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Mar 16, Tiberius Claudius Nero (78), Roman emperor (14-37), died on
a trip to the Italian mainland from his home on Capreae. He was
succeeded by Caligula.
(PCh, 1992, p.36)(HN, 3/16/99)(AP, 3/15/07)
1190 Mar 16, An estimated 150
Jews were massacred in York, England. The Jewish population of York
fled to Clifford’s Tower overlooking the rivers Ouse and Foss during
an anti-Jewish riot. A crazed friar set fire to the tower and rather
than be captured, the inhabitants committed mass suicide.
10/26/97, p.T5)(HN, 3/16/99)
1527 Mar 16, The Emperor Babur
defeated the Rajputs at the Battle of Kanvaha, removing the main
Hindu rivals in Northern India.
1621 Mar 16, The first Indian
appeared in Plymouth, Mass.
1690 Mar 16, French king Louis
XIV sent troops to Ireland.
1736 Mar 16, Giovanni Battista
Pergolesi (b.1710), Italian composer (Il Prigioniero Superbo, Stabat
Mater), died. Marvin Paymer (d.2002), an expert on Pergolesi, later
edited the 26-volume "The New Pergolesi Edition."
(MC, 1/4/02)(SFC, 6/24/02, p.B6)(MC, 3/16/02)
1739 Mar 16, George Clymer, US
merchant (signed Declaration of Independence and Constitution), was
1750 Mar 16, Caroline Lucretia
Herschel, 1st woman astronomer, was born in Hanover, Germany.
1751 Mar 16, James Madison
(d.1836), Jefferson’s successor as secretary of state and fourth
president of the United States (1809-17), was born in Port Conway,
Va. He invented the 1787 electoral college system "to break the
tyranny of the majority." "If men were angels, no government would
be necessary." Pierce Butler of South Carolina first proposed the
electoral college system. [see 1787]
(V.D.-H.K.p.222)(SFEC, 11/24/96, Z1 p.2)(AP,
3/16/97)(AP, 10/27/97)(HN, 3/16/98)(SFC, 11/9/00, p.A14)(WSJ,
1769 Mar 16, Journalist John
Wilkes was elected unopposed to his former seat in the British
(ON, 12/11, p.9)
1789 Mar 16, George S. Ohm
(d.1854), German scientist, was born. He gave his name to the ohm
unit of electrical resistance. [WUD says Mar 16, 1787]
(HN, 3/16/99)(WUD, 1994 p.1001)
1792 Mar 16, Sweden's King
Gustav III was shot and mortally wounded during a masquerade party
by a former member of his regiment. He was murdered by Count
Ankarstrom at an opera. It became the inspiration for Giuseppe
Verdi's Un Ballo in Maschera. Gustav died 13 days later.
(AP, 3/16/06)(WSJ, 1/28/07, p.P10)
1802 Mar 16, The US Congress
authorized the establishment of the US Military Academy at West
Point, N.Y. President Jefferson signed a measure authorizing the
establishment of the US Military Academy at West Point, N.Y.
1806 Mar 16, Norbert Rillieux,
inventor (sugar refiner), was born.
1815 Mar 16, William I
(1772-1843), prince of Orange-Nassau, proclaimed the Netherlands a
kingdom at the urging of the powers gathered at the Congress of
Vienna. In 1813 he had proclaimed himself 'Sovereign Prince' of the
(Econ, 4/13/13, p.55)
1822 Mar 16, John Pope, Union
general in the American Civil War, was born.
1822 Mar 16, Rosa Bonheur,
French painter and sculptor, was born.
1827 Mar 16, The first
Afro-American newspaper edited for and by blacks, Freedom's Journal,
was published in New York City.
(HFA, '96, p.26)(AP, 3/16/97)
1830 Mar 16, London reorganized
its police force, Scotland Yard.
1833 Mar 16, Susan Hayhurst
became the first woman to graduate from a pharmacy college.
1836 Mar 16, Andrew S.
Hallidie, inventor (cable car), was born.
1836 Mar 16, The Republic of
Texas approved a constitution.
1838 Mar 16, Nathaniel Bowditch
(b.1773), mathematician, astronomer, polyglot, author (Marine
Sextant), died. In 1802 he published "The New American Practical
(SS, 3/26/02)(AH, 12/02, p.22)
1846 Mar 16, Jurgis
Bielinis, Lithuanian publisher and "king of the (underground) book
carriers" was born in Purviskis. He died there Jan 18, 1918. This
day was later declared "Book Carriers Day."
1850 Mar 16, Nathaniel
Hawthorne's novel "The Scarlet Letter" was first published. It was
about adultery, revenge and redemption in Puritan Massachusetts.
1861 Mar 16, Arizona Territory
voted to leave the Union.
1865 Mar 16, Union troops
pushed past Confederate blockers at the Battle of Averasborough,
N.C., and left 1,500 casualties.
(HN, 3/16/99)(MC, 3/16/02)
1868 Mar 16, Maxim Gorkei
(Aleksvey Maksimovich Pyeshkov [aka Gorky], d.1936], Russian
dramatist, was born. "A good man can be stupid and still be good.
But a bad man must have brains." [see 1861, Mar 28, 1868]
(WUD, 1994 p.611)(HN, 3/16/98)(AP, 2/23/01)
1881 Mar 16, Barnum &
Bailey Circus debuted. [see Mar 18]
1881 Mar 16, Modest P.
Mussorgsky (42), Russian composer (Boris Godunov), died. [see Mar
1882 Mar 16, US Pres. Chester
Arthur signed the Treaty of Geneva following the Senate’s
ratification of the treaty. The US thus joined the Int’l. Red Cross.
(ON, 8/12, p.12)
1894 Mar 16, The opera "Thais,"
composed by Jules Massenet, premiered in Paris. The libretto was by
Louis Gallet. It was based on a novel by Anatole France. The heroine
is a 4th century Egyptian courtesan.
(AP, 3/16/00)(WSJ, 11/9/00, p.A24)(WSJ, 12/19/02,
1907 Mar 16, The British
cruiser Invincible, the world's largest, was completed at Glasgow
1908 Mar 16, The Chinese
released the Japanese steamship Tatsu Maru.
1911 Mar 16, Josef Mengele, MD,
PhD, SS ("The Angel of Death at Auschwitz"), was born in Gunzburg,
1912 Mar 16, Thelma Catherine
Patricia Ryan Nixon, first lady (1968-75) to Richard Nixon, was born
in Ely, Nevada.
(HN, 3/16/01)(MC, 3/16/02)
1912 Mar 16, In San Francisco
the Chinese tong war reopened as 4 Ho Sing gunmen opened fire at the
730 Jackson street liquor store of Cham Kok, the president of the
Suey Sing tong.
(SSFC, 3/11/12, DBp.42)
1913 Mar 16, The 15,000-ton
battleship Pennsylvania was launched at Newport News, Va.
1915 Mar 16, The US Federal
Trade Commission was organized.
1915 Mar 16, British battle
cruisers Inflexible and Irresistible hit mines in Dardanelle
1916 Mar 16, In San Francisco
members of the Hop Sing tong stationed snipers on roofs in Chinatown
where they shot Ng Ling, a Suey Ong man, as he unlocked his store at
742 Washington Street. Ling’s chances for recovery were slight.
(SSFC, 3/113/16, DB p.50)
1917 Mar 16, Nicholas II, Czar
of Russia, abdicated in favor of his brother Michael. He was forced
to sign a document of abdication after being brought down by
political unrest and widespread starvation stemming from Russia’s
staggering losses in WWI. The czar, his wife Alexandra, their four
daughters and son Alexis, heir to the throne, were held prisoner by
the Bolsheviks for several months at Tsarskoye Selo palace near
Petrograd. In August 1917, the family was transported to distant
Siberia to prevent any attempt to restore them to the throne. In
July 1918, the entire royal family was executed by local Bolsheviks.
1920 Mar 16, Leo McKern, actor
(Blue Lagoon, Help, Mouse that Roared, Rumpole of the Bailey), was
born in Sydney, Australia.
1921 Mar 16, Britain signed a
bilateral trade agreement with Russia.
1926 Mar 16, Jerry Lewis,
American comedian and film actor, was born. He starred in numerous
films with Dean Martin.
1926 Mar 16, Rocket science
pioneer Robert H. Goddard successfully tested the first
liquid-fueled rocket, in Auburn, Mass. It went 184' (56 meters).
(HN, 3/16/98)(AP, 3/15/07)
1927 Mar 16, Daniel Patrick
Moynihan (d.2003), later NY Senator (1976-2000) and scholar, was
born in Tulsa, Okla.
(SFC, 3/27/03, p.A1)
1928 Mar 16, Christa Ludwig,
soprano (Vienna State Opera, Met Opera), was born in Berlin Germany.
1928 Mar 16, The U.S. planned
to send 1,000 more Marines to Nicaragua.
1930 Mar 16 For the first
time, a live opera performance was transmitted via shortwave from
Dresden Germany and received by NBC in New York, which broadcasted
the event for American listeners. Unfortunately, reception was poor
and Americans only heard about 20 minutes of the opera, "Fidelio."
(NY Times, 3/17/1930, p.33)
1930 Mar 16, USS Constitution
(Old Ironsides) was floated out to become a national shrine.
1933 Mar 16, Hitler named
Hjalmar Horace Greeley Shacht president of Bank of Germany.
1935 Mar 16, Adolf Hitler
ordered a German rearmament in violation of the Versailles Treaty.
He announced in public Nazi rearmament and the existence of the new
German air force, the Luftwaffe.
(AP, 3/16/97)(HN, 3/16/98)(ON, 11/05, p.2)
1935 Mar 16, John J.R. Macleod
(58), Scottish-Canadian physiologist (Nobel 1923), died.
1939 Mar 16, Germany occupied
the rest Czechoslovakia.
1940 Mar 16, Chuck Woolery, TV
game show host (Love Connection), was born in Kentucky.
1940 Mar 16, In San Francisco
fourteen crewmen of the scuttled German liner Columbus, sailed for
the Fatherland aboard the Italian motorship Rialto. A 2nd group soon
followed. Both ships were boarded by the British in Gibraltar and
the Germans were sent to a French prison camp. 451 others remained
quartered on Angel Island.
(SSFC, 3/15/15, p.42)(SFC, 6/11/16, p.C2)
1940 Mar 16, Germany launched
an air raid on British fleet base at Scapa Flow.
1940 Mar 16, Selma Lagerdorf
(b.1858), Swedish Nobel prize winning novelist (1909), died.
1941 Mar 16, A blizzard hit
North Dakota and Minnesota killing 60. [see Mar 15]
1944 Mar 16, A US plane named
“God Bless Our Ship" was hit by anti-aircraft fire over Berlin and
crash-landed outside the city. Lt. George Lymburn (1924-2005) was
captured and sent to Stalag Luft 1, where he was liberated by
Russian soldiers in April, 1945.
(SFC, 4/13/05, p.B7)
1945 Mar 16, During World War
II, the island of Iwo Jima in the Pacific Ocean was declared secured
by the Allies. The U.S. defeated Japan at Iwo Jima. Small pockets of
Japanese resistance still exist.
(AP, 3/16/97)(HN, 3/16/99)
1946 Mar 16, Erik Estrada,
actor (CHiPs, Cross & Switchblade, Lightblast), was born in NYC.
1949 Mar 16, Bertha Knox
Gilkey, welfare and tenement rights for urban women, was born.
1950 Mar 16, Acheson called for
a seven-point cooperation plan with the Russians.
1951 Mar 16, Mary Louise
Bochnak, the patron saint of embattled nonprofit committee chairmen,
1951 Mar 16, Hastened by short
winter, all spring flowers opened in Minneapolis.
1955 Mar 16, President
Eisenhower upheld the use of atomic weapons in case of war.
1957 Mar 16, Constantin
Brancusi (b.1876), Romanian-born French sculptor, died. He willed
his studio and work to France.
1959 Mar 16, Michael J.
Bloomfield, Major USAF, astronaut (STS 86), was born in Flint, Mich.
1959 Mar 16, John Sailling
(111), last documented Civil War vet, died.
1961 Mar 16, "The Agony and the
Ecstasy" was published by Irving Stone.
1962 Mar 16, South Korea’s
Supreme Council passed the Political Activities Purification Law,
which essentially barred political participation by any civilians
associated with the two previous governments. In protest, the SCNR's
puppet president resigned, and Park Chung Hee named himself acting
1963 Mar 16, Phung Vuong,
murderer (FBI Most Wanted List), was born in Saigon, Vietnam.
1963 Mar 16, William Beveridge
(b.1879), British economist and social reformer, died. He is perhaps
best known for his 1942 report Social Insurance and Allied Services
(known as the Beveridge Report) which served as the basis for the
post-World War II Welfare State put in place by the Labour
1964 Mar 16, LBJ submitted a
$1billion war on poverty program to Congress. [see Mar 15]
1966 Mar 16, Col. Paul
Underwood flew a bombing mission over Lai Chau Province in Vietnam
and crashed after releasing bombs from his F-105 Thunderchief. His
remains were returned to the US in 1998.
(SFEC, 2/1/98, p.A14)
1966 Mar 16, Alfred Rascon, a
US Army medic in South Vietnam, saved the lives of a number of his
platoon members using his own wounded body to cover wounded men
while treating their wounds under fire. He received the Medal of
Honor in 2000.
(SFC, 2/9/00, p.A2)
1966 Mar 16-1966 Mar 17, US
astronauts Neil Armstrong and David Scott performed the first
(NPub, 2002, p.20)
1968 Mar 16, Robert F. Kennedy
decided to join the presidential race.
1968 Mar 16, LBJ decided to
send 35-50,000 more troops to Vietnam.
1968 Mar 16, In Vietnam Lt.
Calley led 105 men of Company C into My Lai and at least 347 of 700
Vietnamese civilians were killed. Estimates of villagers massacred
ranged from 347-504. Other killings by B company occurred nearby.
