Today in History - March 19
Return to home
Swallows' Day. The swallows return to
(HFA, '96, p.26)(HT, 3/97, p.58)
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Mar 19, Giovanni de Verrazano of France sighted land around area of
1563 Mar 19, The Peace of
Amboise granted Rights for Huguenots.
1571 Mar 19, Spanish troops
occupied Manila. [see May 19]
1589 Mar 19, William Bradford,
governor of Plymouth colony for 30 years, was born (baptized).
(HN, 3/19/98)(MC, 3/19/02)
1593 Mar 19, Georges de la Tour
(d.1652), French painter, was born. His night painting "The Penitent
Magdelene" features a seated woman contemplating a flame with one
hand resting on a skull.
(NH, 10/96, p.39)(MC, 3/19/02)
1601 Mar 19, Alonzo Cano,
Spanish painter, sculptor (Cathedral Granada), was born.
1628 Mar 19, Massachusetts
colony was founded by Englishmen.
1629 Mar 19, Aleksei M.
Romanov, 1st Romanov tsar of Russia, was born.
1661 Mar 19, English occupied
St. Andrew Island and other Courlander possessions in Gambia. They
renamed the island James Island with administration by the Royal
Adventurers in Africa Company.
1687 Mar 19, French explorer
Robert Cavelier (b.1643), Sieur de La Salle, the first European to
navigate the length of the Mississippi River, was murdered by
mutineers while searching for the mouth of the Mississippi, along
the coast of the Gulf of Mexico in present-day Texas.
1711 Mar 19, War was declared
between Russia and Turkey.
1721 Mar 19, Tobias George
Smollett, Scottish satirical author and physician (Roderick Random,
Humphrey Clinker), was born (baptized).
(HN, 3/19/01)(MC, 3/19/02)
1748 Mar 19, English
Naturalization Act was passed granting Jews right to colonize US.
1775 Mar 19, In Italy 4 people
were buried by avalanche for 37 days and 3 survived. [not clear if
this was the date of the avalanche or the recovery date.]
1775 Mar 19, Portuguese fleet
was repulsed in attack on Montevideo, Uruguay.
1785 Mar 19,
Pierre-Joseph-Guillaume Zimmermann, composer, was born.
1796 Mar 19, Stephen Storace
(33), composer, died.
1799 Mar 19, Joseph Haydn’s
"Die Schopfung," premiered in Vienna.
1799 Mar 19, Napoleon Bonaparte
began the siege of Acre (later Akko, Israel), which was defended by
1803 Mar 19, Johann von
Schiller's "Die Braut von Messina," premiered in Weimar.
1808 Mar 19, Spain's King
Charles IV abdicated.
1812 Mar 19, Spanish Cortes
passed a liberal constitution under a hereditary monarch.
1813 Mar 19, David Livingston,
explorer found by Stanley in Africa, was born in Scotland.
1821 Mar 19, Sir Richard Burton
(d.1890), English explorer, was born.
1822 Mar 19, Boston was
incorporated as a city.
1831 Mar 19, The first recorded
US bank robbery occurred at the City Bank, in New York. Some
$245,000 is stolen.
1848 Mar 19, Wyatt Earp (Wyatt
Berry Stapp Earp), later U.S. Marshal, was born the son of a Sheriff
in Illinois. He fought at the Gunfight at the OK Corral and Paula
Mitchell Marks later wrote "And Die in the West," an account of the
(HN, 3/19/98)(SFEC, 4/12/98, BR p.7)(CHA, 1/2001)
1848 Mar 19, The Prussian king
promised many reforms in the face of an armed uprising, including an
unfulfilled voting right for women.
1849 Mar 19, Alfred von
Tirpitz, Prussian admiral, was born. He commanded the German fleet
in early World War I.
1859 Mar 19, The opera "Faust"
by Charles Gounod premiered in Paris.
1860 Mar 19, William Jennings
Bryan, orator, statesman, known as "The Great Communicator," was
1861 Mar 19, Maori War in New
1862 Mar 19, F. Wilhelm von
Schadow (73), German painter (Modern Vasari), died.
1864 Mar 19, Montana vigilantes
lynched Jack Slade (33), a hell-raising freight hauler. Mark Twain
had encountered Slade in 1861 and included him in his book “Roughing
It” (1872). In 2008 Dan Rottenberg authored “Death of a Gunfighter:
The Quest for Jack Slade, the West’s Most Elusive Legend.”
1864 Mar 19, Charles Gounod's
opera "Mireille" premiered in Paris.
1864 Mar 19, Alexandre Calame
(b.1810), Swiss painter, died in Menton, France.
1865 Mar 19, Battle of
Bentonville: Confederates retreated from Greenville, NC. [see Mar
1866 Mar 19, The immigrant ship
Monarch of the Seas sank in Liverpool; 738 died.
1870 Mar 19, The opera
"Guarany," premiered in Milan.
1872 Mar 19, Sergei Diaghilev,
ballet director, was born in Gruzino Novgorod, Russia. [see Mar 31]
1873 Mar 19, Max Reger,
composer, pianist, prof. (Leipzig Univ), was born in Brand, Bavaria.
1875 Mar 19, Tiburcio Vasquez
(b.1835), a cultured robber, was hanged in San Jose, Ca., after
being found guilty of robbery and murder In 2010 John Boessenecker
authored “Bandido,” an account of Vasquez’ life.
(SSFC, 11/21/10, p.A2)
1879 Mar 19, Jim Currie opened
fire on the actors Maurice Barrymore and Ben Porter near Marshall,
Texas. His shots wounded Barrymore and killed Porter.
1882 Mar 19, Gaston Lachaise
(d.1935), Franco-American sculptor (Standing Woman), was born.
(SFC, 2/2/02, p.D1)(MC, 3/19/02)
1883 Mar 19, Joseph W.
Stilwell, US general (China), was born.
1883 Mar 19, Jan Matzeliger
invented the 1st machine to manufacture entire shoes.
1884 Mar 19, Alfonse Charles
Renaud de Vilback (54), composer, died.
1889 Mar 19, Sarah Gertrude
Millina, South African writer (The Dark River, God's Stepchildren),
1891 Mar 19, Earl Warren,
governor of California, was born. He was appointed 14th Supreme
Court Chief Justice (1953-1969) and led the commission that
investigated the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
"I always turn to the sports page first. The sports page records
people’s accomplishments; the front page nothing but man’s failure."
(HN, 3/19/99)(AP, 7/19/00)
1894 Mar 19, Jackie "Moms"
Mabley, comedienne (Merv Griffin Show), was born in Brevard, SC.
1895 Mar 19, Los Angeles
Railway was established to provide streetcar service.
1900 Mar 19, [Jean] Frederic
Joliot-Curie, French physicist (Nobel 1935), was born.
1900 Mar 19, President McKinley
asserted the need for free trade with Puerto Rico.
1901 Mar 19, Jo Mielziner, set
designer (Carousel, Death of a Salesman), was born in Paris.
1903 Mar 19, The U.S. Senate
ratified the Cuban treaty, gaining naval bases in Guantanamo and
1904 Mar 19, John J. Sirica,
U.S. Federal Judge, ruled on Watergate issues, was born.
1905 Mar 19, Albert Speer,
German architect, minister of Armament (NSDAP), was born.
1906 Mar 19, Adolf Eichman,
Nazi Gestapo officer, was born. He was captured in Argentina and put
on trial in Israel.
1906 Mar 19, Ermanno
Wolf-Ferrari's "Quattro Rusteghi," premiered in Munich.
1907 Mar 19, It was reported
that all but 2 San Francisco supervisors admitted accepting bribes
from United Railroads street-car company, several telephone
companies and the Gas and Electric Company.
(SFEC, 12/26/99, p.W3)
1908 Mar 19, Maryland banned
Christian Scientists from practicing medicine unless they had a
1911 Mar 19, International
Women's Day (IWD) was observed for the first time in places like
Austria, Denmark, Germany, Switzerland and some other European
countries. The date was chosen by German women because on 19 March,
1848, the Prussian king had promised many reforms in the face of an
armed uprising, including an unfulfilled voting right for women.
1912 Mar 19, Adolf Galland,
German Luftwaffe pilot and youngest German General at the age of 33,
1916 Mar 19, Irving Wallace,
author (People's Almanac, The Man), was born.
1916 Mar 19, The First
Aerosquadron took off from Columbus, NM, to join Gen. John J.
Pershing and his Punitive Expedition for Pancho Villa in Mexico.
1917 Mar 19, Dino Lipatti,
composer, pianist, was born.
1917 Mar 19, The U.S. Supreme
Court, in Wilson v. New, upheld the Adamson Act, the eight hour work
day for railroad workers.
(HN, 3/19/98)(AP, 3/19/08)
1917 Mar 19, A German submarine
in the Mediterranean Sea sunk the French battleship Danton. In 2009
the Danton was discovered on the seabed southwest of Sardinia.
1918 Mar 19, US Congress
authorized time zones and approved Daylight Saving Time.
3/27/05, Par p.15)
1919 Mar 19, A typhoid epidemic
raged in Petrograd, Russia, killing 200 daily.
1920 Mar 19, The U.S. Senate
rejected for the second time the Treaty of Versailles by a vote of
49-35, falling short of the two-thirds majority needed for approval.
(AP, 3/19/97)(HN, 3/19/98)
1924 Mar 19, U.S. troops were
rushed to Tegucigalpa as the Honduran capital was taken by rebel
1924 Mar 19, Charles Villiers
Stanford (71), Irish composer, author, died.
1925 Mar 19, Brent Scrowcroft,
Lt. Gen. (USAF), National Security Advisor to President George Bush,
1925 Mar 19, Angelo G. Roncalli
(Pope John XXIII) became a bishop.
1927 Mar 19, Bloody battles
between Communists & Nazis took place in Berlin.
1928 Mar 19, Patrick McGoohan,
actor (#6-Prisoner, Secret Agent), was born in Astoria, NY.
1928 Mar 19, "Amos & Andy"
debuted on radio with the NBC Blue Network, WMAQ Chicago.
1930 Mar 19, Ornette Coleman
was born in Fort Worth, Texas, and was an early proponent of ‘free
form jazz.‘ Having taught himself to play the saxophone and read
music by age 14, Coleman moved to Los Angeles and met like-minded
musicians in the early ‘50s. His debut album in 1959, Something
Else! introduced his atonal interpretation of jazz, one free of
traditional tonal structure, which he terms ‘harmolodic.‘ Many
listeners and critics have termed it ‘anarchy.‘ Coleman has
continued to be an influential if controversial figure in jazz, now
producing albums under his own label (Harmolodic, Inc.) as well as
soundtracks for films. [see Mar 9]
1930 Mar 19, Arthur J. Balfour
(81), British theologist, premier (1902-05), died.
1931 Mar 19, Nevada legalized
gambling a 2nd time to raise tax revenues and stabilize the state’s
economy. Gov. Fred B. Balzar signed a measure legalizing casino
gambling. The Northern Club on 15 E. Fremont was soon issued the 1st
(HN, 3/19/98)(SFEC, 5/10/98, DB p.64)(SFEC,
7/9/00, DB p.67)(AP, 3/19/07)
1932 Mar 19, Sydney Harbor
Bridge, Australia, officially opened.
1933 Mar 19, Phillip Roth,
American novelist and short-story writer (Portnoy's Complaint), was
1933 Mar 19, Italy's dictator
Benito Mussolini proposed a pact with Britain, France and Germany.
1935 Mar 19, Renee Taylor,
actress (Jack Paar Show, Mary Hartman, Nanny), was born in NYC.
1935 Mar 19, The British fired
on 20,000 Muslims in India, killing 27.
1936 Mar 19, The USSR signed a
pact of assistance with Mongolia against Japan.
1938 Mar 19, Lithuania
accepted a Polish peace ultimatum and established diplomatic ties.
(HN, 3/19/98)(LHC, 3/19/03)
1941 Mar 19, Jimmy Dorsey and
Orchestra recorded "Green Eyes" and "Maria Elena" for Decca Records.
1942 Mar 19, FDR ordered men
between 45 and 64 to register for non military duty.
1943 Mar 19, Airship Canadian
Star was torpedoed and sank.
1944 Mar 19, The German 352nd
Infantry Division deployed along the coast of France.
1944 Mar 19, Nazi German
soldiers occupied Hungary.
1944 Mar 19, At Cisterna,
Italy, Germans, increasingly worried about resistance, rounded up
the entire town and marched them north. Many ended in labor camps
and farms as far north as Tuscany.
1945 Mar 19, US Task Force 58
attacked ships near Kobe and Kure.
1945 Mar 19, Kamikaze planes
attacked the US carrier Franklin off Japan killing 724 people; the
ship, however, was saved.
1945 Mar 19, Adolf Hitler
issued his so-called "Nero Decree," ordering the destruction of
German facilities that could fall into Allied hands. Hitler ordered
a scorched-earth policy. Hitler had decreed that Paris should be
left a smoking ruin, but Dietrich von Choltitz thought better of his
(AP, 3/19/97)(HN, 3/19/98)
1947 Mar 19, Glenn Close,
actress (The Big Chill, Fatal Attraction), was born in Greenwich,
1947 Mar 19, Chiang Kai-shek's
government forces took control of Yenan, the former headquarters of
the Chinese Communist Party.
1949 Mar 19, The 1st museum
devoted exclusively to atomic energy opened at Oak Ridge, Ten.
1949 Mar 19, The Soviet
People's Council signed the constitution of the German Democratic
Republic, and declared that the North Atlantic Treaty was merely a
1950 Mar 19, Edgar Rice
Burroughs (74), sci-fi author and the creator of Tarzan, died. He
wrote 24 Tarzan novels and 50 other thrillers. In 1999 John
Taliaferro authored the biography "Tarzan Forever."
(SFEC, 5/9/99, Par
1951 Mar 19, The war novel "The
Caine Mutiny," Herman Wouk (1915-2019), was first published. It won
the 1952 Pulitzer Prize.
(AP, 3/19/01)(SFC, 5/20/19, p.A6)
1953 Mar 19, Tennessee
Williams' "Camino Real," premiered in NYC.
1953 Mar 19, The Academy Awards
ceremony was televised for the first time; "The Greatest Show on
Earth" was named best picture of 1952. Gary Cooper & Shirley
Booth won for best actor and actress.
1954 Mar 19, The 1st
rocket-driven sled on rails was tested in Alamogordo, NM.
1957 Mar 19, Pete Seibert
(1924-2002) climbed to a summit in the Colorado Rockies with Earl
Eaton, a uranium prospector, and beheld the area that he later
turned into the Vail ski resort.
(SFC, 7/29/02, p.B5)
1958 Mar 19, The film "South
Pacific," adapted from the Rodgers and Hammerstein stage musical,
1959 Mar 19, The Broadway show
“First Impressions,” a musical version of Jane Austen’s Pride and
Prejudice, premiered at the Alvin Theater. It featured the theater
debut of film star Farley Granger. The show continued for 84
1960 Mar 19, "Redhead" closed
at 46th St Theater in NYC after 455 performances.
1962 Mar 19, Relative calm
returned to Algeria after cease-fire, ending 7 years of warfare
between French and Algerian Nationalists.
1963 Mar 19, In Costa Rica,
President John F. Kennedy and six Latin American presidents pledged
to fight Communism.
