Return to home The ancient Roman feast of Lupercalia. This
was a fertility festival in honor of the pastoral god Lupercus.
(HFA, '96, p.24)(AHD, p.776)
Nirvana Day, the day Buddha died and achieved bliss.
(WSJ, 11/2/98, p.B1) For Asian History http://www.asiaobserver.org/2019/02/15 399BC Feb 15, Socrates
was condemned to death on charges of corrupting the youth and
introducing new gods into Greek thought. A tribunal of 501 citizens
found Socrates guilty of the charge of impiety and corruption of
youth. Socrates b.(469BC) had been the teacher of two leaders who
were held responsible for the GreekĎs loss to Sparta in the
Peloponnesian War (431-404 BC). PlatoĎs Apology, Crito, and Phaedo
describe SocratesĎ trial, imprisonment and death.
(eawc, p.11)(HNQ, 3/21/00)
37CE Feb 15, Claudius Drusus
Germanicus Caesar Nero (d.68CE), emperor of Rome (54-68), was born.
[see Dec 15]
360 Feb 15, The first Hagia
Sophia was inaugurated by Constantius II. It was built next to the
smaller church Hagia Eirene in Constantinople. Both churches acted
together as the principal churches of the Byzantine Empire.
1368 Feb 14-1368 Feb 15,
Sigismund (d.1437), son of Charles IV, was born in Nuremberg,
Germany. He served as Holy Roman Emperor from 1433-1437.
1386 Feb 15, Duke Philip the
Stout formed the Council of Flanders.
1386 Feb 15, Christianity was
introduced to Lithuania when Grand Duke Jogaila and Vytautas
underwent a token Baptism at the cathedral in Cracow. Jogaila had
married Queen Jadvyga (12) and was crowned King in Poland. Together
they began to rule from Cracow over Lithuania and Poland. Jogaila
submitted to restrictions that no major decisions could be made
without the authorization of the Polish nobility.
(Dr, 7/96, V1#1, p.5)(Ist. L.H., 1948, p.
69)(DrEE, 11/9/96, p.6)
1495 Feb 15, Lithuanian Grand
Duke Alexander wed Duchess Elena of Moscow.
1519 Feb 15, Pedro Menendez de
Aviles, explorer (found St. Augustine, Florida), was born.
1563 Feb 15, Ivan IV led
Russian forces in the takeover of Polocka, defended under the
leadership of Stanislav Davaina.
1564 Feb 15, Italian astronomer
Galileo Galilei (d.1642) was born in Pisa. He was the first modern
man to understand that mathematics can truly describe the physical
world. He said: ďThe Book of Nature is written in mathematics."
[V.D.-H.K. dated his death to 1646] He ran afoul of the Catholic
Church for defending the Copernican system, which maintained that
the earth revolves around the sun. He died in Acetri, near Florence.
(V.D.-H.K.p.1200) (TNG,Klein,p.22) (AHD,p.539)
(CFA, '96,Vol 179, p.40) (AP, 2/15/98)(HN, 2/15/99)
1571 Feb 15, Michael
Praetorius, composer (Syntagma music), was born in Kreuzberg,
1620 Feb 15, Francois
Charpentier, French scholar, archaeologist, was born.
1637 Feb 15, Ferdinand II (58),
King of Bohemia, Hun, German Emperor (1619-37), died. Ferdinand III
succeeded him as Holy Roman Emperor.
(440 Intíl., 2/15/99)(MC, 2/15/02)
1666 Feb 15, Antonio M.
Valsalva, Italian anatomist (eardrums, glottis), was born.
1677 Feb 15, King Charles II
reported an anti-French covenant with Netherlands.
1686 Feb 15, Jean Baptiste
Lully's opera "Armide," premiered in Paris.
1705 Feb 15, Charles A. Vanloo,
French painter, was born.
1710 Feb 15, Louis XV (d.1774),
King of France, was born. He ruled from 1715-1774.
(HN, 2/15/98) (WUD, 1994, p.848)
1726 Feb 15, Abraham Clark,
Declaration of Independence signer, was born.
1744 Feb 15, John Hadley,
inventor (sextant), died.
1745 Feb 15, Colley Cibber's
"Papal Tyranny," premiered in London.
1748 Feb 15, Jeremy Bentham
(d.1832), philosopher, originator (Utilitarian), was born in London,
1758 Feb 15, The 1st mustard
manufactured in America was advertised in Philadelphia.
(440 Intíl., 2/15/99)(HCB, 2003, p. 94)
1764 Feb 15, The city of St.
Louis was established as a French trading post. Pierre Laclede Ligue
and stepson Auguste Chouteau notched a couple of trees that marked
the site for Lacledeís Landing that became St. Louis.
(SFC, 5/12/97, p.T5)(AP, 2/15/98)(440 Intíl.,
1797 Feb 15, Henry Steinway
(d.1871), German-American piano maker, was born in Germany as
Heinrich Steinweg. He move to the US in 1851. The name was
anglicized in 1864.
(WSJ, 7/15/06, p.P8)(http://tinyurl.com/qn6dy)
1798 Feb 15, The first serious
fist fight occurred in Congress.
1799 Feb 15, The 1st US printed
ballots were authorized in Pennsylvania.
(440 Intíl., 2/15/99)
1803 Feb 15, John Augustus
Sutter (d.1880), Swiss-US colonist (New Helvetia, Ca., Sutter Mill),
1804 Feb 15, New Jersey became
the last northern state to abolish slavery.
1809 Feb 15, Cyrus Hall
McCormick (d.1884), inventor of the mechanical reaper, was born.
(MC, 2/15/02)(WUD, 1994 p.887)
1820 Feb 15, American
suffragist Susan Brownell Anthony (d.1906) was born in Adams, Mass.
Her biography by Lynn Sherr was titled: ďFailure Is Impossible."
(SFEC, 9/21/97, Par p.4)(AP, 2/15/98)(HN,
1820 Feb 15, French statesman
Pierre-Joseph Cambon (63), member of Committee of Public Safety
(French Revolution), died.
1842 Feb 15, The 1st adhesive
postage stamps in US were made available by a private delivery
company in NYC.
(440 Intíl., 2/15/99)
1845 Feb 15, William Parsons,
Earl of Rosse, 1st used a 72" (183 cm) reflector.
(440 Intíl., 2/15/99)
1848 Feb 15, Sarah Roberts was
barred from a white school in Boston.
(440 Intíl., 2/15/99)
1851 Feb 15, Black
abolitionists invaded a Boston courtroom to rescue a fugitive slave.
(440 Intíl., 2/15/99)
1861 Feb 15, Alfred North
Whitehead (d.1947), English philosopher (Adv of Ideas) and
mathematician, was born. ďWe think in generalities, but we live in
detail." ďI have always noticed that deeply and truly religious
persons are fond of a joke, and I am suspicious of those who
arenít." ďIt is more important that a proposition be interesting
than that it be true."
(AP, 4/11/97)(AP, 10/5/97)(AP, 9/8/98)(MC,
1861 Feb 15, Ft. Point was
completed & garrisoned. It never fired cannon in anger.
(440 Intíl., 2/15/99)
1862 Feb 15, Grant [on his 3rd
day there] launched a major assault on Fort Donelson, Tenn.
1863 Feb 15, Samuel and
Florence Baker encountered John Speke and James Grant at the
frontier village of Gondokoro (southern Sudan). Speke and Grant said
they had found the Nileís headwaters at a lake they named Victoria
(Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda).
(ON, 10/01, p.9)
1869 Feb 15, Charges of treason
against Jefferson Davis were dropped.
1870 Feb 15, Ground was broken
for Northern Pacific Railway near Duluth, Minn.
(440 Intíl., 2/15/99)
1876 Feb 15, A historic Elm at
Boston was blown down.
(440 Intíl., 2/15/99)
1879 Feb 15, President Hayes
signed a bill allowing female attorneys to argue cases before the
(AP, 2/15/98)(440 Intíl., 2/15/99)
1882 Feb 15, John Barrymore,
actor, was born in Philadelphia. He was sibling to actors Lionel
Barrymore & Ethel Barrymore, father of actors John Drew
Barrymore & Diana Barrymore and grandfather of actor Drew
(HN, 2/15/01)(MC, 2/15/02)
1882 Feb 15, SS Dunedin left
New Zealand with 1st frozen meat for England.
1885 Feb 15, Leopold Damrosch
(52), composer, died.
1886 Feb 15, Sax Rohmer, author
(Dr. Fu Manchu), was born in England.
1887 Feb 15, Alexander Borodin
(b.1833), Russian composer, died. He had worked on his epic opera
ďPrince Igor" for 18 years. It was completed in 1888 by Glazunov and
Rimsky-Korsakov. [see Feb 27]
(WSJ, 9/19/96, p.A18)(WSJ, 5/7/98, p.A21)(WSJ,
2/6/00, p.A16)(MC, 2/15/02)
1890 Feb 15, Robert Ley, German
chemist, MP (NSDAP), was born.
1895 Feb 15, 23 cm (9") of snow
fell on New Orleans.
(440 Intíl., 2/15/99)
1898 Feb 15, The U.S.
battleship Maine blew up in Havana Harbor, killing 266-268 sailors
and bringing hordes of Western cowboys and gunfighters rushing to
enlist in the Spanish-American. On the night of February 15, 1898,
as she lay at anchor in Havana Harbor, an explosion--possibly caused
by sabotage--ripped through the ship, killing 267 officers and men.
It had been sent there to menace Imperial Spain and its sinking
helped to precipitate the Spanish-American War. Inconclusive
investigations by the Spanish government and U.S. Navy became
irrelevant as popular American sentiment outpaced diplomacy. On
April 25, the U.S. Congress declared war on Spain to the shouts of
"Remember the Maine and to Hell with Spain!" The true cause of the
explosion that sank the battleship Maine remains a mystery.
(Civilization, July-Aug, 1995, p.14)(NH, 4/97,
p.38)(HT, 5/97, p.64) (AP, 2/15/98)(HN, 2/15/99)(HNPD, 2/15/99)
1899 Feb 15, M Wolf & A
Schwassmann discovered asteroid #442 Eichsfeldia.
(440 Intíl., 2/15/99)
1900 Feb 15, The British
threatened to use natives in the Boer War fight.
1903 Feb 15, The 1st Teddy Bear
was introduced in America by Morris & Rose Michtom.
(440 Intíl., 2/15/99)
1904 Feb 15, Mark Hanna
(b.1837), American businessman and Republican politician, died in
Washington, DC. He served as a United States Senator from Ohio. A
friend and political ally of President William McKinley, Hanna used
his wealth and business skills to successfully manage McKinley's
presidential campaigns in 1896 and 1900.
1905 Feb 15, Harold Arlen
(d.1986), composer, arranger and pianist, was born as Hyman Arluck.
His work included ďStormy Weather" and ďItís Only a Paper Moon." He
was born Hyman Arluck, the son of a Jewish cantor. In 1996 Edward
Jablonski wrote his second biography titled: ďHarold Arlen: Rhythm.
Rainbows, and Blues."
(WSJ, 6/28/96, p.A7)(HN, 2/15/01)(MC, 2/15/02)
1905 Feb 15, The 1st race meet
at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark. was run.
(440 Intíl., 2/15/99)
1905 Feb 15, Lewis Wallace
(77), US politician, general, writer (Ben Hur), artist and inventor,
died. His paintings included ďThe Conspirators," a depiction of
those accused in the assassination of Pres. Lincoln. He had 8
registered US patents and was accomplished at playing and making
violins. His home in Crawfordsville, Indiana, is now a museum.
(HT, 3/97, p.66)(MC, 2/15/02)
1906 Feb 15, British Labour
1909 Feb 15, In San Francisco
anarchist Emma Goldman spoke to large audiences in Lyric Hall, at
Turk and Larkin streets. She gave 2 lectures: ďThe Devil Exonerated"
and ďThe Psychology of Violence."
(SSFC, 2/15/09, DB p.50)
1912 Feb 15, The Fram reached
latitude 78Ý 41' S, farthest south ever by ship.
(440 Intíl., 2/15/99)
1913 Feb 15, The 1st
avant-garde art show in America opened in NYC. [see Feb 17]
(440 Intíl., 2/15/99)
1916 Feb 15, Ian Ballantine,
publisher (Ballantine Books), was born.
1917 Feb 15, The Main Branch of
the SF Public Library at the Civic center was dedicated. It was
designed by George Kelham in the Beaux-Arts Classical style at a
cost of $1.1 million. The interior was adorned with murals by
Frank Vincent De Mond and by Gottardo Piazzoni in 1932.
(440 Intíl., 2/15/99)(SFC, 11/28/96, p.C6)(SFC,
12/10/97, p.E1)(WSJ, 1/19/98, p.A20)(SFEC, 1/23/00, DB p.29)
1917 Feb 15, In San Francisco
two men were killed in an explosion in the Twin Peaks tunnel near
the Laguna Honda station. Two others were probably fatally injured
and four others seriously hurt in the delayed explosion of a
(SSFC, 2/12/17, DB p.50)
1917 Feb 15, M Wolf discovered
asteroid #865 Zubaida.
(440 Intíl., 2/15/99)
1918 Feb 15, The 1st WW I US
army troopship was torpedoed & sunk off Ireland by Germany.
(440 Intíl., 2/15/99)
1918 Feb 15, Estonia, Latvia
& Lithuania adopted the Gregorian calendar.
(440 Intíl., 2/15/99)
1919 Feb 15, The American
Legion was organized in Paris.
(440 Intíl., 2/15/99)
1920 Feb 15, K Reinmuth
discovered asteroid #926 Imhilde.
(440 Intíl., 2/15/99)
1922 Feb 15, Marconi began
regular broadcasting transmissions from Essex.
1923 Feb 15, Yelena Bonner,
soviet dissident, wife of Andre Sakharov, was born in Moscow.
1925 Feb 15, Michael de Young
(b.1849), co-founder of the SF Chronicle, died. Son-in-law George T.
Cameron took over as publisher of the paper.
(SFEC, 3/8/98, BR
1925 Feb 15, The London Zoo
announced it would install lights to cheer up fogged in animals.
1926 Feb 15, Contract air mail
service began in the US.
(440 Intíl., 2/15/99)
1928 Feb 15, H.H. Asquith
(b.1852), former British prime minister (1908-1916), died.
1930 Feb 15, Wenona beat Toluca
in an Illinois Basketball Tournament in 10 overtimes.
1931 Feb 15, [Patricia] Claire
Bloom, actress (Charly, Look Back in Anger), was born in London.
1931 Feb 15, The 1st Dracula
1932 Feb 15, George Burns and
Gracie Allen debuted as regulars on "Guy Lombardo Show."
1932 Feb 15, US bobsled team
member Eddie Eagan became the only athlete to win gold in both
Summer & Winter Olympics (1920 boxing gold)
(440 Intíl., 2/15/99)
1933 Feb 15, President-elect
Roosevelt escaped an assassination attempt in Miami. Giuseppa
Zangara, an unemployed New Jersey bricklayer from Italy, fired five
pistol shots at the back of President-elect Franklin Roosevelt's
head from only twenty-five feet away. While all five rounds missed
their target, each bullet found a separate victim. One of these was
Mayor Anton Cermak of Chicago. Gunman Giuseppe Zangara was executed
more than four weeks later, on March 20. [see Mar 6, 20]
(WSJ, 5/24/00, p.A24)(AP, 2/15/07)
1934 Feb 15, U.S. Congress
passed the Civil Works Emergency Relief Act, allotting new funds for
Federal Emergency Relief Administration.