Col. Oran K. Henderson (d.1998 at 77) was on his first day as
commanding officer of the new 11th Infantry Brigade and watched from
a command helicopter. Hugh Thompson (d.2006), a helicopter pilot,
observed the end of the massacre. He landed between some remaining
villagers and his fellow soldiers and ordered his gunner to fire on
American troops if necessary. With 2 other gunships he airlifted to
safety a dozen villagers. He and his gunner were awarded the
Soldier's Medal in 1998. The atrocity was exposed by Ron Ridenhour
(d.1998 at 52), a door gunner on an observation helicopter, who flew
over the village a few days after the event. He waited several
months until he was out of the service before reporting the event to
state and congressional officials. The Army later charged 25
officers and enlisted men in the massacre but only Lt. Calley was
convicted. Gen. Samuel W. Koster (d.2006) was charged with covering
up the killings, but criminal charges were eventually dismissed.
Koster was censured, stripped of a medal and demoted one rank to
brigadier general. John Sack (d.2004), war correspondent, later
authored "Lieutenant Calley: His Own Story." In 1999 Trent Angers
authored "The Forgotten Hero of My Lai: The Hugh Thompson Story."
(SFC, 3/5/98, p.A9)(SFC, 3/16/98, p.A8)(SFC,
5/11/98, p.A20)(SFC, 6/6/98, p.A23)(WSJ, 11/2/99, p.A24)(SFC,
3/31/04, p.B7)(SFC, 1/6/06, p.B5) (SFC, 2/14/06, p.B7)(AP, 3/16/08)
1968 Mar 16, Mario
Castelnuovo-Tedesco (b.1895), Italian composer, died.
1969 Mar 16, "1776," a musical
about the writing of the Declaration of Independence, opened on
1970 Mar 16, Forty-six women
filed suit against Newsweek management for sex discrimination. On
Aug 26 they signed an agreement with management. In September Lynn
Povich became Newsweek’s first-ever female senior editor. In 2012
Povich authored “The Good Girls Revolt."
(SFC, 9/27/12, p.E1)
1971 Mar 16, Thomas E. Dewey
(b.1902), US president candidate (R 1944, 1948), died of a heart
1976 Mar 16, British PM Harold
Wilson announced his resignation in London. He was succeeded in
April by home secretary James Callaghan (1912-2005).
(HN, 3/16/98)(SFC, 5/4/02, p.A21)(Econ, 3/18/06,
1977 Mar 16, US president
Carter pleaded for a Palestinian homeland.
1977 Mar 16, In Lebanon Kamal
Jumblatt (60) was killed. He was the leader of Lebanon’s Druze
community, a member of the Lebanese Parliament and a
Socialist-nationalist supporter of Palestinians. Jumblatt was
assassinated by the Syrian Social Nationalist Party, which he had
legalized as interior minister some years earlier.
1978 Mar 16, The Amoco-Cadiz
oil tanker spilled a record 1.6 million barrels of crude oil off the
coast of France.
1978 Mar 16, Red Brigade
terrorists kidnapped Aldo Moro, Italian politician and 5 time PM,
and killed 5 of his bodyguards. Moro, who was planning to form a
government combining his Christian Democrats and the Communist
Party, was later murdered by the RB. Alessio Casimiri a member of
the Red Brigades was sentenced in absentia to life in prison for his
role in the abduction. Casimiri escaped to Nicaragua and opened a
restaurant. It was later reported that police decided not to rescue
(WSJ, 4/25/96, p.A-1)(AP, 3/16/97)(SFC, 3/13/98,
p.A12)(WSJ, 12/13/07, p.A18)
1982 Mar 16, Claus Von Bulow
was found guilty in Newport, R.I., of trying to kill his
now-comatose wife, Martha, with insulin. Von Bulow was acquitted in
1984 Mar 16, William Buckley,
the CIA station chief in Beirut, was kidnapped by gunmen; he died in
1984 Mar 16, Mozambique and
South Africa signed a pact banning support for one another's
1985 Mar 16, Terry Anderson,
chief Middle East correspondent for The Associated Press, was
abducted in Beirut; he was released in December 1991.
(AP, 3/16/97)(HN, 3/16/98)
1986 Mar 16, In France the
first direct regional elections for representatives took place. The
French term "région" was officially created by March 2, 1982, Law of
1987 Mar 16, Massachusetts Gov.
Michael Dukakis announced his candidacy for the Democratic
1988 Mar 16, The US sent 3000
soldiers to Honduras.
1988 Mar 16, Former National
Security Adviser John M. Poindexter, former White House aide Oliver
L. North, retired Air Force Maj. Gen. Richard V. Secord and Secord's
business partner, Albert Hakim, were indicted on charges relating to
the Iran-Contra affair. Poindexter and North had their convictions
thrown out; Secord and Hakim received probation after each pleaded
guilty to a single count.
1988 Mar 16, Mickey Thompson
(59), drag racer, and his wife Trudy (41) were found shot to death
at their Bradbury home 15 miles east of LA. In December, 2001,
Michael Goodwin, Thompson’s former business partner, was charged
with the murders of Mickey and Trudy Thompson. Goodwin’s trial
opened in 2006. On Jan 4, 2007, a jury convicted Michael Goodwin on
two counts of murder. On Mar 1, 2007, Goodwin was sentenced to 2
consecutive life terms in prison and continued to claim he was
innocent of the murder.
1/5/07, p.B10)(SFC, 3/2/07, p.B12)
1988 Mar 16-1988 Mar 17, Iraqi
jets dropped a variety of chemical weapons on the Kurdish town of
Halabja and some 5-7,000 residents were killed immediately. The
Kurdish city of Halabja, held by Iranian troops and Iraqi Kurdish
guerrillas allied with Tehran, was bombed by Iraq. Estimates of
casualties varied from several hundred to several thousand.
1988 Mar 16, Three people were
killed when Michael Stone, a pro British paramilitary member, armed
with guns and grenades attacked an IRA graveside service in Belfast,
Northern Ireland. Stone was also responsible for killing 3 Catholics
in the mid 1980s. In 2000 Stone was released from prison as part of
a peace accord.
(AP, 3/17/98)(SFC, 7/25/00, p.A12)
1989 Mar 16, The Soviet
Communist Party's Central Committee approved sweeping agricultural
reforms and elected the party's 100 members to the Congress of
People's Deputies, a new legislative body.
1990 Mar 16, Brazil announced
the Collor Plan. It was a collection of economic reforms and
inflation-stabilization plans carried out during the presidency of
Fernando Collor de Mello, between 1990 and 1992. The plan was
officially called New Brazil Plan. It combined fiscal and trade
liberalization with radical inflation stabilization measures.
(Econ, 11/14/09, SR
1990 Mar 16, South African
President F.W. de Klerk announced that exiled African National
Congress leaders could return home for talks with the white-led
1991 Mar 16, Americans Kristi
Yamaguchi, Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan swept the World Figure
Skating Championships in Munich, Germany.
1991 Mar 16, A plane crash near
San Diego, Ca., killed 10 people including 7 members of Reba
1992 Mar 16, Robert J. Eaton,
head of General Motors' profitable European operations, joined
Chrysler Corp. as Chairman Lee Iacocca's future successor.
1993 Mar 16, President Clinton
met with ousted Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide; afterward,
Clinton announced he was sending a special envoy to Haiti to seek a
return to democracy.
1993 Mar 16, Mohammed Hussein
Nagdi, Iran diplomat, resistance fighter, was murdered in Rome,
1993 Mar 16, Canadian soldiers
in Somalia beat to death a local teenager, Shidane Arone, during
their participation in the UN humanitarian efforts. An inquiry led
to the disbanding of Canada's elite Canadian Airborne Regiment,
greatly damaged the morale of the Canadian Forces, and damaged both
the domestic and international reputation of Canadian soldiers.
1994 Mar 16, Figure skater
Tonya Harding pleaded guilty in Portland, Ore., to conspiracy to
hinder prosecution for covering up the attack on rival Nancy
Kerrigan, avoiding jail but drawing a $100,000 fine.
1994 Mar 16, Russia agreed to
phase out production of weapons-grade plutonium.
1995 Mar 16, House Republicans
pushed through $17 billion in spending cuts, prompting a veto threat
by the White House.
1995 Mar 16, Mississippi
formally ratified 13th Amendment and abolished slavery.
1995 Mar 16, NASA astronaut
Norman Thagard was welcomed aboard the Russian space station Mir as
the first American to visit the orbiting outpost.
1996 Mar 16, In his weekly
radio address, President Clinton accused the Republican-controlled
House of bowing to "the back-alley whispers of the gun lobby" by
gutting anti-terrorism legislation he'd submitted in response to the
Oklahoma City bombing.
1996 Mar 16, For the first
time, ordinary citizens were allowed inside the central archives of
the former East German secret police, the hated Stasi security
1997 Mar 16, The last sale day
declared by the US Post Office for buying the Marilyn Monroe,
antique autos, or United Nations commemorative stamps.
(WSJ, 2/21/97, p.B15B)
1997 Mar 16, At the request of
a hobbled President Clinton, Russia's Boris Yeltsin agreed to delay
their upcoming summit by one day to give Clinton an extra day to
recuperate from knee surgery.
1997 Mar 16, In Albania amnesty
was granted to 51 people including former premier Fatos Nano.
(SFC, 3/18/97, p.A11)
1997 Mar 16, Jordan's King
Hussein knelt in mourning with the families of seven Israeli
schoolgirls gunned down by a Jordanian soldier.
1997 Mar 16, Elections for
mayors in 262 El Salvador cities and for the 84-member unicameral
Legislative Assembly was scheduled. The Farabundo Marti National
Liberation Front (FMLN) party was a front-runner. Hector Silva of
the Democratic Convergence Party won the mayoral elections for San
Salvador. He ran under a coalition led by the FMLN.
(SFC, 2/25/97, p.a12)(SFC, 3/17/97, p.A9)
1998 Mar 16, Sgt. Maj. Gene
McKinney, once the Army's top enlisted man, was reprimanded and
demoted one rank by a jury that had convicted him of obstruction of
justice in a sexual misconduct case.
1998 Mar 16, In Armenia
elections for president were held and the voting was marred by
fraud. Prime Minister Robert Kocharian led the vote over former
Communist boss Karen Demirchian, but failed to get a majority and a
runoff was planned for Mar 30.
(SFC, 3/17/98, p.B3)(WSJ, 3/18/98, p.A1)
1998 Mar 16, Zhu Rongji was
chosen by the National People’s Congress as Premier to replace Li
Peng, who served his limit of two 5-year terms. Hu Jintao (55) was
appointed vice-president, the youngest in modern Chinese history to
(SFC, 3/17/98, p.A9)(WSJ, 3/17/98, p.A1)
1998 Mar 16, In Northern
Ireland David Keys (26), one of the jailed suspects in the Mar 3
murders, was found hanged in his cell at Maze Prison. His death was
violent and considered a murder.
(SFC, 3/17/98, p.B2)
1998 Mar 16, A 2nd negotiating
session between North and South Korea will be held under the
guidance of the US and China.
1998 Mar 16, In a long-awaited
document promised by the Vatican on Sep. 1, 1987, that Jewish
leaders immediately criticized, the Vatican expressed remorse for
the cowardice of some Christians during the Holocaust, but defended
the actions of Pope Pius XII.
(SFEC, 3/15/98, p.A24)(AP, 3/16/99)
1999 Mar 16, The Nebraska
Cornhuskers beat Chicago State 50-3 in an NCAA baseball game.
1999 Mar 16, The Dow Jones
industrial average briefly topped the 10,000 level, reaching a high
of 10,001.78 before retreating.
1999 cMar 16, Cuban Americans,
whose sons were in custody by the INS, began a hunger strike outside
the gates of the Krome Detention Center at the edge of the
(SFC, 4/22/99, p.A11)
1999 Mar 16, Retired Major
General David Hale (53) pleaded guilty to charges of sexual affairs
with the wives of subordinate officers. Hale was ordered to pay
$22,000 in penalties. He was the highest officer to be
court-martialed since 1952. Hale was demoted in Sept. to a one-star
(SFC, 3/17/99, p.A2)(SFC, 3/17/99, p.A8)(SFC,
1999 Mar 16, It was reported
that the world's 300 right whales faced extinction.
(SFC, 3/16/99, p.A2)
1999 Mar 16, The National
Marine Fisheries Service announced the addition to the endangered
species list of 9 salmon species from the Pacific Northwest.
(SFC, 3/16/99, p.A2)
1999 Mar 16, In northern
Argentina a team of archeologists discovered 3 frozen mummies on
Mount Llullaillaco. The mummies were of children sacrificed about
500 years ago.
(SFC, 4/7/99, p.A11)
1999 Mar 16, In Ecuador former
Pres. Fabian Alarcon was arrested on charges that he loaded the
state payroll with phantom employees while serving as the head of
(SFC, 3/17/99, p.C3)
1999 Mar 16, The first
passenger bus service between India and Pakistan was scheduled to
(SFEC, 3/14/99, p.A22)
1999 Mar 16, In Kosovo Serbia
moved in heavy tanks and thousands more troops as their negotiators
insisted on major changes in the Paris peace talks.
(SFC, 3/17/99, p.A8)
1999 Mar 16, North Korea agreed
to allow US inspectors to visit a suspected nuclear weapons site in
exchange for assistance to increase potato yields.
(SFC, 3/17/99, p.A8)
1999 Mar 16, In Sri Lanka a
suicide bomber killed 2 people in a Colombo assassination attempt.
(WSJ, 3/17/99, p.A1)
1999 Mar 16, In Turkey 2 people
were killed in a car explosion in Hatay.
(SFC, 3/17/99, p.A8)
2000 Mar 16, Independent
Counsel Robert Ray said he found no credible evidence that Hillary
Rodham Clinton or senior White House officials had sought FBI
background files of Republicans.
2000 Mar 16, The Vermont state
House of Representatives voted 76-69 for a bill to give same-sex
couples all the rights and responsibilities granted to married
(SFEC, 4/2/00, p.A6)
2000 Mar 16, The DJIA rose a
record 499.19 points to close at 10,630.6. the previous record of
380.53 was set on Sep 9, 1998. The DJIA reached a high of 10,001.78
(SFC, 3/17/00, p.A1)(AP, 3/16/01)
2000 Mar 16, In Georgia a
gunman shot and wounded 2 sheriff's deputies while being served a
warrant in Atlanta at the home of Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin, formerly
known as H. Rap Brown. The gunman was later identified as Brown.
