Today in History - January 29

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1559        Jan 29, Thomas Pope (~52), English politician, benefactor, died.
    (MC, 1/29/02)

1663        Jan 29, Robert Sanderson, Bishop of Lincoln (1660-63), died.
    (MC, 1/29/02)

1700        Jan 29, Daniel Bernoulli, mathematician (10 time French award), was born in Basel, Switzerland.
    (MC, 1/29/02)

1728        Jan 29, The Beggar’s Opera by John Gay (d.1732), with music arranged by John Christopher Pepusch, had its premier at the Lincoln's Inn Fields in London. Gay intended it to be a parody of Italian opera and a satirization of the Walpole administration. He wrote new lyrics to popular tunes and his "ballad opera" was a great success.
    (LGC-HCS, p.45)(ON, 2/04, p.11)

1737        Jan 29, Thomas Paine, political essayist, was born. He wrote "The Rights of Man" and "The Age of Reason."
    (HN, 1/29/99)

1802        Jan 29, John Beckley of Virginia was appointed 1st Librarian of Congress.
    (MC, 1/29/02)

1813        Jan 29, Jane Austin published "Pride and Prejudice," a blend of instruction and moral entertainment.
    (HN, 1/29/99)

1820        Jan 29, Britain's King George III (b.1760) died insane at Windsor Castle at age 81, ending a  reign that saw both the American and French revolutions. He was succeeded by his son George IV (1762-1830), who as Prince of Wales had been regent for 9 years during his father’s insanity. In 2005 scientists reported high levels of arsenic in the hair of King George III and said the deadly poison may be to blame for the bouts of apparent madness he suffered. In 2006 Stella Tillyard authored “A Royal Affair: George III and His Troublesome Siblings" and Jeremy Black authored “George III: America’s Last King."
    (http://tinyurl.com/gsbuj)(AP, 1/29/98)(WSJ, 12/26/06, p.D8)(Econ, 1/28/06, p.80)

1834        Jan 29, President Jackson ordered the 1st use of US troops to suppress a labor dispute. Jackson ordered the War Department to put down a "riotous assembly" near Willamsport, Maryland, among Irish laborers constructing the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal.
    (HNQ, 1/23/99)(MC, 1/29/02)

1839        Jan 29, Charles Darwin married Emma Wedgwood.
    (MC, 1/29/02)

1843        Jan 29, William McKinley, the 25th president of the United States (1897-1901), was born in Niles, Ohio. McKinley was the last Civil War veteran to serve as President of the United States. He had served with the 23rd Regiment, Ohio Volunteers, eventually rising to the rank of brevet major. He saw action at South Mountain, Antietam, Winchester and Cedar Creek. For a time he served on Rutherford B. Hayes' staff. McKinley was elected the 25th president in 1896. He led the country in the Spanish-American War. He died in Buffalo, New York, on September 14, 1901, after being shot by an anarchist assassin on September 6.
    (AP, 1/29/98)(HNQ, 11/13/98)

1845        Jan 29, Edgar Allan Poe's poem "The Raven" was first published, in the New York Evening Mirror.
    (AP, 1/29/98)

1850        Jan 29, Lawrence Hargrave, inventor of the box kite, was born.
    (MC, 1/29/02)
1850        Jan 29, Ebenezer Howard, pioneer of garden cities, was born in London.
    (MC, 1/29/02)
1850        Jan 29, Henry Clay introduced in the Senate a compromise bill on slavery that included the admission of California into the Union as a free state.
    (AP, 1/29/98)
1850        Jan 29, Luigi Sabatelli (b.1772), Italian artist, died in Milan.
    (www.artnet.com/library/07/0748/T074823.asp)

1861        Jan 29, Kansas was admitted into the Union as the 34th state.
    (HFA, '96, p.22)(AP, 1/29/98)(HN, 1/29/99)

1862        Jan 29, William Quantrill and his Confederate raiders attack Danville, Kentucky.
    (HN, 1/29/00)

1874        Jan 29, John David Rockefeller Jr, philanthropist, was born in Cleveland, Ohio.
    (MC, 1/29/02)

1877        Jan 29, A highly partisan Electoral Commission, made up of eight Republicans and seven Democrats, was established by Congress to settle the issue  of Democrat Samuel Tilden for president against Republican Rutherford B. Hayes. Under the terms of the Tilden-Hayes Election Compromise, Hayes became president and the Republicans agreed to remove the last Federal troops from Southern territory, ending Reconstruction. On election night, 1776, it was clear that Tilden had won the popular vote, but it was also clear that votes in Florida, Louisiana, South Carolina and Oregon were fraudulent because of voter intimidation. Republicans knew that if the electoral votes from these four states were thrown out, Hayes would win. The country hovered near civil war as both Democrats and Republicans claimed victory. Illustrator Thomas Nast drew his cartoon, "Tilden or Blood," showing the Democrats threatening violence.
    (HNPD, 1/29/99)(PCh, 1992, p.542)

1880        Jan 29, W.C. Fields, comedian and actor, was born in Philadelphia as Claude William Dukinfield [Dukenfield]. His films included “David Copperfield" and “My Little Chickadee." [see Apr 9 1879]
    (HN, 1/29/99)(MC, 1/29/02)

1886        Jan 29, 1st successful gasoline-driven car was patented by Karl Benz in Karlsruhe. [see Jan 26]
    (MC, 1/29/02)

1900        Jan 29, The American League, consisting of eight baseball teams, was organized in Philadelphia with teams from Buffalo, Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Milwaukee and Minneapolis. [see Feb 2]
    (SFC, 7/7/96, Z1 p.5)(AP, 1/29/98)

1904        Jan 29, The 1st athletic letters were given to the Univ. of Chicago football team.
    (MC, 1/29/02)

1912        Jan 29, "Professor" Irwin Corey, comedian (Car Wash, Doc), was born in Brooklyn, NY.
    (MC, 1/29/02)

1916        Jan 29, 1st bombings of Paris by German Zeppelins took place.
    (MC, 1/29/02)
1916        Jan 29, Grigori Rasputin, Russian mystic, shaman, grubby peasant, and influential favorite of the Romanov court, survived a failed attempt to poison him. Prince Felix Yussoupov, an effete, wealthy young aristocrat, shot and killed Rasputin and in effect, brought down the Russian Empire. The prince dined out on his story for many decades, becoming a jet-set celebrity. He restored his old wealth, lost in the Soviet Revolution, by suing anyone who wrote about Rasputin without his permission. [see Dec 16, Dec 30, 1916]
    (MC, 1/29/02)

1918        Jan 29, John Forsythe (d.2010), actor (Bachelor Father, Charlie's Angels, Dynasty), was born in NJ.
    (SFC, 4/3/10, p.C2)
1918        Jan 29, The Supreme Allied Council met at Versailles.
    (HN, 1/29/99)

1921        Jan 29, A hurricane hit Washington and Oregon.
    (MC, 1/29/02)

1924        Jan 29, An ice cream cone rolling machine was patented by Carl Taylor in Cleveland.
    (MC, 1/29/02)

1926        Jan 29, Violette Neatley Anderson became the first African-American woman admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court.
    (HN, 1/29/99)

1928        Jan 29, Lithuania and Germany signed a boundary agreement that established the Nemunas River as a border up to Klaipeda.
    (Voruta #27-28, 7/1996, p.2)(LHC, 1/29/03)

1929        Jan 29, The first seeing-eye Dog Guide School in the United States received their charter. Seeing Eye, Inc., was founded in Morris Township, New Jersey, by Dorothy Harrison Eustus. In February Morris Frank and Jack Humphrey began operating the 1st Seeing Eye school in the US in Nashville, Tenn. Frank had trained under Humphrey in Switzerland at a kennel owned by Dorothy Eustis. Buddy was Frank's 1st dog and in 1936 became the 1st seeing-eye dog to ride as a passenger on an American commercial airline.
    (HNQ, 3/10/01)(www.seeingeye.org/aboutus/?M_ID=472)(ON, 12/03, p.5)

1930         Jan 29, North American Co. was again removed from the Dow Jones and Johns Manville was added.
    (WSJ, 5/28/96, R45)(WSJ, 4/8/04, p.C4)

1931        Jan 29, Winston Churchill resigned as Stanley Baldwin's aide.
    (HN, 1/29/99)

1934        Jan 29, Fritz Haber (65), German chemist (Nobel 1918), died. In the 1920s Haber exhaustively searched for a method to extract gold from sea water, and published a number of scientific papers on the subject. However, after years of research, he concluded that the concentration of gold dissolved in sea water was much lower than those concentrations reported by earlier researchers, and that gold extraction from sea water was uneconomic. In 2005 Daniel Charles authored “Master Mind: The Rise and Fall of Fritz Haber, the Nobel Laureate Who Launched the Age of Chemical Warfare."
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fritz_Haber)(SSFC, 8/7/05, p.C6)

1936        Jan 29, The first members of baseball's Hall of Fame: Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, Honus Wagner, Christy Mathewson & Walter Johnson were named in Cooperstown, N.Y.
    (AP, 1/29/98)(http://tinyurl.com/33ko5fd)

1939        Jan 29, Germaine Greer, feminist, author (Female Eunuch), was born in Melbourne, Australia.
    (MC, 1/29/02)

1950        Jan 29, Ann Jillian, actress (Mr. Mom, Jennifer Slept Here), was born in Cambridge, Mass.
    (MC, 1/29/02)

1942        Jan 29, German and Italian troops took Benghazi in North Africa.
    (HN, 1/29/99)

1944        Jan 29, The world's greatest warship, the Missouri, was launched.
    (HN, 1/29/99)

1950        Jan 29, Ann Jillian, actress (Mr. Mom, Jennifer Slept Here), was born in Cambridge, Mass.
    (www.imdb.com/name/nm0422713/)
1950        Jan 29, Riots broke out in Johannesburg, South Africa, over Apartheid.
    (HN, 1/29/99)
1950        Jan 29, The French National Assembly approved legislation granting autonomy to Bao Dai's State of Vietnam.
    (www.mtholyoke.edu/acad/intrel/pentagon/pent1.html)

1951        Jan 29, Liz Taylor's 1st divorce was from Conrad Hilton Jr.
    (MC, 1/29/02)

1954        Jan 29, Oprah Winfrey, actress, TV host (Color Purple, Oprah), was born in Mississippi.
    (MC, 1/29/02)

1958        Jan 29, Actors Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward were married in Las Vegas.
    (AP, 1/29/08)

1959        Jan 29, Walt Disney's "Sleeping Beauty" was released.
    (MC, 1/29/02)

1963        Jan 29, The first members of football's Hall of Fame were named in Canton, Ohio.
    (AP, 1/29/98)(www.profootballhof.com/hof/years.jsp)
1963        Jan 29, Poet Robert Frost (b.1874) died in Boston at age 88. In 1999 Jay Parini published "Robert Frost: A Life." Lawrance Thompson authored a 3-volume biography (1966-1976).
    (AP, 1/29/98)(SFEC, 4/18/99, BR p.3)
1963        Jan 29, Kuwait’s constitution came into force as the new National Assembly convened. but only a select few were eligible to vote. Power rested with the royal family.
    (www.globalsecurity.org/military/world/gulf/kuwait-legislature.htm)(Econ, 7/8/06, p.40)

