Return to home1327 Feb 1,
Edward III was crowned King of England. [see Jan 7,20]
1328 Feb 1, Charles IV, the
Handsome, King of France (1322-28), died.
1411 Feb 1, Lithuania, Poland
and the Knights of the Cross signed the Torun Peace Treaty.
Samogitia was returned to Lithuania. The Teutonic Knights had
regrouped and gone to battle against Vytautas and Jogaila. Peace was
signed at Torun and western Lithuania was returned, but not Klaipeda
(Ist. L.H., 1948, p. 71)(LHC, 1/31/03)
1552 Feb 1, Sir Edward Coke,
English jurist, was born in Mileham, Norfolk. He helped the
development of English law with his arguments for the supremacy of
common law over royal prerogative.
1587 Feb 1, Elizabeth I, Queen
of England, signed the Warrant of Execution for Mary Queen of Scots.
1633 Feb 1, The tobacco laws of
Virginia were codified, limiting tobacco production to reduce
dependence on a single-crop economy.
1669 Feb 1, French King Louis
XIV limited the freedom of religion.
1709 Feb 1, British sailor
Alexander Selkirk was rescued after being marooned on the desert
island of Mas a Tierra for 5 years. His story inspired "Robinson
Crusoe." The island off the coast of Chile was later renamed
Robinson Crusoe Island.
1733 Feb 1, Augustus the
Strong, Elector of Saxony, Grand Duke of Lithuania (1697-1706) and
twice King of Poland (1697-1706, 1709-1733), died in Warsaw.
1788 Feb 1, Isaac Briggs and
William Longstreet patented the steamboat on this day.
(440 Int'l, 2/1/1999)
1790 Feb 1, The US Supreme
Court convened for 1st time in Royal Exchange Building, New York
City, the nations temporary capital.
1793 Feb 1, Ralph Hodgson of
Lansingburg, NY, patented one of the world’s greatest inventions
this day: Oiled silk.
(440 Int'l, 2/1/1999)
1793 Feb 1, France declared war
on Britain and the Netherlands.
1811 Feb 1, Scotland’s Bell
Rock lighthouse, at the mouth of Scotland’s Firth of Forth, began
operations. Robert Stevenson (1772-1850) had begun work on the
lighthouse in 1807.
(ON, 5/06, p.8)
1827 Feb 1, Alphonse de
Rothschild, French banker, was born.
1851 Feb 1, Mary Wollstonecraft
Shelley (53), novelist (Frankenstein), died.
1859 Feb 1, Victor Herbert was
born. (cellist, conductor: Pittsburgh Symphony; composer: operettas:
Babes in Toyland, Naughty Marietta; songs: Ah Sweet Mystery of Life
(at Last I’ve Found You)
(440 Int'l, 2/1/1999)
1861 Feb 1, A furious Governor
Sam Houston stormed out of a legislative session upon learning that
Texas had voted 167-7 to secede from the Union. Texas became the 7th
state to secede.
(AP, 2/1/97)(HN, 2/1/99)(MC, 2/1/02)
1862 Feb 1, “The Battle Hymn of
the Republic" was first published in “Atlantic Monthly" as an
anonymous poem. The lyric was the work of Julia Ward Howe and was
based on chapter 63 of the Old Testament’s Book of Isaiah. “The
Battle Hymn of the Republic" soon became the most popular Union
marching song of the Civil War and is still being sung and to the
tune of a song titled, “John Brown’s Body". Julia Ward Howe
(b.1819-1908) was an influential social reformer and wife of fellow
reformer and educator Samuel Gridley Howe. She was prominent in the
anti-slavery movement, woman‘s suffrage, prison reform and the
international peace movements. Julia Ward Howe was the first woman
elected to the American Academy of Fine Arts and Letters in 1908.
Ralph Waldo Emerson, said: "I honor the author of 'The Battle Hymn'
... she was born in the city of New York. I could well wish she were
a native of Massachusetts. We have no such poetess in New England."
(440 Int'l, 2/1/1999)(HNQ, 1/31/00,5/21/02)
1863 Feb 1, A committee in
Vilnius issued a manifesto and took up a leadership role for a
1865 Feb 1, Lincoln's home
state of Illinois became the first to ratify the Thirteenth
Amendment abolishing slavery throughout the United States. President
Abraham Lincoln had issued the Emancipation Proclamation two years
earlier, but it had not effectively abolished slavery in all of the
states--it did not apply to slave-holding border states that had
remained with the Union during the Civil War. After the war, the
sentiment about blacks was mixed even among anti-slavery Americans:
some considered Lincoln's address too conservative and pushed for
black suffrage, arguing that blacks would remain oppressed by their
former owners if they did not have the power to vote. After the
amendment was passed, the Freedmen's Bureau was created to help
blacks with the problems they would encounter while trying to
acquire jobs, education and land of their own.
1873 Feb 1, Matthew Fontaine
Maury (b.1806), American astronomer, died. He was also a historian,
oceanographer, meteorologist, cartographer, author, geologist, and
educator. Maury proposed that the US invite the maritime nations of
the world to a conference to establish a “universal system" of
meteorology, and he was the leading spirit of that pioneer
scientific conference when it met in Brussels in 1853. Within a few
years, nations owning three fourths of the shipping of the world
were sending their oceanographic observations to Maury at the Naval
Observatory, where the information was evaluated and the results
given worldwide distribution.
(Econ, 2/27/10, SR
1878 Feb 1, Hattie Caraway,
first woman elected to the U.S. Senate, was born.
1880 Feb 1, In San Francisco
the buildings of the new St. Ignatius campus at Van Ness and Hayes
were dedicated. Archbishop Alemany and bishop James A. Healy
presided over the dedication of the new church oh Hayes St.
(GenIV, Winter 04/05)
1893 Feb 1, The US Minister to
Hawaii, at the request of Pres. Dole, placed the Provisional
Government under formal US protection and raised the US flag over
(ON, 11/02, p.6)
1893 Feb 1, Inventor Thomas A.
Edison completed work on the world's first motion picture studio,
his "Black Maria," in West Orange, N.J.
1893 Feb 1, The opera “Manon
Lescaut," by Giacomo Puccini, premiered in Turin, Italy.
1895 Feb 1, John Ford was born.
(Sean O’Feeney) (Academy Award-winning director: The Informer
, The Grapes of Wrath , How Green Was My Valley ,
The Quiet Man )
(440 Int'l, 2/1/1999)
1896 Feb 1, The first
production of Puccini’s opera "La Boheme" was performed in Turin.
(SFC, 5/26/96, SFEM p.4)(AP, 2/1/97)
1898 Feb 1, The Travelers
Insurance Company of Hartford, CT (the company with the red umbrella
over their logo) issued the very first automobile insurance policy
on this day. Dr. Truman Martin of Buffalo, NY, paid $11.25 for the
policy, which gave him $5,000 in liability coverage.
(AP, 2/1/97)(440 Int'l, 2/1/1999)
1900 Feb 1, In Chicago Ada and
Minna Everleigh opened their Everleigh Club, a high-end brothel.
They closed operations in 1911.
(WSJ, 1/7/07, p.P8)
1901 Feb 1, Clark Gable,
American actor, was born. He is famous for his roles in Mutiny on
the Bounty and Gone With the Wind.
(440 Int'l, 2/1/1999)(HN, 2/1/99)
1902 Feb 1, Langston Hughes,
African-American poet. was born. (author: Way Down South)
(440 Int'l, 2/1/1999)(HN, 2/1/99)
1902 Feb 1, U.S. Secretary of
State John Hay protested Russian privileges in China as a violation
of the "open door policy."
1902 Feb 1, China's empress
Tzu-hsi forbade binding woman's feet.
1904 Feb 1, S.J. (Sidney)
Perelman, author, humorist (Monkey Business, Horse Feathers, One
Touch of Venus, Strictly from Hunger, Westward Ha!) was born in
(440 Int'l, 2/1/1999)(MC, 2/1/02)
1904 Feb 1, Enrico Caruso
recorded his first sides for Victor Records. He did ten songs in the
session for $4,000.
(440 Int'l, 2/1/1999)
1905 Feb 1, Germany contested
French rule in Morocco.
1906 Feb 1, 1st federal
penitentiary building completed in Leavenworth, Kansas.
1908 Feb 1, Movie producer and
animator George Pal was born in Austria-Hungary.
1908 Feb 1, Carlos I (44), King
of Portugal (1889-1908), assassinated by mob.
1909 Feb 1, U.S. troops left
Cuba after installing Jose Miguel Gomez as president.
1915 Feb 1, San Francisco’s
Police Commission appointed Mrs. Blanche Payson as the city’s first
special police woman, following her request and letter of
introduction from William Pinkerton.
(SSFC, 2/1/15, DB p.42)
1917 Feb 1, Admiral Tirpitz
(1849-1930) announced that Germany would attack all shipping in the
North Atlantic with its feared U-Boats. [see Jan 31]
(WSJ, 1/29/96, p. C-1)(WUD, 1994 p.1488)
1919 Feb 1, Andrea King
(d.2003), Hollywood film star, was born in Paris, France, as
Georgette Andre Barry.
(SFC, 5/9/03, p.A22)
1919 Feb 1, “There she is..."
The first Miss America was crowned on this day, not in Atlantic
City, but in New York City. Edith Hyde was not, the judges found, a
Miss. She was a Mrs. Mrs. Tod Robbins, the mother of two children.
(440 Int'l, 2/1/1999)
1920 Feb 1, 1st commercial
armored car was introduced in St. Paul, Minn.
1920 Feb 1, The Royal North
West Mounted Police was formed as the Royal Northwest Mounted Police
merged with Dominion Police and incorporated as the federal
organization called the Dominion Police. The name Royal Canadian
Mounted Police was adopted.
(AP, 2/1/97)(AP, 5/23/97)(HNQ, 5/5/98)(MC,
1922 Feb 1, William Desmond
Taylor, president of the Motion Picture Director’s Guild, was
discovered murdered in his Hollywood bungalow. Taylor was discovered
to actually be William Deane-Tanner, an Irishman who had abandoned
his family and reinvented himself in the film industry. In 2014
William J. Mann authored “Tinseltown: Murder, Morphine, and Madness
at the Dawn of Hollywood."
(AH, 2/05, p.47)(SSFC, 1/4/15, p.N2)
1922 Feb 1, Lieutenant Colonel
I. Matuszewski, the head of the II department of the Polish Joint
Staff, informed the military minister of Poland in the letter, that
22,000 prisoners of war were lost in the camp of Tuchola during its
1923 Feb 1, Fascists Voluntary
Militia formed in Italy under Mussolini.
1924 Feb 1, Soviet Union was
formally recognized by Britain.
1926 Feb 1, Land at Broadway
& Wall Street sold at a record $7 per sq. inch.
1928 Feb 1, Tom Lantos, a
Jewish Holocaust survivor, was born in Budapest, Hungary. Lantos
later earned a doctorate in economics at UC Berkeley and served as a
US Congressman from California (1980-2008).
(SFC, 1/3/08, p.A10)
1929 Feb 1, Weightlifter,
Charles Rigoulet of France, achieved the first 400 pound ‘clean and
jerk’ as he lifted 402-1/2 pounds.
(440 Int'l, 2/1/1999)
1930 Feb 1, A Loening Air Yacht
of Air Ferries made its first passenger run between San Francisco
and Oakland, California. Amphibious airplanes offered frequent
six-minute flights between San Francisco and Oakland in 1930.
1931 Feb 1, Boris Yeltsin
(d.2007), prime minister of Russia (1991-1992) and the first
president of the Republic of Russia (1991-1999), was born in the
Ural Mts. of the USSR.
1933 Feb 1, German Parliament
was dissolved and Gen Ludendorf predicted catastrophe.
1934 Feb 1, Bob Shane was born.
(singer) (group: The Kingston Trio: Tom Dooley, M.T.A., Greenback
Dollar, Where Have All the Flowers Gone)
(440 Int'l, 2/1/1999)
1937 Feb 1, Don Everly, was
born. (singer: group: The Everly Brothers with brother, Phil: Wake
Up Little Susie, Bye Bye Love, Cathy’s Clown, All I Have To Do Is
(440 Int'l, 2/1/1999)
1937 Feb 1, Garrett Morris, was
born. (comedian: Saturday Night Live, actor: The Anderson Tapes,
(440 Int'l, 2/1/1999)
1937 Feb 1, Ray Sawyer, was
born. (singer: group: Dr. Hook and The Medicine Show: Only Sixteen,
Cover of the Rolling Stone, Sylvia’s Mother)
(440 Int'l, 2/1/1999)
1939 Feb 1, Benny Goodman and
his Orchestra recorded “And the Angels Sing", on Victor Records, on
this day. The vocalist on that number, who went on to find
considerable fame at Capitol Records, was Martha Tilton.
(440 Int'l, 2/1/1999)
1939 Feb 1, Contralto Marian
Anderson was denied a performance at Constitution Hall by the
Daughters of the American Revolution, who owned the place. She
performed instead on Easter Sunday at the Lincoln Memorial at the
invitation of the Dept. Of the Interior.
(WSJ, 2/28/97, p.A14)(WSJ, 7/24/98, p.W11)
1939 Feb 1, Some 4,00 prisoners
at California’s San Quentin Prison, went on a hunger strike in
protest against the monotony of prison menus.
(SSFC, 2/2/14, p.42)
1940 Feb 1, Frank Sinatra sang
“Too Romantic" and “The Sky Fell Down" in his first recording
session with the Tommy Dorsey Band on this day. The session was in
Chicago, IL. Frankie replaced Jack Leonard as lead singer with the
(440 Int'l, 2/1/1999)
1941 Feb 1, “Downbeat Magazine"
reported this day that Glenn Miller had inked a new three-year
contract with RCA Victor Records. The pact guaranteed Miller $750 a
side, the fattest record contract signed to that time.