1963 Mar 19, Algeria demanded
that France negotiate on ending nuclear testing in Algerian Sahara.
1965 Mar 19, Indonesia
nationalized all foreign oil companies.
1965 Mar 19, In Romania State
Council Pres. Gheorghiu-Dej (b.1901) died. Gheorghe Apostol was
defeated in a contest for Communist Party leader by Ceausescu, who
ended up ruling Romania with an iron fist for 25 years.
1966 Mar 19, Texas Western
College under coach Don Haskins won the NCAA basketball tournament
becoming the 1st team to win with an all African American team. In
2006 the film “Glory Road” depicted the story of the winning team.
(SFC, 1/24/06, p.B1)
1968 Mar 19, Howard University
students in Washington DC staged rallies, protests and a 5-day
sit-in, laying siege to the administration building, shutting down
the university in protest over its ROTC program, and demanding a
more Afrocentric curriculum.
1968 Mar 19, In southern
California Elizabeth Ernstein (14) disappeared while walking home
from school in Mentone, San Bernadino County. Her remains were found
in 1969 in a shallow grave near Wrightwood, but were not identified
until 2012 through DNA testing.
(SFC, 9/7/12, p.C8)
1970 Mar 19, Willy Brandt and
Willi Stoph met for the first East-West Germany summit in Berlin.
1971 Mar 19, At least 160
people perished in landslides north of Sao Paulo, Brazil.
1972 Mar 19, India and
Bangladesh signed a friendship treaty.
1972 Mar 19, The illegal
Soviet-era journal "Chronicle of the Lithuanian Catholic Church" was
1st published. 5 issues were published up to 1987.
1976 Mar 19, Buckingham Palace
announced the separation of Princess Margaret and her husband, the
Earl of Snowdon, after 16 years of marriage.
1978 Mar 19, Israeli army took
control of almost all of Lebanon south of Litani River.
1978 Mar 19, The UN Security
Council adopted Resolution 425 demanding that Israel withdraw from
(SFC, 5/24/00, p.A15)
1979 Mar 19, The U.S. House of
Representatives began televising its day-to-day business. Brian Lamb
launched C-Span, a TV public service broadcasting medium that
focused on public affairs without comment or analysis. He came up
with the idea while working the Washington bureau chief for
(AP, 3/19/97)(SSFC, 3/27/05, Par p.14)(Econ,
1980 Mar 19, The US appealed to
the International Court of Justice on hostages in Iran.
1981 Mar 19, One technician was
killed and two others were injured during a routine test on space
1984 Mar 19, The TV show "Kate
& Allie" premiered.
1984 Mar 19, The SS Mobil Oil
spilled 200,000 gallons of oil into the Columbia River near
1985 Mar 19, In a legislative
victory for President Reagan, the Senate voted, 55-45, to authorize
production of the MX missile.
1985 Mar 19, "Spin Magazine"
1985 Mar 19, In California
Cinnamon Brown (15), aided by her sister-in-law, Patti Bailey,
fatally shoot her stepmother Linda Brown in Orange County. David
Brown (d.2014), a computer businessman, had persuaded the girls to
kill his wife and went on to collect $835,000 in insurance before he
was convicted in the murder. The story inspired two book and the TV
miniseries “Love, Lies and Murder.”
(SSFC, 3/23/14, p.C3)(http://tinyurl.com/qhxqfua)
1987 Mar 19, President Reagan,
in a news conference, repudiated his policy of selling arms to Iran,
saying, "I would not go down that road again."
1987 Mar 19, Televangelist Jim
Bakker resigned as chairman of his PTL ministry organization amid a
sex and money scandal involving Jessica Hahn, a former church
secretary from Oklahoma. Some $265,000 in ministry funds had been
used to keep Hahn quiet about a one-time sexual encounter in 1980.
(AP, 3/19/97)(SSFC, 7/22/07, p.B7)
1988 Mar 19, Two British
soldiers were shot to death after they were dragged from a car and
beaten by mourners attending an Irish Republican Army funeral in
Belfast, Northern Ireland.
1989 Mar 19, Alfredo Cristiani
of the right-wing ARENA party was elected president of El Salvador,
defeating Fidel Chavez Mena of the Christian Democratic Party.
1989 Mar 19, Muslim gunners
fire rockets into Christian areas of Lebanon.
1990 Mar 19, Latvia's political
opposition claimed victory in the republic's first free elections in
50 years, and reformers also claimed victories in crucial runoffs
held in Russia, Byelorussia and Ukraine.
1990 Mar 19, Kremlin warned
Lithuania against taking over factories, putting up border posts.
1991 Mar 19, The US Labor
Department reported that consumer prices, benefiting from a big
monthly decline in gasoline prices, had edged upward only two-tenths
of a percentage point the previous month.
1991 Mar 19, Ending several
days of ominous silence, the Yugoslav army declares it will not
permit Yugoslavia to dissolve into civil war.
1992 Mar 19, Democrat Paul
Tsongas pulled out of the presidential race, leaving Arkansas Gov.
Bill Clinton the favorite to capture their party's nomination.
Tsongas had won the New Hampshire Democratic presidential primary.
(AP, 3/19/97)(SFEM,11/2/97, p.12)
1992 Mar 19, British Prince
Andrew and Princess Sarah Ferguson announced separation.
1992 Mar 19, Soviet
Commonwealth leaders open their 4th summit with hopes of solving
military disputes and stopping ethnic fighting.
1993 Mar 19, US Supreme Court
Justice Byron R. White announced plans to retire. His departure
paved the way for Ruth Bader Ginsburg to become the court's second
1993 Mar 19, Georgia shot down
a Russian warplane over the separatist Abkhazia region, killing its
pilot and heightening tensions.
1994 Mar 19, In his weekly
radio address, President Clinton promised to tell people "all across
America about our health reform plan and what it really means."
1994 Mar 19, Cambodian
government seizes control of Pailin, the Khmer Rouge main
1994 Mar 19, Giuseppe Diana,
Italian anti-mafia priest, was murdered.
1994 Mar 19, Talks between
North Korea and South Korea collapsed, imperiling a U.S.-brokered
deal to resolve the North Korean nuclear dispute.
1995 Mar 19, After giving up an
attempt to become a major league baseball player, Michael Jordan
returned to pro basketball with his former team, the Chicago Bulls.
1995 Mar 19, Finnish voters
throw out the center-right coalition government and give the
opposition Social Democratic Party its biggest election victory
since World War II.
1995 Mar 19, Palestinian gunmen
opened fire on a bus carrying Jewish settlers, killing two people.
1996 Mar 19, President Clinton
rolled out a $1.64 trillion election-year budget, promising it would
invigorate the economy, erase federal deficits and cut taxes.
1996 Mar 19, Senate Majority
Leader Bob Dole wrapped up the Republican presidential nomination
with solid primary victories in four Midwestern states.
1996 Mar 19, A fire at a Quezon
City nightclub in the Philippines killed at 162 young people
celebrating the end of their school year.
(WSJ, 3/19/96, p.A-1)(AP, 11/20/14)
1996 Mar 19, In El Salvador an
Emergency Anti-Crime Law was approved by President Armando Calderon.
Its language called for all Salvadorans charged with crimes abroad
to be locked up and re-educated.
(SFC, 5/8/96, p.A-18)
1996 Mar 19, William Hutchinson
Murray (83), Scottish mountaineer, author, died.
1996 Mar 19, Nelson Mandela
divorced Winnie Mandela after 38 years of marriage.
1996 Mar 19, Riots in Indonesia
killed five people during demonstrations protesting the death of a
jailed rebel leader.
(WSJ, 3/19/96, p.A-1)
1997 Mar 19, Following the
withdrawal of Anthony Lake, President Clinton nominated acting CIA
Director George Tenet to head the nation's spy agency. President
Clinton departed Washington for a summit in Helsinki, Finland, with
Russian President Boris Yeltsin.
1997 Mar 19, The US Supreme
Court heard arguments on Internet indecency.
1997 Mar 19, Willem de Kooning
(b.1904), Dutch-born abstract painter, considered to be one of the
20th century's greatest painters, died in East Hampton, N.Y. He had
arrived in America as a stowaway in 1926. In 2004 Mark Stevens and
Annalyn Swan authored “de Kooning: An American Master.”
(SFC, 3/20/97, p.A1,6,E1)(AP, 3/19/98)(WSJ,
1997 Mar 19, "Utopia Parkway:
The Life and Work of Joseph Cornell" by Deborah Solomon was
reviewed. The artist was known for his surreal boxes and as a
forerunner of the junk-into-art aesthetic.
(WSJ, 3/19/97, p.A16)
1997 Mar 19, It was reported
that purple grape juice slows the activity of blood platelets by
about 75% and thus reduces the risk of heart attacks. Red wine and
aspirin slowed platelet activity by about 45%.
(SFC, 3/19/97, p.A10)
1997 Mar 19, Bre-X geologist
Michael de Guzman, husband to four wives, was reported to have
jumped to his death from a helicopter enroute to Busang, Indonesia,
the site of a major gold discovery. Bre-X held a 45% stake in the
(WSJ, 4/9/97, p.A10)
1997 Mar 19, In Port Moresby,
Papua New Guinea, police fired tear gas and warning shots at more
than 2,000 civilians protesting the government’s $27 million
contract with Sandline Int’l. to quell rebels on Bougainville.
(SFC, 3/20/97, p.A12)(AP, 3/29/03)
1998 Mar 19, Pres. Clinton
eased US restrictions on humanitarian aid and travel to Cuba.
Cuban-American households would be allowed to send back $1,200 a
(WSJ, 3/20/98, p.A1)
1998 Mar 19, Completing
baseball's transformation from family ownership to corporate
control, Rupert Murdoch's Fox Group won approval to buy the Los
Angeles Dodgers for a record $350 million. News Corporation later
sold the Dodgers to Boston real estate developer Frank McCourt.
1998 Mar 19, A new product was
approved by the FDA to reduce salmonella in chickens. Preempt or
CF-3 was a mixture of beneficial microbes that would be sprayed onto
newly hatched chicks, and then ingested by the chicks to prevent
(SFC, 3/20/98, p.A4)
1998 Mar 19, In Vermont a bomb
exploded in a teenager’s bedroom. Christopher Marquis (17) was
killed and his mother was injured. A package bomb was suspected.
(SFC, 3/20/98, p.A3)
1998 Mar 19, Two small planes
collided over Riverside Ct. in California and 3 people were killed.
(SFC, 3/20/98, p.A3)
1998 Mar 19, In Afghanistan a
Boeing 727 operated by Ariana state airline crashed 12 miles south
of Kabul and killed all 22 people on board.
(SFC, 3/20/98, p.A16)
1998 Mar 19, In Italy suspected
mafia member Giuseppe Magaddino was shot and killed. Sicilian Mafia
member Claudio Adriano Giusto was later charged with killing
Magaddino using a 7.65 mm firearm and then taking his wallet. Giusto
was arrested in Spain in 2011 after 13 years on the run.
1998 Mar 19, Russian security
officials reported that 2 young US Mormon missionaries were
kidnapped in the Volga region of Saratov. The missionaries were
released after 3 days with no ransom paid.
(SFC, 3/21/98, p.A12)(SFC, 3/23/98, p.A9)
1998 Mar 19, In Serbia Pres.
Milosevic agreed to pull back special police in Kosovo under a
deadline by world powers.
(SFC, 3/20/98, p.A12)
1998 Mar 19, In South Africa
hundreds of black demonstrators clashed with police as they marched
on the Vryburg High School. Some 2,500 residents of Huhudi township
marched in support of the students who said they no longer feel safe
at school. A later investigation revealed that the 140 black
students were isolated from the 750 white students in classrooms and
(SFC, 3/20/98, p.A18)(SFC, 3/26/98, p.B3)
1999 Mar 19, At a White House
news conference, President Clinton prepared the nation for
airstrikes against Serbian targets following the collapse of Kosovo
peace talks in Paris.
1999 Mar 19, Balloonists
Bertrand Piccard and Brian Jones were expected to complete their
circumnavigation of the globe and planned to land in Egypt.
(SFC, 3/20/99, p.A3)
1999 Mar 19, In Colombia
Marxist rebels were reported to have abducted over 90 people in 3
provinces. 25 people were taken in Hormiga, over 50 were taken in
northern Cesar province, and 19 were seized in Cauca.
(SFC, 3/20/99, p.A11)
1999 Mar 19, In Russia at least
56 people were killed in an explosion in Vladikavkaz, North Ossetia,
at an outdoor bazaar. This was 2 days following a blast in
neighboring Ingushetia that destroyed 2 homes. The Federal Security
Service put the death toll at 63 with 104 injured.
(SFC, 3/20/99, p.A3)(SFEC, 3/21/99, p.A20)(AP,
1999 Mar 19, Saudi Arabia
permitted some 18,000 destitute Iraqis to cross the border for the
annual pilgrimage to Mecca.
(SFC, 3/20/99, p.A8)
2000 Mar 19, President Clinton
arrived near New Delhi on the first presidential visit to India in
22 years as he opened a six-day trip through troubled South Asia.
(WSJ, 3/20/00, p.A1)(AP, 3/19/01)
2000 Mar 19, In Nevada 5 youths
on a juvenile offenders cleanup crew were killed by a speeding
minivan on I-15 in Las Vegas.
(SFC, 3/20/00, p.A11)
2000 Mar 19, A mob stormed
Nationalist Party's headquarters in Taiwan, forcing Taiwanese
President Lee Teng-hui to quit as party leader.
2001 Mar 19, Pres. Bush met
with Japanese Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori. They did not come up with
any specific measures to revive economic growth.
(SFC, 3/20/01, p.A10)
2001 Mar 18, An accident that
injured 17 shut down several heavily traveled highways around
Washington DC for several hours. The Virginia crash involved a
Quebec tour bus, a truck and two cars.
2001 Mar 19, California
officials declared a power alert, ordering the first of two days of
rolling blackouts, alternative power generators shut down due to
nonpayment by PG&E and Southern California Edison.
(SFC, 3/20/01, p.A1)(AP, 3/19/02)
2001 Mar 19, In Guyana
elections were held for the presidency and 65-seat National
Assembly. Bharrat Jagdeo (37) and the People’s Progressive Party won
a 3rd consecutive term against Desmond Hoyte (72) of the People’s
National Congress. Some black voters raised accusation of fraud.
(SFC, 3/19/01, p.A8)(SFC, 3/20/01, p.A11)(SFC,
2001 Mar 19, In Japan Masaru
Hayami, the Gov. of the Bank of Japan, said that a key interest rate
will fall virtually to zero and stay there until consumer prices
(WSJ, 3/20/01, p.A1)
2001 Mar 19, Nato asked for
additional troops in Kosovo to help stop Albanian guerrillas from
crossing into Macedonia. Macedonia moved tanks and troops into
(SFC, 3/20/01, p.A10)(WSJ, 3/20/01, p.A1)
2001 Mar 19, In Turkey the
Cabinet approved a detailed program of political, economic and legal
reforms to secure entry to the EU.
(SFC, 3/20/01, p.A12)
2001 Mar 19, A Zimbabwe
delegation wrapped up 2 days of meetings with South Africa to find
ways to restore the economy. South Africa feared a flood of
Zimbabweans due to fuel and food shortages there.
