Today in History - March 26

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752        Mar 26, Pope Stephen II died 4 days after his election.
    (SS, 3/26/02)(PTA, 1980, p.184)

1027        Mar 26, John XIX crowned Conrad II the Salier Roman German emperor.
    (SS, 3/26/02)

1150        Mar 26, Tichborne family of Hampshire, England, started tradition of giving a gallon of flour to each resident to keep deathbed promise.
    (SS, 3/26/02)

1258        Mar 26, Floris the Guardian, count-regent of Holland, died.
    (SS, 3/26/02)

1479        Mar 26, Vasili III, great prince of Moscow (1505-33), son of Ivan III, was born.
    (SS, 3/26/02)

1516        Mar 26, Konrad von Gesner, naturalist (Bibliotheca Universalis), was born in Zurich, Switzerland.
    (SS, 3/26/02)

1517        Mar 26, The famous Flemish composer Heinrich Issac, died. His music fused Flemish, Italian and Germanic styles.
    (HN, 3/26/99)

1526        Mar 26, King François I returned Spanish captivity to France.
    (SS, 3/26/02)

1534        Mar 26, Lübeck accepted free Dutch ships into East Sea.
    (SS, 3/26/02)

1636        Mar 26, University of Utrecht held its opening ceremony.
    (SS, 3/26/02)

1649        Mar 26, John Winthrop, Puritan and 1st Gov. of Massachusetts, died. [see Apr 5]
    (SS, 3/26/02)

1659        Mar 26, William Wollaston, English philosopher, was born.
    (SS, 3/26/02)

1668        Mar 26, England took control of Bombay, India.
    (SS, 3/26/02)

1692        Mar 26, King Maximilian was installed as land guardian of South Netherlands.
    (SS, 3/26/02)

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, 3/26/02)

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.
    (SS, 3/26/02)

1790        Mar 26, US Congress passed a Naturalization Act. It required a 2-year residency.
    (SS, 3/26/02)

1793        Mar 26, Pro-royalist uprising took place in Vendée region of France.
    (SS, 3/26/02)

1797        Mar 26, James Hutton, geologist, died.
    (SS, 3/26/02)

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.
    (HN, 3/26/99)

1804        Mar 26, Congress ordered the removal of Indians east of the Mississippi to Louisiana.
    (HN, 3/25/98)
1804        Mar 26, The Louisiana Purchase was divided into the Territory of Orleans and the District of Louisiana.
    (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.
    (HN, 3/25/98)

1821        Mar 26, Franz Grillparzer's "Das Goldene Vliess" premiered in Vienna.
    (SS, 3/26/02)

1824        Mar 26, 1st performance of Beethoven's "Missa Solemnis."
    (SS, 3/26/02)

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, p.78)

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.
    (HN, 3/26/99)

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.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goliad_Campaign)

1845        Mar 26, Joseph Francis, New York NY, patented a corrugated sheet-iron lifeboat.
    (SS, 3/26/02)
1845        Mar 26, Patent was awarded for adhesive medicated plaster, precursor of band aid.
    (SS, 3/26/02)

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, 3/26/01)
1859        Mar 26, 1st sighting of Vulcan, a planet thought to orbit inside Mercury.
    (SS, 3/26/02)

1862        Mar 26, Battle of La Glorieta Pass, New Mexico Territory (Apache Canyon, Pigeon's Ranch).
    (SS, 3/26/02)

1863        Mar 26, Henry Royce, founder (Rolls-Royce Limited in 1884), was born. [see Mar 27]
    (SS, 3/26/02)
1863        Mar 26, Voters in West Virginia approved the gradual emancipation of slaves.
    (SS, 3/26/02)

1864        Mar 26, British metalworkers in Scunthorpe charged their first blast furnace. Iron ore mining in the area had begun in July 1860.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scunthorpe)

1868        Mar 26, Fuad I, king of Egypt (1922-36), was born.
    (SS, 3/26/02)

1871        Mar 26, Serafín Alvarez Quintéro, Spanish dramatist, playwright (El Flechazo), was born.
    (SS, 3/26/02)
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.
    (V.D.-H.K.p.260)(SS, 3/26/02)

1872        Mar 26, Thomas J. Martin patented a fire extinguisher.
    (SS, 3/26/02)
1872        Mar 26, A 7.8 earthquake shook the Owens Valley, California.
    (SS, 3/26/02)

