924 Apr 7, Berengarius
I, Emperor of Italy, was murdered.
1028 Apr 7, Pope Benedict VIII
(PTA, 1980, p.288)
1118 Apr 7, Pope Gelasius II
excommunicated Henry V, Holy Roman Emperor.
1348 Apr 7, Prague Univ., the
1st in central Europe, was started by Charles IV.
1498 Apr 7, A crowd stormed
Savonarola's convent of San Marco in Florence, Italy.
1506 Apr 7, Francis Xavier,
saint, Jesuit missionary to India, Malaya, and Japan, was born.
1521 Apr 7, Inquisitor-general
Adrian Boeyens banned Lutheran books.
1521 Apr 7, Ferdinand Magellan
landed on Cebu Island, Philippines. Italian chronicler Antonio
Pigafetta reported a thriving port with large supplies of rice and
gold. In 2003 the island was a booming commercial center with a
population of 4 million.
(WSJ, 10/15/03, p.B2A)
1534 Apr 7, Josr de Anchieta,
Spanish Jesuit, missionary (Brazilian Tupi Indians), was born.
1614 Apr 7, El Greco (b.1541),
born in Crete as Domenikos Theotocopoulos, died in Toledo, Spain.
His paintings included "The Resurrection" (1597) and “View and Plan
of Toledo" (1610-1614).
1625 Apr 7, Albrecht von
Wallenstein was appointed German supreme commander.
1645 Apr 7, Michael Cardozo
became the 1st Jewish lawyer in Brazil.
1652 Apr 7, The Dutch
established settlement at Cape Town, South Africa.
1712 Apr 7, There was a slave
revolt in New York City. A slave insurrection in New York City was
suppressed by the militia and ended with the execution of 21 blacks.
[see Jul 4]
(HN, 4/7/97)(HNQ, 6/10/98)
1719 Apr 7, Jean-Baptiste de la
Salle (67), French priest, explorer, saint, died.
1724 Apr 7, Johann S. Bach's
"St. John Passion" premiered in Leipzig.
1763 Apr 7, Domenico
Dragonetti, composer, was born.
1768 Apr 7, Michel Mathieu
(78), composer, died.
1770 Apr 7, William Wordsworth,
English poet laureate, was born. He wrote "The Prelude" and "Lyrical
Ballads." In 1998 Kenneth R. Johnston published “The Hidden
Wordsworth: Poet, Lover, Rebel, Spy." The biography covered the
first 30 years of the poet’s life. In 1896 Emile Legouis also
published a biography of the poet’s youth. The poet was responsible
for such phrases as: “love of nature," “love of man," and “emotion
recollected in tranquility."
(V.D.-H.K.p.230)(WSJ, 6/23/98, p.A18)(SFEC,
8/23/98, BR p.5)(HN, 4/7/99)
1775 Apr 7, Francis C. Lowell
was born. He founded the 1st raw cotton-to-cloth textile mill.
1794 Apr 7,
In Poland at the battle of Raclawice the revolutionary forces of
Tadeusz Kosciusko defeated the imperial armies.
(DrEE, 9/21/96, p.5)
1795 Apr 7,
In the National Convention of Revolutionary France put into
effect a new calendar system, similar to that of ancient Egypt. The
year began with the autumn equinox, and had 360 days divided into
twelve months of thirty days. Five extra days were placed at the end
of the year. The months were divided into three 10 day groups. The
day was divided into 10 new hours, each hour into 100 minutes, and
each minute into 100 seconds.
1798 Apr 7, Territory of
Mississippi was organized.
1803 Apr 7, Francois D.
Toussaint L'Ouverture (Louverture), Haitian revolutionary, died in a
dungeon at Fort Joux in the French Alps. In 2007 Madison Smartt Bell
authored “Toussaint Louverture: A Biography."
1805 Apr 7, Francis Wilkinson
Pickens (d.1869), later Confederate governor of South Carolina, was
born in South Carolina.
1805 Apr 7, The Lewis and Clark
Corps of Discovery resumed their journey to the headwaters of the
(ON, 4/12, p.10)
1805 Apr 7, Beethoven conducted
the premiere of his "Eroica" symphony. It was 1st published in
(MC, 4/7/02)(WSJ, 5/20/03, p.A1)
1818 Apr 7, Gen. Andrew Jackson
captured St. Marks, Fla., from the Seminole Indians.
1827 Apr 7, English chemist
John Walker invented wooden matches.
1831 Apr 7, Pedro I of Brazil
abdicated in favor of his 5-year-old son, Pedro de Alcantara, Pedro
(EWH, 4th ed., p.855)
1837 Apr 7, J. Pierpont Morgan
(J.P. Morgan, d.1913), American financier, was born in Hartford,
Conn. He later owned U.S. Steel and International Harvester. In 1999
Jean Strouse published the biography "Morgan: American Financier."
(WUD, 1994 p.931)(WSJ, 3/30/99, p.A24)(HN,
1853 Apr 7, Dr. John Snow
administered chloroform to Queen Victoria at the birth of her 8th
child, Prince Leopold.
(ON, 5/05, p.9)
1859 Apr 7, Walter Camp, father
of American football, was born in Connecticut.
(HN, 4/7/97)(MC, 4/7/02)
1860 Apr 7, William Keith
Kellogg, the brother of Dr. John Harvey Kellogg (1852-1943), was
born. Will later founded the W.K. Kellogg company in Battle Creek,
Mich., to market the cornflakes invented by his older brother. [see
1862 Apr 7, Union forces led by
Gen. Ulysses S. Grant defeated the Confederates at the battle of
Shiloh in Tennessee. Gen. Ulysses Grant after the Battle of Shiloh
said: “I saw an open field... so covered with dead that it would
have been possible to walk across... in any direction, stepping on
dead bodies without a foot touching the ground." More than 9,000
(SFC, 6/19/96, p.E5)(HT, 4/97, p.13)(AP, 4/7/97)
1863 Apr 7, Battle of
Charleston, SC. The Federal fleet attack on Fort Sumter failed.
1865 Apr 7, Battle of
1888 Apr 7, Start of Sherlock
Holmes adventure "Yellow Face."
1890 Apr 7, Marjory Stoneman
Douglas, environmentalist (1st Lady of Everglades), was born.
1891 Apr 7, Nebraska introduced
an 8 hour work day.
1891 Apr 7, Phineas T. Barnum
(88), US circus promoter (B & Bailey), died.
1893 Apr 7, Allan W. Dulles, US
diplomat, CIA head (1953-61) (Germany's Underground), was born.
1897 Apr 7, Walter Winchell,
American newscaster and newspaper columnist, was born in Harlem,
(HN, 4/7/97)(MC, 4/7/02)
1902 Apr 7, The Texas Fuel Co.
was founded. It soon changed its name to the Texas Co. and
eventually became Texaco.
(SFC, 10/20/04, p.C6)
1913 Apr 7, The suffragists'
marched to the Capitol in Washington, D.C. By the second decade of
the 20th century, woman suffrage--women's right to vote--had become
an issue of national importance in America. The growth in the
numbers of American working women and the valuable contributions
women made in war production during World War I further increased
the suffragists' support. On August 20, 1919, the 19th Amendment to
the Constitution was ratified, giving women the right to vote.
1914 Apr 7, British House of
Commons passed the Irish Home Rule Bill.
1915 Apr 7, Billie Holliday,
jazz and blues legend, was born. She sang "God Bless the Child."
1917 Apr 7, De Falla's ballet
"El Sombrero de tres Picos," premiered in Madrid.
1920 Apr 7, Ravi Shankar, sitar
player, was born in Benares, India.
1922 Apr 7, U.S. Secretary of
Interior leased Naval Reserve #3, "Teapot Dome," in Wyoming to Harry
(HN, 4/7/97)(MC, 4/7/02)
1923 Apr 7, The Workers Party
of America in NYC became an official communist party.
1923 Apr 7, The 1st brain tumor
operation under local anesthetic was performed at Beth Israel
Hospital in NYC by Dr K. Winfield Ney.
1926 Apr 7, In San Luis Obispo,
Ca., lightning sparked a 5-day oil fire killing 2 people. Over 6
million barrels of oil were burned. Final damages were estimated at
(SFC, 4/7/09, p.D8)
1926 Apr 7, Mussolini's Irish
wife broke his Italian nose.
1927 Apr 7, Secretary of
Commerce Herbert Hoover was on hand for the first inter-city (DC to
Manhattan) transmission by telephone of video imagery. Hoover’s
image and voice were transmitted across telephone lines.
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1927_in_television)(AH, 4/07, p.14)
1928 Apr 7, James Garner, actor
(Rockford Files, Bret Maverick), was born in Norman, Okla.
1928 Apr 7, Alan J. Pakula,
director (All the President's Men, Klute), was born.
1931 Apr 7, Donald Barthelme
(d.1989), US writer, was born in Philadelphia.
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donald_Barthelme)(WSJ, 2/21/09, p.W8)
1931 Apr 7, Daniel Ellsberg,
anti-war activist and the man who released the Pentagon Papers, was
1932 Apr 7, Erv A. Kelley, US
policeman, was shot to death by Pretty Boy Floyd.
1933 Apr 7, “Near beer" (3.2
beer) became legal after FDR signed an amendment to the Volstead
Act, which had made drinking alcohol a federal crime. Prohibition
ended when Utah became the 38th state to ratify 21st
Amendment. [see Dec 5]
(SFC, 4/7/96, p.B-11)(HN, 4/7/97)(MC, 4/7/02)
1933 Apr 7, The 1st two Nazi
anti-Jewish laws barred Jews from legal and public service.
1933 Apr 7, Jan Erik/Eric Jan
Hanussen, Berlin astrologer, illusionist, was murdered.
1934 Apr 7, In India, Mahatma
Gandhi suspended his campaign of civil disobedience.
1938 Apr 7, [Edmund G] Jerry
Brown Jr, (Gov-D-Cal, Mayor of Oakland), was born.
1939 Apr 7, Francis Ford
Coppola, director (Godfather, Apocalypse Now), was born in Detroit.
1939 Apr 7, Italy invaded
Albania, which offered only token resistance. Less than a week
later, Italy annexed Albania. [see Apr 8]
1942 Apr 7, There was a heavy
German assault on Malta.
1943 Apr 7, The NFL adopted its
free substitution rule.
1943 Apr 7, US Marine Lt. James
Swett (1920-2009), division leader of Squadron 221, shot down 7
Japanese bombers over the Solomon Islands. He was later awarded the
Medal of Honor for his actions on this day.
(SSFC, 1/25/09, p.B3)
1943 Apr 7, British and
American armies link up between Wadi Akarit and El Guettar in North
Africa, forming a solid line against the German army.
1943 Apr 7, Adolf Hitler and
Benito Mussolini met for an Axis conference in Salzburg.
1943 Apr 7, Lt. Colonel Claus
von Stauffenberg was seriously wounded during allied air raid.
1945 Apr 7,
During World War II, American planes intercepted a Japanese fleet
that was headed for Okinawa on a suicide mission. The Japanese
battleship Yamato, the world's largest battleship, was sunk during
the battle for Okinawa along with 4 Japanese destroyers.
