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Apr 23, St. George, dragon-slaying knight, died. He was made the
patron saint of England in the 14th century. George, later fired by
the Pope as mythical, was tortured and beheaded at Nicomedia. He was
a soldier who was reported to have risen to a high rank under
(HFA, '96, p.28)(AHD, p.552)(MC, 4/23/02)
871 Apr 23, Ethelred I, king of
Wessex, brother of Alfred the Great, died.
1014 Apr 23, The Battle of
Contarf ended Danish rule in Ireland but a Dane killed Irish King
Brian Boru (87).
(PCh, 1992, p.80)(MC, 4/23/02)
1016 Apr 23, Ethelred II "the
Unready", king of England (979-1016), died.
1348 Apr 23, King Edward III of
England established the Order of the Garter, the first English order
1500 Apr 23, Pedro Cabal landed
at Terra da Vera Cruz and claimed Brazil for Portugal. The native
population was later estimated to have been from 1 to 11 million
people. [see Apr 22]
4/23/98)(SFC, 7/6/98, p.A10)
1504 Apr 23, King Maximilian I
routed troops to Bavaria.
1521 Apr 23, The Comuneros were
crushed by royalist troops in Spain.
1564 Apr 23, William
Shakespeare (1564-1616), English poet and playwright of the
Elizabethan and early Jacobin periods, was born and died on the same
date 52 years later. He added more than 1,700 word to the English
language. He was the son of an illiterate glove maker who left
school at 12: "Be not afraid of greatness: some are born great, some
achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them." --
from Act II, Scene 5 of "Twelfth Night." From "Henry V," "Once more
unto the breach, dear friends, once more."
(CFA, '96, p.44)(WSJ, 4/22/96, p.a-23)(AP,
1616 Apr 23, Miguel de
Cervantes (b.1547), Spanish poet and novelist, died in Madrid.
1616 Apr 23, William
Shakespeare (b.1564), poet and playwright, died in
Stratford-on-Avon, England. In 2004 Stephen Greenblatt authored
“Will In the World." In 2006 Colin McGinn authored “Discovering the
Meaning Behind the Plays."
(AP, 4/23/97)(WSJ, 9/24/04, p.W7)(SSFC, 12/24/06,
1661 Apr 23, English king
Charles II was crowned in London.
1662 Apr 23, Connecticut was
chartered as an English colony.
1705 Apr 23, Richard Steele's
"Tender Husband," premiered in London.
1706 Apr 23, Spanish Gov.
Francisco Cuervo y Valdes founded a new villa consisting of 35
families and named it in honor of the viceroy of New Spain, who was
also the Duke of Albuquerque, a town in southwestern Spain. The 1st
r was later dropped and in 2006 Albuquerque, NM, celebrated its
(SSFC, 5/22/05, p.E12)
1708 Apr 23, Friedrich von
Hagedorn, German poet (Versuch einiger Poem), was born.
1759 Apr 23, British seized
Basse-Terre and Guadeloupe in the Antilies from France.
1775 Apr 23, Joseph Mallord
William Turner (d.1851), landscape painter, was born in England.
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J._M._W._Turner)(SFC, 6/20/15, p.E3)
1775 Apr 23, Mozart's Opera "Il
Re Pastore" was produced (Salzburg).
1778 Apr 23, US Captain John
Paul Jones attempted to kidnap the Earl of Selkirk, but he only got
Lady Selkirk's silverware.
(ON, 2/04, p.6)
1789 Apr 23, President-elect
Washington and his wife moved into the first executive mansion, the
Franklin House, in New York. George Washington was inaugurated at
Federal Hall and lived at 3 Cherry Street in New York City. In 1790,
with construction on the new federal capital underway, the
government was moved temporarily to Philadelphia, where Washington
served out his two terms. He is the only president who never resided
in the White House.
(AP, 4/23/97)(HNPD, 12/22/98)
1791 Apr 23, James Buchanan,
was born in Franklin County, Pa. He was the fifteenth U.S. president
(1857-1861) and the only president not to marry.
(AP, 4/23/97)(HN, 4/23/99)
1795 Apr 23, In Britain the
trial to impeach Warren Hastings, governor-general of India
(1773-1785), on 21 charges for high crimes and misdemeanors ended
after 7 years. Hastings was acquitted on all charges.
(SFEC, 11/1/98, BR p.11)(WSJ, 5/1/00, p.A24)(MC,
1809 Apr 23, Eugene-Prosper
Prevost, composer, was born.
1813 Apr 23, Stephen Douglas
(d.1861), the "Little Giant," was born. He debated Abraham Lincoln
for a seat on the U.S. Senate and later lost to Lincoln for the
presidency of the United States. He argued that the Declaration of
Independence did not mean to include blacks.
(WSJ,2/12/97, p.A16)(HN, 4/23/99)
1826 Apr 23, Missolonghi (in
west Greece) fell to Egyptian-Turkish forces. [see Apr 22]
(HN, 4/23/99)(MC, 4/23/02)
1838 Apr 23, The British
steamship "Great Western" arrived in NYC on its maiden voyage from
Bristol, England, just hours after the retrofitted steamship Sirius,
which had departed Cork on April 4. The Great Western crossed the
Atlantic in a record 15 days and 12 hours.
(ON, 8/07, p.7)
1850 Apr 23, William Wordsworth
(b.1770), English poet, died.
1851 Apr 23, Canada issued its
first postage stamp, the Three-Penny Beaver, which carried an image
of the beaver.
(CFA, '96, p.44)(Econ, 1/23/10, p.38)
1852 Apr 23, Edwin Markham, US
poet and 1st winner of Amer Acad of Poets Award in 1937, ("Man with
a Hoe"), was born.
1856 Apr 23, Free Stater J.N.
Mace in Westport, Kansas shot pro-slavery sheriff Samuel Jones in
1858 Apr 23, Max K.E. Ludwig
Planck, German physicist (Planck Constant, Nobel 1918), was born.
1860 Apr 23, Democratic
convention in Charleston, SC, divided over slavery.
1860 Apr 23, The Pony Express
rider missed the boat at Benicia, Ca. Thomas Bedford, a 34-year-old
stable keeper, was hired on the spot and boarded the ferry Carquinez
with his horse. His discovered that his horse had lost a shoe and
borrowed a horse from Martinez blacksmith Casemoro Briones and
delivered the mail to the ferry at Oakland. The mail reached SF 9
hours and 15 minutes from the time it left Sacramento.
(SFC, 4/28/97, p.A19)
1861 Apr 23, Arkansas troops
seized Fort Smith.
1861 Apr 23, Battle of San
1864 Apr 23, Battle of Cane
River, LA (Red River Expedition, Monett's Ferry).
1865 Apr 23, Union cavalry
units continued to skirmish with Confederate forces in Henderson,
North Carolina and Munsford Station, Alabama.
1865 Apr 23, Dedicated
Massachusetts abolitionist Silas Soule (b.1838) was shot and killed
near his home in Colorado by a soldier named Charles Squires. It is
thought that Squires was hired by men loyal to Col. John Chivington
to kill Soule. Soule's testimony against Chivington about the 1864
massacre at Sand Creek led, in part, the United States Congress to
refuse the Army's request for thousands of men for a general war
against the Native Americans of the Plains States.
1881 Apr 23, Gilbert &
Sullivan's opera "Patience" was produced in London.
1882 Apr 23, Albert Coates,
conductor, composer (Eagle), was born in St. Petersburg.
1891 Apr 23, Sergey Sergeyevich
Prokofiev, composer (Peter & the Wolf), was born in Ukraine.
[see Apr 27]
1891 Apr 23, Jews were expelled
1895 Apr 23, Russia, France,
and Germany forced Japan to return the Liaodong peninsula to China.
1896 Apr 23, The Vitascope
system for projecting movies onto a screen was demonstrated in New
York City. Motion pictures premiered in New York City. It was
developed by Thomas Armat and C. Francis Jenkins and marketed by
(AP, 4/23/97)(HN, 4/23/99)(Sm, 3/06, p.105)
1897 Apr 23, Lucius du Bignon
Clay, was born. He was the U.S. military governor of occupied Berlin
following WW II, who promoted German self government.
(HN, 4/23/99)(MC, 4/23/02)
1899 Apr 23, Edith Ngaio Marsh,
Kiwi mystery writer (Black Beech & Honeydew), was born in NZ.
1899 Apr 23, Vladimir Nabokov
(d.1977), writer, was born in Russia. His work included "Lolita,"
"Pnin," and "Pale Fire." He was an avid butterfly collector. "There
is no science without fancy, and no art without facts."
(WSJ, 12/27/96, p.A5)(WSJ, 4/22/99,
1899 Apr 23, In Georgia some
2000 people gathered to watch the lynching Sam Hose, a black man
questionably accused of murdering a white planter and raping his
wife. His ears, fingers, and genitals were cut off and his face was
skinned before he was burned in kerosene soaked wood. His and other
stories were later told in the 1998 book: "Trouble in Mind: Black
Southerners in the Age of Jim Crow" by Leon F. Litwack.
(SFEC, 4/19/98, BR p.4)
1900 Apr 23, The 1st published
use of word "hillbilly" was in the NY Journal.
1902 Apr 23, Halldór Laxness,
Nobel Prize-winning Icelandic novelist (The Fish Can Sing, Paradise
Reclaimed), was born.
1904 Apr 23, The American
Academy of Arts and Letters was founded.
1906 Apr 23, Maria Arnoldo,
[Adrianus Broeders], photographer, writer, was born.
1911 Apr 23, Simone Simon,
French actress (All Money Can Buy, Ladies in Love), was born.
1915 Apr 23, ACA becomes
National Advisory Council on Aeronautics (NACA), the forerunner of
1916 Apr 23, Lord Dunsany's
"Night at an Inn," premiered in NYC.
1920 Apr 23, The Turkish Grand
National Assembly held its first meeting in Ankara.
1923 Apr 23, Lady Elizabeth
(Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, 1900-2002) married Prince Albert, Duke of
York (d.1952) in Westminster Abbey. Albert was crowned King of
England in 1937. [see Apr 26]
(SFC, 8/5/00, p.A12)(WSJ, 8/10/00, p.A16)(SSFC,
1924 Apr 23, Eugen Goldbeck
shot his photo: "National Balloon Race."
(SFC, 9/26/96, p.E1)
1924 Apr 23, The U.S. Senate
passed a Soldiers Bonus Bill, but deferred payments to some 4
million veterans to 1945. Pres. Coolidge vetoed the bill, but
Congress overrode him.
(HN, 4/23/99)(WSJ, 11/7/05, p.B1)
1925 Apr 23, The 1st London
performance of operetta "Fasquita" was staged.
1926 Apr 23, J.P. Donlevey,
American-born Irish writer (The Ginger Man), was born.
1926 Apr 23, Virgil I (Gus)
Grissom, was born. He was the Mercury and Gemini astronaut who was
killed in a fire while preparing for the first Apollo flight.
1928 Apr 23, Shirley Temple
Black, child actress, was born in Santa Monica, Ca. She sang "On the
Good Ship Lollipop" in the 1934 film “Bright Eyes," and later became
an American ambassador (Ghana 1974; Czechoslovakia 1989).
(HN, 4/23/99)(SFC, 1/26/06, p.E3)
1932 Apr 23, Jim Fixx, runner
and writer, was born, He popularized running as a form of exercise
in the 1970s.
1932 Apr 23, Halston, [R
Halston Frowick], fashion designer (1972 Hall of Fame), was born.
1932 Apr 23, The Royal
Shakespeare Theatre opened at Stratford-on-Avon. It replaced one
built in 1879 that burned down in 1926.
1936 Apr 23, Roy Orbison,
rocker (Pretty Woman), was born in Vernon, Tx.
1940 Apr 23, Some 200 people
died in a fire at the Rhythm Night Club in Natchez, Miss.
1941 Apr 23, Greece Army
surrendered to Nazis; RAF flew Greek king George II to Egypt.
1942 Apr 23, A 4-day allied
bombing of Rostock began.
1942 Apr 23, Luftwaffe bombed
1943 Apr 23, Herve Villechaize,
actor, (Fantasy Island), was born in France.
1945 Apr 23, US troops in Italy
crossed the river Po.
1945 Apr 23, The concentration
camp at Flossenburg was liberated.
1945 Apr 23, The Soviet Army
fought its way into Berlin.
1949 Apr 23, The Chinese Red
army entered and occupied Nanjing. Reporter Chang Kuo-sin (d.2006)
was the 1st to flash the news that the Nationalist government had
1950 Apr 23, Chaing Kai-shek
evacuates Hainan, leaving mainland China to Mao Zedong and the
1951 Apr 23, In Czechoslovakia
American reporter William N. Oatis (1914-1997) was arrested in
Prague. Secret police put him in isolation and deprived him of sleep
and food. Historians agree that this psychological torture coerced
1952 Apr 23, Hoyt Wilhelm hit a
home run in his 1st major league at bat, then went on to pitch more
than 1,000 games in the next 21 baseball seasons. He never hit
(AARP, 1/05, p.69)
1952 Apr 23, Oil pipeline from
Kirkuk, Iraq, to Banias was completed.
1952 Apr 23, Elisabeth
Schumann, singer, died.
1954 Apr 23, Hank Aaron of the
Milwaukee Braves hit the first of his record 755 major-league home
runs against the St. Louis Cardinals. The Braves won, 7-5.
1954 Apr 23, The Army-McCarthy
hearings began. [see Apr 22]
1955 Apr 23, "Kismet" closed at
Ziegfeld Theater NYC after 583 performances.
1956 Apr 23, US Supreme court
ended race segregation on buses.
1956 Apr 23, During a 10-day
visit to England Khrushchev announced that the USSR would produce an
H-bomb guided missile.
(EWH, 1968, p.1198)
1958 Apr 23, The film noir
thriller "Touch of Evil," starring Charlton Heston, Janet Leigh and
Orson Welles, who also directed, was released.
1964 Apr 23, Houston Colt 45s
Ken Johnson became the 1st major league pitcher to lose a 9 inning
no-hitter, Reds win 1-0.
1965 Apr 23, Ken Kesey, author
of "Sometimes a Great Notion," and 13 pals, that included Neal
Cassidy, were arrested in La Honda for growing Marijuana.
(SFC, 5/24/97, p.A8)(SSFC, 6/18/17, DB p.54)
1966 Apr 23, President Lyndon
Johnson publicly appeals for "more flags" (foreign countries) to
come to the aid of South Vietnam.
1967 Apr 23, Soyuz 1 was
launched, and Vladimir Komarov became the first in-flight casualty.
1968 Apr 23, The Methodist
Church and the Evangelical United Brethren Church merged to form the
United Methodist Church.
1968 Apr 23, At Columbia Univ.
in NYC the SDS held a rally in support of the IDA Six. An 8-day
student sit-in began at Columbia Univ. to protest ties to the
Defense Dept. and plans to build a gym over neighborhood objections.
Within 72 hours students seized 5 buildings. The occupation ended on
April 30 as police swept in and arrested some 700 people. In 2009
Mark Rudd, prominent student leader at Columbia, authored
“Underground: My Life With SDS and the Weathermen."
p.B4)(WSJ, 3/28/09, p.W8)(SFC, 4/23/18, p.A7)
1969 Apr 23, Sirhan Sirhan was
sentenced to death for assassinating New York Sen. Robert F.
Kennedy. The sentence was later reduced to life imprisonment.
