Today in History - February 6

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891        Feb 6, Photius, Byzantine theologist, patriarch of Constantinople, saint, died.
    (MC, 2/6/02)

1189        Feb 6, Riots of Lynn in Norfolk spread to Norwich,  England.
    (MC, 2/6/02)

1416        Feb 6, A Samogitian complaint against the Knights of the Cross was read at the Catholic Church Council at Constance.
    (LHC, 2/6/03)

1508        Feb 6, King Maximilian I (1459-1519) assumed the title of Emperor (1493-1519) without being crowned.
    (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.
    (HN, 2/6/99)

1665        Feb 6, Anne Stuart, queen of England (1702-14), was born.
    (MC, 2/6/02)

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.
    (MC, 2/6/02)

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."
    (www.britannica.com/eb/article-9061366)(ON, 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.
    (AP, 2/6/97)

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%).
    (MC, 2/6/02)

1832        Feb 6, A US ship destroyed a Sumatran village in retaliation for piracy.
    (MC, 2/6/02)
1832        Feb 6, There was an appearance of cholera at Edinburgh, Scotland.
    (MC, 2/6/02)

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.
    (HN, 2/6/99)

1851        Feb 6, Robert Schumann's 3rd Symphony "Rhenish," premiered in Dusseldorf.
    (MC, 2/6/02)

1854        Feb 6, Composer Robert Schumann was saved from a depression-induced suicide attempt of walking into the Rhine.
    (MC, 2/6/02)

1861        Feb 6, The 1st meeting of Provisional Congress of Confederate States of America.
    (MC, 2/6/02)
1861        Feb 6, English Adm. Robert Ritzroy issued the 1st storm warnings for ships.
    (MC, 2/6/02)

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.
    (MC, 2/6/02)
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.
    (www.ohio.edu/chastain/ac/cattaneo.htm)

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.
    (http://tinyurl.com/7jhqv)
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 season.
    (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.
    (MC, 2/6/02)

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.
    (HN, 2/6/99)
1900        Feb 6, Battle at Vaalkrans, South Africa (Boers vs. British army).
    (MC, 2/6/02)

1904        Feb 6, Japan's foreign minister severed all ties with Russia, citing delaying tactics in negotiations over Manchuria.
    (HN, 2/6/99)

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.
    (MC, 2/6/02)

1912        Feb 6, Eva Braun, mistress (Adolph Hitler), was born.
    (MC, 2/6/02)

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 in Kenya.
    (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.
    (http://foundsf.org/index.php?title=Marshall_Square)(SSFC, 2/2/14, DB p.42)

1916        Feb 6, Germany admitted full liability for Lusitania incident and recognized the United State's right to claim indemnity.
    (HN, 2/6/99)
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 movement.
    (www.britannica.com/eb/article-9028777/Ruben-Dario)

1918        Feb 6, Britain granted women  30 and over the right to vote.
    (MC, 2/6/02)
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 president.
    (WSJ, 7/11/01, p.A15)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gustav_Klimt)

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.
    (MC, 2/6/02)

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 limitation.
    (HN, 2/6/99)(MC, 2/6/02)

1923        Feb 6, Edward E. Barnard (65), US astronomer (5th moon Jupiter), died.
    (MC, 2/6/02)

1926        Feb 6, Mussolini warned Germany to stop agitation in Tyrol.
    (HN, 2/6/99)

1929        Feb 6, Germany accepted Kellogg-Briand pact.
    (HN, 2/6/99)

1931        Feb 6, Rip Torn, actor (Coma, Summer Rental, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof), was born in Tx.
    (MC, 2/6/02)

1932        Feb 6, Francois Truffaut, French film director, was born. His work included “The 400 Blows" and “Shoot the Piano Player."
    (HN, 2/6/01)

1933        Feb 6, Walter E. Fountroy, U.S. Delegate to the House of Representatives and civil rights leader, was born.
    (HN, 2/6/99)
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.
    (HN, 2/6/99)
1933        Feb 6, Highest recorded sea wave, but not a tsunami, was 34 m. in a Pacific hurricane.
    (MC, 2/6/02)

