Return to home1428 Feb 5,
King Alfonso V ordered Sicily's Jews to convert to Catholicism.
1495 Feb 5, The 1st Lithuanian
Russian war ended with the signing of a peace treaty in Moscow.
1556 Feb 5, Henry II of France
and Philip of Spain signed the truce of Vaucelles.
1562 Feb 5, Michael Radvila the
Black accepted homage of G. Ketler, Duke of Couronia, to Sigismund
1576 Feb 5, Henry of Navarre
renounced Catholicism at Tours.
1631 Feb 5, A ship from
Bristol, the Lyon, arrived with provisions for the Massachusetts Bay
Colony (Massachusetts Bay Company). Puritan Roger Williams,
proponent of religious freedom and later founder of Rhode Island,
arrived with his wife in Boston from England and joined the
Separatist colony at Plymouth.
6/21/05, p.D10)(AH, 4/07, p.25)
1644 Feb 5, The 1st US
livestock branding law was passed by Connecticut.
1649 Feb 5, The Prince of Wales
became king Charles II. Charles II (18), while living in exile at
the Hague, was recently informed that his father was beheaded at
Whitehall on Jan 30.
(WSJ, 2/28/00, p.A36)(MC, 2/5/02)
1723 Feb 5, John Witherspoon,
Declaration of Independence signer, was born.
1748 Feb 5, Christian Gottlob
Neefe, German composer, conductor, tutor of Beethoven, was born.
1762 Feb 5, Martinique, a major
French base in the Lesser Antilles of the West Indies, surrendered
to the British.
1783 Feb 5, Sweden recognized
the independence of the United States.
(AP, 2/5/97)(HN, 2/5/99)
1788 Feb 5, Sir Robert Peel
(d.1850), British prime minister through the early 1800s, was born.
He founded the Conservative Party and the London Police Force whose
officers were called "bobbies."
(HN, 2/5/99)(Econ, 6/30/07, p.93)
1811 Feb 5, George, Prince of
Wales, was named the Prince Regent due to the insanity of his
father, Britain's King George III. George Augustus Frederick became
prince regent after his father, George III, slipped permanently into
dementia. In 1999 Saul David published "The Prince of Pleasure: The
Prince of Wales and the Making of the Regency."
(WSJ, 3/26/99, p.W10)(AP, 2/5/08)
1812 Feb 5, Franz Schneider
(74), composer, died.
1816 Feb 5, Gioachino Rossini's
Opera "Barber of Seville" premiered in Rome.
1837 Feb 5, Dwight Lyman Moody
(d.1899), evangelist, was born. He founded the Moody Bible Institute
in Chicago. “No man can resolve himself into Heaven."
(AP, 7/26/00)(HN, 2/5/01)
1840 Feb 5, Hiram Stevens Maxim
(d.1916), inventor of the automatic single-barrel rifle, was born in
Sangerville, Maine. He invented the hair-curling iron, and patented
such items as a mousetrap, a locomotive headlight, a method of
manufacturing carbon filaments for lamps, and an automatic
1840 Feb 5, In Damascus, Syria,
Father Thomas, originally from Sardinia, and the superior of a
Franciscan convent at Damascus, disappeared with his servant. 13
prominent Jews were falsely accused of the ritual murder of the
Franciscan monk and his servant. The “Damascus Affair" inspired
international protests. In 2004 Ronald Florence authored “Blood
Libel: The Damascus Affair of 1840."
1846 Feb 5, The first Pacific
Coast newspaper, Oregon Spectator, was published.
1848 Feb 5, Belle Starr,
Western outlaw, was born.
1855 Feb 5, Viscount Palmerston
(70) became Britain's prime minister and served until his death in
(PC, 1992, p.273)
1861 Feb 5, The kinematoscope
was patented by Coleman Sellers in Philadelphia.
1864 Feb 5, Federal forces
occupied Jackson, Miss.
1865 Feb 5, Three-day Battle of
Hatcher's Run, Va., began.
1870 Feb 5, The 1st motion
picture was shown to a theater audience in Philadelphia.
1872 Feb 5, Lafayette Benedict
Mendel, biochemist, was born.
1879 Feb 5, Joseph Swan
demonstrated a light bulb using carbon glow.
1881 Feb 5, Phoenix, Ariz., was
1881 Feb 5, Thomas Carlyle
(b.1795), Scottish essayist and historian, died in London.
1887 Feb 5, Verdi's opera
"Otello" premiered at La Scala.
1887 Feb 5, Peder Balke
(b.1804), Norwegian painter, died. He was known for portraying the
nature of Norway in a positive manner and influenced a dramatic and
romantic view of Norwegian landscape.
1897 Feb 5, The Indiana House
of Representatives unanimously passed a measure redefining the area
of a circle and the value of pi. The bill died in the state Senate.
1898 Feb 5, Ralph McGill,
editor and publisher of the Atlanta Constitution, was born.
1900 Feb 5, Adlai E. Stevenson
II, Illinois governor and American diplomat, was born. He twice lost
to Dwight Eisenhower for presidency of the United States (1952 and
1956). "All progress has resulted from people who took unpopular
(HN, 2/5/99)(AP, 7/4/9)
1900 Feb 5, The United States
and Great Britain signed the Hay-Pauncefote Treaty, giving the
United States the right to build a canal in Nicaragua but not to
1901 Feb 5, Loop-the-loop
centrifugal RR (roller coaster) was patented by Ed Prescot.
1901 Feb 5, J. Pierpont Morgan
formed US Steel Corp. [see Feb 25]
1904 Feb 5, The American
occupation of Cuba ended.
1906 Feb 5, Actor John
Carradine was born in New York City.
1909 Feb 5, Hendrik Baekeland,
Belgian-born inventor, presented a paper to the NY chapter of the
American Chemical Society entitled: “The Synthesis, Constitution,
and Uses of Bakelite."
(ON, 9/05, p.12)
1907 Feb 5, Norton Simon,
publishing executive (Simon & Schuster), was born.
1914 Feb 5, Sir Alan Hodgin,
English physiologist and biophysicist, was born.
1915 Feb 5, Robert Hofstadter,
US atomic physicist, was born.
1916 Feb 5, Enrico Caruso
recorded "O Solo Mio" for the Victor Talking Machine Co.
1917 Feb 5, Congress nullified
President Woodrow Wilson's veto of the Immigration Act, a law
severely curtailing the immigration of Asians. Literacy tests were
(AP, 2/5/97)(HN, 2/5/99)
1917 Feb 5, Mexico's
constitution was adopted.
(HFA, '96, p.22)(AP, 2/5/97)
1918 Feb 5, The US steamship
Tuscania was torpedoed by German submarine U-77 and sank off the
coast of Ireland.
1918 Feb 5, The Soviets
proclaimed the separation of church and state.
1921 Feb 5, John M. Pritchard,
conductor, was born in London, England.
1921 Feb 5, The New York Yankee
owners released plans for a new Yankee Stadium. Huston and Ruppert
had purchased a lumberyard site in the Bronx from William Waldorf
Astor for $600,000.
1922 Feb 5, The Reader's Digest
began publication in Pleasantville, New York. In 1939 it moved to
Chappaqua, NY. In 2005 it published its 1,000th issue.
(HN, 2/5/01)(SFC, 7/19/05, p.D6)
1922 Feb 5, William Larned's
steel-framed tennis racquet got its first test.
1923 Feb 5, Stephen J. Cannell,
TV producer, writer (Rockford Files), was born.
1926 Feb 5, Arthur Ochs
Sulzberger, longtime New York Times publisher, was born.
1934 Feb 5, Hank Aaron,
American hall of fame baseball player, homerun hitter, was born
weighing 12.25 pounds. He broke Babe Ruth’s record in 1974. In 2010
Howard Bryant authored “The Last Hero: A Life of Henry Aaron."
1937 Feb 5, President Roosevelt
proposed increasing the number of Supreme Court justices. Critics
charged that he was attempting to "pack" the court.
1938 Feb 5, John Guare,
playwright, was born. His work included “The House of Blue Leaves."
1940 Feb 5, Glenn Miller and
his orchestra recorded "Tuxedo Junction" for RCA Victor's "Bluebird"
1941 Feb 5, The SS Politician
wrecked off the coast of the Isle of Eriskay in the Hebrides. It
carried some 20,000 cases of whisky, which the natives hid from
customs agents. The story was told in the 1947 book “Whisky Galore"
by Compton Mackenzie. The book was made into a film in 1949.
1941 Feb 5, Andrew Barton
"Banjo" Paterson (b.1864), Australian poet and journalist, died. He
is best known for his song “Waltzing Matilda."
1945 Feb 5, American and French
troops destroyed German forces in the Colmar Pocket in France.
1945 Feb 5, US troops under
General Douglas MacArthur entered Manila ("I have returned!").
1947 Feb 5, The Soviet Union
and Great Britain rejected terms for an American trusteeship over
Japanese Pacific Isles.
1952 Feb 5, New York adopted
the three-colored traffic lights.
1953 Feb 5, "Peter Pan" by Walt
Disney opened at Roxy Theater, NYC. [see Feb 11]
1957 Feb 5, Joseph Benson
Hardaway (b.1895), animation director and voice actor, died.
Nicknamed "Bugs," he was instrumental in naming the character "Bugs
Bunny" when, while working on the film short "Hare-um, Scare-um," an
animator handed him a model sheet of the rabbit character.
1958 Feb 5, Gamel Abdel Nasser
was formally nominated to become the first president of the new
United Arab Republic. The UAR was formed by the union of Egypt and
Syria. Syria withdrew in 1961. Egypt used the UAR name from
(AP, 2/5/97)(WUD, 1994, p.1555)
1961 Feb 5, The Soviets
launched Sputnik V, the heaviest satellite at 7.1 tons.
1961 Feb 5, Anthony G. de
Rothschild (73), British philanthropist, died.
1962 Feb 5, French President
Charles De Gaulle called for Algeria's independence.
