Today in History - March 17
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Traditional St. Patrick's Day toast. : "May the
enemies of Ireland never eat bread nor drink whisky, but be
tormented with itching without benefit of scratching."
180CE Mar 17, Antonius Marcus
Aurelius (58), [Marcus Verus], Emperor of Rome, died.
c389 Mar 17, St. Patrick
(d.461), the patron saint of Ireland, was born. Calpurnius, his
father, was a deacon and local official who lost his son to Irish
raiders when Patrick was 16. Patrick allegedly drove all the snakes
(i.e. pagans) out of Ireland.
(HN, 3/17/99)(HNQ, 3/17/01)(WSJ, 3/12/04, p.W13)
461 Mar 17, According to
tradition, St. Patrick (b.c389), the patron saint of Ireland, died
in Saul, County Down. Some sources say he died in 493AD. He was an
English missionary and bishop of Ireland. In 2004 Philip Freeman
authored "St. Patrick: A Biography."
(SFC, 3/15/97, p.A16)(WSJ, 3/12/04, p.W13)(AP,
1516 Mar 17, Giuliano de'
Medici (37), monarch of Florence, died.
1753 Mar 17, The 1st official
St Patrick's Day was celebrated.
1756 Mar 17, St. Patrick's Day
was 1st celebrated in NYC at Crown & Thistle Tavern.
1762 Mar 17, 1st St Patrick's
Day parade was held in NYC.
1775 Mar 17, Richard Henderson,
a North Carolina judge, representing the Transylvania Company, met
with three Cherokee Chiefs (Oconistoto, chief warrior and first
representative of the Cherokee Nation or tribe of Indians, and
Attacuttuillah and Sewanooko) to purchase (for the equivalent of
$50,000) all the land lying between the Ohio, Kentucky and
Cumberland rivers; some 17 to 20 million acres. It was known as the
Treaty of Sycamore Shoals or The Henderson Purchase. The purchase
was later declared invalid but land cession was not reversed.
1776 Mar 17, British forces
evacuated Boston to Nova Scotia during the Revolutionary War. In
some of the bloodiest fighting of the Revolutionary War, American
and French troops failed to take Savannah.
(AP, 3/17/97)(HN, 3/17/98)
1780 Mar 17, Thomas Chalmers,
1st moderator (Free Church of Scotland 1843-47), was born.
1799 Mar 17, Napoleon Bonaparte
and his army reached the Mediterranean seaport of St. Jean d'Acra,
only to find British warships ready to break his siege of the town.
1800 Mar 17, English warship
Queen Charlotte caught fire and 700 people died.
1828 Mar 17, Maj. Gen. Patrick
R. Cleburne, the "Stonewall" of the West, was born.
1832 Mar 17, Daniel Conway
Moncure, U.S. clergyman, author, abolitionist, was born.
1836 Mar 17, David G. Burnet
(1788-1870) became interim president of Texas and continued to Oct
22, 1836. he became the second Vice President of the Republic of
Texas (1839-41), and Secretary of State (1846) for the new state of
Texas after it was annexed to the United States of America.
1837 Mar 17, Stephen Grover
Cleveland was born in Caldwell, N.J. He was the 22nd (1885-1889) and
24th (1893-1897) president of the United States, the only President
elected for two nonconsecutive terms.
1845 Mar 17, The rubber band
was patented by Stephen Perry of London. [see May 17]
1846 Mar 17, Kate Greenway,
painter and illustrator (Mother Goose), was born.
1860 Mar 17, The Japanese ship
Kanrin Maru, under Admiral Yoshitake Kimura, entered the Golden Gate
after a 37-day voyage, on a diplomatic mission to San Francisco. It
was the first Japanese ship to cross the Pacific. 3 sailors died
while the ship was in SF. It set sail to return to Japan on May 8.
(SFC, 3/17/10, p.C2)
1861 Mar 17, Victor Emmanuel,
the King of Piedmont, Savoy, and Sardinia, proclaimed the foundation
of the kingdom of Italy. The Risorgimento movement resulted in
Italian unification. The Carbonari was a secret society in early
19th century Italy who advocated liberal and patriotic ideas and
opposed the conservative regimes imposed on Italy by the Allies who
had defeated Napoleon in 1815. As with other secret societies of the
age, the Carbonari had an initiation ceremony, complex symbols and a
hierarchical organization though its exact origins are left to
conjecture. They recruited primarily among nobility, small
landowners and officeholders and may have been an offshoot of the
Freemasons. Their influence is credited with preparing the way for
the Risorgimento movement.
1863 Mar 17, The Battle of
Kelly's Ford, Va., was fought.
1868 Mar 17, Postage stamp
canceling machine patent was issued.
1870 Mar 17, The Massachusetts
Legislature authorized the incorporation of Wellesley Female
Seminary. It later became Wellesley College.
1874 Mar 17, Kincsem, a horse
that never lost a race, was born.
1876 Mar 17, Gen. Crook
destroyed Cheyenne and Ogallala-Sioux Indian camps.
1884 Mar 17, John Joseph
Montgomery made the first glider flight in Otay, Calif.
1886 Mar 17, The Carrollton
Massacre in Mississippi occurred and 20 African Americans were
1891 Mar 17, The British
steamer Utopia sank off the coast of Gibraltar.
1902 Mar 17, Bobby Jones was
born. He was the first American golfer to win the U.S. and British
championships in the same year in 1930.
1894 Mar 17, US and China
signed a treaty preventing Chinese laborers from entering US.
1895 Mar 17, Shemp Howard,
comedian (3 Stooges, Bank Dick), was born in Brooklyn.
1901 Mar 17, Eisaku Sato,
premier of Japan (Nobel 1974), was born.
1905 Mar 17, Anna Eleanor
Roosevelt, niece of President Theodore Roosevelt, married her fifth
cousin, Franklin Delano Roosevelt in New York and by 1916, they had
become the parents of six children.
(AP, 3/17/97)(HN, 3/17/98)(HNPD, 10/11/99)
1906 Mar 17, President Theodore
Roosevelt first likened crusading journalists to a man with "the
muck-rake in his hand" in a speech to the Gridiron Club in
Washington, DC, as he criticized what he saw as the excesses of
1910 Mar 17, The Camp Fire
Girls organization was formed in Lake Sebago, Maine. It was formally
presented to the public exactly two years later.
(AP, 3/17/97)(HN, 3/17/01)
1914 Mar 17, Russia increased
the number of active duty military from 460,000 to 1,700,000.
1917 Mar 17, Czar Michael
abdicated after one day in favor of a provisional government under
Prince George Evgenievich Lvov (55).
(PCh, 1992, p.722)
1919 Mar 17, Nat “King” Cole,
American jazz pianist and singer, was born. He is famous for
"Unforgettable" and "Mona Lisa."
1920 Mar 17, John La Montaine,
composer (Pulitzer 1959), was born in Oak Park, Ill.
1921 Mar 17, Dr Marie Stopes
opened Britain's 1st birth control clinic in London.
1924 Mar 17, Four Douglas army
aircraft left Los Angeles for an around the world flight.
1929 Mar 17, General Motors
purchased an 80% stake in Opel, a German car manufacturer, for $33.3
million. GM raised the stake to 100% in 1931.
1930 Mar 17, James Benson
Irwin, Col. USAF, astronaut (Apollo 15), was born in Pittsburgh,
1930 Mar 17, Mob boss Al Capone
was released from jail.
1931 Mar 17, Stalin threw
Krupskaja Lenin out of the Central Committee.
1932 Mar 17, German police
raided Hitler's Nazi headquarters.
1934 Mar 17, Thousands of
blacks battled the police in New York in protest of the Scottsboro
1934 Mar 17, The Rome Protocols
allied Hungary with Italy, Austria and Germany.
(WUD, 1994, p.1682)
1935 Mar 17, Hitler reviewed
the military parade in Berlin.
1937 Mar 17, Amelia Earhart
took off from Oakland, Ca., in an attempt to become the first pilot
to fly around the globe at the equator.
(SFC, 3/1/97, p.A8)
1938 Mar 17, Rudolf Nureyev,
ballet dancer, choreographer (Kirov), was born in Russia.
1938 Mar 17, The Polish
government presented an ultimatum to Lithuania to establish
diplomatic ties. (LHC, 3/17/03)
1941 Mar 17, The National
Gallery of Art opened in Washington, DC.
(AP, 3/17/98)(HN, 3/17/98)
1942 Mar 17, John Wayne Gacy,
serial killer (32 boys), was born in Chicago, Ill.
1942 Mar 17, Gen. Douglas
MacArthur arrived in Australia to become supreme commander of Allied
forces in the southwest Pacific theater during World War II.
(AP, 3/17/97) (HN, 3/17/98)
1942 Mar 17, Belzec
Concentration Camp opened. 30,000 Lublin Polish Jews were
1942 Mar 17, The Nazis began
deporting Jews to the Belsen camp.
1943 Mar 17, The German
occupation authority closed Lithuanian schools of higher education
and the Academy of Education.
1944 Mar 17, Danny DeVito,
actor (Louie-Taxi, Twins), was born in Neptune, NJ. [see Nov 17]
1944 Mar 17, The US Eighth Air
Force bombed Vienna.
1945 Mar 17, Allied ships
bombed North Sumatra.
1950 Mar 17, Scientists at the
University of California at Berkeley announced they had created a
new radioactive element, which they named "californium."
1952 Mar 17, A US ban on the
word “tornado” was lifted. The ban had started in 1886 when the US
Army, which handled weather forecasting, determined that the harm
done by predicting a tornado would be greater than that done by the
(SFC, 3/17/09, p.D6)
1956 Mar 17, Fred Allen
(b.1894), American comedian (Fred Allen Radio Show), died.
(TOH, 1982, p.1956)(AP, 3/17/06)
1957 Mar 17, In the Philippines
a plane crash on Mt. Manunggal in Cebu killed Pres. Ramon Magsaysay
(b.1907). 25 of the 26 passengers and crew aboard were killed.
1958 Mar 17, The U.S. Navy
launched the Vanguard 1 satellite.
1959 Mar 17, The USS Skate
became the 1st submarine to surface at the North Pole. The ships
crew held a funeral service and scattered the ashes of explorer
Hubert Wilkins (d.1958), who had attempted the feat in 1931.
(ON, 1/02, p.9)
1960 Mar 17, Eisenhower formed
anti-Castro-exile army under the CIA.
1961 Mar 17, The U.S. increased
military aid and technicians to Laos.
1962 Mar 17, The Soviet Union
asked the U.S. to pull out of South Vietnam.
1963 Mar 17, In Indonesia
eruptions of Mount Agung volcano on Bali killed 1,184 people.
(SFC, 1/19/02, p.A14)(AP, 12/3/17)
1966 Mar 17, A U.S. midget
submarine located a missing hydrogen bomb which had fallen from an
American bomber into the Mediterranean off Spain.
(AP, 3/17/97)(HN, 3/17/98)
1968 Mar 17, A peaceful
anti-Vietnam War protest in London was followed by a riot outside
the US Embassy; more than 80 people were reported injured. Some
20,000 people at the Vietnam Solidarity Campaign in London were
mowed down by police on horses as they marched.
1969 Mar 17, Golda Meir
(d.1978) became the 4th prime minister of Israel. She held the
office to 1974.
(AP, 3/17/97)(AP, 12/8/97)
1970 Mar 17, The US Army
charged 14 officers with suppression of facts in the My Lai massacre
1970 Mar 17, The United States
cast its first veto in the UN Security Council. The US killed a
resolution that would have condemned Britain for failure to use
force to overthrow the white-ruled government of Rhodesia.
1972 Mar 17, Nixon asked
Congress to halt busing in order to achieve desegregation.
1973 Mar 17, Queen Elizabeth II
opened the new London Bridge.
1973 Mar 17, Twenty people were
killed in Cambodia when a bomb went off that was meant for the
Cambodian President Lon Nol.
1973 Mar 17, First POWs were
released from the "Hanoi Hilton" in Hanoi, North Vietnam.
