Return to homePi day, the third month and the 14th day (3.14),
which represents the approximate ratio of a circle’s circumference
to its diameter. The 16th letter of the Greek alphabet was 1st used
as a mathematical symbol in 1706 by William Jones. On March 12,
2009, the US House of Representatives passed a non-binding
resolution recognizing March 14, 2009 as National Pi Day.
3/14/99, p.C5)(WSJ, 3/15/05, p.B1) 840 Mar
14, Eginhard (69), French nobleman, biographer (Vita Karoli Magni),
1559 Mar 14, Jacques d'Auchy,
Walloon Baptist merchant, was executed.
1573 Mar 14, Claude II of
Lotharingen, duke of Aumale, died. He murdered Huguenot leader Adm.
Coligny. (see Aug 24, 1572]
1629 Mar 14, A Royal charter
was granted to the Massachusetts Bay Colony.
1644 Mar 14, Roger Williams of
Providence, Rhode Island, was issued a charter in the name of the
king, which connected the towns of Providence, Portsmouth, and
Newport under the title of "the Incorporation of Providence
Plantations in the Narragansett Bay in New England." A March 24 date
is also common for this and reflects later use of the new style
1681 Mar 14, Georg Philipp
Telemann, late baroque composer, was born in Magdeburg, Germany.
1692 Mar 14, Peter
Musschenbroek, Dutch physician, physicist (Leyden jar), was born.
1727 Mar 14, Johann Gottlieb
Goldberg, composer, was born.
1743 Mar 14, The first recorded
town meeting in America was held at Faneuil Hall in Boston.
1755 Mar 14, Pierre-Louis
Couperin, composer, was born.
1757 Mar 14, John Byng (52),
British Admiral, was executed by a firing squad on board HMS Monarch
for neglect of duty. Early in the Seven Years' War (1756-1763), Byng
was called on to relieve a British fort on the Mediterranean island
of Minorca which was being attacked by French forces. He was sent
with a small, undermanned fleet. Several ship were badly damaged in
subsequent skirmishes with the French, prompting Byng to turn back
to Gibraltar. The fort was eventually forced to capitulate. He was
brought home, court-martialled and executed for breach of Articles
of War. In 2007 his descendants sought a posthumous pardon.
1790 Mar 14, Captain Bligh
returned to England with news of the mutiny on the Bounty.
(ON, 3/04, p.9)
1794 Mar 14, Eli Whitney
received a patent for his cotton gin, an invention that
revolutionized America's cotton industry. He paid substantial
royalties to Catherine T. Greene and this makes his claim to the
(AP, 3/14/97)(SFC, 10/4/97, p.E3)
1800 Mar 14, James Bogardus, US
inventor, builder (made cast-iron buildings), was born.
1801 Mar 14, Christian
Friedrich Penzel (63), composer, died.
1803 Mar 14, Friedrich Gottlieb
Klopstock (78), German poet, died.
1804 Mar 14, Johann Strauss
(d.1849), Austrian orchestra conductor and composer, was born. His
son was also named Johann (1825-1899).
(WUD, 1994, p.1405)(HN, 3/14/98)
1812 Mar 14, The US Congress
authorized war bonds to finance War of 1812.
1820 Mar 14, Victor Emmanuel
II, King of Sardinia (1849-61) and Italy (1861-78), was born.
1821 Mar 14, African Methodist
Episcopal Zion Church founded in NY.
1833 Mar 14, Lucy Hobbs Taylor,
first woman dentist, was born.
1854 Mar 14, Thomas Riley
Marshall, 28th U.S. Vice President (Woodrow Wilson), was born.
1854 Mar 14, Paul Ehrlich,
German bacteriologist, was born. He later received the Nobel Prize
1861 Mar 14, Abraham Louis
Niedermeyer (58), composer, died.
1862 Mar 14, Battle of New
Bern, NC. General Burnside conquered New Bern, a strategic port and
(AM, 11/04, p.28)
1863 Mar 14, Asbury Harpending
(24) of Kentucky, Ridgely Greathouse of Kentucky and Alfred Rubery
of Britain set sail from San Francisco with 20 fighting men aboard
the J.M. Chapman on an expedition to intercept outbound Panama
steamers loaded with gold and silver and send the money to the
Confederacy. They were quickly intercepted, taken to Alcatraz, and
found guilty of high treason. Harpending was granted amnesty after
four months in jail.
(SFC, 3/15/14, p.D2)
1864 Mar 14, Casey Jones (John
Luther Jones), railroad engineer, was born.
(HFA, ‘96, p.26)(HN, 3/14/01)(MC, 3/14/02)
1864 Mar 14, Rossini's "Petite
Messe Solennelle," premiered in Paris.
1864 Mar 14, Samuel and
Florence Baker arrived at Lake Luta N’Zige and named it Lake Albert.
They soon found that the Nile entered the lake at a 130-foot
waterfall that they named Murchison Falls (Uganda) after the
president of the British Royal Geographical Society. In 2004 Pat
shipman authored “To the Heart of the Nile: Lady Florence Baker and
the Exploration of Central Africa."
(ON, 10/01, p.12)(Econ, 4/24/04, p.87)
1875 Mar 14, Smetana's
1879 Mar 14, Physicist Albert
Einstein, mathematician best known for his theories on relativity
was born in Ulm, Germany. He received the Physics Nobel Prize in
(CFA, ‘96,Vol 179, p.42)(AP, 3/14/97)(HN,
1883 Mar 14, Karl Marx (64),
German political philosopher (Communist Manifesto, Das Kapital),
died in London.
(AP, 3/14/97)(MC, 3/14/02)
1885 Mar 14, Gilbert &
Sullivan's opera "Mikado," premiered in London.
(WSJ, 11/22/00, p.A20)(MC, 3/14/02)
1891 Mar 14, A mob in New
Orleans broke open a jail after a court dismissed charges against 19
Italian men indicted for the murder of police chief David C.
Hemmessey. 11 of 19 defendants were hanged. The book "Vendetta" by
Richard Gambino, and the movie of the same name, covered the event.
(SSFC, 2/1/04, p.M3)
1898 Mar 14, Henry Bessemer
(b.1813), English inventor and mechanical engineer, died. Bessemer
developed the first process for mass-producing steel inexpensively.
1900 Mar 14, Congress ratified
the Gold Standard Act for U.S. currency.
(AP, 3/14/97)(HN, 3/14/98)
1901 Mar 14, 1st performance of
Anton Bruckner's 6th Symphony in A.
1903 Mar 14, The Senate
ratified the Hay-Herran Treaty which guaranteed the U.S. the right
to build a canal at Panama. The treaty promised Colombia $10 million
plus $250,000 annually for a zone 6 miles wide.
(HN, 3/14/98)(ON, 1/00, p.2)
1903 Mar 14, The 1st national
bird reservation was established in Sebastian, Florida.
1906 Apr 14, Russian writer
Maxim Gorky was in NYC raising funds for the revolt in Russia. He
had just been ordered out of 2 respectable hotels due to his
relationship with Russian actress Mlle. Andreivea.
(SFC, 4/15/06, p.A7)
1907 Mar 14, President Theodore
Roosevelt signed an executive order designed to prevent Japanese
laborers from immigrating to the United States as part of a
"gentlemen's agreement" with Japan.
1912 Mar 14, An anarchist named
Antonio Dalba unsuccessfully attempted to kill Italy’s King Victor
Emmanuel III in Rome.
1915 Mar 14, Stunt pilot
Lincoln Beachey (b.1887) plunged into the shallows of SF Bay and was
killed as some 50,000 fans watched his performance during the
Panama-Pacific Expo. The battleship USS Oregon recovered the plane
(SSFC, 3/15/15, p.C2)
1915 Mar 14, The British Navy
sank the German battleship Dresden off the Chilean coast.
1916 Mar 14, In the Battle of
Verdun Germans attacked on Mort-Homme ridge, West of Verdun.
1917 Mar 14, China broke off
diplomatic relations with Germany.
1918 Mar 14, An all-Russian
Congress of Soviets ratified a peace treaty with the Central Powers.
1919 Mar 14, Max Shulman,
novelist (Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, Tender Trap), was born.
1919 Mar 14, Emile Cottin was
condemned to death for the attempt on the life of Clemenceau.
1920 Mar 14, Hank Ketchum,
cartoonist (Dennis the Menace), was born in Seattle, Wa.
1923 Mar 14, Diane Arbus
[Nemerov] (d.1971), photographer, innovator (Vogue and Harper's
Bazaar), was born in NYC. In 1984 Patricia Bosworth authored: "Diane
Arbus: A Biography."
1923 Mar 14, President Harding
became the first chief executive to file an income tax report.
1923 Mar 14, German Supreme
Court prohibited the NSDAP (Nazi Party).
1928 Mar 14, Frank Borman,
astronaut (Gem 7, Ap 8), CEO (Eastern Airline), was born in Gary,
1932 Mar 14, George Eastman
(77), US industrialist (Kodak-camera), committed suicide.
1933 Mar 14, Michael Caine,
[Maurice J. Micklewhite Jr.], actor (Alfie), was born in London.
(MC, 3/14/02)(SSFC, 2/9/03, Par p.4)
1933 Mar 14, Winston Churchill
wanted to boost air defense.
1934 Mar 14, Eugene Cerna,
American Astronaut who was the last man on the moon, was born.
1936 Mar 14, Hitler told a
crowd of 300,000 that Germany’s only judge is God and itself.
1939 Mar 14, Nash Kelvinator
and IBM were removed from the DJIA. AT&T was again added to the
DJIA along with United Aircraft.
(WSJ, 5/28/96, p. R-42)(WSJ, 4/2/04, p.C4)
1939 Mar 14, The republic of
Czechoslovakia was dissolved, opening the way for Nazi occupation of
Czech areas and the separation of Slovakia.
1940 Mar 14, Rita Tushingham,
actress (Green Eyes, Dr Zhivago), was born in Liverpool, England.
1940 Mar 14, A truck full of
migrant workers collided with a train outside McAllen, Texas. 27
people were killed and 15 injured.
1941 Mar 14, Xavier Cugat and
his Orchestra recorded "Babalu."
1943 Mar 14, Aaron Copland’s
"Fanfare for the Common Man" premiered in New York, with George
1943 Mar 14, The Germans
reoccupied Kharkov in the Soviet Union.
1945 Mar 14, Sgt. 1st Class
Marvin Steinford, a native of Iowa, was part of a 10-man crew of a
B-17 bomber which was hit, while returning to its base in Italy from
a mission over Hungary. In 2004 his remains were found in a grave in
the town on Zirc in western Hungary, where he had been buried with
26 Soviet soldiers. In 2009 his remains were returned to the US.
1945 Mar 14, Chile declared war
1945 Mar 14, A supreme
Lithuanian independence committee was re-formed in Germany. The
committee was 1st formed Nov 25, 1943, in Lithuania.
1947 Mar 14, Billy Crystal,
comedian (Soap, SNL, City Slickers), was born in Long Beach, NY.
1947 Mar 14, The U.S. signed a
99-year lease on naval bases in the Philippines.
1950 Mar 14, The FBI began its
"10 Most Wanted" list after a reporter asked for the names and
descriptions of the "toughest guys" the FBI would like to capture.
(SFEC, 4/30/00, Par p.4)
1951 Mar 14, During the Korean
War, United Nations forces recaptured Seoul.
1952 Mar 14, J. Fred Muggs,
chimp on the Today show, was born.
1958 Mar 14, RIAA certified its
1st gold record: Perry Como's Catch A Falling Star.
1964 Mar 14, In San Francisco
over 200 demonstrators invaded the Cadillac agency at Van Ness
Avenue and O’Farrell over alleged discriminatory hiring practices.
Police arrested 166 people and attorney Patrick Hallinan arranged
their bail releases.
(SSFC, 3/9/14, DB p.42)
1964 Mar 14, A jury in Dallas
found Jack Ruby guilty of murdering Lee Harvey Oswald, the accused
assassin of President Kennedy, the previous November.
1965 Mar 14, Israel's cabinet
formally approved establishing diplomatic relations with West
1967 Mar 14, The body of
President Kennedy was moved from a temporary grave to a permanent
memorial site at Arlington National Cemetery.
(AP, 3/14/98)(HN, 3/14/98)
1969 Mar 14, US Supreme Court
Justice Abe Fortas resigned under pressure for the acceptance of an
allegedly illegal payment from a former business associate.
1969 Mar 14, Ben Shahn (1898),
Lithuanian-born American painter and photographer, died in NYC. Much
of his photography of done in New York’s Lower East Side and
(WSJ, 12/1/98, p.A20)(WSJ, 2/1/00,
1972 Mar 14, Pres. Nixon
remarked "It’s better to chase girls than boys…" after columnist
Jack Anderson reported that Ambassador Arthur Watson had groped
flight attendants on a trip home from Paris. A Congressional
investigation prompted Watson’s resignation.
(SFC, 3/1/02, p.A3)
1976 Mar 14, Busby Berkeley
(b.1895), US film director and choreographer, died.
1977 Mar 14, Fannie Lou Hamer
(b.1917), Mississippi civil rights champion, died. She had helped
register black voters when doing so put her own life in danger. She
was instrumental in organizing Mississippi Freedom Summer for the
Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), and later became
the Vice-Chair of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party.
(SFC, 10/6/12, p.A5)(
1978 Mar 14, An Israeli force
of 22,000 invaded south Lebanon, hitting the PLO bases.
