Return to home1255 Mar 6, Pope Alexander
IV permitted Mindaugas to crown his son as king of Lithuania.
1454 Mar 6, Casimir
proclaimed the attachment of Prussia to Polish rule. This began a
13-year war over Prussia (1454-1466).
1475 Mar 6, Michelangelo
Buonarroti (d.1564), painter, sculptor and architect, was born. His
early mentor was Bertoldo di Giovanni, a pupil of Donatello. His
work included “The Creation of Adam" and the “Pieta Rondanini." He
at one time proposed to sculpt the 5,000 foot Monte Sagro in Carrara
into the statue of a giant.
(WUB, 1994, p. 904)(WSJ, 2/29/96, p.A-14)(AAP,
1964)(SFEC, 7/13/97, p.T11) (SFEC,10/19/97, p.T4)(HN, 3/6/98)
1513 Mar 6, Niccolo Machiavelli
was released from jail in Florence. He complained in verse that it
was difficult to write poetry there because people kept beating him
(ON, 11/04, p.4)
1521 Mar 6, Magellan discovered
(HFA, '96, p.26)(HN, 3/6/98)
1646 Mar 6, Joseph Jenkes
received the 1st colonial machine patent.
1665 Mar 6, Philosophical
Transactions of Royal Society started publishing.
1674 Mar 6, Johann Paul Schor
(58), German baroque painter, died.
1708 Mar 6, Francis de Laval
(b.1623), the first bishop of Quebec, died. He was beatified in 1980
and canonized in 2014.
1714 Mar 6, the Treaty of
Rastatt ended the war between Austria and Spain. It complemented the
Treaty of Utrecht, which had, the previous year, ended hostilities
with Britain and the Dutch Republic. The Spanish Netherlands became
the Austrian Netherlands, and Spain gave up her possession in Italy,
Luxembourg and Flanders. A third treaty, the Treaty of Baden (Sep 7,
1714), was required to end the hostilities between France and the
Holy Roman Empire.
(PCh, ed. 1992,
1763 Mar 6, Jean Xavier
Lefevre, composer, was born.
1779 Mar 6, The US Congress
declared that only the federal government, and not individual
states, had the power to determine the legality of captures on the
high seas. This was the basis for the 1st test case of the US
Constitution in 1808.
(ON, 12/01, p.9)
1791 Mar 6, Anna Claypoole
Peale, painted miniatures, was born.
1799 Mar 6, Napoleon captured
Jaffa, Palestine. [see Mar 7]
1806 Mar 6, Elizabeth Barrett
Browning (d.1861), English poet, was born in Durham, England. She
wrote "Sonnets from the Portuguese." "Since when was genius found
(AP, 3/6/98)(HN, 3/6/99)(AP, 8/12/99)
1808 Mar 6, 1st college
orchestra in US was founded at Harvard.
1810 Mar 6, Illinois passed the
1st state vaccination legislation in US.
1812 Mar 6, Aaron Lufkin
Dennison, father of American watch making, was born.
1816 Mar 6, Jews were expelled
from Free city of Lubeck, Germany.
1819 Mar 6, The US Supreme
Court ruled in McCulloch v. Maryland that the state could not impose
a tax on the notes of banks not chartered in the state. Luther
Martin represented Maryland in the landmark case.
1820 Mar 6, The Missouri
Compromise, enacted by Congress, was signed by President James
Monroe. This compromise provided for the admission of Missouri into
the Union as a slave state, but prohibited slavery in the rest of
the northern Louisiana Purchase territory. The compromise was
invalidated in the 1856 Scott vs. Sanford case. [see Mar 3]
(HN, 3/6/98)(SFC, 11/30/00, p.A3)
1831 Mar 6, Philip Henry
Sheridan, Union Army General and hero of the Battle of Cedar Creek,
1831 Mar 6, Edgar Allan Poe
failed out of West Point. He was discharged from West Point for
“gross neglect of duty." His parade uniform was supposedly
(SFEC, 4/13/97, Z1 p.4)(HN, 3/6/98)
1834 Mar 6, The city of York in
Upper Canada was incorporated as Toronto.
1835 Mar 6, Charles Ewing
(d.1883), Brig General (Union volunteers), was born.
1836 Mar 6, The Alamo fell
after fighting for 13 days. Angered by a new Mexican constitution
that removed much of their autonomy, Texans seized the Alamo in San
Antonio in December 1835. Mexican president General Antonio Lopez de
Santa Anna marched into Texas to put down the rebellion. By late
February, 1836, 182 Texans, led by Colonel William Travis, held the
former mission complex against Santa Anna’s [3,000] 6,000 troops. At
4 a.m. on March 6, after fighting for 13 days, Santa Anna’s troops
charged. In the battle that followed, all the Alamo defenders were
killed while the Mexicans suffered about 2,000 casualties. Santa
Anna dismissed the Alamo conquest as “a small affair," but the time
bought by the Alamo defenders’ lives permitted General Sam Houston
to forge an army that would win the Battle of San Jacinto and,
ultimately, Texas’ independence. Mexican Lt. Col. Pena later wrote a
memoir: "With Santa Anna in Texas: Diary of Jose Enrique de la
Pena," that described the capture and execution of Davy Crockett
(49) and 6 other Alamo defenders. In 1975 a translation of the diary
by Carmen Perry (d.1999) was published. Apparently, only one Texan
combatant survived Jose María Guerrero, who persuaded his captors he
had been forced to fight. Women, children, and a black slave, were
(AP, 3/6/98)(HN, 3/6/98)(HNPD, 3/6/99)(SFC,
1836 Mar 6, HMS Beagle and
Darwin reached King George's Sound, Australia.
1844 Mar 6, Nicolai
Rimsky-Korsakov, orchestrator, composer, was born. His work
included: Flight of the Bumble Bee, Sadko, Mlada, Capriccio
Espagnol, The Tsar's Bride, Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh
and the Maiden Fevronia.
1853 Mar 6, Giuseppe Verdi's
Opera, "La Traviata," premiered in Venice.
(AP, 3/6/98)(MC, 3/6/02)
1857 Mar 6, After years in
litigation, the Supreme Court, headed by Chief Justice Roger Taney,
ruled that Dred Scott did not gain his freedom by living in a free
territory. The essence of the decision was that as a slave, Dred
Scott was not a citizen and therefore could not sue in a federal
court. The opinion also stated that Congress could not exclude
slavery in the territories and that blacks could not become
citizens. That ruling further increased the tension already
simmering between the North and the South. Dred Scott was a slave
who accompanied his owner, army surgeon John Emerson, to military
posts in Wisconsin and Illinois in 1834-35. In 1846 Scott, backed by
abolitionists, sued for his freedom on the grounds that he became
free when he lived in an area where slavery was outlawed. Montgomery
Blair (b.1813) was one of the lawyers in the Scott vs. Sanford case.
In this case the Supreme Court invalidated the 1820 Missouri
(AP, 3/6/98)(HN, 3/6/98)(HNPD, 3/11/99)(HN,
5/10/99)(SFC, 11/30/00, p.A3)
1860 Mar 6, While campaigning
for the presidency, Abraham Lincoln made a speech defending the
right to strike.
1861 Mar 6, Provisionary
Confederate Congress established Confederate Army.
1862 Mar 6, Pres. Lincoln
proposed to Congress a revised plan of compensated emancipation for
slave-owners in the District of Columbia and the border states.
(ON, 6/10, p.1)
1862 Mar 6, Battle of Pea
Ridge, AR (Elkhorn Tavern). [see Mar 7]
1865 Mar 6, President Lincoln's
2nd Inaugural Ball was held.
1865 Mar 6, The last
Confederate victory of the Civil War occurred at Natural Bridge
crossing near Tallahassee, Fla., when the forces of Union Gen’l.
John Newton were routed by entrenched southerners.
(HT, 3/97, p.10)(HN, 3/6/98)
1870 Mar 6, Oscar Strauss,
composer (Ein Walzertraum), was born in Vienna, Austria.
1884 Mar 6, Over 100
suffragists, led by Susan B. Anthony, presented President Chester A.
Arthur with a demand that he voice support for female suffrage.
1885 Mar 6, Ring Lardner
(d.1933), American humorist and writer, was born. His books
included You Know Me Al (1916). "The family you come from
isn't as important as the family you're going to have."
(AP, 5/14/99)(HN, 3/6/01)(WSJ, 12/2/06, p.P8)
1886 Mar 6, The 1st US
alternating current power plant started in Great Barrington, MA.
1888 Mar 6, William Bonwill of
Philadelphia patented revolving-hammer mechanical dental pluggers,
by which the plugging-tool is hit a rapid series I 5 of blows to
impact the gold in the teeth.
1888 Mar 6, Louisa May Alcott
(b.1832) died in Boston just hours after the burial of her father.
Her novels included "Little Women" (1868). In 1998 "Little Women"
premiered in Houston as an opera by Mark Adomo. In 2010 Susan
Cheever authored “Louisa May Alcott: A Personal Biography."
(WSJ, 8/29/01, p.A12)(SSFC, 12/5/10, p.F3)
1896 Mar 6, Charles B. King
rode his "Horseless Carriage," the 1st auto in Detroit.
1899 Mar 6, Richard Leo Simon,
publisher, partner of Max Schuster, was born.
1899 Mar 6, Aspirin was
patented following Felix Hoffman’s discoveries about the properties
of acetylsalicylic acid. Duisberg’s Bayer team released a drug they
named aspirin. In 2004 Diarmuid Jeffreys authored “Aspirin: The
Remarkable Story of a Wonder Drug."
(HN, 3/6/01)(SSFC, 10/24/04, p.M6)
1900 Mar 6, Gottlieb Daimler
(65), designer of the 1st motorcycle, died.
1901 Mar 6, A would-be assassin
tried to kill Wilhelm II in Bremen.
1906 Mar 6, Lou Costello
(d.1959), American film comedian, was born in Paterson, NJ. He
paired with Bud Abbott in numerous films and the famous "Who's on
(HN, 3/6/99)(MC, 3/6/02)
1909 Mar 6, Gerhart Hauptmann's
"Griselda," premiered in Vienna.
1910 Mar 6, In San Francisco a
dance marathon at Puckett’s Cotillion Hall ended and Manager Puckett
awarded $145 to six couples who broke the world record of 14 hours
and 41 minutes. The contest had begun the previous evening with 17
(SSFC, 2/28/10, DB p.42)
1913 Mar 6, Stewart Granger,
actor (Saraband for Dead Lovers, Scaramouche), was born.
1914 Mar 6, Kirill P.
Kondrashin, conductor (Hollywood Bowl 1981), was born in Moscow,
1914 Mar 6, German Prince
Wilhelm de Wied was crowned as King of Albania.
1916 Mar 6, Rochelle Hudson,
actress (That's My Boy), was born in Okla City, OK.
1916 Mar 6, The Allies
recaptured Fort Douamont in France. A line of bayonets protruding
from the earth still testifies to French valor at Verdun in World
1918 Mar 6, US naval boat
"Cyclops" disappeared in "Bermuda Triangle."
1921 Mar 6, Julius Rudel,
conductor (NYC Opera), was born in Vienna, Austria.
1921 Mar 6, The National
Association of Moving Picture Industry announced their intention to
censor U.S. movies.
1921 Mar 6, Police in Sunbury,
Penn., issued an edict requiring Women to wear skirts at least 4
inches below the knee.
1922 Mar 6, G.B. Shaw's "Back
to Methusaleh III/IV," premiered in NYC.
1923 Mar 6, The Turkish
National Assembly rejected the Lausanne Treaty in Angora.
1924 Mar 6, Sarah Caldwell,
conductor, opera director (Flagstaff), was born in Maryville, Mo.
1924 Mar 6, William H. Webster,
US judge, head FBI and CIA, was born.
1926 Mar 6, Alan Greenspan,
economist, presidential advisor, was born.
