922 Mar 26, Al-Hallaj
al-Mughith-al-Hsayn Mansur (64), Persian mystic, was beheaded.
Mansur al-Hallaj (b.858), a Sufi mystic, was crucified in Baghdad
for pronouncing in the midst of a trance that he was the truth, i.e
1027 Mar 26, John XIX crowned
Conrad II the Salier Roman German emperor.
1150 Mar 26, Tichborne family
of Hampshire, England, started tradition of giving a gallon of flour
to each resident to keep deathbed promise.
1258 Mar 26, Floris the
Guardian, count-regent of Holland, died.
1479 Mar 26, Vasili III, great
prince of Moscow (1505-33), son of Ivan III, was born.
1516 Mar 26, Konrad von Gesner,
naturalist (Bibliotheca Universalis), was born in Zurich,
1517 Mar 26, The famous Flemish
composer Heinrich Issac, died. His music fused Flemish, Italian and
1526 Mar 26, King François I
returned Spanish captivity to France.
1534 Mar 26, Lübeck accepted
free Dutch ships into East Sea.
1636 Mar 26, University of
Utrecht held its opening ceremony.
1649 Mar 26, John Winthrop,
Puritan and 1st Gov. of Massachusetts, died. [see Apr 5]
1659 Mar 26, William Wollaston,
English philosopher, was born.
1668 Mar 26, England took
control of Bombay, India.
1692 Mar 26, King Maximilian
was installed as land guardian of South Netherlands.
1753 Mar 26, Benjamin Thompson
(d.1814), Count Rumford, English physicist and diplomat, was born.
He was a Tory spy in the American Revolution and discovered that
heat equaled motion, which led to the 2nd law of thermodynamics.
(WUD, 1994, p.1477)(WSJ, 7/28/98, p.A16)(SS,
1773 Mar 26, Nathaniel Bowditch
(d.1838), mathematician, astronomer, polyglot, author (Marine
Sextant), was born in Salem, Mass. In 1802 he published “The New
American Practical Navigator."
(SS, 3/26/02)(AH, 12/02, p.22)
1780 Mar 26, The 1st British
Sunday newspaper appeared as the British Gazette and Sunday Monitor.
1790 Mar 26, US Congress passed
a Naturalization Act. It required a 2-year residency.
1793 Mar 26, Pro-royalist
uprising took place in Vendée region of France.
1797 Mar 26, James Hutton,
1798 Mar 26, Tunis, under the
rule of Bey Hamuda Pasha, signed a treaty of peace and friendship
with the US following negotiations with William Eaton. The American
Revolutionary War veteran had been recently appointed consul to the
North African kingdom.
(ON, 10/06, p.7)
1799 Mar 26, Napoleon Bonaparte
captured Jaffa, Palestine.
1804 Mar 26, Congress ordered
the removal of Indians east of the Mississippi to Louisiana.
1804 Mar 26, The Louisiana
Purchase was divided into the Territory of Orleans and the District
(AP, 3/26/97)(HN, 3/25/98)
1812 Mar 26, Earthquake
destroyed 90% of Caracas; about 20,000 died.
(SS, 3/26/02)(PCh, 1992, p.376)
1819 Mar 26, Louise Otto,
German feminist author, was born.
1821 Mar 26, Franz
Grillparzer's "Das Goldene Vliess" premiered in Vienna.
1824 Mar 26, 1st performance of
Beethoven's "Missa Solemnis."
1827 Mar 26, Ludwig von
Beethoven (56), German composer, died in Vienna. He had been deaf
for the later part of his life, but said on his death bead "I shall
hear in heaven." It was later determined that he suffered from lead
poisoning. In 1995 Tia DeNora authored "Beethoven and the
Construction of Genius." In 2000 Russell Martin authored
"Beethoven’s Hair: An Extraordinary Historical Odyssey and a
Scientific Mystery Solved." In 2014 Jan Swafford authored
“Beethoven: Anguish and Triumph."
(WSJ, 5/29/96, p.A5)(AP, 3/256/97)(HN,
3/26/99)(SFC, 10/18/00, p.A2)(WSJ, 1/17/02, p.A12)(Econ, 9/20/14,
1831 Mar 26, An interim
government was set up in Raseiniai as a Lithuanian revolt against
Russian rule began. There was a major uprising led by the Polish
nobility in Warsaw against Russian rule. Russian forces began to
march through Lithuania and this led many people of Lithuania to
join in the rebellion against Russian rule. Serf uprisings also
followed. The rebellion was eventually quelled by Russian force.
(H of L, 1931, p.85-86)(LHC, 3/26/03)
1832 Mar 26, Famed western
artist George Catlin began his voyage up the Missouri River aboard
the American Fur Company steamship Yellowstone.
1836 Mar 26, Mexican Colonel
Jose Nicolas de la Portilla received orders from Gen. Santa Anna in
triplicate to execute his Texan prisoners at Goliad.
1845 Mar 26, Joseph Francis,
New York NY, patented a corrugated sheet-iron lifeboat.
1845 Mar 26, Patent was awarded
for adhesive medicated plaster, precursor of band aid.
1850 Mar 26, Edward Bellamy
(d.1898), writer, was born. His work included the utopian novel
"Looking Backward, 2000-1887," which forecast what America might
look like if people worked together for the common good.
(WSJ, 12/10/99, p.W17)(HN, 3/26/01)
1859 Mar 26, A.E. Houseman
(d.1936), critic, classics scholar and poet (A Shropshire Lad), was
born. A 1997 fictionalized portrait of Alfred Edward Housman, "The
Invention of Love: Memory Play," was written by Tom Stoppard. He is
best known for his work "A Shropshire Lad."
(SFEC, 3/29/98, p.T9)(SFC, 1/15/00, p.B1)(HN,
1859 Mar 26, 1st sighting of
Vulcan, a planet thought to orbit inside Mercury.
1862 Mar 26, Battle of La
Glorieta Pass, New Mexico Territory (Apache Canyon, Pigeon's Ranch).
1863 Mar 26, Henry Royce,
founder (Rolls-Royce Limited in 1884), was born. [see Mar 27]
1863 Mar 26, Voters in West
Virginia approved the gradual emancipation of slaves.
1864 Mar 26, British
metalworkers in Scunthorpe charged their first blast furnace. Iron
ore mining in the area had begun in July 1860.
1868 Mar 26, Fuad I, king of
Egypt (1922-36), was born.
1871 Mar 26, Serafín Alvarez
Quintéro, Spanish dramatist, playwright (El Flechazo), was born.
1871 Mar 26, Paris Commune was
founded. The Parisians revolted against their government and tried
to secede by electing their own government. The Commune of Paris
refused to obey Adolphe Thiers, the elected president of the
country. Thiers asked the Germans to release thousands of French
prisoners and organized a powerful force to overcome the Commune.
1872 Mar 26, Thomas J. Martin
patented a fire extinguisher.
1872 Mar 26, A 7.8 earthquake
shook the Owens Valley, California.
1874 Mar 26, Robert Frost, poet
(d.1963), was born in San Francisco. In a biography of Frost by
Jeffrey Myers: “Robert Frost: A Biography," the author claims that
Frost moved his birthday up a year (to 1875) to make himself
legitimate. A 3-volume biography by Lawrence Thompson was completed
in 1976. Myers reveals that Frost’s lover, Kay Morrison, was also
involved with Lawrence Thompson, but that that would not be
disclosed in the Thompson biography. "Before I built a wall I'd ask
to know What I was walling in or walling out."
1875 Mar 26, Syngman Rhee,
President of South Korea (1948-60), was born. [see Apr 26]
1880 Mar 26, Duncan Hines, US
restaurant guide writer (Out of Kentucky Kitchens), was born.
(HN, 3/25/98)(SS, 3/26/02)
1882 Mar 26, Oscar Wilde
arrived in SF for a series of lectures. His first lecture on “The
English Renaissance," was given the next night at Platt’s Hall at
Bush and Montgomery.
(SFEC, 11/16/97, DB p.3)(SFC, 10/12/12, p.C3)
1885 Mar 26, The Eastman Film
Co. of Rochester, N.Y., manufactured the first commercial motion
picture film. George Eastman had perfected a method for bonding
photographic emulsion onto thin strips of celluloid.
(AP, 3/25/98)(HN, 3/25/98)(ON, 11/03, p.5)
1885 Mar 26, Louis Riel's
forces defeated Canadian forces at Duck Lake, Saskatchewan.
(SS, 3/26/02)(ON, 11/07, p.12)
1886 Mar 26, The 1st cremation
in England took place.
1892 Mar 26, Poet Walt Whitman
died in Camden, N.J. In 1997 Gary Schmidgall published the
biography: “Walt Whitman: A Gay Life." It focused on the poet’s
homosexuality. In 1999 a critical biography: Walt Whitman: The Song
of Himself" by Jerome Loving was published along with "A Whitman
Chronology" by Joann P. Krieg.
(AP, 3/26/97)(SFEC, 9/14/97, BR p.7)(SFC, 3/3/99,
p.E4)(SFEC, 4/4/99, Par p.15)
1895 Mar 26, King Alfonso
planted a pine sapling in Madrid and started Spain's Arbor Day.
1898 Mar 26, In South Africa
the Sabi Game Reserve, the world's 1st official designated game
1902 Mar 26, Cecil John Rhodes
(b.1853), British imperialist, died at age 48. He was buried in a
tomb in the Matopos Hills, Rhodesia (Zimbabwe). He had co-founded De
Beers Consolidated Mines Ltd., built great railways through southern
Africa. Rhodes (founder of Rhodesia) left $10 million in his will to
provide scholarships to Oxford University in England. The first
scholars were selected in 1903. In 2008 Philip Ziegler authored
“Legacy: Cecil Rhodes, the Rhodes Trust and Rhodes Scholarships."
(WSJ, 12/9/98, p.A1)(AP, 4/4/97)(SFC, 12/9/98,
p.A25)(Econ, 5/10/08, p.95)
1903 Mar 26, American Hotel
opened in Amsterdam.
1904 Mar 26, Joseph Campbell,
folklorist and writer, was born.
1905 Mar 26, Viktor Emil
Frankl, psychiatrist (Man's Search for Meaning), was born.
1909 Mar 26, August
Strindberg's "Bjalb-jarle-ti" premiered in Stockholm.
1909 Mar 26, Russian troops
invaded Persia to support Muhammad Ali as the Shah in place of the
1910 Mar 26, US forbade
immigration to criminals, anarchists, paupers and the sick.
1910 Mar 26, William H. Lewis
was appointed Assistant Attorney General of US.
1911 Mar 26, Tennessee Williams
(d.1983), American dramatist, was born in Columbus, Miss. His plays
included "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" and "A Streetcar Name Desire."
1913 Mar 26, Dayton, Ohio, was
almost destroyed when Scioto, Miami, and Muskingum River reached
flood stage simultaneously.
1913 Mar 26, The Balkan allies
took Adrianople. Bulgaria captured Adrianople, ending the 1st Balkan
(HN, 3/25/98)(SS, 3/26/02)
1914 Mar 26, The birthday of
Tennessee (Thomas Lanier) Williams (1914-1983), American dramatist.
His play “The Glass Menagerie" was inspired by a pre-frontal
lobotomy performed on his sister to cure a case of schizophrenia.
The operation failed and his sister, Rose (1909-1996), was
institutionalized. He left a $10 million estate to support her and
directed that anything left go to support aspiring writers at the
Univ. of the South of Sewanee. He also wrote "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof"
and "A Streetcar Name Desire." [see Mar 11 & 26, 1911]
(AHD, p.1466)(WUD, 1994, p.1634)
1914 Mar 26, William
Westmoreland, U.S. army general and head of all ground forces in
South Vietnam during the Vietnam War, was born in Saxon, SC.
(HN, 3/26/99)(SS, 3/26/02)
1917 Mar 27, The Seattle
Metropolitans became the first US team to win the Stanley Cup as
they defeated the Montreal Canadiens.
1918 Mar 26, On the Western
Front during World War I the Germans took the French towns Noyon,
Roye and Lihons.
1918 Mar 26, Col. Raynal
Bolling (b.1877), architect of American air power in WWI and
resident of Greenwich, Connecticut, was shot dead by a German patrol
1923 Mar 26, Bob Elliot, radio
comedian, one half of Bob and Ray, was born.
1923 Mar 26, Actress Sarah
Bernhardt (b.1844), born in Paris as Rosine Bernardt, died in Paris.
In 2010 Robert Gottlieb authored “Sarah: The Life of Sarah
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sarah_Bernhardt)(Econ, 9/18/10, p.105)
1924 Mar 26, Premiere of
Bernard Shaw's "Saint Joan" in London.
1925 Mar 26, Pierre Boulez,
composer, conductor (Visage Nuptial), was born in Montbrison,
1926 Mar 26, ACD de Graeff was
appointed Governor-General of Dutch East-Indies.
1926 Mar 26, The 1st
lip-reading tournament was held in America.
1926 Mar 26, U.S. oil companies
bought 190,000 tons of kerosene from Russia for $3.2 million.
1927 Mar 26, Alfred Hugenberg
purchased German film company UFA.
1927 Mar 26, Gaumont-British
Film Corporation formed.
1930 Mar 26, Gregory Corso,
beat poet (Happy Birthday of Death, Long Live Man), was born. He
discovered literature in prison.
(HN, 3/26/01)(SS, 3/26/02)
1930 Mar 26, Sandra Day
O'Connor, first woman US Supreme Court Justice (1981- ), was born in
El Paso TX.
(HN, 3/26/01)(SS, 3/26/02)
1930 Mar 26, Congress
appropriated $50,000 for Inter-American highway.
1931 Mar 26, Leonard Nimoy,
actor (Spock-Star Trek, Mission Impossible), was born in Boston, MA.
1931 Mar 26, Iraq and
Trans-Jordan (Transjordan) signed a peace treaty.
1931 Mar 26, New Delhi replaced
Calcutta as capitol of British-India. [see Feb 10]
1933 Mar 26, Vine Deloria, Jr.,
writer, activist, was born.
1934 Mar 26, Alan Arkin, actor
(Catch 22, In-Laws, Simon, Wait Until Dark), was born in NYC.
1934 Mar 26, Driving tests were
introduced in Britain.
1934 Mar 26, Switzerland banned
all slanderous criticism of state institutions in the press and
threatened the suspension of publications if the ban was not heeded.
1936 Mar 26, A 200" telescope
lens was shipped by the Corning Glass Works from New York to Cal
1936 Mar 26, Mary Joyce ended a
1,000 mile trip by dog in Alaska.
1936 Mar 26, New Zealand radio
aired a parliamentary debate for the 1st time.
1937 Mar 26, A 6-foot-tall
concrete statue of the cartoon character Popeye was unveiled during
the Second Annual Spinach Festival in Crystal City, Texas.
1937 Mar 26, William H. Hastie
became the first black federal judge in the Virgin Islands.
(HN, 3/25/98)(SS, 3/26/02)
1938 Mar 26, NBC radio
performance of Howard Hanson's 3rd Symphony.
1938 Mar 26, Herman Goering
warned all Jews to leave Austria.
1940 Mar 26, Nancy Pelosi,
(Representative-Democrat-CA), was born.
1940 Mar 26, In California 9
homeless people, including two women, were killed after the elevated
floor of a warehouse collapsed in Santa Rosa. Eight of the3 dead
were Pomo Indians known in the area as fruit pickers and odd jib
(SSFC, 3/22/15, DB p.42)
1941 Mar 26, Clinton Richard
Dawkins, British ethologist, evolutionary biologist and popular
science author, was born. He came to prominence with his 1976 book
“The Selfish Gene," which popularized the gene-centered view of
evolution and introduced the term meme.
1942 Mar 26, Erica Jong [Mann],
poet, novelist (Fear of Flying, How to Save Your Own Life), was born
(HN, 3/26/01)(SS, 3/26/02)
1942 Mar 26, 20 tons of
gelignite killed 21 in a stone quarry in Easton, PA.
1942 Mar 26, A German offensive
took place in North-Africa under Colonel-General Rommel.
1943 Mar 26, Elsie S. Ott, US
army nurse, became the 1st woman to receive air medal.
1943 Mar 26, Battle of
Komandorski Islands, Pacific Ocean.
1944 Mar 26, Diana Ross
[Earle], (Supremes, Lady Sings the Blues, Mahogany), was born
1944 Mar 26, 705 British
bombers attacked Essen.
1945 Mar 26, Generals
Eisenhower, Bradley, and Patton attack at Remagen on the Rhine.
1945 Mar 26, US 7th Army
crossed Rhine at Worms.
1945 Mar 26, Japanese
resistance ended on Iwo Jima.
1945 Mar 26, Kamikazes attacked
US battle fleet near Kerama Retto.
1945 Mar 26, Syria declared war
1945 Mar 26, David Lloyd George
(b.1863), former prime minister (1916-1922), died. In 1973 John
Grigg (d.2001 at 77) authored “The Young Lloyd George." 2 more
volumes of the biography were published in 1978 and 1985.
(WUD, 1994 p.839)(SFC, 1/3/02, p.A16)(SS,
1947 Mar 26, FBI director J.
Edgar Hoover warned HUAC that communists had launched “a furtive
attack on Hollywood" 12 years earlier.
(SSFC, 6/9/02, p.F2)
1950 Mar 26, Senator Joe
McCarthy named Owen Lattimore, an ex-State Department adviser, as a
1951 Mar 26, The United States
Air Force flag design was approved.
1952 Mar 26, F. Dürrenmatt's
"Die Ehe des Herrn Mississippi" premiered in Munich.
1953 Mar 26, Eisenhower offered
increased aid in Indochina (Vietnam) to France.
1953 Mar 26, Dr. Jonas Salk of
the University of Pittsburgh announced that a vaccine against polio
had been successfully tested in a small group of adults and
children. By April 1955, the vaccine had undergone further testing
and gained federal approval for public use, as shown in this photo
of Salk administering the vaccine at Colfax School in Pittsburgh.
Salk’s polio vaccine was so successful that by 1961 the incidence of
polio had decreased by 95 percent.
