Return to home457 Feb 7, A
Thracian officer by the name of Leo was proclaimed as emperor of the
East by the army general, Aspar, on the death of the Emperor
590 Feb 7, Pelagius II, Gothic
Pope (579-90), died from plague.
1249 Feb 7, The Christburg
Peace Treaty forced the Prussians to recognize the rule of the
Teutonic Knights. Within about 50 years the Teutonic Knights and
Knights of the Cross had overcome most of Prussia and established
German as the dominant culture and language. The German orders then
turned to Lithuania.
(H of L, 1931, p.25)(LHC, 2/7/03)
1301 Feb 7, Edward of
Caernarion (later Edward II) became the 1st prince of Wales.
1478 Feb 7, Sir Thomas Moore
(d.1535), English humanist, statesman and writer, was born in
London. He was best friend of Erasmus, and called by Erasmus: "a man
for all seasons." He studied law and rose to the post of lord
chancellor after the fall of Cardinal Wolsey. More would not accept
Henry VIII's divorce from Catherine of Aragon nor his subsequent
marriage to Anne Boleyn. The king had charges of treason filed and
More was beheaded on July 6, 1535. He was canonized in 1935. The
1966 film “A man for All Seasons" was based on his life. He is
famous for "Utopia."
(V.D.-H.K.p.160)(CU, 6/87)(WUD, 1994, p.931)(HN,
1497 Feb 7, Followers of the
priest Girolamo Savonarola collected and publicly burned thousands
of objects in Florence, Italy, on the Shrove Tuesday festival. Tom
Wolfe's 1997 novel, “The Bonfire of the Vanities," makes reference
to the original event, but is not a retelling of the story.
1522 Feb 7, Treaty of Brussels:
Habsburgers split into Spanish and Austrian Branches.
1569 Feb 7, King Philip II
ordered the inquisition in South America.
1609 Feb 7, Ferdinand I,
cardinal, ruler of Tuscany, died.
1612 Feb 7, Thomas Killigrew,
English humorist, playwright, leader (King's Men), was born.
1639 Feb 7, Academie Francaise
began its Dictionary of French Language.
1668 Feb 7, English King
William III danced in the premiere of "Ballet of Peace."
1668 Feb 7, The Netherlands,
England and Sweden concluded an alliance directed against Louis XIV
1693 Feb 7, Anna Ivanova
Romanova, empress of Russia (1730-40) [NS], was born.
1710 Feb 7, William Boyce,
English organist, composer of Cathedral music, was born.
1739 Feb 7, Joseph Pouteau,
composer, was born.
1740 Feb 7, Adam-Philippe
Custine, French earl, general, MP, was born.
1743 Feb 7, Lodovico Giustini
(57), composer, died.
1749 Feb 7, Andre Cardinal
Destouches (76), composer, died.
1752 Feb 7, Publication, sale
and distribution of the 1st 2 volumes of the Encyclopedie were
summarily forbidden by order of King Louis XV. Chretien de
Malesherbes, the French director of publications, managed to broker
a compromise that included a layer of censorship and a 3rd volume
was published by the end of 1753.
(ON, 4/05, p.9)
1779 Feb 7, William Boyce (67),
composer, died. [see Feb 16]
1799 Feb 7, China’s Emperor
Qianlong (b.1711) died. He was the sixth emperor of the Manchu-led
Qing Dynasty, and the fourth Qing emperor to rule over China
1783 Feb 7, The Siege of
Gibraltar, pursued by the Spanish and the French since July 24,
1779, was finally lifted. [see Sep 13, 1782]
(HN, 2/7/99)(ON, 7/01, p.10)
1784 Feb 7, In Iceland the
Lakagicar (Laki) volcano ceased its eruptions. Smoke from the 8
months of eruptions caused one of the longest and coldest winters in
Europe. [see Jun 8, 1783]
(ON, 2/04, p.10)
1792 Feb 7, Cimarosa's opera
"Il Matrimonio Segreto," premiered in Vienna.
1795 Feb 7, The 11th Amendment
to US Constitution was ratified.
1801 Feb 7, John Rylands,
merchant, philanthropist, was born in England.
1804 Feb 7, John Deere, farm
equipment manufacturer, was born.
1812 Feb 7, Charles Dickens,
English novelist, was born in Portsmouth, England. His stories
reflected life in Victorian England. In his novel "Dombey &
Son," Dickens confronted the subject of money, and its use as a
measure of success. His work also included "Master Humphrey’s
Clock," published in installments like most of his novels. The
closing line of A Christmas Carol: "And so, as Tiny Tim observed,
God Bless Us, Every One!" Some of his more famous novels include
"Oliver Twist" and "A Tale of Two Cities."
(SFC, 6/17/97, p.E3)(AP, 2/7/97)(HN, 2/7/99)
1812 Feb 7, Lord Byron made his
maiden speech in House of Lords.
1818 Feb 7, The first
successful U.S. educational magazine, Academician, began publication
in New York City.
1820 Feb 7, Samuel Adams
Holyoke (57/58), composer, died.
1827 Feb 7, Ballet (Deserter)
was introduced to US at Bowery Theater in NYC.
1827 Feb 7, Franz Anton Dimmler
(73), composer, died.
1831 Feb 7, The first Belgian
Constitution was ratified.
1836 Feb 7, The essays
"Sketches by Boz" were published by Charles Dickens.
1837 Feb 7, Sir James Augustus
Henry Murray, Scottish lexicographer and editor, was born. He
created the Oxford Dictionary.
(HN, 2/7/01)(MC, 2/7/02)
1839 Feb 7, Henry Clay declared
in Senate "I had rather be right than president."
1857 Feb 7, A French court
acquitted author Gustave Flaubert of obscenity for his serialized
novel "Madame Bovary."
1861 Feb 7, The general council
of the Choctaw Indian nation adopted a resolution declaring
allegiance with the South "in the event a permanent dissolution of
the American Union takes place."
1862 Feb 7, Bernard Maybeck
(d.1957), architect, was born in NYC. He designed the Palace of Fine
Arts in SF and the First Church of Christ Scientist in Berkeley.
1862 Feb 7, Federal fleet
attacked Roanoke Island, NC.
1864 Feb 7, Federal troops
occupied Jacksonville, Florida.
1865 Feb 7, John Henry
Winder (b.1800), US Confederate brig-gen and provost marshal, died.
He was in charge of all Union prisoners east of the Mississippi
1867 Feb 7, Laura Ingalls
Wilder, author, was born. She wrote "Little House in the Big Woods"
which was basis for television's "Little House on the Prairie."
1870 Feb 7, Alfred Adler,
psychiatrist (Inferiority Complex), was born in Austria.
1871 Feb 7, Karl Wilhelm Eugen
Stenhammer, composer, was born.
1871 Feb 7, Henry Steinway
(b.1797), German-American piano maker, died. In 2006 James Barron
authored “Piano," a history of the development of the modern piano.
(WSJ, 7/15/06, p.P8)(http://tinyurl.com/qn6dy)
1872 Feb 7, Alcorn A & M
1876 Feb 7, Pres Grant's
private secretary, Gen. Orville E. Babcock, was acquitted of
involvement in the Whiskey Ring. The "Whiskey Ring" was a conspiracy
among distillers, revenue collectors, and high federal officials to
avoid taxation through fraudulent reports on whiskey production. 230
indictments were secured, but no convictions were made. Grant helped
Babcock secure an acquittal for his part in the ring. This affair
contributed to the reputation for corruption that Grant's
1878 Feb 7, Pope Pius IX
(1846-1878), Giovanni Ferretti (85), died. Revenge-seeking Italian
liberals tried to dump his body into the Tiber River. He served 31
years, seven months and 22 days
(PTA, 1980, p.510)(SFC, 9/1/00, p.D4)(AP,
1882 Feb 7, American pugilist
John L. Sullivan became the last of the bare-knuckle world
heavyweight champions with his defeat of Patty Ryan in Mississippi
1883 Feb 7, Eubie Blake,
ragtime composer, pianist (Memories of You), was born.
1885 Feb 7, Sinclair Lewis
(d.1951), American novelist of satire and realism, was born in Sauk
Centre, Minnesota. His books include "Arrowsmith" and "Elmer
Gantry." “There are two insults which no human will endure: the
assertion that he hasn’t a sense of humor, and the doubly
impertinent assertion that he has never known trouble." "Winter is
not a season, it's an occupation."
(AP, 6/26/98)(AP, 12/22/99)(HNQ, 5/18/98)(HN,
1891 Feb 7, US Great Blizzard
of 1891 began.
1894 Feb 7, The US House of
Representatives passed a resolution that prevented the sending of US
troops to Hawaii to restore Queen Lili’uokalani.
(ON, 11/02, p.7)
1904 Feb 7, A fire in Baltimore
raged for about 30 hours and destroyed more than 1,500 buildings
over 80 blocks. The fired caused an estimated $80 million in
(AP, 2/7/97)(SFC, 9/27/99, p.A23)(MC, 2/7/02)
1905 Feb 7, Ulf Svante von
Euler-Chelpin, Swedish physiologist, was born.
1905 Feb 7, Congress granted
statehood to Oklahoma. New Mexico and Arizona were the only
remaining territories. [see 1907]
1905 Feb 7, The Dominican
Republic signed a treaty turning over customs collection to US.
1906 Feb 7, Aisingyoro Henry
Puyi, the last emperor of China, was born in Beijing.
(SFC, 6/11/97, p.C16)(AP, 2/7/06)
1910 Feb 7, Edmond Rostand's
"Chanticleer," premiered in Paris.
1812 Feb 7, A 3rd major
earthquake shook New Madrid, Missouri, and for a few hours reversed
the course of the Mississippi River. [see Dec 15-16, 1811, Jan 23,
(NH, 3/1/04, p.67)
1913 Feb 7, Turks lost 5,000
men in a battle with the Bulgarian army in Gallipoli.
1914 Feb 7, Charlie Chaplin
debuted "The Tramp" in "Kid Auto Races at Venice."
1914 Feb 7, Steel work was
completed on Exposition (Civic) Auditorium, SF.
1915 Feb 7, 1st wireless
message sent from a moving train to a station was received.
1915 Feb 7, Fieldmarshal Paul
von Hindenburg moved on Russians at Masurian Lakes.
1917 Feb 7, The British steamer
California was sunk off the coast of Ireland by a German U-boat.
1918 Feb 7, Singapore
businessman Ong Sam Leong (b.1857) died. He made a fortune out of
his monopoly on the supply of coolie labor from China to phosphate
mines on Christmas Island.
1920 Feb 7, Oscar Brand, folk
vocalist (Draw Me a Laugh), was born in Winnipeg, Canada.
