Return to home483 Mar 13,
St. Felix began his reign as Catholic Pope.
607 Mar 13, The 12th recorded
passage of Halley's Comet occurred.
1194 Mar 13, Richard I, King of
England, landed at Sandwich and immediately prepared to march north
to recover his castles.
(ON, 8/07, p.9)
1401 Mar 13, The 1st Samogitian uprising
supported by Vytautas took place against the German knights. (LHC,
1519 Mar 13, The Spaniards
under Cortez landed at Veracruz. Cortez landed in Mexico with 10
stallions, 5 mares and a foal.
(SFEC,11/9/97, p.T5)(SFC, 9/2/96, p.A3)(HN,
1564 Mar 13, Zigmantas Augustas gave over
to Poland his rights to Lithuania and supported the Warsaw
parliament recess and summons for the 1st representatives on talks
1569 Mar 13, Count of Anjou
defeated the Huguenots at the Battle of Jarnac. Louis Conde, French
prince, co-leader of Huguenots, died in battle.
1599 Mar 13, Johannes
Berchmans, Jesuit, saint, was born in Belgium.
(MC, 3/13/02)(de Winkler Prins encyclopedia)
1610 Mar 13, Galileo published
his observations of the night sky under the title “Siderius Nuncius"
(CW, Spring ‘99, p.36)
1615 Mar 13, Innocent XII,
Roman Catholic Pope, was born.
1634 Mar 13, Academie Francaise
was established. Its task was to preserve the purity of the French
language, which included maintaining a dictionary. Members came to
be known as the “immortals" and by 1998 they were struggling with
masculine nouns of positions held by women who desired feminine
(SFC, 1/17/98, p.A12)(MC, 3/13/02)
1639 Mar 13, Cambridge College
was re-named Harvard University for clergyman John Harvard.
(AP, 3/13/98)(MC, 3/13/02)
1656 Mar 13, Jews were denied
the right to build a synagogue in New Amsterdam.
1660 Mar 13, A statute was
passed limiting the sale of slaves in the colony of Virginia.
1677 Mar 13, Massachusetts
gained title to Maine for $6,000.
1716 Mar 13, Georg Gabriel
Schutz (46), composer, died.
1719 Mar 13, German alchemist
Johann Friedrich Bottger (b.1682) died. He was generally
acknowledged as the inventor of European porcelain. Sources later
ascribed this to Ehrenfried Walther von Tschirnhaus. Böttger is
still credited with the industrial manufacturing process of Meißen
1733 Mar 13, Joseph Priestly
(d.1804), English chemist, author and clergyman, was born. He is
credited with the discovery of oxygen.
(HN, 3/13/99)(WUD, 1994 p.1142)
1741 Mar 13, Jozef II, arch
duke of Austria, Roman Catholic German emperor (1765-90), was born.
1744 Mar 13, David Allan,
Scottish painter, was born.
1752 Mar 13, Josef Reicha,
composer, was born.
1764 Mar 13, Charles Earl Grey
(Whig), British Prime Minister (1830-1834), was born.
(HN, 3/13/98)(MC, 3/13/02)
1777 Mar 13, Congress ordered
its European envoys to appeal to high-ranking foreign officers to
send troops to reinforce the American army.
1781 Mar 13, Astronomer William
Herschel discovered the planet Uranus, which he named 'Georgium
Sidus,' in honor of George III. He initially though it was a comet.
It is the 7th planet from the sun and revolves around the sun every
84.02 years. It is 14.6 time the size of Earth and has five
(AHD, p.1408)(HFA, '96, p.26)(AP, 3/13/98)(HN,
1797 Mar 13, Cherubini's opera
"Medee," premiered in Paris.
1798 Mar 13, Abigail Powers
Fillmore, First Lady, was born.
1835 Mar 13, Charles Darwin
departed Valparaiso for Andes crossing.
1836 Mar 13, Refugees from the
Alamo arrived in Gonzales, Texas, and informed Gen. Sam Houston of
the March 6 fall of the Alamo. Houston immediately ordered a
(ON, 8/10, p.1)
1846 Mar 13, Friedrich Hebbel's
"Maria Magdalena," premiered in Konigsberg.
1848 Mar 13, Metternich was
overthrown by a mob in Vienna. This ended his career as foreign
minister of Austria and Emp. Francis I elevated him to the rank of
1852 Mar 13, Uncle Sam made his
debut as a cartoon character in the New York Lantern.
1855 Mar 13, Percival Lowell
(d.1916), astronomer, was born. He predicted the discovery of the
planet Pluto. He also wrote “The Soul of the Far East" and “Occult
Japan." He predicted the existence of a planet behind Neptune before
Pluto was discovered by Tombaugh in 1930.
(NH, 12/96, p.22)(HN, 3/13/99)
1861 Mar 13, Jefferson Davis
signed a bill authorizing slaves to be used as soldiers for the
1862 Mar 13, The US Congress
passed a bill prohibiting the military from returning slaves to
1868 Mar 13, The impeachment
trial of President Andrew Johnson began in the U.S. Senate.
(AP, 3/13/97)(ON, 9/01, p.7)
1869 Mar 13, Arkansas
legislature passed anti-Klan law.
1872 Mar 13, Oswald Garrison
Villard, American journalist, was born.
1881 Mar 13, Alexander II
(b.1818), Tsar of Russia, was assassinated. A bomb was thrown at him
near his palace by the anarchist group People’s Will led by Sophia
Perovskaya. He was succeeded by his son Alexander III (36). A wave
of repression and persecution followed. In 2005 Edvard Radzinsky
authored the biography “Alexander II: The Last Great Tsar."
(PCh, 1992, p.557)(WSJ, 4/17/03, p.D8)(WSJ,
1982 Mar 13, At the Massacre of
Rio Negro 130  Achi Maya women and children were killed by
Xococ patrolmen. On Nov 30, 1998, three Xococ pro-government
fighters, Carlos Chen, Pedro Gonzalez and Fermin Lajuj, were
sentenced to death for their war crimes in the massacre. In 2003 the
PBS documentary "Discovering Dominga" told the story of a Mayan girl
who survived the massacre and her struggle to discover what happened
to her family.
(SFC, 12/1/98, p.A11)(SFC, 1/18/99, p.A11)(SFC,
7/14/00, p.A11)(SFC, 7/4/03, p.E3)
1883 Mar 13, Sergei Degaev (26)
shot and killed Lt. Col. Georgii Sudeikin, security chief of Czar
Alexander III. The 2 men had conspired to undermine both the
government and the Revolutionary People’s Will. Degaev fled Russia
to the US where he earned a Ph.D. in mathematics at Johns Hopkins
and became the 1st math prof. At the new Univ. of South Dakota,
where he taught until he died in 1921. In 2003 Richard Pipes
authored “The Degaev Affair."
(WSJ, 4/17/03, p.D8)
1884 Mar 13, US Congress
adopted Eastern Standard Time for the District of Columbia.
1884 Mar 13, Siege of Khartoum,
Sudan, began. Gen. Gordon ordered a counter-attack at Halfaya and
troops rescued some 500 from a Mahdist assault.
(ON, 4/02, p.10)(MC, 3/13/02)
1886 Mar 13, Albert William
Stevens, balloonist and photographer, was born.
1887 Mar 13, Chester Greenwood
of Maine patented earmuffs.
1888 Mar 13, Great Blizzard of
1888 raged. During the blizzard a cattle drover killed his biggest
ox, gutted it, and crawled inside to survive the freeze.
(SFEC, 1/25/98, Z1 p.8)(MC, 3/13/02)
1892 Mar 13, Janet Flanner,
writer ("Letter from Paris"), was born.
1894 Mar 13, The Dynamite
Squadron of ships, purchased and outfitted in the US, steamed into
the harbor of Rio de Janeiro. Rebel sailors immediately surrendered
in exchange for safe passage to Argentina aboard Portuguese
warships. The rebellion ended a weeks later when the rebel flagship,
Aquidbada, was captured off Desterro by the American crew of the
Nictheroy, the former Morgan steamship El Cid.
(ON, 12/06, p.12)
1896 Mar 13, The 1st telephone station in
Vilnius began operating.
1898 Mar 13, The ship New York,
built in Philadelphia in 1888 as the T.F. Oaks, was caught in
the surf of Half Moon Bay and broke up after a few days. It was 259
days out of Hong Kong and all 22 aboard under Capt. Thomas Peabody
made it to shore. Most of the cargo was lost.
(Ind, 4/6/02, 5A)
1900 Mar 13, George Seferis
(d.1991), Greek poet, was born.
1901 Mar 13, Benjamin Harrison
(67), 23rd president of the United States (1889-1893), died in
(AP, 3/13/97)(MC, 3/13/02)
1905 Mar 13, Margaretha Zelle
made her debut as the oriental dancer “Mata Hari," in Paris.
(WSJ, 1/16/97, p.A16)(AP, 3/13/97)
1906 Mar 13, Susan B. Anthony
(b.1820), abolitionist and advocate of black suffrage as well as the
rights of women to vote, died at age 85. Eleanor Roosevelt suggested
that Susan B. Anthony should be added to the four faces of Mount
Rushmore. Eleanor Roosevelt later suggested that social
reformer and woman suffrage leader Susan B. Anthony should be
included with the images of Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, and
Theodore Roosevelt, but her suggestion was not accepted.
(AP, 3/13/99)(HNQ, 4/17/00)
1908 Mar 13, Walter Annenberg
(d.2002), publisher (Triangle-TV Guide), Ambassador to GB, was born
in Milwaukee, the 6th of 9 children.
(SFC, 10/2/02, p.A2)(AP, 3/13/08)
1908 Mar 13, Jerusalem's
inhabitants saw their first automobile owned by Charles Glidden of
1911 Mar 13, LaFayette Ron
Hubbard (L. Ron Hubbard, d.1986), sci-fi writer, scientologist
founder of Scientology (Dyanetics), was born.
(SFC, 2/12/01, p.A13)(MC, 3/13/02)
1911 Mar 13, The Supreme Court
approved the corporate tax law.
1913 Mar 13, William J. Casey,
headed CIA during Iran Contra scandal (1981-87), was born.
1913 Mar 13, Kansas legislature
approved censorship of motion pictures.
1913 Mar 15, Lewis Robert
Wasserman (d.2002) was born in Cleveland. In 1946 Dr. Jules Stein
(d.1981), founder of Music Corp. of America hired Lew Wasserman as
director of advertising and public relations. Wasserman went on to
expand the company as MCA Inc. into a major entertainment
(SFC, 6/4/02, p.A18)
1915 Mar 13, Dodgers manager
Wilbert Robinson tried to catch a baseball dropped from an airplane,
but the pilot substituted a grapefruit.
1915 Mar 13, The Germans
repelled a British Expeditionary Force attack at the battle of Neuve
Chapelle in France.
1918 Mar 13, Women were
scheduled to march in the St. Patrick's Day Parade in New York due
to a shortage of men.
1920 Mar 13, The Kapp Putsch
took place, involving a group of Freikorps troops who gained control
of Berlin and installed Wolfgang Kapp (a right-wing journalist) as
chancellor. The national government fled to Stuttgart and called for
a general strike. The strike crippled Germany's ravaged economy and
the Kapp government collapsed after only four days on March 17.
1921 Mar 13, Mongolia (formerly
Outer Mongolia) declared independence from China.
(HN, 3/13/98)(MC, 3/13/02)
1922 Mar 13, George Bernard
Shaw’s "Back to Methusaleh V," premiered in NYC.
1923 Mar 13, Lee de Forest
demonstrated his sound-on-film moving pictures in NYC.
1924 Mar 13, The Reichstag was
dissolved for the fifth time in German history.
1925 Mar 13, The Tennessee
legislature passed the Butler Bill which prohibited the teaching of
evolution in the public schools. [see Mar 21,23]
(Nat. Hist., 4/96, p.74-76)(AP, 3/13/97)
1928 Mar 13, Rudolph Friml's
musical "Three Musketeers," premiered in NYC.
