Return to home Candlemas day. Candles are blessed in honor
of the presentation of the baby Jesus in the Temple and the
purification of the Virgin Mary. The French of long ago believed
that pancakes eaten on this day prevented hemorrhoids. Pagans call
the day Brigid and Irish Catholics call it St. Brigid's Day. Druids
call it Imbolc or Imbolg.
(WUD, 1994, p.216)(SFC, 1/17/98, p.C5)(SSFC, 2/3/02, p.E4) Groundhog Day [see 1887] 962 Feb 2,
Otto I (912-973), founder of the Holy Roman Empire, was crowned Holy
Roman Emperor by Pope John XII.
1032 Feb 2, Conrad II claimed
the thrown of France.
1348 Feb 2, The Knights of the
Cross defeated a Lithuanian army at Streva.
1386 Feb 2, Jogaila was elected
King of Poland.
1461 Feb 2-3, The English
houses of York and Lancaster battled at Mortimer’s Cross, the Battle
of the Three Suns. In the War of the Roses Edward of York defeated
the Welsh Lancastrians in the 2nd battle of St Alban's.
(MH, 12/96)(AM, 7/01, p.69)(MC, 2/2/02)
1494 Feb 2, Columbus began the
practice using Indians as slaves.
1536 Feb 2, The Argentine city
of Buenos Aires was founded by Pedro de Mendoza of Spain. The
memorial Column standing at the center of Buenos Aires, gives the
date as 1500.
(AP, 2/2/97)(MC, 2/2/02)
1556 Feb 2, The worst
earthquake in history devastated China’s Shanxi Province, killing
1571 Feb 2, All eight members
of a Jesuit mission in Virginia were murdered by Indians who
pretended to be their friends.
1594 Feb 2, Giovanni Perluigi
da Palestrina (68), Italian composer, died.
1602 Feb 2, The first recorded
performance of Shakespeare’s comedy “Twelfth Night" took place. It
was not published until 1623,
1626 Feb 2, Charles I was
crowned King of England. His wife was Queen Henrietta Maria.
(HN, 2/2/99)(WSJ, 10/31/02, p.D6)
1650 Feb 2, Nell [Eleanor]
Gwyn, English actress, mistress to King Charles II, was born.
1653 Feb 2, New Amsterdam,
later New York City, was incorporated.
1754 Feb 2, Charles Maurice de
Tallyrand-Perigord, minister of foreign affairs for Napoleon I, was
born. He represented France brilliantly at the Congress of Vienna.
1762 Feb 2, Thomas Arne's opera
"Ataxerxes," premiered in London.
1789 Feb 2, Armand-Louis
Couperin (63), French composer, organist at Notre Dame, died.
1795 Feb 2, Joseph Haydn’s
102nd Symphony in B premiered.
1803 Feb 2, Albert Sidney
Johnston, Genl. (Confederate Army), was born. He died in 1862 at
1808 Feb 2, Josef Kajetan Tyl
(d.1856), Czech dramatist and songwriter, was born.
1811 Feb 2, Russian settlers
established Ft. Ross trading post in northern California. Fort Ross
was settled by peg-legged Ivan Kuzkov (Kuskov) in Sonoma County
(1912). It was designed as a base for fur hunters and a warm weather
supplier for the Russian colonies in Alaska. The colonists included
25 Russians and over 80 Aleut Indians from the islands of western
Alaska. Kuskov managed the settlement until 1821.
(SFEC, 3/23/97, p.T5)(SFEC, 9/20/98, Z1
p.4)(SFC, 6/15/01, WBb p.7)(MC, 2/2/02)
1817 Feb 2, John Glover,
English chemist (sulfuric acid), was born.
1823 Feb 2, Rossini's opera
"Semiramide" premiered in Venice.
1826 Feb 2, Jean Anthelme
Brillat-Savarin (b.1755), French lawyer and epicure, died. “Tell me
what you eat and I will tell you what you are." His famous work,
Physiologie du goût (The Physiology of Taste), was published in
December 1825, two months before his death.
1848 Feb 2, US and Mexico
signed the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo. Mexico ceded one-third of
its territory to the US including California, agreed to the Rio
Grande as the boundary between Texas and Mexico and was awarded $15
million. 25,000 Mexicans and 12,000 Americans lost their lives in
the 17-month old conflict.
(HFA, ‘96, p.48)(SFC, 6/13/96, p.A17)(HN, 2/2/99)
1848 Feb 2, The 1st ship load
of Chinese arrived in SF.
1852 Feb 2, Alexandre Dumas
Jr.’s "Le Dame aux Camelias," premiered in Paris.
1861 Feb 2, Solomon R.
Guggenheim, philanthropist (Guggenheim Museum NYC), was born.
1861 Feb 2, Mohammed VI, last
sultan of Ottoman Empire (1918-22), was born.
1865 Feb 2, Confederate raider
William Quantrill and his bushwackers robbed citizens, burned a
railroad depot and stole horses from Midway, Kentucky.
1869 Feb 2, James Oliver
invented the removable tempered steel plow blade.
1870 Feb 2, Samuel Clemens,
Mark Twain, married Olivia Langdon in Elmira, New York. He fell in
love with her photograph during an 1867 trip to the Holy Land with
her brother Charles.
(SFEM, 1/25/98, p.31)
1870 Feb 2, The press agencies
Havas, Reuter and Wolff signed an agreement whereby between them
they would cover the whole world.
1870 Feb 2, The "Cardiff
Giant," supposedly the petrified remains of a human discovered in
Cardiff, N.Y., was revealed to be nothing more than carved gypsum.
1873 Feb 2, Baron Konstantin
von Neurath, German secretary of State (1932-38), was born. After WW
II he was tried as war criminal and received jail sentence.
1875 Feb 2, Fritz Kreisler,
violinist, composer, was born in Vienna, Austria.
1876 Feb 2, The National League
of Professional Base Ball Clubs with eight teams (Boston, Chicago,
Cincinnati, Hartford, Louisville, New York, Philadelphia, St Louis)
was formed in New York.
(AP, 2/2/97)(HN, 2/2/99)(MC, 2/2/02)
1882 Feb 2, James Joyce
(d.1941), Irish novelist and poet was born near Dublin. He wrote
"Ulysses" and "Portrait of an Artist as a Young Man." From
"Ulysses": “History, Stephen said, is a nightmare from which I am
trying to awake." In 1998 John Wyse Jackson and Peter Costello
published the biography: “John Stanislaus Joyce: The Voluminous Life
and Genius of James Joyce’s Father."
(AP, 6/22/98)(AP, 2/2/99)(HN, 2/2/99)
1887 Feb 2, People began
gathering at Gobbler's Knob in Punxsutawney, Pa., to witness the
groundhog's search for its shadow.
(WSJ, 2/2/99, p.B1)
1890 Feb 2, Charles Correl,
"Andy" of the "Amos and Andy" radio program, was born.
1892 Feb 2, Bottle cap with
cork seal was patented by William Painter in Baltimore.
1893 Feb 2, The first movie
close-up (of a sneeze) was made at the Edison studio, West Orange,
(HFA, '96, p.24)(MC, 2/2/02)
1895 Feb 2, George Halas,
National Football League co-founder, was born.
1897 Feb 2, Fire destroyed the
Pennsylvania state capitol in Harrisburg. A new statehouse was
dedicated on the same site nine years later.
1900 Feb 2, Gustave
Charpentier's opera "Louise" premiered in Paris.
1901 Feb 2, Jascha Heifetz
(d.1987), US violin virtuoso (Carnegie Hall), was born in Vilnius,
1901 Feb 2, Mexican government
troops were badly beaten by Yaqui Indians.
1905 Feb 2, Ayn Rand (d.1982),
writer and social philosopher (Atlas Shrugged, Fountainhead), was
born in St. Petersburg, Russia, as Alisa Rosenbaum. Her work
espoused the political-economic philosophy of Objectivism,
capitalism and what she called "rational selfishness." She graduated
from the University of Leningrad in 1924 and moved to the United
States in 1926, becoming a citizen in 1931. In Objectivism, the
individual alone and his acts of self-interest are seen as the
positive driving force of society. Rand rejected ideologies of
altruism and self-sacrifice. Her novels "Fountainhead" (1943) and
"Atlas Shrugged" (1957) and a number of non-fiction works brought
wide recognition to her and her theories. Rand founded the journal
The Objectivist in 1962. She died in 1982. "Upper classes are a
nation’s past; the middle class is its future." "So you think that
money is the root of all evil. Have you ever asked what is the root
(AP, 4/30/97)(AP, 5/13/98)(HNPD,
1906 Feb 2, A Papal encyclical
denounced the separation of church & state.
1911 Feb 2, Johan J. "Jussi"
Bjorling, great Swedish tenor, was born. Now regarded by many as the
greatest opera tenor of the middle 20th Century.
1913 Feb 2, The new Grand
Central Terminal in NYC opened. It first opened in 1871 and was
rebuilt by Cornelius Vanderbilt at 42nd and Park Ave. It was
designed by the architectural firms of Reed and Stem and Warren and
Wetmore, and was extensively remodeled in 1998.
p.D10)(SSFC, 1/3/10, p.L4)
1915 Feb 2, Abba Eban (d.2002),
Israeli statesman, was born in South Africa. He grew up in England,
attaining honors at Cambridge University, where he honed his oratory
as a leader of the university debating society.
1918 Feb 2, John L. Sullivan
(59), American former heavyweight boxing champ, died.
(AH, 2/06, p.34)
1920 Feb 2, A. Wang, founder of
Wang Labs and Wang Computers, was born.
1922 Feb 2, James Joyce's novel
"Ulysses" was published in Paris with 1,000 copies.
(SFC, 10/15/99, p.C12)(MC, 2/2/02)
1923 Feb 2, Ethyl gasoline was
1st marketed in Dayton, Ohio.
1927 Feb 2, Stan Getz, jazz
saxophonist, was born in Philadelphia.
(SFC, 12/28/99, p.C4)
1932 Feb 2, Al Capone was sent
to prison at Atlanta, Georgia, for "tax evasion."
1933 Feb 2, Adolf Hitler
dissolved Parliament 2 days after becoming chancellor.
1933 Feb 2, Reichstag President
Herman Goring banned communist meetings and demonstrations in
1933 Feb 2, Than Shwe, later
military ruler of Myanmar (1992), was born.
1934 Feb 2, The SF Police
Commission promulgated a set of regulations regarding dance permits
to Barbary Coast nightclubs. These included a prohibition against
colored and white people dancing together.
(SSFC, 2/1/09, DB p.50)
1934 Feb 2, Alfred Rosenberg
was made philosophical chief of the Nazi Party.
1935 Feb 2, A lie detector,
invented in 1921, was 1st used in court at Portage, Wisc.
(MC, 2/2/02)(Econ, 7/10/04, p.71)
1939 Feb 2, Hungary broke
relations with the Soviet Union.
1942 Feb 2, A Los Angeles Times
column urged security measures against Japanese-Americans, arguing
that a Japanese-American "almost inevitably ... grows up to be a
Japanese, not an American."
