Today in History - January 26
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66CE Jan 26,
The 5th recorded perihelion passage of Halley's Comet.
1397 Jan 26, Vytautas signed a
treaty with the Knights of the Cross but Samogitia was not included.
1500 Jan 26, Spanish explorer
Vicente Yanez Pinzon reached the northeastern coast of Brazil during
a voyage under his command. Pinzon had commanded the Nina during
Christopher Columbus's first expedition to the New World.
1531 Jan 26, Lisbon was hit by
an earthquake and some about 30,000 died.
1564 Jan 26, A Lithuanian Army
under Radvila the Brown defeated a Russian force 5 time larger and
stopped its entry into Lithuania.
1699 Jan 26, The Treaty of
Karlowitz, Croatia, ended the war between Austria and the Turks.
1700 Jan 26, A magnitude 9.0
earthquake shook Northern California, Oregon, Washington and British
Colombia. It triggered tsunami that damages villages in Japan.
1715 Jan 26, Claude Helvétius,
French philosopher, was born. He advanced the theory that sensation
is the source of all intellectual activity.
1720 Jan 26, Guilio Alberoni
was ordered out of Spain after his abortive attempt to restore his
1784 Jan 26, In a letter to his
daughter, Benjamin Franklin expressed unhappiness over the eagle as
the symbol of America. He wanted the turkey.
1786 Jan 26, Benjamin Robert
Haydon, painter (Waiting for The Times, Wordsworth Ascending), was
born in Plymouth.
1788 Jan 26, The 1st fleet of
ships carrying 736 convicts from England landed at Sydney Cove, New
South Wales, Australia. The first European settlers in Australia,
led by Capt. Arthur Phillip, landed in present-day Sydney. The day
is since known as Australia’s national day. In 2006 Thomas Keneally
authored “The Commonwealth of Thieves: The Story of the Founding of
(AP, 1/26/98)(HN, 1/26/99)(WSJ, 9/19/00,
p.A1)(Econ, 7/15/06, p.83)
1790 Jan 26, Mozart's opera
"Cosi Fan Tutte" premiered in Vienna.
1795 Jan 26, Johann Christoph
Friedrich Bach (62), composer, died.
1802 Jan 26, Congress passed an
act calling for a library to be established within the U.S. Capitol.
1824 Jan 26, Edward Jenner,
discoverer of vaccination, died.
1826 Jan 26, Julia Dent Grant,
First Lady and wife of Ulysses Grant, was born.
1833 Jan 26, Gaetano
Donizetti’s tragic opera "Lucrezia Borgia," premiered in Milan.
(WSJ, 7/27/98, p.A12)(MC, 1/26/02)
1837 Jan, 26, Michigan became
the 26th state of the US.
(HFA, '96, p.22)(AP, 1/26/98)
1838 Jan 26, Tennessee became
the 1st state to prohibit alcohol.
1841 Jan 26, Britain formally
occupied Hong Kong, which the Chinese had ceded to the British.
1848 Jan 26, Henry David
Thoreau (1817-1862) of Massachusetts presented an essay at the
Concord Lyceum that explained his motives for refusing to pay taxes.
In 1849 it was published as “Resistance to Civil Government.”
(ON, 10/09, p.12)
1861 Jan 26, Louisiana became
the 6th state to secede from the Union.
1863 Jan 26, President Lincoln
named General Joseph Hooker to replace Burnside as commander of the
Army of the Potomac. [see Jan 25]
1870 Jan 26, Virginia rejoined
1871 Jan 26, US income tax
1875 Jan 26, Electric dental
drill was patented by George F. Green.
1875 Jan 26, Pinkerton agents,
hunting Jesse James, firebombed his mother’s house, killed his
13-year-old half-brother and seriously injured his mother.
(AH, 2/05, p.16)
1880 Jan 26, Douglas MacArthur
(d.1964), U.S. general in World War I, was born. He was the youngest
general in the U.S. Army in WW I. In World War II he was the
commander of all U.S. Army forces in the South Pacific; in Korea he
commanded all United Nations forces. William Manchester wrote his
biography: “American Caesar: Douglas MacArthur.”
(BS, 5/3/98, p.13E)(HN, 1/26/99)
1885 Jan 26, In Sudan General
“Chinese” Gordon (Charles George Gordon, 51), British gov-gen of
Sudan, was killed on the palace steps in the garrison at Khartoum by
the forces of Muhammad Ahmed, El Mahdi. In 1961 “General Gordon’s
Khartoum Journal,” edited by Lord Elton, was published.
(WSJ, 8/25/98, p.A14)(HN, 1/26/99)(MC,
1/26/02)(ON, 4/02, p.10)
1886 Jan 26, Karl Benz patented
the 1st automobile. [see Jan 29]
1891 Jan 26, Ilya G.
Ehrenburg, writer, propagandist (Fall of Paris, The Thaw), was
born in Kiev, Ukraine.
1891 Jan 26, Nicholaus Otto,
auto pioneer (internal combustion engine), died.
1893 Jan 26, Bessie Coleman,
first black airplane pilot, was born.
1893 Jan 26, Abner Doubleday
(b.1819), credited with inventing baseball, died on his 74th
1905 Jan 26, Maria Augusta von
Trapp (d.1987), Austrian singer, inspired "Sound of Music," was
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maria_von_Trapp)(SSFC, 10/14/07, p.B6)
1907 Jan 26, US Congress passed
the Tillman Act, which prohibited corporations from making direct
campaign contributions to federal election candidates. It was named
for Sen. Benjamin "Pitchfork Ben" Tillman, a democrat from South
(SFEC, 10/5/97, p.D9)(SFEC, 7/16/00, p.A8)(AP,
1911 Jan 26, The Richard
Strauss opera "Der Rosenkavalier" premiered in Dresden, Germany.
1911 Jan 26, Glenn Curtiss
piloted the 1st successful hydroplane in San Diego.
1913 Jan 26, Jim Thorpe
relinquished his 1912 Olympic medals for being a pro.
1915 Jan 26, President Woodrow
Wilson signed the Rocky Mountain National Park Act. The 415 square
miles park, northwest of Denver, was created following a decade of
lobbying by photographer and naturalist Enos Mills. During its first
year the park drew some 31,000 visitors.
7/19/97, p.A2)(SFC, 1/26/15, p.A5)
1918 Jan 26, Nicolae Ceausescu,
Romanian president (1967-90), was born.
1920 Jan 26, Jeanne Hebuterne
(b.1898), the mistress of Amadeo Modigliani, killed herself 2 days
following Modigliani’s death while carrying his child.
1921 Jan 26, Akio Morita
(d.1999), CEO of Sony Corp., was born in Kasugaya, Japan.
1924 Jan 26, Saad Zaghloul
(1859-1927) began serving as PM of Egypt and continued to November
1925 Jan 26, Paul Newman, actor
(Hud, Hombre, Hustler), was born in Cleveland.
1907 Jan 26, John Millington
Synge’s “The Playboy of the Western World” opened at the Abbey
Theater in Dublin. Many Irish nationalists found it so offensive
that they embarked on a semi-organized campaign to bring down the
1928 Jan 26, Eartha Kitt,
singer, actress (Catwoman-Batman), was born in SC.
1928 Jan 26, Roger Vadim,
director (And God Created Women, Barbarella), was born in France.
1929 Jan 26, Jules Feiffer,
cartoonist (Passionella), author (Little Murders), was born in NYC.
1929 Jan 26, San Francisco
police took Frances Orlando (19) to the Bush Police Station because
she was dressed in men's clothing.
(SFC, 1/23/04, p.E3)
1932 Jan 26, William K.
Wrigley, owner (Wrigley Gum, Chicago Cubs), died.
1934 Jan 26, Germany signed a
10-year non-aggression pact with Poland, breaking the French
(WUD, 1994, p.1682)(HN, 1/26/99)
1935 Jan 26, Bob Uecker,
catcher, actor, was born in Milwaukee, Wisc.
1939 Jan 26, Franco conquered
1940 Jan 26, The Museum of
Modern Art in New York received works by Botticelli, Raphael and
Michelangelo on loan from Italy.
1940 Jan 26, Nazis forbade
Polish Jews to travel on trains.
1942 Jan 26, The first American
expeditionary force to go to Europe during World War II went ashore
in Northern Ireland.
(AP, 1/26/98)(HN, 1/26/99)
1943 Jan 26, A US War
Department Disposition Form was issued with “Subject: establishment
of a War Department Fixed Radio Station in Africa.” It detailed
operational objectives for what was to become the 4th Detachment of
the Second Signal Service Battalion, Asmara, Eritrea. Over time the
US paid Ethiopia more than $360m in military aid as rent for the
eavesdropping installation at Kagnew.
1943 Jan 26, The first OSS
(Office of Strategic Services) agent parachuted behind Japanese
lines in Burma.
1943 Jan 26, Nikolai Vavilov
(b.1887), Soviet botanist, died in prison. In 1929 he had traced the
genealogy of the apple to Kazakhstan.
(SSFC, 5/25/08, Books
1944 Jan 26, Angela Davis,
American revolutionary and black militant, was born.
1950 Jan 26, India officially
proclaimed itself a republic as Rajendra Prasad took the oath of
office as president.
1956 Jan 26, Buddy Holly had
his 1st formal recording session. [see Jan 20]
1961 Jan 26, Wayne Gretzky, NHL
great scorer (Oiler, King, Rangers), was born in Brantford, Ont.
1961 Jan 26, "Are You Lonesome
Tonight?" by Elvis Presley peaked at #1.
1961 Jan 26, Janet G. Travell
became the 1st woman personal physician to the US President (JFK).
1962 Jan 26, Bishop Burke of
Buffalo Catholic dioceses declared Chubby Checker's "Twist" is
impure & banned it from all Catholic schools.
1962 Jan 26, The United States
launched Ranger 3 to land scientific instruments on the moon, but
the probe missed its target by some 22,000 miles.
1962 Jan 26, Charles "Lucky"
Luciano (65), NYC Mafia gangster, died.
1964 Jan 26, Eighty-four people
were arrested in a segregation protest in Atlanta.
1969 Jan 26, California was
declared a disaster area after two days of flooding and mud slides.
1970 Jan 26, In Turkey the
Islamic-oriented National Order Party was formed under the
leadership of Necmettin Erbakan.
1972 Jan 26, A DC-9 exploded
over Serbska Kamenice, Czechoslovakia, and attendant Vesna Vulovic
dropped 33,300 feet and survived following a 27-day coma and a
16-month recovery. The cause of the explosion has never been
established, but was attributed by the Yugoslav and Czechoslovakian
authorities to a bomb placed on the plane by a Croatian Terrorist
group, known as the Ustasa.
(SFEC, 3/14/99, Z1
1978 Jan 26, In China
Einstein’s theory of relativity was officially reinstated.
(WUD, 1994, p.1691)
1979 Jan 26, "Dukes of Hazzard"
premiered on CBS and continued to 1985. Denver Pyle (d.1997 at 77)
played Uncle Jesse. James Best (d.2015 at 88) played the inept
Sheriff Roscoe P. Coltrane.
p.E2)(SFC, 4/10/15, p.D5)
1979 Jan 26, Nelson A.
Rockefeller (70), former Vice President under Ford and 4-time
governor of New York state, died in New York in the arms of Megan
1980 Jan 26, Israel and Egypt
established diplomatic relations, in accord with PM Begin’s
agreement with Pres. Sadat on Jan 10 at Aswan.
1986 Jan 26, In India a Sarbat
Khalsa (general congregation of the Sikh people) was convened at the
Akal Takht, the Sikh seat of temporal authority in Amritsar. The
gathering passed a resolution favoring the creation of Khalistan. A
militant Sikh separatist movement had emerged in the 1970s with the
goal of carving out an independent Sikh state out of the Punjab
1988 Jan 26, The Andrew Lloyd
Webber musical "Phantom of the Opera" opened at Broadway's Majestic
Theater. It ran for 4,000+ performances.
