Today in History - February 21
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556 Feb 21,
Maximianus van Ravenna, bishop (Basilica S Stefano), died.
1173 Feb 21, Pope Alexander III
canonized Thomas Becket (1117-1170) of Canterbury.
1543 Feb 21, In the Battle at
Wayna Daga Ethiopian and Portuguese troops beat Moslem army. Ahmed
Gran, sultan of Adal, died in the battle.
1554 Feb 21, Hieronymus Bock,
German doctor (founder of modern botany), died.
1595 Feb 21, Robert Southwell,
English-Jesuit poet, was hanged for "treason" being a Catholic.
(HN, 2/21/99)(MC, 2/21/02)
1613 Feb 21, Mikhail Romanov
(17), son of Patriarch of Moscow, was elected czar of Russia. He was
crowned Jun 22. The Romanovs began to rule over Russia and lasted
(PCh, 1992, p.220)(SFC, 4/19/97,
1674 Feb 21, Johann Augustin
Kobelius, composer, was born.
1677 Feb 21, [Benedictus]
Baruch Spinoza (b.1632), Dutch philosopher, died. In 2003 Antonio
Damasio authored "Looking for Spinoza," a look at contemporary
neurological research in contrast with the opposing philosophical
views of Spinoza and Descartes. In 2005 Matthew Stewart authored
“The Courtier and the Heretic: Leibniz, Spinoza, and the Fate of God
in the Modern World.
(WUD, 1994 p.1371)(SSFC, 2/2/03, p.M4)(WSJ,
1690 Feb 21, Christoph
Stoltzenberg, composer, was born.
1728 Feb 21, Peter III, Russian
Tsar (1762), husband of Catherine, was born in Kiel Germany. [see
1744 Feb 21, The British
blockade of Toulon was broken by 27 French and Spanish warships
attacking 29 British ships.
1775 Feb 21, As troubles with
Great Britain increased, colonists in Massachusetts voted to buy
military equipment for 15,000 men.
1792 Feb 21, US Congress passed
the Presidential Succession Act. [see Mar 1]
1794 Feb 21, Antonio Lopez de
Santa Anna, Mexican Revolutionary, was born.
1795 Feb 21, Francisco Manuel
da Silva, composer, was born.
1795 Feb 21, Freedom of worship
was established in France under constitution.
1797 Feb 21, Trinidad, West
Indies surrendered to the British.
1801 Feb 21, John Henry Newman,
was born. He was the Protestant vicar who converted to Catholicism
and became a Roman Catholic Cardinal. He authored “Dream of
(HN, 2/21/99)(MC, 2/21/02)
1803 Feb 21, Edward Despard
became the last person drawn & quartered in England.
1814 Feb 21, Nicolo Gabrielli,
composer, was born.
1821 Feb 21, Charles Scribner,
was born. He founded the New York Publishing firm which became
Charles Scribner's Sons and also founded Scribner's magazine.
1828 Feb 21, The first issue of
the Cherokee Phoenix, the 1st American Indian newspaper in US, was
printed, both in English and in the newly invented Cherokee
(HN, 2/21/98)(MC, 2/21/02)
1836 Feb 21, Leo Delibes,
ballet composer (Coppelia), was born in Saint-Germain-du-Val,
1838 Feb 21, Alexis De Rochon,
Spyglass Developer, was born.
1842 Feb 21, 1st known sewing
machine was patented in US by John Greenough in Wash, DC.
1844 Feb 21, Charles-Marie
Widor, composer, professor (Paris Conservatory), was born in Lyons,
1846 Feb 21, Sarah G. Bagley
became the first female telegrapher, taking charge at the newly
opened telegraph office in Lowell, Mass.
1849 Feb 21, In the Second Sikh
War, Sir Hugh Gough’s well placed guns won a victory over a Sikh
force twice the size of his at Gujerat on the Chenab River, assuring
British control of the Punjab for years to come.
1852 Feb 21, Nikolai Gogol
(b.1809), Russian novelist and playwright, died (OS) [see Mar 4].
1862 Feb 21, The Texas Rangers
won a Confederate victory in the Battle of Val Verde, New Mexico.
1862 Feb 21, Confederate
Constitution & presidency were declared permanent.
1864 Feb 21, The 1st US
Catholic parish church for blacks was dedicated in Baltimore.
1864 Feb 21-22, Battle at
1866 Feb 21, Lucy B. Hobbs
became the first woman to graduate from a dental school, the Ohio
College of Dental Surgery in Cincinnati.
1867 Feb 21, Otto Hermann Kahn
(d.1934), banker who the organized Metropolitan Opera Co, was born.
(MC, 2/21/02)(WSJ, 8/13/02, p.D4)
1874 Feb 21, The Tribune of
Oakland, Ca., was founded by George Staniford and Benet A. Dewes.
The Oakland Daily Tribune was first printed at 468 Ninth St. as a
4-page, 3-column newspaper, 6 by 10 inches. Staniford and Dewes gave
out copies free of charge. The paper had news stories and 43
(SFEC, 5/17/98, BR
1874 Feb 21, Benjamin Disraeli
replaced William Gladstone as English premier. Disraeli's 2nd
ministry continued to 1880.
(MC, 2/21/02)(PC, 1992, p.530)
1876 Feb 21, Constantin
Brancusi (d.1957), Romanian-French sculptor (Princesse X), was born
in Hobitza, Romania. he made it to Paris in 1902. His works include
“The Kiss” (1908) and the “Sleeping Muse” (1910).
(WSJ, 10/19/95, A-18)(WSJ, 11/30/01, p.W12)(MC,
1878 Feb 21, The first
telephone directory was issued, by the District Telephone Company of
New Haven (New Harbor), Conn. It contained the names of its 50
subscribers. As of 2007 regulators began granting telecommunications
companies the go-ahead to stop mass-printing residential phone
(AP, 2/21/98)(WSJ, 11/24/07, p.W7)(AP, 11/11/10)
1885 Feb 21, The Washington
Monument was dedicated by Pres. Chester A. Arthur.
(HN, 2/21/98)(AP, 2/21/98)(ON, 3/00, p.10)
1887 Feb 21, The 1st US
bacteriology laboratory opened in Brooklyn.
1893 Feb 21, Andés Segovia
(d.1987), Spanish classical guitarist, was born in Linares, Spain.
(WUD, 1994 p.1291)(HN, 2/21/01)(MC, 2/21/02)
1894 Feb 21, Gustave
Caillebotte (b.1848), French Impressionist painter, died.
1895 Feb 21, The NC Legislature
adjourned for the day to mark the death of Frederick Douglass.
1901 Feb 21, The steamer City
of Rio de Janeiro piled up on rocks at Fort Point at the bay
entrance of San Francisco. Only 82 of some 210 people were rescued,
mostly by Italian fishing boats. Many of the dead were Chinese
immigrants. The ship was being guided by bar pilot Frederick W.
Jordan when it hit submerged rock near Lime Point in 320 feet of
water. The remains of the ship were reportedly discovered in 1987
and a consortium hoped to salvage an alleged secret cargo of $2
million in silver bars. The wreck of the ship has never since been
located. In November, 2014, a remote submersible discovered the
remains of the ship in 287 feet of water.
2/23/96, Z1 p.5)(SFEC, 12/26/99, p.W2)(SFC, 2/21/01, p.A17)(SSFC,
8/5/12, DB p.42)(SFC, 6/29/13, p.C2)(SFC, 12/11/14, p.A1)
1901 Feb 21, Stephen M. White
(b.1853), former US Senator from California (1893-1899), died. He is
remembered as the “Father of Los Angeles Harbor.”
1902 Feb 21, Dr. Harvey
Cushing, US brain surgeon, performed his 1st brain operation.
1903 Feb 21, Anais Nin
(d.1977), novelist (Winter of Artifice, House of Incense), was born
in Paris: “People do not live in the present always, at one with it.
They live at all kinds of and manners of distance from it, as
difficult to measure as the course of planets. Fears and traumas
make their journeys slanted, peripheral, uneven, evasive.”
(AP, 9/7/97)(MC, 2/21/02)
1903 Feb 21, The cornerstone
laid for US army war college in Washington, DC.
1905 Feb 21, France violated
the 1880 Treaty of Madrid by demanding control in Morocco of the
Sultan's army and police. These demands were made without consulting
Germany. In the “Morocco Crisis” German Chancellor Bernhard von
Bulow sent the Kaiser to visit Tangier on March 31 to see if France
1905 Feb 21, The Mukden
campaign of the Russo-Japanese War, began. In one of the largest
battles ever fought up to that time, some 750,000 Japanese and
Russian soldiers engaged in the battle for Mukden in the
Russo-Japanese War. The 3-week battle pitted 400,000 Japanese and
350,000 Russians stretched over a front extending more than 90
miles. More than 100,000 were left dead or injured as the Russians
began a retreat toward Harbin on March 9.
(HN, 2/21/98)(HNQ, 4/23/99)
1907 Feb 21, Wystan Hugh Auden
(d.1973), American poet, critic and playwright, was born in England.
He wrote the libretto for Benjamin Britten’s first music drama
(1941), “Paul Bunyan.” He died in Austria after suffering from
Touraine-Solente-Gole in which the skin of the forehead, face,
scalp, hands, and feet becomes thick and furrowed. “Political
history is far too criminal and pathological to be a fit subject of
study for the young. Children should acquire their heroes and
villains from fiction.” His work included “The Age of Anxiety.” In
1998 Norman Page published “Auden and Isherwood: The Berlin Years.”
(HFA, ‘96, p.22)(AHD, 86)(WSJ, 2/12/96,
p.A-13)(WSJ, 1/8/98, p.A7)(AP, 4/15/98)(WSJ, 4/23/98, p.A16)(SFEC,
9/27/98, BR p.8)(HN, 2/21/01)
1910 Feb 21, John Galsworthy's
"Justice," premiered in London.
1911 Feb 21, Gustav Mahler
conducted his last concert.
1914 Feb 21, White Wolf troops
attacked Zhanjiang, China.
1915 Feb 21, The 20th Russian
Army corps surrendered.
1916 Feb 21, The World War I
Battle of Verdun began in France with an unprecedented German
artillery barrage of the French lines; the French were able to
prevail after 10 months of fighting. German Gen’l. Erich von
Falkenhayn launched the attack.
(AP, 2/21/98)(HN, 2/21/01)(Sm, 2/06, p.38)
1920 Feb 21, Robert S. Johnson,
was born. He became the American World War II fighter ace who shot
down 27 German planes.
1920 Feb 21, A Prussian
Lithuanian National Council urged the Lithuanian government and the
Allies to take measures for uniting the Klaipeda region to
1921 Feb 26, Betty Hutton,
actress (Greatest Show on Earth), was born in Battle Creek, MI.
1921 Feb 26, Karl Menger
(b.1840), Austrian economist, died in Vienna. He was the founder of
the Austrian School of economics, famous for contributing to the
development of the theory of marginal utility. In 1892 he said that
the monetization of an economy starts when agricultural communities
move away from subsistence farming and start to specialize.
1922 Feb 21, Murray "the K"
Kaufman, NYC DJ (5th Beatle), was born.
1922 Feb 21, Airship Rome
exploded at Hampton Roads, Virginia, and 34 died.
1922 Feb 21, Great Britain
granted Egypt independence.
