Today in History - March 29

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1461        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 continued.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Towton)(AM, 7/01, p.69)(AM, 7/01, p.68)

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.
    (www.elitehotel.it/en/the_ancient_jewish_ghetto_in_venice_13en1341en.htm)

1546        Mar 29, Cardinal Beaton, English archbishop of St. Andrews, was murdered.
    (MC, 3/29/02)

1561        Mar 29, Santorio Sanctorius was born in Trieste. He became a physician, and was burned at stake as a heretic.
    (MC, 3/29/02)

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 the action.
    (www.channel4.com/history/microsites/H/history/guide17/timeline40.html)

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

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 American Capital."
    (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 March 16.
    (AP, 3/16/06)

1795        Mar 29, Beethoven (24) debuted as pianist in Vienna.
    (MC, 3/29/02)

1798        Mar 29, Republic of Switzerland formed.
    (MC, 3/29/02)

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 superhighway.
    (AP, 6/3/06)

1814        Mar 29, In the Battle at Horseshoe Bend, Alabama, Andrew Jackson beat the Creek Indians. [see Mar 27]
    (MC, 3/29/02)

1819        Mar 29, Edwin Drake (d.1890), the man who drilled the first productive oil well (1859), was born.
    (HN, 3/29/98)
1819        Mar 29, Isaac Mayer Wise, rabbi, founder (American Hebrew Congregations), was born.
    (MC, 3/29/02)

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.
    (www.abnamro.com/about/history/historyfaq.cfm)

1827        Mar 29, Composer Ludwig van Beethoven was buried in Vienna amidst a crowd of over 10,000 mourners.
    (HN, 3/29/01)

1835        Mar 29, Elihu Thomson, the English-born American inventor of electric welding and arc lighting, was born.
    (HN, 3/29/99)

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.
    (Econ, 9/13/14, p.89)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Spratly)

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).
    (www.russojapanesewar.com/kuro.html)
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 Multimillionaire.
    (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.
    (MC, 3/29/02)

1852        Mar 29, Ohio made it illegal for children under 18 and women to work more than 10 hours a day.
    (MC, 3/29/02)

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.
    (MC, 3/29/02)

1865        Mar 29, Battle of Quaker Road, Va.
    (MC, 3/29/02)
1865        Mar 29-Apr 9, The Appomattox campaign in Virginia left 7582 killed.
    (MC, 3/29/02)

1867        Mar 29, Cy Young, major league baseball pitcher with the most wins (509 or 511 total), was born.
    (HN, 3/29/02)
1867        Mar 29, Congress approved the Lincoln Memorial.
    (MC, 3/29/02)
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.
    (MC, 3/29/02)

1875        Mar 29, Lou Henry Hoover, first lady, was born.
    (HN, 3/29/98)

1879        Mar 29, Tchaikovsky’s opera "Yevgeny Onegin," premiered in Moscow.
    (MC, 3/29/02)
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 War.
    (HN, 3/29/99)(MC, 3/29/02)

1881        Mar 29, Raymond Hood, architect, was born.
    (HN, 3/29/01)

1882        Mar 29, The Knights of Columbus was granted a charter by the state of Connecticut.
    (AP, 3/29/07)

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]
    (www.sodamuseum.bigstep.com/generic.jhtml?pid=1)

1888        Mar 29, James E. Casey, founder of the United Parcel Service, was born.
    (HN, 3/29/98)

1891        Mar 29, Georges-Pierre Seurat (31), French painter (Pointillism), died.
    (MC, 3/29/02)

1892        Mar 29, Jozsef Mindszenty, [Joseph Prehm], Hungarian cardinal, was born.
    (MC, 3/29/02)
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 queen.
    (ON, 11/02, p.7)

1902        Mar 29, William Walton, composer (Troilus and Cressida, Wise Virgins), was born in England.
    (MC, 3/29/02)