1988 Jan 26, Australians
celebrated the 200th anniversary of their country as a grand parade
of tall ships sailed in Sydney Harbor, re-enacting the voyage of the
first European settlers.
1989 Jan 26, L. Douglas Wilder,
the lieutenant governor of Virginia, launched his successful
campaign to become the first elected black governor of a U.S. state.
1990 Jan 26, Attorneys for
Manuel Noriega challenged the jurisdiction of U.S. courts to try the
deposed Panamanian leader on drug-trafficking charges, and said
Noriega should be declared a prisoner of war.
1991 Jan 26, An estimated 200k
to 300k people across the country demonstrated in support of, or in
opposition to, Operation Desert Storm.
1991 Jan 26, Four people were
killed in a shooting spree at a Taco Bell restaurant in Irving,
Texas. Jessy Carlos San Miguel was convicted and executed in
Huntsville by lethal injection on Jan 29, 2000.
1991 Jan 26, Soviet President
Mikhail S. Gorbachev granted the KGB and Soviet Interior Ministry
sweeping search-and-seizure powers to combat economic crime.
1992 Jan 26, The Washington
Redskins won Super Bowl XXVI, defeating the Buffalo Bills 37-24.
1992 Jan 26, On CBS' “60
Minutes,” Democratic presidential candidate Bill Clinton, appearing
with his wife, Hillary, acknowledged “causing pain in my marriage,”
but said past problems were not relevant to the campaign.
1992 Jan 26, In Cincinnati,
Ohio, 5 children died in an apartment fire that was set by William
Garner in an attempt to hide evidence of a burglary. Garner (37) was
later convicted of murder and executed on July 13, 2010.
(SFC, 7/14/10, p.A4)(http://tinyurl.com/2bq5puv)
1992 Jan 26, Jose Ferrer
(b.1909), Puerto Rico born film actor, died in Coral Gables, Fla.
1993 Jan 26, U.N.
Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali called on the Security
Council to take "whatever measures are necessary" to compel Israel
to readmit 400 deported Palestinians.
1993 Jan 26, Former
Czechoslovak President Vaclav Havel was elected president of the new
1994 Jan 26, A scare occurred
during a visit to Sydney, Australia, by Britain's Prince Charles as
a young man lunged at the prince, firing two blank shots from a
1994 Jan 26, The Belarus
Parliament ousted its reform-minded leader, Stanislav Shushkevich,
in protest against his support for market economics.
1994 Jan 26, Russian President
Boris Yeltsin accepted the resignation of Finance Minister Boris
Fyodorov, who warned of economic collapse and social unrest.
1995 Jan 26, A little more than
three weeks after Republicans took control of Congress, the House
endorsed a balanced-budget amendment to the Constitution designed to
eliminate chronic federal deficits.
1996 Jan 26, First lady Hillary
Rodham Clinton testified before a grand jury connected to the
1996 Jan 26, Hours before a
midnight deadline, a confrontation-weary Congress voted to avert a
third federal shutdown and finance dozens of agencies for seven more
1996 Jan 26, Olympic wrestler
Dave Schultz was fatally shot at the suburban Philadelphia estate of
John E. du Pont; du Pont surrendered 48 hours later. Du Pont was
later convicted of third-degree murder but mentally ill; he's
serving a 13- to 30-year sentence.
1996 Jan 26, In Utah John
Albert Taylor (b.~1960) was executed by firing squad. He had been
sentenced to death for the 1988 rape and strangulation of
11-year-old Charla King and had then chosen the firing squad as the
method of execution.
1996 Jan 26, The Council of
Europe voted to accept Russia. Russia became a member on Feb 28.
1996 Jan 26 Yeltsin appointed
Vladimir Kadannikov to oversee national economic policy. Mr.
Kadannikov was general-director of the debt-ridden Volzhsky Auto
(WSJ, 1/26/96, A-6)
1997 Jan 26, The Green Bay
Packers beat the New England Patriots 35-21 to win Super Bowl XXXI,
their first Super Bowl in 29 years.
(SFC, 1/27/97, p.C1)(AP, 1/26/98)
1998 Jan 26, Pres. Clinton
firmly denied having sexual relations with Monica Lewinsky: “I did
not have sexual relations with that woman…I never told anybody to
(SFC, 1/27/98, p.A1)(SFEC, 11/15/98, p.A3)
1998 Jan 26, Stung by a drop in
profits, AT&T said it would cut at least 15,000 jobs, freeze
executive salaries and shake up management to reduce costs.
1998 Jan 26, Compaq Computer
Corp. announced that it would buy Digital Equipment Corp. for $9.6
(SFC, 1/27/98, p.A1)
1998 Jan 26, Intel introduced a
333 Mhz chip. It was code-named Deschutes and was expected to reach
450Mhz speed by the end of the year.
(WSJ, 1/26/98, p.B5)
1998 Jan 26, In Chile Gen’l.
Pinochet (82) backed away from scheduled retirement after the
Christian Democratic Party filed suit to prevent him from becoming a
senator for life.
(SFEC, 2/1/98, p.A11)
1998 Jan 26, In Japan public
prosecutors raided the Ministry of Finance and arrested 2 bank
regulators, Koichi Miyagawa (53) and Toshimi Taniuchi (48), on
(SFC, 1/27/98, p.A8)
1998 Jan 26, Shinichi Suzuki
(99), pioneer of the 1950s Suzuki method for teaching music to young
children, died in Japan.
1998 Jan 26, In Jordan the
Supreme Court suspended an amendment to the press law, passed last
May, and cleared the way for 12 newspapers to resume publishing.
(SFC, 1/27/98, p.A10)
1998 Jan 26, In Northern
Ireland the Ulster Democratic Party, the largest pro-British
paramilitary group, withdrew from peace talks.
(SFC, 1/27/98, p.A8)
1999 Jan 26, Pope John Paul II
arrived in St. Louis and began his seventh pilgrimage to the United
States. He was greeted by Pres. Clinton at Lambert Int'l. Airport
and called on the president to protect unborn children and end armed
conflict abroad. He was later scheduled to bless the 33-foot steel
statue of the Virgin Mary commissioned by Carl Demma and made by
(SFC, 1/26/99, p.A15)(SFC, 1/27/99, p.A1)(AP,
1999 Jan 26, Some 700 US troops
were ordered by NATO to be pulled from Bosnia in a 10% force
(WSJ, 1/27/99, p.A1)
1999 Jan 26, In Germany
Chancellor Schroeder abandoned an ambitious timetable for the
planned shutdown of nuclear power plants.
(SFC, 1/27/99, p.C10)
1999 Jan 26, In Honduras the
legislature voted to end 41 years of military autonomy and to put
the military under civilian control.
(SFC, 1/27/99, p.C10)
1999 Jan 26, US jets again
fired on air-defense sites in Iraq and Pres. Clinton approved more
aggressive rules of engagement.
(WSJ, 1/27/99, p.A1)
1999 Jan 26, In Jordan King
Hussein left to the United States for urgent medical care at the
Mayo clinic. His son Abdullah was sworn in to run the country in his
(SFC, 1/27/99, p.A7)(AP, 1/26/00)
1999 Jan 26, A Palestinian man
was killed by an Israeli rubber bullet when he threw stones to
protest the demolition of an Arab-owned home in East Jerusalem.
(SFC, 1/27/99, p.C10)
2000 Jan 26, The grandmothers
of Elian Gonzalez hugged and kissed the six-year-old boy during a
tense, 90-minute meeting in Miami Beach, Florida, that had been
arranged by the U-S government.
2000 Jan 26, Tennis great Don
Budge, who in 1938 became the first Grand Slam winner, died in
Scranton, Pennsylvania, at age 84.
2000 Jan 26, The UN appointed
Hans Blix of Sweden to be the new weapons inspector for Iraq.
(SFC, 1/27/00, p.A12)
2000 Jan 26, In Thailand the
legendary 24-year leader of the Karen National Union (KNU), was
voted out of the chairmanship. Saw Ba Thin was elected as the new
chairman of the Karen National Union (KNU).
(SFC, 1/28/00, p.A14)(SFC, 2/22/00, p.A8)
2000 Jan 26, In China the State
Bureau of Secrecy issued a 20-article circular that banned
discussion of state secrets on the Internet, in e-mail, and in chat
rooms or bulletin boards. Content and service providers were also
required to undergo a "security certification" prior to operation.
(SFC, 1/27/00, p.A1)
2000 Jan 26, The EU and
Yugoslavia crafted a $24 million plan to clear Danube River bridge
debris due to NATO bombing.
(WSJ, 1/27/00, p.A1)
2000 Jan 26, In Serbia police
killed 2 ethnic Albanian brothers on the southern border known as
(SFEC, 3/5/00, p.A25)
2000 Jan 26, In Pakistan 6 of
the Supreme Court's 13 judges refused to take a new oath under the
provisional military government. Of 102 judges, 89 took the oath.
The oath protected the military from legal action.
(SFC, 1/27/00, p.C16)
2001 Jan 26, Pres. Bush renewed
his pledge to build a missile defense system and to reduce the
(SFC, 1/27/01, p.A3)
2001 Jan 26, Scientists
announced that they had decoded the genetic blueprint of rice. It
was the 1st important plant to have its genome decoded.
(SFC, 1/27/01, p.A7)
2001 Jan 26, Diane Whipple
(33), Lacrosse coach, died after being mauled by 2 dogs in her San
Francisco Pacific Heights apartment. The dogs, under the control of
Marjorie Knoller, were later found to be owned by 2 Aryan
Brotherhood prison gang members and kept by attorneys Robert Noel
(59) and Marjorie Knoller (45). A few days later Noel and Knoller
adopted Paul Schneider (38) in SF family court. Bane, one of the
Presa Canario dogs, was destroyed following the attack on Whipple.
Hera, the 2nd dog, was impounded. Knoller and Noel were indicted for
murder and manslaughter on Mar 27. Hera was put to death Jan 30,
2001. Knoller was paroled Jan 1, 2004. In 2005 a state appeals court
reinstated a murder conviction against Marjorie Knoller. Knoller was
again jailed in 2008 after a judge reinstated her murder conviction.
On Sep 22 Knoller was sentenced to 15 years to life in prison.
(SSFC, 1/28/01, p.A1)(SFC, 1/30/01, p.A1)(SFC,
1/31/01, p.A1)(SFC, 2/1/01, p.A11)(SFC, 3/28/01, p.A1)(SFC, 1/31/02,
p.A13)(SFC, 1/1/04, p.A19)(SFC, 5/6/05, p.B1)(SFC, 8/23/08,
2001 Jan 26, In Illinois a
Salvation Army van collided with a truck and 10 people were killed
on I 55 near Joliet.
(SFC, 1/27/01, p.A3)
2001 Jan 26, Dr. Charles
Merieux, virologist and founder of the Merieux Laboratory, died at
age 94 in Lyon, France. He helped produce the Salk vaccine
cultivated in minced monkey kidney tissue. He also produced a
vaccine against a meningitis strain that killed 4,000 people in
Brazil in 1974.
(SFC, 1/27/01, p.A24)
2001 Jan 26, Joseph Kabila was
sworn in as Congo's president, following the assassination of his
father, Laurent Kabila.
2001 Jan 26, In Germany the
lower house passed an overhaul of the national pension system.
