Today in History - March 21
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2012 Mar 21,
World Poetry Day. It was declared by UNESCO (the United Nations
Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) in 1999.
630 Mar 21,
Heraclius restored the True Cross, which he had recaptured from the
1349 Mar 21, Some 3,000 Jews
were killed in Black Death riots in Efurt, Germany.
1361 Mar 21, Grand duke
Kestutis was captured by the Knights of the Cross.
1474 Mar 21, Angela Merici,
Italian monastery founder, saint, was born.
1547 Mar 21, Matthew
Stryjkovski (d.c1592), the 1st author of a printed history of
Lithuania, was born in Strykov, Poland.
1556 Mar 21, Former Archbishop
of Canterbury Thomas Cranmer (66), scheduled to denounce his errors
and be burned at the stake, denounced his own confessions and was
hustled off to be burned. He then put forth his hand and declared:
“Forasmuch as my hand offended, writing contrary to my heart, my
hand shall first be punished.”
(WSJ, 9/12/96, p.A14)(MC, 3/21/02)
1609 Mar 21, Jan II Kazimierz,
cardinal, King of Poland (1648-68), was born.
1610 Mar 21, King James I
addressed the English House of Commons.
1617 Mar 21, Pocahontas
(Rebecca Rolfe) died of either small pox or pneumonia while in
England with her husband, John Rolfe. As Pocahontas and John Rolfe
prepared to sail back to Virginia, she died reportedly from the wet
English winter. She was buried at the parish church of St. George in
Gravesend, England. In 2003 Paula Gunn Allen authored "Pocahontas
"Medicine Woman, Spy, entrepreneur, Diplomat."
(AP, 4/5/97)(HN, 5/5/97)(SFEC, 10/15/00,
p.T12)(HN, 3/21/01)(SSFC, 10/19/03, p.M5)
1656 Mar 21, Armagh James
Ussher (76), Archbishop (said world began 4004 BC), died. [see Feb
1685 Mar 21, Composer Johann
Sebastian Bach (d.1750) was born in Eisenach, Germany, the youngest
of eight children. 2nd source says Mar 21. He composed cantatas,
sonatas, preludes, fugues and chorale preludes, and whose works
included "Brandenburg Concerto" and "Well-Tempered Clavier."
(AP, 3/21/97)(LGC-HCS.p.17)(HN, 3/21/99)
1697 Mar 21, Czar Peter the
Great began a tour through West Europe. [see Mar 9]
1702 Mar 21, Queen Anne Stuart
addressed the English parliament.
1729 Mar 21, John Law, Scottish
gambler and financier (57 or 58), died in Venice. An inventory of
his wealth included 488 paintings with works by Titian, Raphael,
Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci. His story was told in 2000 by
Cynthia Crossen in “The Rich and How They got That Way.”
(WSJ, 7/19/00, p.B4)(MC, 3/21/02)
1734 Mar 21, Gunther Jacob
Wenceslaus (48), composer, died.
1768 Mar 21,
Jean-Baptiste-Joseph Fourier (d.1830), French mathematician,
physicist and Egyptologist, was born.
(HN, 3/21/98)(WUD, 1994, p.561)
1780 Mar 21, The Marquis de
Lafayette set sail for the US aboard the Hermione after persuading
French King Louis XVI to provide military and financial aid to
support George Washington’s troops.
(SSFC, 4/19/15, p.A2)
1788 Mar 21, Almost the entire
city of New Orleans, Louisiana, was destroyed by fire. 856 buildings
(HN, 3/21/99)(MC, 3/21/02)
1790 Mar 21, Thomas Jefferson
(46) reported to President Washington in New York as the new US
Secretary of state.
1791 Mar 21, Captain Hopley
Yeaton (1740-1812) of New Hampshire became the first commissioned
officer of the US Revenue Cutter Service.
1801 Mar 21, The Kingdom of
Etruria was created by the Treaty of Aranjuez. It was made up a
large part of modern Tuscany and its name from Etruria, the old
Roman name for the land of the Etruscans. The first king (Louis I)
died young in 1803. His underage son Charles Louis succeeded him and
continued to 1807 when Napoleon dissolved the kingdom and integrated
it into France.
1801 Mar 21, Andrea Lucchesi
(59), composer, died.
1804 Mar 21, The French civil
code, later called the "Code Napoleon," was adopted.
1806 Mar 21, Lewis and Clark
began their trip home after an 8,000 mile trek of the Mississippi
basin and the Pacific Coast. [see Mar 23]
1806 Mar 21, Benito Juarez,
President of Mexico, was born in Oaxaca. He was Mexico's first
president of Indian ancestry and fought against the French and their
puppet emperor Maximilian.
(AP, 3/21/97)(HN, 3/21/99)
1813 Mar 21, James Jesse
Strang, King of Mormons on Beaver Is, MI. (1850-56), was born.
1826 Mar 21, Beethoven's
Quartet #13 in B flat major (Op 130) premiered in Vienna.
1839 Mar 21, Modest Mussorgsky,
composer (Boris Godunov, Night on Bald Mt), was born. [see Mar 9]
1843 Mar 21, Robert W. Southey
(b.1774), British poet laureate and historian, died. In 2006 W. A.
Speck authored the biography “Robert Southey.”
1851 Mar 21, Yosemite Valley
was discovered (by non-natives) in California. The 58 men of the
Mariposa Battalion under Major James D. Savage were the first whites
to enter Yosemite Valley. Their first view of the valley was from
the plateau later named Mount Beatitude. They expelled Chief Tenaya
and his band of Ahwahneechee Indians. Dr. Bunnell, a physician in
the battalion, named the valley Yosemite to honor the local Indians.
He did not realize that the word “yohemeti” meant “some of them are
killers” and was an insult against the valley people.
(SFEC, 5/18/97, Z1 p.4)(SFEC,12/28/97, Z1
1851 Mar 21, Emperor Tu Duc
ordered that Christian priests be put to death.
1858 Mar 21, British forces in
India lifted the siege of Lucknow, ending the Indian Mutiny.
1859 Mar 21, Zoological Society
of Philadelphia, the 1st in US, was incorporated.
1859 Mar 21, The Scottish
National Gallery opened in Edinburgh.
1864 Mar 21, Battle at
Henderson's Hill (Bayou Rapids), Louisiana.
1865 Mar 21, The Battle of
Bentonville, N.C. ended, marking the last Confederate attempt to
stop. Union General William Sherman considered Judson Kilpatrick,
his cavalry chief, 'a hell of a damn fool.' At Monroe's Cross Roads,
N.C., his carelessness and disobedience of orders proved Sherman's
1866 Mar 21, The US Congress
authorized national soldiers' homes.
1869 Mar 21, Albert Kahn, the
architect who originated modern factory design, was born.
1869 Mar 21, Florenz Ziegfeld,
creator of the Ziegfeld Follies, was born. In 1974 Randolph Carter
(d.1998 at 90) authored “The World of Flo Ziegfeld.”
(HN, 3/21/98)(SFC, 10/24/98, p.A22)
1871 Mar 21, Journalist Henry
M. Stanley began his famous expedition to Africa to locate the
missing Scottish missionary David Livingstone.
(HNPD, 11/10/98)(AP, 3/21/02)
1871 Mar 21, Otto von Bismarck
became the 1st Chancellor of the German Empire.
1885 Mar 21, Raoul Lufbery,
French-born American fighter pilot of World War I, was born.
1888 Mar 21, Arthur Pinero's
"Sweet Lavender," premiered in London.
1890 Mar 21, Austrian Jewish
communities were defined by law.
1900 Mar 21, Paul Kletzki,
Polish violinist, composer, conductor, was born.
1906 Mar 21, John D.
Rockefeller III, billionaire philanthropist (oil), was born.
1906 Mar 21, Ohio passed a law
that prohibited hazing by fraternities.
1907 Mar 21, US Marines arrived
in Honduras to protect American lives and interests in the wake of
(SFC, 9/30/99, p.E5)(AP, 3/21/07)
1908 Mar 21, Frenchman Henri
Farman carried a passenger in a bi-plane for the first time.
1910 Mar 21, The U.S. Senate
granted ex-President Teddy Roosevelt a pension of $10,000 yearly.
1912 Mar 21, Peter Bull, actor,
author (Executioner, Tom Jones, Dr. Strangelove), was born.
1918 Mar 21, During World War
I, Germany launched the 'Michael' Offensive in France, hoping to
break through the Allied line before American reinforcements could
arrive. It is better remembered as the First Battle of the Somme.
(WUD, 1994, p.1356)(AP, 3/21/97)(HN, 3/21/99)
1920 Mar 21, Bruno Maderna,
composer, was born.
1921 Mar 21, Arthur Grumiaux,
Belgian violinist, was born.
1921 Mar 21, Herbert Hoover,
U.S. Secretary of Commerce opposed all trade with Russia.
1921 Mar 21, "Big Jim"
Colisimo, US gangster, was murdered by Al Capone.
1921 Mar 21, Lenin’s New
Economic Policy (NEP) was promulgated by decree.
1925 Mar 21, Peter Brook,
director, was born in west London. In 2005 Michael Kustow authored
“Peter Brook: A Biography.”
(Econ, 3/19/05, p.89)
1925 Mar 21, Tennessee passed
an anti-evolution law, which prohibited the teaching of evolution.
[see Mar 13,23]
1927 Mar 21, Kuomintang Army
conquered Shanghai as British marines fled.
1928 Mar 21, VU, France’s first
illustrated magazine, was launched and continued to May 29, 1940
running over 600 issues. Hungarian-born photographer Andre Kertesz
worked there until he left for NYC in 1936.
1928 Mar 21, Pres. Coolidge
gave the US Congressional Medal of Honor to Charles Lindbergh. The
Medal of Honor was not always awarded for "courage above and beyond"
the call of duty.
1932 Mar 21, Joseph
Silverstein, violinist (Denver Symphony Orch), was born in Detroit,
1933 Mar 21, Hitler, Goering,
Prince Ruprecht, Bruning and other top army commanders met in
1936 Mar 21, Alexander
Konstantinovich Glazunov (70), composer (Chopiniana), died.
1937 Mar 21, Ponce massacre:
police killed 19 at a Puerto Rican Nationalist parade.
1939 Mar 21, Singer Kate Smith
recorded “God Bless America” for Victor Records. She introduced the
song on her radio program in 1938.
(HN, 3/21/98)(SFC, 12/28/99, p.C5)
1939 Mar 21, In Egypt King
Farouk arrived at Tanis for the opening of the coffin of the 21st
Dynasty King Psusennes I, recently discovered by French archeologist
Pierre Montet. It turned out that this coffin actually belonged to
Sheshonq II of the 22nd Dynasty.
(Arch, 5/05, p.21)
1939 Mar 21, Nazi Germany
demanded Gdansk (Danzig) from Poland.
1939 Mar 21, Ghandi called on
the world to disarm, thinking that Hitler would follow.
1941 Mar 21, The last Italian
post in East Libya fell to the British.
1942 Mar 21, Convoy QP9
departed Great Britain to Murmansk.
1942 Mar 20-21, There was a
major German assault on Malta.
(MC, 3/20/02)(MC, 3/21/02)
1943 Mar 21, British 8th army
opened an assault on Mareth line, Tunisia.
1943 Mar 21, An assassination
attempt on Hitler failed.
1944 Mar 21, Charles Chaplin
went on trial in Los Angeles, accused of transporting former
protegee Joan Barry across state lines for immoral purposes. Chaplin
was acquitted, but later lost a paternity suit despite tests showing
he wasn't the father of Barry's child.
1944 Mar 21, Finland rejected a
1945 Mar 21, During World War
II, Allied bombers began four days of raids over Germany.
1945 Mar 21, A British bombing
raid was made on Gestapo Headquarters in Denmark to thwart a planned
German arrest of the leadership of the banned Freedom Council. A 2nd
wave of bombers hit a school by mistake killing 86 students and 13
(SFC, 9/23/02, p.B5)
1946 Mar 21, The United Nations
set up temporary headquarters at Hunter College in New York City.
1947 Mar 21, Pres. Truman
signed Executive Order 9835 requiring all federal employees to swear
allegiance to the United States.
1951 Mar 21, Chief of Staff
General George C. Marshall reports that the U.S. military has
doubled to 2.9 million since the start of the Korean War.