1962 Feb 5, Sun, Moon, Mercury,
Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn aligned within a 16 degree arc.
1962 Feb 5, Jacques Ibert (71),
French composer (Escales), died.
1967 Feb 5, “The Smothers
Brothers Comedy Hour" premiered on CBS TV.
1968 Feb 5, US troops divided
Viet Cong at Hue while the Saigon government claimed they would arm
loyal citizens. The main assaults at Khe Sanh started.
1971 Feb 5, Apollo 14 lander
Antares landed on Moon. Astronauts Shepard & Mitchell walked on
1972 Feb 5, It was reported
that the United States had agreed to sell 42 F-4 Phantom jets to
1972 Feb 5, Marianne Moore
(b.1887), American poet, died in NYC. Her longest work was the 1923
poem "Marriage." In 1998 her the book: "The Selected letters of
Marianne Moore" was edited by Bonnie Costello, Celeste Goodridge and
Cristanne Miller. In 2013 Linda Leavell authored “Holding On Upside
Down: The Life and Work of Marianne Moore."
p.A7)(Econ, 11/23/13, p.83)
1973 Feb 5, Juan Corona was
sentenced in Fairfield, Ca., to 25 consecutive life terms for the 25
murders of migrant workers.
1973 Feb 5, Services were held
at Arlington National Cemetery for Army Lt. Col. William B. Nolde,
the last American soldier killed before the Vietnam cease-fire.
1974 Feb 5, John Murtha
(1932-2010), became Pennsylvania’s Democratic representative
following a special House election. He became the first Vietnam
veteran to serve in Congress.
1977 Feb 5, Julius Nyerere and
Aboud Jumbe set up the Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) party following the
merger of the Tanganyika African National Union (TANU) and the
Afro-Shirazi Party (ASP), which were the sole operating parties in
mainland Tanzania and the semi-autonomous islands of Zanzibar
1981 Feb 5, A military jury in
North Carolina convicted Marine Pvt. 1st Class Robert Garwood of
collaborating with the enemy while a prisoner of war in Vietnam.
Garwood was dishonorably discharged.
1982 Feb 5, Laker Airways,
founded in 1966 by Sir Freddie Laker, collapsed owing $351M.
1983 Feb 5, Former Nazi Gestapo
official Klaus Barbie (1913-1991), expelled from Bolivia, was
brought to trial in Lyon, France. He was convicted and sentenced to
life in prison.
1985 Feb 5, The US halted a
loan to Chile in protest over human rights abuses.
1988 Feb 5, The Arizona House
impeached Gov. Evan Mecham, setting the stage for his conviction in
the state Senate.
1988 Feb 5, A pair of
indictments were unsealed in Florida, accusing Panama's military
leader, Gen. Manuel Antonio Noriega, of bribery and drug
1989 Feb 5, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
(b.1947) became the 1st NBA player to score 38,000 points.
1989 Feb 5, The Soviet Union
announced that all but a small rear-guard contingent of its troops
had left Afghanistan.
1990 Feb 5, The Nepali Congress
passed a resolution officially launching the "country-wide peaceful
mass movement." Shortly thereafter, as many as 475 opposition party
members, human rights advocates, students, lawyers and journalists
were arrested. In a number of incidents, police opened fire
indiscriminately into crowds of unarmed demonstrators. Estimates of
the number killed range from 50 to several hundred. While the lower
figure probably is more accurate, the precise figure may never be
known because the police disposed of many of the bodies in secret
without conducting inquests.
1990 Feb 5, Soviet leader
Mikhail S. Gorbachev told the Communist Party it had to earn the
right to rule, instead of treating it as an unchallenged right.
1991 Feb 5, President Bush
announced he was sending Defense Secretary Dick Cheney and General
Colin L. Powell, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, to the Gulf
war zone to assess how the US-led offensive was progressing.
1991 Feb 5, A Michigan court
barred Dr. Jack Kevorkian from assisting in suicides.
1991 Feb 5, Pedro Arrupe (83),
Basque priest and head of the Jesuit order, died.
1992 Feb 5, The US House of
Representatives authorized an investigation into whether the 1980
Reagan-Bush campaign conspired with Iran to delay release of the
American hostages. The task force investigating the "October
Surprise" allegations later said it found no credible evidence of
such a conspiracy.
1992 Feb 5, In Northern
Ireland Protestant guerrillas shot and killed 5 Catholic men in the
Sean Graham betting shop on the Lower Ormeau Road.
1993 Feb 5, Federal judge Kimba
Wood, President Clinton's expected choice for attorney general,
withdrew from consideration, saying her baby sitter had been an
illegal alien for seven years.
1994 Feb 5, White separatist
Byron De La Beckwith was convicted in Jackson, Miss., of murdering
civil rights leader Medgar Evers in 1963, and was immediately
sentenced to life in prison. Beckwith died Jan 21, 2001 at age 80.
1994 Feb 5, Sixty-eight people
were killed when a mortar shell exploded in a marketplace in
(WSJ, 6/11/96, p.A14)(SFC,10/16/97, p.A12)(AP,
1994 Feb 5, Ben Enwonwu
(b.1921), Nigerian artist, died.
(Econ, 7/31/10, p.35)(http://tinyurl.com/25cc7co)
1995 Feb 5, The White House and
congressional Republicans drew battle lines over President Clinton's
$1.61 trillion budget, with Republicans accusing Clinton of "taking
a walk" and the administration saying Clinton was cutting the
deficit more than any president in history.
1996 Feb 5, John C. Salvi the
Third went on trial in Dedham, Massachusetts, in the shooting deaths
of two receptionists at abortion clinics. Salvi was later convicted
and sentenced to two life terms; he was found dead in his cell in
November 1996, an apparent suicide.
1996 Feb 5, Actress Elizabeth
Taylor filed for divorce from Larry Fortensky, her seventh husband.
1996 Feb 5, Gianandrea
Gavazzeni (86), conductor, died.
1997 Feb 5, U.S. Ambassador to
France, Pamela Harriman, died in Paris at age 76.
(SFC, 2/6/97, p.A1)(AP, 2/5/97)
1997 Feb 5, In Algeria rebels
killed a family of 9 by hacking off their heads in Benchikao. The
government in Algiers began banning parked cars in the city to
thwart car bomb attacks.
(SFC, 2/6/97, p.C2)
1997 Feb 5, In Ecuador hundreds
of thousands began a 48-hour general strike against Pres. Abdala
Bucaram to protests economic austerity, nepotism and corruption.
(SFC, 2/6/97, p.C2)
1997 Feb 5, Three Swiss banks
announced that they had put about $70-71 million into an account
with the Swiss National Bank to establish a “Humanitarian Fund" for
the victims of the Holocaust.
(SFC, 2/6/97, p.C2)(AP, 2/5/97)
1997 Feb 5-1997 Feb 6, In China
the Uighers rioted in the province of Xinjiang and reports of deaths
varied from 4-300. The fighting was said to have begun after the
public execution of 30 young Muslims. Residents said Muslims
attacked and killed ethnic Chinese before police quashed the revolt.
Authorities said 10 people died and 140 were injured. 12 people were
later executed for the uprising.
(USAT, 2/11/97, p.5A)(USAT, 2/12/97, p.8A) (WSJ,
2/11/97, p.A1)(SFC, 7/29/97, p.A10)
1998 Feb 5, Pres. Clinton
ordered 2,000 Marines to the Persian Gulf and met with PM Tony Blair
of Britain to discuss the possible use of force against Iraq.
(SFC, 2/6/98, p.E2)
1998 Feb 5, Democratic
fundraiser Yah Lin "Charlie" Trie pleaded innocent in Washington to
charges he'd raised illegal donations to buy influence in high
places. Trie pleaded guilty in May 1999 to a felony count and a
misdemeanor and was sentenced later that year to four months' home
detention and three years' probation.
1998 Feb 5, A federal
judge in Los Angeles threw out Charles Keating's state securities
fraud conviction for a second time, saying the trial judge had given
jurors flawed instructions. In 1999, on the eve of the retrial of
the federal case, Keating entered a plea agreement: he admitted to
having committed bankruptcy fraud by extracting $1 million from
American Financial Corp. while already anticipating the collapse
that happened weeks later; in return, the federal prosecutors
dropped all other charges against him and his son, Charles Keating
III. He was sentenced to the four years he had already served.
1998 Feb 5, In Germany
thousands protested the high unemployment rate. It had reached
12.6%, or 4.8 million people.
(SFC, 2/6/98, p.E3)
1998 Feb 5, In India a tractor
pulling a trolley full of children crashed into a truck and plunged
into a river and killed at least 34 in Madhya Pradesh state.
(SFC, 2/7/98, p.11)
1998 Feb 5, In the Ivory Coast
Kevin Leveille (26), a Peace Corp worker from Ventura, Ca., was
attacked and killed in Tanda. He had 2 months left in his assigned
task of working on water and sanitation problems.
(SFC, 2/7/98, p.11)
1998 Feb 5, In Kenya Pres. Moi
imposed a curfew on towns in the Rift Valley where over 100 people
have died in ethnic and political violence. Jomo Kenyatta Univ. in
Nairobi was closed following a protest against the violence.
(WSJ, 2/6/98, p.A1)
1998 Feb 5, In Sierra Leone
fighting began as Nigerian led intervention forces moved to oust the
(SFC, 2/12/98, p.A12)(SFC, 2/13/98, p.D5)
1999 Feb 5, The Bureau of ATF
planned to allow California winemakers to attach new labels
promoting the health benefits of wine.
(SFC, 2/5/99, p.A1)
1999 Feb 5, Former heavyweight
boxing champion Mike Tyson was sentenced in Maryland to a year in
jail for assaulting two motorists following a traffic accident. He
ended up serving 3 1/2 months.
1999 Feb 5, The Dupont Co.,
based in Wilmington, Del., agreed to a $90 million settlement with
environmentalists to abandon plans to mine titanium along the edge
of the Okefenokee Swamp in Georgia.