1980 Mar 14, Pres. Carter
signed Executive order 12201 imposing credit controls to reduce
inflation. Credit usage plunged and GDP fell by an annualized 8%,
the steepest quarterly drop in 50 years.
1980 Mar 14, A Polish airliner
crashed while making an emergency landing near Warsaw, killing
all 87 people aboard, including 22 members of a U.S. amateur boxing
1982 Mar 14, In Guatemala in
Cuarto Pueblo 309 villagers were killed over three days by
(SFC, 12/9/96, p.A18)
1982 Mar 14, South African
police bombed the London offices of the African National Congress.
Gen'l. Johann Coetzee commander of apartheid police and 8 officers
received amnesty in 1999. Col. Eugene de Kock testified in 1998 that
he blew up a building belonging to the African National Congress in
London and received a Star of Excellence medal approved by Pres.
(SFC, 6/4/98, p.A12)(SFC, 10/16/99,
1987 Mar 14, President Reagan,
in his Saturday radio address, said he should have listened to
Secretary of State George P. Shultz and Defense Sec. Caspar
Weinberger when they advised him not to sell arms to Iran.
1988 Mar 14, Chinese troops
killed 64 Vietnamese sailors in clashes over the Spratly Islands.
Nine Vietnamese engineering soldiers were taken prisoner.
(Econ, 10/22/11, p.53)(AP, 3/14/16)
1988 Mar 14, Israeli Prime
Minister Yitzhak Shamir arrived in Washington, D.C., with what he
called new ideas for Middle East peace talks, despite maintaining a
hard-line on Israel’s retention of the occupied West Bank and Gaza
1989 Mar 14, In a policy shift,
the Bush administration announced an indefinite ban on imports of
semiautomatic assault rifles.
1990 Mar 14, The United States,
the Soviet Union, Britain, France, and West and East Germany held
their first formal meeting on reunifying the German states.
1990 Mar 14, The Soviet
Congress elected Mikhail S. Gorbachev president of the Soviet
Congress, a day after creating the post.
(HN, 3/14/98)(AP, 3/14/00)
1991 Mar 14, Speakers at a Los
Angeles Police Commission hearing demanded the ouster of Chief Daryl
F. Gates in the wake of the videotaped police beating of motorist
1991 Mar 14, Doc Pomus
(b.1925), American blues singer and songwriter, died. He
collaborated with pianist Mort Shuman to write the hit songs:
"Teenager in Love"; "Save The Last Dance For Me"; "Hushabye"; "This
Magic Moment"; "Turn Me Loose"; "Sweets For My Sweet"; "Can't Get
Used To Losing You"; "Little Sister"; "Suspicion"; "Surrender";
"Viva Las Vegas"; and "His Latest Flame (Marie's The Name)." In 2007
Alex Halberstadt authored “Lonely Avenue: The Unlikely Life and
Times of Doc Pomus."
1991 Mar 14, The emir of Kuwait
(Sheik Jaber al-Ahmed al-Sabah) returned home after seven months in
1991 Mar 14, A British court
reversed the convictions of the "Birmingham Six," who had spent 16
years in prison for an Irish Republican Army bombing, and ordered
them released after a court agreed that the police fabricated
(HN, 3/14/99)(AP, 3/14/01)
1992 Mar 14, The Associated
Press obtained the names of 22 of 24 of the worst offenders in the
check overdraft scandal at the House bank; topping the list were
former Rep. Tommy Robinson of Arkansas and Rep. Bob Mrazek of New
York, both Democrats.
1992 Mar 14, Soviet newspaper
"Pravda" suspended publication.
1992 Mar 14, Steven Brian
Pennell (34), serial killer, was executed. This was the 1st
execution in Delaware in 45 years.
1992 Mar 14, Jean Poiret (65),
French actor, writer (La Cage aux Folles), died.
1993 Mar 14, An independent
U.N.-sponsored commission released a report blaming the bulk of
atrocities committed during El Salvador’s civil war on the country’s
1994 Mar 14, Associate Attorney
General Webster Hubbell, a longtime friend of President and Mrs.
Clinton, resigned because of controversy over billings he'd charged
while in private law practice.
1994 Mar 14, US Secretary of
State Warren Christopher wrapped up three days of meetings with
Chinese leaders, who rejected attempts to link their human rights
record with preferred trade status.
1995 Mar 14, American astronaut
Norman Thagard became the first American to enter space aboard a
Russian rocket as he and two cosmonauts blasted off aboard a
Soyuz spacecraft, headed for the Mir space station.
1996 Mar 14, During a visit to
Israel, President Clinton pledged $100 million to the fight against
1996 Mar 14, The US approved
arms and equipment for Bosnia. It was the same day that the UN
embargo on small arms for the region was lifted. In the following
weeks M-16 rifles, machine guns, field phone systems, and military
radio equipment arrived in Bosnia.
(SFC, 5/24/96, p.A12)
1996 Mar 14, Steve Forbes
dropped his quest for the Republican presidential nomination after
spending $30 million of his own money.
1997 Mar 14, Surgeons at
Bethesda Naval Medical Center repaired a painful torn knee tendon in
President Clinton’s right leg. The injury had been caused by a freak
middle-of-the-night stumble at golfer Greg Norman’s Florida home.
1997 Mar 14, The Dow Jones
Industrial Average was updated with 4 new companies. Bethlehem
Steel, Texaco, Westinghouse Electric and Woolworth were taken off
the list and replaced by Hewlett-Packard, Wal-Mart Stores, Johnson
& Johnson, and the Travelers Group.
(SFC, 3/13/97, p.A1,15)
1997 Mar 14, Fred Zinnemann
(89), film director, died of heart attack in London, England.
1997 Mar 14, In Albania chaos
and anarchy spread and some 23 people were reported killed across
the country. The US and Italy were airlifting citizens out of the
country. Near the Macedonian border a $10 million cigarette plant
was burned down.
(SFC, 3/15/97, p.A10)
1997 Mar 14, In northeastern
Iran a C-130 military cargo plane crashed near Mashad and all 86
people aboard were believed killed.
(SFC, 3/15/97, p.A19)
1997 Mar 14, In Mexico five
Zapatista guerrillas were killed in a clash with the police in
Chiapas. Four were injured and 27 wounded when police dislodged
hundreds who had been squatting on a farm near San Pedro Nixtalucum.
(SFC, 3/17/97, p.A8)
1997 Mar 14, In Zaire after a 3
week siege of Kisangani, rebels attacked the city, the 3rd largest
in the country.
(SFC, 3/15/97, p.A10)
1997 Mar 15, An art show that
featured 13 oil paintings by Dr. Kevorkian opened in Royal Oak,
Mich. They depicted severed heads, moldering skulls and rotting
(SFC, 3/17/97, p.A2)
1998 Mar 14, India's Congress
party picked Sonia Gandhi, the Italian-born widow of assassinated
prime minister Rajiv Gandhi, as its new president.
(SFEC, 3/15/98, p.A13)(AP, 3/14/99)
1998 Mar 14, In Iran a 6.4
earthquake hit in the southeast and at least 5 people were killed
and thousands left homeless.
(SFEC, 3/15/98, p.A22)(AP, 3/14/99)
1999 Mar 14, The Clinton
administration conceded the Chinese had gained from technology
allegedly stolen from a federal nuclear weapons lab but insisted the
government responded decisively; Republicans demanded a
comprehensive review of U.S. policy toward China.
1999 Mar 14, In southeastern
Congo rebels reportedly killed over 100 villagers in retaliation for
an attack by pro-government militia. Moise Nyarugabo, head of the
rebel Congolese Democratic Coalition said his forces killed at least
150 Zimbabwean soldiers allied to Kabila at Kabinda. Zimbabwe denied
(SFC, 3/15/99, p.A9)(SFC, 3/17/99, p.C3)
1999 Mar 14, In India a fire
swept a New Delhi shantytown and at least 22 people were killed in
the Vijay Ghat district.
(SFC, 3/15/99, p.A9)
1999 Mar 14, In Kosovo heavy
fighting preceded the resumption of peace talks in Paris.
(SFC, 3/15/99, p.A1)
1999 Mar 14, In Turkmenistan
the warring factions of Afghanistan agreed in principle to a peace
(SFC, 3/15/99, p.A8)
1999 Mar 14, In Venezuela Irene
Saez, a former Miss Universe, won the governorship of Margarita
(SFC, 3/15/99, p.A9)
2000 Mar 14, Pres. Clinton and
PM Tony Blair said that the raw data of human genes "should be made
freely available to scientists everywhere."
(SFC, 3/15/00, p.A1)
2000 Mar 14, Republican George
W. Bush and Democrat Al Gore clinched their presidential nominations
in a sweep of Southern primaries.
2000 Mar 14, It was reported
the Hugh McColl (64), CEO of Bank of America, received over $50
million in stock and options in 1999 despite low earnings and a
plunging stock price.
(SFC, 3/14/00, p.A1)
2000 Mar 14, Defending champion
Doug Swingley drove his dog team to victory in the Iditarod Trail
Sled Dog Race.
2000 Mar 14, In Florida a state
judge ruled the 1-year-old school voucher program unconstitutional.
(SFC, 3/15/00, p.A3)
2000 Mar 14, 5 convoys of
trucks were reported heading for Washington DC to protest the rising
cost of fuel and low freight rates.
(SFC, 3/14/00, p.A3)
2000 Mar 14, In Chile
authorities arrested former Gen. Eduardo Iturriaga for the 1975
shooting of former Vice Pres. Bernardo Leighton and his wife, Ana,
(SFC, 3/15/00, p.A10)
2000 Mar 14, In China an
official was sentenced to death for embezzling $1.4 million that was
meant to help relocate 1.3 million people displaced by the Three
Gorges dam project.
(WSJ, 3/15/00, p.A1)
2001 Mar 14, Doug Swingley won
the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in Alaska for the third straight
2001 Mar 14, Inspectors
tightened U.S. defenses against foot-and-mouth disease a day after a
case was confirmed in France.
2001 Mar 14, The DJIA fell 317
to close at 9,973. The Nasdaq fell 42 to close at 1,972.
(SFC, 3/15/01, p.A1)
2001 Mar 14, Bristol-Myers
proposed a $1 a day price per patient for its 2 AIDS medicines to
sub-Saharan African countries.
(SFC, 3/15/01, p.A12)
2001 Mar 14, Seven men were
killed by police in a Kingston suburb during an alleged shootout. 3
of the dead were under 18. In 2003 five police officers were charged
with murder in the deaths of the 7 young men.
(SFC, 4/11/01, p.C3)(AP, 11/12/03)
2001 Mar 14, In Macedonia the
ethnic Albanian National Liberation Army (UCK) extended its fight to
Tetovo, the country’s 2nd largest city.
(SFC, 3/15/01, p.A12)
2002 Mar 14, The US Justice
Dept. unveiled a criminal indictment against Arthur Anderson LLP on
obstruction of justice charges in the Enron case.
(SFC, 3/15/02, p.A1)
2002 Mar 14, The Bush
administration demanded that PM Ariel Sharon order a withdrawal from
Palestinian controlled areas.
(SFC, 3/15/02, p.A1)
2002 Mar 14, VP Cheney traveled
to Yemen to press for joint efforts against remnants of al Qaeda.
(SFC, 3/15/02, p.A14)
2002 Mar 14, A New Jersey
federal grand jury indicted Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh for the
kidnapping and murder of journalist Daniel Pearl in Pakistan.
(SFC, 3/15/02, p.A14)
2002 Mar 14, John C.
Polkinghorne, a British mathematical physicist and Anglican priest,
was named winner of the 2002 $1 million Templeton Prize.
(SFC, 3/15/02, p.A4)
2002 Mar 14, It was reported
that scientists had developed a brain implant that allowed monkeys
to control a computer cursor by thought alone.
(SFC, 3/14/02, p.A2)
2002 Mar 14, In Georgia a
125-vehicle pileup left 4 people dead on foggy I-75.
(SFC, 3/15/02, p.A3)
2002 Mar 14, PM Ariel Sharon
announced a staged withdrawal from Ramallah ending the 2-week
"Operation Vital Security" and met with US envoy Anthony Zinni.
(SFC, 3/15/02, p.A1)(SFC, 3/16/02, p.A7)
2002 Mar 14, In Pakistan Pres.
Musharraf said the war in Afghanistan is over. The 12 day Operation
Anaconda left as many as 800 enemy fighters dead.
(SFC, 3/15/02, p.A14)
2002 Mar 14, Yugoslavia was
declared dead as Serbia and Montenegro agreed to rename their
federation: "Serbia and Montenegro."
(SFC, 3/15/02, p.A6)
2002 Mar 14, Yugoslav military
forces arrested a US diplomat and Yugoslav general outside Belgrade
with accusations of espionage. The diplomat was released after 15
hours. Former Gen. Perisic, deputy Prime minister, was
released Mar 16.
(SFC, 3/16/02, p.A8)(SSFC, 3/17/02, p.A20)
2003 Mar 14, Pres. Bush
promised to reveal a US "road map" to Middle East peace. It was
contingent on the confirmation of a Palestinian prime minister with
(SFC, 3/15/03, p.A1)
2003 Mar 14, Police arrested 80
anti-war protesters in the SF financial district. They included
Warren Langley, former head of the Pacific Exchange.
(SFC, 3/15/03, p.A13)
2003 Mar 14, Actor Robert Blake
was released from jail on $1.5 million bail, 11 months after he was
arrested on charges of murdering his wife, Bonny Lee Bakley. Blake
was later acquitted at trial.
