Return to home999 Feb 18,
Gregory V, [Bruno] 1st German Pope, died.
1217 Feb 18, Alexander Neckum
de Sancto Albano (59), English encyclopedist, died.
1404 Feb 18, Leon Battista
Alberti (d.1472), Italian humanist, architect (Della Pittura), was
born in Genoa, the illegitimate son of a Florentine merchant.
(WSJ, 11/30/00, p.A20)(MC, 2/18/02)
1478 Feb 18, George, the Duke
of Clarence, who had opposed his brother Edward IV, was murdered in
the Tower of London. George underwent forced drowning in a wine
barrel ("A butt of Malmsey").
(HN, 2/18/99)(MC, 2/18/02)
1493 Feb 18, Columbus landed on
the island of Santa Maria, the southernmost island of the
(ON, 8/09, p.3)
1516 Feb 18, Mary Tudor, later
Queen Mary I of England (1553-1558) and popularly known as "Bloody
Mary," was born in Greenwich Palace.
(HN, 2/18/98)(AP, 2/18/98)
1546 Feb 18, Martin Luther
(b.1483), leader of the Protestant Reformation in Germany, died in
Eisleben. In 1989 Harvard professor Heiko A. Oberman (1930-2001)
(V.D.-H.K.p.165)(WSJ, 6/23/07, p.P10)(AP,
1563 Feb 18, Huguenot Jean
Poltrot de Merde shot French Gen. Francois De Guise (44).
1564 Feb 18, Michelangelo
(b.1475), painter and sculptor, died in Rome. In 1996 George Bull
wrote a biography and in 1999 James H. Beck published "Three Worlds
of Michelangelo." In 2003 Ross King authored "Michelangelo & the
Pope’s Ceiling." In 2005 James Hall authored “Michelangelo and the
Reinvention of the Human Body."
(AP, 2/18/98)(SFEC, 3/14/99, BR p.6)(SSFC,
1/26/03, p.M3)(SSFC, 6/26/05, p.C5)
1632 Feb 18, Giovanni Battista
Vitali, composer, was born.
1634 Feb 18, Ferdinand II
ordered General Albrecht von Wallenstein's execution.
1678 Feb 18, John Bunyan's
"Pilgrim's Progress" was published. [see Sep 28]
1688 Feb 18, At a Quaker
meeting in Germantown, Pa, German Mennonites penned a memorandum
stating a profound opposition to Negro slavery. Quakers in
Germantown, Pa., adopted the fist formal antislavery resolution in
1735 Feb 18, The 1st opera
performed in America, "Flora," in Charleston, SC.
1745 Feb 18, Count Alessandro
Giuseppe Antonio Anastasio Volta (d.1827), Italian physicist,
inventor (battery), was born.
1745 Feb 18, Bonnie Prince
Charlie's troops occupied Inverness, Scotland.
1787 Feb 18, Austrian emperor
Josef II banned children under 8 from labor.
1795 Feb 18, George Peabody,
U.S. merchant and philanthropist, was born in South Danvers,
(HN, 2/18/98)(MC, 2/18/02)
1805 Feb 18, Louis Malesherbes
Goldsborough, Rear Admiral (Union Navy), was born.
1813 Feb 18, Czar Alexander
entered Warsaw at the head of his Army.
1817 Feb 18, Lewis Addison
Armistead (d.1863), Brig General (Confederate Army), was born. He
died leading "Pickett's Charge" on the final day of the Gettysburg
1817 Feb 18, Walter Paye Lane
(d.1892), Brig General (Confederate Army), was born.
1828 Feb 18, More than 100
vessels were destroyed in a storm at Gibraltar.
1836 Feb 18, Swami Ramakrishna
[Gadadhar Chatterji], Indian mystic, Hindu leader, was born.
1841 Feb 18, The 1st continuous
filibuster in US Senate began and lasting until March 11.
1845 Feb 18, John Chapman, aka
Johnny Appleseed, died in Allen County, Indiana. In 1954
Robert Price authored Johnny Appleseed: Man and Myth."
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johnny_Appleseed)(ON, 4/09, p.12)
1848 Feb 18, Louis Comfort
Tiffany (d.1933), American painter, stained-glass artist, and glass
manufacturer, was born. He was the son of Charles Lewis Tiffany
(1812-1902), founder of the Tiffany & Co. jewelry business
(HFA, ‘96, p.22)(AHD, p.1344)(HN, 2/18/98)(WSJ,
1850 Feb 18, The California
state legislature created the original 18 counties including the
city of San Francisco.
(SFEC, 1/11/98, DB
1856 Feb 18, The American
(Know-Nothing) Party abolished secrecy.
1857 Feb 18, Max Klinger,
German graphic artist, painter, sculptor, was born.
1859 Feb 18, Shalom Aleichem
(Solomon Rabinowitz, d.1916), Russian-Yiddish playwright,
author and humorist, was born in the Ukraine. "To want to be the
cleverest of all is the biggest folly."
1861 Feb 18, Jefferson F. Davis
was inaugurated as the Confederacy’s provisional president at a
ceremony held in Montgomery, Ala., where the Confederate
constitutional convention was held. Davis was sworn in on Feb 22 in
(AP, 2/18/98)(HN, 2/18/98)(AH, 10/04, p.60)
1862 Feb 18, Charles M. Schwab,
"Boy Wonder" of the steel industry, was born. He became president of
both U.S. Steel and Bethlehem Steel.
1865 Feb 18, Union troops
forced the Confederates to abandon Fort Anderson, N.C.
1865 Feb 18, Battle of Ft.
1865 Feb 18, Columbia, SC, was
evacuated and Sherman's troops burned the city.
1876 Feb 18, A direct telegraph
link was established between Britain & New Zealand.
1878 Feb 18, The bitter and
bloody Lincoln County War began with the murder of Billy the Kid's
mentor, Englishman rancher John Tunstall. Hired killers of James J.
Dolan gunned down John Tunstall in Lincoln, N.M. Tunstall’s partner
Alexander McSween formed a posse known as the Regulators to get
even. Billy the Kid was part of the posse.
(SFEC, 2/23/96, p.T8,9)(HN, 2/18/99)
1884 Feb 18, Police seized all
copies of Tolstoy's "What I Believe In."
1884 Feb 18, General Charles
Gordon arrived in Khartoum to battle the Mahdi and his terrorists.
1885 Feb 18, Mark Twain's
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn was published and became one of the
writer's most famous works. Samuel Clemens, born in 1835, first used
the pseudonym of Mark Twain when he wrote a humorous travel account
in 1863. Books such as Huckleberry Finn and The Adventures of Tom
Sawyer made Mark Twain a popular American author because people
could relate to his stories of boyhood adventures colored with
social commentary. As a satirical, critical voice of the United
States, Twain continued to write and lecture across the country and
the world. Mark Twain died in 1910.
(AP, 2/18/98)(HNPD, 2/18/99)
1887 Feb 18, Nikos Kazantzakis,
Greek writer, was born. [see Dec 2, 1885]
1890 Feb 18, Boris L.
Pasternak, Russian poet, writer (Dr. Zhivago), was born. [ NS][see
1892 Feb 18, Wendell Wilke was
born. He was a presidential candidate against President Franklin
1895 Feb 18, Semjon Timoshenko,
Russian marshal, inspector-general (WW II), was born.
1896 Feb 18, Andre Breton
(d.1966), French writer, founder and principal provocateur of the
surrealist movement, was born. An exhaustive biography was published
in 1995 by Mark Polizzotti titled: Revolution of the Mind: The Life
of Andre Breton.
(WSJ, 8/1/95, p.A-9)(MC, 2/18/02)
1898 Feb 18, Enzo Ferrari
(d.1988), Italian sports car manufacturer, was born.
1899 Feb 18, Sir Arthur Bryant,
English historian, was born.
1899 Feb 18, Marius Sophus Lie
(b.1842), a Norwegian-born mathematician, died. He largely created
the theory of continuous symmetry, and applied it to the study of
geometry and differential equations.
1900 Feb 18, Battle at
Paardeberg (Boer War), 1,270 British killed or injured.
1902 Feb 18, The opera
"Hunchback of Notre Dame" premiered in Monte Carlo.
1907 Feb 18, 600,000 tons of
grain were sent to Russia to relieve the famine there.
1907 Feb 18, In SF according to
an agreement between Mayor Schmidt, Pres. Theodore Roosevelt and the
SF School Board, Japanese children under 16 were to be admitted to
the city’s public schools, skilled and unskilled laborers from Japan
were to be banned from entering the US and American laborers were to
be excluded from Japan.
(SSFC, 2/18/07, DB p.58)
1908 Feb 18, The 1st US postage
stamps in rolls were issued.
1909 Feb 18, Wallace Stegner,
Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist (Angle of Repose), was born.
1913 Feb 18, Artur Axmann, Nazi
youth leader, was born.
1913 Feb 18, Marcel Duchamp’s
painting "Nude Descending a Staircase" was displayed at the Armory
Show in NYC.
1915 Feb 18, Germany began a
blockade of England.
1919 Feb 18, Jack Palance
(d.2006), later film and TV star, was born as Volodymir Ivanovich
Palahniuk in Latimer Mines, Pa.
(SFC, 11/11/06, p.B6)
1920 Feb 18, Vuillemin and
Chalus completed their first flight over the Sahara Desert.
1921 Feb 18, British troops
1922 Feb 18, Helen Gurley
Brown, editor of Cosmopolitan magazine, was born.
1927 Feb 18, The U.S. and
Canada established diplomatic relations independently of Great
1929 Feb 18, Leonard Cyril
Deighton, English spy author (Ipcress File, Fighter), was born.
(AP, 2/18/01)(MC, 2/18/02)
1930 Feb 18, Luigi Pirandello's
"Come Tu Mi Vuoi," premiered in Milan.
1930 Feb 18, Richard Rodgers'
& Lorenz Hart's "Simple Simon," premiered in NYC.
1930 Feb 18, Planet X (Pluto),
the ninth planet of our solar system, was discovered by Clyde
Tombaugh (1907-1997) at Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Ariz. It is
2.76 billion miles (5,888 million km.) from the sun at the closest
point of its orbit. Pluto was later designated a "dwarf planet."
(SFEC, 1/19/97, p.B6)(SFC, 10/23/99, p.B7)(AP,
1931 Feb 18, Toni Morrison,
Nobel laureate and Pulitzer Prize-winning author (The Bluest Eye,
Beloved), was born.
1932 Feb 18, Milos Forman,
Czech-US director (Cuckoos Nest, Amadeus), was born.
1932 Feb 18, Sonja Henie won
her 6th straight World Women's figure skating title.
1932 Feb 18, In SF federal
prohibition agents seized the offices and storehouses of two
wholesale liquor setups: The Chicago Specialty Company at 724
Montgomery St. and J.C. Millet at 241 Clay St. The raids were aimed
at breaking up a major bootlegging ring said to be headed by Johnny
(SSFC, 2/18/07, DB p.58)
1932 Feb 18, Manchurian
independence was formally declared. In 1928 the Japanese army
unilaterally instigated armed clashes in China's Manchuria region to
justify full-scale intervention. In 1931 the Japanese army invaded
Manchuria without its own government's consent.
1933 Feb 18, James Corbett
(b.1866), American heavyweight boxing champ, died. He is best known
as the man who defeated the great John L. Sullivan in 1892.