(SFC, 2/6/99, p.A9)
1999 Feb 5, It was reported
that Bill and Melinda Gates (Microsoft Corp.) gave $3.3 billion to
their foundations, 2.2 billion to the William H. Gates Foundation
and 1.1 billion to the Gates Learning Foundation.
(SFC, 2/6/99, p.A2)
1999 Feb 5, In Jordan King
Hussein was pronounced clinically dead but his heart continued and
his family kept him on life support systems.
(SFC, 2/6/99, p.A1)
1999 Feb 5, Serbian authorities
refused to grant re-entry travel documents to Albanian
guerrilla members for the peace conference in Paris. The 13 Serbian
negotiators appointed by Milosevic said they would not sit down with
members of the KLA.
(SFC, 2/6/99, p.A10)
2000 Feb 5, In Angola a
military helicopter crashed and 30 people were killed at Lubango. 12
people survived and 3 Catholic nuns were among the dead.
(SFC, 2/8/00, p.A14)
2000 Feb 5, Right-wing leader
Joerg Haider told a deeply divided Austria not to worry about
international sanctions, saying the new governing coalition that
included his Freedom Party would soon prove its democratic
credentials to the world.
2000 Feb 5, In Chechnya the
Human Rights Watch group said it had documented 22 cases in which
Grozny residents were killed by Russian soldiers. Another 14 cases
were under investigation. Later reports indicated 82 civilians were
killed by Russian mercenaries (kontraktniki).
(SFEC, 2/6/00, p.A25)(SFC, 2/22/00, p.A9)
2000 Feb 5, The Chinese new
(SFC, 1/1/00, p.A18)
2000 Feb 5, In Germany a train
derailed and ploughed into a house outside of Cologne and 6 people
were killed with 20 injured.
(SFEC, 2/6/00, p.A4)
2000 Feb 5, In Iran a mortar
attack struck the Golbang publishing house in Tehran near government
offices. One person was killed and at least 4 injured. The attack
was presumed to be the work of the Mujahedeen-e Khalq (MEK).
(SFEC, 2/6/00, p.A27)
2000 Feb 5, In Kosovo 41
people, including 11 French soldiers, were injured in during a 2nd
day of clashes between peacekeepers and Albanians.
(SFEC, 2/6/00, p.A26)
2001 Feb 5, Flanked by a jumbo
refund-check stage prop, President George W. Bush asked Americans to
get behind his proposed tax cuts.
2001 Feb 5, Pres. Bush met with
Canadian PM Jean Chretien at the White House for a get-acquainted
(SFC, 2/6/01, p.A8)
2001 Feb 5, Four disciples of
Osama bin Laden went on trial in New York in the 1998 bombings of
two U.S. embassies in Africa. The four were convicted and sentenced
to life in prison without parole.
2001 Feb 5, California clinched
deals for long term power contracts at $60-65 per megawatt hour as
federal assistance ended.
(SFC, 2/6/01, p.A1)
2001 Feb 5, Engineering
students from the Univ. of British Columbia dangled the body of an
old VW from a railing of the Golden Gate Bridge. It hung for 4 hours
before officials cut and let it fall into the water.
(SFC, 2/6/01, p.A1)
2001 Feb 5, In Illinois William
D. Baker (66), shot and killed 4 employees at the Navistar factory
in Melrose Park and then shot and killed himself. He was about to
begin serving a 5-month sentence for conspiring to steal engines and
(SFC, 2/6/01, p.A3)
2001 Feb 5, In Ecuador soldiers
battled Indians opposed to fuel and public transportation increases.
The Red Cross said 4 Indians died.
(WSJ, 2/6/01, p.A1)
2001 Feb 5, In Indonesia
supporters of Pres. Wahid demonstrated in East Java, home of the
Nahdlatul Ulama, Indonesia’s largest Muslim organization. Some
10,000 set fires to branch offices of the Golkar Party in Situbondo
and another 10,000 marched in Surabaya.
(SFC, 2/6/01, p.A9)
2001 Feb 5, It was reported
that severe cold and snowstorms in Mongolia threatened to wipe out a
5th of the nation’s livestock and threatened tens of thousands of
herders with starvation.
(SFC, 2/5/01, p.A10)
2001 Feb 5, In Russia Pres.
Putin dismissed Alexander Gavrin, the energy minister, and ousted
Yevgeny Nazdratenko, governor of the Primorye region due to an
energy crises that has left thousands without heat.
(SFC, 2/6/01, p.A9)
2001 Feb 5, In Russia a bomb
went off in a Moscow subway station and at least 9 people were
(SFC, 2/6/01, p.A10)
2002 Feb 5, Pres. Bush promoted
his call for $5.9 billion to be dedicated to bioterrorism
preparedness as part of a $38 billion homeland defense.
(SFC, 2/6/02, p.A13)
2002 Feb 5, US officials
announced plans to train and arm Colombian troops to protect the key
Cano Limon oil pipeline.
(SFC, 2/7/02, p.A12)
2002 Feb 5, A federal grand
jury in Alexandria, Va., indicted John Walker Lindh on 10 charges,
alleging he was trained by Osama bin Laden's network and then
conspired with the Taliban to kill Americans. Lindh later pleaded
guilty to lesser offenses and was sentenced to 20 years in federal
(SFC, 2/6/02, p.A1)(AP, 2/5/07)
2002 Feb 5, Committees in both
the House and Senate decided to subpoena former Enron Chairman
Kenneth Lay to appear to tell what he knew of Enron's complex
financial dealings. (Lay did appear, but refused to testify, citing
his Fifth Amendment rights.) At a Senate hearing, Deborah Perrotta,
a laid-off Enron employee, wept as she described how her retirement
savings all but disappeared when the company failed.
2002 Feb 5, In Canada a police
raid on the farmstead of Robert and David Pickton in Port Coquitlan,
BC, turned up evidence of 2 missing women. Since 1984 at least 50
prostitutes had vanished from the streets of Vancouver. Robert
Pickton was arrested Feb 22. In 2003 the murder charges against
Pickton rose to 22. Pickton’s trial began Jan 22, 2007, with
prosecutors saying the he had confessed to killing 49 women.
(SFC, 2/9/02, p.A9)(SFC, 12/16/03, p.A14)(WSJ,
2002 Feb 5, In Italy the health
ministry confirmed the country’s 1st case of mad cow disease.
(SFC, 2/6/02, p.A9)
2002 Feb 5, In Pakistan 2 men
associated with the kidnapping of journalist Daniel Pearl were
arrested in a Karachi suburb. Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh (28), Islamic
militant, turned himself in to Ejah Shah, the home secretary in
(SFC, 2/6/02, p.A14)(SFC, 2/15/02, p.A20)
2002 Feb 5, In Jenin, 3
Palestinians members of the Kameel clan were killed by a mob after a
court sentenced them to 15 year jail terms for the murder of another
(SFC, 2/6/02, p.A9)
2002 Feb 5, In Nigeria troops
cracked down on ethnic fighting in Lagos following 3 days of clashes
that left over 100 dead.
(WSJ, 2/6/02, p.A1)
2002 Feb 5, In Durban, South
Africa, a commuter train collided with a freight train and 18 people
(SFC, 2/6/02, p.A9)
2003 Feb 5, Secretary of State
Colin Powell, made his case that Iraq had defied all demands that it
disarm, presented tape recordings, satellite photos and statements
from informants that he said was "irrefutable and undeniable"
evidence that Saddam Hussein is concealing weapons of mass
(AP, 2/5/03)(SFC, 2/6/03, p.A1)
2003 Feb 5, Circuit city
dismissed some 3,900 highly paid commissioned salespeople to reduce
(WSJ, 6/11/03, p.A1)
2003 Feb 5, It was reported
that genealogical research in Utah identified a gene that causes
(WSJ, 2/5/03, p.A1)
2003 Feb 5, The World Court
ruled that the United States must temporarily stay the execution of
three Mexican citizens on U.S. death rows.
2003 Feb 5, Larry LeSueur (93),
longtime CBS News radio reporter died in Washington.
2003 Feb 5, The Israeli
military demolished the home of a Palestinian militant in the Gaza
Strip, killing an elderly woman inside. Israeli troops killed a
total of 5 Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza.
(AP, 2/5/03)(WSJ, 2/7/03, p.A1)
2003 Feb 5, North Korea said
that it had reactivated its nuclear facilities and is going ahead
with their operation "on a normal footing."
2003 Feb 5, Heavy rains in
northern Mozambique caused flooding that left about 100,000 families
homeless, swept away thousands of acres of crops and severely
damaged roads and bridges.
2004 Feb 5, CIA Director George
Tenet acknowledged that US spy agencies may have over-estimated
Iraq's illicit weapons capabilities.
(SFC, 2/6/04, p.A1)
2004 Feb 5, A US federal judge
ruled that high school football players may skip college and go
straight to the pros.
(SFC, 2/6/04, p.A1)
2004 Feb 5, NASA restored
communications with the Mars Spirit rover.
(SFC, 2/7/04, p.A3)
2004 Feb 5, In northeastern
Afghanistan rival armed factions clashed and a state television
report said 20 people were killed.
2004 Feb 5, A lantern festival
marking the end of China's Lunar New Year celebrations erupted into
a stampede, killing at least 37 people and injuring 15.
2004 Feb 5, At least 21
shellfish hunters, all apparently Chinese nationals, died when they
were trapped by fast-rising tides in treacherous Morecambe Bay in
northern England. In 2006 Lin Liang Ren (29) was found guilty in the
deaths of the shellfish pickers at Warton Sands. Lin's girlfriend,
Zhao Xiao Qing (21) and cousin Lin Mu Yong (31) were also convicted
of facilitating the deaths. Liangren was sentenced to 14 years in
prison. Xiaoqing was sentenced to 2 years and 9 months. Muyong was
sentenced to 4 years and 9 months.