(AP, 4/23/97)(HN, 4/23/99)
1971 Apr 23, In the final event
of Operation Dewey Canyon III, nearly 1,000 Vietnam War veterans
threw their combat ribbons, helmets, and uniforms on the Capitol
1971 Apr 23, The Rolling Stones
released their Sticky Fingers album. Following the release of Sticky
Fingers, the Stones left England after allegations by the UK Inland
Revenue service of unpaid income tax.
1971 Apr 23, The Soviet Union
launched Soyuz 10; the cosmonauts became the first in Salyut 1 space
1972 Apr 23, In the 26th Tony
Awards, held in NYC, "Sticks & Bones" won as best play and "Two
Gentlemen of Verona" won as best musical.
1975 Apr 23, Harold Pinter's
"No Man's Land," premiered in London.
1977 Apr 23, Dr. Allen Bussey
completed 20,302 yo-yo loops in Waco, Texas.
1979 Apr 23, In Britain Blair
Peach (b.1946), a New Zealand-born teacher, died. A day earlier he
was taking part in a protest against the far-right National Front in
west London when he was hit on the head with what is thought to have
been a lead-filled cosh or a police radio. Details of a long-secret
report were made public in 2010 but the name of an officer under
"grave suspicion" over the killing were blacked out.
1980 Apr 23, Albert Hakim, a
wealthy arms merchant, unexpectedly skipped town the day before a US
rescue mission. The Iranian exile and CIA informant worked for the
CIA near the Turkish boarder handling the logistics of the rescue
mission in Tehran. Hakim had purchased trucks and vans and rented a
warehouse on the edge of Tehran to hide them in until they were
needed for the operation. In July, 1981, Hakim approached the CIA
with a plan to gain favor with the Iranian government by selling it
1981 Apr 23, Stacy Benjamin
(19) and Patty Geddling (23) were murdered in Redwood City, Ca.,
under drug-related circumstances. In 2003 A federal appeals court
upheld the conviction of Donald Beardslee of San Mateo. Beardslee
had killed a woman in Missouri in Dec, 1969. Psychiatric evidence
later showed that Beardslee suffered from brain damage due to an
accident in 1964. Beardslee was executed by lethal injection at San
Quentin State Prison on Jan. 19, 2005.
(SFC, 1/21/02, p.A4)(SFC, 12/17/04, p.B4)(SSFC,
1981 Apr 23, An estimated 1
million West German metal workers staged a warning strike as
3-month-old negotiations stalled.
1981 Apr 23, Josep Pla
(b.1897), Catalan Spanish journalist and popular author, died in his
native Empordà, leaving thirty-eight volumes of Complete Works
published. “It is more difficult to write than to think, much more
difficult: so everyone thinks".
1982 Apr 23, The Unabomber
mailed a pipe bomb from Provo, Utah, to Penn state Univ. It was
forwarded to Vanderbilt Univ. scientist Patrick C. Fisher. It was
later attributed to the Unabomber Theodore Kaczynski [see May 5].
(WP, 6/29/96, p.A3)(SFEC,11/9/97, Z1 p.4)
1982 Apr 23, Key West, Fla.,
under Mayor Dennis Wardlow declared that it was seceding from the US
and would rename itself the Conch Republic. The move was in response
to a state roadblock and inspection on all cars heading out of the
Florida Keys. In 1997 Gregory King authored “The Conch That Roared."
(WSJ, 1/19/05, p.B1)
1984 Apr 23, US Health
Secretary Margaret Heckler said the AIDS-virus was identified as the
cause of acquired immune deficiency syndrome. [see Apr 21]
1985 Apr 23, The Coca-Cola Co.
announced it was changing the secret formula for Coke. Negative
public reaction soon forced the company to resume selling the
1985 Apr 23, Sam J Ervin Jr
(b.1896), Democratic Senator from North Carolina, died. He was the
leader of the Watergate Hearings that led to Pres. Nixon's
1985 Apr 23, Russia’s Communist
Party Sec. Gen. Mikhail Gorbachev (b.1931) announced economic
reforms known as perestroika (reconstruction and opening). This
Gorbachev era in the Soviet Union (1985-1992) is covered in the 2007
book “Seven Years That Changed the World: Perestroika in
Perspective" by Archie Brown.
(Econ, 5/12/07, p.88)(WSJ, 12/1/07,
1986 Apr 23, Harold Arlen (81),
[Hyman Arluck], American songwriter, died in NYC. His many song
included "Over the Rainbow." Edward Jablonski (d.2004) authored a
biography of Arlen in 1961: "Harold Arlen: Happy With the Blues."
(WSJ, 6/28/96, p.A7)(SFC, 2/14/04, p.A22)
1986 Apr 23, Otto Preminger
(80), film director (Advise & Consent, Anatomy of Murder), died.
In 2007 Foster Hirsch authored “Otto Preminger."
(AP, 4/23/06)(WSJ, 10/20/07, p.W8)
1987 Apr 23, In Connecticut 28
construction workers were killed when an apartment complex being
built in Bridgeport collapsed.
1988 Apr 23, A federal ban on
smoking during domestic airline flights of two hours or less went
(AP, 4/23/98)(WSJ, 1/27/04, p.D12)
1988 Apr 23, A drain valve was
left open at the Shell Marsh in Martinez, Ca., and 10,000 barrels of
oil (432,000 gallons) poured in the marsh adjoining Peyton Slough.
Shell cleaned the mess and paid $20 million in penalties. The marsh
was purchased with part of the funds and turned into a regional
(SFC, 4/21/98, p.A19-20)(SFC, 4/30/04, p.A17)
1988 Apr 23, Archbishop Michael
Ramsey (b.1904), the one hundredth Archbishop of Canterbury
(1961-1974), died. In 2009 amateur divers found valuable coins and
medallions belonging to the former archbishop in the River Wear,
near Durham Cathedral.
1988 Apr 23, Greek cycling
champion Kanellos Kanellopoulos pedaled a self-powered aircraft
named Daedalus 88 for 74 miles. The MIT Aeronautics and Astronautics
Department's Daedalus was a human-powered aircraft flew from
Iraklion Air Force Base on Crete, Greece, crashing in the sea just
short of the island of Santorini in 3 hours, 54 minutes. Daedalus 87
had crashed on Rogers Dry Lakebed on 17 February 1988, and was
rebuilt as a backup.
1989 Apr 23, Troy Aikman of
UCLA became the first player chosen in the NFL draft in New York
City as he was selected by the Dallas Cowboys.
(AP, 4/23/99)(HN, 4/23/99)
1989 Apr 23, Students in
Beijing China announced class boycotts.
1990 Apr 23, Pres. George H. W.
Bush signed the Hate Crime Statistics Act of 1990. It required the
Attorney General to collect data on crimes committed because of the
victim's race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, or
ethnicity. The bill was the first federal statute to "recognize and
name gay, lesbian and bisexual people."
1990 Apr 23, Freed American
hostage Robert Polhill, released in Lebanon the day before, enjoyed
his first full day of freedom in nearly 39 months at the U.S. Air
Force hospital in Wiesbaden, West Germany.
1991 Apr 23, President Bush
welcomed General H. Norman Schwarzkopf, the just-returned Gulf War
commander, at the White House.
1991 Apr 23, NASA scrubbed the
launch of the space shuttle "Discovery" after a sensor on one of the
main engines failed during fueling.
1991 Apr 23, In Russia Pres.
Gorbachev signed the so-called '9+1' agreement on a new Union
Treaty. Under this agreement he accepted in principle the transfer
of a major share of his central presidential authority to the
republics, not only in economic management but also in important
areas of political power.
1992 Apr 23, Marion Berry,
former mayor of Wash DC, was let out of prison.
1992 Apr 23, McDonald's opened
its first fast-food restaurant in the Chinese capital of Beijing.
1992 Apr 23, In Burma Gen’l.
Saw Maung stepped down as chairman of SLORC because of illness. He
was replaced by Gen’l. Than Shwe.
(SFC, 7/25/97, p.A18)
1992 Apr 23, Fighting erupted
in the Bosnian capital of Sarajevo just hours after the warring
parties signed a truce amid sniper fire.
1992 Apr 23, Satyajit Ray (70),
Indian director (Distant Thunder, Agantuk), died.
1992 Apr 23, The UN approved
Agenda 21, non-binding action plan with regard to sustainable
development. It is a product of the Earth Summit (UN Conference on
Environment and Development) held in Rio de Janeiro. The "21" in
Agenda 21 referred to the original target of the 21st century.
1993 Apr 23, President Clinton
said he was giving "serious consideration" to limited U.S. air
strikes against Bosnian Serb positions.
1993 Apr 23, Labor leader Cesar
Chavez (b.1927) died in San Luis, Ariz. He founded the United Farm
Workers Union on his birthday Mar 31, 1962. In 1996 a 2-hr
documentary of his life was made: "The Fight in the Fields: Cesar
Chavez and the Farmworkers Struggle." In 2011 Frank Bardacke
authored “Trampling Out the Vintage: Cesar Chavez and the Two Souls
of the United Farm Movement." In 2014 Miriam Pawel authored “The
Crusades of Cesar Chavez."
(SFC, 11/2/96, p.E1)(AP, 4/23/98)(SSFC, 4/7/02,
p.A14)(Econ, 11/19/11, p.96)(Econ, 4/5/14, p.74)
1993 Apr 23-1993 Apr 25,
Eritrea voted to secede from Ethiopia.
1994 Apr 23, Mourners left red
roses, burning candles and cards at the Richard Nixon Library and
Birthplace in Yorba Linda, Calif., in memory of the 37th president
of the United States, who had died the day before at age 81.
1995 Apr 23, Pres. Clinton
declared a national day of mourning for the victims of the Oklahoma
1995 Apr 23, Sportscaster
Howard Cosell died in New York at age 77. In 2011 Mark Ribowsky
authored “Howard Cosell: The Man, the Myth, and the Transformation
of American Sports."
(AP, 4/23/00)(SSFC, 12/11/11, p.F1)
1995 Apr 23, Former Sen. John
C. Stennis (D-Miss.) died in Jackson, Miss., at age 93.
1995 Apr 23, Hideo Murai, head
of the science ministry of the Aum Shinri Kyo cult, was stabbed and
killed. Police suspected that a cult leader ordered his murder so
that he would not testify about Aum’s nerve gas production.
(SFC, 4/24/96, p.A-8)
1996 Apr 23, A Bronx
civil-court jury ordered Bernhard Goetz to pay $43 million to
paralyzed Darrell Cabey, one of four young men he shot on a subway
car in 1984.
1996 Apr 23, A three-night
auction of the late Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis' possessions began at
Sotheby's in NYC with a bidding frenzy. The 4-day auction took in
(AP, 4/23/97)(MC, 4/23/02)
1996 Apr 23, In Germany the
Federal Security Council decided to allow German firms to co-produce
weapons abroad even if they did not know who would end up using
(WSJ, 7/11/96, p.A10)
1996 Apr 23, Pamela Lyndon
Travers (96), Australia born writer (Mary Poppins), died in London.
1997 Apr 23, Golfer Fuzzy
Zoeller, again apologizing for racial comments about Masters winner
Tiger Woods, withdrew from the Greater Greensboro Chrysler Classic.
1997 Apr 23, Doctors at the
University of Southern California announced that a child was born in
late 1996 to a 63-year-old woman on hormone therapy.
1997 Apr 23, The military
confirmed that two pieces of wreckage found on a snowy Rocky
Mountain peak were from the Air Force warplane that vanished on a
training mission over Arizona.
1997 Apr 23, N. Korean
defector, Hwang Jang Yop, claimed that North Korea has nuclear
weapons and that the 1.2 million man army was prepared for war.
(SFC, 4/23/97, p.A4)
1998 Apr 23, In the US state of
Georgia a trucking company owner Steven Moss (37) and his two
children were killed during a burglary at their home near Macon. On
April 27, 2016, Daniel Anthony Lucas (37) was executed for the
1998 Apr 23, Two New Jersey
troopers fired 11 shots into a van carrying African American and
Latino men from the Bronx. They admitted to racial profiling and
pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges in 2002.
(SFC, 1/15/02, p.A3)
1998 Apr 23, James Earl Ray
died at a Nashville hospital at age 70. He was the ex-convict who
confessed to assassinating the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968
and then insisted he was framed.
1998 Apr 23, The president of
Montenegro, Milo Djukanovic, called for full autonomy for the Kosovo
(SFC, 4/24/98, p.A16)
1999 Apr 23, The Whitney Museum
In NYC opened its mammoth "The American Century" show.
(WSJ, 4/13/99, p.A16)
1999 Apr 23, On the first day
of a 50th anniversary NATO summit in Washington, Western leaders
pledged to intensify military strikes against Yugoslavia and vowed
"no compromise" on demands that Slobodan Milosevic withdraw his
troops from Kosovo.
(SFC, 4/24/99, p.A1)(AP, 4/23/00)
1999 Apr 23, NATO forces bombed
Nis and a broad swath of Yugoslavia on the 31st day of attacks. 16
civilians were killed and 16 others injured during the attack on the
headquarters and studios of Radio Television Serbia in central
Belgrade. In 2009 Amnesty International demanded that NATO be held
accountable for civilian casualties in the bombing.
(SFC, 4/24/99, p.A11)(AP, 4/23/09)
1999 Apr 23, In China it was
reported that a bus collided with a truck and causing an explosion
that killed at least 30 people in Xiangshui county, 300 miles
northwest of Shanghai.
(SFC, 4/24/99, p.A15)
1999 Apr 23, From Colombia it
was reported that Marxist rebels and right-wing death squads had
killed at least 371 civilians in the 1st 3 months of this year. 171
were killed by guerrillas and 179 by paramilitary gangs.
(SFC, 4/24/99, p.C1)
1999 Apr 23, In Mexico a truck
with 55 passengers plunged into a ravine killing 46 people, 28 of
them children from the hamlet of Chiquixvil in Chiapas.
(SFEC, 4/25/99, p.A9)
1999 Apr 23, The foreign
ministers of Indonesia and Portugal completed an agreement for the
people of East Timor to vote on their future.
(SFC, 4/24/99, p.A14)
1999 Apr 23, Yugoslav Foreign
Minister Zivadin Jovanovic ruled out allowing armed foreign soldiers
to enforce a peace agreement in Kosovo.
(SFC, 4/24/99, p.A12)
2000 Apr 23, Elian Gonzalez
spent a secluded Easter with his father at Andrews Air Force Base
outside Washington, a day after the six-year-old boy was removed
from his Miami relatives’ home in a pre-dawn raid by immigration
2000 Apr 23, In China Li
Chenglong (48), deputy mayor of Guigang city, was executed. He had
been convicted of corruption during his term as Communist Party
secretary of Yulin city between 1991 and 1996.
(SFC, 4/24/00, p.A14)
2000 Apr 23, In Iran 5 liberal
publications were shut down and Latif Safari, director of the banned
Neshat daily, was jailed.
(SFC, 4/24/00, p.A12)
2000 Apr 23, Jordan’s King
Abdullah II made his first state visit to Israel and spent 4 hours
in Eilat with Prime Minister Barak.