1952 Mar 21, The Moondog
Coronation Ball was held at the Cleveland Arena. It was promoted by
Alan Freed and was later cited as the 1st rock concert. The only
band to perform was one led by Paul Williams, before fire marshals
closed the show.
(SFC, 10/7/02, p.A19)
1952 Mar 21, Some 31 storms
crossed 6 states killing 340 in South Central US.
1952 Mar 21, A.J. Pieters,
SS-Untersturmfuhrer, was executed.
1952 Mar 21, Wilhelm Albrecht,
German SD-chief, was executed.
1954 Mar 21, Paul Selenyi
(b.1884), Hungarian physicist, died in Budapest. He was the first to
record images with an electrostatic marking process. This was the
foundation for Chester Carlson’s Xerox copiers.
1955 Mar 21, Walter White
(b.1893), African American leader, died. As executive secretary
(1931-1955) he built the NAACP into America’s most influential civil
rights organization. In 2008 Thomas Dyja authored “Walter White: The
Dilemma of Black Identity in America.”
1955 Mar 21, Archbishop
Makarios of Cyprus desired Cyprus joining Greece.
1956 Mar 21, 50 years ago,
"Marty" won best picture at the Academy Awards; its star, Ernest
Borgnine, won best actor. Anna Magnani won best actress for "The
1957 Mar 21, Tennessee
Williams' "Orpheus Descending," premiered in NYC.
1957 Mar 21, US President
Eisenhower and British PM Harold Macmillan began a four-day
conference in Bermuda.
1957 Mar 21, Vice President
Nixon returned to the U.S. after spending three weeks on a tour of
1958 Mar 21, Gary Oldman, actor
(Sid and Nancy, Criminal Law, State of Grace), was born.
1960 Mar 21, California state
officials dumped radioactive waste from civilian installations into
the ocean about 50 miles off of San Francisco at a site that the
Navy and other Atomic Energy contractors have been using since 1946.
The waste was mixed with concrete, sealed in 55-gallon steel drums
and dumped in about 7,500 feet of water.
(SSFC, 3/21/10, DB p.46)
1960 Mar 21, Capt. John Eaheart
(32), a US Marine Corps Reserve pilot, crashed in his F9F Cougar
fighter jet and disappeared into Flathead Lake, Wyoming, near the
home of his fiancée’s parents. His remains were found in 2006.
(WSJ, 5/23/06, p.A1)
1960 Mar 21, A police massacre
in Sharpeville, South Africa, left 69 black protestors dead as
people gathered to protest the pass books that the apartheid
government required them to carry at all times. The ANC was
(SFC, 12/5/96, p.C2)(SFEC, 2/9/97, Z1 p.7)(AP,
1962 Mar 21, A female
black bear was taken aboard a B-58 bomber out of Edwards Air Force
Base in California, flown up to 35,000 feet at a supersonic speed of
850 miles per hour, and ejected from the bomber in a specially made
capsule. She landed safely, and became the first living creature to
survive a parachute jump from a plane flying faster than sound.
1962 Mar 21, Dutch RC Bishop
Willem Bekkers declared himself in favor of birth control. The
church in the Netherlands tried to promote a more liberal view of
birth control. But their view did not prevail.
1963 Mar 21, The Alcatraz
federal prison island in San Francisco Bay was emptied of its last
27 inmates at the order of Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy.
(SFC, 6/29/96, p.E4)(SFC, 8/11/97, p.A12)(AP,
3/21/97)(SSFC, 2/17/13, DB p.42)
1964 Mar 21, Beatles' "She
Loves You," single went #1 and stayed #1 for 2 weeks.
1965 Mar 21, Martin Luther King
Jr. led more than 3,000 civil rights demonstrators on the 50-mile
march from Selma to Montgomery.
(SFEC, 3/16/97, p.T1)(AP, 3/21/97)
1965 Mar 21, The U.S. launched
Ranger 9, last in a series of lunar explorations.
1966 Mar 21, Supreme Court
reversed Massachusetts ruling that Fanny Hill" is obscene.
1968 Mar 21, Israeli forces
attacked a Palestinian base belonging to Fatah in the village of
Al-Karameh in Jordan. Israeli forces engage in a battle with
Palestinian fighters for the first time. On 24 March 1968, the
Security Council adopted resolution 248 (1968), condemning the large
scale and premeditated military actions by Israel against Jordan.
The Karameh mission failed. Muki Betser, Israeli commando, was
wounded. He later became commander of the Sayeret Matkal, Israel’s
elite counter-terrorist unit.
1970 Mar 21, Marlen Haushofer
(b.1920), Austrian writer died. Her 1962 novel “The Wall” was her
only work translated into English.
1971 Mar 21, Daniel Ellsberg
obtained a copy of the Pentagon Papers, commissioned by then-Defense
Secretary Robert McNamara, from his former pentagon colleagues and
showed it to Neil Sheehan, a young New York Times reporter, at
(SFC, 7/7/96, BR
1971 Mar 21, Two US platoons in
Vietnam refused their orders to advance.
1971 Mar 21, In Laos South
Vietnamese Marines at FSB Delta, south of Route 9, came under
intense ground and artillery attacks. During an attempted extraction
of the force, seven helicopters were shot down and another 50 were
damaged, ending the evacuation attempt.
1971 Mar 21, Sheik Mujibur
Rahman (Mujeeb-ur Rehman), head of the Awami League, declared East
Pakistan (later Bangladesh) independent of Pakistan. Pakistani Pres.
Yahya Khan ordered the army in; several million East Bengali
refugees fled to India. Rahman was the father of later PM Hasina
(WUD, 1994, p. 1688)(SFC, 12/31/00,
1972 Mar 21, The US Supreme
Court, in Dunn v. Blumstein, ruled that states may not require at
least a year's residency for voting eligibility.
1973 Mar 21, Dean told Nixon:
"There is a cancer growing on the Presidency."
1975 Mar 21, Ethiopia ended its
monarchy after 3000 years. In May the monarchy was formally
abolished, and Marxism-Leninism was proclaimed the ideology of the
1975 Mar 21, As North
Vietnamese forces advanced, Hue and other northern towns in South
Vietnam were evacuated.
1979 Mar 21, The Egyptian
Parliament unanimously approved a peace treaty with Israel.
1980 Mar 21, President Carter
announced to the U.S. Olympic Team that they would not participate
in the 1980 Summer Games in Moscow as a boycott against Soviet
intervention in Afghanistan.
1983 Mar 21, The US signed the
Strasbourg Treaty with European nations for the exchange of
1984 Mar 21, A ground-breaking
ceremony was held as part of NYC’s Central Park was named Strawberry
Fields honoring John Lennon.
1984 Mar 21, A Soviet submarine
crashed into the USS Kitty Hawk off the coast of Japan.
1985 Mar 21, Michael Redgrave
(b.1908), English actor, died. His films included Alfred Hitchcock's
“The Lady Vanishes” (1938), “The Stars Look Down” (1939) and the
film of Robert Ardrey's play “Thunder Rock” (1943).
1985 Mar 21, Police in Langa
(Uitenhage), South Africa, opened fire on blacks marching to mark
the 25th anniversary of the Sharpeville shootings; the reported
death toll varied between 29 and 43.
1987 Mar 21, Dean Paul Martin
(Dino, b.1951), the son of singer Dean Martin, died when his
National Guard F-4 Phantom fighter jet crashed in a mountainous area
of California, killing him and his RIO (Radar Intercept Officer),
Ramon Ortiz. From then on the father became somewhat of a recluse
until his own death in 1995.
(SFEC, 9/8/96, DB
1987 Mar 21, Actor Robert
Preston (68), best-known for his portrayal of conman Prof. Harold
Hill in the musical "The Music Man," died in Santa Barbara, Calif.
1989 Mar 21, Randall Dale
Adams, whose conviction for killing a police officer was overturned
after the documentary "The Thin Blue Line" challenged evidence, was
released from a Texas prison.
1990 Mar 21, Secretary of State
James Baker met black nationalist leader Nelson Mandela in Namibia.
1990 Mar 21, Elkins, West
Virginia, reported a record national low of minus 16 degrees.
(SFC, 3/21/09, p.D10)
1990 Mar 21, Soviet leader
Mikhail S. Gorbachev increased pressure on the breakaway republic of
Lithuania, ordering its citizens to turn in their guns.
1991 Mar 21, Test results
released in Los Angeles showed that Rodney King, the motorist whose
beating by police was videotaped by a bystander, had marijuana and
alcohol in his system following his arrest. President Bush denounced
King’s beating as “sickening” and “outrageous.”
1991 Mar 21, Two US Navy
anti-submarine planes collided about 60 miles southwest of San Diego
and 27 were lost at sea.
1991 Mar 21, A UN Security
Council panel decided to lift the food embargo on Iraq.
1992 Mar 21, During a debate in
Buffalo, N.Y., Democratic presidential front-runner Bill Clinton
sought to turn the tables on rival Jerry Brown by accusing the
former California governor of hypocrisy on the issue of campaign
1992 Mar 21, Pres. Bush and
German Chancellor Helmut Kohl met at Camp David, Md.
1993 Mar 21, Voters in France
handed the Socialist government a devastating defeat in first-round
1994 Mar 21, "Schindler's List"
won best picture at the 66th Academy Awards; Holly Hunter was named
best actress for "The Piano" while Tom Hanks was named best actor
1994 Mar 21, Actor Macdonald
Carey died in Beverly Hills, Calif., at age 81.
1994 Mar 21, Lili Damita
(b.1904), French-born actress and first wife of Errol Flynn (Bridge
of San Luis Rey), died.
1994 Mar 21, Bolivia’s Congress
approved a new capitalization program.
(WSJ, 2/14/97, p.A8)
1995 Mar 21, Thousands of
Japanese police raided the offices of a secretive religious group,
Aum Shinri Kyo, in connection with nerve-gas attacks on Tokyo
subways that killed 12 people and sickened thousands. In ensuing
weeks they found tons of chemicals used to make sarin nerve gas and
evidence of biological weapons research.
(SFC, 4/24/96, p.A-8)(AP, 3/21/00)
1996 Mar 21, The US decided to
proceed with plans to deliver weapons to the Islamabad government in
Pakistan. $368 mil has already been paid for a naval Orion aircraft
and two types of missiles.
(WSJ, 3/21/96, p.A-1)
1996 Mar 21, General Motors
and the United Auto Workers reached a settlement in a 17-day
brake-factory strike that idled more than 177,000 employees and
brought the world's top automaker to a near standstill.
1996 Mar 21, In Israel a
suicide bomber killed himself and 3 Israeli women in Tel Aviv.
(G&M, 7/31/97, p.A8)
1997 Mar 21, President Clinton
and Russian President Boris Yeltsin wrapped up their summit in
Helsinki, Finland, still deadlocked over NATO expansion, but able to
agree on slashing nuclear weapons arsenals.
1997 Mar 21, In Chicago 3 white
teenagers attacked and severely injured a 13-year-old black boy.
Lenard Clark (13) was left brain damaged. The suspects, Frank Caruso
(18), Victor Jasas (17), and Michael Kwidzinski (19) were released
on bonds of $150,000 with charges of attempted murder, aggravated
battery and a hate crime. Caruso was convicted in 1998 and was
sentenced to 8 years in prison. The other 2 pleaded guilty to
reduced charges and were let off with probation and community
(SFC, 3/25/97, p.A7)(SFC, 10/20/98, p.A6)
1997 Mar 21, In Columbia
Gerardo Bedoya, executive editor of El Pais, was assassinated in
Cali. He was a former congressman and Columbian representative to
(SFC, 3/22/97, p.A11)
1997 Mar 21, In Tel Aviv,
Israel, a Palestinian suicide bomber blew himself up on a terrace of
an outdoor restaurant and killed 3 Israeli women and injured 46.
(SFC, 3/22/97, p.A1)(AP, 3/21/02)
1997 Mar 21, Rebel leader John
Garang prepared to attack Juba and claimed that the entire southern
Sudan was under their control. Government information minister Tayeb
Ibrahim Mohamed Kheir claimed that Ugandan forces were involved with
(SFC, 3/22/97, p.C1)
1998 Mar 21, Six members of the
SF-based Peaceworkers group were arrested and sentenced to 10 days
in jail in Kosovo for not reporting their presence to police. 3 were
from the Bay Area. They were released Mar 23.