(AP, 2/6/04)(AP, 3/24/06)(AFP, 3/28/06)
2004 Feb 5, In Haiti an armed
opposition group, led by Butteur Metayer, seized control of
Gonaives, Haiti's fourth-largest city, burning a police station,
freeing prisoners and leaving at least four people reported dead and
20 wounded in clashes with police.
(AP, 2/5/04)(ST, 3/2/04, p.A3)
2004 Feb 5, U.S. and Iraqi
forces captured more than 100 suspected guerrillas in raids across
the country, arresting one of Saddam Hussein's intelligence chiefs
and another Iraqi believed involved in a suicide bombing last month,
2004 Feb 5, Indian soldiers
shot and killed 10 suspected Muslim militants in the forests of
2004 Feb 5, Latvian Prime
Minister Einars Repse announced Thursday that his 14-month-old
government was stepping down, saying his Cabinet can't continue
working without a majority in parliament.
2004 Feb 5, Pakistan's Pres.
Musharraf pardoned Abdul Qadeer Khan after Kahn absolved Islamabad
of selling nuclear secrets to Iran.
(WSJ, 2/6/04, p.A1)
2004 Feb 5, Seven Russian
servicemen were killed and at least 11 wounded over the last 24
hours in the latest rebel attacks in the breakaway region of
2004 Feb 5, Ugandan rebels
attacked a refugee camp in northern Uganda early, killing 54
civilians and two soldiers.
2004 Feb 5, Journalists at
Zimbabwe's only independent daily newspaper left their offices after
the Supreme Court upheld that it was a crime to work without a
(AP, 2/5/04)(WSJ, 2/5/04, p.A1)
2005 Feb 5, In LA the Actors
Guild awarded Jamie Foxx the best actor award for his role as Ray
Charles in “Ray." Hilary Swank won the best actress award for her
role as a boxer in “Million Dollar Baby." Cate Blanchett and Morgan
Freeman won supporting awards.
(SSFC, 2/6/05, p.A2)
2005 Feb 5, Steve Young and Dan
Marino were elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
2005 Feb 5, In London
Chancellor of the Exchequer Gordon Brown said that finance ministers
from the Group of Seven (G7) rich nations had for the first time
expressed firm willingness to provide as much as 100 percent debt
relief for the world's poorest countries. The Heavily Indebted Poor
Countries Initiative (HIPC) is a joint initiative of the World Bank
and the International Monetary Fund that offers debt relief to the
world's most impoverished nations which agree to undertake economic
2005 Feb 5, In the Republic of
Congo leaders of seven Central African countries signed a landmark
treaty to work together to help save the world's second-largest rain
2005 Feb 5, Central bank
governor Zhou Xiaochuan said China is committed to revamping its
foreign exchange regime and further relaxing its capital account
2005 Feb 5, Egyptian police
killed two suspected militants wanted in last year's Sinai bombings
following clashes in Egypt's Sinai peninsula desert.
2005 Feb 5, Sunni rebels killed
three U.S. troops and at least 33 Iraqis in a string of attacks.
2005 Feb 5, In central Japan
police found 9 bodies were found in two cars in what appeared to be
the country's latest group suicides.
2005 Feb 5, Kuwaiti police and
troops in armored personnel carriers used explosives to blast their
way into a concrete block home in Sulaibiyah capturing 5 suspected
2005 Feb 5, In Mexico
assailants staged 3 nearly simultaneous guerrilla-style attacks in
Acapulco, killing 3 police officers and a teenage boy a day before a
tense gubernatorial election.
2005 Feb 5, The crown prince of
Saudi Arabia called for the creation of an international
anti-terrorism center to trade information in an effort to prevent
2005 Feb 5, Togo’s Pres.
Gnassingbe Eyadema (69) died of a heart attack. The military quickly
announced that his son would replaced him as head of state. The
constitution called for the speaker of parliament to succeed the
president in the event of his death.
(SSFC, 2/6/05, p.A16)
2005 Feb 5, A Yemeni court
overruled earlier rulings and imposed harsher sentences, including a
death sentence, on three militants convicted of attacking a French
oil tanker and a helicopter carrying U.S. employees of an oil
2006 Feb 5, In Detroit, Mich.,
the Pittsburgh Steelers won the Super Bowl over the Seattle Seahawks
2006 Feb 5, Alan
Shalleck, writer and director, was beaten and stabbed to death at
his Boynton Beach home in West Palm Beach, Fla. He had collaborated
with the co-creator of "Curious George" to bring the mischievous
monkey to TV and a series of book sequels. In 2007 Rex Ditto (31)
pleaded guilty and was sentenced to life in prison for killing. His
co-defendant and former lover, Vincent Puglisi (56) was scheduled
for trial in early 2008.
2006 Feb 5, Jacob Robida,
suspected of an attack at a Massachusetts gay bar, the killing of an
Arkansas officer and the slaying of a mother of three, was mortally
wounded in a shootout with authorities.
2006 Feb 5, Actor Franklin
Cover (“The Jeffersons") died in Englewood, N.J., at age 77.
2006 Feb 5, In Afghanistan 172
Taliban and other Islamist fighters surrendered as part of a
government amnesty scheme, vowing to lay down arms and work to
rebuild the country.
2006 Feb 5, In Bangladesh at
least 40,000 opposition supporters converged on Dhaka to demand the
ouster of the government after a three-day protest march marked by
heavy security and the arrest of key activists.
2006 Feb 5, Cambodia's king
pardoned exiled opposition leader Sam Rainsy who was sentenced to
jail for defamation, in a move officials said was at the request of
PM Hun Sen.
2006 Feb 5, Costa Rica held
elections and former pres. Oscar Arias was expected to win.
(SSFC, 2/5/06, p.A19)
2006 Feb 5, Iran ended all
voluntary cooperation with the UN nuclear watchdog but said it was
open to a proposal to enrich Iranian uranium in Russia, softening
its earlier response to being reported to the Security Council over
fears it wants to produce nuclear arms.
2006 Feb 5, The head of a
government watchdog agency said Iraqi authorities issued arrest
warrants for Meshaan al-Jiburi, a Sunni Arab member of parliament
and his son, Yazin, accusing them of embezzling millions of dollars
meant to protect vulnerable oil pipelines.
2006 Feb 5, In Iraq the
bullet-riddled bodies of two Shiites were found in the latest round
of killings between rival Sunni and Shiite groups.
2006 Feb 5, Israeli aircraft
fired three missiles at a building used by militants in Gaza City,
killing three people and wounding five.
2006 Feb 5, Israel agreed to
make a crucial payment of $54 million in tax and customs revenues to
the Palestinians, but officials said future transfers will be halted
once Hamas militants form the next Palestinian government.
2006 Feb 5, Thousands of
Muslims rampaged in Beirut, setting fire to the Danish Embassy,
burning Danish flags and lobbing stones at a Maronite Catholic
church as violent protests spread over caricatures of the Prophet
2006 Feb 5, A general strike
called by communist rebels to disrupt elections in Nepal forced
schools and markets to close, and highways and city streets remained
deserted in much of this Himalayan nation.
2006 Feb 5, In southwestern
Pakistan a bomb ripped through a passenger bus, killing at least 13
people and wounding 20 others.
2006 Feb 5, Andrea Santoro
(60), an Italian Roman Catholic priest, was shot dead in his Santa
Maria church by a 16-year-old boy in the Turkish Black Sea city of
Trabzon. In 2007 the teen was sentenced to more than 18 years in
prison, but was expected to serve only 10.
(AP, 2/5/06)(AP, 10/4/07)
2007 Feb 5, President Bush sent
a $2.9 trillion spending plan to a Democratic-controlled Congress,
proposing to spend billions more to fight the war in Iraq while
squeezing the rest of government to meet his goal of eliminating the
deficit in five years.
2007 Feb 5, The US insisted
that Nicaragua destroy hundreds of Soviet-made surface-to-air
missiles after President Daniel Ortega said the weapons were needed
for the country's defense.
2007 Feb 5, NASA astronaut Lisa
Nowak was arrested in Orlando, Fla., accused of trying to kidnap a
perceived rival for the affections of a space shuttle pilot.
2007 Feb 5, Britain pressed
ahead with a cull of 160,000 turkeys after the nation's first
outbreak of a deadly strain of bird flu in farmed poultry as Russia
and Japan banned British poultry imports.
2007 Feb 5, A Cold War-era
Soviet submarine that was being towed to Thailand sank off
northwestern Denmark. The Soviet Union built more than 200
Whiskey-class submarines during the Cold War, many of which are now
being offered for sale by private companies.
2007 Feb 5, In northern Germany
3 men and 3 women were found shot dead in a Chinese restaurant in
the early hours in Sittensen. A 7th person died a day later. German
police soon arrested two Vietnamese men in connection with the
(AFP, 2/5/07)(AP, 2/6/07)(AP, 2/7/07)
2007 Feb 5, In India a fire
gutted a garment factory in eastern India, killing seven workers in
Howrah, a suburb of Calcutta.
2007 Feb 5, Violence raked
Baghdad as an Iraqi general took charge of the security operation in
the capital and Iraqi police and soldiers manned new roadblocks,
initial steps indicating the start of the long-anticipated joint
operation with American forces to curb sectarian bloodshed. At least
29 people died in bomb and mortar attacks across the city, 15 of
them as they waited to refill propane cooking tanks when two car
bombs blew up in quick succession in south Baghdad. A soldier killed
in a roadside bombing in Basra was the 100th British death
attributed to hostile action since the US-led invasion in 2003. A US
Marine was killed in fighting in the volatile Anbar province. US
forces shot and killed Donald Tolfree of Owosso, Mich., a civilian
contract truck driver at Camp Anaconda, the huge air base north of
(AP, 2/5/07)(AP, 2/6/07)(AP, 2/10/07)
2007 Feb 5, China’s president
Hu Jintao brought his eight-nation African tour to Namibia, a
sparsely populated, mineral-rich desert country that hopes to
benefit from an influx of Chinese investment and tourists.