(440 Int'l, 2/1/1999)
1942 Feb 1, Planes of the U.S.
Pacific fleet attacked Japanese bases in the Marshall and Gilbert
1943 Feb 1, One of America's
most decorated military units of World War II, the 442d Regimental
Combat Team, made up almost entirely of Japanese-Americans, was
1943 Feb 1, American tanks and
infantry were battered at German positions at Fais pass in North
1944 Feb 1, U.S. Army troops
invaded two Kwajalein Islands in the Pacific. [see Jan 31]
1944 Feb 1, Piet Mondrian
(b.1872), Dutch artist, died in NYC of pneumonia. To create an art
of harmony and order he used straight lines exclusively. "His
trademark paintings of black lines forming a grid and primary colors
are a calculated, mathematical blueprint for an organized life." A
leading abstract artist in the early half of the 20th century, Dutch
painter Piet Mondrian was also a leading proponent of De Stijl ("The
Style"). Born to an educator and amateur artist in 1872, Mondrian
pursued a career as a painter from an early age. He was influenced
by the Post-Impressionists, but gravitated towards Cubism after
seeing an exhibition of works by Picasso and others.
(Hem, Dec. 94, p.131)(WSJ, 5/25/01,
1946 Feb 1, A press conference
for what is considered the first computer, the Electronic Numerical
Integrator and Calculator (ENIAC), was held at the University of
Pennsylvania. The machine took up an entire room, weighed 30 tons
and used more than 18,000 vacuum tubes to perform functions such as
counting to 5,000 in one second. ENIAC, costing $450,000, was
designed by the U.S. Army during World War II to make artillery
calculations. The development of ENIAC paved the way for modern
computer technology--but even today's average calculator possesses
more computing power than ENIAC did. John Mauchley and John "Pres"
Eckert supervised the project. In 1999 Scott McCartney published
"ENIAC: The Triumphs and Tragedies of the World's First Computer."
(HN, 2/2/99)(WSJ, 6/30/99, p.A24)(SFEC, 8/29/99,
1946 Feb 1, Norwegian statesman
Trygve Lie was chosen to be the first secretary-general of the
1946 Feb 1, Yugoslavia and
Hungary declared themselves republics.
(G&M, 2/1/96, p.A-2)
1947 Feb 1, Algis Ratnikas,
timeliner, was born in a refugee camp in Munich, Germany, to Jonas
and Stase Ratnikas from Lithuania.
1948 Feb 1, The Palestine Post
building in Jerusalem was bombed.
1949 Feb 1, Louis B. Mayer, the
Mayer in Metro Goldwin Mayer (MGM), became a millionaire once more.
He sold his breeding farm of race horses for one-million dollars.
(440 Int'l, 2/1/1999)
1949 Feb 1, RCA Victor
countered Columbia Records’ 33-1/3 ‘long play’ phonograph disk on
this day, with not only a smaller, 7-inch record (with a big hole in
the center), but an entire phonograph playing system, as well. Soon,
the newfangled product, which started a revolution (especially with
the new rock and roll music) soon made the 78-rpm record a ‘blast
from the past’. The 45-rpm disk did well for about 20 years.
Then it started to lose ground to cassette tapes, eight tracks and
(440 Int'l, 2/1/1999)
1949 Feb 1, Joseph J. Kleiner
was awarded a patent for the Becton Dickinson Vacutainer Tube, a
stoppered glass tube that maintained a vacuum for drawing blood.
Kleiner had joined BD as a consultant in 1943.
(Echo, 6/2009, p.3)(www.bd.com/aboutbd/history/)
1949 Feb 1, The 200" (5.08-m)
Hale telescope was 1st used.
1951 Feb 1, The third A-bomb
test was completed in the desert of Nevada.
1951 Feb 1, The 1st X-ray
moving picture process demonstrated.
1951 Feb 1, Alfred Krupp &
28 other German war criminals were freed.
1951 Feb 1, The UN condemned
the People's Republic of China as aggressor in Korea.
1953 Feb 1, CBS-TV debuted
“Private Secretary", starring Ann Sothern, on this day. Ann played
Susie McNamera, private secretary to NY talent agent, Peter Sands
(played by Don Porter). The show ran during the regular TV seasons
on CBS, and last show was September 10, 1957. It ran on NBC-TV in
the summers of 1953 and 1954.
(SFC, 2/21/97, p.A26)(440 Int'l, 2/1/1999)
1953 Feb 1, "You Are There"
with Walter Cronkite premiered on CBS television.
1953 Feb 1, A powerful storm
breached sea dikes in the south of the Netherlands, killing more
than 1,800 people and cementing a deep resolve among the Dutch that
their ancient enemy, water, would never kill again.
(SSFC, 3/25/01, p.C3)(AP, 9/1/05)
1954 Feb 1, A television
classic was born this day on CBS-TV, as the serial, “The Secret
Storm", was shown for the first day of what would become a 20-year
run on the network.
(440 Int'l, 2/1/1999)
1955 Feb 1, Top hits included:
Melody of Love, Billy Vaughn/The Four Aces/David Carroll; Hearts of
Stone, The Fontane Sisters; Earth Angel, Penguins/Crew-Cuts; Open Up
Your Heart (and Let the Sun Shine In), Cowboy Church Sunday School.
(440 Int'l, 2/1/1999)
1956 Jan 31, [Feb 1] A stick of
dynamite exploded on the porch of the Martin Luther King family.
(SFEM, 1/19/97, BR p.8)(SFEM, 2/2/97, p.12)
1956 Feb 1, Guy Mollet
(12905-1975) became prime minister of France and continued to June
1957 Feb 1, Friedrich von
Paulus (66), German field marshal (Stalingrad), died.
1958 Feb 1, Syria and Egypt
formed the United Arab Republic. Most Syrians resented the merger,
which was led by the radical Baath (Arab Socialist Resurrection)
party. The union of Syria and Egypt was dissolved in 1961 following
a coup in Syria. Egypt kept the name United Arab Republic until
(WUD, 1994, p.1555)(HNQ, 6/5/98)(AP, 2/1/08)
1959 Feb 1, Texas Instruments
requested a patent for the IC (Integrated Circuit).
1960 Feb 1, Four black North
Carolina A&T students staged a sit-in in a dime store in
Greensboro, NC, lunch counter, where they'd been refused service, to
begin the first of the historic 1960s sit-ins.
(AP, 2/1/97)(AH, 2/05, p.16)
1964 Feb 1, Top hits included:
Anyone Who Had a Heart: Dionne Warwick; Um, Um, Um, Um, Um, Um:
Major Lance; Stop and Think It Over: Dale and Grace.
(440 Int'l, 2/1/1999)
1964 Feb 1, Indiana Governor
Mathew Walsh tried to ban "Louie Louie" for obscenity.
1964 Feb 1, President Lyndon B.
Johnson rejected Charles de Gaulle's plan for a neutral Vietnam.
1965 Feb 1, In Selma, Alabama,
Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. and 770 of his followers were
arrested on their civil rights march. They protested against voter
discrimination in Alabama.
(SFEC, 3/16/97, p.T1)(HN, 2/1/99)
1966 Feb 1, US pilot Dieter
Dengler (1939-2001) was shot down in his A-1 Skyraider over Laos. He
managed to organize 6 American and Thai prisoners and escaped his
captors in July. In 2007 a German documentary by Werner Herzog,
“Little Dieter Needs To Fly," was expanded into a full film. In 2010
Bruce Henderson authored “Hero Found: The Greatest POW Escape of the
(SFC, 7/30/10, p.F2)
1967 Feb 1, The US Federal
Hourly Minimum Wage was set at $1.40 an hour.
1966 Feb 1, Nicholas
Piantanida, set a balloon flight record & died during the
1968 Feb 1, Richard M. Nixon
announced his bid for the Republican presidential nomination.
1968 Feb 1, Lisa Marie Presley,
daughter of Elvis and Priscilla Beaulieu Presley, was born. Lisa
Marie married ‘The Gloved One’, Michael Jackson, in the ‘90s.
(SFC, 8/11/97, p.A1)(440 Int'l, 2/1/1999)
1968 Feb 1, The Pennsylvania
Railroad and NYC Central merged into Penn Central.
1968 Feb 1, US troops drove the
North Vietnamese out of Tan Son Nhut airport in Saigon. South
Vietnam President Nguyen Van Thieu declared martial law. Saigon's
police chief Nguyen Ngoc Loan executed a Viet Cong officer with a
pistol shot to the head in a scene captured by Associated Press
photographer Eddie Adams and NBC News.
(HN, 2/1/99)(SFC, 7/16/98, p.B2)(AP, 2/1/08)
1970 Feb 1, Arthur Burns
(1904-1987) began to serve as chairman of the US Federal Reserve and
continued to 1978.
1970 Feb 1, In Buenos Aires,
Argentina, an express train rammed stationary commuter train and 236
people were killed.
(SFC, 6/4/98, p.A15)(AP, 2/18/04)
1971 Feb 1, The soundtrack
album from the movie, “Love Story", starring Ryan O’Neal and Ali
McGraw, with music by Frances Lai, was certified as a gold record on
(440 Int'l, 2/1/1999)
1971 Feb 1, Evonne Goolagong
scored her first major senior singles victory as she defeated
Margaret Court in the finals of the Victorian Open, played in
(440 Int'l, 2/1/1999)
1971 Feb 1, The three
astronauts aboard the Apollo XIV overcame a difficult docking
problem but faced a critical test to determine whether they could
land on the moon.
(G&M, 1/31/96, p.A-2)
1972 Feb 1, The FAA issued a
rule requiring air carriers to use a screening system, acceptable to
the FAA, that would require screening all passengers "by one or more
of the following systems: behavioral profile, magnetometer,
identification check, physical search."
1972 Feb 1, 1st scientific
hand-held calculator, the HP-35, was introduced at $395.
1974 Feb 1, Lynda Ann Healy,
1st Bundy murder victim, was abducted in Seattle.
1976 Feb 1, "Rich Man, Poor
Man" mini-series premiered on ABC TV.
1976 Feb 1, In San Francisco
over 1,000 people took part in the Continental Walk for Peace and
Social Justice led by comedian Dick Gregory and Rev. Ralph D.
(SFC, 1/26/01, WBb p.4)
1976 Feb 1, Werner C.
Heisenberg (b.1901), physicist and Nobel Prize winner (1932), died
in Germany. In 1993 Thomas Powers authored "Heisenberg’s War," in
which he argued that Heisenberg destroyed the German atomic project
from within. Niels Bohr later countered the argument with personal
1978 Feb 1, Harriet Tubman
became the 1st black woman honored on a US postage stamp.
1979 Feb 1, US Pres. Jimmy
Carter legalized home brewing.
1979 Feb 1, Newspaper heiress
Patricia Hearst, whose prison sentence for bank robbery had been
commuted by President Jimmy Carter, left a federal prison at
Pleasanton near SF. She later published "Every Secret Thing."
(AP, 2/1/99)(SFC, 2/4/99, p.A8)(SFEC, 5/16/99,
1979 Feb 1, The People's
Republic of China opened its 1st two American Consulates in San
Francisco and Houston.
(SFC, 1/30/04, p.E6)
1979 Feb 1, Ayatollah Ruhollah
Khomeini received a tumultuous welcome in Tehran as he ended nearly
15 years of exile.
1982 Feb 1, Top hits
included: Can’t Go for That (No Can Do) Daryl Hall and John
Oates; Waiting for a Girl Like You Foreigner; Hooked on Classics The
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; The Sweetest Thing I’ve Ever Known
(440 Int'l, 2/1/1999)
1982 Feb 1, The "Late Night
with David Letterman" premiered on NBC TV.
1984 Feb 1, Iraq launched a new
series of air attacks on Iran’s shipping.
1985 Feb 1, Greenland left the
European Community but remains associated with it as an overseas
1986 Feb 1, In Haiti 2 days of
anti-government riots in Port-au-Prince resulted in 14 dead.
1987 Feb 1, Terry Williams of
Los Gatos, CA, won the largest slot machine payoff to that time. He
put $4.9 million in his pockets after getting four lucky "7s" on a
machine in Reno, NV.
1987 Feb 1, Sala Burton
(b.1925), US Representative from California (1983-1987), died of
colon cancer in Washington, DC. She served as president of the San
Francisco Democratic Women's Forum from 1957 to 1959. Burton was
succeeded by Nancy Pelosi.
1988 Feb 1, Denying any
wrongdoing, US Attorney General Edwin Meese III said he didn't
recall part of a memo about a proposed Iraqi pipeline project that
referred to a plan to bribe Israeli officials.
1989 Feb 1, In his first
diplomatic mission of the Bush administration, Vice President Dan
Quayle began a trip to Venezuela and El Salvador.
1990 Feb 1, Jane Novak
(b.1896), film actress (Ghost Town), died of stroke in Woodland
Hills, Ca. Her career began with silent films.
1990 Feb 1, East Germany's
Communist premier, Hans Modrow, appealed for negotiations with West
Germany to forge a "united fatherland."
1991 Feb 1, The 1st US bunker
buster (GBU-28) was built using surplus 8-inch artillery tubes as
part of the weapon. The project received the official go-ahead a
fortnight later as part of Operation Desert Storm. The bomb was
designed by engineer Albert Weimorts (1938-2005).
1991 Feb 1, A US-Air jetliner
crashed atop a commuter turboprop plane while landing at Los Angeles
International Airport. 34 people were killed.
(SFC, 8/9/97, p.A1)(AP, 2/1/97)
1991 Feb 1, Afghanistan and
Pakistan were hit by an earthquake and 1,200 died.
1991 Feb 1, South African
President F.W. de Klerk said he would repeal all remaining apartheid
1992 Feb 1, President George
H.W. Bush and Russian President Boris N. Yeltsin met at Camp David.
1992 Feb 1, Florida Patrol
Trooper Jimmy Fulford was killed when a pipe bomb exploded in a gift
wrapped microwave oven. In 2014 drug trafficker Paul Augustus Howell
(40) was executed for killing Fulford.
(SFC, 2/27/14, p.A8)
1992 Feb 1, Ron Carey was sworn
in as the first Teamsters president elected by the union's
1992 Feb 1, US Federal Judge
Irving R. Kaufman (81), who sentenced Julius and Ethel Rosenberg to
death, died in New York.
1993 Feb 1, Israeli Prime
Minister Yitzhak Rabin announced that his country would repatriate
about 100 Palestinians deported to Lebanon, an offer rejected by the
1994 Feb 1, Jeff Gillooly,
Tonya Harding's ex-husband, pleaded guilty in Portland, Ore., to
taking part in the attack on figure skater Nancy Kerrigan. Gillooly
struck a plea bargain under which he confessed to racketeering
charges in exchange for testimony implicating Harding.