1920 Feb 7, Adm. Alexander
Kolchak (b.1874), commander of the White Army in Siberia during the
civil war that followed the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution, was executed
by a firing squad in Irkutsk about a month after relinquishing
command of anti-Bolshevik forces. He was condemned in Soviet law as
a counterrevolutionary. In 2004 efforts began to exonerate him.
1922 Feb 7, John Willard's "Cat
& the Canary," premiered in NYC.
1924 Feb 7, Mussolini
government exchanged diplomats with USSR.
1926 Feb 7, Negro History Week,
originated by Carter G. Woodson, was observed for the first time.
The 2nd week in February was declared Negro History Week.
(USAT, 2/14/97, p.15A)(HN, 2/7/99)
1928 Feb 7, The United States
signed an arbitration treaty with France.
1928 Feb 7, Australian Bert
Hinkler took off from London in a two-seat Avro 581E Avian biplane
on the first leg of his solo flight from England to Australia. On
February 22, after flying 128 hours in less than 16 days, Hinkler's
11,250-mile adventure ended in Darwin, Australia.
1931 Feb 7, US opera, "Peter
Ibbetson," by Deems Taylor premiered at Met Opera NYC.
1931 Feb 7, Amelia Earhart
(33), aviatrix, married George Palmer Putnam (45), divorced heir to
a publishing empire in Noank, Conn.
(SFEM, 1/25/98, p.31)(HN, 2/7/99)
1932 Feb 7, Gay Talese, author
(Honor Thy Father), was born.
1933 Feb 7, At a
Social-Democrat meeting in Berlin thousands cheered as Marxism was
1934 Feb 7, 1st contract for
TVA power was in Tupelo, Miss.
1934 Feb 7, Kathleen Norris, a
SF Bay Area novelist based in Palo Alto, summed up a trip to Germany
saying Hitler has virtually solved problems of unemployment and
poverty. She said the leader was idolized everywhere as the people’s
(SSFC, 2/1/09, p.50)
1936 Feb 7, President Roosevelt
authorized a flag for the office of the vice president.
1940 Feb 7, Walt Disney's 2nd
feature-length movie, "Pinocchio," premiered in NYC.
1941 Feb 7, Frank Sinatra and
Tommy Dorsey Orch recorded "Everything Happens to Me."
1943 Feb 7, The government
announced that shoe rationing would go into effect in two days,
limiting each purchaser to three pairs for the remainder of the
1944 Feb 7, Bing Crosby and the
John Scott Trotter Orchestra recorded "Swinging on a Star" for Decca
Records in Los Angeles.
1944 Feb 7, The Germans
launched a [counteroffensive] second attack against the Allied
beachhead at Anzio, Italy. They hoped to push the Allies back into
(AP, 2/7/97)(HN, 2/7/99)
1945 Feb 7, US 76th and 5th
Infantry divisions began crossing Sauer.
1947 Feb 7, Arabs and Jews
rejected a British proposal to split Palestine.
1948 Feb 7, Gen. Dwight D.
Eisenhower resigned as Army chief of staff and was succeeded by Gen.
1949 Feb 7, Joe DiMaggio of the
NY Yankees became the 1st $100,000/year baseball player.
1950 Feb 7, The United States
recognized Vietnam under the leadership of Emperor Bao Dai, not Ho
Chi Minh who was recognized by the Soviets.
1956 Feb 7, Garth Brooks,
country vocalist (No Fences), was born in Tulsa, Okla.
1958 Feb 7, Brooklyn Dodgers
officially became the Los Angeles Dodgers, Inc.
1959 Feb 7, Castro proclaimed a
new Cuban constitution.
1960 Feb 7, Old handwriting was
found in at Qumran, Jordan, near the Dead Sea. [see 1947]
1961 Feb 7, Jane Fonda made her
acting debut in the NBC drama "A String of Beads."
1961 Feb 7, Immanuel Olsvanger
(b.1888), Polish-born Jewish folklorist, died in Israel.
1962 Feb 7, Sam Snead won the
LPGA Royal Poinciano Plaza Golf Invitational.
1962 Feb 7, President Kennedy
began the blockade of Cuba.
1963 Feb 7, The "Mona Lisa" was
unveiled at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
1964 Feb 7, The British
band The Beatles began their first American tour as they arrived at
New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport, where they were
greeted by 25,000 screaming fans.
(SFEM, 3/9/96, p.35)(AP, 2/7/97)(HN, 2/7/99)
1964 Feb 7, Baskin-Robbins
introduced Beatle Nut ice cream.
1965 Feb 7, U.S. jets hit Don
Hoi guerrilla base in reprisal for the Viet Cong raids. Pres.
Johnson ordered the bombing of North Vietnam following the deaths of
9 US soldiers near Pleiku.
(HN, 2/7/99)(SFEC, 4/23/00, p.A19)
1965 Feb 7, Cassius Clay became
a Muslim and adopted the name Muhammad Ali.
1967 Feb 7, Henry
Morgenthau (b.1891), 52nd US secretary of the treasury, died. He
served under President Franklin D. Roosevelt from January 1, 1934 to
July 22, 1945.
1968 Feb 7, The Arthur
Miller play "Price" premiered in NYC.
1968 Feb 7, North Vietnamese
used 11 Soviet-built light tanks to overrun the US Special Forces
camp at Lang Vei at the end of an 18-hour long siege.
1971 Feb 7, Switzerland voted
to introduce female suffrage at the federal but not the cantonal
(WUD, 1994, p. 1688)(AP, 2/7/01)
1974 Feb 7, Mel Brooks'
"Blazing Saddles" opened in movie theaters.
1974 Feb 7, The island nation
of Grenada won independence from Britain. This included the northern
islands of Carriacou and Petite Martinique.
(SFC, 7/1/97, p.A9)(AP, 2/7/97)(SSFC, 12/11/05,
1975 Feb 7, Pres. Edward H.
Levi (1911-2000), former president of the Univ. of Chicago, began
serving as the attorney general under Pres. Ford.
1978 Feb 7, Ethiopia mounted a
counter attack against Somalia.
1979 Feb 7, Josef Mengele
(b.1911), Nazi concentration camp doctor and medical experimenter,
accidentally drowned in Bertioga, Brazil. He was secretly buried in
another man's grave in Brazil. [See Jun 6, 1985] In 1985 his
identity was confirmed by DNA.
1983 Feb 7, Elizabeth H. Dole
was sworn in as the first female secretary of transportation by
Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, the first woman to sit on the US
1983 Feb 7, Iran opened an
invasion in the southeast of Iraq.
1984 Feb 7, Space shuttle
astronauts Bruce McCandless II and Robert L. Stewart went on the
first untethered space walk.
1985 Feb 7, "New York, New
York" became the official anthem of NYC.
1985 Feb 7, US drug agent
Enrique “Kiki" Camarena Salazar was tortured and killed at a house
in Guadalajara in the presence of a half-dozen top Mexican
officials. Mexican authorities found his body on March 6 at a ranch
east of Guadalajara. In 1992 Ruben Zuno Arce, the brother-in-law of
former president Luis Echeverria, was convicted and sentenced to
life in prison. In 1989 Miguel Angel Felix Gallardo was arrested for
complicity in the murder along with drug charges and sentenced to 40
years in prison. In 2000 Gallardo received a 2nd 40-year sentence
for smuggling and bribery.
(WSJ, 3/5/97, p.A1)(SFC, 4/20/00, p.A10)(SFC,
1986 Feb 7, US female Figure
Skating championship was won by Debi Thomas.
1986 Feb 7, Haitian
President-for-Life Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier was ousted from
power and fled his country, ending 28 years of family rule. He fled
to France with his wife and mother. Henri Namphy became leader of
Haiti. Duvalier and his cronies reportedly embezzled some $500
million during his last decade of rule.
(TMC, 1994, p.1986)(SFC,12/31/97, p.A17)(AP,
2/7/97)(WSJ, 4/16/03, p.A1)
1986 Feb 7, The Philippines
held a presidential election marred by charges of fraud against the
incumbent, Ferdinand E. Marcos. Corazon Aquino defeated incumbent
dictator Ferdinand Marcos but fraudulent returns gave the election
1988 Feb 7, Leslie Manigat was
sworn in as Haiti's president. However, he lost power the following
1989 Feb 7, Bowing to public
outrage, both US houses of Congress voted to kill their scheduled 51
percent pay increase.
1989 Feb 7, In Argentina
devaluation caused a wild panic in the financial district of Buenos
1990 Feb 7, An 811-foot tanker,
the American Trader, spilled hundreds of thousands of gallons of
Alaskan crude oil off the coast of Huntington Beach, Calif.
1990 Feb 7, Judith Clancy
(b.1950), SF artist, died of cancer.
1990 Feb 7, In Pakistan riots
broke out between rival political parties and 22 people were hurt.
1990 Feb 7, The Supreme Soviet
of the Lithuanian Soviet Socialist Republic annulled the acts of
1990 Feb 7, The Soviet Union's
Communist Party agreed to let other political parties compete for
control of the country, thereby giving up its monopoly on power.
1991 Feb 7, US Defense
Secretary Dick Cheney and General Colin L. Powell, chairman of the
Joint Chiefs of Staff, left for a visit to the Gulf War zone.
1991 Feb 7, The Reverend
Jean-Bertrand Aristide was sworn in as Haiti’s first democratically
1992 Feb 7, Former heavyweight
boxing champion Mike Tyson testified at his rape trial in
Indianapolis that his accuser, a Miss Black America contestant, had
consented to having sex with him.
1992 Feb 7, The Treaty on the
European Union was signed in Maastricht by the Foreign and Finance
Ministers of the Member States.
1992 Feb 7, Russian President
Boris N. Yeltsin and French President Francois Mitterrand signed a
cooperation treaty in Paris.
1993 Feb 7, Commerce Secretary
Ron Brown acknowledged on NBC's "Meet the Press" that he'd failed to
pay Social Security taxes for a domestic worker.
1994 Feb 7, President Clinton
sent Congress his $1.5 trillion budget plan, declaring cuts in
hundreds of programs would achieve a deficit-reduction record
unequaled since President Truman's administration.
1995 Feb 7, Ramzi Yousef, the
alleged mastermind of the World Trade Center bombing, was arrested
in Islamabad, Pakistan, after two years as a fugitive.
1996 Feb 7, During a Central
America tour, Pope John Paul the Second received a warm welcome in
Nicaragua, his first visit there since 1983.
1996 Feb 7, Tamil rebels
attacked Sri Lankan troops in the eastern part of the island nation.
They killed 11 and lost 15 of their own fighters. The Colombo
suicide bombing of last week killed 83.
(WSJ, 2/8/96, p.A-1)
1997 Feb 7, Mindful of Boris
Yeltsin's ailments, President Clinton agreed to shift their March
summit meeting from the United States to Helsinki, Finland.