1954 Mar 26, The U.S. set off
the second H-bomb blast in four weeks in the Marshall Islands at
Bikini Island. The 15-megaton device was 750 times more powerful
than the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima. The blast contaminated
the neighboring island of Rongelap and nearly 100 people on the
island and other downwind atolls.
(HN, 3/25/98)(SFC, 12/7/99, p.A10)(SS, 3/26/02)
1955 Mar 26, "Ballad of Davy
Crockett" by Fess Parker became the #1 record in US.
1956 Mar 26, Medic Alert
1956 Mar 26, Red Buttons
debuted on TV in Studio One.
1958 Mar 26, In the 30th
Academy Awards "The Bridge on the River Kwai" won 7 Awards,
including best picture of 1957; its director, David Lean, and star
Alec Guinness also received Oscars. Joanne Woodward was named best
actress for "The Three Faces of Eve."
1958 Mar 26, The U.S. Army
launched America's third successful satellite, Explorer 3.
1959 Mar 26, Raymond Chandler
(71), American writer, best known for his Philip Marlowe detective
novels, died. He wrote seven Marlowe books that includes "Farewell
My Lovely," "The Long Goodbye" (1953) and "The Big Sleep" (1939). In
1976 Prof. Frank MacShane wrote "The Life of Raymond Chandler." In
1995 he was honored with a 2-volume issues of his works by the
Library of America. A CD-ROM was also made titled after a novel:
Trouble is My Business. In 1997 Tom Hiney wrote "Raymond Chandler: A
Biography." In 2001 Tom Hiney and Frank MacShane edited "The Raymond
Chandler Papers." In 2007 Judith Freeman authored “The Long Embrace:
Raymond Chandler and the Woman He Loved."
(WSJ, 10/18/95, A-16)(SFC, 7/9/97, p.D5)(SFC,
3/14/98, p.B7)(SFC, 11/18/99, p.C8)(WSJ, 4/23/01, p.A20)(SS,
3/26/02)(SSFC, 11/4/07, p.M1)
1960 Mar 26, Iraq executed 30
after attack on President Kassem.
1961 Mar 26, John F. Kennedy
met with British Premier Macmillan, in Washington to discuss
increased Communist involvement in Laos.
1962 Mar 26, The U.S. Supreme
Court in Baker vs. Carr gave federal courts the power to order
reapportionment of seats in a state legislature, a decision that
eventually led to the doctrine of “one man, one vote." It arose from
a Tennessee case in which Carr was the state attorney general.
(AP, 3/26/02)(SFC, 8/1/03, p.A27)
1964 Mar 26, The Broadway hit
musical "Funny Girl" premiered with Barbara Streisand as singer
Fanny Brice. Jule Styne and Bob Merrill produced the show, which ran
at Winter Garden Theater in NYC for 1,348 performances
(SS, 3/26/02)(SSFC, 1/18/04, p.A1)
1964 Mar 26, Pres. Johnson
signed a document that accepted "pre-delegation authority." It
authorized senior military commanders to use nuclear weapons if the
US was attacked by nuclear weapons and the president could not be
reached. It continued a policy begun by Eisenhower in 1957.
(SFC, 3/21/98, p.A2)
1964 Mar 26, Singapore began
using the Merlion symbol, designed by Alec Fraser-Brunner, a member
of the Souvenir Committee and curator of the Van Kleef Aquarium, as
the logo of the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) and continued to 1997.
The STB changed their logo in 1997, but the STB Act continues to
protect the Merlion symbol. The Merlion appears frequently on
1967 Mar 26, The 21st Tony
Awards were held at the Schubert Theater in NYC. “The Homecoming"
won for Best Play and “Cabaret" won for Best Musical.
1967 Mar 26, Herbert von
Karajan founded the Salzburg Easter Festival with the idea of
staging his ideal Ring of the Nibelung with his own Berlin
(WSJ, 4/12/96, p.A-12)
1967 Mar 26, Jim Thompson,
American ex-serviceman, disappeared while on holiday in the Cameron
Highlands of Northern Malaysia. He revived the Thai silk industry
after WW II. He was one of the first to adopt a classic Thai house
to the requirements of modern life, and his home is now a museum in
(Hem, Mar. 95, p.63)(SFEC, 7/16/00, p.T14)
1967 Mar 26, Pope Paul VI
published encyclical Populorum Progressio (On the Development of
1969 Mar 26, Marcus Welby MD, a
TV movie was shown on ABC-TV. It began a popular series with Robert
Young and ran to 1976.
(SS, 3/26/02)(WSJ, 1/10/03, p.A10)
1969 Mar 26, Writer John
Kennedy Toole (b.1937) committed suicide in Mississippi at the age
of 32. His mother helped get his first and only novel, "A
Confederacy of Dunces," published. It went on to win the 1981
Pulitzer Prize. In 2020 Kent Carroll and Jodee Blanco authored "I,
John Kennedy Toole," a fictionalized portrait of the author.
1969 Mar 26, B. Traven
(b.1890), novelist and short-story writer, died. He lived most of
his life incognito in Mexico. His work included "The Treasure of the
Sierra Madre" (1934), "The Death Ship," The Rebellion of the Hanged"
and "The General from the Jungle." In 1976 Michael L. Baumann
authored "B. Traven, An Introduction." In 2000 Michael L. Baumann
authored "Mr. Traven, I Presume."
(SFEC, 10/15/00, BR
1969 Mar 26, Nuclear reactor in
Dodewaard, Netherlands, went into use.
1969 Mar 26, Soviet weather
Satellite Meteor 1 was launched.
1970 Mar 26, "Minnie's Boys"
opened at Imperial Theater in NYC for 80 performances.
1970 Mar 26, The US conducted
the Handley nuclear test in Nevada.
1970 Mar 26, Peter Yarrow
(b.1938), of the singing trio Peter, Paul & Mary, pleaded guilty
to taking "immoral liberties" with a minor, referring to an incident
between Mr. Yarrow and a 14-year old. He served 3 months in
jail; 11 years later he was pardoned by President Carter.
1971 Mar 26, East Pakistan
proclaimed its independence, taking the name Bangladesh. [See Mar
21] This is considered the official Independence day of Bangladesh.
1972 Mar 26, "Only Fools Are
Sad" closed at Edison Theater in NYC after 144 performances.
1972 Mar 26, Evil Knievel broke
his collarbone after successfully clearing 13 cars.
1973 Mar 26, The US soap opera
"The Young and the Restless" premiered.
1973 Mar 26, Susan Shaw became
the 1st woman in 171 years in London's Stock exchange.
1973 Mar 26, Noel Coward
(b.1899), English gay playwright, died. He was called "The Master"
and his work included "The Vortex," "Hay Fever," "Private Lives,"
"Brief Encounter" and "Blithe Spirit." In 1970 he was given
knighthood. "Noel Coward: A Biography" by Philip Hoare was published
in 1996. Another biography, "A Talent to Amuse" by Sheridan Morley,
published in 1974, was recommended. In 2007 Barry Day edited “The
Letters of Noel Coward."
(WSJ, 8/15/96, p.A10)(SFEC, 8/25/96, BR p.9)(WSJ,
1975 Mar 26, The film "Tommy"
premiered in London.
1975 Mar 26, The US ratified a
ban on poison gas established in the 1925 Geneva Protocol.
Production, stockpiling and the use of anthrax was outlawed by an
int’l. treaty of chemical and biological weapons. 140 nations
adopted the Int'l. Biological Weapons Convention, but these did not
include Russia. The treaty had no organization, no budget, no
sanctions and no inspections provisions. By 2019 it was ratified by
p.C2)(SFC, 2/20/98, p.A9)(SFC, 2/19/00, p.A14)
1975 Mar 26, Clela Rorex,
Boulder, Colo., county clerk, allowed 6 same-sex couples to wed
after changing the license application to read "person" rather than
"male" and "female."
1976 Mar 26, Paul McCartney and
Wings released "Wings at the Speed of Sound" album.
1976 Mar 26, In 2006 an NSA
transcript from this day indicated that US Sec. of State Henry
Kissinger was informed in the meeting by then-Assistant Secretary
for Latin America William D. Rogers, that if the Argentine military
regime succeeded (March 24 coup), it would make a "considerable
effort to involve the United States — particularly in the financial
field." Kissinger, the NSA's transcript further stated, responded,
"Yes, but that is in our interest."
1977 Mar 26, Rose Bird
(1936-1999) was sworn in as Chief Justice of California. She had
been confirmed on March 12.
(SFEC, 12/5/99, p.A18)
1977 Mar 26, Elvis Costello
released his 1st record "Less Than Zero."
1979 Mar 26, In the 41st NCAA
Men's Basketball Championship the Michigan State Spartans beat the
Indiana State Sycamores, 75-64, as Magic Johnson outscored Larry
Bird, 24-19; this snapped Indiana State's 33-game win streak. In
2009 Seth Davis authored “When March Went Mad: The Game That
1979 Mar 26, The Camp David
peace treaty was signed by Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin and
Egyptian President Anwar Sadat at the White House. [see Sep 5-17,
1978] Under the historic peace accord, Israel and Egypt agreed to
operate flights between the countries.
1981 Mar 26, A jury in Los
Angeles awarded entertainer Carol Burnett $1.6 million from the
“National Enquirer" for an article she’d charged was libelous. The
award was later reduced, and the two parties settled out of court.
1981 Mar 26, Police and
Albanian demonstrators battled in Kosovo.
1982 Mar 26, Paul McCartney and
Stevie Wonder released "Ebony & Ivory" in the UK.
1982 Mar 26, The American soap
opera "Capitol" premiered and ran for 1270 episodes.
1982 Mar 26, Ground was broken
in Washington D.C. for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial designed by
Maya Lin of Yale. It was dedicated Nov 13.
(NG, May 1985, p.554, 557)(AP, 3/26/97)(HN,
1983 Mar 26, US performed a
nuclear test at Nevada Test Site.
1983 Mar 26, Anthony Blunt
(b.1907), art historian and one of Britain's most notorious Cold War
spies, died in London. In a memoir published in 2009 he admitted
that spying for Russia was "the biggest mistake of my life." He had
written his memoirs, with the stipulation they should not published
until a quarter of a century after his death.
1984 Mar 26, US Congress
established the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to distribute
funds for wildlife and environmental projects.
1987 Mar 26, "Fences" by August
Wilson (1945-2005) premiered in NYC.
1987 Mar 26, National
Federation of High Schools adopted college 3 point shot (21 feet).
The FIBA instituted the three-point shot at a distance of 20 feet, 6
inches (6.25 meters) in the international game in 1984.
1987 Mar 26, Jessica Hahn, the
former church secretary who admitted to a sexual encounter with
former PTL head Jim Bakker, told reporters she had not tried to
blackmail Bakker, and expressed concern about "innocent bystanders
who have been hurt" by the scandal.
1987 Mar 26, NASA launched
Fltsatcom-6, but it failed after 51 seconds due to lightning.
1988 Mar 26, Jesse Jackson
stunned fellow Democrats by soundly defeating Michael S. Dukakis in
Michigan's Democratic presidential caucuses.
1989 Mar 26, The first free
elections took place in the Soviet Union. Boris Yeltsin was elected.
Voters in the Soviet Union filled 1,500 of more than 2,000 seats in
the new Congress of People's Deputies, beginning embarrassing
defeats for the Communist Party.
(AP, 3/26/99)(HN, 3/25/98)
1990 Mar 26, "Driving Miss
Daisy" won best picture at the 62nd annual Academy Awards and
captured the best actress prize for Jessica Tandy; Daniel Day-Lewis
was named best actor for "My Left Foot."
1990 Mar 26, Designer Halston
died in San Francisco at age 57.
1991 Mar 26, The Bush
administration indicated it would not aid rebels seeking to
overthrow Iraqi President Saddam Hussein.
1991 Mar 26, A divided US
Supreme Court ruled that criminal defendants whose coerced
confessions were improperly used as evidence are not always entitled
to new trials.
1991 Mar 26, Fuel pipe exploded
under 58th street and Lexington Ave, NYC.
1991 Mar 26, Marc Camoletti's
"Don't Dress for Dinner" premiered in London.
1991 Mar 26, The Treaty of
Asuncion established the southern common market: (Mercado Comun del
Sur) Mercosur, between Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay. They
were later joined by associate members Chile (1996), Bolivia (1997),
Peru (2001) and Venezuela (2004). Mexico was granted observer status
1991 Mar 26, Mali became a
democracy after a Revolution. Gen. Amadou Toumani Toure seized power
in a coup. Prior to the period of French colonialism, each of 12
ethnic groups governed itself.
(SFC, 6/7/96, p.A12)(Econ, 7/30/05, p.41)(AFP,
1992 Mar 26, A judge in
Indianapolis sentenced former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson
to six years in prison for raping a Miss Black America contestant.
Tyson ended up serving three years.
1993 Mar 26, President Clinton
promised a "full-court press" against Bosnian Serbs to secure their
agreement to a United Nations peace plan endorsed by Bosnian Muslims
1994 Mar 26, The Senate passed
President Clinton's education reform measure, the "Goals 2000" bill,
1994 Mar 26, U.N. peacekeepers
in Bosnia-Herzegovina destroyed a Serb bunker following a seven-hour
exchange of fire.
1995 Mar 26, "Defending the
Caveman" opened at Helen Hayes Theater in NYC for 671 performances.
1995 Mar 26, "Moliere Comedies"
closed at Criterion Theater in NYC after 56 performances.
1995 Mar 26, In the 15th Golden
Raspberry Awards: Color of Night won.
1995 Mar 26, The National Labor
Relations Board, in an extraordinary Sunday session, voted 3-2 to
seek an injunction against baseball owners as a
seven-and-a-half-month-old strike by players continued.
1995 Mar 26, Former US
diplomat-turned-radio talk show host Alan Keyes entered the race for
the Republican presidential nomination.
1995 Mar 26, Uzbek Pres.
Karimov's period in office is extended by three years, to 2000, in a
1996 Mar 26, The closest
approach of the Hyakutake comet, first sighted Jan 31. It was to
come within ten-million miles of the Earth.
(Nat. Hist., 4/96, p.62)
1996 Mar 26, Edmund Muskie,
former senator from Maine, secretary of state and Democratic pres.
candidate in 1972, died after a heart attack two days shy of his
(WSJ, 3/27/96, p.A-1)(AP, 3/26/97)
1996 Mar 26 David Packard,
co-founder of Hewlett-Packard Co., died. In a 1988 letter to his
children he declared that the David & Lucille Packard
Foundation’s highest priority must be to reduce world-wide
(WSJ, 3/27/96, p.A-1)(WSJ, 3/6/98)
1996 Mar 26, Amid public fears
of mad cow disease, British farmers demanded their government order
the destruction of old cattle, but Prime Minister John Major
refused, and blamed the crisis on his political opponents.
1996 Mar 26, In Cambodia the
Khmer Rouge kidnapped Christopher Howes (37), a mine-clearing expert
from Bristol, England, and Huon Huot, his interpreter. In November
Howes’ employer paid $120,000 for his release. The two men were
killed shortly after their abduction. Their remains were found in
1998. In 2008 a Cambodian court sentenced four former Khmer Rouge
rebels each to up to 20 years in prison for their involvement in the
(SFC, 11/23/96, p.A11)(SFC, 4/13/98,
1997 Mar 26, "Annie" opened at
Martin Beck Theater NYC.
1997 Mar 26, Former drug
counselor John G. Bennett Jr. pleaded no contest in Philadelphia to
charges stemming from a $100 million charity fraud. Bennett was
sentenced to 12 years in prison for fraud, tax violations and money
1997 Mar 26, The united Farm
Workers Union announced that it would petition the US Environmental
Agency to reinstate a 4-day period when farmworkers would stay out
of strawberry fields after the application of capstan, a cancer
causing fungicide. Its use has increased 7-fold in the last 6 years.
80% of the nation’s strawberry crop is grown in California.
(SFC, 3/27/97, p.A21)
1997 Mar 26, The bodies 39
young men and women (26-72) of the Heaven’s Gate cult were found in
a mansion at Rancho Santa Fe, near San Diego. The techno-religious
group, led by an older man named “Do," (aka Marshall Herff
Applewhite), had committed mass suicide as the Hale-Bopp comet
approached. They had run a business under the name WW Higher Source
that engaged in WWW page development.
(SFC, 3/27/97, p.A1)(SFC, 3/28/97, p.A1,12)(AP,
1997 Mar 26, In Belarus Pres.
Lukashenko announced the revival of the Soviet tradition of
“subbotniks," weekend unpaid mandatory labor.
(SFC, 3/27/97, p.A15)
1997 Mar 26, Bre-X and Freeport
Mining announced that due-diligence testing by Freeport found much
less gold than estimated in the Busang, Indonesia, discovery by the
team of Michael de Guzman (d.3/19/97). The penny stock had been
pumped to $4.5 billion in market value before the hoax crashed.
(WSJ, 4/9/97, p.A10)(WSJ, 6/19/01, p.A18)
1997 Mar 26, Irish terrorists
set off 2 bombs in Wilmslow, England, at a railroad crossing.
(SFC, 3/27/97, p.A14)
1997 Mar 26, In Northern
Ireland a bomb exploded at a police station in Coalisland, 30 miles
west of Belfast.
(SFC, 3/27/97, p.A14)
1997 Mar 26, In Papua New
Guinea Prime Minister Julius Chan resigned due to the public uproar
over plans to use mercenaries in Bougainville.
(SFC, 3/26/97, p.A14)
1997 Mar 26, Manfred Nowak
resigned the job of envoy of the UN for missing persons in the
former Yugoslavia and said that he failed to receive support to
account for the 20,000 missing people of the Bosnian war. He had
begun the job in 1994.
(SFC, 3/27/97, p.A18)
1998 Mar 26, President Clinton
stood with President Nelson Mandela in a racially integrated South
African parliament to salute a country that was "truly free and
democratic at last."
(SFC, 3/21/98, p.A13)(AP, 3/26/99)
1998 Mar 26, The federal
government endorsed a new HIV test that yielded instant results.
1998 Mar 26, In Nevada a new
satellite-based survey of the Yucca Mountain site for storing
radioactive wastes indicated that the Earth’s crust at the site was
stretching 10 times faster than previous studies have shown.