Deputy Ricky Kinchen (35) died the next day. Al-Amin (56) was
arrested in Alabama on Mar 20.
(SFC, 3/17/00, p.A5)(SFC, 3/18/00, p.A3)(SFC,
2000 Mar 16, About a dozen
whales became stranded on 2 Bahama beaches one day after a US Navy
exercise propagated loud noises through the waters of the region. 5
of the whales died. In 2001 testing confirmed that Navy sonar caused
the whales to beach themselves.
(SFC, 3/22/00, p.A9)(WSJ, 12/21/01, p.A1)
2000 Mar 16, In NYC police
killed Patrick Dorismond, an unarmed Haitian immigrant (26). Some
3,000 protestors marched at Dorismonds funeral on mar 25 and clashed
(SFEC, 3/26/00, p.A7)
2000 Mar 16, Thomas Wilson
Ferebee (81), the "Enola Gay" bombardier who dropped the atomic bomb
on Hiroshima, died in Windermere, Fla.
2000 Mar 16, The entire
20-member European Commission resigned following publication of a
critical report on sloppy management and cronyism.
2000 Mar 16, The Islamic
holiday Eid al-adha was celebrated.
(SFC, 4/26/00, p.B8)
2000 Mar 16, In Nicaragua
Edmundo Olivas, former leader of the Andres Castro United Front - a
leftists, ex-Sandinista, paramilitary group, was ambushed and killed
(SFC, 3/17/00, p.D2)
2000 Mar 16, In Pakistan a
judge sentenced Javed Iqbal (42), the killer of 100 children, to die
the same way his victims died, by strangulation, dismemberment and
dissolvement in acid.
(SFC, 3/17/00, p.A14)
2000 Mar 16, In the Philippines
at least 23 people were killed in clashes between rebels and army
troops in Lanao del Norte province.
(SFC, 3/18/00, p.C16)
2000 Mar 16, In Serbia some
1000 people rallied in Pirot to protest the closure of their TV
station. It was the 6th closure of a broadcaster in a week.
(SFC, 3/17/00, p.D2)
2001 Mar 16, Rap impresario
Sean "Puffy" Combs was acquitted in New York of taking an illegal
handgun into a crowded Manhattan hip-hop club where three people
were later wounded; he was also cleared of trying to bribe his way
out of trouble. Combs' bodyguard, Anthony "Wolf" Jones, was
acquitted of the same charges.
2001 Mar 16, In Argentina
Ricardo Lopez Murphy, the Economy Minister, proposed $4.5 billion in
budget cuts over the next 2 years to revive the economy.
(WSJ, 3/20/01, p.A19)
2001 Mar 16, Explosions rocked
residential buildings in Shijiazhuang, a mill town in Hebei
province. At least 18 people were killed. The deaths soon mounted to
108 with 38 injured. Police later arrested Jin Ruchao (41), a deaf
man, who reportedly confessed to the bombings.
(SFC, 3/17/01, p.A10)(SSFC, 3/18/01, p.D1)(SFC,
2001 Mar 16, In Macedonia
Albanian rebel mortar shells exploded in Tetovo.
(SFC, 3/17/01, p.A12)
2001 Mar 16, In Saudi Arabia
Saudi commandos freed over 100 hijacked hostages held by Chechen
rebels in a Russian plane. 3 people were killed including a
hijacker, a flight attendant and a passenger.
(SFC, 3/17/01, p.A10)(AP, 3/16/02)
2002 Mar 16, VP Cheney invited
Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah to visit with Pres. Bush in Texas for
talks on the Middle East.
(SFC, 3/18/02, p.A3)
2002 Mar 16, In Ohio Brittanie
Cecil (13) was struck by a flying hockey puck during a game between
the hometown Columbus Blue Jackets and the Calgary Flames; she died
two days later.
2002 Mar 16, In Cali, Colombia,
gunmen killed Archbishop Isaias Duarte Cancino (63), a critic of
(SSFC, 3/17/02, p.A20)(SFC, 3/18/02, p.A3)
2003 Mar 16, Pres. Bush met
with PM Tony Blair and Spain's PM Jose Maria Aznar in the Azores and
made it clear they were ready to go to war with or without UN
endorsement. Bush said "Tomorrow is a moment of truth for the
(SFC, 3/17/03, p.A1)
2003 Mar 16, In China Wen
Jiaboa (60) replaced Zhu Rongji as premier.
(SFC, 3/16/03, p.A16)
2003 Mar 16, Iraqi leader
Saddam Hussein warned that if Iraq were attacked, it would take the
war anywhere in the world "wherever there is sky, land or water."
2003 Mar 16, In the Gaza Strip
Rachel Corrie (23) of Washington State was crushed to death by and
Israeli Army bulldozer as she tried to block the demolition of
Palestinian homes. On Aug 28, 2012, an Israeli court cleared the
military of any responsibility for her death.
(SFC, 3/17/03, p.A1)(AFP, 8/28/12)
2004 Mar 16, Mitch Seavey won
the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in nine days, 12 hours, 20 minutes
and 22 seconds.
2004 Mar 16, China declared
victory in its fight against bird flu, saying it had "stamped out"
all of its known cases, while a factory worker in Thailand became
Asia's 23rd victim of the virus.
2004 Mar 16, In Colombia Luis
Hipolito Ospina, a senior member of the leftist Revolutionary Armed
Forces of Colombia, or FARC, was arrested in Bogota.
2004 Mar 16, In Denmark police
raided Copenhagen's famed hippie enclave of Christiania, detaining
53 people in a major crackdown on the open sale of hashish. The
enclave took root in 1971 when dozens of hippies moved into the
derelict 18th-century fort on state-owned land.
2004 Mar 16, Two contractors,
German and Dutch, working on a water-supply project south of Baghdad
were shot to death, and their deaths brought to six the number of
foreigners killed in drive-by shootings in the past 24 hours.
(AP, 3/16/04)(WSJ, 4/1/04, p.A10)
2004 Mar 16, Japan's Toshiba
Corp said that Guinness World Records had certified its stamp-sized
hard disk drives (HDDs) as the smallest in the world. The 0.85-inch
HDDs, unveiled in January, have storage capacity of up to four
gigabytes and will be used in products such as cellphones and
2004 Mar 16, It was announced
that Carlos Slim, owner of Mexico’s Telmex, planned to buy a
controlling interest in Brazil’s biggest long distance operator,
(Econ, 3/20/04, p.64)
2004 Mar 16, Hundreds of
Pakistani troops clashed with tribesmen suspected of sheltering
al-Qaeda and Taliban fugitives near the Afghan border. At least 15
paramilitary soldiers and 24 suspects including some foreigners
presumed to be members of al-Qaeda, were killed in the raid on a
mud-brick compound at Kaloosha.
(AP, 3/16/04)(AP, 3/17/04)
2004 Mar 16, In Russia an
apparent natural gas explosion sheared off part of a nine-story
apartment building in the northern city of Arkhangelsk as residents
slept, killing some 58 people. Police suspected that valve
scavenging triggered the blast.
(AP, 3/16/04)(WSJ, 3/17/04, p.A1)(AP, 3/18/04)
2004 Mar 16, Spanish police
identified five additional Moroccan suspects they think took part in
last week's train bombing that killed 190 and injured 1,647 others.
(AP, 3/16/04)(AP, 3/23/04)
2004 Mar 16, Yemen authorities
said 9 suspects in the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole had been
arrested, including 8 who escaped from jail in 2003.
(SFC, 3/17/04, p.A9)
2005 Mar 16, Pres. Bush said he
plans to nominate Paul Wolfowitz, deputy defense secretary, to
become the next president of the World Bank.
(SFC, 3/17/05, p.A3)(Econ, 3/19/05, p.15)
2005 Mar 16, It was reported
that the US deficit had widened to 6.3% of GDP in the 4th quarter
and that America would have to borrow a net $750 billion to sustain
(Econ, 3/19/05, p.78)
2005 Mar 16, The US Senate
voted 51-49 to drill for oil in Alaska.
(WSJ, 3/17/05, p.A1)
2005 Mar 16, A jury in Los
Angeles acquitted actor Robert Blake of murder in the shooting death
of his wife, Bonny Lee Bakley, four years earlier. A civil court
jury later ordered Blake to pay $30 million to Bakley's four
children; Blake has since filed for bankruptcy.
2005 Mar 16, In California a
judge sentenced a Scott Peterson (32) to death for the 2002 murder
of his wife and unborn son.
(AP, 3/17/05)(SFC, 3/17/05, p.A1)
2005 Mar 16, Norway's Robert
Sorlie won his second Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in one of the
closest races in years.
2005 Mar 16, It was reported
that a Texas study found a correlation between the amount of mercury
pollution and the number of autism cases.
(WSJ, 3/17/05, p.A1)
2005 Mar 16, Tropical Cyclone
Ingrid flattened Faraway Resort, a tourist resort built to showcase
the beauty of northern Australia.
2005 Mar 16, China's central
bank tightened mortgage lending rules to raise the cost of borrowing
for home loans in an effort to cool the sizzling property market.
(AP, 3/17/05)(WSJ, 3/31/05, p.A9)
2005 Mar 16, UN peacekeepers
charged that militiamen in northeast Congo grilled bodies on a spit
and boiled two girls alive as their mother watched, adding
cannibalism to a list of atrocities allegedly carried out by Lendu
(AP, 3/17/05)(Econ, 3/12/05, p.49)
2005 Mar 16, Iraq's first
freely elected parliament in half a century began its opening
session after a series of explosions targeted the gathering.
2005 Mar 16, Israeli troops
handed Jericho to Palestinian security control, dismantling a
checkpoint and easing travel restrictions in what was seen as a
message to ordinary Palestinians that an informal truce is starting
to pay off.
2005 Mar 16, Puerto Rico Gov.
Anibal Acevedo Vila unveiled proposals to eliminate more than 23,000
government jobs and close several public agencies, vowing to pull
Puerto Rico out of a cycle of budget deficits and debt.
2005 Mar 16, A Russian
turboprop airliner carrying at least 52 people crashed and caught
fire while trying to land near an oil port along the Arctic coast.
At least 29 people, mostly Yukoil workers, were killed.
(AP, 3/16/05)(WSJ, 3/17/05, p.A1)
2006 Mar 16, Pres. Bush named
Idaho Gov. Dirk Kemphorne (54) as the new secretary of the interior
to succeed Gail Norton, who resigned earlier this month.
(SFC, 3/17/06, p.A4)
2006 Mar 16, The White House
issued a 49-page security strategy report that listed Iran as the
single country that may pose the biggest danger to the US and
reaffirmed pre-emptive military actions as a central tenet of US
(WSJ, 3/16/06, p.A1)
2006 Mar 16, The US Senate
approved a $781 billion increase in U.S. borrowing authority aimed
at averting a possible government default on debt this month. The
Senate narrowly passed a $2.8 trillion election-year budget
(Reuters, 3/16/06)(AP, 3/15/07)
2006 Mar 16, US Federal drug
agents raided several “marijuana candy factories" in Oakland and
Emeryville, Ca., seizing hundreds of sodas and candies with such
names as Trippy, Stoney Rancher, Toka-Cola and Budtela.
(SFC, 3/18/06, p.A1)
2006 Mar 16, The Univ. of
California regents, citing genocide in Darfur, voted to divest UC of
tens of millions of securities from 9 foreign companies doing
business with Sudan.
(SFC, 3/17/06, p.A1)
2006 Mar 16, NASA released data
backing the Big Bang theory that the universe sprang from marble
size to infinity in less than a trillion-trillionth second.
(WSJ, 3/17/06, p.A1)
2006 Mar 16, The Afghanistan
government said lab tests have confirmed the first outbreak of the
deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu.
2006 Mar 16, In Afghanistan the
trial of Abdul Rahman (41) began. He was arrested last month after
his family accused him of becoming a Christian. Judge Ansarullah
Mawlavezada said Rahman was charged with rejecting Islam and could
be sentenced to death for converting from Islam to Christianity, a
crime under the country's Islamic laws.
2006 Mar 16, In Congo a defense
ministry source said Defense Minister Adolphe Onusumba had written
to the head of the army asking him to suspend or arrest General Widi
Mbuilu Divioka, the army commander in Katanga province. The general
was being accused of diverting military food trains for private
business after at least 20 soldiers died from hunger or malnutrition
at a southern camp.
2006 Mar 16, Timor-Leste’s PM
Mari Alkatiri sacked almost half the country’s 1,400-strong army for
going on strike effective as of March 1.
(Econ, 6/3/06, p.38)(http://tinyurl.com/egj85)
2006 Mar 16, Ecuador's Supreme
Court released former President Gustavo Noboa from house arrest
after reducing charges against him for allegedly mishandling the
country's foreign debt negotiations during his three-year term.
2006 Mar 16, In northern
Honduras a speeding bus crashed into a small van carrying a group of
US soldiers, killing two and injuring one.
2006 Mar 16, In Indonesia
protesters killed four security officers after clashes broke out
during a rally demanding the closure of a US-owned gold mine in
Papua. The officers were either hacked or burned to death.
2006 Mar 16, In Iran rebels
under Abdolmalek Rigi, posing as security forces, killed 22 people
on the southeastern Zabol-Zahedan road in Sistan-Baluchestan
(AP, 3/17/06)(Econ, 6/3/06, p.43)
2006 Mar 16, Iraq's new
parliament was sworn in, with parties still deadlocked over the next
government. Iraqi police found 25 bodies discarded in various parts
of Baghdad overnight. The new parliament met briefly for the first
time but did no business and adjourned after just 40 minutes, unable
to agree on a speaker, let alone a prime minister. US forces, joined
by Iraqi troops, launched “Operation Swarmer," the largest air
assault since the US-led invasion, targeting insurgent strongholds
north of Baghdad.
(AP, 3/16/06)(AP, 3/15/07)
2006 Mar 16, Israeli troops
surrounded two houses in the West Bank town of Jenin, setting off a
fierce gunbattle with Palestinian militants that left one Israeli
soldier dead and forced the surrender of five wanted men.
2006 Mar 16, The 4th World
Water Forum opened in Mexico City.