1997 Feb 7, The Air Force
suspended all its flights in restricted training areas on the East
Coast after two close calls between National Guard jets and civilian
1997 Feb 7, The first day of
the Chinese New Year. The year of the rat ended and the year of the
ox, 4695, began.
(SFEC, 2/2/97, DB. p.7)(SFC, 2/8/97, p.A17)
1998 Feb 7, The Winter Olympic
Games opened in Nagano, Japan.
1998 Feb 7, It was reported
that the Axial Seamount undersea volcano off the coast of the
Pacific Northwest was erupting 5,000 feet below sea level.
(SFC, 2/7/98, p.A5)
1998 Feb 7, It was reported
that the 8,000 Sq. mile Larsen B ice sheet in Antarctica was
breaking up due to rising global temperatures.
(SFC, 2/7/98, p.A5)
1998 Feb 7, It was reported
that over 1200 Hooker’s sea lion pups had died in the sub-Antarctic
islands south of New Zealand from an unknown disease.
(SFC, 2/7/98, p.A5)
1998 Feb 7, Novelist Lawrence
Sanders died at age 78. His debut thriller “The Anderson Tapes"
launched his career, and his 38th book was due later this month.
(SFC, 2/13/98, p.D8)
1998 Feb 7, In Australia over
1000 defense force personnel were called to help clean up parts of
the Northern Territory where the worst floods in 40 years
resulted from the overflowing Katherine River.
(SFC, 2/7/98, p.A5)
1998 Feb 7, Falco (40),
Austrian born pop singer, died while on vacation in an auto crash in
the Dominican Republic. His hits included “Der Kommissar," “Rock Me
Amadeus," and “Vienna Calling."
(SFEC, 2/8/98, p.D8)
1999 Feb 7, Delegates at the
Kosovo peace talks agreed on principles that would keep the province
within Yugoslavia for at least 3 more years.
(WSJ, 2/8/99, p.A1)
1999 Feb 7, In Germany the
Christian Democrats won elections in Hesse state elections putting
the Schroeder government short of a majority in the Bundesrat upper
(SFC, 2/8/99, p.A10)
1999 Feb 7, In Indonesia a
passenger ship sank between Borneo and Sumatra with 332 people
aboard. 19 were reported rescued.
(SFC, 2/11/99, p.C2)
1999 Feb 7, In Jordan King
Hussein (63) officially died from Hodgkin's lymphoma. He was
succeeded by his eldest son, who takes the throe as Abdullah II. In
2008 “Lion of Jordan: The Life of King Hussein in War and Peace," by
Avi Shlaim was published.
(SFC, 2/8/99, p.A1)(AP, 2/7/00)(Econ, 11/24/07,
1999 Feb 7, In Mexico the state
governorship election in Baja California Sur elected Leonel Cota of
the PRD to a landslide victory. The PRD lost in Guerrero and clamed
fraud and campaign spending violations.
(SFC, 2/9/99, p.A8)(WSJ, 2/09/99, p.A1)
1999 Feb 7, Serbian police
seized ICN Pharmaceuticals in Belgrade.
(WSJ, 2/8/99, p.A1,19)
1999 Feb 7, In Zimbabwe Pres.
Mugabe suggested that the supreme court resign. He defended the
actions of the army which had arrested and tortured 2 journalists.
(SFC, 2/8/99, p.A10)
2000 Feb 7, With an astonishing
comeback to win the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, Tiger Woods gained
his sixth straight PGA Tour victory, becoming the first player since
Ben Hogan in 1948 to win six in a row.
2000 Feb 7, Pres. Clinton
proposed a $1.84 trillion budget and called for using a projected
surplus to strengthen Medicare and health insurance.
(SFC, 2/7/00, p.A3)
2000 Feb 7, An apparent team of
computer hackers shut the Yahoo web site down with a
"denial-of-service" attack that mimicked millions of phantom users.
(SFC, 2/8/00, p.A1)(AP, 2/7/01)
2000 Feb 7, Doug Henning,
Canadian-born magician, died in Los Angeles at age 52 from liver
(SFC, 2/9/00, p.C5)(AP, 2/7/01)
2000 Feb 7, In Chechnya Russian
forces reported that hundreds of rebels had been killed over the
last 2 days near the villages of Katyr-Yurt and Shaami-Yurt.
(SFC, 2/8/00, p.A14)
2000 Feb 7, In Croatia Stipe
Mesic (65) was elected president over Drazen Budisa (51) by a 56.2
to 43.8% margin.
(SFC, 2/8/00, p.A14)
2000 Feb 7, In England Afghan
hijackers at Stansted released 8 passengers with 157 still trapped
on the plane.
(SFC, 2/8/00, p.A12)
2000 Feb 7, In Indonesia 7
people were killed in Aceh province in clashed between rebels and
(SFC, 2/9/00, p.C3)
2000 Feb 7, Israeli jets
launched air attacks deep into Lebanon. Power was knocked out at
Baalbek, headquarters of the Hezbollah, and at Beirut and Tripoli.
18 civilians were injured.
(SFC, 2/8/00, p.A12)
2000 Feb 7, Yugoslav Defense
Minister Pavle Bulatovic (51) was gunned down in a Belgrade soccer
club restaurant and died later in a hospital.
(SFC, 2/8/00, p.A12)(AP, 2/7/01)
2000 Feb 7, The UN Security
Council voted to expand the peacekeeping force in Sierra Leone from
6,000 to 11,100.
(SFC, 2/8/00, p.A14)
2001 Feb 7, The Senate voted to
release $582 million in dues owed the United Nations.
2001 Feb 7, The space shuttle
Atlantis took off with the Destiny module, a laboratory compartment,
for the Int’l. Space Station.
(SFC, 2/8/01, p.A3)
2001 Feb 7, In Washington
Robert Pickett (47), an accountant with a history of mental illness,
was shot in the leg by a Secret Service agent after brandishing a
hand gun outside the White House gates.
(SFC, 2/8/01, p.A1)
2001 Feb 7, Dale Evans (born in
1912 as Frances Octavia Smith), singer and wife of Roy Rogers, died
at age 88. Her compositions included "Happy Trails" and "The Bible
Tells Me So."
(SFC, 2/8/01, p.C2)(NW, 12/31/01, p.110)
2001 Feb 7, Anne Morrow
Lindbergh (b.1906), wife of Charles Lindbergh, died at age 94. In
1955 she authored "Gift From the Sea," a meditation on women’s lives
in the 20th century. In 1999 Susan Hertog authored her biography
"Anne Morrow Lindbergh."
(WSJ, 11/29/99, p.A26)(SFC, 2/8/01, p.C2)(NW,
2001 Feb 7, Pres. Aristide took
power in Haiti for a 2nd term and offered a series of national
reforms with plans for new schools, roads, electricity systems and
an independent court in each of the country’s 565 townships.
(SFC, 2/8/01, p.C3)(AP, 2/11/04)
2001 Feb 7, In Israel Ariel
Sharon signaled an end to the peace process begun in 1993 in Oslo
and planned something in the spirit of Oslo on an interim level.
(SFC, 2/8/01, p.A12)
2002 Feb 7, Pres. Bush met with
Israel’s PM Sharon and said he would continue to press the
Palestinian Authority to crack down on terrorism. Bush rebuffed a
plea to sever ties with Arafat.
(SFC, 2/8/02, p.A8)(WSJ, 2/8/02, p.A1)
2002 Feb 7, The Bush
administration allowed Geneva accords to cover Taliban fighters but
not members of al Qaeda.
(SFC, 2/8/02, p.A1)
2002 Feb 7, A US federal court
ruled that it is unconstitutional to sentence a felon to 25 years to
life for shoplifting, which was allowed under the California “three
(SFC, 2/8/02, p.A1)
2002 Feb 7, Former Enron chief
executive Jeffrey Skilling insisted to skeptical lawmakers that he
knew of nothing improper about the complex web of partnerships that
brought down the company.
2002 Feb 7, Authorities in
Oklahoma captured the last of four escaped prison inmates from Texas
who'd been on the run for more than a week.
2002 Feb 7, In Liberia rebel
forces, Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democracy, attacked
Klay Junction 25 miles north of Monrovia.
(SFC, 2/9/02, p.A3)
2003 Feb 7, President Bush
courted the leaders of France and China in an uphill struggle to win
U.N. backing for war with Iraq.
2003 Feb 7, The US moved its
terror alert status to orange, the 2nd highest level. Attorney
General John Ashcroft said the government had received intelligence
information, corroborated by multiple sources, that Osama bin
Laden's terror organization sought to attack Americans at home or
abroad during the annual hajj pilgrimage to the holy Saudi city of
2003 Feb 7, Garry Kasparov
(39), chess master, played to a 3-3 tie against the Deep Junior
(SFC, 2/8/03, p.A2)
2003 Feb 7, Tom Christerson
(71), the longest-living recipient of a fully self-contained
artificial heart, died at Jewish Hospital in Louisville, Ky., after
512 days on the AbioCor.
2003 Feb 7, Chechen rebel
attacks and land mines killed 10 soldiers and police over the last
2003 Feb 7, In Bogota,
Colombia, a car bomb tore through the El Nogal social club, killing
36 people, wounding 162. FARC rebels were blamed.
(AP, 2/8/03)(SFC, 2/8/03, p.A12)(AP, 2/7/04)
2003 Feb 7, Three Tamil Tiger
rebels blew up their boat, killing themselves, after they were found
trying to smuggle an anti-aircraft gun and hundreds of rounds of
ammunition into Sri Lanka.
2004 Feb 7, John Kerry scored
decisive wins in Michigan and Washington state Democratic
2004 Feb 7, In Haiti police
reinforcements fought bloody battles with gunmen as they tried to
retake Gonaives from rebels who seized it. At least 7 police and 2
militants were killed.
2004 Feb 7, An Israeli
helicopter fired a missile into a car traveling in a crowded Gaza
City street, killing Aziz Mahmoud Shami, a leader of the militant
Islamic Jihad group and a 12-year-old boy on his way to school. The
attack wounded 10 Palestinians, three of them critically.
2004 Feb 7, In northern Kenya
tribal fighting between cattle rustlers and herdsmen killed at least
13 people, including three children.
2004 Feb 7, Nearly 400 members
of Yasser Arafat's ruling Fatah Party resigned to protest what they
call corruption and bad leadership within the group.
2004 Feb 7, Sri Lanka's
president dissolved parliament, paving the way for elections nearly
three years ahead of schedule.
2005 Feb 7, Pres. Bush proposed
a $2.57 trillion budget that would slash domestic programs including
entitlements such as Medicaid, farm subsidies and veterans benefits.
The budget would worsen federal deficits by $42 billion over the
next five years.
