Return to home412 Feb 8, St.
Proclus, Patriarch of Constantinople, was born. [see 411]
421 Feb 8, Flavius Constantine
became emperor Constantine III of Roman Empire West.
1250 Feb 8-1250 Feb 11, The
Battle of Al Mansurah was fought between crusaders led by Louis IX,
King of France, and Ayyubid forces led by Emir Fakhr-ad-Din Yussuf,
Faris ad-Din Aktai and Baibars al-Bunduqdari.
1400 Feb 8, The Knights of the
Cross with the assistance of Vytautas and the hercog of Lotaringia
defeated Samogitia for the 1st time.
1577 Feb 8, Robert Burton
(d.1640), writer, Anglican clergyman (Anatomy of Melancholy), was
born. "A mere madness, to live like a wretch and die rich."
(AP, 8/19/98)(MC, 2/8/02)
1586 Feb 8, Jacob Praetorius,
composer, was born.
1587 Feb 8, Mary Stuart, Queen
of Scots (1560-67), was beheaded at age 44 in Fotheringhay Castle
for her alleged part in the conspiracy to usurp Elizabeth I. In 2004
Jane Dunn authored "Elizabeth and Mary: Cousins, Rivals, Queens." In
2006 studies identified an oil painting of Mary as the only one made
of Mary as queen.
(HN, 2/8/99)(PCh, 1992, p.203)(USAT, 2/5/04,
p.5D)(SFC, 8/18/06, p.E2)
1600 Feb 8, Vatican sentenced
scholar Giordano Bruno to death.
1601 Feb 8, The armies of Earl
Robert Devereux of Essex drew into London.
1612 Feb 8, Samuel Butler
(d.1680), England, poet, satirist (Hudibras) was baptized.
1622 Feb 8, King James I
disbanded the English parliament.
1672 Feb 8, Isaac Newton read
his 1st optics paper before Royal Society in London.
1690 Feb 8, Some 200 French and
Indian troops burned Schenectady, NY, and massacred about 60 people
to avenge Iraquois raids on Canada.
(AH, 2/05, p.17)
1691 Feb 8, Carlo di Girolamo
Rainaldi (79), Italian architect, composer, died.
1693 Feb 8, A charter was
granted for the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va.
1709 Feb 8, Giuseppi Torelli
(50), Italian composer, died.
1712 Feb 8, L. Joseph de
Montcalm de Saint-Veran, French general in America, was born. [see
1725 Feb 8, Peter I (52) "the
Great" Romanov, czar of Russia (1682-1725), died. [see Jan 28]
1740 Feb 8, Clement XII (87),
[Lorenzo Corsini], blind Pope (1730-40), died.
1741 Feb 8,
Andre-Ernest-Modeste Gretry, composer, was born.
1749 Feb 8, Jan van Huysum
(66), Dutch still life painter, died.
1776 Feb 8, Johann Wolfgang von
Goethe's "Stella" premiered in Hamburg.
1789 Feb 8, Ludwig Wilhelm
Maurer, composer, was born.
1796 Feb 8, China’s Emperor
Qianlong (1711-1799) abdicated in favor of his son. Despite his
voluntary abdication, from 1796 to 1799 Qianlong continued to hold
on to power and the Jiaqing Emperor (d.1820) ruled only in name.
(Econ, 2/5/11, p.95)(Econ, 2/5/11,
1802 Feb 8, Simon Willard
patented a banjo clock.
1807 Feb 8, At Eylau, Poland,
Napoleon’s Marshal Pierre Agureau attacked Russian forces in a heavy
snowstorm. Like Napoleon, to whom he is most often compared,
Alexsandr Suvorov believed that opportunities in battle are created
by fortune but exploited by intelligence, experience and an
intuitive eye. To him, mastery of the art and science of war was
not, therefore, purely instinctive. Napoleon’s forces ran low on
supplies at Eylau and ate their horses.
(HN, 2/7/97)(WSJ, 9/21/05, p.A8)
1817 Feb 8, Richard Stoddert
Ewell (d.1872(), Lt Gen (Confederate Army), was born.
1819 Feb 8, John Ruskin
(d.1900), writer, critic, artist, Gothic Revivalist
(Pre-Raphaelite), was born. His work included "Modern Painter" and
"The Stones of Venice."
(WSJ, 3/6/00, p.A28)(MC, 2/8/02)
1820 Feb 8, General William T.
Sherman (d.1891), Union general in America's Civil War, was born.
His famous "March to the Sea" changed the face of modern warfare.
(HN, 2/8/99)(AP, 4/7/99)(MC, 2/8/02)
1828 Feb 8, French author Jules
Verne (d.1905) was born. He is considered the father of science
fiction. Many of his 19th-century works forecast amazing scientific
feats--feats that were actually carried out in the 20th
century--with uncanny accuracy. Verne's 1865 book From the Earth to
the Moon told the story of a space ship that is launched from
Florida to the moon and that returns to Earth by landing in the
ocean. Something of a scientist and traveler himself, Verne's 1870
work about a submarine, "Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea," and
"Around the World in Eighty Days" also foretold technological
advances that seemed fantastic at the time.
1834 Feb 8, Dmitri Ivanovich
Mendeleyev (d.1907), Russian chemist, was born. He formulated the
periodic table of elements.
1837 Feb 8, The Senate selected
Richard Mentor Johnson as the vice president of the United States.
Johnson was nominated for vice president on the Democratic ticket
with Martin Van Buren in 1836. When Johnson failed to receive a
majority of the popular vote, the election was thrown into the
Senate for the first and only time. Johnson won the election in the
Senate by a vote of 33 to 16.
(AP, 2/8/99)(HNQ, 3/8/99)
1851 Feb 8, Kate (Katherine
O'Flaherty ) Chopin (d.1904), American novelist, short story writer,
was born. Her work included "The Awakening." She wrote tales of love
and passion that presented women testing the boundaries of social
convention. "There are some people who leave impressions not so
lasting as the imprint of an oar upon the water."
(AP, 3/11/99)(SFEC, 11/14/99, BR p.5)(HN, 2/8/01)
1861 Feb 8, Delegates from
seceded states adopted a provisional Confederate Constitution in
(HN, 2/7/97)(MC, 2/8/02)
1862 Feb 8, Union troops under
Gen. Ambrose Burnside defeated a Confederate defense force at the
Battle of Roanoke Island, N.C.
1865 Feb 8, Confederate raider
William Quantrill and men attacked a group of Federal wagons at New
1865 Feb 8, Martin Robinson
Delany became the 1st black major in US army.
1871 Feb 8, Elections were held
in France, unknown to most of the nation's population.
1876 Feb 8, A trial
began for Pres. Ulysses S. Grant's private secretary, Gen. Orville
E. Babcock. He was acquitted after 18 days of involvement in the
Whiskey Ring, 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 administrations acquired.
1878 Feb 8, Martin Buber,
German-Israeli philosopher, theologist (Ich und Du), was born.
1883 Feb 8, Louis Waterman
began experiments to invent fountain pen.
1886 Feb 8, Two rival leftist
organizations, the London United Workmen's Committee and H.F.
Hyndman's revolutionary Social Democratic Federation, gave notice of
their intention to hold meetings simultaneously in Trafalgar Square.
A brief riot occurred and sometimes became referred to as Black
1887 Feb 8, US Senator
Henry Dawes sponsored the Dawes Severalty Act that authorized the
survey of Indian territories in the West, in order that the commonly
held tribal lands might be broken up into property allotments of 40
to 160 acres. The Dawes Act gave citizenship to Indians living apart
from their tribe. Section Six stated that upon completion of a Land
Patent process, the allotment holder will become a United States
citizen and "be entitled to all the rights, privileges, and
immunities of such citizens." Native Americans in general did not
become citizens until the Snyder Act of 1924.
(NG, 5/95, p.91)(HN, 2/7/97)(AP, 6/2/97)
1887 Feb 8, The Allotment Act
(Dawes Act) tried to break up tribal land ownership and awarded
individual allotments. Trust accounts were established for both
Indian tribes and individual American Indians. The lands were then
held in trust, managed by the government and leased out to gas, oil
and timber companies. The status of the accounts brought to question
in 1996 when the Bureau of Indian Affairs could not account for
about 15% of an estimated $450 million held for some 300,000
Indians. In 1999 a federal judge cited Sec. Bruce Babbitt and Robert
Rubin in contempt for official deceit in accounting for the trusts
that involved some 500,000 Indians.
(SFC, 6/11/96, p.A12)(SFC, 2/23/99, p.A1)(WSJ,
1887 Feb 8, Luke Short, owner
of the classy Fort Worth White Elephant saloon, engaged in a
gunfight with Longhair Jim Courtright, gunfighter extraordinaire.
(HT, 4/97, p.51)
1887 Feb 8, Aurora Ski Club of
Red Wing, Minn., became the 1st US ski club.
1892 Feb 8, Fritz Todt, German
Reichs minister (Organization Todt) succeeded by Albert Speer, was
1894 Feb 8, The US Enforcement
Act was repealed making it easier to disenfranchise blacks.
1895 Feb 8, Tchaikovsky's "Swan
Lake," premiered in Petersburg.
1896 Feb 8, Georges Feydeau's
"Le Dindon," premiered in Paris.
1898 Feb 8, John Ames Sherman
patented the 1st envelope folding & gumming machine in Mass.
1900 Feb 8, British General
Buller was beaten at Ladysmith, South Africa as the British fled
over the Tugela River.
1904 Feb 8, The Russo-Japanese
War began. In a surprise attack at Port Arthur, Korea, the Japanese
disabled seven Russian warships. During the war, Russia suffered a
series of stunning defeats to Japan; the fighting ended with an
agreement mediated by President Theodore Roosevelt, who went on to
win the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts.
(HN, 2/7/97)(AP, 2/8/04)
1905 Feb 8, A cyclone hit
Tahiti and adjacent islands killing some 10,000 people.
1906 Feb 8, Chester F. Carlson,
physicist, was born. He invented xerography, the electrostatic
1906 Feb 8, Henry Roth, writer,
was born. His work included "Call it Sleep."
1907 Feb 8, Revolution broke
out in Argentina.
Feb 8, The Boy Scouts of America was incorporated in Washington,
D.C. by William D. Boyce, a wealthy Chicago publisher who learned of
the "scouts" on a trip to England the previous year.
(NPR, 7/26/95)(HN, 2/8/98)(AP, 2/8/99)
1910 Feb 8, James W. Coffroth
(1872-1943), SF boxing promoter, arrived in SF from London winning a
bet that he could make the trip in ten days.
1911 Feb 8, Elizabeth Bishop,
poet, was born.
1911 Feb 8, Victor Herbert's
opera "Natoma," premiered in NYC.
1911 Feb 8, US helped overthrow
President Miguel Devila of Honduras.
1915 Feb 8, D.W. Griffith's
silent movie epic about the Civil War, "The Birth of a Nation,"
premiered at Clune's Auditorium in Los Angeles. It was based Thomas
Dixon’s novel “The Clansman."
(AP, 2/8/99)(SSFC, 10/25/15, DB p.50)
1916 Feb 8, Demonstrators
protested against food shortages in Berlin.
1917 Feb 8, The British
steamship Mantola was torpedoed by a German submarine off the coast
of Ireland. All but seven crew members, who drowned when their
lifeboat overturned, were rescued by the HMS Laburnum. The ship sank
the next day. The British Ministry of War Transport paid a War Risk
Insurance Claim for £110,000 (in 1917 value) for silver that was on
board when the ship sank. In 2011 Odyssey Marine Exploration
discovered the ship.
Feb 8, The World War I first edition of The Stars and Stripes, the
weekly newspaper of the American Expeditionary Forces, was published
in Paris, France. It was produced weekly by an all-military staff to
serve the doughboys under General of the Armies John J. "Black Jack"
Pershing. Some of its staff went on to journalistic fame, including
Pvt. Harold Ross, who later became the founder and editor of The New
Yorker magazine, and sports writer Lt. Grantland Rice. The first
paper called The Stars and Stripes was a product of the Civil War,
put out by four Union soldiers in 1861. Using the facilities of a
captured newspaper plant in Bloomfield, Missouri, they ran off a
one-page paper that made just one appearance.
1920 Feb 8, Swiss men voted
against women's suffrage.
1921 Feb 8, Pjotr A. Kropotkin
(78), Russian anarchist and son of Prince Alexei Petrovich
Kropotkin, died. Books by Peter Kropotkin included “Mutual Aid: A
Factor of Evolution" (1902)
1921 Feb 8, The Turkish
Parliament gave the city of Antep the title Gazi ("victorious
warrior" – “warrior of the faith"), a day before the city
surrendered to the French, in recognition of the valor of its
inhabitants during the Turkish War of Independence. Gaziantep,
amongst the oldest continually inhabited cities in the world, had
withstood a 10-month siege by French forces.
(Econ, 10/23/10, SR
1922 Feb 8, President Harding
had a radio installed in the White House.
1923 Feb 8, German NSDAP (Nazi
Party) Volkischer Beobachter newspaper became a daily.
1924 Feb 8, The gas chamber was
used for the first time to execute a murderer. Major D.A. Turner of
the US Medical Corps used hydrocyanic gas on an alleged Chinese Tong
member named Gee Jon at the Nevada State Prison in Carson City, Nev.
(HN, 2/8/98)(SFC, 6/27/98, p.E4)(AP, 2/8/99)
1925 Feb 8, Jack Lemmon, actor
(Days of Wine & Roses, Missing), was born in Boston, Mass.
1925 Feb 8, Kaufman's &
Berlin's "Cocoanuts," premiered in NYC.
1925 Feb 8, Marcus Garvey
entered federal prison in Atlanta.
1926 Feb 8, Neal Cassaday,
writer, counterculture proponent, was born.
1926 Feb 8, Sean O'Casey's
"Plough & Stars" opened at Abbey Theater Dublin.
1926 Feb 8, German Reichstag
decided to apply for League of Nations membership.
1927 Feb 8, Stanley Baker,
actor (Concrete Jungle, Zorro, Zulu), was born in Ferndale, Wales.
1928 Feb 8, 1st transatlantic
TV image was received at Hartsdale, NY.
1928 Feb 8, Scottish inventor
J. Blaird demonstrated color TV.
1931 Feb 8, James Dean, stage
and film actor who personified "cool" for young people in the 1950s,
was born in Marion, In. His films were Rebel Without a Cause, East
of Eden and Giant.