1974 Mar 17 Arab oil ministers,
with the exception of Libya, announced the end the oil embargo on
1974 Mar 17, Louis Kahn (1901),
Estonia-born architect, died. His designs included the capital
building of Bangladesh, completed in 1983. In 2004 his son Nathaniel
Kahn directed the documentary film "My Architect: A Son's Journey."
(PBS, Internet)(SFC, 2/6/04, p.D5)
1978 Mar 17, In Zaire 13
opponents of Pres. Mobutu were executed.
(WUD, 1994, p.1691)
1879 Mar 17, The US Supreme
Court in Wilkerson v. Utah ruled that Utah could use a firing squad
for capital punishment.
1980 Mar 17, The United States
Refugee Act (Public Law 96-212) became effective. It was an
amendment to the earlier Immigration and Nationality Act and the
Migration and Refugee Assistance Act, and was created to provide a
permanent and systematic procedure for the admission to the United
States of refugees of special humanitarian concern to the US, and to
provide comprehensive and uniform provisions for the effective
resettlement and absorption of those refugees who are admitted.
1985 Mar 17, President Reagan
agreed to a joint study with Canada on acid rain.
1987 Mar 17, A US federal
appeals court cleared the way for the perjury indictment of former
White House aide Michael Deaver (b.1938). He was later convicted of
three of five perjury counts and fined $100,000.
1988 Mar 17, Planeloads of U.S.
soldiers arrived at Palmerola Air Base in Honduras in a show of
strength ordered by President Reagan.
1988 Mar 17, Apple filed suit
against Microsoft, alleging copyright infringement in the Windows
(Wired, 12/98, p.196)
1988 Mar 17, Ethiopia and
Eritrea engaged at the Battle at Afabet. Fighting continued through
March 20. It was a watershed battle in the Eritrean War of
Independence. This was Mengistu Haile Mariam's first humiliating
defeat at the hands of the Eritreans.
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Afabet)(SSFC, 4/15/12, p.P3)
1989 Mar 17, The Senate
unanimously confirmed Wyoming Congressman Dick Cheney to be
secretary of defense, following the failed nomination of former Sen.
1990 Mar 17, The president of
Lithuania, Vytautas Landsbergis, rejected a deadline set by Moscow
for renouncing the republic's independence.
1991 Mar 17, Allied commanders
from the Gulf War held a second round of cease-fire talks with Iraqi
officers; the Iraqis were told they could not move their warplanes
inside Iraq for any reason.
1991 Mar 17, Millions of people
voted in a landmark referendum on whether to preserve the
splintering Soviet Union.
1992 Mar 17, Democrat Bill
Clinton scored big primary victories in Illinois and Michigan. In
Illinois, Sen. Alan Dixon was defeated in his primary re-election
bid by Carol Moseley-Braun, who went on to become the first black
woman in the U.S. Senate.
1992 Mar 17, Three of President
George Bush's cabinet secretaries disclosed that they had overdrawn
their accounts at the scandal-ridden House of Representatives bank
when they were in Congress.
1992 Mar 17, Grace Stafford
Lantz (87), cartoon voice (Woody Woodpecker), died.
1992 Mar 17, A truck
bombing at the Israeli Embassy in Buenos Aires, Argentina, killed 29
people. Iran denied any role. Hezbollah leader Imad Mughniyeh was
suspected of involvement. Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility.
(AP, 3/17/97)(WSJ, 11/24/97, p.A1)(WSJ, 9/19/01,
p.A14)(NYT, 10/8/04, p.A12)
1992 Mar 17, The whites of
South Africa voted in a referendum to endorse the “continuation of
the reform process” by a margin of 68.73% to 31.27%. They supported
the negotiated reforms begun by State President F.W. de Klerk two
years earlier, in which he proposed to end the apartheid.
1993 Mar 17, Helen Hayes (92),
the "First Lady of the American Theater," died in Nyack, N.Y. Hayes
quit the theater in 1971 due to severe asthma.
(AP, 3/17/98)(SSFC, 12/2/07, Par p.4)
1993 Mar 17, A bomb attack in
Calcutta, India, killed 60 people.
1994 Mar 17, Secretary of State
Warren Christopher, just back from China, told a House subcommittee
that reports the trip was a failure were "rather misleading," and
said Beijing had made "solid improvements" in areas of prison labor
1994 Mar 17, Mae Zetterling
(b.1925), Swedish director and actress (Night Games), died.
1995 Mar 17, The White House
hosted a St. Patrick's Day reception for Irish Prime Minister John
Bruton which was attended by Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams.
1995 Mar 17, The federal
government approved the nation's first chicken pox vaccine, Varivax
by Merck & Co.
1995 Mar 17, Flor
Contemplacion, a Filipino maid, was hanged in Singapore for murder,
despite international pleas to spare her.
1996 Mar 17, The $16 mil Museum
of Television and Radio was christened in Beverly Hills.
(SFC, 7/9/96, p.B4)
1996 Mar 17, In Dunblane,
Scotland, Queen Elizabeth II came with flowers and sympathy as
residents paused in silence to mourn 16 murdered children and their
1997 Mar 17, Anthony Lake asked
President Clinton to withdraw his nomination to be CIA director,
saying the partisan confirmation process had "gone haywire."
1997 Mar 17, The US Supreme
Court declined to hear San Francisco’s argument that the cross on
Mt. Davidson is a cultural landmark. The cross would now have to be
torn down or sold to a private owner.
(SFC, 3/18/97, p.A1)
1997 Mar 17, It was reported
that China was upgrading the city of Chongqing in Sichuan to the
status of province. It would be directly controlled by the central
government but operate as a province.
(WSJ, 3/17/97, p.B9D)
1997 Mar 17, In Germany ten
drunk soldiers beat up 2 Turks and an Italian during a rampage in
(SFC, 3/19/97, p.A12,14)
1997 Mar 17, In Mexico army
Brigadier Gen’l. Alfredo Navarro Lara was arrested for trying to buy
off authorities in Baha. He offered payments of $1 million a month
to Gen’l. Jose Luis Chavez Garcia to allow cocaine to pass into the
(SFC, 3/18/97, p.A10)
1997 Mar 17, In Papua New
Guinea the government fired army commander Brigadier Gen’l. Jerry
Singirok. He refused to accept the hiring of the British mercenary
firm Sandline Int’l.
(SFC, 3/18/97, p.A12)
1997 Mar 17, In southern Russia
a Stavropol Airlines AN-24 airplane crashed and all 50 aboard were
(SFC, 3/19/97, p.A14)
1998 Mar 17, In Alaska Jeff
King battled through blowing snow and poor visibility to earn his
third victory in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.
1998 Mar 17, In Mississippi
after a 21-year court fight the state unsealed over 124,000 pages of
secret files of the State Sovereignty Commission that revealed
numerous illegal methods to thwart the civil rights workers of the
‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s.
(SFC, 3/18/98, p.A1)
1998 Mar 17, Washington Mutual
announced it had agreed to buy H.F. Ahmanson and Co. for $9.9
billion dollars, creating the nation's seventh-largest banking
1998 Mar 17, In Texas Joe
Collins (64) was killed during a break-in at his home outside
Nagadoches. In 2009 Khristian Oliver (32) was executed for beating
and shooting Collins.
1998 Mar 17, From Brazil it was
reported that a 3-month-old fire was raging out of control in the
state of Roraima, home of the Yanomani Indians.
(SFC, 3/17/98, p.B2)
1998 Mar 17, More than 10,000
Catholics marched in the first-ever St. Patrick’s Day parade in
(SFC, 3/18/98, p.A11)
1998 Mar 17, In Zambia the
state of emergency imposed last Oct. was lifted.
(WSJ, 3/18/98, p.A1)
1999 Mar 17, Instant replay was
voted back in the NFL for the 1999 season.
1999 Mar 17, A US science panel
commissioned by the Clinton administration called for clinical
trials of medical marijuana. Medical experts concluded that
marijuana has medical benefits for people suffering from cancer and
(SFC, 3/17/99, p.A1)(AP, 3/17/00)
1999 Mar 17, In Nebraska a
large prairie fire around Thedford burned tens of thousands of acres
and killed one volunteer firefighter.
(SFC, 3/18/99, p.A2)
1999 Mar 17, The Int'l. Olympic
Committee expelled 6 members in the wake of a bribery scandal, but
gave a vote of confidence to IOC pres. Juan Antonio Samaranch.
(SFC, 3/18/99, p.A1)(AP, 3/17/00)
1999 Mar 17, Eritrea said it
repulsed Ethiopian troops after a 3-day battle. 300 Ethiopian
soldiers were reported dead and 57 tanks destroyed. Ethiopia said
the results of the battle were staged.
(SFC, 3/18/99, p.C3)
1999 Mar 17, Iraqi pilgrims
flew to Saudi Arabia for the Hajj. It was the 2nd day of flights
violating UN prohibitions.
(SFC, 3/18/99, p.C2)
1999 Mar 17, In Belfast gunmen
killed Frankie Curry, a Protestant extremist recently paroled from
(SFC, 3/18/99, p.A12)
1999 Mar 17, In Israel Rabbi
Aryeh Deri, head of the Shas party of religious Sephardim, was
convicted on bribery charges.
(SFC, 3/18/99, p.A12)
1999 Mar 17, In Russia the
Federal Council, the upper house of parliament, defied Pres.
Yeltsin's attempt to oust Yuri Skuratov, the prosecutor general.
Skuratove exposed the Central Bank's secret transfer of hard
currency reserves to the FIMAKO company in the Channel Islands.
(SFC, 3/18/99, p.C3)
1999 Mar 17, Allan Boesak (53),
a leading anti-apartheid activist, was convicted of stealing money
from foreign donors intended for the Foundation for Peace and
Justice. He was later sentenced to 6 years in prison for theft and
(SFC, 3/18/99, p.A13)(SFC, 3/25/99, p.A10)
1999 Mar 17, The Vatican and
Sony announced the release of the first music video, "Abba Pater,"
by Pope John Paul II.
(SFC, 3/17/99, p.C3)
2000 Mar 17, The United States
lifted a ban on imports of Iranian luxury goods.
2000 Mar 17, Smith and Wesson
signed an unprecedented agreement with the Clinton administration
to, among other things, include safety locks with all of its
handguns to make them more childproof; in return, the agreement
called for federal, state and city lawsuits against the gun maker to
2000 Mar 17, Boeing Co. agreed
to settle a 38-day strike by its engineers. It was the largest
white-collar walkout in US history.
(SFC, 3/18/00, p.A2)
2000 Mar 17, Ford Motor Co.
acquired Land Rover from BMW.
(WSJ, 3/17/00, p.A1)
2000 Mar 17, A bankruptcy plan
for Iridium Corp. was approved. Its satellites would be allowed to
burn up in the atmosphere.
(WSJ, 3/17/00, p.B8)
2000 Mar 17, Denmark informed
the 18 Faeroe Islands that they would have to give up subsidies in 4
years if they wanted independence.
(SFC, 3/18/00, p.C1)
2000 Mar 17, In Dominica it was
reported that Elizabeth Israel, the daughter of a freed slave, was
living at age 125.
(SFC, 3/17/00, p.A14)
2000 Mar 17, Old East German
Stasi files revealed that radioactive material was used to mark
opponents, their papers and money. East German dissident writer
Rudolf Bahro, who died of Leukemia, may have been a victim.
(SFC, 3/18/00, p.C16)
2000 Mar 17, Lebanon granted
asylum to Kozo Okamoto, one of the terrorists in the May 30, 1972
massacre at an Israeli airport. 4 other Japanese Red Army members
were deported to Japan.
(SFC, 3/18/00, p.A3)
2000 Mar 17, In Uganda 330
followers of the Movement for the Restoration of Ten Commandments of
God, led by Joseph Kibweteree, burned to death in a mass suicide in
Kanungu. Children were involved and it was not clear if Kibweteree
was killed. More bodies were found at the house of Kibweteree. Foul
play was later suspected instead of suicide. 448 other victims were
(SFEC, 3/19/00, p.A19)(SFC, 3/20/00, p.A13)(SFC,
3/24/00, p.A18)(SFC, 7/15/00, p.A13)
2001 Mar 17, Ray Rice, one of
the founders of the Art and Architecture movement, died at age 85 in
Mendocino. His work include 40 short films.
