1189 Feb 6, Riots of Lynn in
Norfolk spread to Norwich, England.
1416 Feb 6, A Samogitian
complaint against the Knights of the Cross was read at the Catholic
Church Council at Constance.
1508 Feb 6, King Maximilian I
(1459-1519) assumed the title of Emperor (1493-1519) without being
(TL-MB, p.9)(WUD, 1994, p.886)(MC, 2/6/02)
1626 Feb 6, Huguenot rebels and
the French signed the Peace of La Rochelle.
1665 Feb 6, Anne Stuart, queen
of England (1702-14), was born.
1685 Feb 6, Charles II (54),
King of England, Scotland, Ireland (1660-85), died and was succeeded
by his Catholic brother James II. He made a deathbed conversion to
the Roman Catholic faith. He had earlier ordered Christopher Wren to
build an observatory and maritime college at Greenwich. In 2000
Stephen Coote authored the biography: "Royal Survivor."
(WSJ, 2/28/00, p.A36)(http://tinyurl.com/hkkln)
1756 Feb 6, America's third
vice president, Aaron Burr, was born in Newark, N.J.
(AP, 2/6/97)(HN, 2/6/99)
1778 Feb 6, The United States
won official recognition from France as the nations signed a treaty
of aid in Paris. The Franco-American Treaty of Alliance bound the 2
powers together "forever against all other powers." It was the first
alliance treaty for the fledgling US government and the last until
the 1949 NATO pact. Benjamin Franklin signed for the US.
(WSJ, 6/17/96, p.A15)(AP, 2/6/97)(AH, 2/06, p.59)
1778 Feb 6, England declared
war on France.
1788 Feb 6, Massachusetts
became the sixth state to ratify the U.S. Constitution.
(AP, 2/6/97)(HN, 2/6/99)
1790 Feb 6, The last stone of
the Bastille, torn down by order of the French revolutionary
leaders, was presented to the National Assembly.
(ON, 4/01, p.3)
1804 Feb 6, Joseph Priestley
(b.1733), English-born US writer, philosopher and chemist, died in
Pennsylvania. He became best known for having discovered oxygen.
Priestley also figured out how to manufacture carbonated water and
is sometimes called “the father of the soft-drink industry." In 2008
Steven Johnson authored “The Invention of Air: A Story of Science,
Faith, Revolution, and the Birth of America."
10/05, p.1)(SFC, 1/9/09, p.E3)
1815 Feb 6, The state of New
Jersey issued the first American railroad charter to John Stevens,
who proposed a rail link between Trenton and New Brunswick. The
line, however, was never built.
1820 Feb 6, The American
Colonization Society sent its 1st organized emigration of blacks
back to Africa from NY to Sierra Leone.
(AH, 2/05, p.17)
1820 Feb 6, US population
announced at 9,638,453 including 1,771,656 blacks (18.4%).
1832 Feb 6, A US ship destroyed
a Sumatran village in retaliation for piracy.
1832 Feb 6, There was an
appearance of cholera at Edinburgh, Scotland.
1838 Feb 6, Having failed to
obtain land by trickery from the Zulus of South Africa, the Boar
leader Piet Retief was executed as a witch.
1851 Feb 6, Robert Schumann's
3rd Symphony "Rhenish," premiered in Dusseldorf.
1854 Feb 6, Composer Robert
Schumann was saved from a depression-induced suicide attempt of
walking into the Rhine.
1855 Feb 6, Britain’s home
secretary Henry John Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston (70), became
prime minister and served until his death in 1865.
(http://tinyurl.com/zz6g5eq)(Econ, 7/9/16, p.46)
1861 Feb 6, The 1st meeting of
Provisional Congress of Confederate States of America.
1861 Feb 6, English Adm. Robert
Ritzroy issued the 1st storm warnings for ships.
1862 Feb 6, Ulysses S. Grant
began a military campaign in Mississippi. The Battle of Fort Henry,
Tenn., began the Mississippi Valley campaign.
(HN, 2/6/99)(MC, 2/6/02)
1869 Feb 6, Harper's Weekly
published the 1st picture of Uncle Sam with chin whiskers.
1869 Feb 6, Carlo Cattaneo
(b.1801), Italian politician, died in Switzerland. His writings
significantly shaped the Italian Risorgimento. His journal, Il
Politecnico (“The Polytechnic"), not only served as a vehicle for
his political views but also was influential in introducing new
scientific and technical improvements into Italy.
1891 Feb 6, The Dalton Gang
committed its first crime, a train robbery in Alila, Calif. on
Southern Pacific #17. In 1979 Ron Hansen authored “Desperadoes," a
fictional account of the Dalton gang.
(HN, 2/6/99)(WSJ, 8/1/00, p.A20)(MC, 2/6/02)
1895 cFeb 6, Silas Burroughs
(b.1846), American-born co-founder of the British pharmaceutical
firm Burroughs Wellcome (1880), died in Monte Carlo. His sudden
death made Henry Wellcome the sole owner of the company.
1895 Feb 6, George Herman
"Babe" Ruth, baseball's most dominant player, was born in Baltimore.
He played with the Boston Red Sox, the New York Yankees and the
Boston Braves and was the first player to hit 60 home runs in one
(USAT, 1/29/97, p.1D)(AP, 2/6/97)(HN, 2/6/99)
1897 Feb 6, Ebenezer C. Brewer,
British writer (Dictionary of Phrase & Fable), died.
1899 Feb 6, A peace treaty
between the United States and Spain was ratified by the U.S. Senate.
Spanish-American War ended.
(AP, 2/6/97)(HN, 2/6/99)
1900 Feb 6, President McKinley
appointed W.H. Taft commissioner to report on the Philippines.
1900 Feb 6, Battle at
Vaalkrans, South Africa (Boers vs. British army).
1904 Feb 6, Japan's foreign
minister severed all ties with Russia, citing delaying tactics in
negotiations over Manchuria.
1911 Feb 6, Ronald Reagan was
born in Tampico, Illinois. Reagan went on to become a film actor,
governor of California (1967-1975) and the 40th president of the
United States (1981-1989) and was credited with ending the Cold War.
(HN, 2/6/99)(AP, 2/6/08)
1911 Feb 6, 1st old-age home
opened in Prescott, Ariz.
1912 Feb 6, Eva Braun, mistress
(Adolph Hitler), was born.
1913 Feb 6, Mary Douglas Nicol,
later archaeologist and paleoanthropologist Mary Leakey, was born in
London. She met anthropologist Louis Leakey in 1933 and joined him
(SFC, 12/10/96, p.A6)(HN, 2/6/01)
1914 Feb 6, In San Francisco
the State Board of Pharmacy burned in Marshall Square, at Hyde and
Market, some $25,000 worth of opium pipes and outfits, “hop,"
morphine and cocaine.
1916 Feb 6, Germany admitted
full liability for Lusitania incident and recognized the United
State's right to claim indemnity.
1916 Feb 6, Ruben Dario
(b.1867), Nicaraguan poet, died. Dario, one of Nicaragua's
best-known poets, is considered the father of the Modernismo
1918 Feb 6, Britain granted
women 30 and over the right to vote.
1918 Feb 6, Gustav Klimt
(b.1862), Austrian Symbolist artist, died. He helped found the
Vienna Secessionist art movement (1897) and was chosen as its 1st
1919 Feb 6, The 1st day of
5-day Seattle general strike, the first general strike in America,
took effect. During this period Washington was a center for the
Industrial Workers of the World, also known as the "Wobblies." Their
agitation led to the Centralia massacre and the Everett massacre.
(WSJ, 12/3/99, p.A14)(MC, 2/6/02)
1921 Feb 6, The film "The Kid,"
starring Charlie Chaplin & Jackie Coogan, was released.
1922 Feb 6, The Washington
Disarmament Conference came to an end with signature of final treaty
forbidding fortification of the Aleutian Islands for 14 years. The
US, UK, France, Italy & Japan signed the Washington naval arms
(HN, 2/6/99)(MC, 2/6/02)
1923 Feb 6, Edward E. Barnard
(65), US astronomer (5th moon Jupiter), died.
1925 Feb 6, Pramoedya Ananta
Toer (d.2006), writer, was born in Indonesia.
1926 Feb 6, Mussolini warned
Germany to stop agitation in Tyrol.
1929 Feb 6, Germany accepted
1931 Feb 6, Rip Torn, actor
(Coma, Summer Rental, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof), was born in Tx.
1932 Feb 6, Francois Truffaut,
French film director, was born. His work included “The 400 Blows"
and “Shoot the Piano Player."
1933 Feb 6, Walter E. Fountroy,
U.S. Delegate to the House of Representatives and civil rights
leader, was born.
1933 Feb 6, The 20th Amendment
to the Constitution was declared in effect. The Lame-Duck Amendment
changed the inauguration date of congressmen from March 4 to January
3. Moving back the inauguration date for newly-elected congressmen
reduced the time that defeated members, or "lame ducks," remain in
office. January 20 was the date set for the president and
vice-president. Pres. Franklin D. Roosevelt became the 1st to be
inaugurated on Jan 20 in 1937.
(AP, 2/6/97)(SSFC, 1/20/13, Par p.4)
1933 Feb 6, Adolf Hitler's
Third Reich began to press censorship.
1933 Feb 6, Highest recorded
sea wave, but not a tsunami, was 34 m. in a Pacific hurricane.
1935 Feb 6, Turkey held its 1st
election that allowed women to vote.
1936 Feb 6, Adolf Hitler opened
the Fourth Winter Olympics in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. 1061 athletes
stood at attention half-hidden by a furious blizzard. Austrian and
French athletes gave the Nazi salute in passing the revue stand.
1936 Feb 6, All political
parties in Lithuania were forbidden except for the Union of
Tautininkai (Homelander’s Union).
1939 Feb 6, Spanish government
fled to France.
1940 Feb 6, Tom Brokaw, NBC
News anchorman and best-selling author of "The Greatest Generation,"
1941 Feb 6, The RAF cleared the
way as British took Benghazi, Libya, trapping thousands of Italians.
1941 Feb 6, Maximilien Luce
(b.1858), French anarchist and Neo-Impressionist painter, died.
1943 Feb 6, Crooner Frank
Sinatra debuted on radio's "Your Hit Parade."
1943 Feb 6, A Los Angeles jury
acquitted actor Errol Flynn of three counts of statutory rape.
1944 Feb 6, Kwajalein Island in
the Central Pacific fell to U.S. Army troops.
1945 Feb 6, Bob Marley
(d.1981), reggae superstar, was born in Jamaica. He is best
remembered for his songs "Buffalo Soldier" and "Fire on the
(HN, 2/6/99)(SFC, 12/14/04, p.E10)
1945 Feb 6, MacArthur reported
the fall of Manila, and the liberation of 5,000 prisoners.
1945 Feb 6, The French
government executed Robert Brasillach, writer and Nazi propagandist.
He had been arrested in January, was tried for treason and
convicted. In 2000 Alice Kaplan authored "The Collaborator: The
Trial and Execution of Robert Brasillach."
(SFEC, 8/13/00, BR
1945 Feb 6, In northern Italy a
B-25 Mitchell dubbed "Maybe" was damaged during a bombing run near
Trento during World War II. Pilot Earl Remmel of Hooker, Oklahoma,
and co-pilot Leslie Speer of Jeffersontown, Kentucky, kept the plane
steady long enough for the other five crew members to bail out.
1945 Feb 6, Russian Red Army
crossed the river Oder.
1950 Feb 6, Natalie Cole,
vocalist (Pink Cadillac, Miss You Like Crazy, Mona Lisa), was born
in LA, Calif.
1952 Feb 6, Britain's
King George VI died of lung cancer. His daughter, Elizabeth II,
(AP, 2/6/97)(WSJ, 8/10/00, p.A16)(SSFC, 3/29/02,
1953 Feb 6, US controls on
wages and some consumer goods were lifted.
1956 Feb 6, The Univ. of
Alabama board of trustees voted to suspend Autherine Lucy, the 1st
black admitted to school, on the grounds that the campus was no
longer safe for her.
1958 Feb 6, A British European
Airways plane crashed in Munich. Among the 21 dead were 7 players of
the Manchester United football team.
(Econ, 5/11/13, p.62)(http://tinyurl.com/buj8scd)
1959 Feb 6, The United States
successfully test-fired for the first time a Titan intercontinental
ballistic missile from Cape Canaveral.
1959 Feb 6, Fidel Castro was
interviewed by Edward R. Murrow.
1961 Feb 6, Sargent Shriver
adopted a document, “The Towering Task" by Warren Wiggins
(1923-2007), which helped shape the mission of the newly proposed
(SFC, 4/16/07, p.B8)
1963 Feb 6, The United States
reported that all Soviet offensive arms are out of Cuba.
1964 Feb 6, Cuba blocked the
water supply to Guantanamo Naval Base in rebuke of the United
State's seizure of four Cuban fishing boats and fines on Cuban
fishermen near Florida. The US imposed water rationing and built
desalination plants in response.
(HN, 2/6/99)(SSFC, 1/20/02, p.A7)
1964 Feb 6, Paris and London
agreed to build a rail tunnel under the English Channel.
1965 Feb 6, A Viet Cong raid on
a base in Pleiku, South Vietnam, killed 7-8 US GIs.
(HN, 2/6/99)(SFC, 11/27/99, p.C3)
1967 Feb 6, Muhammad Ali
(b.1942) TKO’d Ernie Terrell (b.1939) in 15 for the heavyweight
1968 Feb 6, Former president
Dwight Eisenhower hit a golfing hole-in-one.
(SFEC, 4/5/98, Z1 p.8)
1968 Feb 6, Charles de Gaulle
opened the 19th Winter Olympics in Grenoble, France.
1969 Feb 6, The Broadway
musical "Dear World," a musical version of Jean Giraudoux’s The
Madwoman of Chaillot, opened with Angel Lansbury at the Mark
12/8/96, Par p.18)
1971 Feb 6, In Wilmington, NC,
Mike's Grocery, a white-owned business, was firebombed. When
firefighters arrived to put out the flames, they were fired upon by
snipers positioned on the roof of Gregory Congregational Church. The
National Guard was mobilized to quell rioting. The violence resulted
in two deaths. Reverend Benjamin Chavis, Jr. of Oxford, North
Carolina, and nine others, eight African American men and one white
woman, were arrested and tried and convicted for arson and
conspiracy in connection with the firebombing. They were sentenced
to nearly 28 years in prison. Chavis Muhammad (b.1948), a member of
the Wilmington 10, was sentenced in 1972 to 34 years in prison. He
spent 4 years in prison before his conviction was overturned on
appeal. In 1980 a federal appeals court threw out the convictions.