2006 Mar 16, The PM of
Mauritania asked the West for help in sealing his borders as
migrants from elsewhere in Africa were overwhelming the country as
they set out from there on an often deadly voyage to Europe.
2006 Mar 16, In Nuevo Laredo,
Mexico, 4 plainclothes federal police agents were killed after an
unknown number of gunmen sprayed the unmarked pickup truck they were
riding in with more than 30 bullets. The slayings came a day after
600 new members of the Federal Preventative Police arrived in Nuevo
Laredo as part of extra-security efforts.
2006 Mar 16, In southwestern
Pakistan 7 homemade bombs toppled two high-power electricity
transmission towers and disrupted power to thousands of homes for
2006 Mar 16, The World Bank
warned that the Palestinian economy will be devastated if Israel and
the international community follow through on threats to cut off
financial assistance once Hamas assumes power.
2006 Mar 16, G-8 energy
ministers meeting in Moscow called for market-oriented approaches to
increasing supplies and said significant investments would be needed
in the production, transportation and processing of resources.
2006 Mar 16, Queen Elizabeth II
arrived in the former British colony of Singapore for a two-day
2006 Mar 16, In Sri Lanka
thousands of civil servants demanding higher salaries marched in
Colombo, part of a daylong nationwide strike that paralyzed the
2006 Mar 16, In eastern Turkey
a helicopter carrying military officers crashed, killing five
officers, and seriously injuring another.
2006 Mar 16, Uganda's army said
the leader of the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) rebels had left a
south Sudanese hideout and joined his deputy in the jungles of
2007 Mar 16, Assistant
Secretary of State Christopher Hill, the top US nuclear envoy, said
a dispute on North Korean funds held in a Macau bank has been
resolved, potentially removing a key stumbling block that has
bedeviled progress on dismantling Pyongyang's nuclear weapons
2007 Mar 16, Former CIA
operative Valerie Plame told a House committee that White House and
State Department officials had "carelessly and recklessly" blown her
cover in a politically motivated smear of her husband, former
Ambassador Joseph Wilson, for publicly disputing President Bush's
assertion that Saddam Hussein was on the brink of acquiring a
2007 Mar 16, The Inter-American
Development Bank announced it would forgive $4.4 billion in debt
owed by five of the poorest countries in Latin America and the
Caribbean. The bank excused the foreign debts of Bolivia, Honduras,
Nicaragua, Haiti and Guyana in an announcement ahead of its annual
2007 Mar 16, In Wilmington,
Del., Rachel L. Holt (35), who had pleaded guilty to second-degree
rape, was sentenced to 10 years in prison for having sex with a
2007 Mar 16, SF Mayor Newsom
said he plans to open a new courthouse to crack down on nuisance
crimes such as public urination, panhandling, graffiti and
prostitution. Antwanisha Morgan (17) was shot and killed outside the
Bayview community youth center. On March 29 a boy (14) was charged
in the drive-by murder. Another suspect (17) was arrested April 2,
and 2 more (aged 15 & 16) on April 5. In 2009 a juvenile court
judge ruled that all 4 suspects participated in the slaying of
(SFC, 3/17/07, p.A1)(SFC, 3/21/07, p.B1)(SFC,
3/30/07, p.B4)(SFC, 4/7/07, p.B2)(SFC, 1/17/09, p.B1)
2007 Mar 16, In San Francisco
Ruby Ordenana (27), a transgender prostitute, was brutally killed.
Her naked body was found in the Potrero Hill area near I-280. In
2009 DNA evidence tied her murder to Donzell Francis. In the interim
Francis raped and brutalized at least 3 other transgender
prostitutes. In 2010 SF prosecutors filed murder charges against
Francis (41), who was already serving a 17-year prison sentence for
another sexual assault.
(SFC, 11/21/09, p.A1)(SFC, 4/28/10, p.C2)
2007 Mar 16, Menu Foods, a
major manufacturer of dog and cat food sold under Wal-Mart, Safeway,
Kroger and other store brands, recalled 60 million containers of wet
pet food after reports of kidney failure and deaths.
2007 Mar 16, JetBlue canceled
215 flights because of a winter storm on the East Coast. The storm
was blamed for as many as a dozen deaths and forced more than 3,600
(AP, 3/16/07)(WSJ, 3/19/07, p.A1)
2007 Mar 16, African ministers
in Geneva said Washington's proposed farm policy overhaul threatens
to worsen the plight of Africa's cotton farmers by providing fresh
assistance to US producers.
2007 Mar 16, People all over
Britain donned red noses and took part in fundraising events for the
11th annual Red Nose Day, with the money going to help disadvantaged
people in Africa and Britain. The event, launched in 1985, is
organized every two years by Comic Relief.
2007 Mar 16, Cambodian and
foreign judges reached a key agreement on procedures governing
Cambodia's long-stalled Khmer Rouge tribunal.
2007 Mar 16, China's
legislators passed a law providing the most sweeping protection for
private businesses and property since the nation's move toward a
more capitalist-style economy beginning in the late 1970s. The
legislature approved a law to end three decades of blanket tax
breaks for foreign investors, raising their rates to match those of
2007 Mar 16, Ethiopia called
for international pressure to be applied on Eritrea, which it
accuses of holding eight Ethiopians still missing after the release
of five European captives.
2007 Mar 16, In eastern India
thousands of activists burned buses and blocked roads to protest the
recent killing of 14 farmers opposed to government plans to build an
industrial park on their land.
2007 Mar 16, In Indonesia an
official said Bird flu has killed a 32-year-old man, taking the
death toll in the nation worst hit by the disease to 65.
2007 Mar 16, Six major powers
sent a strong signal to Iran that they remain united in seeking to
rein in its nuclear ambitions, compromising on a sanctions package
to step up pressure on the Islamic republic to suspend uranium
2007 Mar 16, Adel Abdul-Mahdi,
the Iraqi vice president, presented his country's economic and
political reform plan at a UN conference, pledging to adopt a law to
the Iraq's oil riches among its often feuding regions and a program
to grant amnesty for insurgents who renounce violence. Radical
Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr decried US forces as occupiers and
called on his followers to shout “No, No America!" Three suicide
bombers driving chlorine-laden trucks struck in the Sunni insurgent
stronghold of Anbar province, killing two policemen and forcing
about 350 Iraqi civilians and six US troops to seek treatment for
exposure to the gas. gunmen killed a member of the governmental
facilities protection service in Suwayrah. In Kirkuk 2 policemen
were killed and three civilians wounded by a roadside bomb and a
following ambush. A mortar attack against a Sunni mosque in the
southeastern Baghdad neighborhood of Zafaraniyah killed one civilian
and wounded two others. 4 US soldiers were killed in a roadside
bombing in mainly Shiite eastern Baghdad. The military said it found
a sophisticated weapon at the site that was not detonated but was of
the type that Washington believes is being supplied by Iran to
(AP, 3/16/07)(AP, 3/17/07)
2007 Mar 16, Israeli leaders
criticized the new Palestinian unity government, charging that the
Hamas-Fatah coalition did not meet international conditions,
including recognizing the Jewish state's right to exist. Three
masked Palestinian gunmen opened fire on a vehicle carrying the
chief of the UN refugee mission in Gaza and tried to kidnap him. A
Fatah intelligence official was killed in a nearby ambush.
(AP, 3/16/07)(WSJ, 3/17/07, p.A1)
2007 Mar 16, It was reported
that Italy has banned schoolchildren from using mobile phones in
class in an attempt to stop ringtones disrupting lessons and prevent
pupils messing about with video cameras.
2007 Mar 16, Laos confirmed its
second human death from bird flu, a woman who died earlier this
month, after results from a lab used by the World Health
2007 Mar 16, In Mexico an
economist and a journalist became the first couple united under
Mexico City's new gay civil union law.
2007 Mar 16, In Nicaragua
former president Arnoldo Aleman, convicted of money laundering and
embezzlement, was freed from the conditions of his parole and
allowed to travel around the country. Critics said was a ploy by
President Daniel Ortega to weaken the opposition.
2007 Mar 16, Frenchman Gerard
Laporal, kidnapped in Nigeria's southern oil capital Port Harcourt
more than a month ago, was released.
2007 Mar 16, In Pakistan police
fired tear gas at rock-throwing demonstrators and detained scores of
political activists, including an opposition party leader and a
former national president, in a bid to stifle protests at the ouster
of the country’s top judge.
2007 Mar 16, Portugal said it
is closing its embassy in Baghdad because of security concerns.
2007 Mar 16, Government
officials said that Russia will build two nuclear reactors annually
through 2015, and increase to four a year by 2020 in an effort to
sharply increase atomic power generation, according to Russian news
2008 Mar 16, The US Federal
Reserve, acting urgently over the weekend to stabilize financial
markets, approved a cut in its emergency lending rate to 3.25% from
3.50%. The move will allow big investment firms to quickly secure
2008 Mar 16, JPMorgan said it
would buy Bear Stearns for $236.2 million, $2 a share, in a stunning
fall for one of the world's largest and most venerable investment
banks. In 2009 William D. Cohan authored “How the Money Vanished: A
Tale of Hubris and Wretched Excess on Wall Street."
(AP, 3/17/08)(WSJ, 3/6/09, p.A13)
2008 Mar 16, Ivan Dixon
(b.1931), black actor, director and producer best known for his role
as Kinchloe on the 1960s television series "Hogan's Heroes," died.
2008 Mar 16, Ola Brunkert (62),
a former drummer for 1970s Swedish pop group ABBA, was found dead
after an apparent accident in his house in Mallorca. He first played
with ABBA on the group's first single, "People Need Love," and
toured with the band in 1977, 1979 and 1980.
2008 Mar 16, In Afghanistan’s
eastern Nangarhar province four militants were killed in an exchange
of fire after attacking a police post near the border with Pakistan.
A Canadian soldier died in an explosion while on foot patrol in
(AFP, 3/16/08)(AP, 3/17/08)
2008 Mar 16, Premier Wen Jiabao
was appointed to a second five-year term as China's top economic
official, leading efforts to cool soaring inflation and showcase the
country to the world at the Beijing Olympics.
2008 Mar 16, The Dalai Lama
called for an international investigation into China's crackdown
against protesters in Tibet, which he said is facing a "cultural
genocide" and where his exiled government said 80 people were killed
in the violence. Internet users in China were blocked from seeing
YouTube.com after dozens of videos about protests in Tibet appeared
on the popular US video Web site.
2008 Mar 16, Comoran soldiers
encountered a "disorganized" resistance from rebel forces in Anjouan
and "the confrontation that followed led to the deaths of dozens of
rebel forces. The next day Lieutenant Colonel Mohamed Amiri Salimou
said the National Development Army (AND) army had carried out two
"successful" operations against forces loyal to Mohamed Bacar's
forces on March 9-10 and March 14-16.
2008 Mar 16, In Egypt 23
people, mostly policemen, were killed when their vehicle smashed
into a truck on the highway between Cairo and Alexandria.
2008 Mar 16, In France the
Socialists took an estimated 49% of the vote, against 47.5% for the
Pres. Sarkozy’s UMP. Socialists now control 58% of towns with more
than 30,000 inhabitants, after winning 40 from the right including
2008 Mar 16, In France a pipe
ruptured while a tanker was being loaded at a Total refinery. Some
3,000 barrels of fuel oil leaked in and along the Loire River.
2008 Mar 16, German Chancellor
Angela Merkel acknowledged her country's "historical responsibility"
to Israel as she opened a three-day visit marking the 60th
anniversary of the Jewish state.
2008 Mar 16, In India suspected
insurgents lobbed a hand grenade at thousands of people
participating in a cultural festival in the northeast Jonai, killing
three and wounding another 50.
2008 Mar 16, In northern India
15 poor people were freed from captivity after selling their blood
to private clinics to make money. Five people were arrested and
later charged with illegal confinement of people and attempt to
2008 Mar 16, Iran's Culture
Ministry announced the closure of nine cinema and lifestyle
magazines for publishing pictures and stories about the life of
"corrupt" foreign film stars and promoting "superstitions."
2008 Mar 16, Sen. John McCain,
the Republican Party's presumptive nominee for president who has
linked his political future to US success in Iraq, was in Baghdad
for meetings with Iraqi and US diplomatic and military officials.
2008 Mar 16, Tuareg rebels
(MNJ) in Niger killed a police officer and a republican guard in an
attack 200 kilometers north of the capital Niamey.
2008 Mar 16, In Pakistan a
drone dropped 7 missiles on a compound outside Wana in South
Waziristan, killing at least 20 people.
(AP, 3/16/08)(SFC, 3/17/08, p.A9)
2008 Mar 16, In northern Sri
Lanka suspected separatist Tamil rebels killed a police officer and
a soldier in separate attacks, taking the death toll from two days
of violence to 30.
2009 Mar 16, President Barack
Obama blistered insurance giant AIG for "recklessness and greed" and
pledged to try to block it from handing its executives $165 million
in bonuses after taking billions in federal bailout money. Obama
also freed billions of dollars to help the nation’s small businesses
(AP, 3/17/09)(SFC, 3/16/09, p.C1)
2009 Mar 16, The US and Germany
signed an agreement to share science and technology research in an
effort to improve the security of both nations.
2009 Mar 16, Hawaii’s
Supreme Court rejected a state law that allowed the Hawaii
Superferry to operate while an environmental study is being
conducted forcing the inter-island ferry service to cease
2009 Mar 16, In Michigan 4
teenagers were killed when their car was struck by a van driven by
Frances Patricia Dingle in Roseville. Dingle was measured with a
blood alcohol level of .08, twice the legal limit, and was charged
with 2nd degree murder.
(SFC, 3/18/09, p.A5)
2009 Mar 16, Vincent Fumo (65),
former Pennsylvania state senator, was convicted of 137 counts of
corruption for schemes that defrauded the state senate of more than
(WSJ, 3/17/09, p.A6)
2009 Mar 16, Wisconsin Gov. Jim
Doyle said the state will use "Live like you mean it" to promote the
state as a tourism and business destination, replacing the slogan
"Life's So Good."