(SFC, 4/9/01, p.A17)(http://tinyurl.com/23geum)
2001 Mar 17, In Angola a small
plane crashed into a mountain near Lubango and all but one of 17
people on board were killed.
(SSFC, 3/18/01, p.S2)
2001 Mar 17, Colombia suspended
meat and livestock imports from Argentina for 60 days due to fears
of foot-and-mouth disease. Only Israel and Russia still imported
(SFC, 3/19/01, p.A9)
2001 Mar 17, In Italy
protesters demonstrated at the third Global Forum in Naples. They
clashed with police and 50 officers and 70 protesters suffered minor
(SSFC, 3/18/01, p.D4)
2001 Mar 17, OPEC decided to
curtail its official output by 4 percent, or 1 million barrels of
oil a day, in an effort to halt a recent slide in oil prices, a
decision the Bush administration called “disappointing.”
(SSFC, 3/18/01, p.D1)(AP, 3/17/02)
2001 Mar 17, In Spain Santos
Santamaria Avedano (32), a police officer, was killed when a car
bomb went off as he evacuated guests from a hotel in Roses.
(SFC, 3/19/01, p.A9)
2002 Mar 17, After nearly a
year's run, Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick left the Broadway hit
musical "The Producers." They later returned for a limited
2002 Mar 17, US troops killed
16 al Qaeda fighters in the Gardez region.
(WSJ, 3/19/02, p.A1)
2002 Mar 17, It was reported
that McDonald’s Corp. had agreed to give 410 million to vegetarian
groups, Hindu and Sikh organizations and to pay $4,000 to 12
plaintiffs to settle a suit over the use of beef tallow in french
(SSFC, 3/17/02, p.A22)
2002 Mar 17, Israeli and
Palestinian officials met to prepare for a cease-fire following
meetings with US envoy Adm. Zinni. A Palestinian gunman opened fire
in Kfar Saba. He killed an Israeli high school student (18) and was
shot dead. A suicide bomber detonated himself in Jerusalem.
(SSFC, 3/17/02, p.A1)(SFC, 3/18/02, p.A3)
2002 Mar 17, In Karadzigach,
Kyrgyzstan, 4 people were killed during a protest over the
sentencing of lawmaker Azimbek Beknazarov.
(SFC, 3/19/02, p.A7)
2002 Mar 17, In Islamabad,
Pakistan, 2 attackers hurled grenades into a Protestant Int’l.
Church and 5 people were killed including a US Embassy employee,
Barbara Green, and her daughter Kristen Wormsley (17). Investigators
later believed that the attack was by a lone suicide bomber, one of
(SFC, 3/18/02, p.A1)(SFC, 3/19/02, p.A10)
2002 Mar 17, In Portugal the
Social Democrats won elections with 40% of the vote to 37.85% for
the Socialists. The SD gained 102 seats and the Popular Party won 14
giving them a majority in the 230-seat parliament. Jose Manuel Durao
Barroso became prime minister.
(SFC, 3/18/02, p.A5)(Econ, 3/27/04, p.51)
2003 Mar 17, Pres. Bush gave
Saddam Hussein 48 hours to go into exile or face military onslaught.
(SFC, 3/19/03, p.A1)
2003 Mar 17, Berlin Plus
agreement, a short title for a comprehensive package of agreements
between NATO and EU, was based on conclusions of the NATO Washington
2003 Mar 17, In Washington,
D.C., tobacco farmer Dwight Ware Watson, claiming to be carrying
bombs, drove a tractor and trailer into a pond on the National Mall;
the threat disrupted traffic for two days until Watson surrendered;
there were no bombs.
2003 Mar 17, Herbert Aptheker
(87), historian, died. His work included a multi-volume "Documentary
History of the Negro People," and the editing of 3 volumes of
letters from W.E.B. DuBois.
(SFC, 3/21/03, p.A21)
2003 Mar 17, Pen Hadow, 41,
began a 478-mile trek from Ward Hunt Island in northern Canada to
the geographic North Pole. He reached the Pole unsupported on May
19, but a plane has been unable to retrieve him because of broken
ice and thick clouds.
2003 Mar 17, Chinese police
found 28 baby girls hidden in suitcases aboard a long-distance bus
in southern Guangxi, apparently being smuggled for sale. Police
later arrested 10 people involved in the scheme.
(AP, 3/22/03)(WSJ, 3/24/03, p.A1)
2003 Mar 17, In Soro, Denmark,
Nizar Al-Khazraji (65), former Iraqi general, disappeared.
(WSJ, 4/9/03, p.A1)(SFC, 4/16/03, p.A11)
2003 Mar 17, Iraq rejected
Bush's ultimatum, saying that a U.S. attack to force Saddam from
power would be "a grave mistake."
2003 Mar 17, Israeli forces
invaded 2 communities in the Gaza Strip and gun battles left 10
Palestinians dead including a 4-yer-old girl.
(SFC, 3/18/03, p.AA6)
2003 Mar 17, In the Netherlands
a law went into effect that allowed pharmacies to fill prescriptions
(SFC, 3/18/03, p.A8)
2003 Mar 17, In Nigeria ethnic
clashes left 8 people dead, including an employee of ChevronTexaco.
2003 Mar 17-May 25, Iraq was
scheduled to take over as chairman of the UN disarmament
organization, but declined the position.
(SSFC, 2/9/03, p.A16)
2004 Mar 17, Charles A. McCoy
Jr., suspected in a series of highway shootings in central Ohio, was
arrested in Las Vegas.
2004 Mar 17, Major league
Baseball banned THG, a steroid at the center of a criminal probe
involving a SF-area lab.
(WSJ, 3/18/04, p.A1)
2004 Mar 17, Harvard
researchers reported that an enzyme in the brain appears to regulate
appetite and weight.
(WSJ, 3/18/04, p.A1)
2004 Mar 17, John "J.J."
Jackson (62), former MTV personality, died in Los Angeles.
2004 Mar 17, Angola decided to
reject genetically modified food aid. The decision threatened to
disrupt distributions to hundreds of thousands of people.
2004 Mar 17, It was reported
that locusts have swarmed through the Australian Outback,
devastating crops just as farmers had begun recovering from a
2004 Mar 17, In Iraq a car bomb
tore apart the five-story Mount Lebanon Hotel in central Baghdad,
killing 7 people. In northeastern Iraq gunmen opened fire on a
minibus, killing three Iraqi journalists and wounding nine other
employees of a coalition-funded TV station. Insurgents killed two
U.S. Marines who were on patrol in al-Anbar province. In Mosul 4 US
Baptist missionaries were killed in a drive-by shooting.
(AP, 3/18/04)(SFC, 3/18/04, p.A1)(AP,
3/19/04)(WSJ, 4/1/04, p.A10)
2004 Mar 17, Israeli
helicopters fired two missiles into a crowd of suspected gunmen in a
Palestinian refugee camp, killing four people in a stepped-up
campaign to root out militants in the Gaza Strip. 2 teenage boys
were killed in an air strike at the Rafah refugee camp.
(AP, 3/17/04)(SFC, 3/18/04, p.A2)
2004 Mar 17, Israel's Supreme
Court imposed an open-ended freeze on construction of a 15-mile
section of the country's controversial West Bank separation barrier.
2004 Mar 17, The Maldives ferry
Enamaa was carrying far more than its capacity of up to 100 when a
wave overturned it. At least 18 people were killed. More than 50
others were missing.
2004 Mar 17, In Kosovo ethnic
Albanians traded gunfire with Serbs after blaming them for the
drownings of two boys. The clashes left eight dead and more than 300
2005 Mar 17, US Congressional
hearings began on steroid use among baseball players. Baseball
players told Congress that steroids were a problem in the sport;
stars Rafael Palmeiro and Sammy Sosa testified they hadn't used them
while Mark McGwire refused to say whether he had.
(SFC, 3/18/05, p.A1)(AP, 3/17/06)
2005 Mar 17, Rapper Lil' Kim
was convicted of lying to a grand jury about a shootout outside a
New York radio station. Lil' Kim started serving her 366-day
sentence just before her fourth album was released in September
2005 Mar 17, Toys R Us agreed
to become a privately owned company in a $6.6 billion buyout deal
that included 2 equity firms and a real estate developer.
(SFC, 3/18/05, p.C1)
2005 Mar 17, George F. Kennan
(b.1904), former US diplomat and historian, died. In 1947 Kennan
wrote an article that would guide US postwar policy (containment)
for decades. He proposed in the piece signed "X" that the US stop
the global spread of Communism through ideology and politics, not
war. His books included "Russia Leaves the War" (1956). In 2007 John
Lukacs authored “George Kennan: A Study of Character.” In 2009
Nicholas Thompson authored “The Hawk and the Dove: Paul Nitze,
George Kennan, and the History of the Cold War.” In 2011 John Lewis
authored “George F. Kennan: An American Life.”
(AP, 3/18/05)(SFC, 3/18/05, p.A2)(Econ, 3/26/05,
p.85)(SSFC, 4/8/07, p.M3)(Econ, 10/17/09, p.98)(Econ, 11/12/11,
2005 Mar 17, In Afghanistan a
bomb exploded near a taxi carrying women and children in the
southern city of Kandahar, killing at least five people and
2005 Mar 17, President Fidel
Castro announced a 7 percent revaluation of Cuba's national
currency, giving Cubans slightly more buying power as the
communist-run island moves to reassert greater control over its
2005 Mar 17, Italian airline
Alitalia SpA said that the latest strike by flight attendants could
plunge the struggling carrier into bankruptcy.
2005 Mar 17, In Pakistan’s
Baluchistan province 17 minority Hindus were killed when their
temple was hit by rockets during fighting between renegade tribesmen
and security forces in Dera Bugti. Officials later said up to 45
people, including eight soldiers, were killed in the clashes between
the Frontier Corps troops and Bugti tribesmen. Of the 67 people
killed about half died when the ghetto was shelled by government
(AP, 3/21/05)(Econ, 5/7/05, p.37)
2005 Mar 17, Palestinian
militants declared a halt to attacks on Israel for the rest of this
year, their longest cease-fire promise ever and a victory for
Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas.
2005 Mar 17, Anatoly Chubais,
head of Russia’s state-controlled Unified Energy Systems power grid,
was ambushed on his way to work near his country home outside Moscow
by assailants who detonated a bomb and raked his armored car with
automatic weapons fire. No one was hurt. In September prosecutors
indicted 3 former servicemen in connection with the attempted
assassination. Formal charges were filed against retired military
intelligence colonel, Vladimir Kvachkov, and former paratroopers
Robert Yashin and Alexander Naidyonov.
2005 Mar 17, Stephane Lambiel
of Switzerland won the men's title at the World Figure Skating
Championships in Moscow.
2005 Mar 17, Zimbabwe's highest
court barred 3.4 million citizens living abroad, over 20 percent of
the country's population, from voting in this month's parliamentary
2006 Mar 17, A US federal
appeals court blocked the Environmental Protection Agency from
easing clean air rules on aging power plants, refineries and
factories, one of the regulatory changes that had been among the top
environmental priorities of the White House.
2006 Mar 17, US Federal
regulators reported the deaths of two more women who had taken the
abortion pill RU-486; Planned Parenthood, which had provided the
pills to the women, said it would immediately stop disregarding the
approved instructions for the drug's use.
2006 Mar 17, The new Kavli
Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology opened in Menlo
Park, Ca., as part of the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center.
Researchers there planned to focus on investigations on the dark
matter and dark energy components of the universe.
(SFC, 3/18/06, p.B4)
2006 Mar 17, Oleg Cassini (92),
who designed the dresses that helped make Jacqueline Kennedy the
most glamorous first lady in history, died on Long Island, NY.
2006 Mar 17, Former US Federal
Reserve Chairman and former treasury secretary G. William Miller
died at age 81.
2006 Mar 17, In Vienna,
Austria, ethnic Albanian and Serbian officials laid out their
demands at UN-mediated talks on the future of Kosovo, one of the
most intractable disputes left over from the disintegration of
2006 Mar 17, In southern
Afghanistan a roadside bomb hit a convoy carrying the bodies of four
men believed to be kidnapped Macedonians, a day after the remains
were recovered. Five police were killed and three wounded.
