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Mar 12, Gregory I the Great (64), Pope (590-604), died. In 1997 R.A.
Markus authored “Gregory the Great and His World."
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pope_Gregory_I)(WSJ, 4/12/08, p.W8)
1054 Mar 12, Pope Leo IX
escaped captivity and returned to Rome.
1254 Mar 12, Mindaugas
granted Christian, Lithuania’s 1st Bishop, lands in Samogitia.
1388 Mar 12, Pope Urban
VI authorized Poznan’s Bishop Dobrogost to establish a Vilnius
1496 Mar 12, Jews were expelled
1507 Mar 12, Cesare Borgia
(31), cardinal, soldier, politician, died while fighting alongside
his brother, the king of Navarre, in Spain.
(HN, 3/12/99)(MC, 3/12/02)
1554 Mar 12, Richard Hooker,
English theologian, was born. He authored "Laws of Ecclesiastical
1569 Mar 12, Zigmantas Augustas broke away
from Lithuania and attached Volinija and Palenki to Poland.
1587 Mar 12, Peter Wentworth,
English parliament leader, was confined in London Tower. [see Mar 1]
1622 Mar 12, Ignatius of Loyola
(founder of the Jesuits) was declared a saint.
1642 Mar 12, Abel Tasman became
the 1st European to land in New Zealand. [see Nov 24, Dec 13]
1664 Mar 12, England’s King
Charles II granted land in the New World, known as New Netherland
(later New Jersey), to his brother James, the Duke of York.
(HN, 3/12/98)(AP, 3/12/08)
1689 Mar 12, Former English
King James II landed in Ireland.
1737 Mar 12, Galileo's body was
moved to Church of Santa Croce in Florence, Italy.
1755 Mar 12, The 1st steam
engine in America was installed to pump water from a mine.
1773 Mar 12, Jeanne Baptiste
Pointe de Sable settled what is now known as Chicago.
1799 Mar 12, Austria declared
war on France.
1809 Mar 12, Great Britain
signed a treaty with Persia forcing the French out of the country.
1824 Mar 12, Gustav Robert
Kirchoff, physicist, was born in Prussia.
(HN, 3/12/98)(MC, 3/12/02)
1831 Mar 12, Clement
Studebaker, auto maker, was born.
1832 Mar 12, Charles Boycott,
estate manager who caused boycotts, was born in Ireland.
1835 Mar 12, Simon Newcomb, US
scientist, mathematician, astronomer, was born.
1836 Mar 12, Mexican forces
under General Jose de Urrea defeated Texan forces at the Battle of
1857 Mar 12, The opera "Simon
Boccanegra," by Giuseppe Verdi, premiered in Venice, Italy.
1858 Mar 12, Adolph Simon Ochs,
publisher of The New York Times, was born.
1860 Mar 12, US Congress
accepted the Pre-emption Bill. It provided free land in West for
1862 Mar 12, Jane Delano
(d.1919), nurse, teacher and founder of the American Red Cross, was
born in Montour Falls, New York. She helped the American Red Cross
Nursing Service to be recognized as the nursing reserve for the Army
1863 Mar 12, President
Jefferson Davis delivered his State of the Confederacy address.
1863 May 12, The Battle of
Raymond, Miss., was fought.
(SC, internet, 5/12/97)
1864 Mar 12, Ulysses S. Grant
became commander in chief of the Union armies in the American Civil
1877 Mar 12, In Philadelphia
the first department store, The Grand Depot, opened. John Wanamaker
turned an abandoned railway depot into one of the world’s 1st
(HN, 3/12/98)(Econ, 4/2/05, p.11)(ON, 12/05, p.5)
1879 Mar 12, The British Zulu
War began. Colonel Henry Evelyn Wood had expected little trouble as
his cavalry ascended Holbane Mountain. What he got was a Zulu army,
22,000 men strong.
1880 Mar 12, Cecil Rhodes
(1853-1902) and C.D. Rudd launched the De Beers Mining Company after
the amalgamation of a number of individual claims in South Africa.
1884 Mar 12, Mississippi
established the first U.S. state college for women.
1890 Mar 12, Vasav Nijinsky
(d.1950), Russian dancer, was born. He was considered the world's
greatest ballet dancer. [see Feb 28]
1890 May 12, Louisiana
legalized prize fighting.
(SC, internet, 5/12/97)
1894 Mar 12, Coca-Cola was sold
in bottles for the first time.
1903 Mar 12, The Czar of Russia
issued a decree providing for nominal freedom of religion throughout
1908 Mar 12, The Aerial
Experiment Association (AEA) launched their new airplane, called Red
Wing, from a frozen lake near Hammondsport, NY. Pilot F.W. Baldwin
rose 20 feet and flew 319 feet before crashing. Newspapers hailed
the test as the “first public flight" in the US.
(ON, 12/11, p.10)
1909 Mar 12, British Parliament
increased naval appropriations for Britain.
1911 Mar 12, In San Francisco a
squad of immigration officials captured 6 Chinese slave girls, said
to have been purchased for $25,000.
(SSFC, 3/13/11, DB p.42)
1911 Mar 12, Dr. Fletcher of
Rockefeller Institute discovered the cause of infantile paralysis.
1911 Mar 12, Gustavo Diaz
Ordaz, president of Mexico, was born.
1912 Mar 12, Juliette Gordon
Low organized the Girl Guides, which later became the Girl Scouts of
America, at the 1848 Andrew Low House in Savannah, Ga. The US
Congress chartered the Girl Scouts in 1950.
(SFEC,11/30/97, p.T5)(USAT, 3/23/04, p.1D)(AP,
1912 Mar 12, Capt. Albert Berry
performed the 1st parachute jump from an airplane.
1914 Mar 12, George
Westinghouse (67), US engineer (Westinghouse Electric), died.
1917 Mar 12, The British
government shut down migration from India, after more than half a
million people had come as laborers to the Caribbean.
(Econ, 3/11/17, p.34)
1917 Mar 12, Russian troops
mutinied in the "February Revolution." [see Mar 8]
1918 Mar 12, Vladimir I. Lenin
published his reasons for moving the capital from St. Petersburg to
(WSJ, 9/20/04, p.A20)
1921 Mar 12, The Cairo
Conference, called by Winston Churchill, convened to establish a
unified British policy in the Middle East. Britain and France carved
up Arabia and created Jordan under Emir Abdullah; his brother Faisal
became King of Iraq. France was given influence over Syria and
Jewish immigration was allowed into Palestine. Faisal I died
one year after independence and his son, Ghazi I, succeeded him.
Colonial Sec. Winston Churchill wanted to keep an air corridor to
Iraq, where the Royal Air Force was dropping poison gas on
rebellious Arab tribes.
10/14/01, p.D3)(Econ, 7/13/13, SR p.5)
1922 Mar 12, Jack Kerouac,
American novelist, was born. He wrote "On the Road."
1925 Mar 12, Leo Esaki, [Esaki
Reona], physicist (Tunnel effect-Nobel 1973), was born in Japan.
1925 Mar 12, Chinese
revolutionary leader Sun Yat-sen died. Morris Abraham Cohen (d.1970
at 83) had been the right-hand man to Dr. Sen and the story was told
in 1998 by Daniel S. Levy in his book "Two-Gun Cohen."
(AP, 3/12/98)(SFEC, 4/12/98, Par p.20)
1928 Mar 12, Edward Albee,
American dramatist who wrote "Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolf," was
1928 Mar 12, In Santa Paula,
Ventura County, Ca., the 3-year-old St. Francis dam collapsed just
before midnight. By the next day some 450 people were killed.
(SFC, 9/22/01, p.A3)(PCh, 1992, p.791)
1930 Mar 12, Indian political
and spiritual leader Mohandas K. Gandhi began a 200-mile march to
the sea to protest a British tax on salt. The march symbolized his
defiance of British Rule over India.
(HN, 3/12/98)(AP, 3/12/98)
1932 Mar 12, Ivar Kreuger
(b.1880), the so-called "Swedish Match King," committed suicide in
Paris, leaving behind a financial empire that turned out to be
worthless. The “Kreuger crash’ shook Wall Street and led to a 1933
Securities Act, which strengthened disclosure requirements for all
companies selling stock. In 1961 Robert Shaplen authored “Kreuger,
Genius and Swindler." In 2009 Frank Partnoy authored “The Match
(AP, 3/12/99)(Econ, 12/22/07, p.115)(WSJ,
1933 Mar 12, President
Roosevelt delivered the first of his radio "fireside chats," telling
Americans what was being done to deal with the nation's economic
1933 Mar 12, Hindenburg dropped
the flag of the German Republic and ordered that the swastika and
empire banner be flown side by side.
1934 Mar 12, Josip Broz (Tito
of Yugoslavia) was freed from jail.
1935 Mar 12-1935 Mar 25,
Colorado dust storms killed 6 people, suffocated livestock and
covered the ground with up to 6 feet of dust.
(SFC, 3/19/09, p.D8)
1938 Mar 12, John Ross, poet,
historian and author, was born. He celebrated his 60th birthday in
SF with friends at the Cafe Babar with much gusto and brouhaha.
1938 Mar 12, Germany invaded
Austria after the Austrian Nazi Party invited German troops. The
union came to be know as the Anschluss. Hitler took over Austria, as
his mission to restore his homeland to the Third Reich, and a chunk
of Czechoslovakia. The Nazis took over Austria and expelled all Jews
and other political opponents from the universities.
(WUD, 1994, p.1682)(TL, 1988, p.111)(TMC, 1994,
p.1938)(StuAus, April '95, p.18)(HN, 3/12/98)(AP, 3/12/98)
1939 Mar 12, Pope Pius XII was
formally crowned in ceremonies at the Vatican.
(HN, 3/12/98)(AP, 3/12/98)
1940 Mar 12, Finland
surrendered to Russia. Finland and the Soviet Union concluded an
armistice during World War II. Fighting between the two countries
flared again the following year.
(HN, 3/12/98)(AP, 3/12/98)
1942 Mar 12, Salvatore "the
Bull" Gravano, mobster (testified against John Gotti), was born.
1944 Mar 12, Great Britain
barred all travel to neutral Ireland, which was suspected of
collaborating with Nazi Germany.
1945 Mar 12, NY became the 1st
state to prohibit discrimination by race and creed in employment.
1945 Mar 12, Italy's Communist
Party (CPI) called for armed uprising in Italy.
1945 Mar 12, In Amsterdam 30
people were executed by Nazi occupiers.
1945 Mar 12, USSR returned
Transylvania to Romania.
1945 Mar 12, Anne Frank, author
of "The Diary of Anne Frank," died at Bergen-Belsen concentration
camp a month before it was liberated. When the British arrived in
April, they found more than 10,000 unburied corpses. Some 14,000 of
the prisoners found at the camp died within a few days.
(SFEC, 1/5/97, p.B8)(HNQ, 4/13/00)(HN, 3/12/01)
1946 Mar 12, Patricia Hampl,
poet and memoirist (A Romantic Education, Virgin Time), was born.
1946 Mar 12, Liza Minnelli,
actress and singer, was born. She was the daughter of actress Judy
Garland and director Vincente Minnelli.
(SFEC, 1/26/97 Par, p.22)
1947 Mar 12, Pres. Truman
outlined the Truman Doctrine of economic and military aid to nations
threatened by Communism. The doctrine was intended to speed recovery
of Mediterranean countries He specifically requested aid for Greece
and Turkey to resist Communism.
(EWH, 1968, p.1207)(AP, 3/12/98)(MC, 3/12/02)
1948 Mar 12, In Alaska 24
merchant marines and six crewmen were flying from China to New York
City, when their DC-4 slammed into Mount Sanford killing all 30.
Pilots Kevin McGregor and Marc Millican discovered some mummified
remains in 1999 while recovering artifacts to identify the wreckage
they had found two years earlier.
1951 Mar 12, "Dennis the
Menace," created by cartoonist Hank Ketcham, made its syndicated
debut in 16 newspapers.
1951 Mar 12, Communist troops
were driven out of Seoul.
1957 Mar 12, German DR accepted
22 Russian armed divisions.
1957 Mar 12, In Israel Rudolf
Kasztner, hailed by admirers as a Holocaust hero for saving
thousands of Jews, was assassinated by Jewish extremists. Critics
had reviled him as a collaborator who "sold his soul." Kasztner, a
Zionist leader in Hungary during World War II, headed the Relief and
Rescue Committee, a small Jewish group that negotiated with Nazi
officials to rescue Hungarian Jews in exchange for money, goods and
1959 Mar 12, The US House
joined the Senate in approving the statehood of Hawaii.
1963 Mar 12, US House granted
former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill honorary U.S.
1964 Mar 12, Malcolm X resigned
from Nation of Islam. [see Mar 8]
1965 Mar 12, Edward "Teddy"
Deegan was found dead in an alley in Chelsea, Mass. A week later an
FBI memo named 6 men, including Vincent J. Flemmi and Joseph "The
Animal" Barboza, as the killers. Barboza became a star witness and
provided false testimony to convict 4 innocent men. The New England
Mafia shotgunned Barboza in SF in 1976. Over the next 3 decades FBI
informants in Boston murdered over 20 people.
(SSFC, 7/28/02, p.A5)(SFC, 11/21/03, p.A3)
1968 Mar 12, President Lyndon
Johnson won the New Hampshire Democratic primary, but a strong
second-place showing by anti-war Senator Eugene McCarthy of
Minnesota played a role in Johnson's decision not to seek
re-election. Johnson won over Eugene McCarthy 49.6 to 41.9%.
Republican Richard Nixon won the New Hampshire primary over Nelson
Rockefeller 77.6 to 10.8%.
(SSFC, 1/25/04, p.A19)(AP, 3/12/08)
1968 Mar 12, A Miami-bound
flight was commandeered to Cuba.
(SFC, 3/14/03, p.E8)
1968 Mar 12, The British-ruled
African island of Mauritius became an independent country within the
Commonwealth of Nations and many Europeans left the country. GDP per
person was about $200. By 2008 it rose to $7,000 per person.
(SFC, 6/24/96, p.A8)(SFC, 7/1/97, p.A9)(SSFC,
12/9/01, p.C9)(AP, 3/12/08)(Econ, 10/18/08, p.58)
1969 Mar 12, Paul McCartney
married Linda Eastman in London.
1972 Mar 12, “The Limits to
Growth: A Report for the Club of Rome’s Project on the Predicament
of Mankind." was presented publicly at the Smithsonian Institute in
Washington. It was translated into 30 languages and 10 million
copies of the book were sold, helping the Club of Rome gain the
world stage. Donella Meadows (1941-2001) Dennis L. Meadows, Jorgen
Randers, and William W. Behrens III co-authored the report.