(HN, 2/8/99)(MC, 2/8/02)
1932 Feb 8, Vincent "Mad Dog"
Coll, mobster, was killed by Dutch Schultz gang.
1933 Feb 8, Elly Ameling,
soprano (Ilya-Idomeneo), was born in Rotterdam, Holland.
1933 Feb 8, The 1st flight of
all-metal Boeing 247.
1935 Feb 8, Max Liebermann
(b.1847), German impressionist painter, graphic artist, died in
Berlin. He was associated with several artists’ organizations
including the Berlin Secession.
1936 Feb 8, Pandit Jawaharlal
Nehru followed Gandhi as chairman of India Congress Party.
1940 Feb 8, Ted Koppel,
American television journalist, was born in Lancashire, England, as
Edward James Koppel. His family came to the United States in 1953,
and he was naturalized as a US citizen in 1963.
1941 Feb 8, Japanese armored
barges crossed the Strait of Johore to attack Singapore.
1942 Feb 8, Terry Melcher, Rip
Chords, Doris Day's son, was born.
1942 Feb 8, Congress advised
FDR that Americans of Japanese descent should be locked up en masse
so they wouldn't oppose the US war effort.
1942 Feb 8, The Japanese landed
on Singapore. By 1941, Gen. Yamashita was the commanding general of
Japan’s Twenty-Fifth Army. His plans for taking Singapore were
1943 Feb 8, British General
Wingate led a guerrilla force of "Chindits" behind the Japanese
lines in Burma. Detachment 101’s support of Maj. Gen. Orde Wingate’s
Chindits and Maj. Gen. Frank Merrill’s Marauders was crucial to the
Allied success in Burma and to the eventual victory in Southeast
1943 Feb 8, Red Army recaptured
1945 Feb 8, Allied air attack
on Goch, Kleef, Kalkar, Reichswald.
1946 Feb 8, Premier Salazar of
Portugal forbade opposition parties.
1949 Feb 8, In Hungary
Cardinal Mindszenty was sentenced to life imprisonment for high
(TOH, 1982, p.1949)(EWH, 1968, p.1188)
1952 Feb 8, Elizabeth was
formally proclaimed Queen of England following the Feb 6 death of
her father, King George VI. Elizabeth was crowned Jun 2, 1953.
(HN, 2/8/98)(WSJ, 2/13/02, p.A21)
1953 Feb 8, Mary Steenburgen,
actress (Parenthood, Time After Time), was born in Newport, Ark.
1954 Feb 8, Caryl Whittier
Chessman (34), on death row at San Quentin for kidnapping and
attempted rape, had his 1st book accepted for publication: "Cell
2455, Death Row." He was executed May 2, 1960.
(SFC, 2/6/04, p.E12)
1955 Feb 8, John Grisham,
writer (Client, Firm, Pelican Brief), was born.
1955 Feb 8, Malenkov resigned
as USSR premier. Bulganin replaced him.
1956 Feb 8, U.S. banned the
launching of weather balloons because of Soviet complaints.
1959 Feb 8, William J. "Wild
Bill" Donovan (76), Office Strategic Services, died.
1960 Feb 8, Congress opened
hearings into payola.
1962 Feb 8, The U.S. Defense
Department reported the creation of the Military Assistance Command
in South Vietnam.
1963 Feb 8, In Iraq the Baath
Party first took power. Right-wing Baathists succeeded in mounting a
coup and executed PM Gen. Abdel Karim Qassim. Abdul Salam Arif came
to power. This was followed by a massacre of thousands of peasants,
communists and trade unionists. The Arab Baath Socialist Party
pulled off the coup and ruled Iraq for 9 months.
(HNQ, 6/20/99)(SFC, 8/6/99, p.D4)(AP,
5/26/03)(AP, 7/13/03)(NW, 9/8/03, p.32)
1964 Feb 8, Peter Shaffer's
"Royal Hunt of the Sun," premiered in London.
1965 Feb 8, Pres. Lyndon B.
Johnson called for the development and protection of a balanced
system of trails to help protect and enhance the quality of the
1965 Feb 8, Eastern DC-7B
crashed into the Atlantic off Jones Beach, NJ, and 84 people were
1965 Feb 8, South Vietnamese
bombed the North Vietnamese communications center at Vinh Linh.
1966 Feb 8, In Malaysia the
Tugu Negara (national monument) was completed and officially opened
by the Sultan Ismail Nasiruddin Shah, the head of state. The
sculpture was designed by Austria-born American sculptor Felix de
Weldon (1907-2003). It was proclaimed a memorial park dedicated to
the 11,000 people who died during the 12-year Malayan Emergency
(1948-1960). Thereafter, a wreath-laying ceremony takes place at the
monument every July 31 on Warriors Day.
1968 Feb 8, George Wallace, the
pro-segregation governor of Alabama, entered the US presidential
race. Wallace ran as a third-party candidate. He was mainly popular
in the deep south, but he was able to attract 14% of the popular
vote in the November election.
1968 Feb 8, Robert F. Kennedy
said that the US cannot win the Vietnam War.
1968 Feb 8, At South Carolina
State 3 black students were killed in a confrontation with highway
patrolmen in Orangeburg, during a civil rights protest against a
whites-only bowling alley. Nearly 50 were injured in the Orangeburg
Massacre during confrontations with the National Guard. In 2001 Gov.
Jim Hodges voiced his regret over the massacre. In 1970 Jack Nelson
(1929-2009), LA Times reporter, authored “The Orangeburg Massacre."
(SFEC, 2/22/98, BR p.8)(AP, 2/8/99)(SFC, 2/9/01,
p.A3)(SFC, 10/22/09, p.D6)
1968 Feb 8, In South Carolina
Lee Roy Martin, called the editor of a local newspaper, and told him
where to find the bodies of two women he'd dumped in the woods. He
threatened to kill even more women until he was "shot down like the
dog I am." Clues in the area led to Martin's arrest. Martin, dubbed
the “Gaffney Strangler," was convicted of four murders and sentenced
to four life terms. In 1972, he was stabbed to death in his cell.
1969 Feb 8, The last edition of
Saturday Evening Post was published. It had begun publishing in
1969 Feb 8, A meteor shower hit
Mexico creating a luminance in the night sky as bright as day. A
meteorite weighing over 1 ton fell in Chihuahua, Mexico.
1969 Feb 8, Mexican graphic
artist Leopoldo Mendez (b.1902) died. His work mostly focused on
engraving for illustrations and other print work generally connected
to his political and social activism.
1971 Feb 8, Nasdaq, a unit of
the National Association of Securities Dealers, went live under the
leadership of Gordon Macklin (1928-2007).
(WSJ, 2/3/07, p.A8)
1971 Feb 8, South Vietnamese
ground forces, backed by American air power, began Operation Lam Son
719, a 17,000 man incursion into Laos that ended three weeks later
in a disaster.
1973 Feb 8, Pres. Nixon
appointed Daniel Patrick Moynihan (1927-2003) ambassador to India.
1973 Feb 8, Senate leaders
named seven members of a select committee to investigate the
Watergate scandal, including the chairman, Sam J. Ervin Jr., D-N.C.
1973 Feb 8, Max Yasgur (53),
owner Woodstock festival farmland, died of a heart attack. In 1969
his dairy farm was the site of the Woodstock Music and Arts
Festival. He had offered his land for the festival over the
objection of local officials.
1974 Feb 8, The three-man crew
of "Skylab" space station returned to Earth after spending 84 days
1974 Feb 8, Fritz Zwicky
(b.1898), Swiss-US astronomer, died. In 1934 he and Walter Baade
coined the term "supernova" and hypothesized that they were the
transition of normal stars into neutron stars, as well as the origin
of cosmic rays.
1975 Feb 8, 1800 Unification
church couples were wed in Korea.
1975 Feb 8, Martyn Green
(b.1899), English actor (Gilbert & Sullivan, Mikado), died.
1978 Feb 8, The deliberations
of the Senate were broadcast on radio for the first time as members
opened debate on the Panama Canal treaties.
1978 Feb 8, The BBC TV show
Grange Hill, a children’s drama created by Phil Redmond, made its
1979 Feb 8, In the Republic of
the Congo Denis Sassou Nguesso (b.1943), a member of the Mbochi
minority, began 13 years of rule as a Marxist dictator.
1980 Feb 8, President Jimmy
Carter unveiled a plan to re-introduce draft registration.
1981 Feb 8, Scott Hamilton won
the US male Figure Skating championship.
1982 Feb 8, John Hay Whitney
(b.1904), US ambassador and newspaper magnate, died.
1983 Feb 8, Baseball ordered
Mickey Mantle (1931-1995) to sever ties with Claridge Casino.
1983 Feb 8, Champion
thoroughbred Shergar was kidnapped in Ireland and never found.
Lloyds of London paid $10.6 million insurance.
1984 Feb 8, Winter Olympics
opened in Sarajevo.
1984 Feb 8, Philippe Aries
(b.1914), French medievalist and historian of the family and
childhood, died. His books included Essais sur l'histoire de la mort
en Occident: du Moyen Âge à nos jours, Seuil (1975). English
translation: Western Attitudes Toward Death from the Middle Ages to
the Present. Patricia M. Ranum (translation). Johns Hopkins
University Press. 1974.
1986 Feb 8, Brian Boitano won
the US male Figure Skating championship.
1988 Feb 8, Jimmy Lee Dill
fatally shot and killed Leon Shaw in Birmingham, Alabama, and robbed
him of cocaine and about $200. Dill (49) was executed in 2009.
1989 Feb 8, Jockey Chris Antley
(1966-2000) began a record of 64 consecutive winning days.
1989 Feb 8, In the Azores 144
people were killed when an American-chartered Boeing 707 filled with
Italian tourists slammed into fog-covered Santa Maria mountain.
1990 Feb 8, CBS television
temporarily suspended Andy Rooney for his anti-gay and anti-black
remarks in a gay magazine interview.
1990 Feb 8, In California
Christy Pina (14) was found dead in an artichoke field just off
Highway 1 in Castroville. She had been strangled, raped and stabbed
repeatedly. In 1996 advanced DNA technology identified Arsenio
Pacheco Leyva as the killer, but he had gone into hiding. Leyva was
later arrested in Mexico and spent over three years in jail before
he was extradited to the US to face charges. On May 3, 2018, Leyva
(56) was booked at the Monterey County Jail.
(SFC, 5/8/18, p.C4)
1990 Feb 8, In NYC a gunman
botched an attempt to rob a diamond courier. He then shot and killed
Rabbi Chaskel Werzberger in his vehicle and rode off in the vehicle.
David Ranta, an unemployed drug addict, was arrested on
circumstantial evidence and “uncertain" witness testimony. In 2013
Ranta was freed from his 37.5 year prison sentence.
(SFC, 2/22/13, p.A7)
1991 Feb 8, Defense Secretary
Dick Cheney and Joint Chiefs Chairman Colin L. Powell met with
American pilots in Saudi Arabia. Powell drew cheers as he described
how allied troops would deal with the Iraqi force in Kuwait: "We’ll
cut it off and kill it."
1991 Feb 8, In Ohio Kenneth
Biros (33) raped and killed Tami Engstrom (22) after offering her a
ride home from a bar in Trumbull county. He then scattered her body
parts in Ohio and Pennsylvania. Biros was executed in 2009.
(SFC, 12/9/09, p.A10)
1992 Feb 8, The 16th Olympic
Winter Games opened in Albertville, France.
1993 Feb 8, General Motors sued
NBC, alleging that the "Dateline NBC" program had rigged two
car-truck crashes to show that 1973-1987 GM pickups were prone to
fires in side impact crashes. NBC settled the lawsuit the following
1994 Feb 8, President Clinton's
health-care proposal suffered a blow as the Congressional Budget
Office released an analysis saying that the plan would not shrink
federal deficits, but instead drive them higher.
1995 Feb 8, US Surgeon General
nominee Henry Foster said in an ABC interview he'd performed 39
abortions, more than three times as many as previously stated.
1995 Feb 8, The U.N. Security
Council approved sending 7,000 peacekeepers to Angola to cement an
accord ending 19 years of civil war.
1995 Feb 8, A 6.4 earthquake at
Trujillo, Colombia, killed over 46 people.
1996 Feb 8, NFL and Cleveland
allowed Art Modell to move his NFL franchise to Baltimore but he had
to leave the Browns' name behind.
1996 Feb 8, In a ceremony at
the Library of Congress, President Clinton signed legislation
revamping the telecommunications industry, saying it would "bring
the future to our doorstep."
1996 Feb 8, Rivers overflowed
in northern Oregon in the worst flooding in 30 years.
(WSJ, 2/9/96, p.A1)
1996 Feb 8, John Peter Barlow,
Internet activist, issued the “Declaration of the Independence of
Cyberspace" from Davos, Switzerland.
1997 Feb 8, President Clinton
announced in his weekly radio address that he was releasing the
first of a $200 million program of grants to provide schools with
computers and Internet training.
1997 Feb 8, In Serbia it was
reported that a new book by former journalist Slavoljub Djukic: "He,
She and Us," was flying off the shelves. The book is about Slobodan
Milosevic and his wife Mirjana Markovic.
1998 Feb 8, Olga Danilova of
Russia won the first gold medal of the Nagano Winter Games in
15-kilometer classical cross-country skiing.
1998 Feb 8, In Afghanistan new
tremors killed up to 250 more people as relief workers struggled to
reach the disaster scene.
(SFC, 2/9/98, p.B2)
1998 Feb 8, Greek Cypriots
voted in elections with neither main candidate receiving a necessary
majority. Pres. Glafcos Cleridas (78) will face former foreign
minister George Lacovou on Feb 15.
(SFC, 2/9/98, p.A12)
1998 Feb 8, In Iceland Halldor
Laxness (b.1902), novelist and Nobel Prize winner, died at age 95.
His books included "Independent People" (1946), "the Great Weaver of
Cashmere," "Salka Valka," "The Atom Station," and "Paradise
(SFC, 2/11/98, p.A24)
1998 Feb 8, In Sierra Leone a
jet belonging to West African peacekeepers fired on a tank with a
mounted anti-aircraft gun in Freetown and killed 6 people. Nigerian
led peacekeepers were moving toward Freetown in an effort to drive
the military junta from power.