2003 Mar 14, Christopher Boyce,
whose Cold War spying was immortalized on film in "The Falcon and
the Snowman," was released from a halfway house in San Francisco
after about a quarter-century in prison.
2003 Mar 14, Amanda Davis (32),
writing professor at Mills College in Oakland, Ca., was killed in a
small plane crash near Ashville, NC, along with her parents. She was
on a book signing tour for her novel "Wonder When You'll Miss Me."
(SFC, 3/19/03, p.D4)
2003 Mar 14, Hannah Foster (17)
was raped and murdered near Southampton, England. Maninder Pal Singh
Kohli fled Britain days after being named as a suspect. In 2007 a
New Delhi court ruled that Kohli (39) should face trial in Britain
for the 2003 rape and murder, in a long-awaited verdict on the
drawn-out extradition wrangle.
2003 Mar 14, Chancellor Gerhard
Schroeder gave a speech before the German Bundestag outlining the
proposed plans for reform. He pointed out three main areas which the
agenda would focus on: the economy, the system of social security,
and Germany's position on the world market. The agenda came to be
called Agenda 2010, a reference to the Lisbon Strategy's 2010
2003 Mar 14, In Matamoros,
Mexico, police arrested drug lord Osiel Cardenas Guillen (35), aka
(SFC, 3/15/03, p.A7)
2004 Mar 14, In southeastern
Afghanistan U.S.-led troops surprised eight enemy fighters in a cave
complex, prompting a gunbattle, which left 3 militiamen killed and 5
2004 Mar 14, China took
symbolic steps toward a more capitalist society, amending its
constitution to protect private property rights and formalizing a
former president's once-unthinkable legacy, inviting entrepreneurs
to join the Communist Party.
2004 Mar 14, Georgia's
President Mikhail Saakashvili put the country's military on alert
after the restive Adzharia region barred him from entering.
2004 Mar 14, In Haiti French
troops took over patrols in a slum where U.S. Marines killed at
least two people.
2004 Mar 14, In Israel 2
explosions killed eight people and wounding 18 at the seaport of
Ashdod. Police said 2 Palestinian suicide bombers were responsible.
2004 Mar 14, In South Korea
tens of thousands of demonstrators streamed into the streets of
Seoul to protest the impeachment of Pres. Roh Moo-hyun. Some 50,000
had gathered the night before.
2004 Mar 14, Russian voters
overwhelmingly handed President Vladimir Putin a second four-year
term. It had long been seen as a foregone conclusion.
2004 Mar 14, Elections in Spain
returned the Socialists to power. Mariano Rajoy (48) of the ruling
conservative Popular Party was the prime minister's hand-picked
candidate to succeed him. Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero of the
Socialist Party hoped to end eight years of conservative government
after promising to pull Spanish troops out of Iraq and address
unaffordable housing and job insecurity at home. PM Jose Maria
Aznar's conservatives became the first government that had backed
Washington in Iraq to be voted from office. Zapatero led the
Socialists to victory.
(AP, 3/15/04)(Econ, 3/20/04, p.49)
2005 Mar 14, The US government
in Operation Community Shield announced the arrests in 7 cities of
103 members of MS-13, Mara Salvatrucha, a street gang rooted in
(SFC, 3/15/05, p.A5)
2005 Mar 14, San Francisco
Superior Court Judge Richard Kramer declared California’s ban on
same-sex marriage unconstitutional.
(SFC, 3/15/05, p.A1)
2005 Mar 14, U2, The
Pretenders, The O'Jays, Percy Sledge and blues legend Buddy Guy were
inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
2005 Mar 14, Jim Cramer began
hosting Mad Money, an American business television program, on the
CNBC cable/satellite TV channel.
2005 Mar 14, Health Day News
reported that an experimental drug that stops cancer cell division
and triggers tumor death has been developed by researchers at Temple
University. The drug, called ON01910, interferes with the activity
of a gene called Plk1.
2005 Mar 14, Experts said
poachers are killing between 6,000 and 12,000 elephants a year to
supply illegal ivory markets in Sudan to meet growing Chinese
demand. Most of the elephants are killed in southern Sudan, Congo
and the Central African Republic, with some ivory also coming from
Kenya and Chad.
2005 Mar 14, Voters in Central
African Republic cast ballots for president in the first poll since
rebels seized the capital two years ago. Gen. Francois Bozize, the
former army officer-turned-insurgent who now presides over the
country, was considered the front-runner in a field of 11.
2005 Mar 14, China's parliament
enacted a law authorizing force to stop rival Taiwan from pursuing
2005 Mar 14, Protesters across
Guatemala denounced a regional free trade deal with the US closed
schools, blocked highways and clashed with police in confrontations
that left 19 people injured and two arrested.
2005 Mar 14, UN
Secretary-General Kofi Annan said the United Nations is establishing
a register of property damage caused by Israel's West Bank
separation barrier. Hundreds of Palestinians protested the barrier
outside the walled Palestinian government compound where he spoke.
2005 Mar 14, Akira Yoshizawa
(94), an origami master whose expressive paper gorillas made an art
out of Japan's craft tradition, died of heart failure and pneumonia.
2005 Mar 14, Hundreds of
thousands of opposition demonstrators chanted "Freedom, sovereignty,
independence" and unfurled a huge Lebanese flag in Beirut, the
biggest protest yet in the opposition's duel of street rallies with
supporters of the Damascus-backed government. The “March 14 Forces,"
advocates of Syrian withdrawal, grew from this demonstration.
(AP, 3/14/05)(Econ, 7/29/06, p.43)
2005 Mar 14, The Hague tribunal
indicted former Macedonian Interior Minister Ljube Boskovski for war
2005 Mar 14, Sam Nujoma, the
first president of Namibia, retired.
2005 Mar 14, A group of
Muslim-extremist inmates accused of carrying out some of the
Philippines' worst terrorist attacks agreed to surrender after a
botched jailbreak left at least 5 people dead. The deal later broke
down when the inmates demanded dinner first.
2005 Mar 14, The U.N. tribunal
for Rwanda sentenced Vincent Rutaganira, a former local leader, to
six years in prison after he pleaded guilty to a charge of
extermination by omission under a plea bargain with prosecutors.
2005 Mar 14, Zimbabwe's Supreme
Court quashed a ban on the independent Daily News newspaper, known
for its anti-government line, but upheld a controversial media law
that has forced three other newspapers to close down.
2006 Mar 14, A Washington DC
judge ruled that the slaughter of horses for meat may continue in
(SFC, 3/15/06, p.A3)
2006 Mar 14, In California
scores of FBI agents and local police raided 14 homes and arrested 9
members of the drug trafficking Project Trojans gang in Contra Costa
(SFC, 3/15/06, p.A1)
2006 Mar 14, In Hawaii an
1890s-era plantation dam failed in the rugged hills above northern
Kauai, sending water and mud surging through two homes and wiping
out the only highway. Searchers found one person dead and were
looking for at least seven others, some of them children who hadn't
been seen since the deluge. The torrent of water killed seven
(AP, 3/15/06)(AP, 3/14/07)
2006 Mar 14, Afghanistan's
president demanded greater cooperation from Pakistan in the fight
against terrorism following claims the neighboring country has been
supporting militant attacks here. Islamabad criticized the remarks
and said Afghanistan must do more to battle terrorism.
2006 Mar 14, A spokesman said
NATO peacekeepers in northern Afghanistan had found the biggest
weapons cache in recent years including 80 tons of TNT and 25,000
landmines. The weapons were stored underground in old Soviet
2006 Mar 14, The WHO said it
believed test results showing three young women in Azerbaijan had
died of bird flu were reliable, but it awaited final confirmation
from a British laboratory.
2006 Mar 14, Belarus
authorities arrested more opposition activists as Belarusians cast
early ballots for the March 19 presidential election.
2006 Mar 14, In Brazil military
officials said weapons stolen from an army barracks have been found.
The theft triggered a massive search of Rio de Janeiro's crime
2006 Mar 14, Premier Wen Jiabao
vowed to crack down on seizures of farmland for redevelopment, a
source of rising rural anger in China, but stopped short of saying
whether the communist government might allow farmers to own land.
The 10-day session of the National People’s Congress closed as
delegates approved a budget that promised more cash for farmers and
a new 5-year economic plan.
(AP, 3/14/06)(Econ, 3/18/06, p.42)
2006 Mar 14, China refused to
take back 39,000 citizens who have been refused entry to the US and
are languishing in detention centers.
(WSJ, 3/15/06, p.A1)
2006 Mar 14, China and Russia
objected to a tough UN Security Council statement backed by the
United States, Britain and France calling for a report in two weeks
on Iran's compliance with demands that it suspend uranium
2006 Mar 14, EU trade chief
Peter Mandelson told China to remove barriers on imports of European
goods if it wants to be recognized as a market economy by the
2006 Mar 14, Lennart Meri
(b.1929), Estonia’s former president (1992-2001), died overnight in
Tallinn. The writer, film director and statesman’s relentless
struggle against communist oppression helped the Baltic nation break
free from the Soviet Union in 1991. Among his most well-known films
is the 1977 documentary "The Winds of the Milky Way," describing the
lives of Finno-Ugric people, which won a silver medal at the New
York Film Festival but was banned in the Soviet Union for its
culturally sensitive content.
(AP, 3/14/06)(Econ, 3/25/06, p.90)
2006 Mar 14, Hungary’s PM
Ferenc Gyurcsany said Hungarian researchers have devised a vaccine
for humans against the current form of the H5N1 bird flu virus. “If
the virus were to mutate, we would not have to experiment with new
technology but would be able to manufacture a real vaccine within
2006 Mar 14, A marine
researcher said rising sea temperatures caused by global warming
could kill off the Indian Ocean's coral reefs in the next 50 years,
threatening vital marine life.
2006 Mar 14, Iraqi police over
the past 24 hours found the bodies of at least 87 people killed by
execution-style shootings, a gruesome wave of apparent sectarian
reprisal slayings. 29 of the bodies, dressed only in underwear, were
dug out of a single grave in a Shiite neighborhood of Baghdad.
(AP, 3/14/06)(AP, 3/14/07)
2006 Mar 14, Israel’s acting PM
Ehud Olmert pledged to annex the Ariel Jewish settlement deep in the
West Bank, a message aimed at appeasing settlers alarmed by his
plans to withdraw from large parts of the West Bank over the next
2006 Mar 14, Israeli forces
driving bulldozers and firing tank shells and missiles burst into a
Palestinian prison and removed dozens of inmates in a raid targeting
prisoners convicted of killing an Israeli Cabinet minister.
Palestinian gunmen kidnapped an American teacher at a university in
the West Bank following the raid by Israeli forces. A UN aid agency
and the International Committee of the Red Cross said they were
temporarily pulling all foreign staff out of the West Bank and Gaza,
after gunmen kidnapped nine foreigners in just a few hours.
(AP, 3/14/06)(Econ, 3/18/06, p.49)
2006 Mar 14, In Italy 2 local
trains collided head-on outside a station near Milan, killing at
least two people.
2006 Mar 14, Jordan indicted
Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the leader of al-Qaida in Iraq, and 7 others
for the November bombings in Amman.
(SFC, 3/15/06, p.A3)
2006 Mar 14, Mexico announced a
new deepwater oil discovery that could exceed the declining reserves
at the giant offshore Cantarell field.
(WSJ, 3/14/06, p.A11)
2006 Mar 14, South Korea's PM
Lee Hae-chan resigned after drawing a firestorm of criticism for
playing golf March 1, rather than overseeing the government's
response to a railway strike.
2006 Mar 14, Thailand's PM
Thaksin Shinawatra vowed to declare an emergency if anti-government
protests turned violent, as tens of thousands marched on his office
to demand his resignation for alleged corruption.
2007 Mar 14, President Bush,
speaking from Mexico, said he was troubled by the Justice
Department's misleading explanations to Congress of why it fired
eight US attorneys, but said the firings were "entirely
2007 Mar 14, The Pentagon
released the transcript of a military hearing in which Khalid Sheikh
Mohammed said he "was responsible for the 9/11 operation from A to
2007 Mar 14, The US Treasury
Department said it would order US banks to sever ties with Banco
Delta Asia in Macao for allegedly helping North Korea launder money.
This was a move to unfreeze North Korean assets in the Macao bank.
(AP, 3/15/07)(WSJ, 3/15/07, p.A1)
2007 Mar 14, A US judge in
Virginia ruled that Sudan should pay damages to the families of 17
sailors killed in the October 2000 bombing of the U.S.S. Cole.
2007 Mar 14, A US appeals court
ruled that a California woman with an inoperable brain tumor may not
smoke marijuana to ease her pain even though California voters have
approved its medicinal use.
2007 Mar 14, John Sununu, US
senator from New Hampshire, became the 1st Republican to say that
Attorney General Alberto Gonzales should resign over the firing of 8
(Econ, 3/17/07, p.31)
2007 Mar 14, New York Gov.
Eliot Spitzer signed legislation authorizing “civil confinement" of
certain sex offenders who have finished their prison terms, but were
still considered a threat.
(Econ, 3/17/07, p.37)
2007 Mar 14, Bank of America
agreed to pay $26 million to settle SEC allegations that from 1999
to 2001 its securities unit made improper trades using advanced
knowledge of the firm’s stock research.
(WSJ, 3/15/07, p.C3)
2007 Mar 14, Chiquita Brands
Int’l., a Cincinnati-based banana company, agreed to pay a $25
million fine after admitting that it paid a Colombian terrorist
group (AUC) for protection in a volatile farming region. Chiquita
sold it Colombian banana operations in June, 2004.