1924 Feb 21, Robert Mugabe,
Zimbabwe president, was born in southern Rhodesia into the Zezeru
sub-group of the Shona tribe.
(www.afroamerica.net/RobertMugabe122001.html)(Econ, 1/15/05, p.44)
1925 Feb 21, Sam Peckinpah,
film director (Wild Bunch, Straw Dogs), was born in Fresno, CA.
1925 Feb 21, The first issue of
the New Yorker magazine, founded by Harold Ross, hit the newsstands,
selling for 15 cents a copy. Raoul Fleischmann provided the
financial backing. The top hatted character Eustace Tilley appeared
on the cover of the first issue and every anniversary issue. In 1999
Mary F. Corey published "The World Through a Monocle: The New Yorker
at Midcentury." In 2000 Ben Yagoda authored "About Town: The New
Yorker and the World It Made." In 2000 Ranata Adler authored "Gone:
The Last Days of the New Yorker."
(AP, 2/21/98)(SFEC, 6/27/99, BR p.4)(SFEC,
2/20/00, BR p.5)(SSFC, 6/20/04, p.M1)
1927 Feb 21, Erma Bombeck,
author and humorist, was born. She became an American syndicated
columnist whose column "At Wit's End" humorously dealt with life as
a wife and mother. Her work included “The Grass is Always Greener
Over the Septic Tank.”
1927 Feb 21, Hubert de
Givenchy, fashion designer (Audrey Hepburn), was born in Beauvais,
1927 Feb 21, Franz Lehar's
opera "Zarewitsch," premiered.
1930 Feb 21, Marc Connelly's
"Green Pastures," premiered in NYC.
1931 Feb 21, Alka Seltzer was
introduced. [see Dec 31]
1932 Feb 21, Camera exposure
meter was patented by WN Goodwin.
1934 Feb 21, Nicaraguan patriot
Augusto Cesar Sandino was assassinated by National Guard.
1940 Feb 21, The Germans began
construction of a concentration camp at Auschwitz. Hans Munch was an
SS doctor at the camp and later reported his experiences there in
detail for the 1998 TV documentary “People’s Century.” [see Mar 27]
(HN, 2/21/98)(WSJ, 6/8/98, p.A21)
1943 Feb 21, German tanks and
two infantry battalions broke the Allied line and took Kasserine
Pass in North Africa.
1944 Feb 21, Hideki Tojo became
chief of staff of the Japanese army.
1945 Feb 21, The Bismarck Sea
was the last U.S. Navy aircraft carrier to be sunk in combat during
World War II. The escort carrier Bismarck Sea was supporting
the invasion of Iwo Jima, when about 50 kamikazes attacked the U.S.
Navy Task Groups 58.2 and 58.3. Fleet carrier Saratoga was struck by
three suicide planes and so badly damaged that the war ended before
she returned to service. At 6:45 p.m., two Mitsubishi A6M5 Zeros
approached Bismarck Sea, which opened fire with her anti-aircraft
guns. One Zero was set on fire, but its suicidal pilot pressed home
his attack and crashed into the carrier abreast of the aft elevator,
which fell into the hangar deck below. Two minutes later, an
internal explosion devastated the ship, and at 7:05 p.m., Captain
J.L. Pratt ordered Abandon Ship. Ravaged by further explosions over
the next three hours, Bismarck Sea sank at 10 p.m., the last U.S.
Navy carrier to go down as a result of enemy action during World War
II. Of her crew of 943, 218 officers and men lost their lives.
1946 Feb 21, Alan Rickman,
actor (Robin Hood Prince of Thieves, Rasputin, Die Hard), was born.
1946 Feb 21, Anti-British
demonstrations took place in Egypt.
1947 Feb 21, Edwin H. Land
publicly demonstrated his Polaroid Land camera in NYC. It could
produce a black-and-white photograph in 60 seconds. Polaroid Corp.
was co-founded by Land and George W. Wheelwright III (d.2001 at 97).
(AP, 2/21/98)(SFC, 3/3/01, p.A22)(MC, 2/21/02)
1948 Feb 21, Bill France,
Daytona Beach stock car mechanic and driver, founded the National
Association for Stock Car Racing (NASCAR).
1949 Feb 21, Nicaragua and
Costa Rica signed a friendship treaty ending hostilities over their
1950 Feb 21, The United States
formally broke relations with Bulgaria.
1951 Feb 21, SC House urged
that "Shoeless Joe" Jackson be reinstated.
1951 Feb 21, The U. S. Eighth
Army launched Operation Killer, a counterattack to push Chinese
forces north of the Han River in Korea.
1952 Feb 21, Dick Button
performed 1st figure skating triple jump in competition.
1952 Feb 21, Bangladesh Martyrs
Day (martyrs of Bengali Language Movement).
1956 Feb 21, A Grand Jury in
Montgomery, Ala., indicted 115 in a Negro bus boycott.
1956 Feb 21, Edwin Franko
Goldman (78), composer, died.
1958 Feb 21, Egypt-Syria as UAR
elected Gamel Nasser president with a 99.9% vote.
1960 Feb 21, Havana placed all
Cuban industry under direct control of the government.
1965 Feb 21, Former Black
Muslim leader El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz, aka Malcolm X (born as
Malcolm Little, 39), was shot to death in front of 400 people in New
York by assassins identified as Black Muslims. He was murdered at
the Audubon Ballroom in Manhattan. His wife, Betty Shabazz, was
pregnant with twins and sat in the audience along with his
4-year-old daughter Quibilah. Three men, Norman 3X Butler (Abdul
Aziz), Khalil Islam, and Thomas Hagan, connected to the Nation of
Islam were convicted for the assassination. Aziz was paroled in 1985
and in 1998 was appointed by Louis Farrakhan to head a Harlem
mosque. In 1992 James H. Cone authored a book about Malcolm X and
Martin Luther King. In 2011 Manning Marable authored “Malcolm X: A
Life of Reinvention.”
(SFC, 6/24/97, p.A3)(AP, 2/21/98)(SFC, 3/26/98,
p.A3)(SFC, 9/8/99, p.A7)(Econ, 4/9/11, p.94)
1967 Feb 21, Ford recalled
217,000 cars to check brakes and steering.
1969 Feb 21, In Israel Hebrew
University students Leon Kanner and Eddie Joffe were killed when a
bomb exploded as they purchased groceries in a Jerusalem SuperSol
supermarket. Rasmieh Yousef Odeh was arrested in March and soon
sentenced by an Israeli military court to life in prison for her
involvement in this and another terrorist bombing in Jerusalem. In
1980 she was among 78 prisoners released by Israel in an exchange
with the PLO for an Israeli soldier captured in Lebanon.
1970 Feb 21, Secret peace talks
were held between US Sec. of State Henry Kissinger and Le Duc Tho of
(SFEC, 4/23/00, p.A19)
1970 Feb 21, The PFLP-GC, a
Palestinian terrorist group, planted a parcel bomb on Swissair
Flight 330 that blew up on a flight from Zurich to Tel Aviv. All 47
aboard were killed.
1971 Feb 21, A series of
tornadoes cut through the lower Mississippi River Valley. The
two-day outbreak, which produced 19 tornadoes, killed 123 people
across 3 states, including 11 in Louisiana, 110 in Mississippi, and
2 in North Carolina.
1972 Feb 21, Pres. Nixon began
his visit to China as he and his wife arrived in Shanghai. He was
the 1st US president to visit a country not diplomatically
recognized by the US. He brought along a bottle of Schramsberg
sparkling wine from California.
(HN, 2/21/01)(AP, 2/21/04)(WSJ, 7/1/05, p.W6)
1973 Feb 21, Israeli fighter
planes shot down a Libyan Arab Airlines Flight 114 over the Sinai
Desert, killing over 100 people.
1974 Feb 21, A report claimed
that the use of defoliants by the U.S. had scarred Vietnam for
century. Defoliation was meant to save lives by denying the enemy
1974 Feb 21, Tim Horton, hockey
player for the Toronto Maple Leafs, died at 44 in a car crash
driving back home to Buffalo after a game in Toronto. His career
spanned 25 years with 6 invitations to all-star teams.
(SFC, 5/16/97, p.A19)
1975 Feb 21, Former Attorney
General John N. Mitchell and former White House aides H.R. Haldeman
and John D. Ehrlichman were sentenced to 2 1/2 to 8 years in prison
for their roles in the Watergate cover-up. Mitchell was found guilty
of conspiracy, obstruction of justice and perjury. He served 19
months behind bars.
(AP, 2/21/00)(SFC, 11/6/98, p.D5)
1977 Feb 21, In NYC 74
Unification Church couples were wed.
1978 Feb 21, In Florida Karol
Hurst (21) was abducted while leaving a grocery store in Leesburg.
She was driven to a wooded area, beaten, raped, and shot. Her
pregnant body was then dragged further into the woods. That same
evening Freddie Lee Hall and an accomplice shot and killed Deputy
Lonnie Coburn. Both fled the scene but were soon arrested. Hall was
convicted and sentenced to death on June 27. Hall’s IQ was later
said to be around 75.
1981 Feb 21, Charles Rocket
(1949-2005) clearly said "fuck" on Saturday Night Live.
1981 Feb 21, A bombing in
Munich of Radio Free Europe injured 9 people. Romania’s Pres.
Ceausescu ordered Gen. Ion Pacepa to find temporary shelter for
Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, aka Carlos the Jackal, in Romania after the
bombing. Ceausescu sold arms and explosives to Ramirez and enabled
him to produce counterfeit passports and driver's licenses.
1982 Feb 21, "Ain't
Misbehavin'" closed at Longacre Theater, NYC, after 1604
1982 Feb 21, Murray Kaufman
(b.1922), NYC DJ also known as Murray the K, died. During the early
days of Beatlemania, he was frequently referred to as "the Fifth
1986 Feb 21, Ryan White
(1971-1990), AIDS patient, returned to classes at Western Middle
School in Indiana.
1986 Feb 21, Larry Wu-tai Chin,
the first American found guilty of spying for China, killed himself
in his Virginia jail cell.
1988 Feb 21, TV evangelist
Jimmy Swaggart tearfully confessed to his congregation in Baton
Rouge, La., that he was guilty of an unspecified sin, and said he
was leaving the pulpit temporarily. Reports linked Swaggart to an
admitted prostitute, Debra Murphree.
1989 Feb 21, President Bush
called Ayatollah Khomeini's death warrant against "Satanic Verses"
author Salman Rushdie "deeply offensive to the norms of civilized
1989 Feb 21, Fifty four members
of the 14 K triad were arrested in 4 countries (US, Canada, Hong
Kong and Singapore). Some 800 pounds of heroin were seized,
supposedly worth a billion dollars at street prices. US police
estimated that Chinese organized crime, and not the Mafia, provided
70 to 80 per cent of all heroin smuggled into New York City.
1990 Feb 21, Addressing the
U.S. Congress, Czechoslovak President Vaclav Havel said his nation
welcomed U.S. help after decades of Soviet domination, but also said
Europe should eventually "decide for itself" how long American and
Soviet troops should remain.
1991 Feb 21, Neil Simon's "Lost
in Yonkers," premiered in NYC.
