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401 Apr 10,
Theodosius II, the Younger, Eastern Roman emperor, was born.
428 Apr 10, John Nestorius from
Antioch was consecrated as the new Patriarch of Constantinople
by Emperor Theodosius.
879 Apr 10, Louis II, the
Stutterer, King of France (877-79), died and Louis III was crowned
King of France.
1500 Apr 10, France captured
duke Ludovico Sforza ("Il Sforza del Destino") of Milan.
1512 Apr 10, James V, king of
Scotland (1513-42), was born.
(PCh, 1992, p.167)(MC, 4/10/02)
1583 Apr 10, Hugo Grotius of
Holland, father of international law, was born.
1633 Apr 10, Werner Fabricius,
composer, was born.
1640 Apr 10, Agostino Agazzari
(61), Italian composer, died.
1663 Apr 10, Samuel Pepys,
London-based diarist, noted that he had enjoyed a French wine called
Ho Bryan at the Royal Oak Tavern. This same year the Pontacs, a top
wine-making family in Bordeaux, founded a fashionable London
restaurant called Pontack’s Head. Ho Bryan later came to be called
Chateau Haut Brion.
(Econ, 12/19/09, p.131)
1710 Apr 10, Britain’s Queen
Anne gave her assent to an act “for the encouragement of learning.”
It upheld Parliament’s 1709 copyright act, which set a limit of 21
years for books already in print and 14 years for new ones with an
additional 14 years if the author was still alive when the first
term ran out.
(Econ, 4/10/10, p.16)
1739 Apr 10, Dick Turpin was
executed in England for horse stealing.
1755 Apr 10, Samuel Hahnemann,
German physician, was born.
1778 Apr 10, William Hazlitt
(d.1830), essayist, critic, was born in Maidstone, Kent,
1783 Apr 10, Hortense E. de
Beauharnais, French queen of Netherlands (1806-10), was born.
1790 Apr 10, President George
Washington signed into law the first United States Patent Act. The
Patent Board was made up of the Secretary of State, Secretary of War
and the Attorney General and was responsible for granting patents on
"useful and important" inventions. In the first three years, 47
patents were granted. Until 1888 miniature models of the device to
be patented were required. [see July 31]
(HN, 4/10/98)(HNQ, 8/6/99)(AP, 4/10/07)
1794 Apr 10, Matthew Calbraith
Perry, the American Navy Commodore who opened Japan, was born.
1806 Apr 10, Leonidas Polk
(d.1864), bishop, Lt Gen (Confederate Army), was born.
1809 Apr 10, Austria declared
war on France and her forces entered Bavaria.
1813 Apr 10, Joseph-Louis
Lagrange (b.1736), Italian-born mathematician, died in Paris. He is
considered to be the greatest mathematician of the eighteenth
1815 Apr 10, A third of the
13,000 foot Mount Tambora on Sumbawa Island, Indonesia, was blasted
into the air. Some 50,000 islanders were killed and the whole planet
was shrouded in a debris of sulfuric droplets. In 2006 scientist
reported finding traces of Tambora society.
1827 Apr 10, Lewis Wallace
(d.1905), soldier, lawyer, diplomat and author (Ben Hur), was born.
“As a rule, there is no surer way to the dislike of men than to
behave well where they have behaved badly.”
(HN, 4/10/98)(AP, 12/5/00)
1829 Apr 10, William Booth,
founder (Salvation Army), was born.
1835 Apr 10, Charles Darwin
returned to Santiago, Chile.
1836 Apr 10, Helen Jewett, a
prostitute in a Thomas St. bordello in Manhattan, was murdered. Her
boyfriend, Richard P. Robinson (17), a clerk for a local merchant,
was tried for the murder but acquitted. In 1998 Patricia Cline Cohen
published “The Murder of Helen Jewett,” an account of the story.
(WSJ, 8/21/98, p.W6)
1841 Apr 10, The NY Tribune
began publishing under editor Horace Greeley (1811-1872). The
abolitionist newspaper editor founded The New York Tribune with
support from powerful political friends. Under Greeley's direction,
The Tribune took a strong stand against slavery, the South and slave
owners in the years leading up to the Civil War. The Tribune and
Greeley also crusaded against liquor, gambling, prostitution and
capital punishment. One of the founders of the Republican Party,
Greeley was also an eccentric who dabbled in many of the fads of his
(HNPD, 2/3/99)(WSJ, 10/26/00, p.W12)(AP,
1845 Apr 10, Over 1,000
buildings were damaged by fire in Pittsburgh, Pa.
1847 Apr 10, American newspaper
publisher Joseph Pulitzer (d.1911) was born in Mako, Hungary. "What
is everybody's business is nobody's business -- except the
(CFA, '96, p.44)(AP, 4/10/97)(AP, 8/30/98)
1849 Apr 10, Walter Hunt, a
mechanic, patented the safety pin in NYC. He sold rights for $100.
Hunt’s other inventions included a new stove, paper collar,
ice-breaking boat, fountain pen and nail-making machine.
(SFC, 7/14/99, p.3)(SFC, 4/1/00, p.B4)(MC,
1858 Apr 10, London’s Big Ben
bell was cast at the Whitechapel Foundry in East London. It was
placed into St. Stephen’s Tower at the Houses of Parliament.
(SFC, 4/11/08, p.A16)
1862 Apr 10, Union forces began
the bombardment of Fort Pulaski in Georgia along the Tybee River.
1863 Apr 10, Rebel Gen. Earl
Van Dorn attacked at Franklin, Tenn.
1864 Apr 10, Eugene Francis
Charles D'Albert, German pianist, composer (Golem), was born.
1864 Apr 10, Archduke
Maximilian of Austria was crowned Emperor of Mexico.
1865 Apr 10, At Appomattox
Court, Va, General Robert E. Lee issued Gen Order #9, his last
orders to the Army of Northern Virginia. Seneca Indian Ely Parker
was at his general's side at Appomattox. In 2001 William C. Davis
authored “An Honorable Defeat.”
(HN, 4/10/99)(WSJ, 6/13/01, p.A18)(MC, 4/10/02)
1866 Apr 10, The American
Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) was
1867 Apr 10, A.E. (George
William Russell), Irish poet and mystic, was born.
1868 Apr 10, 1st performance of
Johannes Brahms' "Ein Deutches Requiem."
1869 Apr 10, The US Congress
increased the number of Supreme Court judges from 7 to 9.
1877 Apr 10, Federal troops
were withdrawn from Columbia, SC.
1877 Apr 10, The 1st human
cannonball act was performed in London.
1880 Apr 10, Frances Perkins,
Labor secretary, first woman cabinet member in an American
Administration, was born.
1882 Apr 10, Matson founded his
shipping company with service between San Francisco and Hawaii.
1887 Apr 10, President Abraham
Lincoln was re-buried with his wife in Springfield, Il.
1887 Aug 10, A train from
Peoria, Ill., bound for Niagara ran across a burning bridge near
Chatsworth. Only the lead locomotive made it and 82 people were
killed near Chatsworth.
1892 Apr 10, Victor de Sabata,
conductor, composer (Il Macigno), was born in Trieste, Italy.
1895 Apr 10, The San Francisco
Chronicle reported that Blanche Dumont (21), a student living in the
Mission District, had disappeared a week earlier. She had last been
seen with Theodore Durrant (23), a medical student who lived on Fair
(SFC, 10/18/12, p.D1)
1901 Apr 10, The Journal, a
Hearst newspaper, printed an editorial that declared “If bad
institutions and bad men can be got rid of only by killing, then the
killing must be done.” Hearst ordered the presses stopped but a
number of papers had already hit the streets.
(AH, 10/01, p.24)
1902 Apr 10, South African
Boers accepted British terms of surrender.
1903 Apr 10, Clare Boothe Luce,
U.S. ambassador to the Vatican, was born.
1909 Apr 10, Algernon Charles
Swinburne (b.1837), English poet, died.
1912 Apr 10, The 66,000 ton RMS
Titanic left port from Southampton, England, on its ill-fated maiden
voyage with 2,223 people.
(SFC, 7/5/96, PM, p.16)(SFEC, 12/8/96, BR
1912 Apr 10, The first wireless
transmission was received on an airplane.
1915 Apr 10, Harry Morgan,
actor (December Bride, M*A*S*H, Dragnet), was born in Detroit, Mich.
1917 Apr 10, Robert B.
Woodward, synthetic chemist, was born.
1917 Apr 10, A munitions
factory explosion at Eddystone, PA., killed 133 workers.
1919 Apr 10, Emiliano Zapata
(b.c1877), a leader of Mexico's indigenous people during the Mexican
Revolution, was assassinated by a government emissary who had come
to his southern stronghold in the state of Morelos for peace
negotiations. His native language was Nahuatl of the Aztecs.
(SFC, 4/13/96, p.A-10)(MC, 4/10/02)
1921 Apr 10, Chuck Connors,
actor (Rifleman, Branded, Cowboy in Africa), was born in Brooklyn,
NY. He later auditioned for the Chicago Cubs with Fidel Castro and
played for them for a while.
1923 Apr 10, Hitler demanded
"hatred and more hatred" in Berlin.
1924 Apr 10, David Halberstam,
New York Times correspondent, author, Pulitzer Prize winner in 1964,
1925 Apr 10, The novel "The
Great Gatsby," by F. Scott Fitzgerald, was first published by
Scribner's of New York. A film version was made in 1974.
(TMC, 1994, p.1925)(SFEC, 2/16/97, Par. p.18)(AP,
1929 Apr 10, Max Von Sydow,
actor (Hawaii, Exorcist, Dune, Seventh Seal, Dreamscape), was born
in Lund, Sweden.
1930 Apr 10, The first
synthetic rubber was produced.
1932 Apr 10, Omar Sharif
(Michael Shalhoub), actor (Dr. Zhivago), was born.
1932 Apr 10, Paul von
Hindenburg was elected the first German president. German president
Paul von Hindenburg was re-elected with 53% of the vote; Adolf
Hitler coming in 2nd with 36%.
1934 Apr 10, David Halberstam,
New York Times correspondent, author, Pulitzer Prize winner in 1964,
1935 Apr 10, Jorge Mester,
conductor (Louisville Orch 1967-79), was born in Mexico City.