1928 Mar 13, In California
hundreds of people died when the San Francisquito Valley was
inundated with water after the St. Francis Dam burst just before
midnight on March 12.
1930 Mar 13, The Lowell
Observatory in Arizona announced Clyde Tombaugh’s Feb 18 discovery
of a new planet, later named Pluto.
(HN, 3/13/98)(NH, 6/03, p.20)
1931 Mar 13, Rosalind Elias,
mezzo-soprano, was born in Lowell, Mass.
1932 Mar 13, Hindenburg won
49.6% of the vote in the German presidential election, Hitler won
30.1%, and the rest of the votes went to other candidates. Since
Hindenburg did not win a majority, a run-off election was set for
1933 Mar 13, Banks began to
re-open after a holiday declared by President Roosevelt.
1933 Mar 13, In Germany
Wagner’s opera “Die Meistersinger" was used to celebrate the first
Nazi-dominated Reichstag and became the Third Reich’s national
(WSJ, 8/2/96, p.A10)(AP, 3/13/97)
1933 Mar 13, Josef Goebbels
became Nazi minister of Information and Propaganda.
1935 Mar 13, Driving tests were
introduced in Great Britain.
1935 Mar 13,
Three-thousand-year-old archives were found in Jerusalem confirming
1936 Mar 13, The first meeting
of the Friday the 13th Club founded by Philip Klein, advertising
executive, was held. Klein requested that the club self-destruct
before the year 2001.
(SFEC, 10/13/96, Parade p.19) (AP, 3/13/97)
1936 Mar 13, William Alexander
Coulter (b.1849), Irish-born maritime artist, died, in Ca.
1938 Mar 13, Clarence S. Darrow
(80), famed attorney in the Scopes Monkey Trial, died in Chicago.
(AP, 3/13/98)(MC, 3/13/02)
1940 Mar 13, The 105-day war
between Russia and Finland ended with the signing of a treaty in
Moscow. Finland capitulated conditionally to Soviet terms, but
maintains its independence. Some 27,000 Finnish soldiers were killed
and 43,000 wounded in a population of 3.7 million. The Soviet Union
put its losses at 217,500 dead or wounded.
(HN, 3/13/01)(AP, 11/30/09)
1941 Mar 13, Hitler issued an
edict calling for an invasion of the USSR
1942 Mar 13, Julia Flikke of
the Nurse Corps became the first woman colonel in the U.S. Army.
1943 Mar 13, There was a failed
assassination attempt on Hitler during the Smolensk-Rastenburg
1943 Mar 13, Germans closed the
Krakow ghetto in Poland.
1943 Mar 13, Japanese forces
ended their attack on the American troops on Hill 700 in
1945 Mar 13, Queen Wilhelmina
returned to Netherlands.
1945 Mar 13, Peru declared war
1947 Mar 13, "The Best Years of
Our Lives" won the Academy Award for best picture of 1946; Oscars
also went to its director, William Wyler, lead actor Fredric March
and supporting actor Harold Russell; Olivia De Havilland won best
actress for "To Each His Own"; Anne Baxter won best supporting
actress for "The Razor's Edge."
(SFEC, 3/23/97, DB p.38)(AP, 3/13/97)
1947 Mar 13, The Lerner and
Loewe musical "Brigadoon" opened on Broadway for 581 performances.
1951 Mar 13, Israel demanded DM
6.2 billion ($1.5 billion) in German reparations for the cost of
caring for war refugees.
(HN, 3/13/98)(MC, 3/13/02)
1951 Mar 13, Alfred Hugenberg,
German RC pres-dir of Krupp, media magnate, died.
1954 Mar 13, Viet Minh General
Giap opened an assault on French forces at Dien Bien Phu, Vietnam.
In 2010 Ted Morgan (aka Sanche Armand Gabriel de Gramont) authored
“Valley of Death: The Tragedy at Dien Bien Phu That Led America into
the Vietnam War."
(HN, 3/14/98)(Econ, 4/3/04, p.86)(Econ, 2/20/10,
1957 Mar 13, The FBI arrested
Jimmy Hoffa on bribery charges.
1957 Mar 13, Bloody battles
followed an anti-Batista demonstration in Havana, Cuba.
1960 Mar 13, NFL's Chicago
Cardinals moved to St Louis.
1961 Mar 13, Pablo Picasso (79)
married his model Jacqueline Rocque (37).
1962 Mar 13, John F. Kennedy
met Cameroon President Ahmadou Ahidjo.
1963 Mar 13, China
invited Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev to visit Peking.
1964 Mar 13, In a notorious
case 38 residents of a neighborhood in the New York City borough of
Queens reportedly failed to respond to the cries of Kitty Genovese
(28), a gay woman, as she was being stabbed to death. Winston Mosely
was later convicted and sentenced to life in prison. In 2014
Kevin Cook authored “Kitty Genovese: The Murder, the Bystanders, the
Crime That Changed America." Here he refutes the story of 38
witnesses and details the what happened.
(AP, 3/13/97)(AARP Bulletin, 3/14, p. 24)
1965 Mar 13, Corrado Gini
(b.1884), Italian statistician, died. He developed the Gini
coefficient, a measure of the income inequality in a society. Gini
was also a leading fascist theorist and ideologue who wrote “The
Scientific Basis of Fascism" in 1927.
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Corrado_Gini)(Economist, 10/13/12, SR
1968 Mar 13, Atlantic Richfield
Company (ARCO) and Humble Oil and Refining Company (now Exxon
Company, U.S.A.) announced the discovery of oil on Alaska’s North
Slope (Prudhoe Bay). The oil companies soon began efforts to
construct a pipeline, but work was suspended due to environmental
1969 Mar 13, In Vietnam Navy
Lt. John Kerry rescued Jim Rassman on the Bay Hap River while under
Viet Cong fire. In 2004 Kerry became the Democratic nominee for
(SSFC, 2/8/04, p.A1)
1969 Mar 13, The Apollo 9
astronauts splashed down, ending a mission that included the
successful testing of the lunar module.
1970 Mar 13, Cambodia ordered
Hanoi and Viet Cong troops to get out.
1971 Mar 13, Rockwell Kent
(b.1882), artist, illustrator and printmaker, died in New York. He
was a member of the rugged realist school of landscape painters. In
the 1930s he created a set of illustrations for "Moby Dick." In 1935
he authored “Salamina," a memoir of his first Arctic winter
(1931–32) painting and exploring while based in the settlement of
Igdlorssuit, Greenland. In 1960 he donated 80 paintings and 800
watercolors to the people of the Soviet Union.
8/15/00, p.A24)(SFC, 8/25/01, p.D12)
1973 Mar 13, George Norman
skipped out of Denver on a 2-year sentence for embezzling more than
$500,000 from the now defunct Rocky Mountain Bank. He evaded arrest
for 23 years and made millions by legal means until his capture in
Knoxville, Tenn., in 1996.
(SFC, 11/26/96, p.A8)
1974 Mar 13, The Dow Jones
dropped to 577.60.
(WSJ, 7/22/96, p.B1)(http://tinyurl.com/4uu3s9)
1975 Mar 13, Bernard Slade's
"Same Time, Next Year," premiered in NYC. In 1978 it was made into a
film starring Ellen Burstyn and Alan Alda.
1976 Mar 13, In California a
jury convicted 4 Black Muslims for 3 murders and 4 assaults out of a
total of 23 Bay Area crimes that included 14 murders. Jessie Lee
Cooks, Larry Craig Green, Manuel Moore and J.C.X. Simon were given
(SFEC, 3/1/98, p.W22)
1977 Mar 13, Jan Patocka
(b.1907), Czech philosophy professor and one of the three founding
spokesmen of “Charter 77," died following a grueling 11-hour
1979 Mar 13, European Monetary
System (EMS) entered into force.
1980 Mar 13, Ford Motor
Chairman Henry Ford II announced he was stepping down.
1980 Mar 13, A jury in Winamac,
Ind., found Ford Motor Company innocent of reckless homicide in the
fiery deaths of three young women riding in a Ford Pinto.
1981 Mar 13, Pres. Reagan
granted Atlanta $1.5 million to search for the murderer of some 20
1981 Mar 13, In the Poletown
case the Michigan Supreme Court allowed Detroit to take 1,000 homes
and 600 businesses to make way for a General Motors Corp. plant. The
decision was overturned in 2004 when the court ruled that state and
local governments may not take property from one private owner and
give it to another purely for the purpose of economic development.
1982 Mar 13, In Guatemala at
the Massacre of Rio Negro 177 Achi Maya women and children were
killed by Xococ patrolmen. On Nov 30, 1998, three Xococ
pro-government fighters, Carlos Chen, Pedro Gonzalez and Fermin
Lajuj, were sentenced to death for their war crimes in the massacre.
In 2003 the PBS documentary "Discovering Dominga" told the story of
a Mayan girl who survived the massacre and her struggle to discover
what happened to her family. In 2008 5 former paramilitary members
were sentenced to 780 years each in prison for massacring 26 people
at Rio Negro.
(SFC, 12/1/98, p.A11)(SFC, 1/18/99, p.A11)(SFC,
7/14/00, p.A11)(SFC, 7/4/03, p.E3)(AP, 5/30/08)
1983 Mar 13, "Woman of the
Year" closed at Palace Theater NYC after 770 performances.
1985 Mar 13, Konstantin
Chernenko was buried near the Kremlin Wall in Moscow. Mikhail
Gorbachev became the new leader of the Soviet Union. He oversaw the
dismantling of the Soviet nuclear arms stockpile and the end of the
Soviet Union itself.
1986 Mar 13, The US submarine
Nathaniel Green was severely damaged when it ran aground in the
Irish Sea. It was deactivated in May, 1986.
1986 Mar 13, Ed Balatti (62), a
San Francisco used car dealer, was arrested and charged with fencing
everything from TVs to vintage wines. This climaxed an 11-month
undercover investigation. Balatti had played as an end on the
original 49-er football team in 1946-48.
(SSFC, 3/13/11, DB p.42)
1986 Mar 13, Microsoft Corp.,
an 11-year-old company, went public and rose from $21 to $28 on
opening day. Revenues for the year were $197 million and it employed
1,153 people. At its debut Microsoft was worth $519 mil. with just
over $85 mil. in revenue for the prior six months.
(Wired, 12/98, p.196)(WSJ, 8/9/95, p.C-1)
1987 Mar 13, John Gotti was
acquitted of racketeering.
1987 Mar 13, The president of
Ecuador announced his country had suspended payments on its foreign
debt after earthquakes killed hundreds of people and ruptured the
country's main oil pipeline. The quake destroyed nearly 25 miles of
(AP, 3/13/97)(SFC, 5/1/03, A8)
1987 Mar 13, Gerald Moore
(b.1899), pianist, died in England. The book: “Am I Too Loud?,
Memoirs of Gerald Moore" was published in 1962.
1988 Mar 13, Yielding to
student protests, the board of trustees of Gallaudet University in
Washington, D.C., a liberal arts college for the hearing-impaired,
chose I. King Jordan to become the school's first deaf president,
replacing Elisabeth Ann Zinser, a hearing woman..
1988 Mar 13, John Curtis
Holmes, former porn star, died of an AIDS-related illness. In 2003
the film "Wonderland" starred Val Kilmer as Holmes.
(ST, 10/17/03, p.22H)(http://tinyurl.com/4whfj)
1989 Mar 13, The U.S. Food and
Drug Administration began a quarantine of all fruit imported from
Chile after traces of cyanide were found in two Chilean grapes.
1989 Mar 13, The space shuttle
Discovery blasted off from Cape Canaveral, Fla., on a five-day
1989 Mar 13, In Canada a
transformer failure on one of the main power transmission lines in
the HydroQuebec system precipitated a catastrophic collapse of the
entire power grid. The string of events that produced the collapse
took only 90 seconds from start to finish. The transformer failure
was a direct consequence of ground induced currents from a solar
flare. 6 million people lost electrical power for 9 or more hours.
(www.windows.ucar.edu/spaceweather/blackout.html)(ON, 4/12, p.6)
1990 Mar 13, President Bush
lifted trade sanctions against Nicaragua in a show of support for
President-elect Violeta Chamorro.
