Today in History - January 24
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41CE Jan 24,
Shortly after declaring himself a god, Gaius Caligula Germanicus,
emperor from 37-41, was assassinated by two Praetorian tribunes.
(HN, 1/24/99)(MC, 1/24/02)
76CE Jan 24, Publius A.
Hadrianus, 14th Roman Emperor (117-138), was born.
1458 Jan 24, Matthias Corvinus
(1440-1490), the son of John Hunyadi, was elected king of Hungary.
Under his rule Hungary was the most important state in central
Europe. For his fighting force he ordered every 20 houses to provide
one horse soldier. “Husz” is 20 in Hungarian and so the light
cavalryman became know as a Hussar. His illuminated breviary is held
by the Vatican library.
(WUD, 1994, p.1672)(Sky, 9/97, p.26)(HN, 1/24/99)
1568 Jan 24, In Netherlands
Duke of Alba declared (future King) William of Orange an outlaw.
1639 Jan 24, (Gregorian
Calendar) The Fundamental Orders, the first constitution in the New
World, was adopted in Connecticut [see Jan 14].
1656 Jan 24, Jacob Lumbrozo,
1st Jewish doctor in US, arrived in Maryland.
1679 Jan 24, King Charles II
disbanded the English parliament.
1712 Jan 24, Frederick II
(d.1786), Frederick the Great, the Hohenzollern King of Prussia
(1740-1786), was born. He was noted for his social reforms and
leading Prussia in military victories.
(WUD, 1994, p.565)(HN, 1/24/99)(WSJ, 4/27/00,
1722 Jan 24, Czar Peter the
Great capped his reforms in Russia with the "Table of Rank" which
decreed a commoner could climb on merit to the highest positions.
1732 Jan 24, Pierre Caron de
Beaumarchais (d.1799), French dramatist, was born. He was best
remembered for his plays "Barber of Civil" and "Marriage of Figaro."
He was a conduit for French gold and arms to American Revolution,
persecuted by mob during French Rev. "It is not necessary to
understand things in order to argue about them."
1734 Jan 24, In Cracow the 2nd
last king of Lithuania and Poland, August III, was crowned.
1742 Jan 24, Charles VII was
crowned Holy Roman Emperor during the War of the Austrian
1746 Jan 24, Gustav III, king
during Swedish Enlightenment (1771-92), was born.
1800 Jan 24, Edwin Chadwick,
British social reformer, was born.
1813 Jan 24, Theodore Sedgwick
(b.1746), arch-Federalist and former Massachusetts Senator
(1796-1799), died. In 2007 John Sedgwick authored “In My Blood: Six
Generations of Madness and Desire in an American Family.”
1839 Jan 24, Charles Darwin was
elected member of Royal Society.
1847 Jan 24, 1,500 New Mexican
Indians and Mexicans were defeated by US Col. Price.
1848 Jan 24, Gold was
discovered by carpenter James Wilson Marshall at his partner Johann
August Sutter's sawmill on the South Fork of the American River,
near Coloma, California. John [James Wilson] Marshall, while
inspecting the construction of a mill on the American River, being
built for Capt. John Sutter, spotted a gold nugget. Marshall, Sutter
and their workers tried to keep the discovery quiet but gold-seekers
quickly began pouring into California, raising the state's
non-Indian population to about 20,000 in 1848, 100,000 in 1849 and
twice that amount by 1852.
(HFA,'96,p.22)(SFC, 5/19/96,City Guide,
p.16)(SFEC, 11/3/96, DB p.71)(SFC, 1/25/97, p.A17)(SFEC, 7/6/97,
p.T3)(SFEC, 1/4/98, Z1p.4)(HN, 1/24/99)(HNPD, 1/24/99)
1862 Jan 24, Edith Wharton
(d.1937), U.S. novelist was born. Her novels included Age of
Innocence,” House of Mirth,” “Summer,” and “Ethan Frome.” She also
wrote books on home design. “There are two ways of spreading light:
to be the candle, or the mirror that reflects it.” “The essence of
taste is suitability. Divest the word of its prim and priggish
implications, and see how it expresses the mysterious demand of the
eye and mind for symmetry, harmony and order. ”Eleanor Dwight wrote
her 1994 biography: “An Extraordinary Life.”
(AP, 8/17/97)(WSJ, 12/9/97, p.A20)(AP,
1865 Jan 24, A Confederate
fleet attempted to raid City Point, Va. Most of the fleet ran
aground. Two ironclads make a desperate attempt to push through to
the supply center. One gunboat was sunk and the other mysteriously
1876 Jan 24, Bat Masterson had
a legendary gunfight in Sweetwater, Texas. A cavalry soldier named
King and a woman named Mollie Brennan were killed, Masterson was
seriously wounded in the hip in a saloon.
(MesWP)(AH, 2/06, p.14)
1888 Jan 24, Ernst Heinrich
Heinkel, German inventor (1st rocket-powered aircraft), was born.
1888 Jan 24, Henry King, US
director (Jesse James, 12 O'Clock High), was born.
1891 Jan 24, Max Ernst,
German-French surrealist painter, sculptor, was born. [see Apr 2]
1895 Jan 24, Hawaii’s Queen
Lili’uokalani formally abdicated her throne and swore allegiance to
the Republic of Hawaii.
(AH, 2/05, p.16)
1899 Jan 24, The rubber heel
was patented by Humphrey O'Sullivan.
1903 Jan 24, U.S. Secretary of
State John Hay and British Ambassador Herbert created a joint
commission to establish the Alaskan border.
1905 Jan 24, In Vilnius a mass
worker strike began and lasted to Jan 29.
1908 Jan 24, This is considered
the starting date of the Boy Scouts movement in England. Lt. General
Robert S.S. Baden-Powell, had achieved fame as a hero in the Boer
War and applied his methods of training British soldiers in South
Africa in woodcraft and survival methods to young English boys in
the early 1900s. The Boy Scouts of America was incorporated in 1910
and united with two previously existing organizations, the Sons of
Daniel Boone, founded by Daniel Beard in 1905 and Ideals of the
Woodcraft Indians, founded by Ernest Seton in 1902. The scout oath
to be “morally straight” was added in the American version.
(AP, 1/24/08)(HNQ, 11/12/01)(Econ, 6/1/13, p.28)
1910 Jan 24, Louis Paulhan,
French aviator, made an aerial display at the Tanforan Race Track in
San Bruno, Ca., before a crowd of 75,000. He flew his biplane 1,300
(700) feet high at 70 mph. Earlier he took William Randolph Hearst
for a ride.
(SFEC, 12/26/99, p.W4)(Ind, 8/17/02, 5A)(SSFC,
1/24/10, DB p.42)
1911 Jan 24, U.S. Cavalry was
sent to preserve the neutrality of the Rio Grande during the Mexican
1913 Jan 24, Mark Goodson, TV
game-show producer (Goodson-Toddman), was born.
1915 Jan 24, The German cruiser
Blücher was sunk by a British squadron in the Battle of Dogger Bank.
1917 Jan 24, Ernest Borgnine,
actor (Ice Station Zebra, McHale, Marty), was born in Hamden, Ct.
1918 Jan 24, Oral Roberts,
Televangelist, founder Oral Roberts University, was born.
1919 Jan 24, In Russia Grand
Prince Pavel Alexandrovich, a son of Czar Alexander II, and grand
princes Nikolai Mikhailovich, Georgy Mikhailovitch and Dmitry
Konstantinovich, nephews of the czar, were executed at the Peter and
Paul Fortress in St. Petersburg. They were posthumously
rehabilitated in 1999 by the Russian office of the prosecutor
(SFC, 6/10/99, p.C3)
1920 Jan 24, Amedeo Modigliani
(b.1884), Italian sculptor, painter, died in Paris. His mistress
Jeanne Hebuterne, pregnant with his child, committed suicide 2 days
later rather than live without him. In 2006 Jeffrey Meyers authored
“Modigliani: A Life.” In 2011 Meryle Secrest authored “Modigliani: A
p.W14)(WSJ, 3/21/06, p.D8)(SSFC, 3/13/11, p.G5)
1922 Jan 24, Christian K.
Nelson of Onawa, Iowa, patented the Eskimo Pie.
1924 Jan 24, The Russian city
of St. Petersburg was renamed Leningrad in honor of the late
revolutionary leader. It has since been re-named St. Petersburg.
[see Jan 26]
1927 Jan 24, British
expeditionary force of 12,000 was sent to China to protect
concessions at Shanghai.
1929 Jan 24, Dr. Ray Lyman
Wilbur, president of Stanford Univ. (1916-1941), accepted the
position of Sec. of the Interior under Pres. Hoover. Wilbur took a
leave of absence to serve.
(SFC, 1/23/04, p.E3)
1931 Jan 24, The League of
Nations rebuked Poland for the mistreatment of a German
minority in Upper Silesia.
1935 Jan 24, The 1st canned
beer, "Krueger Cream Ale," was sold by Krueger Brewing Co. of
1939 Jan 24, Some 28-30,000
were killed by magnitude 8.3 earthquake in Chillan, Chile.
(MC, 1/24/02)(AP, 6/22/02)
1941 Jan 24, Neil Diamond,
singer, actor (Jazz Singer), was born in Brooklyn, NY.
1941 Jan 24, Josslyn Victor
Hay, the 22nd Earl of Erroll, was shot to death in Kenya. He was
having an affair with Diana Delves Broughton. The story was covered
in a 1982 book “White Mischief” by James Fox, which was made into a
1988 movie. The BBC television drama The Happy Valley, first
transmitted on 6 September 1987, told the story of Erroll's murder,
as seen through the eyes of 15 year-old the Hon. Juanita Carbery,
daughter of Lord Carbery, to whom John Delves Broughton confessed
his guilt even before he was arrested. Alice de Janze committed
suicide not long after the acquittal Broughton. In 2010 Paul Spicer
authored “The Temptress: The Scandalous Life of Alice de Janze and
the Mysterious Death of Lord Erroll.
1942 Jan 24, A special court of
inquiry into America's lack of preparedness for the Japanese attack
on Pearl Harbor placed much of the blame on Rear Adm. Husband E.
Kimmel and Lt. Gen. Walter C. Short, the Navy and Army commanders.
1943 Jan 24, President
Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Churchill concluded a wartime
conference in Casablanca, Morocco.
1943 Jan 24, Hitler ordered
Nazi troops at Stalingrad to fight to death.
1945 Jan 24, A German attempt
to relieve the besieged city of Budapest was finally halted by the
1946 Jan 24, The UN established
the International Atomic Energy Commission.
1948 Jan 24, Elliott Abrams,
asst. secretary of state, supplied arms to the Contras, was born.
1949 Jan 24, John Belushi,
comedian, actor (SNL, Blues Brothers), was born in Chicago, Ill.
1950 Jan 24, Jackie Robinson
signed highest contract ($35,000) in Dodger history.