1972 Mar 12, The U.K. and China
agreed to establish a full diplomatic relationship. China, newly
admitted to the UN, said it wanted Hong Kong back.
(SFEC, 6/22/97, p.A14)(SFC, 7/1/97, p.A8)(HN,
1973 Mar 12, Argentina held
elections. Pres. Gen’l. Lanusse (1918-1996) called elections and the
Peronists led by Hector Campora (1909-1980) and Vicente Solano Lima
returned to power.
8/27/96, p.A17)(WSJ, 11/14/96, p.A20)
1974 Mar 12, Bundy
victim Donna Manson (b.1954) disappeared from Evergreen State
College in Olympia, Wa.
1974 Mar 12, Chilean Gen.
Alberto Bachelet (b.1923) died in prison after Gen. Augusto
Pinochet's military convicted him of being a traitor. His daughter,
Michelle, later became Chile's first female president. In 2011 a
judge agreed to review a complaint alleging that Bachelet was
tortured to death. On July 17, 2012, two military officers were
charged with torturing Bachelet.
(AP, 8/26/11)(SFC, 7/18/12, p.A2)
1974 Mar 12, Billy Fox,
Protestant Dublin MP, was assassinated.
1974 Mar 12, The Russian Mars 6
went into orbit and the lander transmitted atmospheric data during
descent before failing.
(SFC, 11/19/96, p.B1)
1974 Mar 12, Carlos Andres
Perez (1922-2010) began serving as president of Venezuela and
continued to 1979. Oil income exceeded $48 billion over this period.
Foreign debt meanwhile grew from $3 billion to $18 billion. Perez
served a 2nd term from 1989-1993.
(SFC, 12/8/99, p.A14)(AP, 12/25/10)(Econ, 1/8/11,
1975 Mar 12, Maurice Stans,
former Nixon Cabinet member, pleaded guilty to three counts of
violating the reporting sections of the Federal Election Campaign
Act and two counts of accepting illegal campaign contributions. He
was fined $5,000.
(SFC, 11/6/98, p.D5)(http://tinyurl.com/45uwm3)
1975 Mar 12, A passenger plane,
operated by Air Vietnam, crashed into Vietnamese territory after
being hit by a MANPAD, killing 26 passengers and crew.
1977 Mar 12, The Commission on
Judicial Appointments confirmed Rose Elizabeth Bird (40) as
California’s 25th chief justice and the 1st woman to sit on the
state’s Supreme Court. She was sworn in on March 26.
(SFC, 3/8/02, p.G8)
1977 Mar 12, Jesuit priest
Rutilio Grande, outspoken in his defence of the poor, was shot more
than dozen times along with an elderly man and a teenager by a
right-wing death squad in rural El Salvador while they were riding
in a jeep. In 2020 the Vatican said the pope had approved a decree
recognizing that Rutilio Grande and two lay Salvadorans were killed
"in hatred of the faith".
1977 Mar 12, Egypt's Anwar
Sadat pledged to regain Arab territory from Israel.
1980 Mar 12, A Chicago jury
found John Wayne Gacy Jr. guilty of the murders of 33 men and boys.
The next day, Gacy was sentenced to death; he was executed in 1994.
1984 Mar 12, Lebanese President
Gemayel opened the second meeting in five years calling for the end
to nine-years of war.
1985 Mar 12, The US and the
USSR began arms control talks in Geneva.
1985 Mar 12, Conductor Eugene
Ormandy (85), director of the Philadelphia Philharmonic for more
than four decades, died.
1986 Mar 12, Susan Butcher won
the 1,158 mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in Alaska.
1987 Mar 12, "Les Miserables"
opened on Broadway. It was written by Alain Boublil and
1988 Mar 12, Rev. Jesse Jackson
won the Democratic precinct caucuses in his native South Carolina.
1988 Mar 12, Romare Bearden
(b.1911), North Carolina-born African American artist, died in NY.
He depicted black culture and history and transferred his collages
to prints using a variety of techniques. In 2004 Jan Greenberg
authored "Romare Bearden: Collage of Memories."
1989 Mar 12, Some 2,500
veterans and supporters marched at the Art Institute of Chicago to
demand that officials remove an American flag placed on the floor as
part of a student's exhibit.
1989 Mar 12, In the SF Bay Area
two hikers found the sexually assaulted body of Sheila Lorraine
Hatcher (27), a Daly City resident, in a ravine on San Bruno
Mountain. In 2014 police arrested Gabriel O’Neill (45) of Brisbane
after DNA evidence linked him to the case. In 2017 Gabriel Ray
O’Neill (48) of Brisbane was found not guilty following nearly a
month-long trial. His DNA had been found on the victim.
(SFC, 6/13/14, p.D4)(SFC, 5/24/17, p.D5)
1989 Mar 12, In India the
National Liberation Front of Tripura (NLFT) was formed with
Dhananjoy Reang (former Vice-President of the Tripura National
Volunteers) as its "chairman."
1990 Mar 12, Vice President
Quayle met in Santiago, Chile, with Nicaraguan President Daniel
Ortega, who promised to peacefully relinquish power to Violeta
Chamorro, the U.S.-backed candidate who had won Nicaragua's
1991 Mar 12, Secretary of State
James A. Baker met with Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir and a
Palestinian delegation as he continued a fact-finding mission.
1991 Mar 12, General H. Norman
Schwarzkopf, the victorious commander of allied forces in the Gulf
War, visited Kuwait.
1992 Mar 12, The U.N. Security
Council stood firm in its demand that Iraq comply totally with Gulf
War cease-fire resolutions, rebuffing an appeal for leniency from
Saddam Hussein's special envoy, deputy prime minister Tariq Aziz.
1992 Mar 12, This issue of
Rolling Stone magazine contained an article by Tom Curtis that
outlined a theory for the origin of AIDS based on the Wister vaccine
developed by Hilary Koprowski and given to some 300,000 people in
the Belgian Congo between 1957-1960.
(SSFC, 1/14/01, p.A14)
1992 Mar 12, Efraim Banaca
Velasquez, a guerilla leader in Guatemala married to an American
lawyer (Jennifer Harbury), disappeared and was later murdered.
Secret US government files later disclosed that the Guatemalan
colonel, Julio Roberto Alpirez, oversaw the interrogation and
debriefing and that he was on CIA payroll. A suit filed by Harbury
in 1995 against a list of US officials was dismissed in 1999 and
reinstated in 2000 on appeal.
(SFC, 5/4/96, p.A-6)(SFEC, 11/17/96, p.C13)(SFC,
3/18/97, p.A10)(SFC, 3/19/02, p.A4)
1993 Mar 12, Janet Reno was
sworn in as the first US female attorney general.
1993 Mar 12, In Bombay
(Mumbai), India, 13 bombs exploded killing 257 people. Abu Salem,
alleged terrorist mastermind, Mafia boss and one of India's most
wanted men, was arrested in Portugal in 2002. Salem was accused by
Indian police of being involved in the country's worst bombing
attack, as well as a string of murder and extortion cases. More than
100 people, most of them Muslims, were accused of involvement in the
attacks. In 2006 4 family members were found guilty in the first
verdict in the prosecution of India's deadliest terror attack. Asgar
Yusuf Mukadam and Shahnawaz Qureshi were convicted for murdering 10
people in one of the bombings. Abdul Turk (40) was convicted of
leaving an explosives-laden jeep in a crowded shopping and
residential area of Mumbai, killing 113 people and injuring scores.
In 2007 Parvez Shaikh, Mushtaq Tarani and Abdul Ghani Turk were
sentenced to death for planting explosives in Mumbai. Also sentenced
to death were Asgar Muqadam and Shahnawaz Qureshi for involvement in
placing bombs at a cinema in Mumbai and Shoaib Ghansar for
involvement in the bombing at the Zaveri Bazaar. Yakub Memon was
sentenced to death for playing a key role in procuring the weapons
and explosives used in the serial attacks. Memon was accused of
assisting his brother Tiger Memon and Dawood Ibrahim, the suspected
masterminds in a series of bombings.
(AP, 3/12/98)(AP, 9/20/02)(AP, 9/12/06)(AP,
9/18/06)(AP, 9/19/06)(AP, 7/18/07)(AP, 7/19/07)(AP, 7/27/07)(SFC,
1994 Mar 12, Secretary of State
Warren Christopher held discussions with Chinese leaders in Beijing
that were marked by blunt exchanges on human rights.
1994 Mar 12, The Anglican
Church of England ordained its first (33) women priests.
(AP, 3/12/98)(SFC, 5/19/00, p.D7)
1995 Mar 12, President Clinton
declared 39 California counties disaster areas after storms and
floods battered two-thirds of the state.
1995 Mar 12, Gordon B. Hinckley
(1910-2008), a grandson of Mormon pioneers, took over as president
and prophet of the Mormon church.
1995 Mar 12, World leaders
wound up a weeklong summit in Copenhagen, Denmark, committing
themselves to fighting poverty, but differing on how to do so.
1996 Mar 12, Pres. Clinton
signed the Helms-Burton Act. It shut off visas to executives and
shareholders of firms doing business in Cuba on property confiscated
from Americans. This stripped the3 White House of the power to end
the Cuban embargo.
p.E4)(http://tinyurl.com/lgpgt)(Econ, 3/24/12, SR p.11)
1996 Mar 12, Republican Bob
Dole swept the seven "Super Tuesday" primaries, gaining a virtual
lock on the GOP presidential nomination.
1996 Mar 12, Rioting forced the
closure of a US copper mine (82% owned by Freeport-McMoRan Copper
& Gold) in Trimika, Indonesia. At least three people were killed
and dozens injured as the army restored order.
(WSJ, 3/14/96, p.A-15)
1997 Mar 12, Authorities in Los
Angeles arrested Mikail Markhasev as a suspect in the shooting death
of Bill Cosby's son, Ennis, almost two months earlier. Markhasev,
who later admitted his guilt, is serving a life sentence without
possibility of parole.
1997 Mar 12, Edward DeBartolo
Jr. handed over $400,000 to former Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards at
the SF Airport in order to clinch a riverboat gambling license.
(SFC, 3/28/00, p.A3)(SFC, 4/12/00, p.A5)
1998 Mar 12, The Senate passed
the ISTEA legislation, a $214 billion, 6-year bill called the
Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act.
(SFC, 3/12/98, p.A1)
1998 Mar 12, The government
reported the rate of new cancer cases among Americans had inched
down for the first time; so 70,000 fewer people than expected were
diagnosed between 1992 and 1995.
1998 Mar 12, Beatrice Wood,
ceramist, died at age 105. She was called "Mama of Dada" for her
liaisons with Marcel Duchamp, Henri-Pierre Roche and others
associated with the Dada movement of the early 20th century. A 1993
documentary was made titled: "Beatrice Wood: The Mama of Dada."
(SFC, 3/14/98, p.A19)
1998 Mar 12, Manuel Pineiro
(b.1934), the leader of Cuba’s intelligence apparatus, died in a car
crash at age 63.
(SFC, 3/14/98, p.A19)
1998 Mar 12, China agree to
sign a UN pact on civil and political rights.
(WSJ, 3/13/98, p.A1)
1998 Mar 12, In Indonesia
students continued protests against Suharto and violent clashes with
police broke out in Surabaya.
(WSJ, 3/13/98, p.A1)
1998 Mar 12, A 22-part
documentary on Israel’s 50-year history was being shown by state
television. Rightwing politicians complained that it was too
sympathetic to the Palestinians.
(SFC, 3/13/98, p.A13)
1998 Mar 12, In Japan Yoshio
Sugiyama (46), a Finance Ministry official, hanged himself following
a widening investigation in corruption.
(SFC, 3/13/98, p.A12)
1998 Mar 12, Serbian leaders
proposed talks for autonomy in Kosovo, but residents dismissed the
(SFC, 3/13/98, p.A12)
1999 Mar 12, It was reported
that scientists had developed a device to shoot streams of atoms in
any direction. Atoms from a Bose-Einstein condensate were propelled
with pulsating lasers.
(SFC, 3/12/99, p.A6)
1999 Mar 12, Yehudi Menuhin,
violinist, died at age 82 in Berlin.
(SFC, 3/13/99, p.A1)
1999 Mar 12, Poland, Hungary
and the Czech Republic formally joined NATO in a ceremony at
Independence, Mo., where Pres. Truman announced in 1949 the
formation of the Atlantic alliance for defense against the Soviet
(SFC, 3/11/99, p.C14)
2000 Mar 12, A $100 million ICO
Global Communications satellite fell into the Pacific following a
sea launch aboard a Russian-Ukrainian rocket.
(SFC, 3/13/00, p.A11)
2000 Mar 12, Elections were
held in El Salvador. The FMLN won 31 of the 84 assembly seats in
Congress. ARENA was left with only 29 seats. 78 of 262 city
elections were also won by the FMLN along with 8 of 14 provincial
(SFC, 3/14/00, p.A8)
2000 Mar 12, In Iran Saeed
Hajjarian, a member of the municipal council of Tehran and a
supporter of Pres. Khatami, was shot and wounded by gunmen on a
(SFC, 3/13/00, p.A10)
2000 Mar 12, In Mexico police
captured Jesus Labra, leader of the Arellano Felix drug organization
at a soccer game in Tijuana.
(SFC, 3/13/00, p.11)
2000 Mar 12, In Morocco some
500,000 Muslim fundamentalist marched in Casablanca in opposition to
the government's plan to extend women's rights. In Rabat another
200-300,000 people marched in support of the plan.
(SFC, 3/13/00, p.A11)
2000 Mar 12, In Mozambique the
death toll from flooding reached 492 and urgent shipments of seeds
were being organized.
(SFC, 3/13/00, p.A11)
2000 Mar 12, In Rome Pope John
Paul II begged for God's forgiveness for sins committed or condoned
by Roman Catholics over the last 2,000 years, including wrongs
inflicted on Jews, women and minorities.
(SFC, 3/13/00, p.A1)(AP, 3/12/01)
2000 Mar 12, In Russia agents
captured Salman Raduyev, a Chechen warlord.
(SFC, 3/14/00, p.A8)
2000 Mar 12, In Spain the
conservative Popular Party under Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar won
the general election with 44.7% of the vote. The party won 183 of
the 350 seats in Congress of Deputies.
(SFC, 3/13/00, p.A10)
2001 Mar 12, A US Navy fighter
dropped an errant 500-pound bomb in Kuwait that hit an observation
post and killed five Americans and one New Zealander. Cmdr. David
Zimmerman was later reprimanded and relieved of command.