1935 Apr 10, Vaughan Williams'
4th Symphony premiered in London.
1936 Apr 10, John Madden, NFL
coach (Oakland Raiders), sports commentator (CBS, FOX), was born.
1936 Apr 10, A 200" mirror
blank arrived in Pasadena for Mt. Palomar.
1938 Apr 10, NY made syphilis
testing mandatory for a marriage license.
1938 Apr 10, Germany annexed
1940 Apr 10, Vidkun Quisling
formed a Norwegian pro-Nazi "national government."
1940 Apr 10, The HMS Hunter, a
British destroyer, went down with 110 men in the fist Battle of
Narvik as the Royal Navy tried to keep German forces from
overrunning a strategic Norwegian port. Germany lost 4 destroyers in
the battle. In 2008 a Norwegian minehunter found the wreck
1941 Apr 10, Paul Theroux,
author (The Great Railway Bazaar), was born.
1941 Apr 10, U.S. troops
occupied Greenland to prevent Nazi infiltration.
1942 Apr 10, The 65-mile Bataan
Death March began to a prison camp near Cabanatuan. The prisoners
were forced to march 85 miles in six days with only one meal of rice
during the entire journey. Some 10k-15k soldiers perished on the
march. Bataan is a peninsula of western Luzon in the Philippines. It
was surrendered to the Japanese in this year and retaken by American
forces in 1945. [see Apr 9]
(HFA, ‘96, p.28)(SFEC, 12/15/96, p.T7)(SFC,
4/25/97, p.A26)(MC, 4/10/02)
1944 Apr 10, Soviet forces
liberated Odessa from Nazis.
1945 Apr 10, US troops landed
on Tsugen Shima, Okinawa.
1945 Apr 10, German Me 262 jet
fighters shot down ten U.S. bombers near Berlin.
1945 Apr 10, In their second
attempt to take the Seelow Heights , near Berlin, the Red Army
launched numerous attacks against the defending Germans. The Soviets
gained one mile at the cost of 3,000 men killed and 368 tanks
1947 Apr 10, Brooklyn Dodgers
president Branch Rickey announced he had purchased the contract of
Jackie Robinson from the Montreal Royals. John Sengstacke, black
publisher of the Chicago Defender, was instrumental in persuading
Mr. Rickey in his decision. Jackie Robinson became the first black
to play major league baseball as he took the field for the Brooklyn
Dodgers. In spite of intense pressure and hostility, Robinson's
athletic abilities earned him the Rookie of the Year Award in 1947.
(AP, 4/10/97)(SFC, 1/12/98, p.A1)(HN, 4/10/01)
1948 Apr 10, Jewish Hagana
repelled an Arab attack on Mishmar HaEmek.
1952 Apr 10, The MGM movie
musical "Singin' in the Rain," starring Gene Kelly, was first
1953 Apr 10, The first 3-D
horror movie “House of Wax,” produced by Warner Bros. and starring
Vincent Price, premiered in New York City. It was directed by Andre
de Toth (d.2002 at 89).
(AP, 4/9/97)(HN, 4/10/98)(SFC, 11/1/02, p.A28)
1956 Apr 10, In Alabama singer
Nat Cole was attacked on stage at the Birmingham Municipal
Auditorium by a small group of white supremacists. Six local men
were arrested for the attack.
1956 Apr 10, Philips
broadcasted the 1st Dutch color TV programs.
1957 Apr 10, John Osborne’s
play “The Entertainer,” starring Laurence Olivier, opened in London.
1957 Apr 10, Egypt reopened the
Suez Canal to all shipping traffic. The canal had been closed due to
wreckage resulting from the Suez Crisis.
1959 Apr 10, Japan's Crown
Prince Akihito married a commoner, Michiko Shoda.
1960 Apr 10, The US Senate
passed a landmark Civil Rights Bill.
1963 Apr 10, The USS Thresher
nuclear-powered submarine failed to surface 220 miles east of
Boston, Mass. The disaster claimed 129 lives.
1965 Apr 10, Linda Darnell
(41), actress, died from burns received in a fire.
1966 Apr 10, Evelyn Waugh
(b.1903), British writer, satirist (Brideshead Revisited), died. He
also wrote “The Loved Ones,” a satire on California burial customs
and “Vile Bodies.” His correspondence with Nancy Mitford, novelist
of manners, was edited by Charlotte Mosley and published in 1997. In
2007 Alexander Waugh, grandson of Evelyn Waugh, authored “Fathers
and Sons,” his biography of the Waugh family.
(WSJ, 4/29/97, p.A18)(SFC, 9/11/04, p.E1)(WSJ,
1967 Apr 10, In the 39th
Academy Awards "A Man For All Seasons" won for Best Picture;
Elizabeth Taylor won as Best Actress for “Who's Afraid of Virginia
Woolf?”; and Paul Scofield won as Best Actor for “A Man For All
1968 Apr 10, In the 40th
Academy Awards "In the Heat of the Night" won as best film. Rod
Steiger won as best actor for his role in the film. Katherine
Hepburn won as best actress for her role in “Guess Who’s Coming to
1968 Apr 10, President Johnson
replaced General Westmoreland with General Creighton Abrams in
Vietnam [see Mar 22].
1968 Apr 10, A ferry boat sank
in harbor of Wellington, NZ, and 51 were killed.
1969 Apr 10, Harley Jefferson
Earl (1893-1969), American car designer, died. He was a Hollywood
builder of custom cars and became GM’s VP of styling from 1940-1959.
He was the first to introduce tail fins in 1948. His design
philosophy was "You can design a car so that every time you get in
it, it’s a relief--you have a little vacation for a while."
(WSJ, 6/19/96, Adv.
1971 Apr 10, The American table
tennis team arrived in China.
1972 Apr 10, In the 44th
Academy Awards "French Connection," Gene Hackman and Jane Fonda won.
1972 Apr 10, The United States
and the Soviet Union joined some 70 nations in signing an agreement
banning biological warfare: The Biological and Toxins Weapons
Convention (BWC). A defector in 1990 revealed that the Soviet
biological weapons program was twice the size of the highest US
intelligence estimates. The convention banned the development,
production, and stockpiling of bacteriological and toxic weapons. In
1973 the Soviet Union created Biopreparat, an ultra secret
biological weapons program that involved laboratories at a minimum
of 47 sites across Russia.
(AP, 4/10/97)(WSJ, 7/21/97, p.A22)(SFEC, 8/10/97,
p.A3)(SFC, 8/28/97, p.C2)
1972 Apr 10, A 6.9 earthquake
in the Iranian province of Fars killed over 5,000 people.
1974 Apr 10, Golda Meir
announced her resignation as prime minister of Israel. Yitzhak Rabin
replaced Golda Meir.
(AP, 4/10/97)(HN, 4/10/98)
1975 Apr 10, Walker Evans
(b.1903), American photographer, died. In 1999 the biography "Walker
Evans" by James R. Mellow was published.
(WSJ, 7/27/99, p.A21)(SFC, 8/18/01,
1978 Apr 10, Arkady Shevchenko,
a high-ranking Soviet citizen employed by the United Nations, sought
political asylum in the United States.
1978 Apr 10, A tornado struck
in Orissa, India, and killed about 150 people.
1979 Apr 10, Nino Rota
(b.1911), Italian composer (Torquemada, Romeo & Juliette), died
1979 Apr 10, The US Government
established the Taiwan Relations Act which said: "to make clear that
the US decision to establish diplomatic relations with the People's
Republic of China rests upon the expectation that the future of
Taiwan will be determined by peaceful means."
1981 Apr 10, The long-awaited
maiden launch of the space shuttle “Columbia” was scrubbed because
of a computer malfunction.
1981 Apr 10, Imprisoned IRA
hunger striker Bobby Sands was declared the winner of a by-election
to the British Parliament.
1983 Apr 10, King Hussein of
Jordan, officially renounced pursuing any negotiations to implement
the Reagan Plan, and ceased negotiations with PLO.
1984 Apr 10, The US Senate
condemned the January CIA mining of Nicaraguan harbors.
1984 Apr 10, In San Francisco
Mei “Linda” Leung (9) was kidnapped, raped and killed. Her body was
found hanging over a pipe in the baxement of her apartment building
at 765 O’Farrell St. In 2009 DNA evidence tied Richard Ramirez
(b.1960), known as the “Night Stalker,” to her murder. The evidence
also indicated a possible 2nd attacker.
(SFC, 10/23/09, p.A1)
1986 Apr 10, Benazir Bhutto
(33), daughter of former PM Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, returned to
1987 Apr 10, President Reagan
and Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev delivered speeches on nuclear
arms, with the president challenging the Soviets to join the United
States in working harder for arms reductions, and Gorbachev
proposing talks on short-range weapons.
1988 Apr 10, The hijackers of a
Kuwait Airways jetliner vowed to carry out a "slow, quiet massacre"
of their hostages, one day after one captive was killed aboard the
plane parked in Larnaca, Cyprus.
1989 Apr 10, Federal drug czar
William J. Bennett unveiled details of the Bush administration's
plan for fighting drug abuse and drug-related crime in the nation's
1989 Apr 10, In Ohio Jeffrey
Lundgren (b.1950), a self-proclaimed prophet, led his cult in
planning and executing murders of the Avery family in order to bring
about a prophecy he interpreted from the Old Testament. Lundgren was
convicted of five counts of murder and executed on October 24, 2006
at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville, Ohio.
1990 Apr 10, H.J. Heinz said it
would not sell tuna caught in nets that also trap dolphins.
1990 Apr 10, Three European
hostages -- a French woman, a Belgian man and their two-year-old
daughter, who was born in captivity -- were released in Lebanon by
the Abu Nidal Palestinian guerrilla group following an appeal by
Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi.
1990 Apr 10, Teddy Wang
Tei-huei (57), Hong Kong real estate tycoon, was kidnapped for a 2nd
time. Abductors demanded $60 million. His wife Nina Wang paid a $34
million installment, but it was too late. His body was never found.
Wang was declared legally dead in 1999.