(SFC, 4/24/00, p.A12)
2000 Apr 23, Philippine gunmen,
Abu Sayyaf rebels, abducted 20-21 tourists and workers from a
Malaysian resort on Sipadan Island. Islamic insurgents took credit
for the attack. They later freed 2 hostages and demanded $2.4
million in ransom for 19 captives. [see Aug 27]
(SFC, 4/25/00, p.A10)(WSJ, 4/27/00, p.A1)(SFC,
7/15/00, p.A13)(AP, 4/23/01)
2000 Apr 23, In Sri Lanka the
government confirmed that it lost the battle for the control of
Elephant Pass. Rebels claimed 1000 soldiers died in the fight.
(WSJ, 4/24/00, p.A1)
2001 Apr 23, Pres. Bush decided
to sell Taiwan older ships and planes, but not the advanced Aegis
(SFC, 4/24/01, p.A1)
2001 Apr 23, USS Greeneville
Cmdr. Scott Waddle was given a letter of reprimand as punishment for
the submarine collision that killed nine people aboard a Japanese
fishing vessel off Hawaii.
2001 Apr 23, A US robot spy
plane completed the 1st unmanned trans-Pacific flight from
California to Australia.
(SFC, 4/24/01, p.A12)
2001 Apr 23, In San Jose
Cathline Repunte (36), a school bus driver, shot and killed a
co-worker at a Laidlaw bus yard and wounded 3 others before she was
stopped by a fellow driver.
(SFC, 4/24/01, p.A1)
2001 Apr 23, In Gaza a
12-year-old Palestinian boy was shot and killed during the funeral
of a Palestinian police officer. 11 others were wounded. Near Tel
Aviv a 3rd bomb blast in 2 days injured 4 people.
(SFC, 4/24/01, p.A10)
2001 Apr 23, In Sri Lanka Tamil
Tiger rebels decided to end their unilateral cease-fire.
(SFC, 4/24/01, p.A12)
2001 Apr 23, In Turkey 13
pro-Chechen rebels released 120 hostages and were arrested.
(SFC, 4/24/01, p.A9)
2002 Apr 23, President Bush's
top White House aide, Karen Hughes, resigned to go home to Texas
with her family.
2002 Apr 23, The US Supreme
Court ruled that property owners were not entitled to compensation
in cases where a temporary freeze stops development. The ruling
stemmed from a development freeze around Lake Tahoe.
(SFC, 4/24/02, p.A1)
2002 Apr 23, In California the
Metrolink Train from Riverside to Orange County collided with a
Burlington Northern Santa Fe freight train and 2 people were killed.
Over 260 were injured. The freight train failed to heed line
(SFC, 4/24/02, p.A3)(SFC, 4/25/02, p.A3)
2002 Apr 23, In Argentina Jorge
Remes Lenicov, the economy minister, resigned and the senate refused
to consider legislation to convert bank deposits into low-interest,
(SFC, 4/24/02, p.A7)
2002 Apr 23, German police
arrested 11 suspected Islamic militants during a sweep against Al
Tawhid (Divine Unity), a Sunni Muslim and Palestinian movement.
(SFC, 4/24/02, p.A8)
2002 Apr 23, Spanish police
arrested Mohamed Zouaydi on charges of financing terrorist
activities around the world.
(SFC, 4/25/02, p.A9)
2002 Apr 23, Pope John Paul II
opened a Vatican meeting with American cardinals to discuss sexual
abuse by clergy.
(SFC, 4/24/02, p.A1)
2003 Apr 23, American Airlines
reported a $1-billion first-quarter loss.
2003 Apr 23, US forces captured
4 more former Iraqi government officials, including 3 on the top
wanted list: Muzahim Sa'b Hassan al-Tikriti (queen of diamonds),
Gen. Zuhayr Talib Abd al-Sattar al-Naqib (7 of hearts), and Muhammad
Mahdi al-Salih (6 of hearts).
(SFC, 4/24/03, A14)(SFC, 4/26/03, A14)
2003 Apr 23, Guy Mountfort,
ornithologist and co-founder of the World Wildlife Fund (1961),
died. His books included "Portrait Of A Wilderness" (1958), "The
Vanishing Jungle" (1969), "Saving The Tiger" (1981) and "Rare Birds
Of The World" (1988).
2003 Apr 23, In southern
Afghanistan Taliban fighters attacked a government office with
rockets and automatic weapons, setting off a four-hour shootout that
left two Afghan soldiers and three assailants dead.
2003 Apr 23, U.S. negotiators
met with North Korean and Chinese representatives in Beijing for the
first three-way meeting by the governments since the Korean War.
2003 Apr 23, Beijing closed all
its primary and secondary schools until at least May 7 due to the
(SFC, 4/23/03, A16)
2003 Apr 23, A Chinese fuel
tanker, "Daqing 767" carrying a 1000 tons of oil, sank and 3 crew
members were missing after the vessel collided in heavy fog with
another ship off China's southeastern coast.
2003 Apr 23, Colombia and
Venezuela agreed Wednesday to build a $120 million pipeline to
deliver natural gas to northeastern Colombia and western Venezuela.
2003 Apr 23, In Cyprus Turkish
Cypriot leaders lifted travel restrictions across the 1974 buffer
zone separating the Greek and Turk sides.
(SSFC, 4/27/03, A6)
2003 Apr 23, Paris police
arrested 28 airport workers for allegedly stealing digital cameras,
perfumes, jewelry, clothing and other goods from the bags of
2003 Apr 23, A mudslide in
western Guatemala killed seven people and left more than a dozen
2003 Apr 23, In northern Uganda
rebels waging a 16-year insurgency attacked two villages and
abducted more than 180 people.
2003 Apr 23, The WHO added
Toronto to its list of places to avoid due to SARS. Global health
officials warned travelers to avoid Beijing and Toronto, where they
might get the SARS virus and export it to new locations.
(SFC, 4/24/03, A1)(AP, 4/23/04)
2003 Apr 23, In Zimbabwe many
banks, factories and stores were forced to close as workers stayed
off the job to protest a government increase gasoline prices.
2004 Apr 23, President Bush
eased Reagan-era sanctions against Libya in return for Moammar
Gadhafi's giving up weapons of mass destruction.
2004 Apr 23, In Illiopolis,
Ill., 4 workers were killed in an explosion at the Formosa Plastics
Plant. The entire community was forced to evacuate the area.
(SSFC, 4/25/04, p.A2)
2004 Apr 23, China confirmed
two cases of SARS and said the mother of one patient has died,
apparently the first SARS fatality in the country since July.
2004 Apr 23, France closed its
last coal mine.
2004 Apr 23, A rain-triggered
landslide smashed into a bus on Indonesia's Sumatra island, killing
at least 37 passengers and leaving six others buried under tons of
2004 Apr 23, Paul Bremmer, the
top U.S. administrator in Iraq, announced an easing of the ban on
members of Saddam Hussein's disbanded party, a move that will allow
thousands of former Baathists to return to their positions in the
military and government bureaucracy.
2004 Apr 23, Israeli troops
killed four Palestinians, one of them armed, in arrest raids in the
2004 Apr 23, In Nigeria a
speedboat full of gunmen attacked a boat carrying oil workers in the
delta region. 2 Americans and 4 others were killed.
(AP, 4/24/04)(SSFC, 4/25/04, p.A3)
2004 Apr 23, President Thabo
Mbeki was elected unopposed for a second term. He pledged to fight
poverty and improve opportunities for all South Africans after his
party scored its biggest victory yet in a decade of multiracial
2004 Apr 23, In Thailand a
massive fire raced through a slum in downtown Bangkok, snarling
traffic and spewing plumes of black smoke over embassies and
five-star hotels in the area. Armed assailants fatally shot an army
officer, just hours after unidentified attackers set fire to about
50 public buildings in all 13 districts of Narathiwat in the worst
day of arson attacks in Thailand's Muslim-dominated south.
2005 Apr 23, Larry Lasater
(35), Pittsburg, Ca., police officer, was shot while chasing 2
robbery suspects. Doctors declared him brain dead the next day. In
2007 Alexander Hamilton (20) and Andrew Moffett (20) were convicted
of murder and robbery and a jury said Hamilton should be executed.
Moffett was 17 at the time and not eligible for the death penalty.
In 2007 Hamilton was sentenced to death by lethal injection. In 2008
Moffet was sentenced to life in prison.
(SFC, 4/26/05, p.B1)(SFC, 8/14/07, p.B3)(SFC,
9/13/07, p.B3)(SFC, 7/25/08, p.B9)
2005 Apr 23, Two Bangladeshi
farmers were shot dead by Indian border forces in the latest in a
spate of frontier clashes.
2005 Apr 23, British actor Sir
John Mills (97) died at his home in Denham. His over 100 films
included “Great Expectations" (1946) and “Ryan’s Daughter" (1970).
(SSFC, 4/24/05, p.A2)
2005 Apr 23, The government of
the Turkish Cypriot state in northern Cyprus resigned, making way
for PM Mehmet Ali Talat to take over as president following his
2005 Apr 23, The leaders of
China and Japan met in an effort to end a dispute over Japan's World
War II aggression that has badly damaged relations between them.
They met on the sidelines of a summit for Asian and African leaders
2005 Apr 23, Indian troops
killed four Islamic rebel infiltrators who sneaked across the
heavily fortified frontier dividing Indian and Pakistan held
2005 Apr 23, In Indonesia
leaders from Asia and Africa struck what they called a historic deal
to build economic and political links.
2005 Apr 23, Iraqi insurgents
struck across the country with bomb attacks, killing at least 16
people, including an American soldier. US forces captured six men
suspected in the downing of a civilian helicopter and the shooting
death of the lone survivor.
2005 Apr 23, A television
cameraman working for The Associated Press was killed when gunfire
broke out after an explosion in the northern city of Mosul. An AP
photographer was wounded in the same incident.
2005 Apr 23, Silvio Berlusconi
formed a new government and will present his choice of Cabinet
ministers to Italy's legislators for approval in the hopes of
avoiding new elections. Berlusconi was sworn in as head of Italy's
60th government since the end of World War II.
2005 Apr 23, Leaders of the two
Koreas agreed to resume talks between their nations that broke down
last summer and to discuss the international standoff over the
North's nuclear weapons ambitions.
2005 Apr 23, In western Nepal 5
children were killed and three others wounded when a crude bomb left
by suspected Maoist rebels exploded.
2005 Apr 23, President Hugo
Chavez says "Don Quixote" is a must-read for Venezuelans — and his
government has printed 1 million free copies to mark the 400th
anniversary of the classic tale of the knight who dared to dream.
2006 Apr 23, Some 10,000 people
marched in SF to denounce a bill in the US House of Representatives
that would make illegal immigration a felony. Latinos organized a
day of protests in over 100 cities. As many as 500,000 marched in
(SFC, 4/24/06, p.A1)(Econ, 5/8/10, p.14)
2006 Apr 23, In Alaska 2 small
planes collided midair and crashed about 20 miles north of
Anchorage, killing five people.
2006 Apr 23, In Maryland
Katrina Denise Powe (31) and Mystery Toma Hillian (9) were found
dead in an apartment in District Heights. A 12-year-old boy was
charged with the murders.
(SFC, 4/25/06, p.A5)
2006 Apr 23, It was reported
that Massachusetts has decided to begin requiring doctors to state
the names of anyone testing positive for HIV.
(SSFC, 4/23/06, p.A3)
2006 Apr 23, Afghan security
forces surrounded Taliban fighters hiding in a village in southern
Ghazni province, launching a gunbattle that killed at least three
militants and a police officer. Another policeman was killed and two
others were wounded in the Shah Wali Kot district of Kandahar
province when suspected Taliban militants attacked a road
2006 Apr 23, Osama bin Laden
issued new threats in an audiotape broadcast on Arab television and
accused the United States and Europe of supporting a "Zionist" war
on Islam by cutting off funds to the Hamas-led Palestinian
2006 Apr 23, In Canada the
bodies of Marc Richardson (42), his wife Debra (48), and son Jacob
(8) were discovered stabbed to death in their family home in
Medicine Hat, Alberta. Their daughter Jasmine (12) and her boyfriend
Jeremy Steinke (23) were arrested the next day in Saskatchewan. With
them were a bag of bloodstained clothing, knives and a purse
belonging to the preteen's mother. In 2007 a jury found Jasmine
guilty of first-degree murder for helping her adult boyfriend stab
her parents and little brother to death. Jasmine was sentenced to
serve four years in custody and another 4-1/2 years under community
2006 Apr 23, Powerful waves
capsized a boat carrying Dominican migrants near a popular surfing
beach off the coast of Puerto Rico killing at least five people.
Small boats frequently attempt to smuggle migrants from the
Dominican Republic to the US Caribbean territory, a roughly 70-mile
journey across the often-perilous Mona Passage.
2006 Apr 23, In Hungary
Socialist PM Ferenc Gyurcsany's coalition won the runoff
parliamentary ballots, becoming Hungary's first administration to
win re-election since communism fell.
2006 Apr 23, In Iraq 3 US
soldiers were killed when their vehicle hit a roadside bomb
northwest of Baghdad. More than 20 Iraqis also died in other
violence, including 7 who were killed in 3 explosions that occurred
just outside the heavily guarded Green Zone in Baghdad
2006 Apr 23, Japan agreed to
pay 59% of the $10.3 billion cost in transferring 8,000 US Marines
from Okinawa to Guam.
(SFC, 4/24/06, p.A3)(WSJ, 4/24/06, p.A1)
2006 Apr 23, In Mongolia some
200 demonstrators have ended their protests over alleged government
corruption and the mishandling of mineral wealth after the country's
leaders agreed to investigate their complaints.
2006 Apr 23, Nepali police
fired rubber bullets at thousands of protesters, struggling to
enforce a curfew imposed to keep persistent pro-democracy
demonstrators off the streets in the Himalayan country's deepening
2006 Apr 23, In North Korea 2
troop trains packed with soldiers collided head-on leaving more than
1,000 dead. A Buddhist humanitarian aid group reported the tragedy
2006 Apr 23, The militant Hamas
group and the rival Fatah Party agreed to work together to restore
calm following violent clashes and mass protests across the
Palestinian areas over their struggle for control over security
2006 Apr 23, It was reported
that Sweden has allowed the letter 'W' into the mainstream of the
Swedish language. The Swedish language, according to the Swedish
Academy, now has 29 letters instead of 28.
2006 Apr 23, Opponents of
Thailand's outgoing prime minister wore black and tore up their
ballots to protest parliamentary elections they said were unfair.
Weekend elections failed to fill several seats in Parliament,
deepening the country's political crisis.
(AP, 4/23/06)(AP, 4/24/06)
2007 Apr 22, Congressional
Democratic leaders agreed on legislation requiring the first US
combat troops to be withdrawn from Iraq by Oct. 1, 2007, with a goal
of a complete pullout six months later; President Bush pledged to
veto such a measure.
2007 Apr 23, New projections
said US Medicare trust funds will run out in 2019 and Social
Security in 2041, each a year longer than said by earlier
(WSJ, 4/24/07, p.A1)
2007 Apr 23, A US Agriculture
Department official said a virus in the Great Lakes, that has killed
tens of thousands of fish in recent years, is spreading and poses a
threat to inland fish farming.
2007 Apr 23, A Chicago man who
spent 25 years in jail for a rape he didn't commit was fully
exonerated on the basis of new DNA evidence, bringing to 200 the
number of such cases overturned since the 1980s. Jerry Miller (48)
was paroled from jail in March 2006 after serving more than half of
his 45 year sentence.
2007 Apr 23, Paul Erdman (74),
world-class economist and banker, died in Sonoma County, Ca. He used
his knowledge of economics and politics to write best-selling novels
that included “The Billion Dollar Sure Thing" (1973) and “The Crash
of ‘79" (1976).