1971 Feb 6, Alan Shepard hit a
golf ball on the Moon during the Apollo 14 mission.
1974 Feb 6, The Committee on
the Judiciary of the House of Representatives was authorized to
begin determining grounds for the impeachment of Pres. Nixon. Public
hearings began on May 9.
1975 Feb 6, President Gerald
Ford asked Congress for $497 million in aid to Cambodia.
1976 Feb 6, In the SF Bay Area
the body of Paula Baxter (17) was found behind a church in Millbrae.
She was last seen two days earlier in the parking lot of Capuchino
High School. In 2015 Rodney Halbower was charged with her killing
and that of Ronnie Cascio (18) of Pacifica, whose body was found on
Jan 8. On Sept. 18, 2018, a jury in Redwood City found Halbower
(69), believed to the Gypsy Hill Killer," guilty of raping and
murdering the two girls.
(SFC, 1/23/15, p.D2)(SFC, 9/19/18, p.A4)
1976 Feb 6, Vince Guaraldi
(b.1928), jazz pianist, died in Menlo Park, Ca. He wrote "Cast Your
Fate to the Wind" and composed for the Charley Schulz "Peanuts"
(SFEC, 10/18/98, DB
1977 Feb 6, Queen Elizabeth
(b.1926) marked her Silver Jubilee. It culminated in June with the
official "Jubilee Days," held to coincide with the Queen's 1953
1978 Feb 6, Muriel Humphrey
took the oath of office as a US senator from Minnesota, filling the
seat of her late husband, former Vice President Hubert Humphrey.
1981 Feb 6, Beatles McCartney,
Starr & Harrison recorded "All Those Years Ago," a tribute to
1982 Feb 6, Civil rights
workers began a march from Carrolton to Montgomery, Alabama.
1982 Feb 6, In Concord, Ca.,
Tara Burke (2 3/4 years old) was kidnapped by Luis “Tree Frog"
Johnson (33) and Alex Cabarga (17). She was molested and held
captive in a van for ten months before being freed on Dec 18.
Johnson was sentenced to 527 years in prison and Cabarga served 25
1987 Feb 6, No-smoking rules
took effect in US federal buildings.
1987 Feb 6, Wall Street Journal
reporter Gerald Seib was released after being detained six days by
Iran, accused of being a spy for Israel; Iran said the detention was
a result of misunderstandings.
1988 Feb 6, Presidential
hopefuls stormed through a final weekend of campaigning before
Iowa's precinct caucuses, with a poll for the Des Moines Register
giving Bob Dole the lead among Republicans and Dick Gephardt a
narrow lead among Democrats.
1989 Feb 6, Lech Walesa began
negotiating with Polish government.
1989 Feb 6, Pulitzer
Prize-winning historian Barbara W. Tuchman died in Greenwich, Conn.,
at age 77.
1990 Feb 6, Soviet Communist
Party leaders decided to extend a two-day party session by an extra
day amid controversy over Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev's
proposals to revamp the country's political structure.
1991 Feb 6, Jordan’s King
Hussein tilted sharply toward Iraq in the Gulf War, describing the
conflict as an effort by outsiders to destroy Iraq and carve up the
1991 Feb 6, Danny Thomas (79),
comedian and television performer died in Los Angeles.
1992 Feb 6, President George
H.W. Bush unveiled a health care plan for most Americans.
1992 Feb 6, Democratic
presidential candidate Bill Clinton denied he'd tried to avoid the
Vietnam draft, saying he gave up a draft deferment in the fall of
1969 because he “didn't think it was right" to keep it.
1992 Feb 6, Sixteen people were
killed when a C-130 military transport plane crashed in Evansville,
1993 Feb 6, Tennis
Hall-of-Famer and human rights advocate Arthur Ashe died of AIDS in
New York at age 49. He was the first black man to win the Wimbledon
(SFC, 7/4/96, p.A3)(AP, 2/6/97)
1994 Feb 6, A day after a
mortar shell killed 68 people in a Sarajevo marketplace, President
Clinton called for a United Nations probe.
1994 Feb 6, Actor Joseph Cotten
died in Los Angeles at age 88.
1994 Feb 6, Jack Kirby (76),
cartoonist (X-Men, Spiderman, Hulk), died.
1995 Feb 6, President Clinton
unveiled his $1.61 trillion budget for 1996, mixing mild tax relief
and spending reductions.
1995 Feb 6, Siddig Ibrahim
Siddig Ali, the alleged mastermind of a campaign of violence,
pleaded guilty in New York to plotting urban terrorism.
1995 Feb 6, The space shuttle
Discovery flew to within 37 feet of the Russian space station Mir in
the first rendezvous of its kind in two decades.
1995 Feb 6, Poet James Merrill
(b.1926) died in Tucson, Arizona, from AIDS. In 2001 Alison Lurie
authored "Familiar Spirits: A Memoir of James Merrill and David
Jackson." In 2015 Langdon Hammer authored James Merrill: Life and
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Merrill)(SSFC, 3/11/01, BR
p.3)(Econ., 4/18/15, p.75)
1995 Feb 6, Pres.
Jean-Bertrand Aristide disbanded the Haitian army and replaced it
with a civilian police force.
1996 Feb 6, Patrick Buchanan
won the Louisiana Republican caucus, upsetting Phil Gramm.
1996 Feb 6, A Turkish-owned
Boeing 757 jetliner crashed into the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of
Puerto Plata shortly after takeoff from the Dominican Republic,
killing 189 people, mostly German tourists.
(WSJ, 2/8/96, p.A-1)(SFC, 5/12/96, p.A-14)(AP,
2/6/01)(WSJ, 11/13/01, p.A14)
1997 Feb 6, President Clinton
sent Congress a $1.69 trillion budget for fiscal 1998, saying it
would erase deficits by 2002 and for 20 years beyond. Though citing
costly new programs and phantom savings, Republicans said they were
ready to bargain.
1997 Feb 6, Miami strip club
owner of “Porky’s," Ludwig “Tarzan" Fainberg, was charged with
trying to broker the sale of a Russian nuclear submarine to
Columbian drug barons. He had already purchased 6 Russian
helicopters for drug traffickers.
(SFC, 2/7/97, p.A13)
1997 Feb 6, The Congress of
Ecuador voted to remove Pres. Abdala Bucaram from office on the
grounds of “mental incapacity." Fabian Alarcon was chosen by
Congress to replace him. Bucaram’s vice-president, Rosalia Arteaga,
said she was assuming the presidency.
(SFC, 2/7/97, p.A1,19)
1997 Feb 6, In South Africa
mixed race rioters protested in Eldorado Park. One died and more
than 100 were injured.
(SFC, 2/7/97, p.A17)
1998 Feb 6, President Clinton
and British Prime Minister Tony Blair redoubled their pledge to use
military force against Iraq if necessary; during a joint news
conference in which the subject of Monica Lewinsky came up, Clinton
said he would never resign.
1998 Feb 6, President Clinton
signed a bill changing the name of Washington National Airport to
Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport.
1998 Feb 6, Two US warplanes
collided in the Persian Gulf and one of the pilots was killed.
(SFC, 2/7/98, p.A1)
1998 Feb 6, Mayor Brown of SF
left for Manila and was expected to sign agreements with Mayor
Alfredo Lim for workshops on AIDS, student exchange programs, and
other deals, and celebrate 100 years of Philippine independence.
Mayor Brown was to continue on to Hanoi.
(SFC, 2/5/98, p.A18)
1998 Feb 6, The Olympic Games
began in Nagano, Japan, and for the first time curling was played as
a medal sport.
(WSJ, 2/6/98, p.A20)
1998 Feb 6, In California Gov.
Wilson declared a state of emergency in 22 counties as El Nino
storms pounded the state.
(SFC, 2/7/98, p.A8)
1998 Feb 6, In Kentucky a 3-day
snow storm left 9 people dead. A record 21 inches fell in
(SFC, 2/7/98, p.A8)
1998 Feb 6, Washington became
the 27th state to ban same-sex marriages.
(SFC, 2/7/98, p.A3)
1998 Feb 6, Carl Wilson (51), a
founding member of The Beach Boys, had died in Los Angeles from
complications of lung cancer.
(SFEC, 2/8/98, p.D8)(AP, 2/7/99)
1998 Feb 6, In Bosnia
government agents arrested Goran Vasic, the suspected gunman of the
1993 murder of deputy prime minister Hakija Turaljic. Serb
hardliners then seized 2 UN buses, several cars and an unknown
number of Muslim hostages and demanded the release of Vasic.
(SFC, 2/7/98, p.A12)
1998 Feb 6, In Corsica Claude
Erignac, the French governor, was shot a killed by 2 gunmen. In 2003
French police arrested Yvan Colonna for the murder.
(SFC, 2/7/98, p.A11)(SSFC, 7/6/03, p.A3)
1998 Feb 6, Pres. Fujimori took
personal control in Piura to shore up the waters of the Ica River
which burst its banks. Recent weather related deaths had reached
150. Mudslide damaged parts of the famous Nazca Lines.
(SFC, 2/7/98, p.A10)(SFC, 2/9/98, p.A12)
1998 Feb 6, In Rwanda Hutu
rebels hacked to death 48 civilians in the village of Biyahe in the
(SFC, 2/9/98, p.A12)
1998 Feb 6, Saudi Arabia
imposed a ban on livestock imported from Somaliland, allegedly due
to the threat of Rift Valley Fever.
(SFC, 4/15/98, p.C2)
1998 Feb 6, In Sri Lanka a
suicide bomber killed 10 people in Colombo and rebels pressed
attacks on government near Jaffna.
(WSJ, 2/9/98, p.A1)
1999 Feb 6, The public finally
got to see and hear Monica Lewinsky as excerpts of the former White
House intern's videotaped testimony were shown at President
Clinton's impeachment trial.
1999 Feb 6, President Clinton
requested legislation to require background checks on buyers at gun
1999 Feb 6, The Stardust
spacecraft lifted off aboard a Delta II rocket for its 7-year
journey to gather particles from the Wild-2 comet.
(SFC, 2/6/99, p.A8)(SFC, 2/8/99, p.A2)
1999 Feb 6, Wassily Leontief,
Russian-born US economics Nobel winner, died at age 93.
(WSJ, 2/8/99, p.A1)
1999 Feb 6, The Harta Rimba, a
ship not licensed for passenger use, sank in the South China Sea,
killing about 325 people.
1999 Feb 6, In Cuba the Health
Ministry said 14 people died from food poisoning in Manguito. They
had all eaten products from a food vendor who also died.
(SFC, 2/8/99, p.A11)
1999 Feb 6, Ethiopia and
Eritrea resumed their clash after an 8-month lull. Heavy casualties
(WSJ, 2/8/99, p.A1)
1999 Feb 6, In Paris the
16-member Albanian delegation sat down with the 13-member Serbian
delegation at Rambouillet. Robin Cook, British foreign secretary,
co-chaired the talks designed to last a maximum of 2 weeks. The
Albanians were to be asked to accept less autonomy in exchange for
protection by NATO ground troops.
(SFEC, 2/7/99, p.A17)(SFC, 2/8/99, p.A10)
2000 Feb 6, The NFC defeated
the AFC 51-to-31 in the Pro Bowl.
2000 Feb 6, First lady Hillary
Rodham Clinton launched her successful candidacy for the US Senate.
2000 Feb 6, In Afghanistan an
Ariana Airlines Boeing 727 was hijacked with 186 people. It flew
from Kabul to Uzbekistan, Kazakstan and Russia before landing in
Stansted near London the next day with 179 hostages.
(SFC, 2/7/00, p.A12)(AP, 2/6/01)
2000 Feb 6, In Algeria army
troops killed 27 Islamic militants. 23 were killed near Sidi Bel
Abbes and 4 along with one government soldier near Ain Defla.
(SFC, 2/8/00, p.a14)
2000 Feb 6, Social Democrat
Tarja Halonen edged out her rival Esko Aho 51.5-48.4% in a run-off
to become Finland’s first female president.
(SFC, 2/7/00, p.A14)(AP, 2/6/01)
2000 Feb 6, Nine people were
killed when a train filled with Alpine ski vacationers derailed
south of Cologne, Germany.
2000 Feb 6, In Japan Fusae Ota
was elected governor of Osaka, and the 1st woman governor in Japan.
(SFC, 2/7/00, p.A14)
2000 Feb 6, In southern Lebanon
a roadside bomb and attack killed one Israeli soldier and injured 7
(SFC, 2/7/00, p.A14)
2000 Feb 6, In Mexico City
police raided the main campus of the university and arrested some
632 striking students including 8 student leaders.
(SFC, 2/7/00, p.A14)(WSJ, 2/7/00, p.A1)
2000 Feb 6, In Northern Ireland
suspected IRA members bombed a Mahon's Hotel in County Fermanagh.
(SFC, 2/7/00, p.A14)
2000 Feb 6, In Peru riots began
in the Yanamayo prison by Shining Path rebels loyal to Oscar Ramirez
Durand. One guard and one rebel were killed and rebels held a number
of guards as hostages.
(SFC, 2/8/00, p.A14)
2000 Feb 6, In Russia acting
Pres. Putin announced that federal forces had scored a major victory
(SFC, 2/7/00, p.A1)
2001 Feb 6, A trade tribunal
ordered the US to allow Mexican trucks to cross the border following
a NAFTA arbitration process.
(SFC, 2/7/01, p.A3)
2001 Feb 6, Genset released
early test results that showed weight loss in mice injected with
(WSJ, 2/6/01, p.A1)
2001 Feb 6, Former Vice Pres.
Al Gore taught his 1st class “The Media and Public Policy in the
Information Age" at Columbia Univ.
(SFC, 2/7/01, p.A3)
2001 Feb 6, Sunbeam, a consumer
appliance manufacturer, filed for bankruptcy and rendered worthless
a large stake held by financier Ronald Perelman.
2001 Feb 6, In Colombia gunmen
killed 14 people in a northern battle zone.
(WSJ, 2/7/01, p.A1)
2001 Feb 6, Ethiopia and
Eritrea agreed to set up a 16-mile wide UN-patrolled security zone
effective Feb 12.
(SFC, 2/7/01, p.A14)
2001 Feb 6, In Haiti the
15-party opposition alliance Convergence named Gerard Gourgue as the
country’s provisional president.