(SFC, 1/27/01, p.C16)
2001 Jan 26, A 7.9 (7.7)
earthquake hit India and Pakistan as India prepared to celebrate
Republic Day. It was an intraplate earthquake along a thrust fault
300 miles south of the boundary between the Indo-Australian and
Eurasian Plates. Some 20,000-50,000 people were killed and over
14,000 injured across Gujarat state. 10 people were reported killed
in Pakistan. The quake caused an underground river, either the
Saraswati or Indus, to reappear that had disappeared in a 19th
century quake. [see Jan 31]
(SFC, 1/26/01, p.A16)(SFC, 1/27/01, p.A1)(WSJ,
1/29/01, p.A1)(SFC, 2/17/01, p.D8)(WSJ, 1/2/02, p.R12)
2001 Jan 26, Benjamin Hermansen
(15), a black teenager, was stabbed to death in Holmlia near Oslo,
Norway. 5 Neo-Nazi Bootboys were soon arrested. In 2002 Joe Erling
Jahr (20) was sentenced to 16 years in prison and Ole Nicolai
Kvisler (22) was sentenced to 15 years. Veronica Andreasen (18)
received 3 years as an accomplice.
(SFC, 1/30/01, p.A11)(SFC, 1/18/02, p.A6)
2001 Jan 26, In the Philippines
Pres. Arroyo forced her Cabinet ministers to sign an 8-point
“covenant” that included pledges to show “respect for others,” live
a simple lifestyle and focus on the poor.
(SFC, 1/27/01, p.A14)
2001 Jan 26, The 198-foot
vessel Pamyat Merkuriya sank in the Black Sea and at least 14 people
were killed. The ship was enroute to Yevpatoria, Ukraine, from
(SFC, 1/30/01, p.A11)
2001 Jan 26, A UN panel
criticized Saudi Arabia for discriminating against women, harassing
minors and for punishments that included flogging and stoning.
(SFC, 1/27/01, p.C16)
2002 Jan 26, Jennifer Capriati
produced the greatest comeback in a Grand Slam final to overcome
Martina Hingis (news) and defend her Australian Open title, 4-6, 7-6
2002 Jan 26, In a preview of
his State of the Union address, President Bush pledged in his
Saturday radio address to "work to create jobs and renew the
strength of our economy."
2002 Jan 26, Sec. of State
Powell asked Pres. Bush to declare that the US is bound by the
Geneva Conventions in the treatment of Afghan captives at Guantanamo
(SSFC, 1/27/02, p.A)
2002 Jan 26, The Honduras
Congress elected Justice Vilma Cecilia Morales as the 1st woman to
head the Supreme Court.
(SSFC, 1/27/02, p.A19)
2002 Jan 26, The Palestinian
Authority again called for an end to all bombing and shooting
attacks against Israel. Israeli troops shot and killed a Palestinian
passing through an army checkpoint and militants were hit by an tank
shell when they tried to lay an explosive near a border fence.
(SSFC, 1/27/02, p.A18)
2003 Jan 26, Tampa Bay won
their first NFL championship over the Oakland Raiders in Super Bowl
37. Rioting erupted on Oakland streets following the Raiders' Super
Bowl loss to the Tampa Bucs (48-21).
(SFC, 1/27/03, p.A1)(AP, 1/26/04)
2003 Jan 26, Secretary of State
Colin Powell, citing Iraq's lack of cooperation with U.N.
inspectors, said he'd lost faith in the inspectors' ability to
conduct a definitive search for banned weapons programs.
2003 Jan 26, In Cameroon an
overcrowded bus swerved into oncoming traffic on the nation's main
highway, sparking a five-car pileup that killed at least 70.
2003 Jan 26, In England
historian Hugh Trevor-Roper (b.1914) died. His books included "The
Last Days of Hitler" (1947), "The Rise of Christian Europe" (1965),
and "The European Witch Craze of the 16th and 17th Centuries." His
final work “The Invention of Scotland” was published posthumously in
2008. In 2010 Adam Sisman authored “Hugh Trevor-Roper: The
(SFC, 1/27/03, p.B4)(WSJ, 7/26/08, p.W8)(Econ,
2003 Jan 26, Annamarie Schimmel
(80), a professor emeritus of Islamic studies at Harvard University
who also lectured in Germany and Turkey, publishing more than 100
books died in Bonn.
2003 Jan 26, In Guatemala a
security guard opened fire with a shotgun at thousands of people
gathered for a political convention of the National Union of Hope
party. Isaias Caal Ichich wounded 5 people.
2003 Jan 26, In Ivory Coast
loyalists, enraged by a peace deal with rebels, attacked the French
Embassy and army base.
(SFC, 1/27/03, p.A5)
2003 Jan 26, At the World
Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Bill Gates announced that his
charitable foundation will spend $200 million for medical research
in poor and undeveloped countries. In partnership with the
National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Bill & Melinda Gates
Foundation (BMFG) granted $200 million to the Foundation for the
National Institutes of Health (FNIH).
2004 Jan 26, The White House
retreated from its once-confident claims that Iraq had weapons of
mass destruction; Democrats swiftly sought to turn the about-face
into an election-year issue.
2004 Jan 26, The US
Congressional Budget Office said the deficits over the coming decade
are expected to total $2.4 trillion, 1 trillion more than estimates
made 6 months earlier.
(SFC, 1/27/04, p.A1)
2004 Jan 26, Lionel Tate, the
Florida teen who'd killed a 6-year-old playmate and became the
youngest defendant in the nation to be locked away for life, was
released after three years behind bars.
2004 Jan 26, Cleveland City
Hall began a domestic partner's registry, the 1st in the nation
created by voters.
(SFC, 1/27/04, p.A3)
2004 Jan 26, A pair of winter
storms blanketed much of the eastern half of the US and police
blamed them for at least 34 highway deaths.
(WSJ, 1/27/04, p.A1)
2004 Jan 26, President Hamid
Karzai signed Afghanistan's new constitution into law, putting into
force a charter meant to reunite his war-shattered nation and help
defeat a virulent Taliban insurgency.
2004 Jan 26, China's President
Hu Jintao arrived in France, with European ministers considering
Beijing's request that they lift an arms embargo imposed after the
killing of Tiananmen Square protesters in 1989.
2004 Jan 26, Nearly 200 people
were missing after a barge caught fire and sank in a river in
northwestern Congo near Lukelela. At least 301 people survived.
2004 Jan 26, In Egypt an
11-story building collapsed in Nasr City, a Cairo suburb, during a
fire and at least 14 people, mostly firefighters and police
responding to a blaze, were killed.
2004 Jan 26, Pakistan joined
the list of countries affected by the bird flu disease that has
sparked mass chicken culls across the region.
2004 Jan 26, Sudanese planes
dropped bombs in western Sudan, sending hundreds of people fleeing
across the border into Chad where aid workers scrambled to provide
them food and shelter in the barren desert.
2004 Jan 26, A 6-year-old Thai
boy became Asia's seventh confirmed bird flu fatality.
2005 Jan 26, Condoleezza Rice
was sworn in as secretary of state, following her confirmation by
2005 Jan 26, In Glendale, Ca.,
a Metrolink commuter train struck a vehicle, derailed and sideswiped
another train, killing 11 people and injuring about 180 others. Juan
Manuel Alvarez (25) left his SUV on a railroad track after changing
his mind about committing suicide. Alvarez was convicted in 2008 on
11 counts of murder and was sentenced to 11 consecutive life terms
in prison. In 2009 Metrolink agreed to pay some $30 million to
settle most of the lawsuits related to the derailment.
(AP, 1/27/05)(SFC, 1/27/05, p.A1)(SFC, 8/21/08,
p.A3)(SFC, 10/14/09, p.A6)
2005 Jan 26, In Ohio an
employee at the Toledo North Assembly Jeep plant shot 3 co-workers,
killing one, before taking his own life.
(SFC, 1/27/05, p.A3)
2005 Jan 26, Afghan President
Hamid Karzai started a two-day visit to Iran mainly focused on
boosting economic relations and inaugurating a new cross-border
2005 Jan 26, China’s central
bank said a nationwide personal credit database will be available
across the country by the end of the year. The database was launched
in January, 2006, and included records of 340 million individuals.
(WSJ, 1/27/05, p.A10)(WSJ, 1/17/06, p.A15)
2005 Jan 26, A US military
transport helicopter crashed in bad weather in Iraq's western
desert, killing 31 people, all believed to be Marines. Insurgents
killed five other American troops.
2005 Jan 26, A suicide car
bomber attacked an office of a major Kurdish party, killing or
injuring at least 20 people.
2005 Jan 26, Israel and the
Palestinian Authority resumed diplomatic contacts after a two-week
freeze, and Israel agreed to suspend targeted killings of
2005 Jan 26, At his first
public hearing prosecutors said Mohammed Bouyeri (26), the alleged
killer of Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh, ignored his victim's pleas
for mercy and calmly shot him at close range before slitting his
2005 Jan 26, A South Korean
semiconductor maker said it had pioneered an innovation that will
allow energy efficient light-emitting diodes to light homes (LED for
2005 Jan 26, The Sudanese air
force bombed villagers in South Darfur, observers from the African
Union reported, and an international aid organization said
casualties were inflicted. The UN said renewed fighting in Sudan's
Darfur region may have killed up to 105 civilians and displaced more
than 9,000 last week.
2005 Jan 26, The World Economic
Forum, the global business meeting that attracts world leaders and
Hollywood stars, opened in Davos, Switzerland. A Chinese economist
said that China has lost faith in the stability of the US dollar and
would seek to broaden the exchange rate for the yuan to a more
flexible basket of currencies.
(AP, 1/26/05)(SFC, 1/27/05, p.C1)
2005 Jan 26, The 5th annual
World Social Forum opened in Porto Alegre, Brazil. Activists from
some 4,000 non-governmental organizations and 112 countries gathered
under the theme “Another World Is Possible.”
(SFC, 1/29/05, p.A6)
2006 Jan 26, President Bush
said that Hamas cannot be a partner for Middle East peacemaking
without renouncing violence, and he reiterated that the United
States will not deal with Palestinian leaders who do not recognize
Israel's right to exist.
2006 Jan 26, The Arizona
Supreme Court ordered first-term Republican Rep. David Burnell Smith
to leave office at midnight for violating a state's public campaign
financing system during his 2004 primary race.
2006 Jan 26, California
legislators became the 1st in the US to designate secondhand tobacco
smoke as a toxic air contaminant.
(SFC, 1/27/06, p.B1)
2006 Jan 26, The US federal
deficit was projected to widen to $360 billion in fiscal 2006.
(WSJ, 1/27/06, p.A1)
2006 Jan 26, Confronted by
Oprah Winfrey on her syndicated talk show, author James Frey
acknowledged lies in his addiction memoir "A Million Little Pieces."
2006 Jan 26, In eastern
Afghanistan a rocket killed two police officers during a battle with
Taliban rebels in Paktika province.
2006 Jan 26, Britain said it
will send at least another 4,000 troops, four times its current
deployment, to Afghanistan in coming months as a NATO mission
expands into a dangerous region rife with Taliban and al-Qaida
2006 Jan 26, British port and
ferries group P&O said it has accepted a takeover bid from
Singapore's PSA International worth 3.545 billion pounds (5.2
billion euros, 6.4 billion dollars).
2006 Jan 26, Colombian
authorities led dozens of simultaneous raids across five cities in
collaboration with US officials and dismantled a false passport ring
with links to al-Qaida and Hamas militants.
2006 Jan 26, Iran's Civil
Aviation Organization said it has proposed resuming direct flights
between Iran and the United States after more than 25 years, despite
political hostilities between the two countries.
2006 Jan 26, In Iraq the US
military released five Iraqi women detainees, a move demanded by the
kidnappers of an American reporter to spare her life, but an
official said the release was coincidental.