(SFC, 3/15/07, p.A5)(WSJ, 8/2/07, p.A1)
2007 Mar 14, Regents of the
Univ. of California voted to raise student fees by 7% and
professional school fees by 12%. CSU trustees voted a 10% increase.
This marked the 5th tuition hike in 6 years.
(SFC, 3/15/07, p.A1)
2007 Mar 14, In California part
1 of a 2-part, $3 million evaluation of education in state public
schools indicated deep flaws in the system.
(SFC, 3/15/07, p.B1)x
2007 Mar 14, In NYC David Gavin
(32), with a fake beard and carrying 100 rounds of ammunition,
fatally shot a pizzeria employee and two unarmed volunteer police
officers in Greenwich Village before other officers shot him to
death. Gavin was a former employee at the pizzeria.
2007 Mar 14, In eastern
Afghanistan a suicide bomber struck near a police convoy killing 5
people with 38 wounded. Attacks elsewhere left 4 more dead. At least
six people were killed in an explosion in Kabul caused by gunpowder
in shops selling ammunition for hunting rifles. 9 others were
injured. An Italian journalist kidnapped in Afghanistan last week
appeared in a video shown on television appealing to Premier Romano
Prodi to work for his release.
(AFP, 3/14/07)(AP, 3/14/07)(AP, 3/14/07)(SFC,
2007 Mar 14, In Argentina
police clashed with protesters and ousted Gov. Angel Maza from his
offices, after he refused to leave despite his suspension over
corruption allegations. The La Rioja provincial legislature had
voted the night before to suspend him and start impeachment
proceedings over allegations that he manipulated bids for mining
2007 Mar 14, It was reported
that wild camels in drought-stricken Australia were in plague
proportions, damaging the environment and property. Australia
claimed the world's largest wild camel population. An estimated one
million feral camels, whose numbers double every eight years,
competed for food and water with native animals and livestock.
2007 Mar 14, In Brazil a
twin-engine plane was carrying $2.6 million worth of Brazilian reals
crashed near the city of Salvador. Locals made off with bags of cash
before rescuers arrived on the scene.
2007 Mar 14, Britain’s
Parliament approved PM Tony Blair's program to replace the nation’s
fleet of four nuclear-armed submarines.
2007 Mar 14, In Denmark 7
people who raised money for Colombian guerrillas and Palestinian
militants through T-shirt sales were charged under Denmark's
2007 Mar 14, In Egypt a
published decree said Mukbil Shakir, head of the Supreme Judicial
Council, has named the country's first female judges despite
opposition from conservative Muslims. Shakir appointed 31 women to
judge or chief judge positions in Egypt's courts.
2007 Mar 14, Lucie Aubrac
(b.1912), a hero of the French Resistance, died. She helped free her
husband from the Gestapo. In 2000, Aubrac published "The Resistance
Explained to my Grandchildren" about her experiences. She is also
the author of the 1984 book "They'll Leave Exhilarated." French
director Claude Berry made the hit 1997 movie "Lucie Aubrac,"
starring Carole Bouquet in the title role. Two other films,
Jean-Pierre Melville's 1969 "The Army of Shadows" and the 1991
"Boulevard of the Swallows" by Jose Yanne, were also based on
2007 Mar 14, Farmers in eastern
India angered by government plans to build an industrial park on
their land fought police with rocks, machetes and pickaxes. At least
14 people were killed in Nandigram, West Bengal state.
(AP, 3/14/07)(SFC, 6/18/07, p.A13)
2007 Mar 14, In northern Iraq
suicide bombers struck a market and an Iraqi military checkpoint in
Baghdad, killing at least 10 people. An Iraqi general warned
extremists that they will be "smashed under the foot of the Iraqi
people" if they resist efforts to end the violence in the country. A
US soldier was killed in fighting in Anbar province. A Marine
assigned to Multi National Force-West also died in Anbar in a
(AP, 3/14/07)(AP, 3/15/07)
2007 Mar 14, A Japanese court
overturned a landmark ruling ordering the Japanese government and a
company to compensate Chinese who were forced to work as slave
laborers in Japan during World War Two. The Tokyo High Court
acknowledged that the state and the firm had violated the human
rights of the 11 Chinese, but rejected the plaintiffs' demand for
compensation because a 20-year statute of limitation had expired.
2007 Mar 14, Israeli and
Palestinian envoys said that improving the economy can revive the
peace process as they got to work on a Japanese initiative to create
jobs in the West Bank.
2007 Mar 14, In Italy 5 former
members of Argentina's military were convicted in absentia of
murdering three Italians during the Argentina’s "dirty war"
2007 Mar 14, Italy and Russia
said they wanted talks between Moscow and the European Union on a
new strategic partnership agreement to start as soon as possible.
2007 Mar 14, In northwestern
Pakistan 2 men and a woman were stoned and shot to death on the
orders of a tribal council that found them guilty of adultery.
2007 Mar 14, Philippine police
stormed a courtroom to end a 24-hour hostage standoff, freeing all
four captives who were held by a movie stuntman and his common-law
wife. The gunman was killed when he dropped a grenade during the
2007 Mar 14, The Russian
state-run company building a nuclear plant in Iran warned that
Iranian payment delays may cause "irreversible" damage to the
project, another strong signal of Moscow's annoyance with Tehran.
2007 Mar 14, Thai prosecutors
said they would charge the wife of deposed premier Thaksin
Shinawatra with tax evasion. In southern Thailand suspected Muslim
insurgents opened fire on nine Buddhists who were riding in a
commuter van, killing all of them execution-style.
(AP, 3/14/07)(AFP, 3/14/07)
2007 Mar 14, The chief UN
nuclear inspector returned from a one-day trip to Pyongyang saying
that North Korea was "fully committed" to an agreement that requires
it to shutter its main nuclear reactor and let in inspectors as soon
as the U.S. drops financial sanctions.
2007 Mar 14, In Zimbabwe Morgan
Tsvangirai (54), the country's main opposition leader, said that
police beat him repeatedly in the head, back, knees and arm and that
he lost a lot of blood in an attack that seemed intended "to inflict
as much harm as they could."
2008 Mar 14, The near-collapse
of US investment giant Bear Stearns and its Federal Reserve bailout
heightened fears that the worst is not over for the spreading global
credit crunch. The Federal Reserve and JP Morgan Chase & Co.
offered to extend loans for 28 days. The US dollar hit a record low
against the euro, closing at 1.567 per euro.
(AFP, 3/14/08)(SFC, 3/15/08, p.C1)(WSJ, 3/15/08,
2008 Mar 14, In Mississippi
Richard Scruggs, chief architect of the $206 billion tobacco
settlement in 1998, pleaded guilty to conspiring to bribe a judge
with $50,000 in a dispute over legal fees.
(SFC, 3/15/08, p.A2)
2008 Mar 14, Robert Soloway
(28), dubbed "the King of Spam," faced a possible 26-year jail
sentence after pleading guilty in Seattle to charges of fraud and
tax evasion. On July 22 Soloway was sentenced to 47 months in
2008 Mar 14, A tornado his
downtown Atlanta, Georgia, and left 27 people injured. Workers
cleaning debris found one dead body on March 22.
(SSFC, 3/23/08, p.A3)
2008 Mar 14, In Pleasanton,
Ca., Ernest Scherer (60), a real estate investor, and his wife
Charlene Abendroth (57), an accounting lecturer, were found
bludgeoned to death inside their home. In 2009 their son, Ernest
Scherer III (30), was arrested in Las Vegas and charged with the
murders. On may 20, 2011, Ernest Scherer III was sentenced to life
(SSFC, 3/23/08, p.B1)(SFC, 2/25/09, p.B4)(SFC,
2008 Mar 14, Afghan and foreign
troops clashed with Taliban insurgents in southern Afghanistan,
leaving three suspected militants dead and two wounded. The US-led
coalition killed "several" militants in an operation in eastern
(AP, 3/14/08)(AFP, 3/16/08)
2008 Mar 14, In Australia
Milton Orkopoulos (50), a former New South Wales state minister, was
convicted on child sex and drugs charges after being described as a
"sordid genius" by prosecutors.
2008 Mar 14, Five Burundi
insurgents and a government soldier were killed in a clash with the
army in the north of the war-wracked central African country's
2008 Mar 14, It was reported
that China had likely surpassed the US last month in its number of
(WSJ, 3/14/08, p.B3)
2008 Mar 14, In China a gas
explosion at a southwestern Yunnan coal mine killed 14 miners and
2008 Mar 14, Iranians voted in
elections. About 4,500 candidates nationwide ran for parliament's
290 seats. With final results reported from all races except those
in Tehran, 113 of parliament's 290 seats went to conservatives.
(AP, 3/14/08)(AP, 3/17/08)
2008 Mar 14, The Bush
administration's Mideast envoy pushed Israel and the Palestinians to
speed up peace negotiations at the first meeting the US has attended
since talks resumed nearly four months ago.
2008 Mar 14, Russian forces
raided a forest camp in the volatile North Caucasus province of
Dagestan, leading to a shootout in which six suspected militants, a
police officer and an Interior Ministry servicemen died.
2008 Mar 14, In Senegal members
of the 57-member Organization of the Islamic Conference moved to
create a battle plan, including legal action, to defend Islam from
political cartoonists and bigots.
2008 Mar 14, Hundreds of Serbs
stormed a UN courthouse in northern Kosovo, took control of the
site, and raised a Serbian flag.
(WSJ, 3/15/08, p.A1)
2008 Mar 14, Sri Lanka’s
pro-rebel TamilNet Web site said rebels beat back advancing troops
on three fronts in Mannar and Welioya regions, killing 22 soldiers.
2008 Mar 14, In northern Syria
a bus carrying high school students rammed into a house and flipped
over, killing at least 24 people and injuring 34.
2008 Mar 14, In Tibet angry
protesters set shops ablaze and gunfire in Lhasa as the largest
demonstrations in two decades against Chinese rule turned violent
months ahead of the Beijing Olympics. 18 people died in the
conflagration or from physical assaults. The government later said
losses amounted to 280 million yuan ($41 million).
(AP, 3/14/08)(Econ, 2/6/10, p.43)
2008 Mar 14, The UN General
Assembly adopted a resolution demanding the "immediate, complete and
unconditional" withdrawal of all Armenian forces from Azerbaijan's
territory in a vote in which more than 100 countries abstained.
2008 Mar 14, In Zimbabwe the
teacher’s union said thousands of teachers state schools have ended
a 3-week strike after being awarded a 754% salary increase by the
2009 Mar 14, President Barack
Obama said the nation's decades-old food safety system is a "hazard
to public health" and in need of an overhau. Obama used his weekly
radio and video address to announce the nomination of former New
York City Health Commissioner Margaret Hamburg as FDA commissioner,
and his choice of Baltimore Health Commissioner Joshua Sharfstein as
2009 Mar 14, President Barack
Obama met with visiting Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da
Silva for talks on the economy, energy and the environment.
2009 Mar 14, The US government
permanently banned the slaughter of cows too sick or weak to stand
on their own, seeking to further minimize the chance that mad cow
disease could enter the food supply.
2009 Mar 14, In Florida Donte
Stallworth, a wide receiver for the Cleveland Browns, killed
pedestrian Mario Reyes (59) while driving after a night out. On
April 1 Stallworth was charged with DUI manslaughter.
(SFC, 4/2/09, p.A6)
2009 Mar 14, In Coatesville,
Pennsylvania, the 20th arson fire this year was set, one day after
Roger Leon Barlow (19) was held for trial in connection with fires
set between Jan 2 and Feb 3.
(SSFC, 3/15/09, p.A10)
2009 Mar 14, In Afghanistan a
helicopter-borne special operations mission by US troops and Afghan
forces killed five people in Logar province, south of Kabul,
sparking an angry protest from villagers who said the victims were
civilians. 3 ISAF soldiers were killed including one French and one
(AP, 3/14/09)(AFP, 3/14/09)(AFP, 3/15/09)
2009 Mar 14, In Algeria
Islamists cut the throat of a shepherd and 300 of his sheep in
Chatabia village near the Tunisian border. Three family members and
an elected official died in a bomb explosion the following morning
as they headed to the site of the killing.
2009 Mar 14, Bolivia’s
President Evo Morales asked large landowners to voluntarily
relinquish some of their holdings to poor Indians during a ceremony
on property confiscated from Ronald Larsen, a US rancher for,
2009 Mar 14, In England Matthew
Swift (18) and his friend Ross McKnight (16) were arrested for
plotting to murder teachers and pupils at Audenshaw High School in
Greater Manchester. Both were acquitted at trial on Sep 16.
2009 Mar 14, In Burkina Faso an
overloaded canoe capsized on a reservoir, killing at least 15 women
2009 Mar 14, In England G20
finance officials held a day of talks to pave the way for the April
2 London G20 summit on tackling the downturn. They worked to find
common ground amid deep divisions on how to tackle the global
downturn, with key players trying to inject optimism into talks that
many fear could result in little real progress.
(AP, 3/14/09)(AFP, 3/14/09)
2009 Mar 14, In Indonesia
Nasrudin Zulkarnaen, the head of a state-owned pharmaceutical
company, was shot dead. On May 4 Jakarta police arrested Antasari
Azhar, chairman of Indonesia’s Corruption Eradication Commission, as
the alleged mastermind of the drive-by murder.
(Econ, 5/9/09, p.46)
2009 Mar 14, Iran’s state TV
said Iran and China have signed a $3.2 billion gas deal to produce
more than 10 tons of liquid natural gas.