(SFC, 2/7/01, p.A12)
2001 Feb 6, In India the Cipla
Ltd. Corp. of Bombay offered to supply triple-therapy anti-AIDS
cocktails to Doctors Without Borders in Africa for $350 per year per
(SFC, 2/7/01, p.A12)
2001 Feb 6, In Israel Ariel
Sharon won the elections over Ehud Barak 62.6 to 37.2% with a record
low turnout of 62%.
(SFC, 2/7/01, p.A1)(WSJ, 2/7/01, p.A1)
2001 Feb 6, In the Philippines
Pres. Arroyo named Sen. Teofisto Guingona as her vice president.
Former pres. Estrada filed a suit disputing the legal basis for
(SFC, 2/7/01, p.A12)
2001 Feb 6, In Serbia ethnic
Albanian rebels fired mortar from Kosovo shells against government
positions in Serbia.
(SFC, 2/7/01, p.A14)
2001 Feb 6, It was reported
that Thailand planned to open a chain of over 3,000 Thai restaurants
world-wide over the next 5 years with 1,000 slated for the US. The
fast-food branches would be named Elephant Jump, Cool Basil for the
mid-priced, and Golden Leaf for the upscale eateries.
(WSJ, 2/6/01, p.B1)
2001 Feb 6, In Ukraine up to
5,000 protesters marched in Kiev and demanded the resignation of
Pres. Kuchma. Kuchma’s voice on recent private recordings included
an order for a journalist’s abduction and threats to a judge.
(SFC, 2/7/01, p.A14)
2002 Feb 6, A federal judge
ordered John Walker Lindh, the so-called "American Taliban," held
without bail pending trial.
2002 Feb 6, John Rusnak (37), a
currency trader at Allfirst, a Baltimore subsidiary of Allied Irish
Banks, was accused of stealing $750 million.
(SFC, 2/7/02, p.B1)
2002 Feb 6, Britain's Queen
Elizabeth II reached a bittersweet milestone, somberly marking 50
years as monarch on the anniversary of the death of her father, King
2002 Feb 6, Max Perutz
(b.1914), Austrian-born molecular biologist, died in England. He won
the Nobel Prize in chemistry in 1962 for his work on the structure
of hemoglobin. In 2007 Georgina Ferry authored “Max Perutz and the
Secret of Life."
2002 Feb 6, In the Republic of
Congo a new death from Ebola raised fears that it had spread from
(WSJ, 2/7/02, p.A1)
2002 Feb 6, Egypt won a pledge
for $10 billion in aid from 37 donor nations.
(SFC, 2/8/02, p.A12)
2002 Feb 6, German unemployment
figures for January rose to 4 million.
(SFC, 2/7/02, p.A11)
2002 Feb 6, The PLO issued a
17-page document that listed their actions to stop terrorism.
Meanwhile, Hamas gunman, Mohammed Ziad Khalili (26), killed 2
Israelis in Hamra, a mother and daughter, before he was killed by
commandos. Israel responded with 2 missiles shot at a Palestinian
prison and government complex in Nablus.
(SFC, 2/7/02, p.A10)(SFC, 2/8/02, p.A8)
2002 Feb 6, The Philippine
opposition made a legal move that gave Pres. Arroyo 10 days to
justify the presence of US troops.
(SFC, 2/7/02, p.A12)
2003 Feb 6, Edging closer to
war, President Bush declared "the game is over" for Saddam Hussein
and urged skeptical allies to join in disarming Iraq.
2003 Feb 6, ABC's "20/20" aired
a British documentary on Michael Jackson in which the King of Pop
revealed he sometimes let children sleep in his bed.
2003 Feb 6, An inter-African
committee on female genital cutting called for an annual observance
of Feb. 6 as an international day of zero tolerance of the practice.
2003 Feb 6, Belgium asked the
European Union to call an emergency meeting to discuss a peaceful
way out of the Iraq crisis.
2003 Feb 6, Lord Aberconway
(89), a shipbuilding magnate born as Charles Melville McLaren, died
in London. He secretly met with Adolf Hitler's aide Hermann Goering
weeks before the German invasion of Poland. He inherited his title
and the chairmanship of the shipbuilding giant John Brown and the
mining company English China Clays when his father died in 1953.
2003 Feb 6, Medical experts
headed to northern Republic of Congo to investigate a feared
outbreak of Ebola after 16 suspicious deaths.
2003 Feb 6, Preemptive attacks
on North Korea's nuclear facilities would trigger a "total war," the
communist state warned after Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld
labeled the North's government a "terrorist regime."
2003 Feb 6, Turkey's parliament
voted to allow U.S. troops to renovate Turkish bases for use in a
possible war with Iraq.
2004 Feb 6, Pres. Bush created
a bipartisan commission to investigate the quality of intelligence
used to justify the war in Iraq. Conclusions were set for March,
(SFC, 2/7/04, p.A1)
2004 Feb 6, It was reported
that John Barr, a Wall Street banker, was named president of the
Chicago-based Poetry Foundation. He replaced Joseph Parisi.
(WSJ, 2/6/04, p.A6)(SSFC, 6/27/04, p.M2)
2004 Feb 6, Delaware
Agriculture Secretary Michael Scuse said that the bird flu strain,
identified as H7, is different from the one that has swept Asia, and
isn't a threat to human health. The state has ordered the slaughter
of some 12,000 chickens.
2004 Feb 6-7, G7 finance
ministers met in Boca Raton, Florida, and agreed that more
flexibility is desirable for currencies that “lack such
(Econ, 2/14/04, p.70)
2004 Feb 6, Mechanic Joseph P.
Smith was charged with murder after authorities in Sarasota, Fla.,
found the body of 11-year-old girl Carlie Brucia. Her kidnapping had
been captured by a carwash surveillance camera.
2004 Feb 6, Robbers handcuffed
15 workers at a cargo shed on the grounds of London's Heathrow
Airport and stole some $3.2 million in British pound notes.
2004 Feb 6, In Indonesia
earthquakes measuring 7.1 and aftershocks hit the remote Papua
province, flattening houses and leaving at least 34 people dead and
(AP, 2/6/04)(WSJ, 2/9/04, p.A1)
2004 Feb 6, Chinese state-run
media reported regulators have given preliminary approval for a
private airline to be set up in the southwestern city of Chengdu.
2004 Feb 6, International
donors pledged $520 million to start the long process of turning
Liberia from a failed war-ravaged state into a democracy with a
2004 Feb 6, In Mexico deputy
ministers from 34 nations in the Americas failed to reach agreement
on a framework for the Free Trade Area of the Americas, stymied by
differences on the contentious issue of U.S. farm subsidies.
2004 Feb 6, Nigeria ordered an
investigation into allegations that a Halliburton Co. subsidiary
paid $180 million in bribes to land a natural gas project
(1995-2002), while US Vice President Dick Cheney was head of
(AP, 2/6/04)(WSJ, 2/5/04, p.A6)
2004 Feb 6, A bomb ripped
through a Moscow subway car during rush hour morning, killing 41
people and wounding 134. Chechen rebels were blamed.
(AP, 2/6/04)(SFC, 2/7/04, p.A1)(AP, 2/12/04)
2005 Feb 6, The New England
Patriots became a full-fledged dynasty with their third Super Bowl
victory in four years, beating the Philadelphia Eagles 24-21.
2005 Feb 6, In Bangladesh a
police officer was killed and five were injured in a clash with
demonstrators during a continuing nationwide general strike in
protest at a deadly grenade attack on an opposition party rally.
2005 Feb 6, Four Egyptians
working for a mobile phone company were abducted by gunmen in
Baghdad, and Islamic militants threatened to kill an Italian
journalist Feb 7 unless Italy agrees to withdraw its troops.
2005 Feb 6, In Kashmir an
overcrowded bus skidded off a mountain road and crashed into a
ravine, killing at least 28 passengers and injuring 33.
2005 Feb 6, Lazar Berman (74),
acclaimed Russian pianist, died in Florence, Italy.
2005 Feb 6, Mexico's main
leftist party, the Democratic Revolution Party, ended 76 years of
rule by the Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, in the
Pacific coast state of Guerrero. Democratic Revolution held on to
the governorship of Baja California Sur, while the PRI held on to
Quintana Roo, the site of Cancun.
2005 Feb 6, The bodies of 18
victims of carbon monoxide poisoning from a faulty gas heater were
found at a cottage near the village of Todolella in Spain’s
(WSJ, 2/7/05, p.A1)
2005 Feb 6, The African Union
accused military commanders in Togo of taking advantage of the death
of the country's longtime leader to stage a coup and raised the
possibility that its 53 members will not recognize the West African
nation's new government.
2005 Feb 6, Thailand voters
handed PM Thaksin Shinawatra a 2nd term with an expanded mandate. In
his 1st term he broadly managed to keep 3 promises centering on
cheap health care, debt forgiveness for farmers and micro-credits
for villages. Under his tenure public debt fell from 54% of GDP to
(AP, 2/6/05)(Econ, 2/5/05, p.11,23)
2006 Feb 6, President George W.
Bush proposed a $2.77 trillion budget for 2007 that cuts domestic
programs from Medicare to community policing while bolstering
security spending, even as he seeks to tame a soaring deficit. The
budget reduced funding for the AmeriCorps National Civilian
Community Corps, created by Pres. Clinton in 1993, from $27 million
to $5 million with the goal of closing it down.
(AP, 2/6/06)(SFC, 3/1/06, p.A5)
2006 Feb 6, US Attorney General
Alberto Gonzales defended the Bush administration's eavesdropping
program before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Terrorist conspirator
Zacarias Moussaoui disrupted the opening of his sentencing trial in
Alexandria, Va., and was tossed out of court.
2006 Feb 6, Prosper.com, an
Internet company to link borrowers and lenders, went live with its
website. Chris Larsen, cofounder of Pleasanton’s E-Loan, cofounded
Prosper backed by $20 million in venture capital. Puerto Rican bank
Popular Inc. purchase E-loan for $300 million in 2005.
(SFC, 3/6/06, p.C1)(Econ, 2/25/06, p.79)
2006 Feb 6, Royal Caribbean
Intl. announced that it has ordered the world’s largest and most
expense cruise ship. The $1.24 billion ship, capable of holding
6,400 passengers, will be built by Norway’s Aker Yards.
(SFC, 2/7/06, p.C1)
2006 Feb 6, Afghan security
forces opened fire on demonstrators, leaving at least four dead, as
increasingly violent protests erupted around the world over
published caricatures of Islam's Prophet Muhammad. European and
Muslim politicians pleaded for calm.
2006 Feb 6, A US soldier was
killed when his patrol came under attack in central Afghanistan
while a militant was killed in a separate incident in the east.
2006 Feb 6, In eastern
Australia police investigating the deaths of 13 hospital patients
recommended charging Dr. Jayant Patel, an Indian-born American
surgeon, with four counts of manslaughter and six counts of grievous
bodily harm. On June 29, 2010, Patel (60) was found guilty of
killing three of his patients and grievously harming another.
(AP, 2/6/06)(AP, 6/29/10)
2006 Feb 6, Australian police
arrested three men over a shipment of almost 46 kilograms (101
pounds) of crystal methamphetamine hidden in a speedboat imported
2006 Feb 6, In Canada Stephen
Harper, dismissed less than two years ago as unelectable, was sworn
in as the country's 22nd PM.
2006 Feb 6, China’s banking
watchdog said it unearthed irregularities involving some $95 billion
at mainland banks in 2005.
(WSJ, 2/7/06, p.A13)
2006 Feb 6, In Costa Rica with
78% of the votes counted, former president Arias had 40.7% compared
to 40 percent for opposition figure Otton Solis of the Citizens'
2006 Feb 6, Analysts and
companies said the boycott of Danish goods called by Islamic
countries to protest the publication of Prophet Muhammad caricatures
was costing Danish businesses more than $1 million a day.
2006 Feb 6, El Salvador said it
will send another contingent of 380 soldiers to Iraq, making it the
country's sixth group to serve six-month rotations in the war-torn
2006 Feb 6, Isabelle Dinoire,
the Frenchwoman who'd received the world's first partial face
transplant, showed off her new features at a news conference.
2006 Feb 6, Public employees in
the southern German state of Baden Wuerttemberg walked off the job
in protest of plans to make them work longer without increasing
2006 Feb 6, India's benchmark
stock index charged past the 10,000 mark for the first time, but
couldn't hold the level and ended at 9,980.42, still a record close.
2006 Feb 6, Austrian and Danish
embassies in Iran were attacked in protests over the publication of
Prophet Muhammad caricatures.
(WSJ, 2/7/06, p.A1)
2006 Feb 6, Police uncovered
the bullet-riddled bodies of two Sunni brothers in Baghdad. Gunmen
also shot and killed a retired teacher, aged 60, and wounded his son
in another drive-by shooting in southern Baghdad. Drive-by gunmen
and roadside bombs killed at least 11 people across Iraq.
(AP, 2/6/06)(AP, 2/7/06)
2006 Feb 6, In Iraq 3 US
Marines were killed by a bomb blast in Hit, 85 miles west of
Baghdad. Another Marine died from wounds caused by a bomb blast a
day earlier in an unspecified location within Anbar province.
2006 Feb 6, In Rome, Italy, a
bus loaded with Turkish tourists veered off a road in the Italian
capital and slid about 50 feet down a ravine, killing 12 people.
2006 Feb 6, Israeli forces
fired a missile at a car in the northern Gaza Strip after nightfall
killing two Palestinian militants, including a man described as a
2006 Feb 6, In Ivory Coast 12
villagers were shot and hacked to death in an apparent grudge attack
over a pay dispute not far from the western town of Guiglo.
2006 Feb 6, Japanese
electronics maker Toshiba Corp. said that it was buying nuclear
plant builder Westinghouse Electric Co., the US-based unit of the
British government's British Nuclear Fuels PLC, for $5.4 billion.
2006 Feb 6, In Morocco police
broke up an international network helping Indians migrate illegally
to Europe with 70 arrests.
2006 Feb 6, John Sawyers,
political director of the British foreign office, told a group of
Kosovo Serbs that the contact group of 5 western countries had
decided that Kosovo should have independence.
(Econ, 2/18/06, p.50)
2006 Feb 6, Sudanese officials
said some seven people were killed in southern Sudan in recent
clashes between renegade armed militias and the south Sudan army,
despite a 2005 peace deal to end Africa's longest civil war there.