1966        Jan 29, "Sweet Charity" opened on Broadway for 608 performances. Cy Coleman composed the music.
    (www.prigsbee.com/Musicals/shows/sweetcharity.htm)(SFC, 11/20/04, p.B6)
1966        Jan 29, A snow storm in north east US killed 165.
    (MC, 1/29/02)

1967        Jan 29, Thirty-seven civilians were killed by a U.S. helicopter attack in Vietnam.
    (HN, 1/29/99)

1968        Jan 29, A court convened in Vietnam for the murder of Cambodian, triple agent Inchin Lam, by Special Forces Captain John J. McCarthy Jr. Murder charges were later dropped due to exculpatory evidence and proven prosecutorial fraud on the court. A civil action for $1.3 billion in US Federal District Court, Washington D.C. against the CIA and associated agencies was dismissed in 2003.
    (www.copvcia.com/Mac.htm)(http://johnmccarthy90066.tripod.com/id299.html)
1968        Jan 29, Leonard Tsuguharu Foujita (b.1886), painter and engraver born in Tokyo, Japan, died in Zurich, Switz. He applied French oil techniques to Japanese-style paintings. In 2006 Phyllis Birnbaum authored “Glory in a Line: A Life of Foujita – The Artist Caught Between East and West."
    (SSFC, 11/26/06, p.M1)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tsuguharu_Foujita)

1969        Jan 29, An undersea oil well off Santa Barbara, Ca., suffered a blowout and over the next 11 days released some 200,000 gallons of oil that spread over 800 square miles of ocean and soiled 35 miles of coastline. The blowout of the Union Oil rig spilled an estimated 4.2 million gallons of oil. Some 3,500 birds were killed as well as some 100 elephant seals and sea lions on San Miguel island.
    (www.geog.ucsb.edu/~jeff/sb_69oilspill/69oilspill_articles2.html)(SFC, 5/22/15, p.A12)
1969        Jan 29, Allan Welsh Dulles (b.1893), US diplomat, director (CIA 1953-61), died.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allen_Dulles)

1971        Jan 29, "My Sweet Lord" by George Harrison hit #1 on UK pop chart.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UK_No.1_Hits_of_1971)

1973        Jan 29, Emily Howell Warner (b.1939) became the 1st woman pilot permanently employed by a commercial airline. Her first flight as co-pilot was on the Frontier Airlines DHC-6 Twin Otter August 1, 1974.
    (SSFC, 12/14/03, p.D2)(http://members.tripod.com/~LAMKINS/Emily_Howell_Warner.txt)

1977        Jan 29, Freddie Prinze (b.1954), American comedian and TV actor, shot himself and died. His work included the TV show “Chico & the Man" (1974-1977).
    (http://us.imdb.com/name/nm0697905/)

1979        Jan 29, President Jimmy Carter commuted the sentence of Patty Hearst (24) from 7 to 2 years. She had served 23 months in prison.
    (HN, 1/29/99)(SFC, 1/23/04, p.E2)
1979        Jan 29, President Carter formally welcomed Chinese Vice Premier Deng Xiaoping to the White House, following the establishment of diplomatic relations.
    (AP, 1/29/98)
1979        Jan 29, The 9-part TV miniseries "Backstairs" premiered. It was based on the 1961 book "My Thirty Years Backstairs at the White House" by Lillian Rogers Parks (d.1997 at 100).
    (SFC,11/12/97, p.A22)(www.imdb.com/title/tt0078565/)
1979        Jan 29, Brenda Spencer (b.1962), a teenager in San Diego, shot up an elementary school, killing 2 people and wounding 9. She told police she did it because, "I don’t like Mondays."
    (SFC, 3/6/01, p.A4)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brenda_Ann_Spencer)

1980        Jan 29, Jimmy Durante (b.1893), ‘Schnozzel,’ actor and comedian, died in NYC.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jimmy_Durante)

1981        Jan 29, Pres. Reagan’s executive order 12288 terminated wage and price controls.
    (www.reagan.utexas.edu/archives/speeches/1981/12981c.htm)

1984        Jan 29, President Ronald Reagan announced that he would run for a second term.
    (HN, 1/29/99)
1984        Jan 29, It was reported that SF Muni administrators were rushing to implement a $1.9 million security plan due to major losses from lax security at its maintenance yards.
    (SSFC, 1/25/09, DB p.50)
1984        Jan 29, The Soviets issued a formal complaint against alleged U.S. arms treaty violations.
    (HN, 1/29/99)

1985        Jan 29, In SF the US Army trucked the historic Goldie Shack from 485 34th Ave. to the Presidio, where it will be stored and eventually reopened to the public. It was one of 5,610 shacks built in 1906-1907 to house earthquake refugees. The 34th Ave site will be used for a shopping mall.
    (SSFC, 1/24/10, DB p.42)

1988        Jan 29, A Boston-bound Amtrak train derailed in Chester, Penn., injuring 25 people.
    (AP, 1/29/98)
1988        Jan 29, Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega received a coolly polite reception from Pope John Paul II at the Vatican.
    (AP, 1/29/98)

1989        Jan 29, West German Chancellor Helmut Kohl's Christian Democratic Union suffered a major setback in West Berlin municipal elections.
    (AP, 1/29/99)

1990        Jan 29, Former Exxon Valdez skipper Joseph Hazelwood went on trial in Anchorage, Alaska, on charges stemming from the nation's worst oil spill; Hazelwood later was acquitted of the major charges and convicted of a misdemeanor.
    (AP, 1/29/00)

1991        Jan 29, In his State of the Union address, President Bush assured Americans that the war against Iraq would be won and that the recession at home would end in short order. Extraordinary security measures were in effect for the first wartime State of the Union address since the Vietnam era.
    (AP, 1/29/01)
1991        Jan 29, Iraqi forces attacked into Saudi Arabian town of Kafji, but were turned back by Coalition forces.
    (HN, 1/29/99)

1992        Jan 29, President Bush presented a $1.2 trillion budget plan.
    (AP, 1/29/02)
1992        Jan 29, Willie Dixon (76), blues composer (Backdoor Man), died.
    (www.imdb.com/name/nm0229006/)
1992        Jan 29, Russian President Boris Yeltsin unveiled an ambitious plan to cut nuclear weapons spending and said his republic's weapons would no longer be aimed at any U.S. targets.
    (AP, 1/29/02)
1992        Jan 29, A multinational Middle East peace conference ended in Moscow with participants sounding upbeat.
    (AP, 1/29/02)

1993        Jan 29, President Clinton announced that he was ordering the draft of a formal directive by July 15 to end the longstanding ban on homosexuals in the U.S. military.
    (AP, 1/29/98)

1994        Jan 29, Japan's Parliament approved watershed measures to stem political corruption.
    (AP, 1/29/99)
1994        Jan 29, In South Africa, Nelson Mandela kicked off his party's campaign for the country's first multiracial elections.
    (AP, 1/29/99)

1995        Jan 29, The San Francisco 49ers became the first team in NFL history to win five Super Bowl titles, beating the San Diego Chargers, 49-26.
    (AP, 1/29/00)

1996        Jan 29, The FDA was about to approve Redux, a drug to help reduce obesity. It was to be marketed by American Home Products. It is chemically known as dexfenfluramine, a close cousin of Prozax. This class of drugs raise the levels of serotonin in the brain, which provides a feeling of fullness and satisfaction.
    (WSJ, 1/29/96, p. C-1)
1996        Jan 29, A Navy F-14 fighter jet crashed in Nashville, Tennessee, demolishing three houses and killing five people.
    (AP, 1/29/01)
1996        Jan 29, French President Jacques Chirac ordered an early end to underground nuclear tests in the South Pacific.
    (AP, 1/29/01)
1996        Jan 29, In Venice, Italy, the 204-year-old La Felice opera house burned down. It was scheduled to be reconstructed and finished by Sep 27, 1999. It was later determined by experts to have been caused by arson. In 2003 Italy's top criminal court upheld convictions on arson charges for Enrico Carella and fellow electrician Massimiliano Marchetti, sentencing them to seven and six years in jail respectively. In 2005 John Berendt authored “The City of Falling Angels," which centered on the burning of La Fenice. In 2007 Carella was arrested in Mexico.
    (SFC, 6/27/96, p.D3)(SFC, 7/1/97, p.E4)(AP, 1/29/01)(WSJ, 9/24/05, p.P12)(AP, 3/3/07)

1997        Jan 29, Threatened with lawsuits across the country, America Online agreed to give refunds to frustrated customers unable to log on after AOL offered a flat $19.95-a-month rate.
    (AP, 1/29/98)
1997        Jan 29, Thomas Daniel Young, professor of English at Vanderbilt and leading authority on literature of the American South, died. His work included: “The Literature of the South," “Conversations With Malcolm Cowley," “Tennessee Writers," and “Gentleman in a Dustcoat: A Biography of John Crowe Ransom."
    (SFC, 2/10/97, p.A20)
1997        Jan 29, In China the Supreme People’s Court upheld the death sentence for businesswoman Han Yuji, the former president of the Jilin province Yuquan Industrial and Trade Co., for fraud that involved as much as $43 million. She was immediately executed.
    (SFC, 2/1/97, p.C1)
1997        Jan 29, In Japan Tatsuo Tomobe, member of the upper house of parliament, was arrested and accused of fraud. He had raised $75 million by offering high yields on deposits and using it to finance political ambitions.
    (SFEC, 2/2/97, p.A17)
1997        Jan 29, Mongolia joined the World Trade Organization (WTO).
    (www.wto.org/English/thewto_e/countries_e/mongolia_e.htm)
1997        Jan 29, In Pakistan the Supreme Court upheld Bhutto’s dismissal and ordered new elections to proceed.
    (SFC, 1/30/97, p.A9)
1997        Jan 29, In Sierra Leone the UN World Food Program announced a 6-month $19.4 million food aid operation.
    (SFC, 1/30/97, p.A10)
1997        Jan 29, In South Africa Wouter Basson, retired brigadier general, was arrested for selling 1,000 tablets of the drug Ecstasy to undercover police.
    (SFC, 2/1/97, p.C1)