(AP, 4/7/97)(HN, 4/7/99)(MC, 4/7/02)
1947 Apr 7, Auto pioneer Henry
Ford (b.1863) died in Dearborn, Mich. Most of his personal estate,
valued at $205 million, was left to the Ford Foundation. In 2001
Neil Baldwin authored "Henry Ford and the Jews - The Mass Production
of Hate." In 2003 Douglas Brinkley authored "Wheels for the World -
Henry Ford, His Company, and a Century of Progress." In 2005 Steven
Watts authored “The People’s Tycoon: Henry Ford and the American
(AP, 4/7/97)(HN, 2/20/98)(SFC, 6/13/03,
p.B4)(SSFC, 8/28/05, p.C2)
1947 Apr 7, Arab students,
influenced by national socialist movements in Europe, founded the
Baath Party. Satia al-Husri, father of Ba’athism, was a disciple of
German philosopher Johann Fichte. This became a holiday in Iraq
until abolished in 2003.
(WSJ, 4/3/03, p.A1)(WSJ, 4/8/03, p.D4)(AP,
1947 Apr 7, At Mont Pelerin,
Switzerland, Friedrich A. von Hayek invited a group of classical
liberals to discuss the threat of freedom posed by the expansionist
governments of the day. The group founded the Mont Pelerin Society
to continue meetings and discussions in the future. They viewed
central planning as the single most important threat to liberty.
1948 Apr 7, The World Health
Organization (WHO) was founded by the UN. In 1948, the First World
Health Assembly called for the creation of a "World Health Day" to
mark the founding of the World Health Organization. Since 1950,
World Health Day has been celebrated on the 7th of April annually.
1949 Apr 7,
The Rodgers and Hammerstein musical "South Pacific" opened on
Broadway at the Majestic Theater for 1928 performances.
(AP, 4/7/97)(MC, 4/7/02)
1951 Apr 7, Janis Ian, [Janis
Eddy Fink], lesbian, folk rocker, was born in NYC.
1953 Apr 7,
The U.N. General Assembly elected Dag Hammarskjold (1905-1961) as
Secretary-General of the UN.
(WUD, 1994, p.1684)(AP, 4/7/97)
1954 Apr 7, Jackie Chan,
martial art actor (Rumble in the Bronx), was born.
1954 Apr 7, Pres. Eisenhower
spoke at a press conference about why we needed to protect Vietnam
and mentioned his fear of a "domino-effect" in Indochina.
1954 Apr 7, The West German
government refused to recognize DDR (East Germany).
1955 Apr 7, Theda Bara
(Theodosia Goodman), silent screen sex symbol, died. Her films
included "A Fool There Was" and "Kathleen Mavoureen."
(HNPD, 7/24/98)(WUD, 1994 p.118)
1957 Apr 7,
The last of New York City's electric trolleys completed its final
run from the city's borough of Queens to Manhattan.
1958 Apr 7, Anti-nuclear peace
protesters arrived at the Atomic Weapons Establishment near
Aldermaston, England, after marching for several days from London.
1959 Apr 7, Oklahoma ended
prohibition after 51 years.
1961 Apr 7, Tad Szulc (d.2001)
wrote a front page NY Times article on anti-Castro forces training
to fight at Florida bases and predicted a probable invasion on April
18. The invasion took place Apr 17.
(SFC, 5/24/01, p.C4)
1961 Apr 7, Marian Jordan (62),
radio comedienne (Fibber McGee and Molly), died.
1964 Apr 7, IBM introduced its
innovative System/360, the company's first line of compatible
mainframe computers that gave customers the option of upgrading from
lower-cost models to more powerful, expensive ones.
1966 Apr 7,
The United States recovered a hydrogen bomb it had lost off the
coast of Spain.
1967 Apr 7, A, Israeli-Syrian
minor border incident escalated into a full-scale aerial battle over
the Golan Heights, resulting in the loss of six Syrian MiG-21s to
Israeli Air Force (IAF) Dassault Mirage IIIs, and the latter's
flight over Damascus.
1969 Apr 7,
The US Supreme Court in Stanley v. Georgia unanimously struck down
laws prohibiting private possession of obscene material.
1970 Apr 7, "Effects of Gamma
Rays on Man-in-the-moon Marigolds," premiered in NYC. The play was
written in 1964 by Paul Zindel, playwright and science teacher.
Zindel received the 1971 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for the work.
1970 Apr 7, In the 42nd Academy
Awards in Los Angeles "Midnight Cowboy" won for best picture, John
Wayne for best actor (True Grit) and Maggie Smith for best actress
(The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie).
1971 Apr 7, President Nixon
pledged a withdrawal of 100,000 more men from Vietnam by December.
1971 Apr 7, Pres. Nixon ordered
Lt. Calley, imprisoned for the Mi Lai massacre, free.
1972 Apr 7, Richard McCoy
(1942-1974), Vietnam veteran and pilot, hijacked a United Air Lines
jet and extorted $500,000 in copycat version of the DB Cooper crime.
He parachuted into a Utah desert, but was caught with the money in
his house and was sentenced to 40 years in prison. He escaped and
died in a shootout with FBI agent Nicholas O’Hara in Nov, 1974.
(SFEC, 11/17/96, Z1
1972 Apr 7, "Crazy" Joe Gallo,
flamboyant mobster, was gunned down at his 43rd birthday party in
Manhattan’s Umberto's Clam House.
(SFC, 12/30/04, p.A2)
1972 Apr 7, Sheik Abeid Amane
Karume, Zanzibari vice-president of the republic of Tanzania, was
1976 Apr 7, Robert A. Swanson
(d.1999 at 52), a venture capitalist, and Herb Boyer, a UCSF
molecular biologist and co-discoverer of gene-splicing in 1973,
incorporated Genentech Inc. They planned to use gene splicing to
create a genre of medicines.
(SFC, 5/28/96, p.B1)(SFC, 1/19/98, p.A10)(SSFC,
1976 Apr 7, China's leadership
deposed Deputy Prime Minister Deng Xiaoping and appointed Hua
Kuo-feng (Guofeng) prime minister and first deputy chairman of the
1977 Apr 7, Pres. Carter
stopped the reprocessing of used nuclear fuel rods in order to
discourage the proliferation of nuclear weapons.
(SSFC, 4/8/07, p.A18)
1977 Apr 7, The RAF gunned down
Siegfried Bubeck, a West German federal prosecutor, his driver,
Wolfgang Goebel, and the guard Georg Wurster. In 2009 police, using
new DNA evidence, arrested Verena Becker (57), a former German
leftist terrorist on suspicion of involvement in the slayings.
Becker had been arrested a month after the ambush, following a
shootout with police. Prosecutors at the time did not have enough
evidence to try her on charges of involvement in the Buback slaying,
but convicted her of armed robbery and attempted murder stemming
from the shootout. She was sentenced to life in prison. In 1989 she
was pardoned of those charges by German Pres. Richard von
Weizsaecker and released from prison. In 2010 Becker was charged
with 3 counts of murder for her alleged role in the fatal 1977
(WSJ, 1/11/00, p.A8)(AP, 8/28/09)(AP, 4/21/10)
1978 Apr 7, President Carter
announced he was deferring development of the neutron bomb, a
1978 Apr 7, A Gutenberg bible
sold for a record $2.2 million in NYC. It was bought by Martin
Breslauer for the state museum of Baden Wurttemberg.
1980 Apr 7, The US broke
relations with Iran during the hostage crises. Pres. Carter ordered
all Iranian diplomats expelled from the US and prohibited any
further exports to the nation. Pres. Carter signed Executive Order
12205 for economic sanctions against Iran.
1982 Apr 7, In the SF Bay Area
an AC Transit bus clipped a stalled car and then struck a
double-tanker truck that jack-knifed and erupted in the Caldecott
Tunnel. The resulting fireball left 7 people dead.
(SFC, 11/2/13, p.D1)
1982 Apr 7, Sadegh Ghotbzadeh
(b.1936), Iran’s minister of foreign affairs, was arrested. He was
convicted of plotting against the government and executed on Sep 15.
1983 Apr 7, Specialist Story
Musgrave and Don Peterson took the first US space walk in almost a
decade as they worked in the open cargo bay of Challenger for nearly
(HN, 4/7/97)(AP, 4/7/03)
1984 Apr 7, Frank Church
(b.1924), Sen-D-Idaho, (1957-81), died.
1986 Apr 7, Dimitris
Angelopoulos (79), a Greek industrialist, was killed by Nov. 17
militants. In 2003 Patroklos Tselentis testified that he drove the
1987 Apr 7,
Chicago Mayor Harold Washington handily won a second term, quashing
a challenge by archrival Edward Vrdolyak.
1987 Apr 7, Frances Newton (22)
allegedly killed her husband and 2 children in Houston to gain
insurance benefits. According to a reprieve petition, Adrian Newton
was a drug user and drug seller and there was evidence that some
sort of trouble in this regard was brewing before the murder. In
2005 she was executed in Huntsville, Texas, the 1st black woman to
be executed by the state since the Civil War.
(SFC, 9/15/05, p.A3)(http://tinyurl.com/9mw34)
1987 Apr 7, Ali Mecili, a
lawyer active in Algeria's human rights movement, was killed by
three gunshots in the foyer of his Paris apartment. Colleagues
accused the Algerian government of involvement. In 2008 Algerian
diplomat Mohamed Ziane Hasseni was arrested at an airport in the
French port city of Marseille, based on an international arrest
warrant. A Paris judge had signed the orders for the arrest of
Hassani and the suspected killer, Abdelmalek Amellouet, in December
1988 Apr 7, Albie Sachs
(b.1935) was working in Mozambique on legal guarantees that would be
part of the new South African Constitution when a car bomb exploded
that left him without a right arm.
(SFEC, 2/9/97, Z1
1988 Apr 7, Soviet leader
Mikhail S. Gorbachev and Afghan leader Najibullah met in the Soviet
Central Asian city of Tashkent. They later issued a joint statement
announcing an end to the civil war in Afghanistan and withdrawal
1989 Apr 7, A week after the
Exxon Valdez oil spill disaster, President Bush pledged federal
assistance to help in the clean-up.
1989 Apr 7, A Soviet
nuclear-powered submarine, the Komsomolets, caught fire and sank in
the Norwegian Sea, claiming 42 of 69 lives.
(AP, 4/7/99)(SFC, 8/14/00, p.A13)
1990 Apr 7, A display of Robert
Mapplethorpe photographs opened at Cincinnati's Contemporary Arts
Center, the same day the center and its director were indicted on
obscenity charges. Both were later acquitted.
1990 Apr 7, Former national
security adviser John M. Poindexter was convicted of five counts at
his Iran-Contra trial. However, a federal appeals court later
reversed the convictions.
(HN, 4/7/97)(AP, 4/7/00)
1990 Apr 7, In Burma (later
Myanmar) a double-decker ferry sank in Gyaing River during a storm
and 215 people were believed drowned.
1990 Apr 7, An arson fire
aboard a ferry enroute from Norway to Denmark killed 159 people.
(AP, 4/7/00)(AP, 1/14/12)
1991 Apr 7, US military planes
began airdropping supplies to Kurdish refugees who were facing
starvation and exposure in the snow-covered mountains of northern
Iraq. The United States warned Iraq not to interfere with the relief
1991 Apr 7, In Puerto Rico 3
prisoners escaped from the Rio Piedras State Penitentiary in a
hijacked helicopter with the help of accomplices. Two were
recaptured, while a third remained at large.
1992 Apr 7,
Democrat Bill Clinton swept the New York, Kansas and Wisconsin
1992 Apr 7,
PLO chairman Yasser Arafat survived the crash landing of his plane
in the Libyan desert; three crew members were killed.
