Return to home6BCE Apr 17, Jupiter was in a
rare alignment with the constellation Aries and marked an important
date for ancient astrologers. Jesus was believed to have been born
in this year.
(SFC, 4/13/01, p.C1)
485 Apr 17, Proclus (b.411),
Greek mathematician, died in Athens.
(WUD, 1994 p.1147)(MC, 4/17/02)
1272 Apr 17, Zita (Cita),
Italian maid, saint, died at about age 59.
1421 Apr 17, Dikes at Dort,
Holland, broke and some 100,000 people drowned.
1492 Apr 17, A contract was
signed by Christopher Columbus and a representative of Spain's King
Ferdinand and Queen Isabella, giving Columbus a commission to seek a
westward ocean passage to find the Indies (to Asia).
(AP, 4/17/97)(HN, 4/17/98)
1521 Apr 17, Under the
protection of Frederick the Wise, elector of Saxony, Martin Luther
first appeared before Holy Roman Emperor Charles V and the Imperial
Diet to face charges stemming from his religious writings. The Roman
Catholic Church had already excommunicated him on Jan 3, 1521. He
was later declared an outlaw by Charles V.
(NH, 9/96, p.18)(HN, 4/17/98)(AP, 4/17/07)
1524 Apr 17, Giovanni da
Verrazano, Florentine navigator, reached present-day New York
Harbor. He explored from Cape Fear to Newfoundland and discovered
New York Bay and the Hudson River. He was later eaten by natives.
(TL-MB, p.12)(HN, 4/17/98)(SFEM, 11/15/98,
1534 Apr 17, Sir Thomas Moore
(d.1535) was jailed in the Tower of London.
(SFEC, 12/19/99, p.T3)(MC, 4/17/02)
1535 Apr 17, Antonio Mendoza
was appointed first viceroy of New Spain.
1586 Apr 17, John Ford
(d.1640), English dramatist ('Tis Pity She's a Whore), was born.
(WUD, 1994 p.554)(MC, 4/17/02)
1622 Apr 17, Henry Vaughan
(d.1695), English poet and mystic, was born.
(WUD, 1994, p.1582)(HN, 4/17/98)
1630 Apr 17, Christian I, ruler
of Anhalt-Bernburg (battle of White Mt), died.
1676 Apr 17, Frederick I, king
of Sweden, was born.
1679 Apr 17, John van Kessel
(53), Flemish painter, died.
1695 Apr 17, Sor Juana Ines de
la Cruz (b.~1648), Mexican nun and poet, died of plague.
1699 Apr 17, Robert Blair,
Scottish poet (Grave), was born.
1741 Apr 17, Samuel Chase,
signer of the Declaration of Independence, was born.
1758 Apr 17, Frances Williams,
the first African-American to graduate for a college in the western
hemisphere, published a collection of Latin poems.
1761 Apr 17, Thomas Bayes
(b.1702), English theologian and mathematician, died. He established
a mathematical basis for probability inference based on sparse data.
Sampling from a large population (the frequentist school) came to
dominate the field in the modern era. In 2006 researchers suggested
that the human brain might work in a Bayesian manner drawing strong
inferences from sparse data.
(www.britannica.com)(Econ, 1/7/06, p.70)
1790 Apr 17, Benjamin Franklin
(born 1706), American statesman, died in Philadelphia at age 84. He
mechanized the process of making sounds from tuned glass with his
glass armonica. In 2000 H.W. Brands authored his Franklin biography:
“The First American." In 2003 Walter Isaacson authored "Benjamin
Franklin: An American Life."
(AP, 4/17/97)(SFEC,12/28/97, DB p.17)(WSJ,
9/20/00, p.A24)(WSJ, 7/3/03, p.D8)
1793 Apr 17, The Battle of
Warsaw was fought.
1808 Apr 17, The Bayonne Decree
by Napoleon I of France ordered the seizure of U.S. ships.
1810 Apr 17, Lewis Norton of
Troy, PA., introduced his pineapple cheese.
(440 Int'l, 4/17/03)
1817 Apr 17, 1st US school for
deaf was founded in Hartford, Conn.
1818 Apr 17, Alexander II, son
of Nicholas I and Tsar of Russia (1855-1881), was born.
1820 Apr 17, Alexander
Cartwright, sportsman, was born. He developed baseball.
1824 Apr 17, Russia abandoned
all North American claims south of 54' 40'.
1835 Apr 17, William Henry
Ireland (b.1775)), English forger of Shakespeare’s works, died. He
is less well-known as a poet, writer of gothic novels and histories.
1837 Apr 17, J. Pierpont Morgan
(d.1913), American financier, was born in Hartford, Conn. J.P. Mogan
later owned U.S. Steel and International Harvester. In 1999 Jean
Strouse published the biography "Morgan: American Financier."
(WSJ, 3/30/99, p.A24)(HN,
1838 Apr 17, J. Schopenhauer
(71), writer, died.
1839 Apr 17, Guatemala formed a
1860 Apr 17, English boxer Tom
Sayers (1826-1865) fought John Heenan (1833-1873) of the US for 37
rounds in an international bare-knuckle match at Farnborough,
Hampshire, that was called a draw. Heenan was later acclaimed as the
"World Boxing Champion."
1861 Apr 17, The Virginia State
Convention voted to secede from the Union. Virginia became the
eighth state to secede from the Union and moved troops to take over
National Capital. Federal troops were rushed down the
Chesapeake-Delaware Canal and arrived in time to stop Confederate
troops from taking Washington D.C. The Wheeling Conventions declared
Virginia’s secession from the Union unconstitutional and named
Francis H. Pierpont governor of the Reorganized Government of
Virginia, which was quickly recognized by the federal government. At
the outbreak of the Civil War, representatives of Virginia’s western
counties had gathered in the city of Wheeling (as the temporary
capital) to form the Reorganized Government of Virginia. In 1862 a
state constitution was adopted by the convention and on June 20,
1863, West Virginia was admitted as the 35th state in the Union.
(AP, 4/17/97)(HN, 4/17/98)(NG, Sept. 1939,
1861 Apr 17, In Australia
Charles Gray, the ex-sailor in the Burke party, was found dead in
his bed roll.
(ON, 12/01, p.2)
1864 Apr 17, General Grant
banned the trading of prisoners.
1864 Apr 17, There was a bread
revolt in Savannah, Georgia.
1865 Apr 17, Mary Surratt was
arrested as a conspirator in the Lincoln assassination.
1866 Apr 17, Ernest Henry
Starling, British physiologist, was born.
1875 Apr 17, The game of
"snooker" was invented by Sir Neville Chamberlain.
1882 Apr 17, Artur Schnabel,
pianist (Beethoven Piano Sonatas), was born in Lipnik, Austria.
1885 Apr 17, Karen
Blixen-Finecke (Isak Dinesen, d.1962), Danish writer (Out of
Africa), was born. “God made the world round so we would never be
able to see too far down the road."
(AP, 9/15/00)(HN, 4/17/01)(MC, 4/17/02)
1894 Apr 17, Nikita S
Khrushchev (d.1971), Soviet premier (1958-64) during the Cold War,
1895 Apr 17, China and Japan
signed the peace treaty of Shimonoseki. This followed a war over
control of the Korean peninsula. Taiwan and the islands that it
controlled were taken over by Japan (see May 8).
(HN, 4/17/98)(Econ, 1/15/05, Survey p.4)(Econ,
1897 Apr 17, Thornton Wilder
(d.1975), novelist and playwright, was born. His work included "Our
Town" and "The Bridge of San Luis Rey."
(HN, 4/17/99)(WSJ, 10/4/08, p.W8)
1903 Apr 17, Gregor
Piatigorsky, cellist, was born in Ekaterinoslav, Russia.
1907 Apr 17, The Ellis Island
immigration center in New York Harbor processed a record 11,747
immigrants, part of a record 1,004,756 for the year. Between 1820
and 1970, the year 1907 saw the largest number of immigrants to the
U.S., 1,285,349. Between 1905 and 1915, the annual immigration
numbers topped 1 million six times.
(SFEC, 6/20/99, p.T10)(HNQ, 8/12/99)
1909 Apr 17, In San Francisco 5
bodies were recovered and probably eight or ten others buried in the
ruins of an early morning fire which destroyed the St. George hotel,
a lodging house for laborers at Howard and Eighth streets, and eight
other small buildings.
1918 Apr 17, William Holden,
Ill, actor (Stalag 17, Bridge Over River Kwai, SOB), was born.
1923 Apr 17, Harry Reasoner,
American broadcast journalist, was born in Dakota City, Iowa.
(HN, 4/17/98)(MC, 4/17/02)
1928 Apr 17, Cynthia Ozick,
writer (The Cannibal Galaxy, The Messiah of Stockholm), was born.
1929 Apr 17, Baseball player
Babe Ruth and Claire Hodgeson, a former member of the Ziegfield
Follies, got married.
1932 Apr 17, Graziella Sciutti,
Italian opera singer, was born.
1937 Apr 17, Cartoon characters
Daffy Duck, Elmer J. Fudd and Petunia Pig, debuted.
1939 Apr 17, S.N. Behrman's "No
Time for Comedy," premiered in NYC.
1940 Apr 17, In Egypt King
Farouk arrived at Tanis and ordered French archeologist Pierre
Montet to open the tomb of King Amenemope, son of 21st Dynasty King
(Arch, 5/05, p.25)
1941 Apr 17, Office of Price
Administration OPA formed to handle war time rationing.
1941 Apr 17, British troop
landed in Iraq.
1941 Apr 17, Yugoslavia
surrendered to Germany ending 11 days of futile resistance against
the invading German Wehrmacht. More than 300,000 Yugoslav officers
and soldiers were taken prisoner. Italian and Albanian forces
attacked and jointly occupied Yugoslavia.
(SFC, 4/5/97, p.A20)(AP, 4/17/97)(MC, 4/17/02)
1943 Apr 17, SS lt. General
Jurgen Stoop arrived in Warsaw.
1945 Apr 17, The US Army raided
factory in Stassfurt, Germany, and found some 1,100 tons of ore,
some in the form of uranium oxide, a basic material of atomic bombs.
It was part of mission Alsos, intended to track down Germany's
atomic bomb project and nuclear scientists. In 1986 Richard Rhodes
authored "The Making of the Atomic Bomb."
(SFC, 9/1/03, p.B4)
1945 Apr 17, 8th Air Force
1945 Apr 17, Mussolini fled
from to Milan.
1945 Apr 17, Canadian lead
tanks roll into Apeldoorn, Netherlands, loudly cheered by relieved
1945 Apr 17, Hannie Schaft
(24), Dutch resistance fighter who lived in Haarlem, known as the
"Girl with red hair," was executed by the Germans just one month
before the war ended. She was a student who joined the resistance
early in the war. On her bicycle she delivered ration coupons,
newspapers, secret information and weapons. She was shot and buried
in a shallow grave in the Dunes around Bloemendaal.
1945 Apr 17, Walter Model (54),
German field marshal, committed suicide. [see Apr 21]
1946 Apr 17, The last French
troops left Syria.
1947 Apr 17, Jackie Robinson
bunted for his first major league hit.
1949 Apr 17, At midnight 26
counties officially left the British Commonwealth. A 21-gun salute
on O'Connell Bridge, Dublin, ushered in the Republic of Ireland.
1951 Apr 17, Olivia Hussey,
actress (Romeo and Juliet, Death on Nile), was born in Buenos Aires.
1951 Apr 17, Mickey Mantle
played his 1st game as a NY Yankee and went 1 for 4.
1952 Apr 17, The California
Supreme Court ruled that Sei Fujii, a non-citizen issei, could
purchase and own property in his own name. Chief Justice Phil S.
Gibson, aided by Justices Edmonds, Carter, and Traynor, wrote the
majority opinion. Justice Schauer, along with Justices Shend and
Spence, wrote the dissenting opinion.