2007 Feb 5, A home-made bomb
ripped through a train station in Spain's Basque region. Police said
it appeared to have been the work of Basque independence street
gangs, rather than armed separatists ETA.
2007 Feb 5, Syria’s President
Bashar Assad said cooperation, and negotiations, between Syria and
the US could be the "last chance" to avoid full-scale civil war in
2007 Feb 5, In Hanoi, Vietnam,
international aid experts from the World Bank, UN and other
development agencies and 40 nations met for the Third International
Roundtable on Managing For Development Results, a four-day
conference aimed at making global development efforts more
2007 Feb 5, Teachers across
Zimbabwe began an indefinite industrial action to press for better
salaries and better working conditions.
2008 Feb 5, The US Treasury
Dept. said it is imposing financial sanctions against family members
of the military-run government of Myanmar and individuals it
identified as key members of the financial empire of Tay Za.
(SFC, 2/6/08, p.A7)
2008 Feb 5, Obama won 13 Super
Tuesday states; Clinton, eight plus American Samoa. Clinton won
California and scored the advantage in delegates, bring her total to
845 to Obama's 765, by the latest accounting. McCain won 9 states.
Romney won 7 states. Huckabee said he would press on with his White
House candidacy, emboldened by 5 wins in the South.
2008 Feb 5, A US Court of
Appeals rejected a decision giving Georgia a quarter of Lake
Lanier’s capacity over the coming decades. It said such changes
require congressional approval. Alabama and Florida had challenged
the initial 2003 agreement.
(WSJ, 2/6/08, p.A10)
2008 Feb 5, Storms swept across
southeast US as Super Tuesday primaries were ending. At least 31
people were killed in Tennessee, 13 in Arkansas, 7 in Kentucky and
four in Alabama. It was one of the 15 worst tornado death tolls
since 1950, and the nation's deadliest barrage of tornadoes since 76
people were killed in Pennsylvania and Ohio on May 31, 1985. The
death toll rose to 59.
(AP, 2/6/08)(AP, 2/7/08)(WSJ, 2/8/08, p.A1)
2008 Feb 5, Renewed recession
fears followed the release of US service sector data from the
Institute of Supply Management. It showed activity moved rapidly
into contraction in January.
2008 Feb 5, In southern
Afghanistan a roadside bomb hit a US-led coalition vehicle in
Helmand province, killing one soldier and wounding two others.
2008 Feb 5, A Bangladesh
official said Abdul Kader Mollah, an employee of Titas Gas
Distribution Company, the country’s biggest state-owned gas company,
allegedly used his position to pocket a colossal 145 million dollars
in bribes over 12 years. Mollah at the time earned a mere 100
dollars a month.
2008 Feb 5, Senior researchers
at Britain's International Institute for Strategic Studies warned
that "neo-Taliban" groups operating in Pakistan's tribal areas may
soon become a global menace.
2008 Feb 5, British scientists
said they have created human embryos containing DNA from two women
and a man in a procedure that researchers hope might be used one day
to produce embryos free of inherited diseases.
2008 Feb 5, Chinese Premier Wen
Jiabao said "final victory" was in sight with transportation
returning to normal after the worst winter in decades, but power
outages remained a problem for millions. the former communist party
boss of Olympic host city Qingdao was sentenced to life in prison
for accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes. Du
Shicheng was found guilty of taking $870,000 worth of bribes from
2000 to January 2006 while serving as the port city's most powerful
(AP, 2/5/08)(AP, 2/6/08)
2008 Feb 5, In Guatemala 5 bus
drivers were shot dead, each while driving passengers on different
main roads into Guatemala City. 7 more were killed the following
day, prompting their colleagues to go on strike for several days.
(Econ, 3/22/08, p.40)
2008 Feb 5, Ching Cheong (58),
a Hong Kong journalist charged with spying for Taiwan, was released
from prison in mainland China after being detained for nearly three
2008 Feb 5, A new Iraqi flag,
stripped of the three green stars of Saddam Hussein's toppled Baath
party, was hoisted over the Iraqi Cabinet building in a symbolic
break with the past nearly five years after the US-led invasion. In
Taji, north of Baghdad, a suicide bomber detonated his explosives
near the convoy of a sheik working with US forces, killing two of
his followers. Those killed were members of the Taji Awakening
2008 Feb 5, An Israeli
airstrike in response to Qassam rockets killed 7 Hamas police
officers near Khan Yunis. A barrage of rockets followed and battered
Sderot less than a half mile from the Gaza fence, seriously wounding
a woman just before the arrival of President Shimon Peres.
(AP, 2/5/08)(SFC, 2/6/08, p.A7)(SFC, 2/7/08,
2008 Feb 5, In Mozambique one
person was killed and 63 were wounded in Maputo when police opened
fire in a bid to break up violent protests against increases in bus
fares. The local council of Tete said an outbreak of diarrhea in the
flood-hit city has claimed the lives of 64 people since early
(AP, 2/5/08)(AFP, 2/5/08)
2008 Feb 5, Maharishi Mahesh
Yogi, a guru to the Beatles who introduced the West to
transcendental meditation, died at his home in the Dutch town of
(AP, 2/6/08)(Econ, 2/16/08, p.95)
2008 Feb 5, In Rwanda Theoneste
Niyitegeka, a doctor and one-time possible presidential candidate,
was sentenced to 15 years in jail for his role in the country's 1994
2008 Feb 5, Serbia's coalition
government was on the verge of collapse over the European Union's
plans to send a mission to Kosovo province.
2008 Feb 5, In northeastern
Somalia grenade attack killed 21 people and wounded 100 in Bossaso,
2008 Feb 5, A South African
court sentenced Daniel Geiges (69), a Swiss engineer, for his part
in an international nuclear smuggling ring. Geiges was given a
13-year suspended sentence on charges relating to a network run by
disgraced Pakistan nuclear scientist A.Q. Khan. Geiges' former boss
and co-accused, German engineer Gerhard Wisser was given an 18-year
suspended sentenced last year in a plea agreement for his role in
2008 Feb 5, In South Africa 12
patients, including two children, were killed when their minibus
overturned en route to a hospital in South Africa's Northern Cape
2008 Feb 5, Simba Makoni, a
senior member of Zimbabwe's ruling ZANU-PF party, said he would run
for president at the March 29 election in the first major internal
challenge to Robert Mugabe in 20 years.
2008 Feb 5, UN officials said
Ethiopia and Bangladesh have offered to jump-start the UN
peacekeeping mission in Darfur by loaning it helicopters to fly
troops and supplies around the vast region in western Sudan.
2009 Feb 5, New US government
data said the number of US workers filing new claims for
unemployment benefits jumped to a 26-year high last week pointing to
a rapid deterioration in the economy.
2009 Feb 5, In eastern
Afghanistan a suicide car bomb struck a convoy of foreign troops.
2009 Feb 5, The Bank of England
cut interest rates by a half-point to a record low 1 percent as it
fought a deepening recession brought on by the world financial
2009 Feb 5, British workers
voted to end a week-long unofficial strike over the use of foreign
labor at a French-owned oil refinery that sparked sympathy protests
2009 Feb 5, The British Council
said that it has suspended work in Iran because of what it calls
intimidation by the authorities there. The British Council reopened
its Tehran office in 2001 after a 22-year break following the 1979
Islamic revolution. It said 13,000 Iranians took part in English
lessons and other programs it ran in Tehran last year.
2009 Feb 5, A nongovernment
organization said the corrupt elite of Cambodia, one of the world's
most impoverished nations, has laid the groundwork for siphoning off
vast profits from a coming boom in mining and oil exploitation.
2009 Feb 5, China declared an
emergency in eight provinces suffering a serious drought that has
left nearly 4 million people without proper drinking water and is
threatening millions of acres of crops. The government published a
plan for the relocation and urbanization of farmers living near the
Three Gorges Reservoir. Some 1.4 million farmers would have to move
(AP, 2/5/09)(WSJ, 2/7/09, p.A6)
2009 Feb 5, Germany's biggest
lender, Deutsche Bank, posted its first annual loss since World War
II after a terrible fourth quarter but said it would survive the
global meltdown without state aid. Deutsche Bank reported a 2008
loss of $5 billion, including $1.8 billion attributed a group run by
Wall Street trader Boaz Weinstein.
(AP, 2/5/09)(WSJ, 2/6/09, p.A1)
2009 Feb 5, The Iraqi election
commission said that PM Nouri al-Maliki's party won 38 percent of
the votes in Baghdad in the Jan 31 election, followed by allies of
anti-US cleric Muqtada al-Sadr and a Sunni party with nine percent
each. A suicide bomber blew himself up inside a crowded restaurant
in a Kurdish city near the Iranian border, killing at least 12
2009 Feb 5, The Israeli navy
intercepted a ship delivering 60 tons of supplies to the Gaza Strip
from Lebanon in the latest bid to defy Israel's blockade of the
2009 Feb 5, In Nigeria a
private security official said unidentified gunmen have attacked an
oil-industry vessel off the coast of Nigeria and killed its captain.
2009 Feb 5, In central Pakistan
a suicide bomber blew himself up near a Shiite mosque in the town of
Dera Ghazi Khan, killing 24 people.
(AFP, 2/5/09)(SFC, 2/6/09, p.A3)
2009 Feb 5, Somali pirates said
that they were freeing, a Ukrainian ship carrying tanks and other
heavy weapons after receiving a $3.2 million ransom. The MV Faina
was seized last September 25. The Kenyan government claimed to the
cargo, which included 33 Soviet-designed battle tanks.
2009 Feb 5, The South Africa
Reserve Bank slashed its benchmark interest rate by a full point to
10.5 percent, following a half-point cut in December, saying
inflation is headed downward.
2009 Feb 5, Sri Lanka's prime
minister rejected calls for a cease-fire from donor countries
concerned by reports of growing civilian casualties in the South
Asian nation's civil war and instead demanded the Tamil Tiger
rebels' unconditional surrender.