1951 Jan 24, Indian leader
Nehru assailed the U.S. and demanded the UN to name Peking as an
aggressor in Korea.
1953 Jan 24, [Karl R] Gerd von
Rundstedt (77), gen-field marshal (Normandy), died.
1958 Jan 24, After warming to
100,000,000 degrees, 2 light atoms were bashed together to create a
heavier atom, resulting in the 1st man-made nuclear fusion.
1961 Jan 24, A B-52 carrying
two nuclear bombs near Goldsboro, North Carolina encountered a
violent gust. The giant plane rolled completely over, came upright,
and continued rolling inverted a second time before whipping into a
vicious flat spin and breaking up. An apocalyptic explosion was
stopped only by a tiny last-ditch, low-voltage switch.
1963 Jan 24, In Maine a B-52
bomber encountered turbulence strong enough to snap off the vertical
stabilizer, causing it to crash onto the side of Elephant Mountain.
Seven crew members died. Gerald Adler survived along with the pilot,
Lt. Col. Dan Bulli, after spending 20 hours on the mountainside.
1965 Jan 24, Winston Churchill,
former prime minister (1940-45, 51-55), died from a cerebral
thrombosis in London at age 90. "I am always ready to learn, but I
do not always like to be taught." Lord Moran (Sir Charles Wilson),
his personal physician, later authored “Churchill At War:
(AP, 1/24/98)(AP, 1/17/00)(HN, 1/24/01)(WSJ,
1966 Jan 24, The Kangchenjunga,
a Boeing 707 flying from Mumbai (Bombay) to New York, crashed on the
southwest face of Mont Blanc, France, as it descended towards a
scheduled stopover in Geneva, Switzerland. All 117 people on board
1968 Jan 24, Mary Lou Retton,
gymnast (Oly-gold/2 silver/2 bronze-84), was born in Fairmont, WV.
1968 Jan 24, An Israeli
submarine, the Dakar, a British-made submarine with a 69-man crew,
was lost in the Mediterranean Sea while enroute from England to
Israel. The sunken ship was found May 28, 1999, between Crete and
1971 Jan 24, Pvt. Rogelio Roxas
(d.1993), a former Filipino soldier, allegedly discovered the war
treasure of Japanese Gen’l. Tomoyuki Yamashita in caves near Baguio
City. Roxas was arrested on May 18, 1971, and jailed for 5 years.
The gold bullion was reportedly taken away by Pres. Marcos.
(SFC, 10/12/97, p.A18)(SSFC, 3/4/01,
1972 Jan 24, Maine Sen. Edmund
Muskie (1914-1996) won the Iowa caucus but later lost the Democratic
nomination to George McGovern.
1972 Jan 24, The US Supreme
Court struck down laws that denied welfare benefits to people who
had resided in a state for less than a year.
1975 Jan 24, In New York City,
the FALN, a militant group seeking independence for Puerto Rico,
sets off a bomb in Fraunces Tavern. Four people were killed and 53
(NYT, 2/7/75, p.1)
1978 Jan 24, Cosmos 954, a
4-month-old nuclear-powered Soviet satellite plunged through Earth's
atmosphere and disintegrated, scattering radioactive debris over
parts of northern Canada.
(SSFC, 3/18/01, p.A1)(AP, 1/24/08)
1980 Jan 24, In an action
obviously designed as another in a series of very strong reactions
to the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, US officials announce that
America is ready to sell military equipment (excluding weapons) to
communist China. The surprise statement was part of the US effort to
build a closer relationship with the People's Republic of China for
use as leverage against possible Soviet aggression.
1982 Jan 24, A draft of Air
Force history reported that the U.S. secretly sprayed herbicides on
Laos during the Vietnam War.
1983 Jan 24, George Cukor
(b.1899), film director, died. His films included My Fair Lady, A
Star is Born, Born Yesterday, Love Among the Ruins and The
1984 Jan 24, Apple Computer Inc
unveiled its Macintosh personal computer. It included sound-sampling
technology that could play recorded sounds. The CPU had a speed of 8
MHz and 128k of RAM. It sold for $2,495.
(WSJ,11/14/94, p.R26)(WSJ, 3/4/97, p.B1)(SFC,
1985 Jan 24, The space shuttle
Discovery was launched from Cape Canaveral, Fla., on the first
secret, all-military shuttle mission.
1986 Jan 24, The Voyager 2
space probe swept past Uranus, coming within 50,679 miles of the
seventh planet of the solar system. Uranus has puzzled scientists
ever since the probe Voyager 2 did the flyby and found that its
magnetic field appeared to break the planetary rulebook. In 2004
scientists noted that Neptune and Uranus have an interior structure
that is different from those of Jupiter and Saturn.
(AP, 1/24/98)(AP, 3/12/04)
1986 Jan 24, LaFayette Ronald
Hubbard (b.1911), science fiction author and founder of Scientology,
died. L. Ron Hubbard’s book “Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental
Health” (1950) laid the foundation for Scientology. By 2007 the Los
Angeles based church claimed 10 million members around the world.
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L._Ron_Hubbard)(Wired, Dec. '95,
p.177)(SFC, 2/12/01, p.A13)
1987 Jan 24, Gunmen in Lebanon
kidnapped educators Alann Steen, Jesse Turner, Robert Polhill and
Mitheleshwar Singh. All were later released.
1987 Jan 24, About 20,000 civil
rights demonstrators marched through predominantly white Forsyth
County, Ga., a week after a smaller march was disrupted by Ku Klux
Klan members and supporters.
1988 Jan 24, The government of
Haiti declared Leslie Manigat winner of that country's presidential
election. However, Manigat was overthrown by Haiti's military
leader, Lt. Gen. Henri Hamphy, the following June.
1989 Jan 24, Physicians 1st
reported a case of AIDS transmitted by heterosexual oral sex.
1989 Jan 24, Confessed serial
killer Theodore Bundy (42) was put to death in Florida's electric
chair for the 1978 kidnap-murder of 12-year-old Kimberly Leach.
1990 Jan 24, The House voted
390-25 to override President Bush's veto of legislation protecting
Chinese students from deportation. Bush prevailed in a Senate vote
the next day.
1991 Jan 24, A brief skirmish
occurred high above the Persian Gulf as a Saudi warplane shot down
two Iraqi jets.
1992 Jan 24, The state of
Arkansas executed convicted cop-killer Rickey Ray Rector after Gov.
Bill Clinton refused to intervene.
1992 Jan 24, A judge in El
Salvador sentenced an army colonel and a lieutenant to 30 years in
prison for their part in the 1989 massacre of six Jesuit priests,
their housekeeper and her daughter.
1993 Jan 24, Thurgood Marshall
(1908-1993) died in Bethesda, Md., at age 84. He served on the US
Supreme from 1967-1991. As a civil rights lawyer in the 1950s he had
maintained a confidential relationship with the FBI. In 1997 Mark V.
Tushnet published the book: “Making constitutional Law: Thurgood
Marshall and the Supreme Court.”
(HFA, '96, p.32)(SFC, 12/3/96, p.A3)(WSJ,
7/24/97, p.A16) (AP, 1/24/98)
1994 Jan 24, President Clinton
promoted William J. Perry, the Pentagon's second in command, to the
post of defense secretary.
1994 Jan 24, The Supreme Court
ruled unanimously that protesters who block access to abortion
clinics or in other ways conspire to stop women from having
abortions may be sued under federal anti-racketeering statutes.
1995 Jan 24, President Clinton
appealed for common ground as he delivered his second State of the
Union address, this time before a Republican-led Congress.
1995 Jan 24, The prosecution
gave its opening statement at the O.J. Simpson murder trial.
1996 Jan 24, The FDA approved a
fat substitute to be marketed by Proctor and Gamble under the name
Olestra. It is know to cause abdominal cramps but not to a medically
(WSJ, 1/25/96, A-1)(AP, 1/24/01)
1996 Jan 24, Specialist Michael
New was discharged from the US Army after a court-martial jury
convicted him for refusing to wear a UN beret for a peacekeeping
mission in the former Yugoslavia.
1996 Jan 24, Jonathon Larson
(d.1/25/96), composer of Rent, was taken to St. Vincent’s hospital
emergency room in NYC and discharged with a diagnosis of a probable
(SFC, 6/8/96, p.E4)
1997 Jan 24, The White House
released guest lists showing that in the year and a-half before his
re-election, President Clinton invited more than 400 of his party's
top financial supporters to coffee klatches for informal policy
1997 Jan 24, Publix Super
Markets, accused of relegating women to dead-end, low-paying jobs,
agreed to pay $81.5 million to settle a class-action lawsuit.
1997 Jan 24, In Zagreb,
Croatia, Radio 101 was awarded a broadcast license after a long
battle with the nationalist government.
(SFC, 1/25/97, p.C1)
1997 Jan 24, In Madagascar a
cyclone struck and that some 200 were killed. It was later reported
that 520,000 people were affected.
(WSJ, 1/27/97, p.A1)(SFC, 2/8/97, p.A11)
1997 Jan 24, The Red Cross
issued an appeal for aid to North Korea where it was reported that
tens of thousands of people were on starvation rations after 2 years
of heavy rains.
(SFC, 1/25/97, p.C1)
1997 Jan 24, A Zairean
counteroffensive was supported by some 300 foreign mercenaries.
About 400,000 Hutu refugees were trapped near regions of fighting
and UN officials raised pleas for a truce to allow the refugees to
(SFC, 1/25/97, p.A8)
1998 Jan 24, President Clinton,
in his weekly radio address, unveiled a proposal to root out
1998 Jan 24, Walter D. Edmonds,
writer, died at age 94. His work included historic novels such as
“Drums Along the Mohawk” in 1936.
(SFC, 1/29/98, p.B2)
1998 Jan 24, Pope John Paul II,
delivering blunt political messages during his visit to Cuba, called
for the release of "prisoners of conscience" and respect for freedom
of expression, initiative and association.
1998 Jan 24, In Mexico former
Gen’l. Jorge Maldonado Vega was arrested for allegedly trying to
arrange a pact between two of the largest drug cartels. Captain
Rigoberto Silva Ortega was also charged.
(SFC, 1/26/98, p.B12)
1998 Jan 24, From Turkey it was
reported that an estimated 50,000 illegal immigrants move from
Turkey to Greece each year across a sparsely populated 80 mile
(SFC, 1/24/98, p.A8)
1999 Jan 24, In the 56th Golden
Globe Awards "Saving Private Ryan" was named best dramatic film of
1998, Spielberg won for directing it. "Shakespeare in Love" was
named best musical or comedy.
(SFC, 1/25/99, p.E1)
1999 Jan 24, House prosecutors
interviewed Monica Lewinsky, a move that triggered fresh partisan
convulsions in President Clinton's impeachment trial.
1999 Jan 24, US jets attacked 2
Iraqi surface-to-air missile batteries after encountering radar
detection in the northern no-fly zone.