2009 Mar 14, In Martinique
thousands of demonstrators marched and sand in the streets after
officials signed an agreement ending a monthlong strike on the
French Caribbean island.
2009 Mar 14, In Mexico police
acting on a tip found nine bodies partially buried in the desert on
the outskirts of the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez. 1,500
more troops arrived, on top of 2,150 who arrived a day earlier.
Authorities announced the arrest of Sergio Pena Mendoza (39), a
suspected leader of the Zetas, a drug cartel hit squad. A male
suspect threw a hand grenade at police officers in the western city
of Guadalajara. No injuries were reported. Police detained the
suspect and later found 14 more grenades and 10 assault rifles in
2009 Mar 14, Nicaragua’s
President Daniel Ortega accused the US of "taking bread" from the
poor by holding back aid. The US said this week it will continue
delaying some $64 million in development aid because of an election
2009 Mar 14, A Russian Air
Force chief said that Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has offered
an island as a temporary base for strategic Russian bombers. Maj.
Gen. Anatoly Zhikharev also said Cuba could be used to base the
2009 Mar 14, In South Africa
Moss Phakoe, a municipal councilor in North West province, was shot
and killed in Rustenburg after handing over a file detailing
corruption in the municipality to a high-ranking ANC official. In
2012 former Rustenburg mayor Matthew Wolmarans was jailed for 20
years for the murder of Phakoe. His former bodyguard Enoch Mtshaba
was sentenced to life in prison.
2009 Mar 14, In Sudan 3 foreign
aid workers kidnapped in Darfur were freed and were returning to
Khartoum with an official who said they were abducted in response to
the international arrest warrant issued for the Sudanese president.
2009 Mar 14, Zimbabwe's
President Robert Mugabe denounced political violence and urged
Zimbabweans to work together following the formation of an inclusive
government with opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai.
2010 Mar 14, American rower
Katie Spotz (22) completed a solo journey across the Atlantic Ocean,
touching a pier in the coffee-brown waters of Guyana to claim a
record as the youngest person to accomplish the feat. The athlete
from Mentor, Ohio, set out from Dakar, Senegal, on Jan. 3 and
endured rough seas during the 2,817-mile (4,533-km) crossing.
2010 Mar 14, Peter Graves (83),
film and TV star, died. His calm and intelligent demeanor was a good
fit to the intrigue of "Mission Impossible" (1967-1973 and
1988-1990) as well as the satire of the "Airplane" films.
2010 Mar 14, In Afghanistan one
US Marine was killed in a road accident in Marjah. An unmanned
Predator drone aircraft crashed in southern Afghanistan.
2010 Mar 14, In Chile a power
failure at nightfall plunged nearly the entire Chilean population
into darkness, rattling a country already anxious after last month's
2010 Mar 14, In Colombia
candidates from parties allied with outgoing President Alvaro Uribe
dominated elections to replace a Congress tarnished by lawmakers'
links to far-right criminal bands. Voters made the Party of National
Integration (PIN), new party accused of ties to far-right criminal
bands, Colombia's fourth-strongest party. Former Foreign Minister
Noemi Sanin (60) defeated Colombian President Alvaro Uribe's
hand-picked successor for the Conservative Party's presidential
nomination in a close primary.
(AP, 3/15/10)(AP, 3/16/10)(AP, 3/19/10)
2010 Mar 14, Egypt's
Constitutional Court backed the right of women judges to sit on the
bench in the state's administrative courts, despite opposition from
conservatives. The ruling was not "decisive" and debates within the
administrative courts could still continue along the
conservative-liberal fault line.
2010 Mar 14, France voted in
regional polls. French voters scarred by economic crisis dealt
President Nicolas Sarkozy and his conservative leadership a stern
blow by strongly favoring leftist candidates in regional elections.
(AFP, 3/14/10)(AP, 3/15/10)
2010 Mar 14, In Iraq early
results released by the electoral commission showed the prime
minister's political coalition ahead in oil-rich Basra province,
strengthening his lead in the country's parliamentary elections.
2010 Mar 14, Israeli security
services overnight captured Maher Uda (47), a top Hamas commander,
in Ramallah. He had been on the run for more than a decade for his
implication in a series of suicide attacks in Israel which claimed
2010 Mar 14, In Kashmir 6
policemen were hurt when suspected separatist militants attacked
their patrol with a grenade in Indian Kashmir's main city of
2010 Mar 14, In Pakistan
helicopter gunships pounded Taliban hideouts in the northwestern
tribal district, killing at least 17 insurgents.
(AFP, 3/14/10)(SFC, 3/15/10, p.A2)
2010 Mar 14, Millions of
Russians voted in regional elections in a mid-term test of President
Dmitry Medvedev's pledge to loosen the Kremlin's grip on the
political system. The ruling United Russia party appeared headed for
an expected victory in regional elections, although many disgruntled
voters threw their support behind opposition candidates.
(Reuters, 3/14/10)(AP, 3/15/10)
2010 Mar 14, In Thailand as
many as 150,000 anti-government demonstrators vowed to march on
military barracks housing Thailand's top leaders as their icon,
deposed premier Thaksin Shinawatra, urged them from exile not to
(AFP, 3/14/10)(Econ, 4/10/10, p.45)
2010 Mar 14, Yemen launched a
preemptive strike was to forestall an imminent al-Qaida attack
against a strategic site. The leader of Al-Qaeda in Abyan, Jamil
Nasser Abdullah al-Ambari, Samir al-Sanaani and Ahmed Amzarba were
killed in the raid.
(AP, 3/15/10)(AFP, 3/16/10)
2011 Mar 14, US Border Patrol
agents arrested two US citizens along with 13 illegal immigrants
from Mexico dressed in fake US Marine Corps uniforms.
2011 Mar 14, Warren Buffet’s
Berkshire Hathaway agreed to buy Lubrizol Corp., the world’s largest
producer of lubricant additives, for about $9 billion.
(SFC, 3/15/11, p.D3)
2011 Mar 14, In Afghanistan a
suicide bomber posing as an army volunteer struck an Afghan army
recruitment center in the northern province of Kunduz, killing 35
volunteers. A civilian car struck a roadside bomb in Zabul
province's Mazana district, setting off an explosion that killed all
three men inside. A bomb blast killed three Afghan civilians in
Nangarhar province's Sorkh Rod district.
(AP, 3/14/11)(AP, 3/15/11)
2011 Mar 14, In Bahrain a
parliament bloc appealed for the king to impose martial law. Some
1,000 Saudi troops entered Bahrain as part of the Gulf countries'
joint Peninsula Shield Force.
(AP, 3/14/11)(Econ, 3/19/11, p.56)
2011 Mar 14, In Brazil civil
defense officials said some 31,000 people have been forced from
their homes by flooding in Santa Catarina and Parana states.
(SFC, 3/15/11, p.A2)
2011 Mar 14, Burundi said it
has deployed an additional 1,000 soldiers for the African Union
force protecting the Somali government.
2011 Mar 14, Colombian troops
killed Olidem Romel Solarte Ceron (39), alias "Oliver Solarte," in a
joint forces operation near San Miguel, a town bordering Ecuador.
The top FARC rebel had supplied Mexican traffickers with cocaine and
managed finances and arms dealings for the guerrillas' powerful
2011 Mar 14, In Egypt young
militants who spearheaded the pro-democracy revolution called for a
"no" vote in next weekend's referendum on constitutional reform.
They called for a new constitution and an extension of the
transitional period with the formation of a presidential council.
2011 Mar 14, German prosecutors
formally charged Rami Makanesi, a 25-year-old German-Syrian, with
membership in a terrorist organization on allegations he trained
with an al-Qaida-linked group in Pakistan. Makanesi was arrested by
Pakistani security services last June and extradited to Germany in
August. On May 9 he was convicted of membership in a terrorist group
and given a prison sentence of four years and nine months.
(AP, 3/14/11)(AP, 5/9/11)
2011 Mar 14, Greek
anti-terrorist police raided at least two suspected hideouts for
domestic terrorists, detaining seven people and seizing weapons and
2011 Mar 14, An Iranian
state-owned newspaper reported that Iranian hackers working for the
powerful Revolutionary Guard's paramilitary Basij group have
launched attacks on websites of the "enemies," in a rare
acknowledgment from Iran that it's involved in cyber warfare.
2011 Mar 14, In Iraq a suicide
bomber blew up his booby-tapped car outside an army battalion
headquarters, killing 10 soldiers and wounding 29 people in Kanan,
2011 Mar 14, Ivory Coast
fighters allied with the internationally recognized Pres. Alassane
Ouattara said they are trying to seize control of a district loyal
to the incumbent leader Laurent Gbagbo, who refuses to cede power.
2011 Mar 14, In Japan a second
hydrogen explosion in three days rocked the Daiichi nuclear power
plant in Fukushima, devastating the structure housing one reactor
and injuring 11 workers. Water levels dropped precipitously at
another reactor, completely exposing the fuel rods and raising the
threat of a meltdown.
2011 Mar 14, In Libya forces
loyal to Moamer Kadhafi launched attacks on Ajdabiya, a key town
that rebels have vowed to defend, as leading nations began talks on
the crisis. Gaddafi forces also attacked the small western town of
Zuwarah. State news agency said Kadhafi has invited Chinese, Russian
and Indian firms to produce its oil instead of Western companies
that fled the unrest.
(AFP, 3/14/11)(Reuters, 3/14/11)
2011 Mar 14, In Mexico an
inmate stabbed to death Warden Rebeca Nicasio Vazquez, the acting
warden of a prison in the city of Nuevo Laredo.
2011 Mar 14, In Pakistan an
American missile killed two Arab militants and two local fighters as
they traveled in a vehicle close to the Afghan border.
2011 Mar 14, The Swiss
government suspended plans to replace and build new nuclear plants
pending a review of two hydrogen explosions at Japanese plants.
2011 Mar 14, In northern Yemen
anti-government tribesmen stormed a security building in the town of
al-Jawf and shot dead four soldiers in a revenge attack after
government troops opened fire on opposition protesters calling for
the president's ouster. The governor of Marib province was stabbed
and wounded by protesters. Armed Yemeni security forces raided an
apartment shared by four Western journalists and deported them
because of their coverage of a growing uprising against the
country's longtime ruler.
2012 Mar 14, Chicago-based
Encyclopedia Britannica said it is shelving its print edition after
244 years in favor of it Web-based version.
(SFC, 3/15/12, p.A6)
2012 Mar 14, In San Francisco
owners of the Fairmont said they have reached an agreement to sell
the Nob Hill hotel to Woodridge Capital Partners of Los Angeles, for
some $200 million. Toronto-based Fairmont Hotels and Resorts would
continue to manage the property.
(SFC, 3/15/12, p.D1)
2012 Mar 14, In California Abel
Gutierrez (27), an Iraq war veteran, shot his sister (11) and
himself to death in their Gilroy apartment. The body of his mother
was found on March 22 about 20 miles from Gilroy off Pacheco Pass
(SFC, 3/16/12, p.C1)(SFC, 3/23/12, p.C2)
2012 Mar 14, In southern
California a Latino boy (15) was attacked as he walked home from
school in Palmdale. 7 black teenagers, ages 13-16, were arrested the
next day for suspected assault and committing a hate crime.
(SSFC, 4/1/12, p.A7)
2012 Mar 14, In Ohio John
Mallett stabbed 4 people in a random assault in and outside a trade
school in Columbus. In 2013 he was found not guilty by reason of
(SFC, 6/11/13, p.A4)(http://tinyurl.com/kcwszoq)
2012 Mar 14, In Afghanistan a
roadside bomb attack killed 8 civilians in Helmand province as US
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta visited troops in a military camp in
the southern Afghan province. An Afghan interpreter crashed a truck
while speeding toward Marines waiting for Panetta to land. The
interpreter died of his wounds the next day. A motorcycle bomb blast
in Kandahar city shortly before the Helmand attack killed at least
one Afghan security officer and wounded two others.
(AFP, 3/14/12)(AP, 3/15/12)
2012 Mar 14, An Algerian court
sentenced seven people to death in connection with a string of
bombings carried out by Islamists in 2007. They included Fateh
Bouderbala, considered to be the Algiers AQIM chief.
2012 Mar 14, The Azerbaijan
national security ministry said it has arrested 22 Azeri citizens on
suspicion of plotting attacks on the US and Israeli embassies in
Baku on behalf of neighboring Iran.
2012 Mar 14, British PM David
Cameron his wife Samantha arrived at the White House for an official
visit mixing talks on global threats with the formal flourishes of a
2012 Mar 14, Britain’s Office
for National Statistics (ONS) said in a statement that the number of
unemployed people climbed by 28,000 over the period, the smallest
increase for almost one year as the unemployment rate hit the
highest level for almost 17 years.
2012 Mar 14, Britain launched a
website and Facebook page for Iranians, harnessing the power of
social media to try to evade Iranian censorship and take its message
directly to the people.
2012 Mar 14, British scientists
warned that research into debilitating diseases is under threat from
a refusal by ferry operators and airlines to transport laboratory
animals into the country.
2012 Mar 14, China national
legislature enacted new safeguards for criminal suspects in
amendments for the revised Criminal Procedure Law. The legislature
upheld the right of police to hold certain suspects in secret
residential locations for up to 6 months. Nearly 8% of the delegates
abstained or voted against the legislation.
(SFC, 3/15/12, p.A5)
2012 Mar 14, Colombia's
ambassador to Peru resigned after prosecutors ordered his arrest for
alleged criminal association with far-right militias. Jorge Visbal
(59) is wanted for criminal conspiracy for activities from
1998-2004, when he was president of Colombia's National Ranchers
Federation, the chief prosecutor's office said in a communique.