(WSJ, 10/20/99, p.A23)(Econ, 7/3/04, p.52)
1991 Apr 10, The US and Britain
imposed a no-fly zone to protect 3 Kurdish provinces in northern
(SFC, 9/24/02, p.A11)
1991 Apr 10, A day after
Mikhail Gorbachev appealed for a moratorium on all strikes,
demonstrations and rallies, an estimated 200,000 workers in
Byelorussia defied the Soviet president by staging a work stoppage
in the capital, Minsk.
1992 Apr 10, Financier Charles
Keating Jr. was sentenced in Los Angeles to nine years in prison for
swindling investors when his Lincoln Savings and Loan collapsed. The
convictions were later overturned.
1992 Apr 10, Comedian Sam
Kinison (38) was killed in a car crash outside Needles, Calif.
1992 Apr 10, The IRA bombed the
London financial district killing 3 with 91 injured.
(WSJ, 3/12/04, p.A11)
1993 Apr 10, South African
activist Chris Hani, head of the Communist Party and a leading
official of the African National Congress, was shot to death by
Janusz Walus and Clive Derby-Lewis. The two white extremists were
later convicted in the slaying and appealed for amnesty in 1997.
(SFC, 8/12/97, p.A8)(AP, 4/10/98)
1994 Apr 10, Two U.S. F-16
fighters bombed Bosnian Serb targets in Gorazde, which was under
heavy attack. This was NATO's first-ever attack on ground positions.
A second air strike took place the following day.
(SFC,10/16/97, p.A12)(AP, 4/10/99)
1995 Apr 10, Sen. Bob Dole
launched his third bid for the White House in Topeka, Kansas.
1995 Apr 10, The Unabomber sent
a letter to the New York Times claiming responsibility for the
killing of Thomas Mosser.
(SFEC,11/9/97, Z1 p.5)
1995 Apr 10, NYC enacted the
Smoke Free Air Act which banned smoking in all restaurants that
seated 35 or more.
1995 Apr 10, Chen Yun (b.1905),
one of China’s “eight immortals,” died. He helped create
1996 Apr 10, President Clinton
vetoed a bill that would have outlawed a technique used to end
pregnancies in their late stages.
1996 Apr 10, It was reported
that Pres. Mohammed Ibrahim Egal was the leader of the Pennsylvania
size region of Somalia called Somaliland. The five year old state
had a flag, army, police and currency, but did not have
(SFC, 4/10/96, A-5)
1996 Apr 10, In Mexico a
protest group of about 500 peasants was fired on by police with one
killed and dozens wounded. They were headed to the annual Septa
commemoration in Tlaltizapan, the site of Zapata’s headquarters.
(SFC, 4/13/96, p.A-10)
1997 Apr 10, A federal judge
struck down as unconstitutional the Line-Item Veto Act, a law that
lets the president strike specific items from bills passed by
Congress. The president said he would appeal to the Supreme Court.
The Supreme Court later set aside the judge's ruling. The Supreme
Court ultimately struck down the veto as unconstitutional in 1998.
(SFC, 4/11/97, p.A3)(AP, 4/10/02)
1997 Apr 10, Onetime fighter
pilot and former POW Pete Peterson was confirmed by the Senate as
the first postwar U.S. ambassador to Vietnam.
1997 Apr 10, Michael Dorris
(52), writer, committed suicide. His books included “The Broken
Cord” (1989), an account of his life raising adopted son Abel, who
was diagnosed with fetal alcohol syndrome.
1998 Apr 10, The anti-impotence
drug Viagra appeared on the market and became one of the
best-selling new medications of all time.
1998 Apr 10, In Iran an
earthquake in the northeast killed 12 people and left 1,500 homeless
in the Khorasan province.
(SFEC, 4/12/98, p.A16)
1998 Apr 10, The Good Friday
Agreement was announced 17 hours after the deadline as negotiators
reached a landmark settlement to end 30 years of bitter rivalries
and bloody attacks. Gerry Adams signed for the IRA. It was to face
referendums in the Irish Republic and Northern Ireland on May 22. If
approved there would be June elections to create a local governing
assembly for Northern Ireland.
(SFC, 4/11/98, p.A1)(AP, 4/10/99)(SSFC, 9/14/03,
1998 Apr 10, The Russian
Parliament rejected Pres. Yeltsin’s nominee, Sergei Kiriyenko, for
prime minister 186 to 143. Yeltsin renominated Kiriyenko and another
vote must take place within a week. In a speech to the Duma
Kiriyenko said that economic growth had stopped.
(SFC, 4/11/98, p.A6)
1999 Apr 10, The Miami Heat
humiliated the Chicago Bulls, 82-49, holding the Bulls to the lowest
point total since the introduction of the basketball shot clock.
1999 Apr 10, The US announced
that 82 more warplanes were being shipped to join the NATO campaign
in Yugoslavia. It was reported that half Yugoslavia's most modern
planes had been destroyed.
(SFEC, 4/11/99, p.A1)
1999 Apr 10, In Iran Gen'l. Ali
Sayyad Shirazi, deputy chief of the joint staff command of the
Iranian armed forces, was gunned down in front of his home in Tehran
by men dressed as city cleaners. The murder was attributed to
terrorists, a euphemism for the opposition Mujahedeen-e Khalq (MEK).
In 2007 French judicial authorities said they have the authority to
investigate the case because the political wing of the People's
Mujahedeen is based in Auvers-Sur-Oise, north of Paris.
(SFEC, 4/11/99, p.A11)(AP, 9/18/07)
1999 Apr 10, US F-16s struck
southern Iraqi radar and antiaircraft sites after the fighters were
fired upon. Iraq claimed that 2 people were killed and 9 wounded in
(SFEC, 4/11/99, p.A11)(WSJ, 4/12/99, p.A1)
1999 Apr 10, Poland welcomed
the first of several thousand ethnic Albanian refugees from Kosovo.
(SFEC, 4/11/99, p.A30)
1999 Apr 10, In Russia Prime
Minister Primakov appealed to the lower house of the Duma to drop
impeachment proceedings against Pres. Yeltsin.
(SFEC, 4/11/99, p.A11)
1999 Apr 10, Serbia allowed
some 1,500 refugees from Vragolija to leave Kosovo for Albania. Some
4,000 refugees crossed into Albania.
(SFEC, 4/11/99, p.A14,26)
1999 Apr 10, Bad weather
hampered NATO's bombing campaign against Yugoslavia, but the allies
warned Slobodan Milosevic the lull wouldn't last. The Pentagon,
meanwhile, announced that 82 U.S. planes would join the force
conducting airstrikes over Yugoslavia.
1999 Apr 10, In Venezuela Pres.
Chavez said he would extend his term from 5 to 10 years. He had
already threatened to dissolve Congress and the Supreme Court.
(SFC, 4/13/99, p.A11)
2000 Apr 10, David M. Kennedy
won a Pulitzer prize for “Freedom From Fear: The American People in
Depression and War, 1929-1945.” Jhumpa Lahiri won the fiction award
for “Interpreter of Maladies.” The Washington Post won three
Pulitzer Prizes, including the public service award for the second
year in a row; The Wall Street Journal took two honors, and The
Associated Press won for investigative reporting on the killing of
civilians by US troops at the start of the Korean War.
(SFC, 4/11/00, p.A2)(AP, 4/10/01)
2000 Apr 10, Actor Larry
Linville, one of the stars of the situation comedy “M*A*S*H,” set
during the Korean War, died in New York at age 60.
2000 Apr 10, EU foreign
ministers toughened sanctions against Burma due to the increased
repression of civil and political rights.
(SFC, 4/11/00, p.D4)
2000 Apr 10, In Gambia police
fired on a student demonstration in Banjul and 12 people were
(SC, 4/11/00, p.D4)(SFC, 4/12/00, p.A17)
2000 Apr 10, South Korea and
North Korea announced a June date for their first summit since the
Korean peninsula was divided in 1945.
2000 Apr 10, In the Philippines
government troops attacked Camp Bilai, a Muslim rebel camp of the
Moro Islamic Liberation Front. A number of guerrillas were killed.
278 rebels and 18 soldiers had died in clashes over the last month.
(SFC, 4/11/00, p.D4)
2001 Apr 10, Pres. Bush met
with Jordan’s King Abdullah and both agreed that ending violence in
the Middle East was the main goal for the region.
(WSJ, 4/11/01, p.A1)
2001 Apr 10, Republican Jane
Swift took office as the first female governor of Massachusetts,
succeeding Paul Cellucci, who'd resigned to become U.S. ambassador
2001 Apr 10, Rap star Eminem
was placed on two years' probation for carrying a concealed weapon
outside a Michigan nightclub.
2001 Apr 10, The DJIA went up
257 to 10,102. The Nasdaq increased 106 to 1,852.
(SFC, 4/11/01, p.B1)
2001 Apr 10, Doctors in San
Diego implanted genetically modified cells in to the brain of a
60-year-old woman with early Alzheimer’s disease in an effort to
slow her mental decline.
(SFC, 4/11/01, p.A3)
2001 Apr 10, In Dhaka,
Bangladesh, a general strike for the resignation of prime minister
Sheikh Hasina left 3 people dead after supporters and opponents
clashed with guns and homemade bombs.
(SFC, 4/11/01, p.C5)
2001 Apr 10, Germany’s PM
Schroeder ended 2 days of talks with Pres. Putin of Russia, but no
agreement was reached on Russian debt.
(WSJ, 4/11/01, p.A1)
2001 Apr 10, Israeli rockets
were fired at a Palestinian police post next to the Khan Yunis
refugee camp. At least 25 Palestinians were wounded.
(SFC, 4/11/01, p.C2)
2001 Apr 10, Malaysia arrested
at least 4 opposition leaders as the 2 year anniversary approached
of jailed former Deputy Premier Anwar’s conviction.
(WSJ, 4/11/01, p.A1)
2001 Apr 10, In Netherlands the
Senate legalized euthanasia gave doctors immunity from prosecution
for assisting in the deaths of terminally ill patients.
(SFC, 4/11/01, p.C2)(AP, 4/10/02)
2001 Apr 10, In Singapore
doctors completed a 4-day operation to separate 11-month-old Siamese
twins, Jamuna and Ganga Shrestha of Nepal. The girls had joined
(SFC, 4/11/01, p.C3)
2002 Apr 10, Sec. of State
Colin Powell stopped in Spain to gather EU support in the Middle
East conflict. He again called for an immediate end to Israel’s
(SFC, 4/11/02, p.A14)
2002 Apr 10, Arthur Anderson
LLP agreed to a government condition that it admit to having
committed a crime by destroying Enron documents last fall.
