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709 Apr 24,
Wilfried (~76), bishop of York, died.
729 Apr 24, Egbertus (89),
English bishop, St. Egbert, died in Iona.
858 Apr 24, Nicholas I
succeeded Benedict III as the Catholic Pope.
(HN, 4/24/98)(MC, 4/24/02)
1061 Apr 24, Halley's Comet
inspired an English monk to predict that England would be destroyed.
1077 Apr 24, Geza I, King of
Hungary (1074-7), died.
1288 Apr 24, Jews of Yroyes
France were accused of ritual murder.
1519 Apr 24, Envoys of
Montezuma II attended the first Easter mass in Central America.
1538 Apr 24, Guglielmo Gonzaga,
composer, was born.
1547 Apr 24, Charles V's troops
defeated the Protestant League of Schmalkalden at the battle of
1558 Apr 24, Mary, Queen of
Scotland, married the French dauphin, Francis.
1570 Apr 24, Spanish troops
battled followers of Sultan Suleiman.
1620 Apr 24, John Graunt,
statistician, founder of science of demography, was born.
1704 Apr 24, The Boston
News-Letter was established, first successful newspaper in U.S.
1706 Apr 24, Giovanni Battista
Martini, composer (Padre Martini), was born.
1731 Daniel Defoe, British
author, died. His work included the novels “Robinson Crusoe,”
“Roxana” and the pamphlet “The Shortest Way With Dissenters.”
In 1998 Richard West published the biography “Daniel Defoe: The Life
and Strange Surprising Adventures.”
(WSJ, 8/25/98, p.A12)(MC, 4/24/02)
1743 Apr 24, Edmund Cartwright,
inventor of the power loom, was born.
1766 Apr 24, Robert Bailey
Thomas, founder of the Farmer's Almanac, was born.
1769 Apr 24, Arthur Wellesley,
general, Duke of Wellington, was born.
1778 Apr 24, US Ranger Captain
John Paul Jones captured the British ship Drake.
(ON, 2/04, p.6)(Internet)
1779 Apr 24, Mr. H. Sykes, an
English optician living in Paris, wrote to Ben Franklin and
explained a delay in sending an order for special spectacles,
complaining that he was having difficulty making them. Franklin is
believed to have ordered his first pair of bifocals from Sykes.
1792 Apr 24, Capt. Claude
Joseph Rouget de Lisle, an officer stationed in Strasbourg, composed
"La Marseillaise," which later became the national anthem of France.
(AP, 4/24/97)(HN, 4/24/98)
1800 Apr 24, Congress approved
a bill establishing the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. with
a $5,000 allocation
(HFA, '96, p.28)(AP, 4/24/97)(HN, 4/24/98)
1801 Apr 24, The 1st
performance of Joseph Haydn's oratorio "Die Jahreszeiten (The
1815 Apr 24, Anthony Trollope
(d.1882), British novelist, was born. His 47 novels included “The
American Senator.” His 33rd novel was “The Way We Live Now.” “Nobody
holds a good opinion of a man who has a low opinion of himself.” An
essay by Cynthia Ozick on the novel is in her 1996 book “Fame and
(WUD, 1994, p.1517)(WSJ, 5/22/96, p.A-18)(AP,
10/13/97)(WSJ, 6/9/00, p.W17)(HN, 4/24/01)
1833 Apr 24, A patent was
granted for the first soda fountain.
1850 Apr 24, Louis Alexandre
Piccinni (70), composer, died.
1856 Apr 24, Henri Philippe
Pétain, French Marshall, was born. He was known as the 'hero of
Verdun' but collaborated with the Nazis after the fall of France in
1940 and convicted of treason in 1945. Petain was executed in 1951.
(HN, 4/24/99)(Econ, 5/21/05, p.84)
1863 Apr 24, The Lieber code,
also known as Instructions for the Government of Armies of the
United States in the Field, General Order № 100, was signed by Pres.
Abraham Lincoln. It was named after the German-American jurist and
political philosopher Francis Lieber and dictated how soldiers
should conduct themselves in war time. It set a new norm of respect
for private property.
1863 Apr 24, California’s “Act
to Provide for Improvement and Protection of Wharves, Docks, and
Waterfront in the City and Harbor of San Francisco” was signed by
Gov. Leland Stanford. It established the Board of State Harbor
Commissioners, an agency with the sole purpose of running the port
of San Francisco.
1863 Apr 24, Skirmish at
Okolona, Birmingham, Mississippi (Grierson's Raid).
1867 Apr 24, Fannie Thomas,
oldest known American (113 years, 273 days at death), was born.
1867 Apr 24, Black
demonstrators staged ride-ins on Richmond, Va., streetcars.
1872 Apr 24, Mt. Vesuvius
1874 Apr 24, John Russell Pope,
US architect (Jefferson Memorial), was born.
1877 Apr 24, Federal troops
were ordered out of New Orleans, ending the North's post-Civil War
rule in the South.
1877 Apr 24, Russia declared
war on the Ottoman Empire.
1883 Apr 24, Jaroslav Hasek,
Czech writer (Brave soldier Schweik), was born.
1884 Apr 24, Otto von Bismarck
cabled Cape Town that South Africa had become a German colony.
1885 Apr 24, Metis rebels won a
major victory over Canadian troops at Fish Creek, Saskatchewan. The
troops had been shipped to the region by way of the new Canadian
(Reuters, 11/22/02)(ON, 11/07,
1888 Apr 24, Eastman Kodak was
formed. The company produced the Kodak Camera: “You press the button
– we do the rest.”
(HN, 4/24/98)(WSJ, 1/22/04, p.A1)(WSJ, 8/2/06,
1891 Apr 24, Start of Sherlock
Holmes adventure "Final Problem."
1891 Apr 24, Helmuth Karl
Bernhard Graf von Moltke (b.1800), German Field Marshal, died. He
was the chief of staff of the Prussian Army for thirty years and
became later regarded as one of the great strategists of the latter
1895 Apr 24, Joshua Slocum
(1844-1909), a Canadian-American sailor, began a voyage around the
world from Boston in a 37-foot rebuilt fishing boat called the
Spray. He ended on Jun 27, 1898, at Newport, Rhode Island. His
record was not beaten until 1938. In 1899 Slocum authored "Sailing
Alone Around the World."
3/9/00, p.A27)(WSJ, 6/21/08, p.W8)
1895 Apr 24, S. Constantine
Timoshenko, Russian marshal, people's commissioner, was born.
1898 Apr 24, Spain declared war
on the United States after rejecting America's ultimatum to withdraw
(AP, 4/24/97)(HN, 4/24/98)
1898 Apr 24, US fleet under
commodore Dewey steamed from Hong Kong to Philippines.
1900 Apr 24, Elizabeth Goudge,
English author, was born.
1904 Apr 24, Willem de Kooning
(d.1997), abstract impressionist artist, was born in Rotterdam.
(SFC, 3/20/97, p.A1,6,E1)(HN, 4/24/01)
1904 Apr 24, Friedrich Siemens
(77), German industrialist, died.
1905 Apr 24, Robert Penn
Warren, first U.S. poet laureate, was born.
1906 Apr 24, William Joyce was
born. He was the British traitor, who during World War II gave
anti-British broadcasts known as 'Lord Haw-Haw.'
1915 Apr 24-May 14, Turkey said
Armenians had sided with Russia and issued a deportation order for
the mass deportation of Armenians. Armenian organizations in
Istanbul were closed and 235 members were arrested for treason.
Turkish police arrested some 800 of the most prominent Armenians in
Constantinople, took them into the hinterlands and shot them. With
that the terror spread through "Turkish Armenia" spearheaded by the
"Special Organization" of soldiers of the Turkish leader Enver. In
2006 Taner Akcam authored “A Shameful Act: The Armenian Genocide and
the Question of Turkish Responsibility.”
(AP, 4/24/97)(SFC, 4/27/99, p.A10)(HNQ,
5/30/99)(Econ, 10/21/06, p.95)(AP, 4/24/10)
1916 Apr 24, Some 1,600 Irish
nationalist, the Irish Volunteers, launched the Easter Rising by
seizing several key sites in Dublin, including the General Post
Office. Eemon de Valera was one of the commandants in the uprising.
It was provoked by impatience with the lack of home rule and was put
down by British forces several days later. Michael Collins, a member
of Sinn Fein, led the guerrilla warfare. 116 soldiers and 16
policemen were slain along with 62 rebels. The 1999 novel "A Star
Called Henry" by Roddy Doyle was set in this period. Film footage of
the Easter Rising was sold at auction in 2000 for $115,000 to a
private Irish resident.
(WSJ, 10/11/96, p.A8)(SFEC, 12/22/96, Z1 p.6)(AP,
4/24/97)(SFEC, 9/19/99, BR p.1)(SFEC, 6/11/00, p.A30)(ON, 9/04, p.5)
1916 re: Apr 24, In "Easter"
William Butler Yeats wrote: "All changed, changed utterly: A
terrible beauty is born."