2006 Mar 17, Bangladesh
confirmed the country's first case of polio in nearly six years,
prompting plans to resume mass vaccinations against the crippling
disease next month.
2006 Mar 17, Britain’s PM Tony
Blair's Labour Party revealed it had received 24.5 million dollars
in loans from individual supporters as a furor over the party's
secret funding deepened.
(AP, 3/17/06)(Econ, 3/25/06, p.65)
2006 Mar 17, Mohammed Ajmal
Khan (31), a British man who bought equipment which might have been
used in attacks on coalition troops in Afghanistan, was jailed after
he admitted being a "terrorist quartermaster." He had been trying to
buy night vision and thermal imaging equipment when arrested in 2003
and also worked closely with Masaud Khan and Seifullah Chapman, both
given long jail terms in the US in 2004 for terrorism-related
2006 Mar 17, Statistics Canada
reported that the nation's net worth hit $4.5 trillion, or $137,000
a head, at the end of 2005.
2006 Mar 17, A Chinese court
dropped charges against a Chinese researcher for The New York Times
who was accused of leaking state secrets, about a month ahead of a
visit by Chinese President Hu Jintao to Washington. Zhao Yan, who
worked for the Times' Beijing bureau, was detained in September
2006 Mar 17, A Chinese court
jailed teacher Ren Ziyuan (27) for 10 years for publishing
anti-government views on the Internet, continuing an official
crackdown on Web-based dissidents.
2006 Mar 17, Yuan Baojing, a
Chinese tycoon once worth more than $360 million, and two
accomplices were executed by lethal injection. Yuan (40) was
convicted last year of hiring a hit man in a failed plot to kill a
business partner who had caused Yuan's company to lose $11 million
in futures trading.
2006 Mar 17, Thomas Lubanga
Dyilo, a Congolese militia leader accused of conscripting and
enlisting children aged under 15 for warfare (1998-2002), became the
first suspect sent for trial at the International Criminal Court
(ICC) in the Netherlands.
(Reuters, 3/17/06)(WSJ, 3/18/06, p.A1)
2006 Mar 17, Nearly 1,000
Egyptian judges held a half-hour silent protest to demonstrate for
full judicial independence and against the government's order to
interrogate six of their colleagues who criticized recent elections.
2006 Mar 17, Indian PM Manmohan
Singh thanked Russia for its decision to supply uranium to two
fuel-starved Indian nuclear reactors, during a visit to New Delhi by
Russian Premier Mikhail Fradkov.
2006 Mar 17, Some 93 whales
began beaching themselves in Indonesia's Central Sulawesi province.
About 50 died as local villagers dragged at least 40 back to the
2006 Mar 17, Akbar Ganji (46),
an Iranian dissident journalist, was freed after spending most of
his six-year prison term in solitary confinement. He vowed to keep
criticizing the hard-line clerical regime. Ganji was jailed in 2000
after reporting on the killings of five dissidents by Intelligence
2006 Mar 17, In Iraq the Muslim
pilgrims' road to the holy city of Karbala was a highway of bullets
and bombs for Shiites. Drive-by shootings and roadside and bus bombs
killed or wounded 19 people.
2006 Mar 17, Israel set up a
quarantine and destroyed flocks after bird flu was found at 2 turkey
(WSJ, 3/18/06, p.A1)
2006 Mar 17, Officials in Japan
said they have confirmed the country's first case of mad cow disease
in cattle raised to provide meat.
2006 Mar 17, Liberia said it
has asked Nigeria to hand over former Pres. Charles Taylor, who is
living there in exile and wanted on war crimes charges for his role
in Sierra Leone's civil war.
2006 Mar 17, A bus carrying
dozens of teenagers on a school field trip toppled off a bridge on
the outskirts of Mexico's capital, killing 7 people and injuring at
2006 Mar 17, A helicopter
evacuated the five conservation workers from Raoul Island, a nature
reserve in New Zealand's remote Kermadec Islands. An erupting
volcano forced the conservation team to abandon a missing colleague
on the South Pacific island. The last known eruption on Raoul
Island, about 625 miles northeast of the New Zealand city of
Auckland, was on Nov. 21, 1964, from a vent close to Green Lake.
2006 Mar 17, Exiled Syrian
opposition figures in Belgium formed a united front, calling for a
transitional government to prepare for the overthrow of President
Bashar Assad's regime.
2006 Mar 17, In Uruguay 7
residents of Young were killed when they were run over by a train
they were pushing as part of a reality television show aimed at
raising funds for a local hospital.
2007 Mar 17, An estimated 10-20
thousand protesters marched in Washington DC marking the 4th
anniversary of the US invasion of Iraq and demanding an end to the
(SSFC, 3/18/07, p.A10)
2007 Mar 17, John Backus
(b.1924), programmer, died in Oregon. His development of the Fortran
programming language in the 1950s changed how people interacted with
computers and paved the way for modern software. Fortran, short for
Formula Translation, reduced the number of programming statements
necessary to operate a machine by a factor of 20. The Association
for Computing Machinery gave Backus its 1977 Turing Award, one of
the industry's highest accolades. Backus also won a National Medal
of Science in 1975 and got the 1993 Charles Stark Draper Prize, the
top honor from the National Academy of Engineering.
2007 Mar 17, In southern
Afghanistan a suicide bomber targeting a Canadian military convoy
killed a child and wounded a NATO soldier and three other people.
More than 1,400 artifacts, protected from looters and the Taliban
since 1999 at a museum-in-exile in Switzerland, were returned to the
National Museum of Afghanistan. In western Afghanistan a two-hour
clash between suspected Taliban militants and police left two
officers dead. Taliban guerrillas chopped noses and ears of at least
five truck drivers in eastern Afghanistan as punishment for
transporting supplies to US-led troops.
(AP, 3/17/07)(AP, 3/18/07)(Reuters, 3/18/07)
2007 Mar 17, China's central
bank said it will raise key interest rates by more than a quarter
point to control a surge in bank lending and investment and to
prevent consumer prices from rising. The 0.27% point hike in
one-year deposit and lending benchmark rates will go into effect Mar
18. This was the 3rd rate hike in a year.
(SSFC, 3/18/07, p.A18)(AP, 3/19/07)
2007 Mar 17, Two cargo ships
collided in the East China Sea, killing at least eight people. The
collision occurred off Zhejiang province between a cargo ship from
China and a Hong Kong-registered vessel. The Hong Kong ship, with 29
crew aboard, sank immediately.
2007 Mar 17, In France tens of
thousands of people filled the streets of five cities to protest
plans to build the next generation of nuclear reactors.
2007 Mar 17, Officials in
Guatemala City said China is seeking to join the Inter-American
Development Bank, Latin America's largest financing institution, as
a way to fuel its economic development and increase its influence in
2007 Mar 17, India’s West
Bengal state government said it is dropping plans for an industrial
zone after deadly riots by farmers furious that their land was being
taken for the project.
2007 Mar 17, In Iraq bombings
and shootings targeted police patrols, killing five policemen,
including two who died after a suicide car bomber struck the
checkpoint they were manning near a Sunni mosque in western Baghdad.
7 US troops were killed, including four by a roadside bomb while
patrolling western Baghdad.
(AP, 3/17/07)(AP, 3/18/07)
2007 Mar 17, Lithuanian
musicians, drum-beating Punjabis and West African dancers used
Dublin's St. Patrick's Day parade to celebrate their place in a
booming Ireland that has become a land of immigrants.
2007 Mar 17, The Arenitas waste
water treatment plant, that Mexican officials say will help prevent
pollution of US waterways, was inaugurated in the city of Mexicali,
across the border from Calexico, Calif.
2007 Mar 17, In Nigeria retired
general Adetunji Olurin, who runs Ekiti State, warned he could
invoke State of Emergency Laws against politicians bent on causing
violence as April general elections draw near. Newspapers next day
reported that he threatened to have troublemakers shot on sight to
curb political violence. In central Nigeria 2 Asians and one
Nigerian were kidnapped.
(AFP, 3/18/07)(AP, 3/19/07)
2007 Mar 17, North Korea warned
it would not shut a nuclear plant until the United States lifted
banking curbs, while Washington's envoy maintained the bank issue
would not kill a budding disarmament deal.
2007 Mar 17, Authorities eased
restrictions on Pakistan's chief justice and sacked 15 police for
attacking a private news channel that had criticized the
government's handling of the judge's dismissal.
2007 Mar 17, The new
Hamas-Fatah coalition won overwhelming parliamentary approval,
clearing a final formal hurdle before taking on the challenge of
persuading a skeptical world to end a crippling yearlong boycott of
the Palestinian government. Fatah counted 6 ministers, Hamas had 12,
and 7 more went to independents and small, centrist parties.
(AP, 3/16/07)(Econ, 3/24/07, p.51)
2007 Mar 17, A Russian Tu-134
airliner crash landed in heavy fog in the central Russian city of
Samara, killing 6 people and injuring 26.
2007 Mar 17, In Spain film
director Pedro Almodovar joined tens of thousands of people in a
march through Madrid to protest the war in Iraq and to demand the
closure of the US military prison at Guantanamo Bay.
2007 Mar 17, In southern
Thailand attackers hurled explosives and opened fire on an Islamic
school, killing three students and sparking a riot by angry Muslim
villagers. Shortly after the attack, three Buddhists were shot dead
in the same district.
2007 Mar 17, Half of Uganda’s
28 million population was reported to be under age 15.
(Econ, 3/17/07, p.50)
2007 Mar 17, Three Zimbabwean
opposition activists were arrested as they tried to leave the
country, including two who were allegedly beaten by police and were
going to South Africa to seek medical treatment. The African Union
(AU) expressed "great concern" about Zimbabwe's crisis and called
for human rights to be respected, after opposition members said they
were beaten after an anti-government protest.
2008 Mar 17, The US
administration signed deals with Hungary, Lithuania and Slovakia
paving the way for visa-free travel for their citizens despite
concerns in Brussels over the bilateral agreements.
2008 Mar 17, In New York David
Paterson was sworn in almost exactly a week after allegations first
surfaced that former Gov. Eliot Spitzer was "Client 9" of a
high-priced call girl service. Paterson tried to come clean about
his own skeletons just hours after assuming office by acknowledging
a years-old affair.
2008 Mar 17, Hannaford Bros., a
grocery store chain in the Northeast US and Florida owned by
Belgium’s Delhaize Group SA, disclosed that as many as 4.2 million
customer account numbers had been stolen between Dec 7 and Mar 10.
The intrusion was not discovered until Feb 27 and occurred over a
network system that experts had believed to be secure.
(WSJ, 3/31/08, p.B4)
2008 Mar 17, The commodities
markets staged a broad sell off after climbing for months. Most
commodities recovered the next day.
(Econ, 3/22/08, p.85)
2008 Mar 17, The first
carbon-linked derivatives contracts began trading on the Green
Exchange, a joint venture between the NY Mercantile Exchange,
Evolution Markets and Morgan Stanley, Merrill Lynch and others.
Carbon permits this year reached nearly $47 a ton.
(Econ, 3/15/08, p.91)(Econ, 3/3/12, p.82)
2008 Mar 17, Roland Arnall
(b.1939), founder of Ameriquest Mortgage Co., died. He was also the
co-founder of the Holocaust memorial Simon Wiesenthal Center. In
2006 he began serving as US ambassador to the Netherlands.
2008 Mar 17, in Afghanistan 4
NATO soldiers, 2 Danes, a Canadian and a Czech with the
International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), were killed in new
attacks, including a Taliban suicide bomb that also took the lives
of three Afghan civilians.
2008 Mar 17, A judge awarded
Heather Mills a total of $48.6 million in the financial settlement
of her divorce from former Beatle Paul McCartney. This was a fifth
of what she had demanded.
(AP, 3/17/08)(Econ, 3/22/08, p.65)
2008 Mar 17, An EU force of
3,700 troops still deploying in Chad and the Central African
Republic (CAR) announced the official start of its year-long mission
to protect refugees and displaced people. The EU force in Chad was
known as EUFOR, and the UN Mission there and the CAR was called
(AFP, 3/17/08)(Econ, 5/31/08, p.52)
2008 Mar 17, China denounced
attacks on its embassies by pro-Tibetan activists hours before a
deadline for rioters in Lhasa to turn themselves in and said it
would do all in its power to protect its territorial integrity.