1995 Feb 1, The US Federal
Reserve boosted interest rates by 0.5%, the seventh rate hike in a
1995 Feb 1, House Republicans
pushed through a bill restricting the US federal government's
ability to impose unfunded mandates on states.
1996 Feb 1, Both houses of
Congress voted overwhelmingly to rewrite the 61-year-old
Communications Act, freeing the exploding television, telephone and
home computer industries to jump into each other’s fields.
1996 Feb 1, Astronomers at the
Keck Observatory in Hawaii detected a faint galaxy 14 billion
light-years away in the constellation Virgo with a red shift of
(G&M, 2/1/96, p.A-2)
1996 Feb 1, The Cypress Grove
Baptist Church, St. Paul’s Free Baptist Church, and Thomas Chapel
Benevolent Society Church in East Baton Rouge Parish, La., burned
down. The Sweet Home Baptist Church in Baker, La., burned down.
Arson was suspected and investigations by the FBI and ATF were later
(SFC, 6/11/96, p.A16)
1997 Feb 1, Pulitzer
Prize-winning columnist Herb Caen died in San Francisco at age 80.
(SFEC, 2/2/97, p.A12)(AP, 2/1/97)
1997 Feb 1, In Hong Kong a
Beijing-appointed committee voted to repeal several key civil
(SFEC, 6/22/97, p.A14)
1997 Feb 1, In Iran 5 people
were killed and 44 injured when worshipers stampeded at the entrance
to a mosque in Kermanshah.
(SFC, 2/3/97, p.C3)
1997 Feb 1, Peruvian President
Alberto Fujimori promised to open "preliminary dialogue" with rebels
holding 72 hostages in Lima, but again rejected their demand to
release jailed comrades.
1997 Feb 1, An Air Senegal
plane crashed and at least 23 people died after liftoff from a
wildlife refuge at Tambacounda.
(SFC, 2/3/97, p.C3)
1997 Feb 1, In Turkey A
movement began demanding an investigation in the car accident, the
Susurluk scandal, that linked government officials and gangster
groups. People in cities began making noise outside their windows at
9 PM every night.
(WSJ, 3/14/97, p.A1)
1998 Feb 1, In a round of
Sunday talk show appearances, Monica Lewinsky's attorney, William
Ginsburg, predicted that the controversy over whether the former
White House intern had had an affair with President Clinton would
"go away" and that the president would survive unscathed.
1998 Feb 1, In Costa Rica
Miguel Angel Rodriguez of the Social Christian Unity Party won the
presidential elections by a narrow margin over Jose Miguel Corrales
of the National Liberation party. Also elected were 2
vice-presidents, 57 members of the Legislative Assembly and 571
(SFC, 2/2/98, p.A8)
1998 Feb 1, With Israeli and
Palestinian leaders digging in their heels, Secretary of State
Madeleine Albright conceded she'd made little progress in a
whirlwind visit to the region to prod the two sides closer together.
1998 Feb 1, Lithuania became an
official associate in the European Union.
1999 Feb 1, Pres. Clinton
presented a $1.77 trillion budget that he said will help rescue
Social Security and Medicare. He proposed to use federal surpluses
for the next 15 years to pay down the national debt.
(SFC, 2/2/99, p.A1)(WSJ, 2/2/99, p.A1)
1999 Feb 1, Former White House
intern Monica Lewinsky gave a deposition that was videotaped for
senators weighing impeachment charges against President Clinton.
1999 Feb 1, The Morse code SOS
was officially retired and replaced by the Global Maritime Distress
and Safety System.
(SFC, 2/1/99, p.A7)
1999 Feb 1, In Dearborn, Mich.,
an explosion at a Ford River Rouge power station killed one worker
and injured 12 others. The Rouge power plant explosion killed 6
workers and shut it down for 3 months.
(SFC, 2/2/99, p.A3)(WSJ, 6/9/04, p.A8)
1999 Feb 1, Paul Mellon,
philanthropist, died at age 91. He left the National Gallery of Art
$75 million and over 100 works of art.
(SFC, 6/25/99, p.A3)
1999 Feb 1, In Guinea-Bissau
thousands fled the capital as fighting intensified between rebels
and loyalists. At least 15 people were reported killed. Most of the
6,000 member army joined the rebellion to depose Pres. Joao Bernardo
(SFC, 2/2/99, p.A9)
1999 Feb 1, In Nairobi, Kenya
students protested for a 3rd day against plans for construction in a
(SFC, 2/2/99, p.A10)
1999 Feb 1, In India officials
agreed to sign a nuclear test ban if economic sanctions are lifted.
(SFC, 2/1/99, p.A7)
1999 Feb 1, In Mexico Hector
Alejandro Galindo, film director, died at age 93. He directed or
scripted over 70 films and won at least 8 Ariels, the Mexican
equivalent of the Oscar.
(SFC, 2/11/99, p.A25)
1999 Feb 1, In Moldova Ion
Ciubuc announced his resignation as prime minister. He blamed
parliament and the ruling coalition for not supporting his efforts
to implement market reforms.
(SFC, 2/2/99, p.A10)
1999 Feb 1, In Gaza a
Palestinian security agent was killed in a shootout with 3 members
of Hamas, who then sped away and ran over an 8-year-old girl. The
girl died. Raed Attar, Osama Abu Taha, and Mohammed Abu Shamala were
later arrested in Shati refugee camp.
(SFC, 2/2/99, p.A10)
1999 Feb 1, In Russia Prime
Minister Primakov promised to double subsidies to the coal industry
to $520 million to placate angry miners.
(SFC, 2/2/99, p.A9)
1999 Feb 1, In Switzerland the
IOC adopted its first ethics commission and code of conduct.
(SFC, 2/2/99, p.A10)
2000 Feb 1, US House members
voted to strengthen military ties with Taiwan with a 341-70 vote in
favor of the Taiwan Security Enhancement Act.
(SFC, 2/2/00, p.A14)
2000 Feb 1, Republican John
McCain won the New Hampshire primary over George W. Bush, Steve
Forbes and Alan Keyes 49.5 to 31 to 12.9 to 6.5%. Democrat Al Gore
won over Bill Bradley 52.1 to 47.8%.
(SFC, 2/2/00, p.A1,19)(AP, 2/1/01)(SSFC, 1/25/04,
2000 Feb 1, In Britain the
Millennium Wheel, the world's largest Ferris wheel, began operating
after a month long delay.
(SFC, 2/2/00, p.B8)
2000 Feb 1, In Chechnya rebel
fighters suffered heavy losses to Russian troops and some 2000 broke
out of Grozny to rejoin fellow rebels in the south. Some 600 rebels
were killed or wounded when they crossed a Russian mine field
following a $100,000 proposed bribe. Commanders Shamil Basayev,
Aslanbek Ismailov and Khunkar-Pasha Israpilov were among the dead.
(SFC, 2/2/00, p.A14)(SFC, 2/5/00, p.A10)
2000 Feb 1, In France the new
35-hour work week took legal effect. Workers that included truckers
struck across the country for a number of demands that included
higher pay. The truckers were exempted from the reduced work week.
(SFC, 2/2/00, p.B2)
2000 Feb 1, In Mexico 171
radical students were arrested in a skirmish with anti-strike
students and security forces at a university-affiliated high school
in Mexico City.
(SFC, 2/4/00, p.D5)
2000 Feb 1, In Chiapas, Mexico,
3 supporters of the Zapatista rebels were killed in an ambush at
Chavajebal. Paramilitary supporters of the government were
(SFC, 2/4/00, p.D8)
2000 Feb 1, Northern Ireland
was on the brink of political crises after a disarmament report
confirmed rebel groups had not surrendered any weapons.
(WSJ, 2/2/00, p.A1)
2000 Feb 1, In Peru Shining
Path rebels killed 3 park rangers in a reserve for vicuna.
(SFC, 2/3/00, p.A13)
2000 Feb 1, In Turkey 3 more
bodies were found in Diyarbakir and one in Barman attributed to the
militant Hezbollah. The total reached 51.
(SFC, 2/2/00, p.B8)
2001 Feb 1, John Ashcroft won
confirmation as attorney general on a 58-42 Senate vote, completing
President George W. Bush's Cabinet over strong Democratic
2001 Feb 1, California state
lawmakers enacted legislation to spend up to $10 billion for power.
Gov. Davis ordered large retail outlets to dim lights with penalties
beginning Mar 15.
(SFC, 2/2/01, p.A1)
2001 Feb 1, In Michigan Tony
and Linda Calliea claimed their Big Game lottery win for $107
million. They selected a $57.7 lump sum option.
(SFC, 2/2/01, p.A2)
2001 Feb 1, In Ecuador Ronald
Clay Sander (54), an oil technician from Missouri, was found shot to
death. He had been kidnapped in October and 7 more hostages were
(SFC, 2/2/01, p.D2)
2001 Feb 1, The India
earthquake death toll estimates rose to between 35-50 thousand with
injuries to over 60,000. the damages in Gujarat state were estimated
at $4.5 billion.
(WSJ, 2/2/01, p.A1)(SSFC, 2/4/01, p.A14)
2001 Feb 1, In Indonesia the
parliament agreed to censure Pres. Abdurrahman Wahid for alleged
involvement in 2 corruption scandals.
(SFC, 2/2/01, p.A1)
2001 Feb 1, In East Timor the
former guerrilla force was transformed into the core of a new
(SFC, 2/2/01, p.D4)
2001 Feb 1, Pres. Milo
Djukanovic of Montenegro visited Washington DC to explain his
reasons for independence, but Sec. Of State Colin Powell refused to
(SFC, 2/2/01, p.D4)
2001 Feb 1, In Taiwan the
legislature voted to reverse Pres. Shui-bian’s decision to scrap a
partly built nuclear power plant.
(SFC, 2/2/01, p.D4)
2002 Feb 1, President George W.
Bush responded to the collapse of Enron by proposing regulation
reforms of 401(k) retirement plans. Justice Department investigators
directed Bush's staff to preserve the paper trail of any contact
with Enron. The US Justice Dept. asked the president’s staff for all
Enron-related documents back to Jan 1, 1999.
(AP, 2/1/03)(SFC, 2/2/02, p.A1)
2002 Feb 1, Pres. Bush named
Jim Tower (45), former Florida Sec. of Health, to lead his
initiative to give federal money to religious charities.
(SFC, 2/2/02, p.A5)
2002 Feb 1, Actress Winona
Ryder was charged with four felony counts stemming from her
shoplifting arrest at a Saks Fifth Avenue store in Beverly Hills,
Cal., the previous December. Ryder was later convicted of felony
grand theft and vandalism, and received three years' probation.
2002 Feb 1, The NCAA placed
Alabama on five years' probation, jolting the football program with
a two-year bowl ban and heavy scholarship reductions.
2002 Feb 1, Amtrak announced a
new austerity plan and hope Congress would provide $1.2 billion in
financing next year. Amtrak lost $1.1 billion last year.
(SFC, 2/2/02, p.A3)
2002 Feb 1, The Idaho
Legislature voted 50-20 to override Gov. Dirk Kempthorne’s veto and
repeal term limits, becoming the first state to do so.
(SFC, 2/2/02, p.A5)(Econ, 4/23/11, SR p.11)
2002 Feb 1, Comet Ikeya-Zhang
was discovered by 2 amateur astronomers in Japan and China. Its
closest approach to Earth was projected for Apr 30. It last flew
into the solar system nearly 350 years earlier.
(SFC, 3/23/02, p.A3)
2002 Feb 1, Danielle van Dam
(7) went missing from Sabre Springs, her San Diego suburban home.
David Westerfield (49), a neighbor, was arrested Feb 22 after her
blood was found on his clothing and in his motor home. Her body was
found Feb 27 some 25 miles northeast of San Diego at Dehesa.
Westerfield was convicted of her kidnapping and murder on Aug 21 and
was sentenced to death Jan 3, 2003.
(NW, 2/18/02, p.34)(SFC, 2/23/02, p.A3)(SFC,
2/28/02, p.A3)(SFC, 8/22/02, p.A3)(SFC, 1/4/03, p.A3)
2002 Feb 1, In Argentina the
Supreme Court ruled 5-0 that the banking freeze was
(SFC, 2/2/02, p.A7)
2002 Feb 1, It was reported
that Riduan Isamuddin (36), an Indonesian cleric known as Hambali,
was a Southeast Asian pointman for an al Qaeda network.
(WSJ, 2/1/02, p.A13)
2002 Feb 1, In Israel over 100
reserve combat officers denounced the army for immoral behavior
toward Palestinian civilians and placed ads in newspapers including
Haaretz: “We will no longer fight beyond the Green Line with the aim
of dominating, expelling, starving and humiliating an entire
(SFC, 2/2/02, p.A7)
2002 Feb 1, In Kuwait a huge
oil field fire killed 4 workers and shut down production of some
600,000 daily barrels.
(SFC, 2/2/02, p.A7)
2003 Feb 1, Space shuttle
Columbia broke apart in flames over Texas, killing all 7 astronauts
just 16 minutes before they were supposed to glide to ground in
Florida. The astronauts included Michael P. Anderson (b.1959), David
M. Brown (b.1956), Laurel Clark (b.1962), Kalpana Chawla (b.1962),
Rick Husband (b.1957), William C. McCool (b.1961) and Ilan Ramon
(b.1954). An explosion in the wheel well under the left wing was
later suspected as the cause.
(AP, 2/1/03)(SSFC, 2/2/03, p.A8)(WSJ, 2/14/03,
2003 Feb 1, Former Agriculture
Secretary Richard Lyng died in Modesto, Calif., at age 84.
2003 Feb 1, In western
Canada 7 people were killed in the 2nd fatal avalanche to strike in
less than two weeks.
2003 Feb 1, The Lunar Chinese
New Year 4701, the Year of the Ram, began.
(SFC, 1/31/03, p.A23)
2003 Feb 1, In Colombia leftist
guerrillas freed an American photographer and a British reporter.
2003 Feb 1, Mongo Santamaria
(81/85), Cuban-born Latin jazzman, died in Miami.
(WSJ, 2/3/03, p.A1)(SFC, 2/5/03, p.A22)(SSFC,
2003 Feb 1, Across France at
least 150,000 people, some braving snow, poured into the streets to
protest government plans to reform the country's generous, but
overburdened, pension system.
2003 Feb 1, In northern Ireland
a protestant paramilitary commander and his friend were gunned down
because of an apparent feud within his outlawed group.