2006 Jan 26, Mexico said it
will suspend its plan to distribute maps to migrants wanting to
cross the US border illegally. An official said the decision was
made because the maps would show anti-immigrant groups where
migrants likely would gather.
2006 Jan 26, Under request from
Pakistan Interpol said it has issued international notices seeking
the arrest of former PM Benazir Bhutto and her husband on corruption
charges. Both were currently visiting the US.
2006 Jan 26, In southwestern
Pakistan suspected tribal militants blew up a stretch of railway
track, severing train links with rest of country.
2006 Jan 26, Hamas leader
Mahmoud Zahar said he was ready to maintain a cease-fire with Israel
forged in February 2005 if Israel does likewise, but that the
Islamic group will respond to attacks. Hamas supporters raised their
flag over the Palestinian parliament and rushed into the building
amid clashes with Fatah loyalists.
2006 Jan 26, Russian military
prosecutors and top officers pledged a thorough inquiry into one of
the most brutal hazing incidents in the Russian military in years.
Doctors said the legs and genitals of Pvt. Andrei Sychev (18)
were amputated after a New Year's Eve incident at the Chelyabinsk
Tank Academy. On Sep 26 a Chelyabinsk military court found Junior
Sergeant Alexander Sivyakov guilty of abuse of power that led to
severe bodily harm, and sentenced him to four years in prison.
(AP, 1/26/06)(AP, 9/27/06)
2006 Jan 26, Saudi Arabia
recalled its ambassador in Denmark to protest a published series of
caricatures of the prophet Muhammad. Protests spread across the
Muslim world for weeks, and dozens of people were killed.
2006 Jan 26, Serbian police
arrested Jovo Djogo, the former chief of security for Bosnian Serb
wartime general Ratko Mladic, over suspicions he is helping the war
crimes fugitive avoid justice. Djogo was a close aide to the Bosnian
Serb political and military leadership from the start of the former
Yugoslav republic's 1992-1995 war.
2006 Jan 26, A South Korean
court ordered Dow Chemical and Monsanto, US manufacturers of the
defoliant Agent Orange, to pay $62.5 million in medical compensation
to 20,000 Korean veterans of the Vietnam War and their families.
(AP, 1/26/06)(WSJ, 1/27/06, p.A1)
2006 Jan 26, In Sri Lanka a
rocket propelled grenade shot at rebel vehicles in the east of the
island killed a rebel commander. Rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil
Eelam (LTTE) said government forces fired the grenade a day after a
deal to end a three-year deadlock in talks.
2007 Jan 26, The White House
said President Bush had authorized US forces in Iraq to take
whatever actions were necessary to counter Iranian agents deemed a
threat to American troops or the public at large. Defense Secretary
Robert Gates told a news conference that a congressional resolution
opposing President Bush's troop buildup in Iraq undercut US
commanders and emboldened the enemy.
2007 Jan 26, The United States
issued a formal rule banning exports of luxury items to North Korea,
including jet skis, I-pods, jewelry and fancy cars, in an effort to
put pressure on the communist leadership in Pyongyang.
2007 Jan 26, The Maine
Legislature overwhelmingly passed a resolution objecting to the Real
ID Act of 2005. The federal law sets a national standard for
driver's licenses and requires states to link their record-keeping
systems to national databases. Within a week of Maine's action,
lawmakers in Georgia, Wyoming, Montana, New Mexico, Vermont and
Washington state also balked at Real ID. Idaho approved a similar
bill on March 8.
(AP, 2/4/07)(Econ, 3/24/07, p.36)
2007 Jan 26, Intel said it will
begin using a new material on its next generation of chips making
them more energy efficient. IBM also announced changes in its
(SFC, 1/27/07, p.A1)
2007 Jan 26, It was reported
that Dr. Robert Bohannon, a Durham, North Carolina, molecular
scientist, has come up with a way to add caffeine to baked goods,
without the bitter taste of caffeine. Each piece of pastry is the
equivalent of about two cups of coffee.
2007 Jan 26, Scientists
reported that damage to one area of the brain was found to curb a
smoker’s urge to smoke.
(WSJ, 1/26/07, p.A1)
2007 Jan 26, A US Navy
helicopter crashed during a training mission in the ocean about 50
miles off the southeastern coast of California. One sailor was
reported dead and 3 missing.
(SSFC, 1/28/07, p.A2)
2007 Jan 26, In Afghanistan an
assailant gunned down lawmaker Maulavi Mohammed Islam Mohammadi. He
was the Taliban's governor of Bamiyan province and had overseen the
destruction of two Buddha statues carved into a cliff under the
former Taliban regime. In 2005 Mohammadi said: "It was foreigners
like Chechens and Arabs with the Taliban who made the decision. They
were crazy people. Even though I was governor, I had no power." A
suicide bomber blew himself up outside the offices of an aid group
in the capital of Helmand province, Lashkar Gah. A policeman and two
civilians were wounded.
2007 Jan 26, The last Islamic
militant group still fighting in the 16-year-old civil war against
Algeria's government said in an Internet statement posted that it
had changed its name to highlight its allegiance to the Al-Qaeda
network. The Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat (GSPC) said
that it was changing its name to the Al-Qaeda Organization in the
Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) on the orders of Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin
(AFP, 1/26/07)(Econ, 8/18/07, p.38)
2007 Jan 26, Argentina
authorized officials to reveal state secrets if called to testify in
human rights trials, a move intended to speed up prosecution of
atrocities committed during the country's 1976-1983 military
2007 Jan 26, British and
American television stations reported that British police have
concluded that a former Russian spy was poisoned by a lethal dose of
radioactive Polonium-210 added to his tea at a London hotel.
2007 Jan 26, Andy Coulson
resigned as editor of the News of the World over a phone hacking
affair. Clive Goodman, the royal correspondent for the News of the
World tabloid, was arrested along with private investigator Glenn
Mulcaire for intercepting the voicemail messages of Britain’s royal
2007 Jan 26, Canada apologized
to software engineer Maher Arar, who was deported to Syria by US
agents after Canadian police mistakenly labeled him an Islamic
extremist, and paid him C$10.5 million ($8.9 million) in
2007 Jan 26, China’s state
media said police in northern China have detained three men for the
deaths of two women last year whose corpses were sold as "ghost
brides" to accompany dead men in the afterlife. The ghost bride
tradition, called "minghun" or afterlife marriage, is common in the
Loess Plateau region of northern China.
2007 Jan 26, In Germany Peter
Hartz, Volkswagen human resources executive, was fined $750,000 and
given a 2-year suspended sentence after he pleaded guilty to funding
an account that provided special travel perks for employees.
2007 Jan 26, Inmates rioted at
a prison on the outskirts of Guatemala City, leaving at least one
person dead before 3,000 riot police and soldiers stormed the
2007 Jan 26, In western India a
four-story boarding school collapsed, killing at least 11 girls and
injuring 14. The school in Tichakpura, a village in Gujarat, served
tribespeople in the area.
2007 Jan 26, An Iranian
opposition group based in France claimed Iran has thousands of paid
operatives working in neighboring Iraq.
2007 Jan 26, US House Speaker
Nancy Pelosi and Rep. John Murtha, both vocal war critics, were in
the Iraqi capital at the head of a delegation of House members on a
fact-finding mission. A bomb hidden in a box holding pigeons tore
through a crowded pet and livestock market in Baghdad, killed 15
people and wounded dozens. 38 bullet-riddled bodies were found in
Baghdad. A former member of Saddam Hussein's ousted Baath Party and
an interpreter who works for the US military were killed in two
separate drive-by shootings in Kut. The body of a well-known Shiite
boxer was found in central Baghdad near the dangerous street where
he was kidnapped several days ago. A US Marine was killed in
fighting in Anbar province.
(AP, 1/26/07)(SFC, 1/27/07, p.A9)
2007 Jan 26, It was reported
that scientists in Japan have developed a new technique for
detecting explosives such as TNT in landmines or luggage using radio
waves. The scientists created a device called superconducting
quantum interference device (SQUID), which has a very sensitive
magnetic field sensor that detects nitrogen, an element found in
many explosives, including TNT.
2007 Jan 26, In Kenya a
regional director for the aid agency CARE was killed.
(SSFC, 2/11/07, p.G2)
2007 Jan 26, Six federal police
officers involved in President Felipe Calderon's anti-drug operation
were being investigated for extortion after they were videotaped
taking money from a driver in the border city of Tijuana.
2007 Jan 26, Jim Anderton, New
Zealand’s agriculture minister, declared Feb. 15 "National Lamb
2007 Jan 26, Officials at
Davos, Switz., said Nigeria, Africa's largest oil producer, now
depends 100 percent on imports of petroleum products due to the
closure of its three refineries and canalization of pipelines.
2007 Jan 26, William James
Fulton, a Protestant extremist was convicted on 48 terror counts and
sentenced to 28 years in prison, following the longest criminal
trial in Northern Ireland's history. The court found him guilty of
killing a grandmother with a pipe bomb, wounding four police
officers with a grenade, possessing firearms used for other
killings, smuggling drugs and a host of other crimes.
2007 Jan 26, A Pakistani
security guard died when he blocked a suicide bomber outside the
Marriott Hotel in Islamabad. At least seven other people were
(AP, 1/26/07)(WSJ, 1/27/07, p.A1)
2007 Jan 26, Hamas gunmen
stormed the home of a militant from the rival Fatah movement,
sparking a deadly gunbattle and capping a day of factional violence
across the Gaza Strip that killed 16 people, including a 2-year-old
2007 Jan 26, Martin Ngoga,
Rwanda’s chief prosecutor, said Rwanda will release another 8,000
prisoners convicted or awaiting trial over the central African
nation's 1994 genocide, raising fears among survivors of a fresh
round of bloodletting.
2007 Jan 26, Singapore executed
two Africans on drug trafficking charges despite pleas for clemency
by Nigeria's president.
2007 Jan 26, In Somalia a spate
of gunfire and mortar attacks in Mogadishu killed five people
overnight and injured at least four others.
2007 Jan 26, In South Africa
historian David Rattray (48) was found shot dead at his home in the
eastern Kwa-Zulu Natal province. On Feb 5 a court handed Sethe
Nkwanyana (23) a 25-year prison term for armed robbery and the
murder of Rattray. Nkwanyana said in court that Banozi Ndlovu shot
(AFP, 2/5/07)(Econ, 2/10/07, p.91)
2007 Jan 26, Darfur rebels said
they would refuse peace talks and would fight African Union
peacekeepers on the ground if Sudanese President Omar Hassan
al-Bashir became chairman of the pan-African body. In southern Sudan
gunmen killed an Indian peacekeeper and wounded 2 others.
(Reuters, 1/26/07)(AP, 1/27/07)
2007 Jan 26, The Swedish
government announced an agreement with suborbital space-tourism
company Virgin Galactic that Swedish officials believe will lead to
midsummer and mid-winter flights of Virgin's SpaceshipTwo vehicle to
observe the Aurora Borealis from Sweden.
2007 Jan 26, Suspected Muslim
separatists ambushed police patrols and torched a school as PM
Surayud Chulanont returned to southern Thailand for a third attempt
at ending the bloody insurgency.
2007 Jan 26, The UN General
Assembly adopted a resolution condemning the denial of the
Holocaust, with only Iran rejecting it as an attempt by the United
States and Israel to exploit the atrocity for their political
2007 Jan 26, Officials said
Jody Williams, the US anti-landmine campaigner and Nobel Peace Prize
winner, will lead a team of United Nations investigators to probe
killings, rapes, destruction of villages and mass flight in Darfur.