Corbett’s 1926 memoir was titled “The roar of the Crowd: the True
Tale of the Rise and Fall of a Champion."
1934 Feb 18, Aldo Ceccato,
conductor (Detroit Symph Orch 1973-77), was born in Milan, Italy.
1934 Feb 18, Audre Lord, poet,
1935 Feb 18, Rome reported
sending troops to Italian Somalia.
1938 Feb 18, San Quentin prison
held its first double hanging in two years as convicted murderers
Lee Grant Goodwin and Roy Leon Righthouse were executed before 51
(SSFC, 2/17/13, p.42)
1939 Feb 18, The Golden Gate
International Exposition opened on Treasure Island in the SF Bay.
(HN, 2/18/98)(SFC, 2/18/99, p.D10)
1942 Feb 18, Japanese troop
landed on Bali.
1943 Feb 18, Augusto Pinochet
Ugarte (Chilean gen., dictator) married Lucia Hiriart.
1943 Feb 18, Munich resistance
group "White Rose" was captured by Nazis.
1943 Feb 18, Rommel took three
towns in Tunisia, North Africa. The intercepted communications of an
American in Cairo provided a secret ear for the Desert Fox.
1944 Feb 18, The Army, Navy and
Marines invaded Eniwetok Atoll in the Pacific.
1945 Feb 18-19, U.S. Marines
stormed ashore at Iwo Jima. About 60,000 US marines went ashore at
Iwo Jima, an 8-sq. mile island of rock, volcanic ash and black sand.
The 36-day battle took the lives of 7,000 Americans and about 20,000
of 22,000 Japanese defenders.
(SFC, 6/19/96, p.A20)(HN, 2/18/98)
1945 Feb 18, Soviet Gen. Ivan
Chernyakhovsky (b.1906) died from wounds received outside
Konigsberg. Chernyakhovsky was buried in Vilnius, Lithuania, near a
square named in his honor. After Lithuania declared its independence
from the Soviet Union in 1990 and following the dissolution of the
Soviet Union itself in 1991, Chernyaknovsky's remains were reburied
at the Novodevichy Cemetery in Moscow in 1992.
1947 Feb 18, Gian Carlo
Menotti's opera "Telephone," premiered in NYC.
1950 Feb 18, John Hughes,
director (Breakfast Club, 16 Candles, Weird Science), was born in
1952 Feb 18, Two tanker ships
broke apart off Cape Cod. 14 men died in the wrecks, 9 of 41 on the
Pendleton and 5 of 43 on the Fort Mercer.
(SSFC, 2/1/09, p.B7)
1953 Feb 18, "Bwana Devil," the
movie that heralded the 3D fad of the 1950s, opened in New York
1954 Feb 18, East and West
Berlin dropped thousands of propaganda leaflets on each other after
the end of a month long truce.
1956 Feb 18, The US lifted its
arms ban and shipped tanks to Saudi Arabia.
(EWH, 1968, p.1241)
1956 Feb 18, Gustave
Charpentier (95), French opera composer (Louise), died.
1960 Feb 18, The Eighth Winter
Olympic Games were formally opened in Squaw Valley, Calif., by Vice
President Nixon. A drought of snow ended 2 days before the start of
(AP, 2/18/98)(SSFC, 1/3/10, p.A13)
1962 Feb 18, Robert F. Kennedy
said that U.S. troops would stay in Vietnam until Communism was
1964 Feb 18, Muriel Resnik's
"Any Wednesday," premiered in NYC.
1964 Feb 18, The Beatles
visited Cassius Clay in training for his match with heavyweight
champion Sonny Liston.
(SFC, 3/6/04, p.D17)
1964 Feb 18, The U.S. cut
military aid to five nations in reprisal for having trade relations
1965 Feb 18, Alabama police
were sent to Marion as some 500 people marched from a church toward
the city jail to protest the jailing of a civil rights worker.
Street lights went out and troopers began swinging clubs on the
marchers. Jimmie Lee Jackson (26) was shot while aiding his
grandfather (82) and mother. Jackson died 2 days later. In 2007
trooper James Bonard Fowler was indicted for the shooting death of
Jackson. In 2010 Fowler (77) pleaded guilty to 2nd degree
manslaughter and was sentenced to 6 months in jail.
(SFC, 5/10/07, p.A3)(SFC, 11/15/10, p.A17)
1965 Feb 18, Gambia gained
independence from Britain.
(SFC, 7/1/97, p.A9)(www.vdiest.nl/gambia.htm)
1967 Feb 18, The National Art
Gallery in Washington agreed to buy a Da Vinci for a record $5
1967 Feb 18, Robert Oppenheimer
(62), theoretical physicist and leader of atomic bomb development,
died. His work included outlining processes by which old stars of
sufficient mass might collapse beyond the Schwarzschild radius and
become black holes. Physicist John Wheeler named the phenomena black
holes. In 2005 Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin authored “American
Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer," and
Priscilla J. McMillan authored “The Ruin of J. Robert Oppenheimer."
In n2013 Ray Monk authored “Robert Oppenheimer: A Life Inside the
(SFC, 12/19/98, p.C3)(SSFC, 4/10/05, p.B1)(SSFC,
7/31/05, p.F2)(SSFC, 5/26/13, p.F3)
1968 Feb 18, Three US pilots,
who had been held by the Vietnamese, arrived in Washington. The
Vietnamese people later pressured Hanoi to account for their own
1968 Feb 18, British adopted
year-round daylight savings time.
1968 Feb 18, Some 10,000 people
in West Berlin demonstrated against US in Vietnam War.
1969 Feb 18, The PLO (PFLP-GC)
machine-gunned an Israeli El-Al plane in Zurich, Switzerland.
One Palestinian was killed and 4 were arrested.
1970 Feb 18, The Chicago Seven
defendants were found innocent of conspiring to incite riots at the
1968 Democratic national convention; five were convicted of
violating the Anti-Riot Act of 1968, but those convictions were
later reversed. In January reporter J. Anthony Lukas published "The
Barnyard Epithet and Other Obscenities: Notes on the Chicago
(AP, 2/18/08)(SFC, 6/7/97, p.A19)
1972 Feb 18, The California
Supreme Court declared the death penalty cruel and unusual
punishment in violation of the state constitution. 107 inmates were
taken off death row and resentenced. A similar decision was rendered
in 1976 and 68 inmates were resentenced.
1973 Feb 18, Frank Costello
(b.1891), Italian-born US gangster, died in NYC.
1974 Feb 18, Randolph Hearst
was to give $2 million in free food for the poor in order to open
talks for his daughter Patty.
1975 Feb 18, Italy broadened
its abortion law.
1975 Feb 18, The Tigray
People’s Liberation Front began a rebellion in northern Ethiopia.
1975 Feb 18, In Italy Renato
Curcio, Red Brigades leader, was freed in a daring prison assault
led by Margherita Cagol. She was later killed while trying to kidnap
a businessman and Curcio was recaptured.
(WSJ, 12/13/07, p.A18)
1976 Feb 18, Pres. Gerald Ford
signed an executive order prohibiting US officials from plotting or
engaging in political assassination. The order was later broadened
by Presidents Carter and Reagan. Ford issued Executive Order
11905 to clarify U.S. foreign-intelligence activities. In a section
of the order labeled "Restrictions on Intelligence Activities," Ford
concisely but explicitly outlawed political assassination. It became
effective on March 1.
1976 Feb 18, The Tigray
People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) issued a manifesto to secede from
1977 Feb 18, The space shuttle
Enterprise, sitting atop a Boeing 747, went on its maiden "flight"
above the Mojave Desert.
1977 Feb 18, In Nigeria
soldiers from the army of Gen'l. Obasanjo raided Kalakuta, the
communal home of singer Fela Anikulapo-Kuti. Fela's mother (77) was
thrown from a 2nd-story window and later died from her injuries. The
compound was burned and a fire brigade was prevented from reaching
the site. Fela wrote the song "Coffin for Head of State" to describe
how he and his followers carried her coffin to present it to Gen'l.
(WSJ, 2/24/99, p.A1,10)
1979 Feb 18, The miniseries
"Roots: Next Generations" premiered on ABC TV.
1979 Feb 18, Snow fell in the
Sahara Desert of southern Algeria.
1980 Feb 18, Pierre Elliott
Trudeau's Liberal Party won Canada's elections. Trudeau again served
as the 15th Prime Minister of Canada.
1982 Feb 18, Mexico devalued
the peso by 30 percent to fight an economic slide.
1982 Feb 18, Edith Ngaio Marsh
(b.1895), New Zealand detective writer, producer, died.
1983 Feb 18, The Venezuelan
bolivar suffered a serious devaluation. Pres. Luis Herrera initiated
a round of currency devaluations. The Herrera government was forced
to devalue the currency, which at 4.3 bolivars to the US dollar had
been underwriting a lifestyle the country could no longer afford. By
2000 the bolivar lost 16,185% to the dollar.
1983 Feb 18-1983 Feb 20, In
India Hindu attacks against Moslems in Assam state left over 1500
1988 Feb 18, Anthony M. Kennedy
was sworn in as the 104th justice of the Supreme Court.
1988 Feb 18, Soviet Communist
Party leaders dropped former Moscow party chief Boris N. Yeltsin
from the ruling Politburo.
1989 Feb 18, Author Salman
Rushdie, under a death sentence from Iran's Ayatollah Khomeini for
his book "The Satanic Verses," expressed regret for any distress
he'd caused Muslims.
1990 Feb 18, In general
elections, Japan's conservative governing party held onto its
34-year-old majority in the Parliament's lower house.
1991 Feb 18, Iraqi Foreign
Minister Tariq Aziz held talks in Moscow with Soviet President
Mikhail S. Gorbachev, who presented a proposal for ending the
Persian Gulf War.
1991 Feb 18, The Irish
Republican Army claimed responsibility for a bomb that exploded in a
London rail station, killing a commuter.
1992 Feb 18, Republican Pres.
George H.W. Bush won the New Hampshire primary over Pat Buchanon,
58.6 to 41.4%. Democrat Paul Tsongas won over Bill Clinton, Bob
Kerrey, Tom Harkin and Jerry Brown 38 to 28.3 to 12.7 to 11.6 to
(SFEM,11/2/97, p.12)(AP, 2/18/02)(SSFC, 1/25/04,
1992 Feb 18, John Frohnmayer
announced his resignation as US chairman of the National Endowment
for the Arts.
1993 Feb 18, President Clinton
hosted a campaign-style rally at St. Louis' Union Station to enlist
citizen support for his economic plan.
1994 Feb 18, President Clinton
notified Congress he was prepared to order bombing by U.S. warplanes
1994 Feb 18, At the Winter
Olympic Games in Norway, speedskater Dan Jansen finally won a gold
medal, breaking the world record in the 1,000 meters.
1995 Feb 18, The National
Association for the Advancement of Colored People replaced veteran
chairman William Gibson with Myrlie Evers-Williams, the widow of
slain civil rights leader Medgar Evers, after the rank-and-file
declared no confidence in Gibson's leadership.
1996 Feb 18, A member of the
Irish Republican Army blew himself up and wounded nine other people
when the briefcase bomb he was carrying detonated accidentally on a
double-decker bus in London’s West End. It was the third IRA bombing
in 10 days.
