Return to home1208 Feb 24,
Francis of Assisi (26) decided to become a priest in Portiuncula,
1500 Feb 24, Charles V, king of
Spain (1516-1556), was born in Ghent, Belgium. He was the last Holy
Roman Emperor to be crowned by the Pope.
(HN, 2/24/99)(SFEC, 11/21/99, p.T10)(MC, 2/24/02)
1525 Feb 24, In the first of
the Franco-Habsburg Wars, the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V captured
the French king Francis I at the battle of Pavia, in Italy. This was
the decisive engagement of the Italian War of 1521-26.
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Pavia)(Econ, 12/12/09, p.93)
1538 Feb 24, Ferdinand of
Hapsburg and John Zapolyai, the two kings of Hungary, concluded the
peace of Grosswardein.
1582 Feb 24, Pope Gregory XIII
issued a papal bull, or edict, outlining his calendar reforms. The
old Julian Calendar had an error rate of one day in every 128 years.
This was corrected in the Gregorian Calendar of Pope Gregory XIII,
but Protestant countries did not accept the change till 1700 and
later. [see 1552 and Oct 4, 1582]
(HFA, '96, p.22)(TL-MB, 1988, p.23)(HN,
6/7/98)(SFEC, 2/20/00, Par p.7)(AP, 2/24/02)
1595 Feb 24, Mathias
Casimir Sarbievius, poet and prof. at Vilnius Univ., was born in
Sarbev, Poland. He died in Warsaw Apr 2, 1640.
1607 Feb 24, Claudio
Monteverdi's opera "Orfeo," premiered at the Court Theater in
(WSJ, 6/19/97, p.A16)(AP, 2/24/07)
1616 Feb 24, Qualifiers of the
Holy Office concluded that a sun-centered theory was “foolish and
absurd in philosophy, and formally heretical, inasmuch as it
expressly contradicts the teachings of many passages of Holy
(SSFC, 10/31/04, p.B6)
1619 Feb 24, Charles Le Brun,
painter, designer, was born in Paris.
1704 Feb 24, Marc-Antoine
Charpentier, French composer (church music), died.
1766 Feb 24, Samuel Wesley
(d.1837), composer, organist (Exultate Deo), was born in Bristol,
England. He studied, played, and preached Bach.
(LGC-HCS, p.32)(MC, 2/24/02)
1768 Feb 24,
Lithuania-Poland signed an eternal friendship treaty with Russia
along with a guarantee of protection. Lithuania and Poland agreed
not to change their state system.
1785 Feb 24, Carlo Bonaparte
(39), Corsican attorney, died.
1786 Feb 24, Wilhelm Carl Grimm
(d.1859), compiler of "Grimm's Fairytales," was born in Germany.
(HN, 2/24/98)(WUD, 1994, p.623)
1786 Feb 24, Charles
Cornwallis, whose armies had surrendered to US at Yorktown, was
appointed governor-general of India.
1803 Feb 24, The US Supreme
Court ruled itself the final interpreter of constitutional issues.
Chief Justice John Marshall, by refusing to rule on the case of
Marbury vs. Madison, asserted the authority of the judicial branch.
The US Supreme Court 1st ruled a law unconstitutional (Marbury v
(AP, 2/24/98)(HN, 2/24/98)
1807 Feb 24, In a crush to
witness the hanging of Holloway, Heggerty and Elizabeth Godfrey in
England 17 died and 15 were wounded.
1813 Feb 24, Off Guiana, the
American sloop Hornet sank the British sloop Peacock.
1815 Feb 24, Robert Fulton
(b.1765), steamboat pioneer, died at age 49. In 2001 Kirkpatrick
Sale authored the biography: “The Fire of His Genius."
(WSJ, 9/24/01, p.A22)(MC, 2/24/02)
1821 Feb 24, Mexico rebels
proclaimed the "Plan de Iguala," their declaration of independence
from Spain, and took over the mission lands in California.
(HT, 3/97, p.61)(AP, 2/24/98)(HN, 2/24/98)
1825 Feb 24, Thomas Bowdler,
self-appointed Shakespearean censor, died. His expurgated
Shakespeare edition was published in 1818.
(MC, 2/24/02)(SFC, 1/21/04, p.D2)
1836 Feb 24, Winslow Homer
(d.1910), American painter, was born. He began his career as an
illustrator for Harper's Weekly during America's Civil War. He is
believed to have died a virgin and took up a hermit’s life in his
(WSJ, 4/2/96, p.A-12)(HN, 2/24/99)
1836 Feb 24, Some 3,000
Mexicans under Gen. Santa Ana launched an assault on the Alamo, with
its 182 Texan defenders. The siege lasted 13 days.
(HN, 2/24/98)(MC, 2/24/02)
1838 Feb 24, Thomas Benton
Smith, Brig. General (Confederate Army), was born in Mechanicsville,
Tennessee. He was wounded at Stone’s River/Murfreesboro and again at
Chickamauga. He was captured at the Battle of Nashville (1864) where
he was beaten over the head with a sword by Col. William Linn
McMillen of the 95th Ohio Infantry. His brain was exposed and it was
believed he would die. He recovered partially and spent the last 47
years of his life in the State Asylum in Nashville, Tennessee, where
he died on May 21, 1923. He’s buried in Mount Olivet Cemetery,
Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee.
1839 Feb 24, A steam shovel was
patented by William Otis, Philadelphia.
1841 Feb 24, John Phillip
Holland, inventor of the modern submarine, was born.
1842 Feb 24, Arrigio Enrico
Boito, composer (Mefistofele), was born.
1846 Feb 24, Luigi Denza,
composer, was born.
1848 Feb 24, King
Louis-Philippe abdicated and the 2nd French republic was declared.
[see Feb 26]
1855 Feb 24, US Court of Claims
was formed for cases against the government.
1863 Feb 24, Arizona was
organized as a territory.
1863 Feb 24, Confederate Gen.
Nathan Bedford Forrest made a raid on Brentwood, Tennessee.
1864 Feb 24-25, Battle of
Tunnel Hill, GA (Buzzard's Roost).
1868 Feb 24, Impeachment
proceedings against President Andrew Johnson began. The House of
Representatives voted vote 126 to 47 to impeach President Andrew
Johnson following his attempt to dismiss Secretary of War Edwin M.
Stanton; the Senate later acquitted Johnson. Sen. Edmund G. Ross of
Kansas cast the last deciding vote against impeachment. Democrats
defended Johnson. 7 Republicans cast “no" votes.
(HN, 2/24/98)(AP, 2/24/98)(WSJ, 12/11/98,
p.A14)(SFC, 12/21/98, p.A3)(MC, 2/24/02)
1868 Feb 24, The 1st US parade
with floats was at the Mardi Gras in Mobile, Alabama.
1874 Feb 24, Honus Wagner,
baseball shortstop, was born. He later became known as "The Flying
1876 Feb 24, Henrik Ibsen's
"Peer Gynt," premiered in Oslo.
1885 Feb 24, Chester Nimitz,
was born. He was the U.S. admiral who commanded naval forces in the
Pacific during WWII.
1887 Feb 24, Mary Ellen Chase
(d.1973), New England writer, was born. “Suffering without
understanding in this life is a heap worse than suffering when you
have at least the grain of an idea what it’s all for."
(AP, 6/23/97)(HN, 2/24/01)
1895 Feb 24, The Cuban War of
Independence began. [see Oct 10, 1868]
1903 Feb 24, The United States
signed an agreement acquiring a naval station at Guantanamo Bay in
Cuba. Pres. Roosevelt leased the site for 2,000 gold coins a year,
about $4,080 in 2002.
(AP, 2/24/98)(SSFC, 1/20/02, p.A7)
1905 Feb 24, Russian Minister
of Agriculture, Alexi Yermolov offered the Czar a new constitution.
1908 Feb 24, Japan officially
agreed to restrict immigration to the U.S.
1909 Feb 24, August Derleth,
writer (Still is the Summer Night, The Shield of the Valiant), was
1912 Feb 24, The Jewish
organization Hadassah was founded in New York City.
1912 Feb 24, Italy bombed
Beirut in the first act of war against the Ottoman Empire.
1914 Feb 24, Joshua Chamberlain
(85) died. He was the Bowdoin College Maine professor whose
incredible defense of Little Round Top at Gettysburg and other
heroics earned him promotion to Major General and the Congressional
Medal of Honor.
(HN, 2/24/98)(MC, 2/24/02)
1916 Feb 24, Jules Verne's
"20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" opened in New York.
1917 Feb 24, The British
presented the decoded Zimmermann telegram, a German plot for Mexican
help, to Pres. Wilson and an enraged Wilson released the document to
the American public on March 1. On April 6, 1917, America formally
declared war on Germany and her Allies.
(HNPD, 2/24/99)(MC, 2/24/02)
1918 Feb 24, Estonia's
Independence Day. Estonia proclaimed independence from Russia.
1920 Feb 24, A fledgling German
political party held its first meeting of importance at Hofbrauhaus
in Munich; it became known as the Nazi Party, and its chief
spokesman was Adolf Hitler.
1921 Feb 24, Herbert Hoover
became Secretary of Commerce. In a January 1926 letter to then
Secretary of Commerce Herbert Hoover, the senior Guggenheim
announced the establishment of the Daniel Guggenheim Fund for the
Promotion of Aeronautics.
1921 Feb 24, A giant plane was
completed at 421 Colyton Street, Los Angeles. The "leviathan of the
Skies" or "The Cloudster," was designed by Donald Douglas and was
the first to carry a load greater than it own weight.
1924 Feb 24, Mahatma Gandhi was
released from jail.
1928 Feb 24, In its first show
to feature a Black artist, the New Gallery of New York exhibited
works of Archibald Motley.
1932 Feb 24, Michel Legrand,
composer (Summer of '42, Windmills of Your Mind), was born.
1933 Feb 24, Final
demonstration of German communist party in Berlin took place.
1933 Feb 24, The League of
Nations told the Japanese to pull out of Manchuria.
1934 Feb 24, Renata Scotto,
soprano (Violetta, La Traviata), was born in Savona, Italy.
1938 Feb 24, The first nylon
products, toothbrushes, were marketed in New Jersey by Du Pont.
(HN, 2/24/98)(MC, 2/24/02)
1939 Feb 24, Hungary signed an
anti-Communist pact with Italy, Germany and Japan.
1942 Feb 24, The Voice of
America went on the air for the first time with broadcasts in
German. The US State Dept. made William Winter (d.1999) its first
Voice of America three months before the bombing of Pearl Harbor.
(AP, 2/24/98)(SFC, 11/9/99, p.A23)(MC, 2/24/02)
1942 Feb 24, Some 1,600
Pittsburg, Ca., residents of Italian descent were evacuated.
Nationwide some 600,000 of 5 million Italians were undocumented and
deemed “enemy aliens" until Oct 12.
(SSCM, 10/21/01, p.11,19)
1942 Feb 24, The SS Struma was
sunk in the Black Sea by a Soviet torpedo. The ship with over 750
Jewish passengers fleeing Romania, had docked in Istanbul, but was
denied entry to Palestinian territory by colonial power Britain. On
Feb 23 Turkey towed the vessel to the Black Sea and set it adrift.
Only one person survived.
1944 Feb 24, Barry Bostwick,
actor (Rocky Horror Show, Megaforce), was born in San Mateo, Ca.
1944 Feb 24, Merrill's
Marauders, a specially trained group of American soldiers, began
their ground campaign against Japan into Burma. They were led by
Brigadier General Frank Merrill (b.1903-1955), the first US infantry
combat force to fight the Japanese on the mainland of Asia.
1944 Feb 24, Col. Juan Peron,
Argentine minister of war, staged a coup.
