Today in History - February 3
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1014 Feb 3,
Sweyn Forkbeard (b.960), Danish-born Viking king of England
1160 Feb 3, Emperor Frederick
Barbarossa hurtled prisoners, including children, at the Italian
city of Crema, forcing its surrender.
1238 Feb 3, The Mongols took
over Vladimir, Russia.
1261 Feb 3, Samogitian fighters
defeated the Livonian Knights of the Cross at Lielvarde.
1317 Feb 3, Pope John XXII,
under guidance from Gnesen Archbishop Borislav, offered Catholicism
1368 Feb 3, Charles VI, King of
France (1380-1422), was born.
1377 Feb 3, There was a mass
execution of population of Cesena, Italy.
1451 Feb 3, Murad II, Ottoman
sultan (1421-51), died of apoplexy. Mehmet II (19) became Sultan of
the Ottoman Empire. He ruled until 1481.
(ON, 10/00, p.10)(Ot, 1993, p.7)(MC, 2/3/02)
1468 Feb 3, Johannes Gutenberg
(Johannes Gensfleisch zur Laden zum Gutenberg b.c1400), German
inventor of movable type, died.
(SFC, 2/15/97, p.D1)(WSJ, 9/14/00, p.A24)
1488 Feb 3, Bartolomeu Dias,
Portuguese explorer, sighted the coast of Africa sailing north and
made landing at Mossel Bay (South Africa) and realized that they had
rounded the continent. He saw the southern tip on his return journey
in May and named it Cabo Tormentoso (Cape of Storms). He continued
north to the Great Fish River near present day Port Elizabeth, and
then returned home in December. King Jaoa changed the cape’s name to
Cape of Good Hope to encourage future explorers.
1547 Feb 3, Russian czar Ivan
IV (17) married Anastasia Romanova.
1576 Feb 3, Henry of Navarre
(future Henry IV) escaped from Paris.
1690 Feb 3, The first paper
money in America was issued by the colony of Massachusetts. The
currency was used to pay soldiers fighting a war against Quebec.
(SFC, 4/30/97, p.B3)(AP, 2/3/97)
1740 Feb 3, Charles de Bourbon,
King of Naples, invited the Jews to return to Sicily.
1783 Feb 3, Spain recognized
United States' independence.
(AP, 2/3/97)(HN, 2/3/99)
1809 Feb 3, Felix Mendelssohn
(d.1847), German composer and pianist, was born. His work included:
"Overture to a Midsummer Night's Dream".
(HN, 2/3/01)(WUD, 1994 p.895)
1809 Feb 3, US Congress passed
an act establishing the Illinois Territory.
1811 Feb 3, Horace Greeley,
abolitionist newspaper editor, was born in Amherst, New Hampshire.
He popularized the phrase "Go west, young man." Greeley, who began
his journalism career at The New Yorker, founded The New York
Tribune in 1841 with support from powerful political friends. Under
Greeley's direction, The Tribune took a strong stand against
slavery, the South and slave owners in the years leading up to the
Civil War. The Tribune and Greeley also crusaded against liquor,
gambling, prostitution and capital punishment. One of the founders
of the Republican Party, Greeley was also an eccentric who dabbled
in many of the fads of his day. The phrase was spoken to Josiah
Grinell, who went west to Iowa, became a Congregational minister and
founded Grinell College from which Robert Noyce, developer of the
microchip and founder of Intel, graduated.
(HNPD, 2/3/99)(WSJ, 10/26/00, p.W12)
1815 Feb 3, World's 1st
commercial cheese factory was established, in Switzerland.
1821 Feb 3, Elizabeth Blackwell
(d.1910), first woman to get an MD from a U.S. medical school, was
born in Bristol, England.
1830 Feb 3, Robert Cecil,
Marquess of Salisbury (C), British PM (1885-1902), was born.
1847 Feb 3, Marie Duplessis
(b.1824), French courtesan, died. She was mistress to a number of
prominent and wealthy men, the inspiration for Marguerite Gautier,
and the main character of La Dame aux Camelias by Alexandre Dumas
the younger, one of her lovers.
1863 Feb 3, Samuel Clemens
became Mark Twain for 1st time. In Nevada the Territorial Enterprise
in Comstock printed some humorous letters from a reader named
"Josh." The editor hired the man, who was Samuel Clemens, for $25 a
week. Clemens accepted and changed his pen name to Mark Twain. Sam
had dropped the penname "Josh" and first signed himself "Mark Twain"
in a letter written on January 31, 1863. The Territorial Enterprise
published the letter in its Tuesday, February 3, 1863 issue
(SFEC, 3/8/98, BR p.6)
1865 Feb 3, The Hampton Roads
Conference was attended by President Abraham Lincoln and the Vice
President of the Confederacy, Alexander H. Stephens, in an attempt
to end the American Civil War. The four-hour meeting aboard
the Union steamboat River Queen anchored in Hampton Roads in
Virginia, also included Lincoln’s Secretary of State, William
H. Seward, Confederate Assistant Secretary of War John
Campbell and Senator R.M.T. Hunter. Lincoln‘s peace offer required
rebel states to return to the Union, accept the freedom of their
slaves and to disband their army. Even though military defeat was
imminent, the Confederate representatives did not have the authority
to accept any peace offer without a guarantee of independence for
the Confederacy, therefore, no agreement was reached.
(HFA, ‘96, p.22)(AP, 2/3/97)(HNQ, 2/5/00)
1870 Feb 3, 15th Amendment on
Black suffrage was passed. [see Mar 30]
1874 Feb 3, Gertrude Stein
(d.1946), poet and novelist, was born. Her older brother, Michael,
managed the family business, which included San Francisco’s Market
Street railway line. Her parents were Daniel and Milly. Her
relationship with her brother, Leo (1872-1947), abruptly ended in
1914. Her work included "Three Lives," "G.M.P." and "Tender
Buttons." The 40-year relationship between Gertrude and Leo is told
by Brenda Wineapple in "Sister Brother, Gertrude and Leo Stein."
"Everybody gets so much information all day long that they lose
their common sense." "It is awfully important to know what is and
what is not your business."
(SFEC, 8/11/96, DB, p.10)(AP, 12/27/97)(AP,
1887 Feb 3, US Congress created
the Electoral Count Act to avoid disputed natl. elections.
1894 Feb 3, Norman Rockwell,
artist and illustrator, was born. He painted scenes of small-town
America. Most of his work appeared in The Saturday Evening Post.
1898 Feb 3, Alvar Aalto
(d.1979), Finnish architect, was born.
1903 Feb 3, Edward F. Adams,
editorial writer for the SF Chronicle, founded the SF Commonwealth
Club as an open forum for the discussion of disputed questions.
(SFC, 2/1/03, p.E4)(SSFC, 5/13/12, p.A14)
1904 Feb 3, Colombian troops
clashed with U.S. Marines in Panama.
1907 Feb 3, James A. Michener
(d.1997), American novelist, was born. His work included "Tales of
the South Pacific." "Character consists of what you do on the third
and fourth tries."
(AP, 2/4/97)(HN, 2/3/01)
1908 Feb 3, The US Supreme
Court, in Loewe v. Lawlor, ruled the United Hatters Union had
violated the Sherman Antitrust Act by organizing a nationwide
boycott of Danbury Hatters of Connecticut.
1909 Feb 3, Simone Weil
(d.1943), French philosopher, member of the French resistance in
WWII, was born. "All sins are attempts to fill voids." "Man alone
can enslave man."
(HN, 2/3/01)(AP, 12/10/97)(AP, 8/23/98)
1912 Feb 3, New U.S. football
rules were set: the field was shortened to 100 yds.; touchdown
became six points instead of five; four downs were allowed instead
of three; and the kickoff was moved from midfield to the 40 yd.
1913 Feb 3, Ratification of the
16th Amendment to the Constitution, providing for a federal income
tax, was completed as Delaware became the 36th state to ratify the
1909 resolution. The new income tax laws included an exemption on
life insurance to help widows and orphans. The 1st $3,000 was
exempted. The top rate on incomes over $500,000 was 6%.
2/3/00)(SSFC, 7/28/02, p.A3)(WSJ, 6/4/03, p.B1)
1916 Feb 3, Canada's original
parliament buildings, in Ottawa, burned down.
1917 Feb 3, The United States
broke off diplomatic relations with Germany, which had announced a
policy of unrestricted submarine warfare. A German submarine sank
the U.S. liner Housatonic off coast of Sicily.
(AP, 2/3/97)(HN, 2/3/99)
1918 Feb 3, Joey Bishop,
[Gottlieb], talk show host (Joey Bishop Show), was born in the
1918 Feb 3, The $4.25 million,
12,000 foot Twin Peaks tunnel for the SF Muni Railway opened with
Mayor James Rolph at the helm of the first streetcar to go through
to West Portal. Access to the west of the mountain spawned the 1st
residential parks including West Portal Park, St. Francis Wood,
Balboa Terrace, and Forest Hill.
(SFEC, 4/25/99, Z1 p.4)(SFCM, 3/3/02, p.40)(SFC,
1919 Feb 3, Eamon de Valera,
Sinn Fein leader, and 2 other men escaped from England’s Lincoln
Jail and made their way home to Ireland.
(ON, 9/04, p.7)
1919 Feb 3, League of Nations
held its 1st meeting in Paris.
1920 Feb 3, The Allies demanded
that 890 German military leaders stand trial for war crimes.
1924 Feb 3, Woodrow Wilson
(68), the 28th president of the United States, died in Washington.
The Woodrow Wilson Foundation in 1958 asked Prof. Arthur Link
(1920-1998) of Northwestern Univ. to oversee the publication of
Wilson’s papers. Link spent 35 years on the project and completed
his 69th and final volume in 1983. Link also produced a 5-volume
biography on Wilson. In 2013 A. Scott Berg authored the biography
(AP, 2/3/97)(SFEC, 3/29/98, p.E7)(Econ, 9/7/13,
1930 Feb 3, The chief justice
of the United States, William Howard Taft, resigned for health
reasons. He died just over a month later.
1940 Feb 3, Fran Tarkenton, NFL
quarterback, was born.
1941 Feb 3, The US Supreme
Court upheld the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938, ruling that
Congress can fix minimum wages and maximum hours for US workers.
(AH, 2/06, p.14)
1943 Feb 3, The US transport
ship "Dorchester," which was carrying troops to Greenland, sank
after being hit by a torpedo. Four Army chaplains (Rev. Lt. George
L. Fox, a Methodist minister; Rabbi Lt. Alexander D. Goode; Father
Lt. John P. Washington, a Roman Catholic priest; and Rev. Lt. Clark
V. Poling, a Protestant minister from the Dutch Reformed Church)
gave their life jackets to four other men, and went down with the
1943 Feb 3, Finland began talks
with the Soviet Union.
1944 Feb 3, The United States
shelled the Japanese homeland for the first time at Kurile Islands.
1945 Feb 3, The Allies dropped
3,000 tons of bombs on Berlin. Robert Rosenthal (1917-2007) led
1,000 B-17s in the raid on Berlin. Rosenthal later served as an
assistant to the US prosecutor at the Nuremberg trials.
(HN, 2/3/99)(SFC, 4/30/07, p.B8)
1945 Feb 3, The month-long
Battle of Manila began.