(SFC, 1/25/99, p.A6)
1999 Jan 24, The executive
board of the IOC moved to expel 6 members for unethical behavior in
response to allegations of payoffs by host cities in their
successful bids for the 2000 Summer Games in Sydney and 2002 Winter
Games in Salt Lake City. The board recommended drastic changes for
the host cities ar chosen for the Olympic Games.
(SFC, 1/25/99, p.A1)(AP, 1/24/00)
1999 Jan 24, In India police
arrested 47 members of a Hindu militant group in Orissa state for
the burning of Graham Staines and his 2 sons.
(SFC, 1/25/99, p.A7)
2000 Jan 24, A torrent of data
to the US National Security Agency brought the system to a crashing
halt that lasted 3½ days.
2000 Jan 24, In the Iowa
Caucuses Vice Pres. Al Gore won over Bill Bradley 63 to 35%; Texas
Gov. George W. Bush won over Steve Forbes 41 to 30%.
(SFC, 1/25/00, p.A1)
2000 Jan 24, The US Supreme
Court upheld a Missouri law that limited contributions to candidates
for statewide office.
(SFC, 1/25/00, p.A1)
2000 Jan 24, Stanislav Lunev, a
former Soviet spy, testified at a congressional hearing that Soviet
operatives had placed weapons and communications caches in
California and other states during and after the Cold War to
destabilize the US in the event of war.
(SFC, 1/25/00, p.A4)
2000 Jan 24, Pres. Kabila met
with other African presidents at the UN to end the Congo civil war.
Kabila demanded that the UN deploy a peace-keeping force to monitor
(SFC, 1/25/00, p.A10)
2000 Jan 24, In Croatia 42% of
voters chose Stipe Mesic for president and 28% chose Drazen Budisa.
A runoff was set for Feb 7.
(SFC, 1/25/00, p.A11)
2000 Jan 24, In Sudan Pres.
Omar el-Bashir reappointed an entirely new government. He fired 10
ministers, disbanded 2 ministries and appointed 25 new state
(SFC, 1/25/00, p.A12)
2000 Jan 24, In Thailand
security forces stormed a hospital and ended a 22-hour standoff with
Burmese guerrillas. 10 rebels of the "God's Army" were reported
killed. The hostage-takers were executed after surrendering to
(SFC, 1/25/00, p.A10)(SFC, 1/27/00, p.A12)
2000 Jan 24, In Uganda members
of the Karamojong tribe attacked and killed 14-100 herders from
Kenya's Pokot tribe in the northern Moriat Hills.
(SFC, 1/28/00, p.A15)
2001 Jan 24, In California the
state received bids for long-term electricity contracts in an
auction to help ease the energy crises.
(SFC, 1/25/01, p.A1)
2001 Jan 24, The last two of
seven escaped convicts from Texas were captured in Colorado after 42
days on the run; four others were captured earlier, and one
2001 Jan 24, Lucent
Technologies said it would eliminate up to 16,000 jobs.
2001 Jan 24, In Chechnya 14
Russian soldiers were killed.
(WSJ, 1/25/01, p.A1)
2001 Jan 24, The Chinese lunar
calendar marked this as the new year, 4699, Year of the Snake. It is
celebrated in Vietnam as Tet and in Korea as Solnol.
(SSFC, 1/28/01, p.CN3)(SSFC, 2/4/01, p.B1)
2002 Jan 24, A House committee
opened hearings into the collapse of energy giant Enron Corp.
Officials of Enron's accounting firm, Arthur Andersen, claimed fired
auditor David Duncan was solely responsible for the massive
destruction of Enron documents; Duncan refused to answer questions,
invoking the Fifth Amendment.
2002 Jan 24, The US imposed
sanctions on 3 Chinese entities accused of giving chemical and
biological arms technology to Iran.
(WSJ, 1/25/02, p.A1)
2002 Jan 24, John Walker Lindh,
the so-called "American Taliban," made his first court appearance in
suburban Washington D.C.
2002 Jan 24, In Juneau, Alaska,
Joseph Frederick (18) displayed a banner reading “Bong Hits 4 Jesus”
as the Olympic torch passed by. The head teacher at his high school
suspended him and Frederick sued in return. The case moved up to the
US Supreme Court. In 2007 the US Supreme Court ruled 5-3 that
schools may punish youths for statements that might promote drug
(Econ, 3/24/07, p.35)(SFC, 6/26/07, p.A8)
2002 Jan 24, The Florida state
pension fund reported a $325 million loss from the demise of Enron.
The Univ. of California reported a $145 million loss.
(SFC, 1/25/02, p.A24)
2002 Jan 24, In Missouri a
mobile home fire killed 7 people.
(SFC, 1/25/02, p.A3)
2002 Jan 24, Argentina approved
a law allowing the Central Bank to print nearly $13 billion in
new money to help pay salaries and bills as citizens protested over
their frozen accounts.
(SFC, 1/25/02, p.A15)
2002 Jan 24, In Australia some
200 mainly Afghan asylum seekers continued their hunger strike for a
10th day in Woomera. Some had sewn their lips together. Australia
resumed processing asylum applications following a mass suicide
(SFC, 1/25/02, p.A15)(WSJ, 1/25/02, p.A1)
2002 Jan 24, India tested an
intermediate-range Agni-II missile over the Bay of Bengal.
(SFC, 1/25/02, p.A15)
2002 Jan 24, Israeli troops
killed a Palestinian intelligence officer and 2 others died in what
looked like a failed suicide mission.
(WSJ, 1/25/02, p.A1)
2002 Jan 24, In Beirut,
Lebanon, a car bomb killed Elie Hobeika and three others. Hobeika, a
former Christian militia chieftain, led a 1982 massacre of
Palestinian refugees in the Sabra and Chatilla camps. He had
recently agreed to testify against Israeli PM Ariel Sharon in
connection with the massacre. Lebanese for a Free and Independent
Lebanon claimed responsibility for the car bomb.
(SFC, 1/25/02, p.A10)
2002 Jan 24, In Pakistan Pres.
Musharraf announced legislative elections for October.
(SFC, 1/25/02, p.A14)
2003 Jan 24, The US Department
of Homeland Security under Tom Ridge became the government's 15th
2003 Jan 24, The Bush
administration's smallpox vaccine program was launched in
Connecticut with 4 doctors getting shots.
(SFC, 1/25/03, p.A4)(WSJ, 1/27/03, p.A1)
2003 Jan 24, American warplanes
bombed an Iraqi air defense site, the 12th strike in the southern
flight interdiction zone this month.
2003 Jan 24, State Street, a US
financial services group, registered an exchange traded fund that
tracked the S&P 500 share index with the ticket code SPDR.
(Econ, 1/26/12, p.66)
2003 Jan 24, The IMF approved a
$6.78 billion land package to Argentina.
(SFC, 1/25/03, p.A5)
2003 Jan 24, Czech lawmakers
failed for a 2nd time to pick a successor to pres. Havel.
(WSJ, 1/27/03, p.A1)
2003 Jan 24, In Prague, former
Communist Interior Minister Jaromir Obzina (73) died of cancer. In
2001 Obzina was charged with abuse of power for his role in an
operation aimed to crush political dissent between 1978 and 1984.
The "Asanace" (Sanitation) program focused on some 50 dissidents,
signatories of the Charter 77 human rights manifesto, resorting to
threats and harsh interrogations to intimidate them and force them
to leave the country.
2003 Jan 24, In Haiti thousands
of business leaders, taxi drivers and doctors held a general strike,
clamoring for a better life in the poor nation.
2003 Jan 24, Israeli soldiers
killed at least 12 Palestinians as helicopter gunships hit Gaza City
with 11 missiles.
(SFC, 1/25/03, p.A5)(SSFC, 1/26/03, p.A16)
2003 Jan 24, Giovanni Agnelli
(81), the patriarch of the Fiat auto company, died in Turin after a
2003 Jan 24, Ivory Coast
negotiators, trying to end a four-month-old civil war, reached a
draft peace settlement.
2003 Jan 24, A plane carrying
members of Kenya's new government crashed, killing one minister, two
pilots and injuring at least three other members of the government.
2003 Jan 24, In Spain police
arrested 16 suspected al-Qaida terrorists.
2004 Jan 24, Howard Dean
sharply questioned John Kerry's judgment on Iraq as Democratic
presidential rivals raced through a final weekend of campaigning
before the New Hampshire primary.
2004 Jan 24, NASA's Opportunity
rover landed on Mars, arriving at the Red Planet exactly three weeks
after its identical twin's landing.
2004 Jan 24, A car bomb
exploded in Khaldiya, a town west of Baghdad, killing three American
soldiers and injuring six soldiers and several Iraqi civilians. A
series of bombings killed 5 U.S. soldiers in the Sunni Triangle.
(AP, 1/25/04)(WSJ, 2/13/04, p.A1)
2004 Jan 24, Israeli officials
said they would release over 400 Arab prisoners in a swap with
Lebanon's Hezbollah guerrilla group.
(SSFC, 1/25/04, p.A3)
2004 Jan 24, Israeli troops
shot to death two Palestinian militants who entered an unauthorized
military zone near a security barrier separating Gaza from Israel.
2004 Jan 24, Qatar signed a
$2.5 billion deal with Bechtel to begin construction of a new
airport near Doha.
(SFC, 1/27/04, p.B1)
2004 Jan 24, Some 2,000
opponents of the World Economic Forum marched in Davos, Switz., to
protest the meeting, which they say is elitist and does nothing for
2004 Jan 24, In Bangkok,
Thailand, a world record for a mass jump was set by 672 skydivers
from 42 countries who leaped from six aircraft.
2005 Jan 24, Jeffrey Royer,
former FBI agent, and Anthony Elgindy, Internet penny stock advisor,
were convicted for mining government computers for confidential
information to manipulate stocks.
2005 Jan 24, China's vice
president expressed a strong desire to increase economic and
diplomatic cooperation with Mexico while meeting with Mexican
2005 Jan 24, China and India
opened a first round of "strategic dialogue", as their regional and
international influence surges despite a nagging border dispute.
2005 Jan 24, In India P.
Ravindra, former state minister and TDP leader, was gunned down
outside the party office in Anantpur town. Mobs torched nearly 100
state-run buses and hurled stones at government buildings in Andhra
Pradesh after an opposition politician was shot dead.
2005 Jan 24, A suicide driver
detonated a car bomb outside the prime minister's party
headquarters, injuring at least 10 people in a blast claimed by the
al-Qaida affiliate in Iraq.
2005 Jan 24, Authorities in
Iraq said Sami Mohammed Ali Said al-Jaaf, an al-Qaida lieutenant in
custody, had confessed to masterminding most of the car bombings in
2005 Jan 24, Militant groups
have agreed to suspend attacks as they near a formal truce deal with
Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas and await Israel's response.