1874        Mar 26, Robert Frost, poet (d.1963), was born in San Francisco. Robert Lee Frost, American poet. In a biography of Frost by Jeffrey Myers: “Robert Frost: A Biography," the author claims that Frost moved his birthday up a year 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." [see Mar 26, 1875]
    (WUD, 1994, p.571)(HN, 3/25/98)(AP, 3/26/97)(AP, 11/9/98)

1875        Mar 26, Poet Robert Frost was born in San Francisco. [see Mar 26, 1874]
    (AP, 3/26/97)
1875        Mar 26, Syngman Rhee, President of South Korea (1948-60), was born. [see Apr 26]
    (SS, 3/26/02)

1878        Mar 26, Hastings College of Law was founded in SF. It was named after Serranus Clinton Hastings, the 1st chief justice of the California Supreme Court.
    (SS, 3/26/02)(SFCM, 10/26/03, p.8)
1878        Mar 26, Sabi Game Reserve, the world's 1st official designated game reserve, opened.
    (SS, 3/26/02)

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.
    (SS, 3/26/02)

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.
    (SS, 3/26/02)

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.
    (SS, 3/26/02)

1904        Mar 26, Joseph Campbell, folklorist and writer, was born.
    (HN, 3/26/01)

1905        Mar 26, Viktor Emil Frankl, psychiatrist (Man's Search for Meaning), was born.
    (SS, 3/26/02)

1909        Mar 26, August Strindberg's "Bjalb-jarle-ti" premiered in Stockholm.
    (SS, 3/26/02)
1909        Mar 26, Russian troops invaded Persia to support Muhammad Ali as the Shah in place of the constitutional government.
    (HN, 3/25/98)

1910        Mar 26, US forbade immigration to criminals, anarchists, paupers and the sick.
    (SS, 3/26/02)
1910        Mar 26, William H. Lewis was appointed Assistant Attorney General of US.
    (SS, 3/26/02)

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."
    (HN, 3/26/01)(AP, 3/26/02)(http://tinyurl.com/s8zm5)

1913        Mar 26, Dayton, Ohio, was almost destroyed when Scioto, Miami, and Muskingum River reached flood stage simultaneously.
    (SS, 3/26/02)
1913        Mar 26, The Balkan allies took Adrianople. Bulgaria captured Adrianople, ending the 1st Balkan War.
    (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.
    (AP, 3/27/97)

1918        Mar 26, On the Western Front during World War I the Germans took the French towns Noyon, Roye and Lihons.
    (HN, 3/25/98)
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 in France.
    (WSJ, 4/12/08, p.A1)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raynal_Bolling)

1923        Mar 26, Bob Elliot, radio comedian, one half of Bob and Ray, was born.
    (HN, 3/26/01)
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 Bernhardt."
    (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.
    (SS, 3/26/02)

1925        Mar 26, Pierre Boulez, composer, conductor (Visage Nuptial), was born in Montbrison, France.
    (SS, 3/26/02)

1926        Mar 26, ACD de Graeff was appointed Governor-General of Dutch East-Indies.
    (SS, 3/26/02)
1926        Mar 26, The 1st lip-reading tournament was held in America.
    (SS, 3/26/02)
1926        Mar 26, U.S. oil companies bought 190,000 tons of kerosene from Russia for $3.2 million.
    (HN, 3/25/98)

1927        Mar 26, Alfred Hugenberg purchased German film company UFA.
    (SS, 3/26/02)
1927        Mar 26, Gaumont-British Film Corporation formed.
    (SS, 3/26/02)

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.
    (SS, 3/26/02)

1931        Mar 26, Leonard Nimoy, actor (Spock-Star Trek, Mission Impossible), was born in Boston, MA.
    (SS, 3/26/02)
1931        Mar 26, Iraq and Trans-Jordan (Transjordan) signed a peace treaty.
    (SS, 3/26/02)
1931        Mar 26, New Delhi replaced Calcutta as capitol of British-India. [see Feb 10]
    (SS, 3/26/02)

1933        Mar 26, Vine Deloria, Jr., writer, activist, was born.
    (HN, 3/26/01)

1934        Mar 26, Alan Arkin, actor (Catch 22, In-Laws, Simon, Wait Until Dark), was born in NYC.
    (SS, 3/26/02)
1934        Mar 26, Driving tests were introduced in Britain.
    (SS, 3/26/02)
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.
    (HN, 3/25/98)