2006 Feb 6, UN Secretary
General Kofi Annan announced he was establishing a foundation for
agriculture and women's education in his home continent of Africa as
he received a 500,000-dollar environment prize.
2007 Feb 6, Defense Secretary
Robert Gates announced to the Senate Armed Services Committee that
President George W. Bush had given authority to create the new
African Command. US Navy Rear Admiral Robert Moeller was named as
Executive Director, head of the transition team for AFRICOM, with
initial quarters in Germany.
2/6/07)(Econ, 6/16/07, p.55)
2007 Feb 6, An official said
Lisa Marie Nowak (43), a NASA astronaut accused of trying to kidnap
a romantic rival for a space shuttle pilot's affections, will remain
in jail because authorities planned to charge her with attempted
2007 Feb 6, The San Mateo, Ca.,
Board of Supervisors adopted a ban on smoking at 17 parks, trails
and a beach managed by the county.
(SFC, 2/7/07, p.B1)
2007 Feb 6, It was reported
that thieves have long targeted car stereos, air bags,
high-intensity headlights, even pocket change from the ashtrays. But
now they are slithering under vehicles and cutting away the
2007 Feb 6, In Kentucky a fire
engulfed a home in Bardstown killing 10 people.
(SFC, 2/7/07, p.A3)
2007 Feb 6, Frankie Laine
(1913), pop singer born as Francesco Paolo LoVecchio in Chicago,
died in San Diego. His songs included “Mule Train," Cool Water" and
the theme song for “Rawhide." He had started in jazz but was
sidetracked by arranger Mitch Miller.
(SFC, 2/7/07, p.A2)
2007 Feb 6, More than 20,000
miners from across Bolivia marched into the capital, tossing sticks
of dynamite that sent booming explosions echoing through the streets
in a protest of President Evo Morales' plans for a steep hike in
2007 Feb 6, In Sao Paulo,
Brazil, suspected gang members torched 3 buses and shot at police,
raising concerns the violence could mushroom into a repeat of last
year's crime wave.
2007 Feb 6, An underground
explosion in a central Colombia coal mine killed eight workers, just
days after a similar blast in the nation's northeast killed 32
2007 Feb 6, Church officials
said The Episcopal Church has named a woman as bishop in Cuba, the
first such appointment by the church in the developing world.
2007 Feb 6, In France nearly 60
nations pledged not to use children to wage war and to disarm and
rehabilitate underage soldiers. The Paris Commitments agreement was
seen as a strong moral step against the problem, though it carried
no legal weight. They also signed a treaty that bans governments
from holding people in secret detention, but the United States and
some of its key European allies were not among them.
2007 Feb 6, In Honduras 3
Americans on a charity mission were killed and 17 other people were
injured in a traffic accident.
2007 Feb 6, Iraqi and US forces
set up more checkpoints in preparation for a security sweep in
Baghdad amid complaints that the operation was moving too slowly.
2007 Feb 6, In Mexico more than
a dozen armed assailants staged and videotaped simultaneous attacks
against two offices of the state attorney general in Acapulco,
killing five agents and two secretaries.
2007 Feb 6, Dutch media
reported that the parties of the incoming centre-left Dutch
government agreed to grant amnesty for some 30,000 failed asylum
seekers who came to the Netherlands before April 2001.
2007 Feb 6, In Pakistan a
suicide attacker detonated a bomb in a parking area at the
international airport in Rawalpindi, which serves Pakistan's
capital, wounding at least two police and killing himself.
2007 Feb 6, China’s President
Hu Jintao vowed to forge a partnership of equals with South Africa
as he held talks with his counterpart Thabo Mbeki.
2008 Feb 6, The US SEC settled
with David Li, head of the Bank of East Asia, charges of insider
trading regarding last year’s acquisition of Down Jones by News
Corp. Michael Leung, another Hong Kong tycoon, and his family also
settled for $8.1 million in disgorged profits and a similar amount
(Econ, 2/9/08, p.83)
2008 Feb 6, The play “Betrayed"
by George Packer opened at Manhattan's Culture Project. It was based
on his article in the New Yorker concerning Iraqis, who have worked
with American forces.
2008 Feb 6, Samba group Beija
Flor was declared Brazil's carnival champion for the fifth time in
six years. While Beija Flor's dancers were topless, the judges drew
the line at going bottomless, penalizing the rival Sao Clemente
group for breaking a rule against display of genitalia during its
2008 Feb 6, PM Gordon Brown
announced that evidence gathered through wiretapping will be allowed
in British courts for the first time under proposals aimed at
bringing more terrorism suspects to justice.
2008 Feb 6, In China the Year
of the Pig ended at midnight making way for Year of the Rat.
2008 Feb 6, Congo arrested and
turned over for trial Mathieu Ngudjolo, an army colonel and former
rebel leader accused of leading a deadly 2003 attack on a village in
the country's lawless east. Ngudjolo was expected to arrive at the
International Criminal Court in the Hague the next day.
2008 Feb 6, Ecuador's
Tungurahua volcano shot columns of ash miles into the air, as
officials ordered the evacuation of 3,000 villagers living near its
2008 Feb 6, In France 7 doctors
and pharmacists went on trial for the deaths of more than 100 young
people who died of a brain-destroying disease after being treated
with tainted human growth hormones.
2008 Feb 6, Iraqi and US
officials said videotapes seized during US raids on suspected
al-Qaida in Iraq hideouts show the terror group training young boys
to kidnap and assassinate civilians. A roadside bomb exploded near a
police convoy transporting suspected Shiite militia fighters south
of Baghdad, killing four passers-by and wounding nine other people.
At least 19 people were killed or found dead across the country. The
US military said that its troops, along with Iraqi forces, had
killed seven suspected insurgents and detained 45 others in five
days of raids across Iraq. The US military said videos seized from
suspected al-Qaida in Iraq hideouts show militants training children
who appear as young as 10 to kidnap and kill. A US soldier killed by
a roadside bomb in western Baghdad.
(AP, 2/6/08)(AP, 2/7/08)
2008 Feb 6, Israel launched
airstrikes against militants firing rockets from the Gaza Strip on
and vowed to maintain a war "on all fronts" until the territory's
Hamas rulers halt attacks. Hamas rockets wounded two young sisters
at Kibbutz Beeri.
(AP, 2/6/08)(SFC, 2/7/08, p.A4)
2008 Feb 6, Italy's Pres.
Giorgio Napolitano dissolved parliament, clearing the way for early
elections just two years after the last parliamentary vote. Premier
Romano Prodi will continue as caretaker premier until the election.
2008 Feb 6, The Mozambican
government announced that it was scrapping a planned increase in bus
fares as the death toll from riots sparked by the price hikes rose
2008 Feb 6, In Nigeria armed
men killed a policeman in an overnight attack and kidnapped the wife
of a prominent politician in Port Harcourt. She was released 2 days
(AFP, 2/6/08)(AFP, 2/9/08)
2008 Feb 6, A coalition of
Taliban militants in northwestern Pakistan declared an "indefinite"
cease-fire in fighting against security forces. The government said
it was preparing for peace talks. A Pakistani army helicopter
crashed in the same region, killing three generals and five other
soldiers. Gunmen on a motorbike shot dead a ethnic Pashtun
politician in the southern Pakistani port city of Karachi, raising
tensions ahead of elections later this month.
(AP, 2/6/08)(AFP, 2/6/08)
2008 Feb 6, A Russian court
suspended the trial of Vasily Aleksanian, an ailing former executive
of the dismantled oil giant Yukos, but refused to release him from
jail to be treated for AIDS-related cancer and tuberculosis.
2008 Feb 6, In eastern
Switzerland 2 paintings by Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) worth nearly
five million Swiss francs (4.5 million dollars, 3.1 million euros)
were stolen from a museum. The two oil paintings, "Tete de Cheval"
from 1962 and "Verre et pichet" from 1944, were stolen from a
cultural centre in the eastern town of Pfaeffikon.
2008 Feb 6, Thailand made an
uneasy return to democracy with the swearing-in of a Cabinet
dominated by loyalists to the prime minister ousted nearly 17 months
ago in a military coup. Suspected Muslim insurgents detonated a bomb
near a Chinese shrine in southern Thailand, killing one soldier and
wounding six other people.
2008 Feb 6, Ukraine's main
opposition party vowed to continue its blockade of parliament, a day
after fist fights and protests over NATO membership caused the
president to cancel his state of the nation speech.
2009 Feb 6, The US FDA approved
the first drug made with materials from genetically altered animals.
Atryn, developed by GTX Biotherapeutics, was made from the milk of a
genetically altered goat and would be used to treat a rare
blood-clotting disorder known as hereditary anti-thrombin
(WSJ, 2/7/09, p.A4)
2009 Feb 6, California ordered
200,000 employees, 90% of the state work force, to take an unpaid
day off amid a fiscal crises.
(WSJ, 2/7/09, p.A1)
2009 Feb 6, In Ohio Gertrude
"Trudy" Steuernagel, a Kent State University professor, died a week
after she was severely injured in a Jan 29 beating by Sky Walker
(18), her autistic son.
2009 Feb 6, Phil Carey
(b.1925), film and TV actor, died in NYC. He was best known for his
role as business tycoon Asa Buchanan in the ABC soap opera "One Life
2009 Feb 6, It was reported
that Canada has granted Lai Changxing a work permit. Chinese
authorities have accused Lai Changxing of masterminding a network
that smuggled as much as $10 billion of goods with the protection of
corrupt government officials. Before fleeing to Canada in 1999, Lai
lived a life of luxury in China complete with a mansion and a
2009 Feb 6, Nigeria’s
government reported that 84 infants and children have died after
swallowing My Pikin Baby Teething Mixture, a teething syrup laced
with diethylene glycol. A failed bid to smuggle a bus filled with
rice into Nigeria from Niger left seven people dead including two
customs officers set ablaze with petrol.
(SFC, 2/7/09, p.A2)(AFP, 2/8/09)
2009 Feb 6, A Pakistani court
freed nuclear scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan. He had admitted to
selling weapon technology to Iran, North Korea and Libya.
(WSJ, 2/7/09, p.A1)
2009 Feb 6, Pakistani forces
killed 52 Islamic militants in the northwest.
(WSJ, 2/9/09, p.A1)
2009 Feb 6, The UN agency for
Palestinian refugees suspended aid to Gaza, accusing the Hamas
rulers of stealing a delivery of humanitarian supplies for the 2nd
time in a week. Jamil Shaqqura (51) died in a hospital of wounds
from beating and torture, a week after he was picked for
interrogation by Hamas' internal security.
(SFC, 2/709, p.A3)(AP, 2/14/09)
2009 Feb 6, Russia granted
transit rights to nonlethal US military supplies headed to
Afghanistan, but only after pressuring Kyrgyzstan to close an air
base leased to the US.
(SFC, 2/7/09, p.A3)
2010 Feb 6, A blizzard battered
the US Mid-Atlantic region, with emergency crews struggling to keep
pace with the heavy, wet snow that has piled up on roadways, toppled
trees and left thousands without electricity. A record 2 1/2 feet or
more was predicted for Washington.
2010 Feb 6, Louisiana Lt. Gov.
Mitch Landrieu was elected mayor of New Orleans, the first white man
to hold the position since his father, Moon Landrieu, left office in
(SSFC, 2/7/10, p.A12)
2010 Feb 6, In Colorado 2 small
planes collided in flames over Boulder's outskirts and killed all
three people aboard, while a glider under tow by one aircraft cut
loose and flew through the fireball to safety.
2010 Feb 6, The anti-whaling
ship the Bob Barker and a Japanese harpoon boat collided in the icy
waters off Antarctica — the second major clash this year in the
increasingly aggressive confrontations between conservationists and
the whaling fleet.
2010 Feb 6, Australian miner
Resourcehouse said it has signed a 60-billion-US-dollar coal deal
with energy-hungry China, calling it the country's "biggest-ever
export contract." The company said it had negotiated a 20-year
agreement to supply China Power International Holding Limited with
30 million tons of coal a year from a proposed mine in central
Queensland. The initial report mistakenly identified the Chinese
company as China Power International Development (CPI).
(AFP, 2/6/10)(AFP, 2/9/10)
2010 Feb 6, Sir John Dankworth
(b.1927), British jazz artist, died in London. His film score
credits included “Darling" (1965), “Modesty Blaise" (1966) and the
theme of television’s “The Avengers" (1961-1969).
2010 Feb 6, G7 finance leaders
met for a 2nd day in Iqaluit’s legislative building of Canada's
Arctic territory of Nunavut. A senior official said Europe was
determined to solve its problems without the International Monetary
Fund. G7 countries told earthquake-ravaged Haiti that any debts it
owes them needn't be repaid and international lenders should do the
2010 Feb 6, China’s state media
said a man who operated a porn website has been sentenced to 13
years in jail and fined 100,000 yuan (15,000 dollars), amid an
ongoing campaign to crack down on online sexual content.
2010 Feb 6, Ethiopia’s official
news agency said US software giant Microsoft has launched Windows
Vista in Amharic, the first operating system in its national
language. 40 scholars from the Addis Ababa University had taken part
in the translation of the software for the country of over 80
2010 Feb 6, Interfax reported
that French Pres. Sarkozy has sanctioned the sale of a Mistral
amphibious assault ship to Russia.
(SSFC, 2/7/10, p.A6)
2010 Feb 6, The German news
magazine Der Spiegel reported that the number of sexual abuse cases
in Germany by Catholic clerics and laymen is much higher than was
previously thought. According to a poll by Spiegel more than 94
clerics and laymen have been suspected of sexual abuse since 1995.
Only 30 have been prosecuted, due to the statute of limitations.
2010 Feb 6, Iraqi leaders
pushed the country's highest court to issue a quick ruling on
hundreds of candidates who have been banned from running in March
elections, warning that parliament will settle the controversy if
the judges don't.
2010 Feb 6, Japanese naval
ships returned home at the close of an eight-year refueling mission
in support of US-led military operations in Afghanistan.
2010 Feb 6, A Libyan court
ordered Max Goeldi, one of two Swiss men entangled in a diplomatic
row, to pay an 800-dollar fine for illegal business activities.
Fellow businessman Rashid Hamdani was cleared last week of charges
of overstaying his visa.