(SSFC, 3/6/05, p.E1)
1927 Mar 6, Leroy Gordon Cooper
Jr. (d.2004), USAF astronaut (Mer 9, Gem 5), was born in Shawnee,
(SFC, 10/5/04, p.B7)
1927 Mar 6, Norman Treigle,
bass-baritone (Mefistofele), was born in New Orleans, Louisiana.
1928 Mar 6, Gabriel Garcia
Marquez, Columbian-born novelist and Nobel Prize winner (1982), was
born. In 2009 Gerald martin authored “Gabriel Garcia Marquez: A
6/7/09, Books p.J1)
1928 Mar 6, A Communist attack
on Peking, China resulted in 3,000 dead and 50,000 fleeing to
1930 Mar 6, Clarence Birdseye
of Brooklyn developed a method for quick freezing food.
1932 Mar 6, John Philip Sousa
(77), US composer (Stars & Stripes Forever), died.
1933 Mar 6, A nationwide bank
holiday declared by President Roosevelt went into effect. Overseas
deposits shrank by just 2% as a result of the closure.
(AP, 3/6/98)(Econ, 5/15/10, SR p.13)
1933 Mar 6, Anton J. Cermak
(b.1873), Czech-born 35th mayor of Chicago, died in Miami following
the Feb 15th assassination attempt by Giuseppe Zangara, who was
trying to shoot FDR. Zangara was executed in the electric chair on
March 21, 1933. Cermak became the 2nd US mayor to die in a political
1933 Mar 6, Poland occupied
free city Danzig (Gdansk).
1935 Mar 6, Retired Supreme
Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. died in Washington.
1936 Mar 6, Marion S. Barry,
(Mayor-D-Wash DC), was born.
1937 Mar 6, The tanker ship
Frank H. Buck sank off the coast of San Francisco. It was visible
during low tide from between Point Vista and the Palace of the
Legion of Honor.
1937 Mar 6, Jose Pena Gomez
(d.1998 at 61), advocate for the poor and later mayor of Santo
Domingo, was born in Valverde, Dominican Republic, to Haitian
immigrants. According to Jose Pena Gomez, a Dominican massacre of
Haitians forced his parents to flee back to Haiti. Jose was adopted
by a Dominican family.
(SFC, 5/12/98, p.A21)
1937 Mar 6, Valentina
Nikolayeva-Tereshkova, Russian astronaut, was born. In 1963 she
became the first women to orbit the Earth on Vostok 6.
(HN, 3/6/99)(MC, 3/6/02)
1939 Mar 6, Miron Cristea, PM
of Romania (1938-1939), died. Cristea was also the first Patriarch
of the Romanian Orthodox Church (1925-1939).
1939 Mar 6, Jose Miaja took
over the Madrid government after a military coup and vowed to seek
"peace with honor."
1941 Mar 6, John Gutzon de la
Mothe Borglum (b.1867), sculptor (Mount Rushmore), died.
1943 Mar 6, British RAF fliers
bombed Essen and the Krupp arms works in the Ruhr, Germany.
1943 Mar 6, Battle at Medenine,
North-Africa: Rommel's assault attack.
1944 Mar 6, Dame Kiri Te
Kanawa, operatic soprano (Don Giovanni), was born in Gisborne, NZ.
(HN, 3/6/01)(MC, 3/6/02)
1944 Mar 6, US heavy bombers
hit Berlin during World War II.
1945 Mar 6, Rob Reiner, actor,
director (All in the Family, Stand By Me), was born in Bronx, NY.
1945 Mar 6, Federico Garcia
Lorca's "La Casa," premiered in Buenos Aires.
1945 Mar 6, Cologne, Germany,
fell to General Hodges' First Army.
1945 Mar 6, Erich Honnecker and
Erich Hanke fled Nazis.
1945 Mar 6, In Holland SS
General Hans Albin Rauter, was ambushed, and his driver and orderly
were killed. Rauter was seriously wounded. SS Brigadefuhrer Dr.
Eberhardt Schongarth immediately ordered reprisals and a total of
263 people were shot. A Special Court of Justice in the Hague
sentenced Rauter to death and he was executed March 25, 1949.
Schongarth was tried by a British Military Court, found guilty on
another war crime charge, sentenced to death and was hanged in 1946.
1946 Mar 6, France recognized
Vietnam statehood within the Indo-Chinese federation.
1947 Mar 6, Winston Churchill
opposed the withdrawal of troops from India.
1947 Mar 6, Ludwig Weber (55),
1948 Mar 6, During talks in
Berlin, the Western powers agreed to internationalize the Ruhr
1949 Mar 6, Robert Storm
Petersen (b.1882), Danish cartoonist, writer, animator, illustrator,
painter and humorist, died. He is known almost exclusively by his
pen name Storm P.
1950 Mar 6, Silly Putty was
invented. [see Mar 2]
1953 Mar 6, Upon Josef Stalin's
death, Georgi Malenkov was named Soviet premier. [see Mar 6]
1955 Mar 6, A US Atomic Energy
Spokesman said a cloud from the atomic blast at Nevada’s Yucca Flat
passed over the Central California coastline.
(SFC, 3/4/05, p.F3)
1957 Mar 6, The former British
African colonies of the Gold Coast and Togoland became the
independent state of Ghana. Ghana, led by Kwame Nkrumah, gained
independence from Britain. US VP Nixon and Martin Luther King
attended the independence ceremony.
(SFC, 12/6/96, p.B1)(SFEM, 2/2/97, p.15)(SSFC,
1958 Mar 6, Form letters from
Pres. Eisenhower to 6 civilians appointees provided for them to take
office in the event of a national emergency. The group met in 1960
with the Office of Civil and Defense Mobilization to discuss
staffing for their agencies. Pres. Kennedy relieved the group of its
duties in 1961.
(SSFC, 3/21/04, p.A2)
1960 Mar 6, The Swiss granted
women the right to vote in municipal elections.
1961 Mar 6, 1st London minicabs
1962 Mar 6, US promised
Thailand assistance against "communist" aggression.
1963 Mar 6, Jimmy Lee Smith and
Gregory Powell (d.2012 at 79) abducted 2 Los Angeles police officers
from a Hollywood street, drove them to an onion field in Bakersfield
and shot officer Ian Campbell to death. Officer Karl Hettinger
managed to escape. Smith served 19 years for his role in the case
before he was paroled. In 1973 Joseph Wambaugh authored “The Onion
Field," a novel based on the murder. The novel was turned into a
film in 1979.
(SFC, 6/28/05, p.B8)(SFC, 8/14/12, p.A4)
1965 Mar 6, "How to Succeed in
Business" closed at 46th St NYC after 1415 performances.
1965 Mar 6, The U.S. announced
that it would send 3,500 troops to Vietnam.
1967 Mar 6, US Pres. Lyndon B.
Johnson announced his plan to establish a draft lottery.
1967 Mar 6, Elijah Muhammad,
Nation of Islam sect leader, gave a radio address in which he
declared the name Cassius Clay lacked a "divine meaning." He gave
Clay the Muslim name "Muhammad Ali." Muhammad meant one worthy of
praise, and Ali was the name of a cousin of the prophets.
1967 Mar 6, Svetlana
Alliluyeva, the daughter of Josef Stalin, appeared at the US Embassy
in India and announced her intention to defect to the West. She
arrived at New York in April and held a press conference during
which she denounced her father's regime.
1967 Mar 6, Nelson Eddy
(b.1901), US baritone and actor, died. “Rose Marie" (1936) is
probably his most-remembered film. Eddy sang "Song of the Mounties"
and "Indian Love Call" by Rudolf Friml. His definitive portrayal of
the steadfast Mountie became a popular icon.
1967 Mar 6, Zoltan Kodaly
(b.1882), Hungarian composer, died. His major works, notably the
comic opera Hary Janos, the Psalmus hungaricus, the Peacock
Variations for orchestra and the Dances of Marosszek and Galanta
drew on Magyar folk music.
1969 Mar 6, Black Panther
Anthony Garnet Bryant, aka Tony Bryant (d.1999 at 60), hijacked a
National Airlines plane enroute from NY to Miami and directed it to
Cuba. He was arrested in Cuba and spent a year and a half in jail
and was pardoned in 1980. His 1984 book "Hijack" described his
experience in Cuban prisons.
(SFEC, 12/26/99, p.C10)(http://tinyurl.com/aopyo)
1970 Mar 6, In NYC’s Greenwich
Village a townhouse at 18 West 11th St. exploded. SDS Weathermen
members Diana Oughton, Ted Gold and Terry Robbins were killed
at the site where a bomb was being manufactured. Other members went
underground and became known as the Weather Underground. The 1988
film "Running on Empty" was based on Bernardine Dohrn and Bill
Ayers. In 2001 Bill Ayers, former Weatherman, authored "Fugitive
Days, A Memoir."
(SSFC, 9/9/01, DB p.67)(SFC, 7/21/03,
1970 Mar 6, The Beatles
released "Let it Be" in UK.
1972 Mar 6, Shaquille O'Neal,
NBA center (Magic, Lakers, Oly-gold-96), was born in Newark, NJ.
1972 Mar 6, Jack Nicklaus,
passed Arnold Palmer as golf's all-time money winner. He captured
the Doral Eastern Open golf tournament to run his career earnings up
1973 Mar 6, President Richard
Nixon imposed price controls on oil and gas.
(WSJ, 11/4/96, p.C1)(HN, 3/6/98)
1973 Mar 6, Pearl Sydenstricker
Buck (b.1892), author, died in Vermont. Her books included “The Good
Earth" (1931), for which she won the 1938 Nobel Prize in Literature.
In 2010 Hilary Spurling authored “Pearl Buck in China: Journey to
the Good Earth."
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pearl_S._Buck)(Econ, 4/10/10, p.85)
1974 Mar 6, "Over Here" opened
at Shubert Theater in NYC for 341 performances.
1975 Mar 6, OPEC held a meeting
in Algiers attended for the first time by its members’ top leaders.
Here the Algiers Accord between Baghdad and Teheran put an end to
their border dispute and brought all Iranian help to the Kurdish
rebellion to a halt. The United States abruptly withdrew its support
for the Kurds and the rebellion collapsed. Many thousands of Kurdish
fighters and their families were forced to flee to Iran to escape
the pursuing Iraqi army.
1978 Mar 6, Pres. Carter
invoked the Taft-Hartley Act for an 80-day cooling off period in a
coal strike. Miners had struck 3 months earlier after coal companies
demanded wage and benefit cuts and refused to be forced back to
work. They ended the strike after 110 days when most company demands
1978 Mar 6, The US Supreme
Court in its Oliphant decision ruled that tribes could not try
non-Indian defendants in tribal courts. It centered on the arrest of
Mark Oliphant, a non-Indian, by tribal police. He argued that the
tribal court does not have criminal jurisdiction over non-Indians.
1978 Mar 6, Larry Flynt
(b.1942), founder of "Hustler Magazine," was shot and wounded
outside a Georgia courtroom. He was left partially paralyzed. His
story was the subject of the 1996 film "The People vs. Larry Flynt."
(SFEC, 12/15/96, DB
1980 Mar 6, Islamic militants
in Tehran said that they would turn over the American hostages to
the Revolutionary Council.
1981 Mar 6, President Reagan
announced plans to cut 37,000 federal jobs.
1981 Mar 6, Walter Cronkite
signed off for the last time as principal anchorman of "The CBS
1981 Mar 6, In Lubeck, Germany,
Klaus Grabowski, a child molester, was shot and killed by the mother
of a girl he had molested and strangled. Grabowski had earlier
avoided a life sentence by agreeing to castration.
1982 Mar 6, In East Cleveland,
Ohio, Reginald Brooks (66) fatally shot his 3 sons while they slept
shortly after his wife filed for divorce. Brooks was executed in
Lucasville by lethal injection on Nov 15, 2011. He was oldest person
put to death since Ohio resumed executions in 1999.