1936        Mar 26, A 200" telescope lens was shipped by the Corning Glass Works from New York to Cal Tech.
    (SS, 3/26/02)
1936        Mar 26, Mary Joyce ended a 1,000 mile trip by dog in Alaska.
    (SS, 3/26/02)
1936        Mar 26, New Zealand radio aired a parliamentary debate for the 1st time.
    (SS, 3/26/02)

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.
    (AP, 3/26/97)
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.
    (SS, 3/26/02)
1938        Mar 26, Herman Goering warned all Jews to leave Austria.
    (HN, 3/25/98)

1940        Mar 26, Nancy Pelosi, (Representative-Democrat-CA), was born.
    (SS, 3/26/02)
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 laborers.
    (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.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Dawkins)

1942        Mar 26, Erica Jong [Mann], poet, novelist (Fear of Flying, How to Save Your Own Life), was born in NYC.
    (HN, 3/26/01)(SS, 3/26/02)
1942        Mar 26, 20 tons of gelignite killed 21 in a stone quarry in Easton, PA.
    (SS, 3/26/02)
1942        Mar 26, A German offensive took place in North-Africa under Colonel-General Rommel.
    (SS, 3/26/02)

1943        Mar 26, Elsie S. Ott, US army nurse, became the 1st woman to receive air medal.
    (SS, 3/26/02)
1943        Mar 26, Battle of Komandorski Islands, Pacific Ocean.
    (SS, 3/26/02)

1944        Mar 26, Diana Ross [Earle], (Supremes, Lady Sings the Blues, Mahogany), was born Detroit, MI.
    (SS, 3/26/02)
1944        Mar 26, 705 British bombers attacked Essen.
    (SS, 3/26/02)

1945        Mar 26, Generals Eisenhower, Bradley, and Patton attack at Remagen on the Rhine.
    (SS, 3/26/02)
1945        Mar 26, US 7th Army crossed Rhine at Worms.
    (SS, 3/26/02)
1945        Mar 26, Japanese resistance ended on Iwo Jima.
    (SS, 3/26/02)
1945        Mar 26, Kamikazes attacked US battle fleet near Kerama Retto.
    (SS, 3/26/02)
1945        Mar 26, Syria declared war on Germany.
    (HN, 3/25/98)
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, 3/26/02)

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 Soviet spy.
    (HN, 3/25/98)

1951        Mar 26, The United States Air Force flag design was approved.
    (HN, 3/25/98)

1952        Mar 26, F. Dürrenmatt's "Die Ehe des Herrn Mississippi" premiered in Munich.
    (SS, 3/26/02)

1953        Mar 26, Eisenhower offered increased aid in Indochina (Vietnam) to France.
    (HN, 3/25/98)
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.
    (HNPD, 3/26/99)

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.
    (SS, 3/26/02)

1956        Mar 26, Medic Alert Foundation formed.
    (SS, 3/26/02)
1956        Mar 26, Red Buttons debuted on TV in Studio One.
    (SS, 3/26/02)

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."
    (AP, 3/26/08)
1958        Mar 26, The U.S. Army launched America's third successful satellite, Explorer 3.
    (AP, 3/26/97)

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.
    (SS, 3/26/02)

1961        Mar 26, John F. Kennedy met with British Premier Macmillan, in Washington to discuss increased Communist involvement in Laos.
    (HN, 3/25/98)

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)

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.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/21st_Tony_Awards)
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 Philharmonic Orchestra.
    (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 Bangkok, Thailand.
    (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 Peoples).
    (www.ewtn.com/library/ENCYC/P6DEVELO.HTM)

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.
    (www.imdb.com/title/tt0064636/)(WSJ, 1/10/03, p.A10)
1969        Mar 26, Writer John Kennedy Toole (b.1937) committed suicide 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.
    (HN, 3/26/01)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Kennedy_Toole)
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 p.8)(www.kirjasto.sci.fi/traven.htm)
1969        Mar 26, Nuclear reactor in Dodewaard, Netherlands, went into use.
    (SS, 3/26/02)
1969        Mar 26, Soviet weather Satellite Meteor 1 was launched.
    (HN, 3/25/98)

1970        Mar 26, "Minnie's Boys" opened at Imperial Theater in NYC for 80 performances.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minnie%27s_Boys)
1970        Mar 26, The US conducted the Handley nuclear test in Nevada.
    (http://tinyurl.com/3urgtw)
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.
    (http://theawarenesscenter.org/yarrow_peter.html)