1936 Feb 15, Sonja Henie,
Norway, won her 3rd consecutive Olympic figure skating gold.
(440 Intíl., 2/15/99)
1936 Feb 15, The temp hit -60Ý
F (-51Ý C) in Parshall, North Dakota for a state record.
(440 Intíl., 2/15/99)
1939 Feb 15, Lillian Hellman's
"Little Foxes," premiered in NYC.
1939 Feb 15, SF officials
attended IBMís preview of an electric typewriter and a punch card
method of electric accounting at the Palace of Electricity and
Communications on Treasure Island.
(SSFC, 2/9/14, DB p.42)
1940 Feb 15, Hitler ordered
that all British merchant ships would be considered warships.
1941 Feb 15, Duke Ellington 1st
recorded "Take the A Train."
(440 Intíl., 2/15/99)
1941 Feb 15, K Reinmuth
discovered asteroids #1561 Fricke & #1785 Wurm.
(440 Intíl., 2/15/99)
1942 Feb 15, British forces in
Singapore surrendered to Japanese General Tomoyuki Yamashita.
Yamashita prevailed, when British Lt. Gen. Sir Arthur Percival and
130,000 Empire troops surrendered. It was the largest surrender in
(HN, 2/15/98)(AP, 2/15/98)
1943 Feb 15, Women's camp
Tamtui on Ambon (Moluccas) was hit by allied air raid.
1943 Feb 15, The Germans broke
the U.S. lines at the Fanid-Sened Sector in Tunisia.
1944 Feb 15, American bombers
attacked the Abbey of Monte Cassino in central Italy in an effort to
neutralize it as a German observation post. In 2003 Matthew Parker
authored "Monte Cassino: The Hardest Fought Battle of World War II."
(HN, 2/15/99)(Econ, 9/20/03, p.80)
1944 Feb 15, Nathan Gordon
(1916-2008), US Navy pilot from Arkansas, and his crew made 4
separate flying boat landings to rescue a number of aviators from
B-52 bombers, which had been shot down while attacking Japanese
positions near Kavieng harbor on New Ireland Island, Papua New
Guinea. Gordon later became the longest-serving lieutenant governor
(SFC, 9/15/08, p.B8)
1944 Feb 15, 891 British
bombers attacked Berlin.
1946 Feb 15, The ENIAC,
Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer, had its official
unveiling. It was created by John Mauchly and Presper Eckert. The
first test problem it solved was concerned with the trajectory of a
155-millimeter shell. The problem was programmed by Jean Bartik and
Betty Holberton who were part of an all-woman team that had
performed the calculations by hand. The US Army had chosen 6 women,
including Frances Holberton (d.2001 at 84), to program Eniac. Ms.
Holberton later created the C-10 instruction code for the Univac
using keyboard commands rather than dials and switches.
p.B1)(www.thocp.net/hardware/eniac.htm)(SFC, 12/12/01, p.A27)
1946 Feb 15, Royal Canadian
mounted police arrested 22 as Soviet spies.
1947 Feb 15, John Adams,
composer (Nixon in China), was born in Worcester Mass.
1948 Feb 15, Mao Zedong's army
1950 Feb 15, WM Inge's "Come
Back, Little Sheba," premiered in NYC.
1950 Feb 15, Walt Disney's
animated "Cinderella" was released.
1950 Feb 15, Joseph Stalin and
Mao Tse-tung signed a mutual defense treaty in Moscow.
1953 Feb 15, Tenley Albright
(b. June 18, 1935) became the first American to win the womenís
world figure skating championship at a competition in Davos,
1954 Feb 15, Matt Groening,
cartoonist (The Simpsons), was born.
1954 Feb 15, The 1st bevatron
went into operation in Berkeley, California.
(440 Intíl., 2/15/99)
1955 Feb 15, The 1st pilot
plant to produce man-made diamonds announced.
(440 Intíl., 2/15/99)
1957 Feb 15, Andrei Gromyko
replaced Dmitri T. Shepilov as the Soviet Foreign Minister.
1958 Feb 15, Sjafroeddin
Prawiranegara formed the anti-government of Middle Sumatra.
1961 Feb 15, 73 people,
including 18 figure skaters from the United States, were killed in
the crash of a Sabena Airlines Boeing 707 in Belgium. The skaters
were en route to a world meet in Czechoslovakia.
(HN, 2/15/98)(AP, 2/15/99)
1963 Feb 15, Ken Lynch recorded
"Misery." It was the 1st Lennon-McCartney song recorded by someone
(440 Intíl., 2/15/99)
1964 Feb 15, Beatles' "Meet the
Beatles!," album went #1 & stayed #1 for 11 weeks.
(440 Intíl., 2/15/99)
1964 Feb 15, Bill Bradley
scored 51 points for Princeton.
(440 Intíl., 2/15/99)
1964 Feb 15, Goethe Link
Observatory discovered asteroid #2417 McVittie & #3717.
(440 Intíl., 2/15/99)
1965 Feb 15, Raymond Kurzweil,
a diffident but self-possessed high school student, appeared as a
guest on a game show called I've Got a Secret. He was introduced by
the host, Steve Allen, and then played a short musical composition
on a piano that was composed by a computer that he had built. By
2011 Kurzweil believed that we're approaching a moment when
computers will become intelligent, and not just intelligent but more
intelligent than humans. He believed that this moment was not only
inevitable but imminent. According to his calculations, the end of
human civilization as we know it would take place about 2045.
1965 Jan 15, Sir Winston
Churchill suffered a severe stroke.
1965 Feb 15, John Lennon passed
his driving test.
(440 Intíl., 2/15/99)
1965 Feb 15, Canada replaced
the Union Jack flag with the Maple Leaf in ceremonies in Ottawa.
(CFA, '96, p.40)(HN, 2/15/98)(AP, 2/15/98)(440
1965 Feb 15, Nat King Cole
(b.1919), singer (Unforgettable, Mona Lisa), died in Santa Monica.
1967 Feb 15, Thirteen US
helicopters were shot down in one day in Vietnam.
1967 Feb 15, The 1st
anti-bootleg recording laws were enacted.
1967 Feb 15, France launched
its Diademe-D satellite into Earth orbit. This followed the launch
of Diademe-C on Feb 8. These satellites were magnetically stabilized
which limited their trackability in the southern hemisphere.
1968 Feb 15, Anaheim's Les
Salvage scored 10, 3-pt baskets in an ABA game vs. Denver.
(440 Intíl., 2/15/99)
1969 Feb 15, Charles Ellsworth
Russell (b.1906), aka Pee Wee Russell, jazz clarinet player, died in
Alexandria, Va. His albums included ďPortrait of Pee Wee" (1958).
1970 Feb 15, William Kunstler,
Chicago defense attorney, got a four-year sentence on contempt
charges for his conduct during the Chicago Seven trial.
1970 Feb 15, A Dominican DC-9
crashed into sea at Santo Domingo and 102 people were killed.
1971 Feb 15, Britain abandoned
the unit of the penny on Decimal Day, February 15, 1971, replacing
the shilling with five new pence, so that one pound sterling became
divided into 100 new pence.
1972 Feb 15, A left-leaning
military coup in Ecuador, led by Guillermo RodrŪguez Lara, removed,
Pres. Velasco Ibarra from office for the fifth time. Military rule
continued to 1979.
12/6/95, p.A-1)(USAT, 2/11/97, p.5A)
1972 Feb 15, Edgar P. Snow
(b.1905), US journalist and author (Battle for Asia, Red Star Over
China), died in Switzerland.
1973 Feb 15, Friendsville
Academy in Tenn. ended a 138-game basketball losing streak.
1973 Feb 15, The US and Cuba
reached an anti-hijacking agreement.
1973 Feb 15, The USSR launched
Prognoz 3 at Baikonur, Kazakhstan, to study solar flares.
1974 Feb 15, US gasoline
stations threatened to close because of federal fuel policies.
1975 Feb 15, In local elections
78.8% of the residents approved a covenant under which the Northern
Marianas would become a US Commonwealth. In 1976 the US Congress
approved a covenant whereby Saipan became the capital of the
Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. The 34,000 permanent
residents became US citizens but could not vote in US presidential
elections. The CNMI was allowed to set its own tax, immigration and
labor policies. A new government and constitution went into effect
1976 Feb 15, In Los Angeles
Elizabeth McKeown (67) was beaten, raped and strangled. A young
homicide detective found her body 3 days later in a car trunk. In
2009 John Floyd Thomas Jr. (72), an insurance claims adjuster, was
arrested based on DNA evidence. A series of attacks stopped in 1978,
the year Thomas went to prison for the rape of a Pasadena woman.
(AP, 5/1/09)(SFC, 9/24/09, p.D3)
1977 Feb 15, W. Sebok
discovered asteroid #2491.
1978 Feb 15, Leon Spinks beat
Muhammad Ali for the world heavyweight crown.
1978 Feb 15, Ted Bundy
(1946-1989), American escaped serial killed, was recaptured in
Pensacola, Fla. Bundy eventually confessed to 29 murders.
1979 Feb 15, The Temple City
Kazoo Orchestra appeared on the Mike Douglas Show.
1980 Feb 15, Eric Heiden
(b.1958) skated to an Olympic record of 500m in 38.03 sec.
1980 Feb 15, Zdenka Vavrova,
Czech astronomer discovered asteroid #3592.
1981 Feb 15, A rocket-powered
ice sled attained 399 kph on Lake George, NY.
(440 Intíl., 2/15/99)
1982 Feb 15, The Ocean Ranger
oil-drilling platform sank off the coast of Newfoundland during a
fierce storm and 84 men were killed.
(AP, 2/15/98)(WSJ, 10/3/01, p.A20)
1983 Feb 15, Norman Thomas
discovered asteroid 3367 Alex, 3413 Andriana, 3525 Paul & 3580.
1984 Feb 15, Ethel Merman (76),
singer, actress (Kid Million), died in her sleep.
1985 Feb 15, The STS 51-E
vehicle was moved to the launch pad. Deployment of the vehicle
aboard the Challenger was cancelled in March.
1985 Feb 15, The World Chess
Championship match in Moscow between Anatoly Karpov and Garry
Kasparov was abandoned due to psychological strain. The match was
resumed in September.
1986 Feb 15, The Philippines
National Assembly proclaimed Ferdinand E. Marcos president for
another six years, following an election marked by allegations of
fraud. Marcos was later ousted.
1987 Feb 15, ABC-TV began
broadcasting "Amerika" mini-series.
1988 Feb 15, Frederick [Fritz]
Loewe (b.1901), German-born composer (Brigadoon, My Fair Lady,
Camelot), died in California.
1988 Feb 15, Austrian President
Kurt Waldheim vowed in a televised address not to "retreat in the
face of slanders" concerning his service for the German Army during
World War II.
1988 Feb 15, The Soviet Union
was defeated by Afghanistan, and a total withdrawal by the Soviets
occurred. In 2003 George Crile authored "Charlie Wilson's War: The
Extraordinary Story of the largest Covert Operation in History."
(www.afghan, 5/25/98)(SSFC, 5/25/03, p.M1)
1989 Feb 15, The Soviet Union
announced that the last of its troops had left Afghanistan, after
more than nine years of military intervention.
(SFC, 9/28/96, p.A8)(AP, 2/15/98)
1990 Feb 15, Professional
baseball owners locked out their players.
(440 Intíl., 2/15/99)
1990 Feb 15, President Bush and
the leaders of Colombia, Bolivia and Peru met in Cartagena, Colombia
for a drug-fighting summit.
1990 Feb 15, The San Francisco
Recreation and Parks Commission decided that the gigantic concrete
cross atop Mount Davidson will remain a city-owned landmark, but
that it should never be lit again.
(SSFC, 2/15/15, DB p.42)
1991 Feb 15, In Visegrad,
Hungary, a declaration of co-operation was signed by Poland,
Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia. The 4 became known as the
1991 Feb 15, Iraq proposed a
conditional withdrawal from Kuwait, an offer dismissed by President
Bush as a ďcruel hoax."
1991 Feb 15, Milo Djukanovic
began serving as prime minister of Montenegro. He served until 1998
and held a 2nd term from 2003-2006.
1991 Feb 15, The government of
South Africa and the African National Congress announced an
agreement on terms of the ANCís decision to suspend its armed
struggle against apartheid.
1992 Feb 15, 100th episode of
"Cops" aired on the Fox network.
(440 Intíl., 2/15/99)
1992 Feb 15, A Milwaukee jury
found that Jeffrey Dahmer was sane when he killed and mutilated 15
men and boys.
(440 Intíl., 2/15/99)(AP, 2/15/02)
1992 Feb 15, Benjamin L. Hooks
announced plans to retire as executive director of the National
Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
1992 Feb 15, Pulitzer
Prize-winning composer William Schuman died in New York at age 81.
1992 Feb 15, In Peru Maria
Elena Moyano (b.1958), a community organizer and activist of
Afro-Peruvian descent, was assassinated by the Shining Path in Lima.
1993 Feb 15, President Clinton
issued an economic "call to arms," asking Americans to accept a
painful package of tax increases and spending cuts.
1994 Feb 15, US asked Aristide
to adopt a peace plan for Haiti.
1994 Feb 15, US Navy chief Adm.
Frank Kelso II agreed to early retirement because of criticism over
the Tailhook sex abuse scandal.
1994 Feb 15, Drifter Danny
Harold Rolling entered a surprise guilty plea to the 1990 murders of
five college students in Gainesville, Fla. In all, Rolling confessed
to killing eight people, though there may have been more. As a
result of his murder convictions, Rolling was executed by lethal
injection on October 25, 2006.
1994 Feb 15, Viacom won a
hard-fought victory to acquire Paramount Communications.
1995 Feb 15, The FBI arrested
Kevin Mitnick, its "most wanted hacker," and charged him with
cracking security in some of the nation's most protected computers.
Mitnick was released Jan. 21, 2000, after serving five years behind
1995 Feb 15, A fire roared
through a three-story nightclub in Taichung, Taiwan, killing at
least 64 people.
1995 Feb 15, Population of
People's Republic of China hit 1.2 billion.
1996 Feb 15, A federal judge
temporarily blocked the Communications Decency Act, saying the
government had to explain what material it considered indecent
before it could enforce the law, designed to protect children from
sexually explicit material on computer networks.
1996 Feb 15, In the Toronto
Globe and Star there was a report by Peter Whelan that ďpesticides
sprayed on fields in Argentina were killing tens of thousands of
wintering Swainsonís hawks that nest on the Canadian prairies and
the adjacent US Great Plains."
(NH, 10/96, p.51)
1996 Feb 15, The Sea Empress
grounded off of Wales and spilled 18 million gallons (72,000 tons)
1996 Feb 15, Russian President
Boris N. Yeltsin announced he would run for re-election.
1997 Feb 15, Tara Lipinski
upset Michelle Kwan at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in
Nashville, Tenn., becoming the youngest gold medalist at the
1997 Feb 15, North Korean
defector Lee Han-young was shot and mortally wounded in South Korea
by North Korean agents, three days after another North Korean
defected in Beijing. He was the nephew of the first wife of Kim Jon
Il, who defected in 1982. Doctors pronounced him brain dead.
(SFC, 2/17/97, p.A1,9)(AP, 2/15/98)
1997 Feb 15, In Zaire Rwandan
soldiers killed about 200 refugees near the town of Kigulube.