1935        Feb 6, Turkey held its 1st election that allowed women to vote.
    (MC, 2/6/02)

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.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1936_Winter_Olympics)(SSFC, 2/6/11, p.42)
1936        Feb 6, All political parties in Lithuania were forbidden except for the Union of Tautininkai (Homelander’s Union).
    (LHC, 2/6/03)

1939        Feb 6, Spanish government fled to France.
    (MC, 2/6/02)

1940        Feb 6, Tom Brokaw, NBC News anchorman and best-selling author of "The Greatest Generation," was born.
    (HN, 2/6/99)

1941        Feb 6, The RAF cleared the way as British took Benghazi, Libya, trapping thousands of Italians.
    (HN, 2/6/99)
1941        Feb 6, Maximilien Luce (b.1858), French anarchist and Neo-Impressionist painter, died.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maximilien_Luce)

1943        Feb 6, Crooner Frank Sinatra debuted on radio's "Your Hit Parade."
    (MC, 2/6/02)
1943        Feb 6, A Los Angeles jury acquitted actor Errol Flynn of three counts of statutory rape.
    (AP, 2/6/97)

1944        Feb 6, Kwajalein Island in the Central Pacific fell to U.S. Army troops.
    (HN, 2/6/99)

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 Mountain."
    (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.
    (HN, 2/6/99)
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 p.9)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Brasillach)
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.
    (AP, 9/19/14)
1945        Feb 6, Russian Red Army crossed the river Oder.
    (MC, 2/6/02)

1950        Feb 6, Natalie Cole, vocalist (Pink Cadillac, Miss You Like Crazy, Mona Lisa), was born in LA, Calif.
    (www.smoothjazznow.com/birthdays_feb_dates.htm)

1952         Feb 6, Britain's King George VI died of lung cancer. His daughter, Elizabeth II, succeeded him.
    (AP, 2/6/97)(WSJ, 8/10/00, p.A16)(SSFC, 3/29/02, p.A3)

1953        Feb 6, US controls on wages and some consumer goods were lifted.
    (MC, 2/6/02)

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.
    (http://www.answers.com/topic/autherine-lucy-foster)

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.
    (AP, 2/6/97)
1959        Feb 6, Fidel Castro was interviewed by Edward R. Murrow.
    (MC, 2/6/02)

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 Peace Corps.
    (SFC, 4/16/07, p.B8)

1963        Feb 6, The United States reported that all Soviet offensive arms are out of Cuba.
    (HN, 2/6/99)

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.
    (HN, 2/6/99)

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 boxing title.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ernie_Terrell)

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.
    (HN, 2/6/99)

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 Hellinger Theater.
    (www.arkivmusic.com/classical/album.jsp?album_id=202004)(SFEC, 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.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wilmington_Ten)(SFC, 2/25/97, p.A10)(SFC, 1/1/13, p.A4)(www.notablebiographies.com/Ch-Co/Chavis-Muhammad-Benjamin.html)
1971        Feb 6, Alan Shepard hit a golf ball on the Moon during the Apollo 14 mission.
    (www.astronautix.com/flights/apollo14.htm)

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.
    (http://www.watergate.info/judiciary/)

1975        Feb 6, President Gerald Ford asked Congress for $497 million in aid to Cambodia.
    (HN, 2/6/99)

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.
    (SFC, 1/23/15, p.D2)
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" cartoon specials.
    (SFEC, 10/18/98, DB p.44)(www.imdb.com/name/nm0345279/)

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 coronation.
    (HN, 2/6/99)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elizabeth_II)

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.
    (AP, 2/6/97)

1981        Feb 6, Beatles McCartney, Starr & Harrison recorded "All Those Years Ago," a tribute to John Lennon.
    (www.440.com/twtd/archives/feb06.html)

1982        Feb 6, Civil rights workers began a march from Carrolton to Montgomery, Alabama.
    (HN, 2/6/99)
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 years.
    (SFC,10/27/97, p.A1,4)