(SFC, 11/16/11, p.A6)(http://tinyurl.com/7g4a4up)
1982 Mar 6, Ayn Rand (b.1905),
author and founder of the Objectivist philosophy, died in NY. Her
novels included "Atlas Shrugged" and "The Fountainhead." In 1987
Barbara Branden wrote the biography titled "The Passion of Ayn
Rand." In 1999 Nathaniel Branden published "My Years With Ayn Rand,"
an account of his 18-year relationship with Rand. In 1999 the US
Postal Service issued a 33 cent stamp in her honor. In 2009 Anne
Heller authored “Ayn Rand and the World She Made," and Jennifer
Burns authored “Goddess of the Market: Ayn Rand and the American
8/18/96, PM p. 2)(SFC, 10/25/98, p.D8)(Econ, 10/24/09, p.95)
1983 Mar 6, "On Your Toes"
opened at Virginia Theater in NYC for 505 performances.
1983 Mar 6, Country Music
Television (CMT) began showing.
1983 Mar 6, In a case that drew
much notoriety, a woman in New Bedford, Mass., reported being
gang-raped atop a pool table in a tavern; four men were later
1983 Mar 6, Helmut Kohl's
CDU/CSU won West German parliament elections.
1984 Mar 6, Martin Niemoller
(92), German U-boat captain, anti-Nazi minister, died.
1985 Mar 6, Yul Brynner
appeared in his 4,500th performance of "King & I."
1985 Mar 6, In Mexico
authorities found the body of kidnapped US drug agent Enrique
Camarena Salazar and a Mexican pilot at a ranch east of Guadalajara.
1986 Mar 6, Ken Ludwig's "Lend
me a Tenor," premiered in London.
1986 Mar 6, USSR's Vega 1 flew
by Halley's Comet at 8,890 km.
1986 Mar 6, Georgia O'Keefe
(98), US painter (Flowers), died in Santa Fe, NM.
1987 Mar 6, The British ferry
Herald of Free Enterprise capsized in the Channel off the coast of
Belgium after water rushed through the open bow doors. 189 people
died when the ferry capsized off the Belgian port of Zeebrugge.
(HN, 3/6/98)(AP, 3/6/98)
1988 Mar 6, The board of
trustees at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C., a liberal arts
college for the deaf, selected Elisabeth Zinser, a hearing woman, to
be school president. Outraged students shut down the campus, forcing
the selection of a deaf president, I. King Jordan, instead.
1988 Mar 6, British SAS
officers killed 3 IRA suspects in Gibraltar.
1989 Mar 6, With nearly 90
percent of its pilots honoring the picket lines of striking
machinists, Eastern Airlines shut down operations on all but three
1989 Mar 6, Harry Andrews
(b.1911), English actor, died in Sussex, England. His films included
“Helen of Troy" (1956) and “Equus" (1977).
1990 Mar 6, The Soviet
parliament overwhelmingly approved legislation allowing people to
own factories and hire workers for the first time in nearly seven
1991 Mar 6, Following Iraq’s
capitulation in the Persian Gulf conflict, President Bush told a
cheering joint session of Congress that “aggression is defeated. The
war is over."
1992 Mar 6, Personal computer
users braced for a virus known as “Michelangelo," set to trigger on
March 6, but only scattered cases of lost files were reported. The
Michelangelo computer virus threatened computer systems around the
world. It was designed to lodge itself into a corner of the system
and infect any floppies put into the system, and to eventually
mangle the hard drive.
(Sp., 5/96, p.68)(AP, 3/6/02)
1993 Mar 6, As a standoff at
the Branch Davidian compound near Waco, Texas, ended its first week,
authorities appealed publicly to David Koresh and his followers to
give themselves up.
1994 Mar 6, Two top Clinton
administration officials, Vice President Al Gore and White House
adviser George Stephanopoulos, appeared on the Sunday TV talk shows
to blame Republican sniping for much of the furor over Whitewater.
1994 Mar 6, In Arizona a 2nd
7-member crew entered the Biosphere 2. Their mission was cut short
under management problems and reorganization.
(SFC, 11/25/96, p.A3)
1994 Mar 6, Melina Mercouri
(b.1920), Greek born actress turned politician, died of lung cancer
in New York City.
1995 Mar 6, The
Republican-controlled House took up business-backed legislation to
alter the civil legal system over White House objections that some
of the proposals were too extreme. The House passed the measure the
1996 Mar 6, A federal appeals
court struck down Washington state’s ban on doctor-assisted suicide.
1996 Mar 6, Lamar Alexander and
Dick Lugar announced they were dropping out of the race for the
Republican presidential nomination.
1996 Mar 6, Reports said that
at least 10,000 Chechens have fled to this neighboring republic
[Dagestan] of the Russian Union.
(WSJ, 3/6/96, p. A-1)
1997 Mar 6, The first ever
Webby Awards ceremony was held in SF at Bimbo’s 365 Club in North
(SFC, 3/7/96, p.A1)
1997 Mar 6, A gunman stole
"Tete de Femme," a million-dollar Picasso portrait, from a London
gallery. A week later, the painting was recovered and two suspects
1997 Mar 6, A new “on the spot"
litmus test for the toxins of the E. coli bacteria was announced.
(WSJ, 3/6/97, p.A1)
1997 Mar 6, In Angola an armed
group killed 30 people at a Roman Catholic mission in southern
Angola and held 6 missionaries hostage.
(SFC, 3/13/97, p.A13)
1997 Mar 6, Britain's Queen
Elizabeth II launched the first official royal Web site.
1997 Mar 6, China introduced
new laws to bolster its campaigns against dissent, ethnic separatism
and subversive Western ideals.
1997 Mar 6, Dr. Cheddi Jagan
(78), president of Guyana, died.
(SFC, 3/7/97, p.A24)
1997 Mar 6, In Jamaica former
Prime Minister Michael Manley (b.Dec 10, 1924) died.
(SFC, 3/8/96, p.A21)
1997 Mar 6, In Nepal the
17-month coalition of Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba was defeated
and Deuba resigned. King Birendra asked Deuba’s centrist Nepali
Congress Party to continue until the formation of a new council of
(SFC, 3/7/97, p.A17)
1997 Mar 6, In Sri Lanka Tamil
Tiger rebels overran the army base at Vavunativu and left more than
(SFC, 3/7/97, p.A24)
1997 Mar 6, In Turkey Prime
Minister Erbakan signed on to the list of 18 measures submitted by
the military to curb ultra-religious schools, publications and
(WSJ, 3/7/97, p.A10)
1998 Mar 6, It was reported
that the conservative Tax Foundation estimated that the state of
Mississippi received $1.64 for a $1.00 it sent to Washington.
(WSJ, 3/6/98, p.A1)
1998 Mar 6, The Army honored
three Americans who risked their lives and turned their weapons on
fellow soldiers to stop the slaughter of Vietnamese villagers at My
Lai in 1968.
1998 Mar 6, Matthew Beck (35),
a Connecticut state lottery accountant, shot to death three
supervisors and the lottery chief before killing himself.
(SFC, 3/7/98, p.A3)(AP, 3/6/99)
1998 Mar 6, It was reported
that Panama hired a Canadian Indian tribe, the Tsuu T’ina, to clean
out unexploded bombs and shells from an area of Empire Range, which
US military forces abandoned.
(SFC, 3/6/98, p.A12)
1998 Mar 6, The IMF announced
that it would delay the release of $3 billion in aid to Indonesia
because basic requirements were not yet met.
(SFC, 3/9/98, p.A11)
1998 Mar 6, Francesca Trombino,
lawyer, was bludgeoned to death in Pordenone. She was representing a
US Marine in the Feb 3 cable-car disaster. She was also representing
the wife of the captured suspect in a divorce case.
(SFC, 3/7/98, p.A7)
1998 Mar 6, Police in Kosovo
reported that they killed Adem Jashari, a leader in the Kosovo
Liberation Army, in Donji Prekaz in the Drenica region. 45 Albanians
and 6 Serb police were reported dead. Of the 46 bodies 11 were women
and 9 children. Six of the men were elderly.
(SFC, 3/7/98, p.A6)(SFC, 3/10/98, p.A8)
1999 Mar 6, The emir of
Bahrain, Sheik Issa bin Salman Al Khalifa (65), a key Western ally
who had ruled for nearly four decades, died shortly after a meeting
with Defense Secretary William Cohen. He was succeeded by his eldest
son, Crown Prince Hamed ibn Issa Khalifa (49). King Hamed al-Khalifa
soon ended a 25-year-long state of emergency.
(SFEC, 3/7/99, p.D8)(AP, 3/6/00)(WSJ, 10/25/01,
p.A1)(Econ, 11/25/06, p.46)
1999 Mar 6, From Brazil it was
reported that heavy flooding had hit Sao Paulo. 27 people were
killed and 10,000 left homeless.
(SFC, 3/6/99, p.A8)
1999 Mar 6, Ta Mok (72), aka
"the butcher," the one-legged last senior leader of the Khmer Rouge,
(SFEC, 3/7/99, p.A17)(SFC, 3/8/99, p.A12)
1999 Mar 6, From El Salvador it
was reported that extermination squads were killing gang members at
the rate of 1-2 a week.
(SFC, 3/6/99, p.A10)
1999 Mar 6, Some 40 Haitians
were apparently drowned when 2 boats loaded with refugees sank.
There were 3 survivors.
(SFC, 3/8/99, p.A4)
1999 Mar 6, From Kiribati it
was reported that state of emergency had been declared after a
prolonged drought nearly exhausted the underground fresh water
supply of the 81,000 inhabitants.
(SFC, 3/6/99, p.A8)
2000 Mar 6, Eric Clapton was
inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for the third time;
among the newest honorees were James Taylor, Bonnie Raitt and Earth,
Wind and Fire.
2000 Mar 6, Three white New
York City officers were convicted of a cover-up in a brutal police
station attack on Haitian immigrant Abner Louima.
2000 Mar 6, Gasoline prices in
California reached an average $1.63 per gallon.
(SFC, 3/7/00, p.A1)
2000 Mar 6, California voters
passed Prop. 22, the gay marriage ban and Prop. 1A, an approval of
Indian gaming rights. Prop. 1A enabled tribes to negotiate compacts
with the state to operate casinos with slot machines and house
(SFC, 3/9/00, p.A1)(SSFC, 6/1/03, p.D6)
2000 Mar 6, California voters
approved Prop. 21 by 61% authorizing prosecutors to try juveniles as
adults for serious crimes.
(SFC, 10/2/14, p.D2)
2000 Mar 6, MGM Grand Inc. led
by Kirk Kerkorian acquired Mirage Resorts, founded by Stephen
A. Wynn, for $4.4 billion in cash.
(SFC, 3/7/00, p.A1)
2000 Mar 6, In Chechnya some 30
rebels held positions at Komsomolskoye's mosque under Russian
shelling. 50 Russian troops were reported killed in the last 2 days.
(SFC, 3/7/00, p.A14)
2000 Mar 6, China introduced a
$111.1 billion budget that cut its deficit and added funds for
(WSJ, 3/7/00, p.A1)
2000 Mar 6, The Stock Exchange
of Hong Kong Limited, Hong Kong Futures Exchange Limited together
with Hong Kong Securities Clearing Company Limited merged under a
single exchange HKEX. In June Hong Kong sold shares in its combined
stock exchange and clearing house to the public. In 2007 HKEX bought
back a stake of almost 6%.
2000 Mar 6, Serbia sealed its
border with Montenegro as relations worsened.
(WSJ, 3/7/00, p.A1)
2000 Mar 6, In Sierra Leone
some 150 former rebel fighters were reported killed after a
clandestine diamond mine they were working collapsed.
(SFC, 3/8/00, p.C4)
2000 Mar 6, In Uganda an
overloaded boat sank on Lake Victoria and at least 45 people
(WSJ, 3/9/00, p.A1)
2001 Mar 6, Bill Mazeroski was
elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame, along with former Negro League
player Hilton Smith.
2001 Mar 6, Calling it the
“most accurate census in history," the Bush administration refused
to adjust the 2000 head count.
2001 Mar 6, The US Senate voted
to repeal rules issued 4 months ago by former Pres. Clinton that
were intended to reduce workplace injuries. The House followed suit
the next day.