2005 Jan 24, In Thailand a
tourist boat returning from Pa Ngan island capsized and at least 7
people were dead. Another 20 were missing.
(WSJ, 1/25/05, p.A1)
2005 Jan 24, Ukraine President
Viktor Yushchenko, visiting Moscow on a trip to mend relations after
a bitter election campaign, appointed top ally Yulia Tymoshenko as
2005 Jan 24, The United Nations
broke with years of protocol and commemorated the 60-year
anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi death camps, directly
linking its own founding with the end of the Holocaust in some of
the strongest language ever.
2006 Jan 24, US Supreme Court
nominee Samuel Alito won a 10-8 party-line approval from the Senate
2006 Jan 24, A US coalition of
electric utilities kicked off a national campaign to push auto
makers to make plug-in hybrids. UC Prof. Andrew Frank began
configuring electric motors with rechargeable batteries and small
gasoline engines in the 1990s.
(WSJ, 1/25/06, p.A4)
2006 Jan 24, Disney announced
that it had agreed to acquire Pixar Animation Studios in a stock
deal valued at $7.4 billion.
2006 Jan 24, FedEx Corp. said
it would take over local distribution from its Chinese joint-venture
partner DTW Group in a $400 million buyout.
(WSJ, 1/25/06, p.A2)
2006 Jan 24, Fayard Nicholas
(b.1914), the elder half of the Nicholas Brothers tap dancing duo,
died in Los Angeles. The story of the dancing brothers was
chronicled in the 2000 book “Brotherhood in Rhythm” by Constance
2006 Jan 24, Character actor
Chris Penn, younger brother of Oscar-winner Sean Penn, was found
dead at an apartment near the Pacific Ocean in the Los Angeles
suburb of Santa Monica.
2006 Jan 24, Officials said 4
people were killed in Carlsbad, Ca., when a twin-engine plane from
Idaho skidded off an airport runway and burst into flames.
2006 Jan 24, At least 10 men in
Mexican military-style uniforms crossed the Rio Grande into the
United States on a marijuana-smuggling foray, leading to an armed
confrontation with Texas law officers near Neely's Crossing, Texas.
The three sport utility vehicles made a quick U-turn and headed
south toward the border, a few miles away.
2006 Jan 24, Vienna's subway
tracks cracked, German authorities shut a key canal to ships after
it iced up, and a zoo moved its penguins indoors as a deadly deep
freeze tightened its arctic grip on much of Europe.
2006 Jan 24, In Brazil
rebellious inmates ended a one-day prison uprising in the remote
jungle state of Rondonia that left four dead.
2006 Jan 24, The British
government unveiled a plan to put one million of the 2.7 million
people on incapacity benefits back to work within the next decade,
saving huge sums of taxpayers' money.
2006 Jan 24, Banaz Mahmod (20)
was raped, beaten, strangled, stuffed in a suitcase and buried in a
back garden in Birmingham, England, on her father's orders for
becoming involved with a man of whom he did not approve. Mahmod's
father was given a life sentence in 2007 for ordering the killing.
In 2010 two of her Kurdish cousins were jailed for life by a London
court for murdering Mahmod because her family disapproved of her
2006 Jan 24, China shut down
Bing Dian, a newspaper supplement known for its in-depth reporting
on sensitive issues, the latest measure by the communist government
to tighten control over the media.
(AP, 1/25/06)(Econ, 2/4/06, p.39)
2006 Jan 24, Fidel Castro
accused the US of seeking to rupture the minimum remaining
diplomatic ties with his country, addressing tens of thousands of
Cubans before starting a march outside the American mission in
2006 Jan 24, Shafik Handal
(75), leader of the Salvadoran left, died of a heart attack in San
Salvador. The ex-guerrilla commander had fought US-backed troops
during the country's 12-year civil war.
2006 Jan 24, Georgia’s energy
minister said Iran has expressed a readiness to export natural gas
to Georgia to make up for a sharp drop in Russian deliveries.
2006 Jan 24, In Germany
automaker DaimlerChrysler AG said that it would cut administrative
staff by 20 percent worldwide over three years, dropping 6,000 jobs
in order to save some $1.2 billion a year and make the company
leaner and more profitable.
2006 Jan 24, India's central
bank raised short-term borrowing rate a quarter percent point to 5.5
percent, citing fears of inflation amid strong economic growth.
2006 Jan 24, In Iran 2 bombs
exploded in a bank and outside a government building in Ahvaz, a
southwestern city with a history of violence involving members of
Iran's Arab minority. 6 people were killed and 46 others wounded. A
Web site claiming to represent Arab secessionists in the Ahvaz
region said they carried out the attack. On June 8 a court found 9
defendants to be enemies of God, and sentenced them to death. 15
other defendants received sentences ranging from seven to 30 years
in prison. In July Iran's Supreme Court confirmed death sentences
for five Iranian Arab separatists convicted for the bombings.
(AP, 1/24/06)(AP, 6/28/06)(AP, 7/30/06)
2006 Jan 24, In northern Iraq
gunmen wearing Iraqi army uniforms kidnapped two German engineers.
Both were later released. British troops detained several police
officers among more than a dozen people linked to a series of
killings, bombings and kidnappings in the southern city of Basra. US
Marines and Iraqi soldiers killed 7 insurgents in Ramadi. Mahmoud
Zaal (30), a cameraman for the Baghdad TV network, was mistaken for
a combatant and killed by Marine fire.
(AP, 1/24/06)(SFC, 1/26/06, p.A10)
2006 Jan 24, Biotechnology
company Amgen Inc. said it will build a manufacturing plant in
Ireland to supply its growing European customer base.
2006 Jan 24, Japan launched the
leading rocket in its space program for the first time in nearly a
year, putting into orbit one of the world's largest land observation
satellites to monitor natural disasters.
2006 Jan 24, Kuwait’s
Parliament voted unanimously to oust the ailing emir, ending a
nine-day leadership crisis by temporarily handing power to the
Cabinet headed by PM Sheik Sabah Al Ahmed Al Sabah.
2006 Jan 24, A Mexican
government commission said it will distribute at least 70,000 maps
showing highways, rescue beacons and water tanks in the Arizona
desert to curb the death toll among illegal border crossers.
2006 Jan 24, In Mongolia some
1,000 protesters gathered in Ulan Bator, calling for the resignation
of the president and an end to corruption.
2006 Jan 24, In Kathmandu,
Nepal, police fired tear gas and beat pro-democracy activists with
batons, hours after authorities lifted a ban on demonstrations.
Communist rebels fighting to topple Nepal's monarchy staged a major
assault on Nepalgunj, a western border town, that left at least
eight people dead, but security forces repulsed the insurgents.
(AP, 1/24/06)(AP, 1/25/06)
2006 Jan 24, In Port Harcourt,
Nigeria, an armed gang dressed in police uniform attacked the
offices of Agip oil company, a unit of Italy's ENI, and at least 9
people were killed.
2006 Jan 24, Palestinian gunmen
in Nablus linked to the ruling Fatah movement killed Abu Ahmed
Hassouna (44), one of their party leaders, increasing tensions on
the eve of parliamentary balloting.
2006 Jan 24, A government
spokesman said Sudan has withdrawn from the competition to lead the
African Union amid criticism of its human rights record. Diplomats
said the presidency would go to the Republic of Congo.
2006 Jan 24, In Venezuela
activists gathering for the six-day World Social Forum in Caracas. 2
other gatherings were set in Mali and Pakistan. The World Social
Forum was first 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)
2007 Jan 24, The
Democratic-controlled Senate Foreign Relations Committee dismissed
President Bush's plans for a troop buildup in Iraq as "not in the
national interest" of the United States.
2007 Jan 24, Ecuador's first
female defense minister died in a collision of two helicopters that
also killed her daughter and five members of the military.
2007 Jan 24, Egyptian security
forces arrested seven members of the banned Muslim Brotherhood north
of Cairo in a widening crackdown on the country's largest opposition
2007 Jan 24, Jean-Francois
Deniau (b.1928), a former French government minister, diplomat,
sailor and novelist, died. His novel "Un Hero Tres Discret" (A Very
Discreet Hero) told of an ordinary man who reinvented himself as a
hero of the World War II Resistance. The book was adapted into a
movie by director Jacques Audiard and given the English-language
title "A Self Made Hero."
2007 Jan 24, In Haiti UN troops
traded gunfire with armed gangs after seizing an abandoned primary
school that had been used to stage attacks on the peacekeepers.
Witnesses said one person died and five were injured.
2007 Jan 24, India and Russia
agreed two arms deals meant to bring bilateral military ties into a
new era, a day before Russian President Vladimir Putin's arrival for
a two-day summit.
2007 Jan 24, In India some
18,000 rickshaw operators went on strike in Kolkata to protest a ban
on rickshaws by the Communist government of West Bengal.
(Econ, 2/3/07, p.43)
2007 Jan 24, Iraqi and US
troops clashed with gunmen in a Sunni insurgent stronghold north of
the heavily fortified Green Zone. As many as 30 militants were
killed and 27 captured.
2007 Jan 24, Israeli President
Moshe Katsav, facing charges of rape and abuse of power, asked
parliament to temporarily remove him from office in an effort to
blunt growing calls for his resignation. Israeli troops shot dead a
Palestinian and arrested two others, as the men tried to sneak into
Israel from the Gaza Strip.
2007 Jan 24, A study released
about the trade in Malaysia found that catches of some grouper
species and the endangered Napoleon wrasse fell by as much as 99%
between 1995 to 2003, a period coinciding with soaring economic
growth in countries where the exotic fish are a delicacy.
2007 Jan 24, In southern Mexico
a bus plunged into a ravine in remote mountains, killing at least 29
2007 Jan 24, Nicaraguan
lawmakers approved a bill backed by President Daniel Ortega to
create "people's councils" that some fear will resemble the defense
committees that operated under the Sandinista government of the
2007 Jan 24, In Somalia gunmen
launched several mortars at Mogadishu International Airport, killing
at least two people and wounding several others.
2007 Jan 24, A hijacker seized
a Sudanese passenger plane carrying 103 people and forced the pilot
to fly to the Chadian capital, N'Djamena, where he surrendered. The
gunman wanted the plane to be flown to Britain but when told there
was insufficient fuel agreed to go to the capital of neighbouring
Chad. He said he wanted to draw attention to the Darfur conflict.
2007 Jan 24, Some 2,400
registered participants gathered at Davos, Switzerland, for the
4-day World Economic Forum, whose theme this year was: "The Shifting
2008 Jan 24, US Democratic and
Republican congressional leaders reached a tentative deal on tax
rebates of $300 to $1,200 per household and business tax cuts to
jolt the slumping economy.
2008 Jan 24, Colorado’s House
of Representatives voted 62-1 to censure Rep. Douglas Bruce, who
kicked a newspaper reported taking his picture and refused to
(SFC, 1/25/08, p.A4)
2008 Jan 24, Dennis Kucinich
(b.1946), US Congressmen for Ohio, announced that he is dropping his
long-shot bid for president.