2010 Feb 6, In Mexico gunmen
killed six people at a bar in Mazatlan, Sinaloa state. In Ciudad
Juarez authorities announced the arrest of In the border city of
Ciudad Juarez, authorities on Saturday announced the arrest of a
second suspect in last week's massacre of 15 people, many of them
teenagers with no known criminal ties, the second suspect in last
week's massacre of 15 people, many of them teenagers with no known
2010 Feb 6, Nigerians voted to
choose a governor for the politically turbulent state of Anambra in
a race expected to test the country's readiness to hold credible
presidential polls next year. The next day the Independent Electoral
Commission (INEC) declared Peter Obi of the opposition All
Progressives Grand Alliance victor despite glitches and fears the
vote would be rigged in favor of President Umaru Yar'Adua's party.
(AFP, 2/6/10)(AFP, 2/7/10)
2010 Feb 6, The Irish National
Liberation Army, a ruthless IRA splinter group responsible for some
of Northern Ireland's most notorious killings, said it has
surrendered its weapons just days before an Anglo-Irish disarmament
deadline is due to expire.
2010 Feb 6, North Korea
released Robert Park (28), who had strode illegally into the country
on Christmas Day, shouting "I brought God's love" and carrying a
2010 Feb 6, Pakistani security
forces seized Damadola, a key Taliban stronghold in the northwestern
Bajur area. The government had declared the area free of militants a
2010 Feb 6, In Rwanda Joseph
Ntawangundi, an aide to the leader of the Unified Democratic Party
(FDU), was arrested on a 2007 arrest warrant. He had been convicted
in absentia for genocide by one of the grassroots courts known as
gacaca in eastern Ngoma province. The FDU protested that
Ntawangundi, sentence to 19 years in prison, was not in the country
during the 1994 genocide that left some 800,000 dead. In March he
sentenced to 17 years in prison for genocide in a retrial by a local
(AFP, 2/8/10)(AFP, 3/25/10)
2010 Feb 6, In South Korea a
giant steel float that will be part of a "floating island" in Seoul
boasting offshore entertainment facilities began a snails-paced trip
towards Han River. The three-meter high float, 85 meters long and 49
meters wide, will be part of Viva, one of three artificial islets to
be built near the southern end of Banpo Bridge.
2010 Feb 6, Spanish matador
Jairo Miguel Sanchez Alonso (16) killed six bulls in one afternoon,
pulling off a feat normally attempted only by seasoned veterans and
winning trophies for his skill, ears from animals he had just slain.
2010 Feb 6, Venezuela’s
government announced that it will spend $15 billion over the next 5
years to increase electricity production.
(SSFC, 2/7/10, p.A6)
2011 Feb 6, In Dallas, Texas,
Wisconsin’s Green Bay packers won Super Bowl XLV 31-25 win over the
2011 Feb 6, A US rocket
carrying a national security payload launched from Vandenberg air
Force Base in southern California.
(SFC, 2/7/11, p.A4)
2011 Feb 6, In Ohio a shooting
at a fraternity party near Youngstown State Univ. killed one student
and left 11 others injured. On Aug 31, 2012, Columbus Jones (23) was
sentenced to 92 years to life in prison for the shootings that
killed Jamail Johnson (25).
(SFC, 2/7/11, p.A4)(SFC, 9/1/12, p.A4)
2011 Feb 6, In Ohio some 15
tanker cars, each carrying over 30,000 gallons of ethanol, exploded
and burned after half the cars of a 62-car train derailed in
(SFC, 2/7/11, p.A4)
2011 Feb 6, Algerian newspapers
reported that security services had dismantled an AQIM cell in the
southeast of the country that had been planning attacks in Europe,
in particular in France.
2011 Feb 6, In Australia
wildfires destroyed homes around Perth and flooding claimed the life
of a man near Wagga Wagga, as officials warned that last week's
monster cyclone would compound economic woes.
2011 Feb 6, In Bhutan the top
diplomats of India and Pakistan held talks in Thimphu, the Bhutanese
capital, in the first high-level meeting between the two rival
countries since July.
2011 Feb 6, In Rio de Janeiro,
Brazil, police faced no resistance in an operation to take control
of nine slums commanded by drug traffickers.
2011 Feb 6, The Cambodian
government said part of an 11th century temple was damaged by the
Thai army as the two sides exchanged artillery and mortar fire
across their disputed border, shattering a shaky cease-fire and
2011 Feb 6, Police on Easter
Island raided the grounds of a luxury hotel to evict the last of
dozens of indigenous protesters battling for ancestral lands and a
larger share of profits from the tourists who come to see the
Pacific Island's mysterious statues of giant heads. The actions
posed legal and political dilemmas for a Chilean government already
criticized for its treatment of indigenous people on the mainland.
2011 Feb 6, Egypt's VP Omar
Suleiman met a broad representation of major opposition groups,
including the Muslim Brotherhood, for the first time and agreed to
allow freedom of the press, to release those detained since
anti-government protests began nearly two weeks and ago and to lift
the country's hated emergency laws when security permits.
(AP, 2/6/11)(AFP, 2/6/11)
2011 Feb 6, In India heavily
armed men kidnapped six volunteers from WWF-India who were counting
the tiger population at the Manas Tiger Reserve in Assam state. 3
female volunteers were released on Feb 8.
(AP, 2/7/11)(AP, 2/8/11)
2011 Feb 6, The Indian navy and
coastguard captured 28 suspected Somali pirates after a firefight
with a "mothership" off southwestern India. At least some of 24
other men on board were believed to be hostages rescued as a result
of the firefight on the Thai fishing vessel that had been hijacked
up to six months ago off the coast of Somalia.
2011 Feb 6, In central
Indonesia a machete-wielding mob of Muslims attacked the home of a
minority sect leader, killing 3 and wounding 6 others in Tamanggung.
Some 1,500 people, many with machetes, sticks and rocks, attacked
about 20 members of the Ahmadiyah Muslim sect who were visiting
their leader in his house in Banten province. Java Island. Dani bin
Misra (17) smashed a rock repeatedly into the skull of Roni Pasaroni
as the crowd yelled "Allahu Akbar" or God is Great. Ahmadiyah is
considered deviant by most Muslims and banned in many Islamic
countries because of its belief that Muhammad was not the final
prophet. Police later arrested 10 suspects related to the attacks.
On July 28 twelve members of the mob were received sentenced of 3-6
months. Dani bin Misra was released from jail after 3 months.
(AP, 2/6/11)(SFC, 2/12/11, p.A2)(SFC, 7/29/11,
2011 Feb 6, Iran opened its
first centre to receive satellite images, a new stage in its space
program that coincides with celebrations marking the anniversary of
the 1979 Islamic revolution.
2011 Feb 6, In Iran a
pro-government web site said Iran has executed two prison officials
convicted of the 2009 torture deaths of three anti-government
2011 Feb 6, In Iraq protesters
scuffled with riot police and marched along sewage-filled streets in
demonstrations across the country to demand better utilities and job
security from their government. In a press conference PM al-Maliki
said he would increase monthly food rations for all Iraqis by about
15,000 Iraqi dinars, or about $12. He also rejected the use of
violence against demonstrators.
2011 Feb 6, Rock guitarist Gary
Moore (58), a former member of influential Irish band Thin Lizzy,
was found dead at a hotel on Spain's Costa del Sol. Thin Lizzy had
global hits in the 1970s with songs like "The Boys are Back in Town"
and "Whiskey in the Jar." Frontman Phil Lynott died in 1986, but
with a different lineup the band continues to tour today.
2011 Feb 6, Jordan's Islamist
opposition said it has rejected an offer to join a new government
led by PM Marruf Bakhit and tasked with pushing through reforms.
2011 Feb 6, Kuwait's embattled
interior minister stepped down amid rising political tensions that
include calls for the first major Gulf street protests inspired by
uprisings in Egypt and elsewhere.
2011 Feb 6, In Mexico 5 men
were killed overnight in parts of Chihuahua state. The mutilated
bodies of 5 men were found dumped on the side of a road in the town
of Los Ramones, Nuevo Leon state. Military officials said soldiers
have shot dead 13 suspected gang members in the state of Tamaulipas,
including six gunmen who were killed in a town near the US border.
2011 Feb 6, In Senegal the 11th
anti-capitalist gathering known as the World Social Forum kicked off
in with a march attended by Bolivian President Evo Morales.
2011 Feb 6, In South Africa
game park rangers shot and killed 3 suspected rhinoceros poachers in
confrontations in Kruger National Park. A 4th poacher was killed a
day earlier in a KwaZulu-Natal park.
2011 Feb 6, Vietnamese police
said 9 friends died during a lunar New Year party after they started
a car parked inside a house to play music following an electricity
2011 Feb 6, Zimbabwe state
media reported that the nation’s ivory stockpile has rocketed to
42,000 kilos up from a previous record of 29,000, but the country
cannot sell it due to a ban. It reportedly costs Zimbabwe $13
million annually to secure the stockpile, valued at $10 million.
2012 Feb 6, Washington ordered
the new penalties, giving US banks additional powers to freeze
assets linked to the Iranian government and close loopholes that
officials say Iran has used to move money despite earlier
restrictions imposed by the US and Europe.
2012 Feb 6, A US immigration
judge ordered George Boley (62), the former leader of the Liberian
Peace Council, out of the country in upstate New York, the
first-ever removal under a 2008 law to combat the use of child
soldiers. The judge cited "credible reports" that Boley authorized
the executions of seven of his soldiers on November 14, 1995.
2012 Feb 6, Georgia’s top court
struck down a state law that restricted assisted suicides.
(SFC, 2/7/12, p.A9)
2012 Feb 6, In Pennsylvania
Democrat state Rep. Bill DeWeese (61) was convicted of conspiracy,
conflict of interest and theft in a investigation into the use of
taxpayer resources for political purposes. 11 other Democrats and 9
Republicans have already been convicted or pleaded guilty in the
(SFC, 2/7/12, p.A9)
2012 Feb 6, In Brazil soldiers
clashed with supporters of striking police in Salvador, Brazil's
third-largest city, firing tear gas and rubber bullets at the feet
of people trying to join officers occupying the Bahia state
2012 Feb 6, Brazil requested an
injunction to stop Twitter users from alerting drivers to police
roadblocks, radar traps and drunk-driving checkpoints could make it
the first country to take Twitter up on its plan to censor content
at governments' requests.
2012 Feb 6, In Brazil the
wining $9.4 billion bid was announced for the privatization of
Guarulhos, Sao Paulo’s main int’l. airport. The winning bid was by a
consortium led by Petrobras, the state-owned oil company, and Banco
do Brasil, the state-development bank. This was nearly $2 above the
2nd highest bid.
(Econ, 2/11/12, p.40)
2012 Feb 6, In Brazil a
13-story building partially collapsed in an industrial suburb
outside Sao Paulo, killing a 3-year-old girl in Sao Bernardo do
Campo. One person was missing.
2012 Feb 6, A British appeals
court ordered the government to release radical Muslim cleric Omar
Mahmoud Mohammed Othman, aka Abu Qatada, arrested in 2002 on
suspicion of inciting terrorism. On Feb 13 Qatada was freed from
prison and put under virtual house arrest.
(SFC, 2/7/12, p.A2)(SFC, 2/14/12, p.A2)
2012 Feb 6, In southern
Bulgaria a 2.5-meter (8-foot) flood hit 700 houses in the village of
Bisser, near the Greek border, after the dam on the Ivanovo
reservoir collapsed. 8 people were killed in the flooding and 10
others were missing.
2012 Feb 6, A Burkina Faso
security official said more than 1,500 Malians, fleeing a Tuareg
rebellion in the north and reprisal attacks in Bamako, have found
refuge in Burkina Faso.
2012 Feb 6, In Canada a crash
between a flatbed truck and a van carrying migrant farm workers on a
rural crossroads in southwestern Ontario killed 11 people, in one of
the most deadly vehicle accidents in Canadian history.
2012 Feb 6, The Chadian
National Electoral Commission, CENI, announced that the ruling
Patriotic Salvation Movement, MPS, party of President Idriss Deby
Itno and its allies had won majority of towns in the first local
elections to be organized in the country.
2012 Feb 6, Chad announced it
was reopening a major oil refinery it had earlier ordered shut
because of a price dispute with its Chinese part-owners. The
Djarmaya refinery was ordered closed on January 19.
2012 Feb 6, An Ecuadorean judge
ordered two journalists, Juan Carlos Calderon and Cristian Zurita,
to pay $1 million each to President Rafael Correa, finding them
guilty of defamation for reporting that he knew about contracts his
older brother had with the state in a case brought by Correa over
their 2010 book "The Big Brother."
2012 Feb 6, In Egypt a 5th day
of clashes with police continued outside Cairo's security
headquarters in the wake of deadly football violence and calls by
activists for civil disobedience. At least one protester was killed.
2012 Feb 6, Air France pilots
and other personnel began a 4-day walkout to protest a bill
requiring air transport workers to give 48 hours notice before
(SFC, 2/6/12, p.A2)
2012 Feb 6, Iran's semiofficial
Mehr news agency says authorities have arrested several people over
alleged links to the British Broadcasting Corporation's
2012 Feb 6, Malawi police fired
tear gas to disperse stone-throwing vendors resisting orders they
move off the streets to designated flea markets.
2012 Feb 6, In Nigeria three
forged police ID cards, 11 police rifles and boots were allegedly
recovered in an army raid on a Boko Haram hideout in which 8
suspected sect members died.
2012 Feb 6, In Pakistan rescue
workers struggled to reach dozens of people trapped in the rubble of
a factory that collapsed in Lahore, killing at least 21. At least 30
people were still believed to be trapped. The illegal factory was
owned by a local politician, who used his influence to keep it open
despite complaints from neighbors.
(AP, 2/6/12)(AP, 2/7/12)(AP, 2/8/12)
2012 Feb 6, Palestinian
President Mahmoud Abbas took a decisive step toward reconciliation
with the Islamic militant Hamas, agreeing to head an interim unity
government that would prepare for elections in the West Bank and
Gaza Strip. Israel’s PM Netanyahu condemned the deal, saying it
would be impossible to reach peace with a government that includes
2012 Feb 6, In the Philippines
a 6.9 magnitude earthquake shook Negros island and set off
landslides. 58 people were killed and 60 left missing.
(AP, 2/6/12)(AP, 2/7/12)(AP, 2/8/12)(AP, 3/6/12)
2012 Feb 6, Romania's
government collapsed following weeks of protests against austerity
measures, the latest debt-stricken government in Europe to fall in
the face of raising public anger over biting cuts. President Traian
Basescu appointed Justice Minister Catalin Predoiu, the only
minister in Emil Boc's Cabinet who is not a member of any political
party, to be interim prime minister pending the formation of a new
2012 Feb 6, Russian researchers
said that they had succeeded in drilling through four km (2.5 miles)
of ice to the surface of a sub-glacial Antarctic lake which could
yield important scientific discoveries.