(SFEC, 3/22/98, p.A1)(SFC, 3/23/98, p.A11)(SFC,
1998 Mar 21, It was reported
that Chinese researchers had discovered heavy industrial pollution
in the snow around the North Pole.
(SFC, 3/21/98, p.A9)
1998 Mar 21, In Germany
Christina Nytsch (11) was found raped and murdered in woods 8 miles
from her home in Struecklingen. In April Police began collecting
saliva from 18,000 local men to test for a DNA match. Police found a
match and arrested a suspect in Elisabethfehn in May, 1998. The man,
a father of 3 children, confessed to another rape of an 11-year-old
girl in Jan, 1996.
(SFC, 4/10/98, p.A18)(SFEC, 5/31/98, p.A24)
1998 Mar 21, In Nigeria Pope
John Paul II arrived in Abuja and began urging the military
government to respect human rights and release political prisoners.
He pressed the military regime to release dozens of prisoners,
including prominent opposition figures and journalists.
(SFEC, 3/22/98, p.A2)(AP, 3/21/99)
1998 Mar 21, Maciej
Slomczynski, Polish translator, died at age 77. He made Polish
translations of Shakespeare’s complete works, Joyce’s “Ulysses” and
works by Faulkner, Swift and Milton.
(SFC, 3/24/98, p.B2)
1999 Mar 21, At the Academy
Award Oscar ceremonies "Shakespeare in Love" won 7 awards and
"Saving Private Ryan" won 5 with Steven Spielberg as best director.
Roberto Benigni won best actor for "Life Is Beautiful" and Gwyneth
Paltrow won best actress for "Shakespeare in Love." Steven Spielberg
won best director for "Saving Private Ryan."
(SFC, 3/22/99, p.A1)(AP, 3/21/00)
1999 Mar 21, Balloonists
Bertrand Piccard and Brian Jones landed their Breitling Orbiter 3
north of Mut, Egypt, a day after setting their around the world
(SFEC, 3/21/99, p.A21)
1999 Mar 21, It was reported
that the Space Laser Energy group, SELENE, proposed to transmit
energy to satellites by 2004.
(SFEC, 3/21/99, p.D1)
1999 Mar 21, In Alaska an
avalanche killed at least 4 snowmobilers at the Turnagain Pass in
Chugach National Forest.
(WSJ, 3/23/99, p.A1)
1999 Mar 21, In Chechnya one
person was killed as a bomb exploded in the motorcade of Pres.
(SFC, 3/22/99, p.A10)
1999 Mar 21, On the 2nd day of
Serb attacks against Kosovo, envoy Richard Holbrooke met with Pres.
Milosevic with serious threats of NATO air strikes.
(SFC, 3/22/99, p.A1)
1999 Mar 21, In Finland the
ruling social Democrats under Prime Minister Paavo Lipponen lost 12
seats but kept 51 in the 200-member Eduskunta. The Center Party
gained 4 seats with voter frustration over unemployment.
(SFC, 3/22/99, p.A10)(WSJ, 3/22/99, p.A1)
1999 Mar 21, In Indonesia at
least 96 immigrant Madura were killed by ethnic Malay, Dayak and
Bugis men on the island of Borneo.
(SFC, 3/22/99, p.A11)
1999 Mar 21, Israel's Supreme
Court rejected a final effort to have American teen-ager Samuel
Sheinbein returned to the United States to face murder charges.
Under a plea agreement with Israeli prosecutors, Sheinbein was later
sentenced to 24 years in prison for the murder of Alfred Tello Jr.
1999 Mar 21, In Northern
Ireland masked men beat a 13-year-old boy with baseball bats at
(SFC, 3/22/99, p.A10)
1999 Mar 21, In Malaysia
soldiers began killing the pig population to control an outbreak of
(SFC, 3/22/99, p.A11)
1999 Mar 21, In Turkey the
Kurdish New Year began with unrest and police arrested 1,500 people
across the country with the southeast under a virtual state of
siege. A pipeline explosion halted the flow of oil from Iraq.
(SFC, 3/22/99, p.A10)(WSJ, 3/22/99, p.A1)
2000 Mar 21, Pres. Clinton
began a 5 day stay in India. India rejected his call for further
curbs in the nuclear program.
(SFC, 3/21/00, p.A14)(SFC, 3/22/00, p.A11)
2000 Mar 21, A divided Supreme
Court ruled 5 to 4 that the FDA lacked authority to regulate tobacco
as an addictive drug, throwing out the Clinton administration’s main
(SFC, 3/22/00, p.A1)(AP, 3/21/01)
2000 Mar 21, A US Federal Judge
ruled that Elian Gonzalez should be returned to his father in Cuba.
(SFC, 3/22/00, p.A3)
2000 Mar 21, The US Federal
Reserve raised short term interest to 6%.
(SFC, 3/22/00, p.A1)
2000 Mar 21, NATO acknowledged
that depleted uranium rounds were used during the 1999 Kosovo war
whenever American A-10 ground attack aircraft engaged armored
(SFC, 3/22/00, p.A14)
2000 Mar 21, In Colombia rebel
bombings caused a blackout in most of Bogota and large portions of
the central and northeast regions.
(SFC, 3/22/00, p.A12)
2000 Mar 21, Croatia handed
over Mladen Naletilic, a Bosnian Croat indicted in 1998 on 17 counts
of war crimes, to the UN tribunal. Naletilic commanded a gang of
convicts who terrorized Muslims in southwestern Bosnia between
(SFC, 3/22/00, p.A12)
2000 Mar 21, Holland announced
that it would give the Jewish community $180 million for injustices
suffered after returning from Nazi death camps. Another $114 million
was set for Dutch victims of Japanese WW II prison camps in
Indonesia and $14 million for Dutch Gypsies persecuted by the Nazis.
(SFC, 3/22/00, p.A12)
2000 Mar 21, In Iraq a mortar
attack on a Baghdad apartment building killed 4 people and injured
38. Persian agents were blamed.
(SFC, 3/23/00, p.D2)
2000 Mar 21, Israel withdrew
from 6.1% of the West Bank.
(SFC, 3/22/00, p.A10)
2000 Mar 21, Pope John Paul II
landed in Tel Aviv and began his official visit to Israel with a
welcome from Pres. Ezer Weizman. It was the first official visit by
a Roman Catholic pontiff to Israel.
(SFC, 3/22/00, p.A1)(AP, 3/21/01)
2000 Mar 21, In Taiwan the
Parliament ended a 51-year-old ban on direct trade, transport and
postal links between several of its offshore islands and mainland
(SFC, 3/22/00, p.A11)
2001 Mar 21, The US State Dept.
ordered the expulsion of 5 suspected Russian spies and informed
Moscow that as many as 50 intelligence officers using diplomatic
cover would have to leave over the next few months.
(SFC, 3/22/01, p.A1)
2001 Mar 21, The Supreme Court
ruled that hospitals cannot test pregnant women for drug use without
2001 Mar 21, In Vermont a flock
of 234 sheep were seized by federal agents over fears of infection
with a version of mad cow disease. The sheep had originated in
Belgium in 1996.
(SFC, 3/22/01, p.A3)
2001 Mar 21, Space shuttle
Discovery glided to a predawn touchdown, bringing home the first
residents of the international space station.
2001 Mar 21, The Taiwan United
Daily News reported that a senior Chinese colonel had defected to
(SFC, 3/23/01, p.D4)
2001 Mar 21, In Guatemala the
highest court ordered former dictator Efraim Rios Montt and 5
ruling-party lawmakers to give up their congressional posts to face
(SFC, 3/23/01, p.D2)
2001 Mar 21, In Israel Yitzhak
Mordecai, a former defense minister, was convicted for sexual
assault and harassment of two women.
(SFC, 3/22/01, p.A12)
2001 Mar 21, Pres. Vicente Fox
arrived in California for his 1st foreign trip as President of
Mexico. He appealed to Gov. Davis to allow Mexicans in California
greater access to doors of opportunity.
(SFC, 3/21/01, p.A1)(SFC, 3/22/01, p.A1)
2001 Mar 21, In Macedonia the
government rejected a rebel cease-fire and planned to proceed with
its military offensive.
(SFC, 3/22/01, p.A10)
2001 Mar 21, In Pakistan the
military rulers arrested at least 20 opposition leaders. 1,600
people have been jailed in the last 3 days.
(WSJ, 3/22/01, p.A1)
2001 Mar 21, Russia’s Mission
Control took command of the Mir space station and prepared it for
its final descent into the South Pacific.
(SFC, 3/22/01, p.A10)
2002 Mar 21, Alexei Yagudin won
the men's title at the World Figure Skating Championships in Nagano,
2002 Mar 21, President Bush
began a four-day trip to Latin America.
2002 Mar 21, Marjorie Knoller,
whose two huge dogs mauled neighbor Diane Whipple to death in their
San Francisco apartment building, was convicted in Los Angeles of
murder and involuntary manslaughter; her husband, Robert Noel, was
found guilty of involuntary manslaughter. A judge later threw out
the murder conviction against Knoller, replacing it with
manslaughter, but the murder conviction was reinstated by an appeals
2002 Mar 21, Herman Talmadge
(88), former Georgia governor and U.S. senator died in Hampton, Ga.
2002 Mar 21, In Britain
schoolgirl Milly Dowler (13) was kidnapped in Walton-on-Thames,
Surrey. Her body was found 6 months later in nearby woods. As police
pursued leads in the case the British tabloid News of the World
hacked into Dowler’s cell phone, listened to messages, and deleted
some to make room for more. In 2010 Levi Bellfield (41), a former
nightclub bouncer, appeared in court accused of kidnapping and
murdering the teenager. On June 23, 2011, Bellfield was convicted
and jailed for life.
2002 Mar 21, It was reported
that Georgian fighters expected to use their US training against
secessionists in Abkhazia, which was unofficially protected by
(SFC, 3/21/02, p.A1)
2002 Mar 21, In Jerusalem
Mohammed Hashaika (22) blew himself up on King George St. and killed
3 Israelis. Truce talks were cancelled.
(SFC, 3/22/02, p.A9)(WSJ, 3/22/02, p.A1)
2002 Mar 21, In Italy a tour
bus traveling from Lucca to Florence collided with a truck and at
least 3 Americans were killed.
(SFC, 3/22/02, p.A10)
2002 Mar 21, A local Spanish
official was shot to death by gunmen in the Basque region. Police
suspected the ETA.
(WSJ, 3/22/02, p.A1)
2002 Mar 21, In Diyarbakir,
Turkey, thousands of Kurdish youths battled Turkish police after
authorities banned the celebration of Nowruz, the Zoroastrian New
(SFC, 3/22/02, p.A10)
2002 Mar 21, A UN meeting on
poverty, despair and violence opened in Mexico City.
(SFC, 3/22/02, p.A13)
2003 Mar 21, The House approved
a $2.2 trillion budget embracing President Bush's tax-cutting plan.
2003 Mar 21, A young man from
LA visiting Las Vegas hit pay dirt, a world record $39 million on a
2003 Mar 21, A CH-46 Sea Knight
helicopter crashed in Kuwait and killed 12 British and 4 US
soldiers. US Marines captured the strategic port in the southern
Iraqi city of Umm Qasr.
2003 Mar 21, In the 3rd day of
Operation Iraqi Freedom the "shock and awe" air campaign began. 2
days of US air attacks killed 4 civilians in Baghdad and left some
(SSFC, 3/23/03, p.W10)(SSFC, 3/30/03, p.W12)
2003 Mar 21, North Korea
condemned the US-led war on Iraq and said American war games in
South Korea were pushing the divided peninsula "to the brink of a
2003 Mar 21, A South African
commission that investigated the crimes of the era recommended that
the government pay compensation totaling $348 million to more than
21,000 victims of apartheid-era abuses.
2003 Mar 21, In Yemen police
clashed with anti-war demonstrators trying to storm the US Embassy,
leaving a policeman and protester dead.