1947 Feb 3, Percival Prattis
became the 1st black reporter in Congressional press gallery.
1950 Feb 3, Morgan Fairchild,
[Patsy McClenny], actress (Falcon Crest), born in Dallas, Tx.
1950 Feb 3, The song "Rag Mop"
by The Ames Brothers hit #1.
1951 Feb 3, "Victor Borge
Show," debuted on NBC TV.
1953 Feb 3, J. Fred Muggs, a
chimp, became a regular on NBC's Today Show.
1954 Feb 3, Millions greeted
Queen Elizabeth in Sydney on her first royal trip to Australia.
1956 Feb 3, Autherine Lucy
(b.1929) arrived at the Tuscaloosa branch of the Univ. of Alabama
and became the first black person to enroll there. She had been
accepted in 1952 and then was denied because of her race.
1959 Feb 3, A plane crash
near Clear Lake, Iowa, claimed the lives of rock- and-roll stars
Buddy Holly (22), Ritchie Valens (17) and J.P. "The Big Bopper"
Richardson (28). They had just finished performing at the Surf
Ballroom in Clear Lake. Buddy Holley and the Crickets had 2 hit
songs "Oh Boy" and "Maybe Baby," Valens had the 2-sided hit "Donna"
and "La Bamba," Richardson was popular for his song "Chantilly
(AP, 2/3/97)(WSJ, 2/25/99, p.A16)(MC, 2/3/02)
1959 Feb 3, An American
Airlines Lockheed Electra crashed into New York's East River while
approaching LaGuardia Airport, killing 65 of the 73 people on board.
1959 Feb 3, Vincent Astor
(b.1891), businessman and philanthropist, died. He left almost his
entire fortune to his wife, Brooke Astor (b.1902 as Roberta Brooke
Russell). In 2007 Frances Kiernan authored “The Last Mrs. Astor: A
New York Story.”
1960 Feb 3, Candlestick Park,
the new home of the SF Giants baseball team, was officially turned
over to the team.
(SFEC,12/797, Z1 p.4)(SSFC, 1/31/10, p.42)
1962 Feb 3, President John F.
Kennedy banned all trade with Cuba except for food & drugs.
1964 Feb 3, "Meet the Beatles"
album went Gold.
1966 Feb 3, The Soviet probe
Luna 9 became the first manmade object to make a soft landing on the
1967 Feb 3, Ronald Ryan
(b.1925) was the last person executed in Australia.
1971 Feb 3, OPEC decided to set
oil prices without consulting buyers.
1973 Feb 3, "No, No Nanette"
closed at 46th St. Theater in NYC after 861 performances.
1976 Feb 3, In Nigeria Gen.
Murtala Ramat Muhammed (1938-1976) proclaimed Abuja as the new
federal capital. It was founded to replace Lagos and became the
official capital in 1991.
1978 Feb 3, Egyptian President
Anwar al-Sadat arrived in Washington DC to discuss the Middle East
peace process with US President Jimmy Carter.
1983 Feb 3, Cardinal Antonio
Samore (b.1905), Vatican representative and archivist, died. In 1978
he mediated the Beagle conflict, a border dispute between Argentina
1984 Feb 3, The Environmental
Protection Agency ordered a ban on the pesticide EDB for grain
1984 Feb 3, Ravindra Mhatre,
India's deputy high commissioner in Britain, was kidnapped in
Birmingham, England. His body was found on Feb 5. A group calling
itself the Kashmir Liberation Army claimed responsibility and
demanded a ransom of 1 million pounds ($1.84 million) and the
release of political prisoners in India.
1985 Feb 3, Frank Friedman
Oppenheimer (b.1912), American physicist, died. He had worked on the
Manhattan Project, was a target of McCarthyism, and was later the
founder of the Exploratorium in San Francisco (1969). He was the
younger brother of Dr. J. Robert Oppenheimer, the first director of
Los Alamos National Laboratory.
1987 Feb 3, The San Diego Yacht
Club celebrated the victory of skipper Dennis Conner and the Stars
and Stripes over Australia to sweep the America's Cup series.
1988 Feb 3, The U.S. House of
Representatives handed President Reagan a major defeat, rejecting
his request for at least $36.25 million in aid to the Nicaraguan
1988 Feb 3, The U.S. Senate
voted unanimously to confirm Anthony M. Kennedy to the U.S. Supreme
1988 Feb 3, Robert Duncan,
American poet, died. He and his partner Jess Collins (d.2004) along
with Harry Jacobus founded the King Ubu Gallery in SF in 1953.
1989 Feb 3, John Cassavetes
(b.1929), Greek-American actor and film director, died. His films
included "Gloria" (1980), "Love Streams" (1984) and "A Woman Under
the Influence." An unproduced script was later made into the 1997
film "She’s So Lovely," by his son. In 2006 Marshall Fine authored
“Accidental Genius,” a biography of Cassavetes.
1989 Feb 3, Gen’l. Andres
Rodriguez (d.1997 at 73) staged a coup to oust Gen’l. Alfredo
Stroessner. Stroessner, president of Paraguay for more than three
decades, was overthrown in the military coup. Some 300 people were
killed. Col. Lino Oviedo (1943-2013) led the army unit that captured
(SFC, 4/22/97, p.A3)(AP, 2/3/99)(SFC, 8/17/06,
p.A10)(Econ, 2/9/13, p.38)
1990 Feb 3, The parliament of
Bulgaria elected economist Andrei Lukanov to replace a hard-line
Communist as premier. Lukanov became the prime minister after rising
to the number 2 spot of the Communist hierarchy under Zhivkov. He
oversaw the party’s formal break with Stalinism and victory in the
first free elections.
(SFC, 10/5/96, p.A10)(AP, 2/3/00)
1991 Feb 3, US military
officials confirmed that seven of eleven Marines who were killed in
combat on January 30th died from "friendly fire."
1991 Feb 3, The rate for a
first-class postage stamp rose to 29 cents.
1991 Feb 3, Nancy Kulp
(b.1921), actress (Jane Hathaway-Beverly Hillbillies), died.
1992 Feb 3, President George
H.W. Bush got into a testy exchange with Democratic governors over
his economic-revival plan.
1992 Feb 3, Japanese Prime
Minister Kiichi Miyazawa sparked controversy by saying American
workers were losing the drive "to live by the sweat of their brow."
1993 Feb 3, Marge Schott was
suspended as Cincinnati Reds owner for one year for repeatedly using
racial and ethnic slurs. The suspension was lifted after eight
1993 Feb 3, In Los Angeles, the
federal trial began for four police officers charged with civil
rights violations in the videotaped beating of Rodney King.
1994 Feb 3, President Clinton
lifted the 19-year-old U.S. trade embargo against Vietnam.
(SFC, 12/26/98, p.A9)(AP, 2/3/99)
1994 Feb 3, The US Senate
confirmed William Perry to be defense secretary.
1994 Feb 3, Nation of Islam
leader Louis Farrakhan dismissed his aide, Khalid Abdul Muhammad,
for making anti-Semitic remarks.
1994 Feb 3, The space shuttle
Discovery lifted off, carrying Sergei Krikalev, the first Russian
cosmonaut to fly aboard a U.S. spacecraft.
1995 Feb 3, The space shuttle
Discovery blasted off with a woman, Air Force Lt. Col. Eileen
Collins, in the pilot's seat for the first time in NASA history.
1995 Feb 3, At the O.J. Simpson
trial in Los Angeles, prosecution witness Denise Brown wept on the
stand as she described the humiliation and abuse of her sister,
Nicole Brown Simpson, at the hands of the former football star.
1995 Feb 3, IBM in fashion shed
its dress code in favor of casual wear.
(SFEC, 8/29/99, p.C1)
1996 Feb 3, Sergeant First
Class Donald A. Dugan, 38, became the first US soldier killed while
on duty in Bosnia when a piece of ammunition exploded in his hands.
1996 Feb 3, Actress Audrey
Meadows died in Los Angeles at the age of 71.
1996 Feb 3, A 7.0 earthquake
hit Lijiang region of Yunnan province in China. Some 231 people were
killed and 14,000 injured.
(WSJ, 2/5/96, p.A-1)(NH, 4/97, p.44)
1997 Feb 3, The Army announced
that a retired female sergeant major had accused Sgt. Maj. Gene
McKinney of sexual assault and harassment. McKinney, who was accused
of sexual misconduct by six women, faced court-martial, but was
acquitted of 18 charges of pressuring enlisted women for sex. He
received a reprimand and reduction in rank.
1997 Feb 3, The US stock market
initiated new "circuit breakers." The first stop would kick in after
a 350-point drop in the DJ industrial average.
(WSJ, 2/3/97, p.A12)
1997 Feb 3, In Bulgaria prime
minister designate Nikolai Dobrev was selected by the ruling
Socialists to lead a new government. Thousands hit the streets with
students and transport workers in protest.
(SFC, 2/4/97, p.A9)
1997 Feb 3, In the Philippines
Roman Catholic Bishop Benjamin de Jesus was shot to death in the
city of Cotaboto on Jolo Island.
(SFC, 2/4/97, p.A9)
1997 Feb 3, In Serbia Belgrade
police beat up protestors and representatives of Kosovo’s Albanian
majority said 5 people were killed in a police sweep.
(SFC, 2/4/97, p.A8)
1998 Feb 3, A new 32-cent
postage stamp in honor of John Muir was to be issued at the
Martinez, Ca. post office.
(SFC, 1/8/98, p.A19)
1998 Feb 3, In California heavy
rains continued to thrash the state and rivers in Northern
California spilled over their banks.
(SFC, 2/4/98, p.A1)
1998 Feb 3, Mary Kay
LeTourneau, 36, former Washington state teacher, violated probation
with the 14 year-old father of her baby.
1998 Feb 3, In Savannah, Tenn.,
a helicopter used to install power lines struck a worker on a
utility pole and crashed. Three people were killed and 2 injured.
(SFC, 2/4/98, p.A3)
1998 Feb 3, In Texas Karla Faye
Tucker (38) was executed by lethal injection with sodium thiopental
for the 1983 pickax slaying of 2 people during a break-in in 1983.
She was the first woman executed in the United States since 1984.
(SFC, 2/4/98, p.A1)(WSJ, 1/4/98, p.R4)(AP,
1998 Feb 3, Heavy storms hit
the Southeast and Western US and 4 tornadoes hit the Miami area.
(WSJ, 2/4/98, p.A1)
1998 Feb 3, Armenia Pres. Levon
Ter-Petrosyan (52) resigned after 7 years of leadership. His support
for a compromise settlement over the Nagorno-Karabakh caused backers
to defect to the opposition.
(SFC, 2/4/98, p.C2)
1998 Feb 3, A US surveillance
aircraft cut a ski cable in Italy and caused the death of 20 skiers
in a gondola cable car running from Cavalese to the Alpe Cermis. The
EA-6B aircraft was normally used for patrols over Bosnia and was
only slightly damaged. Lt. Col. Steven Watters was later relieved of
command for telling crew members of a related squadron to destroy
evidence in the investigation. The pilot did not have Italian
military maps that identified the ski lift. Four crewmen were later
charged by the Marine Corps with negligent homicide, involuntary
manslaughter and dereliction of duty. The pilot and navigator faced
trial for manslaughter. Pilot Richard J. Ashby was acquitted of all
charges in 1999. Navigator Joseph Schweitzer was acquitted of
manslaughter and negligent homicide charges. Schweitzer later
pleaded guilty to obstruction and conspiracy charges for destroying
a videotape made during the flight. The tape indicated that the
plane had been flying upside down. Schweitzer was sentenced to
dismissal from the Marine Corps. Capt. Ashby (32) was found guilty
of obstruction of justice and conspiracy in May, 1999 and was
sentenced to 6 months in prison and dismissed from the Marine Corps.