(SFC, 2/9/98, p.A12)
1999 Feb 8, The Senate heard
closing arguments at President Clinton's impeachment trial, with
House prosecutors challenging senators to "cleanse the office" and
the president's attorney dismissing the case as one of partisan
1999 Feb 8, American Airlines
cancelled 400 flights as pilots called in sick. There was pilot
concern over pay rates and new pilots coming from the recently
merged Reno Air. In April a federal judge fined the pilots' union
(SFC, 2/9/99, p.A3)(SFC, 4/16/99, p.A3)
1999 Feb 8, Nevada lawmakers
voted to oppose federal plans for a nuclear storage dump northwest
of Las Vegas.
(SFC, 2/9/99, p.A3)
1999 Feb 8, Iris Murdoch
(b.1919), Dublin-born novelist, died. Her husband, John Bayley,
published "Iris: A Memoir of Iris Murdoch" in 1998. It was published
in the US as "Elegy for Iris."
1999 Feb 8, A French helicopter
crashed in Antarctica and 3 people were killed.
(SFC, 2/9/99, p.A7)
1999 Feb 8, Jordan's King
Hussein was laid to rest during a five-hour funeral in Amman
attended by dignitaries from all over the world, including President
Clinton and former presidents Bush, Carter and Ford.
1999 Feb 8, In Sudan an
independent scientist hired by the owner of the pharmaceutical plant
bombed by the US in August found no traces of chemical weapons.
(SFC, 2/9/99, p.A8)
2000 Feb 8, George W. Bush won
the Delaware Republican primary with 51% of the vote.
(SFC, 2/9/00, p.A3)
2000 Feb 8, Net hackers shut
down at least 4 popular Web sites including Amazon.com, eBay,
CNN.com and buy.com with "denial of service attacks."
(SFC, 2/9/00, p.A1)(AP, 2/8/01)
2000 Feb 8, In Zion, Ill., 2
small planes collided and 3 people were killed including Bob
Collins, a popular Chicago radio host for WGN-AM. One of the planes
crashed into the roof of the Midwestern Regional Medical Center.
(SFC, 2/9/00, p.A3)
2000 Feb 8, In Chechnya rebels
attacked 2 Russian military trains and set off a large battle.
(WSJ, 2/11/00, p.A1)
2000 Feb 8, At Stansted,
England, 4 men escaped from the Afghan hijacked airline as
(SFC, 2/9/00, p.A10)
2000 Feb 8, In Lebanon
Hezbollah guerrillas killed another Israeli soldier and Israeli
warplanes retaliated with attacks on Tyre and Iqlim al-Tuffah.
(SFC, 2/9/00, p.A10)
2000 Feb 8, In Sri Lanka bombs
exploded in 2 buses around Colombo and 2 people were killed and 31
(SFC, 2/9/00, p.C3)
2000 Feb 8, In Sudan a
government plane bombed the rebel town of Kaouda in the Nuba
Mountains and 13 students under age 14 were reported killed.
(SFC, 2/9/00, p.C3)
2001 Feb 8, President Bush sent
his proposed $1.6 trillion, 10-year tax cut plan to Congress.
(SFC, 2/9/01, p.A1)(AP, 2/8/02)
2001 Feb 8, A House committee
opened hearings into former President Clinton's last-minute pardon
of fugitive financier Marc Rich, with former prosecutors complaining
that they hadn't been consulted before the pardon was granted.
2001 Feb 8, The new Disney
theme park "Disney’s California Adventure" opened in Anaheim.
(WSJ, 1/22/01, p.B1)(SFC, 2/8/01, p.A1)
2001 Feb 8, In China the
cabinet approved a 700-mile rail line to link Lhasa, Tibet, and
(WSJ, 2/9/01, p.A1)
2001 Feb 8, In Colombia Pres.
Pastrana met with FARC leader Manuel Marulanda at Los Pozos.
(SFC, 2/9/01, p.A16)
2001 Feb 8, In Germany
ex-Chancellor Kohl agreed to pay a fine to close a slush fund
(WSJ, 2/9/01, p.A1)
2001 Feb 8, In Israel 2 blasts
from an explosives rigged car injured one woman in Jerusalem. Ehud
Barak announced that he would take over Labor Party negotiations to
join the Sharon government.
(SFC, 2/9/01, p.A16)
2001 Feb 8, In Russia the lower
house voted to reduce advertising interruptions for TV movies.
(SSFC, 2/11/01, p.C1)
2002 Feb 8, Pres. Bush opened
the 19th Winter Olympic Games as part of a 3-hour ceremony at
Rice-Eccles Stadium at the Univ. of Utah campus, which included an
emotional tribute to America's heroes, from the pioneers of the West
to past Olympic champions to the thousands who perished on Sept. 11,
(SFC, 2/9/02, p.A1)(AP, 2/8/03)
2002 Feb 8, In Texas a $60
million casino run by the Tigua Indians was shut down following
lobbying efforts by religious activist Ralph Reed and Washington
lobbyists Jack Abramoff and Michael Scanlon. Abramoff and Scanlon
then persuaded the tribe to pay $4.2 million to lobby Congress to
reopen it. Senate hearings on the process opened in 2004.
(SSFC, 9/26/04, p.A10)
2002 Feb 8, A bankruptcy judge
rejected a reorganization plan proposed by Pacific Gas and Electric.
(SFC, 2/9/02, p.A1)
2002 Feb 8, William T. Dillard
(b.1914), founder of Dillard’s department store chain, died in
Little Rock, Ark.
(SFC, 2/11/02, p.B5)(AP, 2/8/03)
2002 Feb 8, Marine Sgt. Todd
Sommer (23) died in his home in San Diego. His death was at first
ruled a heart attack but later tests found high arsenic levels in
his liver. In 2005 his wife, Cynthia Sommers, was charged with 1st
degree murder. In 2007 his wife, Cynthia Sommer (33) was convicted
of murdering him with arsenic so she could cash in on his $250,000
life insurance policy, some of which she used to have her breasts
(SFC, 12/16/05, p.A2)(AP, 1/30/07)
2002 Feb 8, In Afghanistan
Mullah Wakil Ahmed Muttawakil, Taliban foreign minister, surrendered
in Kandahar and was turned over to US military.
(SFC, 2/9/02, p.A14)
2002 Feb 8, Interim Afghan
leader Hamid Karzai met with Pakistan Pres. Musharraf in Islamabad
and they agreed to bury past misunderstandings.
(SFC, 2/9/02, p.A14)
2002 Feb 8, In Israel at least
2 Palestinians were killed when a bomb exploded prematurely. In
Jerusalem an Israeli woman was stabbed to death while strolling in
the Peace Forest. Police caught 4 Palestinians and one died
following his arrest.
(SFC, 2/9/02, p.A7)
2003 Feb 8, In a jab at major
US allies, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld told a security
conference in Munich that countries such as France and Germany that
favored giving Iraq another chance to disarm were undermining what
slim chance existed to avoid war.
2003 Feb 8, The US Navy
conducted its last scheduled round of weapons tests on Vieques
Island, Puerto Rico. A 2013 report said that the US Navy had fired
more than 300,000 munitions in Vieques from the mid-1940s to 2003,
taking control of 77 percent of the land.
(SFC, 2/10/03, p.A9)(AP, 5/1/13)
2003 Feb 8, In Australia 750
nude women formed a heart around the words 'No War' near the town of
Byron Bay to protest possible war with Iraq.
2003 Feb 8, Augusto Monterosso
(81), Honduras-born Guatemalan writer, died in Mexico City. His work
included "Perpetual Movement" (1972); "The Letter E: Fragments of a
Diary" (1987); and "The Magic Word" (1983).
(SFC, 2/10/03, p.B5)
2003 Feb 8, The chief UN arms
inspectors arrived in Baghdad for a new round of crucial talks with
2003 Feb 8, In Iraq gunmen
posing as defectors from an Islamic extremist group killed
Gen. Shawkat Haji Mushir, a political leader of the Patriotic Union
of Kurdistan and two other Kurdish officials.
2003 Feb 8, Philippine troops
killed at least eight Abu Sayyaf rebels during a clash with the
guerrillas in the southern town of Patikul.
2003 Feb 8, Nearly 2 million
Muslims converged on Mecca for the annual pilgrimage. Some of the
faithful offered prayers to avert a U.S.-led war on Iraq.
2003 Feb 8, Tens of thousands
of Venezuelans marched in support of 9,000 oil workers fired for
leading a two-month strike against President Hugo Chavez that
battered the economy of this oil-dependent nation.
2004 Feb 8, At the Grammy
Awards, rap funksters OutKast won album of the year for
"Speakerboxxx-The Love Below" and Beyonce took home a record-tying
2004 Feb 8, President Bush
denied marching America into war under false pretenses and said in
an interview on NBC's "Meet the Press" the U.S.-led invasion was
necessary because Saddam Hussein could have developed a nuclear
2004 Feb 8, John Kerry won the
(SFC, 2/9/04, p.A1)
2004 Feb 8, In northeastern
Afghanistan 4 days of fighting between rival warlords over control
of the drug trade left 7 dead and 8 wounded.
(SFC, 2/9/04, p.A3)
2004 Feb 8, In Brazil 49
inmates slipped through a bathroom wall of a Rio de Janeiro jail
cell in an escape caught on a surveillance camera. Authorities
suspended six prison guards.
2004 Feb 8, US Defense
Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld visited Croatia and thanked Pres. Stipe
Mesic for Croatia's small military police contingent (50) in Iraq.
2004 Feb 8, Socialist voters
across Greece cast symbolic ballots to hand the party's leadership
to Foreign Minister George Papandreou.
2004 Feb 8, In Suwayrah, Iraq,
a bomb inside a police station exploded soon after the morning roll
call, killing 3 police officer and injuring 11 others.
2004 Feb 8, A UN team met with
Iraqi leaders to discuss the feasibility of early legislative
elections, and its leader pledged to do "everything possible" to
help the country regain its sovereignty.
2004 Feb 8, In New Zealand some
3,400-gallons of fuel spilled in a fjord listed as a World Heritage
site. Officials the next day said the spill in Milford Sound fjord
was "eco-terrorism and economic sabotage" against the country's
lucrative tourism industry.
2004 Feb 8, Swiss voters
approved a measure to put into effect some of Europe's harshest laws
on violent criminals and pedophiles.
(SFC, 2/9/04, p.A3)
2005 Feb 8, An
earlier-than-usual Mardi Gras festival opened in New Orleans with
2005 Feb 8, It was reported
that a 1991 memo from Merck showed that senior executives were
concerned that the vaccines of an expanded immunization program
contained an elevated dose of mercury by as much as 87 times the
maximum guidelines for daily consumption of mercury from fish.
Thimersol, an anti-bacterial compound in the vaccine, was nearly 50%
ethyl mercury, a neurotoxin. The vaccine program was later tied to
elevated cases of autism.
(SFC, 2/8/05, p.A5)
2005 Feb 8, Ian Wilmut, the
scientist who created Dolly the sheep, the world's first cloned
mammal, was given a license to clone human embryos for medical
research. Therapeutic cloning research has been legal in Great
Britain since 2001.
2005 Feb 8, George Herman (85),
longtime CBS newsman, died in Washington.
2005 Feb 8, Keith Knudsen (56),
Doobie Brothers drummer who was part of the band during a string of
hits that included "Taking it to the Streets" and "Black Water,"
died of pneumonia.
2005 Feb 8, Jimmy Smith
(b.1928), reigning “Emperor of the Hammond Organ," died in
Scottsdale, Az. Smith established the Hammond B-3 organ as a
legitimate jazz instrument.
(SFC, 2/10/04, p.B7)
2005 Feb 8, In northwest
Colombia Marxist rebels killed at least 17 soldiers during clashes,
the military's heaviest battle toll in two years. At least 11
guerrillas also died in the fighting.
(AP, 2/9/05)(Econ, 2/26/05, p.36)
2005 Feb 8, UNICEF said that it
was providing urgently needed aid for 50,000 people caught up in an
upsurge in fighting in Congo.
2005 Feb 8, Danes voted in
parliamentary elections dominated by competing strategies for
strengthening the country's cradle-to-grave welfare state and
tightening immigration. Danes re-elected center-right PM Rasmussen
for a 2nd term.
(AP, 2/8/05)(WSJ, 2/9/05, p.A1)
2005 Feb 8, In Sharm El-Sheik,
Egypt, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and Palestinian leader
Mahmoud Abbas declared that their people would stop all military and
violent attacks against each other, pledging to get peace talks back
on track. The Palestinian militant group Hamas said it would not be
bound by the cease-fire declarations.
2005 Feb 8, Cairo’s 2-week book
fair ended. During the two-week fair, police confiscated leftist
books and arrested three people protesting any renewal of Hosni
2005 Feb 8, Herve Gaymard,
France's finance minister, announced new measures designed to boost
confidence, stimulate growth and tackle the "scandalously high" 9.9%
2005 Feb 8, A suicide bomber
blew himself up in a crowd of Iraqis outside an army recruitment
center, killing 21 other people and injuring 27 more.
2005 Feb 8, A Web posting in
the name of a militant group in Iraq claimed to have executed
Italian female journalist Giuliana Sgrena.
2005 Feb 8, In Kuwait Amer
Khlaif al-Enezi, the alleged ringleader of a terror group accused of
plotting to attack Americans and Kuwaiti security forces, died of
heart failure while in prison.
2005 Feb 8, Officials said
Italian real estate services company Norman 95 has won a
300-million-euro (384-million-dollar) contract to develop a luxury
holiday resort on the Libyan coast.
2005 Feb 8, A confrontation
between rival gangs in an overcrowded Peruvian prison left five
inmates dead and at least 18 others wounded.
2005 Feb 8, In Lome, Togo, a
strike called by opposition parties shut down the capital’s main
market and other businesses.
2006 Feb 8, President Bush
condemned deadly rioting sparked by cartoons of the prophet Muhammad
as he urged foreign leaders to halt the spreading violence.
2006 Feb 8, In the 48th annual
Grammy Awards U2 captured five Grammy awards for their album "How to
Dismantle An Atomic Bomb," including album of the year.
(SFC, 2/9/06, p.A2)(AP, 2/8/07)
2006 Feb 8, The NY Times
reported that Representative Heather Wilson of New Mexico, who
chairs the House Subcommittee on Technical and Tactical
Intelligence, said in an interview that she had "serious concerns"
about the Bush administration's domestic spying program.