(SFC, 3/27/98, p.A3)
1998 Mar 26, In Greece a 2-day
storm closed the Athens airport and left much of the capital without
electricity. At least one person was killed.
(SFC, 3/27/98, p.A14)
1998 Mar 26, In Japan the
ruling Liberal Democratic Party announced a $124 billion economic
(SFC, 3/27/98, p.A13)
1998 Mar 26, In Kenya a fire at
a school near Mombasa killed 25 teenage girls in their dormitory.
(WSJ, 3/26/98, p.A1)
1998 Mar 26, In Malaysia riots
flared in 4 detention camps that housed mainly Indonesian illegal
immigrants. The Internal Security Act allowed the detention without
trial of people caught helping illegals. 8 inmates and one policeman
were killed. Over 200 inmates escaped from one camp.
(WSJ, 3/27/98, p.A10)
1998 Mar 26, In Mexico a mob in
Huejutla lynched 2 suspected kidnappers after a judge ordered the 2
men freed on $600 bail. 30 residents were arrested in the lynching.
(SFC, 3/27/98, p.A14)
1998 Mar 26, In the Philippines
Imelda Marcos claimed to have $800 million in foreign banks and
promised to give it all to the poor if she is elected in May.
(SFC, 3/27/98, p.A14)
1998 Mar 26, In Serbia Pres.
Milosevic ordered several hundred additional police to Kosovo. Serbs
protested the killing of a policeman and 2 ethnic Albanians were
killed in a police counterattack.
(SFC, 3/27/98, p.A12)(WSJ, 3/27/98, p.A1)
1998 Mar 26, Three major Swiss
banks pledged to set up a compensation fund in the US for a global
settlement with Holocaust victims.
(SFC, 3/27/98, p.A12)
1999 Mar 26, Hillary Clinton
continued her 12-day African tour with a speech in Tunis at a
women's rights conference.
(SFC, 3/27/99, p.C1)
1999 Mar 26, Right-to-die
advocate Dr. Jack Kevorkian was convicted in Pontiac, Mich., of
second-degree murder for giving Thomas Youk, a patient with Lou
Gehrig's disease, a lethal injection. His action was videotaped and
broadcast on television.
(SFC, 3/27/99, p.A1)(AP,
1999 Mar 26, The Waste
Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) near Carlsbad, N.M. received its first
shipment of nuclear waste. The facility was completed in 1988.
(SFC, 3/26/99, p.A3)(SFC, 3/27/99, p.A2)
1999 Mar 26, A computer virus
named "Melissa" began infecting computers across the country.
1999 Mar 26, American-led NATO
forces launched a third night of airstrikes against Yugoslavia and 2
MiG-29 fighters were shot down as Serbian troops continued to sweep
ethnic Albanian villages in Kosovo.
(SFC, 3/27/99, p.A1)(AP, 3/26/00)
1999 Mar 26, In Bulgaria some
10,000 people protested NATO strikes; in Greece some 15,000 marched
on the US embassy in protest; in Bosnia some 3,000 Serb youths
turned violent in Banja Luka over the NATO strikes.
(SFC, 3/27/99, p.A11)
1999 Mar 26, The EU declared
that the creation of a Palestine state was the best way to resolve
the Middle East conflict, and the action could not be vetoed by
(SFC, 3/27/99, p.A10)
1999 Mar 26, In Jordan security
authorities released more than 20 activists of an illegal Islamic
party who were sentenced to different jail terms over the past year.
The decision to release Al Tahrir Party activists followed a public
amnesty signed by His Majesty King Abdullah last week under which
more than 2,500 prisoners and detainees are expected to be freed.
1999 Mar 26, Serbian forces
rounded up ethnic Albanian villages in Krushe e Vogel, Kosovo. Serb
forces herded 114 men and boys into a barn, including a disabled man
whose wheelchair was used to block one of the exits. The Serbs then
riddled the barn with bullets from automatic weapons before torching
it and all those inside. In 2011 a UN court sentenced former Serbian
police chief Vlastimir Djordjevic to 27 years in prison for
orchestrating the murder of hundreds of ethnic Albanians. In 2018 a
Kosovo prosecutor brought war crime charges against a Serb man
(D.T.) his role in the Krushe e Vogel attack.
(SSFC, 9/8/02, p.F1)(AP, 2/23/11)(AP, 4/26/18)
1999 Mar 26, The UN Security
Council defeated a Russian resolution demanding an immediate end to
NATO attacks on Yugoslavia.
(SFC, 3/27/99, p.A11)
1999 Mar 26, In Uganda it was
reported that wheat stem-rust fungus had appeared on a crop. The
fungus killed nearly half the world's crop before the green
revolution of the 1950s. The black rust disease was named Ug99 and
by 2007 had jumped to Yemen. In 2008 it was confirmed in Iran. In
2008 Cornell Univ. received a $26.8 million grant from the Bill and
Melinda Gates Foundation to help combat the new strains of rust
(WSJ, 3/26/99, p.A1)(WSJ, 4/3/08, p.A16)
2000 Mar 26, In the Academy
Awards ceremony the film "American Beauty" won 5 Oscars, including
best director for Sam Mendes and best actor for Kevin Spacey. Hilary
Swank won best actress for "Boys Don't Cry." Michael Caine won best
supporting actor for his role in "The Cider House Rules." Angelina
Jolie won best supporting actress for her role in "Girl,
Interrupted." The film "Matrix" won r technical categories, and best
score went to "The Red Violin." Pedro Almodovar won the foreign
language film for "All About My Mother."
(SFC, 3/27/00, p.A1)(AP, 3/26/01)
2000 Mar 26, Pres Clinton met
with Pres. Assad of Syria in Geneva but failed to get an agreement
to revive peace talks with Israel.
(WSJ, 3/27/00, p.A1)
2000 Mar 26, The Seattle
Kingdome was blown up in a controlled implosion. The 7.9 acre roof
collapsed in less than 20 seconds.
(WSJ, 5/10/99, p.A21)(SFC, 3/27/00, p.A4)
2000 Mar 26, Pope John Paul II
ended his Holy Land tour with a message of contrition at the Western
Wall in Jerusalem, a visit to Al Aqsa Mosque and a Mass at the
Church of the Holy Sepulcher, the traditional site for the
resurrection of Jesus.
(SFC, 3/27/00, p.A1)(WSJ, 3/27/00, p.A1)
2000 Mar 26, Dr. Alex Comfort,
British author of the 1972 “Joy of Sex," died at age 80 in
Oxfordshire. Comfort wrote some 50 books that included novels,
poetry, criticism, scientific texts and works on Eastern philosophy.
(SFC, 3/28/00, p.E1)(AP, 3/26/01)
2000 Mar 26, In Chechnya
Russian Col. Yuri Budanov and 3 soldiers seized Elza (Heda)
Kungayeva (18) and strangled her to death following a pummeling and
sexual assault. She was believed to be a rebel sniper. In 2001
Budanov faced a trial and in 2002 he was ruled temporarily insane.
In 2009 Budanov was freed with more than a year left on his murder
(SSFC, 3/18/01, p.D5)(SFC, 1/1/03, p.A9)(AP,
2000 Mar 26, In Colombia Pres.
Pastrana pressured Armando Pomorica, president of the lower house of
Congress, to take responsibility for a corruption scandal.
(WSJ, 3/27/00, p.A1)
2000 Mar 26, Russia elected
Vladimir Putin as its 2nd post-Communist president with 52.5% vote.
(SFC, 3/27/00, p.A1)(AP, 3/26/01)
2001 Mar 26, The Bill Moyers
PBS special “Trade Secrets" focused on the coverup by the American
chemical industry of health problems caused by numerous products
including vinyl chloride and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs).
(SFC, 3/27/01, p.A17)
2001 Mar 26, A US Army plane
crashed in Germany and 2 pilots were killed. In Scotland US Air
Force F15C fighter jets were lost during training. The body of one
pilot, Lt. Col. Kenneth John Hyvonen, and F15 wreckage was found the
next day. Wreckage of the 2nd F15 was found after 2 days. The body
of Capt. Kirk Jones was found Mar 30.
(SFC, 3/27/01, p.F1)(SFC, 3/28/01, p.A10)(SFC,
3/29/01, p.A11)(SFC, 3/31/01, p.A14)
2001 Mar 26, California state
regulators proposed a 40% rate increase to help remedy the state’s
(SFC, 3/27/01, p.A1)
2001 Mar 26, Regional Comair
pilots went on strike after failing to settle with corporate parent
Delta. The three-month strike began after contract talks with the
regional airline broke off.
(SFC, 3/27/01, p.C4)(AP, 3/26/02)
2001 Mar 26, It was reported
that scientists had detected high-energy neutrinos for the 1st time
in the Antarctic Muon and neutrino Detector Array (Amanda).
(SFC, 3/26/01, p.A6)
2001 Mar 26, In Colombia Juan
Gonzalez, head of the right-wing Calima Front of the United
Self-Defense Forces, was killed with 3 others in a bar shootout.
(SFC, 3/28/01, p.D4)
2001 Mar 26, In Hebron a
Palestinian sniper shot and killed a 10-month-old Jewish girl. A
15-year-old Palestinian boy was shot and wounded in Gaza.
(SFC, 3/27/01, p.F1)
2001 Mar 26, In Kazakstan the
Caspian Pipeline Consortium began pumping crude oil from the Tengiz
field to Novorossiisk, Russia’s Black Sea port. The 990-mile
Tengiz-Novorossisk oil pipeline was owned by Kazakstan, Russia, Oman
and 8 oil companies. Chevron held 15% in the 12-partner consortium.
(WSJ, 2/26/01, p.A14)(SFC, 3/27/01, p.C4)
2001 Mar 26, In Kenya a dorm
fire at the Kyanguli Secondary School in Machakos killed 58 youths.
One of 2 doors was bolted shut and arson was suspected. The toll
soon rose to 64 as more students died from burns.
(SFC, 3/27/01, p.F1)(SFC, 3/30/01, p.D4)
2002 Mar 26, Pres. Bush
nominated Richard Carmona (52), a trauma surgeon from Arizona, as
surgeon-general. Elias Zerhouni, a Johns Hopkins Univ.
administrator, was nominated to the NIH.
(SFC, 3/27/02, p.A3)
2002 Mar 26, The US Supreme
Court upheld regulations that allowed federal housing officials to
evict an entire household if even one member is arrested for drug
(SFC, 3/27/02, p.A1)
2002 Mar 26, Joseph Berardino,
CEO of Arthur Anderson, resigned over the Enron fallout.
(WSJ, 3/27/02, p.C1)
2002 Mar 26, India passed a
Prevention of Terrorism bill that allowed a 3-month detention of
suspects without charges plus an additional 3 months with court
(SFC, 3/27/02, p.A6)
2002 Mar 26, Yasser Arafat
declared that he would not attend the Arab league conference in
Beirut due to restrictions imposed by PM Sharon. His Cabinet accused
Israel of trying to "blackmail" the Palestinian leader with tough
conditions for letting him go. Israeli security forces stopped a car
that exploded with 2 men inside.
(SFC, 3/27/02, p.A1)(AP, 3/26/03)
2002 Mar 26, In Serbia 2
Albanian gunmen were killed in what police said was a battle between
(WSJ, 3/27/02, p.A1)
2003 Mar 26, The Senate
approved a $2.2 trillion budget that provided less than half the
$726 billion in tax cuts President Bush wanted.
2003 Mar 26, In the 8th day of
Operation Iraqi Freedom Baghdad officials said two cruise missiles
hit a residential area, killing 14 people. Iraq said 36 civilians
were killed and 215 wounded in US airstrikes on Baghdad. Some 1,000
US paratroopers jumped into northern Iraq as sandstorms eased.
(AP, 3/26/03)(AP, 3/27/03)(SSFC, 3/30/03, p.W12)
2003 Mar 26, Federal energy
regulators (FERC) validated California claims to 2000-2001
overcharges for energy and said the state is owed $3.3 billion in
refunds from Enron and 5 other energy firms. California called for
(SFC, 3/27/03, p.A1)
2003 Mar 26, Daniel Patrick
Moynihan (76), former NY Senator (1976-2000) and scholar, died. He
wrote or edited some 18 books. In 2010 Steven Weisman edited his
letters: “Daniel Patrick Moynihan: A Portrait in Letters of an
(SFC, 3/27/03, p.A1)(Econ, 9/18/10, p.104)
2003 Mar 26, In Afghanistan
suspected Taliban rebels attacked a government checkpoint and 13
people were killed.
(WSJ, 3/27/03, p.A1)
2003 Mar 26, The Burundian army
attacked a rebel stronghold in a Kibira forest with mortars and
artillery, killing 68 insurgents. Rebels said only 2 fighters were
2003 Mar 26, India test-fired a
short-range missile capable of carrying a nuclear weapon, and
Pakistan immediately announced it had tested a similar missile.
2003 Mar 26, In India gunmen
fatally shot a senior Hindu nationalist in western Gujarat state.
2003 Mar 26, Pirates with
automatic weapons stormed an Indonesian tanker ship in the Malacca
Strait and escaped with equipment and cash.
2003 Mar 26, NATO officially
signed up 7 eastern European nations to become members: Bulgaria,
Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia.
2003 Mar 26, In Nigeria Ijaw
militants battling soldiers and tribal enemies in the oil-rich delta
region called for a cease-fire after state officials agreed to
support their political demands.
2003 Mar 26, In South Korea a
late night fire in a grade school dormitory killed eight children.
2003 Mar 26, Interpol issued an
international call for the arrest of former Peruvian President
Alberto Fujimori on charges of murder and kidnapping in Peru.
2004 Mar 26, The FDA approved
the 1st HIV test that uses saliva rather than blood. The 20 minute
test, made by OraSure, is able to detect HIV antibodies about 6
weeks after infection.
(SFC, 3/27/04, p.A1)
2004 Mar 26, Phoenix Bishop
Thomas O'Brien was sentenced to four years' probation and 1,000
hours of community service for a deadly hit-and-run that claimed the
life of pedestrian Jim Reed.
2004 Mar 26, Jan Berry (62),
pioneering California rock musician, died in LA. He rode the wave of
the surf music trend in the 1960s as one half of the popular duo Jan
2004 Mar 26, Jan Sterling (82),
Hollywood film actress, died.
(SFC, 3/30/04, p.B6)
2004 Mar 26, West of Baghdad,
U.S. Marines and gunmen fought an hour-long battle that left four
Iraqis dead and six wounded. A U.S. Marine and an ABC freelance
cameraman were killed during a bitter, hours-long firefight between
American troops and Iraqi insurgents in the city of Fallujah, while
18 people died in violence elsewhere across Iraq.
(AP, 3/26/04)(AP, 3/27/04)
2004 Mar 26, A Palestinian
militant was killed when an explosion went off in a van he was
driving in a West Bank refugee camp.
2004 Mar 26, The bodies of 8
Pakistani soldiers, executed by Al Qaeda-linked militants, were
found near Wana. They had been taken hostage in fighting near the
2004 Mar 26, Polish PM Leszek
Miller announced he will step down the day after Poland joins the
European Union on May 1, taking the blame for his government's
collapse in popularity and raising the prospect of early elections.
22 members of Miller’s SLD party had left to form the new left-wing
Polish social Democracy as Miller’s popularity plummeted.
(AP, 3/26/04)(Econ, 4/3/04, p.56)
2004 Mar 26, A Moscow court
banned the religious activities of Jehovah's Witnesses from the
Russian capital in a move that critics called a step back for
democracy and religious freedom. A 1997 religion law enshrines
Orthodox Christianity as the country's predominant religion and
pledges respect for Buddhism, Islam and Judaism, but places
restrictions on other groups.
2005 Mar 26, In Afghanistan 4
US soldiers died when their vehicle struck a land mine.
2005 Mar 26, James Callaghan,
former British prime minister (1976-1979), died on the eve of his
(SSFC, 3/27/05, p.A21)(Econ, 4/2/05, p.80)
2005 Mar 26, A twin-engine
commercial Czech-built Let-410 airplane, crashed while taking off
from the tiny Colombian island of Old Providence, killing 8 people,
including a 3-year-old boy, and injuring six other passengers.
2005 Mar 26, In Iraq a car bomb
struck a US military patrol in Baghdad, killing two U.S. soldiers
and injuring two others.
2005 Mar 26, A fire swept
through a sprawling Moscow art market popular with tourists for its
unusual antiques from around the former Soviet Union and sometimes
bargain prices, and news reports said two people were killed.
2005 Mar 26, In Taiwan about a
million people marched through the capital to protest a new Chinese
law that authorizes an attack on the island if it moves toward
2005 Mar 26, German Cardinal
Joseph Ratzinger stood in for Pope John Paul II during the Easter
Vigil Mass at the Vatican. Ratzinger later succeed John Paul,
becoming Pope Benedict XVI.
2006 Mar 26, In Florida Paul
Dana, a 30-year-old rookie in the Indy Racing League, died at
Jackson Memorial Hospital from multiple trauma suffered in the crash
during the final morning practice for the season-opening Toyota Indy
2006 Mar 26, An Afghan court
dismissed a case against Abdul Rahman, who converted from Islam to
Christianity because of a lack of evidence. Officials said he will
be released soon.
2006 Mar 26, In Bangladesh 19
people were injured in clashes between political parties as the
nation marked its 35th Independence Day anniversary under tight
security for fear of Islamic militant attacks.
2006 Mar 26, The Chinese
partner of Time Warner’s consumer products unit said the studio
division plans to open some 200 stores in China over the coming
years as demand for branded merchandise increases in China.
2006 Mar 26, Georgian police
stormed a prison in Tbilisi after inmates rioted in an escape
attempt from Ortochala prison, sparking a gun battle that left two
guards and an unknown number of inmates dead.
2006 Mar 26, Iraqi Interior
Ministry officials said authorities arrested Arkan al-Bawi, a police
major from Diyala province, for taking part in death squads. Iraqi
authorities said that US forces raided an Interior Ministry building
and arrested 40 policemen after discovering 17 non-Iraqi prisoners
in the facility.
