Return to home1461 Mar 29,
Edward IV secured his claim to the English thrown in defeating Henry
VI’s Lancastrians at the battle of Towdon (Towton). Some 50,000
fought and an estimated 28,000 were killed as the War of the Roses
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Towton)(AM, 7/01, p.69)(AM,
1516 Mar 29, The Jewish Ghetto
of Venice, the first ghetto in Europe, was established on 29th of
March 1516 by the government of Venetian Serenissima Republic.
1546 Mar 29, Cardinal Beaton,
English archbishop of St. Andrews, was murdered.
1561 Mar 29, Santorio
Sanctorius was born in Trieste. He became a physician, and was
burned at stake as a heretic.
1638 Mar 29, The first
permanent white settlement was established in Delaware. Swedish
Lutherans who came to Delaware were the first to build log cabins in
America. The first English colonists did not know how to build
houses from logs but those who lived in the forests of Scandinavia,
Germany and Switzerland did. German pioneers who settled in
Pennsylvania built the first log cabins there in the early 1700s.
The Scotch-Irish immigrants who settled in the Appalachian highlands
after 1720 made the widest use of log cabins and by the time of the
American Revolution, log cabins were the mainstay among settlers all
along the western frontier.
(HNQ, 9/15/99)(AP, 3/29/08)
1673 Mar 29, The English
Parliament passed the Test Act. It in effect excluded Roman
Catholics from public functions. King Charles II was unable to stop
1676 Mar 29, Wampanoag allies
including Narragansetts destroyed Providence, Rhode Island. The
house of Roger Williams was destroyed as he negotiated with Indian
leaders on the outskirts of town.
(AH, 6/02, p.48)(AH, 4/07, p.29)
1722 Mar 29, Emanuel Swedenborg
(b.1688), Swedish scientist and clairvoyant, died in London. In 1744
he entered into a spiritual phase in which he experienced dreams and
visions. The foundation of Swedenborg's theology was laid down in
“Arcana Cœlestia" (Heavenly Secrets), published in eight volumes
from 1749 to 1756.
1788 Mar 29, Charles Wesley,
hymn writer and brother of John Wesley, died.
(MC, 3/29/02)(WSJ, 6/13/03, p.W19)
1790 Mar 29, John Tyler, the
10th president of the United States (1841-1845), was born in Charles
City County, Va. He was also the first vice-president to succeed to
office on the death of a president.
(AP, 3/29/97)(HN, 3/29/99)(MC, 3/29/02)
1791 Mar 29, Pres. George
Washington and French architect Pierre Charles L’Enfant examined the
site along the Potomac River that would become the US capital.
Maryland and Virginia had ceded land to the federal government to
form the District of Columbia. Chosen as the permanent site for the
capital of the United States by Congress in 1790, President
Washington was given the power by Congress to select the exact
site—an area ten-miles square, made up of land given by Virginia and
Maryland. Washington became the official federal capital in 1800. In
2008 Fergus Bordewich authored “Washington: The Making of the
(HNQ, 8/13/00)(HN, 8/2/98)(WSJ, 8/8/08, p.A13)
1792 Mar 29, Gustav III, King
of Sweden (1771-92), died of wounds inflicted by an assassin on
1795 Mar 29, Beethoven (24)
debuted as pianist in Vienna.
1798 Mar 29, Republic of
1806 Mar 29, President Thomas
Jefferson commissioned the National Road, the first federally
financed interstate. Although it took decades to finish, the
National Road helped open the land west of the Appalachians to
settlers and commerce. It was later lengthened, paved and renamed
U.S. 40, but was eclipsed in the 1960s by Interstate 70, a parallel
1814 Mar 29, In the Battle at
Horseshoe Bend, Alabama, Andrew Jackson beat the Creek Indians. [see
1819 Mar 29, Edwin Drake
(d.1890), the man who drilled the first productive oil well (1859),
1819 Mar 29, Isaac Mayer Wise,
rabbi, founder (American Hebrew Congregations), was born.
1824 Mar 29, ABN AMRO
incorporated in the Hague. Nederlandsche Handel-Maatschappij
(Netherlands Trading Society, NTS) was established by Royal Decree
of King Willem I. With effect from 3 October 1964 after the merger
with Twentsche Bank, NTS changed her name to Algemene Bank Nederland
(ABN Bank). After the merger with Amro Bank in 1991, ABN changed its
name to ABN AMRO.
1827 Mar 29, Composer Ludwig
van Beethoven was buried in Vienna amidst a crowd of over 10,000
1835 Mar 29, Elihu Thomson, the
English-born American inventor of electric welding and arc lighting,
1843 Mar 29, Captain Richard
Spratly (c.1806/1811-1866), master of the British whaler, the Cyrus,
sighted what later became known in English as Spratly Island and
Ladd Reef in the South China Sea.
1847 Mar 29, Some 12,000 US
forces led by General Winfield Scott occupied the city of Vera Cruz
after Mexican defenders capitulated.
(HFA, '96, p.26)(AP, 3/29/97)(MC, 3/29/02)
1848 Mar 29, Aleksei
Kuropatkin, Russian general, minister of War, was born (March 17 in
the old style calendar).
1848 Mar 29-1848 Mar 31,
Niagara Falls slowed to a trickle for about 30 hours due to an ice
jam from Lake Erie in the Niagara River.
(ON, 12/05, p.10)(SSFC, 3/29/09, p.C10)
1848 Mar 29, John Jacob Astor
(b.1763), America’s richest man, died. The fur and real estate
magnate had a value in 1999 dollars totaled $78 billion. In 2001
Axel Madsen authored "John Jacob Astor: America’s First
(HN, 7/17/98)(WSJ, 1/11/98, p.R18)(SFEC, 5/23/99,
Par p.7)(WSJ, 3/2/00, p.W10)(MC, 3/29/02)
1850 Mar 29, Ireland's SS Royal
Adelaide sank in storm and 200 people died.
1852 Mar 29, Ohio made it
illegal for children under 18 and women to work more than 10 hours a
1860 Mar 29, The USS Powhatan
arrived in San Francisco as part of a diplomatic mission from Japan.
It carried official envoys including Niimi Buzennokami, the first
Japanese ambassador to the US.
(SFC, 3/17/10, p.C2)(www.kanrin-maru150.com/)
1864 Mar 29, Union General
Steele's troops reached Arkadelphia, Arkansas.
1865 Mar 29, Battle of Quaker
1865 Mar 29-Apr 9, The
Appomattox campaign in Virginia left 7582 killed.
1867 Mar 29, Cy Young, major
league baseball pitcher with the most wins (509 or 511 total), was
1867 Mar 29, Congress approved
the Lincoln Memorial.
1867 Mar 29, The British
Parliament passed the North America Act (later known as the
Constitution Act) to create the Dominion of Canada.
(HN, 3/29/98)(AP, 3/29/07)
1871 Mar 29, Queen Victoria
opened Albert Hall in London.
1875 Mar 29, Lou Henry Hoover,
first lady, was born.
1879 Mar 29, Tchaikovsky’s
opera "Yevgeny Onegin," premiered in Moscow.
1879 Mar 29, Some 2,000 British
and Colonial troops of the 90th Light Infantry Regiment under the
command of Colonel Henry Evelyn Wood repulsed a major attack by
20,000 Zulu tribesmen at Kambula, Zululand. Jubilant over their
victory at Hlobane the day before, the Zulus prepared to finish off
the British at Khambula. This time, however, the outcome was
different as the Zulus vainly assaulted British foes who were dug in
and ready for them. The assault, depicted in "The Battle of
Khambula" by Angus McBride, ended in failure for the Zulus, leaving
them doubting for the first time their ability to win the Anglo-Zulu
(HN, 3/29/99)(MC, 3/29/02)
1881 Mar 29, Raymond Hood,
architect, was born.
1882 Mar 29, The Knights of
Columbus was granted a charter by the state of Connecticut.
1886 Mar 29, Coca-Cola was
advertised for the first time in the Atlanta Daily. Its inventor,
Dr. John Pemberton, claimed it could cure anything from hysteria to
the common cold. John Stith (Doc) Pemberton, pharmacist, concocted a
bath of a dark, sugary syrup meant to be mixed with carbonated water
and sold at the city’s soda fountains. This was the beginning of
Coca Cola, which then contained enough cocaine to give the drinker a
buzz and more caffeine than the drink contains today. Sales at the
soda fountain of Jacob‘s Pharmacy averaged 9 drinks a day in the
first year. The story is told by Frederick Allen in his book “Secret
Formula." The drink was named by Frank Robinson and he created its
signature script logo. [see May 8]
1888 Mar 29, James E. Casey,
founder of the United Parcel Service, was born.
1891 Mar 29, Georges-Pierre
Seurat (31), French painter (Pointillism), died.
1892 Mar 29, Jozsef Mindszenty,
[Joseph Prehm], Hungarian cardinal, was born.
1892 Mar 29, The Canadian
Cricket Ass'n. is established.
(CFA, '96, p.42)
1893 Mar 29, US Congressman
James Blount arrived in Hawaii to investigate the change in
government. He later reported to Congress that annexation to the US
was being forced and that the people of Hawaii supported their
(ON, 11/02, p.7)
1902 Mar 29, William Walton,
composer (Troilus and Cressida, Wise Virgins), was born in England.
1903 Mar 29, A regular news
service began between New York and London on Marconi's wireless.
1905 Mar 29, Annunzio
Mantovani, orchestra leader (Mantovani), was born in Venice, Italy.
1906 Mar 29, E. Power Biggs,
organist, composer (CBS), was born in Westcliff-on-Sea, England.
1910 Mar 29, Helen Wells,
author of the Cherry Ames series, was born.
1912 Mar 29, The U.S. sent
rifles to the Mexican ambassador in Mexico City and readied U.S.
ships to transport troops to fight the rebels.
1912 Mar 29, Capt. Robert F.
Scott, British pole explorer, storm-bound in a tent near South Pole,
made a last entry in his diary: "Last entry. For God's sake look
after our people."
1913 Mar 29, The Reichstag
announced a raise in taxes in order to finance the new military
1916 Mar 29, Eugene McCarthy,
U.S. senator and 1968 presidential candidate, was born in Watkins,
(HN, 3/29/01)(MC, 3/29/02)
1916 Mar 29, The Italians
called off the fifth attack on Isonzo.
1917 Mar 29, Man O'War,
racehorse (winner of 20 out of 21 races and $249,465), was born.
1918 Mar 29, Pearl Bailey
(d.1990), singer and actress, was born. "There is a way to look at
the past. Don’t hide from it. It will not catch you if you don’t
repeat it." "A man without ambition is dead. A man with ambition but
no love is dead. A man with ambition and love for his blessings here
on earth is ever so alive."
(AP, 6/24/97)(AP, 6/12/98)(HN, 3/29/01)
1922 Mar 29, The Lithuanian
government announced a land reform act enacted Feb 15.
(LC, 1998, p.12)(LHC, 3/29/03)
1924 Mar 29, Charles Villiers
Stanford (71), Irish composer, writer, died.
1932 Mar 29, A vaudeville
comedian made his radio debut, saying, "Ladies and gentlemen, this
is Jack Benny talking. There will be a slight pause while you say,
1935 Mar 29, French liner
Normandie began its maiden voyage.
1936 Mar 29, Judith Guest,
novelist (Ordinary People), was born.
1936 Mar 29, Richard Rodney
Bennett, composer, was born in Broadstairs, Kent, England.
1936 Mar 29, Nazi propaganda
claimed 99% of Germans voted for Nazi candidates.
1936 Mar 29, Italy firebombed
the Ethiopian city of Harar.
1937 Mar 29, Billy Carter,
brother of Pres Carter, was born in Plains, Georgia.