Families of the victims settled for $2 million apiece in 2000.
(SFC, 2/4/98, p.A7)(SFC, 2/11/98, p.A11)(SFC,
2/19/98, p.B10)(SFC, 3/27/98, p.A14)(SFC, 7/11/98, p.A2)(SFC,
3/5/99, p.A1)(WSJ, 3/16/99, p.A1)(WSJ, 3/30/99, p.A1)(SFC, 4/3/99,
p.A3)(SFC, 5/1/99, p.A4)(SFC, 5/8/99, p.A4)(SFC, 5/11/99, p.A4)(SFC,
1998 Feb 3, In Japan a 3-rocket
attack on Tokyo’s Narita Airport did no damage but slightly injured
a cargo handler. Three rockets were involved. Later the leftist
Revolutionary Workers Association claimed responsibility
(SFC, 2/4/98, p.C3)(SFC, 2/7/98, p.11)
1999 Feb 3, Pres. Clinton
signed an executive order to establish a council of scientists and
bureaucrats to combat zebra mussels, leafy spurge, long-horned
beetles and other invasive pests.
(SFC, 2/4/99, p.A6)
1999 Feb 3, The Clinton
administration told Congress a NATO-led peacekeeping force could be
needed in Kosovo for three to five years and might include up to
4,000 American troops.
1999 Feb 3, In Switzerland 60
of the 105 members of the IOC met to formulate an assault on
performance enhancing drugs.
(WSJ, 2/4/99, p.A1)
1999 Feb 3, In Guinea-Bissau
Pres. Joao Bernardo Vieira agreed to a cease fire with rebel leader
(SFC, 2/4/99, p.A12)
1999 Feb 3, In Indonesia police
fired on a crowd listening to separatist speeches in Aceh and 2
people were killed. The death toll from Christian-Muslim clashes on
Ambon was raised to 94.
(WSJ, 2/4/99, p.A1)
1999 Feb 3, In Kosovo members
of the KLA demanded that peace talks include a guaranteed vote for
(SFC, 2/4/99, p.A10)
1999 Feb 3, Moscow reported
that its year 2000 problems will cost $3 billion to repair.
(WSJ, 2/4/99, p.A1)
1999 Feb 3, A boatload of
refugees from Sierra Leone sank near Guinea and 50 people were
(WSJ, 2/4/99, p.A1)
1999 Feb 3, In Zimbabwe
officials said that 70,000 people will die of AIDS this year. 1.6
million of the nation's 12 million people were infected.
(WSJ, 2/4/99, p.A1)
2000 Feb 3, The Senate voted
89-to-four to confirm Alan Greenspan for a fourth term as chairman
of the Federal Reserve.
2000 Feb 3, The flight data
recorder from Alaska Airlines Flight 261 was recovered from the
Pacific Ocean off California.
2000 Feb 3, The US Navy in the
Straits of Hormuz took control of a Russian tanker, Volgoneft-147,
on suspicion that is was smuggling oil from Iraq in violation of US
sanctions. Tests showed the oil came from Iraq and it was forced to
discharge the oil in Oman.
(SFC, 2/4/00, p.D6)(WSJ, 2/8/00, p.A1)
2000 Feb 3, The US Supreme
Court granted a stay of execution for Robert Lee Traver Jr., who was
to be electrocuted in Alabama.
(SFC, 2/5/00, p.A2)
2000 Feb 3, The Ford Motor Co.
said it would provide new PCs and a printer with Internet access to
its 300,000 employees at $5 per month over 3 years.
(SFC, 2/5/00, p.A1)
2000 Feb 3, Richard
Kleindienst, who had served as US attorney general during the Nixon
administration and resigned during the Watergate scandal, died in
Prescott, Arizona, at age 76.
(SFC, 2/4/00, p.D9)(AP, 2/3/01)
2000 Feb 3, Vodafone AirTouch
PLC of Britain took over Mannesmann AG of Germany for a record $170
billion in stock.
(SFC, 2/4/00, p.A1)
2000 Feb 3, In Austria Pres.
Thomas Klestil swore in members of the Freedom Party after Joerg
Haider signed a declaration accepting Austria's responsibility for
Nazi crimes during WW II.
(SFC, 2/4/00, p.A1)
2000 Feb 3, The British
government announced that it would resume control over Northern
Ireland within days if the IRA did not take steps to disarm.
(SFC, 2/4/00, p.A10)
2000 Feb 3, In Chechnya the
Russian military traded Radio Liberty journalist Andrei Babitsky to
Chechen rebels in exchange for 3 Russian soldiers.
(SFC, 2/5/00, p.A12)
2000 Feb 3, In Kosovo violence
broke out in Mitrovica with 2 grenade attacks that left 20 people
wounded and shootings that left 3 ethnic Albanians dead. The number
of deaths were later increased to 7.
(SFC, 2/4/00, p.D5)(SFEC, 2/6/00, p.A26)
2001 Feb 3, The 8-member XFL
football league, created by WWF guru Vince McMahon, made its debut
on NBC. The Las Vegas Outlaws beat the New York-New Jersey Hitmen
19-0 in Las Vegas, and the Orlando Rage beat the Chicago Enforcers
33-29 in Florida. The XFL folded after just one season.
(SSFC, 2/4/01, p.A1)(AP, 2/3/02)
2001 Feb 3, Terry McAuliffe was
elected chairman of the Democratic National Committee.
2001 Feb 3, Benjamin Varner, a
freshman at Gallaudet Univ. in Washington DC, was found dead with
his throat slashed and face mutilated. Police later arrested Joseph
Mesa Jr. (20), a freshman student from Guam, for the murder of
Varner and Eric Plunkett in Sep, 2000. [see Sep 28, 2000]
(SSFC, 2/4/01, p.A10)(SFC, 2/6/01, p.A6)(SFC,
2001 Feb 3, Mexico followed
Canada and the US in a ban on beef from Brazil due to fears of mad
(WSJ, 2/5/01, p.A17)
2002 Feb 3, In Superbowl XXXVI
the New England Patriots beat the St. Louis Rams 20-17 with a
48-yard field goal by Adam Vinatieri as time expired. Patriot
quarterback Tom Brady (24) was named MVP.
(SFC, 2/4/02, p.C1)
2002 Feb 3, Former Enron
chairman Kenneth Lay backed out of testifying before Congress about
the collapse of the energy giant.
2002 Feb 3, Argentina unveiled
a plan to rescue the economy that included a partial easement of the
banking freeze and a free-floating peso.
(SFC, 2/4/02, p.A4)
2002 Feb 3, In Cambodia’s 1st
local elections Hun Sen’s Cambodian People’s Party won control of up
to 1600 of the 1,621 local councils. A US monitoring group said the
polls were competently run but neither free nor fair.
(SFC, 2/5/02, p.A7)
2002 Feb 3, In Cuba Fidel
Castro met with Pres. Fox of Mexico.
(SFC, 2/4/02, p.A4)
2002 Feb 3, In Israel the
Cabinet backed PM Sharon for initiating talks with Palestinian
(SFC, 2/4/02, p.A4)
2002 Feb 3, In Costa Rica
presidential elections Abel Pacheco, of the ruling Social Christian
Unity Party, won 38.5% of the vote and Rolando Araya, National
Liberation Party, won 30.9%. A runoff was scheduled for Apr 7.
(SFC, 2/5/02, p.A7)
2002 Feb 3, A 6.0-6.2
earthquake hit Turkey and as least 45 people were killed. The
epicenter was about 135 miles southwest of Ankara.
(SFC, 2/4/02, p.A3)(WSJ, 2/4/02, p.A1)
2003 Feb 3, Pres. Bush set
forth a $2.2 trillion budget and acknowledged that it would
contribute to years of deficits.
(SFC, 2/4/03, p.A1)
2003 Feb 3, It was reported
that the US and Britain had mapped out a strategy to limit arms
inspections in Iraq to no more than 6 more weeks.
(SFC, 2/3/03, p.A1)
2003 Feb 3, Phil Spector (62),
rock-n-roll producer, was arrested in LA for murder after Lana
Clarkson (40) was found dead in his mansion. In 2007 his murder case
ended in a mistrial with a 10-2 deadlock.
(SFC, 2/4/03, p.A1)(SFC, 9/27/07, p.A2)
2003 Feb 3, New Jersey doctors
joined the protest against high malpractice insurance premiums.
(WSJ, 2/4/03, p.A1)
2003 Feb 3, A new British
report said Iraqi security agents have bugged every room and
telephone of the UN weapons inspectors based in Baghdad and have
hidden documents in Iraqi hospitals, mosques and homes.
2003 Feb 3, In England Margaret
Muller, an American artist, was stabbed to death as she ran in
London’s Victoria Park. In 2009 The Metropolitan Police said that a
36-year-old man had been arrested on suspicion of the murder and was
in custody north of London.
2003 Feb 3, Germany began its
first working day as president of the UN Security Council.
2003 Feb 3, Israeli tank fire
killed two Palestinian farmers in the Gaza Strip on Monday, and
soldiers arrested a leader of Yasser Arafat's Fatah group on the
2003 Feb 3, The Peace Corps
resumed work in Peru, nearly three decades after a leftist military
government ended the American volunteer program there.
2003 Feb 3, Venezuela's workers
returned to work in all sectors but the vital oil industry after
abandoning a two-month-long general strike that failed to oust
President Hugo Chavez.
2004 Feb 3, Kerry won five
states (Arizona, Delaware, Missouri, New Mexico, N. Dakota) and the
lion's share of the delegates, taking command of the race. Of the
269 delegates up for grabs, Kerry won 144, Edwards 66, Clark 50,
Dean seven and Al Sharpton two. Clark squeaked a win in Oklahoma and
Edwards won his home state, S. Carolina.
(AP, 2/4/04)(USAT, 2/4/04, p.1A)
2004 Feb 3, US Senate Majority
Leader Bill Frist said that a white powder, found in his office in
the Dirksen Senate Office Building, tested positive for ricin,
forcing closure of Senate office buildings and close scrutiny of
2004 Feb 3, Gov. Rod
Blagojevich signed legislation creating a $500 million tax on
Illinois hospitals, which expected increased federal funding under
(USAT, 2/4/04, p.9A)
2004 Feb 3, The Ohio
Legislature approved a ban on same-sex marriage and barred benefits
to both homosexual and heterosexual domestic partners. Gov. Taft
planned to sign the bill.
(SFC, 2/4/04, p.A6)
2004 Feb 3, Oregon voters
rejected $800 million in tax increases setting up a new round of
cuts in services.
(WSJ, 2/4/04, p.A1)
2004 Feb 3, The US government
revoked Guyana's Home Affairs Minister Ronald Gajraj's travel visa.
He has been accused of organizing a hit squad blamed in the deaths
of more than 40 suspected criminals last year.