(NOHY, 3/1990, p.212)
1916 re: Apr 24, "The history
taught stopped at 1916, they didn’t deal with the war of
independence or the civil war." Thus said Neil Jordan, director of
the 1996 film "Michael Collins."
(SFC, 9/22/96, Par p.31)
1920 Apr 24, British Mandate
over Palestine went into effect and lasted for 28 years. The British
organized a police force with some 3,000 British, Arab and Jewish
(MC, 4/24/02)(WSJ, 2/2/04, p.A12)
1923 Apr 24, Colonel Jacob
Schick patented Schick razors.
1928 Apr 24, The fathometer,
used to measure underwater depth, was patented.
1932 Apr 24, In German national
elections the NSDAP/NAZI won 36.3% in Prussia.
1934 Apr 24, Shirley MacLaine,
actress, mystic (Irma la Douce), was born in Richmond, Va.
1937 May 24, The US Supreme
Court ruled that the Social Security Act is constitutional.
1941 Apr 24, British army began
the evacuation of Greece.
1941 Apr 24, Dutch Prince
Bernhard became an RAF pilot.
1942 Apr 24, Barbra Streisand,
singer, actress, was born in Brooklyn, NY.
1942 Apr 24, Luftwaffe bombed
1944 Apr 24, The first B-29
arrived in China, over the Hump of the Himalayas. The phrase "flying
the hump" originated during World War II when Allied transport
planes flew dangerous missions over the Himalayan Mountains in order
to provide China with supplies needed to fight the Japanese.
(HN, 4/24/98)(HNQ, 8/1/98)
1944 Apr 24, British air force
bombers hammered a former Jesuit college housing the Bavarian
Academy of Science. Anton Spitaler (1910-2003), an Arabic scholar at
the academy, later lamented the loss of a unique photo archive of
ancient manuscripts of the Quran. His story however was a lie, and
the collection survived hidden in his hands.
(WSJ, 1/12/08, p.A1)
1946 Apr 24, The Chief of Naval
Operations, Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, ordered the establishment of
the Blue Angels team. In 1985 funding for the program was $4.2
million, about half the cost of replacements for the two A-4 jets.
By 2005 21 pilots died during Angels shows. Navy officials said the
super-trained unit and its dazzling displays are valuable in
attracting young and talented recruits into the Navy and Air Force.
By 2009 on the average, one F/A-18 used approximately 8,000 pounds
or 1,300 gallons of JP-5 jet fuel at a cost of roughly $1,378. Fat
Albert, which transports the crew to shows, holds 46,000 pounds of
1949 Apr 24, In the 3rd Tony
Awards: “Death of a Salesman” and “Kiss Me Kate” won.
1950 Apr 24, "Peter Pan" opened
at Imperial Theater in NYC for 320 performances.
1950 Apr 24, Pres Truman denied
there were communists in US govt.
1950 Apr 24, Jordan annexed the
West Bank and offered citizenship to all Palestinians wishing to
(SFC, 2/8/99, p.A6)
1953 Apr 24, British statesman
Winston Churchill was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham
(AP, 4/24/97) (HN, 4/24/98)
1954 Apr 29, Jerry Seinfeld,
actor, was born in Brooklyn, NY.
(SFEC, 4/19/98, DB p.36)
1960 Apr 24, In the 14th Tony
Awards: “Miracle Worker” and “Fiorello” won.
1961 Apr 24, President Kennedy
accepted "sole responsibility" following Bay of Pigs invasion of
1962 Apr 24, The Massachusetts
Institute of Technology achieved the first satellite relay of a
television signal, between Camp Parks, Ca., and Westford, Mass.
1967 Apr 24, Frank Overton
(b.1918), American film and TV actor, died. His films included “The
Dark At the Top of the Stairs” (1960).
1968 Apr 24, Leftist students
at Columbia University in New York City began a weeklong occupation
of several campus buildings in protest over the Vietnam War [See Apr
(WUD, 1994, p.1687)(AP, 4/24/97)(HN, 4/24/99)
1970 Apr 24, President Nixon
ordered US and South Vietnamese troops to secretly invade the
“Parrot’s Beak” region of Cambodia, thought to be a Viet Cong
stronghold. Operation Patio was a covert aerial interdiction effort
conducted by the United States Seventh Air Force in Cambodia from
24-29 April 1970 during the Vietnam Conflict. It served as a
tactical adjunct to the heavier B-52 bombing missions being carried
out in Operation Menu.
1970 Apr 24, China launched its
1st satellite, known as China 1 or Mao 1, to orbit on a Long March
rocket. It kept transmitting a song, "The East is Red." China became
the fifth country to launch a satellite into space, sending up the
Dongfanghong-1, which means "The East is Red."
1972 Apr 24, Natalie Clifford
Barney (b.1876), lesbian writer and US expatriate, died in Paris. In
2002 Suzanne Rodriguez authored "Wild Heart, A Life: Natalie
Clifford Barney’s Journey From Victorian America to the Literary
Salons of Paris."
1975 Apr 24, Hanna Krabbe
(b.1945), a German Red Army faction guerrilla, took part in a
Baader-Meinhof gang attack on the German embassy in Stockholm in
which two German diplomats died. German chancellor Helmut Schmidt
approved the storming of the building by Swedish police. Krabbe was
arrested and sentenced to 21 years confinement and was released in
1979 Apr 24, The hit song
"Georgia on My Mind," written in 1930 with lyrics by Stuart Gorrell
and music by Hoagy Carmichael, was declared the state song of
Georgia. Georgia-born singer Ray Charles (1930-2004) made the song
1980 Apr 24, An American
assault team held 44 Iranians hostage for about 3 hours when their
bus stumbled upon the remote desert site. The failed operation was
commanded by Colonel Charles Beckwith, founder of the US Delta
Force. The mission resulted in the deaths of 8 US servicemen. The US
hostage rescue failed when a plane collided with a helicopter in
Iran. The 1996 Iranian film: "Sandstorm" depicting the event was set
for release in Feb, 1997.
(WSJ, 11/19/96, p.A1)(AP, 4/24/97)(HN, 4/24/98)
1981 Apr 24, The US ended a
16-month grain embargo against the USSR.
1981 Apr 24, The IBM Personal
Computer was introduced. It used software from a corporation called
(HN, 4/24/98)(WSJ, 1/11/99, p.R42)
1986 Apr 24, Bessie Wallis
Warfield Simpson (b.6/19/1896), the Duchess of Windsor, for whom
King Edward VIII gave up the British throne, died in Paris at age
89. Wallis Simpson was King Edward VIII's wife. In the early 1950s
Simpson engaged in an affair with playboy Jimmy Donahue. In 2000
Christopher Wilson authored "Dancing with the Devil: The Windsors
and Jimmy Donahue."
(AP, 4/24/97)(SFC, 2/28/98, p.A5)(SFC, 1/4/01,
1987 Apr 24, In Greece 18
people, including 12 US military personnel, were injured when a
roadside bomb exploded in the port of Piraeus; the guerrilla group
November 17 claimed responsibility. In 2003 Dimitris Angelopoulos
testified that he drove a truck in the bus bombing.
(AP, 4/24/97)(AP, 3/26/03)
1988 Apr 24, Three sailors were
killed and 22 injured when fire broke out aboard the submarine USS
Bonefish off the Florida coast.
1989 Apr 24, President Bush led
a memorial service at the Norfolk Naval Station in Virginia for the
47 sailors killed in a gun-turret explosion aboard the USS Iowa.
1989 Apr 24, Richard M. Daley
was inaugurated as the 45th mayor of Chicago. He went on to serve 6
terms. His father, Richard Daley, had served 6 terms as mayor
(AP, 4/24/99)(Econ, 9/11/10, p.40)
1989 Apr 24, Thousands of
students went on strike in Beijing for democratic reforms.
1990 Apr 24, Security law
violator Michael Milken pleaded guilty to 6 felonies.
1990 Apr 24, The space shuttle
Discovery blasted off from Cape Canaveral, Fla., carrying the $1.5
billion Hubble Space Telescope. It cost $2 billion. The orbital
period of the telescope was 97 Minutes. In 2008 Robert Zimmerman
authored “The Universe in a Mirror: The Saga of the Hubble Space
Telescope and the Visionaries Who Built It.”
(AP, 4/24/97)(NG, 1/’94, p.23)(WSJ, 2/14/97,
p.A1)(SFC, 3/21/98, p.E3)(WSJ, 6/16/08, p.A13)
1990 Apr 24, West and East
Germany agreed to merge currency and economies on July 1.
1991 Apr 24, A Kurdish rebel
leader announced the guerrillas had reached an agreement in
principle with Iraqi President Saddam Hussein to end the Kurds’
1992 Apr 24, President Bush and
Democratic challenger Bill Clinton made long-distance back-to-back
appearances via satellite hookups before the National Association of
Hispanic Journalists meeting in Albuquerque, N.M.