1990 Mar 13, The Soviet
Congress of People's Deputies approved Mikhail S. Gorbachev's
proposals for a multiparty political system headed by a powerful
1990 Mar 13, Bruno Bettelheim
(86), Austrian-US psychoanalyst, committed suicide. His books
included "The Empty Fortress" (1967), on infantile autism and "the
Use of Enchantment" (1976), a study of fairy tales. In 1996 Richard
Pollak wrote: "The Creation of Dr. B: A Biography of Bruno
Bettelheim." In 2002 Theron Raines authored "Rising to the Light: A
Portrait of Bruno Bettelheim."
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bruno_Bettelheim)(SFC, 12/29/96, BR
p.1)(SSFC, 9/8/02, p.M4)
1991 Mar 13, President Bush,
during a visit to Ottawa, Canada, warned Iran against seizing Iraqi
territory in the aftermath of the Persian Gulf War.
1991 Mar 13, Exxon pleaded
guilty to criminal charges and agreed to pay $100 million fine in a
$1.1 billion settlement of the Exxon Valdez oil spill. The deal fell
apart when the Alaska House rejected it. A new settlement was
1992 Mar 13, 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 13, Some 498 died in
an earthquake at Erzincan, Turkey.
1993 Mar 13, A deadly blizzard
paralyzed much of the East Coast, leaving more than 100 dead in its
wake. Syracuse, NY, was covered with fresh snow 43 inches thick.
(AP, 3/13/98)(SFC, 3/13/09, p.D8)
1993 Mar 13, The Russian
Congress adjourned after a session that seriously weakened President
Boris Yeltsin's power.
1994 Mar 13, The Israeli
Cabinet outlawed two Jewish extremist groups, Kach and Kahane Lives,
branding them terrorist organizations.
1994 Mar 13, A South African
diplomat took over as leader of Bophuthatswana as the black
homeland's president, Lucas Mangope, was deposed.
1994 Mar 13, The oil tanker
Nassia collided with an empty cargo ship at the entrance of the
Bosporus. 27-29 people lost their lives. 9,000 tons of petroleum
spilled and 20,000 tons burned for four days long affecting the
1995 Mar 13, Two Americans
working for U.S. defense contractors in Kuwait, David Daliberti and
William Barloon, were seized by Iraq after they strayed across the
border; sentenced to eight years in prison, both were freed the
1995 Mar 13, Istanbul police
killed at least 15 Alawi (Alevi) demonstrators.
1996 Mar 13, World leaders,
including President Clinton, held a summit in Sharm El-Sheik, Egypt,
where they vowed unequivocal support for the Mideast peace process.
1996 Mar 13, Liggett, the
nation's fifth-largest tobacco company, made history by settling a
private class-action lawsuit alleging cigarette makers manipulated
nicotine to hook smokers. Liggett became the first tobacco company
to acknowledge that cigarettes are addictive and cause cancer. In
1997 Bennet LeBow, owner of Liggett, revealed that Philip Morris had
agreed to pay $10 million per year in legal fees while he kept
(AP, 3/15/97)(SFC, 7/22/97, p.A2)
1996 Mar 13, Thomas Hamilton
(43) killed 16 kindergarten children, a teacher and himself in a
classroom in Dunblane, Scotland.
(WSJ, 3/14/96, p.A-1)(AP, 3/13/01)
1997 Mar 13, Eddie DeBartolo,
owner of the SF 49ers, was awarded a Louisiana casino license one
day after paying former Gov. Edwin Edwards $400,000 in cash.
(SFC, 4/12/00, p.A5)
1997 Mar 13, The UN General
Assembly voted 130 to 2 for Israel to abandon its plan to build new
Jewish housing on Arab land.
(SFC, 3/14/97, p.A12)
1997 Mar 13, In Australia it
was revealed that the 1995 award-winning autobiography of an
Aboriginal woman, “My Own Sweet Time, “ was actually written by a
47-year-old white man in Sidney named Leon Carmen.
(SFC, 3/14/97, p.A16)
1997 Mar 13, A Jordanian
soldier fired on Israeli junior high school girls on a field trip,
killing seven of them. The soldier, Cpl. Ahmed Daqamseh, was later
sentenced by a military court to life in prison.
(SFC, 3/14/97, p.A13)(AP, 3/13/98)
1997 Mar 13, Four masked,
suspected Islamic gunmen opened fire in a Christian village in
southern Egypt and killed 14 men before escaping.
(SFC, 3/14/97, p.A16)(AP, 3/13/98)
1998 Mar 13, US Sergeant Major
Gene McKinney (47), once the Army's top enlisted man, was cleared on
18 of 19 charges brought against him by women who said he pressured
them for sex. He was convicted for obstruction of justice for trying
to persuade his chief accuser to lie. McKinney was reprimanded and
demoted by one rank.
(SFC, 3/14/98, p.A1)(WSJ, 3/17/98, p.A1)(AP,
1998 Mar 13, U.S. Rep. Joseph
P. Kennedy II, D-Mass., announced he would not seek a seventh term.
1998 Mar 13, Canada legalized
the growing of industrial hemp
(SFC, 3/14/98, p.A10)
1998 Mar 13, Israeli and
Palestinian troops made a joint effort to end four days of protests
over the killing of West Bank workers.
(SFC, 3/14/98, p.A9)
1998 Mar 13, In Korea Pres. Kim
Dae-Jung approved an amnesty that cleared the records of 0f 5.5
million Koreans and freed scores of political prisoners. He also
planned to release 2,300 prison inmates who spent over 2 decades in
jail for supporting North Korea.
(SFC, 3/13/98, p.A14)
1998 Mar 13, In Kosovo 40,000
ethnic Albanians protested against Serbia.
(SFC, 3/14/98, p.A8)
1999 Mar 13, Evander Holyfield,
the WBA and IBF champion, and Lennox Lewis, the WBC champion, kept
their respective titles after fighting to a controversial draw in
1999 Mar 13, It was reported
that Nasa measurements showed ice sheets in the low-lying areas of
Greenland were melting at the rate of 3-feet per year.
(SFC, 3/13/99, p.A6)(AP, 3/13/00)
1999 Mar 13, Garson Kanin,
playwright and film director, died in New York at age 86.
(SFEC, 3/14/99, p.D8)
1999 Mar 13, In Indonesia the
National Front Party of prime minister Mahathir Mohamad won
elections in oil-rich Sabah state with 25 of the 48 seats.
(SFEC, 3/14/99, p.A8)
1999 Mar 13, In Kosovo 2 bombs
struck in Podujevo and 1 in Kosovska Mitrovica killing 6 people and
wounding 58. The state TV blamed the Albanians, who in turn blamed
(SFEC, 3/14/99, p.A17)
1999 Mar 13, Serb government
forces destroyed more than 25 homes of ethnic Albanians in Kosovo,
apparently in retaliation for the killing of Serb civilians.
1999 Mar 13, In Turkey 13
people were killed in a bomb attack on a shopping center in the
Goztepe section of Istanbul.
(SFEC, 3/14/99, p.A24)
1999 Mar 13, In Zimbabwe three
Americans appeared in court on charges of terrorism, espionage and
sabotage against Pres. Kabila. They had been tortured and pictures
with the names: Gary George Blanchfield, Jona Lamonte-Dixon, and
Joseph Pettijohn were displayed. The men were associated with
Harvestfield Ministries in Indianapolis.
(SFC, 3/13/99, p.A13)(SFC, 3/15/99, p.A8)(WSJ,
2000 Mar 13, A quarter century
after the end of the Vietnam War, US Defense Secretary William Cohen
arrived in Hanoi to push the pace of reconciliation.
2000 Mar 13, CBS began filming
its “Survivor" show on the Malaysian island of Pulau Tiga. Filming
lasted to April 20 and the last survivor was to be awarded a $1
(SFC, 6/2/00, p.C15)
2000 Mar 13, The Tribune Co.
bought the LA Times in a $6.5 billion merger with the Times Mirror
Co. This ended 119 years of ownership of the LA Times by the Otis
and Chandler families.
(SFC, 3/14/00, p.A1)
2000 Mar 13, In Costa Rica 2
American women were found shot to death near Cabhuita. Emily Howell
of Kentucky and Emily Eagen of Michigan were attacked while driving
an SUV. A 16-year-old boy was later arrested and 2 other suspects
were sought. Jorge Alberto Urbina (19) was arrested Mar 28. The
16-year-old was sentenced to 14 ½ years in prison.
(SFC, 3/15/00, p.A10)(SFC, 3/28/00, p.A12)(SFC,
3/29/00, p.A15)(SFC, 7/28/00, p.A12)
2000 Mar 13, In Japan the
government reported that the economy swung back into recession at
the end of 1999.
(SFC, 3/13/00, p.A11)
2000 Mar 13, In Taiwan the
Taipei market dropped 617 points in fear of an election win by
Democratic Progressive Party candidate Chen Shui-bian.
(SFC, 3/14/00, p.A8)
2000 Mar 13, In Mongolia the
Red Cross reported that winter blizzards had killed over 1 million
head of livestock and that some 300,000 people were short of food.
The dead animal number was soon raised to 1.8 million, or 1 in every
15 in the nation.
(SFC, 3/14/00, p.A10)(SFC, 3/27/00, p.A12)
2001 Mar 13, Pres. Bush backed
off from seeking reductions in carbon dioxide emissions due to
projected higher energy costs from a shift from coal to natural gas.
(SFC, 3/14/01, p.A1)
2001 Mar 13, Ahmed Ressam, an
Algerian national who was arrested with a carload of explosives just
before New Year's Eve 1999, went on trial in Los Angeles on charges
of plotting to bomb Seattle and other U.S. cities during the
millennium celebrations. He was convicted of terrorism the following
2001 Mar 13, In China four
writers were detained a few months after they had formed the New
Youth Study Group for discussing political change in China. In 2003
Xu Wei (28) and Jin Haike (26) were sentenced to 10 years in prison
for subverting state power. Yang Zili (32) and Zhang Honghai (29)
were sentenced to 8 years. Wei and Haike were released On March 12,
2011, after completing their jail terms.
(SFC, 5/30/03, p.A16)(AP, 3/13/11)
2001 Mar 13, In Costa Rica
Shannon Martin (23), a student from Topeka, Kan., was stabbed to
death, after she left a nightclub in Golfito, 100 miles south of San
Jose. In 2003 Kattia Cruz, 28, and Luis Alberto Castro, 38, were
found guilty of murder and sentenced to 15 years in prison for the
2001 Mar 13, France announced
its first case of foot-and-mouth disease, prompting the U.S.
Department of Agriculture to suspend imports of livestock and fresh
meat from the European Union.
(SFC, 3/14/01, p.A1)(AP, 3/13/02)
2001 Mar 13, Japan’s Nikkei
Stock Average fell 351 to 11,819, a 16-year low.
(WSJ, 3/14/01, p.A14)
2001 Mar 13, In Indonesia
supporters and opponents of Pres. Wahid staged protests as police
clashed with students who threw rocks and gasoline bombs in Jakarta.
(SFC, 3/14/01, p.A9)
2001 Mar 13, North Korea
cancelled negotiations with South Korea due to Pres. Bush’s
toughened stance on the North.
(SFC, 3/14/01, p.A10)
2002 Mar 13, President Bush
declared at a news conference that Iraqi President Saddam Hussein
was a menace "and we're going to deal with him," and said Osama bin
Laden had been reduced to a marginal figure in the war on terrorism.
2002 Mar 13, The US Senate
rejected higher fuel economy standards for cars.
(SFC, 3/14/02, p.A1)
2002 Mar 13, Pres. Mubarek of
Egypt said he would press Iraq to readmit UN weapons inspectors and
had received indications of agreement.
(SFC, 3/14/02, p.A6)
2002 Mar 13, In India a
high-court panel ruled that no religious ceremony may be held in
Ayodhya at the 67-acre site of the former Babri Masjid mosque,
destroyed by Hindus in 1992. Mahant Paramhans Ramchandra, head of
the Ram temple movement, vowed to defy the court order.