1953 Apr 17, Mickey Mantle hit
a home run in Washington's Griffith Stadium off the Senator's Chuck
Stobbs that was entered in the Guinness Book of World Records as
measuring 565 feet. The distance was later said to have been padded.
(WSJ, 7/9/03, p.A1)
1955 Apr 17, The Bandung
Conference opened in the Javanese city of Bandung and continued to
April 25. This int’l. meeting founded the Non-Aligned Movement
(NAM). The 1st forum of 29 Asian and African nations was marked by
superpower hostility. The aim of the conference was to oppose the
Western and Soviet blocs and stay neutral.
(WSJ, 7/24/01, p.B4)(AP,
1956 Apr 17, "Sugar" Ray
Charles Leonard, boxer (Oly-gold-1976) [or 5/17], was born.
1956 Apr 17, The Soviet
Cominform was officially dissolved.
(WUD, 1994, p.1685)
1958 Apr 17, A World Fair
opened in Brussels, Belgium. The 335-foot Atomium, representing a
large-scale metal molecule, was built to celebrate the 1958 World's
Fair in Brussels. It became one of Belgium's most famous landmarks
and in 2005 was restored to its shiny splendor, the faded aluminum
sheets on the nine balls fully replaced with hardy stainless steel.
1959 Apr 17, A nationwide US
air raid drill suspended most television and radio programs for a
(SSFC, 3/22/09, DB p.50)
1961 Apr 17, In the 33rd
Academy Awards "The Apartment" won as best picture. The best actor
award went to Burt Lancaster for his role in Elmer Gantry. Elizabeth
Taylor won for her role in Butterfield 8.
1961 Apr 17, About 1,500
CIA-trained Cuban exiles, Brigade 2506, launched the disastrous Bay
of Pigs invasion of Cuba in a failed attempt to overthrow the
government of Fidel Castro. The US clandestinely invaded Cuba in the
Bay of Pigs operation and the operation failed completely without
any of the promised air support from the United States. Cuban forces
killed 200 rebels and captured 1,197 in less than 72 hours. The
command vessel Marsopa and supply ship Houston were sunk and an
entire battalion was lost. 26 survivors were rescued after 3 days of
fighting. A single copy of a CIA report written by inspector general
Lyman Kirkpatrick was made public in 1998. The operation, which had
been devised during the Eisenhower Administration, was nonetheless
endorsed by the new president, John F. Kennedy. In 1979 Peter Wyden
wrote “Bay of Pigs: The Untold Story." Portion of the 1961 Taylor
Report was made public in 1977 and 1986. Most of the report was made
public in 2000 and it showed that the CIA knew that the Soviets knew
the exact date of the attack. In 2009 Guadeloupe apologized to Cuba
for allowing the CIA to train Cuban exiles on its soil.
(AP, 4/17/97)(SFEC, 2/22/98, p.A19)(HNQ,
4/11/00)(SFC, 4/29/00, p.A7)(AP, 2/18/09)(AH, 4/07, p.18)(SFC,
1964 Apr 17, Ford Motor Company
unveiled its new Mustang model at the New York World’s Fair. The
base price was $2,368. Donald Frey (d.2010 at 86), spearheaded the
design and development of the car. Industry experts in 1996 picked
the 1964 Mustang as the number 1 favorite car.
(AP, 4/17/97)(WSJ, 6/19/96, Adv. Supl)(SFC,
1964 Apr 17, Jerrie Mock
(1925-2014) became the first woman to complete a solo airplane
flight around the world. Her journey had begun on March 19 from
(AP, 4/17/97)(SFC, 10/2/14, p.D4)
1965 Apr 17, Students for a
Democratic Society (SDS) held its 1st anti-Vietnam war protest rally
in Washington DC. Daniel Ellsburg helped Patricia Marx tape the
event for public radio.
(SSFC, 10/20/02, p.M1)
1965 Apr 17, A stretch of the
Mississippi River near Minneapolis crested at a record high.
Flooding caused $100 million in damages and left 12 people dead.
(SFC, 4/17/09, p.D8)
1967 Apr 17, In Vietnam Lt.
Col. Leo Thorsness and “backseater" Harry Johnson shot down 2 MiG
fighters. Both men were captured on Apr 28, and spent 6 years as
(WSJ, 12/30/08, p.A9)
1969 Apr 17, A jury in Los
Angeles convicted Sirhan Sirhan of assassinating Sen. Robert F.
Kennedy. 6 days later he was sentenced to death.
1969 Apr 17, Czechoslovak
Communist Party chairman Alexander Dubcek (1921-1992), considered
the architect of Czechoslovakia's Prague Spring, was deposed.
1970 Apr 17, The Apollo 13 crew
splashed down safely in the Pacific, four days after a ruptured
oxygen tank crippled their spacecraft. A film was made in 1995 that
depicted the mission.
(WSJ, 3/22/96, p.A-12)(SFEC, 11/10/96, Par
1971 Apr 17, In Vietnam Lance
Corporal John Gillespie (24), an Australian army medic, died when
his helicopter crashed and caught ablaze after coming under fire
during a medical evacuation in the Minh Dam Mountains of southern
Phuoc Tuy province. His remains were returned to Australia in 2007.
1972 Apr 17, In Louisiana
Angola prison guard Brent Miller was stabbed to death. Herman
Wallace (d.2013), who was serving a 50-year sentence for armed
robbery, was indicted in 1973 for the killing and put into colitary
confinement for the next 4 decades. Wallace died a week after a
judge ordered a new trial because women had been excluded from the
grand jury indictment. In a separate trial, Albert Woodfox was also
convicted in the murder of Brent Miller and sentenced to life in
(SFC, 10/5/13, p.A5)(http://tinyurl.com/pp96vyn)
1972 Apr 17, A handful of women
were first accepted as entrants to the Boston marathon.
1974 Apr 17, Ted Bundy victim
Susan Rancourt disappeared from CWU, Ellensburg, WA.
1975 April 17, The US-backed
Lon Nol government of Cambodia surrendered to the Khmer Rouge. The
nominal leader of the Khmer Rouge was Khieu Samphan. Pol Pot, leader
of the Khmer Rouge (Red Cambodia), occupied the capital Phnom Penh
ending Cambodia's five-year war. This began the brutal regime that
resulted in the death of one to three million people. The Khmer
Rouge began to immediately clear Phnom Penh. Agrarian communism was
forced on the people and purges extended from the leadership down to
the masses. The country was renamed Democratic Kampuchea. After the
Khmer Rouge took power they employed a system of forced marriages to
help engineer a classless society.
(NG, 5/85, p.574)(WSJ,4/17/95, p.A-12)(AP,
4/17/97)(SFC, 6/14/97, p.A15)(WSJ, 6/16/97, p.8)(SFC, 4/17/98,
p.A16)(http://tinyurl.com/qot7t)(SFC, 1/23/96, p.A10)
1978 Apr 17, Carl Sagan
(1934-1996) received the non-fiction Pulitzer Prize for "Dragons of
1982 Apr 17, Canada adopted a
new Constitution to replace the 1867 British North America Act. It
enshrined special rights for indigenous peoples. Pierre Trudeau
added a Charter of Rights and Freedoms to Canada’s constitution.
Quebec did not sign the 1982 Constitution.
1983 Apr 17, Mark W. Clark
(b.1896), US general (WW II), died.
1983 Apr 17, In Warsaw, police
routed 1,000 Solidarity supporters.
1984 Apr 17, Yvonne Fletcher
(25), a British police officer, was killed from rifle shots fired
from a window of the Libyan embassy in London during a demonstration
against Moammar Khadafy. Diplomatic relations were soon severed and
not restored until 1999. Libya later gave Fletcher’s family some
compensation. In 2004 a joint British-Libyan investigation into the
murder was launched. In 2009 Moamer Kadhafi officially
apologized for the shooting. In 2011 it was reported that a witness
had identified Abdulmagid Salah Ameri, a junior diplomat working in
the administrative section, as firing a gun from an embassy window.
(SFC, 7/8/99, p.A8)(SFEC, 4/9/00, p.C12)(AP,
4/7/04)(AFP, 10/26/09)(AFP, 8/26/11)
1986 Apr 17, Pulitzer prize
awarded to Larry McMurtry for "Lonesome Dove."
1986 Apr 17, The bodies of
American librarian Peter Kilburn and two Britons were found near
Beirut; the three hostages had been slain in apparent retaliation
for the U.S. raid on Libya.
1986 Apr 17, At London's
Heathrow Airport, a bomb was discovered in a bag carried by an Irish
woman about to board an El Al jetliner; she had been tricked into
carrying the bomb by her Jordanian boyfriend.
1987 Apr 17, President Reagan
slapped $300 million in punitive duties on imported Japanese
computers, television sets and power tools, in retaliation for
Japan's alleged violation of a computer chip trade agreement.
1987 Apr 17, Dick Shawn (57),
comic actor born as Richard Schulefand, died while on stage at UC
San Diego. He starred in the 1968 Mel Brooks film "The Producers."
(SSFC, 8/12/01, Par
1987 Apr 17, The Iraqi military
won an important battle for Faw during Iran-Iraq war. This became a
national holiday until 2003.
1987 Apr 17, In Sri Lanka Tamil
extremists shot dead 127, mainly Sinhalese, in Trincomalee.
1988 Apr 17, Louise Nevelson,
the Russian-born sculptor who became one of the world's best-known
women artists, died in New York at the age of 88.
1988 Apr 17, The
newly-restructured Iraqi Army began a major operation named "Ramadan
Mubarak" aimed to clear the Iranians out of the peninsula. The
Iranians were expelled from the peninsula within 35 hours, with much
of their equipment captured intact.
1989 Apr 17, The US House
Ethics Committee released its report accusing Speaker Jim Wright of
violating House rules on the acceptance of gifts and outside income
-- charges denied by the Texas Democrat.
1989 Apr 17, Solidarity in
Poland was legalized.
(HFA, '96, p.28)
1990 Apr 17, President Bush
warned the Soviet Union against carrying out an economic blockade of
Lithuania, hinting at "appropriate responses."
1990 Apr 17, The Rev. Ralph D.
Abernathy, the civil rights activist and top aide to Rev. Martin
Luther King Jr., died in Atlanta at age 64.
1991 Apr 17, Congress voted to
put a quick end to a day-old nationwide strike by 235,000 rail
workers. President Bush signed the legislation early the next day.
1991 Apr 17, The Dow Jones
industrial (DJIA) average closed above three-thousand for the first
time, ending the day at three-thousand-four-point-46.
1992 Apr 17, US Federal Reserve
Chairman Alan Greenspan told the Senate Banking Committee the modest
pace of economic expansion wasn't adequate, a remark interpreted as
a signal he might cut interest rates further.
1993 Apr 17, A federal jury in
Los Angeles convicted two former police officers of violating the
civil rights of beaten motorist Rodney King; two other officers were
acquitted. Los Angeles Police Department Sergeant Stacey C. Koon and
officer Laurence M Powell were convicted for beating Rodney King.
[see Apr 16]
(SFC, 6/14/96, p. A4)(AP, 4/17/98)
1993 Apr 17, The U.N. Security
Council voted to tighten sanctions against Yugoslavia for its role
in the Bosnian war.
1993 Apr 17, Turkish President
Turgut Ozal died at age 66. In 2012 authorities investigating Ozal's
death found traces of toxic material in samples from his exhumed
body but could not conclude he died of poisoning.
(AP, 4/17/98)(AP, 12/12/12)
1994 Apr 17, Bosnian Serb tanks
entered the Muslim enclave of Gorazde; the UN Security Council
issued a nonbinding statement that condemned the Serbs' escalating
military activities, but made no threat of force to back its
1995 Apr 17, President Clinton
signed an executive order stripping the classified label from most
national security documents that were at least 25 years old.