(WSJ, 1/25/08, p.A1)
2008 Jan 24, Sergei Tretyakov
(51), a former Russian spy who had never spoken out about his spying
before this week, granted his first news media interviews to
publicize the book: "Comrade J.: The Untold Secrets of Russia's
Master Spy in America after the End of the Cold War," by former
Washington Post journalist Pete Earley, which was published on this
day. Tretyakov said his agents helped the Russian government steal
nearly $500 million from the UN's oil-for-food program in Iraq
before the fall of Saddam Hussein in 2003.
2008 Jan 24, Doctors said they
have developed a technique that could free many patients from having
to take anti-rejection drugs for the rest of their lives. The
treatment involved weakening the patient's immune system, then
giving the recipient bone marrow from the person who donated the
2008 Jan 24, Researchers at the
J. Craig Venter Institute of Rockville, Md., reported that they have
built from scratch a synthetic chromosome containing all the genetic
material needed to produce the bacterium Mycoplasma genitalium, the
tiniest bacteria ever found.
(SFC, 1/25/08, p.A1)(Econ, 1/26/08, p.76)
2008 Jan 24, In central
Afghanistan 9 Afghan policemen were killed during an anti-Taliban
operation by US-led coalition troops in Ghazni. Afghan police said
the police appeared to have been killed by the US airstrikes, which
also destroyed several houses.
2008 Jan 24, Doctors said an
Australian girl spontaneously switched blood groups and adopted her
donor's immune system following a liver transplant in the first
known case of its type. Demi-Lee Brennan was aged nine and seriously
ill with liver failure when she received the transplant. Nine months
later it was discovered that she had changed blood types and her
immune system had switched over to that of the donor after stem
cells from the new liver migrated to her bone marrow. She was now a
2008 Jan 24, In Brazil
government officials held a top-level emergency meeting to deal with
the problem of Amazon deforestation. Satellite images showed that as
much as 2,700 square miles of land was cleared during the last five
months of 2007. All logging was banned in 36 municipalities and
fines stiffened for illegal cutting.
(AP, 1/24/08)(SFC, 3/22/08, p.A3)
2008 Jan 24, In Britain almost
two dozen Romanians were arrested after police swooped on a child
2008 Jan 24, In China
protesters staged a rare public demonstration in Beijing over what
they said were illegal property seizures and compensation packages
that fell far short of that needed to buy new homes. Authorities
said sulfuric acid had leaked into the water supply from a chemical
factory in central China, poisoning at least 26 villagers.
2008 Jan 24, French bank
Societe Generale (SocGen) announced a $3 billion write-down on its
exposure to mortgage related investments. Societe Generale also said
it has uncovered a $7.14 billion fraud, one of history's biggest, by
futures trader Jerome Kerviel (31). His scheme of fictitious
transactions was discovered as stock markets began to stumble in
recent days. In 2010 he authored “The Spiral: Memoirs of a Trader,”
in which he presented himself as the victim of an immoral financial
(Econ, 1/26/08, p.73)(AP, 1/24/08)(Econ, 5/8/10,
2008 Jan 24, A German court
convicted Redouane El Habhab (38), a German of Moroccan heritage, of
helping al-Qaida in Iraq and sentenced him to nearly six years in
2008 Jan 24, Iran received a
sixth shipment of nuclear fuel from Russia, destined for a power
plant being constructed in the southern port of Bushehr.
2008 Jan 24, A suicide bomber
killed Brig. Gen. Salah Mohammed al-Jubouri, the director of police
for Ninevah province, and two other officers after they toured the
site of the wreckage of a blast a day earlier that devastated a
predominantly Sunni neighborhood in the northern city of Mosul. A
roadside bomb also struck a police patrol in central Baghdad,
killing two officers and injuring two, along with 3 civilians. In
Karbala a roadside bomb targeted a senior aide of Iraq's Shiite
spiritual leader Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani. The aide,
Abdul-Mahdi al-Karbalai, escaped with a wound to the arm, but two of
his bodyguards were killed and two were wounded.
(AP, 1/24/08)(AP, 1/25/08)
2008 Jan 24, A top Israeli
defense official said that Israel wants to relinquish all
responsibility for the Gaza Strip, including the supply of
electricity and water, now that the territory's southern border with
Egypt has been opened.
2008 Jan 24, In Italy Premier
Romano Prodi resigned after the Senate voted 161-156 to sink his
20-month-old center-left coalition in a fiery session in which one
senator was spat on, fainted and was carried out on a stretcher.
2008 Jan 24, Japan's national
police, facing allegations that officers regularly squeeze
confessions from suspects with abuse, issued guidelines for the
first time setting limits on how far they can go in questioning
2008 Jan 24, In Kenya Pres.
Kibaki and Opposition leader Odinga talked for the first time since
the election, but the president angered the opposition by insisting
after the hour-long meeting, mediated by former UN Secretary-General
Kofi Annan, that his position as head of state was not negotiable.
2008 Jan 24, Pakistani troops
backed by tanks and gunships cleared militant hideouts near the
Afghan border in a major offensive that left ten soldiers and 40
2008 Jan 24, Two Palestinians
infiltrated a religious seminary and attacked students in a West
Bank settlement before being shot dead. Palestinian gunmen killed an
Israeli police officer near Jerusalem.
2008 Jan 24, Russian election
officials said Mikhail Kasyanov, the only liberal Kremlin critic in
the presidential race, stands to be kept off the ballot because tens
of thousands of signatures on his nominating petitions were
forgeries. In Moscow Semyon Mogilevich, a businessman wanted by
Interpol, was arrested on tax evasion charges.
(AP, 1/24/08)(Econ, 3/15/08, p.73)
2008 Jan 24, In Sri Lanka 16
victims of what appeared to have been execution-style killings were
found by villagers in a district 206 km (130 miles) north of the
2008 Jan 24, In Davos,
Switzerland, fears of world recession briefly took a back seat at
the World Economic Forum, where leaders from Afghanistan, Pakistan
and Iraq focused on how to establish security in their volatile
regions. Afghan Pres. Karzai stressed how extremists used economic
exploitation to recruit bombers.
(AP, 1/24/08)(AFP, 1/24/08)
2008 Jan 24, In Switzerland the
country's supreme court said prosecutors acted within the law when
they froze funds belonging to the Russian central bank at the behest
of a Swiss firm. The funds were frozen over a legal dispute with
Geneva-based trading firm Noga dating back to the end of the Soviet
2008 Jan 24, Taiwan's Premier
Chang Chun-hsiung and his cabinet resigned en masse, less than two
weeks after the governing Democratic Progressive Party's crushing
defeat in parliamentary elections.
2008 Jan 24, In southern
Thailand Muslim militants fatally shot a Buddhist teacher as he
pulled out of his driveway to head to work.
2008 Jan 24, Turkey's
Islamist-rooted ruling AK Party and a key opposition party agreed to
cooperate to lift a ban on the wearing of the Islamic headscarf in
universities, a move sure to anger the secular elite.
2008 Jan 24, Zimbabwean police
arrested Nicholas van Hoogstraten (63), a British businessman, after
finding a large quantity of foreign currency and alleged
pornographic material in his possession. In 2002 the
multi-millionaire was convicted of the manslaughter of an associate
and was sentenced to ten years imprisonment but the conviction was
quashed the following year and he was freed. On Jan 29 a Zimbabwe
court ordered his release.
(AFP, 1/26/08)(AFP, 1/29/08)
2009 Jan 24, President Barack
Obama took to the airwaves to promote his economic aid plan in
what's-it-mean-to-me terms: thousands of better schools, lower
electricity bills, health coverage for millions who lose insurance.
2009 Jan 24, In Las Vegas Miss
Indiana Katie Stam was crowned Miss America 2009 by Miss America
2008 Kirsten Haglund.
2009 Jan 24, In Kansas two
people were killed and seven wounded in a shooting on the ninth day
of the wake at a house in Wichita.
2009 Jan 24, In eastern
Afghanistan US-led coalition forces killed 15 militants in an
overnight operation in Laghman province. Local legislators put the
number of dead at more than 20 and said they included women and
2009 Jan 24, Bahamas Sen.
Pleasant Bridgewater, accused of trying to extort money from actor
John Travolta after his son's death, resigned and vowed to prove her
2009 Jan 24, Mariana Bridi
(20), Brazilian model, died from complications related to a
generalized infection caused by the bacteria Pseudomonas aeruginosa.
The bacteria is known to be resistant to multiple kinds of
antibiotics. The infection reduced the flow of oxygen to her limbs,
causing her feet to be amputated last week and her hands this week.
2009 Jan 24, China announced
the death of a 31-year-old woman from bird flu, its fourth human
victim this year, sparking fears of an outbreak during the country's
main festive season.
2009 Jan 24, In El Salvador
final results showed that the former leftist rebels won more seats
than any other party in legislative elections but fell short of a
2009 Jan 24, In India a
right-wing Hindu nationalist group, outraged by what they viewed as
"obscene" behavior, stormed a fashionable bar in the southern city
of Mangalore and the assaulted female patrons. The Sri Ram Sena
(Lord Ram's Army) claimed responsibility for the attack.
2009 Jan 24, In Iraq a suicide
car bomber struck a police patrol in the former insurgent stronghold
of Karmah west of Baghdad, killing four people, including a senior
officer, and wounding six others. Gunmen opened fire on a checkpoint
south of the capital manned by government-backed Sunni fighters who
have joined forces with the Americans against al-Qaida in Iraq. Two
of the so-called Sons of Iraq were killed in the attack in Jurf
al-Sakr and two others were wounded. North of Baghdad a man and a
woman were killed and a child was wounded during a US-Iraqi military
operation in Hawija.
2009 Jan 24, In Italy some 600
migrants and refugees broke out of an overcrowded immigration
facility on the Sicilian island of Lampedusa to protest their
treatment. The migrants returned to the facility after several
2009 Jan 24, Pakistan urged
President Barack Obama to halt US missile strikes on al-Qaida
strongholds near the Afghan border, saying that civilians were
killed the previous day in the first attacks since Obama's
2009 Jan 24, In Singapore a
couple treated open air diners to a 15-minute naked parade,
triggering both embarrassment and applause for a scene almost
unheard of in the conservative city-state. The couple, a Caucasian
man and an ethnic Chinese woman in their 20s, were arrested and
released on bail.
2009 Jan 24, In Somalia 17
people were killed in Mogadishu by a suicide car bomb targeting
African Union peacekeepers. The dead included a police officer, who
tried to stop the suicide bomber’s car. A gunfight between
peacekeepers and insurgents followed left 5 more dead.