2008 Mar 17, In India 7 migrant
workers believed to be from northern Uttar Pradesh state were shot
and killed on the outskirts of Impala, the capital of Manipur state.
2008 Mar 17, Indonesia and
South Africa agreed to reduce obstacles to trade and business and
jointly explore new avenues for electricity generation.
2008 Mar 17, In Iraq police
said they found the bodies of three members of a US-allied group
fighting al-Qaida in Udaim. Sen. John McCain stressed the importance
of a US commitment to Iraq during talks with Iraq's prime minister.
Explosions struck Baghdad during twin visits by the presumptive
Republican presidential nominee and Vice President Dick Cheney. A
female suicide bomber struck Shiite worshippers in Karbala, killing
at least 32 people with 51 wounded. The blast was the deadliest in a
series of attacks that left at least 78 Iraqis dead.
(AP, 3/17/08)(AP, 3/18/08)(AP, 3/19/08)
2008 Mar 17, The Mozambican
government made an urgent appeal to the UN World Food Program to
help more than 60,000 people left destitute when cyclone Jokwe hit
northern and central parts of the country.
2008 Mar 17, UN forces pulling
Serb demonstrators from a UN courthouse were attacked by hundreds of
furious protesters who massed outside, setting off an hours-long
battle with rocks, grenades and live ammunition. One UN policeman
(AP, 3/17/08)(WSJ, 3/19/08, p.A1)
2009 Mar 17, New York Attorney
General Andrew Cuomo said AIG, the troubled insurance giant, paid
bonuses of $1 million or more to 73 employees, including 11 who no
longer work for the company.
2009 Mar 17, US Secretary of
State Hillary Clinton said Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir
will be responsible for "every single death" caused by the expulsion
of 13 foreign aid groups from Sudan.
2009 Mar 17, The Seattle Post
Intelligencer, owned by the Hearst Corp., printed its last newspaper
edition. It will become exclusively Web-based as Seattlepi.com,
making it the nation’s largest daily newspaper to move to online
(SFC, 3/17/09, p.A8)
2009 Mar 17, In Utah Chiew Chan
Saevang (37), a suspected opium trafficker, killed himself and his
girlfriend, Yer Yang (40), after sheriff’s deputies chased them down
on a state highway. Saevang was also wanted in the March 12 slaying
of four Conover, NC, family members.
(SFC, 3/19/09, p.A5)
2009 Mar 17, Afghanistan called
for more international help to develop its fledgling and embattled
security forces so that it can take on a larger role in "the fight
2009 Mar 17, Pope Benedict XVI
arrived in Cameroon to start his first visit to Africa as pontiff.
Benedict, arriving in Africa, said that condoms "increase the
problem" of AIDS. The comment, made to reporters aboard his plane,
caused a worldwide firestorm of criticism.
2009 Mar 17, In Canada more
than 100 protesters chanted "war criminal" and flung shoes in
Calgary, angry that former US President George W. Bush was in the
city to give his first speech since leaving the White House.
2009 Mar 17, In Colombia Erik
Roland Larsson (69), a partially paralyzed Swede, was released by
leftist rebels after nearly two years of captivity. He was the last
known foreign hostage held in Colombia by the Revolutionary Armed
Forces of Colombia (FARC).
2009 Mar 17, Egyptian security
officials caught 2 Hamas officials returning to Gaza with nearly
$850,000 stuffed into candy tins.
(SFC, 3/18/09, p.A2)
2009 Mar 17, French President
Nicolas Sarkozy's government won a parliamentary confidence vote
prompted by his plans to rejoin NATO's military command, which many
legislators fear would compromise France's independence.
2009 Mar 17, Police in the
Republic of Ireland made public-order arrests from St. Patrick’s Day
festivities that easily exceeded 200, typical for recent years.
Inebriated mobs annually turned districts of Dublin and Belfast into
2009 Mar 17, Madagascar's Pres.
Marc Ravalomanana ceded power to the military, instead of rival
Andry Rajoelina, who plunged the island nation into weeks of turmoil
with his bid for power. The military installed opposition leader
(AP, 3/17/09)(SFC, 3/18/09, p.A4)
2009 Mar 17, In Malaysia a
battle for senior leadership posts in the ruling party was hit with
a bombshell as 15 members including several top figures were found
guilty in an anti-corruption probe.
2009 Mar 17, Authorities in
Myanmar were reported to have arrested five members of detained
pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi's political party from March
6-13. the report came a day after the UN called for the release of
more than 2,000 political prisoners in the military-run country.
2009 Mar 17, In the Netherlands
the UN criminal tribunal for the former Yugoslavia reduced the jail
sentence of Bosnian Serb leader Momcilo Krajisnik from 27 to 20
years, quashing some convictions from a 2006 judgment.
2009 Mar 17, North Korea fully
reopened its border to South Koreans commuting to jobs at factories
in a northern economic zone after four days of restrictions. North
Korean soldiers detained two American journalists near the country's
border with China. Laura Ling and Euna Lee, reporters for former
Vice President Al Gore's San Francisco-based online media outlet
Current TV, were taken into custody near the Tumen River in
northeastern North Korea. They had crossed into the country while
reporting about the sex trade. Both journalists were formally
indicted in April. After 140 days in custody, the reporters were
granted a pardon.
(AP, 3/17/09)(AP, 3/19/09)(SFC, 4/24/09,
p.A2)(SFC, 5/18/10, p.A4)(AP, 8/5/09)
2009 Mar 17, In Pakistan
Islamic courts started work in the Swat valley under a controversial
deal that the government hopes will end two years of bitter
2009 Mar 17, Philippine marines
and al-Qaida-linked militants holding three Red Cross workers
clashed for a second day, leaving three troops and up to 7 Abu
Sayyaf militants dead.
(AP, 3/17/09)(AP, 3/18/09)
2009 Mar 17, Portuguese police
said they have captured more than 7.7 tons (7 metric tons) of
hashish from Morocco with an estimated street value of more than
euro70 million (US$91 million). Police said they netted the drug in
a series of coordinated operations over three days beginning last
2009 Mar 17, Russia's defense
minister charged that the US and NATO were beefing up their military
presence near Russia's borders in a bid for natural resources that
could ignite new conflicts.
2009 Mar 17, In Sudan a
UN/African Union peacekeeper was killed in an ambush in Darfur.
2010 Mar 17, US federal
authorities won a court order requiring officials in the US Virgin
Islands to repair sewage plants that have dumped raw waste at
beaches renowned for snorkeling and surfing.
2010 Mar 17, In California US
Border patrol agents seized 580 pounds of marijuana inside a
tractor-trailer near Blythe in Riverside County.
(SFC, 3/20/10, p.A5)
2010 Mar 17, McAfee Inc.
reported that hackers have flooded the Internet with virus-tainted
spam that targets Facebook's estimated 400 million users in an
effort to steal banking passwords and gather other sensitive
2010 Mar 17, Alex Chilton (59),
singer and guitarist, died in New Orleans. His song “The Letter”
(“Gimme a ticket for an airplane…”) reached the top of the charts in
(SFC, 3/19/10, p.C5)
2010 Mar 17, In Abu Dhabi Hissa
Hilal, only her eyes visible through her black veil, delivered a
blistering poem against Muslim preachers "who sit in the position of
power" but are "frightening" people with their fatwas, or religious
edicts, and "preying like a wolf" on those seeking peace. She
presented her 15-verse poem on the live TV “The Million's Poet”
2010 Mar 17, In Afghanistan 2
suicide attackers dressed in burqas were shot dead as they attempted
to enter the compound of a US-linked aid organization in southern
Lashkar Gah. Up to 35 people died when a bus carrying passengers
taking home gas canisters collided with a truck on a treacherous
mountain pass in northern Afghanistan.
2010 Mar 17, The Congolese army
said more than 600 Rwandan Hutu rebels have been killed or captured
since January in an operation backed by the UN mission to the
2010 Mar 17, Uniformed Cuban
security agents prevented the mothers and wives of dissidents from
marching on the outskirts of Havana to demand release of their loved
ones, shoving them into a bus when they lay down in the street in
2010 Mar 17, A Guatemalan court
approved the extradition of former President Alfonso Portillo
(2000-2004) to the US to face money laundering charges. He is
charged in a New York federal court with embezzling $1.5 million in
foreign donations intended to buy school library books in Guatemala.
He allegedly endorsed checks drawn from a New York bank and
deposited them in a Miami account.
2010 Mar 17, Iran released
Mohsen Mirdamadi, the leader of the country's biggest reformist
party, the Islamic Iran Participation Front. He was temporarily
freed on $450,000 bail. Authorities also released filmmaker Mohammad
Rasoulof, journalist Ali Akbar Montajabi and female activist
Farzaneh Qassemi, all of whom were detained in recent weeks.
2010 Mar 17, Israel lifted its
tight restrictions on Palestinian access to Jerusalem's holiest
shrine and called off an extended West Bank closure after days of
clashes between Palestinians and Israeli security forces.
2010 Mar 17, In Kyrgyzstan
thousands of demonstrators rallied in the capital Bishkek to protest
recent sharp increases in heating and electricity tariffs and
alleged oppression of government opponents.
2010 Mar 17, The African Union
slapped sanctions on Madagascar's rulers for failing to implement
accords to end a long political crisis, as fresh violence erupted in
the island's capital.
2010 Mar 17, Nigeria's Acting
President Goodluck Jonathan dissolved the Cabinet, purging top
officials loyal to the nation's ill president in his first major act
since taking over the young democracy's highest office more than a
month ago. Suspected Muslim Fulani herdsmen disguised as soldiers
butchered and then burned around a dozen Christians, mostly women
and children, in the Riyom region of Plateau state, close to the
site of a recent sectarian massacre.
(AFP, 3/18/10)(AFP, 3/17/10)
2010 Mar 17, In northwest
Pakistan 2 US missile strikes killed at least 10 militants in North
Waziristan. Attackers armed with rockets and petrol bombs killed
five policemen in a pre-dawn ambush near the Khyber tribal district.
an Afghan was killed in an explosion while making a bomb on the
outskirts of Quetta. Militants fixed a bomb to the tail end of a
tanker with a magnet and the explosion burnt some 40,000 liters of
fuel it was carrying for NATO forces in Afghanistan. A Pakistani
court formally charged 5 young Americans of plotting terrorism in
the country, in a case that has raised alarm over the danger posed
by militants using the Internet.
(AFP, 3/17/10)(AP, 3/17/10)
2010 Mar 17, In Ramallah
Brazil's President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva placed a wreath on the
tomb of the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat and sharply
criticized Israeli policies, leading Israeli officials to suggest he
was not being evenhanded. The visit came a day after Israel's
hawkish foreign minister, Avigdor Lieberman, said he boycotted
meetings with Silva because the Brazilian did not pay a similar
visit to the grave of Zionist founder Theodor Herzl.
2010 Mar 17, In southern Sudan
at least 13 people were killed in fighting between northern nomads
and the southern army.
2010 Mar 17, Ugandan security
forces fatally shot three people in the capital during clashes with
rioters angry after the tombs of five traditional kings were
destroyed overnight by fire. On March 30 man turned himself saying a
vision told him the tombs were Satanic.
(AP, 3/17/10)(AP, 3/31/10)
2010 Mar 17, In Zimbabwe South
African President Jacob Zuma began talks with Zimbabwe's political
leaders on his first trip as chief regional mediator to patch up
differences in the troubled coalition government.
2011 Mar 17, The US Justice
Dept. accused the New Orleans Police Dept. of systematic misconduct
that violated the Constitution. A report said officers had engaged
in racial profiling against the city’s black majority from January
2009 to May 2010 and used deadly force against 27 people.
(SFC, 3/18/11, p.A4)
2011 Mar 17, In southern
California Huy Pham (29) jumped off roof of City Hall in Costa Mesa
at 3:20 pm and was pronounced dead at the scene. The maintenance
worker jumped to his death an hour after he was called in to get his
layoff notice. He was on a list of more than 200 people, nearly half
of the city's workforce, targeted for layoffs in a drastic move to
plug a $15 million budget hole.