(SFC, 3/7/01, p.A1)(SFC, 3/8/01, p.A3)
2001 Mar 6, US District Judge
Marilyn Patel ordered Napster to block access to its files of
Millions of downloadable songs protected by copyrights.
(SFC, 12/30/01, p.D3)
2001 Mar 6, Two American women
died when their twin-engine plane crashed after take-off from
Iceland. They were on their way to Britain for a long-distance air
(SFC, 3/8/01, p.A16)
2001 Mar 6, In Argentina
Federal Judge Gabriel Cavallo struck down amnesty laws that
protected hundreds of soldiers accused of torture, murder and
kidnapping during the dictatorship of 1976-1983.
(SFC, 3/7/01, p.A9)
2001 Mar 6, It was reported
that Chinese psychiatrists have decided to stop classifying
homosexuality as a mental illness.
(SFC, 3/6/01, p.A11)
2001 Mar 6, In China an
explosion at an elementary school in Jiangxi province left 37
students and 4 teachers dead. 42 people, mostly students, were
killed in a schoolhouse explosion in southern China; parents said
the students had been forced to make fireworks by school officials.
Teachers, to enhance their meager salaries, had forced students to
make firecrackers during their lunch breaks. Prime Minister Zhu
Rongji said the blast was caused by a “deranged suicide bomber."
(WSJ, 3/7/01, p.A1)(SFC, 3/8/01, p.A1)(SFC,
3/9/01, p.A14)(AP, 3/5/02)
2001 Mar 6, The EU ordered all
livestock markets closed for 2 weeks to contain foot-and-mouth
(SFC, 3/7/01, p.A10)
2001 Mar 6, In Kenya the 1st
experimental AIDS vaccine, specifically designed for Africa, was
(SFC, 3/7/01, p.A10)
2001 Mar 6, In Nigeria 30 girls
died from a fire at the Gindiri Girls School in Jos. They were
reportedly locked in for the night so as not to mix with boys.
(WSJ, 3/8/01, p.A1)
2001 Mar 6, In Rwanda local
elections were held for the 1st time since the 1994 mass slaughter
(WSJ, 3/7/01, p.A1)
2002 Mar 6, Independent Counsel
Robert Ray issued his final report in which he wrote that former
President Clinton could have been indicted and probably would have
been convicted in the scandal involving former White House intern
2002 Mar 6, Federal regulators
approved the proposed $22 billion merger of Hewlett-Packard Co. and
Compaq Computer Corp.
2002 Mar 6, US commanders in
Afghanistan committed an additional 300 troops to the battle zone in
the Shah-I-Kot mountains. Taliban and al-Qaeda forces were reported
to have swollen by as many as 500 fighters. US jets killed 14 people
in the area including women and children.
(SFC, 3/7/02, p.A1)(WSJ, 3/13/02, p.A1)
2002 Mar 6, It was reported
that a 3-year study of heavy marijuana users showed that long-term
pot smoking impaired brain function.
(SFC, 3/6/02, p.A2)
2002 Mar 6, It was reported
that a diet rich in tomato products can lower the risk of prostate
cancer (Journal of National Cancer Institute).
(SFC, 3/6/02, p.A2)(WSJ, 3/6/02, p.A1)
2002 Mar 6, Astronauts
successfully replaced a power-control unit on the Hubble space
(WSJ, 3/7/02, p.A1)
2002 Mar 6, In Kabul,
Afghanistan, 3 Danish and 2 German peacekeeping soldiers were killed
while defusing a soviet era missile.
(WSJ, 3/7/02, p.A1)
2002 Mar 6, China announced a
17.6% increase in defense spending.
(SFC, 3/7/02, p.A7)
2002 Mar 6, It was reported
that new regulations (Kuschelregel, the cuddle rule) required German
pig farmers to spend at least 20 seconds each day looking at each
(WSJ, 3/6/02, p.A1)
2002 Mar 6, Israeli forces
struck Palestinian targets by land and sea. 13 Palestinians and 2
Israelis were left dead.
(SFC, 3/7/02, p.A6)(WSJ, 3/7/02, p.A1)
2003 Mar 6, President Bush held a new
conference and warned that he was prepared to go to war soon in Iraq
with or without UN backing.
(AP, 3/7/03)(SFC, 3/7/03, p.A1)
2003 Mar 6, The United States
ratified a treaty on cutting active U.S. and Russian long-range
nuclear warheads by two-thirds.
2003 Mar 6, Democrats blocked
President Bush's nomination of Miguel Estrada to a federal appeals
2003 Mar 6, An Air Algerie Boeing 737 jet
crashed killing 102 passengers and crew in the southern Algerian
province of Tamanrasset. At least 1 person survived.
(AP, 3/6/03)(SFC, 3/7/03, p.A14)
2003 Mar 6, Britain offered to compromise
on a US-backed resolution by giving Saddam Hussein a short deadline
to prove he has eliminated all banned weapons or face an attack.
2003 Mar 6, The Chinese government
committed itself to helping its poorest citizens, unveiling a new
budget aimed at helping the countryside and maintaining growth.
Defense was budgeted a 9.3% rise, the lowest in 14 years, and plans
were made to abolish the agency in charge of five-year plans.
(AP, 3/6/03)(SFC, 3/6/03, p.A14)(WSJ, 3/6/03,
2003 Mar 6, The Congolese government and
rebels have agreed in Pretoria to meld their armed forces into a new
national army in a bid to end a 4 ½-year civil war and reunify the
vast central African nation.
2003 Mar 6, Pres. Fidel Castro was elected
a sixth term and he wasted no time in criticizing the US, warning
that Cuba doesn't need its foreign office.
2003 Mar 6, Zdenek Adamec (19) set himself
on fire in downtown Prague on to protest the Czech political
situation and what he called the domination of the wealthy in the
2003 Mar 6, Israeli troops hunting Islamic
militants after a deadly suicide bombing stormed the Jabaliya
refugee camp in Gaza in a raid that left 11 Palestinians dead and
2003 Mar 6, Italian police raided a house
in Palermo and captured Salvatore Rinella (49), a top Mafia
2004 Mar 6, President Bush
backed off on plans to require frequent Mexican travelers to the
United States to be fingerprinted and photographed before crossing
2004 Mar 6, A water taxi
carrying about 25 passengers capsized in Baltimore's Inner Harbor,
killing one person. Three others were missing and presumed dead.
Navy reservists rescued 21 people.
(AP, 3/6/04)(SFC, 3/08/04, p.A3)
2004 Mar 6, China handed its
enormous military a double-digit spending increase in a show of
support. According to China's 2004 budget, military spending for the
PLA will rise 11.6 percent this year, an increase of $2.6 billion.
2004 Mar 6, Thousands of women
marched through Paris to press for equal rights for women and show
support for a law to ban Islamic head scarves in public schools.
2004 Mar 6, It was reported
that 4 compromising videos have been released showing Mexican
political party leaders and public servants accepting briefcases
full of cash, gambling at the high rollers' table in Las Vegas and
offering to procure business contracts for millions of dollars.
2004 Mar 6, Palestinian gunmen
and car bombers attacked a major crossing point between the Gaza
Strip and Israel. At least four attackers and two Palestinian
policemen were killed, and no Israeli soldiers were hurt.
2004 Mar 6, Hundreds of
thousands of Venezuelans marched through Caracas to protest the
rejection of a petition aimed at recalling President Hugo Chavez.
2005 Mar 6, Hans Bethe
(b.1906), German-born peace worker and Nobel Prize winning physicist
(1967), died in Ithaca, NY. In the 1930s Bethe, one of the greatest
innovative theoretical physicists of our time, unraveled the
mysterious nuclear cycles by which stars produce prodigious amounts
of energy for billions of years without burning out.
(SFC, 3/8/05, p.B5)(Econ, 3/19/05, p.90)
2005 Mar 6, Actress Teresa
Wright died in New Haven, Conn., at age 86.
2005 Mar 6, In Bolivia
President Carlos Mesa said he would submit his resignation to
Congress after 17 months in office, warning that growing protests
against Bolivia's oil and gas laws could soon block the country's
highways and isolate its main cities.
2005 Mar 6, China convened its
National People’s Congress.
(WSJ, 3/7/05, p.A1)
2005 Mar 6, Shanghai became the
1st Chinese city to levy a capital gains tax on the sale of private
property held for less than a year.
(Econ, 3/26/05, p.73)
2005 Mar 6, Israeli
investigators said police had arrested 22 employees of a Tel Aviv
bank branch on suspicion they helped launder hundreds of millions of
dollars in one of the largest such rings in the country's history.
2005 Mar 6, Giuliana Sgrena,
the Italian journalist wounded by American troops in Iraq after her
release by insurgents, rejected the U.S. military's account of the
shooting and declined to rule out the possibility she was
deliberately targeted. The White House called the shooting a
"horrific accident" and restated its promise to investigate fully.
2005 Mar 6, Moldova held
national elections. Nine special stations were opened near the
border with Trans-Dniester so the separatist region's 700,000
residents can vote. Trans-Dniester authorities have refused to allow
any polling stations on their territory. The governing pro-Western
Communists won a parliamentary majority, but fell short of taking
enough seats to re-elect President Vladimir Voronin.
(AP, 3/6/05)(AP, 3/7/05)
2005 Mar 6, In Norway 3 works
by Edvard Munch were stolen from a hotel, the second theft of the
renowned Norwegian's art in less than seven months.
2005 Mar 6, Pakistani President
Pervez Musharraf, ending years of chilly relations with Uzbekistan,
promised to catch and extradite any Uzbek-born terrorist hiding in
2005 Mar 6, Palestinian
militants shot and wounded two Israeli border policemen in an attack
on a military post near a West Bank shrine.
2005 Mar 6, More than 15,000
protesters marched in Taiwan, denouncing China's planned
anti-secession law and pledging to fight what they claim is
Beijing's attempt to force this self-ruled, democratic island to
unify with the mainland.
2005 Mar 6, In Turkey riot
police kicked and beat women and young people who had gathered for
an unauthorized demonstration in Istanbul marking International
2006 Mar 6, The US Supreme
Court ruled unanimously that colleges that accept federal money must
allow military recruiters on campus, despite university objections
to the Pentagon's "don't ask, don't tell" policy on gays.
2006 Mar 6, Gov. Mike Rounds of
South Dakota signed a sweeping state abortion ban. It was an
intentional provocation to set up a legal challenge to the 1973
Supreme Court Roe vs. Wade decision that made abortion legal.
Abortion-rights groups were able to get enough signatures to put the
measure to a vote, and the ban was rejected in the November
(SFC, 3/7/06, p.A8)(AP, 3/6/07)
2006 Mar 6, A San Francisco
judge ordered the Univ. of California to pay over $33.8 million to
some 40,000 students, who claimed their fees had been improperly
(SFC, 3/7/06, p.A1)
2006 Mar 6, General Motors
Corp. said it will sell a 17.4% stake in Japan's Suzuki Motor Corp.
for $2 billion, scaling down its share in an effort to gain
much-needed cash. GM and Suzuki said the partnership between the
automakers will continue.
2006 Mar 6, US scientists
issued a forecast that the next sunspot cycle would start in late
2007 or 2008 and peak in 2012. Solar storms in the 11-year cycle
could disrupt power and communications around the world.
(SFC, 3/7/06, p.A5)
2006 Mar 6, Dana Reeve (44),
singer, actress and non-smoker, died of lung cancer. She won
worldwide admiration for her devotion to her "Superman" husband,
Christopher Reeve (d.2004), through his decade of near-total
2006 Mar 6, Baseball Hall of
Famer Kirby Puckett died in Phoenix at age 45.
2006 Mar 6-2006 Mar 7, Armenian
and Azerbaijani forces exchanged heavy gunfire and mortars at
several points along their border in the most serious fighting in
2006 Mar 6, PM John Howard in
New Delhi said Australia will consider selling uranium to India if
it is convinced about New Delhi's commitment to follow global
nuclear safeguards for its civilian atomic reactors.
2006 Mar 6, Austrian
authorities said several cats have tested positive for the deadly
strain of bird flu in their first reported case of the disease
spreading to an animal other than a bird.