1992 Apr 7,
The Sacramento Bee, The New York Times and Newsday won two Pulitzer
prizes each; playwright Robert Schenkkan was honored for "The
Kentucky Cycle," novelist Jane Smiley for "A Thousand Acres."
1993 Apr 7, European warplanes
began arriving in Italy, prepared to enforce a no-fly zone over
1994 Apr 7, Angelus Gottfried
"Golo" Mann (85), German-US historian, died.
1994 Apr 7, Civil war erupted
in Rwanda, a day after a mysterious plane crash claimed the lives of
the presidents of Rwanda and Burundi. Former Defense Minister
Colonel Theoneste Bagosora reportedly instigated the killing spree
by Hutu militia. Within twenty-four hours fighting resulted in the
deaths of Agathe Uwilingiyimana, the prime minister of Rwanda,
Joseph Kavaruganda, the president of the Supreme Court and hundreds
of others. In the months that followed, hundreds of thousands of
minority Tutsi and Hutu intellectuals were slaughtered. In Kibeho
thousands of Tutsis gathered in a church where they were bombed,
shot or hacked to death by Hutu soldiers and militiamen.
(AP, 4/7/99)(SFC, 4/8/99, p.C3)(SSFC, 4/7/02,
1994 Apr 7, UN officer Colonel
Luc Marchal ordered troops to escort Rwandan prime minister Agathe
Uwilingyimana to a radio station in Kigali. The party was ambushed,
the troops hacked to death, and the prime minister was raped and
murdered. Augustin Ndindiliyimana, head of the Gendarmerie
Nationale, was later charged in the killing of 10 Belgian
peacekeepers charged with guarding Uwilingyimana and for his role in
the Tutsi extermination. Ndindiliyimana was arrested in Belgium in
(SFC, 7/5/96, p.A16)
1994 Apr 7, In Rwanda Augustin
Bizimungu made a speech, several days before he was made army chief,
in the northern district of Mukingo, calling for the killing of
Tutsis. Bizimungu was arrested in Angola in 2002. In 2011 he
received a 30-year jail term for his role in the mass killing of
1994 Apr 7, Pope John Paul II
made remarks at the conclusion of a concert in commemoration of the
Shoah (holocaust), in which he acknowledged the Nazi Holocaust
killing of Jews.
1995 Apr 7, President Clinton
threatened to veto a lengthy list of bills passed by the
Republican-controlled House if they were not modified in the Senate.
1995 Apr 7, In a prime-time
television address, House Speaker Newt Gingrich declared the GOP
"Contract with America" was only a beginning.
1996 Apr 7, Monica Lewinsky
informed pres. Clinton that she was to be transferred from the White
House. He promised to bring her back following the elections and
they had another sexual encounter.
(SFC, 9/12/98, p.A13)
1996 Apr 7,
Celebrating Easter Mass under a glorious spring sky, Pope John Paul
II appealed for support for the "artisans" of peace in Bosnia,
Northern Ireland and the Holy Land.
1997 Apr 7, The Pulitzer Prize
for fiction went to Steven Millhauser for "Martin Dressler: The Tale
of an American Dreamer," but no award was given for drama. The
Times-Picayune of New Orleans won two journalism Pulitzers,
including the public service prize, for a series examining how
overfishing and pollution are devastating the oceans.
1997 Apr 7, In Columbia
prisoners took over a 1,200 inmate facility in Bucaramanga, the 3rd
prison to be seized in a week.
(WSJ, 4/8/97, p.A1)
1997 Apr 7, In Zaire deserting
government soldiers of the 21st Brigade donned white scarves and
declared themselves on the side of the rebels as the rebels
approached Lubumbashi, the capital of the copper and cobalt rich
(SFC, 4/8/97, p.A8)
1998 Apr 7, President Clinton
held a town meeting in Kansas City, Mo., on the future of Social
1998 Apr 7, Mary Bono, the
widow of entertainer-turned-politician Sonny Bono, won a special
election to serve out the remainder of her husband's congressional
1998 Apr 7, Indonesia and the
IMF agreed on a new plan for the economy. Pres. Suharto and the fund
made concessions, that included continuing subsidies on food and
fuel and closing more insolvent banks.
(SFC, 4/8/98, p.A12)
1999 Apr 7, In Kentucky 2
volunteer firefighters, Kenneth Nickell (28) and Kevin Smith (30),
were killed while battling a blaze at the Daniel Boone National
(SFC, 4/8/99, p.A13)
1999 Apr 7, The US State Dept.
made public a list of Serb commanders whose names were to be sent to
the Yugoslav war crimes tribunal in The Hague.
(SFC, 4/8/99, p.A10)
1999 Apr 7, Chechen gunmen
killed 4 Russian policemen patrolling the border near Stavropol.
(WSJ, 4/8/99, p.A1)
1999 Apr 7, Spyros Kyprianou,
the acting president of Cyprus, planned to fly to Belgrade to
negotiate the release of the 3 American soldiers held by Serbia.
(SFC, 4/8/99, p.A1)
1999 Apr 7, In Macedonia the
government evacuated a huge refugee encampment overnight and sent
them to locations in Albania, Greece and Turkey.
(SFC, 4/8/99, p.A1)
1999 Apr 7, Heavy NATO bombing
reportedly killed 10 civilians in Pristina, Kosovo. The Provincial
Executive Council Building, which housed the offices of Zoran
Andjelkovic, Kosovo's top Serbian official, were was hit by bombs.
(SFC, 4/8/99, p.AQ10)
1999 Apr 7, Yugoslav forces
sealed the Morini border with Albania and the border at Macedonia
and told refugees to return home. The wave of refugees approached
the half-million mark.
(SFC, 4/8/99, p.A1)(SFC, 4/20/99, p.A7)(AP,
2000 Apr 7, Pres. Clinton
signed a bill to allow people aged 65-70 to earn as much as they can
without losing Social Security benefits.
(SFC, 4/8/00, p.A1)
2000 Apr 7, Attorney General
Janet Reno met in Washington with the father of Elian Gonzalez; Reno
later told reporters that officials would arrange for Juan Miguel
Gonzalez to reclaim his son, but she gave Elian’s Miami relatives
one more chance to drop their resistance and join in a peaceful
2000 Apr 7, A Miami jury ruled
that cigarettes caused the diseases of 3 smokers chosen as
representatives in a class-action suit. Compensatory damages totaled
12.7 million and opened the door to huge punitive damages.
(SFC, 4/8/00, p.A1)
2000 Apr 7, Iqbal Masih, a
slain child labor spokesperson, was named in Sweden as the first
winner of the World’s Children’s prize. Masih was gunned down at age
13 after speaking out against child labor in carpet factories where
he had worked from age 5-10. Prize money was earmarked to establish
the Iqbal Masih Freedom Center for the Rights of the Child in
(SFC, 4/8/00, p.C1)
2001 Apr 7, In Cincinnati
Timothy Thomas (19), an unarmed black man wanted on 14 misdemeanor
warrants, was fatally shot by a white police officer. The shooting
led to city-wide riots. Officer Stephen Roach was later charged with
negligent homicide and obstructing official business.
(SFC, 4/11/01, p.A10)(SFC, 5/8/01, p.A3)(AP,
2001 Apr 7, The $297 million
Mars Odyssey was launched on a six-month, 286-million-mile journey
to the Red Planet and was expected to arrive near Mars Oct 24. A
2-year orbit to map the planet’s chemistry and minerals was planned.
(SFC, 4/7/01, p.A2)(SSFC, 4/8/01, p.A13)(AP,
2001 Apr 7, Actress Beatrice
Straight died in Los Angeles at age 86.
2001 Apr 7, China rejected US
statements of regret and continued to demand an apology for the
April 1 collision between a US spy plane and Chinese jet.
(SSFC, 4/8/01, p.C1)
2001 Apr 7, In Tehran 40-42
people were arrested including members of the opposition Freedom
Movement. The Revolutionary Court said some were linked to the
Iraq-based Mujahedeen-e Khalq (MEK).
(SFC, 4/9/01, p.A8)
2001 Apr 7, The weeklong Jewish
Passover began at sundown.
(SSFC, 4/8/01, p.C3)
2001 Apr 7, In the Philippines
Manila went dark for 14 hours when a transmission line overloaded
and cut power to 35 million people.
(WSJ, 4/9/01, p.A1)
2001 Apr 7, In Vietnam a
Russian-made M-17 helicopter carrying a team searching for American
MIAs crashed and all aboard were reported killed. Rescuers recovered
the bodies of 9 Vietnamese and 7 Americans the next day.
(SSFC, 4/8/01, p.C2)(SFC, 4/9/01, p.A7)
2002 Apr 7, Pres. Bush ended
weekend talks with Britain’s PM Tony Blair in Texas. Blair said he
would back a US military action against Iraq.
(SFC, 4/8/02, p.A9)
2002 Apr 7, Arthur Andersen
announced it would lay off more than a quarter of its US workforce,
a direct result of Enron filing for bankruptcy in the fall of 2001.
2002 Apr 7, Actor John Agar
(81) died in Burbank, California.
2002 Apr 7, In Colombia 2 bombs
killed 12 people in Villavicencio and FARC rebels were suspected.
One bomb was used to attract people when the 2nd was detonated.
(SFC, 4/8/02, p.A9)
2002 Apr 7, In Costa Rica Abel
Pacheco (68), psychiatrist, poet and former TV commentator, was
elected president in a runoff against Rolando Araya.
(WSJ, 4/8/02, p.A1)
2002 Apr 7, In Iraq Saddam
Hussein pledged to defeat the US if attacked and promised to
continue supplying Palestinians to defend against Israel.
(SFC, 4/8/02, p.A9)
2002 Apr 7, Israeli forces
continued Operation Defensive Shield and news reporters were kept
away. 12 Palestinians were killed in Nablus with stiff resistance in
the Jenin refugee camp. Worldwide protests included a march in
Morocco by a half million people and in Brussels by some 10,000.
(SFC, 4/8/02, p.A1,8)(AP, 4/7/03)
2003 Apr 7, Syracuse beat
Kansas 81-78 in the NCAA Basketball finals.
(SFC, 4/8/03, p.A1)
2003 Apr 7, The US Supreme
Court voted 6-3 to uphold a 50-year-old Virginia law making it a
crime to burn a cross as an act of intimidation.
2003 Apr 7, Pulitzer Prize
winners included the Boston Globe for public service, Jeffrey
Eugenides for fiction (Middlesex); Rick Atkinson for history ((An
Army at Dawn: The War in North Africa (1942-1943); and Samantha
Power for general nonfiction (A Problem from Hell: American and the
Age of Genocide"). The Boston Globe won the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for
public service for its coverage of the priest sex abuse scandal.
(SFC, 4/8/03, p.A2)(AP, 4/7/08)
2003 Apr 7, Jewelry valued at
$4.5 million was stolen from the Lang Estate and Jewelry store on
Union Square in SF. 2 men were later arrested. In 2006 Troy Smith
(44) was convicted in the robbery and faced 35 years to life in
prison. His brother Dino Smith (48) and George Turner (46) were
convicted in 2005. The robbers entered on a Sunday night and forced
employees to open the safes the next morning and escaped with 1,300
pieces of jewelry.