2011 Mar 17, In Minneapolis,
Min., one teen died and teenagers and young adults were hospitalized
following an apparent overdose on a designer hallucinogen, 2C-E (aka
Europa), which they had ordered legally over the Internet for a
spring break party.
(SFC, 3/18/11, p.A4)
2011 Mar 17, American actor
Danny Glover arrived in South Africa to escort former Haitian
President Jean-Bertrand Aristide home.
2011 Mar 17, In northern
Afghanistan gunmen on motorcycles kidnapped six road engineers and
their driver as they were traveling to a work site.
2011 Mar 17, In Australia a pod
of long-finned pilot whales beached themselves at Bruny Island,
south of the Tasmanian state capital Hobart. 21 whales died but 11
2011 Mar 17, Bahrain's Sunni
monarchy detained at least seven prominent opposition activists.
Iran recalled its ambassador to protest the Gulf troops backing the
government against the Shiite protests. Dr. Ali al-Iqri, one of
Bahrain's acclaimed surgeons who had spoken to media at the height
of the unrest, was taken from an operating theater. On Sep 29
al-Iqri was sentenced to 15 years in prison.
(AP, 3/17/11)(AP, 9/29/11)
2011 Mar 17, Colombia’s Chief
Prosecutor's Office said it has convicted Vicente Castano, head of
Colombia's paramilitary umbrella group. He was sentenced to 40 years
in prison for the 2004 slaying of his brother.
2011 Mar 17, Iran sent the
country's first space capsule that is able to sustain life into
orbit as a test for a future mission that may carry a live animal.
2011 Mar 17, In Ivory Coast
mortars from a military police base controlled by Pres. Gbagbo
killed up to 30 people in Abidjan.
(SFC, 3/18/11, p.A2)
2011 Mar 17, Japan tried
high-pressure water cannons, fire trucks and even helicopters that
dropped batches of seawater in increasingly frantic attempts to cool
an overheated nuclear complex as US officials warned the situation
was deteriorating. More than 5,300 people were officially listed as
dead, but officials believed the toll will climb to well over
2011 Mar 17, Libyan rebels shot
down at least two bomber planes that attacked the airport in Benina,
a civil and military airport just outside Benghazi. The Red Cross
said it was leaving Benghazi because of deteriorating security and
moving to the city of Tobruk.
2011 Mar 17, In Mexico police
found the body of a 4-year-old girl who had been shot in the chest,
the fifth child killed in drug-related violence in Acapulco in less
than a week. Police also found the bullet-ridden body of a man
outside a state prison in Acapulco. Police in Michoacan state found
two bodies hanging from the neck in two different towns. In Jalisco
state marines found the bodies of two men and two women buried in
two clandestine graves. US citizen, Josue Reyes Castro (26), was
killed by gunmen while visiting relatives in Ciudad Juarez. A
neighbor also was killed, and two of Reyes Castro's relatives were
wounded including a girl (4).
2011 Mar 17, In Pakistan US
drone aircraft fired four missiles at a building in a militant
sanctuary in North Waziristan, killing 42 people in an unusually
deadly strike. At least 24 were later said to be civilians from
tribes asking the Taliban to mediate a dispute. The most senior
militant killed in the attack was Sharabat Khan, Hafiz Gul Bahadur’s
top commander for the Datta Khel area.
(AP, 3/17/11)(SFC, 3/18/11, p.A2)(SFC, 3/19/11,
p.A4)(AP, 3/21/11)(AP, 4/13/11)(AP, 2/25/12)
2011 Mar 17, South Sudan's army
fought heavy battles with militia in the oil-producing Unity state.
At least 59 soldiers and militiamen were killed and dozens wounded
in clashes between the South Sudan army and local militia groups in
three oil-producing states.
(Reuters, 3/17/11)(Reuters, 3/18/11)
2011 Mar 17, Rigzin Phuntsog
(16), a Tibetan monk at the Kirti monastery in China’s Sichuan
province, died one day after he set himself on fire in an
anti-government protest. He was beaten and kicked by police,
prompting hundreds of monks and others to rally. In August
authorities said they will charge three Buddhist monks with murder
over the death of Phuntsog.
p.A2)(http://tinyurl.com/4nsxj9p)(AFP, 4/13/11)(AP, 8/26/11)
2011 Mar 17, The UN Security
Council voted to permit "all necessary measures" to establish a
no-fly zone, protect civilian areas and impose a ceasefire on
Kadhafi's military. Five countries on the 15-strong council
abstained, including China, Russia, India, Brazil and Germany.
Resolution 1973 outlined the "responsibility of the Libyan
authorities to protect the Libyan population.
2011 Mar 17, A Venezuelan
government official said one person has died of swine flu and six
others have been diagnosed with the virus.
2011 Mar 17, Yemeni government
supporters attacked a protest camp in Manama, hurling stones and
opening fire. At another rally government loyalists struck as police
fired tear gas.
2012 Mar 17, NYC police broke
up an Occupy Wall Street rally at Zucotti Park and detained 73
(SFC, 3/19/12, p.A5)
2012 Mar 17, Belarus state
television reported that both Vladislav Kovalyov (26) and Dmitry
Konovalov (26) had been put to death, which in Belarus is done with
a shot to the back of the head. Two men were convicted of carrying
out a deadly subway bombing last year in Minsk. Belarus is the only
country in Europe that still puts people to death, and rights
activists claim that around 400 people have been executed since the
1991 Soviet collapse.
2012 Mar 17, In China Tibetan
farmer Sonam Thargyal (44) fastened cotton padding to his body and
doused himself with kerosene before setting himself on fire in
Tongren, a monastery town in western China's Qinghai province. He
had been close friends with a monk who survived a self-immolation
attempt on March 14, also in Tongren. The monk, Jamyang Palden, was
believed to be alive but critically injured.
2012 Mar 17, In Colombia 11
government soldiers were killed in Arauca state in an attack blamed
on the FARC.
2012 Mar 17, East Timor voted
for a new president. Incumbent Jose Ramos Horta, a Nobel Peace Prize
laureate (1996), faced off against 11 other candidates. Francisco
"Lu Olo" Guterres, of the traditionally strong leftist Fretilin
party, won with 29% of the vote, followed by former military chief
Jose Maria Vasconcelos, aka Taur Matan Ruak, with 25%. A runoff was
scheduled for mid-April.
(AP, 3/17/12)(AP, 3/19/12)(Econ, 3/24/12, p.42)
2012 Mar 17, In Egypt Pope
Shenouda III (b.1923), the patriarch of the Coptic Orthodox Church
since 1971, died. He led Egypt's Christian minority for 40 years
during a time of increasing tensions with Muslims.
2012 Mar 17, John Demjanjuk, a
retired US autoworker, died in the southern Bavarian town of Bad
Feilnbach. He was convicted last May of being a guard at the Nazis'
Sobibor death camp despite steadfastly maintaining over three
decades of legal battles that he had been mistaken for someone else.
His conviction helped set new German legal precedent, being the
first time someone was convicted solely on the basis of serving as a
camp guard, with no evidence of being involved in a specific
(AP, 3/17/12)(Econ, 3/24/12, p.98)
2012 Mar 17, Guinean police
arrested dozens of people in Conakry and sealed off access to a
stadium where opposition groups planned to rally in a call for clean
elections in July. At least 15 people were injured when opposition
supporters stoned the headquarters of the Guinean ruling party.
(AFP, 3/17/12)(AFP, 3/18/12)
2012 Mar 17, A senior Iranian
military commander, Gen. Masoud Jazayeri, urged Afghans to use force
to kick American troops out of their country, hinting that "new
resistance groups" could launch attacks on US interests in
2012 Mar 17, In Iraq wearing a
US Army uniform and flanked by Iraqi lawmakers, an American citizen
announced that he was being released from more than nine months of
imprisonment by a Shiite militia that for years targeted US troops.
US-issued military and contractor ID cards identified him as Randy
Michael Hultz (59). He said the kidnappers were from the Promised
Day Brigade, a branch of the Mahdi Army, a militia controlled by the
anti-American cleric Muqtada al-Sadr.
2012 Mar 17, In Ireland an
estimated 500,000 people crowded into central Dublin to view the St.
Patrick's Day parade, a focal point for Irish celebrations
2012 Mar 17, Ivory Coast in a
ceremony started a month of mourning and "purification" after
post-election violence a year ago left about 3,000 people dead.
2012 Mar 17, Malawi's leading
rights activist John Kapito, who was detained by police for
possession of foreign currency, was released on bail. Police
conducted a two-hour search at his home looking for guns and
T-shirts he had printed that had words promoting the overthrow of
2012 Mar 17, Mauritania
arrested Abdullah al-Senoussi, Moammar Ghadafi's former intelligence
chief, accused of attacking civilians during the uprising in Libya
last year and the 1989 bombing of a French airliner. The
International Criminal Court, France and Libya all said they want to
2012 Mar 17, In Nigeria
respected cleric Ibrahim Datti Ahmad, who was mediating in peace
talks between the government and the Boko Haram Islamist sect,
announced he was quitting the talks, accusing the government of
2012 Mar 17, Pakistani acid
attack victim Fakhra Younus (33) jumped from the sixth floor of a
building in Rome, where she had been living and receiving treatment.
She had endured more than three dozen surgeries since May 2000 to
repair her severely damaged face and body when she finally decided
life was no longer worth living.
2012 Mar 17, In Syria twin car
bombs struck intelligence and security buildings in Damascus,
killing at least 27 people and wounding nearly 100. A third blast
went off near a military bus at the Palestinian refugee camp Yarmouk
in Damascus, killing the two suicide bombers. On March 21 an
Islamist group called the Al-Nusra Front to Protect the Levant
claimed responsibility for twin suicide bombings.
(AP, 3/17/12)(AP, 3/18/12)(AP, 3/21/12)
2012 Mar 17, In Taiwan Lin
Mei-heng (31) posted messages on Facebook saying she wanted to take
her life after growing suspicious that her boyfriend was having an
affair. 9 of her friends attempted to dissuade her from taking her
life, but none alerted the police. She was found dead the following
day by her boyfriend at her flat in a suburb of Taipei.
2012 Mar 17, Thailand
billionaire Chaleo Yoovidhya (89), the co-founder of energy drink
Red Bull and the second richest man in Thailand, died. Chaleo had
founded T.C. Pharmaceuticals. In the 1970s, it formulated an energy
drink prototype called Krathing Daeng, or Red Bull in English. He
co-founded a company with Austrian marketing whiz Dietrich
Mateschitz in 1984, who helped turn Red Bull into a global brand.
Mateschitz had become aware of "tonic drinks" while traveling in
Asia. They started selling the drink in Austria in 1987.
(AFP, 3/17/12)(AP, 3/17/12)
2012 Mar 17, In Venezuela the
daughter of Chilean diplomat Fernando Berendique was shot to death
by police at a road checkpoint. The young woman (19) was hit by
three bullets after her brother tried to evade an illegal unmarked
(AP, 3/18/12)(Econ, 4/14/12, p.48)
2012 Mar 17, Yemeni security
forces and unknown gunmen clashed in the southern port city of Aden,
wounding two policemen and a civilian. A day earlier a member of the
Al-Qaeda-linked Partisans of Sharia (Islamic law) was arrested in
the same district.
2013 Mar 17, In Indiana a small
plane crashed in South Bend killing 2 men including Steve Davis
(60), former Oklahoma quarterback.
(SFC, 3/19/13, p.A7)
2013 Mar 17, In Ohio 2 members
of the Steubenville high school football team were found guilty of
raping a drunken 16-year-old girl after a drinking party last August
11. On Nov 25 a superintendent and two coaches were charged with
lying or failure to report possible child abuse.
(SFC, 3/18/13, p.A5)(SFC, 11/26/13, p.A6)
2013 Mar 17, It was reported
that Lake Erie is sick and that a dead zone covers a large portion
of the lake bottom due to a poisonous blue-green algae called
Microcystis enhanced by high levels of phosphorous from fertilizer
runoff. The problem was compounded by the zebra mussel, a foreign
invader discovered in 1988, which excretes phosphorous providing
Microcystis a ready-made meal.