2004 Mar 21, The White House
disputed assertions by President Bush's former counterterrorism
coordinator, Richard A. Clarke, that the administration had failed
to recognize the risk of an attack by al-Qaida in the months leading
up to Sept. 11. Clarke's assertions were contained in a new book,
"Against All Enemies," that went on sale the next day.
2004 Mar 21, Zaha Hadid (53), a
Baghdad-born designer, became the third Briton to win the Pritzker
Prize in Architecture, and the 1st woman to win the prize in its
2004 Mar 21, Robert Snyder
(88), documentary film maker and author, died. He was the son-in-law
of futurist Buckminster Fuller.
(SFC, 3/22/04, p.B4)
2004 Mar 21, Afghan aviation
minister Mirwais Sadiq was assassinated in the western city of
2004 Mar 21, Tony Saca, former
sportscaster and Arena Party candidate, easily won El Salvador's
presidential race, promising to continue the direction of one of the
most pro-U.S. governments in the hemisphere.
(AP, 3/22/04)(Econ, 3/27/04, p.38)
2004 Mar 21, French voters
delivered a rebuke to PM Jean-Pierre Raffarin's reform plans in the
1st round of regional elections. The elections, held every six
years, are for regional leaders responsible for some infrastructure
projects, job training, school construction and other tasks.
2004 Mar 21, Ludmila Tcherina
(79), French ballerina and Oscar-winning actress, The Tales of
Hoffman (1950), died.
2004 Mar 21, In western Iraq
insurgents fired a rocket at U.S. troops, killing two soldiers,
while in Baghdad rockets fired toward the U.S.-led coalition
headquarters killed two Iraqi civilians and injured a U.S. soldier.
2004 Mar 21, Four Hamas
militants and a Palestinian woman were killed in fighting with
Israeli troops, the sixth day of Israel's new offensive in the Gaza
2004 Mar 21, Elections were
held in Malaysia. An Islamic leader implied that those who backed
government candidates would go to hell. Malaysia's secular
government won a sweeping victory in two Muslim-dominated states and
looked headed for a nationwide rout of the fundamentalist Islamic
(WSJ, 3/8/04, p.A1)(AP, 3/21/04)
2004 Mar 21, Pakistani forces
agreed to allow a 25-member tribal council free passage into a
battle zone in an effort to negotiate a peace deal with local elders
sheltering hundreds of al-Qaeda fighters. Up to 6,000 Pakistani
forces were engaged with some 500 foreign militants, in the Wana
area of South Waziristan. The Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU)
was suspected to be involved.
(AP, 3/21/04)(SFC, 3/22/04, p.A1)
2004 Mar 21, In the Republic of
Congo a train derailed 90 miles south of Brazzaville, killing 31
people and injuring scores of others.
2004 Mar 21, Spain's incoming
Socialist government rejected an offer for dialogue from the Basque
separatist group ETA.
2005 Mar 21, Pres. Bush in the
early hours signed an emergency bill called the “Palm Sunday
Compromise” to permit the reinsertion of a feeding tube to keep
Terri Schiavo alive in Florida.
(SFC, 3/21/05, p.A1)
2005 Mar 21, The US State
Department said the US is suspending about $2 million in military
assistance to Nicaragua because President Enrique Bolanos has not
followed through on a promise to destroy surface-to-air-missiles.
2005 Mar 21, Barry Diller's
electronic commerce company IAC/InterActiveCorp announced that it is
buying online search engine Ask Jeeves Inc. for $1.9 billion and
taking aim at the Internet's advertising market leaders.
(Econ, 3/26/05, p.66)
2005 Mar 21, Justin Mendoza of
Daly City was shot and killed outside the Café Cocomo nightclub in
SF. In 2008 Gerry Phongboupha (25) was convicted of 1st degree
murder and other charges in connection to Mendoza’s murder.
(SFC, 4/16/08, p.B5)
2005 Mar 21, In northern
Minnesota Jeff Weise (17) gunned down five students, a teacher and a
guard at Red Lake High School. The teen's grandfather and his
grandfather's wife also were found dead, and the boy killed himself.
(AP, 3/22/05)(SFC, 3/22/05, p.A1)
2005 Mar 21, Bobby Short (80),
Cabaret singer who embodied the NYC style and sophistication, died.
He was a fixture at his piano in the Carlyle Hotel for more than 35
2005 Mar 21, The BBC announced
plans to cut almost 4,000 jobs to save hundreds of millions of
pounds, as the world's biggest public broadcaster undergoes a major
2005 Mar 21, In Estonia PM
Juhan parts (38) resigned after lawmakers said they had no
confidence in his justice minister, Ken-Marti Vaher, due to an
anti-corruption plan. Pres. Arnold Ruutel had 2 weeks to nominate a
new prime minister.
(SFC, 3/22/05, p.A3)
2005 Mar 21, Iceland's
Parliament awarded citizenship to chess champion Bobby Fischer.
2005 Mar 21, India’s PM
Manmohan Singh vowed to do whatever is necessary to sustain economic
growth of between 7 and 8 percent to help the 260 million Indians
living in poverty.
2005 Mar 21, India’s foreign
ministry in New Delhi said very young and elderly Pakistanis
visiting India will receive visas on arrival from April 1.
2005 Mar 21, A top security
official said Indonesia plans to formally outlaw the al-Qaida-linked
terror group Jemaah Islamiyah, a move that will make it easier for
authorities to arrest and prosecute militants in the world's most
populous Muslim nation.
2005 Mar 21, Insurgent attacks
across Iraq left seven civilians and three Iraqi soldiers dead.
2005 Mar 21, Iraqi officials at
the morgue in the southeastern city of Kut said the facility
received the bodies of six slain Iraqi army soldiers, five collected
together, one separately.
2005 Mar 21, Israeli and
Palestinian negotiators reached agreement on handing over control of
the West Bank town of Tulkarem to Palestinian security forces.
2005 Mar 21, South Korea news
reported that North Korea said it has increased its nuclear arsenal
to help prevent a US attack.
2005 Mar 21, It was reported
that measles in Nigeria had killed 529 people this year.
(WSJ, 3/21/05, p.A1)
2005 Mar 21, UN
Secretary-General Kofi Annan proposed a new Human Rights Council, a
smaller body that would meet year-round.
2006 Mar 21, Pres. Bush said
that the war in Iraq might outlast his presidency. Bush predicted
American forces would remain in Iraq for years and that it would be
up to a future president to decide when to bring them all home. But
defying critics and plunging polls, Bush declared, "I'm optimistic
(SFC, 3/22/06, p.A1)(AP, 3/21/07)
2006 Mar 21, President Bush
welcomed Liberia’s Pres. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to the White House,
calling Africa's first democratically elected female head of state
2006 Mar 21, Sgt. Michael J.
Smith, an Army dog handler at Abu Ghraib, was convicted at Fort
Meade, Md., of abusing prisoners. Smith was later sentenced to 179
days in prison.
2006 Mar 21, Twitter, an
Internet service that allows users to send short messages in
response to the question: “What are you doing,” was co-founded by
Jack Dorsey, Biz Stone, and Evan Williams. The company had begun as
a side project at Odeo, an ailing podcasting business bankrolled by
Evan Williams. By 2011 tweets per day exceeded 230 million.
10/1/11, p.68)(Econ, 11/16/13, p.84)
2006 Mar 21, Afghan security
forces attacked a group of suspected Taliban rebels after they
crossed the border into Kandahar from neighboring Pakistan, killing
at least 17 of them. 4 suspected Taliban rebels were killed by
Afghan military forces in neighboring Uruzgan province.
(AFP, 3/22/06)(SSFC, 7/30/06, p.A18)
2006 Mar 21, An earthquake hit
the northeast Algerian town of Laalam east of Algiers killing at
least four people and injuring 53.
2006 Mar 21, Argentina's naval
chief said he has ordered all in-country intelligence operations by
the navy to be temporarily suspended while officials probe reports
of spying at the southern Admiral Zar naval air base.
2006 Mar 21, Troops began
delivering aid to an estimated 7,000 people who lost their homes to
the cyclone that battered Australia's northeastern coast.
2006 Mar 21, The WHO said 5
people had died of bird flu in Azerbaijan, raising the worldwide
death toll from the H5N1 strain to 103.
(SFC, 3/22/06, p.A4)
2006 Mar 21, Royal Dutch Shell
said it paid $465 million Canadian dollars for the rights to explore
219,000 acres in Alberta’s oil sands.
(WSJ, 3/22/06, p.A14)
2006 Mar 21, In Chile 13
retired army officers were indicted on homicide charges for their
participation in the Caravan of Death under the dictatorship of Gen.
Augusto Pinochet. The new warrants were issued against officers who
were serving at regiments visited by the Caravan and allegedly
helped the repression by participating in illegal executions and
2006 Mar 21, Chinese President
Hu Jintao and visiting Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed on to
deepen energy cooperation, as Russian gas giant Gazprom said it
would look to meet some needs of oil and gas-hungry China.
2006 Mar 21, The Ecuadorian
government declared a state of emergency in four provinces to curb
nine days of Indian protests against a proposed free-trade deal with
2006 Mar 21, The EU said it
would pay for half of a 16 million euro ($19 million) international
promotion campaign to sell European-produced foods such as fruits,
cheese and wine in 11 countries, including the United States, China,
Japan and Canada.
2006 Mar 21, Some 30% of French
people consider themselves at least somewhat racist, according to a
report submitted to the government, prompting concerns that racism
is becoming socially acceptable.
2006 Mar 21, Insurgents stormed
a jail around dawn in the Sunni majority town of Muqdadiya, killing
19 police and a courthouse guard in a prison break that freed 33
prisoners and left 10 attackers dead.
(AP, 3/21/06)(SFC, 3/22/06, p.A13)
2006 Mar 21, Israel reopened
the Gaza Strip's main cargo crossing to alleviate a food shortage in
2006 Mar 21, Israel indicted
two West Bank Palestinians on charges of belonging to al-Qaida and
plotting to carry out a double bombing for the group in Jerusalem,
the first time Palestinians have been formally linked to the terror
2006 Mar 21, Japanese police
found three bodies inside a parked van in what is believed to be the
latest example of a recent trend of group suicides.
2006 Mar 21, A Kadhafi
Foundation official said Libya is to return properties confiscated
in the mid-1970s and pay compensation to their former owners, under
a cabinet decree.
2006 Mar 21, Algimantas
Dailide, an 85-year-old man deported from Florida, went on trial in
his native Lithuania on charges of helping Nazis round up Jews
during World War II. Dailide was convicted on March 27 of helping
Nazis murder Jews during World War II, but the judge said the man
was too frail to serve prison time.
(AP, 3/21/06)(AP, 3/27/06)
2006 Mar 21, Nepalese soldiers
hunted down communist rebels in the northern mountains as
insurgents, some on motorbikes, attacked police stations. The day of
violence left at least 33 people dead.
2006 Mar 21, Nigeria launched
its first census for 15 years. Residents remained indoors on
government orders on the first day of the controversial census.
2006 Mar 21, In Peru Victor
Polay (54), the leader of the Tupac Amaru guerrilla group, was
sentenced to 32 years in prison in a civilian retrial. The group
grabbed the world's attention nearly 10 years ago with a takeover of
the Japanese ambassador's residence.
2006 Mar 21, The UN appealed
for nearly $327 million in aid to help starving people in southern
Somalia, which is suffering its worst drought in a decade.
2006 Mar 21, Sweden's foreign
minister resigned, accused of lying about shutting down a far-right
Web site that solicited cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad.
2006 Mar 21, In Thailand
demonstrators seeking the resignation of PM Thaksin Shinawatra
brought their protests to Bangkok's commercial district.
2006 Mar 21, More than 100,000
Turkish Kurds celebrated the ancient spring festival of Newroz with
dancing, singing and calls for political reform and the release of
jailed Kurdish rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan.
2006 Mar 21, An international
audit concluded there are tens of thousands of dead voters listed on
Venezuela's voter rolls, but the country's top electoral official
said that those errors are being fixed and do not amount to
2008 Mar 21, Former Vice
President Al Gore made an emotional return to Congress as he pleaded
with House and Senate committees to fight global warming; skeptical
Republicans questioned the science behind his climate-change
documentary, "An Inconvenient Truth."
2007 Mar 21, An industry trade
group said US mortgage applications fell last week for the first
time in four weeks, reflecting a drop in demand for home refinancing
even as interest rates hovered near recent lows.