1998        Jan 29, The judge in the Paula Jones case ruled that allegations in the current Clinton-Lewinsky scandal will not be admitted in the Jones case.
    (SFC, 1/30/98, p.A1)
1998        Jan 29, In Birmingham, Ala., the New Woman, All Woman Health Care [abortion] Clinic was bombed. Robert Sanderson (35), a moonlighting police officer, was killed and Emily Lyons, a nurse, was critically injured. A note was later received claiming the "Army of God" was responsible. Suspect Eric Robert Rudolph (31) of North Carolina was arrested May 31,2003. Rudolph was convicted and sentenced to life in prison in 2005.
    (SFC, 1/30/98, p.A3)(SFC, 2/3/98, p.A2)(SSFC, 6/1/03, p.A1)(SFC, 7/19/05, p.A9)
1998        Jan 29, The US, Russia and 13 other nations of the European Space Agency agreed to cooperate on building an int’l. space station.
    (SFC, 1/30/98, p.A7)
1998        Jan 29, The 3-day Muslim Eid al-Fitr festival began celebrating the closing of the holy month of Ramadan.
    (SFC, 1/30/98, p.A12)
1998        Jan 29, In Japan Finance Vice Minister Takeshi Komura stepped down in the bribery scandal and said “the responsibility is all mine."
    (SFC, 1/30/98, p.A12)
1998        Jan 29, A gas explosion on a Russian nuclear sub killed the captain and injured at least 4 sailors.
    (SFC, 1/30/98, p.A14)

1999        Jan 29, The Senate delivered subpoenas for Monica Lewinsky and two presidential advisers for private, videotaped testimony in the impeachment trial.
    (AP, 1/29/00)
1999        Jan 29, Attorney General Janet Reno rejected a special prosecutor investigation of Harold Ickes, saying there was clear and convincing evidence that the former White House aide did not intend to lie to a Senate committee looking into campaign finances.
    (AP, 1/29/00)
1999        Jan 29, In Virginia Paul Warner Powell (20) stabbed and killed Stacie Reed (16). He also raped and attempted to kill her sister (14). Powell was executed on March 18, 2010.
    (SFC, 3/19/10, p.A8)
1999        Jan 29, The US and major European allies set Feb 19 as a deadline for Serbia to accept a peace plan in Kosovo or face NATO bombing.
    (SFC, 1/30/99, p.A1)
1999        Jan 29, From China it was reported that police were ordered to arrest people posting anti-government remarks on computer networks.
    (SFC, 1/30/99, p.A14)
1999        Jan 29, Amnesty Int'l. reported that Ethiopia had forcefully deported 52,000 Eritreans since the eruption of war in 1998.
    (SFC, 1/30/99, p.A12)
1999        Jan 29, In Kosovo Serbian police killed 24 ethnic Albanians following the death of one Serbian officer.
    (SFC, 1/30/99, p.A10)
1999        Jan 30, The UN Security Council agreed to establish panels to assess Iraqi disarmament and adherence to other UN resolutions.
    (SFEC, 1/31/99, p.A17)

2000        Jan 29, Joe Montana and Ronnie Lott, architects of San Francisco’s Super Bowl dynasty, were among five individuals elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
    (AP, 1/29/01)
2000        Jan 29, In Arris, Algeria, 11 community guards were killed by Islamic militants of the Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat led by Hassan Hattab.
    (SFC, 2/1/00, p.B2)
2000        Jan 29, In Montreal, Canada, the first int'l. agreement on genetically modified agricultural products was produced. The UN-sponsored "Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety" required exporters to label modified products with the label "May contain living modified organisms."
    (SFEC, 1/30/00, p.A1)(AP, 1/29/01)
2000        Jan 29, In Switzerland Pres. Clinton addressed the World Economic Forum at Davos and urged corporate leaders to help lift the burden of debt from developing countries and to examine environmental concerns. Some 1000 protestors demonstrated outside.
    (SFEC, 1/30/00, p.A16)

2001        Jan 29, President Bush promised to “act boldly and swiftly" to address the nation's energy problems, and directed Vice President Dick Cheney to head a task force to develop an energy strategy.
    (AP, 1/29/02)
2001        Jan 29, Pres. Bush signed an executive order creating a new white House Office of Faith-based and Community Initiatives.
    (SFC, 1/30/01, p.A1)
2001        Jan 29, Al DeGuzman (19) was arrested in San Jose after a photo lab clerk reported pictures of him in front of an arsenal of weapons. A 158-page diary was found labeled “Plan X2" for a Jan 30 attack at De Anza College in Cupertino. DeGuzman was found guilty in 2002 of 108 felony accounts. He was sentenced to 7 years in prison.
    (SFC, 4/27/02, p.A1)(SFC, 10/2/02, p.A17)
2001        Jan 29, DaimlerChrysler announced it was eliminating 26,000 jobs at its money-losing Chrysler division.
    (AP, 1/29/02)
2001        Jan 29, At least 110 Afghan refugees froze to death in camps near Herat.
    (WSJ, 2/1/01, p.A1)(SFC, 2/2/01, p.D4)
2001        Jan 29, In Chile Judge Guzman reinstated his case against Gen. Pinochet.
    (SFC, 1/30/01, p.A10)
2001        Jan 29, In Indonesia some 10,000 protesters marched in Jakarta over corruption scandals that allegedly involved Pres. Wahid.
    (SFC, 1/30/01, p.A10)
2001        Jan 29, In Israel an Israeli motorist was killed in the West Bank as Yasser Arafat reversed earlier rhetoric and sent a message for peace.
    (SFC, 1/30/01, p.A11)
2001        Jan 29, Demonstrators in Turin clashed with police following an agreement between France and Italy to establish a high-speed rail line between Turin and Lyon.
    (SFC, 1/30/01, p.A12)
2001        Jan 29, Serb thrown hand grenades hit an ethnic Albanian home in Kosovo. 1 person was killed, 2 injured and NATO peacekeepers broke up an ensuing riot.
    (SFC, 1/30/01, p.A11)
2001        Jan 29, Tanzanian police regained control in Zanzibar following weekend street battles that left 40 people dead.
    (WSJ, 1/30/01, p.A1)

2002        Jan 29, Pres. Bush made his 1st State of the Union address and declared that the "war against terror is only beginning." Bush singled out Iran, Iraq and North Korea as an "axis of evil." He also appealed to Americans to volunteer for community services. The “axis of evil" phrase was co-coined by Bush’s speechwriter David Frum.
    (SFC, 1/30/02, p.A1)(SFC, 1/31/02, p.A1)(SFC, 2/1/02, p.A3)(Econ, 4/21/07, p.36)
2002        Jan 29, Actor Harold Russell (88), who received two Oscars for his sensitive portrayal of a disabled veteran in "The Best Years of Our Lives," died in Needham, Mass.
    (AP, 1/29/03)
2002        Jan 29, In Albania PM Ilir Meta (32) resigned following months of disputes with party leaders.
    (SFC, 1/30/02, p.A9)
2002        Jan 29, In China Xu Zerong (David Tsui), a Hong Kong-based historian, was sentenced to 13 years in prison for providing classified historical documents, pertaining to Chinese operations during the Korean war, to unspecified overseas parties. Zerong (57) was released on June 23, 2011, from Guangzhou Prison in southern Guangdong province's capital city.
    (SSFC, 2/3/02, p.A17)(AP, 6/23/11)
2002        Jan 29, In Japan PM Koizumi fired foreign minister Makiko Tanaka. Yoriko Kawaguchi was soon chosen to replace her.
    (SFC, 1/30/02, p.A8)(SFC, 2/1/02, p.A15)
2002        Jan 29, Israeli troops raided the Palestinian village of Artas and arrested Mohammed Eyosh (31), a local Jihad leader. 4 others were wounded in gunfire.
    (SFC, 1/30/02, p.A8)
2002        Jan 29, In South Africa Doctors Without Borders defied patent law and imported a generic AIDS drug from Brazil.
    (WSJ, 1/30/02, p.A1)

2003        Jan 29, The Congressional Budget Office predicted the current year's federal deficit would soar to $199 billion even without President Bush's new tax cut plan or war against Iraq.
    (AP, 1/29/04)
2003        Jan 29, AOL Time Warner posted a record $98.7 billion loss, the biggest in corporate history. It included a $45.5 billion write down on the value of AOL.
    (SFC, 1/30/03, p.A1)(WSJ, 1/2/04, p.R8)
2003        Jan 29, In Kinston, NC, 6 people were killed and dozens injured in an explosion at West Pharmaceuticals.
    (SFC, 1/30/03, p.A3)(WSJ, 1/31/03, p.A1)(AP, 1/29/04)
2003        Jan 29, Leslie Fiedler (85), author and literary critic, died in Buffalo, NY. His 1960 "Love and Death in the American Novel" analyzed the work of mark Twain, Ernest Hemingway and others.
    (SFC, 1/31/03, p.A26)
2003        Jan 29, Frank Moss (b.1911), liberal Utah Democratic Senator (1958-1976), died. His efforts included the addition of Capitol Reef and Canyonlands to the national park system.
    (SFC, 2/3/03, p.B4)
2003        Jan 29, US troops took Haji Shahzada (50) from his rural Afghan home in the early hours of the morning and sent him on a bizarre journey to prison in Cuba. Shahzada spent 4 years in jail before being returned home with a letter of innocence.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shahzada_%28Guantanamo_Bay_detainee_952%29)(AFP, 1/9/12)
2003        Jan 29, Britain, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Portugal and Spain, signed an open letter calling on the peace camp, implicitly Germany, France and Russia, to rally to the U.S. standard against Iraq.
    (WSJ, 1/30/03, p.A1)
2003        Jan 29, The body of Abdelmalek Benbara (41), a member of the Algerian prime minister's party reported missing Jan 17, was found in a car in Paris.
    (AP, 1/30/03)
2003        Jan 29, Belgium said oil leaking from the sunken cargo ship Tricolor (Dec 14) is washing up on the Belgian coastline, damaging wildlife and beaches.
    (AP, 1/30/03)
2003        Jan 29, In Cambodia protesters looted and set fire to the Thai Embassy in Phnom Penh. The protest was against a Thai TV star who was quoted in the media as saying Cambodia had stolen the famous Angkor Wat temple from Thailand.
    (AP, 1/29/03)
2003        Jan 29, Iraq responded to chief inspector Hans Blix's tough assessment of its disarmament, accusing him of misrepresenting its record of compliance, offering some new information and pledging continued cooperation.
    (AP, 1/30/03)
2003        Jan 29, Montenegro lawmakers voted to abolish Yugoslavia and replace it with a loose union of semi-independent states called Serbia and Montenegro.
    (SFC, 1/30/03, p.A8)
2003        Jan 29, Russia's Border Guard Service said the US led anti-terror operation in Afghanistan has done nothing to reduce the flow of illegal drugs from that country.
    (AP, 1/29/03)