(SSFC, 3/17/13, p.A15)
2013 Mar 17, A boulder slammed
into the Moon, creating the biggest explosion scientists have seen
there since they started monitoring it.
2013 Mar 17, In Bahrain 17
suspected anti-government protesters were sentenced to 15-year
prison sentences for links to a bombing last year that injured four
policemen. 8 of the defendants were in custody, and the others were
tried in absentia.
2013 Mar 17, Britain's Treasury
chief said the government will compensate UK troops who lose money
to Cyprus's bailout tax, a levy of 6.75 to 9.9 percent on all bank
balances as part of a deal with creditors for €10 billion ($13
billion) in rescue money. British residents of Cyprus not working
for the UK military or government could be out of pocket.
2013 Mar 17, China’s National
People’s Congress came to a close.
(Econ, 3/16/13, p.45)
2013 Mar 17, Cyprus Pres. Nicos
Anastasiades urged lawmakers to approve a tax on bank deposits to
save the country from bankruptcy.
(SFC, 3/18/13, p.A3)
2013 Mar 17, In Egypt dozens of
journalists protested in Cairo against alleged assaults the previous
evening on their colleagues by members of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood
from which President Mohammed Morsi hails.
2013 Mar 17, Egyptian
vigilantes beat two men accused of stealing a motorized rickshaw,
stripped them half-naked and hung them by their feet in a crowded
bus station in the Nile Delta. Both men died.
2013 Mar 17, In Greece police
lobbed chemicals inside a central prison, trying to smoke out
Albanian Alket Rizaj, a convicted murderer who was holding five
hostages. After a 24-hour standoff Rizaj surrendered to police at
2013 Mar 17, In Iraq 2 car
bombs went off in Basra, killing 9 and wounding 24 in a rare attack
in the Shiite-dominated south of the country.
2013 Mar 17, Israeli PM
Benjamin Netanyahu appointed Moshe Yaalon, a hard-line former
military chief (2002-2005), as the country's new defense minister.
2013 Mar 17, Japanese architect
Toyo Ito (71) won the Pritzker Architecture Prize.
(SFC, 3/18/13, p.A4)
2013 Mar 17, Libya's health
minister said the death toll from drinking homemade alcohol that
contained poisonous methanol has risen to 87. The deaths were first
reported a week ago.
2013 Mar 17, Pakistani
paramilitary Ranges arrested Qari Abdul Hayee, a leader of the
Islamist militant group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi. He was accused of
involvement in the 2002 slaying of US journalist Daniel Pearl.
(SFC, 3/20/13, p.A2)
2013 Mar 17, Ayman Sharawneh
(53), a freed Palestinian prisoner, was given a hero's welcome in
the Gaza Strip after ending his hunger strike in an Israeli jail and
agreeing to a plea bargain that will confine him to the Hamas-run
territory for the next 10 years.
2013 Mar 17, Palestinian
lawmaker Mariam Farhat (64), aka “the mother of martyrs,” died in a
Gaza hospital of health complications including lung ailments and
kidney failure. She had lost three sons in militant activities
2013 Mar 17, Zimbabwe police
arrested rights lawyer Beatrice Mtetwa, the country's most prominent
rights lawyer and four senior officials of PM Tsvangirai’s party and
held them at the capital's main police station. Mtetwa was accused
of "obstructing or defeating the course of justice." Police also
raided and searched a suburban office of Tsvangirai's media and
communications department. On March 18 police ignored a judge’s
order to release Mtetwa.
(AP, 3/17/13)(SFC, 3/19/13, p.A4)
2014 Mar 17, The
Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics announced that the
BICEP2 team of scientists has spotted signs of gravitational waves
that formed when the universe was but a trillionth of a second old.
In 2015 the scientists retracted their findings.
(Econ, 3/22/14, p.78)(Econ, 2/7/15, p.77)
2014 Mar 17, In Afghanistan
gunmen killed district judge Abdul Latif and his bodyguard in an
attack in western Herat province.
2014 Mar 17, A British judge
ruled that Domenico Rancadore (65), a convicted Mafia boss, will be
allowed to return to his comfortable home in west London rather than
sent back to Italy and put in prison. The judge cited concerns about
conditions in Italian prisons.
2014 Mar 17, British
telecommunications company Vodafone agreed to buy Spain's Ono for
7.2 billion euros ($10 billion) as it seeks to expand operations
2014 Mar 17, In London fashion
designer L'Wren Scott, the girlfriend of Mick Jagger, died of an
apparent suicide. Her LS Fashion Ltd. company was heavily in debt at
the time it filed its most recent accounts.
2014 Mar 17, It was reported
that Egypt’s crackdown on Islamists has jailed some 16,000 people
over the last eight months.
(SFC, 3/17/14, p.A4)
2014 Mar 17, Ten Egyptians,
including a journalist working for a Muslim Brotherhood newspaper,
were each sentenced to a year in jail for protesting against a
2014 Mar 17, Paris, France,
imposed drastic measures to combat its worst air pollution in years.
2014 Mar 17, A senior Iranian
official said that an alleged attempt to sabotage one of Tehran's
nuclear facilities involved foreign intelligence agencies who
tampered with imported pumps.
2014 Mar 17, Toyota said it has
shut down production at its two auto-assembly plants in India,
locking out 6,400 workers amid testy wage negotiations and
allegations of threats against management.
2014 Mar 17, In Libya A car
bomb targeting a military academy in Benghazi killed at least 7
soldiers and wounded twelve.
2014 Mar 17, Lithuania's
domestic intelligence department accused a Russian diplomat of
spying, saying he had sought to gain access to classified
information during the Baltic state's presidency of the European
Union last year.
2014 Mar 17, Russia's
government acknowledged for the first time on that the economy was
in crisis, undermining earlier attempts by officials to suggest
albeit weakening growth could weather sanctions over Ukraine.
2014 Mar 17, In Somalia a
suicide bomber rammed a car packed full of explosives into a hotel
in Buulo Berde, days after it was recaptured from the
Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab. At least 8 people were killed. 4 attackers
were also reported killed.
2014 Mar 17, South Africa’s
government said 32 people had died because of the rains over the
past two weeks in the northern and eastern provinces of North West,
Limpopo, Mpumalanga, Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal. The toll included 25
drownings and six people killed by lightning.
2014 Mar 17, South Africa's
state-owned rail freight firm Transet said it was ordering 1,064 new
locomotives, in what it hailed as the country's biggest single
corporate infrastructure investment. It ordered 599 electric
locomotives from China's Zhuzhou and the South African subsidiary of
Canada's Bombardier, as well as 465 diesel trains from General
2014 Mar 17, In Palm Springs,
South Africa, Sizwe Kubheka (16) returned home complaining of a
headache following a beating by a teacher at school. Kubheka died at
a hospital a week later and his teacher faced a possible murder
2014 Mar 17, Sri Lanka’s
military said Ruki Fernando, a human rights adviser, and Praveen
Mahesahn, a pastor and director of a rights group, have been
arrested under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA), anti-terrorism
legislation that was used to crush Tamil Tiger rebels during the
final phase of a 26-year war. Both were released on March 18.
(Reuters, 3/17/14)(AP, 3/19/14)
2014 Mar 17, Tunisia police
shot and killed three suspected Islamist militants and arrested six
others in a raid near the Algerian border.
2014 Mar 17, Ukraine's Crimean
peninsula declared itself independent after its residents voted
overwhelmingly to secede and join Russia, while the United States
and the European Union slapped sanctions against some of those who
promoted the divisive referendum. Ukraine recalled its ambassador to
Russia for consultations on the international ramifications of the
situation in its Crimea region. Armed men came to the Ukrainian
Belbek military airfield in the Crimean peninsula, fired shots in
the air and took away the base’s commanding officer.
(AP, 3/17/14)(Reuters, 3/17/14)(Reuters, 3/18/14)
2014 Mar 17, Mining magnate
Andrew Forrest launched the Global Freedom Network, an organization
to end modern slavery, with the support of the Pope and the senior
Islamic authority. In 2013 Mr. Forrest, Pierre Omidyar and the
Legatum Foundation had launched the Freedom Fund to finance research
into ways to reduce bonded labor.
2015 Mar 17, Illinois Rep.
Aaron Schock (33) resigned after weeks of mounting media reports
about questionable expenditures and personal finances.
(SFC, 3/21/15, p.A6)
2015 Mar 17, In North Carolina
3 Burmese children — ages 1, 5, and 12 — were stabbed to death and
two other people were hurt in an attack at a home in New Bern.
Police identified the suspect as Eh Lar Doh Htoo (18).
2015 Mar 17, Britain announced
a three percent rise in the minimum wage, the largest real terms
increase since 2008.
2015 Mar 17, British officials
said three judges who looked at pornography on their work accounts
have been fired. A fourth judge who was also found to have viewed
similar material at work resigned before the inquiry had concluded.
2015 Mar 17, Germany, France
and Italy followed Britain in announcing that they plan to join the
Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, a proposed Chinese-led Asian
regional bank, swinging Europe's biggest economic powers behind a
project that is viewed with concern in Washington.
2015 Mar 17, Greek officials
said police raids across the country last week smashed an
international people trafficking ring that made $8 million in profit
from smuggling Syrian migrants into Europe. 16 suspects were
2015 Mar 17, Iraq's offensive
to retake Tikrit from the Islamic State group was stalled because of
streets and buildings rigged with booby trap bombs and by the
several hundred jihadists still holding out there. Separate attacks
in and outside Baghdad killed at least 9 people.
(AFP, 3/17/15)(AP, 3/17/15)
2015 Mar 17, Israel held
elections. PM Benjamin Netanyahu (65) faced an uphill battle to
defeat a strong campaign by the center-left opposition to deny him a
fourth term in office. Netanyahu's Likud had won 30 seats in the
120-member Knesset, comfortably defeating the center-left Zionist
Union opposition on 24 seats.
(Reuters, 3/17/15)(Reuters, 3/18/15)
2015 Mar 17, In Kenya 4 people
were shot dead in a shop Wajir town by unknown gunmen who wounded
three others. Al-Shabab Islamic extremists soon claimed
responsibility, bringing the total number of those killed by the
militants since March 13 to 12.
2015 Mar 17, In Myanmar Philip
Blackwood, a New Zealand bar manager, and his two Myanmar colleagues
were jailed for two and a half years with hard labor by a Yangon
court for using a Buddha image to promote a cheap drinks night.
2015 Mar 17, Pakistan hanged 12
convicts. This was the largest number of people executed on the same
day since an unofficial moratorium on capital punishment was lifted
2015 Mar 17, In Pakistan
Samiullah Khan Afridi, a former lawyer for a doctor who helped the
US find Osama bin Laden, was killed by a gunman in Peshawar.
(SFC, 3/18/15, p.A2)
2015 Mar 17, In Poland rioting
by some 300 young people in Sosnowiec follows two nights of
disturbances near Warsaw over the death of another young man
apprehended by the police. Two officers were hurt as police detained
14 people. They blamed the police for the death last week of a
23-year-old man, apprehended in the street and taken to a sobering
center, where he lost consciousness.
2015 Mar 17, Puerto Rico Police
Chief Jose Caldero said that officers found 2,535 pounds (1,150 kg)
of cocaine, worth an estimated $32 million, aboard a boat and
detained 14 people from the Dominican Republic.
2015 Mar 17, Swiss officials
said they are returning to Nigeria some $380 million linked to the
country's former dictator, Gen. Sani Abacha. The money, confiscated
on the basis that the Abacha family was a criminal organization,
will now be returned to Nigeria under World Bank supervision.
2015 Mar 17, A Syrian army
statement said dozens of militants were killed in other areas of
Idlib province overnight in clashes and attacks. A monitoring group
said government forces carried out a poison gas attack that killed
six people in the northwest. Medics posted videos of children
suffering what they said was suffocation.
2015 Mar 17, The Syrian army
shot down a US drone over Latakia province, part of the western
region where Damascus has been consolidating state control.