1993 Apr 24, The Irish
Republican Army (IRA) exploded a truck bomb in London's financial
district. It killed a photographer and injured 44 people and cost
millions of dollars' worth of damage.
(SFEC, 12/22/96, Z1 p.7)(AP, 4/24/98)
1993 Apr 24, Former African
National Congress president Oliver Tambo (75) died in Johannesburg,
1994 Apr 24, Bosnian Serbs,
threatened with NATO air strikes, grudgingly gave up their
three-week assault on Gorazde, burning houses and blowing up a water
treatment plant as they withdrew.
1995 Apr 24, Dow Jones Index
hit a record 4303.98.
1995 Apr 24, California
Forestry Assoc. Pres. Gilbert P. Murray, 47, was killed by a mail
bomb at his headquarters in Sacramento. The bomb was attributed to
the Unabomber. Gilbert B. Murray, chief lobbyist for the wood
products industry, was killed by a package bomb linked to the
Unabomber. Theodore Kaczynski was later sentenced to four lifetimes
in prison for a series of bombings that killed three men and injured
(WSJ, 4/5/96, p.A-2)(AP, 4/24/05)
1996 Apr 24, Negotiators for
Congress and the White House agreed on a permanent budget for fiscal
1996 Apr 24, Pres. Clinton
signed the Anti-Terrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act (AEDPA).
It restricted the role of federal judges in reviewing state cases.
(SFC, 4/19/00, p.A1)(http://tinyurl.com/2ltjtf)
1996 Apr 24, An article focused
on the "Xanadu Concept" of Theodor Holm Nelson: a universal
electronic library and publishing system that would link every book,
movie, poem, song and software program ever written.
(WSJ, 5/30/96, p.A15)
1996 Apr 24, In India Mahendra
Das snuck up behind Hara Kunta as the rival official in the local
transporter's union sipped tea at a shop in a busy market in Assam's
capital, Gauhati. With a swing of his machete, Das decapitated
Kunta. Then he carried the bloody head by the hair to a nearby
police station screaming, "I have killed him." Courts ruled that the
public nature of the killing warranted the death penalty. In 2011
Das (45) waited as officials searched for a hangman.
1996 Apr 24, The Palestine
National Council voted to revoke articles that contradicted the 1993
accords between Israel and PLO, specifically the parts that called
for an armed struggle to destroy Israel.
(WSJ, 4/25/96, p.A-1)(AP, 4/24/97)
1996 Apr 24, Sierra Leone
reached a truce with rebels after a five-year war and will seek a
permanent peace accord. The truce came after Ivory Coast talks
between the new civilian president and the rebel leader.
(WSJ, 4/24/96, A-1)
1997 Apr 24, The US ratified
the UN Chemical Weapons ban. It came into force on April 29. The
Senate voted 74-26 to approve the chemical weapons treaty, five days
before the pact was to take effect. It was the 75th country to
ratify the 1993 Chemical Weapons Convention ban signed by 164
states. The signing obliges members to destroy all chemical weapons
and production facilities by 2007.
(SFC, 4/26/97, p.A10)(AP, 4/24/98)(Econ, 8/31/13,
1997 Apr 24, The trial of
Timothy McVeigh, prime suspect of the bombing of the Oklahoma City
federal building, began in Denver. The prosecution and defense
presented opening statements.
(WSJ, 4/25/97, p.A1)(AP, 4/24/98)
1997 Apr 24, Scientists
reported the discovery of a giant, Jupiter-like planet in the
constellation Northern Crown. It appeared to be in a 40-day orbit
around the star Rho Coronae Borealis about 50 light-years away.
(SFC, 4/25/97, p.A11)
1997 Apr 24, Pat Paulsen (69),
comedian, died in Mexico. In 1968 on the Smothers Brothers TV show
he announced that he was running for president and actually got his
name on the ballot in 1972. He built the Pat Paulen Winery in Asti,
Ca., and proclaimed himself mayor in 1986.
(SFC, 4/26/97, p.A22)(AP, 4/24/98)
1997 Apr 24, A Bosnian Serb
court sentenced 3 Muslims to 20 years in prison on murder charges
for killing 4 Serb civilians in Krusev Dol, near Srebrenica, in May
1996. The men claimed to have been tortured into confessing and
denied the charges with scant defense representation.
(SFC, 4/25/97, p.A14)
1997 Apr 24, In Japan the lower
house of parliament voted to make heart transplants possible by
recognizing the concept of brain death.
(SFC, 4/25/97, p.A12)
1997 Apr 24, In Zaire rebels
were accused of having killed many refugees and burying them in a
mass grave. Large amounts of airlift supplies intended to return
Rwandan refugees were seized by rebels.
(SFC, 4/25/97, p.A12)
1998 Apr 24, The American
Health for Women magazine reported that Seattle was the healthiest
city for women and that SF rated # 2 and Boston # 3.
(SFC, 4/25/98, p.A5)
1998 Apr 24, In Pennsylvania a
14-year-old boy was arrested after he shot a teacher to death and
injured 2 others during a dance for 8th graders in Edinboro. Andrew
Wurst (14) later pleaded guilty to third-degree murder and was
sentenced to 30 to 60 years in prison.
(SFC, 4/25/98, p.A3)(AP, 4/24/03)
1998 Apr 24, In Bosnia some
1500 Bosnian Croats rioted in retaliation for a Serbian attack on
Croatian Roman Catholic Cardinal Vinko Puljic.
(SFC, 4/25/98, p.A9)
1998 Apr 24, In Columbia the
FARC released kidnapped American Louise Augustine. Two other
bird-watchers were released soon after.
(SFC, 4/25/98, p.A9)(WSJ, 4/27/98, p.A1)
1998 Apr 24, The Human Rights
Office of the Guatemalan Catholic Church issued a report that said
200,000 people died or disappeared during the 36 year civil war that
ended in 1996.
(SFC, 4/25/98, p.A8)
1998 Apr 24, In Peru Pres.
Fujimori announced that police captured 3 top guerrilla leaders of
the Shining Path.
(SFC, 4/25/98, p.A9)
1998 Apr 24, After a month of
confrontation, Russian lawmakers caved in to President Boris
Yeltsin, approving acting prime minister Sergei Kiriyenko, 35, as
premier despite doubts about his relative youth and inexperience.
Kiriyenko was fired just four months later.
(SFC, 4/25/98, p.A1)(AP, 4/24/99)
1998 Apr 24, Rwanda executed 22
people by firing squad.
(SFC, 4/25/98, p.A1)
1998 Apr 24, In Somalia the aid
workers kidnapped on Apr 15 were released.
(SFC, 4/25/98, p.A9)
1998 Apr 24, From Vietnam it
was reported that 14 attacks had recently occurred on children aged
3-14 riding on the backs of motor scooters, caused by a slasher
riding a Vina Suzuki scooter.
(SFC, 4/24/98, p.A12)
1998 Apr 24, Re Western Sahara:
It was reported that the referendum on independence would be
postponed until 1999 due to difficulties in counting eligible
(SFC, 4/24/98, p.A12)
1999 Apr 24, It was reported
that the details of US sorties flown in Yugoslavia were not being
shared with NATO allies in order to prevent leaks from compromising
(SFC, 4/24/99, p.A13)
1999 Apr 24, On the second day
of a NATO summit, the alliance ran into objections from Russia and
questions among its own members about enforcing an oil embargo
against Yugoslavia by searching ships at sea. President Clinton
urged Americans to be patient with the bombing strategy.
1999 Apr 24, NATO approved a
new strategic concept in Washington that allowed the use of military
force to prevent the abuse of human rights anywhere in Europe. NATO
also announced plans for an around-the-clock war along with
Yugoslavia and an effort to choke off oil supplies from the
Adriatic. Damage to Yugoslavia was estimated to have reached $100
(SFEC, 4/25/99, p.A1,21,28)
1999 Apr 24, A 2nd nail bomb
exploded in London’s Brick Lane, one week following a blast that
injured 39 people. Police attributed the bombs to a splinter group
of Combat 18 (named from the position of Hitler's initials in the
alphabet) called White Wolves. David Copeland (24) was convicted for
the bombing in 2000.
(SFC, 4/29/99, p.D3)(SFEC, 5/2/99, p.A25)(SFC,
1999 Apr 24, In India high
temperatures over the past week in several states killed at least 40
people with 28 dead in Orissa.
(SFC, 4/26/99, p.A15)
1999 Apr 24, In Belgrade,
Serbia, a Nato cruise missile struck the building housing
Radio-Television Serbia and 16 young employees were killed. The
director was charged in 2001 for allowing the workers to die when he
knew the station would be hit.
(SFC, 10/24/01, p.C2)
2000 Apr 24, Concerned about
the disappearance of a laptop computer with highly sensitive
documents, Secretary of State Madeleine Albright announced a
five-point plan to help guard against such lapses in the future.