1987        Feb 6, No-smoking rules took effect in US federal buildings.
    (http://tinyurl.com/kjge6)
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.
    (AP, 2/6/07)

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.
    (AP, 2/6/97)

1989        Feb 6, Lech Walesa began negotiating with Polish government.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polish_Round_Table_Agreement)
1989        Feb 6, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Barbara W. Tuchman died in Greenwich, Conn., at age 77.
    (AP, 2/6/99)

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.
    (AP, 2/6/00)

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 Arab world.
    (AP, 2/6/01)
1991        Feb 6, Danny Thomas (79), comedian and television performer died in Los Angeles.
    (AP, 2/6/01)

1992        Feb 6, President George H.W. Bush unveiled a health care plan for most Americans.
    (AP, 2/6/02)
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.
    (AP, 2/6/02)
1992        Feb 6, Sixteen people were killed when a C-130 military transport plane crashed in Evansville, Ind.
    (AP, 2/6/02)

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 tennis match.
    (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.
    (AP, 2/6/99)
1994        Feb 6, Actor Joseph Cotten died in Los Angeles at age 88.
    (AP, 2/6/99)
1994        Feb 6, Jack Kirby (76), cartoonist (X-Men, Spiderman, Hulk), died.
    (www.imdb.com/name/nm0456158/)

1995        Feb 6, President Clinton unveiled his $1.61 trillion budget for 1996, mixing mild tax relief and spending reductions.
    (AP, 2/6/00)
1995        Feb 6, Siddig Ibrahim Siddig Ali, the alleged mastermind of a campaign of violence, pleaded guilty in New York to plotting urban terrorism.
    (AP, 2/6/00)
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.
    (AP, 2/6/00)
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 Art."
    (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.
    (AP, 2/11/04)

1996        Feb 6, Patrick Buchanan won the Louisiana Republican caucus, upsetting Phil Gramm.
    (AP, 2/6/01)
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.
    (AP, 2/6/97)
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.
    (AP, 2/6/99)
1998        Feb 6, President Clinton signed a bill changing the name of Washington National Airport to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport.
    (AP, 2/6/00)
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 Louisville.
    (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 Gisenyi region.
    (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.
    (AP, 2/6/00)
1999        Feb 6, President Clinton requested legislation to require background checks on buyers at gun shows.
    (AP, 2/6/00)
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.
    (AP, 2/3/06)
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 were reported.
    (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.
    (AP, 2/6/01)
2000        Feb 6, First lady Hillary Rodham Clinton launched her successful candidacy for the US Senate.
    (AP, 2/6/01)
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.
    (AP, 2/6/01)
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 others.
    (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 in Chechnya.
    (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 famoxin.
    (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.
    (WSJ, 6/7/02, p.A6)(http://money.cnn.com/2001/02/06/news/sunbeam)
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 patient.
    (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 Arroyo’s presidency.
    (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.
    (AP, 2/6/03)
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 George VI.
    (AP, 2/6/03)
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."
    (Econ, 8/25/07, p.77)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Max_Perutz)
2002        Feb 6, In the Republic of Congo a new death from Ebola raised fears that it had spread from Gabon.
    (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.
    (AP, 2/6/04)
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.
    (AP, 2/6/04)
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.
    (AP, 2/6/03)
2003        Feb 6, Belgium asked the European Union to call an emergency meeting to discuss a peaceful way out of the Iraq crisis.
    (AP, 2/6/03)
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.
    (AP, 2/8/03)
2003        Feb 6, Medical experts headed to northern Republic of Congo to investigate a feared outbreak of Ebola after 16 suspicious deaths.
    (AP, 2/6/03)
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."
    (AP, 2/6/03)
2003        Feb 6, Turkey's parliament voted to allow U.S. troops to renovate Turkish bases for use in a possible war with Iraq.
    (AP, 2/6/03)