(AFP, 1/24/09)(AFP, 1/26/09)
2009 Jan 24, In South Korea
Kang Ho-sun (38) was arrested at his workplace in Ansan, a city
about 20 miles (30 kilometers) south of Seoul, in connection with
the killing of a student who disappeared last month. Her body was
found in a nearby town the next day. Kang later confessed to
kidnapping and killing the student and then admitted to slaying six
other women between December 2006 and December 2008.
2009 Jan 24, A storm killed 11
people in Spain, including four children who were killed when a
sports center collapsed near Barcelona, and four in France as high
winds swept across Spain and southern France.
(AP, 1/24/09)(AP, 1/25/09)
2009 Jan 24, Sudanese
government planes bombed a key town in south Darfur, a week after it
was seized by Darfuri JEM rebels. The next day peacekeepers said the
bomb attack killed and wounded civilians.
(Reuters, 1/24/09)(Reuters, 1/25/09)
2009 Jan 24, Pope Benedict
rehabilitated four traditionalist bishops who lead the far-right
Society of Saint Pius X (SSPX), which has about 600,000 members and
rejects modernizations of Roman Catholic worship and doctrine. One
of the four, British-born Richard Williamson, has made statements
denying the full extent of the Nazi Holocaust of European Jews, as
accepted by mainstream historians.
2010 Jan 24, The US sent 3
detainees held at the US military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to
Slovakia, the latest transfers as the Obama administration tries to
close the facility.
2010 Jan 24, Wal-Mart Stores of
Bentonville, Ark., said it will cut some 11,200 jobs at Sam’s Club
warehouses as it turns the task of in-store product demonstrations
to an outside marketing company, Shopper Events.
(SFC, 1/25/10, p.A5)
2010 Jan 24, Daniel Kerrigan
(70), the father of figure skater Nancy Kerrigan, died after a
disturbance at the family's Massachusetts home. Brother Mark
Kerrigan (45) was charged with assaulting the 70-year-old father.
2010 Jan 24, Pernell Roberts
(b.1928), TV actor, died at his home in Malibu, Ca. He played the
eldest Cartwright son (1959-1965) in the “Bonanza” TV series.
After Bonanza he played the lead in the “Trapper John M.D.” TV
(SFC, 1/26/10, p.C5)
2010 Jan 24, Osama bin Laden
claimed responsibility for the failed attempt to bomb a
Detroit-bound airliner on Christmas in a new audio message
threatening more attacks on the US.
2010 Jan 24, An Afghan official
said authorities have arrested the ringleader of a group that staged
a brazen attack in Kabul and now believe the assault was coordinated
by al-Qaida. 3 US service members were killed in two bombings in the
south. An explosion in the southern of Helmand killed a British
soldier. A rocket attack struck the Kandahar Air Field, injuring
four Bulgarians and at least two Romanians.
(AP, 1/24/10)(AP, 1/25/10)
2010 Jan 24, Cambodian and Thai
troops exchanged fire near a disputed border temple, the latest in a
string of gun battles between the countries since last year.
2010 Jan 24, Haiti’s
communications minister said the confirmed death toll from the Jan
12 earthquake has topped 150,000 in the Port-au-Prince metropolitan
area alone, with many more thousands dead around the country or
still buried under the rubble.
2010 Jan 24, In India
environment ministers from Brazil, South Africa, India and China
said that talks in New Delhi had further cemented their alliance
following the Copenhagen climate change summit. The group, known by
the acronym BASIC, pledged to strengthen its unified stance but
would seek consensus with developed countries.
2010 Jan 24, In Indonesia
gunmen attacked a convoy near the world's largest gold mine in
Papua, wounding at least seven people including a foreigner.
2010 Jan 24, In Iran a
Russian-made Iranian Taban Air plane carrying 157 passengers and 13
crew caught fire upon landing at northeastern Mashhad airport
injuring at least 46 people.
2010 Jan 24, Israel's PM
Netanyahu declared that his country would retain parts of the West
Bank forever, a statement that infuriated Palestinians and could
complicate the year-old peace mission of visiting US envoy George
2010 Jan 24, Japanese voters in
Nago city on Okinawa island elected a mayor who opposes plans for a
controversial new US air base, complicating a row with Washington
over relocating troops.
2010 Jan 24, In northern Mexico
a shootout between troops and suspected drug traffickers killed two
soldiers and four gunmen in Nuevo Leon state. In Veracruz state the
mutilated body of Nayeli Reyes, a federal court official, was
discovered in the same residential neighborhood of Boca del Rio,
Vera Cruz state, where she was abducted.
2010 Jan 24, In Nigeria the
head of the Roman Catholic Church in Jos condemned clashes between
Christians and Muslims there which are said to have claimed more
than 450 lives. Reverend Peter Imasuen, the Anglican bishop of Benin
City, was kidnapped in southern state of Edo shortly after saying
(AFP, 1/24/10)(AFP, 1/25/10)
2010 Jan 24, North Korea
threatened South Korea with war after Seoul warned it would launch a
pre-emptive strike if the North was preparing a nuclear attack, the
latest salvo in a battle of rhetoric despite signs of improved
cooperation across the militarized frontier.
2010 Jan 24, Pakistan
intelligence officials and a local resident said a suspected US
drone had crashed in North Waziristan near the Afghan border. The
bodies of 7 men, accused by Taliban militants of spying for the US,
were found shot dead in the northwest tribal belt. A paramilitary
soldier was killed when Taliban militants fired a rocket at a convoy
near Malik Deenkhel village in Khyber.
2010 Jan 24, In Peru some 3,900
tourists were cut off in villages near Machu Picchu in the Andes
mountains, when mudslides blocked the railway to the city of Cuzco,
which is the only way in or out of the area. Torrential rain, due to
El Nino, in the Cusco area left at least 26 people dead and
destroyed the homes and livelihood of some 20,000.
(AP, 1/27/10)(Econ, 2/13/10, p.42)
2010 Jan 24, In Venezuela a
cable television channel critical of President Hugo Chavez was
yanked from the airwaves for defying new regulations requiring it to
televise the socialist leader's speeches.
2011 Jan 24, Human Rights Watch
said democracies around the world are ignoring abuses by repressive
regimes and opting for improved relations rather than condemning
rights violations and curtailing aid.
2011 Jan 24, The California
Supreme Court ruled that cities and counties do not have to consult
with unions before deciding to lay off workers to save money.
(SFC, 1/25/11, p.C1)
2011 Jan 24, In Florida a
firefight left 2 police officers dead in St. Petersburg. Suspect
Hydra lacy Jr. (39) was found dead. He had opened fire from an attic
and killed officers Tom Baitinger (48) and Jeffrey Yaslowitz (39).
(SFC, 1/25/11, p.A7)
2011 Jan 24, Former Minnesota
Gov. Jesse Ventura sued the Department of Homeland Security and the
Transportation Security Administration, alleging full-body scans and
pat-downs at airport checkpoints violate his right to be free from
unreasonable searches and seizures.
2011 Jan 24, Chief Master Sgt.
William Gurney, a senior Ohio Air Force base official, pleaded
guilty to sexual misconduct and adultery, blaming extramarital
affairs he had with married female subordinates and inappropriate
sexual advances he made toward others on getting "caught up in a
cycle of sin."
2011 Jan 24, J.C. Penney Co.
said it is closing some stores, outlets and call center locations
and continuing to work on an exit from its catalog business in an
effort to streamline operations and boost profits.
2011 Jan 24, In Argentina a
woman (30) threw herself from the 23rd story of a Buenos Aires hotel
Monday and survived after landing on the roof of a taxi.
2011 Jan 24, Lara Giddings took
over as premier Australia’s island state of Tasmania.
(Econ, 2/12/11, p.49)
2011 Jan 24, Brazilian
authorities said heavy overnight storms have caused new flooding in
Sao Paulo, killing at least one man, toppling cars into buildings,
downing power lines and halting traffic.
2011 Jan 24, A Chinese
newspaper said that transnational crime gangs are trafficking a
growing number of Chinese women to Southeast Asia, Europe and Africa
where they are forced into prostitution.
2011 Jan 24, In CongoDRC’s
Virunga National Park an attack killed three park rangers and five
Congolese soldiers. Officials believed the attackers, who fled on
foot, were Rwandan-led Hutu rebels who retaliated after rangers
destroyed two of their camps in the park in December.
2011 Jan 24, India's sports
ministry removed the top two organizers of last year's tainted
Commonwealth Games in New Delhi to enable an "unhindered" police
probe into alleged corruption.
2011 Jan 24, Bhimsen Joshi
(88), singer of India, died.
2011 Jan 24, Iran hanged Jafar
Kazemi and Mohammad Ali Hajaghaei, two members of the opposition
People's Mujahedeen convicted over the 2009 post-election turmoil,
after an appeals court upheld their death sentences.
2011 Jan 24, In Iraq 2 car
bombs struck Shiite pilgrims in Karbala, killing at least 26 people
as crowds massed for religious rituals marking the end of a 40-day
mourning period for the Islamic sect's most beloved saint. 2 bombs
in Baghdad killed an Iraqi Army intelligence officer and his driver
and wounded 8 bystanders in separate strikes that hit a Shiite and a
Sunni neighborhood. Unknown gunmen killed two members of a
government-backed Sunni militia known as Awakening Councils, of
Sahwa, as they were driving in their cars southwest of the city of
Kirkuk. A roadside bomb exploded near Tikrit as Salahuddin
provincial Gov. Ahmed Abdullah al-Jubouri's motorcade was driving
by, wounding five of his bodyguards.
2011 Jan 24, Israel's foreign
minister confirmed that he has drawn up a plan for the creation of
an interim Palestinian state with temporary borders in the absence
of a full peace agreement.
2011 Jan 24, In Ivory Coast
Alassane Outtara, the internationally recognized leader, ordered a
one-month ban on cocoa exports in a test of his authority. There was
no guarantee that growers would comply.
(SFC, 1/25/11, p.A2)
2011 Jan 24, In Mexico 3
people, two men and a 15-year-old boy were killed on a street in
neighborhood of Ciudad Juarez where 7 people were killed a day
earlier. A series of banners appeared in the western states of
Michoacan and Guerrero claiming La Familia drug cartel has decided
2011 Jan 24, Nigeria's foreign
minister called on the UN Security Council to authorize force in
Ivory Coast as West African nations seek to further pressure Laurent
Gbagbo to quit power.
2011 Jan 24, Palestinian
protesters smashed windows and sprayed graffiti outside the
headquarters of the Al-Jazeera TV channel in the West Bank.
Al-Jazeera the previous evening had aired what it said were leaked
documents showing that Palestinian leaders agreed to deep
concessions on two of the thorniest issues in negotiations with
Israel: Jerusalem and the fate of Palestinian refugees.
2011 Jan 24, Peru joined a
growing number of South American countries in recognizing an
independent and sovereign Palestinian state. The decision does not
recognize Palestine's borders pre-dating the Six-Day War of 1967.
Peru also recognized Israel's indisputable right to exist without
any threats to its people.