2009 Feb 5, The Swedish
government agreed to scrap a three-decade ban on building new
nuclear reactors, saying it needs to avoid producing more greenhouse
2009 Feb 5, Jennifer Figge (56)
arrived in Trinidad, exhilarated and exhausted as she touched land
this week for the first time in almost a month, becoming the first
woman on record to allegedly swim across the Atlantic Ocean. Figge
actually swam only a fraction of the 2,100-mile journey. The rest of
the time, she rested on her crew's westward-sailing catamaran.
(AP, 2/8/09)(AP, 2/10/09)
2009 Feb 5, Turkey's parliament
approved the Kyoto Protocol on cutting greenhouse gas emissions. The
parliament voted 243-3 after the Cabinet signed the protocol.
2009 Feb 5, Zimbabwe's
parliament passed a constitutional bill to allow a coalition
government of President Robert Mugabe and opposition rivals, being
set up under a deal to end political and economic crisis.
2010 Feb 5, The US White House
increased its criticism of Republican Senators following reports
that Sen. Richard Shelby of Alabama had placed a blanket hold on
more than 70 administration nominees in order to secure funding for
home-state projects. On Feb 9 Shelby’s office said he will stop
blocking Senate confirmation of some 70 nominees.
(SFC, 2/6/10, p.A6)(AP, 2/9/10)
2010 Feb 5, In Alabama a boy
(14) was shot by another student inside a middle school in Madison.
The victim died at a hospital.
(SFC, 2/6/10, p.A6)
2010 Feb 5, In Pennsylvania
about 18,000 people turned out before dawn for the 18th Wing Bowl,
an eating competition dubbed the world's biggest, and an annual
celebration of Philadelphia's raucous sports-crazed culture.
2010 Feb 5, In Afghanistan a
bomb planted on a motorcycle ripped through a crowd gathered to
watch a dog fight in southern Helmand province, killing three people
and wounding more than 30. Afghan border police mistook a group of
villagers gathering wood near the Pakistan border as insurgents and
opened fire, killing seven civilians. US forces detained Atahullah
Wahaab, deputy police chief in Kapisa province, for alleged
corruption and links to insurgents.
(AFP, 2/5/10)(AP, 2/6/10)(AFP, 2/7/10)
2010 Feb 5, New Zealand
explorers said 5 crates of whisky and brandy belonging to polar
explorer Ernest Shackleton have been recovered after being buried
for more than 100 years under the Antarctic ice. The excavation of
the whisky followed the discovery last month of two blocks of butter
in an Antarctic hut used by British explorer Robert Falcon Scott on
his doomed 1910-12 expedition.
2010 Feb 5, Defense giant BAE
Systems said it had agreed to pay fines of nearly 288 million pounds
settle charges brought by Britain's Serious Fraud Office and the US
Department of Justice. The fines, 258 million pounds to the DoJ and
30 million pounds to the SFO, related to investigations into BAE
deals with countries including Tanzania, the Czech Republic, Romania
and South Africa.
2010 Feb 5, Britain’s chief
prosecutor said 4 British lawmakers will face criminal charges and
the prospect of jail for alleged shady accounting practices during
Britain's 2009 expense claims scandal. A report issued a day earlier
into the expense scandal ordered 392 current and former British
legislators to repay a total of 1.12 million pounds ($1.7 million).
2010 Feb 5, British actor Ian
Carmichael (89) died at his home in northern England. He appeared in
a series of comedies for the Boulting Brothers including "Private's
Progress," "Brothers in Law," "Lucky Jim" and "I'm All Right Jack."
Later in his career he played the upper-class twit Bertie Wooster,
and Dorothy L. Sayers suave detective Lord Peter Wimsey, in
2010 Feb 5, Canada and the US
said they have reached a tentative deal with to end a dispute over
"Buy American" provisions in US legislation that had strained
2010 Feb 5, China said it will
slap heavy anti-dumping duties on US chicken parts, a move likely to
aggravate trade ties between two of the world's most important
economies at a time of strained political relations.
2010 Feb 5, Danish special
forces disrupted the takeover by Somali pirates of the cargo ship
Ariella in the Gulf of Aden. A frogmen unit scaled the sides of the
ship using grappling hooks, secured the bridge, released the crew
and then launched an hours-long search for a pirate the crew had
2010 Feb 5, In East Timor 20
members of dissident political group CPD-RDTL and underground
political organization Bua-Malus were arrested on suspicion of
involvement in "ninja" activities.
2010 Feb 5, Guatemalan police
say they have destroyed about 1,200 acres (500 hectares) of opium
poppies along the border with Mexico. The plants were valued at $950
2010 Feb 5, In Iraq twin car
bombs tore through a crowd of Shiite pilgrims packing a highway as
they walked to Karbala south of Baghdad for a major religious
observance, killing at least 40 people and wounding 154 others. A
roadside bomb struck a bus carrying pilgrims through Baghdad,
killing one and wounding 13.
2010 Feb 5, In Indian Kashmir
paramilitary soldiers charged at a group gathered in a playground in
Srinagar, and began firing as they fled, killing Zahid Farooq Shah
(17). The incident threatened to enflame protests that have rocked
the city following the death of another boy on Jan 31.
2010 Feb 5, Latvia sold a
deserted town built around a Soviet-era radar station to a Russian
investor who bid $3.1 million at an unusual auction. The town,
formerly known as Skrunda-1, housed about 5,000 people during the
Cold War but was abandoned over a decade ago.
2010 Feb 5, Mexican authorities
said they have found the decapitated bodies of six men in the
western state of Michoacan. In central Mexico a landslide killed at
least 11 people, adding to 18 deaths this week from severe and
unseasonable winter storms that closed schools and freeways and
flooded thousands of homes.
(AP, 2/5/10)(AP, 2/6/10)
2010 Feb 5, A breakthrough deal
to save Northern Ireland's Catholic-Protestant government gave a new
lease of life to an awkward partnership of former foes that still
must overcome many obstacles to survive. The deal commits the
Northern Ireland Assembly to elect a justice minister March 9 and
Britain to transfer control of more than 20 criminal justice and
law-enforcement agencies to Belfast on April 12.
2010 Feb 5, In Pakistan women
and children were among the 12 people killed when a suicide attacker
rammed a motorbike bomb into a bus carrying Shiites on one of
Karachi's busiest roads. A 2nd bomber then killed 13 people,
damaging ambulances and the entrance to the casualty department at
Jinnah Hospital, where the victims of the first attack were being
treated. Police defused a third bomb rigged inside a television and
left in the hospital car park. By the next day 8 more people had
died bringing the total death toll to 33.
(AFP, 2/5/10)(AP, 2/6/10)
2010 Feb 5, Portuguese police
seized a large amount of explosives at a home being used by Basque
separatist group ETA as a base to prepare attacks in neighboring
2010 Feb 5, Russian PM Vladimir
Putin criticized his party following an unusually large opposition
protest, saying it has fed the country with empty promises.
2010 Feb 5, A Vietnamese court
convicted Tran Khai Thanh Thuy (49), a journalist and democracy
activist, of assault and sentenced her to three-and-a-half years in
prison in a one-day trial that rights groups said was meant to
silence government critics.
2010 Feb 5, Zimbabwe's civil
servants launched an open-ended strike, demanding that their wages
be increased to at least 630 US dollars, from 150 dollars a month,
piling pressure on the strained unity government struggling to fix
the economy. Most of Zimbabwe's 230,000 civil servants appeared to
have heeded the strike call.
(AFP, 2/5/10)(AFP, 2/9/10)
2011 Feb 5, The United States
and Russia formally inaugurated their new START nuclear arms treaty,
capping two years of work to "reset" the sometimes strained ties
between the former Cold War enemies.
2011 Feb 5, In Kentucky police
found the body of a girl (9) near Trenton, several hours after she
was reported missing.
(SSFC, 2/6/11, p.A8)
2011 Feb 5, J. Paul Getty III
(b.1956), grandson of oil magnate J. Paul Getty, died in England
following a long illness. He had lost an ear to kidnappers in Rome
in 1973 and suffered a devastating stroke in his twenties that left
him severely impaired and in a wheelchair for the rest of his life.
(SFC, 2/9/11, p.A4)
2011 Feb 5, In southern
Afghanistan two NATO service members were killed in separate bomb
attacks. NATO troops captured 48 Iranian-made warheads, 49 fuses,
and 49 rocket mortars. They were being transported in a three-truck
convoy, in southern Nimruz, near the Iranian and Pakistani borders.
(AP, 2/5/11)(AP, 3/9/11)
2011 Feb 5, In Australia
torrential rains and flash floods trapped scores of people in homes
and cars following a massive cyclone, piling on more misery after
weeks of record inundations.
2011 Feb 5, British PM David
Cameron, in a speech to the Munich Security Conference, condemned
Britain's long-standing policy of multiculturalism as a failure,
calling for better integration of young Muslims to combat home-grown
extremism. He also said Europe must stamp out intolerance of Western
values within its own Muslim communities and far-right groups if it
is to defeat the roots of terrorism.
2011 Feb 5, Renewed fighting
between Cambodian and Thai troops along the countries' disputed
border killed a Thai soldier and sent thousands of people fleeing
before military commanders agreed on the second cease-fire in two
2011 Feb 5, Rudolf Slavik (34)
was found shot to death in a tram in Prague. In November Gilbert
Ferguson McCrae (53), a US and British citizen, was found guilty for
killing Slavik by shooting him in the head with a handgun. The
prosecution said McCrae shot Slavik after Czech had insulted him in
a bar. The conviction was upheld in 2012 and McCrae was sentenced to
16 years in prison.
2011 Feb 5, Leaders of Egypt's
unprecedented wave of anti-government protests held talks with the
prime minister over ways to ease President Mubarak out of office,
but the government appeared to be digging in its heels. The top
executive committee of Egypt's ruling National Democratic Party
(NDP), which includes Mubarak's son Gamal, resigned en masse.