2003 Feb 1, In Ivory Coast
nearly 100,000 loyalists marched through Abidjan, burning French
flags and calling for the death of the French president in the
biggest protest yet against a French-brokered peace deal.
2003 Feb 1, In Liberia fighting
between government and rebel forces raged within 60 miles of
2003 Feb 1, In northwestern
Zimbabwe a crowded passenger train and a freight train with
flammable liquid collided, killed at least 50 people and injured
(AP, 2/3/03)(AP, 2/1/08)
2004 Feb 1, In Texas a breast
belonging to entertainer Janet Jackson escaped after singer Justin
Timberlake ripped off one of her chest plates during the halftime
Super Bowl performance in Houston. New England Patriots fans turned
rowdy after their team's 32-29 win over the Carolina Panthers. CBS'
parent company, Viacom, appealed a $550,000 fine.
(AP, 2/1/04)(SFC, 2/2/04, p.A2)(Econ, 2/7/04,
2004 Feb 1, In Sarasota,
Florida, Carlie Brucia (11) was abducted. Brucia, whose abduction
was captured by a surveillance camera, was found Feb 6 in a church
parking lot, and Joseph P. Smith, a mechanic, was charged with her
murder. Smith (39) was convicted of kidnapping, rape and murder on
Nov 17, 2005. In 2006 Smith was sentenced to death.
(AP, 2/6/04)(SFC, 2/7/04, p.A3)(SFC, 11/18/05,
p.A3)(SFC, 3/16/06, p.A7)
2004 Feb 1, The first passenger
train to cross Australia from south to north set off on its
three-day journey, marking a new era of rail travel through the vast
Outback. Regular train service from Adelaide to Darwin would take 43
hours. Plans for the Transcontinental line had begun in 1911.
(SSFC, 10/26/03, p.A1)(AP, 2/1/04)
2004 Feb 1, China reported 5
more cases of the avian influenza virus.
(SFC, 2/2/04, p.A4)
2004 Feb 1, Tens of thousands
of government opponents marched peacefully to demand President
Jean-Bertrand Aristide's resignation. A day earlier Aristide vowed
to disarm politically affiliated gangs, reform the police force and
implement other measures to end the country's recent unrest.
2004 Feb 1, More than a third
of the Iranian parliament resigned and the speaker delivered a
stinging rebuke to the hard-line Guardian Council for its
disqualification of hundreds of liberal candidates in upcoming
2004 Feb 1, In Irbil, Iraq, 2
suicide bombers struck the offices of two U.S.-backed Kurdish
parties in near-simultaneous attacks as hundreds of Iraqis gathered
to celebrate a Muslim holiday. At least 101 people were killed and
more than 235 were wounded. Also about 20 Iraqis were killed when
they accidentally set off an explosion while looting a former Iraqi
munitions dump in the Polish-controlled south-central region of the
(AP, 2/2/04)(WSJ, 2/4/04, p.A1)
2004 Feb 1, Israeli troops
riding jeeps and a tank raided the biblical town of Jericho for the
first time in months, killing one Palestinian militant and forcing
many residents to stay inside at the start of the four-day Muslim
holiday of Eid al-Adha.
2004 Feb 1, In Tepeyac, Mexico,
a fight broke out between two families at an illegal cockfighting
den, and seven people were killed.
2004 Feb 1, In Saudi Arabia 251
Muslim worshipers died in a hajj stampede during the annual stoning
of Satan ritual.
(AP, 2/2/04)(WSJ, 2/3/04, p.A1)
2005 Feb 1, Russell Christoff,
kindergarten teacher in Antioch, Ca., found out that he was awarded
$15.6 million for a Taster’s Choice modeling photo taken in 1986.
(SFC, 2/1/05, p.A2)
2005 Feb 1, HP researchers
introduced groundbreaking nanotechnology that could replace
traditional transistors on computer chips.
(SFC, 2/1/05, p.A1)
2005 Feb 1, Sun Microsystems
began selling information technology on a pay-per-use basis offering
customers access to computing power for $1 per hour.
(SFC, 2/1/05, p.A1)
2005 Feb 1, Character actor
John Vernon (72), who'd played nasty Dean Wormer in "National
Lampoon's Animal House," died in Los Angeles.
2005 Feb 1, The Canadian
government introduced its contentious same-sex marriage bill in
Parliament, seeking to legalize gay marriage nationwide over the
objections of the Roman Catholic Church and other conservative
2005 Feb 1, China lent Russia
$6 billion to help finance the nationalization of OAO Yukos. The
loan was in effect a forward payment for some 48 million metric tons
of crude oil.
(WSJ, 2/2/05, p.A2)
2005 Feb 1, In southwest
Colombia leftist rebels attacked a Colombian Marine post with
homemade rockets, killing at least 14 soldiers and wounding about
2005 Feb 1, Egyptian security
forces clashed with Islamic militants in the mountains of Sinai,
killing a suspect in last year's deadly bombings of beach resorts on
2005 Feb 1, In Gori, Georgia, a
car bomb exploded outside a police station, killing three policemen
and injuring 13 other people.
2005 Feb 1, Indonesia announced
that it found the bodies of 1,000 additional victims from the Dec 26
2005 Feb 1, A group led by
Jordanian militant Abu Musab al-Zarqawi claimed to have captured the
four Iraqi National Guard soldiers after Sunday's elections.
2005 Feb 1, Malawi Health
Minister Heatherwick Ntaba said AIDS kills about 10 people every
hour in Malawi and the government is increasingly unable to cope
with the crisis.
2005 Feb 1, King Gyanendra
dismissed Nepal's government and imposed a state of emergency,
cutting off his Himalayan nation from the rest of the world as
telephone and Internet lines were severed, flights diverted and
civil liberties severely curtailed.
2005 Feb 1, Russia’s finance
minister said windfall oil export revenues will be used to repay
nearly $3.3 billion in International Monetary Fund loans early,
saving the country some $200 million in interest payments.
2005 Feb 1, Pope John Paul II
was hospitalized for breathing problems and the flu.
2005 Feb 1, Venezuela’s Pres.
Chavez said he intends to sell his country’s interests in 8 US oil
(WSJ, 2/2/05, p.A2)
2006 Feb 1, The US Congress
passed the Deficit Reduction Act which included lopping off $12.7
billion form the student loan program.
(Econ, 2/18/06, p.71)
2006 Feb 1, In his first case
on the Supreme Court, new Justice Samuel Alito split with the
court's conservatives, refusing to let Missouri execute a death-row
inmate contesting lethal injection.
2006 Feb 1, New SEC rules went
into effect for many hedge funds. US funds with over 15 American
investors were required to register.
(Econ, 4/1/06, p.61)
2006 Feb 1, The Roman Catholic
Diocese of Spokane, Wa., offered a $45.7 million settlement to 75
people who said they were molested by priests.
(SFC, 2/2/06, p.A7)
2006 Feb 1, United Airlines
left bankruptcy after a painful restructuring that lasted more than
2006 Feb 1, In West Virginia
the deaths of 2 mine workers prompted Gov. Joe Manchin to call for
all coal companies in the state to halt production and perform
(SFC, 2/2/06, p.A5)
2006 Feb 1, Burger King's
parent company said it plans to sell shares to the public for the
first time in the fast-food chain's 52-year history, part of its
attempt to recoup ground lost in fierce competition with rivals
McDonald's Corp. and Wendy's International Inc.
2006 Feb 1, The journal Nature
reported that object UB313 is larger than Pluto according to German
(WSJ, 2/2/06, p.A1)
2006 Feb 1, A provincial
governor said avalanches in northeast Afghanistan have killed at
least 18 people and destroyed dozens of homes in the past week.
2006 Feb 1, In eastern
Afghanistan a suicide bomber disguised as a woman blew himself up at
an army checkpoint, killing five Afghans and wounding four.
2006 Feb 1, A joint British and
Irish report said the Irish Republican Army has halted violence but
is still gathering intelligence on enemies and remains deeply
involved in organized crime.
2006 Feb 1, In southern England
thieves driving Jeeps forced entry to the Ramsbury Manor, a property
tycoon Harry Hyams, stealing around 300 museum-grade artifacts. The
value of the stolen art was later put at $142 million.
2006 Feb 1, In northern China a
blast at the Sihe Coal Mine, the subsidiary of a state-owned coal
mine, killed 23 workers and injured 53 others in Shanxi Province.
2006 Feb 1, Colombia's attorney
general charged seven soldiers in the shooting deaths of five
members of a peasant family, including a 6-month-old baby.
2006 Feb 1, Two top Egyptian
officials called on Hamas to recognize Israel, disarm and honor past
peace deals, the latest sign Arab governments are pushing the
militant group to moderate after its surprise election victory.
2006 Feb 1, French and German
newspapers republished caricatures of the prophet Muhammad in what
they called a defense of freedom of expression.
(SFC, 2/2/06, p.A10)
2006 Feb 1, In eastern
Indonesia naval vessels picked up 114 survivors from a passenger
ferry that went down in rough seas, but there was no sign of dozens
of others still missing.
2006 Feb 1, Saddam Hussein and
four other defendants refused to attend their trial, and their
defense attorneys boycotted the proceedings, demanding the removal
of the chief judge they claim is biased against the former Iraqi
2006 Feb 1, A bomb exploded
alongside a group of Iraqi men waiting for work in eastern Baghdad,
killing at least eight and wounding more than 50. A key Sunni Arab
leader threatened to call for a nationwide "uprising" unless the
Shiite interior minister is replaced.
2006 Feb 1, A roadside bomb
blast killed three US soldiers south of Baghdad, while a fourth
soldier died the same day from wounds sustained in a small-arms fire
attack in the capital's southwest. A US Marine was fatally wounded
during combat near the western city of Fallujah.
2006 Feb 1, Israeli forces
completed the evacuation of the Amona West Bank settlement outpost,
ending a violent operation in which dozens of people were injured in
clashes between police and Jewish settlers.
2006 Feb 1, Israel said it
froze this month's transfer of $45 million in tax rebates and
customs payments to the Palestinian Authority while it reviews its
options following the Hamas victory in last week's parliamentary
election. A senior Palestinian official said Saudi Arabia and Qatar
pledged Wednesday to transfer millions to ease the crisis.
2006 Feb 1, In Kenya Four
suspended senior officials of the City Council of Nairobi were
charged with negligence in the Jan 23 collapse of a building in
Nairobi that killed at least 17 people and injured more than 100.
2006 Feb 1, Liberia’s Pres.
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf fired top officials appointed by a
transitional administration to help run the Finance Ministry, a
perceived center of corruption.
2006 Feb 1, Nepal's king
pledged to hold national elections within 15 months, the one-year
anniversary of his power grab, and claimed success in fighting
communist rebels, despite an overnight attack that killed at least
20 security forces.
2006 Feb 1, In Amsterdam an
experimental ban on smoking marijuana went into effect intended to
reduce loitering and petty crime. “No toking" signs appeared as part
of the ban on the street in "De Baarsjes," one of the city's poorer
neighborhoods. Amsterdam soon began selling the "no toking" signs to
prevent the official ones from being stolen as collector's items.
2007 Feb 1, The departing top
US commander in Iraq, Gen. George Casey, told the Senate Armed
Services Committee that improving security in Baghdad would take
fewer than half as many extra troops as President Bush had chosen to
2007 Feb 1, The National
Academy of Engineering announced that the 2007 Grainger Challenge
Prize for Sustainability would go to Abul Hussam, a chemistry
professor at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. He had
developed an inexpensive, easy-to-make system for filtering arsenic
from well water, and planned to use most of the $1 million
engineering prize to distribute the filters to needy communities
around the world.
2007 Feb 1, Montana sued
Wyoming in the Supreme Court saying its neighbor takes more Tongue-
and Powder- River water that it is entitled to.
(WSJ, 2/2/07, p.A1)
2007 Feb 1, In SF Mayor Gavin
Newsom admitted to having an affair with Ruby Rippey-Tourk, his
campaign manager’s wife.
(SFC, 2/2/07, p.A1)
2007 Feb 1, Coca-Cola announced
that it had signed an agreement to acquire Fuze Beverage LLC in a
deal estimated at $225-250 million. Fuze was launched in 2001.
(WSJ, 2/2/07, p.B3)
2007 Feb 1, Oil giant Exxon
Mobil topped its own record for the biggest annual profit by a US
company last year, racking up earnings that amounted to $4.5 million
an hour for the world's largest publicly traded oil company.
2007 Feb 1, Whitney Balliett
(80), jazz chronicler writer for the New Yorker magazine, died.
(WSJ, 2/6/07, p.D5)
2007 Feb 1, John Bryan,
underground press writer and editor, died in SF. He had started the
Open City Press, San Francisco’s 1st alternative paper, in 1964.
(SSFC, 2/11/07, p.B7)
2007 Feb 1, The United States
presented hundreds of armored vehicles and trucks and thousands of
weapons to the Afghan army as Afghanistan braces for renewed
fighting with Taliban-led insurgents. In southern Afghanistan
Taliban militants overran Musa Qala, where a contentious peace
agreement was negotiated last fall, roaming through the town center,
burning its government compound and threatening elders. In eastern
Paktika province coalition aircraft dropped two bombs, killing as
many as seven militants.
(AP, 2/1/07)(AP, 2/2/07)
2007 Feb 1, Defense Secretary
Des Browne said Britain will increase its military presence in
southern Afghanistan by about 800 troops to 5,800 this summer.
2007 Feb 1, Chadian rebels
fighting to overthrow President Idriss Deby attacked the eastern
border town of Adre on the main road route into Sudan's Darfur
2007 Feb 1, China’s Pres. Hu
Jintao arrived in Liberia. He held talks with Liberian Pres. Ellen
Johnson Sirleaf and address the parliament, before meeting some 500
Chinese peacekeepers. Jintao was also due to visit Sudan, Zambia,
Namibia, South Africa, Mozambique and the Seychelles during his
2007 Feb 1, In Colombia
President Alvaro Uribe ordered the seizure of assets belonging to
demobilized paramilitary leaders after the killing of a woman who
was leading a campaign to reclaim land stolen by the illegal
2007 Feb 1, Ahmed Abu Laban
(60), Denmark's most prominent Muslim leader and a central figure in
last year's uproar over the Prophet Muhammad cartoons, died from
2007 Feb 1, Ecuador’s
government named Lorena Escudero (41) to be defense minister, to
take over after the first female to hold the office was killed in a
2007 Feb 1, A Lebanese
publisher said the Egyptian government had censored several Egyptian
and foreign titles at its annual book fair, including the classic
novel "Zorba the Greek" as well as books by Czech author Milan
2007 Feb 1, In France top
global warming experts huddled for a last day of talks with
bureaucrats from more than 100 countries on a closely watched global
warming report that could influence government and business policy
2007 Feb 1, In France a ban on
smoking in public spaces came into effect.