1945 Feb 24, U.S. forces
liberated prisoners of war in the Los Baños Prison in the
1945 Feb 24, American soldiers
liberated the Philippine capital of Manila from Japanese control
during World War II.
1945 Feb 24, Egyptian Premier
Ahmed Maher Pasha was killed in Parliament after reading a decree.
1946 Feb 24, Argentinians went
to the polls to elect Juan D. Peron (50) their president. He held
the office until 1955.
(PCh, 1992, p.899)(AP, 2/24/08)
1947 Feb 24, Franz von Papen
was sentenced to eight years in a labor camp for war crimes. Pompous
scion of an old aristocratic family, he became chancellor of Germany
1949 Feb 24, A V-2 WAC-Corporal
was the 1st rocket to outer space. It was fired at White Sands, NM,
and reached 400 km.
1949 Feb 24, Israel and Egypt
signed an armistice agreement.
1952 Feb 24, The French
evacuated Hoa Binh in Vietnam in order to mass for the Tonkin Delta
1953 Feb 24, Karl R.G. von
Rundstedt (77), German general and field marshal at Ardennes, died.
1955 Feb 24, Steven Jobs,
co-founder (Apple Computer), was born.
(SFC, 8/25/11, p.A10)
1955 Feb 24, The Cole Porter
musical "Silk Stockings" opened at the Imperial Theater on Broadway
for 461 performances.
(AP, 2/24/99)(MC, 2/24/02)
1955 Feb 24, Ike Eisenhower met
with newspaper publisher Roy Howard and expressed his resistance
under pressure to commit American troops to Vietnam. The
conversation was recorded on a dictabelt machine that Eisenhower had
secretly installed in the president’s office.
(SFEC, 6/15/97, p.A14)
1959 Feb 24, Khrushchev
rejected the Western plan for the Big Four meeting on Germany.
1962 Feb 24, New York police
seized $20 million worth of heroin.
1965 Feb 24, Beatles began
filming "Help" in Bahamas.
1966 Feb 24, A military coup
overthrew Ghana’s Pres. Kwame Nkrumah. He fled to Guinea.
1969 Feb 24, The US Supreme
Court in the Tinker vs. Des Moines School District case ruled that
students had the right to express opinions at odds with the
1970 Feb 24, 29 Swiss Army
officers died in avalanche at Reckingen, Switzerland.
1971 Feb 24, Algeria
nationalized French oil companies.
1972 Feb 24, Hanoi negotiators
walked out of the peace talks in Paris to protest U.S. air raids on
1975 Feb 24, Hans Bellmer
(b.1902), German surrealist artist, died in Paris. He made
paper-mache female dolls and photographed them in skewed
1976 Feb 24, Republican Gerald
Ford won the New Hampshire primary over Ronald Reagan 50.1 to 48.6%.
Democrat Jimmie Carter won over Mo Udall and Birch Bayh 28.7 to 23
1976 Feb 24, H. Allen Smith
(b.1907), author, TV host (Armchair Detective), died.
1976 Feb 24, Cuba's revised
socialist constitution went into effect. It defined the Communist
Party as the “directing force of society and the state." Article 88
of this year’s Cuban Constitution said any citizen who collects the
signatures of at least 10,000 registered voters can petition the
National Assembly for a referendum on any subject.
5/13/02, p.A1)(Econ, 3/24/12, SR p.10)
1977 Feb 24, Pres. Carter
announced the US was cutting off all military aid to Ethiopia
because of its human rights violations. The unstated reason was the
US desire to cooperate with Saudi Arabia to lure Somalia from the
Soviet camp, an effort which was ultimately successful.
1980 Feb 24, The U.S. hockey
team defeated Finland, 4-2, to clinch the gold medal at the Winter
Olympic Games in Lake Placid, N.Y.
1981 Feb 24, A jury in White
Plains, New York, found Jean Harris guilty of second-degree murder
in the fatal shooting of “Scarsdale Diet" author Dr. Herman
1981 Feb 24, Buckingham Palace
announced the engagement of Britain's Prince Charles to Lady Diana
1983 Feb 24, A US congressional
commission, the Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of
Civilians, released a report condemning the internment of
Japanese-Americans during World War II as a "grave injustice."
(AP, 2/24/98)(SFEC, 8/9/98, p.A10)
1983 Feb 24, Tennessee
Williams, US playwright born as Thomas Lanier Williams (1911), died
in NYC. He left a $10 million estate to support his sister and
directed that anything left go to support aspiring writers at the
Univ. of the South of Sewanee. His plays included “Cat on a Hot Tin
Roof" and “The Rose Tattoo" originally titled "The Eclipse of May
29, 1919." In 1995 Lyle Leverich (d.1999 at 79) published "Tom: The
Unknown Tennessee Williams," a definitive work on the playwright's
formative years. In 2007 editor Margaret Bradham Thornton published
“Notebooks: Tennessee Williams."
p.B4)(SSFC, 5/13/07, p.M6)
1986 Feb 24, Sherri Rasmussen
(29) was beaten, shot and killed at her condominium in Los Angeles.
In 2009 Police detective Stephanie Lazarus (49) was charged with the
murder following DNA evidence linking her to the murder of her
former boyfriend’s wife. On May 11, 2012, Lazarus (52) was sentenced
to 27 years to life in prison.
p.B5)(http://celebrity.rightpundits.com/?p=6093)(SFC, 5/12/12, p.A5)
1987 Feb 24, Fawn Hall, former
personal secretary to fired National Security Council aide Oliver L.
North, posed for news photographers outside her attorney's office,
calling the attention "a little overwhelming."
1987 Feb 24, Ian Shelton,
astronomer, found a new fierce light in the sky created by the
titanic explosion of a nearby star in the Large Magellanic Cloud,
Supernova 1987A. This was the first time since 1604 that such an
event could be seen with the naked eye. It was the first supernova
of the year. It is located 170,000 light-years away.
(NG, 5/88, p.619-620)(NH, 10/1/04, p.30)
1988 Feb 24, In a 8-0 ruling
that expanded legal protections for parody and satire, the US
Supreme Court overturned a $200,000 award that the Rev. Jerry
Falwell had won against "Hustler" magazine and publisher Larry
1988 Feb 24, A week of tropical
rainstorms left at least 275 people dead in Rio de Janeiro state,
1989 Feb 24, A cargo door blew
off a United Air Lines Boeing 747-100 flying near Hawaii; the
explosive release of pressure pulled nine passengers to their
1989 Feb 24, In Utah a
150-million-year-old fossil egg, still inside the mother, was found
by CAT scan to contain the oldest dinosaur embryo.
1989 Feb 24, Writer Salman
Rushdie was sentenced to death by the Iranian government for writing
1989 Feb 24, A state funeral
was held in Japan for Emperor Hirohito, who died the month before at
1990 Feb 24, Malcolm Forbes
(70), magazine publisher died in Far Hills, N.J.
1990 Feb 24, Johnnie Ray (63),
fifties balladeer (Cry), died in Los Angeles of liver failure.
1991 Feb 24, The United States
and its Gulf War allies launched a large-scale ground assault
against Iraqi troops, many of whom surrendered to the advancing
forces. General Norman Schwarzkopf, commander of the coalition army,
sent in ground forces to liberate Kuwait from the Iraqis.
(HN, 2/24/98)(AP, 2/24/01)
1992 Feb 24, Secretary of State
James A. Baker III told a House subcommittee that Israel should stop
building settlements in the occupied territories, or forfeit $10
billion in U.S. loan guarantees. A fourth round of Mideast peace
talks began in Washington, D.C.
1992 Feb 24, General Motors
reported a record $4.5 billion loss for 1991.
1993 Feb 24, At the Grammy
Awards in Los Angeles, Eric Clapton won six trophies, including
album of the year for "Unplugged" and record and song of the year
for "Tears in Heaven."
1993 Feb 24, Canadian Prime
Minister Brian Mulroney announced he was stepping down.
1994 Feb 24, US Surgeon General
Joycelyn Elders labeled smoking an "adolescent addiction" and
accused the tobacco industry of trying to convince teen-agers that
cigarettes will make them sexy and successful.
1994 Feb 24, Entertainer Dinah
Shore died in Beverly Hills, Calif., at age 76.
1994 Feb 24, Jean Sablon (87),
French crooner, died.
1995 Feb 24, Under pressure
from farm-state Republicans, House leaders abandoned a campaign
promise to disband the food stamp program.
1996 Feb 24, Steve Forbes won
the Delaware presidential primary.
1996 Feb 24, Cuban war planes
shot down two unarmed private planes flown by a refugee group in
Florida. Cuba claimed the planes violated its airspace. 4 men were
killed including 3 US citizens. In 2001 Gerardo Hernandez (36) was
convicted of conspiracy in the deaths of the aviators. Antonio
Guerrero (43), convicted for spying while working a Navy base in
Florida, was sentenced to life in prison on Dec 27. In 2009
Guerrero’s sentence was reduced to 20 years.
(WSJ, 2/23/96, p.A-1)(SFC,12/18/97, p.A6)(AP,
2/24/98)(WSJ, 12/13/01, p.A1)(SFC, 10/14/09, p.A4)
1997 Feb 24, Secretary of State
Madeleine Albright met in Beijing with Chinese officials, telling
them to improve their country's record on human rights or face
condemnation by the United States and its allies.
1997 Feb 24, The Food and Drug
Administration named six brands of birth control as safe and
effective "morning-after" pills for preventing pregnancy.
1997 Feb 24, In Romania a new
economic package, introduced last week, planned to reduce state
subsidies, deregulate food and energy prices, close unprofitable
state enterprises and private others.
(SFC, 2/24/97, p.A10)
1997 Feb 24, In unrecognized
Somaliland Mohammed Ibrahim Egal was re-elected by clan leaders as
(SFC, 2/25/97, p.a14)
1998 Feb 24, It was reported
that German researchers used human fibroblast growth factor, FGF-1,
to grow new blood vessels around clogged coronary arteries.
(WSJ, 2/24/98, p.B1)
1998 Feb 24, Henny Youngman
died in New York City at age 91-92. He was a tireless comic who
quipped "Take my wife -- please" and countless other one-liners
during a career that spanned seven decades.
(SFC, 2/25/98, p.C2)(AP, 2/24/99)
1998 Feb 24, In Columbia Victor
Manuel Carranza, aka the “Emerald King," was arrested near Bogota on
charges of financing right-wing paramilitary death squads.
(SFC, 2/26/98, p.A9)
1998 Feb 24, In Germany 6
service-sector unions agreed to merge by year 2000 to create the
world’s largest union with 4 million members.
(WSJ, 2/25/98, p.A1)
1998 Feb 24, In Israel Mossad
chief Danny Yatom resigned over the agency’s botched attempt to
poison a Hamas leader in Jordan on Sep 25.
(SFC, 2/27/98, p.D2)
1998 Feb 24, In Turkey the
former Welfare Party changed its name to the Virtue Party and
elected Recai Kutan as leader. Separately university students
protested a ban on Islamic dress.
(WSJ, 2/25/98, p.A1)
1999 Feb 24, The Senate voted
overwhelmingly to give the nation's military the biggest benefits
increase since the early 1980s.
1999 Feb 24, Lauryn Hill won a
record five awards at the 41st annual Grammys, including album of
the year and best new artist, on the strength of her solo debut
album, "The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill."
(SFC, 2/25/99, p.D1)(AP,
1999 Feb 24, The US and 5 other
agricultural countries (Canada, Australia, Chile, Argentina and
Uruguay) rejected a proposal supported by 130 nations that would
have required countries to approve in advance any imports of
agricultural commodities that had been genetically altered.
(SFC, 2/25/99, p.A10)
1999 Feb 24, Andre Dubus, short
story writer, died in Haverhill, Mass., at age 62. His work included
the novel: "The Lieutenant" (1967), the short story collection
"Dancing after Hours" and essays "Meditations from a Movable Chair."