(Reuters, 3/26/06)(AP, 3/26/06)
2006 Mar 26, Police found 30
more victims of the sectarian slaughter ravaging Iraq, most of them
beheaded, dumped on a village road north of Baghdad. At least 16
Iraqis were killed in a US-backed raid at the Mustafa mosque complex
in a Shiite neighborhood in northeastern Baghdad. At least 69 people
were reported killed in one of the bloodiest days in weeks.
(AP, 3/26/06)(Econ, 4/1/06, p.40)
2006 Mar 26-2006 Mar 27, In
Iraq two days of violence left at least 151 dead.
2006 Mar 26, The UN said it did
not expect Lebanon to disarm Hezbollah guerillas by force but hoped
they would join the Lebanese army.
2006 Mar 26, In Mexico the
bodies of six men, blindfolded, handcuffed and shot to death, were
found packed inside a pickup truck on the side of a highway leading
to the Texas border.
2006 Mar 26, A rights group
said Myanmar's military rulers have launched an offensive against
separatist guerrillas, attacking villages and forcing thousands to
flee in an attempt to quash a five-decade insurgency by Karen ethnic
2006 Mar 26, In southwest
Pakistan rebel tribesmen set off a bomb near the home of a senior
government official and launched a separate attack on a military
post, triggering a gunbattle that left two attackers and a soldier
2006 Mar 26, Hamas pressed Arab
leaders gathering for a summit in Sudan to triple their financial
support to Palestinians and provide it fast, saying its government
will need around $170 million a month, mostly for salaries.
2006 Mar 26, A smoking ban in
enclosed public places took effect in Scotland, although a poll
showed that a fifth of all Scottish smokers planned to ignore the
2006 Mar 26, Ukrainians cast
ballots in a parliamentary election that could tip this divided
ex-Soviet republic back toward Russia just 16 months after the
Orange Revolution helped put it on a westward course.
2007 Mar 26, The US military
concluded that high-ranking Army officers had made critical errors
in reporting the friendly fire death of Army Ranger Pat Tillman in
Afghanistan, but that there was no criminal wrongdoing in the
shooting of the former NFL star by fellow soldiers. The findings
were rejected by Tillman's family.
2007 Mar 26, An American border
inspector was sentenced to nearly six years in prison for taking
cash and cars from smugglers, allowing them to shuttle illegal
immigrants from Mexico into the United States.
2007 Mar 26, David Hicks, a
31-year-old former kangaroo skinner, entered a surprise guilty plea
at the first session of the tribunals set up after the US Supreme
Court struck down the Pentagon's previous efforts to try Guantanamo
prisoners. Hicks was sentenced to seven years in prison; all but
nine months' prison time was suspended. Hicks was returned to
Australia to serve out his term, and was freed in December.
(AP, 3/27/07)(AP, 3/26/08)
2007 Mar 26, A new study that
suggested that an antioxidant found in blueberries and grapes may
offer protection against colon cancer.
2007 Mar 26, Intel Corp.
announced it will build a $2.5 billion chip factory in China, giving
the US company a bigger presence in the booming Chinese market and
boosting Beijing's efforts to attract high-tech investment. Intel
also unveiled a prototype chip that uses optical connections to
increase speed. Products using the technology were expected to
appear within 3 years.
(AP, 3/26/07)(WSJ, 3/26/07, p.B6)
2007 Mar 26, Four children and
Pedro Rodriguez (28), their father, were found dead in the family's
home in Frederick, Maryland. The mother Deysi M. Benitez (25) was
missing. Her sister from El Salvador said she had been beaten by her
husband and wanted to separate. Police concluded he had smothered
the girls and killed the boy with a blow to the head, and then
killed himself. The body of his wife, Deysi Benitez (25), an
immigrant from El Salvador, was found Feb 29, 2008, 20 miles from
their home in Frederick.
(AP, 3/28/07)(AP, 4/17/08)
2007 Mar 26, A suicide bomber
in a car attacked a NATO convoy in the southern province of
Kandahar, killing himself but causing no alliance casualties. The US
urged European countries to provide more troops for Afghanistan and
to free them up for combat, as well as to provide further aid to the
(AP, 3/26/07)(AP, 3/27/07)
2007 Mar 26, In Britain Taylor
Woodrow and George Wimpey agreed upon a $9.8 billion merger to
create the country’s largest house builder.
(AP, 3/26/07)(Econ, 3/31/07, p.65)
2007 Mar 26, Chile’s President
Michelle Bachelet fired her chief of staff and three other members
of her Cabinet in response to a public transportation crisis that
has badly damaged her government.
2007 Mar 26, Chinese President
Hu Jintao arrived in Russia on his third visit as national leader,
seeking energy deals but also offering Moscow business opportunities
and international cooperation as they expand ties.
2007 Mar 26, Egyptians were
slow to vote in a referendum on constitutional amendments that
opponents condemned as a sham and a setback to democratic progress.
Egyptian human rights groups later said that turnout for the
referendum was only five percent, far lower than the 27 percent
reported by the government.
(AP, 3/26/07)(Econ, 3/31/07, p.57)(AP, 4/11/07)
2007 Mar 26, Nicolas Sarkozy
resigned as French interior minister to focus on his presidential
bid, recalling his successes but also challenges, including violence
by poor young minorities.
2007 Mar 26, Guatemala's
interior minister resigned in the wake of a scandal over police
investigators' alleged involvement in the grisly murder of three
Salvadoran politicians last month. Rioting gang members fired dozens
of gunshots, killing three inmates, and took two guards and two food
service workers hostage in a southern Guatemala prison.
(AP, 3/26/07)(AP, 3/27/07)
2007 Mar 26, In India New
Delhi’s High Court imposed new measures aimed at deterring
habitually bad drivers in the capital, including the smoking ban and
a prohibition on using mobile phones while behind the wheel.
2007 Mar 26, Zalmay Khalilzad,
the departing US ambassador, said American and Iraqi officials are
seeking to persuade so-called "reconcilable insurgents" to join
forces against al-Qaida. Iskandariyah authorities imposed an
indefinite curfew after two people were killed and two others
wounded in sectarian clashes sparked by an attack by suspected
Shiite militants on a Sunni mosque. Kirkuk police said two elderly
Chaldean Catholic nuns were stabbed multiple time by two intruders
who raided their home near Kirkuk's Cathedral of the Virgin. The US
military also announced the capture of leaders of a car-bombing ring
blamed for killing hundreds of Iraqis.
(AP, 3/26/07)(AP, 3/27/07)
2007 Mar 26, Israel welcomed
the idea of a regional peace summit and Saudi Arabia suggesting it
would consider changes in a dormant peace initiative to make it more
acceptable to Israel.
2007 Mar 26, An Italian
prosecutor demanded a five-year jail sentence for conservative
former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi, who is accused of bribing a
2007 Mar 26, Japanese PM Shinzo
Abe, under fire for denying that Japan forced women to work as sex
slaves during World War II, offered a fresh apology but refused to
clearly acknowledge Japan's responsibility for running the frontline
2007 Mar 26, Lindsay Ann Hawker
(22), a British language teacher, was found naked in a sand-filled
bathtub at an apartment outside Tokyo. She had been beaten and then
suffocated. Police hunted for the prime suspect, a 28-year-old
Japanese male. On Nov 10, 2009, Tatsuya Ichihashi was arrested as
the only suspect in the murder, after he had spent over two years on
the run and altered his appearance with plastic surgery. In 2011
Ichihashi admitted the killing but said it was accidental. On July
21 Ichihashi was sentenced to life in prison.
(AP, 3/29/07)(AFP, 12/2/09)(AFP, 7/4/11)(AFP,
2007 Mar 26, A report by a
special envoy for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon recommended
independence for Serbia's breakaway province of Kosovo, supervised
by the international community.
2007 Mar 26, In northern
Nigeria at least 89 people burned to death in Kaduna when a tanker
lorry caught fire as they were stealing fuel from it.
2007 Mar 26, The leaders of
Northern Ireland's major Protestant and Catholic parties, sitting
side by side for the first time in history, announced a breakthrough
deal to forge a power-sharing administration May 8.
2007 Mar 26, In Pakistan
supporters of opposition parties rallied against President Gen.
Pervez Musharraf's removal of Pakistan's top judge, raising the
stakes in a judicial crisis that threatens to undermine the military
ruler's hold on power. In northwestern Pakistan police challenged a
group of suspected militants at a high school in Tank after hearing
that they wanted to recruit suicide bombers for holy war, sparking a
gunbattle that left six people dead.
(AP, 3/26/07)(WSJ, 3/27/07, p.A1)
2007 Mar 26, Tamil rebels
launched their first airstrike in the nearly quarter-decade conflict
with Sri Lanka's government, using at least one small plane to bomb
an air base outside the capital and killing three airmen.
2008 Mar 26, Motorola Inc said
it would split into two publicly traded entities to separate its
loss-making handset division from its other businesses, sending its
shares up about 5%.
2008 Mar 26, Scientists said
the basic ingredients for life: warmth, water and organic chemicals,
are in place on Saturn's small moon Enceladus, in detailing the
content of huge plumes erupting off its surface.
(Reuters, 3/26/08)(Econ, 5/30/15, p.78)
2008 Mar 26, The NASA space
shuttle Endeavour and its crew of seven made a night landing in
Florida following a 16 day mission to the ISS.
(SFC, 3/27/08, p.A3)
2008 Mar 26, In southern
Afghanistan 8 civilians were killed when a bomb-filled car exploded
near a crowded bazaar in Helmand province, in an attack claimed by
the Taliban. A police officer was killed in a roadside bombing in
Helmand. Insurgents attacked a NATO patrol, killing one soldier and
wounding another. Militants fired a rocket at opium poppy
eradication police, killing two policemen and wounding another.
US-led coalition forces killed several Taliban militants after
coming under attack in Helmand province.
(AP, 3/26/08)(AP, 3/27/08)(AP, 3/28/08)
2008 Mar 26, It was reported
that British pig husbandry is in crisis due to exploding global
grain prices. Last month British pig farmers recorded “Stand By Your
Ham" based on the 1968 US country classic “Stand By Your Man" by
(WSJ, 3/26/08, p.A1)
2008 Mar 26, China announced
the surrender of hundreds of people over anti-government riots among
Tibetans and allowed the first group of foreign journalists to visit
the regional capital since the violence.
2008 Mar 26, In China 24 people
were killed when fireworks that had been trucked to the Gobi Desert
to be destroyed exploded as they were being dumped into a ditch.
2008 Mar 26, Manuel "Sureshot"
Marulanda (78), co-founder and commander of the Revolutionary Armed
Forces of Colombia (FARC), died of a heart attack. On May 24
President Alvaro Uribe announced he is willing to offer rebels who
free hostages "conditional liberty" and passage abroad. Marulanda,
whose real name is Pedro Antonio Marin, and had led the
peasant-based FARC since its founding in 1964. Alfonso Cano
(Guillermo Leon Saenz), the FARC’s chief ideologue, was expected to
(AP, 5/25/08)(Econ, 5/31/08, p.42)(AP, 3/26/09)
2008 Mar 26, In Dubai a massive
explosion at a fireworks factory left two people dead and two
injured. Subsequent fires rapidly spread, sending thick clouds of
black smoke into the sky.
2008 Mar 26, French Pres.
Nicolas Sarkozy vowed to open a new chapter in ties with Britain as
he arrived for a state visit which he hopes will also help repair
his image as a statesman.
2008 Mar 25, Air travel between
Georgia and Russia resumed, more than 17 months after Moscow
suspended flights because of tension between the ex-Soviet
2008 Mar 26, India's Tata
Motors said it had bought British luxury icons Jaguar and Land Rover
from ailing US carmaker Ford Motor Co for 1.15 billion pounds (2.3
2008 Mar 26, Iraq's prime
minister gave gunmen in the southern oil port of Basra three days to
surrender their weapons and renounce violence as clashes between
security forces and Shiite militia fighters erupted for a second
day. Officials said at least 40 people were killed and 200 wounded
in the fighting in Basra. 3 Americans were seriously injured by
rockets or mortars fired into Baghdad’s Green Zone. A mortar shell
or rocket that apparently fell short struck a minibus in the mainly
Shiite district of Karradah, killing at least 3 passengers and
wounding 9 others. Two rounds also slammed into another area of
Karradah, killing 3 civilians and wounding six. Two other Iraqis
were killed and 4 wounded when another round struck a residential
area in a Shiite neighborhood in western Baghdad. Gunmen killed a
US-allied Sunni fighter and wounded his wife and daughter after
storming his house in Samarra. Several Iraqi civilians were killed
or injured in separate fighting between US troops and suspected
al-Qaida in Iraq insurgents in the northern town of Tikrit. A US
airstrike there left 7 bodies in the rubble of houses and a local
judge who owned one of the houses was among the dead. Two American
soldiers were killed in separate attacks in Baghdad.
(AP, 3/26/08)(AP, 3/27/08)
2008 Mar 26, The Israeli
military captured Omar Jabar, the mastermind of the March 2002
bombing in Netanya, the deadliest suicide bombing of the Palestinian
2008 Mar 26, Italian officials
held a crisis meeting after Japan and South Korea banned imports of
mozzarella following the discovery of high dioxin levels in buffalo
milk used to make the famed cheese.
2008 Mar 26, In Mexico a
confrontation in Sinaloa state left four civilians and two soldiers
dead. A military judge later issued an arrest warrant for 5 soldiers
considered as suspects.
2008 Mar 26, TimeRime BV was
founded by Marijn Bom, Jaap Joziasse, Gerard Pastwa and Pico
Wilbrenninck, as a spin-off of the Dutch webdevelopment company
2008 Mar 26, In Norway a
six-story apartment building collapsed in the west coast city of
Aalesund after it was hit by a rock slide, injuring 15 people and
leaving five missing.
2008 Mar 26, Philippine farmers
warned that the country was facing a serious rice supply crisis, as
the government signed a deal to import rice from Vietnam to boost
local reserves at a time of rising prices and shrinking global
2008 Mar 26, In the southern
Philippines a passenger boat with 14 people on board capsized,
leaving only one known survivor, a man who swam several hours to
shore. Most of the missing were children.
2008 Mar 26, A roadside blast
in Sri Lanka's restive eastern region killed two policemen while
fighting in the north left at least 19 rebels and one soldier dead.
2008 Mar 26, The African
Union-UN mission said 5 civilians were killed and more than a dozen
others injured when an international peacekeeping vehicle crashed
into a bus in Darfur.
2008 Mar 26, Trinidad’s RBTT,
the largest regionally owned bank, agreed to accept a takeover by
the Royal Bank of Canada.
(Econ, 3/29/08, p.50)
2008 Mar 26, Venezuela's
National Assembly opened an investigation into a congressman's
accusations that two of President Hugo Chavez's brothers acquired 17
ranches in recent years.
2009 Mar 26, The Obama
administration unveiled a sweeping overhaul of the financial system
designed to impose greater regulation on major players like hedge
funds. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner told lawmakers that the
changes are needed to fix the flaws exposed by the current financial
crisis, the worst to hit the country in seven decades.
2009 Mar 26, The US Internal
Revenue Service announced new steps aimed at getting taxpayers
hiding money in offshore accounts to pay up, promising not to file
criminal charges for those who voluntarily fess up to hiding money
2009 Mar 26, A New Jersey girl
(14) was accused of child pornography after posting nearly 30
explicit nude pictures of herself on MySpace.com, charges that could
force her to register as a sex offender if convicted.
2009 Mar 26, In Los Angeles US
automaker Tesla Motors unveiled its state-of-the-art five-seat
sedan, billed as the world's first mass-produced, highway-capable
electric car. The San Carlos company said it would likely be built
in Southern California rather than San Jose.
(AFP, 3/26/09)(SFC, 3/27/09, p.C1)
2009 Mar 26, In Brazil engine
pieces from a US plane fell from the sky, hitting 22 houses and a
car but sparing passengers and residents on the ground. Arrow
Cargo's station manager in Manaus, Rai Marinho, said the company
will pay local residents for damages to their property.
2009 Mar 26, The archives from
the London Historical Records, dating back to the 16th century,
began to be made available online. Around 250,000 records were
currently available, with all 77 million uploaded by 2011.
2009 Mar 26, In Ganzi, China, a
predominantly Tibetan prefecture in Sichuan province, Phuntsok
Rabten (27), a Tibetan Buddhist monk of Draggo monastery, was found
dead. He had called for protests against Chinese authorities. He had
fled on a motorcycle after police in a van discovered him
distributing flyers urging Tibetans to leave their farming plots
2009 Mar 26, Ebtisam Ali Rashid
al Bedwani (b.1982) was sworn in as Dubai’s first woman judge.
2009 Mar 26, French President
Nicolas Sarkozy visited Brazzaville and Kinshasa. During the
Kinshasa trip, given over in large part to regional political
issues, Areva signed an agreement with the government allowing the
company to prospect for and mine uranium.
2009 Mar 26, An official said
France will limit or ban bonuses and stock options for executives at
companies bailed out with taxpayer money, as the government
scrambled to calm public outrage at what some see as the greed that
caused the global financial crisis.
2009 Mar 26, In northern
Guatemala a hitman training camp for Mexico's infamous Gulf cartel
was found, along with 500 grenades. Officials seized six rifles,
three motorcycles and several boxes of ammunition during the
operation. The hitmen were among those carrying out nearly daily
attacks on Guatemalan buses in which the driver is often killed.
2009 Mar 26, In Iraq a car bomb
exploded near a crowded market in a mainly Shiite area of Baghdad,
killing at least 20 people, including 4 women and 4 children, in the
country’s sixth major attack this month. A bomb attached to a car
exploded elsewhere in eastern Baghdad, wounding four people. Gunmen
killed Sheik Abdul-Kareem Saleh, a Sunni Arab cleric, and wounded
his son at Jalula, a town northeast of Baghdad where a suicide
bomber struck a Kurdish funeral this week. A foreign contractor was
shot and killed at a base north of Baghdad. Pfc. Carl T. Stovall III
(25) of Kennesaw, Georgia, was taken into custody soon after the
shooting at the US base in Taji.
(AP, 3/26/09)(AP, 3/27/09)(SFC, 3/27/09,
2009 Mar 26, An Israeli
ministry statement said that in a series of tests this week the iron
Dome high-tech system faced rockets of the type fired by Palestinian
and Lebanese militants, and operated successfully.