2012 Mar 14, The International
Criminal Court at The Hague convicted Congolese warlord Thomas
Lubanga of using child soldiers, a verdict hailed as a legal
landmark in the fight against impunity for the world's most serious
2012 Mar 14, Fiji's military
commander Frank Bainimarama disbanded the Great Council of Chiefs, a
leadership tradition on the Pacific island nation since 1875.
2012 Mar 14, In eastern India
Maoist rebels kidnapped two Italian tourists in central Orissa, in
what is believed to be the first abduction of foreigners by the
left-wing militants. Officials identified the kidnapped Italians as
Paolo Bosusco and Claudio Colangelo. The rebels released Colangelo
on March 25. Bosusco was released on April 12 after local officials
agreed to release five rebels from prison.
(AFP, 3/18/12)(AFP, 3/25/12)(AP, 4/12/12)
2012 Mar 14, India's
beleaguered Kingfisher Airlines said it had curtailed its overseas
flights to avoid losing further cash as it struggles to keep flying
amid mounting operational difficulties.
2012 Mar 14, Iranian President
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad gave a defiant and at times mocking defense of
his economic and political management in an unprecedented
interrogation by a largely hostile parliament. It was the first time
an Iranian president was summoned before parliament to answer
questions about his rule since the founding of the Islamic republic
2012 Mar 14, In Kenya tens of
thousands of nurses agreed to end a two-week strike after talks with
PM Raila Odinga, who revoked their mass dismissal during the
standoff. It was agreed that all the issues raised by the health
workers would be addressed exhaustively.
2012 Mar 14, Malawi riot police
patrolled the streets of Blantyre and Lilongwe as a leading rights
group defied a ban and opened a meeting on political and economic
reforms. The government has accused the Public Affairs Committee of
holding the meeting to call for the resignation of President Bingu
wa Mutharika, whom the group accuses of mismanaging the economy and
trampling on democratic freedoms.
2012 Mar 14, Censu Tabone
(b.1913), former Malta President (1989-1994), died. In 1989 he
hosted a US-Soviet summit that declared an end to the Cold War.
2012 Mar 14, In central Nigeria
a police helicopter crashed and burst into flames in Jos, killing
four policemen on board, including a senior officer.
2012 Mar 14, A Palestinian boy
accidentally struck by a bullet when militants fired in the air
during a funeral died of his injuries. The boy was marching in the
funeral procession for a Gaza militant on March 12 when he was
struck in the head by an errant bullet.
2012 Mar 14, In Peru thousands
of illegal gold miners battled police for control of Puerto
Maldonado, a regional capital in the Amazon basin. At least 3 people
were killed by gunfire. A gold rush has swelled Madre de Dios state
with about 40,000 small-scale miners who are scarring virgin rain
forest as they extract gold particles from river beds and alluvial
plains. Mercury is used to bind the gold together in nuggets.
2012 Mar 14, Russian Foreign
Minister Sergei Lavrov accused Pres. Assad of "inertia" and said
Russia's hugely controversial policy on Syria was not aimed at
defending his regime.
2012 Mar 14, Saudi Arabia said
it has closed its embassy in Damascus and pulled out its diplomats
and staff as Syrian President Bashar Assad steps up attacks against
2012 Mar 14, In Somalia a
suicide bomber blew himself up at the compound of President Sharif
Sheikh Ahmed, killing at least 5 people, in an attack claimed by
Al-Qaeda affiliated Shebab rebels.
2012 Mar 14, Two prominent
Syrian dissidents said they have quit the main opposition group that
emerged from the year-old uprising against the regime in Damascus,
predicting more would soon abandon what one of the men described as
an "autocratic" organization. Amnesty International said that Syrian
security forces routinely torture people detained during the
uprising. 37 people were reported killed in violence across Syria,
20 of them in Daraa.
(AP, 3/14/12)(AFP, 3/15/12)
2012 Mar 14, Sexual Minorities
Uganda (SMUG) filed suit against Scott Lively of the Abiding Truth
Ministries at a Massachusetts court, claiming he pushed Ugandan
officials to crack down on homosexuals.
2012 Mar 14, Ukrainian
Prosecutor General Renat Kuzmin charged that companies controlled by
former PM Yulia Tymoshenko and former PM Pavlo Lazarenko transferred
money to pay the killers of Yevhen Shcherban, who was shot to death
in 1996 at Donetsk Airport with his wife and an aide.
2012 Mar 14, In Yemen suspected
Al-Qaeda militants were reported to have kidnapped a Swiss woman.
She was abducted in Hodeida (on the Red Sea coast) by armed men who
moved her to Shabwa province.
2012 Mar 14, Zimbabwe Finance
Minister Tendai Biti warned the government could shut down, as new
diamond sales from the controversial Marange fields are falling far
short of expectations.
2013 Mar 14, A US federal judge
ruled unconstitutional national security provisions that permit
federal investigators to access customer information from some
companies without court approval.
2013 Mar 14, Michigan’s Gov.
Rick Snyder appointed Kevyn Orr, a Cleveland attorney who
represented Chrysler during its restructure, to steer Detroit back
from the brink of doom.
(SFC, 3/15/13, p.A6)
2013 Mar 14, In Algeria some
10,000 people — an enormous number for the lightly populated region
—demonstrated for jobs in the southern oil city of Ouargla.
Thousands more protested later in the southern oil town, Laghouat.
PM Abdelmalek Sellal acknowledged on March 16 that the
demonstrators' demands are legitimate and the government hurriedly
announced a string of measures to address the perceived geographical
bias in oil jobs.
2013 Mar 14, In Australia Adam
Giles was sworn as government head of the Northern Territory
becoming the first Aboriginal leader of a provincial government.
2013 Mar 14, In Bahrain
thousands of anti-government protesters threw firebombs and stones
at riot police and burned tires on the 2nd anniversary of the
intervention by a Saudi-led force in the island's crisis.
2013 Mar 14, Bulgaria's
Christian Orthodox Church leader, Patriarch Neophyte, decried a
recent wave of self-immolations and suicides after four people set
themselves ablaze in the past month.
(SFC, 3/15/13, p.A2)(http://tinyurl.com/b65z6h8)
2013 Mar 14, In Cambodia
Ieng Sary (87), brother-in-law of late Khmer Rouge leader Pol Pot,
died. He co-founded the communist Khmer Rouge regime responsible for
the deaths of an estimated 1.7 million Cambodians in the 1970s, and
decades later became one of its few leaders to be put on trial, but
died before his case could be finished.
(AP, 3/14/13)(Econ, 4/6/13, p.106)
2013 Mar 14, In China Xi
Jinping was elevated to the presidency by the rubber-stamp national
legislature, giving him the last of the three titles held by his
predecessor, Hu Jintao.
2013 Mar 14, Egyptian
prosecutors charged 38 members of the Ultras, a die-hard soccer fan
club, with belonging to an illegal group and other offenses.
(SFC, 3/15/13, p.A2)
2013 Mar 14, In Iraq attackers
unleashed a carefully planned assault with car bombs and gunmen
disguised as police on the Justice Ministry. The attack left at
least 24 people dead and dozens wounded. The Islamic State of Iraq,
an al-Qaida-linked group, soon claimed responsibility.
(AP, 3/14/13)(AP, 3/17/13)
2013 Mar 14, The newfound
particle discovered at the world's largest atom smasher last year
is, indeed, the Higgs boson, the particle thought to give other
matter its mass, scientists reported today at the annual Rencontres
de Moriond conference in Italy.
2013 Mar 14, Israeli PM
Benjamin Netanyahu reached an agreement to form a new coalition
government with the centrist Yesh Atid party, the Jewish Home, a
party aligned with West Bank settlers and the Lapid party. The new
coalition will be the first in a decade to exclude ultra-Orthodox
2013 Mar 14, Jamaican officials
said that they are hopeful new legislation will finally result in a
stream of convictions and lengthy sentences for fraudsters behind a
multimillion-dollar lottery scam that has swindled mostly elderly
Americans out of their retirement savings for years.
2013 Mar 14, In Malawi 11 top
government officials and former Cabinet ministers, who were charged
with treason for an alleged coup plot, were released on bail.
Prosecutors believe the suspects conspired after the death of Pres.
Bingu wa Mutharika to undermine his deputy, Joyce Banda.
2013 Mar 14, Nepal's Supreme
Court Chief Justice Khilraj Regmi was named head of an interim
government in an attempt by the country's main political parties to
cure the paralysis and infighting that have blocked elections for
2013 Mar 14, Puerto Rico's
government urged legislators to move quickly and approve financial
austerity measures following a report from a Wall Street ratings
agency that downgraded the island's general obligation bonds to
2013 Mar 14, In Thailand the
Convention on Int’l. Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) ended its
meeting in Bangkok with final decisions to expand protection to for
dozens of animal and plant species including 5 types of sharks.
(SFC, 3/15/13, p.A4)
2013 Mar 14, A UN aid official
said the number of registered Syrian refugees jumped 10% in just one
week to more than 1.1 million. France pushed for quickly lifting an
EU ban on arming Syrian rebels.
2014 Mar 14, It was reported
that Kevin Gorman (22) has become the official
Wikipedian-in-Residence at UC Berkeley, the first post of its kind
at a university.
(SFC, 3/14/14, p.C1)
2014 Mar 14, Reubin Askew (85),
former two-term governor of Florida (1971-1979), died in
(SFC, 3/14/14, p.D7)
2014 Mar 14, Boston Beer Co.
said that it is withdrawing its sponsorship of Boston’s St.
Patrick’s Day Parade because organizers exclude gay groups.
(SFC, 3/15/14, p.A11)
2014 Mar 14, Howard Buffett,
son of investor Warren Buffett, pledged nearly $24 million for
protecting rhinos in South Africa, earmarking the money for ranger
teams, sniffer dogs and other security measures in what he hopes can
be a robust model for fighting what he calls the "overwhelming"
problem of poaching in parts of Africa.
2014 Mar 14, Sandwich shop
Quiznos announced that it was filing for bankruptcy. In 2009, a
class-action lawsuit settlement forced Quiznos to pay $95 million to
its independently-owned franchises, that, according to the Post,
originally sued because expensive ingredients made it nearly
impossible to turn a profit.
2014 Mar 14, Tony Benn (88),
the totem of the British left, died at his London home. The Labour
cabinet minister in the 1960s and 1970s had spearheaded the movement
against the Iraq war.
2014 Mar 14, A Bulgarian
policeman was killed and three officers wounded in a shootout with
Petko Petkov (52), who had threatened the pupils and the headmaster
of a school in the central town of Lyaskovets.
2014 Mar 14, In China a fellow
dissident and lawyers said prominent Chinese human rights activist
Cao Shunli, detained in September for staging sit-ins at the
country's foreign ministry, has died after being denied medical
treatment in detention.
2014 Mar 14, In southern China
a fight between two food stall owners at a market left 5 people
hacked to death and one person fatally shot by police in Changsha. A
witness said the stand operators were Uighurs selling flatbread.
2014 Mar 14, Estonia's
President Toomas Hendrik Ilves nominated cabinet minister Taavi
Roivas (34) to form a new government and seek approval from
parliament to lead the small euro zone country. Roivas is set to
take over from PM Andrus Ansip, who resigned on March 4.
2014 Mar 14, EU officials said
they have drawn up a list of 120-130 names of Russians who could be
hit with travel bans and asset freezes to punish Russia for its
seizure of Ukraine's Crimea region.
2014 Mar 14, A French court
ordered an ex-aide of Nicolas Sarkozy to pay 10,000 euros ($14,000)
in damages and costs to the former French president over secret
recordings that were published in an online journal, and instructed
the publication to pull down the links.
2014 Mar 14, A French court
sentenced Pascal Simbikangwa (54), a former member of the Rwandan
presidential guard, to 25 years in prison. He was found guilty of
perpetrating genocide and of complicity in crimes against humanity
2014 Mar 14, Most of France
went under some sort of pollution alert with levels in the Parisian
region surpassing those in cities such as Beijing and New Delhi.
(SFC, 3/15/14, p.A2)
2014 Mar 14, In India an old,
seven-story residential building collapsed in a Mumbai suburb,
killing at least 2 people and possibly trapping more under the
2014 Mar 14, Indonesia reported
that Pres. Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has ordered relevant ministers
and local authorities in peat-rich Riau province to handle forest
fires that have been sending out heavy smoke threatening health and
disrupting flight operations. Officers in the armed forces were said
to be involved in illegal logging and burning.
(AP, 3/14/14)(Econ, 3/22/14, p.42)
2014 Mar 14, Indonesia’s
Megawati Sukarnoputri, a former president and head of the
opposition PDI-P, anointed Joko Widodo, Jakarta’s popular mayor, as
her candidate for president.
(Econ, 3/22/14, p.41)
2014 Mar 14, In Iraq bombings
in and around Baghdad, including blasts near two markets, killed 7
2014 Mar 14, In Jordan
protesters fought with riot police outside of the Israeli Embassy,
as some 2,000 demonstrators called on the kingdom to end its peace
treaty with the country over the killing of a Jordanian judge.
2014 Mar 14, The search for the
missing Malaysian jetliner expanded east and west on Friday after
American officials said it was emitting signals to satellites for
hours after its last contact with air traffic control nearly a week
ago over the South China Sea.