(WSJ, 3/21/00, p.A1)
2002 Mar 19, US intelligence
analyst Ana Belen Montes pleaded guilty in federal court to spying
for Cuba; she was later sentenced to 25 years in prison.
2002 Mar 19, Former
Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega's appeal for parole was turned
down, despite his attorney's argument that he should be released
because of his longtime service to the U.S. government while in
power and as a paid CIA source.
2002 Mar 19, Carly Fiorina,
head of Hewlett-Packard, claimed victory by a slim margin in a proxy
battle to buy Compaq Computer. Some $180 million was reportedly
spent in the effort to win votes.
(SFC, 3/20/02, p.A1,21)
2002 Mar 19, Scientists
reported that the Larsen B ice shelf in Antarctica, covering some
1,250 square miles, had collapsed into small icebergs over the last
(SFC, 3/20/02, p.A1)
2002 Mar 19, A 5th body was
found in New Melones Lake near Sonora, Ca. Meyer Muscatel (58), a
Sherman Oaks contractor, was found last October. A Russian crime
gang was suspected. Alexander Umansky (35) and George Safiev (37),
found Mar 17, were suspected to be among the 4 dead. The body of
Nick Kharabadze (29), was found Mar 18. 4 men were already indicted
in connection with their disappearance: Iouri Mikhel, Jurijus
Kadamovas, Petro Krylov and Ainar Altmanis. Altmanis, a Latvian
citizen, later admitted orchestrating the plot to kidnap wealthy
businessmen. In 2004 Aleksejus Markovskis pleaded guilty to
conspiracy and was later sentenced to 15 years in prison. In 2007
Jurijus Kadamovas and Iouri Mikhel were convicted of orchestrating
the kidnapping-for-ransom scheme and sentenced to death. Petro
Krylov was convicted April 26 and sentenced to life in prison.
(SFC, 3/21/02, p.A3)(SFC, 3/22/02, p.A3)(SFC,
6/7/02, p.A9)(SFC, 1/18/07, p.B10)(SFC, 4/27/07, p.B5)(SFC, 1/18/08,
2002 Mar 19, In Britain the
House of Lords voted for restrictions on hunting with hounds
(SFC, 3/20/02, p.A10)
2002 Mar 19, In Burundi
fighting between the Tutsi dominated army and Hutu rebels forced
over 16,000 people from their homes over the last 2 days.
(SFC, 3/20/02, p.A10)
2002 Mar 19, Marco Biagi
(b.1950), Italian jurist, was assassinated due to his role as an
economic advisor to Roberto Maroni, a minister in Silvio
Berlusconi's government. Biagi had devised legislation for a
temporary labor contract.
(Econ, 6/11/11, SR
2002 Mar 19, Zimbabwe was
suspended by the 54-nation Commonwealth for one year as punishment
for Pres. Mugabe’s conduct during the elections.
(SFC, 3/20/02, p.A11)
2003 Mar 19, President Bush
ordered the start of war against Iraq. Because of the time
difference, it was early March 20 in Iraq. Operation Iraqi Freedom
began with a few US targeted strikes in Baghdad against Saddam
Hussein, targeting him personally with a barrage of cruise missiles
and bombs as a prelude to invasion. Iraq responded hours later,
firing missiles toward American troops positioned just across its
border with Kuwait. The codename for the invasion of Iraq was Cobra
II. In 2006 Michael Gordon and Bernard Trainor authored “Cobra II:
The Inside Story of the Invasion and Occupation of Iraq.
(SSFC, 3/30/03, p.W12)(AP, 3/19/04)(Econ, 4/8/06,
2003 Mar 19, Tobacco farmer
Dwight Ware Watson, who'd claimed to be carrying bombs in a tractor
and trailer that he'd driven into a pond on Washington's National
Mall, surrendered after disrupting traffic for two days; there were
2003 Mar 19, Holmes Rolston III
(70), philosopher, clergyman and scientist, was awarded the
Templeton Prize for his work on faith-based environmental ethics.
(SFC, 3/20/03, p.A11)
2003 Mar 19, The SEC filed a
civil suit claiming that HealthSouth Corp. and its chairman Richard
M. Scrushy had committed massive accounting fraud to overstate
earnings by some $1.4 billion since 1999. Weston Smith, the former
finance chief, later pleaded guilty to 4 charges. HealthSouth
fired Scrushy as chairman and CEO. He was indicted in November.
(WSJ, 5/20/03, p.A1)(WSJ, 1/2/04, p.R8)(WSJ,
2003 Mar 19, A Cuban airliner
was hijacked to Key West. 6 hijackers took control of the plane
without telling the 25 passengers and six crew members about their
asylum plans. The six were later convicted of federal hijacking
(SFC, 3/20/03, p.A15)(AP, 3/19/04)
2003 Mar 19, Mudslides in a
city in Colombia's mountainous coffee-growing region left at least
11 people dead and destroyed dozens of houses.
2003 Mar 19, In northeastern
Congo 22 people were hacked to death.
2003 Mar 19, Doctors in Hong
Kong reportedly identified the deadly pneumonia virus as belonging
to the paramyxoviridae family. The severe acute respiratory illness
(SARS) had killed at least 11 people and left hundreds ill. The
outbreak is believed to have began in southern China in November.
Later reports held that it could be a coronavirus, part of a group
that cause the common cold. Many people treated with corticosteroids
later developed an irreversible bone disease called avascular
necrosis. By July 12, 2003, SARS killed 812 people worldwide.
(SFC, 3/15/03, p.A8)(SFC, 1/19/02, p.A4)(WSJ,
4/3/03, p.B1)(WSJ, 12/23/03, p.A1)
2003 Mar 19, It was reported
that Iraq had some 10 million land mines.
(WSJ, 3/19/03, p.A1)
2003 Mar 19, Boatloads of
Nigerian troops headed into the oil-rich Niger Delta on to put down
days of ethnic violence that has left dozens dead and disrupted
multinational oil operations.
(AP, 3/20/03)(SFC, 3/21/03, p.A9)
2003 Mar 19, EU officials found
electronic bugs in a building in Brussels where a summit was set to
open the next day. Belgian police suspected the US.
(WSJ, 3/20/03, p.A1)
2003 Mar 19, In Palestine
Mahmoud Abbas accepted the new post of prime minister.
(SFC, 3/20/03, p.A13)
2003 Mar 19, Serbian lawmakers
forced 35 judges into retirement for failing to prosecute underworld
(SFC, 3/20/03, p.A15)
2003 Mar 19, PM Tayyip Erdogan
said Turkey was preparing to open its airspace to US warplanes but
would not allow them access to airbases.
2004 Mar 19, President Bush, on
the first anniversary of the Iraq war, urged unity in the war
2004 Mar 19, The US Justice
Dept. issued a draft opinion that authorized the agency to transfer
detainees out of Iraq for interrogation.
(SSFC, 10/24/04, p.A1)
2004 Mar 19, The Army dropped
all charges against Capt. James Yee, a military chaplain at
Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, who had been accused of mishandling classified
2004 Mar 19, Scientists
reported that Earth may be in the middle its 6th big extinction
event, which began some 50,000 years ago. A recent survey indicated
population extinctions in all the main ecosystems of Britain.
(SFC, 3/19/04, p.A5)
2004 Mar 19, Harrison McCain
(76), a New Brunswick farm boy who became a world-scale
industrialist and the king of the frozen french fry, died in a
Boston hospital after a long period of failing health. McCain Foods
(f.1956) is the world's undisputed french fry king. The company,
which is still based in Florenceville, NB, produces one-third of the
planet's frozen french fries.
2004 Mar 19, Edward G. Zubler
(79), GE research chemist and developer of the halogen lamp (1959),
died in Cleveland.
(SFC, 3/24/04, p.B7)
2004 Mar 19, In central
Afghanistan U.S. warplanes and ground forces killed five suspected
Taliban fighters at a compound in Uruzgan province.
2004 Mar 19, An Argentine
federal judge declared unconstitutional a presidential decree that
pardoned several high-ranking military officers accused of human
rights abuses during Argentina's Dirty War.
2004 Mar 19, In southwest
Colombia soldiers searching for rebels accidentally ambushed a
police unit, killing seven police officers and four civilian
prisoners. Investigators looked into all possibilities, including
whether the platoon, the police unit, or both, were involved in
(AP, 3/21/04)(AP, 4/9/04)
2004 Mar 19, In southern
Finland a bus crashed into a truck in icy conditions, killing 24
people and injuring 15.
2004 Mar 19, Georgia's
authorities lifted sanctions against the defiant Adzharia region,
carrying out a new agreement aimed to avert tensions.
2004 Mar 19, In Iraq a reporter
for Arab satellite television station Al-Arabiya died from his
wounds after U.S. soldiers shot him hours earlier along with a
cameraman, who died at the scene.
(AP, 3/19/04)(SFC, 3/30/04, p.A1)
2004 Mar 19, A Mexican police
raid led to the arrests of 42 immigration agents and other
government employees accused of running a network that smuggled
migrants into the US.
(AP, 3/23/04)(SFC, 3/24/04, p.A1)
2004 Mar 19, In Nicaragua
police officers kicked down the door and led convicted former Pres.
Arnoldo Aleman (58) from house arrest at his ranch to a special cell
at a federal prison. Aleman was sentenced to 20 years in prison and
fined $10 million for illegally diverting some $100 million in
government funds to his party's election campaigns during his tenure
in office, which ended in January 2002.
2004 Mar 19, Thousands of
Pakistani army reinforcements joined a major offensive in tribal
border villages where al-Qaeda's No. 2 leader, Ayman al-Zawahri and
hundreds of other militants are believed surrounded.
2004 Mar 19, A senior U.N.
official said that fighting in western Sudan has intensified in
recent weeks, accusing Arab militia of systematically attacking
villages and raping women.
2004 Mar 19, Taiwan President
Chen Shui-bian and his vice president were shot and slightly wounded
in an assassination attempt as they rode in an open vehicle while
campaigning a day before an election.
2004 Mar 19, Yemen security
forces captured the nation's most wanted man and another militant
who escaped from prison last year after being detained for the 2000
bombing of the USS Cole. Jamal Badawi and Fahd al-Quso were arrested
in the mountains of southern Abyan province.
2005 Mar 19, In Florida the
body of missing Jessica Lunsford (9) was found, a day after
officials said John Evander Couey (46), a registered sex offender,
confessed to kidnapping and killing the girl. [see Feb 23] On June
30, 2006, a judge ruled that John Couey's taped confession is
inadmissible in court and will not be heard by members of the jury.
The decision was based on the fact that, at the time the confession
was recorded, police had not granted Couey's repeated requests for
access to a lawyer. It was ruled that all evidence collected after
Couey's confession, including the recovery of Lunsford's body, will
be allowed in court, as will incriminating statements made by Couey
to investigators and a jail guard. The Jessica Lunsford Act was
named after her. It requires tighter restrictions on sex offenders
(such as wearing electronic tracking devices) and increases prison
sentences for some convicted sex offenders. Jessica's Law refers to
similar reform acts initiated by the states. In 2007 a jury decided
that Couey should get the death penalty. On Aug 24 a judge sentenced
Couey to death.
2005 Mar 19, The 42-room
Redstone Castle in the mountains near Aspen was auctioned for $4
million, two years after the IRS seized the century-old mansion in a
fraud investigation. It was completed in 1902 by coal baron John
Cleveland Osgood, who died in the castle he named Cleveholm Manor.
2005 Mar 19, In Colorado an
explosion at the Electric Mountain Lodge, 230 miles SW of Denver,
left 3 children dead. Propane gas was suspected.
(SFC, 3/21/05, p.A3)
2005 Mar 19, It was reported
that Agence France-Presse has sued Google Inc. for copyright
infringement, alleging that the Internet search engine included AFP
headlines, news summaries and photographs published without
2005 Mar 19, John Z. DeLorean
(80), developer of the gull-winged sports car, died in Michigan. He
quit GM in 1973 to launch the DeLorean Motor Car Co. in Northern
Ireland. Eight years later, the DeLorean DMC-12 hit the streets.
8,900 cars were built.
(AP, 3/21/05)(SFC, 3/21/05, p.A2)
2005 Mar 19, A blast at the
Xishui Colliery in Shuozhou, in a major coal-mining area in Shanxi
province, left at least 60 miners dead.
2005 Mar 19, Congo soldiers
arrested Thomas Lubanga, a warlord accused of years of atrocities in
eastern Congo, where UN officials say rival militias have created
the world's worst ongoing humanitarian crisis.
2005 Mar 19, Tens of thousands
of anti-war protesters demonstrated across Europe to mark the second
anniversary of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, with 45,000 marching
from London's Hyde Park past the American Embassy.
2005 Mar 19, Hindu nationalists
set fire to a PepsiCo warehouse in western India to protest the US
denial of a visa for a top state official due to his role in
religious riots in 2002.
2005 Mar 19, In Iraq attackers
gunned down a police officer in Kirkuk, then bombed a funeral
procession carrying his corpse, killing three other policemen and
2005 Mar 19, In Iraq a
previously unknown militant group posted a video on the Internet on
purporting to show 2 Egyptian engineers kidnapped for allegedly
supporting US forces.
2005 Mar 19, Jordan, under
pressure from other Arab countries, accepted amendments to its
contentious proposal that was designed to revise Arab demands on
Israel in return for normal relations.
2005 Mar 19, In Pakistan’s
Baluchistan province a bomb exploded as minority Shiite Muslims
congregated at a shrine in a remote town, killing at least 39 people
and wounding 16.
2005 Mar 19, In Qatar a suicide
car bomb attack on a Doha theater killed one Briton. The next day
Qatar blamed an Egyptian for the attack.
2005 Mar 19, Irina Slutskaya
won the gold medal for the second time at the World Figure Skating
Championships, held in Moscow; Sasha Cohen of the United States won
the silver medal for the second straight year.
2006 Mar 19, President Bush
marked the anniversary of the Iraq war by touting efforts to build
democracy there, without ever mentioning the word "war." Thousands
of anti-war protesters around the world demanded coalition troops
leave Iraq, but demonstrations in many countries were far smaller
than anticipated on the third anniversary of the US-led invasion.
(AP, 3/19/06)(AP, 3/19/07)
2006 Mar 19, Tennessee's
Candace Parker became the first woman to dunk in an NCAA tournament
game, jamming one-handed on a breakaway just 6:12 into the Lady
Vols' 102-54 victory against Army.
2006 Mar 19, Boxer Kevin Payne,
34, died one day after winning an eight-round welterweight bout in
2006 Mar 19, Australian Prime
Minister John Howard's Liberal Party was defeated at the weekend in
two state elections where Labor governments held on to power.
2006 Mar 19, In southern
Afghanistan a suicide car bomber was killed when he rammed his
vehicle into a coalition convoy.
2006 Mar 19, In Belarus exit
poll results gave hard-line incumbent Alexander Lukashenko an
overwhelming lead in the presidential vote. The opposition candidate
said he would not recognize the results. In 2009 Lukashenko said in
an interview that he took 93% of the vote in the polls, but had the
number reduced for "psychological" reasons.
(AP, 3/19/06)(AFP, 8/27/09)
2006 Mar 19, Newmont Mining
suspended exploration on Indonesia's Sumbawa Island after
unidentified people torched a camp for its workers. A local
subsidiary said the "unlawful and violent action" by around 50
people had forced it close the Elang camp and suspend exploration
activities in the area.