2000 Apr 24, In Washington DC a
shootout at the National Zoo left 7 children wounded. A 16-year-old
high school student, the son of a convicted enforcer, was later
(WSJ, 4/25/00, p.A1)(SFC, 4/26/00, p.A3)(SFC,
2000 Apr 24, In Peoria, Ill., 3
construction workers were killed when scaffolding broke away from
the McClugage Bridge.
(SFC, 4/25/00, p.A3)
2000 Apr 24, In NYC an 8th
livery cab driver was found shot to death in the Bronx. 11 drivers
were killed in 1999.
(SFC, 4/25/00, p.A5)
2000 Apr 24, In Colombia Pres.
Pastrana reached a preliminary agreement with the ELN to withdraw
government troops from a northern region as a condition for peace
talks. Meanwhile FARC rebels announced a campaign to kidnap
millionaires and corporate executives who refuse to pay tribute.
(SFC, 4/25/00, p.A11)(SFC, 4/27/00, p.A11)
2000 Apr 24, It was reported
that officially 5000 new AIDS cases were registered in Irkutsk,
Russia, over the last year along with 8,500 heroin addicts. 40% of
Russian prostitutes were reported to be HIV-positive.
(SFC, 4/24/00, p.A12)
2000 Apr 24, In South Africa
Pres. Mbeki brokered a deal with Pres. Mugabe of Zimbabwe for an end
to the campaign against white farmers in exchange for US and British
funding for land reform and a restoration of relations with the IMF.
(SFC, 4/25/00, p.A10)
2000 Apr 24, In Zimbabwe David
Nhaurva, a black supporter of the MDC, was killed by ax blows to the
head north of Harare.
(SFC, 4/26/00, p.A13)
2001 Apr 24, Pres. Bush said
that the annual process of selling arms to Taiwan, a US policy since
1982, would end. China condemned the recent $5 billion arms sale.
(SFC, 4/25/01, p.A9)
2001 Apr 24, The US Supreme
Court ruled 5-4 to give police officers authority to handcuff,
arrest and jail people for minor offenses including traffic
(SFC, 4/25/01, p.A11)(AP, 4/24/02)
2001 Apr 24, The US Institute
of Medicine issued a 206-page report on the differences in health
and disease due to sex in humans.
(SFC, 4/25/01, p.A3)
2001 Apr 24, California’s
credit rating was downgraded by S&P for the 1st time since the
recession of 1994.
(SFC, 4/25/01, p.A1)
2001 Apr 24, The Rev. Leon
Sullivan, a pioneering civil rights crusader credited with helping
end South Africa's system of apartheid, died in Scottsdale, Ariz.,
at age 78.
2001 Apr 24, A Twin Otter plane
landed at the Amundsen-Scott south Pole Station to pick up Dr.
Ronald Shemenski (59), who suffered from a gall bladder attack. A
C-130 Hercules from the New Zealand air force rescued 2 Americans
from the McMurdo Antarctic Base.
(SFC, 4/25/01, p.A9)(AP, 4/24/02)
2001 Apr 24, Bosnian Serbs
blocked a takeover of their part of Serajevo after an int’l. judge
gave it to the Muslim-Croat federation.
(WSJ, 4/25/01, p.A1)
2001 Apr 24, Israel promised to
ease restrictions on Palestinian towns in exchange for Palestinian
efforts to prevent violence. Fighting left 2 Palestinians dead.
(SFC, 4/25/01, p.A12)(WSJ, 4/25/01, p.A1)
2001 Apr 24, In Japan reformer
Junichiro Koizumi (59) won elections to head the ruling Liberal
Democratic Party (LDP). This set him up to become prime minister.
(SFC, 4/24/01, p.A9)(SFC, 4/25/01, p.A8)(AP,
2001 Apr 24, In the Philippines
former Pres. Joseph Estrada was ordered to be arrested on charges of
(SFC, 4/25/01, p.A8)
2001 Apr 24, The Yugoslav army
was reported to have charged 183 soldiers with crimes committed
during the war in Kosovo.
(SFC, 4/25/01, p.A12)
2002 Apr 24, On the 10th
anniversary of “Take Our Daughters to Work Day,” the Ms. Foundation
announced that boys would be included next year.
(SFC, 4/24/02, p.A1)
2002 Apr 24, The EPA reported
that ethanol factories were producing carbon monoxide, methanol and
some carcinogens at levels higher than promised.
(SFC, 5/4/02, p.A3)
2002 Apr 24, Michael McDermott,
a software engineer who'd claimed he was insane when he shot to
death seven co-workers, was convicted of murder by a jury in
2002 Apr 24, US cardinals at
the Vatican issued a communique for expedited procedures to defrock
priests guilty of sexual abuse of minors.
(SFC, 4/25/02, p.A1)
2002 Apr 24, Greece closed all
schools as a mysterious virus spread with 3 deaths and 39 diagnosed
(WSJ, 4/25/02, p.A1)
2002 Apr 24, Israeli tanks
rolled into Hebron. 3 Palestinian boys (14) were killed as they
tried to attack a Jewish settlement.
(WSJ, 4/25/02, p.A1)
2002 Apr 24, In Turkmenistan a
5-nation Caspian Sea summit failed to reach agreement on dividing up
the oil riches of the area.
(WSJ, 4/25/02, p.A1)
2003 Apr 24, A new Cesar Chavez
stamp was issued by the US postal service.
(SFC, 4/25/03, A27)
2003 Apr 24, In Red Lion, Pa.
James Shetts (14), a student armed with at least two handguns,
fatally shot Eugene Segro (51), his school principal, in a crowded
cafeteria before killing himself.
(Reuters, 4/24/03)(SFC, 4/25/03, A7)
2003 Apr 24, Canada banned cod
fishing off the Atlantic provinces and Quebec due to the collapse of
(SFC, 4/25/03, A8)
2003 Apr 24, China shut down a
major hospital in Beijing and put more than 2,000 employees under
observation for severe acute respiratory syndrome. The global death
toll from SARS surpassed 260
2003 Apr 24, In Congo at least
60 members of the Lendu tribe were killed by the rival Hema in the
Ituri region near the Uganda border. The attack was ordered by Hema
militia leader Chief Yves Kahwa Mandro. The Lendu then killed about
60 Hema who were fleeing to Uganda to escape ongoing violence.
2003 Apr 24, Iceland opened a
filling station for hydrogen-powered vehicles.
2003 Apr 24, Tariq Aziz (8 of
spades), Iraqi deputy prime minister, surrendered to US forces.
(AP, 4/25/03)(SFC, 4/25/03, A1)
2003 Apr 24, Japanese
scientists reported that a new vitamin that plays an important role
in fertility in mice and may have a similar function in humans. They
said Pyrroloquinoline quinone (PQQ), a substance discovered in 1979,
can be categorized as a vitamin.
2003 Apr 24, A Palestinian
suicide bomber killed Alexander Kostyuk (23), a security guard, in a
rush-hour attack at an Israeli train station. Israeli forces on
patrol killed 2 Palestinians in Qarawat Bani Zeid.
(AP, 4/24/03)(SFC, 4/25/03, A3)
2003 Apr 24, In the Turks and
Caicos Islands the governing party narrowly held on to power in
elections, giving Chief Minister Derek Taylor an unprecedented third
2004 Apr 24, In Los Angeles,
Vitali Klitschko stopped Corrie Sanders late in the eighth round to
win the WBC heavyweight title vacated by the retirement of Lennox
2004 Apr 24, Greek Cypriots
overwhelmingly rejected a UN plan, the Annan Plan, to reunite
Cyprus. The European Union pledged to start searching for ways to
extend a hand of friendship to the island's long-ostracized Turkish
side. It meant that only the Greek side of Cyprus would join the
European Union on May 1.
(AP, 4/25/04)(WSJ, 4/26/04, p.A13)(Econ, 5/1/04,
2004 Apr 24, Insurgents struck
a U.S. military base north of Baghdad with rockets at dawn, killing
4 American soldiers. A rocket crashed into a crowded market in the
Iraqi capital, killing at least three people. In addition up to 12
Iraqis were killed in several attacks, including an apparent suicide
car bombing in Tikrit. At least 33 Iraqis died this day in multiple
(AP, 4/24/04)(SSFC, 4/25/04, p.A1)
2004 Apr 24, Three small dhows,
a boat often used in the Gulf, exploded in the Gulf waters off
Iraq's port of Umm Qasr when approached by teams sent to intercept
them. Oil terminals at al-Basra and Khawr al-Amaya were targeted.
The dhow near Khawr al-Amaya flipped over a U.S. Navy interception
craft, killing 2 US sailors and wounding five others. Al Qaeda later
(AP, 4/25/04)(WSJ, 4/27/04, p.A1)
2004 Apr 24, In Sri Lanka
President Chandrika Kumaratunga's alliance won a key regional
election, nearly 3 weeks after it emerged as the single largest
party in parliamentary polls.