(SFC, 4/11/02, p.A1)
2002 Apr 10, In Ohio a state
appeals court declared a ban on concealed weapons to be
unconstitutional. 5 other states, all in the Midwest, carried
similar laws banning concealed weapons.
(SFC, 4/11/02, p.A7)
2002 Apr 10, In Israel a
suicide bomber sd’d in a bus near Haifa and 8 people were killed
with 20 wounded. Israel announced the withdrawal of forces from 24
small West Bank villages.
(SFC, 4/10/02, p.A1)(SFC, 4/11/02, p.A1)(WSJ,
2002 Apr 10, In Mexico 41 state
and city police from Tijuana and Tecate were arrested in Baja on
charges of corruption and smuggling during a meeting at the state
(SFC, 4/11/02, p.A10)(SFC, 4/12/02, p.A9)
2002 Apr 10, Binyam Mohamed
(b.1978), an Ethiopian citizen who had lived in Britain for 7 years,
was arrested in Pakistan. He was held incommunicado in Pakistan,
Morocco and Afghanistan and then was taken to Guantanamo Bay in 2004
2002 Apr 10, In Russia the FSB,
successor to the KGB, accused the CIA of trying to steal military
secrets. US diplomat Yunju Kensinger and David Patterson were
identified as agents posing as US Embassy officials.
(SFC, 4/11/02, p.A8)(WSJ, 4/11/02, p.A15)
2002 Apr 10, In Sri Lanka rebel
leader Velupillai Prabhakaran made his 1st public appearance in 15
years and pledged his commitment to peace talks along with the goal
of an independent Tamil state. The 18-year civil war had already
left 65,000 dead.
(SFC, 4/11/02, p.A11)(WSJ, 4/11/02, p.A1)
2003 Apr 10, The US House
passed a bill creating a national Amber Alert system and
strengthening child pornography laws.
2003 Apr 10, Eva Narcissus
Boyd, the singer known as "Little Eva," died in Kinston, N.C.
2003 Apr 10, Iraqi television
aired videotaped greetings from President Bush and British Prime
Minister Tony Blair.
2003 Apr 10, In the 23rd day of
Operation Iraqi Freedom US and Kurdish troops seized oil-rich Kirkuk
without a fight and held a second city within their grasp as
opposition forces crumbled in northern Iraq. Looting in Baghdad
prompted orders for US Marines to crack down on thieves. Over 40
suicide vests were found in a Baghdad school. Looting in Kirkuk
stripped the North Oil Co. facilities and pumping of 850,000 barrels
a day ceased.
(AP, 4/10/03)(SFC, 4/11/03, p.A1)(SSFC, 4/13/03,
p.W8)(SSFC, 4/20/03, p.A3)
2003 Apr 10, In Najaf clerics
Haider al-Kadar, a widely hated loyalist of Saddam, and Abdul Majid
al-Khoei, a high-ranking Shiite cleric and son of one of the
religion's most prominent spiritual leaders, were hacked to death at
the shrine of Imam Ali by a crowd during a meeting of
reconciliation. Majid al-Khoei had been give as much as $13 million
by the CIA to cultivate supporters.
(AP, 4/10/03)(SFC, 5/2/03, p.A14)
2003 Apr 10, Aid workers fled a
north Afghan town after factional fighting killed at least 13
(WSJ, 4/11/03, p.A1)
2003 Apr 10, In Colombia the
body of Eudaldo Diaz, mayor of the Sucre state town of El Roble, was
found tortured and killed. Former Sucre Gov. Salvador Arana was
convicted in 2009 of masterminding the murder. He is serving a
40-year prison term. In 2011 fugitive Colombian paramilitary warlord
Rodrigo Mercado was convicted in absentia of kidnapping and killing
2003 Apr 10, In Estonia Juhan
Parts, a 36-year-old former auditor, took over as prime minister,
becoming Europe's youngest leader.
2003 Apr 10, An Israeli missile
strike in Gaza City killed Mahmoud Zatme, an Islamic Jihad
commander, and injured 12 bystanders. In Tulkarem Israeli troops
fired on a car carrying members of the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades. The
driver was killed and 4 others were injured. 2 gunmen shot 2 Israeli
soldier dead in the Jordan Valley and were themselves killed.
(SFC, 4/11/03, p.A1)(WSJ, 4/11/03, p.A1)
2003 Apr 10, In Dagestan,
Russia, a fire killed 28 deaf children in a boarding school in
Makhachkala. Fires in Russia killed some 50 people a day, i.e.
18,000 a year.
(AP, 4/10/03)(SFC, 4/11/03, p.A3)
2004 Apr 10, Pres. Bush signed
into law a bill that let companies reduce the required contributions
to their defined-benefit pension plans by more than $80 billion over
the next 2 years.
(Econ, 4/17/04, p.73)
2004 Apr 10, The White House
declassified and released a document sent to President Bush before
the Sept. 11 attacks which cited recent intelligence of a possible
al-Qaida plot to strike inside the US.
2004 Apr 10, Several thousand
protesters gathered in SF and called for an end to US military
presence in Iraq.
(SSFC, 4/11/04, p.B3)
2004 Apr 10, San Francisco
Police officer Isaac A. Espinoza (29) was shot dead and his partner
wounded in the Bayview neighborhood. Suspect David Hill (21) was
arrested the next day. Hill used an illegal AK-47 against the
officers that had been given to him by Marvin Jeffrey Jr., a police
informant. In 2007 Hill was found guilty of 2nd degree murder.
(SFC, 4/12/04, p.A1)(SSFC, 8/13/06, p.A1)(SFC,
2004 Apr 10, A coal mine
explosion trapped five miners underground in a northeastern Chinese
city where more than 150 miners have been killed in the past year.
2004 Apr 10, In Colombia a
patrol, searching for rebels of the FARC, gunned down a peasant
family carrying a sick baby to hospital. Three youths, aged 14 to
17, and the six-month-old were among the dead.
2004 Apr 10, Iraqi government
negotiators entered the besieged city of Fallujah as fierce battles
raged elsewhere in central Iraq, including Baghdad. In Baqouba 40
Iraqis were killed. A top Iraqi Red Crescent official and his wife
were killed in an apparent attack on their car in northern Iraq.
2004 Apr 10, A stray bullet
killed an 11-year old Palestinian girl in her kitchen when Israeli
troops fired on her neighborhood in the southern Gaza Strip.
2004 Apr 10, In Mexico a gas
explosion leveled two buildings, killed at least six people and
injured more than a dozen others in the border town of Nuevo
2004 Apr 10, In southern Peru
heavy rains triggered mudslides near the famed Inca citadel of Machu
Picchu, killing at least six people. Five others were missing and
2004 Apr 10, In the southern
Philippines more than 50 inmates, including many suspected members
of a Muslim extremist group, used a smuggled pistol to escape from
prison. At least nine were killed by police.
2004 Apr 10, Rania al-Baz, a
popular Saudi TV host, was severely beaten by her husband. She
suffered 13 facial fractures that required 12 operations. She
allowed photos to be broadcast and opened discussions of ongoing
violence against women in Saudi Arabia.
(SFC, 4/20/04, p.A6)
2004 Apr 10, In Siberia an
apparent methane blast ripped through a coal mine, killing at least
(AP, 4/11/04)(AP, 4/12/04)
2004 Apr 10, Some 11% of South
Africans, 5 million people, were reported to be infected with AIDS.
An earlier government report said 100,000 civil servants were HIV
(Econ, 4/10/04, p.39)
2004 Apr 10, Some 100,000
people in Taiwan protested the disputed presidential election.
(WSJ, 4/12/04, p.A1)
2004 Apr 10, Sakip Sabanci
(71), Turkey’s richest man and head of Sabanci Holding, died. He
left his niece Guler Sabanci in charge of his business.
2004 Apr 10, In Vietnam's
troubled Central Highlands province of Daklak ethnic minority
villagers protested over religion and land issues.
2004 Apr 10, In Sri Lanka the
Liberation Tigers took control of the areas held by the Karuna group
and declared a two-day truce to allow civilians to celebrate the
Buddhist and Hindu New Year.
2005 Apr 10, Tiger Woods won
his fourth Masters with a spectacular finish of birdies and bogeys.
2005 Apr 10, Steve Vaught (39)
left his San Diego, Ca., home on a walking trip to New York in an
effort to loose some of his 400 lbs. By July he was in Arizona and
down to 350 lbs. A year later he was in Ohio with less than 400
miles to NYC. His weight was down to 292. He completed his walk at
178th and Broadway in New York City on May 9, 2006; he had lost
approximately 100 lbs.
(SFC, 7/9/05, p.A2)(www.thefatmanwalking.com)
2005 Apr 10, A blizzard hit
eastern Colorado knocking out power and stranding travelers along
highways and at the Denver airport.
(SFC, 4/11/05, p.A3)
2005 Apr 10, In Indian Kashmir
2 civilians were killed and 20 others wounded when suspected Muslim
rebels hurled a grenade in a crowded area.
2005 Apr 10, In Iraq Pres.
Talabani called for extending amnesty to insurgents, but excluded
clemency for al Qaeda and other armed foreign groups.
(SFC, 4/11/05, p.A3)
2005 Apr 10, Israeli Prime
Minister Ariel Sharon arrived in Texas to meet with President Bush.
2005 Apr 10, Thousands of
Israeli police encircled Jerusalem's Old City to keep Israeli
ultranationalists out of a disputed holy site and prevent protests
by jittery Muslim worshippers.
2005 Apr 10, It was estimated
that Maoist guerrillas controlled two-thirds of Nepal.
(SSFC, 4/10/05, p.C6)
2005 Apr 10, Nepal agreed to
immediately allow UN monitors into the country to help prevent human
2005 Apr 10, Colonel General
Anatoly Trofimov, a former head of the FSB branch for Moscow and the
Moscow region, was killed when the gunmen opened fire on his jeep in
a northern residential area of Moscow.