1998 Feb 15, Monica Lewinsky's
attorney, William Ginsburg, continued his harsh criticism of
Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr for alleged leaks of information
to the news media, charging on CNN that his client's constitutional
rights were being trampled.
1998 Feb 15, Two Japanese ski
jumpers, Kazuyoshi Funaki and Masahiko Harada, leapt to gold and
bronze medals in the 120-meter event at the Nagano Olympics.
1998 Feb 15, Armed men killed
32 people in 3 weekend attacks. 17 people had their throats slit in
(SFC, 2/16/98, p.A11)
1998 Feb 15, Pres. Glafcos
Clerides (1919-2013) won a 2nd 5-year term in Cyprus elections with
a 50.8% margin.
(SFC, 2/16/98, p.A11)(AP, 11/16/13)
1998 Feb 15, In the Czech
Republic a young Gypsy woman was pushed into the Elbe River by 3
skinheads. Her body was recovered 2 days later. It was the 3rd
attack on Gypsies in 4 weeks. 3 suspects were detained.
(SFC, 2/18/98, p.C3)
1999 Feb 15, President Clinton
continued his whirlwind visit to Mexico, where he conferred with
President Ernesto Zedillo. Clinton and Pres. Zedillo signed several
accords on economic measures and the drug war.
(AP, 2/15/04)(WSJ, 2/16/99, p.A1)
1999 Feb 15, Carole Sund (42),
Julie Sund (15) and Silvina Pelosso were last seen at the Cedar
Lodge motel in Portal, Ca. The trio were visiting the area from
Eureka. Carole Sund's wallet and credit cards were found in Modesto
on Feb 19. The FBI acknowledged Feb 21 that the disappearance was
being treated as a kidnapping and a $250,000 reward was offered.
Their rented Pontiac was found burned near Long Barn in Tuolemne
County on Mar 18 and 2 burned bodies were found in the trunk. Cary
Stayner, motel maintenance man, later admitted to the murders and
faced trial in 2002. Stayner was convicted on Aug 26 and was
sentenced to death Dec 12.
(SFC, 2/23/99, p.A1)(SFC, 3/18/99, p.A1)(SFC,
3/20/99, p.A1)(SFC, 7/25/02, p.A17)(WSJ, 8/27/02, p.A1)(SFC,
1999 Feb 15, Tracey Biletnikoff
(20) was strangled to death at Project Ninety, a drug treatment
center in San Mateo, Ca. Her boyfriend, Mohammed Haroon Ali,
was convicted of her murder in 2001 and sentenced 55 years to life
in prison. The conviction was overturned in 2009 after an appeals
court ruled that a prosecutor had removed at least one juror for
racial reasons. In 2012 Ali (36) was convicted a 2nd time. On June
15 he was sentenced to 55 years to life in prison.
(SFC, 8/14/01, p.A13)(SFC, 3/16/12, p.C3)(SFC,
1999 Feb 15, The body of Amadou
Diallo, an unarmed West African gunned down by New York City police,
was returned to his native Guinea.
1999 Feb 15, Scientists
announced that a new vaccine against malaria would be tested in
(SFC, 2/16/99, p.A3)
1999 Feb 15, In Colombia a
right-wing paramilitary group kidnapped 9 officials sent to
investigate reports of a mass grave near Ceja.
(WSJ, 2/16/99, p.A1)
1999 Feb 15, Eritrea reported
that Ethiopia had begun a new round of shelling southwest of Assab.
(SFC, 2/16/99, p.C2)
1999 Feb 15, Abdullah Ocalan
was captured in Kenya while being transferred from the Greek embassy
to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi, in an operation
by the Turkeyís Milli İstihbarat Teskilatı reportedly with the help
of CIA. George Costoulas, the Greek consul who protected him, said
that his life was in danger after the operation. By 2015 Ocalan
authored some 40 books including ďTo Kill a Man," which became
something of a feminist bible.
1999 Feb 15, In Nigeria Gen'l.
Olusegun Obasanjo (61) won the nomination for president by the
People's Democratic Party.
(SFC, 2/16/99, p.A8)
1999 Feb 15, In Romania the
Supreme Court sentenced in absentia Miron Cozma, leader of the coal
miners, to an 18 year prison term.
(SFC, 2/16/99, p.A8)
1999 Feb 15, It was reported
that cholera in Bandera, Somalia, has killed at least 60 people and
infected over 250.
(WSJ, 2/16/99, p.A1)
2000 Feb 15, Fox aired ďWho
Wants to Marry a Multimillionaire?," a TV special which drew huge
ratings and much notoriety.
2000 Feb 15, Republican
presidential rivals George W. Bush and John McCain fought over
campaign financing and the tenor of their nomination contest in a
testy debate in Columbia, South Carolina, that included Alan Keyes.
2000 Feb 15, In Argentina it
was reported that a Pres. Fernando de la Rua had ordered a purge of
the military and civilian intelligence apparatus and that over 1,500
agents had been fired or retired. Fernando de Santibanes, the new
head of the Secretariat of State Intelligence (SIDE), fired a third
of his 3,100 member staff a week earlier due to budget cuts.
(SFC, 2/16/00, p.A8)
2000 Feb 15, In Germany the
Christian Democrats were ordered to return over $20 million in state
campaign funds for breaking campaign finance laws.
(SFC, 2/16/00, p.A8)
2000 Feb 15, In Iraq a 2nd UN
official quit in protest that sanctions were undermining
(WSJ, 2/16/00, p.A1)
2000 Feb 15, In Northern
Ireland the IRA quit talks on disarmament in reprisal for Britain's
suspension of the power-sharing government.
(SFC, 2/16/00, p.A8)
2001 Feb 15, President Bush
said the Pentagon should review its policy on civilian participation
in military exercises like the emergency ascent drill a Navy
submarine was performing when it sank a Japanese fishing vessel off
2001 Feb 15, A UN team
confirmed that the Taliban had nearly wiped out opium production in
(SFC, 2/16/01, p.A17)
2001 Feb 15, In Congo the
warring parties met and Joseph Kabila agreed to initiate talks with
rebel groups. The rebel Movement for the Liberation of Congo agreed
to endorse a details withdrawal plan.
(SFC, 2/16/01, p.A16)
2001 Feb 15, Hans-Joachim
Klein, a former German terrorist, was sentenced to nine years in
prison by a German court for killing three people in a 1975 attack
on an OPEC meeting in Vienna, Austria.
2001 Feb 15, In Israel Ehud
Barak agreed to become the defense minister under Ariel Sharon.
(SFC, 2/16/01, p.A1)
2001 Feb 15, In Mexico gunmen
shot and killed 12 villagers in the village of Limoncito de Ayala in
(SFC, 2/16/01, p.D2)
2002 Feb 15, Pres. Bush
approved the Nevada Yucca Mountain site for nuclear waste. Nevada
filed suit to block the decision.
(SFC, 2/16/02, p.A7)
2002 Feb 15, Skating and
Olympics officials awarded Canadian pairs figure skaters Jamie Sale
and David Pelletier a gold medal, while letting the Russian pair,
Elena Berezhnaya and Anton Sikharulidze, keep their gold medal, as a
way to resolve a judging controversy that had dominated the Winter
Games in Salt Lake City.
2002 Feb 15, American and
Belgian officials said Sanjivan Ruprah, a Kenyan diamond mine owner,
offered details between al Qaeda and the arms-trading operations of
Victor Bout, a Russian broker described as the head of the worldís
largest arms-trafficking organization.
(SFC, 2/16/02, p.A4)
2002 Feb 15, Globalstar, a
satellite telephone company, filed for bankruptcy. The company had
spent $4 billion to launch a network of 48 communications
(SFC, 2/16/02, p.B1)
2002 Feb 15, Howard K. Smith
(87), war correspondent and news analyst (ABC co-anchor), died in
(SFC, 2/19/02, p.A14)
2002 Feb 15, In Britain asylum
seekers rioted at the Yarlís Wood institution near Bedford and 20
escaped. 10 were soon captured.
(SFC, 2/16/02, p.A13)
2002 Feb 15, An Israeli
commando leader was killed by a falling wall as his troops
demolished a Palestinian militantís home in the West Bank. Israel
fired rockets at PLO offices in the Jabalija refugee camp and one
security officer was killed. Israeli Sgt. Lee Nahman Akunis (20) was
killed by Fatah gunmen outside the West Bank village of Skurda.
(SFC, 2/16/02, p.A9)
2003 Feb 15, Millions of
protesters, many of them marching in the capitals of America's
allies, demonstrated against possible US plans to attack Iraq.
2003 Feb 15, Tens of
thousands of people gathered in downtown Sydney and around Australia
to protest possible war with Iraq and their country's involvement.
2003 Feb 15, Tens of
thousands of New Zealanders demonstrated against a war in Iraq.
2003 Feb 15, Rattled by
an outpouring of anti-war sentiment, the US and Britain began
reworking a draft resolution to authorize force against Saddam
2003 Feb 15, American
warplanes bombed two anti-aircraft missile sites in southern Iraq.
2003 Feb 15, Anti-war
protests drew hundreds of thousands of people in cities around the
2003 Feb 15, It was
reported that 11 million Ethiopians face famine due to drought
affecting 15% of the nation's harvest.
(SFC, 2/15/03, p.A12)
2003 Feb 15, A roadside
bomb exploded next to an Israeli tank in the Gaza Strip, killing all
four soldiers inside. Hamas claimed responsibility.
(AP, 2/15/03)(SSFC, 2/16/03, p.A10)
2003 Feb 15, In India 7
men from Hindu upper castes were killed at a roadside restaurant the
crime-prone Bihar state. The upper-caste men were apparently killed
to avenge the killings 2 days earlier of 7 lower-caste Dalits.
2003 Feb 15, Nigerian
oil workers launched an indefinite strike that could shut down crude
exports in the world's 6th largest oil exporter.
2004 Feb 15, Dale Earnhardt Jr.
won the Daytona 500 on the same track where his father was killed
three years earlier.
2004 Feb 15, John Kerry won the
DC and Nevada presidential caucuses.
(SSFC, 2/15/04, p.A3)
2004 Feb 15, Actress Jan Miner
(86), best known as "Madge the manicurist" in Palmolive TV ads, died
in Bethel, Conn.
2004 Feb 15, In Brazil gunmen
ambushed a busload of police in Rio and killed 3 officers.
(WSJ, 2/17/04, p.A1)
2004 Feb 15, In northeastern
China a fire swept through a shopping center, killing 51 people and
injuring dozens more. Hours later, a fire in a temple in the
country's southeast killed 39 people. The 2 blazes killed at least
(AP, 2/15/04)(AP, 2/15/05)
2004 Feb 15, In India a boat
carrying villagers returning from a picnic capsized in the Ganges
River. 17 people were missing and believed drowned.
2004 Feb 15, Iraqi police
arrested No. 41 on the American military's most-wanted list, Baath
Party official Mohammed Zimam Abdul-Razaq.
2004 Feb 15, In Peru the
government of embattled President Alejandro Toledo appointed a new
lineup of Cabinet ministers as he tries to survive a deepening
political crisis. It was Toledo's fifth shake-up in 30 months.
2005 Feb 15, Defrocked priest
Paul Shanley was sentenced in Boston to 12 to 15 years in prison on
child rape charges.
2005 Feb 15, Christopher
Pittman, a teen who claimed the antidepressant Zoloft had driven him
to kill his grandparents at age 12, was found guilty in Charleston,
S.C., of murder and sentenced to 30 years in prison.
2005 Feb 15, The Gates
Foundation granted $32 million for 35 new small schools in NYC.
Mayor Bloomberg had recently announced the closure of a number of
large, troubled schools to be replaced by 200 new small schools with
pupils capped at 500-600.
(Econ, 3/5/05, p.33)
2005 Feb 15, Brazilís Chamber
of Deputies chose Severino Cavalcanti, a leader of Congressís ďlow
clergy," as president. The position determines the agenda of
Congress and his selection was seen as a setback to Pres. da Silva
(Econ, 2/19/05, p.36)
2005 Feb 15, The Falcon 7X, a
business jet designed and built by the French aviation company
Dassault, was displayed for the first time. It was the first plane
to be digitally modeled in 3-dimensions and required no prototype.
(Econ, 6/18/05, p.78)(http://tinyurl.com/lxlgt2)
2005 Feb 15, In southern
Lebanon an angry mob attacked Syrian workers and another group threw
stones and set fires outside a Syrian government office in Beirut,
blaming Damascus for the bomb that killed former PM Rafik Hariri.
2005 Feb 15, The Guam-based
Citizens Security Bank (CSB) ended credit card and other services to
the Bank of Marshall Islands. Residents of the Marshall Islands will
be unable to use their credit cards after the central Pacific
nation's leading bank was cut off from a US partner by the
anti-terrorist Patriot Act.
2005 Feb 15, In Mexico the
bodies of 12 men killed by hitmen believed linked to drug gangs were
found in the northern state of Sinaloa, in what appears to be one of
the deadliest one-day tolls in violent drug battles in recent years.
2005 Feb 15, In eastern Nepal
an overnight clash between government troops and communist rebels
left at least 12 rebels and 3 soldiers dead.
2005 Feb 15, It was reported
that major energy firms had committed $20 billion to build a new
gas-to-liquids (GTL) plant in Qatar to develop the huge natural gas
(WSJ, 2/15/05, p.A1)
2005 Feb 15, In Pakistan gunmen
opened fire on mourners returning from a funeral near a Muslim
shrine on the outskirts of Islamabad, killing at least 2 people and
injuring several others.
2005 Feb 15, The Thailand
Cabinet approved establishing a new infantry division of 12,000
troops to be based permanently in southern Thailand, where violence
blamed on Muslim insurgents has claimed more than 650 lives in the
2006 Feb 15, Vice President
Dick Cheney accepted blame for accidentally shooting a hunting
companion, calling it ďone of the worst days of my life," but was
defiantly unapologetic in a Fox News Channel interview about not
publicly disclosing the accident until the next day.
2006 Feb 15, A US
Republican-led House committee report, ďA Failure of Initiative,"
cited major failures at all levels of government in the handling of
Hurricane Katrina. Several top Bush administration officials were
singled out for criticism. Testifying before the Senate, Homeland
Security Secretary Michael Chertoff acknowledged delayed aid and
fumbled coordination in the federal response to Hurricane Katrina.
(SFC, 2/16/06, p.A1)(AP, 2/15/07)
2006 Feb 15, Members of
Congress blasted four US tech giants (Microsoft Corp., Yahoo Inc.,
Cisco Systems Inc. and Google Inc.) accusing the companies of
willingly helping China oppress internal dissent in return for
access to a booming Internet market.
2006 Feb 15, Ben Bernanke made
his debut before the US Congress as Federal Reserve chairman. He
said inflation is still a risk and suggested that interest rate
increases are not over.
(WSJ, 2/16/06, p.A1)
2006 Feb 15, Merril Lynch
handed its $544 million fund operation to Black Rock in exchange for
just under half of the combined firm. Black Hawk financed the $9.8
billion transaction with its own stock.
(Econ, 2/18/06, p.73)
2006 Feb 15, Police in Los
Angeles, Ca., busted 8 people connected to an intíl. car theft ring.
The racket, disguised as a charity group, was linked to Chechnya and
police believed proceeds from the stolen cars was used to finance
Chechen terrorist operations.