2008 Jan 26, Barack Obama
routed Hillary Rodham Clinton in the racially charged South Carolina
primary, regaining campaign momentum in the prelude to a Feb. 5
coast-to-coast competition for more than 1,600 Democratic National
Convention delegates. Nearly complete returns showed Obama winning
55% of the vote, Clinton gaining 27%. Edwards had 18% and won only
his home county of Oconee. The South Carolina Democratic Party broke
its own turnout record in the presidential primary.
2008 Jan 26, The film “Frozen
River,” directed by Courtney Hunt, won first prize at the Sundance
Film Festival in Park City, Utah. “Trouble the Water” won as best US
documentary film. “The Wackness” won the audience award.
(SSFC, 1/27/08, p.A2)
2008 Jan 26, Miss Michigan
Kirsten Haglund, a 19-year-old aspiring Broadway star, was crowned
Miss America 2008 in a live show billed as the unveiling of the
87-year-old pageant's new, hipper look.
2008 Jan 26, It was reported
that some 15,000 birds had died over the last month around Utah’s
Great Salt Lake due to avian cholera, caused by the bacterium
Pasteurella multocida. The disease was introduced into the wild
during the 1940s from US domestic poultry.
(SFC, 1/26/08, p.B6)
2008 Jan 26, Viktor
Schreckengost (b.1906), designer of numerous household products,
died. He melded Bauhaus functionalism and American sensibility.
(WSJ, 2/2/08, p.A12)
2008 Jan 26, In Afghanistan
gunmen kidnapped Cyd Mizell (49), a burqa-clad American aid worker,
and her driver, Abdul Hadi, while they were driving through a
residential section of Kandahar. She worked for the aid agency Asian
Rural Life Development Foundation.
(AP, 1/26/08)(AP, 1/27/08)
2008 Jan 26, According to the
Int’l. Crisis Group, a Brussels-based lobby, the CAR has dropped
below the level even of a failed state.
(Econ, 1/26/08, p.46)
2008 Jan 26, Egyptian riot
police and armored vehicles restricted Gaza motorists to a small
border area of Egypt, in the second attempt in two days to restore
control over the chaotic frontier breached by Hamas militants. At
least 36 Egyptian security personnel have been hospitalized,
including some in critical condition, due to border incidents with
2008 Jan 26, In Guyana gunmen
stormed into Lusignan, a coastal village, and shot dead 11 people
with 5 children among the dead. Police and government officials
suspected a gang led by Rondell Rawlins, a former Guyanese soldier,
is behind the violence. Rawlins has accused security forces of
kidnapping his pregnant 18-year-old girlfriend days ago and police
say he threatened to carry out attacks until she is found.
2008 Jan 26, In Indonesia a
small cargo plane disappeared and apparently crashed during a short
flight over Borneo island, and all three people aboard were feared
2008 Jan 26, A security chief
for Sunni tribesmen who rose up against al-Qaida in Iraq said the
Jan 23 explosion in northern Iraq was spearheaded by foreign
fighters under the sponsorship of Seif al-Islam Gadhafi, son of the
Libyan leader. A former city official was stabbed to death along
with his wife and daughter in their home in a predominantly Shiite
neighborhood in Baghdad. An American soldier was killed by a bomb
while on foot patrol in Baghdad.
(AP, 1/26/08)(AP, 1/27/08)
2008 Jan 26, In Iraq a former
city official was stabbed to death along with his wife and daughter
in their home in a predominantly Shiite neighborhood in northeastern
Baghdad. Elsewhere in the capital, an American soldiers was killed
by a bomb while on foot patrol.
2008 Jan 26, In northern Jordan
a tour bus collided with a water tanker, killing at least 21 people
with 33 Injured.
2008 Jan 26, George Habash
(81), former PLO leader, died in Jordan. His radical PLO faction
gained notoriety after the simultaneous hijackings of four Western
airliners in 1970 and the seizure of an Air France flight to
2008 Jan 26, In Kenya sporadic
gunshots rang in Nakuru as those forced from their homes by
postelection violence threatened revenge. Police took 16 charred
bodies to a mortuary, where onlookers sobbed.
2008 Jan 26, Malaysian police
detained 53 activists in a crackdown on a planned opposition-led
protest over inflation ahead of national elections expected within
2008 Jan 26, Russian riot
police fired warning shots into the air and beat demonstrators who
tried to rally against alleged vote-rigging in the Muslim region of
2008 Jan 26, Sri Lankan air
force jets bombed the Tamil Tiger rebels' naval headquarters while
the group's sea wing leaders were holding a meeting there.
2008 Jan 26, In western
Thailand a bus packed with passengers heading to a funeral tumbled
down a mountain, killing nine people and injuring 26 others.
2008 Jan 26, Venezuelan
President Hugo Chavez and allies Nicaragua, Bolivia and Cuba,
members of the Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas (ALBA),
launched a regional development bank intended to strengthen their
alliance and promote independence from US-backed lenders like the
World Bank as Chavez hosted a summit with ALBA leaders.
2009 Jan 26, President Barack
Obama said the nation can't afford "distractions" or "delays" when
it comes to the economic stimulus plan working its way through
Congress. He also ordered the government to re-examine whether
California and other states should be allowed to have tougher auto
emission standards, a clean break from Bush administration policy.
2009 Jan 26, The US Senate
voted 60-34 to confirm Timothy Geithner (b.1961) as Treasury
(WSJ, 1/27/09, p.A1)
2009 Jan 26, The US Supreme
Court ruled unanimously that managers cannot retaliate against
employees whop cooperate with discrimination probes.
(WSJ, 1/27/09, p.A1)
2009 Jan 26, Fannie Mae
estimated that it would need a capital infusion of 11-16 billion
dollars from the US Treasury to cover losses related to home
(WSJ, 1/27/09, p.A4)
2009 Jan 26, Illinois Gov. Rod
Blagojevich skipped the start of his impeachment trial preferring to
make his case on national TV.
(WSJ, 1/27/09, p.A3)
2009 Jan 26, Two Pennsylvania
judges were charged with taking millions of dollars in kickbacks to
send teenagers to two privately run youth detention centers.
Prosecutors later said Luzerne County Judges Mark Ciavarella (58)
and Michael Conahan (56) took $2.6 million in payoffs to put
juvenile offenders in lockups run by PA Child Care LLC and a sister
company, Western PA Child Care LLC. Conahan soon pleaded guilty to a
single count of racketeering. The “kids for cash” trial against
Ciavarella began in 2011. On Feb 18, 2011, Ciavarella was convicted
of racketeering. On Aug 11, 2011, Ciavarella was sentenced to 28
years in prison. On Sep 23 Conahan was sentenced to 17.5 years in
prison. On Nov 4, 2011, Robert Powell, the former owner of 2-for
profit juvenile detention centers, was sentenced to 18 months in
prison for his role in the scheme. In 2014 builder Robert Mericle
was sentenced to a year in jail and fined $250k for his role in the
kids for cash scandal.
(AP, 2/11/09)(SFC, 2/7/11, p.A4)(SFC, 2/19/11,
p.A6)(SFC, 8/12/11, p.A5)(SFC, 9/24/11, p.A4)(SFC, 11/5/11,
p.A5)(SFC, 4/26/14, p.A6)
2009 Jan 26, Nicholas Cosmo,
founder of Agape World Inc., was arrested for running a Ponzi scheme
that bilked investors of an estimated $370 million. His Long Island,
NY, firm promised profits of 48-80% a year.
2009 Jan 26, Caterpillar Inc
announced it would cut nearly 20,000 jobs and warned of a tough year
ahead as a downturn that began in the United States metastasized
into a full-blown global recession, gutting orders for earth-moving
equipment. At least 1,500 of the lost jobs were in greater Peoria,
(Reuters, 1/26/09)(Econ, 2/21/09, p.37)
2009 Jan 26, Halliburton said
is has agreed to pay $559 million to the US to settle charges that
one of its former units bribed Nigerian officials during the
construction of a gas plant.
(WSJ, 1/27/09, p.B3)
2009 Jan 26, Home Depot Inc.
announced plans to eliminate 7,000 jobs while closing four dozen
stores under its smaller home improvement brands as the recession
continues to batter the nation's housing market. Its shares climbed
more than 5 percent in morning trading.
2009 Jan 26, Pfizer Inc. said
it is buying rival drug maker Wyeth in a $68 billion deal that will
increase its revenue by 50%. At the same time Pfizer announced cost
cuts that include slashing more than 8,000 jobs as it prepares for
an expected revenue crash when its cholesterol drug Lipitor loses
patent protection in November 2011. Pfizer also said it has agreed
to pay $2.3 billion to settle a federal investigation into its
alleged off-label marketing of the now withdrawn painkiller Bextra.
(AP, 1/26/09)(WSJ, 1/27/09, p.B2)
2009 Jan 26, In Bellflower,
California, Nadya Suleman (33) gave birth to eight babies, only the
second time in history octuplets have survived more than a few
hours. The woman already had six other children and never expected
to have eight more when she took fertility treatment. Her mother
later said the woman had conceived all 14 of her children through in
vitro fertilization, is not married and has been obsessed with
having children since she was a teenager.
(AP, 1/27/09)(AP, 1/30/09)(AP, 1/31/09)(SFC,
2009 Jan 26, Argentina's Pres.
Cristina Fernandez declared an agricultural emergency in the
nation's breadbasket provinces, responding to a key demand by
powerful farm organizations amid the worst drought in decades.
2009 Jan 26, A Bahamas
paramedic was charged in an alleged scheme to extort $25 million
from John Travolta after his chronically ill son died of a seizure
at the family's vacation home.
2009 Jan 26, China greeted the
arrival of the Year of the Ox with fireworks and celebrations,
bidding farewell to a tumultuous 2008 marked by a massive
earthquake, the Olympics, and a global economic crisis.
2009 Jan 26, China’s state
media reported that an 18-year-old man has died from bird flu in
southern China, the fifth human death from the virus in the country
2009 Jan 26, The armies of
Congo and Rwanda, battling together against Rwandan Hutu militiamen
in eastern Congo, clashed with fighters trying to retake a village
and killed 4 of them.
2009 Jan 26, It was reported
that recent analysis of vials of treated wastewater taken from a
plant in Patancheru, where about 90 Indian drug factories dump their
residues, enough of a single, powerful antibiotic was being spewed
into one stream each day to treat every person in a city of 90,000.
2009 Jan 26, Iran’s state radio
reported that several members of its border security forces were
killed in an ambush near the Pakistani border.
2009 Jan 26, In the Netherlands
the first-ever trial of the International Criminal Court began at
The Hague with Thomas Lubanga, a Congolese militia commander,
denying he committed war crimes by recruiting hundreds of child
soldiers to kill and rape.
2009 Jan 26, European Union
leaders said they were willing to take in prisoners being released
from the US detention camp at Guantanamo Bay, but stressed that
American authorities must show ex-inmates pose no security threat
before they can be resettled.
2009 Jan 26, The European Union
decided to remove an Iranian opposition group from the EU's terror
list and lift the restrictions on its funds, a move likely to
further damage relations strained over Tehran's nuclear program.
2009 Jan 26, European Union
nations announced the addition of 27 Zimbabwean officials and 36
companies to the EU's visa and assets freeze blacklist to pressure
President Robert Mugabe to share power with Zimbabwe's opposition.
(AP, 1/26/09)(Econ, 1/31/09, p.52)
2009 Jan 26, Iceland's
coalition government collapsed, leaving the island nation in
political turmoil amid a financial crisis that has pummeled its
economy and required an international bailout to keep the country
2009 Jan 26, In northern Iraq 2
US helicopters crashed in Tamim province, killing four American
troops, in the deadliest single incident for US forces in more than
four months. Enemy fire was later reported as the cause of the
(AP, 1/26/09)(WSJ, 2/28/09, p.A1)
2009 Jan 26, In Madagascar
thousands of demonstrators demanding a new government in Madagascar
took to the streets and set the country's state TV complex on fire
to protest the apparent shutdown of the opposition's radio station.