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, 2005.
    (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.
    (AP, 2/8/04)
2004        Feb 6-7, G7 finance ministers met in Boca Raton, Florida, and agreed that more flexibility is desirable for currencies that “lack such flexibility."
    (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.
    (AP, 2/6/05)
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.
    (AP, 2/7/04)
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 hundreds injured.
    (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.
    (AP, 2/6/04)
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 thriving economy.
    (AP, 2/8/04)
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.
    (AP, 2/6/04)
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 Halliburton.
    (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.
    (AP, 2/7/05)
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.
    (AP, 2/6/05)
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.
    (AP, 2/6/05)
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.
    (AP, 2/6/05)
2005        Feb 6, Lazar Berman (74), acclaimed Russian pianist, died in Florence, Italy.
    (AP, 2/6/06)
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.
    (AP, 2/7/05)
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 Castellon province.
    (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.
    (AP, 2/6/05)
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 39%.
    (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.
    (AP, 2/6/07)
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.
    (AP, 2/6/06)
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.
    (AP, 2/6/06)
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 from Canada.
    (AFP, 2/7/06)
2006        Feb 6, In Canada Stephen Harper, dismissed less than two years ago as unelectable, was sworn in as the country's 22nd PM.
    (CP, 2/6/06)
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' Action Party.
    (AP, 2/6/06)
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.
    (AP, 2/6/06)
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 nation.
    (AP, 2/7/06)
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.
    (AP, 2/6/07)
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 their pay.
    (AP, 2/6/06)
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.
    (AP, 2/6/06)
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.
    (AP, 2/7/06)
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.
    (AP, 2/7/06)
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 senior commander.
    (AP, 2/7/06)
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.
    (Reuters, 2/7/06)
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.
    (AP, 2/6/06)
2006        Feb 6, In Morocco police broke up an international network helping Indians migrate illegally to Europe with 70 arrests.
    (AFP, 2/6/06)
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.
    (Reuters, 2/6/06)
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.
    (AFP, 2/6/06)

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.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Africa_Command)(AP, 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 first-degree murder.
    (AP, 2/6/07)
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 catalytic converters.
    (AP, 2/6/07)
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 mining taxes.
    (AP, 2/6/07)
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.
    (AP, 2/7/07)
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 miners.
    (AP, 2/7/07)
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.
    (AP, 2/7/07)
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.
    (AP, 2/6/07)
2007        Feb 6, In Honduras 3 Americans on a charity mission were killed and 17 other people were injured in a traffic accident.
    (AP, 2/7/07)
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.
    (AP, 2/6/07)
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.
    (AP, 2/6/07)
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.
    (AP, 2/6/07)
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.
    (AP, 2/6/07)
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.
    (AP, 2/6/07)

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 in fines.
    (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.
    (www.nytheatre.com/nytheatre/showpage.php?t=betr6202)
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 80-minute parade.
    (AP, 2/7/08)
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.
    (AP, 2/6/08)
2008        Feb 6, In China the Year of the Pig ended at midnight making way for Year of the Rat.
    (AFP, 2/6/08)
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.
    (AP, 2/7/08)
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 slopes.
    (AP, 2/6/08)
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.
    (AP, 2/6/08)
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.
    (AP, 2/6/08)
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 to three.
    (AFP, 2/6/08)
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 later.
    (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.
    (AP, 2/6/08)
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.
    (AFP, 2/8/08)
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.
    (AP, 2/6/08)
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.
    (AP, 2/6/08)