(SFC, 3/14/02, p.A7)(SFC, 3/15/02, p.A16)
2002 Mar 13, In Indonesia
Sjahril Sabirin, governor of the central bank, was convicted of
corruption and sentenced to 3 years in prison. In 1999 some $80
million intended for the bailout of PT Bank Bali was used to help
finance the election campaign of then Pres. Habibie.
(WSJ, 3/14/02, p.A10)
2002 Mar 13, Palestinians set
off a bomb next to an Israeli tank escorting a convoy in Gaza and 3
Israelis were killed. 2 Palestinians stabbed an Israeli husband and
wife in Nachliel. An Italian photographer was killed by fire from an
(SFC, 3/14/02, p.A6)(WSJ, 3/14/02, p.A1)
2002 Mar 13, In the Philippines
Agus Dwikarna (b.1964), a Jemaah Islamiya Terrorist Operations
Facilitator, was arrested. In July he was convicted of carrying C-4
plastic explosives and bomb parts at Manila's Ninoy Aquino
International Airport as he and two other Indonesians were leaving
Manila for Bangkok. He was sentenced to a prison term of 10 to 17
years. In 2014 Dwikarna was deported back to Indonesia.
2002 Mar 13, In Zimbabwe Pres.
Mugabe was declared the winner with 1.6 million votes to
Tsvangirai’s 1.2 mil. The opposition apposed the results and many
observers described the process as deeply flawed.
(SFC, 3/14/02, p.A7)
2003 Mar 13, Forced into a
diplomatic retreat, U.S. officials said President Bush might delay a
vote on his troubled United Nations resolution or even drop it, and
fight Iraq without the international body's backing.
2003 Mar 13, The Senate voted
64-33 to ban a procedure that critics called partial birth abortion.
2003 Mar 13, In Alaska Robert
Sorlie of Norway won the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog race in nine days,
15 hours, 47 minutes.
2004 Mar 13 Iran froze
inspections of its nuclear facilities after the U.N. atomic agency
censured Tehran for hiding suspect activities. Tehran relented two
2003 Mar 13, Israeli soldiers
mistakenly killed 2 Israeli security guards.
(SFC, 3/14/03, p.A13)
2003 Mar 13, Nepal and Maoist
rebels agreed to release all prisoners of war and set guidelines for
(WSJ, 3/14/03, p.A1)
2003 Mar 13, The UN Human
Rights chief excoriated the US Guantanamo policy. He said the world
shouldn't have territory "where no law applies."
(WSJ, 3/14/03, p.A1)
2004 Mar 13, In the first DARPA
Grand Challenge robotic vehicles began a 200-mile road race near
Barstow, California. The Pentagon sponsored race ended without a
winner, as none of the autonomous vehicles built by the 15
qualifying teams was able to travel farther than 7 miles from the
(SFC, 3/13/04, p.A1)(AP, 3/14/04)
2004 Mar 13, In Afghanistan
Taliban armed with rockets and heavy machine guns attacked a
government office near the Afghan-Pakistan border, sparking a
firefight that killed one Afghan soldier and three Taliban.
2004 Mar 13 Iran froze
inspections of its nuclear facilities after the U.N. atomic agency
censured Tehran for hiding suspect activities. Tehran relented two
2004 Mar 13, In Tikrit, Iraq, a
roadside bomb killed two American soldiers and wounded three. 3
American soldiers died in two bomb explosions in Baghdad. A 4th died
from his injuries the next morning.
(AP, 3/13/04)(AP, 3/14/04)
2004 Mar 13, Israeli soldiers
shot and killed two Palestinian militants in an off-limits military
zone between Israel and the Gaza Strip.
2004 Mar 13, In Pakistan the
India cricket team beat a Pakistan team at Karachi's National
Stadium in a match that came down to the final ball.
(SSFC, 3/14/04, p.A15)
2005 Mar 13, The Disney Corp.
board of directors named Robert Iger to succeed Michael Eisner in
(WSJ, 3/14/05, p.A1)
2005 Mar 13, In southern Brazil
a tourist-filled bus crashed into a logging truck, killing seven
people and injuring at least 20.
2005 Mar 13, Paul Schaefer
(83), former head of a secretive German colony in southern Chile,
was flown to Santiago after his arrest in Argentina. Schaefer
founded Colonia Dignidad, or Dignity Colony, a commune-like enclave
in 1961, and is accused in the disappearance of a dissident under
dictator Gen. Augusto Pinochet.
2005 Mar 13, In India at least
19 people were killed and 15 injured when a bus skidded off a
mountain road into a deep gorge in Uttaranchal.
2005 Mar 13, Israel's Cabinet
adopted a report on the state's complicity in setting up 105 illegal
West Bank settlement outposts and decided to dismantle 24 of them.
2005 Mar 13, Kyrgyzstan held
parliamentary runoff elections amid rising tension over signs the
longtime leader plans to extend his rule beyond constitutional
limits. President Askar Akayev (60) won an overwhelmingly loyal
Parliament in runoff elections. The opposition won 6 of 75 seats and
said the vote was riddled with abuses.
(AP, 3/14/05)(SFC, 3/15/05, p.A3)
2005 Mar 13, Vigilantes in
Oaxaca, Mexico, killed a state police officer setting him on fire in
revenge for the shooting of a taxi driver in a barroom brawl.
2005 Mar 13, Saudi police
killed an alleged Islamic militant and arrested three others in a
shootout at a suspected terror cell hideout in the Red Sea city of
2005 Mar 13, In Musina, South
Africa, thousands of protesters held an 18-hour vigil on the border
with Zimbabwe to demonstrate against mounting repression in the
neighboring country two weeks before a key parliamentary election
2005 Mar 13, Pope John Paul II
was released from the hospital and returned to his Vatican apartment
overlooking St. Peter's Square.
2005 Mar 13, Venezuela
announced that it would seize parts of 4 large estates, some 270,000
acres of farmland, after finding irregularities in their ownership
(WSJ, 3/15/05, p.A18)
2006 Mar 13, The US Agriculture
Dept. confirmed that a cow in Alabama had tested positive for mad
cow disease. The animal had not entered the food supply for people
of animals. This case of the disease, as well as one from Texas in
2005, was later reported as atypical.
(SFC, 3/14/06, p.A3)(SFC, 6/12/06, p.A6)
2006 Mar 13, The 47 lacrosse
players at Duke Univ., North Carolina, paid a couple of strippers to
entertain them. Events this night led to the arrest of 2 players on
April 18. In 2014 William Cohan authored “The Price of Silence: The
Duke Lacrosse Scandal, the Power of the Elite, and the Corruption of
Our Great Universities."
(Econ, 9/15/07, p.46)(Econ, 4/12/14, p.83)
2006 Mar 13, Deadly tornadoes
raked the Midwest while wildfires scorched the Texas Panhandle.
2006 Mar 13, The Cleveland Rock
and Roll Hall of Fame inducted Black Sabboth, Blondie, Miles Davis,
Lynyrd Skynyrd and the Sex Pistols at a ceremony in NYC.
(SFC, 3/14/06, p.A2)
2006 Mar 13, The National Gay
and Lesbian Task Force announced a merger with the Institute for
Welcoming Resources, a religious group representing 1,400 Protestant
organizations that unconditionally welcome gays and lesbians.
(SFC, 3/14/06, p.A2)
2006 Mar 13, US Credit-card
issuer Capital One Financial Corp. said it has agreed to buy North
Fork Bancorp. Inc. in a stock and cash deal worth about $14.6
2006 Mar 13, The McClatchy Co.
said it has reached a deal to buy Knight Ridder Inc., the
second-largest U.S. newspaper publisher, for about $4.5 billion in
cash and stock. McClatchy will also assume about $2 billion in
Knight Ridder's debt.
2006 Mar 13, South Korea’s Kia
Motors Corp. said it will build a $1.2 billion factory in West
Point, Ga., its first in the US. Toyota said it will build a plant
in Lafayette, Ind.
(SFC, 3/14/06, p.D3)
2006 Mar 13, Heart researchers
said clogging of arteries by plaque was reversed through aggressive
use of an anticholesterol statin.
(WSJ, 3/14/06, p.A1)
2006 Mar 13, Peter Tomarken
(63), former host of the 1980s TV game show "Press Your Luck," and
his wife, Kathleen Abigail Tomarken (41), were killed along with 2
others when their small plane crashed into Santa Monica Bay, Ca.
2006 Mar 13, Maureen Stapleton
(b.1925), film and stage actress, died in Lenox, Mass.
(SFC, 3/14/06, p.B5)
2006 Mar 13, Abdul Rahim
Wardak, Afghanistan's defense minister, said the national army will
be fully operational within four to five years and ready to take
over more responsibility for security from international troops.
2006 Mar 13, A UN agency said
bird flu has been found at two sites in Afghanistan and there's a
high risk that tests could prove it to be the deadly H5N1 strain.
2006 Mar 13, Bangladesh riot
police fired tear gas in Dhaka to disperse hundreds of
stone-throwing activists who tried to march in support of a general
2006 Mar 13, Rana Abdel Rahim
Koleilat (39), a fugitive bank executive wanted for questioning in
the U.N. probe of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri's
assassination, was arrested in Brazil on an unrelated charge. She
offered officers up to $200,000 to release her and was arrested on a
charge of attempted bribery. In 2003 Koleilat made headlines in
Lebanon and Europe in connection with questions about her role in
the disappearance of $300 million from the private Medina Bank where
she worked. The funds' disappearance was the worst financial scandal
at a Lebanese bank since the country's 1975-90 civil war.
2006 Mar 13, Defense Secretary
John Reid said Britain will cut its forces in Iraq by 10 percent, a
reduction of about 800 troops, by May because Iraqi security forces
are becoming more capable of handling security.
2006 Mar 13, In London 6 men
participated in a drug trial and soon became seriously ill. The men
had been given does of TGN1412, a monoclonal antibody developed by
TeGenero AG of Wuerzburg, Germany, for treatment of autoimmune and
inflammatory diseases and leukemia.
(AP, 3/16/06)(Econ, 4/8/06, p.78)
2006 Mar 13, Newly inaugurated
President Michelle Bachelet said that all Chileans older than 60
will immediately begin receiving free care at public hospitals.
2006 Mar 13, News reports said
the world industrial-standards association has rejected China's
controversial wireless encryption standard for global use.
2006 Mar 13, Liu Zhijun,
China’s minister of railways, announced $25 billion plans to build
two new high-speed train lines linking Shanghai with Beijing
(1320km) and another linking Shanghai and Hangzhou (175km). Plans
included the use of magnetic levitation technology that can reach
speeds of 260 mph.
(AP, 3/13/06)(Econ, 3/25/06, p.69)
2006 Mar 13, Germany's public
sector strikes entered their sixth week developing into a test of
union strength and exposing cracks between the parties in Chancellor
Angela Merkel's coalition government.
2006 Mar 13, Merck KGaA, a
maker of pharmaceuticals and specialty chemicals, launched a
15-billion-euro (18-billion-dollar) hostile takeover bid for
Berlin-based rival Schering, opening the way for a bitter bidding
2006 Mar 13, Indonesia's
state-run oil and gas company Pertamina and Exxon Mobil Corp. agreed
to jointly operate the country's largest untapped oil field, ending
a five-year dispute that had shaken foreign investors' confidence in
the sprawling archipelago.
2006 Mar 13, Iranian lawmakers
approved spending $15 million to investigate alleged American
intervention in the country.
2006 Mar 13, Iraqi officials
received a report alleging that American soldiers had killed a
family of 4 in the Khasir Abyad area, about 6 miles north of
Mahmoudiya. Police found four hanged men dangling from electricity
pylons in a Baghdad Shiite slum, hours after car bombs and mortars
shells ripped through teeming market streets, killing at least 58
people and wounding more than 200. An armed group that says it was
created with government backing to drive al-Qaida fighters out of a
restive Iraqi province claimed that it had killed five top members
of the terrorist group. 2 US soldiers assigned to the 2nd Brigade
Combat Team of the 28th Infantry Division, Pennsylvania Army
National Guard, were killed in fighting in Anbar province.