(SFC, 4/24/07, p.B5)
2007 Apr 23, David Halberstam
(73), Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and writer, died in a car
crash in San Mateo, Ca. His books included “The Best and the
Brightest" (1972) and “The Powers That Be" (1979). He had just
finished his 21st book “The Coldest Winter," a history of the Korean
War, which was published later this year.
(SFC, 4/24/07, p.A1)(Econ, 5/5/07, p.108)(Econ,
2007 Apr 23, Michael Smuin
(68), choreographer, died in SF of a heart attack.
(SFC, 4/24/07, p.A1)
2007 Apr 23, In Afghanistan
assailants in Laghman province struck an intelligence service
vehicle with a remote-controlled bomb, killing six employees and
wounding three. In Zabul province, a roadside bomb hit police as
they were patrolling in Shamulzayi district, killing two policemen
and wounding five others.
2007 Apr 23, British bank
Barclays Plc agreed to buy Dutch rival ABN AMRO for about 67 billion
euros ($91 billion) in shares as it attempts to fight off rivals to
clinch the world's biggest bank takeover.
2007 Apr 23, Chinese, state
television reported that President Hu Jintao has launched a campaign
to rid the country's sprawling Internet of "unhealthy" content and
make it a springboard for Communist Party doctrine.
2007 Apr 23, China’s The
Ministry of Land and Resources said agricultural land in China fell
to 121.8 million hectares (300 million acres) by the end of October
2006, a loss of 306,800 hectares since the start of the year. The
ministry said that heavy metals had contaminated about 13 million
tons of grain and that 30.4 million acres is contaminated by
2007 Apr 23, Ecuador's highest
court reinstated 51 lawmakers ousted last month for allegedly
interfering with a referendum on the South American nation's need
for a new constitution, the 19th over the last 180 years.
(AP, 4/23/07)(Econ, 9/1/07, p.30)
2007 Apr 23, In France Sarkozy
and Royal advanced to the second round of France's presidential
election, With nearly all votes counted, Sarkozy had 31.1%, followed
by Royal with 25.8% and Bayrou with 18.5%. Turnout was 84.6 percent,
the highest in more than 40 years and just shy of the record set in
2007 Apr 23, Indian police
discovered a human "bones factory" in West Bengal state and arrested
six people for illegally trading in skeletons. Authorities in
northeastern Assam state launched a crackdown on rhinoceros
poachers, rushing in armed paramilitary soldiers to a sprawling game
(Reuters, 4/23/07)(AP, 4/23/07)
2007 Apr 23, The American
ambassador said the US would "respect the wishes" of the Iraqi
government after the prime minister ordered a halt to construction
of a three-mile wall separating a Sunni enclave from surrounding
Shiite areas in Baghdad. A suicide attacker detonated his car in
front of an office of the Kurdistan Democratic Party of Massoud
Barzani. At least 10 people were killed and 20 wounded in the attack
in Tal Uskuf. A suicide car bomb struck a restaurant near Ramadi
killing at least 19 people and wounding 35. A suicide car bomber
also struck a police station in Baqouba killing at least 10 people
and wounding 23. In central Baghdad, a bomber wearing an explosives
belt blew himself up in an Iraqi restaurant in the mixed
Shiite-Sunni neighborhood of Karradah Mariam, killing at least seven
people and wounding 16. Nearby a parked car bomb exploded in a
parking lot, killing one civilian and wounding another. 9 US
soldiers were killed and 20 wounded in a suicide car bombing against
a patrol base in Diyala province. An al-Qaida-linked group posted a
Web statement the next day claiming responsibility for a suicide
truck bombing. A US soldier was also killed in a roadside bombing in
(AP, 4/23/07)(AP, 4/24/07)
2007 Apr 23, Eleazar Medina
Rojas, described as a key member of the powerful Gulf drug cartel,
was arrested in the border city of Nuevo Laredo, along with his
father, four other cartel members and four women. Authorities
reported the killing of Jorge Gonzalez, police chief of Cardenas, in
the southern Gulf coast state of Tabasco. Mexican police found the
body of Saul Noe Martinez Ortega (36), a newspaper editor abducted
last week in the border city of Agua Prieta. He had been dead at
least six days and was found in neighboring Chihuahua state.
2007 Apr 23, Umaru Yar'Adua of
Nigeria's ruling party was declared winner of a presidential poll
rejected by the opposition and condemned by observers as a
2007 Apr 23, In Northern
Ireland Brendan Cranston (42), was shot through both legs and
beaten, while his 38-year-old partner, Linda Doherty, also was
assaulted. A brother-in-law of Martin McGuinness, the Sinn Fein
deputy leader supposed to oversee a new power-sharing government for
Northern Ireland, was charged on April 26 with kidnapping and
assaulting the couple in an IRA-style operation.
2007 Apr 23, Philippine police
said they have identified a local woodcarver as a suspect in the
April 8 killing of Julia Campbell, a US Peace Corps volunteer, and
are following up leads on a possible accomplice. They named the
suspect as Juan Duntugan (25) from the village of Batad in Banaue
township. Duntugan gave himself up April 27 and confessed on
television, saying he would accept "whatever punishment you will
impose on me."
(AP, 4/23/07)(AP, 4/27/07)
2007 Apr 23, Boris Yeltsin
(b.1931), former Russian leader (1991-1999), died. He engineered the
final collapse of the Soviet Union (1991) and pushed Russia to
embrace democracy and a market economy. His 1994 memoir was titled
"The Struggle for Russia."
(AP, 4/23/07)(Econ, 4/28/07, p.98)
2007 Apr 23, The WWF said
hunters in Russia's Far East have shot and killed one of the last
seven surviving female Amur leopards living in the wild.
2007 Apr 23, In Somalia masked
Islamic insurgents and Ethiopian-backed government forces pounded
each other with machine-gun fire, mortars and heavy artillery in
Mogadishu, bringing the death toll from six days of fighting to at
2007 Apr 23, A bomb ripped
through a long-distance bus in northern Sri Lanka, killing at least
three passengers and wounding 35 in the third bombing of a civilian
bus this month.
2007 Apr 23, A top Sudanese
government official offered a two-month halt in military operations
in strife-torn Darfur to allow for rebel groups to join the peace
2007 Apr 23, Syrians voted for
a second day in a tightly controlled election to pick a new
legislature, a vote President Bashar Assad hopes can consolidate his
rule, soften his regime's authoritarian image and ease its
2008 Apr 23, Actress Megan Fox
was named the world's sexiest woman by an annual online poll, while
the world's most Googled woman, Britney Spears, barely scraped in at
No. 100 after a shocker of a year.
2008 Apr 23, The Bush
administration promoted Gen. David Petreaus head of Central Command.
Lt. Gen. Raymond Odierno would succeed him as senior commander in
(SFC, 4/24/08, p.A3)
2008 Apr 23, The US Supreme
Court ruled that police can conduct searches and seize evidence
during arrests, even it the arrests turn out to violate state law.
(WSJ, 4/24/08, p.A1)
2008 Apr 23, Officials said the
US is scrapping a $20 million virtual fence, developed by Boeing
Corp., on the Arizona-Mexico border because the system failed to
adequately alert border patrol agents to illegal crossings.
(SFC, 4/24/08, p.A7)
2008 Apr 23, New York’s Gov.
David Paterson signed into law a $1.25 per pack tax hike on top of
the state’s $1.50 per pack cigarette tax. NYC has an additional
$1.50 per pack tax. By July 1 smokers will be paying an average
$9.00 a pack for legal cigarettes. The taxes have encouraged major
(WSJ, 5/7/08, p.A17)
2008 Apr 23, Vicorp Corp., the
Denver-based owner of Bakers Square and Village Inn restaurants,
said it had filed for Bankruptcy as it struggled amid a slowing
economy and higher operating costs.
(WSJ, 4/24/08, p.A1)
2008 Apr 23, It was reported
that home foreclosures in California and the SF Bay Area soared over
300% during the first 3 months of 2008.
(SFC, 4/23/08, p.A1)
2008 Apr 23, In southern
Afghanistan a spate of suicide bombings and other attacks on
security forces left 13 people dead and 24 others wounded.
2008 Apr 23, Officials said
Bangladesh has begun evacuating thousands of stranded workers who
were trafficked into war-ravaged Iraq by illegal manpower traders.
2008 Apr 23, PM Gordon Brown
pledged that Britain would promote proposals for an arms embargo on
2008 Apr 23, German publisher
Bertelsmann said it planned to publish the world's first reference
book based on entries from Wikipedia, the popular online
encyclopedia. The single volume, 992-page tome would contain about
50,000 condensed entries and sell for about $31.80.
(AP, 4/23/08)(SFC, 4/24/08, p.C1)
2008 Apr 23, Two US soldiers
were killed in an accident in Salahuddin province when their vehicle
rolled onto its side. Another American soldier died in a
single-vehicle accident on a highway in neighboring Kuwait.
2008 Apr 23, Norway raised its
main interest rate a quarter point to 5.5%.
(WSJ, 4/24/08, p.A8)
2008 Apr 23, Officials and a
rebel spokesman said Pakistan's new government has drafted a peace
agreement with Taliban militants in its troubled tribal belt
bordering Afghanistan. A militant letter attributed to Baitullah
Mehsud, a Pakistani Al-Qaeda warlord accused of ordering Benazir
Bhutto's assassination, told followers to halt attacks amid peace
talks with the government.
(AP, 4/23/08)(AP, 4/24/08)
2008 Apr 23, A threatened
shutdown of the Gaza Strip's only power plant was averted after
Israel agreed to pump in about 260,000 gallons of diesel fuel,
enough to run the plant for at least 3 days. An Israeli airstrike
killed a Palestinian civilian near the town of Beit Hanoun.
(AP, 4/23/08)(AP, 4/24/08)
2008 Apr 23, In Somalia
residents said four more corpses were found Mogadishu, bringing the
death toll from last weekend's shelling and seizure of small towns
by the Islamists' to at least 103. Amnesty Int’l. Ethiopian
soldiers, stationed in Somalia to bolster the interim government,
had killed 21 people and captured dozens of children in a raid on
the Al Hidaaya mosque earlier this week during operations against
2008 Apr 23, In Sri Lanka
officials said at least 52 guerrillas and 38 soldiers were killed
and hundreds more wounded as Tamil separatists reported repulsing a
Sri Lankan offensive ahead of key local elections. The defense
ministry said its forces killed more than 100 Tigers and reported
losing 43 soldiers, with another 33 missing in action. It was the
security forces' biggest loss in a single offensive since October
2006. Later reports said at least 165 government soldiers were
killed and 20 more left missing in the battle with Tamil
(AP, 4/23/08)(AFP, 4/24/08)(AFP, 4/25/08)
2008 Apr 23, Switzerland said
it had frozen the assets of a further 12 Iranian companies in
accordance with new UN sanctions aimed at stopping Tehran's alleged
2008 Apr 23, Syria handed over
a trove of some 700 looted artifacts to Iraq after seizing the items
from traffickers since the US-led invasion that toppled Saddam
2008 Apr 23, In Turkmenistan
Pres. Berdymukhamedov abolished the calendar introduced by his late
predecessor, Saparmurat Niyazov, who named months after himself and
his parents as part of an elaborate personality cult.
2008 Apr 23, The UN nuclear
monitoring agency announced what it called a "milestone" agreement
with Iran that aims to provide answers about allegations that Tehran
tried to develop nuclear weapons.
2008 Apr 23, Venezuela’s
President Hugo Chavez joined with his leftist allies to create a
$100 million program to fight the rising cost of food for Latin
2008 Apr 23, Zimbabwe state
media reported the first results from an election recount under way
showing President Robert Mugabe's party has won an additional
parliamentary seat. The recount in Goromonzi concluded with just a
one-vote difference from the original count from the poll, giving
the seat to Mugabe's ZANU-PF party,
2009 Apr 23, The US Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention reported that 7 people have been
diagnosed with a new kind of swine flu in California and Texas.
2009 Apr 23, In California
Attorney General Jerry Brown filed a securities fraud lawsuit
against Wells Fargo & Co. for deceptively marketing a financial
instrument to thousands of state investors who suffered losses of
over $1.5 billion.
(SFC, 4/24/09, p.A1)
2009 Apr 23, In central
Afghanistan international and Afghan troops killed two militants in
an overnight raid. Afghan and coalition troops captured three
suspected militants in a raid in eastern Logar province. 3 Afghan
army soldiers were killed when their vehicle hit a roadside bomb in
eastern Paktia province.
(AP, 4/23/09)(AP, 4/24/09)
2009 Apr 23, The EU development
commissioner said an international conference has already pledged
over 250 million dollars to help Somalia improve its security.
2009 Apr 23, Dubai's deputy
police chief denied a report that pirates have laundered ransom
money through banks in the Gulf city-state, according to a local
2009 Apr 23, Around 110 million
Indians voted in the second and largest stage of month-long
elections. In eastern India suspected communist rebels blew up a
jeep carrying polling officials in Bihar state, killing five people
as part of a wave of violence that has marred national elections.
Ethnic separatist rebels killed two policemen when they opened fire
on the convoy of a politician in northeastern Assam state.
(AP, 4/23/09)(AP, 4/24/09)
2009 Apr 23, Iran's official
news agency says Tehran has reached an agreement with Iraq to build
a pipeline that will feed Iraqi crude to an Iranian refinery.
2009 Apr 23, In Iraq two
suicide bombers blew themselves up in separate attacks, killing at
88 people. One blast in Baghdad killed 31 people. In the other near
Muqdadiya 57 dead included visiting Shiites from Iran.
(AP, 4/23/09)(AP, 4/24/09)
2009 Apr 23, A Kazakh court
jailed the publisher of an opposition newspaper for failing to pay
damages in a libel case that government critics contend is
2009 Apr 23, In Madagascar
armed forces fired tear gas to disperse demonstrators loyal to the
island nation's ousted president, as looters rampaged through the
streets of the capital.
2009 Apr 23, The editor of a
Malaysian anti-government news Web site, charged with sedition, went
into hiding, prompting a court to order his arrest. Raja Petra Raja
Kamarudin, who runs the popular Malaysia Today Web site, failed to
appear for a court hearing on a sedition charge stemming from an
article he wrote that allegedly implied the prime minister was
involved in the murder of a Mongolian woman.
2009 Apr 23, In Nigeria unknown
gunmen kidnapped Peter Ademokhai, a retired army general, from his
farm in the southern state of Edo.
2009 Apr 23, Pakistani
paramilitary forces rushing to protect government buildings and
bridges in the Taliban-infiltrated district of Buner, just 60 miles
from the capital, were met with gunfire that killed one police
officer. Gunmen opened fire on a security convoy that included some
of the Frontier Constabulary killing an escorting police officer and
wounding another in the Totalai area. Dozens of militants armed with
guns and gasoline bombs attacked a truck terminal near Peshawar,
burning five tanker trucks carrying fuel to NATO troops in
Afghanistan. The Pakistani army killed at least 11 militants on the
third day of an operation against insurgents in the northwest's
Orakzai tribal region.
2009 Apr 23, Former King
Michael of Romania took the unusual step of endorsing his son-in-law
as a candidate in the country's next presidential election.
2009 Apr 23, Russia’s central
bank said it will cut its key lending rates by half a percentage
point and increase reserve requirements.