2012 Feb 6, Sierra Leone’s
Pres. Ernest Bai Koroma forced the UN mission chief Michael von der
Schulenburg out of his job in order to improve his re-election
chances. Schulenburg had warned of this possibility in December.
(Econ, 2/18/12, p.52)
2012 Feb 6, The US closed its
embassy in the Syrian capital of Damascus in a dramatic escalation
of pressure on President Bashar Assad to give up power. Activists
said shells slammed into a makeshift medical clinic and residential
areas in Homs, killing at least 23 people in the third day of a new
offensive on the epicenter of the country's uprising. Another 10
people were reported killed elsewhere. State-run news said that
gunmen killed three soldiers and captured others at a checkpoint in
the Jabal al-Zawiyah region of Idlib province.
2013 Feb 6, Pres. Obama choses
business executive Sally Jewell, the CEO of REI, to succeed Ken
Salazar as Sec. of the Interior.
(SFC, 2/7/13, p.A7)
2013 Feb 6, The US blacklisted
Iran’s state broadcasting authirity, Internet-policing agencies and
a major electronics producer in widened sanctions to pressure the
government over its disputed nuclear program and stifling of
(SFC, 2/7/13, p.A2)
2013 Feb 6, The financially
struggling US Postal Service said it will stop delivering mail on
Saturdays, beginnin g in August, but continue to disburse packages
six days a week.
2013 Feb 6, Faced with intense
pressure from two flanks, the Boy Scouts of America said it needed
more time for consultations before deciding whether to move away
from its policy of excluding gays as scouts or adult leaders.
2013 Feb 6, In Boston a rare
1865 photograph of the Brooklyn Atlantics baseball team, discovered
at a Maine yard sale and considered one of the first baseball cards
ever, sold for $92,000 at an auction.
2013 Feb 6, US wildlife
conservation group Int’l. Fund for Animal Welfare said Japan has
been propping up its whaling industry with nearly $400 million in
tax money in recent years.
(SFC, 2/7/13, p.A2)
2013 Feb 6, In Bahrain
thousands of protesters demonstrated against the Gulf nation's
monarchy, less than a week before planned talks aimed at easing a
two-year political crisis.
2013 Feb 6, The Royal Bank of
Scotland announced a settlement in which it agreed to pay American
regulators $475 million and another $137 million to Britain’s
Financial Services Authority for rigging the London Interbank
Offered Rate (LIBOR).
(Econ, 2/9/13, p.71)
2013 Feb 6, British researchers
have unveiled the Halley VI Research Station, a futuristic
Antarctic research base that can move, sliding across the frozen
surface to beat the shifting ice and pounding snow that doomed its
2013 Feb 6, A new British
report said between 400 and 1,200 patients are estimated to have
died needlessly at Stafford Hospital in central England between
January 2005 and March 2009 in one of the worst scandals to hit the
NHS since it was founded in 1948.
2013 Feb 6, Chris Foster of the
UK Border Agency said a significant smuggling operation has been
disrupted by one of the biggest raids in UK history. Police said 26
people were arrested for human trafficking and immigration
violations after raids that took place in London and other parts of
England and Scotland.
2013 Feb 6, A top Bulgarian
security official said the two living suspects behind a bus attack
that killed five Israeli tourists in Bulgaria last year have been
identified and both are now living in Lebanon.
2013 Feb 6, In Egypt more than
25 prime ministers and presidents began a two-day summit of the
Organization of Islamic Cooperation in Cairo. Leaders of Muslim
countries offered conflicting approaches to the crises in Mali and
Syria, exposing some of the deep divisions that run through the
2013 Feb 6, France's defense
minister said French forces clashed with extremists firing rocket
launchers near the northern Malian city of Gao.
2013 Feb 6, Researchers in
Iceland blamed low oxygen levels in a shallow fjord for the deaths
of tens of thousands of tons of herring.
2013 Feb 6, In central and
northern Iraq assailants opened automatic fire on police
checkpoints, killing four officers and wounding five.
2013 Feb 6, From Kashmir it was
reported that the all-girl rock band Pragaash (First Light) has
decided to disband following but one concert last December. The
teenage members had received threats on social media and a top
(SFC, 2/6/13, p.A3)
2013 Feb 6, In Papua New Guinea
a mob stripped, tortured and bound a woman (20) accused of
witchcraft, then burned her alive in front of hundreds of horrified
witnesses in Mount Hagen. Kepari Leniata had been accused of sorcery
by relatives of a 6-year-old boy who died in a hospital a day
earlier. On Feb 17 Janet Ware and Andrew Watea were charged with
murder over the slaying.
(AP, 2/8/13)(AP, 2/18/13)
2013 Feb 6, A powerful 8.0
earthquake off the Solomon Islands generated a tsunami of up to 1.5
meters (about 5 feet) that damaged dozens of homes and left at least
9 people dead in the South Pacific island chain.
(AP, 2/6/13)(AP, 2/7/13)
2013 Feb 6, Syria's opposition
chief demanded that Bashar Assad's regime release all female
political prisoners or he would scrap his offer of talks with the
2013 Feb 6, In Syria heavy
fighting broke out between rebels and President Bashar Assad's
forces in parts of Damascus, as twin car bombs detonated in the
central province of Homs, killing at least 12 people. A bombing at a
bus stop near a military factory in central Syria killed 54 people,
all civilian workers at the plant in the village of al-Buraq, near
the central city of Hama.
(AP, 2/6/13)(AP, 2/7/13)(AP, 2/8/13)
2013 Feb 6, Taiwan banks began
offering deposit accounts in Chinese currency following a clearing
agreement between China central bank and Taipei signed last August.
(Econ, 2/9/13, p.69)
2013 Feb 6, In Tunisia
opposition leader Chokri Belaid (47), critical of the Islamist-led
government, was gunned down as he left home in the first
assassination in post-revolutionary Tunisia, setting off
anti-government riots that left downtown Tunis choked with tear gas
and patrolled by a tank and armored cars. PM Hamadi Jebali announced
he would dissolve the government and form a new one of nonpartisan
technocrats to manage the country until elections.
(AP, 2/6/13)(AP, 2/7/13)
2013 Feb 6, In Uganda
representatives of the Congolese government and the M23 rebels
signed a preliminary agreement in which both parties accepted
responsibility for the failure of an earlier 2009 peace deal.
2014 Feb 6, In Florida a
motorboat was found capsized about 75 miles northeast of West Palm
Beach. It had carried at least 12 people and 4 were confirmed dead.
(SSFC, 2/9/14, p.A10)
2014 Feb 6, In Pennsylvania a
winter storm left some 849,000 people without power for a 2nd day.
The 2nd winter storm this week in the mid-Atlantic had dumped more
than a foot of snow in some places.
(SFC, 2/7/14, p.A8)
2014 Feb 6, Human Rights Watch
said Bangladeshi garment factory owners use beatings, the threat of
murder and sexual intimidation to stop workers from forming trade
2014 Feb 6, Bolivia’s
government said rains and floods have left 38 people dead as
forecasters predicted more rain.
(SFC, 2/7/14, p.A2)
2014 Feb 6, Bosnian police used
tear gas to disperse thousands of protesters who threw stones at the
building of the local government in Tuzla, demanding action against
owners of four former state-owned companies who filed for bankruptcy
after they were privatized.
2014 Feb 6, Millions of
commuters faced a second day of travel chaos due to a 48-hour strike
by London Underground workers angry over ticket office closures and
2014 Feb 6, In France more than
3 tons of illegal ivory seized by customs agents was pulverized into
dust in Europe's first destruction of a stockpile of the banned
2014 Feb 6, Hungary's
parliament authorized a deal with Russia to build two reactors at
the country's only nuclear power plant in Paks.
2014 Feb 6, In eastern
Indonesia a police officer and a suspected Islamic militant were
killed in gunfire near a mountainous village believed to be a
terrorist hideout. Preliminary investigation indicated that the men
were part of a terrorist group led by Abu Wardah Santoso,
Indonesia's most wanted terror suspect.
2014 Feb 6, Five Iranian border
guards were kidnapped by militants in the Iranian province of
Sistan-Baluchistan by militants who allegedly took them across the
border to Pakistan. On Feb 17 Iran said it would send forces into
Pakistan to free them if Islamabad did not take measures to secure
their release. The kidnapping was later claimed by Jaish al-Adl
(Army of Justice), a Sunni Muslim rebel group. One of the guards was
killed in March. On April 4 Iran’s Fars News reported that the other
four were have been released.
(Reuters, 2/17/14)(Reuters, 4/4/14)
2014 Feb 6, In Iraq seven car
bombs exploded across Baghdad, killing at least 13 people in
apparently coordinated attacks that targeted mainly Shi'ite Muslim
2014 Feb 6, Human Rights Watch
said Iraqi authorities are illegally detaining thousands of women,
many of whom are subjected to torture and ill-treatment including
the threat of sexual abuse. Many were rounded up for alleged
terrorist activities by male family members.
2014 Feb 6, In Israel thousands
of ultra-Orthodox Jews blocked highways across the country to
protest plans to enlist them into the military.
2014 Feb 6, Fifteen migrants
drowned while trying to swim to the Spanish enclave of Ceuta from a
beach in neighboring Morocco. Authorities said "around 400
sub-Saharans" had taken part in the desperate bid to reach EU
territory. On Feb 13 Spain said border police had fired rubber
bullets in an attempt to turn back around 200 migrants who tried to
cross the frontier. Videos later showed police firing rubber
bullets. Police denied the action contributed to the drowning. On
Feb 11, 2015, the Ceuta court said 16 Civil Guard officers will
appear for questioning in March.
(AFP, 2/6/14)(Reuters, 2/13/14)(AP, 2/11/15)
2014 Feb 6, Myanmar media
reported that the government has arrested 4 journalists of a private
weekly following the publication of a story about the construction
of a defense factory in Pauk. The Unity journal quoted villagers as
saying the factory was for the production of chemical weapons.
(SFC, 2/7/14, p.A2)
2014 Feb 6, Nigeria's secret
police said that it was holding Mujahid Asari-Dokubo, leader of the
outlawed Niger Delta Volunteer Force, in the latest crackdown on
potential trouble before elections next year.
2014 Feb 6, North Korea
threatened to cancel reunions of Korean War-divided families because
of upcoming US-South Korean military drills and accused the United
States of raising tensions by flying nuclear-capable B-52 bombers
near the Korean Peninsula.
2014 Feb 6, Peace talks between
the Pakistani government and representatives of the Taliban began in
Islamabad after a short delay.
2014 Feb 6, In Puerto Rico
Pablo Casellas, the son of a US district court judge, was sentenced
to 109 years in prison for killing his wife in July, 2012.
2014 Feb 6, South African
police fired stun grenades, tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse
thousands of rioters demanding basic government services in
communities near Pretoria and Johannesburg.
2014 Feb 6, South Sudan rebels
fighting government troops said that 700 men from the government
side have defected with all their equipment and were heading to join
2014 Feb 6, The Syrian
government reached an agreement with the UN to secure the evacuation
of hundreds of trapped civilians from besieged parts of Homs. A
suicide bomber blew himself up at the gates of a prison in Aleppo
and opposition fighters stormed in freeing hundreds of prisoners.
State-run Syrian television said the army foiled an attempt by
"terrorist groups" to attack the prison.
(AP, 2/6/14)(SFC, 2/7/14, p.A6)
2014 Feb 6, In Yemen government
mediator Abdulqader Hilal announced his resignation via Facebook.
Hilal, tasked by President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi with ending the
fighting between Huthi rebels and tribesmen, has accused Ansarullah
(Sunni Islamists) of failing to respect the terms of a truce agreed
2015 Feb 6, A US federal judge
ruled that a Puerto Rico debt-restructuring law that aims to protect
the government from bankruptcy and make public corporations
self-sufficient is unconstitutional.
2015 Feb 6, Facebook founder
and CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Dr. Priscilla Chan donated $75
million to San Francisco General Hospital.
(SFC, 2/6/15, p.A1)
2015 Feb 6, The American
military said US-led forces have launched 10 air strikes in Syria
and eight in Iraq against Islamic State militants over the last 24
hrs. A purported statement by the Islamic State group claimed
that an American female hostage was killed in a Jordanian airstrike
on the outskirts of Raqqa, the militant group's main stronghold.
Kayla Jean Mueller (26), an aid worker, was captured in 2013. On May
14 it was reported that Mueller had been raped repeatedly by Abu
Bakr al-Baghdadi, the self-proclaimed caliph of the IS.
(Reuters, 2/6/15)(AP, 2/6/15)(AP, 8/15/15)
2015 Feb 6, In NYC Adel Abdul
Bary, an Egyptian lawyer who pleaded guilty to conspiring to kill
Americans, was sentenced to 25 years in prison. Bary would face
about eight more years in prison because he has been incarcerated
2015 Feb 6, In Wisconsin
Sureshbhai Patel (57) from India was slammed to the ground by a
police officer after a caller said a "skinny black guy" with a
toboggan hat was walking in the neighborhood and peering into
garages. One of the officers restrained Patel by pulling his arms
behind his back and then slammed him face-first into the ground less
than 90 seconds after the confrontation began. Officer Eric Parker
was arrested and is being fired.
2015 Feb 6, In western
Afghanistan a bus crash in Hirat province killed 7 people and
wounded 12 others. A roadside bomb killed 2 people and wounded three
others in Helmand province.
2015 Feb 6, In Bangladesh
attackers threw crude fire bombs at a packed bus and a moving truck
in two separate incidents, killing at least 9 people and injuring 30
2015 Feb 6, In Brazil police
surprised a group of suspects trying to blow up an automatic teller
machine in the eastern city of Salvador, sparking a shootout that
killed at least 13 of the would-be robbers.
2015 Feb 6, Britain’s
Investigative Powers Tribunal ruled that British spies acted
illegally when they scooped up data about Briton’s electronic
communications gathered by the US National Security Agency.
(SFC, 2/7/15, p.A2)
2015 Feb 6, British jihadi
Imran Khawaja (27), who joined a terrorist training camp in Syria
then faked his death in an attempt to sneak back to England, was
sentenced to 12 years in prison.