2007 Feb 1, A suicide attack in
Hillah killed at least 73 people with 163 wounded. Mortar rounds
slammed into a Sunni neighborhood in Baghdad for the third day in a
row, killing at least three people and wounding 10. At least 9
people were killed in Baghdad as a bomb tore through a minibus in a
predominantly Shiite commercial district and mortars hit a Sunni
area. A US soldier died of wounds sustained in fighting in Anbar
(AP, 2/1/07)(AP, 2/2/07)
2007 Feb 1, President Mahmoud
Ahmadinejad launched anniversary celebrations for Iran's Islamic
Revolution with a defiant promise to push ahead with the country's
controversial nuclear program.
2007 Feb 1, Israeli troops
killed two Palestinian gunmen in an exchange of fire in Nablus.
2007 Feb 1, Gian Carlo Menotti
(b.1911), Italian composer and Pulitzer Prize winner, died in
Monaco. His operas included “The Medium" (1946) and “Amahl and the
Night Visitors" (1951).
(SFC, 2/2/07, p.B7)
2007 Feb 1, Mexico’s President
Felipe Calderon praised a new law that obligates federal and local
authorities to prevent, punish and eradicate violence against women,
and he promised a "relentless" fight against gender-related
2007 Feb 1, A Nigerian oil
worker abducted 2 days earlier from a facility operated by Addax
Petroleum in southern Nigeria was found dead.
2007 Feb 1, Palestinian gunmen
opened fire at Hamas officials in separate attacks, marring efforts
to shore up a truce that brought relative quiet to Gaza after days
of deadly factional violence.
2007 Feb 1, Romanian President
Traian Basescu told Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates that pirated
Microsoft software helped Romania to build a vibrant technology
2007 Feb 1, Russia's Emergency
Ministry planned to fly a chemical laboratory to the Omsk region in
southern Siberia to analyze oily yellow and orange snow which has
covered an area home to 27,000 people. Omsk is a heavily industrial
city with a number of oil and gas refineries.
2007 Feb 1, In South Africa 20
people, including four children, were killed in a car accident in
2007 Feb 1, Radhika
Coomaraswamy, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary General
for Children and Armed Conflict, said child soldiers are
increasingly being used in the war-torn region of Darfur, even as
their use is on the decline elsewhere in Sudan.
2008 Feb 1, Microsoft Corp.
made an unsolicited takeover offer of $44.6 billion for Yahoo Inc.
in its boldest bid yet to challenge Google Inc.'s dominance of the
lucrative online search and advertising markets.
2008 Feb 1, Exxon Mobil Corp.
posted the largest annual profit by a US company, $40.6 billion, as
the world's biggest publicly traded oil company benefited from
historic crude prices.
2008 Feb 1, According to a new
study the sexually transmitted virus that causes cervical cancer in
women is poised to become one of the leading causes of oral cancer
2008 Feb 1, In Loganville, Ga.,
Darryl Spearman (55) and Cherri Spearman (52) were found dead in
their home by relatives. Investigators said they were beaten to
death. The next day police arrested their son, Joshua Spearman (18),
on two counts of murder.
2008 Feb 1, In Cockeysville,
Md., Nicholas Waggoner Browning (15) shot and killed his father John
Browning (45) and mother Tamara (44) and his brothers Gregory (13)
and Benjamin (11). On Oct 27 Browning pleaded guilty to first-degree
murder charges and faced at least 2 decades in prison. On Jan 23,
2009, he was sentenced to 4 life terms, but could be eligible for
parole in 23 years with good behavior.
(SFC, 2/4/08, p.A4)(SFC, 10/28/08, p.A6)(AP,
2008 Feb 1, Actress Shell
Kepler (49) died at Oregon Health & Science University hospital.
For years she played the gossipy nurse Amy Vining on the TV soap
opera "General Hospital."
2008 Feb 1, An Australian
report said that Japanese harpoonists killed five whales in one day
after Greenpeace and Sea Shepherd ships, which had halted the hunt
in Antarctic waters, were forced to return to port to refuel.
2008 Feb 1, Bangladesh
livestock officials said more than 27,000 chickens and ducks have
been slaughtered after bird flu was confirmed at a poultry farm near
the border with India.
2008 Feb 1, In Brazil men
dressed as nuns swilled beer and danced down the cobblestoned
streets of a Rio hillside to kick off five days of uninhibited
2008 Feb 1, Chad's army fought
to drive off rebels who pushed to within 100 km (60 miles) of the
capital N'Djamena and the clashes delayed the deployment of European
peacekeepers. A French Defense Ministry official said France has
sent about 150 supplementary troops to Chad as a "precautionary
measure" in response to a rebel offensive.
2008 Feb 1, China’s government
said 3 weeks of crippling snow storms have inflicted $7.5 billion in
damages and announced a $700 million relief fund for farmers.
2008 Feb 1, Chinese aluminium
giant Chinalco said it and US peer Alcoa have bought a 12-percent
stake in Anglo-Australian miner Rio Tinto, setting up a possible
takeover tussle with rival BHP Billiton.
2008 Feb 1, In Ethiopia a
summit of African Union leaders shifted its attention from the
crisis in Kenya to Chad, with delegates voicing fears of a major
conflict that could scupper peace efforts in Sudan.
2008 Feb 1, Hundreds of Hamas
supporters protested on the breached Gaza-Egypt border to demand it
remain open, while Egyptian troops poured cement and laid down metal
spikes in a new attempt to halt the influx of Gazans.
2008 Feb 1, Scientists in
Finland said they had replaced a 65-year-old patient's upper jaw
with a bone transplant cultivated from stem cells isolated from his
own fatty tissue and grown inside his abdomen.
2008 Feb 1, In Iraq 2 female
suicide bombers blew themselves up in separate attacks on Baghdad
pet bazaars, killing at least 68 people and wounding dozens. The
attacks were the deadliest in the Iraqi capital since 30,000 more
American troops flooded into the center of the country last spring.
The next day officials raised the death toll to at least 99,
including 62 people killed at the central al-Ghazl market and 37
others killed about 20 minutes later across town. PM al-Maliki said
the suicide bombers were both mentally disabled and that their
suicide vests were remotely controlled.
(AP, 2/1/08)(AP, 2/2/08)
2008 Feb 1, Scientists in Japan
and New Zealand said they have created a "tear-free" onion using
biotechnology to switch off the gene behind the enzyme that makes us
2008 Feb 1, The US promised
Kazakhstan to help it bring its armed forces up to NATO standards in
a new military cooperation pact certain to irritate Russia.
2008 Feb 1, Kenya's rival sides
said they had agreed to take action to end monthlong violence from a
disputed presidential election, but the death toll mounted when
police fired on mobs setting homes and businesses ablaze in the west
of the country. At least 14 people were killed as the death toll
rose to over 800 with some 300,000 forced from their homes.
(AP, 2/2/08)(SFC, 2/2/08, p.A5)
2008 Feb 1, In Mauritania at
least one gunman opened fire on the Israeli Embassy, setting off a
battle with guards that wounded one person. 8 people were soon
detained, but all were released for lack of evidence. 2 suspected
terrorists were arrested on April 30.
(AP, 2/1/08)(AP, 2/19/08)(AP, 4/30/08)
2008 Feb 1, In Pakistan a
suicide bomber attacked a military checkpoint in North Waziristan,
killing five government soldiers about two miles from the scene of a
US missile attack that had killed a top al-Qaida commander.
2008 Feb 1, Pirates seized a
Danish-owned tug boat and its six crew members off Somalia's
northeastern coast and demanded ransom. The 115-foot Svitzer
Korsakov was built in St. Petersburg, Russia, and was on its way to
Sakhalin Island in the Far East.
2008 Feb 1, In northern Sri
Lanka government troops attacked Tamil Tiger rebel bunkers along the
front lines, triggering a battle that killed 10 guerrillas and two
2008 Feb 1, In Sweden Christer
Merrill Aggett (32), a British man, was sentenced to 14 years in
prison for infecting two young women with HIV and putting 13 more at
risk of infection. Six of them were under the age of 15, the legal
age of consent in Sweden, when the sexual encounters took place.
2008 Feb 1, The US announced it
will resume military and other aid to Thailand as a result of the
country's successful election and its formation of a democratically
2008 Feb 1, Wireless equipment
maker LM Ericsson AB reported a sharp drop in fourth-quarter net
profits and said it would lay off around 1,000 employees in Sweden
because of costs cuts.
2009 Feb 1, In Super Bowl XLIII
at Tampa, Florida, the Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Arizona
(SFC, 2/2/09, p.A1)
2009 Feb 1, In California
police officers and two armed robbers exchanged gunfire at a Papa
John's Pizza outlet in Chino, 35 miles east of downtown Los Angeles.
Bystander Daniel Baledran (21), of Rubidoux, died after he was shot
2009 Feb 1, In Afghanistan a
suicide bomber in a car attacked a convoy of foreign troops in
Kabul, wounding two Afghans. Afghans demonstrated against an
overnight US military raid in Ghazni province that one villager said
killed several civilians. The US military said its forces only
killed two militants.
2009 Feb 1, The African Union's
12th summit opened in Ethiopia with an agenda officially focused on
infrastructure development. Leaders set aside the first day to
discuss Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's long-standing pet project to
establish a United States of Africa.
(AFP, 2/1/09)(Reuters, 2/1/09)
2009 Feb 1, Algerian newspapers
reported that Ali Ben Touati, a leading member of Al-Qaeda's North
African branch, has surrendered to Algerian authorities.
2009 Feb 1, In Brazil the
world's biggest counterculture political gathering ended with a
flurry of photo-snapping, tent folding and farewell embraces, as
well as uncertainty about what concrete results were accomplished in
the stifling heat of Belem.
2009 Feb 1, Colombia's battered
FARC rebels freed three police officers and a soldier held hostage
for more than a year, handing them over to the International Red
Cross. A car bomb exploded near a police post in the city of Cali,
killing at least one person and injuring at least 18 others after
officers were lured to the scene by a bogus fire alarm.
2009 Feb 1, In Iran police
killed 10 drug smugglers in a shootout near the Afghan border. After
the shootout, police confiscated more than 2,500 pounds of drugs,
most of it opium.
2009 Feb 1, In Iraq according
to unofficial projections allies of Iraq's US-backed prime minister
appeared to have made gains in the provincial elections, rewarding
groups credited with reining in insurgents and militias.
2009 Feb 1, In Italy an Indian
(35) was attacked while sleeping on a bench in Nettuno, a town 50
miles (80 kilometers) south of Rome. 3 young men were arrested for
allegedly beating and setting on fire the Indian immigrant.
2009 Feb 1, Mexico City shut
down a main water pipeline under a new conservation program, cutting
service to more than 2 million residents after some reservoirs
dropped to their lowest levels in 16 years.
2009 Feb 1, In Pakistan at
least 16 suspected militants, one soldier and 19 civilians were
killed in clashes over the last 24 hours in the northwestern Swat
Valley, as the military escalated its offensive against insurgents
in the one-time tourist haven. In the southwest a bomb rigged
to a motorcycle exploded in a market, wounding at least 10 people.
(AP, 2/1/09)(WSJ, 2/2/09, p.A10)
2009 Feb 1, Gaza militants
launched at least 10 rockets and mortar shells into southern Israel,
drawing a threat of "disproportionate" retaliation from Israel's
prime minister and further straining a cease-fire that ended
Israel's Gaza offensive. Israeli warplanes bombed the area where
Hamas smuggles in weapons from Egypt.
(AP, 2/1/09)(WSJ, 2/2/09, p.A10)
2009 Feb 1, Sri Lanka's army
declared that rescuing civilians trapped by its offensive against
Tamil Tiger rebels is now one of its top priorities, and said it
captured two camps used by suicide squads. Shells hit a crowded
hospital in the northeast combat zone, killing at least nine people.
(AP, 2/1/09)(AFP, 2/2/09)
2009 Feb 1, In Sudan a
spokeswoman for the UN mission known as UNAMID said the has
government asked peacekeepers to clear out of the town of Muhajeria.
She said Sudan wants to launch an offensive against rebels from the
Justice and Equality Movement, a Chad-backed rebel group that has
held the south Darfur town since mid-January.
2009 Feb 1, In Switzerland the
5-day World Economic Forum at Davos ended with the realization that
the depth of the global financial crises is still unknown and that
the solution remains elusive.
(SFC, 2/2/09, p.A10)
2010 Feb 1, President Barack
Obama unveiled a multitrillion-dollar spending plan, pledging an
intensified effort to combat high unemployment and asking Congress
to quickly approve new job-creation efforts that would boost the
deficit to a record-breaking $1.56 trillion. Obama also made his
first YouTube interview and spent about 40 minutes answering about a
dozen of over 11,000 questions submitted by YouTube users following
his State of the Union address. This included $708 billion
requested by the Pentagon for 2011.
(AP, 2/1/10)(SFC, 2/2/10,
p.A9)(http://tinyurl.com/ycfdtxv)(Econ, 2/6/10, p.34)
2010 Feb 1, NASA’s
back-to-the-moon program, Constellation, fell victim to budget cuts.
(Econ, 2/6/10, p.86)
2010 Feb 1, FBI agents arrested
Mohammed Wali Zad, the father of terrorism suspect Najibullah Zazi,
at his suburban Denver home. A new indictment accused him of
conspiring with others to destroy or hide evidence in a foiled NYC
(SFC, 2/2/10, p.A4)
2010 Feb 1, US Customs and
Border Protection officers seized nearly a ton of marijuana hidden
in a banana shipment at a cargo facility near the US-Mexico border.
Officers opened boxes in a truck and found 235 packages of pot worth
an estimated $1.1 million.
2010 Feb 1, Brazil’s Cosan, a
producer of ethanol, unveiled a joint venture with Royal Dutch Shell
to pool their retail operations.