Dubus became crippled in 1986 when he stopped to help a motorist and
was hit by a passing car.
(WSJ, 2/26/99, p.A1)(SFC, 2/27/99, p.C2)
1999 Feb 24, In Arizona Karl
LaGrand (35), a German citizen, was executed by lethal injection for
the 1982 murder of a bank manager.
(SFC, 3/4/99, p.A3)
1999 Feb 24, In Kosovo ethnic
Albanians planned a provisional government, but Adem Demaci, a
leader in the rebel army, said that he would not recognize it.
(SFC, 2/25/99, p.A10)
1999 Feb 24, China announced
that it would veto a Security Council resolution to renew a UN
peacekeeping force in Macedonia, which had recently established
relations with Taiwan.
(SFC, 2/25/99, p.A10)
1999 Feb 24, A China Southwest
Airlines jet crashed near Ruian and all 61 people onboard were
killed. The jet was a Russian-made Tupelov-154.
(SFC, 2/25/99, p.A11)
1999 Feb 24, In England a
government report that found London's police force to be "riven with
pernicious and institutionalized racism" was made public. The report
was born out of the 1993 killing of Stephen Lawrence and a
(SFC, 2/23/99, p.A8)
1999 Feb 24, Eritrea said that
it had destroyed 31 Ethiopian tanks, captured 3 others and shot down
a Mi-24 helicopter gunship.
(SFC, 2/27/99, p.A14)
1999 Feb 24, In Iran 3 Kurds
died while fighting police during a protest over the capture of
(WSJ, 2/25/99, p.A1)
1999 Feb 24, Latvia became the
first Baltic state to be a full member of the World Trade
(BN, 3/99, p.1)
2000 Feb 24, In Arizona
Salvatore Gravano, "Sammy the Bull," was arrested for financing a
drug ring led by Michael Papa, the founding member of a white
(SFC, 2/25/00, p.A2)
2000 Feb 24, The state of Texas
executed Betty Lou Beets, 62, by injection for the 1983 murder of
her fifth husband. Governor George W. Bush refused to intervene. She
was the 2nd woman executed in Texas since the Civil War.
(SFC, 2/25/00, p.A3)(AP, 2/24/01)
2000 Feb 24, The Brunei
government began legal proceedings against Prince Jefri Bolkiah and
froze his assets. He was accused of improper use of embezzling
nearly $16 million from state coffers while serving as finance
minister from 1986-1998. Jefri reached an out-of-court settlement
with the government agreeing to pay the money back, which he
allegedly used to buy hotels and other expensive assets.
(SFC, 2/25/00, p.D4)(SSFC, 12/2/07, p.A31)
2000 Feb 24, In Bogota,
Colombia, an auto-free day to reduce smog was observed as declared
by Mayor Enrique Penalosa.
(SFC, 2/25/00, p.D3)
2000 Feb 24, The UN Security
Council approved a proposal to send as many as 5,537 observers and
peace-keeping troops to the Congo to monitor a fragile cease-fire.
(SFC, 2/25/00, p.A16)(AP, 2/24/01)
2000 Feb 24, In East Timor
Australian peacekeepers handed control of the region over to a UN
(WSJ, 2/24/00, p.A1)
2000 Feb 24, Pope John Paul the
Second arrived in Egypt on a pilgrimage to retrace some of the most
epic passages from the Bible.
(SFC, 2/25/00, p.A18)(WSJ, 2/24/00, p.A1)(AP,
2000 Feb 24, In the Philippines
the Mayon volcano erupted on Luzon.
(SFC, 2/25/00, p.A16)
2000 Feb 24, In Sudan some 160
aid workers began leaving the southern region following a rebel
ultimatum to comply with new terms for aid deliveries or face
expulsion. At least 11 int'l. aid organizations refused demands for
higher taxes and more control.
(SFC, 2/29/00, p.A12)
2001 Feb 24, US Sec. of State
Colin Powell met [in Jerusalem, in Cairo] with Igor Ivanor, the
Russian foreign minister, and pledged a constructive approach to
dealing with Iraq, missile defenses and other points of policy
(SSFC, 2/25/01, p.A14)(AP, 2/24/02)
2001 Feb 24, Fugitive financier
Marc Rich, whose 11th-hour pardon by former President Clinton caused
a wave of controversy, spoke out for the first time, describing the
pardon as a “humanitarian act."
2001 Feb 24, The US Navy and
Coast Guard captured 10 men and 8.8 tons of cocaine on a
Belize-flagged fishing boat 250 miles west of Acapulco.
(SFC, 3/5/01, p.A3)
2001 Feb 24, A tornado in
Pontotoc County, Mississippi, left 5 people dead.
(SFC, 2/26/01, p.A3)
2001 Feb 24, Mathematician and
computer scientist Claude Shannon, whose theories about binary code
became the basis for modern mass communications networks, died in
Medford, Mass., at age 84.
2001 Feb 24, In Borneo naval
vessels began evacuating some 24,000 refugees from the island of
Medura, where the death toll had risen to 210.
(SSFC, 2/25/01, p.A14)
2001 Feb 24, It was reported
that Japanese physicists created a superconductor using magnesium
dibromide at minus 389º F.
(SFC, 2/24/01, p.A7)
2001 Feb 24, Ugyen Thinley
Dorje (15), the 17th Karmapa Lama, led prayers to mark the Tibetan
year of the iron snake in northern India.
(SSFC, 2/25/01, p.A16)
2001 Feb 24, In Mexico
Zapatista rebel leader Subcommander Marcos began a 2,000-mile
caravan to Mexico City to lobby for Indian rights.
(SSFC, 2/25/01, p.A14)
2002 Feb 24, The XIX Winter
Olympics in Salt Lake City came to a close. In one of the last
events Canada beat the US hockey team 5-2 for the gold.
Cross-country skiers from Spain and Russia were stripped of gold
medals for failing drug tests.
(SFC, 2/25/02, p.A1)(WSJ, 2/25/02, p.A1)
2002 Feb 24, Leo Ornstein
(b.1893), Russian-born Futurist composer, died in Green Bay, Wisc.
In 1918 Frederick H. Martens authored “Leo Ornstein: The Man, His
Ideas, His Work." In 1990 Ornstein composed his last work: the
Eighth Piano Sonata.
2002 Feb 24, In La Macarena,
Colombia, 7 civilians were reported killed by retreating rebels.
(SFC, 2/27/02, p.A7)
2002 Feb 24, In India the BJP
party was defeated in Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Manipur and the new
state of Uttaranchal. It retained control in only 4 of the 28
(SFC, 2/25/02, p.A7)
2002 Feb 24, A Palestinian
woman (27) gave birth after being shot by Israeli troops as she was
being driven to a hospital.
(SFC, 2/26/02, p.A11)
2002 Feb 24, In Mexico the PRI
held its 1st ever open election for party leadership.
(SFC, 2/25/02, p.A7)
2003 Feb 24, Seeking U.N.
approval for war against Iraq, the United States, Britain and Spain
submitted a resolution to the Security Council declaring that Saddam
Hussein had missed "the final opportunity" to disarm peacefully and
indicating that he had to face the consequences.
(SFC, 2/25/03, A1)(AP, 2/24/04)
2003 Feb 24, Dan Rather
interviewed Saddam Hussein via satellite and Hussein proposed a live
debate with Pres. Bush. Hussein said he would rather die than leave
his country and that he would not destroy its wealth by setting fire
to its oil wells in the event of a U.S.-led invasion.
(SFC, 2/25/03, A10)(AP, 2/26/03)
2003 Feb 24,
Afghanistan's minister of mines and industry died along with seven
other people when their plane crashed in the Arabian Sea shortly
after takeoff from the southern Pakistan port city of Karachi.
2003 Feb 24, Historian
Christopher Hill (91), a Marxist whose reinterpretation of the 17th
century changed the way Britons regard the English revolution, died.
His books included "The World Turned Upside Down" (1972).
(AP, 2/26/03)(SFC, 2/27/03, A20)
2003 Feb 24, In China
accidents in 3 coal mines killed at least 49 miners and left 10
2003 Feb 24, A
devastating earthquake shook western China, killing at least 268
people, injuring some 2,000 and flattening homes, schools and other
buildings near the Silk Road oasis of Kashgar. The death toll soon
rose to at least 266 people, with another 2,000 injured.
(SFC, 2/26/03, A8)(AP, 2/25/04)
2003 Feb 24, In
northeastern Congo hundreds of civilians were killed and hundreds
more were missing after Congolese rebels allied with the government
seized a key town and launched a two-day campaign of murder, rape,
looting and destruction. In 2009 Germain Katanga and Mathieu
Ngudjolo faced trial for planning and directing the massacre of more
than 200 villagers in Bogoro.
(AP, 3/1/03)(AP, 11/25/09)
2003 Feb 24, Bernard
Loiseau (52), a celebrated French chef whose Cote D'Or restaurant in
a small Burgundy town became a mecca for the world's gourmets, died
of apparent suicide. In 2005 Rudolph Chelminski authored “The
Perfectionist: Life and Death in Haute Cuisine."
(AP, 2/25/03)(SSFC, 6/12/05, p.B5)
2003 Feb 24, In
Indonesia a fire sparked by an explosion caused a small ferry to
sink off northern Sumatra, killing 8 people and leaving 19 others
2003 Feb 24, The UN
indicted former Indonesia military chief Wiranto, 6 generals and an
ex-governor for the bloodbath preceding East Timor independence.
(WSJ, 2/25/03, p.A1)
2003 Feb 24, Turkey's
Cabinet agreed to the deployment of tens of thousands of U.S. combat
troops ahead of a possible war in Iraq. The measure is expected to
face a vote in Turkey's parliament Feb 25.
2003 Feb 24, In Zambia
former President Frederick Chiluba (59) was arrested and charged
with stealing from the government while in office. In August Chiluba
was charged with stealing over $40 million during his rule.
(AP, 2/24/03)(WSJ, 8/6/03, p.A1)
2004 Feb 24, Pres. Bush called
for a constitutional amendment to ban marriage between members of
the same sex.
(SFC, 2/25/04, p.A1)
2004 Feb 24, Democrat John
Kerry defeated John Edwards by large margins in Utah and Florida,
and also won in Hawaii, where Edwards ran third behind Dennis
2004 Feb 24, Alan Greenspan
warned of too much concentration of financial risk in the books of
mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
(WSJ, 2/25/04, p.A1)
2004 Feb 24, The 1st charges
were filed against 2 detainees in Guantanamo. Slimane Hadj
Abderrahmane, a Danish citizen, was released from Guantanamo after
being held for 747 days. In 2007 he was arrested in Denmark on
suspicion of withdrawing $18,900 from other people's accounts using
stolen debit cards and PIN codes.
(WSJ, 2/25/04, p.A1)(AP, 8/17/07)
2004 Feb 24, John Randolph
(88), character actor, died in Hollywood.
2004 Feb 24, An earthquake
shook Burundi, killing three people and destroying at least two
2004 Feb 24, A 5.1 earthquake
struck northern Morocco near Al Hoceima, toppling houses and killing
(AP, 2/25/04)(SFC, 2/25/04, p.A3)(AP, 3/5/04)
2004 Feb 24, In central Nigeria
suspected Muslim militants armed with guns and bows and arrows
killed at least 48 people in an attack on a farming village. Most of
the victims died as they sought refuge in a church.
2004 Feb 24, In Russia Pres.
Vladimir Putin dismissed PM Mikhail Kasyanov and all other Cabinet
ministers, in preparation for next month's presidential vote. Putin
named Viktor Khristenko, a former finance official, as acting prime
(AP, 2/24/04)(WSJ, 2/25/04, p.A1)(Econ, 7/16/05,
2004 Feb 24, In Sardinia a
small plane carrying a medical team and a heart for a transplant
patient crashed, killing all six people aboard.