2005 Apr 24, An unusual spring
storm dumped nearly 2 feet of wet snow on parts of the Midwest and
Appalachians, covering newly sprouting plants, snapping power lines
and taking a bite out of baseball. 80,000 in the Cleveland area lost
(AP, 4/25/05)(WSJ, 4/25/05, p.A1)
2005 Apr 24, In northeast China
rescuers worked to free 69 coal miners trapped in a flooded mine at
the Tengda Coal Mine, run by the local government in Jiaohe, a city
in Jilin province.
2005 Apr 24, Some 82 people
died in floods that swept eastern Ethiopia on the weekend.
2005 Apr 24, In Indonesia
representatives of more than 100 African and Asian countries closed
out a summit (b.1955) with promises to boost economic relations and
counter the threat of globalization.
2005 Apr 24, A car bomb
exploded outside a police academy in Tikrit, Saddam Hussein's
hometown. Another one went off moments later as authorities rushed
to the scene, killing at least six Iraqis and wounding 33. Deaths
from car bombings targeting police and civilians in Tikrit and
Baghdad rose to 29.
2005 Apr 24, A US soldier was
killed when a roadside bomb exploded as his convoy passed west of
2005 Apr 24, Ezer Weizman (80),
former Israeli president (1993-2000), died. He was a political
moderate who pioneered contacts with Palestinian leaders and helped
bring about the Jewish state's first peace treaty with an Arab
country. As defense minister in 1979, he was instrumental in
negotiating Israel's peace treaty with Egypt.
(AP, 4/25/05)(Econ, 5/7/05, p.81)
2005 Apr 24, Syrian troops
burned documents and dismantled military posts in their final hours
in Lebanon, before deploying toward the border and effectively
ending 29 years of military presence in the country.
2005 Apr 24, In southern
Thailand suspected Islamic separatists detonated a bomb, killing two
police officers and wounding three other people.
2005 Apr 24, Voters lined up
across Togo to choose a new president, hoping to establish democracy
after the tiny West African nation was thrown into months of
political turmoil by the death of Africa's longest-serving ruler.
2005 Apr 24, Pope Benedict XVI
formally began his stewardship of the Roman Catholic Church; the
former Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger said in his installation homily
that as pontiff he would listen to the will of God in governing the
world's 1.1 billion Catholics.
2006 Apr 24, Speaking in
Irvine, Calif., President Bush said those calling for massive
deportation of the estimated 11 million foreigners living illegally
in the United States were not being realistic.
2006 Apr 24, Sanjay Kumar, the
former CEO of Computer Associates International Inc., pleaded guilty
to obstruction of justice and securities fraud charges in a massive
accounting scandal at the Long Island-based software company.
2006 Apr 24, Scott McNealy (51)
stepped down as CEO of Sun Microsystems. He was replaced by Jonathan
Schwartz, who had served as chief operating officer.
(SFC, 4/25/06, p.C1)
2006 Apr 24, Rabbi Moses
Teitelbaum (91), the spiritual leader of an ultra-Orthodox Jewish
sect, died in New York.
2006 Apr 24, In Afghanistan a
US-leased Antonov-32 plane carrying counternarcotics officials
crashed into a nomad settlement while trying to avoid a truck on a
runway during landing. 2 Ukrainian crewmen were killed along with 3
people on the ground, including 2 girls sleeping in their homes. In
southern Afghanistan US-led coalition warplanes bombed a suspected
Taliban camp in Helmand province, killing 3 insurgents. 5 more
militants and one policeman died in a gunbattle in the Miana Shien
(AFP, 4/24/06)(AP, 4/25/06)(WSJ, 4/25/06, p.A1)
2006 Apr 24, In Rio de Janeiro
a law went into effect requiring “women-only” cars on subway and
above ground trains.
(SSFC, 4/30/06, p.G2)
2006 Apr 24, A tiny ecological
car was launched in Britain after three years of research financed
by the EU. The three-wheeled vehicle runs on natural gas and
consumes 2.5 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (94 miles per
gallon). Known as the Clever, Compact Low Emission Vehicle for Urban
Transport, the car is easy to park and can transport a driver and
one passenger, seated in the back.
2006 Apr 24, In Egypt 3
explosions rocked the resort city of Dahab at the height of the
tourist season, killing 21 people and wounding more than 80. 3 of
the dead were thought to be suicide bombers.
(AP, 4/25/06)(AP, 5/2/06)
2006 Apr 24, In Haiti partial
results indicated that President-elect Rene Preval's party had won
at least 11 of 30 senate seats in the parliamentary runoff.
2006 Apr 24, In Iraq 7 car
bombs exploded across Baghdad, killing at least six people and
wounding dozens, as politicians met to try to finalize a new
Cabinet. Mortar attacks killed at least 15 people. Police discovered
28 bodies in Baghdad and Mosul, 15 of them security forces recruits.
(AP, 4/24/06)(SFC, 4/25/06, p.A3)(WSJ, 4/25/06,
2006 Apr 24, In northern Nepal
communist rebels stormed army bases and government buildings in a
bold assault. A night-long gunfight left six people dead. In the
capital, security forces fired rubber bullets on crowds of
pro-democracy protesters. King Gayendra appeared on national
television shortly before midnight and read words that restored the
(AP, 4/24/06)(Econ, 4/29/06, p.44)
2006 Apr 24, In the Philippines
government prosecutors filed rebellion charges against a former
senator, six leftist lawmakers and 42 others suspected of plotting a
coup in February against President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.
2006 Apr 24, Sri Lanka's
military accused ethnic Tamil minority rebels of killing six
Sinhalese rice farmers working in their fields to provoke ethnic
2006 Apr 24, In Turkmenistan
Gurbanbibi Atajanova, former chief state prosecutor, was charged
with corruption. She begged not to be sent to prison after being
accused of possessing 25 houses, 36 cars and 2,000 head of cattle.
2006 Apr 24, Vietnam's ruling
Communist Party re-elected its leader, General Secretary Nong Duc
Manh (65), for a second five-year term. The Congress approved a new
five-year plan with targets for improving infrastructure and making
Vietnam a modern industrial nation by 2020.
(AFP, 4/24/06)(Econ, 8/5/06, p.38)
2007 Apr 24, In a harsh
exchange, Vice President Dick Cheney accused Democratic leader Harry
Reid of personally pursuing a defeatist strategy in Iraq to win
votes at home, a charge Reid dismissed as President Bush's "attack
dog" lashing out.
2007 Apr 24, The US military
formally charged Omar Khadr (20), a young Canadian prisoner, with
murder and other crimes, clearing the way for his trial before the
war crimes tribunal at the Guantanamo Bay naval base. Khadr was
captured during a gunfight at an alleged al Qaeda compound in
Afghanistan when he was 15 and sent to Guantanamo shortly after
turning 16. Khadr's family was close to Osama bin Laden and his
Egyptian-born father, Ahmed Said Khadr, was an alleged al Qaeda
financier killed in a battle with Pakistani soldiers in 2003. His
family had lived in Pakistan but returned to Canada after the elder
2007 Apr 24, US FDA advisers
endorsed a Pfizer AIDS drug that fights HIV by blocking one of two
cell receptors that are infection routes.
(WSJ, 4/25/07, p.A1)
2007 Apr 24, A consortium led
by US private equity group KKR was left unchallenged in its quest to
take over Alliance Boots, after a rival British bidder withdrew its
bid for Europe's biggest pharmacy chain.
2007 Apr 24, The video game
“Lord of the Rings Online,” developed by Turbine Inc., was released
for the Microsoft Windows platform. It initially cost players $40
plus a subscription for each month played.
(Econ, 12/10/11, SR p.7)
2007 Apr 24, A tornado in the
Texas border town of Eagle Pass killed at least 10 people and
destroyed two schools and more than 20 homes. The storm killed 2
more people in Arkansas and Louisiana.
(AP, 4/25/07)(SFC, 4/26/07, p.A3)
2007 Apr 24, European
astronomers announced they had found a potentially habitable planet
outside the solar system. They said the planet had Earth-like
temperatures, a find described as a big step in the search for "life
in the universe." The planet, named 581c, circled the red dwarf
star, Gliese 581, relatively nearby at 120 trillion miles away.
(AP, 4/24/07)(Econ, 4/28/07, p.93)
2007 Apr 24, Japan's Toyota
Motor Corp. reported that it outsold General Motors Corp. by around
90,000 vehicles in the first quarter, moving a step closer to
unseating its US rival as the world's biggest automaker. Aside from
a few strike-related blips GM had been the top US car seller since
(Reuters, 4/24/07)(Econ, 4/28/07, p.76)
2007 Apr 24, Warren E. Avis
(b.1915), founder of the Avis Rent-A-Car System (1946), died in Ann
(WSJ, 4/28/07, p.A6)
2007 Apr 24, Afghan and
international forces clashed overnight with Taliban insurgents in
two separate gun battles in the south and west, leaving 13 militants
dead and four other people wounded. Five more “enemy elements" were
killed in the northeastern province of Kunar in an operation by
troops from the Afghan security forces and US-led coalition.