(SFC, 3/13/01, p.A1)(SFC, 5/23/01, p.C4)(AP,
2001 Mar 12, The DJIA fell 436
to 10,208. The Nasdaq fell 129 to 1923. The 61% Nasdaq drop since
Mar 10, 2000, was the largest in its 30 year history.
(SFC, 3/13/01, p.A1)
2001 Mar 12, An anonymous donor
pledged a no-strings-attached $360 million to Rensselaer Polytechnic
Institute (RPI) of Troy, NY, the largest donation to a university in
(SFC, 3/13/01, p.A4)
2001 Mar 12, Morton Downey Jr.
(68), abrasive, chain-smoking, pioneer host of "Trash TV" talk
shows, died. "The Morton Downey Show" premiered in NYC in 1987.
(SFC, 3/14/01, p.A20)(AP, 3/12/02)
2001 Mar 12, Robert Ludlum
(73), suspense novelist, died in Naples, Fla. His books included
"The Scarlatti Inheritance," "The Chancellor Manuscript," the Bourne
trilogy, "The Matlock Paper," "Trevayne" and others.
(SFC, 3/13/01, p.A25)(AP, 3/12/02)
2001 Mar 12, In Guatemala Judge
Hugo Martinez of Senahu was hacked to death and burned by a mob
after he ruled that there was not sufficient evidence to hold 2 rape
(SFC, 3/14/01, p.C12)
2001 Mar 12, Bangaru Laxman,
president of the Bharatiya Janata Party, resigned following video
taped images of bribery. In 2012 he was jailed for four years for
accepting a bribe to swing a fake arms deal in a media sting
(SFC, 3/14/01, p.C12)(AFP, 4/28/12)
2001 Mar 12, In Indonesia Pres.
Wahid insisted he would not step down and warned that his ouster
would lead to the disintegration of the country as over 10,000
demonstrated in Jakarta for his ouster. The main stock index fell 5%
and the rupiah fell 12%.
(SFC, 3/13/01, p.A15)
2001 Mar 12, Israel sealed off
the city of Ramallah, the unofficial seat of the Palestinian
(SFC, 3/13/01, p.A15)
2001 Mar 12, In Mexico the Fox
administration announced its " Plan Puebla-Panama," an effort to
close the economic gap between the north and poorer south.
(SFC, 3/13/01, p.A16)
2001 Mar 12, In Mexico
Zapatista rebels invaded the Naha nature preserve in southern
Chiapas, home of Lacandon Indians, and took over some 250 acres of
the 7,500-acre preserve.
(SFC, 3/13/01, p.A16)
2001 Mar 12, Russia and Iran
signed agreements to increase their military and economic
(SFC, 3/13/01, p.A16)
2001 Mar 12, In Uganda
elections were held. Pres. Museveni (56) was challenged by Kizza
Besigye (44), a retired army colonel. Vote-rigging charges marred
the elections. Museveni won with 69.3% to Besigye’s 27.8%. Reports
were made that 12 million ballots were counted with only 10.6
million registered to vote.
(SSFC, 3/11/01, p.D4)(WSJ, 3/13/01, p.A1)(SFC,
3/14/01, p.C12)(SFC, 3/15/01, p.A13)
2001 Mar 12, Yugoslavia and
Nato agreed to use their forces to squeeze Albanian rebels from
separate flanks as the rebels signed a cease-fire.
(SFC, 3/13/01, p.A15)
2002 Mar 12, The Bush
administration announced a 5-color code system to alert Americans on
the danger level posed by terrorists. Homeland security chief Tom
Ridge announced that America was at yellow alert as he unveiled a
color-coded system for terror warnings.
(SFC, 3/13/02, p.A1)(AP, 3/12/07)
2002 Mar 12, In Houston a jury
found Andrea Pia Yates (37) guilty of capital murder for drowning
her 5 children. On Mar 15 she was sentenced to life in prison. Her
conviction was overturned in 2005 by an appeals court which ruled a
prosecution expert witness gave false testimony at her trial. In
2006 a jury found her not guilty by reason of insanity.
(SFC, 3/13/02, p.A1)(SFC, 3/16/02, p.A1)(SFC,
2002 Mar 12, Martin Buser
captured his fourth victory in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.
2002 Mar 12, The space shuttle
Columbia returned to Earth, ending the Hubble Space Telescope repair
2002 Mar 12, In Lynbrook, NY,
Rev. Lawrence Penzes (50) was shot dead at Our Lady of Peace Church
on Long Island along with Mrs. Eileen Tosner (73) sitting in a pew.
Penzes (b.1952), ordained in 1978, was shot in the back as he turned
to sit just after finishing the homily next to the altar. Long
Island police soon captured mentally-deranged Peter J. Troy (34),
who had fired at least six shots from a.22-caliber rifle.
2002 Mar 12, Spyros Kyprianou
(69), former Cyprus president (1977-1988), died of pelvic cancer.
(SFC, 3/13/02, p.A26)
2002 Mar 12, In Jordan US VP
Cheney met with King Abdullah II, who expressed concern over any
possible strike against Iraq.
(SFC, 3/13/02, p.A11)
2002 Mar 12, Israeli forces
took control of Ramallah. 35 Palestinians were killed in the last 24
hours along with 7 Israelis.
(SFC, 3/13/02, p.A1)(WSJ, 3/13/02, p.A1)
2002 Mar 12, The UN Security
Council endorsed a Palestinian state for the 1st time and called for
an immediate cease-fire.
(SFC, 3/13/02, p.A1)
2003 Mar 12, Elizabeth Smart,
the 15-year-old girl who'd vanished from her bedroom nine months
earlier, was found alive in a Salt Lake City suburb with two
2003 Mar 12, In Iowa David
England, president of Des Moines Area Community College, was
arrested along with his wife, son and daughter for conspiracy to
manufacture and deliver marijuana.
(SSFC, 3/23/03, p.C4)
2003 Mar 12, Howard Fast
(b.1914), historical fiction author, died in Old. Greenwich, Conn.
His books included "Citizen Tom Paine" (1943), "Freedom Road"
(1944), "Spartacus" (1953) and "The Naked God" (1957).
(SFC, 3/13/03, p.A21)
2003 Mar 12, Lynne Thigpen
(54), actress, died in Los Angeles.
2003 Mar 12, In Afghanistan an
ambush on a US convoy prompted aircraft fire that killed 5 enemy
(SFC, 3/14/03, p.A9)
2003 Mar 12, Britain proposed
compromise language giving Saddam Hussein until Mar 17 to take 6
concrete disarmament steps.
(WSJ, 3/13/03, p.A1)
2003 Mar 12, It was reported
that the Congo Ebola outbreak was decimating the gorilla population
with up to 800 lost at the Lossi sanctuary. The ape population of
west equatorial Africa had fallen 50% since 1983 due to hunting and
(WSJ, 3/12/03, p.A1)(WSJ, 4/7/03, p.A1)
2003 Mar 12, In Nigeria tribal
fighting began between the Ijaw and Itsekiri.
(SFC, 3/21/03, p.A9)
2003 Mar 12, Serbia’s PM Zoran
Djindjic was assassinated in Belgrade. A group called "The Hague
Brotherhood" was later implicated along with the paramilitary
group Unit for Special Operations. In 2007 Vladimir Milisavljevic
was convicted and sentenced in absentia in Serbia to 35 years for
his involvement in the assassination. On Feb 9, 2012, Spanish police
arrested three men, including Milisavljevic, who had been a fugitive
for five years after being convicted for the assassination of PM
(SFC, 4/9/03, p.A7)(AP, 2/10/12)
2004 Mar 12, An FBI proposal
was made public to require all broadband Internet providers to
support easy wiretapping.
(SFC, 3/13/04, p.C2)
2004 Mar 12, In California six
unwed gay couples filed suit in Superior Court challenging the
state’s marriage law on constitutional grounds. The suit was later
consolidated with a SF suit filed a day earlier.
(SFC, 6/27/15, p.A12)
2004 Mar 12, In Fresno, Ca.,
Marcus Wesson (57) was arrested on suspicion of killing 9 family
members, aged 1-24. He lived a bizarre life of polygamy and incest,
even fathering two of his victims with his own daughters. In 2005
Wesson was convicted on 9 counts of murder and sentenced to death.
In 2009 reporter Alysia Sofios authored “Where Hope Begins: One
Family's Journey Out of Tragedy-and the Reporter Who Helped Them
(AP, 3/14/04)(SSFC, 3/14/04, p.A1)(SFC, 6/18/05,
p.B7)(SFC, 7/28/05, p.B4)(SFC, 9/14/09, p.A1)
2004 Mar 12, Chinese state
media reported that a 1,930-mile railway project to link China and
Europe was announced by Kanat Zhangaskin, vice president of the
Kazakhstan National Railway Co.
2004 Mar 12, Haiti's new prime
minister, Gerard Latortue, was sworn into office. US Marines killed
two men during a patrol in Haiti and said they were gunmen who had
previously fired on the Marines, although their weapons were never
recovered. Witnesses said the dead were bystanders.
(AP, 3/14/04)(AP, 3/12/05)
2004 Mar 12, Ivory Coast's
ruling party accused opposition groups of plotting with rebels to
overthrow the government, and it called on militant youth supporters
to "mobilize" in defense.
2004 Mar 12, South Korean
markets plunged and finance officials scrambled to emergency policy
meetings after President Roh Moo-hyun was stripped of his executive
powers in an unprecedented impeachment for illegal electioneering.
Roh's powers were reinstated by South Korea's Constitutional Court
the following May.
(WSJ, 3/12/04, p.A1)(AP, 3/12/05)
2004 Mar 12, Millions of
Spaniards marched to protest train bombings the day before that
killed 191 people.
2004 Mar 12, In Qamishli,
Syria, spectators inside the stadium were crushed in a stampede to
escape an attack by rival fans and at least 5 people were killed. A
riot broke out the next day during funeral services for 3 of the
dead. The soccer riots spread to 3 other towns over the next few
days and left 25 people dead and more than 100 injured in Kurdish
areas of northern Syria.
(AP, 3/13/04)(AP, 3/19/04)
2004 Mar 12, Somchai
Neelapaichit, Thailand human rights lawyer, was kidnapped in Bangkok
and never heard from again. 2 days before he vanished he had
formally accused the police of torturing 5 Muslim men in custody.
(Econ, 3/14/09, p.46)
2005 Mar 12, Brian Nichols,
suspected in the slayings of a judge and three other people,
surrendered to authorities in suburban Atlanta after allegedly
holding Ashley Smith hostage in her own apartment.
2005 Mar 12, It was reported
that Bernardo Huberman, researcher at Hewlett-Packard, had described
software called Tycoon for directing computons on computing grids.
He used the term “computon" to describe a packet of electromagnetic
(Econ, 3/12/05, TQ p.6)
2005 Mar 12, In Brookfield,
Wisconsin, Terry Ratzmann (44) opened fire with a handgun during an
evangelical church service at a suburban Milwaukee hotel, killing 7
people before taking his own life.
(AP, 3/13/05)(SFC, 3/14/05, p.A1)
2005 Mar 12, Algeria's minister
for energy and mines said OPEC has reached its production limit, and
trying to stretch output by one million barrels per day isn't likely
to lower oil prices.
2005 Mar 12, Britain's
governing Labour Party claimed victory for pushing through its
contentious anti-terrorism law after an acrimonious two-day debate
2005 Mar 12, Ayman Nour,
Egyptian opposition leader and presidential hopeful, walked out of
Cairo's central security headquarters and was whisked to the
shoulders of his supporters after posting bail.
2005 Mar 12, Customers of the
German Edeka supermarket chain will soon be able to pay for their
shopping by placing their finger on a scanner at the check-out,
saving up to 40 seconds spent scrabbling for coins or cards.
2005 Mar 12, In Greece Karolos
Papoulias (75), a former foreign minister, was sworn as the nation’s
2005 Mar 12, Donald Tsang,
career bureaucrat, took office as interim leader of Hong Kong.
(SSFC, 3/13/05, p.A16)
2005 Mar 12, In India 16 people
were drowned and nine were feared dead in Gujarat when a bus fell
into a canal after the driver lost control.
2005 Mar 12, In Iraq gunmen
shot to death three policemen and wounded a 4th at a funeral
procession in the northern city of Mosul. 2 US security contractors
were killed by a roadside bomb south of Baghdad.
(AP, 3/12/05)(WSJ, 3/14/05, p.A1)
2005 Mar 12, It was reported
that Lebanese have been switching their savings from Lebanese pounds
to the safety of the dollar for fear the local currency will
collapse, as it did during the war. The Central Bank has unloaded
hundreds of millions of dollars to shore up the pound.
2005 Mar 12, The Hamas militant
group announced it will participate in Palestinian parliamentary
2005 Mar 12, In Portugal Jose
Socrates was sworn in as PM vowing to keep friendly ties with the US
despite naming a foreign minister who has compared Pres. Bush to
2005 Mar 12, Spanish police
said they had cracked a money-laundering operation worth up to 250
million euros ($335.8 million) which might have links to YUKOS, but
had not specified what those links might be.
2005 Mar 12, In Lenzerheide,
Switzerland, Bode Miller became the first American in 22 years to
win skiing's overall World Cup title.
2005 Mar 12, Turkish
authorities closed the Bosporus Strait to maritime traffic after a
roll-on-roll-off (ro-ro) vessel carrying 7 tanker trucks loaded with
138 tons of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) sank in the narrow
waterway, which separates the European and Asian sides of Istanbul.
2005 Mar 12, Ukraine withdrew
150 servicemen from Iraq, starting a gradual pullout that officials
have said will be completed by October.
2005 Mar 12, In central Vietnam
an express passenger train derailed, killing at least 11 people and
injuring some 200.
2006 Mar 12, Capital One said
it was buying North Fork, a NY bank, for $14.6 billion in cash and
shares. Capital One was spun off from Virginia’s Signet Bank in 1994
as a pure credit-card company.
(Econ, 3/18/06, p.69)
2006 Mar 12-2006 Mar 13, Swarms
of tornadoes killed at least 10 people across the Midwest states of
Indiana, Missouri, Oklahoma, Arkansas, South Dakota, Minnesota and
Wisconsin. It caused so much damage in Springfield, Ill., that the
mayor compared it to the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
2006 Mar 12, In eastern
Afghanistan a roadside bomb exploded as a US armored vehicle drove
by, killing four American service members. In Kabul a suicide car
bomb exploded into the convoy of an Afghan politician leading
reconciliation efforts with the Taliban militia, injuring him and
killing four other people.