(WSJ, 12/29/06, p.A1)
2006 Feb 15, Robert Rich (92),
inventor of frozen non-dairy topping, died. In 1990 he was among the
1st 4 people inducted into the Frozen Food Hall of Fame.
(Econ, 2/25/06, p.89)
2006 Feb 15, Afghan President
Hamid Karzai pressed his Pakistani counterpart on to root out
militants Afghanistan claims have launched a spate of recent
cross-border suicide bombings.
2006 Feb 15, The beheaded
bodies of two Afghan intelligence agents were found dumped in
western Afghanistan as the first of thousands of British troop
reinforcements arrived in the south. The intelligence agents had
been captured in Farah province two days ago by suspected remnants
of the Taliban.
2006 Feb 15, An Australian
television network broadcast photographs and video clips Wednesday
that it said were previously unpublished images of the abuse of
Iraqis held in US military custody at Abu Ghraib prison in 2003.
Many of the images broadcast were more graphic than those previously
published, showing what appear to be dead bodies, as well as wounded
people and prisoners performing sex acts.
2006 Feb 15, British lawmakers
voted to ban glorifying terrorism, giving PM Tony Blair a badly
needed victory on a measure he said was key to preventing future
2006 Feb 15, A Chilean
environmental agency approved ambitious plans for an open-pit mine
high in the Andes mountains were unanimously, but the project's
future remained unclear because the agency rejected its most
controversial aspect, relocating three glaciers to reach the gold
2006 Feb 15, China announced a
plan to combat widespread pollution and leave a better environment
for future generations, citing the need to stave off possible social
2006 Feb 15, In southern
Colombia hundreds of paramilitary fighters handed in their weapons
and renounced violence in a ceremony. Rebels attacked a crew that
was removing coca plants from one of Colombia's national parks and
killed at least six police guards.
2006 Feb 15, President Jacques
Chirac ordered the Clemenceau, a decommissioned aircraft carrier, to
return to France after a top administrative court suspended its
transfer to India.
2006 Feb 15, Germany said
further tests had confirmed H5N1 bird flu in two swans, prompting
other European countries to step up efforts to prevent the virus
infecting domestic livestock.
2006 Feb 15, Rene Preval was
declared the winner of Haiti's presidential election under an
agreement between the interim government and electoral council.
(AP, 2/16/06)(Econ, 2/18/06, p.35)
2006 Feb 15, Nermine Othman,
Iraq's human rights minister, said that some 170 Iraqis were
tortured last year in a secret prison in Baghdad and she would
recommend prosecutions of officials, including judges who did not
report the abuses. The torture occurred in Interior Ministry
buildings, including one in Baghdad's Jadriyah district.
2006 Feb 15, A bomb exploded on
a central Baghdad street, killing three girls and a boy walking to
school. The dead included two sisters and their brother. At least 14
other people, including six policemen, died in car bombings and
shootings across the Iraqi capital. In July, 2006, Spc. Nathan Lynn
(21) of South Williamsport, Penn., was acquitted of voluntary
manslaughter and conspiracy to obstruct justice over the death of
Gani Ahmed Zaben during a Feb. 15 raid on a suspect's house.
(AP, 2/15/06)(AP, 7/23/06)
2006 Feb 15, A Jordanian
military court sentenced to death nine men, including al-Qaida in
Iraq leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, for a plot to carry out a chemical
attack against the kingdom. Al-Zarqawi and three others received the
death penalty in absentia.
2006 Feb 15, In central Mexico
a bus careened off a windy highway and into a ravine in the Sierra
Gorda mountains, killing 23 people and injuring 14.
2006 Feb 15, In Nepal
insurgents ambushed an army patrol near the village of Bibeke, about
150 miles west of Kathmandu, killing at least three soldiers and
injuring two others.
2006 Feb 15, More than 70,000
people joined Pakistan's biggest protest yet against Prophet
Muhammad cartoons, burning movie theaters, a KFC restaurant and a
South Korean-run bus station. Three people died and dozens were
injured in two cities.
2006 Feb 15, Pakistan deported
nearly 600 Afghans who had been jailed in the southern city of
Karachi for up to six months on charges of illegal immigration.
2006 Feb 15, Gunmen on a
motorcycle killed three Chinese engineers and their Pakistani driver
in a remote tribal region of southwestern Pakistan.
2006 Feb 15, In Peru Arndt
Hubert Kupper (36) and Eva Noruzka la Torre (22), a German man and
his Peruvian wife, were arrested for trafficking Peruvian babies to
adoptive parents in Europe through an Internet site.
2006 Feb 15, Russia's foreign
minister said that Iran must eliminate international concerns it
could use its nuclear program to make weapons before Moscow will
support Tehran's right to domestically enrich uranium.
2006 Feb 15, Kurdish protesters
armed with firebombs and stones battled with Turkish police to mark
the seventh anniversary of guerrilla leader Abdullah Ocalan's
2007 Feb 15, Top US auditors
told Congress that over $10 billion paid to military contractors for
Iraq reconstruction and troop support was either excessive or
unsupported by documents.
(SFC, 2/16/07, p.A13)
2007 Feb 15, A US federal judge
ordered a trial for a suit seeking $105 million from Sudan for aid
to al-Qaeda in the USS Cole bombing that killed 17 in 2000.
(WSJ, 2/16/07, p.A1)
2007 Feb 15, Jim Black (72), US
House speaker from North Carolina, pleaded guilty to illegally
taking thousands of dollars from chiropractors while pushing their
legislative agenda. Black was sentenced to 5 years in prison for
2007 Feb 15, A new version of
the US $1 coin, paying tribute to American presidents, went into
general circulation. A unknown number were mistakenly struck without
their edge inscription ďIn God We Trust." George Washington appeared
on the first coin.
(AP, 2/15/07)(SFC, 3/8/07, p.A2)(AH, 4/07, p.10)
2007 Feb 15, Hundreds of
drivers became stranded on a stretch of eastern Pennsylvania that
had been hit by a monster storm. The National Guard was called in to
deliver food and other necessities to a 50-mile line of vehicles
trapped on I-78.
(WSJ, 2/16/07, p.A1)(AP, 2/16/08)
2007 Feb 15, Hershey Co. said
it would cut about 11 percent of its workforce and reduce the number
of production lines it operates by more than a third as it spends as
much as $575 million to overhaul its manufacturing. The
Chicago-based US chocolate maker also said it will build a new,
cost-efficient manufacturing plant in Monterrey, Mexico.
2007 Feb 15, JetBlue Airways
Corp. tried to calm a maelstrom of criticism, after passengers were
left waiting on planes at a NY airport for as long as 11 hours
during a snow and ice storm.
2007 Feb 15, Government
scientists struggled to pinpoint the source of the first US
salmonella outbreak linked to peanut butter. Nearly 300 people in 39
states have fallen ill since August, and federal health
investigators said they strongly suspect Peter Pan peanut butter and
certain batches of Wal-Mart's Great Value house brand, both
manufactured by ConAgra Foods. By June the number of cases grew to
over 600 in 47 states.
(AP, 2/16/07)(AP, 6/1/07)
2007 Feb 15, Scientists
gathered in Atlanta, Ga., to find a way to stop a fungus killing the
worldís frogs. Up to 170 species have gone extinct in the past
(WSJ, 2/16/07, p.A1)
2007 Feb 15, Robert Adler (93),
co-inventor of the TV remote control, died in Boise, Idaho. He and
Eugene Polley invented the Zenith Space Command remote control in
(SFC, 2/17/07, p.A2)
2007 Feb 15, Ray Evans
(b.1915), songwriter and longtime partner with Jay Livingston
(d.2001), died. Their songs included ďWhatever Will be, Will Be (Que
Sera, Sera)" and ďMona Lisa," as well as the themes for the TV
series ďBonanza" and ďMr. Ed."
(SSFC, 2/18/07, p.D7)
2007 Feb 15, A summit of
African leaders opened in Cannes on the French Riviera. The crisis
in Darfur and violence in Guinea overshadowed the summit, as well as
perennial issues of poverty, development and AIDS. France won
agreement from three involved African nations (Sudan, Chad and
Central African Republic) that they would not support armed rebel
movements on each other's territories.
(AP, 2/15/07)(AP, 2/15/07)
2007 Feb 15, Officials warned
of a potential environmental disaster in Antarctica after fire
erupted on a Japanese whaling ship, as the search continued for a
missing crewmen from the crippled ship. The next day Japanese
officials said the ship posed no environmental threat.
(AP, 2/15/07)(AP, 2/16/07)
2007 Feb 15, The Australian
government said it was negotiating with the US on a plan to build a
military satellite communications facility in Perth. Defense
Minister Brendan Nelson said the two nations had negotiated for two
years to build a number of ground-based communications systems
2007 Feb 15, It was reported
that shooting ranges continued to operate in Cambodia despite
government cancellation of licenses in 1997. Tourists were
able to fire 30 rounds with an AK-47 for $30. Other offers included
tossing grenades at chickens for $200 and killing a cow with a
rocket-propelled grenade for $555.
(SFC, 2/15/07, p.14)
2007 Feb 15, A fast-thinking
pilot with passengers in cahoots fooled hijacker Mohamed Abderraman,
a 32-year-old Mauritanian, by braking hard upon landing in Gran
Canaria, then accelerating to knock the man down. When he fell,
flight attendants threw boiling water in his face, and about 10
people pounced on him.
2007 Feb 15, Five Colombian
congressmen, including the brother of the foreign minister, were
arrested in a widening scandal linking the country's political class
and far-right militias drew closer to the president.
2007 Feb 15, The Security
Council voted unanimously to extend the nearly 18,000-strong UN
peacekeeping force in Congo for two months to give the
secretary-general time to recommend possible changes in its mandate
following last year's successful elections.
2007 Feb 15, In Egypt police
arrested 80 members of the Muslim Brotherhood, in what appeared to
be a pre-emptive strike against the country's largest Islamic group
ahead of elections and a key parliamentary debate.
2007 Feb 15, Nadia Abdel Hafez,
an Egyptian woman (37), died of bird flu in a Cairo hospital and a
boy, 5, became the 22nd Egyptian to test positive for the deadly
2007 Feb 15, Estonian lawmakers
narrowly approved a bill calling for the removal of a Soviet war
memorial from their capital, ignoring Moscow's warning of
"irreversible consequences" for relations between the two countries.
2007 Feb 15, Nokia, the world's
leading maker of mobile phones, said it would shed some 700 jobs,
with Finland taking the brunt of the cuts.
2007 Feb 15, In Germany Ernst
Zundel (b.1939), a far-right activist, was convicted of incitement
and sentenced to the maximum five years in prison for anti-Semitic
activities, including contributing to a Web site dedicated to
2007 Feb 15, An adviser to
Iraq's prime minister said that radical Shiite cleric Muqtada
al-Sadr is in Iran, but denied he fled due to fear of arrest during
an escalating security crackdown.
2007 Feb 15, Iraqi and US
troops moved into a Sunni neighborhood in southern Baghdad, while
insurgents struck back with car bombs that killed seven people. In
southern Iraq, British troops sealed off the border with Iran to
prevent weapons smuggling. Terror leader Abu Hamza al-Muhajir, also
known as Abu Ayyub al-Masri, was wounded and an aide killed in a
clash with Iraqi forces near Balad, north of Baghdad.
(AP, 2/15/07)(AP, 2/16/07)
2007 Feb 15, Assailants shot
dead four police officers in the western Mexican city of
Aguascalientes, the latest in a wave of slayings of law enforcement
officers across Mexico.
2007 Feb 15, Palestineís PM
Ismail Haniyeh and his government resigned and President Mahmoud
Abbas of Fatah appointed him to form the new team, based on last
week's agreement in the Muslim holy city of Mecca to split power
between the two rivals.
2007 Feb 15, A leftist student
leader was murdered in the central Philippines, amid plans to set up
special tribunals to try people suspected of carrying out
extrajudicial killings. Farly Alcantara (22) was head of the League
of Filipino Students at Camarines Norte State College.
2007 Feb 15, Russiaís President
Vladimir Putin dismissed Alu Alkhanov, the president of the republic
of Chechnya, and named its widely feared PM Ramzan Kadyrov as acting
(AP, 2/16/07)(Econ, 2/24/07, p.62)
2007 Feb 15, Russiaís Pres.
Vladimir Putin named Anatoly Serdyukov as defense minister, the
countryís first civilian defense minister in 90 years.
2007 Feb 15, President Paul
Kagame said in an interview published in The Times that Rwanda wants
to join the Commonwealth, the 53-nation grouping of former British
colonies, in what will be seen as a rebuke to France.
2008 Feb 15, A leading US
doctorís group endorsed the medical use of marijuana and urged the
government to life a ban.
(WSJ, 2/16/08, p.A1)
2008 Feb 15, It was reported
that a new computer virus called Mocmex, identified as a Trojan
Horse from China, had been discovered in digital photo frames. It
recognized and blocked antivirus software from over 100 security
vendors and collected passwords for online games.
(SFC, 2/15/08, p.C1)
2008 Feb 15, In Afghanistan
bitter cold, snowstorms and avalanches were reported to have killed
926 people, half of them in the hard hit west, as the country
suffered one of the most brutal winters in decades.
2008 Feb 15, Representatives
for Australian Aborigines confirmed plans to launch the first
compensation lawsuits since a landmark government apology earlier
this week for past abuses.
2008 Feb 15, A group of
Canadian sex trade workers hoping to set up a legal "co-op" brothel
in time for the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver said they have won
approval to incorporate themselves.
2008 Feb 15, A restaurant fire
in eastern China killed 11 people and injured at least 4 others.
2008 Feb 15, Czech President
Vaclav Klaus won a second five-year term. Lawmakers chose him over a
University of Michigan economics professor.
2008 Feb 15, In northern
Copenhagen gangs of rioters set fire to cars and garbage trucks, the
sixth night of rioting and vandalism that has spread from the
capital to other Danish cities.
2008 Feb 15, Two international
rights groups said Egyptian police have stepped up arrests of
persons suspected of having HIV, detaining four men this month in a
crackdown that violates basic human rights.
2008 Feb 15, In eastern India
hundreds of Maoist militants stormed six police compounds in
carefully coordinated attacks, killing 13 police personnel and one
civilian. 11 policemen were injured.
2008 Feb 15, A 3-year-old
Indonesian boy died of bird flu, the country's second death from the
illness in one day. The two cases, which were apparently unrelated,
brought Indonesia's bird flu death toll to 105.
2008 Feb 15, In Iraq 2 suicide
bombers, one apparently armed with a grenade as well as an explosive
vest, killed at least three people and wounded 17 as worshippers
left a Shiite mosque after prayers in the northwestern city of Tal
Afar. 3 neighborhood security guards were killed and 2 others
injured when US attack helicopters fired at their checkpoint south
(AP, 2/15/08)(SFC, 2/16/08, p.A6)
2008 Feb 15, In Mexico City a
bomb exploded near the police headquarters killing one man. A singer
and two members of his staff were tortured and killed just south of
the California border, apparently the latest victims in a string of
slayings of Mexican musicians. The border killings were not reported
until Feb 20.
(WSJ, 2/16/08, p.A1)(AP, 2/20/08)
2008 Feb 15, In Gaza City a
powerful blast went off in the house of Ayman Atallah Fayed, a
senior Islamic Jihad activist, killing him, his wife, three sons and
2008 Feb 15, In the Philippines
thousands of protesters massed in Jakarta with some hurling tomatoes
at images of President Gloria Arroyo and her husband, demanding
their ouster for alleged corruption.