(WSJ, 4/22/09, p.A10)
2009 Apr 23, In Serbia a war
crimes court found four former Serbian policemen guilty of the
massacre of 48 Kosovo Albanians and sentenced them to up to 20 years
in prison. The verdict said the defendants rounded up members of one
Kosovo Albanian family in their village of Suva Reka in March 1999,
killing several men with machine-gun fire before forcing the rest
into a pizza restaurant and throwing hand-grenades at them.
2009 Apr 23, In South Africa
with early returns giving the ANC a 66% lead, the party said it
would block off downtown Johannesburg streets around its offices for
Zuma to address his supporters in the evening to celebrate victory.
2009 Apr 23, Sri Lanka pleaded
for international help after Doctors Without Borders warned that
civilian casualties are rising rapidly in the country's war zone
despite the exodus of more than 100,000 people. 15 people were
killed when shells hit a Roman Catholic church, wounding a priest
whose leg was amputated.
2010 Apr 23, Arizona’s Gov. Jan
Brewer signed into law SB1070, a bill that supporters said would
take handcuffs off police in dealing with illegal immigration.
Arizona, with an estimated 460,000 illegal immigrants, was the
nation's busiest gateway for human and drug smuggling from Mexico.
(AP, 4/24/10)(Econ, 7/31/10, p.25)
2010 Apr 23, Belgium's longest
serving bishop, Roger Vangheluwe (73) the Bishop of Bruges,
resigned, saying he was "enormously sorry" for having sexually
abused a young boy about 25 years ago. It later was established that
the victim was his nephew. In 2011 the Vatican clarified the
punishment against Vangheluwe after Belgian bishops reported that he
had merely been sent outside Belgium for spiritual and psychological
(AP, 4/23/10)(AP, 4/12/11)
2010 Apr 23, Bolivia’s
President Evo Morales said he is creating a "Mother Earth Ministry"
to promote the planet's rights and says that he would like to
establish an international court with the power to punish nations
that fail to obey emissions-reduction agreements. Morales revealed
the plans as he launched a campaign to plant 10 million trees, equal
to Bolivia's population, by April 22, 2011.
2010 Apr 23, Chinese police in
Xining, the capital of Qinghai province, detained Tagyal, a
prominent Tibetan intellectual. Tagyal had recently authored “The
Line Between Earth and Sky," in which he praised the activism of
monks during the Tibetan unrest of 2008.
(Econ, 5/1/10, p.42)
2010 Apr 23, In El Salvador
gunmen shot and seriously wounded First Secretary Guillermo Medina
Alfaro, a Mexican diplomat who worked with the international police
agency Interpol. Police said the diplomat's wife was killed.
2010 Apr 23, Greece asked for
the activation of a financial rescue plan by the eurozone and
International Monetary Fund, in the hope it will help the heavily
indebted country out of a major crisis and give it the breathing
space to put its finances in order.
2010 Apr 23, Diplomats said
Iran has agreed to give the UN nuclear monitoring agency greater
inspection and monitoring rights to a sensitive site where it is
enriching uranium to higher levels.
2010 Apr 23, In Iraq a series
of bomb attacks mainly targeting Shiite worshippers killed 72
people, including 25 near the main Baghdad office of an anti-US
Shiite cleric. An Iraqi soldier was killed as he stormed a house
west of Baghdad where insurgents had stockpiled explosives.
(AP, 4/23/10)(AFP, 4/23/10)(AP, 4/24/10)
2010 Apr 23, NATO ministers
meeting in Tallinn, Estonia, agreed to begin handing over control of
Afghanistan to the Afghan government this year, a process that if
successful would enable President Barack Obama to meet his target
date of July 2011 for starting to bring US troops home.
2010 Apr 23, In Mexico gunmen
ambushed two police vehicles at a busy intersection in Ciudad
Juarez, killing 7 officers and a 17-year-old boy who was passing by.
Police in the Pacific coast state of Guerrero said they found the
bodies of five men who had been shot to death lying on a dirt road
near the state capital, Chilpancingo. Three of the men were
brothers, all in their 20s. In central Morelos state, federal police
and the Mexican army raided two ranch homes and arrested 15 men near
the town of Amacuzac. The men were suspected of working for alleged
drug trafficker Jose Gerardo Alvarez Vazquez, who was arrested April
21 in Mexico City.
2010 Apr 23, North Korea said
it will confiscate five South Korean-owned properties at a jointly
operated mountain resort in the isolated communist country, a
development likely to worsen already-soured relations.
2010 Apr 23, Palestinian
President Mahmoud Abbas rejected the establishment of a Palestinian
state within temporary borders, an idea he said was recently
proposed for restarting peace talks.
2010 Apr 23, In Russia two-time
Olympic rhythmic gymnastics champion Natalia Lavrova (25) was killed
with her sister in a car accident. Lavrova was Russia's only
rhythmic gymnast to win two Olympic gold medals, in team
competitions at the Sydney and Athens Olympics in 2000 and 2004.
2010 Apr 23, In Sudan an
announcement that Unity state incumbent Taban Deng had retained his
post in this month's election was followed by protests in the state
capital Bentiu that left two people shot dead by police and a third
wounded. Supporters of Deng's main rival Angelina Teny, wife of
south Sudan's vice president Riek Machar, were accused of trying to
wreck a local radio station. The National Election Commission also
announced that Beshir's ruling National Congress Party had won the
posts of governor in North Darfur and West Darfur, with results for
South Darfur yet to be released.
2011 Apr 23, In Texas sheriff’s
deputy Clifton Taylor (34) was fatally shot after responding to a
domestic disturbance call. Gunman Wesley Davis was killed in a
(SFC, 4/25/11, p.A4)
2011 Apr 23, In eastern
Afghanistan insurgents shot down a NATO helicopter in the Alasay
district of Kapisa province where fighting has intensified. The only
two crew members were recovered alive. One foreign service member
was killed. Militants ambushed an Afghan police vehicle, killing 2
policemen and wounding 2 others in Dara Nur district of Nangarhar
province. A roadside bomb killed 2 NATO service members. A gunman
shot dead Abdul Zahir, deputy of the Helmand provincial peace
(AP, 4/23/11)(AP, 4/24/11)
2011 Apr 23, Algerian police
again stifled an attempt by pro-reform activists to rally against
the government in what has become a weekly ritual.
2011 Apr 23, Bahrain’s main
opposition party said that government authorities have demolished 16
mosques as part of a crackdown on Shiite dissent.
(SSFC, 4/24/11, p.A6)
2011 Apr 23, In southern Brazil
emergency workers said at least 10 people have been killed by
landslides and other accidents caused by heavy rains.
2011 Apr 23, A 2nd day of
fighting between Cambodian and Thai troops killed at least four
soldiers, bringing the two-day death toll to 11, the worst bloodshed
since the United Nations called for a ceasefire in February.
2011 Apr 23, Italian police
arrested Francesco Campana (38), the alleged No. 1 boss of the
organized crime syndicate based in Puglia, the region that makes up
Italy’s boot-shaped heel.
2011 Apr 23, In Japan former
Sony president Norio Ohga (81), died. He served as president from
1982 to 1995 and led the evolution of the electronics manufacturer
into a global entertainment empire covering music, movies and
computer games. Ohga helped transform the music industry with the
development of the compact disc format (1982).
2011 Apr 23, A Kurdish
protester (28) died of gunshot wounds, becoming the tenth person
killed in more than two months of rallies in Iraq's northern
autonomous region. Hardi Farukh was wounded by a bullet to the head
during demonstrations on April 18 in Sulaimaniyah.
2011 Apr 23, In Libya Kadhafi's
regime gave its army an "ultimatum" to take Misrata but government
troops retreated to the outskirts under rebel fire. The opposition
claimed victory after officials in Tripoli decided to pull back
forces following nearly two months of laying siege. At least 15
people were killed by booby-traps and in ambushes set up by Gaddafi
brigades while withdrawing from Misrata. NATO air raids struck near
a compound in the capital Tripoli where Kadhafi resides. The US
carried out its first Predator drone strike in Libya. A US Predator
drone destroyed a multiple rocket launcher in the Misrata area that
was being used against civilians.
(AFP, 4/23/11)(Reuters, 4/23/11)(AP, 4/24/11)
2011 Apr 23, In Mexico police
in Acapulco said 4 women and a teenage girl have been found with
their throats cut in the resort city. All appeared to have been
connected to the same beauty parlor. A young man was shot to death
in the lobby of a luxury hotel in Cabo San Lucas. Mexico City
prosecutors said residents of the San Miguel Chapultepec
neighborhood discovered a woman's upper body on one block and her
left leg and right leg on two other blocks.
(AP, 4/23/11)(AP, 4/24/11)
2011 Apr 23, Max van der Stoel
(86), former Dutch human rights watchdog for Iraq and the first High
Commissioner on National Minorities at the 54-nation Organization
for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), died.
2011 Apr 23, In northern
Nigeria at least two suspected bomb-makers were killed in a blast in
Kaduna close to a residential neighborhood for members of local
2011 Apr 23, Pakistan’s army
chief Gen. Ashfaq Parvez Kayani said that his forces have broken the
"backbone" of Islamist militants in the country. Hours later a
suicide bomber on foot detonated his explosives alongside a convoy
of soldiers and elders from an anti-Taliban militia in the town of
Salarzai in the Bajur tribal region. The attack killed four of the
militiamen and a paramilitary soldier. Pakistan suspended delivery
of supplies to NATO troops in Afghanistan via its land border for
three days as campaigners began a sit-in on the supply route over US
2011 Apr 23, In South Sudan
clashes broke out in the Canal area of northern Jonglei state as
thousands of civilians fled fighting between rebels and south
Sudan's army in oil-producing Unity state. In northern Jonglei state
57 gunmen led by Gabriel Tang were killed in a shoot-out with SPLA
troops, before fleeing into the surrounding bush,
(AP, 4/23/11)(AFP, 4/24/11)(AFP, 4/25/11)
2011 Apr 23, Syrian security
forces fired on tens of thousands of mourners during funeral
processions killing at least 12 people including 4 in Nawa. Two
members of parliament from Deraa resigned in protest against the
killing of protesters. The death toll from two days of violence
reached 120. Rights campaigners said the death toll rose to around
350, with scores of missing since the demonstrations broke out on
(AP, 4/23/11)(AFP, 4/23/11)(Reuters,
4/24/11)(SFC, 4/25/11, p.A3)
2011 Apr 23, Venezuela detained
Joaquin Perez Becerra as he arrived in Caracas on an airline flight
from Frankfurt, Germany. He was described him as an alleged member
of the international front of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of
2011 Apr 23, Yemen’s Pres.
Saleh agreed to the proposal for him to hand power to his vice
president within 30 days of a deal being signed in exchange for
immunity from prosecution for him and his sons.
2012 Apr 23, Common Cause, a US
open government advocate, said it has filed an IRS complaint
accusing the American Legislative Exchange Council of masquerading
as a public charity. ALEC was formed as a non-profit to develop
legislation and policy.
(SFC, 4/24/12, p.A4)
2012 Apr 23, Aid agencies said
they are facing a multi-million dollar funding shortage to deal with
a food crisis in the Sahel where people are resorting to
increasingly desperate measures to survive. The crisis has so far
affected Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger.
2012 Apr 23, Bangladesh police
opened fire on hundreds of stone-throwing demonstrators who stormed
a police station on the second day of an opposition-sponsored
general strike protesting a politician's disappearance. Police said
one person was killed and more than 50 others injured.
2012 Apr 23, In Brazil
political journalist Decio Sa (42) was shot dead in a restaurant in
Sao Luis, Maranhao state. He had spent most of his career reporting
(SFC, 4/25/12, p.A7)
2012 Apr 23, Ferrovial-owned
BAA said it had agreed to sell Edinburgh airport to Global
Infrastructure Partners (GIP) for 807 million pounds ($1.3 billion),
adding the Scottish hub to an investment portfolio that includes
London's Gatwick and City airports.
2012 Apr 23, Chinese state
media said Guangdong party authorities have punished eight Wukan
officials for corruption following a three month inquiry, including
the previous Communist party chief, after their land grabs sparked
an unprecedented uprising.
2012 Apr 23, Chinese state
media said police have arrested nine people and detained 54 others
in a crackdown on chromium-tainted gel capsules made from industrial
waste. On April 22 Xinhua News said that police have seized 77
million gel capsules and shuttered 80 production lines in Hebei
2012 Apr 23, Egyptian
authorities said they have denied permission to eight American
nonprofit groups to operate locally, including a center headed by
former President Jimmy Carter that monitors elections.
2012 Apr 23, Eritrea said
President Issaias Afeworki is at the "peak of his health" in a
statement aimed to quash rumors the authoritarian leader is sick.
2012 Apr 23, In Iceland former
PM Geir Haarde was acquitted on the major counts in a trial probing
his responsibility for the country’s 2008 economic collapse.
(SFC, 4/24/12, p.A2)
2012 Apr 23, Italian police
arrested an Italian man, identified as Andrea Campione (28), in a
crackdown in several Italian cities on an Islamic extremist network
suspected of supporting international terrorism.
2012 Apr 23, Dutch PM Mark
Rutte and his Cabinet resigned after failing to reach agreement on
reducing the country's budget to meet European guidelines.
2012 Apr 23, Philippine coast
guard and fisheries bureau operatives arrested 12 Vietnamese
fishermen for poaching endangered marine turtles, black corals and
reef fishes in southern Philippines waters. Other foreign fishing
boats spotted in the same area managed to flee toward Malaysia.
2012 Apr 23, Sudanese President
Omar al-Bashir said there will be no more talks with South Sudan, as
fresh Sudanese air raids drew swift condemnation from the US and
France. Sudanese bombs fell on a key bridge and a market, killing at
least two children in the state capital of Bentiu. Sudan’s armed
forces commander said more than 1,000 South Sudanese troops died
during the battle for the oilfield of Heglig.
2012 Apr 23, Swiss-based Nestle
said it would buy Pfizer Nutrition, the infant nutrition arm of
American Drug firm Pfizer, for $11.85 billion.
(Econ, 4/28/12, p.75)
2012 Apr 23, Syrian state news
said that "terrorists" had killed a doctor in the country's south,
two military officers in the central province of Hama and two others
in the south. UN observers monitoring the shaky cease-fire visited a
string of rebellious Damascus suburbs. The EU banned the sale of
luxury goods and products that can have military as well as civilian
uses. At least 55 people were killed across Syria, most in the
central city of Hama, a day after a visit by UN observers. Regime
forces "summarily executed" nine activists.
(AP, 4/23/12)(AP, 4/24/12)(AFP, 4/26/12)
2012 Apr 23, Ukraine's two
biggest pro-Western opposition parties announced they will be
joining forces in the fall parliamentary election in order to
challenge Pres. Viktor Yanukovych's grip on power.
2012 Apr 23, Vietnamese and US
Navy troops conducted joint exercises in the South China Sea.
(Econ, 4/28/12, p.44)
2013 Apr 23, Paul Kevin Curtis,
the Mississippi man charged with sending poisoned letters to
President Barack Obama, a US senator and a state judge, was released
from jail. The reason for the release wasn't immediately clear.
Focus shifted to Everett Dutschke, a longtime foe of Curtis in
(AP, 4/24/13)(SFC, 4/25/13, p.A5)
2013 Apr 23, Apple Corp. said
it will return $55 billion in cash to its shareholders. It also
boosted its quarterly dividend and alloted more cash for buybacks.