2006 Mar 12, Queen Elizabeth II
arrived in Australia for a five-day state visit that has reignited
the simmering debate over whether she should remain the country's
head of state.
2006 Mar 12, The Cameroon
government announced its first case of bird flu, becoming the fourth
African country to be struck by the virus. New cases were also
reported in Poland and Greece.
2006 Mar 12, In Colombia
supporters of President Alvaro Uribe dominated the congressional
elections in which candidates defined themselves by their views of
the Colombian leader. Voters in Sucre re-elected Alvaro Garcia to
the Senate and Erik Morris to the chamber of Representatives. Both
men and another senator from Sucre were later charged with financing
right-wing paramilitary groups.
(AP, 3/13/06)(Econ, 11/18/06, p.40)
2006 Mar 12, El Salvador held
elections. The next day the conservative ruling party claimed
several victories over former leftist rebels in elections for
congressional seats and mayorships across the country.
2006 Mar 12, Iran said it had
ruled out a proposal to move its uranium enrichment program to
Russia, further complicating the international dispute over the
country's nuclear program.
2006 Mar 12, The Iraqi Defense
and Interior ministries signed an agreement requiring them to
conduct all raids jointly, in a bid to stop the operations of
alleged death squads masquerading as police commandos. Bomb blasts,
rocket and gunfire killed over 50 people in eastern Baghdad’s Sadr
City and injured over 200. Gunmen and explosions left 12 Iraqis dead
elsewhere in Baghdad.
(AP, 3/12/06)(AP, 3/13/06)(SFC, 3/13/06,
p.A10)(Econ, 3/18/06, p.47)
2006 Mar 12, In Iraq a family
of 4 in the Khasir Abyad area, about 6 miles north of Mahmoudiya,
were found killed. They included Abeer Qassim al-Janabi, who had
been raped and shot in the face, her sister and her parents. A
neighbor said the Abeer was 14 years old and her sister 10. In June
up to 5 US soldiers of the 502nd Infantry Regiment were placed under
investigation for the murders. On June 3 federal prosecutors charged
former Army Pfc. Steven Green with the rape and killing of Abeer and
her family. In 2007 Sgt. Paul Cortez (24) was sentenced to 100 years
in prison for the gang rape and murder. Pfc. Jesse Spielman was
sentenced to 110 years in prison. 3 other soldiers who pleaded
guilty received sentences of 5 to 100 years. In 2009 Pfc. Steven
Green was convicted of rape and murder. On September 4 a Kentucky
court sentenced him to 5 consecutive life sentences.
(SFC, 7/3/06, p.A6)(AP, 7/3/06)(SFC, 2/23/07,
p.A3)(SSFC, 8/5/07, p.A16)(AP, 5/22/09)(SFC, 9/5/09, p.A2)
2006 Mar 12, Residents of
Iwakuni, a southern Japanese city, voted no in an unprecedented
non-binding referendum on whether to host the relocation of an
additional US naval air wing.
2006 Mar 12, In Jordan 5
Islamic militants were convicted of plotting terrorist attacks on
Jordanian intelligence agents, foreign tourists and upscale hotels
and sentenced to prison terms ranging from 10 years to life.
2006 Mar 12, In northwestern
Pakistan villagers found the bodies two tribesmen shot dead by
suspected Islamic militants, with a note on one of the bodies
warning that anyone who spied for the US would meet the same fate.
2006 Mar 12, In Lahore,
Pakistan, skies normally alive with colorful kites to mark a spring
festival were largely empty after police arrested 1,400 people over
three days to enforce a ban imposed because of a series of fatal
2006 Mar 12, African Union
mediators presented cease-fire proposals for the conflict in Sudan's
Darfur region, asking rebels and the Sudanese government to work
together to end military activity against relief supply routes and
2006 Mar 12, Tens of thousands
of opposition supporters marched in Taipei to protest the Taiwanese
president's decision to abolish a committee responsible for
unification with rival China.
2007 Mar 12, President Bush's
message of goodwill in Latin America ran into a wall in Guatemala as
he defended his efforts to establish a temporary worker program but
gave no ground on the deportation of illegal workers.
2007 Mar 12, US lawmakers
responded angrily over a weekend announcement by Texas-based
Halliburton, a US oil services giant, that it is shifting its
corporate headquarters to Dubai.
2007 Mar 12, Peter Smith, the
highest-ranking American at UNESCO, sent a letter to director
Koichiro Matsuura saying that fierce opposition to his reforms and
the "negative climate" forced him to quit. Smith had served as
associate director general for education. French business magazine
Capital recently reported that Smith, a former Republican
congressman from Vermont, had awarded seven contracts worth a total
of $2 million to Washington-based Navigant Consulting without proper
oversight from UNESCO's Executive Board.
2007 Mar 12, A New Jersey a
jury reversed an earlier verdict and hit Merck with a total of $47.5
million in damages in a Vioxx case of an Idaho postal worker. To
date Merck had won 9 cases lost 5 over its former arthritis pill.
(SFC, 3/13/07, p.A9)
2007 Mar 12, In California a
federal district court issued a preliminary injunction on the sale
and planting of genetically modified alfalfa, Roundup Ready alfalfa,
marketed by Monsanto.
(WSJ, 3/13/07, p.B5)
2007 Mar 12, New Mexico’s Gov.
Bill Richardson signed a bill that outlawed cockfighting. This left
Louisiana as the only state to allow organized cockfighting.
(WSJ, 3/13/07, p.A4)
2007 Mar 12, New Century
Financial Corp. , the largest independent U.S. subprime mortgage
lender, said its lenders plan to halt financing, pushing the company
closer to bankruptcy amid dwindling cash and $8.4 billion in
obligations that could come due immediately.
2007 Mar 12, New Jersey based
Schering-Plough Corp. said it will buy the pharmaceuticals division
of Akzo Nobel NV for 11 billion euros ($14.5 billion) in cash,
acquiring the Organon brand of birth control and strengthening its
drug pipeline with an anti-schizophrenia medication.
2007 Mar 12, R.E.M. and Van
Halen were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
2007 Mar 12, Firefighters in
Southern California faced another day of scorching heat and dry
weather as they tried to corral a wind-whipped blaze that had
already damaged two homes amid what is shaping up to be one of the
driest years yet.
2007 Mar 12, In southern
Afghanistan NATO and Afghan troops clashed with suspected
insurgents, shortly before calling in an airstrike on a compound
that left two militants dead.
2007 Mar 12, Australia's
Muslims announced plans to form a political party to fight what they
call growing Islamophobia spawned by the so-called war on terror.
2007 Mar 12, In outback
Australia floodwaters flowed into the world's largest ephemeral
lake, triggering a once-in-a-decade explosion of bird and fish life
in place of arid salt flats. The Lake Eyre basin itself covers an
area bigger than France, Germany and Italy. The basin last topped
its maximum five meter depth in 1974.
2007 Mar 12, In Belgium
officials said a man last week stole $28 million worth of diamonds
from an Antwerp bank. He had been a trusted customer there for a
year using a stolen Argentine passport. The bank discovered the
theft on March 5, believing that someone took the stones that
morning or the previous Friday from a vault used by pawnbrokers and
2007 Mar 12, Preah Maha
Ghosananda (78), Buddhist spiritual leader of Cambodia, died.
(Econ, 3/24/07, p.98)
2007 Mar 12, In central China
villagers armed with bricks and rocks continued to clash with
baton-wielding police over rising bus fares and at least 60 people
were injured. A student died from wounds incurred a day earlier.
2007 Mar 12, Interpol launched
an international call for the arrest of Alvaro Araujo Noguera (74),
former Colombian congressman and father of Colombia’s former Foreign
Minister Maria Consuelo Araujo. He was believed to have fled to
Venezuela after being accused of colluding with right-wing
paramilitaries to kidnap a political rival.
2007 Mar 12, In mountainous
northern India a bus carrying a wedding party plunged into a gorge,
killing at least 18 people and injuring another 27.
2007 Mar 12, Iran issued a bank
note with a nuclear symbol in a move seen as an assertion of its
national will in the face of international sanctions over its
insistence on enriching uranium.
2007 Mar 12, Gen. David
Petraeus, the top US commander in Iraq, said in a newly released
interview that it's "indisputable" Iran is training and arming
militants to fight against US-led troops in Iraq. Police found only
nine bullet-riddled bodies in Baghdad, apparent victims of
Sunni-Shiite reprisal killings.
2007 Mar 12, Israel confirmed
that it has recalled Tsuriel Raphael, its ambassador to El
Salvador, after he was found naked, bound and drunk two weeks
2007 Mar 12, In Kuwait a US
military contractor was killed and three others injured in an
accident that may have involved unexploded ordnance at the largest
American military base.
2007 Mar 12, In Nigeria’s oil
region hostage takers released 3 European captives. 2 Croatians and
one Montenegrin seized Feb. 18 in Port Harcourt were in good health
after their release to state officials.
2007 Mar 12, In Pakistan
lawyers boycotted court proceedings, clashed with riot police, and
burned an image of President Gen. Pervez Musharraf in a countrywide
protest against the ouster of the country's top judge.
2007 Mar 12, In Gaza four
masked gunmen abducted Alan Johnston, a BBC journalist. He was later
reported to be held by the Dughmush clan and was released after
(AP, 3/13/07)(WSJ, 1/3/07, p.A14)(AP, 3/12/08)
2007 Mar 12, In Puerto Rico
union leader Wallis Rivera Rodriguez (51) was allegedly killed
because he was going to reveal financial wrongdoing at an apartment
complex. In 2009 Jose Juan Viera Morales was extradited from New
Jersey to face murder charges and for conspiring to distribute
2007 Mar 12, A new party, Just
Russia, that promotes itself as an opposition group but supports
Vladimir Putin took a prominent place on Russia's political stage
after regional elections that further consolidated the president's
hold on power.
2007 Mar 12, Authorities said
Spanish police have arrested Brian David Anderson (61), a Canadian
man suspected of helping finance Islamist terrorist activities. The
Interior Ministry said Anderson is thought to be linked to a New
York businessman, Abdul Tawala Ibn Ali Alishtari, 53, who was
charged last month with terrorism financing, material support of
terrorism and money laundering.
2007 Mar 12, The Sri Lanka air
force bombed a strategic Tamil Tiger jungle base in Thoppigala,
killing at least eight rebels, including two senior guerrillas.
2007 Mar 12, In Suriname Desi
Bouterse, a former military dictator, offered his first public
apology for the 1982 killings of 15 critics of his military regime,
saying he accepted political responsibility for the deaths but
2007 Mar 12, Venezuelan
President Hugo Chavez shadowed his political foil President Bush on
a tour of Western Hemisphere nations, stopping in Haiti after
passing through Jamaica to promote aid packages and discuss
2008 Mar 12, The United States
signed agreements with EU members Latvia and Estonia that will
enable the tiny Baltic nations to join the U.S. visa waiver program
2008 Mar 12, The US Treasury
said the government turned in a $175.56 billion budget deficit for
February, a record for any month. The federal deficit swelled to
$263.3 billion in the first five months of this budget year.
2008 Mar 12, The US Treasury
said it blacklisted Future Bank of Bahrain because it is controlled
by Bank Melli of Iran, which plays a role in financing Tehran’s
nuclear and missile programs.
(WSJ, 3/13/08, p.A3)
2008 Mar 12, NY Gov. Eliot
Spitzer announced his resignation effective March 17, completing a
stunning fall from power after he was nationally disgraced by links
to a high-priced prostitution ring. This put Lt. Gov. David Peterson
in place as the nation’s first legally blind governor.
(AP, 3/12/08)(SFC, 3/12/08, p.A12)
2008 Mar 12, In Alaska Lance
Mackey won his second consecutive Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race,
completing the 1,100-mile journey in just under 9 1/2 days.
2008 Mar 12, Howard Metzenbaum
(b.1917), self-made millionaire and former Ohio Senator (1976-1995),
died in Florida.
(SFC, 3/13/08, p.A10)
2008 Mar 12, Afghan and
international forces attacked Taliban militants as they traveled by
motorcycle toward the Pakistan border. The troops employed
airstrikes during a four-hour battle and killed 41 militants,
including 17 from Nimroz. In southern Afghanistan a suicide car
bomber attacked a convoy of Canadian troops, killing a passing
civilian and wounding one soldier. In Zabul province, Afghan
security forces and NATO troops launched an operation against
Chechen fighters meeting in Daychopan district. The ensuing two-hour
gun battle left three Chechens dead and six wounded. in Farah
province, authorities recovered the dead body of the Pusht Rod
district police chief, a day after he was kidnapped along with five
(AP, 3/12/08)(AP, 3/13/08)
2008 Mar 12, US-led forces in
Afghanistan fired a missile into Pakistan that killed 4 women and 2
boys. Pakistan lodged a protest the next day with coalition forces
(AP, 3/13/08)(SFC, 3/14/08, p.A17)
2008 Mar 12, In Australia
police said a quarter-ton of cocaine with a street value of more
than 80 million US dollars has been seized after being shipped in
from Southeast Asia.
2008 Mar 12, In Austria a
dispute began with the opening of "Religion, Flesh and Power," a
collection of about 50 paintings, drawings and sculptures, some with
homo-erotic themes, by Austrian artist Alfred Hrdlicka (80). Among
them is Hrdlicka's rendition of the Last Supper: a large, loosely
rendered black and white etching that shows Jesus and his disciples
engaging in sex acts on the table where they shared their final meal
before Christ's crucifixion.
2008 Mar 12, Human Rights Watch
said in a report that the armies of migrant workers building
Beijing's skyscrapers and Olympic venues are being bilked of wages
and placed in dangerous conditions. China's foreign minister said
Human rights groups that cite the Beijing Games in their criticisms
of the Chinese government are violating the Olympic charter.
2008 Mar 12, In Iraq coalition
soldiers killed a young Iraqi girl after firing a warning shot at a
woman who "appeared to be signaling to someone" along a road where
several bombs had recently been found. Chaldean Catholic Archbishop
Paulos Faraj Rahho was found dead near the city of Mosul, where he
was kidnapped last month. 3 US soldiers died in a rocket attack on
Combat Outpost Adder near Nasiriyah.