1995 Apr 17, An Air Force jet
exploded and crashed in a wooded area in eastern Alabama, killing
eight people, including an assistant Air Force secretary and a
1996 Apr 17, Seeking to calm
Pacific security jitters, President Clinton and Japanese Prime
Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto signed a joint declaration establishing
new U.S.-Japan ties for a "stable and prosperous" Asia.
1996 Apr 17, A jury in Los
Angeles opted to spare Erik and Lyle Menendez the death penalty,
recommending that the brothers instead serve life in prison without
parole for gunning down their wealthy parents.
1996 Apr 17, Brazilian police
killed 23 (19) workers who demanded land and injured 50 during a
protest that blocked an Amazon highway in Eldorado dos Carajas. The
governor of the Para state blamed Colonel Mario Pantoja and
suspended him pending an inquiry. Local landowners reportedly paid
Col. Pantoja $85,000 to eliminate 10 leaders of the Landless Rural
Worker's Movement. Over 150 policemen were charged with murder.
Trials of the policemen began in 1999. 2 officers were convicted of
murder. 124 police officers were acquitted in 2002.
(WSJ, 4/19/96, p.A-1)(SFC, 6/26/96, p.A8)(SFC,
7/31/97, p.A10)(SFC, 8/17/99, p.A8)(SFC, 8/20/99, p.D2)(AP, 6/13/02)
1997 Apr 17, House Speaker Newt
Gingrich announced he would borrow $300,000 from retired Senate
Majority Leader Bob Dole to pay a sanction imposed for violation of
1997 Apr 17, The Red River in
Fargo, North Dakota, was to have crested at 39.5 feet, surpassing
the 1897 record. The Weather Service said that it crested on Apr 21
(SFC, 4/16/97, p.A3)(SFC, 4/21/97, p.A3)
1997 Apr 17, In Brazil some
1500 peasants marched 750 miles to Brasilia for land reform and were
joined by some 25,000 trade-union members.
(SFC, 4/18/97, p.A14)
1997 Apr 17, In Israel Chaim
Herzog, former president (1983-1993), soldier, spymaster, barrister
and author, died at age 78 in Tel Aviv. His books included “The War
of Atonement," about the 1973 war, and “Israel’s Finest Hour," about
the 1967 Six-Day war.
(SFC, 4/18/97, p.E2)(AP, 4/17/98)(MC, 4/17/02)
1998 Apr 17, The space shuttle
Columbia blasted off with 7 astronauts and a menagerie of creatures
to test the effects of space travel on the nervous system.
(SFC, 4/18/98, p.A3)
1998 Apr 17, Linda McCartney
(56), wife of former Beatle Paul McCartney, died in Santa Barbara,
Ca. Santa Barbara claimed no record and it was later determined that
she died in Arizona.
(SFC, 4/20/98, p.A1)(SFC, 4/23/98, p.A1)(SFC,
4/24/98, p.A1)(AP, 4/19/99)
1998 Apr 17, In Columbia Maria
Arango (60), human rights activist, was killed by multiple gunshots.
(SFC, 4/20/98, p.A8)
1998 Apr 17, In Germany Gerhard
Schroeder was endorsed by the Social Democrats to run against Helmut
Kohl in the Sep 27 elections.
(SFC, 4/18/98, p.A10)
1998 Apr 17, In Russia the
parliament rejected Yeltsin’s nomination of Sergei Kiriyenko for a
2nd time 271-115. Yeltsin immediately renominated Kiriyenko.
(SFC, 4/18/98, p.A9)
1998 Apr 17, A Thai military
team collected evidence from the body of Pol Pot, former chief of
Cambodia's Khmer Rouge guerrillas, to confirm that one of the
century's worst tyrants was truly dead.
1999 Apr 17, The US launched
the 505-foot Navy destroyer Winston S. Churchill at the Bath Iron
Works in Maine.
(SFEC, 4/18/99, p.A2)
1999 Apr 17, NATO forces
launched the 25th night of bombing against Yugoslavia in the
strongest attacks thus far. Gen. Wesley Clark, NATO's commander,
warned Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic to change his policies
in Kosovo or see his military machine destroyed.
(SFEC, 4/18/99, p.A1)(AP,
1999 Apr 17, In London,
England,  48 people were injured by a nail bomb in a racially
mixed neighborhood near Brixton Rd. and Electric Ave. This was the
first of three bombs to explode in London within a two-week period.
David Copeland (24) was convicted for the bombing in 2000.
(SFEC, 4/18/99, p.A18)(SFC, 4/29/99, p.D3)(AP,
4/17/00)(SFC, 7/1/00, p.A14)
1999 Apr 17, In India the Hindu
nationalist government lost a vote of confidence by one vote. Prime
Minister Vajpayee gave his resignation to Pres. Narayanan but agreed
to stay on until a new government was formed. Sonia Gandhi of the
opposition Congress Party was to form the new government. Jayaram
Jayalalitha of the All-India Anna Dravida Munetra Kazagham Party
broke the coalition headed by the Bharatiya Janata Party.
(SFEC, 4/18/99, p.A1,19)
1999 Apr 17, In Iraq US fighter
planes bombed anti-aircraft sites in the northern no-fly zone.
(SFEC, 4/18/99, p.A23)
2000 Apr 17, Elijah Lagat of
Kenya won the 104th Boston Marathon. Catherine Ndereba of Kenya won
the women’s race.
(WSJ, 4/18/00, p.A1)(AP, 4/17/01)
2000 Apr 17, The Clinton
administration approved the sale of upgraded missiles and a
long-range radar system for Taiwan but not 4 hi-tech destroyers.
(SFC, 4/18/00, p.A8)
2000 Apr 17, The IMF and World
Bank ministers in Washington DC ended their meetings and pledged to
speed debt relief to poor countries and to increase support for
fighting AIDS. Police blocked all protestor attempts to disrupt the
(SFC, 4/18/00, p.A1)(AP, 4/17/01)
2000 Apr 17, African nations
agreed to a compromise on the trade of ivory. A ban on legal sales
was restored until an effective system to combat poaching can be
(SFC, 4/18/00, p.A9)
2000 Apr 17, In Spokane, Wa.,
Robert L. Yates Jr., a National Guardsman and the father of 5, was
arrested for the murder of a 16-year-old prostitute and suspected in
the murder of as many as 17 other slayings in Washington state.
(SFC, 4/20/00, p.A10)
2000 Apr 17, In Bolivia coca
leaf farmers in the Yungas region scuffled with truckers in a
protest against government plans to destroy illegal coca
(SFC, 4/18/00, p.A10)
2000 Apr 17, In England
Russia’s Pres. Putin met with Tony Blair and promised to implement
economic reforms and root out corruption. Putin looked for closer
ties with Europe despite differences over Chechnya.
(WSJ, 4/18/00, p.A1)
2000 Apr 17, In the Philippines
Abu Sayyaf rebels on Basilan Island threatened to kidnap and kill
Americans if the US does not release the men convicted for bombing
the World Trade Center in New York.
(SFEC, 4/23/00, p.T9)
2000 Apr 17, In Rwanda Paul
Kagami was elected the country’s first Tutsi president.
(SFC, 4/18/00, p.A9)
2001 Apr 17, San Francisco
Giants slugger Barry Bonds became the 17th major leaguer ever to
reach 500 career home runs.
2001 Apr 17, US envoys arrived
in China to resolved issues of the US spy plane collision with a
(SFC, 4/18/01, p.A12)
2001 Apr 17, In Mississippi
voters decided to keep the Confederate emblem on the state flag by a
margin of 65 to 35%.
(SFC, 4/18/01, p.A3)
2001 Apr 17, Internet access
(www.ellisislandrecords.org) to Ellis Island records became
(SFC, 4/18/01, p.A3)
2001 Apr 17, In Belgium a jury
was selected for the trial of 4 Rwandans charged with the 1994
massacre of Tutsis.
(SFC, 4/18/01, p.A12)
2001 Apr 17, In Brazil a group
of 20, who claimed to be armed with syringes of the AIDS virus,
kidnapped 4 armored car workers and their families. The Proforte
armored car company handed over $2.5 million the next day.
(SFC, 4/19/01, p.A11)
2001 Apr 17, In Chechnya a
herdsman, Khozh-Akmed Alsultanov (44) was killed with his 3 children
in Nazran, an area surrounded by Russian forces.
(SFC, 4/25/01, p.A8)
2001 Apr 17, Israeli tanks,
bulldozers and ground troops seized Palestinian territory but
withdrew under US pressure after 18 hours.
(SFC, 4/18/01, p.A1)
2001 Apr 17, It was reported
that the most recent harvest in North Korea was the worst since the
famine of 1997 and that only two-thirds of the food it needs was
produced. Dr. Vollertsen, a German physician who worked there for 18
months (1999-2000) wrote in an editorial: “Peasants, slaves to the
regime, lead lives of utter destitution… North Korea suffers from
society-wide fear and depression because of the cruel system… The
people can’t help themselves, they are brainwashed, and too afraid
to overthrow their rulers."
(WSJ, 4/17/01, p.A14,20)
2001 Apr 17, In Vietnam Sec.
Gen. Le Kha Phieu was removed from office by the 150-member Central
Committee due to disenchantment with his conservative style. Nong
Duc Manh of the ethnic Tay minority was expected to succeed.
(SFC, 4/18/01, p.A12)
2002 Apr 17, US District Judge
Robert Jones upheld Oregon’s assisted-suicide law and said that
Attorney General John Ashcroft should not “determine the legitimacy"
of medical acts.
(SFC, 4/18/02, p.A3)
2002 Apr 17, Colin Powell ended
his Middle East mission and returned to the US. Pres. Mubarak
cancelled their meeting in Cairo. Israel commemorated its
independence. At least 3 Palestinians were killed by Israeli
(SFC, 4/18/02, p.A1,13)(USAT, 4/18/02, p.1A)
2002 Apr 17, The UN officially
declared former guerrilla leader Xanana Gusmao as winner in East
Timor’s 1st presidential elections.
(SFC, 5/18/02, p.A15)
2002 Apr 17, The Madagascar
Supreme Court annulled the disputed results of the Dec 16
(SFC, 4/18/02, p.A11)
2002 Apr 17, A huge Inca
cemetery, active from 1480-1533, with some 2,200 mummies was
reported to have been found under Puruchuco-Huaquerones, a Lima
(SFC, 4/18/02, p.A4)
2002 Apr 17, The Swiss
government announced that the family of Sani Abacha will return $1
billion to Nigeria in an out-of-court settlement that allowed them
keep $100 million.
(SFC, 4/18/02, p.A11)
2002 Apr 17, Yugoslavia
published a list of 23 people that it said should surrender or face
arrest for Balkan war crimes.
(SFC, 4/18/02, p.A11)
2003 Apr 17, Denver police
reached an agreement with the ACLU to end the practice of keeping
files on protesters.
(SFC, 4/18/03, p.A7)
2003 Apr 17, Bechtel was
awarded a contract for up to $680 million to rebuild Iraqi
(SFC, 4/18/03, p.A1)
2003 Apr 17, It was reported
that scientists had linked a single gene mutation to the
Hutchinson-Gilford progeria syndrome that makes children age
(SFC, 4/17/03, p.A8)
2003 Apr 17, Dr. Robert C.
Atkins (72), cardiologist, died in NYC from a fall on ice. In 1972
he published his weight loss plan "Dr. Atkins' Diet Revolution,"
which allowed patients to eat fat but restricted carbohydrates. A
medical report in 2004 said Atkins weighed 258 pounds at his death
and that he had a history of congestive heart failure. Atkins
weighed 195 pounds when he fell on ice, but gained some 63 pounds
from fluids during efforts to revive him.