2007 Mar 21, In Texas
investigators said Timothy Wayne Shepherd (27) confessed to
strangling Tynesha Stewart (19) because he was angry she had begun a
new relationship. Shepherd had dismembered and burned her body on a
2007 Mar 21, In Afghanistan
Dutch ministers urged the Afghan government to step up its presence
and development in the troubled south, where Taliban insurgents are
most entrenched, saying NATO cannot do it alone.
2007 Mar 21, Sonia Falcone,
former Miss Bolivia (1988), was ordered to leave the United States
after pleading guilty to employing four illegal immigrants as
household servants at her $10.5 million mansion in Paradise Valley,
2007 Mar 21, Britain's
leader-in-waiting Gordon Brown unexpectedly cut income tax along
with business taxes in his 11th and probably final budget before he
takes over from British PM Tony Blair as expected.
2007 Mar 21, PM Tony Blair said
Britain would urge the EU to impose tougher sanctions on Zimbabwe,
describing the situation there as "appalling, disgraceful and
2007 Mar 21, The World Trade
Organization (WTO) said Canada should dismantle "significant" trade
barriers it uses to protect its wheat, dairy and other agricultural
2007 Mar 21, The EU and the UN
eased their diplomatic boycott of the Palestinian government,
holding talks with non-Hamas ministers.
2007 Mar 21, French President
Jacques Chirac endorsed the presidential bid of Interior Minister
Nicolas Sarkozy despite their long rivalry.
2007 Mar 21, In Guatemala a top
human rights official said a newly created international council of
experts will oversee and protect extensive police archives exposing
atrocities committed during Guatemala's 36-year civil war.
2007 Mar 21, In Indonesia 3
Islamic militants were found guilty of decapitating three Christian
schoolgirls in 2005 and dumping their bloodied heads in nearby
villages. They were sentenced to between 14 and 20 years.
2007 Mar 21, US troops killed
five insurgents and destroyed a bomb-making factory north of
Baghdad. In Sunni dominated west Baghdad they found arms caches
including nitric acid and chlorine. Dozens more were detained after
fierce clashes in a Sunni-dominated province west of the capital.
Scattered violence killed at least nine people. A claim by the US
military that insurgents used children in a weekend suicide attack
raised concerns about new tactics being adopted by insurgents.
Gunmen on a motorcycle shot dead a postgraduate female student at
Basra University, Tuhfa Jaafar al-Bachay. Two US soldiers and a
Marine were killed in combat.
(AP, 3/21/07)(AP, 3/22/07)(WSJ, 3/22/07, p.A1)
2007 Mar 21, Tens of thousands
of Israeli workers launched an open-ended general strike that
crippled the country's airports, seaports, railways, government
offices, banks, the stock exchange and many other services. The
strike by public service workers ended after just eight hours, when
the Israeli government agreed to pay back wages.
2007 Mar 21, In southern Nepal
a fierce gunbattle near Gaur between former communist rebels and
ethnic rights activists, the Madhesi People’s Rights Forum (MPRF),
left 29 dead, mostly Maoists, and 35 wounded.
(AP, 3/22/07)(Econ, 3/31/07, p.51)
2007 Mar 21, A Nigerian Senate
committee ruled that President Olusegun Obasanjo and his deputy,
Atiku Abubakar, acted "illegally" in the management of a petroleum
fund and recommended them for prosecution. 5 people were killed in
clashes over land in Ikare-Akoka in the southwestern state of Ondo.
(AFP, 3/21/07)(AFP, 3/22/07)
2007 Mar 21, Thousands of
protesters urged President Pervez Musharraf to quit over his removal
of Pakistan's top judge, as the new acting chief justice flew back
home and into the eye of the storm. In northwestern Pakistan
fighting between local and Uzbek militants escalated, and the death
toll from three days of clashes rose to at least 70.
(AP, 3/21/07)(AFP, 3/21/07)
2007 Mar 21, In Somalia masked
men believed to be Islamic militants dragged the corpses of two
soldiers through the streets of Mogadishu and set their bodies on
fire during fierce battles with government forces trying to
consolidate their control. Medical officials at Mogadishu's three
hospitals said they had recorded at least seven dead and 36 wounded
by early afternoon. One fire-fight left 15 people killed. Un
estimates said 40,000 of Mogadishu’s 2 million residents had fled
(AP, 3/21/07)(Econ, 3/24/07, p.54)
2008 Mar 21, Two companies that
provide workers for the State Department said they fired or
otherwise punished those who improperly accessed the passport
records of the three major presidential candidates. The security
breaches touched off demands for a congressional investigation.
2008 Mar 21, The California
Academy of Science named David Mindell (55), a human evolutionary
researcher at the Univ. of Michigan as the institution’s new science
chief. The new academy building in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park
was due to open in 6 months.
(SFC, 3/22/08, p.B1)
2008 Mar 21, Daniel Wortham
(39), a plumber in Washington state, was killed by his daughter (16)
and her boyfriend, Edmund Washington (17), after returning home from
work. Prosecutors later said Jackie Wortham and her boyfriend used a
baseball bat, knife, wrench and a 3-foot-long sword in the murder.
In 2009 Jackie Wortham (18) was sentenced to 22 years in prison.
(http://tinyurl.com/nysn3y)(SFC, 9/17/09, p.A7)
2008 Mar 21, In southern
Afghanistan a suicide attacker blew himself up near a busy shrine in
Kandahar, killing two policemen. International forces helping the
Afghan government lost three soldiers in two separate bombings in
(AP, 3/21/08)(AP, 3/23/08)
2008 Mar 21, A regulator said
China will shut down or punish dozens of video-sharing Web sites for
carrying content deemed pornographic, violent or a threat to
national security under rules that tighten Internet controls.
China’s government stepped up its manhunt for protesters in last
week's riots in the capital of Tibet, as thousands of troops
converged on foot, trucks and helicopters to Tibetan areas of
2008 Mar 21, The Democratic
Republic of Congo banned the ethnic-based religious and political
sect Bundu dia Kongo (BDK), a shadowy separatist sect, following a
3-week police offensive against its western strongholds which UN
investigators say killed dozens of people.
2008 Mar 21, The Greek and
Turkish Cypriot leaders agreed to restart peace talks on reunifying
their ethnically split island, and to open a crossing in the heart
of the divided capital.
2008 Mar 21, President Nicolas
Sarkozy announced a modest cut in France's nuclear arsenal, to less
than 300 warheads, and urged China and the United States to commit
to no more weapons tests.
2008 Mar 21, Iraqi security
forces clashed with Shiite militia fighters southeast of Baghdad for
a second day. At least two police officers and two gunmen had died
in the fighting in the city of Kut when factions of the Mahdi Army
militia attacked security checkpoints.
2008 Mar 21, In Indian Kashmir
two boys, aged five and 14, were killed when a hand grenade they
mistook for a toy exploded.
2008 Mar 21, In Mali 5
civilians, including a child, were reported killed, again when their
vehicle hit a mine near Tinzaouatene. 29 soldiers were taken
prisoner when a convoy of wounded soldiers heading for Kidal was
intercepted by rebels.
2008 Mar 21, In Myanmar a man
set himself on fire at Shwedagon pagoda, Yangon's most famous
landmark in a political protest against the military junta. He died
of his injuries in April.
(www.mysinchew.com/node/8895)(WSJ, 4/23/08, p.A1)
2008 Mar 21, Pakistani troops
shut down three FM radio stations and arrested eight employees after
the stations aired a speech by a pro-Taliban cleric.
2008 Mar 21, In Moscow
firefighters found the body of Channel One correspondent Ilyas
Shurpayev (32) in his apartment with stab wounds and a belt around
his neck. He was a native of the mostly Muslim Dagestan province and
had worked in Russia's violence-ridden North Caucasus, which
includes Dagestan and war-scarred Chechnya. Dagestan. On March 31
officials said that two men from Tajikistan have admitted robbing
and killing Shurpayev.
(AP, 3/21/08)(AP, 3/31/08)
2008 Mar 21, In Spain a car
bomb exploded at a police barracks in the northern Rioja region
following a warning from the Basque separatist organization ETA,
injuring one person.
2008 Mar 21, In Turkey unrest
erupted when celebrations marking Newroz day, or the Kurdish new
year, degenerated into demonstrations in favor of the armed
separatist Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which Ankara lists as a
2008 Mar 21, In Venezuela a
riot broke out between prison gangs at the San Fernando de Apure
lockup. 9 inmates were left dead and 20 more wounded.
(SSFC, 3/23/08, p.A3)
2009 Mar 21, In Oakland, Ca.,
Lovelle Mixon (26), a parolee with an "extensive criminal history,"
opened fire at a routine traffic stop killing Sgt. Mark Dunakin (40)
and gravely wounding Officer John Hege (41). Hours later he gunned
down Sgt. Ervin Romans (43) and Sgt. Daniel Sakai (35), 2 members of
a SWAT team searching for him. SWAT team members returned fire,
killing Mixon. Officer Hege was pronounced dead the next day. It was
later reported that Mixon had robbed and raped 2 women a gunpoint
earlier the same day. In 2011 the city of Oakland paid Douglas
Laughlin, a former KGO-TV cameraman, $175,000 under a civil suit
filed against police who had attacked him and broken his camera as
he tried to film the arrival of the ambulance carrying one of the
(AP, 3/22/09)(SFC, 3/23/09, p.A1)(SFC, 5/5/09,
p.A1)(SFC, 6/9/11, p.C2)
2009 Mar 21, The attorney
general of Connecticut said that he is asking AIG why documents
appear to show the company paid $53 million more in bonuses to its
financial products division than previously reported. a busload of
activists representing working- and middle-class families paid
visits to the lavish homes of American International Group
executives to protest the tens of millions of dollars in bonuses
awarded by the struggling insurance company after it received a
massive federal bailout.
(AP, 3/21/09)(AP, 3/22/09)
2009 Mar 21, In Afghanistan 2
separate bombings killed 11 people near the volatile eastern border
with Pakistan, marring a festive day throughout the country as
citizens celebrated the Persian new year. A bomb detonated by remote
control killed five people near a shrine in the country's eastern
Khost province as they celebrated Nowruz. North of Khost in
Nangarhar province, a suicide bomber in a car blew himself up at a
police checkpoint, killing six people, including five civilians and
one policeman. In southern Afghanistan NATO killed Maulawi Hassan, a
senior Taliban commander, and nine other suspected militants, while
the coalition and its Afghan allies suffered an equal number of
deaths in separate attacks in the same area.
(AP, 3/21/09)(AP, 3/23/09)
2009 Mar 21, In Angola Pope
Benedict XVI appealed to the Catholics of Angola to reach out to and
convert believers in witchcraft who feel threatened by "spirits" and
"evil powers" of sorcery. Two people were killed in a deadly
stampede that broke out at Luanda stadium a few hours before Pope
Benedict XVI addressed young people.
2009 Mar 21, In Botswana
Japanese Foreign Minister Hirofumi Nakasone opened a development
conference and warned that the global economic crisis would affect
Africa for at least two years.
2009 Mar 21, In northwestern
China hundreds of Tibetans attacked a police station and government
officials despite heightened security, prompting the arrests the
next day of nearly 100 monks. The protest appeared to be in response
to the disappearance of a Tibetan who escaped from police custody in
2009 Mar 21, In Dagestan 3 days
of intense fighting between police and insurgents in a wooded area
ended with five officers and about a dozen militants left dead.
2009 Mar 21, Hungary’s PM
Ferenc Gyurcsany offered his resignation to allow the formation of a
new government, citing a loss of popularity and worsening economic
crisis. The former communist youth leader was quickly re-elected as
(AFP, 3/21/09)(Econ, 3/28/09, p.63)
2009 Mar 21, Iran's supreme
leader rebuffed President Barack Obama's latest outreach, saying
Tehran was still waiting to see concrete changes in US policy.
2009 Mar 21, Tens of thousand
of people marched in Naples to commemorate the victims of the mafia
and demand an end to the stranglehold of organized crime on southern
2009 Mar 21, In Madagascar
Andry Rajoelina was sworn in as the new president in a ceremony
shunned by the international community after the ousting of the
elected president, Marc Ravalomanana. Rajoelina promised new
elections within two years.