(AP, 2/5/04)(Econ, 5/22/04, p.34)
2004 Feb 3, In southern Russia
a car bomb exploded at the central market in Vladikavkaz, near the
war-ravaged Chechen Republic.
2004 Feb 3, Singapore Airlines
began 18½ hour non-stop flights to Los Angeles.
(USAT, 2/5/04, p.1B)
2005 Feb 3, Alberto Gonzales
won US Senate confirmation as attorney general.
2005 Feb 3, According to audio
transcripts and documents unveiled by a public utility north of
Seattle, fallen energy giant Enron Corp. was running scams to drive
up the cost of power years before the 2000-01 West Coast energy
2005 Feb 3, Boeing Co. said it
has a preliminary agreement with Libya's Buraq Air to buy as many as
six airplanes in a deal that could be worth nearly $370 million.
2005 Feb 3, Ernst Mayr
(b.1904), German born evolutionary biologist, died in Bedford, Mass.
The central focus of his work was “geographic speciation.” His books
included “Systematics and the Origen of the Species” (1942).
(SFC, 2/4/05, p.B7)(Econ, 2/12/05, p.85)
2005 Feb 3, An Afghan passenger
jet carrying 104 people disappeared from radar screens during a
snowstorm near the mountain-ringed capital. NATO helicopters found
the wreckage of 2 days later. There were no survivors.
(AP, 2/4/05)(AP, 2/5/05)
2005 Feb 3, Bolivia’s Pres.
Carlos Mesa shuffled his cabinet in the wake of street protests
calling for regional autonomy and objecting to a planned increase in
the price of fuel oil.
2005 Feb 3, The US embassy in
Phnom Penh condemned the Cambodian parliament's vote to strip
opposition leader Sam Rainsy and two of his deputies of immunity.
2005 Feb 3, Chechnya's
Russian-backed government dismissed a rebel February cease-fire
declaration, saying it was a publicity stunt that could not be
(AP, 2/3/05)(WSJ, 2/3/05, p.A1)
2005 Feb 3, PM Zurab Zhvania,
who helped lead Georgia's revolution that toppled the
corruption-tainted regime of Eduard Shevardnadze, died in a friend's
apartment from what officials claimed was an accidental gas leak
from a heater.
2005 Feb 3, In central India at
least 25 people were killed when a passenger train collided with a
tractor pulling a trailer full of people.
2005 Feb 3, Iran and Syria
rejected President Bush's charges that they sponsored terrorism. An
Iranian official called the claims groundless. The Syrian
information minister said the democracy America seeks for the Middle
East could not come through force.
2005 Feb 3, Insurgents struck
back with a vengeance following a post-election lull, waylaying a
minibus carrying new Iraqi army recruits, firing on Iraqis heading
for work at a U.S. base and gunning down an Iraqi soldier in the
capital. At least 18 people, including 2 Marines, died in
2005 Feb 3, Israeli Cabinet
ministers approved the release of 900 Palestinian prisoners and a
military pullout from the West Bank town of Jericho within days.
2005 Feb 3, Hamas leader Khaled
Mashaal said that fugitives in his Palestinian group would not sign
pledges to halt attacks because that would negate the legitimacy of
their right to fight the Israeli occupation.
2005 Feb 3, The Kremlin said
President Vladimir Putin has signed a resolution that would have
Russian troops join a proposed U.N. peacekeeping operation in Sudan.
2005 Feb 3, In Sudan the pilot
of a cargo plane that was losing altitude steered away from a
built-up area and crashed in open space outside Khartoum, killing 7
2005 Feb 3, An interim UN
report zeroed in on the chief of the oil-for-food program, Benon
Sevan, saying Saddam Hussein's regime awarded oil allocations in his
name to a trading company between 1998 and 2001.
2006 Feb 3, Responding to
Venezuela's expulsion of a US naval officer from Caracas, the State
Department declared a senior Venezuelan diplomat persona non grata
and gave her 72 hours to leave the United States.
2006 Feb 3, PG&E agreed to
pay $295 million to settle lawsuits over drinking wells contaminated
with the toxic chemical chromium.
(SFC, 2/4/06, p.A1)
2006 Feb 3, Merck & Co.
received approval from the US FDA to begin marketing RotaTeq, a
vaccine for rotavirus, an intestinal virus that annually kills
nearly half a million children around the world.
(WSJ, 2/4/06, p.A2)
2006 Feb 3, A Kama Sutra worm
was set to activate. It was designed to corrupt unprotected
documents using the most common file types, including ".doc,"
".pdf," and ".zip."
2006 Feb 3, In Alabama 5 small
Baptist churches were found burned to the ground in Bibb County. 4
of the churches had white congregations, one was black. On Dec 20
three former college students, aged 19-20, pleaded guilty to burning
9 churches over 2 nights. In 2007 Benjamin N. Moseley and Matthew L.
Cloyd were sentenced to 8 years in prison. Russell L. DeBusk Jr.,
who only took part in the 1st burnings, was sentenced to 7 years
[see Feb 7].
(SFC, 2/4/06, p.A3)(SFC, 12/21/06, p.A3)(SFC,
2006 Feb 3, Al Lewis (95), TV
sitcom actor, died. He played officer Schnauzer in “Car 54, Where
Are Your?” (1961-1963) and the patriarch in “The Munsters”
(SSFC, 2/5/06, p.A2)
2006 Feb 3, In southern
Afghanistan fierce fighting involving US warplanes and Afghan troops
left at least 16 Taliban rebels and three police dead.
2006 Feb 3, In Bangladesh
nearly 1,150 people were arrested in Dhaka, a day before opposition
supporters were due to converge on the city in a campaign to oust
2006 Feb 3, British author
Phillippe Sands said in a new edition of his 2005 ”Lawless World”
that Pres. Bush commented in a White House meeting with Tony Blair
on Jan. 31, 2003, that the US intended to go to war even if
inspectors failed to find evidence of a banned weapons program.
Sands cited a memo of the meeting as saying Bush also told Blair
that military intervention was scheduled for March 2003 even without
2006 Feb 3, Some 200,000 Cubans
crowded Revolution Plaza for a ceremony granting Hugo Chavez
UNESCO's 2005 Jose Marti International Prize. President Castro
himself handed over the framed certificate to Venezuela’s Pres.
Chavez. UNESCO introduced the Marti prize in 1994 to recognize an
individual or institution contributing to the unity and integration
of countries of Latin America and the Caribbean.
2006 Feb 3, An Egyptian
passenger ferry carrying 1,408 people, mostly Egyptian workers
returning from Saudi Arabia, sank in the Red Sea overnight. The
35-year-old ship, "Al-Salam Boccaccio 98," went down 40 miles off
the Egyptian port of Hurghada between midnight and 2 a.m. Rescue
boats picked up at least 362 survivors from the ferry that caught
fire and sank in the Red Sea, apparently so fast there was no time
for a distress signal. But more than 1,000 missing passengers and
crew were feared drowned. The report into the sinking found the ship
was overloaded and using forged documents to hide a shortage of
safety equipment. In 2008 an Egyptian court acquitted in absentia
Mamdouh Ismail, the owner of the ferry and his son, of negligence
and corruption. Ismail, is a member of parliament's upper house, and
his son Amr was a top executive in the ferry company. In 2009
Mamdouh Ismail was convicted of involuntary manslaughter and
negligence and sentenced to seven years in prison.
(AP, 2/3/06)(AP, 2/4/06)(AP, 4/19/06)(AP,
2006 Feb 3, BNP Paribas,
France’s 2nd largest bank by assets, declared that it was buying a
48% stake in Banca Nazionale del Lavoro (BNL), Italy’s 6th largest
bank, and that it would bid for the rest.
(Econ, 2/11/06, p.70)
2006 Feb 3, Indian health
officials reported that over 5,600 new cases of chikungunya, a
crippling and incurable mosquito-born disease, had infected people
on the island of Reunion.
2006 Feb 3, Iran warned it no
longer would consider a Kremlin proposal to move its uranium
enrichment program to Russia if it is referred to the UN Security
Council for allegedly violating a nuclear arms control treaty.
2006 Feb 3, The bullet-riddled
bodies of 14 Sunni Arab men purportedly seized by Shiite-led forces
last week were found in Baghdad. The next day a prominent Sunni
politician accused the government of pushing Iraq toward "civil
war." Iraqi police rounded up nearly 60 people in Baghdad and Basra
in a security crackdown.
(AP, 2/4/06)(SFC, 2/4/06, p.A7)
2006 Feb 3, A study by the
Israeli Research Institute for Economic and Social Affairs
determined that more than $14 billion has been spent on West Bank
settlements since capturing the territory in 1967.
2006 Feb 3, Japan’s parliament
enacted a law awarding compensation to former leprosy sufferers who
were forced into isolated leper colonies in Taiwan and Korea by
Japan's imperial government decades ago.
2006 Feb 3, Hezbollah
guerrillas attacked an Israeli military position in a disputed part
of the south Lebanon border, provoking a swift Israeli airstrike on
suspected Hezbollah sites.
2006 Feb 3, Malaysia's national
carmaker Proton renewed its alliance with Japan's Mitsubishi Motors
Corp. with a technical pact that involves jointly developing new
2006 Feb 3, The Muslim world
erupted in anger after cartoons they found offensive were
re-published in Europe. Streets in Egypt, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq,
Malaysia, Palestine, Pakistan and Turkey filled with demonstrators
calling for boycotts of European goods and burning the flag of
Denmark, where the cartoons first appeared.
(SFC, 2/4/06, p.A1)
2006 Feb 3, A pro-government
candidate in Nepal's municipal election died after being shot by
communist rebels, the 2nd person to be assassinated ahead of next
2006 Feb 3, Foreign Minister
Ben Bot said Netherlands will send 1,200 additional troops to
Afghanistan, the day after parliament gave the green light to the
2006 Feb 3, North and South
Korea agreed to hold military talks on the level of generals for the
first time in nearly two years and the South said they would focus
on preventing naval clashes.
2006 Feb 3, In Russia Stanislav
Dmitriyevsky, the head of the Russian-Chechen Friendship Society in
Nizhny Novgorod, was convicted of inciting ethnic hatred, a verdict
he condemned as part of a state assault on non-governmental
organizations. Dmitriyevsky had campaigned against rights abuses in
2006 Feb 3, Mas Selamat
Kastari, Singapore's most-wanted man, believed to have planned bomb
and plane-crash attacks on the island's airport, was deported to
Singapore following his arrest in Indonesia under the Internal
Security Act (ISA).
2006 Feb 3, The $10 million
Turkish film "Valley of the Wolves Iraq" opened in Turkey. It fed
off the increasingly negative feelings many Turks harbored toward
Americans. In the most expensive Turkish movie ever made, American
soldiers in Iraq crash a wedding and pump a little boy full of lead
in front of his mother.
2006 Feb 3, Some 55,000
Darfuris fled Janjaweed attacks in Mershing, Sudan. Panic-stricken
refugees stampeded, trampling to death about 13 infants. Another 220
children disappeared during the flight.
(Econ, 2/11/06, p.46)(http://tinyurl.com/s4pj4)
2006 Feb 3, The UN Security
Council authorized planning for the expected UN takeover of
peacekeeping operations in Sudan's conflict-wracked Darfur region.