1939 Mar 29, Clark Gable (38)
married Carole Lombard (29) in Arizona while filming "Gone With the
Wind." [see Mar 28]
(SFEM, 1/25/98, p.47)
1941 Mar 29, Terence Hill,
actor (Super Fuzz, They Call Me Trinity), was born in Venice, Italy.
1941 Mar 29, The British sank
five Italian warships off the Peloponnesus coast in the
Mediterranean. Captain Johnnie Walker was the Royal Navy's most
effective weapon against the German U-boat menace.
1942 Mar 29, British cruiser
Trinidad torpedoed itself in the Barents Sea.
1942 Mar 29, German submarine
1943 Mar 29, Eric Idle,
comedian, actor (Monty Python), was born in England.
1943 Mar 29, John Major,
British PM (1990-97), was born.
(WP, 6/29/96, p.A20)(MC, 3/29/02)
1943 Mar 29, Vangelis,
[Papathanasiou], composer, keyboardist (Chariots of Fire), was born.
1943 Mar 29, World War II meat,
butter and cheese rationing began.
1945 Mar 29, German SS as well
as Hitler Youth members shot at least 57 laborers in woods near the
small town of Deutsch Schuetzen, later part of Austria. In 2009
German prosecutors charged a 90-year-old alleged former member of
Hitler's SS with 58 counts of murder.
1947 Mar 29, Madagascar
rebelled against French colonial rule. Repression followed and an
estimated 100,000 Malagasy were killed. This became known as
Martyr’s Day, first celebrated in 1967.
(SSFC, 3/25/12, p.H3)
1951 Mar 29, Rodgers and
Hammerstein's musical "The King and I" starring Gertrude Lawrence
and Yul Brynner opened at the St James Theater on Broadway and ran
for 1246 performances.
(HN, 3/29/01)(MC, 3/29/02)
1951 Mar 29, In the 23rd
Academy Awards "All About Eve" won for best picture; its director,
Joseph L. Mankiewicz, received his second set of consecutive Oscars
for direction and screenplay. He’d won the previous year for "A
Letter to Three Wives." Judy Holliday won best actress for "Born
Yesterday" while Jose Ferrer was honored as best actor for "Cyrano
(AP, 3/29/01)(MC, 3/29/02)
1951 Mar 29, Julius and Ethel
Rosenberg were convicted of conspiracy to commit espionage. They
were executed in June 1953. Morton Sobell was convicted of
conspiracy in the case and served 18 ½ years in prison. Ronald
Radosh and Joyce Milton later wrote "The Rosenberg File."
(AP, 3/28/97)(SFEC, 8/16/98, p.D10)
1951 Mar 29, The Chinese
rejected MacArthur’s offer for a truce in Korea.
1952 Mar 29, Pres. Harry Truman
removed himself from the presidential race.
1952 Mar 29, Archbishop John J.
Mitty announced that Pope Pius XII had elevated Mission Dolores to
the status of a Minor Basilica, the 1st west of the Mississippi and
the 4th in the US.
(SFC, 3/29/02, p.AG4)
1954 Mar 29, Karen Anne
Quinlan, famous comatose patient (right to die case), was born in
1957 Mar 29, Joyce A.L. Cary
(68), English writer (Horse's Mouth), died.
1958 Mar 29, Aerial circus star
Clyde Pangborn died. He and playboy Hugh Herndon, Jr. complete the
first nonstop flight across the Pacific Ocean in 1931.
(HN, 10/2/99)(ON, 1/03, p.10)
1959 Mar 29, "Some Like it Hot"
with Marilyn Monroe and Jack Lemmon premiered.
1961 Mar 29, The 23rd
amendment, allowing residents of Washington, D.C. to vote for
president, was ratified.
1961 Mar 29, In South Africa
Nelson Mandela was acquitted on a treason charge after a 4 year
1962 Mar 29, Jack Paar hosted
NBC's "Tonight" show for the final time. He was succeeded by Johnny
Carson who stayed to 1992.
(SFEC, 2/23/96, z-1 p.2)(AP, 3/29/97)
1962 Mar 29, In Argentina
General Raul Poggi led a military coup to overthrow Pres. Arturo
Frondizi of the UCRI.
1962 Mar 29, Cuba opened the
trial of the Bay of Pigs invaders.
1964 Mar 29, The U.S. planned
to add $50 million a year for aid to South Vietnam.
1966 Mar 29, Leonid Brezhnev
became First Secretary of the Soviet Communist Party. He denounced
the American policy in Vietnam and called it one of aggression.
1967 Mar 29, The first
nationwide strike in the 30-year history of the American Federation
of Television occurred and lasted for 13 days.
1967 Mar 29, France launched
the Redoubtable, its first nuclear submarine. It did not enter
operational service until 1972, when it began its first patrol on 28
1968 Mar 29, In SF Linda Harmon
(14) was raped and stabbed to death while babysitting for a neighbor
in Visitacion Valley. In lat 2003 police matched DNA evidence to
William Speer, who was undergoing therapy for sexually violent
tendencies at an Arizona mental hospital.
(SFC, 11/4/05, p.B1)
1968 Mar 29, Students seized a
building at Maryland’s Bowie State College.
1971 Mar 29, Army Lt. William
L. Calley Jr. (b.1943) was convicted of murdering at least 22
Vietnamese civilians in the March 16, 1968, My Lai massacre. Calley
ended up spending three years under house arrest.
1971 Mar 29, A jury in Los
Angeles recommended the death penalty for Charles Manson and three
female followers for the 1969 Tate-La Bianca murders. The sentences
were later commuted.
1972 Mar 29, J. Arthur Rank
(b.1888), 1st Baron Rank, British industrialist and film producer,
1973 Mar 29, The last United
States troops left South Vietnam, ending America's direct military
involvement in the Vietnam War.
1974 Mar 29, Mariner 10 first
flew past Mercury.
(NH, 5/01, p.38)
1974 Mar 29, In Ohio 8 National
Guardsmen were indicted on charges stemming from the shooting deaths
of 4 students at Kent State University. On Nov 8 the charges were
1975 Mar 29, Egyptian president
Anwar Sadat declared that he would reopen the Suez Canal on June 5,
1979 Mar 29, Larry Singleton
was convicted by a San Diego jury on multiple counts for the 1978
rape and mutilation of Mary Vincent. He was sentenced to 14 years in
prison. He was paroled in 1987.
(SFC, 1/1/02, p.A13)
1979 Mar 29, Emmett Kelly
(b.1898), American circus clown (Weary Willy), died in Arizona.
1979 Mar 29, In China dissident
Wei Jingsheng (b.1950) was first arrested in the crackdown on the
Democracy Wall pro-democracy movement. In his most famous essay, The
Fifth Modernization, Wei argued that modernization was impossible in
China without necessary democratic reform. On December 13, 1995, Wei
Jingsheng (47) was sentenced to 14 years in prison and charged with
"conspiring to subvert the government." In 1997, after a total of 18
years in prison, Wei was taken from his cell and placed on a plane
bound for the United States as a bargain result between then US
President Clinton and the Chinese President Jiang Zemin.
1980 Mar 29, Annunzio Mantovani
(b.1905), Italian orchestra leader (Mantovani), died at his home in
Tunbridge Wells, Kent, England.
1981 Mar 29, "Woman of the
Year" opened at Palace Theater in NYC for 770 performances. John
Kander composed the music and Fred Ebb (d.2004) wrote the lyrics.
1981 Mar 29, In northern
California Ellen Hansen (20), a UC Davis student, was shot to death
after resisting a rape attempt at Henry Cowell Redwood State Park,
near Santa Cruz. Her boyfriend was wounded but survived and later
identified David Joseph Carpenter as the assailant. Carpenter was
arrested in May 1981. In 1984 he was convicted of 2 murders in Santa
Cruz and sentenced to death. In 1988 he was convicted of 4 killings
in Marin County and again sentenced to death.
(SFC, 2/24/10, p.A7)
1981 Mar 29, General Roberto
Eduardo Viola was sworn in as the President of Argentina.
1981 Mar 29, The first London
26.2 mile marathon was run with nearly 7,500 participants.
1982 Mar 29, In the 2nd annual
Golden Raspberry Awards “Mommie Dearest" won as the worst picture.
1982 Mar 29, In the 54th
Academy Awards "Chariots of Fire," won for best picture. Henry Fonda
and Katherine Hepburn the best actor and best actress awards for
their roles in "On Golden Pond." Warren Beatty won best director for
(http://tinyurl.com/2jsexb)(SFC, 12/14/99, p.D7)
1982 Mar 29, In New Orleans,
Michael Jordan’s 16-foot jump shot with 15 seconds remaining gave
North Carolina a thrilling 63-62 victory over Georgetown and the
NCAA basketball championship before 61,612 at the Superdome tonight.
Six players in that game: Floyd, Ewing, Anthony Jones, Michael
Jordan, James Worty and Sam Perkins, became NBA first-round draft
1982 Mar 29, The Paris-Toulouse
express train was bombed. 5 people were killed and 15 injured. The
attack was attributed to Carlos the Jackal, aka Ilich Ramirez
1982 Mar 29, Carl Orff
(b.1895), German composer (Carmina Burana), died.
1982 Mar 29, In Mexico the
presumed dormant El Chichon volcano erupted in Chiapas state. It
produced three plinian eruptions (March 29, April 3, and April 4th).
The eruptions generated a substantial amount of sulfur dioxide and
particulates into the atmosphere.
1984 Mar 29, The NFL Baltimore
Colts moved to Indianapolis.
1985 Mar 29, In Santiago,
Chile, police killed Rafael and Eduardo Vergara. The 2 young
brothers, active members of the often violent “Movement of the
Revolutionary Left" (MIR), were peppered with bullets by military
police during an anti-Pinochet protest in the low-income Villa
Francia district. The event became known as the “Day of the Young
1986 Mar 29, A court in Rome
acquitted six men in a plot to kill the Pope.
1987 Mar 29, The N.C.A.A.
Women's Basketball Rules Committee adopted the 3-point field-goal
shot from the same 19-feet-9-inch distance the men used.
1987 Mar 29, Haiti’s
Constitution barred Duvalierists from candidacy for 10 years. The
new Constitution also abolished the death penalty.
(SFC, 9/21/00, p.C6)(AP, 1/17/11)
1987 Mar 29, Israeli Prime
Minister Yitzhak Shamir was re-elected chairman of the right-wing
Herut Party, the largest party in the Likud bloc governing Israel as
part of a coalition.
1988 Mar 29, Two top US Justice
Department officials resigned over Attorney General Edwin Meese's
1988 Mar 29, Sen. Bob Dole
ended his presidential candidacy. Michael Dukakis won the
Connecticut Democratic primary.
1988 Mar 29, US leaders of the
Assemblies of God ordered the Rev. Jimmy Swaggart to stop preaching
for at least a year because of "moral failure," following his
reported relationship with a prostitute.
1989 Mar 29, In the 61st
Academy Awards the movie "Rain Man" won Academy Awards for best
picture, best director Barry Levinson and best actor Dustin Hoffman;
Jodie Foster was named best actress for "The Accused."
1989 Mar 29, In the 9th Golden
Raspberry Awards: Cocktail won.
1989 Mar 29, I.M. Pei's glass
pyramidal entrance to the Louvre opened in Paris.
(SFC, 6/16/96, T-5)(http://tinyurl.com/emvfc)
1989 Mar 29, Michael Milken,
junk bond king, was indicted in NYC for racketeering.
1990 Mar 29, President Bush,
addressing the National Leadership Coalition on AIDS, declared his
administration "on a wartime footing" against the disease, and
called for compassion, not discrimination, toward those infected
with the virus.
1991 Mar 29, General H. Norman
Schwarzkopf publicly apologized to President Bush for questioning
his judgment about calling a cease-fire in the Gulf War.