(WSJ, 2/20/96, p.A-1)(AP, 2/18/01)
1997 Feb 18, Bill Richardson
began work as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.
1997 Feb 18, Astronauts on the
space shuttle Discovery completed their tune-up of the Hubble Space
Telescope after 33 hours of spacewalking; the Hubble was then
released using the shuttle's crane.
1997 Feb 18, It was reported
that scientists found evidence that upheld the theory of an asteroid
hitting the Earth 65 million years ago in seabed drill sediments 300
miles off the coast of northern Florida.
(SFC, 2/18/97, p.A3)
1997 Feb 18, In Algeria Islamic
militants shot, hacked or burned to death 33 people in Blida, south
of Algiers. Meanwhile the government passed a law that banned
political parties based on religion, language and regionalism.
(SFC, 2/19/97, p.A10)
1997 Feb 18, In France it was
reported that the National Front was the fastest growing political
party in the country and was led by Bruno Megret (47), a former
student at UC Berkeley. The party championed a national preference
program where jobs, public housing and university slots would be
reserved for the ethnic French majority.
(SFC, 2/18/97, p.A1)
1997 Feb 18, In Mexico General
Jesus Guitterez Rebollo was dismissed from the armed forces and held
for charges of collaborating with Amado Carillo Fuentes, leader of
the most powerful Mexican drug cartel. He was the head of the
National Institute for Combating Drugs (INCD), which became defunct.
(SFC, 2/19/96, p.A1)(SFC, 7/28/97, p.A11)
1997 Feb 18, In Peru at least
33 people were killed and a hundred were missing after an Andean
mountain collapsed and buried the villages of Choch and Pumaranra
near Abancay. Total killed reached 250-300. Only 50 bodies were
(SFC, 2/19/97, p.A11)(SFC, 2/25/97, p.a14)
1997 Feb 18, The UN endorsed a
5-point peace plan for Zaire.
(SFC, 2/19/97, p.A10)
1988 Feb 18, The American
hockey team in Nagano lost to the Czechs. Members of the team that
night trashed their quarters in the Olympic Village, drained a fire
extinguisher and tossed it out their 5th story window.
(SFC, 2/20/98, p.A1,16)
1998 Feb 18, President
Clinton's foreign policy team encountered jeers during a town
meeting at Ohio State University while trying to defend the
administration's threat to bomb Iraq into compliance with UN weapons
1998 Feb 18, A military
helicopter crashed in central California during a training mission
and 4 people were killed.
(SFC, 2/19/98, p.A22)
1998 Feb 18, Harry Caray,
baseball broadcaster for the Chicago Cubs and other teams, died at
age 77. Sportscaster Harry Caray died in Rancho Mirage, Calif., at
(WSJ, 2/19/98, p.A1)(AP, 2/18/99)
1999 Feb 18, The Clinton
administration warned Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic to choose
peace with ethnic Albanians in Kosovo, or face a devastating
1999 Feb 18, Transamerica was
bought by Aegon NV of the Netherlands in a deal valued at $9.7
billion. The assessed value of the Transamerica Pyramid in SF was
set at $190 million.
(SFC, 2/19/99, p.A1)(SFC, 5/29/04, p.C2)
1999 Feb 18, Scientists
reported a way to slow down the speed of light by a factor of 20
million using a cluster of "Bose-Einstein" atoms chilled to 50
billionths of a degree above absolute zero.
(SFC, 2/18/99, p.A7)
1999 Feb 18, In Chile Lee Pope
of California and 27 demonstrators against the Ralco Dam project on
the Bio Bio River were arrested.
(SFEC, 3/14/99, p.A3)
1999 Feb 18, Israeli troops
seized the southern Lebanon village of Arnoun to prevent guerrilla
attacks from the Crusader Castle of Beaufort.
(WSJ, 2/19/99, p.A1)
2000 Feb 18, Mariano Faget
(54), a 34-year US immigration officer in Miami, was reported to be
a Cuban spy. Faget was found guilty of disclosing government secrets
(SFC, 2/19/00, p.A3)(SFC, 5/31/00, p.A3)
2000 Feb 18, In Florida Sholam
Weiss (b.1954) was sentenced in absentia to 845 years in prison for
causing the 1994 collapse of the National Heritage Life Insurance
Co. He was eventually apprehended by Austrian authorities in the
Fall of 2000.
(SFC, 3/25/10, p.A6)(http://tinyurl.com/ykab9qe)
2000 Feb 18, Ford Motor Co.
agreed to pay $3.8 million in a settlement with the Labor Dept. over
charges of discrimination in hiring against women and minorities at
(SFC, 2/19/00, p.A3)
2000 Feb 18, Announcer Bob Hite
Sr. (86), whose rich voice introduced "The Lone Ranger" on radio,
died in West Palm Beach, Fla.
2000 Feb 18, In Colombia at
least 9 villagers were killed over 3 days near Ovejas by suspected
(SFC, 2/19/00, p.A10)
2000 Feb 18-19, At El Salado,
Colombia, over 300 right-wing paramilitary executed at least 36
people whom they accused of collaborating with leftist guerrillas.
Nearby military and police made no effort to stop the slaughter.
(SFC, 7/15/00, p.A12,14)
2000 Feb 18, In Chechnya rebels
shot down a Russian helicopter and 15 men were killed.
(SFEC, 2/20/00, p.A32)
2000 Feb 18, Iranians voted in
an election that gave reformers a majority in the parliament, long a
bastion of hard-liners. Voters elected reform candidates to about
72% of the 290-member Majlis (parliament).
(SFEC, 2/20/00, p.A24)(WSJ, 2/22/00, p.A1)(AP,
2000 Feb 18, In Kashmir a land
mine killed 10 police officers in Tral. Another 6 were seriously
wounded. Militants for independence or union with Pakistan claimed
(SFC, 2/19/00, p.C1)
2000 Feb 18, In South Africa
the telephone company, Telkom, announced that it would buy and
distribute 5 million condoms to its employees in an effort to fight
AIDS which had infected some 13% of the adult population.
(SFC, 2/19/00, p.A12)
2001 Feb 18, Robert Philip
Hanssen (56), senior FBI agent, was arrested for spying. He had
allegedly passed information to the Russians for 15 years. It was
believed that he had betrayed the construction of a tunnel under the
Soviet Embassy in Washington. He pleaded guilty July 3 to avoid
execution. His disclosures were later reported to have played a role
in the execution or jailing of at least 3 Russians and threatened
the identity of another 50 people. In 2002 David A. Wise authored:
"The Bureau and the Mole." Hanssen was sentenced to life in prison
on May 10, 2002.
(SFC, 2/21/01, p.A1)(SSFC, 3/4/01, p.A6)(SFC,
7/4/01, p.A3)(WSJ, 1/8/02, p.A16)(AP, 2/18/02)(SSFC, 4/7/02,
p.A14)(SFC, 5/11/02, p.A3)
2001 Feb 18, Balthus (b.1908),
painter aka Count Balthazar Klossowski de Rola, died at age 92 in
Switzerland. In 2002 His memoir "Vanished Splendors," as told by
Alain Vircondolet, was published.
(SFC, 2/21/01, p.A18)(AP, 2/18/02)(SSFC, 1/12/03,
2001 Feb 18, Broadcaster Roger
Caras (72) died.
2001 Feb 18, In Florida Dale
Earnhardt (b.1951), race car driver, was killed on his final turn at
the NASCAR Daytona 500. Later this year Joe Menzer authored "The
Wildest Ride," a history of NASCAR racing.
(SFC, 2/19/01, p.A1)(WSJ, 7/9/01, p.A26)(NW,
2001 Feb 18, Frank B. Gilbreth
Jr. (89) co-author of "Cheaper by the Dozen" died.
2001 Feb 18, Eddie Mathews
(69), baseball Hall of Famer, died.
2001 Feb 18, In Brazil some
15,000 convicts held uprisings in 29 prisons that left 16 people
dead. It was coordinated by Idemir Carlos Ambrosio, leader of the
PCC prison-based gang. Ambrosio was killed in prison in July.
(SFC, 2/19/01, p.A9)(SFC, 5/16/06, p.A7)
2001 Feb 18, In Chechnya rebels
blew a Russian troop train of its tracks and 3 people were killed.
(WSJ, 2/21/01, p.A1)
2001 Feb 18, In Indonesia
gunmen shot journalist Oz Rusli Radja and human rights worker
Khairuddin to death in Aceh.
(SFC, 2/20/01, p.A10)
2001 Feb 18, Fresh clashes in
Borneo and separatist violence in Aceh erupted. Fighting between the
Dayaks and immigrants left over 100 people killed.
(WSJ, 2/21/01, p.A1)(WSJ, 2/22/00, p.A1)
2001 Feb 18, The Iraqi press
referred to Pres. Bush as "son of the snake" and "the new dwarf"
following the Feb. 16 bombing attacks.
(SFC, 2/19/01, p.A9)
2001 Feb 18, In Serbia a
suspected mine ripped a police van and 3 Serbian officers were
killed just outside Kosovo.
(SFC, 2/19/01, p.A10)
2002 Feb 18, Addressing Japan's
national legislature, President George Bush said the country's
recession-ravaged economy was "on the path to reform," and he urged
the Diet to help curb the spread of terrorism in the region.
2002 Feb 18, The EU ordered
home from Zimbabwe its 30-member observer team and voted to impose
sanctions, which included cutting off $110 million in aid, a ban on
travel to the EU by Mugabe and 20 Cabinet members and freezing of
(SFC, 2/19/02, p.A8)
2002 Feb 18, France's Marina
Anissina and Gwendal Peizerat narrowly won the Olympic ice dancing
2002 Feb 18, A Palestinian
militant ambushed a settler’s convoy, shot 3 people dead and blew
himself up. A car bombing outside Jerusalem killed an Israeli
policeman along with the bomber. 2 Palestinian gunmen attacked a
settlement in the Gaza Strip and one was killed.
(SFC, 2/19/02, p.A6)
2003 Feb 18, Declaring that
America's security should not be dictated by protesters, President
Bush said he would not be swayed from compelling Iraqi President
Saddam Hussein to disarm.
2003 Feb 18, Johnny
Paycheck (64), American country singer, died in Nashville, Tenn. In
1977 he had a big hit with the David Allan Coe song "Take This Job
and Shove It."
(SFC, 2/20/03, A18)(AP, 2/18/04)
2003 Feb 18, The
Bolivian Cabinet resigned after violent street protests left 29 dead
and the government of Pres. de Lozada near collapse.
2003 Feb 18, In Colombia
heavy fighting left at least 29 leftist rebels and right-wing
(WSJ, 2/19/03, p.A1)
2003 Feb 18, In India a
bus carrying a wedding party fell into a gorge, killing 23 people
and injuring 31 others in the mountainous northern state of
2003 Feb 18, At least 40
Israeli tanks headed for Gaza City, accompanied by bulldozers and
2003 Feb 18, In Daegu,
South Korea, a fire raged through two packed subway trains after a
man lit a container of flammable liquid and tossed it, killing 196
people and injuring 145. In August the perpetrator was sentenced to
life in prison.
(SFC, 2/19/03, A1)(WSJ, 2/19/03, p.A1)(AP,
2/27/03)(WSJ, 8/7/03, p.A1)
2003 Feb 18, Saudi
Arabia said it has referred 90 Saudis to trial for alleged al Qaeda
links. Another 250 were reported under investigation.