2006 Mar 19, In northwestern
Pakistan suspected Islamic militants detonated a roadside bomb near
a police van, killing seven people and wounding four others.
2006 Mar 19, In Seville, Spain,
Muslim and Jewish leaders met in a rare face-to-face forum and
appealed to their faithful not to view each other as enemies and
keep religion from being hijacked by extremists. The 4-day meeting,
called the Second World Congress of Imams and Rabbis for Peace, was
sponsored by Hommes de Parole, a peace foundation based in Paris.
2007 Mar 19, President Bush
marked the fourth anniversary of the start of the Iraq war with a
plea for patience to let his revised battle plan work; Congress' new
Democratic leaders retorted that no patience remained.
2007 Mar 19, US officials said
that the United States and North Korea have resolved a dispute over
$25 million in frozen North Korean funds, clearing the way for
progress in dismantling the North's nuclear programs.
2007 Mar 19, The Airbus A380
made its first flight to North America to show off the superjumbo to
potential US buyers and to the airports they hope will be flight
bases for the double-decker jet. As a test a day earlier, Frankfurt
air show organizers boarded more than 500 people onto the aircraft
using two jetways with an impressive time of less than 20 minutes.
2007 Mar 19, Calvert DeForest
(85), American TV character actor, died. He played Larry “Bud”
Melman on the “Late Night With David Letterman” in the 1980s.
(SFC, 3/21/07, p.B6)
2007 Mar 19, Luther Ingram
(69), rhythm-and-blues singer-songwriter, died.
2007 Mar 19, In Afghanistan
Italian reporter Daniele Mastrogiacomo (52), kidnapped on March 5,
was freed by the Taliban. His translator also was kidnapped and
officials hope he will be released. However, their driver, Sayed
Agha, was beheaded by the captors. The next day the Afghan
government admitted to exchanging 5 Taliban prisoners for the
Italian hostage as the UN and US led criticism of any negotiations
with "terrorists." A suicide car bomber attacked a three-vehicle US
Embassy convoy on a dangerous road in Kabul, killing an Afghan
teenager and wounding 5 security personnel.
(AP, 3/19/07)(AP, 3/20/07)(AFP, 3/22/07)
2007 Mar 19, In Azerbaijan 2
journalists accused of inciting religious hatred with an article
that criticized Islam went on trial, both accusing authorities of
waging a politically motivated prosecution.
2007 Mar 19, Brazil's airlines
were trying to make up for lengthy flight delays after its troubled
air traffic control system failed over the weekend.
2007 Mar 19, A Cambodian court
official said that Prince Norodom Ranariddh has been charged with
adultery for having a mistress while still being legally married to
2007 Mar 19, Jim Flaherty,
Canada’s finance minister, announced the 10th successive annual
(Econ, 3/24/07, p.44)
2007 Mar 19, Egypt's parliament
approved a controversial set of amendments to the constitution that
the opposition has denounced as a blow to democracy. Critics said
the amendments are meant to ease the succession of Pres. Mubarak’s
(AP, 3/19/07)(WSJ, 3/21/07, p.A1)
2007 Mar 19, In Guinea a bridge
collapsed under the weight of a lorry overloaded with passengers and
goods leaving 65 people dead.
(Reuters, 3/20/07, p.A1)
2007 Mar 19, In Indonesia an
official announced that bird flu has killed a 21-year-old man,
taking the death toll in the nation worst hit by the disease to 66.
In Bali the Hindu majority marked the start of the Muslim year 1386
with the new year holiday called Nyepi, a day of silence, rest and
(AP, 3/19/07)(Econ, 3/24/07, p.49)
2007 Mar 19, An explosion at a
Shiite mosque in Baghdad killed at least eight worshippers, the
fourth anniversary of the start of the war. About an hour later,
four blasts occurred in a 35-minute period in different areas of
Kirkuk killing at least 15 people and wounding more than 30. Khalaf
Ghargan, the mayor of the small Shiite village of Dijelah was
kidnapped on his way to work, and his bullet-riddled body was later
found along a highway. Gunmen also attacked a police checkpoint
northwest of Samarra killing one policeman and wounding three
others. Iraqi and US troops engaged in a major operation as part of
a security crackdown in the volatile Hurriyah neighborhood in
northern Baghdad. The state-run Iraqiya network said six civilians
(AP, 3/19/07)(AP, 3/20/07)
2007 Mar 19, The Macau Monetary
Authority said it would release 25 million dollars in North Korean
funds frozen at a bank under US financial sanctions.
2007 Mar 19, In northwestern
Pakistan pro-government tribesman and Uzbek militants clashed,
leaving about 30 dead in fighting that began after an Arab was found
shot to death in the area.
2007 Mar 19, In northern
Lebanon rival Palestinian factions clashed in a refugee camp,
shaking the camp with explosions and wounding at least two gunmen.
2007 Mar 19, Hamas militants
claimed responsibility for a shooting that wounded an Israeli
civilian near the border with the Gaza Strip.
2007 Mar 19, A methane gas
explosion ripped through a Siberian coal mine, killing 110 miners in
the country's worst mining disaster in more than a decade.
(WSJ, 3/21/07, p.A1)(AP, 3/19/08)
2007 Mar 19, In South Africa
waves reaching up to eight meters (26 feet) high pounded Durban,
smashing windows and flooding businesses.
2007 Mar 19, Sudan's Pres.
Bashir denied his government was involved in widespread human rights
abuses in Darfur, where an estimated 200,000 people have been killed
in what the US says is the first genocide of this century. Amnesty
International said 2 Sudanese women have been sentenced to death by
stoning for adultery after a trial in which they had no lawyer and
which used Arabic, not their first language. Sadia Idriss Fadul was
sentenced on Feb 13 and Amouna Abdallah Daldoum on March 6 and their
sentences could be carried out at any time.
(Reuters, 3/19/07)(Reuters, 3/20/07)
2007 Mar 19, In Thailand
suspected Muslim separatists shot and killed three Buddhist women
involved with a project for victims of the insurgency.
2007 Mar 19, A Yemen military
official said government forces seized a number of bases belonging
to Shiite rebels in northern Yemen following fighting that drove
some 2,500 civilians from their homes. Military officials said that
144 Yemeni troops have been killed since January.
2008 Mar 19, Antiwar protests
were held in cities across the US on the 5th anniversary of the war
in Iraq. In SF some 150 people were arrested.
(SFC, 3/20/08, p.A1)(WSJ, 3/20/08, p.A1)
2008 Mar 19, In Oakland, Ca.,
police shot and killed Jose Luis Buenrostro (15) who allegedly aimed
a sawed-off shotgun at them.
(SFC, 3/20/08, p.B2)
2008 Mar 19, VISA opened for
trading on the NYSE after setting an IPO price of $44 per share, the
largest public offering in US history. Visa shares closed at $56.60.
(SFC, 3/19/08, p.C1)(SFC, 3/20/08, p.C1)
2008 Mar 19, Flooding forced
hundreds of people to flee their homes and closed scores of roads
across a wide swath of the US midsection as a huge storm system
poured as much as 10 inches of rain on the region. Flooding was
reported in parts of Arkansas, southern Illinois, southern Indiana,
Missouri and Kentucky with over a dozen deaths.
(AP, 3/19/08)(AP, 3/20/08)
2008 Mar 19, Colorado health
officials told residents of Alamosa to stop drinking and cooking
with tap water, after tap water samples tested positive for
salmonella contamination. By March 22 over 200 cases were reported.
2008 Mar 19, Osama bin Laden
accused Pope Benedict XVI of helping in a "new Crusade" against
Islam and warned of a "severe" reaction to European publications of
cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad that insulted many Muslims.
2008 Mar 19, US forces
searching for bomb makers raided Afghan homes near the border with
Pakistan, exchanging gunfire with militants. Six people were killed,
including two children and a woman.
2008 Mar 19, Philip Jones
Griffiths (72), Welsh-born photojournalist, died. He spent years
traveling across Vietnam to capture the effects of the war on its
2008 Mar 19, Paul Scofield
(b.1922), towering British stage actor, died. He won international
fame and an Academy Award for the film "A Man for All Seasons," in
which he played Sir Thomas More.
2008 Mar 19, Arthur C. Clarke
(b.1917), English-born science fiction writer, died in Sri Lanka.
Clarke wrote or collaborated on close to 100 books and had moved to
Sri Lanka in 1956. He had just finished his last novel, co-authored
with Frederik Pohl, titled “The Last Theorem.”
(AP, 3/19/08)(SFC, 3/19/08, p.A2)(SSFC, 8/10/08,
2008 Mar 19, China called the
Dalai Lama a "wolf in monk's robes" and said it was locked in a
"life-and-death battle" with his supporters after protests marking
the biggest challenge to Chinese rule in Tibet in almost two
decades. Lhasa prosecutors announced the arrest of 24 suspects on
charges of endangering state security.
(AP, 3/19/08)(WSJ, 3/20/08, p.A1)
2008 Mar 19, Conservationists
said Honore Mashagiro, a ranger in Congo's Virunga National Park,
has been arrested for allegedly masterminding the massacre last
summer of 10 endangered mountain gorillas.
2008 Mar 19, Chantal Sebire
(52), who suffered from a painful facial tumor and had drawn
headlines across France with her quest for doctor-assisted suicide,
was found dead. On Mar 17 a court in the city of Dijon rejected her
request to be allowed to receive a lethal dose of barbiturates under
a doctor's supervision.
2008 Mar 19, In Iraq a female
suicide bomber detonated an explosives vest packed with ball
bearings near a bus terminal northeast of Baghdad, killing at least
three people. US troops accidentally killed three Iraqi policemen
and wounded another, the latest in a series of friendly fire
2008 Mar 19, In Japan Masaaki
Takahashi (61) of Tokyo was found fatally stabbed in his cab in
Yokosuka, about a half-mile from a US naval base. US and Japanese
authorities soon began searching for a US sailor for questioning in
the killing of the Japanese taxi driver. On April 2 US sailor
Olatunbosun Ugbogu (22), a Nigerian national, admitted during police
questioning that he had killed the man. On July 30, 2009, Ugbogu was
sentenced to life in prison.
(AP, 3/21/08)(AFP, 4/2/08)(AP, 7/30/09)
2008 Mar 19, Kosovo
independence was recognized by Bulgaria, Croatia and Hungary.
(WSJ, 3/20/08, p.A1)
2008 Mar 19, Kuwait’s ruled
dissolved Parliament and set elections for May 17 after a political
standoff delayed reforms.
(WSJ, 3/20/08, p.A1)
2008 Mar 19, In southern Nepal
masked gunmen shot and killed Kamal Prasad Adhikari, a candidate
from a small communist party contesting upcoming elections.
2008 Mar 19, Legislators
elected Pakistan's first female speaker of parliament, seating
Fehmida Mirza, a follower and lookalike of assassinated former PM
2008 Mar 19, In the Russian
region of Chechnya 9 people were been killed in an hour-long clash
between police and unidentified gunmen.
2008 Mar 19, Uganda said that
Lord's Resistance Army rebel leader Joseph Kony has left his base in
the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and moved to the Central
2009 Mar 19, Pres. Obama
appeared on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno” and captured some 11.2%
of TV households in 56 US markets.
(WSJ, 3/20/09, p.A4)
2009 Mar 19, A report issued by
the US Interior Department said one-third of the nation's endangered
birds are in Hawaii. 31 Hawaiian bird species were listed as
endangered, more than anywhere else in the country. The native birds
were threatened by the destruction of their habitats by invasive
plant species and feral animals like pigs, goats and sheep, habitat
loss and insect born diseases. The report also said energy
production of all types — wind, ethanol and mountaintop coal mining
— was contributing to steep drops in bird populations.
2009 Mar 19, In New York Hank
Morris, a political advisor, and David J. Loglisci were indicted on
allegations of extracting improper fees in exchange for investments
from New York state’s pension fund.
(WSJ, 4/18/09, p.C1)(http://tinyurl.com/crt5kx)
2009 Mar 19, In NYC Henry
Morris (55), political adviser to former New York comptroller Alan
Hevesi, and David J. Loglisci (38), former New York Deputy
Comptroller, were arrested on charged in a 123-count indictment that
included money laundering, corruption and bribery charges. Some $30
million was allegedly paid to Mr. Morris in a pay-to-play scheme.
(WSJ, 3/20/09, p.C1)
2009 Mar 19, Josias Kumpf (83),
a former Nazi concentration-camp guard, was deported from Wisconsin
to Austria, despite objections from his lawyer that the guard was
simply present at the Trawniki Labor Camp in Poland but committed no
acts of persecution [see Nov 3, 1943].
2009 Mar 19, South Dakota Gov.
Mike rounds signed legislation banning smoking from all indoor
(SFC, 3/20/09, p.A8)
2009 Mar 19, Howard Feldman
(67), an American psychiatrist, was arrested in the Philippines on
charges of tricking an upstate New York couple into wiring him
$70,000 for a bogus liver transplant, that the husband died waiting
for. Feldman has been on the run since 2001.
(SFC, 3/20/09, p.A8)
2009 Mar 19, Cisco Systems said
it will pay around $590 million to acquire Pure Digital Technology,
a maker of pocket sized camcorders.
(WSJ, 3/20/09, p.B5)
2009 Mar 19, In Afghanistan
Helmand MP Dad Mohammad Khan, a key anti-Taliban lawmaker, was
killed with four other men when a bomb tore through their vehicle.
Australia’s defense chief said a bomb disposal expert was killed
trying to defuse a device in Afghanistan, announcing the country's
10th combat death there.
(AFP, 3/19/09)(AP, 3/19/09)
2009 Mar 19, Al-Qaida's chief
Osama bin Laden urged Somali militants to overthrow the country's
new president in a new Web audiotape, trying to torpedo a new push
for peace in a lawless African nation where many fear al-Qaida is
gaining a foothold.
2009 Mar 19, Brazil's Supreme
Court sided with Amazonian Indians in a land dispute that some have
called critical for determining the future of the rainforest that
sprawls the size of Western Europe. The court ruling upheld the
Raposa Serra do Sol reservation for 18,000 Indians who lay claim to
their ancestral land, despite a handful of large-scale farmers who
also occupy the territory in the northernmost reaches of Amazon
jungle bordering Venezuela.
2009 Mar 19, In Quito, Ecuador,
a small army plane crashed into an apartment building, killing seven
people and sending a fireball into the evening sky. The dead
included 3 soldiers, the pilot’s wife and son and 2 people on the
2009 Mar 19, In France hundreds
of thousands of people began protests expected to draw at least a
million demonstrators to the streets to denounce President Nicolas
Sarkozy's handling of the economic crisis.
2009 Mar 19, A US airstrike on
a militant hideout south of Balad Ruz in Diyala province killed at
least 11 insurgents. A US soldier died from non-combat causes.
2009 Mar 19, Former Israeli
President Moshe Katsav was indicted on rape and other sexual offense
charges, after calling off a plea deal that would have allowed him
to escape jail time.
2009 Mar 19, Southern African
nations declared they will not recognize Madagascar's new leader, an
army-backed politician who ousted an elected president. The US said
it would reconsider aid to the island nation.