(AP, 3/13/06)(AP, 3/15/06)(AP, 7/1/06)
2006 Mar 13, The Tokyo Stock
Exchange said shares of disgraced Japanese Internet startup Livedoor
Co. will be delisted from the exchange next month over alleged
securities law violations.
2006 Mar 13, Leaders of
Lebanon's rival factions resumed talks after a weeklong break in an
attempt to agree on the biggest issues that divide the country, the
fate of the pro-Syrian president and the U.N. call for Hezbollah's
2006 Mar 13, Mexico’s attorney
general said he will close a special prosecutor's office dedicated
to investigating atrocities committed by the government during its
two-decade campaign to weed out suspected guerrillas and leftists.
2006 Mar 13, Myanmar reported
its first case of the deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu.
2006 Mar 13, Nepal's royal
government offered amnesty, cash, jobs and land to communist rebels
who surrender in the next three months.
2006 Mar 13, In Nigeria and
official report said ethnic and religious fighting, land disputes
and communal conflicts have driven more than three million Nigerians
from their homes since the return to democracy in 1999.
2006 Mar 13, A Spanish judge
indicted 32 people for allegedly plotting to drive a truck packed
with explosives into a courthouse that has been the hub for
anti-terrorism investigations. Authorities suspected that Mohamed
Achraf was planning to ram a truck loaded with 1,100 pounds of
explosives into the court in downtown Madrid.
2006 Mar 13, Jan Egeland, the
UN humanitarian chief, said increasing violence has left hundreds of
thousands of civilians in Sudan's Darfur region without food and
facing the prospect of widespread disease and death within weeks.
2006 Mar 13, Pope Benedict XVI
and Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak held talks at the Vatican about
Iran, Iraq and the prospects for lasting peace in the Middle East.
2007 Mar 13, Attorney General
Alberto Gonzales admitted mistakes in how the Justice Department
handled the dismissal of eight federal prosecutors but said he
2007 Mar 13, Federal agents in
Connecticut raided New Haven police headquarters and charged the
head of the narcotics division with stealing thousands of dollars
planted by the FBI during sting operations.
2007 Mar 13, In Alaska Lance
Mackey won the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, in nine days, five
hours, eight minutes.
2007 Mar 13, New Mexico got an
official state neckwear, a real Western icon, the bolo tie.
2007 Mar 13, The US Mortgage
Bankers Association reported that 13% of subprime borrowers were
behind in their payments. It was estimated that 13% of all
adjustable rate mortgages originated between 2004 and 2006 and were
headed for repossession in the next few years.
(Econ, 3/24/07, p.79)
2007 Mar 13, Viacom filed a $1
billion suit against YouTube and parent company Google, to stop the
publication of Viacom videos without authorization.
(SFC, 3/14/07, p.A1)
2007 Mar 13, Environmental
group Greenpeace launched a fresh attack on genetically modified
maize developed by US biotech giant Monsanto, saying that rats fed
on one version developed liver and kidney problems.
2007 Mar 13, Scientists
reported the discovery of what appear to be sea-size bodies of
liquid, probably methane or ethane, on the surface of Titan,
Saturn's largest moon, with one about as big as Montana.
2007 Mar 13, Entrepreneur Marc
Hodosh (34) was named senior director of the Archon Genomics X
Prize. His job was to offer $10 million to the first team of
researchers that can accurately map the genetic codes of 100 people
in 10 days for a cost of $10,000 or less per genome. The competition
was launched in 2006 year by the nonprofit X Prize Foundation of
Santa Monica, Calif., which also has sponsored races to build
commercial spacecraft and fuel-efficient cars.
(http://tinyurl.com/2vfp9b)(Econ, 12/8/07, p.94)
2007 Mar 13, In Boston Raymond
Echavarria (23) dragged his ex-girlfriend, Xiomara Rhodes (21) into
an elevator in the office building where she worked and ignited a
can of gasoline. Investigators treated the slaying as a
(SFC, 3/16/07, p.A8)
2007 Mar 13, A suicide bomber
crossed the border from Pakistan into southern Afghanistan and blew
himself up in a crowded pedestrian area, killing three civilians and
2007 Mar 13, Australia and
Japan signed a groundbreaking defense pact in Tokyo that the leaders
of both countries stressed was not aimed at reining in China, but
the road ahead for a two-way trade deal looked rougher.
2007 Mar 13, The British
government published its climate-change bill.
(Econ, 3/17/07, p.60)
2007 Mar 13, Brazil announced
that it will build a wall on a small portion of its border with
Paraguay in an effort to combat contraband and smuggling.
2007 Mar 13, Canada said it had
the highest population growth rate among G-8 industrialized nations
between 2001 and 2006, thanks to the arrival of 1.2 million
2007 Mar 13, In Colombia Trino
Luna, the governor of Magdalena province, surrendered to federal
prosecutors, becoming the first opposition politician arrested as
part of the widening scandal over links between the country's
political elite and far-right militias.
2007 Mar 13, Some 20 lawmakers
fired last week by Ecuador's top electoral court for allegedly
interfering with plans for a constitutional referendum forced their
way past dozens of police guarding Congress and took up their seats.
2007 Mar 13, Five Europeans,
kidnapped in Ethiopia and held captive for 13 days, were released in
good health in Eritrea. 8 Ethiopians kidnapped with the group were
(AP, 3/14/07)(WSJ, 3/14/07, p.A1)
2007 Mar 13, France's highest
court rejected as unlawful the first marriage by a gay couple in
France, annulling the union of the two men.
2007 Mar 13, Iraq's Shiite
prime minister made a groundbreaking and unannounced visit to
Ramadi, the Sunni insurgent stronghold in Anbar province. A roadside
bomb hit a minibus carrying Industry Ministry employees in northern
Baghdad, killing two workers and wounding six. In Suwayrah police
dragged two bodies out of Tigris River. The bodies showed signs of
torture. In Kut gunmen killed Ibrahim Sasa, an interpreter working
for coalition troops.
2007 Mar 13, In Jamaica
Cricket’s World Cup began with the 1st match between Pakistan
and the West Indies. The ICC Cricket World Cup was hosted by the
West Indies from March 13 to April 28, 2007.
2007 Mar 13, In Mexico Pres.
Bush met with Pres. Felipe Calderon in Merida. Bush sought to soothe
strained ties by promising to prod Congress to overhaul tough US
immigration policies, but Mexican President Felipe Calderon
criticized US plans for a 700-mile border fence. Hundreds of
demonstrators marched to the US Embassy in Mexico City, attacking
riot police with concrete blocks, metal bars and tearing down
barricades to protest Bush's visit.
(AP, 3/14/07)(AP, 3/13/08)
2007 Mar 13, A Hamas military
commander was killed in a shootout with Fatah gunmen shortly before
the leaders of the two groups met to try to bridge their differences
over a power-sharing deal.
2007 Mar 13, Russian President
Vladimir Putin and Pope Benedict XVI met for the highest-level
Kremlin-Vatican talks in more than three years, focusing on easing
tension between Roman Catholics and Orthodox Christians and finding
common ground in denouncing intolerance and extremism.
2007 Mar 13, In Serbia former
customs chief Mihalj Kertes, a key aide to late President Slobodan
Milosevic, was charged for allegedly siphoning off millions of
dollars of state money.
2007 Mar 13, Somalia's
president came under mortar attack in his palace, hours after
arriving for a rare visit to the increasingly violent capital,
witnesses said. A 12-year-old boy was killed and three of his
siblings were wounded in the shelling.
2007 Mar 13, Alice Amafo,
Suriname's youngest-ever Cabinet member, resigned amid reports she
used thousands of dollars in government funds to pay for her 30th
2007 Mar 13, Vietnam's former
deputy trade minister and his son went on trial for accepting bribes
for quotas to export textiles to the US, in a major graft case with
2008 Mar 13, The US House
Republicans’ campaign committee said it is missing several hundred
thousand dollars, and possibly more, after discovering suspected
fraudulent activity by former treasurer Christopher Ward, who was
dismissed on Jan 28.
(WSJ, 3/14/08, p.A1)
2008 Mar 13, US gold futures
rallied to a record high of $1,000 an ounce, fueled by a combination
of a weakening dollar, strong investment demand and inflation fears
due to rising crude oil prices.
2008 Mar 13, The Florida Senate
passed a bill that could mean suspensions for students with droopy
britches. Orlando Sen. Gary Siplin, a Democrat, has said the fashion
statement has a back-story -- it was made popular by rap artists
after first appearing among prison inmates as a signal they were
looking for sex.
2008 Mar 13, AOL said it will
acquire Bebo, a social Web site, for $850 million.
(SFC, 3/14/08, p.C1)
2008 Mar 13, In Afghanistan a
remote-controlled bomb hit a police vehicle in Saydabad district of
Wardak province, killing one policeman and wounding four others. A
suicide bomber in Kabul targeting US troops killed 6 Afghan
(AP, 3/13/08)(SFC, 3/14/08, p.A17)
2008 Mar 13, Canada’s
Parliament voted to extend its mission in Afghanistan to 2011,
provided NATO supplies more troops and equipment to back up its
forces in the volatile south.
2008 Mar 13, Chad accused Sudan
of sending anti-government rebels across their border into its
territory as international mediators struggled to broker a fresh
peace accord between the two neighbors. The presidents of Chad and
Sudan signed a non-aggression pact, vowing not to support rebel
attacks against each other, many of which were launched from
(AP, 3/13/08)(AFP, 3/14/08)
2008 Mar 13, Chile said it has
agreed to receive 117 Palestine refugees from Iraq who have spent
months living in tents along the desert border with Syria.
2008 Mar 13, In China an
avalanche buried 12 workers at a mountainous construction site for a
pipeline in the far northwest.
2008 Mar 13, A human rights
group said Chinese sales of assault rifles and other small arms to
its ally Sudan have grown rapidly during the Darfur conflict despite
a UN arms embargo.
2008 Mar 13, A deployment of
100 Sudanese soldiers arrived in Comoros, ahead of a likely African
Union-backed operation against the rebel island of Anjouan.
2008 Mar 13, Cuba and Mexico
declared their once-chilly relations fully restored, and Cuba's
foreign minister said he will soon deliver a formal invitation for
Mexico's president to visit the island.
2008 Mar 13, In Egypt A Muslim
Brotherhood leader said more than 90 percent of Egyptian Islamist
candidates have been prevented from registering for April local
elections due to a crackdown by the regime and a campaign of
2008 Mar 13, In Ethiopia a bus
hit a landmine near the disputed Ethiopian-Eritrean border, killing
at least eight people and wounding 27 others.
2008 Mar 13, Volkswagen, the
biggest European car maker, vowed to become "the best auto
manufacturer in the world" and welcomed a looming takeover by luxury
sports car maker Porsche.
2008 Mar 13, Indian police
arrested 100 Tibetan exiles trying to walk to their homeland as part
of a major protest ahead of the Beijing Olympics, although the
demonstrators vowed the march would go on.
2008 Mar 13, A parked car bomb
exploded in a commercial district of central Baghdad, killing 18
people and wounding 57. 5 members of an Awakening Council were
killed when gunmen attacked two separate checkpoints near Tikrit. A
female suicide bomber attacked an Awakening Council gathering in the
village of Zab outside Kirkuk and 3 people were killed with seven
(AP, 3/13/08)(AP, 3/14/08)
2008 Mar 13, The militant
Islamic Jihad group in Gaza fired more than a dozen rockets at
southern Israel after Israeli undercover forces killed one of its
West Bank leaders, shattering a recent lull in Gaza fighting.
2008 Mar 13, In central Mexico
6 people were shot and killed inside a private law office in
2008 Mar 13, The Dutch
parliament voted unanimously to outlaw bestiality and pornography
2008 Mar 13, In Pakistan more
than 1,000 tribesmen protested against the killing of eight
civilians by Pakistani forces this week in the lawless Bajaur tribal
2008 Mar 13, Serbian President
Boris Tadic disbanded parliament and called an early general
election for May 11.