1942 Feb 2, US auto factories
switched from commercial to war production.
1943 Feb 2, The remainder of
Nazi forces from the Battle of Stalingrad surrendered in a major
World War II victory for the Soviets. 23 generals, 2,000 officers,
and at least 130,000 German troops surrendered. This was later
considered as the turning point of WW II.
(AP, 2/2/97)(HN, 2/2/99)(WSJ, 3/28/03, p.A1)
1944 Feb 2, Andrew Davis,
conductor, was born in Ashbridge, England.
1944 Feb 2, The Germans stopped
an Allied attack at Anzio, Italy.
1945 Feb 2, President Roosevelt
and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill departed Malta for the
Yalta summit with Soviet leader Josef Stalin.
1945 Feb 2, Some 1,200 Royal
Air Force planes blasted Wiesbaden and Karlsruhe.
1945 Feb 2, Karl F. Goerdeler
(60), mayor of Leipzig, "July 20th plot", was hanged.
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.
1948 Feb 2, President Harry
Truman sent to Congress a 10-point civil rights program calling for
measures against lynching, poll taxes and job discrimination.
1948 Feb 2, The United States
and Italy signed a pact of friendship, commerce and navigation.
1950 Feb 2, Nuclear physicist
Klaus Fuchs was arrested on spy charges. The Klaus Fuchs (d.1988)
confession revealed that the Soviet Union obtained the atomic bomb
from sources within the Manhattan Project. It was later revealed
that Theodore Alvin Hall, a scientist on the project, passed
information to the Soviets. The story is told in the 1997 book:
"Bombshell: The Secret Story of America’s Spy Conspiracy" by Joseph
Albright and Marcia Kunstel. Fuchs served 9 ½ years in a British
prison. Ruth Werner (d.2000) served as a contact for Fuchs in
p.A19)(SFEC, 12/21/97, BR p.7)(SFC, 7/11/00, p.A23)
1954 Feb 2, President
Eisenhower reported the 1952 detonation of 1st Hydrogen bomb.
1956 Feb 2, Figure skater
Tenley Albright became the first American woman to win a gold medal
at the Winter Olympics in Italy. She achieved this despite an ankle
(NYT, 2/3/1956, p. 26)
1959 Feb 2, Buddy Holly made
his last performance.
1959 Feb 2, Arlington and
Norfolk, Va., peacefully desegregated public schools.
1960 Feb 2, The U.S. Senate
approved 24th Amendment calling for a ban on the poll tax.
1961 Feb 2, The hijackers of
the Portuguese ocean liner the Santa Maria allowed the passengers
and crew to disembark in Brazil, 11 days after seizing the ship.
1965 Feb 2, Joe Orton's farce,
"Loot," premiered in Brighton.
1967 Feb 2, The American
Basketball Association (ABA) was officially born as the brainchild
of promoter Dennis Murphy. He later founded the World Football
League, the World Hockey Association, and World Team Tennis.
1969 Feb 2, Boris Karloff
(b.1887), British actor born as William Henry Pratt, died. He is
best remembered for his roles in horror films and his portrayal of
Frankenstein's monster in the 1931 film Frankenstein.
1969 Feb 2, In Marin County,
Ca., a fire destroyed a 22-room mansion at Rancho Olompali occupied
by members of “the Chosen Family" led by Donald McCoy (1932-2004)."
(SSFC, 10/24/04, p.B7)(SFC, 1/14/09, p.B12)
1969 Feb 2, Giovanni Martinelli
(b.1885), Italian opera singer, died. He enjoyed a long career at
the Metropolitan Opera in New York City and appeared at other
1970 Feb 2, Bertrand Russell
(B.1872), philosopher, social gadfly and British MP, died in
Merioneth. "Why is propaganda so much more successful when it stirs
up hatred than when it tries to stir up friendly feeling?" He wrote
"Pricipia Mathmatica." In 1996 "Bertrand Russel: The Spirit of
Solitude," 1871-1921 by Ray Monk was published.
(WSJ, 9/27/96, p.A16)(AP, 1/7/99)(HN,
1971 Feb 2, The Apollo XIV
astronauts confirmed that they would attempt a lunar landing.
(G&M, 2/2/96, p.A-2)
1971 Feb 2, The Ramsar
Convention, officially titled “The Convention on Wetlands of
International Importance, especially as Waterfowl Habitat," was
developed and adopted by participating nations at a meeting in
Ramsar, Iran. It came into force on December 21, 1975. The US
ratified the Ramsar agreement in 1986.
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ramsar_Convention)(NH, 5/01, p.35)
1971 Feb 2, Idi Amin assumed
power in Uganda, following a coup that ousted President Milton
Obote. Idi Amin Dada (1925-2003) appointed himself president.
1972 Feb 2, The play "Jumpers"
by Tom Stoppard (b.1937) was first performed at the Old Vic Theatre,
1972 Feb 2, Winter Olympics
began in Sapporo, Japan.
1973 Feb 2, Crocodile Rock by
Elton John peaked in the top 10 singles.
1974 Feb 2, Barbra Streisand
made her 1st #1 hit, "The Way We Were."
1974 Feb 2, In Fort Myers,
Florida, Cynthia Nadeau was raped and her boyfriend Terry Milroy was
murdered. Delbert Tibbs (1939-1974) was soon after arrested in
Ocala, Fl., for the rape and murder. In December Tibbs was falsely
convicted and sentenced to death. In 1976 a judge reveiewed the case
and found no evidence to support the conviction. Tibbs was released
1976 Feb 2, Susan LeFevre (21)
escaped from a Michigan prison, where she was serving a 10-year
sentence for a heroin conviction. In 2008 she was arrested in San
Diego, where she lived as a suburban mother under the name Marie
Walsh. In 2009 LeFevre (54) was released from prison in Michigan.
1979 Feb 2, John Simon Ritchie
(b.1957), better known as Sid Vicious, the bassist for the British
Sex Pistols rock group, overdosed from heroin in NYC.
1980 Feb 2, Reports surfaced
that the FBI had conducted a sting operation targeting members of
Congress using phony Arab businessmen in what became known as
"Abscam," a codename protested by Arab-Americans.
1980 Feb 2, A 2-day prison riot
began at the old main penitentiary near Santa Fe, NM. The riot left
33 inmates butchered by other prisoners.
1982 Feb 2, Pres. Hafez Assad
ordered the Syrian army under his brother, Rifaat Assad, to crush a
fundamentalist Muslim revolt in Hama. At least 10,000 residents were
massacred. The Muslim Brotherhood played a role in the crushed
p.33)(Econ, 2/18/12, p.50)
1984 Feb 2, In Venezuela Pres.
Jaime Lusinchi took office as the country’s 57th president and
continued to 1989.
1985 Feb 2, David Raley, a
caretaker at the Carolands Chateau in Hillsborough, Ca., lured 2
teenage girls inside, where he assaulted and stabbed them, killing
one. The 2nd girl survived and identified her assailant. In 2006 an
appeals court upheld his death sentence.
(SFC, 8/19/97, p.A17)(Ind, 2/26/00, p.5A)(SFC,
1987 Feb 2, The White House
announced the resignation of CIA director William Casey, who was
hospitalized and had undergone brain surgery.
1987 Feb 2, Largest steel
strike in American history, in progress since August, ended.
1988 Feb 2, In a speech that
three major television networks declined to broadcast live,
President Reagan pressed his case for aid to the Nicaraguan Contras.
1989 Feb 2, President Bush met
at the White House with Japanese Prime Minister Noboru Takeshita,
after which both leaders sounded upbeat about U.S-Japanese
1990 Feb 2, In a dramatic
concession to South Africa's black majority, President F.W. de Klerk
lifted a ban on the African National Congress and promised to free
1990 Feb 2, In South Africa
Benedict Daswa, as Catholic schoolteacher, was beaten to death in a
spasm of violence born of a flash of lightning and a witch hunt. In
2012 a movement was under way to have the Vatican declare Daswa
South Africa's first saint. Daswa was beatified on Sep 13, 2015.
(AP, 7/15/12)(AFP, 9/13/15)
1991 Feb 2, In Brazil Expedito
Ribeiro de Souza, an environmental activist and head of the
Farmworkers Union, was killed. Jose Serafim Sales was convicted for
the shooting in 1995 and was sentenced to 24 years in prison. He
later escaped. In 2000 rancher Jeronimo Alves Amorim was convicted
for ordering the killing and was sentenced to 19 ½ years in prison.
(SFC, 6/8/00, p.A16)
1992 Feb 2, The U.S. Coast
Guard shipped home 250 more Haitian refugees from the Guantanamo Bay
Naval Base in Cuba, a day after repatriating a shipload of about 150
1992 Feb 2, Longtime “Miss
America" emcee Bert Parks died in La Jolla, Calif., at age 77.
1993 Feb 2, In a speech to the
National Governors' Association, President Clinton pledged to
transform welfare into a "hand up, not a handout" by giving
recipients training and then requiring them to work.
1993 Feb 2, IRS and Willie
Nelson settled on $9M tax bill (of $16.7M). In November 1990 the IRS
had raided Willie Nelson's home in Texas and seized everything. The
IRS auctioned off Nelson's home and his property, though friends and
fans bought most of his things and gave them back later.
1994 Feb 2, The US Commerce
Department reported that its Index of Leading Economic Indicators
rose for the fifth straight month, with a 0.7 percent advance in
1994 Feb 2, Marija
Alseika-Gimbutas (b.1921), Lithuanian-born archeologist and
pre-historian, died in LA, Ca.
1995 Feb 2, President Clinton
nominated Henry Foster Jr. to succeed fired Surgeon General Joycelyn
Elders; however, Foster's nomination was later defeated in the
1995 Feb 2, The leaders of
Egypt, Israel, Jordan and the Palestinians held an unprecedented
summit in Cairo to try to revive the Mideast peace process.
1996 Feb 2, Gil Amelio
(b.1943), CEO of National Semiconductor from 27 May 1991 to 2
February 1996, took over as chairman and CEO of Apple
Computer. Markkula became vice-chairman and Michael Spindler
left the company. Amelio lasted until 1997 when Steve Jobs came back
to the company. In 1998 Amelio published "On the Firing Line: My 500
Days at Apple," written with William L. Simon.
(WSJ, 7/2/98, p.A20)(SFC, 1/24/04,
1996 Feb 2, Barry Loukaitis
(14) turned his guns loose on fellow 9th graders at Frontier Middle
School in Seattle.
(SFEC, 6/14/98, p.A1)
1996 Feb 2, A deep freeze
continued in the Plains, the Midwest and much of the South, breaking
temperature records that had stood for a century.
1996 Feb 2, Gene Kelly (83),
dancer actor and choreographer, famous for his part in the musical
Singin' in the Rain, died of complications from strokes at his home
in Beverly Hills, Ca.