2009 Mar 16, US researchers
said a new test can accurately detect Alzheimer's disease in its
earliest stages, before dementia symptoms surface and widespread
2009 Mar 16, In southern
Afghanistan a suicide bomber struck a police station as a convoy was
about to head out on a poppy eradication mission, killing 11people
and wounding 29. An Australian soldier in a joint Australian-Afghan
army patrol was shot dead during a "very intense firefight" with 20
Taliban insurgents in Uruzgan province.
(AFP, 3/16/09)(AP, 3/17/09)(SFC, 3/17/09, p.A3)
2009 Mar 16, At least two
Algerian soldiers were killed when their convoy was hit by roadside
bombs in the east of the country.
2009 Mar 16, The government of
Dubai resigned to prevent the questioning in Parliament of the
country’s prime minister, the nephew of Kuwait’s emir, regarding a
number of issues including alleged mismanagement and land-use
(WSJ, 3/18/09, p.A8)
2009 Mar 16, Amr Moussa
(b.1936), former Egyptian Foreign Minister and head of the Arab
League, said AL countries will not carry out an International
Criminal Court request to arrest Sudan's president on charges of war
crimes in Darfur.
2009 Mar 16, Sir Nicholas
Henderson (89), a former British ambassador to the US, died in
London. He helped build support for Britain's war effort in the
2009 Mar 16, Bernard d’Espagnat
(87), French physicist and philosopher, was named in Paris as the
winner of this year’s $1.42 million Templeton Prize.
(SFC, 3/17/09, p.A2)
2009 Mar 16, In Iraq a
12-year-old girl was killed when American soldiers fired at a
vehicle speeding toward them and Iraqi police near Mosul. The
military said the girl was standing about 100 yards (meters) behind
the vehicle and was struck by a round. In Baghdad a US soldier was
fatally injured during combat operations.
2009 Mar 16, In Kyrgyzstan
opposition parties called for protests across the country this
month, amid worsening economic conditions and mounting accusations
of government repression.
2009 Mar 16, Lebanon opened its
first-ever embassy in Syria in another sign of improving ties
between the long-feuding neighbors.
2009 Mar 16, Madagascar's
opposition leader called on the military to arrest the nation's
president as a power struggle between the two appeared to be
reaching a decisive moment.
2009 Mar 16, Mexico said it
will increase tariffs on about 90 US products in retaliation for
last week's decision to end a pilot program that allowed some
Mexican trucks to transport goods in the United States.
2009 Mar 16, In northern Mexico
a tractor-trailer slammed into a bus carrying Canadian and US
tourists, killing 11. The bus was carrying a group of Texas retirees
from McAllen, Texas, to the northern Mexican state of Zacatecas when
a drunken driver lost control of his tractor-trailer outside the
city of Saltillo.
(AP, 3/17/09)(WSJ, 3/18/09, p.A10)
2009 Mar 16, A UN human rights
investigator accused North Korean authorities of committing
widespread torture in prisons that he called "death traps." Life in
the reclusive communist-ruled country is "dire and desperate," said
Vitit Muntarbhorn, adding that people are denied enough food to
2009 Mar 16, In Pakistan the
Zardari government relented in a major confrontation with the
opposition, agreeing to reinstate Iftikhar Mohammed Chaudhry, the
fired Supreme Court chief justice, whose fate had sparked street
fights and raised fears of political instability. The government
said Chaudhry would be sworn back in on March 21. PM Yousuf Raza
Gilani's announcement also promised the restoration of a handful of
other judges who had remained off the bench since former President
Pervez Musharraf sacked them in 2007. Up to 50 militants attacked a
terminal for trucks carrying supplies to US and NATO troops in
Afghanistan, in the second such assault in northwest Pakistan in two
days. A suicide bomber blew up at a busy bus terminal near
Islamabad, killing at least nine people and wounding 18 more.
2009 Mar 16, Sudan's Pres. Omar
al-Bashir he wants all international aid groups out of the country
within a year, insisting they can drop off supplies "at airports or
seaports" and let Sudanese organizations take care of it.
2009 Mar 16, In southern
Somalia gunmen seized four UN workers, the latest in a series of
attacks on aid workers in the war-ravaged Horn of Africa nation.
2009 Mar 16, In Turkey a UN
global forum on water opened in Istanbul. The UN said global demand
for water is rising as access to safe drinking water remains
inadequate in much of the developing world.
(SFC, 3/17/09, p.A2)
2009 Mar 16, The Vatican said
it will launch a Chinese version of its website on March 19 in an
effort to bring more of Pope Benedict's message to China, whose
communist government does not allow Catholics to recognize his
2010 Mar 16, DHS Secretary
Janet Napolitano said she is freezing funding for the SBInet
project, the virtual border fence along the US-Mexican border, due
to cost overruns and missed deadlines by Boeing Corp. The project
has cost $2.4 billion between 2005 and 2009.
2010 Mar 16, In Texas a tour
bus headed for Mexico crashed and killed 2 people.
2010 Mar 16, In southern
Afghanistan two NATO soldiers were killed by a crude bomb.
2010 Mar 16, Seven north
African states held talks in Algeria to plan a coordinated response
to Al-Qaeda following a dangerous rise in the terror threat in the
2010 Mar 16, Bolivian officials
said they have fired prison director Col. Gilmar Oblitas for
allowing imprisoned former Gen. Luis Garcia Meza (81) turn cells
into a luxury apartment.
(SFC, 3/17/10, p.A2)
2010 Mar 16, Brazilian police
and church officials said authorities were investigating three
priests accused of sexually abusing altar boys after a video
allegedly showing one case of abuse was broadcast on SBT television
a week earlier.
2010 Mar 16, A French policeman
(53) was killed outside Paris by a member of ETA, the Basque
separatist group. France's anti-terrorism police interrogated one
suspect and tried to track down at least one other assailant who
escaped. A police official said the suspected ETA commando unit was
allegedly trying to steal cars when it was surprised by police.
2010 Mar 16, In Haiti two
off-duty officers were shot to death near an open-air market in the
capital. Such shootings have increased since thousands of prisoners
escaped during the Jan. 12 earthquake.
2010 Mar 16, In Indian Kashmir
2 civilians and a policeman were killed and 8 other people wounded
when suspected militants attacked police patrols at two major
markets in Sopore and Srinagar.
2010 Mar 16, Iranian opposition
leader Mehdi Karoubi, defying government warnings, said the Islamic
republic was "plagued with despotism," in remarks published ahead of
a national celebration that could trigger more protests.
2010 Mar 16, Mexico's
government announced an austerity plan for trimming general spending
$3.2 billion (40.1 billion pesos) over the next three years so it
can provide more money for social and infrastructure programs. The
military and some security, educational and health services were
exempt from the measures.
2010 Mar 16, Pakistan and Iran
signed a $7.6 billion deal in Turkey paving the way for the
construction of a much-delayed pipeline pumping Iranian natural gas
to the energy-starved South Asian country.
2010 Mar 16, In Peru President
Alan Garcia fired Justice Minister Aurelio Pastor amid questions
over the pardoning of Jose Enrique Crousillat (77), a former media
executive convicted of taking payoffs to provide favorable coverage
for a previous government.
2010 Mar 16, At the CITES
meeting in Qatar a marine conservation group, Oceana, said surging
demand for shark fin soup among Asia's booming middle classes is
driving many species of these big fish to the brink of extinction.
2010 Mar 16, In northwest
Pakistan a US missile strike and clashes between extremist gunmen
and tribesmen killed at least 20 militants near the Afghan border.
2010 Mar 16, Hundreds of
Palestinians clashed with security forces in east Jerusalem as
tension boiled over in the city and a senior Hamas leader called for
a new "intifada," or uprising.
2010 Mar 16, Thai protesters
poured several jugs of their own blood at the front gate of the
government headquarters and outside the ruling party's offices in a
symbolic sacrifice to press their demands for new elections.
2011 Mar 16, A US official said
the Obama administration is flying drones over Mexico to help gather
intelligence for the southern neighbor's battle against drug
2011 Mar 16, US federal agents
arrested Azra Basic (52), a Croatian woman in small-town Kentucky
for alleged war crimes two decades ago in the former Yugoslavia. A
complaint accused Basic of committing crimes at three camps near the
majority-Serbian settlement of Cardak in Derventa. Authorities said
that, as a soldier in the Croatian army, she killed a prisoner and
tortured others by forcing them to drink human blood and gasoline.
2011 Mar 16, NASA astronaut
Scott Kelly and two Russian cosmonauts landed safely in central
Kazakhstan after a five-month stint on the International Space
Station. They left behind Russian cosmonaut Dmitry Kondratyev,
Italy's Paolo Nespoli and NASA astronaut Catherine Coleman, who are
due to return to earth in about three months.
2011 Mar 16, In central
California a 40-foot section of Highway 1 crumbled south of Carmel
just after 5 pm following several days of rainy weather. The entire
southbound lane was gone, and the soil under the northbound lane
also was giving way.
2011 Mar 16, Algerian police in
Algiers used tear gas to disperse a crowd of young men who were
throwing petrol bombs and stones. The protesters said they had no
political demands but wanted the authorities to give them better
2011 Mar 16, In Bahrain
soldiers and riot police expelled hundreds of protesters from
landmark square in Manama, using tear gas and armored vehicles to
try to subdue the growing movement challenging the 200-year-old
monarchy. At least five people were killed as clashes flared across
the kingdom. Bahia al-Aradi (51) was driving on a main road in
Manama looking for gasoline when she was shot in the head as she
approached a military checkpoint.
(AP, 3/16/11)(AP, 3/22/11)
2011 Mar 16, Bolivian
authorities arrested police Col. Robert Miguel Valdez outside the
eastern city of Santa Cruz after agents found traces of cocaine in
2011 Mar 16, Europol said
police in several countries have arrested 184 alleged members of an
online pedophile ring and rescued 230 children in one of the biggest
operations of its kind. Dubbed Operation Rescue, Europol said the
probe started three years ago.
2011 Mar 16, Indian businessman
Sadiq Batcha, who had been questioned over a multi-billion-dollar
telecoms fraud, was found dead in the southern city of Chennai after
apparently committing suicide. Batcha was a business associate and
aide to A. Raja, the former telecoms minister at the centre of a
scandal that has rocked the government.
2011 Mar 16, An Iranian cargo
plane en route to Syria was forced to land in Turkey's southeastern
Diyarbakir airport for an inspection. The plane was found to be
carrying 150 tons of food but "no material contrary to international
(AFP, 3/16/11)(AP, 3/23/11)
2011 Mar 16, An Iraqi court
ordered the execution of an al-Qaida leader and five of his
lieutenants for masterminding some of Baghdad's deadliest bombings.
Munaf al-Rawi was convicted and sentenced to death for the attacks
that included the August 2009 government ministry bombings that
killed more than 100 people. A car bombing in Kirkuk killed three
people, including a four-month old baby and the baby's mother.
2011 Mar 16, Israeli aircraft
fired rockets at a Hamas training ground in the Gaza Strip, killing
two militants from the Islamist group.
2011 Mar 16, In the Ivory Coast
violence reached a new level after Gbagbo rejected last week's
African Union decision to endorse Ouattara's victory. In the
Attecoube district of Abidjan UN doctors treated 55 people, four of
whom died, bringing the total number of deaths since November's
election to 410.
2011 Mar 16, Japanese emergency
workers forced to retreat from the tsunami-stricken Fukushima
Dai-ichi nuclear plant when radiation levels soared prepared to
return tonight after emissions dropped to safer levels. Japan's
national news agency, Kyodo, said that 33 percent of the fuel rods
at the No. 2 reactor were damaged and that the cores of both
reactors were believed to have partially melted. Nearly 3,700 people
were officially listed as dead. Officials believed the toll will
climb over 10,000 since several thousand more were listed as
2011 Mar 16, A senior Kosovo
politician and former rebel leader was indicted by an EU prosecutor
for allegedly executing and torturing Serb prisoners of war during
the 1998-99 war. Fatmir Limaj, a top former commander of the Kosovo
Liberation Army, was among 11 former rebels named in the indictment.
2011 Mar 16, Libyan leader
Muammar Gaddafi's forces used tanks and artillery to try to retake
the city of Misrata, the last big rebel stronghold in western Libya.
Gaddafi's son Saif al-Islam said "everything will be over in 48
2011 Mar 16, The
Malta-registered MS Olivia was grounded on Nightingale Island in the
Tristan da Cunha chain. All 22 crew were rescued by 17th March. The
ship broke in two and some 20,000 penguins became coated in oil.
There was a risk rats from the ship could come ashore and eat the
chicks and eggs of native seabirds.
2011 Mar 16, In Oman about 300
security guards demonstrated in the capital Muscat, calling for
better wages and weekends off. They blocked traffic on a downtown
street before the inspector general for police and customs addressed
them, saying he would study their demands.
2011 Mar 16, Pakistan freed CIA
contractor Raymond Allen Davis, who had shot and killed two
Pakistani men, after the US paid $2.34 million in "blood money" to
the victims' families. Davis, who was acquitted in court, claimed he
acted in self-defense when he killed the two men on the street in
the eastern city of Lahore.
2011 Mar 16, Dozens of Hamas
police and security forces entered Gaza City's Al Azhar university
and began beating up students heading out for a protest.
2011 Mar 16, Somali pirates
captured the Indonesian-flagged MV Sinar Kudus in the Arabian Sea,
then used it to attack a Liberian-flagged cargo ship nearby. On May
1 pirates released the bulk carrier Sinar Kudus and its 20 sailors
after a ransom was paid.
(AP, 3/17/11)(AFP, 5/1/11)
2011 Mar 16, Yemen government
supporters armed with sticks, knives and guns attacked thousands of
pro-democracy protesters camped out in a main square, injuring
hundreds. About 10,000 Saleh supporters attacked about 4,000
protesters at the southern al-Hudaydah port. After about a month of
protests security forces have killed about 50 demonstrators.
(AP, 3/16/11)(SFC, 3/17/11, p.A2)
2012 Mar 16, In Washington, DC,
actor George Clooney and several members of the US Congress were
handcuffed and arrested outside Sudan's embassy as they demanded an
end to an offensive they fear will cause thousands to starve.
2012 Mar 16, In Oakland, Ca.
charges were filed in US District Court against Balvinder Singh
Chadha (45), former manager of postal vehicle service operations in
Oakland, for illegally billing over $4 million for steering
contracts to a truck-leasing company he ran with his wife (39). On
April 3 he and wife pleaded guilty to conspiracy.