(SFC, 2/8/05, p.A1)(AP, 2/7/06)
2005 Feb 7, Defrocked priest
Paul Shanley, the most notorious figure in the sex scandal that
rocked the Boston Archdiocese, was convicted of repeatedly raping
and fondling a boy at his church during the 1980s. Shanley was
sentenced to 12 to 15 years in prison.
2005 Feb 7, IBM, Toshiba and
Sony disclosed the architectural design of a new, jointly developed,
multi-core processor called the Cell.
2005 Feb 7, Australia's central
bank warned that interest rates, stable at 5.25 percent since
December 2003, may be raised within months amid signs of renewed
2005 Feb 7, Cuba began an
island-wide ban on smoking in public places such as stores,
theaters, and office buildings.
2005 Feb 7, In England and
Wales new laws came into effect that allow pubs, clubs and other
drinking venues to apply to stay open 24 hours a day.
2005 Feb 7, Ellen MacArthur
(28) of Britain completed her solo sail around the world in just
over 71 days and 14 hours, shaving 32 hours off the previous record.
2005 Feb 7, The EU head office
called for closer coordination among all member governments to hunt
down and prosecute those illegally spreading unsolicited e-mails, or
spam, across the 25-nation bloc.
2005 Feb 7, Insurgents struck
at Iraqi police forces with a suicide bomb, a car bomb and mortars
in the cities of Mosul and Baqouba, killing 31 people.
(AP, 2/7/05)(SFC, 2/8/05, p.A6)
2005 Feb 7, US troops manning a
checkpoint found 4 Egyptian technicians who had been kidnapped the
previous day in Baghdad, freeing them and arresting some of the
2005 Feb 7, John Githongo,
Kenya president's adviser on corruption, stepped down. The US in
response quickly suspended $2.5 million in funding for
2005 Feb 7, Pakistan, as part
of a peace deal in south Waziristan, paid 4 tribal militants a total
of $842,000 so they could pay back money received from al Qaeda to
fight Pakistani troops.
(WSJ, 2/10/05, p.A10)
2005 Feb 7, In the Philippines
hundreds of armed followers of a jailed former Muslim rebel leader
attacked government troops and occupied at least one army detachment
on violent southern Jolo island, sparking clashes that killed at
least 12 soldiers.
2005 Feb 7, A Saudi woman was
beheaded after she was convicted of murdering her mother-in-law.
Noura bint Khalaf al-Harbi was found guilty of setting her
mother-in-law, Noura bint Salem al-Harbi, on fire as she slept
following a dispute.
2005 Feb 7, Spain launched an
immigrant amnesty program. As many as 800,00 new residency permits
(WSJ, 2/7/05, p.A16)
2005 Feb 7, In Sri Lanka E.
Koushalyan, the LTTE's political wing leader for the eastern
province, was killed in an ambush along with four other senior
rebels and former Tamil legislator Chandra Nehru. Military officials
said they suspected the attack was carried out by a breakaway
faction of the Tamil Tigers led by the former number two in the
leadership, known as Karuna.
(AP, 2/8/05)(Econ, 2/26/05, p.40)
2005 Feb 7, Faure Gnassingbe
was sworn in as president of Togo, two days after the death of his
2005 Feb 7, UN
Secretary-General Kofi Annan suspended the head of the UN
oil-for-food program in Iraq and a senior official who dealt with
contracts, following an independent investigation that accused them
2005 Feb 7, The freighter M/V
Joekulfell sank in the North Atlantic off the Faeroe Islands,
killing four crewmembers and leaving two others missing. Five were
rescued by helicopter. The Samskip company owned the Isle of
Man-flagged vessel. The vessel departed from the Latvian port of
Liepaja and was headed to Iceland.
2006 Feb 7, The US Dept. of
Defense submitted a budget request for $439.3 billion for FY 2007.
This was over 7% more than for FY 2006.
(Econ, 2/11/06, p.29)(http://tinyurl.com/rvmbl)
2006 Feb 7, US federal Judge
Kathryn Ferguson penalized the law firm of Gilbert, Heintz &
Randolph $13 million for conflicts of interest while working on the
Congoleum asbestos bankruptcy, while at the same time representing
some 10,000 people with asbestos claims against the New Jersey
(WSJ, 4/24/06, p.B1)(http://tinyurl.com/lg4qf)
2006 Feb 7, Phoenix Coyotes
assistant coach Rick Tocchet was charged with financing a nationwide
gambling ring based out of New Jersey.
2006 Feb 7, SF Supervisor Chris
Daly placed a resolution on the board’s consent calendar calling for
the impeachment of Pres. Bush and VP Cheney.
(SFC, 2/8/06, p.B1)
2006 Feb 7, Alabama state
officials reported four more rural Baptist churches following rash
of suspected arsons that burned five others south of Birmingham last
week [see Feb 3].
2006 Feb 7, Nevada’s State
Gaming Control Board sent a letter to casinos expressing concern
about “gangster rap."
(WSJ, 3/28/06, p.A1)
2006 Feb 7, General Motors
Corp., under shareholder pressure to return to profitability,
announced it is cutting in half its yearly dividend to $1 a share
and reducing the salaries of its chairman and senior leadership
2006 Feb 7, Microsoft said it
will offer a new security service to PC users for $49.95 per year.
(SFC, 2/8/06, p.C3)
2006 Feb 7, In southern
Afghanistan a suspected suicide bomber blew up a guard post outside
police headquarters in Kandahar, killing 13 people and wounded 11.
2006 Feb 7, In western
Afghanistan a Turkish engineer, an Indian national and their driver
were killed when a bomb struck their vehicle.
2006 Feb 7, NATO peacekeepers
exchanged fire with protesters who attacked their base in the second
straight day of violent demonstrations in Afghanistan over the
publication of caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad. One demonstrator
was killed and dozens wounded.
2006 Feb 7, Mario Condello
(53), an Australian underworld figure due to face court on
incitement to murder charges, was shot dead in his driveway
overnight, bringing the toll in a gangland war to 28. Melbourne's
gang war began in 1998 when self-styled "Godfather" Alphonse
Gangitano, 40, was shot dead in his laundry.
2006 Feb 7, Bolivia’s President
Evo Morales asked the US to reconsider a proposed cut in anti-drug
aid, and called on the world to strengthen drug-fighting alliances.
2006 Feb 7, Indians from Brazil
and four other South American countries called for the
"resurrection" of an Indian nation, the 250th anniversary of the
killing of a tribal chief by European soldiers.
2006 Feb 7, A British jury
convicted firebrand Muslim cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri of inciting
followers to kill non-Muslims in speeches at his London mosque,
which has been linked to Sept. 11 plotter Zacarias Moussaoui and
"shoe bomber" Richard Reid.
2006 Feb 7, Officials in Canada
announced an agreement to close 5 million acres in British
Columbia’s Great Bear Rain Forest to logging. Loggers will be
guaranteed a right to selectively cut in 10 million acres of the
(SFC, 2/7/06, p.A6)
2006 Feb 7, An apparent gas
explosion destroyed a two-story military barracks in Chechnya,
killing at least two people and injuring 32.
2006 Feb 7, An aid group that
provides food to tens of thousands of people in war-ravaged Chechnya
suspended its operations after Chechen officials banned all Danish
organizations because of the publication of Prophet Muhammad
2006 Feb 7, Ramon Isaza (65), a
founder of Colombia's anti-rebel paramilitary movement, laid down
his weapon, ending nearly three decades of outlawed, jungle warfare.
Isaza was joined by 990 fighters from his Medio Magdalena Bloc of
the United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia, or AUC, handing over 754
weapons, 15 vehicles and abundant munitions.
2006 Feb 7, Costa Rican
electoral officials began counting votes by hand in a laborious
effort to determine the winner of one of the country's closest
presidential races in history.
2006 Feb 7, In Germany Mounir
el Motassadeq (31), a Moroccan convicted of belonging to a terrorist
cell that included three Sept. 11 hijackers, was freed from prison
after a federal court ruled he shouldn't be jailed with appeals
2006 Feb 7, Haitians jammed
polling stations as UN peacekeepers fanned out to guard the
country's first presidential election in nearly six years.
2006 Feb 7, In Indonesia
scientists exploring an isolated jungle in remote Papua province
reported the discovery of dozens of new species of frogs,
butterflies and plants, as well as mammals hunted to near extinction
2006 Feb 7, A prominent Iranian
newspaper said it would hold a competition for cartoons on the
Holocaust to test whether the West extends the principle of freedom
of expression to the Nazi genocide as it did to the caricatures of
the Prophet Muhammad.
2006 Feb 7, Masked gunmen
assassinated a Sunni Arab cleric who headed the city council in
once-restive city of Fallujah, and two bombs exploded minutes apart
near a central Baghdad square, killing at least seven people and
2006 Feb 7, In Ivory Coast the
UN was due to enforce sanctions on three political leaders judged to
have blocked a peace process.
2006 Feb 7, Kuwait's new Emir
Sheik Sabah Al Sabah Al Ahmed Al Sabah (76) turned to his brother,
Sheik Nawwaf Al Ahmed Al Sabah (68), as the new crown prince and
successor to the throne. Sheik Nasser Al Mohammed Al Sabah (65) was
appointed PM and directed to form a new government.
2006 Feb 7, The owner of a
Mexican newspaper in Nuevo Laredo said there will be no more
investigative coverage of drug gangs, a day after the paper's
offices were sprayed with bullets and a reporter hospitalized with
2006 Feb 7, In Nepal Communist
rebels killed at least seven security forces and wounded 15 in two
overnight attacks. Government troops were given orders to shoot
anyone who tries to disrupt municipal elections.
2006 Feb 7, A ship with 2,000
tons of donated rice from India arrived in North Korea. The Indian
government has donated humanitarian aid, including food and
medicine, to North Korea on nine occasions since 1995.
2006 Feb 7, Russia announced
that it would pay off a big chunk of its sovereign debt ahead of
schedule this year. Russia also announced plans to forgive $668
million owed to Moscow by 16 of the world’s highly indebted
(WSJ, 2/8/06, p.A6)
2006 Feb 7, It was reported
that Russia’s Yukos oil company, which says it owes $6.3 billion in
back tax claims, has sold a 49 percent stake in Slovak pipeline
operator Transpetrol for $105 million, to Russia’s Russneft oil
2006 Feb 7, South Korean
conglomerate Samsung Group said it would donate more than $800
million in corporate and private assets to charity as part of an
apology for several recent scandals.
2006 Feb 7, Chandrika
Kumaratunga, Sri Lanka's former president (1994-2005), returned her
expensive retirement gift, a 1.5 acre (0.68 hectare) area of land
near the national parliament to the state, after legal action was
filed against her.