1991 Mar 29, Political
strategist Lee Atwater (40), who’d helped propel President Bush to
his 1988 election victory, died of complications resulting from a
1992 Mar 29, The film “Hudson
Hawk" won the 12th Golden Raspberry Award as worst picture.
1992 Mar 29, Democratic
presidential front-runner Bill Clinton acknowledged experimenting
with marijuana "a time or two" while attending Oxford University,
adding, "I didn't inhale and I didn't try it again."
1992 Mar 29, Earl Spencer (68),
father of Lady Diana, died.
1992 Mar 29, Paul [G J von]
Henreid (84), Austrian actor (Laszlo-Casablanca), died.
1993 Mar 29, In the 65th
Academy Awards "Unforgiven" won the Academy Award for best picture
as well as best director for Clint Eastwood; Emma Thompson won best
actress for "Howards End" and Al Pacino won best actor for "Scent of
1994 Mar 29, Dallas Cowboys
coach Jimmy Johnson resigned, capping a longstanding feud with team
owner Jerry Jones.
1994 Mar 29, Mexico's ruling
party picked Ernesto Zedillo to be its new presidential candidate,
replacing the assassinated Luis Donaldo Colosio.
1994 Mar 29, Bill Travers (72),
British actor (Trio, Gorgo, Born Free), died.
1995 Mar 29, The House of
Representatives rejected, 227-204, a constitutional amendment
placing term limits on lawmakers. The rejected proposal would have
limited terms to 12 years in the House and Senate.
1996 Mar 29 Congress passed,
and President Clinton quickly signed, a 12th stopgap spending bill
to avert a partial federal shutdown.
1996 Mar 29, The US and Mexico
unveiled a cross-border air pollution control zone to promote joint
efforts in parts of Texas, New Mexico and Ciudad Juarez.
(WSJ, 3/29/96, p.A-1)
1996 Mar 29, An earthquake in
central Ecuador killed 29 people.
(SFC, 4/6/96, p.A-13)
1997 Mar 29, According to
Monica Lewinsky she and Pres. Clinton had their last sexual
(SFC, 9/12/98, p.A13)
1997 Mar 29, Vice President
Gore concluded his tour of Asia, saying that talks in Beijing had
created "new momentum" in relations between the U.S. and China.
1997 Mar 29, In Jacksonville,
Fla., Philip N. Johnson staged a Loomis, Fargo & Co. armored car
robbery for $22 million. He was arrested Aug 30 at a border crossing
(SFEC, 8/31/97, p.A11)
1997 Mar 29, In France over
25,000 people demonstrated against the convention of the racist
National Front Party led by Jean-Pierre Le Pen.
(SFEC, 3/30/97, p.A18)
1997 Mar 29, Italian rescue
workers searched the waters for survivors of a collision of an
Albanian patrol boat packed with Albanians and an Italian Navy ship.
Arguments raged as to who was at fault and there were 4 confirmed
deaths. Albanian prime minister Bashkim Fino demanded an
investigation. 87 were later feared drowned.
(SFEC, 3/30/97, p.A18)(SFC, 4/1/97, p.A17)(WSJ,
1998 Mar 29, The Lady Vols of
Tennessee won a third straight NCAA basketball championship,
defeating Louisiana Tech.
1998 Mar 29, In Denver 4 men
beat a cabbie, Mostapha Maarouf of Morocco, to death as people
watched from their high-rise apartments. One person was arrested.
(SFC, 3/30/98, p.A4)
1998 Mar 29, In Minnesota
twisters from St. Peter to Comfrey damaged an estimated 819 homes
and left 2 people dead.
(SFC, 3/31/98, p.A3)
1998 Mar 29, In Cambodia
civilians fled fighting between factions of the Khmer Rouge
(WSJ, 3/30/98, p.A1)
1998 Mar 29, In Palestine the
body of Mohiyedine Sharif, a master bomb-maker for Hamas, was found
at the scene of an exploded car in Ramallah. His body had bullet
holes. Israel denied involvement in the killing. Sharif was a member
of the Izzedine Qassam, a military wing of Hamas. Palestinian
security officials later assigned the murder to Adel Awadallah, a
rival for leadership in Hamas.
(SFC, 4/2/98, p.A12)(SFC, 4/798, p.A12)
1998 Mar 29, In Peru an air
force plane evacuating people stranded by flooding crashed in Piura.
Twenty-two people were killed when a Russian-made Antonov military
plane crashed into a Peruvian shantytown outside the northern city
(SFC, 3/30/98, p.A10)(AP, 3/29/99)
1998 Mar 29, In Portugal the $1
billion, 10-mile Vasco da Gama bridge over the River Tagus opened in
time to bring traffic from Spain the Lisbon Expo.
(SFC, 3/30/98, p.A10)
1998 Mar 29, In Russia Andrei
Klimentyev, a controversial entrepreneur, won the mayoral election
in Nizhny Novgorod. The election was invalidated on Apr 1 and
Klimentyev was arrested on Apr 2 for instigating civil disobedience.
He had been convicted in 1997 of embezzling $2.5 million.
(SFC, 4/3/98, p.B5)
1998 Mar 29, In Somalia
factional fighting killed 13 people in Hobyo, 2 days before a
national reconciliation conference.
(WSJ, 3/30/98, p.A1)
1998 Mar 29, In the Ukraine
parliamentary elections gave the Communists about 121 of 450 seats.
(SFC, 4/1/98, p.A10)
1999 Mar 29, Connecticut beat
top-ranked Duke, 77-to-74, for its first NCAA basketball
1999 Mar 29, It was reported
that the US government knowingly risked the lives of thousands of
workers over the last 50 years by allowing them to be exposed to
dangerous levels of beryllium, a metal critical to the military.
(SFC, 3/29/99, p.A6)
1999 Mar 29, The Dow Jones
broke the 10,000 level and closed at 10,006.
(SFC, 3/30/99, p.A1)
1999 Mar 29, The Melissa
computer virus, first reported Mar 26, was spreading and infecting
E-mail in tens of thousands of computers. In Dec. David L. Smith, a
New Jersey programmer, pleaded guilty to creating the virus and
spreading it through a sex Web site. It was reported to have caused
$80 million in damage.
(SFC, 3/29/99, p.A3)(SFC, 12/10/99, p.B1)
1999 Mar 29, In Michigan 5
people died in Osseo following an explosion and fire at the
Independence Professional Fireworks Co.
(SFC, 3/30/99, p.A2)
1999 Mar 29, Legendary jazz
singer Joe Williams died in Las Vegas at age 80.
1999 Mar 29, NATO airstrikes
against Yugoslavia continued for a sixth night.
1999 Mar 29, Albania and
Macedonia appealed for help as thousands of refugees fled Kosovo on
the 6th day of bombing. NATO said Serbs were targeting ethnic
Albanian leadership for executions and the US accused Milosevic of
"crimes against humanity."
(WSJ, 3/30/99, p.A1)(SFC, 3/30/99, p.A1)
1999 Mar 29, In India at least
51 people were killed following a 6.8 earthquake in the Kumaon Hills
in Uttar Pradesh. The quake struck just after midnight and the death
toll rose to at least 87. The toll was raised to 110 at Chamoli on
the Alaknanda River.
(SFC, 3/29/99, p.A8)(WSJ, 3/30/99, p.A1)(SFC,
3/30/99, p.F2)(SFC, 3/31/99, p.A10)
1999 Mar 29, In Mexico 2 of the
largest banks agreed to plead guilty to laundering millions of
dollars for the Cali and Juarez drug cartels. Bancomer will pay $9.9
million in fines while Banca Serfin will pay $4.7 million.
(SFC, 3/30/99, p.F2)
1999 Mar 29, In Montenegro
Pres. Milo Djukanovic made a plea for an end to NATO attacks on
Yugoslavia. The country reported that over 30,000 refugees had taken
(SFC, 3/30/99, p.A10)
1999 Mar 29, Paraguay's ousted
president, Raul Cubas, was given asylum by Brazil.
(WSJ, 3/30/99, p.A1)
1999 Mar 29, In Moscow the IMF
agreed in principle to a loan for Russia. The loan was estimated to
be about $4.8 billion.
(SFC, 3/30/99, p.F8)
1999 Mar 29, Rwanda began
voting in local elections. Candidates were not allowed to run as
representatives of any ethnic or political group due to continued
(WSJ, 3/30/99, p.A1)
1999 Mar 29, In Uganda
officials reported that the army had killed another 18 of the
Rwandan Hutu rebels who had murdered 8 foreign tourists.
(SFC, 3/30/99, p.F8)
2000 Mar 29, President Clinton
told a news conference he was appalled when he first learned his
campaign had taken illegal foreign donations in 1996 --
contributions he called both wrong and unneeded.
2000 Mar 29, A federal judge
ruled that President Clinton "committed a criminal violation of the
Privacy Act" by releasing personal letters to undermine the
credibility of Kathleen Willey, one of his accusers.
2000 Mar 29, The US Supreme
Court affirmed cities’ power to ban nude dancing in a 6-3 decision.
(SFC, 3/30/00, p.A3)
2000 Mar 29, The Central
Conference of American Rabbis adopted a resolution stating "a Jewish
same gender couple is worthy of affirmation through appropriate
(SFC, 3/30/00, p.A1)
2000 Mar 29, In Chechnya rebels
ambushed Russian troops and left 4 dead and 18 wounded. 27 men were
(WSJ, 3/31/00, p.A1)
2000 Mar 29, Iran joined the
OPEC oil increase to keep its market share.
(SFC, 3/30/00, p.A16)
2000 Mar 29, In Kenya at least
101 people were killed when a speeding bus collided with another bus
in Kericho. The death toll was reduced to 74.
(SFC, 3/30/00, p.A18)(SFC, 3/31/00, p.E4)
2000 Mar 29, In Taiwan Pres.
elect Chen Shui-bian appointed defense minister Tang Fei (68) of the
nationalist party as his Prime Minister.
(SFC, 3/30/00, p.A20)
2000 Mar 29, In Thailand Sanan
Kachornprasart (64) resigned as interior minister after the National
Counter-Corruption Commission charged that he had concealed his
assets in a fabricated million-dollar loan.
(SFC, 3/30/00, p.A18)
2000 Mar 29, In Uganda the
doomsday sect body count reached 644.
(SFC, 3/30/00, p.A19)
2001 Mar 29, Pres. Bush met
with German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, who disagreed with Bush’s
opposition to the 1997 Kyoto global-warming accord. It was later
revealed that the 2 men agreed to withhold aid for Russia until
(SFC, 3/30/01, p.A9)(WSJ, 5/22/01, p.A1)
2001 Mar 29, Pres. Bush urged
Israel to use restraint in military actions and instructed Sec. of
State Colin Powell to call Yasser Arafat with the message to stop
(SFC, 3/30/01, p.A16)
2001 Mar 29, James Kopp, the
fugitive wanted in the 1998 slaying of Dr. Barnett Slepian, a
Buffalo, N.Y., abortion provider, was captured in France. Kopp was
convicted in 2003 of killing Slepian and is serving a sentence of 25
years to life.
2001 Mar 29, The landmark
Berkeley, Ca., UC Theater, built in 1917, was set to close after its
last show. A fire had gutted the building in the 1940s, and it was
rebuilt in a spartan motif. In 2009 promoters obtained permits and
slated to reopen the building in the Fall of 2010 as a
(SFC, 3/27/01, p.A12)(SFC, 9/24/09, p.D1)
2001 Mar 29, In Colorado a
chartered jet from southern California crashed near Aspen’s Sardy
Field and all 18 people aboard were killed.
(SFC, 3/30/01, p.A3)
2001 Mar 29, John Lewis,
pianist and musical director of the Modern Jazz Quartet, died in
Manhattan at age 80.