1971        Mar 26, East Pakistan proclaimed its independence, taking the name Bangladesh. [See Mar 21] This is considered the official Independence day of Bangladesh.
    (AP, 3/26/97)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bangladesh_Liberation_War)

1972        Mar 26, "Only Fools Are Sad" closed at Edison Theater in NYC after 144 performances.
    (www.ibdb.com/production.php?id=3626)
1972        Mar 26, Evil Knievel broke his collarbone after successfully clearing 13 cars.
    (www.youtube.com/watch?v=9oCif2imBHU)

1973        Mar 26, The US soap opera "The Young and the Restless" premiered.
    (www.imdb.com/title/tt0069658/)
1973        Mar 26, Susan Shaw became the 1st woman in 171 years in London's Stock exchange.
    (SS, 3/26/02)
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, 11/10/07, p.W8)

1975        Mar 26, The film "Tommy" premiered in London.
    (www.imdb.com/title/tt0073812/combined)
1975        Mar 26, The US ratified a ban on poison gas established in the 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.
    (www.fas.org/nuke/control/bwc/text/bwc.htm)(SFC,11/12/97, 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."
    (SFC, 2/14/04, p.A1)(www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2008/3/26/22117/6384)

1976        Mar 26, Paul McCartney and Wings released "Wings at the Speed of Sound" album.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wings_at_the_Speed_of_Sound)
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."
    (AP, 3/24/06)

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."
    (www.pugetsoundradio.com/forum/b-radiohistory/m-1174918300/)

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 Transformed Basketball."
    (http://espn.go.com/sportscentury/moments/9903.html)(WSJ, 3/20/09, p.W10)
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.
    (AP, 3/26/97)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Camp_David_Accords)(AP, 9/16/12)

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.
    (AP, 3/26/01)
1981        Mar 26, Police and Albanian demonstrators battled in Kosovo.
    (www.ucpress.edu/books/pages/8454/8454.ch01.html)

1982        Mar 26, Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder released "Ebony & Ivory" in the UK.
    (SS, 3/26/02)
1982        Mar 26, The American soap opera "Capitol" premiered and ran for 1270 episodes.
    {TV, USA}
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capitol_(TV_series))
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, 3/25/98)

1983        Mar 26, US performed a nuclear test at Nevada Test Site.
    (www.johnstonsarchive.net/nuclear/tests/USA-ntests3.html)
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.
    (AFP, 7/23/09)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anthony_Blunt)

1984        Mar 26, US Congress established the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to distribute funds for wildlife and environmental projects.
    (SFC, 11/20/99, p.A8)(www.fws.gov/laws/laws_digest/NATLFW.HTML)

1987        Mar 26, "Fences" by August Wilson (1945-2005) premiered in NYC.
    (www.theatredatabase.com/20th_century/august_wilson_timeline.html)
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.
    (www.answerbag.com/c_view/222)
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.
    (AP, 3/26/97)
1987        Mar 26, NASA launched Fltsatcom-6, but it failed after 51 seconds due to lightning.
    (http://www.astronautix.com/craft/fltatcom.htm)

1988        Mar 26, Jesse Jackson stunned fellow Democrats by soundly defeating Michael S. Dukakis in Michigan's Democratic presidential caucuses.
    (AP, 3/25/98)

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."
    (AP, 3/26/00)
1990        Mar 26, Designer Halston died in San Francisco at age 57.
    (AP, 3/26/00)

1991        Mar 26, The Bush administration indicated it would not aid rebels seeking to overthrow Iraqi President Saddam Hussein.
    (AP, 3/26/01)
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.
    (AP, 3/26/01)
1991        Mar 26, Fuel pipe exploded under 58th street and Lexington Ave, NYC.
    (SS, 3/26/02)
1991        Mar 26, Marc Camoletti's "Don't Dress for Dinner" premiered in London.
    (SS, 3/26/02)
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 in 2004.
    (www.itcilo.it/english/actrav/telearn/global/ilo/blokit/mercoa.htm)
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, 3/26/12)

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.
    (AP, 3/26/02)

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 and Croats.
    (AP, 3/25/98)