2005 Apr 10, Spanish police
seized a cache of explosives in an operation against the armed
Basque separatist group ETA one week before a Basque regional
2006 Apr 10, Tens of thousands
of immigrants spilled into the streets of Atlanta and other US
cities in a national day of action billed as a "campaign for
immigrants' dignity." Some 200,000 gathered in DC; 10,000 in San
Jose, Ca., and 5000 in SF.
(AP, 4/10/06)(SFC, 4/11/06, p.A1)
2006 Apr 10, Former Enron Chief
Executive Jeffrey Skilling began testifying in his fraud and
conspiracy trial in Houston, declaring himself “absolutely
2006 Apr 10, In northwestern
Afghanistan gunmen killed five medical workers, while two policemen
and a truck driver transporting food for US-led coalition troops
were slain in bombings and shootings in a southern Taliban
2006 Apr 10, Mark Vaile,
Australia's trade minister, said he did not read a string of
diplomatic cables warning that the country's monopoly wheat exporter
allegedly was paying multimillion-dollar kickbacks to Saddam
2006 Apr 10, Australian
scientists reported the discovery of an "anti-freeze gene" that
allows Antarctic grass to survive at minus 30°C, saying it could
prevent multi-million-dollar crop losses from frost.
2006 Apr 10, In Canada 5 men
were charged in the slayings of 8 people who were found on an
isolated farm in Ontario in what police called an "internal
cleansing" of a motorcycle gang. Most of the victims were either
full or associate members of the Bandidos motorcycle gang.
2006 Apr 10, It was reported
that China has agreed to open a corridor through its tightly
restricted airspace. This could save airlines $30 million a year in
fuel and trim an average half hour off flight times between China
(WSJ, 4/10/06, p.A3)
2006 Apr 10, In China an
explosion in a hospital parking garage killed at least 30 people.
The blast occurred in an underground garage at a hospital for the
staff of the Xuangang Coal and Electricity Co. Ltd. in Shanxi
province's Yuanping county. Local authorities found explosives at
2006 Apr 10, In northwest China
a truck crashed into a minivan and a passenger bus after its brakes
failed, killing at least 26 people and injuring 24.
2006 Apr 10, Cuba and Venezuela
signed agreements for a joint venture to revamp an unfinished
Soviet-era refinery in Cuba and supply it with oil from Venezuela.
(WSJ, 4/12/06, p.A7)
2006 Apr 10, Egypt’s Health and
Population Minister Hatem el-Gabali said a 12th case of human bird
flu has been found.
2006 Apr 10, The EU barred
Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko and dozens of his senior
officials from entering any bloc countries to protest his
re-election last month in a vote that international observers said
2006 Apr 10, EU foreign
ministers endorsed a freeze of aid to the Palestinian government but
said they would seek alternative ways of providing money for
2006 Apr 10, French President
Jacques Chirac threw out part of a youth labor law that triggered
massive protests and strikes, bowing to intense pressure from
students and unions and dealing a blow to his loyal premier in a bid
to end the crisis.
2006 Apr 10, Haiti's interim
leader PM Gerard Latortue announced a probe into the finances of all
government agencies amid allegations of corruption by state
officials in the aftermath of a bloody revolt that toppled the
2006 Apr 10, In Indonesia
separatist rebels armed with bows and arrows stormed a military post
in Papua province, sparking a battle that killed two soldiers and
2006 Apr 10, Israel suspended
formal security ties with the Palestinians in a bid to further
isolate the new Hamas government one day after declaring it a
2006 Apr 10, A Kenyan military
plane carrying politicians to a peace conference crashed while
attempting to land in northern Kenya, killing a Cabinet minister,
six other politicians and at least seven other people.
2006 Apr 10, Salman Khan, one
of Bollywood's biggest film stars, was sent to prison for five years
for killing a protected antelope.
2006 Apr 10, In northern India
a fire swept through tents at a trade fair in a consumer electronics
show in the town of Meerut, killing at least 52 people.
2006 Apr 10, Lebanon arrested 9
Lebanese and Palestinians suspected of plotting the assassination of
(WSJ, 4/11/06, p.A1)
2006 Apr 10, Mexican soldiers
seized 128 suitcases packed with 5.6 metric tons of cocaine worth
more than $100 million from a commercial plane arriving from
Venezuela. Smugglers had purchased the DC-9 plane with laundered
funds transferred through US banks Wachovia Corp. and Bank of
America. In 2010 court papers said a gang under Walid Makled
operated the DC-9 and flew the cocaine from Simon Bolivar
International to Campeche, Mexico. Makled was arrested Aug 19, 2010
in Colombia in the border city of Cucuta. In Nov 2010 Colombia
denied an extradition request for Makled by the US, saying that the
suspect will be sent back to face charges in his home country.
(AP, 4/12/06)(SFC, 6/30/10, p.D1)(AP, 11/17/10)
2006 Apr 10, In Maputo,
Mozambique, African leaders launched a campaign to get every child
in school by 2015, and Britain responded by pledging $15 billion in
education aid to developing countries over the next decade.
2006 Apr 10, In Nepal security
forces fired tear gas and beat protesters with batons to break up
democracy rallies as the political crisis deepened.
2006 Apr 10-2006 Apr 12, About
25 people were killed in three days of skirmishes between two
Nigerian tribes over ownership of land in the central state of
2006 Apr 10, Hadil Ghaben (8)
was killed when 2 Israeli shells blew huge holes in a concrete block
house in Beit Lahiya in the northern Gaza Strip. The girl's mother
and seven siblings were hurt in the attack.
2007 Apr 10, The US Treasury
Department said authorities in Macau are ready to release frozen
North Korean funds that have impeded disarmament talks.
2007 Apr 10, Maryland became
the first US state to approve a plan to give its electoral votes for
president to the winner of the national popular vote, instead of the
candidate chosen by state voters. The plan would only go into effect
if states representing a majority of the nation’s 538 electoral
votes decided to make the same change.
(SFC, 4/11/07, p.A3)
2007 Apr 10, Protein Sciences,
a vaccine company, said caterpillars offer a faster, safer medium to
culture flue vaccine than chicken eggs.
(WSJ, 4/11/07, p.A1)
2007 Apr 10, Dakota Staton
(b.1930), jazz singer, died in NYC. She was well known for her 1957
album “The Late, Late Show.”
(SFC, 4/21/07, p.B5)
2007 Apr 10, A court in the
Bahamas announced that DNA tests proved Larry Birkhead, the former
boyfriend of Anna Nicole Smith, is the father of her infant
2007 Apr 10, Bolivia opened a
new front in its fight to reduce illegal coca production, sending
US-backed eradication teams into a traditional coca-growing region
in the Andean foothills long avoided by previous governments.
2007 Apr 10, Diabetes
scientists 15 Type 1 Brazilians did not need insulin shots after
therapy with stem cells from their own blood. It was also reported
that such stem cells helped repair heart damage due to Chagas
disease, caused by the protozoan Trypanosoma cruzi, carried by
kissing bugs (barbeiros).
(WSJ, 4/11/07, p.A1)
2007 Apr 10, China reported a
sharp drop in its politically sensitive trade surplus and angrily
rejected US plans to file a World Trade Organization complaint over
product piracy amid pressure for Beijing to rein in its bulging
trade gap. The US filed two new complaints against China at the WTO
over copyright policy and restrictions on the sale of American
movies, music and books. China missed its deadline for announcing a
total tally of completed tax returns. Officials estimated some 1.6
million filed with 6m-7m required to file.
(AP, 4/10/07)(Econ, 4/14/07, p.49)
2007 Apr 10, In China’s
southeast Guangxi Zhuangzu region thousands of fish were reported
killed this month in a lake near Nanning due to “sharp drops in
(SFC, 4/12/07, p.A3)
2007 Apr 10, Peter Brixtofte
(57), the free-spending Danish mayor of Hilleroed (1986-2002), was
convicted of abusing his office and sentenced to two years in
prison. He had became hugely popular for offering free vacations to
retirees and computers to school children.
2007 Apr 10, The Ethiopian
government acknowledged detaining 41 suspected international
terrorists from 17 countries and said foreign investigators were
given permission to question them. A statement said 29 of the
suspects have been ordered released by a Military Court and five
already have been freed.
2007 Apr 10, The European Court
of Human Rights ruled that a British woman left infertile after
being treated for ovarian cancer has no right to frozen embryos
against the wishes of her former fiance, who provided the sperm.
2007 Apr 10, In Greece cleanup
crews struggled to avert a major oil spill after a sunken cruise
ship leaked dozens of tons of oil off the resort island of Santorini
at the start of the summer tourist season.
2007 Apr 10, Iraq's prime
minister began a visit to South Korea saying he wants to learn from
the Asian nation's fast rise as an economic power. A woman with
explosives hidden beneath her abaya detonated them in a crowd of
about 200 police recruits in Muqdadiyah, killing at least 16 people.
A battle in two Sunni enclaves left 20 suspected insurgents and 4
Iraqi soldiers dead, and 16 US soldiers wounded. A parked car bomb
exploded at a checkpoint near Baghdad University, killing at least 6
people and wounding 11. A Katyusha rocket hit a basketball court at
a boys school in eastern Baghdad, killing a 6-year-old boy and
wounding 17 others. US troops began building a wall around a Sunni
enclave in Baghdad.
(AP, 4/10/07)(AP, 4/11/07)(AP, 4/21/07)
2007 Apr 10, Israeli
authorities said they had arrested 19 Palestinian militants in March
for planning to set off a huge car bomb in Tel Aviv over the Jewish
holiday of Passover.
2007 Apr 10, Japan's Cabinet
approved a six-month extension on trade sanctions against North
Korea, which were imposed in the wake of the communist state's
nuclear test last year.
2007 Apr 10, The African Union
readmitted Mauritania to the pan-African organization from which it
was suspended after a coup in 2005.
2007 Apr 10, Moroccan police
surrounded a building in Casablanca where four terrorism suspects
were holed, causing three to flee and blow themselves up with
explosives. The fourth was shot dead by a police sharpshooter as he
apparently tried to detonate his bomb.
2007 Apr 10, Officials from
North and South Korea's Red Cross societies resumed talks on
resolving the issue of South Korean prisoners of war and civilian
abductees believed held in the communist country.