2004        Jan 29, The US freed 3 juvenile Afghan detainees (13-15) from Guantanamo, Cuba.
    (WSJ, 1/30/04, p.A1)
2004        Jan 29,  In Afghanistan an arms dump blast killed 8 American soldiers in a what was likely an accident.
    (SFC, 1/30/04, p.A3)(AP, 1/31/04)
2004        Jan 29, It was reported that Angolan troops and police have driven at least 10,000 Congolese from northern Angola's diamond zones in a bloody month-old campaign.
    (AP, 1/30/04)
2004        Jan 29, M.M. Kaye (95), British author, died in Lavenham, England.
    (AP, 1/29/05)
2004        Jan 29, In Colombia gunmen shot and killed  Marta Lucia Hernandez, the director of one of Colombia's most famous national parks. It was the second high-profile attack in the coastal city of Santa Marta this week.
    (AP, 1/30/04)
2004        Jan 29, Egypt expelled American journalist Charles Levinson. He had written articles on torture and deaths in Egyptian prisons. Levinson was allowed to return in February.
    (SFC, 2/19/04, p.A14)(SFC, 2/21/04, p.A2)
2004        Jan 29, In central Iraq a roadside bomb exploded in Baqouba, wounding 11 Iraqis.
    (AP, 1/29/04)
2004        Jan 29, Israel released 435 prisoners in a swap, mediated by Germany, with the Lebanese guerrilla group Hezbollah in exchange for an Israeli businessman and the bodies of 3 Israeli soldiers. The businessman was Elchanan Tannenbaum, a colonel in Israel’s reserves, who was kidnapped in Dubai in 2000 and had knowledge of an advanced Israeli weapons system.
    (AP, 1/29/04)(Econ, 9/6/08, p.99)
2004        Jan 29, Janet Frame (b.1924), author, died in Dunedin, New Zealand. Her books included “Faces in the Water" (1961). Her 3-volume autobiography was dramatized in the 1990 film "An Angel at My Table."
    (SFC, 1/31/04, p.A1)(Econ, 2/14/04, p.81)
2004        Jan 29, A Palestinian suicide bomber detonated a bag of explosives on a crowded Jerusalem bus outside Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's residence, killing 10 passengers and wounding 50 bystanders.
    (AP, 1/29/04)
2004        Jan 29, In Saudi Arabia some 2 million Muslims from around the world gathered at the start of the annual Hajj.
    (AP, 1/29/04)
2004        Jan 29, Somalia's feuding leaders signed an agreement to form a new government based along clan lines, the first deal of its kind to include all armed groups that have torn the country apart for the last 13 years.
    (AP, 1/29/04)
2004        Jan 29, Widespread drought was reported across southern Africa. Lesotho, Malawi, South Africa and Zimbabwe were all affected.
    (SFC, 1/29/04, p.A16)

2005        Jan 29, Clint Eastwood won the Directors Guild prize for his boxing saga “Million Dollar Baby."
    (SSFC, 1/30/05, p.A2)
2005        Jan 29, Ashley McElhiney, the first female coach of a men's pro basketball team, was fired after an on-court dispute with Sally Anthony, co-owner of the Nashville Rhythm of the ABA.
    (AP, 1/29/06)
2005        Jan 29, Nine Afghan soldiers died and another was seriously injured when a mine exploded near their vehicle as they traveled close to the Pakistani border.
    (AP, 1/29/05)
2005        Jan 29, Chinese jetliners touched down in Taiwan, completing the first nonstop flights between the rivals since a bloody civil war split the two sides 56 years ago.
    (AP, 1/29/05)
2005        Jan 29, In Colombia government troops discovered one of the biggest FARC rebel munitions factories in the jungles of southern Guaviare state.
    (AP, 2/2/05)
2005        Jan 29, A UN spokesman said militiamen armed with guns and machetes killed 16 people and kidnapped at least 34 girls in attacks this week on a remote area of eastern Congo.
    (AP, 1/29/05)
2005        Jan 29, In insurgency-hit Indian Kashmir voters turned out in big numbers to cast ballots in the first leg of municipal polls to be held in over a quarter of a century.
    (AFP, 1/29/05)
2005        Jan 29, In northern Kenya fighting over the last 2 weeks between the Garre and Murule clans forced 30,000 people to flee and left 30 people dead. Recent fighting between Masai and Kikuyu left 10-30 people dead.
    (Econ, 1/29/05, p.46)
2005        Jan 29, A suicide bomber attacked a police station in a Kurdish town, killing 8 people, and insurgents blasted polling places in several cities on the eve of landmark elections.
    (AP, 1/29/05)
2005        Jan 29, Libya granted its first oil exploration licenses in over four decades, awarding 15 permits to foreign companies, with US companies taking the lion's share. PM Shukri Ghanem said Libya has opted for a policy of open communication with total transparence."
    (AP, 1/29/05)
2005        Jan 29, In Russia the fragmented opposition gathered pace as thousands of communists, liberals and radical youth activists joined forces to protest against the loss of Soviet-era benefits.
    (Reuters, 1/29/05)
2005        Jan 29, In Sudan police clashed with rioting tribesmen in the Red Sea coastal city of Port Sudan, leaving at least 17 people dead and 16 injured. A tribal representative claimed 23 people were dead and 100 others were wounded.
    (AP, 1/29/05)(Econ, 10/1/05, p.43)

2006        Jan 29, Nam June Paik (74), avant-garde Korean-American artist, died in Miami, Florida. He is credited with inventing video art in the 1960s by combining multiple TV screens with sculpture, music and live performers. In a 1974 report commissioned by the Rockefeller Foundation, Paik wrote of a telecommunications network of the future he called the "Electronic Super Highway," predicting it "will become our springboard for new and surprising human endeavors."
    (AP, 1/30/06)(http://americanart.si.edu/collections/search/artist/?id=3670)
2006        Jan 29, Heavy rains in Brazil led to the deaths of 12 people in Rio de Janeiro, including six people killed when an underground shopping mall garage filled with water.
    (AP, 1/29/06)
2006        Jan 29, The Chinese New Year ushered in the year of the Dog. As many as 10 million dogs were slaughtered annually for food consumption in China. Fireworks explosions killed 36 people and injured hundreds more in China as traditional Lunar New Year celebrations led to much mayhem as well as joy across the nation.
    (SSFC, 1/29/06, p.A3)(AFP, 1/30/06)
2006        Jan 29, In eastern Congo rebels in Rutshuru forced a local radio station off the air after a wave of fighting and looting in the troubled Central African nation.
    (AP, 2/1/06)
2006        Jan 29, Denmark's PM said his government could not act against satirical cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed after Libya closed its embassy in Copenhagen amid growing Muslim anger over the dispute.
    (Reuters, 1/29/06)
2006        Jan 29, Finland's first female president said she was confident of re-election in a runoff vote. Polls suggested a close race after a steady surge in support for her conservative challenger. Pres. Tarja Halonen clinched a narrow re-election victory over a rival with a pro-alliance agenda. She won a new six-year term with 51.8 percent of the vote.
    (AP, 1/29/06)(AFP, 1/30/06)
2006        Jan 29, Avalanches swept away skiers and at least one hiker in the French Alps, killing five people over the weekend.
    (AP, 1/29/06)
2006        Jan 29, In Iraq ABC news anchor Bob Woodruff and camera operator Doug Vogt were seriously injured in a roadside bombing near Taji.
    (AP, 1/29/06)
2006        Jan 29, Car bombs exploded in a synchronized spree of attacks outside at least four churches in Baghdad and the northern city of Kirkuk, killing at least three Iraqis and wounding 9. US troops killed three suspected insurgents wearing Iraqi police uniforms in Kirkuk. A bomb killed 11 people in a shop selling sweets in the town of Iskindiraya south of Baghdad overnight. Violence killed at least 20 people, including 13 Iraqi policemen and soldiers. A car bomb killed 4 Iraqi soldiers in Uja. Former Lt. Gen. Mahmoud Idham was assassinated near Tikrit.
    (AP, 1/29/06)(Reuters, 1/29/06)(SFC, 1/30/06, p.A7)
2006        Jan 29, Sheik Sabah IV Al Ahmad Al-Jaber Al Sabah was sworn in as the new emir of Kuwait.
    (AP, 1/29/06)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sabah_Al-Ahmad_Al-Jaber_Al-Sabah)
2006        Jan 29, The Mexican government said the US Border Patrol in New Mexico arrested Francisco Javier Gutierrez, a Mexican immigration official, who was allegedly trying to help a group of undocumented migrants sneak into the US.
    (AP, 1/30/06)
2006        Jan 29, A Pakistani express train with up to 600 passengers aboard derailed, killing at least three people and injuring as many as 40.
    (AP, 1/29/06)
2006        Jan 29, Republic of Congo President Denis Sassou-Nguesso launched his role as a top African peace mediator, meeting with the prime minister of civil war-divided Ivory Coast days after taking over as African Union head.
    (AP, 1/29/06)
2006        Jan 29, In Bucharest, Romania, a stray dog killed a Japanese businessman. The mayor called for a crash program of canine sterilization and euthanasia to control the city’s 60,000 stray dogs.
    (www.inyourpocket.com/romania/bucharest/en/)(Econ, 2/4/06, p.48)
2006        Jan 29, Russia resumed sending natural gas to Georgia after finishing repairs to a major pipeline damaged by mysterious blasts a week earlier.
    (AP, 1/29/06)

2007        Jan 29, Deeply distrustful of Iran, President Bush said "we will respond firmly" if Tehran escalated its military actions in Iraq and threatened American forces or Iraqi citizens.
    (AP, 1/29/08)
2007        Jan 29, Lauren Nelson, an aspiring Broadway star, was crowned Miss America, the second year in a row that a Miss Oklahoma has won the crown.
    (AP, 1/30/07)
2007        Jan 29, Bayer said the US Food and Drug Administration has approved a new use of Bayer Schering Pharma AG's drug YAZ to allow it to be used to treat moderate acne in women who also want to use an oral contraceptive for birth control.
    (AP, 1/29/07)
2007        Jan 29, Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro was euthanized because of medical complications eight months after his gruesome breakdown at the Preakness.
    (AP, 1/29/08)
2007        Jan 29, Australia’s Queensland state planned to introduce recycled sewage to its drinking water as a record drought threatens water supplies around the nation.
    (AP, 1/29/07)
2007        Jan 29, An official said at least 33,000 people have been arrested in Bangladesh by the army, police and security forces since a state of emergency was imposed earlier this month.
    (AP, 1/29/07)
2007        Jan 29, Paris City Hall announced it has selected French outdoor advertising firm JCDecaux SA to operate a new free bicycle service in the capital.
    (AP, 1/30/07)
2007        Jan 29, The African Union chose Ghana to head the 53-member bloc, turning aside Sudan's bid for the second year in a row because of the worsening bloodshed in Darfur.
    (AP, 1/29/07)
2007        Jan 29, The International Criminal Court (ICC) ruled there was enough evidence against Thomas Lubanga, a Congolese militiaman accused of recruiting child soldiers, to launch the new court's first trial.
    (Reuters, 1/29/07)
2007        Jan 29, In Iraq a prominent Shiite leader said that setting up federal regions in Iraq would solve the country's problems, adding that Shiites are being subjected to mass killings but they should not retaliate by using violence. Bombings and mortar attacks targeting Shiites killed at least 15 people. A parked car bomb struck a bus carrying Shiites to a holy shrine in northern Baghdad, killing at least four people. Mortar rounds rained down on a Shiite neighborhood in the Sunni-dominated town of Jurf al-Sakhar. 10 people were killed, including three children and four women, and five other people were wounded. A US Marine was killed in fighting in Anbar province and an American soldier died in an accident northwest of Nasiriyah.
    (AP, 1/29/07)(AP, 1/30/07)
2007        Jan 29, Libya will not execute five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor sentenced to death last month, the son of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi said in a newspaper interview, calling their trial "unfair."
    (AP, 1/29/07)
2007        Jan 29, A truck crashed in northern Nigeria's Yobe state killing at least 35 people and seriously injuring another 37. A burst tire caused the truck loaded with cement as well as 72 people to veer off the road.
    (AFP, 1/30/07)
2007        Jan 29, In northwestern Pakistan 2 rockets exploded near a Shiite Muslim mosque in the city of Bannu, wounding 11 people, two seriously. A suicide bomber killed a police officer protecting a Shiite Muslim procession. In eastern Pakistan 2 brothers beat to death their sister and her lover with bricks for bringing shame upon the family with their out-of-wedlock affair. The woman had lived with her brothers in the village of Donga Bonga, Punjab province.
    (AP, 1/29/07)(AP, 1/30/07)(AP, 2/1/07)
2007        Jan 29, A Palestinian suicide bomber attacked a bakery in Eilat, a southern Israeli resort town, killing three people and himself. The Palestinian who blew himself up was unemployed, despondent over the death of his baby daughter and driven to avenge his best friend's killing by Israeli troops. Hamas and Fatah gunmen battled each other across the Gaza Strip, attacking security compounds, knocking out an electrical transformer and kidnapping several local commanders in some of the most extensive factional fighting in recent weeks.
    (AP, 1/29/07)
2007        Jan 29, Saudi Arabia said it would begin a 158,000 barrel-a-day cut in oil production effective Feb 1.
    (WSJ, 1/30/07, p.A1)
2007        Jan 29, Turkish police arrested 46 suspected Islamic militants in operations in five provinces across the country.
    (AP, 1/29/07)