2006 Feb 3, Jamal al-Badawi, a
man considered a mastermind of the USS Cole bombing that killed 17
sailors in a Yemeni port in 2000, was among 23 people who escaped
from a Yemen prison. At least 13 of the 23 escapees were convicted
al-Qaida fighters, who escaped via a 140-yard-long tunnel dug by the
prisoners and co-conspirators outside.
2007 Feb 3, President Bush
designated four central Florida counties disaster areas in the wake
of tornadoes that ripped through the region, leaving 21 dead.
2007 Feb 3, Britain scrambled
to contain its first outbreak of the highly pathogenic H5N1 strain
of bird flu in domestic poultry after the virus was found at a farm
run by Europe's biggest turkey producer. Some 2,500 turkeys had died
since Feb 1 at the Bernard Matthews farm near Lowestoft in eastern
England. Over 160,000 were culled over the next few days.
(AP, 2/3/07)(Econ, 2/10/07, p.59)
2007 Feb 3, In Chile a fire
swept through a small hotel in Punta Arenas, killing 10 foreign
tourists, including two children, as they slept in their rooms. A
large gas explosion rocked a historic area in the port city of
Valparaiso, killing at least one person, injuring 11 more and
causing extensive damage over three city blocks.
2007 Feb 3, In southern China a
tour bus traveling in the wrong lane on a highway plowed into an
oncoming bus in Hechi, killing 13 passengers and injuring 75.
2007 Feb 3, Police said they
found $19 million in cash under the floorboards of a house in Cali.
The loot likely belonged to Juan Carlos Ramirez Abadia, among a
dozen alleged top drug kingpins whom US authorities targeted for
arrest using a $5 million reward for information. In the
northeast an explosion tore through a makeshift coal mine, killing
2007 Feb 3, In Congo officials
said clashes last week between security forces and demonstrators
claiming electoral fraud left 97 people dead in several southwestern
(AP, 2/2/07)(AP, 2/4/07)
2007 Feb 3, In India at least
19 laborers were crushed to death when a wall they were building
collapsed near Mumbai.
2007 Feb 3, Indonesia’s
Environment Minister Rachmat Witoelar said Indonesia will pursue its
plans to develop nuclear power as part of efforts to find
alternative energy sources to address its growing needs. Officials
said flooding has killed at least 44 people and left more than
340,000 others homeless in Jakarta, as neck-high waters submerged
large sections of the city. The flooding in Jakarta eventually left
52 people dead.
(AP, 2/3/07)(AP, 2/6/07)(Econ, 3/17/12, p.48)
2007 Feb 3, Iraq's top Shiite
cleric called for Muslim unity and an end to sectarian conflict, his
first public statement in months on the worsening security crisis. A
suicide truck bomber struck a market in a predominantly Shiite area
of Baghdad, killing 137 people among the crowd buying food for
evening meals, the most devastating strike in the capital in more
than two months. A series of car bombs struck the oil-rich northern
city of Kirkuk in a 2-hour span, killing at least 2 people and
wounding 30. 5 US soldiers died, 4 in fighting and one of an
apparent heart attack.
(AP, 2/3/07)(AP, 2/4/07)
2007 Feb 3, Maize reportedly
occupied 90% of the cultivated land in Malawi.
(Econ, 2/3/07, p.80)
2007 Feb 3, In Mexico thousands
of protesters marched in Oaxaca to demand the resignation of the
state governor. A man's chopped up body was discovered in Acapulco
dumped in plastic garbage bags.
(AP, 2/3/07)(Reuters, 2/5/07)
2007 Feb 3, The Mahadhesi
ethnic community in southeastern Nepal demanded that the region be
turned into an autonomous state to end two weeks of unrest that has
claimed at least 13 lives.
(AFP, 2/3/07)(Econ, 1/27/07, p.43)
2007 Feb 3, Fatah and Hamas
clashed at Cabinet ministries, universities and security
headquarters in defiance of a truce that was to have calmed the
seething Gaza Strip.
2007 Feb 3, In northwest
Pakistan a suspected Islamic militant rammed his explosive-laden car
into a Pakistan army convoy near Tank, killing two soldiers and
wounding six others.
2007 Feb 3, The interior
ministry spokesman said Saudi police have arrested 10 people who are
accused of collecting donations and recruiting on behalf of militant
2007 Feb 3, Tens of thousands
of people marched in Madrid to reject any negotiations with the
Basque separatist group ETA, whose car bombing in the capital a
month ago shattered a nascent peace process.
2007 Feb 3, In northern Vietnam
5 miners were killed when a large rock fell on them as they worked
to extract zinc ore.
2007 Feb 3, Chinese President
Hu Jintao brought his eight-nation African tour to Zambia, a
copper-rich country where China's growing clout has prompted charges
of exploitation and emerged as a volatile political issue.
2008 Feb 3, The New York Giants
won the Super Bowl XLII over for the favored New England Patriots
2008 Feb 3, Jorge Liderman
(50), a composer and professor at UC Berkeley, was struck and killed
by a BART train at the El Cerrito station in a suspected suicide.
(SFC, 2/4/08, p.B1)
2008 Feb 3, Australian PM Kevin
Rudd announced a summit of 1,000 ordinary citizens to address
long-term challenges facing the nation, saying the best ideas could
influence government policy. He also scolded the country's
opposition for haggling over the exact content of a planned apology
to Australia's Aborigines, saying its meaning will be quite clear.
2008 Feb 3, Chadian forces
backed by tanks and helicopter gunships struggled to repel a rebel
assault on the capital, and insurgents claimed to have trapped the
president in his palace. Chadian rebels, reportedly backed by
Sudanese military aircraft, launched an attack on the eastern town
of Adre, which borders on Sudan's Darfur region.
(AP, 2/3/08)(AFP, 2/3/08)
2008 Feb 3, In southern China
railway service inched back to normal, a day after one person died
in a stampede by frustrated train passengers who were stranded for
days because of snow ahead of an important holiday.
2008 Feb 3, Egyptian troops
closed the last breach in Egypt's border with the Gaza Strip, ending
11 days of free movement for Palestinian residents of the blockaded
2008 Feb 3, In southwest
Germany an apartment building fire killed at least nine people, five
of them children, and left 20 people hospitalized in Ludwigshafen.
2008 Feb 3, In western India a
four-story building collapsed in Ahmadabad, killing eight people and
injuring another 12 after a warning to evacuate days before went
2008 Feb 3, Iraq's presidency
council issued a controversial law that allows lower-ranking former
Baath party members to reclaim government jobs, the final step for
the first US-backed benchmark approved by parliament. A senior
Interior Ministry official and his bodyguard were wounded and his
driver was killed by a bomb planted on his car. A mortar round
slammed into a street in a northeastern section of the capital,
killing an Iraqi soldier on foot patrol. An Iraqi policeman was
killed in a drive-by shooting near Kut.
2008 Feb 3, Israeli forces
opened fire across the Lebanese border, killing one person and
wounding another. The Israeli military said it was responding to
fire apparently from drug smugglers on the Lebanese side.
2008 Feb 3, In Italy Ernesto
Illy (82), the longtime head of Italian coffee giant illycaffe SpA,
died. A chemist and son of Francesco Illy, who founded the company
in 1933, Ernesto traveled the world in search of the best blend of
2008 Feb 3, Police said
Japanese investigators found insecticide on the outside of six bags
of Chinese-made dumplings in Japan after separate dumplings made by
the same company sickened 10 people there.
2008 Feb 3, The leader of
Kenya's opposition called for the African Union to send peacekeepers
to help stem violence sparked by the country's disputed presidential
2008 Feb 3, In Nigeria fighters
from the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND)
attacked a military houseboat stationed at the Shell Petroleum Tora
manifold in Bayelsa state of Nigeria. The attack killed three
2008 Feb 3, Two strong
earthquake shook the African Great Lakes region, killing at least 37
people in Rwanda and six in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
(AFP, 2/3/08)(AFP, 2/4/08)
2008 Feb 3, Serbs voted in a
knife-edge presidential election that could decide whether their
country turns its back on the West in response to the imminent loss
of the breakaway province of Kosovo. Boris Tadic took 50.5% of votes
cast to beat nationalist Tomislav Nikolic by about 100,000 votes.
(AP, 2/3/08)(Reuters, 2/4/08)
2008 Feb 3, In Somalia a
roadside bomb killed eight civilians and wounded nine others when it
exploded near a minibus full of passengers in war-ravaged Mogadishu.
2008 Feb 3, In Sri Lanka a
female suicide bomber attacked the main railway station in the
capital of Colombo, killing at least 15 people and wounding 93
others. The dead included 7 students and their baseball coach killed
on the eve of Freedom Day.
(AP, 2/3/08)(AFP, 2/5/08)(Econ, 2/9/08, p.66)
2008 Feb 3, Thailand's new PM
Sundaravej said he will also become the defense minister in a
soon-to-be unveiled Cabinet to deter the military from staging a
coup against his government.
2009 Feb 3, Michigan Gov.
Jennifer Granholm announced a new $54 million movie production
facility to be built at a former GM facility in Pontiac. The state
offered $15 million in film related tax credits and as much as $101
million in state credits over 12 years.
(WSJ, 2/3/09, p.B2)
2009 Feb 3, Sayed Ansari,
spokesman for the Afghan National Directorate of Security, said the
service has broken up a cell of suicide bombers allegedly
responsible for six attacks in Kabul that killed 20 civilians. He
also said those arrested had links to a Pakistani-based jihadist
group, Harakat ul-Mujahedeen, and Sirajjudin Haqqani, an eastern
Afghan insurgent leader.
2009 Feb 3, In Australia PM
Kevin Rudd announced a $27 billion stimulus package. Australia’s
Parliament passed the bill on Feb 13.
2009 Feb 3, In Brazil hundreds
of riot police occupied one of Sao Paulo's biggest slums following a
night of clashes in which three police officers were shot. Residents
said the clashes were a response to the police killing of a man on
Feb 1 in Paraisopolis.
2009 Feb 3, In Brazil Ocelio
Alves de Carvalho was killed on the Kulina Indian reservation. An
Indian who witnessed the killing, and tried to stop it, arrived at
the police station to report the alleged murder the next day. The
witness said body parts were roasted and eaten.
2009 Feb 3, The Bank of England
said high-street banks had borrowed 185 billion pounds since April
to help to free up the home-lending market.
2009 Feb 3, In Colombia leftist
rebels freed their fifth hostage in three days. Ex-governor Alan
Jara (51), held for 7½ years, said that President Alvaro Uribe and
the guerrillas are equally to blame for the country's
2009 Feb 3, In Greece a
suspected left-wing terror group attacked a police station in
Athens, shooting at the building and throwing a hand grenade.
2009 Feb 3, Indonesia’s central
bank cut its key interest rate a half point to 8.25%.
(WSJ, 2/4/09, p.A10)
2009 Feb 3, Eluana Englaro
(37), a woman at the center of Italy's right-to-die debate, was
transferred to a hospital where she is to be allowed to die after 17
years in a vegetative state.
2009 Feb 3, A medium-range
rocket from Gaza landed in the Israeli city of Ashkelon. Hamas said
it is ready to commit to a yearlong cease-fire with Israel in
exchange for a full opening of Gaza's border crossings, ahead of a
new round of talks with Egyptian mediators in Cairo.