1991 Feb 21, The Soviet Union
announced that Iraq had agreed to a proposal for ending the Persian
Gulf War; however, the Bush administration called the plan
1991 Feb 21, Dame Margot
Fonteyn (b.1919), ballerina (1st lady of British Ballet), died in
Panama City, Fl. In 2004 Meredith Daneman authored “Margot Fonteyn:
(AP, 2/21/01)(Econ, 12/4/04, p.)
1992 Feb 21, Kristi Yamaguchi
of the United States won the gold medal in women's figure skating at
the Albertville Olympics; Midori Ito of Japan won the silver, Nancy
Kerrigan of the United States the bronze.
1992 Feb 18, John Frohnmayer
announced his resignation as chairman of the National Endowment for
1993 Feb 21, Four days after
suspending Bosnian relief operations because of interference from
Serbs, Muslims and Croats, U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees
Sadako Ogata ordered full resumption of the aid effort. U.N.
Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali had rebuked the suspension.
1994 Feb 21, With Bosnian Serbs
complying with a NATO ultimatum to remove heavy guns near Sarajevo,
President Clinton promised renewed efforts to help "reinvigorate the
1994 Feb 21, Jury selection
began in Pensacola, Fla., in the trial of Michael F. Griffin, an
anti-abortion activist accused of killing Dr. David Gunn outside a
women's clinic. Griffin was convicted of murder and sentenced to
life in prison.
1995 Feb 21, The United States
and Mexico signed an agreement to unlock $20 billion in U.S. support
to stabilize the peso, but under tough conditions.
1995 Feb 21, Chicago
stockbroker Steve Fossett became the first person to fly solo across
the Pacific Ocean in a balloon, landing in Leader, Saskatchewan,
1995 Feb 21, Robert Bolt
(b.1924), British playwright (Doctor Zhivago, Man for All Seasons,
1995 Feb 21, Art Kane (b.1925),
1996 Feb 21, The Space
Telescope Science Institute announced that photographs from the
Hubble Space Telescope confirmed the existence of a “black hole”
equal to the mass of two billion suns in a galaxy some 30 million
1996 Feb 21, The Glorious
Church of God in Christ in Richmond, Va., burned down. Arson was
suspected and investigations by the FBI and ATF were later begun.
(SFC, 6/11/96, p.A16)
1996 Feb 21, Morton Gould (82),
composer, died in Florida.
1997 Feb 21, Whitewater
prosecutor Kenneth Starr reversed his decision to quit and said he
would complete the investigation.
(SFC, 2/22/97, p.A1) (AP, 2/21/98)
1997 Feb 21, The space shuttle
Discovery returned to earth after a mission to upgrade the Hubble
1997 Feb 21, There was a
bombing at an Atlanta lesbian nightclub that injured five people. It
was similar to the previous recent bombings at an abortion clinic
and at the Olympics. Eric Rudolph was later charged with the
bombing. He was arrested May 31, 2003.
(WSJ, 2/21/97, p.A12)(SSFC, 6/1/03, p.A1)
1997 Feb 21, It was reported
that Burundi troops killed more than 150 civilians in reprisals for
rebel attacks. 100 people were killed at Mugara and fifty near
(SFC, 2/22/97, p.A12)
1997 Feb 21, In Serbia the
opposition coalition took control of the Belgrade City Council with
Zoran Djindjic as mayor.
(SFC, 2/22/97, p.A1)'
1998 Feb 21, U.N. Secretary
General Kofi Annan began formal talks with Iraqi officials in the
standoff over weapons inspections.
1998 Feb 21, Julian Bond was
elected chairman of the 64-member board of the NAACP.
(SFEC, 2/22/98, p.A5)
1998 Feb 21, In India the
governor in Uttar Pradesh state ousted the Hindu nationalist
government and protests followed. The government was restored by a
court a few days later.
(WSJ, 2/24/98, p.A1)
1998 Feb 21, In Pakistan two
Iranian engineers were killed in “sectarian violence.”
(SFEC, 4/5/98, p.T14)
1999 Feb 21, Secretary of State
Madeleine Albright reported little progress toward a Kosovo peace
settlement during talks in Rambouillet, France.
1999 Feb 21, US and British
warplanes attacked a missile base and 2 military communication sites
after Iraqi jets violated the no-fly zone.
(SFC, 2/22/99, p.A8)
1999 Feb 21, Ethiopian planes
struck the airport at Assab but Eritrean officials said the 12 bombs
dropped by 2 planes failed to hit their targets.
(SFC, 2/22/99, p.A14)
1999 Feb 21, The leaders of
India and Pakistan signed documents and a joint statement to reduce
the risk of nuclear war and to resolve conflicts in Kashmir.
(SFC, 2/22/99, p.A8)
1999 Feb 21, In Ireland and
Northern Ireland police arrested 7 men associated with the 1998
Omagh car bombing that killed 29 people.
(SFC, 2/22/99, p.A14)
1999 Feb 21, The People's
Democratic Party led by Gen'l. Obasanjo won 169 of 360 seats in the
House. Lola Abiola-Edowar won a seat in the House of
Representatives. She was the daughter of Moshood Abiola, the
billionaire politician who died in military detention in 1998.
(SFC, 2/22/99, p.A10)(SFC, 2/24/99, p.C3)
2000 Feb 21, Consumer advocate
Ralph Nader announced his entry into the presidential race, bidding
for the nomination of the Green Party.
2000 Feb 21, It was reported
that the US FBI planned to open an office in Budapest in March at
the request of the Hungarian government in order to help break up
Russian gangs. The FBI would hire 10 Hungarian agents to work
alongside 5 US agents.
(SFC, 2/21/00, p.A12)
2000 Feb 21, China warned
Taiwan that a prolonged lack of negotiations could provoke a
(SFC, 2/22/00, p.A1)
2000 Feb 21, In Mitrovica,
Kosovo, some 10-25,000 ethnic Albanians clashed with NATO-led
troops, who kept them from crossing to the Serb section of town.
(SFC, 2/22/00, p.A8)(WSJ, 2/22/00, p.A1)
2000 Feb 21, Avalanches in
Italy killed 3 skiers in the northern Venosta Valley.
(SFC, 2/22/00, p.A10)
2000 Feb 21, In Mexico Nicolas
Caletri (44), kidnapping mastermind, was captured in southern
(SFC, 2/26/00, p.C1)
2000 Feb 21, In Nigeria Muslim
and Christian youths seized parts of Kaduna in clashes over a
proposal to bring Islamic law (Shariah) to the state. Over 20 people
(SFC, 2/22/00, p.A10)
2000 Feb 21, An avalanche in
Switzerland killed 3 skiers at Davos.
(SFC, 2/22/00, p.A10)
2000 Feb 21, In Tanzania
African presidents and European ministers appealed to Burundi's
leaders to negotiate a swift end to the civil war.
(SFC, 2/22/00, p.A9)
2001 Feb 21, In the Grammy
Awards Steely Dan won Album of the year for “Two Against Nature;” U2
won for Song of the Year for “Beautiful Day;” Sting won best male
pop vocal performance for “She Walks This Earth;” and Macy Gray won
best female pop vocal performance for “I Try.” Rapper Eminem won 3
(SFC, 2/21/01, p.A1)
2001 Feb 21, The US Supreme
Court ruled 5-4 to protect state governments from federal suits for
damages filed by disabled employees under the Americans with
Disabilities Act. The court ruled that state workers cannot use
federal disability-rights law to win money damages for on-the-job
(SFC, 2/21/01, p.A3)(WSJ, 2/22/01, p.A1)(AP,
2001 Feb 21, Pope John Paul II
installed 44 new cardinals. It was the largest number ever installed
at one time.
(SFC, 2/21/01, p.A13)
2001 Feb 21, In Chechnya some
50 bodies began to be uncovered across from a Russian military base
(SFC, 4/14/01, p.A8)
2002 Feb 21, Sarah Hughes (16)
of Great neck, NY, won 1st place in the Olympics women’s free skate
competition, leaving teammate Michelle Kwan to settle for a bronze.
(SFC, 2/22/02, p.A1)(AP, 2/21/07)
2002 Feb 21, Pres. Bush met
with Pres. Zemin in Beijing and both agreed to work on the
reunification of North and South Korea. They disagreed over controls
on exports of missile technology. Pres. Bush answered questions in a
live broadcast and reaffirmed the US right to protect Taiwan.
(SFC, 2/21/02, p.A12)(SFC, 2/22/02, p.A12)(WSJ,
2002 Feb 21, In New Jersey a
retired police officer, John W. Mabie (70) shot and killed his
22-year-old daughter and then killed 3 neighbors.
(SFC, 2/22/02, p.A5)
2002 Feb 21, It was
acknowledged that WSJ reporter Daniel Pearl was dead after a video
was received that showed an assailant slash his throat. On May 30,
Pearl’s wife in Paris gave birth to a baby boy, Adam D. Pearl.
(SFC, 2/22/02, p.A1)(SFC, 5/31/02, p.A18)
2002 Feb 21, A US CH-47E
Chinook helicopter with 10 soldiers crashed into the Mindanao Sea in
the Philippines. 3 bodies were found by local fishermen.
(SFC, 2/22/02, p.A17)(SFC, 2/23/02, p.A14)
2002 Feb 21, The Colombia Air
Force dropped 1,500 and 500 pound bombs on FARC rebel sites.
(SFC, 2/22/02, p.A1)
2002 Feb 21, Israeli tanks and
troops pushed into Gaza City and destroyed a broadcast facility. 6
Palestinians were reported killed. Yasser Arafat repeated a call to
halt violence and his security forces arrested 3 suspects in the Oct
17 assassination of Israeli Cabinet minister Zeevi. PM Sharon called
for buffer zones and the disarming of Palestinians.
(SFC, 2/21/02, p.A1)(SFC, 2/22/02, p.A9)(WSJ,
2002 Feb 21, In Nepal the army
killed 48 guerrillas and the parliament extended the state of
emergency by 3 months.
(SFC, 2/22/02, p.A14)
2002 Feb 21, Sri Lanka approved
a Norwegian long-term cease-fire plan already approved by Tamil
(SFC, 2/22/02, p.A13)
2003 Feb 21, Michael Jordan
became the first 40-year-old in NBA history to score 40 or more
points, getting 43 in the Washington Wizards' 89-86 win over the New
2003 Feb 21, An
explosion rocked a Mobil oil refinery on the edge of Staten Island
and 2 workers were killed.
2003 Feb 21, The owners of The
Station nightclub in West Warwick, R.I., where 100 people perished
in a fast-moving fire the night before, denied giving the rock band
Great White permission to use fireworks blamed for setting off the
blaze, although the band's singer insisted the use of pyrotechnics
had been approved.
2003 Feb 21, Chief UN
inspector Hans Blix ordered Baghdad to begin destroying dozens of
illegal missiles and their components by March 1.
(AP, 2/22/03)(SFC, 2/22/03, A1)
2003 Feb 21, It was
reported that Iraq had recently begun shipping large quantities of
oil through its Khor al Amaya port.
(WSJ, 2/21/03, p.A1)
2003 Feb 21, Israeli
troops killed 2 Islamic militants during separate attempts to attack
an army post and a Jewish settlement in the Gaza Strip.
2003 Feb 21, In Peru
police arrested a prominent coca farming leader as protests in rural
Peru against the eradication of coca, the base ingredient in
cocaine, moved into their 4th day.