2004 Feb 24, In Switzerland
Vitaly Kaloyev of Russia killed Pieter Nielsen, a Danish air traffic
controller with the Swiss company Skyguide. Nielsen had been on duty
during the July 1, 2002, collision between a Bashkirian Airlines
plane and a DHL cargo jet. Kolayev’s family was killed in the crash.
In 2007 Switzerland's highest court ordered Kolayev’s release
because he had served more than two-thirds of his sentence with good
2004 Feb 24, An Uzbek court
ordered the release of Fatima Mukadirova (62), a woman convicted of
anti-constitutional activity after publicizing her son's death in
prison from torture.
2005 Feb 24, In Ohio Rosemarie
Essa was killed in a car crash after losing consciousness. Her
husband Dr. Yazeed Essa vanished in 2006 and was arrested months
later in Cyprus. In 2009 he returned to Cleveland to face murder
charges. In 2010 Dr. Essa (41) was convicted of lacing her calcium
supplement with cyanide so that he could be with his mistress.
p.A4)(www.amw.com/fugitives/case.cfm?id=37583)(SFC, 3/6/10, p.A5)
2005 Feb 24, In southeastern
Afghanistan Taliban insurgents launched 3 separate attacks, killing
9 Afghan troops and wounding an American soldier while sustaining
heavy casualties themselves.
2005 Feb 24, Australian PM John
Howard dismissed as "alarmist" a warning by his government's chief
economic adviser that the US was heading for a financial crash that
could ravage the global economy.
2005 Feb 24, Anglican leaders
forced a suspension of the US Episcopal Church and Canadian
adherents due to same sex marriages and ordaining gay clergy.
(WSJ, 2/25/05, p.A1)
2005 Feb 24, PM Paul Martin
said that Canada would not join the contentious US ballistic missile
defense (BMD) program.
(AP, 2/24/05)(Econ, 3/5/05, p.38)
2005 Feb 24, India’s cabinet
lifted restraints on foreign ownership of some real estate projects.
A minimum of 25 acres was established with requirements for
development of infrastructure prior to resale.
(WSJ, 2/25/05, p.A16)
2005 Feb 24, A suicide bomber
wearing a police uniform blew up his car at police headquarters in
Tikrit, killing at least 15 people in Saddam Hussein's hometown in
the bloodiest of several attacks that claimed 30 lives. Two American
soldiers were among the dead.
2005 Feb 24, In
Indian-controlled Kashmir 2 armed militants stormed a government
office complex, prompting a four-hour gunbattle that left seven
people dead, including the attackers.
2005 Feb 24, Lebanon's defense
minister said Syria will withdraw troops from mountain and coastal
areas in Lebanon in line with a 1989 agreement.
2005 Feb 24, In western Mexico
an executive jet crashed, killing the governor of Colima state and
all five other people aboard.
2005 Feb 24, The Palestinian
parliament approved a 24-member Cabinet dominated by professional
appointees, including nearly half with doctoral degrees, in a major
move toward long-promised government reform.
2005 Feb 24, The Serbian
government said retired Bosnian Serb General Milan Gvero surrendered
to the UN war crimes tribunal at The Hague.
(AP, 2/21/05)(SFC, 2/25/05, p.A3)
2005 Feb 24, In Slovakia Pres.
Bush and Russian Pres. Vladimir Putin sought common ground on
keeping conventional and nuclear weapons out of the hands of
terrorists. The US and Russia agreed to enhance nuclear security
cooperation and to try to complete negotiations on Russia's entry
into the World Trade Organization (WTO) this year.
2005 Feb 24, Pope John Paul II
underwent an operation to insert a tube in his throat to relieve his
breathing problems, hours after he was rushed back to the hospital
for the second time in a month with flu-like symptoms.
2006 Feb 24, Mitchell Wade, a
US defense contractor, pleaded guilty to conspiring with former Rep.
Randy Cunningham of San Diego County with bribes and help in evading
taxes in exchange for over $150 million in government contracts
(SFC, 2/25/06, p.A4)
2006 Feb 24, Judge Walter
Steed, a small-town judge with three wives, was ordered removed from
the bench by the Utah Supreme Court for violating the state's bigamy
2006 Feb 24, In Georgia Judge
T. Jackson Bedford Jr. of Fulton County Superior Court issued a
bench warrant for Kirk S. Wright (35), a hedge fund manager, for
fraud. Wright’s Int’l. Management Associates LLC was suspected of up
to $185 million in losses.
(WSJ, 3/9/06, p.A1)
2006 Feb 24, California’s Gov.
Schwarzenegger issued an emergency declaration to speed improvement
on 24 severely eroded portions of Bay Area delta levees.
(SFC, 2/25/06, p.A1)
2006 Feb 24, In North Carolina
more than a thousand flounder, spot and pin fish beached themselves
at the Marine Corps' New River air base, and then swam away. State
and local wildlife experts believed it was related to a popular
phenomenon known in coastal Alabama as "jubilee." Scientists know
that a jubilee occurs when variety of factors deoxygenate the water,
forcing fish to the shore.
2006 Feb 24, South Dakota
lawmakers approved a ban on nearly all abortions.
2006 Feb 24, Octavia Butler
(b.1947), African-American sci-fi writer, died in Seattle. Her 12
books included “Kindred" (1979).
2006 Feb 24, Michael Joyce
(63), conservative US Catholic Democrat, died. He ran 2 of the
right’s biggest treasure troves, the John Olin Foundation
(1979-1985). And the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation (1985-2001).
(Econ, 3/4/06, p.30)
2006 Feb 24, Don Knotts (81),
comedian and film star, died in Los Angeles. His half-century career
included more than 25 films and seven TV series.
2006 Feb 24, Dennis Weaver
(b.1924), TV and film actor, died in Colorado. He played Chester
Goode in the “Gunsmoke" TV series and Sam McCloud in “McCloud"
(SFC, 2/28/06, p.A2)
2006 Feb 24, In Afghanistan
Canadian troops officially took over the fight on the front lines of
Kandahar province from their American allies.
2006 Feb 24, Rio de Janeiro,
Brazil, began its yearly carnival. Officials expected some 600,000
tourists for this year's celebrations. Gunmen overpowered museum
security guards and stole four paintings by European masters, using
the cover of Rio's Carnival to make their getaway,
2006 Feb 24, London Mayor Ken
Livingstone was suspended from office for four weeks for bringing
his office into disrepute. In Feb 2005 Livingstone compared Oliver
Finegold, a Jewish reporter from the Evening Standard to a Nazi
concentration camp guard: “You are just doing it because you’re paid
to, aren’t you?"
(AP, 2/24/06)(SFC, 2/25/06, p.A3)
2006 Feb 24, Detectives
investigating what could the biggest cash robbery in British history
recovered a "significant amount" of the money from a van just miles
from the heist site in Tonbridge in Kent.
2006 Feb 24, Rodney MacDonald
(34), Canada's youngest premier, was sworn into office in Nova
2006 Feb 24, Colombia suspended
arrest warrants for leaders of the National Liberation Army, the
South American nation's second-largest rebel group, as part of
preliminary peace talks in Cuba.
2006 Feb 24, In northwest
Colombia Pedro Juan Moreno, a leading senatorial candidate and
former adviser to President Alvaro Uribe, was killed along with
three other people in a helicopter crash in a mountainous rainforest
2006 Feb 24, The EU opened an
in-depth antitrust probe into mining company Inco Ltd.'s $11 billion
planned purchase of Falconbridge Ltd., a deal that would create the
world's largest nickel producer.
2006 Feb 24, French legal
authorities refused to extradite to Lebanon Zouheir Mohammad
Assediq, an ex-Syrian intelligence officer, to answer questions
about the murder of former Lebanese PM Rafiq el-Hariri.
2006 Feb 24, India and the
United States said they had made some progress toward a landmark
nuclear deal but more work was needed to try and clinch it in time
for President George W. Bush's visit to New Delhi next week.
2006 Feb 24, In Iraq Abu Asma,
(aka Abu Anas and Akram Mahmud al-Mushhadani), Al-Qaida in Iraq's
leader in northern Baghdad, was killed in a raid. Gunmen stormed a
house south of Baghdad and shot dead five Shiite men.
2006 Feb 24, Israel's air force
fired a missile at a group of Palestinian militants firing rockets
at Israeli targets.
2006 Feb 24, Julia Mancuso won
gold in the women's giant slalom at the Turin Olympics.
2006 Feb 24, Japan suspended
all French poultry imports and threatened a similar ban on the
Netherlands following reported cases of H5N1 bird flu.
2006 Feb 24, A prominent
Malaysian newspaper avoided punishment for publishing a cartoon
about the Prophet Muhammad drawings controversy, offering an apology
that was accepted by the government.
2006 Feb 24, Christian youths
armed with machetes, stones and clubs attacked Muslims in the
southeastern Nigerian city of Enugu. A Reuters witness saw a mob
beat one man to death. Sectarian violence spread to three more
Nigerian cities, claiming at least seven lives and pushing up the
death toll in days of killings to at least 127.
(Reuters, 2/24/06)(AP, 2/24/06)
2006 Feb 24, A Nigerian court
ordered Royal Dutch Shell PLC to pay southern communities $1.5
billion (1.2 billion euros) in compensation for environmental
pollution and degradation in the oil-rich Niger Delta. Shell
appealed against the court's decision.
2006 Feb 24, In Northern
Ireland a gang stole $350,000 from a bank in Belfast. The tactics
used were similar to the Feb 22 robbery in London.
2006 Feb 24, In Pakistan
thousands of Muslims defied a ban on rallies in Islamabad, joining
protesters across the country in condemning the Prophet Muhammad
cartoons printed by some Western newspapers.
2006 Feb 24, In the Philippines
President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo declared a state of emergency,
saying she had quashed a coup plot, and the military confined troops
to their camps to keep them from joining growing protests against
2006 Feb 24, Polish TV reported
that police had arrested about 30 people in several countries across
Europe in a sting operation against a suspected child-porn ring.
2006 Feb 24, Suicide bombers in
explosives-laden cars attempted to attack an oil processing facility
at the Abqaiq facility that handles about two-thirds of Saudi
Arabia's petroleum output, but were stopped when guards opened fire
on them, causing the cars to explode.
2006 Feb 24, South Korea’s Fair
Trade Commission released its report formalizing its preliminary
ruling against Microsoft late last year. MS vowed to appeal the
decision which concluded that MS had abused its market dominance.
The commission ordered MS to offer alternative versions of Windows.
2006 Feb 24, Thailand's
embattled PM Shinawatra dissolved parliament, a move forcing
national elections three years early and guaranteeing a showdown
with his political opponents.
2006 Feb 24, It was reported
that Uruguay’s Pres. Tabare Vazquez backed two enormous plants that
would produce the raw material for paper on Uruguay's border with
Argentina while protesters, worried about the plants' impact on
Argentina's environment, have repeatedly blockaded border bridges,
stalling crucial truck and tourist traffic.
2007 Feb 24, In the 27th annual
Razzie Awards the film “Basic Instinct 2" was named worst picture of
(SSFC, 2/25/07, p.A2)
2007 Feb 24, The Virginia
General Assembly, meeting in Richmond on the grounds of the former
Confederate Capitol, voted unanimously to express "profound regret"
for the state's role in slavery.