2011 Jan 24, In the Philippines
a gunman fatally shot Jerry Ortega, a radio broadcaster who had been
critical of corrupt officials in the southern Philippines. Police
captured the fleeing assailant with the help of passing firemen and
2011 Jan 24, In Russia 37
people were killed and 180 injured in a suicide bombing at Moscow's
Domodedovo airport. An autopsy later showed "a huge amount of highly
potent narcotic and psychotropic substances in parts of the suicide
bomber's body." On Feb 6 unnamed officials in the North Caucasus
region said they believed Magomed Yevloyev (20) of Ingushetia, was
the suicide bomber. On Feb 9 Itar-TASS reported that Yevloyev’s
brother Akhmed (16) and sister Fatima (22) have been arrested. Also
detained was Akhmed Aushev, a resident of the same village,
Ali-Yurt, Ingushetia. On March 29 Russian investigators charged Doku
Umarov, a Chechen warlord, and another militant with organizing the
airport bombing. Media reports said that Umarov might be among 17
militants killed in a security raid in the province of Ingushetia
west of Chechnya on March 28. On Nov 11, 2013, brothers Islam and
Ilez Yandiyev and Bashir Khamkhoyev received life sentences in
maximum security penal colonies on terrorism and other charges.
Akhmed Yevloyev was sentenced to 10 years in a penal colony.
(Reuters, 1/24/11)(Reuters, 1/25/11)(AP,
1/29/11)(AP, 2/3/11)(Reuters, 2/6/11)(Reuters, 2/9/11)(AP,
2011 Jan 24, The New York-based
Human Rights Watch said in its World Report 2011 that Saudi Arabia's
government is harassing and jailing activists, often without trial,
for speaking out in favor of expanding religious tolerance and that
new restrictions on electronic communication in the kingdom were
2011 Jan 24, South Africa’s
government declared 33 municipalities as disaster areas following
flooding that killed more than 100 people over the last month and
saturated the farms of the major food producer for the continent.
2011 Jan 24, A Sudanese man,
Al-Amin Musa Al-Amin (25), who was hospitalized on Jan 21 after
setting himself on fire in a suburb of Khartoum, died from his
2011 Jan 24, In Tunisia
thousands of protesters rallied in the main government quarter in
Tunis calling for PM Mohammed Ghannouchi to resign after the fall of
veteran leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali. Teachers went on strike, and
police demanded the right to form a union, as Tunisia struggled to
stabilize itself after its president was overthrown.
(AFP, 1/24/11)(AP, 1/24/11)
2012 Jan 24, US Pres Obama gave
his state of the union address. His statements included: “Tyranny is
no match for liberty.” On Oct 9, 2011, a twitter message stated “The
Libyan Revolutionaries have proven that Tyranny is no match for
Liberty and Democracy.”
(http://twitter.com/quootar)(SFC, 1/25/12, p.A1)
2012 Jan 24, Republican
presidential candidate Mitt Romney bowed to political pressure and
cracked the books on his personal finances, releasing US tax returns
showing he pays a lower effective tax rate than many top
wage-earners. Romney and his wife Ann paid an effective tax rate of
13.9 percent in 2010 and expect to pay a 15.4 percent effective tax
rate when they file their returns for 2011.
2012 Jan 24, Two employees of
the US Army Corps of Engineers and two others were arrested in a $20
million bribery and kickback case. The two Army Corps employees,
Kerry F. Khan, a program manager, and Michael A. Alexander, a
program director, received kickbacks in exchange for directing
government contracts to a subcontractor specializing in software
encryption devices and other information technology.
(http://tinyurl.com/6t589z9)(SFC, 1/26/12, p.A6)
2012 Jan 24, In California the
Mendocino County Board of Supervisors voted to cancel its 2-year-old
medical marijuana permit program following threats from federal
(SSFC, 1/29/12, p.A12)
2012 Jan 24, In Connecticut 4
police officers, including the president of the local police union,
were arrested by the FBI on charges that they assaulted illegal
immigrants and covered up abuses in a New Haven suburb where a
federal investigation found life was made miserable for Hispanics.
2012 Jan 24, In New Mexico a
federal jury awarded $22 million to Stephen Slevin (58), who was
kept in solitary confinement for two years and forced to pull his
own tooth after being arrested for drunken driving in Dona Ana
County. He was arrested while driving through the southern New
Mexico county in August 2005 and ended up in solitary confinement
because he was suffering from depression and someone checked a box
on a form indicating he was suicidal. He released in June, 2007, and
was never convicted.
2012 Jan 24, Afghan officials
said heavy snow and avalanches in Afghanistan's far northeast have
killed at least 46 people since last week.
2012 Jan 24, Flooding in
northeastern Australia caused thousands of homes to lose power and
prompted authorities to start evacuations, around a year after
deadly floods devastated the region.
2012 Jan 24, In Bahrain at
least 41 policemen were injured in clashes with demonstrators.
2012 Jan 24, The Coryton
refinery in Essex, one of Britain's largest oil refineries halted
sales, casting doubt over the future of 1,000 jobs and putting
petrol supplies at risk. Petroplus, its Swiss owner, said it would
file for insolvency. It had bought the refinery from BP in 2007.
2012 Jan 24, Canada deported a
Rwandan man charged with crimes against humanity. Leon Mugesera, who
lost a 16-year battle to stay in Canada, will face charges of
inciting murder, extermination and genocide.
2012 Jan 24, In China two
Tibetans were reportedly killed and several more were wounded when
security forces opened fire on a crowd of protesters in Seda county
in politically sensitive Ganzi prefecture in Sichuan province.
2012 Jan 24, Egypt's military
ruler decreed a partial lifting of the nation's hated emergency
laws, saying the draconian laws will remain applicable to crimes
committed by "thugs." This would become effective Jan 25, the first
anniversary of the start of the popular uprising that toppled
longtime authoritarian ruler Hosni Mubarak.
2012 Jan 24, India's central
bank moved to release billions of dollars to commercial lenders in a
policy shift designed to boost slackening growth in Asia's
2012 Jan 24, Nearly 700 Indian
separatist rebels laid down their arms at a ceremony that the
government hailed as a major step towards bringing peace to the
restive northeast region.
2012 Jan 24, In Iraq a series
of car bombs exploded in Shiite areas of Baghdad. At least 19 people
were killed and over 60 injured as insurgents targeted day laborers,
government workers and a police captain. Mullah Nadhum al-Jubouri,
the leader of a Sunni militia that turned against al-Qaida in Iraq
and sided with the US troops, died in a drive-by shooting in western
(AFP, 1/24/12)(AP, 1/25/12)(SFC, 1/25/12, p.A2)
2012 Jan 24, Israel carried out
several airstrikes overnight in Gaza that the Israeli military said
targeted an arms factory and three tunnels. A rocket fired from the
Gaza Strip landed in southern Israel, causing no damage or injuries.
The Israeli military arrested MP Abdul Jaber Fuqaha overnight from
his home in Ramallah, the fifth Hamas official to be arrested by
Israeli forces in the past five days.
(AP, 1/24/12)(AFP, 1/24/12)
2012 Jan 24, In Kashmir a huge
avalanche buried seven Indian soldiers while they were clearing snow
from an army supply road in the mountains near the cease-fire line.
2012 Jan 24, Kosovo moved a
step closer to full control of its own affairs, with a multinational
organization announcing it will end its mandate this year pending
continued progress on democratization and human rights.
2012 Jan 24, In Mali some 82
soldiers and civilians were summarily executed during a Tuareg
offensive in the town of Aguelhok.
2012 Jan 24, In Mauritania
representatives from Sahel states (Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Algeria)
and Nigeria vowed to help each other fight terrorism from Al-Qaeda
in the Islamic Maghreb and Islamist sect Boko Haram, which are said
to have ties.
2012 Jan 24, In New Zealand a
mass-stranding of whales left 36 of the creatures dead and
threatened 40 more. 99 pilot whales had stranded themselves a day
earlier on Farewell Spit on the South Island.
2012 Jan 24, Nigerian security
forces killed a man and his pregnant wife in an assault on a
neighborhood in Kano. Suspected members of Boko Haram surrounded a
police station in Kano, ordered civilians to get off the street,
began chanting "God is great" and threw homemade bombs into the
station while spraying it with assault rifles.
(AP, 1/24/12)(AP, 1/25/12)
2012 Jan 24, In Papua New
Guinea as many as 60 people were feared dead after a massive
landslide wiped out an entire village in the rugged Southern
2012 Jan 24, Philippine customs
authorities seized unclaimed items, which appeared to have been
meant for cooking something illegal. They had waited a month to see
who would claim the suspicious shipment of "kitchen equipment" from
Taiwan. A Chinese drug syndicate is suspected to have arranged the
shipment to use the drumloads of chemicals, heating equipment and
other items to produce large quantities of methamphetamine.
2012 Jan 24, Romania's PM Emil
Bloc used a national Day of Unity holiday to call for unity as
thousands of protesters angry at the government's failure to reverse
falling living standards turned their ire toward state media.
2012 Jan 24, Russia's elections
commission said prominent opposition leader Grigory Yavlinsky will
be disqualified from running for president in March, after finding
that hundreds of thousands of the signatures submitted on his
nominating petition were invalid. The move would prevent his liberal
Yabloko party from fielding observers. His party had fielded
thousands of election observers in the December election who
documented evidence of fraud in favor of Putin's United Russia
2012 Jan 24, Saudi police
detained nine men accused of instigating riots earlier this month in
the eastern city of Qatif.
2012 Jan 24, Senegal's public
transport workers launched a fresh strike to protest high fuel
prices and police harassment, leaving many stranded on their way to
2012 Jan 24, A respected human
rights group, the Humanitarian Law Center, accused Serbia's new army
chief of staff, Gen. Ljubisa Dikovic, of war crimes against
civilians in Kosovo during the 1998-99 war, but officials denied the
2012 Jan 24, In Somalia a truck
bomb targeted an Ethiopian military base. Islamist militants claimed
responsibility for the attack. Al-Shabab on its Twitter feed claimed
that 33 Ethiopian troops were killed in the attack.
2012 Jan 24, Syria's foreign
minister said that "half the universe" is conspiring against his
country, as Gulf Arab nations withdrew from a monitoring mission in
Syria because the government has failed to stop 10 months of
violence. Syrian troops opened fire to disperse hundreds of people
in al-Barra village in the Jabal al-Zawiya region of northern Syria
who had gathered for the funeral of Radwan Rabih Hamadi,
assassinated a day earlier.
2012 Jan 24, Tanzanian police
freed Burundian opposition leader Alexis Sinduhije, who was arrested
two weeks ago in Dar es Salaam at Burundi's request. Sinduhije was
expelled to Uganda.
2012 Jan 24, In central
Thailand fireworks set off during an official Chinese New Year
celebration sparked a blaze that burned homes, killed three people
and injured others.