2009 Mar 26, Israeli police
said they have seized 15 thousand marijuana water pipes in a raid on
a factory in Haifa. Pipes and other drug paraphernalia were banned a
few weeks ago and police are cracking down.
2009 Mar 26, In Kazakhstan a
Soyuz capsule carrying a Russian-American crew and US billionaire
space tourist Charles Simonyi blasted off for the international
2009 Mar 26, The MT Bow Asir, a
Norwegian tanker with a crew of 27, was hijacked off the coast of
(AP, 3/27/09)(WSJ, 3/27/09, p.A8)
2009 Mar 26, In Pakistan a
suicide bomber killed as many as 11 people at a restaurant near
Tank, in South Waziristan, in an attack targeting opponents of the
2009 Mar 26, In central Russia
a head-on collision between a bus and a truck in Petushki, about 120
kilometers (75 miles) east of Moscow, killed 14 people.
2009 Mar 26, Serbian lawmakers
approved a law against discrimination due to race, religion, gender,
sexual orientation or other factors despite opposition from
conservatives, including the Serbian Orthodox Church, and
2009 Mar 26, Somalia's new
interior minister was wounded by a roadside bomb in an attack that
killed his bodyguard and wounded two others. The moderate Islamist
pledged to seek reconciliation with his attackers, widely believed
to be hardline fighters.
2009 Mar 26, In Sri Lanka more
than 2,100 civilians fled in one day from the northern war zone
where the military is squeezing the Tamil Tiger rebels into a
smaller area as it pushes to end 25 years of civil war. in New York,
John Holmes, the UN's top humanitarian official, said the
international organization estimated 150,000 to 190,000 civilians
were trapped by the fighting and unable to escape, resulting in
dozens of deaths each day.
2009 Mar 26, Regulators in St.
Vincent and the Grenadines took control of an island bank linked to
an alleged Ponzi scheme. A complaint alleged that William Wise of
Raleigh, NC, and Kristi Hoegel of Napa, Ca., orchestrated the scheme
through Millennium Bank and its Geneva-based parent United Trust of
Switzerland SA, as well as US affiliates of both organizations.
(SFC, 3/28/09, p.A2)(http://tinyurl.com/cqedzr)
2009 Mar 26, Sudan's president
Omar al-Bashir visited his third country in four days, this time
touching down in Libya, the latest country to welcome the leader
who's wanted by an international court on war crimes.
2009 Mar 26, In Thailand more
than 20,000 protesters ringed the prime minister's office, demanding
the government resign and deriding its distribution of checks to
millions of low-income workers as a payoff.
2009 Mar 26, The UN's top
human-rights body approved a proposal by Muslims nations urging
passage of laws around the world to protect religion from criticism.
The resolution was sponsored by Pakistan, Belarus and Venezuela.
(AP, 3/26/09)(Econ, 4/4/09, p.17)
2010 Mar 26, Pres. Obama
concluded a new strategic arms reduction treaty in a call with
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev.
2010 Mar 26, The Obama
administration unveiled a revamped Home Affordable Mortgage Program
(Econ, 4/3/10, p.78)
2010 Mar 26, Hacker Albert
Gonzalez (28), who participated in a cybercrime ring that stole tens
of millions of credit and debit card numbers, was sentenced in US
District Court to 20 years in prison. Gonzalez was living in Miami
at the time of the crimes in the three cases, which occurred over
almost two years before he was arrested in May of 2008 and
subsequently indicted in New York, New Jersey and Massachusetts.
2010 Mar 26, In south-central
Kentucky at least 10 people were killed in a fiery crash between a
tractor-trailer and a van after the truck crossed over the median on
an interstate highway.
2010 Mar 26, The head of Abu
Dhabi's sovereign wealth fund, the world's largest, went missing
after his glider crashed in Morocco. Ahmed bin Zayed Al Nahyan's
glider went down in a lake in Morocco. The pilot of the aircraft was
rescued in good condition. The body of al-Nahayan was found on March
(AP, 3/27/10)(AFP, 3/30/10)
2010 Mar 26, In eastern
Afghanistan a gunman attacked a group of German and Afghan aid
workers inspecting a high school under renovation. 2 people died and
a German employed by German humanitarian organization GTZ was among
10 people wounded when assailants opened fire on workers in Khost
(AP, 3/26/10)(AFP, 3/27/10)
2010 Mar 26-2010 Mar 27, In
China hundreds of citizens rampaged in the southern city of Kunming
enraged by rumors that a vendor had been killed by an officer of the
“City Administration and Law Enforcement Bureau," commonly known by
its Chinese abbreviation chengguan.
(Econ, 4/3/10, p.43)
2010 Mar 26, In Ecuador a
district court judge convicted Emilio Palacio, a newspaper editorial
writer for the newspaper El Universo, of insulting the head of the
government's National Financial Corp. and sentenced him to three
years in prison.
2010 Mar 26, Egyptian police
said they arrested 45 suspected smugglers over the past three days
in an intensified crackdown on the supply line to Gaza by way of
hundreds of cross-border tunnels. Among the suspects was a man
accused of trying to deliver $242,000 in Egyptian pounds and US
dollars to Hamas in Gaza.
2010 Mar 26, Iraq’s election
commission announced that former PM Ayad Allawi edged out chief
rival PM Nouri al-Maliki by two seats, 91-89, in the March 7 vote
for a 325-member parliament.
2010 Mar 26, In Finland Juha
Turunen, a corporate lawyer, was convicted of kidnapping heiress
Minna Nurminen (26) and holding her captive for two weeks in 2009
until her family paid a multimillion euro (dollar) ransom. He had
admitted during the trial that he had kidnapped Nurminen and held
her captive at an apartment in Turku, western Finland. She was
released unharmed and police recovered the ransom money.
2010 Mar 26, Germany and
Switzerland said they have reached a preliminary deal on an
agreement to exchange information on suspected tax cheats, an
important step toward defusing a long-festering irritant in their
2010 Mar 26, In Honduras radio
journalists Jose Bayardo (52) and Manuel de Jesus Juarez (55) were
riddled with bullets late in the day as they drove on a highway in
the rural province of Olancho. Three other journalists have been
killed in March in Honduras, which is wracked by political divisions
relating to a 2009 coup and common crime fueled by street gangs.
2010 Mar 26, Israel insisted it
would continue construction in contested east Jerusalem, taking an
uncompromising stance against US pressure following a tense visit by
PM Benjamin Netanyahu to Washington. Two Israeli soldiers and two
Palestinian militants were killed in a gunbattle in the Gaza Strip.
Palestinian medics said one civilian was killed and seven were
wounded in the fighting. Militants reported one wounded and one
missing. Israeli soldier withdrew the next day.
(AP, 3/26/10)(AP, 3/27/10)
2010 Mar 26, In northern Mexico
the decapitated body of Heriberto Cerda, the police chief in
Agualeguas, Nuevo Leon state, and the body of his brother were found
inside the chief's patrol truck. Late in the day gunmen opened fired
on a hotel in downtown Ciudad Juarez where federal agents stay,
killing one and wounding two.
2010 Mar 26, Mozambican police
said they have arrested 7 people suspected of trafficking women to
neighboring South Africa to work as prostitutes. The men were
arrested last week through a police sting operation. The women were
on sale for about $670 each.
2010 Mar 26, Asad Qureshi, a
British journalist, went missing while traveling to North Waziristan
with a retired army officer Sultan Amir Tarar (Col. Imam), and
Khalid Khawaja, a prominent Pakistani ex-spy. Khawaja was found
killed by the captors on April 30. On Sep 9 it was reported that
Qureshi and Col. Imam were released.
2010 Mar 26, A South Korean
naval ship sank leaving 46 marines missing near Baengnyeong Island.
An explosion at the rear of the Cheonan shut down its engine, wiped
out power and caused the ship to sink a little over three hours
later. 58 of the crew of 104 were rescued. A North Korean mine was
later suspected as the cause of the explosion. South Korea's defense
minister confirmed on May 10 that traces of an explosive chemical
substance used to make torpedoes were found in the wreckage of the
naval ship. It was later determined that a North Korean submarine
sank the Cheonan. Of the 104 officers and enlisted men onboard the
ship, forty-six were killed. North Korea denied responsibility for
(AP, 3/27/10)(AP, 3/29/10)(AP, 5/10/10)(AP,
2010 Mar 26, Tens of thousands
of Syrians and Palestinians gathered in a Damascus square in a
government-orchestrated "march of anger" against Israeli settlements
in east Jerusalem.
2010 Mar 26, Togo's government
and the opposition coalition signed a temporary truce committing
both sides to peace, law and order following opposition protests
against presidential election results.
2010 Mar 26, Zimbabwe state
media reported that PM Morgan Tsvangirai has backed President Robert
Mugabe's stance against including gay rights in a new constitution.
President Robert Mugabe said he would only implement terms of an
agreement he signed in 2008 with rival Morgan Tsvangirai if the West
removed sanctions on his allies.
(AFP, 3/26/10)(Reuters, 3/26/10)
2011 Mar 26, In a World Wide
Fund for Nature (WWF) initiative landmarks in thousands of cities,
from Sydney Harbor Bridge to the world's tallest building, the Burj
Khalifa in Dubai, turned off the power for Earth Hour, the fifth
such event promoting a sustainable future for the planet. The first
lights dimmed across Fiji and New Zealand at 8.30 p.m. (3:30 a.m.
EDT), to lights being turned on again in Samoa 24 hours later.
2011 Mar 26, In Maine a whoopee
pie maker created a massive 1,067 pound whoopee pie. State Reps.
Paul Davis and Emily Cain, sponsors of a bill to make the whoopee
pie Maine’s official “treat," were on hand.
(SSFC, 3/27/11, p.A10)
2011 Mar 26, Harry Wesley
Coover Jr. (b.1917), the inventor of Super Glue, died at his home in
Kingsport, Tenn. Dr. Coover first happened upon the super-sticky
adhesive, more formally known as cyanoacrylates, by accident when he
was experimenting with acrylates for use in clear plastic gun-sights
during World War II. An experimental accident in 1951 brought it
back to his attention. In 1958 the first incarnation of Super Glue,
called Eastman 910, hit the market. Kodak was not able to capitalize
commercially on Dr. Coover’s discovery and sold the business to
National Starch in 1980.
2011 Mar 26, Geraldine Ferraro
(b.1935), former Queens congresswoman and the first woman to run for
vice-president (Mondale-Ferraro 1984) on a major US party ticket,
died in Boston.
(SSFC, 3/27/11, p.A12)
2011 Mar 26, Afghan President
Hamid Karzai left on a visit to Tehran, where he will meet his
Iranian counterpart following a row over fuel imports and attend a
ceremony to mark the Persian new year. 3 militants and 4 civilians
died when two cars they were traveling in were hit by NATO fire in
Helmand province. 3 lower ranking Taliban fighters were killed in
one vehicle and 4 civilians were killed in a second vehicle. Taliban
militants kidnapped some 40 policemen after being tipped off that
they would be traveling in Kunar province.
(AFP, 3/26/11)(AP, 3/27/11)(SFC, 3/28/11,
2011 Mar 26, Algerian police
again stifled an attempt by pro-reform activists to rally against
the government in what has become a weekly ritual. It was the eighth
attempt since January by the CNDC to stage a weekly demonstration,
along the lines of pro-democracy protests sweeping the Arab world,
in defiance of a ban on rallies in the capital imposed in 2001.
2011 Mar 26, Voters in New
South Wales, Australia's most populous state, delivered a crushing
defeat to PM Julia Gillard's Labor party, handing power to the
conservative opposition in a landslide.
2011 Mar 26, Some 250,000
Britons marched through London in a demonstration against the
government's austerity measures, amid a heavy police presence that
failed to stop outbreaks of violence. More than 200 people were
arrested. Rioters went on the rampage after the rally, attacking
police and smashing up shops in a night of violence.
(AP, 3/26/11)(AFP, 3/27/11)
2011 Mar 26, It was reported
that the Oxford English Dictionary has approved900 new words
including a number of Internet-inspired expressions including LOL
(laughing out loud), OMG (Oh, my God) and BFF (best friends
(SFC, 3/26/11, p.A4)
2011 Mar 26, In Germany some
200,000 people turned out in the largest cities to protest against
the use of nuclear power in the wake of Japan's Fukushima reactor
2011 Mar 26, Gaza militants
fired over 50 mortar shells into southern Israel. One rocket damaged
(SSFC, 3/27/11, p.A2)
2011 Mar 26, Japanese officials
said radiation levels have surged in seawater near the
tsunami-stricken nuclear power station in Fukushima, as engineers
battled to stabilize the plant in hazardous conditions.
2011 Mar 26, Jordan's Islamist
opposition, leftists and trade unions demanded the ouster of PM
Maaruf Bakhit, who they blame for violence that has killed one
person and injured 130. The resilient opposition protest movement
demanded political reforms and new elections. Some 7 thousand
supporters of King Abdullah II took to the streets of Amman to
express their loyalty.
(AFP, 3/26/11)(AP, 3/26/11)(SSFC, 3/27/11, p.A2)
2011 Mar 26, Libyan rebels
regained control of the eastern gateway city of Ajdabiya after
international airstrikes crippled Moammar Gadhafi's forces, in the
first major turnaround for an uprising that a week ago appeared on
the verge of defeat. In the western city of Zwara the opposition
lost to Gadhafi. A resident said security agents had lists of rebel
sympathizers and were dragging them from their homes in Zwara and
2011 Mar 26, In Libya Iman
Al-Obeidi said she spent two days in detention after being arrested
at a checkpoint, and sexually assaulted by up to 15 men while in
custody. She shouted to tell her story at the Rixos hotel in
Tripoli, after storming into the hotel's breakfast room to show her
wounds to foreign media. Minders overpowered the woman and took her
away. Days later Iman Al-Obeidi was sued for slander for naming her
(AP, 3/26/11)(Reuters, 3/29/11)
2011 Mar 26, A Madagascar
government official said Pres. Andry Rajoelina has announced a new
transitional government as part of a roadmap to resolve the island's
2011 Mar 26, In Mexico 4 Ciudad
Juarez men were last seen, when they were picked up by patrol
vehicles with decals matching those used by the security detail of
new police chief, Julian Leyzaola.
2011 Mar 26, Myanmar reportedly
earned more than $2.8 billion from the sale of jade, gems and pearls
at its annual gems auction, held this month in the capital,
2011 Mar 26, In Nigeria police
and local media said John James Akpanudoedehe, an opposition
politician for governor in Akwa Ibom state, has been charged with
treason after clashes killed four and left a campaign office for the
president burnt in the main oil region.
2011 Mar 26, Philippine Sen.
Panfilo Lacson, who fled double murder charges more than a year ago,
returned to the country after a court voided the arrest warrant
against him. He had been charged with the killings of high-profile
publicist Salvador "Bubby" Dacer and his driver in 2000, but has
2011 Mar 26, Portugal's
Socialist Party, in a 2-day election, overwhelmingly re-elected
outgoing PM Jose Socrates as its leader, after he quit last week
when parliament rejected his austerity plan.
2011 Mar 26, In Switzerland 1
person was missing after an avalanche swept away 11 French skiers
near the southern border with Italy. 4 people were killed.
2011 Mar 26, Syrian government
forces and protesters clashed in the coastal city of Latakia, where
demonstrators set fire to the offices of President Bashar Assad's
ruling Baath party.
2011 Mar 26, University
protesters in Venezuela ended a month-long hunger strike, saying
President Hugo Chavez's government has met their demands.
2011 Mar 26, The ruling party
of Yemen's embattled President Saleh said he should serve out his
term until 2013, after he offered to hand over power but only to
"safe hands." In the south the army killed six suspected Al-Qaeda
2012 Mar 26, The United States
dropped Argentina from its system of trade preferences, citing the
South American country's failure to pay court-ordered damages of
$300 million plus interest to two US companies.
2012 Mar 26, In Colorado a
state-prescribed burn went out of control and destroyed dozens of
homes near Denver and left 2 people dead.
(SFC, 3/29/12, p.A7)
2012 Mar 26, Vermont police in
Barnet found the body of Melissa Jenkins (33), a boarding school
teacher. She had disappeared a day earlier leaving her SUV running
and 2-year-old child unharmed inside. On March 28 Vermont snowplow
driver Allen Prue was accused with his wife Patricia of luring the
teacher from her home by pretending their vehicle had broken down,
strangling her, stripping her and throwing her body into the
(SFC, 3/27/12, p.A5)(SFC, 3/29/12, p.A7)
2012 Mar 26, In Afghanistan a
member of the Afghan national army opened fire at entrance gate to
the British headquarters at Lashkar Gah city, killing the two
British service personnel. The assailant was killed by return fire.
A joint Afghan and coalition force in Faryab province killed Makhdum
Nusrat, leader of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan.
(Reuters, 3/26/12)(AP, 4/7/12)
2012 Mar 26, Britain’s PM David
Cameron bowed to pressure to disclose his own contacts with wealthy
donors after a newspaper sting caught a top fundraiser for his party
offering meetings with the premier in return for big contributions.
2012 Mar 26, Britain’s
Financial Services Authority handed Coutts, the private bank which
counts the queen as a client, an £8.75-million fine for failing to
ensure it was not handling laundered money.
2012 Mar 26, British video
games retailer GAME collapsed into administration, placing more than
5,500 jobs at risk, becoming the latest victim of tough economic
conditions. GAME's international divisions were operating as normal.
2012 Mar 26, Ontario's highest
court struck down a national law that outlaws brothels but upheld an
effective ban on street prostitution, a partial victory for those
arguing Canada's laws put sex workers in harm's way.
2012 Mar 26, In the CAR British
safari driver David Simpson was arrested after he reported the
discovery of the bodies of 13 people by a small-scale gold mine at
the Ngungunza mining site. Simpson was released after five months of
(AFP, 5/14/12)(AP, 8/27/12)
2012 Mar 26, Colombia's
military killed 36 rebels in a pre-dawn bombing of a guerrilla camp
in the Meta state municipality of Vista Hermosa, a traditional
stronghold of the FARC.