(SFC, 4/18/03, p.A1)(WSJ, 2/10/04, p.D1)(WSJ,
2003 Apr 17, Sir William Gunn
(89), a sheep farmer who took over his family's flock as a teenager
and rose to become one of the most powerful men in Australian
2003 Apr 17, Sir J. Paul Getty
Jr. (70), reclusive American-born billionaire philanthropist and art
lover who became a British citizen late in life, died in London.
2003 Apr 17, Graham Stuart
Thomas (94), who reintroduced many forgotten plants to British and
American gardens, died. His books included "Old Shrub Roses" and the
meticulously illustrated "The Garden Through the Year."
2003 Apr 17, In central Cuba a
bus and a semi truck collided on a highway, killing at least 30
people and injuring 71.
2003 Apr 17, John Latsis
(b.1910), the last of Greece's shipping billionaires from the
postwar boom years, died. His staggering wealth was used to aid the
needy and gain access to world leaders.
(AP, 4/17/03)(SFC, 4/18/03, p.A24)
2003 Apr 17, India reported it
1st case of SARS.
(WSJ, 4/18/03, p.A1)
2003 Apr 17, In the 30th day of
Operation Iraqi Freedom American forces released more than 900 Iraqi
prisoners, beginning the process of sorting through the thousands
detained in the war. Coalition forces still held 6,850 prisoners.
The Bush administration planned to send in a 1,000-man team to
search for weapons of mass destruction. US Special Forces captured
Barzan Ibrahim Hasan al-Tikriti (5 of clubs), a half brother of
Saddam Hussein. He was 3rd the list of 55 former Iraqi officials
wanted by the US. The US Mobile Exploitation Team Alpha (MET Alpha)
found an Iraqi scientist who led the them to sites that contained
precursors for a banned toxic agent. A riot broke out at a Baghdad
bank after thieves blew a hole in the vault and dropped children in
to bring out fistfuls of cash. US troops calmed the situation by
arresting the thieves and removed $4 million in US dollars for
(AP, 4/17/03)(AP, 4/18/03)(WSJ, 4/17/03,
p.A3)(SFC, 4/18/03, p.A12)(SFC, 4/21/03, p.A1)
2003 Apr 17, The Ivory Coast
new unity government held its first Cabinet meeting with newly
sworn-in rebel ministers, even as the rebels accused the government
of new attacks.
2003 Apr 17, A Dutch
veterinarian (57) died from avian influenza 2 days after working on
a farm where animals were infected with the bird flu. He was
believed to be the 1st victim of the current epidemic.
(WSJ, 4/21/03, p.A10)
2003 Apr 17, Sergei Yushenkov
(52), co-chairman of the Liberal Russia Party, was shot to death in
front of his home in Moscow.
(SFC, 4/18/03, p.A6)
2003 Apr 17, Rafiq Jwaijatti
(81), a former Syrian ambassador to the US and a renowned Syrian
literary figure, died in Paris.
2004 Apr 17, The body of
University of North Dakota student Dru Sjodin (22) was found in a
ravine northwest of Crookston, Minn. She was last seen Nov 22 at the
Grand Forks, ND, mall, where she worked. Alfonso Rodriquez was
arrested in Dec. and investigators matched DNA in blood in his car
(AP, 4/18/04)(SSFC, 4/18/04, p.A13)
2004 Apr 17, In southern
Pakistan assailants opened fire on a vehicle, killing four Afghans
and wounding another person.
2004 Apr 17, Soundarya (32), an
Indian movie star, and three other people were killed when their
plane crashed in southern India minutes after takeoff.
2004 Apr 17, Ten U.S. troops
were killed in combat across Iraq, including five U.S. Marines
killed in pitched battles near the Syrian border, and an eleventh
soldier died in a tank rollover.
2004 Apr 17, Iraqi gunmen
opened fire on a coalition military patrol outside of the encircled
southern city of Najaf, killing one soldier. 2 gunmen were killed.
2004 Apr 17, Sgt. Maj. Ahmed
Mustafa Ibrahim Ali, a Jordanian policeman, shot into a group of
U.N. police officers in a prison compound in Kosovo. Two Americans
and the Jordanian assailant were killed. 10 U.S. officers and an
Austrian were wounded in the gunbattle.
(AP, 4/18/04)(SSFC, 4/18/04, p.A14)
2004 Apr 17, A Palestinian
suicide bomber blew himself up at an industrial zone between Israel
and Gaza, wounding four Israeli security workers.
2004 Apr 17, An Israeli missile
strike came 4 hours after a suicide bombing and killed Hamas leader
Abdel Aziz Rantisi (56) as he rode in his car in Gaza City. The dead
included Akram Nassar (35) Rantisi's personal bodyguard and his son
(AP, 4/17/04)(SSFC, 4/18/04, p.A1)
2004 Apr 17, In Slovakia Ivan
Gasparovic (63), an ex-chairman of parliament previously loyal to
ex-PM Vladimir Meciar (61), won a presidential runoff against Meciar
with 59.91 percent of the vote. The turnout was 43.5%.
(AP, 4/18/04)(Econ, 4/24/04, p.49)
2005 Apr 17, In Washington
concern that rising oil prices could harm the global economy
dominated weekend meetings of world finance ministers (G-7) and
2005 Apr 17, Registered sex
offender David Lee Onstott was charged with first-degree murder in
the death of Sarah Michelle Lunde, the 13-year-old Florida girl
whose body had been found the day before.
2005 Apr 17, In Colombia FARC
rebels with homemade rockets attacked Toribio, the same town they
bombarded three days earlier, killing at least one police officer.
2005 Apr 17, Millions of Cubans
elected municipal assemblies across the communist-run island Sunday
in local elections Pres. Castro defended as "the most democratic in
2005 Apr 17, Mehmet Ali Talat
(53) captured 56% of the vote for the presidency of the breakaway
Turkish Cypriot state, replacing its 81-year-old founder, Rauf
Denktash. Talat pledged to work to reunite this divided
Mediterranean island and restart peace talks with Greek Cypriots
following a resounding win he labeled "a silent revolution."
2005 Apr 17, Egypt's President
Hosni Mubarak and Ethiopian PM Meles Zenawi discussed joint projects
to allow their respective countries to benefit from the waters of
the Nile River.
2005 Apr 17, Egypt's Interior
Ministry identified 4 men it accused of training a bomber who killed
three tourists and himself in a Cairo bazaar.
2005 Apr 17, The leaders of
India and Pakistan agreed to work to roll back their military
deployments on a Himalayan glacier that is claimed by both countries
and believed to be the world's highest battlefield, concluding the
first day of talks intended to push forward a 15-month-old peace
2005 Apr 17, In Indonesia
authorities arrested 9 young Australians, the Bali Nine, for trying
to smuggle 8.3 kg of heroin to Australia. In Feb, 2006, 2 of the 9
were sentenced to death and the rest to life in prison. An appeal by
4 sentenced to prison led to a change in their sentences to death.
In 2008 three of the convicted Australians had their death sentences
reduced to life imprisonment. In 2011 Australian drug smuggler Scott
Rush (24) won an appeal reducing his death sentence to life
2005 Apr 17, Iraqi security
forces raided a town in central Iraq where Sunni militants were
holding dozens of Shiite Muslims hostage and threatening to kill
them. 3 American soldiers were killed and 7 service members wounded
overnight when insurgents fired mortar rounds at a US Marine base
2005 Apr 17, Israel's Cabinet
unanimously approved the release of nine Jordanian prisoners.
2005 Apr 17, Israeli defense
industry executives said the US has frozen Israel out of the
development of a prestigious jet fighter as punishment for its
military cooperation with China.
2005 Apr 17, Armed Palestinian
militants shut down a government building in the West Bank and
threatened to kill members of the Palestinian parliament, demanding
the Palestinian Authority provide jobs to former prisoners and to
relatives of people killed in fighting.
2005 Apr 17, In northern Spain
the Basque region's ruling nationalists faced a test of their drive
to secure more autonomy as elections got under way. The Basque
Nationalist Party (PNV), led by Juan Jose Ibarretxe, lost 4 seats.
(AP, 4/17/05)(Econ, 4/23/05, p.51)
2005 Apr 17, A Swiss tourist
bus carrying 27 people plunged into an Alpine ravine near the Great
St. Bernard Pass, and at least 100 rescuers descended to the wreck
on ropes to try to aid the injured. 12 people were killed.
(AP, 4/17/05)(AP, 4/17/06)
2006 Apr 17, In the Boston
Marathon was won by Kenyan Robert Cheruiyot in a record time of
2:07:14. Rita Jeptoo of Kenya won among the women in 2:23:38.
(WSJ, 4/18/06, p.A1)(AP, 4/17/07)
2006 Apr 17, In California Gov.
Schwarzenegger signed a law mandating names-based reporting of HIV
(SSFC, 4/23/06, p.A3)
2006 Apr 17, Georgia's Gov.
Sonny Perdue signed a sweeping immigration bill that supporters and
critics say gives the state some of the toughest measures against
illegal immigrants in the nation.
2006 Apr 17, In Chicago a jury
convicted former Gov. George Ryan of steering state contracts and
leases to political insiders during his term as secretary of state
in the 1990s and then governor for one term. He was later sentenced
to 6 1/2 years in prison,
(SFC, 4/118/06, p.A5)(AP, 4/17/07)
2006 Apr 17, Oil closed at a
record $70.40 per barrel in NY trading. This was the 1st time it had
closed above $70 in NY.
(SFC, 4/18/06, p.D1)
2006 Apr 17, Afghan and US
soldiers killed five militants during Operation Mountain Lion
targeting Taliban and al-Qaida fighters in a volatile eastern region
near Pakistan. Some 6,000 mainly British, Canadian and Dutch troops
have started moving into the rebellious southern provinces.
2006 Apr 17, Jean Bernard
(b.1907), French doctor, died. His research on blood disease helped
to found the discipline of hematology.
2006 Apr 17, In central Iraq a
car apparently driven by a suicide bomber exploded in front of a US
observation post. At least one civilian was killed and seven wounded
in a gunbattle between insurgents and the Iraqi army in northern
Baghdad. Police recovered 17 bullet-riddled bodies in Baghdad as
rebels killed nine people in fresh attacks across the country. At
least 5 insurgents were killed and two Iraqi troops wounded in
fighting. The body of Taha al-Mutlaq, the brother of the Iraqi Front
for National Dialogue leader, was discovered in a Shiite area of
western Baghdad. He had disappeared last month en route to
Salahuddin province north of Baghdad.
(AP, 4/17/06)(AFP, 4/17/06)(AP, 4/18/06)
2006 Apr 17, Israeli soldiers
holed up in a home in Nablus opened fire on stone-throwing
protesters outside the building, wounding two people, including a
13-year-old boy. Sami Hammad, a Palestinian suicide bomber, blew
himself up outside a fast-food restaurant in Tel Aviv during the
Passover holiday, killing 9 other people and wounding at least 49 in
the deadliest Palestinian attack in more than a year. Islamic Jihad
claimed responsibility. Daniel Wultz (16) of Florida was among 11
people killed in the restaurant attack. In 2012 an Israeli advocacy
group won a $323 million judgement in US court against Iran and
Syria for supporting Palestinian militants involved in the attack.
(AP, 4/17/06)(SFC, 4/18/06, p.A1)(Econ, 4/22/06,
p.47)(SFC, 5/16/12, p.A2)
2006 Apr 17, In Indian Kashmir
2 guards were killed and a politician injured in a gun attack by
suspected Islamic militants. The army announced it had arrested 10
rebels and killed two others.
2006 Apr 17, In Mexico an
overcrowded bus speeding home from a religious festival veered off a
highway emergency ramp and crashed through a metal barrier, plunging
more than 650 feet into a ravine near Maltrata, a town about 125
miles east of the capital. 58 people were killed. There were 2
2006 Apr 17, In Nepal security
forces in a southern town shot into a crowd marching on the main
highway to protest the royal dictatorship, killing one and wounding
five. Nepal deployed the army to ensure that food reaches the
capital and threatened to impose a new state of emergency, the 12th
day of a strike in which neither the king nor opposition is backing
(AP, 4/17/06)(AFP, 4/17/06)
2006 Apr 17, In central Peru a
passenger bus tumbled off a mountain road and came to rest in a
gorge, killing at least 25 people on board in Jaucan district.