2008 Feb 15, Sova, a Russian
human rights group, said hate crimes in Russia have killed 17 people
and injured more than 50 others since the beginning of the year.
2008 Feb 15, Serbia's newly
re-elected president Boris Tadic pledged at his inauguration that he
would never stop fighting against independence for Kosovo.
2008 Feb 15, In southeast
Turkey hundreds of Kurdish protesters battled police, leaving a
young demonstrator dead and dozens injured on the ninth anniversary
of guerrilla leader Abdullah Ocalan's capture.
2009 Feb 15, In Washington
state a 16-year-old girl was found dead and another teenage girl was
discovered unconscious in a barracks at Fort Lewis Army base south
of Tacoma. In March Army authorities charged Pvt. Timothy E. Bennitt
(19) if the drug overdose of his girlfriend.
(AP, 2/16/09)(SFC, 3/11/09, p.A8)
2009 Feb 15, Illinois
Republicans called for the resignation of Democratic Sen. Roland
Burris following reports of contradicting statements regarding
conversations with close associates of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich.
The next day Burris admitted that he tried to raise money for Gov.
Blagojevich before being appointed to the US Senate.
(SFC, 2/16/09, p.A5)(WSJ, 2/17/09, p.A3)
2009 Feb 15, Afghan President
Hamid Karzai said his government will take part in a US strategic
review of the war there in a sign of increased cooperation at a time
of strained relations. An appeals court upheld 20-year prison
sentences for two men who published a translation of the Quran that
drove religious leaders to call for their execution. The
controversial text is a translation of Islam's holy book into an
Afghan language without the original Arabic verses alongside. A host
of Muslim clerics have condemned the translation, which was
published in 2007 and handed out for free, as blasphemous and
accused its publishers of setting themselves up as false prophets. A
coalition airstrike killed Ghulam Dastagir and eight other militants
in the village of Darya-ye-Morghab. Dastagir was a powerful Taliban
commander who broke a promise to renounce violence after village
elders persuaded President Hamid Karzai to free him from prison.
(AP, 2/15/09)(AP, 2/16/09)
2009 Feb 15, A series of
attacks in Algeria left seven soldiers and a suspected militant
dead, as authorities ratcheted up efforts to secure the country
before presidential elections. An Algerian newspaper reported that
security forces killed a senior member of Al Qaeda's north African
wing after a tip-off from a former militant led them to his hideout.
The daily Ennahar reported that Mourad Bouzid (65), also known as
Ami Slimane, was a charismatic figure instrumental in recruiting and
motivating younger Al Qaeda fighters.
(AP, 2/16/09)(Reuters, 2/15/09)
2009 Feb 15, Britain's Sunday
Times reported that Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has bought a
4 million pound ($5.6 million) home in Hong Kong. It was bought last
year, as Mugabe's 20-year-old daughter began studying at the
University of Hong Kong. The paper said it was one of several
properties the Mugabes own in Asia but the first to be documented.
2009 Feb 15, China and Tanzania
signed cooperation agreements worth millions of dollars during a
visit by President Hu Jintao to this east African country aimed to
2009 Feb 15, French specialists
unveiled a new weapon against cancer, a molecular "decoy" that
mimics DNA damage and prompts cancerous cells to kill themselves.
2009 Feb 15, Iraqi officials
nullified election results in more than 30 polling stations across
the country due to fraud in last month's provincial balloting, but
the cases were not significant enough to require a new vote in any
province. A bomb hidden in a garbage pile killed one person and
injured 18 others in Sadr City. In Mosul one civilian and one police
officer were killed in two separate attacks on police patrols.
Police arrested a would-be suicide bomber south of Baghdad who had
explosives under his clothes and said he was also planning to target
pilgrims headed to Karbala. US Staff Sgt. Dean D. diamond (41) was
killed after an improvised explosive device detonated near his
(AP, 2/15/09)(SFC, 2/18/09, p.B5)
2009 Feb 15, Authorities in
Malaysia arrested 26 unmarried Muslim couples in hotel rooms during
Operation Valentine, aimed at curbing illegal premarital sex in this
2009 Feb 15, A rickety boat
carrying illegal migrants from Morocco capsized in rough seas just
off Spain's Canary Islands and 19 of them drowned. At least three
2009 Feb 15, The Taliban
announced a 10-day cease-fire in Pakistan's Swat Valley after
freeing a Chinese hostage during peace talks with the government,
while an abducted American threatened with imminent death by his
kidnappers remained missing.
2009 Feb 15, In southern Russia
a fire ripped through a wooden apartment building, killing 16 people
in Molodyozhny, a village in the Astrakhan region.
2009 Feb 15, Shots from a
Russian naval vessel sank the Chinese-owned cargo ship the New Star
off Russia's east coast. 8 the 16 crew members on board were killed.
The Sierra Leone-flagged, Chinese-owned vessel New Star had earlier
fled the Russian port of Nakhodka where it had been impounded for
2009 Feb 15, In Turkey police
clashed with stone-throwing demonstrators across the country's
predominantly Kurdish southeast during protests marking the 10th
anniversary of a separatist rebel leader's capture.
2009 Feb 15, Venezuelaís
President Hugo Chavez tried for a second time to win the right to
seek re-election far into the future with a referendum widely
regarded as a way to cement socialism. Some 55% percent of the
voters approved the amendment.
(AP, 2/15/09)(AP, 2/16/09)(Econ, 2/21/09, p.39)
2010 Feb 15, The US Federal
Housing Administration adopted home-valuation reforms, the Home
Valuation Code of Conduct" (HVCC) that were implemented last year by
Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, despite complaints by real estate
agents, home buyers and sellers, mortgage brokers and appraisers.
(SSFC, 2/21/10, p.A1)(http://tinyurl.com/yesbts6)
2010 Feb 15, Astronauts
successfully attached a fancy new observation deck to the
International Space Station after a long, frustrating night spent
dealing with stuck bolts and wayward wiring.
2010 Feb 15, In New Jersey a
small plane crashed at Monmouth Executive airport killing 5 people
(SFC, 2/16/10, p.A6)
2010 Feb 15, Art Van Damme
(b.1920), jazz accordionist, died. From 1945 to 1960 he worked for
NBC, performing on The Dinah Shore Show, Tonight, The Dave Garroway
Show and other radio and TV shows with Garroway. He recorded 130
episodes of the 15-minute The Art Van Damme Show for NBC Radio.
2010 Feb 15, Jeanne M. Holm,
the first woman to rise to the rank of general in the US Air Force
and the first woman to become a two-star general in any US armed
service, died in Annapolis, Md.
(SFC, 3/3/10, p.C5)
2010 Feb 15, In Afghanistan
sniper teams attacked US Marines and Afghan troops across the
Taliban haven of Marjah, as several gun battles erupted on the third
day of a major offensive to seize the extremists' southern
2010 Feb 15, In Antarctic
waters Peter Bethune, a member of the US-based Sea Shepherd activist
group, jumped aboard the Shonan Maru 2 from a Jet Ski with the
stated goal of making a citizen's arrest of the ship's captain and
presenting him with a $3 million bill for the destruction of a
protest ship last month. The Japanese government said Bethune will
be charged with trespassing and assault and tried under Japanese
2010 Feb 15, In Belgium two
commuter trains collided head-on after one ran a stop light at rush
hour in a Brussels suburb, killing at least 18 people and injuring
2010 Feb 15, In Brazil Julia
Lira, Rio's 7-year-old Carnival drum corps queen, danced at the
front of the samba parade. She didn't like the cameras that homed in
on her, and reacted as any child might, by having a good cry.
2010 Feb 15, In London,
England, a 33-year-old man was arrested after the body of a Saudi
man (32) was discovered at the prestigious Landmark Hotel in the
Marylebone area. The suspect claimed to be a member of the Saudi
royal family. Prince Saud Bin Abdulaziz Bin Nasir Bin Abdulaziz Al
Saud was soon charged for the killing of Bandar Abdullah Abdulaziz.
On Oct 19 the prince was convicted of murder. Photographs of
Abdulaziz stored on a mobile phone had shown that there was a
"sexual element" to the abuse.
(AFP, 2/17/10)(AP, 2/19/10)(AP, 10/19/10)
2010 Feb 15, British Airways
said it would use low-carbon fuel to power part of its fleet from
2014 once Europe's first sustainable jet-fuel plant was built by US
biofuels specialist Solena Group. A plant to be built in London will
convert 500,000 tons of waste into 16 million gallons of green jet
2010 Feb 15, Canada PM Harper
began a 2-day visit to Haiti and said his country will build the
Haitian government a temporary base.
2010 Feb 15, A Montreal
financial adviser convicted of running a Ponzi scheme, like the one
that landed Bernard Madoff in jail for life, was sentenced to 11
years in prison. Bertram Earl Jones was accused of swindling
investors out of as much as C$50 million ($46.7 million).
2010 Feb 15, Congoís Radio
Okapi, a UN-run station, said Rwandan Hutu rebels have killed at
least 27 people in eastern Congo already this month.
2010 Feb 15, Dubai police held
a stunning news conference and blamed the Jan 19 slaying of Mahmoud
al-Mabhouh on a team of 10 men and one woman carrying passports from
Britain, Ireland, France and Germany.
2010 Feb 15, In Spain, at the
Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Apple announced its new Windows
Phone 7 software. Nokia, the world's biggest maker of mobile
handsets, said it would merge its Linux Maemo software platform,
used in its flagship N900 phone, with Intel's Moblin, which is also
based on Linux open-sourced software, to create a new platform,
MeeGo. The software deal was set to boost Intel's chances of getting
its chips into the cellphones of the Finnish company, which controls
around 40% of the global phone market.
(Reuters, 2/15/10)(SFC, 2/16/10, p.D1)
2010 Feb 15, In eastern India
suspected armed Maoist rebels riding motorcycles killed at least 24
policemen in a daring gun and bomb attack on a security camp. Two
Maoist guerrillas were also killed in the raid in West Bengal
state's Midnapore district.
(AFP, 2/15/10)(AP, 2/16/10)
2010 Feb 15, In Iraq
greengrocer Fatukhi Munir was gunned down inside his Mosul shop in a
2010 Feb 15, Israel's PM
Netanyahu called for "crippling sanctions" against Iran over its
nuclear program after a meeting in Moscow with Russia's top
officials, whom he praised for showing "an understanding" over the
2010 Feb 15, Libya suspended
the issuing of entry visas to European citizens apart from British
nationals. Italy's foreign ministry confirmed the measure and said
it was in retaliation for Switzerland's recent decision to publish a
blacklist of 180 Libyans banned from entering the country.
2010 Feb 15, Myanmar sentenced
four activists to prison terms with hard labor as special UN envoy
Tomas Ojea Quintana arrived to assess progress on human rights in
the country. The four women were arrested last October after being
accused of offering Buddhist monks alms that included religious
2010 Feb 15, Yara, a Norwegian
fertilizer maker, agreed to pay $4.1 billion for Terra, an American
company. This would extend Yaraís lead as the worldís biggest maker
of nitrogen-based fertilizer.
(Econ, 2/20/10, p.62)
2010 Feb 15, In Pakistan a
suspected US drone fired a missile at a vehicle in the northwest,
killing three people in the second such strike in as many days.
2010 Feb 15, Spain said it is
willing to take in five inmates from the US prison in Guantanamo
Bay, not just the two it had announced last month.
2010 Feb 15, Cyclone Rene
battered Tonga with powerful winds, cutting phone links, ripping off
roofs and downing power lines in the South Pacific island nation.
2010 Feb 15, Yemeni Shiite
rebels handed over the first of five Saudi soldiers held captive
since their border war.
2011 Feb 15, Former US Pres.
George H.W. Bush received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the
nation's highest civilian honor for contributions to society.
(SSFC, 12/2/18, p.A13)
2011 Feb 15, The US military
said it has reached a plea deal with a Guantanamo prisoner from
Sudan who helped run an al-Qaida training camp in Afghanistan. Noor
Uthman Muhammed pleaded guilty to one count of providing material
support to terrorism and one count of conspiracy.
(AP, 2/15/11)(AP, 2/18/11)
2011 Feb 15, US Special Agent
Jaime Zapata, on assignment to the ICE Attache in Mexico City from
his post in Laredo, Texas, died when gunmen attacked the agents'
blue Suburban vehicle as they drove through the northern state of
San Luis Potosi. A second agent, later identified as Victor Avila,
was shot in the arm and leg and was in stable condition.
(AP, 2/16/11)(AP, 2/24/11)
2011 Feb 15, California Gov.
Jerry Brown instituted a hiring freeze across state government
citing the stateís $25.4 billion budget deficit.
(SFC, 2/16/11, p.C1)
2011 Feb 15, A former U.S.
Customs inspector (58) dressed in a postman's uniform was nabbed as
he allegedly tried to smuggle a Mexican woman (38) into Texas on
2011 Feb 15, In Bahrain
thousands of protesters poured into a main square in Manama in an
Egypt-style rebellion. Fadel Salman Matrouk was shot dead in front
of a hospital where mourners gathered for the funeral of Ali
Abdulhadi Mushaima, who died of his wounds a day earlier. King Hamad
bin Isa Al Khalifa made a rare national TV address, offering
condolences for 2 deaths, pledging an investigation into the
killings, and promising to push ahead with reforms, which include
loosening state controls on the media and Internet.
(AP, 2/15/11)(AFP, 2/15/11)
2011 Feb 15, In Brazil Allan
Turnowski, the head of Rio de Janeiro state's investigative police,
resigned after an anti-corruption sting resulted in the arrest of 30
officers, including the department's former second-in-command.
(AP, 2/16/11)(SFC, 2/16/11, p.A2)
2011 Feb 15, The London-based
Gulf Dialogue Forum said intense contacts are under way among Saudi
activists and scholars to form a political party in the oil-rich
absolute monarchy. The online forum said the National Saudi Party
advocates establishing a civil democratic government because of the
recent turmoil in Tunisia and Egypt.
2011 Feb 15, Egypt's military
regime warned that a wave of strikes sweeping the country was
"disastrous", as it gave a panel of civilian experts 10 days to
revise the constitution. The long banned Muslim Brotherhood said it
intends to form a political party once democracy is established, as
the country's new military rulers launched a panel of experts to
amend the country's constitution enough to allow democratic
elections later this year.
(AFP, 2/15/11)(AP, 2/15/11)
2011 Feb 15, The European Union
said it is extending visa bans and an asset freeze against President
Robert Mugabe and 163 individuals and 31 companies in Zimbabwe.
2011 Feb 15, In Germany the
trial of Detlef S. (48) opened in Koblenz. The man has admitted to
fathering seven children with his step-daughter but denied charges
that he sexually abused her for more than two decades. He also stood
accused of abusing his own daughter and step-son, and forcing both
daughters into prostitution.
2011 Feb 15, Hardline Iranian
lawmakers called for the country's opposition leaders to face trial
and be put to death, a day after clashes between opposition
protesters and security forces left one person dead and dozens
injured. A 2nd person, Mohammad Mokhtari (22), died today of his
(AP, 2/15/11)(AP, 2/16/11)
2011 Feb 15, In Iraq 4 people
were killed in two bomb explosions today in a marketplace in
Zafaraniyah. A policeman was killed when a bomb exploded outside his
home in Baquba.