1994        Mar 26, The Senate passed President Clinton's education reform measure, the "Goals 2000" bill, 63-22.
    (AP, 3/26/99)
1994        Mar 26, U.N. peacekeepers in Bosnia-Herzegovina destroyed a Serb bunker following a seven-hour exchange of fire.
    (AP, 3/26/99)

1995        Mar 26, "Defending the Caveman" opened at Helen Hayes Theater in NYC for 671 performances.
    (SS, 3/26/02)
1995        Mar 26, "Moliere Comedies" closed at Criterion Theater in NYC after 56 performances.
    (www.ibdb.com/production.php?id=12594)
1995        Mar 26, In the 15th Golden Raspberry Awards: Color of Night won.
    (http://razzies.com/asp/content/XcNewsPlus.asp?cmd=view&articleid=34)
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.
    (AP, 3/26/00)
1995        Mar 26, Former US diplomat-turned-radio talk show host Alan Keyes entered the race for the Republican presidential nomination.
    (AP, 3/26/00)
1995        Mar 26, Uzbek Pres. Karimov's period in office is extended by three years, to 2000, in a referendum.
    (AP, 3/30/04)

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 82nd birthday.
    (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 population growth.
    (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.
    (AP, 3/26/97)
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 murders.
    (SFC, 11/23/96, p.A11)(SFC, 4/13/98, p.A14)(http://tinyurl.com/7s7x4)(AP, 10/14/08)

1997        Mar 26, "Annie" opened at Martin Beck Theater NYC.
    (SS, 3/26/02)
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 laundering.
    (AP, 3/25/07)
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, 3/25/98)
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.
    (AP, 3/26/03)
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 stimulus package.
    (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, 3/26/00)   
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.
    (AP, 3/26/00)
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 Israel.
    (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.
    (www.jordanembassyus.org/033099003.htm)
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.
    (SSFC, 9/8/02, p.F1)(AP, 2/23/11)
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 disease.
    (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 sentence.
    (SSFC, 3/18/01, p.D5)(SFC, 1/1/03, p.A9)(AP, 1/19/09)
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 energy crisis.
    (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 violations.
    (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 approval.
    (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 rebel factions.
    (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.
    (AP, 3/26/04)
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 $9 billion.
    (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 American Visionary."
    (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 killed.
    (AP, 3/27/03)
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.
    (AP, 3/26/03)
2003        Mar 26, In India gunmen fatally shot a senior Hindu nationalist in western Gujarat state.
    (AP, 3/26/03)
2003        Mar 26, Pirates with automatic weapons stormed an Indonesian tanker ship in the Malacca Strait and escaped with equipment and cash.
    (AP, 3/29/03)
2003        Mar 26, NATO officially signed up 7 eastern European nations to become members: Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia.
    (AP, 3/27/03)
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.
    (AP, 3/26/03)
2003        Mar 26, In South Korea a late night fire in a grade school dormitory killed eight children.
    (AP, 3/27/03)
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.
    (AP, 3/26/04)

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.
    (AP, 3/26/05)
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 & Dean.
    (Reuters, 3/28/04)
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.
    (AP, 3/26/04)
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 Afghan border.
    (AP, 3/27/04)
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.
    (AP, 3/27/04)

2005        Mar 26, In Afghanistan 4 US soldiers died when their vehicle struck a land mine.
    (AP, 3/26/05)
2005        Mar 26, James Callaghan, former British prime minister (1976-1979), died on the eve of his 93rd birthday.
    (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.
    (AP, 3/26/05)
2005        Mar 26, In Iraq a car bomb struck a US military patrol in Baghdad, killing two U.S. soldiers and injuring two others.
    (AP, 3/26/05)
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.
    (AP, 3/26/05)
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 formal independence.
    (AP, 3/26/05)
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.
    (AP, 3/26/06)

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 300.
    (www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/sports/14193716.htm)
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.
    (AP, 3/26/06)
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.
    (AP, 3/26/06)
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.
    (Reuters, 3/26/06)
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.
    (AP, 3/27/06)
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.
    (AP, 3/28/06)
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.
    (AP, 3/26/06)
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.
    (AP, 3/26/06)
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 rebels.
    (AP, 3/26/06)
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 dead.
    (AP, 3/26/06)
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.
    (AP, 3/26/06)
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 new law.
    (AP, 3/26/06)
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.
    (AP, 3/26/06)