2003 Feb 21, Spain's PM
Jose Maria Aznar arrived in Texas for a meeting with Pres. Bush.
(WSJ, 2/21/03, p.A8)
2004 Feb 21, The Mississippi
was closed near New Orleans following a ship collision that left 5
(WSJ, 2/23/04, p.A1)
2004 Feb 21, In Albania some
6-20 thousand people marched in Tirana in opposition to PM Fatos
Nano and his Socialist-led government.
(SSFC, 2/22/04, p.A3)
2004 Feb 21, Colombian troops
clashed with leftist rebels and outlawed paramilitaries in separate
offensives, killing 38 fighters. Ten soldiers were also killed.
2004 Feb 21, in northern
Honduras the disfigured body of a young man was found along with a
message threatening the Honduran president. The discovery marks the
10th such slaying apparently carried about by gangs protesting a
2004 Feb 21, Iran's hard-line
Islamic rulers claimed that voters dealt reformers a decisive blow
with a strong turnout in disputed parliament elections, but partial
returns suggested the pro-reform boycott had an impact.
2004 Feb 21, The International
Red Cross visited former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein, who was in
2004 Feb 21, In northern Uganda
LRA rebels attacked a refugee camp, torching homes and gunning
people down as they fled. At least 192 people were killed, some
perishing in the flames of their own homes.
(AP, 2/22/04)(WSJ, 6/28/04, p.A10)
2005 Feb 21, In Brussels
President Bush appealed to Europe to move beyond animosities over
Iraq and join forces in encouraging democratic reforms across the
Middle East. He also prodded Russia to reverse a crackdown on
political dissent, demanded that Iran end its nuclear ambitions and
told Syria to get out of Lebanon.
(AP, 2/21/05)(SFC, 2/22/05, p.A1)
2005 Feb 21, The Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention launched a campaign to make doctors
and parents aware of the need of early diagnosis for autism.
Children can be diagnosed as early as 18 months old.
2005 Feb 21, The new Atomic
Testing Museum opened in Las Vegas.
2005 Feb 21, Heavy storms in
California left 3 people dead.
(WSJ, 2/22/05, p.A1)
2005 Feb 21, S. Ernest Vandiver
Jr., former Georgia governor (1959-1963), died.
(SFC, 2/24/05, p.B7)
2005 Feb 21, The British
government said same-sex partners will be able to enter into civil
unions from December, joining gays in parts of Europe and the United
States in obtaining many of the rights enjoyed by married people.
2005 Feb 21, A Chinese
newspaper reported that the China Construction Bank is investigating
the disappearance of $8 million, in the latest big embezzlement case
to hit the country's scandal-ridden state banks.
2005 Feb 21, In Colombia deadly
weekend attacks left 9 people dead as rebels blacked out towns, shut
down a highway, blew up a hotel and shattered notions that the
nation's main insurgent group was on its knees.
2005 Feb 21, In Colombia 8
civilians including 3 young children and a teenage girl were
massacred near Apartado. A former mayor and a priest later blamed
government troops for the massacre. UN officials later called for an
2005 Feb 21, Ecuador opened the
door to a U.N. probe into President Lucio Gutierrez's dismissal of
the country's Supreme Court after the UN made a rare public appeal
for an investigation.
2005 Feb 21, Over 500 people
rallied in Cairo to protest against a new term in office for
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and against moves to enable his son
Gamal to succeed him.
2005 Feb 21, In Indonesia a
30-foot-tall heap of garbage collapsed onto a neighborhood near the
West Java town of Bandung, killing at least 19 people and crushing
dozens of houses.
2005 Feb 21, In Iraq a roadside
bomb in southwestern Baghdad killed 3 US soldiers.
(SFC, 2/22/05, p.A3)
2005 Feb 21, Israel freed 500
Palestinian prisoners in a goodwill gesture.
2005 Feb 21, Kyodo News said
that Japan's Princess Aiko, the 3-year-old daughter of Crown Prince
Naruhito and his wife, will be next in line for the Chrysanthemum
Throne after her father.
2005 Feb 21, An official said
avalanches and slides triggered by heavy weekend snowfall in India's
portion of Kashmir had killed at least 249 people.
(AP, 2/21/05)(AFP, 2/26/05)
2005 Feb 21, Former Presidents
Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush wrapped up their tour of
tsunami-ravaged nations with a visit to the Maldives.
2005 Feb 21, North Korea’s Kim
told a visiting Chinese envoy that he is willing to return to
6-country talks if the US demonstrates its sincerity.
(WSJ, 2/22/05, p.A1)
2005 Feb 21, PM Lee Hsien Loong
said Singapore will lower personal income tax, reduce spending and
aim for a modest surplus in its US$18.13 billion 2005 budget.
(WSJ, 2/22/05, p.A12)
2005 Feb 21, In Sierra Leone an
Australian investigator for a U.N.-backed war-crimes tribunal was
convicted of sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl who sought a job
as a nanny in his household.
2005 Feb 21, The Arab League
chief said that Syria will "soon" take steps to withdraw its army
from Lebanese areas in accordance with a 1989 agreement. Tens of
thousands of opposition supporters shouted insults at Syria and
demanded the resignation of their pro-Syrian government in a Beirut
2005 Feb 21, Togo Lawmakers
amended the constitution to allow for elections within 60 days, but
left the West African nation's military-appointed ruler in power in
the interim despite intensifying pressure at home and abroad.
2006 Feb 21, Pres. Bush said he
would veto any legislation blocking a deal for a state-owned company
in Dubai to manage port terminals in US cities. Bush was not aware
of the pending sale of the port operations until after aides
approved the deal.
(SFC, 2/22/06, p.A1)(WSJ, 2/23/06, p.A1)
2006 Feb 21, The US Supreme
Court ruled that federal narcotics do not trump the religious
expression rights of a Brazilian-based sect that uses a
hallucinogenic tea in a sacrament. O Centro Espirita Beneficente
Uniao do Vegetal, with some 130 members in the US, had filed suit
after federal authorities intercepted a shipment of hoasca, whose
ingredients included a hallucinogenic plant, and threatened
(WSJ, 2/22/06, p.A6)
2006 Feb 21, US federal courts
in Ohio charged 3 men, originally from Jordan and Lebanon, with
conspiring to kill US forces in Iraq.
(SFC, 2/22/06, p.A3)
2006 Feb 21, In California the
execution of Michael Morales at San Quentin was put on hold after 2
anesthesiologists backed out of assuring that he would be
unconscious while dying per a requirement by US District Judge
(SFC, 2/23/06, p.A14)
2006 Feb 21, Stefan Eriksson
(44) was involved in the crash of a million-dollar Ferrari Enzo in
northern Malibu, Ca. In 2005 he and some partners had racked up some
$400 million in losses in Gizmondo, a London-based subsidiary of
Tiger Telematics, that was developing a handheld gaming device.
Prior to Gizmondo Eriksson had served time in a Swedish prison for
counterfeiting. Eriksson was arrested on April 8 for failing to make
payments on 3 cars worth $3.5 million. On Nov 7 Eriksson was
sentenced to 3 years in prison for embezzlement and gun possession.
(SSFC, 4/9/06, p.A1)(SFC, 4/10/06, p.A2)(SFC,
2006 Feb 21, New York's
Metropolitan Museum of Art and Italy signed a deal under which it
will return antiquities Italy says were looted in exchange for
long-term loans of other artifacts.
2006 Feb 21, Lawrence Summers,
former US Treasury Secretary, announced his resignation as president
of Harvard Univ. effective at the end of the academic year.
(SFC, 2/22/06, p.A2)(WSJ, 2/22/06, p.A1)
2006 Feb 21, Google announced
that it hired Dr. Larry Brilliant (61) as executive director of
Google.org, a charitable effort funded by some $1 billion.
(SFC, 2/22/06, p.C1)
2006 Feb 21, Taser Intl. said
it is working to deliver electricity to the human body using
12-guage shotgun shells. Test models of the XREP reached 100 feet.
The US military challenged the company to extend the range to 330
(SFC, 2/22/06, p.A2)
2006 Feb 21, Donald Herbert
(44), a brain-injured Buffalo, N.Y., firefighter who suddenly spoke
after nearly a decade in a near-vegetative state, died.
2006 Feb 21, The Chinese
government issued a plan with promises to spend more on schools,
health care and aid for farmers in the poor countryside, where
communist leaders worry about potentially explosive unrest over
poverty and other problems.
2006 Feb 21, The commander of
Colombia's army, Gen. Reinaldo Castellanos, resigned amid a scandal
in which 21 soldiers were allegedly beaten, branded or sexually
assaulted by their superiors.
2006 Feb 21, Greek seamen
extended until early Friday a rolling strike that has shut down
ports since last week, causing food and fuel supply problems and
halting many exports.
2006 Feb 21, Tests confirmed
H5N1 in three birds found dead in Hungary, making the country the
seventh EU nation with an outbreak of the deadly strain of bird flu.
2006 Feb 21, In Iraq a car bomb
exploded on a street packed with shoppers in a Shiite area of
Baghdad, killing 22 people and wounding 28. Elsewhere 8 other Iraqis
(AP, 2/21/06)(WSJ, 2/22/06, p.A1)
2006 Feb 21, Japan's trade
minister arrived in Beijing for talks with Chinese Premier Wen
Jiabao, the highest-level contact between the two countries since
relations soured last October.
2006 Feb 21, Kazakhstan's
intelligence agency said that five of its employees were among the
six arrested suspects in the Feb 11 murder of Altynbek Sarsenbayev,
a leader of the opposition Nagyz Ak Zhol party.
2006 Feb 21, In Cancun, Mexico,
Domenico Ianiero, 59, and his wife, Annunziata, 55, of Woodbridge,
Ont., were found in their hotel rooms at the all-inclusive five-star
resort on the Mayan Riviera in the early morning. Their throats had
been slashed. The crime apparently took place after a rehearsal
dinner ahead of a wedding in which the Lily, one of the Ianieros'
twin girls, was to be married at the resort. Prosecutors in Cancun
said two Canadian women were suspected in the killing and had fled
2006 Feb 21, Christian mobs
rampaged through the southern Nigerian city of Onitsha, burning
mosques and killing several people in an outbreak of anti-Muslim
violence that followed deadly protests against caricatures of the
Prophet Muhammad over the weekend.
2006 Feb 21, In Pakistan 11
Islamic militants were sentenced to death for an assassination
attempt on a Pakistani army general that killed 10 people in 2004.
2006 Feb 21, Hamas presented
its choice for Palestinian prime minister. Ismail Haniyeh (43), a
pragmatic former university administrator, and the Islamic militant
group reached out to other factions, including Fatah, to join a
broad-based Cabinet that might stand a chance of gaining
2006 Feb 21, In Peru Miguel
Toledo (36), a nephew of Pres. Alejandro Toledo, was given a
four-year suspended sentence on charges he drugged and raped a
22-year-old woman in 2004.
2006 Feb 21, Portugal's
President Jorge Sampaio was granted honorary citizenship of East
Timor as he began a three-day official trip to the former Portuguese
2006 Feb 21, The weekly Nash
Region became the second Russian newspaper in a week to shut down
amid heightened sensitivities about portrayals of Muhammad.