2007 Feb 24, In Arkansas
tornado winds injured 40 people and damaged dozens of homes and
businesses. Much of the town of Dumas was destroyed. The Midwest
storm system was blamed for 8 traffic deaths, 7 in Wisconsin and one
(SFC, 2/26/07, p.A4)(Econ, 4/7/07, p.30)
2007 Feb 24, Herman Brix
(b.1906), Olympic medalist (1928) and former film star, died. His
film work included playing Tarzan in “The News Adventures of Tarzan"
(1935). In his later film roles he worked under the name Bruce
(SFC, 3/1/07, p.B5)
2007 Feb 24, Broncos running
back Damien Nash (24) collapsed and died after a charity basketball
game in suburban St. Louis, less than two months after the slaying
of teammate Darrent Williams.
2007 Feb 24, Paul Secon
(b.1916), co-founder of Pottery Barn, died. He and his brother
Morris opened their first store in Manhattan in 1950. Pottery Barn
was later acquired by Williams-Sonoma.
(WSJ, 3/10/07, p.A4)
2007 Feb 24, Bermuda was cited
as the world’s richest country with a GDP per person estimated at
(Econ, 2/24/07, SR p.4)
2007 Feb 24, Thousands of
anti-war protesters converged on London, calling on PM Tony Blair to
withdraw all of Britain's troops from Iraq and voicing fears over a
potential conflict with Iran.
2007 Feb 24, In Burkina Faso
the Fespaco film festival began. Hundreds of films made by Africans
and people of African descent competed for the Yennenga stallion, a
golden statue of a prancing horse.
(Econ, 3/3/07, p.54)
2007 Feb 24, A tentative deal
was reached to end a two-week-old strike by about 2,800 Canadian
National Railway Co. employees that had provoked a threat of
2007 Feb 24, The Cayman Islands
were cited as the world’s 5-th largest banking center with $1.4
trillion in assets.
(Econ, 2/24/07, SR p.4)
2007 Feb 24, Eq. Guinea was
cited as the world’s 3rd richest country with a GDP per person
estimated at $50,000.
(Econ, 2/24/07, SR p.4)
2007 Feb 24, In India 16 police
officers were killed when suspected rebels ambushed their patrol in
northeast Manipur. In eastern India an ill Sabita Behera (30), was
beaten to death by her in-laws. They suspected she had AIDS and
feared she would infect the rest of the family.
(Reuters, 2/26/07)(Econ, 3/3/07, p.50)
2007 Feb 24, Thousands of
Shiites rallied in Najaf to protest the nearly 12-hour detention of
the eldest son of Iraq's most influential Shiite politician as he
crossed back from Iran. Iraqi commandos backed by US aircraft raided
a Sunni insurgent base north of Baghdad, killing dozens. Local
authorities said six children and their father were among the dead.
Attacks in Baghdad killed at least seven civilians. A suicide truck
bombing in Anbar province left 52 dead and 74 injured. The attack
was on worshippers leaving a mosque in Habbaniyah. An arsenal was
discovered north of Baghdad containing components for so-called
EFPs, explosively formed projectiles that fire a slug of molten
metal capable of penetrating armored vehicles. The weapons cache
contained more than two dozen mortars and 15 rockets. There were
enough metal disks to make 130 EFPs.
(AP, 2/24/07)(AP, 2/25/07)(AP, 2/26/07)
2007 Feb 24, Israel denied a
report in a British daily that it is seeking permission from the
United States to fly its bombers over Iraq to attack Iran's nuclear
2007 Feb 24, Italy's president
asked Romano Prodi to stay on as premier and put his center-left
government to a new vote of confidence in parliament.
2007 Feb 24, In southern Nepal
police arrested at least 14 people after violence broke out between
Maoists and supporters of ethnic groups.
2007 Feb 24, The foreign
ministers of seven key Muslim nations started arriving in Pakistan
for talks on a collective push to end the turmoil in the Middle
East. Three Islamic militants died in eastern Pakistan when a
powerful bomb they were carrying on a bicycle accidentally exploded
in Cheecha Watni, Punjab province. Pakistani police arrested two men
in southern Sindh province and accused them of hacking two young
women to death for allegedly having sex outside marriage.
(AP, 2/24/07)(AFP, 2/24/07)
2007 Feb 24, Palestinian
President Mahmoud Abbas ended his European tour without persuading
any country to end crippling economic sanctions based on his
power-sharing deal with the rival Islamic militant Hamas.
2007 Feb 24, In Spain thousands
of people waving red-and-yellow Spanish flags protested in Madrid
against a court ruling that shortened the prison sentence for one of
the Basque separatist group ETA's most notorious killers.
2008 Feb 24, Joel and Ethan
Coen’s crime saga "No Country for Old Men" won a leading four
Academy Awards, including best picture. All four acting prizes went
to Europeans: Frenchwoman Marion Cotillard, the best-actress winner
for "La Vie En Rose"; Spaniard Javier Bardem, who took supporting
actor for "No Country"; and Brits Daniel Day-Lewis and Tilda
Swinton, he claiming his second best-actor honor for "There Will Be
Blood," she winning supporting actress for "Michael Clayton."
2008 Feb 24, Ralph Nader,
consumer activist, launched an independent campaign for the White
(SFC, 2/25/08, p.A4)
2008 Mar 24, Hal Riney
(b.1932), a leading figure in the advertising world, died in San
Francisco. He created the brand and image of General Motors’ Saturn
(SFC, 3/26/08, p.A1)
2008 Feb 24, In southern
Afghanistan a roadside bomb tore through a convoy carrying Kandahar
governor Asadullah Khalid, missing the official but killing three
2008 Feb 24, The first flight
by a commercial airline to be partly powered by biofuels took off
from London on a short trip to Amsterdam billed as heralding a new
eco-friendlier era of airline travel.
2008 Feb 24, Pearl Cornioley,
British spy (nom de guerre was Genevieve Touzalin), died. She
parachuted into France during WWII posing as a cosmetics saleswoman
to deliver coded messages to Resistance members.
2008 Feb 24, In China’s Hubei
province water plant workers from Jianli County found that the
Dongjing River, a tributary of the Han, had turned red and foamy.
The pollution forced authorities to cut water supplies to as many as
2008 Feb 24, Greek Cypriots
elected Dimitris Christofias, leader of the Communist Akel Party, as
its new president with just over 53 percent of the vote, ahead of
conservative former Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides with 46.6
percent. Christofias had campaigned on a pledge to act quickly to
restart long-stalled talks to reunify the island.
(AP, 2/25/08)(Econ, 3/1/08, p.53)
2008 Feb 24, In Cuba Raul
Castro became the new president. The island's parliament tapped
revolutionary leader Jose Ramon Machado (77) for the government's
No. 2 spot.
2008 Feb 24, Iran said that it
has started using new centrifuges that can churn out enriched
uranium at more than double the rate of the machines that now form
the backbone of the Islamic nation's nuclear program.
2008 Feb 24, In Iraq a suicide
bomber struck Shiite pilgrims as they were resting in Iskandariyah
during a days-long walk to a Shiite shrine in Karbala, killing at
least 56 people and wounding 68. Earlier, extremists attacked
another group of pilgrims in the predominantly Sunni Baghdad
neighborhood of Dora, killing three and wounding 36. In Hawija,
about 30 miles southwest of Kirkuk, a parked car bomb went off next
to a patrol of Sunni tribesmen who aligned with US forces to fight
al-Qaida in Iraq. One civilian bystander was killed and 10 people
(AP, 2/24/08)(AP, 2/25/08)
2008 Feb 24, In Milan, Italy,
masked thieves drilled a tunnel and broke into a jewelry showroom as
employees were preparing for a VIP showing by Damiani, making off
with gold, diamonds and rubies in a brazen daylight heist.
2008 Feb 24, The LGT Group,
Liechtenstein’s largest financial group, confirmed that stolen
client data, believed to be fueling a major German tax-evasion
probe, included confidential information on thousands of customers
and beneficiaries in other countries.
(WSJ, 2/25/08, p.A6)
2008 Feb 24, Turkey's military
said that eight more soldiers were killed in combat during its
cross-border ground operation in northern Iraq, raising the death
toll to 15. Turkish troops and Kurdish PKK rebels fought close
battles in northern Iraq that left scores dead on the fourth day of
a major ground offensive Baghdad and Washington fear could further
(AP, 2/24/08)(Reuters, 2/24/08)
2008 Feb 24, In Venezuela a
blast near the entrance of the Fedecamaras business chamber
headquarters in Caracas killed a 44-year-old man suspected of trying
to plant the bomb. The next day Venezuela's justice minister blamed
"anarchists" for the explosion and vowed to capture those
2008 Feb 24, A rights group
said Zimbabwe's biggest state hospital has stopped surgical
operations because of a breakdown of equipment and shortages of
2009 Feb 24, Pres. Obama
addressed the US Congress and the American people to tap the deep
well of American optimism. Themes of responsibility, accountability
and, above all, national community rang throughout an address
carefully balanced by the gravity of its times. Republican leaders
calling his plan irresponsible and certain to increase taxes and
2009 Feb 24, President Barack
Obama told Japanese PM Taro Aso that his nation was the cornerstone
of US security policy in East Asia and America's links to the world
2009 Feb 24, In NYC Monzer
al-Kassan, a Syrian-born arms dealer, was sentenced to 30 years in
prison for conspiring to sell weapons to Colombian militants in
(SFC, 2/25/09, p.A4)
2009 Feb 24, A rocket carrying
a NASA satellite crashed near Antarctica after a failed launch,
ending a $280 million mission to track global warming from space.
2009 Feb 24, In southern
Afghanistan a roadside bomb killed four US troops in the deadliest
single attack on international forces this year. Japan said it will
pay the salaries of Afghanistan's 80,000 police officers for six
months as part of its ongoing financial support for the country.
Afghan soldiers killed 18 militants targeting a poppy eradication
force in Helmand province. Two soldiers were also killed in the
battle. Afghan and coalition forces killed 10 militants in Uruzgan
province. A "precision" airstrike was called in, killing most of the
(AP, 2/24/09)(AP, 2/25/09)
2009 Feb 24, British mining
group Lonmin announced up to 5,500 job cuts in South Africa, dealing
a new blow to the continent's biggest economy as it contracted for
the first time in a decade.
2009 Feb 24, China’s state
media reported that a Chinese delegation will buy as much as $15
billion worth of machinery, automobiles and food products while on a
trip to Europe this week.
(WSJ, 2/25/09, p.A11)
2009 Feb 24, Tour agencies and
other industry people reported that China has closed Tibet to
foreign tourists ahead of next month's highly sensitive 50th
anniversary of a failed uprising against Chinese rule.
2009 Feb 24, France’s Pres.
Sarkozy and Italy’s Premier Berlusconi signed a deal pairing
utilities from each nation to study the feasibility of building
nuclear power plants in Italy.
(WSJ, 2/25/09, p.A11)
2009 Feb 24, A Paris appeals
court overturned five men's terror convictions, ruling that French
intelligence officials improperly questioned them while they were
detained at the US prison in Guantanamo Bay. Lawyers for the men:
Brahim Yadel, Khaled ben Mustafa, Nizar Sassi, Mourad Benchellali
and Ridouane Khalid, hailed the decision. During their 2007 Paris
trial, the five acknowledged having spent time in military training
camps in Afghanistan but they said they had never put their combat
skills to use.
2009 Feb 24, In Guinea Ousmane
Conte, the son of Guinea's late longtime dictator, was arrested on
allegations of drug trafficking.
2009 Feb 24, Two Iraqi police
officers opened fire on 4 American soldiers and two interpreters
inside a police station in Mosul. One US soldier and an interpreter
were killed. The assailants, believed to be associated with
Al-Qaida, escaped. The two policemen an officer and a sergeant, were
arrested in June by US and Iraqi forces and handed over to Iraqi
(SFC, 2/25/09, p.A2)(AP, 6/18/09)
2009 Feb 24, The Kenya National
commission on Human Rights released a video showing a Kenyan
policeman, who was later killed, saying he saw other officers
execute 58 suspects instead of arresting them.
