments linked to a Nigerian man facing terrorism
charges in South Africa, killing one tenant and wounding another
2011 Jan 23, Sudanese
government forces swept the Zamzam camp on the outskirts of the
Darfur’s historical capital El-Fasher, arresting 37 people and
seizing weapons and ammunition. The camp is considered a stronghold
of Minnawi's faction of the Sudan Liberation Army.
2011 Jan 23, South Sudan’s
referendum commission's website said provisional results from the
referendum showed that almost 99 percent of voters have chosen
independence, after 98.7 percent of the votes had been counted.
Turnout exceeded 100 percent in several areas, and a top election
official said that some results were being quarantined.
2011 Jan 23, In Tunisia
thousands of anti-government protesters rallied outside PM Mohammed
Ghannouchi's office, calling for him to quit after the downfall of
the north African state's 23-year regime.
2011 Jan 23, UN Development
Program spokesman Stephane Dujarric said that the program's policy
bars it from sharing internal audit reports with the Global Fund,
but that it is reassessing that policy. Investigators for the Global
Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria said donated
prescription drugs wind up being sold on the black market. As much
as two-thirds of some grants have been eaten up by corruption.
2011 Jan 23, In Venezuela
allies and adversaries of President Hugo Chavez took to the streets
of the capital by the thousands, staging rival demonstrations to
commemorate the 53rd anniversary of Venezuela's democracy.
2011 Jan 23, Yemeni police
arrested Tawakul Abdel-Salam Karman, a woman activist for leading
anti-government protests, setting off a second day of street
2011 Jan 23, Zimbabwean police
drove out scores of so-called war veterans and supporters of Pres.
Robert Mugabe after they declared themselves new owners of several
2012 Jan 23, Severe storms and
possible tornadoes pounded the South, injuring more than 100 people
and killing at least two in Alabama, including a man who lived in an
area devastated by a deadly twister outbreak in the spring.
2012 Jan 23, An Afghan toddler
was accidentally killed and the child's parents were wounded when
Danish soldiers blew up a roadside bomb in Helmand province.
2012 Jan 23, A billion-plus
Asians welcomed the Year of the Dragon with a cacophony of
fireworks, hoping the mightiest sign in the Chinese zodiac will
usher in the wealth and power it represents.
2012 Jan 23, A British court
heard that Turkish-Cypriot business magnate Asil Nadir (70), one of
Britain's most infamous fugitives, stole almost £150 million from
his Polly Peck business empire. Nadir fled to northern Cyprus in
1993, months before he was due to stand trial for fraud, but
dramatically returned to Britain in August 2010 and was immediately
2012 Jan 23, Martin Smith (46),
a former TV psychic from North Shields, was found dead at HMP
Manchester, formerly Strangeways Prison. Smith was jailed for 16
years in March 2011 after being found guilty of a string of offences
including rape, attempted rape and indecent assault. His wife Lianne
Smith (43) faced murder charges for the deaths of their 2 children
in a hotel in Spain in 2010.
2012 Jan 23, British adventurer
Felicity Aston (34) finished her Antarctic crossing, becoming the
first woman to ski across the icy continent alone.
2012 Jan 23, In China Police
opened fire on Tibetans protesting against religious repression,
killing at least one person and injuring more than 30 others in
Sichuan province's Luhuo county.
2012 Jan 23, Egypt's parliament
met for the first time since a popular uprising ousted Hosni
Mubarak. The parliament elected Saad al-Katatni, a leading member of
the powerful Muslim Brotherhood, as speaker. The exact role of
parliament remained unclear, with power remaining in the hands of
the generals who took power from former president Mubarak.
2012 Jan 23, The EU and Iran
raised the stakes in their test of wills over the Islamic republic's
nuclear program, with the bloc banning the purchase of Iranian oil
and Iran threatening to retaliate by closing the Strait of Hormuz.
2012 Jan 23, Indian police said
they had arrested two people in connection with triple blasts in
Mumbai in July last year which claimed 27 lives. The two suspects
from the eastern state of Bihar are accused of taking orders from
the alleged mastermind Yasin Bhatkal.