(SFC, 12/21/04, p.B3)(SFC, 11/1/06, p.B7)(SFC,
2003 Apr 7, In the 19th day of
Operation Iraqi Freedom US forces in tanks and armored vehicles
stormed into the center of Baghdad, seizing Saddam Hussein's Sijood
and Republican palaces. As many as 5 marines were killed. Many
Iraqis died in constant suicidal attacks. It was later speculated
that the US and the Baath regime arranged a secret deal (safqua) to
hand over Baghdad.
(AP, 4/7/03)(SFC, 4/7/03, p.A1)(WSJ, 4/8/03,
p.A1)(SSFC, 4/20/03, p.D3)
2003 Apr 7, A US warplane
dropped 4 precision-guided 2,000-pound JDAMs and left a smoking
crater 60 feet deep in the upscale al-Mansour section of western
Baghdad, where Saddam Hussein was believed to have been in a meeting
with top officials.
(AP, 4/8/03)(SFC, 4/8/03, p.A1)
2003 Apr 7, Capt. Harry
Alexander Hornbuckle on the road to Baghdad led 80 US soldiers
against 300 Iraqi and Syrian fighters. 200 enemy were killed with no
(WSJ, 11/11/03, p.A1)
2003 Apr 7, The SF Chronicle
ran a $45,000 full-page ad that called for the impeachment of Pres.
Bush. Former US Attorney Gen’l. Ramsey Clark led the ad sponsors.
(SFC, 4/8/03, p.A12)
2003 Apr 7, Juan Emeterio
Rivas, Colombia radio journalist for station Calor Estereo, was shot
and killed by gunmen after he told his police body guards to take
time off. Rivas' body and that of an engineering student were
discovered in a rural area outside Barrancabermeja. Julio Cesar
Ardila, the mayor of Barrancabermeja, was later charged with
ordering the murder. He was among three men convicted in the murder
of Jose Emeterio Rivas. In 2009 Ardila was sentenced to 28 years in
prison for ordering the murder.
(AP, 4/7/03)(AP, 7/12/03)(AP, 1/22/09)
2003 Apr 7, Cuba handed down
sentences of 15-27 years to the 1st 7 of 80 recently rounded
dissidents. Activists of Oswaldo Paya’s Christian Liberation
Movement made up more than two-thirds of those arrested. In response
the EU imposed diplomatic sanctions and Cuban officials boycotted
embassy functions in what came to be called the “cocktail war." The
sanctions were suspended in 2005 and lifted in 2008.
(AP, 4/8/03)(Econ, 12/17/05, p.38)(Econ, 6/28/08,
2003 Apr 7, Cecile de Brunhoff
(99), the inspiration for Babar the elephant whose adventures
captivated generations of children, died in Paris. She first
invented the tale of a little elephant as a bedtime story for her
boys in 1931. They in turn told their father, painter Jean de
Brunhoff, who illustrated the story and filled in details.
2003 Apr 7, Israeli soldiers
shot and killed a Palestinian man who approached the fence of a
Jewish settlement in the Gaza Strip overnight. In Tulkarem, Israeli
troops arrested Maslama Thabet, a member of the Al Aqsa Martyrs'
2003 Apr 7, Mexico said it
would prepay $3.84 billion in the last outstanding Brady par bonds.
They originally totaled $34 billion.
(WSJ, 4/9/03, p.A10)
2003 Apr 7, In the northern
Siberian republic of Yakutia a fire engulfed an old wooden school,
killing 21 students and a teacher.
2004 Apr 7, Citizens Against
Government Waste (CAGW) issued its latest "Pig Book," an exposition
of "improper of unnecessary" US federal expenditures.
(SSFC, 4/4/04, Par p.24)
2004 Apr 7, The US government
issued the 1st license for a manned suborbital rocket to Scaled
Composites of Mojave headed by Burt Rutan.
(SFC, 4/8/04, p.A2)
2004 Apr 7, In Brazil Amazon
Indians attacked prospectors who were illegally digging for
diamonds. Cinta Larga Indians massacred 29 illegal wildcat diamond
miners on their remote northern reservation. 28 Indians were charged
in the killings, but the case has stalled over jurisdictional
(AP, 4/14/04)(AP, 12/10/07)
2004 Apr 7, In Germany a court
in Hamburg released Mounir el-Motassadeq (30), the only man
convicted so far of involvement in the Sep 11, 2001, attacks.
(WSJ, 4/8/04, p.A1)
2004 Apr 7, A U.S.-led
multinational force trying to bring stability to Haiti helped detain
Wilford Ferdinand, a top rebel figure.
2004 Apr 7, In India a land
mine killed at least 26 policemen in the eastern state of Jharkhand.
Communist guerrillas, calling for a boycott of India's national
elections, were suspected.
2004 Apr 7, U.S. Marines in a
fierce battle for this Sunni Muslim stronghold fired rockets that
hit a mosque compound filled with worshippers, and witnesses said as
many as 40 people were killed. Shiite-inspired violence spread to
nearly all of the country.
2004 Apr 7, Militiamen loyal to
al-Sadr, the radical Shiite cleric, clashed with Polish troops in
Karbala, and Muntadhir al-Mussawi, an aide to the cleric, was
2004 Apr 7, In Iraq 2 German
counter-terrorism GSG-9 security agents were ambushed and went
missing while on a routine trip from Jordan to Baghdad.
2004 Apr 7, In Malaysia 3 men
armed with firebombs, machetes and an ax attacked Myanmar's embassy,
hacking one senior official and starting a fire that destroyed the
2004 Apr 7, A Moscow court
sentenced Russian arms control researcher Igor Sutyagin, a military
analyst with the USA and Canada Institute, a respected Moscow-based
think-tank, to 15 years on charges of passing information on nuclear
submarines and other weapons to a British company that Russia
claimed was a CIA cover. Sutyagin insisted on his innocence, saying
the information he provided was available from open sources. In 2010
he was released as part of a spy swap with the US.
(AP, 4/7/04)(AP, 7/9/10)
2005 Apr 7, Pres. Bush met with
Premier Berlusconi and Pres. Ciampi one day after viewing the pope’s
body at the Vatican.
(SFC, 4/7/05, p.A13)
2005 Apr 7, In Delaware police
arrested Allison L. Norman (22) after he killed 2 people and wounded
4 others during a rampage.
(SFC, 4/8/05, p.A3)
2005 Apr 7, Montana voted to
ban smoking in all public places. Gov. Brian Schweitzer said he
would sign the legislation.
(SFC, 4/8/05, p.A3)
2005 Apr 7, Pfizer Inc. agreed
to suspend sales and marketing of its arthritis drug Bextra at the
request of US and EU drug regulators, who said the risks outweigh
the drug's benefits.
(AP, 4/7/05)(SFC, 4/8/05, p.A1)
2005 Apr 7, California state
prosecutors charged Julie Lee, a top volunteer fund-raiser for
former Sec. of State Kevin Shelley, with grand theft and other
felonies. In 2008 Lee (62) was found guilty on 5 of 7 charges
relating to Shelley’s 2002 campaign, All the charges related to a
$500,000 grant for a SF Sunset District community center that was
never built. In state court Lee pleaded guilty to 9 counts.
(SFC, 4/8/05, p.A1)(SFC, 7/12/08, p.A1)(SFC,
2005 Apr 7, Riza Malaj (34),
Albania's most wanted man, blew himself up about this time while
fishing with dynamite. He lost both hands, badly hurt his eyes and
suffered serious wounds all over his body while trying to catch
2005 Apr 7, Australia’s PM John
Howard and Malaysia’s Abdullah Ahmad Badawi announced plans to
negotiate a free trade agreement but refused to concede ground on
key differences regarding Canberra's role in the region.
2005 Apr 7, A bomb blast rocked
a Cairo bazaar popular with foreigners. An American tourist died the
next day from wounds sustained in a bomb blast raising the death
toll to three. Hassan Rafaat Ahmed Bashandi (17-18), was carrying
almost 7 pounds of TNT in a leather bag filled with nails when it
(AP, 4/8/05)(AP, 4/11/05)
2005 Apr 7, Ibrahim al-Jaafari,
a Shiite, was named Iraq's interim prime minister; Kurdish leader
Jalal Talabani was sworn in as interim president.
2005 Apr 7, The Irish
Republican Army said it will consider an appeal by Sinn Fein party
chief Gerry Adams to renounce violence, a long-elusive goal in
Northern Ireland peacemaking.
2005 Apr 7, Mexico City's
leftist mayor formally declared his intention to run for president
next year even as Congress was to decide whether he should face
criminal charges for allegedly disobeying a court order in a
2005 Apr 7, Passengers on
historic bus trips between the Pakistani and Indian portions of
Kashmir crossed a bridge spanning the de facto border, voyages both
sides hope will lead to lasting peace on the subcontinent. Kashmiris
walked across the “Peace Bridge," on the Line of Control between
India and Pakistan.
(AP, 4/7/05)(SFC, 4/8/05, p.A3)
2005 Apr 7, President Robert
Mugabe of Zimbabwe defied a European Union travel ban and arrived in
Rome to join world leaders attending Pope John Paul II's funeral.
Italy has a pact with the Vatican in which it does not interfere
with people transiting the country to see the pope.
2006 Apr 7, The US Court of
International Law ruled that US Customs violated a provision of the
North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) in applying a law known
as the Byrd amendment to antidumping and countervailing duties on
goods from Canada and Mexico.
2006 Apr 7, Republican leaders
called on Rep. Alan Mollohan, D-W.Va., to step down from his ranking
post on the House ethics committee because of allegations that he
provided legislative earmarks benefiting companies and individuals
who helped make him a millionaire.
(SFC, 4/8/06, p.A4)
2006 Apr 7, Dena Schlosser,
charged with murder for cutting off her baby daughter Margaret's
arms in what her lawyers portrayed as a religious frenzy, was found
not guilty by reason of insanity by a judge in McKinney, Texas.
2006 Apr 7, In Tennessee 10
people were killed as tornadoes hit the area for the 2nd time in a
2006 Apr 7, It was reported
that scientists at MIT had harnessed a replicating virus, that binds
to gold and cobalt oxide, to create a nanotechnology battery.
(WSJ, 4/7/06, p.B2)
2006 Apr 7, In southern Algeria
gunmen attacked a convoy of customs agents traveling through the
desert, killing 13 and wounding eight others.
2006 Apr 7, Australian PM John
Howard moved to ease Indonesian outrage over a decision to grant
visas to asylum-seekers from Papua, saying his government would
review the process.
2006 Apr 7, In Austria a 2-day
meeting began in Vienna for European Imams aimed at creating a
distinct identity for European Muslims.
(SFC, 4/7/06, p.A16)
2006 Apr 7, A British judge
ruled that author Dan Brown did not steal ideas for "The Da Vinci
Code" from a nonfiction work.
2006 Apr 7, Britain’s BAE
Systems announced plans to sell its stake in aircraft maker Airbus
to its French-German partner EADS.
2006 Apr 7, In Chile an appeals
court upheld the indictment of former dictator Gen. Pinochet on
charges of evading up to $3 million in taxes related to secret
accounts in foreign banks.
2006 Apr 7, The EU said it has
cut off direct aid payments to the Hamas-led Palestinian government
because of its refusal to renounce violence and recognize Israel.
2006 Apr 7, A bus skidded off a
narrow mountain road and plunged into a river in a remote region of
Indian Kashmir and dozens were feared dead.
2006 Apr 7, A toned-down
edition of Playboy magazine went on sale in Indonesia, defying
threats of protests by Islamic hardliners in the world's most
populous Muslim nation.