Militants ambushed a police car in the west, killing four officers,
in the Guzara district in Herat province. Fighting in Ghazni
province left three construction company guards and seven Taliban
(AFP, 4/24/07)(AFP, 4/25/07)
2007 Apr 24, British
anti-terrorist police arrested six people who were suspected of
inciting others to commit acts of terrorism overseas and raising
funds for terrorism.
2007 Apr 24, Ecuador's popular
President Rafael Correa tightened his hold over all branches of
government, sending police to prevent the return of opposition
lawmakers as his tentative majority in Congress dismissed all nine
members of the nation's highest court.
2007 Apr 24, In Baghdad two
bombs went off outside the Iranian Embassy for the second
consecutive day. Six civilians were injured. In Diyala province
gunmen disguised as Iraqi soldiers killed six Iraqis and burned five
homes. South of Baghdad a family of seven was shot to death in their
beds at dawn by masked gunmen. The Shaibah logistics base, once the
main center of British military operations in Iraq, was turned over
to the Iraqi national army on for use as a training base.
2007 Apr 24, China's secretive
communist government said it has approved rules boosting official
transparency but added that state secrets have to be safeguarded and
social stability preserved. Eight miners were missing and feared
dead following an explosion in a mine in Handan, an industrial city
in Hebei province.
2007 Apr 24, In Ethiopia Ogaden
rebels raided a Chinese-run oil field near the Somali border,
killing 65 Ethiopians and nine Chinese workers. An Ethiopian rebel
group claimed responsibility. The next day Ethiopia blamed Eritrea
for the attack. Eritrea issued a swift, angry denial. In 2008
security forces arrested eight men suspected of involvement in the
(AP, 4/24/07)(AP, 4/25/07)(WSJ, 4/25/07,
2007 Apr 24, In Indonesia
Richard Ness an American director of Newmont Mining Corp., the
world's largest gold producer, was acquitted of charges the company
dumped dangerous amounts of toxic waste into a bay off Sulawesi
2007 Apr 24, The armed wing of
Hamas fired a barrage of rockets and mortar shells from Gaza toward
Israel on its independence day, and said they considered it the end
of a five-month truce with Israel.
(AP, 4/24/07)(WSJ, 4/25/07, p.A1)
2007 Apr 24, Joji Obara (54), a
Tokyo businessman, was sentenced to life in prison for a wave of
brutal assaults on women, but was cleared over the 2000 abduction
and killing of British bar hostess Lucie Blackman.
2007 Apr 24, Mexico City
lawmakers voted to legalize abortion during the first three months
of pregnancy, a landmark decision likely to heighten church-state
tensions in the Roman Catholic nation and lead to a bitter court
2007 Apr 24, The Nigerian
government accused Bola Tinubu, the governor of Lagos, of operating
foreign accounts contrary to his oath of office.
2007 Apr 24, Pakistani
President Pervez Musharraf arrived in Spain, part of a four-nation
tour of Europe, for talks expected to focus on Islamic radicalism
and NATO's mission in Afghanistan.
2007 Apr 24, At a conference in
Moscow titled “Megaprojects of Russia’s East,” supporters proposed a
68-mile tunnel under the Bering Strait. The tunnel linking Alaska
and Siberia would cost $65 billion and take some 20 years to build.
(SFC, 4/25/07, p.A6)
2007 Apr 24, Rwandan media said
that a former Belgian army officer in the UN mission to Rwanda
(Minuar) has accused French soldiers of training extremist Hutus
responsible for the 1994 genocide.
2007 Apr 24, In Somalia
artillery shells and mortars rained down on Mogadishu in a seventh
straight day of raging battles that have left nearly 250 dead.
2007 Apr 24, Tamil rebel planes
bombed government positions in northern Sri Lanka in their
second-ever airstrike. The military said six soldiers were killed
but that the aircraft were turned back before reaching a key base.
2007 Apr 24, A Syrian court
convicted prominent human rights activist Anwar al-Bunni of
disseminating hostile information and sentenced him to five years in
2007 Apr 24, Turkey's foreign
minister Abdullah Gul was named as the ruling party's candidate for
the presidency, a decision that will maintain continuity in EU
reforms but fails to resolve a fight between the country's secular
and Islamist camps.
2007 Apr 24, Yanis Chimaras
(51), a Venezuelan soap opera actor, was stabbed to death when he
came upon a robbery in a Caracas suburb. The Justice Ministry
reported 9,402 homicides nationwide in 2005.
2008 Apr 24, It was reported
that the US military’s health insurance program has been swindled
out of more than $100 million over the past decade in bogus claims
filed in the Philippines, where US bases were closed in 1992.
(SFC, 4/24/08, p.A4)
2008 Apr 24, Film star Wesley
Snipes was sentenced to 3 years in prison for willfully failing to
file tax returns.
(SFC, 4/25/08, p.A4)
2008 Apr 24, UC Berkeley
officials defended an arrangement that allowed campus Police Chief
Victoria Harrison (54) to retire last year with a $2.1 million
package and then return to the same job for more money.
(SFC, 4/25/08, p.B1)
2008 Apr 24, The
Washington-based Cato Institute announced that Yon Goicoechea (23),
a law student in Venezuela, was winner of the $500,000 Milton
Friedman Prize for Advancing Liberty. Goicoechea took a central role
last year in rallying students to oppose what he sees as threats to
personal liberties and democracy in Venezuela.
2008 Apr 24, It was reported
that surviving members of the Grateful Dead band have decided to
give the group’s archives to the US Santa Cruz library.
(WSJ, 4/24/08, p.A4)
2008 Apr 24, James Day (89),
co-founder of San Francisco’s KQED TV station (1954), died in NYC.
In 1995 he published “The Vanishing Vision: The Inside Story of
(SFC, 4/30/08, p.B9)
2008 Apr 24, In Argentina
authorities detained Luis Abelardo Patti, a politician and former
police officer targeted in a Dirty War-era human rights probe in
Argentina, just hours after Congress barred him from taking up a
seat that would have afforded him immunity.
2008 Apr 24, In Bolivia a
packed SUV collided with a group of cyclists on Bolivia's "Highway
of Death," killing 9 people, including a British man who was the
second foreign tourist to die this week along the notorious road.
2008 Apr 24, In England police
in Leeds found Damien Oldfield (33) stabbed to death. Anthony Morley
(36) attacked Damien Oldfield (33) during a night the pair spent
together at Morley's home. Morley slit Oldfield's throat as he lay
in his bed, stabbed him repeatedly and cooked some of his flesh. On
Oct 20 Morley was sentenced to a minimum of 30 years in prison.
2008 Apr 24, Canada’s British
Columbia province shut the door on exploring for radioactive
minerals, saying companies cannot claim rights to them even if the
discovery is by accident.
2008 Apr 24, China said a
shipment of arms bound for Zimbabwe will be recalled after South
African workers refused to unload the vessel and other neighboring
countries barred it from their ports.
2008 Apr 24, Ethiopia launched
a commodities exchange market, aimed at boosting fair trade and
stabilizing its food market.
2008 Apr 24, In Honduras gunmen
ambushed and killed Altagracia Fuentes (60), the leader of Honduras'
largest workers federation and two traveling companions.
2008 Apr 24, Britain's foreign
secretary held talks with Iraqi PM Nouri al-Maliki. PM al-Maliki
said all political blocs have agreed to return to the government. At
least 13 people were reported killed in the ongoing fighting between
Shiite militiamen and Iraqi and US-led forces. A US soldier was
killed in a roadside bombing south of Baghdad.
(AP, 4/24/08)(AP, 4/25/08)(WSJ, 4/25/08, p.A1)
2008 Apr 24, An Israeli
airstrike in Gaza wounded three militants and tanks were moving
toward the area. Hamas proposed a six-month cease-fire with Israel,
saying it will stop firing rockets out of Gaza if the Jewish state
simultaneously lifts its blockade of the coastal strip.
(AP, 4/24/08)(AFP, 4/24/08)
2008 Apr 24, Nepal's former
communist rebels were declared the biggest party in a new governing
assembly. While the Maoists won't have a majority, they are expected
to usher in sweeping changes for the poor Himalayan nation.
2008 Apr 24, In Nigeria members
of a white-collar union working for Mobil Producing Nigeria (MPN),
an affiliate of US oil group ExxonMobil, began an indefinite strike
over pay and working conditions. MEND fighters sabotaged a Royal
Dutch Shell oil pipeline in southern Rivers State.
(AP, 4/24/08)(AP, 4/25/08)
2008 Apr 24, Sri Lanka carried
out retaliatory air strikes against Tamil Tiger rebels, a day after
intense artillery battles left hundreds killed or wounded, according
to officials on both sides.
2008 Apr 24, Syria dismissed US
accusations that North Korea was helping it build a nuclear reactor
that could produce plutonium. Israeli warplanes bombed a site in
Syria on Sept. 6, 2007, that private analysts said appeared to have
been the site of a reactor, based on commercial satellite imagery
taken after the raid. Syria later razed the site.