2008        Jan 29, Pres. Bush signed an executive order for federal agencies to ignore “earmarks" that aren’t explicitly enacted into law.
    (SFC, 1/30/08, p.A6)
2008        Jan 29, In Florida Sen. John McCain won the Republican primary with 36% of the vote. Mitt Romney was 2nd with 31% and Rudi Giuliani 3rd with 15%.
    (SFC, 1/30/08, p.A1)
2008        Jan 29, Federal fishery regulators said the number of chinook salmon returning to California's Central Valley has reached a near-record low, pointing to an "unprecedented collapse" that could lead to severe restrictions on West Coast salmon fishing this year.
    (AP, 1/29/08)
2008        Jan 29, Robert M. Ball (93), considered to be the father of the US Medicare system, died.
    (WSJ, 1/31/08, p.A1)
2008        Jan 29, Margaret Truman Daniel (b.1924), the only daughter of former Pres. Harry Truman, died in Chicago. From 1980 to 1996 Daniel wrote 13 murder mysteries beginning with “Murder in the White House," which became a best seller.
    (SFC, 1/30/08, p.A2)
2008        Jan 29, In southern Afghanistan roadside bombings killed three civilians.
    (AP, 1/30/08)
2008        Jan 29, In northern Algeria a car loaded with explosives and headed for a police station exploded after officers stopped the attack with bullets. At least two people were killed and 23 wounded.
    (AP, 1/29/08)
2008        Jan 29, Gold prices hit a record high 933.33 dollars in London as the market was driven higher by production problems in key producer South Africa and the weak US dollar.
    (AFP, 1/29/08)
2008        Jan 29, In China deadly winter storms, the worst in five decades, showed no signs of letting up, where cities were blacked out, transport systems were paralyzed and a bus crash on an icy road killed at least 25 people during the nation's busiest travel season.
    (AP, 1/29/08)
2008        Jan 29, Congolese Tutsi rebels and a rival Mai Mai militia group pledged to respect a recently-signed peace accord, a day after clashes between their fighters broke the ceasefire.
    (AP, 1/29/08)
2008        Jan 29, A Cairo court ruled to allow Egyptian Bahais to leave their religion blank on official documents, in effect restoring their access to jobs, schools and medical and financial services.
    (AP, 1/29/08)
2008        Jan 29, Cars and trucks traveled freely across the border from Gaza to Egypt for a seventh day. Egyptians living near the breached border with Gaza warned that chaos was brewing and demanded the crisis be resolved.
    (AP, 1/29/08)
2008        Jan 29, Iran’s state media reported that more than 50 followers of the minority Baha'i faith were convicted of distributing propaganda against the country's Islamic regime. The faith was banned after the 1979 Islamic revolution, and it is not recognized in the Iranian constitution as a religious minority.
    (AP, 1/29/08)
2008        Jan 29, A suicide car bomber targeted a US patrol in Mosul, killing at least one Iraqi and wounding as many as 15. Iraqi police north of Baghdad found 19 bullet-riddled bodies near the former insurgent stronghold of Muqdadiyah. In Baghdad a bombing at a checkpoint wounded five American soldiers and three civilians. Iraqi officials claimed it was a suicide bombing and said two people were killed. An Iraqi television cameraman and his driver were killed in a roadside bombing north of Baghdad. The female correspondent and camera assistant traveling with them were wounded.
    (AP, 1/29/08)(AP, 1/30/08)
2008        Jan 29, Japan's coast guard said it has sent a team of officers to protect its whaling fleet against intensifying protests by environmentalists.
    (AFP, 1/29/08)
2008        Jan 29, Japan said it was setting up a fund to help African countries enhance protection of intellectual property rights, calling it key to boosting the continent's economic potential.
    (AP, 1/29/08)
2008        Jan 29, In Kenya former UN chief Kofi Annan launched formal mediation efforts to end the post-election crisis, where the killing of an opposition legislator stoked bloody protests. Gunmen killed Mugabe Were, an opposition lawmaker in Nairobi, triggering a new flare-up of the ethnic fighting. A gang hefting machetes dragged a doctor from the president's Kikuyu tribe from his clinic "and then cut and cut until his head was off."
    (Reuters, 1/29/08)(AP, 1/29/08)
2008        Jan 29, In Mexico City Elvira Arellano, a deported Mexican migrant who holed up in a Chicago church to fight for immigrants' rights, rallied support for Flor Crisostomo (28), another woman now seeking refuge in the same building. Four Mexican military officers and one soldier, were turned over to prosecutors for alleged links to Alfredo Beltran Leyva, but their cases weren't made public until Oct 31.
    (AP, 1/30/08)(AP, 10/31/08)
2008        Jan 29, Scientists in New Zealand reported that smoking a joint is equivalent to 20 cigarettes in terms of lung cancer risk and warned of an "epidemic" of lung cancers linked to cannabis.
    (Reuters, 1/29/08)
2008        Jan 29, Pakistan’s President Pervez Musharraf returned home after a weeklong trip to Europe. Security forces exchanged gunfire with Islamic militants holed up at a house in Karachi, with 3 militants and two policemen dead. A fourth militant, who was wounded in the shootout, died later in the day. Hundreds of students in Miran Shah protested Pakistan's support for the US-led war on terror.
    (AFP, 1/29/08)(AP, 1/29/08)(AP, 1/30/08)
2008        Jan 29, Saudi Arabia said it had killed some 158,000 chickens after the deadly H5N1 bird flu strain was found at an infected farm. The agriculture ministry also said more than 4.5 million fowl have been killed in provinces around the capital, but it did not specify when the killing took place.
    (AP, 1/30/08)
2008        Jan 29, In Sri Lanka the defense ministry said its troops smashed 16 guerrilla bunkers in the district of Mannar and killed at least 22 rebels. Tamilnet said at least 11 school children and the principal of the school were among those killed when the Sri Lanka Army triggered a Claymore mine targeting a bus carrying school children.
    (AFP, 1/29/08)
2008        Jan 29, Officials in impoverished Tajikistan said they would be forced to cut power to much of the country as residents endured one of the coldest winters in 25 years. Tajikistan is rich in water resources, but the cold weather has frozen rivers flowing into the Nurek reservoir.
    (AP, 1/29/08)
2008        Jan 29, In Venezuela 4 gunmen held more than 30 people hostage inside a bank during a lengthy and tense standoff with police that began with a botched robbery in the town of Altagracia de Orituco.
    (AP, 1/29/08)