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.
    (AP, 3/26/08)
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.
    (AP, 3/26/07)
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.
    (AFP, 3/26/07)
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 war-shattered country.
    (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.
    (AP, 3/27/07)
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.
    (Reuters, 3/26/07)
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.
    (AP, 3/26/07)
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.
    (AP, 3/27/07)
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.
    (AP, 3/26/07)
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 judge.
    (AP, 3/26/07)
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 brothels.
    (AP, 3/26/07)
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, 7/21/11)
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.
    (AP, 3/26/07)
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.
    (AFP, 3/28/07)
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.
    (AP, 3/26/07)
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.
    (AP, 3/26/07)

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%.
    (AP, 3/26/08)
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 Tammy Wynette.
    (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.
    (AP, 3/26/08)
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.
    (AP, 3/28/08)
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 replace Marulanda.
    (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.
    (AP, 3/26/08)
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.
    (AP, 3/26/08)
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 neighbors.
    (AP, 3/25/08)
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 billion dollars).
    (AP, 3/26/08)
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 uprising.
    (AP, 3/26/08)
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.
    (AP, 3/26/08)
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.
    (AP, 4/5/08)
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 Hoppinger.com.
    (www.timerime.com/)
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.
    (AP, 3/26/08)
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 stocks.
    (AP, 3/26/08)
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.
    (AP, 3/28/08)
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.
    (AFP, 3/26/08)
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.
    (AFP, 3/26/08)
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.
    (AP, 3/26/08)

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.
    (AP, 3/26/09)
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 overseas.
    (Reuters, 3/26/09)
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.
    (AP, 3/27/09)
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.
    (AP, 3/26/09)
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.
    (AP, 3/26/09)
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 untended.
    (AP, 3/31/09)
2009        Mar 26, Ebtisam Ali Rashid al Bedwani (b.1982) was sworn in as Dubai’s first woman judge.
    (www.gulfnews.com/nation/Government/10298829.html)
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.
    (AP, 3/27/09)
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.
    (AP, 3/26/09)
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.
    (AP, 3/27/09)
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, p.A4)(AP, 4/5/09)
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.
    (AP, 3/27/09)
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.
    (AP, 3/26/09)
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 space station.
    (AP, 3/26/09)
2009        Mar 26, The MT Bow Asir, a Norwegian tanker with a crew of 27, was hijacked off the coast of Somalia.
    (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 Taliban.
    (AP, 3/26/09)
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.
    (AP, 3/26/09)
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 nationalists.
    (AP, 3/26/09)
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.
    (AP, 3/26/09)
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.
    (AP, 3/27/09)
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.
    (AP, 3/26/09)
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.
    (AP, 3/26/09)
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.
    (AFP, 3/26/10)
2010        Mar 26, The Obama administration unveiled a revamped Home Affordable Mortgage Program (HAMP).
    (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.
    (http://news.yahoo.com/s/pcworld/hackergonzalezsentencedto20yearsforexploits)
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.
    (AP, 3/26/10)
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 30.
    (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 city.
    (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.
    (AP, 3/27/10)
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.
    (AP, 3/27/10)
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.
    (AP, 3/27/10)
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.
    (AP, 3/26/10)
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 relations.
    (AP, 3/26/10)
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.
    (AP, 3/27/10)
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.
    (AP, 3/27/10)
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.
    (AP, 3/26/10)
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.
    (AFP, 9/9/10)(http://cpj.org/2010/04/documentary-filmmaker-missing-in-pakistan.php)
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.
    (AP, 3/27/10)(AP, 3/29/10)(AP, 5/10/10)
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.
    (AP, 3/26/10)
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.
    (AP, 3/27/10)
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.
    (Reuters, 3/27/11)
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.
    (www.nytimes.com/2011/03/28/business/28coover.html?_r=1)(SFC, 3/28/11, p.A4)
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, p.A2)(AP, 3/30/11)
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.
    (AFP, 3/26/11)
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.
    (Reuters, 3/26/11)
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 forever).
    (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 disaster.
    (AP, 3/26/11) 
2011        Mar 26, Gaza militants fired over 50 mortar shells into southern Israel. One rocket damaged a house.
    (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.
    (AFP, 3/26/11)
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 Zawiya.
    (AP, 3/26/11)
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 alleged attackers.
    (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 political crisis.
    (AP, 3/26/11)
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.
    (AP, 4/4/11)
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, Naypyitaw.
    (AP, 3/26/11)
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.
    (AFP, 3/26/11)
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 denied involvement.
    (AP, 3/26/11)
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.
    (AFP, 3/27/11)
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.
    (AP, 3/26/11)
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.
    (AP, 3/26/11)
2011        Mar 26, University protesters in Venezuela ended a month-long hunger strike, saying President Hugo Chavez's government has met their demands.
    (AP, 3/26/11)
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 members.
    (AFP, 3/26/11)