2015 Mar 17, Tunisia said it
had dismantled 4 recruiting cells sending jihadis to fight in Libya
and arrested dozens in part of tighter security and border controls
to counter Islamist militants.
2015 Mar 17, Ukraine said 3
government servicemen were killed in fighting in the east in the
past 24 hours despite a ceasefire agreement with Russian-backed
2016 Mar 17, The United States
declared that the Islamic State group's slaughter of Christians,
Yazidis and Shiites amounts to a genocide and vowed to halt it.
2016 Mar 17, The United States
and its allies conducted 20 strikes against Islamic State militants
in Iraq and Syria.
2016 Mar 17, The American
Islamic State group fighter, Muhammad Jamal Amin, who handed himself
over to Kurdish forces in northern Iraq on March 14 said he made "a
bad decision" in joining the IS, according to a heavily edited
interview he gave to an Iraqi Kurdish television station.
2016 Mar 17, In Louisiana Khang
Nguyen Le, a Buddhist monk, pleaded guilty to embezzling more than
$200,000 from his temple to feed a casino gambling habit.
(SFC, 3/18/16, p.A6)
2016 Mar 17, In New York
Yemen-born Mufid Elfgeeh (32) was sentenced in Rochester to 22.5
years in prison for attempting to provide material support to the
(SFC, 3/18/16, p.A12)
2016 Mar 17, Organizers of New
York's storied St. Patrick's Day Parade opened the lineup more
broadly to include activists who protested a ban on gay groups for
2016 Mar 17, Sea World said
that it would stop breeding killer whales in captivity.
(SFC, 3/18/16, p.D1)
2016 Mar 17, In Brazil a
federal judge in Brasilia issued an injunction suspending the
appointment of former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva as
minister. Supporters of da Silva clashed briefly with opponents of
his Workers' Party outside the presidential palace, where he was due
to be sworn in as President Dilma Rousseff's chief of staff.
2016 Mar 17, China expressed
its opposition to unilateral sanctions against North Korea saying
they could raise tension, a day after the United States imposed new
curbs on the isolated country in retaliation for its nuclear and
2016 Mar 17, In Egypt
explosions rocked the northern Sinai town of Rafah as militants
struck a weapons depot, killing at least 5 soldiers and injuring 10
2016 Mar 17, Egypt’s
antiquities minister said scans of King Tut’s burial chamber have
revealed two hidden rooms.
(SFC, 3/18/16, p.A4)
2016 Mar 17, Egypt’s
antiquities minister said scans of King Tut’s burial chamber have
revealed two hidden rooms.
(SFC, 3/18/16, p.A4)
2016 Mar 17, French unions said
the government will lift a six-year-old freeze on civil servants'
pay, but that the resulting wage increase was too little.
2016 Mar 17, In France
thousands of youths held street protests to reject the government's
new labor changes.
2016 Mar 17, French lawmakers
approved plans for a total ban on some widely used pesticides blamed
for harming bees, going beyond EU restrictions in a fierce debate
that has pitched farmers and chemical firms against beekeepers and
2016 Mar 17, Germany’s dpa news
agency reported that Markus R., whose last name wasn't given in line
with privacy laws, was found by the Munich state court to have sold
some 200 highly classified documents to the CIA between 2008 and
2014 for 80,000 euros ($91,000).
2016 Mar 17, In Israel Meir
Dagan (71), a former Israeli general and longtime director of the
country's spy agency, died.
2016 Mar 17, A Macau court
sentenced Alan Ho, the nephew of former kingpin Stanley Ho, to 13
months in prison for helping to facilitate a high-profile
prostitution ring in the world's biggest gambling hub.
2016 Mar 17, Mexican officials
lifted a four-day air pollution alert in the nation's
densely-populated capital after ozone levels dropped to acceptable
2016 Mar 17, Myanmar's incoming
government announced plans to create a ministry for ethnic affairs,
marking the importance it places on relations with minorities in a
country scarred by festering civil wars and sectarian tensions.
2016 Mar 17, Pakistani soldiers
carried out a raid in the Tarel valley, killing 3 militants involved
in attacks on tourists and security forces. The exchange of fire
also killed two security personnel.
2016 Mar 17, Two Palestinian
assailants stabbed a female Israeli soldier in the northern West
Bank before Israeli security forces killed them.
2016 Mar 17, Polish President
Andrzej Duda led the formal opening of the Ulma Family Museum of
Poles Saving Jews, in the village of Markowa.
2016 Mar 17, President Vladimir
Putin honored Fyodor Zhuravlyov (27), a Russian soldier killed in
Russia's military operation in Syria, breaking four months of
official silence about his death.
2016 Mar 17, Saudi Arabia said
its military coalition will scale down operations in Yemen, an
announcement that came as the death toll from an airstrike by the
alliance on a market north of the Yemeni capital this week nearly
doubled, reaching 119.
2016 Mar 17, Syria's three
Kurdish-controlled autonomous regions voted to approve the
establishment of a federal system in the north of the country,
defying warnings from Damascus and neighboring Turkey against any
such unilateral move.
2016 Mar 17, Venezuela's
Supreme Court approved President Nicolas Maduro's request for a
60-day extension of an economic emergency decree that had been
rejected by the opposition-controlled congress.
2016 Mar 17, Vietnamese
officials said the country is experiencing its worst drought and
saline intrusion in recent history. The world’s third-largest
exporter of grain feared the loss of up to 1 million tons of rice.
(SFC, 3/18/16, p.A2)
2017 Mar 17, US Secretary of
State Rex Tillerson directed US diplomatic missions to identify
"populations warranting increased scrutiny" and toughen screening
for visa applicants in those groups. In cables dated March 10 and
March 15, Tillerson had issued detailed instructions to consular
officials for implementing Trump's travel order, which was due to
take effect on March 16.
2017 Mar 17, Results were
published of a $1 billion study on Repatha, a cholesterol drug made
by Amgen, that indicated the drug can make cholesterol tumble and
cut the risk of heart attack and stroke. The list price for the drug
was $14,523 a year.
(SFC, 3/18/17, p.A6)
2017 Mar 17, In Afghanistan a
suicide truck bomber struck a military checkpoint, killing one
soldier and wounding 10 in Khost province. Another suicide bomber
elsewhere in the country killed the brother of a local religious
leader he had targeted for assassination.
2017 Mar 17, An avalanche in
Austria's western region of Tyrol killed two people.
2017 Mar 17, In Bangladesh two
policemen were wounded in the apparently botched attack when a man
blew himself up at an elite forces camp near Dhaka's international
airport. The Islamic State Group soon claimed responsibility.
2017 Mar 17, Brazilian federal
police raided dozens of meatpacker offices, including industry
giants JBS SA and BRF SA, following a two-year investigation into
alleged bribery of regulators to subvert inspections of their
plants. "Operation Weak Flesh" had already uncovered about 40 cases
of meatpackers who had bribed inspectors and politicians to overlook
2017 Mar 17, Former British
Treasury chief George Osborne was appointed editor of the Evening
Standard newspaper, touching off a torrent of criticism about
whether a sitting lawmaker should be able to run a London-based
2017 Mar 17, Security forces in
Congo Republic said they have killed around 15 rebel fighters during
a military operation in the restive Pool region.
2017 Mar 17, The Organization
for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) said governments
need to do more to create growth that benefits everyone, and the US
should spend more on roads, highways, bridges and airports.
2017 Mar 17, Txetx Etcheverry,
a prominent figure in the French Basque community, said the Basque
separatist group ETA will complete its disarmament by April 8.
2017 Mar 17, Brazilian federal
police raided dozens of meatpacker offices, including industry
giants JBS SA and BRF SA, following a two-year investigation into
alleged bribery of regulators to subvert inspections of their
plants. "Operation Weak Flesh" had already uncovered about 40 cases
of meatpackers who had bribed inspectors and politicians to overlook
2017 Mar 17, In China poultry
trading in Hunan’s provincial capital of Changsha went into effect.
An outbreak of H7N9 bird flu virus originated from a farm with about
29,760 infected birds. Over 170,000 birds were culled as a result.
At least 162 deaths have been reported since last October.
2017 Mar 17, The European Union
re-imposed a fine on 11 air cargo companies totaling $835 million
after the original decision was thrown out by a high court on a
2017 Mar 17, A visit of
Segolene Royal, the French minister of ecology, to French Guiana was
cut short after masked demonstrators from the collective stormed
into a regional conference on biodiversity she was attending in the
department's capital city of Cayenne.
2017 Mar 17, In Germany a G20
official said opposition from the United States, Saudi Arabia and
others has forced Germany to drop a reference to financing programs
to combat climate change from the draft communique at a G20 finance
and central bankers meeting.
2017 Mar 17, In Iraq an
airstrike hit the residential area in Mosul for the 2nd time in four
days. Many residents were later reported killed. US officials
acknowledged the airstrike on March 25 that witnesses said killed at
least 100 people. On May 25 the US military acknowledged the bombing
saying it set off explosive materials that militants had planted
inside causing the structure to collapse.
(AP, 3/24/17)(SSFC, 3/26/17, p.A6)(SFC, 5/26/17,
2017 Mar 17, Israeli warplanes
struck several targets in Syria overnight, prompting retaliatory
missile launches, in the most serious incident between the two
countries since the Syrian civil war began six years ago.
2017 Mar 17, Japan’s Maebashi
district court held the government and the Tokyo Electric Power Co.
(TEPCO) liable for neglecting tsunami safety measures at the
Fukushima nuclear plant and ordered them to pay more money to dozens
out of the thousands of people who fled radiation released during
the March 2011 disaster.
2017 Mar 17, Kenya's President
Uhuru Kenyatta ordered the military to deploy to the volatile
counties of Baringo and Laikipia in the Rift Valley to calm deadly
violence fueled by drought that affects roughly half the country.
2017 Mar 17, In Libya gunmen
opened fire at demonstrators protesting against militias in Tripoli.
2017 Mar 17, Morocco’s MAP
state news said King Mohammed VI has named Saad Eddine El Othmani of
the Islamist Justice and Development Party (PJD) as the country's
new prime minister and asked him to form a government.
2017 Mar 17, SWIFT, a messaging
network for cross-border payments, suspended services for four
remaining North Korean banks. Earlier this month SWIFT was obliged
to exclude three North Korean banks that were under UN sanctions.
(Econ, 3/25/17, p.63)
2017 Mar 17, In Peru El
Nino-fueled flash floods and landslides hit parts of Lima, leaving
some communities cut off from roads.
2017 Mar 17, The Philippines
said it would strengthen its military facilities on islands and
shoals in the disputed South China Sea and announced initial plans
to build a new port and pave an existing rough airstrip.
2017 Mar 17, Portugal's
attorney general granted investigators another extension to conclude
their 2 1/2-year investigation into former PM Jose Socrates (59),
who is suspected of corruption, money laundering and tax fraud.
Socrates was the center-left Socialist prime minister from 2005 to
2017 Mar 17, South Africa's
Constitutional Court ordered the government to pay social grants on
April 1 via its current service provider, seeking to end a fiasco
that had threatened the payment of benefits to 17 million people.
2017 Mar 17, In South Korea US
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said US policy of strategic
patience with North Korea's nuclear and missile programs has ended,
warning that military action would be "on the table" if Pyongyang
elevated the threat level.
2017 Mar 17, In St. Lucia Derek
Walcott (87), a Nobel-prize winning poet, died. He was known for
capturing the essence of his native Caribbean and became the
region's most internationally famous writer.
(AP, 3/17/17)(Econ, 4/1/17, p.82)
2017 Mar 17, In Tanzania Dar es
Salaam regional commissioner Paul Makonda stormed into the offices
of the Clouds FM Media Group with six armed men to demand the airing
of a muckraking video aimed at undermining a popular local pastor
with whom Makonda has a dispute.
2017 Mar 17, In Uganda senior
police official Andrew Felix Kaweesi was shot and killed in his car
along with two other officers as he left his home in Kampala.
President Yoweri Museveni condemned the killing and directed the
immediate installation of cameras in all major towns of Uganda and
along the highways.
(AFP, 3/17/17)(Reuters, 5/12/17)
2017 Mar 17, In Yemen 22 people
were killed in an attack on a mosque during prayers inside a
military base in Marib province.
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