2006 Apr 17, Qatar said it
would give the Palestinian government $50 million in aid to help
make up for a shortfall after the US and the EU cut off funding.
2006 Apr 17, Somalia granted
the US Navy permission to patrol coastal waters to combat piracy.
(WSJ, 4/18/06, p.A1)
2006 Apr 17, In northern Sri
Lanka land mines blasts in killed 4 soldiers and 2 Tamil Tiger
rebels, raising the death toll from a week of bloody unrest to at
2007 Apr 17, A new survey said
US household with a net worth of $5 million, excluding primary home,
totaled one million in 2006, up from 250,000 in 1996.
(WSJ, 4/18/07, p.A1)
2007 Apr 17, In Maryland a wall
collapsed at the Tri-Star Mining open pit coal mine near Barton. 2
miners were killed.
(SFC, 4/21/07, p.A3)
2007 Apr 17, Actress Kitty
Carlisle Hart died in New York at age 96.
2007 Apr 17, US Marine Gen.
Peter Pace said US-led coalition forces in southern Afghanistan
recently intercepted Iranian-made weapons that were being shipped to
Taliban fighters. A roadside bomb hit a United Nations vehicle in
southern Afghanistan's main city, killing four Nepalese guards and
an Afghan driver. An old artillery shell exploded outside a school
compound in the western city of Herat, killing four children and
wounding five others. Afghan troops searched a compound and
discovered 18 rocket propelled grenades and 27 AK-47 weapons. The
compound's guard later confessed that he commanded more than 100
(AP, 4/17/07)(SFC, 4/18/07, p.A9)(AP, 4/19/07)
2007 Apr 17, Argentina said
will not send former junta leader Jorge Videla to Germany to face
charges in the March, 1977, abduction and murder of activist
Elisabeth Kaesemann, a German woman, during the Dirty War. Her
bullet-riddled body was later found dumped on the outskirts of
2007 Apr 17, Australian
officials said that the US and Australia signed an agreement last
week to exchange a few hundred refugees held at island detention
camps in an effort by both governments to discourage future asylum
2007 Apr 17, In Brazil
shootouts involving drug gangs and police in Rio left at least 20
alleged gang members dead.
2007 Apr 17, The British pound
broke through the $2 mark for the first time in nearly 15 years
after new data showed an unexpected surge in inflation, prompting
speculation of interest rate increases.
2007 Apr 17, Canada’s
Parliament passed a law that will force striking workers at Canadian
National Railway to return to the job.
2007 Apr 17, In China state
media said Ablikim Abdureyim, the son of a prominent US-based
Chinese Muslim activist, was sentenced in Urumqi, capital of the
Muslim Xinjiang region, to nine years in prison on subversion
charges. Abdureyim's mother, Rebiya Kadeer, once was one of China's
most prominent businesswomen. She was detained in 1999 and sentenced
to 8 years in prison on charges of endangering state security but
was allowed to leave for the United States in 2005.
2007 Apr 17, Egypt launched
EgyptSat 1, its first remote sounding satellite, from Baikonur
Cosmodrome. The spacecraft was jointly developed by Egypt's National
Authority for Remote Sensing and Space Sciences and the Yuzhnoye
Design Bureau in Ukraine. Israeli officials suspected it to be a spy
satellite. In 2010 ground-controllers lost it.
2007 Apr 17, Guinea-Bissau's
new PM Martinho Ndafa Cabi announced an opposition-dominated
government after being chosen to lead the poor west African nation
following a political crisis.
2007 Apr 17, Iraqi PM Nouri
al-Malaki said his government was talking with militant groups to
try to stop the violence. Abu Omar al-Baghdadi, a top insurgent
leader, boasted that his al-Qaida-linked group was now making its
own rockets, posting the claim in an audiotape online. Al-Baghdadi's
group posted a Web statement saying its religious court had
condemned 20 kidnapped Iraqi soldiers to death. The deputy chief of
Mosul police was killed in a drive-by shooting along with two of his
guards. In Ramadi police uncovered 17 decomposing corpses beneath
two school yards. More than 100 bodies turned up across Iraq.
(AP, 4/17/07)(AP, 4/18/07)(WSJ, 4/18/07, p.A1)
2007 Apr 17, Israel's Shin Bet
security agency said that it has broken up an Iranian plot to
recruit Israelis of Iranian origin as spies, part of what it says is
a burgeoning Iranian intelligence operation against the Jewish
state. Israeli troops shot and killed a Palestinian militant near
Jenin. Four Israelis were shot and wounded as they were driving near
the West Bank Jewish settlement of Naaleh.
2007 Apr 17, In Rome a US
soldier went on trial in absentia for the shooting death of Italian
intelligence agent Nicola Calipari at an Iraqi checkpoint in March
2005. However, a court later threw out the proceedings against Spc.
Mario Lozano, saying Italy had no jurisdiction.
2007 Apr 17, In Japan the mayor
of Nagasaki was shot outside a train station and is in critical
condition. Police arrested Tetsuya Shiroo (59), who they said was
the head of a local gang affiliated with Japan's largest "yakuza"
group, the Yamaguchi-gumi. Mayor Itcho Ito (61) died the next day.
The gangster arrested in the shooting had visited city offices more
than 30 times seeking compensation for car damage caused by a
pothole. In 2008 Shiroo was convicted and sentenced to death for the
(AP, 4/17/07)(Reuters, 4/18/07)(AP, 4/19/07)(AP,
2007 Apr 17, Nigeria's
electoral commission said it would comply with a Supreme Court
ruling that the vice president be placed on the ballot for this
weekend's presidential elections, as sporadic violence was reported
around the country. 18 Nigerian opposition parties threatened to
boycott the presidential and legislative elections if the April 14
regional polls were not cancelled. 12 Nigerian police were killed
when an unknown armed group stormed their station in the northern
city of Kano.
(AP, 4/17/07)(AFP, 4/18/07)
2007 Apr 17, Pakistan executed
four brothers convicted of killing 13 of their relatives in a feud
over land. A video began circulating showing the grisly death of
Ghulam Nabi, a Pakistani militant accused of betraying a top Taliban
official who was killed in a December airstrike in Afghanistan. The
video showed a boy about 12 hacking off the head of Nabi.
(AP, 4/17/07)(AP, 4/21/07)
2007 Apr 17, Sri Lankan
authorities have issued a death threat against Champika
Liyanaarachchi, a newspaper editor for reporting on military
excesses and human rights abuses.
2007 Apr 17, State radio said
Zimbabwe has deregistered all non-governmental organizations (NGOs)
and told them to submit new applications to try to weed out groups
it says are trying to oust President Robert Mugabe.
2008 Apr 17, The May contract
for light sweet crude oil hit a trading record of $115.54 as the
dollar fell to a new low against the euro.
2008 Apr 17, In Fresno, Ca.,
Jesus Carrizales (17), a Roosevelt High School sophomore, attacked a
campus police officer with a baseball bat. Officer Junus Perry
received a 2-inch gash in the head before shooting and killing
(SFC, 4/18/08, p.B14)
2008 Apr 17, George P. Cressman
(b.1919) former head of the US National Weather Service (1965-1979),
died. Under his tenure the agency bulked up its computers and data
collection and began issuing predictions for an entire week’s worth
(WSJ, 5/10/08, p.A8)
2008 Apr 17, Danny Federici
(58), the longtime keyboard player for Bruce Springsteen, died. His
stylish work helped define the E Street Band's sound on hits from
"Hungry Heart" through "The Rising."
2008 Apr 17, Afghan and foreign
troops battled militants who ambushed their patrol in central Ghazni
province, leaving nine Taliban fighters dead. A suicide attack in
front of a mosque in Nimroz province killed 16 people and wounded
(AP, 4/17/08)(SFC, 4/18/08, p.A15)
2008 Apr 17, In Burundi
suspected rebels attacked the capital, Bujumbura. A series of
attacks killed at least 17 people.
(AP, 4/18/08)(WSJ, 4/19/08, p.A1)
2008 Apr 17, Retired Gen.
Manuel Contreras (78), former chief of Chile's secret police force,
was sentenced to 15 years in prison for the disappearance of a
dissident during the dictatorship of the late Gen. Augusto Pinochet.
2008 Apr 17, In Egypt former
President Carter met with a Hamas delegation from Gaza, part of a
series of talks with the Islamic militant group that has drawn sharp
criticism from US and Israeli officials.
2008 Apr 17, A renegade group
of Gibraltar's Barbary apes has annoyed residents so much that
authorities announced plans to kill them.
2008 Apr 17,
India's central bank tightened monetary policy to fight high
inflation, raising by half a percentage point the amount of cash
commercial banks must keep in reserve.
2008 Apr 17, In India runners
carried the Olympic flame along a heavily guarded route through
central New Delhi, protected by about 15,000 police who kept Tibetan
exiles and other anti-China protesters from disrupting the ceremony.
Tens of thousands of pro-Tibetan demonstrators gathered across India
to protest the torch relay.
(AP, 4/17/08)(SFC, 4/18/08, p.A16)
2008 Apr 17,
A suicide bomber struck the funeral of two anti-al-Qaida Sunni
tribesmen in a town north of Baghdad, killing at least 50 people and
wounding dozens. An unmanned drone killed two gunmen in Baghdad's
Sadr City district.
2008 Apr 17, In
Italy Silvio Berlusconi returned to the
world diplomatic stage by hosting Russian President Vladimir Putin
at his villa in Sardinia. The event lost some of its luster when
Putin was forced, before the glare of television cameras, to deny
reports he had secretly divorced his wife and planned to marry an
2008 Apr 17, In Japan Buddhist
Monks at the ancient Zenkoji Temple decided to pull out of hosting
an April 26 ceremony for the protest-marred Olympic torch relay
because of China's crackdown in Tibet, as visiting Chinese Foreign
Minister Yang Jiechi rebuffed Japanese pressure over Tibet,
reiterating that Beijing sees it as an internal matter.
2008 Apr 17, Russian President
Vladimir Putin wrapped up his two-day visit with Libyan leader
Moammar Gadhafi by writing off $4.5 billion in Libyan debts in
exchange for multibillion-dollar deals for Russian companies.
2008 Apr 17,
Gaza militants who tried to carry out a new attack on a border
crossing were stopped by Israeli troops. One was killed, another was
wounded and a third fled the scene. Israeli troops surrounded a
militant hideout in the town of Qabatiya, and exchanged fire for
about an hour with two Islamic Jihad militants inside, before
shooting them dead.
2008 Apr 17,
Aime Cesaire (b.1913), a Martinique poet honored throughout
the French-speaking world and a crusader for West Indian rights,
2008 Apr 17, Chief Juan Muniz,
the Mexican police chief of the border city of Reynosa, was arrested
for allegedly protecting members of the Gulf drug cartel.
2008 Apr 17, Former Roman
Catholic Bishop Fernando Lugo asked thousands of supporters at his
final campaign rally to help him end 61 years of one-party rule in
Paraguay and to build a new nation for the poor and indigenous.
2008 Apr 17, A government
spokesman said South Africa has waived Cuban debt totaling more than
100 million dollars.
2008 Apr 17,
In South Korea special prosecutors indicted Chairman Lee
Kun-hee, the chairman of Samsung Group, on charges of tax evasion
and breach of trust, ending a probe that shook South Korea's biggest
conglomerate for months. A South Korean court sentenced Kim
Kyung-jun, a former business partner of President Lee Myung-bak, to
10 years in prison for stock manipulation, embezzlement and forgery.