2007 Apr 10, In Panama the
charred and mutilated body of Staten Island businesswoman Toni
Grossi Abrams (57) was found on the outskirts of Panama City. Debra
Ann Ridgley (56) of Pennsylvania, was later arrested as a suspect in
the killing but had not been formally charged. Police searched for
two other suspects identified as Colombian men, one of whom has
previous drug charges against him.
2007 Apr 10, In Serbia 4
paramilitaries seen in a video gunning down Bosnian Muslims near
Srebrenica in 1995 were convicted of war crimes against civilians by
Serbia's War Crimes Court.
2007 Apr 10, South African
President Thabo Mbeki arrived in Khartoum to join the international
push for UN peacekeepers in Darfur, amid fears of a regional
spillover after clashes between Sudan and Chad. Officials said the
UN, the African Union and the Sudanese government have reached
agreement to beef up the African force in Sudan's violence-wracked
Darfur region with UN troops, police and equipment.
2007 Apr 10, Clashes between
Sri Lankan soldiers and Tamil rebels in the island's north killed
about 30 people. In southern Sri Lanka a passenger bus collided with
a beer delivery truck and burst into flames, killing at least 23
people and injuring 56.
(AP, 4/10/07)(AP, 4/12/07)
2007 Apr 10, In Switzerland
thieves stole jewelry worth about $825,000 from the Baselwood fair,
the world's biggest and most luxurious watch and jewelry fair.
2008 Apr 10, Most families in
the April 16, 2007, Virginia Tech mass shootings agreed to an $11
million state settlement.
(WSJ, 4/11/08, p.A2)
2008 Apr 10, In Oakland, Ca.
Larae Brown, the former city controller, filed suit claiming she was
fired last year after informing her superiors and elected officials
of potentially disastrous flaws in the city’s bookkeeping.
(SFC, 4/11/08, p.B1)
2008 Apr 10, In Virginia a jury
convicted Rev. James Bevel (71), a noted civil rights figure, of
incest after concluding he had sex with his teenage daughter 15
years ago. His had daughter testified that Bevel had begun molesting
her at age 6.
(SFC, 4/11/08, p.A4)
2008 Apr 10, The Pacific
Fishery Management Council voted to cancel the chinook salmon
fishing season in an effort to reverse the disappearance of the
(SFC, 4/11/08, p.A1)
2008 Apr 10, American Airlines
cancelled 933 flights to inspect and repair wiring bundles in its
(SFC, 4/11/08, p.A1)
2008 Apr 10, Powerful storms
brought hail, heavy rain and possible tornadoes to Arkansas, Texas,
and Oklahoma, causing flooding and power outages for thousands of
customers and at least one death.
2008 Apr 10, American Airlines
canceled more than 900 flights to fix faulty wiring in hundreds of
jets, marking the third straight day of mass groundings as company
executives offered profuse apologies and travel vouchers to calm
2008 Apr 10, In San Francisco
Luis Solari (38) was shot and killed in an apparent incident of road
rage. His 2 young sons survived as his car spun out of control
before stopping on I-280.
(SFC, 4/11/08, p.A1)
2008 Apr 10, In Kandahar city,
Afghanistan, a suicide car bomber targeting a US-led coalition
convoy killed 8 civilians and wounded 25 other people, including
three coalition soldiers.
2008 Apr 10, Australia’s PM
Kevin Rudd met China's premier for talks expected to touch on what
Rudd has called significant human rights problems in Tibet. Rudd
said Chinese paramilitary police will not be allowed to run
alongside the Olympic torch in Australia, after their heavy-handed
tactics drew criticism in earlier legs of the relay.
2008 Apr 10, The Bank of
England cut its key interest rate .25% to five%, balancing the risks
of rising near-term inflation and economic slowdown spread by the
2008 Apr 10, The West's last
remaining feudal system came to an end after the Privy Council
endorsed a vote by locals on the tiny Channel Island of Sark to
change the way they are governed.
2008 Apr 10, In China a police
spokesman said authorities have detained 45 East Turkestan
"terrorist" suspects (Uighurs), and foiled plots to carry out
suicide bomb attacks and kidnap athletes to disrupt the Beijing
2008 Apr 10, Berlin police
found a body that is probably that of Anna Mikhalchuk (52), a
missing Russian artist, who had been condemned by the Orthodox
Church for an exhibit in her homeland. The death was an apparent
2008 Apr 10, Iran reported that
the SenIran Auto plant in Thies, Senegal's second largest city, has
built its first Iran-Khodro Samand sedan. Iran Khodro is the largest
carmaker in the Middle East, Central Asia and North Africa regions
with annual production of more than one million various vehicles
including cars, trucks and buses.
(Econ, 2/6/10, p.49)
2008 Apr 10, A US airstrike
targeted a building in Baghdad's Sadr City, hours after American
soldiers clashed with Shiite militants in fighting that left 15
people dead. Police said the four killed in the air strike were
civilians, including two brothers who were under 10 years old.
2008 Apr 10, Israel cut off all
fuel supplies to Gaza's 1.4 million residents, one day after
militants killed 2 civilians at a fuel terminal.
2008 Apr 10, Leftist lawmakers
took over both chambers of Mexico's Congress to protest President
Felipe Calderon's energy reform bill, which would make it easier for
the state oil company to seek outside help to develop oil fields.
2008 Apr 10, In Mexico police,
working with FBI agents in the small town of Tacambaro, arrested
Cpl. Cesar Laurean (21). He is charged with first-degree murder in
the December, 2007, death at Camp Lejeune, NC, of Marine Lance Cpl.
Maria Lauterbach, who had accused him of rape.
2008 Apr 10, Nepal gave an
historic vote of support for a peace process that is set to abolish
an unpopular monarchy and reshape the impoverished country. The
final results were not expected for several weeks. Sporadic
violence, including two deaths in the ethnically tense south, was
2008 Apr 10, In Pakistan Ahmad
Shah, a Taliban commander also known as Mullah Ismail, was killed in
a shootout with security forces near Peshawar. He was blamed
for the deadliest attack on US troops since they entered Afghanistan
2008 Apr 10, In Sri Lanka
government forces attacked Tamil Tiger rebel bunkers along the front
lines in the war-ravaged northern region, triggering gunbattles that
killed 13 rebels and wounded 11 soldiers.
2008 Apr 10, In Thailand 54
illegal migrant workers from Myanmar suffocated in the back of an
unventilated truck, while the rest of the passengers being smuggled
to Thailand pounded on the container and screamed in vain for the
driver's help. 37 of the dead were women and 17 were men. A Thai
court the next day convicted some 64 survivors of illegal entry and
rule to send them back to Myanmar.
(AP, 4/10/08)(Reuters, 4/11/08)
2008 Apr 10, The UN Environment
Program said dumping of waste by ships in the Mediterranean Sea will
become illegal as of May 1, 2009.
2009 Apr 10, A US immigration
board rejected suspected Nazi death camp guard John Demjanjuk's
appeal of an extradition order, paving the way for deportation to
Germany to face charges he committed atrocities.
2009 Apr 10, In Arizona Samuel
Valdivia (18), a high school student, was caught with his math
teacher, Tamara Hofmann (48) in her bedroom, and was stabbed to
death by boyfriend Sixto Balbuena (20), who was himself a former
student of hers. Balbuena, a Navy sailor on leave from California,
was arrested on a charge of second-degree murder after police found
him covered in blood and told them about the killing.
2009 Apr 10, Areas of Tennessee
were hit by a savage line of storms that wrecked homes, killed a
mother and her baby and injured dozens of others.
2009 Apr 10, In Michigan a
student fatally shot a female classmate before turning the gun on
himself in an apparent murder-suicide that prompted a lockdown at
Dearborn’s Henry Ford Community College, west of Detroit. The bodies
of Asia McGowan (20) of Ecorse, and Anthony Powell (28) of Detroit,
were discovered inside a classroom.
2009 Apr 10, In southern
Afghanistan Taliban attackers killed six policemen. ISAF security
troops killed 18 insurgents in the northeastern province of Kunar.
(AFP, 4/10/09)(AP, 4/12/09)
2009 Apr 10, In Algeria
President Abdelaziz Bouteflika hailed his landslide re-election for
a third term as a "lesson in democracy," but opposition politicians
and independent media alleged fraud at the polls, and the US
government expressed concern.
2009 Apr 10, In Britain 11
environmental activists from a group called Eastside Climate Action
were arrested after they entered the power station and climbed onto
equipment at the coal-fired Ratcliffe-on-Soar plant outside
Nottingham. In 2011 a trail against 6 of the accused activists broke
down after police a infiltrator prepared to give evidence on their
2009 Apr 10, About 30
protesters tried to force their way into China's elite Peking
University to confront Sun Dongdong, a law professor, who said 99
percent of the people petitioning the government with grievances are
mentally ill and could be institutionalized.
2009 Apr 10, A study was
released saying China has 32 million more young men than young
women, a gender gap that could lead to increasing crime, because
parents facing strict birth limits abort female fetuses to have a
2009 Apr 10, Fiji's Pres. Ratu
Josefa Iloilo (88) suspended the constitution of his troubled South
Pacific country and fired the judges who had declared its military
(AP, 4/10/09)(Econ, 4/18/09, p.44)
2009 Apr 10, In France Ekaitz
Sirvent Auzmendi (29), suspected of being a master forger for ETA,
was captured by French and Spanish police as he got off a bullet
train that had arrived from Bordeaux at the French capital's
2009 Apr 10, France's navy
freed a sailboat seized off Somalia last week by pirates, but one of
the hostages was killed. Pirates had seized the sailboat carrying
Florent Lemacon, his wife, 3-year-old son and two friends off the
Somali coast a week ago. Two pirates were killed, and Lemacon died
in an exchange of fire as he tried to duck down the hatch.
2009 Apr 10, About 20,000
demonstrators kept up the pressure on Georgia's president to resign,
with some pelting his residence with cabbages and carrots on a
second day of protests.
2009 Apr 10, In Greece a
teenage student (19) armed with two handguns, dozens of bullets and
a knife opened fire in a vocational training college in Athens,
wounding three people before shooting himself in the head. He left a
note accusing his fellow students of picking on him.