2007 Feb 7, The Washington Post
reported that President George W. Bush has approved plans for the US
Treasury Department to block US commercial bank transactions
connected to Sudan's government, including those involving oil
2007 Feb 7, The US Food and
Drug Administration (FDA) announced its approval of sales of Alli, a
reduced-strength version of the prescription diet drug Xenical. The
first diet pill for over the counter sale hit stores June 15.
(AP, 2/8/07)(SFC, 6/14/07, p.A1)
2007 Feb 7, Indictments were
filed in New Jersey against 3 US Army Reserve officers for taking
part in a bid-rigging scam that steered millions of dollars for Iraq
reconstruction to a contractor in exchange for cash, luxury cars and
(SFC, 2/8/07, p.A12)
2007 Feb 7, In SF Mayor Gavin
Newsom met with Lithuania’s Pres. Valdas Adamkus at the Fairmont
Hotel following an address at the World Affairs Council. Pres.
Adamkus, accompanied by a Lithuanian business delegation, was here
for a one week visit seeking US trade opportunities and potential
2007 Feb 7, Blowing snow and
intense cold was blamed for two more deaths, a total of 13
nationwide since the cold settled in, and kept schools closed for a
second and in some cases a third day across much of Ohio and West
2007 Feb 7, In Chicago Equity
Office Properties (EOP), America’s largest commercial landlord,
accepted a cash offer from The Blackstone Group, a private equity
firm that valued the company at nearly $39 billion (including debt).
(Econ, 2/10/07, p.80)
2007 Feb 7, Austrian
authorities said they have uncovered a major international child
pornography ring involving more than 2,360 suspects from 77
countries, including hundreds in the United States, who paid to view
videos of young children being sexually abused.
2007 Feb 7, A twin-engine plane
crashed in Brazil’s Amazon jungle, killing all six people aboard.
2007 Feb 7, Six people were
hurt by a third letter bomb in three days aimed at British
motoring-related organizations and police are investigating if the
attacks are part of a coordinated campaign.
2007 Feb 7, Aron Groiss,
director of research at the Center for Monitoring the Impact of
Peace, presented a study in London saying textbooks used in Iran's
schools are instilling students with hatred toward the West,
especially the United States, and urging them to become "martyrs" in
a global holy war against countries perceived to be enemies of
2007 Feb 7, Canada’s Nortel
Networks Corp. said it will slash 2,900 jobs, or 8.5 percent of its
workforce, over the next two years and shift another 1,000 employees
to lower-cost locations like China, India and Mexico as North
America's biggest maker of telephone equipment struggles to shore up
2007 Feb 7, In central China an
overcrowded passenger vehicle returning from a wedding party plunged
off a cliff, killing 16 members of an extended family.
2007 Feb 7, Colombia's top
court ruled that gay couples, who have lived together for more than
2 years, should have the same rights to shared assets as
heterosexual couples. The decision by the Constitutional Court
marked the first recognition of gay couples' rights in Colombia.
(AP, 2/9/07)(Econ, 3/10/07, p.34)
2007 Feb 7, Georgia signed a
regional cooperation agreement with Azerbaijan and Turkey which
included plans for a railway connecting the three countries.
(WSJ, 2/28/07, p.A6)(http://tinyurl.com/2gbbgg)
2007 Feb 7, At least 15 people
were killed in attacks across Iraq, including two employees of the
government-funded Iraqi Media Network in Baghdad. A female census
worker was shot to death while she was riding to work with her
husband in the northern city of Mosul. A Sea Knight CH-46
helicopter went down northwest of Baghdad, the fifth helicopter lost
in Iraq in just over two weeks. All 7 aboard were killed. Four US
Marines were killed in fighting in Anbar province from wounds
sustained due to enemy action in two separate incidents. Another 3
US soldiers were killed in fighting Anbar province.
(AP, 2/7/07)(AP, 2/8/07)(AP, 2/9/07)
2007 Feb 7, An Italian judge
ordered a U.S. soldier to stand trial in absentia for the fatal
shooting of an Italian intelligence agent at a checkpoint in Baghdad
on March 4, 2005.
2007 Feb 7, Michel Niaucel, a
French diplomat with the European Union in Ivory Coast, was shot to
death in his home overnight. Niaucel was in charge of West Africa
security operations for the EU.
2007 Feb 7, Japan's PM Shinzo
Abe pledged to regain four disputed northern islands from Russia,
saying it was time to end the bickering between Tokyo and Moscow
over the prime fishing grounds.
2007 Feb 7, The US Embassy
issued a travel advisory saying violent crime was on the increase in
(SSFC, 2/11/07, p.G2)
2007 Feb 7, The Mozambique
government said floods have killed 29 people and wrecked thousands
of homes after torrential rain and hurricanes swept through the
country in the past two weeks.
2007 Feb 7, Gunmen seized a
French oil worker in Nigeria's restive southern petroleum-producing
region. Kidnappers there also seized a woman from the Philippines.
Kidnappers released a British oil-worker after the man taken in a
raid last month fell ill. President Olusegun Obasanjo called for a
high-level meeting to address the violence.
2007 Feb 7, Russia's defense
minister laid out an ambitious plan for building new
intercontinental ballistic missiles, nuclear submarines and possibly
2007 Feb 7, In Saudi Arabia
rival Palestinian leaders began open-ended talks in Mecca optimistic
that they could reach an agreement to end their bloody street
battles and resume the peace process with Israel.
2007 Feb 7, In Somalia doctors
said a cholera outbreak has killed more than 115 people and
hospitalized 724 in towns where people were forced to use
contaminated water from a flooded river.
2007 Feb 7, In South Africa
Chin’s President Hu Jintao promised to increase imports from Africa,
responding to fears about the trade deficit that increased as China
pumped unprecedented aid, investment and loans into the poor but
2007 Feb 7, The Spanish Civil
Guard said authorities have arrested 52 people in a major crackdown
on a suspected ring of antiquities looters from dozens of sites in
2007 Feb 7, In Sri Lanka
Selliah Parameswar, a Hindu priest who welcomed President Mahinda
Rajapakse to a former guerrilla bastion, was dragged out of his
house in Batticaloa district and killed by a group of unidentified
gunmen. The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) blamed a
breakaway group allegedly linked to government forces.
2007 Feb 7, Officials in
Venezuela confirmed that Venezuela will buy whatever legal products
Bolivia can make from coca leaf as part of an effort to wean farmers
from the cocaine industry.
(SFC, 2/8/07, p.A2)
2007 Feb 7, Zimbabwe’s
President Robert Mugabe, under mounting pressure over a world
record-busting inflation rate and escalating strike action in the
public sector, sacked his finance minister. A union chief said 60
Zimbabwean junior doctors have been sacked from Harare's main
hospital after going on strike in December demanding salary hikes.
2008 Feb 7, The US Congress
passed an emergency plan that rushed rebates of $600 to $1,200 to
most taxpayers and $300 checks to disabled veterans, the elderly and
other low-income people. President Bush indicated he would sign the
2008 Feb 7, The US said it was
barring 10 leading Kenyan politicians from entering the US, the
first time Washington has blamed them for the postelection violence
that has brought the African country to the brink of collapse.
2008 Feb 7, Mitt Romney, former
governor of Massachusetts, suspended his campaign for the Republican
(SFC, 2/8/08, p.A1)
2008 Feb 7, US prosecutors said
Merck will pay $671 million to settle claims it overcharged
government health programs for 4 drugs and gave doctors fees and
gifts to induce them to prescribe the drugs. The case was triggered
when a sales manager filed suit in 2001 and a Louisiana doctor
(SFC, 2/8/08, p.C2)
2008 Feb 7, In Los Angeles a
man barricaded himself in a house after telling police he had killed
3 relatives, then opened fire on a SWAT team, killing one officer
and wounding another. Randall Simmons (51) was the first SWAT
officer killed in the line of duty in the unit’s 41-year history.
(AP, 2/7/08)(SFC, 2/8/08, p.A4)
2008 Feb 7, In Port Wentworth,
Georgia, an explosion and fire at a sugar refinery owned by Imperial
Sugar, based in Sugar Land, Texas, left 11 people dead. Imperial had
acquired Savannah Foods & Industries, the producer of Dixie
Crystals, in 1997. The acquisition doubled the size of the company,
making it the largest processor and refiner of sugar in the US.
(AP, 2/8/08)(SFC, 2/11/08, p.A10)(AP, 2/24/08)
2008 Feb 7, In Kirkwood,
Missouri, a gunman stormed a council meeting, yelled "Shoot the
mayor!" and opened fire, critically wounding Mayor Mike Swoboda
(69), killing two police officers and three city officials. Swoboda
died on Sep 6. Charles Le "Cookie" Thornton, who had lost a
free-speech lawsuit against the St. Louis suburb 10 days earlier,
was fatally shot by law enforcers. He had claimed in the past city
leaders stifled and harassed him.
(AP, 2/8/08)(SFC, 9/7/08, p.A3)
2008 Feb 7, In Portsmouth,
Ohio, William Michael Layne (56) stabbed his estranged wife in front
of her 5th grade class and girl friend in an alley behind her home
and then shot himself dead in a standoff with police. Both women
were in critical condition.
2008 Feb 7, In Afghanistan a
suicide car bomb targeting a NATO convoy left three soldiers lightly
wounded in eastern Khost province. A bungled suicide attack hurt two
civilians in southwestern Nimroz province.
2008 Feb 7, In eastern Algeria
suspected Islamist militants gunned down eight police officers in a
late night ambush outside the village of Ain R'Ghiya. In a separate
morning attack, another officer was killed and one injured in the
village of Boukalfa.
2008 Feb 7, A new security pact
between Australia and Indonesia came into force at a ceremony in
Perth attended by the foreign ministers of the at-times testy
2008 Feb 7, Belize's opposition
United Democratic Party won a landslide victory in general
elections, ending PM Said Musa's 10 years in office. UDP leader Dean
Barrow was to be sworn in as the country's first black prime
minister the next day.
(AP, 2/8/08)(Econ, 2/16/08, p.44)
2008 Feb 7, Bolivia's foreign
minister said that the world has an obligation to send aid to
flood-ravaged areas, linking a disaster that has killed 49 people to
global climate change.
2008 Feb 7, The Bank of
England’s monetary policy committee (MPC) lowered interest rates
from 5,75% to 5.5%.
(Econ, 2/9/08, p.63)
2008 Feb 7, Chadian President
Idriss Deby Itno issued a "solemn call" for a European peacekeeping
force for Darfur refugees, to deploy as soon as possible. The
president also said he was "ready to pardon" six French aid workers
convicted in December of trying to kidnap more than 100 children
they said were orphans from Darfur.