(SFC, 2/25/09, p.A2)
2009 Feb 24, Iran’s Pres.
Ahmadinejad arrived in Kenya with a delegation of nearly 100
officials and business people. He soon struck a deal to export 4
million tons of crude oil a year, to open direct flights between
Tehran and Nairobi, and to provide scholarships for study in Iran.
(http://tinyurl.com/yewhqnk)(Econ, 2/6/10, p.49)
2009 Feb 24, In Michoacan
state, Mexico, Vista Hermosa Mayor Octavio Carrillo was arriving at
his home when four gunmen waiting for him opened fire. He became the
6th elected local official killed in Michoacan since June.
2009 Feb 24, In Nigeria 2 days
of clashes between rival gangs in the southern state of Edo left at
least eight people dead.
2009 Feb 24, North Korea said
it is preparing to shoot a satellite into orbit, its clearest
reference yet to an impending launch that neighbors and the US
suspect will be a provocative test of a long-range missile.
2009 Feb 24, Taliban militants
extended a cease-fire in northwestern Pakistan's Swat valley,
granting more time for peace talks with the government that the US
worries could create a haven for insurgents in the nuclear-armed
2009 Feb 24, South Korea signed
a $3.55 billion deal with Iraq to help rebuild the war-ravaged
country in return for oil and gas. The deal was inked by South
Korean President Lee Myung-bak and his Iraqi counterpart Jalal
2009 Feb 24, Sri Lanka’s
government troops advanced on the last urban area in the north still
in the hands of Tamil Tiger rebels. The defense ministry said 13
bodies of rebel fighters were recovered. The LTTE said 10
civilians were killed and 25 injured when troops fired artillery
guns at the densely populated Puttumattalan.
2009 Feb 24, In Sudan fighting
erupted in the key southern city of Malakal. Some 50 people were
killed and another 100 wounded in 2 days of fighting.
2009 Feb 24, Syria's nuclear
chief told the UN's nuclear agency that his nation has built a new
missile facility on the site of what the US says was a nearly
finished nuclear reactor bombed by Israel in Sep 2007.
2009 Feb 24, In Thailand
thousands of protesters surrounded the prime minister's office
demanding that parliament be dissolved and new elections held, the
latest challenge to the two-month old coalition government.
2009 Feb 24, A Kurdish
politician spoke to lawmakers in Turkey's parliament in the Kurdish
language, openly defying the law, to celebrate UNESCO world
languages week. State-run television immediately cut off the live
2009 Feb 24, The United Arab
Emirates' official news agency said US firms Boeing Co. and Lockheed
Martin Corp. have been awarded almost $3 billion in contracts to
supply transport aircraft for the country's military.
2009 Feb 24, Four Yemenis were
convicted and sentenced up to seven years in prison on for forming
an al-Qaida cell and plotting to attack government and foreign
targets in the country.
2009 Feb 24, Officials said
Zimbabwe's teachers have agreed to end a strike that emptied
classrooms for a year, after the government promised to review
salaries and appealed for 458 million dollars' aid for schools.
2010 Feb 24, The US got help
from Europe in its troubled drive to shut down Guantanamo Bay, as
Spain accepted a former inmate from the prison for terror suspects
and the tiny Balkan nation of Albania took in three more.
2010 Feb 24, Akio Toyoda, scion
of the beleaguered Toyota empire, apologized before a US House
committee investigating deadly flaws that sparked the recall of 8.5
2010 Feb 24, The US Securities
and Exchange Commission (SEC) approved fresh curbs on shorting
(Econ, 2/27/10, p.83)
2010 Feb 24, In Texas Osiel
Cardenas-Guillen, a drug kingpin who once headed the extensive
Matamoros-based Gulf cartel, one of Mexico's most notoriously
violent cartels, was sentenced to 25 years in prison and ordered to
forfeit $50 million, following a closed hearing in Houston.
Cardenas-Guillen was the first cartel leader to employ a
paramilitary group, former Mexican special forces soldiers who
called themselves the Zetas.
2010 Feb 24, In San Jose, Ca.,
stealth start-up Bloom Energy publicly unveiled an innovative fuel
cell that promises to deliver affordable, clean energy to even
remote corners of the world.
2010 Feb 24, In Orlando,
Florida, SeaWorld trainer Dawn Brancheau was killed after Tilikum, a
12,000 pound killer whale, grabbed her hair and pulled her under
2010 Feb 24, Afghanistan's main
opposition criticized President Hamid Karzai's removal of foreign
observers from a UN-backed electoral watchdog as "autocratic" and
urged international pressure to ensure impartial elections. The
decree took effect on February 13 and Karzai now has the power to
choose the ECC's members after consulting with the chief justice and
heads of parliament's two chambers.
(AP, 2/24/10)(Econ, 2/27/10, p.48)
2010 Feb 24, Australia resumed
free-trade talks with China after a 14-month gap, sweeping aside a
brief plunge in ties to focus on a booming partnership tipped to
deliver decades of growth.
2010 Feb 24, Chilean President
Michelle Bachelet said a group of South American nations has
committed to providing $100 million in aid for earthquake-ravaged
2010 Feb 24, In Colombia Mario
Uribe (60), a former senator and second cousin to President Alvaro
Uribe, was arrested by authorities on charges of colluding with
far-right death squads. Mario Uribe was imprisoned for four months
in 2008 on charges of colluding with paramilitaries, but he was
released in August of the same year after Colombia's No. 2
prosecutor said there was insufficient evidence to hold him.
2010 Feb 24, Dubai police
linked at least 15 more suspects carrying foreign passports to the
Jan 19 hit squad slaying of a Hamas commander that the police chief
claimed was likely carried out by Israel's Mossad secret service.
2010 Feb 24, French oil giant
Total said it is to invest seven billion dollars (5.16 billion
euros) in Nigerian oil and gas exploration and production over the
next four to five years.
2010 Feb 24, Germany's top
Protestant cleric, Margot Kaessmann (51), resigned after she was
caught driving with a blood-alcohol level three times the legal
limit, an incident that she said had undermined her authority.
2010 Feb 24, Greek police fired
tear gas and clashed with demonstrators in Athens after some 50,000
people finished a peaceful march against cutbacks intended to fix
the country's debt crisis.
2010 Feb 24, Israel's Haaretz
daily said Mosab Hassan Yousef, son of one of Hamas' founders, was
one of the Shin Bet security service's most valuable sources. Dubbed
as "the Green Prince" by his handlers he served as a top informant
for Israel for more than a decade. Yousef's memoir, "Son of Hamas,"
was to be published next week in the US by Tyndale House Publishers.
2010 Feb 24, A Nobel official
said Israeli nuclear whistleblower Mordechai Vanunu has asked the
Nobel Peace Prize committee to disregard his nomination for the
2010 Feb 24, An Italian court
convicted three Google executives of privacy violations because they
did not act quickly enough to remove an online video that showed
sadistic teen bullies pummeling and mocking an autistic boy. Judge
Oscar Magi sentenced the three in absentia to a six-month suspended
sentence and absolved them of defamation charges. A fourth
defendant, charged only with defamation, was acquitted. In the US,
the Communications Decency Act of 1996 generally gives Internet
service providers immunity in cases like this, but no such
protections exist in Europe.
2010 Feb 24, Mexican police
found two severed arms in an icebox, along with a threatening
message. Guerrero state police said an anonymous tip led them to the
remains in the town of Ciudad Altamirano.
2010 Feb 24, Nigeria's ailing
Pres. Umaru Yar'Adua returned home after a three-month stay in a
Saudi Arabian hospital. An advisor said the leader needed time to
recuperate and so the vice president would remain in charge.
2010 Feb 24, In Northern
Ireland an unidentified man, believed to be between 35 and 40, was
found shot in the head with his wrists bound and wearing only his
underwear on the outskirts of Londonderry, near the border with
2010 Feb 24, In Pakistan
suspected US missiles killed at least 13 people in an al-Qaida and
Taliban stronghold in the Dargah Mandi area of North Waziristan
tribal region. Pakistani Taliban commander Mohammed Qari Zafar was
among those killed when 3 missiles hit a compound and vehicle in the
Dargah Mandi area. The bodies of two men alleged by militants to be
US spies were discovered in Mir Ali, North Waziristan.
(AP, 2/24/10)(SFC, 2/26/10, p.A2)
2010 Feb 24, Qatar signed a
defense pact with Iran.
2010 Feb 24, Thailand officials
seized two tons of elephant tusks from Africa hidden in pallets
labeled as mobile phone parts in the country's largest ivory
2010 Feb 24, A Turkish court
formally charged and jailed seven senior Turkish military officers
for allegedly plotting years ago to overthrow the country's
2010 Feb 24, Ukrainian PM Yulia
Tymoshenko challenged her opponents to oust her in a no-confidence
vote, aiming to show they don't have enough votes to do so.
2010 Feb 24, Venezuela's
highest court annulled the election of an opposition mayor,
replacing him with a supporter of President Hugo Chavez until a new
vote is held. The Supreme Court threw out the 2008 election of Jorge
Barboza, mayor of the Sucre municipality in western Zulia state, on
grounds that he failed to pay $292 in local taxes. On March 4 the
court reinstated Barboza. The constitutional council said that last
week's ruling was unconstitutional because it violated Barboza's
(AP, 2/25/10)(AP, 3/4/10)
2011 Feb 24, US authorities
launched Operation Fallen Hero-Bombardier, a crackdown on Mexican
drug cartels, just over a week after the shooting death of a US
immigration officer in Mexico. Raids quickly followed in the United
States, Colombia, Brazil and Central America.
2011 Feb 24, A US federal jury
convicted Mohammad Reza Vaghari (43), of Broomall Pa., of sending
the products to Iran by way of the United Arab Emirates.
2011 Feb 24, The US Air Force
awarded Boeing a $35 billion deal to build 200 airborne refueling
tankers. The contract will mean thousands of jobs, mostly in
Washington state and Kansas.
(SFC, 2/25/11, p.A4)
2011 Feb 24, The space shuttle
Discovery blasted off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, with 6
astronauts on its last mission to the Int’l. Space Station.
(SFC, 2/25/11, p.A4)
2011 Feb 24, In Kentucky 4
Amish children died after their family buggy overturned in a flash
flood of Roscoe Creek.
(SFC, 2/26/11, p.A7)
2011 Feb 24, In New Jersey
Transportation Security Administration officer Al Raimi (29) of
Woodbridge pleaded guilty in Newark federal court to theft by a
government officer. Federal prosecutors say Raimi stole between
$10,000 and $30,000 cash over nearly a year from travelers passing
through his checkpoint. He gave a cut of the cash to his supervisor,
Michael Arato, who pleaded guilty to related charges this month. 2
TSA agents at a NYC airport were arrested earlier this month on
charges of stealing $40,000 from passengers' luggage.
2011 Feb 24, In Texas a fire at
a Houston home used for daycare killed 4 children. Jessica Tata
(22), accused of leaving the children unattended while a stovetop
burner was on, was later charged with reckless injury to a child.
She fled to her native Nigeria. On March 19 Tata was arrested in
Nigeria and was returned to the US on March 21. On Nov 20, 2012,
Tata was sentenced to 80 years in prison.
3/22/11, p.A5)(SFC, 11/21/12, p.A8)
2011 Feb 24, In Virginia
Zachary A. Chesser (21) of Bristow pleaded guilty to charges of
providing material support to terrorists and communicating threats.
He had threatened the creators of the “South Park" cartoon series
for insulting the prophet Muhammad and tried to join a terror group
in Somalia. Chesser was sentenced to 25 years in prison.