(WSJ, 2/5/96, p.A-1)(AP, 2/2/08)
1997 Feb 2, Authorities in
Vallejo, Calif., recovered 500 pounds of stolen dynamite and
arrested two men in bombings that destroyed three bank teller
machines and blasted a courthouse wall. Six men wound up receiving
long prison terms for their roles in the case.
(SFC, 2/3/97, p.A1)(AP, 2/2/07)
1997 Feb 2, In Algeria Islamic
guerrillas killed 31 people. The dead were all believed to be
related to a dissident member of the GIA, the Armed Islamic Group.
After their throats were cut a dwarf hacked off their heads with an
ax and a knife.
(SFC, 2/3/97, p.C2)
1997 Feb 2, In Belgium some 20
thousand demonstrators joined workers of bankrupt Forges de Clabecq,
a steel firm, to protest job losses and social injustice.
(SFC, 2/3/97, p.C3)
1997 Feb 2, In Columbia at
least 25 soldiers were killed and scores wounded in fighting with
leftist guerrillas east of Bogota.
(SFC, 2/3/97, p.C3)
1997 Feb 2, In Serbia riot
police beat pro-democracy protestors in the biggest show of force in
75 days of anti-government protests.
(SFC, 2/3/97, p.A1)
1998 Feb 2, Pres. Clinton
proposed a $1.73 trillion fiscal 1999 budget and projected a $10
billion surplus, the first year without a deficit since 1969. He
planned to pump billions to schools, health and child care.
(WSJ, 2/2/98, p.A1)(AP, 2/2/99)
1998 Feb 2, The government
released statistics showing deaths from AIDS fell by almost half
during the first half of 1997, a decrease attributed to increased
use of powerful combinations of medicines.
1998 Feb 2, In Florida three
days of storms began the left an estimated damage of over $25
million. Gov. Chiles requested $19 million in federal disaster aid.
(SFC, 2/10/98, p.A8)
1998 Feb 2, UN Sec-Gen Kofi
Annan recommended that the Security Council more than double the
amount of oil Iraq is allowed to sell.
(SFC, 2/3/98, p.A6)
1998 Feb 2, In Algeria the
military reported that they killed 60 rebels in a weekend offensive.
Local media said 17 civilians were killed in 3 massacres in western
and southern provinces.
(WSJ, 2/3/98, p.A1)
1998 Feb 2, Russia announced
that an envoy in Baghdad received concessions from Saddam Hussein on
UN weapons inspections. US Sec. Albright failed to get permission
from Saudi Arabia for US use of air bases to launch air strikes
against Iraq. France, Turkey, Jordan, the Arab League and Yasser
Arafat said they would send envoys to Baghdad to avert a possible US
(SFC, 2/3/98, p.A6)
1998 Feb 2, In the Philippines
a Cebu Pacific Air DC-9 crashed on Mount Sumagaya as it approached
for landing at Cagayan de Oro. 104 people were onboard. Rescuers
reached the wreckage the next day but found no survivors.
(SFC, 2/3/98, p.A6)(SFC, 2/4/98, p.C3)
1999 Feb 2, A federal jury in
Portland, Oregon, ordered abortion foes who had created "wanted"
posters and a Web site listing the names and addresses of "baby
butchers" to pay $107 million in damages; the defendants said they
would appeal. In 2004 the case was before the U.S. Supreme Court.
1999 Feb 2, In Angola a
chartered Antonov crashed in a Luanda residential area and 28 people
(WSJ, 2/3/99, p.A1)
1999 Feb 2, In Brazil Pres.
Cardoso fired Central Bank chief Francisco Lopes. He appointed
Arminio Fraga (42), an investment strategist and former associate of
George Soros, to the post.
(SFC, 2/3/99, p.A9)
1999 Feb 2, In Guinea-Bissau a
grenade destroyed a church and killed 3 people. 35 people were
reported killed since fighting began Jan 31.
(SFC, 2/3/99, p.A10)
1999 Feb 2, In Kosovo members
of the KLA agreed to attend peace talks in France.
(SFC, 2/3/99, p.A9)
1999 Feb 2, In Iraq US pilots
operated under broader rules of attack and targeted a newly
assembled missile site.
(SFC, 2/3/99, p.A1)
1999 Feb 2, In Russia the top
court banned the death penalty until a jury system is adopted
throughout the nation. Police commandos also raided the Moscow
headquarters of Sibneft, an oil company believed to be controlled by
financier Boris Berezovsky.
(WSJ, 2/3/99, p.A1)(SFEC, 2/7/99, p.A22)
1999 Feb 2, In Venezuela Hugo
Chavez was sworn in as president. He soon began Plan Bolivar 2000, a
national effort to refurbish schools and clinics using military
(SFC, 2/3/99, p.A9)(SFC, 6/14/99, p.A12)
1999 Feb 2, In Yemen kidnappers
freed 4 Dutch and 2 British nationals.
(WSJ, 2/3/99, p.A1)
2000 Feb 2, The TV cable Oxygen
channel, dedicated to female viewers, made its debut.
(SFEC, 1/30/00, p.D5)
2000 Feb 2, Pres. Clinton
proposed a $2 billion "ClickStart" program to bring Internet access
to low-income households.
(SFC, 2/3/00, p.A1)
2000 Feb 2, The US Federal
Reserve raised short-term interest rates by .25%.
(SFC, 2/3/00, p.A1)
2000 Feb 2, A federal jury in
Portland, Oregon, ordered abortion foes who had created “wanted"
posters and a Web site listing the names and addresses of “baby
butchers" to pay $107 million in damages; the defendants promised to
2000 Feb 2, Searchers recovered
the cockpit voice recorder from the wreckage of Alaska Airlines
Flight 261 in the Pacific Ocean, off the California coast.
2000 Feb 2, In Bolivia an oil
spill was reported to have leaked some 5,000 barrels into the
Desaguadero River, which empties into Lake Titicaca. The spill was
reported to have reached Lake Poopo and Lake Uru Uru and was
spreading to the communities of the Aymara Indians.
(SFC, 2/5/00, p.A16)
2000 Feb 2, In Israel an
Israeli Arab legislator, Issam Mahoul, announced that the country
possessed up to 300 nuclear warheads and that 3 new German-made
submarines would be fitted with nuclear weapons.
(SFC, 2/3/00, p.A13)
2000 Feb 2, In Kosovo a rocket
attack on a NATO escorted bus filled with Serb civilians killed 2
villagers and wounded 3.
(SFC, 2/3/00, p.A12)(WSJ, 2/3/00, p.A1)
2000 Feb 2, In southern Lebanon
a roadside bomb killed one man and injured 2 Israeli militiamen.
(SFC, 2/3/00, p.A13)
2000 Feb 2, In Tajikistan at
least 5 people were killed and 22 wounded when a city bus exploded
outside Dushanbe. A natural gas canister or home made bomb was
(SFC, 2/3/00, p.A13)
2000 Feb 2, In Turkey the
bodies of 5 more Hezbollah victims were found in Diyarbakir and
Gaziantep and raised the total to 55.
(SFC, 2/3/00, p.A14)
2001 Feb 2, Former President
Clinton and Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton said they would pay for
$86,000 worth of White House gifts they'd chosen to keep.
2001 Feb 2, Mexico agreed to
sell a small amount of power to California. The Bush administration
refused to impose energy price caps despite pleas by Western
(SFC, 2/3/01, p.A3,8)
2001 Feb 2, Congo’s Pres.
Joseph Kabila called for the armies of Rwanda, Uganda and Burundi to
withdraw and promised that troops from Angola, Namibia and Zimbabwe
would leave after stability was restored.
(SFC, 2/3/01, p.A8)
2001 Feb 2, Hutu militiamen
backing Joseph Kabila ambushed a bus in rebel-controlled eastern
Congo and killed 11 passengers.
(SFC, 2/6/01, p.A10)
2001 Feb 2, Alfred Sirven,
former 2nd in command of Elf Aquitaine, was arrested in Manila
following 4 years on the lam. He was involved in a
multimillion-dollar corruption case against Roland Dumas, a former
French foreign minister.
(SFC, 2/3/01, p.A10)
2002 Feb 2, Jim Kelly of the
Buffalo Bills and Pittsburgh Steelers star John Stallworth were
elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
2002 Feb 2, The NHL World
All-Stars rallied to defeat North America 8-5.
2002 Feb 2, The Bush
administration approved a $700 million grant to help rebuild lower
Manhattan devastated by the Sep 11 terrorist attacks.
(SSFC, 2/3/02, p.A13)
2002 Feb 2, In NYC protesters
of the World Economic Forum turned out in large numbers. Inside
foreign economic leaders criticized the US for protectionist
policies, and Bill Gates and U2 rock star Bono pushed for increases
in foreign aid by rich countries to poor countries.
(SSFC, 2/3/02, p.A3)(AP, 2/2/03)
2002 Feb 2, New Orleans voters
approved a $1 per hour increase in the minimum wage above the $5.15
federal standard in a referendum that went to court for resolution.
(SSFC, 2/17/02, p.A9)
2002 Feb 2, A special committee
of the Enron Corp. board filed a 217-page report that concluded
Enron executives had manipulated company profits.
(SSFC, 2/3/02, p.A1)
2002 Feb 2, In Lagos, Nigeria,
fighting broke out between militants of the Yoruba and Hausa tribes.
At least 55 people were killed over the next 2 days as fighting
(SFC, 2/4/02, p.A3)(SFC, 2/5/02, p.A5)
2002 Feb 2, In Pakistan police
arrested 2 people in Karachi linked to the Jan 23 kidnapping of WSJ
reporter Daniel Pearl.
(SSFC, 2/3/02, p.A7)
2003 Feb 2, The search
continued for pieces of the space shuttle Columbia, a day after the
spacecraft disintegrated during re-entry over Texas, killing all
2003 Feb 2, Lou Harrison (85),
US composer, died. His work melded Asian and Western styles.
(SFC, 2/4/03, p.A19)
2003 Feb 2, Australia's first
cloned sheep, Matilda (b. Apr, 2000) died unexpectedly of unknown
2003 Feb 2, BP and AAR, a
Russian consortium, agreed to combine their Russian oil and gas
interests, with each holding a 50% stake in TNK-BP.
(Econ, 6/9/12, p.68)
2003 Feb 2, Chechen rebel
attacks and mines killed 5 Russian servicemen and wounded 8.
2003 Feb 2, In northeastern
China, fire tore through the Tiantan Hotel Harbin, killing 33 people
at the start of Chinese New Year.
2003 Feb 2, A tornado tore
through remote villages in Bandundu province in central Congo,
killing 164 people, destroying homes and ruining crops.
2003 Feb 2, Vaclav Havel
stepped down after 13 years as president of the Czech Republic.
2003 Feb 2, Indonesian police
arrested Mas Selamat bin Kastari, a major terrorist suspect, on the
island of Bintang.
(SFC, 2/4/03, p.A9)
2003 Feb 2, In Kazakhstan
Progress M-47 lifted off atop a Soyuz-U rocket to deliver supplies
to the int'l. space station.