Chairman Lee Kun-hee was ordered to pay $40 million in taxes and
$95.6 billion in fines. A 3-year prison sentence was suspended.
(AP, 4/17/08)(Econ, 1/30/10, p.74)
2008 Apr 17, In Spain a bomb
exploded in the offices of the governing Socialist party in the
northern Basque city of Bilbao, injuring seven police officers.
2008 Apr 17, Umeaa University
said the world's oldest living tree on record is a 9,550 year-old
spruce discovered in central Sweden. That would mean it had taken
root in roughly the year 7,542 BC.
2008 Apr 17,
Zimbabwe's government accused opposition leader Morgan
Tsvangirai of treason by plotting with former colonial power Britain
to oust veteran President Robert Mugabe. G8 foreign ministers called
for the swift release of the results of Zimbabwe's disputed
presidential polls, condemning recent violence there.
2009 Apr 17, The US EPA
declared that greenhouse gases endanger public health paving the way
for new federal regulations on pollutants. The Obama administration
declared that carbon dioxide and 5 other industrial emissions
threaten the planet.
(SFC, 4/18/09, p.A1)(WSJ, 4/18/09, p.A1)
2009 Apr 17, A US federal judge
sentenced John Philip Hernandez of Houston to 8 years in prison for
buying military-style firearms and that ended up in the hands of
Mexico’s drug cartels. Prosecutors said Hernandez led a group that
purchased 339 weapons over 15 months.
(SFC, 4/18/09, p.A4)
2009 Apr 17, California
received a windfall of over $3 billion for its schools and
universities from the federal stimulus package, becoming the first
state to receive an infusion of cash meant to stop a downward spiral
in public education.
(SFC, 4/18/09, p.B1)
2009 Apr 17, Great Basin Bank
of Elko, Nevada, became the 25th US bank to fail this year.
2009 Apr 17, In Maine Laureen
Rugen (50) was sentenced to 7 months in jail for stabbing her
husband (61) over 25 times. She had suffered physical, emotional and
sexual abuse over two decades and pleaded guilty to manslaughter.
(SFC, 4/18/09, p.A4)
2009 Apr 17, In Afghanistan two
earthquakes shook eastern Nangarhar province, collapsing mud-brick
homes on top of villagers while they slept and killing at least 21
people. Two suicide bombers on foot tried to attack the office of
the minister of refugees in southern Nimroz province. Guards shot
and killed one bomber at the scene of the attempted attack. While
fleeing the 2nd bomber detonated his explosives, killing 3
civilians. A Norwegian intelligence officer serving with the
nation's peacekeeping force was killed by a roadside bomb near the
northern city of Maymana.
2009 Apr 17, Australia's PM
Rudd denounced people smugglers who set hopeful refugees adrift in
rickety boats as "scum" and pledged to step up efforts to thwart
them, after one vessel exploded at sea and killed three people.
2009 Apr 17, Australia revealed
plans to introduce national arson laws with a maximum penalty of 25
years behind bars in the wake of deadly wildfires that claimed 173
2009 Apr 17, In Burkina Faso a
meeting of economy and finance ministers of 14 African nations, all
using a common currency that was pegged to the French franc, started
with a French call to African nations to boost public spending.
2009 Apr 17, Canadian police,
acting on a tip-off from the United States, charged a Toronto man
with trying to illegally export nuclear technology to Iran. The
Royal Canadian Mounted Police said Mahmoud Yadegari had attempted to
obtain pressure transducers, devices that are used to make enriched
uranium but can also have military applications.
2009 Apr 17, President Francois
Bozize of the Central African Republic accused some officials in his
Kwa na Kwa Convergence party of racketeering to obtain funds and
pledged a personal crackdown.
2009 Apr 17, In central China a
warehouse explosion reportedly killed 18 people and injured three at
an illegal coal mine in Hunan province. State television reported
that six people were injured in the blast with 2 missing.
2009 Apr 17, Mohammed Zuhair
Siddiq, purported Syrian intelligence officer and one of the
suspects in the 2005 assassination of a former Lebanese prime
minister, was arrested in Dubai. He was arrested in France in
October 2005 as a suspect in the murder, but disappeared from house
arrest in France in March, 2008.
2009 Apr 17, Five of Germany's
leading Internet providers agreed to block access to sites
identified by national criminal investigators as hosting child
pornography, as authorities reported the breakup of an international
2009 Apr 17, In Iraq mortar
rounds killed at least 4 people in the Shiite Jisr Diyala district
south of Baghdad.
(SFC, 4/18/09, p.A2)
2009 Apr 17, In Mexico gunmen
over the last 24 hours killed 12 people in different parts of
Michoacan state, including three men who were beheaded. Authorities
in Piedras Negras, in Coahuila state, bordering Texas, found the
body of a man whose fingers had been cut off. Assailants stuck one
finger in the man's mouth and cut out his tongue. Two buses collided
head-on in the southern state of Chiapas, killing at least 19
2009 Apr 17, In Norway a $225
million fund to provide low-price anti-malaria medicine around the
world was launched in Oslo to fight a disease that kills 2,000
children a day.
2009 Apr 17, International
donors, led by the US and Japan, pledged more than $5 billion to
stabilize Pakistan's troubled economy and fight the spread of
terrorism in the Islamic nation and neighboring Afghanistan.
2009 Apr 17, In Pakistan
Maulana Abdul Aziz, the newly released leader of the radical Red
Mosque, called for the enforcement of Islamic law across the
militancy-plagued country during his defiant return to his prayer
hall, where at least 100 died when Pakistani troops stormed the
complex in 2007.
2009 Apr 17, Pakistan was
stripped of its 2011 World Cup matches by the International Cricket
Council. Growing security concerns cast the country firmly into the
2009 Apr 17, A Palestinian
wielding a knife was shot and killed by Jewish settlers after he
tried to attack residents of a West Bank settlement. Israeli troops
killed a Palestinian during a protest against Israel's separation
barrier. The military said protesters threw stones and other objects
at security forces during a West Bank demonstration in town of
Bilin. Abu Rahmeh (31) was killed when he was hit in the chest by a
tear gas canister. On March 31, 2010, the Israeli military said it
closed an investigation after determining the canister was not
intentionally aimed at Abu Rahmeh.
(AP, 4/17/09)(AP, 4/1/10)
2009 Apr 17, In Russia the
Sochi Elections Commission decided to strike billionaire and Russian
government critic Alexander Lebedev from the ballot, after an
appeals court a day earlier upheld a ruling that he had misfiled
financial statements when registering his candidacy last month.
2009 Apr 17, A Swedish court
found four men guilty of promoting copyright infringement by running
The Pirate Bay, one of the world's top illegal file-sharing
websites, sentencing them to a year in prison in a landmark ruling.
2009 Apr 17, In Thailand the
founder of the “yellow shirt" protest movement that shut down
Bangkok's airports last year was shot and wounded in a possible
assassination attempt, just days after troops quelled rioting by a
rival, anti-government group. Sondhi Limthongkul, a media tycoon and
supporter of the current government, was in stable condition after
surgery that removed "small pieces of bullet" from his skull.
2009 Apr 17, The Vatican said
it will spend $660 million to build the biggest solar plant in
Europe on 740 acres of pasture land it owns north of Rome.
(SFC, 4/18/09, p.C1)
2009 Apr 17, Zimbabwe deputy
prime minister Arthur Mutambara vowed to act against illegal farm
invasions amid claims that a top lawmaker and Pres. Mugabe ally was
behind a fresh seizure. Mugabe made a new call for western nations
to lift sanctions and prodded his unity government partners to join
his campaigning against them.
2010 Apr 17, In southern
Afghanistan a NATO solider was killed by a roadside bomb. 2 Dutch
marines were killed in southern Uruzgan province.
2010 Apr 17, Cuban tobacco
grower Alejandro Robaina (b.1919), an international symbol of the
island's cigar-making prowess, died.
2010 Apr 17, Ecuador’s
President Rafael Correa said Ecuador will move to take over the
operations of foreign oil companies in the country unless they sign
new contracts agreeing to increased state control over the sector.
2010 Apr 17, A lingering
volcanic ash plume forced extended no-fly restrictions over much of
Europe, as Icelandic scientists warned that volcanic activity had
increased and showed no sign of abating, a portent of more travel
chaos to come. Nearly 17,000 flights to and from Europe were
cancelled out of about 22,000 on a normal day.
(AP, 4/17/10)(Econ, 4/24/10, p.63)
2010 Apr 17, In northern Iraq
an American soldier was killed and 3 others were wounded in a
helicopter crash near Tikrit.
2010 Apr 17, In northern
Myanmar a series of bombs exploded at a controversial hydropower
project site being jointly built by a Chinese company.
2010 Apr 17, In Nigeria at
least five people were killed and several wounded when two oil
tankers collided and burst into flames in southwest Ogun state.
2010 Apr 17, In northwest
Pakistan 2 suicide bombers dressed in burqas struck a crowd of
displaced people collecting aid handouts, killing 42 people and
wounding more than 60 at the Kacha Pukha camp on the outskirts of
the garrison city of Kohat.
(AFP, 4/17/10)(AFP, 4/19/10)
2010 Apr 17, Hamas and Fatah
closed ranks to mark Palestinian Prisoners' Day to protest against
Israel for continuing to keep some 6,600 Palestinian militants in
jail. This was the first joint initiative by the bitter rivals since
Fatah was routed from Gaza in 2007.
(AFP, 4/17/10)(Econ, 5/1/10, p.48)
2010 Apr 17, International
monitors said that Sudan's first multiparty elections in more than
two decades failed to meet international standards, an assessment
that diminishes hopes the voting would set the nation on the road to
peace and democracy. Preliminary results from the presidential race
showed incumbent Omar al-Bashir had won between 88% and 94% of votes
counted after his most credible challengers dropped out of the race
2010 Apr 17, Yemeni authorities
arrested three alleged Al-Qaeda members accused of killing two
policemen and blowing up an official's vehicle in the southern
province of Abyan.
2011 Apr 17, The US government
said air traffic controllers would have more time to rest between
shifts under new work rules announced today, while Transportation
Secretary Ray LaHood made clear he won't tolerate sleeping on duty
despite studies and expert recommendations that suggest scheduled
shut-eye can help combat fatigue.
2011 Apr 17, A furious storm
system that kicked up tornadoes, flash floods and hail as big as
softballs has left at least 45 people dead on a rampage that
stretched for days as it barreled from Oklahoma to North Carolina
and Virginia. 11 people were confirmed dead in Bertie County, NC,
bringing the state's death toll to at least 18 people. Authorities
have said 7 died in Arkansas; 7 in Alabama; 2 in Oklahoma; one in
Mississippi and at least 5 in Virginia.
(AP, 4/17/11)(AP, 4/18/11)
2011 Apr 17, The Bahrain News
Agency said 111 employees of the Education Ministry had been
punished for participating in the street marches and strikes last
2011 Apr 17, In China 47
members of the underground Shouwang church were detained in Beijing.
Its leaders were kept under house arrest as part of a crackdown on
the unregistered congregation. Tensions had escalated earlier this
month when the church was evicted from its usual rented place of
2011 Apr 17, In southern China
violent thunderstorms have lashed parts of the industrial heartland
of Guangdong province, leaving 18 people dead and scores injured.
2011 Apr 17, Egypt put two
former top ministers on trial, widening a crackdown on graft as the
ruling generals seek to show their seriousness about ending the
corruption that led to President Hosni Mubarak's ouster.
2011 Apr 17, Finns turned out
in droves for a parliamentary vote marked by the meteoric rise of
the nationalist True Finns party, which could tip the political
scale to the right and even block Finnish approval of EU bailouts.
The pro-EU conservative National Coalition Party topped the vote
with 44 seats but the coalition it previously belonged to no longer
held a parliamentary majority. As a result, the party is expected to
begin difficult negotiations on forming a new government with at
least one euroskeptic party. The nationalist True Finns gained 33
seats to 39 vs 42 for the Social Democrats.