(Econ, 2/6/10, p.73)
2010 Feb 1, China launched a
10-day emergency crackdown on tainted milk products after several
were found creeping back onto the market despite a massive scandal
that sickened hundreds of thousands of children in 2008.
2010 Feb 1, It was reported
that Cuba has declared a two-month amnesty for citizens to register
unlicensed guns. Starting Feb. 12, Cubans will have the "exceptional
and one-time only" chance to register their guns with police, and
will be allowed to keep them provided they are over 18 and have
passed the proper tests administered at police stations.
2010 Feb 1, Egypt’s Parliament
amended an antiquities law to bring in stiffer punishments for the
theft and smuggling of relics while granting patent rights to the
country's antiquities council.
2010 Feb 1, Many schools in
Haiti's outlying provinces reopened for the first time since an
earthquake devastated the nation, though it may take a month or more
to open classrooms in the quake-crushed capital.
2010 Feb 1, In Iraq a female
suicide bomber mingling among Shiite pilgrims in northern Baghdad
detonated an explosives belt, killing at least 54 people on the
outskirts of the Shiite neighborhood of Shaab.
2010 Feb 1, In Israel two
barrels, each containing 22 pounds (10kg) of explosives, washed up
on Israel's shores late in the day. No one was hurt. Palestinian
militants in the Gaza Strip said the failed attempt to send floating
bombs toward Israeli beaches was meant to avenge the mysterious
death of a Hamas commander in Dubai.
2010 Feb 1, Seven American and
European scientists were named winners of Israel's prestigious
$100,000 Wolf Prize. Its prize in medicine went to Axel Ullrich of
Germany for groundbreaking cancer research that has led to
development of new drugs. Sir David Baulcombe of Cambridge
University was awarded for agriculture research in defending plants
against viruses. The physics prize was shared by US professor John
F. Clauser, Alain Aspect of France and Anton Zeilinger of Austria
for their work in quantum physics. The mathematics prize was shared
by two US-based professors: Shing-Tung Yau for geometric analysis,
and Dennis Sullivan for contributions to algebraic topology and
conformal dynamics. The Wolf Foundation was founded by the late
German-born Dr. Ricardo Wolf, an inventor, philanthropist and former
Cuban ambassador to Israel.
2010 Feb 1, Lithuanian PM
Andrius Kubilius visited Silicon Valley, San Francisco. He and his
delegation met with managers at Oracle Corp., Cisco Systems and
Hewlett-Packard. He also met with one of the most powerful groups in
the IT sector, i.e. members of major Venture Capital Association
Accel Partners and other IT investors. The participants of the
meeting included Ilja Laurs, founder and CEO of GetJar, the only
Lithuanian capital company with the head office in the Silicon
2010 Feb 1, In Mexico armed men
burst into a bar Ciudad Juarez around dawn and killed four men and a
woman. Gunmen killed 10 people and wounded 15 in a bar in Torreon, a
city in the northern state of Coahuila. A shootout that began in a
shopping center and spilled onto a highway in Torreon caused the
death of 7 suspected Zetas gunmen and one federal police officer
while freeing two kidnap victims. The La Familia gang, strung up
about a dozen banners in the western state of Michoacan urging the
public at large and other gangs to form a common "resistance" front
against the Zetas.
(AP, 2/2/10)(AP, 2/3/10)
2010 Feb 1, Polish scientists
said they have discovered 3 Neanderthal teeth, dating back
some 100,000 to 80,000 years, in the Stajnia Cave, north of the
2010 Feb 1, Officials from the
two Koreas met in North Korea to discuss their joint industrial
complex just days after an exchange of gunfire at sea emphasized the
constant security threat on the divided peninsula.
2010 Feb 1, Thailand and the
United States began their annual Cobra Gold military exercise, now
in its 29th year, with South Korea taking part for the first time.
Singapore, Japan and Indonesia will also participate in the
three-week training exercise, describes as the largest of its type
in the world.
2011 Feb 1, US authorities said
an Iranian man has been charged with exporting specialized metals to
his homeland for potential use in nuclear and ballistic missile
programs, in violation of a US embargo. Milad Jafari (36) was
indicted on 11 charges for "illegally exporting and attempting to
export specialized metals from the United States through companies
in Turkey to several entities in Iran. He remained at large and was
believed to be in Iran.
2011 Feb 1, US Senate
Appropriations Committee Chairman Daniel K. Inouye, (D-HI) announced
that the Senate Committee on Appropriations will implement a
moratorium on earmarks for the current session of Congress. This
amounts to a 2 year moratorium, as it will apply to both the FY 2011
and FY 2012 bills.
2011 Feb 1, According to the
"Keystone XL Assessment," a new study commissioned by the US
Department of Energy, a proposed pipeline from Canada's oil sands to
refineries along the Gulf of Mexico would help "essentially
eliminate" US oil imports from the Middle East in a decade or two.
2011 Feb 1, New York Governor
Andrew Cuomo proposed laying off up to 9,800 state workers and
cutting billions from education and Medicaid as he laid out his
first budget designed to close a $10 billion deficit.
(Reuters, 2/1/11)(SFC, 2/2/11, p.A4)
2011 Feb 1, Chevron Corp. filed
a racketeering lawsuit against a team of lawyers, who have been
fighting the company over oil field pollution in Ecuador, for
conspiring to extort up to $113 billion relating to an 18-year-old
(SFC, 2/2/11, p.D1)
2011 Feb 1, Australia evacuated
thousands of people from its northeast coast as a cyclone rivaling
Hurricane Katrina bore down on tourism towns and rural communities.
2011 Feb 1, In Brazil the Civil
Defense department in Santa Catarina state said severe floods
triggered by torrential downpours have killed at least six people
and driven thousands from their homes.
2011 Feb 1, BP reported its
first annual loss ($4.9 billion) since 1992, as a result of the Gulf
of Mexico oil spill disaster, and outlined plans to shift its focus
away from the United States. BP also announced it is resuming
dividend payouts for the first time since the Gulf of Mexico well
(AP, 2/1/11)(Econ, 2/5/11, p.73)
2011 Feb 1, Derek Rawcliffe
(89), the first Church of England bishop to be open about his
homosexuality, died. Rawcliffe disclosed his homosexuality on
television in 1995, when he was serving as an honorary bishop in
Ripon and Leeds diocese. He was dismissed the following year for
conducting blessings of same-sex couples.
2011 Feb 1, A Cambodian court
sentenced two Thais to lengthy prison terms for illegally crossing
the border and spying. The Phnom Penh Municipal Court found Veera
Somkwamkid, who heads a political pressure group, the Thailand
Patriot Network, and his assistant Ratree Pipatanapaiboon, guilty of
espionage, illegal entry and trespassing in a military zone. Veera
was sentenced to eight years in prison and Ratree to six years.
2011 Feb 1, In the CAR
provisional results said Francois Bozize has been comfortably
re-elected to a 2nd term as president with 66% of the Jan 23 vote.
By the next day all four rival candidates denounced the result as a
fraud. The independent commission said former president Ange-Felix
Patasse came second with 20.10% of the vote, followed by former
premier Martin Ziguele with 6.46%, Emile Gros-Raymond Nakombo with
4.64% and ex-defense minister Jean-Jacques Demafouth with 2.72%.
2011 Feb 1, China Harbor
Engineering Company, a subsidiary of state-owned China
Communications Construction Company, signed a 1.2-billion-dollar
contract to build Khartoum's new international airport.
2011 Feb 1, In Egypt more than
a quarter-million people flooded Cairo's main square in a stunning
and jubilant array of young and old, urban poor and middle class
professionals, mounting by far the largest protest yet in a week of
unrelenting demands for President Hosni Mubarak to leave after
nearly 30 years in power. A coalition of opposition groups told
Egypt's government that they would only begin talks with the
military on a transition to democracy once President Hosni Mubarak
stands down. Mubarak went on national television and rejected
demands he step down immediately and said he would serve out the
remaining seven months of his term.
(AP, 2/1/11)(Reuters, 2/1/11)(AP, 2/2/11)
2011 Feb 1, Maj. Gen. Buster
Howes, commander of the EU Naval Force, said Somali pirates have
begun systematically torturing hostages and using them as human
2011 Feb 1, Iran’s President
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad faced another sharp rebuke from opponents in
parliament as lawmakers dismissed his transportation minister in the
wake of several deadly plane crashes in the country.
2011 Feb 1, Human Rights Watch
said elite Iraqi troops controlled by PM Nouri al-Maliki's office
are holding prisoners at a secret jail and torturing inmates at
2011 Feb 1, Ireland's PM Brian
Cowen (51) declared a formal end to his government, in a farewell
address tinged with regret over the nation's plunge to the brink of
bankruptcy. Analysts forecast Feb. 25 as the most likely election
2011 Feb 1, Ireland ordered a
Russian diplomat to be expelled, after an investigation concluded
that the country's intelligence service used stolen Irish identities
as cover for spies operating in the United States.
2011 Feb 1, New satellite
imagery showed Malaysia is destroying forests more than three times
faster than all of Asia combined, and its carbon-rich peat soils of
the Sarawak coast are being stripped even faster.
2011 Feb 1, Mexican federal
police reported they had captured a leading enforcer for the
Independent Cartel of Acapulco. The enforcer allegedly took part in
last year's kidnap-killing of 20 vacationers from the western state
of Michoacan and in the killing and beheading of 14 men in Acapulco
in early January. Police identified the suspect as Miguel Gomez
Vazquez, alias "The Cat," and said he was caught with an assault
rifle and drugs. The navy said that it had detained six suspected
drug cartel gunmen on four separate occasions Jan 30-31 in the
northern states of Tamaulipas and Nuevo Leon. One suspect was killed
and two marines were wounded in one of the confrontations.
2011 Feb 1, In Mexico a series
of attacks in Monterrey left a federal police officer and three
suspected cartel gunmen dead and three police officers injured. In
Zacatecas gunmen opened fire on state police officers who had
arrived after receiving a tip that armed men were parked outside an
office-supply store. Two bystanders, a man and a boy, suffered
non-life-threatening wounds in the gunbattle. In Guadalajara 7
attacks within two hours late in the day appeared to have been
coordinated, and were staged by drug gangs, possibly in retaliation
for the arrests of their members.
2011 Feb 1, In Mexico Adam Mark
Zachs (47), a fugitive from Connecticut, was arrested in the small
town of Leon Guanajuato where he apparently had been running a
computer repair business. Zachs was convicted of the 1987 murder of
Peter Carone (29) outside a West Hartford bar and sentenced to 60
years in prison. However he fled while free on appeal.
2011 Feb 1, Myanmar's first
parliament in more than two decades nominated five vice-presidential
candidates, one of whom will become president and lead the new
2011 Feb 1, In Nepal Christians
threatened to parade corpses in front of the parliament building
after the government ruled last week that an area near a revered
Hindu temple could no longer be used as their burial ground.
2011 Feb 1, In Pakistan's
southwestern Baluchistan province gunmen killed four policemen and
kidnapped four others, including a senior local official, in
2011 Feb 1, The Palestinian
Cabinet in West Bank said it would hold long-promised municipal
elections "as soon as possible."
2011 Feb 1, Russia’s President
Dmitry Medvedev unveiled a huge monument to his predecessor Boris
Yeltsin, praising him for leading Russia through its difficult first
years after the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union.
2011 Feb 1, Suriname’s
President Desi Bouterse expressed his country's support for
Palestinian national rights and the establishment of an independent
Palestinian state, the latest Latin American country to do so.
2011 Feb 1, Switzerland blocked
Haiti ex-dictator Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier's frozen Swiss
millions under new legislation that came into force today to ease
their return to the impoverished country. The "Duvalier law" was
rushed through parliament last year to ease the restitution of
assets stolen by corrupt or greedy politicians to their home
2011 Feb 1, Swiss police said a
54-year-old man has admitted sexually abusing 100 mentally disabled
children and adults in Switzerland and Germany during almost 3
(SFC, 2/2/11, p.A2)
2011 Feb 1, Syrians were
reported organizing campaigns on Facebook and Twitter calling for a
"day of rage" in Damascus on Feb 4-5, taking inspiration from Egypt
and Tunisia in using social networking sites to rally their
followers for sweeping political reforms.
2011 Feb 1, The head of a UN
human rights mission said some 219 people were killed and 510
injured during the violent protests that led to the ouster of
Tunisian strongman Zine El Abidine Ben Ali. A gang set fire
overnight to a small synagogue, in what appeared to be the first
attack on a Jewish institution since the start of the unrest.
2012 Feb 1, President Barack
Obama proposed a multi-billion-dollar package to help U.S.
homeowners refinance and stave off foreclosure.
2012 Feb 1, TSA agent Alexandra
Schmid (31) took $5000 in cash from the jacket of a Bangladeshi
passenger as it went along an X-ray conveyor belt at JFK airport.
Schmid was arrested on a charge of grand larceny and suspended
pending an investigation.
2012 Feb 1, A Univ. of Alabama
study said the state’s crackdown on illegal immigrants, widely seen
as the toughest in the United States, has cost the state's economy
up to $10.8 billion.
2012 Feb 1, The California
Public Utilities Commission approved an opt-out program for PG&E
customers who refuse SmartMeters and wish to keep their analog gas
and electricity meters. It would cost a one-time fee of $75 plus $10
(SFC, 2/2/12, p.A1)
2012 Feb 1, Indiana Gov. Mitch
Daniels signed legislation making Indiana the 23rd right-to-work
(SFC, 2/2/12, p.A7)
2012 Feb 1, Planned Parenthood
announced that it has received over $400,000 since a recent
announcement by the Susan B. Komen Foundation that it had stopped
funding Planned Parenthood. On Feb 3 Susan G. Komen for the Cure
Foundation apologized for cutting off funding from Planned
Parenthood and vowed to revise its policy that led to that decision.
(SFC, 2/2/12, p.A11)(AP, 2/3/12)
2012 Feb 1, Treasure hunter
Greg Brooks said he has located the wreck of a British merchant ship
that was torpedoed by a German U-boat off Cape Cod during World War
II while carrying what he claims was a load of platinum bars now
worth more than $3 billion. The SS Port Nicholson sank on Jun 16,
2012 Feb 1, Don Cornelius (75),
the man who created Soul Train (1971-1993), was reportedly found
dead at his Los Angeles home.