(SFC, 3/21/12, p.C8)(SFC, 4/7/12, p.D3)
2012 Mar 16, In California
Sierra LaMar (15) was last seen at her home in Morgan Hill getting
ready for school. On May 21 police arrested Antolin Garcia-Torres
(21) in connection to the missing teen. His DNA was found on
clothing in LaMar's bag recovered shortly after her
disappearance. In Feb, 2014, Garcia-Torres was charged with
murder. On May 9, 2017, a Santa Clara County jury convicted
Garcia-Torres of murder. On June 5 a jury voted for a sentence of
life in prison without parole. On Dec 12 a judge sentenced him to
life in prison without the possibility of parole.
(SFC, 5/22/12, p.C2)(SSFC, 7/13/14, p.C8)(SFC,
5/10/17, p.D1)(SFC, 6/6/17, p.A1)(SFC, 12/13/17, p.D3)
2012 Mar 16, In Georgia hot-air
balloon pilot Edward Ristaino (63) ordered 5 skydivers to jump from
his balloon at 4,000 feet as a sudden storm approached. The storm
sucked up Ristaino’s balloon to some 17,000 feet. His body was found
3 days later about 8 miles from where the skydivers landed.
(SFC, 3/20/12, p.A5)
2012 Mar 16, A New Jersey jury
found former Rutgers student Dharun Ravi guilty on all counts for
using a webcam to spy on his roommate, Tyler Clementi, having a gay
sexual encounter in 2010. Clementi's case gained national attention
when he committed suicide by jumping off the George Washington
Bridge Sept. 22, 2010.
(SFC, 3/17/12, p.A5)
2012 Mar 16, Cincinnati, Ohio,
was ranked No. 1 in a list of American cities with the most bedbugs.
It retained the rating in 2013.
(http://tinyurl.com/ka8hyrl)(SFC, 8/21/13, p.A8)
2012 Mar 16, The new iPad went
on sale in Canada, France, Germany and the United States at $499,
the same price as the previous models, for the most basic iPad
featuring wireless connectivity only. 3 million were sold over the
next 4 days.
(AFP, 3/8/12)(Econ, 3/24/12, p.71)
2012 Mar 16, Afghan Pres.
Karzai angrily accused the US of not sharing information about how
an American soldier allegedly shot and killed 16 Afghans in two
2012 Mar 16, In Afghanistan a
Turkish helicopter crashed into a house on the outskirts of Kabul,
killing 12 Turkish soldiers and two Afghan civilians.
2012 Mar 16, In Brazil Judge
Joao Matos ruled that kidnapping charges filed earlier this week
against retired army Col. Sebastiao de Moura would go against
Brazil's 1979 amnesty law.
2012 Mar 16, Britain’s
Environment Agency said Indonesia has asked Britain to take back
1,800 tons of waste after inspectors found liquid and illegal mixed
waste in containers marked as "scrap metal."
2012 Mar 16, In southwestern
China Lobsang Tsultrim (20), a Tibetan monk, set himself on fire
before being beaten and dragged away by Chinese security forces by
the Kirti monastery, Sichuan province.
(AFP, 3/16/12)(AFP, 3/21/12)
2012 Mar 16, In Denmark a
psychiatric patient (47) stabbed a doctor and two nurses at the at
Odense University Hospital, then surrendered after a 10-hour
standoff with police. The doctor and one of the nurses were in
2012 Mar 16, Hundreds of
Egyptian activists rallied in Cairo, lambasting a recent military
tribunal ruling that cleared a military doctor of charges he forced
a "virginity test" on female activists.
2012 Mar 16, El Salvador's
government said it will be giving $50-per-month pensions to
thousands of elderly former leftist rebels who fought in the
country's 1980-1992 civil war.
2012 Mar 16, The Eritrean
government said that an attack on its military outposts by
neighboring Ethiopia was carried out with the help of the US and
meant to divert attention from a decade-old border dispute between
the two countries.
2012 Mar 16, Germany's top
federal appeals court ruled that a Berlin museum must return to
Peter Sachs (74), a Jewish man from the US, thousands of rare
posters that were seized from his father by the Gestapo, saying that
for the institution to keep them would be perpetuating the crimes of
2012 Mar 16, India boosted
military spending by 17% to $40 billion for the coming year as it
seeks to counter China's rapid military build-up and its traditional
2012 Mar 16, Nearly 1,500
Latvians paid tribute to soldiers who fought in Nazi Germany's
Waffen SS divisions, while nearby Russians held a counter protest to
recall war crimes committed against Jews and other minorities.
2012 Mar 16, In Libya backers
and opponents of federalism clashed in the eastern city of Benghazi
with guns, rocks and knives, amid conflicting reports on casualties.
2012 Mar 16, Moldova's
Parliament elected Nicolae Timofti (65), a judge with a European
outlook, as president. This ended nearly three years of political
2012 Mar 16, Myanmar signed an
agreement with the International Labor Organization to end forced
labor by 2015. The main problem involved adults and youngsters
pressed into working for the army.
2012 Mar 16, North Korea
announced plans to blast a satellite into space on the back of a
long-range rocket, a provocative move that could jeopardize a
weeks-old agreement with the US exchanging food aid for nuclear
concessions. North Korea also invited the International Atomic
Energy Agency to return, three years after expelling its nuclear
(AP, 3/16/12)(AP, 3/20/12)
2012 Mar 16, In the Philippines
a 5.9 magnitude earthquake struck off the southern island of Dinagat
and left at least 45 people injured, most of them shoppers who
panicked and rushed in a stampede for the exits.
2012 Mar 16, Russia said it has
encouraged the Syrian government to cooperate with Kofi Annan, the
envoy charged with trying to help end the violence there, and urged
the West to do the same with the Syrian rebels.
2012 Mar 16, Syrian troops
clashed with army defectors in several areas near Damascus in the
first significant battles there since President Bashar Assad's
forces regained control of the suburbs weeks ago. 7 people were
reported killed in overnight fighting in Dmeir and Qatana, also in
the Damascus region. Activists called for rallies across Syria to
demand immediate military intervention. Two more generals fled Syria
to Turkey and linked up with rebels trying to overthrow President
Bashar al-Assad's regime
(AP, 3/16/12)(AFP, 3/16/12)(AFP, 3/19/12)
2012 Mar 16, The Gulf
Cooperation Council announced that all six of its member states were
closing their Damascus embassies after having last month withdrawn
2012 Mar 16, In Tunisia several
thousand men and women demonstrated outside the parliament to demand
the inclusion of Islamic law in the country's future constitution.
2012 Mar 16, Turkey urged its
citizens in Syria to return home, saying some consular services will
be halted in Damascus next week.
2012 Mar 16, Venezuelan
President Hugo Chavez returned home nearly three weeks after
undergoing cancer surgery in Cuba, saying he is praying for life and
is confident he will survive and triumph in his re-election bid.
2013 Mar 16, In Marysville,
Ca., a boy (14) and a man (68) were killed when a sprint car ran off
a track and into pit row during warm-up laps on the opening day of
the California Sprint Car Civil War Series.
(SSFC, 3/17/13, p.A10)
2013 Mar 16, In Pennsylvania a
tour bus carrying a women’s lacrosse team from Seton Hill Univ.
crashed killing a pregnant coach and the driver.
(SSFC, 3/17/13, p.A9)
2013 Mar 16, In Texas Air Force
Staff Sgt. Eddy Soto was sentenced to a dishonorable discharge and 4
years in prison for raping a female trainee. Over 30 Lackland
instructors have been investigated in the military sex scandal. Soto
was the 9th trainer convicted and sentenced.
(SFC, 3/18/13, p.A5)
2013 Mar 16, In Afghanistan
several hundred demonstrators chanting "US special operations forces
out!" marched to the parliament building in Kabul, protesting the
continued presence of US commandos in troubled Wardak province. A
helicopter crashed killing one member of the US-led coalition and
injuring another in Kandahar province.
2013 Mar 16, In China Lobsang
Thokmey (28) became the 108th Tibetan to self-immolate in the last 4
years in protests against Chinese rule and religious restrictions.
He set himself on fire in Kirti monastery, Sichuan province.
(SFC, 3/18/13, p.A2)
2013 Mar 16, In CongoDRC a
faction of the M23 rebel group under Gen. Sultani Makenga said it
has regained control of all of the group's territory in eastern
Congo, as Jean-Marie Runiga, the leader of its rival faction, was
arrested in Rwanda.
2013 Mar 16, In Cyprus anxious
depositors drained cash from ATMs after European officials ruled
that part of a new 10-billion-euro bailout must be paid for directly
from the bank accounts of ordinary savers. An emergency deal in
Brussels set a one-time levy of 9.9% on Cypriot bank deposits of
more than 100,000 euros. Deposits under that would be taxed at
(SSFC, 3/17/13, p.A3)
2013 Mar 16, An Egyptian court
cleared two former ministers of charges that they sold state lands
for cut-rate prices in the country's prized Red Sea resort areas.
Zuhair Garana was sentenced to up to eight years in prison and Ahmed
Maghrabi received a five-year sentence for guilty verdicts in
previous corruption trials.
2013 Mar 16, Egyptian police
fired tear gas to disperse thousands of supporters and opponents of
President Morsi during clashes that erupted as he launched
development projects in Sohag province, where residents have long
complained of being neglected by the central government.
2013 Mar 16, In Jordan a bus
carrying Palestinian pilgrims overturned and crashed into a trailer
on a highway near the Israeli border, killing 15 people. 32 pilgrims
2013 Mar 16, A Soyuz space
capsule carrying an American and 2 Russians landed in Kazakhstan.
The men had spent 144 days on the Int’l. Space Station. 3 astronauts
remained on the ISS.
(SSFC, 3/17/13, p.A4)
2013 Mar 16, Police in Kenya
lobbed tear gas on crowds supporting the PM Raila Odinga as he filed
a petition asking the Supreme Court to void the presidential
election, a vote Odinga says was neither free nor fair.
2013 Mar 16, Over a thousand
Latvians commemorated Nazi-allied World War II soldiers while police
used force to prevent violence from erupting between participants
and ethnic Russians, who are a minority in the country.
2013 Mar 16, Nigeria's aviation
ministry asked Dana Air to suspend all flights. A Dana Air crash on
June 3 left more than 160 people dead, leading the carrier to lose
its license. It resumed its operations two months ago. The
suspension came days after another major airline halted its
operations over a strike. The general suspension on Dana was lifted
March 18, but one plane remained grounded.
(AP, 3/17/13)(AP, 3/19/13)
2013 Mar 16, Pakistan's
government passed a major milestone, with the parliament becoming
the first democratically chosen body to finish its five-year term.
2013 Mar 16, In Pakistan a bus
carrying soldiers slid off a mountainous road and fell into a deep
ravine in the country's northwest, killing 24 and injuring five
2013 Mar 16, In Somalia
al-Shabab fighters stoned to death a man for allegedly forcing a
13-year-old boy to have sex with him.
2013 Mar 16, Syrian Maj. Gen.
Mohammed Ezz al-Din Khalouf announced his defection from Assad's
regime in a video aired on the Al-Arabiya satellite channel. Human
Rights Watch said Assad’s regime is expanding its use of widely
banned cluster bombs, as the deadlocked conflict entered its third
year. Rebels detonated a powerful car bomb outside a high-rise
building in Deir el-Zour, setting off clashes with regime troops.
2013 Mar 16, Zimbabwe citizens
cast their votes in a one-day referendum on a new constitution that
all main political parties have backed, urging supporters to accept
the draft document that will curb presidential powers.
2014 Mar 16, US special forces
seized the commercial Morning Glory tanker that fled with a cargo of
oil from a Libyan port controlled by anti-government rebels, halting
their attempt to sell petroleum on the global market.
2014 Mar 16, In New Mexico
police outside Albuquerque shot and killed James Boyd (38), a
homeless camper who suffered from schizophrenia. A helmet camera
showed Boyd gathering his belongings before officers opened fire. On
June 28 Boyd’s family filed suit against the city police.
2014 Mar 16, China’s government
released its “people-centered" plan on urbanization. Under this some
100 million migrants will be given urban hukou (certificates) and
access to urban services by the end of the decade. This would still
leave some 200m unregistered.
(Econ, 3/22/14, p.17)(Econ, 4/19/14, p.12)
2014 Mar 16, In China a monk
from the Shaderi Monastery in Huangnan Tibetan autonomous
prefecture, Qinghai province, set himself on fire.
2014 Mar 16, In central China 4
people died in a fire at a hospital's in-patient building in
Huangshi city, Hubei province.
2014 Mar 16, In China Bishop
Fan Zhongliang (97) died at his home in Shanghai. He was ordained by
Pope John Paul II but not recognized by Chinese authorities, and
spent more than 30 years in prisons and labor camps over the course
of his life, starting in 1955.
2014 Mar 16, In France the body
of a cyclist hit by a high-speed TGV trains was embedded into the
front of the driver's carriage and carried 40 km (25 miles) before
2014 Mar 16, Israel allowed the
resumption of diesel deliveries into Gaza, a day after the
territory's sole power plant stopped working due to a lack of fuel.
2014 Mar 16, In Lebanon a
soldier and a civilian were killed in fighting between Sunni Muslims
and Alawites in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli, bringing the
death toll from four days of clashes to 12. A suicide car bomb
attack in a Hezbollah-dominated area of eastern Lebanon, near the
Syrian border, left two people dead.
(Reuters, 3/16/14)(AFP, 3/17/14)
2014 Mar 16, Malaysia's
government asked for help from nearly a dozen Asian countries that
the missing jetliner may have flown over, saying that finding the
plane would be very difficult without additional data on its final
2014 Mar 16, In Myanmar Rakhine
mobs, egged on by Wirathu, a Buddhist-chauvinist monk, protested
against a census that would allow Rohingyas to be able to define
(Econ, 3/22/14, p.44)
2014 Mar 16, NATO said hackers
have brought down several public NATO websites, in what appeared to
be the latest escalation in cyberspace over growing tensions over
2014 Mar 16, In Saudi Arabia
the local Okaz daily reported that organizers at the Riyadh
International Book Fair had confiscated "more than 10,000 copies of
420 books" during the exhibition, which began March 4. Organizers
had announced ahead of the event that any book deemed "against
Islam" or "undermining security" in the kingdom would be
2014 Mar 16, Serbs voted in
parliamentary election. The Serbian Socialist Party under Alexander
Vucic, a pro-European advocate, won 157 seats in the 250-seat
parliament. The Serbian Socialist Party came in 2nd with 45.