(SFC, 3/31/01, p.A21)
2001 Mar 29, An oil tanker
collided with a freighter in the Baltic Sea and some 550,000 gallons
of oil were spilled and drifted toward Denmark.
(SFC, 3/30/01, p.D4)
2001 Mar 29, In India a power
plant cooling tower collapsed and 6 workers were killed at Parvada.
(SFC, 3/30/01, p.A19)
2001 Mar 29, Macedonian forces
chased rebels into Kosovo and 3 people were killed from mortar fire
(SFC, 3/30/01, p.A16)
2001 Mar 29, In East Timor
Xanana Gusmao said he would not compete in the nation’s 1st
presidential election. Gusmao quit the interim legislature
(SFC, 3/30/01, p.A18)
2002 Mar 29, At Fort Irwin,
Ca., a mortar round exploded prematurely and 3 soldiers were killed.
(SFC, 3/30/02, p.A3)
2002 Mar 29, France reported
the successful cloning of rabbits using genetic material from adult
(SFC, 3/30/02, p.A3)
2002 Mar 29, Israel declared
Yasser Arafat an "enemy" and sent troops and tanks to isolate him in
his Ramallah headquarters in Operation Defensive Shield. 5
Palestinians, possibly executed, and 2 Israelis were killed in the
takeover. In Jerusalem a suicide bomber, Ayat Akhras (18) killed
herself and 2 Israelis. In the Gaza Strip a Palestinian man stabbed
to death 2 elderly Israelis and was shot to death by soldiers.
(SFC, 3/29/02, p.A1)(SFC, 3/30/02, p.A1,11)(SSFC,
3/31/02, p.A18)(AP, 9/6/03)
2002 Mar 29, Iraq expressed
interest in resuming relations with Kuwait.
(SFC, 3/30/02, p.A11)
2002 Mar 29, It was reported
that Russia had announced plans to build a nuclear plant for North
(WSJ, 3/30/02, p.A1)
2002 Mar 29, It was reported
that Thailand planned to market a drug combination of 3 AIDS drugs
in one cheap pill.
(WSJ, 3/29/02, p.B1)
2003 Mar 29, Michelle Kwan
became only the third American to win five World Figure Skating
Championships, after Dick Button and Carol Heiss.
2003 Mar 29, Pres. Bush sought
to marshal the nation's resolve to withstand more casualties, saying
further sacrifice must be expected.
2003 Mar 29, A rented Ford
Econoline 3-350 crashed on I-15 in southern California and 5 women
enroute to a retreat were killed. Families in 2004 sued Ford
(SFC, 8/4/04, p.B5)
2003 Mar 29, Two US special
forces soldiers were killed and another wounded in an ambush in
southern Afghanistan. Fighting there killed four Taliban with 6
2003 Mar 29, A gamma ray burst
was detected as a giant star exploded and collapsed into a black
hole some 2 billion light years away in the direction of the
(SFC, 4/28/03, A8)
2003 Mar 29, The government of
Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada, Bolivia's president, was on the verge of
collapse. His ratings were the lowest of any South American leader,
and he admitted coups were brewing beneath him.
2003 Mar 29, In El Salvador a
cargo truck carrying dozens of passengers went out of control and
flipped over, killing at least 12 people and injuring 42.
2003 Mar 29, In the 11th day of
Operation Iraqi Freedom a suicide bomber driving a taxi killed four
American soldiers at a checkpoint near Najaf, Iraq. US jets
destroyed a building in Basra where paramilitary fighters were
meeting and 200 were reported killed.
(AP, 3/29/03)(SSFC, 5/4/03, p.C3)
2003 Mar 29, A low-flying Iraqi
missile avoided the detection of US defense systems and landed just
off the coast of Kuwait City, shattering windows at the seaside Souq
Sharq shopping mall.
(AP, 3/29/03)(SFC, 3/29/03, p.W5)
2003 Mar 29, Israeli troops
shot a killed a 17-year-old Palestinian throwing stone at troops
(SSFC, 3/30/03, p.A9)
2003 Mar 29, In Mexico a small
government plane crashed in the mountains of southern Mexico,
killing all five people aboard. Passengers included Porfirio Encino
Hernandez, state sec. for Indian affairs; his son and brother;
Berenice Lopez, the daughter of former Gov. Javier Lopez; and pilot
2003 Mar 29, Nigeria police
shot and killed seven members of the Movement for the Actualization
of the Sovereign State of Biafra and arrested more than 20 to
forestall a rally where they planned to make a symbolic declaration
of independence. The leader of the failed Biafra state, Emeka
Odumegwu Ojukwu, a leading opposition politician, lost in the April,
2003, presidential elections that were widely alleged to have been
(AP, 3/30/03)(AP, 3/23/05)
2003 Mar 29, In the Philippines
troops clashed with communist guerrillas in a hilly area near the
capital, and at least 24 were people killed.
2003 Mar 29, Italian Dr. Carlo
Urbani (46), a WHO expert on communicable diseases, died of SARS in
Thailand, where he was being treated after becoming infected while
working in Vietnam. Urbani was the 1st doctor to identify SARS.
(AP, 3/29/03)(SSFC, 3/30/03, p.A6)
2003 Mar 29, A Turkish man who
had hijacked a Turkish Airlines flight the day before was persuaded
by Turkey's prime minister to release his 204 hostages after the
plane landed in Athens, Greece.
2004 Mar 29, Pres. Bush hosted
a White House ceremony to welcome Bulgaria, Estonia, Lithuania,
Latvia, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia into the NATO alliance.
(WSJ, 3/30/04, p.A1)
2004 Mar 29, Massachusetts
lawmakers approved a proposed constitutional amendment to ban gay
marriage and legalize civil unions, sending the issue to the next
2004 Mar 29, The body of Eugen
Gorenman (26), immigrant Russian Jew, was found shot to death at
Fort Funston, SF, Ca. In 2009 3 women, teenagers at time, were
sentenced to prison terms of 8 to 21 years for the slaying.
(SFCM, 6/27/04, p.8)(SFC, 4/4/09, p.B3)
2004 Mar 29, Margaret McCord
Nixon (87), South-African-born author of "The Calling of Katie
Makanya" (1997), died in Venice, Ca.
(SFC, 4/13/04, p.B7)
2004 Mar 29, The island of
Dominica switched diplomatic relations from Taiwan to China, after
the communist state offered a $112 million aid package.
2004 Mar 29, Ireland outlawed
smoking in workplaces, imposing the strictest anti-tobacco measure
ever adopted by any country on earth.
2004 Mar 29, A Lithuanian court
found French rock star Bertrand Cantat (40) guilty of man-slaughter
for the 2003 beating death of his movie-star girlfriend, Marie
Trintignant (41), and sentenced him to 8 years in prison.
2004 Mar 29, In Mexico Pres.
Fox unveiled a sweeping revision of the legal system.
(WSJ, 3/30/04, p.A16)
2004 Mar 29, In a stinging
rebuke, Secretary-General Kofi Annan fired one top UN official and
demoted another for security failures leading to the Aug. 19 bombing
of the U.N.’s Baghdad headquarters that killed 22 people.
2004 Mar 29, In Uzbekistan at
least 19 people were killed in a wave of terrorist violence. [see
2005 Mar 29, New York’s top
court ruled that an out-of-state programmer must pay state taxes on
his full salary despite working mostly via computer.
(WSJ, 3/30/05, p.A1)
2005 Mar 29, It was reported
that the Carlyle Group (b.1987) had become the 1st $10 billion
entity in the private equity industry. Its executives included a
number of former, highly placed, political figures.
(WSJ, 3/29/05, p.C1)
2005 Mar 29, As Terri Schiavo
entered her 12th full day without food or water, the Rev. Jesse
Jackson prayed with her parents and joined conservatives in calling
for Florida lawmakers to order her feeding tube reinserted.
2005 Mar 29, Mark Hurd, CEO of
NCR, was named as new CEO of Hewlett-Packard.
(AP, 3/29/05)(WSJ, 4/4/05,
2005 Mar 29, Johnnie L. Cochran
Jr. (b.1937), lawyer, died in LA at age 67. He became a legal
superstar after helping clear O.J. Simpson during the 1995
sensational murder trial in which he uttered the famous quote ''If
it doesn't fit, you must acquit.''
2005 Mar 29, It was reported
that China’s influence in Africa was expanding rapidly. Chinese
projects included the rebuilding of Nigeria’s railroad network; the
paving of roads in Rwanda; ownership of copper mines in Zambia;
timer operations in Equatorial Guinea; supermarket operations in
(WSJ, 3/29/05, p.A1)
2005 Mar 29, In eastern China a
truck loaded with chlorine overturned on a highway after a tire
burst, spewing fumes that killed 27 people and left another 285
2005 Mar 29, Colombian
President Alvaro Uribe sought international help to end 40 years of
civil war in his country, telling the leaders of Venezuela, Brazil
and Spain that the violence is too fierce to confront without their
2005 Mar 29, A video surfaced
on the Internet showing three drivers who said they worked for a
Jordanian trucking company being shot by gunmen claiming to belong
to a militant Islamic group in Iraq.
2005 Mar 29, The UN Security
Council ordered the Sudanese government to inform the UN before
sending any more weapons to Darfur.
(Econ, 4/2/05, p.42)
2005 Mar 29, Syria promised the
UN that it will withdraw all troops from Lebanon before
parliamentary elections but didn't mention a pullout of its
intelligence operatives as demanded by the Security Council.
2005 Mar 29, In Venezuela a
crowded bus overturned on a highway and plunged 50 feet down a hill,
killing 25 people.
2005 Mar 29, In Yemen clashes
between the military and followers of a slain cleric stretched into
a second day of fighting, leaving eight Yemeni soldiers dead.
2006 Mar 29, Jack Abramoff, the
US lobbyist who spawned a congressional corruption scandal, drew a
6-year prison term in a Florida fraud case.
(WSJ, 3/30/06, p.A1)
2006 Mar 29, Henry Farrell, a
writer born as Charles Farrell Myers (1920), died in Los Angeles.
His melodramatic thrillers spurred a genre of horror movies that
included “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane" and Hush…Hush, Sweet
(SFC, 4/6/06, p.B7)
2006 Mar 29, In San Francisco
Linda Woo was found inside a car in her garage with her 2
unconscious children. Her daughter 3 died in the attempted suicide.
Her 4-year old son suffered brain injuries. In 2009 Woo was
sentenced 25 years to life in prison.
(SFC, 11/27/09, p.C2)
2006 Mar 29, The first total
eclipse in years plunged Ghana into daytime darkness, a solar show
sweeping northeast from Brazil to Mongolia.
2006 Mar 29, Afghanistan's
parliament demanded that the government prevent a man who faced the
death penalty for abandoning Islam for Christianity from being able
to flee the country. Italy granted asylum to Abdul Rahman (41) and
the Foreign Ministry said he would arrive there "soon," maybe within
2006 Mar 29, In southern
Afghanistan militants attacked a coalition forces base, sparking a
battle that killed 32 suspected Taliban militants. Friendly fire was
later suspected in the deaths of one American and one Canadian
(AP, 3/29/06)(WSJ, 4/5/06, p.A1)
2006 Mar 29, British lawmakers
approved a measure requiring Britons applying for passports to get
an identity card or be entered into a computer database, paving the
way for the country's first national ID since World War II.
2006 Mar 29, Cambodia's PM Hun
Sen said that Yash Ghai, a UN human rights representative, was no
longer welcome in the Southeast Asian nation after the envoy
criticized the government's crackdown on dissent.
2006 Mar 29, State media
reported that China has arrested 76 officials and recovered about
$510 million in misused funds following a national audit.