2014 Mar 14, A Mali military
source said French air strikes in the mountains of northern Mali
have killed Islamist militant Oumar Ould Hamaha, a jihadist with a
$3 million US government bounty on his head. Paris said last week
its forces had killed 10 suspected Islamist fighters in the northern
Adrar des Ifoghas mountains, after the group was spotted by a
US-made Reaper surveillance drone.
2014 Mar 14, Moroccan and
Spanish authorities arrested seven suspected members of an
al-Qaida-linked extremist cell allegedly recruiting members to fight
in Syria and other hotspots.
2014 Mar 14, The Nigerian Navy
said it has destroyed 260 illegal oil refineries and burned 100,000
tons of contraband fuel, but critics say this targeting of
small-time criminals fails to confront the biggest culprits in oil
thefts — the politically-connected criminal cartels who sell on the
2014 Mar 14, In northeastern
Nigeria Boko Haram Islamists attacked the Giwa military base in
Maiduguri and freed dozens of insurgents from custody. A military
counter attack left some 500 people dead.
(AFP, 3/14/14)(SFC, 3/15/14, p.A6)(Econ, 3/29/14,
2014 Mar 14, In Pakistan at
least 10 people were killed when a motorcycle laden with explosives
exploded near a college in the center of Quetta. In Peshawar a
suicide bomber blew himself up in front of a police vehicle, killing
at least 7 bystanders including a woman and a child.
(Reuters, 3/14/14)(SFC, 3/15/14, p.A5)
2014 Mar 14, In Pakistan a
woman died after setting herself on fire a day earlier outside a
police station after reporting men tried to rape her died. The
woman's brother had filed a complaint with police in January, saying
his sister had been abducted and the assailants tried to rape her.
2014 Mar 14, Gaza militants
fired a rocket at Israel after two days of intense exchanges. It
exploded in southern Israel but caused no damage or injuries.
2014 Mar 14, Russia called on
the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) to
send its observers to monitor Crimea's controversial referendum on
independence from Ukraine.
2014 Mar 14, Hackers knocked
out the Russian presidency's website several times and brought down
the central bank website.
2014 Mar 14, Saudi Arabia said
a man (19) has died from a new respiratory virus related to SARS,
bringing to 63 the deaths in the kingdom at the center of the
2014 Mar 14, Diplomatic and
other sources said major European and Saudi banks have stopped
dealing with Sudan. The US imposed a trade embargo on Sudan in 1997
over accusations that included human rights violations.
(Reuters, 3/14/14)(Reuters, 3/15/14)
2014 Mar 14, In Syria al Qaeda
splinter group ISIL pulled out of two provinces in the country's
northwest and headed to its eastern strongholds after months of
clashes with rival rebels. A senior commander in the Nusra Front was
killed on the outskirts of Yabroud during shelling and clashes with
the army and Hezbollah fighters.
(Reuters, 3/14/14)(Reuters, 3/15/14)
2014 Mar 14, In southern
Thailand a Buddhist teacher was fatally shot on her way to school
and then set ablaze, becoming the 170th teacher killed by suspected
Muslim insurgents in the country's decade-long insurgency.
2014 Mar 14, In Ukraine two
people were killed and several wounded in a shootout that erupted
after a clash in the city of Kharkiv between pro-Russian
demonstrators and their opponents.
2015 Mar 14, US officials said
the Obama administration is abandoning plans to cut the number of US
forces in Afghanistan to 5,500 by year's end, bowing to military
leaders who want to keep more troops, including many into the 2016
2015 Mar 14, Robert Durst (71),
the scion of a wealthy New York real estate family, was taken into
custody at a New Orleans hotel at the request of Los Angeles police
investigating the 2000 killing of his friend Susan Berman. The next
day the HBO television network broadcast the final episode in a
six-part documentary series about Durst called "The Jinx: The Life
and Deaths of Robert Durst." In it Durst is heard muttering to
himself, "What the hell did I do? Killed them all, of course." On
April 23 Louisiana dismissed weapons charges against Durst.
(AP, 3/16/15)(SFC, 4/24/15, p.A9)
2015 Mar 14, Missouri police
arrested at least two people as nightly protests in the racially
troubled US suburb of Ferguson over the police killing of unarmed
black teenager Michael Brown shifted into the heart of St Louis.
2015 Mar 14, The tugboat Sea
Bear sank off New York’s Fire Island. Capt. Donald Maloney died
after jumping into icy water without putting on his immersion suit.
3 crew members survived after donning protective gear.
(SFC, 3/16/15, p.A5)
2015 Mar 14, In London a statue
of Indian independence leader Mahatma Gandhi was unveiled at
Parliament Square, the symbolic heart of the British establishment
that once loathed him for his campaign against imperial rule.
2015 Mar 14, In southern Brazil
a bus accident killing 54 people near Joinville, Santa Catarina
(AP, 3/15/15)(SFC, 3/16/15, p.A2)
2015 Mar 14, In Canada
thousands protested against Bill C-51, a new anti-terrorism
legislation proposed by the Conservative government of PM Stephen
(Econ., 3/21/15, p.30)
2015 Mar 14, Troops from Chad
and Niger seized Damasak in northeastern Nigeria in the latest
defeat for the militants. Soldiers from Niger and Chad soon
discovered the bodies of at least 70 people, many of them beheaded,
dumped near a bridge outside Damasak. It was later reported that
Boko Haram militants kidnapped more than 400 women and children from
(Reuters, 3/19/15)(AP, 3/20/15)(Reuters, 3/25/15)
2015 Mar 14, In China an
earthquake in the eastern city of Fuyang killed two people and
damaged thousands of homes.
2015 Mar 14, An Egyptian
disciplinary court ordered 41 judges into compulsory retirement for
supporting the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood.
2015 Mar 14, In Egypt a garbage
collector and his donkey were killed in a bomb explosion in a Cairo
2015 Mar 14, Indian PM Narendra
Modi visited the former war zone of northern Sri Lanka in a show of
solidarity with ethnic Tamils.
2015 Mar 14, In eastern India a
nun in her 70s was gang-raped by a group of bandits when she tried
to prevent them from robbing a Christian missionary school in West
2015 Mar 14, Iraq's
semi-autonomous Kurdistan Regional Government said it has evidence
Islamic State used chlorine gas as a chemical weapon against Kurdish
peshmerga forces in a January 23 suicide car bombing.
2015 Mar 14, In central Libya
clashes erupted between Islamic State fighters and a force loyal to
a Tripoli-based faction.
2015 Mar 14, In northern Mexico
5 people were killed when their small plane crashed in Chihuahua
2015 Mar 14, Nigerian soldiers
detonated two homemade bombs found in a camp housing people
displaced by Boko Haram violence in Maiduguri. Two men suspected of
planting the explosives were arrested.
2015 Mar 14, In northwestern
Pakistan shepherds found 13 bullet-riddled bodies in South
Waziristan. Officials said the bodies were Taliban fighters.
2015 Mar 14, In Romania
Bucharest district mayor Marian Vanghelie, an influential figure in
the ruling Social Democracy Party until recently, was arrested and
charged with taking a 20 percent cut of contracts worth 2 billion
lei ( 450 million euros or $475 million ) from 2007 until 2015.
2015 Mar 14, Sierra Leone's
vice president Samuel Sam-Sumana sought asylum from the United
States, saying he no longer felt safe in the country after soldiers
disarmed the security team at his residence.
2015 Mar 14, In Sierra Leone 10
American aid workers were evacuated following contact with a
colleague who was evacuated a day earlier after showing signs of
(SSFC, 3/15/15, p.A10)(SFC, 3/16/15, p.A5)
2015 Mar 14, Sweden-based Ikea,
the world's largest furniture retailer, said it is halting its
online magazine in Russia out of fears it violates the country's law
banning promotion of same-sex gay values to minors.
2015 Mar 14, In northeast Syria
US-led coalition jets struck Islamic State positions for the second
day in a row, in an area where the militants are battling Kurdish
forces. The US and its coalition partners staged 10 air strikes on
Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria over the last 24 hours.
(AP, 3/14/15)(Reuters, 3/14/15)
2015 Mar 14, Residents in
Vanuatu hunkered in emergency shelters for a second straight night
after venturing out to find their homes damaged or blown away by
Cyclone Pam. 24 people were later confirmed killed with 3,300 left
homeless. The cyclone had already caused damage to other Pacific
islands, including Kiribati and the Solomon Islands.
(AP, 3/14/15)(SFC, 3/16/15, p.A2)(Reuters,
3/17/15) (CSM, 3/18/15)
2015 Mar 14, In Yemen opponents
of the Houthi militia announced the formation of a national alliance
to restore the authority of the state, in a major shakeup of Yemen's
2016 Mar 14, In Bangladesh
alleged Muslim preacher Hafidh Abdul Razzaq (45), one of the top
preachers for the Rafidha religion, was murdered in Jhenaidah. The
Islamic State soon claimed responsibility. Police identified the
dead man as a homeopathic doctor and denied that he was a preacher
or a Shi'ite.
2016 Mar 14, Peter Maxwell
Davies (81), an experimental, socially radical composer who served
as Queen Elizabeth II's official master of music, died of leukemia
at his home in Scotland's Orkney islands.
(AP, 3/14/16)(Econ, 4/9/16, p.90)
2016 Mar 14, In Canada Ayanle
Hassan Ali (27) stabbed two soldiers in a military recruitment
office in Toronto. Ali said he had received orders from Allah to
2016 Mar 14, The European Union
said it is suspending direct financial support for the Burundian
government after concluding that it had not done enough to find a
political solution to conflict that has so far cost more than 400
2016 Mar 14, Iran's Pres.
Hassan Rouhani welcomed Vietnamese Pres. Truong Tan Sang, saying
Tehran hopes to boost trade with the Southeast Asian nation to $2
billion from the current $350 million within five years.
2016 Mar 14, In Kazakhstan a
joint European-Russian mission aiming to search for traces of life
on Mars blasted off for the start of a seven-month unmanned space
journey to the Red Planet.
2016 Mar 14, French PM Manuel
Valls unveiled a revised labor reform bill that makes concessions to
trade unions following mass protests against the measures.
2016 Mar 14, Around 2,000
migrants from a camp in northern Greece got around a border fence
and crossed into Macedonian territory.
2016 Mar 14, In northern Iraq
Muhammad Jamal Amin (27) of Virginia, a fighter for the Islamic
State surrendered to Kurdish peshmerga forces near Sinjar.
(Reuters, 3/14/16)(SFC, 3/15/16, p.A2)
2016 Mar 14, In western Iraq
the Islamic State group returned to the desert town of Rutba, less
than a day after vacating it.
2016 Mar 14, In eastern Libya
suspected Islamic State militants staged an attack on a water plant
about 80km (50 miles) from the major Sarir oil field.
2016 Mar 14, Nigerian drug
agents said they arrested four Mexicans last week helping Nigerian
criminals build a "super-lab" capable of producing billions of
dollars' worth of methamphetamine. Four Nigerians were also
2016 Mar 14, Three Palestinians
carried out two attacks, a shooting and a car-ramming, on Israelis
in the southern occupied West Bank before they were shot dead.
2016 Mar 14, It was reported
that Poland’s Bialowieza forest is at the heart of a heated debate
between foresters who advocate cutting tens of thousands of cubic
meters (yards) of worm-affected trees, and environmentalists, who
say that nature alone should be allowed to deal with the plague.
2016 Mar 14, Russia's defense
ministry said it had recorded 14 ceasefire violations in Syria in
the past 24 hours.
2016 Mar 14, Somali al Shabaab
fighters seized a small port in the semi-autonomous Puntland region,
the latest sign of a resurgence in activity by the Islamist
militants in the Horn of Africa nation.
2016 Mar 14, Spain’s Interior
Ministry said police have arrested 30 people accused of robbing,
kidnapping and torturing drug traffickers. Police detained 21
Moroccans, eight Spaniards and one person from Senegal and were
investigating another five people.
2016 Mar 14, In Spain at least
2 people were killed and one person reported missing following an
explosion at an ice factory in the northern Basque fishing port of
2016 Mar 14, Turkey detained
four suspects over the previous day’s suicide car bombing in Ankara,
as warplanes pounded Kurdish rebel bases in northern Iraq over the
attack. At least 45 Kurdish rebels were killed in the air strikes.
Turkey declared a round-the-clock curfew in the southeastern town of
Sirnak in order to carry out operations against Kurdish militants in
(AFP, 3/14/16)(Reuters, 3/14/16)(AP, 3/15/16)
2016 Mar 14, In Switzerland UN
mediator Staffan de Mistura opened talks to end a five-year war in
Syria. The first of three rounds of talks aimed to agree a "clear
roadmap" for Syria fail to make progress. Syria's government
submitted an document entitled "Basic Elements for a Political
Solution" to the UN mediator in Geneva.
2016 Mar 14, The United Nations
human rights investigator for North Korea called for leader Kim Jong
Un and senior officials in the country to be prosecuted for
committing crimes against humanity.
2016 Mar 14, In Yemen 2 Emirati
pilots were killed when their fighter jet crashed into a mountain
2017 Mar 14, US President
Donald Trump and Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman
discussed opportunities for new economic programs and investments
between the two countries during a meeting.
2017 Mar 14, Two pages of Pres.
Donald Trump’s tax return from 2005 were made public and showed he
paid $38 million in federal taxes on income of $150 million.
(SFC, 3/15/17, p.A5)
2017 Mar 14, US Navy Adm. Bruce
Loveless was among nine high-ranking military officers arrested
across the country in a burgeoning bribery scandal involving a
Malaysian defense contractor nicknamed “Fat Leonard.