1903        Mar 29, A regular news service began between New York and London on Marconi's wireless.
    (HN, 3/29/98)

1905        Mar 29, Annunzio Mantovani, orchestra leader (Mantovani), was born in Venice, Italy.
    (MC, 3/29/02)

1906        Mar 29, E. Power Biggs, organist, composer (CBS), was born in Westcliff-on-Sea, England.
    (MC, 3/29/02)

1910        Mar 29, Helen Wells, author of the Cherry Ames series, was born.
    (HN, 3/29/01)

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.
    (HN, 3/29/98)
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."
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Falcon_Scott)

1913        Mar 29, The Reichstag announced a raise in taxes in order to finance the new military budget.
    (HN, 3/29/98)

1916        Mar 29, Eugene McCarthy, U.S. senator and 1968 presidential candidate, was born in Watkins, Minn.
    (HN, 3/29/01)(MC, 3/29/02)
1916        Mar 29, The Italians called off the fifth attack on Isonzo.
    (HN, 3/29/98)

1917        Mar 29, Man O'War, racehorse (winner of 20 out of 21 races and $249,465), was born.
    (MC, 3/29/02)

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.
    (MC, 3/29/02)

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, 'Who cares?"'
    (AP, 3/29/97)

1935        Mar 29, French liner Normandie began its maiden voyage.
    (MC, 3/29/02)

1936        Mar 29, Judith Guest, novelist (Ordinary People), was born.
    (HN, 3/29/01)
1936        Mar 29, Richard Rodney Bennett, composer, was born in Broadstairs, Kent, England.
    (MC, 3/29/02)
1936        Mar 29, Nazi propaganda claimed 99% of Germans voted for Nazi candidates.
    (MC, 3/29/02)
1936        Mar 29, Italy firebombed the Ethiopian city of Harar.
    (HN, 3/29/98)

1937        Mar 29, Billy Carter, brother of Pres Carter, was born in Plains, Georgia.
    (MC, 3/29/02)

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.
    (MC, 3/29/02)
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.
    (HN, 3/29/98)

1942        Mar 29, British cruiser Trinidad torpedoed itself in the Barents Sea.
    (MC, 3/29/02)
1942        Mar 29, German submarine U-585 sank.
    (MC, 3/29/02)

1943        Mar 29, Eric Idle, comedian, actor (Monty Python), was born in England.
    (MC, 3/29/02)
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.
    (MC, 3/29/02)
1943        Mar 29, World War II meat, butter and cheese rationing began.
    (AP, 3/29/97)

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.
    (AFP, 11/17/09)

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 de Bergerac."
    (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.
    (HN, 3/29/98)

1952        Mar 29, Pres. Harry Truman removed himself from the presidential race.
    (HN, 3/29/98)
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 NJ.
    (MC, 3/29/02)

1957        Mar 29, Joyce A.L. Cary (68), English writer (Horse's Mouth), died.
    (MC, 3/29/02)

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.
    (MC, 3/29/02)

1961        Mar 29, The 23rd amendment, allowing residents of Washington, D.C. to vote for president, was ratified.
    (HN, 3/29/98)
1961        Mar 29, In South Africa Nelson Mandela was acquitted on a treason charge after a 4 year trial.
    (MC, 3/29/02)

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.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coups_d%27%C3%A9tat_in_Argentina)(Econ, 2/15/14, p.20)
1962        Mar 29, Cuba opened the trial of the Bay of Pigs invaders.
    (HN, 3/29/98)

1964        Mar 29, The U.S. planned to add $50 million a year for aid to South Vietnam.
    (HN, 3/29/98)

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.
    (HN, 3/29/98)

1967        Mar 29, The first nationwide strike in the 30-year history of the American Federation of Television occurred and lasted for 13 days.
    (www.aftra.org/aftra/history.htm)
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 January.
    (http://nuclearweaponarchive.org/France/FranceOrigin.html)

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.
    (www.amoeba.com/blog/tags/baseball/page1.html)

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.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Calley)
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.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Manson)