2009        Jan 29, President Barack Obama signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Restoration Act, an equal pay bill, into law, declaring that it's a family issue, not just a women's issue.
    (AP, 1/29/09)(Econ, 2/7/09, p.25)
2009        Jan 29, In Illinois Pat Quinn (60), the Democrat Lt. Gov., became governor after the state Senate voted 59-0 to convict Rod Blagojevich (52) of abuse of power.
    (AP, 1/30/09)(WSJ, 1/30/09, p.A1)
2009        Jan 29, A California judge ruled that Gov. Schwarzenegger can force state workers to take furloughs to help close the budget gap.
    (WSJ, 1/30/09, p.A1)
2009        Jan 29, In southern Afghanistan coalition troops killed four militants in a strike on a bomb-making operation.
    (AP, 1/30/09)
2009        Jan 29, The African Union said the exclusion from its summit of Mauritania and Guinea, which both suffered coups recently, proved the continent had moved on from its checkered past. The summit was scheduled for Feb 1-3 in Ethiopia.
    (Reuters, 1/29/09)
2009        Jan 29, An Australian man (36) was charged with murder after allegedly throwing his four-year-old daughter from a Melbourne bridge into the Yarra River during peak hour traffic. On April 11, 2011, Arthur Freeman was sentenced to life in prison.
    (AFP, 1/29/09)(AP, 4/11/11)
2009        Jan 29, In Bolivia the last US drug enforcement agents left the country, ordered out by Pres. Morales, even as police reported that coca cultivation and cocaine processing were on the rise.
    (SFC, 1/30/09, p.A4)
2009        Jan 29, Britain’s PM Gordon Brown vowed to act with "purpose and determination" to restore economic growth a day after the IMF said Britain would be the country worst hit by the global recession.
    (AP, 1/29/09)
2009        Jan 29, An international rights group said Cameroon's government is employing extrajudicial killings and torture to crush political opponents, and such violence may escalate as the global economic crisis deepens.
    (AP, 1/29/09)
2009        Jan 29, The first of more than 6,000 Congolese rebels took part in a ceremony to integrate their units into the regular army as part of a deal to end the conflict in eastern DR Congo.
    (AFP, 1/29/09)
2009        Jan 29, The ship Monchegorsk arrived in Cyprus. It was examined twice after it arrived under suspicion of ferrying weapons from Iran to Hamas fighters in Gaza, and detained. The US military had stopped the ship last month in the Red Sea, and said it found artillery shells and other arms on board. But it could not legally detain the ship, which continued to Port Said, Egypt, and then to Cyprus.
    (AP, 2/10/09)
2009        Jan 29, The European Union signed an agreement to give Ethiopia 251 million euros (322 million dollars) in aid to boost development projects across the Horn of Africa nation.
    (AFP, 1/30/09)
2009        Jan 29, In France hundreds of thousands of workers staged a nationwide strike to try to force President Nicolas Sarkozy and business leaders to do more to protect jobs and wages during the economic crisis.
    (Reuters, 1/29/09)
2009        Jan 29, India began a plan to issue a new biometric identity card to its whole 1.2 billion population. On June 25 Nandan Nilekani, a co-founder of Infosys, was given ministerial status and appointed to run the scheme.
    (Econ, 7/4/09, p.36)(http://tinyurl.com/nvfahh)
2009        Jan 29, Iraq said it will bar Blackwater Worldwide from providing security protection for US diplomats because its contractors used excessive force, sanctioning a company whose image was irrevocably tarnished by the 2007 killings of 17 Iraqi civilians. Hazim Salim al-Zaidi (51), former Iraqi army officer in Mosul, was among three Sunni candidates killed two days ahead of elections. One of the other Sunnis was killed in a drive-by shooting in western Baghdad. The third was abducted along with his brother and cousin in the Diyala province town of Mandali near the Iranian border. Their bullet-riddled bodies were found later in the day.
    (AP, 1/29/09)(AP, 1/31/09)
2009        Jan 29, George Mitchell, President Barack Obama's Mideast envoy, turned his attention to the Western-backed Palestinian government in the West Bank. Palestinians fired a rocket into Israel, and residents of the south Gaza town of Khan Younis said an Israeli airstrike there wounded an unidentified man on a motorcycle and five passers-by, among them children walking home from school. Senior officials in the Islamic group Hamas indicated a willingness to negotiate a deal for a long-term truce with Israel as long as the borders of Gaza are opened to the rest of the world.
    (AP, 1/29/09)
2009        Jan 29, Japan hanged four convicted murderers, carrying out the country's first executions of the year despite international criticism.
    (AFP, 1/29/09)
2009        Jan 29, Madagascar's president made a conciliatory gesture, promising to put a radio station back on air after its closure sparked anti-government rioting that left at least 43 dead. A US envoy later estimated over 100 dead while police said 76 had died in the rioting.
    (AP, 1/29/09)(WSJ, 2/4/09, p.A10)
2009        Jan 29, Mexican police detained an Ecuadorean man for carrying about $2.5 million in cash in a suitcase at Mexico City's international airport.
    (AP, 1/31/09)
2009        Jan 29, New Zealand’s central bank lowered its key interest 1.5 percentage points to a record low of 3.5%, in response to a decelerating global growth outlook.
    (WSJ, 1/30/09, p.A8)
2009        Jan 29, In Nigeria gunmen kidnapped a Nigerian boy (9) in the oil city of Port Harcourt, shooting dead a domestic worker who was taking him to school.
    (AP, 1/29/09)
2009        Jan 29, Pakistani police arrested three men who they alleged carried out a deadly 2006 bombing in Pakistan on the orders of India's intelligence agency.
    (AP, 1/29/09)
2009        Jan 29, The UN launched an emergency appeal for $613 million to help Palestinians recover from Israel's three weeks of military operations in Gaza.
    (AP, 1/29/09)
2009        Jan 29, In the Philippines a powerful explosion destroyed a fireworks factory and a nearby electronics plant south of Manila, killing at least six people and injuring more than 40.
    (AP, 1/29/09)
2009        Jan 29, Somali pirates hijacked a German gas tanker, the MV Longchamp, and its 13-man crew in the Gulf of Aden, the third ship captured off the Horn of Africa this month. The ship was released along with its 13 crew members on March 28.
    (AP, 1/29/09)(SFC, 1/30/09, p.A16)(AP, 3/28/09)
2009        Jan 29, A South Korean biotech company claimed to have cloned dogs using a stem cell technology for the first time in the world.
    (AP, 1/29/09)
2009        Jan 29, In Sri Lanka UN workers evacuated hundreds of severely wounded civilians from behind rebel lines as government troops fought to secure final victory over the Tamil Tigers. Up to 250,000 civilians were trapped in the combat zone in the northeast of the island.
    (AFP, 1/29/09)
2009        Jan 29, Swiss police said they stumbled across a large marijuana plantation last year while using Google Earth, the search engine company's satellite mapping software. They arrested 16 people and seized 1.1 tons (1.2 US tons) of marijuana as well as cash and valuables worth 900,000 Swiss francs ($780,000).
    (AP, 1/29/09)
2009        Jan 29, At the economic forum in Davos, Switzerland, Israel’s Pres. Peres (85) traded accusations with Turkey’s PM Erdogan, who declared: “You kill people," and criticized Israel’s blockade of Gaza. Erdogan stalked off stage after being cut short during the exchange.
    (SFC, 1/30/09, p.A4)(WSJ, 1/30/09, p.A1)
2009        Jan 29, Zimbabwe Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa said citizens will be allowed to conduct business in other currencies, alongside the Zimbabwean dollar. A UN report said Zimbabwe's humanitarian disaster is far worse than anticipated with only six percent of the population formally employed and more than half in need of emergency food aid.
    (Reuters, 1/29/09)(AFP, 1/29/09)

2010        Jan 29, President Barack Obama engaged in a rare face-to-face showdown with Republican critics and testily accused them of trying to block his policies while urging them to "join with me" in creating jobs.
    (Reuters, 1/30/10)
2010        Jan 29, A US storm that toppled power lines, closed major highways and buried parts of the southern Plains in heavy ice and snow began moving into the South, leaving tens of thousands of people in the dark. Nearly 142,000 homes and businesses in Oklahoma were without power.
    (AP, 1/29/10)   
2010        Jan 29, According to a newly released audiotape Al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden called for the world to boycott American goods and the US dollar, blaming the United States and other industrialized countries for global warming.
    (AP, 1/29/10)
2010        Jan 29, Afghan troops backed by NATO attack helicopters battled Taliban fighters wearing suicide vests who launched an assault in the heart of a Lashkar Gah in southern Helmand province. 6 militants were killed in the assault. In Ghazni province 2 Afghans were killed after failing to stop their vehicle when ordered. An Afghan interpreter working for the US military shot dead two American soldiers in Wardak province. Iranian guards opened fire and killed 5 laborers as they crossed into Iran from the southwestern province of Nimroz.
    (AP, 1/29/10)(AFP, 1/30/10)(SFC, 1/30/10, p.A3)(AP, 2/2/10)
2010        Jan 29, In Brazil leftists who converged to protest what they view as uncontrolled capitalism ended the World Social Forum with vows to take advantage of the financial crisis to promote a global socialist agenda.
    (AP, 1/30/10)
2010        Jan 29, Former British PM Tony Blair said there had been no "covert" deal with then US president George W. Bush to invade Iraq in 2003, and robustly defended his decision to take Britain to war.
    (AFP, 1/29/10)
2010        Jan 29, In China envoys of exiled Tibetan Buddhist leader the Dalai Lama arrived in Beijing for weekend talks amid subtle shifts in China's approach to its restive, riot-scarred western regions of Tibet and Xinjiang.
    (AP, 1/29/10)
2010        Jan 29, An Ethiopian judge sentenced a journalist to prison in connection with a January 2008 column that criticized PM Meles Zenawi's statements about religious affairs in Ethiopia. The journalist was later identified as Ezedin Mohamed, editor of Al-Quds, a Muslim-orientated newspaper.
    (AFP, 2/2/10)
2010        Jan 29, In Haiti US soldiers halted a violent confrontation between looters and a private security guard who shot and killed one man inside an appliance store and appeared poised to shoot others.
    (AP, 1/29/10)
2010        Jan 29, In the Indian-controlled portion of Kashmir suspected Muslim rebels ambushed army soldiers, killing two troops.
    (AP, 1/29/10)
2010        Jan 29, Honda Motor Co. said it would recall a total 646,000 units of the Fit/Jazz and City models globally, including 140,000 in the United States. The recall was to fix a defective master switch, which could cause water to enter the power window switch and in some cases cause a fire.
    (Reuters, 1/29/10)
2010        Jan 29, The office of Lithuanian Pres. Dalia Grybauskaite said in a statement that she would sign a decree to appoint Audronius Ažubalis as foreign minister. The tough-talking Grybauskaite forced the resignation of the last foreign minister Vygaudas Ušackas.
    (http://irzikevicius.wordpress.com/)
2010        Jan 29, Mexican authorities found the decapitated bodies of six men in Acahuato, Michoacan state. A group of at least a dozen armed men attacked a federal police convoy, opening fire on the vehicles from a highway overpass near the city of Maravatio, also in Michoacan, killing 5 officers and wounding 7. Four severely beaten men were seen walking along a busy street in the Michoacan town of Zamora carrying messages signed by La Familia. In Ciudad Juarez a group of rifle-bearing attackers opened fire on a family in a truck, killing a man, a woman and injuring a 5-month-old baby. A woman was later killed inside an ice cream parlor, a chase through the Galeana neighborhood left two dead, and a man was killed and a pregnant woman was injured in a spray of bullets in another part of town. Six more people were killed later in the day in four different locations, and when dawn broke the two decapitated bodies were found. Journalist Ochoa Martinez, director of El Sol de la Costa, was shot in the face as he left a food stand in the town of Ayutla. His small newspaper covered mostly local politics and community issues southeast of Acapulco.
    (AP, 1/29/10)(AP, 1/31/10)(AP, 2/2/10)
2010        Jan 29, In Mexico a Texas man and his girlfriend were sentenced to nine years in prison for recruiting Mexican women to give birth in the US and sell their babies to couples there. Amado Torres, of Harlingen, Texas, and Maria Isabel Hernandez, of Mexico, had allegedly paid women up to $3,000 for their newborns.
    (AP, 2/10/10)
2010        Jan 29, In New Zealand police seized weapons used by two men to slaughter more than 30 dogs owned by a neighbor in what animal welfare authorities said could be the country's worst animal cruelty case.
    (AP, 1/29/10)
2010        Jan 29, A Nigerian court rejected a demand by top lawyers that a caretaker head of state be appointed until ailing President Umaru Yar’Adua returns from hospital treatment in Saudi Arabia.
    (AFP, 1/29/10)
2010        Jan 29, Pakistani security forces killed 24 suspected militants in air strikes and clashes in the northwest. One paramilitary soldier was also killed and three wounded in a clash in the town of Chinar in the district of Bajaur.
    (AFP, 1/29/10)
2010        Jan 29, Russia test-flew a long-awaited new fighter aircraft, determined to challenge the United States for technical superiority in the skies and impress weapons buyers.
    (Reuters, 1/29/10)
2010        Jan 29, Somali insurgents sparked the heaviest day of fighting in the capital in months, launching simultaneous attacks on government forces and AU peacekeepers killing at least 19 people including women and children.
    (AP, 1/29/10)(SFC, 1/30/10, p.A2)
2010        Jan 29, In Sri Lanka police raided the office of defeated presidential candidate Sarath Fonseka and arrested 15 of its workers as monitors and rights groups criticized the Sri Lankan election that returned President Mahinda Rajapakse to power.
    (AFP, 1/29/10)
2010        Jan 29, At Davos, Switzerland, Microsoft co-founder and his wife said The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will donate $10 billion over the next decade to research new vaccines and bring them to the world's poorest countries.
    (AP, 1/29/10)
2010        Jan 29, In Thailand a dozen Asian nations and Russia vowed to double the number of wild tigers by 2022, crack down on poaching that has devastated the big cats and prohibit the building of roads and bridges that could harm their habitats. The 13 countries included Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Russia, Thailand and Vietnam.
    (AP, 1/29/10)
2010        Jan 29, A Vietnamese court handed a four-year jail term to writer Pham Thanh Nghien (32) for anti-state "propaganda," the latest in a string of jailings of democracy activists by the communist state.
    (AFP, 1/29/10)