2009 Mar 19, In Mexico new
tariffs on 89 products took effect in retaliation for a US decision
last week to cancel a cross-border program that gave Mexican
truckers access to their northern neighbor's highways.
2009 Mar 19, In Pakistan
suspected Taliban militants fired a rocket that killed 8 people on a
supply rout to Afghanistan.
(WSJ, 3/20/09, p.A1)
2009 Mar 19, Pirates off the
coast of Somalia seized the St. Vincent-flagged Titan, with 24 crew
members on board, including a Greek captain and 3 Greek crew
members. A Turkish warship foiled a pirate attack on a Turkish
commercial ship in the Gulf of Aden.
2009 Mar 19, A Thailand army
spokesman said a roadside bomb had killed four paramilitary rangers
on an intelligence-gathering operation in southern Pattani province.
2010 Mar 19, A panel of the US
Second Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the Federal Reserve must
reveal documents identifying financial companies that received Fed
loans to survive the financial crisis.
(SFC, 3/20/10, p.D2)
2010 Mar 19, In Las Vegas a
fire at the private Gilcrease Nature Sanctuary killed over 250
exotic birds and a dog.
(SFC, 3/20/10, p.A5)
2010 Mar 19, Australia's
Hollywood A-listers, prime minister and top tycoons launched a new
campaign for Aboriginal jobs with a spectacular light show at
Sydney's iconic Opera House.
2010 Mar 19, In London
last-ditch talks aimed at preventing a strike by some 12,000 British
Airways (BA) cabin crew collapsed, leaving thousands of passengers
facing chaos within hours.
2010 Mar 19, Cambodia’s foreign
ministry said Cambodia has temporarily suspended marriages between
South Koreans and its citizens to curb human trafficking. The latest
ban came after the March 3 conviction of a Cambodian matchmaker who
arranged marriages between Korean men and 25 Cambodian brides.
2010 Mar 19, In Colombia
Clodomiro Castilla (50), a reporter and announcer at La Voz de
Monteria radio, was gunned down on his front porch. Castilla, a
father of four, had reported on far-right drug-funded militias known
as paramilitaries and their friendly ties to the area's business
2010 Mar 19, The US condemned
Ethiopia's blocking of Voice of America broadcasts, calling the
country's accusations of the US radio service "baseless and
2010 Mar 19, In Haiti one of
the heaviest rainfalls since the Jan. 12 earthquake swamped homeless
camps, sweeping screaming residents into eddies of water,
overflowing latrines and panicking thousands.
2010 Mar 19, In Iraq a roadside
bomb and a gun attack killed four people and wounded seven others in
2010 Mar 19, Japan said it will
boost its aid to quake-hit Haiti to 100 million dollars as the
country's foreign minister prepared to visit the impoverished
Caribbean nation this weekend.
2010 Mar 19, In Mexico a
shootout between soldiers and gunmen in the northern city of
Monterrey killed two bystanders, graduate students studying
engineering at Monterrey Tech University. Suspected gang members
also blocked roads in the city for the second day, in a bold attempt
to impede security patrols. The navy announced the capture of
Alberto "Bad Boy" Mendoza, suspected of being a chief cartel
operator linked to the Beltran Leyva gang and others in Monterrey.
(AP, 3/20/10)(AP, 3/22/10)
2010 Mar 19, It was reported
that February storms in Michoacan, Mexico, killed some 50-60% of the
wintering monarch butterfly population.
(SFC, 3/19/10, p.A10)
2010 Mar 19, A Nigerian armed
rebel group claimed to have blown up an oil facility in the restive
oil-producing Niger Delta region and threatened to step up attacks
in coming days.
2010 Mar 19, Palestinians in
east Jerusalem and the West Bank lobbed rocks at Israeli security
forces, set garbage bins and tires ablaze and torched an Israeli
flag in a new outbreak of violence over contested Jerusalem building
plans and unsubstantiated rumors about threats to the city's holiest
shrine. Israeli aircraft fired five missiles at Gaza's defunct
airport and nearby border tunnels, wounding at least 12 people.
2010 Mar 19, A Krakow court
ruled that allegations in the 2009 biography "Lech Walesa: The Idea
and History" by Pawel Zyzak that Walesa served as a communist
informant were slanderous. A 2000 special court already cleared
Walesa of collaboration allegations.
2010 Mar 19, Polish authorities
said a herd of some 300 bison in southeastern Poland is at risk from
tuberculosis after one recently died of the disease.
2010 Mar 19, In Russia the
international Quartet for the Middle East met in Moscow in a bid to
revive the peace process despite tensions after Israel's
announcement of new settler homes and a deadly rocket attack.
2010 Mar 19, In Somalia at
least three masked men armed with pistols shot Sheikh Daud Ali
Hasan, a senior commander of the insurgent group al-Shabab, several
times in the head and chest as he was coming out of a mosque in
2010 Mar 19, Spanish ministers
approved a wide-ranging 10-year reform plan designed to wean the
economy off its dependence on construction and create broader, more
sustainable growth as the country fights to climb out of recession.
2010 Mar 19, Thai
anti-government protesters announced plans to snarl up the capital
with a travelling rally in a bid to win support after rejecting a
conditional offer of talks by PM Abhisit Vejjajiva.
2010 Mar 19, Turkish
authorities indicted 33 people in an alleged secularist plot to
destabilize Turkey and overthrow the government. The suspects
included three retired or active-duty admirals and dozens of other
2010 Mar 19, Venezuelan
prosecutors charged a government opponent with conspiracy and other
crimes after he said on a television program that the country has
become a haven for drug trafficking.
2010 Mar 19, Yemen's Pres. Ali
Abdullah Saleh declared the country's six-year war with northern
rebels over, saying the Shiite militants are living up to a
cease-fire agreement signed last month.
2011 Mar 19, President Barack
Obama landed in Brasilia, the highland capital of Brazil, for the
start of a three-country, five-day tour of Latin America to promote
greater economic ties and improved regional security.
2011 Mar 19, Pres. Obama
authorized limited military action against Libya. Operation Odyssey
Dawn became the US code name for the international military
operation in Libya enforcing United Nations Security Council
Resolution 1973. The Pentagon said 112 cruise missiles were launched
from US and UK ships and subs, hitting 20 targets.
2011 Mar 19, The US ambassador
to Mexico, Carlos Pascual, resigned amid furor over a leaked
diplomatic cable in which he complained about inefficiency and
infighting among Mexican security forces in the campaign against
2011 Mar 19, In Sandusky, Ohio,
police officer Andrew Dunn (30) died after exchanging gunshots with
bicyclist Kevin Randleman (50).
(SSFC, 3/20/11, p.A10)
2011 Mar 19, Bahrain's king
pledged to bring reforms and another demonstrator was confirmed to
have died in a crackdown on pro-democracy protesters, as
international calls mounted for restraint.
2011 Mar 19, British office
worker Sian O'Callaghan (22) went missing. She has not been seen
since leaving Suju nightclub in Swindon. Her mobile phone was active
in the Savernake Forest, near Malborough, just 34 minutes after she
left the nightclub.
2011 Mar 19, Six Danish F-16
fighter jets landed at the US air base in Sigonella, Sicily, and a
half-dozen US aircraft arrived elsewhere as the military buildup
mounted in Italy for possible action against Libya.
2011 Mar 19, Egyptians lined up
by the hundreds to vote on constitutional amendments sponsored by
the ruling military. Voters overwhelmingly approved changes in the
constitution, opening the way for parliamentary and presidential
elections within months. Over 14 million voted yes versus some 4
million voting no. The turnout was about 41% of eligible voters.
(AP, 3/19/11)(AP, 3/21/11)(Econ, 3/26/11, p.55)
2011 Mar 19, French President
Nicolas Sarkozy said that French warplanes are already targeting
Gadhafi's forces. 22 participants at a summit in Paris "agreed to
put in place all the means necessary, in particular military" to
make Gadhafi respect a March 17 UN Security Council resolution to
protect civilian areas. Libyan government tanks and troops reached
the edges of Benghazi in fierce fighting that killed more than 120.
Gibreil Hewadi, a member of the rebel health committee, said the
dead included rebel fighters and civilians, among them women and
(AP, 3/19/11)(AP, 3/20/11)
2011 Mar 19, In Germany Knut, a
four-year-old celebrity bear, died in front of hundreds of visitors,
taking keepers, animal experts and fans by surprise. Experts later
said he drowned after swelling of his brain caused him to collapse
and fall into his enclosure's pool.
(AP, 3/20/11)(AP, 4/1/11)
2011 Mar 19, In northeastern
India a fire raged through a refugee camp in Nifingpara camp in
Tripura state, killing 21 people and injuring about 100. The camp
was home to some 5,000 families from the minority Bru ethnic group,
which in 1997 fled alleged persecution in neighboring Mizoram state.
2011 Mar 19, An Iranian plane
bound for Syria landed in Turkey’s southeastern city of Diyarbakir
for a search of its cargo. The plane carried light weapons,
including automatic rifles, rocket launchers and mortars, which were
seized. The plane returned to Iran March 22 without the seized
2011 Mar 19, One of Japan's six
tsunami-crippled nuclear reactors appeared to stabilize but the
country suffered another blow after discovering traces of radiation
in food and water from near the stricken power plant. Crews fighting
to cool reactors managed to connect a power line. Japan halted sales
of food products near Fukushima because of contamination by a
radioactive element which can pose a short-term health risk. Japan's
police agency said 7,348 are dead and 10,947 are missing after last
week's earthquake and tsunami.
(AP, 3/19/11)(AFP, 3/19/11)(Reuters, 3/19/11)
2011 Mar 19, Libya’s Moammar
Gadhafi took advantage of international indecision to attack the
heart of the 5-week-old uprising, sending troops, tanks and
warplanes to swarm the first city seized by the rebels. Fighting
raged around Benghazi, with air strikes, tank fire and shelling
rocking the Mediterranean city as a rebel warplane went down in
(AP, 3/19/11)(AFP, 3/19/11)
2011 Mar 19, Libyan officials
detained the crew of an Italian ship docked in Tripoli and prevented
the vessel from leaving port. The "Asso 22" tug of the Naples-based
shipping company Augusta Offshore SrL had 8 Italian, 2 Indian and a
Ukrainian crew member aboard. Agence France-Presse journalists Dave
Clark and Roberto Schmidt went missing while working in the eastern
(AP, 3/20/11)(AFP, 3/20/11)
2011 Mar 19, Libyan military
detained journalists Dave Clark (38), photographer Roberto Schmidt
(45), of AFP; and Joe Raedle (45), a photographer for Getty Images.
2011 Mar 19, In Libya Mohammed
Nabbous (b.1983), an information technologist, blogger,
businessperson and civilian journalist, was killed while reporting
on attempts by government forces to fight revolutionaries and attack
civilians in Benghazi. He had set up camera feeds to a video
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mohammed_Nabbous)(Econ, 1/14/12, p.58)
2011 Mar 19, In Mexico gunmen
opened fire in a bar in Acapulco killing 10 people.
(SSFC, 3/20/11, p.A4)
2011 Mar 19, In Mexico Arturo
Jose Iniguez (26), a Texas Cameron County Assistant District
Attorney, was found dead in Matamoros. Autopsy results later showed
he had killed himself by ingesting poison.
2011 Mar 19, Palestinian
militants in Gaza fired 54 rockets into Israel, the heaviest barrage
in two years. A Hamas official was killed and four civilians were
wounded when Israel hit back with tank fire and air strikes. The
Israeli army opened fire on two men who were spotted moving
suspiciously toward a frontier "no-go" zone. The bodies of Salah Abu
Attwa and Imad Faraj, both 17, were found the next day.
(AP, 3/19/11)(AFP, 3/20/11)
2011 Mar 19, In the southern
Philippines suspected communist rebels stormed the main police
station in Panabo city, killing an officer and wounding four others
in a daring attack on a government center that was repulsed by
outnumbered police officers.
2011 Mar 19, In Senegal a
sit-in at Dakar's Place de l'Independance drew between 1,000 and
2,000 demonstrators, primarily young men.
2011 Mar 19, In Serbia
thousands of anti-government protesters rallied in the central town
of Cacak to demand the government call early elections over the deep
2011 Mar 19, In Spain six
firefighters died when their helicopter crashed in a remote region
in the northeastern province of Aragon as they flew to try and put
out a wildfire. A seventh crew member survived the accident.
2011 Mar 19, In Yemen a brutal
crackdown failed to stop massive protests against the US-backed
president, who attacked a protest camp in the south's main city but
couldn't halt demonstrations there or in the capital.
2011 Mar 19, Zimbabwe police
banned a rally planned by PM Tsvangirai. Some of his supporters were
beaten as they approached the event site, plunging the country's
fragile coalition government deeper into crisis.
2012 Mar 19, In California
Korey Kauffman (26) of Turlock, a seller of scrap metal, went
missing. His decomposing body was found on Aug 19, 2013, in the
Mariposa County forest. In 2015 Modesto lawyer Frank Carson, his
wife and three CHP officers were arrested along with five
accomplices in connection with Kauffman’s murder. They allegedly
killed Kauffman for stealing scrap metal Carson’s scrap yard in
(SFC, 8/15/15, p.A1)(http://tinyurl.com/p6x2zs2)
2012 Mar 19, Apple Corp. said
it will reinstate a dividend, absent since 1995, and begin a $10
billion share buyback program. Shares closed at $601.10.
(SFC, 3/20/12, p.D1)
2012 Mar 19, UPS under Scott
Davis announced that it would buy TNT Express, a Dutch company, for
(Econ, 3/24/12, p.67)
2012 Mar 19, Australia’s
parliament passed a mining tax on profits from coal and iron ore.
(Econ, 3/24/12, p.41)
2012 Mar 19, Cambodia's
UN-backed war crimes court was rocked by the second resignation of
an international judge in recent months. Laurent Kasper-Ansermet of
Switzerland said in a statement his authority to investigate
possible third and fourth cases at the tribunal had been constantly
blocked by his Cambodian counterpart.
2012 Mar 19, In China Lobsang
Tsultrim (20), a Tibetan Buddhist monk, died in detention. He set
himself on fire on March 16 in Aba town, a flashpoint for such
2012 Mar 19, An Egyptian
military court acquitted Mohammed al-Zawahiri, the brother of
Al-Qaeda's leader Ayman, overturning a death sentence in a new
trial. The trial also acquitted several other former militants
including Sayyed Imam Fadl, once the spiritual leader of the
Egyptian Islamic Jihad and mentor of Ayman al-Zawahiri.
2012 Mar 19, EU nations backed
a complete ban on removing shark’s fins before throwing them into
the sea to die. 75 million sharks were said to be killed annually
for their fins, with the EU being the biggest exporter.
(SFC, 3/20/12, p.A3)
2012 Mar 19, In France a gunman
burst into a Jewish school in Toulouse shooting dead Jewish rabbi
Jonathan Sandler (30), his two sons and another child in the third
such deadly attack in a week. The next day police identified Mohamed
Merah (b.1988), a French petty criminal of Algerian origin, as the
killer. Special forces cornered him in a building. Merah had spent
time in Pakistan and Afghanistan and claimed to be an Al-Qaeda
3/21/12)(Econ, 3/1/14, p.2014)
2012 Mar 19, In southern India
police arrested nearly 200 activists who were protesting the start
of work at a long-stalled nuclear power plant in Tamil Nadu's
Koodankulam region. Engineers resumed working the next day on one of
two 1,000-megawatt nuclear reactors after the local government gave
the green light for the resumption of the Russia-backed project.