2012 Jan 23, Indian navy
personnel took command of the country's first nuclear-powered
submarine in two decades after collecting the vessel near the
Russian port of Vladivostok. India decommissioned its last
Soviet-built vessel in 1991.
2012 Jan 23, The Honein
jihadist forum posted a message vowing further attacks against Iraqi
2012 Jan 23, The International
Criminal Court ruled that two leading presidential hopefuls are
among four prominent Kenyans whom should face trial over deadly
post-election violence four years ago. The ICC said charges of
crimes against humanity had been confirmed against William Ruto and
Uhuru Kenyatta, the son of the country's founding president. Radio
host Joshua arap Sang (36) and Francis Muthaura (65), the head of
Kenya's civil service, will also face trial.
2012 Jan 23, Israeli police
arrested 2 lawmakers from the militant Palestinian party Hamas after
hiding for over a year inside a Red Cross compound in Jerusalem.
Khaled Abu Arfa and Mohammed Totah had sought refuge in the compound
on July 1, 2010, to escape Israeli arrest.
2012 Jan 23, Japanese high-tech
giant Hitachi said it will stop making televisions by the end of
September as intense price competition hurts TV earnings at many
electronics manufacturers worldwide.
2012 Jan 23, In Libya
supporters of slain Libyan dictator Moamer Kadhafi reportedly seized
control of Bani Walid, his one-time bastion. At least 7 people were
killed and 25 others wounded. The fighters who rose up in Bani Walid
belong to Brigade 93, a militia created by Gadhafi loyalists who
reassembled after the fall of the regime in August. These claims
were strongly denied by Interior Minister Fawzi Abdelali. The
fighting pitted the May 28 Brigade of former rebel fighters against
a group of heavily armed residents who had come to the base to seek
the release of a relative from custody.
(AFP, 1/23/12)(AP, 1/24/12)(SFC, 1/24/12,
p.A2)(AFP, 1/24/12)(AFP, 1/27/12)
2012 Jan 23, In Malawi scores
of lawyers wore their court white wigs and black robes as they
marched around court buildings in the commercial capital, Blantyre,
to support court clerks who have been striking for higher pay for
two weeks. The strikers have said they won't return to work until
they get increases of 40% promised in 2006 and 50% promised in 2009.
Clerks earned an average of 16,200 kwacha ($100) a month.
2012 Jan 23, In Mexico two rear
admirals took over as directors of traffic police in the neighboring
cities of Veracruz and Boca del Rio, as part of an effort to root
out corruption. Five police officers were fatally shot after they
stopped a vehicle in a town outside Mexico City. A member of La
Familia Michoacana drug cartel, who police say was responsible for
collecting extortion money from bars in the area, was killed in the
attack. On Jan 25 Mexico State prosecutor Alfredo Castillo said the
officers from the town of Ixtapaluca had asked the four La Familia
Michoacana cartel members in the vehicle for 6,000 pesos (about
$460) to let them go.
(AP, 1/23/12)(AP, 1/24/12)(AP, 1/25/12)
2012 Jan 23, In Pakistan a US
drone fired two missiles into a vehicle, killing four militants at
Degan village in North Waziristan.
2012 Jan 23, Russia's business
daily Kommersant reported that Moscow has signed a contract to sell
36 Yak-130 combat jets to Syria, a deal that, if confirmed, would
openly defy international efforts to pressure Assad's regime.
2012 Jan 23, South Sudanese
President Salva Kiir accused Sudan of stealing $815 million of the
crude oil that makes up the new nation's economic lifeblood, as it
began a production shutdown in protest. At least one Sudanese
refugee boy was injured and 14 others left missing following an air
raid in South Sudan.
(AFP, 1/23/12)(AFP, 1/24/12)
2012 Jan 23, Syria rejected the
Arab League's wide-ranging new plan to end the country's 10-month
crisis, saying the League's call for a national unity government in
two months is a clear violation of Syrian sovereignty. The EU backed
the Arab plan, and it extended existing sanctions against Assad's
government by adding 22 more officials and 8 companies to the
blacklist. Troops and army defectors clashed near the western town
of Qusair. It said five soldiers were killed and 13 were wounded.