(AP, 2/7/08)(AFP, 2/7/08)
2008 Feb 7, Chile announced it
will try to head off power rationing by cutting electrical voltage,
distributing efficient light bulbs and extending daylight savings
2008 Feb 7, In Egypt at least
29 people, including children, were killed and 16 injured in a
traffic pileup blamed on early morning fog southeast of Cairo.
2008 Feb 7, In Greece senior
clergy elected Metropolitan Bishop Ieronymos of Thebes as the new
leader of the powerful Orthodox Church to succeed the late
2008 Feb 7, In western India
Dynaneshwar Sathawane, a local leader of the ruling Congress party,
was stripped, stoned and beaten to death by a mob during a rally of
nearly 500 people in Maharashtra state.
2008 Feb 7, Experts said Iran's
nuclear project has developed its own version of an advanced
centrifuge to churn out enriched uranium much faster than its
2008 Feb 7, In Iraq gunmen
stormed a house near Baqouba, separated out the women and children
inside and killed three brothers, all members of a US-backed
neighborhood watch group. A roadside bomb killed three awakening
council members and wounded eight others south of Baghdad. A
truckload of weapons, ammunition and explosives were seized at an
Iraqi police checkpoint at the entrance to Karbala. US troops
captured an alleged Shiite militia leader and three other suspects
in a raid south of Baghdad. 15 suspected militants were detained in
sweeps through Sadr City, and one person was killed.
(AP, 2/7/08)(AP, 2/8/08)
2008 Feb 7, Israeli ground
forces backed by warplanes exchanged fire with Hamas gunmen in the
northern Gaza Strip, killing a teacher and six militants in
escalating violence that is hobbling peace efforts. Israeli troops
entered the town of Qabatiya before dawn to arrest an Islamic Jihad
militant. Soldiers shot a mentally disabled man, Taysir Nazal (56),
as he emerged from his home, in his legs. Nazal died from his wounds
on Feb 14.
(AP, 2/7/08)(AP, 2/14/08)
2008 Feb 7, Authorities in
Italy and the US conducted raids targeting dozens of alleged members
of Mafia clans who controlled drug trafficking between the two sides
of the Atlantic. A 169-page indictment in the US went back 3 decades
and included at least 7 murders. The main targets in NY included 3
of the “five families" controlling organized crime in America: the
Genovese, Bonanno and Gambino families.
(AP, 2/7/08)(Econ, 2/16/08, p.41)
2008 Feb 7, Libya’s National
Oil Corp and Indonesia signed a deal for the north African state to
supply the world's most populous Muslim nation with crude oil for
the next 20 years.
2008 Feb 7, Mexican soldiers
seized nearly 10 tons of marijuana, a machine gun, scores of assault
rifles and three grenades in a raid just across the border from
2008 Feb 7, NATO defense
ministers held talks on Afghanistan in Lithuania. France agreed to
help Canada in fighting the Taliban in southern Afghanistan.
2008 Feb 7, Nepalese
authorities arrested Amit Kumar, the alleged mastermind of a shadowy
organ transplant operation in India that illegally removed hundreds
of kidneys, sometimes from unwilling donors, at a jungle resort in
southern Nepal (see Jan 30).
2008 Feb 7, Pakistani police
arrested two suspects in the suicide attack that killed opposition
leader Benazir Bhutto. A team from Scotland Yard returned to
Pakistan to report the conclusions of their probe into the
assassination. 3 men were killed and 13 others wounded when a bomb
exploded in southwestern Baluchistan province.
2008 Feb 7, The OSCE’s election
monitoring organization said that it will not observe Russia's
presidential election next month because of the "severe
restrictions" imposed by the Kremlin.
2008 Feb 7, In Sri Lanka
government troops attacked rebel bunkers along the northern front
lines, triggering gunbattles that killed 34 rebels and one soldier.
2008 Feb 7, Tanzania's PM
Edward Lowassa and two Cabinet ministers resigned over a corruption
scandal involving a contract with a nonexistent firm supposedly
based in the US. Pres. Jakaya Kikwete dissolved the entire Cabinet
as a result.
2008 Feb 7, Turkey’s lawmakers
voted to approve a constitutional amendment allowing female students
to enter universities wearing Islamic head scarves, a move that many
secular Turks view as an attempt to impose religion on their daily
2008 Feb 7, The WHO warned in a
new report that the "tobacco epidemic" is growing and could claim 1
billion lives by the end of the century unless governments
dramatically step up efforts to curb smoking.
2009 Feb 7, San Francisco
ushered in the Year of the Ox with its annual Chinese New Year
(SSFC, 2/8/09, p.B1)
2009 Feb 7, Blossom Dearie
(b.1926), jazz pianist, singer and songwriter, died in NYC.
(SFC, 2/11/09, p.B7)
2009 Feb 7, In Australia
searing temperatures and wind blasts created a firestorm that swept
across a swath of the country's Victoria state. On “Black Saturday"
some 2298 homes were destroyed with a death toll of 173. The town of
Marysville and several hamlets in the Kinglake district, both about
50 miles (100 km) north of Melbourne, were utterly devastated. In
2012 James Sokaluk was jailed for at least 14 years for starting a
blaze that killed 10 people and destroyed more than 150 homes at
(AFP, 2/8/09)(Econ, 1/14/12, p.61)(AFP, 4/27/12)
2009 Feb 7, In Bolivia
President Evo Morales and thousands of supporters celebrated the new
constitution as it took effect, saying the new document will
enshrine indigenous rights and end centuries of oppression. It
renamed the former republic the “Plurinational State of Bolivia,"
effective as of Jan 22, 2010.
(AP, 2/7/09)(SSFC, 1/20/13, p.P3)
2009 Feb 7, A Bolivian woman
died from an injection of urine allegedly administered by her friend
as a form of health therapy. Investigating prosecutor Oscar Flores
later said that Gabriela Ascarrunz (35) died of an "infection caused
by urine that was injected by fashion designer Monica Schultz."
2009 Feb 7, In Brazil 4 people
at the rear of a plane that crashed in a muddy Amazon river managed
to open an emergency door and swim to safety as the aircraft sank,
dragging 24 others to their death.
2009 Feb 7, In Ecuador
President Rafael Correa ordered the expulsion of a top US diplomat
he accused of suspending $340,000 in annual aid because Ecuador
would not allow the US to veto appointments to the anti-smuggling
2009 Feb 7, In Ethiopia Brian
Adkins (25) was killed in his home in Addis Ababa. He was serving as
a consular officer at the US Embassy there. A suspect was arrested
on Feb 11.
2009 Feb 7, In Antananarivo,
Madagascar, at least 28 people were killed by security forces during
anti-government protests. Arrest warrants were issued the next day
for those deemed responsible for the political violence. A week of
violence left up to 100 people dead.
(SFC, 2/9/09, p.A2)(Econ, 3/21/09, p.50)
2009 Feb 7, Officials in
Morocco said heavy rains have claimed 24 lives and forced 2,000
people to be evacuated over the past week.
2009 Feb 7, In Gaza Hasan
al-Hijazi, who was shot by three masked men. Hamas later issued a
statement calling the killing a "mistake."
2009 Feb 7, In Venezuela tens
of thousands of protesters marched in Caracas to oppose a
constitutional amendment that could allow President Hugo Chavez to
run for re-election indefinitely.
2010 Feb 7, The New Orleans
Saints capped off an outstanding season with an upset over the
Indianapolis Colts, 31-17, in Super Bowl XLIV. The Saints' victory
over Indianapolis was watched by more than 106 million people,
surpassing the 1983 finale of "M-A-S-H" to become the most-watched
program in US television history.
2010 Feb 7, In Daly City, Ca.,
a fight at the Little Caesars Pizza near King and Callan left Jessy
Wiley (21) of South San Francisco dead. In 2012 three suspected
Norteno gang members were convicted in relation to Wiley’s death.
(SFC, 3/27/12, p.A2)
2010 Feb 7, In Connecticut an
explosion during a test of natural gas lines at the Kleen Energy
Systems plant in Middletown killed at least 5 workers. The
620-megawatt plant was being built to produce energy primarily using
(SFC, 2/8/10, p.A6)
2010 Feb 7, In Afghanistan 2
two British soldiers were killed by an explosion in Sangin in
Helmand Province, taking the death toll in Afghanistan to 255 since
2001. This raised Britain's death toll to that of the Falklands war.
2010 Feb 7, In Canada Air Force
Col. Russell Williams (46) was arrested in Ottawa and charged with
first degree murder in the deaths of 2 women. He was also charged in
the sexual assaults of 2 other women. In late April Williams was
also charged with 82 counts of burglary. On Oct 18 Williams pleaded
guilty to more than 80 crimes over more than two years, including
murder, sexual assault and burglary.
(SFC, 2/9/10, p.A2)(SFC, 4/30/10, p.A2)(Reuters,
2010 Feb 7, Andre Kolingba
(73), former Central African Republic general and coup leader
(1981-1993), died in Paris.
2010 Feb 7, Costa Rica held
elections and elected its first woman president. Laura Chinchilla
(50), a mother and a social conservative, who opposed abortion and
gay marriage, won 47% of the vote after campaigning to continue free
market policies. She served as vice president under current Pres.
Oscar Arias. Otton Solis of the Citizens Action Party, got 25% of
the votes. He and the other main rival, Libertarian Otto Guevara,
quickly conceded defeat. Chinchilla’s National Liberation Party was
the largest in congress, but held only 24 of 57 seats.
(AP, 2/7/10)(AP, 2/8/10)(Econ, 2/13/10,
p.41)(Econ, 5/8/10, p.40)
2010 Feb 7, Newspapers said
Toyota will recall 300,000 Prius hybrid vehicles because of brake
flaws. Toyota said that it will soon announce plans to deal with
braking problems in its prized Prius hybrid amid reports it has
decided to issue a recall for the latest model in Japan, a possible
new embarrassment for the world's biggest automaker.
(AFP, 2/7/10)(AP, 2/7/10)
2010 Feb 7, India again
successfully test-fired a nuclear-capable missile that can hit
targets across much of Asia and the Middle East. It was the fourth
test of the Agni III missile.
2010 Feb 7, Iranian President
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad ordered his country's atomic agency to begin
enriching uranium to a higher level, a move that's likely to deepen
international suspicion over the country's intentions for its
2010 Feb 7, Iran's state media
said Tehran has arrested seven people linked to the US-funded Radio
Farda and accused some them of working for American spy agencies.
2010 Feb 7, A Libyan court
dropped a case against Rashid Hamdani, a Swiss businessman for
alleged illegal business activities, clearing the way for him to go
home after 19 months stuck in the country.