2006 Mar 29, A group of 27
Danish Muslim organizations have filed a defamation lawsuit against
the newspaper that first published the caricatures of Islam's
2006 Mar 29, In Germany factory
workers at Ford, Infineon, DaimlerChrysler and other companies in
Germany temporarily walked off their jobs as part of a series of
warning strikes to put pressure on employers over demands for higher
2006 Mar 29, Gunmen lined up 14
employees working at an electronics trading company in Baghdad and
shot them all, killing eight and wounding six.
2006 Mar 29, After declaring
victory in Israel's elections, acting PM Ehud Olmert's Kadima Party
said it would quickly form a broad ruling coalition that will carry
out its plan to pull out of much of the West Bank and draw Israel's
borders by 2010.
206 Mar 29, Former Liberian
President Charles Taylor, accused of war crimes, was flown to Sierra
Leone after he was captured in northern Nigeria.
2006 Mar 30, The Mexican Senate
approved a broadcasting law that passes the power to license and
regulate broadcasting to the telecommunications regulator.
(Econ, 4/8/06, p.40)
2006 Mar 29, Palestine’s Hamas
party formally took power, and the newly installed prime minister
pledged to cooperate with President Mahmoud Abbas, head of the
defeated Fatah party. The Bush administration and Canada cut all
official ties as the new government was sworn in.
(AP, 3/29/06)(SFC, 3/30/06, p.A12)
2006 Mar 29, The Saudi Press
Agency reported that Saudi authorities had arrested 40 suspected
members of al-Qaida, including some allegedly involved in last
month's attempted bombing of a key oil complex, and seized a large
cache of weapons and explosives.
2006 Mar 29, Serbs in northern
Kosovo warned the UN that the province would split in two if the
Albanian majority clinches independence in talks this year.
2006 Mar 29, Some 20 Filipino
seamen were seized after their oil tanker, the United Arab
Emirates-registered MT LIN1, offloaded its cargo at a southern
Somali port. The men were released in July 15 following
2006 Mar 29, In South Africa a
fire swept through a downtown Johannesburg building, killing 12
people and injuring 33 others trapped inside by locked security
gates and belongings piled in passageways.
2006 Mar 29, In Thailand tens
of thousands of protesters seeking the ouster of PM Thaksin
Shinawatra descended on Bangkok's busiest shopping district,
disrupting business and traffic in the heart of the capital.
2006 Mar 29, In Thailand 7
decomposed bodies found in a jungle near the border with Myanmar.
The remains of four Hmong Americans are believed to be among the
dead. Eight men, including four Hmong with US citizenship, were
reported missing March 16.
2006 Mar 29, In southeastern
Turkey riot police fired water cannons and used pepper spray to
disperse stone-throwing Kurdish rioters in a second day of violence
that an official said left at least three people dead and 250
2006 Mar 29, The UN Security
Council demanded that Iran suspend uranium enrichment, the first
time the body directly urged Tehran to clear up suspicions that it
was seeking nuclear weapons.
2006 Mar 29, In Venezuela the
body of Filippo Sindoni (74), a prominent businessman who owned a TV
station, newspaper and pasta company, was found a day after he was
abducted by men wearing police uniforms.
2006 Mar 29, In Vietnam
activists and Vietnam War veterans wrapped up a global conference on
Agent Orange with a plea to the US government and chemical companies
to take responsibility for health problems linked to the wartime
2007 Mar 29, A defiant,
Democratic-controlled Senate approved legislation calling for the
withdrawal of US combat troops from Iraq within a year.
2007 Mar 29, Kyle Sampson, a
former senior aide to US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, directly
implicated him in a scandal over the sacking of eight federal
prosecutors, saying he had approved the dismissals.
2007 Mar 29, West Virginia beat
Clemson, 78-73, for its first NIT title in 65 years.
2007 Mar 29, A spring storm in
the US spawned some 65 tornadoes from South Dakota to Texas leaving
4 people dead.
(SFC, 3/30/07, p.A7)
2007 Mar 29, Johnny Castaneda
of Richmond, Ca., a rising rapper and protégé of Mac Dre, died 6
hours after being found with gunshot wounds in a Vallejo parking
(SSFC, 4/1/07, p.D1)
2007 Mar 29, A NATO soldier was
killed and three wounded during an operation in eastern Afghanistan.
Suspected Taliban militants attacked a checkpoint manned by Afghan
troops, leaving eight militants and five Afghan troops dead.
(AP, 3/30/07)(AP, 3/31/07)
2007 Mar 29, Brazil's
government said it will provide free Internet access to native
Indian tribes in the Amazon in an effort to help protect the world's
biggest rain forest. The environment and communications ministers
signed an agreement with the Forest People's Network to provide an
Internet signal by satellite to 150 communities.
2007 Mar 29, Britain’s PM Tony
Blair announced the creation of a new national security department
to fight terrorism, as part of a radical overhaul of the
225-year-old Home Office.
(AP, 3/29/07)(Econ, 3/31/07, p.66)
2007 Mar 29, Britain took its
escalating crisis with Iran over 15 captured sailors to the UN
Security Council, as Tehran said it would not release the only woman
among the detainees.
2007 Mar 29, Fisheries Minister
Loyola Hearn said Canada will cut back the number of harp seals that
hunters can kill this year to 270,000 from 335,000 in 2006 because
of bad ice conditions off its East Coast.
2007 Mar 29, Robert Marshall
Vignola (50) of Hamden, Conn., an American entrepreneur who
introduced foreign men to "young, sexy, exotic and beautiful Latin
Women" via the Internet, was killed in the western city of Cali by
gunmen on a motorcycle.
2007 Mar 29, India's Supreme
Court suspended a government program to reserve spots for
lower-caste students at the country's top medical, engineering and
2007 Mar 29, Indonesia reopened
its border with East Timor because the fugitive rebel who caused its
closure is no longer considered a threat.
2007 Mar 29, US Ambassador Ryan
Crocker was sworn in as the new top US envoy to Iraq, saying he was
taking over the "most critical foreign policy mission" facing his
country. Iraq's government admitted that police were behind the
vengeful slaughter of at least 70 Sunni Arabs in Tal Afar. 2 suicide
attackers wearing explosives blew themselves up in the Shalal
market, which was crowded with shoppers seeking provisions on the
eve of the Muslim day of rest and prayer. At least 82 people were
killed and 102 were wounded. At least 181 people were killed or
found dead as Sunni insurgents apparently stepped up their campaign
of bombings to derail the seven-week-old security sweep in Baghdad.
A US soldier was killed and another was wounded during a patrol in
(AFP, 3/29/07)(AP, 3/30/07)
2007 Mar 29, In Tokyo the
director of a research institute said Japanese scientists have
developed an oral vaccine for Alzheimer's disease that has proven
effective and safe in mice.
2007 Mar 29, In northern Mexico
gunmen killed two police officers and six other people in less than
48 hours, the latest victims in a wave of drug-related violence.
2007 Mar 29, Northern Ireland's
largest paramilitary group ousted one of its commanders in what it
called an effort to crack down on criminal rackets. The Ulster
Defense Association, an outlawed Protestant organization, removed
Gary Fisher, a so-called "brigadier" of an area that includes
predominantly Protestant northern suburbs of Belfast.
2007 Mar 29, In Pakistan a
woman kidnapped by female seminary students and accused of running a
brothel was freed after a hard-line cleric forced her to repent in
public. A suicide bomber blew himself up among troops resting near
an army base in Kharian, killing a soldier.
(AP, 3/29/07)(AFP, 3/29/07)
2007 Mar 29, In northern New
Zealand buildings were washed away, homes flooded and scores of
buses and cars trapped by raging flood waters after the equivalent
of three months of rainfall poured down in just 36 hours.
2007 Mar 29, Arab leaders at
their summit in Riyadh agreed on a call for Israel to accept their
land-for-peace offer and open direct negotiations with the Arabs.
Unlike past summits that at times saw overt feuds break out, the
gathering of Arab kings, emirs and presidents showed unusual public
unity as it revived the peace offer, which they first made in 2002
only to meet rejection from Israel.
2007 Mar 29, Somali troops and
their Ethiopian allies pounded insurgent positions in Mogadishu with
bombs and tank shells, sending residents fleeing a surge in fighting
that killed over 30 people including 7 Ethiopian soldiers.
(AP, 3/29/07)(SFC, 3/30/07, p.A20)
2007 Mar 29, A Swiss man was
jailed for 10 years for insulting Thailand's revered king by
vandalizing his portraits during a drunken spree.
2007 Mar 29, In Tanzania
African leaders rallied around President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe,
ignoring calls for tougher action against him and suggesting
dialogue as the solution to his country's deepening political
2008 Mar 29, In SF Philip Ng
(24) and Ernad Joldic (21) were shot and killed in a car at
Excelsior and Athens Street. In 2009 Erick Lopez, an alleged member
of MS-13 street gang, was indicted for the killings.
(SFC, 10/23/09, p.A12)
2008 Mar 29, Afghan, US and
Pakistani officers opened the first of six joint military
intelligence centers along the Afghan-Pakistan border, an effort to
cut down on militants' movement in a region of rising terrorist
2008 Mar 29, A police
headquarters building in Angola's capital collapsed and at least 24
people were killed.
2008 Mar 29, Sydney's iconic
Opera House and Harbor Bridge went dark as the world's first major
city turned off its lights for this year's Earth Hour, a global
campaign to raise awareness of climate change.
2008 March 29, Azerbaijan
customs halted a shipment of Russian equipment for Iran’s first
nuclear power plant. The equipment was released May 1.
(WSJ, 5/2/08, p.A8)
2008 Mar 29, In Brazil Isabella
Nardoni (5) died after falling from her father's sixth-floor Sao
Paulo apartment. On April 18 Alexandre Nardoni (29) and his wife,
Anna Carolina Jatoba (24), the father and stepmother of the
5-year-old girl, were arrested for allegedly throwing the girl from
their apartment window.
2008 Mar 29, British Airways
said that it was canceling more flights to and from London Heathrow
airport's new Terminal 5 for a third day running because of
2008 Mar 29, Angus Fairhurst
(b.1966), one of the group of "Young British Artists" who stormed
the international art scene in the 1990s, died of suicide during a
walk in Scotland.
2008 Mar 29, Three seal hunters
died after a fishing vessel capsized in the icy waters of the Gulf
of St. Lawrence, marking the first accident of Canada's 2008 seal
2008 Mar 29, Al-Sadr called on
his followers to defy government orders to surrender their weapons,
saying arms of the Mahdi Army should only be turned over to a
national leadership "that can get the occupier," meaning the
Americans their coalition allies, out of Iraq. Iraq's Health
Ministry reported at least 75 civilians have been killed and at
least 500 others injured in a week of clashes and airstrikes in Sadr
City and other eastern Baghdad neighborhoods. US jets widened the
bombing of Basra, dropping two precision-guided bombs on a suspected
militia stronghold north of the city. Iraqi police said a US
warplane strafed a house and killed eight civilians, including two
women and one child. Mortars landed in Shiite areas of eastern
Baghdad, killing at least one person and injuring 12. American
troops and Iraqis unearthed 14 significantly decomposed bodies in a
mass grave northeast of Baghdad.
(AP, 3/29/08)(AP, 3/30/08)
2008 Mar 29, In Kathmandu,
Nepal, around 80 Tibetan protesters shouting "stop the killing in
Tibet" were hauled away in police vehicles and detained after
demonstrating outside the Chinese embassy.
2008 Mar 29, In southwestern
Nigeria 5 employees of Express Oil were seized by angry youths in
Ondo state over the company's failure to pay royalties for its
operations in the area.
2008 Mar 29, In Somalia at
least 10 people were killed in Mogadishu after government troops
shelled a market area known to be an insurgent hideout.