2012 Feb 1, NATO confirmed a
secret report saying that the Taliban, backed by Pakistan, are set
to retake control of Afghanistan after NATO-led forces withdraw,
raising the prospect of a major failure of Western policy after a
2012 Feb 1, Argentina’s
government enacted new laws to block or restrict the importing of
some 600 goods while requiring foreign companies to partner with
local manufacturers. This helped the domestic manufacturing capacity
to rebound, but made many products hard to find, pushing up prices
and further heating up inflation.
2012 Feb 1, Some 24,000
Australian ducks were being destroyed after testing positive for a
low pathogenic strain of the bird flu virus, an outbreak which has
prompted poultry export bans in parts of Asia.
2012 Feb 1, A group of Internet
hackers said they took down the website of Banco do Brasil, Brazil’s
largest state-run bank.
(SFC, 2/2/12, p.A2)
2012 Feb 1, Four British
Islamists - Mohammed Chowdhury (21), Shah Rahman (28), and brothers
Gurukanth Desai (30) and Abdul Miah (25), inspired by a former
Al-Qaeda leader Anwar al-Awlaqi, admitted in court to plotting to
blow up the London Stock Exchange in 2010.
2012 Feb 1, In Colombia a bomb
exploded outside a police station in the Pacific port city of Tumaco
just as lunch hour ended, killing 9 people and wounding 76. Tumaco
is in Narino state, which borders Ecuador, and is laced with dozens
of rivers popular with drug traffickers, who include the FARC.
(AP, 2/2/12)(AP, 2/2/12)
2012 Feb 1, In Egypt fans from
the local Al-Masry team in Port Said chased supporters of the
visiting Al-Ahly soccer club with knives, clubs and stones. Hundreds
fled into the exit corridor, only to be crushed against a locked
gate, their rivals attacking from behind. The Interior Ministry said
74 people died, including one police officer, and 248 were injured,
14 of them police.
2012 Feb 1, The death toll from
a severe cold spell in Eastern Europe rose to 71, including 43 in
the Ukraine, most of them homeless people.
2012 Feb 1, In Haiti visitng
Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff said Brazil will offer 6,000
visas to Haitians over a five-year period as one of several efforts
that look to help the troubled Caribbean nation get on its feet.
2012 Feb 1, In northern Japan
an avalanche killed three bathers at a hot spring in Akita, where
heavy snow also paralyzed traffic and forced schools to close.
2012 Feb 1, Mexican soldiers
found dozens of large plastic containers with over 3,600 liters of
opium paste during a raid on a drug lab in Coyuca de Catalan, a
mountain town in the Pacific coast state of Guerrero.
2012 Feb 1, In Myanmar an
agreement was reached by authorities in Mon State and the rebel New
Mon State Party. They agreed to allow the rebel group to open a
liaison office and freely travel without weapons.
2012 Feb 1, In Nigeria several
security sources said that a suspect believed to be the person who
goes by the alias Abul Qaqa had been arrested, but authorities have
not officially confirmed his detention or his identity.
2012 Feb 1, In the southern
Philippines gunmen abducted Swiss and Dutch tourists and a Filipino
bird photographer and took the trio away by boat on Tawi-Tawi island
2012 Feb 1, In Poland Wislawa
Szymborska (b.1923), Nobel-winning poet (1996), died. She published
fewer than 400 poems.
2012 Feb 1, South Africa’s
national parks agency said 3 young Mozambican poachers will spend 25
years behind bars after they were found with two fresh rhino horns
in Kruger Park.
2012 Feb 1, Sudan's military
bombed a Bible school built by a US Christian aid group, prompting
students and teachers at the school to run for their lives in the
Nuba Mountains in South Kordofan state. The Heiban Bible College was
built by Samaritan's Purse, a North Carolina-based aid group.
2012 Feb 1, Syrian troops
battled army defectors in a string of towns in the mountains
overlooking Damascus in a new assault to crush rebellious areas
around the capital. Activists said at least 6-17 people were killed
in the fighting. 8 residents in Homs were reported killed. A UN
Security Council resolution would give Assad 15 days to start
implementing the Arab peace plan and halt the crackdown, otherwise
the Council would consider "further measures."
2012 Feb 1, Eleven Iranian
pilgrims were kidnapped in the central Syrian city of Hama.
2012 Feb 1, In Tunisia men,
described as bearded by the state news agency, were stopped in their
car at a checkpoint and then opened fire with assault rifles, before
fleeing into a nearby olive orchard in the southern Bir Ali Ben
2012 Feb 1, Senior UN nuclear
expert Herman Nackaerts announced plans to revisit Tehran soon after
a "good trip," indicating progress on his team's quest to probe
suspicions that the Islamic Republic is secretly working on an
atomic arms program.
2013 Feb 1, Hillary Rodham
Clinton formally resigned as America's 67th secretary of state,
capping a four-year tenure that saw her shatter records for the
number of countries visited.
2013 Feb 1, Energy Secretary
Steven Chu, a Nobel Prize-winning physicist frequently the target of
Republican criticism, announced that he was stepping down in the
latest shake-up of Pres. Barack Obama's Cabinet.
2013 Feb 1, The American TV
series “House of Cards" premiered on Netflix.
(Econ, 2/2/13, p.52)
2013 Feb 1, Detroit’s Mayor
Bing said the city will close 50 of its 107 parks, but keep Belle
Isle running. Services at 38 other parks will be reduced. The city
council voted not to accept state assistance for Bell Isle.
(SFC, 2/2/13, p.A6)
2013 Feb 1, Edward Koch
(b.1924), NYC’s 105th mayor (1978-1989), died from congestive heart
(SFC, 2/2/13, p.A7)
2013 Feb 1, Edward Koch
(b.1924), NYC’s 105th mayor (1978-1989), died from congestive heart
(SFC, 2/2/13, p.A7)
2013 Feb 1, The IMF gave the
government of Argentina until Sep 29 to comply with the fund’s rules
on the reporting of inflation statistics. On Dec 9 the IMF deferred
action until March.
(Econ, 2/9/13, p.38)(Econ, 12/21/13, p.56)
2013 Feb 1, Bolivia’s mining
town of Oruro formally dedicated its Virgin of Socavon, a new statue
of the Virgin Mary that's a little taller than Rio's famed Christ
the Redeemer, as it kicked off its Carnival celebrations.
2013 Feb 1, Senior British
counterterrorism Detective Chief Inspector April Casburn (53) was
sentenced to 15 months in prison for trying to sell information to
Rupert Murdoch's News of the World tabloid.
2013 Feb 1, Chinese car maker
Geely said it has bought Manganese Bronze, the maker of London's
black taxis since 1948, for 11 million pounds, safeguarding jobs and
production of the vehicles in Britain.
2013 Feb 1, In central China an
elevated portion of highway collapsed after a truck loaded with
illegal fireworks for Lunar New Year celebrations exploded, killing
at least 10 people and sending vehicles plummeting 30 meters to the
(AP, 2/1/13)(AP, 2/2/13)
2013 Feb 1, Thousands of
Egyptians marched across the country, chanting against the rule of
the Islamist President Mohammed Morsi, in a fresh wave of protests.
Protesters denouncing Pres. Morsi hurled stones and firebombs
through the gates of his palace gates, clashing with security forces
who fired tear gas and water cannons. Video footage showed at least
seven black-clad riot police beating Hamada Saber (48), whose pants
are down around his ankles, with sticks before dragging him along
the muddy pavement and tossing him into a police van.
(AP, 2/1/13)(AP, 2/2/13)
2013 Feb 1, In western Iraq
tens of thousands of Sunni protesters blocked a major highway, as an
al-Qaida-affiliated group called on Sunnis to take up arms against
the Shiite-led government.
2013 Feb 1, In Italy a Milan
appeals court vacated acquittals for a former CIA station chief and
two other Americans, and instead convicted them in the 2003
abduction of an Egyptian terror suspect from a Milan street as part
of the CIA's extraordinary rendition program. The court sentenced
former CIA Rome station chief Jeffrey Castelli to seven years, and
handed sentences of six years each to Americans Betnie Medero and
Ralph Russomando. All three were tried in absentia at both levels.
2013 Feb 1, In Lebanon at least
three people were killed and 10 others wounded in clashes between
the army and gunmen in the northeastern town of Arsal near the
border with Syria. Residents of Arsal, a Sunni Muslim town, are
known to be sympathetic to the Syrian opposition, and arms smuggling
into Syria is widespread in the area.
2013 Feb 1, In Mali 3 suspected
jihadists, arrested in the days since the liberation of the town of
Timbuktu. said that Malian soldiers were torturing them with a
method similar to waterboarding.
2013 Feb 1, The Netherlands
nationalized SNS Reaal bank and expropriated its bonds in a $14
billion rescue. Investors in the subordinated bonds were wiped out.
(Econ, 3/16/13, p.72)(http://tinyurl.com/bllbeqf)
2013 Feb 1, A Nigerian military
official said 18 militants and one soldier have been killed during
days of fighting in Sambisa Game Reserve, Borno state, pitting
soldiers against suspected rebels with the radical Islamist sect
(AP, 2/1/13)(SFC, 2/2/13, p.A2)
2013 Feb 1, Nigerian lawmaker
Rep. Farouk Lawan, who led a probe into the nation's fuel subsidy
program that saw billions of dollars lost through fraud, was
charged, along with his aide Emenalo Boniface, with allegedly
soliciting a $3 million bribe from someone targeted by the inquiry.
The allegations stem from their investigation of Femi Otedola, the
chairman of Zenon Petroleum and Gas Ltd. and a powerful ally of
Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan.
2013 Feb 1, In northwestern
Pakistan a suicide bomber detonated his explosives outside a Shiite
mosque as worshippers were leaving prayers, killing 23 people and
wounding over 50 in Hangu, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.
2013 Feb 1, A court in northern
Sweden ordered retrials in 2 remaining two cases against Sture
Bergwall (62), an alleged serial killer who had confessed to more
than 30 murders over three decades, and was convicted of eight of
them. Bergwall later said his ghastly tales of slaughter, rape and
even cannibalism were all lies, spawned by loneliness, a desire for
attention and heavy medication. On July 31, 2013, prosecutors
dropped the last remaining charges against Bergwall.
(AP, 2/2/13)(AP, 7/31/13)
2013 Feb 1, In Turkey a
suspected suicide bomber detonated an explosive device at the
entrance of the US Embassy in Ankara, killing himself and a guard.
2014 Feb 1, In Afghanistan an
insurgent ambush killed 4 soldiers and wounded another four in an
attack on an Afghan National Army foot patrol along the main highway
in Farah province. Gunmen shot dead two members of former foreign
minister Abdullah Abdullah's team in Herat, dealing an early blow to
hopes of a peaceful presidential campaign.
(AP, 2/1/14)(AFP, 2/2/14)
2014 Feb 1, Austrian-born actor
Maximilian Schell (b.1930), a fugitive from Adolf Hitler who became
a Hollywood favorite and won an Oscar for his role as a defense
attorney in "Judgment at Nuremberg" (1961), died overnight in
2014 Feb 1, Indonesia’s Mount
Sinabung volcano, that has been rumbling for months, unleased a
major eruption killing at least 15 people just a day after
authorities allowed thousands of villagers who had been evacuated to
return to its slopes.
(AP, 2/1/14)(AFP, 2/3/14)
2014 Feb 1, In Lebanon a car
bomb blew up near a gas station in the Shiite town of Hermel
in the northeast, killing at least 3 people.
2014 Feb 1, In Libya over 54
detainees escaped from a prison in Tripoli. Officials said the
prison was short five guards at the time of the breakout.
2014 Feb 1, In the southern
Philippines a homemade bomb, likely set off by Muslim rebels,
wounded 12 people, including six soldiers and two television
2014 Feb 1, In South Africa
Duduzane Zuma (29), the son of President Jacob Zuma, crashed his
Porsche into a minibus taxi just before midnight. Zimbabwean
national Phumzile Dube (30) was killed. Police later confirmed an
investigation of manslaughter against Duduzane.
2014 Feb 1, South Sudan
government forces and allied militias reportedly attacked northern
Leer town and surrounding villages in Unity state, killing an
unknown number of people and destroying property. Rebels' defensive
positions in Upper Nile state also came under attack.
2014 Feb 1, In Spain thousands
of people marched in Madrid to protest against a government plan to
limit abortions that has caused unusually open divisions in the
ruling conservative People's Party.
2014 Feb 1, Sudan’s Secretary
of the National Council for Press and Publications Obeid Murawah
told the Sudanese state news agency that all restrictions on the
opposition "The People's Opinion" daily had been lifted and that the
paper could resume printing after completing the appropriate
procedures. Three other newspapers remained banned.
2014 Feb 1, Sudan suspended
activities of the international Red Cross because it violated
guidelines for working in the war-torn country.
2014 Feb 1, In Syria at least 9
people were killed when Syrian regime helicopters dropped
explosive-filled barrels on two neighborhoods of the northern city
of Aleppo. At least 7 people killed in a double car bombing carried
out by the jihadist Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL)
targeting a rebel headquarters in Aleppo.
2014 Feb 1, In Thailand gunfire
rang out across an intersection in Bangkok for more than an hour as
government supporters clashed with protesters trying to derail tense
nationwide elections before the vote begins.
2014 Feb 1, Turkmenistan’s
President Gurbanguli Berdymukhamedov said in a resolution published
in the official government newspaper that each person would still be
allowed up to 50 cubic meters of gas for free, but anything over
that amount would cost $7 per thousand cubic meters.
2014 Feb 1, In Yemen a battle,
that began a day earlier, between Shiite and Sunni tribesman over
land in the northwest left more than 65 dead. Armed tribesmen bombed
Yemen's main oil pipeline, halting crude flow to the country's main
export terminal less than a month after it was repaired.
(AP, 2/1/14)(Reuters, 2/1/14)
2015 Feb 1, The New England
Patriots ended a decade drought without an NFL title by beating the
defending champion Seattle Seahawks 28-24 in a taut Super Bowl XLIX
classic played in Glendale, Arizona.
2015 Feb 1, Some 3,800
steelworkers began a strike at oil refineries from California to
Kentucky after negotiations with Shell Oil Co. broke down. Shell was
negotiating a national contract for other oil companies.