(SFC, 2/19/03, A10)
2003 Feb 18, Syria said
it would pull 4,000 of 20,000 troops out of Lebanon.
(WSJ, 2/19/03, p.A1)
2003 Feb 18, Turkey
asked the US to nearly double its multibillion dollar aid package as
a condition for allowing U.S. troops on its soil in a war against
2003 Feb 18, In
Venezuela police reported that the bodies of 3 soldiers, who had
called for "civic disobedience" against President Hugo Chavez's
government, had been found with their hands tied and faces wrapped
2004 Feb 18, The US federal
debt passed the $7 trillion mark.
(WSJ, 2/19/04, p.A1)
2004 Feb 18, President Bush
praised social progress in Tunisia and welcomed its leader, Zine El
Abidine Ben Ali, as a partner in the fight against terrorism while
also urging political reforms in the moderate Muslim nation in North
2004 Feb 18, The race for the
Democratic nomination narrowed to a two-man contest between
front-runner John Kerry and plucky rival John Edwards after Howard
Dean ended his bid before the campaign spread to the 10 crucial
"Super Tuesday" states.
2004 Feb 18, Scientists
reported that X-rays form galaxy RX J1242-11 indicated a black hole
tearing apart a star and gobbling up a share of its gaseous mass.
(SFC, 2/19/04, p.A9)
2004 Feb 18, In Neyshabur,
northeastern Iran, a 51-car train, carrying fuel, fertilizer and
industrial chemicals, derailed and exploded. It rolled out of a
switchyard and eventually reach a speed of more than 90 mph before
it derailed, caught fire and exploded. The explosions destroyed five
villages killing at least 200 people and injuring hundreds more.
(AP, 2/19/04)(AP, 4/23/04)
2004 Feb 18, In Iraq 2 trucks
packed with explosives blew up outside Hilla, Polish-run base south
of Baghdad, after coalition forces opened fire on the suicide
bombers racing toward them. 11 Iraqi civilians were killed and at
least 64 people were wounded.
(AP, 2/18/04)(SFC, 2/19/04, p.A14)
2004 Feb 18, Ireland's
government announced plans to ban smoking in all enclosed workplaces
as of March 29.
(SFC, 2/19/04, p.A3)
2004 Feb 18, The armed Basque
separatist group ETA unilaterally declared a cease-fire for the
northeastern region of Catalonia, but the move was immediately
criticized by Spain's prime minister and politicians who refuse to
negotiate with the militant group.
2004 Feb 18, The UN said it
would redeploy 4,000 of its forces to Congo's volatile northeast,
where peacekeepers have come under fire from rival ethnic militias
fighting for control of mineral riches.
2004 Feb 18, In northern Uganda
government soldiers backed by helicopter gunships attacked a group
of rebels in a remote village, killing 36 insurgents.
2005 Feb 18, President Bush
declared American Samoa a major disaster area following Hurricane
Olaf, which wiped out nearly all homes in at least one village in
the Manua Islands.
2005 Feb 18, Pres. George W.
Bush signed the US Class Action Fairness Act. It expanded federal
jurisdiction over many large class-action lawsuits and mass actions
taken in the United States.
2005 Feb 18, The US envoy
Christopher Hill said the US and China agreed that North Korea must
end its nuclear ambitions and resolve the standoff through
2005 Feb 18, An advisory panel
said Merck & Co. Inc.'s withdrawn arthritis drug Vioxx is safe
enough to rejoin Pfizer's rival pain relievers Celebrex and Bextra
on the U.S. market, after concluding that all three medicines posed
some level of heart risk.
2005 Feb 18, Uli Derickson, the
flight attendant who helped save passengers during the 1985 TWA
hijacking, died in Tucson, Ariz., at age 60.
2005 Feb 18, Britain faced the
threat of mass strikes in the public sector ahead of an upcoming
election as teachers, nurses and civil servants protested against a
plan to raise their retirement age and cut pensions.
2005 Feb 18, A British ban on
hunting with dogs became effective.
2005 Feb 18, Colombia’s army
chief said troops had killed between 70 and 80 Marxist guerrillas
over the past 3 weeks in a region where the rebels operate cocaine
2005 Feb 18, The World Health
Organization (WHO) said an outbreak of plague in northeastern
Democratic Republic of Congo has killed 61 diamond miners and
infected hundreds more.
2005 Feb 18, Indonesia welcomed
efforts by the US to restore full military training ties with
Jakarta, saying the time was ripe to resume links that were
downgraded 13 years ago.
2005 Feb 18, Explosions ripped
through Baghdad, killing about 3 dozen people and injuring dozens on
the eve of Ashura, Shiite Islam's most important holiday.
(AP, 2/18/05)(SFC, 2/19/05, p.A1)
2005 Feb 18, Israel let 16 of
about 55 Palestinians expelled from the West Bank return home, and
it has concluded that demolishing the homes of Palestinian suicide
bombers and gunmen does not deter attackers and should be stopped.
2005 Feb 18, The Lebanese
opposition stepped up its campaign against the pro-Syrian
government, calling for a peaceful uprising to force the resignation
of Prime Minister Omar Karami and the withdrawal of Syrian troops.
2005 Feb 18, Libya refused to
extend the deadline of the Lockerbie compensation deal in a possible
bid to pressure Washington to drop it from the U.S. list of state
sponsors of terrorism.
2005 Feb 18, The royal
government plunged Nepal into a communications blackout, the
country's annual celebration of democracy, cutting phone service to
thwart opposition activists trying to organize nationwide protests.
2005 Feb 18, Pakistan deployed
specially trained anti-Al-Qaeda commandos to guard against sectarian
violence as two Sunni militants planning to attack parades by rival
Shiites blew themselves up.
2005 Feb 18, Russian Pres.
Vladimir Putin said that Moscow will continue its nuclear
cooperation with Iran and that he is convinced Tehran does not
intend to develop atomic weapons.
2005 Feb 18, The government of
South Africa said the number of deaths increased by 57 percent in
the five years ending in 2003, with AIDS and related illnesses among
the leading causes in adults. The rate is far lower than that
reported by world health groups.
2006 Feb 18, Eight workers at a
meat processing plant in Nebraska won a record $365 million
2006 Feb 18, Character actor
Richard Bright ("The Godfather") was struck and killed by a bus in
New York; he was 68.
2006 Feb 18, In the US
thousands of people remained without power after a winter storm
packing wind gusts of up to 77 mph rolled across the Northeast,
downing trees and power lines. Four people were killed.
2006 Feb 18, In Brazil a
coalition of American churches sharply denounced the US-led war in
Iraq, accusing Washington of "raining down terror" and apologizing
to other nations for "the violence, degradation and poverty our
nation has sown." Christian leaders explored the question: Should
churches use their investment portfolios to protest Israeli policies
2006 Feb 18, More than 10,000
angry people protested in central London against the Prophet
Muhammad cartoons that have infuriated many in the Muslim world.
2006 Feb 18, The Democratic
Republic of Congo adopted a new constitution aimed at bringing an
end to decades of dictatorship, war and chaos in the vast country,
and paving the way for elections by mid-2006.
2006 Feb 18, India confirmed
the H5N1 bird flu virus in chickens. Iran confirmed the virus in
wild swans. Indonesia confirmed its 19th death from the virus.
Germany France and Austria reported more dead birds. Nigeria claimed
to be bringing the virus under control.
2006 Feb 18, India and Pakistan
restored train service along a line that was severed during their
war 40 years ago, establishing a second rail link between the two
South Asian rivals.
2006 Feb 18, A spate of
roadside bombings in Baghdad and north of the capital killed a US
soldier and at least 11 Iraqis.
2006 Feb 18, A German plane
from Azerbaijan went missing in northern Iraq. 5 Germans and an
Iraqi on board were found dead the next day.
2006 Feb 18, Italy's Reforms
Minister Roberto Calderoli resigned following deadly clashes in
Libya over cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad that he had made into
T-shirts and wore on state television.
2006 Feb 18, In Italy Kjetil
Andre Aamodt of Norway outwaited the weather and outran the field to
successfully defend the men's super-G title for his record eighth
Olympic Alpine medal. American Shani Davis won the men's 1,000-meter
speedskating in Turin, becoming the first black athlete to win an
individual gold medal in Winter Olympic history.
(AP, 2/18/06)(AP, 2/18/07)
2006 Feb 18, Conservation
officials said a searing drought in Kenya and neighboring Tanzania
has killed dozens of hippopotamuses and other wild animals, and
disrupted the annual migration of wildebeests and zebras between the
two East African nations.
2006 Feb 18, Libya suspended
Nasr al-Mabrouk, its interior minister, citing an "excessive use of
force" in riots the day before that left at least 10 people dead in
the bloodiest protest yet against the Prophet Muhammad cartoons
roiling the Muslim world.
2006 Feb 18, Nepal's communist
insurgents called for an indefinite nationwide strike to begin Apr 3
as the country's major political parties prepared for a weekend
protest amid growing anger at the king's autocratic rule.
2006 Feb 18, In Nigeria armed
militants carried out a wave of attacks across the troubled Niger
delta, blowing up oil and gas pipelines and seizing nine foreign oil
workers: 3 Americans, a Briton, 2 Egyptians, 2 Thais and one
Filipino. Royal Dutch Shell suspended exports from the 380,000
barrel-a-day Forcados terminal after militants bombed the tanker
2006 Feb 18, Nigerian Muslims
protesting caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad attacked Christians
and burned churches, killing at least 15 people in the deadliest
confrontation yet in the whirlwind of Muslim anger over the
2006 Feb 18, In southwestern
Pakistan insurgents blew up four gas pipelines and two people were
injured in landmine explosions in Baluchistan province.
2006 Feb 18, Palestinian leader
Mahmoud Abbas asked Hamas to form the next Palestinian government,
but demanded that the Islamic militant group recognize existing
peace deals and fall in line with his moderate policies, including
negotiations with Israel.
2006 Feb 18, Hamas legislator
Abdel Aziz Duaik, a geography professor from the West Bank, was
elected speaker of the new Palestinian parliament.
2006 Feb 18, On the southern
Philippine island of Jolo, janitor for US troops was killed and 13
people wounded in an explosion near an army base. Abu Sayyaf was
2006 Feb 18, The WHO said a
cholera outbreak in south Sudan has claimed 52 lives with more than
2,000 cases of the deadly disease.
2007 Feb 18, The United States
sent eight more US F-22 stealth fighter planes to the southern
Japanese island of Okinawa in their first full deployment overseas.
2007 Feb 18, Scientists at a
symposium on the neurobiology of chocolate reported that flavanols,
a chemical found in cocoa beans, could be good for memory. They
noted that chocolate usually looses its flavanols during processing.
(SFC, 2/19/07, p.A1)
2007 Feb 18, A US military
helicopter crashed in southeastern Afghanistan after its pilot
reported engine failure, killing eight American troops and wounding
14. A roadside bomb killed four officers involved in opium poppy
eradication in Farah province. In western Ghor province a clash
between poppy farmers and police involved in eradication left one
civilian dead and two wounded.