2015 Feb 6, Canada's highest
court unanimously struck down a ban on doctor-assisted suicide for
mentally competent patients with terminal illnesses.
2015 Feb 6, Forces from Chad
and Niger repelled Islamic extremists from Nigeria as they attacked
Bosso town inside Niger, marking the second foreign country attacked
by Boko Haram this week.
2015 Feb 6, East Timor
independence hero Xanana Gusmao resigned as prime minister, stepping
down ahead of an expected restructuring of the government next week.
2015 Feb 6, Egyptian military
air strikes killed 27 Islamic militants in the Northern Sinai in one
of the biggest security operations in the region in months.
2015 Feb 6, In Europe floods
forced hundreds of people from their homes in Albania and Macedonia.
Heavy snow and winds caused traffic havoc in Bosnia, Croatia and
(SFC, 2/7/15, p.A2)
2015 Feb 6, German Chancellor
Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande arrived in
Moscow for talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin on the
2015 Feb 6, Munich-based
industrial machinery maker Siemens AG said it will cut 7,800
administrative jobs worldwide as part of an effort to streamline the
sprawling company and its many businesses.
2015 Feb 6, In northern Iraq
the remains of 23 men from the Yazidi religious minority were found
when a mass grave was excavated.
2015 Feb 6, Italian judicial
sources said Dino Maglio (35), a policeman who posed as an amiable
host on the Couchsurfing website, has been charged with drugging and
raping a 16-year-old Australian and may have sexually assaulted up
to 15 other women. He will go on trial in Padua near Venice from
2015 Feb 6, Thousands of
Jordanians packed the streets of the capital Amman, urging their
monarch to step up air strikes on Islamic State to avenge its
killing of pilot Mouath al-Kasaesbeh.
2015 Feb 6, In Libya a suicide
car bomber, attempting to strike an army post in the battleground
second city of Benghazi, was intercepted and blew up his car short
of the target killing a father and son.
2015 Feb 6, In Niger 109 Boko
Haram fighters were killed by soldiers responding to attacks in
fighting in the towns of Bosso and Diffa near the border with
Nigeria. 4 soldiers were killed and 17 wounded.
2015 Feb 6, Hundreds of
Palestinians demonstrated outside Egypt's diplomatic mission in Gaza
City, to protest a Cairo court ruling designating Hamas's armed
wing, the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, as a terrorist group.
2015 Feb 6, Filipino Muslims
called for the passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law at a rally
following prayers at the Golden Mosque in Manila, Philippines. The
law would implement a peace accord granting minority Muslims
autonomy in the southern Philippines.
2015 Feb 6, Poland’s lawmakers
voted 254-175 with eight abstentions to empower Pres. Komorowski to
sign into law the 2011 Council of Europe's convention on combating
violence against women and domestic violence.
2015 Feb 6, South African
author, Andre Brink (b.1935), died aboard a KLM flight travelling
from the Netherlands to Cape Town. He used his work to question the
policies of South Africa's apartheid regime. His 1975 book, "Looking
on Darkness," the first of Brink's books distributed to the United
States, was banned by the South African government until 1982.
2015 Feb 6, The Syrian
Observatory for Human Rights said the government air force conducted
60 strikes on the Eastern Ghouta district outside Damascus leaving
82 dead over the last 24 hours.
2015 Feb 6, In eastern Ukraine
convoys of buses carrying many local residents to safety left the
besieged town of Debaltseve as government forces kept up artillery
fire to defend their positions against pro-Russian separatists.
2015 Feb 6, Yemen's powerful
Shiite rebels announced that they have taken over the country and
dissolved parliament. Houthi rebels said they are forming a
five-member presidential council that will replace President Abed
Rabbo Mansour Hadi for an interim two-year period.
2016 Feb 6, Dan Hicks (b.1941),
singer and songwriter, died at his home in Marin, Ca. From 1965-1968
he wasthe drummer and occasional vocalist for the charlatans, widely
regarded as the first San Francisco psychedelic band.
(Boston Globe, 2/8/16, p.B6)
2016 Feb 6, Afghanistan, China,
Pakistan and the United States launched their third round of talks
aimed at finding a way to get the warring Taliban to sit and talk
peace with the Afghan government. The talks in Islamabad concluded
with a call for direct talks between the government and the Taliban
by the end of February.
2016 Feb 6, In the Austrian
Alps 5 people were killed when a "massive" avalanche struck skiers
from the Czech Republic taking part in a freeriding camp.
2016 Feb 6, In Bulgaria 2
female migrants found dead in a mountainous rural region due to
freezing conditions near the southeastern town of Malko Tarnovo.
2016 Feb 6, In Germany a march
by the anti-Islamic organisation Pegida drew thousands to the
eastern city of Dresden with rallies in support of the movement also
held in a string of other European cities.
2016 Feb 6, Top Haitian leaders
negotiated an agreement to install a short-term provisional
government less than 24 hours before President Michel Martelly was
scheduled to step down.
2016 Feb 6, In Honduras some
200,000 residents spent the day ridding homes and gardens of
standing water and fumigating areas suspected of harboring mosquito
larvae carrying the Zika virus.
2016 Feb 6, Nigerian health
authorities released data that showed a growing Lassa fever outbreak
has killed 101 people, as it battles to contain a flare-up of the
2016 Feb 6, In western Pakistan
at least 9 people were killed and more than 40 wounded when a
suicide bomber blew himself up near a military convoy in Quetta.
2016 Feb 6, In southern
Pakistan a fire killed all 10 members of a fisherman's family on
Kharo Chan island, Sindh province.
2016 Feb 6, A Saudi patrol was
hit in cross-border shelling from rebel-controlled northern Yemen in
the southwestern region of Assir, killing one soldier. Later in the
day, the southwestern city of Najran was struck, leaving dead a
2016 Feb 6, Somali government
troops backed by African Union peacekeepers recaptured the key port
of Merka from Shebab insurgents just one day after the Islamists
swept into the city.
2016 Feb 6, A powerful
earthquake struck southern Taiwan early today killing at least 59
people, most in the 17-storey Weiguan Golden Dragon apartment
complex that collapsed. At least four people, including an
8-year-old girl, were rescued on Feb 8 from the high-rise building.
270 people survived. Lin Ming-hui, the developer of the building,
was arrested on Feb 8. Rescue efforts ended on Feb 13 with 116
confirmed dead and one person still missing.
(AFP, 2/6/16) (AP,
2/8/16)(Reuters, 2/9/16)(AP, 2/13/16)
2016 Feb 6, Tunisia said it has
completed a 200-km (125 mile) barrier along its frontier with Libya
to try to keep out Islamist militants, and will soon install
electronic monitoring systems.
2016 Feb 6, Turkmenistan state
television said Pres. Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov has sacked his
administration chief, complaining of corruption and mismanagement.
2017 Feb 6, San Francisco’s
Mayor Ed Lee and Supervisor Jane Kim announced a deal to make City
College of San Francisco free of charge to all city residents.
(SFC, 2/7/17, p.C1)
2017 Feb 6, In Florida
ex-convict Joseph Schreiber (32) pleaded no contest to torching the
Islamic Center of Fort Pierce last Sep 11. He was sentenced to 30
years in prison.
(SFC, 2/7/17, p.A6)
2017 Feb 6, In Mississippi four
people were shot and killed following an argument at a nightclub in
Yazoo City. Briddell Barber (27) was soon arrested and charged with
four counts of first-degree murder.
(SFC, 2/7/17, p.A5)
2017 Feb 6, Missouri Rep. Gov.
Eric Greitens signed a bill making his state the 28th right-to-work
state banning union fees and dues.
(SFC, 2/7/17, p.A5)
2017 Feb 6, Fadi Yassine (42)
of Lebanon made a court appearance in Brooklyn, New York and will be
transferred to Cedar Rapids, Iowa to face charges of conspiring to
violate the Arms Export Control act. He was arrested in connection
with a scheme to smuggle guns purchased in Iowa to his country.
2017 Feb 6, The indigenous Sami
people of Europe's Arctic north, formerly nomadic reindeer herders
in Lapland, celebrated their national day with hundreds of events
across the Nordic lands. The Sami settled with their reindeer herds
9,000 years ago in Europe's Arctic and now number 70,000 people
spread across Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia.
2017 Feb 6, Australian church
data showed that seven percent of Catholic priests working in
Australia between 1950 and 2010 were accused of child sex crimes but
few were pursued, as hearings began over allegations dating back
2017 Feb 6, Queen Elizabeth II,
the world's longest reigning sovereign, set a new record as the
first British monarch to reach her sapphire jubilee, with 65 years
on the throne.
2017 Feb 6, Cambodian police
said they arrested a Japanese man and two Cambodians last week
suspected of tricking Cambodian women into working in the sex trade
2017 Feb 6, The EU’s top
diplomats vowed to uphold sanctions against Russia for destabilizing
(SFC, 2/7/17, p.A2)
2017 Feb 6, French presidential
candidate Francois Fillon apologized for the "error" he made in
hiring his wife as a parliamentary aide and denied she was paid for
a fake job.
2017 Feb 6, In India Cyrus
Mistry, the boss of Tata until last October, was finally booted out
of the company. Natarajan Chandrasekaran, the boss of Tata
Consultancy Services, took over as chairman on Feb 21. Mistry’s
family held an 18% stake in Tata Sons, the main holding company.
(Econ, 2/11/17, p.54)
2017 Feb 6, Israel’s parliament
passed a new law legalizing dozens of Jewish outposts built on
private Palestinian land.
2017 Feb 6, The World Bank
approved $200 million for repairing Lebanon's unsafe roads.
2017 Feb 6, A Myanmar patrol
boat opened fire on Bangladeshi fishermen. Nurul Amin (26) was
killed, one fisherman was wounded and another went overboard but
swam to safety when a Myanmar navy vessel approached their boat at
speed in the Naf river which forms the border in that area.
2017 Feb 6, Hundreds of
Nigerians marched to protest poverty and corruption as President
Muhammadu Buhari's prolonged absence abroad for medical tests raised
political and economic tensions.
2017 Feb 6, In Pakistan Afghan
diplomat Mohammad Zaki Abdu was shot and killed by his security
guard inside the consulate in the port city of Karachi.
2017 Feb 6, A Palestinian
rocket launched from Gaza struck Israel, causing no casualties or
damage, in a rare attack that drew Israeli air strikes against
Palestinian militant targets.
2017 Feb 6, Peruvian
prosecutors opened a formal investigation into suspicions that
former president Alejandro Toledo took $20 million in bribes from
Brazilian construction firm Odebrecht, which is at the heart of a
2017 Feb 6, South Sudan’s Pres.
Salva Kiir said that soldiers who rape civilians should be shot,
trying to mollify citizens outraged by abuses by security forces and
quell growing international anger over attacks.
2017 Feb 6, Syrian government
forces advanced on the northern Islamic State-held city of al-Bab,
cutting off the last supply route that connects it to militant
strongholds further east towards Iraq.
2017 Feb 6, Tanzania’s
President John Magufuli told security forces to crack down on the
drugs trade and said no one should be spared, even if they are top
politicians or their relatives.
2017 Feb 6, Turkey said it has
now detained nearly 750 suspects in a police operation against the
Islamic State group.
2017 Feb 6, Yemen's Shiite
rebels said they have "successfully" fired a ballistic missile at
Riyadh for the first time, vowing more attacks on the Saudi capital.
2018 Feb 6, The White House
confirmed Pres. Donald Trump's order for a large-scale military
parade with soldiers marching and tanks rolling. Critics said it
would be a waste of money and was akin to events organized by
(AP, 2/7/18)(SFC, 2/7/18, p.A5)
2018 Feb 6, The US House of
Representatives passed a resolution prohibiting members from
engaging in sexual relationships with staff.
2018 Feb 6, US Ambassador
Matthew Tueller to Yemen wrote to workers saying new US State
Department regulations about suspended embassies meant he could no
longer keep them on. 360 local staff were laid off three years the
closing of the embassy as civil war spread in the impoverished
2018 Feb 6, In Missouri
Democrats picked up a House seat as Mike Revis of Fenton defeated
Republican David Linton to win a suburban St. Louis seat vacated
last September by Jon McCaherty.
(SFC, 2/8/18, p.A5)
2018 Feb 6, In Nevada the board
of directors of Wynn Resorts accepted the resignation of billionaire
casino mogul Steve Wynn. The announcement came less than two weeks
after the Wall Street Journal reported that a number of women said
Wynn harassed or assaulted them and that one case led to a $7.5
2018 Feb 6, SpaceX's Falcon
Heavy, blasted off from Cape Canaveral on its highly anticipated
maiden test flight, carrying CEO Elon Musk's cherry red Tesla
Roadster toward an orbit near Mars.
2018 Feb 6, Boeing announced
more than $900 million in orders at the Singapore Airshow from
companies in the region and beyond.
2018 Feb 6, Belgium's foreign
ministry said the Democratic Republic of Congo has ordered Belgium
to close a consulate and cut flights by Brussels Airlines, in a
further deterioration of relations between Belgium and its former
2018 Feb 6, In Brazil a section
of a busy roadway overpass collapsed in the center of Brasilia,
plunging slabs of concrete on top of parked cars and an outdoor
restaurant. No casualties were reported.
2018 Feb 6, A British court
rejected an attempt by Wikileaks founder Julian Assange to have a
warrant for his arrest quashed, dashing his hopes of an exit from
the Ecuadorean embassy in London where he has been holed up for over
2018 Feb 6, British police made
21 arrests during a series of raids against a suspected people
smuggling network that is accused of bringing hundreds of migrants
across the English Channel.
2018 Feb 6, China confirmed
that it had detained Swedish citizen and Hong Kong-based bookseller
Gui Minhai, after his daughter said Chinese police had seized him
from a train last month.
2018 Feb 6, The Danish
government proposed a ban on Islamic full-face veils such as the
niqab and burqa in public spaces, making it likely to become the
next European country to restrict the wearing of the religious
2018 Feb 6, The EU warned
Balkan countries hoping to join the bloc that none will be invited
until they have resolved all disputes with their neighbors. This
applied to Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Macedonia, Montenegro,
Serbia and its former territory of Kosovo.
2018 Feb 6, French President
Emmanuel Macron traveled to Corsica to confront demands for greater
autonomy for the restive Mediterranean island by nationalists buoyed
by unprecedented political strength.