2006 Mar 6, Bangladesh's second
top Islamist militant was captured after a gunbattle with security
forces. Siddiqul Islam Bangla Bhai, chief of the outlawed Jagrata
Muslim Janata Bangladesh group (JMB), was arrested along with his
wife at his hideout with two of his associates in the northern
district of Mymensingh.
(Reuters, 3/6/06)(Econ, 3/25/06, p.45)
2006 Mar 6, President Evo
Morales accused the US government of trying to intimidate Bolivia by
announcing it would cut some aid because of a disagreement over the
appointment of a military commander.
2006 Mar 6, A Chinese lawmaker
called for police to tape interrogations in possible death penalty
cases following widespread complaints of confessions being forced by
2006 Mar 6, France's highest
administrative body ruled that Sikhs must remove their turbans for
driver's license photos, calling it a question of public security
and not a restriction on freedom of religion.
2006 Mar 6, German drugmaker
Bayer AG said its fourth-quarter profit fell 33% after it set aside
275 million euros ($330.5 million) to settle claims that it colluded
on prices of rubber and plastic in the US.
2006 Mar 6, In Iraq explosions
killed at least 10 people and wounded 36 in Baghdad and Baqouba. In
Iraq 2 men were burned to death in their car after a shootout with
Iraqi police in Basra. Security officials said the victims were
British citizens. A car bomb targeting an Iraqi police patrol
exploded near a market north of Baghdad, killing at least five
people. A Sunni general in charge of Baghdad defenses was killed by
snipers. Attacks across Iraq killed at least 25 people.
(AP, 3/6/06)(WSJ, 3/7/06, p.A1)
2006 Mar 6, Israeli aircraft
blew up a truck carrying Islamic Jihad militants, killing two of
them and three bystanders, including two children. The Israeli
military confirmed it attacked the truck, saying the target was one
of the dead men, Islamic Jihad operative Moner Sukar, who had
carried out rocket attacks against Israel.
2006 Mar 6, Zeev Rosenstein
(51), a suspected Israeli mob boss, was extradited to the US.
Rosenstein was suspected in the distribution of more than 1 million
Ecstasy pills in the US, mostly in NY and Miami.
2006 Mar 6, In Mexico Diego
Santoy (21) was captured at a police roadblock in the southern state
of Oaxaca, four days after he allegedly stabbed his ex-girlfriend,
Erika Pena, 18, strangled her 3-year-old sister and stabbed to death
her 7-year-old brother.
2006 Mar 6, Nigeria unveiled
details of spending plans in its record 14.8-billion-dollar
(12.3-billion-euro) federal budget and made ambitious predictions
for strong economic growth.
2006 Mar 6, Pakistani
authorities clamped a curfew on a Miran Shah and negotiated with
tribesmen to try to end three days of clashes that have left more
than 120 pro-Taliban rebels dead. Thousands of residents joined an
exodus out of the town.
2006 Mar 6, In comments aimed
at Afghanistan's leader, Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf said
that the "bad-mouthing" of his country must stop and that Pakistani
officials have caught terrorists "and will continue to do so."
2006 Mar 6, Hamas lawmakers in
Palestine voted to revoke decisions made by the Fatah-led parliament
at its last meeting in February, including more power for Pres.
(WSJ, 3/7/06, p.A1)
2006 Mar 6, President Vladimir
Putin signed a measure into law that allows the Russian military to
shoot down hijacked planes, the latest in a series of bills passed
following terrorist attacks.
2006 Mar 6, Russia's
environmental agency gave final approval to a much-criticized plan
to build a 2,550-mile oil pipeline past Lake Baikal, the world's
largest freshwater lake.
2006 Mar 6, In Seoul
representatives of South Korea and the US agreed to begin
negotiations in June on establishing a free trade agreement. A block
away movie actors, directors and farmers staged protests against any
2006 Mar 6, Leaders from the
main Darfur rebel group renounced Abdel Wahed Mohamed el-Nur, their
party president, saying he was acting unilaterally and endangering
fragile peace talks.
2006 Mar 6, Sandjar Umarov,
chairman of the opposition Sunshine Uzbekistan group, was sentenced
to more than 10 years in prison on charges of organizing a criminal
group, tax evasion and money laundering. Umarov pleaded innocent to
2007 Mar 6, Democratic
lawmakers accused the Bush administration of carrying out a
political purge by firing at least 8 US attorneys.
(SFC, 3/7/07, p.A3)
2007 Mar 6, Former US White
House aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby was convicted of lying and
obstructing an investigation into the leak of a CIA operative's
identity. Sentencing was scheduled for June.
(AP, 3/7/07)(Econ, 3/10/07, p.27)
2007 Mar 6, More than 30
Vermont towns passed resolutions seeking to impeach President Bush,
while at least 16 towns in the tiny New England state called on
Washington to withdraw US troops from Iraq.
2007 Mar 6, US Army medic Spc.
Agustin Aguayo, who refused to return to Iraq because of his
opposition to the war, was convicted in Germany of desertion at his
court martial. He was sentenced to eight months in prison, far short
of the maximum seven-year sentence.
2007 Mar 6, It was reported
that Myers Development Co. of SF planned to start construction next
month on its $428 million Mandalay Terrace project on the west side
of San Bruno Mountain in South San Francisco. It included 12 and
21-story office towers.
(SFC, 3/6/07, p.B6)
2007 Mar 6, Researchers
reported in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that
pollution from Asia is helping generate stronger storms over the
North Pacific, according to new research. Satellite measurements
have shown an increase in tiny particles generated from coal burning
in China and India in recent decades.
2007 Mar 6, Ernest Gallo (97),
who parlayed $5,900 and a wine recipe from a public library into the
world's largest winemaking empire, died at his home in Modesto, Ca.
2007 Mar 6, In southern
Afghanistan a remote-control bomb targeting a police vehicle on
killed one policeman and wounded another in the Murja district of
Helmand province. Afghan soldiers caught Mullah Mahmood, a senior
Taliban commander at a checkpoint in Kandahar province. He was
wearing a burqa, the all-encompassing Islamic veil worn by women.
One British soldier and four Taliban fighters were killed. A
Canadian soldier died from a gunshot wound to the chest. Enemy
action was ruled out as the cause. The Taliban claimed that it had
kidnapped 4 journalists, including a Briton and an Italian.
(AP, 3/6/07)(AP, 3/7/07)(WSJ, 3/7/07, p.A1)
2007 Mar 6, A fire raged
through a congested slum in southeastern Bangladesh, killing at
least 21 people, including 10 children.
2007 Mar 6, Central African
Republic forces (FACA) peacefully took back control of the airfield
at Birao that they had abandoned following rebel attacks at the
2007 Mar 6, The government of
Chad refused to allow the UN to send an advance mission to prepare
for the possible deployment of UN peacekeepers, a setback to plans
to help thousands of civilians caught in the spillover of the Darfur
conflict in neighboring Sudan.
2007 Mar 6, An explosion at a
coal mine in south China killed at least 15 workers.
2007 Mar 6, Fortunat Lumu, the
head of Congo's atomic energy commission, was arrested along with an
aide on suspicion of illegally selling uranium.
2007 Mar 6, In eastern Ethiopia
2 US troops were reported killed and another injured in a
single-vehicle traffic accident.
2007 Mar 6, France and the
United Arab Emirates signed an agreement to open a branch of the
Louvre museum in Abu Dhabi, despite criticism that the French
government is peddling the country's artistic treasures.
2007 Mar 6, Jean Baudrillard
(b.1929), French philosopher and social theorist, died. He was best
known for his writings on gender relations and consumerism.
2007 Mar 6, Volkswagen's new
chief executive Martin Winterkorn has been nominated as chairman of
Swedish truck maker Scania in a new phase in the plans for a
three-way tie-up with German group MAN. VW is Scania's biggest
shareholder with a voting stake of 34 percent and traditionally
holds the chair of the Swedish truck maker's supervisory board.
2007 Mar 6, Guatemala's
president ordered the national police to clean out corrupt officers
and upgrade training after six members of the force were accused of
killing three Central American Parliament members.
2007 Mar 6, In western India
wildlife officials said poachers had killed three highly endangered
Asiatic lions in their only remaining sanctuary, removing their
claws and bones and raising fears for the future of these rare cats.
Tiger numbers in India had collapsed to around 1,800 in the wild,
about half the world’s total.
(AP, 3/6/07)(Econ, 5/26/07, p.41)
2007 Mar 6, In western
Indonesia a 6.3 earthquake crumpled houses across a large swath of
Sumatra Island, killing over 70 people and injuring hundreds.
(AP, 3/7/07)(AP, 3/10/07)
2007 Mar 6, Iran said its
former deputy defense minister was missing while on a private trip
to neighboring Turkey, and its top police chief accused Western
intelligence services of possibly kidnapping the official.
2007 Mar 6, In Iraq 2 suicide
bombers blew themselves up in a crowd of Shiite pilgrims streaming
toward a shrine at Hillah, killing at least 120 people and wounding
about 190. In the south Baghdad neighborhood of Dora gunmen pumped
bullets into a minibus, killing all eight passengers inside. A car
bomb nearby killed at least 7 people.
(AP, 3/6/07)(AP, 3/7/07)
2007 Mar 6, In Iraq US Staff
Sgt. Michael Barbera took a knee, leveled his rifle and killed two
unarmed brothers as they herded cattle in a grove. Barbera faced a
US military trial in 2014.
(SFC, 4/24/14, p.A6)
2007 Mar 6, Italian prosecutors
cleared a physician who disconnected the respirator of a paralyzed
man who had asked to die.
2007 Mar 6, In Mexico gunmen
wounded Gen. Francisco Fernandez, the top security official in the
Gulf coast state of Tabasco, and killed his driver.
2007 Mar 6, Moroccan officials
arrested Saad Houssaini, an alleged member of a terrorist group that
is believed linked to the 2004 Madrid bombings and 2003 attacks in
2007 Mar 6, Dutch judges ruled
that a chapter of the Hells Angels motorcycle gang is not a criminal
organization, rejecting prosecutors' attempts to have the group
2007 Mar 6, In northwestern
Pakistan armed tribesmen attacked suspected Uzbek militants,
triggering a battle in which 15 people were killed.
2007 Mar 6, Philippine
President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo signed into law a package of
anti-terror measures that has drawn protests as a threat to civil
2007 Mar 6, Interfax news
agency said 2 American women were hospitalized in Moscow for
treatment of thallium poisoning. The women became ill Feb. 24 and
were being treated at Moscow's Sklifosovsky clinic.
2007 Mar 6, In Somalia mortar
rounds slammed into Mogadishu's airport during a ceremony welcoming
the arrival of peacekeepers. At least 3 people were killed when a
firefight erupted between unidentified insurgents and Ethiopian
troops near a military base in Mogadishu.
(AP, 3/6/07)(AFP, 3/6/07)
2007 Mar 6, Sudan said it will
try three Sudanese for crimes committed in Darfur, including a
member of the country's security forces who is being sought by an
international war crimes court.
2007 Mar 6, Thailand's
military-installed government took over the country's only
independent television station and said it would be temporarily
pulled off the air after it failed to pay millions of dollars in
unpaid license fees.
2007 Mar 6, Venezuelan
authorities arrested, Gen. Ramon Guillen Davila, a retired National
Guard general, on accusations that he plotted to overthrow President
2007 Mar 6, In Zimbabwe at
least 34 people were killed when a train collided with a minibus at
rail crossing on the outskirts of the capital Harare.
2008 Mar 6, In Nevada letters
began arriving this week to patients who received injected
anesthesia at the endoscopy center from March 2004 to mid-January
were urged to get tested for hepatitis B and C, and HIV. The Las
Vegas clinic was found to be reusing syringes and vials of
medication for nearly four years.
2008 Mar 6, A lawmaker said
Abkhazia, a region that broke away from Georgian government control
in the 1990s, intends to seek international recognition as an
independent nation, citing Kosovo as a precedent.