(AP, 2/18/07)(AP, 2/19/07)
2007 Feb 18, Albanians went to
the polls in municipal elections. Allegations of vote-rigging flared
within a few hours of polls opening, as the opposition accused PM
Sali Berisha's Democratic Party of releasing false identity
documents to allow some supporters to vote repeatedly. In Tirana
Interior Minister Sokol Olldashi (34) faced Socialist Party leader
and city mayor, Edi Rama (42).
2007 Feb 18, A Bangladesh
anti-graft body named 50 people for having wealth that did not match
their income. 30 arrests soon included 11 former ministers,
lawmakers and businessmen with party links.
2007 Feb 18, British PM Tony
Blair announced plans to overhaul gun laws after three teenage boys
were shot dead in south London this month, prompting a national
debate about guns and gangs among youths.
2007 Feb 18, The Chinese
flocked to temples, parks and Disneyland to pray, play, eat, and
celebrate the first day of the Lunar New Year, ushering in the Year
of the Pig. The celebrations extended to March 4.
(AP, 2/18/07)(WSJ, 3/3/07, p.A1)
2007 Feb 18, Egyptian
authorities arrested Mohammed Sayed Saber (35), an Egyptian engineer
from the country's nuclear energy agency, for spying for Israel, but
the arrest was not announced until April 17.
2007 Feb 18, Fierce inter-clan
fighting killed at least 43 people in Ethiopia's southeastern Ogaden
region, inhabited mainly by ethnic Somalis.
2007 Feb 18, India’s federal
minister for women and child development said the government plans
to open centers where people can abandon unwanted daughters in a bid
to tackle the abortion of female fetuses and infanticide.
2007 Feb 18 In northern India 2
bombs exploded on a train headed from India to Pakistan, sparking a
fire that swept through two coaches and killed at least 68 people.
Most of the dead were Pakistani. Officials said the attack was aimed
at undermining the peace process between the rivals.
(AP, 2/19/07)(Econ, 2/24/07, p.47)
2007 Feb 18, Twin landslides
hit Indonesia's Java island, killing at least 12 people after they
were buried under mounds of earth.
2007 Feb 18, Israel and the US
agreed ahead of a three-way meeting with the Palestinians to shun
any new Palestinian government that does not renounce violence,
recognize Israel and accept existing peace agreements.
2007 Feb 18, Japanese
researchers said they had grown normal-looking teeth from single
cells in lab dishes, and transplanted them into mice.
2007 Feb 18, Officials said the
Mexican government will expand its anti-drug raids to two states
across the border from Texas, deploying more than 3,000 soldiers,
sailors and federal police.
2007 Feb 18, In Nigeria gunmen
seized three Croatian workers. The men were abducted in the region's
main city of Port Harcourt.
2007 Feb 18, In the southern
Philippines an unidentified gunman fatally shot Hernani Pastolero
(64), the editor of a weekly newspaper in front of his home in the
village of Bulalo.
2007 Feb 18, In St. Petersburg,
Russia, an explosion hit a McDonald's restaurant in the city center,
injuring at least six people.
2007 Feb 18, In Thailand 29
bombings and 20 other attacks rocked the country's four southernmost
provinces. Most of the attacks took place in a span of 45 minutes.
2007 Feb 18, A bus and a truck
carrying goods collided head-on in Uganda, killing 7 people and
injuring 20. Police said 2,000 Ugandans die in road accidents on
average each year.
2007 Feb 18, Zimbabwe riot
police crushed an opposition rally amid government fears of a new
street campaign against President Robert Mugabe. Morgan Tsvangirai
cancelled a planned mass rally in Harare after police blocked
supporters from attending the gathering in defiance of a court
(AFP, 2/18/07)(Reuters, 2/19/07)
2008 Feb 18, President Bush
handed out hugs and bed nets in Tanzania's rural north, saying the
US is part of a new international effort to provide enough mosquito
netting to protect every child between one and five from contracting
malaria in this east African nation.
2008 Feb 18, President Bush
hailed Kosovo's bold and historic bid for statehood, saying "The
Kosovars are now independent."
2008 Feb 18, Platinum hit a
record high for the 13th successive day on lingering power supply
shortages which have disrupted mining in main producer South Africa.
2008 Feb 18, In Afghanistan a
suicide car bomber targeting a Canadian military convoy killed 37
civilians at a busy market in Spin Boldak in southern Kandahar
province. Afghan and NATO-led troops killed two regional Taliban
commanders in southern Afghanistan
(AP, 2/18/08)(AP, 2/21/08)
2008 Feb 18, The British
government introduced emergency legislation to temporarily
nationalize Northern Rock PLC. British PM Gordon Brown, detailing
nationalization plans, said the stricken mortgage lender will remain
nationalized until adverse market conditions change.
2008 Feb 18, In Colombia a
cashiered army lieutenant colonel and 14 soldiers were convicted of
murdering 10 elite counternarcotics police agents in an ambush that
showed how deeply drug corruption threatens Colombia's security
2008 Feb 18, Egyptian security
sources said police have rounded up some 500 Palestinians in north
Sinai in the past four days and plan to deport them back into Gaza
2008 Feb 18, Ethiopia’s
state-media reported that 309 police officers, suspected of links
with separatists rebels, have been arrested in the Ogaden region as
part of a government crackdown.
2008 Feb 18, More than 1,000
police raided housing projects outside Paris, detaining over 30
people in a bid to find rioters who led an outburst of violence last
2008 Feb 18, Alain
Robbe-Grillet (85), avant-garde French author, died. He dispensed
with conventional storytelling as a pioneer of the postwar "new
2008 Feb 18, At least 13 Maoist
rebels and six paramilitary soldiers were killed in renewed fighting
in eastern India, days after carefully coordinated rebel attacks
killed 13 police and two civilians.
2008 Feb 18, In Goa, India, the
bruised body of Scarlette Keeling (15), a British citizen, was found
on a beach with her clothes partially removed. Some of her injuries
indicated sexual assault. In March 3 men were detained in connection
with her murder. On March 13 police confirmed murder charges against
local barman Samson D'Souza (29) and Placido Carvalho, an alleged
drugs dealer working the beaches of the former Portuguese colony.
(AP, 3/9/08)(AFP, 3/13/08)
2008 Feb 18, Italian police
captured Pasquale Condello (57), the top boss of a powerful
organized crime syndicate. The Condello crime clan was one of the
most ferocious 'ndrangheta families and Condello had received
several life prison terms for four murders and other crimes.
2008 Feb 18, Kosovo's leaders
sent letters to 192 countries seeking formal recognition of
independence, and suspense gripped the province as its citizens
awaited key backing from the US and key European powers.
2008 Feb 18, Pakistanis voted
for a new parliament in elections shadowed by fears of violence and
questions about the political survival of President Pervez
Musharraf. 56% of the votes cast in Baluchistan province were fake.
(AP, 2/18/08)(SSFC, 9/25/11, p.A4)
2008 Feb 18, Callixte
Nzabonimana (55), Rwanda’s former youth and sport minister, was
arrested in the town of Kigoma, Tanzania. He faced trial for
participating in the 1994 genocide. The trial of Nzabonimana,
described by prosecutors as "the Butcher of Gitarama," began at the
International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) in Tanzania on Nov
(Reuters, 2/19/08)(AFP, 11/9/09)
2008 Feb 18, Sri Lankan
soldiers captured a line of strategic rebel bunkers after a battle
that killed 10 rebels and one soldier.
2009 Feb 18, President Barack
Obama unveiled the next step in his multi-pronged efforts to lift
the United States out of recession, pledging up to $275 billion to
help stem a wave of home foreclosures that sparked the US financial
meltdown. Obama advisors said he has settled on Kansas Gov. Kathleen
Sebelius as top choice for secretary of health and human services.
(Reuters, 2/18/09)(SFC, 2/19/09, p.A4)
2009 Feb 18, Fifty-one
Democrats and 2 Republicans, sent a letter to President Barack Obama
urging him to enforce a ban on importing assault weapons, saying
many such guns are later smuggled south to arm Mexico's ruthless
drug cartels. The ban was implemented under the administrations of
Pres. George H.W. Bush and Pres. Bill Clinton, and the US government
can enforce it under provisions of the 1968 Gun Control Act. But the
US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) has
quietly abandoned the ban in recent years.
(AP, 2/18/09)(AP, 2/24/09)
2009 Feb 18, A Florida jury
ordered Philip Morris to pay $8 million in damages to Elaine Hess,
the widow of a smoker who died of lung cancer.
(SFC, 2/19/09, p.A2)
2009 Feb 18, Al Qaeda's
Algeria-based branch (AQMI) claimed it is holding two missing
Canadian diplomats hostage and 4 tourists. UN envoy Robert Fowler
and his aide Louis Guay, went missing in the West African country of
Niger last month.
2009 Feb 18, In Antigua panicky
depositors were turned away from Stanford International Bank and
some of its Latin American affiliates, unable to withdraw their
money after US regulators accused Texas financier R. Allen Stanford
of perpetrating an $8 billion fraud against his companies'
2009 Feb 18, A British judge
discharged the jury in the trial of a group of British Muslims
accused of plotting to blow up trans-Atlantic passenger jets in
mid-air, citing legal reasons. Britain’s high court ruled that Abu
Qatada, an extremist Muslim preacher, can be deported to
Jordan despite fears he could face torture there.
(AP, 2/18/09)(SFC, 2/19/09, p.A2)
2009 Feb 18, A Chinese state
news agency said AIDS was the top killer among infectious diseases
in China for the first time last year, with 6,897 people dying in
the nine months through September.
2009 Feb 18, In Ecuador US
diplomat Mark Sullivan was declared a “persona non grata" and told
to leave. Pres. Correa later said Sullivan had directed CIA
operations in Ecuador.
(SFC, 2/23/09, p.A2)
2009 Feb 18, A leading Egyptian
dissident, Ayman Nour (44), who was jailed after challenging the
country's longtime president in the 2005 elections, was unexpectedly
freed after years of pressure from the United States.
2009 Feb 18, Georgia and Russia
agreed to let monitors visit anywhere they want in Georgia and its 2
(WSJ, 2/19/09, p.A1)
2009 Feb 18, Greek police
destroyed a powerful car bomb left outside the offices of Citibank
in a northern Athens suburb in an escalation of left-wing militant
2009 Feb 18, In Guadeloupe
rioters manning barricades fatally shot Jacques Bino, tax agent and
union member, in a housing project in Pointe-a-Pitre, as he returned
home from protests. This was the first death in unrest that has
convulsed France's Caribbean islands for weeks.
2009 Feb 18, Iran’s Deputy
Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi said in published remarks that Iran
has built an unmanned surveillance aircraft with a range of more
than 600 miles, enough to reach Israel. Iran announced two years ago
that it had built an unmanned aircraft, but Vahidi's comments were
the first by a top official revealing its range.
2009 Feb 18, In Iraq a roadside
bomb targeting a police patrol in the northern city of Mosul killed
one policeman. In Baghdad gunmen killed a local official from the
Sunni Iraqi Islamic Party.
2009 Feb 18, Israel set a
series of tough conditions for accepting a proposed cease-fire with
Hamas, saying there would be no deal, and no open borders for Gaza,
until the Islamic militant group releases a captured Israeli
soldier. Israeli planes attacked smuggling tunnels around the
Gaza-Egypt border and a disused Hamas security base near the town of
2009 Feb 18, Japanese PM Taro
Aso met Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on an island near disputed
resource-rich maritime territory, hoping to make progress toward
resolving a dispute lingering since World war II.