2009 Mar 21, In central Mexico
toxic fumes killed at least 10 people who were trying to clean a
sewage pump station in the town of Atotonilco de Tula.
2009 Mar 21, Nigeria's
anti-graft agency said it was hunting down owners of an Indian
business group, Vaswani Brothers, for allegedly defrauding the
country of three billion naira in unpaid taxes. The brothers were
deported from Nigeria in 2003 after a probe into their operations,
but were allowed back into the country in 2007.
2009 Mar 21, Russia’s Pres.
Medvedev replaced Gov. Yuri Yevdomikov of the northwest region of
Murmansk, apparently seeking to ensure that the ruling party
remained in control there after it suffered a surprising defeat in
(SSFC, 3/22/09, p.A5)
2009 Mar 21, In Sri Lanka more
than 1,100 civilians fled the war zone as government troops fought
to wipe out separatist Tamil Tiger rebels.
2009 Mar 21, Venezuela's
federal government seized seaports and airstrips in at least four
states, a move critics say is meant to limit the powers of mayors
and governors opposed to President Hugo Chavez.
2010 Mar 21, President Barack
Obama announced that he will reaffirm a ban on using federal funds
to pay for abortions, which convinced some holdout Democrats to
support the healthcare overhaul but riled Republicans who said the
decision could be easily reversed. US House Democrats voted 219-212
late in the day to send legislation to Obama that would extend
coverage to 32 million uninsured Americans, reduce deficits and ban
insurance company practices such as denying coverage to people with
pre-existing medical conditions.
(Reuters, 3/22/10)(AP, 3/22/10)
2010 Mar 21, In Argentina 2
teenagers died, apparently after police tried to stop them for
riding a motorcycle without helmets. Hundreds of angry residents
torched the Baradero city hall to protest the death of the teenagers
in a police chase.
2010 Mar 21, Tropical Cyclone
Ului blew across the coast of northeastern Australia leaving some
60,000 homes without power.
2010 Mar 21, In southern
Afghanistan at least ten people picnicking by a stream to celebrate
the Afghan new year were killed in a suicide bomb attack. The blast
struck a bridge on the main highway between the capital Kabul and
Herat. In eastern Khost province a roadside bomb killed two
construction company guards when it hit their car. In Wardak
province an elderly man was shot and killed by a joint Afghan-int’l.
force that mistakenly believed he was a threat.
(AFP, 3/21/10)(SFC, 3/22/10, p.A2)
2010 Mar 21, British Airways
cabin crews walked off the job for a second day, upsetting travel
plans for scores of customers, but the airline said its contingency
plans were working well and more planes were taking off than
2010 Mar 21, In the eastern
Central African Republic Ugandan Lord's Resistance Army rebels
killed at least 10 civilians in the village of Agoumar, including a
woman burnt alive. One LRA rebel was killed by the villagers.
(Reuters, 3/22/10)(AFP, 3/30/10)
2010 Mar 21, China’s state
media reported that authorities in Xinjiang have restored access to
email services and 32 Internet sites that were blocked after ethnic
unrest broke out in the region in July.
2010 Mar 21, Cyprus police said
grave robbers stole the remains of 3 Cyprus Archbishops who led the
island's Greek Orthodox church in the late 19th and early 20th
centuries. Sofronios III and Kyrillos II led the Cypriot church
between 1865 and 1916 during Ottoman and British colonial rule.
Police arrested a Romanian man suspected of vandalizing the tombs.
2010 Mar 21, In Cairo, Egypt an
international donors conference raised $850 million in pledges for
projects intended to ensure the safe return of more than 2.7 million
people displaced during the war in Darfur. The one-day conference
was organized by the 57-nation Organization of The Islamic
Conference and included representatives from the US, European
nations, UN agencies and aid groups.
(AP, 3/21/10)(AP, 3/22/10)
2010 Mar 21 In France the
second-round regional poll left Pres. Sarkozy's right-wing UMP in
charge of only one of the mainland regions in the last ballot-box
test of his popularity before the 2012 presidential vote. The
Socialists won 54% of the vote.
(AFP, 3/22/10)(Econ, 3/27/10, p.18)
2010 Mar 21, Wolfgang Wagner
(b.1919), custodian of the Bayreuth Festival, died in Germany.
2010 Mar 21, A small earthquake
struck northern Haiti, collapsing an apartment building and killing
at least three people.
2010 Mar 21, In southern
Iceland a volcano erupted overnight, forcing some 600 hundred people
to evacuate the area and diverting flights after authorities
declared a local state of emergency.
(Reuters, 3/21/10)(AF, 3/22/10)
2010 Mar 21, India successfully
tested a new, more maneuverable version of its BrahMos supersonic
cruise missile that was jointly developed with Russia.
2010 Mar 21, In Indonesia a
rare Sumatran tiger dragged a man, identified as Darmilus (26), from
a hut in Seponjen village near the protected Berbak National Park,
and broke his neck as friends tried to rescue the victim.
2010 Mar 21, Iranian
authorities detained Hasan Lahouti, the grandson of former president
Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, upon arrival from London. Rafsanjani, the
most powerful opposition supporter inside the country's clerical
leadership, has come under harsh criticism from hard-liners for his
support of opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi. Lahouti was freed
the next day on a $73,000 bail.
(AP, 3/22/10)(AP, 3/23/10)
2010 Mar 21, In Jamaica Vivian
Blake (53), founder of a cocaine-smuggling gang blamed for about
1,400 slayings, died of illnesses at hospital a year after returning
to his native island following a prison term in the United States.
In 2003 Blake's son, Duane Blake, authored "The Shower Posse: The
Most Notorious Jamaican Crime Organization."
2010 Mar 21, In Mexico gunmen
targeting the police chief of a town outside Monterrey killed his
bodyguard and wounded three other people. Marquez Compean, a drug
suspect, and two others were arrested by Santa Catarina police
officers who were part of a convoy carrying Castillo on official
business. The next day Compean’s beaten body was found wrapped in a
blanket in the nearby city of San Nicolas de los Garza. Rodrigo
Medina, governor of the northern state of Nuevo Leon, announced that
he was firing 81 state police officers suspected of corruption. 5
men died in Acapulco after they pulled guns on each other during an
early morning fight that began as an argument at a wedding the
previous night. One man was killed in a following shootout between
gunmen riding in separate vehicles.
(AP, 3/22/10)(AP, 3/22/10)(AP, 3/24/10)
2010 Mar 21, Nigerian
authorities said police have arrested 164 people over a recent
massacre near the central city of Jos and plan to charge most with
offences ranging from terrorism to arson.
2010 Mar 21, In Pakistan the
bullet-riddled bodies of four tribesmen, killed by the Taliban for
allegedly spying for the United States, were found in a
semiautonomous tribal region near the Afghan border. They had been
kidnapped by the Taliban about 10 days earlier. A bomb exploded in
the southwestern province of Baluchistan killing at least three
people. Separately, helicopter gunships pounded Taliban hide-outs in
the Kurram and Upper Orakzai tribal regions, killing 28 militants.
Suspected US drones killed at least 4 people in a militant-dominated
tribal region near the Afghan border.
(AP, 3/21/10)(SFC, 3/22/10, p.A2)
2010 Mar 21, In Panama Cheryl
Lynn Hughes (50), an American, went missing in western Bocas del
Toro province. Police on July 20 found her body and the skeletal
remains of another person buried in the back patio of a hotel owned
by William Adolfo Cortez, of Texas.
2010 Mar 21, Conservationists
at the CITES meeting in Qatar said the Internet has emerged as one
of the greatest threats to rare species, fueling the illegal
wildlife trade and making it easier to buy everything from live baby
lions to wine made from tiger bones.
2010 Mar 21, In Spain the
Basque armed separatist movement ETA said it is ready to move
forward on the path of political change, but it stopped short of
renouncing violence as demanded by the Spanish government.
2010 Mar 21, Syrian police
opened fire at a group of Kurds celebrating the new year, killing at
least one person despite signs that tensions were easing between the
government and its restive Kurdish minority.
2010 Mar 21, Thailand was mired
in political deadlock as demonstrators used their own blood to
create a giant piece of protest art and rejected the government's
offer of talks designed to end their rally.
2010 Mar 21, Some of Yemen's
most influential Islamic leaders, including one the US says mentored
Osama bin Laden, declared supporters of a ban on child brides to be
apostates. A February 2009 law set the minimum age for marriage at
17, but it was repealed and sent back to parliament's constitutional
committee for review after some lawmakers called it un-Islamic. The
committee is expected to make a final decision on the legislation
2011 Mar 21, US President
Barack Obama flew to Chile to promote democracy and economic growth
on the American continent on the second leg of his Latin American
tour aimed at bolstering trade and investment. Obama said he's ready
to help Chile solve human rights crimes committed during the
dictatorship of Gen. Augusto Pinochet, but avoided agreeing to a US
apology for meddling in the country's affairs.
(AFP, 3/21/11)(AP, 3/21/11)
2011 Mar 21, President Barack
Obama, seeking to shore up participation and clarify leadership of
the military attacks on Libyan forces, spoke with Turkish and Qatari
2011 Mar 21, In Arizona Carlos
La Madrid (19) was shot climbing a ladder while trying to cross the
border back to Mexico. He was shot three times, twice in the back
and once in the thigh, by Border Patrol agent Lucas Tidwell and died
later the same day at a local hospital. Investigators found 48
pounds of marijuana in the back of the truck La Madrid was driving.
A 17-year-old illegal immigrant identified as Jesus Manuel Chino
Lino ran from the truck was arrested on charges of drug possession
and transportation charges. In 2012 Guadalupe Guerrero, the mother
of Carlos la Madrid, sued the US federal government and the agent.
(AP, 3/28/11)(AP, 6/11/12)
2011 Mar 21, In Kentucky 2
workers were killed in an explosion at the Carbide Industries
chemical plant in Louisville.
(SFC, 3/23/11, p.A4)
2011 Mar 21, Pinetop Perkins
(b.1913), boogie-woogie piano player, died in Texas. Perkins worked
with Muddy Waters and was among the last surviving members of the
first generation of Mississippi Delta bluesmen.
(SFC, 3/23/11, p.C6)
2011 Mar 21, Bahrain's king
blamed a foreign plot for his nation's weeks-long unrest, using
veiled language to accuse Iran of fomenting an uprising by the
Shiite majority in the Sunni-ruled island kingdom.
2011 Mar 21, Bosnian police
said they have seized some 2 million child pornography pictures and
7,000 video clips in the arrest of an alleged member of an
international online child pornography ring. An unidentified
46-year-old suspect was arrested over the weekend following a raid
on his home in the northern town of Derventa.
2011 Mar 21, In the Republic of
Congo at least 16 people were killed when an Antonov 32 cargo plane
crashed in the Mvoumvou area of Pointe-Noire.
(SFC, 3/22/11, p.A2)
2011 Mar 21, The European Union
froze the assets of ousted Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak and 18
people in his inner circle.
2011 Mar 21, The EU agreed to
new economic sanctions against Moamer Kadhafi's regime, targeting
both individuals and Libyan economic entities.
2011 Mar 21, A top French
official said the international military intervention in Libya is
likely to last "awhile," echoing Moammar Gadhafi's warning of a long
war ahead as rebels said they were fighting to reclaim Ajdabiya. New
fighting broke out in Misrata, the last rebel-held city in western
2011 Mar 21, France's data
privacy regulator said it had imposed a record fine of 100,000 euros
($142,000) on Google for private information collected while
compiling its panoramic Street View service.
2011 Mar 21, Guatemala's first
lady, Sandra Torres de Colom, began divorce proceedings ending her
eight-year marriage to President Alvaro Colom, so that she can seek
to succeed him as president. On April 1 a judge temporarily blocked
the divorce proceedings. On April 8 a judge dismissed a suit seeking
to block the divorce proceedings, clearing the way for her to run
for the presidency.
(AP, 3/21/11)(AP, 4/3/11)(AP, 4/8/11)
2011 Mar 21, Iranians
celebrated Nowruz, the Persian new year.
2011 Mar 21, The US military
said an American soldier has died from wounds sustained from a
roadside bomb attack during operations in southern Iraq.