2006 Feb 21, It was reported
that the Stockholm chapter of the biker gang Hell's Angels is being
investigated for fraud after police found 70 percent of members were
certified as depressed by the same doctor and were getting state
2007 Feb 21, The government
reported that US consumer prices jumped in January, a week after
Federal Reserve chief Ben Bernanke warned that inflation remains the
central bank's top concern.
2007 Feb 21, Mayor Newsom and
Philip Mangano, the government’s head of homelessness, announced
that SF had received $19.7 million in federal funds to help fight
(SFC, 2/22/07, p.B1)
2007 Feb 21, The SF Police
Commission approved a computerized system to track problematic
behavior by police officers.
(SFC, 2/22/07, p.A1)
2007 Feb 21, Food retailer
Asda, owned by US group Wal-Mart, said it would create 8,000 jobs
and build 18 new supermarkets across Britain this year.
2007 Feb 21, PM Tony Blair said
Britain will withdraw around 1,600 troops from Iraq in the coming
months and aims to further cut its 7,100-strong contingent by late
summer if Iraqi forces can secure the country's south.
2007 Feb 21, Ottawa took the
first step to end a strike by Canadian National Railway workers that
has spurred demands for government intervention by a chorus of
shippers as well as an internecine union battle.
2007 Feb 21, A land mine killed
five Colombian soldiers after a patrol chasing leftist rebels
stumbled in to a mine field.
2007 Feb 21, In Costa Rica an
American senior citizen (70) killed an alleged mugger with his bare
hands. His traveling companions aboard a tour bus fended off two
other assailants in the Atlantic coast city of Limon. The tourists
left on their Carnival cruise ship after the incident and
authorities did not plan to press charges against them.
2007 Feb 21, Denmark’s PM
Rasmussen said that his country will withdraw its 460-member
contingent from southern Iraq by August and transfer security
responsibilities to Iraqi forces.
2007 Feb 21, Security officials
said Egyptian border and security authorities had arrested 23
Palestinians and Egyptians in the Sinai region, including one who
was wearing an explosives belt and had crossed from Gaza to Egypt in
an underground tunnel.
2007 Feb 21, In Ethiopia the UN
humanitarian office said that 684 people have died in a diarrhea
epidemic and that neighboring countries were also affected.
Ethiopia’s government has refused to declare the phenomenon as a
cholera epidemic, preferring to refer to it as "acute watery
2007 Feb 21, Europol said
Police in seven European countries have broken up a network that
carried out more than 200 carefully choreographed armed robberies of
jewelry stores, and channeled $53 million in loot into drugs and
2007 Feb 21, Nobel Peace Prize
winner Rigoberta Menchu announced that she will run for the
presidency of Guatemala in the country's September elections, a move
likely fuel talk about an Indian resurgence in Latin American
2007 Feb 21, India said it has
banned the export to Iran of all material, equipment and technology
which could contribute to Tehran's nuclear program.
2007 Feb 21, India and Pakistan
signed a deal to reduce the risk of a nuclear arms accident in a
show of cooperation and defiance against terror attacks that killed
68 people from both countries.
2007 Feb 21, A suicide car
bomber struck a police checkpoint in the Shiite city of Najaf,
killing at 13 people in the spiritual heartland of the militia
factions led by Muqtada al-Sadr. A car bomb in the western Baghdad
district of Bayya killed at least two and injured 31. Later, a car
bomb in the neighborhood killed at least three people. The area is
mixed between Sunni and Shiites. PM Nouri al-Maliki fired a top
Sunni official who had called for an international investigation
into the rape allegations leveled by a Sunni Arab woman against
three members of the Shiite-dominated security forces. A tank truck
carrying chlorine exploded killing 3 people and wounding at least
25. In Ramadi a six-hour battle broke out after insurgents armed
with rocket-propelled grenades attacked US troops from nearby
buildings. A Marine spokesman said 12 insurgents were killed and
there were no civilian casualties reported. Iraqi authorities said
the dead included women and children.
(AP, 2/21/07)(AFP, 2/22/07)(SFC, 2/22/07,
2007 Feb 21, Israeli troops
fatally shot a West Bank leader of the Islamic Jihad militant group
who was involved in an attempted bombing near Tel Aviv. 93.6 RAM FM
began broadcasting 20 independent news bulletins a day from studios
in Jerusalem and the West Bank to a target audience of half a
million English-speakers on both sides of the divide in the Holy
(AFP, 2/20/07)(AP, 2/21/07)
2007 Feb 21, In Italy Premier
Romano Prodi stepped down following an embarrassing parliamentary
defeat of his government's proposed foreign policy program. His
center-left government had been in power for just 9 months.
(AP, 2/22/07)(SFC, 2/22/07, p.A3)
2007 Feb 21, The Bank of Japan
voted to raise interest rates by a quarter of a point to 0.5%.
(Econ, 2/24/07, p.85)
2007 Feb 21, Lebanese
anti-aircraft guns fired at Israeli warplanes over southern Lebanon,
indicating that Lebanon's army is taking a new assertiveness toward
2007 Feb 21, At a regional
meeting in Libya the leaders of Sudan and Chad said they agreed to
redouble efforts to end violence spilling over their border from
2007 Feb 21, Human Rights Watch
condemned Malaysia's plan to introduce tough laws that curb the
movements of migrant employees and allow employers "to lock up
2007 Feb 21, Montenegro police
arrested Smail Tulja (67) in his home in Montenegro's capital,
Podgorica, on an international arrest warrant that the authorities
received from FBI and Interpol agents. He was wanted for the killing
and dismemberment of an elderly woman in New York City in 1990 and
is also suspected in similar slayings of women throughout Europe.
2007 Feb 21, In Nigeria a
Lebanese hostage abducted along with three Italians in southern
Nigeria was freed after being held for more than 10 weeks. MEND said
the men guarding Saliba had been bribed to allow his escape. Two of
the Italians abducted with Saliba were still being held by MEND. The
third was freed on January 18 because of health problems. Gunmen
killed two soldiers and wounded a third in the southern Niger delta.
(AFP, 2/21/07)(AP, 2/22/07)(AFP, 2/23/07)
2007 Feb 21, Finance Minster
Alexei Kudrin said that a new domestic offering for shares in
Russia's largest state-controlled bank had brought in $8.8 billion.
2007 Feb 21, Seven Saudis
released from the US prison in Guantanamo Bay returned home and were
promptly detained to see if they had terrorist connections.
2007 Feb 21, In Somalia gunmen
fatally shot two local government officials in Mogadishu.
2007 Feb 21, South Africa's
finance minister painted an upbeat picture of the economy,
forecasting five-percent annual growth to the end of the decade as
he posted the first budget surplus in recent memory. Two people were
arrested over the theft of jewelry worth more than 500,000 dollars
from the home of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, the former wife of South
Africa's anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela.
2007 Feb 21, Thailand police
said suspected Islamic separatists had set ablaze Thailand's biggest
rubber warehouse and shot dead four people in fresh attacks across
the Muslim-majority southern provinces. A top economic aide to
ousted PM Thaksin Shinawatra resigned from his position in the
current military-appointed government following sharp criticism from
(AFP, 2/21/07)(AP, 2/21/07)
2007 Feb 21, A 5.7 magnitude
earthquake shook southeastern Turkey. A five-story apartment
building collapsed in Istanbul, killing at least two people and
injuring more than two dozen others.
2008 Feb 21, President George
W. Bush promised US support for Liberia in its recovery from a
crippling civil war as he visited the close U.S. ally on the last
stop of a five-nation tour of Africa.
2008 Feb 21, It was reported
that the US Defense Dept. had dispersed $80 million monthly, or some
$1 billion a year, for the last 6 years to Pakistan to support
troops in the tribal area along the Afghan border.
(SFC, 2/21/08, p.A3)
2008 Feb 21, Google Inc. said
will begin storing the medical records of a few thousand people as
it tests a long-awaited health service that's likely to raise more
concerns about the volume of sensitive information entrusted to the
Internet search leader.
2008 Feb 21, Ben Chapman
(1928-2008), film star, died. He played the creature in the film
“The Creature from the Black Lagoon” (1954).
(Econ, 3/8/08, p.97)
2008 Feb 21, Evan Mecham
(b.1924), former Arizona Gov. (1987-1988), died. He was impeached,
indicted and subjected to a recall campaign in 1988 for misuse of
state funds and inflammatory racial opinions.
(SFC, 2/23/08, p.B5)
2008 Feb 21, In Afghanistan
NATO troops found 1.65 tons of opium, which ISAF said was worth $400
million, and a "significant quantity" of drug-making equipment. The
$400 million figure appeared to be the opium's estimated street
value once it was trafficked outside Afghanistan.
2008 Feb 21, Hans Janitschek
(73), an Austrian journalist who spent years as a UN consultant and
also served as secretary general of the Socialist International
organization, died suddenly at UN headquarters. Janitschek wrote
several political biographies, co-authored Waldheim's autobiography
and published more than a dozen books.
2008 Feb 21, Australia's new
government confirmed that it would withdraw its combat troops from
Iraq by mid-year but pledged strong ties with the United States
ahead of landmark talks this week.
2008 Feb 21, In Brazil a
ferryboat carrying more than 100 passengers collided with a barge
carrying fuel tanks and sank to the bottom of the Amazon River. At
least 14 people died. 92 people were rescued by several small boats
and the state's floating police station.
2008 Feb 21, In London Steve
Wright (49) was found guilty of murdering five prostitutes in a
killing spree which brought terror to the English market town of
Ipswitch in 2006.
2008 Feb 21, In Burkina Faso
some 200 people were arrested following a 2-day protest against
rising living costs which ended in violent clashes.
2008 Feb 21, Chinese state
media said authorities are using algae-munching fish to clean up one
of the country's most polluted lakes, and after their diet of toxins
they will be sold on to consumers.
2008 Feb 21, In Iraq 4 British
soldiers were wounded near their base outside the southern city of
Basra, an attack the Iraqi police described as a roadside bomb
explosion that targeted a British patrol.
2008 Feb 21, A magnitude-6.2
earthquake, the largest ever recorded on Norwegian territory, hit
off the Arctic Svalbard islands, the national seismic monitoring
center said. No casualties or damage were reported.
2008 Feb 21, In Serbia
protesters, outraged at US support for Kosovo, stormed the US
Embassy in Belgrade and set part of it on fire. Zoran Vujovic (21)
died in the fire and 150 people were injured. Police arrested almost
200 rioters involved in the protests.
(SSFC, 2/24/08, p.A4)(WSJ, 2/25/08, p.A1)
2008 Feb 21, In South Korea a
special prosecutor cleared Pres.-elect Lee Myung-bak of financial
(SFC, 2/21/08, p.A3)
2008 Feb 21, Turkish troops
launched a ground incursion across the border into Iraq in pursuit
of separatist Kurdish rebels.
2008 Feb 21, In Venezuela a
plane carrying 46 people crashed in the western mountains, 6 miles
from the airport in the Andean city of Merida. All aboard were
2009 Feb 21, President Barack
Obama ordered the US Treasury to implement tax cuts for 95 percent
of Americans, fulfilling a campaign pledge he hopes will help jolt
the economy out of recession.
2009 Feb 21, The US postal
service released a set of six 42-cent stamps honoring a dozen early
civil rights activists.
(SFC, 2/21/09, p.A4)
2009 Feb 21, The Journal
Register Co., a Yardley, Pa.-based company, filed for bankruptcy
protection. The company owned 2o daily and 159 nondaily newspapers
with some 3,500 employees.