2009 Mar 13, The Obama
administration dropped the use of the term “enemy combatant" for
suspected terrorists detained at Guantanamo Bay and slightly
modified the legal standard used to justify their continued
(WSJ, 3/14/09, p.A3)
2009 Mar 13, California said it
faced a new $8 billion shortfall by July 2010 due to declining tax
(WSJ, 3/14/09, p.A1)
2009 Mar 13, Alan W. Livingston
(91), the music executive who created Bozo the Clown and signed the
Beatles during his tenure as president of Capitol Records, died ion
Beverly Hills. He came up with the Bozo the Clown character for the
1946 album "Bozo at the Circus," which became a hit and spawned a
cottage industry of merchandise and the television series featuring
the wing-haired clown.
2009 Mar 13, Betsy Blair (85),
Oscar-nominated actress and teenage bride (1941-1957) of Gene Kelly,
died in London. In the late 1940s Blair took parts in "The Guilt of
Janet Ames," and "A Double Life." But her movie career stalled after
her enthusiasm for leftist causes landed her on Hollywood's
blacklist. The New Jersey-born actress later married film director
2009 Mar 13, Dozens of popular
tourist beaches on Australia's northeast coast were declared a
disaster zone, with their once-pristine sands fouled by a massive
oil and chemical slick. Queensland state's marine safety authority
said up to 100 tons of fuel, 250,000 liters, were now believed to
have spilled from the Hong Kong-flagged ship Pacific Adventurer amid
cyclonic conditions on March 11.
(AP, 3/13/09)(Econ, 3/21/09, p.45)
2009 Mar 13, Terra Firma, a
London-based private equity firm, announced it would buy 90% of
Consolidated pastoral Company, the Australian cattle holdings of the
Packer family, which encompass 12 million acres of land.
(Econ, 3/21/09, p.67)
2009 Mar 13, In Bangladesh a
fire at Dhaka’s 22-story Bashundhara City mall killed at least 7
people as helicopters plucked survivors from the roof.
(SFC, 3/14/09, p.A2)
2009 Mar 13, Thousands of
people across Britain took part in events for Red Nose Day, with
money going towards helping the disadvantaged in Africa and Britain.
2009 Mar 13, John Worboys
(b.1957), a London cab driver, was found guilty of raping or
assaulting 12 women, often after persuading them to drink champagne
spiked with sedatives. On April 21 he was sentenced to at
least 8 years in prison. In 2010 Scotland Yard said 102 women have
come forward to accuse Worboys of sexually motivated crimes since
his highly publicized trial.
2009 Mar 13, In Burundi an
albino man was murdered and dismembered overnight by suspected
smugglers with links to Tanzanian witch doctors, the fourth such
case in a month in the central African nation.
2009 Mar 13, Chinese Premier
Wen Jiabao said Beijing is willing to hold talks with the Dalai Lama
if Tibet's exiled spiritual leader abandons his separatist cause, as
he defended his government's hard-line policies toward the region.
2009 Mar 13, In Greece dozens
of youths carrying sledgehammers and iron bars smashed cars, banks
and storefronts in an upscale district of central Athens. Leaflets
identified the attackers as members of local anarchist groups. A
similar attack also occurred in the northern city of Thessaloniki,
leaving three banks damaged.
2009 Mar 13, Japan said it
could shoot down any threatening object falling toward its
territory, after North Korea said a planned rocket launch would send
it across Japanese territory.
2009 Mar 13, In Kyrgyzstan
Medet Sadyrkulov, a key opposition figure to Pres. Bakiyev, was
killed in an alleged car crash that left him and 2 passengers burned
(WSJ, 3/14/09, p.A6)(Econ, 1/9/10, p.45)
2009 Mar 13, In southern
Nigeria an attack took place on Chevron Nigeria Limited’s 16-inch
Makaraba-Utonana pipeline. The attack forced Chevron cut its crude
oil production by 11,500 barrels per day.
2009 Mar 13, Pakistani
officials appealed to the opposition to join talks aimed at
resolving the country's political crisis, even as police stepped up
a crackdown on activists trying to reach the capital for a planned
2009 Mar 13, Tristan Anderson
(38) of Oakland, Calif., was wounded in the West Bank village of
Naalin, during a protest against Israel's separation barrier. He
remained in serious condition after undergoing surgery.
2009 Mar 13, Russia’s
Kontinental Management said it has closed for good its Baikal Pulp
and Paper Mill, located on the southern edge of Lake Baikal. It
halted production in October. The plant has polluted the world's
largest freshwater lake with chemical effluent for decades.
2009 Mar 13, A spokeswoman for
Doctors Without Borders says 35 of its foreign staff are leaving
Darfur after the abduction of three colleagues.
2009 Mar 13, The Swiss
government said it would cooperate on cases of international tax
evasion, breaking with a long-standing tradition of protecting
wealthy foreigners accused of hiding billions of dollars in the
2009 Mar 13, Taiwan’s economic
stimulus package was reported to include a $104 shopping voucher for
every one of the island’s 23 million people to be used between the
Chinese New year and the end of April. Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin
added $150 food vouchers for the poor along with job training
programs, financial incentives for new hires and loan guarantees for
(SFC, 3/13/09, p.C1)
2009 Mar 13, In Thailand
suspected Muslim militants killed 3 soldiers in an ambush in
southern Narathiwat province.
(SFC, 3/14/09, p.A2)
2009 Mar 13, In Uganda a
building collapsed in the capital, Kampala, when nearby construction
loosened the foundation. At least five people were killed and dozens
remained trapped under the rubble.
2010 Mar 13, A storm battered
parts of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York and Connecticut with
gusts of up to 70 mph.
2010 Mar 13, Afghanistan's
Pres. Karzai backed off from a much-criticized move to control the
previously independent monitoring body for upcoming parliamentary
elections, offering to allow two foreigners on the commission.
Afghanistan rowed back from a total ban on media broadcasts of
"disturbing" images from insurgent attacks or live pictures of
security operations. Police reported four explosions in
Kandahar. Multiple bomb attacks in Kandahar killed 35 people, but
failed to free insurgents from the city prison. The blasts included
two car bombs, six suicide attackers on motorbikes and bicycles, and
homemade bombs. The attackers targeted the city's prison, police
headquarters, a wedding hall next door and other areas on roads
leading to the prison.
(AP, 3/13/10)(Reuters, 3/13/10)(AP, 3/14/10)
2010 Mar 13, In Canada 2 people
were killed and 30 hurt by an avalanche near Revelstoke, British
Columbia, when the slide hit a snowmobile rally.
2010 Mar 13, Cyclone Tomas
began battering island groups off Fiji's northern coast, causing
flooding, pounding seas and one death. Officials said the storm
likely would only sideswipe the main islands of the South Pacific
nation. At least 2 people were killed by the storm.
(AP, 3/15/10)(AP, 3/19/10)
2010 Mar 13, In Georgia a hoax
television broadcast said Russia had invaded and the president had
been killed. It sparked wide anxiety in the country still
traumatized by the August 2008 war in which Russian troops advanced
deep into the country.
2010 Mar 13, In Honduras Nahum
Palacios (36), director of a TV station in Tocoa near the Caribbean
coast, was shot to death as he drove home and was intercepted by two
other vehicles. This was the third such slaying in two weeks.
2010 Mar 13, In India Abdul
Latif Rashid and Riyaz Ali were arrested late in the day in Mumbai's
Matunga suburb. Police said the two men were preparing to attack
several targets in the city, the country's financial and
entertainment hub. Police said the men had links with terror groups
in Pakistan and were acting on directions from handlers there.
2010 Mar 13, Iran’s Fars the
news agency said Iran has busted what it says was a US-funded cyber
network group linked to an exiled opposition movement that collected
data on its nuclear scientists. 30 members of the network with links
to the outlawed People's Mujahedeen and monarchists were said to
have been arrested.
2010 Mar 13, In Mexico a series
of shootings killed 24 people in a Pacific coast state plagued by
drug gang violence. Nearly half died in one shootout between
soldiers and armed men. Suspected drug gang hit men separately
ambushed two cars carrying families with ties to the US consulate in
Ciudad Juarez, killing an American couple and a Mexican man. Three
young children survived, although two suffered wounds. On March 26
suspect Ricardo Valles de la Rosa (45), a member of the Barrio
Azteca gang, was arrested for the US consulate linked killings. A
confession by de la Rosa suggested that El Paso jail officer Arthur
H. Redelfs was targeted in the Ciudad Juarez shootings that also
killed his wife, Lesley A. Enriquez, an employee of the US
consulate. The husband of another consulate worker was killed in the
other vehicle attacked. In April Mexico arrested a 2nd suspect, a
member of the Los Aztecas gang, who confessed to taking part in the
killing of a US consulate official. In September Jesus Ernesto
Chavez, was extradited to the US, for ordering the killing of Lesley
(AP, 3/14/10)(AP, 3/15/10)(AP, 3/29/10)(AP,
3/31/10)(AFP, 4/23/10)(SSFC, 9/5/10, p.A10)
2010 Mar 13, Mozambique's
health ministry spokesman said the country's cholera outbreak has
now killed 42 people in the northern and central parts of the
southern African country.
2010 Mar 13, In Myanmar ethnic
rebels in Nam Zam township, Shan State, killed 20 government
troops in an ambush aimed at deterring the military government from
launching an offensive against them ahead of elections this year.
2010 Mar 13, Several dozen
Palestinian women scuffled with Israeli troops on the outskirts of
Jerusalem amid rising religious and political tensions in the
2010 Mar 13, In Pakistan a
renewed wave of violence struck Saidu Sharif, the administrative
capital of the Swat Valley, when a suicide bomber on a motorized
rickshaw killed 13 people at a security checkpoint, raising fears
the nation is sliding back into a period of relentless bloodletting.
2010 Mar 13, In Qatar a two
week UN conference opened with a focus on the Atlantic bluefin tuna
and other marine life in the world's overfished oceans. The
175-nation Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species
(CITES) discussed new proposals on regulating the trade in number of
plant and animal species.
2010 Mar 13, In Somalia a fight
over land rights between two rival clans in northern Amara village
killed at least 15 people.
2010 Mar 13, The Swiss daily
Neue Zuercher Zeitung quoted Swiss Abbot Martin Werlen saying around
60 people over the last 15 years have reported being victims of
abuse by Catholic priests in Switzerland.
2010 Mar 13, Venezuela’s
President Hugo Chavez called for regulation of the Internet while
demanding authorities crack down on a critical news Web site that he
accused of spreading false information. A Venezuelan police official
said security forces have seized two tons of cocaine hidden in two
bulldozers at a port in the central state of Carabobo. The cocaine
was intended to be smuggled to the Netherlands.
2011 Mar 13, In Vansant,
Virginia, a gunman opened fire on sheriff’s deputies investigating a
possible robbery. Two officers were killed and two injured before
the gunman was shot dead.
(SFC, 3/14/11, p.A4)
2011 Mar 13, In southern
Afghanistan a roadside bomb killed four Afghan civilians in a car in
Kandahar province's Shorabak district. Two NATO service members were
killed this weekend. One died in an insurgent attack in the east and
another in a bomb attack in the south.
(AP, 3/13/11)(SFC, 3/14/11, p.A2)
2011 Mar 13, In Australia
Owsley Stanley (b.1935), counterculture maker of LSD and Grateful
Dead associate, died in a car crash. His Bear Research Group
reputedly made over 1.25 million doses of LSD from 1965-1967.
(SFC, 3/14/11, p.A1)
2011 Mar 13, In Bahrain riot
police fired tear gas and rubber bullets at anti-government
demonstrators blocking the highway into the capital's financial
district and surrounded the protesters' main camp in the capital.
More than 200 people were injured there in clashes between riot
police and demonstrators.
(AP, 3/13/11)(AFP, 3/14/11)
2011 Mar 13, Benin opened polls
for a twice-delayed presidential election after a last-minute
scramble to register hundreds of thousands of eligible voters left
off voter rolls. Pres. Boni Yayi sought a 2nd term against 13
candidates. Partial and unofficial results indicated President Boni
Yayi and his main challenger, Adrien Houngbedji, may be headed for a
run-off. On March 18 the country's electoral commission announced
that President Thomas Boni Yayi had received more than 53 percent of
the vote, giving him an absolute majority.