1972        Mar 29, J. Arthur Rank (b.1888), 1st Baron Rank, British industrialist and film producer, died.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J._Arthur_Rank)

1973        Mar 29, The last United States troops left South Vietnam, ending America's direct military involvement in the Vietnam War.
    (AP, 3/29/97)

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 dismissed.
    (AP, 3/29/07)

1975        Mar 29, Egyptian president Anwar Sadat declared that he would reopen the Suez Canal on June 5, 1975.
    (HN, 3/29/98)

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.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emmett_Kelly)
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.
    (SFEC,11/16/97, p.A2)(www.weijingsheng.org/wei/en.html)

1980        Mar 29, Annunzio Mantovani (b.1905), Italian orchestra leader (Mantovani), died at his home in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, England.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mantovani)

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.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Woman_of_the_Year_(musical))(SFC, 9/13/04, p.B4)
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.
    (HN, 3/29/98)
1981        Mar 29, The first London 26.2 mile marathon was run with nearly 7,500 participants.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/London_Marathon)

1982        Mar 29, In the 2nd annual Golden Raspberry Awards “Mommie Dearest" won as the worst picture.
    (http://razzies.com/asp/content/XcNewsPlus.asp?cmd=view&articleid=21)
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 "Reds."
    (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 choices.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1982_NCAA_Men's_Division_I_Basketball_Tournament)
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 Sanchez.
    (SFC,12/11/97, p.C2)(www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/L27801114.htm)
1982        Mar 29, Carl Orff (b.1895), German composer (Carmina Burana), died.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carl_Orff)
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.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/El_Chich%C3%B3n)c

1984        Mar 29, The NFL Baltimore Colts moved to Indianapolis.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indianapolis_Colts)

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 Combatants."
    (SFC, 3/31/08, p.A3)(http://english.people.com.cn/90001/90777/90852/6384027.html)

1986        Mar 29, A court in Rome acquitted six men in a plot to kill the Pope.
    (HN, 3/29/98)

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.
    (http://tinyurl.com/mgtog)
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.
    (AP, 3/29/97)

1988        Mar 29, Two top US Justice Department officials resigned over Attorney General Edwin Meese's legal problems.
    (AP, 3/29/98)
1988        Mar 29, Sen. Bob Dole ended his presidential candidacy. Michael Dukakis won the Connecticut Democratic primary.
    (AP, 3/29/98)
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.
    (AP, 3/29/98)

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."
    (AP, 3/29/99)
1989        Mar 29, In the 9th Golden Raspberry Awards: Cocktail won.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1988_Golden_Raspberry_Awards)
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.
    (http://tinyurl.com/hf4fb)

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.
    (AP, 3/29/00)

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.
    (AP, 3/29/01)
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 brain tumor.
    (AP, 3/29/01)

1992        Mar 29, The film “Hudson Hawk" won the 12th Golden Raspberry Award as worst picture.
    (www.imdb.com/Sections/Awards/Razzie_Awards/1992)
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."
    (AP, 3/29/97)
1992        Mar 29, Earl Spencer (68), father of Lady Diana, died.
    (http://freespace.virgin.net/owston.tj/spencer.htm)
1992        Mar 29, Paul [G J von] Henreid (84), Austrian actor (Laszlo-Casablanca), died.
    (www.pgtw.bc.ca/histor3.htm)

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 a Woman."
    (AP, 3/29/98)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/65th_Academy_Awards)

1994        Mar 29, Dallas Cowboys coach Jimmy Johnson resigned, capping a longstanding feud with team owner Jerry Jones.
    (AP, 3/29/04)
1994        Mar 29, Mexico's ruling party picked Ernesto Zedillo to be its new presidential candidate, replacing the assassinated Luis Donaldo Colosio.
    (AP, 3/29/99)
1994        Mar 29, Bill Travers (72), British actor (Trio, Gorgo, Born Free), died.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_Travers)

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.
    (AP, 3/29/00)