2011 Feb 15, Italy's Silvio
Berlusconi faced a potentially fatal challenge to his power when a
judge ordered him to stand trial on prostitution and abuse of power
2011 Feb 15, Italian news
agency ANSA said Curt Knox and Edda Mellas were indicted in Perugia
for libel. The charge stemmed from an interview they gave Britain's
Sunday Times years ago in which the father alleged police had
physically and verbally abused his daughter during questioning after
Meredith Kercher's 2007 slaying.
2011 Feb 15, Japanese police
sought charges against two senior sumo wrestlers in an alleged
2011 Feb 15, Jordan's interior
minister said protest marches will no longer need government
permission, bowing to growing pressure to allow wider freedoms.
Protesters would still have to inform authorities of any gathering
two days in advance to "ensure public safety" and that they would
have to observe public order.
2011 Feb 15, Kyrgyzstan
officials say budgetary constraints are forcing them to shoot an
estimated 10,000 stray dogs in Bishkek rather than build shelters
2011 Feb 15, In Libya at least
one person was killed and dozens of people injured in clashes in
Benghazi. Moamer Kadhafi faced rare Internet calls for a "Day of
Anger" on Feb 17 by activists buoyed by the ouster of veteran
strongmen on Libya's borders, in Egypt and Tunisia. Qaddafi was
supported by an 18,000-strong air force with 13 bases, a 20,000
well-armed paramilitary force loyal to his clan, as well as
mercenaries from Chad and Niger.
(AFP, 2/16/11)(Econ, 2/19/11, p.53)(Econ, 3/5/11,
2011 Feb 15, Mexican police
fired tear gas and clashed for several hours with teachers
protesting a visit by President Felipe Calderon to the colonial city
of Oaxaca. The Section 22 teachers union said 20 protesters were
injured during the running clashes.
2011 Feb 15, Morocco, ahead of
a planned pro-reform rally, announced it would inject 1.4 billion
euros in subsidies to soften price hikes for staples, a key factor
behind the spreading unrest in the Arab world.
2011 Feb 15, In central Nigeria
a police officer arguing with a merchant was stabbed to death in a
market in Jos and at least two others were killed during the latest
violence to hit the region beset by sectarian fighting.
2011 Feb 15, In Norway
Stolt-Nielsen, founder of the Stolt-Nielsen shipping group, wrote
the following in the financial newspaper Dagens Naeringsliv: "When
(piracy) implies a great risk of being caught and hanged, and the
cost of losing ships and weapons becomes too big, it will decrease
and eventually disappear."
2011 Feb 15, In Pakistan
Mohmand tribal region official Amjad Ali Khan said that 120
militants have been killed in fighting that began Jan 27, including
seven local Taliban commanders. Four Pakistani soldiers were killed.
2011 Feb 15, A Saudi official
at the Education Ministry said the kingdom plans to remove books
from school libraries that are deemed to encourage terrorism or
2011 Feb 15, In South Africa
one person was killed in demonstrations in the eastern town of
Ermelo that turned violent with live fire exchanged between police
and protesters. Demonstrators angered by what they see as poor
government service had fired on police and attacked journalists.
2011 Feb 15, A senior South
Sudan official said more than 200 people died in a rebel attack in
south Sudan's troubled Jonglei state last week, nearly double an
earlier death toll. Some 20,000 people were displaced by the
(AFP, 2/15/11)(AFP, 2/17/11)
2011 Feb 15, Tunisian
authorities extended a state of emergency imposed as president Zine
El Abidine Ben Ali fled a month ago but ordered an end to a
2011 Feb 15, Venezuelan and
French authorities seized 3.6 metric tons of cocaine aboard a vessel
in the Caribbean Sea.
2011 Feb 15, In Yemen thousands
of people, marching for the ouster of the US-allied President Ali
Abdullah Saleh, clashed with police and government supporters. At
least three demonstrators were injured in a fifth straight day of
2012 Feb 15, Alabama state
officials said they will shut down most of the stateís mental health
hospitals by the spring of 2013 in an effort to cut costs and change
(SFC, 2/17/12, p.A5)
2012 Feb 15, US Federal
prosecutors added a charge in the corruption case against former
Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick. An indictment accused Kilpatrick and
pal Bobby Ferguson of extorting $50,000 in June, 2008, from a city
contractor who towed vehicles.
(SFC, 2/16/12, p.A6)
2012 Feb 15, Kellogg of Battle
Creek, Mich., acquired Pringles in a $2.7 billion, all-cash deal.
(SFC, 2/16/12, p.D1)
2012 Feb 15, In Wyoming a
search and rescue helicopter crashed while attempting to rescue an
injured snowmobiler. A volunteer crew member was killed.
(SFC, 2/17/12, p.A5)
2012 Feb 15, A report from Save
the Children said 5 children around the world die every minute
because of chronic malnutrition. It also said that almost half a
billion children risk are at risk of permanent damage over the next
2012 Feb 15, Afghan police in
Kunar province rescued 41 children from becoming suicide bombers as
they were about to be smuggled across the mountains into Pakistan.
2012 Feb 15, In Australia some
3,500 workers from mining giant BHP Billiton's Queensland coal mines
began a seven-day strike in what unions said was one of the nation's
largest industrial stoppages in a decade.
2012 Feb 15, Bahraini police
fired tear gas and birdshot at pro-democracy protesters and arrested
dozens in clashes that raged overnight and into early today, as the
kingdom marked the first anniversary of a Shiite-led uprising.
2012 Feb 15, Official data
showed that Britain's unemployment rate hit a 16-month peak in the
three months to December, while the number of people claiming
jobless benefits struck the highest total in two years.
2012 Feb 15, China's top
central banker expressed confidence in the euro and pledged to
continue buying European sovereign debt, as the Asian giant seeks to
shore up support for its biggest trading partner.
2012 Feb 15, Chinese health
authorities and state media said 4 workers have died and about 30
have fallen ill from suspected glue poisoning that caused severe
nerve damage. The victims worked in Guangzhou city in shoe and bag
factories with poor ventilation, most of them illegal, and started
falling ill last year after handling poor quality glue.
2012 Feb 15, In China 15 miners
were killed and three others hurt when the mine carriages they were
in plunged into a tunnel in Hunan province.
(AP, 2/16/12)(AFP, 3/23/12)
2012 Feb 15, Authorities said
more than 600 people in Eastern Europe have died during a
record-breaking cold snap. Officials in the Czech Republic blamed
two massive car pile-ups on blinding snow. Authorities in Russia
said 205 people have died, while in Ukraine there have been 112
fatalities; in Poland, 107. Authorities said 7 people have died in
Romania in the past 24 hours, bringing the total there to 86 deaths.
2012 Feb 15, President Mahmoud
Ahmadinejad said Iran has added 3,000 more centrifuges to its
uranium enrichment effort increasing the total to 9,000, as he
unveiled progress in his country's controversial nuclear program.
Iran began loading domestically made nuclear fuel rods into its
Tehran research reactor. Iran also said it was considering cutting
oil sales to six EU countries in retaliation to an EU ban on Iranian
oil imports that is being phased in as existing contracts expire up
to July 1.
(AFP, 2/15/12)(AP, 2/15/12)
2012 Feb 15, In Iraq gunmen
wearing military uniforms seriously wounded a policeman and killed
his wife and two children in an attack on his home in Jurf
al-Sakhar, south of Baghdad.
2012 Feb 15, Guards on an
Italian cargo ship, the Enrica Lexie, fired at an Indian fishing
boat off Kerala state that it mistook for a pirate vessel, killing
two fishermen. Indian police took two Italians into custody on Feb
19. Rome warned that the two were soldiers who enjoyed immunity. The
2 Italian marines were granted conditional bail on May 30.
(AP, 2/16/12)(AFP, 2/19/12)(AFP, 5/30/12)
2012 Feb 15, Malaysia police
arrested Masoud Sedaghatzadeh, a third Iranian suspect sought after
explosive blasts in Bangkok.
2012 Feb 15, Hajah Noraihan,
the Malaysian consul to Uganda, said that more than 600 Ugandan
girls are currently trapped in Malaysian prostitution rings.
Uganda's honorary consul in Kuala Lumpur said that at least three
Ugandans have been killed there in the last two years.
2012 Feb 15, Mexican federal
prosecutors said they have detained four people in Tlaxcala state,
who for almost a decade lured unsuspecting young Mexican women to
the United States to force them into prostitution. Police found the
mutilated bodies of six men inside plastic bags dumped on a road
leading to the tourist city of Cuernavaca, Morelos state.
(AP, 2/15/12)(AP, 2/16/12)
2012 Feb 15, In Nigeria
attackers stormed a federal prison with heavy gunfire and
explosives, killing one guard and freeing 119 inmates in
Koton-Karifi, Kogi state.
2012 Feb 15, Norway's state
railroads suspended testing of a new Swiss-made train after five
people were injured when it derailed and slammed into a mountainside
during a test run.
2012 Feb 15, In Puerto Rico
Barceloneta Mayor Sol Luis Fontanez was arrested in a restaurant
parking lot and accused by federal prosecutors of accepting $55,000
in bribes from developers. Fontanez was first elected mayor in 1988.
2012 Feb 15, Senegalese riot
police fired tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse protesters
trying to hold a banned march against President Abdoulaye Wade's bid
for a third term in office in an election later this month.
2012 Feb 15, Somalia's
president asked the United Nations to lift the arms embargo against
his country, saying the recent merger between al-Qaida and al-Shabab
has made the dropping of the arms ban necessary.
2012 Feb 15, South Sudan said
Khartoum's decision to stop the return of hundreds of thousands of
Southerners by barge on the White Nile was a looming disaster, and
that alternative means were untenable.
2012 Feb 15, Sri Lanka's army
agreed for the first time to probe war crime charges against its
troops and investigate allegations of prisoner executions made in a
British TV documentary.
2012 Feb 15, Sri Lankan police
fired on fishermen protesting fuel price increases near Chilaw,
killing one person and wounding three. Police used tear gas and
water cannons to stop hundreds of opposition Marxist party activists
who tried to march to the center of Colombo to protest fuel prices.
2012 Feb 15, Syrian President
Bashar Assad ordered a referendum on Feb 26 on a new constitution
that would allow political parties other than his ruling Baath
Party, the centerpiece of reforms he has promised to ease the
crisis, even as the Syrian military besieged rebellious areas. The
LCC said 13 people were killed in violence around the country, while
the Observatory put the death toll at five. An oil pipeline in Homs
2012 Feb 15, United Nations and
EU aid chiefs called for "urgent" assistance for West Africa's
drought-hit Sahel region (Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania,
Niger), saying it needed $725 million (552 million euros) this year.
2012 Feb 15, In eastern
Venezuela hundreds of protesters blocked streets and burned tires in
Maturin to demand clean water after a Feb 4 oil spill polluted
rivers and streams that supply local storage tanks.
2012 Feb 15, In Zimbabwe a
provincial governor appointed by President Robert Mugabe suspended
the activities of 29 humanitarian organizations, alleging they did
not clear their operations with his office.
2013 Feb 15, Pres. Obama
bestowed the Presidential Citizens Medal on the 6 adults killed in
the Dec 14, 2012, Newtown, Conn., school shooting.
(SFC, 2/16/13, p.A5)
2013 Feb 15, Former US Rep.
Jesse Jackson Jr. was charged with scheming to spend $750,000 in
campaign funds on personal expenses. His wife was charged with
filing false income tax forms. Jackson entered Congress in 1995 and
resigned last November. Sandi, as she's known, was a Chicago
alderman, but resigned last month.
2013 Feb 15, Xoom, a San
Francisco-based company that specialized in sending small amounts of
money across borders, debuted on Nasdaq at $16 per share. It closed
at $25.490. It was cofounded in 2001 by CEO John Kunze and Kevin
Hartz, who's now cofounder of Eventbrite, a ticketing startup.
2013 Feb 15, NYC officials said
its schoolteacherís pension fund has sold its stock in companies
that manufacture guns and ammunition in response to the Dec 14,
2012, school shooting in Newtown, Conn.
(SFC, 2/16/13, p.A5)
2013 Feb 15, The 150-foot
Asteroid 2012 DA14 came within an incredible 17,150 miles to Earth,
closer than many communication and weather satellites orbiting
22,300 miles up.
2013 Feb 15, In Bahrain
thousands of anti-government marchers jammed a major highway as
clashes broke out for a second day between security forces and
protesters marking the anniversary of their uprising.
2013 Feb 15, In Bangladesh
Ahmed Rajib Haider, an atheist blogger, was hacked to death. He had
campaigned for banning the Jamaat-e-Islami party, which opposed
Bangladesh's independence from Pakistan in 1971. In 2017
Bangladesh's High Court confirmed the death penalty for Faisal bin
Nayeem, who the court said hacked Haider with meat cleavers in front
of his house in Dhaka. A 2nd student, who was sentenced to death in
absentia, was accused of planning the attack. He was a member of
Jamaat-e-Islami's student wing, Islami Chhatra
2013 Feb 15, Britainís Food
Standards Agency (FSA) said it had found 29 positive tests for
horsemeat after demanding samples from UK retailers engulfed in a
contamination scandal that is spreading across Europe.
2013 Feb 15, British health
officials said a fourth person in Britain has contracted a
potentially fatal SARS-like virus which was unknown in humans until
a few months ago, but said the risk to the population remained very
2013 Feb 15, Egyptian security
officials seized two tons of explosives headed to the Sinai
Peninsula. Some 5,000 mostly hard-line Islamists rallied against a
recent wave of anti-government protests that have killed around 70
2013 Feb 15, The EU agreed to
begin random DNA checks on meat products in a bid to put a lid on a
spreading scandal over horsemeat.
(SFC, 2/16/13, p.A2)
2013 Feb 15, Iran ordered a
six-month ban on pistachio exports to try to control the price of
the nut, which doubled in the past month. Iran was long the world's
largest pistachio exporter, with over 200,000 tons a year, but was
surpassed last year by the United States.
2013 Feb 15, In Iraq tens of
thousands of Sunni Muslims rallied in several cities to protest what
they describe as unfair treatment by the country's Shiite-led
government, extending concerns over rising sectarian tension in the
2013 Feb 15, Palestinian
demonstrators clashed with Israeli soldiers at a West Bank rally
held in support of Samer Issawi (35), who has been on an on-again,
off-again hunger strike for several months as he serves time for
alleged terror activity.
2013 Feb 15, In Russia a
meteor, estimated to be about 10 tons, streaked through the sky and
exploded over Chelyabinsk in the Ural Mountains with the power of an
atomic bomb. Its sonic blasts shattered countless windows and
injured some 1200 people.
(AP, 2/15/13)(AP, 2/16/13)(Econ, 2/23/13, p.78)
2013 Feb 15, In Somalia
Al-Qaeda-linked militants claimed that they have executed a Kenyan
soldier after the Nairobi government failed to meet their demands. A
car bomb detonated by remote control killed one person and wounded
two others in Mogadishu.
(AP, 2/15/13)(AP, 2/16/13)
2013 Feb 15, Swedish
photographer Paul Hansen won the 2012 World Press Photo award for
newspaper Dagens Nyheter with a Nov 20 picture of two Palestinian
children killed in an Israeli missile strike being carried to their
2013 Feb 15, Syrian activists
said heavy fighting for control of the international airport in the
northern city of Aleppo and a major military air base nearby has
killed some 150 rebels and government soldiers over the past two
2013 Feb 15, The UN said an
outbreak of hepatitis E has killed 111 refugees in camps in South
Sudan since July, and has become endemic in the region.