(SFC, 2/25/11, p.A4)
2011 Feb 24, Wisconsin state
troopers were dispatched to try to find at least one of the 14
Senate Democrats who have been on the run for eight days to delay a
vote on Republican Gov. Scott Walker's proposal to strip collective
bargaining rights from nearly all public employees.
2011 Feb 24, Toyota Motor Corp.
recalled 2.17 million vehicles in the United States to address
accelerator pedals that could become entrapped in floor mats or
jammed in driver's side carpeting, prompting federal regulators to
close its investigation into the embattled automaker.
2011 Feb 24, In Afghanistan a
suicide car bomb attack killed an intelligence agent and wounded 26
other people in Spin Boldak, a town on the Pakistan border.
2011 Feb 24, Algeria officially
lifted its 19-year old state of emergency.
(SFC, 2/25/11, p.A2)
2011 Feb 24, Bahrain protesters
showed no sign of retreat as an anti-government uprising entered its
11th day and opposition groups said the state had not yet met their
pre-conditions for dialogue.
2011 Feb 24, Brazil’s Justice
Ministry said the murder rate among Brazil's youths has soared to
epidemic levels. The number of murdered Brazilians age 15 to 24 rose
from 30 per 100,000 inhabitants in 1998 to 52.9 per 100,000 a decade
(AP, 2/24/11)(SFC, 2/25/11, p.A2)
2011 Feb 24, A British judge
ruled that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange (39), who rocked the US
government by publishing thousands of secret diplomatic memos, must
be extradited to Sweden to face sex crimes allegations.
2011 Feb 24, A British
specialist ice cream parlor planned to serve up breast milk ice
cream and says people should think of it as an organic, free-range
treat. The breast milk concoction, called the "Baby Gaga" ($23 per
serving), will be available from Feb 25 at the Icecreamists
restaurant in London's Covent Garden.
2011 Feb 24, The Canadian
province of Ontario said it has approved 40 new large-scale
renewable power projects that will create 7,000 jobs and attract C$3
billion ($3.06 billion) in private sector investment.
2011 Feb 24, Egyptian
authorities arrested the country's former information minister and
the chairman of state TV and radio on corruption allegations.
2011 Feb 24, The southern
Indian state of Kerala passed a bill allowing compensation claims
against soft drink giant Coca-Cola over alleged environmental damage
caused by a bottling plant. The Palakkad bottling factory in Kerala
was closed in 2005 after protests from activists and residents. A
high-level state panel concluded last year that the plant had caused
environmental and soil degradation as well as water contamination,
and recommended a fine of 47 million dollars.
2011 Feb 24, An Indonesian
court sentenced Islamic preacher Murhali Barda (37) to
five-and-a-half months in jail for misusing his status to encourage
"Muslim lions" to rally at a church, which led to the beating and
stabbing of two Christians. He had already served about five months
and was expected to walk out of jail within days.
2011 Feb 24, In Iraq a suicide
bomber trying to assassinate the deputy head of the provincial
council killed 11 people including 7 policemen and a bodyguard in
Ramadi, Anbar province. Security forces killed al-Nasser Lideen
Allah Abu Suleiman, the top military leader of an al-Qaida front
group, surrounding his hideout and firing shots that blew up his
booby-trapped getaway car in Hit, Anbar province. The Kurdish
government sent thousands of its troops into positions around Kirkuk
saying it feared that demonstrations planned for the next day could
(AP, 2/24/11)(AP, 2/25/11)(AP, 3/9/11)
2011 Feb 24, In the Ivory Coast
residents reported automatic arms fire in the Abobo district of
Abidjan. Hundreds of people fled the area on foot on the main road
leading from the neighborhood. The UN warned that heavy fighting
over the country's disputed election may augur a return to civil
2011 Feb 24, In Japan the
world's first robot marathon kicked off in Osaka, with five
two-legged participants racing on an indoor track. The race was
expected to last through Feb 27.
2011 Feb 24, In Libya forces
loyal to Muammar Gaddafi launched a counter-attack, fighting fierce
gun battles with rebels who have threatened the Libyan leader by
seizing important towns close to the capital. Key Libyan oil and oil
product terminals to the east of the capital were in the hands of
rebels. Fighting in the cities of Zawiya and Misrata killed at
least 30 people.
(AP, 2/24/11)(Reuters, 2/24/11)(AP, 2/25/11)
2011 Feb 24, In Mexico gunmen
killed Jesus Quirarte Ruvalcaba (51), the head of a state police
agency that prosecutes car thieves, as well as his wife, Maria
Guadalupe Aldrete (49), in Zapopan, Jalisco state. Acapulco police
reported finding a man's hacked-up body in five plastic bags, in a
low-income neighborhood far from where the Mexican Open tennis
tournament is being held.
2011 Feb 24, In Morocco one of
the biggest parties in the ruling coalition, the Socialist Union of
Popular Forces, called for a timetable for implementing political
reforms to meet popular demand.
2011 Feb 24, In northwest
Pakistan suspected US missiles hit a house and car in a village
close to the Afghan border, killing at least six people.
2011 Feb 24, In Panama Rene
Sanabria, a retired Bolivian police Gen., was arrested at
Washington's request and extradited to the US. He had an initial
federal court appearance in Miami the next day on charges he ran a
cocaine trafficking ring. Sanabria headed the FELCN counternarcotics
police in 2007-2008. Other alleged members of the trafficking
organization were identified by Bolivian authorities as Col. Milton
Sanchez Pantoja, Maj. Edwin Raul Ona Moncada and Capt. Franz
Hernando Siles Rios. On Sep 23 Sanabria was sentenced to 14 years in
(AP, 2/27/11)(SFC, 9/24/11, p.A4)
2011 Feb 24, In the Philippines
lawyers said about 7,500 victims of human rights abuses during late
dictator Ferdinand Marcos' regime will receive compensation for
their suffering starting next week, 25 years after a peaceful revolt
forced Marcos into exile in Hawaii.
2011 Feb 24, In Puerto Rico US
federal officials said Alexis Candelario Santana is among five
people indicted on federal racketeering charges involving an
organization that sold drugs in Puerto Rico. The indictment of
Santana accused him of 21 homicides from 1993 to 2009, though it
does not charge him with murder. The five faced 17 charges including
violating the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act
(RICO Act), a charge that is viewed as easier to prove because it
targets behavior patterns instead of criminal acts.
2011 Feb 24, In Saudi Arabia
influential intellectuals said in a statement that Arab rulers
should derive a lesson from the uprisings in Tunisia, Egypt and
Libya and listen to the voice of disenchanted young people.
2011 Feb 24, In Somalia
Al-Shabab displayed the bodies of eight men they said were the
attackers in Belet Hawo, a Somalia-Kenya border town. In Mogadishu
at least 39 civilians have been killed and more than 120 wounded in
four days of fighting.
2011 Feb 24, Somali pirates
captured a sailboat carrying Danish couple Jan Quist Johansen his
wife Birgit Marie and three children (12-16), along with two adult
crew members, also Danes. All seven were released on September 6.
(AP, 3/1/11)(AP, 9/7/11)
2011 Feb 24, In Spain a
powerful explosion at a military academy in Hoyo de Manzares killed
five soldiers and wounded three when a mine de-activation training
drill went awry.
2011 Feb 24, Sudan's army
attacked remnants of a divided rebel movement in the western Darfur
region, setting off clashes that killed 25 of the fighters and two
2011 Feb 24, Yemeni President
Ali Abdullah Saleh ordered his forces to offer "full protection" to
anti-regime protesters and loyalists alike, after 15 people died in
an uprising against his rule.
2012 Feb 24, In West Virginia a
judge approved a settlement in a class-action suit by residents of
Nitro who said Monsanto had polluted their area by burning dioxin
wastes left over from the production of Agent Orange.
(SFC, 2/25/12, p.A5)
2012 Feb 24, In Afghanistan
anti-US protesters tried to storm a US consulate and march on NATO
headquarters in Kabul as violent demonstrations over the burning of
Korans pushed into a fourth day, pushing the death toll to 24
2012 Feb 24, Angola's state oil
company Sonangol announced it is withdrawing from a natural-gas
project in Iran due to international sanctions over Tehran's nuclear
2012 Feb 24, A British legal
filing indicated that fugitive oligarch Mukhtar Ablyazov (48),
accused of embezzling at least $5.0 billion (3.2 billion pounds)
from his former Kazakh bank BTA, is believed to have fled Britain on
a coach bound for France to escape a jail sentence for contempt of
2012 Feb 24, Christopher Tappin
(65), a retired British businessman, arrived in the United States
after failing to overturn an extradition order. He was accused of
plotting to sell missile components to Iran.
2012 Feb 24, The Interamerican
Court of Human Rights condemned the Chilean government for denying
Magistrate Karen Atala custody of her three daughters because she is
a lesbian. Atala filed a complaint with the Interamerican Commission
of Human Rights in Nov. 2004 after Chile's Supreme Court decided to
give custody of her daughters to her ex-husband because she is
2012 Feb 24, Greece launched
its official offer for a massive bond swap designed to knock euro107
billion ($142 billion) off its debt held by banks and other private
2012 Feb 24, Haitian PM Garry
Conille abruptly resigned his post, giving the country a new
political crisis that is likely to distract the government and
further delay efforts to rebuild from the devastating January 2010
earthquake. His resignation was thought to have stemmed from
disagreements with Pres. Martelly and his inner circle.
2012 Feb 24, Israeli warplanes
launched an early morning strike at a Gaza target, hours after
Palestinian militants fired two rockets at southern Israel.
Palestinian Talat Ramia (25) was shot and killed as he hurled
exploding fireworks at Israeli forces in al-Ram.
(AFP, 2/24/12)(AP, 2/25/12)(AP, 2/29/12)
2012 Feb 24, Japan said some
areas surrounding the Fukushima nuclear power plant that was wrecked
last year by a massive tsunami will likely remain permanently
2012 Feb 24, The UN said
clashes between the army and Tuareg rebels in northern Mali have
forced 126,400 people to flee their homes since mid-January and
called for $35.6 million (26.5 million euros) to cover the needs of
those displaced by the escalating conflict.
2012 Feb 24, In New Zealand
actress Lucy Lawless and six other protesters boarded the ship Noble
Discoverer in a bid to prevent it sailing to the Arctic, where it
has been contracted by Anglo-Dutch energy giant Shell to conduct
exploratory drilling. On Feb 27 police arrested Lawless along with
five other Greenpeace activists.
(AFP, 2/24/12)(AFP, 2/27/12)
2012 Feb 24, In Nigeria
suspected members of the Boko Haram sect gunned down five
worshippers inside a mosque as evening prayers ended in Kano. Gunmen
suspected of being Boko Haram Islamists killed a dozen people when
they razed a police station after failing to storm a jail in Gombe
2012 Feb 24, Pakistan publicly
called on the Taliban for the first time to engage the Afghan
government in US-backed peace talks, a potentially significant move
that could help pave the way for a settlement to end the decade-long
war. Suicide bombers armed with guns and grenades attacked a police
station, killing four officers in the second attack in as many days
in the northwestern city of Peshawar. Militants attacked troops
deployed in Khyber tribal district and the ensuing fighting left
three soldiers and seven militants dead. Hundreds of Pakistani
activists took to the streets, chanting "Death to America",
demanding that their leaders resign and setting fire to a US flag
over the burning of Korans in Afghanistan.
(AP, 2/24/12)(AFP, 2/24/12)
2012 Feb 24, Russia welcomed
the appointment of Kofi Annan as the UN and Arab League envoy for
the crisis in Syria and called for an immediate ceasefire to
evacuate wounded from the city of Homs.