2009 Feb 18, In Morocco
Abdelkader Belliraj (50) was arrested together with a number of
other people, allegedly in possession of a large arsenal of
firearms. The Belgian-Moroccan national was suspected of
spearheading a presumed 35-member terrorist ring.
2009 Feb 18, In Nigeria gunmen
in a midnight raid attacked a compound housing ExxonMobil staff in
the Niger Delta but were repulsed after a fierce battle with
2009 Feb 18, In Pakistan a
pro-Taliban cleric vowed to restore calm to the troubled Swat
valley, leading thousands of men in a march for peace after securing
a controversial deal to enforce sharia law. Gunmen killed a
television reporter hours after he covered the peace march in the
(AFP, 2/18/09)(AP, 2/18/09)
2009 Feb 18, Polish police said
they have detained 78 people, including a priest and a doctor,
suspected of possessing child pornography and spreading it on the
2009 Feb 18, In Sri Lanka
government artillery attacks and air raids inside the northern war
zone killed at least 38 civilians and wounded 140 others.
2009 Feb 18, Sudanese forces
bombed rebel positions in Darfur, with the ink barely dry on a deal
between Khartoum and the strongest rebel group that was hailed as a
turning point in efforts to end the six-year conflict. The next day
the Sudanese army said that it was an allied armed group that fought
Darfur rebels the previous day, not government troops.
(AP, 2/18/09)(AFP, 2/19/09)
2009 Feb 18, Taiwan’s central
bank cut interest rates to a record low as a government statistician
predicted that its economy will shrink for five consecutive
(WSJ, 2/19/09, p.A1)
2009 Feb 18, Zimbabwe’s the new
finance minister announced that Zimbabwe has begun paying government
workers in US dollars and will allow more trade in foreign currency
in the first act by a unity government that gave the opposition
control of much of the devastated economy. A court ordered
ministerial nominee Roy Bennett to be kept in custody until March 4,
on the grounds there was "reasonable suspicion" against him in a
2010 Feb 18, President Barack
Obama met the Dalai Lama at the White House, brushing aside China's
warning that talks with the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader could
further damage strained Sino-US ties.
2010 Feb 18, Pres. Obama
created a bipartisan debt-reduction commission.
(SFC, 2/19/10, p.A6)
2010 Feb 18, The Obama
administration ratcheted up pressure on health insurers, saying some
planned double-digit rate hikes while making billions in profits and
paying executives multimillion-dollar salaries.
2010 Feb 18, An absent-minded
attendee at the Republican National Committee (RNC) confab in Boca
Grande, Florida, left a 72-page document from its 2010 strategizing
session in a hotel room. The memo tracks the fundraising
presentation that RNC Finance Director Rob Bickhart delivered to the
RNC's $2,500-a-head annual retreat and revealed a GOP plan to use
scare tactics to raise money. This became public on March 4.
2010 Feb 18, US researchers
unveiled a vehicle that earns money for its driver instead of
guzzling it up in gasoline and maintenance costs. The presentation
of the box-like, unassuming looking Scion was the researchers' way
of introducing the "vehicle-to-grid" (V2G) concept as it begins to
gain momentum in the United States and around the world.
2010 Feb 18, In Texas Joe Stack
(b.1956), a software engineer, committed suicide by slamming his
single-engine Piper PA-28 into an Austin office building that houses
the IRS. One person was missing and 13 were injured. Stack felt the
federal government, especially its tax code, had robbed him of his
savings and destroyed his career while allowing corrupt executives
to walk away with millions.
(AP, 2/19/10)(SFC, 2/19/10, p.A6)
2010 Feb 18, It was reported
that a new type of computer virus is known to have breached almost
75,000 computers in 2,500 organizations around the world. The virus,
known as "Kneber botnet," gathers login credentials to online
financial systems, social networking sites and email systems from
infested computers and reports the information back to hackers.
2010 Feb 18, Microsoft won
unconditional European Union approval for its planned search deal
with Yahoo Inc to challenge market leader Google.
2010 Feb 18, The Afghan
Interior Ministry said a NATO airstrike aimed at insurgents missed
its target, killing 7 policemen in northern Kunduz province. Another
Afghan official said Pakistan has captured two "shadow governors"
belonging to Afghanistan's Taliban movement. The Afghan governor for
Kunduz said Mullah Abdul Salam and Mullah Mir Mohammad, respectively
the shadow governors of the northern Afghan provinces of Kunduz and
Baghlan happened in Pakistan's Baluchistan province and were
captured about a week ago. 9 militants linked to al-Qaida were
nabbed overnight near Karachi. Six coalition troops were killed in
the assault on Marjah, making it the deadliest day since the
offensive began. The death toll so far is 11 NATO troops and one
(AP, 2/18/10)(AP, 2/19/10)
2010 Feb 18, London police
released Ray Gosling, a veteran British TV reporter, on bail after
he was arrested and questioned about claims he made on the air that
he killed his lover who was dying of AIDS.
2010 Feb 18, Speed skater
Christine Nesbitt of Canada mounted a gutsy charge to the finish
line to claim gold in the women's 1,000 meters at the Richmond
2010 Feb 18, Dubai police
directly accused Israel's Mossad spy agency of orchestrating the Jan
19 hit squad slaying of a Hamas commander as the number of suspects
rose to 18.
2010 Feb 18, In Germany
attorney Ursula Raue said 115 former students have come forward with
charges of sexual abuse at schools run by Germany's Jesuit order.
Victims had named 12 priests and several women among the attackers.
Most of the victims were former students of one of Germany's most
prestigious high schools, Berlin's private Catholic Canisius Kolleg.
2010 Feb 18, Haiti’s PM
Jean-Max Bellerive said the government will appropriate land to
build temporary camps for earthquake victims. The decision was
potentially explosive in a country where a small elite owns most of
the land in and around the capital.
2010 Feb 18, In India suspected
Maoist rebels raided a village in eastern Bihar state, and killed at
least 12 people in an apparent act of revenge after several
guerrillas were captured and turned over to police. The dead
included a family of 4 burned to death in Kasari.
(AP, 2/18/10)(SFC, 2/19/10, p.A2)
2010 Feb 18, In Iraq a suicide
car bomb exploded outside the gate of the main government compound
in Ramadi, the capital of Anbar province, killing at least 13
people, including 4 police. At least 26 people were wounded.
2010 Feb 18, Vicente Zambada
Niebla (34), a man accused of being an influential,
second-generation member of the Sinaloa drug cartel, was extradited
from Mexico to the US on charges he helped move tons of cocaine from
Colombia to California, New York and Chicago.
2010 Feb 18, In Mozambique 7
people died in a riot in the district of Gurue sparked by false
rumors that health workers were spreading cholera.
2010 Feb 18, In Niger armed
soldiers stormed the presidential palace and witnesses said the
president's whereabouts were unknown after heavy gunfire. Pres.
Mamadou Tandja (72) was deposed in a military coup after he stayed
in office months beyond his legal mandate.
(AP, 2/18/10)(AP, 1/17/11)
2010 Feb 18, In Pakistan a bomb
blast at a mosque in the northwestern Khyber tribal region killed 29
people including some militants. Missiles fired from a US unmanned
drone aircraft killed Mohammad Haqqani, the brother of Afghan
Taliban commander Siraj Haqqani, along with 3 associates. Both
Haqqanis are sons of Jalaluddin Haqqani, a former US ally in the war
against the Soviets in the 1980s.
(AP, 2/18/10)(AP, 2/19/10)(Reuters, 2/19/10)(SFC,
2010 Feb 18, In northern
Pakistan up to 37 people were feared dead after an avalanche slammed
into a remote mountain village in Kohistan district.
2010 Feb 18, Philippine troops
arrested Jumadali Arad, a suspected Muslim militant accused in the
high-profile kidnappings of three Americans, two of whom were later
killed, and dozens of Filipinos nine years ago.
2010 Feb 18, Rwanda state radio
said a Seventh Day Adventist pastor, Peday Ntihanabayo, has been
sentenced to life imprisonment for his role in Rwanda's 1994
genocide by a grass-roots gacaca appeals court.
2010 Feb 18, Turkmenistan Pres.
Gurbanguli Berdymukhamedov said "If anyone wishes to propose
creating a new political party, we can register one this year, as
stipulated by the Constitution." The constitution, adopted in 1992,
allows for the formation of political parties.
2010 Feb 18, Zimbabwe state
newspapers reported that the Supreme Court has ordered two
government mining firms to stop operations on British-owned diamond
mining fields plagued by human rights abuses.
2010 Feb 18-2010 Mar 3, In the
northern Mexican border city of Reynosa 8 journalists were kidnapped
over a period of two weeks in a wave of abductions unprecedented in
the Western Hemisphere. Two were released alive and one was found
dead with signs of torture.
2011 Feb 18, The Obama
administration vetoed a UN Arab-backed Security Council resolution
that would have condemned Israel for continuing to build Jewish-only
settlements in the West Bank.
2011 Feb 18, The United States
sanctioned the New Ansari Money Exchange, a major Afghan
money-exchange outfit, suspected of laundering billions of dollars
in drug money.
2011 Feb 18, The US military
said Noor Uthman Muhammed, a Guantanamo Bay prisoner who helped run
an al-Qaida training camp in Afghanistan, will serve less than three
years in prison under a plea deal that requires him to testify
against other suspected terrorists.
2011 Feb 18, Ford Motor Co.
said it plans to team up with a Russian automaker to make and
distribute cars in the country. The announcement came shortly after
Italian automaker Fiat SpA backed out of a potential partnership
with the same Russian company.
2011 Feb 18, SF-based novelist
Victor Martinez (56), died of cancer. His book “Parrot in the Over:
Mi Vida" was awarded the 1996 National Book Award for Young People’s
(SFC, 3/4/11, p.C5)
2011 Feb 18, In northern
Afghanistan a man wearing an Afghan army uniform opened fire on
German troops working on a vehicle, killing two soldiers and
wounding at least eight others. A suicide car bomber struck a police
station in the eastern city of Khost, killing 11 people — one Afghan
policeman and 10 civilians. A roadside bomb killed three Afghan
policemen and wounded two others in Shinwar district of the eastern
province of Nangarhar. A roadside bomb also killed a coalition
service member in the south.
2011 Feb 18, Tens of thousands
of Albanian opposition supporters marched peacefully through the
capital to demand the government resign over corruption allegations,
almost a month after four people died when a similar demonstration
2011 Feb 18, Bahrain soldiers
fired tear gas and shot heavy weapons into the air as thousands of
protest marchers defied a government ban and streamed toward the
landmark square that has been the symbolic center of the uprising
against the Gulf nation's leaders. At least 50 people were wounded.
(AP, 2/18/11)(SFC, 2/19/11, p.A4)
2011 Feb 18, Brazil set out its
foreign policy aims under new President Dilma Rousseff, talking up
China ties, blaming rich countries for hampering global trade talks,
stressing dialogue with Iran, and saying it sees itself as an agent
for "world peace."
2011 Feb 18, China raised
required reserves to a record 19.5 percent, adding to an
increasingly aggressive effort by Beijing to stamp out stubbornly
2011 Feb 18, The Danish Supreme
Court gave the government the green light to take control of
Christiania, a largely self-governing Copenhagen neighborhood that
was occupied by hippies four decades ago.