2008 Mar 12, Gaza's Hamas prime
minister publicly set his conditions for a cease-fire with Israel to
end the fighting that has killed dozens in recent weeks. Ismail
Haniyeh demanded an end to Israeli military activity in the
Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip, a lifting of Israeli economic sanctions and
the opening of Gaza's borders. Hours later Israeli forces killed 4
Palestinian militants in the West Bank. Israeli troops riding in a
taxi van pulled up behind the militants' parked Daihatsu and began
(AP, 3/12/08)(WSJ, 3/13/08, p.A1)(AP, 4/1/08)
2008 Mar 12, A UN tribunal
extended the sentence of Rwandan Roman Catholic priest Athanase
Serombawar to life in prison after upholding his war crimes
conviction for ordering militiamen to burn and bulldoze a church
with 1,500 people inside during the 1994 Rwandan genocide. He was
originally sentenced to 15 years in prison.
2008 Mar 12, Sri Lanka’s
defense ministry said at least another 28 Tamil Tiger rebels were
killed by security forces in overnight fighting across Sri Lanka's
embattled north. Air force fighter jets pounded three suspected
rebel bases in Mannar.
2008 Mar 12, Turkish troops
killed 11 Kurdish rebels during clashes near the border with Iraq.
(WSJ, 3/13/08, p.A1)
2009 Mar 12, The US House of
Representatives passed a non-binding resolution recognizing March
14, 2009 as National Pi Day.
2009 Mar 12, Bernard Madoff
pleaded guilty to charges that he carried out an epic fraud that
robbed investors around the world of billions of dollars, turning a
revered money man into an overnight global disgrace whose name
became synonymous with the economic meltdown.
2009 Mar 12, Texas Gov. Rick
Perry announced that he turned down $555 million of federal stimulus
funding that would expand the state's unemployment benefits, saying
the money would have required the state to keep paying for the
expanded benefits after the stimulus money ran out.
2009 Mar 12, Anthony Doyle,
former Chicago police officer, was sentenced to 12 years in prison
for racketeering. He was accused of providing information on
gangland investigations to reputed mob boss Joseph Lombardo.
(SFC, 3/13/09, p.A6)
2009 Mar 12, Swiss
pharmaceutical giant Roche agreed to pay $46.8 billion to buy the 44
percent of biotech pioneer Genentech that it doesn't already own,
ending a long corporate struggle with its US-based cancer drug
2009 Mar 12, The Pacific
Fishery Management Council agreed to extend for a 2nd year the
fishing ban of chinook salmon in California and Oregon.
(SFC, 3/13/09, p.B1)
2009 Mar 12, Leonore Annenberg
(b.1918), the widow of billionaire publisher Walter Annenberg
(d.2002), died in southern California. She had continued directing
the philanthropy of the Annenberg Foundation based in Radnor, a
suburb of Philadelphia, Pa.
(SFC, 3/13/09, p.B8)
2009 Mar 12, The UN refugee
agency said Angola is launching a fresh effort to bring back
refugees still displaced in neighboring African countries, seven
years after the end of the civil war in 2002.
2009 Mar 12, Antiguan voters,
worried by the fallout from an alleged $8 billion fraud scheme
involving R. Allen Stanford, decided between the ruling party and
the one that welcomed the Texas financier to the Caribbean nation
nearly two decades ago. Preliminary results indicated that Antigua's
ruling party will stay in power, but with a narrower margin in
(AP, 3/12/09)(AP, 3/13/09)
2009 Mar 12, In Benin American
Peace Corps volunteer Catherine Puzey was found dead in Badjoude.
She had earlier reported that a local Peace Corps hire was abusing
2009 Mar 12, In Canada 17
people died in the frigid waters off Canada's Atlantic coast after a
Sikorsky S-92 helicopter crashed while ferrying workers to an
offshore oil platform. It went down about 47 nautical miles
southeast of the Newfoundland and Labrador capital of St. John's.
One person was rescued.
(Reuters, 3/12/09)(Reuters, 3/13/09)
2009 Mar 12, China announced
plans to assist millions of unemployed migrant workers with
increases in grain subsidies and rural infrastructure projects.
2009 Mar 12, In Germany a
scientist accidentally pricked her finger with a needle used to
inject the deadly Ebola virus into lab mice. Within 48 hours of the
accident, the at-risk scientist, a woman (45) whose identity has not
been revealed, was injected with an experimental vaccine from
Canada. After 2 weeks the woman appeared to be healthy. At the time
of the accident, she was wearing three layers of protective gloves,
and though the needle stuck her, the plunger of the syringe was not
pushed so it's not certain the virus entered her bloodstream.
2009 Mar 12, The leaders of two
of Indonesia's biggest political parties signed an agreement on
shared goals amid speculation they could join forces against
2009 Mar 12, Latvia's
parliament approved a new center-right government with Europe's
youngest premier as the economic crisis in this Baltic state
deepened. A 67-21 vote made PM Valdis Dombrovskis (37) and his
5-party coalition Latvia’s third government in 15 months.
2009 Mar 12, Liberia’s
agriculture ministry said the country has been hit by a 2nd invasion
of crop-destroying caterpillars. Over a hundred villages have so far
been affected by the plague.
2009 Mar 12, Mexico extradited
two former US Border Patrol agents accused of taking bribes from
migrant smugglers. The US Embassy said Raul Villarreal and Fidel
Villarreal allegedly fled to Mexico after they learned US
authorities were investigating them in 2006. Two suspected migrant
smugglers were also extradited.
2009 Mar 12, Dutch police
arrested Giovanni Strangio (30), an Italian man wanted for the
August 15, 2007, mob killings of six people in the western German
city of Duisburg.
2009 Mar 12, Pakistani police
clashed with black-suited lawyers and opposition activists after the
launch of a cross-country protest rally in defiance of government
attempts to stop it. Paramilitary forces backed by jets and
helicopter gunships killed 18 militants in a restive Pakistani
tribal region bordering Afghanistan. A suspected US missile strike
in northwest Pakistan killed at least 24 people, most of them
(Reuters, 3/12/09)(AFP, 3/12/09)(AFP, 3/13/09)
2009 Mar 12, The Islamic
militant group Hamas made a rare criticism of Palestinian rocket
fire on Israel, saying now is the wrong time as truce talks
2009 Mar 12, Serbia’s war
crimes court convicted 13 Serbs of war crimes for the execution
style killings of some 200 Croats in 1991 during the Balkan
conflicts. 7 former soldiers received the maximum 20-year sentence.
(SFC, 3/13/09, p.A2)
2009 Mar 12, The Sri Lankan
army seized the last remaining medical facility held by separatist
Tamil Tiger rebels in the north of the island. The army estimated
that fewer than 500 Tigers were still fighting, although they had
also forced some civilians to fight as well.
2009 Mar 12, Thailand's
opposition filed a censure motion against PM Abhisit Vejjajiva and
five government ministers, accusing them of corruption.
2009 Mar 12, Turkish warplanes
carried out new bombing raids against Kurdish rebel positions in
northern Iraq. The strike targeted hideouts of the Kurdistan
Workers' Party (PKK) in the Zap-Avashin region of the Kurdish-held
autonomous north of Iraq.
2009 Mar 12, In Zimbabwe Roy
Bennett, a top aide to PM Morgan Tsvangirai, was released on bail
after a legal battle that has raised doubts about Zimbabwe's new
2010 Mar 12, The US
government’s “vaccine court" ruled in 3 separate cases that the
mercury-containing preservative thimerosol does not cause autism.
(SFC, 3/13/10, p.A6)
2010 Mar 12, San Francisco
mayor Gavin Newsom formally announced that he is in the race for the
office of California lieutenant governor.
(SFC, 3/13/10, p.A1)
2010 Mar 12, Austrian
government officials said they have identified at least two mass
graves of some 70 Nazi victims on property used by the army. The
victims were concentration camp inmates and others, all killed by
the SS to eliminate witnesses to Nazi atrocities shortly before
Soviet troops arrived.
2010 Mar 12, He Pingping
(b.1988) of China, the world's shortest man, died in Rome while
working on a TV show. He was 2 feet, 5.37 inches (74.6 cm) tall.
2010 Mar 12, In Egypt 23 Coptic
Christians were wounded when extremist Muslims attacked a church
community center in Marsa-Matruh. At least 27 people were arrested
in northern Egypt after fighting erupted between Muslims and
Christians over land.
(AP, 3/13/10)(Reuters, 3/13/10)
2010 Mar 12, Georgian church
leader Metropolitan Theodor said convicts would be able to build or
maintain monasteries after clerics and prosecutors struck a deal
allowing criminals convicted of minor crimes to serve their
sentences in the monasteries.
2010 Mar 12, In India a troupe
of 10,780 tribal villagers in northeast Mizoram state set a record
for the largest dance ensemble in the world with a carefully
choreographed routine to welcome in the summer.
2010 Mar 12, India signed 5
deals in New Delhi to purchase more than $7 billion in hardware and
expertise from Russia. The agreements included the construction of
at least 12 civilian nuclear reactors, an aircraft carrier and a
fleet of MiG-29 fighters.
(AFP, 3/12/10)(SFC, 3/13/10, p.A2)
2010 Mar 12, Indonesian police
killed two suspected Islamist militants in a firefight in remote
Aceh province during the latest in a series of raids made since an
extremist training camp was discovered there last month. Eight other
suspects were arrested.
2010 Mar 12, It was reported
that over 10% of the Buddha statues in Luang Prabang, Laos, had gone
missing. Authorities suspected theft rings had stolen some 120 for
(SFC, 3/12/10, p.A2)
2010 Mar 12, In Mexico gunmen
burst into a party and killed 8 youths and left another person
wounded in the Pacific coast township of Navolato, near the Sinaloa
state capital of Culiacan. Evaristo Pacheco, a journalist for the
regional weekly Vision Informativa, was shot to death after being
snatched from a nightclub in the Guerrero state capital,
(AP, 3/13/10)(AP, 3/15/10)
2010 Mar 12, A union
representing Dutch nurses launched a national campaign against
demands for sexual services by patients who claim it should be part
of their standard care.
2010 Mar 12, In Pakistan a pair
of suicide bombers targeting army vehicles detonated explosives
within seconds of each other, killing at least 43 people in Lahore
and wounding about 100. It was the fourth major attack in Pakistan
this week, indicating Islamist militants are stepping up violence
after a period of relative calm. The death toll rose to 57 after
more people died from their wounds.
(AP, 3/12/10)(AP, 3/13/10)(AP, 3/16/10)
2010 Mar 12, Serbian police
detained nine former paramilitary fighters suspected of killing
civilians and looting homes during the Kosovo war. The nine were
accused of killing 41 ethnic Albanian civilians in the village of
Cuska in May 1999.
2010 Mar 12, Frightened Somalis
stacked household goods on carts pulled by donkeys and fled the
heaviest fighting the capital has seen in almost a year, after
hundreds of heavily armed insurgents moved into an area this week
previously controlled by government soldiers. Over 50 people had
died in fighting over the last 3 days.
(AP, 3/12/10)(SFC, 3/13/10, p.A2)
2010 Mar 12, Sri Lanka's main
ethnic Tamil party dropped its demand for an independent state and
said it is ready to accept regional self-rule, following the defeat
of separatist Tamil Tiger rebels in a 25-year civil war.
2010 Mar 12, In Thailand tens
of thousands of supporters of deposed premier Thaksin Shinawatra
gathered near ministry buildings in Bangkok to rally against the
government, sporting their signature red shirts. Two months of
protests followed leaving 92 people dead.
(AFP, 3/13/10)(SSFC, 3/13/11, p.A4)(Econ, 6/4/11,
2011 Mar 12, In Louisiana a
gunman opened fire on teenagers attending a party in a New Orleans
bar and fled, killing an 18-year-old man and wounding four other
2011 Mar 12, In Maryland police
in Rockville found Brittany Norwood (28) tied up in a Lululemon
Athletica shop and co-worker Jayna Murray (30) dead. Norwood said
they had been attacked by 2 men. Police arrested Norwood on March 18
for murdering Murray.
(SFC, 3/22/11, p.A6)
2011 Mar 12, In NYC 13 people
died when a bus returning from a casino flipped onto its side on a
major highway in the Bronx and was sliced in half by the support
pole for a large sign.
2011 Mar 12, In Wisconsin tens
of thousands of pro-labor protesters cheered its Democratic
lawmakers and vowed to focus on future elections.
(SSFC, 3/13/11, p.A10)
2011 Mar 12, Police in Algeria
launched a massive security operation to head off marchers calling
for an immediate end to President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's regime.
2011 Mar 12, In Bahrain tens of
thousands of protesters marched on a royal palace hours after
clashes with police injured dozens of activists.
2011 Mar 12, In China 19-21
people were killed in a collision between a passenger bus and a
truck in Wanlang township on the outskirts of Baishan city in
northeast Jilin province.
2011 Mar 12, A Cuban court
found US contractor Alan Gross guilty of crimes against the state
and sentenced him to 15 years in prison, a verdict that brought a
swift and strongly worded condemnation from Washington.
2011 Mar 12, In Germany tens of
thousands demonstrated against plans to extend the life of the
country’s nuclear power stations, as an explosion at a Japanese
nuclear plant sharpened the dispute.
(SSFC, 3/13/11, p.A4)
2011 Mar 12, Iraq’s lawmakers
tentatively agreed to cut their annual pay in half to $60,000 and
reduce the salaries of top leaders in hopes of appeasing protesters.
Gunmen ambushed 7 Iraqi soldiers as they were leaving work outside
the northern city of Mosul, killing them and fleeing before they
could be captured.
(SSFC, 3/13/11, p.A4)(AP, 3/12/11)
2011 Mar 12, In Japan an
explosion at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power station destroyed
a building housing the reactor, but a radiation leak was decreasing
despite fears of a meltdown from damage caused by a powerful
earthquake and tsunami. Japanese nuclear agency spokesman Shinji
Kinjo acknowledged there were still fears of a meltdown.
2011 Mar 12, Thousands of
Jordanians took to the streets of the capital to voice allegiance to
their king in the biggest protest there in weeks.
2011 Mar 12, Libyan rebels
called for help from the Arab League as it met for key talks on the
conflict, including recognition for their council and backing for a
no-fly zone to help their battered forces. Europe and the US stepped
up diplomatic pressure on Gaddafi to quit. Troops loyal to Gaddafi
launched an assault on the city of Misrata, attempting to recapture
the last town in the west of the country still in rebel hands.
Matthew VanDyke (31), a Maryland writer, was last heard from as he
set off for a daytrip to Brega from Benghazi. He sent GPS
coordinates the next day and was not heard from since.
(AFP, 3/12/11)(Reuters, 3/12/11)(AP, 6/4/11)
2011 Mar 12, Mexican soldiers
killed four presumed kidnappers during a gunfight at a ranch in
2011 Mar 12, In Niger veteran
opposition leader Mahamadou Issoufou won a presidential run-off
election. Issoufou won nearly 58% of votes against rival candidate
and ally of the ousted president, Seini Oumarou, who won 42%.