2012 Mar 26, Pope Benedict XVI
arrived in Santiago, Cuba, in the footsteps of his more famous
predecessor, gently pressing the island's longtime communist leaders
to push through "legitimate" reforms their people desire, while also
criticizing the excesses of capitalism.
2012 Mar 26, In Egypt two
prominent liberal politicians pulled out from a panel tasked with
drafting a new constitution after Islamists won a majority of seats
on the body. The 100-member panel selected over the weekend includes
nearly 60 Islamists and only six women and six minority Christians.
2012 Mar 26, In Egypt 3 people
were killed and a dozen others injured when a tugboat engine
exploded in the Suez Canal. More than 10 people were injured by the
fire. Movement in the vital waterway was not affected.
2012 Mar 26, In France former
IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn was handed preliminary charges
alleging he was involved in a French prostitution ring.
(SFC, 3/27/12, p.A2)
2012 Mar 26, India's defense
minister ordered federal investigators to probe revelations by the
country's top military officer that he had been offered a $2.8
million bribe to clear a procurement deal. Army Chief General V.K
Singh told the Hindu newspaper that a lobbyist for an unnamed
military equipment supplier had offered him the cash incentive to
approve the purchase of 600 sub-standard vehicles.
2012 Mar 26, In India Tibetan
exile Jamphel Yeshi lit himself on fire and ran shouting through a
demonstration in New Delhi, just ahead of a visit by China's
president. Yeshi sustained burns on 98 percent of his body and his
condition was critical. Jamphel Yeshi died on March 28.
(AP, 3/26/12)(AFP, 3/28/12)
2012 Mar 26, Israel cut working
relations with the UN Human Rights Council and said it will bar a UN
team from entering Israel or the West Bank for a planned
investigation of Jewish settlements.
2012 Mar 26, Kenya’s President
Mwai Kibaki said oil has been struck in the northwestern Turkana
region after exploratory drilling by Anglo-Irish firm Tullow Oil.
Commercial viability was yet to be established.
2012 Mar 26, Malians marched in
Bamako to protest against the junta while Tuareg rebels threatened
to capture a key northern city, piling political and military
pressure on the coup leaders.
2012 Mar 26, The Norwegian
Foreign Ministry said it has decided to close down its embassy in
Damascus due to security concerns.
2012 Mar 26, In Pakistan
Mansoor Mukhtar (37), a member of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement
(MQM), the largest political party in Karachi, was shot dead late
today when gunmen burst into the home where he was sleeping. His
brother also died and his sister-in-law was wounded in the attack.
2012 Mar 26, Saudi King
Abdullah ordered the donation of petroleum products to neighboring
Yemen that should cover the impoverished country's needs for two
2012 Mar 26, In central Somalia
Ethiopian forces seized El Bur, the main regional base of the Al
Qaeda-linked Shebab insurgents. Shebab rebels in Mogadishu killed
two civilians at a camp for the displaced near the presidential
compound, which they targeted with mortar bombs.
2012 Mar 26, Somali pirates
seized an Iranian-owned cargo ship and its 23-strong crew in the
first hijacking within Maldivian territory. The MV. Eglantine was
seized off the north-western Hoarafush island in the Indian Ocean
atoll nation. The Bolivian-flagged vessel was freed on April 2, and
continued on to Iran with its sugar shipment.
(AFP, 3/27/12)(AFP, 4/3/12)
2012 Mar 26, South African
rights activists began a legal bid to compel South Africa to
investigate and prosecute citizens of neighboring Zimbabwe suspected
of crimes against humanity.
2012 Mar 26, In South Korea
leaders or top officials from 53 nations gathered in Seoul for a
summit on nuclear security. President Obama said the United States
would further cut its own nuclear stockpiles, as he warned North
Korea and Iran to back down over their atomic plans.
2012 Mar 26, A Spanish court
dropped a rape probe against a Saudi prince who is one of the
world's richest people, saying his accuser's allegations are
inconsistent and do not stand up. The ruling cleared Prince Alwaleed
bin Talal (57) and was released today by a court in Palma in Spain's
Balearic Islands in the Mediterranean. The drugging and sexual
assault of a young Spanish model was alleged to have occurred aboard
a yacht moored at the island of Ibiza in the wee hours of Aug 12,
2012 Mar 26, Sri Lanka said it
will not implement all proposals from its civil war commission
because the panel went beyond its mandate. A UN rights council has
called for the report's implementation.
2012 Mar 26, Syrian troops
shelled rebel-held neighborhoods in Homs. The LCC said 19 people
were killed in Syria, nine of them in Homs. The Observatory said 10
people were killed, including five in the Homs shelling. The
government banned military aged males 18-42 from traveling outside
(AP, 3/26/12)(SFC, 3/27/12, p.A3)
2012 Mar 26, Turkey closed its
embassy in Damascus and recalled its ambassador as relations between
the former allies continued to deteriorate.
2012 Mar 26, A top official in
Tunisia's ruling Islamist Ennahda Party says Islamic law will not be
enshrined in the country's new constitution, preserving the North
African nation's civil state.
2013 Mar 26, President Barack
Obama chose veteran agent Julia Pierson as Secret Service director,
the first woman to lead the male-dominated agency.
2013 Mar 26, The US Supreme
Court ruled that police cannot bring drug-sniffing police dogs onto
a suspect's property to look for evidence without first getting a
warrant for a search.
2013 Mar 26, The US
Environmental Protection Agency issued a survey that said 55% of the
nation’s rivers and streams are in poor biological health.
(SFC, 3/27/13, p.A6)
2013 Mar 26, In San Francisco
Henry Doelger’s Art Deco/Streamline Modern real estate office at 320
Judah St. was voted in as the city’s 265th historical landmark by
the Board of Supervisors.
2013 Mar 26, The Delaware state
Senate approved a bill repealing the state’s death penalty in a
(SFC, 3/27/13, p.A6)
2013 Mar 26, North Dakota Gov.
Jack Dalrymple signed legislation that that would make North Dakota
the nation's most restrictive state on abortion rights, banning the
procedure if a fetal heartbeat can be detected — something that can
happen as early as six weeks into a pregnancy.
2013 Mar 26, In eastern
Afghanistan 8 suicide bombers struck a police headquarters, killing
at least five officers in Jalalabad. Taliban spokesman Zabiullah
Mujahid claimed responsibility for the attack. A roadside bomb
killed two police officers and wounded another in the Nad Ali
district of southern Helmand province.
2013 Mar 26, Afghan and NATO
forces killed more than 20 insurgents in a 2-day joint operation in
2013 Mar 26, In Bahrain 13
pro-democracy activists were sentenced to 10 years in prison over
allegations that they attacked police officers.
(SFC, 3/27/13, p.A2)
2013 Mar 26, The British
government published its long-term Nuclear Industrial Strategy but
fell short of announcing a guaranteed power price which operators
want spelled out before investing billions in new power stations.
2013 Mar 26, In the CAR Michel
Djotodia, one of the leaders of the Seleka rebel coalition,
announced over radio that he has dissolved the country's
constitution as well as the parliament and the government. French
forces protecting Bangui's main airport opened fire on three cars
that were speeding toward a security checkpoint. Two Indian citizens
were killed, and wounded Indian and Chadian passengers were taken
for medical care. Pillaging continued in Bangui.
2013 Mar 26, China and Brazil
signed a deal to do up to $30 billion of trade in their local
currencies, as the five-nation BRICS forum of emerging market powers
worked to lessen dependence on the US dollar and euro.
2013 Mar 26, Prominent Egyptian
blogger Alaa Abdel-Fattah handed himself in to authorities, a day
after the country's prosecutor general ordered his arrest over his
alleged role in instigating violence during clashes between
supporters and opponents of the Islamist president. blogger,
Abdel-Fattah was freed following his demand that an investigative
judge take over his case.
2013 Mar 26, Egyptian
authorities extradited two Libyan officials from the regime of
deposed dictator Moammar Gadhafi back to their home country. Former
ambassador to Cairo Ali Maria (71) and ex-official Mohammed Ibrahim
Gadhafi (44) were handcuffed after resisting the transfer.
2013 Mar 26, Ghana and US
officials broke ground for the National Marine Police Training
Academy in the city of Anyinase. The US was investing over $1.2
million to construct the training center.
2013 Mar 26, In Iraq shootings
and blasts killed five people, including two local politicians in a
town north of Baghdad who died when a bomb attached to their car
2013 Mar 26, Italy's foreign
minister Giulio Terzi resigned to protest his government's decision
to send two marines back to India to face trial in the deaths of two
2013 Mar 26, Italy's highest
criminal court overturned the murder acquittal of Amanda Knox and
Raffaele Sollecito in the slaying of British roommate Meredith
Kercher and ordered a new trial.
2013 Mar 26, UN officials in
Liberia said they've temporarily halted the repatriation of tens of
thousands of refugees from Ivory Coast because of continued unrest
near the border between the two countries.
2013 Mar 26, In Libya 3 British
female activists of Pakistani origin were kidnapped and raped in the
eastern city of Benghazi. Pro-government militiamen were suspected.
The women were part of an overland aid convoy bound for Gaza.
2013 Mar 26, In Libya nearly 50
inmates fled a prison in an oasis city in the country's southern
desert. Authorities shot one dead during the escape.
2013 Mar 26, Earthquakes shook
a broad swath of southern Mexico, causing buildings to sway in the
capital and sending thousands fleeing into the streets. There were
no immediate reports of damages or injuries.
2013 Mar 26, In Rwanda a
grenade blast in Kigali killed one person and wounded eight.
2013 Mar 26, Saudi Arabia said
investigations have shown that members of a spy ring arrested last
week were working for Iranian intelligence.
2013 Mar 26, The Scottish
government approved an offshore wind farm near Aberdeen. American
tycoon Donald Trump vowed to bring a lawsuit to stop the $349
million development. He feared it would spoil the views at his
nearby luxury golf course.
(SFC, 3/27/13, p.A2)
2013 Mar 26, In South Sudan 143
rebels led by David Yau Yau died in a battle between soldiers and
rebels backed by Sudan. 20 soldiers were killed and 70 wounded.
2013 Mar 26, Syrian opposition
representatives took the country's seat for the first time at an
Arab League summit in Qatar. The Arab League in 2011 suspended the
Syrian government's membership in the organization in response to
the regime's crackdown on opponents.
2013 Mar 26, In Syria mortars
pounded at least two areas of Damascus, killing a girl and at least
2 other people. Anti-regime activists said government troops seized
control of Baba Amr, a neighborhood in the central city of Homs,
considered a symbol of opposition to Pres. Assad's regime. The
Observatory said that at least 13 charred bodies, including those of
four children and five women, were found on the outskirts of the
village of Abil, southwest of Homs city.
2014 Mar 26, In California
state Sen. Leland Yee was arrested in an FBI sting on charges that
he conspired to traffic in firearms and traded favors in Sacramento
for bribes. Yee represented half of San Francisco and most of San
Mateo County. Yee was one of 26 people ensnared in a 5-year federal
investigation that targeted Raymond “Shrimp Boy" Chow, a Chinatown
gangster who had claimed to have gone straight.
(SFC, 3/27/14, p.A1)
2014 Mar 26, Daly City dentist
Wilson Sy Lim was among 26 people arrested in a SF Bay Area FBI
sting. State Sen. Leland Yee had introduced Lim to an undercover FBI
agent as a connection for securing guns from the Philippines.
(SFC, 3/31/14, p.A8)
2014 Mar 26, A New York jury
found Osama bin Laden's son-in-law and former Al-Qaeda spokesman
Suleiman Abu Ghaith (48) guilty on three counts of conspiracy to
kill Americans and supporting terrorists.
(AFP, 3/26/14)(SFC, 3/27/14, p.A9)
2014 Mar 26, Charlotte, NC,
Mayor Patrick Cannon, in office for less than six months, resigned
hours after he was arrested and accused of taking over $48,000 in
bribes from undercover FBI agents.
(SFC, 3/28/14, p.A6)
2014 Mar 26, A British
financial watchdog said it has fined Spanish banking giant Santander
almost £12.4 million for mis-advising customers.
2014 Mar 26, In Brussels Pres.
Barack Obama and EU leaders presented a unified front against
Russia's annexation of Crimea, promoting trans-Atlantic trade as an
antidote to Russia's influence in the region and a way to help
Europe become less dependent on Moscow for energy.
2014 Mar 26, The head of
African peacekeepers in the Central African Republic said that
vigilante groups known as "anti-balaka" will be considered and
treated as "enemies" from now on.
2014 Mar 26, In southern China
a fire in a lingerie factory killed 11 people in Puning County,
2014 Mar 26, In Egypt one
person was killed near Cairo University when protesters supporting
ousted President Mohamed Mursi clashed with security forces.
2014 Mar 26, Guinea health
officials said the death toll from the rare Ebola virus has risen to
63. The outbreak is the first in West Africa in 20 years.
2014 Mar 26, Israeli navy ships
opened fire on two suspected Palestinian smuggling boats off the
Gaza coast. Both vessels sank after an explosion following the
2014 Mar 26, In their “Kuwait
Declaration" Arab leaders called for a political solution to the
conflict in Syria, overlooking Saudi-backed demands for greater
military support for rebel forces to tip the balance in the war. The
Arab League also announced their "total rejection of the call to
consider Israel a Jewish state," in the final statement.
2014 Mar 26, Myanmar’s Energy
Ministry said major oil companies including Total, Chevron, Woodside
Energy and Shell have won bids for offshore oil and gas exploration
blocks off its western and southern coasts.
2014 Mar 26, North Korea
test-fired two medium-range Rodong ballistic missiles. The Rodong
launch, the first since 2009, violated UN Security Council
resolutions and marked a big escalation from a series of
shorter-range rocket launches the North has staged in recent weeks
to protest ongoing annual military drills by the US and South Korea
that Pyongyang claims are invasion preparation.
2014 Mar 26, The Norwegian
Academy of Science and Letters said Russian mathematician Yakov G.
Sinai (78) has won this year's $1 million Abel Prize in mathematics.
2014 Mar 26, A Pakistani
government team traveled to a secret location in the northwest where
it held the first-ever direct talks with the Taliban.
2014 Mar 26, Russian forces
took over the Ukrainian minesweeper Cherkasy, the last military ship
controlled by Ukraine in Crimea.
2014 Mar 26, A Soyuz spacecraft
carrying two Russians and NASA’s Steve Swanson blasted off from
Kazakhstan. A software glitch delayed their docking with the
International Space Station until March 27.
(SFC, 3/27/14, p.A2)(AP, 3/28/14)
2014 Mar 26, Somali government
forces fighting alongside African Union troops said they had taken
back control of the key town of El-Bur, driving Al-Qaeda-linked
Shebab rebels from a major central bastion.
2014 Mar 26, Spanish police
arrested more than 50 students during a protest at a Madrid
university during the first day of a strike to protest a government
education reform and cutbacks in grants and staffing.
2014 Mar 26, A Turkish court
ordered the telecommunications authority to restore access to
Twitter, issuing an injunction five days after the government
blocked access to the social network.
2014 Mar 26, Ukraine’s Naftogaz
officials said the price of gas will rise for domestic consumers by
more than 50 per cent from May 1. Further rises will be implemented
under a fixed timetable until 2018. The step were in response to
demands by the International Monetary Fund.
2014 Mar 26, Pope Francis
permanently removed German bishop Franz-Peter Terbartz-van Elst from
his Limburg diocese after his 31 million-euro ($43-million) new
residence complex caused an uproar among the faithful. Francis had
temporarily expelled him in October pending a church inquiry.
2014 Mar 26, The World Trade
Organization ruled that China has violated international trade rules
with its restrictions on the export of 17 "rare earths" and two
other minerals that have key industrial and high-tech uses.
2015 Mar 26, Indiana Gov. Mike
Pence signed into law a religious objections bill that some
convention organizers and business leaders have opposed amid concern
it could allow discrimination against gay people.
2015 Mar 26, Airlines rushed to
change their rules so as to require a second crew member in the
cockpit at all times, hours after French prosecutors suggested
co-pilot Andreas Lubitz (27) had barricaded himself alone at the
controls of a German jetliner and crashed it on purpose.
2015 Mar 26, Albanian lawmakers
voted to lift the immunity of two of their colleagues accused of
false testimony claiming that the parliament speaker was behind an
alleged assassination plot to kill two deputies. Doshi was expelled
from the governing Socialists three weeks ago after claiming
Parliament speaker Ilir Meta, a former prime minister, had paid
600,000 euros ($656,000) to have him and an opposition Democratic
Party lawmaker killed. Doshi had claimed that Frroku had first told
him about the alleged plot.
2015 Mar 26, Argentina
announced a new 100-peso note honoring the Mothers of the Plaza de
Mayo. Today 100 pesos buys $11 at the official exchange rate.
(Econ., 4/11/15, p.68)
2015 Mar 26, Brazil’s federal
police said they had uncovered "criminal organizations" suspected of
causing a shortfall of at least 6 billion reais ($1.9 billion) in
unpaid taxes. More than 50 companies in the industrial, financial
and agricultural sectors were being investigated for allegedly
bribing officials at the Finance Ministry's tax appeals court to
reduce annual fines on unpaid taxes.
2015 Mar 26, Britain's
world-first Modern Slavery Act became law. It required companies
whose turnover exceeds 36 million pounds ($46 million) to produce an
annual statement outlining the actions they have taken to identify
and root out slavery from their operations.
2015 Mar 26, Britain buried
King Richard III with pomp 530 years after his violent death. His
remains had been found under a parking lot in 2012.
(SFC, 3/27/15, p.A2)
2015 Mar 26, Troops from Chad
and Niger pursued Boko Haram fighters across a northern Nigeria
border area, driving them out of a village they held there and
causing some to flee into Niger.
2015 Mar 26, Jaber, an Iranian
fishing vessel believed to have up to 19 crew, was captured by
Somali pirates, along with another Iranian fishing vessel, Siraj.
Jaber and its crew escaped on August 27.
2015 Mar 26, Iraqi forces
buoyed by the first US-led coalition air strikes on Tikrit made a
final push to flush diehard jihadists out of Saddam Hussein's
hometown. US-led warplanes carried out 17 air strikes against
Islamic State jihadists in Tikrit overnight in the first wave of
coalition bombing raids in support of an Iraqi government offensive
to recapture the town. The Iran-backed Shiite militias pulled out of
the offensive in Tikrit in protest over US airstrikes there.