2011 Mar 21, Military officials
loyal to Ivory Coast's internationally recognized president claimed
to have seized a fifth town in the country's far west, amid a
deepening political crisis.
2011 Mar 21, In Japan gray
smoke rose from two reactor units, temporarily stalling critical
work to reconnect power lines and restore cooling systems to
stabilize the Fukushima radiation-leaking nuclear complex. Police
officials estimated that the toll from the massive March 11
earthquake and tsunami will exceed 18,000 deaths.
2011 Mar 21, Abdul Rahman bin
Hamad al-Attiyah, secretary general of the six-nation Gulf
Cooperation Council, underscored the commitment of Qatar and the UAR
to the international military coalition striking Libya but stressed
the mission seeks only to protect civilians.
2011 Mar 21, In Libya an
American fighter jet crashed. Both crew members ejected safely.
2011 Mar 21, In central Nigeria
at least three people died in Jos after a fight over where a
political rally would be held for Muhammadu Buhari, a former
military ruler running for president.
2011 Mar 21, Pakistani
intelligence officials said militants killed 4 men for allegedly
providing the United States with information used in a March 17
drone attack that killed 12 Taliban and 24 innocent tribesmen. In
the southwest gunmen attacked a camp for road construction workers
killing 11 people near the port of Gwadar.
(AP, 3/21/11)(SFC, 3/22/11, p.A2)
2011 Mar 21, Syrian riot police
armed with batons chased the crowd off without incident. The
gathering was meant to mourn those who died after security troops
fired at protesters in Deraa on March 18 killing five people.
2011 Mar 21, A Turkish court
ordered five military officers and two civilians jailed in a probe
into the 2007 killing of three Christians, including a German
national, over allegations that the attack was part of an alleged
plot to topple the government.
2011 Mar 21, In Yemen rival
tanks deployed in the streets of Sanaa after Maj. Gen. Ali Mohsen
al-Ahmar, a powerful regime insider who commands the army's powerful
1st Armored Division, and at least 18 other senior commanders
defected to a movement calling for the ouster of the US-backed
president, leaving him with virtually no support among the country's
most powerful institutions.
(AP, 3/21/11)(SFC, 3/22/11, p.A3)(AP, 3/23/11)
2012 Mar 21, The US Supreme
Court ruled for the first time that defendants have a right to be
told of plea deals by prosecutors and to competent advice from a
lawyer on whether to accept and offer to plead guilty in exchange
for a lighter sentence.
(SFC, 3/22/12, p.A6)
2012 Mar 21, In southern
California Shaima Alawadi (32), a woman from Iraq, was found by her
daughter (17) unconscious on the dining room floor of her home in El
Cajon. She was taken to the hospital and put on life support, but
she was taken off life around 3 p.m. on March 24. Police
investigated her death as a possible a hate crime. On Nov 9 police
announced the arrest of her husband, Kassim al-Himidi, on suspicion
of her murder. On June 23, 2014, Kassim al-Himidi was sentenced to
26 years to life in prison for his wife’s fatal beating.
(ABCNews, 3/25/12)(SFC, 11/10/12, p.A4)(SFC,
2012 Mar 21, San Francisco
Mayor Ed Lee suspended Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi, charging him with
official misconduct. Vicki Hennesy was sworn in as interim sheriff.
(SFC, 3/22/12, p.A1)
2012 Mar 21, The MSC Fabiola, a
1,201-foot-long supersize container ship, sailed in to the San
Francisco Bay. It became the largest ship to dock at a North
(SFC, 3/22/12, p.A1)
2012 Mar 21, Arysta LifeScience
Corp. of Japan canceled its registration to sell the controversial
methyl iodide pesticide in California. The pesticide was intended
for strawberry fields and had been approved for use in the state in
(SFC, 3/22/12, p.C1)
2012 Mar 21, It was reported
that warm weather in Colorado was enabling the mountain pine beetles
to churn out an extra generation of bugs each year with potentially
(SFC, 3/21/12, p.A10)
2012 Mar 21, Safeway said it
will stop selling fresh or frozen ground beef containing the filler
known as “pink slime.” Supervalu Inc. also said it will stop
carrying products with the filler.
(SFC, 3/22/12, p.A6)
2012 Mar 21, Australian zoo
officials said 4 rare white rhinoceroses have died in recent weeks
at the Taronga Western Plains Zoo in New South Wales after
displaying mysterious neurological problems such as stumbling.
2012 Mar 21, A Bangladesh court
ordered authorities to shut down five Facebook pages and a website
for blaspheming the Prophet Mohammed, the Koran and other religious
2012 Mar 21, Brazil charged 17
Chevron and Transocean executives with environmental crimes for an
oil leak at the Frade field off Rio de Janeiro’s coast last
(SFC, 3/22/12, p.D1)
2012 Mar 21, The British
government unveiled its latest annual budget. Chancellor of the
Exchequer George Osborne cut personal income taxes but aimed new
levies on the wealthy, taking a political gamble while pledging to
stick to his government's tough austerity plan. He cut a 50% income
tax band for the highest earners to 45%, from next year on. Osborne
also raised the income tax threshold by more than previously
announced to 9,205 pounds ($14,300), taking more poorly paid people
out of the tax net.
2012 Mar 21, British hostage
Judith Tebbutt (57), captured in Kenya on Sep 11, 2011, ago by
gunmen who killed her husband, was released in central Somalia and
flown out to Nairobi.
2012 Mar 21, The Chinese
government said that lawyers are now required to swear allegiance to
the Communist Party, a move criticized by prominent human rights
lawyers who have defended the authoritarian government's critics.
2012 Mar 21, Colombian troops
killed 39 FARC rebels, most of them in a bombardment of a guerrilla
camp in northeastern Arauca state. Other rebels were reported killed
in the past two days in operations in Arauca and other parts of the
country. 12 alleged rebels were also captured during the military
2012 Mar 21, Colombian police
captured FARC midlevel leader William Alberto Asprilla (62) in
neighboring Venezuela. He was said to be wanted for his role in the
kidnapping and killing of three Americans in 1999. Asprilla, also
known as "Marquetaliano," was detained while on the road between
Caracas and the nearby port of La Guaira with the alleged
cooperation of Venezuelan authorities.
2012 Mar 21, In Dominica two
California men on a gay cruise of the Caribbean were arrested on the
Celebrity Summit cruise ship on suspicion of indecent exposure and
"buggery," a term equivalent to sodomy on the island. The next day
John Robert Hart (41) and Dennis Jay Mayer (43) of Palm Springs
pleaded guilty. Chief Magistrate Evaline Baptiste ordered the men to
pay a nearly $900 fine after calling them "rogues and vagabonds."
They made no comment after the hearing and police drove the men to
the airport after they were released.
(AFP, 3/22/12)(AFP, 3/23/12)
2012 Mar 21, Estonia
legislators passed measures to make human trafficking a crime
punishable by up to 15 years in prison.
(SFC, 3/22/12, p.A)
2012 Mar 21, European Union
anti-trust regulators approved British government plans to provide
pension relief and slash the debt of Royal Mail Group as part of its
2012 Mar 21, In France 3 police
officers were wounded in a predawn raid while trying to arrest
Mohamed Merah, a 24-year-old Frenchman of Algerian descent. The
gunman was suspected of killing three Jewish children, a rabbi and
three French paratroopers in recent days.
2012 Mar 21, In France a
package bomb exploded at Indonesia’s embassy in Paris. French
investigators soon confirmed that the main suspect is Frederic C.
Jean Salvi, who is believed to have studied for several years with
Islamic militants in Indonesia.
2012 Mar 21, Greece’s
Parliament approved the new int’l. bailout deal, which will give the
country an additional $227 billion in rescue loans.
(SFC, 3/21/12, p.A2)
2012 Mar 21, In Iraq assailants
killed a Shiite mother and her three children after breaking into
their house in a Sunni neighborhood of Baghdad.
2012 Mar 21, Iraqi Vice
President Tareq al-Hashemi, wanted by Baghdad on terror charges,
released photographs showing his bodyguard, Amir Sarbut Zaidan
al-Batawi, was tortured before his body was handed to his family. A
senior Iraqi general and a judicial spokesman, however, said Batawi
died of kidney failure and other conditions after refusing
treatment. Investigators reportedly filmed Batawi confessing to
criminal activity on January 14.
2012 Mar 21, Japan's foreign
ministry said it would close its embassy in Syria, citing
deteriorating security conditions amid a brutal crackdown on
2012 Mar 21, Laos said it is
ending gambling in the former casino enclave of Boten on the Chinese
border because of worries about crime. The decision will not affect
another casino in the Golden Triangle Special Economic Zone, which
is on the border between Laos, Myanmar and Thailand.
2012 Mar 21, A Libyan spokesman
said the Mauritanian government has given their agreement for the
extradition of former Libyan intelligence chief Abdullah al-Senoussi
to Libya so he can be judged by a fair process. Mauritania denied
(AP, 3/21/12)(AFP, 3/21/12)
2012 Mar 21, Nigerian troops
ambushed and killed 9 gunmen who had attacked a police station and a
bank in the north of the country. 2 gunmen who were taken alive in
2012 Mar 21, The UN Security
Council passed a statement urging Syria’s Pres. Assad and the
opposition to implement "fully and immediately" envoy Kofi Annan's
peace plan. The Syrian National Council, the main opposition group,
dismissed the UN statement, saying it offered "the regime the
opportunity to push ahead with its repression in order to crush the
revolt. Activists reported shelling by government in forces in
hotspots including the central province of Homs, and fighting
between army defectors and soldiers in Damascus suburbs.
(AP, 3/21/12)(AFP, 3/22/12)
2012 Mar 21, Vietnamese police
seized five tons of frozen pangolins and iguanas that were destined
for the cooking pot in China.
2012 Mar 21, In Yemen suspected
Al-Qaeda gunmen killed an intelligence officer, by cutting his
throat after kidnapping him at Mukalla, capital of Hadramawt
province. The decapitated body of Lt. Col. Farag Said Ben Qahtan was
found in was found in farmlands following a gunbattle between the
kidnappers and security forces trying to rescue him.
(AFP, 3/22/12)(AP, 3/23/12)
2013 Mar 21, The California
state Commission on Judicial Performance said Judge Paul Seeman
(58), an Alameda County Superior Court Judge, has resigned following
charges that he swindled a 97-year-old neighbor out of her life
savings. On Oct 21 Seeman was sentenced to 5 years probation.
(SFC, 3/22/13, p.D1)(SFC, 10/22/12, p.C1)
2013 Mar 21, In San Francisco
commercial beekeepers and environmental organizations filed suit
against federal regulators for not banning the use of two pesticides
they say harm honeybees.
(SFC, 3/27/13, p.E5)
2013 Mar 21, Colorado Gov. John
Hickenlooper signed a bill recognizing same-sex civil unions. The
law takes effect May 1.
(SFC, 3/22/13, p.A7)
2013 Mar 21, In Brunswick,
Georgia, a teenager shot and killed the 13-month old son of Sherry
West. Police the next day arrested De-Marquise Elkins (17) and a
(SSFC, 3/24/13, p.A13)
2013 Mar 21, Chicago said it
will close 54 schools and 61 school buildings by the beginning of
the next academic year in the country's third-largest public school
district. Education experts called this the largest mass closing in
2013 Mar 21, In Chicago 7
people were shot and wounded early today at a party at a nightclub
in an incident that police said may have been gang related.
2013 Mar 21, Paroled Colorado
inmate Evan Spencer Ebel (28), who may be linked to the slaying of
the state's prison chief, led Texas deputies on a 100 mph car chase
that ended after he crashed into a semi and then opened fire before
being shot down by his pursuers.
2013 Mar 21, In northern
Virginia a Marine at the Quantico marine Corps Base shot 2 of his
colleagues, a man and a woman, to death and then killed himself.
Sgt. Eusebio Lopez (25) gunned down Lance Cpl. Sara Castromata (19)
and Cpl. Jacob Wooley (23).
(SFC, 3/23/13, p.A5)(AP, 3/23/13)
2013 Mar 21, In northern
Afghanistan a roadside bomb killed a district administrator and two
of his bodyguards in Takhar province. A member of Afghanistan's
government-backed militia program shot and killed five of his
colleagues in Badghis province.