2006 Apr 7, At least 2 suicide
attackers, one wearing a woman's cloaks, blew themselves up at the
Buratha Shiite mosque in northern Baghdad, killing some 79-90 people
and wounding scores. One US service member died of wounds suffered
while on patrol in western Baghdad.
(AP, 4/7/06)(AP, 4/8/06)(Econ, 4/22/06, p.48)
2006 Apr 7, Israeli troops shot
and killed a Palestinian man during an overnight arrest raid in the
West Bank city of Nablus.
2006 Apr 7, Israeli missiles
slammed into a car in Gaza City, killing two members of a
Palestinian rocket squad in the 2nd deadly airstrike since the
Islamic militant group Hamas assumed power last week. An Israeli
airstrike killed six Palestinian militants and wounded five at a
militant training camp in central Gaza.
(AP, 4/8/06)(SFC, 4/8/06, p.A7)
2006 Apr 7, Japan’s health and
welfare ministry said the nation’s population shrank in the year
through November 2005, the first annual decrease on record,
confirming an earlier government prediction.
2006 Apr 7, In Nepal police
fired tear gas and fought frenzied street battles with protesters on
the second day of a strike called by government adversaries of King
Gyanendra. Protesters said 150 people were arrested.
2006 Apr 7, It was reported
that some AIDS patients in South Africa were choosing cash
disability grants over advanced AIDS drugs in order to sustain their
(WSJ, 4/7/06, p.A1)
2006 Apr 7, In Turkey a suicide
bomber blew herself up injuring 2 people, including a suspected
accomplice. Turkish forces killed 6 Kurdish rebels in Sirnak.
(WSJ, 4/8/06, p.A1)(AP, 4/8/06)
2006 Apr 7, The UN appealed for
$426 million to help victims of drought in Horn of Africa, where
more than 40 percent of people are undernourished and thousands have
died because of complications due to hunger.
2006 Apr 7, Venezuela Attorney
General Isaias Rodriguez said that five suspects were being charged
with willful homicide in the slayings of the 3 Faddoul brothers,
whose bodies were found April 4. Supporters of President Hugo Chavez
pelted the car of the US ambassador with eggs and tomatoes, then
chased after his convoy on motorcycles.
(AP, 4/7/06)(AP, 4/8/06)
2007 Apr 7, The New York Times
reported in its Sunday edition that the Bush administration in
January allowed Ethiopia to complete a secret arms purchase from
North Korea in an apparent violation of a UN Security Council
sanctions resolution passed months earlier over its nuclear test.
2007 Apr 7, Thousands of people
marched through downtown Los Angeles, demanding a way for the
country's estimated 12 million illegal immigrants to become citizens
and condemning President Bush's latest proposal.
2007 Apr 7, It was reported
that Ray Irani, Occidental Petroleum Corp.'s chairman and chief
executive, took in more than $400 million in compensation in 2006,
one of the biggest single-year payouts in US corporate history.
2007 Apr 7, The sport salmon
fishing season opened in California.
(SSFC, 4/8/07, p.A1)
2007 Apr 7, In Oregon 15
libraries in Jackson were due to close following the loss of $7
million in federal funding.
(SSFC, 3/4/07, p.A1)
2007 Apr 7, It was reported
that injections of Mycobacterium vaccae into mice caused their
immune systems to produce serotonin. This neurotransmitter, when low
in humans, was known to be related to depression.
(Econ, 4/7/07, p.79)
2007 Apr 7, Johnny Hart (76),
creator of the B.C. comic strip (1958), died at his home in
Endicott, NY. He and Brant Parker created the “Wizard of Id" strip.
(SFC, 4/9/07, p.B3)
2007 Apr 7, Actor Barry Nelson
(b.1917) died in Bucks County, Pa. He was the first actor to portray
Ian Fleming's secret agent James Bond in a 1954 TV adoption of
(SFC, 4/16/07, p.B8)(AP,
2007 Apr 7, In southwestern
Afghanistan suspected Taliban militants ambushed Afghan workers of
an American de-mining company, leaving seven people dead and four
wounded. Officials said more than 1,000 NATO and Afghan troops
clashed with Taliban and took over control of Sangin, a district
center in southern Afghanistan long held by the militants.
2007 Apr 7, Suspected Islamist
militants opened fire on a military patrol in northwestern Algeria,
starting a gunbattle that left nine soldiers and six attackers dead.
2007 Apr 7, In Brazil Martin
Strel, a 52-year-old Slovenian, completed a 3,272 swim down the
Amazon River that could set a world record for distance. In 2000, he
completed a 1,866-mile swim along the Danube. He broke that record
two years later after swimming 2,360 miles down the Mississippi. In
2004 he broke it again by swimming 2,487 miles along the Yangtze
river in China.
2007 Apr 7, In India a jeep
carrying a gelatin-based explosive used for a highway construction
project exploded in a southern village, killing 16 people and
injuring 22 more.
2007 Apr 7, US warplanes
attacked suspected militiamen wielding shoulder-fired rockets in the
second day of fierce fighting against Shiite gunmen south of
Baghdad. At least one civilian was killed and five were seriously
wounded when an American tank fired on their house in Diwaniyah.
Iraqi troops killed Abu Baraa al-Libi, a Libyan al-Qaida figure, in
a raid on his Baghdad hideout just before the man could detonate an
explosives belt he was wearing. US forces also killed one suspect
and captured 8 others in raids in Baghdad and south of Ramadi. A
roadside bomb exploded next to a joint American-Iraqi army patrol on
a highway leading into Annah, 175 miles northwest of Baghdad. Two
Iraqi soldiers were killed and two were wounded. Police in Fallujah
reported finding four bodies in the center of the city. Four
American soldiers were killed in an explosion near their vehicle in
Diyala province northeast of Baghdad. Duaa Khalil Aswad (17), a
member of the insular Yazidi religious sect, was stoned to death for
loving a Sunni Muslim boy [see April 22].
(AP, 4/7/07)(AP, 4/8/07)(SFC, 5/22/07, p.A8)
2007 Apr 7, An Israeli
helicopter launched an airstrike along the Gaza Strip's border with
Israel, killing a Palestinian militant and wounding two others.
2007 Apr 7, The 17-year
insurgency in Kashmir continued with an average of 3 lives lost
every day. India had an estimated 600,000 soldiers and paramilitary
police stationed in Jammu & Kashmir state.
(Econ, 4/7/07, p.14)
2007 Apr 7, Emergency officials
said 247 dead seals have washed up on the shores of the Caspian Sea
in Kazakhstan in the past week.
2007 Apr 7, Libya’s
foreign-exchange reserves were estimated at $56 billion. The
population was reported to be about 5.6 million.
(Econ, 4/7/07, p.46)
2007 Apr 7, Malaysian ministers
issued fresh attacks on bloggers, threatening to take away their
rights and accusing them of trying to overthrow the government,
according to reports.
2007 Apr 7, In northern
Pakistan some 40 people were killed and more than 70 injured in 2
days of sectarian clashes between Sunni and Shiite Muslims in
(AFP, 4/7/07)(Econ, 4/14/07, p.43)
2007 Apr 7, In the southern
Philippines 9 soldiers and a civilian were killed in a clash in a
small army camp in Jolo island’s Parang town.
2007 Apr 7, A Russian rocket
carrying the American billionaire who helped develop Microsoft Word
roared into the night skies over Kazakhstan, sending Charles Simonyi
and two cosmonauts soaring into orbit on a two-day journey to the
international space station.
2007 Apr 7, A roadside bomb
tore through a civilian bus in northern Sri Lanka, killing seven
people and wounding 26. The army blamed Tamil Tiger rebels for the
2007 Apr 7, Thousands of
supporters of Ukrainian PM Viktor Yanukovych rallied for a fifth day
in the streets of Kiev, calling for stability amid a political
crisis over the president's dissolution of parliament.
2007 Apr 7, Yemeni police
arrested three men suspected of setting fire to a mosque and
wounding at least 33 people.
2008 Apr 7, The Washington Post
won 6 Pulitzer Prizes, the most in its history. Junot Diaz won the
fiction award for “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao." Tracy
Letts won the drama award for “August: Osage County." Bob Dylan won
a special citation for his life’s work.
(SFC, 4/8/08, p.A8)
2008 Apr 7, In North Carolina
Thomas Wright, a former state lawmaker, was convicted of mishandling
charitable contributions and fraudulently obtaining a loan. He was
sentenced to 6-8 years in prison.
(WSJ, 4/8/08, p.A2)
2008 Apr 7, In Ohio 9 mortgage
lenders agreed to modify adjustable-rate mortgages for borrowers
facing foreclosure. In Pennsylvania mortgage companies and consumer
advocates opened talks to help cash-strapped homeowners avoid
foreclosure. Last week Maryland’s Gov. signed a measure creating a
150-day moratorium on foreclosures.
(WSJ, 4/8/08, p.A4)
2008 Apr 7, Samuel (b.1913)
Frankel, Detroit area developer and philanthropist, died. In the
1960s Frankel collaborated with Harry Cunningham to create the
discount-store concept, building the first Kmart store. In 1969, he
developed Somerset Mall. In 2005 he and his wife Jean provided a $20
million endowment to establish the Frankel Institute for Advanced
Judaic Studies at the University of Michigan.
2008 Apr 7, In southern
Afghanistan, militants attacked a police convoy in Uruzgan province,
and the ensuing clash left 13 insurgents dead and five wounded. In
the western province of Herat, Taliban militants attacked a
checkpoint in Shindand district, killing two police officers and
2008 Apr 7, In Australia 5
teenage boys armed with machetes and baseball bats invaded a Sydney
high school, smashing classrooms and injuring 18 students and a
2008 Apr 7, In London a
coroner's jury decided that Diana and Dodi Fayed were unlawfully
killed due to reckless speed and drinking by their driver, and by
the reckless pursuit of vehicles chasing them, not as part of a
2008 Apr 7, In London Oleg
Gordievsky, a double agent who became the most senior Soviet spy to
defect to the West during the Cold War, said that he became sick
after taking the pills at his home in southern England on Oct. 31.
2008 Apr 7, In Bulgaria gunmen
killed Georgy Stoyev, the country’s best-known author of books on
the mafia. The night before, Borislav Georgiev, the chief executive
of a large energy company, was killed in his apartment building with
two bullets to the head.
2008 Apr 7, China’s official
Xinhua News Agency said Zhang Rongkun, a Shanghai tycoon, has been
sentenced to 19 years in prison in a pension funds scandal that
toppled the city's communist party chief.
2008 Apr 7, China and New
Zealand signed a free-trade agreement effective October 1.
2008 Apr 7, A Chinese fishing
boat capsized after colliding with a South Korean cargo ship off
South Korea's southernmost island, leaving six Chinese sailors
2008 Apr 7, The Muslim
Brotherhood, Egypt's largest opposition force, called on Egyptians
to boycott local council elections due on Tuesday in protest at the
disqualification of most of its candidates.
2008 Apr 7, The EU opened the
way for air travelers to use mobile phones to talk, text or send
e-mails on planes throughout Europe's airspace.
2008 Apr 7, Security officials
extinguished the Olympic torch three times as protests against
China's human rights record turned a relay through Paris into a
chaotic series of stops and starts. France's former sports minister,
Jean-Francois Lamour, said that though the torch had been put out,
the Olympic flame itself still burned in the lantern where it is
kept overnight and on airplane flights.