2009 Jan 26, Norway announced a
20 billion kroner ($2.89 billion) stimulus package to boost growth
(WSJ, 1/27/09, p.A8)
2009 Jan 26, In northwest
Pakistan a bomb rigged to a bicycle exploded on a major road in Dera
Ismail Khan, killing at least five people and wounding 20 in the
latest attack to rattle the volatile region. In the southwest gunmen
shot dead the leader of a small Shiite political party in Quetta,
triggering violent protests. Several hundred people torched vehicles
and a bank. Elsewhere in the northwest a man whom militants accused
of spying for America was found shot dead in Datta Khel village in
2009 Jan 26, Southern African
leaders opened fresh talks in Pretoria to end Zimbabwe's political
crisis amid a new threat by President Robert Mugabe to form a
government excluding his arch rival from power.
2009 Jan 26, Spain's Prado
Museum named Asensio Julia as the workshop assistant believed mostly
likely to have painted "Colossus" (1808-1912), a work that was once
attributed to Francisco de Goya y Lucientes.
2009 Jan 26, A UN spokesman in
Colombo said dozens of civilians have been killed in Sri Lanka's
embattled north during ongoing heavy fighting between government
troops and Tamil rebels. At least 10 civilians were killed today
inside an area declared as a "safety zone." Over the weekend, dozens
of people were killed or wounded.
2009 Jan 26, Sudanese warplanes
bombed Darfur rebel positions near the key town of El-Fasher ahead
of an expected ground offensive.
2009 Jan 26, The Economist
magazine said this week's edition has not been distributed in
Thailand because of local objections to an article about the royal
family, the second disruption in two months.
2009 Jan 26, The Thai navy
detained a boat filled with 78 illegal Rohingya migrants, many of
whom had lacerations and burns they said were inflicted by Myanmar
2010 Jan 26, The US Justice
Department said an Uzbek detainee held at the US military prison at
Guantanamo Bay, Cuba has been sent to Switzerland.
2010 Jan 26, Oregon voters
approved Measures 66 and 67, passed by their legislature last year,
endorsing higher taxes on businesses and the rich amid the current
(SFC, 1/28/10, p.A8)(Econ, 1/30/10, p.36)
2010 Jan 26, Toyota Motor Corp.
announced it would halt sales of some of its top-selling models to
fix gas pedals that could stick and cause unintended acceleration.
Last week, Toyota issued a recall for the same eight models
affecting 2.3 million vehicles. Toyota said it is also suspending
production at six North American car-assembly plants beginning the
week of Feb. 1. It gave no date on when production could restart.
2010 Jan 26, General Motors
agreed to sell Saab, its Swedish subsidiary, to Spyker Cars, a Dutch
maker of sports cars, for $74 million in cash and preference shares
worth $326 million.
(Econ, 1/30/10, p.76)
2010 Jan 26, In Afghanistan
gunmen killed 4 policemen overnight in Helmand province. Hours later
a suicide car bomber targeted a US base in Kabul, wounding six
Afghans and 8 Americans. In eastern Kunar province a NATO airstrike
killed several suspected insurgents who were maneuvering into
fighting position in an area previously used to stage attacks on
(AP, 1/26/10)(SFC, 1/27/10, p.A2)
2010 Jan 26, Leftists in Brazil
for a week of protests against capitalism denounced corporate greed
on the second day of the World Social Forum, saying that big
companies humbled by the global meltdown must be prevented from
controlling natural resources and harming the environment.
2010 Jan 26, The prime
ministers of Britain and Ireland held a second day of talks with
political parties in Northern Ireland as they struggled to keep the
fractious Catholic-Protestant government there from collapsing.
2010 Jan 26, British actress
Joanna Lumley was named "Oldie of the Year" by the monthly Oldie
magazine for campaigning for the rights of retired Nepalese Gurkha
soldiers wanting to settle in Britain.
2010 Jan 26, Guatemalan police
captured ex-President Alfonso Portillo at a beach preparing to flee
the country by boat, a day after US authorities charged him with
laundering money stolen from foreign donations to buy children's
2010 Jan 26, In Guinea Jean
Marie Dore, one of the fiercest critics of Guinea's military junta,
became prime minister. The crucial step toward democracy came amid
worries the country's wounded coup leader is trying to influence the
political process from exile.
2010 Jan 26, In Honduras a
Supreme Court judge found six generals innocent of abuse of power
charges for ordering soldiers to escort Zelaya out of the country at
gunpoint. Hours later, Congress voted to approve amnesty for both
the military and Zelaya, who had been charged with abuse of power
2010 Jan 26, In Hong Kong 5
pro-democracy lawmakers resigned their seats, vowing to turn the
resulting elections into a populist campaign for universal suffrage
in defiance of warnings from China.
2010 Jan 26, Iran's supreme
leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei accused the US of trying to use the
Internet as a tool to confront the Islamic Republic, declaring that
such a policy only showed Washington's frustration. The US Senate
voted in July to adopt the Victims of Iranian Censorship Act which
authorizes up to $50 million for expanding Farsi language
broadcasts, supporting Iranian Internet and countering government
efforts to block it.
2010 Jan 26, In Iraq a suicide
car bomber struck a police crime lab in central Baghdad, killing at
least 22 people and injuring dozens a day after suicide attacks hit
several hotels favored by Western journalists. Baghdad officials put
the death toll at 17.
(AP, 1/26/10)(SFC, 1/27/10, p.A2)
2010 Jan 26, In Kenya US
Ambassador Michael Ranneberger said the US has suspended a five-year
plan to fund Kenya's education programs following allegations that
more than $1 million in funds went missing at the Education
Ministry. Britain announced in December it was suspending its
funding of the program.
2010 Jan 26, In Myanmar the
Palaung Women's Organization reported that opium cultivation in Shan
State has tripled in certain areas over the past three years. The
Palaung are an ethnic minority in the northern state.
2010 Jan 26, NATO and Russia
formally resumed military ties in the latest sign of improving
relations between the Cold War rivals as they move to boost
cooperation in the fight against insurgents in Afghanistan.
2010 Jan 26, A Nigerian naval
helicopter crashed in the Niger Delta, likely killing the four
2010 Jan 26, In Peru an
Argentine identified as Lucia Ramallo (23) and a Peruvian guide,
Washington Huaraya, were in their tents when a slope near Machu
Picchu gave way and crushed them. The deaths raised to five the
number of people killed by rain-triggered floods and landslides in
the area. Government and private helicopters flew out 475 tourists
as US authorities sent four helicopters to bolster rescue efforts.
2010 Jan 26, Sri Lankans voted
between two Sinhalese war heroes, the president and his former army
chief, in an election that could be decided by minority Tamils, who
suffered most from the government offensive to end the civil
conflict. President Mahinda Rajapaksa won a resounding re-election
(AP, 1/26/10)(AP, 1/27/10)
2010 Jan 26, The ruling party
of St. Kitts and Nevis seized a fourth consecutive term in early
elections. PM Denzil Douglas' Labor Party claimed six of eight
parliamentary seats allotted to St. Kitts.
2010 Jan 26, Sudan's former PM
Sadiq al-Mahdi vowed to put an end to "totalitarianism" and resolve
the conflict in Darfur by taking power at elections in April.
2010 Jan 26, In Venezuela
thousands of university students again protested against Pres.
Chavez, accusing the socialist leader of forcing an
opposition-allied TV channel off cable and satellite as a means of
silencing his critics.
2010 Jan 26, A Yemeni court
sentenced 7 suspected Al-Qaeda members between five and ten years in
jail after convicting them of plotting to attack foreign interests
2011 Jan 26, In Ohio police
witnessed large quantities of marijuana being transferred from a
South Columbus warehouse to a van, which they intercepted along with
two smugglers, Hector Martinez (36) of Columbus and Luis Miranda
(24) of Phoenix, Ariz. They were arrested and charged with
possession of marijuana. About 2,055 pounds of marijuana were
2011 Jan 26, Nancy Davis (59)
died in a South Texas hospital about 90 minutes after her husband
drove the couple's truck against traffic across the Pharr
International Bridge. US missionary Sam Davis said gunmen in a
pickup truck had shot her in the head about 70 miles south of the
Mexican border city of Reynosa.
2011 Jan 26, Nielsen, a firm
that tracks what people watch on TV, made its debut on the New York
Stock Exchange in a $1.6 billion IPO.
(Econ, 1/29/11, p.72)
2011 Jan 26, Afghan President
Hamid Karzai inaugurated parliament, ending weeks of political
infighting, but took a dig at the West saying "foreign interference"
had been a serious problem.
2011 Jan 26, Algeria confirmed
it bought almost a million tons of wheat and ordered an urgent
speeding up of grain imports, a move seen heading off unrest over
food prices as protests swept north Africa.
2011 Jan 26, In Bolivia
thousands of people took to the streets to chew coca leaf in support
of the country's bid to remove an international prohibition on the
2011 Jan 26, In Brazil Joao
Batista Groppo (64) was arrested after his wife of 40 years was
found locked in a "filthy and dark" cellar. He had allegedly kept
his wife locked in a cellar for 16 years. Groppo's girlfriend Maria
Furquim was also arrested as an accomplice.
2011 Jan 26, The British
government said it would water down controversial measures allowing
it to hold terror suspects under virtual house arrest, after a
widespread review of counter-terrorism laws.
2011 Jan 26, BBC world Service
said that it would close 5 of its 32 language services, including
its Russian language radio broadcasts, and reduce its work force by
about a quarter, or up to 650 jobs.
(SFC, 1/27/11, p.A2)(Econ, 1/29/11, p.55)
2011 Jan 26, Chinese
oceanographers gathered for a 2-day meeting in Shanghai to discuss
the South China Sea-Deep, a $22 million project funded over 8 years
for the exploration of the South China Sea.
(Econ, 2/12/11, p.90)
2011 Jan 26, In northern
Colombia an explosion at coal mine killed at least five workers and
trapped 16 more.
2011 Jan 26, Thousands of
Egyptians defied a ban on protests by returning to Egypt's streets
and calling for President Hosni Mubarak to leave office, and some
scuffled with police. Police quickly moved in and used tear gas and
beatings to disperse the demonstrators. The crackdown saw hundreds
detained and left six people dead over two days.
(AP, 1/26/11)(AFP, 1/26/11)
2011 Jan 26, The European
Union's top competition regulator blocked the merger between Greek
airlines Olympic Air and Aegean Airlines SA, saying a combined
carrier could monopolize Greek air travel.
2011 Jan 26, Gabon's government
dissolved the country's main opposition party, accusing members of
high treason after their leader declared himself president of the
2011 Jan 26, Germany's
development ministry said it will halt all payments to a $21.7
billion global health fund until it gets answers about corruption
2011 Jan 26, Haiti's ruling
party announced that President Rene Preval's chosen successor, Jude
Celestin, is withdrawing from the disputed race for president under
pressure from the US, the Organization of American States and local
2011 Jan 26, Iraq and Kuwait
pledged to work toward resolving border disputes and debt issues as
the two former enemies seek to repair relations damaged by Saddam
Hussein's 1990 invasion of the oil-rich emirate.
2011 Jan 26, In
Indian-controlled Kashmir thousands of police prevented a Hindu
nationalist party and a separatist group from raising flags for
their opposing causes in a central square to mark India's Republic
2011 Jan 26, In the Ivory Coast
forces loyal to Laurent Gbagbo seized the Abidjan headquarters of
the Central Bank of West African States (BCEAO), several days after
a Gbagbo ally was forced to resign amid accusations he was
continuing to allow Gbagbo to take out money even after he was
officially cut off.