(SFC, 2/3/03, p.A5)
2003 Feb 2, In Nigeria a
powerful explosion destroyed a bank and dozens of apartments above
it on Lagos Island, and relief workers reported at least 46 killed
and many more trapped.
(AP, 2/2/03)(AP, 2/3/04)
2003 Feb 2, In the Philippines
a two-hour gunbattle involving about 70 New People's Army rebels
killed two soldiers and five rebels near the town of Baganga in the
southern Davao Oriental province.
2004 Feb 2, Pres. Bush proposed
a $2.4 trillion federal budget with a projected deficit of $521
billion for this year. It included an increase in rent for San
Francisco's use of Hetch Hetchy reservoir in the Yosemite Valley
from $30,000 a year to $8 million.
(SFC, 2/3/04, p.A1)(SFC, 2/4/04, p.A1)
2004 Feb 2, A white power
containing Ricin, a deadly poison, was discovered in a mail room
near the office of US Senate majority leader Bill Frist.
(SFC, 2/3/04, p.A3)
2004 Feb 2, Scientists reported
the discovery of elements 113 and 115.
(SFC, 2/3/04, p.A4)
2004 Feb 2, The US ambassador
to Ecuador said the US will withhold $15 million in military aid to
Ecuador for not signing an agreement granting US military members
immunity from an international court.
2004 Feb 2, PM Ariel Sharon
told his stunned Likud Party he plans to dismantle all Israeli
settlements in the Gaza Strip, his most specific comment yet on
unilateral steps if peace talks fail.
2004 Feb 2, Israel killed a
leader of Islamic Jihad and three other militants in a Gaza raid.
2004 Feb 2, In Nepal some
15,000 people marched in downtown Katmandu demanding democratic
reforms. Police broke up the rally with tear gas, water cannons and
bamboo batons, injuring at least 12 people.
2004 Feb 2, Pakistan said
Abdul Qadeer Khan, the founder of its nuclear program, has
acknowledged in a written statement that he sent sensitive
technology to Iran, Libya and North Korea to aid their atomic
2004 Feb 2, A 6-year-old
Thai boy, who had been in contact with roosters used in cock fights,
died in Bangkok of bird flu. Thailand breeders began hiding their
valuable fighting roosters.
(WSJ, 2/10/04, p.A1)
2004 Feb 2, In central Turkey
an 11-story apartment building collapsed in Konya, killing at least
63 people. 12 people were found alive in the rubble the next day.
(AP, 2/3/04)(AP, 2/6/04)(AP,
2004 Feb 2, In western Uganda a
boat overloaded with passengers and cargo capsized in stormy weather
on Lake Albert and more than 40 people were feared drowned.
2005 Feb 2, President Bush
showcased his Social Security plan and claimed advances on jobs and
against terrorism in his State of the Union address. Bush called for
changes in Social Security that would combine reduced government
benefits for younger workers with "a chance to build a nest egg"
through personal accounts.
(AP, 2/3/05)(AP, 2/2/06)
2005 Feb 2, The US Federal Open
Market Committee, for the 6th straight meeting, increased its target
for overnight interest rates by a quarter percentage point to 2.50%
and signaled that rates will rise further in coming months.
2005 Feb 2, The US said that
North Korea's nuclear initiative is a threat to world peace and
urged the secretive regime in Pyongyang to resume talks aimed at
ending the program.
2005 Feb 2, Matthew Carrington
(21), a student at Cal State Chico, died of heart failure after
drinking excessive amounts of water while doing calisthenics during
a hazing ritual for the Chi Tau fraternity.
(SFC, 1/18/07, p.A5)
2005 Feb 2, China and Russia
agreed to set up a new body to consult more closely on security
2005 Feb 2, Marxist rebels in
southern Colombia ambushed an army convoy with explosives and
gunfire, killing 8 soldiers and wounding 4 others.
2005 Feb 2, The EU told Italy,
France and Germany, to do more to bring their budgets in balance as
required by the rules of Europe's single currency.
2005 Feb 2, French Pres.
Jacques Chirac planned to visit Senegal for the first time in a
decade, hoping to boost ties with a former West African colony at a
time when the US is raising its military profile in the region.
2005 Feb 2, Max Schmeling
(b.1905), the heavyweight champion whose two fights with Joe Louis
set off a propaganda war between the Nazi regime and the US on the
eve of World War II, died at age 99 at his home in Hollenstedt,
2005 Feb 2, India’s Finance
Minister Palaniappan Chidambaram said India has raised the interest
rate for its largest pension fund, the Employees Provident Fund
(EPF), to 9.5%. India raised the foreign investment cap in telecoms
companies to 74% from 49%.
2005 Feb 2, Abdul-Aziz
al-Hakim, the Shiite Muslim who heads the ticket expected to have
won the largest number of parliamentary seats in Iraq's election,
indicated that his group wants the post of prime minister in the new
government. Leading Sunni Muslim clerics said the country's landmark
elections lacked legitimacy because large numbers of Sunnis did not
participate in the balloting, which the clerics had asked them to
2005 Feb 2, In Iraq 2 civilians
were killed and six injured when insurgents fired mortar shells at a
U.S. base in Tal Afar, 30 miles west of Mosul.
2005 Feb 2, Kurdish leader
Massoud Barzani outlined a set of demands for Shiite political
parties and said Kurds would back only Shiites willing to maintain
the current Kurd autonomy.
(WSJ, 2/3/05, p.A15)
2005 Feb 2, Armando Guebuza was
sworn in as president of Mozambique.
2005 Feb 2, Nepal’s King
Gyanendra announced a 10-member Cabinet dominated by his own
supporters, one day after he dismissed the government.
2005 Feb 2, Russia's government
said the country's economy grew by 7.1 percent last year, an
increase in its preliminary estimates.
2006 Feb 2, US House
Republicans elected Ohio Rep. John Boehner as majority leader to
replace Texas Rep. Tom DeLay.
(WSJ, 2/3/06, p.A1)
2006 Feb 2, In California
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory announced that it will
install a battery of machine guns to deter terrorists. The Gatling
guns will be capable of firing 4,000 rounds a minute from 6 barrels
with a range of nearly a mile.
(SFC, 2/4/06, p.B1)
2006 Feb 2, Tornadoes tore
through New Orleans neighborhoods that had been hit hard by
Hurricane Katrina five months earlier.
2006 Feb 2, NYC Mayor Michael
Bloomberg, a billionaire known for his philanthropy, anonymously
donated $100 million to Johns Hopkins University to support stem
2006 Feb 2, United Airlines'
new stock debuted on the Nasdaq Stock Market, a day after the
carrier emerged from bankruptcy following a three-year
2006 Feb 2, In New Bedford,
Mass., Jacob D. Robida (18) used a hatchet and a gun to attack 3
patrons at a gay bar. On Feb 4 in Arkansas Robida shot himself after
he killed a Gassville police officer and a woman in his car. He died
the next day.
(AP, 2/3/06)(AP, 2/5/06)(SFC, 2/8/06, p.A3)
2006 Feb 2, Climate experts
confirmed the start of La Nina, a mild cooling of the tropical
Pacific Ocean. It often coincides with more numerous hurricanes, a
wetter Pacific Northwest and a drier South.
(SFC, 2/3/06, p.A18)
2006 Feb 2, German
alternative-power company Solarworld AG said it will buy businesses
from Shell to take over as the top maker of solar power equipment in
2006 Feb 2, The Greek
government reported that mobile phones belonging to top Greek
military and government officials, including the prime minister and
the US embassy, were tapped for nearly a year beginning in the weeks
before the 2004 Olympic games. It was not known who was responsible
for the taps, which numbered about 100.
2006 Feb 2, Guatemalan police
said they have arrested 7 Christian fundamentalist vigilantes who
extorted travelers and may have killed five people they believed
2006 Feb 2, Honduras numbered
24 state prisons, but only one, the National Penitentiary, was
actually built to house inmates. Prison facilities built for 6,000
prisoners housed 13,000.
2006 Feb 2, Eight survivors
were rescued two days after an overcrowded Indonesian ferry sank in
rough seas on the western side of Timor island. At least 20 people
were still missing.
2006 Feb 2, A US helicopter
fired rockets into a crowded Shiite neighborhood of eastern Baghdad,
killing a young woman, after the aircraft was fired on. In eastern
Baghdad 2 bombs exploded about 20 minutes apart, killing at least 11
Iraqis and wounding dozens. A US soldier was killed in a roadside
bombing north of Baghdad.
(AP, 2/2/06)(SFC, 2/4/06, p.A7)
2006 Feb 2, In Iraq a mortar
attack on the Northern Oil. Co. in Kirkuk resulted in devastating
pipeline fires and a shut down of all oil operations in the area.
The director of the plant was arrested 2 days later along with
several employees and police officials and all were charged with
helping to orchestrate the attack.
(SSFC, 2/5/06, p.A18)
2006 Feb 2, Italy's government
won a vote of confidence in the upper house of parliament on a broad
decree that includes financing for the country's mission in Iraq.
2006 Feb 2, Lebanese officials
said the bullet-ridden body of a 15-year-old shepherd was found in
disputed territory occupied by Israel.
2006 Feb 2, Mexican authorities
captured Oscar Arriola Marquez, leader of the Arriola Marquez
cartel, wanted in the US on cocaine trafficking and money laundering
charges, and ranked among the world's most-wanted fugitives.
2006 Feb 2, In Nepal the homes
of 3 mayoral candidates loyal to the king were bombed, a week before
nationwide municipal elections that insurgents have called a sham
and vowed to disrupt.
2006 Feb 2, Armed militants,
angered by a cartoon drawing of the Prophet Muhammad published in
European media, surrounded EU offices in Gaza and threatened to
kidnap foreigners as outrage over the caricatures spread across the
Islamic world. A fatwa was issued by Yussuf al-Qaradawi, a
Brotherhood sheikh with his own program on al-Jazeera. Other radical
groups joined the fray. Although there is no Quranic injunction
against images, Islam in its early years came into contact with a
version of Christianity that was militantly iconoclastic and some
Muslim theologians issued fatwas against any depiction of the
(AP, 2/2/06)(WSJ, 2/8/06, p.A16)
2006 Feb 2, South Korea decided
to begin talks with the US toward achieving a free trade agreement
between the two countries.
2006 Feb 2, South Korea's spy
agency said that North Korea was not currently producing counterfeit
currency, apparently contradicting US allegations that have become
the latest obstacle in nuclear disarmament talks with the communist
2006 Feb 2, In Russia 3 bombs
ripped through slot-machine parlors in the southern city of
Vladikavkaz, the capital of North Ossetia, killing at least two
people and injuring up to 25 others.
2006 Feb 2, Russia and Ukraine
announced the signing of an agreement finalizing their Jan 4
compromise on natural gas prices.
(WSJ, 2/3/06, p.A10)
2006 Feb 2, The Vatican
announced that Pope Benedict XVI has accepted the resignation of an
auxiliary bishop of Detroit, Thomas Gumbleton, a liberal voice in
the US church who recently revealed that a priest abused him 60
2006 Feb 2, President Hugo
Chavez said that Venezuela is expelling a US Navy officer for
allegedly passing secret information from the Venezuelan military to
the Pentagon and warned he will throw out all US military attaches
if further espionage occurs.