2011        Jan 29, Massey Energy, based in Richmond, Va., agreed to be taken over by Alpha natural Resources for $7.1 billion in cash and stock. Massey was struggling with losses following and explosion that killed 29 workers in West Virginia.
    (SSFC, 1/30/11, p.A10)
2011        Jan 29, In Afghanistan Abdul Latif Ashna, the deputy governor of southern Kandahar province, was killed by a suicide bomber. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.
    (AFP, 1/29/11)
2011        Jan 29, An African Union panel on the Ivory Coast crisis said it will aim to help Alassane Ouattara "exercise power" through a negotiated political deal.
    (AFP, 1/29/11)
2011        Jan 29, In eastern Algeria a criminal court sentenced six people to death for a 2009 attack that killed 19 people and for which Al-Qaeda claimed responsibility.
    (AP, 1/29/11)
2011        Jan 29, Rivals to Central African Republic leader Francois Bozize pulled their representatives off the election body, alleging fraud after early partial results from last weekend's poll put Bozize in the lead.
    (Reuters, 1/29/11)
2011        Jan 29, In Costa Rica raids  were carried out in San Jose and in the Pacific coast city of Puntarenas. Five Colombians and a Costa Rican national were arrested. The Security Ministry says in a June 30 statement that a Colombian-run network paid fishermen to haul cocaine to Guatemala and Mexico.
    (AP, 1/30/11)
2011        Jan 29, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak (82) named his intelligence chief and close confidant Omar Suleiman as vice president, his first VP since coming to power nearly 30 years ago. Tens of thousands of Egyptians snubbed Mubarak's promised reforms and took their deadly revolt to the streets for a fifth day. An enraged mob killed three police in the Sinai town of Rafah, bringing the overall death toll from the nationwide protests to at least 48 since Jan 25. Two Cairo mobile phone networks came back on line, a day after all Egyptian operators were told to cut services. State TV said wealthy business Ahmed Ezz, a close confidante of the president's son and one of the targets for protester criticism, has resigned from ruling party. The military declined to block the latest rally and soldiers showed solidarity with demonstrators.
    (AP, 1/29/11)(AFP, 1/29/11)(Reuters, 1/29/11)(SSFC, 1/30/11, p.A5)
2011        Jan 29, In Iran Zahram Bahrami, an Iranian-Dutch woman detained after participating in protests against Iran's disputed presidential election in 2009, was hanged. She was allegedly hanged for possessing and selling drugs. The Dutch government froze official contacts with Iran to protest the hanging.
    (AP, 1/29/11)(SSFC, 1/30/11, p.A4)
2011        Jan 29, In central Nigerian soldiers opened fire on university students in Jos protesting continuing violence between Christians and Muslims. At least 9 people were killed in the ensuing violence.
    (AP, 1/29/11)
2011        Jan 29, In the Philippines a huge fire fanned by strong winds from Manila Bay swept through a congested village in Manila, killing 12 people and displacing nearly 2,000.
    (AP, 1/30/11)
2011        Jan 29, Saudi Arabia's stock exchange tumbled by over 6 percent, setting the stage for other regional markets to drop as concerns mounted about the violent protests in Egypt.
    (AP, 1/29/11)
2011        Jan 29, Tibet's parliament-in-exile rallied behind a Buddhist monk seen as the possible next spiritual leader for Tibet after Indian police seized hundreds of thousands of dollars from his monastery.
    (AFP, 1/29/11)

2012        Jan 29, In Alabama police investigating a possible robbery at a Birmingham home instead found five people dead inside. 3 suspects were arrested the next day.
    (AP, 1/29/12)(SFC, 1/31/12, p.A6)
2012        Jan 29, In Florida a long line of cars and trucks collided one after another on a dark highway so shrouded in haze and smoke that drivers were instantly blinded. At least 10 people were killed south of Gainesville on Interstate 75.
    (AP, 1/30/12)
2012        Jan 29, Georgia’s House of Representatives unanimously passed a criminal-justice reform bill that revised sentencing laws to keep non-violent drug and property offenders out of prison. The state Senate did the same and Republican Gov. Nathan Deal signed it into law.
    (Econ, 2/2/13, p.24)
2012        Jan 29, Bahraini detainees and activists convicted for taking part in anti-government demonstrations last year began a hunger strike protesting a new crackdown on demonstrators.
    (AFP, 1/28/12)
2012        Jan 29, Bangladesh police fired guns and used batons on crowds of stone-throwing opposition activists in several towns, killing at least three people and injuring more than 100. The main Bangladesh Nationalist Party and its key Islamist ally Jamaat-e-Islami have been demanding an independent caretaker government oversee elections.
    (AP, 1/29/12)
2012        Jan 29, Benin President Thomas Boni Yayi was elected the African Union Chairman, taking over the one-year post from Equatorial Guinea's President Teodoro Obiang Nguema at the AU summit meeting in the Ethiopian capital.
    (AFP, 1/29/12)
2012        Jan 29, In Canada 3 members of an Afghan Canadian family, Mohammad Shafia and Tooba Mohammad Yahya, and their eldest son Hamed Mohammad Shafia, were found guilty of the "honor killing" of three siblings and a fourth relative after a high-profile trial. Their victims were three of Hamed's sisters and the woman introduced to outsiders as a cousin, who turned out to be Mohammad Shafia's first wife in a polygamous marriage.
    (Reuters, 1/29/12)
2012        Jan 29, Cuba’s Communist leaders ended a 2-day closed-door party conference. They vowed not to cede any ground to "the enemy," pledged to fight corruption and continue overhauling the island's listing Marxist economy with an injection of free market reform. Raul Castro reiterated a pledge to institute term limits for Cuban officials.
    (AP, 1/29/12)(SFC, 1/30/12, p.A2)
2012        Jan 29, Egyptians voted for the upper house of parliament, in elections that are the latest step in the country's planned transition from military to civilian rule. Voting took place in 13 provinces for the first stage of elections for the largely advisory Shura Council. A second stage will take place on Feb. 14-15.
    (AP, 1/29/12)
2012        Jan 29, Iranian media confirmed that Saeed Malekpour (36), an Iranian man with Canadian residency, has had a death sentence against him reinstated by the supreme court on charges he operated a pornographic website. Malekpour was arrested in Iran in 2008 while visiting his dying father.
    (AFP, 1/29/12)
2012        Jan 29, An official with Iraq's Sunni-backed political alliance said its leaders have decided to end a parliament boycott, but the bloc's ministers will stay away from Cabinet meetings to protest arrests and prosecution of Sunni officials. A roadside bomb targeting a police patrol in southeastern Baghdad killed one person.
    (AP, 1/29/12)
2012        Jan 29, An Israeli military drone, that can fly as far as Iran, crashed in central Israel on a routine experimental flight. The Heron TP drone, also known locally as the Eitan, has a wingspan of 86 feet (26 meters), making it the size of a Boeing 737 passenger jet.
    (AP, 1/29/12)
2012        Jan 29, In Italy Oscar Luigi Scalfaro (93), a past president (1992-1999) who helped write Italy’s post-war constitution, died. He was a founding member of the former Christian Democrats.
    (AP, 1/29/12)
2012        Jan 29, In Jordan Hamas chief Khaled Meshaal met with King Abdullah II on his first official visit since his 1999 expulsion, calling the trip a "new good start" towards better ties with the kingdom.
    (AFP, 1/29/12)
2012        Jan 29, Kenyan police arrested Abdi Rogo Mohammed, a Muslim preacher. They said they found a cache of weapons in his house. He had been previously arrested but acquitted of the 2002 bombing of an Israeli-owned hotel near Mombasa which killed 15 people.
    (AFP, 1/29/12)(AP, 1/30/12)
2012        Jan 29, In Nigeria gunmen stormed police station near a bus station in Kano, leaving two civilians dead. In the northern city of Potsikum, attackers traveling on a bicycle shot dead a guard outside a church.
    (AFP, 1/30/12)
2012        Jan 29, In Russia thousands of cars flying white ribbons or balloons circled central Moscow on Sunday in a show of protest against PM Vladimir Putin.
    (AP, 1/29/12)
2012        Jan 29, In Senegal 3 soldiers were killed by separatist rebels in the restive Casamance region.
    (AP, 1/31/12)
2012        Jan 29, In Spain thousands of protesters, including artists, politicians and union members, marched in downtown Madrid in support of Baltasar Garzon, a judge who is on trial for allegedly overstepping his jurisdiction by probing atrocities stemming from Spain's civil war.
    (AP, 1/29/12)
2012        Jan 29, Sudan released three oil tankers held in a dispute with breakaway South Sudan, which has accused Khartoum of theft.
    (AFP, 1/30/12)
2012        Jan 29, The Syrian military launched an offensive to regain control of suburbs on the eastern edge of Damascus, storming neighborhoods and clashing with army defectors. Fierce fighting sent residents fleeing and killed at least 3 civilians. 6 soldiers were killed when a roadside bomb detonated near the bus they were traveling in several miles south of the capital. Some 80 people were reported killed across Syria, half of them civilians.
    (AP, 1/29/12)(AFP, 1/30/12)
2012        Jan 29, Thai paramilitaries shot dead four people including an elderly man and a teenager in the far south because they feared they were under attack. On March 21 the military admitted troops had shot dead four Muslim villagers on their way to a funeral due to a "misunderstanding."
    (AFP, 1/30/12)(AFP, 3/21/12)
2012        Jan 29, UN nuclear inspectors began a critical mission to Iran to probe allegations of a secret atomic weapons program amid escalating Western economic pressure and warnings about safeguarding Gulf oil shipments from possible Iranian blockades.
    (AP, 1/29/12)
2012        Jan 29, In Venezuela 4 armed men seized Mexico’s Ambassador Carlos Pujalte and his wife as they were leaving a party shortly before midnight in Caracas. The kidnappers freed the couple four hours later. On Feb 6 the prosecutor-general's office announced the arrests of 3 suspects in the case: Juan Pacheco, Oswaldo Leon and Mayurki Barreto.
    (AP, 2/6/12)
2012        Jan 29, In Yemen troops at the headquarters of the elite Republican Guard opened fire at a protest by soldiers demanding the ouster of their brigade chief over corruption charges.
    (AFP, 1/29/12)