2012 Mar 19, In India G.D.
Agrawal (80), a former professor of environmental engineering who is
also known as Swami Gyan Swaroopanand, was hospitalized in Varanasi
during a hunger strike to protest against pollution and dams in the
holy Ganges river. He has refused food and water since March 8.
2012 Mar 19, Israeli passed a
new law that bans the showing overly thin models from local
advertising in an attempt to fight the spread of eating disorders.
2012 Mar 19, Myanmar released
the senior leader of the ethnic Karen National Union rebel group,
Mahn Nyein Maung, from Yangon's Insein prison under a presidential
pardon. He was arrested last year by Chinese authorities, who
deported him to Myanmar, where he was sentenced last week to 20
years in jail.
2012 Mar 19, In Norway an
avalanche killed 5 people and one person was dug out alive after
Swiss and French skiers were buried on Sorbmegaisa mountain.
(SFC, 3/20/12, p.A2)
2012 Mar 19, Pakistani military
assaulted suspected militant hide outs outside Miranshah, but the
attack left three civilians dead and 15 wounded.
2012 Mar 19, In Somalia several
mortars hit houses as families slept in Mogadishu. A father, mother
and two children were killed in one house. Another round killed two
other civilians. An additional 12 people were wounded.
2012 Mar 19, Somalia's national
theatre reopened in the war-ravaged capital Mogadishu for the first
time in 20 years with the president voicing hope it would mark a
watershed in the long quest for peace.
2012 Mar 19, South African
officials said 135 endangered rhinoceros have been killed by
poachers so far this year, about a third of the number killed during
all of 2011.
2012 Mar 19, In Syria rare
gunbattles between security forces and rebels broke out in an
upscale Damascus neighborhood where embassies are located and senior
officials live. It was one of the most serious confrontations in the
tightly controlled capital since the anti-government uprising began
a year ago. At least 4 people were killed.
2012 Mar 19, A UN report said
Israeli settlers have taken over dozens of natural springs in the
West Bank, limiting or preventing Palestinian access to much-needed
2012 Mar 19, Six Zimbabwean
activists, arrested a year ago at a meeting to discuss the Arab
Spring uprisings, were convicted of inciting public violence. They
faced up to 10 years in prison. They were among 45 activists
arrested in February 2011 while watching a video of the protests
that toppled Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak. On March 21 the court
decided not to imprison the 6 activists, and sentenced them instead
to 420 hours of community service and a fine of $500 each.
(AFP, 3/19/12)(SFC, 3/22/12, p.A2)
2013 Mar 19, The US Supreme
Court ruled 6-3 that publishers and manufacturers can’t block
imports of copyrighted items made and sold abroad.
(SFC, 3/20/13, p.C1)
2013 Mar 19, Colorado prisons
chief Tom Clements (58) was shot and killed at his home in Monument.
2013 Mar 19, In Ohio T.J. Lane
(18) cursed and gestured obscenely as he was given three life
sentences for shooting to death three students at the Chardon
High School cafeteria in Feb, 2012.
2013 Mar 19, Harry Reems (65),
former porn star born as Herbert Streicher, died in Salt Lake City.
He co-starred in the 1972 movie “Deep Throat.”
(SFC, 3/21/13, p.A8)
2013 Mar 19, PM David Cameron's
spokesman said Britain will trim the budgets of most government
departments by 1 percent a year over the next two years to raise
money for capital spending. The government also said up to 400,000
more Britons will qualify for a new higher flat-rate state pension
and introduce the reform a year earlier than expected.
2013 Mar 19, An English judge
said oligarch Mukhtar Ablyazov, who has been in hiding since he was
sentenced to jail for contempt of court last year, organised a
complex fraud to embezzle billions of dollars from Kazakh bank BTA.
2013 Mar 19, A British court
ruled that two Saudi princes involved in litigation in London over a
business dispute did not have immunity from being sued, a new blow
to the royal pair after they failed in an attempt to have the case
heard in secret. The litigation, which has been going through
British courts since December 2011, stems from sales in 2010 and
2011 of shares in Fi Call Ltd, a company jointly owned by Prince
Abdulaziz and Jordanian businessman Faisal Almhairat.
2013 Mar 19, Cyprus lawmakers
unanimously rejected a proposed rescue package that included taxes
on bank depositor accounts.
(Econ, 3/23/13, p.75)
2013 Mar 19, Egyptian security
forces arrested Ahmed Ahmed Qaddaf al-Dam, a former Libyan
intelligence official and a cousin of former dictator Moammar
Gadhafi, following an hours-long siege of his home in Cairo.
2013 Mar 19, In southern Egypt
hundreds of Muslim villagers attacked Christian-owned stores in
search of a girl whose family claims was abducted in Bani Suef
province. The college-aged girl disappeared around one month ago.
2013 Mar 19, French budget
minister Jerome Cahuzac, ensnared in a ballooning scandal over
suspected tax fraud and money laundering, became the first
resignation in President Francois Hollande's 10-month-old Socialist
government. On April 2 Cahuzac admitted to holding a foreign bank
account for 20 years.
(AP, 3/19/13)(Econ, 4/6/13, p.59)
2013 Mar 19, German researchers
said that they have completed the first high-quality sequencing of a
(SFC, 3/20/13, p.A2)
2013 Mar 19, Hungary's Minister
of Human Resources asked journalist Ferenc Szaniszlo to return
a state award he received onmarch 16 after Israel and the United
States complained about disparaging remarks Szaniszlo had made
earlier about Gypsies and Jews.
2013 Mar 19, In western India a
bus packed with passengers crashed through a guard rail and fell off
a bridge, killing at least 37 people and injuring another 15 in
2013 Mar 19, In Iraq a wave of
bombings tore through the Baghdad area, killing 65 people on the eve
of the 10th anniversary of the US-led invasion and more than a year
after the withdrawal of American troops. The next day the Islamic
State of Iraq said the car bombs and other explosions came to avenge
the executions and "massacres" of convicted Sunni inmates held in
(AP, 3/19/13)(AP, 3/20/13)
2013 Mar 19, In Japan power was
restored to two fuel storage pools at the tsunami-damaged nuclear
plant, but two others have been without fresh cooling water for more
than a day, raising concerns about the fragility of a facility that
still runs on makeshift equipment.
2013 Mar 19, Malaysia’s PM
Najib Razak reported economic growth of 5.6% for 2012. He also
announced that a scheme to give cash handouts to poorer households
will become an annual event.
(Econ, 3/23/13, p.45)
2013 Mar 19, The Philippine
Supreme Court temporarily halted the implementation of the
Responsible Parenthood and Reproduction Health Act of 2012, a law
that provides state funding for contraceptives. The legislation was
opposed by the dominant Roman Catholic Church but supported by
reproductive health activists.
(AP, 3/19/13)(SSFC, 3/24/13, p.A4)
2013 Mar 19, Romania's defense
minister said US plans to deploy anti-missile interceptors in his
country are going ahead and that Romania has an "exceptional"
partnership with the United States. US officials have stressed they
will deploy shorter-range missiles to Poland and Romania.
2013 Mar 19, In South
Africa two robbers stealing a safe shot and killed five
Pakistani men and wounded a sixth in a ghetto outside the tourist
resort of Cape Town. Police soon arrested a 28-year-old South
African who had a gun and the safe.
2013 Mar 19, Syria's opposition
coalition meeting in Istanbul elected Ghassan Hitto, a little-known
American-educated IT manager and Islamic activist, to head an
interim government to administer areas seized by rebel forces from
President Bashar Assad's troops.
2013 Mar 19, Syria's Deputy
Foreign Minister Faysal Mekdad said 31 people were killed in an
alleged rebel chemical attack in Aleppo province. Rebels denied the
government claim and blamed regime forces for today’s missile attack
on Khan al-Assad village.
(AP, 3/19/13)(AP, 3/20/13)
2013 Mar 19, In Turkey
assailants fired a rocket at PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan's party
headquarters and hurled two hand-grenades at the Justice Ministry's
parking lot, wounding one person. The outlawed Revolutionary
People's Liberation Party-Front, or DHKP-C, soon said it carried out
the attacks in retaliation for a recent police crackdown on its
2013 Mar 19, In Turkey Mohamed
Mahmoud (27), an Islamic extremist wanted by Germany for allegedly
calling for terrorist attacks, was arrested in Hatay province.
Berlin soon began negotiating his extradition.
2013 Mar 19, In Vatican City
Pope Francis laid out the priorities of his pontificate during his
installation Mass, urging the princes, presidents, sheiks and
thousands of ordinary people attending to protect the environment,
the weakest and the poorest.
2013 Mar 19, Zimbabwe's
electoral body said that 94.5 percent of voters cast a ballot in
favor of a new constitution that calls for a strengthening of human
rights and a curb on presidential powers after a decade of political
and economic turmoil in the southern African nation.
2014 Mar 19, The US government
announced a $1.2 billion settlement with Toyota Motor Corp. and
filed a criminal charge alleging the company defrauded consumers by
issuing misleading statements about safety issues in Toyota and
Lexus vehicles. From 2010 through 2012, Toyota Motor Corp. paid
fines totaling more than $66 million for delays in reporting
unintended acceleration problems.
2014 Mar 19, US Vice President
Joe Biden met with leaders of Lithuania and Latvia, part of a quick
trip to reassure Baltic allies worried about what an emboldened,
aggressive Russia might mean for their nations.
2014 Mar 19, In California
Mendocino County Sheriff’s Deputy Ricky Del Fiorentino was shot and
killed when he encountered Ricardo Anthony Chaney (32) on Highway 1
north of Fort Bragg. Chaney was later shot and killed by another
Fort Bragg police officer. Authorities believed that Chaney had shot
and killed George Bundy Wasson (79), a retired Univ. of Oregon
instructor and Coquille Tribe elder, earlier the same day in Eugene,
(SFC, 3/21/14, p.D2)(SFC, 3/24/14, p.C2)(SFC,
2014 Mar 19, Rev. Fred Phelps
(84), an anti-gay minister and head of the Westboro Baptist Church
in Kansas, died.
(SFC, 3/21/14, p.D2)
2014 Mar 19, In NY state
Tonawanda Coke Corp. was fined $12.5 million for illegally releasing
carcinogen benzene into the air and improperly handling hazardous
(SFC, 3/20/14, p.A6)
2014 Mar 19, IBM said it is
teaming up with the New York Genome Center to help fight brain
cancer. IBM said its Watson cloud computing system will be used in
partnership with the genetic research center to help sequence DNA
for the treatment of glioblastoma, the most common type of brain
cancer in US adults.
(SFC, 3/20/14, p.C2)
2014 Mar 19, Tango, a mobile
messaging app-maker, announced it has raised $280 million in a new
funding round led by Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding
2014 Mar 19, Australia’s
Courier Mail reported that Canar Temel (22), a soldier who went AWOL
from his Brisbane unit two years ago, has turned up dead after
fighting alongside ISIL rebels in Syria.
(SSFC, 3/23/14, p.A4)
2014 Mar 19, Bangladesh
opposition leader Khaleda Zia was ordered to stand trial over
charges that she and her associates embezzled more than $650,000 in
a case that could see her jailed for life.
2014 Mar 19, In Belgium a shell
or grenade from WWI exploded in an industrial site in Flanders
killing two construction workers.
(SFC, 3/20/14, p.A2)
2014 Mar 19, A raid by Egyptian
police, military and special forces on a suspected bomb factory
outside of Cairo turned into an hours-long gun battle with
insurgents who detonated car bombs in clashes that killed two
high-ranking officers and at least 6 militants. A boy (13) was shot
dead in clashes in the south of the country between police and
protesters supporting deposed Islamist President Mohamed Mursi.
(AP, 3/19/14)(Reuters, 3/19/14)(SFC, 3/20/14,
2014 Mar 19, The European Union
said it has fined two EU and four Japanese companies a total of
nearly 1 billion euros ($1.4 billion) for rigging the market of key
components in the car and truck industry at the expense of
2014 Mar 19, France’s highest
court upheld the prison sentence for Jerome Kerviel (37), the rogue
trader convicted of one of the biggest trading frauds in
history. [In 2010 he was sentenced to 3 years in jail with two
years suspended.] The court threw out the $7 billion in civil
damages he’d been ordered to pay back.
(SFC, 3/20/14, p.A2)
2014 Mar 19, Greek civil
servants, including hospital and teaching staff, started a two-day
strike against austerity measures imposed under the debt-mired
country's international bailout commitments.
2014 Mar 19, Guinea health
authorities said an outbreak of hemorrhagic fever has killed at
least 23 people in the southeastern forest region since February
when the first case was reported.
2014 Mar 19, In Hong Kong two
senior figures from the Hong Kong Morning News Media Group were
attacked weeks after Kevin Lau, a former editor of the liberal Ming
Pao newspaper, was critically wounded in another assault.
2014 Mar 19, In India
Maharashtra government spokesman Satish Lalit said authorities have
confirmed 7 farmer suicides since Feb. 24. But Kishor Tiwari,
president of pro-farmer group Vidarbha Jan Andolan Samiti, put the
toll much higher, at 32. The suicides followed freak hailstorms and
heavy unseasonal rains destroyed crops across much of a western
2014 Mar 19, In Iraq violence
across the county killed 30 people. This included 15 dead from
shelling and clashes in Fallujah.
2014 Mar 19, Israel launched
air strikes against Syrian military sites in response to a roadside
bombing that wounded four of its soldiers, but both sides signaled
they were not seeking further escalation. The airstrikes in the
Golan Heights killed one Syrian soldier and wounded seven.
(Reuters, 3/19/14)(AP, 3/19/14)
2014 Mar 19, Israel's Jerusalem
municipality approved building plans for 184 new homes in two Jewish
settlements in the occupied West Bank.
2014 Mar 19, Israeli troops
shot dead Palestinian teenager Yussef Sami Shawamreh (15) in the
southern West Bank.
2014 Mar 19, In Kenya scientist
Richard Leakey and Paula Kahumbu, the founding former chairman of
the Kenya Wildlife Service, urged Kenya's Pres. Uhuru Kenyatta to
invoke emergency measures to protect the country's elephants and
rhinos from a poaching crisis sweeping Africa.
2014 Mar 19, Kyrgyzstan’s
governing coalition collapsed after a party withdrew its support
over unhappiness at the redevelopment of economically struggling
cities in the south.
2014 Mar 19, In Nepal Maoist
student activists led a partial strike in Kathmandu and stoned or
set fire to a dozen vehicles, demanding that the newly elected
government cancel a fuel price rise.
2014 Mar 19, South Africa's
public ombudsman said that some of the $23 million taxpayer-funded
refurbishments at Pres. Jacob Zuma's luxurious residence were
unlawful and ordered him to repay part of the cost.
2014 Mar 19, In Sweden a court
in Falun ordered the release of Sture Bergwall (63) from a secure
psychiatric unit where he's been held since 1991. He had confessed
to more than 30 killings over three decades and was convicted in
eight cases. He later withdrew his confessions, saying they were
made under heavy medication.
2014 Mar 19, In Syria rebels
seized took control of the Gharaz Central Prison on the outskirts of
Deraa where the uprising began three years ago this month and freed
dozens of inmates.