(SFC, 3/15/17, p.A5)
2017 Mar 14, The US federal
government revoked the tax-exempt status of the National Policy
Institute, a group run by Richard Spencer, because it failed to file
tax returns for three consecutive years. Spencer popularized the
term “alt-right" and is a leading figure in the fringe movement.
(SFC, 3/15/17, p.A5)
2017 Mar 14, Hundreds of
Twitter accounts were hijacked amid the ongoing diplomatic feud
between Turkey and two European nations, Germany and the
Netherlands. Most if not all high-profile accounts soon returned to
2017 Mar 14, Winter Storm
Stella dumped snow and sleet across the northeastern United States,
forcing airlines to ground flights and schools to cancel classes.
Airlines canceled about 5,700 flights across the United States.
Airports in New York, Boston, Baltimore, Washington and Philadelphia
were hit the hardest.
(AP, 3/14/17)(AFP, 3/14/17)
2017 Mar 14, John Van de Kamp
(81), former California Attorney General (1983-1991) died at his
home in Pasadena.
(SFC, 3/16/17, p.A7)
2017 Mar 14, In the SF Bay Area
two Fremont police detectives shot at a moving car in Hayward
killing pregnant passenger Elena Mondragon (16). Police had been
tracking her boyfriend, an armed robbery suspect, who was driving
the car. In 2018 her family filed a federal civil rights lawsuit
against the Fremont police department.
(SFC, 3/15/18, p.D1)
2017 Mar 14, Texas executed
James Bigby (61) for the 1987 killing of a father and his infant
(SFC, 3/15/17, p.A5)
2017 Mar 14, In Afghanistan a
suspected NATO airstrike on the funeral of a Taliban commander
killed 29 insurgents in the eastern Paktika province.
2017 Mar 14, Canada's Pearson
International Airport canceled more than a hundred flights as a late
winter storm brought more snow to southern Ontario, forcing several
colleges to suspend classes.
2017 Mar 14, The former
campaign manager for Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos
acknowledged for the first time that Odebrecht, a scandal-tarred
Brazilian construction company, illegally paid costs related to
Santos’ 2010 campaign.
2017 Mar 14, The European
Union's top court ruled that companies may bar staff from wearing
Islamic headscarves and other visible religious symbols under
certain conditions, setting off a storm of complaint from rights
groups and religious leaders.
2017 Mar 14, The European
Parliament suspended Polish lawmaker Janusz Korwin-Mikke for 10 days
after he said during a March 1 debate that women should earn less
than men because they are weaker, smaller and less intelligent.
2017 Mar 14, EU lawmakers
backed more ambitious recycling targets, setting Europe on track to
drastically reduce reliance on landfill sites to dispose of waste
2017 Mar 14, EU lawmakers voted
to toughen the bloc’s gun laws and close loopholes exploited by
attackers in France.
(SFC, 3/15/17, p.A2)
2017 Mar 14, French
presidential candidate Francois Fillon was put under formal
investigation by magistrates on suspicion of embezzling state funds.
2017 Mar 14, The small western
German state of Saarland said it is banning political campaigning by
foreign politicians saying internal Turkish conflicts have no place
2017 Mar 14, German authorities
banned the German-speaking Islam Group Hildesheim, known by its
German acronym DIK. It had long been on authorities' radar as a
magnet for radicals.
2017 Mar 14, Berlin's airports
remained paralyzed after ground staff extended a strike, stepping up
pressure in a dispute over pay that has already caused the
cancellation of more than 1,000 flights since March 10.
2017 Mar 14, In India the body
of an Irish woman (28) was found by a farmer on an isolated beach
near Canacona village in the western beach state of Goa. She had
been raped and strangled. A local criminal was arrested the next day
and faced rape and murder charges.
2017 Mar 14, Iraqi forces said
they have recaptured Mosul train station, once one of the country's
main rail hubs and the latest in a series of key sites retaken from
2017 Mar 14, The Irish Coast
Guard said one person died and three were missing after a Sikorsky
S-92 helicopter crashed off the coast of Ireland during a rescue
2017 Mar 14, Israel ordered the
closure of an office in Arab East Jerusalem as it was suspected of
being funded by the Palestinian Authority and involved with
monitoring the sale of Palestinian property to Jews.
2017 Mar 14, In northern Israel
a fireworks warehouse went up in flames, killing two people,
injuring at least two more and setting off a series of loud
explosions in a village near Netanya.
2017 Mar 14, In Israel an
elderly man burnt nurse Tova Kararo (56) at a clinic after
apparently being dissatisfied by the treatment he had received in
Holon. Kararo died after the man poured flammable fluid on the nurse
taking care of him.
2017 Mar 14, In Kenya thousands
of public hospital doctors agreed to end a 100-day strike after the
government and union members signed a deal in Nairobi to address pay
and other issues in dispute.
(SFC, 3/15/17, p.A2)
2017 Mar 14, A Libyan military
spokesman says hundreds of forces loyal to Field Marshal Khalifa
Hifter have seized major oil facilities at Ras Lanuf and al-Sidra
from Islamist-allied militias.
2017 Mar 14, Malaysia said that
the body of Kim Jong Nam, the brother of North Korean leader Kim
Jong Un killed last month, has been embalmed and that about 50 North
Koreans whose work permits have expired will be deported.
(SFC, 3/15/17, p.A3)
2017 Mar 14, Montenegro's
former PM Milo Djukanovic called on the European Union to stop
Russia's "destructive" influence in the Balkans.
2017 Mar 14, RIA news agency
reported that President Vladimir Putin has approved a decree
allowing some troops from Georgia's breakaway region of South
Ossetia to be incorporated into the Russian army.
2017 Mar 14, Russian-led peace
talks on Syria were derailed as rebels backed by Turkey boycotted a
third round of meetings in Kazakhstan and the Kremlin indicated
there were international divisions over the process.
2017 Mar 14, In Saudi Arabia
gunfire broke out this evening when police tried to stop a
suspicious car near the central hospital in Qatif. Someone in the
car started shooting, mortally wounding one of the officers. The
2017 Mar 14, In South Sudan
gunmen killed two people and wounded three when they attacked a
humanitarian convoy in the center of the country.
2017 Mar 14, The UN Independent
International Commission of Inquiry on Syria said Syria's air force
deliberately bombed water sources in December, a war crime that cut
off water for 5.5 million people in and around the capital Damascus.
The UN investigative commission also said it believes government
forces deliberately bombed a school complex in the country's
northern countryside in October, killing 21 children.
(Reuters, 3/14/17)(AP, 3/14/17)
2018 Mar 14, Larry Kudlow (70),
business news pundit, said he has accepted an offer from Pres. Trump
to serve as his top economic aide.
(SFC, 3/15/18, p.A6)
2018 Mar 14, In Alaska
Norwegian musher Joar Ulsom was the first to reach the finish line
in Nome after traveling nearly a thousand miles across rugged
2018 Mar 14, The San Francisco
Police Commission voted to adopt a policy regulating how officers
can use Tasers, clearing the way for the rollout of the devices at
the end of the year.
(SFC, 3/15/18, p.A1)
2018 Mar 14, Oklahoma officials
said they plan to use nitrogen gas to execute inmates once the state
resumes using the death penalty, after trying unsuccessfully for
months to obtain lethal injection drugs.
(SFC, 3/15/18, p.A6)
2018 Mar 14, Facebook said it
had taken down Britain First's Facebook page and those of its
leaders, Paul Golding and Jayda Fransen, for repeatedly violating
rules designed to stop the incitement of hatred against minority
2018 Mar 14, The SEC announced
that Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes has agreed to pay $500,000
and relinquish majority control to settle charges that she defrauded
investors by misrepresenting the company's blood testing technology.
(SFC, 3/15/18, p.C1)
2018 Mar 14, The US-based Toys
R Us retail chain decided to close or sell its remaining stores,
affecting more than 30,000 jobs.
(SFC, 3/15/18, p.C1)
2018 Mar 14, In Afghanistan
Taliban militants stormed a checkpoint manned by police and
intelligence officers on the outskirts of Farah, the provincial
capital of Farah province, killing seven security forces.
2018 Mar 14, A father testified
in an Australian court that his son said he was sexually abused by
Vatican Cardinal George Pell during a waterskiing outing years ago.
2018 Mar 14, Bosnia's maiden
wind farm began producing electricity as part of the country's
efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions and meet the renewable
energy standards of the European Union it aspires to join.
2018 Mar 14, In Brazil Rio de
Janeiro city council member Marielle Franco (38) was killed after
receiving four shots to her head. Franco was an expert on police
violence and often criticized authorities for their handling of
public security. Her driver Anderson Gomes was also killed. On May 9
reports in O Globo and O Dia newspapers quoted an unidentified
police informant pointing the finger at councilman Marcello
Siciliano and ex-policeman Orlando Oliveira de Araujo, who is behind
bars but allegedly remains a militia commander.
(AP, 3/15/18)(SFC, 3/17/18, p.A2)(SFC, 3/24/18,
2018 Mar 14, Britain said it
will expel 23 Russian diplomats after Moscow failed to meet a
deadline to explain the attack on Sergei Skripal and his daughter
with a Soviet-made nerve agent on British soil. Russia denies
involvement in the attack. PM Theresa May said Britain is looking to
find other countries to supply gas as part of steps being taken by
London against Russia following the poisoning.
(Reuters, 3/14/18)(AP, 3/14/18)
2018 Mar 14, In Britain Mariam
Mustafa, an 18-year-old engineering student from Egypt, died. She
was allegedly attacked on the street by a group in Nottingham on
Feb. 20 before dying of her wounds.
2018 Mar 14, British
theoretical physicist Professor Stephen Hawking (b.1942) died at his
home in Cambridge. Even though his body was attacked by amyotrophic
lateral sclerosis, or ALS, when Hawking was 21, he stunned doctors
by living with the normally fatal illness for more than 50 years.
2018 Mar 14, The International
Crisis Group, an independent think tank, said China's military is
ramping up its security presence in Tajikistan with troop
deployments amid fears that militants based in nearby Afghanistan
could strike at western China.
2018 Mar 14, The World
Happiness Report ranked Finland at the top of 156 countries in its
annual global happiness index; the US was ranked 18th, down from
14th last year.
(SFC, 3/15/18, p.A5)
2018 Mar 14, German lawmakers
voted to re-elect Angela Merkel as chancellor for a fourth term,
that may prove her most challenging yet as she takes charge of a
fragile coalition with her personal standing diminished.
2018 Mar 14, German industrial
group Siemens announced plans to invest a billion euros in Brazil
over the next five years.
2018 Mar 14, A Greek court
rejected a Turkish extradition request for Halaz Secer (21). She was
among nine suspected Turkish militants arrested in Athens ahead of
an official visit by Turkey's president late last year.
2018 Mar 14, Greece raised
812.5 million euros ($1 billion) in a 12-month treasury bill
auction, the country's latest step toward regaining market access.
2018 Mar 14, Italian police
said they have dismantled a macrobiotic "sect" that denied its
followers contact with the outside world. Authorities said that
followers in the central Marche and Emilia Romagna regions were
manipulated to follow a rigidly controlled diet known as "Ma.Pi."
and that the weight of one follower plunged to 35 kilos (77 pounds).
2018 Mar 14, Lithuanian
lawmaker Mindaugas Bastys resigned, a day after surviving an
impeachment vote in the Baltic country's parliament for his reported
ties to Russia.
2018 Mar 14, Mauritian
President Ameenah Gurib-Fakim refused to resign, vowing to fight
allegations that saw her embroiled in a financial scandal.
2018 Mar 14, A Mozambique
government spokeswoman said pests and disease have destroyed at
least a third of the country's agricultural crops over the past 11
months. A day earlier the cabinet approved a 160 million metical
($2.6 million) action plan to combat pests and disease.
2018 Mar 14, Senior officials
in Myanmar announced that they have begun talks with UN agencies to
see how they could assist with the repatriation of Rohingya refugees
who fled to Bangladesh to escape violence against them. Myanmar
officials said they have only been able to verify 374 Rohingya
Muslim refugees for possible repatriation from Bangladesh. It was
unclear whether the 374 people had agreed to return.
(AP, 3/14/18)(Reuters, 3/14/18)
2018 Mar 14, Slovenia's
teachers went on strike for the second time in a month after failing
to reach a deal with the government on higher wages.
2018 Mar 14, South Africa's
President Cyril Ramaphosa outlined a plan to parliament to change
the constitution to allow for land expropriation without
compensation to address racial disparities in land ownership that
persist more than two decades after apartheid's demise in 1994.
2018 Mar 14, In Syria about 25
civilians in need of medical treatment left the besieged eastern
Ghouta enclave for the 2nd straight day under a medical evacuation
agreement. Bombardment of Ghouta continued with fresh Russian air
strikes. 26 people were killed in Hamouria, eastern Ghouta.
(Reuters, 3/14/18)(AFP, 3/14/18)(AP, 3/14/18)(AP,
2018 Mar 14, Turkey turned up
the heat on Syria's Afrin, launching deadly strikes on Damascus
loyalists deployed around the Kurdish enclave and closing in on its
main city. Turkish bombing raids killed 10 fighters loyal to the
2018 Mar 14, In Turkey
Alessandro Fiori (33) of Milan was last spotted on a CCTV camera in
Istanbul's busy Beyoglu district. His phone, wallet and other
belongings were found later in a hotel trash bin.
2018 Mar 14, The Ukrainian
government ordered its athletes not to take part in any competitions
held in Russia, which the country accuses of occupying its