2006 Feb 8, Steve Fossett (61)
soared out over the Atlantic from Cape Canaveral, Fla., on a quest
to break the 25,000-mile record for the world's longest aircraft
flight. The 80-hour voyage would break the airplane distance record
of 24,987 miles set in 1986 by the lightweight Voyager aircraft
piloted by Dick Rutan and Jeana Yeager, as well as the balloon
record of 25,361 miles set by the Breitling Orbiter 3 in 1999.
2006 Feb 8, Afghanistan lauded
a decision by the United States, Russia and Germany to cancel its
debts to the three countries, totaling more than $10 billion.
2006 Feb 8, In Afghan police
shot four protesters to death to stop hundreds from marching on a
southern US military base, as Islamic organizations called for an
end to deadly rioting across the Muslim world over drawings of the
2006 Feb 8, Australia and New
Zealand vowed to work to build a single economic market on the back
of strengthening trade ties, but stopped short of endorsing a single
2006 Feb 8, China's Ministry of
Health announced one more human case of bird flu, bringing the
number of the country's confirmed cases in humans to eleven.
2006 Feb 8, A deputy minister
said Ecuador is not likely to extend a deal that allows the
United States to use an anti-narcotics air base on its territory due
to a surge in sentiment against the American military presence.
2006 Feb 8, Egypt's antiquities
chief announced that American archaeologists from the Univ. of
Memphis have uncovered an 18th Dynasty tomb in Egypt's Valley of the
Kings, the first uncovered there since King Tutankhamen’s in 1922.
The 18th Dynasty ruled from around 1560 B.C. to 1085 B.C.
2006 Feb 8, A dispute over the
fate of an ancient Muslim cemetery in Jerusalem threatened to ignite
tensions as workers removed skeletons from the site despite Muslim
pleas for the work to end. Israeli developers and archaeologists
were removing the tombs to make room for the Los Angeles-based Simon
Wiesenthal Center to build a multi-million-dollar Museum of
Tolerance, dedicated in part to promoting understanding among
2006 Feb 8, The Italian Senate
approved a bill that would dramatically increase the number of women
elected to parliament in a country with one of the lowest number of
female lawmakers in Europe.
2006 Feb 8, Japan and North
Korea ended five days of high-level talks aimed at establishing
diplomatic relations without any agreements, citing major
differences on the North's abduction of Japanese nationals and its
2006 Feb 8, Kenya’s government
and the UN said Kenya needs $221.5 million in aid to help feed
3.5 million people threatened by starvation due to drought and avoid
a "massive humanitarian catastrophe."
2006 Feb 8, In Libya the
leaders of Sudan and Chad signed a peace agreement to end increasing
tension over Sudan's Darfur region, pledging to normalize diplomatic
relations and deny refuge to each other's rebel groups. A communique
issued by Sudan, Chad and Libya, as well as Burkino Faso, Congo and
the Central African Republic, whose leaders attended the talks, said
a committee of African countries overseen by Libya would monitor the
implementation of the deal.
2006 Feb 8, A rebel attack and
an army shooting of protesters marred Nepal's first elections in
seven years, as few voters turned out at schools, shrines and
temples for municipal balloting seen as a referendum on the king. At
least six people were killed.
2006 Feb 8, The World
Organization for Animal Health said the deadly H5N1 bird flu virus
has been detected on a large commercial chicken farm in Nigeria, the
first reported outbreak in Africa. Researchers later reported that 3
different strains of bird flu had entered Nigeria and most closely
resembled those identified in Egypt, Mongolia and Russia.
(AP, 2/8/06)(SFC, 7/6/06, p.A6)
2006 Feb 8, Hundreds of
Palestinians attacked an international observer mission in Hebron,
throwing stones and smashing windows as dozens of foreigners were
2006 Feb 8, Khaled Batch, a
leader of the militant Islamic Jihad group, said the group rejects
the idea of a long-term truce with Israel and will not join a
Hamas-led government. Islamic Jihad, which is believed to be funded,
in part, by Iran, boycotted last month's Palestinian parliament
2006 Feb 8, In Thailand
skydivers from 31 countries set a new world record of 400 people
holding hands in a midair free-fall formation.
2007 Feb 8, A federal judge in
Fargo, N.D., sentenced Alfonso Rodriguez Jr. to death for the
slaying of college student Dru Sjodin.
2007 Feb 8, The Museum for
African Art unveiled plans for a new home in Manhattan, becoming the
first major addition to New York's Museum Mile in 50 years.
2007 Feb 8, Anna Nicole Smith
(b.1967), former Playboy centerfold (Miss May 1992) and wife of
former oil tycoon J. Howard Marshall II (1905-1995), died in
Florida. Authorities later said Smith died of an accidental drug
overdose of nine prescription medications, but an extensive six-week
investigation found no signs of foul play. In 2010 her psychiatrist
and boyfriend were convicted of conspiracy for filling her demands
for prescription drugs.
(AP, 2/8/07)(SFC, 2/9/07, p.A1)(AP, 3/26/07)(SFC,
2007 Feb 8, Joe Edwards (85),
comics artist, died at his home in NY. He worked on the 1942 debut
issue of Archie comics and later created the character Li'l Jinx.
2007 Feb 8, Benin, Nigeria, and
Togo formed a new regional body aimed at fast-tracking the
integration of their economies. The body, known as the Co-Prosperity
Alliance Zone (COPAZ), was formally inaugurated following a
mini-summit of Nigeria’s President Olusegun Obasanjo, Benin’s
President Boni Yayi and Togo’s President Faure Gnassingbe.
2007 Feb 8, In Cape Verde 3
Italian women, aged 17-33, were brutally attacked while vacationing,
dragged into the woods, pelted with stones and left for dead at the
bottom of a hole. One woman survived. 3 local men were arrested.
2007 Feb 8, State media said
officials in eastern China plan to name and shame rich families who
ignore the country's strict one-child policy and simply pay the fine
for having a second or third baby. China executed Ismail Semed, an
ethnic Muslim and member of the Uighur minority group in Xinjiang,
for alleged separatist activities. Human rights groups condemned
because they said the prosecution's case against him lacked evidence
and his confession may have been coerced.
(AP, 2/8/07)(AP, 2/9/07)
2007 Feb 8, Cuba deported
reputed drug kingpin Luis Hernando Gomez Bustamante to Colombia,
which plans to extradite him to the United States to face
trafficking and money laundering charges.
2007 Feb 8, In France teachers,
tax collectors, railway workers and other public servants went on
strike to protest job losses and demand higher pay.
2007 Feb 8, India’s air force
chief S.P. Tyagi told reporters at the Bangalore air show that the
government expects to sign a contract to buy 40 Russian Sukhoi-30
aircraft by the end of the fiscal year March 31.
2007 Feb 8, An object fell from
the sky and killed 3 nomads in northern India’s Rajasthan state. The
impact left a crater and the object was believed to have been a
(SFC, 2/17/07, p.B6)
2007 Feb 8, In Indonesia fresh
rains triggered more flooding, compounding the misery for hundreds
of thousands forced from their homes. Irwandi Yusuf, a former rebel
leader, was inaugurated as governor of Aceh province, cementing a
peace deal to end 29 years of fighting that killed more than 15,000
2007 Feb 8, Iraqi forces
detained a senior Health Ministry official accused of corruption and
helping to funnel millions of dollars to Shiite militiamen blamed
for much of the recent sectarian violence in the capital. A parked
car bomb exploded at a meat market in the predominantly Shiite town
of Aziziyah killing 20 people and wounding 45. Car bombs struck
Shiite targets in Baghdad and south of the capital. Gunmen burst
into two houses belonging to Sunni Muslims northeast of Baghdad and
killed at least 10 males after pushing the women and children aside.
In northern Iraq a late night US airstrike hit a Kurdish position in
Mosul, killing at least eight Kurdish troops and wounding six. The
US military said it was looking into the report. A separate US
airstrike killed eight suspected terrorists and destroyed a building
south of Baghdad. A US airstrike killed 13 insurgents in a volatile
area west of Baghdad. Local officials said 45 civilians, including
women and children, died in the attack.
(AP, 2/8/07)(AP, 2/9/07)
2007 Feb 8, China’s President
Hu Jintao arrived in Mozambique on the penultimate stop in his
8-nation African tour.
2007 Feb 8, Nepal's government
decided to replace the image of embattled King Gyanendra with an
image of Everest, the world's highest mountain, on 10 rupee (13
2007 Feb 8, North Korea agreed
in principle to take initial steps toward dismantling its nuclear
programs at the start of international talks seeking the first
concrete progress on disarming Pyongyang.
2007 Feb 8, Welding equipment
touched off an explosion at a West Bank gas station, killing at
least eight people and wounded 17.
2007 Feb 8, A Fatah official in
Saudi Arabia said that rival Palestinian factions had reached an
agreement on how to divide up Cabinet posts in a power-sharing
2007 Feb 8, South Africa,
burdened with one of the world's major HIV/AIDS epidemics, unveiled
plans for its biggest AIDS vaccine trial.
2007 Feb 8, President Chen
Shui-bian said the name 'Taiwan' would soon replace 'China' on the
island's stamps, a move likely to anger Beijing.
2007 Feb 8, President Hugo
Chavez's government moved to nationalize Venezuela's largest private
electric company, signing an agreement to buy a controlling stake in
Electricidad de Caracas from its US-based owner, AES Corp.
2008 Feb 8, Pres. Bush reached
his lowest approval rating in an Associated Press-Ipsos poll as only
30% said they like the job he is doing, including an all-time low in
his support by Republicans. Congress' approval fell to just 22%,
equaling its poorest grade in the survey.
2008 Feb 8, It was reported
that Exxon Mobil Corp. has obtained a court order freezing over $12
billion in bank accounts and assets in Europe, the Caribbean and New
York belonging to Venezuela’s state oil company in a dispute over
compensation for expropriated assets.
(WSJ, 2/8/08, p.A3)
2008 Feb 8, The Nebraska
Supreme Court ruled 6-1 that the electric chair is cruel and unusual
punishment. The state planned to seek a new method of execution.
(SFC, 2/9/08, p.A2)
2008 Feb 8, In Louisiana Latina
Williams (23) shot and killed 2 fellow students, Karsheika Graves
(21) and Taneshia Butler (26), at Louisiana Technical College.
(SFC, 2/9/08, p.A4)
2008 Feb 8, The Nebraska
Supreme Court declared the electric chair unconstitutional.
(Econ, 2/16/08, p.39)
2008 Feb 8, A suicide car
bomber blew himself up near a convoy of Afghan troops, killing one
soldier and a child who was nearby. Another four soldiers and a
child were also wounded in the attack in central Ghazni province.
2008 Feb 8, Australia's widely
criticized "Pacific Solution" policy of holding asylum seekers on
remote islands ended when the last detainees flew out of Nauru to
live in Australia.
2008 Feb 8, In western Austria
a fire engulfed a home for the elderly, killing at least 11 people.
2008 Feb 8, Canada said it
planned to keep its 2,500-strong military mission in Afghanistan
until some time in 2011, two years longer than initially scheduled.
2008 Feb 8, The UN said it is
being forced to prepare an imminent pullout from Eritrea and plans
to relocate all its peacekeeping troops there across the border in
2008 Feb 8, Former UN chief
Kofi Annan, who is mediating talks between Kenya's political rivals,
said they were close to a deal aimed at ending weeks of postelection
bloodshed but no power-sharing agreement had been reached yet.
2008 Feb 8, France’s President
Nicolas Sarkozy pledged to send thousands of extra police and more
than $700 million in aid to neglected, heavily immigrant
neighborhoods that exploded in riots in 2005 and 2006.
2008 Feb 8, In the
Indian-controlled part of Kashmir avalanches killed at least eight
people and forced hundreds more to leave their snowbound villages.
2008 Feb 8, Iraqi President
Jalal Talabani welcomed an expected Russian decision to write off 91
percent of Iraq's estimated $13 billion debt, calling it a "historic
turning point" in relations between the two countries. 5 American
soldiers were killed in two roadside bombings, 4 in Baghdad and one
in Tamim province.
(AP, 2/8/08)(AP, 2/9/08)
2008 Feb 8, In New Zealand a
knife-wielding woman (33), originally from Somalia, tried to hijack
a regional domestic flight, stabbing both pilots and threatening to
blow up the twin-propeller plane before she was subdued.
2008 Feb 8, A presidential
statement said Nigeria has approved a new policy requiring gas
producers to direct a part of their output to the domestic market,
rather than exporting it.
2008 Feb 8, Scotland Yard
released a report saying that Pakistan's opposition leader Benazir
Bhutto died as a result of a suicide bomb blast, not a gunshot. The
findings supported the Pakistani government's version of the events.
2008 Feb 8, Palestinian
militants launched nearly 20 rockets at Israel hours after Israel
began cutting electricity to the Gaza Strip in an attempt to halt
2008 Feb 8, In Rwanda members
of the Chamber of Deputies (Lower House) of Parliament voted in
favor of a controversial new law aimed at stopping "genocide
ideology," a term for the outlook that perpetrators of genocide
foster to fan divisive hate campaigns between different groups of
Rwandans. Parliament adopted the law in June.
2008 Feb 8, In Sri Lanka
gunbattles along the front lines in the northern districts of
Jaffna, Mannar and Vavuniya killed 41 Tamil Tiger rebels and three
2008 Feb 8, The Sudanese
military said it bombed 3 towns in West Darfur while striking at
rebel forces. Rebels said Sudanese government aircraft, army and
militia attacked towns in West Darfur state, causing heavy civilian
casualties. A rebel chief said Sudanese troops backed by Janjaweed
militia left at least 150 dead and wounded in the assault. A
Sudanese employee of the International Committee of the Red Cross
(ICRC) was killed in Darfur. On March 20 the UN accused the Sudanese
army of looting towns and raping girls and women during the attacks
on Sirba, Sileia and Abu Suruj. The attacks killed at least 115
people and caused some 30,000 to flee their homes.
(AP, 2/8/08)(AFP, 2/8/08)(AFP, 2/12/08)(SFC,
2008 Feb 8, Officials said that
the WTO has ruled against the EU's import tariffs for bananas,
possibly opening the door to millions of dollars in US commercial
2009 Feb 8, Coldplay’s “Viva la
Vida" won the Grammy for song of the year. Robert Plant and Alison
Krauss' unorthodox partnership yielded rich rewards on Grammy night,
as the pair nabbed five awards for their haunting "Raising Sand,"
including record and album of the year honors.