2013        Mar 29, In Mayflower, Arkansas, an ExxonMobil pipeline sprang a leak. Crews soon recovered some 12,000 barrels of oil and water. The Pegasus pipeline, capable of carrying more than 90,000 barrels per day (bpd) of crude from Patoka, Illinois to Nederland, Texas, was carrying Canadian Wabasca Heavy crude at the time of the leak. In June the US Justice Dept. and the state of Arkansas filed suit against ExxonMobile for the 210,000 gallons spilled.
    (SSFC, 3/31/13, p.A8)(Reuters, 4/1/13)(SFC, 6/15/13, p.A6)
2013        Jan 29, In Chicago Hadiya Pendleton (15) was gunned down in a park. The majorette had recently performed with her King Prep High School band in Washington for Pres. Obama’s inauguration. On Feb 11 gang members Michael Ward (18) and Kenneth Williams (20) were charged with her murder.
    (SFC, 2/1/13, p.A8)(SFC, 2/12/13, p.A4)
2013        Jan 29, Former Michigan Supreme Court Justice Diane Hathaway pleaded guilty to bank fraud for concealing assets, including a Florida home, and urging a bank to short sale a Detroit-area home claiming financial hardship. On May 28 she was sentenced to a year and a day in prison.
    (SFC, 1/30/13, p.A4)(SFC, 5/29/13, p.A6)
2013        Jan 29, African and Western nations pledged more than $450 million to fund an African-led military force to fight Islamist extremists in Mali.
    (AP, 1/29/13)
2013        Jan 29, In Bulgaria Zlatomir Ivanov (44), a convicted underworld boss, was shot and seriously wounded outside a courthouse in Sofia. His bodyguard managed to return fire but was wounded in the leg.
    (AP, 1/29/13)
2013        Jan 29, Thick, off-the-scale smog shrouded eastern China for the second time in about two weeks, forcing airlines to cancel flights because of poor visibility and prompting Beijing to temporarily shut factories and curtail fleets of government cars.
    (AP, 1/29/13)
2013        Jan 29, An Indonesian court sentenced British citizen Julian Anthony Ponder (43) to six years in prison for his role in a cocaine-smuggling case that led to a death sentence last week for a British grandmother.
    (AP, 1/29/13)
2013        Jan 29, In Iran followers of the minority Zoroastrian religion gathered after sunset to mark Sadeh — an ancient mid-winter feast dating to Iran's pre-Islamic past that is also drawing new interest from Muslims.
    (AP, 1/29/13)
2013        Jan 29, In Jordan a wave of 21,000 Syrian refugees arrived in the past week, moving into northern Jordan at about five times the usual daily rate. The crowded Zatari camp, already struggling with flooding, short supplies and tent fires, was overwhelmed.
    (AP, 1/29/13)
2013        Jan 29, In Kazakhstan a SCAT passenger jet carrying at least 20 people crashed in heavy fog near Almaty, killing all on board.
    (AP, 1/29/13)
2013        Jan 29, Malaysian wildlife officials said 10 endangered Borneo pygmy elephants have been found dead at the Gunung Rara Forest Reserve under mysterious circumstances. Officials said that they probably were poisoned over the past 3 weeks. The remains of 3 more were found the next day bringing the total to 13.
    (AP, 1/29/13)(AP, 1/30/13)
2013        Jan 29, The website of the National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad, the Tuaregs' name for northern Mali, claimed control of the strategic city of Kidal and seven other northern towns from Islamist extremists.
    (AP, 1/29/13)
2013        Jan 29, Mexican immigration authorities said they have broken up a bizarre cult that allegedly ran a sex-slavery ring among its followers on the US border. The "Defensores de Cristo" or "Defenders of Christ" allegedly recruited women to have sex with a Spanish man who claimed he was the reincarnation of Christ.
    (AP, 1/30/13)
2013        Jan 29, The UN said more than 150,000 have been displaced by flooding in Mozambique over the last several days as the overall death toll stood at 38.
    (AP, 1/29/13)
2013        Jan 29, Myanmar’s state-run Myanma Ahlin newspaper reported that Order No 2/88, a ban on public gatherings of more than five people that was ordered in 1988, was abolished.
    (AP, 1/30/13)
2013        Jan 29, In Pakistan gunmen riding on a motorcycle shot and killed a police officer protecting polio workers during a UN-backed vaccination campaign in Gullu Dheri village, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. Gunmen driving in a car opened fire and killed two police constables in Quetta.
    (AP, 1/29/13)
2013        Jan 29, In Somalia a suicide bomber in Mogadishu detonated explosives in the presidential palace compound outside the home of PM Abdi Farah Shirdon, killing himself and two people.
    (AP, 1/29/13)
2013        Jan 29, The Somali government charged a woman who has said she was raped by security forces. Human Rights Watch later said three other people including the woman's husband were also charged with assisting the alleged rape victim to evade investigators.
    (AP, 1/31/13)
2013        Jan 29, South Korea’s outgoing Pres. Lee Myung-bak granted special pardons 55 people including political allies, a longtime friend and dozens of others convicted of corruption and other crimes.
    (SFC, 1/30/13, p.A2)(Econ, 2/2/13, p.32)
2013        Jan 29, At its meeting in Geneva, the UN Human Rights Council waited for Israel to appear for its once-every-four-years rights review, then determined it had not. Israel said last year it would stop cooperating with the council because of an international fact-finding mission into Israeli settlements.
    (AP, 1/29/13)
2013        Jan 29, Syrian rebels stormed a government intelligence complex in the east of the country, freeing at least 11 people held in a prison at the facility in  Deir el-Zour. Regime warplanes carried several airstrikes on rebel positions in towns and villages around Damascus, including eastern Ghouta and Yalda, and hit other suburbs with artillery. The bodies of some 80 people, some with hands tied behind their backs, were pulled from a river near Aleppo as the government and rebels trying to overthrow it blamed each other for the latest mass killing. The Observatory said a total of at least 160 people were killed today in Syria, while the LCC put the figure at 162.
    (AP, 1/29/13)(Econ, 2/2/13, p.38)
2013        Jan 29, In Syria Musa Maragha (86), a hard-line Palestinian military commander who rebelled against leader Yasser Arafat to form his own rival party, died in Damascus. Maragha was better known by his nom de guerre, "Abu Musa."
    (AP, 1/29/13)
2013        Jan 29, Attacks by Yemen's air force killed at least 16 al-Qaida militants and wounded dozens of others. Yemen’s military freed 13 soldiers captured by al-Qaida the previous evening. State news Yemeni authorities have seized a ship in the nation's territorial waters carrying explosives and weapons, including anti-aircraft missiles. The US said the ship, intercepted last week, came from Iran.
    (AP, 1/29/13)

2014        Jan 29, US Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said that North Korea has expanded the size of its uranium enrichment facility at its Nyongbyon nuclear complex and restarted a plutonium reactor that was shut down in 2007.
    (AP, 1/29/14)
2014        Jan 29, A rare winter storm gripped the US South, killing five people in Alabama, stranding children overnight at their schools, gnarling traffic across many states and canceling flights at the world's busiest airport.  
    (Reuters, 1/29/14)
2014        Jan 29, A California school teacher was arrested as investigators found as many as 350 living and dead pythons stacked inside the Santa Ana home of William Buchman.
    (SFC, 1/30/14, p.A6)
2014        Jan 29, California state and federal authorities arrested 11 people in the Modesto area in a large drug trafficking operation.
    (SFC, 1/31/14, p.D5)
2014        Jan 29, In San Francisco Michael Kwong (42) was cited for being in violation of a 2011 state ban on shark fins. Authorities seized 2,138 pounds of shark for sale at his Kwong Yip Inc. business.
    (SFC, 2/15/14, p.C2)
2014        Jan 29, Google said it is ridding itself of a financial headache by selling Motorola Mobility's smartphone business to Lenovo for $2.9 billion. The deal came less than two years after Google bought Motorola Mobility for $12.4 billion in the biggest acquisition of Google's 15-year history.
    (AP, 1/30/14)
2014        Jan 29, In Afghanistan a suicide bomber killed two Afghan soldiers in a market in Ghazni. 15 Taliban fighters were killed in an operation conducted by the Afghan Security Forces in Ghazni's Andar district.
    (AP, 1/29/14)
2014        Jan 29, In Brazil an anti-corruption law went into effect. It made companies liable for bribes paid by their employees and for acts of corruption against domestic and foreign public officials.
    (AP, 1/29/14)
2014        Jan 29, A cold spell and snowstorms was sweeping across parts of central and eastern Europe, disrupting power supplies, travel and schools. Bulgaria reported 4 deaths in recent days due to the weather.
    (AP, 1/29/14)
2014        Jan 29, Czech President Milos Zeman swore in a new government, ending seven months of political instability.
    (AP, 1/29/14)
2014        Jan 29, Egypt's chief prosecutor referred 20 journalists from the Al-Jazeera TV network, including four foreigners, to trial on charges of allegedly joining or assisting a terrorist group and spreading false news that endangers national security.
    (AP, 1/29/14)
2014        Jan 29, In France Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery and Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema were acquitted on charges of soliciting an underage prostitute, ending a case that has lasted more than three years and tarnished both players' reputation.
    (AP, 1/30/14)
2014        Jan 29, Israeli soldiers north of Ramalla shot dead Mohammad Mubara (19), a Palestinian from the Jalazun refugee camp. Eye-witnesses said Mubarak was not armed, and had been harassed by soldiers who made him remove his clothes.
    (AFP, 1/29/14)
2014        Jan 29, In Pakistan three bomb blasts including a suicide attack targeting security forces killed at least 4 people in Karachi. PM Nawaz Sharif dismissed speculation he would launch an offensive against the Taliban and called on militants to observe a ceasefire.
    (AFP, 1/29/14)
2014        Jan 29, In the Philippines a 2-day operation left as least 37 Islamic fighters dead. The Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Movement opposed peace talks and had staged attacks in Maguindanao province.
    (SFC, 1/30/14, p.A2)
2014        Jan 29, Saudi health authorities announced a new MERS death, bringing to 59 the number of people who have died from the coronavirus in the country with the most fatalities.
    (AFP, 1/29/14)
2014        Jan 29, In Somalia African Union forces heralded a push into the heartland of militants in south-center Somalia.
    (SFC, 2/20/14, p.46)
2014        Jan 29, South Africa's Reserve Bank announced a shock rise of half a percentage point in its main interest rate, amid sustained pressure on the rand and rising inflation.
    (AFP, 1/29/14)
2014        Jan 29, South Sudan released to Kenya seven of the 11 key leaders held after an alleged coup bid last month, as Nairobi accepted to host the group.
    (AFP, 1/29/14)
2014        Jan 29, Int’l. charity Save the Children said a third of the children in Spain are at the risk of poverty or social exclusion due to ongoing austerity measures.
    (SFC, 1/30/14, p.A2)
2014        Jan 29, Syrian negotiators in Geneva discussed the establishment of a transitional government body for the first time.
    (AP, 1/29/14)
2014        Jan 29, Tunisia's new technocratic government under PM Mehdi Jomaa (51) was sworn in.
    (AFP, 1/29/14)(Econ, 1/18/14, p.49)
2014        Jan 29, Turkish PM Tayyip Erdogan arrived in Iran to bolster trade and energy relations.
    (Reuters, 1/29/14)

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