2007 Feb 2, Scientists from 113
countries issued a report saying they have little doubt global
warming is caused by man, and predicting that hotter temperatures
and rises in sea level will "continue for centuries" no matter how
much humans control their pollution. The 4th report of the
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) was published in
(AP, 2/2/07)(Econ, 2/10/07, p.86)
2007 Feb 2, Gov. Rick Perry
issued an order making Texas the 1st state to require schoolgirls
get vaccinated against the sexually transmitted virus that causes
(SFC, 2/3/07, p.A3)
2007 Feb 2, Storms blew through
central Florida, killing 21 people, flattening dozens of homes and a
church and lifting a tractor trailer into the air.
(AP, 2/3/07)(AP, 2/2/08)
2007 Feb 2, Ivan Santos (15)
was shot and killed in San Pablo, Ca. On Mar 22-23 Police arrested
Ramon Alejandre (30), Roberto Garcia (21) and a boy (17) for
shooting Santos, who was allegedly dressed like a rival gang member.
(SFC, 3/24/07, p.B3)
2007 Feb 2, Joe Hunter (79),
Motown’s first bandleader, died in Detroit, Mich.
(SSFC, 2/4/07, p.B6)
2007 Feb 2, Billy Henderson
(67), singer in the band called the Spinners, died in Florida. His
songs included “I’ll Be Around" (1972) and other hits. The 5-member
band had formed in 1954 in Ferndale, Mich.
(SSFC, 2/4/07, p.B6)
2007 Feb 2, Eric von Schmidt
(75), guitarist and painter, died in Connecticut. He was a mentor
for Bob Dylan, who wrote the liner notes for Schmidt’s 1969 album:
“Who Knocked the Brains Out of the Sky."
(SFC, 2/5/07, p.B4)
2007 Feb 2, In Bolivia a high
court ruled in favor of a Amauris Sanmartino, a Cuban dissident who
was recently deported from Bolivia for criticizing President Evo
Morales, saying a law prohibiting foreigners from involvement in the
Andean country's politics is unconstitutional. Sanmartino went to
Colombia and planned to relocate to Norway.
(AP, 2/2/07)(AP, 2/28/07)
2007 Feb 2, US Peace Corps
volunteers flew to Cambodia to teach English at rural schools,
marking the 45-year-old organization's first mission
2007 Feb 2, Abdoulaye Miskine,
the head of one of the Central African Republic's main rebel groups,
inked in Libya a peace deal described as "historic" by the
government. Under the deal, which CAR's other main rebel factions
are expected to sign up to, there will be an immediate ceasefire and
Miskine's rebels will be integrated into civilian life or absorbed
into the army. Rebel prisoners are to be freed.
2007 Feb 2, A mine explosion in
China’s Henan province killed 24 coal miners at the Xing'an coal
mine. Newspapers later reported that mining officials had said that
seven miners had died in the blast, and that mine owner Fu Faming
ordered miners back into the shaft to seal it with earth in an
attempt to bury evidence of the deaths.
2007 Feb 2, Ecuador’s President
Rafael Correa dismissed the country's army commander, just over a
week after a military helicopter crash killed Ecuador's first female
2007 Feb 2, A French court
convicted dozens of people in a baby-trafficking case involving the
sale of nearly two dozen Bulgarian infants over two years.
2007 Feb 2, In northern India a
crowded bus veered off a steep mountain road and fell into a gorge,
killing at least 10 people and injuring 17 others.
2007 Feb 2, Iran said it will
allow UN surveillance cameras at its Natanz nuclear complex.
(WSJ, 2/3/07, p.A1)
2007 Feb 2, US forces killed 18
insurgents in fighting overnight after insurgents opened fire on the
Americans from several positions in Ramadi. A roadside bomb struck a
police patrol in the northern city of Mosul, killing one officer. A
US military helicopter went down near Taji and 2 crew members were
(AP, 2/2/07)(SFC, 2/3/07, p.A4)
2007 Feb 2, UN envoy Martti
Ahtisaari unveiled his long-awaited plan for Kosovo, a proposal
recommending internationally supervised statehood for the contested
province where separatists fought a bloody war with Serbia in the
2007 Feb 2, Lebanon's top Sunni
Muslim clerics published a religious edict prohibiting Muslims from
killing their fellow countrymen, particularly other Muslims.
2007 Feb 2, Fatah fighters
stormed a Hamas-affiliated university for the second time, hours
before the two political factions grappling for control of the
Palestinian government said they had agreed on a new cease-fire. 17
people, including four children, were killed in renewed fighting
before the announcement.
(AP, 2/2/07)(WSJ, 2/3/07, p.A1)
2007 Feb 2, Malaysia said it is
ready to halt free trade talks with the United States after a US
lawmaker called for a suspension in protest over an energy deal with
Iran signed in January.
2007 Feb 2, President Gen.
Pervez Musharraf said Pakistan will erect fencing to reinforce parts
of its porous mountain border with Afghanistan, acknowledging for
the first time that some outgunned Pakistani frontier guards have
allowed militants to cross. The United States handed over eight
Cobra attack helicopters to Pakistan, which is under growing
pressure to stop Taliban guerrillas crossing into Afghanistan to
fight NATO forces.
(AP, 2/2/07)(Reuters, 2/2/07)
2007 Feb 2, Suspected Muslim
guerrillas stormed a Philippine jail and blasted a hole through a
wall, freeing three alleged bombers and dozens of other inmates. In
the southern Philippines 50 people were killed and 65 others injured
when a tanker truck exploded as it was negotiating a downhill
(AP, 2/2/07)(AP, 2/3/07)
2007 Feb 2, In Somalia an
explosion at an Islamic school for women and girls in Mogadishu
wounded at least seven people. At least three mortar attacks were
launched overnight in the city by unknown
2007 Feb 2, Chinese President
Hu Jintao offered Sudan assistance for the peaceful resolution of
the Darfur conflict but ignored Western pressure to make future aid
conditional on the progress made. Jintao agreed on closer economic
cooperation with Sudan after sealing talks with a series of trade
agreements. Jintao told Sudan's leader he must give the United
Nations a bigger role in trying to resolve the conflict in Darfur.
2007 Feb 2, A ruling by
Switzerland's highest court opened up the possibility that people
with serious mental illnesses could be helped by doctors to take
their own lives.
2008 Feb 2, Mitt Romney coasted
to a win in presidential preference voting by Maine Republicans,
claiming his third victory in a caucus state and fourth overall.
2008 Feb 2, In Tinley Park,
Ill., a gunman herded five women into the back room of a strip mall
Lane Bryan clothing store and killed them during a botched robbery.
He vanished after walking out of the shop's front door.
2008 Feb 2, Gus Arriola
(b.1917), cartoonist, died in Carmel, Ca. His Gordo (1941-1985)
cartoon strip was one of the first in the US to celebrate Mexican
(SSFC, 2/3/08, p.B1)
2008 Feb 2, Joshua Lederberg
(b.1925), Stanford professor and Nobel-winning molecular biologist,
died in NY.
(SFC, 2/8/08, p.B9)
2008 Feb 2, African Union
leaders condemned the latest unrest in Chad and Kenya at the close
of a summit overshadowed by new crises on the continent and which
saw little headway achieved on older ones. Hundreds of rebels
penetrated the capital of Chad, clashing with government troops and
moving on the presidential palace after a three-day advance through
the oil-producing central African nation.
(AFP, 2/2/08)(AP, 2/2/08)
2008 Feb 2, Hamas agreed to
Egyptian calls to control the flow of Palestinians through the
breached Gaza border and expects Egypt to seal remaining gaps in the
2008 Feb 2, French President
Nicolas Sarkozy married former model Carla Bruni at the Elysee
2008 Feb 2, An Indonesian
health ministry official said floods in Jakarta have killed three
people and displaced nearly 100,000 after two days of torrential
2008 Feb 2, Iraqi forces raided
two villages north of the capital, killing seven suspected militants
and arresting four others. Near Samarra, Iraqi police killed four
men and captured a senior aide to an al-Qaida in Iraq leader. Near
Tal Afar Iraqi commandos killed three wanted men and arrested three
others. The US military accidentally killed nine Iraqi civilians
near Iskandariyah during an operation targeting al-Qaida in Iraq,
the deadliest known case of mistaken identity in recent months.
(AP, 2/2/08)(AP, 2/4/08)
2008 Feb 2, An Iraqi government
official said Iraq has halted oil exports to Austria's OMV, the
leading oil and gas group in central Europe, to protest a deal with
the self-ruled Kurdish region.
2008 Feb 2, A Lebanese
prosecutor issued arrest warrants for 11 soldiers and six civilians
in connection with Jan 27 clashes between troops and Shiite Muslim
protesters that left 7 people dead.
2008 Feb 2, A police raid in
Pakistan's northwest triggered a shootout that killed two officers
and three militants and led the insurgents to use women and children
as human shields.
2008 Feb 2, South Korean car
giant Hyundai Motor Co opened a second plant in India, making the
country its biggest foreign manufacturing site.
2008 Feb 2, In central Sri
Lanka a bomb tore through a bus packed with mostly elderly Buddhist
pilgrims, killing 18 people and wounding 51 others.
2008 Feb 2, Taiwan's president
inaugurated a runway on disputed Taiping island in the Spratlys
chain in the South China Sea, sparking a protest from the
Philippines which also claims sovereignty over the isle.
2008 Feb 2, In Turkey tens of
thousands of secular Turks rallied against a plan by the government
to allow women students to wear the Muslim headscarf at university,
a move they say will usher in a stricter form of Islam.
2009 Feb 2, President Barack
Obama promised to establish a review board to oversee the
government's $700 billion rescue package aimed at averting a
financial meltdown, declaring that some of the nation's banks would
have to write down bad debts, while other banks may fail.
2009 Feb 2, Eric Holder won US
Senate confirmation as the nation's first African-American attorney
general, after supporters from both parties touted his dream resume
and easily overcame Republican concerns over his commitment to fight
terrorism and his unwillingness to back the right to keep and bear
2009 Feb 2, Tom Daschle,
President Barack Obama's choice to head the Health and Human
Services Department, apologized to the Senate panel that will decide
his fate, saying he was "deeply embarrassed and disappointed" about
failing to pay more than $120,000 in taxes. On Feb 3 Daschle
withdrew his name from nomination.
(AP, 2/2/09)(WSJ, 2/4/09, p.A1)
2009 Feb 2, In New Mexico
Richard Leon Goyette (47) was arrested in Albuquerque for conveying
false information. Angered over losses in the stock market he has
sent financial institutions angry e-mails and dozens of threatening
letters containing suspicious powder.
(WSJ, 2/4/09, p.A6)
2009 Feb 2, In southern
Afghanistan a Taliban suicide bomber in a police uniform detonated
his explosives inside a police training center, killing 21 officers
and wounding at least 20.