(AFP, 3/26/15)(AP, 3/27/15)
2015 Mar 26, Italian police and
Europol said eight people have been arrested in a half-dozen
European countries for allegedly operating a diesel import scam that
avoided taxes by disguising the fuel as it transited across the
2015 Mar 26, In Mexico an
attempt to take gasoline from a crashed tanker truck led to deaths
and injuries when the vehicle exploded. The death toll rose to 17 as
more victims died of burn injuries at hospitals.
(AP, 3/28/15)(AP, 4/3/15)
2015 Mar 26, North Korea said
it had arrested two South Koreans based in the Chinese border city
of Dandong, accusing them of spying for South Korea.
2015 Mar 26, The Pakistani
Taliban killed 5 police officers in a rocket attack in country's
2015 Mar 26, The Philippines'
top diplomat said that China has been rushing construction projects,
including massive land reclamation, in the disputed South China Sea
in hopes of forestalling any legal moves against its vast
2015 Mar 26, Warplanes from a
Saudi-led Arab coalition bombed Huthi Shiite rebels in support of
Yemen's embattled president, as regional rival Iran warned the
intervention was a "dangerous" move. Egypt participated in the
Saudi-led campaign against Shi'ite Houthis militias in Yemen with
its naval and air forces. The US military rescued two Saudi pilots
who ejected from their jet off Yemen's coast.
(AFP, 3/26/15)(Reuters, 3/26/15)(AFP, 3/27/15)
2015 Mar 26, Sudan said it is
providing ground troops as well as warplanes for a Saudi-led
military intervention against Shiite rebels in Yemen.
2015 Mar 26, The UN Security
Council boosted the number of peacekeepers in Central African
Republic by more than 1,000 after the mission was overburdened by a
need to protect infrastructure and senior officials in the capital
2015 Mar 26, The UN Security
Council voted to cut 2,000 troops from the UN peacekeeping force in
the Democratic Republic of Congo despite calls from Kinshasa for a
2016 Mar 26, In Alabama a
medical helicopter crashed killing all 4 people onboard near the
town of Enterprise.
(SFC, 4/12/16, p.A4)
2016 Mar 26, Vermont senator
Bernie Sanders, a self-described democratic socialist, breathed
fresh life into his campaign for the White House with a clean sweep
in caucuses in the western US states of Alaska, Hawaii and
2016 Mar 26, The six astronauts
at the International Space Station got an early Easter treat today
with the arrival of a supply ship full of fresh food and experiments
via Orbital ATK's Cygnus capsule, named after the swan
constellation. The cargo carrier rocketed away from Cape Canaveral
on March 22.
2016 Mar 26, In Afghanistan
insurgents in Wardak province killed Mohammad Anwar, the top judge
on a Ghazni province appeals court.
2016 Mar 26, Bolivian President
Evo Morales said his country has decided to file suit against Chile
at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) over a water dispute.
Bolivia argues it owns the Silala spring waters originating in its
southwest department of Potosi and that it is not being compensated
for Chile's use of the water.
2016 Mar 26, The final print
edition of The Independent newspaper went on sale, ending its
30-year appearance on British newsstands.
2016 Mar 26, Cameroon
authorities said a teenager who surrendered before carrying out a
suicide bombing attack in the north has said she was one of the 276
girls abducted from a Nigerian boarding school by Islamic extremists
nearly two years ago.
2016 Mar 26, Greece said it has
begun emptying the main migrant camp on its Macedonia border, as the
huge tide of refugees flooding into the country slows to a trickle
following the EU-Turkey deal.
2016 Mar 26, The Indonesian the
tug Brahma 12 and the Anand 12 barge en route to Batangas province,
south of the Philippine capital, were reported hijacked with 10 crew
members. On May 1 Abu Sayyaf militants freed the 10 Indonesian
(AP, 3/29/16)(AP, 5/1/16)
2016 Mar 26, In Iraq a group of
suicide bombers from the Islamic State group killed three Iraqi
soldiers in an attack on the Al-Asad air base military base hosting
hundreds of coalition advisers in Anbar province.
2016 Mar 26, Mexican police in
Veracruz killed 3 alleged criminals in a shootout, and then found
three bodies the suspects had apparently been transporting.
2016 Mar 26, Sierra Leone
police and military arms experts began destroying nearly 5,000
"unserviceable weapons" in an operation set to last two weeks.
2016 Mar 26, Turkish Air Force
jets joined coalition forces in attacking Islamic State targets in
northern Iraq, hours after a Turkish soldier was killed at a
military base in the region from rockets fired by the extremist
2017 Mar 26, Joe Harris (89),
American commercial illustrator, died at his home in Stamford, Conn.
He created a cartoon rabbit to help sell the Trix cereal in 1959. He
later designed cartoon characters for the Rocky & Bullwinkle
(SFC, 4/6/17, p.D3)
2017 Mar 26, In Ohio one person
was killed and 16 others wounded early today in a shooting at the
packed Cameo nightclub in Cincinnati. One hospitalized man faced
murder charges. On March 30 police arrested Cornell Beckley (27) on
(AFP, 3/26/17)(SFC, 4/1/17, p.A7)
2017 Mar 26, In eastern
Bangladesh two suspected militants were killed in an ongoing
military raid on a building in Sylhet where armed militants were
2017 Mar 26, Belarus police
arrested about 30 demonstrators in Minsk who were demanding to know
the whereabouts of friends and relatives detained in the breakup of
a mass protest.
2017 Mar 26, Bulgarians voted
for the third time in four years in an early election. The strongly
pro-EU GERB was seen taking 96 of parliament's 240 seats, leaving it
short of a majority and certain to seek a deal with the third-placed
United Patriots, an alliance of three nationalist parties expected
to take 27 seats. GERN leader Boyko Borisov faced an uphill battle
to build a stable coalition government.
(AP, 3/26/17)(Reuters, 3/27/17)
2017 Mar 26, China's Premier Li
Keqiang arrived in New Zealand for high-level talks at a time that
both countries are pushing to expand free trade.
2017 Mar 26, An Egyptian court
sentenced 56 people to prison terms of up to 14 years over the
capsizing of a boat that killed over 200 people last September 21.
2017 Mar 26, In France Shaoyo
Liu (56), a Chinese man, was shot and killed in his home by a
plainclothes police officer. The killing prompted angry
demonstrations the next day from the Asian community in Paris'
multicultural northeast where the killing occurred. Liu’s daughter
said her father was cooking dinner when she heard a loud knocking
and that police broke down their door and shot him as he held
(AP, 3/28/17)(AP, 3/29/17)
2017 Mar 26, Carrie Lam, a
Beijing-backed civil servant, was chosen to be Hong Kong's next
leader, replacing Leung Chun-ying. She was chosen from among several
candidates by a 1,200-person "election committee" stacked with
pro-Beijing and pro-establishment loyalists.
(Reuters, 3/26/17)(Econ, 3/4/17, p.32)
2017 Mar 26, Indonesian farmer
Akbar (25) failed to return home from a trip to the family's
plantation on Sulawesi Island. His body was found the next day
inside the belly of a giant python.
2017 Mar 26, Iran sanctioned
what it described as 15 American companies, alleging they support
terrorism, repression and Israel's occupation of land Palestinians
want for a future state, likely in retaliation for sanctions earlier
announced by the US. The list included ITT Corp., missile-maker
Raytheon Co., United Technologies Corp. Denver's Re/Max Holdings
Inc., a real estate company and truck maker Oshkosh.
2017 Mar 26, Iran's central
bank said it will appeal Luxembourg's decision to freeze $1.6
billion of its assets, which the US is claiming as compensation for
victims of the September 11, 2001 attacks.
2017 Mar 26, Iraq's military
said that 61 bodies were recovered from a collapsed building that
Islamic State had booby-trapped in west Mosul, but there was no sign
the building had been hit by a coalition air strike. Witnesses and
local officials that said as many as 200 bodies were pulled from the
building after a March 17 coalition strike targeted IS militants and
equipment in the Jadida district.
2017 Mar 26, Kenyan troops in
Somalia killed 31 Islamist al Shabaab militants in a raid on two of
their bases in the southern Somali region of Jubbaland.
2017 Mar 26, Hamas shut the
crossing between the Gaza Strip and Israel after blaming the Jewish
state for the assassination of one of its officials in the
2017 Mar 26, Russian police
detained dozens of protesters across the country, including
opposition leader Alexei Navalny, after thousands took to the
streets to demonstrate against corruption and demand the resignation
of PM Dmitry Medvedev. Riot police arrested more than 1,000 people
in Moscow alone.
(Reuters, 3/26/17)(Econ, 4/1/17, p.43)
2017 Mar 26, In Syria the
Islamic State group ordered residents to evacuate the city of Raqqa
following reports that a dam contested by US-backed forces upstream
on the Euphrates River could collapse.
2017 Mar 26, In Syria a Kurdish
and Arab Syrian militia backed by the United States said it has
captured the town of Karama and the capture of the Tabqa air base,
28 miles west of Raqqa. They planned an assault on the Islamic State
stronghold of Raqqa in early April.
(Reuters, 3/26/17)(SFC, 3/27/17,
2017 Mar 26, Tens of thousands
of Yemenis protested in the capital Sanaa against the Saudi-led
military intervention as it marked its second anniversary.
2018 Mar 26, The US said it is
expelling 60 Russians, including 12 intelligence officers from
Russia's mission to UN headquarters in New York and closing the
Russian consulate in Seattle. Moscow said it will expel at least 60
staff from US diplomatic missions in Russia.
2018 Mar 26, The Federal Trade
Commission confirmed that it is investigating Facebook's privacy
practices following a week of privacy scandals including whether the
company engaged in "unfair acts" that cause "substantial injury" to
2018 Mar 26, In northern
California an SUV drove off an embankment on Highway 1 in Mendocino
killing five members of a Washington state family. Three children
remained missing in the tragedy.
(SFC, 3/29/18, p.D6)
2018 Mar 26, Pennsylvania
environmental regulators issued another notice of violation to
Energy Transfer Partners LP's Sunoco Mariner East 2 natural gas
liquids pipeline for releasing drilling fluids into a wetland.
2018 Mar 26, In Angola the
prosecutor general's office said the son of ex-president, Jose
Filomeno dos Santos, has been charged with fraud relating to a $500
million transaction out of an account belonging to the central bank.
Prosecutors also charged the head of the Angolan armed forces,
Geraldo Sachipengo Nunda, with involvement in a scheme to negotiate
a fraudulent international credit line of $50 billion.
2018 Mar 26, British PM Theresa
May said 18 countries have announced they are expelling more than
100 Russian intelligence officers in response to the nerve-agent
poisoning of a former spy.
2018 Mar 26, In Burundi Aloys
Baricako, president of the opposition ground RANAC (National
Gathering for Change) was apprehended this evening in the central
town of Gitega where he had traveled to attend a funeral.
2018 Mar 26, Canada said it is
expelling four Russians alleged to have worked as spies or
interfered in Canadian affairs under diplomatic cover and denied
three applications for Russian diplomatic staff.
2018 Mar 26, In Canada
Alexandre Bissonnette (26) pleaded guilty in the slaying of six men
at a Quebec city mosque on January 29, 2017.
(SFC, 3/29/18, p.A4)
2018 Mar 26, AsiaNews reported
that Chinese Bishop Vincent Guo Xijin and his chancellor were taken
away, at the start of Holy Week. AsiaNews noted that Guo had
disappeared for several weeks last year around Easter as well.
2018 Mar 26, Democratic
Republic of Congo said it would refuse international financing for a
long-delayed presidential election and fund the poll itself, saying
donors' conditions amounted to "foreign interference".
2018 Mar 26, In Ecuador three
journalists working for El Comercio were kidnapped and transported
to Colombia by a holdout faction of the FARC. On April 13 Pres.
Lenin Moreno confirmed that the three journalists had been killed.
On June 21 their bodies were found in a restless border region of
(SFC, 3/28/18, p.A2)(SFC, 4/14/18, p.A2)(AP,
2018 Mar 26, Egyptians began
voting in an election that President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi is
virtually guaranteed to win.
2018 Mar 26, Several EU
countries and Ukraine said they are expelling Russian diplomats in
response to the poisoning of a former Russian double agent with
military-grade nerve agent in the English town of Salisbury.
2018 Mar 26, Clashes in India
between supporters of PM Narendra Modi's party and those of an
opposition party snowballed into Hindu-Muslim rioting, with three
people killed and dozens injured over two days of violence.
2018 Mar 26, In India reporter
Sandeep Sharma was killed in Madhya Pradesh state's Bhind district.
He had been investigating illegal sand mining in the region for a
2018 Mar 26, An Indonesian
court sentenced Putu Astawa, a Balinese man, to 15 years in prison
for robbing and murdering an elderly Japanese couple last year on
2018 Mar 26, The Iranian rial
fell to a record low, breaking through the 50,000-to-the-dollar mark
for the first time, as analysts blamed uncertainty from Washington.
2018 Mar 26, In Kenya
opposition figure Miguna Miguna was detained when he returned on a
flight from Canada, a month after being deported in a dispute over
his dual citizenship. Plainclothes officers tried to hustle him onto
an outbound plane, but that failed when he protested. A High Court
order the next day called for the his immediate release and a court
(Reuters, 3/27/18)(AP, 3/28/18)
2018 Mar 26, Kosovo sent
special police units to its volatile northern region to enforce a
decision to stop two senior Serbian officials coming in, as
relations between the two countries worsen. Senior Serb official
Marko Djuric was briefly detained as officers fired tear gas and
stun grenades at Serb protesters.
(Reuters, 3/26/18)(SFC, 3/27/18, p.A2)
2018 Mar 26, A special train
from North Korea to Beijing and unusually heavy security at a
guesthouse where prominent North Koreans have stayed seemed to point
to the possibility that Kim Jong Un was making his first visit to
China as the North's leader.
2018 Mar 26, Pakistani police
arrested 12 people, including members of a village council, elders
and relatives, for ordering a man to rape a girl in revenge for the
rape of his sister.
2018 Mar 26, It was reported
that Sergei Mavrodi (62), an operator of Ponzi schemes and sometime
politician, has died in a Moscow hospital. He was a TV personality
and was elected a member of parliament in 1994, which gave him
immunity from prosecution. He later served a four-year prison term
for fraud, but was only ordered to pay back a fraction of the sums
invested in his schemes.
2018 Mar 26, Sierra Leone's
High Court canceled an injunction to delay the second round of
presidential elections, saying the vote could go ahead as planned.
2018 Mar 26, A Slovak
prosecutor said the murder of investigative journalist Jan Kuciak
and his fiancee last month, which sparked mass protests and forced
PM Robert Fico to resign, was likely to have been a contract
2018 Mar 26, South Korea said
it has agreed to further open its auto market to the United States
as the two countries prepare to amend their six-year-old trade
agreement following complaints by President Donald Trump.
2018 Mar 26, Spanish
authorities said police have captured a cybercrime gang made up of
Ukrainians and Russians that allegedly stole more than $1.24 billion
from financial institutions worldwide in a 5-year spree. Almost all
of Russia's banks were said to have been targeted and about 50 of
them had lost money.
(SFC, 3/27/18, p.A2)
2018 Mar 26, In Syria more than
2,500 rebels and civilians prepared to leave Eastern Ghouta after
the largest exodus yet from the opposition enclave, as talks stalled
over the final pocket of resistance.
2018 Mar 26, Syria and its ally
Russia threatened to resume bombing the final opposition holdout of
Douma in Eastern Ghouta unless rebels there agree to evacuate.
2018 Mar 26, In Ukraine a
Washington-backed body set up to vet judges as part of the battle
against corruption quit its role, saying the process to screen a
judge fit for office was a sham.
2018 Mar 26, The United Arab
Emirates said that one of four nuclear reactors at its debut plant
has been completed as it moves closer to becoming the first Arab
nation to produce atomic power. Visiting South Korean President Moon
Jae-in and Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed toured the
$20-billion Barakah plant constructed by a consortium led by the
Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO).
2018 Mar 26, The Houthi
movement that controls northern Yemen vowed to fire more missiles
into Saudi Arabia unless it stops bombing the country, after
missiles crashed into Riyadh overnight causing casualties in the
Saudi capital for the first time. Debris fell on a home in the
capital, killing an Egyptian resident and wounding two other
Egyptians. Riyadh said it had intercepted seven missiles fired from
(Reuters, 3/26/18)(AFP, 3/26/18)
2019 Mar 26, US Sec. of State
Mike Pompeo expanded the Trump administration's ban on US aid to
groups that promote or provide abortions to include organizations
that that comply with the rules but give money to others that don't.
(SFC, 3/27/19, p.A4)
2019 Mar 26, The US Treasury
took fresh aim at the international network funneling dollars and
euros to Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), naming 25
individuals and entities for financial sanctions.
2019 Mar 26, The US Supreme
Court threw out a nearly $315 million judgment against Sudan
stemming from the USS Cole bombing in 2000, saying Sudan hadn't
properly been notified of the lawsuit.
2019 Mar 26, In the US a
nationwide ban on bump stocks took effect. The attachment allowed
semiautomatic weapons to fire rapidly like machine guns.
(SFC, 3/30/19, p.A6)
2019 Mar 26, Prosecutors in
Illinois' Cook County, who handle crimes in Chicago, dropped charges
against actor Jussie Smollett who was accused of staging a hoax hate
crime attack against himself. Details of the case were sealed.
2019 Mar 26, An attorney said
the Pennsylvania Roman Catholic Diocese of Erie has agreed to pay $2
million to a man who was sexually abused as a child by a priest who
made him say confession after the assaults. Defrocked priest David
Poulson was sentenced this year to 2½ to 14 years in prison after
pleading guilty to the sexual assault of one boy and attempted
sexual assault of another.
2019 Mar 26, Facebook said it
has shut down more than 2,600 fake accounts linked to Iran, Russia,
Macedonia and Kosovo and aiming to influence political sentiment in
various parts of the world.