2011 Mar 12, In Portugal some
30,000 young people rallied in Lisbon to vent frustration over grim
(SSFC, 3/13/11, p.A4)
2011 Mar 12, South Sudan's
ruling party said it has suspended talks with Khartoum after
uncovering a plot overseen by President Omar al-Bashir to topple it
ahead of southern independence in July. Renegotiating a revenue
sharing formula was one of the various issued that Juba and Khartoum
were trying to resolve ahead of July. A pre-dawn rebel attack on the
capital of south Sudan's oil-rich Upper Nile state killed 11 people,
with the army battling to regain control of Malakal. The rebel group
that launched the attack was commanded by a man called Ulony, whose
men fought with the SPLA in Owach, west of Malakal, earlier this
2011 Mar 12, In Thailand tens
of thousands of anti-government “Red Shirt" protesters rallied in
Bangkok on the anniversary of the start of their 2-month protests
last year that left 91 dead.
(SSFC, 3/13/11, p.A4)
2011 Mar 12, Yemeni security
forces fired live bullets and tear gas on two pro-democracy
demonstrations, killing three people, including a 15-year-old
student. 3 doctors at the scene said the security forces appeared to
be using a poison gas that disables the nervous and respiratory
2012 Mar 12, The Obama
administration blocked a new law in Texas requiring voters to show
photo identification before they can cast a ballot, citing a concern
that it could harm Hispanic voters who lacked such documents.
2012 Mar 12, The Ninth US
Circuit Court of Appeals court rejected the 22-year prison term for
Ahmed Ressam, who has admitted to plotting to explode bombs at the
Los Angeles Airport at the dawn of the new millennium, saying his
sentence was too light.
(SFC, 3/13/12, p.C2)
2012 Mar 12, SF Sheriff Ross
Mirkarimi pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of false
imprisonment in connection with an incident in which he allegedly
inflicted a bruise on his wife.
(SFC, 3/13/12, p.A1)
2012 Mar 12, The SF Bay Area
city of San Bruno, Ca. agreed to accept $70 million from Pacific Gas
& Electric as a settlement for the suffering caused by the
September, 2010, gas pipeline explosion in a residential
(SFC, 3/13/12, p.A1)
2012 Mar 12, In Benicia, Ca.,
the first electric Coda sedan rolled off an assembly line. It was
largely built in China and priced at $37,250.
(SFC, 3/13/12, p.D1)
2012 Mar 12, The Afghan
parliament demanded that a US soldier who went on a shooting spree
and killed 16 villagers in their homes should be put on public trial
in Afghanistan. German Chancellor Angela Merkel called into question
Berlin's planned pullout from Afghanistan in 2014 as she visited the
2012 Mar 12, In northeast
Afghanistan an avalanche struck two remote villages and 45 people
were feared trapped in the snow.
2012 Mar 12, In Albania a
Tirana court issued guilty verdicts for 19 defendants for the March
15, 2008, explosions that left 26 people dead, sentencing them to
between one and 18 years on charges of gross mismanagement and
related offenses. 9 others were cleared. Murder charges initially
brought against them were dropped.
2012 Mar 12, In Bangladesh over
100,000 opposition supporters gathered in Dhaka to demand the
government step down and hold elections.
2012 Mar 12, Belgium launched a
bid in the UN's highest court to force Senegal to bring Hissene
Habre, dubbed "Africa's Pinochet", to trial for crimes against
humanity or to extradite him. The former Chad president was offered
safe haven in Senegal after his overthrow in 1990.
2012 Mar 12, The British
government launched a scheme to help homebuyers borrow up to 95
percent of the value of a new property, to boost the flagging
housing market and construction industry.
2012 Mar 12, Egyptian police
said 10 people were killed when the soil caved in on them as they
were illegally digging for ancient treasures under a house in the
village of Arab al-Manasra, north of Luxor.
2012 Mar 12, In western
Ethiopia an attack by gunmen on a public bus left 19 people dead and
eight others injured.
2012 Mar 12, French police
raided the home of L’Oreal heiress Liliane Bettencourt and seized a
computer as part of a probe involving suspected illegal party
financing and tax evasion.
(SFC, 3/13/12, p.A2)
2012 Mar 12, In Guatemala Pedro
Pimentel Rios (54), a former member of the elite Kaibiles Corp team
of the Guatemalan military, was sentenced to 6,060 years in prison
for his role in the killings of 201 people in a December, 1982
massacre. Rios was extradited from the United States last
(AP, 3/13/12)(SFC, 3/14/12, p.A2)
2012 Mar 12, India's
cash-strapped Kingfisher Airlines cancelled nearly a fifth of its
flights, including at least one international route, after its staff
staged a strike over unpaid wages.
2012 Mar 12, In Iraq gunmen
killed eight people in an attack on a jewelry shop in Baghdad.
Gunmen also carried out two separate attacks in Tarmiyah, 45 km (30
miles) north of Baghdad. Three policemen were killed in an attack
carried out after midnight by unknown gunmen on the municipal
headquarters. Gunmen also attacked a police patrol in Tarmiyah this
morning, not far from the first attack, killing two more policemen.
2012 Mar 12, Israeli airstrikes
killed three Palestinian civilians and two militants in the Gaza
Strip and Palestinian rocket squads barraged southern Israel in
escalating fighting that defied international truce efforts. Masked
members of Islamic Jihad's military wing demanded Israel cease fire
first and stop targeting militants.
2012 Mar 12, Kenya said it will
avail 4,660 soldiers to the African Union force in Somalia, where it
already has troops fighting the Al Qaeda-linked Shebab insurgents.
2012 Mar 12, The UN and
humanitarian group Oxfam said more than six million people in Niger
need immediate help as the country faces a persistent food crisis
due to drought and a number of other factors.
2012 Mar 12, In northern
Nigeria attackers shot dead a policeman, a soldier and three
bystanders at a checkpoint in the town of Mubi.
2012 Mar 12, In Pakistan a
remote-controlled bomb ripped through a passenger van, killing two
people and wounding 14 others in a suspected sectarian attack near
Sadda town in the tribal region of Kurram.
2012 Mar 12, The Syrian army
launched a new assault in the restive northern province of Idlib and
the city itself. Security force gunfire killed at least two people
in the Idlib town of Maaret al-Numan and in the Hazzan area. SANA
reported that an "armed terrorist group" blew up a pipeline that
transports diesel from the central province of Homs to the nearby
region of Hama, setting it on fire.
(AFP, 3/12/12)(AP, 3/12/12)
2012 Mar 12, Four Turkish
journalists were freed from jail, a year after they were detained in
a case that has raised fears for press freedom in the country. Two
pledged to immediately tackle sensitive subjects again, including
the killing of an ethnic Armenian journalist.
2012 Mar 12, UN-Arab League
peace envoy on Syria, Kofi Annan, held talks with top Qatari
officials after a weekend trip to Damascus where he urged leaders to
end the bloodshed there.
2013 Mar 12, The US Food and
Drug Administration warned that the popular antibiotic azithromycin,
sold as Zithromax, can cause a potentially fatal irregular heart
rhythm in some patients.
2013 Mar 12, The Archdiocese of
Los Angeles reached a $10 million settlement with 4 men who said
they were abused by former priest Michael Baker.
(SFC, 3/14/13, p.A6)
2013 Mar 12, NYC police officer
Gilberto Valle (28) was convicted of conspiracy that opened a window
on the Internet world of cannibalism fetishists.
(SFC, 3/13/13, p.A6)
2013 Mar 12, Afghan officials
said counternarcotics teams have seized some 23 tons of heroin,
morphine and other chemicals in the Sherzad district of Nangarhar
(SFC, 3/13/13, p.A2)
2013 Mar 12, Argentina’s last
dictator and former president, Reynaldo Benito Bignone (85),
received another life sentence in prison for human rights violations
involving detainees at the Campo de Mayo military prison during the
1976-1983 military dictatorship.
(SFC, 3/13/13, p.A2)
2013 Mar 12, In Azerbaijan a
court Baku found Avaz Zeynalli, editor of the Khural newspaper,
guilty of bribery, extortion, contempt of court and tax evasion.
Supporters and rights group dismissed the trial as politically
motivated. Charges against the editor were brought following
complaints by a deputy in the ruling New Azerbaijan Party. That
deputy is now under arrest and suspected of extorting $1 million
from a university rector.
2013 Mar 12, Bangladesh police
clashed with protesters as opposition leaders enforced a daylong,
nation-wide strike to protest alleged police intimidation.
(SFC, 3/13/13, p.A2)
2013 Mar 12, Israeli troops
shot to death Mahmoud Titi (25), a Palestinian man, after he
and others hurled rocks and firebombs at them near Hebron in the
2013 Mar 12, An Israeli
Bell AH-1 Cobra military helicopter crashed during training, killing
2013 Mar 12, Libya’s top
security official in Tripoli said 79 people have died over the past
four days from drinking homemade alcohol, suspected of containing
2013 Mar 12, In Myanmar
opponents of a nearly $1 billion copper mine in the northwest
expressed outrage over a government-ordered report that said the
project should continue and that refrained from demanding punishment
for police involved in a violent crackdown on protesters.
2013 Mar 12, Nigeria pardoned
former Gov. Diepreye Alamieyeseigha, the former political benefactor
of Pres. Goodluck Jonathan. He was convicted of stealing millions of
dollars while serving as Bayelsa state governor (1999-2005).
2013 Mar 12, In northwestern
Pakistan a suicide bomber blew himself up near a police van, killing
at least two people in the district of Bannu in the Khyber
Pakhtunkhwa province. A bomb disposal expert died while defusing a
roadside bomb in Peshawar. Gunmen shot and killed a senior official
of the Election Commission of Pakistan in the southwestern city of
2013 Mar 12, Tribesmen tied a
Pakistani soldier to the hood of a car and stoned him to death in
the country's restive northwest for allegedly having a romantic
relationship with a local woman.
2013 Mar 12, Pakistani police
in Baluchistan province arrested 11 children and teenagers between
the ages of 11 and 18 for allegedly having planted bombs for a
violent separatist group.
2013 Mar 12, In South
Africa forensic scientists exhumed bodies believed to belong
to two young activists last seen 24 years ago at the home of Winnie
Madikizela-Mandela. South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation
Commission in the late 1990s found that Madikizela-Mandela was
responsible for the disappearances of Lolo Sono (21) and his friend
Sibuniso Tshabalala (19).
2013 Mar 12, In Syria new
clashes erupted in an intensifying battle for control over Aleppo's
international airport and nearby military bases. Fighting also raged
for a second day in Homs as rebels tried to take back the poor
neighborhood of Baba Amr.
2014 Mar 12, A NYC residential
building in an East Harlem neighborhood exploded and collapsed,
sparking a serious fire and engulfing the area in thick smoke. 8
people were killed and 60 injured in the incident at 116th Street
and Park Avenue.
(AFP, 3/12/14)(SFC, 3/15/14, p.A11)
2014 Mar 12, In Afghanistan
three armed insurgents tried to storm a former intelligence
headquarters in Kandahar. The ensuing gunbattle left the 3 attackers
(SFC, 3/13/14, p.A2)
2014 Mar 12, Burundi charged
opposition leader Alexis Sinduhije, who is on the run from police,
and 71 party supporters with rebellion following March 8 clashes.
2014 Mar 12, Canada ended
military operations in Afghanistan, ending a 12-year mission ahead
of an end-of-year deadline for foreign combat operations to end.
2014 Mar 12, European Union
member states agreed on the wording of sanctions on Russia,
including travel restrictions and asset freezes against those
responsible for violating the sovereignty of Ukraine.
2014 Mar 12, Egypt's military
said it has destroyed 1,370 smuggling tunnels under its border with
the Gaza Strip, as Cairo's ties remain sour with the Hamas movement
that rules the Palestinian enclave.
2014 Mar 12, In Greece
thousands of striking public sector workers marched through Athens
to protest against planned job cuts demanded by foreign lenders as
unemployment in the country holds near record highs.
2014 Mar 12, In Indonesia Rusli
Zainal, a former governor of Riau, was found guilty of graft and
sentenced to 14 years in prison. He had issued logging licenses that
resulted in forest destruction.
(Econ, 3/22/14, p.42)
2014 Mar 12, Israeli lawmakers
passed a contentious law meant to draft ultra-Orthodox Jews into the
military, culminating a reform drive that generated mass protests by
the religious community in Israel and beyond.
2014 Mar 12, In Kashmir
unusually heavy snowfall unleashed avalanches overnight and
collapsed homes, killing at least 14 people on both sides of the
de-facto border between India and Pakistan.
2014 Mar 12, Lithuanian
authorities arrested Russian national Yuri Mel (b.1968), suspected
of involvement in clashes in January 1991 after declaration of
independence from the USSR, at a checkpoint on the Kaliningrad
border. Two days later he was placed in detention.
2014 Mar 12, In Mexico 28
vigilantes were arrested in Michoacan state for breaking into a
cartel leader’s ranch and trying to take two dozen purebred horses.
(SSFC, 3/16/14, p.A10)
2014 Mar 12, Nigeria’s
President Goodluck Jonathan ordered a forensic audit by
international firms into some $20 billion allegedly missing from
petroleum sales, following weeks of public outrage and demands by a
Senate committee and the finance minister.
2014 Mar 12, In Pakistan rival
gangs opened fire and lobbed grenades in a notoriously violent
district of Karachi, killing 14 people including 8 women and 3
2014 Mar 12, Palestinian
militants fired at least 25 rockets at Israel, but there were no
immediate reports of casualties.
2014 Mar 12, Puerto Rico
authorities said they have arrested 63 people accused of running a
$10 million drug-trafficking operation in Ponce, the island's second
2014 Mar 12, Sudanese police
fired tear gas when mourners called for "revolution" following the
funeral of a student allegedly gunned down by security forces at a
protest against violence in Darfur.
2014 Mar 12, Swiss authorities
said they have opened a money laundering investigation into Gulnara
Karimova, the eldest daughter of Uzbekistan's Pres. Islam Karimov,
related to the country's telecommunications market.
2014 Mar 12, Thailand police
rescued about 200 suspected Muslim Uighurs, believed to be from
China's troubled far-western region of Xinjiang, from a human
smuggling camp in southern Thailand.
2014 Mar 12, In Turkey tens of
thousands of mourners chanting anti-government slogans marched
through central Istanbul for the funeral of a teenager wounded in
street protests last summer whose death has sparked renewed unrest
across Turkey. Police clashed with protesters in at least 11 cities
and at least two people were killed.