(AP, 3/21/13)(AP, 3/22/13)
2013 Mar 21, Australian PM
Julia Gillard delivered a historic national apology in Parliament to
the thousands of unwed mothers who were forced by government
policies to give up their babies for adoption over several decades.
2013 Mar 21, Justin Welby, the
new Archbishop of Canterbury was formally enthroned after using a
radio interview to back Church of England positions on
homosexuality, which include opposition to same-sex marriage.
2013 Mar 21, Human Rights Watch
and three local organizations released a report saying suspected
homosexuals in Cameroon have been tortured and raped in prison.
2013 Mar 21, A Cyprus criminal
court found Hossam Taleb Yaacoub (24), a Swedish-Lebanese citizen
and Hezbollah member, guilty of helping to plan attacks on Israelis
(SFC, 3/22/13, p.A2)
2013 Mar 21, Villagers in
Egypt's Nile Delta killed a man suspected of trying to steal a car
in the country's latest incident of vigilante violence, dragging him
half-naked and bloody as they kicked and hit him with sticks and
fists before tying him to a tree to bleed to death.
2013 Mar 21, In France the
Union of Jewish French Students sued Twitter for some $50 million
for failing to honor a court ruling to identify users who post
Holocaust jokes and calls to kill Jews.
(SSFC, 3/24/13, p.A4)
2013 Mar 21, In Germany 2
helicopters clipped each other and crashed as they landed in a
snowstorm near Berlin's Olympic Stadium during a federal police
exercise, leaving one person dead and several injured.
2013 Mar 21, India passed
anti-rape legislation that included a controversial provision
setting the age of sexual consent at 18.
(SFC, 3/22/13, p.A6)
2013 Mar 21, Jamaica’s Senate
passed a bill calling for tougher prosecution of those involved in
multimillion-dollar lottery scams that mostly have targeted elderly
Americans. It was soon passed by the House of Representatives and
the governor general was expected soon to sign it.
2013 Mar 21, Nigerian author
Chinua Achebe (82) died in Boston. His novels included “Things Fall
Apart” (1958). “Until the lions have their own historians, the
history of the hunt will always glorify the hunter.” Achebe's corpse
arrived May 22 in his native Anambra state.
(AP, 3/22/13)(Econ, 3/30/13, p.90)(AP, 5/22/13)
2013 Mar 21, In northwestern
Pakistan a car packed with explosives blew up inside the Jalozai
refugee camp as hundreds of people lined up to get food, killing 13
and wounding 25.
2013 Mar 21, Palestinian
militants in Gaza launched at least two rockets into southern Israel
as US President Barack Obama met with Palestinian officials in the
West Bank on the second day of his Mideast tour. The Israeli
military closed a Gaza border crossing and restricted Palestinian
fishermen in the territory in response to the rocket attacks.
(AP, 3/21/13)(AP, 3/22/13)
2013 Mar 21, Russian
prosecutors searched the offices of Memorial, one of the country's
oldest and most respected human rights groups, as part of a new,
wide-ranging campaign targeting hundreds of nongovernmental
2013 Mar 21, Syrian state-run
TV in Damascus said authorities have handed over to Beirut Hassane
Serourto, a Lebanese fighter captured inside Syria in an ambush by
government troops on Nov 30.
2013 Mar 21, Jailed Kurdish
rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan called for an immediate cease-fire and
for thousands of his fighters to withdraw from Turkish territory, a
major step toward ending one of the world's bloodiest insurgencies.
2013 Mar 21, For the second
time in as many years, the UN's top human rights body approved a
US-backed resolution calling on Sri Lanka to more thoroughly
investigate alleged war crimes committed by both sides during the
country's quarter-century civil war with the Tamil Tiger rebels.
2013 Mar 21, In Syria an
explosion ripped through a mosque in the heart of Damascus, killing
42 people including Sheikh Mohammad Said Ramadan al-Buti, a top
Sunni preacher. 7 more died overnight and Pres. Assad the next day
vowed to rid the country of Muslim extremists whom he blamed for the
2013 Mar 21, The UN’s top human
rights body unanimously approved a formal probe into North Korea for
possible crimes against humanity.
2013 Mar 21, In Venezuela
supporters of late Pres. Hugo Chavez attacked student protesters as
they marched against perceived bias by Venezuela’s electoral
(SFC, 3/22/13, p.A2)
2013 Mar 21, In Yemen clashes
in the south between al-Qaida and pro-government fighters killed
four on both sides.
2013 Mar 21, Zimbabwean police
arrested two more members of PM Morgan Tsvangirai's office staff,
raising the number detained to six.
2014 Mar 21, US first lady
Michelle Obama met with Chinese President Xi Jinping, the first day
of her weeklong visit to China, in a sign that the leaders of the
world's two largest economies are seeking to build stronger bonds.
2014 Mar 21, In San Francisco
Alejandro Nieto (28) was shot and killed by police after he pointed
a Taser shock at them in Bernal Heights. Police said they mistook
the Taser for a pistol and fired 59 shots at Nieto, who was struck
10-15 times. In 2015 four officers were cleared of any wrongdoing.
(SFC, 2/14/15, p.C1)(http://tinyurl.com/qjnxpzd)
2014 Mar 21, A US federal judge
struck down Michigan’s ban on same-sex marriage. The next day the
Sixth US Circuit Court of Appeals froze the decision to overturn the
ban. On March 25 a federal appeals court put an indefinite halt to
gay marriage in Michigan.
(SFC, 3/22/14, p.A6)(SSFC, 3/23/14, p.A15)(SFC,
2014 Mar 21, In New Jersey a
fire destroyed the Mariner’s Cover Motor Inn at Point Pleasant Beach
killing 4 people. The hotel was housing people displaced in October,
2012, by Superstorm Sandy.
(SFC, 3/22/14, p.A6)
2014 Mar 21, New Mexico
withdrew a temporary permit allowing two new disposal vaults at a US
government nuclear waste dump grappling with a release of radiation
2014 Mar 21, Denis Flory,
deputy director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency
(IAEA), said about 140 cases of missing or unauthorized use of
nuclear and radioactive material were reported to the UN atomic
agency in 2013.
2014 Mar 21, In Brazil top
officials from Rio de Janeiro said they want elite federal police
sent to the city to help quell a wave of violence in so-called
"pacified" slums. The announcement came hours after suspected drug
gang members attacked three police shantytown outposts, injuring
three officers and burning one of the metal shipping containers they
use as offices in slums.
2014 Mar 21, British state
prosecutors said a London doctor and another man have become the
first people to be charged in Britain over female genital
2014 Mar 21, Burundi sentenced
21 activists from a key opposition party to life in jail for "armed
revolt" after a jogging protest earlier this month turned into
violent clashes with police.
2014 Mar 21, Peacekeepers in
Central African Republic opened fire on a crowd in the capital to
disrupt anti-Muslim violence, injuring six people including four who
were under 16.
2014 Mar 21, Four Chinese
rights lawyers were tortured by police after they were rounded up
following protests outside a detention center in Jiansanjiang, a
farming community in the northeast. They had joined several people
shouting to demand information about relatives believed locked up
inside because they were members of Falun Gong — banned as a cult
though they claim to be a peaceful spiritual movement.
2014 Mar 21, In eastern China a
fire in Dujiatuan village, Shandong province, killed a farmer and
injured three other farmers. Police later said a real estate
developer and a village official directed arsonists who set the fire
on the farmer’s tent pitched to guard his land against development.
2014 Mar 21, Cuba state media
hundreds of thousands of medical workers will be getting a raise. At
the high end, doctors with two specialties will see their salary go
from the equivalent of $26 a month to $67. An entry-level nurse will
make $25, up from $13.
2014 Mar 21, Egypt's state news
said Cairo University has expelled two dozen students for allegedly
taking part in violent protests on campus earlier this week.
2014 Mar 21, The European Union
and Ukraine signed a landmark political cooperation accord,
committing to the same deal former president Viktor Yanukovich
rejected last November, a decision that led to his overthrow.
2014 Mar 21, France said it is
suspending military cooperation with Russia as Defense Minister
Jean-Yves Le Drian visited Baltic states in a trip designed to
reassure them as tensions mount with Russia over its seizure of
Ukraine's Crimea region.
2014 Mar 21, Guinea's ministry
of health says that 49 people have been registered with viral
hemorrhagic fever in the country's south since February, and 29 of
those people have since died.
2014 Mar 21, An Indian court
sentenced four men to life in prison for raping a call-center
operator last August inside an abandoned textile mill in the
financial hub of Mumbai.
(AP, 3/21/14)(SFC, 3/21/14, p.A5)
2014 Mar 21, In western India
10 women drowned when a small boat loaded with farmworkers sank in a
lake in Rajasthan's state Tonk district.
2014 Mar 21, In Iraq militants
controlled the northern village of Sarha for several hours as
attacks nationwide killed 27 people, including at least 10
policemen, amid a surge in bloodshed ahead of parliamentary
elections. Scores of gunmen took over a federal police headquarters
in Injana before driving a tanker laden with explosives into the
building, killing many.
(AFP, 3/21/14)(Reuters, 3/21/14)
2014 Mar 21, Israel's Mossad
intelligence agency said 8 Iranian Jews who disappeared while trying
to leave the Islamic Republic from 1994-1997 were captured and
2014 Mar 21, Israeli soldiers
shot and wounded two Palestinians in the Gaza Strip near the border
as two instigators attempted to climb over the security fence.
2014 Mar 21, In Lebanon people
were killed in Tripoli in fighting between supporters and opponents
of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
2014 Mar 21, In Libya two
rockets struck a runway at the international airport in Tripoli,
forcing the suspension of flights. Since October, 2011, the airport
has been under the control of former insurgents from Zintan, 170 km
(105 miles) southwest of Tripoli.
2014 Mar 21, Lithuania banned
broadcasts of a Russian TV channel for three months for showing a
film that authorities said lied about events in 1991, when the
Soviet army tried unsuccessfully to remove its pro-independence
2014 Mar 21, In Mali an
overnight blaze at the main market in Bamako destroyed around 2,000
shops, causing millions of dollars in damage as fire crews struggled
to access the site and hydrants malfunctioned.
2014 Mar 21, Nigerian police
raided a home near Lagos where eight pregnant girls, most under age
20, were staying with plans to sell each of their newborns for
nearly two thousand dollars.
2014 Mar 21, The Philippines
said it will buy $524.7-million worth of aircraft from South Korea
and Canada as part of a military upgrade amid territorial disputes
with superpower neighbor China.
2014 Mar 21, Russia’s Pres.
Vladimir Putin completed his annexation of Crimea, signing a law
making the Black Sea peninsula part of Russia just as Ukraine itself
sealed a deal pulling it closer into Europe's orbit.
2014 Mar 21, In South Korea the
Dongdaemun Design Plaza, a curvy futuristic $450 million building
meant to remake Seoul into a global design capital, opened to the
public after years of debate about its impact on a historic city
precinct. It was designed by Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid.
2014 Mar 21, In Syria 34 people
were killed as Islamists sought to seize a border crossing into
2014 Mar 21, Thailand’s
Constitutional Court nullified the Feb 2 election because voting was
not conducted nationwide on the same day.
(SFC, 3/22/14, p.A2)
2014 Mar 21, Turkey blocked
access to Twitter after Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan
threatened to "rip out the roots" of the social network where links
have proliferated to recordings that appear to incriminate him and
other top officials in corruption.
2014 Mar 21, Uganda news
reported that authorities have ordered a police investigation into
complaints by elite female runners that they suffered sexual
harassment and abuse from a top athletics coach.
2014 Mar 21, Uganda's health
minister says the government has lost up to $6 million in annual US
government support over the East African country's new anti-gay law.
2014 Mar 21, Ukrainian police
detained energy official Yevhen Bakulin, the chief executive of
state energy company Naftogaz, as part of an investigation into
corruption that it says may have cost the Ukrainian state about $4
2014 Mar 21, Venezuela's Pres.
Maduro said that street protests for the past month have caused at
least $10 billion in damage, accusing hardline foes of carrying out
terrorist acts to sabotage public assets.
2014 Mar 21, Zambia scrapped
restrictions on the use of dollars and other foreign currencies as
it tried to halt the slide in its currency, which has lost nearly a
fifth of its value in recent months.
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