2011 Jan 26, Japan-based Toyota
Motor Corp. said it was recalling a wide range of models, including
the IS and GS Lexus luxury models in North America and the Avensis
sedan and station wagon models in Europe for various defects that
may cause fuel leakage.
2011 Jan 26, Lebanon's
Western-backed coalition called on supporters to hold daily sit-ins
in downtown Beirut to protest the growing power of the Iran-backed
militant group Hezbollah.
2011 Jan 26, Mexican
authorities discovered 219 migrants squeezed into a trailer truck in
the southern state of Chiapas. Most of the migrants were from
Central America but six were from Sri Lanka and four were Nepalese.
33 were women and 9 were minors. They were deported the next day.
2011 Jan 26, Environmental
groups accused Anglo-Dutch oil giant Shell of destroying lives and
the environment in the Niger Delta, and urged Dutch MPs to intervene
as the company defended its record.
2011 Jan 26, In northern
Nigeria a fight over a game of billiards disintegrated into
religious violence in Bauchi state, leaving at least four people
dead among the smoldering ruins of churches and mosques in the town
of Tafawa Balewa. Members of a radical Muslim sect killed a police
officer guarding a voter registration site in Maiduguri.
2011 Jan 26, Russia's upper
house of parliament unanimously ratified the New START nuclear arms
pact with the United States.
2011 Jan 26, Two Rwandan
opposition parties said that they have formed a joint strategy to
fight the "dictatorship, discrimination and marginalization" of
Pres. Paul Kagame's government.
2011 Jan 26, In South Korea an
art exhibition by North Korean defector Song Byeok opened in Seoul.
One work featured the head of North Korean leader Kim Jong Il,
smiling beneath his trademark sunglasses and wall of black hair,
atop the body of Marilyn Monroe, pushing down her white dress in an
2011 Jan 26, The World Economic
Forum opened at Davos, Switzerland. Participants wrestled with the
thorny questions surfaced by the explosion of online information and
the WikiLeaks phenomenon in particular.
2011 Jan 26, Tunisia said it
has issued an international arrest warrant for ousted president Zine
El Abidine Ben Ali, as anti-government protesters clashed with riot
police in the capital.
2011 Jan 26, In Uganda David
Kato, a prominent gay rights activist whose picture was published by
an anti-gay newspaper next to the words "Hang Them," was bludgeoned
to death. Police said that his sexual orientation had nothing to do
with the killing and that one "robber" had been arrested. On Nov 10
Enoch Nsubuga (22) was sentenced to 30 years in jail for the brutal
slaying. Nsubuga claimed that he had been reacting to unwanted
demands for sex.
(AP, 1/27/11)(Econ, 2/12/11, p.96)(AFP, 11/11/11)
2011 Jan 26, Venezuela's top
security official and Colombia's defense minister signed an accord
to strengthen cooperation in the fight against drug trafficking
along the extensive border separating the South American neighbors.
2011 Jan 26, In Vietnam Vi Duc
Hoi (54), a communist official turned democracy campaigner, was
jailed for 8 years. Activists saw the case as part of a wider
crackdown on free speech.
2012 Jan 26, The Journal of the
American Medical Association (JAMA) published a new study showing an
estimated 7% of American teens and adults carry the human
papillomavirus in their mouths.
(SFC, 1/27/12, p.A6)
2012 Jan 26, In Texas Rodrigo
Hernandez (38) was executed for the abduction, rape and
strangulation of Susan Verstegen (38) 18 years ago.
(SFC, 1/27/12, p.A6)
2012 Jan 26, Actor Robert
Hegyes (60), best known for playing Juan Epstein on "Welcome Back
Kotter, died of a heart attack. After "Kotter," Hegyes went on to
co-star in "Cagney and Lacey" as Detective Manny Esposito. His other
TV work included an episode of "The Love Boat," "NewsRadio" and
2012 Jan 26, In southern
Afghanistan a suicide attacker detonated a car laden with powerful
explosives, killing four Afghan civilians and wounding 31 other
2012 Jan 26, Two Australian
adventurers reached home and made Antarctic history by becoming the
first team to travel unaided to the South Pole and back, surviving
three months of "extreme hardship." James Castrission (29) an
accountant, and Justin Jones (28), a scientist, skied 2,270 km
(1,400 miles) to complete the arduous trek. The pair reached had the
Pole on December 31.
2012 Jan 26, Bahrain
authorities say a detainee has died after being taken into custody a
day earlier during clashes between security forces and Shiite-led
2012 Jan 26, In Bolivia Santos
Ramirez, a former close ally of President Evo Morales, was convicted
of corruption for taking bribes while running the state-run YPFB oil
company and sentenced to 12 years in prison. Argentine businessman
Agustin Tomas Melano was convicted in absentia of paying the bribes.
The scandal broke in January 2009 when Jorge O'Connor Darlach,
Melano's chief partner in the Bolivian-Argentine consortium, was
shot in the face during an armed robbery of $450,000 in cash.
2012 Jan 26, Ecuador’s health
ministry said it will investigate and act forcefully against any
clinics found to be trying to force homosexuals to change their
(SFC, 1/27/12, p.A2)
2012 Jan 26, It was reported
that Egypt has banned the son of US Transportation Secretary Ray
LaHood and a number of other Americans from leaving the country as
tensions rise over moves by Egyptian authorities to restrict the
work of international rights organizations. LaHood's organizations
was one of 10 raided last month by Egyptian authorities, who said
they sought to determine if the groups were operating legally.
2012 Jan 26, Fiji’s secretary
of information said that severe flooding and landslides have killed
6 people and left hundreds homeless.
(SFC, 1/26/12, p.A2)
2012 Jan 26, In southeast
France Jean-Claude Mas (72), the former head of a French company at
the center of a breast implant scandal affecting tens of thousands
of women worldwide, was arrested along with his former deputy,
2012 Jan 26, A German court
convicted a Roman Catholic priest (46) of some 250 counts of
sexually abusing children over a several-year period and sentenced
him to six years in prison. He was found guilty of abusing three
boys aged 9 to 15 between 2004 and 2011.
2012 Jan 26, Pres. Mahmoud
Ahmadinejad said Iran is ready to revive talks with the world
powers, as toughening sanctions aim at forcing Tehran to sharply
scale back its nuclear program. A US-made F-14 Iranian fighter jet
crashed in southern Iran. Both the pilot and the co-pilot were
2012 Jan 26, Iranian security
forces killed six Pakistani traders taking goats into Iran. Gunmen
in Syria kidnapped 11 Iranian pilgrims traveling by road from Turkey
(AP, 1/26/12)(AP, 2/3/12)
2012 Jan 26, Iraq said it will
take legal action to ensure justice for the families of 24 unarmed
Iraqi civilians killed in a US raid in Haditha seven years ago.
Insurgents bombed a house belonging to two policemen and their
families in central Iraq early, killing 10 people inside. A
motorcycle bomb missed a passing police patrol in Kirkuk, but killed
two civilians and wounded five others. 7 people were killed in
attacks on Baghdad's s two mostly Sunni districts.
(AP, 1/26/12)(AP, 1/27/12)
2012 Jan 26, Jordanian activist
Odai Abu-Issa (18) was found guilty of "harming the king's dignity"
for burning a street poster of the monarch and has been sentenced to
two years in prison. Abu-Issa torched King Abdullah II's poster in
front of a government office in southwestern Jordan two weeks ago.
2012 Jan 26, Kenyan Finance
Minister Uhuru Kenyatta resigned after the International Criminal
Court ruled this week he should stand trial for his alleged role in
2007-8 post-election violence. Head of public service Francis
Muthaura, one of the most influential men in President Mwai Kibaki's
circle, who also had the charges against him confirmed by The
Hague-based court, resigned as well. Kenyatta, one of Africa's
wealthiest men, and Muthaura, often described as Kibaki's right-hand
man, faced five counts including orchestrating murder, rape,
forcible transfer and persecution in the aftermath of the December
2012 Jan 26, The medical aid
group Doctors Without Borders said it has suspended its work in
prisons in the Libyan city of Misrata because it said detainees are
being tortured and denied urgent medical care. 30 representatives
from clans of the powerful Werfelli tribe, which is spread across
Libya but whose stronghold is Bani Walid, came together to discuss
terms for the return of fighters of the May 28 Brigade who fled the
town during the clashes.
(AP, 1/26/12)(AFP, 1/27/12)
2012 Jan 26, In Mali Tuareg
rebel fighters (NMLA) attacked a town in the far east of the
country, the fourth town targeted since fighting began just over a
2012 Jan 26, The Mexican army
announced the arrest of Oscar Santoyo Rodriguez, alias "El Mosco, a
suspect in the Feb 15, 2008, bombing attempt aimed at a municipal
police official in Mexico City. He was captured in the southern
state of Oaxaca last week. 9 people, including 8 men and a woman,
were shot to death in the center of Monterrey.
2012 Jan 26, In Mexico Miguel
Nazar Haro (87), former head of the now-dissolved Federal Security
Directorate (1978-1992), Mexico’s domestic spy agency, died. He was
accused of being behind the disappearances of alleged leftist
guerrillas in the 1970s.
2012 Jan 26, In Nigeria a
police source said some 200 people, mostly Chadian "mercenaries,"
have been arrested following last week's attacks in the northern
main city of Kano. Gunmen killed 15 village traders returning from a
market at night and set their bodies ablaze in northern Zamfara
(AFP, 1/26/12)(AFP, 1/27/12)
2012 Jan 26, In Pakistan
security forces killed at least 20 militants in the northwestern
Kurram tribal region after coming under attack.
2012 Jan 26, Pakistani
government officials in Punjab said around 100 heart patients have
died after taking faulty medicine made locally and dozens more are
in a critical condition in hospitals in Lahore.
2012 Jan 26, Some 300
Palestinians in Tulkarem protested against price hikes and a recent
income tax increase imposed by PM Salam Fayyad.
2012 Jan 26, Papua New Guinea
PM Peter O'Neill refused to step down despite a mutiny by soldiers
who seized the military headquarters and demanded that he cede power
to his ousted predecessor, former PM Michael Somare.
2012 Jan 26, Russian PM
Vladimir Putin said that government officials must crack down on
migrant workers who break the nation's laws by failing to register
or get work permits, and on companies that profit by hiring them.
2012 Jan 26, In Spain Andrew
Robert Levene (41), an American man accused of killing a jewelry
store owner in the US and stealing $300,000 (euro228,000) in
diamonds before fleeing to Europe, was found hanged in his prison
cell in the Modelo prison in Barcelona. Levene was charged with
federal murder, robbery and firearm offenses in the Dec. 8 shooting
of Yekutiel Zeevi, owner of YZ Manufacturers LLC store in Westport,
2012 Jan 26, In Sudan the
Justice and Equality Movement (JEM). A Darfur region rebel group,
said it has chosen Gibril Ibrahim (56), a one-time university
professor, to head the movement after his brother, the former
leader, was killed last month.
2012 Jan 26, Syrian troops
stormed a flashpoint suburb of Damascus, rounding people up in
house-to-house raids and clashing with army defectors. Tens of
thousands of backers of Pres. Assad poured into the streets of
several cities in a show of support for his embattled regime. At
least 200 people were reported detained in Douma. A joint army and
police force was ambushed near the town of Khirbet Ghazaleh, killing
four members of the security forces and wounding five more. A sniper
shot dead a woman in the central city of Hama, while a stray bullet
killed a 14-year-old boy in the southern province of Daraa.
State-run news said an army colonel was shot dead by "an armed
terrorist" in front of his home in the central city of Homs.
Activists said 62 people were killed across the country including 54
in Homs and Hama.