2011 Feb 18, In Djibouti
thousands of demonstrators gathered in the tiny East African city
state to demand that the president step down after two terms, the
latest in a series of rallies modeled after political demonstrations
across Africa and the Middle East. At least 2 people were killed.
(AP, 2/18/11)(Econ, 2/26/11, p.54)
2011 Feb 18, In Egypt hundreds
of thousands of flag-waving Egyptians packed into central Tahrir
Square for a day of celebration to mark the fall of longtime leader
Hosni Mubarak a week ago and push their new military rulers to steer
the country toward reform.
2011 Feb 18, Germany’s defense
minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg (39) apologized for individual
errors in his doctoral dissertation. He was accused of copying parts
of the dissertation he wrote for his university doctorate without
correctly attributing them.
2011 Feb 18, The Guatemalan
government lifted a two-month-old state of siege in a northern
province that authorities said was controlled by Mexican drug
traffickers. Xinabajul soccer club vice president Carlos Noe Gomez
was ambushed and shot to death by two men as he left a team meeting.
(AP, 2/18/11)(AP, 2/20/11)
2011 Feb 18, In Haiti several
thousand supporters of ousted President Jean-Bertrand Aristide
protested in the capital, waving photos of their exiled leader and
vowing to derail a runoff election next month unless he returns.
2011 Feb 18, In Iran thousands
of government supporters called for the execution of opposition
leaders at a prayer service in response to anti-government
demonstrations earlier in the week. Authorities, meanwhile, appeared
to tighten restrictions on one of the leaders under house arrest.
2011 Feb 18, Iraqis demanding
better public services, jobs and pensions blocked a bridge in the
southern oil hub of Basra, as spreading Middle East unrest emboldens
Iraqis to take on government officials over poor living standards.
2011 Feb 18, In Jordan clashes
broke out in Amman between government supporters and opponents at a
protest calling for more freedom and lower food prices, injuring
2011 Feb 18, In Libya Moamer
Kadhafi's regime vowed to snuff any further attempt to challenge the
Libyan leader, after an opposition "day of anger" turned into a
bloodbath that a rights group said cost at least 24 lives. At least
35 people were killed in Benghazi.
(AFP, 2/18/11)(SFC, 2/19/11, p.A4)
2011 Feb 18, In southern Mexico
4 men with their hands and feet tied and heads covered in duct tape
were thrown 600 feet to their deaths from a bridge. They were among
13 people slain in Guerrero state. The other nine were killed in the
resort city of Acapulco and included a severed head that had been
scalped and whose face had been skinned. They included five taxi
drivers found dead in or near their vehicles. Soldiers killed eight
suspected drug cartel members in two clashes near the industrial
city of Monterrey. Another group of gunmen fired on soldiers in
Juarez, another Monterrey suburb, sparking a firefight that killed
three attackers. There were 20 murders in Ciudad Juarez.
(AP, 2/18/11)(AP, 2/20/11)(AFP, 2/20/11)
2011 Feb 18, A documentary film
“Presumed Guilty" (2008) was released in Mexico. It told the story
of Antonio Zuniga, a computer repairman, who was convicted of a 2005
murder that took place near his Mexico city market stall, despite
evidence of his innocence. The film was banned 2 weeks later.
2011 Feb 18, In Pakistan a
judge ordered the arrest of the driver of a US vehicle that struck
and killed a Pakistani while rushing to help an American detained in
a pair of fatal shootings on Jan 27 in Lahore.
2011 Feb 18, Peruvian
journalist Vicky Pelaez (55), deported by the United States last
year to Russia in a spy swap, returned home and said she was in Peru
to attend her father's burial.
2011 Feb 18, In the Philippines
rebels freed army officer Mario Veluz, who they snatched at gunpoint
on Feb. 6 along a road near Bukidnon province.
2011 Feb 18, In Russia masked
gunmen shot dead three vacationers from the Moscow area on a road in
Kabardino-Balkaria in the violence-plagued North Caucasus region.
2011 Feb 18, In Senegal a man
set himself on fire in front of the presidential palace in Dakar,
the latest self-immolation on the African continent.
2011 Feb 18, Somali pirates
hijacked the yacht Quest with four Americans on board in the Arabian
sea off the coast of Somalia. The Americans were identified as Jean
and Scott Adams, a retired couple from southern California, and
Phyllis Macay and Robert Riggle of Seattle.
(AP, 2/19/11)(SSFC, 2/20/11, p.A5)
2011 Feb 18, A senior UN
official said 5,000 suspected ex-combatants remain in Sri Lankan
camps 21 months after a quarter-century civil war ended.
2011 Feb 18, In Tunisia Marek
Marius Rybinski (34), a Polish priest, was found with his throat
slit and stab wounds in the parking lot of the religious school in
the Tunis suburb of Manouma.
(AP, 2/19/11)(Econ, 3/12/11, p.29)
2011 Feb 18, Uganda held
elections. Pres. Yoweri Museveni (67) won with a huge lead over his
nearest rival, Kizza Besigye, extending his 25-year hold on power
for another 5 years. Museveni got 68% of the vote. Besigye got 26%
of the vote and rejected the results as marred by fraud. Museveni
had handed out envelopes of cash to peasants, teachers and local
officials up and down the country.
(AP, 2/19/11)(SFC, 2/21/11, p.A2)(Econ, 2/26/11,
2011 Feb 18, The Vatican said
Fernando Karadima, a prominent Chilean priest, has been found guilty
of abusing minors and must retire to a life of prayer and penitence.
(SFC, 2/19/11, p.A2)
2011 Feb 18, In Yemen at least
two people were killed in Taez after a grenade was lobbed at
protesters from a speeding car that carried government registration
plates. Clashes between police and protesters continued in the 9th
straight day of protests. Organizers used social media sites
Facebook and Twitter in summoning people to the streets for the
"Friday of Rage" following noon prayers, and tens of thousands
responded in the capital of Sanaa, the southern port of Aden and the
political hotbed of Taiz. 4 people were killed by police in Aden and
48 wounded in Taiz.
(Reuters, 2/18/11)(AP, 2/18/11)(AFP,
2/18/11)(SFC, 2/19/11, p.A5)
2012 Feb 18, In Arizona Pinal
County Sheriff Paul Babeu resigned as a volunteer co-chair of
Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney's campaign in Arizona
after he was accused of threatening a former male lover with
deportation to Mexico if he talked about their relationship.
2012 Feb 18, Afghan Pres. Hamid
Karzai met with Maulana Samiul Haq, a Pakistani cleric linked to
Taliban insurgents. The meeting in Islamabad marked the first public
contact between an Afghan official and members of the Afghan
Taliban's support network in Pakistan.
2012 Feb 18, African leaders
began talks in Benin on insecurity in the Sahel region where fresh
violence in Mali has sparked what rights groups say is the area's
worst human rights crisis in 20 years.
2012 Feb 18, A Chinese court
sentenced two top former Football Association officials to more than
a decade in jail, in a graft scandal that brought the football
league to its knees.
2012 Feb 18, In Djibouti an
American reconnaissance plane crashed 6 miles (10km) from the only
US base in Africa, killing four service members on board, after
returning from a mission in support of the war in Afghanistan.
2012 Feb 18, In India a school
bus plunged into a river and at least seven people, including 6
children, were killed in the west-coast resort state of Goa. The
driver and conductor both jumped from the vehicle as it was falling
and were unharmed.
2012 Feb 18, In Iran a trial
began in a $2.6 billion dollar banking fraud case with some 32
people involved in taking bribes and financial corruption. At the
center of the fraud, which surfaced last September, is a company
called the Aria group, which was founded in 2005 with a mere
$50,000. In 2011, estimates put its value at more than $3.5 billion.
2012 Feb 18, In Iraq some 400
members of an Iranian exile group reluctantly moved from Camp Ashraf
in the northwest to Camp Liberty, a deserted military base outside
Baghdad in what they called a show of good faith that they
eventually will be allowed to leave the country peacefully. It was
the first group to move of the more than 3,300 members of the
People's Mujahedeen Organization of Iran who have lived at the camp
for three decades.
2012 Feb 18, Latvia voted in a
referendum on whether Russian should become the Baltic country's
second national language. The Russians and other minorities who
organized the referendum admit they have virtually no chance at
winning the plebiscite. According to the current law, anyone who
moved to Latvia during the Soviet occupation, or was born to parents
who moved there, is considered a noncitizen and must pass the
Latvian language exam in order to become a citizen. Latvian voters
resoundingly rejected the proposal.
2012 Feb 18, In southern Mali
rebels entered the village of Hombori and killed a 78-year-old
village chief. They also ransacked the village for weapons.
2012 Feb 18, Morocco said it
has banned the distribution of the Feb 16 edition of Spain's
influential El Pais, as a cartoon published by the newspaper
allegedly tarnished King Mohammed VI's name. Earlier this month
French weekly Le Nouvel Observateur was banned after printing an
image of God.
2012 Feb 18, In northeast
Nigeria gunmen shot dead an Islamic cleric and a local politician in
2012 Feb 18, A Palestinian
official in Gaza said Egypt has promised to provide diesel fuel for
the Gaza Strip's sole power plant, which went down Feb 14 after
running out of fuel.
2012 Feb 18, Russian police
said 17 officers have been killed during a 4-day operation to wipe
out several militant bands in Chechnya and Dagestan. At least 20
rebels were reported killed.
(SSFC, 2/19/12, p.A4)
2012 Feb 18, Somalia's
disparate leaders agreed on the basic structure of a new parliament
and government to replace the fragile transitional body that has
failed to bring peace to the war-torn country. The accord proposed a
parliamentary system for anarchic Somalia, with both Puntland and
Galmudug recognized as states within a federal system.
2012 Feb 18, Mohammed Wardi
(b.1932, Sudan's lead singer, died.
2012 Feb 18, Syrian security
forces fired live rounds and tear gas at thousands of people
marching in a funeral procession that turned into a protest in
Damascus, killing at least one person. The Observatory said two
other people were killed, one in Homs who died from sniper fire and
another in the north, who was shot by security forces conducting
raids. Visiting Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Zhai Jun called on all
parties to stop violence. Jamal Bish, a city councilor in Aleppo was
reported killed. Syrian authorities freed blogger Razan Ghazzawi,
symbol of an 11-month uprising, and six other female activists
arrested last week.
(AP, 2/18/12)(AFP, 2/19/12)
2012 Feb 18, It was reported
that more than 3,000 children in northern Uganda are suffering from
a debilitating mystery ailment known as nodding disease. For several
years, scientists have tried and failed to determine the cause of
the illness. Scientists did not know if the disease is linked to
similar outbreaks in neighboring South Sudan and Tanzania.
2012 Feb 18, In Uganda the body
of Jeff Rice, American television producer, was found at the Serena
hotel in Kampala. Police later said he died after taking
contaminated cocaine. His assistant, identified as Kathryne Fuller,
was found unconscious at the same time. By Feb 25 she was conscious
but paralyzed down the right hand side of her body.
2012 Feb 18, Pope Benedict XVI
brought 22 new Catholic churchmen into the elite club of cardinals
who will elect his successor, in a greatly simplified ceremony that
took account of evidence the 84-year-old pontiff is slowing down.