(AP, 3/16/14)(SFC, 3/17/14, p.A2)(Econ, 3/22/14,
2014 Mar 16, Syrian troops
backed by Hezbollah fighters seized Yabroud, a key rebel supply town
on the Lebanese border, driving them from the area and scoring a
major blow against them in the three-year-old-conflict.
2014 Mar 16, Residents in
Ukraine's strategic Crimean Peninsula voted to leave Ukraine and
join Russia, overwhelmingly approving a referendum that sought to
unite the Black Sea region with the country it was part of for some
250 years. In eastern Ukraine thousands of pro-Russian protesters in
the city of Donetsk rallied in support of Crimea's right to join
Russia and to press for their own referendum. Ukraine's defense
minister said his forces in Crimea have reached a temporary truce
with Russia aimed at easing tensions surrounding the Black Sea
peninsula's high-stakes secession referendum.
(AP, 3/16/14)(AFP, 3/16/14)
2014 Mar 16, In Venezuela a
National Guardsman was shot and killed during violence in the city
2015 Mar 16, The Afghan army
killed a militant commander who had claimed allegiance to the
Islamic State group. Hafiz Wahidi and 9 of his men were killed in an
operation in Helmand province.
2015 Mar 16, Andorra imposed
withdrawal limits for clients of Banca Privada d'Andorra (BPA), a
bank accused of money laundering. Spain's central bank said that
Banco de Madrid SA, a unit of the Andorran bank, needs bankruptcy
protection granted by a judge following a "sharp deterioration" of
its finances with large withdrawals of clients' funds.
2015 Mar 16, Bahrain
authorities arrested a young man who was trying to smuggle in
bomb-making materials from Iraq. He told authorities a relative who
lives in Iraq, and wanted on terrorism-related charges, gave him the
suitcase to take to Bahrain.
2015 Mar 16, Belgian
authorities made several arrests and were analyzing goods that could
be linked to the Feb 18, 2013, $42 million diamond theft at the
2015 Mar 16, Brazilian police
launched a new round of arrests in the corruption scandal at state
oil giant Petrobras, a day after massive nationwide demonstrations
against leftist President Dilma Rousseff.
2015 Mar 16, The European Union
gave the green light to a long-awaited pact with Bosnia, a first
step toward possible membership of the bloc after years of political
and economic stagnation.
2015 Mar 16, In Latvia about a
thousand people marched to pay tribute to Latvians who fought in
German Waffen SS units against the Soviet Union during World War II,
despite jeering from protesters who say the parade glorifies
2015 Mar 16, In Libya families
fled the coastal city of Sirte in their dozens after two days of
clashes between Islamic State militants and fighters loyal to a
government based in Tripoli.
2015 Mar 16, The Islamic State
group reported the death of one of its top field commanders in
Libya. Ahmed al-Rouissi, one of the most wanted militants in
Tunisia, was killed recently in clashes around the city of Sirte.
2015 Mar 16, Malaysian police
arrested the eldest daughter of jailed opposition leader Anwar
Ibrahim for alleged sedition, a move slammed by critics as a
clampdown on dissent.
2015 Mar 16, In Mexico Carmen
Aristegui, the crusading host of a top-rated national news radio
program, was reported fired in a case that many fear is a blow to
freedom of expression. MVS Radio said Aristegui was fired for
challenging the firing of reporters who had misused the company's
name by linking it to a website meant to collect leaks of government
information. In November, 2014, her team broke the story of that
Pres. Pena Nieto’s wife was buying a $7 million mansion mortgaged to
her by a government preferred contractor.
(AP, 3/16/15)(Econ., 3/21/15, p.30)
2015 Mar 16, In northwestern
Nepal at least 17 people were killed when a bus slipped off a
rain-drenched mountain road near Rararihi village.
2015 Mar 16, Pakistani police
fired tear gas after Christian protesters clashed with police in the
eastern city of Lahore, a day after Taliban suicide bombers killed
17 people in suicide attacks on two churches in the city.
2015 Mar 16, Romanian
prosecutors questioned and detained Horia Georgescu on suspicion
that in 2008-2009 he overvalued property being restituted to former
owners who lost it when the communists nationalized real estate. He
denied wrongdoing. Georgescu stepped down as head of the National
Integrity Agency the next day.
(AP, 3/16/15)(AP, 3/17/15)
2015 Mar 16, Russia’s Pres.
Putin made his first public appearance since March 5 meeting Kyrgyz
President Almazbek Atambayev at the Constantine Palace outside
Russia's second city of St. Petersburg. More than 45,000 Russian
troops as well as war planes and submarines started military
exercises across much of the country.
2015 Mar 16, The Stockholm
Int’l. Peace Research Institute reported that China has overtaken
Germany as the world’s third largest arms exporter with a 5% share,
behind the US at 31% and Russia at 27%.
(SFC, 3/17/15, p.A2)
2015 Mar 16, A Swedish man (20)
was ordered to pay damages of 76,000 kronor ($8,750, 8,300 euros) to
his ex-girlfriend for posting a video online of them having sex. The
case sparked outrage in Sweden in 2013 when an appeals court slashed
the damages imposed by the district court of Joenkoeping in eastern
Sweden, from 136,000 down to 31,000 kronor.
2015 Mar 16, One Ukrainian
serviceman was reported killed in fighting in the separatist-minded
east of the country in the past 24 hours despite a ceasefire deal.
Residents in the eastern town of Kostyantynivka angrily confronted
government police after an armored military vehicle struck and
killed an 8-year-old girl.
(Reuters, 3/16/15)(AP, 3/17/15)
2016 Mar 16, President Barack
Obama nominated Merrick Garland, a centrist judge, to fill the
Supreme Court seat left vacant by the death of justice Antonin
2016 Mar 16, US President
Barack Obama signed an order implementing UN-backed sanctions on
North Korea after a nuclear test and missile launch this year, as
Pyongyang promised reprisals.
2016 Mar 16, US federal
officials said more than 81,000 acres off the coast of Long Island
will be dedicated for the development of commercial wind energy.
(SFC, 3/17/16, p.A6)
2016 Mar 16, A US federal court
judge ordered the government of Guam to pay more than $85,000 in
legal fees for a same-sex couple who sued Gov. Eddie Calvo after
they were denied a marriage application last year.
2016 Mar 16, Royal Dutch Shell
PLC and Saudi Arabian Oil Co. said they will split up the assets of
their joint US venture, which will see the kingdom's state-owned
producer take full ownership of America's biggest oil refinery. The
Port Arthur, Texas, refinery, had been part of a 50-50 joint venture
between the two companies called Motiva Enterprises LLC, which
formed in 1998.
2016 Mar 16, Botswana's highest
court rejected an attempt by the government to ban a gay rights
2016 Mar 16, It was reported
that former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva will take
over as chief of staff for his successor Dilma Rousseff. The move
offers Lula short-term protection from prosecutors who have charged
him with money laundering and fraud. Dilma's invitation to Lula
raised expectations of a sharp policy swing. The appointment
triggered large protests in several Brazilian cities.
(AP, 3/16/16)(Reuters, 3/17/16)
2016 Mar 16, Denmark's military
intelligence agency (DDIS) said it's creating "a hacker academy"
where to train IT specialists who, if they graduate, will be offered
2016 Mar 16, Denmark's TV2
broadcaster opened an office in the Syrian capital, Damascus,
claiming to be the only western media to do so.
2016 Mar 16, Germany banned a
neo-Nazi group called the "White Wolves Terror Crew" after police
targeted its members in dawn raids in 10 states.
2016 Mar 16, Guinean health
officials alerted the WHO to Ebola symptoms in a family's village,
where three people had died in unexplained circumstances in the last
few weeks. The Alliance For International Medical Action (ALIMA)
quickly reopened its specialist Ebola clinic to treat an infected
woman and her child after the virus killed at least two of their
2016 Mar 16, Indonesian
security forces killed 3 more suspected militants linked to the
country's most wanted Islamic radical near Siliwanga village in Poso
district, Central Sulawesi.
2016 Mar 16, An Iraqi army
plane crashed during a reconnaissance flight near the city of Kirkuk
and its three crew went missing.
2016 Mar 16, In southern Jordan
a bus overturned late today in a remote area. The number of
Palestinian pilgrims killed rose overnight from 14 to 16, including
nine who had been pinned under the vehicle.
2016 Mar 16, The Moroccan
government said it reducing its support for the UN peacekeeping
operation in Western Sahara in response to UN chief Ban Ki-moon’s
recent comments about the disputed territory.
(SFC, 3/17/16, p.A2)
2016 Mar 16, In Niger 3
gendarmes were killed and four security forces injured in separate
2016 Mar 16, In northeastern
Nigeria an attack by two female suicide bombers killed 25 people and
wounded 23 during dawn prayers on a mosque on the outskirts of
(AP, 3/16/16)(AFP, 3/17/16)
2016 Mar 16, North Korea's
highest court sentenced American tourist Otto Warmbier, a University
of Virginia undergraduate, to 15 years in prison with hard labor for
subversion. Warmbier tearfully confessed that he had tried to steal
a propaganda banner.
2016 Mar 16, Pakistan's Supreme
Court ordered the government to lift a travel ban on former military
ruler Pervez Musharraf, paving the way for him to leave the country
while awaiting trial for treason and other charges.
2016 Mar 16, In Pakistan a bomb
on a bus carrying government employees in Peshawar killed 15 people.
A militant group claimed responsibility, saying it was revenge for
death sentences passed against Islamists.
2016 Mar 16, A second group of
Russian warplanes flew out of Syria in line with Moscow's decision
to withdraw most of its forces.
2016 Mar 16, South Africa’s
deputy finance minister alleged in an official Finance Ministry
press release that members of the Gupta family had offered him the
position of his boss, finance minister Nhlanhla Nene.
(Econ, 3/19/16, p.52)
2016 Mar 16, A powerful Syrian
Kurdish political party announced plans to declare a federal region
in northern Syria, a model it hopes can be applied to the entire
2016 Mar 16, Turkish police
detained eight lawyers as part of a crackdown on pro-Kurdish
activists. At least 47 suspects were detained in anti-terror
operations across the country.
(AFP, 3/16/16)(AP, 3/16/16)
2016 Mar 16, Turkmenistan's
president arrived in Pakistan on a two-day visit that is likely to
focus on a proposed gas pipeline from Turkmenistan through
Afghanistan, Pakistan and on to India.
2016 Mar 16, The United
Nations' food agency said it needed $220 million in funding to
provide assistance to drought-hit Zimbabwe until March 2017.
2017 Mar 16, Pres. Donald
Trump’s preliminary budget was released. It included 18% cuts to
federal funding for the National Institutes of Health and the
elimination of the Community Development Block Grant Program, which
helps fund the Meals on Wheels program. It also cut funding to the
State Dept. and spending on foreign aid by 28%.
(SFC, 3/18/17, p.A1)(SSFC, 3/19/17, p.A6)(Econ,
2017 Mar 16, US District Judge
Theodore Chuang of Maryland granted a preliminary injunction in a
lawsuit against Pres. Trump’s travel ban from the American Civil
Liberties Union (ACLU) and the National Immigration Law Center.
(SFC, 3/18/17, p.A8)
2017 Mar 16, Philip Choy, an
expert on the history of Chinese in America, died at his home in San
Francisco. His books included “The Architecture of San Francisco
(SSFC, 3/19/17, p.C3)
2017 Mar 16, James Cotton
(b.1935), pioneering harmonica player, died in Austin, Texas. He
helped established the harmonica as an integral part of modern
(SFC, 3/18/17, p.A7)
2017 Mar 16, British PM Theresa
May rejected a call for a referendum on Scottish independence before
Britain leaves the European Union — a move condemned as a
"democratic outrage" by Scotland's nationalist leader.
\2017 Mar 16, A bill
authorizing Britain to start its exit from the EU received royal
assent and became law.
(SFC, 3/17/17, p.A2)
2017 Mar 16, Scientists at
Britain's Newcastle University received a license to create babies
using DNA from three people to prevent women from passing on
potentially fatal genetic diseases to their children — the first
time such approval has been granted.
2017 Mar 16, In China Saudi
Arabia's King Salman oversaw the signing of deals worth as much as
$65 billion on the first day of a visit to Beijing.
2017 Mar 16, Ethiopia's
military rescued six children kidnapped by South Sudanese raiders in
a cross-border attack, but dozens of others remain missing and
soldiers are pursuing the gunmen to recover them.
2017 Mar 16, The European Union
called for the United Nations to send an international fact-finding
mission urgently to Myanmar to investigate allegations of torture,
rapes and executions by the military against the Rohingya Muslim
2017 Mar 16, The European
Parliament rejected a call to ban Arctic oil and gas exploration, in
a symbolic vote seen as a barometer for future moves by Brussels to
regulate to protect the region.
2017 Mar 16, The European
Parliament overwhelmingly approved a law requiring firms to ensure
they do not use so-called conflict minerals from Africa and other
areas that end up funding warlords.
2017 Mar 16, European security
watchdog OSCE prolonged its monitoring mission to Ukraine by one
year until March 2018. The unarmed, civilian mission with more than
700 international observers seeks to reduce tensions and report on
the situation on the ground.
2017 Mar 16, The European
Commission agreed to send Ukraine 600 million euros ($643.20
million) to help its finances, ending months of delays over EU
conditions linked to the loan.
2017 Mar 16, In Paris, France,
a female employee of the International Monetary Fund suffered
injuries to her face and arms when a letter bomb addressed to the
world lender's European representative blew up as she opened it.
2017 Mar 16, In southern France
Killian Barbey (16) was arrested with a cache of weapons after a
shooting at the Alexis de Tocqueville high school in Grasse that
left eight people injured including the head teacher.