(Reuters, 3/12/14)(SFC, 3/12/14, p.A2)(AFP,
2014 Mar 12, Ukraine's acting
president said the country would not use its army to stop Crimea
from seceding, the latest sign that a Russian annexation of the
strategic peninsula may be imminent.
2014 Mar 12, Stephen Power (29)
from Cardiff in Wales was reported to be one of the first trauma
patients in the world to have a procedure in which 3D printing was
used at every stage.
2015 Mar 12, US government
investigator Timothy Camus said fake tax agents have targeted more
than 366,000 people with harassing phone calls demanding payments
and threatening jail time as part of a huge nationwide scam that
partly involves call centers in India.
2015 Mar 12, The Obama
administration gave final approval to a giant expansion of the Gulf
of the Farallones and the Cordell Bank national marine sanctuaries
off the coast of northern California.
(SFC, 3/13/15, p.A1)
2015 Mar 12, In southern
California Keshawn Brooks (15) was stabbed to death for his backpack
in Long Beach. Police soon arrested Giovanny Montelongo (18) on
suspicion of murder.
(SFC, 3/14/15, p.A5)
2015 Mar 12, In Missouri two
police officers shot overnight in Ferguson after the city's
embattled police chief resigned. Wednesday was the 215th night of
demonstrations in Ferguson.
2015 Mar 12, Indian biologists
at MIT said the swine flu outbreak in India, which has claimed over
1,500 lives, may have mutated into a more dangerous strain.
(SSFC, 3/15/15, p.A6)
2015 Mar 12, Bahraini
authorities arrested three suspects after a firefight in the capital
Manama broke out in the city's busy Juffair district.
2015 Mar 12, In Bangladesh the
roof of a five-story cement factory under construction collapsed,
killing 7 workers in the port town of Mongla. Nearly 50 survivors
were pulled from the rubble.
(AP, 3/12/15)(Reuters, 3/13/15)
2015 Mar 12, British science
fiction and fantasy author Terry Pratchett (66) died. His 40
Discworld novels made him Britain’s bestselling author in the 1990s.
By 2015 he sold some 85 million books in 37 languages.
(AFP, 3/12/15)(Econ., 3/28/15, p.94)
2015 Mar 12, In Colombia five
police and two civilians were injured after a bomb exploded in
Bogota. Leftist ELN guerrillas were suspected.
2015 Mar 12, Costa Rica's
Turrialba volcano belched a column of gas and ash up to 3,280 feet
(1 km) into the air in its most powerful eruption in two decades.
2015 Mar 12, It was reported
that Cuba is allowing free, public Internet service for the first
time at a Havana cultural center. It quietly began offering open
Wi-Fi in recent weeks.
2015 Mar 12, The European
Parliament called on Venezuela to release students and opposition
figures "arbitrarily detained" during protests against left-wing
President Nicolas Maduro.
2015 Mar 12, France’s
competition authority hit eleven companies with $203 million in
fines for fixing prices on many yogurt-related goods.
(SFC, 3/13/15, p.A2)
2015 Mar 12, Iceland announced
that it was suspending its application to join the 28-nation EU.
2015 Mar 12, In Iraq US and
coalition partners conducted 13 air strikes against Islamic State
militants over the last 24 hours.
2015 Mar 12, Islamic State
spokesman Abu Mohammed al-Adnani said that a pledge by Nigeria-based
Boko Haram has been accepted and that now “no one can stand in its
path." The agreement mirrors the steps taken by other Sunni jihadist
groups in Libya and Egypt.
2015 Mar 12, Jamaican
firefighters worked to put out the wind-fanned blaze as it billowed
acrid smoke across Kingston and parts of neighboring St. Catherine
2015 Mar 12, In Kenya three
Danish women pleaded guilty to breaking customs laws by attempting
to smuggle suitcases stuffed with a narcotic herb out of the
2015 Mar 12, In Libya airport
guards stopped PM Abdullah al-Thinni from getting on a plane to
Tunis in protest against his choice of interior minister. The guards
were unhappy with Thinni's appointment of economy minister Munir Ali
Asr as caretaker interior minister, demanding the job go to a
2015 Mar 12, Malawi police said
they have arrested a man for trying to strangle to death a
16-year-old albino boy in February. A rights group reporting the
murder of six albinos in the last three months.
2015 Mar 12, In Mexico Bruce
Beresford-Redman (43), a former TV show producer, was sentenced to
12 years in prison by Judge Víctor Manuel Echeverria Tun, Quintana
Roo state, for murdering his wife during a 2010 Cancun beach
2015 Mar 12, Palestinian
farmers in Gaza exported produce to Israel for the first time since
the Jewish state imposed its blockade on the territory in 2006.
2015 Mar 12, In Saudi Arabia a
gang leader was beheaded raising the number of executions carried
out this year to 44.
2015 Mar 12, Moinina Fofana,
convicted in 2007 by a special UN-backed court of war crimes and
crimes against humanity including murder, cruel treatment, pillage
and collective punishment, was transferred from a Rwanda prison back
to Sierra Leone and granted provisional release to serve out the
remainder of his term in his community.
2015 Mar 12, In Somalia 6
policemen were killed when al Shabaab Islamist militants detonated a
car bomb outside a regional government headquarters in Baidoa. Five
Al-Qaeda-affiliated Shebab militants opened fire at the gate of the
high-security zone in Baidoa but were held off by Ethiopian and
Somali government troops. An Ethiopian soldier was killed, three of
the attackers blew themselves up, another was shot dead and the
fifth was shot and wounded, ending the attack.
(AP, 3/12/15)(Reuters, 3/12/15)
2015 Mar 12, In Somalia Adan
Garar, a senior Al-Shabaab commander who masterminded the Westgate
terrorist attack, was killed in a US drone attack along with two of
(http://tinyurl.com/mlj5t4z)(SFC, 3/13/15, p.A2)
2015 Mar 12, South Africa's
state-owned power company Eskom suspended its chief executive and
three other top officials as its board launched an inquiry into the
2015 Mar 12, Tanzania police
said they had arrested 225 unlicensed traditional healers and
soothsayers as part of a nationwide crackdown on witchdoctors linked
to a wave of albino attacks and murders.
2015 Mar 12, The Turkish
coastguard opened fire to stop a cargo vessel carrying 337 mainly
Syrian migrants heading towards European Union waters and arrested
the suspected traffickers.
2015 Mar 12, In Ukraine
Oleksandr Peklushenko, a former ally of deposed Pres. Yanukovych
targeted in a probe into the violent dispersal of the pro-Western
rally in the city of Zaporizhia where he was governor last year, was
found dead from a gunshot to the neck. Three recent deaths followed
four suicides earlier this year of regional officials who were
working under the old regime.
2015 Mar 12, The Organization
for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) said it is to roughly
double the size of its observer mission in eastern Ukraine to up to
2015 Mar 12, The World Bank
suspended its operations in Yemen as Shiite rebels fired tear gas
and started shooting in the air to disperse a demonstration against
them Bayda, killing 2 people and wounding seven.
(AP, 3/12/15)(AFP, 3/13/15)
2015 Mar 12, The World Health
Organization (WHO) estimated that the Ebola outbreak has killed over
10,000 people, mostly in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone.
(SFC, 3/13/15, p.A2)
2016 Mar 12, The United States
and its allies carried out more than a dozen air strikes on Islamic
State forces in Iraq and Syria.
2016 Mar 12, US and South
Korean troops staged a big amphibious landing exercise, storming
simulated North Korean beach defenses amid heightened tension and
threats by the North to annihilate its enemies.
2016 Mar 12, In Florida
Sheriff’s Deputy John Robert Kotfila Jr. (30) was killed after his
car collided on the Selmon Expressway with the vehicle of a driver
heading in the wrong direction in Tampa. Eric Thomas McBeth (31),
the other driver, was also killed.
(SSFC, 3/13/16, p.A9)
2016 Mar 12, A line of severe
thunderstorms hit Louisiana, adding more rain to flooded rivers
across the lower Mississippi Valley after days of downpours.
Drenching rains this week have killed three people in Louisiana and
one in Oklahoma.
2016 Mar 12, In New York state
a tugboat named Specialist crashed into a barge on the Hudson River
near where the new Tappan Zee Bridge is being constructed. The
bodies of 2 crew members were soon recovered. A third remained
missing and was presumed dead.
(SSFC, 3/13/16, p.A9)(SFC, 3/14/16, p.A5)
2016 Mar 12, In Pennsylvania
police officers in Chester engaged in a shootout that left one
suspect dead after trying to stop a vehicle.
(SFC, 3/14/16, p.A5)
2016 Mar 12, In Texas police
Officer K. Levi fatally shot an unarmed man suspected of damaging a
traffic sign and charging the officer three times in Houston.
(SFC, 3/14/16, p.A54)
2016 Mar 12, In northeastern
China thousands of miners, who say they have not been paid for
months, staged a rare protest in Shuangyashan city, days after the
provincial governor made the apparently false claim that no miner
working for the province's largest publicly owned mining company was
owed any back wages.
2016 Mar 12, French police
detained 14 young extreme right activists after they torched tires
and tried to block migrants in the port of Calais from entering the
center of town.
2016 Mar 12, Guyana’s PM Moses
Nagamootoo appealed for additional funds to help maintain a lush
forest reserve of nearly 1 million acres (371,000 hectares) that
serves as an international research center. The center was created
in 1996 and also offers ecotourism adventures.
2016 Mar 12, Iraq's powerful
Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr called for a sit-at the gates of
Baghdad's heavily fortified government district, stepping up
pressure on PM Haider al-Abadi to deliver on promised
2016 Mar 12, In the Italian
Alps six backcountry skiers died in an avalanche, others were
rescued and emergency workers were still looking for more possible
2016 Mar 12, Israel staged a
pre-dawn wave of air strikes hours after four rockets fired from the
enclave by Palestinian militants hit southern Israel late March 11
without causing casualties. Israa Abu Khussa (6), wounded in the air
strike, died of her injuries. Her brother Yassin (10) died earlier
in the raid on a base of Hamas's military wing near their home in
the northern Gaza village of Beit Lahiya.
2016 Mar 12, Libya's UN-backed
unity government announced it was taking office despite lacking
parliamentary approval, saying that a majority petition signed by
lawmakers was equivalent to a vote of confidence.
2016 Mar 12, In northern Mali 2
UN peacekeepers from Chad were shot dead and a third slightly
wounded by one of their colleagues.
(AFP, 3/13/16)(AP, 3/13/16)
2016 Mar 12, Myanmar's army
sparked public criticism after it nominated a retired general still
blacklisted by the United States to be vice president of the
country's first civilian government in decades.
2016 Mar 12, In northwest
Pakistan heavy rain caused the collapse of a coal mine, killing at
least 8 miners and leaving another four missing and feared dead.
Officials said heavy rains in other parts of the northwest have led
to the deaths of 7 people in two days due to collapsing roofs and
2016 Mar 12, A delegation of
Hamas leaders from the Gaza Strip entered neighboring Egypt, seeking
to patch up relations which soured with the 2013 overthrow of
Islamist Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi.
2016 Mar 12, In Poland tens of
thousands held street protests in Warsaw and other cities in
opposition to government moves that have paralyzed the
2016 Mar 12, Romania opened the
official residence of the Ceausescu family to 300 people for free,
26 years since the hated pair were overthrown. Visitors will begin
to tour the one-storied palace starting March 19 for tickets costing
15 lei to 30 lei ($3.70-$7.40).
2016 Mar 12, In South Korea
AlphaGo, a Google-developed computer program, won its best-of-five
match-up with a South Korean Go grandmaster, taking an unassailable
3-0 lead to score a major victory for a new style of "intuitive"
artificial intelligence (AI).
2016 Mar 12, The Syrian
government ruled out any discussion of presidential elections at
peace talks due to start next week.
2016 Mar 12, In western Syria
rebels shot down a Syrian government warplane, although there were
conflicting accounts on whether it had been brought down by a
missile or anti-aircraft guns.
2016 Mar 12, Tunisia's PM Habib
Essid called for civil servants and the general public to donate
part of their wages to an anti-terrorism fund, following a deadly
assault on a town near the Libyan border. The statement came after
President Beji Caid Essebsi donated a month's salary to the fund at
a post office in central Tunis.
2016 Mar 12, Venezuela's
opposition held a national day of protest, the opening salvo in its
new strategy to oust Pres. Nicolas Maduro, who responded with a
rally of his own.
2016 Mar 12, In Yemen troops
loyal to Pres. Abd-Rabbu Mansour captured the western entrance to
the strategic city of Taiz, partially breaking a siege by Houthi
fighters allied with Iran. At least 48 people were reported killed
in the heavy clashes. Fighting between local affiliates of al-Qaida
and the Islamic State group flared up in Aden killing 22 people. 17
of those killed were from al-Qaida, 3 were government forces and 2
(Reuters, 3/12/16)(AP, 3/13/16)
2017 Mar 12, In eastern
CongoDRC UN officials Michael Sharp of the United States and Zaida
Catalan, a dual national of Chile and Sweden, disappeared along with
four Congolese citizens while traveling in the Kasai region. On
March 27 the bodies of Sharp, Catalan and a Congolese were found in
the region. They had been investigating an armed conflict in the
region between government forces and the Kamuina Nsapu militia. Jose
Tshibuabua (1964-2019) was charged with murder after Reuters and
Radio France Internationale (RFI) revealed in December 2017 that he
had been working as an intelligence service informant at the same
time he and several family with ties to the militia met the
investigators to help them plan their fatal trip.
(SFC, 3/16/17, p.A4)(AP, 3/28/17)(AFP,
2017 Mar 12, In Georgia at
least 21 people, including 11 police officers, were left injured
during a night of rioting in Batumi, the country’s second-largest
city. The confrontation reportedly started after police ticketed a
motorist the previous day for a traffic violation, sparking an
argument that attracted people nearby.
2017 Mar 12, In Haiti a bus
plowed into a crowd in Gonaives early today killing at least 34
(SFC, 3/13/17, p.A2)
2017 Mar 12, An Iraqi commander
of the elite Counter Terrorism Service (CTS) said government forces
have retaken around 30 percent of west Mosul from Islamic State
2017 Mar 12, In Iraq two
investigators for Sallyport Global were fired abruptly and flown out
of Iraq. They had been looking into timesheet fraud allegations and
were set to interview company managers, whom they considered
suspects. The company was paid nearly $700 million to secure an
Iraqi base for F-16 fighter jets, but turned a blind eye to alcohol
smuggling, theft, security violations, and allegations of sex
trafficking and terminated the investigators who uncovered the
2017 Mar 12, Moroccan
authorities arrested Kassim Tajideen, deemed by Washington a top
financier of the Lebanese Hezbollah movement, and planned to
extradite him to the United States.