2008 Mar 6, In Albania a boat
carrying partygoers celebrating the birthday of 5-year-old twins
sank just after midnight in a lake near the capital, killing 16
people, including the two children.
2008 Mar 6, Britain unveiled a
timetable for the introduction of controversial biometric identity
cards, starting with non-European foreigners who will be obliged to
have them from later this year.
2008 Mar 6, In Britain the
Public and Commercial Services union (PCS) said that up to 700
hundred personnel of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) had
begun a 24-hour stoppage in response to poor pay conditions and
below-inflation wage increases over the past few years.
2008 Mar 6, In Colombia Pedro
Pablo Montoya, a guerrilla known as Rojas, came to government troops
with the severed right hand of FARC rebel leader Ivan Rios (46), a
laptop computer and ID, saying he had killed his boss three days
earlier. Rojas handed himself over to the soldiers. The US State
Department had a bounty of $5 million for Rios' capture. In 2011
Rojas was sentenced to 40 years for his role in a 1999 attack on the
northwestern town of Narino, in which 9 police and 7 civilians were
killed. A march protesting the Colombian government and paramilitary
death squads drew tens of thousands of people and 6 organizers were
(AP, 3/7/08)(AP, 3/14/08)(AP, 11/10/11)
2008 Mar 6, In Egypt police
arrested 26 members of the Muslim Brotherhood in an ongoing
crackdown on Egypt's largest Islamic opposition group ahead of next
month's local election.
2008 Mar 6, Greece's main power
company extended rolling blackouts as a strike by the company's
workers entered its fourth day.
2008 Mar 6, Officials said
authorities in Indian Kashmir have begun poisoning stray dogs in an
anti-rabies drive that aims to kill some 100,000 dogs in the
region's main city.
2008 Mar 6, In Iraq an attack
killed 68 people in a Baghdad shopping district. 120 were wounded.
Many of the victims were teens or young adults.
2008 Mar 6, A gunman
infiltrated a Jewish seminary in Jerusalem and opened fire in a
library, killing 8 students and wounding dozens before an Israeli
army officer nearby shot the gunman dead. In Gaza, the Islamic
militant Hamas praised the attack.
(AP, 3/6/08)(AP, 3/7/08)
2008 Mar 6, Nicaraguan
President Daniel Ortega announced that he is breaking off relations
with Colombia because of his country's opposition to the Colombian
raid on a guerrilla base in Ecuador.
2008 Mar 6, A massive power
outage struck Pakistan's largest city of Karachi and left the entire
city of more than 15 million people without electricity.
2008 Mar 6, Palestinian
militants ambushed an Israeli army jeep on the border with Gaza,
killing one soldier and wounding three. Deputies of Egypt's
intelligence chief Omar Suleiman met with officials from the Islamic
militant Hamas and the smaller Islamic Jihad in the Egyptian Sinai
city of el-Arish to persuade Hamas to accept a truce that would halt
2008 Mar 6, Serbia's tottering
coalition government voted down a bid by nationalist PM Vojislav
Kostunica to rule out any deal with the EU until it revokes the
independence of Kosovo.
2008 Mar 6, K. Sivanesan (51),
a Sri Lankan Tamil lawmaker, was killed in a roadside bomb attack by
government security forces. At least 61 Tamil Tiger rebels and five
government troops were killed in 2 days of fresh fighting across Sri
Lanka's embattled north.
(AFP, 3/6/08)(AFP, 3/7/08)
2008 Mar 6, Journalists and a
security official said Sudanese authorities have reimposed daily
censorship of newspapers after they published reports accusing the
government of backing Chadian rebels.
2008 Mar 6, Viktor Bout, a
suspected Russian arms dealer, was arrested at a five-star hotel in
downtown Bangkok on allegations that he supplied Colombian rebels
with arms and explosives. He had been accused of flouting UN
embargoes and was wanted by Interpol.
2008 Mar 6, A Kurdish
demonstrator wounded a day earlier in clashes with police in eastern
Turkey died of his injuries.
2008 Mar 6, About 700 Turkish
school children were hospitalized for apparent food poisoning.
2009 Mar 6, The US Labor
Department reported that the nation's unemployment rate bolted to
8.1 percent in February, the highest since late 1983, as
cost-cutting employers slashed 651,000 jobs amid a deepening
2009 Mar 6, The IRS said it
would not renew its expiring contracts with two private debt
collection agencies. An in-house tax collection program was cited as
(WSJ, 3/7/09, p.A4)
2009 Mar 6, The CIA destroyed a
dozen videotapes of harsh interrogations of terror suspects,
according to documents filed in a lawsuit over the government's
treatment of detainees. The 12 tapes were part of a larger
collection of 92 videotapes of terror suspects that the CIA
destroyed. The extent of the tape destruction was disclosed through
a suit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union against the
2009 Mar 6, In California
Annette Yeomans (51) surrendered at the Vista jail and was booked
for investigation of grand theft and embezzlement. The former
bookkeeper reportedly embezzled $9.9 million, forcing her company to
make layoffs as she bought 400 pairs of shoes that she kept in a
room-sized closet decorated with a crystal chandelier and a plasma
television. Authorities alleged that Yeomans embezzled the money
from 2001 to 2007 while she was chief financial officer for Quality
Woodworks, Inc., a cabinetry business in San Marcos.
2009 Mar 6, NASA's
planet-hunting telescope, Kepler, rocketed into space on a historic
voyage to track down other Earths in a faraway patch of the Milky
Way galaxy. The $600 million satellite failed to communicate in
(AP, 3/7/09)(Econ, 10/18/14, p.83)
2009 Mar 6, In Argentina
Claudio Lifschitz, a criminal attorney who accused former President
Carlos Menem of covering up the nation's worst terrorist attack, was
kidnapped and tortured by masked gunmen seeking information about
2009 Mar 6, Colombia’s
anti-narcotics police seized 5.7 tons of cocaine and cocaine base in
a jungle laboratory reportedly run by the Black Eagles, the largest
of a new generation of paramilitary groups.
(SFC, 3/7/09, p.A4)
2009 Mar 6, The EU and Kenya
agreed to allow the country to prosecute suspected pirates captured
by European forces on the high seas.
2009 Mar 6, India's government
said it assisted an Indian businessman in his successful $1.8
million bid for Mohandas Gandhi's eyeglasses and other items,
despite initially protesting the auction as a "crass
commercialization" of the pacifist leader's legacy. An Indian court
had even filed an injunction in an attempt to prevent the auction in
2009 Mar 5, Indonesia and South
Korea agreed to cooperate more closely on a range of issues
including defense, the global financial crisis and alternative
sources of energy.
2009 Mar 6, The Israeli foreign
ministry said it had closed its embassy after the government of
Mauritania asked the Israeli ambassador and his staff to leave.
2009 Mar 6, Kyrgyz lawmakers
voted overwhelmingly to suspend an agreement that allows US-led
coalition forces fighting in Afghanistan to use an air base on its
2009 Mar 6, Mexico published a
new law allowing the planting of genetically modified corn for
(SFC, 3/7/09, p.A2)
2009 Mar 6, Morocco cut
diplomatic links with Iran after an outcry in the Sunni Muslim world
over a statement by an Iranian official questioning Sunni-ruled
2009 Mar 6, In Paraguay about
100 women disrobed in a square in downtown Asuncion to protest
2009 Mar 6, The Sri Lankan
government appealed for tens of thousands of civilians to flee the
northern war zone and said it would open two safe passages for the
exodus. Sri Lankan soldiers assailed the last slice of land still
controlled by ethnic Tamil separatists, killing at least 32 rebels
(AP, 3/6/09)(AP, 3/7/09)
2009 Mar 6, A UN spokesman said
its human rights office will examine whether Sudan's decision to
expel aid groups constitutes a breach of basic human rights and
possibly a war crime. UN agencies warned that Sudan's decision to
expel 13 international aid groups will leave more than a million
people without food or health care and could threaten thousands of
(AP, 3/6/09)(AFP, 3/6/09)
2009 Mar 6, A senior employee
of Taiwan's presidential office was indicted on charges of providing
classified information to rival China. Wang Jen-bing was charged
with violating the national security law by leaking documents
gathered during the last three years of former President Chen
Shui-bian's eight-year tenure. Chen Pin-jen, a legislative aid, was
indicted on similar charges.
2009 Mar 6, In Thailand
Chiranuch Premchaiporn was arrested for violating the country’s
Computer Crime Act. She faced 10 charges for not preventing comments
on bulletin boards that might have offended the royal family.
(http://tinyurl.com/4j6w77d)(Econ, 2/5/11, p.54)
2009 Mar 6, In Zimbabwe PM
Morgan Tsvangirai was injured in a car crash that killed his wife.
Tsvangirai was flown the next day to neighboring Botswana for
(Reuters, 3/7/09)(AFP, 3/7/09)
2010 Mar 6, Sandra Bullock won
worst-actress for her romantic comedy flop "All About Steve" at the
Razzies, a spoof of the Oscars that mocks Hollywood's low-points of
2010 Mar 6, British PM Gordon
Brown made a surprise visit to troops in Afghanistan.
2010 Mar 6, An operation in
Germany to remove the gall bladder of Egyptian President Hosni
Mubarak was "successful" and he was in hospital convalescing.
2010 Mar 6, In Germany 4 men
brandishing handguns and machetes stormed into Berlin's Grand Hyatt
hotel during a million-euro poker tournament and made off with
hundreds of thousands of euros in cash. A man (21), who admitted to
taking part in the raid, turned himself into authorities on March 15
and identified 3 accomplices who remained on the run. Authorities
issued photos of the three: Ahmad el-Awayti (20), of undetermined
nationality; Jihad Chetwie, a 19-year-old German; and Mustafa
Ucarkus, a 20-year-old Turkish citizen. On March 21 police arrested
a 5th suspect, a Lebanese citizen (28), believed to be the organizer
of the attack.
(AFP, 3/7/10)(AP, 3/17/10)(AP, 3/22/10)
2010 Mar 6, Icelanders voted in
a referendum on a $5 billion deal to repay Anglo-Dutch loans. The
referendum resoundingly rejected a deal to pay Britain and The
Netherlands billions for losses in the Icesave bank collapse.
(Reuters, 3/6/10)(AFP, 3/7/10)
2010 Mar 6, In Indonesia a
group calling itself "al-Qaida in Aceh" claimed to be the target of
a police crackdown. Police have arrested 16 suspected militants in a
series of raids in the deeply conservative province of Aceh since
2010 Mar 6, In Iraq a car bomb
exploded near a bus for pilgrims in the Shiite city of Najaf,
killing at least three people, including two Iranians, on the eve of
key national elections.
2010 Mar 6, In northern Mexico
police in the city of San Nicolas de los Garza, a suburb of the
industrial hub of Monterrey, protested hours after three of their
colleagues were shot to death in an ambush and a fourth was wounded.
Federal police announced the arrest of three men accused of running
an extortion ring that targeted Ciudad Juarez businesses. The army
announced it had seized 2.6 metric tons of marijuana and detained
one suspect in a mountainous area of Chihuahua.
2010 Mar 6, In Pakistan Maulvi
Noor Mohammad, a Pakistani Taliban commander, was ambushed near the
main town of Miran Shah, North Waziristan, by relatives of a man he
recently tortured and killed.
2010 Mar 6, In the Philippines
guerrillas of the communist New People's Army (NPA) killed 11
government soldiers in a gun battle on Mindoro island.
2010 Mar 6, The Saudi Civil and
Political Rights Association said that Saudi security officers
stormed a book stall at the Riyadh Int’l. Book Fair last week and
confiscated all work by Abdellah Al-Hamid, a well-known reformer and
critic of the royal family.
(SSFC, 3/7/10, p.A6)
2010 Mar 6, In western Sudan 10
people were killed in renewed clashes between the Misseriya and
Nuwayba tribes in the Darfur region.
2010 Mar 6, In Tibet a truck
loaded with people heading to an ancient monastery in the Shannan
prefecture crashed killing 26 people.
(SSFC, 3/7/10, p.A6)
2011 Mar 6, Scientists at
Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano said a new vent has opened, sending lava
shooting up to 65 feet high.