(SSFC, 2/8/15, p.A9)
2015 Feb 1, After a two-day
summit held in the African Union's Chinese-built headquarters in the
Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, heads of state proposed new taxes on
airline tickets, hotel stays and text messages.
2015 Feb 1, Chadian aircraft
struck Boko Haram positions in the Nigerian border town of Gambaru
for a second straight day.
2015 Feb 1, Egypt deported
Al-Jazeera reporter Peter Greste to his native Australia after
holding him for more than 400 days despite global condemnation.
Colleagues, Canadian-Egyptian Mohamed Fahmy and an Egyptian
producer, Baher Mohamed, remained in prison.
2015 Feb 1, In Egypt three men
were killed by police in separate incidents under circumstances
indicating abuse of police authority.
(SFC, 3/7/15, p.A3)
2015 Feb 1, In Hong Kong some
8-13 thousand pro-democracy demonstrators marched through the
streets in the first major rally since mass protests last year.
2015 Feb 1, In Hungary some
three thousand protesters in Budapest demanded the ouster of PM
Viktor Orban's government.
2015 Feb 1, In northwest Iraq
Kurdish forces found the remains of about 25 members of the Yazidi
minority killed by the Islamic State jihadist group in a mass grave.
2015 Feb 1, The United States
and its allies have carried out 26 air strikes in Iraq and eight in
Syria over the last 24 hours in continued attacks on Islamic State
2015 Feb 1, The Islamic State
group beheaded an Iraqi police officer and two soldiers, the latest
in a long series of atrocities committed by the jihadists, according
to pictures posted online today.
2015 Feb 1, Nigeria’s military
repelled a Boko Haram assault on Maiduguri. Two blasts rocked Gombe
city, killing 5 people, with one of the attacks targeting a military
checkpoint. A suicide bomb attack targeting a political meeting
killed 7 people in Potiskum city.
2015 Feb 1, In Pakistan an
advance party arrived in a C-130 transport plane for Saudi Prince
Fahd bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz to visit the southwestern desert
region to hunt the Houbara bustard, a bird supposedly protected by
law. He led a hunting party to Baluchistan last year that officials
said killed more than 2,000 bustards.
2015 Feb 1, Outspoken
billionaire Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal launched a pan-Arab
satellite news channel aimed at challenging established networks in
the region. The Bahrain-based Alarab News Channel took to the air,
leading with a story about Japanese hostage Kenji Goto.
2015 Feb 1, In Saudi Arabia the
daughter of Suad al-Shammari, co-founder of the Saudi Liberal
Network Internet discussion group with blogging activist Raef
Badawi, said her mother has been freed after about three months in
2015 Feb 1, Serbian officials
said they have granted citizenship to former Fatah strongman
Mohammed Dahlan, a key political rival of Palestinian President
Mahmoud Abbas, after he pledged millions of dollars in investments
from the Emirates, where he has lived in exile.
2015 Feb 1, Spain said 400
African migrants tried to storm border fences separating its North
African enclave Melilla from Morocco and warned of a buildup in
numbers across the frontier.
2015 Feb 1, Swiss police said
11 people have died in off-piste skiing accidents in the Swiss Alps
despite repeated avalanche warnings over the past four days.
2015 Feb 1, In Syria a bomb
tore apart a bus thought to be carrying Lebanese Shi'ite Muslim
pilgrims in Damascus, killing at least 7 people and wounding 19. A
Nusra Front Twitter feed said one of the group's members blew
himself up inside a bus at the market.
(Reuters, 2/1/15)(AFP, 2/1/15)
2015 Feb 1, Tunisian party
leaders said the moderate Islamist party Ennahda has agreed to join
its main rival secular party Nidaa Tounes as part of a coalition
2015 Feb 1, In eastern Ukraine
13 government soldiers and at least as many civilians were killed in
the past 24 hours in the separatist conflict after the collapse of
peace talks in Belarus.
2015 Feb 1, The UN reported
that fighting and other violence in Iraq killed at least 1,375
people including 790 civilians in January.
2016 Feb 1, Iowa’s Republicans
backed the ultraconservative Ted Cruz for their party's nomination,
leaving a humbled Donald Trump in second place just ahead of Senator
Marco Rubio. Democrat Hillary Clinton battled into a virtual tie
with rival Bernie Sanders. As protesters in Iowa interrupted a
Donald Trump rally, he encouraged supporters to "knock the crap out
of them," and pledged to pay their legal fees.
(AFP, 2/2/16)(AFP, 3/12/16)
2016 Feb 1, In Afghanistan a
suicide bomber blew himself up in Kabul, killing 10 people and
wounding 20 after joining a queue to enter an office of the civil
2016 Feb 1, In Australia 16
young kangaroos were found killed after being deliberately run down
by a driver. Another had to be euthanized because of its injuries.
2016 Feb 1, British mother
Tareena Shakil (26), who took her toddler to Syria and joined the
Islamic State (IS) group, was sentenced to six years in prison after
becoming the first British woman to be convicted after returning
2016 Feb 1, Chinese President
Xi Jinping presided over the creation of five new military regions,
part of the streamlining of the 2.3 million-member People's
Liberation Army while also signaling his firm control over the armed
2016 Feb 1, In China Chen Man
walked free having spent the last 23 years in jail after a court
overturned a murder and arson conviction, the latest wrongful
verdict to be overturned in the country.
2016 Feb 1, Cuba's President
Raul Castro began an official state visit to France, his first ever
to Europe, which is being seen as a key step in rebuilding his
island nation's ties with the West.
2016 Feb 1, Honduras declared a
state of emergency after officials said the number of Zika
infections is rising at an "alarming" rate in the Central American
2016 Jan, It was reported some
25k to 50k people in greater New Delhi die prematurely every year
because of air pollution. The WHO has ranked India’s capital as the
world’s most polluted big city.
(Econ, 1/16/16, p.43)
2016 Feb 1, Myanmar's
parliament, led for the first time by pro-democracy leader Aung San
Suu Kyi's party, began a historic session that will install the
country's first democratically elected government in more than 50
2016 Feb 1, A Palestinian was
shot dead after trying to stab Israeli soldiers near a Jewish
settlement in the occupied West Bank.
2016 Feb 1, Russia's Defense
Ministry said its air force has carried out 468 sorties in Syria
over the past week, hitting more than 1,300 "terrorist" targets.
2016 Feb 1, The Saudi-led
coalition striking Shiite rebels in Yemen announced that it is
setting up an independent committee to probe the force's actions in
the deeply impoverished country amid mounting criticism over its
military operations there.
2016 Feb 1, Syrian peace talks
gained a small measure of momentum with the UN special envoy
formally declaring the start of indirect negotiations, even as the
opposition spokesman accused Russia of producing a "new Hitler" in
Moscow and supporting another Hitler in Damascus.
2016 Feb 1, In Thailand
Scottish tourist Gareth Crowe was gored to death by an elephant that
he and his stepdaughter (16) were riding on the resort island of
2016 Feb 1, Al-Qaida's Yemeni
branch seized another town, setting up checkpoints at its entrances
and besieging government buildings before dawn after days of
fighting with southern separatists.
2017 Feb 1, The Trump
administration condemned Iran for its recent test of a ballistic
missile saying it was putting Tehran “on notice" and threatening
(SFC, 2/2/17, p.A3)
2017 Feb 1, President Donald
Trump warned in a phone call with his Mexican counterpart that he
was ready to send US troops to stop "bad hombres down there" unless
the Mexican military does more to control them.
2017 Feb 1, The US Army Corp of
Engineers said it had taken initial steps to review requests to
approve the final permit to finish the controversial Dakota Access
pipeline, which has been the focus of protests for months.
2017 Feb 1, San Francisco
police announced a suspension of collaboration with FBI
counterterrorism efforts. The city’s two-officer Joint Terrorism
Task Force had been established in 2007.
(SFC, 2/2/17, p.A12)
2017 Feb 1, In Colorado Joshua
Cummings (37) walked up to Denver transit Officer Scott Von Lanken
(56) and shot him from behind in the neck. Von Lanken was killed and
Cummings was taken into custody.
(SFC, 2/2/17, p.A4)
2017 Feb 1, Texas Rep. Gov.
Greg Abbott blocked funding for the first time over sanctuary cities
after Austin’s Sheriff Sally Hernandez said she would stop honoring
all immigration holds in her jails following Pres. Trump’s
(SFC, 2/2/17, p.A4)
2017 Feb 1, It was reported
that Volkswagen has agreed to pay at least $1.22 billion to fix or
buy back nearly 80,000 polluting diesel cars in the United States,
the latest move in its attempt to draw a line under its diesel
2017 Feb 1, In southern
Afghanistan an insurgent rocket attack killed a civilian in Lashkar
Gah, Helmand province. In eastern Khost province, five policemen and
three small children were wounded when a police vehicle hit a
remotely detonated roadside bomb. In eastern Nangarhar province six
civilians and a border police officer were wounded when a sticky
bomb attached to a police vehicle went off in the provincial capital
2017 Feb 1, British MPs voted
498 to 114 to honor the Brexit referendum and invoke Article 50. The
Scottish National Party and Liberal Democrats opposed the bill.
(Econ, 2/4/17, p.49)
2017 Feb 1, In Egypt the price
of two key staples, sugar and cooking oil, were modestly increased
for ration card holders as TV talk shows and newspapers went abuzz
after reports emerged that the country's parliament's speaker and
his two deputies are using state funds to buy cars worth hundreds of
thousands of dollars.
2017 Feb 1, The EU and Mexico
said they would accelerate free trade talks amid a wave of
protectionist threats by US President Donald Trump.
2017 Feb 1, Embattled French
presidential candidate Francois Fillon said he would run in France's
upcoming election despite fake job allegations targeting his wife
that have put his campaign on the rocks.
2017 Feb 1, A German court
ordered German-Turkish author Akif Pirincci to pay a fine of 11,700
euros ($12,490) for incitement over a speech he gave at an
anti-Islam rally. Pirincci was a speaker at a rally staged in
Dresden in October 2015 by a group called the Patriotic Europeans
against the Islamization of the West, or PEGIDA. He described
asylum-seekers as "invaders" and lamented that the Nazi's
concentration camps had been closed.
2017 Feb 1, Germany's
government approved the use of ankle bracelets to monitor extremists
considered potentially dangerous as it moves to get tough on
suspected jihadists after the Berlin truck attack.
2017 Feb 1, Germany arrested
Tunisian asylum-seeker Haikel S. (36) on suspicion of planning an
Islamist attack. He was also wanted in his homeland over a deadly
2015 assault on a Tunis museum favored by Western tourists.
2017 Feb 1, Guyana said it has
secured nearly $80 million from Britain to pave part of a 350-mile
(560-km) jungle highway that is expected to increase trade with
2017 Feb 1, Hungary’s PM Viktor
Orban granted 2.4 billion forints ($9 million) in the budget to the
renovating and building of Russian Orthodox churches, the day before
he received Russia’s Pres. Putin in Budapest.
2017 Feb 1, In northern India a
six-story tannery building under construction collapsed, killing at
least five workers and possibly trapping up to 50 others in Kanpur
city, Uttar Pradesh state.
2017 Feb 1, In Israel rightist
protesters scuffled with Israeli police carrying out a court order
to evict settlers from the illegal Amona outpost in the occupied
West Bank, hours after the government announced more construction in
2017 Feb 1, Italy launched a
new fund to help African countries control their borders, in the
latest of a slew of measures pushed by the European Union to stop
migrants reaching Europe.
2017 Feb 1, Libyan sources said
around 70 soldiers from the forces of commander Khalifa Haftar have
been sent to Russia for treatment, in one of the first overt signs
of cooperation between Moscow and one of Libya's armed factions.
2017 Feb 1, In Mexico the body
of Juan Ontiveros, a human rights activist and member of the
Tarahumara indigenous group, was found in Guadalupe y Calvo. His
brother escaped the attack and later told authorities it arose from
a conflict between members of two families.
2017 Feb 1, In the Netherlands
a major computer malfunction crippled traffic at Amsterdam's
Schiphol airport for hours, causing delays or cancellations of more
than 100 flights at one of Europe's largest transportation hubs. The
outage was caused by faulty hardware.
2017 Feb 1, In the Philippines
Communist rebels said they were ending a six-month cease-fire
effective Feb 10 accusing the armed forces of encroaching on rebel
territory and reneging on a promise to release jailed comrades.
According to the army three unarmed soldiers were waylaid and
murdered by Communist guerrillas.
(SFC, 2/2/17, p.A2)(Econ, 2/11/17, p.31)
2017 Feb 1, Romania’s top
judicial watchdog announced a court challenge on to a government
decree decriminalizing some graft offences in what critics say is
the biggest retreat on reforms since the country joined the European
Union a decade ago.
2017 Feb 1, Serbia introduced a
lockdown for migrants in their refugee center outside Belgrade after
an alleged attack against a woman walking with her children.
2017 Feb 1, Slovakia’s PM
Robert Fico Slovakia introduced a new police unit to fight terrorism
and far-right extremism.
2017 Feb 1, A South African
government investigation revealed that at least 94 mentally ill
patients died after authorities moved them last year from hospital
to unlicensed health facilities that were compared to "concentration
2017 Feb 1, In South Africa
workers and managers in the chicken industry marched to the office
of the EU delegation in Pretoria, alleging their livelihoods are in
jeopardy because of allegedly illegal dumping of EU chicken meat in
the local market.
2017 Feb 1, In Syria air
strikes hit Red Crescent offices in the northwestern city of Idlib
after midnight, injuring several staff and causing extensive damage.
2017 Feb 1, Ukraine government
forces and Russian-backed separatists exchanged mortar and rocket
fire for a 4th day around the flashpoint eastern town of Avdiivka
that sits just north of the rebels' de facto capital Donetsk. The
Ukrainian military said three of its soldiers had died overnight
while the rebels said as many civilians had been killed. The bodies
of seven soldiers killed in the fighting were brought to Kiev.
(AFP, 2/1/17)(Econ, 2/4/17, p.44)
2017 Feb 1, Zimbabwe started
levying a 15 percent value-added tax on basic foodstuffs, dealing a
further blow to cash-strapped consumers already battling to survive
in an ailing economy.
2017 Feb 1, Zimbabwean pastor
Evan Mawarire was arrested at Harare airport as he returned to the
country after several months abroad. He had led a surge of protests
last year against President Robert Mugabe's authoritarian