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 deficiency.
    (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.
    (AP, 2/25/09)
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 to Live."
    (AP, 2/10/09)
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 bulletproof Mercedes.
    (AP, 2/10/09)
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.
    (AP, 2/6/10)
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 1978.
    (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.
    (AP, 2/7/10)
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.
    (AP, 2/6/10)
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).
    (SFC, 2/8/10, p.C3)(http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0060708/)
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 same.
    (Reuters, 2/6/10)
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.
    (AFP, 2/7/10)
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 million people.
    (AFP, 2/6/10)
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.
    (AP, 2/6/10)
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.
    (AP, 2/6/10)
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.
    (AFP, 2/6/10)
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.
    (AFP, 2/6/10)
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 criminal ties.
    (AP, 2/6/10)
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.
    (AP, 2/6/10)
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 Bible.
    (AP, 2/6/10)
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 year ago.
    (AP, 2/7/10)
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 court.
    (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.
    (AFP, 2/7/10)
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.
    (AP, 2/6/10)
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 Pittsburgh Steelers.
    (AFP, 2/7/11)
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 Arcadia.
    (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.
    (AFP, 2/6/11)
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.
    (AFP, 2/6/11)
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.
    (AFP, 2/6/11)
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.
    (AP, 2/6/11)
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 escalating tensions.
    (AP, 2/6/11)
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.
    (AP, 2/7/11)
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.
    (AFP, 2/6/11)
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, p.A2)(AP, 8/9/11)
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.
    (AFP, 2/6/11)
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 protesters.
    (AP, 2/6/11)
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.
    (AP, 2/6/11)
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.
    (AP, 2/6/11)
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.
    (AFP, 2/6/11)
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.
    (AP, 2/6/11)
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.
    (AFP, 2/7/11)
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.
    (AP, 2/6/11)
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.
    (AP, 2/7/11)
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 outage.
    (AP, 2/6/11)
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.
    (AFP, 2/6/11)

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.
    (AP, 2/7/12)
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.
    (AP, 2/7/12)
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 investigation.
    (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 legislature building.
    (AP, 2/7/12)
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.
    (AP, 2/10/12)
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.
    (AP, 2/7/12)
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.
    (AP, 2/6/12)
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.
    (AFP, 2/6/12)
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.
    (Reuters, 2/7/12)
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.
    (http://news.yahoo.com/chad-court-upholds-victory-main-party-165905509.html)
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.
    (AFP, 2/6/12)
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."
    (AP, 2/8/12)
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.
    (AFP, 2/6/12)
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 striking.
    (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 Farsi-language service.
    (AP, 2/6/12)
2012        Feb 6, Malawi police fired tear gas to disperse stone-throwing vendors resisting orders they move off the streets to designated flea markets.
    (AP, 2/6/12)
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.
    (AFP, 2/8/12)
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 Hamas.
    (AP, 2/6/12)
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 government.
    (AP, 2/6/12)
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.
    (AFP, 2/6/12)
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.
    (AP, 2/6/12)

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 domestic dissent.
    (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.
    (AP, 2/6/13)
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.
    (AP, 2/7/13)
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.
    (AP, 2/7/13)
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.
    (AP, 2/6/13)
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 predecessors.
    (AP, 2/6/13)
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.
    (AP, 2/6/13)
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.
    (AP, 2/6/13)
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.
    (AP, 2/6/13)
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 Islamic world.
    (AP, 2/6/13)
2013        Feb 6, France's defense minister said French forces clashed with extremists firing rocket launchers near the northern Malian city of Gao.
    (AP, 2/6/13)
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.
    (AP, 2/6/13)
2013        Feb 6, In central and northern Iraq assailants opened automatic fire on police checkpoints, killing four officers and wounding five.
    (AP, 2/6/13)
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 Muslim cleric.
    (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 government.
    (AP, 2/7/13)
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.
    (AP, 2/6/13)

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 unions.
    (AP, 2/6/14)
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.
    (AP, 2/6/14)
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 job cuts.
    (Reuters, 2/6/14)
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 elephant tusks.
    (AP, 2/6/14)
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.
    (AP, 2/6/14)
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.
    (AP, 2/6/14)
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 districts.
    (Reuters, 2/6/14)
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.
    (AP, 2/6/14)
2014        Feb 6, In Israel thousands of ultra-Orthodox Jews blocked highways across the country to protest plans to enlist them into the military.
    (AP, 2/6/14)
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.
    (AFP, 2/6/14)
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.
    (AP, 2/6/14)
2014        Feb 6, Peace talks between the Pakistani government and representatives of the Taliban began in Islamabad after a short delay.
    (AP, 2/6/14)
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.
    (AP, 2/6/14)
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.
    (AFP, 2/6/14)
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 the rebels.
    (AFP, 2/6/14)
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 last weekend.
    (AFP, 2/7/14)

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