(AP, 3/13/11)(SFC, 3/14/11, p.A2)(AFP,
2011 Mar 13, Broadway import
"Legally Blonde The Musical," based on the 2001 Reese Witherspoon
film, picked up this year’s Olivier Award for Best New Musical, in
the Society of London Theatre's prize-giving ceremony at the Theatre
Royal Drury Lane.
2011 Mar 13, In the Central
African Republic at least six people were killed and dozens abducted
during an attack on Nzako village by Lord's Resistance Army rebels.
They had crossed into the CAR last year after being routed from
their bases in Uganda.
2011 Mar 13, The Indian navy
captured 61 pirates who jumped into the Arabian Sea to flee a
gunfight and fire on the hijacked ship from which they had staged
several attacks. Two Indian navy ships also rescued 13 crew members
from the Mozambique-flagged Vega 5, a fishing boat seized in
2011 Mar 13, In Iraq 22 people,
including 15 guards, were injured in a melee that started after
officials found holes in the prison's steel fence and discovered an
escape plan by inmates linked to al-Qaida in Salahuddin province.
One inmate was killed by jumping off the roof in an effort to escape
from prison during a riot.
2011 Mar 13, Israel said it has
approved the building of 300 to 500 apartments and settler homes.
They would take place in major West Bank settlement blocs that
Israel expects to hold on to in any final peace deal.
2011 Mar 13, People across a
devastated swath of Japan suffered for a third day without water,
electricity and proper food, as the country grappled with the
enormity of a massive earthquake and tsunami that left more than
10,000 people dead in one area alone. Japanese officials raised
their estimate of the quake's magnitude to 9.0. Japan also fought to
avert a meltdown at three earthquake-crippled nuclear reactors.
(AP, 3/13/11)(Reuters, 3/13/11)
2011 Mar 13, In Lebanon tens of
thousands filled a central Beirut square to mark the 2005 protests
that ended Syria's 30-year domination of the country and to demand
that the militant group Hezbollah, seen as a proxy of Syria, give up
2011 Mar 13, Libyan rebels
abandoned Brega, another key town under heavy shelling from
advancing government forces, as international backing grew only
slowly for a no-fly zone over the country. In Benghazi, 240km east
of Brega, all mobile telephone services were suddenly cut for an
unknown reason. State television said Libya has asked foreign firms
to resume oil exports, saying its ports are safe despite a deadly
month-long conflict. Libya's de facto oil minister said the
country's crude production has fallen "drastically" and that he has
reached out to Italian oil giant Eni SpA for help in extinguishing a
blaze at Ras Lanouf.
(AFP, 3/13/11)(AP, 3/13/11)
2011 Mar 13, In Mexico nine
people were shot dead in the resort city of Acapulco.
2011 Mar 13, In Morocco
security forces prevented about 100 people from holding a pro-reform
demonstration in Casablanca, leaving several people wounded.
2011 Mar 13, In Maputo,
Mozambique, 2 people suffocated to death in a crowd of 10,000 at the
weekend opening of the new Universal Church of the Reign of God, a
Brazilian-based evangelical church.
2011 Mar 13, In central Nigeria
6 people died in attacks on two villages near Jos.
(SFC, 3/15/11, p.A2)
2011 Mar 13, Oman's ruler
granted lawmaking powers to officials outside the royal family in
the boldest reforms yet aimed at quelling protests for jobs and a
greater public role in politics.
2011 Mar 13, In Pakistan two
suspected US missile strikes killed 7 militants in Spalgah village
near Miran Shah, North Waziristan. The strikes also wounded five
militants. Gunmen ambushed a van and killed 9 civilians in a stretch
of the northwest covered by a new peace deal among tribes from rival
Muslim sects. Security forces responding to the attack killed three
alleged gunmen. A suspected US missile strike missed a target in
Azam Warsak, South Waziristan.
2011 Mar 13, In the Philippines
police commandos raided a house in Lamitan town on southern Basilan
island in search of the former mayor linked to the 2007 bombing that
killed a lawmaker but they instead captured Nawaf Jainuddin. He was
allegedly one of several Abu Sayyaf gunmen who seized several
hostages and staged deadly attacks in 2001 in Lamitan.
2011 Mar 13, Russians from the
Bering Strait to the Baltic voted in regional elections, testing
Vladimir Putin's ruling party before December parliamentary polls
and a presidential vote next March. Russia's ruling party swept the
(Reuters, 3/13/11)(AP, 3/14/11)
2011 Mar 13, More than 200
Saudis were allowed to protest outside the Interior Ministry to
demand the release of detainees in the largest demonstration in the
capital since the regional outbreak of pro-democracy unrest.
2011 Mar 13, A top Southern
Sudanese official said Southern Sudan is suspending talks and
diplomatic contact with northern Sudan over claims that the northern
government is funding militias in the south.
2011 Mar 13, Tunisia’s TAP news
agency said that a 7 pm to 5 am curfew has been imposed on the
mining town of Metlaoui, where clashes 2 days earlier left 2 people
dead and 20 injured. Protests had begun amid rumors that a regional
phosphate mining company was secretly recruiting in a specific
tribal area, instead of opening its jobs to the entire local
2011 Mar 13, In Turkey hundreds
of journalists, joined by members of some non-governmental
organizations, protested the detention of reporters that the
authorities allege were involved in an attempt to bring the
government down in 2003.
2011 Mar 13, Yemeni police on
rooftops fired live bullets and tear gas at protesters, injuring
more than 100 people who were camping near Sanaa University. A
protester in Aden died from wounds he suffered a day earlier
bringing that total to seven. Violence left 2 people dead in a
southern province. Security officials said two Americans and two
Britons have been detained by authorities for illegally entering the
(AP, 3/13/11)(AP, 3/14/11)(SFC, 3/14/11, p.A3)
2012 Mar 13, Republican
presidential primaries were held in Alabama and Mississippi. Rick
Santorum won both state. Newt Gingrich placed second in both
contests with narrow leads over Mitt Romney.
(SFC, 3/14/12, p.A6)
2012 Mar 13, It was reported
that the chytrid fungus has spread to nearly 600 species of frog and
has probably driven over 200 species to extinction. SF State Univ.
biologist Vance T. Vredenburg called it the “worst population crash
of animals in history."
(SFC, 3/13/12, p.A10)
2012 Mar 13, In Afghanistan
gunmen attacked a memorial service for 16 villagers killed by a US
soldier, shooting dead a member of the Afghan military and wounding
a policeman in a hail of gunfire. About 400 university students
chanting "Death to America -- Death to Obama" took to the streets of
Jalalabad, in the first protest against the US army sergeant's
2012 Mar 13, An Algerian court
sentenced the head of Al-Qaeda's north African offshoot to death in
absentia for a string of 2007 attacks, including a deadly bombing at
the prime minister's office. Abdelmalek Droukdel, leader of Al-Qaeda
in the Islamic Magreb (AQIM), and eight co-defendants were sentenced
to death for premeditated murder, membership of a terrorist group
and attacks using explosives.
2012 Mar 13, Argentina’s
Supreme Court ruled unanimously that any rape victim can get an
(SFC, 3/14/12, p.A2)
2012 Mar 13, In Bahrain vandals
smashed the windows of one of country’s oldest Shiite mosques and
ransacked offices and prayer areas, making sure to pull down some
framed parchments with Quranic verses. Shiite clerics claim at least
38 mosques and affiliated sites, such as charity offices, have been
destroyed since the revolt began in February 2011.
2012 Mar 13, In Bangladesh a
ferry packed with about 200 people collided with a cargo boat and
capsized in the Meghna River, killing 142 people and over a dozen
(AP, 3/13/12)(AP, 3/14/12)(AP, 3/16/12)
2012 Mar 13, In Belgium an
arsonist attack on a Shiite mosque left imam Abdallah Dadou (46)
dead. Authorities attributed the attack to tensions between Shiite
and Sunni communities.
(SFC, 3/14/12, p.A2)
2012 Mar 13, In Brazil federal
prosecutors said that they are filing criminal charges for the first
time related to crimes committed by government representatives
during the 1964-1985 military dictatorship. Prosecutors argued that
kidnappings and the hiding of bodies so the victims were never found
are "permanent crimes." Since such crimes continue to the present,
they fall outside the 1961-79 period covered by the amnesty law.
(SFC, 3/14/12, p.A2)(AP, 3/16/12)
2012 Mar 13, Some 3,000 people
gathered in Liverpool, England, for the annual Global
(Econ, 3/17/12, p.79)
2012 Mar 13, British chip
designer ARM unveiled what it said was the world's most
energy-efficient microprocessor design that will help devices
ranging from fridges to medical equipment to parking meters to
communicate with other devices.
2012 Mar 13, In Colombia oil
tankers carrying oil from the Ombu field in Caqueta came under fire
from guerrillas leaving 2 civilians dead.
(Econ, 3/17/12, p.44)
2012 Mar 13, Israel halted its
airstrikes against Gaza Strip militants and rocket fire from the
Palestinian territory ebbed as an Egyptian-mediated cease-fire
ending 4 days of clashes appeared to be taking effect. At least 24
Palestinians, including at least four civilians, died in
cross-border fighting since March 9.
(AP, 3/13/12)(SFC, 3/13/12, p.A2)
2012 Mar 13, Ivory Coast
President Alassane Ouattara named Jeannot Ahoussou-Kouadio as prime
minister, a prominent member of a rival party which had backed his
2010 election bid.
2012 Mar 13, Japan said it had
won approval from Beijing to buy Chinese government bonds for the
first time, in a move aimed at binding Asia's two biggest economies
and traditional rivals closer together.
2012 Mar 13, Japan, the EU and
the US brought a case to the World Trade Organization (WTO) alleging
that China was exporting too little of tungsten, molybdenum and 17
rare earth elements.
(Econ, 3/17/12, p.86)
2012 Mar 13, In northern
Nigeria suspected sect members shot dead two policemen in Kano.
Soldiers killed one of the assailants during the attack.
2012 Mar 13, In Pakistan
American drone-fired missiles hit a vehicle traveling on the Afghan
border, killing six militants from a group known to have signed a
nonaggression pact with the Pakistani army. Two commanders from the
network led by Maulvi Nazir were among the dead in the attack in the
Birmal district of South Waziristan.
2012 Mar 13, A Pakistani court
jailed Naseem Ahmed (42) for life for burning a Koran. The Muslim
man said he would appeal the sentence, professing his innocence and
saying he had no idea that a Koran was among a pile of books he set
2012 Mar 13, Russian Deputy
Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov said Russia will abide by existing
contracts to deliver weapons to Syria despite Pres. Assad's yearlong
crackdown on the opposition.
2012 Mar 13, Russian and South
Korean scientists signed a deal on joint research intended to
recreate a woolly mammoth, an animal which last walked the earth
some 10,000 years ago.
2012 Mar 13, Somalia's Shebab
rebels banned the aid group Save the Children from operating in
regions under their control. It accused Save the Children of
distributing expired porridge to children, as well as corruption and
failing to comply with the rules laid down by the Al Qaeda-linked
2012 Mar 13, South African
wildlife dealer Jacques Els (39) was sentenced to eight years in
jail over 38 horns cut off sedated rhinos. Els was arrested in 2010
after buying the horns for 760,000 rands ($100,000, 77,000 euros)
from game farm manager Tommie Fourie who drugged the animals and cut
off their trademark spikes. Els claimed the horns were removed from
the animals "to protect them from poaching."
2012 Mar 13, In Switzerland a
bus carrying Belgian students returning from a ski holiday crashed
into a wall in a tunnel near Sierre, killing 22 Belgian 12-year-olds
and six adults. Another 24 students were hospitalized with injuries.