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.
    (AP, 3/26/12)
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 Connecticut River.
    (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.
    (Reuters, 3/26/12)
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.
    (AFP, 3/26/12)
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.
    (AFP, 3/26/12)
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.
    (Reuters, 3/26/12)
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 incarceration.
    (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.
    (AP, 3/26/12)
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.
    (AP, 3/27/12)
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.
    (AP, 3/26/12)
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.
    (AFP, 3/26/12)
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.
    (AFP, 3/26/12)
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.
    (AP, 3/26/12)
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.
    (AFP, 3/26/12)
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.
    (AFP, 3/26/12)
2012        Mar 26, The Norwegian Foreign Ministry said it has decided to close down its embassy in Damascus due to security concerns.
    (AP, 3/26/12)
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.
    (AFP, 3/27/12)
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 months.
    (AFP, 3/27/12)
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.
    (AFP, 3/26/12)
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.
    (Reuters, 3/26/12)
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.
    (AFP, 3/26/12)
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, 2008.
    (AP, 3/29/12)
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.
    (AP, 3/26/12)
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 the country.
    (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.
    (AFP, 3/26/12)
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.
    (AFP, 3/26/12)

2013        Mar 26, President Barack Obama chose veteran agent Julia Pierson as Secret Service director, the first woman to lead the male-dominated agency.
    (Reuters, 3/26/13)
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.
    (AP, 3/26/13)
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.
    (http://tinyurl.com/bswp2to)
2013        Mar 26, The Delaware state Senate approved a bill repealing the state’s death penalty in a 11-10 vote.
    (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.
    (AP, 3/27/13)
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.
    (AP, 3/26/13)
2013        Mar 26, Afghan and NATO forces killed more than 20 insurgents in a 2-day joint operation in Logar province.
    (AP, 3/27/13)
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.
    (AP, 3/26/13)
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.
    (AP, 3/26/13)
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.
    (AP, 3/26/13)
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.
    (AP, 3/26/13)
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.
    (AP, 3/26/13)
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.
    (AP, 3/26/13)
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 exploded.
    (AP, 3/26/13)
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 fishermen.
    (AP, 3/26/13)
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.
    (AP, 3/26/13)
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.
    (AP, 3/26/13)
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.
    (AP, 3/29/13)
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.
    (AP, 3/26/13)
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.
    (AP, 3/26/13)
2013        Mar 26, In Rwanda a grenade blast in Kigali killed one person and wounded eight.
    (AP, 3/27/13)
2013        Mar 26, Saudi Arabia said investigations have shown that members of a spy ring arrested last week were working for Iranian intelligence.
    (AP, 3/26/13)
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.
    (AP, 3/28/13)
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.
    (AP, 3/26/13)
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.
    (AP, 3/26/13)

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.
    (AFP, 3/26/14)
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.
    (AP, 3/26/14)
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.
    (AFP, 3/26/14)
2014        Mar 26, In southern China a fire in a lingerie factory killed 11 people in Puning County, Guangdong province.
    (AP, 3/26/14)
2014        Mar 26, In Egypt one person was killed near Cairo University when protesters supporting ousted President Mohamed Mursi clashed with security forces.
    (Reuters, 3/26/14)
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.
    (AP, 3/26/14)
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 shooting.
    (AP, 3/26/14)
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.
    (AFP, 3/26/14)
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.
    (AP, 3/26/14)
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.
    (AP, 3/26/14)
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.
    (AP, 3/26/14)
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.
    (AP, 3/26/14)
2014        Mar 26, Russian forces took over the Ukrainian minesweeper Cherkasy, the last military ship controlled by Ukraine in Crimea.
    (Reuters, 3/26/14)
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.
    (AFP, 3/26/14)
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.
    (AP, 3/26/14)
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.
    (AP, 3/26/14)
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.
    (AP, 3/26/14)
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.
    (AP, 3/26/14)
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.
    (AP, 3/26/14)

2233        Mar 26, James T. Kirk, science fiction captain of USS Enterprise (Star Trek), was born.
    (SS, 3/26/02)

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