(SSFC, 3/30/08, p.A2)
2008 Mar 29, An Arab League
summit in Damascus, where Syrian President Bashar Assad questioned
how long Arab nations can keep offering Israel a land-for-peace
proposal. Islamic and Arab leaders denounced a Dutch film that
portrays Islam as a ticking time bomb aimed at the West, demanding
international laws to prevent insults to religions.
(AP, 3/29/08)(AP, 3/30/08)
2008 Mar 29, Zimbabweans lined
up for hours to vote in elections that present President Robert
Mugabe with his toughest political challenge in 28 years in power.
2009 Mar 29, In Santa Clara,
California, police found six people dead, 3 of them children, after
a shooting at a home in the Bay Area city. The shooting appeared to
be a "family on family, murder-suicide." Devan Kalathat (42), an
engineer with Yahoo Inc., killed 5 members of his family before
(AP, 3/30/09)(SFC, 3/31/09, p.A9)(SFC, 4/1/09,
2009 Mar 29, In Illinois Duncan
Connolly (9) and his brother Jack (7), missing since March 8 after
visiting with their father, were found dead in his car. The body of
their father, Michael Connolly, was found nearby.
2009 Mar 29, In North Carolina
Robert Stewart (45) went on a terrifying rampage in the Pinelake
Health and Rehab center, killing seven residents and a nurse and
wounding three other people. He was stopped by a single shot to the
chest fired by Justin Garner, a decorated police officer responding
to a 911 call. Stewart survived and was charged with 8 counts of 1st
degree murder. In 2011 Stewart was convicted of 2nd degree murder
and sentenced from 141 to 177 years in prison.
(AP, 3/30/09)(SFC, 3/31/09, p.A7)(SSFC, 9/4/11,
2009 Mar 29, In North Dakota
the bloated Red River briefly breached a dike, pouring water into a
school campus and the Fargo Mayor Dennis Walaker called it a "wakeup
call" for a city that needs to be vigilant for weaknesses in levees
that could give way at any time.
2009 Mar 29, The mysterious
boom and flash of light seen over parts of Virginia was not a
meteor, but actually exploding space junk from the second stage of a
Russian Soyuz rocket, launched March 26, falling back to Earth.
2009 Mar 29, Maurice Jarre
(b.1924), Oscar-winning French composer, died in LA. His film scores
included “Lawrence of Arabia" and “Doctor Zhivago."
2009 Mar 29, Helen Levitt (95),
photographer of New York City, died.
(Econ, 4/11/09, p.87)
2009 Mar 29, Afghanistan's
Supreme Court announced that President Hamid Karzai should remain in
office until a new leader is chosen in a late-summer election, a
decision that effectively extends his term more than three months.
2009 Mar 29, In Australia
thousands of poisonous cane toads met their fate as gleeful hunters
gathered for a celebratory mass killing of the hated amphibians,
with many of the creatures' corpses being turned into fertilizer for
the very farmers they've plagued for years.
2009 Mar 29, In Australia a
gunman opened fire on a senior member of the Hells Angels, shooting
him multiple times outside a Sydney apartment complex in the latest
incident in an escalating battle between biker gangs.
2009 Mar 29, Canadian
researchers said a shadowy cyber-espionage network based mostly in
China has infiltrated secret government and private computers around
the world, including those of the Dalai Lama. They said the network,
known as GhostNet, had infected 1,295 computers in 103 countries and
penetrated systems containing sensitive information in top
political, economic and media offices.
2009 Mar 29, US-backed Iraqi
forces swept through a central Baghdad slum, disarming
government-allied Sunni fighters who launched a two-day uprising to
protest the arrest of their leader. Up to 30% of the Sunni
paramilitaries involved in the uprising escaped with their weapons.
A roadside bomb exploded near a security patrol in the southern city
of Basra, killing one security guard and three civilians.
(AP, 3/29/09)(AP, 4/1/09)
2009 Mar 29, A senior Israeli
defense official said Palestinian militants have smuggled nearly 70
tons of explosives and bomb-making materials and other weapons into
Gaza since Israel ended an offensive meant to choke off the arms
2009 Mar 29, In Abidjan, Ivory
Coast, a stampede at the Felix Houphouet-Boigny stadium left 19 dead
and at least 132 injured at a World Cup qualifying match.
2009 Mar 29, A second boat with
about 350 migrants aboard was rescued safely off the coast of Libya.
2009 Mar 29, The Indian Ocean
island of Mayotte, a mostly Muslim French overseas community,
overwhelmingly voted to integrate fully with France, becoming the
101st department of France. The move will bring financial benefits
to residents but also outlaw practices like polygamy and early
(AP, 3/29/09)(SFC, 3/30/09, p.A2)
2009 Mar 29, In northwest
Pakistan militants fired rockets at police chasing them after a
kidnapping, killing a senior police official and five other people
in the Balambat area of Lower Dir. Elsewhere in the region militants
kidnapped 11 police officers in the Khyber tribal area that is home
to a major US military supply route.
2009 Mar 29, In the Philippines
Abu Sayyaf commander Albader Parad threatened to behead one of three
Red Cross hostages, two Europeans and a Filipino, at 2 p.m. March
31, unless police and militiamen withdraw from 15 villages on Jolo
2009 Mar 29, In Russia the film
"Olympius Inferno," was first broadcast on state television. It
offering the Kremlin's version of the August war with Georgia and
contained anti-American overtones, reflecting Russia's anger over US
support for Georgia.
2009 Mar 29, In Spain tens of
thousands of demonstrators crowded central Madrid, chanting slogans
against government plans to liberalize the country's abortion laws.
2009 Mar 29, The int’l.
anti-piracy task force captured 7 pirates in the Gulf of Aden after
they opened fire on a German naval supply ship.
(SFC, 3/31/09, p.A2)
2009 Mar 29, In Sri Lanka heavy
ground battles between the army troops and the guerrillas left 29
2009 Mar 29, Sudan's Pres. Omar
al-Bashir, who is sought by an international court on charges of war
crimes in Darfur, received a warm welcome in Qatar, where he will
attend this week's Arab League summit.
2009 Mar 29, In central
Tanzania a goods train hit a stationary passenger train, killing at
least 15 people.
2009 Mar 29, Turks voted in
local elections. PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan's Islamic-oriented party
emerged as the leading party in local elections, but saw a slide in
its support compared with a landslide victory two years ago.
(AP, 3/29/09)(AP, 3/30/09)
2010 Mar 29, Officials said the
US and India have reached an agreement on reprocessing nuclear
material, clearing a major hurdle in putting into practice a
landmark atomic energy pact.
2010 Mar 29, The US Treasury
Department said it will begin selling the stake it owns in Citigroup
Inc., which could result in a profit to the government of more than
2010 Mar 29, US Federal
officials awarded Tennessee and Delaware $600 million in grants to
improve failing schools as part of Pres. Obama’s $4 billion fund for
education innovation and reform. Delaware won as much as $107
million. Tennessee could get $502 million.
(AP, 3/29/10)(SFC, 3/30/10, p.A9)
2010 Mar 29, In Afghanistan a
NATO helicopter crashed, injuring 14 people in Zabul province.
Elsewhere in the south a service member was killed in a bomb strike.
2010 Mar 29, In the Bahamas a
tornado touched down during a fierce thunderstorm and toppled a port
crane, killing three people and injuring at least four.
2010 Mar 29, In Canada a 2-day
G-8 meeting opened in the Quebec town of Gatineau. Canada said it
would press the Group of Eight leading industrialized nations to
tighten UN sanctions on Iran.
2010 Mar 29, In eastern China
local residents and firefighters recovered the bodies of 21 babies,
believed dumped by hospitals, which had washed ashore on the Guangfu
River near the city of Jining, Shandong province. Tags on the feet
of eight of the babies traced them back to a hospital in Jining.
2010 Mar 29, In Greece an
overnight pipe bomb explosion outside an Athens business management
institute killed an Afghan passer-by (15) and severely injured his
2010 Mar 29, A Guatemalan judge
sentenced a man to two years in prison for his role in the May 10,
2009, killing of lawyer Rodrigo Rosenberg, who accused the country's
president of his murder in a video made before his death. Cardona
was convicted of illicit association, the first verdict among eight
people on trial in the slaying of Rosenberg.
2010 Mar 29, An American doctor
living in Guatemala was convicted of sexually abusing four
10-year-old boys and sentenced to six years in prison. Dr. Joshua T.
Kotouc was arrested in 2008 with the four boys in bed.
2010 Mar 29, In Iraq the names
of candidates elected for the 325-member parliament were published
in newspapers. Several prominent politicians, long considered
untouchable in the political arena, failed to make it into
parliament following the country's March 7 elections. A pair of car
bombs in the holy city of Karbala killed at least four people and
wounded 22, with the second blast detonating near the provincial
2010 Mar 29, In Japan more than
2,000 people who suffer from a rare neurological disorder agreed to
accept a settlement proposal and abandon their lawsuits against the
Japanese government and the company they say made them sick by
dumping mercury. Minamata disease was first diagnosed in 1956 and
later was linked to the consumption of fish from southern Kyushu
island's Minamata Bay, where chemical company Chisso Corp. dumped
tons of mercury compounds.
2010 Mar 29, Myanmar's biggest
opposition party said it would not register for this year's
election, meaning Nobel Peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi's party will
have no role in the military-led political process.
2010 Mar 29, In Pakistan a
suicide bomber attacked a meeting of anti-Taliban volunteers in
northwestern Pakistan, killing one person and critically wounding
two others in Tank city.
2010 Mar 29, Hamas seized
$270,000 from a Gaza bank that had been frozen by the Palestinian
government in the West Bank, sparking new feuding between the Gaza
militants and their Western-backed rivals.
2010 Mar 29, A Philippine court
dismissed rebellion charges against a powerful clan leader and
dozens of his followers but they remain in custody for their alleged
role in the Nov 23, 2009, election-related massacre of 57 people.
Prosecutors had charged Andal Ampatuan Sr., his four sons and
followers with rebellion for allegedly plotting to stage an armed
uprising after the government began to crack down on them when they
were linked to the massacre.
2010 Mar 29, In Russia 2 female
suicide bombers blew themselves up in twin attacks on Moscow subway
stations jam-packed with rush-hour passengers, killing 39 people.
Officials blamed the carnage on rebels from the Caucasus region.
Five people remained in critical condition out of 71 hospitalized
after the blasts. The death toll soon rose to 40 as one of the
injured died in a hospital.
(AP, 3/29/10)(AP, 3/30/10)(AP, 4/2/10)
2010 Mar 29, Russia and the
International Atomic Energy Agency set up the world's first nuclear
fuel bank, signing into life a plan meant to bridge shortages caused
by snags in deliveries of low enriched uranium to power reactors.
2010 Mar 29, In Somalia
hundreds of women and children marched through the rubble-strewn
streets of Mogadishu to protest against al-Qaida-linked militants.
2010 Mar 29, Somali pirates
hijacked a cargo vessel, the Panama-flagged Iceberg I, off the coast
of Yemen. The 24-member crew came from Yemen, India, Ghana, Sudan,
Pakistan and the Philippines. On Dec 23, 2012, Puntland said its
forces had freed the ship and 22 hostages.
(AP, 3/29/10)(SFC, 12/24/12, p.A2)
2011 Mar 29, The Obama
administration slapped sanctions on a state-owned energy company in
Belarus over a $500 million investment with an Iranian firm accused
of contributing to Iran's suspect nuclear program.
2011 Mar 29, Wisconsin Circuit
Judge Maryann Sumi ruled that there should be no further
implementation of a law taking away nearly all collective bargaining
rights for public workers.