(SSFC, 2/22/09, p.A8)
2009 Feb 21, In Afghanistan a
battle outside Kandahar killed at least six Taliban fighters.
Fighting continued into the next day. An airstrike against militants
in Helmand province killed 8.
2009 Feb 21, In India
Sivaprakasam (60), a former civil servant, burned himself to death
in Tamil Nadu to protest Sri Lanka’s campaign against the Tamil
Tiger rebels. His was the 5th Tamil Nadu suicide by fire this year.
(Econ, 2/28/09, p.46)
2009 Feb 21, In western
Indonesia a Sumatran tiger mauled two illegal loggers to death,
bringing to 5 the number of people killed by the critically
endangered cats in less than a month.
2009 Feb 21, Iraq's infamous
Abu Ghraib prison reopened as the Baghdad Central Prison, with
official promises of humane treatment in a lockup notorious as a
center for abuse, both under Saddam Hussein and the US military.
2009 Feb 21, In Ireland around
100,000 people filled the streets of Dublin in protest at the
government's handling of the country's economic crisis.
2009 Feb 21, Jamaican
regulators said they are forbidding all explicit references to sex
and violence over the airwaves. The announcement followed a Feb. 6
ban that specifically targeted dancehall tunes and videos depicting
"daggering," a dance style popular among Jamaican youth that
features pelvic grinding simulating sex.
2009 Feb 21, In Kashmir two men
were killed when soldiers opened fire after a group of Kashmiri
youths hurled stones at them and chanted anti-India slogans. On
March 21 the Indian army said it would punish three soldiers for
their role in the shooting.
2009 Feb 21, Two rockets were
fired from south Lebanon at Israel, with one slamming into a mostly
Christian Arab village and causing minor injuries to at least one
Israeli. Israel responded by firing at least 6 shells on a village
in the area where the rockets had been launched.
(AP, 2/21/09)(SSFC, 2/22/09, p.A5)
2009 Feb 21, In Mexico
assailants in an SUV hurled two grenades at a police station in the
Pacific resort town of Zihuatanejo, wounding one officer and four
civilians. Teenagers stoned a 22-year-old man to death in Tuxtla
Gutierrez because they believed he had stolen a cell phone and a
bicycle from one of their friends.
2009 Feb 21, In central Nigeria
rioters burned homes, churches and mosques, when violence flared
after Muslims parked their cars in front of a church in Bauchi. The
clashes followed an argument between Christians and Muslims the
previous day. Authorities in northern Nigeria have deployed troops
and imposed a curfew following clashes between Christians and
Muslims which left at least 11 people dead.
(AP, 2/21/09)(AFP, 2/23/09)
2009 Feb 21, A Pakistani
official said that the Taliban and the Pakistani government had
agreed to a "permanent cease-fire" in the restive northwest Swat
Valley. A roadside bomb apparently targeted an oil tanker headed to
NATO troops in Afghanistan. The remote-controlled bomb killed one
person and wounded two others near the Landi Kotal area. The Taliban
had been engineering a class revolt for years by exploiting fissures
between a small group of wealthy landlords and their landless
(AP, 2/21/09)(WSJ, 4/16/09, p.A4)
2009 Feb 21, A few hundred
Russian opposition sympathizers held an anti-Kremlin rally in
central Moscow demanding the resignation of the government. Former
chess champion Garry Kasparov and former Prime Minister Mikhail
Kasyanov addressed the crowd from a truck.
2009 Feb 21, In Russia
assailants with automatic rifles blocked a car of 2 bank employees
on a highway in Tula province south of Moscow and stole about 43
million rubles ($1.2 million; euro 940,000) in cash at gunpoint. The
bank employees, a cashier and a driver, were traveling in a Toyota
with no armed escort despite the large amount of cash.
2009 Feb 21, In central
Slovakia a train collided with a bus, killing 11 people and injuring
21 others near the town of Brezno.
2009 Feb 21, A South Korean
housewife broke a world record in marathon singing after crooning
for more than 76 hours without stopping at a Seoul karaoke bar.
2009 Feb 21, In eastern Sri
Lanka a group of Tamil rebels stormed a village, killing two ethnic
Sinhalese farmers and wounding 15 others.
2009 Feb 21, Sudan's justice
minister said Sudan will free 24 Darfur prisoners as part of a
goodwill agreement with rebels, even as fresh reports of violence
came in from the battle-scarred region. Two Sudanese working for
Aide Medicale Internationale, a French humanitarian group in Darfur,
were shot dead in an attack that also left four people wounded. A
gang of 24 men on horses and camels ambushed the workers on a road
between Kurunji and Khor Abeshe in South Darfur.
(Reuters, 2/21/09)(AFP, 2/23/09)
2010 Feb 21, The US space
shuttle Endeavour returned to Florida following an assembly mission
to the Int’l. Space Station.
(SFC, 2/22/10, p.A6)
2010 Feb 21, Afghan and US
Marine units converged on a dangerous western quarter of the Taliban
stronghold of Marjah, with NATO forces facing "determined
resistance" as their assault on the southern town entered its second
week. One service member involved in the Marjah offensive was killed
in a roadside bombing. A NATO airstrike killed at least 27 Afghan
civilians in central Uruzgan province, in the third coalition strike
this month to kill noncombatants. A military report released on May
29 said inexperienced operators of a US drone aircraft ignored or
downplayed signs that Afghan civilians were in the convoy in Uruzgan
in which 23 civilians were killed and 12 others wounded.
(AP, 2/21/10)(AP, 2/22/10)(AP, 5/29/10)(SSFC,
2010 Feb 21, The British public
was introduced to what one political journalist has painted as the
dark face as the country's prime minister: A man so whose rages were
so damaging that the country's top bureaucrat had to intervene to
comfort his distressed staff. The description, carried in book "The
End of the Party," by The Observer journalist Andrew Rawnsley, was
vigorously contested by Brown and his lieutenants.
2010 Feb 21, Kathryn Bigelow's
Iraq war movie "The Hurt Locker" swept the board at the BAFTA awards
in London, winning the best film and director awards and leaving
ex-husband James Cameron almost empty-handed.
2010 Feb 21, In Canada US skier
Bode Miller snatched his first Olympic gold medal and US ice hockey
goalkeeper Ryan Miller stopped Canada in a heartbreaking loss for
the hockey-crazed host nation.
2010 Feb 21, Egyptian police
shot dead two African migrants as they attempted to enter Israel
illegally. A man threw a suitcase containing a makeshift bomb at
Cairo's main synagogue. There were no injuries or damage to the
synagogue. A man (49), with a record of Islamic extremism and drug
abuse, was detained on Feb 23.
(AFP, 2/21/10)(AP, 2/23/10)
2010 Feb 21, Haiti’s Pres. Rene
Preval said the death toll from his country's earthquake could reach
300,000 once all the bodies are recovered from wrecked buildings.
2010 Feb 21, Iranian state
television reported that intelligence agents have killed four
members of an armed Kurdish separatist group near the Kurdish town
of Sardasht. The report accused the four of killing three policemen
in a clash on Dec 26.
2010 Feb 21, Israeli PM
Benjamin Netanyahu told his Cabinet that the Cave of the Patriarchs
in Hebron and Rachel's Tomb near Bethlehem are additions to the list
of national heritage sites. Israel's air force introduced a fleet of
large unmanned planes that can fly as far as Iran. Air force
officials said the Heron TP drones can fly 20 consecutive hours, and
are primarily used for surveillance and carrying payloads. Israeli
shelling wounded five Palestinian day laborers along the northern
border of the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip.
(AP, 2/21/10)(AFP, 2/21/10)
2010 Feb 21, Mexico’s federal
police captured Jose Vasquez Villagrana (40), described as a key
operator of the powerful Sinaloa cartel, in his home town of Santa
Ana. He served briefly in the US army before taking on the
trafficking of 2 tons of cocaine a month into the US. 14 deaths were
reported in Sinaloa state. In the worst incident, six people,
including two women and a minor, were found shot to death in a
cemetery in Juan Jose Rios. In the same town, two men were found
strangled in a house, one with the cable of an iron and another with
a wire hanger.
2010 Feb 21, In Pakistan a
suicide car bomber hit a military convoy killing nine people,
including children, in the Swat district, just months after the army
claimed to have quelled a Taliban uprising. The body of Jaspal Singh
one of three Sikhs abducted later January in Bara, Khyber district,
was found beheaded. Taliban militants had kidnapped and beheaded him
after relatives failed to pay a ransom, due Feb 20, for his release.
The Sikh community blamed the umbrella Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan
(TTP) for the beheading.
2010 Feb 21, In the Philippines
Albader Parad, a top commander of the Al Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf,
was among six militants killed in fighting on Jolo island. Another
of those slain, Abdulhan Jumdail, was identified as the cousin of
Umbra Jumdail, one of the core leaders of the Abu Sayyaf.
2010 Feb 21, In southern Sudan
weekend fighting between armed clan members and soldiers killed at
least 30 people over the last 24 hours. After the attempt to seize
weapons, the armed Gok Dinka, a sub-clan of the Dinka, the south's
largest tribe, carried out a spate of attacks on an army base in
2011 Feb 21, Four Americans
(Jean and Scott Adams, Phyllis Macay and Robert Riggle) taken
hostage by Somali pirates were shot and killed by their captors,
marking the first time US citizens have been killed in a wave of
pirate attacks plaguing the Gulf of Aden and the Indian Ocean. US
naval forces, who were trailing the Americans' captured yacht with
four warships, quickly boarded the Quest after hearing gunfire. Two
pirates died during the confrontation and 13 were captured and
detained. On March 10 the pirates were indicted in Norfolk, Va., on
various charges including piracy and kidnapping. On August 22 two
Somali men were sentenced to life in prison. 9 others remained
including 3 charged with murder. In 2012 Mohammad Saaili Shibin was
convicted for his role as a hostage negotiator.
(AP, 2/22/11)(SFC, 3/11/11, p.A7)(SFC, 3/11/11,
p.A7)(SFC, 8/23/11, p.A5)(SFC, 4/28/12, p.A4)
2011 Feb 21, In Daly City, Ca.,
patrol officers heard shots fired coming from 26 West Market Street.
Officers saw an adult male subject grab an adult female around the
neck and pull her into the residence. After a six hour stand off,
the Hostage Negotiation Team convinced the subjects to leave the
residence. Both subjects were arrested. A total of 26 firearms were
seized from the residence. 10 of those firearms were considered
(Daly City Crime Alert and Community Bulletin
2011 Feb 21, Tom DeBaggio, herb
grower and Alzheimer’s patient, died in Virginia. His work included
“Losing My Mind” and “When It Gets Dark.”
(Econ, 3/5/11, p.93)
2011 Feb 21, In Afghanistan a
suicide bomber blew himself up at the entrance to a government
office in Kunduz province, killing at least 30 people, many who were
waiting in line to obtain government identification cards. A NATO
service member was killed in a roadside bombing in the south.
2011 Feb 21, In Algeria about
500 students rallied in the capital, part of the wave of unrest in
Arab world to register discontent with national governments. The
students want the government to scrap a new law that dilutes the
value of their diplomas by giving equal status to less-qualified
degree holders in the job market.