(WSJ, 2/9/09, p.A1)(AP, 2/9/09)
2009 Feb 8, In Fort Bragg, Ca.,
Aaron Vargas (31) shot and killed Darrell McNeill (63), a former
neighbor. McNeill, a former boy Scout leader and Big Brother, had
begun molesting Vargas at age of 11 and continued as Vargas grew
into his 20s. 12 other men soon came forward with stories of
molestation by McNeill. On April 6, 2010, Vargas pleaded no contest
to voluntary manslaughter charges. On June 15 Vargas was sentenced
to 9 years in prison.
(SSFC, 2/21/10, p.A1)(SFC, 4/7/10, p.A1)(SFC,
2009 Feb 8, In Illinois a
broken holding tank at a Caterpillar plant near Joliet spilled some
65,000 gallons of oil sludge and contaminated a 30-mile section of
the Des Plaines River.
(SFC, 2/9/09, p.A6)
2009 Feb 8, A single-engine
plane carrying six US citizens crashed into the Atlantic Ocean off
the north coast of Puerto Rico.
2009 Feb 8, In Afghanistan two
American soldiers died when a roadside bomb they were trying to
defuse exploded. An Afghan interpreter and a policeman also died in
the blast. a roadside bomb ripped through a police vehicle in
Khogyani district, near the border with Pakistan, killing two police
and wounding three civilians. A suicide bomber attacked a group of
Afghan soldiers in southwestern Nimroz province, killing one soldier
and two civilians.
(AP, 2/8/09)(AP, 2/9/09)
2009 Feb 8, In eastern
Bangladesh a ferry boat sank after colliding with a larger ferry on
the Titas River, killing 10 women and children.
2009 Feb 8, In London the film
"Slumdog Millionaire", the rags-to-riches tale of a Mumbai tea boy
who wins big, swept the board at the British Academy Film Awards
(BAFTAs) with seven prizes including best film.
2009 Feb 8, China’s government
said that there was no end in sight for its worst drought in five
decades. Some 4.4 million people lacked adequate drinking water in
the north as winter wheat withered.
(SFC, 2/9/09, p.A2)
2009 Feb 8, Sigurdur Helgason
(b.1921), former Icelandic airline CEO (1974-1984), died on the
Caribbean private island of Mustique. He pioneered cheap flights
that carried legions of backpackers between Europe and the United
States in the 1960s and '70s.
2009 Feb 8, In Iraq Spc. James
M. Dorsey (23) of Beardstown, Ill., was found unresponsive by fellow
troops in Baghdad and attempts to resuscitate him were unsuccessful.
2009 Feb 8, Kuwait's Central
Bank governor unveiled a $5.15 billion economic stimulus package
aimed at helping struggling investment companies and offering bank
2009 Feb 8, Pakistani Taliban
militants released a graphic video showing the beheading of a Polish
engineer whom they said was killed because Islamabad refused to free
detained insurgents. Piotr Stanczak had been seized in the volatile
northwest on September 28.
2009 Feb 8, Two rockets fired
by Palestinian militants struck southern Israel, violating an
informal truce even as Israel and Gaza's Hamas rulers appeared to
hurry closer to a long-term cease-fire deal two days before Israeli
2009 Feb 8, In Somalia at least
three civilians were killed when insurgents attacked African Union
forces and government troops in the strife-torn capital Mogadishu.
2009 Feb 8, In Sri Lanka an
official said more than 15,000 civilians have fled the northern war
zone over the last three days, as government forces appeared poised
to crush the separatist Tamil Tigers.
2009 Feb 8, Voters in
Switzerland approved an expanded labor deal with the European Union
that allows Romanians and Bulgarians to work in the Alpine republic.
2010 Feb 8, The US federal
government was shuttered while the Mid-Atlantic region dug out from
as much as three feet of snow that left tens of thousands without
power and blocked trains, planes and cars, with another storm
2010 Feb 8, The Obama
administration said it will spend $78.5 million on efforts to
contain the Asian carp, which threatened to endanger the Great
Lakes’ $7 billion fishing industry.
(SFC, 2/9/10, p.A4)
2010 Feb 8, In California a
federal judge sentenced Dongfan Chung (74), a Chinese-born engineer,
to over 15 years in prison for economic espionage. During his career
at Boeing Co. and Rockwell Intl. He had hoarded sensitive
information about the space shuttle and a booster rocket and was
arrested on Feb 11, 2008, for allegedly passing classified
documents to China.
(SFC, 2/9/10, p.A4)
2010 Feb 8, At Cape Canaveral,
Florida, Endeavour and six astronauts rocketed into orbit on what's
likely the last nighttime launch for the shuttle program, hauling a
new room and observation deck for the International Space Station.
2010 Feb 8, Boeing Co.’s
250-foot 747-8 freighter, the biggest plane it has ever built,
successfully completed its first flight from Paine Field, in
(SFC, 2/9/10, p.A4)
2010 Feb 8, John Murtha
(b.1932), Pennsylvania’s Democratic representative, died in
Arlington, Va., following complications from gall bladder surgery.
He had won a special House election in 1974 to become the first
Vietnam veteran to serve in Congress.
(SFC, 2/9/10, p.A6)
2010 Feb 8, Al-Qaeda in the
Arabian Peninsula number two Said al-Shihri called for attacks
against US interests "everywhere," in an audio message released on
2010 Feb 8, Australia tightened
its migration rules in favor of English speakers and professionals,
saying the country has been attracting too many hairdressers and
cooks and too few doctors and engineers.
2010 Feb 8, In Australia ITV
Studios, producer of "I'm a Celebrity ... Get Me Out of Here," was
fined 3,000 Australian dollars ($2,615) after pleading guilty of
animal cruelty after two reality show contestants skinned, cooked
and ate a rat during filming in Australia.
2010 Feb 8, Byzantium Novum was
founded as a micronation dedicated to the revival of Byzantine
civilization and culture.
2010 Feb 8, The China Daily
newspaper reported officials have recalled more than 170 tons of
milk powder tainted by the industrial chemical melamine and closed
two dairy companies in the northern region of Ningxia. The current
10–day emergency crackdown has made it increasingly clear that many
products discovered in the country's 2008 milk scandal were
repackaged for sale instead of destroyed.
2010 Feb 8, China's Ministry of
Industry and Information Technology issued new guidelines to local
authorities and lifted a ban imposed in December on individuals
acquiring .cn domain names. Individuals wanting to set up a website
will have to submit identity cards and photos of themselves, as well
as meet regulators, before their domain name can be registered.
2010 Feb 8, In southern China a
bus collided with a sport utility vehicle and plunged down a
mountain ravine, killing seven people and injuring 50.
2010 Feb 8, In Egypt Mahmoud
Ezzat, the new deputy leader of the opposition Muslim Brotherhood,
and two other top figures were among 16 people arrested by police in
a dawn sweep across the country targeting members of the nation's
most powerful opposition group. They were accused of trying to set
up training camps for staging attacks.
(AP, 2/8/10)(AP, 2/10/10)
2010 Feb 8, French engineering
giant Areva said that it will buy Ausra, a Mountain View, Ca.,
startup specializing in large-scale solar power.
(SFC, 2/9/10, p.D1)
2010 Feb 8, In Haiti the UN
warned that it will cut off shipments of free medicine beginning
immediately to any Haitian hospitals that it finds are charging
patients. Evans Monsigrace (28), a rice vendor, survived 27 days
trapped under the rubble of a flea market following the devastating
Jan 12 earthquake.
(AP, 2/8/10)(AP, 2/10/10)
2010 Feb 8, Iran moved
closer to being able to produce nuclear warheads with formal
notification that it will enrich uranium to higher levels, even
while insisting that the move was meant only to provide fuel for its
research reactor. The semiofficial ISNA agency said that former
deputy foreign minister Mohsen Aminzadeh was sentenced to six years
in prison by a Revolutionary court. The defense minister announced
that Iran has launched two production lines to build unmanned
aircraft with surveillance and attack capabilities.
2010 Feb 8, Iran said it will
cut ties with the British Museum because of the museum's failure to
lend Tehran the Cyrus Cylinder, an ancient Babylonian artifact
described as the world's earliest bill of rights.
2010 Feb 8, Israeli security
forces raided a Palestinian refugee camp in annexed east Jerusalem,
arresting 11 people in an operation police said was aimed at putting
"some order" in the area. Israel's Supreme Court ordered authorities
to release two foreign activists seized in a Palestinian-controlled
part of the West Bank. Ariadna Jove Marti of Spain and Bridgette
Chappell of Australia, had been in a pre-dawn raid on their
apartment in the heart of Ramallah.
2010 Feb 8, In Kashmir 17
Indian soldiers were killed in an avalanche that slammed into a
group of 70 combat troops at a high-altitude warfare training camp.
2010 Feb 8, Mexican federal
police arrested Raydel Lopez Uriarte and Manuel Garcia Simental,
suspected leaders of the cartel headed by Teodoro Garcia Simental,
who was captured in La Paz on Jan. 12. The drug cartel had
terrorized Tijuana for several years. The military announced that
soldiers had seized more than 12 tons of marijuana found beneath a
false floor of a tractor trailer. The drugs were found during a
routine search at a checkpoint near San Felipe, a town in the
central part of the Baja California peninsula. Federal police
arrested five Tijuana police officers along with six cartel members
who were holding two rival gangsters captive. The arrests were based
on information obtained following the capture of Uriarte and Manuel
Garcia Simental. Two of the officers, Francisco Ortega and Juan
Carlos Espinoza, had been recently lauded as part of a new breed of
honest cop. 3 marines died in a shootout that also killed three
suspected gang members in the border town of Reynosa.
(AP, 2/8/10)(AP, 2/10/10)(AP, 2/24/10)
2010 Feb 8, The Irish National
Liberation Army (INLA), a paramilitary group responsible for dozens
of murders during Northern Ireland's three decades of sectarian
violence, said that it had disarmed.
2010 Feb 8, Pakistani
authorities arrested 6 suspected Taliban militants with a suicide
vest and hand grenades allegedly on their way to kill Americans at
the five-star Pearl Continental hotel in Lahore. Police seized 26
hand grenades and five detonators from the militants, who were
traveling by car and motorcycle.
2010 Feb 8, In Sri Lanka
opposition politician Rauff Hakeem said former army chief and
defeated presidential candidate Sarath Fonseka has been detained on
2010 Feb 8, Sweden's
unemployment agency was found guilty of discrimination for expelling
a Muslim man from a job training program because he refused to shake
hands with a woman.
2010 Feb 8, International
monitors hailed Ukraine's presidential election as "professional,
transparent and honest," increasing pressure on PM Yulia Tymoshenko
to concede to opposition leader Viktor Yanukovych, who held a 2.7%
point lead with all but 1.7% of the ballots cast counted.
2010 Feb 8, Venezuela’s Pres.
Chavez declared a national emergency in the electricity sector as
the worst drought in 50 years dried up water supplies in
(SFC, 2/10/10, p.A3)
2010 Feb 8, A Yemen military
official said 10 soldiers have been killed, most of them by snipers,
and 18 wounded in a fresh outbreak of fighting with Shiite rebels in
2011 Feb 8, First lady Michelle
Obama said her husband hasn't had a cigarette in almost a year.
2011 Feb 8, In Mississippi a
tractor-trailer sideswiped a school bus and collided head on with
another school bus south of Oxford. 3 people were killed and at
least 10 students were injured.
(SFC, 2/9/11, p.A5)
2011 Feb 8, Claudia Aderotimi
(20), a London woman, died at a Philadelphia hospital at 1:32 a.m.,
some 12 hours after a botched buttocks enhancement at a Hampton Inn
near the Philadelphia Int’l Airport. Authorities sought to question
Padge Victoria Windslowe, a self-described Goth hip hop singer know
as "Black Madam" from Ardmore, Pa., in the death.
2011 Feb 8, Afghan Pres. Karzai
seconded a request by the High Peace Council calling for the release
of Mullah Khairullah Khairkhwa, to join in reconciliation talks.
Khairkhwa, who has been held at Guantanamo since 2002, was a Taliban
interior minister and governor of Herat province during the Taliban
(SFC, 2/9/11, p.A3)
2011 Feb 8, Australian
firefighters brought a raging wildfire that destroyed 68 houses and
damaged 32 others near the city of Perth under control.
2011 Feb 8, In Brazil over half
a million people, most of them Brazilians, called via petition on
newly elected President Dilma to halt plans to construct the Belo
Monte Dam. Outside the Presidential Palace, several hundred people
gathered in protest including indigenous chiefs in full tribal
regalia and community leaders from the Xingu River Basin, and
delivered the petition signatures to the Dilma Government.
2011 Feb 8, In northeastern
Brazil a prison riot, begun a day earlier, ended. 5 prisoners were
killed including Jose Agostinho Pereira, who was decapitated by
fellow inmates in his cell in the city of Pinheiro. Pereira had been
jailed in 2010 for raping and keeping his daughter imprisoned for 12
years in a remote fishing village. He had seven children with her.
(AP, 6/9/10)(AP, 2/9/11)
2011 Feb 8, Guy Savage (42),
owner of Nashville-based Sabre Defense Industries LLC, was detained
in London after armed officers shot out the tires of his Mercedes.
He was wanted by US authorities investigating illegal weapons
trading between 2003 and 2009.
2011 Feb 8, China raised
interest rates for the second time in just over six weeks,
intensifying a battle in the fast-expanding economy against
stubbornly high inflation that threatens to unsettle global markets.
2011 Feb 8, Cuban officials
celebrated the arrival of a 1,600km fiber optic cable from
Venezuela, whose government put up the $70 million cost. It was
expected to become operational this summer.
(SFC, 2/10/11, p.A2)(Econ, 3/5/11,
2011 Feb 8, In Egypt a massive
crowd of anti-government protesters poured into Cairo's Tahrir
Square again, joined for the first time by Wael Ghonim, a young
leader of the campaign the day after he was released from detention.
Egypt's military was not allowing foreign journalists without
credentials to enter Cairo's Tahrir Square, part of what an
international press watchdog called new obstacles in covering the
ongoing crisis. Foreign journalists already with credentials were
allowed into the square.
2011 Feb 8, In Germany state
prosecutors in Wuerzburg said a retired German priest (77) has been
charged with 50 counts of fraud over the theft of 1 million euros'
($1.4 million) worth of church donations. The former Roman Catholic
priest was detained in May on suspicion of taking donations and
collection money from his church in Bavaria.
2011 Feb 8, In India 2
supporters of a Gorkha separatist party were killed and 4 were
injured after attacking a group of officers during a protest march
in the northeast state of West Bengal.