2009 Feb 3, Kyrgyzstan said it
would end the US lease of an air base that supports military
operations in Afghanistan. Kyrgyzstan President Kurmanbek Bakiyev
announced his intention to shut the base, at least for the moment,
after Russia agreed to provide Kyrgyzstan with $2 billion in loans
plus another $150 million in financial aid. The lease deal obliges
Kyrgyzstan to give the US 180 days notice to clear the base.
2009 Feb 3, In Mexico the
bodies of retired Mexican General Mauro Enrique Tello and two other
men were found in a sport utility vehicle abandoned on a highway
outside of Cancun. All had been shot many times. Octavio Almanza,
the suspected head of the Zetas in Cancun, was later arrested on
suspicion of masterminding Tello's killing.
(AP, 2/3/09)(SSFC, 2/8/09, p.A4)(AP, 2/11/09)
2009 Feb 3, Islamist militants
blew up a bridge in northwestern Pakistan, cutting a major supply
line for Western troops in Afghanistan in the latest in a series of
attacks on the Khyber Pass by insurgents seeking to hamper the
US-led mission against the Taliban.
2009 Feb 3, Hamas policemen
broke into an aid warehouse in Gaza City and confiscated 3,500
blankets and more than 4,000 food parcels meant for 500 families
after UN officials refused to voluntarily hand it over to the
Hamas-run Ministry of Social Affairs. Ahmad Kurd, the Hamas Minister
of Social Affairs countered that the U.N. had been handing out
relief to groups tied to Hamas' opponents.
2009 Feb 3, A Russian military
Mi-24 helicopter gunship crashed about 700 kilometers (450 miles)
southeast of Moscow, killing all three people aboard.
2009 Feb 3, The Kremlin said
Russia and Belarus will create a new military system to monitor and
defend their air space.
(WSJ, 2/4/09, p.A10)
2009 Feb 3, The hardline Somali
Islamist group Shebab called on its fighters to intensify their holy
war against African Union (AU) peacekeepers.
2009 Feb 3, Spanish police
arrested 13 people on suspicion of links to organized crime and
2009 Feb 3, In Sri Lanka
patients who could walk fled one of last functioning hospitals in
the northern war zone after it was hit by artillery shells, while
the Red Cross negotiated for the evacuation of those severely
wounded. The military said it captured the Tamil Tigers' seventh and
final airstrip, effectively grounding their tiny air force.
2010 Feb 3, The US government
estimated that health care consumed a record 17.3% of all spending
in the US economy last year.
(SFC, 2/4/10, p.A6)
2010 Feb 3, In NYC Aafia
Siddiqui, a 37-year-old Pakistani-born mother and neuroscientist
trained at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, was found guilty
of two counts of attempted murder, armed assault, using and carrying
a firearm and assault of US officers and employees and faces up to
60 years in prison. Siddiqui was arrested in July 2008 by US forces
in Ghazni, Afghanistan on accusation of being a suicide bomber and
alleged possession of "chemical and gel substances" for bomb making.
2010 Feb 3, In San Francisco
Timothy Syed Anderson (66), billed as a dermatologist, was charged
with 51 counts including practicing medicine without a license and
grand theft through deception. He had been implicated in fraud in
Sweden, before he left the country in 1996.
(SFC, 2/4/10, p.A1)
2010 Feb 3, In Vallejo, Ca.,
Amarjit Kaur (39), a widow raising 3 children, was found shot in the
chest and slumped behind the wheel of a Tony’s Ice Cream truck. Two
days later a boy (14) was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder
and robbery. On Feb 18 another boy, Peter Montenegro (15), was
charged as an adult in the shooting. Kaur was recovering from her
wound. In 2011 Montenegro was sentenced to 7 years to life for
attempted murder and 10 years for using a gun.
(SFC, 2/20/10, p.C2)(SFC, 11/24/11, p.C3)
2010 Feb 3, In Florida Stephen
Schafer (38) died following a shark attack off an Atlantic coast
beach about 100 miles north of Miami.
(SFC, 2/5/10, p.A9)
2010 Feb 3, Afghan and NATO
forces killed 32 suspected militants in southern Helmand province,
the focus an imminent anti-Taliban offensive. Three Afghan soldiers
were killed and four others wounded.
2010 Feb 3, New African Union
President Bingu wa Mutharika of Malawi said that food security,
transport infrastructure and energy will be his priorities.
2010 Feb 3, "L'homme qui marche
I" (Walking Man I), a 1961 life-size bronze statue of a man by Swiss
artist Alberto Giacometti (1901-1966), smashed the world record for
an art work at auction, selling in London for £65,001,250.
2010 Feb 3, China’s official
Xinhua News Agency reported that Lekang Dairy Company general
manager Zhang Wenxue and vice general managers Zhu Shuming and Tong
Tianhu have been charged with manufacturing and selling tainted milk
powder in the latest crackdown. Xinhua quoted Health Minister Chen
Zhu as saying "all melamine-tainted milk products will be found and
destroyed," as part of the current 10-day crackdown.
2010 Feb 3, The EU backed
Greece's “stability and development” plan to shrink a massive budget
gap as "achievable," but warned it would demand tougher cutbacks if
Athens does not stick to promised spending curbs and reforms.
(AP, 2/3/10)(Econ, 2/6/10, p.55)
2010 Feb 3, Iran announced it
has successfully launched a research rocket carrying a mouse, two
turtles and worms into space. The launch of the rocket Kavoshgar-3,
which means Explorer-3 in Farsi, was announced by Defense Minister
Gen. Ahmad Vahidi to mark the National Day of Space Technology.
2010 Feb 3, An Iraqi appeals
court struck down a ban imposed on hundreds of candidates for
suspected ties to Saddam Hussein's regime, allowing them to run in
next month's election. A bomb planted on a parked motorcycle ripped
through a crowd of Shiite pilgrims, killing at least 20 people and
wounding more than 100, as hundreds of thousands of pilgrims made
their way to an important annual Shiite religious observance. Hours
earlier, two separate roadside bombs targeting Shiite pilgrims
exploded in Baghdad, killing one and wounding seven others. A senior
security official said agents arrested 13 suspects believed involved
in making explosive belts for suicide attacks.
2010 Feb 3, Israel announced
that British and American architects were named winners of its
prestigious Wolf Prize. British architect David Chipperfield was
recognized for overseeing the reconstruction of Berlin's Neues
Museum in a building that had been abandoned since World War II.
American architect Peter Eisenman designed the Holocaust Memorial in
Berlin, inaugurated in 2005.
2010 Feb 3, The Lithuania’s
Ministry of Finance announced that Standard & Poor’s (S&P)
Ratings Services has revised its outlook on Lithuania by increasing
it from negative to stable.
2010 Feb 3, Mexico’s
Agriculture Dept. said private companies there have begun the first
legal plantings of genetically modified corn.
(SFC, 2/4/10, p.A2)
2010 Feb 3, At The Hague
appeals judges said the International Criminal Court was wrong when
it decided that Sudan's Pres. Omar al-Bashir can't be charged with
genocide in Darfur. The unprecedented ruling could lead al-Bashir's
indictment with humanity's worst crime.
2010 Feb 3, New Zealand police
warned that local teenager (19), who says she auctioned her
virginity online for $32,000 to raise tuition money, did not break
any laws but it might be risky for her to follow through on the
deal. Prostitution is legal in New Zealand under laws considered
more liberal than many countries. Prostitution among consenting
adults is allowed in brothels and on the streets, and offering
sexual services in print ads and online is also legal.
2010 Feb 3, In Pakistan a bomb
killed 3 US soldiers, 3 children and a Pakistani soldier. 45 people,
including 40 school girls, were wounded in the attack outside a
girls school near Swat Valley. The Taliban claimed responsibility
and threatened more attacks on Americans.
2010 Feb 2, Somali pirates
hijacked a North Korean cargo ship with an unknown number of crew on
board. The MV Rim, owned by White Sea Shipping of Libya, was seized
in the Gulf of Aden, outside the internationally recommended transit
corridor patrolled by the anti-piracy naval coalition. The crew of
one Romanian and 9 Syrians fought their way free on June 2 with the
help of Ahmed, a pirate cook, who had smuggled food to the crew and
(AP, 2/3/10)(SFC, 6/19/10, p.A3)
2010 Feb 3, South Africa's
polygamist Pres. Jacob Zuma confirmed that he recently fathered a
child with a woman who is not one of his three wives or fiancee, and
criticized those who said his actions undermined the country's
campaign against HIV/AIDS. The nation of about 50 million has an
estimated 5.7 million people infected with HIV, more than any other
2010 Feb 3, In Sri Lanka
thousands of opposition supporters took to the streets of the
capital to protest the results of the recent presidential election,
which they say was marred by fraud.
2010 Feb 3, The Swiss
government approved the resettlement of two Chinese inmates at
Guantanamo as part of its commitment to help President Barack
Obama's administration close the detention center.
2010 Feb 3, Ukraine's security
service said 5 Russian FSB agents were detained last month after
being caught trying to obtain confidential military information from
a Ukrainian citizen. The FSB said the Ukrainian citizen its agents
were working with had himself been apprehended in November while
allegedly spying on neighboring Moldova's Moscow-backed breakaway
2011 Feb 3, The US military
said Awal Gul (48), an Afghan prisoner at Guantanamo Bay, collapsed
and died, apparently from natural causes, after exercising inside
the jail. Gul fell in the shower Feb 1 after working out on an
elliptical machine in Camp 6, a communal section of the Guantanamo
reserved for well-behaved prisoners, and died at the base hospital.
He was an "an admitted Taliban recruiter" who operated an al-Qaida
guesthouse and had met several times with Osama bin Laden. Gul
resigned from the Taliban more than a year before the attacks of
Sept. 11, 2001, because he considered them "corrupt and abusive." He
was arrested by US forces in December 2001 when he voluntarily
traveled to meet with American military officials in Afghanistan.
2011 Feb 3, Int’l. groups that
coordinate Internet addresses officially allocated the last blocks
of IPv4 addresses to regional registries. A new 128-bit address
system, IPv6, will begin testing on June 8.
(SFC, 2/4/11, p.D6)
2011 Feb 3, Algeria's President
Abdelaziz Bouteflika said the state of emergency, in force for the
past 19 years, will be lifted in the very near future.
2011 Feb 3, Australia's biggest
cyclone in a century shattered entire towns after pummeling the
coast and churning across the country. One man asphyxiated while
sheltering inside during the massive cyclone and become the storm's
(AFP, 2/3/11)(AP, 2/3/11)
2011 Feb 3, Bangladesh police
said they have arrested four Islamic clerics after Mosammet Hena
(14) was whipped to death for allegedly having an illicit
relationship with a married man, who escaped his 100 lashes. The
girl collapsed after she was lashed in public with a bamboo cane
about 70 times on Jan 31.
2011 Feb 3, British lawmakers
demanded an explanation into why 1.85 million pounds ($2.99 million)
of foreign aid money helped pay for the pope's visit to the U.K.
2011 Feb 3, Allison Cox, a
former nanny employed by the boss of a chain of British sex shops,
pleaded guilty to spiking her employer's soup with windshield washer
fluid. She admitted contaminating Jacqueline Gold's food in an
attempt to get the household's chef in trouble.