2011 Feb 21, In Bahrain a group
of young protesters camped out in the capital and called for the
ouster of the entire ruling monarchy as part of sweeping demands to
call off a weeklong uprising. At least 8 people have been killed and
hundreds injured in the clashes since the unrest spilling across the
Arab world reached the Gulf last week. A manifesto from a group
calling itself "Youth of Feb. 14" — after the day of the first
marches — apparently sought to raise the stakes of demands ahead of
possible talks between the opposition and the monarchy.
2011 Feb 21, British detectives
named the country's 10 most wanted fugitives who have bolted to the
"Costa del Crime", fleeing the urban ganglands for the Spanish
2011 Feb 21, British energy
giant BP and India's Reliance Industries announced a massive
investment deal which could be worth up to $20 billion with later
investment in key Indian oil and gas assets.
2011 Feb 21, British-based
Diageo announced the takeover of Mey Icki, Turkey’s largest maker of
raki, an aniseed drink, for $2.1 billion.
(Econ, 3/5/11, p.70)
2011 Feb 21, In CongoDRC a
mobile military court convicted army Lt. Col. Mutuare Daniel Kibibi
(46) of crimes against humanity, a landmark verdict in this Central
African country where aid groups say thousands are brutally raped
each year and where impunity prevails for the soldiers and militia
groups who terrorize civilians. 3 of Kibibi's officers received the
same sentences, and 5 others got lesser sentences. 49 women who
testified about the New Year attacks in Fizi were to receive up to
$10,000 each in compensation from the government as part of the
2011 Feb 21, Danish shipper
Maersk announced the order of 10 colossal container ships from South
Korea’s Daewoo Shipbuilding.
(Econ, 2/26/11, p.73)
2011 Feb 21, Egypt asked
Britain for its support in seeking debt forgiveness from Europe, in
the latest push to boost an economy bruised by weeks of protests
that toppled Pres. Mubarak. Egypt owed the EU member states about $9
billion. According to central bank figures the country's total
foreign debt stood at about $34.7 billion as of the end of September
2011 Feb 21, Egypt's prosecutor
general requested a freeze on the foreign assets of Hosni Mubarak
and his family, 10 days after the longtime president resigned in the
face of a popular uprising.
2011 Feb 21, In Honduras a new
law took effect banning smoking in most public and private spaces.
It did not actually outlaw cigarettes inside homes, but did have a
provision allowing people to file complaints about secondhand smoke
2011 Feb 21, In Honduras
evangelical pastor Carlos Marroquin (41), walking his two
schnauzers, was shot to death by a gunman who tried to steal the
dogs in San Pedro Sula.
2011 Feb 21, In Iran Ali
Karroubi, son of opposition leader Mahdi Karroubi, was taken into
custody. His detention was widely viewed as at attempt to gain
leverage on his father.
2011 Feb 21, In Iraq a suicide
attacker detonated a car bomb at a police station in Samarra,
killing at least 12 police officers. Police and hospital officials
in Sulaimaniyah said two protesters died, including a teenager, and
46 were wounded as a result of injuries sustained during overnight
2011 Feb 21, In the Ivory Coast
at least 6 people were killed when soldiers entered opposition areas
in Abidjan firing machine guns.
(SFC, 2/22/11, p.A2)
2011 Feb 21, Libyan protesters
celebrated in the streets of Benghazi, claiming control of the
country's second largest city after bloody fighting, and
anti-government unrest spread to the capital with clashes in
Tripoli's main square for the first time. Justice minister Mustafa
Abdel-Jalil resigned from his post to protest the "excessive use of
force against unarmed protesters."
2011 Feb 21, Spreading unrest
in Libya shut down 6 percent of oil output in Africa's No.3 producer
and prompted a host of energy firms to pull out international staff,
sending oil prices to above $105 a barrel. Al Jazeera television
said military aircraft fired live ammunition at crowds of
anti-government protesters in Tripoli.
2011 Feb 21, In Mali a stampede
at a football stadium in Bamako killed 35 people. Thousands had
gathered there for a blessing by a well-known Imam.
(SFC, 2/23/11, p.A2)
2011 Feb 21, Mexican marines
found 72 sticks of commercial synthetic explosives at a heavily
armed camp in the southern state of Guerrero.
2011 Feb 21, Morocco’s King
Mohammed VI announced the creation of a new Social and Economic
Council tasked with carrying out reforms. Interior Minister Taib
Cherkaoui said 5 burned bodies were found in a bank set ablaze in
the north Moroccan city of Al Hoceima in unrest that erupted after
weekend demonstrations for change. Thousands of young Moroccans have
joined the "February 20" movement on the social networking site
Facebook, calling for peaceful demonstrations demanding a new
constitution limiting the king's powers and more social justice.
(Econ, 2/26/11, p.28)(AFP, 2/21/11)
2011 Feb 21, In Pakistan Abu
Zaid, an Iraqi al-Qaida operative was believed to be one of seven
militants killed by a US missile strike in the South Waziristan
tribal region along the Afghan border overnight. A 2nd suspected US
missile strike killed at least five people in North Waziristan.
2011 Feb 21, The Palestinian
Center for Human Rights said that five male hairdressers were
interrogated in Gaza and forced to sign declarations that they
wouldn't work in women's salons.
2011 Feb 21, In the Philippines
four kidnappers were killed and a policeman wounded during a foiled
attempt to abduct a Chinese-Filipino businessman in southern North
Cotabato province's Midsayap township.
2011 Feb 21, In Russia former
Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev described Russia as an imitation of
democracy and accused its current rulers of conceit and contempt for
voters, in his harshest criticism of the government yet.
2011 Feb 21, In Somalia a
suicide bomber detonated an explosives laden car at a police station
in Mogadishu killing at least 8 people. Al-Shabab claimed
(SFC, 2/22/11, p.A2)
2011 Feb 21, Yemen's embattled
leader rejected demands that he step down, saying widespread
demonstrations against his regime are unacceptable acts of
2012 Feb 21, A US federal grand
jury indicted Jacquline Hoegel (55) of American Canyon, Ca., and
William Wise (62) of Raleigh, NC, for bilking investors of $75
million while running a nation-wide $129 million Ponzi scheme, which
was shut down in March, 2009.
(SFC, 3/1/12, p.C2)
2012 Feb 21, Barney Rosset
(89), American publisher, died in Manhattan. He was the owner of the
avant-garde Grove Press (1951-1991) and publisher and
Editor-in-Chief of the magazine Evergreen Review.
2012 Feb 21, Afghan Pres. Hamid
Karzai invited the Taliban leadership to direct talks, while urging
Pakistan to facilitate negotiation efforts towards ending 10 years
of war. Demonstrators gathered outside the Bagram US base in Parwan
province as word spread that Muslim holy books were burned in a pile
of garbage. The US apologized for burning the copies of the Quran. A
NATO service member died as a result of a non-battle related injury.
(AFP, 2/21/12)(AP, 2/22/12)
2012 Feb 21, In Bhutan "The
Bhutanese," an English-language paper, hit the market for the first
time and will initially appear as a bi-weekly. A media revolution
has seen more than 10 titles sprout up in the tiny Himalayan nation
since the start of democracy in 2008.
2012 Feb 21, Britain’s Deputy
PM Nick Clegg unveiled a £126 million fund to focus on the "ticking
time bomb" of young people who are not in employment, education or
2012 Feb 21, The Brit Awards
cut off singer Adele's speech as she accepted the main prize of the
ceremony, a move which prompted the singer to raise her middle
finger at the crowd. The organizers apologized in a statement after
2012 Feb 21, Ethiopian troops
in battle tanks thrust into rebel-held Somalia regions, sparking
heavy fighting as they advanced towards the major Shebab stronghold
2012 Feb 21, Greece reached an
agreement on a $172 billion in loans through 2014 from the EU
governments and the IMF.
(SFC, 2/22/12, p.A4)
2012 Feb 21, A senior Tata
executive said India’s Tata Motors has selected a partner to build
an assembly plant for its luxury British car brands Jaguar and Land
Rover in China.
2012 Feb 21, The Times of India
said Tsutomi Omori (49), managing director of Olympus Medical
Systems in India, was found hanging from iron railings within his
luxury apartment complex in Delhi's satellite city of Gurgaon.
Police said Omori appeared to have committed suicide late on Feb 19.
2012 Feb 21, Iran said it views
its nuclear activities as a non-negotiable right, but confirmed they
will be discussed in mooted talks with world powers aimed at
defusing a crisis containing the seeds of a new Middle East war.
2012 Feb 21, Israel’s Supreme
Court overturned the so-called Tal Law, saying that it failed to
encourage more ultra-Orthodox to perform compulsory military service
or alternative community service.
2012 Feb 21, Jamaica’s National
Security Minister Peter Bunting said Jamaica is developing a new
policy to battle crime as gang violence drives the homicide rate
higher. He said 165 killings have been reported by police so far in
2012, compared to 135 slayings during the corresponding period last
year on the Caribbean island of 2.8 million people.
2012 Feb 21, Libya’s leader
Mustafa Abdul-Jalil acknowledged that his government is powerless to
control militias that are refusing to lay down their arms after
ousting Moammar Khadafy. The Swehli militia of Misrata, which also
operates in Tripoli, seized Nicholas Davies and Gareth
Montgomery-Johnson while they were reportedly filming in the
capital. The two British journalists, working for Iran's
English-Language Press TV, were being held for illegal entry and
possible espionage. On March 18 deputy interior minister Omar
al-Khadrawi said the men had committed no crime and were free to
2012 Feb 21, Libyan tribal
sources said fierce clashes between two tribes in the remote
southeastern desert have killed more than 100 people over the past
10 days. They said at least 113 people from the Toubu tribe and
another 23 from the Zwai tribe have been killed in the town of Kufra
since fighting erupted on February 12. Control of lucrative
smuggling routes was at the root of the conflict.
2012 Feb 21, Malaysia's Home
Ministry said in a statement that bookstores were no longer allowed
to sell "Where did I come from?" by British author Peter Mayle
pending a review.
2012 Feb 21, Nepal's highest
court jailed a serving government minister for corruption in a first
for a nation fighting an ingrained culture of graft. Information and
communications minister, Jaya Prakash Prasad Gupta (52), was handed
an 18-month sentence and an 8.4 million-rupee fine after he failed
to account for a vast portfolio of property accrued while in office.
2012 Feb 21, A Shell oil
official said oil companies in Nigeria are battling against a rising
theft that is costing them an estimated 150,000 barrels of crude
2012 Feb 21, The Pakistani navy
took delivery of two state-of-the-art, US-made surveillance aircraft
nine months after Islamist militants destroyed two similar planes.
2012 Feb 21, Palestinian
prisoner Khader Adnan (33), a member of the Islamic Jihad militant
group, agreed to end his 66-day hunger strike after reaching a deal
with Israel that will free him in April.
2012 Feb 21, It was reported
that a team of Russian scientists have revived a plant, Silene
stenophylla, whose seeds came from a squirrel’s chamber in Siberian
permafrost dating back 30k-32k years.
(SFC, 2/21/12, p.A4)
2012 Feb 21, Africa's top
envoy, former Nigerian president Olusegun Obasanjo, arrived in
Senegal amid fresh clashes, with the opposition hoping he can talk
85-year-old President Abdoulaye Wade out of seeking a controversial
third term in weekend polls.