2009 Feb 2, Hundreds more
British power plant workers went on strike in a widening labor
campaign over the use of overseas workers to build an oil refinery
in Immingham. Workers were upset over the decision by Italian
construction company IREM SpA to use Italian and Portuguese workers
for a 200 million-pound ($280 million) project at a Total refinery.
An estimated 6 million people skipped work when the largest
snowstorm to hit London in 18 years stopped bus and subway services,
grounded airliners and hobbled businesses.
(AP, 2/2/09)(AP, 2/3/09)
2009 Feb 2, In Cambodia police
in Siem Reap arrested Jack Louis Sporich (75), an American from
Chicago. He was charged with sexually abusing four Cambodian boys.
2009 Feb 2, In England a
protester hurled abuse and then a shoe at China's Premier Wen Jiabao
as he delivered a speech on the global economy at Cambridge
2009 Feb 2, A Chinese official
said an estimated 26 million desperately poor rural Chinese are
jobless after pinning their hopes on factory jobs that dried up due
to the global economic slowdown, noting that widespread unemployment
could threaten the country's social stability.
2009 Feb 2, In Ethiopia Libyan
leader Moamer Kadhafi was elected to head the 53-nation African
Union at a summit amid concerns over deadly unrest in Madagascar and
a bid to indict Sudan's president for war crimes.
2009 Feb 2, In Greece riot
police fired tear gas at farmers to prevent them from driving their
tractors to Athens as part of a protest demanding government
2009 Feb 2, Guyana banned
nighttime flights because of a strike by air traffic controllers.
The strike began the night of Jan 30 over union demands for salary
increases of 5 percent. The government says it cannot grant the pay
hikes because it needs to upgrade airport safety equipment.
2009 Feb 2, The International
Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) signed a nuclear inspections deal with
2009 Feb 2, Indonesia's navy
picked up 198 starving, dehydrated boat people from Myanmar who said
they drifted for three weeks after authorities in Thailand forced
them to sea in a boat without an engine. Indonesian fishermen had
discovered the 40-foot (12-meter) boat off Aceh's coast in northern
Sumatra and towed it to shore.
2009 Feb 2, Iran successfully
launched a missile carrying Omid (hope in Farsi), its first
domestically made satellite into orbit. In 2005, Iran launched its
first commercial satellite on a Russian rocket in a joint project
with Moscow, which appears to be the main partner in transferring
space technology to Iran.
2009 Feb 2, In Iraq a roadside
bomb targeting an American convoy exploded. Two people were killed
and six others were wounded.
2009 Feb 2, A missile from an
Israeli aircraft struck a car traveling in the southern Gaza Strip,
killing a Palestinian militant and further straining a truce with
the territory's Hamas rulers. Defense Minister Ehud Barak proposed
linking Gaza with the West Bank by digging a tunnel through Israeli
(AP, 2/2/09)(WSJ, 2/3/09, p.A1)
2009 Feb 2, A volcano near
Tokyo erupted, shooting up billowing smoke and showering parts of
the capital with a fine ash that sent some city residents to the car
wash and left others puzzled over the white powder they initially
mistook for snow.
2009 Feb 2, In southwestern
Pakistan gunmen seized John Solecki, head of the UN refugee office
in the city of Quetta, as he traveled to work. On April 4 Solecki
was released unharmed.
(AP, 2/2/09)(SSFC, 4/5/09, p.A7)
2009 Feb 2, Saudi Arabia issued
a list of its 83 most wanted suspects living abroad, including six
Saudis released from Guantanamo Bay, and asked Interpol for help in
2009 Feb 2, In Somalia AU
peacekeepers opened fire on civilian vehicles and fatally shot 18
people after an AU vehicle was hit by a land mine in Mogadishu.
(SFC, 2/3/09, p.A3)
2009 Feb 2, In Sri Lanka rare
images of suffering civilians trapped in the war zone emerged: Dead
parents still cradling their children. A teenage boy with no arms
crying in despair. A severely crowded hospital with many patients
lying on mats under already full beds.
2009 Feb 2, Zimbabwe's central
bank revalued its dollar again, lopping another 12 zeros off its
battered currency to try to tame hyperinflation and avert total
2010 Feb 2, In Hayward, Ca., 2
men were killed outside the Manheim San Francisco Bay auto auction
business. On Feb 4 police arrested Karl George Sanft (34) for the
slaying of security guard Angelito Erasquin (63) and truck driver
Jim Wightman (56). On June 24 Sanft, who pleaded not guilty by
reason of insanity, was convicted of two counts of first degree
murder. On June 30 a judge ruled that Sanft was legally sane.
(SFC, 2/5/10, p.C2)(SFC, 6/25/15, p.D3)(SFC,
2010 Feb 2, In Afghanistan
gunmen on a motorcycle killed two associates of Pres. Karzai’s
2010 Feb 2, Australian
researchers said they had discovered a gene associated with
long-sightedness, a development they said could lead to drug
treatments that will replace glasses.
2010 Feb 2, A remote Bosnian
village, home to highly conservative Wahhabi Muslims, was raided by
hundreds of police who said they were searching for an unspecified
2010 Feb 1, Brazil’s government
approved the 11 billion dollar Belo Monte project on the Xingu river
that will flood 500 square km (193 square miles) and supply 11% of
Brazil's electricity. Detractors said the dam in northern Para state
will trigger droughts along a 100 km (60 mile) stretch of the Xingu,
displace thousands of indigenous people, attract an army of
job-seekers, and accelerate the deforestation and destruction of the
2010 Feb 2, In Ethiopia African
leaders wrapped up their annual summit less divided and looking at
brighter economic prospects but still facing a raft of conflicts,
including Sudan's predicted break-up. An AU official said leaders of
the 53-member African Union want Madagascar's rival politicians to
stick to the agreements meant to help the Indian Ocean island out of
a prolonged crisis.
2010 Feb 2, Germany and
Switzerland headed for a fresh spat over banking secrecy after
Berlin decided to buy a disc said to hold details of some 1,500
suspected tax-dodgers with funds in Swiss accounts.
2010 Feb 2, Iran said it was
ready to send its uranium abroad for further enrichment as requested
by the UN.
2010 Feb 2, In Kashmir Indian
police and Muslim protesters clashed for the second day running over
the death of a Muslim boy killed by a police tear-gas shell.
2010 Feb 2, Latvia's government
said it will accept one inmate from the US prison at Guantanamo Bay.
2010 Feb 2, The key witness in
a Mafia trial in Sicily told a court that a close ally of PM Silvio
Berlusconi had direct links with the former "Boss of Bosses" of the
2010 Feb 2, In Pakistan 8
missiles fired from US drones killed at least 4 militants in
Dattakhel village, in North Waziristan. The death toll from the
night time drone attacks, the heaviest ever in terms of the number
of missiles fired, soon rose to 31.
(AFP, 2/2/10)(Reuters, 2/2/10)
2010 Feb 2, Saudi Arabia said
it will not get involved in peacemaking in Afghanistan unless the
Taliban stops providing shelter and severs all ties with Osama bin
Laden and Al-Qaeda. Afghan Pres. Karzai was in Saudi Arabia hoping
for an active Saudi role to persuade Taliban militants to switch
(SFC, 2/3/10, p.A4)
2010 Feb 2, UN and Sudanese
officials said almost half the population of south Sudan is facing
food shortages because of conflict and drought, a fourfold rise in
the numbers needing aid since last year.
2010 Feb 2, Venezuela deported
alleged major drug traffickers to the US and France. Suspected
Colombian drug kingpin Salomon Camacho Mora, French smuggling
suspect Jean Marie Bonnamy and alleged Colombian paramilitary member
Oscar Ospino were ferried to the nation's main airport for
2011 Feb 2, US federal
regulators took the first step in setting a drinking water limit for
perchlorate, a noxious component of rocket fuel, flares and fire
works known to hamper thyroid function and hinder brain development
in young children. Most of the contaminations stemmed from military
and munitions operations.
(SFC, 2/3/11, p.A6)
2011 Feb 2, News Corps’ Rupert
Murdoch introduced a new publication tailored for Apple’s iPad.
Called the Daily, the US publication will cost 99 cents a week or
$39.99 a year. British billionaire Richard Branson had unveiled a
magazine, Project, designed for the iPad last November at a cost of
$2.99 per month.
(SFC, 2/3/11, p.D3)(Econ, 2/5/11, p.78)
2011 Feb 2, In northern
California John Luebbers, a school janitor, shot and killed
Placerville elementary school principal Sam LaCara (50), following a
(SFC, 2/5/11, p.A4)
2011 Feb 2, NASA scientists
reported that the Kepler spacecraft, launched in 2009, has found
over 1,000 possible planets with at least 54 of them within their
suns’ habitable zones.
(SFC, 2/3/11, p.A1)
2011 Feb 2, A massive storm
billed as the worst in decades barreled toward the northeast,
leaving vast swaths from Chicago to New York paralyzed by snow and
2011 Feb 2, Afghan President
Hamid Karzai arrived in New Delhi to discuss efforts to restore
security in Afghanistan and to attend a conference on sustainable
2011 Feb 2, Afghanistan's
Finance Minister Omar Zakhilwal called for an investigation into
allegations he personally benefited from corruption at Kabul Bank,
the country's largest bank. Details of alleged improper interest
payments were made public by The Wall Street Journal a day earlier.
2011 Feb 2, In Afghanistan
Australian Corporal Richard Edward Atkinson (22) was killed while on
patrol in Uruzgan's Deh Rahwod. This upped the number of Australian
troops killed in the conflict to 22.
2011 Feb 2, Italian Maria
Sandra Mariani (53) was kidnapped in southeastern Algeria near the
town of Djanet by Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM). Algeria’s
official news agency reported the kidnapping on Feb 4. Mariani was
released on April 17, 2012.
(AP, 2/4/11)(AFP, 7/21/11)(AFP, 4/17/12)
2011 Feb 2, In northeastern
Australia Cyclone Yasi ripped roofs from buildings and cut power to
thousands of homes. The scale of disaster was unknown as officials
and residents holed up while the tempest raged.
2011 Feb 2, British investment
banker Christian Littlewood (37) was sentenced to 40 months in
prison for insider trading. He pleaded guilty to eight counts of
insider dealing after a Financial Services Authority (FSA)
investigation. His wife and co-conspirator Angie Littlewood was
given a 12-month suspended sentence.
2011 Feb 2, In CongoDRC at
least 14 people were killed and around 20 injured when a goods train
derailed in Western Kasai province.
2011 Feb 2, In Egypt several
thousand supporters of President Hosni Mubarak, including some
riding horses and camels and wielding whips, attacked
anti-government protesters as the upheaval took a dangerous new
turn. In scenes of chaos and pitched fighting, the two sides pelted
each other with stones, and protesters dragged attackers off their
horses. Egyptian troops fired warning shots in a bid to end clashes
with regime supporters and the protesters reacted jubilantly. The
government said three people were killed. The government began to
reinstate Internet service after days of an unprecedented cutoff,
and state TV announced the easing of a nighttime curfew. As many as
11 people were killed and over 1,000 wounded.