2014 Feb 15, In California a
woman and her 4 children were killed in their SUV near Riverdale
after a driver in a minivan failed to yield at a stop sign.
(SFC, 2/17/14, p.A6)
2014 Feb 15, In Colorado an
avalanche killed two skiers and injured three others on Star
Mountain near Leadville.
(SFC, 2/17/14, p.A13)
2014 Feb 15, In New Jersey
Julio Lopez-Cruz (18) was attacked as he headed to his New Jersey
home with some groceries. He died a short time later. On Feb 27
authorities said that they have arrested Michael Holman (18) and
Dante Martin (18) and charged them with murder.
2014 Feb 15, In NYC Jerome
Murdough (56, a mentally ill former veteran, was found dead in his
jail cell on Rikers Island. The temperature in the cell was recorded
at 101 degrees due to equipment malfunction. He had been arrested on
Feb 7 on a misdemeanor tresspassing charge for sleeping in an
enclosed stairwell. In May his mother planned to file a $25 million
lawsuit against NYC. On Oct 31 NYC reached a $2.5 million settlement
with the mother of Murdough.
(SFC, 5/17/14, p.A7)(SFC, 11/1/14, p.A7)
2014 Feb 15, In southern
Afghanistan an improvised explosive device killed a NATO service
2014 Feb 15, In Bahrain
supporters of the main Shiite opposition bloc joined the anniversary
rally called by the opposition Al-Wefaq movement to press its
campaign for a constitutional monarchy. Thousands clashed with
security forces and brought the streets of Manama to a standstill.
(AP, 2/15/14)(SSFC, 2/16/14, p.A7)
2014 Feb 15, Brazilís Folha de
S. Paulo newspaper reported that water is being rationed to nearly
six million people living in eleven states.
(SSFC, 2/16/14, p.A4)
2014 Feb 15, Apple opened a
retail store in Rio de Janeiro, its first retail store in South
America. Its 16GB iPhone 5s was priced at $1,076.
(Econ, 3/8/14, p.39)
2014 Feb 15, Two people died in
weather-related incidents as storms continue to batter Britain.
Officials said that 22 severe flood warnings are in place. More
heavy rain and winds were expected.
2014 Feb 15, In the Central
African Republic French and African peacekeepers seized weapons from
militia in Bangui, but failed to detain a wanted leader of the rogue
2014 Feb 15, In CongoDRC
journalist Germain Kennedy Muliwavyo (30) died after being shot in
the head and stomach during an ambush 60 km outside of Beni.
2014 Feb 15, Iraqi troops
fought to retake full control of Sulaiman Pek from militants who
overran parts of it earlier this week. South of Baghdad ISIL
militants killed at least 8 soldiers in overnight clashes in Jurf
al-Sakha. 12 militants were also killed. Fighting erupted in Ramadi
between militants and security forces backed by tribesmen. PM Nuri
al-Maliki announced over $83 million in construction funds and
training for allied tribal militia during a visit Saturday to
(Reuters, 2/15/14)(AFP, 2/15/14)
2014 Feb 15, In Iraq Shi'ite
Muslim cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, who led revolts against US forces in
Iraq before their pullout and became a major influence in the
government, said he is leaving political life and has dissolved his
2014 Feb 15, In Israel two
gunmen on a motorcycle killed a man as he drove near Tel Avivís
beachfront. Police believed it was a gangland attack.
(SSFC, 2/16/14, p.A4)
2014 Feb 15, Jordanian forces
wounded 7 and arrested 3 after 10 gunmen from Syria opened fire on
troops patrolling a northern border area.
2014 Feb 15, Lebanon announced
a new government, breaking a 10-month political deadlock during
which spillover violence from neighboring Syria worsened internal
2014 Feb 15, Montenegro police
fired tear gas and stun grenades to disperse hundreds of
stone-throwing protesters who were blaming the government for high
unemployment, economic mismanagement and alleged corruption, and
demanding its resignation.
2014 Feb 15, In Nigeria gunmen
suspected of being Boko Haram Islamists reportedly killed as many as
63 people, mostly Christians, in Izghe village, Borno state.
(AFP, 2/16/14)(SFC, 2/17/14, p.A4)
2014 Feb 15, In Pakistan a
cleric ordered that a woman be stoned to death after her husband
found her with another man. She was stoned to death and an autopsy
revealed that her skull had been shattered with a brick, and that
she had multiple ax wounds. Six people were arrested on Feb 17 in
connection with the stoning.
2014 Feb 15, A Philippine
Christian sect, Iglesia ni Cristo, broke two records for organizing
the largest charity walk in an effort to raise funds for survivors
of last year's Typhoon Haiyan.
2014 Feb 15, Turkey's
parliament approved a law boosting government control over the
appointment of judges and prosecutors, after a heated debate and a
brawl that left one opposition lawmaker hospitalized.
2014 Feb 15, In Turkey
thousands of Kurds demonstrated in towns across the south east, some
clashing violently with riot police as they called for the release
of Kurdish rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan on the 15th anniversary of
2014 Feb 15, Venezuelan
security forces searched for Leopoldo Lopez (42), looking to arrest
the hard-line opposition leader who President Nicolas Maduro blames
for 3 deaths at recent anti-government protests.
2014 Feb 15, In Venezuela a
priest (79) and lay worker (84) were killed during a robbery in the
city of Valencia. A 17-year-old was arrested the next day and a
14-year-old was being sought.
2015 Feb 15, Bahrain said it
will send troops to support regional ally Jordan.
2015 Feb 15, Musical Miss
Saigon swept the board at the What's on Stage theatre awards in
London's West End, where it won nine awards.
2015 Feb 15, HSBC, Britain's
largest bank, issued a public apology, describing the media
firestorm that followed allegations it helped rich clients dodge
taxes as painful and insisting it has changed the way it does
2015 Feb 15, In Canada over
3,000 Teamster members went on strike at Canadian Pacific Railway
after contract talks failed to reach an agreement. The strike ended
on Feb 16 as both sides agreed to resume discussions.
(SFC, 2/14/15, p.A2)(SFC, 2/17/15, p.A2)
2015 Feb 15, A Canadian
National train loaded with crude oil derailed in northern Ontario.
At least seven cars burst into flames.
(SFC, 2/17/15, p.A5)
2015 Feb 15, Congo's Pres.
Joseph Kabila condemned a decision by the United Nations to withdraw
its support from a joint military offensive against a rebel group
because the military decided it should be directed by two generals
who have links to human rights violations.
2015 Feb 15, Croatia's first
female president, Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic (46), was sworn in and
pledged to help kickstart the EU member's ailing economy.
2015 Feb 15, In Denmark
security guard Dan Uzan (27) was shot in the head and killed near
Copenhagen's main synagogue. Two policemen were also wounded in the
shooting at around 1:00 am this morning. Police said they believe a
man shot dead by officers at Noerrebro station was the sole
perpetrator of the two fatal attacks in the last 24 hours in the
capital. Omar Abdel Hamid El-Hussein (22) was later identified as
(AFP, 2/15/15)(SFC, 2/16/15, p.A2)(AP, 2/17/15)
2015 Feb 15, In Egypt gunmen
opened fire on a traffic police patrol in the Nile Delta town of
Benha, killing one policeman and wounding three others.
2015 Feb 15, In France some 250
graves were found vandalized at a Jewish cemetery in Sarre-Union.
Five teens were later arrested and admitted to the destruction in
the Alsace region.
(SFC, 2/19/15, p.A2)
2015 Feb 15, In Greece some 18
thousand people rallied in Athens ahead of talks in Brussels on the
new leftist government's bid to revise its massive bailout. Some
8,000 people also thronged the streets in Thessaloniki.
2015 Feb 15, In northern India
a newly built house collapsed early today killing 13 residents as
they slept in Dulhaipur village, Uttar Pradesh state.
2015 Feb 15, Iranís former
first vice president, Mohammad Reza Rahimi, was taken to jail to
serve his 5-year 3-month prison term.
2015 Feb 15, In Iraq and Syria
the United States and its coalition partners conducted 11 air
strikes against Islamic State militants, three in Syria and eight in
Iraq over the last 24 hours.
2015 Feb 15, Italy closed its
embassy in Libya due to the worsening conflict there and stepped up
its call for a UN mission to help calm the situation.
2015 Feb 15, Italy's coast
guard went to the rescue of at least 1,000 migrants in difficulty in
the sea between Europe and North Africa, the third operation of its
kind in as many days.
(Yahoo News, 2/15/15)
2015 Feb 15, A Jordanian court
sentenced Zaki Bani Rsheid (57), a senior leader of the Muslim
Brotherhood, to 18 months in prison for criticizing a decision by
the United Arab Emirates to blacklist his organization.
2015 Feb 15, Islamic State
militants in Libya released a video showing the beheading of 21
Egyptian Christians. The 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians, who had gone
to Libya in search of work, were marched to a beach, forced to kneel
and then beheaded on video. On October 6, 2017, the remains of 21
Coptic Christians were unearthed from a mass grave south of the
one-time jihadist bastion of Sirte.
(Reuters, 2/16/15)(AFP, 10/7/17)
2015 Feb 15, Myanmar state
media said troops fighting ethnic rebels near the Chinese border
have recovered the bodies of 13 insurgents and captured eight others
following heavy government losses this week.
2015 Feb 15, In northeastern
Nigeria a female suicide bomber blew herself up at a crowded bus
station in Damaturu, Yobe state, killing at least 16 people and
(Reuters, 2/15/15)(SFC, 2/16/15, p.A2)
2015 Feb 15, In Pakistan a
government paramilitary force shot and killed Usman Saifullah Kurd,
a regional commander for an al-Qaida linked militant cell, and one
of his aides on the outskirts of Quetta.
2015 Feb 15, In the southern
Philippines 2 members of an Al Qaeda-linked group were killed in
clashes with troops in the jungles of Basilan island.
2015 Feb 15, Russian police in
Moscow detained Alexei Navalny, an anti-corruption campaigner and
leading opposition figure, as he and supporters were handing out
leaflets urging people to take part in an "anti-crisis" march on
2015 Feb 15, Ukraine's rebels
disavowed a new truce hours after it took effect, saying it did not
apply to the town of Debaltseve, where most fighting has taken place
in recent weeks.
2015 Feb 15, The UN Security
council adopted a resolution demanding that Houthi rebels in Yemen
immediately relinquish control and withdraw from government
(SFC, 2/16/15, p.A2)
2016 Feb 15, The English
singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran won Song of the Year for "Thinking Out
Loud," a bare guitar ballad that made history as a viral hit.
Sheeran shared the rammy award with his co-writer Amy Wadge, a
British folk artist.
2016 Feb 15, Pres. Obama opened
a two-day meeting with Association of Southeast Asian Nations
(ASEAN) at Sunnylands, a California resort.
2016 Feb 15, Australian
officials said law enforcement agencies have discovered 1.26 billion
Australian dollars ($900 million) worth of methylamphetamine hidden
in imported boxes of silicon bra inserts and art supplies in the
country's largest haul of the illicit drug in its liquid form. Four
Hong Kong passport holders were arrested in Sydney last month over
the import from China of 720 liters (190 gallons) of the drug.
2016 Feb 15, Bosnia formally
applied for membership of the EU, although Brussels says it must
carry out a series of reforms before the application can even be
2016 Feb 15, Britain's
government intervened to try and save the tradition of printing all
laws on vellum made of animal skin. The House of Lords decided last
week that the centuries-old practice would be scrapped and laws
would be printed on paper instead of goatskin or sheepskin in a bid
to save ¬£80,000 (103,000 euros, $116,000) per year.
2016 Feb 15, Insurgents in
Burundi hurled a series of grenades, killing a child and wounding at
least 30 people in the latest in a string of attacks.
2016 Feb 15, In Dagestan a
powerful car bomb exploded at a police checkpoint, killing two
officers and the car's driver and wounding 19 others. The Islamic
State claimed responsibility.
2016 Feb 15, Thousands of steel
workers from across the EU demonstrated against the import of cheap
Chinese products warning EU leaders not to exacerbate the situation
by granting Beijing market economy status.
2016 Feb 15, In India massive
protests paralyzed a top university after the president of the
student union was arrested on charges of sedition. Kanhaiya Kumar
was arrested Feb 12 over a demonstration days earlier at Jawaharlal
Nehru University to mark the anniversary of the 2013 execution of
Afzal Guru, a Kashmiri man convicted of an attack on India's
2016 Feb 15, Iran's state TV
said the first Chinese commercial train has arrived in Tehran to
revive the Silk Road, an ancient network of trade routes running
through Asia. The 12-container train arrived in Tehran after a
14-day journey from eastern China.
2016 Feb 15, Authorities
imposed a curfew in some parts of Indian-controlled Kashmir amid a
general strike called by separatist groups to protest the killing of
a teenage boy and a young woman during a protest against Indian
2016 Feb 15, Police at Mexico
City's international airport said they have found a load of
lollipops with each piece of candy containing a capsule of
2016 Feb 15, In Saudi Arabia
Brig. Gen. Ahmed Faie Asiri, a retired security official, was shot
and killed in Jazan. Islamic State supporters earlier circulated a
claim for responsibility online.
2016 Feb 15, A South Korean
military helicopter crashed in an eastern province, killing three of
the four soldiers on board.
2016 Feb 15, In Syria almost 50
civilians were killed when missiles hit at least five medical
facilities and two schools in rebel-held areas. At least 14 people
were killed on in the northern Syrian town of Azaz. French charity
Doctors Without Borders said in a statement that at least eight
staff were missing after four rockets hit a hospital that it
supported in the province of Idlib.
(Reuters, 2/15/16)(Reuters, 2/15/16)
2016 Feb 15, Turkish security
forces hit Kurdish militia targets in Syria for the third day in a
row after a border security outpost on the border was attacked this
2016 Feb 15, Ugandan police
fired tear gas to disperse opposition supporters as they temporarily
detained top presidential challenger, Kizza Besigye, days ahead of
presidential polls. An opposition supporter was fatally shot in
clashes with the police during a campaign event in Kampala.
(AFP, 2/15/16)(AP, 2/16/16)
2016 Feb 15, Ukraine PM Arseny
Yatseniuk said Russian trucks have been banned from crossing its
territory in response to a similar move by Moscow.
2016 Feb 15, The UN World Food
Program (WFP) said as many as 49 million people in southern Africa
could be affected by a drought that has been worsened by the most
severe and longest El Nino weather pattern in 35 years.
2016 Feb 15, Venezuela said
managers of a state-run supermarket chain are among 49 people
arrested for hoarding and re-selling food at a time of acute
2017 Feb 15, President Donald
Trump and PM Benjamin Netanyahu renewed the US-Israel partnership in
defiance of international pressure for a two-state solution to the
Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Shortly before Trump was to welcome
Netanyahu to the White House, a senior US official briefed reporters
that Washington would no longer insist that any peace deal lead to a
recognized Palestinian state.
2017 Feb 15, US President
Donald Trump's defense secretary warned NATO allies that they must
honor military spending pledges to ensure the United States does not
"moderate" support for the alliance.
2017 Feb 15, White House chief
of staff Reince Priebus asked FBI Director James Comey and deputy
director Andrew McCabe to dispute media reports that Donald Trump's
campaign advisers were frequently in touch with Russian intelligence
agents during the election. This request became public on Feb 24.