1996        Mar 29 Congress passed, and President Clinton quickly signed, a 12th stopgap spending bill to avert a partial federal shutdown.
    (AP, 3/28/97)
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 encounter.
    (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.
    (AP, 3/29/98)
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 in Texas.
    (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, 4/1/97, p.A1)

1998        Mar 29, The Lady Vols of Tennessee won a third straight NCAA basketball championship, defeating Louisiana Tech.
    (AP, 3/29/99)
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 of Piura.
    (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 championship.
    (AP, 3/29/00)
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.
    (AP, 3/29/00)
1999        Mar 29, NATO airstrikes against Yugoslavia continued for a sixth night.
    (AP, 3/29/00)
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 asylum there.
    (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 Hutu-Tutsi hostility.
    (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.
    (AP, 3/29/01)
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.
    (AP, 3/29/01)
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 Jewish ritual."
    (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 missing.
    (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 corruption ceased.
    (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 Palestinian violence.
    (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.
    (AP, 3/29/02)
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 nightclub. 
    (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 in Kosovo.
    (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 yesterday.
    (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 cells.
    (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 Korea.
    (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.
    (AP, 3/29/04)
2003        Mar 29, Pres. Bush sought to marshal the nation's resolve to withstand more casualties, saying further sacrifice must be expected.
    (AP, 3/29/03)
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 alleging negligence.
    (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 captured.
    (AP, 3/29/03)
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 constellation Leo.
    (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.
    (AP, 3/30/03)
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.
    (AP, 3/30/03)
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 near Nablus.
    (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 Guadalupe Gil.
    (AP, 4/1/03)
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 rigged.
    (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.
    (AP, 3/30/03)
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.
    (AP, 3/29/04)

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 legislative session.
    (AP, 3/29/05)
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.
    (AP, 3/29/04)
2004        Mar 29, Ireland outlawed smoking in workplaces, imposing the strictest anti-tobacco measure ever adopted by any country on earth.
    (AP, 3/29/04)
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.
    (AP, 3/29/04)
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.
    (AP, 3/29/05)
2004        Mar 29, In Uzbekistan at least 19 people were killed in a wave of terrorist violence. [see Mar 28]
    (AP, 3/29/05)

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.
    (AP, 3/29/06)
2005        Mar 29, Mark Hurd, CEO of NCR, was named as new CEO of Hewlett-Packard.
    (AP, 3/29/05)(WSJ, 4/4/05, p.B1)   
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.''
    (AP, 3/29/05)
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 Lesotho.
    (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 hospitalized.
    (AP, 3/30/05)
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 aid.
    (AP, 3/29/05)
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.
    (AP, 3/30/05)
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.
    (AP, 3/29/05)
2005        Mar 29, In Venezuela a crowded bus overturned on a highway and plunged 50 feet down a hill, killing 25 people.
    (AP, 3/29/05)
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.
    (AP, 3/29/05)

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 Charlotte."
    (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.
    (AP, 3/29/06)
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 the day.
    (AP, 3/29/06)
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 soldier.
    (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.
    (AP, 3/29/06)
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.
    (AP, 3/29/06)
2006        Mar 29, State media reported that China has arrested 76 officials and recovered about $510 million in misused funds following a national audit.
    (AP, 3/29/06)
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 Prophet Muhammad.
    (AP, 3/30/06)
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 wages.
    (AP, 3/29/06)
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.
    (AP, 3/29/06)
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.
    (AP, 3/29/06)
206        Mar 29, Former Liberian President Charles Taylor, accused of war crimes, was flown to Sierra Leone after he was captured in northern Nigeria.
    (AP, 3/29/07)
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.
    (AP, 3/29/06)
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.
    (Reuters, 3/29/06)
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 negotiations.
    (AP, 7/16/06)
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.
    (AP, 3/29/06)
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.
    (AP, 3/29/06)
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.
    (AP, 3/29/06)
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 injured.
    (AP, 3/29/06)
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.
    (AP, 3/29/07)
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.
    (AP, 3/30/06)
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 defoliant.
    (AP, 3/29/06)