The LCC put today’s death toll at 10. Funerals in Douma drew more
than 150,000 people. Radwan Rabih Hamadi (46), a prominent
opposition figure, was ambushed and assassinated by gunmen.
(AP, 1/23/12)(AP, 1/24/12)
2012 Jan 23, Turkey threatened
more sanctions for France if the Senate in Paris votes later today
to make it a crime to deny the 20th-century killing of Armenians by
Ottoman Turks constitutes a genocide. France's parliament approved
the bill later in the day.
(AP, 1/23/12)(AP, 1/24/12)
2012 Jan 23, In Yemen a wave of
mutinies demanding the ouster of the air force commander spread to
four military air bases. The president’s half-brother, Maj. Gen.
Mohammed Saleh, remained commander of the air force.
2013 Jan 23, Senior defense
officials said Pentagon chief Leon Panetta is removing the
military's ban on women serving in combat, opening hundreds of
thousands of front-line positions and potentially elite commando
jobs after more than a decade at war.
2013 Jan 23, Two former members
of the Church of Scientology claimed in a lawsuit filed inm Tampa.
Florida, that the church and its affiliates deceived members into
donating millions of dollars to misrepresented causes.
2013 Jan 23, Pebble Technology,
an American maker of smart watches, began shipping it’s $150 digital
wrist watches that can show e-mail, text and Facebook messages. Eric
Migicovsky's company launched a Kickstarter campaign on April 11,
2012, with an initial fundraising target of $100,000. On May 18,
2012, funding closed with $10,266,844 pledged by 68,928 people.
2013 Jan 23, A small plane
crashed in an Antarctic mountain range while carrying 3 Canadians
between scientific research stations on the continent.
2013 Jan 23, Argentina’s
defense minister, Arturo Puricelli, expressed shame after the Navy
destroyer ARA Trinidad sank at its moorings. Congressman Julio
Martinez said of a total of 70 navy ships only 16 are in sailing
(SFC, 1/24/13, p.A2)
2013 Jan 23, British PM David
Cameron promised to give Britons a referendum choice on whether to
stay in the European Union or leave if he wins an election in 2015.
2013 Jan 23, A new report said
irresponsible lending and intimidating debt collectors are pushing
thousands of people in Britain into depression and suicide. Separate
data showed more people are taking their own lives.
2013 Jan 23, A France-based
human rights group charged that Malian forces had committed about 33
killings since new fighting erupted Jan 10.
2013 Jan 23, In northern Iraq a
suicide bomber blew himself up among Turkmen mourners at a Shiite
funeral, killing at least 35 people in Tuz Khormato. Another 117
(AP, 1/23/13)(SFC, 1/24/13, p.A4)
2013 Jan 23, Jordanians voted
in a first electoral test for their king's political reforms. A
boycott from his Islamist-led opponents cast doubt over whether the
vote would quell two years of simmering dissent in the streets.
Islamists and other government critics won 37 seats of 150 up for
grabs in the newly empowered parliament.
(AP, 1/23/13)(AP, 1/24/13)
2013 Jan 23, In Mexico 6
victims were found dismembered in Tuluca. Prosecutors said the
dismemberment killings over the past 10 days of 16 people, allegedly
lookouts or informants for rival gangs, was the work of a drug
(SFC, 1/24/13, p.A2)
2013 Jan 23, Morocco’s
government announced plans to change the penal code to outlaw the
traditional practice of allowing those convicted of "corruption" or
"kidnapping" of a minor to go free if they marry their victim.
2013 Jan 23, In southwest
Nigeria a gasoline pipeline was attacked in Arepo, bursting into
flames and starting a fire that continued to burn hours later.
Officials blamed oil thieves. In the northeast suspected fighters
from the Boko Haram radical Islamist sect beheaded three people in
2013 Jan 23, Cardinal Jozef
Glemp (83), the longtime head of Poland's influential Roman Catholic
church, died. He helped lead the nation peacefully through martial
law and the fight against communism.
2013 Jan 23, In Russia Lyudmila
Garifulina (63), a member of the legislature in the town of Staraya
Kupavna, was attacked outside her apartment building. She was
stabbed four times with a knife. She opposed a construction project
that would destroy a forest just outside Moscow.