Secretary-general of the ruling party, Safwat el-Sharif, resigned in
a gesture to protesters carrying out a 12-day-old wave of
anti-government demonstrations. It was decided to name Hossam
Badrawi secretary general of the party.
(AP, 2/5/11)(AFP, 2/5/11)
2011 Feb 5, Unknown saboteurs
attacked an Egyptian pipeline supplying gas to Jordan, forcing
authorities to switch off gas supply from a twin pipeline to Israel.
Egypt supplies about 40 percent of Israel's natural gas. The attack
came after Israel expressed concern that its natural gas supplies
from Egypt could be threatened if a new regime takes power in Cairo.
2011 Feb 5, In India doctors in
Gujarat reported two more cases of Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever,
a tick-borne virus endemic to parts of Africa. 4 people in Gujarat
had already died of the disease this year.
(Econ, 2/12/11, p.68)
2011 Feb 5, In Iran A
state-owned news website said Iran's broadcasting authority has
banned Iranian TV channels from showing cooking programs that
present recipes for foreign cuisine. The deputy head of Iran's state
broadcasting company, Ali Darabi, announced the ban during a visit
to one of the country's 30 state-run TV channels.
2011 Feb 5, Israeli police
arrested four men in the theft of religious items valued at more
than $1 million from a synagogue in Italy. The 4 suspects, Israelis
in their 20s, were accused of stealing the items from Milan's
central synagogue last week and smuggling them to Israel.
2011 Feb 5, In Italy thousands
of people attended a rally to demand Premier Silvio Berlusconi's
resignation following allegations he paid for sex with a 17-year-old
girl and used his office to cover it up.
2011 Feb 5, In Mexico gunmen
opened fire and killed 3 teenage boys at a used car dealership in
Ciudad Juarez. Two of the boys were US citizens. A teenager, a woman
and a 40-year-old man died in a second attack by unidentified gunmen
elsewhere in Juarez. Another three people were killed in separate
shooting incidents. Authorities recovered the dismembered body of
Francisco Martinez Ramirez, the chief of guards at a Monterrey
prison, who was dragged out of his house by armed men a day earlier.
Federal agents arrested Adan Salazar Zamorano, an alleged lieutenant
of the powerful Sinaloa drug cartel. He was also wanted in Texas on
charges of conspiracy to possess cocaine with intent to distribute.
(AFP, 2/7/11)(AP, 2/7/11)(AP, 2/10/11)
2011 Feb 5, In northern Mexico
Serengeti Zoo owner Alberto Hernandez said 14 parrots, 13 serpents,
five iguanas, two crocodiles and a capuchin monkey died after power
failures cut off electrical heating at the zoo in the town of
Aldama, Chihuahua state.
2011 Feb 5, In Pakistan
militants killed four men accused of spying in the northwest. A car
bomb exploded in a village in the Khyber tribal region. 3 people
were killed and 2 pedestrians were wounded.
(AP, 2/5/11)(AFP, 2/5/11)
2011 Feb 5, In the Philippines
guerrillas leaders said Ameril Umbra Kato, a rogue Muslim rebel
commander, has formed a separate faction of several hundred fighters
and rejected peace talks to end the decades-long secessionist
2011 Feb 5, The body of Monika
Markiewicz (32), a Polish national and musician on the cruise ship
Allure of the Sea, was recovered from the sea off Cozumel, Mexico.
An autopsy determined she drowned but also had suffered a blow to
the head. Nelson Perez Torres (24) later confessed to hitting
Markiewicz in the head with a rock and then throwing her into the
ocean in Quintana Roo state, where Cozumel is located.
(AP, 2/9/11)(AP, 2/10/11)
2011 Feb 5, In Qatar an
anti-corruption tribunal of the International Cricket Council banned
former Pakistan captain Salman Butt for ten years, Mohammad Asif for
seven years and Mohammad Aamer for five years for their role in a
spot-fixing betting scam.
2011 Feb 5, In Romania five
miners died in an explosion at a coal mine in the Jiu Valley mining
2011 Feb 5, In Serbia tens of
thousands of nationalist supporters rallied against the pro-Western
government, demanding early elections amid a deepening economic
2011 Feb 5, In South Sudan a
rebellion by former pro-Khartoum militiamen against giving up their
heavy weapons sparked clashes in oil-producing Upper Nile state.
Fighting in Malakal close to the border with the north, has killed
20 people and wounded at least 24. Soldiers in north Sudan's army
fought each other, killing at least 30 in a dispute over who gets to
keep the artillery they are holding in Southern Sudan. The fighting
took place in two towns in Upper Nile state. 11 soldiers were killed
in Paloich and 19 in Melut.
(AP, 2/5/11)(AP, 2/6/11)
2011 Feb 5, In Spain several
hundred Basque separatists held small street rallies, hung posters
and painted political graffiti on walls throughout the troubled
northern region to support a new political party to be launched next
2011 Feb 5, Zimbabwe's main
rival political parties condemned a spate of violent clashes among
their supporters. PM Morgan Tsvangirai blamed Pres. Mugabe's youth
2012 Feb 5, Josh Powell, under
investigation for the 2009 disappearance in Utah of his wife, Susan
Powell, was killed with his two sons, Charles (7) and Braden (5), in
a fire at his home in Graham, Washington. Police said he set the
fire intentionally just after receiving his sons for what was to be
a supervised visit.
(SFC, 2/6/12, p.A6)
2012 Feb 5, In Afghanistan 9
people, including 7 policemen, were killed in a suicide car bomb
attack on police headquarters in Kandahar, a bastion of Taliban
2012 Feb 5, Bosnia used
helicopters to evacuate people and deliver food to those stranded by
heavy snowfall. The cold snap across Eastern Europe has left at
least 280 people dead including 131 in Ukraine.
(SFC, 2/6/12, p.A2)
2012 Feb 5, Brazilian media
report 78 people have been murdered in and around the northeastern
city of Salvador since the start of a state police strike there five
2012 Feb 5, Britain’s Heathrow
Airport cut around half of the 1,300 flights scheduled for today
after snow and freezing temperatures hit much of England a day
2012 Feb 5, Mark Thompson,
director-general of the BBC, said Iranian authorities are
increasingly arresting and threatening the families of BBC
journalists to force them to quit its Persian news service.
2012 Feb 5, Egyptian
investigating judges referred 44 NGO workers, including 19
Americans, to trial before a criminal court for allegedly being
involved in banned activities and illegally receiving foreign funds.
The decision also slapped a travel ban on all those referred to
trial. The military rulers faced mounting pressure on two fronts,
with a fourth day of violent street protests spearheading calls to
speed up the transfer of power to a civilian administration and the
US threatening to cut more than a billion dollars in badly needed
aid. Since Feb 2 twelve people have been killed in Cairo and Suez.
(AP, 2/5/12)(AFP, 2/5/12)
2012 Feb 5, Finland voters
chose a leader in a runoff between a veteran conservative and the
first openly gay candidate from the small Greens party. Former
Finance Minister Sauli Niinisto (63) won the runoff election with 63
percent of the votes against Greens candidate Pekka Haavisto (53)
with 37 percent. This restored the National Coalition Party to the
presidency after 56 years and giving it the nation's two top posts
for the first time.
(AP, 2/5/12)(AP, 2/10/12)
2012 Feb 5, The Iranian navy
rushed to a site in the Gulf of Aden after it received a distress
signal from an oil tanker, which was under attack from some 35
pirate boats. The navy opened fire on the pirates to foil an attack
on an Iranian oil tanker.
2012 Feb 5, In Iraq gunmen
killed an Interior Ministry official in a drive-by shooting in
2012 Feb 5, Kuwait News said
the Gulf nation's emir accepted the resignation of Sheik Jaber Al
Hamad Al Sabah, a former defense chief who was appointed caretaker
prime minister in November amid intense political turmoil that
2012 Feb 5, Libya put 41
loyalists of dead dictator Moamer Kadhafi on trial, in the first
legal proceedings launched against members of the former regime. The
trial was later adjourned to February 15, with the military
prosecutor saying the accused will have fair trials.
2012 Feb 5, Aid officials in
Mali said more than 15,000 people including military personnel have
fled into neighboring countries since members of the nomadic Tuareg
ethnic group launched a new rebellion against the Malian government
last month. The ICRC said 10,000 people have crossed into Niger and
5,000 into Mauritania.
2012 Feb 5, In Mexico Josefina
Vazquez Mota (51) easily won the National Action Party's primary.
She vowed to unite the party and help it defeat the
Institutional Revolutionary Party, which ruled Mexico for 71 years
before being ousted by National Action in 2000.
2012 Feb 5, Nepal officials
said health workers are to cull some 4,000 chickens following the
discovery of the H5N1 strain of bird flu in the southeastern part of
the Himalayan country.
2012 Feb 5, In Nigeria gunmen
reportedly shot dead a secret police officer in front of his house
in the northeastern city of Damaturu. Soldiers guarding Jos, at the
heart of ethnic and religious clashes, detained and later threw out
journalists working for a French television station trying to cover
the ongoing unrest there.
(AFP, 2/5/12)(AP, 2/7/12)
2012 Feb 5, Panama police fired
tear gas to clear blockades of the Pan-American highway by
indigenous groups protesting changes to the mining law. One person
was killed and 39 injured in the resulting clashes.
2012 Feb 5, Syria's opposition
appealed for international backing, a day after Russia and China
vetoed a UN Security Council resolution aimed at pressuring
President Bashar Assad to end his bloody crackdown. The Observatory
also said that one person was shot dead by a sniper in the central
city of Homs. Another activist group, the Local Coordination
Committees said nine people were killed in different parts of the
2013 Feb 5, Dell and Menlo
Park’s Silver Lake Management, the nation’s largest
technology-focused private-equity firm, announced that they had
agreed to pay $13.65 a share to take Dell private.