(AP, 1/26/12)(AFP, 1/27/12)(SFC, 1/27/12, p.A2)
2012 Jan 26, A Thailand
wildlife official said a worrisome new practice of Thais consuming
elephant meat could threaten the national animal with extinction.
Thailand's elephant population was under 3,000 wild elephants, plus
some 4,000 domesticated.
2012 Jan 26, The Vatican
defended its transfer of a top official to Washington after he
exposed alleged corruption in the awarding of Holy See contracts.
The previous evening the Italian investigative news program, "The
Untouchables," showed letters from Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano to
Pope Benedict XVI begging not to be transferred after exposing
corruption costing the Vatican millions of euros (dollars).
2012 Jan 26, In Zimbabwe a
public servants' strike jerkily resumed after failed talks on
doubling basic wages, as some teachers held classes while others
left students on their own.
2013 Jan 26, The film
“Fruitvale” won top prize at the Sundance Film Festival. It depicted
the last 24 hours in the life of Oscar Grant (22), a black man shot
dead by police in San Francisco on New Year’s Day in 2009. The film
was renamed “Fruitvale Station” for its public release.
(Econ, 7/20/13, p.75)
2013 Jan 26, Louisiana police
arrested Wilbert Thibodeaux (48). He was suspected of shooting a
police officer and wounding 2 sheriff’s deputies after setting a
deadly fire at a mobile home in St. Mary’s Parish.
(SSFC, 1/27/13, p.A6)
2013 Jan 26, Pennsylvania
police said Stephen Baker (62), a Franciscan brother, was found dead
of a self-inflicted knife wound at the St. Bernardine monastery.
Baker was named in recent settlements involving 11 men who alleged
that he sexually abused them 3 decades ago in Ohio. More people soon
came forward with abuse claims in Pennsylvania, where Baker had
taught and coached.
(SSFC, 1/27/13, p.A6)(SFC, 2/25/13, p.A4)
2013 Jan 26, In Afghanistan 10
policemen died when a suicide bomber driving a motorcycle blew
himself up in northern Kunduz province. A remote-controlled bomb
planted on a bicycle exploded, killing one police officer and one
civilian in the eastern city of Ghazni. A police truck packed with
officers and detainees struck a roadside bomb in Kandahar city,
killing 10 of those aboard. It was one of four blasts that left at
least 24 people dead across the country.
(AP, 1/26/13)(AP, 1/27/13)
2013 Jan 26, In Bangladesh a
fire at the Smart Export Garment Ltd. factory killed seven female
workers. An investigation was ordered the next day under allegations
that the emergency exit was locked.
(AP, 1/27/13)(SFC, 1/28/13, p.A2)
2013 Jan 26, Ontario's Liberals
chose Kathleen Wynne (59), a former Cabinet minister, to become the
province's first female premier and first openly gay leader of a
2013 Jan 26, In the Czech Rep.
former left-leaning PM Milos Zeman (68) staged a big return to power
by winning 54.8 percent of the vote in the country’s first directly
elected presidential vote. The president has little executive power
and the country is run by the government chosen and led by the prime
2013 Jan 26, In Egypt violence
left 37 people dead in Port Said after a judge sentenced 21 people
to death in connection with a Feb. 1 soccer melee that killed 74
fans of the Cairo-based Al-Ahly team.
(AP, 1/26/13)(AP, 1/27/13)
2013 Jan 26, In Iraq 170
lawmakers voted in favor of a law limiting the terms on the prime
minister and other top officials. Lawmakers from al-Maliki's State
of Law bloc boycotted the session. Gunmen killed two Iraqi soldiers
and abducted three others in Fallujah as hundreds of mourners
gathered for the funeral of protesters killed during a shooting by
army troops a day earlier.
2013 Jan 26, In Mali French
forces took control of the airport and a key bridge in the radical
Islamist stronghold of Gao under the cover of darkness early today,
marking a significant inroad into the heart of territory held by the
2013 Jan 26, Mexico City
authorities removed a much-disputed statue of Geidar Aliyev, the
late leader of Azerbaijan.
(SSFC, 1/27/13, p.A4)
2013 Jan 26, Myanmar government
forces, after several days of fighting, took a hilltop stronghold of
the Kachin rebels 5km from Laiza, the administrative headquarters of
the Kachin Independence Army (KIA).
(Econ, 2/2/13, p.30)
2013 Jan 26, In Pakistan two
Islamic militant groups clashed over control of a prized valley in
the northwest, killing at least 24 people and wounding dozens more
in the Tirah valley of the Khyber tribal region. Dozens of
armed men attacked a post manned by pro-government tribal militia
members in a remote area in southwestern Baluchistan, killing two
tribesmen and abducting seven more.
2013 Jan 26, In Russia a fire
ripped through a new Moscow building's underground parking lot,
killing 10 Tajikistan migrant workers and injuring 13 others who had
been working and living there.
2013 Jan 26, Somalia's
education minister said 3 officials have been arrested for
mismanaging a scholarship scheme that sends Somali students to
Turkey. Somalia is ranked as the world's most corrupt country by
2013 Jan 26, In Switzerland 3
women from Ukrainian feminist activist group Femen, angry over
sexism and male domination of the world economy, ripped off their
shirts and tried to force their way into a gathering of corporate
elites in Davos.
2013 Jan 26, Syria’s Sana state
news said government troops raided an opposition stronghold in
Daraya, killing rebels and uncovering tunnels they used to move
around and smuggle weapons. An air raid on the northern town of
Al-Bab, which killed at least four people and wounded others.
Activist groups reported heavy clashes in Homs and Qusair.
2014 Jan 26, Daft Punk's
infectiously catchy song "Get Lucky " won the Grammy Awards' record
of the year.
2014 Jan 26, The cost of a US
first-class stamp rose 3 cents to 49 cents.
(SFC, 1/27/14, p.A4)
2014 Jan 26, Randolph L. Braham
(91), a Romanian-born American professor and prominent Holocaust
survivor and scholar, said he was handing back a 2011 Hungarian
state award in protest at the government's "falsification of
2014 Jan 26, In Ohio an
apartment building fire killed two firefighters in Toledo. On Feb 3
building owner Ray Abou-Arab (61) was arraigned on charges of
aggravated murder and arson.
(SFC, 2/4/14, p.A4)
2014 Jan 26, The Royal
Caribbean cruise line ended a 10-day trip in the Caribbean early
after hundreds of passengers and crew members on the Explorer of the
Seas were sickened with a gastrointestinal illness consistent with
norovirus. Health officials boarded the ship at St. Thomas in the US
(AP, 1/27/14)(SFC, 1/27/14, p.A2)
2014 Jan 26, In Afghanistan a
Taliban suicide bomber blew himself up near an Afghan military bus
in Kabul, killing 2 officers and 2 civilians.
2014 Jan 26, In northern
Australia a crocodile was suspected to have taken a boy (12) after
attacking his friend as they swam in a water hole in at Mudginberri
Billabong in World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park.
2014 Jan 26, A shark was shot
and killed in Western Australian under a new strategy to protect
(Econ, 2/1/14, p.35)
2014 Jan 26, Bahraini police
firing teargas and birdshot clashed with stone-throwing protesters
in a village west of the capital after the funeral of Fadhel Abbas
(20) who died in custody. Abbas was detained on Jan 8 on suspicion
of smuggling weapons and explosives and died late on Jan 25.
2014 Jan 26, Central African
Republic new PM Andre Nzapayeke said he will meet with all fighting
factions to bring an end to atrocities throughout the country, as
gunfire rang out in Bangui.
(AP, 1/26/14)(AFP, 1/26/14)
2014 Jan 26, A Chinese court
sentenced Xu Zhiyong, one of the country’s most prominent rights
advocates, to four years in prison. He had campaigned for the rights
of children from rural areas to be educated in cities and for
officials to disclose their assets.
2014 Jan 26, Cuban activists
said dozens of dissidents have been detained in a "wave of political
repression" ahead of a major international summit in Havana.
2014 Jan 26, In Egypt gunmen
killed 3 soldiers in an attack on a bus in the Sinai Peninsula.
2014 Jan 26, In France some
17,000 people marched through central Paris to criticize President
2014 Jan 26, Germany’s ARD TV
quoted Edward Snowden saying the US NSA does not limit its espionage
to issues of national security and he cited German engineering firm,
Siemens as one target.
2014 Jan 26, At least 21 people
died after a boat carrying Indian tourists capsized off India's
Andaman Islands. The boat carried no life jackets.
(Reuters, 1/26/14)(AFP, 1/27/14)
2014 Jan 26, In Iraq militants
appeared to have captured 5-22 Iraqi soldiers near Fallujah. At
least 13 people were killed elsewhere amid a nationwide surge in
2014 Jan 26, An Israeli court
extended by two days the detention of two Palestinian men it
suspects of planning to bomb the US Embassy in Tel Aviv under
instructions from al-Qaida.
2014 Jan 26, Israel said it
will allow the entry of about 1,000 tons of cement and building
materials to the Gaza Strip for storm damage restoration and other
projects of UN agencies.
2014 Jan 26, Italian police and
campaigners said 13 Moroccan migrants held in a reception center in
Rome for more than two months have sewed their mouths shut in
protest at the length of their detention. They sewed their mouths
shut the previous evening, repeating a protest they staged at the
end of last year.
2014 Jan 26, Kenya officials
said poachers have slaughtered a rhino in the capital's Nairobi
National Park, a brazen attack flouting tough new laws designed to
stem a surge of such killings.
2014 Jan 26, In Nigeria
suspected Islamic extremists used explosives to attack Kawuri
village in the northeast, killing 52 people and razing more than 300
homes. Boko Haram gunmen fired on worshippers during a service at a
Roman Catholic church in neighboring Adamawa state. At least 26
people were killed.
(AP, 1/27/14)(AFP, 1/28/14)
2014 Jan 26, In northwest
Pakistan a hand grenade killed six children who found it while
playing in a field in Hangu.
2014 Jan 26, In southern
Somalia a US missile strike killed Ahmed Mohamed Amey, a chemicals
expert also known as Isku Dhuuq. He was a senior al Shabaab
commander who had masterminded suicide attacks by the al
Qaeda-linked militant group.
2014 Jan 26, South Sudan's
government and rebels traded accusations that each had breached a
ceasefire deal by attacking the other, but insisted they were
committed to ending weeks of brutal conflict.
2014 Jan 26, Syrians on
opposite sides of their country's civil war tried again to find
common ground in Geneva. The UN mediator said the two sides have
reached a deal to allow women and children to leave Homs, a city
under government siege for more than a year.
2014 Jan 26, In Thailand
anti-government demonstrators swarmed dozens of polling stations to
stop advance voting for next week's general elections. One protest
leader was shot dead.
(AP, 1/26/14)(AFP, 1/26/14)
2014 Jan 26, Thailand police
detained 531 men, women and children in a raid at a camp near the
town of Sadao in the southern province of Songkhla, on a
well-established route for human smugglers near the border with
Malaysia. It was the first raid on illegal Rohingya smuggling camps
since January 9, 2013.
2014 Jan 26, Tunisian lawmakers
voted on a new constitution, three years after its revolution, with
the premier-designate to unveil his cabinet on a landmark day for
the Arab Spring's birthplace.
2014 Jan 25, Ukraine’s
President Viktor Yanukovych offered the prime minister's post to
Arseniy Yatsenyuk, one of the opposition's most prominent leaders.
Police clashed with protesters who blockaded a building in central
Kiev and the fate of the government was uncertain after embattled
Pres. Viktor Yanukovich offered opposition leaders key posts.
(Reuters, 1/26/14)(AP, 1/27/14)
2014 Jan 26, In eastern Yemen
Lt. Colonel Ahmed Amir al-Mahthouthi, a senior officer in the
investigative branch of state security, was shot outside his home in
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