2019 Mar 26, SF-based
ride-hailing service Uber announced that it has acquired Dubai-based
competitor Careem for $3.1 billion.
(SFC, 3/27/19, p.D1)
2019 Mar 26, Algeria's powerful
army chief Ahmed Gaid Salah said he wants to trigger the
constitutional process that would declare President Abdelaziz
Bouteflika unfit for office, after more than a month of mass
protests against the ailing leader's long rule.
2019 Mar 26, The Canola Council
of Canada confirmed that China formally posted a web notice
suspending the license of Viterra for canola seed. Exporters
reported last week that Chinese importers are unwilling to purchase
the seeds at this time. This was seen as retaliation for Canada's
arrest of a top executive of Chinese tech giant Huawei.
2019 Mar 26, China's former
internet censor Lu Wei, who once held high-profile meetings with
industry leaders such as Apple CEO Tim Cook and Facebook founder
Mark Zuckerberg, was sentenced to 14 years in prison on corruption
2019 Mar 26, A court in the
Czech Republic convicted Radim Zondra of knifing two-time Wimbledon
champion Petra Kvitova in her home in December, 2016, and sentenced
him to eight years in prison.
2019 Mar 26, The European
Commission ignored US calls to ban Chinese tech supplier Huawei as
it announced a series of new cybersecurity recommendations for
next-generation mobile networks.
2019 Mar 26, The European
Parliament adopted copyright reforms championed by news publishers
and the media business, in defiance of the tech giants that lobbied
2019 Mar 26, A German court
upheld the murder convictions of two men whose midnight drag race in
downtown Berlin in 2016 ended with a crash that killed another
2019 Mar 26, Germany's
meteorological agency DWD says 2018 was the warmest in the country
since records began in 1881.
2019 Mar 26, A court in Georgia
ruled that Jack Shepherd (31), a fugitive British man wanted for the
manslaughter of a woman killed during a London date on a speedboat
in 2015, is to be extradited. The web designer had showed up at a
police station in Tbilisi, Georgia, in January and turned himself
2019 Mar 26, Israel kept up air
strikes on Gaza and Palestinian militants launched new rockets
despite the ceasefire claim. The UN envoy for the Middle East warned
of catastrophic consequences from escalating violence in Gaza as
Israel and the Palestinian group Hamas continued to exchange fire
despite a ceasefire deal.
2019 Mar 26, The academy of
Italy's premier opera house, Teatro alla Scala, agreed to start a
conservatory for both girls and boys in Saudi Arabia.
2019 Mar 26, In Mexico the head
prosecutor of Veracruz state said search teams exhumed 12 sets of
remains and have located three more bodies but not yet extracted
2019 Mar 26, In Morocco Larbi
Rich (54), the driver of a passenger train that derailed and killed
seven people last year, was convicted of manslaughter but ordered
released on time already served.
2019 Mar 26, Myanmar's Supreme
Court agreed to rule on an appeal filed by lawyers for Reuters
journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo sentenced to seven years in
prison for their reporting on Myanmar's brutal crackdown on Rohingya
2019 Mar 26, A Pakistani court
placed two teenage sisters from the minority Hindu community in a
government shelter as authorities launched an investigation into
whether the girls were abducted and forced to convert and marry two
2019 Mar 26, In South Africa
several southern African leaders threw their support behind Western
Sahara, with one calling the disputed territory the "last colony" on
the African continent.
2019 Mar 26, Spanish weather
authorities said 32 million people in the southern European country,
or around two-thirds of Spain's population, are having to deal with
higher temperatures, longer summers and more frequent tropical
nights as a result of climate change.
2019 Mar 26, In northern Syria
the Islamic State group claimed responsibility for an attack early
today on a checkpoint of US-backed forces in Manbij that killed
2019 Mar 26, Demonstrations
spread across Syria denouncing Washington's recognition of Israeli
sovereignty over the Golan Heights, in a show of unity in the
2019 Mar 26, Turkish and
Russian forces carried out the first "independent and coordinated"
patrols in the mainly Kurdish-controlled northern Syrian region of
2019 Mar 26, In Tunisia UN
official Moncef Kartas, charged with investigating alleged
violations of a UN arms embargo on Libya, was detained in Tunis on
suspicion of spying. On March 29 Tunisian authorities confirmed that
they had detained two Tunisians, including Kartas, on suspicion of
"spying for foreign parties".
(AFP, 3/29/19)(AFP, 4/13/19)
2019 Mar 26, The all-female
staff of the Vatican newspaper's monthly magazine on women's issues
resigned abruptly en masse, saying the new editor was trying limit
their autonomy and put them "under direct male control".
2019 Mar 26, Venezuela canceled
work and school as the second major blackout this month left streets
mostly empty in Caracas and residents of the capital wondering how
long power would be out amid a deepening economic and political
2019 Mar 26, Yemenis held a
mass rally in Sanaa to show support for the Houthi movement on the
fourth anniversary of a war that has killed thousands of people and
pushed the country to the brink of starvation. An airstrike killed
seven people near the Kitaf rural hospital.
(Reuters, 3/26/19)(SFC, 3/28/19, p.A4)
2020 Mar 26, President Trump
said he planned to label different areas as “high risk, medium risk
or low risk," as part of guidelines to help states determine
quarantine and distancing measures. He also reiterated his desire to
start opening up parts of the country soon.
(NY Times, 3/27/20)
2020 Mar 26, The US State
Department announced rewards for information leading to the arrest
or conviction of various Venezuelan nationals, including President
Nicolas Maduro who Washington aims to push out of power.
2020 Mar 26, The US military
said it has decided it will stop providing some of the more granular
data about coronavirus infections within its ranks, citing concern
that the information might be used by adversaries as the virus
2020 Mar 26, The US Labor Dept.
reported that a record 3.8 million American filed for first-time
unemployment last week.
(SFC, 3/27/20, p.A1)
2020 Mar 26, The newly
established US Space Force launched its first national security
satellite from Cape Canaveral. The nearly $1 billion satellite is
the sixth and final one in the US military's Advanced Extrememly
High Frequency series.
(SFC, 3/27/20, p.A3)
2020 Mar 26, The US
Environmental Protection Agency relaxed pollution rules, allowing
power plants, factories and other facilities to monitor themselves
for an undetermined period.
(NY Times, 3/27/20)
2020 Mar 26, In the United
States deaths due to the coronavirus passed 1,050. The number of US
coronavirus infections climbed above 82,000, surpassing the national
tallies of China and Italy. The global death toll from the virus
climbed past 21,000 and the number of infections has surpassed
(AP, 3/26/20)(The Telegraph, 3/27/20)
2020 Mar 26, In the SF Bay Area
confirrmed cases of coronavirus topped 1,400 with at least 32
(SFC, 3/27/20, p.A1)
2020 Mar 26, Lee Guittar
(b.1931), former editor-publisher of the San Francisco Examiner,
died at his home in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He was involved in the
1990 launch of We/Mbl, a short-lived partnership between Hearst and
Izvestia to publish a daily newspaper in both English and Russian to
be circulated in both countries.
(SFC, 3/30/20, p.B2)
2020 Mar 26, As of today anyone
arriving in Hawaii was required to undergo a mandatory 14-day
self-quarantine to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
(SFC, 3/30/20, p.A4)
2020 Mar 26, Louisiana reported
the number of coronavirus cases in the state leapt 28% overnight.
Louisiana has surpassed 2,300 people known to be infected, with 86
2020 Mar 26, NY state Gov.
Andrew Cuomo said his state has become the nation's epicenter of the
coronavirus pandemic. Cuomo says Congress' $2 trillion stimulus bill
has "failed to meet the governmental need." New York has seen 385
deaths from COVID-19 and that number is expected to continue to
2020 Mar 26, Scientists
announced the discovery of Dineobellator notohesperus, a two-legged
meat-eater that was relatively small - around 7 feet (2 meters) long
and 3 feet (1 meter) tall at the hip, weighing 40-50 pounds (18-22
kg). Fossils of the feathered dinosaur were found in northwestern
New Mexico. The name means "Navajo warrior" to honor the Native
American people native to the area.
2020 Mar 26, The International
Monetary Fund asked G20 leaders to back a doubling of its emergency
financing capacity to strengthen its response to the rapidly
spreading coronavirus pandemic that is set to cause a global
recession in 2020. G20 leaders in a video conference said they were
committed to presenting a united front against the coronavirus
pandemic, calling it their "absolute priority" to tackle its health,
social and economic impacts.
2020 Mar 26, The Inter-American
Development Bank (IDB) said it has increased resources available to
countries in Latin America and the Caribbean to fight the
coronavirus pandemic to $12 billion, up from the $2 billion it had
promised a few weeks ago.
2020 Mar 26, A lockdown of
Austrian ski resorts that have become hotspots for the spread of the
coronavirus in Europe was extended until April 13, Easter Monday.
Austria has reported nearly 6,400 cases in its nine provinces, a
quarter of them in Tyrol.
2020 Mar 26, Bangladesh
deployed soldiers to enforce the start of a nationwide 10-day
shutdown to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
(SFC, 3/27/20, p.A4)
2020 Mar 26, Brazilian
President Jair Bolsonaro (65) told reporters in the capital,
Brasilia, that he feels Brazilians’ natural immunity will protect
the nation from the coronavirus pandemic. The nation’s tally of
confirmed COVID-19 cases surpassed 3,400 and deaths top 90. 25 of
Brazil’s 27 governors signed a joint letter this week begging
Bolsonaro to back strict anti-virus measures.
2020 Mar 26, The number of
people in the UK who have died from coronavirus increased by 31% to
2020 Mar 26, It was reported
that Mologic, a British company behind a 10-minute coronavirus
antibody test, has begun sending prototypes to laboratories for
validation, which could be a game-changer in the fight against the
pandemic. The test would cost about a $1.
2020 Mar 26, The Southern
Cameroons Defence Forces (Socadef) said its ceasefire would come
into effect from March 29 as "a gesture of goodwill." Cameroon's
health ministry has so far has confirmed 75 cases of the coronavirus
- and recorded its first death earlier this week.
2020 Mar 26, China said it will
temporarily suspend the entry of foreigners with valid Chinese visas
and residence permits starting on March 28, as an interim measure in
response to the coronavirus epidemic. Exemptions will be made to
those travelling in a diplomatic or official capacity, as well as
holders of "C" visas, which are issued to foreigners involved in
provision of international transportation services.
2020 Mar 26, Cliver Alcalá, a
retired Venezuelan army general indicted alongside Nicolás Maduro,
surrendered in Colombia and was flown with US Drug Enforcement
Administration agents to New York for arraignment.
2020 Mar 26, Denmark has
recorded 1,851 people infected with coronavirus and 34 deaths. The
country has restricted public assembly to 10 or fewer people and
ordered the closure of schools, universities, day care centers,
restaurants, cafes, libraries, gyms and hair salons.
2020 Mar 26, Egypt's health
ministry said there have been 495 cases of the new coronavirus in
the country, including 24 fatalities. Egypt has expelled Ruth
Michaelson, a correspondent for The Guardian, over a report citing a
study that challenged the official count of coronavirus cases.
2020 Mar 26, European Union
diplomats said the EU will launch a new Mediterranean naval and air
mission in April to stop more arms reach warring factions in Libya,
with Greece agreeing to take in any migrants rescued at sea. The new
mission, named Irini, will replace the EU's current military
mission, known as Operation Sophia.
2020 Mar 26, French health
authorities reported 299 new deaths from coronavirus, taking the
total to 1,995. A TGV bullet train transferred 20 patients on
life-support systems to from Strasbourg to eastern France.
(Reuters, 3/28/20)(Economist, 4/4/20, p.39)
2020 Mar 26, A German court
convicted Tunisian man Sief Allah H. (31) of planning to carry out a
ricin attack in the name of the Islamic State.
(SFC, 3/27/20, p.A2)
2020 Mar 26, Germany has
reported coronavirus infections in more than 39,000 people, but just
222 deaths. The country now has the ability to test 500,000 people a
week, perhaps the greatest capacity in the world.
2020 Mar 26, In Hong Kong
opposition politician Cheng Lai-King (61) was arrested a day after
she forwarded a Facebook post that identified a policeman who was
believed to have fired the rubber bullet that last year blinded
Indonesian journalist Veby Mega in one eye. Lai-King was released
after being charged with sedition.
(SFC, 3/27/20, p.A2)
2020 Mar 26, In India the Jimme
Foundation, an LGBT+ rights group, launched a fundraising appeal for
Mumbai sex workers whose income has been hit by coronavirus, saying
it wanted to help other Indians who faced prejudice.
2020 Mar 26, Iran implicitly
denied that Bob Levinson, a missing former FBI agent, had died in
its custody as his family claims, restating its longstanding
position that he left the Islamic republic "years ago." Levinson has
been missing since 2007 and would have turned 72 this month.
2020 Mar 26, Iran's death toll
due to the coronavirus jumped by 157 to 2,234, prompting new steps
to limit public gatherings and domestic travel. President Hassan
Rouhani said there would be more travel and gathering restrictions
for the next two weeks to “break the chain" of the virus.
2020 Mar 26, Iraq extended
government-imposed restrictions on movement for two more weeks to
stem the spread of the new coronavirus. The Health Ministry reported
a jump of coronavirus-related deaths by seven in 24 hours.
Authorities have confirmed that at least 29 Iraqis have died from
COVID-19 and nearly 350 others have contracted the disease.
(AP, 3/26/20)(AFP, 3/26/20)
2020 Mar 26, In northern Iraq
the US-led coalition started pulling out from the Qayara airfield,
in line with a planned drawdown of troops, hours after two rockets
hit inside Baghdad's heavily fortified Green Zone.
2020 Mar 26,
In Israel Benny Gantz was chosen as the new
speqker of parliament. Local media reported that Gantz and PM
Benjamin Netanyahu had agreed on a broad coalition in which
Netanyahu would remain as prime minister with Gantz as foreign
minister. The two would swap posts in September 2021.
(SFC, 3/27/20, p.A2)
2020 Mar 26, Italy's death toll
due to coronavirus was about 7,500. The number of cases in the in
the northern region of Lombardy, increased by some 2,500. Italy has
reported 8,215 deaths from the illness, more than anywhere else in
the world, while confirmed cases total 80,539.
(AP, 3/26/20)(Reuters, 3/26/20)(Bloomberg,
2020 Mar 26, Lebanon extended
government-imposed restrictions on movement for two more weeks to
stem the spread of the new coronavirus. Lebanon has recorded six
deaths of the virus while 35 new infected cases were recorded,
raising the total to 386 cases.
2020 Mar 26, In Morocco
hundreds of mostly British tourists who were traveling in motorhomes
have found themselves stranded in a parking lot near a Tangier
highway that authorities have turned into a makeshift quarantine
center. Morocco has identified 225 cases of COVID-19.
2020 Mar 26, In New Zealand
Brenton Harrison Tarrant (29), man who committed the worst atrocity
in New Zealand's modern history when he slaughtered 51 worshippers
at two Christchurch mosques on March 15, 2019, unexpectedly pleaded
guilty to all charges.
2020 Mar 26, Norway extradited
Muslim cleric Mullah Krekar to Italy, where he was sentenced last
July to 12 years in prison for planning terror. He had been found
guilty of attempting to overthrow the Kurdish government in northern
Iraq and create an Islamic caliphate.
(SFC, 3/27/20, p.A2)
2020 Mar 26, In Pakistan gunmen
opened fire on security forces patrolling a remote border region
near Iran, killing two soldiers. The troops were patrolling the
region where smugglers have a strong presence.
2020 Mar 26, Pakistan's cases
of coronavirus rose to 1,098, up from 250 a week earlier. Eight
deaths have been reported.
(SFC, 3/27/20, p.A4)
2020 Mar 26, The Russian
government ordered the grounding of all international flights as
part of new measures against the coronavirus pandemic, with the
exception of flights evacuating Russian citizens from abroad.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitri S. Peskov told reporters: “There is de
facto no epidemic" in Russia.
(Good Morning America, 3/26/20)(NY Times,
2020 Mar 26, It was reported
that Rwanda police have shot and killed two young men for defying
lockdown orders to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus.
2020 Mar 26, Saudi authorities
announced a total lockdown on the capital, Riyadh, and Islam's two
holiest cities, Mecca and Medina, in addition to a nationwide
2020 Mar 26, South African
President Ramaphosa called on richer countries to support the
continent's economies via stimulus packages to mitigate the
devastation caused by the coronavirus, as his own country registered
a jump to more than 900 cases.
2020 Mar 26, Spain's Health
Ministry reported nearly 8,600 new infections and 655 deaths,
bringing the total cases to over 56,000 and more than 4,000
2020 Mar 26, Sweden has
reported around 2,806 confirmed coronavirus cases and 66 deaths
while Denmark recorded 1,851 infected and 34 deaths. The country has
remained largely open for business. Sweden's health agency has
conceded more measures are likely as the virus continues to spread.
2020 Mar 26, Swiss-based
Nestle, the world's biggest food company, said it would pay full
salaries for at least three months to employees affected by work
stoppages to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
2020 Mar 26, Nestle-owned N
espresso, the maker of coffee brewing pods and machines, said it has
found child labor at three farms where it buys coffee in Guatemala.
The company said it has implemented a prevention plan to ward off
potential further abuse.
2020 Mar 26, Thailand has
reported a total of 1,045 cases of coronavirus and four deaths since
the outbreak started in January. Honda's Thai business said it would
suspend operations at two factories after Thailand declared a state
of emergency to curb the spread of coronavirus.
2020 Mar 26, Authorities in the
United Arab Emirates (UAE) announced an overnight weekend lockdown
and used drones to tell residents to stay home.
2020 Mar 26, All sides in
Yemen's long conflict offered support for the United Nations' call
for a ceasefire to protect civilians from the coronavirus pandemic.
2020 Mar 26, Venezuelan
President Nicolás Maduro stood defiant in the face of a $15 million
bounty by the US to face drug trafficking charges, calling Donald
Trump a “racist cowboy" and warning that he is ready to fight by
whatever means necessary should the US and neighboring Colombia dare
2233 Mar 26, James T. Kirk,
science fiction captain of USS Enterprise (Star Trek), was born.