2011 Mar 6, In Texas a fire
following a late night party left 6 people dead in Granbury.
(SFC, 3/7/11, p.A6)
2011 Mar 6, Afghan President
Hamid Karzai told General David Petraeus, the commander of U.S. and
NATO forces in Afghanistan, his apology for a foreign air strike
that killed nine children on March 1 was "not enough." 12 civilians,
including 5 children, were killed when their vehicle was hit by a
roadside bomb in southeastern Paktika province.
2011 Mar 6, In Bahrain
thousands of Shiite opposition supporters blocked the entrance to
the prime minister's office but failed to disrupt a government
meeting as the campaign for reform in the strategic Gulf nation
enters its third week.
2011 Mar 6, Nearly 50
Bangladeshi migrant workers evacuated by sea from Libya to the Greek
island of Crete jumped ship during the night, apparently to avoid
being sent back to Bangladesh. Three died, 11 remained missing and
many others were hospitalized.
2011 Mar 6, In China at a
hastily called news conference in Beijing, Li Honghai, vice director
of the city's Foreign Affairs Office, said reporters must apply for
and receive government permission to conduct any newsgathering
within the city center. It was the latest sign of the government's
determination to prevent the formation of a Middle East-style
2011 Mar 6, Scientists from
Cyprus, England and Greece reported their ability to diagnose Down
Syndrome using a simple blood test on pregnant women.
(SFC, 3/7/11, p.A7)
2011 Mar 6, Estonia held
elections. The center-right, 2-party coalition government of PM
Andrus Ansip won.
(SSFC, 3/6/11, p.A4)(SFC, 3/7/11, p.A2)
2011 Mar 6, In Haiti raucous
crowds danced in the streets of the capital as the city celebrated
its first Carnival since last year's earthquake forced the
cancellation of the annual festivities.
2011 Mar 6, India's defense
ministry said it successfully shot down a missile in a test of a
homegrown missile interception system.
2011 Mar 6, In southern Iraq a
roadside bomb killed six people and wounded 12 in the oil-rich city
of Basra. A radio station in Kalar, called Voice, was vandalized.
The independent station in the Kurdish region was established by two
young journalists about two years ago.
2011 Mar 6, In Ireland the two
opposition parties that triumphed in elections, conservative Fine
Gael and left-wing Labor, announced they have reached agreement to
form the country's next coalition government following five days of
2011 Mar 6, In the Ivory Coast
rebels, known by their French acronym FN, seized Toulepleu extending
gains made earlier with the seizure of Zouan-Hounien. Both towns
have historically been controlled by Laurent Gbagbo. A top Ouattara
adviser said gangs of youth, actively aided and supported by
uniformed police, have ransacked at least 10 houses belonging to
senior ministers, mayors and other allies of the internationally
recognized president. Nearly 400 people have already been killed,
most of them civilians who voted for Ouattara.
(AP, 3/7/11)(AP, 3/6/11)
2011 Mar 6, Japan's foreign
minister Seiji Maehara suddenly quit for having accepted a political
donation from a foreigner, a violation of Japanese law, dealing
another blow to the embattled administration of PM Naoto Kan.
(AP, 3/6/11)(SFC, 3/7/11, p.A2)
2011 Mar 6, Libyan helicopter
gunships fired on a rebel force advancing west toward the capital
along the Mediterranean coastline and forces loyal to leader Moammar
Gadhafi fought intense ground battles with the rival fighters. Four
people were killed in fighting at Bin Jawwad and Ras Lanouf. 21
people, including a child, were killed and dozens wounded in the
rebel-held city of Misrata during fighting and shelling by Moamer
(AP, 3/6/11)(AFP, 3/7/11)
2011 Mar 6, Mexican police
found 3 severed heads in plastic bags in the Pacific coast resort of
Acapulco. Armed men attacked a police station in Acapulco, wounding
an officer. The same suspects later shot at a house, wounding two
people at the residence. Authorities said Julio Cesar Aguilar
Garcia, a suspected high-ranking figure in the Sinaloa drug cartel,
was arrested in Sonora state. Alleged Zetas leader, Marcos Carmona
Hernandez, was arrested in Oaxaca state. In northwestern Sinaloa
state gunmen swarmed a convoy transporting 2 prisoners, shredding 3
police vehicles with bullets and killing 7 officers and one inmate.
(AP, 3/7/11)(SFC, 3/7/11, p.A2)(AP, 3/8/11)
2011 Mar 6, Off the central
Peruvian coast a gang of criminals known as "the pirates of the sea"
raided a Japanese tuna trawler. The gang of some 20 criminals tied
the crew's hands and feet, then took off with their money, cell
phones and the ship's communication equipment.
2011 Mar 6, In South Sudan
clashes began between government soldiers and a rebel group in the
village of Owachi. More than 60 people, mostly civilians, were
killed over 2 days. More than 7,000 others were displaced. Soldiers
from Southern Sudan's government fired indiscriminately at civilians
and burned and looted homes in Upper Nile state, near the
2011 Mar 6, In Taiwan 9 people
died and 12 others were injured in a fire at a pub in the central
city of Taichung. Local media reported that the packed pub first
caught fire from sparks from an LED torch used by a performer.
2011 Mar 6, In southern
Thailand six gunmen opened fire in a busy area of Pattani province's
Yarang district and killed a retired police officer. Two insurgents
on a motorcycle also in Pattani shot at a mother and son riding a
motorbike back from a market. The 23-year-old son died and the
mother was wounded.
2011 Mar 6, A Turkish court
ordered Ahmet Sik and Nedim Sener, two leading investigative
journalists, jailed pending the outcome of a trial into an alleged
plot to topple the Islamic-rooted government, raising further
concerns over media freedom in the country. Ahmet Sik was arrested
as he prepared a book about the alleged infiltration of Islamists
into the Turkish police, a sensitive theme in a nation divided over
the role of religion.
(AP, 3/6/11)(Econ, 3/12/11, p.61)(AP, 4/14/11)
2011 Mar 6, In Yemen suspected
al-Qaida gunmen killed four Republican Guard soldiers in the
mountainous central province of Marib. Al-Qaeda militants shot and
killed an army intelligence officer in the city of Zinjibar, in
southern Abyan province. Another officer was shot dead in the city
of Sayun, in Hadramut province, by gunmen suspected to be from
Al-Qaeda. “Government thugs" descended on protesters camped out on a
main square in Ibb province. One person was killed and 53 people
(AFP, 3/6/11)(AP, 3/8/11)
2012 Mar 6, Five members of
Anonymous and Lulz Security were charged in an indictment unsealed
in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York. They
included 2 men from Britain, 2 from Ireland and an American. Hector
Xavier Monsegur (28), who pleaded guilty in August, served as an FBI
informant leading to the new charges. Monsegur’s assistance led to
the arrest of hacker Jeremy Hammond in 2013 and allowed authorities
to disrupt at least 300 cyberattacks on the US government, US
military as well as courts and private companies.
(AFP, 3/6/12)(SFC, 3/7/12, p.A7)(SSFC, 5/25/14,
2012 Mar 6, A US federal court
in Houston convicted R. Allen Stanford (61) of running a $7 billion
investor fraud scheme that snared investors from 113 countries. He
was first indicted in June, 2009.
(SFC, 3/7/12, p.A6)(Econ, 3/10/12, p.86)
2012 Mar 6, A lawsuit was filed
in Washington, DC, by 8 members of the US military alleging they
were raped, assaulted or harassed during their service and suffered
retaliation when they reported it to their superiors.
(SFC, 3/7/12, p.A6)
2012 Mar 6, Ten US states voted
in the Super Tuesday Republican primaries. Republican presidential
frontrunner Mitt Romney edged out conservative rival Rick Santorum
in the vital battleground of Ohio and won five of the night's other
contests. Romney also notched victories in Alaska, Idaho, Vermont,
Virginia and his home-state of Massachusetts, while Santorum won
North Dakota, Oklahoma and Tennessee, and Newt Gingrich carried his
home state of Georgia.
(SFC, 3/7/12, p.A6)(Econ, 3/10/12, p.18)
2012 Mar 6, Georgia voters
lifted a ban on Sunday sales of alcohol in 24 of 27 cities that put
the issue on the ballot.
(Econ, 3/17/12, p.33)
2012 Mar 6, Dennis Kucinich, a
colorful liberal in Congress who tried to have former President
George W. Bush impeached over the Iraq war, was defeated in Ohio by
a fellow Democratic incumbent in the first of 11 primary races this
year pitting members of the US House against each other.
2012 Mar 6, In North Carolina a
decorated Green Beret leapt from the second-story of his burning
home, wrapped himself in a blanket and ran back inside in an attempt
to save his two young daughters. Firefighters recovered the body of
Chief Warrant Officer Edward Cantrell (36) on the second floor of
his Hope Mills home, not far from the remains of 6-year-old Isabella
and 4-year-old Natalia.
2012 Mar 6, Louise White (81)
of Newport, RI, claimed last month’s $336.4 million Powerball
(SFC, 3/7/12, p.A7)
2012 Mar 6, Afghan President
Hamid Karzai endorsed the Ulema Council's “code of conduct" document
issued March 3. It allows husbands to beat wives under certain
circumstances and encourages segregation of the sexes.
2012 Mar 6, Bangladesh's high
court ordered police to sue 17 professors for allegedly distorting
the country's liberation war history and maligning its founding
leader in a school textbook.
2012 Mar 6, In Bangladesh Saudi
diplomat Khalaf bin Mohammed Salem al-Ali was shot and killed on a
residential street in Dhaka. Authorities said the gunman and a
motive were unknown.
2012 Mar 6, The limbless and
headless torso of Gemma McCluskie (29) was found when a member of
the public reported a suspicious object floating close to a market
in Hackney, east London. She was a former actress in the BBC's top
soap opera "EastEnders" (2001) and had gone missing on March 1. On
March 10 Tony McCluskie (35) was charged with killing his sister.
(AFP, 3/9/12)(AFP, 3/10/12)
2012 Mar 6, Chinese rights
activist Liu Ping (47) went missing after she was detained by
security officials in Beijing. She had angered officials with her
advocacy of free elections as well as support of labor and women’s
(SFC, 3/20/12, p.A2)(http://tinyurl.com/7jom58l)
2012 Mar 6, The government of
the Democratic Republic of Congo headed by PM Adolphe Muzito
resigned more than three months after legislative elections.
2012 Mar 6, In Haiti Venel
Joseph, a prominent banker whose son recently pleaded guilty in a US
federal bribery case, was shot and killed in Port-au-Prince. Joseph
was director of Haiti's Central Bank during former Pres.
Jean-Bertrand Aristide's 2nd term from 2001 to 2004.
2012 Mar 6, India's ruling
Congress party and its famed Gandhi political dynasty suffered a
stinging election setback in crucial state polls. Figures showed
Congress winning clearly in only one of five states and suffering a
landslide defeat in Uttar Pradesh (UP), India's most populous and
politically significant state. Mayawati (56), India's low-caste
"Dalit queen" who once saw herself as a future prime minister, was
dethroned after a scandal-tainted term running UP.
2012 Mar 6, Iran’s
semi-official ISNA news agency reported that the government will
grant UN inspectors access to a military complex where the UN
nuclear agency suspects secret atomic work has been carried out.
2012 Mar 6, Iraqi authorities
arrested four men in Salaheddin province in connection with a
shooting spree a day ago that left 27 policemen dead. One of the
terrorists blew himself up when they were surrounded.
2012 Mar 6, Israeli PM Benjamin
Netanyahu left Washington with assurances that the US is prepared to
use force to prevent Iran from getting a nuclear weapon, just not
2012 Mar 6, In Libya tribal
leaders and militia commanders declared a semiautonomous region.
Thousands of representatives of tribal leaders, militia commanders
and politicians made the unilateral declaration at a conference in
Benghazi. The conference said the eastern state, known as Barqa,
would have its own parliament, police force, courts and capital at
2012 Mar 6, Madagascar
authorities said Tropical Storm Irina killed at least 65 people,
most of them residents of the Ifanadiana district in the southeast
of the island, when the storm passed over the country last week.