2007        Mar 29, A defiant, Democratic-controlled Senate approved legislation calling for the withdrawal of US combat troops from Iraq within a year.
    (AP, 3/29/08)
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.
    (AFP, 3/30/07)
2007        Mar 29, West Virginia beat Clemson, 78-73, for its first NIT title in 65 years.
    (AP, 3/29/08)
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 lot.
    (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.
    (AP, 3/30/07)
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.
    (AP, 3/29/07)
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.
    (AP, 3/29/07)
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.
    (AP, 4/1/07)
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 professional schools.
    (AP, 3/29/07)
2007        Mar 29, Indonesia reopened its border with East Timor because the fugitive rebel who caused its closure is no longer considered a threat.
    (AP, 3/29/07)
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 southern Baghdad.
    (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.
    (Reuters, 3/29/07)
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.
    (AP, 3/30/07)
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.
    (AP, 3/30/07)
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.
    (AP, 3/29/07)
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.
    (AP, 3/29/07)
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.
    (AP, 3/29/07)
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 crisis.
    (Reuters, 3/29/07)

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 activity.
    (AP, 3/29/08)
2008        Mar 29, A police headquarters building in Angola's capital collapsed and at least 24 people were killed.
    (AP, 3/31/08)
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.
    (AP, 3/29/08)
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.
    (AP, 4/19/08)
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 logistical problems.
    (AFP, 3/29/08)
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.
    (AP, 4/1/08)
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 hunt season.
    (Reuters, 3/29/08)
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.
    (AP, 3/29/08)
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.
    (AFP, 3/31/08)
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.
    (AP, 3/29/08)

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 committing suicide.
    (AP, 3/30/09)(SFC, 3/31/09, p.A9)(SFC, 4/1/09, p.A1)
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.
    (SFC, 3/31/09, p.A6)(www.amw.com/missing_children/recovered.cfm?id=64030)
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, p.A8)
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.
    (AP, 3/29/09)
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.
    (www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,511501,00.html)
2009        Mar 29, Maurice Jarre (b.1924), Oscar-winning French composer, died in LA. His film scores included “Lawrence of Arabia" and “Doctor Zhivago."
    (Econ, 4/18/09, p.92)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maurice_Jarre)
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.
    (AP, 3/29/09)
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.
    (AP, 3/29/09)
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.
    (AP, 3/29/09)
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.
    (AP, 3/29/09)
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 flow.
    (AP, 3/29/09)
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.
    (AP, 3/30/09)
2009        Mar 29, A second boat with about 350 migrants aboard was rescued safely off the coast of Libya.
    (AP, 3/31/09)
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 marriages.
    (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.
    (AP, 3/29/09)
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 island.
    (AP, 3/30/09)
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.
    (AP, 3/31/09)
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.
    (AP, 3/29/09)
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 rebels dead.
    (AP, 3/30/09)
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.
    (AP, 3/29/09)
2009        Mar 29, In central Tanzania a goods train hit a stationary passenger train, killing at least 15 people.
    (AP, 3/29/09)
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.
    (AFP, 3/29/10)
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 $8 billion.
    (AP, 3/29/10)
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.
    (AP, 3/29/10)
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.
    (AP, 3/29/10)
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.
    (Reuters, 3/28/10)  
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.
    (AP, 3/30/10)
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 sister (10).
    (AP, 3/29/10)
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.
    (AP, 3/30/10)
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.
    (AP, 3/29/10)
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 governor's home.
    (AP, 3/29/10)
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.
    (AP, 3/29/10)
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.
    (Reuters, 3/29/10)
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.
    (AP, 3/29/10)
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.
    (AP, 3/29/10)
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.
    (AP, 3/29/10)
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.
    (AP, 3/29/10)
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.
    (AP, 3/29/10)
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.
    (AP, 3/29/11)
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 suspicion.
    (AFP, 3/29/11) 
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 prosecution.
    (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 official gazette.
    (AP, 3/29/11)
2011        Mar 29, Jose Alencar (b.1931), former Brazilian Vice President (2002-2010) died after a long battle with abdominal cancer.
    (AP, 3/30/11)
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.
    (Reuters, 3/30/11)
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.
    (AP, 3/29/11)
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.
    (AP, 3/30/11)
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 immunity.
    (AFP, 3/31/11)
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 Guerrero state.
    (AP, 3/30/11)
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.
    (AP, 3/29/11)
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.
    (AFP, 3/29/11)
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.
    (AP, 3/30/11)
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.
    (AP, 3/29/11)
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 tusks.
    (AP, 3/30/11)
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.
    (AP, 3/29/11)