2011 Feb 8, In Indonesia more
than 1,500 Muslims went on the rampage in Central Java, setting two
churches alight and ransacking a school, after a Christian man was
sentenced to five years' jail for blaspheming Islam. The group
wanted him punished with death.
2011 Feb 8, Iran's main
opposition leaders charged that the Islamic republic is being run by
"anti-religion... hooligans," in a statement on the eve of its 32nd
2011 Feb 8, Iran's oil
ministry's reported that daily oil output rose by around 100,000
barrels with the opening of the second phase of Darkhovin field in
the southeast of the country.
2011 Feb 8, Hussein Abdullahi,
Iran's ambassador to Nigeria, said that he had spoken to senior
officials of the Nigerian government as soon as an arms shipment was
seized last Oct 26 and told them that the intercepted cargo was the
third of four Gambia-bound shipments originating from Iran.
2011 Feb 8, In the Ivory Coast
a fire broke out at the economic ministry building in the capital
destroying untold numbers of financial records as international
sanctions on incumbent leader Laurent Gbagbo, who refuses to give up
power, are beginning to take hold.
2011 Feb 8, Lithuania sent an
8-member team to train Afghan army helicopter pilots. Defense
Minister Rasa Jukneviciene said the Lithuanian military could hand
over the central Afghan province of Ghor to local forces by the end
of 2012. A Lithuanian force of some 150 has been at the helm since
2005 of what is known in NATO jargon as a Provincial Reconstruction
Team in Ghor. Lithuania first sent troops to Afghanistan in 2002
after the US-led overthrow of the Taliban regime.
2011 Feb 8, Mexican authorities
recovered the bodies of five men who were dumped on the side of road
in Zacatecas state after their execution-style slaying. The deaths
raised to 41 the number of people killed over the weekend in
drug-related violence. In Baja California, 10 soldiers were detained
for alleged ties to drug traffickers and turned over to federal
prosecutors. Alvaro Sandoval Diaz (50) and his wife, Griselda
Pedroza Rocha (35), were killed in Puerto Palomas. The couple's
6-year-old daughter witnessed her parents' killings. Last month
Sandoval Diaz opened fire on four armed men who arrived to extort
money from him, killing three.
(AFP, 2/8/11)(AP, 2/11/11)
2011 Feb 8, Mexican soldiers
rescued 44 Guatemalan migrants who had been locked up by kidnappers
in a house in the northern city of Reynosa. 3 Mexican migrants were
2011 Feb 8, Military officers
from North and South Korea held talks inside the heavily guarded
Demilitarized Zone in the rivals' first official dialogue since the
North's deadly artillery barrage of a South Korean island in
2011 Feb 8, In Pakistan strike
action forced ailing state carrier Pakistan International Airlines
(PIA) to cancel flights to Britain and Turkey, affecting some 1,500
2011 Feb 8, The Palestinian
Authority set long-overdue local council elections for July 9 in
both the West Bank and Gaza Strip, the government spokesman said.
The rival Hamas government that rules Gaza promptly rejected the
2011 Feb 8, In the Philippines
retired Gen. Angelo Reyes (65) apparently committed suicide at his
mother's grave. Reyes, who headed the military from 2001 to 2003,
was at the center of a congressional probe into one of the biggest
corruption scandals to have hit the Philippine armed forces.
2011 Feb 8, Somali pirates
firing guns and rocket propelled grenades hijacked the Savina
Caylyn, an Italian oil tanker, and diverted the medium-sized vessel
towards Somalia. The tanker was reported freed on Dec 21 along with
22 crew members.
(AP, 2/8/11)(AP, 12/21/11)
2011 Feb 8, In South Africa a
private plane carrying nine people, including the chief executive of
tile company Italtile Ltd., crashed in a nature reserve 320 miles
east of Cape Town. There were no survivors. The Johannesburg-based
retailer of ceramic tiles and bathroom accessories has been publicly
traded on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange since 1988.
2011 Feb 8, In Yemen a
suspected US spy drone crashed near the southern town of Loder.
Al-Qaeda gunmen in cars intercepted the police and hijacked the
2012 Feb 8, In Texas Antonio
Pena-Arguelles, an alleged cartel money-launderer, was arrested in
San Antonio. A 13-page DEA affidavit accused him of using US bank
accounts to funnel millions to Tomas Yarrington, who served as
governor of Tamaulipas state in 1999-2004, from leaders of the Gulf
and the Zetas. In 2004-2005 alone, it says, Pena-Arguelles and his
brother received $4.5 million from the No. 2 leader of the Zetas,
Miguel-Angel Trevino Morales.
2012 Feb 8, John Fairfax (74),
a self-proclaimed "professional adventurer," died near Las Vegas. He
became famous in 1969 as the first person to row solo across the
Atlantic Ocean. He also rowed across the Pacific with his
then-girlfriend Sylvia Cook, an ocean crossing that took him a full
year to complete, from April 1971 to April 1972. His exploits
inspired two memoirs: "Britannia: Rowing Alone Across the Atlantic"
and "Oars Across the Pacific," both published in the early 1970s.
2012 Feb 8, In Afghanistan a
NATO airstrike reportedly killed 8 children in Kapisa province. On
Feb 13 NATO conceded that several children died during the bombing
(AFP, 2/9/12)(AFP, 2/13/12)
2012 Feb 8, Bolivian
authorities seized 17 properties from a provincial clan ostensibly
in the gravel business that it suspects of laundering drug money
through real estate. Cochabamba police were unable to capture any of
the seven wanted brothers of the Cossio Rojas family when they
raided the properties.
2012 Feb 8, The Trident Gang
Crime Command, a new specialist Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)
unit tackling London gangs, carried out hundreds of raids exactly
six months on from the riots that hit the capital, arresting nearly
2012 Feb 8, Statistics Canada
said the Canadian population grew by 5.9 percent over five years to
33.5 million people in 2011, the fastest growth rate in the Group of
Eight leading industrialized nations, according to the country's
2012 Feb 8, China and Canada
signed a series of deals to boost modest levels of bilateral trade
and finished negotiations on a foreign investment protection pact
after 18 years of talks.
2012 Feb 8, In China reports
circulated that Wang Lijun, the deputy mayor overseeing security in
Chongqing, may have tried to defect to the US. He was reportedly
arrested in Chengdu and flown to Beijing for questioning.
(SFC, 2/9/12, p.A5)
2012 Feb 8, In China a Tibetan
(19) set himself on fire in Sichuan province's Aba prefecture. He
was a former monk from the local Kirti monastery, which has been the
scene of protests over recent months. The monk was taken to
hospital. Radio Free Asia said Tibetan protests erupted in two
counties in Qinghai province, with about 1,000 people marching in
2012 Feb 8, An Egyptian
production company said "the student members of the Muslim
Brotherhood at Ain Shams University had prevented the film crew from
the 'Dhat' TV series from shooting the scenes set at the
university." The series, adapted from the novel "Dhat" by Egyptian
author Sonallah Ibrahim, takes place in the 1970s, "when women wore
2012 Feb 8, A senior European
Union official said the EU will impose harsher sanctions on Syria,
as Russia tried to broker talks between the vice president and the
opposition to calm violence. Activists reported at least 50 killed
in military assaults targeting government opponents in Homs.
2012 Feb 8, Uttar Pradesh,
India's most populous state, went to the polls in a contest pitting
Rahul Gandhi (41), the scion of the Gandhi political dynasty,
against the ruling party of local low-caste leader Mayawati.
2012 Feb 8, In India officials
said at least 30 people have died and more are sick after drinking
toxic bootleg liquor made from cough medicine in Orissa state.
(AP, 2/8/12)(AFP, 2/9/12)
2012 Feb 8, Half a million
Israeli public and private sector workers went on general strike,
shutting down government offices, banks and airport traffic over the
rights of contract workers.
2012 Feb 8, Japan and the
United States agreed to proceed with plans to transfer thousands of
US troops out of the southern Japanese island of Okinawa, leaving
behind the stalled discussion about closing a major US Marine base
2012 Feb 8, Supporters of the
Maldives former president rioted through the streets and seized some
police stations to demand his reinstatement as the country's new
leader appealed for an end to the political turmoil roiling this
Indian Ocean nation. Former leader Mohamed Nasheed and other top
party officials were beaten by police in the street chaos.
2012 Feb 8, In Mali Tuareg
rebels said they had seized control of Tinzawaten, a northeastern
region, as UN chief Ban Ki-moon urged an end to the fighting amid
growing global concern over the unrest.
2012 Feb 8, The Mexican army
said troops have made an historic seizure of 15 tons of pure
methamphetamine in the western state of Jalisco. The find outside
Guadalajara is more than four times the size of a major seizure last
summer of 3.4 tons (3.1 metric tons) and more than twice the total
amount of meth seized in Mexico in 2009, according to a UN report.
2012 Feb 8, NATO said it has
decided to extend until 2018 an operation to protect the airspace of
Baltic members Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania with fighter jets.
2012 Feb 8, In the Netherlands
organizers of the legendary Eleven Cities Tour skating marathon
ruled the ice is to thin for it to go ahead.
2012 Feb 8, The Pakistani army
held talks with NATO and Afghan forces in an effort to improve
coordination along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border, a sign of
thawing relations after American airstrikes accidentally killed 24
Pakistani soldiers last year. US drone-fired missiles hit a house in
North Waziristan's Spalga village, killing nine people, including
some domestic Taliban militants.
2012 Feb 8, The Palestinian
Hamas parliamentary bloc in the Gaza Strip came out against the
latest reconciliation deal with rival Fatah, headed by Pres. Abbas.
The 31 Gaza lawmakers said the deal is illegal. Hamas risked losing
jobs and influence in Gaza under the deal, which was signed in Qatar
this week by Abbas and the exiled Hamas leader, Khaled Mashaal.
2012 Feb 8, In Somalia a
suicide car bomber slammed his vehicle into a cafe outside the Muna
Hotel, where lawmakers gather in Mogadishu, killing at least 15
2012 Feb 8, Eleven Somalis
drowned and another 34 were missing after a smugglers' boat headed
for Yemen capsized in the Gulf of Aden. Survivors told how the three
smugglers crewmen forced 22 people overboard when the boat's engine
failed soon after departure.
2012 Feb 8, Switzerland
reported seeing a large-scale hike in cigarette-smuggling from
Africa where prices are 10 times cheaper.
2012 Feb 8, Tunisia's new
President Moncef Marzouki arrived in Morocco to push for a revival
of a dormant project to unify the Maghreb region on his first
foreign tour since taking office.
2013 Feb 8, The big storm
heading for the Northeast US disrupted air travel, with over 2,100
2013 Feb 8, A federal judge
overturned an Arizona law that sought to block funding through the
state for Planned Parenthood's healthcare clinics because the group
also performs abortions.
2013 Feb 8, in Ohio Samuel
Mullet Sr. (67), the ringleader of hair- and beard-cutting attacks
on fellow members of his faith, was sentenced to 15 years in prison.
Family members convicted of carrying out his orders got sentences
ranging from one to seven years.
2013 Feb 8, In central
Bangladesh at least two people died and dozens were rescued after
the ML Sarash passenger ferry collided with another ship and
capsized on the River Meghna, dumping as many as 100 people into the
2013 Feb 8, In Britain two
drug-addicted hit men who went to the wrong address and stabbed a
teenager to death in 2010 were sentenced to a minimum of 40 years in
jail. Prosecutors said Ben Hope (39) and Jason Richards (38) were
paid 1,000 pounds ($1,600) each to kill a man who owed money to a
businessman. But the pair killed Aamir Siddiqi (17) on his doorstep
2013 Feb 8, Canadian police
arrested Conservative Senator Patrick Brazeau (38) for alleged
domestic violence. PM Stephen Harper, who appointed Brazeau to the
Senate in 2008, kicked Brazeau out of the Conservative caucus after
he heard about the incident.
2013 Feb 8, In Halifax, Canada,
naval officer Sub-Lt. Jeffrey Delisle (41), who handed over secrets
to Russia for more than four years, damaging Canada's relations with
the United States and other key allies, was jailed for 20 years.
2013 Feb 8, A Chinese court
sentenced a Tibetan man to 13 years in prison for goading a monk to
self-immolate. The sentence by a court in Qinghai province followed
a news report that the government has detained 70 people in the
province's ethnic Tibetan areas.
2013 Feb 8, Thousands of
Egyptians staged rallies in cities across the country to denounce
the rule of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi and his fundamentalist
2013 Feb 8, EU leaders agreed
to a significantly reduced 7-year budget worth €960 billion ($1.28
trillion) — the first cut in spending in the 27-country group's
2013 Feb 8, Finnish customs
officers confiscated a container on a Finnish freighter, en route to
Syria from Russia, because it did not have a transit license and
found 9.6 tons of tank spare parts.
2013 Feb 8, In Iraq car bombs
struck two outdoor markets and a group of taxi vans in Shiite areas
across the country, killing at least 36 people and wounding nearly
100. Tens of thousands of Sunni protesters rallied in five major
cities against PM Nouri al-Maliki.
2013 Feb 8, In Israel the
offices of the Beitar Jerusalem soccer team, long-linked to PM
Netanyahu’s Likud Party, were set on fire. In January the team had
recruited, for the first time in its 75-year history, two Muslim
(SFC, 2/9/13, p.A4)(Econ, 4/13/13, p.52)
2013 Feb 8, In northern Mali
French forces wrested Tessalit from control of Islamic insurgents.
In Gao the conflict's first suicide bombing increased fears of
2013 Feb 8, In northern Nigeria
gunmen suspected of belonging to a radical Islamic sect shot and
killed at least nine women who were taking part in a polio
vaccination drive in Kano. Kano state police commissioner Ibrahim
Idris immediately ordered the arrest of three radio journalists for
allegedly being responsible for the killings. Police claimed on-air
comments about a vaccination campaign in the area sparked the
(AP, 2/8/13)(AP, 2/12/13)
2013 Feb 8, In northwestern
Pakistan a bomb planted near a market killed 16 people and wounded
17 others in Kalaya, the main town in the Orakzai tribal area.
2013 Feb 8, In Pakistan 6
militants were killed and 3 wounded in a US drone strike on a
militant compound. The 3 wounded died overnight. Two were members of
al-Qaida and the others belonged to the Pakistani Taliban movement
in the Bobar Ghar area of South Waziristan.