(AFP, 4/17/11)(AP, 4/18/11)(SFC, 4/18/11, p.A2)
2011 Apr 17, A train carrying
Tunisian immigrants from Italy was halted at the French border in an
escalation of an international dispute over the fate of North
African migrants fleeing political unrest for refuge in Europe,
unprecedented since the introduction of the Schengen travel-free
2011 Apr 17, Russian President
Dmitry Medvedev became the first Kremlin chief to tour Hong Kong,
seeking fresh investment as aides and executives signaled a rise in
Russian listings in the city.
2011 Apr 17, In India 180
people from 19 countries began the Rickshaw Run, a more than
3,000-mile (5,000-km) ride that was part of a five-year-old charity
2011 Apr 17, Iran’s Kayhan
daily reported that an Iranian military commander has accused German
engineering company Siemens of helping the United States and Israel
launch the Stuxnet virus, a cyber attack on its nuclear facilities.
2011 Apr 17, Iraqi police
opened fire on stone-throwing crowds protesting corruption in the
northern Kurdish region. At least 35 people were wounded.
(SFC, 4/18/11, p.A2)
2011 Apr 17, TEPCO, the
operator of Japan's crippled nuclear plant, laid out a blueprint for
stopping radiation leaks and stabilizing damaged reactors within the
next six to nine months as a first step toward allowing some of the
tens of thousands of evacuees to return to the area.
2011 Apr 17, Libyan rebels came
under fire on the outskirts of Ajdabiyah, hemming them in to their
eastern outpost and denting their hopes of pushing west to try to
end a stalemate in the war. Gaddafi's forces shelled Misrata again
killing 17 people. The UN reached an agreement with the Libyan
government to provide humanitarian aid in Tripoli.
(AP, 4/17/11)(AP, 4/18/11)
2011 Apr 17, Israel announced
the arrests of two Palestinian teenagers in the deadly March 11
stabbings of a West Bank settler family. Hakim Awad (17) was
arrested on April 5, and Amjad Awad (18), taken into custody on
April 10. They said they are cousins, and that five other
Palestinians have been arrested as suspected accomplices.
2011 Apr 17, In Mexico the
Tamaulipas state governor replaced his public security chief after
145 bodies showed up in mass graves in the violent border state in
the last two weeks.
2011 Apr 17, In Nigeria
President Goodluck Jonathan took what appeared to be an unassailable
lead as votes were tallied from around the country, despite a strong
showing by rival Muhammadu Buhari in his mainly-Muslim strongholds.
Rioting began in the Muslim north as early results showed Jonathan
in the lead. Christians retaliated and the violence over the next
few days left at least 70 people dead.
(Reuters, 4/17/11)(SFC, 4/21/11, p.A2)
2011 Apr 17, In northwest
Pakistan the bodies of eight young men were found dumped in a ditch
2011 Apr 17, In southern Syria
thousands of people waving flags and shouting "We Want Freedom!"
took to the streets, a day after President Bashar Assad promised to
end nearly 50 years of emergency rule in an attempt to quell the
growing uprising. Security forces opened fire on crowds challenging
authoritarian rule. 20 people were killed in Homs and 2 in Latakia.
(AP, 4/17/11)(AP, 4/18/11)(SFC, 4/19/11, p.A3)
2011 Apr 17, In Yemen hundreds
of thousands of people demonstrated in cities across the country,
denouncing embattled President Ali Abdullah Saleh and his remarks
against women taking part in protest rallies.
2012 Apr 17, In California the
body of Brittany Dawn Killgore (22) was found near Lake Skinner in
Riverside County. The Marine’s wife had disappeared a week earlier.
(SFC, 4/19/12, p.A5)
2012 Apr 17, Amanda Clayton
(25) of Michigan was charged with welfare fraud. She had kept
receiving food stamps after winning a $735,000 lottery jackpot.
(SFC, 4/18/12, p.A6)
2012 Apr 17, In Texas a newborn
boy was abducted from Kayla Marie Golden (28), his dying mother,
after she was repeatedly shot outside a suburban Houston pediatric
center. The suspected female shooter sped off with a man and the
infant in a blood-stained Lexus. Verna McClain (30) was arrested
hour later and confessed to killing Golden.
(AP, 4/17/12)(SFC, 4/19/12, p.A5)
2012 Apr 17, Afghan President
Hamid Karzai said he wanted "at least $2 billion" a year from the
United States after it withdraws its troops in 2014. Karzai said the
US should specify in a partnership agreement to be signed between
his country and the US how much money it will give to Afghanistan
after they leave.
2012 Apr 17, The African Union
suspended Guinea-Bissau's membership after a coup and the arrests of
2012 Apr 17, Australia said it
will bring its troops home from Afghanistan a year earlier than
planned with most soldiers withdrawn in 2013 after significant
security gains over the past 18 months.
2012 Apr 17, In Bangladesh
opposition politician Elias Ali (50) and his driver were abducted as
they returned home from meeting supporters at a hotel.
2012 Apr 17, Bangladesh customs
agents seized more than 400 tortoises being smuggled in three
suitcases through the country's main airport on their way to
Bangkok. Two Indian citizens were arrested in connection with the
2012 Apr 17, British
authorities arrested radical Islamist cleric Abu Qatada (51), who is
accused of ties to late Al-Qaeda chief Osama Bin Laden, as they
resumed efforts to deport him to Jordan. The UK government has been
trying to extradite the Jordanian since 2005 arguing that he is a
threat to national security. He was convicted in Jordan in absentia
of involvement in terror attacks in 1998, and faces a retrial on his
2012 Apr 17, UK authorities
gave approval to drill for shale gas onshore after a temporary ban
on the controversial extraction technique known as hydraulic
fracturing, or fracking. Energy experts believed Britain may have
enough offshore shale gas to catapult it into the top ranks of
2012 Apr 17, In London James
Ibori, former Nigerian state governor (1997-2007), was sentenced to
13 years in prison over a fraud involving $250 million of state
2012 Apr 17, China and the
Philippines traded fresh accusations of illegal incursions in a
disputed area of the South China Sea, while refusing to compromise
on their territorial claims.
2012 Apr 17, Egypt’s electoral
commission on technical grounds barred 10 of 23 presidential
(Econ, 4/21/12, p.62)
2012 Apr 17, A prominent
Egyptian human rights lawyer, Ahmed el-Gezawi, was arrested upon his
arrival in the Saudi port of Jiddah. He was on his way to perform a
minor pilgrimage. El-Gezawi had earlier filed a lawsuit in Egypt
against King Abdullah over the alleged arbitrary detention of
hundreds of Egyptians living in the kingdom. A rights group said he
has criticized the monarch in television interviews.
2012 Apr 17, India's central
bank lowered interest rates for the first time in three years,
springing a bigger-than-forecast cut of 50 basis points along with a
warning that further easing will be difficult. The benchmark repo
rate would fall to 8.0 percent and the reverse repo rate, which it
pays banks for deposits, would fall to 7.0 percent.
2012 Apr 17, Japan said it
would pledge $60.0 billion to the International Monetary Fund,
saying it was a critical part of the organization's bid to boost a
global firewall against Europe's debt crisis.
2012 Apr 17, Hundreds of
Kuwaiti firemen fought to contain a massive fire in a dump for used
tires, with some members of parliament calling the blaze an
2012 Apr 17, In Libya hundreds
of federalism backers massed in east Libya insisting on the region's
autonomy and challenged the framework for electing a constituent
assembly. Participants issued a statement stressing their commitment
to the autonomy of Cyrenaica stretching from the border with Egypt
(in the east) to Syrte. Cyrenaica comprises half of the country's
territory and holds about three-quarters of Libya's vast oil
2012 Apr 17, In Mali
astrophysicist-turned-politician Cheick Modibo Diarra was named
interim prime minister. Armed men rounded up top Malian officials
including two presidential hopefuls in a show of force by a junta
that seized power last month. Police chief Mahamadou Diagouraga,
former defense minister Sadio Gassama and Hamidou Sissoko, a top
aide to ousted president Amadou Toumani Toure, were among the others
(AFP, 4/17/12)(AFP, 4/18/12)
2012 Apr 17, Nigerian troops
killed one suspected member of the Islamist Boko Haram sect and
arrested 13 others in dawn raids on two hideouts in Maiduguri city.
2012 Apr 17, Hundreds of
Palestinian prisoners held by Israel launched a hunger strike,
protesting their conditions and demanding an end to detentions
without trial. Some 3,500 prisoners refused meals on "Prisoners'
Day," and 1,200 of them said they would continue with an open-ended
hunger strike. Khader Adnan, who didn't eat for 66 days, was set to
be freed today as part of a deal reached with Israel.
2012 Apr 17, A 7.0-magnitude
quake struck off the northeast of Papua New Guinea, but there was no
tsunami warning issued.
2012 Apr 17, In Somalia unknown
military jets fired several missiles at a suspected pirate base in
the north of the war-torn country, wounding two civilians. Last
month the EU authorized its navies to strike Somali pirate equipment
on land, with a mandate for warships or helicopters to fire at fuel
barrels, boats, trucks or other equipment stowed away on beaches. A
suicide bomber killed a soldier in the southern town of Baidoa, when
he detonated an explosive vest as he tried to enter a government
2012 Apr 17, South Africa
Police arrested seven youths, aged 14 to 20, for the gang rape of a
teenage girl (17) after they were identified based on video images.
She was said to have the mental capacity of a four-year-old. A day
earlier the Johannesburg High Court heard 62 rape cases, including a
father-son pair charged with attacking 21 women together.
2012 Apr 17, Along the
Sudan-South Sudan border a firefight killed seven South Sudan
soldiers and 15 Sudan soldiers. It reportedly began after a Sudanese
soldier shot a South Sudan soldier who was getting water from the
2012 Apr 17, The Syrian regime
widened shelling attacks on opposition strongholds, targeting a
second town in a new sign that a UN-brokered cease-fire is quickly
unraveling despite the presence of foreign observers. Army tanks
shelled the southern town of Busra al-Harir, killing at least two
2012 Apr 17, The Tunisian
League for Human Rights said that around 100 people working near the
town of Zaouia, some 50 km (30 miles) west of Tripoli, had been
taken hostage by armed men demanding the release of a group of
Libyans held in Tunisia. The workers' seizure had been in
retaliation for the arrest of Libyan nationals in Tunisia. 3 Libyans
had been arrested on April 14 near the north African countries'
2012 Apr 17, In Vietnam Nguyen
Quoc Quan (58) of California, a Vietnamese-American pro-democracy
activist, was detained after arriving at the airport in southern Ho
Chi Minh City. He was arrested and accused of terrorism for
allegedly trying to sabotage liberation celebrations commemorating
the end of the Vietnam War. Quan was released on Jan 30, 2013.
Vietnam's Foreign Ministry said that Quan had "confessed to his
crime" and asked for leniency to be reunited with his family.
(AP, 4/29/12)(AP, 1/30/13)
2013 Apr 17, US Defense
Secretary Chuck Hagel told Congress that the Pentagon is sending
about 200 soldiers from an Army headquarters unit to Jordan to
assist efforts to contain violence along the Syrian border and plan
for any operations needed to ensure the safety of chemical weapons
2013 Apr 17, The US Senate
voted 60-40 to defeat Sen. Diane Feinstein’s assault weapons ban.
(SFC, 4/18/13, p.A12)
2013 Apr 17, US immigration
officials returned Wilber Alfredo Valle-Guerra (aka Santos
Lopez-Claudio) to El Salvador. Valle-Guerra (36), was arrested last
November in Sunnyvale, Ca., for taking part in shootings that killed
2 people in Ilobasco, El Salvador, in Nov., 2006.