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.
    (http://tinyurl.com/7dhse9z)
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 Alzheimer’s-stricken wife.
    (SFC, 3/31/12, p.A5)
2012        Mar 29, In southern Afghanistan a NATO service member died in an insurgent attack.
    (AP, 3/30/12)
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 regime.
    (AP, 3/29/12)
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.
    (AFP, 3/29/12)
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.
    (AFP, 3/29/12)
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.
    (AP, 4/10/12)
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 opposed.
    (AFP, 3/29/12)
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.
    (AFP, 3/29/12)
2012        Mar 29, The European Parliament voted through the European Market Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR).
    (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.
    (AFP, 3/29/12)
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.
    (AFP, 3/29/12)
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.
    (AP, 3/30/12)
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.
    (AFP, 3/29/12)
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.
    (AP, 3/29/12)
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.
    (AFP, 4/18/12)
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 multiple murderers.
    (AFP, 3/29/12)
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.
    (AFP, 3/29/12)
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 airport.
    (AFP, 3/29/12)
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 charges.
    (AFP, 3/29/12)
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 Mastung district.
    (AP, 3/29/12)
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.
    (AFP, 3/30/12)
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. 
    (AP, 3/29/12)
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.
    (AFP, 3/29/12)
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).
    (AFP, 3/29/12)
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 Carlos.
    (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 factory.
    (AFP, 3/29/12)
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.
    (AP, 3/29/12)
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 rounds.
    (AP, 3/29/12)

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.
    (AP, 3/29/13)
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.
    (AP, 3/29/13)
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.
    (AP, 3/29/13)
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.
    (AP, 3/29/13)
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.
    (AP, 3/29/13)
2013        Mar 29, In central Nigeria attackers in the Barkin Ladi area raided a village called Bokkos and killed nine people.
    (AP, 3/30/13)
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.
    (AP, 3/29/13)
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.
    (www.youtube.com/watch?v=dIlmeQWicEM)(AP, 4/7/13)
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.
    (AP, 3/29/13)
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.
    (AP, 3/29/13)
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.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dragon_River_Bridge)

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 polyurethane foam.
    (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, p.A2)
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 equality.
    (AFP, 3/29/14)
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.
    (AFP, 3/29/14)
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.
    (Reuters, 3/29/14)
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.
    (AFP, 3/29/14)
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 Belarus.
    (AP, 3/29/14)
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.
    (AFP, 3/29/14)
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.
    (AFP, 3/29/14)
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.
    (AFP, 3/30/14)
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.
    (AFP, 3/29/14)
2014        Mar 29, In southwest Pakistan a roadside bomb targeting a security force vehicle in Quetta killed a teenage girl and wounded 18 people.
    (AP, 3/29/14)
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.
    (AP, 3/29/14)
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.
    (Reuters, 3/29/14)
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.
    (AFP, 3/30/14)
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.
    (AP, 3/29/14)
2014        Mar 29, In Thailand tens of thousands of anti-government protesters rallied across Bangkok in their latest bid to topple PM Yingluck Shinawatra.
    (Reuters, 3/29/14)
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.
    (AFP, 3/29/14)

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