2010 Feb 7, Ukrainians voted
between two presidential candidates in a run-off between PM Yulia
Tymoshenko and opposition leader Viktor Yanukovich which could push
the country into a fresh bout of instability. Yanukovich ended with
48.95% to Tymoshenko's 45.47%, a lead of 3.48 percentage points or
some 888,000 votes.
(Reuters, 2/7/10)(AP, 2/10/10)
2011 Feb 7, A federal jury in
Baton Rouge, La., convicted Wen Chyu Liu (74), a former Dow Chemical
research scientist, of conspiracy to commit trade secret theft and
(SFC, 2/8/11, p.A6)
2011 Feb 7, Internet company
AOL Inc. said it is buying news hub Huffington Post in a $315
million deal that represents a bold bet on the future of online
news. Founded in 2005, Huffington Post is owned by Arianna
Huffington, Kenneth Lerer and a group of other investors. The site
attracts 25 million monthly visitors.
2011 Feb 7, Filmmaker Michael
Moore sued Harvey and Bob Weinstein, accusing the brothers of
"Hollywood accounting tricks" and "financial deception" that cheated
him out of at least $2.7 million in profits from the hit documentary
"Fahrenheit 9/11" (2004).
2011 Feb 7, In Afghanistan a
suicide bomber killed one person and wounded five others in Kandahar
city, hours after attackers gunned down a local government chief in
the country's volatile eastern borderlands. David Hillman, a retired
customs officer who had worked for the US government for 30 years,
died in the blast at the Inland Customs Warehouse in Kandahar. Giles
Duley (39), British photographer, was severely injured in a roadside
bombing during a foot patrol in Kandahar province. He underwent
multiple amputations and was flown back to Britain for further
(AP, 2/7/11)(AP, 2/9/11)(AFP, 2/12/11)
2011 Feb 7, Algerian
authorities announced they have banned an opposition rally set for
the capital on Feb 12 to call for an end to President Abdelaziz
Bouteflika's rule. Pro-democracy demonstrators said they will go
ahead with the planned march.
(AFP, 2/7/11)(AP, 2/7/11)
2011 Feb 7, In Western
Australia firefighters battled two wildfires, water bombing them
from above as they tried to stop their spread. One on the outskirts
of Perth destroyed at least 40 homes and left a firefighter injured.
2011 Feb 7, Bangladesh
authorities raided the headquarters of the opposition party in the
capital as they tried to end the group's strike to protest spiraling
commodity prices and crime. In other parts of the country, police
fired tear gas and arrested protesters.
2011 Feb 7, In Brazil a massive
fire consumed the warehouses where Rio de Janeiro's samba groups
store the props and costumes for Brazil's largest Carnival parade.
2011 Feb 7, Britain’s Guardian
newspaper reported that scientists in Britain have successfully
tested a vaccine which could work against all known flu strains.
2011 Feb 7, Cambodian and Thai
troops clashed for a 4th straight day as the UN chief called for
"maximum restraint" in a border dispute that has claimed 7 lives and
displaced thousands. On April 6 the London-based Cluster Munition
Coalition said Thailand's ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva
confirmed the army had fired 155mm cluster shells into Cambodia.
(AFP, 2/7/11)(AP, 4/6/11)
2011 Feb 7, Egypt's embattled
regime announced a 15% increase in salaries and pensions in the
latest attempt to defuse popular anger amid protests demanding Pres.
Mubarak's ouster. The regime appeared confident in its ability for
the moment to ride out the unprecedented storm of unrest, and
maintain its grip on power, at least until September elections.
Mubarak's new cabinet held its first full meeting since an uprising
started nearly two weeks ago.
(AP, 2/7/11)(Reuters, 2/7/11)
2011 Feb 7, In Egypt Wael
Ghonim (30), a Google Inc. marketing manager, was released from 12
days of detention and gave an emotionally charged television
interview, sobbing at times over those who have been killed. He
dubbed the protests "the revolution of the youth of the Internet."
He was a key organizer of the online campaign that sparked the first
protest on Jan 25.
2011 Feb 7, Fiji’s former
President Ratu Josefa Iloilo (91) died. The tribal chief served as
president from 2000 to 2009 and backed the 2006 military takeover of
2011 Feb 7, France-based
Alcatel-Lucent unveiled technology that reduces the filing cabinet
size of a wireless base station to that of Rubik’s cube.
(Econ, 2/12/11, p.70)
2011 Feb 7, In Haiti President
Rene Preval’s chief of staff said Preval will stay in office for
three more months as his country chooses a successor in a delayed
election. An emergency law passed by members of Preval's former
party in an expiring Senate allowed him to remain in office for up
to three more months because his 2006 inauguration was delayed. The
Haitian government issued a new passport to former president
Jean-Bertrand Aristide, enabling him to end his exile in South
Africa and return to Haiti.
(AP, 2/7/11)(AFP, 2/8/11)
2011 Feb 7, Iran unveiled four
new domestically produced “research" satellites as part of a space
program that's worrying other nations. Commander Mohammad Ali Jafari
said Iran is mass-producing a ballistic missile which can travel at
more than three times the speed of sound and hit targets on the high
(AP, 2/7/11)(AFP, 2/7/11)
2011 Feb 7, Iran and Turkey
said they plan to triple two-way annual trade to $30 billion by
2015, ahead of a visit by Turkish President Abdullah Gul to the
2011 Feb 7, In Israel Jerusalem
officials pushed forward plans to build new Jewish housing in an
Arab neighborhood in the city's eastern sector, drawing swift
condemnation from Palestinians who see it as encroaching on land
they seek for a future state.
2011 Feb 7, Japan's PM Naoto
Kan led a large rally demanding the return of the southern Kuril
islands held by Russia since the end of World War II and calling the
recent visit there by Russia's president an outrage. Japan has
designated Feb. 7 as "Northern Territories Day," saying that a
treaty dating back to that day in 1855 supports its claim to the
2011 Feb 7, In Mexico 3 people
related to Josefina Reyes, a human-rights activist who was
assassinated last year in the Juarez valley, were forced from their
car southeast of Ciudad Juarez. Josefina had led protests against
alleged abuses by Mexican soldiers in the valley.
2011 Feb 7, In the Philippines
Pres. Benigno Aquino III signed a proclamation granting amnesty to
rebel soldiers who participated in military uprisings in 2003 and
(SSFC, 2/13/11, p.A4)(http://tinyurl.com/2azzq9m)
2011 Feb 7, RIA News reported
that a Russian man, Yevgeny Anikin (27), has pleaded guilty in court
to stealing $10 million from former Royal Bank of Scotland division
World Pay in 2008 by hacking into accounts. "I want to say that I
repent and fully admit my guilt," Anikin said in his final comments
to the court in Novosibirsk in Siberia, where he was charged with
2011 Feb 7, In Spain Basque
separatists launched a new political party they say rejects violence
by the armed group ETA, in an unprecedented step designed to move
the troubled region toward peace.
2011 Feb 7, Sudan's Pres. Omar
al-Bashir accepted a southern vote for independence in a referendum
that is set to create Africa's newest state and open up a fresh
period of uncertainty in the increasingly volatile region. The final
results of the historic independence referendum showed that 98.83
percent had voted for secession.
(Reuters, 2/7/11)(AFP, 2/8/11)
2011 Feb 7, Tunisia’s Ministry
of Interior suspended the Constitutional Democratic Rally (RCD), the
former ruling party.
(Econ, 2/12/11, p.30)
2011 Feb 7, Zimbabweans
chanting slogans from President Robert Mugabe's party trashed stalls
owned by hawkers from elsewhere in Africa at a flea market in the
capital, looting mobile phones, electrical goods and clothing.
2012 Feb 7, Rick Santorum won 3
victories in the race for the Republican presidential nomination by
winning caucuses in Colorado and Minnesota and a primary in
Missouri. Mitt Romney came in 3rd in Minnesota with 17% of the vote.
(SFC, 2/8/12, p.A6)(Econ, 2/11/12, p.32)
2012 Feb 7, The 9th Circuit
Court in California struck down as unconstitutional the state's
voter-passed ban on gay marriage, ruling 2-1 that it violates the
rights of gay Californians.
(AP, 2/7/12)(SFC, 2/8/12, p.A1)
2012 Feb 7, The US Centers for
Disease Control said smokers have twice the number of problems with
their teeth than nonsmokers.
(SFC, 2/8/12, p.A6)
2012 Feb 7, Argentina's Pres.
Cristina Fernandez accused Britain of "militarizing the South
Atlantic" and said she would complain to the UN, as tension rises
ahead of the 30th anniversary of the Falklands war.
2012 Feb 7, Australia imposed
new travel bans and financial sanctions on Syrian leaders on as it
stepped up actions to force an end to violence against Syria's
2012 Feb 7, Jailed Bahraini
activists ended a hunger strike after eight days of refusing to eat
in protest at a new crackdown on demonstrations. A week-long rally
called for by the Shiite-led opposition was concluded.
2012 Feb 7, Bolivian officials
threatened to prosecute leaders of coca growers who used whips a day
earlier to drive away 4 unarmed members of a government coca
2012 Feb 7, Swollen rivers in
Bulgaria and Greece burst their banks, leaving dozens of homes
underwater. The Maritsa River to overflow its banks, leaving dozens
of homes under water in the city of Svilengrad near the Greek
border. In Greece the river Evros burst its banks near the country's
northeastern border with Bulgaria.
2012 Feb 7, German police
arrested two men on allegations they were spying on Syrian
opposition groups in Germany.
2012 Feb 7, Iran's parliament
decided to summon President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for questioning over
a long list of accusations, including that he mismanaged the
2012 Feb 7, Ministers from
Iraq's Sunni-backed bloc ended their boycott of the Cabinet. Iraq
executed 14 people, most of them Al-Qaeda members, bringing to at
least 65 the number of executions so far this year.
(AP, 2/7/12)(AFP, 2/8/12)
2012 Feb 7, In Jamaica roughly
2,000 firearms were melted down in a blazing furnace as part of an
effort designed to combat gun trafficking and corruption while
reducing violent crime.
2012 Feb 7, The Maldives' first
democratically elected president, Mohamed Nasheed (44), resigned
after a police mutiny described by his office as an attempted coup,
capping weeks of political upheaval in the holiday paradise. Nasheed
has faced three weeks of street protests stemming from the arrest of
a senior judge. Vice President Mohamed Waheed, who had clashed with
Nasheed over the chief justice's detention, was sworn in as the new
head of state and he urged the population of 300,000 Sunni Muslims
to remain calm.
2012 Feb 7, Mexican navy
personal detained suspect Francisco Alvarado Martagon as he
attempted to drive past a military checkpoint near the city of
Acayucan in a vehicle without license plates. He confessed to being
a head lookout for the Zetas and mentioned two sites at local
ranches that the Zetas allegedly used to dispose of bodies. The navy
inspected the sites and over the next 24 hours found the buried,
badly decomposed remains of 15 people.