2013 Jan 23, In Slovenia a
massive austerity strike began as the the main coalition partner
walked out of the government over corruption allegations against PM
(SFC, 1/24/13, p.A2)
2013 Jan 23, Rights groups
called for the Somali government to release a journalist arrested by
police for interviewing a woman who said she was raped by government
security forces. Freelance journalist Abdiaziz Abdinur Ibrahim and
three others accused in the case have been held for more than a week
without charge. Journalist Abdiaziz Abdinur was later charged with
insulting a government body and inducing the woman to give false
evidence. On March 17 Somalia's Supreme Court overturned Ibrahim’s
widely criticized conviction.
(AP, 1/23/13)(AP, 1/31/13)(AP, 3/18/13)
2013 Jan 23, In Syria a rocket
fired by regime forces slammed into Abu Taltal, a northern
rebel-held village, killing six members of a single family. Violence
was reported elsewhere with air raids around the capital Damascus
and clashes and shelling in the southern province of Daraa and the
central region of Homs.
2013 Jan 23, In Thailand Somyot
Pruksakasemsuk, a prominent activist and magazine editor, was
sentenced to a decade in prison for defaming the country’s monarchy.
2013 Jan 23, Vietnam announced
the arrest of Pham Thanh Tan,former head of the state-owned
Agribank, for irresponsibility causing serious consequences. This
was the 5th arrest of a senior Agribank executive in as many months.
The previous four faced charges of embezzlement and theft totalling
some $7 million.
(Econ, 2/2/13, p.64)
2013 Jan 23, In Yemen a US
drone strike on a car outside the capital of Sanaa killed at least
seven suspected al-Qaida militants.
2014 Jan 23, In Oakland, Ca.,
Justice Toliver was shot and killed by her brother (14) with a hand
gun following a quarrel over laundry. The boy fled the scene but
surrendered after a few days. On Jan 30 he was charged in juvenile
court with murder.
(SFC, 1/31/14, p.D3)
2014 Jan 23, A group of dead
pilot whales, 16 females and 9 males, were spotted by boaters near
Kice Island, Florida. Earlier this week, eight other whales were
found dead after they swam into shallow waters near Fort Myers.
Necropsies began the next day.
(Reuters, 1/25/14)(SFC, 1/25/14, p.A5)
2014 Jan 23, Michigan Gov. Rick
Snyder announced a plan to ask Pres. Obama for 50,000 visas for
immigrants willing to move to Detroit.
(SFC, 1/24/14, p.A8)
2014 Jan 23, NYC police
arrested Vincent Asaro (78) and charged him with helping direct the
Dec 11, 1978, Kennedy Airport robbery that netted almost $6 million
in cash and jewelry. Asaro was named along with his son, both
captains in the Bonanno crime family, and three other defendants in
a wide-ranging indictment.
(SFC, 1/24/14, p.A22)
2014 Jan 23, Virginia's
attorney general has concluded that the state's ban on gay marriage
is unconstitutional. His office said he will no longer defend it in
federal lawsuits challenging it.
2014 Jan 23, In Afghanistan a
gunman on a motorcycle opened fire at a group of local cricket
players, killing 5 of them during a game in eastern Laghman
province. Police found the body of slain journalist Noor Ahmad Noori
in southern Helmand province.
2014 Jan 23, The Algerian army
killed 4 armed Islamists overnight in an ambush south of the
2014 Jan 23, Australian police
revealed they had cracked a major global money-laundering ring with
operatives in more than 20 countries and funds syphoned off to
groups reported to include Hezbollah.
2014 Jan 23, Australian police
said an American man (58) has been charged with dealing with
suspected proceeds of a crime after finding $5 million in cash in
suitcases in a Sydney apartment.
(SFC, 1/24/14, p.A2)
2014 Jan 23, In Canada an early
morning fire at a Quebec residence for elderly people killed at
least 32 people. Eight of the 32 remained missing.