2018 Feb 6, French authorities
said they have detained more than two dozen people during a police
raid at a forest camp sheltering Vietnamese migrants hoping to get
2018 Feb 6, It was reported
that a French public hospital has suspended a Rwandan doctor who was
convicted on genocide charges back home, after a protest by a
Rwandan government commission. Rwanda found Dr. Charles Twagira
guilty in absentia in 2009 of crimes related to the 1994 genocide
and sentenced him to life.
2018 Feb 6, Germany's biggest
industrial union and employers reached a wage deal that gives
workers the equivalent of 3.5 percent annual raises over 27 months
and the chance to work a 28-hour week for up to two years.
2018 Feb 6, In central Guinea
at least five small children died in a fire linked to post-election
riots in a town in Dinguiraye.
2018 Feb 6, Hong Kong's highest
court overturned prison sentences for three young pro-democracy
activists (Joshua Wong, Nathan Law and Alex Chow) convicted for
their roles in kicking off the 2014 “Umbrella Movement" protests.
(SFC, 2/7/18, p.A2)
2018 Feb 6, It was reported
that India is seeking the help of the navies of Benin and Nigeria to
find the Marine Express oil tanker that has gone missing in the Gulf
of Guinea with 22 Indian crew members.
(SFC, 2/6/18, p.A2)
2018 Feb 6, An Indonesian court
sentenced an Islamic militant to 10 years in prison after finding
him guilty of procuring weapons for his network to use in attacks.
Suryadi Mas'ud (45) was arrested in March along with three other
suspected militants who according to police were trying to establish
a jihadist training camp in eastern Indonesia.
2018 Feb 6, Israeli security
forces shot and killed Ahmad Jarrar, the Palestinian suspected of
being behind the January killing of West Bank settler Rabbi Raziel
(SFC, 2/7/18, p.A2)
2018 Feb 6, Italian financial
police raided the offices of Massimo Mantovani, a member of the Eni
management and the group's former legal director. Fifteen people
were arrested ion suspicion of having "adjusted" lawsuits in favor
of energy giant Eni.
2018 Feb 6, A Kenyan opposition
politician was charged with treason over the symbolic presidential
"swearing in" of opposition leader Raila Odinga, reigniting street
protests in which one person was killed.
2018 Feb 6, The Maldives' top
judge was arrested as security forces stormed the Supreme Court at
dawn, after President Abdulla Yameen declared a state of emergency
in the honeymoon islands. Three Supreme Court judges annulled their
own order to free a group of imprisoned opposition politicians after
two of the court's judges were arrested.
(AFP, 2/6/18)(SFC, 2/7/18, p.A2)
2018 Feb 6, In Niger five Sahel
countries (Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger) made a
pitch for further funds for a joint force to fight jihadism in their
2018 Feb 6, A North Korean
ferry arrived in South Korea on Tuesday carrying a 140-strong
orchestra to perform during the Winter Olympics, taking advantage of
a rare sanctions exemption from Seoul 16 years after its previous
visit but greeted by angry protests.
2018 Feb 6, In northwestern
Pakistan an enraged crowd of thousands of Wazir tribesmen torched
the house and office of the commander of a pro-government militia.
The tribesmen were angry over the death of a young man from the
tribe in the town of Dera Ismail Khan.
2018 Feb 6, In the Philippines
bulldozers and backhoes pounded more than two dozen seized luxury
cars, including Porsches, Mercedes, Jaguars and Corvettes, in a
dramatic demolition showcasing the no-nonsense leader's crackdown on
crime and corruption. Government data showed that the Bureau of
Customs seized $2.93 million worth of smuggled vehicles last year,
part of the $866 million in seized goods.
2018 Feb 6, Poland's Pres.
Andrzej Duda said he would sign into law a bill that imposes jail
terms for suggesting the country was complicit in the Holocaust,
defying criticism from Israel, the United States and activists.
2018 Feb 6, A Somali military
court sentenced to death Hasan Aden Isak, convicted of driving a
truck bomb as part of a deadly attack that killed more than 500
people in Mogadishu last October 14. A second driver, Abdullahi
Hassan Absuge, was sentenced to life imprisonment.
2018 Feb 6, South Korean
authorities deployed 900 military personnel at the Pyeongchang
Olympics after the security force was depleted by an outbreak of
2018 Feb 6, In South Sudan
hundreds of protesters massed outside the US embassy and UN
headquarters in Juba, chanting slogans against an arms embargo
imposed by Washington, before some attacked journalists at the
2018 Feb 6, In Syria shells hit
a camp for internally displaced Syrians near the Syrian-Turkey
border in Idlib province, killing at least one person. The Kurdish
YPG said in a statement posted on its social media networks that
Turkey was behind the attack and that accusations that the YPG had
carried it out were lies.
2018 Feb 6, The Syrian
Observatory for Human Rights said bombardment of Eastern Ghouta
today had killed 60. The UN called for an immediate humanitarian
(Reuters, 2/6/18)(AP, 2/7/18)
2018 Feb 6, A magnitude 6.4
earthquake late today near Taiwan's east coast caused several
buildings to cave in and tilt dangerously. At least ten people were
killed and 58 remained missing.
(Reuters, 2/7/18)(SFC, 2/7/18, p.A2)(AP,
2/8/18)(SFC, 2/8/18, p.A3)
2018 Feb 6, It was reported
that four prominent Venezuelan journalists have fled their country
after being sued by a politically connected businessman over an
article alleging irregularities in food sales to President Nicolas
Maduro's socialist administration.
2018 Feb 6, Yemeni officials
said forces loyal to the country's internationally recognized
government have recaptured Hays, a key crossroads town, in the
southwestern Hodeidah province in an effort to cut off supply lines
to the Shiite rebels.
2019 Feb 6, US Pres. Donald
Trump told foreign ministers and senior officials from a 79-member
US-led coalition battling the Islamic State that he expects to
announce next week that the coalition has reclaimed all of the IS
(SFC, 2/7/19, p.A2)
2019 Feb 6, The United States
said it has cut defense assistance to Cameroon -- including plans to
supply armored vehicles -- due to concerns over human rights
2019 Feb 6, In San Francisco
five buildings at Geary Boulevard and Parker Ave. were damaged after
crews for Verizon struck a PG&E gas line setting off an
(SFC, 2/7/19, p.A1)
2019 Feb 6, Craig Newmark, the
founder of SF-based Craig's List, said he will donate $10 million to
Columbia Univ. and $5 million to the Florida-based Poynter Institute
think tank for separate efforts promoting ethics in journalism.
(SFC, 2/7/19, p.A7)
2019 Feb 6, In Missouri an oil
leak attributed to the Keystone pipeline was discovered near St.
Louis. Sections of both the Keystone pipeline and the Enbridge
Inc.'s Platte pipeline were closed as crews sought the source of the
leak. TransCanada later said at least 1,800 gallons had leaked.
(SSFC, 2/10/19, p.A8)
2019 Feb 6, Virginia's Attorney
General Mark Herring admitted to he wore brown makeup and a wig in
1980 to look like a rapper during a party as a student (19) at the
Univ. of Virginia. Within hours Vanessa Tyson, issued a detailed
statement saying Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax had forced her to perform
oral sex on him in a hotel room in 2004.
(SFC, 2/7/19, p.A8)
2019 Feb 6, In Virginia a grand
jury indicted Troy George Skinner (25) of New Zealand on four counts
of production of child pornography, kidnapping and attempted
kidnapping. Skinner was shot and wounded by the 14-year-old girl's
mother after arriving uninvited in June and smashing a glass door to
try to get inside.
2019 Feb 6, US FBI agents
raided a bank in Puerto Rico amid allegations over violations of US
sanctions imposed on those who do business with Venezuela's
2019 Feb 6, It was reported
that two tiny satellites have fallen silent millions of miles away,
after proving new technology at Mars. The twin CubeSats, nicknamed
WALL-E and EVE, shadowed NASA's InSight lander to Mars last year.
This week, NASA said it hasn't heard from them for more than a month
now — and doubts it ever will.
2019 Feb 6, A Taliban official
said that the US has promised to withdraw half of its troops from
Afghanistan by the end of April, but the US military said it has
received no orders to begin packing up.
2019 Feb 6, In Congo DRC
stoppages that hit transport, a key port, television, insurance and
the fire service continuing as Pres. Tshisekedi visited Kenya on his
first foreign tour.
2019 Feb 6, Estonia extradited
to the United States a man suspected of trafficking hundreds of kg
of heroin to the New York area and using the profits to fund the
Taliban. Haji Abdul Satar Abdul Manaf was detained in Tallinn on
2019 Feb 6, France and Germany
announced a 65 million euro ($74 million) contract financed equally
by both countries over two years as the first act of the joint
program to design a next-generation combat jet.
2019 Feb 6, A German court
scaled back a marathon trial over the 2010 deaths of 21 young people
in a stampede at a techno music festival in Duisburg, sparking anger
from bereaved relatives. The negligent homicide case was terminated
for seven of the 10 defendants,
2019 Feb 6, India's Petroleum
Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said that imports of liquefied petroleum
gas (LPG) grew 12.5 percent over the past five years to 12 million
metric tons (13 million tons) in 2018-19, surpassing Japan and
putting India in second place behind China.
2019 Feb 6, In southern India
the board of the ancient Hindu Sabarimala hill temple said it now
favored allowing female worshippers of menstruating age to enter,
reversing its previous support for a centuries-old ban.
2019 Feb 6, An Indonesian court
jailed Auj-e Taqaddas (42), a British woman, for six months for
slapping an immigration officer in an argument over a fine for
overstaying her visa.
2019 Feb 6, In Iran gunmen
killed a policeman and wounded another officer in a shootout in
Lorestan province during which a stray bullet hit a fuel tanker,
causing it to explode. Five suspects were soon arrested.
2019 Feb 6, Lebanese Parliament
Speaker Nabih Berri said Israel has breached Lebanon's waters by
licensing a company to "exploit an area" for oil and gas near
2019 Feb 6, Raya El Hassan,
Lebanon's new interior minister, assumed her post, becoming her
country's and the Arab world's first female official in charge of
powerful security agencies.
2019 Feb 6, The International
Organization for Migration said more than 16,000 migrants returned
home from conflict-wracked Libya in 2018 under its "voluntary
2019 Feb 6, Macedonia moved a
step closer to NATO membership, signing accession papers after
resolving a long-running name row with Greece.
2019 Feb 6, In the Netherlands
a man (31) was fatally shot by police near the central bank in
Amsterdam. Detectives the next day said he was carrying a fake
weapon and may have been attempting to incite officers into killing
2019 Feb 6, The Dutch water
authority said that at least 345 containers fell off the MSC Zoe
freighter on Jan. 2. The previous estimate was 291. The ship's owner
raised the estimate after unloading the final containers at the port
of Gdansk in Poland.
2019 Feb 6, Cyber security
researchers said hackers working on behalf of Chinese intelligence
breached the network of Norwegian software firm Visma to steal
secrets from its clients. The hacking campaign, which is known as
Cloudhopper, targets technology service and software providers in
order reach their clients. Cyber security firms and Western
governments have warned about Cloudhopper several times since 2017
but have not disclosed the identities of the companies affected.
2019 Feb 6, Pakistan's top
court warned the military and intelligence agencies they must not
exceed their mandate and meddle in politics, an apparent rebuke over
their handling of Islamist protests in 2017.
2019 Feb 6, A regional court in
western Russia sentenced Dennis Christensen, a Danish Jehovah's
Witness, to six years in prison, in arguably the most severe
crackdown on religious freedom in Russia in recent years.
2019 Feb 6, It was reported
that Russia has finalized a 38 million euro ($43.27 million) loan
for Cuba's defense sector.
2019 Feb 6, Serbia's PM Ana
Brnabi rejected an independent freedom watchdog's report that
downgraded the Balkan country from "free" to "partly free." Every
Saturday for the last nine weeks, tens of thousands of people have
marched in Belgrade and Serbia's other cities and towns to protest
what they say is Pres. Aleksandar Vucic's increasingly autocratic
2019 Feb 6, In Somalia US
targeted airstrikes against suspected extremists killed 11 fighters
in the vicinity of Gandarshe, Lower Shabelle region.
2019 Feb 6, In South Africa a
gas explosion in an unused coal mine in the eastern province of
Mpumalanga killed at least six people. Several people had entered
the mine to steal copper wires that supply electricity for lighting
and ventilation when a gas pipe exploded. More than 20 people were
still stuck underground at the mine in Middelburg and were presumed
dead. Rescuers later retrieved another 13 bodies from the disused
coal mine, raising the confirmed death toll to 18.
(Reuters, 2/7/19)(Reuters, 2/22/19)
2019 Feb 6, Sri Lanka's Pres.
Maithripala Sirisena told Parliament that executions will resume in
the next two months ending a 43-year moratorium on capital
(SFC, 2/7/19, p.A2)
2019 Feb 6, Swedish automaker
Volvo Cars, owned by China's Geely holding company, said it is
recalling 167,000 cars worldwide because the hatch lid lift system
on electric trunks can loosen, stop working in cold weather, and
possibly cause damage.
2019 Feb 6, Thailand's
government insisted it cannot free detained soccer player Hakeem
al-Araibi, who has refugee status in Australia, until hearings on
Bahrain's request for his extradition are completed.
2019 Feb 6, In Turkey at least
one person was killed and four others were left under rubble after
an eight-storey residential building collapsed in Istanbul.
Officials soon raised death toll in the Kartal district building
collapse to 21 with 14 others were injured. Four people were later
detained in connection with the collapse.
(Reuters, 2/6/19)(AFP, 2/9/19)(Reuters,
2019 Feb 6, The UN said that
its largest humanitarian aid convoy since the start of the Syrian
conflict has reached Rukban refugee camp, where thousands of
desperate people are stranded in the desert close to the border with
2019 Feb 6, Venezuela's
opposition legislator Carlos Paparoni said the government of
President Nicolas Maduro sold 73 tons of gold to the United Arab
Emirates and Turkey last year without complying with regulations.
2019 Feb 6, ICRC President
Peter Maurer said the International Committee of the Red Cross has
doubled its budget in Venezuela to 18 million Swiss francs in recent
weeks and is also helping Venezuelan migrants in neighboring
Colombia and Brazil.
2019 Feb 6, Zimbabwe's main
opposition snubbed talks with President Emmerson Mnangagwa meant to
try resolve a political and economic crisis, saying any dialogue
with the president would have to be brokered by an independent
outside mediator. Other smaller parties attended the meeting at
Mnangagwa's state house offices in Harare.