2012 Mar 6, Mexican authorities
found 16 bodies in three clandestine graves on the outskirts of
Monterrey. Authorities went to the ranch after drug gang suspects
revealed the burial sites during questioning. In the border city of
Piedras Negras a fierce hour-long battle took place between gunmen
and police. One female officer was killed and six people were
2012 Mar 6, Moldova introduced
new legislation approving chemical castration for foreigners and
nationals convicted of sexually abusing children.
(SFC, 3/7/12, p.A2)
2012 Mar 6, In Nigeria unknown
gunmen shot dead Adamu Amadu, a senior customs officer in charge of
Yobe and Borno states, both recently been rocked by Islamist
attacks. Islamists attacked a prison, police station and local
government office, wounding at least three police officers in
Konduga, Borno state.
(AFP, 3/6/12)(AFP, 3/7/12)
2012 Mar 6, In the Philippines
a 5.2 earthquake struck leaving 10 people injured. It was centered
at sea just two miles (3 km) north of Masbate City on the island
province of Masbate.
2012 Mar 6, South Africa's
powerful Cosatu labor federation vowed to rally more than 100,000
protesters against new toll roads around Johannesburg that have
angered workers and businesses.
2012 Mar 6, In South Korea
journalists walked out of the state-owned Korean Broadcasting System
(KBS) due to government interference. They joined colleagues at
Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation (MBC), already on strike for a
month. Journalists claimed to have over 2,600 files pointing to
illegal government surveillance carried out between 2008-2010.
p.52)(http://tinyurl.com/82ns7pl)(Econ, 4/7/12, p.48)
2012 Mar 6, Talks between Sudan
and South Sudan resumed in the Ethiopian capital to resolve a
furious oil dispute as tensions remain high between the two nations.
2012 Mar 6, In Sudan Patrick
Noonan, a British aid worker working for the UN World Food Program,
was abducted by armed men in the Darfur region. He was released
after 86 days.
2012 Mar 6, Swedish Public
Radio said the Swedish Defence Research Agency (FOI) had secret
plans since 2007 to help Saudi Arabia build a plant for the
production of anti-tank weapons. Construction on "Project Simoom"
was yet to begin. It involved the creation of a shell company called
SSTI to handle dealings with Saudi Arabia, in order to avoid any
direct links to FOI and the government.
(AFP, 3/6/12)(AFP, 3/29/12)
2012 Mar 6, Syrian troops
shelled Herak and clashed with army defectors holed up inside in
violence that killed a 15-year-old boy and five government soldiers.
Government forces pounded rebel-held towns and blasted a bridge used
by refugees to escape to Lebanon. At least 16 people were killed as
regime forces launched a major assault on Herak, a town in the
southern province of Daraa.
(AP, 3/6/12)(AFP, 3/6/12)(AFP, 3/7/12)
2012 Mar 6, Turkish Airlines
started flying into Somalia's war-torn capital, becoming the first
international company to fly passenger planes into Mogadishu in more
than 20 years. Flights were scheduled for twice a week.
2012 Mar 6, In southern Yemen
unknown assailants shot dead a policeman and wounded four others in
the Ataq, Shabwa province. In Daleh province members of the
separatist Southern Movement "opened machinegun fire at a police
vehicle, wounding three policemen.
2013 Mar 6, Arkansas adopted
the country’s most restrictive ban on abortion, at 12 weeks of
pregnancy. Democrat Gov. Mike Beebe called it “blatantly
(SFC, 3/7/13, p.A5)
2013 Mar 6, In California a
lion attacked and killed Dianna Hanson (24), a sanctuary worker at
Project Survival’s Cat Haven in Dunlap.
(SFC, 3/7/13, p.A1)(SFC, 3/8/13, p.A1)
2013 Mar 6, Ohio executed
Frederick Treesh for the fatal shooting of a bookstore security
guard in 1994. He was pronounced dead after a single powerful dose
(SFC, 3/7/13, p.A5)
2013 Mar 6, Britain said it
will provide armored vehicles, body armor and search-and-rescue
equipment to Syria's opposition, but was still stopping short of
arming the country's rebels.
2013 Mar 6, British travel firm
Thomas Cook said it would cut 2,500 UK jobs and close 195 stores in
Britain as the euro crisis, high fuel costs and unrest in key
destinations like Egypt and Greece take their toll on the holiday
2013 Mar 6, An Egyptian
administrative court ordered the suspension of parliamentary
elections scheduled to begin next month, throwing the country's
politics deeper into confusion. In Port Said military police
deployed around a government complex where demonstrators have been
camped out for weeks.
2013 Mar 6, An Egyptian court
convicted Ahmed Ezz, a Mubarak-era steel magnate, of profiteering
and squandering public funds. He was sentenced to 37 years in prison
and fined $296 million. Ezz was already serving a 17-year sentence
for graft and money laundering.
(SFC, 3/7/13, p.A2)
2013 Mar 6, Iranian authorities
blocked many foreign-based virtual private networks, or VPNs,
severely restricting access to many websites.
2013 Mar 6, Iraq's Chaldean
Catholic Church enthroned a new patriarch during a ceremonial mass
that was held amid tight security in Baghdad. Louis Sako (64)
replaced Emmanuel III Delly, who has retired.
2013 Mar 6, Malaysian security
forces battled a group of Filipino intruders in the rugged terrain
of Borneo after they escaped a military assault with fighter jets
and mortar fire on their hideout. One Filipino was shot and believed
2013 Mar 6, In eastern Mali
French and Malian forces clashed with jihadists leaving a French
soldier and some 10 insurgents dead. Boukary Daou, the
editor-in-chief of Mali’s The Republican newspaper was arrested. His
arrest came soon after his newspaper published a letter from an army
officer denouncing coup leader Capt. Amadou Haya Sanogo's
recently-decreed salary of $8,000 per month, a very high salary in
the impoverished country.
(SFC, 3/7/13, p.A2)(AP, 3/14/13)
2013 Mar 6, In South Africa
Dirk Coetzee (57), a former commander of the Vlakplaas covert police
unit in apartheid-era South Africa, died of kidney failure. Coetzee
had fled South Africa in 1989. He pledged allegiance to the ANC,
returned in 1993 and was a witness at the trial of former police
Col. Eugene de Kock. In testimony to the Truth and Reconciliation
Commission, Coetzee confessed to plotting the 1981 murder of
attorney Griffiths Mxenge.
2013 Mar 6, In Spain Alvin Lee
(b.1944), British virtuoso rock guitarist, died following
complications from routine surgery. He as a member of the band Ten
Years After, which burst onto the US music scene following their
1969 Woodstock performance.
(SFC, 3/8/13, p.D5)
2013 Mar 6, Syrian rebels
detained 21 Filipino UN peacekeepers in the area in another
destabilizing twist to the country's two-year-old conflict. The
number of Syrian refugees topped 1 million, half of them children.
Gunmen raided a Christian village near Homs, robbing houses and
shops, saying they were looking for weapons.
(AP, 3/6/13)(AP, 3/7/13)(AP, 3/11/13)
2014 Mar 6, The Obama
administration slapped new visa restrictions against pro-Russian
opponents to the new Ukraine government in Kiev as lawmakers in
Crimea declared their intention to split from Ukraine and join
Russia instead. They scheduled a referendum in 10 days for voters to
decide the fate of the disputed peninsula. Russia's parliament,
clearly savoring the action, introduced a bill intended to make this
2014 Mar 6, The US Climate
Prediction Center (CPC) issued its first El Nino watch in almost 18
months, warning the phenomenon that can wreak havoc on weather and
roil global crops could strike as early as the Northern Hemisphere
2014 Mar 6, Sheila MacRae (92),
Broadway and TV star, died. She was best known for playing Alice
Kramden to Jackie Gleason’s Ralph on the Jackie Gleason Show
(SSFC, 3/9/14, p.C12)
2014 Mar 6, In Afghanistan 5
Afghan soldiers were killed in an accidental air strike by the
NATO-led force in the eastern province of Logar.
2014 Mar 6, Algerian security
forces arrested about 40 people protesting in central Algiers
against President Abdelaziz Bouteflika standing for a fourth term
next month. Public demonstrations in Algeria remain banned, despite
a state of emergency being lifted in 2011.
2014 Mar 6, The Czech
Parliament banned the sale of alcoholic beverages during sessions of
the lower house.
2014 Mar 6, Cuba said it has
accepted a proposal by the EU to open negotiations on a new
2014 Mar 6, European leaders
said Russia will face sanctions over its military incursion in
Ukraine's Crimean peninsula unless it withdraws its troops or
engages in credible talks to defuse the situation. The EU froze the
assets of ousted Ukraine leader Viktor Yanukovych, ex-premier Mykola
Azarov and 16 former ministers, businessmen and security chiefs, all
on grounds of fraud.
(AP, 3/6/14)(AFP, 3/6/14)
2014 Mar 6, The Bank of Greece
said the country’s banking sector needs to raise 6.4 billion euros
($8.9 billion) to be able to cushion potential future losses. This
prompted some of the banks to outline their plans.
2014 Mar 6, In central Iraq a
series of bombings and clashes near Fallujah left at least 42 people
2014 Mar 6, Lithuania says six
US fighter jets and two tanker planes have arrived following a US
decision to increase NATO's air policing mission of the three Baltic
2014 Mar 6, Macedonia formally
set April 27 as the date of the country's early parliamentary
election, which was forced after government coalition partners
failed to agree on a presidential candidate.
2014 Mar 6, Niger extradited to
Libya one of Moammar Gadhafi's sons, al-Saadi, who fled as his
father's regime crumbled in 2011 and who was under house arrest in
the desert West African nation ever since.
2014 Mar 6, In northern Nigeria
four young men were convicted of gay sex and whipped publicly as
punishment in an Islamic court in Bauchi city.
2014 Mar 6, Poland's defense
minister said a mission of observers from the Organization for
Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) has been stopped from
entering Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula by unidentified men in military
2014 Mar 6, A new video showed
two members of the Russian protest group Pussy Riot attacked by a
group of men who poured rubbish and bright green paint over them and
shouted obscenities at them at a McDonald's restaurant in Nizhny
2014 Mar 6, Saudi state news
said a court has sentenced three men to death and jailed two others
for up to 17 years for their part in a series of militant attacks
including the deadly bombing of a foreign housing compound on Nov 8,
2014 Mar 6, South Africa
imposed rolling power cuts for the first time since 2008 as it
struggled to cope with coal shortages and technical problems caused
by recent heavy rains.
2014 Mar 6, In Syria at least
15 people were killed and 12 others wounded in a car bomb blast in
Homs. At least five people were killed and more than 20 wounded in a
bomb blast near a security headquarters in Hama. At least 17
jihadists were killed in fighting near the rebel-held town of
(AFP, 3/6/14)(AFP, 3/7/14)
2014 Mar 6, Tunisia's Pres.
Moncef Marzouki lifted a state of emergency in force since the 2011
uprising that ousted dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.
(AP, 3/6/14)(SFC, 3/7/14, p.A2)
2014 Mar 6, Uganda, under fire
from Western nations, defended its toughened law on gays as being
aimed at "protecting" youth from homosexuality and discouraging
public displays of gay love.
2014 Mar 6, Ukraine's new
leadership was reported to have reached out to oligarchs for help,
appointing them as governors in eastern regions where loyalties to
Moscow are strong.
2014 Mar 6, In Ukraine two
Femen protesters were arrested in Crimea's capital Simferopol after
staging a topless demonstration against Russia's intervention in
Ukraine in front of the regional parliament. Pavel Gubarev, the
leader of the most persistent pro-Moscow protest movement in eastern
Ukraine, was arrested at his home in the city of Donetsk
(AFP, 3/6/14)(Reuters, 3/6/14)
2014 Mar 6, A Venezuelan
soldier and a motorcyclist died in a confused melee sparked by the
opposition's barricading of a Caracas street, boosting the death
toll from nearly a month of violence to 20.