2012 Jan 24, Tunisian police
ended a weeks-long sit-in by conservative Muslims at Manouba
university that banned the full-face veil.
2012 Jan 24, Turkey warned the
French president against signing a law that makes it a crime to deny
that the killings of Armenians by Ottoman Turks nearly a century ago
constituted genocide, saying such a move would deal a heavy blow to
the relations between the two countries.
2012 Jan 24, Ugandan police
clashed with opposition supporters in Kampala after security forces
tried to detain opposition leader Kizza Besigye following a protest
rally over rising living costs.
2012 Jan 24, UNICEF said a year
of Yemen's turmoil has exacerbated the number of malnourished
children under the age of five to around 750,000.
2012 Jan 24, Uruguay's
president approved a $513,000 payment to Macarena Gelman, who was
illegally adopted during the dictatorship after her mother was
tortured and disappeared.
2012 Jan 24, Venezuela deported
three suspected drug smugglers wanted in the United States, Canada
and Colombia, touting the moves as proof the government of President
Hugo Chavez is making strides in fighting trafficking.
2012 Jan 24, More teachers in
Zimbabwe joined a national strike in which government workers are
seeking to double their salaries. Their action on the strike's
second day, and the absence of more staff from government offices,
began to disrupt routine services.
2013 Jan 24, Sen. Dianne
Feinstein, D-Calif., introduced legislation to reinstate a federal
ban on assault weapons. The "Assault Weapons Ban of 2013" centered
on banning military-style assault weapons and high-capacity
ammunition feeding devices.
2013 Jan 24, David Headley (52)
was sentenced in a US federal court in Chicago to 35 years in prison
for his role in the 2008 Mumbai attack, that killed 166 people in
India’s financial capital.
2013 Jan 24, Toymaker Mattel
Inc. scored a partial victory when a federal appeals court
overturned a 2011 jury verdict and $170 million in damages for
allegedly stealing trade secrets from the maker of Bratz dolls. The
court upheld a judge’s award of $137.2 million to Bratz’s
manufacturer, MGA Entertainment, for its defense against Mattel’s
trade secrets claim.
(SFC, 1/25/13, p.D5)
2013 Jan 24, US health
officials said the new Sydney strain of norovirus, a stomach bug,
has been sweeping the globe is taking over in the US. Since
September more than 140 outbreaks in the US have been caused by the
2013 Jan 24, In Azerbaijan
hundreds of angry demonstrators in Ismayilli, some 175 km (110
miles) from the capital, Baku, surrounded a regional government
building demanding the governor's resignation after a night of
rioting in which a hotel and several cars were torched.
2013 Jan 24, Bahrain riot
police fired tear gas and stun grenades at several hundred
anti-government protesters whose chants included calls to reject
proposed talks aimed at easing nearly two years of unrest in the
2013 Jan 24, Britain’s and
Ireland’s energy ministers signed a memorandum of understanding in
Dublin, agreeing to assess the costs and benefits of trading
renewable energy, to look at potential projects and to consider
sharing renewable energy statistics.
2013 Jan 24, In Canada Theresa
Spence, a chief from a remote Ontario reserve, agreed to end her
hunger strike after talks with other native groups and opposition
political parties. Spence traveled to Ottawa in December and set up
camp on a small island in the Ottawa River to raise awareness about
living conditions for natives across Canada.
2013 Jan 24, Egyptian riot
police fired tear gas and clashed with dozens of protesters who were
trying to tear down a cement wall built to prevent demonstrators
from reaching parliament and the Cabinet building. A video was
posted online showing youths dressed in black marching in lines in
the Mediterranean city of Alexandria. "We are the Black Bloc ...
seeking people's liberation, the fall of corruption and the toppling
of the tyrant," proclaimed the video.
(AP, 1/24/13)(AP, 1/28/13)
2013 Jan 24, Frenchwoman
Florence Cassez (38), who spent seven years in prison in Mexico on
kidnapping charges, returned to a hero's welcome in Paris. She was
ordered freed a day earlier because of flaws in her trial. She was
arrested in 2005 and convicted of helping her Mexican then-boyfriend
run a kidnapping gang.
2013 Jan 24, In Greece strikers
protesting pay cuts refused to return to work, leaving Athens'
subway system closed for an eighth day, despite a court decision
declaring their protest illegal.
2013 Jan 24, Guyana signed an
agreement with NY conservation group Panthera, which is trying to
establish a jaguar corridor from northern Argentina to Mexico..
(SFC, 1/25/13, p.A2)
2013 Jan 24, Jordan’s election
commission said 1.3 million Jordanians, or 56.7 percent of nearly
2.3 million people who were registered to vote, had cast their
2013 Jan 24, Mali's rebel
movement showed new signs of discord in the wake of punishing French
air strikes, with one wing of the Ansar Dine group now pledging to
negotiate an end to the country's crisis and possibly even fight
against its former comrades-in-arms. Islamic extremists based in the
town of Ansongo destroyed a bridge near the Niger border, marking
the first use of explosives by the insurgents since the start of the
French-led military intervention exactly two weeks ago.
(AP, 1/24/13)(AP, 1/25/13)
2013 Jan 24, North Korea's top
governing body warned that the regime will conduct its third nuclear
test in defiance of UN punishment, and made clear that its
long-range rockets are designed to carry not only satellites but
also warheads aimed at striking the United States.
2013 Jan 24, Pakistan’s
attorney general Irfan Qadir said Pakistan is holding 700 suspected
militants without charges under a controversial law that has been
criticized by human rights organizations.
2013 Jan 24, More than 3,000
Palestinian teenagers graduated from the ruling Hamas militant
group's first high school military training program in the Gaza
Strip, displaying mock weapons, crawling commando-style on the
ground and taking up fighting positions for thousands of cheering
2013 Jan 24, South Africa
reported that some 15 thousand crocodiles escaped the Rakwena
Crocodile Farm on the Limpopo River border with Botswana when the
farm gates were opened earlier this week to alleviate pressure from
rising flood waters.
(SFC, 1/26/13, p.A2)(http://tinyurl.com/adlfxrl)
2013 Jan 24, Syrian warplanes
bombed rebel-held areas near Damascus as President Bashar Assad's
troops battled opposition fighters for control of a strategic road
that links the capital with the main airport. Twin car bombs in the
Syrian-controlled part of the Golan Heights killed eight people in
Quneitra, as thegovernment called on those who fled the country
during the civil war to return, including regime opponents.
(AP, 1/24/13)(AP, 1/25/13)
2013 Jan 24, The UN Security
Council approved the use of surveillance drones over eastern Congo
to monitor roving militias.
(SFC, 1/25/13, p.A2)
2013 Jan 24, Vietnam’s Laborer
newspaper quoted Minister of Public Security Tran Dai Quang as
saying Vietnam will produce its own drug for executing prisoners.
Factories in the EU have stopped shipments because of objections
there to the death penalty.
2014 Jan 24, In South Carolina
Justin Singleton (19) was arrested soon after he killed student
Brandon Robinson (20), a member of the school’s football team.
2014 Jan 24, Argentina said it
is relaxing restrictions on the purchase of US dollars following a
sharp, sudden slide in the value of the local peso.
2014 Jan 24, Air Canada
suspended ticket sales in Venezuela, adding to a rising number of
airlines protesting a government devaluation of the local currency
just for travelers.
2014 Jan 24, In Central African
Republic Dr. Joseph Kalite, a former government health minister who
had supported last year's rebellion by Muslim fighters, was
assassinated at the Central Mosque in Bangui.
2014 Jan 24, Chinese police
shot dead six people during a "terrorist" attack in the restive
western region of Xinjiang and six more died when explosives they
were carrying detonated.
2014 Jan 24, In CongoDRC an
explosion at an arms depot killed over 20 people near the
diamond-mining hub of Mbuji-Mayi.
(Reuters, 1/25/14)(SFC, 1/27/14, p.A2)
2014 Jan 24, Leading Cuban
dissident Jose Daniel Ferrer was arrested after meeting with
European diplomats in Havana.
2014 Jan 24, In Egypt a bomb
planted on a road hit a convoy of security forces on a busy street
in Cairo, killing one person in the fourth bombing in one day. A
suicide car bomber blew himself up in the parking lot of a top
security compound in central Cairo, killing at least four people.
(AP, 1/24/14)(Reuters, 1/24/14)
2014 Jan 24, President Francois
Hollande spoke of "convergence" on international issues after talks
with Pope Francis amid a swirling scandal over the French leader's
love life and divisions in France over issues like abortion and
2014 Jan 24, Gabon's President
Ali Bongo Ondimba named a new prime minister, Daniel Ona Ondo,
following municipal and regional elections.
2014 Jan 24, Iran's foreign
minister, speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, called for
all "foreign elements" to leave Syria so its people can decide their
2014 Jan 24, In Iraq violence
in parts of Anbar province held by anti-government fighters killed 3
people. A UN report said more than 140,000 Iraqis have fled parts of
Anbar province over clashes between security forces and al-Qaida
militants since its brutal 2006-08 sectarian conflict.
(AFP, 1/24/14)(AP, 1/24/14)
2014 Jan 24, Israeli forces
shot dead Bilal Samir Oweida (20) and wounded another man in the
Gaza Strip. The Israeli army said a group of Palestinians had
entered "a prohibited area" in northern Gaza where they damaged the
security fence, hurled rocks and rolled burning tires at IDF (Israel
2014 Jan 24, In northern Mali a
French counter-terrorism offensive ended with 11 Islamist militants
killed and a French soldier wounded.
2014 Jan 24, North Korea
proposed reunions of families separated since the Korean War six
decades ago, continuing its latest campaign of reconciliation that
included a call for South Korea and the United States to cancel
joint military drills.
2014 Jan 24, In South Africa
four police officers were arrested after the fatal shooting of a
protester during a demonstration that turned violent on the
outskirts of Johannesburg. A 28-year-old man was shot and killed
earlier this week after protesters blocked roads with stones and
burning tires in the Roodepoort area.
2014 Jan 24, The World Food
Program said looters in South Sudan have stolen UN food aid that
would have fed over 220,000 people for a month.
2014 Jan 24, A Syrian activist
group said 63 people have died since last June in the besieged
Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp from a lack of food and medicine.
2014 Jan 24, Direct talks in
Geneva were scrapped between Syrian President Bashar Assad's
government and the Western-backed opposition that wants to overthrow
him. Barrel bomb attacks on Aleppo's outlying industrial city and
the Sheikh Najjar districts killed 10 people,
(AP, 1/24/14)(AFP, 1/25/14)
2014 Jan 24, Thailand's
Constitutional Court opened the way to put off a general election
the government has set for February 2, piling pressure on Prime
Minister Yingluck Shinawatra who looks increasingly cornered by
legal challenges to her grip on power.
2014 Jan 24, UAE President
Sheik Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan (65) suffered a stroke. His
condition after surgery was reported as stable.
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