(SFC, 2/6/13, p.D1)
2013 Feb 5, California charged
Standard & Poor’s with fraudulent practices that resulted in
close to $1 billion in losses state institutional investors. 15
other states and the US Justice Dept. were also suing S&P for
approving mortgage backed securities that turned out to be bad
(SFC, 2/6/13, p.A1)
2013 Feb 5, In California 3 men
were found dead on a wooded property in rural west Sonoma County.
(SFC, 2/6/13, p.A6)
2013 Feb 5, A Bangladeshi
tribunal prosecuting cases stemming from the 1971 independence war
sentenced Abdul Quader Mollah, a leader of an Islamic
opposition party, to life in prison, sparking street clashes with
police that killed two people and injured dozens more.
2013 Feb 5, Bulgaria linked
Lebanon's militant group Hezbollah to the bomb attack on a bus last
July that killed five Israeli tourists. Two of the suspects linked
to the bombing had entered the country with an Australian and a
2013 Feb 5, In China a court in
Beijing sentenced 10 people to prison terms for running a black
jail. “Custody and repatriation" centers, which held petitioners
along with beggars and vagrants, were scrapped in
(Econ, 3/2/13, p.45)
2013 Feb 5, Chinese phone maker
Huawei and Microsoft launched a new smartphone in Africa, which they
say is the world's fastest growing mobile phone market. The Huawei
4Afrika phone runs Windows Phone 8 and comes pre-loaded with
applications designed for the African market.
2013 Feb 5, European Union
regulators gave approval for Britain's 600 million pounds of public
support for the "Green Deal" energy-efficiency scheme. Britain's
Green Deal permits loans to homeowners to help them pay for
efficiency measures such as loft insulation, modern boilers, draught
proofing and other materials.
2013 Feb 5, Germany's education
minister Annette Schavan (57) was stripped of her doctorate after a
committee of academics concluded that she plagiarized substantial
parts of her 1980 thesis, which dealt with the formation of
conscience. Schavan resigned on Feb 9.
(AP, 2/5/13)(AP, 2/9/13)
2013 Feb 5, Iran’s Pres.
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad began a three-day visit to Egypt, centered
around an Islamic summit. He said his country is ready to provide a
"big credit line" to help revive the distressed economy of Egypt.
2013 Feb 5, Iran's official
news agency reported that authorities have arrested another group of
local journalists accused of links with the BBC.
2013 Feb 5, In Iraq a suicide
bomber rammed his explosives-laden car into an army checkpoint in
Taji, killing at least four people — two soldiers and two civilians.
2013 Feb 5, In Ireland an
official report, that ran to almost 1,000 pages, said that more than
a quarter of the women and girls subjected to harsh discipline and
unpaid work at 10 laundries, run by Catholic nuns, were sent there
by the Irish state.
2013 Feb 5, Kuwait said three
former opposition lawmakers have been charged with insulting the
country's ruler in the latest crackdown on perceived political
dissent in the Gulf nation.
2013 Feb 5, In Mali troops from
France and Chad moved into Kidal in an effort to secure the
strategic northern city.
2013 Feb 5, In Nigeria two
soldiers were killed in a shootout in the oil-rich southern delta
involving a vessel operated by an Indian company.
2013 Feb 5, Serbian
ultranationalists held a rally to accuse their country's president
of treason for agreeing to hold talks with the president of Kosovo.
2013 Feb 5, In Somalia a
Mogadishu court handed down one-year prison sentences to a woman who
said she was raped by security forces and a reporter who interviewed
her. The judges decided the woman falsely claimed she was raped and
had insulted the government. On March 3 an appeals court dropped
charges against the woman. A journalist who interviewed the rape
victim and was tried alongside her had his sentence reduced from one
year to six months.
(AP, 2/5/13)(AP, 3/3/13)
2013 Feb 5, South African
police arrested 19 suspected members of a Congolese rebel group,
accusing them of plotting to overthrow their nation's government
after it recently came under attack by militants said to be backed
by neighboring Rwanda.
2013 Feb 5, Syrian rebels and
Jordanian security officials said intense fighting has broken out
near Syrian government installations and border posts near Jordan,
leaving 17 civilians wounded.
2014 Feb 5, Texas executed
Suzanne Basso (59) for the 1998 slaying of Louis Musso (59), a
mentally disabled man, to rob him of his cash and collect insurance.
(SFC, 2/6/14, p.A6)
2014 Feb 5, In Argentina 9
first-responders were killed and seven others injured battling a
fire of unknown origin that destroyed an archive of bank documents
at the iron Mountain warehouse in Buenos Aires.
(AP, 2/5/14)(SFC, 2/6/14, p.A2)
2014 Feb 5, Brazil police said
the bodies of 3 men whose disappearance led to a clash between an
Amazon tribe and settlers have been found in Amazonas state. Last
week police arrested five Tenharim men on suspicion of kidnapping
and killing the outsiders in December.
2014 Feb 5, In the Central
African Republic soldiers and recruits killed a suspected rebel with
knives and concrete blocks just moments after the president and
other VIPs left the area.
2014 Feb 5, It was reported
that a new strain of avian influenza, H10N8, has been confirmed in
two people in China. Cases of H7N9 were reported to be surging with
some 300 cases and more appearing every day.
(SFC, 2/5/14, p.A2)
2014 Feb 5, In southwest
England more than 8,000 homes were without power after fresh storms
battered the region, sending huge waves crashing onto the coastline
and damaging sea defenses.
2014 Feb 5, Millions of
commuters in London faced delays and disruption after Tube staff
went on strike over plans to close London Underground ticket
2014 Feb 5, The European
Union's antitrust watchdog accepted "far-reaching" concessions
offered by Google to settle allegations it is abusing its dominant
position in Internet searches, bringing the three-year-old case
close to an end.
2014 Feb 5, The Luno, mostly
empty Spanish cargo ship, broke in two after hitting a sea wall off
the southwestern coast of France in high winds and was leaking some
fuel into the water.
2014 Feb 5, A German newspaper
reported that the US National Security Agency (NSA) bugged the phone
of former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder from at least 2002,
compounding the most serious row between the allies in a decade.
2014 Feb 5, Germany's
government approved increasing the number of soldiers sent to Mali
from 180 to 250 as part of an EU-led mission to train the national
army for its fight against Islamic extremists.
2014 Feb 5, In Germany a fire
at an asylum home in Hamburg killed a woman from Pakistan and her
two children. On Feb 7 a boy (13), a member of the city's youth fire
department, admitted to setting the fire.
2014 Feb 5, In Iraq multiple
bombings rocked central Baghdad, striking mainly near the heavily
fortified Green Zone where key government offices are located,
killed at least 34 people.
(AFP, 2/5/14)(SFC, 2/6/14, p.A4)
2014 Feb 5, Israel's finance
minister said he will stop funding for ultra-Orthodox seminaries
whose students do not enlist into the military. Yair Lapid's
announcement was in response to an order from the Israeli Supreme
2014 Feb 5, Israel's Jerusalem
municipality approved building plans for 558 new homes in the
occupied West Bank, land that the Palestinians want for a future
2014 Feb 5, Japanese composer
Mamoru Samurogochi (50) confessed that he had employed a ghostwriter
since the 1990s to compose most of his music. The ghostwriter then
came forward and accused Samurogochi of faking his deafness.
(SFC, 2/7/14, p.A7)
2014 Feb 5, Uke Rugova, a
Kosovo lawmaker who is also a son of late President Ibrahim Rugova,
was arrested by European Union police and justice workers for
alleged involvement in organized crime and fraud.
2014 Feb 5, In Libya a bomb
rocked the playground of a primary school in Benghazi during recess,
wounding 12 children, hours after gunmen had rampaged through the
2014 Feb 5, Pakistani
anti-drone activist Kareem Khan was taken from his home by around a
dozen men in police uniforms who bundled him into a police vehicle
in front of his wife, children and neighbors. He was tortured and
interrogated before being dumped blindfolded on the outskirts of the
capital early on Feb 14.
2014 Feb 5, A planned extension
of the Panama Canal, one of the world's most important shipping
routes, was thrown into doubt after a group of companies, led by
Spanish builder Sacyr, said its talks with Panama's government over
how to expand the canal had fallen apart. Panama Canal Authority
head Jorge Quijano said the expansion project will be completed in
2015 with or without a Spanish-led consortium.
2014 Feb 5, Puerto Rico's
governor said he is renegotiating the payment of short-term debt and
has ordered all government agencies to reduce their current budgets
by 2 percent after the island's credit rating was downgraded to junk
2014 Feb 5, A Romanian court
charged and arrested Rudel Obreja, a former chairman of Romania's
Boxing Federation (2004-2012), with influence peddling for allegedly
offering to try to influence a sentencing hearing in return for
2014 Feb 5, Russian security
forces surrounded a group of militants who had holed up in the
Dagestani town of Izberbash. Dzhamaldin Mirzayev (30), who was
suspected of having been involved in training the bombers and
sending them to Volgograd, was killed in an exchange of gunfire.
2014 Feb 5, In South Africa
demonstrators set several buildings, including a clinic, on fire in
the Bronkhorstspruit district, east of Pretoria, to protest what
they say are high utility bills.
2014 Feb 5, In South Sudan
government forces and allied militia attacked rebel defensive
positions in the northern part of Jonglei state, close to the border
with Upper Nile. Government soldiers mutinied in Lakes state while
they were being sent to fight the rebels in Panyijar county in
neighboring Unity state.
2014 Feb 5, Syria missed a
deadline to hand over all the toxic materials it declared to the
world's chemical weapons watchdog, putting the program several weeks
behind schedule and jeopardizing a final June 30 deadline.
2014 Feb 5, Turkey's parliament
approved internet controls enabling web pages to be blocked within
hours in what the opposition decried as part of a government bid to
stifle a corruption scandal.
2014 Feb 5, A UN human rights
committee urged the Holy See to open its files on pedophiles and
bishops who concealed their crimes saying the Vatican
"systematically" adopted policies that allowed priests to rape and
molest tens of thousands of children over decades.