(AFP, 3/16/17)(AP, 3/17/17)(SFC, 3/17/17, p.A2)
2017 Mar 16, The militant Greek
group Conspiracy of Fire Cells claimed responsibility for a parcel
bomb mailed to German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble. The
parcel had been intercepted by the German finance ministry's mail
department. On March 20 Greek counterterrorism officers uncovered
eight more similar parcel bombs.
(Reuters, 3/16/17)(SFC, 3/22/17, p.A2)
2017 Mar 16, In India Farook
Hameed (31) was murdered in Coimbatore, allegedly by members of a
Muslim radical group, for having repudiated Islam and declaring
himself an atheist. Six people were soon arrested in the case.
(http://tinyurl.com/n22lnau)(Econ 7/22/17, SR
2017 Mar 16, An Indonesian
court sentenced people-smuggling kingpin Abraham Louhenapessy, known
as Captain Bram, to six years in jail for organizing a trip for
migrants to New Zealand in early 2015.
2017 Mar 16, Iraqi government
forces besieged Islamic State militants around Mosul's Old City,
edging closer to the historic mosque from where the group's leader
declared a caliphate nearly three years ago.
2017 Mar 16, Israeli PM
Benjamin Netanyahu said he would honor his commitment to build a new
settlement in the occupied West Bank, the first in two decades.
2017 Mar 16, It was reported
that a group of Cuban migrants detained in the southern Mexican city
of Tapachula have accused authorities of beating and mistreating
them after they staged a hunger strike to demand their release.
(SFC, 3/16/17, p.A2)
2017 Mar 16, In Pakistan Umer
Tanveer killed his newlywed bride three days after their wedding in
Lahore by suffocating her with a pillow. Tanveer had married his
paternal cousin under family pressure but was interested in another
woman who lived in Dubai. Tanveer initially denied killing Hira but
then confessed to the crime.
2017 Mar 16, In the Philippines
Rep. Gary Alejano filed an impeachment complaint against Pres.
Rodrigo Duterte alleging violations of the constitution, bribery and
corruption, And the betrayal of the public trust with actions that
included extra judicial killings and his failure to declare huge
bank deposits as required by law.
(SFC, 3/17/17, p.A4)
2017 Mar 16, Qatar said a new
government body set up to handle complaints from migrant workers
seeking bosses' permission to leave the Gulf nation received
hundreds of claims over two months and rejected more than a quarter
2017 Mar 16, In Romania some
1,000 police officers protested in Bucharest to demand higher
salaries, saying tens of thousands of officers are earning the
minimum wage or less.
2017 Mar 16, Somali pirates,
who had seized an oil tanker, opened fire on naval troops from the
semiautonomous state of Puntland sparking clashes between the two
sides. The pirates were continuing to receive reinforcements while
regional forces mobilized nearby. The pirates released the ship and
its crew late today.
(AP, 3/16/17)(SFC, 3/17/17,
2017 Mar 16, A military vessel
and a helicopter attacked a boat packed with Somali refugees late
today killing at least 42 people including women and children in the
Red Sea off the coast of Yemen. The refugees, carrying official
UNHCR documents, were on their way from Yemen to Sudan. 80 survivors
were brought to hospitals in Hodeidah. Shiite rebels accused the
Saudi-led air coalition of carrying out the attack.
(Reuters, 3/17/17)(AP, 3/17/17)(SFC, 3/18/17,
2017 Mar 16, South Korea-based
Hyundai said it is recalling nearly 978,000 cars in the US because
the front seat belts could detach in a crash and fail to hold
2017 Mar 16, In Spain taxi
drivers in Barcelona and Madrid went on strike to urge authorities
to protect their regulated service against companies like Uber and
Cabify, which offer cheaper services.
2017 Mar 16, In Syria a
suspected US airstrike late today struck the Omar Ibn al-Khattab
Mosque in the Jeeneh district in Aleppo province, killing at least
38-49 people and wounded many others. On June 7 the US military said
an investigation has found that the strike was legal and caused only
one civilian casualty.
(AP, 3/17/17)(SFC, 6/8/17, p.A2)
2017 Mar 16, Turkish police
detained two suspected members of the Islamic State group who were
allegedly planning a "sensational attack" similar to the massacre at
an Istanbul nightclub on New Year's night.
2017 Mar 16, The United Arab
Emirates said one of its soldiers has been killed while serving in
the Saudi-led war in Yemen.
2018 Mar 16, US Pres. Donald
Trump signed the new Taiwan Travel Act. It allows unrestricted
travel by US officials to meet with members of Taiwan's government
and for Taiwanese officials to visit the US under "respectful
conditions," during which they are allowed to meet with their
counterparts, including those from the departments of state and
2018 Mar 16, US Attorney
General Jeff Sessions fired FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe two
days before McCabe's scheduled retirement date. Sessions said he
acted on the recommendation of FBI disciplinary officials who said
McCabe had not been candid with a watchdog office investigation.
(SSFC, 3/18/18, p.A10)
2018 Mar 16, NY Democrat Rep.
Louise Slaughter (88) died in Washington, DC, a week after falling
in her residence. She was serving her 16th term in the US House of
(SFC, 3/17/18, p.A6)
2018 Mar 16, In Afghanistan the
body of a UN driver, who was abducted together with a female UN
employee and her child, was found in Kabul, in the same location
where the three Afghans were abducted two months ago.
2018 Mar 16, Albanian
prosecutors said that Fran Frrokaj, the mayor of Lezhe in
northwestern Albania, and the other 11 officials were charged with
abusing their positions and falsifying documents.
2018 Mar 16, Belgium said it is
taking back control of the Grand Mosque of Brussels by terminating
Saudi Arabia's 99-year lease of the building with immediate effect
over concerns it promotes radicalism. Belgium leased the Grand
Mosque to Riyadh in 1969.
2018 Mar 16, In Brazil a
one-year-old boy and two adults in Rio de Janeiro were killed by
stray bullets during a confrontation between police and gunmen in
the Alemao slum complex.
2018 Mar 16, In Britain Iraqi
teenager Ahmed Hassan (18), who had come to Britain as an asylum
seeker, was found guilty of attempted murder after detonating a
homemade bomb last Sept. 15 on a packed rush-hour London commuter
train, injuring 30 people.
2018 Mar 16, Egypt's national
carrier EgyptAir said it would resume direct flights between Cairo
and Moscow, three years after they were halted following the bombing
of a Russian charter jet over the Sinai.
2018 Mar 16, A Greek court
dismissed a Turkish demand for the handover of eight Turkish
soldiers accused by Ankara of having played a direct role in the
abortive coup against President Tayyip Erdogan in 2016.
2018 Mar 16, The world soccer's
governing body lifted a soccer ban, allowing Iraqi cities of Basra,
Karbala and Irbil to host full international games and competitions
for the first time since the 1990 invasion of Kuwait.
2018 Mar 16, In Kashmir Indian
government forces killed two militants overnight who tried to snatch
a guard's rifle. Protests against Indian rule and clashes erupted as
word of the killings spread.
2018 Mar 16, In Mexico Andrew
Dorogi, an Amherst College student who played on the school's
football team, died in Mexico City.
2018 Mar 16, Nigerian Senator
Shehu Sani's revelation that lawmakers in the upper house of
parliament receive about $37,500 each month for personal expenses
prompted anger in the country, where most people live on less than
$2 a day.
2018 Mar 16, North Korea's
foreign minister met briefly with Sweden's prime minister during a
surprise trip to Stockholm that has fueled speculation about a
possible meeting in the Scandinavian country between US President
Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
2018 Mar 16, A Palestinian
killed two Israeli soldiers and badly wounded two others when he
rammed his vehicle into them in the West Bank. Israeli forces soon
arrested a brother and an uncle of a Palestinian man accused of
killing two soldiers.
(AP, 3/16/18) (AFP, 3/17/18)
2018 Mar 16, The Philippine
labor secretary said a ban on sending Filipinos to work in Kuwait
will continue indefinitely after the nations failed to conclude a
migrant labor protection pact. Later today a deal was signed in
Manila after a meeting between a visiting Kuwaiti delegation and
(AP, 3/16/18)(Reuters, 3/17/18)
2018 Mar 16, A Romanian court
has rejected a man's claim that he's alive, after he was officially
registered as deceased. Constantin Reliu (63) lost his case in the
northeast city of Vasului because he appealed too late. The ruling
is final. Reliu went to Turkey in 1992 for work and lost contact
with his Romanian family. Hearing no news from her husband, his wife
managed to get a death certificate for him in 2016.
2018 Mar 16, Tens of thousands
of Slovaks demanded early elections in protests across the country
after PM Robert Fico's resignation failed to quell public anger
following the murder of an investigative journalist.
2018 Mar 16, The director of
South Africa's National Prosecuting Authority said that former
president Jacob Zuma (75) will be prosecuted on 16 charges of
corruption. Prosecutors said Zuma is to face corruption charges over
a $2.5 billion arms deal.
(AP, 3/16/18)(Reuters, 3/16/18)
2018 Mar 16, In Syria thousands
of civilians fled from besieged enclaves on opposite ends of the
country as two major battles in the multi-sided civil war entered
decisive phases. Air strikes killed at least 76 people in eastern
Ghouta. Turkish and allied Syrian rebel forces shelled the northern
Kurdish-held town of Afrin heavily, killing 36 people and forcing
2,500 people to flee. A Turkish bombing raid struck the Afrin's main
hospital, killing 16 civilians. Turkey's military denied hitting the
(AP, 3/16/18)(AFP, 3/17/18)
2018 Mar 16, Ukraine said
Russians living in Ukraine will be unable to vote in Russia's
presidential election because access to Moscow's diplomatic missions
will be blocked.
2018 Mar 16, A Vatican tribunal
sacked Guam archbishop Anthony Apuron after finding him "guilty of
certain accusations." He had been accused of sexually abusing minors
in the 1970s.
2019 Mar 16, Facebook Inc said
it removed 1.5 million videos globally of the New Zealand mosque
attack in the first 24 hours after the attack.
2019 Mar 16, It was reported
that Michael R. White, a US Navy veteran from California, has been
sentenced to 10 years in prison in Iran, becoming the first American
known to be imprisoned there since President Donald Trump took
office. White was reportedly convicted of insulting Iran's supreme
leader and posting private information online.
2019 Mar 16, American rock
guitarist Dick Dale (b.1937) died in Los Angeles. His loud chord
instrumentals on songs like "Miserlou" and "Let's Go Trippin'"
earned him the title King of the Surf Guitar.
(SFC, 3/19/19, p.A9)
2019 Mar 16, In Nevada a
robbery suspect died following a shootout the previous evening
outside the Bellagio hotel-casino in Las Vegas.
(SSFC, 3/17/19, p.A8)
2019 Mar 16, In Afghanistan at
least 50 members of the Afghan security forces surrendered to the
Taliban in a fight for control of the western province of Badghis.
The Red Cross facilitated the handover of the bodies of 20 soldiers
to the Afghan National Army Corps.
2019 Mar 16, Albanian
opposition supporters clashed with police while trying to storm the
parliament building in a protest against the government of Socialist
PM Edi Rama, which they accuse of being corrupt and linked to
2019 Mar 16, The local bonfire
group in Lustenau, Austria, took three months to build a structure
that burned down in less than half an hour this evening. The world's
tallest bonfire clocked in at 60.646 meters (198.97 feet). The
previous record structure was a 47-meter (154.2-foot) bonfire in
Alesund, Norway in 2016.
2019 Mar 16, Nigel Farage, the
politician who probably did more than anyone else to force Britain's
referendum on membership of the European Union, joined protesters at
the start of a 270-mile march over what they call a betrayal of the
2019 Mar 16, China's
anti-corruption watchdog said it would prosecute Nur Bekri, one of
the highest-ranking Uighur officials in the country, over
allegations of graft and corruption during his time as governor of
2019 Mar 16, Several thousand
Croats demonstrated in Zagreb, demanding tougher measures against
domestic violence and more training for employees in state
institutions to help them tackle the problem.
2019 Mar 16, In France
demonstrators looted and torched shops and businesses on the famed
Champs-Elysees avenue in Paris, on the 18th straight weekend of
"yellow vest" protests.
2019 Mar 16, Indonesia's
anti-graft agency named Muhammad Romahurmuziy, a prominent Islamist
politician backing President Joko Widodo's re-election campaign, as
a suspect in a bribery case. Romahurmuziy, chairman of the United
Development Party (PPP), was arrested a day earlier.
2019 Mar 16, In Nicaragua riot
police used tear gas against opposition demonstrators and reporters,
temporarily detaining over a hundred people after they attempted to
protest for the release of opponents to President Daniel Ortega's
2019 Mar 16, In northeastern
Nigeria a fire killed at least eight people and left 15,000 others
without shelter after raging through a camp for people displaced by
a war against Islamist insurgents in the town of Gajiram, Borno
2019 Mar 16, Russia said it
will respond to new European Union sanctions, without saying what
action it would take.
2019 Mar 16, Slovaks voted in
round one of a ballot that could usher in Zuzana Caputova (45), a
vocal government critic, as the country's first female president.
Caputova, an anti-corruption campaigner with no experience in public
office, won the first round, setting up a tough clash with the
ruling Smer party's candidate.
(AP, 3/16/19)(Reuters, 3/16/19)
2019 Mar 16, In eastern Syria
US-backed forces battled Islamic State group fighters Saturday as
the holdout jihadists clung to the last dregs of their crumbling
"caliphate." The latest fighting broke out after the Kurd-led force
attacked IS positions inside Baghouz. The SDF said around 32
jihadists, including at least four senior IS figures, were killed in
2019 Mar 16, Two Turkish
soldiers were killed and eight others were wounded in a clash during
operations into northern Iraq. Six militants, including a woman,
were "neutralized" during the operations.
2019 Mar 16, Police in the
Ukrainian city of Poltava arrested 10 people as nationalist
demonstrators attempted to interrupt a campaign appearance by
President Petro Poroshenko. In Kiev about 3,000 nationalists
demonstrated outside the presidential administration building,
demanding arrests in an alleged embezzlement scheme in Ukraine's
defense industries that allegedly involves figures close to
Poroshenko and a factory controlled by him.