2008 Apr 7, In Haiti protesters
angered by high food prices flooded the streets of Port-au-Prince,
forcing businesses and schools to close as unrest spread from the
countryside. Witnesses said at least one person was killed by hotel
security guards during a protest in the southern city of Les Cayes.
2008 Apr 7, Iraq’s prime
minister issued his strongest warning yet to radical Shiite cleric
Muqtada al-Sadr to disband his Mahdi Army militia or face political
isolation. The Sadrists said a move to ban them from elections would
be unconstitutional. Hospital officials said nine more people were
killed, including five children and two women, and dozens wounded as
gunbattles continued. That pushed the two-day death toll to at least
2008 Apr 7, Israeli Prime
Minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas resumed
face-to-face negotiations, trying to push forward peace efforts
after nearly two months marred by heavy Gaza Strip violence and new
Israeli plans to expand settlements.
2008 Apr 7, Italian police
arrested 38 suspects in a sweep against a clan of the 'ndrangheta
organized crime syndicate accused of murder, extortion and arms and
2008 Apr 7, Kosovo’s leaders
signed the country’s new Constitution.
(SFC, 4/8/08, p.A3)
2008 Apr 7, In Morocco 9
Islamists serving long sentences for the deadly 2003 Casablanca
bombings escaped from Kenitra prison, north of Rabat. In January,
2009, Hicham Alami one of the escapees who had been sentenced to
life, was captured in Algeria and returned to Morocco.
(AFP, 4/7/08)(AP, 1/9/09)
2008 Apr 7, Nepal was rocked by
two bombings, the latest violence to hit campaigning for this week's
vote on the country's political future following a peace deal with
2008 Apr 7, Spanish officials
said 2 people in Spain have died of the human variant of mad cow
disease, in the first such fatalities since 2005. The two new
victims apparently contracted the disease prior to 2001 and health
controls on livestock and meat production are much tighter now than
they were then. Spain has reported more than 700 cases of mad cow
disease since it was first detected in this country in 2000.
2008 Apr 7, Switzerland's
Novartis AG said it will spend about $39 billion in a two-step bid
for a majority stake in U.S. eye-care company Alcon.
2008 Apr 7, It was reported
that Thailand’s market bubble in religious talismans had popped
leaving many small business people in debt. The market in Jatukam
Ramathep amulets had swelled to $1.5 billion in 2007.
(WSJ, 4/7/08, p.A1)
2008 Apr 7, In Yemen 7 people
were arrested on suspicion of involvement in attacks the previous
day against a residential complex for Westerners in San’a, Yemen's
2008 Apr 7, Zimbabwe
authorities released Barry Bearak, a NY Times journalist, along with
an unidentified British citizen. They had been accused of reporting
without official accreditation.
(WSJ, 4/8/08, p.A10)
2009 Apr 7, US military leaders
said the Pentagon has spent over $100 million in the past 6 months
responding to and repairing damage from cyber attacks and other
computer network problems.
(SFC, 4/8/09, p.C3)
2009 Apr 7, In Alabama
authorities found the body of Kevin Lee Garner (45) near his burned
home in Priceville. The home had burned overnight. Garner's body was
found following a day of searching for him in several north Alabama
counties following the murders of four of his family members in the
Greenhill community of Lauderdale County.
2009 Apr 7, In southern
California a gunman in Temecula opened fire at a Korean Christian
retreat center, leaving one woman dead and four people injured.
2009 Apr 7, A lawsuit filed in
US District Court in Denver by the SEC alleged that Shawn Merriman,
an unlicensed broker, collected up to $20 million from investors in
several states to support a lavish lifestyle. The former bishop in
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints allegedly operated a
Ponzi scheme from his suburban Denver home for about 15 years,
bilking investors out of millions of dollars to collect religious
art and classic cars.
2009 Apr 7, In Texas Jon Dale
Jones (46), a former Army hospital nurse, pleaded guilty to assault
and theft. He was accused of infecting 15 patients with hepatitis C.
Jones was arrested on federal charges in March of 2008 for using
dirty needles to administer anesthesia, and accused of stealing
painkillers for himself.
2009 Apr 7, Vermont became the
first state to legalize same sex marriage through a legislature’s
(SFC, 4/8/09, p.A5)
2009 Apr 7, GM and Segway
announced that they are working together to develop a two-wheeled,
two-seat electric vehicle designed to be a fast, safe, inexpensive
and clean alternative to traditional cars and trucks for cities
across the world. The project was called P.U.M.A. (Personal Urban
Mobility and Accessibility).
(AP, 4/7/09)(WSJ, 4/8/09, p.B4)
2009 Apr 7, Samuel Beer,
Harvard professor (1946-1982), died. His books included “British
Politics in the Collectivist Age" (1965), which established him as
the foremost scholar on modern British politics.
(Econ, 5/2/09, p.88)
2009 Apr 7, Jack Wrangler
(b.1946 as John Robert Stillman), porn star and musical theater
producer, died in Manhattan. He appeared in over 30 gay sex films
and 20 straight films including “The Devil in Miss Jones" (1982).
(SFC, 4/10/09, p.B5)
2009 Apr 7, Australia announced
plans to build a 30 billion US dollar broadband network, its biggest
infrastructure project ever, opting to retain government control
rather than contract out the deal.
2009 Apr 7, Cuba’s President
Raul Castro met with six visiting members of the Congressional Black
Caucus for more than four hours, his first face-to-face discussions
with US leaders since he became president last year. A "very
healthy, very energetic" Fidel Castro asked visiting Congressional
Black Caucus members what Cuba could do to help President Barack
Obama improve bilateral relations during his first meeting with US
officials since falling ill in 2006.
(AP, 4/7/09)(AP, 4/8/09)
2009 Apr 7, Ethiopia, the
world's sixth largest coffee producer, said it did not intend to
nationalize the coffee sector after revoking licenses of six
exporters for hoarding the beans. PM Meles Zenawi had warned the
exporters against hoarding coffee, accusing them of speculation in
the world markets.
2009 Apr 7, A man opened fire
at a courthouse in Bavaria, killing his sister-in-law and injuring
two other people. He then shot himself dead. The incident appeared
to stem from a long-running inheritance dispute.
2009 Apr 7, President Barack
Obama flew into Iraq from Turkey on a trip shrouded in secrecy, for
a brief look at a war he opposed as a candidate and now vows to end
as commander in chief. A car bomb in a Shiite neighborhood of
Baghdad killed at least nine people and wounded 18 others. A suicide
car bomb killed three people at a police checkpoint in Fallujah. In
Iskandariyah police found the bullet-riddled body a member of the
Awakening Council, a group of former Sunni insurgents who sided with
the US in the fight against al-Qaida in Iraq. The councilman was
kidnapped a day earlier. A car bombing in Kazimiyah killed nine
people, including a mother who was riding in a taxi with her infant
(AP, 4/7/09)(AP, 4/8/09)
2009 Apr 7, Israeli police
fatally shot a Palestinian motorist as he tried to run over officers
guarding the demolition of the home of a militant who killed three
Israelis with a construction vehicle in July.
2009 Apr 7, In Moldova
anti-communist protesters stormed the Parliament, hurling computers
through shattered windows and setting fire to furniture in a violent
demonstration against what they said were fraudulent elections. 3
people were left dead and hundreds were detained.
(AP, 4/7/09)(Econ, 8/8/09, p.46)
2009 Apr 7, In southern
Pakistan police arrested five men alleged to be planning suicide
attacks on the city of Karachi.
2009 Apr 7, Former Peruvian
President Alberto Fujimori (70) was found guilty of murder and
kidnapping for death squad activities during his 10-year rule during
the 1990s. He was sentenced to 25 years in prison. His daughter,
Congresswoman Keiko Fujimori (33), said people's outrage over the
"vengeful" verdict will propel her to Peru's presidency in 2011.
Then she'll pardon him.
2009 Apr 7, Saudi authorities
beheaded 3 Pakistanis convicted of killing a fellow Pakistani during
a jewelry heist. This brought to 20 the number of beheadings in the
kingdom this year.
2009 Apr 7, In South Korea
former Pres. Roh Moo-hyun announced that his wife had received money
from Park Yeon-cha, chairman of Taekwang Industrial Co., a shoe
manufacturer, several hours following the arrest of Chung Sangmoon,
a former aide who had accepted the money for the president’s wife.
for the president’s wife.
(WSJ, 4/8/09, p.A8)
2009 Apr 7, In Thailand
protesters surrounded the prime minister's car and smashed a window
as he rode in it, escalating tensions a day before a massive
anti-government rally that the leader said has sparked concerns of
2009 Apr 7, In Turkey Pres.
Obama wrapped up his first European trip as president with a request
of the world: Look past his nation's stereotypes and flaws. "You
will find a partner and a supporter and a friend in the United
States of America."
2009 Apr 7, UNESCO awarded the
World Press Freedom Prize to Lasantha Wickrematunge, a murdered Sri
Lankan journalist, whose self-written obituary accused the
government of silencing him. His self-written obituary was published
three days after his murder in early January, in which no arrests
have been made.
2009 Apr 7, In Venezuela
legislators loyal to President Hugo Chavez approved a new law that
erodes the authority of Caracas' opposition Mayor Antonio Ledezma by
subordinating him to a government-appointed official.
2010 Apr 7, An Emeryville, Ca.,
drug analysis laboratory was raided as part of 3-year DEA
investigation dubbed “Operation Lude Behavior." 3 men at the lab
were among 22 charged in a nationwide Quaalude trafficking ring.
(SFC, 4/9/10, p.C5)
2010 Apr 7, Afghan and foreign
troops killed several insurgents during an operation to capture a
senior Taliban commander suspected of providing materials used in
making roadside bombs. 2 insurgents were captured during the
operation in Helmand province's Kajaki Sofla.
2010 Apr 7, Bangladesh deployed
the army to guard water pumps in the capital Dhaka after acute
shortages triggered widespread protests.
2010 Apr 7, In Brazil rains
kept pummeling Rio de Janeiro as officials scrambled to restore
transit after at least 96 people were killed by landslides and
2010 Apr 7, China and India
signed an agreement to set up a hot line linking their top leaders.
2010 Apr 7, Innovation for the
Development and Protection of the Environment (IDPE) said that from
March 3-28 Congo government troops killed 7 hippos and 5 elephants
as well as five antelopes, four baboons, three chimpanzees and two
buffalo in Virunga national Park, a UNESCO world heritage. The
soldiers "use their wives and cousins to sell the meat" in villages
near the park, the IDPE said in a report that included photos of
decomposing elephant carcasses.
2010 Apr 7, Auto giants
Renault, Nissan and Daimler launched a partnership to save billions
of euros and accelerate sales of low-pollution electric cars.
2010 Apr 7, In Indonesia a
magnitude 7.7 earthquake shook Indonesia's northwest island of
Sumatra, triggering a small tsunami, snapping power lines and
sending panicked residents rushing for higher ground.
2010 Apr 7, In Iraq spokesman
Salah al-Obeidi announced that a survey of supporters of
anti-American cleric Muqtada al-Sadr voted 24% for him to support
Shiite politician Ibrahim al-Jaafari, who was interim prime minister
from 2005 to 2006. Iraq's incumbent PM Nouri al-Maliki and his chief
rival Ayad Allawi received only 10% and 9% of votes respectively. In
northern Iraq 2 American soldiers died in combat while conducting a
(AP, 4/7/10)(AP, 4/8/10)
2010 Apr 7, Israel’s police
said 6 Israelis have been detained on suspicion of running an
international organ trafficking ring and breaking promises to donors
to pay for their removed kidneys.