2014 Mar 19, Syria and its
Russian ally criticized the decision by the United States to suspend
the operations of Syria's embassy in Washington and consulates in
2014 Mar 19, Pro-Russian forces
overran Ukraine's naval headquarters in Crimea, ratcheting up
tensions in Ukraine a day after Russian and Crimean leaders signed a
treaty paving the way toward annexation.
2014 Mar 19, Hundreds of
Taiwanese activists were locked in a tense standoff with police
after they stormed parliament to try to stop the government
ratifying a contentious trade agreement with China.
2014 Mar 19, In Turkey Veysi
Erim, a worker at a statistics office in the eastern province of
Kars, shot dead six people before committing suicide.
2014 Mar 19, In Venezuela a
municipal worker was fatally shot while removing a street barricade
in a Caracas middle class neighborhood. The mayor of San Cristobal,
where recent protests began, was detained.
(AP, 3/19/14)(Econ, 3/22/14, p.37)
2014 Mar 19, In Vietnam a court
sentenced dissident Pham Viet Dao to 15 months in prison for posting
online criticism of the government.
(SFC, 3/20/14, p.A2)
2015 Mar 19, Officials from the
United States, Italy and Saudi Arabia led 2-days talks in Rome among
a group of countries seeking to combat the financial activities of
Islamic State militants. The Counter-ISIL Finance Group (CIFG)
includes Australia, Bahrain, Bulgaria, Canada, Denmark, France,
Georgia, Germany, Iraq, Japan, Jordan, Kuwait, Latvia, Lebanon, The
Netherlands, New Zealand, Panama, Poland, Qatar, Spain, Turkey, the
United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom. The EU also
2015 Mar 19, In Mississippi
Otis Byrd, a convicted killer, was found hanging by a sheet from a
tree about 200 yards behind his house in Claiborne County. His
family had reported him, missing over two weeks ago.
(SFC, 3/21/15, p.A6)
2015 Mar 19, In Afghanistan a
woman, later identified as Farkhunda Malikzada (28), was lynched in
central Kabul. Her body was then set on fire and thrown onto the
banks of Kabul's main river. A mob was filmed stamping on the woman
and smashing a brick on her head after she was accused of burning a
Koran. Thirteen police officers were soon suspended and 13 suspects
(Reuters, 3/20/15)(AP, 3/20/15)(SFC, 3/23/15,
2015 Mar 19, Australia said it
would introduce legislation next week to scrap the parliament of
Norfolk Island, which was effectively bankrupt, and temporarily
replace it by an advisory council before local government elections
2015 Mar 19, Officials said
around 30 British military personnel have arrived in Ukraine to
provide medical and tactical training to the country's troops.
2015 Mar 19, In Cameroon 30
heavily armed fighters seized a bus in Babio, just miles (km) from
the border, which was carrying people returning from a burial. The
assailants drove the bus back into Central African Republic. At
least 15 people, including a mayor and local government officials,
(AP, 3/21/15)(Reuters, 3/21/15)
2015 Mar 19, In China Sandy
Phan-Gillis of Texas was detained while attempting to cross from the
southern city of Zhuhai to Macau. She was arrested the next day on
suspicion of spying and stealing state secrets from 1996-1998. Her
husband later said she is a hard working businesswoman who spends
huge amounts of time on non-profit activities that benefit
Houston-China relations. On July 11, 2016, the Nanning Intermediate
People's Court accepted the case against Phan "Sandy" Phan-Gillis.
(Reuters, 9/22/15)(AP, 8/30/16)
2015 Mar 19, An Egyptian court
acquitted Habib al-Adly, the former interior minister of ousted
president Hosni Mubarak, in the last corruption case he was facing.
2015 Mar 19, European Union
heads of state and government gathered in Brussels for a two day
meeting to talk about economic and energy policies, and the crises
in Ukraine and Libya.
2015 Mar 19, In France
employees at Radio France went on strike to protest a cut in public
subsidy and an attempt to control Radio /France’s deficit.
(Econ., 4/11/15, p.50)
2015 Mar 19, The International
Agency for Research on Cancer, a French-based research arm of the
World Health Organization, reclassified the herbicide glyphosate as
a result of what it said is convincing evidence the chemical
produces cancer in lab animals and more limited findings it causes
non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in humans. The glyphosate-containing
herbicide Roundup has been a mainstay of industrial agriculture.
This raised more questions for an aerial spraying program in
Colombia that is the cornerstone of the US-backed war on drugs.
2015 Mar 19, Lufthansa,
Germany's largest airline, had to cancel 84 of 153 of its long-haul
flights, affecting 18,000 passengers as a strike by pilots was
extended to long-haul flights.
2015 Mar 19, In eastern India
Sashimani Devi (92), the last consort of the god Jagannath, died in
Puri. She had married the god around 1930 as part of the devadasi
system, which was banned in 1988.
(Econ., 4/4/15, p.86)
2015 Mar 19, In Iraq 13 bodies
were unearthed from a mass grave near the city of Tikrit. A new UN
report said Islamic State militants may have committed genocide, war
crimes and crimes against humanity during their rampage across the
2015 Mar 19, Mali said special
agents were holding three people suspected of helping armed
jihadists launch the March 7 attack on a nightclub in Bamako in
which 5 people died.
2015 Mar 19, In Mexico an
ambush by the Jalisco New Generation Drug Cartel killed 5 federal
gendarmerie officers, three gang suspects and three bystanders in
Ocotlan, Jalisco state. The New Generation cartel was led by Nemesio
Oseguera Cervantes, alias El Mencho.
(AFP, 4/17/15)(Econ, 5/9/15, p.32)
2015 Mar 19, Moldova
authorities said two Russian journalists planning to travel to
Moldova to present a documentary on Crimea have been banned from the
country for five years.
2015 Mar 19, In Nigeria
multiple witnesses said dozens of Nigerian women who were forced to
marry Boko Haram fighters were reportedly slaughtered by their
"husbands" before a battle with troops in the northeast town of
Bama. Witnesses said the killing of women began 10 days before Bama
2015 Mar 19, A senior Saudi
official said that the kingdom will no longer issue business visas
to Swedes or renew the current visas of Swedish nationals living in
the country in response to Swedish Foreign Minister Margot
Wallstrom's recent criticism of human rights and women's rights in
2015 Mar 19, In South Korea the
foreign ministers of China, Japan and South Korea held their first
trilateral talks in four years.
(Econ., 3/28/15, p.46)
2015 Mar 19, Switzerland signed
a preliminary agreement with the European Union that will make it
much harder for the 28-nation bloc's citizens to evade taxes by
hiding money in Swiss vaults.
2015 Mar 19, Thailand police
today arrested Boon Ching Teo (51) of Malaysia, and Sirichai
Sridanont (50) of Thailand, after seizing 51 pieces of African ivory
Dec. 31 in the northeastern province of Surin.
2015 Mar 19, In eastern Uruguay
10 people were killed when their plane plummeted into Laguna del
Sauce in Maldonado province. Of the eight passengers and two crew
members aboard the flight, nine were Argentines and one was
2015 Mar 19, In Vietnam Hanoi
leader Nguyen The Thao put the cutting of old trees to a stop a few
days after some 20,000 people gathered to object to the uprooting of
some 500 old trees as part of a plan to replace some 6,700 mature
(Econ., 4/18/15, p.34)
2015 Mar 19, In Yemen an
unidentified warplane attacked the presidential palace in Aden.
Rival forces fought the worst clashes in years. 13 people were
killed when forces loyal to President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi fought
their way into Aden's international airport and wrested an adjacent
military base from a renegade officer.
2016 Mar 19, US FBI agents
arrested Reza Zarrab (33), a Turkish-Iranian gold-trader married to
a Turkish pop star, in Miami on charges he helped Iran process
millions of dollars of transactions when it faced US sanctions for
its nuclear program. Prosecutors later alleged that Zarrab had paid
tens of millions to three Turkish ministers and the head of Halkbank
tens of millions in bribes. Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani and
former Attorney General Michael Mukasey were later hired to help
6/11/16, p.55)(AP, 4/3/17)
2016 Mar 19, US-based Starwood
signed a deal to renovate and run three Cuban hotels, returning US
chains to the island more than 50 years after American hotels were
taken over by Fidel Castro's socialist revolution.
2016 Mar 19, A Soyuz space
capsule carrying two Russians and an American docked with the
International Space Station. Their rocket took off in windy
conditions from Russia's space base in Kazakhstan at 2126 GMT March
2016 Mar 19, Cities on
Australia's east coast were among the first in the world to turn
lights out for the 10th annual Earth Hour, a global movement
dedicated to protecting the planet and highlighting the effects of
(Reuters, 3/19/16)(AP, 3/19/16)
2016 Mar 19, Bahraini
authorities released Salah al-Khawaja, the brother of human rights
advocate Abdulhadi al-Khawaja, after five years in jail in a case
related to Bahrain's uprising in 2011.
2016 Mar 19, In Brazil Roger
Agnelli (56), the former head of mining giant Vale, died along with
six other people when a small plane crashed into a residential
building in Sao Paulo.
2016 Mar 19, Facebook founder
and CEO Mark Zuckerberg held a rare meeting with China's propaganda
chief, at a time when Chinese authorities are tightening control
over their cyberspace. Zuckerberg was in Beijing to attend an
2016 Mar 19, Congo presidential
candidate general Jean-Marie Michel Mokoko said he has received a
fresh police summons to report to authorities on the eve of the
election, slamming what he termed a bid to torpedo his hopes of
2016 Mar 19, In Egypt a
checkpoint near North Sinai's provincial capital of El-Arish was
struck by mortar fire late today, but the Islamic State said a
suicide bomber blew up a car at the police post, which jihadists
then raided. Three officers and 12 policemen were killed in the
2016 Mar 19, In Germany up to
200 men attacked police at Cologne's main train station in what
authorities called a "massive riot." Fans of the soccer club 1. FC
Kaiserslautern threw fire extinguishers and metal bars at officers,
injuring two of them.
2016 Mar 19, In Haiti three
deaf women were beaten, stabbed and burned after setting off on a
20-mile trip from Port-au-Prince to their village of Leveque. Their
bodies were found in a ditch with their tongues cut out.
(www.haitideafacademy.com/memorial-fund.html)(SFC, 4/26/16, p.A4)
2016 Mar 19, An Indonesian
fisheries ministry patrol ship intercepted a Chinese fishing vessel
within Indonesia's exclusive economic zone which overlaps with the
southernmost reaches of the South China Sea. Indonesia arrested
eight fishermen for illegal fishing. The fishing vessel Kway Fey was
being towed when a Chinese coastguard vessel collided with it,
allowing its escape by a 9th crewman.
(AP, 3/21/16)(AP, 3/23/16)(Econ, 4/16/16, p.34)
2016 Mar 19, Major General Ali
Ibrahim Daboun said Iraqi forces have launched a broad offensive to
retake the city of Hit from the Islamic State group in the western
province of Anbar.
2016 Mar 19, In northern Iraq
US service member Marine Staff Sgt. Louis Cardin died from wounds
from rocket fire at Fire Base Bell outside Mosul. Eight Marines were
injured in the Islamic State attack.
(SSFC, 3/20/16, p.A6)(AP, 3/22/16)
2016 Mar 19, Italy's coast
guard said more than 900 migrants were rescued in four separate
operations in the Strait of Sicily.
2016 Mar 19, In Lebanon
sanitation workers began removing mountains of trash from the
suburbs of Beirut in what residents hoped would mark the end of
Lebanon's eight-month garbage crisis.
2016 Mar 19, Libyan authorities
said they had rescued nearly 600 migrants from four boats, one of
which sank. 9 migrants drowned. They were among several hundred who
were discovered aboard dilapidated boats off the port of Zawiya,
west of Tripoli.
(Reuters, 3/19/16)(AFP, 3/20/16)
2016 Mar 19, In Morocco violent
clashes among fans of the same soccer team in Casablanca left two
people dead and 49 injured.
2016 Mar 19, In northern
Pakistan a mudslide on a hilly track buried 8 teenage students
returning home after exams after several days of heavy rain in the
village of Susam.
2016 Mar 19, A Palestinian
teenager stabbed and wounded an Israeli border guard in the occupied
West Bank city of Hebron before being shot dead.
2016 Mar 19, In Russia all 62
people aboard a passenger jet flying from Dubai to southern Russia
were killed when their plane crashed on its second attempt to land
at Rostov-on-Don airport. There was strong wind at the airport with
a speed of 43 km per hour, with gusts up to 69 km.
2016 Mar 19, In western Saudi
Arabia at least 19 pilgrims died, all of them Egyptian, and 22 were
injured early today when their bus overturned.
2016 Mar 19, In Somalia Kenyan
military troops killed 21 fighters from the Islamic extremists of
al-Shabab in clashes in the southern city of Afmadow. 2 Kenyan
soldiers were killed by a roadside bomb in the incident.
(AP, 3/20/16)(SSFC, 3/20/16, p.A2)
2016 Mar 19, In northern Syria
at least 39 civilians were killed in a series of air strikes on
Raqqa as Damascus and Moscow waged attacks on areas controlled by
Islamic State. The death toll soon climbed to at least 55.
(Reuters, 3/19/16)(AFP, 3/19/16)(AP, 3/20/16)
2016 Mar 19, In Turkey a
suicide bomber killed himself and four others in a central Istanbul
shopping and tourism district, wounding at least 36 people in the
fourth such attack in the country this year. Mehmet Ozturk (b.1992),
a Turkish member of the Islamic State militant group, was
responsible for the bombing that killed 3 Israelis and an Iranian.
(Reuters, 3/19/16)(Reuters, 3/20/16)
2016 Mar 19, Yemeni security
and medical officials say 35 fighters have been killed in clashes
between Shiite rebels and pro-government forces in Taiz.
2017 Mar 19, The SpaceX Dragon
cargo ship returned from the ISS and parachuted into the Pacific
with some 5,000 pounds of completed experiments and used equipment.
(SFC, 3/20/17, p.A4)
2017 Mar 19, Uber Pres. Jeff
Jones stepped down after six months on the job. At least six key
executive and high ranking employees have left the world’s most
valuable startup in the past nine weeks.
(Econ, 3/25/17, p.55)
2017 Mar 19, In Chicago a girl
(15) went missing. She was found two days later and taken to a
children's hospital for treatment. Her alleged gang rape had been
broadcast on Facebook Live. On April 1 police arrested a 14-year-old
boy in connection with the gang rape.
2017 Mar 19, Jimmy Breslin
(b.1928), NYC columnist and best-selling author, died at his home in
Manhattan. His books included “The Gang That Couldn’t Shoot
Straight” (1969), based on the life of gangster Joey Gallo. In 1971
it was adopted into a movie.
(SFC, 3/20/17, p.A10)
2017 Mar 19, A US drone
airstrike in Afghanistan killed Qari Yasin, a Pakistani militant and
al-Qaida leader, accused of involvement in a deadly attack on a bus
carrying Sri Lanka's cricket team in 2009.