2011 Feb 3, In northeast China
a fire set off by fireworks to celebrate the Lunar New Year
destroyed a five-star hotel in Shenyang, capital of Liaoning
2011 Feb 3, Authorities in
Congo arrested four foreigners, an American, a Frenchman and two
Nigerians, suspected of planning to smuggle millions of dollars of
gold out of the country's lawless east. Army general Bosco Ntaganda,
wanted by the ICC for recruiting child soldiers, received $6.5
million in cash for the gold, over 400kg, which was seized.
(Reuters, 2/7/11)(Econ, 2/12/11, p.54)
2011 Feb 3, In Dagestan a small
bomb exploded in the capital, Makhachkala, killing a city official
involved in razing illegal structures. In Kabardino-Balkariya a
traffic policeman died after being shot the night before while he
and a partner were checking a motorist's documents.
2011 Feb 3, Egypt's embattled
government announced a slew of measures aimed at defusing a bloody
revolt and taking back the initiative, as protesters battled
pro-regime militants for control of Cairo's Tahrir Square and
spurned an offer for talks. Egypt’s military rounded up journalists
after they came under attack from supporters of President Hosni
Mubarak who have been assaulting anti-government protesters. An army
tank moved against supporters of Mubarak as they hurled rocks at
anti-Mubarak protesters in central Cairo, prompting cheers from
demonstrators battered by overnight fighting that killed six. State
news agency MENA said Egypt's public prosecutor has issued a travel
ban on some ministers from the former government and at least one
former ruling party official, and froze their bank accounts.
Vodafone accused the Egyptian authorities of using its network to
send pro-government text messages to its subscribers, without clear
(AFP, 2/3/11)(AP, 2/3/11)(Reuters, 2/3/11)
2011 Feb 3, Haitian electoral
officials dropped Jude Celestin, the government-backed candidate
from the upcoming presidential runoff, ending a standoff with
international powers over the results of a first-round of voting
that was marred by fraud and disorganization. Former first lady
Mirlande Manigat and musician Michel Martelly will contest a
presidential run-off next month as the country moved ahead with its
dispute-plagued elections process.
(AP, 2/3/11)(Reuters, 2/3/11)
2011 Feb 3, An Indian court
granted police the right to detain arrested ex-telecom minister A.
Raja for five days as investigators probe one of the country's
biggest ever corruption cases.
2011 Feb 3, In Iraq the
8-year-old son of a local anti-terrorism chief was killed in a food
market by gunmen aiming for his father in Tuz Khormato. A
demonstration near the southern city of Diwaniyah left four people
wounded when police fired into the air to disperse a crowd.
(AP, 2/4/11)(AFP, 2/16/11)
2011 Feb 3, In southern Italy
Matthias Kaspar Schepp (43), a Canadian-born resident of
Switzerland, was found dead by a railway station of an apparent
suicide. Swiss police said they still had no evidence of the
whereabouts of his twin daughters, Alessia and Livia (6), reported
missing on Jan 30. The girls were last seen on a ferry to the French
island of Corsica four days before their father apparently killed
himself in Italy.
(SFC, 2/8/11, p.A5)(AP, 2/9/11)
2011 Feb 3, In Japan a proposed
merger was announced between Nippon Steel, Japan’s largest
steelmaker, and rival Sumitomo Metals.
(Econ, 2/5/11, p.76)
2011 Feb 3, Jordan's King
Abdullah II widened his political outreach and met with the Muslim
Brotherhood for the first time in nearly a decade.
(SFC, 2/4/11, p.A2)
2011 Feb 3, Kazakhstan
President Nursultan Nazarbayev signed into law a measure allowing
early presidential elections. The measure allows for the vote to be
held on two months' notice. The constitutional court rejected a
petition drive for a referendum on keeping him in power for at least
2011 Feb 3, In Mexico Morelos
Canseco, interior secretary of Tamaulipas state, said the parents of
25 children, found abandoned in Nuevo Laredo, were kidnapped.
2011 Feb 3, Myanmar's new
parliament elected Thein Sein, prime minister in the outgoing
military junta, as one of three vice presidents, making him a likely
contender for president in the new military-dominated government.
2011 Feb 3, Nepal's lawmakers
elected Jhalanath Khanal as the country's new prime minister, ending
a damaging seven-month leadership vacuum in the troubled country.
2011 Feb 3, Nigerian militants
threatened new attacks on oil facilities, saying they would blow up
pipelines and other targets because the government had not addressed
2011 Feb 3, In the Philippines
President Benigno Aquino III ordered a logging moratorium in the
country, blaming devastating floods on unmitigated logging and
deforestation. A weeklong downpour culminated in raging flash floods
that surged through the streets of Jolo's coastal provincial
capital, sweeping away stilt houses and damaging hundreds of homes
killing at least 5 people. Disaster officials said at least 9 other
people have died in floods elsewhere in the Philippines this week,
adding to more than 70 lives lost in heavy rainfall between late
December and the end of January.
2011 Feb 3, In the Philippines
the military and rebels said hundreds of rival Muslim rebels have
clashed over land in the southern Philippines, leaving at least 13
dead and thousands of villagers displaced in the monthlong fighting.
2011 Feb 3, Sudanese police
beat and tear gassed students protesting in Sennar state, the latest
in a series of short-lived demonstrations partly inspired by
uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt. Police arrested dozens of people
near the scene of a planned protest in the capital's Khartoum North
2011 Feb 3, In southern
Thailand suspected Muslim insurgents opened fire on a grocery store,
killing five Buddhist bystanders.
2011 Feb 3, In Thailand a
47-year-old Thai woman died at a hotel. A 23-year-old New Zealand
woman died Feb. 6 at the same Downtown Inn in Chiang Mai. Her two
female companions, who became sick, recovered. A British couple in
their 70s were found in their hotel room at the same hotel on Feb.
19. A later investigation reported exposure to some toxic chemical,
pesticides or gas.
2011 Feb 3, In Turkey a
powerful explosion in Ankara collapsed two stories of a factory,
leaving at least six people dead and injuring some 30 others. Hours
later another explosion killed 6 more people at a paint shop in the
same industrial district.
(AP, 2/3/11)(SFC, 2/4/11, p.A2)
2011 Feb 3, In Yemen tens of
thousands of opponents and supporters of the president staged
dueling demonstrations. Police opened fire to break up an
anti-government protest, and security officials said one protester
has been critically wounded.
2012 Feb 3, The US Labor Dept.
said the United States created jobs at the fastest pace in nine
months in January and the unemployment rate unexpectedly dropped to
a near three-year low, giving a boost to President Barack Obama.
2012 Feb 3, In Colma, Ca.,
thieves stole 225 bronze vases from Cypress Lawn Memorial Park. On
Feb 18 more than 300 more were stolen from another part of the
cemetery. All told the vases were valued at over $85,000.
(SFC, 3/1/12, p.C2)
2012 Feb 3, A storm swept
across Colorado forcing the cancellation of some 600 flights at
Denver’s airport. The storm dumped up to 6 feet of snow in some
areas of eastern Colorado.
(SFC, 2/4/12, p.A5)
2012 Feb 3, In Idaho Micron CEO
Steve Appleton (51 died after his small experimental plane crashed
following takeoff at the Boise airport.
(SFC, 2/4/12, p.D2)
2012 Feb 3, A Minnesota food
company said it is recalling more than a million hard-cooked eggs
distributed to 34 states after testing revealed some may be
contaminated with listeria.
2012 Feb 3, Actor Ben Gazzara
(81), known for his brooding tough-guy presence in dozens of films,
television shows and stage productions over his long career, died of
pancreatic cancer at a Manhattan hospital. Gazzara made his film
debut as a sociopathic military academy cadet in the 1957 drama "The
Strange One," followed by his breakout role as an accused killer in
Otto Preminger's 1959 hit courtroom drama "Anatomy of a Murder."
2012 Feb 3, In Afghanistan an
American soldier shot and killed an Afghan guard at a base in the
country's north, apparently because the American thought the guard
was about to attack him.
2012 Feb 3, Major flooding hit
parts of Australia's east, stranding thousands of residents,
prompting a military airlift and leaving some communities only
accessible by helicopter.
2012 Feb 3, Britain’s Energy
Secretary Chris Huhne resigned after learning he would face criminal
charges for allegedly lying to police, a fall from grace that could
tweak the dynamics of the coalition government and weaken its
environmental agenda. Huhne's troubles stemmed from an allegation
that after committing a speeding offence in 2003 in Essex, east of
London, he asked his then wife Vicky Pryce to take the blame so he
would not lose his driving license.
2012 Feb 3, In Cambodia a
UN-backed tribunal's Supreme Court lengthened the sentence for the
Khmer Rouge's chief jailer, Kaing Guek Eav, known as Duch, to life
imprisonment because of his "shocking and heinous" crimes against
the Cambodian people.
2012 Feb 3, In southwestern
China an explosion at a coal mine killed 13 miners and injured six
at the Diaoyutai mine outside Yibin city in Sichuan province. One
miner remained missing.
(AP, 2/3/12)(AFP, 2/4/12)
2012 Feb 3, In China three
Tibetans set themselves alight in remote Phuhu village in the
southwestern province of Sichuan. One died and two others were
2012 Feb 3, In Cuba Fidel
Castro (85) spent six hours presenting a two-volume memoir to an
audience at a Havana convention center. His two-tome memoir,
"Guerrilla of Time," fills nearly 1,000 pages and covers Castro's
life from childhood until December 1958, the eve of the triumph of
the Cuban Revolution. It is based on interviews with journalist
2012 Feb 3, In Egypt Bedouin
gunmen intercepted a tourist minivan and snatched two female
American tourists and their Egyptian guide at gunpoint near St.
Catherine's Monastery in the Sinai Peninsula. They were released
unharmed after several hours. 4 masked gunmen stopped the vehicle of
two Italians working for a local food factory in the nearby city of
Suez, taking their car, more than 10,000 euros ($13,000) and their
laptops. Police in Cairo fired salvos of tear gas and birdshot at
protesters angry over a deadly soccer riot as fresh clashes on
Egyptian streets killed 5 people. 6 more died of the wounds over the
next 24 hours.
(AP, 2/3/12)(AFP, 2/3/12)(AP, 2/4/12)
2012 Feb 3, The death toll from
a severe cold spell in Eastern Europe rose to 222, including 101 in
the Ukraine, 37 in Poland, 24 in Romania and 16 in Bulgaria.
2012 Feb 3, Iran successfully
launched a new small satellite into orbit. The home-made satellite,
Navid, or Gospel, was designed to collect data on weather conditions
and monitor for natural disasters.
2012 Feb 3, Iran banned its
citizens from traveling to Syria by road following the recent
abductions of 29 Iranians in the escalating uprising in its key
Middle East ally.
2012 Feb 3, In Kenya gunmen
opened fire in Garissa, killing two people. In western Kenya a truck
crashed into a minibus killing 25 people in Kisumu city.
(AP, 2/3/12)(AP, 2/4/12)
2012 Feb 3, In Pakistan a large
group of 18 Islamist militants attacked a Pakistani army checkpoint
near the Afghan border, killing seven paramilitary soldiers and
abducting four. Up to 18 insurgents were killed in retaliatory fire
during the incident in the Kurram region.