2013 Feb 8, A Moscow city court
sentenced Vladimir Kvachkov (64), a retired military intelligence
colonel, to 13 years in prison for attempting to organize an armed
uprising. Retired police captain, Alexey Kiselev (62), was sentenced
to 11 years as a co-conspirator. Prosecutors said they had organized
a group who planned to seize power by training crossbow-wielding men
to seize military depots and then descend upon Moscow with tanks.
2013 Feb 8, Senegal officially
launched its tribunal investigating former Chadian dictator Hissene
Habre for alleged crimes against humanity, a move rights groups
called a decisive turning point in the campaign to bring him to
2013 Feb 8, In Slovenia
thousands of people rallied for and against the center-right
government, adding to the tensions in the small European Union
country where authorities have turned to austerity measures to
revive the economy.
2013 Feb 8, Police in South
Africa arrested the "ringleader" of a group of 19 Congolese rebels
who now face charges of allegedly plotting a war to unseat Congolese
President Joseph Kabila. Prosecutors last week identified Etienne
Kabila as being in charge of the group.
2013 Feb 8, In South Sudan 103
people were killed in Akobo County when one tribe attacked members
of the Lou Nuer ethnic group while cattle were being moved across
land. The attackers were believed to be members of the rebel group
led by David Yau Yau of the Murle ethnic group.
2013 Feb 8, From Syria the
Observatory reported clashes and regime shelling in the southern and
eastern sectors of Damascus, including in the restive suburb of
Moadamiyeh, where six people were killed by government shelling
2013 Feb 8, Tens of thousands
of Tunisians chanting anti-government slogans converged on a
cemetery for the funeral of an assassinated leftist opposition
politician, as military helicopters hovered overhead and tensions
threatened to boil over into further violence.
2013 Feb 8, The UN refugee
agency said there has been a huge increase in the number of people
fleeing Syria, with 5,000 refugees crossing the borders daily into
2013 Feb 8, Venezuela's
government announced that it will devalue the country's currency, a
long-anticipated change expected to push up prices in the heavily
2014 Feb 8, In Albania a
speeding minivan carrying eleven people lost control and hurtled 100
meters down a cliff, killing 6 people and seriously injuring the
2014 Feb 8, A huge falling rock
derailed a train in the French Alps, killing two people and partly
pushing one of its carriages over the edge of a mountain slope.
2014 Feb 8, In Guatemala 20 men
stormed a house in a village in Peten killing 9 people including a
girl (5) and baby (3 months). The area was know to be contested by
(SFC, 2/10/14, p.A2)
2014 Feb 8, In India an angry
crowd gathered outside a Delhi police station to protest poor
policing and racist treatment of people in the northeast after a
14-year-old girl from that part of India filed charges of rape in
2014 Feb 8, Moroccan
authorities banned a sit-in by hundreds of judges who want greater
independence for the judiciary, deploying dozens of riot police to
central Rabat and closing off streets around the Justice Ministry.
2014 Feb 8, In Russia some 40
people gathered in downtown Moscow to protest the decision of
leading Russian cable and satellite companies to drop the channel,
Dozhd (TV Rain). Except for women with children, most were
2014 Feb 8, In Saudi Arabia a
hotel fire in Medina killed 13 people including 9 Egyptian pilgrims.
2014 Feb 8, A Russian animal
rights activist was detained in Moscow after he and two others
protested the country's policy of killing stray dogs in Sochi.
2014 Feb 8, In Spain thousands
of women marched in the streets of Madrid to protest against the
Spanish government's plan to restrict access to abortion.
2014 Feb 8, In Syria new aerial
bombardment from explosives-packed barrel bombs in Aleppo killed at
least 20 people. Renewed fighting broke a cease-fire in Homs and
halted a plan to evacuate civilians and bring supplies into
rebel-held areas under siege.
(AFP, 2/8/14)(AP, 2/8/14)
2014 Feb 8, In Ukraine
Thousands of people angered by months of anti-government protests in
Kiev converged on one of the protesters' barricades, but retreated
after meeting sizeable resistance.
2015 Feb 8, The United States
delivered more than $25 million worth of military aid including
heavy artillery to the Lebanese army to help it fight jihadist
groups which have repeatedly battled with security forces near the
2015 Feb 8, In the Comoros
Islands Mohamed Said Abdallah Mchangama, a former finance minister,
was arrested on charges of inciting hatred. Mchangama had called for
a general strike in protest at the government's energy plans.
2015 Feb 8, In Egypt 22 soccer
fans died of suffocation from tear gas and a stampede outside a
Cairo stadium in a melee with security forces. Authorities said it
was sparked when hard-core Zamalek fans known as Ultras White
Knights tried to force their way into the stadium without tickets.
The violence prompted the Cabinet to suspend the national football
league indefinitely. Police arrested 21 soccer fans in the wake of
(AP, 2/9/15)(AP, 2/10/15)
2015 Feb 8, French police
detained six people suspected of recruiting potential jihadists,
just days after another operation saw five charged on similar
2015 Feb 8, In India a Japanese
student (20) was raped while touring Jaipur. Three men (20-24), who
offered to be her tour guides, took her to a farming village outside
the city, raped her on a roadside and fled. Villagers heard the
woman crying and helped her contact police. On Sep 4 a court
sentenced the three men to 20 years in prison. Three other
defendants were sentenced to two years in prison for helping the
three main accused commit the crime.
2015 Feb 8, Israel's Supreme
Court ordered the government to demolish nine homes in the West Bank
Jewish settlement of Ofra, which were built on private Palestinian
land. Authorities have until 2017 to carry out the demolitions.
2015 Feb 8, Two Italian patrol
boats picked up 105 migrants late today from the boat drifting in
extreme sea conditions. At least 29 migrants died of hypothermia
aboard Italian coast guard vessels. Survivors later confirmed the
existence of a fourth rubber boat that left Libya with as many as
300 people unaccounted-for.
(Reuters, 2/9/15)(SFC, 2/10/15, p.A2)(AP,
2015 Feb 8, Jordan said it has
launched 56 airstrikes against Islamic State group weapons depots,
training centers and military barracks since militants released a
video on Feb 3 of them burning a Jordanian pilot to death.
2015 Feb 8, In Libya heavy
fighting flared up in Benghazi as forces loyal to the
internationally recognized elected government tried to retake areas
controlled by extremist militias.
2015 Feb 8, Nigeria's Boko
Haram Islamic extremists abducted about 30 people including eight
Cameroonian girls and killed 7 hostages in two bus hijackings in
Cameroon and Nigeria.
2015 Feb 8, In Niger Boko Haram
fighters waged a new attack on Diffa, a southeastern border town,
where a blast killed at least 5 people and injured at least 10. Aid
workers said the assailants had come from Nigeria.
(AFP, 2/8/15)(Reuters, 2/8/15)
2015 Feb 8, Nigerian
authorities came in for heavy criticism over the decision to
postpone national elections in the face of relentless Boko Haram
2015 Feb 8, In Sudan 3 staff of
the Sudanese Red Crescent were killed in an attack in Blue Nile
state, where Khartoum is battling rebels.
2015 Feb 8, A Turkish court
ordered the arrest of 21 police officers as part of an investigation
into the illegal wiretapping of politicians, civil servants and
2015 Feb 8, In eastern Ukraine
intense fighting continued around the rail junction town of
Debaltseve, with rebel fighters making repeated attempts to storm
lines defended by government troops. The leaders of Russia, Ukraine,
Germany and France agreed to meet in Belarus on Feb 11 to try to
broker a peace deal.
2016 Feb 8, The zodiac calendar
entered the Year of the Monkey — the ninth of 12 animal signs.
2016 Feb 8, President Barack
Obama and Italian President Sergio Mattarella met to discuss efforts
to fight the spread of the Islamic State in Libya.
2016 Feb 8, The Justice
Department said the wife of senior Islamic State leader Abu Sayyaf,
who was killed in a US raid last year, has been charged in federal
court with holding American Kayla Mueller hostage and with
contributing to the aid worker's death. Nisreen Assad Ibrahim Bahar,
aka Umm Sayyaf, admitted after her capture last May that she and her
husband had kept Mueller captive along with several other young
2016 Feb 8, In eastern
Afghanistan suicide bomber struck in a crowded market, killing 5
civilians and wounding nine others in Paktika province. In northern
Balkh province a suicide bomber targeting an Afghan army minibus
near a base killed at least 3 soldiers and wounded another 18
military personnel. In the eastern Nangarhar province a presidential
palace guard was shot dead inside his home in an attack that also
wounded his mother.
2016 Feb 8, Bosnian Serb Gen.
Zdravko Tolimir, jailed for life for committing genocide during the
Balkans wars, died of natural cases in a UN detention center at The
2016 Feb 8, Canada announced it
will end air strikes targeting the Islamic State group in Iraq and
Syria and bring home its six fighter jets on February 22.
2016 Feb 8, In Chad Zouhoura
(16) was assaulted in a brutal attack that shocked many, triggering
weeks of demonstrations by thousands of young people in the streets.
Five alleged rapists, who include the sons of three generals, were
taken into custody together with four suspected accomplices.
Zouhoura soon returned to France, where she already lived with
relatives from 2009 to 2015, and decided to speak out publicly in
Paris to fight impunity for sex criminals in her central African
2016 Feb 8, Star Cuban
infielder Yulieski Gourriel and his younger brother slipped away
from their hotel in the Dominican Republic early today in an
apparent effort to launch careers in Major League Baseball.
2016 Feb 8, The Montreal-based
UN aviation agency said global aviation experts agreed to the first
emissions-reduction standards for aircraft in a deal that will take
effect with new models in four years, but environmental groups said
the carbon dioxide cuts did not go far enough.
2016 Feb 8, In Colombia an
attack early today on a military brigade was blamed on the leftist
National Liberation Army (ELN). President Juan Manuel Santos vowed
to step up the fight against the second-biggest rebel group, despite
claims it was ready to join in a peace drive to end decades of
2016 Feb 8, In the Czech Rep.
hundreds of taxi drivers blocked a major road in downtown Prague to
demand higher pay and protest alternative services such as Uber.
2016 Feb 8, At a conference in
Dubai world leaders called on governments to be responsive to and
inclusive of their citizens.
2016 Feb 8, France's former
budget minister Jerome Cahuzac (63), who stashed millions abroad
while cracking down on tax cheats at home, went on trial for tax
fraud and money laundering.
2016 Feb 8, In Germany hundreds
of thousands of people packed the streets of Cologne for its annual
Rose Monday parade, the culmination of five days of Carnival
2016 Feb 8, Hong Kong riot
police fired warning shots during clashes that erupted in the
Chinese-ruled city when authorities tried to remove illegal street
stalls set up for Lunar New Year celebrations. 124 people were
injured, including 90 police officers, in the worst violence since
pro-democracy protests in 2014.
(Reuters, 2/9/16)(Econ, 2/13/16, p.10)
2016 Feb 8, In Ireland at least
four gunmen broke into the Dublin home of Eddied Hutch, the brother
of Dubin crime kingpin Gerry "The Monk" Hutch and fatally shot the
59-year-old several times in the hallway.
2016 Feb 8, In Mexico
crime-beat reporter Anabel Flores Salazar was kidnapped from her
home near Orizaba in the Gulf coast state of Veracruz at about 2 am.
Her body was found a day later on a highway in Puebla. On Feb 13
Josele Marquez (alias) El Chichi, the presumed mastermind behind her
murder, was arrested.
(AP, 2/8/16)(Reuters, 2/9/16)(Reuters,
2016 Feb 8, In Mexico a gas
explosion ripped through a house where dozens of abducted migrants
were being held captive in Reynosa on the Texas border, injuring
five people. The Guatemalan migrants told police they were abducted
a week ago.
2016 Feb 8, In Nepal the United
Democratic Madhesi Front said in a statement it would continue its
protests but would no longer block the border points where crucial
supplies come on cargo trucks from India.
2016 Feb 8, Palestinian and
Israeli sources said Israel plans to increase the number of entry
permits it grants to Palestinian workers, in a drive to ease
economic hardship that has contributed to a wave of Palestinian
2016 Feb 8, Russia's FSB
security service said it had arrested seven Islamic State militants
in the Urals city of Yekaterinburg who it said had been planning
bomb attacks in Moscow.
2016 Feb 8, Russia's Central
Bank effectively closed down two of the country's smaller banks
after it revoked their operating licenses, its latest effort to
consolidate the sprawling banking sector.
2016 Feb 8, In Russia
demolition crews arrived near a metro station in central Moscow to
destroy nearly 100 buildings that allegedly posed a danger to the
(Econ, 2/20/16, p.45)
2016 Feb 8, At least 4 Russian
servicemen were killed when a military helicopter crashed in the
west of the country.
2016 Feb 8, In Saudi Arabia an
explosion damaged a car in Riyadh, an incident the Islamic State
militant group said was caused by a bomb one of its members had
affixed to the vehicle.
2016 Feb 8, In southern Somalia
Mahad Karate, also known as Abdirahim Mohamed Warsame, was
reportedly killed along with 10 middle-level al-Shabab members by a
Kenyan airstrike on Nadris camp. Kenya’s army announced the attack
on Feb 18, but the Shehab dismissed the report.
2016 Feb 8, Swedish police
arrested 14 men for allegedly planning to attack an asylum center
after finding axes, knives and iron pipes in their cars.
2016 Feb 8, Syrian army troops
recaptured a new village north of Aleppo, bringing troops and allied
militiamen to within a few kilometers of the Turkish border as part
of a major Russian-backed offensive in the area.
2016 Feb 8, Twenty-four
migrants, including 11 children, drowned in the Aegean Sea as they
tried to cross from Turkey to Greece.
2016 Feb 8, The UN said at
least 40,000 people are being starved to death in South Sudan war
zones on the brink of famine.
2017 Feb 8, Rep. Sen. Jeff
Sessions was confirmed as Pres. Donald Trump’s attorney general.
(SFC, 2/9/17, p.A4)
2017 Feb 8, Former Alabama Gov.
Don Siegelman (70) was released from a federal prison where he was
serving a six-year sentence for bribery and obstruction of justice.
He will serve the remainder of his sentence on house arrest.
(SFC, 2/9/17, p.A4)
2017 Feb 8, In Louisiana some
31 people were reported injured after six tornadoes tore through New
Orleans and other parts of the state, pounding across highways and
streets and leaving trees, power lines and homes leveled.
2017 Feb 8, Maine indicted
Ronald Paquin (74), a former Roman Catholic priest, on 29 counts of
sexual misconduct dating to the 1980s. Paquin had spent more than a
decade in a Massachusetts prison for raping an altar boy.