(AP, 2/2/11)(AFP, 2/2/11)(Econ, 2/12/11, p.28)
2011 Feb 2, German riot police
clearing out one of Berlin's last squats, Liebig 14, clashed with
protesters in pitched battles, reviving memories of fights that
brought down a local government in 1990. Liebigstrasse 14, occupied
in 1990, had 10 flats, artists’ studios and 25 tenants.
(Reuters, 2/2/11)(Econ, 2/12/11, p.59)
2011 Feb 2, Indian police
arrested former telecom minister A. Raja and other senior officials
as part of a probe into one of the country's biggest corruption
2011 Feb 2, Indonesian
prosecutors formally charged Abu Bakar Bashir (72), spiritual head
of the al-Qaida-linked Jemaah Islamiyah network, with planning
terrorist attacks. He was also was charged with helping fund a new
terror cell in Aceh province and mobilizing foot soldiers.
2011 Feb 2, Jordan's new
premier, Maruf Bakhit, began consultations on forming a government
charged with passing reforms and meeting the demands of popular
protests, despite objections from the Islamist opposition.
2011 Feb 2, In Mexico gunmen
fired upon a group of Mexican marines who were responding to reports
of illicit activity at an apartment complex In the wealthy Monterrey
suburb of San Pedro Garza Garcia. The marines returned fire, killing
four suspected gunmen. Gunmen killed Manuel Farfan, a retired army
general who took over a month ago as police chief of Nuevo Laredo.
Two of his bodyguards also were slain and two suffered wounds.
(AP, 2/2/11)(AP, 2/3/11)
2011 Feb 2, In northwest
Pakistan a car bomb killed nine people close to Peshawar. 3 children
were among the dead. A group of militants attacked a security post
in the Anarggi area of Mohmand tribal region, killing three
paramilitary soldiers and wounding four. Troops returned fire and
killed 16 insurgents. A roadside bomb hit a paramilitary vehicle in
the Davezai area of Mohmand, killing one soldier and wounding three
others. An artillery shell fired by the military hit a house in the
area, killing two women. In the nearby Orakzai tribal region,
fighter jets pounded suspected militant hideouts, killing 15 alleged
militants and wounding 10 others. Several mortars fired from
Afghanistan landed near an army checkpoint in the Ghulam Khan area
of North Waziristan, killing one Pakistani soldier and wounding
2011 Feb 2, A Philippine
official said police commandos have arrested Arabi Sali, an
al-Qaida-linked militant allegedly involved in the killing of
American tourists and two US soldiers in the southern Philippines in
September, 2009. Allegations that former military chiefs benefited
from massive corruption led to calls for the government to get
serious about reforming the armed forces.
(AP, 2/2/11)(SFC, 2/3/11, p.A2)
2011 Feb 2, In southern Russia
2 masked gunmen burst into a cafe in Kabardino-Balkaria and shot
dead four traffic policemen on their lunch break. In Dagestan two
suspected insurgents were killed in an overnight gunbattle with
2011 Feb 2, Spain’s PM Zapatero
signed a solemn “social pact" with unions and employers, covering
pensions, collective bargaining and more.
(Econ, 2/5/11, p.62)
2011 Feb 2, Tunisia's interim
government moved to impose its control over the country's security
forces and state institutions, firing dozens of senior allies of
fallen dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.
2011 Feb 2, Yemeni President
Ali Abdullah Saleh told parliament he will not seek another term in
office or hand power to his son. His current term in office expires
in 2013. Saleh also said he will freeze plans to change the
constitution that would have enabled him to remain president for
(AP, 2/2/11)(AFP, 2/2/11)
2012 Feb 2, The US Justice
Department said it has indicted Wegelin, the oldest Swiss private
bank, on charges that it enabled wealthy Americans to evade taxes on
at least $1.2 billion hidden in offshore bank accounts. In January,
2013, a reduced Wegelin pleaded guilty in a New York court to
allowing more than 100 American citizens to hide $1.2 billion from
the Internal Revenue Service over a 10-year period.
2012 Feb 2, The US national
Football League announced it would give the SF 49ers $200 million
loans and straight payments for its new $1 billion stadium in Santa
(SFC, 2/3/12, p.C1)
2012 Feb 2, NATO's top official
joined the US and France in calling for Afghan forces to take the
lead in all combat operations by mid-2013, a year earlier than the
2012 Feb 2, Britain sent
Foreign Secretary William Hague to Mogadishu and appointed an
ambassador (Matt Baugh), for the first time in two decades. The last
British ambassador left Somalia 21 years ago, as the Horn of Africa
spiraled into chaos during the 1991 ouster of president Siad Barre.
2012 Feb 2, The Anglo-Swedish
drugs giant AstraZeneca said that it would axe 7,300 jobs by the end
of 2014 in a new cost-cutting drive, despite delivering bumper
2012 Feb 2, In Colombia
assailants in pickup trucks fired homemade mortars at a police
station in Villa Rica, killing at least six people and wounding more
than 20. Among the dead were police post's commander, a 3-year-old
girl and a 19-year-old woman.
2012 Feb 2, CongoDRC officials
from the discredited electoral commission announced the last of the
winning legislators in results it has issued piecemeal and following
a suspension of the count from the Nov. 28 balloting. Kabila still
will command a majority in parliament, where his coalition of
several parties has won about 260 of the 500 seats, down from more
than 300 in the previous assembly.
2012 Feb 2, Egyptians ranging
from soccer fans to lawmakers blamed the country's military rulers
for a bloody post-match riot as anger mounted over the failure of
police to stop the violence. PM Kamal el-Ganzouri dissolved the
Egyptian Soccer Federation's board and referred its members for
questioning by prosecutors.
2012 Feb 2, El Salvador police
said they have found the bodies of four people inside black plastic
bags dumped separately in the town of Sonsonate. Among the victims
was former professional soccer player Ladislao Nerio, who had been
2012 Feb 2, A French appeals
court upheld the Church of Scientology's 2009 fraud conviction on
charges it pressured members into paying large sums for questionable
2012 Feb 2, Gambian President
Yahya Jammeh dissolved his cabinet, two months after he was
reelected to a fourth term as the head of Africa mainland's smallest
2012 Feb 2, India’s Supreme
Court cancelled second-generation (2G) mobile licenses issued in
2008. The court cancelled 122 licenses. The ruling affected about 70
million subscribers -- out of India's 894-million odd mobile users
-- who were clients of the operators which lost their licenses.
(AFP, 2/3/12)(Econ, 2/11/12, p.67)
2012 Feb 2, Ireland's
government slashed payments to families struggling to cover the
expense of kitting out their children for Catholic religious
ceremonies. The Department of Social Protection said the payment
would now be capped at 110 euros.
2012 Feb 2, Israel's chief of
military intelligence, General Aviv Kochavi, warned at a security
conference that Iran has enough radioactive material to produce four
2012 Feb 2, Kuwait held
parliamentary elections. Opposition groups that included hard-line
Islamists took control of parliament, in a rise that could limit the
hands of pro-Western rulers in dealings such as US plans to boost
its military presence in the oil-rich Gulf nation. The conservative
surge left the 50-seat assembly without any women lawmakers. Women
had four seats in the parliament that was dissolved in December.
2012 Feb 2, Kyrgyzstan's
government said it will reprimand officials responsible for allowing
contaminated radioactive coal to be imported into the country from
2012 Feb 2, In Mali protestors
surrounded the palace of the president, angry about the government's
handling of attacks by Tuareg rebels in the country's north.
2012 Feb 2, North Korea's top
ruling body again rebuffed South Korea's call for talks, saying
Seoul's conservative leaders should first "repent of their crimes"
and honor past summit agreements.
2012 Feb 2, Pakistan's top
court summoned PM Yousuf Raza Gilani to appear February 13 to be
indicted with contempt over his refusal to pursue corruption cases
against the president.
2012 Feb 2, Palestinians tried
to block the UN chief from entering the Gaza Strip and flung shoes
at his armored convoy, the second day of Ban Ki-moon's mission to
the region to keep informal peace talks alive.
2012 Feb 2, A Papua New Guinea
ferry sank with 351 passengers and 12 crew on board. Rescuers
plucked 246 survivors from the sea off PNG’s east coast. Some 117
people remained missing.
(AP, 2/2/12)(AP, 2/3/12)(AFP, 2/5/12)
2012 Feb 2, The Philippine
military said it killed three of Southeast Asia's top Islamic
militants in a US-backed airstrike, including Malaysian bombmaker
Zulkifli bin Abdul Hir, alias Marwan, though his body was not yet
found. The air strike used US made smart bombs. Marwan was accused
of being a senior member of regional terror network Jemaah Islamiyah
and behind multiple bomb attacks in the Philippines. In 2007 the US
government offered a $5-million reward for his capture. At least 15
people were killed including Filipino Abu Pula, also known as Doctor
Abu and Umbra Jumdail, one of the core leaders of the Abu Sayyaf
militant organization and Singaporean Mohammad Ali, alias Muawiyah,
another top name in Jemaah Islamiyah. On Feb 5 two security
officials said that new intelligence showed that Jumdail was killed
but that the two foreign terror suspects were alive and were not in
the Abu Sayyaf lair that was bombed.
(AFP, 2/2/12)(SFC, 2/3/12, p.A4)(SFC, 2/4/12,
p.A3)(AP, 2/5/12)(AP, 3/21/12)
2012 Feb 2, At least 11,000
villagers have been trapped by heavy snow and blizzards in Serbia's
mountains, as the death toll from Eastern Europe's weeklong deep
freeze rose to 122, many of them homeless people.
2012 Feb 2, In South Africa
Impala Platinum, the world's number two producer, fired 13,000
miners who went on an illegal strike. Over the past month, the
Johannesburg-based company has sacked a total of about 17,200
workers at its mine in the northwestern town of Rustenburg, more
than half of the 30,000 people employed in the town.
2012 Feb 2, Togo official Lt.
Col. Yark Damehane said authorities are holding more than 150 Sri
Lankan refugees who entered the West African nation en route to
Canada. Damehane said most of the group arrived in Togo in 2011 and
overstayed their one-week tourist visas.
2012 Feb 2, Tunisia cut ties
with Syria. TAP news agency said authorities have seized dozens of
yachts as well as cars, company shares and houses belonging to
ousted leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and his family. Confiscated
items included 34 vehicles, shares in 117 companies, 233 property
deeds and 48 yachts and two homes.
(AFP, 2/2/12)(AP, 4/2/15)
2012 Feb 2, Tunisian security
forces killed two members of an armed group and arrested a third
after a clash the day before left a policeman and three soldiers
wounded, one of them critically. State news described the men as
involved in arms smuggling.