(SFC, 3/30/11, p.A5)
2011 Mar 29, In northeast
Afghanistan about 300 Taliban fighters overran the tiny capital of a
remote mountainous district, forcing police to retreat from their
small outpost in the Waygal district of Nuristan province. The
Taliban said 12 police officers and their weaponry were captured.
Police chief Shamsul Rahman denied that any of his men were
captured. 6 NATO troops were killed in three separate incidents
during an operation in Kunar province.
(AP, 3/29/11)(AP, 3/30/11)
2011 Mar 29, In Australia
Sydney's Daily Telegraph said American intelligence officials tipped
off the government that several thousand emails may have been
accessed from the computers of at least 10 ministers including PM
Julia Gillard's parliamentary computer. Chinese intelligence
agencies were among the list of foreign hackers that were under
2011 Mar 29, Bahrain's
40-member parliament formally accepted the resignations of 11 of 18
Al Wefaq lawmakers from the Shiite opposition, exposing them to
(AP, 3/29/11)(AFP, 3/29/11)
2011 Mar 29, Brazilian
President Dilma Rousseff has signed a law that guarantees
grandparents the right to visit their grandchildren when the parents
are divorced. The presidential approval was published today in the
2011 Mar 29, Jose Alencar
(b.1931), former Brazilian Vice President (2002-2010) died after a
long battle with abdominal cancer.
2011 Mar 29, In Cuba former US
President Jimmy Carter and President Raul Castro discussed US-Cuba
relations in a meeting in which Castro repeated an offer to hold
talks with the United States on any issue.
2011 Mar 28, In Dubai Alain
Robert, a French skyscraper climber, scaled the Burj Khalifa in just
over 6 hours.
(SFC, 3/29/11, p.A2)
2011 Mar 29, Finland’s Nokia
said it is suing Apple in the United States for allegedly infringing
patents in "virtually all" of its mobile phones, portable music
players, tablets and computers.
2011 Mar 29, India and Pakistan
agreed to set up a "terror hotline" to warn each other of possible
militant attacks, a move to build trust as the two nuclear foes get
their peace process back on track. India and Pakistan said they have
agreed to host Indian investigators looking into the 2008 Mumbai
terror attacks blamed on Pakistan-based militants.
(AFP, 3/29/11)(AP, 3/29/11)
2011 Mar 29, In northern Iraq
gunmen wearing military uniforms and suicide bomb belts stormed a
government headquarters in Tikrit in an attempt to take hostages. At
least 57 people were killed and 98 wounded. Among the dead was
journalist Sabah al-Bazi, a correspondent for Al-Arabiya satellite
TV channel and a freelancer for CNN.
(AP, 3/29/11)(AP, 3/30/11)
2011 Mar 29, Israeli PM
Benjamin Netanyahu filed $300,000 libel suits against an Israeli TV
station and a newspaper over reports he allegedly took expensive
flights, hotels and restaurant meals from wealthy associates.
2011 Mar 29, In Ivory Coast
more than 800 civilians were reportedly killed over the last 3 days
in Douekoue, a western town where hundreds of UN peacekeepers were
based. Other observers later questioned the number, but at least 200
people were killed. Some of those slaughtered apparently were killed
by "mercenaries" from nearby Liberia. Liberian mercenaries have been
reported to be fighting for both Gbagbo and Ouattara.
(AP, 4/2/11)(Econ, 4/9/11, p.53)
2011 Mar 29, A Kuwaiti court
condemned to death 3 members of a suspected spy ring. The two
Iranians and a Kuwaiti national were all serving in Kuwait's army
when they arrested in May 2010. Three Iranian diplomats involved in
the spy cell could not b prosecuted because of their diplomatic
2011 Mar 29, Libyan government
tanks and rockets blunted a rebel assault on Moammar Gadhafi's
hometown of Sirte and drove back the ragtag army of irregulars, even
as world leaders prepared to debate the country's future in London.
Rebels in Misrata said they were under renewed attack by forces
loyal to Muammar Gaddafi, and appealed to governments meeting in
London to help them. Forces loyal to Gaddafi killed 18
civilians in Misrata.
(AP, 3/29/11)(Reuters, 3/29/11)(Reuters, 3/30/11)
2011 Mar 29, In northern Mexico
Gunmen killed the wife and 5-year-old daughter of a state governor's
bodyguard in Chihuahua city. In Nuevo Leon state Garica Mayor Jaime
Rodriguez said he survived an assassination attempt. Four men were
gunned own inside a home in San Marcos, a town in southwestern
2011 Mar 29, Oman said it has
detained several anti-government activists who took part in protests
that started last month in the northern industrial city of Sohar.
2011 Mar 29, The International
Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda handed a life sentence to Jean-Baptiste
Gatete, a former women's ministry official. The tribunal concluded
he had retained influence in that region and was responsible for the
massacres of at least hundreds of Tutsis in three places in the
east: Rwankuba, Kiziguro parish and Mukarange parish.
2011 Mar 29, South African
counterterrorism police arrested Andre Visagie, a white supremacist,
and seized weapons including five homemade rifles, a pistol, and
more than 690 rounds of ammunition.
2011 Mar 29, Syria's Cabinet
resigned to help quell a wave of popular fury that erupted more than
a week ago, threatening President Bashar Assad's 11-year rule in one
of the most authoritarian nations in the Middle East. Hundreds of
thousands of supporters of Syria's regime poured into the streets as
the government tried to show it has mass support. Human Rights Watch
said more than 60 people have died since March 18 as security forces
cracked down on protesters.
2011 Mar 29, Thailand police
raided secret ivory carving workshops in central in Nakorn Sawan
province, seizing an allegedly illegal haul of elephant and walrus
2011 Mar 29, The UN refugee
agency says over 2,000 people have arrived in Italy from Libya by
boat since March 26 and more are believed to be en route.
2012 Mar 29, The Arkansas
Supreme Court struck down a state law banning sexual contact between
teachers and students 18 or older.
(SFC, 3/30/12, p.A6)
2012 Mar 29, Cafe Press Inc. of
San Mateo, Ca., a popular online retailer of personalized products,
went public with its initial public offering priced at $19 a share.
2012 Mar 29, In California the
SF-based Save the Redwood League donated Four Corners, a 164-acre
property in Mendocino County, to the InterTribal Sinkyone Wilderness
Council, made up of local native Indian groups.
(SFC, 4/28/12, p.A6)
2012 Mar 29, In Pennsylvania
the bodies of Charles (81) and Adrienne Snelling (81) were found in
their home in Trexlertown. Charles killed his wife and himself. He
had written in the NY Times last December about his love for his
(SFC, 3/31/12, p.A5)
2012 Mar 29, In southern
Afghanistan a NATO service member died in an insurgent attack.
2012 Mar 29, In Brazil riot
police in Rio de Janeiro used pepper spray and tear gas to chase
some 200 protesters away from a celebration by retired soldiers
marking the 1964 coup that established Brazil's long military
dictatorship. A recent study by the Brazilian government said 475
people were killed or "disappeared" by agents of the military
2012 Mar 29, In Bulgaria Massud
Barzani, the leader of Iraq's autonomous Kurdistan, sought
investment in the region's farming, health and construction sectors
during a meeting with PM Boyko Borisov.
2012 Mar 29, China executed
three arsonists held responsible for the deadly May 1, 2012, hotel
fire, that killed 11 people and injured more than 30 others.
2012 Mar 29, In Colombia a
10-year-old ethnic Wayuu girl gave birth via Caesarean section.
Under Colombian law, any sexual relations with a child age 14 or
younger is a crime punishable by at least 9 years in prison. Under
Colombia's 1991 constitution the Wayuu have jurisdiction.
2012 Mar 29, Egyptian political
parties reached an agreement to boost their representation in a
disputed constitutional panel dominated by Islamists. 14 parties,
including the main Islamist ones, supported the compromise and five
2012 Mar 29, Equatorial Guinea
warned that French firms would face the consequences if Paris did
not scrap an arrest warrant for the son of President Teodoro Obiang
Nguema. A day earlier the ruling Democratic Party (PDGE) said the
country's first son, also the party's vice president, could not be
judged by a French court.
2012 Mar 29, The European
Parliament voted through the European Market Infrastructure
(Econ, 4/7/12, p.83)
2012 Mar 29, France barred a
group of Muslim clerics, including one of the most prominent voices
in Sunni Islam, from entering the country to attend a conference.
The clerics had been invited by the French Islamic Union to speak
April 6-9 at a congress in Le Bourget near Paris. Police detained 19
people as they launched a crackdown on suspected Islamist extremists
in cities around the country.
(AP, 3/29/12)(AP, 3/30/12)
2012 Mar 29, Franco-Algerian
nuclear physicist Adlene Hicheur went on trial in Paris for
allegedly plotting terror attacks in France. Police arrested
Hicheur, a researcher studying the universe's birth, at the European
Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), in October 2009 after
intercepting emails he wrote. He stood trial charged with criminal
association as part of a terrorist enterprise.
2012 Mar 29, Gambians began
voting in parliamentary elections boycotted by the opposition which
has accused the ruling party of abusing the system to tip the poll
in its favor. The election only took place in 23 of the 48
constituencies as the remaining 25 parliamentary seats held by the
ruling Alliance for Patriotic Reorientation and Construction (APRC)
went unopposed due to the boycott.
2012 Mar 29, In Honduras at
least 13 people died during an uprising by armed inmates at the San
Pedro Sula prison, one of them decapitated and the others killed by
a fire started by the rioters.
2012 Mar 29, Thousands of
Indonesians rallied nationwide against a planned fuel price hike
they say will cause great hardship. Parliament was expected on March
30 to approve raising the fuel price by a third.
2012 Mar 29, In Iraq 10 of 22
leaders of the Arab world showed up at an Arab summit in Baghdad.
Qatar's prime minister said the lower representation was to protest
what he called the Baghdad government's marginalization of Iraq's
Sunni Muslim minority. The summit is the first held by the Arab
League since the Arab Spring revolts began sweeping through the
region more than a year ago.
2012 Mar 29, In the Ivory Coast
Rodrigue Dadje, the lawyer for the firebrand ex-first lady Simone
Gbagbo, was arrested at Abidjan airport after several months abroad.
She faced a raft of charges including threatening national security.
2012 Mar 29, Japan resumed its
use of capital punishment after a 20-month break, with an
unapologetic government minister signing death warrants for three
2012 Mar 29, Tokyo Electric
Power (TEPCO), the operator of the Fukushima nuclear plant, asked
the Japanese government for a capital injection of $12 billion in a
bid to avoid insolvency.
2012 Mar 29, A bid by ECOWAS to
seek a return to democratic rule in Mali fell apart when the team
turned back mid-air after a pro-coup demonstration in Bamako
2012 Mar 29, Pakistan sacked
Doctor Shakeel Afridi, a government surgeon recruited by the CIA to
help find Osama bin Laden, amid calls for him to face treason
2012 Mar 29, In southwestern
Pakistan gunmen killed six people in a pair of attacks, one of which
targeted local employees of a UN agency in Baluchistan province's
2012 Mar 29, In Puerto Rico
Hector Pesquera (65), a former director of the local FBI office, was
nominated to lead the island's troubled police department.
2012 Mar 29, Russia's top
investigative agency filed new charges against police officers
accused of torturing detainees amid growing public outrage over
police brutality. Kazan resident Sergei Nazarov (52) died earlier
this month of injuries suffered when officers sodomized him with a
champagne bottle. Four officers charged in Novokuznetsk were accused
of causing a detainee's death by asphyxiation by putting a gas mask
on him and cutting off his access to air.
2012 Mar 29, Human rights Watch
said pro-government Somali militia are torturing and executing
civilians in two southern towns of the war-torn nation where
Ethiopian troops recently ousted Islamist rebels.
2012 Mar 29, South Korean
activists burned pictures of Japanese PM Yoshihiko Noda and scuffled
with police in a protest against Tokyo's claims to disputed islands.