(SFC, 2/9/17, p.A4)
2017 Feb 8, In North Carolina a
3-judge panel temporarily blocked a new law requiring state Senate
confirmation for Gov. Roy Cooper’s Cabinet members. The law was
passed in the waning days of Rep. Gov. Pat McCrory.
(SFC, 2/9/17, p.A6)
2017 Feb 8, In Ohio Reagan
Tokes (21), an Ohio State Univ. student, was last seen leaving work
at a Columbus restaurant. Her nude body was found the next day near
a park entrance in Grove City. On February 11 DNA evidence led
police to arrest convicted sex offender Brian Golsby (29).
(SSFC, 2/12/17, p.A8)
2017 Feb 8, In Afghanistan at
least six Afghan employees of the International Committee of the Red
Cross (ICRC) were killed as they carried supplies to areas in
Jowzjan province hit by deadly snow storms. Islamic State gunmen
were suspected. Two Red Cross staff members were kidnapped. On Sep
5, 2017, the Red Cross said the two kidnapped staff members have
(Reuters, 2/8/17)(Reuters, 9/5/17)
2017 Feb 8, A Brazilian
zoologist said an outbreak of yellow fever has claimed the lives of
more than 600 monkeys and dozens of humans in the Atlantic
rainforest region, threatening the survival of rare South American
2017 Feb 8, Colombia's chief
prosecutor said that suspicions of illegal campaign contributions to
President Juan Manuel Santos are based on testimony of a rancher
Otto Bula, connected to the leader's opponents, who has been jailed
for allegedly channeling bribes on behalf of the Brazilian Odebrecht
2017 Feb 8, The head of
Estonia's foreign intelligence service said that Russia was "the
greatest source of a threat" to Estonia in cyberspace because
Estonia is a member of both the EU and NATO. He also said Estonia
has teamed up with the US Secret Service ahead of its first EU
presidency to train local officials to handle cyber threats.
2017 Feb 8, In Austria interior
and defense ministers from 15 European countries agreed to come up
with new measures to ensure that the overland route from Greece
remains shut for migrants seeking new lives in other EU nations and
those trying to bring them in illegally.
2017 Feb 8, The Czech
government said it has decided to double its quota for Ukrainian
workers, due to an acute labor shortage as the economy continues to
2017 Feb 8, In Greece hundreds
of firefighters in uniform took to the streets of Athens, saying
roughly one third of their jobs are at risk due to hiring
restrictions placed on the public sector by Greece's international
2017 Feb 8, In Iraq hundreds of
supporters of Iraqi cleric Moqtada al-Sadr demonstrated in Baghdad
to demand electoral reform ahead of a planned provincial vote in
2017 Feb 8, Israeli and
Palestinian rights groups petitioned the Supreme Court asking it to
strike down a new law allowing expropriation of private Palestinian
land for Jewish settlers.
2017 Feb 8, Mexican electoral
authorities annulled the results of town council elections in San
Juan Achiutla, Oaxaca, because married women had been prevented from
voting. Achiutla officials had argued that married women don't
perform community work and thus can't vote.
2017 Feb 8, In the Philippines
as many as 15,000 people were left homeless after a huge fire
engulfed an overcrowded slum in Manila, destroying thousands of
homes and sending residents fleeing with their few possessions.
2017 Feb 8, Romania's defiant
PM Sorin Grindeanu easily survived a no-confidence vote even as his
government continued to face nationwide protests over its efforts to
weaken anti-corruption laws.
2017 Feb 8, Russian opposition
leader Alexei Navalny accused the Kremlin of trying to block him
from running in next year's presidential election after a court
found him guilty of embezzlement. A court in Kirov found Navalny
guilty of embezzlement in relation to a timber firm called Kirovles,
and gave him a five-year suspended prison sentence.
2017 Feb 8, The Russian embassy
in Nigeria said seven Russian sailors and a Ukrainian have been
kidnapped in Nigerian waters from the BBC Caribbean, a cargo vessel
flagged in Antigua and Barbuda.
2017 Feb 8, In Somalia members
of the upper and lower houses of parliament elected former PM
Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo as president.
(SFC, 2/9/17, p.A2)
2017 Feb 8, Syrian government
jets bombed a rebel-held district of Homs city in the west of the
country, killing at least nine people.
(Reuters, 2/8/17)(AP, 2/8/17)
2017 Feb 8, Turkey said Syrian
rebels backed by the Turkish military have captured the outskirts of
the Islamic State-held city of al-Bab in northern Syria.
2017 Feb 8, Turkish presidency
sources said President Tayyip Erdogan and US President Donald Trump
agreed in an overnight phone call on joint action against Islamic
State in the Syrian towns of Raqqa and al-Bab, both held by the
2017 Feb 8, In eastern Ukraine
Mikhail Tolstykh (36), the military chief of a self-proclaimed
Russian-backed Donetsk republic, was blown up with a grenade
launcher. Rebels blamed Ukrainian security services.
(AFP, 2/8/17)(Econ, 2/11/17, p.38)
2017 Feb 8, Senior UN officials
said more than 1,000 Rohingya Muslims may have been killed in a
Myanmar army crackdown, suggesting the death toll has been a far
greater than previously reported.
2017 Feb 8, The UN appealed for
$2.1 billion to provide desperately needed aid to millions of people
in war-ravaged Yemen this year, warning the country could soon face
2017 Feb 8, Pope Francis issued
a stinging criticism of atrocities against Myanmar's Rohingya
minority, saying they had been tortured and killed simply because
they wanted to live their culture and Muslim faith.
2017 Feb 8, Zimbabwe's
Constitutional Court dismissed a case against President Robert
Mugabe (92) lodged by an activist who accused the aging leader of
violating the southern African country's supreme law during protests
2017 Feb 8, Zimbabwean protest
leader Evan Mawarire was released on bail by a court in Harare after
police arrested him on charges of subverting the government and
inciting public violence.
2018 Feb 8, US stocks plunged
for the 2nd time in four days and the Dow Jones industrial average
sank more than 1,000 points.
(SFC, 2/9/18, p.C1)
2018 Feb 8, The SF-based Helen
Diller Foundation announced a $500 million donation for a new
hospital at the USCF campus in Parnassus Heights.
(SFC, 2/8/18, p.A1)
2018 Feb 8, In Boston Cleber
Rene Rizerio Rocha (28) of Brazil was sentenced after pleading
guilty in October to money laundering charges. $20 million was found
in Westborough in January 2017 during an investigation into
TelexFree Inc., a defunct internet telecom company that prosecutors
say was actually a billion-dollar pyramid scheme. Authorities say
Rocha was a courier for a fugitive TelexFree executive who came to
retrieve the money move it out of the US.
2018 Feb 8, In Ohio Arnold
Perry (34) was sentenced to 27 years in prison on rape and sexual
battery charges. Authorities said he had impregnated 14-year-old
twins and their sister (12) while living in their home in 2015-2016.
(SFC, 2/10/18, p.A5)
2018 Feb 8, In Texas one man
died after he and three others were stabbed during a church service
at a private home in Corpus Christi. Suspect Marco Antonio Moreno
(SFC, 2/9/18, p.A6)
2018 Feb 8, A US-led coalition
statement said joint US and Afghan air raids targeted the Islamic
State group in Afghanistan's northern Jowzjan province. In
northeastern Badakshan province US fighter jets pounded Taliban
camps that were providing support to militant Turkic Muslim Uighurs
who seek independence from China. A Chinese and three Uzbek
militants were reported killed in the joint air strikes in Jowzjan
province. Missiles fired from US drone slammed into a vehicle in
eastern Paktia province, killing four militants.
(AP, 2/8/18)(AP, 2/9/18)
2018 Feb 8, In Afghanistan
Khalid Mehsood, deputy leader of the umbrella Tehreek-e-Taliban
Pakistan (TTP), died after a pre-dawn US drone strike in North
Waziristan. Group leaders soon nominated Mufti Noor Wali Mehsud to
take his place.
2018 Feb 8, Bangladesh
opposition leader and former prime minister Khaleda Zia (72) was
jailed for corruption but plans to appeal her five-year term.
Khaleda, her son and aides were convicted of stealing 21 million
taka ($253,000) in foreign donations received by an orphanage trust
set up when she was last prime minister, from 2001 to 2006.
2018 Feb 8, Brazil's federal
police arrested Congressman Joao Rodrigues on corruption charges at
Sao Paulo's international airport, saying they feared he could try
to escape to Paraguay.
2018 Feb 8, Freemasons
published advertisements in British newspapers to say their members
are being unfairly stigmatized, after reports of secret lodges for
lawmakers and journalists.
2018 Feb 8, China dismissed
accusations from the former leader of the Maldives that it is
attempting to effectively buy up the Indian Ocean island state.
China is already the Maldives' primary source of tourists and is
investing hundreds of millions of dollars in an airport expansion,
housing development and other projects.
2018 Feb 8, Cyprus' energy
minister said that exploratory drilling off the southern shore has
shown indications of a potentially sizeable gas deposit that raises
hopes for more discoveries.
2018 Feb 8, Egyptian
prosecutors ordered the detention for 15 days of Mohamed el-Kassas,
a prominent opposition activist pending investigations into charges
that include joining a terrorist group and disseminating fake news.
2018 Feb 8, Ethiopia's attorney
general's office said 746 more prisoners will be released, including
a journalist and a senior opposition official who were jailed for
conspiracy to commit terrorist acts. The names have been forwarded
to President Mulatu Teshome, who has the power to grant their
2018 Feb 8, The French defense
minister presented a bill foreseeing 295 billion euros ($364
billion) in overall defense spending from 2019 to 2025. That
includes 1.7 billion euros in additional spending each year through
2022, particularly to modernize equipment and improve intelligence.
2018 Feb 8, French custom's
officers seized nearly 500 weapons, more than 100 kg (220 pounds) of
ammunition and myriad grenades in the northern region of Picardy.
Officials found "an arsenal of long guns" in a car nearby including
"weapons of war" and machine guns that were arranged on racks.
2018 Feb 8, The Gambia was
readmitted to the Commonwealth, welcomed back following the
democratic election of President Adama Barrow, who reversed the
shock pullout of 2013.
2018 Feb 8, The Christian
Social Union (CSU), the smallest partner in Germany's prospective
new government, signed off on the coalition deal giving Chancellor
Angela Merkel a stable government for her fourth term.
2018 Feb 8, Greece launched a
seven-year bond auction with a starting rate of 3.75 percent, in the
first major step this year toward a return to financing itself on
2018 Feb 8, In Kenya Citizen
TV, the last of three television stations shut down by the
government last week, resumed transmission.
2018 Feb 8, In eastern Libya
Commander Mahmoud al-Werfalli, wanted by the International Criminal
Court (ICC) over a series of summary executions, was released, a day
after handing himself in to military authorities.
2018 Feb 8, Moldova's
parliament adopted a declaration condemning alleged Russian attacks
on cybersecurity and accusing the Russian secret services of
financing Moldovan political parties.
2018 Feb 8, North Korean leader
Kim Jong Un presided over an extravagant military parade in
Pyongyang's Kim Il Sung Square to mark the 70th anniversary of the
founding of its military.
2018 Feb 8, It was reported
that Pakistan's media regulatory authority, acting on a court order,
has instructed all news channels, radio stations and print media to
refrain from promoting Valentine's Day.
2018 Feb 8, In Pakistan a US
drone strike killed seven militants in the border village of Gorwak,
2018 Feb 8, It was reported
that International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutors have opened a
preliminary examination into Philippines president Rodrigo Duterte's
"war on drugs", which has led to the death of thousands since it
began in July 2016.
2018 Feb 8, In Poland
protesting doctors and health authorities signed a deal that will
significantly increase spending on health care, including doctors'
2018 Feb 8, A Romanian court
sentenced Darius Valcov, a former finance minister and one of the
architects of the ruling Social Democrats' governing program, to
eight-years in prison for corruption and money-laundering. He denied
wrongdoing and can appeal.
2018 Feb 8, Russian opposition
leader Alexei Navalny published an investigation alleging that a
Russian Cabinet member received lavish hospitality from billionaire
Oleg Deripaska, a tycoon who has been linked to US President Donald
Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort.
2018 Feb 8, A spokeswoman for
the Russian Foreign Ministry said North Korean workers can stay in
Russia until Dec. 2019, in line with a United Nations' resolution.
2018 Feb 8, Saudi state media
reported that a criminal court has sentenced a columnist to five
years in prison for insulting the royal court. Saleh al-Shehi was
detained after his Dec. 8 appearance on the privately owned Rotana
Channel after saying that any Saudi citizen who has a contact within
the royal court automatically has an advantage in buying
strategically located land unavailable to the public.
2018 Feb 8, Syrian rescue
workers and activists said the death toll from ongoing government
strikes on the opposition-held region near the capital Damascus has
risen to at least 35. At least 169 civilians have been killed since
2018 Feb 8, In Syria the US-led
coalition and its local allies struck pro-government forces with
deadly air and artillery fire overnight to repel "an unprovoked
attack" near the Euphrates. The US-led coalition said it killed at
least 100 pro-regime fighters to fend off an attack on its allies.
It was later reported that at least four Russian private military
contractors were killed in the strike.
(Reuters, 2/8/18)(AFP, 2/8/18)(SFC, 2/14/18,
2018 Feb 8, Tajikistan's
interior minister said amnesty has been granted to 111 of its
nationals following their return home from Syria and Iraq, where
they had joined radical Islamist groups. He also said some 250
citizens of Tajikistan, a majority-Muslim country, had died fighting
for radical groups in Iraq and Syria, mostly the Islamic State
2018 Feb 8, Thailand's
Pollution Control Department said that concentrations in Bangkok of
tiny particles known as PM 2.5, a benchmark measure of air quality,
were almost double the levels considered safe.
2018 Feb 8, Nearly three dozen
Thai democracy activists turned themselves in to police after being
summoned in connection with a protest calling for the ruling
military government to step down and relinquish power through
elections. All were released the same day.
2018 Feb 8, The UN said a
military offensive launched last month by Congolese troops against
Ugandan militants in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo is likely
to force nearly 370,000 people from their homes.
2018 Feb 8, In Yemen people in
the last of four boats carrying migrants were forced to swim to
shore as they approached Shabwa province from Somalia. About 600
Ethiopian migrants, men and women, were aboard the boats and 25 were