This brought to 125 the number of cardinals under age 80 who are
thus eligible to vote in a papal election.
2013 Feb 18, US Attorney
General Eric Holder discussed regional crime with Caribbean leaders
during a summit in Haiti.
2013 Feb 18, The owner of the
stricken Carnival Triumph cruise ship was hit by a lawsuit seeking
class action status for stranding more than 3,000 passengers for 5
days on a ship without electricity or adequate sanitation.
2013 Feb 18, In Maryland Dr.
Nikita A. Levy (54) was found dead. The gynecologist’s employment at
Johns Hopkins was terminated on Feb 8 following reports of his
surreptitiously photographing and videotaping his patients. In
2014 the John Hopkins Health System agreed to pay $190 million to
some 8,000 women to settle the case.
(SFC, 2/19/13, p.A7)(SFC, 7/22/14, p.A4)
2013 Feb 18, Afghan President
Hamid Karzai officially banned Afghan security forces from
requesting international airstrikes during operations in residential
2013 Feb 18, Armenia held
elections. President Serge Sarkisian (58) easily won a second term
with nearly 59% of the vote, but international observers said the
vote "lacked competition." The closest of his six rivals,
American-born Raffi Hovanessian, got 37% of the vote.
2013 Feb 18, In Belgium 8
masked gunmen forced their way through the security fence at
Brussels' international airport, drove onto the tarmac and snatched
some $50 million worth of diamonds from the hold of a Swiss-bound
plane without firing a shot.
2013 Feb 18, In Brazil
protesters backing the Cuban government blocked the screening of a
documentary featuring Cuba's best-known dissident, the blogger Yoani
Sanchez, who was in attendance after being allowed to leave the
communist island for the first time in nearly a decade. This was the
first stop on her 80-day tour of about a dozen nations.
2013 Feb 18, British PM David
Cameron flew into India promising to try to revive Indian interest
in the Eurofighter even though New Delhi has chosen a French-made
2013 Feb 18, Britain's Royal
Mint said it has started to manufacture gold sovereign coins in
India for the first time since 1918.
2013 Feb 18, The European Union
officially launched a training mission with the goal of making the
disparaged Malian army good enough to patrol the whole country.
2013 Feb 18, EU finance
ministers, condemning the Feb. 12 nuclear test by North Korea,
imposed more trade and economic sanctions on the Asian nation.
2013 Feb 18, EU foreign
ministers announced that they are keeping current sanctions against
Syria in place for three months, rejecting any attempt to ease the
arms embargo so military aid could be funneled to rebel forces.
2013 Feb 18, The European Union
said it has removed 21 loyalists of Zimbabwe's president from a
sanctions list of people facing travel and banking bans. It said the
decision to remove those restrictions was a result of a "step
forward" in finalizing a draft constitution which is set to go voted
on in a national referendum on March 16.
2013 Feb 18, In Guinea
supporters of President Alpha Conde looted and burned the Kankan
offices of opposition politician Lansana Kouyate, 700 km (435 miles)
north of Conakry.
2013 Feb 18, In Pakistan at
least 15,000 Shiite Muslims took to the streets in Quetta in a 2nd
day of protests following a bombing that left 89 people dead. Gunmen
opened fire on a restaurant in Karachi, killing two people.
Militants wearing suicide vests and disguised as policemen attacked
the office of Khyber Political Agent Mutahir Zeb in Peshawar,
killing 5 police officers. In Lahore gunmen on a motorcycle shot to
death a Shiite doctor and his son (12).
(AP, 2/18/13)(SFC, 2/19/13, p.A3)
2013 Feb 18, Palestinians
blocked roads and held marches across the West Bank to protest the
fate of thousands of their countrymen held in Israeli jails and
demand the release of four detainees on hunger strike. Israel is
holding some 4,500 Palestinians for charges ranging from throwing
stones to undertaking deadly militant attacks.
2013 Feb 18, In Russia the body
of Lipetsk city councilman Mikhail Pakhomov (37), kidnapped last
week, was found in a cement barrel. Investigators have arrested
eight people in the case. Evgeny Kharitonov, a former deputy
minister in Moscow's provincial government, was charged with
organizing the kidnapping over what police called an $80 million
2013 Feb 18, In South Africa
Mamphela Ramphele, an academic and co-founder of the nation’s Black
Conscious Movement, announced the creation of Agang, a new political
party "to build the South Africa of our dreams," lambasting the
101-year-old African National Congress of Nelson Mandela for
corruption and power abuse.
(AP, 2/18/13)(Econ, 2/23/13, p.47)
2013 Feb 18, In South Africa 9
miners and 4 guards were injured when a machete-wielding mob
attacked union stewards and security guards opened fire with rubber
bullets amid ongoing labor rivalry at an Anglo American Platinum
mine. Some miners accuse the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM),
which is allied with the governing ANC, of becoming elitist, cozying
up to business and putting those interests before that of mine
2013 Feb 18, Syrian rebels
captured a government checkpoint on the main road to the country's
second-largest airport as opposition fighters pressed their campaign
to capture the strategic facility in Aleppo. A new report from a
UN-appointed panel said Syria's civil war is becoming increasingly
sectarian and the behavior of both sides is growing more and more
radicalized. A regime missile strike leveled a stretch of buildings
and killed at least 19 people in Aleppo, leaving residents combing
through the rubble to find those trapped beneath it.
(AP, 2/18/13)(AP, 2/19/13)
2013 Feb 18, President Hugo
Chavez returned to Venezuela after more than two months of treatment
in Cuba following cancer surgery.
2014 Feb 18, Pres. Obama
announced his intention to nominate Jane Chu (56), a pianist and
arts administrator from Kansas City, Mo., to lead the National
Endowment for the Arts.
(SFC, 2/19/14, p.F5)
2014 Feb 18, In Chicago an
elderly nun who broke into what was supposed to be one of the most
carefully guarded nuclear facilities in the US was sentenced to 35
months in prison. Sister Megan Rice (84) cut through fences and
several layers of security at the Y-12 National Security Complex in
Tennessee along with two other members of Transform Now Plowshares
-- a pacifist group -- in July 2012. Fellow anti-nuclear activists
Michael Walli (64) and Greg Boertje-Obed (58) were sentenced to five
years and two months in prison because of their criminal histories.
2014 Feb 18, Egyptian
authorities charged two Israelis and two Egyptians with forming an
espionage ring for Israel, the second such trial to be called for in
2014 Feb 18, French police
arrested a 48-year-old man in connection with the Sep 2012 killings
of a British-Iraqi family and a cyclist in the Alps, in their first
breakthrough in the case.
2014 Feb 18, Gambia's President
Yahya Jammeh called homosexuals "vermin."
2014 Feb 18, A German court
sentenced Onesphore Rwabukombe, a Rwandan Hutu, to 14 years in jail
for his role in the genocide of Tutsis in Rwanda in 1994, ending
Germany's first trial related to the mass killings in central
2014 Feb 18, In Guinea at least
one person was killed and six others injured in Conakry when
protests against frequent power cuts turned violent. The offices of
a Brazilian construction firm were attacked.
2014 Feb 18, In Iraq bombs
exploded in predominantly Shi'ite Muslim districts of Baghdad
killing 14 people. Another 35 people were killed in seven car
explosions in the southern city of Hilla and nearby towns.
2014 Feb 18, Irish drugmaker
Actavis PLC said it plans to buy Forest Laboratories Inc. in an
approximately $25 billion deal that will boost the company's
presence in US primary-care doctor offices and bulk up its portfolio
of branded drugs.
2014 Feb 18, In Libya security
guards forced Benghazi airport to close for six hours to demand back
wages as well as an investigation into the crash of a helicopter
which took off from the airport last week.
2014 Feb 18, Pakistani Taliban
fighters opened fire at an army car and killed a senior officer.
2014 Feb 18, In Papua New
Guinea police opened fire after hundreds of men broke out of an
Australia-run detention camp for asylum seekers. One inmate was
(SFC, 2/19/14, p.A2)
2014 Feb 18, Polish prosecutors
said they have charged a Catholic priest (Wojciech G.) with four
counts of sex abuse against children in Poland and in the Dominican
Republic, where he was working in a rural parish.
2014 Feb 18, Saudi crown prince
Alwaleed bin Talal and deputy prime minister Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al
Saud concluded a three-day-visit to Pakistan. Pakistani Finance
Minister Ishaq Dar announced the creation of the new fund, the
Pakistan Development Fund, to channel money from "friendly
countries" like Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
2014 Feb 18, South Sudan rebel
forces launched a major assault against the key oil-hub of Malakal,
as a ceasefire agreement with the government appeared to be in
tatters. The government admitted that the rebels controlled some
parts of the town. A top government general was seriously wounded in
the attack said to involve tens of thousands of rebel fighters. 10
people were killed in "inter-communal clashes" within a peacekeeping
base in Malakal.
(AFP, 2/18/14)(AP, 2/19/14)
2014 Feb 18, Human Rights Watch
said Saudi Arabian authorities have deported more than 12,000
migrants held under "appalling conditions" back to their native
Somalia. The International Organization for Migration said the
Somali government expects Saudi Arabia to deport another 30,000
people in the coming weeks.
2014 Feb 18, Two American
security officers, Mark Daniel Kennedy (43) and Jeffrey Reynolds
(44) were found dead Port Victoria, Seychelles, in a cabin on the
Norfolk-based Maersk Alabama. The ship had grabbed headlines in a
2009 hijacking by Somali pirates, an incident dramatized in the
movie "Captain Phillips" starring Tom Hanks. Police later said that
a syringe and traces of heroin were found in their cabin. On April
29 Seychelles police said a mixture of heroin and alcohol caused the
deaths of the two former US Navy SEALs.
(AP, 2/20/14)(AP, 2/24/14)(AP, 4/29/14)
2014 Feb 18, A Syrian
government barrel bomb landed next to a school in the village of
Mzairib. 18 people were killed, including 15 Palestinian refugees.
(Econ, 2/22/14, p.40)
2014 Feb 18, In Thailand
gunbattles broke out as hundreds of riot police made their strongest
attempt to clear anti-government protest sites around Bangkok. At
least 4 people dead and one policeman were killed and 64 others
(AP, 2/18/14)(Econ, 2/22/14, p.34)
2014 Feb 18, Uganda’s Pres.
Museveni said in a statement that he would not sign a proposed
antigay law until after a hearing from scientists.
(SFC, 2/22/14, p.A4)
2014 Feb 18, In Ukraine riot
police stormed Independence Square (Maidan) in Kiev. The deadly
clashes between police and anti-government protesters left at least
25 people dead and hundreds injured, raising fears of a civil war.
(AP, 2/18/14)(AFP, 2/18/14)(AP, 2/19/14)(Econ,
2014 Feb 18, Venezuelan protest
leader Leopoldo Lopez (42) surrendered to troops after speaking to
over 10,000 people gathered in Caracas. This followed his
spearheading three weeks of often rowdy demonstrations.
(Reuters, 2/19/14)(SFC, 2/19/14, p.A4)
2014 Feb 18, In Yemen
secessionist rebels attacked an army truck carrying food to a unit
in the southern Dali province, killing 7 soldiers and wounding nine.
14 soldiers were captured. An opposition leader said the clashes
were prompted by the army's 33rd brigade random shelling of three
districts in Dali that destroyed five houses and killed six people
including a child.