2012 Feb 3, Puerto Rico's
government announced plans to kill as many iguanas as possible and
export their meat in hopes of eradicating an imported species that
has long vexed residents and entertained tourists. The reptiles were
first seen in the wild in Puerto Rico in the 1970s when owners began
to release them, and their numbers have since exploded. The US
territory estimated it has 4 million iguanas, which is a little more
than the island's human population.
2012 Feb 3, In Somalia refugees
and soldiers in Mogadishu's Badbado camp say they watched a
surveillance drone crash into a hut made of sticks, corrugated cans
and plastic bags. Kenya's military said some 100 Somali militants
were killed after helicopter gunships targeted a gathering of more
than 200 al-Shabab fighters near Badhade.
2012 Feb 3, The Central Bank of
Sri Lanka hiked its benchmark lending rate by 50 basis points to
9.0%, the first rise since February 2007 when the rate was upped to
12.0% from 11.50%. It also asked commercial banks to reduce lending
in the face of a trade deficit.
2012 Feb 3, In Syria fighting
in Jassem, in the southern province of Daraa, killed at least one
soldier and wounded five. Human Rights Watch said in a new report
that it has documented at least 12 cases of children detained under
"inhumane" conditions and tortured, as well as children shot in
their homes or on the street. The Observatory said more than 20,000
people marched in the streets of the southern villages of Dael and
Nawa where security forces opened fire to disperse the crowds. The
Local Coordination Committees activist group said security forces
killed at least 12 people while the Observatory said four people
were shot dead.
2012 Feb 3, Uganda signed
production agreements with Anglo-Irish firm Tullow Oil, allowing the
company to finalize a long-delayed $2.9 billion asset sale to
France's Total and China's CNOOC.
2012 Feb 3, Ukraine's
government blamed Russia for natural gas shortages in some European
countries as a severe cold spell grips the region. Germany, Italy
and Austria have reported cutbacks in Russian gas supplies, but
Russia's energy giant Gazprom has blamed them on Kiev, accusing
Ukraine of siphoning off gas destined for European consumers.
2012 Feb 3, The UN's highest
court confirmed that Germany has legal immunity from being sued in
foreign courts by victims of World War II Nazi atrocities.
2012 Feb 3, Zambian corruption
investigators arrested a former minister on theft charges and
recorded a statement from ex-president Rupiah Banda's wife in
another probe. Mines minister Maxwell Mwale was arrested and charged
over the theft of 20 bicycles belonging to small-scale miners. The
bicycles were worth 5.5 million kwacha (1,050 dollars, 800 euros) in
2013 Feb 3, President Barack
Obama encouraged the Boy Scouts of America to end its ban on gay
members and leaders, days before the group is expected to vote on
the controversial and long-standing rule.
2013 Feb 3, In Orange County,
Ca., Monica Quan (28) and her fiancé, Keith Lawrence (27), were
found shot to death in their car at a parking structure in Irvine.
Former Los Angeles police officer officer Christopher Jordan Dorner
was a suspect in the killings. Dorner was with the LAPD from
2005-2008, when he was fired for making false statements.
2013 Feb 3, In California a
tour bus crash with two other vehicles left 7 people dead on Hwy. 38
in San Bernadino County.
(SFC, 2/4/13, p.A16)(SFC, 2/5/13, p.A5)
2013 Feb 3, In New Orleans the
Baltimore Ravens defeated the SF 49ers 43-31 in Super Bowl XLVII.
The game was delayed for 34 minutes in the 3rd quarter when lights
went out in the stadium. Some 109 million people watched the game.
(SFC, 2/4/13, p.A1)(Econ, 2/9/13, p.67)
2013 Feb 3, Afghan police
arrested six men and seized suicide vests, assault rifles and more
than 50 hand grenades during a raid on a residential building in
2013 Feb 3, British PM David
Cameron met in London with the presidents of Afghanistan and
Pakistan for 2 days of talks to discuss prospects for peace with the
2013 Feb 3, In China Gong Aiai
(49), a former bank official from Shaanxi province, was arrested on
suspicion of acquiring 41 houses in Beijing.
(Econ, 2/9/13, p.46)(
2013 Feb 3, In Egypt street
vendor Omar Salah (12) was killed during clashes near Tahrir Square.
Activists soon accused the government of trying to cover up the
death. On Feb 14 the government made a rare admission and apology
for mistakenly shooting and killing the boy.
2013 Feb 3, A French-owned oil
tanker, the M/T Gascogne, was reported missing off Ivory Coast with
17 sailors on board. On Feb 6 Sea Tankers said the ship has been
released and that 2 workers suffered injuries in the hijacking.
(AP, 2/4/13)(AP, 2/6/13)
2013 Feb 3, Iranian lawmakers
impeached the country's labor minister over his controversial
appointment of an official implicated in the deaths of prisoners.
2013 Feb 3, In Iraq a suicide
car bomber joined by other suicide attackers on foot assaulted a
provincial police headquarters in Kirkuk, killing at least 16 people
and wounding 90 others.
(AP, 2/3/13)(AP, 2/4/13)
2013 Feb 3, In Mali French
troops launched overnight airstrikes on Islamic militant sites
around Kidal and Tessalit in Mali's far north.
2013 Feb 3, In Myanmar
Rangoon’s first int’l. literary festival ended after drawing
together some 80 Burmese authors.
(SFC, 2/6/13, p.A2)
2013 Feb 3, In Nigeria 11
people were killed in fighting between nomadic cattle herders and
farmers around the village of Ngandum, Adamawa state.
2013 Feb 3, In the Philippines
Moro rebels battled the Abu Sayyaf with guns and knives at close
range. Rebels lost eight men, including one who was beheaded and a
few others who were hacked to death. Up to 14 Abu Sayyaf men were
2013 Feb 3, In Syria
Ibrahim Azzouz, a former parliament member, and three members of his
family were killed in a rebel-held area near the northern city of
Aleppo. Government troops bombarded a building in in Aleppo's
rebel-held neighborhood of Eastern Ansari. The Aleppo Media Center,
a network of anti-regime activists in the city, said 15 people were
killed in the shelling of Eastern Ansari.
2014 Feb 3, Idaho police
arrested dozens of gay rights activists as they pressed for
antidiscrimination protections and blocked entrances to the state
Senate chambers in Boise.
(SFC, 2/4/14, p.A4)
2014 Feb 3, St. Louis-based
Post Holdings Inc. said it is buying the PowerBar and Musashi brands
from Nestle SA, further diversifying its business by expanding into
the active nutrition category. Musashi is a leading sports nutrition
brand in Australia.
2014 Feb 3, CAR priest Cassien
Kamatari that 75 Christians have been killed during fighting over
the last five days in the town of Boda.
2014 Feb 3, In Costa Rica with
76% of the ballots counted, Centrist Luis Guillermos -- a historian
by training and candidate for the Citizen Acton Party (PAC) -- won
30.8% of the vote, narrowly ahead of Johnny Araya from the ruling
right-wing National Liberation Party (PLN), who had 29.6%. Solis
will now face a ruling party candidate in a run-off vote in April.
2014 Feb 3, Egyptian troops
backed by helicopters raided suspected militants' hideouts in the
northern part of the Sinai Peninsula, killing at least 20 and
2014 Feb 3, An official EU
report said corruption affects all member countries of the European
Union and costs the bloc's economies around 120 billion euros
($162.19 billion) a year.
2014 Feb 3, French comedian
Dieudonne M'bala M'bala was banned from entering Britain after he
reportedly planned to visit to support Nicolas Anelka over the
footballer's use of the "quenelle" gesture. The "quenelle" is
Dieudonne's trademark stiff-armed gesture that critics say is a
disguised Nazi salute but that he defends as a generic "up yours" to
the French establishment.
2014 Feb 3, In Germany a group
of computer hackers and human rights campaigners announced that they
are suing their government for allegedly breaking the law by aiding
2014 Feb 3, Indonesia’s Mount
Sinabung shot hot ash and rocks high into the air again, halting a
search for any more victims from its Feb 1 eruption.
2014 Feb 3, Iran’s state news
said a first tranche of $550 million in sanctions relief agreed to
under an interim nuclear deal has been paid into an Iranian Central
Bank account in Switzerland.
2014 Feb 3, Iraqi army troops
and allied tribesmen killed 57 ISIL fighters in Anbar province. A
series of attacks in and around Baghdad, including a spate of car
bombings, killed 17 people.
(Reuters, 2/3/14)(AFP, 2/3/14)
2014 Feb 3, Haaretz newspaper
said Israel has offered Turkey $20 million in compensation to the
families of those killed and wounded in its botched 2010 raid on a
2014 Feb 3, Kenyan police fired
tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse Muslim youths rioting for a
second day in protest against a raid on a mosque used by firebrand
preachers in the port city of Mombasa.
2014 Feb 3, In Lebanon a
suicide bomber detonated an explosive belt inside a public minibus
in Choueifa, home to a mixed Christian and Druze population, killing
at least one person.
2014 Feb 3, Libyan PM Ali
Zeidan said he has ordered the army to lift the blockade imposed by
protesters on the main oil terminals in the east of the country.
2014 Feb 3, Macedonia's
parliament adopted a bill imposing chemical castration on repeat
offenders convicted of sexually abusing children. On Feb 5 the
country's leading child protection group said that the law is still
2014 Feb 3, A Palestinian
official accused Jewish settlers in the West Bank of attacking olive
groves belonging to Palestinians and uprooting some 1,700 seedlings.
2014 Feb 3, Peruvian officials
said more than 400 dead dolphins were found last month on its
northern Pacific coast.
(SFC, 2/4/14, p.A2)
2014 Feb 3, In Russia a Moscow
high-school student shot a teacher and a police officer dead and
held more than 20 other students hostage in a classroom in a
possible revenge attack. The student was disarmed and detained less
than two hours after the shooting following negotiations aided by
2014 Feb 3, A pest control
company which has been killing stray dogs in Sochi for years said
that it has a contract to exterminate more of the animals throughout
2014 Feb 3, Saudi Arabia’s King
Abdullah issued a royal decree that punishes citizens who fight in
conflicts outside the kingdom with prison sentences ranging from 3
to 20 years.
(SFC, 2/4/14, p.A2)
2014 Feb 3, Al Qaeda's general
command said it had no links with the Islamic State in Iraq and the
Levant (ISIL), in an apparent attempt to reassert its authority over
fragmented Islamist fighters in Syria's civil war.
2014 Feb 3, In Tunisia a gun
battle began after police raided a house in Tunis where weapons,
explosives and suicide bomb belts were found. By the next day 7
Islamist militants and a policeman were killed. The dead included
Kamel Ghadghadi, a senior member of the banned Islamist militant
group Ansar al-Shariah.
(Reuters, 2/4/14)(SFC, 2/5/14, p.A3)
2014 Feb 3, Ukrainian President
Viktor Yanukovich returned to his desk after four days of sick
leave, while the political opposition pressed for further
concessions to end more than two months of street protests.
2014 Feb 3, The UN launched a
bid to raise $2.0 billion (1.48 billion euros) from international
donors in 2014 to help more than 20 million people threatened by
famine in Africa's Sahel region.
2014 Feb 3, In Yemen gunmen
abducted a Westerner identified by a police source as a British oil
worker in Sanaa.
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