(AFP, 1/23/14)(AP, 1/25/14)(Reuters,
1/26/14)(SSFC, 2/2/14, p.A7)
2014 Jan 23, In China the
parents of activist Xue Mingkai were detained in Qufu city, Shandong
province. After being held for six days, Xue and his wife, Wang
Shuqing, fled and sought protection at a local prosecutor's office
but were caught and separated. Days later, Wang was informed by
authorities that her husband was dead. Authorities said he had
killed himself by jumping from the fourth floor of a prosecutor's
building. Many people suspected murder.
2014 Jan 23, Ecuadorean airline
Tame suspended its once-daily flights to and from Venezuela until
that country's cash-strapped government pays it $43 million owed for
2014 Jan 23, In Egypt clashes
between rival students at a university in Alexandria killed at least
one student. Masked gunmen riding on motorcycles opened fire at a
police checkpoint in central Egypt, killing five policemen and
(AFP, 1/23/14)(AP, 1/23/14)
2014 Jan 23, Ghana said it
deported 4,700 illegal miners last year, most of them Chinese
2014 Jan 23, Iran’s President
Hassan Rouhani told the World Economic Forum in Davos that Tehran
was ready to help create a new multilateral body tasked with
stabilizing global energy supplies. Rouhani also called for free and
fair elections in Syria, saying it would respect any outcome.
(AFP, 1/23/14)(AP, 1/23/14)
2014 Jan 23, Iraq hanged 11
people convicted of terrorist offences.
2014 Jan 23, A Kenyan court
sentenced 24 Somalis to seven years each in prison for attempting to
hijack an Iranian merchant vessel, FV Ariya, in the Gulf of Oman in
2014 Jan 23, Japanese fishermen
in Taiji killed more than two dozen striped dolphins, as global
outrage over the slaughter grew.
2014 Jan 23, In Kyrgyzstan 11
people, believed to be members of a militant group of ethnic
Uighurs, were killed after illegally crossing the border from China.
2014 Jan 23, Dutch authorities
said they have detained Jean Baptiste M. (54), a former Rwandan
politician suspected of compiling death lists during the country's
1994 genocide, and would send him home for court hearings.
2014 Jan 23, In northwest
Pakistan a car bomb hauled into a car repair shop in Peshawar
killing 6 people.
2014 Jan 23, In Pakistan
Muhammad Asghar (69), a Briton with a history of mental illness from
Edinburgh, was sentenced to death for blasphemy. His lawyers were
barred from the courtroom partway through the trial. Asghar was
arrested in 2010 after writing letters to a lawyer and politician
claiming to be a prophet.
2014 Jan 23, Hamas accused
Twitter of censorship as an account of its armed wing has been
suspended by Twitter administrators.
2014 Jan 23, Russia's Supreme
Court ordered the release of Platon Lebedev (57), Kremlin critic
Mikhail Khodorkovsky's business partner, after a decade in jail, but
refused to drop a tax claim that is keeping the former oil tycoon
2014 Jan 23, In South Africa
tens of thousands of platinum miners went on strike, demanding
higher wages. Striking workers at the top three platinum producers
agreed to take part in government-brokered talks aimed at ending the
dispute and limiting economic damage.
(AP, 1/23/14)(AFP, 1/23/14)
2014 Jan 23, South Sudan's
government and rebels signed a peace deal in Ethiopia aimed at
ending the month-old conflict as fighting continued in oil-rich
Unity state and in Jonglei state.
2014 Jan 23, In central Turkey
at least 21 people were killed when a bus tipped over on an icy
2014 Jan 23, Tensions in
Ukraine spread far from Kiev as hundreds of people in the city of
Lviv stormed into the regional governor's office and forced him to
write a letter of resignation. President Yanukovich called for an
emergency session of parliament to end the crisis which has brought
thousands of anti-government protesters on to the streets and caused
violent clashes with police. PM Mykola Azarov accused opposition
protesters of trying to stage a coup d'etat.
(AP, 1/23/14)(Reuters, 1/23/14)
2014 Jan 23, Human Rights Watch
hit out at the United Arab Emirates for preventing it from holding a
news conference to release a report criticizing rights violations in
the Gulf state.
2014 Jan 23, In Yemen 3
suspected al Qaeda militants were killed in Maarib province in what
local officials and tribal sources said was a strike by a US drone.