2017 Mar 12, In New Zealand a
powerful storm caused flooding, landslides and blackouts, leaving
thousands of homes in Auckland without power.
2017 Mar 12, Officials said the
Philippine government and communist rebels have agreed to resume
peace talks and restore separate cease-fires after an escalation of
2017 Mar 12, South Africa's
ruling ANC published a policy paper calling for an end to corruption
and division within the party as it battles to reverse declining
2017 Mar 12, In southwest
Tunisia Islamist militants attacked a checkpoint in Kebili, killing
a policeman and wounding three others. Two militants were also
killed in an exchange of fire during the attack.
2017 Mar 12, Turkish President
Recep Tayyip Erdogan called on international organizations to "raise
their voices" against the Netherlands after it escorted a minister
out of the country and prevented another one from landing in the
2018 Mar 12, US Pres. Donald
Trump issued an executive order blocking Singapore-based Broadcom
from acquiring Qualcomm in a $117 billion deal.
(SFC, 3/13/18, p.D4)
2018 Mar 12, Republicans on the
House Intelligence Committee completed a draft report concluding
there was no collusion or coordination between Donald Trump's
presidential campaign and Russia, a finding that pleased the White
House but enraged Democrats.
2018 Mar 12, The Illinois-based
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation said former British
PM Tony Blair is the recipient of this year's Lincoln Leadership
Prize. He is the first British citizen to receive the Lincoln
2018 Mar 12, In Kansas a $1.5
billion settlement was reached in a class-action lawsuit covering
tens of thousands of farmers, grain-handling facilities and ethanol
plants that sued Swiss agribusiness giant Syngenta over its
introduction of a genetically engineered corn seed. The settlement
must be approved by a federal judge in Kansas.
2018 Mar 12, It was reported
that New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is launching a new effort to help
Puerto Rico rebuild after last year's hurricanes.
2018 Mar 12, In Texas two
package bombs a few miles apart killed a teenager and wounded two
women in Austin. On March 2 a package in the city killed Anthony
Stephan House (39). All the victims were minorities.
(SFC, 3/13/18, p.A6)
2018 Mar 12, Afghan forces
backed by air strikes battled to recapture a district center in the
western province of Farah, after Taliban fighters seized the town in
an overnight attack that killed eight policeman. The air strikes
reportedly killed 56 insurgent fighters.
2018 Mar 12, Bangladesh's High
Court granted bail for four months to opposition leader and former
PM Khaleda Zia, who was jailed for five years on a corruption
conviction and is awaiting an appeal.
2018 Mar 12, British teenager
Derryck John (17), who sprayed acid into the faces of six
motorcyclists during a two-hour robbery spree in London, was jailed
for 10-1/2 years.
2018 Mar 12, In London Russian
businessman Nikolai Glushkov (68), an associate of late tycoon Boris
Berezovsky, was found dead. Police said the cause of death was
"compression to the neck".
2018 Mar 12, Police in Colombia
arrested Raul Gutierrez, a Cuban man suspected of plotting to kill
American diplomats in the name of the Islamic State.
2018 Mar 12, In northern
Ethiopia at least 38 people, mostly students, were killed when a bus
plunged into a ravine in the Amhara region. Ten people survived the
2018 Mar 12, The European
Union's foreign policy chief said the EU will extend a 1
billion-euro ($1.2 billion) loan to struggling Ukraine.
2018 Mar 12, The EU said it has
prolonged sanctions against senior Russian officials, lawmakers and
military officers for a further six months over alleged meddling in
(SFC, 3/13/18, p.A2)
2018 Mar 12, French couturier
Hubert de Givenchy (91), a pioneer of ready-to-wear who designed
Audrey Hepburn's little black dress in "Breakfast at Tiffany's,"
2018 Mar 12, In Guinea unrest
sparked by a row over local elections held in February paralyzed
much of the capital.
2018 Mar 12, In India tens of
thousands of protesting farmers from Maharashtra state marched into
the state capital of Mumbai to demand government support to address
hardship in a sector that employs the majority of the country's
2018 Mar 12, Japan's Finance
Ministry acknowledged that it doctored documents in a widening
scandal linked to PM Shinzo Abe's wife that has rattled his
government and caused its support ratings to slide.
2018 Mar 12, Japan and South
Korea agreed that maximum pressure must be maintained on North Korea
until it takes concrete action toward addressing concerns about its
nuclear weapon and missile programs.
2018 Mar 12, In Kashmir a
gunbattle between Indian troops and rebels killed three insurgents
and triggered more anti-India protests and clashes.
2018 Mar 12, The Kenyan Red
Cross Society said more than 2,000 Ethiopians have crossed into
Kenya seeking refuge, after several civilians were killed in what
the Ethiopian military said was a botched security operation
2018 Mar 12, In Nepal a
Bombardier Q400 series aircraft carrying 71 people from Bangladesh
swerved erratically and flew dangerously low before crashing and
erupting in flames as it landed in Kathmandu, killing 49 people. 22
(AP, 3/12/18)(Reuters, 3/13/18)
2018 Mar 12, In western Niger
three police were killed in Goube, a village in the border region
with Mali that has come under repeated attack from jihadists.
2018 Mar 12, Poland's PM
Mateusz Morawiecki said the government dismissed 17 of more than 120
deputy ministers in a move designed to improve the Cabinet's work
and make it "less political".
2018 Mar 12, Slovak Interior
Minister Robert Kalinak said he would resign, bowing to the demands
of a junior coalition partner, as Prime Minister Robert Fico fights
to save his government after mass protests following a journalist's
2018 Mar 12, In Syria thousands
of people fled the northwestern town of Afrin as Turkish troops and
Turkey-backed opposition fighters inch closer to completely
2018 Mar 12, Syrian jets struck
rebel-held towns in the country's south. At least eight raids struck
the rebel-held towns of Busr al-Harir, Hrak, al-Gharaiya al-Gharbiya
and al-Sowara in rural areas in eastern Deraa province. A small
group of Syrian civilians left the rebel-held enclave of eastern
Ghouta just outside of Damascus while the area's largest armed rebel
group said it agreed with Russian forces to have the wounded
evacuated from the besieged territory.
(Reuters, 3/12/18)(AP, 3/12/18)
2018 Mar 12, Ukraine's
intelligence agency said it has found weapons and explosives at the
homes of suspected "agents of Russia".
2018 Mar 12, A UN investigator
said that Myanmar's government appears to be pursuing a policy of
starvation in Rakhine state to force out the remaining Muslim
2019 Mar 12, The longest peace
talks between the US and the Taliban to end America's 17-year war in
Afghanistan concluded in Qatar. Both sides said progress was made.
(SFC, 3/13/19, p.A2)
2019 Mar 12, Sam Brownback, the
US ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom, said
China has done nothing to assuage concerns from the US and others
over the detention of Uighurs, Kazakhs and members of other Muslim
2019 Mar 12, The US aviation
regulator said it would not ground Boeing Co 737 MAX planes after a
crash in Ethiopia that killed 157 people, bucking a trend of
countries around the world that have suspended the aircraft's
2019 Mar 12, US federal
prosecutors announced a bribery and racketeering case in a college
admissions cheating scandal.
(SFC, 3/13/19, p.A1)
2019 Mar 12, The San Francisco
Board of Supervisors passed an ordnance to create a special permit
allowing people to sell and consume cannabis legally at a number of
(SFC, 3/13/19, p.C5)
2019 Mar 12, A divided federal
appeals court voted 11-6 to uphold an Ohio antiabortion law that
blocks public money for Planned Parenthood.
(SFC, 3/13/19, p.A5)
2019 Mar 12, Honda recalled
about 1.2 million vehicles in North and Central America from the
2001 to 2016 model years that were not included in the massive
string of Takata recalls for air bags that can hurl shrapnel into
the passenger compartment. A crash on Jan. 19, 2018 involving a 2004
Honda Odyssey in Maryland initiated an investigation and today's
2019 Mar 12, In Afghanistan an
air strike on a vehicle killed seven Taliban, including a commander,
in Ghazni city. The Taliban said one air strike hit a minibus and a
second followed quickly, killing a total of 12 people and wounding
six. At least five Afghan troops were killed late today by friendly
fire in what was supposed to be a precision airstrike by US forces
supporting troops battling insurgents in Uruzgan province.
(Reuters, 3/12/19)(AP, 3/13/19)
2019 Mar 12, In Algeria
thousands demonstrated in several cities demanding immediate
political changes. Algerian students protested against President
Abdelaziz Bouteflika's decision to delay presidential elections
indefinitely, amid an unprecedented public revolt against his
(Reuters, 3/12/19)(AP, 3/12/19)
2019 Mar 12, In Brazil two
police officers were arrested in the killing of Rio city councilor
and black gay rights activist Marielle Franco, almost a year to the
day after the brazen murder shocked the country. A sergeant in the
military police, Ronnie Lessa (48), was arrested on suspicion of
being the shooter. Elcio Vieira de Queiroz (46), who had been sacked
from the military police, also was arrested in the pre-dawn
2019 Mar 12, British PM Theresa
May's Brexit deal was defeated 391-242 in a historic vote in
parliament, pitching Britain into the unknown just 17 days before it
is scheduled to leave the European Union.
(AFP, 3/12/19)(SFC, 3/13/19, p.A2)
2019 Mar 12, Britain, Germany
and France joined a wave of suspensions of Boeing 737 MAX aircraft
as US President Donald Trump fretted over modern airplane design
following the March 10 crash in Ethiopia that killed 157 people.
2019 Mar 12, At least 12 people
were missing after two collisions between ships and fishing boats
off the southeast coast of China.
2019 Mar 12, In northeastern
Egypt remote-controlled robot jockeys lined up at a major camel
racing festival, as owners came under pressure from campaigns to
stop using child riders.
2019 Mar 12, European Union
governments adopted a broadened blacklist of tax havens, adding the
United Arab Emirates and British and Dutch overseas territories in a
revamp that tripled the number of listed jurisdictions. The new list
added Dutch Caribbean island of Aruba, Barbados, Belize, the British
overseas territory of Bermuda, Fiji, the Marshall Islands, Oman, the
United Arab Emirates, Vanuatu and Dominica. The EU blacklist
originally comprised 17 jurisdictions, including the UAE, but shrank
to five after most listed states committed to change their tax
2019 Mar 12, EU lawmakers voted
to lift the immunity of Jean-Marie Le Pen, founder of the far-right
National Front, so France can investigate claims he improperly spent
2019 Mar 12, French President
Emmanuel Macron met with the leaders of Djibouti and Ethiopia at the
start of a multi-nation trip to Africa aimed at shoring up military
and economic ties in the continent's strategically-important East.
2019 Mar 12, Chancellor Angela
Merkel said Germany will define its own security standards for a new
5G mobile network, after Washington said it would scale back
data-sharing with Berlin if China's Huawei was allowed to
2019 Mar 12, Husband Reza
Khandan said Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh has been
sentenced to an extra 10 years in jail on top of the five-year term
she is already serving.
2019 Mar 12, Israeli troops
shot dead a Palestinian man in Hebron after he ran toward them with
a knife in the Israeli-occupied West Bank.
2019 Mar 12, Israeli police
evacuated the Al-Aqsa mosque compound, known to Jews as the Temple
Mount, after a Molotov cocktail damaged a police post. Police shut
off access to it after several weeks of tension at the location.
2019 Mar 12, Israeli undercover
officers broke up a drug-dealing network that used a popular
messaging app and had connections in the United States, Ukraine and
Germany. Police said the ring was headed by Amos Dov Silver, founder
of the Israeli online drug marketplace Telegrass. Silver was
arrested in Ukraine early today.
2019 Mar 12, Malaysia suspended
all Boeing 737 Max 8 flights in and out of the country following two
recent fatal crashes.
2019 Mar 12, Dutch police
arrested two men in Amsterdam for their suspected involvement in the
coordinated Islamic State attacks on Paris in November 2015 that
killed 130 people. One suspect (29) will be held in restrictive
custody for at least two weeks, while the other suspect (31) had to
be released for health reasons.
2019 Mar 12, In Nigeria gunmen
abducted a Lebanese construction worker and killed another man in
the northern city of Kano.
2019 Mar 12, Norwegian Air said
it will temporarily ground its Boeing 737 MAX 8 passenger jets at
the advice of European regulators.
2019 Mar 12, Oman said it was
"temporarily suspending" all flights by Boeing 737 MAX aircraft in
the sultanate following the March 10 crash of an Ethiopian Airlines
jetliner, becoming the first nation on the Arabian Peninsula to
ground the planes.
2019 Mar 12, A Pakistani court
sentenced 20 members of a criminal gang to death after finding them
guilty of killing several security officials and kidnappings in
Punjab province. The Chotu gang remained active until 2016, when
police backed by military helicopters raided its hideouts in the
town of Rajanpur and arrested dozens of suspects.
2019 Mar 12, A Sudanese court
overturned flogging sentences for nine women for taking part in
protests against President Omar al-Bashir's three-decade rule. The
court ruled that the women had already spent enough time in jail and
ordered their immediate release.
2019 Mar 12, The Syrian
government condemned a statement by influential US senator Lindsey
Graham that the occupied Golan Heights should remain "forever" under
the control of Israel.
2019 Mar 12, In eastern Syria
Kurdish-led forces said more people were surrendering from the
Islamic State group's last scrap of territory, after overnight air
raids and shelling ravaged jihadist outposts. Hundreds of jihadist
fighters and their families surrendered and the US-backed Syrian
Democratic Forces said the battle was as good as over. SDF spokesman
Mustefa Bali said about 3,000 jihadists had handed themselves over
to the SDF in the past 24 hours.
(AFP, 3/12/19)(Reuters, 3/12/19)(AFP, 3/13/19)
2019 Mar 12, Ukraine's security
service said it has detained an Israeli man who heads a massive
global drug trafficking network that markets illegal drugs through
2019 Mar 12, A document drawn
up by the World Food Program (WFP), labeled as a "Concept of
Operations," outlined how the UN organization and its partners "may
facilitate the identification, staging, forward movement, reception,
and sustainment of (Rohingya) refugees" on Bhasan Char, Bangladesh,
estimating an initial appeal for donor funding of between $8.6 and
2019 Mar 12, A UN humanitarian
agency warned that thousands of Yemeni civilians are caught in the
embattled northern district of Hajjah and that 22 people have been
killed over the last two days in air strikes by the Saudi-led
(SFC, 3/13/19, p.A2)