2017 Feb 15, The US Justice
Dept. sided with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and
Explosives (ATF) to provide a narrower definition of who is a
fugitive from justice, saying the term should only apply if those
people had fled a state to avoid prosecution. This cleared the way
for some people with outstanding arrest warrants to purchase guns.
(SFC, 10/12/17, p.A5)
2017 Feb 15, US fast-food
executive Andrew Puzder withdrew his nomination for labor secretary
under Pres. Donald Trump.
(SFC, 2/16/17, p.A6)
2017 Feb 15, Algeria's military
forces killed 5 suspected extremists in an operation around Bouira,
one of the country's last Islamic militant holdouts.
2017 Feb 15, Gay rights
campaigners protested outside the Church of England's General Synod
in London as Anglican bishops from around the world prepared to vote
on a report ruling out accepting gay marriage.
2017 Feb 15, US troops deployed
in Bulgaria and armored vehicles and heavy equipment are to arrive
by the end of the week under a planned NATO operation to support its
Eastern European allies.
2017 Feb 15, The European
Parliament backed a contested EU-Canada free trade deal, facing down
protests by activists and Donald Trump-inspired calls for
protectionism. It also voted for a plan to raise the cost for firms
to produce carbon.
(AFP, 2/15/17)(Econ, 2/18/17, p.62)
2017 Feb 15, German airline
Lufthansa said it has struck a deal to solve a bitter labor dispute
with pilots that over five years has cost it an estimated half a
billion dollars and more than a dozen strikes.
2017 Feb 15, India launched the
Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, built by the Indian Space Research
Organization, carrying a record 104 satellites, 88 of which were
made by Planet, a San Francisco-based company founded in 2010.
(Econ, 2/18/17, p.57)
2017 Feb 15, Indonesia held
local elections. In Jakarta Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, a Christian of
Chinese descent also known as Ahok, won with 43% of the vote,
forcing him into a runoff against Anies Baswedan on April 19.
(Econ, 2/18/17, p.33)
2017 Feb 15, Iranian President
Hassan Rouhani visited Oman and Kuwait for talks to improve
relations with Gulf neighbors, strained by the conflicts in Syria
2017 Feb 15, In Iraq a suicide
bomber detonated an explosives-laden vehicle in a Shiite majority
neighborhood of Baghdad, killing at least 15 people.
2017 Feb 15, Malaysian police
arrested a woman in the apparent assassination of Kim Jong Nam, the
North Korean leader's exiled half-brother who South Korean spies say
once begged his sibling to spare his life. The woman had checked
into local hotels under the Vietnamese name of Doan Thi Huong.
(AP, 2/15/17)(Reuters, 2/17/17)
2017 Feb 15, Moldova's
intelligence agency said it has broken up a suspected extremist
Islamic group that was spreading propaganda online and whose members
had illegal weapons.
2017 Feb 15, Montenegro's
parliament voted to strip two pro-Russian opposition MPs of their
immunity over alleged involvement in a foiled coup last October, but
a prosecutor ruled the pair would not be arrested.
2017 Feb 15, Tropical storm
Dineo hit the coastline of Mozambique. At least two people were
killed and in and further casualties were expected.
2017 Feb 15, North Korean
officials spent hours trying to talk Malaysia out of conducting an
autopsy on Kim Jong Un's estranged half-brother, who was murdered at
Kuala Lumpur airport on Feb 13.
2017 Feb 15, In northwestern
Pakistan two suicide bombings killed at least six people in Peshawar
following an almost three-month-long lull in the volatile region.
(AP, 2/15/17)(AFP, 2/17/17)
2017 Feb 15, Philippine
President Rodrigo Duterte supported his environment minister's
decision to cancel nearly a third of contracts for undeveloped
mines, saying it was based on law.
2017 Feb 15, In Serbia several
thousand people joined renewed protests in Belgrade over the shady
demolition last year in an area marked for a United Arab
Emirates-financed real estate project.
2017 Feb 15, UAE state media
said Juma Mohammed Abdullah Al Kaabi, its ambassador to Afghanistan,
has died of wounds sustained in a January 10 bombing in Kandahar
that also killed five other UAE officials.
2017 Feb 15, The UN children's
agency launched a $110 million appeal to help two million acutely
malnourished children across Sudan, including hundreds of thousands
living in conflict areas.
2017 Feb 15, Pope Francis
insisted that indigenous groups must give prior consent to any
economic activity affecting their ancestral lands, a view that
conflicts with the Trump administration, which is pushing to build a
$3.8 billion oil pipeline over opposition from American Indians.
2017 Feb 15, Venezuela
suspended CNN in Spanish after a report by the network alleging
government workers sold passports to members of a Middle East terror
(SFC, 2/16/17, p.A2)
2017 Feb 15, In Yemen at least
one Saudi-led airstrike in Arhab, 25 miles from the rebel-held
capital of Sanaa, killed at least five people.
2018 Feb 15, In Oakland, Ca.,
fans turned out in style for the first local screening of Ryan
Coogler's ďBlack Panther" movie at the Grand Lake Theater.
(SFC, 2/17/18, p.C1)
2018 Feb 15, Pennsylvania's
Attorney General said seven guards have been charged with sexually
abusing inmates at the Lackawanna County Prison in Scranton.
(SFC, 2/17/18, p.A4)
2018 Feb 15, Australia's PM
Malcolm Turnbull banned government employees from having sex with
staff as deputy prime minister Barnaby Joyce battled for his
political survival following revelations of a relationship with a
(SFC, 2/16/18, p.A2)
2018 Feb 15, In central-western
Brazil a truck collided with a bus carrying 43 passengers, and at
least seven people were killed.
2018 Feb 15, In Brazil
overnight heavy rain and high winds in Rio de Janeiro left four
people dead in the Alemao slum complex of Sao Paulo.
2018 Feb 15, In London Barry
Bennell (64) was convicted of 43 counts of child sex abuse during
his time working for northwest clubs Manchester City and Crewe
Alexandra, among others, from 1979 to 1990. The scandal broke in
late 2016 when former Liverpool and Tottenham star Paul Stewart
broke his 40-year silence and revealed how he was abused as a
teenager. Bennel was arrested in the USA in 1994.
(AFP, 2/15/18)(AP, 2/15/18)
2018 Feb 15, A Chilean industry
group said a growing outbreak of "red tide" has put salmon farms on
alert in fish-rich southern Chile, though its impact is still far
less extensive than in 2016, when a much larger outbreak decimated
2018 Feb 15, In China a CCTV
comedy sketch featured a Chinese woman in blackface was broadcast on
the state television's Lunar New Year variety show. The show quickly
drew accusations of racism, although some people in Beijing were
left wondering why it would be considered offensive.
2018 Feb 15, In southwestern
China an explosion late today at a stall selling fireworks killed
four people and injured four others in Yunnan province on the eve of
the Lunar New Year holiday.
2018 Feb 15, In Dagestan a
Russian special forces officer was killed in a shootout with a
militant that also left the fighter dead.
2018 Feb 15, An Egyptian
military spokesman said that military and police forces have killed
a total of 53 Islamist militants and arrested 680 suspects in a
week-long offensive to crush insurgents that is focused on the Sinai
2018 Feb 15, Ethiopian PM
Hailemariam Desalegn resigned after long-running political turmoil,
an unprecedented move in the vast East African country. He will
remain in power until parliament and the full council of the ruling
coalition party, the Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic
Front (EPRDF), confirm his resignation.
2018 Feb 15, In the French
Pyrenees the bodies of the three men were found, a day after an
avalanche struck on an off-piste sector at the Cauterets ski resort,
close to the Spanish border.
2018 Feb 15, In southern India
a five-story building under construction collapsed, killing at least
three workers and trapping several others.
2018 Feb 15, An Indian air
force helicopter crashed in the remote northeast, killing both
crewmembers on board.
2018 Feb 15, Moldovan Purcari
Wineries listed its shares on Romania's stock exchange, an example
of the country's investors concentrating on European markets
following a Russian embargo. The company raised 186.2 million lei
($50 million) after selling 49 percent of its shares ahead of the
launch on the stock exchange.
2018 Feb 15, Pakistan's army
accused neighboring Indian soldiers of targeting a school van from
across the frontier in Kashmir, killing the driver, leaving the
students "severely traumatized" and forcing local residents to flee
2018 Feb 15, A Russian Foreign
Ministry spokeswoman said Moscow has tangible evidence of "the
destructive interference of some Western countries" in Russia's
domestic affairs ahead of a presidential election next month.
2018 Feb 15, Russia's
communications providers blocked access to the website of opposition
leader Alexei Navalny on orders of the state communications
2018 Feb 15, Saudi Arabia
announced a policy change allowing women to open their own
businesses without the consent of a husband or male relative.
2018 Feb 15, In South Africa
Cyril Ramaphosa (65) was elected president in a parliamentary vote.
He pledged to tackle endemic corruption after scandal-ridden Jacob
Zuma resigned on orders from the ruling African National Congress.
2018 Feb 15, South Africa's
chief prosecutor declared Ajay Gupta, one of the three Gupta
brothers accused of corrupt links to ousted president Jacob Zuma, a
"fugitive from justice" after he failed to hand himself in to
2018 Feb 15, South African
Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu stepped down as an ambassador for
Oxfam, citing disappointment at the British aid agency's embroilment
in a sex scandal involving staff in Haiti after a massive 2010
2019 Feb 15, Pres. Donald Trump
announced that he has signed the appropriate paperwork to declare an
emergency on the border so he can build a wall along the US-Mexico
border. President Donald Trump also announced he was declaring a
national emergency to fulfill his pledge to construct the wall.
Congress' two top Democrats said they'll use "every remedy
available" to oppose Trump's declaration of an emergency to shift
billions of federal dollars into building the wall.
2019 Feb 15, The US government
said it will lead an ambitious effort to develop technologies to
recycle lithium-ion batteries from electric vehicles, cellphones and
other sources to ensure a reliable and affordable supply of metals
crucial to battery production in anticipation of soaring global
demand and potential shortages.
2019 Feb 15, US and Iceland
diplomats said they have agreed to set up formal economic channels
to boost trade and business investment.
2019 Feb 15, The US Treasury
Department imposed sanctions on top Venezuelan security officials
and the head of Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA as it ratcheted
up pressure on embattled Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro over an
election it says was illegal.
2019 Feb 15, The US Justice
Department alleged that two former executives for Cognizant
Technology Solutions paid about $2 million in bribes to Indian
officials to build a new office campus in the country.
2019 Feb 15, In Illinois Gary
Martin (45), an employee of the Henry Pratt Co. in Aurora, was
fired. He then killed five people and wounded five police officers
before he was fatally shot. Martin had purchased his handgun in
2014. An initial background check did not catch a 1995 felony
(SFC, 2/16/19, p.A8)(SSFC, 2/17/19, p.A10)
2019 Feb 15, In Maryland Coast
Guard Lt. Paul Hassan (49), a self-described white nationalist, was
arrested on gun and drug charges. He wass later accused of plotting
to kill a long list of prominent journalists and Democratic
politicians as well as others.
(SFC, 2/21/19, p.A8)
2019 Feb 15, Brazilian police
arrested eight employees of mining company Vale SA as part of a
criminal investigation into the causes of the Jan. 25 deadly dam
2019 Feb 15, Thousands of
British children marched out of lessons to demand action on climate
change, earning a mild rebuke from the prime minister's office for
disrupting classes, but praise from the energy minister and
2019 Feb 15, Costa Rico's
Justice Ministry announced that Julio Solis, director of Citizen
Peace and Coexistence Promotion, had resigned. The country's
vice-minister of economy reported him a day earlier for alleged
2019 Feb 15, A top Airbus
official said Germany's halt in exports to Saudi Arabia is
preventing Britain from completing the sale of 48 Eurofighter
Typhoon warplanes to Riyadh, and has delayed potential sales of
other weapons such as the A400M military transport. The Eurofighter
is built by a consortium of four founding countries: Germany,
Britain, Italy and Spain.
2019 Feb 15, Rights group
Amnesty International slammed a "ban" it said Egyptian authorities
have imposed on family visits to scores of detainees.
2019 Feb 15, Indian activist S
Mugilan, who released a video critical of the police shooting of
protesters at Vedanta's south Indian copper smelter in May, killing
13 and injuring many others, went missing following a press
conference in Chennai, the capital of Tamil Nadu state. He released
an analysis of publicly available video footage that he said showed
the police had escalated the situation, leading to unnecessary
2019 Feb 15, In Myanmar the
Yangon Northern District Court found Kyi Lin guilty of premeditated
murder and illegal weapons possession in the Jan. 29, 2017, shooting
of Ko Ni at Yangon's airport. It also sentenced to death another man
for helping to plan the killing, and gave prison sentences to two
other men it said were also involved in the crime. A fifth suspect
accused of being the mastermind remains at large.
2019 Feb 15, The Pacific island
nation of Nauru posted a new rule not allowing doctors to remotely
recommend the medical transfer of asylum seekers to Australia. The
new rule could thwart an easing of Australia's hardline immigration
2019 Feb 15, In Nigeria Boko
Haram insurgents killed eight people during an attack late today on
the northeastern city of Maiduguri.
2019 Feb 15, In Nigeria
authorities in Kaduna state reported at least 66 deaths in fighting
said to be between Christian farmers and Fulani Muslim herdsmen. The
death toll from the attack soon doubled to more than 130 people.
(SFC, 2/15/19, p.A2)(Reuters, 2/19/19)
2019 Feb 15, A Russian court
ordered Baring Vostok executive Phillipe Delpal, a French national,
to be held in custody for one month and 30 days after he was
detained on suspicion of embezzlement. He was one of several
executives at private equity group Baring Vostok including Michael
Calvey, a US citizen, who were detained a day earlier.
2019 Feb 15, South African
police said an arrest warrant for Ajay Gupta, a businessman and
friend of former president Jacob Zuma, has been provisionally
withdrawn, in a setback for the government's promised fight against
2019 Feb 15, Spain's PM Pedro
Sanchez called an early general election for April 28 that is
expected to highlight the deep political divisions coursing through
2019 Feb 15, In Spain hundreds
of Chinese protested outside a bank in Madrid, claiming they are
being unfairly denied access to their accounts while the bank
insists it's merely complying with money-laundering laws.
2019 Feb 15, In Sweden the main
suspect (22) in the theft of royal funeral artifacts from a Swedish
cathedral confessed to stealing them last July 31 after his DNA was
found on the items that were pulled out last week from a garbage bin
north of Stockholm.
2019 Feb 15, In a commander
with the Kurdish-led force fighting the extremists said the
offensive on the last enclave held by the Islamic State group in
eastern Syria has been blunted by the discovery of hundreds of
civilians still living there. IS militants clung to their last
square km (mile) of land in Baghouz.
2019 Feb 15, In Thailand the
Pheu Thai, the flagship party of the political machine of former PM
Thaksin Shinawatra, held its first rally in Bangkok, as campaigning
heats up for the first election since a 2014 military coup.
2019 Feb 15, Turkish police
prevented supporters from rallying outside the home of Leyla Guven,
a pro-Kurdish lawmaker on hunger strike for 100 days.
2019 Feb 15, A report by the UN
human rights office and the UN mission in South Sudan recorded 175
cases, mainly rapes lasting hours by multiple uniformed and armed
men, just between September and December 2018.