(AP, 2/8/12)(AP, 2/8/12)
2012 Feb 7, The Mexican army
found 73 Central American migrants in three houses near the US
border and troops arrested 4 men suspected of planning to smuggle
the people into Texas.
2012 Feb 7, In Nigeria
explosions rocked an army barracks, a bridge and an air base in the
northern city of Kaduna amid a wave of attacks blamed on Islamist
group Boko Haram. One suicide bomber was reported killed.
2012 Feb 7, Pakistani PM Yousuf
Raza Gilani held talks with Qatar's emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa
al-Thani, on the 2nd day of an official visit expected to focus on
Afghan peace efforts.
2012 Feb 7, Somali pirates
seized the MV Free Goddess, a Liberian-flagged Greek-owned ship and
its crew of 21 Filipinos. They were held hostage by pirates for
eight months until a payment of $2.3 million was made in ransom.
2012 Feb 7, South Korean
President Lee Myung-Bak arrived in Riyadh at the start of a two-day
visit to the OPEC kingpin which comes as Seoul seeks to diversify
its oil sources. Lee Myung-Bak held talks with Oil Minister Ali
al-Naimi and the head of Saudi state oil giant Aramco, Khalid
al-Faleh. Saudi Arabia pledged to ensure a stable supply of oil to
(AFP, 2/7/12)(AFP, 2/8/12)
2012 Feb 7, Swiss materials
giant Glencore and mining firm Xstrata announced a vast merger,
creating a $90 billion (€69 billion) group and the world’s 4th
largest mining company.
(AFP, 2/7/12)(Econ, 2/11/12, p.65)
2012 Feb 7, Syrian forces
renewed their assault on the flashpoint city of Homs as Russia's
foreign minister stressed the need for reform and dialogue during
talks in Damascus with President Bashar Assad about the country's
escalating violence. Activists reported that at least 15 people,
including a 15-year-old boy, were killed in violence across the
country. The six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council said it is pulling
its ambassadors from Syria. France said it is recalling its
ambassador to Syria for consultations. Other Western powers
including Britain, the United States and Italy have called back
their top envoys in the wake of new violence.
2012 Feb 7, Turkey's PM Erdogan
announced a new initiative with regional players to halt the
violence in Syria, saying the veto of a UN resolution had given
President Bashar al-Assad a "license to kill."
2013 Feb 7, The US IRS said
that the government took action in January against 389 people
suspected of committing tax fraud through identity theft. This
included 109 arrests and 189 indictments.
(SFC, 2/8/13, p.C2)
2013 Feb 7, In southern
California Margie Carranza and her 71-year-old mother, Emma
Hernandez, were delivering papers around 5 a.m. when LAPD officers
guarding the Torrance home of a target named in an online Dorner
manifesto blasted at least 100 rounds at their pickup. Hernandez was
shot in the back and Carranza had minor injuries. In April the city
of Los Angeles reached a $4.2 million settlement with a mother and
2013 Feb 7, In eastern
Afghanistan a NATO helicopter crashed in Kapisa province, but no
crew members were seriously injured.
2013 Feb 7, An Australian
government report said doping was widespread among professional and
amateur athletes and demanded investigators name offenders to
protect clean athletes' reputations.
2013 Feb 7, UK authorities said
beef lasagna products recalled from British supermarkets by frozen
food company Findus had tested positive for more than 60% horsemeat.
(SFC, 2/8/13, p.A2)
2013 Feb 7, In Ottowa, Canada,
police said Marc Leduc (56) has been charged with two counts of
first-degree murder in connection with the killing of two local sex
workers. Pamela Kosmac, 39, was found murdered in 2008 near a
bicycle path, while Leanne Lawson, 23, was found in a parking lot in
a central part of the city. Leduc was already in custody facing 11
charges related to an alleged sexual assault of a 19-year-old Ottawa
woman last November.
2013 Feb 7, In Colombia over
5,000 workers at the Cerrejon coal mine went on strike. Negotiations
began on Feb 26.
(Econ, 3/2/13, p.38)
2013 Feb 7, Egypt's PM Hesham
Kandil condemned religious edicts by hardline Muslim clerics calling
for the killing of opposition leaders and said the government is
considering legal action against them. Kandil faced uproar, derision
and even lawsuits after he blamed health problems of babies in
impoverished villages on nursing mothers who "out of ignorance"
don't clean their breasts and talked of village women getting raped
in the fields.
2013 Feb 7, In Egypt an Islamic
summit urged Syrian opposition forces and members of Pres. Bashar
Assad's regime, whose hands are not tainted by violence, to hold
talks to try to resolve the nation's civil war.
2013 Feb 7, Ireland dissolved
one of its "bad banks", the Irish Bank Resolution Corp (IBRC), in an
emergency measure designed to pave the way for a new debt-repayment
deal with the European Central Bank.
2013 Feb 7, In Mali French
troops began to withdraw from Timbuktu after securing the fabled
city as they ramped up their mission in Gao, searching for Islamic
extremists who may be mixing among the local population.
2013 Feb 7, Pirates attacked
the MV Esther C some 80 miles (130 km) off Nigeria's coast. On March
11 Carisbrooke Shipping Ltd. of the United Kingdom said 3 captured
sailors have been freed.
2013 Feb 7, Syrian troops and
rebels clashed again in the capital Damascus, a day after what
activists described as the heaviest fighting in months in President
Bashar Assad's seat of power.
2013 Feb 7, In Tunisia the
Islamist Ennahda party, dominating the ruling coalition, rejected PM
Hamadi Jebali’s decision to replace the government to try to appease
critics, signaling that the political crisis brought on by the
assassination of a prominent leftist politician is far from over.
2013 Feb 7, A Yemeni military
official said an explosion at a military weapons depot in northern
Yemen has killed 10 civilians and 5 soldiers.
2013 Feb 7, In Zambia a bus
operated by the postal service, carrying passengers toward its
capital Lusaka, smashed into a semi-truck and another car killing at
least 53 people in one of the worst traffic crashes in the nation in
2014 Feb 7, Pres. Obama signed
into law an agriculture spending bill that will spread benefits to
farmers while trimming the food stamp program.
(SFC, 2/8/14, p.A5)
2014 Feb 7, In Argentina a
truck driving on the wrong side of a highway crashed head on with
passenger bus killing at least 18 people on National Hwy 7 in
(SSFC, 2/9/14, p.A4)
2014 Feb 7, Protesters in
Bosnia set fire to government buildings and fought with police as
anger over unemployment and political inertia fuelled a 3rd day of
the worst civil unrest in the country since its 1992-95 war.
2014 Feb 7, In Cambodia a boy
(8) died of H5N1 bird flu, the country’s first case this year. His
sister (2) also died the same day.
2014 Feb 7, In Central African
Republic thousands of Muslims fled for their lives from Bangui, with
Christian crowds cheering as truckloads of Muslim families made
their way out of town. One man who fell off a truck was subsequently
killed and his body mutilated, highlighting the savagery faced by
those Muslims who stayed behind. A convoy of some 500 cars, trucks
and motorcycles was guarded by armed soldiers from Chad. The UN's
refugee agency said nearly 9,000 people, mainly Muslims, have fled
to Cameroon in just over a week to escape communal bloodshed in the
(AP, 2/7/14)(AFP, 2/7/14)
2014 Feb 7, In China villagers
of Baha in Yunnan province smashed the offices and equipment of a
local metalwork factory and clashed with police after the boss
refused to meet with them over smoke and pollution concerns. Xinhua
News later said police were arresting people involved and had
identified 16 suspects.
(SFC, 2/13/14, p.A6)
2014 Feb 7, In Egypt six
policemen were wounded in double bombing attack in Cairo, hours
before clashes between police and Islamist protesters in several
cities killed 3 people. Ajnad Misr, Arabic for Egypt's Soldiers,
claimed responsibility for the bomb attack. Late day airstrikes
targeted hideouts of "terrorist, extremely dangerous takfiri"
militants in the eastern border town of Sheikh Zuweyid. 16 militants
were reported killed.
(AFP, 2/7/14)(AP, 2/8/14)
2014 Feb 7, German Chancellor
Angela Merkel expressed outrage over a leaked phone conversation in
which Victoria Nuland, a top US diplomat, used the f-word regarding
the European Union's handling of the crisis in Ukraine. An angry US
State Department pointed the finger at Russia for allegedly bugging
the diplomats' phones.
2014 Feb 7, India acceded to
Italy's request and said it won't invoke an anti-piracy law carrying
the death penalty when it tries two Italian marines accused of
killing two Indian fishermen in 2012.
2014 Feb 7, Aid agencies
working in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem expressed alarm
at a spike in Israeli demolitions of Palestinian property coinciding
with renewed US-backed peace negotiations.
2014 Feb 7, Mali’s Ministry of
Defense said around 30 ethnic Tuaregs have been killed in the
northern Gao region in local fighting with ethnic Peuls.
2014 Feb 7, Pakistan's
fledgling peace talks with the Taliban suffered a fresh blow as a
negotiator for the militants said he would take no further part
until the agenda included the imposition of Islamic sharia law.
2014 Feb 7, In the northern
Philippines a bus veered off a mountain road and fell into a ravine,
killing at least 14 people.
2014 Feb 7, In Puerto Rico
Pedro Rodriguez Colondres was indicted on accusations that he ran a
fraud scheme obtaining at least half a million dollars in veteran's
benefits under a false name from 1984 to 2011.
2014 Feb 7, Russia opened the
Winter Olympics in Sochi. Police arrested four gay rights activists
protesting in St. Petersburg.
2014 Feb 7, In South Africa
striking miners clashed with police after using rocks and burning
tires to block a road leading to Anglo American Platinum's Union
mine near Northam town. One protester was killed.
2014 Feb 7, Spain’s Cabinet
approved a bill amending previous legislation that granted
nationality by naturalization to Sephardic Jews who chose to apply
for it. The reform will allow dual nationality, enabling people who
can prove Sephardic ancestry to also retain their previous
2014 Feb 7, Famished and
traumatized Syrians were able to leave besieged parts of Homs for
the first time in more than a year as part of a potentially ground
breaking agreement between the Syrian government and the United
2014 Feb 7, Turkish newspaper
Today's Zaman said one of its journalists, Mahir Zeynalov (27) from
Azerbaijan, has been ordered to leave the country for criticizing PM
Tayyip Erdogan on Twitter.
2014 Feb 7, In central and
southern Uruguay flooding caused by torrential rains forced the
evacuation of thousands of people from their homes.
2014 Feb 7, In Yemen Fresh
clashes between Shiite rebels and tribesmen backed by Sunni
Islamists erupted near Sanaa.