The demonstration was sparked after Japan's education ministry this
week announced the results of its review of a school history book
reasserting Japan's claim to islets, known as Dokdo in Korean and
Takeshima in Japanese, in the Sea of Japan (East Sea).
2012 Mar 29, Spain’s National
Court handed fines of about $1,170 to each of three members of the
Ardor de Estomago (Heartburn) rock band for insulting King Juan
(SFC, 3/30/12, p.A2)
2012 Mar 29, Swedish Defense
Minister Sten Tolgfors resigned after weeks of controversy over
revelations Sweden planned to help Saudi Arabia build an arms
2012 Mar 29, In Syria gunmen
struck in the heart of Aleppo, Syria's largest city and a stronghold
of support for President Bashar Assad, killing two army colonels at
a downtown roundabout in an attack that state media blamed on
terrorists. Rebels attacked an army truck in Hama province killing
two soldiers. Activists said security forces killed at least 11
civilians across the country.
2012 Mar 29, Turkish PM Recep
Tayyip Erdogan voiced his country's unwavering support for Tehran's
nuclear ambitions in a meeting with Iran's President Mahmoud
Ahmadinejad. Turkey relies on Iran for 30% of its oil imports, and
has refused to go along with sanctions imposed by the US and Europe,
saying it will observe only UN-mandated restrictions on Iran.
Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Tehran strongly supports
reforms in Syria under Pres. Assad, but visiting Turkish PM Erdogan
said Assad can't be trusted and must step down.
(AFP, 3/29/12)(AP, 3/30/12)
2012 Mar 29, In Venezuela Pres.
Chavez appeared on state television at an early morning meeting with
aides after his plane touched down shortly before midnight. He said
this week's 5-day treatments for cancer have been the first of five
2013 Mar 29, In Mayflower,
Arkansas, an ExxonMobil pipeline sprang a leak. Crews soon recovered
some 12,000 barrels of oil and water. The Pegasus pipeline, capable
of carrying more than 90,000 barrels per day (bpd) of crude from
Patoka, Illinois to Nederland, Texas, was carrying Canadian Wabasca
Heavy crude at the time of the leak.
(SSFC, 3/31/13, p.A8)(Reuters, 4/1/13)
2013 Mar 29, In San Francisco
Buster Posey, catcher for the SF Giants, signed a 9-year, $167
million contract, the largest in the club’s history.
(SFC, 3/30/13, p.A1)
2013 Mar 29, Fulton County,
Georgia, prosecutors announced that a grand jury had indicted the
Atlanta Public Schools' ex-superintendent and nearly three dozen
other former administrators, teachers, principals and other
educators of charges arising from a standardized test cheating
scandal on one of the nation’s largest test cheating scandals.
(AP, 3/30/13)(SFC, 3/30/13, p.A4)
2013 Mar 29, A Soyuz capsule
carrying 3 astronauts docked with the Int’l. Space Station (ISS)
after traveling just 6 hours from launch in Kazakhstan.
(SFC, 3/30/13, p.A3)
2013 Mar 29, Argentina proposed
a creative way out of its debt showdown, describing a mix of cash
and bonds that it suggested would amount to a huge profit, but not a
gargantuan one, for the investors it calls "vulture funds." The
payment plan could take many more years to cancel $1.44 billion in
defaulted bonds, interest and penalties left unpaid since the
country's world-record 2001 default.
2013 Mar 29, A court in Bosnia
convicted a Montenegrin man of multiple counts of murder, torture,
rape and looting during Bosnia's 1992-95 war, and sentenced him to
45 years in prison. A judge said Veselin Vlahovic (43) killed 31
people, raped a number of Bosniak and Croat women and tortured and
robbed non-Serb residents of a Sarajevo suburb while fighting for
the Bosnian Serbs.
2013 Mar 29, In China a large
landslide trapped 83 workers, believed to have been asleep, at the
state-owned Jiama (Gyama) copper and gold mining company in Tibet.
Chances for survivors were slim. The mine, which formally opened in
2010, was owned by China Gold Int’l. Resources.
(AP, 3/29/13)(SFC, 3/30/13, p.A2)(SFC, 4/1/13,
p.A2)(Econ, 4/6/13, p.54)
2013 Mar 29, In northern Egypt
clashes erupted in Alexandria and Zagazig, and protesters rallied in
Cairo in the latest demonstrations against Islamist President
Mohammed Morsi, who claims the recent wave of anti-government unrest
is the work of conspirators.
2013 Mar 29, Iraqi government
spokesman Ali al-Moussawi said Iraq would conduct more random
searches to check for weapons heading for the forces of Syrian Pres.
Assad or rebels seeking to topple his regime.
2013 Mar 29, In Iraq a string
of bombings targeting Shiite mosques killed at least 23 people and
wounded dozens. 19 of the deaths were in Baghdad and 4 in Kirkuk.
2013 Mar 29, In central Nigeria
attackers in the Barkin Ladi area raided a village called Bokkos and
killed nine people.
2013 Mar 29, North Korean
leader Kim Jong Un warned that his rocket forces were ready "to
settle accounts with the US," unleashing a new round of bellicose
rhetoric after US nuclear-capable B-2 bombers dropped dummy
munitions in joint military drills with South Korea.
2013 Mar 29, In northwestern
Pakistan a suicide bomber attacked a convoy carrying paramilitary
police commander Abdul Majeed Marwat, killing at least 10 people,
including two women in Peshawar.
(AP, 3/29/13)(SFC, 3/30/13, p.A2)
2013 Mar 29, In Sri Lanka
Buddhists attacked a warehouse of the Fashion Bug chain near the
Colombo as police stood by. The attack was filmed by a local
television station whose cameraman was attacked by the mob in the
most recent public outburst in a growing anti-Muslim campaign by
Buddhist nationalist groups in the island nation.
2013 Mar 29, Syrian rebels
captured a strategic town near the border with Jordan. The Syrian
Observatory for Human Rights said 16 rebels were among the dead in
the fighting in and around Dael.
2013 Mar 29, In Tanzania at
least 18 people died after a 12-story building under construction
collapsed in Dar es Salaam. By April 1 the death toll was raised to
at least 30.
(AP, 3/30/13)(AP, 4/1/13)
2013 Mar 29, A top UNICEF
official said as many as 240,000 children have missed UN-backed
vaccinations against polio because of security concerns in
Pakistan's tribal regions bordering Afghanistan.
2013 Mar 29, Vietnam unveiled
its new, 1,864-foot-long steel Dragon Bridge in Da Nang shaped like
a dragon that literally shoots fire from its mouth. It cost about
$85 million to construct and was built by the Louis Berger Group, a
New Jersey-based construction and architecture firm.
2014 Mar 29, Hobie Alter (80),
creator of the Hobie Cat sailboat, died at his home in Palm Desert,
Ca. He was known as the Henry Ford of the surfboard industry. In
1959 he became the first person to mass produce surfboards made of
(SFC, 4/1/14, p.A6)
2014 Mar 29, In Iowa a massive
fire swept through the former Younkers department store in downtown
Des Moines. The building, dating to 1899, was under renovation and
would now have to be demolished.
(SSFC, 3/30/14, p.A11)
2014 Mar 29, In Afghanistan
Taliban insurgents attacked the Independent Election Commission
headquarters in Kabul with rocket-propelled grenades and machine
guns. Police killed all 5 suicide bombers.
(Reuters, 3/29/14)(AP, 3/29/14)(SSFC, 3/30/14,
2014 Mar 29, Gay couples across
England and Wales said "I do" as a law authorizing same-sex marriage
came into effect at midnight, the final stage in a long fight for
2014 Mar 29, British police
said a male nurse has been charged with the murder of three patients
who were poisoned with contaminated medical products at a hospital
in Stockport. Victorino Chua (48), a father of two children, was
charged with murdering 3 of 8 patients who died following the
poisoning at Stepping Hill hospital, in June and July 2011. On May
18, 2015, Chua was convicted of using insulin to murder two patients
and trying to poison twenty others.
(AFP, 3/29/14)(SFC, 5/19/15, p.A2)
2014 Mar 29, In Central African
Republic Chadian soldiers, sent to repatriate their compatriots,
killed at least 8 civilians when they opened fire on crowds in
Bangui. Chadian troops were accused of killing 32 civilians when
they opened fire on a crowd.
(AFP, 3/30/14)(AP, 4/3/14)
2014 Mar 29, Crimea's Tatars
held a vote on whether to push for self-rule in their historic
homeland following its annexation by Russia. The Crimean Tatars, who
make up about 12 percent of Crimea's population, strongly opposed
and largely boycotted the hastily-organized March 16 referendum.
2014 Mar 29, Cuba’s parliament
approved a new foreign investment law that for the first time
allowed Cubans living abroad to invest in some enterprises.
(Econ, 4/5/14, p.30)
2014 Mar 29, An Egyptian court
sentenced two supporters of former president Mohamed Mursi to death
for murder during violence that broke out in Alexandria last year.
2014 Mar 29, Egypt reopened the
Gaza Strip's land border after a 50-day closure, but only for three
days and then just for special cases.
2014 Mar 29, German magazine
Der Spiegel reported that the US National Security Agency kept more
than 300 reports on Chancellor Angela Merkel in a special databank
about scores of foreign heads of state. Other leaders listed in the
databank include the heads of Peru, Somalia, Guatemala, Colombia and
2014 Mar 29, Guinea kept up its
efforts to contain an Ebola epidemic which has killed dozens
spreading from its southern forests to the capital Conakry, as
neighboring Senegal closed its border.
2014 Mar 29, In southern Iraq
commercial production on one of the biggest undeveloped oilfields in
the world. Russian energy giant Lukoil was the principal firm
developing the enormous West Qurna-2 field.
2014 Mar 29, In Lebanon 3
soldiers were killed when a suicide bomber detonated his vehicle at
a checkpoint at Aqabet al-Jurd in the Arsal region.
2014 Mar 29, Myanmar said that
Muslims would not be allowed to register as "Rohingya" in its first
census since 1983 despite UN assurances, on the eve of a survey that
has fanned sectarian tensions.
2014 Mar 29, In southwest
Pakistan a roadside bomb targeting a security force vehicle in
Quetta killed a teenage girl and wounded 18 people.
2014 Mar 29, A Philippine
government ship slipped past a Chinese coast guard blockade and
brought food and fresh troops to a marooned navy ship used as a base
by Filipino troops to bolster the country's territorial claims in
the disputed South China Sea.
2014 Mar 29, Russia said it had
"no intention" of invading eastern Ukraine, responding to Western
warnings over a military buildup on the border following Moscow's
annexation of the Crimean peninsula.
2014 Mar 29, Slovak voters
turned out in unexpectedly higher numbers for the runoff in the
country's presidential election as underdog philanthropist Andrej
Kiska challenged political heavyweight PM Robert Fico. Andrej Kiska
trounced PM Robert Fico in the presidential election.
(Reuters, 3/29/14)(Reuters, 3/29/14)
2014 Mar 29, Sri Lanka held
local elections. The ruling party won local elections, but with
smaller than expected margins in a crucial mid-term test for
President Mahinda Rajapakse.
2014 Mar 29, Syrian government
forces captured two villages near the border with Lebanon,
continuing a weeks-long advance that has cut a major supply route
for weapons and fighters from eastern Lebanon.
2014 Mar 29, In Thailand tens
of thousands of anti-government protesters rallied across Bangkok in
their latest bid to topple PM Yingluck Shinawatra.
2014 Mar 29, Ukraine boxer
turned opposition leader Vitali Klitschko dropped out of the May 25
snap presidential polls to help the candidacy of Petro Poroshenko, a
charismatic tycoon who made a fortune selling chocolates and backs
closer Western ties.