2009 Apr 10, In western India a
blaze at a fireworks factory killed at least 23 workers and injured
2009 Apr 10, Iran hanged three
men for their involvement in a bombing inside a packed mosque that
killed 14 people on April 12, 2008.
2009 Apr 10, In northern Iraq a
suicide bomber rammed his explosives-laden truck into a sandbagged
wall surrounding a police headquarters in Mosul, killing five
American soldiers and two Iraqi policemen in the single deadliest
attack against US forces in more than a year.
2009 Apr 10, Japan renewed and
strengthened sanctions against North Korea, but disagreed with the
US over how the UN Security Council should censure Pyongyang for its
2009 Apr 10, In the Netherlands
a man (44) pulled a gun in Rotterdam’s Laurenshof cafe after an
argument and shot a patron inside, then rushed outside where he shot
three more people. Several people chased the gunman when he ran
outside, overpowered and disarmed him, and wrestled him to the
ground until police arrived.
2009 Apr 10, In southwest
Pakistan four people were wounded in a bomb blast, where businesses
closed for a second day to protest against the murder of 3
2009 Apr 10, In Moscow Iraqi PM
Nouri al-Maliki met with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and PM
Vladimir Putin. Al-Maliki told Medvedev in the Kremlin that Iraq is
interested in Russian investment, and Putin said at a joint news
conference that talks focused on oil and gas cooperation.
2009 Apr 10, In Somalia
Islamist militants attacked African Union peacekeepers in Mogadishu
overnight, sparking heavy exchanges that killed two civilians.
2010 Apr 10, A US warship
captured six suspected pirates after a battle off the Horn of
Africa, the Navy's third direct encounter with seafaring bandits in
less than two weeks. On Aug 17 a federal judge in Richmond, Va.,
threw out piracy charges against the 6 Somali men, saying the
government had not shown that the men violated US piracy law. On Nov
29 Jama Idle Ibrahim, a Somali citizen, was sentenced to 30 years in
prison for his role in the attack.
(AP, 4/10/10)(SFC, 8/18/10, p.A4)(SFC, 11/30/10,
2010 Apr 10, Dixie Carter
(b.1939), "Designing Women" (1986-1993) star, died. Her Southern
charm and natural beauty had won her a host of television roles. She
appeared in TV soap operas in the 1970s, but did not become a
national star until her recurring roles on "Diff'rent Strokes" and
another series, "Filthy Rich," in the 1980s. She married actor Hal
Holbrook in 1984. The two had met four years earlier while making
the TV movie "The Killing of Randy Webster," and although attracted
to one another, each had suffered two failed marriages and were wary
2010 Apr 10, Afghan officials
said 2 Italian doctors are among nine people detained in an alleged
plot to kill Helmand's provincial governor. On April 18 Afghan
authorities released three Italian medical workers who had been
detained for a week, clearing them of allegations they were part of
a Taliban plot to kill a provincial governor.
(AP, 4/10/10)(AP, 4/18/10)
2010 Apr 10, Bolivian delegate
Pablo Solon confirmed that the US reduced aid after Bolivia opposed
the adoption of the Copenhagen Accord brokered at the UN climate
summit last December in the Danish capital. The Washington Post
reported on April 9 that the US is cutting $3 million to Bolivia and
$2.5 million to Ecuador from its Global Climate Change initiative.
2010 Apr 10, The border between
Chad and Sudan reopened seven years after the Darfur conflict forced
its closure, in another sign of improved relations between the
2010 Apr 10, French explorer
Jean-Louis Etienne (63) made the first Arctic crossing by balloon,
landing in the tundra of eastern Siberia five days after taking off
2010 Apr 10, Greek police
arrested six people suspected of being members of Revolutionary
Struggle, a terrorist group accused of a rocket strike against the
US Embassy and the shooting of a riot policeman.
2010 Apr 10, In western Iran
assailants blasted open a prison wall with rocket propelled
grenades, allowing 2 convicted murderers to escape from the central
prison in the city of Ilam. 5 people convicted of drug trafficking
were hanged at a prison in the northeastern city of Mashhad.
(Reuters, 4/10/10)(AFP, 4/10/10)
2010 Apr 10, In Iraq five
people including a child were killed in a pair of attacks near the
northern city of Mosul. A second roadside bomb targeting an Iraqi
army patrol south of Mosul went off around noon, killing a soldier
and a child.
2010 Apr 10, Kuwait deported
back to Egypt at least 21 supporters of leading pro-reform Egyptian
activist and former UN nuclear watchdog chief Mohamed ElBaradei, a
day after arresting them. Some 20 more Egyptians were still being
detained in Kuwait.
(AFP, 4/10/10)(AP, 4/11/10)
2010 Apr 10, In Mexico the body
of Enrique Villicana Palomares, a columnist for the daily newspaper
The Voice of Michoacan, was found in Morelia with his throat slit.
He had been reported missing last week after he didn't make it to a
university where he taught writing.
2010 Apr 10, Pakistani
airstrikes killed nearly 100 suspected militants in two northwest
tribal regions, an apparent intensification of efforts by the army
to mop up Taliban fighters fleeing a military operation farther
south. Up to 71 civilians were killed in the strike by Pakistani
jets near the Afghan border. Military officials initially said 42
militants were killed in a gunfight and two air strikes in the Tirah
valley, but tribesmen later said up to 61 civilians were killed. A
security official estimated that 15 civilians died.
(AP, 4/10/10)(AP, 4/13/10)(AP, 4/17/10)
2010 Apr 10, Polish President
Lech Kaczynski (60) and some of the country's highest military and
civilian leaders died when the presidential plane crashed as it came
in for a landing in thick fog in western Russia, killing 96. The
26-year-old Tupolev was taking the president, his wife and staff to
events marking the 70th anniversary of the massacre in Katyn forest
of thousands of Polish officers by Soviet secret police. On board
were the army chief of staff, the navy chief commander, and heads of
the air and land forces. Also killed were the national bank
president, deputy foreign minister, army chaplain, head of the
National Security Office, deputy parliament speaker, Olympic
Committee head, civil rights commissioner and at least two
presidential aides and three lawmakers.
(AP, 4/10/10)(AP, 4/11/10)
2010 Apr 10, Thai soldiers and
police fought pitched battles with anti-government demonstrators in
streets enveloped in tear gas, but troops later retreated and asked
protesters to do the same. At least 23 people were killed, including
a Japanese journalist, and more than 500 wounded, according to
hospital officials. Hiro Muramoto (43), a Japanese TV cameraman who
worked for Reuters for more than 15 years, was among those killed in
the bloody clash.
(AP, 4/10/10)(AP, 4/11/10)(Econ, 4/17/10, p.16)
2010 Apr 10, In Togo more than
6,000 opposition demonstrators took to the streets in the West
African nation to protest the March presidential election results.
2011 Apr 10, In western
Afghanistan a roadside bomb killed three tribal elders, possibly in
retaliation for their cooperation with the government. A NATO
service member was killed in an attack in the north of the country.
Kareem Daad, a district-level Taliban commander, was captured in an
overnight raid in southern Uruzgan province.
2011 Apr 10, Chinese state
media reported that Intentional poisoning was behind the tainted
milk that killed three children and caused 36 others to become ill
in northwestern Gansu province last week. Police suspected that a
couple poisoned milk from a local farmer, causing three deaths,
because of anger over business disputes. Police soon found that
nitrite was added to milk from Ma Wenxuan's farm near the city of
Pingliang in Gansu province.
(Reuters, 4/10/11)(AP, 4/12/11)
2011 Apr 10, In Egypt more than
1,000 protesters ignored an army order to leave Cairo's main square,
extending into a third day their calls for a quick move to civilian
rule and a deeper purge of corrupt officials.
2011 Apr 10, Police in central
France arrested a man and a woman allegedly linked to the Basque
separatist group ETA following a pair of weekend shooting incidents
against officers that injured at least one.
2011 Apr 10, In the Ivory Coast
UN and French helicopters fired rockets on strongman Laurent
Gbagbo's residence in an assault the UN said was to retaliate for
attacks by his forces on UN headquarters and civilians.
2011 Apr 10, In Libya NATO
airstrikes battered Moammar Gadhafi's tanks, helping rebels push
back government troops advancing quickly toward the opposition's
eastern stronghold. After destroying 14 tanks around Misrata early
in the day, warplanes struck more tanks and anti-aircraft guns in
the late afternoon. The African Union said Muammar Gaddafi has
accepted a roadmap for ending the conflict in Libya including an
immediate ceasefire, but an opposition representative said it would
only work if Gaddafi left power.
(AP, 4/10/11)(AP, 4/10/11)
2011 Apr 10, In Pakistan 7
suspected militants were killed in a clash with security forces in
the Sardam area of the Swat Valley. In the Mohmand tribal region a
paramilitary fighter was killed and two other wounded in a clash
with militants during a search operation in Mitti area.
2011 Apr 10, A Palestinian
official said Israel and militant groups in Gaza have agreed to a
truce, as cross-border violence abated.
2011 Apr 10, Peru held
presidential elections. Leftist Ollanta Humala won the first round
of the presidential election but he did not win a majority according
to exit polls and will now likely face rightist lawmaker Keiko
Fujimori in a run-off.
2011 Apr 10, Sudan said that
remnants of a missile used in a mysterious attack that killed two
people on April 5 proved that Israel carried out the strike.
2011 Apr 10, Syrian security
forces and pro-government gunmen killed four protesters in the port
city of Banias after the army sealed off the city as hundreds of
protesters gathered. State TV reported that nine soldiers were
killed in an ambush near the city.
2011 Apr 10, In the UAR Nasser
bin Ghaith, a financial analyst and an economics professor at the
Abu Dhabi branch of Paris' Sorbonne university was detained in
2011 Apr 10, The Gulf
Cooperation Council (GCC), a regional bloc of oil-rich Arab nations,
called on Yemen's president to step down as part of a deal with the
protest movement demanding for his ouster after 32 years.
(AP, 4/10/11)(AFP, 4/10/11)
2012 Apr 10, Rick Santorum
suspended his campaign during a press conference in Pennsylvania,
his home state.