(SFC, 4/24/13, p.D1)
2013 Apr 23, A fake tweet
asserted that explosions at the White House had injured Pres. Obama.
For 43 minutes prices stock exchanges tumbled in what came to be
called the first Twitter crash. A group calling itself the Syrian
Electronic Army took credit.
(Econ, 4/27/13, p.68)
2013 Apr 23, Afghan and
coalition forces killed 6 insurgents during a joint operation in
Tagab district of Kapisa province. 7 others were killed in a
separate operation run by Afghan security forces in the Hisarak
district of Nangarhar province.
2013 Apr 23, In Afghanistan 20
people died in flooding in Balkh province.
2013 Apr 23, Mullah Omar,
leader of the Taliban movement behind an escalating insurgency
against the government in Kabul, reportedly died in Pakistan. His
death was only made public in July 2015. Pakistan's defense minister
later insisted that Mullah Omar died in Afghanistan and was buried
there. On Sep 13, 2015, Omar’s eldest son confirmed that Omar had
died in Afghanistan.
(Reuters, 7/29/15)(Reuters, 7/30/15)(SFC,
7/30/15, p.A2)(AP, 8/7/15)(Econ, 8/8/15, p.78)
2013 Apr 23, Australian police
arrested a man they say is affiliated with international hacking
collective Lulz Security on a charge of attacking and defacing a
2013 Apr 23, Australia's
competition regulator approved the takeover by Virgin Australia of
budget rival Tiger Airways Australia.
2013 Apr 23, In Bangladesh Rana
Plaza owner Mohammed Sohel Rana called engineer Abdur Razzak Khan to
inspect an 8-story building after it developed cracks. That night
Khan appeared on a private television station saying that after his
inspection he told Rana to evacuate the building because it was not
safe. The next day garment factory managers told their workers to go
2013 Apr 23, The people of
Bhutan voted in the nation's second parliamentary election. The
People’s Democratic Party, led by Tshering Tobgay, won 32 of 47
seats in the National Assembly as opposed to 15 seats for the ruling
Peace and Prosperity Party.
(AP, 4/23/13)(SSFC, 7/14/13, p.A2)
2013 Apr 23, Chinese marine
surveillance vessels drove away Japanese nationalists who had
entered the waters of the Diaoyu Islands.
(SSFC, 4/28/13, p.A4)
2013 Apr 23, In China Jia
Jiuxiang, vice president of the Sanmenxia City Intermediate People's
Court in Henan province, died under mysterious circumstances, his
body bruised after 11 days in the custody of anti-graft
investigators of the ruling Communist Party.
2013 Apr 23, In northwestern
China a violent clash between authorities and assailants described
as a terrorist gang left 21 people dead near Kashgar, Xinjiang
province. Local sources said that police sparked the incident by
shooting a Uighur youth during an illegal search of homes.
(AP, 4/24/13)(Econ, 5/25/13, p.45)
2013 Apr 23, In Egypt Fuad
Gadallah, the most senior legal advisor to Pres. Morse, resigned,
issuing a public letter that cited a lack of vision.
(Econ, 5/4/13, p.52)
2013 Apr 23, Egypt's state news
agency reported that former finance minister Yousef Boutros-Ghali, a
nephew of former UN Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali, was
found guilty in absentia of squandering around $3.6 million during
his final years in the post.
2013 Apr 23, France legalized
gay marriage after a wrenching national debate that exposed deep
conservatism in the nation's heartland and triggered huge protests
that tapped into deep discontent with the Socialist government.
2013 Apr 23, Amnesty
International said Haiti has violated international human rights
obligations by failing to protect people who have been forced to
leave the impromptu settlements that sprang up in the Caribbean
nation after the 2010 earthquake.
2013 Apr 23, Iraqi security
forces backed by helicopters raided a Sunni protest camp before
dawn, prompting clashes that left at least 56 people dead in the
former insurgent stronghold of Hawija. Abdul-Karim Al-Sammarraie,
the minister of science and technology, and Mohammed Tamim, the
Minister of Education, submitted their resignations in the wake of
the killings in Hawija. 3 soldiers were killed in the fighting.
(AP, 4/23/13)(AP, 4/24/13)(AP, 4/25/13)(Econ,
2013 Apr 23, Israel and
Palestine agreed to renewed involvement by UNESCO in the Old City of
(SFC, 4/24/13, p.A2)
2013 Apr 23, In Libya a car
bomb targeted the French Embassy in Tripoli, wounding two French
guards and a Libyan teenager.
2013 Apr 23, Myanmar's
president pardoned 93 prisoners, including at least 59 political
detainees, a day after the EU lifted sanctions against it.
2013 Apr 23, A Dutch court
sentenced diplomat Raymond Poeteray (61) to 12 years in prison for
delivering confidential NATO and European Union documents to Russian
agents. He was arrested in March 2012 in connection with a German
2013 Apr 23, In Pakistan car
bomb aimed at a Shiite politician in Quetta missed him but killed
four other people. Hours earlier police had defused an
explosives-laden vehicle near the house outside Islamabad where
ex-leader Pervez Musharraf was being held.
2013 Apr 23, Palestinian
prisoner Samer Issawi (33), who refused food for eight months, ended
his hunger strike after a deal was reached with Israeli authorities
for his early release. Issawi was sentenced in 2002 to 26 years in
prison for his role in a series of shooting attacks targeting police
cars and students at Jerusalem's Hebrew University.
2013 Apr 23, Spanish police
were reported to have arrested two suspected members of al-Qaida's
North African branch. Nou Mediouni (23), an Algerian, was arrested
in Zaragoza, while Hassan El Jaaouani (52), a Moroccan, was arrested
in Murcia. Neither was known to possess any explosives nor be
planning any attack.
2013 Apr 23, Two Syrian rockets
struck Lebanon, causing material damage and heightening tensions
between Lebanese Shiite and Sunni communities over neighboring
Syria's civil war.
2013 Apr 23, Ugandan President
Yoweri Museveni faced criticism from anti-corruption activists for
donating a sack loaded with $100,000 in cash at a political rally.
2013 Apr 23, It was reported
that the authrities in Ras al-Khaimah, the northernmost emirate in
the UAE, have posted signs on public beaches warning of possible
fines for revealing swimwear.
(SFC, 4/23/13, p.A2)
2013 Apr 23, A Yemeni
court sentenced 11 al-Qaida militants to up to 10 years in prison
for forming armed gangs to destabilize the country and planning
attacks on foreign embassies as well as army and security forces.
2014 Apr 23, President Barack
Obama opened a four-country Asia tour in Japan aimed at reassuring
allies in the region that the US remains a committed economic,
military and political partner that can serve as a counterweight to
China's growing influence.
2014 Apr 23, Georgia Gov.
Nathan Deal signed legislation that will allow people to carry guns
in bars, churches and government buildings under certain conditions
as of July 1.
(SFC, 4/24/14, p.A8)
2014 Apr 23, A Kansas judge
granted a request to formally change the name of Bradley Edward
Manning, the soldier convicted of leaking classified documents to
WikiLeaks, to Chelsea Elizabeth Manning as he served a 35-year
(SFC, 4/24/14, p.A6)
2014 Apr 23, Colombia’s Pres.
Juan Manuel said he would heed a court order to reinstate ousted
Bogota Mayor Gustavo Petro. The mayor had been removed from office
in March for alleged administrative missteps.
(SFC, 4/24/14, p.A2)
2014 Apr 23, An Egyptian
policeman and a militant were killed when security forces raided a
hideout used by radical Islamists near Alexandria. Brig. Gen. Ahmed
Zaki was killed near Cairo when a bomb blew up his car. Ajnad Misr
(Egypt’s Soldiers), an Islamist militant group, soon claimed
responsibility for the attack on Zaki
(Reuters, 4/23/14)(SFC, 4/25/14, p.A2)
2014 Apr 23, Hong Kong scrapped
travel sanctions against the Philippines after Manila issued an
apology and offered greater compensation for the deaths of eight
tourists during a 2010 hostage-taking and siege.
2014 Apr 23, Kosovo's
parliament approved an EU-backed special court to try ethnic
Albanian ex-guerrillas accused of harvesting organs from Serbs
captured in the 1998-99 Kosovo war.
2014 Apr 23, The Gaza-based
Islamist group Hamas and President Mahmoud Abbas's Palestine
Liberation Organization (PLO) agreed to implement a unity pact.
Hamas had freed 10 Fatah prisoners ahead of the meeting as a
(AP, 4/22/14)(Reuters, 4/23/14)
2014 Apr 23, In the Philippines
police armed with truncheons, shields and a fire hose clashed with
more than 100 left-wing activists who rallied at the US Embassy in
Manila to oppose a visit by President Obama and an expected security
pact that would increase the American military presence.
2014 Apr 23, Saudi Arabia
announced 11 new cases of MERS, including a 13-year-old child.
Acting health minister Adel Fakieh vowed to keep the public better
informed on the coronavirus.
2014 Apr 23, South Korea said
the death toll from the April 16 disaster off the southern coast
reached 156 with about 150 people were still missing.
2014 Apr 23, South Sudan media
reported that President Salva Kiir has sacked his army chief,
replacing him with a loyalist from his own ethnic group as the
country's four-month conflict shows signs of being increasingly
fought along tribal lines. Kiir also replaced his head of
intelligence. South Sudanese rebel forces battling President Kiir
captured the town of Renk, close to the border with Sudan and began
advancing on the Paloich oil fields.
(Reuters, 4/24/14)(AFP, 4/24/14)
2014 Apr 23, In Thailand Kamol
Duangphasuk, a pro-government activist who opposed a law punishing
critics of the monarchy, was fatally shot by gunmen on a motorcycle
2014 Apr 23, Turkish PM Tayyip
Erdogan offered what the government said were unprecedented
condolences on Wednesday to the grandchildren of Armenians killed in
World War One by Ottoman soldiers on the eve of the 99th anniversary
of the deeply contested deaths.
2014 Apr 23, The WHO said 147
people have died from the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, including
136 in Guinea and 11 in Liberia.
(SFC, 4/24/14, p.A2)
2015 Apr 23, Global scientists
renewed calls to halt controversial research to genetically edit
human embryos after a Chinese team published details a day earlier
of a stunted but breakthrough attempt in this new frontier in
2015 Apr 23, The United States
accused Russia of building up its forces along the border with
Ukraine, boosting air defense systems in the country and training
Ukrainian rebels in the east.
2015 Apr 23, US and British
authorities said German banking giant Deutsche Bank will pay $2.5
billion in fines for its role in a vast multi-year conspiracy to rig
LIBOR interest rates.
2015 Apr 23, The US Senate,
after a lengthy delay, approved Loretta Lynch to be attorney
general, making her the first African American woman to hold the
(SFC, 4/24/15, p.A6)
2015 Apr 23, In North Carolina
former US military commander and CIA director David Petraeus was
sentenced to two years of probation and ordered to pay a $100,000
fine but was spared prison time after pleading guilty to mishandling
2015 Apr 23, Ohio-based Jeni’s
Splendid Ice Creams said that it has recalled its frozen products
due to listeria found in a Whole Foods store in Lincoln, Nebraska.
(SFC, 4/24/15, p.A9)
2015 Apr 23, The Armenian
Church began a ceremony making saints of up to 1.5 million Armenians
massacred by Ottoman forces as tensions over Turkey's refusal to
recognize the killings as genocide reached boiling point.
2015 Apr 23, British coastguard
seized more than two tons of cocaine off the east coast of Scotland.
French customs shared "specific information allowing two ships from
the Royal Navy and the British coastguards to board a tug 100 km (60
miles) east of Scotland carrying the cocaine. Nine men were soon
charged with drug trafficking.
2015 Apr 23, In China Li
Chuncheng, the deposed leader of one of China's most populous
provinces, confessed to charges of bribery and abuse of power. He
was the latest senior official linked to retired security boss Zhou
Yongkang, the most senior person charged with corruption.
2015 Apr 23, China’s Ministry
of Culture said officials are launching a campaign to crack down on
stripteases and other lewd shows that have become popular at
funerals in some rural areas.
2015 Apr 23, EU leaders met to
discuss possible military action against human traffickers in Libya
in a desperate effort to halt the tidal wave of refugees trying to
reach Europe by sea. EU leaders agreed in Brussels to treble funding
for EU maritime missions and pledged more ships and aircraft.
(AFP, 4/23/15)(Reuters, 4/24/15)
2015 Apr 23, German customs
authorities said they found 257 kg (567 pounds) of pure cocaine last
month in a shipment of peanuts from Argentina.
2015 Apr 23, In Greece the Bank
of Piraeus said it will wipe away the debts of clients who owe up to
20,000 euros ($21,600) in a one-off gesture to ease the burden on
its crisis-hit customers.
2015 Apr 23, In Guatemala Pres.
Otto Perez Molina, under pressure from the US, authorized a new term
for the Int’l. Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG).
About this same time CICIG secured provisional charges against 22
people involved in a customs-swindling racket called La Linea.
(Econ, 5/30/15, p.35)
2015 Apr 23, In Guinea security
forces killed a protester and wounded four others, as opposition
supporters clashed with police in series of anti-government rallies
to protest against a disputed election timetable.
2015 Apr 23, In Indonesia Asian
and African leaders agreed to develop concrete ways to cooperate in
fighting extremism and the financing of terrorism at the conclusion
of the Asian African Conference in Jakarta.
2015 Apr 23, Kenya's top
anti-corruption officials were suspended following a bitter standoff
with parliament and after they alleged widespread graft in the east
2015 Apr 23, The Fajr Libya
militia alliance that controls Tripoli carried out air strikes
against positions of the Islamic State jihadist group in the coastal
city of Sirte.
2015 Apr 23, In Macedonia 14
suspected migrants from Afghanistan and Somalia, walking in the dark
along train tracks toward the EU, were killed by a nighttime express
train in a remote river gorge north of Veles.
2015 Apr 23, In Mongolia
Canadian mining executive Jim Doak (59) was found dead in his hotel
room in Ulan Bator. He was trying to enforce a judgement of more
than $100 million against the government for expropriation. Last
month an international arbitration tribunal in Paris had awarded his
Khan Resources a $103.8 million settlement after arbitration
proceedings against the Mongolian government.
2015 Apr 23, In Myanmar the
Arakan Army ethnic insurgent group said it has opened up a new front
in western Rakhine state, aiming to pressure the government to
include it among rebel groups engaged in peace talks.
2015 Apr 23, In Nigeria a
civilian vigilante said Boko Haram fighters have amassed in the
group's Sambisa Forest stronghold. Government soldiers were forced
to retreat because of the extensive use of landmines in the area,
one of which exploded killing a soldier and 3 vigilantes. Over 2,000
Boko Haram fighters appeared from various directions and engaged the
soldiers in Kirenowa town and adjoining communities in Marte, Borno
state. They fought with soldiers over the night and the fighting
continued into the next day, forcing hundreds of soldiers to flee.
(AFP, 4/23/15)(AFP, 4/24/15)
2015 Apr 23, The Philippine
fisheries bureau said that fishermen aboard three vessels with clear
Chinese coastguard markings boarded two fishing boats in Scarborough
Shoal earlier this month and took the crew's catch. The next day
China called the claim "inconsistent with the fact".
2015 Apr 23, Warplanes from a
Saudi-led coalition pounded Houthi militiamen and military bases
with at least 20 air strikes throughout Yemen, despite Riyadh saying
it was winding down its campaign.