2010 Apr 7, In Kyrgyzstan
anti-government unrest rocked Bishkek as thousands of protesters
stormed the main government building, set fire to the prosecutor's
office and looted state TV headquarters. At least 83 people were
killed and some 1500 injured in clashes nationwide.
(AP, 4/7/10)(AP, 4/8/10)(Econ, 4/17/10, p.46)
2010 Apr 7, In Mexico police in
the border state of Nuevo Leon found the bodies of a police chief
and two police officers who had been kidnapped a day earlier. In the
central state of Morelos, gunmen attacked the offices of federal
prosecutors in the city of Cuernavaca, killing a guard. A bystander
was killed during a shootout between gunmen and federal police in
the town of Frontera Comalapa, Chiapas state, on the Guatemalan
2010 Apr 7, In northwestern
Pakistan militants attached a bomb to a tanker carrying fuel to NATO
forces in Afghanistan, destroying the vehicle and killing a boy who
was riding in a van behind it.
2010 Apr 7, Somali pirates off
the coast of Kenya hijacked the MV Yasin C, a Turkish vessel with 25
crew onboard, the day after a hostage drowned during a separate
encounter between naval forces and a pirated vessel. The crew locked
themselves in the engine room and realized that the pirates had left
the ship on April 9.
(AP, 4/7/10)(AP, 4/10/10)
2010 Apr 7, South Africa's
governing party said it has asked all its wings to stop singing
controversial songs including one with lyrics that encourage people
to shoot white farmers which some blame for the slaying of a white
2010 Apr 7, In Spain Baltasar
Garzon (54), the judge who became an international hero by going
after Augusto Pinochet and Osama bin Laden, was indicted for having
dared to investigate what is arguably Spain's own biggest unresolved
case: atrocities committed during and after its ruinous Civil War.
2010 Apr 7, In Switzerland the
Solar Impulse aircraft, a pioneering Swiss bid to fly around the
world on solar energy, successfully completed its first test flight.
2010 Apr 7, Thai PM Abhisit
Vejjajiva declared a state of emergency in Bangkok, handing the army
broad powers to restore order after anti-government protesters broke
into Parliament, forcing some lawmakers to flee by helicopter.
2011 Apr 7, US House
Republicans pushed a plan that would hold off for another week the
threat of a government shutdown while Congress and the Obama
administration struggle to reach a budget deal. Democrats pressing
for a longer-term solution rejected the short-term approach as a
political maneuver meant to blame them if the government closes its
doors on April 9.
2011 Apr 7, In California an
Asian citrus psyllid, which can carry a disease killing trees, was
discovered in Ventura County. The county was put under quarantine
for the tiny aphid-like pest.
(SFC, 4/11/11, p.A4)
2011 Apr 7, Six Afghan security
personnel were killed as Taliban gunmen detonated a bomb hidden in
an ambulance at a police centre near the key southern city of
Kandahar. 3 insurgents were also killed. Demonstrations against the
burning of a copy of the Koran by an American pastor entered a
seventh day when several hundred people gathered for a peaceful
protest outside a Kabul mosque. A roadside bomb killed a coalition
service member in the south.
(AP, 4/7/11)(AP, 4/8/11)
2011 Apr 7, In Brazil a gunman
opened fire in an elementary school in Rio de Janeiro. 12 children
were killed including 10 girls and 2 boys between the ages of 12 and
15. Wellington Oliveira (23) shot and killed himself after being
confronted by police.
(AP, 4/7/11)(AP, 4/8/11)
2011 Apr 7, In India Anna
Hazare, a 73-year-old Gandhi devotee who has promised to fast until
death unless the government toughens its anti-corruption laws, piled
pressure on the graft-tainted administration. Hazare began his
hunger strike in New Delhi on April 5. On April 9 the government
conceded to Hazare’s demands and his hunger strike ended.
(AFP, 4/7/11)(Econ, 4/16/11, p.45)
2011 Apr 7, Israeli tanks
quickly retaliated after an anti-tank missile fired from the Gaza
Strip struck a school bus in southern Israel, wounding two people,
including one child. The critically injured boy (16) died of his
wounds on April 17. The missile attack came hours after Israel
carried out a series of airstrikes against tunnels it says are used
by militants to smuggle weapons under the Egyptian border and carry
out attacks. The tank fire killed a 50-year-old man and wounded 7
(AP, 4/7/11)(SFC, 4/18/11, p.A2)
2011 Apr 7, Forces allied with
Ivory Coast's internationally recognized president Alassane Ouattara
have stormed the gates of Laurent Gbagbo's home. French forces
wearing night vision goggles rappelled from a helicopter to rescue
the Japanese ambassador and 7 others, as strongman leader Laurent
Gbagbo remained in an underground bunker amid the fighting.
2011 Apr 7, Japan was rattled
by a strong 7.1 magnitude aftershock and tsunami warning nearly a
month after a devastating earthquake and tsunami flattened the
northeastern coast. At least 4 people died in the aftershock, the
worst since the March 11 9.0 quake.
(AP, 4/7/11)(AFP, 4/8/11)
2011 Apr 7, In Jordan Mohammed
Abdul-Karim (45) set himself on fire outside the prime minister’s
office and was in critical condition with 3rd degree burns to his
face and body. On April 20 a forensics official said Abdul-Karim has
died of his wounds.
(SFC, 4/8/11, p.A2)(AP, 4/20/11)
2011 Apr 7, Kosovo’s parliament
elected Atifete Jahjaga (35) as its first woman president.
2011 Apr 7, A NATO air strike
killed at least five rebels near the Libyan port of Brega.
Insurgents reported that Muammar Gaddafi's forces killed five more
in a bombardment of besieged Misrata. NATO blamed forces loyal to
Gaddafi for a fire in the Sarir oilfield, and denied the Western
military alliance had launched air strikes in the area.
2011 Apr 7, Mexican security
forces reported that a series of eight burial pits have been found
in Tamaulipas state, one of which contained 43 bodies and the others
16 corpses. The find was made near the ranch where drug cartel
gunmen less than a year ago massacred 72 migrants who were trying to
reach the United States. 14 suspects linked to the killing were
(AP, 4/7/11)(SFC, 4/8/11, p.A6)
2011 Apr 7, Pakistani troops
came under fire in the Pazai area of the Mohmand agency. Troops
killed 10 militants and called for air support that left over 44
(SFC, 4/9/11, p.A2)
2011 Apr 7, In Peru 2
protesters were fatally shot and a dozen others injured in a clash
between police and peasants opposing a planned copper mine on the
(SFC, 4/8/11, p.A2)
2011 Apr 7, Amnesty
International urged Serbian authorities to "take urgent and
immediate action" to halt forced evictions of Roma, also known as
Gypsies, from their settlements in the capital Belgrade and prevent
"systematic discrimination" against them.
2011 Apr 7, In South Korea a
mathematics student (19) at a prestigious engineering college jumped
to his death from a high-rise apartment one day after meeting the
school psychiatrist. He was distressed over low grades. Three other
students have killed themselves since January at the Korea Advanced
Institute of Science and Technology.
2011 Apr 7, Spain said around
30 former Cuban political prisoners and 200 relatives will be
brought to Madrid, the largest group yet to arrive since the two
countries agreed to the transfers.
2011 Apr 7, Northern Sudanese
Armed Forces have deployed two Mi-24 helicopter gunships and at
least nine T-55 tanks about 60 miles (100 km) from Abyei's border
according to the US-based Satellite Sentinel Project.
2011 Apr 7, Syria’s Pres.
Bashar Assad granted citizenship to thousands of Kurds living in a
northeastern province. Kurds, the largest ethnic minority in Syria,
made up 15 percent of the country's 23 million population and have
long complained of neglect and discrimination. Assad also sacked
Governor Mohammad Iyad Ghaza of central Homs province, the scene of
clashes between anti-government protesters and security forces in
the past three weeks.
2011 Apr 7, Thailand
authorities seized 1,800 Bengal monitor lizards being smuggled on
pickup trucks to the capital. Their meat could sell for $7.50-$15
per pound ($16-$33 per kg) in China, making them worth more than
2011 Apr 7, UAR blogger and a
human rights activist Ahmed Mansour said authorities have launched
an "unprecedented campaign of outrages insults and threats" against
him since he signed a petition calling for political reform.
2011 Apr 7, A blackout hit a
large swath of Venezuela, darkening street lights, shutting down the
Caracas subway and prompting the government to announce temporary
rationing measures. A forest fire apparently caused the problem by
overheating major transmission lines in western Venezuela and
knocking them offline.
2011 Apr 7, The Yemeni
opposition welcomed an offer by Arab Gulf states to mediate between
the president and opposition protesters who have demanded Ail
Abdullah Saleh step down after 32 years in power.
2011 Apr 7, A Zimbabwe court
ordered militant supporters of President Mugabe to stop exhuming
hundreds of skeletons they say were the victims of colonial-era
massacres, a project that critics say is stoking racial hatred in
2012 Apr 7, In the SF Bay Area
the town of Hercules, population 24,000, was reported to have
recently sold a pair of 4-story, half-finished apartment buildings
for 425,000. The city had already sunk 38 million into the project,
which it could not sustain.
(SFC, 4/7/12, p.A1)
2012 Apr 7, In Afghanistan 3
employees of an Afghan construction company died when their vehicle
struck a roadside bomb.
2012 Apr 7, Britain's Home
Office interior ministry said it was investigating reports that
hacking group Anonymous had attacked its website over the
government's plans to boost Internet surveillance.
2012 Apr 7, Greek protesters
marching in memory of a man who killed himself over financial woes
that he blamed on the government attacked a policeman in Athens,
leaving him bloodied and stealing his bulletproof vest.
2012 Apr 7, Indian gold
jewelers halted a three-week nationwide strike after the government
promised to consider their demands to scrap new duties on the
2012 Apr 7, An online video
showed Izzat Ibrahim al-Duri, Saddam Hussein's vice president and
the highest-ranking member of his regime still on the run, in what
appears to be his first video message since 2003.
2012 Apr 7, In Pakistan at
least 135 people were buried when the wall of snow engulfed a
military complex on the northern tip of the divided Kashmir region.
2012 Apr 7, Gaza's Hamas rulers
executed three men in dawn hangings. All three were charged with
murder and charges against one included spying for Israel.
2012 Apr 7, In Malawi Joyce
Banda was sworn as the new president, the nation's first female
leader. She called for reconciliation after the divisive Bingu wa
Mutharika died in office.
2012 Apr 7, Myanmar's Pres.
Thein Sein held his first meeting with Karen rebels, as the
government intensifies efforts to bolster peace with the country's
oldest insurgent group.
2012 Apr 7, In Nigeria 22
people were killed and 31 others were injured in Benue state when
their St Robert's Catholic Church caved in on them during Easter
vigil in Adamgbe.