(SSFC, 4/21/13, p.C12)
2013 Apr 17, FBI agents in
Corinth, Ten., arrested Paul Kevin Curtis (45). He was accused of
mailing letters containing ricin to Pres. Obama and Sen. Roger
Wicker (R-Mis). Curtis had claimed to have uncovered a conspiracy
while working at a local hospital from 1998-2000, when he discovered
a refrigerator full of dismembered body parts and organs in a
(SFC, 4/18/13, p.A9)
2013 Apr 17, In Texas a fiery
explosion hit the West Fertilizer Co. 12 first responders were
killed along with 2 residents in an apartment building. A nursing
home resident died during an evacuation. More than 200 people were
injured in West, about 20 miles north of Waco. Damages to the area
were later estimated at $100 million. The company had $1 million in
(AP, 4/18/13)(SFC, 4/20/13, p.A6)(SFC, 4/25/13,
p.A5)(SSFC, 5/5/13, p.A7)
2013 Apr 17, Scientists
reported the decoding of the coelacanth genome, whose eggs hatch
inside the mother’s body. Its 2.8 billion DNA units are about the
same as the human genome.
(SFC, 4/17/13, p.A10)
2013 Apr 17, In Afghanistan
roadside bombs and insurgent attacks killed at least 18 people in
four separate attacks across the country.
2013 Apr 17, In Argentina a
judicial investigation was initiated on Lazaro Báez on charges of
money laundering, conspiracy, and cover-up. Baez (b.1956), a
building tycoon with ties to Pres. Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner,
had reportedly embezzled and laundered abroad some $65 million.
2013 Apr 17, It was reported
that some 700 Brazilian Indians were occupying part of the lower
house of Congress to protest a proposed amendment that would give
Congress a say in the demarcation of indigenous territory.
(SFC, 4/17/13, p.A2)
2013 Apr 17, Brazil’s police
said they have arrested 3 men suspected of involvement in killings
of homeless people in Goiania, Goias state.
(SFC, 4/18/13, p.A2)
2013 Apr 17, Brazil raised its
base interest rate by .025 points to 7.5%.
(Econ, 4/20/13, p.40)
2013 Apr 17, Britain's biggest
retailer, Tesco, wrote down the value of its global operations by
$3.5 billion (2.3 billion pounds) and announced plans to exit the
United States, as it tries to rebuild after a year when profit fell
for the first time in two decades.
2013 Apr 17, A Chinese factory
fishing ship caught fire just off the coast of Antarctica and 97
crew members were rescued by a nearby Norwegian vessel as Chile's
military mobilized to prevent any environmental damage.
2013 Apr 17, Militants in
Egypt's Sinai Peninsula fired at least two rockets at Israel's
southern resort town of Eilat. Nobody was hurt in the attack.
2013 Apr 17, In Greece 3
strawberry plantation foremen allegedly shot and injured 29
Bangladeshi laborers protesting late pay. Greek officials the next
day promised "swift and exemplary" punishment for the suspects.
2013 Apr 17, In India a
5-year-old girl was found after being raped and tortured by a man
who held her in a locked room in New Delhi for two days. Manoj Kumar
(24), who lived in the room where the girl was found, was arrested
on April 20 in Muzaffarpur town, Bihar state. The girl remained in
serious condition. Kumar led police to a 2nd suspect, Pradeep Kumar
(19), who was arrested April 22.
(AP, 4/20/13)(AP, 4/22/13)
2013 Apr 17, Diplomats said
technicians upgrading Iran's main uranium enrichment facility have
tripled their installations of high-tech machines that could be used
in a nuclear weapons program to more than 600 in the last three
2013 Apr 17, Iraq executed by
hanging 21 prisoners convicted on terrorism charges and links to
al-Qaida, setting off fresh criticism from an international human
rights expert over Baghdad's insistence on carrying out capital
punishment. 9 people were killed and 32 were wounded in four
separate attacks in Baghdad and Anbar province.
2013 Apr 17, New Zealand
lawmakers voted 77 to 44 in favor of the gay-marriage bill on its
third and final reading. New Zealand thus became the 13th in the
world and the first in the Asia-Pacific region to legalize same-sex
2013 Apr 17, Nigeria formed a
panel that will create an amnesty program for Islamic extremists to
try to quell a bloody guerrilla campaign of bombings and shootings
that's killed hundreds of people across its north.
2013 Apr 17, A magnitude 6.8
earthquake shook Papua New Guinea's northern coast, sending
residents fleeing for higher ground and items tumbling from shelves.
There were no immediate reports of serious damage.
2013 Apr 17, In central Syria a
government rocket attack killed at least 12 people in Eastern
Buwaydah outside of Homs, while rebels battled regime forces over
two key military bases in the northwest where government troops
broke an opposition siege last week.
2013 Apr 17, In Russia
Alexei Navalny (36), the Kremlin's public enemy No.1., went on trial
in Kirov on embezzlement charges but was granted an adjournment for
more time to prepare. The web-savvy lawyer overcame a state-imposed
national media blackout and minimal funds by exploiting his blog and
Twitter account to reach hundreds of thousands of Russians.
2013 Apr 17, Senegal
authorities charged Karim Wade (44), the son of former Pres.
Abdoulaye Wade, with illicit enrichment, following a months-long
investigation into how he amassed a fortune of over $1.3 billion.
(SFC, 4/18/13, p.A2)
2013 Apr 17, Venezuela's
opposition watched its options dwindle after the head of the Supreme
Court said there could be no recount of the razor-thin presidential
election victory by Hugo Chavez's heir, leaving many government foes
feeling the only chance at power is to wait for the ruling
socialists to stumble.
2013 Apr 17, In Yemen 2 US
drone strikes killed at least five suspected al-Qaida militants and
destroyed the house of one of them in a mountainous area south of
2014 Apr 17, US-based Michaels
Stores said that about 2.6 million credit cards used at its namesake
stores may have been affected in a security breach. Its subsidiary
Aaron Bros. was also attacked with some 400,000 cards potentially
(SFC, 4/19/14, p.D2)
2014 Apr 17, John C. Houbolt,
an engineer whose contributions to the US space program were vital
to NASA's successful moon landing in 1969, died in Maine. His
efforts in the early 1960s are largely credited with convincing NASA
to focus on the launch of a module carrying a crew from lunar orbit,
rather than a rocket from earth or a spacecraft while orbiting the
2014 Apr 17, In Afghanistan
three Taliban insurgents escaped from a northern prison using
weapons smuggled into the facility in a jailbreak that killed 3
police guards in Faryab province.
2014 Apr 17, Afghan officials
said a leading Taliban peace negotiator has been placed under house
arrest in the UAE, dealing a blow to President Hamid Karzai's
efforts to jump-start a nascent Afghan peace process before leaving
office. Agha Jan Mutassim, a finance minister during Taliban rule
from 1996 to 2001, had been missing for over a week.
2014 Apr 17, Algeria held
presidential elections. Preliminary results indicated that President
Bouteflika with 15 years in power won a 4th term.
(Reuters, 4/17/14)(SFC, 4/19/14, p.A2)
2014 Apr 17, Debbie Vincent
(52), a former soldier who underwent a sex change, was jailed for
six years for her part in a Europe-wide campaign of intimidation
targeting a leading animal testing company. The British animal
rights activist was found guilty last month for her part in a
conspiracy to blackmail British-based Huntingdon Life Sciences
2014 Apr 17, Burundi’s ruling
CNDD-FDD party voted to create a reconciliation commission.
Opposition parties boycotted the vote saying it will shield the
ruling party from accountability for past crimes.
2014 Apr 17, A strike at the
Chinese factories Yu Yuen Industrial, the world's biggest athletic
shoe maker, snowballed to about 30,000 workers in Dongguan, making
it one of the largest-ever work stoppages at a private business in
2014 Apr 17, China introduced
its first armed police patrols in Xi'an. Shanghai and Qingdao police
began to carry 9 mm pistols on Apr 20.
2014 Apr 17, China’s
environment ministry said a nationwide investigation has shown that
as much as 16 percent of China's soil contains higher than permitted
levels of pollution. This was nearly one-fifth of China’s farmland.
(Reuters, 4/17/14)(SFC, 4/19/14, p.A4)
2014 Apr 17, Gabriel Garcia
Marquez (b.1927), Colombian author, died in Mexico City. His
beguiling stories of love and longing brought Latin America to life
for millions of readers and put magical realism on the literary map.
His "One Hundred Years of Solitude," a dream-like, dynastic epic
helped him win the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982.
2014 Apr 17, In northern Iraq
militants launched a brazen attack on a military base outside Mosul,
killing at least 10 soldiers and wounding 12. In Baghdad a car bomb
exploded on a busy commercial street in the Karrada neighborhood,
killing at least 9 people and wounding 22 others.
2014 Apr 17, In Ivory Coast
editors of five newspapers, whose publications have been temporarily
suspended, denouncing the measure. Most of the newspapers were
suspended for mocking President Ouattara or referring to him as a
dictator. One was targeted for discussing the safety of bush meat,
which the government banned in the wake of an Ebola outbreak.
2014 Apr 17, In Libya a
Tunisian diplomat was kidnapped in Tripoli. He was the 2nd to be
kidnapped since last month. Both men were released on June 30.
(Reuters, 4/17/14)(AP, 6/30/14)
2014 Apr 17, An oil tanker
sailing from Singapore to Cambodia was boarded by 16 pirates about
26 nautical miles off Aur island on the east coast of the Malaysia
peninsula. The pirates damaged the ship's communication equipment,
transferred part of the fuel cargo into a smaller unknown tanker and
stole the ship and crews' belongings before fleeing.
2014 Apr 17, In Mali French
Special Forces backed by helicopters freed five humanitarian aid
workers who had gone missing on Feb 8.
(SFC, 4/18/14, p.A2)
2014 Apr 17, In Pakistan two
local employees working for the UN Children's Fund UNICEF went
missing in Karachi.
2014 Apr 17, Puerto Rican salsa
legend Cheo Feliciano (78) died in a car accident early today,
prompting the governor of the US territory to declare three days of
2014 Apr 17, A Senegal official
said Karim Wade, the son of former Pres. Abdoulaye Wade, will be
tried for illicit enrichment following an investigation into how he
amassed his multi-million dollar fortune.
2014 Apr 17, In South Korea
Kang Min-gyu (52), the vice-principal of a South Korean high school
who accompanied hundreds of pupils on a ferry that capsized a day
earlier, committed suicide.
2014 Apr 17, In South Sudan
gunmen attacked civilians sheltering inside a UN peacekeeping base
in the war-ravaged town of Bor. At least 58 people were killed and
more than 100 others wounded in the attack.
(AFP, 4/17/14)(AFP, 4/18/14)
2014 Apr 17, Thai authorities
charged two journalists with defaming Thailand's navy in an online
news report about the trafficking of refugees from Myanmar, amid
concerns about press freedom in the country.
2014 Apr 17, In southern
Thailand suspected insurgent Muktar Ali-mama (31) and his 6-year-old
son were shot dead. They were attacked at a rubber plantation in
Bannang Sata district, Yala province.
2014 Apr 17, In Ukraine 3
pro-Russian protesters were killed and 13 injured during an
attempted raid overnight on a National Guard base in the Black Sea
port of Mariupol. High-level talks aimed at calming soaring tensions
over the crisis in Ukraine went into overtime with top diplomats
from the United States, European Union, Russia and Ukraine
attempting to forge a common position on how to de-escalate the
situation. Ukrainian town councilor Volodymyr Rybak and a second man
disappeared. He was seen being bundled into a car by masked men in
camouflage. His body was found on April 29 near Slaviansk.
(AP, 4/17/14)(Reuters, 4/23/14)
2014 Apr 17, The World Health
Organization said the death toll from an Ebola outbreak in Guinea
has risen to 122, a sharp increase from a previous figure of 108.