2008 Apr 24, Taiwan's Supreme
Court cleared the island's president-elect Ma Ying-jeou of
corruption charges, delivering a final ruling in the high-profile
case less than a month before he takes office.
2008 Apr 24, Elections were
held in Tonga as part of its transition to full democracy.
(Econ, 5/3/08, p.52)
2009 Apr 24, US federal
regulators privately began telling the nation's 19 largest financial
institutions how well they performed in stress tests to assess their
soundness. The results were scheduled for public release on May 4.
(AP, 4/24/09)(SFC, 4/25/09, p.C1)
2009 Apr 24, It was reported
that stem-cell scientists had reprogrammed mature cells into
embryonic-like cells using proteins instead of genes.
(WSJ, 4/22/09, p.A1)
2009 Apr 24, It was reported
that scientists have created the first genetic blueprint of domestic
cattle and found they share 80% of their genes with humans.
(WSJ, 4/22/09, p.A1)
2009 Apr 24, South Carolina's
worst wildfire in at least three decades threatened to intensify
after a lull overnight, when calm winds and firebreaks helped
contain the blaze that demolished homes and roared through woods
just miles from the most-populated stretch of the state's tourist
2009 Apr 24, In Afghanistan a
bomb inside a package left at a checkpoint in Kabul exploded when
police opened it, killing one officer. Taliban militants released
the father of Afghanistan's education minister after holding him
hostage for four days. International and Afghan troops clashed with
insurgents in fighting that left at least 12 militants dead.
(AP, 4/24/09)(WSJ, 4/25/09, p.A1)
2009 Apr 24, Margaret Gelling
(84), expert on English place names, died. From 1986 to 1998 she
served as the president of the English Place-Name Society.
(Econ, 5/16/09, p.93)
2009 Apr 24, The Canadian Auto
Workers union and Chrysler Canada reached a tentative concession
deal that would cut about C$19 ($15.70) an hour from labor costs in
a bid to keep the struggling automaker from bankruptcy.
2009 Apr 24, China enacted a
new postal law propping up its China Post monopoly. It imposed new
rules on small domestic companies and severely limited the
activities of foreign owned firms.
(Econ, 5/2/09, p.65)
2009 Apr 24, David Duke (59),
the former Grand Wizard of the Louisiana-founded Knights of the Ku
Klux Klan, arrived in Prague at the invitation of a local far-right
group, Narodni Odpor (National Resistance). He was soon arrested and
questioned for several hours on suspicion of promoting movements
seeking the suppression of human rights. Duke was freed during the
night and forced to leave the country the next day.
2009 Apr 24, In Egypt a woman
(33) died from the H5N1 strain of bird flu, the third death from the
disease in Egypt this week.
2009 Apr 24, Ethiopian
authorities arrested 35 members of an opposition group accused of
plotting to carry out a "terror attack" in the Horn of Africa
2009 Apr 24, In India's remote
northeast Assam state wild elephants demolished two thatched-roof
huts, killing five villagers in a pre-dawn attack. India's northeast
has the world's highest number of wild Asiatic elephants, with 7,000
estimated in the states of Assam and Meghalaya alone.
2009 Apr 24, In Iraq
back-to-back, female suicide bombings killed 71 people outside
Baghdad’s Shiite shrine of Imam Mousa al-Kazim. Among the dead were
25 Iranian pilgrims. An American soldier died as a result of a
noncombat related incident in the northern Salahuddin province.
(AP, 4/24/09)(AP, 4/25/09)
2009 Apr 24, Jewish settlers,
Israeli troops and Palestinian villagers clashed with guns, rocks
and tear gas, leaving five Palestinians hospitalized.
2009 Apr 24, Jordan's king
recorded an interview urging President Barack Obama to take a more
forceful role in the peace process between Israelis and
Palestinians, warning of a new Mideast war if there is no
significant progress in the next 18 months.
2009 Apr 24, In Italy US and
Russian arms negotiators held a "very productive" initial round of
talks aimed at agreeing a new treaty to curb nuclear weapons as part
of a broader effort to improve relations.
2009 Apr 24, In Madagascar
police clashed with supporters of the ousted president leaving 2
(SFC, 4/25/09, p.A2)
2009 Apr 24, Malaysia's PM
Najib Razak vowed to investigate a scathing report by US lawmakers
saying thousands of Myanmar refugees were handed over to human
traffickers and ended up working in Thai brothels.
2009 Apr 24, Mexico’s Health
Secretary Jose Cordova said private and public schools in Mexico
city have been ordered to remain closed due to a flue epidemic. At
least 20 people have died nationwide from the flu in the last three
2009 Apr 24, In Mexico the
bullet-riddled bodies of nine men were found in and around the
resort of Acapulco. 2 federal police agents were shot to death in
Ciudad Juarez, as they walked in the downtown area after leaving a
bar. Mexican authorities captured German Torres (29), an alleged
cartel hit man suspected in the abduction of American
anti-kidnapping expert Felix Batista. Batista was kidnapped in
Coahuila state Dec. 10 and has not been heard from since.
(AP, 4/24/09)(AP, 4/26/09)
2009 Apr 24, In Pakistan
Taliban militants who had seized Buner district, just 60 miles from
the capital, began pulling out after the government warned it would
use force to evict them.
2009 Apr 24, Paraguay’s
President Fernando Lugo asked for forgiveness for a paternity
scandal in which three women claim the former Roman Catholic bishop
fathered their children. He vowed not to let the current scandal
distract his government from pressing reforms, and said he would
step down only when his term ends in 2013.
2009 Apr 24, Somalia's hardline
Islamist leader Sheikh Hassan Dahir Aweys ruled out talks on with
the government until African Union peacekeepers withdraw from the
2010 Apr 24, In Mississippi a
devastating tornado sliced through the state killing 10 people
including 3 children. Tornadoes also were reported in Louisiana,
Arkansas and Alabama with 2 deaths in Alabama.
(AP, 4/25/10)(AP, 4/26/10)
2010 Apr 24, The Texas Rangers
filed for bankruptcy. Hicks Sports Group, the holding company that
owns the Rangers, stopped paying interest on its $525 million of
debts last year.
(Econ, 5/29/10, p.64)
2010 Apr 24, Angus Maddison
(83), British economic historian and chiffrephile (a lover of
figures) died. His life work included 20 books and 130 article plus
19 volumes that he edited or co-authored.
(Econ, 5/1/10, p.80)(Econ, 10/4/14, p.82)
2010 Apr 24, In Chile Paul
Schaefer (89), a former Nazi soldier, died in a prison. He had
founded Colonia Dignidad, a secretive, commune-like colony of German
immigrants and was serving time for child molestation and human
rights abuses dating to the dictatorship of Gen. Augusto Pinochet.
2010 Apr 24, China replaced
Wang Lequan (65), the unpopular Communist Party boss for western
Xinjiang province, months after ethnic riots there killed nearly
200. The Xinhua News Agency said Wang had been appointed as deputy
secretary of a political committee of the Central Committee. It is
not known if he is still a member of the party's Politburo, the
25-member body near the pinnacle of power in China. He was replaced
by Zhang Chunxian (56), party boss of southern Hunan province since
November 2006. The Dalian city government ordered the mayor of
Zhuanghe city to resign for his "mismanagement" of an April 13
incident in which he ignored scores of villagers who knelt in front
of government offices to appeal for an investigation into official
(AP, 4/24/10)(AP, 4/25/10)
2010 Apr 24, Iran’s official
IRNA news agency reported that Iran has amnestied 110 "terrorists"
since it captured the leader of a Sunni insurgency in southeastern
Sistan-Baluchestan province in February. Provincial governor Ali
Mohammad Azad said 300 militants had "expressed regret" for their
actions since Abdolmalek Rigi's arrest.
2010 Apr 24, In Mexico gunmen
armed with assault rifles and grenades attacked a convoy carrying
the top security official of the western state of Michoacan, killing
four and wounding 10. In the Pacific coast state of Guerrero, the
dismembered bodies of three men were found in plastic bags inside a
home outside the resort of Acapulco. A hand-lettered sign blamed the
three dead men for the April 14 shooting that killed six people on
Acapulco's main boulevard. Prosecutors in Chihuahua state, where
Ciudad Juarez is located, announced the arrest of a man suspected of
participating in last year's killing of an anti-crime activist and a
neighbor, both of whom lived in rural Chihuahua but held dual US
citizenship. Ubaldo Rohan was charged with acting as a lookout in
the kidnapping of activist Benjamin LeBaron's brother, Eric. After
LeBaron protested the kidnapped, he and a neighbor were killed [see
July 7, 2009].
2010 Apr 24, In New Zealand 3
airmen were killed and a fourth seriously hurt after a military
helicopter en route to a military memorial flyover crashed on
farmland north of Wellington.