(SFC, 4/11/12, p.A1)
2012 Apr 10, Tennessee Gov.
Bill Haslam signed into law a bill requiring the state’s education
system to in part “explore scientific questions.” Some felt it would
allow teachers to introduce creationism and intelligent design into
(Econ, 4/21/12, p.44)
2012 Apr 10, In Afghanistan
suicide bombers struck two government offices in the south and west,
killing 16 people as militants step up attacks across the country
with the arrival of spring temperatures. In addition 3 local
policemen were killed in Musa Qala district when a suicide bomber on
a motorcycle blew himself up near their vehicle.
(AP, 4/10/12)(AP, 4/11/12)
2012 Apr 10, Britain and Japan
pledged to expand collaboration on defense equipment as PM David
Cameron looked to open Tokyo's potentially lucrative arms market.
2012 Apr 10, China announced
that Bo Xilai was being suspended from the Communist Party’s
Politburo and Central Committee, and that his wife, Gu Kailai, was a
suspect in the death of Briton Neil Heywood last November.
(SFC, 4/11/12, p.A3)
2012 Apr 10, A Chinese court
sentenced disabled activist Ni Yulan and her husband to jail for
"provoking trouble," a year after the couple were detained during a
widespread crackdown on dissent. Ni and Dong, who have long helped
victims of government-backed land grabs in China, were detained in
April last year.
2012 Apr 10, China's 3 top
Internet portals pledged to work with the government to banish
online rumors, as jittery authorities cracked down on the web
following widespread rumors of a coup.
2012 Apr 10, An Egyptian court
suspended a 100-member panel selected by lawmakers from the
Islamist-dominated parliament and tasked with drafting the country's
new constitution. The verdict referred the case to a panel of senior
judges to look into the legality of the panel.
2012 Apr 10, In Egypt residents
blocked a motorway on the Libyan border to protest security
restrictions on cross-border traffic and increased tariffs for
lorries. Security forces intervened, leading to clashes that left
two people dead and four injured.
2012 Apr 10, Europe's human
rights court ruled that Britain can extradite radical Muslim cleric
Mustafa Kamal Mustafa, also known as Abu Hamza al-Masri (53), and
four other suspects to the United States to face terrorism charges.
2012 Apr 10, Raymond Aubrac
(b.1914), one of the last major figures of the French Resistance,
died. He got away from the Nazis' grasp in a now-legendary escape
led by his equally renowned wife.
2012 Apr 10, In Indonesia some
120 asylum seekers, mostly Afghans and some Iranians, demanded that
Indonesia provide a vessel to allow them to continue to Australia,
refusing to leave a tanker that rescued them at sea.
2012 Apr 10, Iran's official
news agency said the country's intelligence department has
dismantled an Israeli-linked assassination and sabotage network.
State media later said 15 people were arrested for an attack planned
on Feb 10.
(AP, 4/10/12)(SFC, 4/19/12, p.A4)
2012 Apr 10, Iraq's fugitive
vice president Tariq al-Hashemi said two more of his bodyguards have
been tortured to death by security forces during a terrorism
investigation last month.
2012 Apr 10, Libyan ex-fighters
furious over a decision to halt a cash rewards scheme opened fire
against the headquarters of the interim government, but no injuries
2012 Apr 10, Malawi's new
President Joyce Banda unveiled a shake-up of top officials charged
with government finances and media, purging loyalists of the late
leader Bingu wa Mutharika.
2012 Apr 10, Malaysia's
government introduced legislation to stop arrests based on their
political beliefs and indefinite detainments without trial. The
Security Offenses Bill would replace the 52-year-old Internal
Security Act, which was enacted to give the government preventive
powers against national security threats.
2012 Apr 10, In Mexico gunmen
killed 8 taxi drivers in two attacks in Guadalupe, a suburb of
(SFC, 4/11/12, p.A2)
2012 Apr 10, In Papua New
Guinea thousands rallied in Port Moresby to protest at any delays to
elections, seen as crucial as the country rests on the cusp of a
2012 Apr 10, A Philippines
warship found Chinese fishing boats inside the Scarborough shoal
with an illegal haul of giant clams, coral and live sharks. Two
Chinese civilian patrol boats blocked the mouth of the shoal to stop
the Philippines navy from arresting the fisherman.
(Econ, 4/28/12, p.44)
2012 Apr 10, In Saudi Arabia a
Specialized Criminal Court in Riyadh found al-Bajady guilty of
several offenses, including participating in the establishment of a
human rights organization and harming the image of Saudi Arabia in
media articles. He was reportedly tried in secret sentenced to four
years in prison.
2012 Apr 10, South Africa's
state-owned logistics company Transnet announced plans to create
588,000 jobs in its seven-year, $37.8-billion expansion program. The
scheme included plans to develop railways, sea ports and pipelines
to expand freight transport and ease bottlenecks that hamper mining
2012 Apr 10, South Sudanese
troops moved into Heglig, an oil-rich border town claimed by Sudan,
as fighting intensified between the countries over who controls the
2012 Apr 10, Swaziland King
Mswati III obtained a court order prohibiting a march the next day,
the first of four days of planned demonstrations.
2012 Apr 10, Syrian troops
shelled and raided opposition strongholds across Syria, activists
said, denying claims by the foreign minister that regime forces have
begun pulling out of some areas in compliance with a UN-brokered
truce. Deadly violence killed 17 people across Syria, including at
least seven civilians.
(AP, 4/10/12)(AFP, 4/10/12)
2012 Apr 10, Tunisia said it
will allow demonstrations on a symbolic street in the capital two
days after police brutally clamped down on protesters who defied a
ban on rallies.
2012 Apr 10, UN children's aid
organization UNICEF led a cross-agency appeal for funds for the
Sahel region (parts of Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and
Niger) where 15 million are suffering from malnutrition.
2012 Apr 10, In Yemen Al-Qaeda
militants killed nine government soldiers in an attack on a
makeshift military post on the road between Hadramawt and Marib
province in the country's mostly lawless eastern provinces. Two more
civilians were killed in Lawder.
2013 Apr 10, President Barack
Obama sent Congress a $3.8 trillion spending blueprint that strives
to achieve a "grand bargain" to tame runaway deficits, raising taxes
on the wealthy and trimming popular benefit programs including
Social Security and Medicare.
2013 Apr 10, Tens of thousands
of immigrants and activists rallied nationwide in a coordinated set
of protests aimed at pressing the US Congress to approve immigration
measures that would grant 11 million immigrants living here
illegally a path toward citizenship.
2013 Apr 10, California Gov.
Jerry Brown, on a trade mission to Beijing, announced that a Chinese
investor has agreed to help pay for a $1.5 billion development deal
in Oakland to transform 65 acres of industrial waterfront.
(SFC, 4/11/13, p.A1)
2013 Apr 10, A Florida couple,
Joshua Michael Hakken and his wife, Sharyn, accused of kidnapping
their two young sons and fleeing by boat to Cuba were handed over to
the US and imprisoned. The children were returned to their maternal
grandparents, who have official custody. Hakken lost custody of his
sons last year after a drug possession arrest in Louisiana and later
tried to take the children from a foster home at gunpoint.
2013 Apr 10, In Atlanta,
Georgia, Lauren Brown (55) lured firefighters to his home and held 4
hostage before being killed by a police SWAT team. The financially
strapped man had demanded that his utilities be restored.
(SFC, 4/12/13, p.A5)
2013 Apr 10, In London Mohammed
Rizwan and Bahader Ali admitted engaging in conduct in preparation
of acts of terrorism. Prosecutors said they were part of a gang that
planned to detonate bombs hidden in backpacks. Three of the other
plotters were convicted earlier this year.
2013 Apr 10, Robert Edwards
(87), a British Nobel prize-winning scientist (2010), died after a
long illness. He was known as the father of in-vitro fertilisation
(IVF) for pioneering the development of "test tube babies."
2013 Apr 10, In Chile Barrick
Gold Corp. suspended construction on its Pascua Lama mine after a
Chilean court ruled in favor of indigenous communities that say the
world's highest-altitude gold mine threatens their water supply and
2013 Apr 10, A Danish man (31)
was acquitted of molesting two 17-year-old girls after he was found
to suffer from a rare sleep disorder known as "sexsomnia."
2013 Apr 10, French Pres.
Francois Hollande called for the abolition of tax havens in Europe
(Econ, 4/13/13, p.55)
2013 Apr 10, Ivory Coast
lawmakers gave President Alassane Ouattara the authority to rule by
decree on social and economic issues for 2013.
2013 Apr 10, Jordan opened a
second camp for Syrians fleeing the civil war at home. Officials
feared that the number of Syrians could double in the next six
months as the fighting escalates.
2013 Apr 10, Mali authorities
arrested Baba Ould Cheick, the Mayor of Tarkint, on drug trafficking
charges three years after a plane full of cocaine landed near his
2013 Apr 10, Mexican lime
picker Alejandro Ayala (41) and several dozen co-workers, escorted
by Federal Police, met with Michoacan state Interior Secretary Jesus
Reyna over extortion protection payments by the Knights Templar
cartel. On the way home his convoy was ambushed, twice. Ayala and 9
others were killed.
2013 Apr 10, In northwestern
Pakistan gunmen shot to death a policeman protecting a team of
female polio workers in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.
2013 Apr 10, South Korea's
foreign minister told lawmakers that the prospect of a North Korean
missile test is "considerably high," as Pyongyang calmly prepared to
mark the April 15 birthday of its founder, historically a time when
it seeks to draw the world's attention with dramatic displays of
2013 Apr 10, Syrian troops
battled rebels in the outskirts of Damascus and pressed on with a
counteroffensive against opposition fighters in the south to prevent
their advance on the capital. At least 28 rebels and 13 soldiers
were killed in the fighting around Damascus, while 15 opposition
fighters and 28 government troops died in the fighting in Aleppo.
2013 Apr 10, Togolese trade
unions started a three-day protest. The unions are under the
umbrella of the "Togolese Workers Synergy" or " Synergie des
2013 Apr 10, Uruguay lawmakers
voted to legalize same-sex marriage.
(SFC, 4/11/13, p.A4)
2013 Apr 10, Yemen's Pres. Abed
Rabbo Mansour Hadi removed his predecessor's son and nephews from
powerful security posts in the most dramatic step yet in sidelining
old regime figures.
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