2012 Mar 13, The Syrian army
recaptured the northern rebel stronghold of Idlib near the Turkish
border, a major base that military defectors had held for months. An
international rights group, meanwhile, said the regime was mining
the border with Turkey. The LCC and the Observatory said that bodies
of six people were found today near the village of Maaret Shoureen
in Idlib province.
2012 Mar 13, The Zimbabwean
government and mining firm Zimplats reached an agreement to transfer
a 51 percent stake to local investors, as required by the country's
controversial "indigenization" policy.
2013 Mar 13, Ken Salazar, US
Interior Sec., announced plans for two large federal solar projects
in the California desert.
(Econ, 3/16/13, p.30)
2013 Mar 13, Shares of Silver
Spring Networks (SSNI) of Redwood City, Ca., closed at $22 in an IPO
of 4.75 million shares on the NYSE. The maker of smart meter
technology jumped nearly 30% from the $17 offer.
(SFC, 3/14/13, p.C1)
2013 Mar 13, The 2012 A.M
Turing Award for computer scientists was awarded to Shafi Goldwasser
and Silvio Micali of MIT.
(Econ, 3/23/13, p.84)
2013 Mar 13, In New York Kurt
Myers (64) started a fire in his apartment in Mohawk and then killed
two customers in a nearby barbershop. He then drove to nearby
Herkimer and killed two more people before holing up in an abandoned
building. Myers was killed the next day in an exchange of gunfire
(SFC, 3/14/13, p.A7)(SFC, 3/15/13, p.A6)
2013 Mar 13, Afghan
intelligence agents killed five suspected suicide bombers and
arrested two others, all members of the militant Haqqani network,
during a raid in which a truck was seized with 7,200 pounds of
explosive on the outskirts of Kabul.
2013 Mar 13, In Afghanistan
several people were killed and injured when a suicide bomber blew
himself up in a crowd of sports fans watching a buzkashi game in
2013 Mar 13, Bahrain’s public
prosecutor's office said six people have been detained over the last
couple of days for allegedly defaming the country's ruler on
2013 Mar 13, Chile officially
opened the $1.3 billion Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array
(ALMA), the world’s most powerful radio telescope. It consisted of
(Econ, 3/16/13, p.81)
2013 Mar 13, Croatia's
parliament approved the withdrawal of some 100 peacekeeping troops
from the Golan Heights amid fears they could be targeted by Syrian
government troops fighting the rebels.
2013 Mar 13, In Egypt a leaked
report concluded that police were behind the killing of nearly 900
protesters in Tahrir Square during the 18-day uprising that began on
Jan 25, 2011.
(SFC, 3/14/13, p.A4)
2013 Mar 13, German authorities
banned three ultraconservative Islamic groups, including one whose
Internet propaganda videos helped inspire the extremist who killed
two American airmen at Frankfurt airport in 2011.
2013 Mar 13, Aleqa Hammond
looked set to be Greenland's first female prime minister after
winning 42 percent of votes in elections on a platform of greater
control and heavier taxation of foreign mining.
2013 Mar 13, Kurdish rebels
based in northern Iraq freed eight captured Turkish soldiers and
officials as part of peace efforts between Turkey and the rebel
group aimed at ending a decades-long conflict.
2013 Mar 13, Scientists said
that the number of Monarch butterflies wintering in Mexico dropped
by 59% this year, falling to its lowest level since record keeping
began 20 years ago.
(SFC, 3/14/13, p.A2)
2013 Mar 13, New Zealand
lawmakers voted overwhelmingly in favor of a bill allowing same-sex
marriage, all but assuring that it will soon become law.
2013 Mar 13, In Nigeria a
strike at Aero Contractors Co. of Nigeria Ltd., halted flights
2013 Mar 13, In Karachi,
Pakistan, gunmen shot and killed pioneering activist Perween Rahman
(54), the director of the Orangi Pilot Project, who helped bring
services like sewer and water to the city's poorest neighborhoods.
2013 Mar 13, In southwest
Pakistan gunmen abducted two female Czech tourists and their police
guard as they were traveling on a bus through troubled Baluchistan
2013 Mar 13, In Saudi Arabia 7
men convicted of theft, looting and armed robbery were beheaded,
more than a week after their families and a rights group appealed to
the king for clemency. One of the men told The Associated Press in
early March that he was only 15 when he was arrested as part of a
ring that stole jewelry in 2004 and 2005. Nasser al-Qahtani said he
was tortured to confess and had no access to lawyers.
2013 Mar 13, Syrian government
troops fought fierce battles with rebels for control of key
neighborhoods in the north of Damascus. A European Union staff
member was killed in a rocket attack in an opposition stronghold
south of the capital. Fighting also raged in other cities, including
in Homs, where the regime pounded rebel positions with artillery and
carried out several airstrikes on the Baba Amr district.
2013 Mar 13, Tunisian vendor
Adel Khedhri (27) died of full-body burns a day after setting
himself ablaze. He was from a poor town in northwestern Tunisia and
had struggled to find a steady job to support his mother and
2013 Mar 13, Cardinal Jorge
Mario Bergoglio (76), known for his work with the poor in Buenos
Aires' slums, was elected as the 266th Pope. He became the first
Jesuit pope and first non-European since the Middle Ages and decided
to call himself Francis after St. Francis of Assisi.
2013 Mar 13, Zimbabwe's
official election body said it will not back down on its ban
preventing a leading human rights group from monitoring a referendum
o0n a new constitution on March 16.
2014 Mar 13, President
Obama signed the first congressionally passed public lands bill in
five years, and called on Congress to do more to protect the
wilderness. The law officially expanded the Sleeping Bear Dunes
National Lakeshore in Glen Arbor, Mich., a move that will protect an
additional 32,500 acres of Lake Michigan coastline.
(http://tinyurl.com/pkuv6nl)(SFC, 3/21/14, p.A7)
2014 Mar 13, US authorities
said Ahmed Bel Bacha (44), held for 12 years without charge at
Guantanamo Bay, has been turned over to the Algerian government.
This reduced the Gitmo prisoner population to 154.
2014 Mar 13, The Colorado Court
of Appeals said people whose cases were under appeal when Amendment
64 took effect in Dec 1012, are eligible to have their convictions
for possessing small amount of marijuana dismissed. The amendment
allowed adults over 21 to possess up to an ounce of marijuana.
(SFC, 3/14/14, p.A6)
2014 Mar 13, In Texas Rashad
Charjuan Owens (21) drove drunk into a crowd at the South by
Southwest (SXSW) music festival in Austin leaving 2 people dead and
23 injured. 9 remained hospitalized in critical condition. A 3rd
person died of her injuries on March 17.
(AFP, 3/13/14)(SFC, 3/15/14, p.A11)(SFC, 3/18/14,
2014 Mar 13, US border agent
Esteban Manzanares (32) committed suicide. He was accused of
kidnapping and assaulting an immigrant woman, her daughter and
another girl a day earlier in Mission, Texas.
(SFC, 3/15/14, p.A10)(AP, 3/17/14)
2014 Mar 13, Bosnian police
said the driver of a city bus was killed when a man threw a hand
grenade into the vehicle as it stood at a bus stop in Banja Luka.
2014 Mar 13, Edward Haughey
(70), Northern Ireland's wealthiest man, died after his helicopter
crashed in thick fog in eastern England. He had founded Norbrook
Laboratories, a world-leading veterinary drugs company.
2014 Mar 13, The Toronto
National Post reported that a new generation of mutant lice have
become immune to poisons of decades past and constituted 97.1% of
all Canadian head lice cases.
(SSFC, 3/16/14, p.A4)
2014 Mar 13, Police in
southwestern China took away veteran activist Huang Qi, who runs a
rights monitoring website, and seized his computers and mobile
phones in Chengdu.
2014 Mar 13, Czech priest and
intellectual Tomas Halik (65) won the 2014 Templeton Prize. Halik
pushed for religious and cultural freedoms after the Soviet invasion
of Czechoslovakia in 1968 and became a leading advocate of dialogue
among different faiths and non-believers.
2014 Mar 13, East African heads
of state met in Addis Ababa in the latest push for peace in war-torn
South Sudan, where almost three months of raging conflict has left
2014 Mar 13, Egypt brokered a
ceasefire aimed at ending a flare-up of rocket attacks from Gaza on
Israeli towns and Israeli air strikes in the Palestinian enclave.
2014 Mar 13, In Egypt an attack
on an army bus killed one officer and wounded three others in Cairo.
The army blamed the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, who in turn
strongly condemned the attack.
2014 Mar 13, El Salvador’s
electoral court said Sanchez Ceren (69), the leftist candidate of
the ruling Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front (FMLN), won the
March 9 presidential election with got 50.1% of the votes.
2014 Mar 13, The Paris-based
OECD said it has postponed all activities related to Russia's
accession to the organization following a request from its 34
2014 Mar 13, Germany's Angela
Merkel warned Moscow that it risked "massive" political and economic
damage if it refused to change course on Ukraine.
2014 Mar 13, In Germany Bayern
Munich president Uli Hoeness was found guilty and sentenced to 3½
years in prison for evading millions of euros (dollars) in tax
through an undeclared Swiss bank account.
2014 Mar 13, Israeli warplanes
pounded 29 Palestinian targets in the Gaza Strip in response
to heavy Palestinian rocket fire into the Jewish state as Gaza
militants resumed rocket fire. Israel’s defense ministry shut down
the Kerem Shalom goods crossing into southern Gaza following rocket
fire over the border.
(AFP, 3/13/14)(AP, 3/13/14)(AFP, 3/16/14)
2014 Mar 13, In Lebanon clashes
broke out in Tripoli after gunmen fatally shot a Sunni man who had
Alawite relatives and lived in a mostly Alawite area of the city.
2014 Mar 13, Madagascar said it
has restored ties with the International Monetary Fund for the first
time since a coup in 2009.
2014 Mar 13, Malaysian police
arrested 62 people who had illegally crossed the porous border
between Thailand and Malaysia.
2014 Mar 13, In Mexico a top
leader of the self-defense movement in Michoacan state was charged
in the murder of two members of a rival vigilante faction.
(SSFC, 3/16/14, p.A10)
2014 Mar 13, New Zealand's
Reserve Bank raised its benchmark interest rate by quarter of a
percentage point to 2.75 percent after holding it at a record low
for three years.
2014 Mar 13, In northern
Nigeria attackers returned to Marabar Kindo village in Katsina state
and gunned down another 7 villagers.
(SFC, 3/14/14, p.A2)
2014 Mar 13, Russia said it
will impose symmetrical sanctions if the United States and European
Union impose their own.
2014 Mar 13, Sri Lanka's police
arrested Balendran Jeyakumari and referred her daughter Vithushaini
(13) to child care officials. Jeyakumari had been vocal in calling
for the release of her 15-year-old son, a child recruit of the Tamil
Tiger rebels, whom she had handed to the military as fighting ended
(AP, 3/14/14)(SFC, 3/15/14, p.A2)
2014 Mar 13, A court in Sudan
sentenced former governor of the southern Blue Nile State and leader
of the opposition group Sudan People's Liberation Movement-North
Malik Agar and 17 other members of the group to death by hanging. 47
others were given life sentences in a hearing. All but one were
tried in absentia.
2014 Mar 13, Syria's parliament
unanimously approved a new election law allowing multiple
candidates to run for president, opening the door — at least in
theory — to other potential contenders besides President Assad.
However only candidates who have lived in Syria for 10 consecutive
prior to nomination can run.
(AP, 3/13/14)(SFC, 3/14/14, p.A4)
2014 Mar 13, Ukraine's
parliament appealed to the UN to discuss the occupation by Russian
forces of its Crimea peninsula and said it reserved the right to ask
individual countries for help in resolving the issue. A man (22) was
stabbed to death in Donetsk in clashes between pro-Russian
protesters and a crowd favoring European integration and denouncing
Russian forces' seizure of Crimea.
(Reuters, 3/13/14)(Reuters, 3/14/14)
2014 Mar 13, In Yemen 6 Shiite
rebels and 2 soldiers were killed in a firefight near Sanaa. Eight
of the Huthi rebels, also known as Ansarullah (Partisans of God),
were wounded in the clash in Qaratel.