2012 Feb 21, In Russia Pussy
Riot performed a punk rock song in the Cathedral of Christ the
Savior of the Russian Orthodox Church in Moscow. In the song, the
group prayed to the “Holy Mother, Blessed Virgin” to “chase Putin
out,” in part of the growing protest movement against Vladimir
2012 Feb 21, Syrian forces
killed at least 68 people across the country, including 16 in the
shelling of neighborhoods in Homs. The International Committee of
the Red Cross called for a daily two-hour cease-fire so it can
deliver emergency aid and evacuate people who are wounded or sick.
(AFP, 2/21/12)(AP, 2/21/12)(AFP, 2/22/12)
2012 Feb 21, Venezuela’s
President Hugo Chavez announced that doctors in Cuba found a new
lesion in the same place where a cancerous tumor was removed last
year and said he will shortly return to the island to have it
2012 Feb 21, Yemenis voted to
instate their US-backed vice president as the new head of state,
tasked with steering the country out of a crisis created by an
anti-government uprising that has raged for a year. Vice President
Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi was the only candidate. Four people
including a child were killed in clashes in south Yemen between
security forces and separatists, who seized half the polling
stations in the city of Aden to prevent voting.
(AP, 2/21/12)(AFP, 2/21/12)
2013 Feb 21, Detroit, with its
violent crimes, high unemployment, dwindling population and
financial crisis, was named by Forbes as the most miserable city in
the United States.
2013 Feb 21, Nevada Gov. Brian
Sandoval signed legislation legalizing online gambling.
SFC, 2/22/13, p.A7)
2013 Feb 21, In Las Vegas a
Maserati ran a red light at one of the Strip's busiest intersections
and smashed into a taxi that exploded into flames, killing taxi
driver Michael Boldon (62) and passenger Sandra Sutton-Wasmund (48),
of Maple Valley, Wash. Kenneth Wayne Cherry Jr., the driver of the
Maserati, was killed. Bullets had flown from a black Range Rover at
the Maserati as the vehicles raced toward a red light on the Strip.
The black SUV was found on Feb 23 as police named Ammar Harris (26)
in connection with the shooting and six-vehicle chain-reaction
carnage. Ammar Harris was arrested in Los Angeles on Feb 28.
(AP, 2/21/13)(AP, 2/24/13)(AP, 2/28/13)
2013 Feb 21, Suspended
Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin along with her
aide and sister, Janine Orie, were convicted on campaign corruption
charges. They could join a third sister — former state Sen. Jane
Orie — in state prison.
2013 Feb 21, Google unveiled
its touch-screen Chromebook Pixel, a high-end laptop starting at
(SFC, 2/22/13, p.A1)
2013 Feb 21, Britain’s HM
Revenue and Customs published the names of what it described as "tax
cheats" for the first time, part of efforts to address public anger
over tax evasion at a time of economic austerity.
2013 Feb 21, A London jury
found Irfan Naseer (31), Irfan Khalid (27) and Ashik Ali (27),
arrested in September 2011, guilty of being central figures in a
foiled plot to explode knapsack bombs in crowded areas.
2013 Feb 21, Ray Cusick (84),
BBC designer, died. He created the Daleks, mutant monsters in
sinister shells, for the “Doctor Who” TV series.
(Econ, 3/2/13, p.90)
2013 Feb 21, In Guatemalan
residents of Peten province reported a gunbattle between drug gangs
and said one of the dead resembled Mexico's most-wanted drug lord,
Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman. Soldiers and police scanning the area
found no sign of any confrontation.
2013 Feb 21, A Haitian judge
summoned Jean-Claude Duvalier (61) to appear in court after the
former dictator defied an order to attend a hearing to determine
whether he should again face charges for human rights abuses
committed during the nearly 15 years of his brutal regime.
2013 Feb 21, In India 16 people
were killed and 117 injured in a pair of bomb explosions in a
crowded area of the southern city of Hyderabad.
(AP, 2/21/13)(AP, 2/22/13)(Econ, 3/2/13, p.41)
2013 Feb 21, In Indonesia some
20 assailants killed eight soldiers killed in two attacks in Papua
province. The assailants were identified as members of a local
separatist group led by Goliat Tabuni.
2013 Feb 21, An Iranian
semi-official news agency said Iran is planning to build a $4
billion oil refinery in Gwadar, Baluchistan province. Iran will
reportedly sell products from the refinery to Pakistan in return of
food, especially wheat, meat and rice.
(AP, 2/21/13)(SSFC, 2/24/13, p.A4)
2013 Feb 21, In Iraq gunmen
attacked an army checkpoint in Duluiayah, 75 km north of Baghdad,
killing four soldiers and wounding four others.
2013 Feb 21, Japan’s government
unexpectedly announced that it had hanged 3 men for murder.
(Econ, 2/23/13, p.40)
2013 Feb 21, In eastern Kenya
gunmen armed with AK-47 rifles opened fire at a mosque, killing 7
people in the remote and tiny village of Maayleey.
2013 Feb 21, The Malawi
government agreed to raise public workers' salaries by 60%, ending a
two-week old strike.
2013 Feb 21, In Kidal, Mali, a
town further north where control by French and Chad forces has been
tentative, a car explosion in a mechanics garage killed two,
including the driver and a security guard. Jihadist fighters fired
two rockets at military points in the city of Gao as a suicide
bomber attacked secular rebels near Algeria's border.
(AP, 2/21/13)(AP, 2/22/13)
2013 Feb 21, Mexico said it
will work with the Int’l. Red Cross on the search of thousands of
people who have disappeared during the country’s 6-year war on
(SFC, 2/22/13, p.A2)
2013 Feb 21, In Nigeria a
suicide bombing hit a crowded market in the heart of Maiduguri and
engulfed stalls in flames.
2013 Feb 21, In Pakistan a bomb
blast inside a shopping mall in Peshawar killed at least one person
and wounded 12 people. The bombing targeted shops selling mobile
2013 Feb 21, A Pakistani
intelligence official said at least half the Afghan Taliban recently
freed from Pakistani prisons have rejoined the insurgency throwing
into question the value of such goodwill gestures that the Afghan
government requested to restart a flagging peace process.
2013 Feb 21, Hundreds of
Palestinian protesters clashed with Israeli security forces, hurling
rocks and burning tires at a West Bank demonstration to show
solidarity with Palestinian prisoners held by Israel.
2013 Feb 21, Spain’s Ferrovial,
a construction and services company, announced that it would buy
Enterprise, a British provider of municipal services, for £385 mil
(Econ, 3/9/13, p.68)
2013 Feb 21, Syrian state TV
said at least 53 people were killed in a car bomb attack in Damascus
near the headquarters of the ruling Baath party and the Russian
Embassy. Anti-regime activists put the death toll at 59. At least 13
other people were killed on two other car bombings in Damascus. An
opposition group said 18 people were killed in a government
airstrike on a rebel field hospital in Daraa.
(AP, 2/21/13)(AP, 2/22/13)SFC, 2/22/13, p.A3)
2013 Feb 21, In Yemen a
celebration marking the first anniversary of the country's
presidential election was interrupted by a shootout between
government forces and disgruntled members of a southern independence
movement. 4 southerners demonstrating for secession in Aden were
killed by security forces.
(AP, 2/21/13)(Econ, 4/13/13, p.51)
2014 Feb 21, US officials
announced that California’s Central Valley farmers would get no
irrigation water from the federal government due to the current
(SFC, 2/22/14, p.A1)
2014 Feb 21, California state
Sen. Ron Calderon (56) and his brother, former Assemblyman Tom
Calderon (59), were indicted on a broad range of federal public
(SFC, 2/22/14, p.C2)
2014 Feb 21, US District Judge
Sharon Johnson ruled that same-sex marriages can begin immediately
in Cook County, Ill.
(SFC, 2/22/14, p.A6)
2014 Feb 21, The head of
Croatia's Bishops Conference, Archbishop Zelimir Puljic, said the
Rev. Nedeljko Ivanov has been found guilty of sexually abusing
minors in 1980s and 1990s. Ivanov was ordered to apologize to the
victims and donate part of his pension to charity.
2014 Feb 21, The EU bloc's
executive Commission added Bavarian pretzels to its "protected
2014 Feb 21, In Germany a
strike by security staff at Frankfurt airport caused nearly 50
flight cancellations and delayed thousands of passengers, bringing
chaos to Europe's third largest hub.
2014 Feb 21, India came under
pressure over the deaths of over 450 nationals in almost two years
in Qatar, the host of the 2022 World Cup. Amnesty International
called on the Indian government to release more information about
the deaths amid mounting criticism over safety and working
conditions in Qatar.
2014 Feb 21, A Myanmar state
minister said an jade boulder weighing up to 50 tons was discovered
by miners just over a week ago in the northern region of Hpakant.
(SFC, 2/22/14, p.A2)
2014 Feb 21, In Pakistan
Taliban spokesman Shahidullah Shahid said there was still hope peace
negotiations might resume.
2014 Feb 21, Philippine
authorities killed at least 7 alleged drug traffickers and arrested
36 others in raids in in Davao city's coastal Tibungco district.
2014 Feb 21, In Russia 200
people were arrested near a Moscow court as it convicted eight
defendants of mass riots and attacking police at a 2012 protest
against Pres. Putin, a case widely seen as a crackdown on dissent.
(AFP, 2/21/14)(SFC, 2/22/14, p.A2)
2014 Feb 21, In Somalia 9
al-Shabab militants wearing military fatigues and carrying guns and
grenades died after attacking the presidential palace with two car
bombs, in an assault the president called a "media spectacular" by a
"dying animal." 2 government officials were killed.
2014 Feb 21, In Spain
international mediators said the armed Basque separatist group ETA
has placed a small quantity of guns and explosives out of use in
what is seen as a first step toward an unconditional total
2014 Feb 21, A Spanish court
ruled that Arthur Budovsky (40), accused of being behind Liberty
Reserves, one of the world's biggest money laundering businesses,
can be extradited to the US to face charges there.
2014 Feb 21, The Syrian army
intensified its aerial bombardment of southern Syria as opposition
fighters were preparing to launch a wide offensive in a province
bordering Jordan. In Geneva the UN’s refugee agency called on
countries to make commitments to provide resettlement for an
additional 100,000 Syrian refugees in 2015 and 2016. A group of 38
male evacuees from besieged parts of Homs were released after
investigation, leaving almost 200 others still being held.
(AP, 2/21/14)(AFP, 2/21/14)
2014 Feb 21, In Tunisia an
Islamist official in Libya's government and 10 other passengers and
crew were killed when a Libyan military plane carrying medical
patients crashed near Tunis.
2014 Feb 21, Ukraine's
opposition leaders signed a deal with the president and European and
Russian mediators for early elections and a new government in hopes
of ending a deadly political crisis. Ukraine's parliament voted to
return the ex-Soviet country to its 2004 constitution, which limits
the president's powers and gives lawmakers the right to appoint key
(AP, 2/21/14)(AFP, 2/21/14)
2014 Feb 21, The UN refugee
agency said around 28,000 people have fled from conflict-torn
Central African Republic to neighbouring Cameroon since the start of
2014 Feb 21, Yemeni forces shot
dead one protester and wounded 16 others as secessionists in the
southern city of Aden defied a ban on protests.
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