2012 Feb 2, The World Bank said
Egypt has asked for a $1.0 billion loan to help it rebuild its
2012 Feb 2, In Yemen gunmen
loyal to President Ali Abdullah Saleh besieged the offices of the
state-owned Al-Thawra daily after it stopped printing the departing
leader's portrait on its front page. Anti-Saleh demonstrators
meanwhile gathered in Sanaa's Change Square calling for the trial of
Saleh, who received blanket immunity against prosecution from
2013 Feb 2, The US and Mexico
reached a tentative agreement on cross-border trade in tomatoes.
(SFC, 2/4/13, p.A8)
2013 Feb 2, In San Diego the
165-foot South Bay Power Plant was demolished to make room for a
(SSFC, 2/3/13, p.A7)
2013 Feb 2, In California
deputies in Calaveras County found the bodies of 3 people. Phillip
Marshall (54) had shot and killed his two teenage sons before
(SFC, 2/4/13, p.A8)
2013 Feb 2, Nebraska Lt. Gov.
Rick Sheehy resigned abruptly in a scandal involving thousands of
calls to four women on his state-issued cellphone, including one
woman who said she had a romantic relationship with the politician.
2013 Feb 2, In central Texas a
shooting at a gun range at the Rough Creek Lodge, west of Glen Rose,
killed former Navy SEAL and "American Sniper" author Chris Kyle and
his friend. Eddie Ray Routh (25) of Lancaster was arraigned on two
counts of capital murder. On Feb 24, 2015, Routh was convicted for
the two slayings and received an automatic life sentence without
(AP, 2/3/13)(SFC, 2/24/15, p.A9)
2013 Feb 2, In Afghanistan a
roadside bomb killed a family of five in Helmand province.
2013 Feb 2, China’s Xinhua News
reported that 13 people died after an overloaded bus tumbled down a
slope. Over 50 people were killed in the last 24 hours in 4 major
(SSFC, 2/3/13, p.A6)
2013 Feb 2, An Egyptian court
sentenced Habib al-Adly, the country's former interior minister, to
three years in prison after finding him guilty of abusing his
position in power by forcing police conscripts to work on his
mansion and land outside Cairo. The Giza court also convicted former
riot police chief Hassan Abdel-Hamid of authorizing the illegal
labor and sentenced him to three years in prison. Several thousand
anti-government demonstrators marched again on the presidential
palace denouncing the police and Islamist President Mohammed Morsi.
Over 50 people have been killed in violence over the last 10 days.
(AP, 2/2/13)(AP, 2/3/13)(SSFC, 2/3/13, p.A3)
2013 Feb 2, In Greece more than
5,000 supporters of the extreme-right Golden Dawn party marched past
the US Embassy in Athens, chanting anti-Turkish, anti-US and
anti-immigrant slogans to commemorate a 1996 border incident that
caused a crisis between Greece and Turkey.
2013 Feb 2, Iran unveiled its
newest combat jet, the the Qaher F-313, or Dominant F-313. Military
officials claimed the domestically manufactured fighter-bomber can
2013 Feb 2, Israeli PM Benjamin
Netanyahu took on the job of forming a new government and said its
most important task would be to ensure that Iran does not gain
2013 Feb 2, Israeli troops
fired tear gas and stun grenades at rock-throwing Palestinian
protesters as soldiers tried to dismantle an encampment near Burin
that activists set up in the West Bank to protest Israeli building
2013 Feb 2, In Mali
French President Francois Hollande, bathed in the cheers and
accolades of the thousands of people of Timbuktu, made a triumphant
stop six days after French forces parachuted into the city.
2013 Feb 2, In Mali secular
rebels from Mali's Tuareg group (NMLA) arrested Mohamed Moussa Ag
Mohamed of Ansar Dine and Oumeini Ould Baba Akhmed of the Movement
for Unity and Oneness of the Jihad, or MUJAO, near Mali's border
2013 Feb 2, In northwestern
Pakistan Taliban militants wearing suicide vests fired automatic
weapons and rocket-propelled grenades at an army post in a pre-dawn
raid, killing 23 people, including 10 civilians in Serai Naurang
town of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. 12 attackers also were killed
in the assault.
2013 Feb 2, Paraguayan
presidential candidate Lino Cesar Oviedo (69) was killed in a
helicopter crash, ending a dramatic political career that included
coups and repeated attempts to lead his impoverished country. His
bodyguard and pilot also died in the crash.
2013 Feb 2, A Senegal town
leader said that at least five people have been killed after rebels
in the restive south raided a village in the Casamance region and
targeted a bank.
2013 Feb 2, South Africa
teenager Anene Booysen (17) was gang-raped, mutilated and left for
dead on a building construction site in the Western Cape. She lived
long enough to identify one of her attackers. Police on Feb 7 said
they have arrested a second suspect for the gang-rape. On May 21 a
magistrate said there was not enough evidence to try suspect
Jonathan Davids (22), her rejected boyfriend. On Nov 1 Johannes Kana
(21), a man convicted of raping and murdering the girl, was
sentenced to life in jail.
(AP, 2/7/13)(AP, 5/21/13)(AFP, 11/1/13)
2013 Feb 2, Syrian rebels
captured a strategic neighborhood near Aleppo's international
airport. Elsewhere fighting continued unabated, killing more than 60
2013 Feb 2, The Yemeni military
said it has wrested control of al-Maraksha in Abyan province from
al-Qaida fighters after three days of clashes that killed 17 people.
2014 Feb 2, The Seattle
Seahawks defeated the Denver Broncos 43-8 in Super Bowl XLVIII
played in New Jersey.
(SFC, 2/3/14, p.B1)
2014 Feb 2, In Florida Doreen
Landstra (79) backed her SUV into a group of people in Bradenton
killing 3 with 5 others hospitalized.
(SFC, 2/3/14, p.A4)
2014 Feb 2, In Illinois Michael
Worsham (43) was found dead in his house after he killed his wife
(42), son (17) and daughter (15) in Robbins, a suburb of Chicago.
(SFC, 2/4/14, p.A4)
2014 Feb 2, Philip Seymour
Hoffman (46), who won the Oscar for best actor in 2006 as writer
Truman Capote, was found dead in his apartment in NYC with what law
enforcement officials said was a needle in his arm. His films
included “Scent of a Woman" (1992), “Boogie Nights" (1997), "The Big
Lebowski" (1997), “Along Came Polly" (2004), “Doubt" (2008) and
“Synecdoche, New York" (2008).
(AP, 2/2/14)(Econ, 2/8/14, p.86)
2014 Feb 2, In North Carolina a
leaking pipe dumped 82,000 tons of coal ash into the Dan River
in Eden. A permanent plug was installed and tested on Feb 8.
(SFC, 2/10/14, p.A5)
2014 Feb 2, Tens of thousands
of people are without electricity in Austria, Croatia and Slovenia
after icy rain and sleet caused major disruptions. Hundreds of
motorists were evacuated overnight from their vehicles in Serbia,
where massive snow drifts have caused widespread travel chaos.
2014 Feb 2, In the Central
African Republic witnesses said international forces have retaken
Sibut, a strategic town occupied for days by Muslim Seleka fighters.
2014 Feb 2, Costa Rican held
presidential elections. None of four candidates had a clear lead in
2014 Feb 2, El Salvador held
presidential elections. With 58% of the votes counted VP Salvador
Sanchez had a 49% lead over San Salvador mayor Norman Quijano of
ARENA with nearly 39%.
(Reuters, 2/2/14)(SFC, 2/3/14, p.A3)
2014 Feb 2, Thousands of
demonstrators gathered in Paris and Lyon in a renewed protest
against France's legalization of gay marriage.
2014 Feb 2, In France a video,
posted on Facebook, was filmed in the southeastern town of Fontaine
showing two boys pushing an 18-year-old mentally-disabled man in a
park, making him fall and shouting at him before shoving him into a
stream, from which the bewildered-looking victim emerges and walks
away. Over the next two days four boys were detained over the
assault and one (12) was released.
2014 Feb 2, In Germany
Frankfurt’s 116-meter (380-foot) University Tower, built in 1972,
was brought down with explosives in one of the biggest such
operations in Europe.
2014 Feb 2, German conductor
Gerd Albrecht (78) died in Berlin. He had led orchestras in the
Czech Republic, Japan and Denmark and worked to bring music to
2014 Feb 2, Iraqi government
forces pressed their assault on militant strongholds in Anbar
province as attacks elsewhere killed 13 people.
2014 Feb 2, In Kenya gunfire
erupted in and around a mosque in the port city of Mombasa following
a raid by armed police who had received a tip-off that Muslim youths
were being radicalized and trained for militant attacks. At least
one officer and a young man were killed.
(Reuters, 2/2/14)(AP, 2/2/14)
2014 Feb 2, Mauritania's PM
Moulaye Ould Mohamed Laghdaf and his cabinet resigned, a move that
had been expected after the ruling party scored a sweeping victory
in legislative and local elections last year.
2014 Feb 2, The Pakistani
Taliban said in a statement that it wants five well-known political
and religious figures including ex-cricketer Imran Khan to represent
them in peace talks with the government.
2014 Feb 2, In the Philippines
5 people were injured when motorcycle-riding men hurled a grenade
into a church in Zamboanga, a city known for Muslim rebel activity.
2014 Feb 2, In Russia several
thousand protesters marched through central Moscow to call for the
release of 20 people who were arrested after clashes between police
and demonstrators in May 2012.
2014 Feb 2, Saudi Arabia put
into effect jail terms of up to 20 years for belonging to "terrorist
groups" and fighting abroad, as it struggles to deter Islamist
Saudis from becoming jihadists.
(AFP, 2/3/14)(SFC, 2/3/14, p.A4)
2014 Feb 2, In Spain several
thousand people marched from a Coca-Cola bottling plant in a
southwestern suburb to downtown Madrid to protest the company's plan
to close four plants in Spain and lay off 1,253 workers.
2014 Feb 2, Syrian military
helicopters dropped more improvised "barrel bombs" on the northern
city of Aleppo, a monitoring group said, bringing the death toll to
at least 83 people in the latest episode of a campaign many consider
a war crime. A twin car bombing killed a senior leader in an Islamic
brigade opposed to al-Qaida near Aleppo.
(Reuters, 2/2/14)(AP, 2/2/14)
2014 Feb 2, In northern Syria
ISIL fighters freed more than 400 people from a prison, who had been
held by the rival Islamist Liwa al-Tawhid unit. In the eastern
province of Deir al-Zor ISIL seized the Koniko gas field from the
Nusra Front and other Islamist rebels who had controlled it for
several weeks after wresting it from tribal gunmen.
2014 Feb 2, Thailand held
nationwide elections without bloodshed despite widespread fears of
violence. Although balloting was largely peaceful, protesters forced
thousands of polling booths to close in Bangkok and the south,
disenfranchising millions of registered voters.
2014 Feb 2, Yemen tribal
sources said Shi'ite rebels have overrun strongholds of a rival
Sunni tribal group in fighting that has killed at least 40 people in
the north in the last two days.
2014 Feb 2, Yemeni tribesmen
said they had kidnapped a German man to press their government to
free jailed relatives.