2015 Apr 23, In Somalia a
senior military officer was shot dead in Mogadishu. Al Shabaab
militants claimed responsibility.
2015 Apr 23, In South Africa
several thousand demonstrators marched through central Johannesburg
to protest against a spate of deadly attacks on immigrants, after
further raids by the authorities on suspected gang hideouts.
2015 Apr 23, In Ukraine
hundreds of coal workers marched through Kiev in a call for
authorities to stop buying fuel from abroad and to guarantee a
moratorium on mine closures.
2016 Apr 23, The United States
and its allies conducted 28 strikes against Islamic State in Iraq
2016 Apr 23, Solar Impulse 2,
an experimental plane flying around the world without consuming a
drop of fuel, landed in California, one leg closer to completing its
trailblazing trip. Swiss adventurer Bertrand Piccard piloted the
craft from Hawaii to California.
2016 Apr 23, In San Jose, Ca.,
Shamina Rabbi (57) and her husband Golam Rabbi (59) were shot to
death at their home at 3006 Lucas Court. Police soon arrested their
sons, ages 22 and 17, as suspects. Hasib Golamrabbi said his younger
brother Omar was not involved. In 2018 Hasib was convicted on two
counts of first-degree murder.
(SFC, 4/28/16, p.D7)(AP, 4/29/16)(SFC, 10/26/18,
2016 Apr 23, In Wisconsin a
police officer fatally shot Jakob Wagner (18) after Wagner shot and
wounded two students outside a high school prom in Antigo.
(SFC, 4/25/16, p.A5)
2016 Apr 23, In northwestern
Bangladesh university professor A.F.M. Rezaul Karim Siddique was
hacked to death on his way to work in an attack similar to other
killings by suspected Muslim militants. The Islamic State group
claimed responsibility for the attack. On May 15 police tracked down
the regional commander of the group Jumatul Mujahedeen Bangladesh in
the northern district of Bogra. The suspect, Maskawath Hasan Sakib,
nicknamed Abdullah, confessed involvement in the attack before a
magistrate, leading to the arrests of the three other suspects on
(AP, 4/23/16)(AP, 5/17/16)
2016 Apr 23, President Xi
Jinping told a key meeting on religion that Chinese religious groups
must obey the staunchly atheist ruling Communist Party.
2016 Apr 23, In China police
stopped five Western diplomats who were trying to visit lawyer Ni
Yulan in Beijing after she had been prevented from travelling to the
United States to accept an award for her rights work. Yulan was
awarded the US State Department's International Women of Courage
Award for her work defending people forcibly evicted from their
2016 Apr 23, In Congo DRC
elephant poachers killed three rangers in Garamba National Park and
wounded two other people including the Swedish park manager. The
poachers were believed to have come from South Sudan.
(Reuters, 4/25/16)(SFC, 5/25/16, p.A3)
2016 Apr 23, Republic of
Congo's newly-reelected President Denis Sassou Nguesso named former
opposition leader and one-time finance minister Clement Mouamba as
his prime minister.
2016 Apr 23, German Chancellor
Angela Merkel and top European Union officials arrived near Turkey's
border with Syria in a bid to bolster a troubled migration deal with
Turkey as they face increasing pressure to reassess the agreement.
2016 Apr 23, Two Britons and an
Indian were arrested in Hungary accused of trying to transport more
than a dozen migrants illegally to Austria.
2016 Apr 23, Ivory Coast
musician Papa Wemba (66), known around the world as the king of
Congolese rumba, died following a collapse on stage during a
concert. Jules Shungu Wembadio Pene Kikumba, rose to fame in the
Congolese capital of Kinshasa during the 1970s with the band Zaiko
Langa Langa, whose guitar-based fusion of Latin and African dance
styles inspired a generation of African musicians.
2016 Apr 23, Japan’s first
stealth fighter jet, a prototype called the X-2 built by Mitsubishi
Heavy Industries, took its maiden flight.
2016 Apr 23, In Libya Miroslav
Tomic, a Serbian maintenance engineer employed by a German company,
was abducted while traveling to inspect an oil field around 1,200 km
(750 miles) from Tripoli.
2016 Apr 23, North Korea fired
a submarine-launched ballistic missile off its east coast. North
Korea will hold a rare congress of its ruling Workers' Party in
early May for the first time in 36 years where its leader Kim Jong
Un is expected to proclaim the country was a strong military power
and a nuclear state.
2016 Apr 23, In South Africa 49
starved and sick monkeys were rescued from filthy living conditions
in a private zoo, and were whisked away to a care facility after
failed attempts by the owner of Little Falls garden center to
improve their living conditions.
2016 Apr 23, South Sudan's
rebel chief Riek Machar missed an international deadline to return
to Juba to become vice-president under a peace deal hoped to end
war, claiming the government denied permission.
2016 Apr 23, Syrian government
strikes hit opposition-held areas near Damascus and in Aleppo. At
least 27 civilian deaths were reported in regime bombardment across
(AP, 4/23/16)(AFP, 4/24/16)
2016 Apr 23, In Thailand
Banharn Silpa-archa (83), a provincial political powerbroker who
served a scandal-ridden 16 months as prime minister in 1995-96,
2016 Apr 23, Turkey said six
foreign nationals were taken into custody in an overnight raid
against Islamic State in the central Anatolian city of Konya.
2016 Apr 23, Landlocked Uganda
announced plans to export its future crude oil production via a new
pipeline to be built to a Tanzanian port rather than via Kenya.
2016 Apr 23, Yemeni forces
backed by air power from the Saudi-led Arab coalition launched an
operation to drive Al-Qaeda fighters out of Zinjibar. Dozens of
fighters loyal to al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) were
killed in the clashes. A drone strike killed 2 others further north.
(AFP, 4/23/16)(Reuters, 4/23/16)
2017 Apr 23, In NYC a fire
surged through a home in Queens killing five people including three
(SFC, 4/24/17, p.A4)
2017 Apr 23, China's foreign
minister called for the complete denuclearization of the Korean
peninsula amid rising tension over North Korea's missile and nuclear
2017 Apr 23, Egyptian Pres.
Abdel Fattah al-Sisi received a royal welcome from King Salman as he
landed in Saudi Arabia for a visit to boost ties after months of
2017 Apr 23, French voters
flocked to the polls under heavy security in the first round of a
highly unpredictable presidential election seen as vital for the
future of the ailing European Union. Centrist Emmanuel Macron won
23.74 percent of votes while far-right leader Marine Le Pen won
21.53 and will face off in the all-important second round on May 7.
(AFP, 4/23/17)(Reuters, 4/24/17)
2017 Apr 23, In Iraq three
policemen were killed in a suicide attack south of Mosul. Heavy
two-way traffic of carts carrying children, clothes, and the elderly
crowded the main Baghdad-Mosul road as hundreds of Iraqis fled heavy
fighting or made their way back to areas seized back from Islamic
State. Militants ambushed a convoy of off-duty soldiers near the
town of Rutba in the country's sprawling western desert, killing at
least 10 and wounding 20.
(Reuters, 4/23/17)(AP, 4/24/17)
2017 Apr 23, In Iraq hundreds
of thousands of Shiite faithful thronged the mausoleum of Imam
Kadhim in Baghdad for the climax of a week-long pilgrimage that saw
millions converge on the capital. Kadhim, the seventh of 12 revered
imams in Shiite Islam, died in 799 AD.
2017 Apr 23, An Israeli attack
against a military base for the Syrian pro-government National
Defence Forces in southern Syria killed three NDF members.
2017 Apr 23, Israel said it has
signed a deal with China to bring Chinese construction workers to
Israel, but the workers will reportedly be barred from building in
West Bank settlements at China's insistence.
2017 Apr 23, In Israel a
Palestinian stabbed and slightly wounded four people along Tel
Aviv's beachfront. Police arrested him and described the attack as
2017 Apr 23, In northern Kenya
gunmen wounded Italian-born conservationist Kuki Gallmann (73) at
her conservation park, in the latest of a string of attacks during
land invasions in the drought-stricken area. Gallmann is known for
her bestselling book “I Dream of Africa." Two suspects were killed
by security agencies following the shooting of Gallmann. Other
suspects were taken into custody.
(Reuters, 4/23/17)(AP, 4/24/17)(SFC, 4/24/17,
2017 Apr 23, In the Maldives
Yameen Rasheed, prominent blogger and human rights advocate, was
found with multiple stab wounds in a house in the capital, Male. He
died at a hospital.
2017 Apr 23, In the southern
Philippines a soldier kidnapped last week by Abu Sayyaf militants
was found beheaded in Patikul town, Sulu province.
2017 Apr 23, In Somalia's
semiautonomous state of Puntland a roadside bomb in the remote town
of Galgala killed eight soldiers and injured three others.
2017 Apr 23, The Syrian army
and allied forces advanced against rebels near Hama city, building
on recent strategic gains in the area.
2017 Apr 23, In eastern Ukraine
an American member of the OSCE's arms monitoring mission died and
two others were wounded after their vehicle was blown up by a mine
in the separatist Luhansk region.
(AP, 4/23/17)(SFC, 4/24/17, p.A2)
2017 Apr 23, Three Yemeni
civilians were killed when a suspected US drone attacked four
suspected al Qaeda militants traveling in a vehicle in Shabwa
2018 Apr 23, The United States
ordered relatives of government employees out of Nicaragua and
curtailed services at its embassy, citing civil unrest including
violent protests, rioting and looting.
2018 Apr 23, The Goldman
Environmental Prize was awarded to eight recipients at the San
Francisco War Memorial Opera House. The honors went to: LeeAnne
Walter for exposing the 2015 water crisis in Flint, Mich.; Manny
Calonzo of the Philippines for helping to persuade the government to
ban lead paint; Makoma Lekalakala and Liz McDaid of South Africa for
exposing a secret government deal with Russia that would have
increased their country's nuclear power production; Francia Marquez
of Colombia whose work helped end water pollution form illegal gold
mining in her hometown; Claire Nouvian of France for her public
awareness campaign against a supermarket chain that relied on
deep-sea bottom trawling for catching fish; and Khanh Nguy Thi of
Vietnam for her work to stop the expansion of coal-fired power
plants and helping her country chart a plan for sustainable energy
(SFC, 4/23/18, p.C3)
2018 Apr 23, Florida-based
Silver Airways said it has bought Puerto Rico-based Seaborne
Airlines, the Caribbean's largest regional airline.
2018 Apr 23, Officials said
Afghanistan faces the threat of serious drought this year after
recording the lowest snowfall and rain in years over the winter,
with at least 20 of 34 provinces already suffering badly.
2018 Apr 23, In western
Afghanistan Taliban attacks killed 14 soldiers and policemen in
2018 Apr 23, Angolan President
Joao Lourenco sacked the chief of staff of the armed forces and the
head of the foreign intelligence agency, his latest moves against
officials tainted by graft allegations or links to his predecessor,
Jose Eduardo dos Santos.
2018 Apr 23, Armenian PM Serzh
Sarksyan (63) said he was resigning to help safeguard civic peace
following almost two weeks of mass street protests that have plunged
the impoverished ex-Soviet republic into political crisis. Former PM
Karen Karapetian was asked to step back into the job he held before
Sargsyan's appointment last week.
(Reuters, 4/23/18)(AP, 4/23/18)
2018 Apr 23, A Belgian court
sentenced the sole surviving suspect in the Paris attacks, Salah
Abdeslam (28), to 20 years in prison on terror charges over a bloody
gun battle with police in Brussels days before his capture in 2016.
2018 Apr 23, A London court
ruled to extradite Ivica Todoric, the founder of indebted
Croatia-based food and retail company Agrokor. Croatia has accused
him of mismanaging Agrokor and embezzling millions in the process.
2018 Apr 23, A ban on pro-life
protests outside an abortion clinic in London came into force in a
first that pro-choice campaigners hope will set a precedent for the
2018 Apr 23, In Canada a driver
plowed a rented van along a crowded sidewalk in Toronto, killing 10
people and injuring 15. Suspect Alek Minassian (25) was detained on
10 counts of first-degree murder and 13 of attempted murder. The
officer who apprehended Minassian was praised for making a peaceful
arrest eve as the suspect shouted "Kill me" and claimed to have a
gun. Minassian later admitted that he was a violent misogynist who
was radicalized online.
(AP, 4/24/18)(The Guardian, 9/27/19)
2018 Apr 23, Chinese police
announced the arrest of twin brothers Chen Zhiyu and Chen Zhiheng,
alleged to have forged government documents on behalf of Guo Wengui,
a billionaire fugitive who has made explosive corruption accusations
against his country's politicians.
2018 Apr 23, The Czech and
Iraqi defense ministers vowed to further boost the military
cooperation between their states as Iraqi Defense Minister Erfan
al-Hayali began a three-day visit to Prague with further deals to be
2018 Apr 23, Jailed Egyptian
photojournalist Mahmoud Abu Zeid won the 2018 Press Freedom Prize
awarded by the UN cultural agency UNESCO, a choice that drew
criticism from the Egyptian authorities.
2018 Apr 23, The European Court
of Human Rights rejected a case from a British mother and father who
want to take their terminally ill toddler, 23-month-old Alfie Evans,
to Italy for treatment instead of allowing a hospital to remove him
from life support. Justices in Britain previously upheld a lower
court's conclusion that it would be pointless to fly the boy to Rome
for treatment as he is in a "semi-vegetative state" that is
2018 Apr 23, French President
Emmanuel Macron arrived in Washington for a state visit likely to be
dominated by differences over trade and the nuclear accord with
2018 Apr 23, Greek police
cleared the square at the main port of Mytilene early today
following a nightlong standoff during which far-right protesters
hurled flares and firecrackers at the migrants and set fire to trash
(AP, 4/23/18)(AFP, 4/23/18)
2018 Apr 23, India's VP M.
Venkaiah Naidu rejected a move by a group of opposition parties to
impeach the country's top judge on grounds of misusing his office
and bowing to government pressure.
2018 Apr 23, The Italian city
of Turin announced that has moved to fill a legal loophole by
registering three babies born to gay parents who conceived abroad
via artificial insemination.
2018 Apr 23, In Madagascar
thousands marched in protest against the government in Antananarivo
after the president denounced unrest in which two people were killed
as a "coup" intended to divide the country's people.
2018 Apr 23, In Somalia rival
army forces shot at each other in Mogadishu, with one group trying
to storm a former United Arab Emirates-run training center.
UAE-trained troops fled with as many weapons as they could, before a
rival group took over the facility. After 90 minutes of sporadic
gunfire, the training facility was secured by presidential palace
guards. About 600 to 700 AK-47 and (other) guns were looted.
(Reuters, 4/23/18)(AP, 4/25/18)
2018 Apr 23, In South Africa a
police officer shot dead a teenager during anti-corruption protests
in Taung, North West province. The province has been a hotbed of
unrest due to frustration over lack of housing, health services and
jobs. Provincial premier Supra Mahumapelo has been accused of
involvement in graft scandals that have engulfed the ruling African
National Congress party.