(Reuters, 3/21/17)(AP, 3/25/17)
2017 Mar 19, An Afghan soldier
opened fire inside a base in the southern Helmand province, wounding
three US soldiers before being shot dead. Taliban insurgents
attacked a district headquarters in the Kandahar province using a
suicide car bomb. Six police were reported killed and five others
were wounded in the assault. In Zabul province an army operation
killed 13 Taliban and wounded 11 others. Two Afghan soldiers were
killed and three others were wounded by a roadside bomb during the
operation. Two Taliban commanders were killed in an apparent US
drone strike in the Barmal district of the eastern Paktika province.
Another 10 insurgents were killed in a separate drone strike in the
Dand-e Patan district of neighboring Paktia province.
2017 Mar 19, Canadian teacher
Maggie MacDonell was awarded the annual Global Teacher Prize during
a ceremony in Dubai.
(SFC, 3/20/17, p.A2)
2017 Mar 19, It was reported
that a Chinese court has sentenced the police boss of Guta district
of Jinzhou City, Liaoning province, to 17 years in prison for his
part in a bribes-for-projects scandal, proceeds from which were used
to buy two homes in Australia, according to court documents.
2017 Mar 19, In Ghana 20 people
were killed when a large tree fell into the pool they were swimming
in at the base of a waterfall near Kintampo, crushing and drowning
people enjoying a day out at a popular beauty spot.
(Reuters, 3/20/17)(AFP, 3/21/17)
2017 Mar 19, In Guatemala
jailed Barrio 18 gang members rioted and took several guards hostage
to demand the return of 250 of the gang's members who had been
recently transferred to another juvenile detention center.
2017 Mar 19, In India Yogi
Adityanath (44), hard-line Hindu religious leader, took the oath of
office as the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh state.
2017 Mar 19, Iraqi forces
backed by helicopter strikes engaged in heavy fighting with
jihadists on the outskirts of the Old City as they pressed an
offensive to recapture west Mosul.
2017 Mar 19, Israel's PM
Benjamin Netanyahu backed out of an agreement to establish a new
broadcasting authority, creating a coalition crisis with one of his
key partners that could lead to early elections.
2017 Mar 19, In Lebanon
demonstrators in central Beirut hurled empty water bottles at PM
Saad al-Hariri when he tried to calm hundreds of people protesting
against proposed tax hikes.
2017 Mar 19, Lebanon's main
Druze leader, Walid Jumblatt, handed his political authority to his
son Taymour, extending the tradition of dynastic politics that plays
a big part in the country's sectarian government. The event marked
the 40th anniversary of the assassination of Walid Jumblatt's
father, Kamal Jumblatt.
2017 Mar 19, In Myanmar
hundreds of hard-line Buddhists in Rakhine state protested against
the government's plan to give citizenship to some members of the
persecuted Rohingya Muslim minority community. Rakhine, one of the
poorest states in Myanmar, is home to more than 1 million stateless
2017 Mar 19, A Hamas military
court sentenced two Palestinians to death for drug smuggling in the
Gaza Strip, in the first punishment of its kind in the enclave. A
third suspect was sentenced to hard labor.
2017 Mar 19, Philippine
President Rodrigo Duterte welcomed the prospect of the International
Criminal Court (ICC) putting him on trial over his bloody war on
drugs, saying he would not be intimidated and his campaign would be
unrelenting and brutal.
2017 Mar 19, Russia concluded
an agreement with the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia to set up a
military base in northwestern Syria. Russia will be training YPG
fighters, who control the area, as part of the fight against
2017 Mar 19, In Spain a few
thousand people rallied in Barcelona to protest the regional Catalan
government's push to break away from the rest of the country.
2017 Mar 19, In Syria fierce
clashes broke out in Damascus after insurgents infiltrated
government-held parts of the eastern side of the city through
2017 Mar 19, The IMF and
Ukrainian authorities said the International Monetary Fund has
postponed a decision to disburse more aid to Ukraine in order to
assess the impact of an economic blockade Kiev imposed on
2018 Mar 19, The US Supreme
Court gave the green light to two class-action lawsuits filed by
residents of Flint, Michigan who are pursing civil rights claims
against local and state officials over lead contamination in the
city's water supply.
2018 Mar 19, Facebook Inc. came
under intense scrutiny after The New York Times and The Guardian
newspaper reported that former Trump campaign consultant Cambridge
Analytica used data, including user likes, inappropriately obtained
from roughly 50 million Facebook users to try to sway elections.
2018 Mar 19, Mississippi Gov.
Phil Bryant signed banning abortion after 15 week's gestation
effectively immediately. A federal judge the next day granted a
Jackson clinic's request for a temporary restraining order blocking
(SFC, 3/21/18, p.A5)
2018 Mar 19, In eastern
Afghanistan a bomb on a motorcycle exploded near a political rally,
killing at least four people and wounding 10 others in Jalalabad,
2018 Mar 19, An Australian
court ruled that food giant Heinz's misled consumers about the
health value of Little Kids Shredz products for toddlers, adding
that the US firm should have been aware the claims were deceptive.
The Shredz products contained over 60 percent sugar, significantly
higher than fruit and vegetables.
2018 Mar 19, Bolivian President
Evo Morales arrived in The Hague to petition the World Court to
force Chile to grant his land-locked country direct access to the
Pacific Ocean, in a dispute between the Andean neighbors that dates
2018 Mar 19, Britain and the EU
reached a landmark deal on a transition phase that will see London
follow the bloc's rules for nearly two years after the Brexit
2018 Mar 19, In northern
England Cardinal Keith O'Brien (80), an outspoken critic of gay
marriage, died in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. The disgraced former head of
the Roman Catholic Church in Scotland had stepped down in 2013 after
a sex scandal.
2018 Mar 19, Canada said it
will send helicopters and support troops to join a United Nations
peacekeeping mission in Mali, but officials gave few details on
timing or numbers.
2018 Mar 19, China appointed
Foreign Minister Wang Yi (64) as one of its five state councilors,
giving him the country's top diplomatic post in a vote of confidence
for his strong defense of China's interests amid a host of overseas
2018 Mar 19, Egypt's Abdel
Fattah al-Sisi met with Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir in Cairo.
Bashir welcomed Sisi's bid for re-election in his first visit to
Egypt since 2016. Both leaders agreed to strengthen ties and work
together to bolster trade, military and energy cooperation.
2018 Mar 19, The EU sanctioned
four senior Syrian officials over the use of chemical weapons
against civilians, amid reports President Bashar al-Assad's forces
have deployed chlorine gas in the rebel-held enclave of Eastern
2018 Mar 19, A court in
northern Greece convicted a Syrian refugee (33) of having been a
fighter with the Islamic State group in Syria and sentenced him to
eight years' imprisonment. The man entered Greece as a refugee from
Turkey with his wife and two children in 2016.
2018 Mar 19, Iraq sent money to
pay salaries of state employees in the Kurdish region for the first
time since 2014, although a dispute over how much it will send the
Kurds in future remains unresolved.
2018 Mar 19, Israel's domestic
security agency said Romain Franck (23), a French employee of
France's Consulate in Jerusalem, is under arrest for allegedly
smuggling dozens of weapons from the Gaza Strip to the West Bank.
Shin Bet said nine people, including Franck, have been arrested.
2018 Mar 19, Israel's military
parole board approved the release of Elor Azaria, who was convicted
of manslaughter for fatally shooting a wounded Palestinian attacker.
He is set to go free in May having completed two-thirds of his
2018 Mar 19, Italian
authorities impounded a migrant rescue boat operated by a Spanish
non-governmental organization Proactiva Open Arms on suspicion it
was aiding illegal immigration.
2018 Mar 19, In Kenya the
world's last male northern white rhino died, leaving only two
females of its subspecies alive in the world, although scientists
still hope to save it from extinction by in vitro fertilization.
2018 Mar 19, In Romania
well-known journalist Andrei Gheorghe (56) was found dead in his
home near Bucharest. Police said he likely died of a heart attack,
but more tests were needed. Gheorghe was known for his acerbic and
critical comments about current events, politicians and society in
2018 Mar 19, In South Africa a
judge ordered the Gauteng provincial government to pay $15 million
in damages to families of at least 144 psychiatric patients who he
said died of negligence after being moved to unregistered facilities
in early 2016.
2018 Mar 19, In Syria seven
more people were killed today in air strikes and artillery fire on
the battered town of Douma in Eastern Ghouta. Regime troops have
captured more than 80 percent of the enclave and split the remaining
rebel territory into three pockets.
2018 Mar 19, In northern Syria
at least nine people were killed in airstrikes targeting a camp for
displaced people outside the town of Maarat al-Nouman in the Idlib
region. Militants seized the Qadam neighborhood of Damascus late
today, a week after Syrian rebels had surrendered the neighborhood
to the government. 36 pro-government fighters were killed in
clashes, and dozens more wounded or captured.
2018 Mar 19, In Tunisia a
militant blew himself up as government security forces surrounded
him and another fighter in a house in Ben Guerdan near the Libyan
2018 Mar 19, The Tunisian
government said an unidentified armed group in southwestern Cameroon
has kidnapped two Tunisians working on a road construction project
for a Tunisian company.
2018 Mar 19, President Recep
Tayyip Erdogan vowed to expand Turkey's Syria campaign to other
Kurdish-held areas up to the Iraqi border, a day after ousting
Kurdish militia from their former enclave of Afrin.
2018 Mar 19, Zimbabwean
President Emmerson Mnangagwa named hundreds of mines, Chinese
businesses and individuals who had illegally transferred foreign
currency abroad during Robert Mugabe's rule and warned they would be
2019 Mar 19, President Donald
Trump hosted Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, the so-called Trump
of the Tropics, launching what officials tout as a new alliance
between their right-wing governments.
2019 Mar 19, The United States
imposed sanctions against Venezuela's state-run mining company
Minerven and its president, Adrian Perdomo, in a bid to further cut
off funding to the government of Venezuelan President Nicolas
2019 Mar 19, The US Supreme
Court ruled 5-4 to uphold the Trump administration's power to arrest
and hold immigrants indefinitely if they have past crimes on their
records that could trigger deportation.
(SFC, 3/20/19, p.A6)
2019 Mar 19, A federal jury in
San Francisco found that Monsanto's Roundup was a likely cause of a
Sonoma man's non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Edwin Hardeman (70) was
diagnosed with the cancer in 2015 after spraying Roundup on his
property for decades. On March 27 a jury awarded Hardeman more than
$80 million. This included $75 million in punitive damages against
Monsanto. On July 15 a judge lowered the award to $25.2 million.
(SFC, 3/20/19, p.C1)(SFC, 3/28/19, p.A1)(SFC,
2019 Mar 19, In Washington
state sheriff's deputy Ryan Thompson (42) was killed during an
exchange of gunfire with a road rage driving suspect near the town
of Kittitas. The suspect was also shot in the exchange and later
died in the hospital.
(http://tinyurl.com/y3w22md7)(SFC, 3/21/19, p.A6)
2019 Mar 19, The US FDA
approved a new drug, brexanalone, made by Sage Therapeutics, as the
first drug to treat postpartum depression. Infusion will average
$34,000 per patient before discounts.
(SFC, 3/21/19, p.A8)
2019 Mar 19, In Algeria
thousands of students, university professors and health workers
rallied in Algiers calling for President Abdelaziz Bouteflika to
quit, and a new group headed by activists and opposition figures
told the army not to interfere.
2019 Mar 19, Brazilian
physicist and astronomer Marcelo Gleiser was awarded the 2019
Templeton Prize, worth $1.4 million, for his work blending science
and spirituality. Gleiser, a professor at Dartmouth College, New
Hampshire, has written best-selling books and appeared on numerous
TV and radio shows, discussing science as a spiritual quest to
understand the origins of the universe and life on Earth.
2019 Mar 19, In Colombia former
Southampton and Portsmouth midfielder Jhon Viafara (40) was arrested
near Cali on a US drug warrant. A month ago, former national team
defender Diego Leon Osorio was convicted for distributing narcotics.
2019 Mar 19, In western
Ethiopia gunmen shot and killed five workers from a mining company
near Nedjo town in the restive Oromiya region.
2019 Mar 19, French authorities
reopened a case against Russian billionaire Suleyman Kerimov and
indicted him for tax fraud in connection with the suspicious
purchase of five luxury villas in southern France.
2019 Mar 19, Hundreds of Indian
traders in New Delhi burned Chinese goods and urged the government
to raise import taxes on them to protest against China's trade and
foreign policies. Chinese good were burned in similar protests in
several other cities.
2019 Mar 19, Indonesian
officials said the number of people killed after torrential
downpours triggered flash floods and mudslides in Papua province has
climbed to 89.
(SFC, 3/20/19, p.A2)
2019 Mar 19, In Iraq three
soldiers were killed and five wounded in an ambush on an army patrol
in Tarmiyah, 50 km north of Baghdad.
2019 Mar 19, Tsunekazu Takeda
(71) said he is stepping down as the president of the Japanese
Olympic Committee amid a vote-buying scandal that French
investigators suspect helped Tokyo land next year's Olympics. He
again denied corruption allegations against him.
2019 Mar 19, Protests flared in
parts of Indian Kashmir after police said a man being questioned in
connection with a security investigation had died in custody. Rizwan
Asad Pandit, a chemistry graduate who taught at a private school,
had been arrested as part of a "terror case investigation".
2019 Mar 19, Indonesian
officials said the number of people killed after torrential
downpours triggered flash floods and mudslides in Papua province has
climbed to 89.
(SFC, 3/20/19, p.A2)
2019 Mar 19, Kazakhstan's
President Nursultan Nazarbayev (78), the only leader that the
independent country has ever known, abruptly announced his
resignation after three decades in power, raising uncertainty over
the future course of the country.
2019 Mar 19, A boat carrying 27
people sank near Libya's coastal town of Sabratha. A baby's body was
found after the shipwreck. At least eight migrants were missing at
2019 Mar 19, Aid workers in
Mozambique said rapidly rising floodwaters have created "an inland
ocean" endangering scores of thousands of families, as they
scrambled to rescue survivors of Cyclone Idai who clung to rooftops
2019 Mar 19, In Myanmar at
least six people were wounded in gunfire as government soldiers
hunted ethnic Rakhine insurgents in the western town of Mrauk U.
2019 Mar 19, The Norwegian
Academy of Science and Letters announced in Oslo that Karen Keskulla
Uhlenbeck of the University of Texas at Austin was this year's
winner of the Abel Prize, seen by many as the Nobel Prize in
2019 Mar 19, Philippine
authorities seized methamphetamine concealed in tea wrappers and
biscuit cans in their second-largest drug haul this year. Three
Chinese nationals and a Chinese-Filipino interpreter were arrested.
2019 Mar 19, Switzerland's
parliament approved allowing convicted militants to be sent home to
countries where they could face torture, leaving the government to
decide how to implement the motion without breaking international
2019 Mar 19, In eastern Syria
US-backed Syrian forces took control of an encampment held by the
Islamic State group in eastern Syria, after dozens of militants
surrendered overnight. An unknown number of militants still clung to
a tiny sliver of land about 200 meters by 200 meters trapped between
the Euphrates River and the encampment now held by the SDF.
2019 Mar 19, The UAE said 11
Arab states including Saudi Arabia, Algeria and Morocco have signed
on to the first regional team to cooperate on a space program at the
Global Space Congress in Abu Dhabi.
2019 Mar 19, In Zambia two
workers died in an accident at Glencore's operation Mopani Copper
Mines (MCM), prompting it to suspend production pending
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