2012 Apr 7, In Syria some 86
civilians were killed as regime forces pressed a protest crackdown
three days ahead of a deadline to cease fire and pull back. 16
rebels and 17 members of the security forces were also killed
nationwide. The head of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation said
at least one million Syrians affected by violence need urgent
humanitarian aid worth $70 million. Thousands of demonstrators
turned out in Damascus to show their backing for President
al-Assad's ruling Baath party on the 65th anniversary of its
(AFP, 4/7/12)(AFP, 4/8/12)
2012 Apr 7, Several Tunisian
centrist parties including the center-left PDP agreed to combine
forces and gain more clout in a country increasingly challenged by
Islamists ahead of general elections. A military appeals court in
Tunis upheld the convictions of Tunisia's ousted president and his
top officials for torturing army officers over an alleged 1991 coup
plot. Baton-wielding police fired teargas to disperse a
demonstration by thousands of jobless Tunisian graduates in the
2012 Apr 7, Venezuelan
President Hugo Chavez flew back to Cuba late today for another round
of radiation therapy.
2012 Apr 7, Yemen's airport in
Sanaa was shut down after forces loyal to a sacked general close to
former president Ali Abdullah Saleh surrounded it and threatened to
shoot down planes. A government air raid late today killed 16
terrorists belonging to Al-Qaeda network in Kud near Zinjibar. A US
drone reportedly killed eight Al-Qaeda suspects when it fired a
missile at their vehicle in the eastern province of Shabwa.
(AFP, 4/7/12)(AFP, 4/8/12)
2013 Apr 7, In California it
was made public that a federal magistrate has ruled that federal
authorities broke the law when they leased land to oil drillers
without studying the possible risks of hydraulic fracturing.
(SFC, 4/9/13, p.A1)
2013 Apr 7, Britain pledged
$102 million to Sudan over three years, with about half going to
2013 Apr 7, In Halifax, Canada,
Rehtaeh Parsons (17) died after being removed from life support
following a suicide attempt by hanging on April 4. She had killed
herself after a photo of her allegedly being sexually assaulted in
Nov, 2011, circulated online. In August one man (18) was charged
with two counts of distributing child pornography and the second man
(18) was charged with making child pornography and distributing it.
2013 Apr 7, China warned
against "troublemaking" on its doorstep, in an apparent rebuke to
North Korea, and the US said it was postponing a missile test to
help calm high tension on the divided Korean peninsula.
2013 Apr 7, In Egypt clashes
clashes broke out following the funeral of four Christians killed in
sectarian violence a day earlier. Two more people were killed and
another 89 injured outside Cairo's main Coptic cathedral.
2013 Apr 7, Egyptian train
drivers and conductors announced they were on strike to press
demands for better pay. A 10% raise was rejected by the train
drivers and conductors as too little.
2013 Apr 7, In France Wilfred
De Bruijn was beaten unconscious near his home in central Paris,
sustaining five fractures in his head and face, abrasions and a lost
tooth. His boyfriend, who was also beaten up, said he witnessed
three to four men shouting "Hey, look they're gays," before they
attacked. A photo of the victim went viral on social media.
2013 Apr 7, In Iraq 3 bombs
exploded in Mosul killing 4 security officers and wounding 7 other
(SFC, 4/8/13, p.A2)
2013 Apr 7, Israeli researchers
and Jewish leaders reported a 30 percent jump in anti-Semitic
violence and vandalism last year, topped by a deadly school shooting
in France, and expressed alarm about the rise of far-right parties
in Hungary, Greece and other countries.
2013 Apr 7, Montenegro held
2013 Apr 7, Pakistan's former
military ruler Gen. Pervez Musharraf was given approval to run for
parliament next month, a victory for him in what has otherwise been
a bumpy return to the country after more than four years in
2013 Apr 7, Missionary Jerry
Krause (54) disappeared near Sao Tome island as he flew in a
twin-engine Beechcraft 1900C from South Africa to Mali.
2013 Apr 7, Syrian government
airstrikes killed at least 20 people as the army pressed ahead with
its campaign to crush the rebellion against Pres. Bashar Assad. In
Daraa a man was shot dead by an army sniper.
2013 Apr 7, Ukraine’s Pres.
Viktor Yanukovych pardoned former Interior Minister Yuri Lutsenko
and former environment minister Heorhiy Filipchuk.
(SFC, 4/8/13, p.A2)
2014 Apr 7, The US approved a
bill barring Iranian diplomat Hamid Abutalebi from entering the
country. Officials objected to his selection as Iran’s new UN
ambassador because of his alleged participation in a Muslim student
group that held 52 Americans hostage in the 1979 seizure of the US
Embassy in Tehran.
2014 Apr 7, Marc Benioff,
founder of Salesforce.com, and his wife Lynne announced a 2nd $100
million donation to the UCSF and Children’s Hospital of Oakland,
which formed an alliance in January for research and medical care.
(SFC, 4/8/14, p.A1)
2014 Apr 7, Researchers at
Codenomicon, a security outfit, revealed the Heartbleed bug, a
software flaw that made up to two-thirds of the world’s websites
vulnerable to hackers.
(Econ, 4/12/14, p.65)
2014 Apr 7, In Washington state
the death toll from the March 22 mudslide rose to 33 with 12 people
still missing. As of April 17 all 39 recovered victims were
identified and 4 remained missing.
(SFC, 4/8/14, p.A6)(SFC, 4/18/14, p.A7)
2014 Apr 7, Preliminary tallies
from Afghanistan's presidential election showed former foreign
minister Abdullah Abdullah leading in parts of Kabul but, with
ballot counting likely to last weeks. Preliminary results were not
due until April 24.
2014 Apr 7, In southern
Afghanistan a roadside bomb killed at least 15 people traveling in
vehicles that had been diverted from a main road after an earlier
attack in Kandahar province.
2014 Apr 7, Peaches Geldof
(25), the daughter of Irish musician and Band Aid founder Bob Geldof
and TV presenter Paula Yates, was pronounced dead by paramedics at
her home in Wrotham, southeast of London. On July 23 a coroner ruled
that she was a heroin addict and died of a drug overdose.
(AP, 4/8/14)(AFP, 7/23/14)
2014 Apr 7, Quebec voters gave
a resounding no to the prospect of holding a third referendum on
independence from Canada, handing the main separatist party in the
French-speaking province one of its worst electoral defeats ever.
Liberals got 41.5 percent of the vote and took 70 seats in the
125-member National Assembly.
2014 Apr 7, In China the
Xiahaizi mine in Yunnan province suddenly filled with water
following an explosion, leaving 22 miners trapped. The death toll
rose to 20 with the recovery of another 14 bodies nearly two weeks
after the accident.
2014 Apr 7, Ecuador issued a
letter ordering the US Embassy's military group, about 20 Defense
Department employees, to leave the country by month's end, in a
further indication of strained relations.
2014 Apr 7, An Egyptian court
sentenced four men to up to eight years in prison for practicing
2014 Apr 7, German authorities
said reclusive collector Cornelius Gurlitt, who hoarded hundreds of
valuable artworks at his Munich home, has agreed to cooperate in
efforts to determine which pieces were seized by the Nazis.
2014 Apr 7, India began to hold
the world's biggest election. Hindu nationalist opposition candidate
Narendra Modi held a strong lead but was likely to fall short of a
2014 Apr 7, India's Sun
Pharmaceutical Industries said it is buying troubled generic
drugmaker Ranbaxy Laboratories from Japan’s Daiichi Sankyo in deal
valuing it a $3.2 billion. In 2008 Sankyo paid $4.6 billion for
(AP, 4/7/14)(Econ, 4/12/14, p.67)
2014 Apr 7, Film censors in
Indonesia and Malaysia banned the biblical epic "Noah," saying that
the portrayal of the ark-building prophet by Russell Crowe was
against Islamic laws. Depictions of any prophet are shunned in Islam
to avoid worship of a person rather than God.
2014 Apr 7, In Iraq a suicide
car bomb attack on a police checkpoint near Samarra killed 5 people,
including 3 policemen.
2014 Apr 7, Japan and Australia
clinched a basic trade deal to cut import tariffs. US and Japanese
officials stepped up efforts to reach a parallel agreement that
would re-energize stalled talks on a broader regional pact.
2014 Apr 7, Kuwait agreed to
supply Egypt with 85,000 barrels of oil daily and 1.5 million tons
of fuel for three years as part of a newly agreed commercial deal.
The supplies would be valued at market prices and delivered by the
end of 2016.
2014 Apr 7, Latvia said it is
joining Lithuania in banning Russian state TV broadcasts because it
found that several programs about the Ukraine crisis were
tendentious and not in the Baltic nation's security interests. A
three-month suspension of RTR Rossiya broadcasts will begin April 8.
2014 Apr 7, In Lebanon at least
8 people were killed in fighting between Palestinian factions at the
Mieh Mieh refugee camp near Sidon.
2014 Apr 7, In Libya residents
of the Benghazi observed a general strike to protest against
militant violence, as youths blocked streets of the capital in a
show of support.
2014 Apr 7, Morocco police in a
crackdown on violent crime began arresting so-called “Tchermil" (a
slang Moroccan term for marinated meat) hooligans. By April 25
police arrested 83 men in Casablanca alone and dramatically reduced
(SFC, 5/3/14, p.A4)
2014 Apr 7, A UN human rights
envoy said severe shortages of food, water and medical care for
Rohingya Muslims in western Myanmar are part of a long history of
persecution against the religious minority that could amount to
"crimes against humanity," an allegation denied by the government.
2014 Apr 7, Pakistani security
forces killed 30 separatist militants in an offensive in
Baluchistan, in one of the biggest clashes in months in the gas-rich
2014 Apr 7, A judge in Puerto
Rico ordered a diocese to provide state prosecutors with all
confidential documents related to an ongoing sexual abuse probe. The
Diocese of Arecibo has defrocked six priests accused of sex abuse,
and prosecutors are investigating at least 11 other priests facing
2014 Apr 7, In Rwanda Cassien
Ntamuhanga, head of a Christian radio station, disappeared in Kigali
without a trace after a ceremony commemorating the 1994 genocide.
2014 Apr 7, In Somalia two men
working for the United Nations were shot dead at Galkayo airport.
Former British police officer Simon Davis (57) and his French
colleague, researcher Clement Gorrissen (28), were working on links
between money transfer systems and piracy.
(Reuters, 4/7/14)(AFP, 4/9/14)
2014 Apr 7, Police in South
Africa arrested Makhele Lehlohonolo Joseph Scott (27), a fugitive
from neighboring Lesotho. He had escaped from a prison where he was
awaiting trial after allegedly confessing to cannibalism and two
murders in 2012.
2014 Apr 7, Spain said it has
dismantled a group it accused of plotting to send industrial
equipment to Iran that could be used for weapon manufacture in
violation of international sanctions. Four suspects were arrested.
2014 Apr 7, Sri Lanka's foreign
minister says that his country will not cooperate with the United
Nations human rights chief when she begins an investigation into
alleged war crimes from the island nation's civil war.
2014 Apr 7, Swiss-based Holcim
and its French counterpart, Lafarge, two of the world's largest
suppliers of building materials, announced plans for a merger of
2014 Apr 7, In Syria the
strategic area of Rankus in Qalamun went under heavy regime shelling
and continuous air raids, ahead of a plan to storm it.
2014 Apr 7, In Syria a masked
gunman assassinated Jesuit Father Francis Van Der Lugt (75), a
well-known, elderly Dutch priest, shooting him in the head in the
garden of a monastery where he lived in Homs.
2014 Apr 7, In Ukraine
pro-Russian separatists who seized a provincial administration
building in the eastern city of Donetsk proclaimed the region
2014 Apr 7, Ukraine's ecology
and natural resources minister estimated on that Kiev had lost
natural resources and related assets worth 127 billion hryvnias
($10.8 bln) when Russia annexed the Crimea region.