2018 Apr 23, South Korea halted
anti-North Korea propaganda broadcasts across their tense border as
officials from the two Koreas met again to work out details of their
leaders' upcoming talks, expected to focus on the North's nuclear
2018 Apr 23, South Korea-based
Korean Air Lines said that two daughters of its chairman will resign
from their executive positions amid mounting public criticism over
the women's behavior and allegations that the family engaged in
2018 Apr 23, In Syria
government forces pounded the Hajar al-Aswad area of southern
Damascus with artillery and airstrikes. The UN said that since the
fighting began last week, most of the 6,000 civilians in Yarmouk
camp have been forcibly displaced to the neighboring suburb of
2018 Apr 23, US Virgin Islands
Gov. Kenneth Mapp said all of the territory's main roads will be
rebuilt to federal standards following the damage inflicted by
hurricanes Irma and Maria.
2018 Apr 23, In Yemen five
pro-government soldiers were killed and 19 wounded in clashes with
jihadists in the southern city of Taez after the killing of an aid
worker with the International Committee of the Red Cross.
2018 Apr 23, Zimbabwe police
said special courts have been established to deal with cases of
political violence, part of the government's drive to curtail unrest
and intimidation ahead of the first post-Robert Mugabe elections set
2019 Apr 23, A White House
official said Pres. Donald Trump would not comply with a deadline
set by House Democrats to release his tax returns to Congress. The
Treasury Dept. missed the first deadline and Treasury Sec. Steve
Mnuchin said he needed more time to study the lawfulness of the
(SFC, 4/24/19, p.A6)
2019 Apr 23, In the SF Bay Area
Isaiah Peoples (34) deliberately drove into a crowd of people in
Sunnyvale, injuring eight. Police later said he did so because he
thought they were Muslim. A lawyer described peoples as a military
veteran possibly suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.
2019 Apr 23, In Boston Derrick
Semedo (26) of New Hampshire pleaded guilty to smuggling rare
lizards from the Philippines to the US in 2016 by hiding them in
socks and placing them inside electronic equipment.
2019 Apr 23, Manuel Franco of
West Allis, Wisconsin, stepped forward to claim a $768 million
(SFC, 4/24/19, p.A5)
2019 Apr 23, Thousands of
Algerian students marched through the capital calling for the
overthrow of the "system" and trials for members of ousted president
Abdelaziz Bouteflika's inner circle. State media said Issad Rebrab
(74), the country's richest man, has been detained in jail on the
public prosecutor's orders, a day after his arrest as part of a
corruption probe. Forbes magazine has listed Rebrab as Algeria's
richest man and the sixth-wealthiest in Africa, with a net worth of
$3.38 billion in 2019.
(AP, 4/23/19)(AFP, 4/23/19)
2019 Apr 23, African leaders
meeting in Cairo agreed to give Sudan's ruling military council
three months to implement democratic reforms, amid pressure for a
quick handover of power to civilians.
2019 Apr 23, Egyptian
authorities said the amendments to extend the president's rule to
2030 were approved by 88.83% of voters, with turnout of 44.33%.
Human Rights Watch said the three-day vote on a set of
constitutional amendments, which concluded a day earlier, was
"marred by serious flaws," including reports of citizens being
forced to vote or bribed with food and money.
2019 Apr 23, France's top
administrative court rejected demands by Syria-based French women to
be repatriated back to France, arguing that a judge could not rule
on the issue given it involved negotiations with foreign
2019 Apr 23, In India one
person was killed as people in the third phase of the country's
general election. A man (52) was hacked to death with a cleaver as
two groups clashed during voting in Murshidabad constituency in West
2019 Apr 23, Iranian lawmakers
overwhelmingly approved a bill that labels all US military forces as
terrorist, a day after Washington ratcheted up pressure on Tehran by
announcing that no country would any longer be exempt from US
sanctions if it continues to buy Iranian oil.
2019 Apr 23, The World Health
Organization said at least 264 people have been killed and 1,266
wounded since April 4, including civilians, in an offensive by
military strongman Khalifa Haftar to seize Libya's capital Tripoli.
The UN said fighting in Libya's capital has reached Qasr Ben Ghashir
detention center holding some 890 refugees and migrants.
(AFP, 4/23/19)(AP, 4/24/19)
2019 Apr 23, The World Health
Organization said Malawi has become the first country to begin
immunizing children against malaria, using the only licensed vaccine
to protect against the mosquito-spread disease. The vaccine, known
as Mosquirix, was developed by GlaxoSmithKline and was approved by
the European Medicines Agency in 2015.
2019 Apr 23, Myanmar's Supreme
Court rejected the final appeal of two Reuters journalists and
upheld seven-year prison sentences for their reporting on the
military's brutal crackdown on Rohingya Muslims.
2019 Apr 23, New Zealand said
it will grant permanent residency to all survivors of the mass
shooting at two Christchurch mosques in which 50 Muslim worshippers
2019 Apr 23, The Northern
Ireland Police Service arrested a woman (57) under the Terrorism Act
in the April 18 slaying of journalist Lyra McKee. The New Irish
Republican Army admitted responsibility for the McKee's death and
offered its sincere apologies to her partner, family and friends.
(AP, 4/23/19)(SFC, 4/24/19, p.A4)
2019 Apr 23, Philippine Pres.
Rodrigo Duterte threatened to ship containers of garbage back to
Canada and dump some at the country's embassy in Manila if Canadian
officials don't take back waste that Filipino officials say was
illegally shipped to Manila years ago.
2019 Apr 23, In the central
Philippines a new magnitude 6.4 earthquake hit Eastern Samar
province, a day after a magnitude 6.1 quake rattled the country's
north and left at least 16 people dead.
2019 Apr 23, Teachers from
across Poland gathered in Warsaw to demand higher wages in a dispute
that is emerging as another political fissure in a deeply divided
2019 Apr 23, Saudi Arabia
executed 37 of its citizens convicted of terrorism, three years
after another mass execution that ultimately led to a break in
relations with Iran.
2019 Apr 23, A top Sri Lanka
official said the Easter bombings that killed 321 people were
carried out by a Islamic fundamentalists in apparent retaliation for
the New Zealand mosque massacres last month by a white supremacist.
The comments came shortly before IS asserted it was responsible for
the bombings in and outside of Colombo.
2019 Apr 23, Sudanese activists
held nationwide protests to press the military to hand over power to
a civilian authority after the overthrow of Pres. Omar al-Bashir
earlier this month.
2019 Apr 23, In northern
Tanzania a landslide triggered by rains killed at least three people
at a mine in Arusha and left several people injured.
2019 Apr 23, Ugandan police
placed pop star MP Bobi Wine under "preventive arrest" as the fiery
government critic warned his opposition movement would not be cowed
2019 Apr 23, Uganda accepted
delivery of the first two Bombardier CRJ900 jet airliners purchased
in a bid to relaunch Uganda Airlines, nearly two decades after the
East African country's national carrier collapsed.
2019 Apr 23, The UAE city of
Sharjah took up the mantle as UNESCO's World Book Capital for 2019
late today, launching a series of cultural programs aimed at both
locals and expatriates.
2019 Apr 23, A UN panel
overseeing compensation claims by countries and organizations
affected by Iraq's 1990-1991 invasion of Kuwait said it has paid
$240 million to the Gulf state's national oil company.
2019 Apr 23, A UN-commissioned
report said the war in Yemen has set back its development by more
than 20 years.
2020 Apr 23, Pres. Donald Trump
noted that researchers were looking at the effects of disinfectants
on the virus and wondered aloud if they could be injected into
people, saying the virus “does a tremendous number on the lungs, so
it would be interesting to check that."
2020 Apr 23, The US House of
Representatives overwhelmingly approved a $484 billion coronavirus
relief bill, funding small businesses and hospitals and pushing the
total spending response to the crisis to an unprecedented near $3
2020 Apr 23, The US Supreme
Court ruled 5-4 to make it easier for federal authorities to deport
certain immigrants who have committed crimes in a victory for Pres.
2020 Apr 23, The US Supreme
Court rejected arguments by President Donald Trump's administration
in a Hawaii case brought by environmentalists by saying that
polluters are sometimes required to obtain permits under a landmark
water pollution law for certain discharges that do not go directly
into a waterway.
2020 Apr 23, A record 26
million Americans likely sought unemployment benefits over the last
five weeks, meaning all the jobs created during the longest
employment boom in US history were wiped out in about a month.
2020 Apr 23, US national
railroad Amtrak, which received $1 billion in emergency funding this
month from Congress, said it expects to lose at least $700 million
in operating earnings in this budget year due to the effects of the
2020 Apr 23, A US federal judge
a preliminary injunction blocking a California law that required
background checks for people buying ammunition, saying it violated
the constitutional right to bear arms.
2020 Apr 23, California to date
had 39,009 cases of coronavirus and 1,512 deaths. The SF Bay Area
had 7,020 cases and 243 deaths. The US coronavirus cases rose to
843,981 with 47,272 deaths.
2020 Apr 23, In Colorado Alexis
Mendez-Perez (16) was fatally shot when he and four other high
school friends were suspected of breaking into a vacant rental home
in northeast Denver. The shooter Desmond Manning (46), an off-duty
state Department of Corrections criminal investigator, was
terminated from the department in July.
(NBC News, 8/28/20)
2020 Apr 23, In the US state of
Georgia the number of coronavirus cases rose past 21,000 with 847
(SFC, 4/24/20, p.A8)
2020 Apr 23, Severe weather
moved through the South after killing at least seven people in
Oklahoma, Texas and Louisiana, including a worker at a factory hit
by an apparent tornado.
2020 Apr 23, Amazon said its
Indian arm will soon add small local shops as sellers on its
platform as a way to provide them broader online exposure and offer
consumers a greater selection of merchandise.
2020 Apr 23, Alphabet Inc's
Google said all advertisers would have to complete a verification
process before buying ad space on its platform, starting this
summer, in a bid to make its ad practices more transparent.
2020 Apr 23, Reported cases of
the coronavirus crossed 2.62 million globally and 183,761 people
have died. World leaders pledged to accelerate work on tests, drugs
and vaccines against COVID-19 and to share them around the globe,
but the United States did not take part in the video conference
launch of the World Health Organization (WHO) initiative.
(Reuters, 4/23/20)(Reuters, 4/24/20)
2020 Apr 23, Researchers
reported that the world has lost more than one quarter of its
land-dwelling insects in the past 30 years.
2020 Apr 23, Britain's death
toll from the new coronavirus in hospitals across the United Kingdom
rose to 19,506, an increase of 684 in 24 hours.
2020 Apr 23, President Xi
Jinping said China will step up investment in various sectors
including 5G, artificial intelligence, transport and energy and
boost employment. Beijing said it would contribute an additional
$30m to the WHO as the UN organization battles the Covid-19
pandemic. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said the
money would support those efforts as well as “the construction of
public health systems in developing countries".
(Reuters, 4/23/20)(The Independent, 4/24/20)
2020 Apr 23, In Congo DRC
self-styled prophet Ne Muanda Nsemi was arrested by police in
Kinshasa after a shoot-out in a residential neighborhood. He is the
leader of an outlawed group called Bundu Dia Kongo (BDK) that wants
to revive the ancient Kongo kingdom. Eight people were killed, 35
injured and 203 arrested during the operation. At least 20 people
are said to have died in recent deadly clashes between BDK members
2020 Apr 23, Cuba had 1,189
reported cases of the coronavirus and 40 deaths.
(Econ, 4/25/20, p.26)
2020 Apr 23, Czechs flocked to
screening centers in a project to test 27,000 people for coronavirus
antibodies to gauge how far the infection has spread and help decide
how rapidly to ease the country's lockdown.
2020 Apr 23, Germany’s ruling
coalition agreed on a 10 billion-euro ($10.8 billion) package of
further measures to dampen the economic impact of the coronavirus
2020 Apr 23, West African
regional bloc ECOWAS said it has recognized Umaro Sissoco Embalo as
the winner of Guinea-Bissau's Dec. 29 presidential election in an
attempt to draw a line under a four-month dispute over the results.
2020 Apr 23, Hungary's PM
Viktor Orban used the coronavirus crisis to consolidate his power at
home, but now he finds himself having to cede some leverage to
foreign investors. Hungary announced a benchmark-size sale of six-
and 12-year euro-denominated bonds.
2020 Apr 23, India froze
inflation-linked increases in salaries and pensions for more than 11
million federal employees and pensioners to generate nearly $10
billion to help combat the COVID-19 outbreak.
2020 Apr 23, In India a man
(21) raped and severely damaged the eyes of a six-year-old girl from
his village. Police arrested the man the next day in the Damoh
district of Madhya Pradesh state. Federal data has shown that rape
occurs every 20 minutes, on average, in the country of 1.3 billion
2020 Apr 23, An Indian woman
was allegedly gang raped in a school in the desert state of
Rajasthan where she had been quarantined for a night by the police
amid the nationwide coronavirus lockdown. Three local men were soon
2020 Apr 23, Iran called for
the US to be held accountable for "cruel" sanctions that have
hampered its efforts to fight a coronavirus outbreak that it said
claimed another 90 lives. The latest fatalities for the past 24
hours took the overall death toll from the coronavirus to 5,481.
2020 Apr 23, The northern
Italian region of Lombardy began an antibody testing program as it
prepared to start opening up its economy following weeks of
lockdown. Positive cases for coronavirus across Italy rose 2,646
over the last 24 hours, bringing total cases to 189,973 and 25,549
(Reuters, 4/23/20)(SFC, 4/24/20, p.A6)
2020 Apr 23, In Mali French
Brigadier Dmytro Martynyouk, of the 1st foreign cavalry regiment,
was wounded by the improvised explosive device. On May 1 Martynyouk
died in Paris of his wounds.
2020 Apr 23, It was reported
that the governors of Nigeria's 36 states have agreed to ban
interstate movement for two weeks.
2020 Apr 23, Indigenous tribes
in Peru's Amazon said, in a letter to the UN and the Inter-American
Commission on Human Rights, that the government has left them to
fend for themselves against the coronavirus, risking "ethnocide by
inaction." Eight native leaders representing 1,800 communities in
the Peruvian Amazon signed the letter which was published by
indigenous group AIDESEP.
2020 Apr 23, Portuguese health
officials said 40% of the country's 820 deaths attributed to the
coronavirus have occurred in nursing homes. Portugal has reported
just over 22,300 confirmed cases.
(SFC, 4/24/20, p.A6)
2020 Apr 23, In South Korea
Busan Mayor Oh Keo-don (71) resigned after admitting to sexual
misconduct. A female public servant had accused him of sexual
assault in his office.
(SFC, 4/24/20, p.A2)
2020 Apr 23, More than 1,100
people have died in Stockholm as a result of the new coronavirus,
with 280 new confirmed cases. The capital has been the hardest-hit
city in Sweden, accounting for more than half of Sweden's 2,021
fatalities from COVID-19.
2020 Apr 23, In Venezuela the
communications team of opposition leader Juan Guaido issued a
statement denying a $5,000 “salary" had been approved. It said
lawmakers, who have gone unpaid since Maduro cut off funding to the
legislature after it fell to the opposition in 2015, will determine
an appropriate amount and communicate it to the rest of the country
in a transparent manner. Funding for the payout was contained in
legislation passed last week by the National Assembly setting up an
$80 million “Liberation Fund" made up of Venezuelan assets seized by
the Trump administration.
2020 Apr 23, In Venezuela a 2nd
flight arrived from Iran delivering key chemical components for
producing gasoline. 14 more flights were expected in the coming
(SFC, 4/25/20, p.A2)
2020 Apr 23, A two-week
ceasefire in Yemen announced by a Saudi-led military coalition
expired today without leading to a permanent truce, raising fears
that the country's war will grind on and shatter its already
weakened ability to combat coronavirus.