2012 Feb 24, Serbia and its
one-time province of Kosovo reached agreement on two key issues that
will significantly enhance Serbia's chances of becoming an official
candidate for EU membership next week. The agreements allow Kosovo
to represent itself in international conferences and spell out the
technical details of how Serbia and Kosovo will manage their joint
borders and border crossings.
2012 Feb 24, In southern
Somalia a US military drone missile strike killed four Al-Qaeda
allied Shebab rebels, as the extremists were squeezed on three
fronts by regional forces.
(AFP, 2/24/12)(SFC, 2/25/12, p.A2)
2012 Feb 24, Syrian government
troops shelled rebel-held areas in central Syria, killing at least
22 people. Thousands of people in dozens of towns across Syria
staged anti-regime protests under the slogan: "We will revolt for
your sake, Baba Amr," referring to the besieged Homs neighborhood
that has become the center of the Syrian revolt. The Red Cross and
the Syrian Arab Red Crescent evacuated seven Syrians wounded in
shelling by regime forces as well as 20 sick women and children.
They were taken to Homs' Al-Amine hospital.
(AP, 2/24/12)(AP, 2/25/12)(SFC, 2/25/12, p.A2)
2012 Feb 24, The Tanzania-based
UN-backed tribunal for Rwanda referred fugitive suspect Fulgence
Kayishema's case to Kigali, the second such handover after initially
refusing to do so on account that Rwandan courts could not guarantee
2012 Feb 24, In Turkey doctors
at Hacettepe University transplanted two arms and two legs on Sevket
Cavdar (27). He had lost his arms and legs in 1998 when he was
accidentally electrocuted. The world's 1st quadruple limb transplant
soon failed due to tissue incompatibility.
2012 Feb 24, Tunisian police
wielding batons beat back several dozen pro-Syrian protesters trying
to enter the venue of an international meeting on the Syria crisis.
The US secretary of state and other leading Western and Arab
officials were in Tunis for the "Friends of Syria" meeting aimed at
increasing pressure on President Bashar al-Assad's regime over its
bloody crackdown on the opposition.
2012 Feb 24, Zimbabwe's
national airline suspended all its flights indefinitely, after the
latest revival effort collapsed this week. The struggling carrier
battled against debts reported in December at $140 million.
2013 Feb 24, In the 85th Annual
Academy Awards Jennifer Lawrence wins the Best Actress award for
"Silver Linings Playbook"; Daniel Day-Lewis won Best Actor for
"Lincoln"; Best Picture went to "Argo." A Best Picture/Best Director
split occurred since Ben Affleck was curiously not nominated for the
2013 Feb 24, Afghanistan's
president said all US special forces must leave eastern Wardak
province within two weeks because of allegations that Afghans
working with them are torturing and abusing other Afghans. Suicide
bombers targeted Afghanistan's intelligence agency and other
security forces in four coordinated attacks in Kabul and outlying
areas, leaving at least 7 dead, including the 4 bombers.
2013 Feb 24, Cuba's parliament
reconvened with new membership. Raul Castro announced that he will
step down in 2018 following a final five-year term, for the first
time putting a date on the end of the Castro era. He tapped rising
star Miguel Diaz-Canel (52) as his top lieutenant and first in the
line of succession.
2013 Feb 24, Greek Cypriots
voted for a new president. Conservative opposition party leader
Nicos Anastasiades garnered 45.46% of the vote in the first round of
voting, some 18 points over communist-backed Stavros Malas. With
nearly all the votes counted, Anastasiades had 57.48% of the
ballots, far ahead of Malas' 42.52%.
(AP, 2/24/13)(Econ, 2/23/13, p.50)
2013 Feb 24, In Egypt thousands
of brick workers blocked railroad tracks from a southern city to
Cairo for a second day to protest rising industrial oil prices,
causing the cancellation of some services. Residents of Port Said
pressed their general strike which entered its second week.
2013 Feb 24, In Ethiopia 11
African countries signed a UN-drafted peace deal to stabilize Congo,
where rebels allegedly backed by neighboring countries last year
threatened to oust the government.
2013 Feb 24, In Greece a
helicopter swooped down on the Trikala prison courtyard as armed men
on board fired on guards and lowered a rope to help convicted
killer Panagiotis Vlastos make his fourth attempt to escape
from a Greek prison. Vlastos was wounded the helicopter was grounded
in the failed escape.
2013 Feb 24, Iran’s
semi-official Fars news agency reported that Gen. Hamid Tabatabaei,
a commander of the powerful Revolutionary Guards, has been killed in
the country's Kurdish northwest.
2013 Feb 24, Italy began 2 days
of parliamentary elections.
2013 Feb 24, Palestinians
called for an international investigation of Israel's treatment of
detained Palestinians, after a 30-year-old Palestinian died in
custody and a hunger strike by four other inmates sparked a week of
West Bank protests.
2013 Feb 24, Syrian rebels used
captured tanks to launch a fresh offensive on a government complex
housing a police academy in Aleppo as they continued to log a string
of strategic victories against President Bashar Assad's troops who
countered with airstrikes.
2013 Feb 24, Syrian comedian
Yassin Bakoush (75) was killed by a mortar round that landed on his
car in the Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp in southern Damascus.
SANA state news said he was killed by a rebel mortar round. The
anti-regime Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said it was a
rocket-propelled grenade launched by government troops.
2013 Feb 24, Zimbabwe's broke
coalition government said it has raised enough money privately to
pay for a referendum on a new constitution scheduled March 16.
2014 Feb 24, Harold Ramis
(b.1944), American writer, director and actor, died at his
Chicago-area home. His film work included Meatballs" (1979),
“Caddyshack" (1980), “Ghostbusters" (1984), “Groundhog Day"
(1993), and “Analyze This" (1999).
(SFC, 2/25/14, p.C2)
2014 Feb 24, In Central African
Republic Chadian peacekeepers shot dead 3 civilians in a Christian
neighborhood of Bangui. Witnesses said anti-Balaka Christian
militiamen killed at least 70 Muslims in the remote southwest
village of Guen earlier this month.
(Reuters, 2/24/14)(AP, 2/24/14)
2014 Feb 24, The
military-installed government of Egyptian PM Hazem al-Beblawi said
it has resigned, ahead of a presidential poll which will likely
bring army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to power. Beblawi said the his
government would remain in a caretaker role until the interim
president signs off on the resignations.
2014 Feb 24, France passed the
Florange law in response to ArcelorMittal’s 2013 closure of the
Florange blast furnace in northeast France. It was set to go fully
into force in March 2016 at which point shareholders in listed
French companies will see their voting rights double.
(http://tinyurl.com/loqnsvl)(Econ., 5/2/15, p.12)
2014 Feb 24, Indian attorney
general Ghoolam Vahanvati told the Supreme Court the prosecution did
not intend to proceed against Italian marines Massimiliano Latorre
and Salvatore Girone, accused of killing two fisherman, under the
anti-piracy section of the Suppression of Unlawful Acts. The sailors
said they mistook two fishermen for pirates during the incident in
February 2012, off the coast of Kerala state.
2014 Feb 24, Indian soldiers
killed 7 rebels in a gunbattle in the disputed Himalayan region of
2014 Feb 24, Indonesian
officials said floods and landslides triggered by torrential rains
killed at least 11 people in Papua province.
(SFC, 2/25/14, p.A2)
2014 Feb 24, In Iraq Atheel
al-Nujaifi, governor of Nineveh province and the parliament
speaker's brother, survived the third attempt on his life this
month, as violence across the country killed 35 people.
(AFP, 2/24/14)(AFP, 2/25/14)
2014 Feb 24, Two Israeli raids
hit a Hezbollah target on the border of Lebanon and Syria. Lebanon's
National News Agency soon confirmed the report, adding that the
raids struck the countryside of the Lebanese border town of Nabi
2014 Feb 24, In Lebanon actress
and UN special envoy Angelina Jolie completed a surprise 3-day visit
to Lebanon to draw attention to the challenges facing thousands of
Syrian refugee children and to highlight the massive displacement
Syria's three-year conflict has created.
2014 Feb 24, Libyan police
found 7 Egyptian Christians shot dead on a beach outside Benghazi.
This was the second such execution-style killing in Libya since the
start of the year.
2014 Feb 24, In Morocco
hundreds of sub-Saharan migrants armed with sticks and stones
stormed the six-meter (20-foot) high double barbed wire border fence
in a bid to enter Spain's northwest African enclave of Melilla, with
about 100 of them making it across.
2014 Feb 24, In northwest
Pakistan unknown gunmen near Miranshah killed Asmatullah Shaheen
Bitani, a senior commander of the Pakistani Taliban, along with 3 of
his aides. 2 security guards were killed and more than a dozen
people wounded in a suicide bombing outside the Iranian consulate in
(AFP, 2/24/14)(Reuters, 2/24/14)(SFC, 2/25/14,
2014 Feb 24, Hamas authorities
said Gaza police have arrested family members over the deaths of two
Palestinian teenage girls, one of them the victim of a suspected
(AF P, 2/24/14)
2014 Feb 24, A Russian court
sentenced seven activists to prison terms of up to four years over a
protest against President Vladimir Putin as police detained hundreds
of supporters outside.
2014 Feb 24, Russian opposition
leader Alexei Navalny was jailed for a week by a court for resisting
arrest at a protest over the convictions of activists for attacking
police at a 2012 rally against President Putin. On Feb 28 a Moscow
court put Navalny under house arrest, forbidding him from using the
Internet or communicating with anyone outside his family.
(Reuters, 2/25/14)(AP, 2/28/14)
2014 Feb 24, In Saudi Arabia
three security officers were wounded, one critically, by gunfire
outside a police station in a flashpoint village in the mostly
Shi'ite Muslim area of Qatif.
2014 Feb 24, In central Syria
air raids on rebel-held towns killed 18 people. Airstrikes killed
some 10 people in the northern city of Sheikh Khader.
(Reuters, 2/24/14)(AP, 2/24/14)
2014 Feb 24, Thai PM Yingluck
Shinawatra, the target of anti-government protests in Bangkok, has
been staying outside the city and ruled out resigning despite a
series of deadly attacks heaping pressure on her administration.
2014 Feb 24, A taped
conversation of Turkey’s PM Erdogan speaking with his younger son
Bilal was posted on You Tube. It dated to Dec 17 when police raided
the homes of several members of Erdogan’s cabinet and business
allies as part of a corruption probe.
(Econ, 3/1/14, p.53)
2014 Feb 24, Uganda's Pres.
Museveni signed a law imposing harsh penalties for homosexuality,
defying protests from rights groups, criticism from Western donors
and a US warning that it will complicate relations.
2014 Feb 24, Ukraine's acting
government issued an arrest warrant for President Viktor Yanukovych,
accusing him of mass crimes against the protesters who stood up for
months against his rule. The head of the city administration in
Sevastopol quit amid the turmoil, and protesters replaced a
Ukrainian flag near the city hall building with a Russian flag.
Andriy Klyuyev, President Viktor Yanukovych's chief of staff until
Sunday, was wounded by gunfire and hospitalized.
(AP, 2/24/14)(AP, 2/25/14)
2014 Feb 24, In Uruguay Carlos
Paez Vilaro (90), a self-trained painter, sculptor, screenwriter,
musician and architect, died. He championed Afro-Uruguayan Candombe
music and dance, created colorful murals in dozens of cities around
the world, and built a huge "living sculpture" that became an iconic
2014 Feb 24, Pope Francis
announced the first major overhaul of the Vatican's outdated and
inefficient bureaucracy in a quarter-century, creating an economics
secretariat to control all economic, administrative, personnel and
procurement functions of the Holy See.
2014 Feb 24, In Venezuela
anti-government demonstrators set up barricades in Caracas, snarling
traffic, despite calls from within the opposition to rein in
protests in which at least 11 people have died in the OPEC nation.