2010 Apr 24, Nigeria and the
United States agreed to work together to counter the spread of
nuclear weapons. The agreement was announced following a meeting
between US undersecretary of state for political affairs William
Burns with acting Pres. Goodluck Jonathan.
2010 Apr 24, In Nigeria Edo
Ugbagwu (42), a justice reporter for the daily newspaper The Nation,
died in a shooting after some sort of confrontation at his home in
Lagos. Two journalists working for a Christian magazine were stabbed
to death by a mob in a predominantly Muslim suburb in the flashpoint
Nigerian city of Jos. Kidnappers seized the commissioner of the
environment in southern oil-rich Bayelsa State, along with her
mother-in-law, during a private visit to Abia state. Mrs. Victoria
Denenu and her mother-in-law were released on April 29.
(AP, 4/26/10)(AFP, 4/26/10)(AFP, 4/27/10)(AFP,
2010 Apr 24, In northwest
Pakistan a suicide attack on a prison van wounded at least 10
policemen in Timergarah. Troops waging an offensive in the Orakzai
tribal region killed 20 suspected Taliban insurgents. Gunmen torched
6 NATO oil tankers killing 4 police officers in the Chakwal district
of Punjab province.
(AP, 4/24/10)(SSFC, 4/25/10, p.A7)
2010 Apr 24, Palestinian
president Mahmud Abbas called for an "open political dialogue"
between Palestinian groups and both Israeli and Jewish organizations
around the world.
2010 Apr 24, Paraguay lawmakers
gave Pres. Fernando Lugo and the army emergency powers resembling
martial law to pursue a guerrilla group known for its kidnappings in
the north of the country.
2010 Apr 24, In Peru police
Gen. Luis Muguruza, who commanded a police operation against an
Indian road blockade last June that resulted in 33 deaths, was named
a member of the Interior Ministry's human rights commission,
according to a decree published in the government's official
2010 Apr 24, A Russian Proton
rocket carrying a US AMC 49 telecommunications satellite was
launched into orbit from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
2010 Apr 24, In Spain tens of
thousands of people marched through Madrid and other Spanish cities
in a boisterous show of support for Judge Baltasar Garzon, who has
been indicted on charges of abusing his authority by investigating
atrocities committed during the civil war and the early years of
Gen. Francisco Franco's dictatorship.
2010 Apr 24, Thailand's PM
Abhisit Vejjajiva rejected scaled-back demands that he dissolve
Parliament in 30 days, prompting anti-government protesters to pull
out of negotiations and dashing hopes for an imminent resolution to
the country's political crisis.
2010 Apr 24, Ukraine's
political opposition sought to rally people against a decision by
President Viktor Yanukovich to allow the Russian navy to stay in
Ukraine's Crimea until 2042.
2011 Apr 24, In New Mexico
Margaret Salcedo (48) was mauled to death by a pack of four pit
bulls in the town of Truth or Consequences.
2011 Apr 24, In New Mexico a
small plane crashed in Heron Lake near the town of Chama. Police
divers the next day recovered some human remains and bundles of
(SFC, 4/26/11, p.A4)
2011 Apr 24, In Afghanistan a
roadside bomb killed a NATO service members. NATO confirmed that
Afghan and coalition forces have killed three leaders of the Haqqani
network, including Salih Khan, a senior Haqqani leader in Nadir Shah
2011 Apr 24, Sir Denis Mahon
(b.1910), a renowned art collector and historian, died in London. He
left his collection to the Art Fund charity with instructions it
should be placed on display in specific venues in perpetuity.
2011 Apr 24, Cambodian and Thai
troops exchanged artillery fire in a third day of fighting that has
killed 10 soldiers and uprooted thousands of villagers from their
2011 Apr 24, In India Hindu
guru Sathya Sai Baba (b.1926), revered by millions worldwide, died
after nearly a month of hospital treatment near his southern Indian
ashram. Trust members found 98 kg (215.6 pounds) of gold, 307 kg of
silver and 115 million rupees ($2.55 million) in cash afterwards in
his private quarters. The treasure was recorded in the presence of
two retired judges. On June 28 trustees offered to pay tax on the
vast piles of cash and gold.
(AP, 4/24/11)(Econ, 5/14/11, p.110)(AFP, 6/28/11)
2011 Apr 24, Iran and Iraq
signed agreements to return each others' detainees, which could lead
to the forced repatriation of an Iranian opposition group based in
2011 Apr 24, In Iraq a bomb
exploded outside the entrance of a Baghdad church injuring at least
2011 Apr 24, Madame Ngo Dinh
Nhu (bv.1924), the de facto First Lady of South Vietnam (1955-1963),
died in Rome, Italy. In 2013 Monique Brinson Demery authored
“Finding the Dragon lady: The Mystery of Vietnam’s Madame Nhu.”
2011 Apr 24, In Japan thousands
of people marched in Tokyo to demand an end to nuclear power and a
switch to alternative energy after the crisis at an atomic plant hit
by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.
2011 Apr 24, Kuwait announced a
pledge of "urgent humanitarian aid" to Libyan civilians, through the
Transitional National Council of Libya. The pledge was later said to
be $180 million.
2011 Apr 24, Libyan rebel
fighters drove Moammar Gadhafi's forces to the edge of Misrata,
taking control of the main hospital where government troops had been
holed up. At least 28 people have been killed and 85 wounded by
fighting in the city over the last 24 hours. Salvos of Grad rockets
exploded In Misrata in apparent contradiction of Gadhafi's vow to
halt fire there. Residents said 4 people were killed in the mountain
town of Zintan, around 160 km (100 miles) southwest of Tripoli, by
fire from Gaddafi's tanks and rockets.
(AP, 4/24/11)(AFP, 4/24/11)(AP, 4/25/11)(AP,
2011 Apr 24, Mexico’s Federal
Competition Commission confirmed that it hit Telcel with a fine of
11.99 billion pesos ($1 billion) for charging competing networks
sky-high connection fees.
(Econ, 5/7/11, p.41)(http://tinyurl.com/6dft5fj)
2011 Apr 24, In Mexico a
severed head was found on a street outside the central bus terminal
in Zihuatanejo, Guerrero state.
2011 Apr 24, In Morocco
thousands of demonstrators marched peacefully in several cities to
demand more democracy and social justice despite King Mohammed VI's
concessions, including the release of political prisoners.
2011 Apr 24, Nigerian police
said at least 11 recent college graduates who helped run polling
stations as part of the country's national youth service corps have
been killed in postelection violence in northern Nigeria and other
female poll workers have been raped. A Nigerian human rights group
said more than 500 people were killed in post-election violence last
week in the mostly Muslim north.
(AP, 4/24/11)(Reuters, 4/24/11)
2011 Apr 24, A Palestinian
policeman opened fire at a group of Israelis who had come to pray at
a Jewish holy site in the West Bank without authorization, killing
one and wounding four. Hours later, Jewish settlers attacked
Palestinian cars south of Nablus, setting fire to one after its
passengers fled and stoning passing vehicles before Israeli soldiers
2011 Apr 24, In South Africa
the body of Noxolo Nogwaza (24) was found in a drainage ditch choked
with trash and high reeds. The lesbian activist had been repeatedly
stabbed with broken glass, and beaten so severely with chunks of
concrete that her teeth had been knocked out.
2011 Apr 24, South Sudan’s
Brig. Malaak Ayuen, the head of the Southern Sudan's Army
Information Department, said at least 115 people have died in
violence between government forces and a rebel militia in Southern
Sudan this week. Militia chief Gabriel Tang and around 1,300 of his
men surrendered peacefully.
(AP, 4/24/11)(AP, 4/25/11)
2011 Apr 24, Thousands of
Syrians called for the overthrow of President Bashar al-Assad at a
funeral for protesters killed by security forces in the southern
town of Nawa. Syrian security forces detained dozens of opposition
activists and others in raids. In Jableh army troops and police
reportedly opened fire from rooftop positions even though no protest
was in progress, killing one person and wounding several others.
(Reuters, 4/24/11)(AP, 4/24/11)
2011 Apr 24, Turkmenistan
culminated a weekend horse show with opening of the four new lavish
race tracks. The country boasted around 3,000 Akhal-Teke horses, of
which 500 are owned by the President Gurbanguli Berdymukhamedov.
2011 Apr 24, In Yemen thousands
of anti-government protesters held their ground in the capital's
Change Square despite the president's acceptance, a day earlier, of
an Arab proposal to leave office under certain conditions after 32
years in power.
2012 Apr 24, Mitt Romney swept
five GOP primaries, including Pennsylvania and New York, and
solidified his lead in the race to reach the 1,144 delegates
necessary to claim the GOP nomination.
2012 Apr 24, The US Department
of Agriculture reported the country's fourth-ever case of bovine
spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in a California dairy cow, but
stressed the outbreak was contained and no contaminated meat had
entered the food chain.
2012 Apr 24, In Texas a US
federal indictment was unsealed against Mexican drug boss Joaquin
Guzman Loera, known as El Chapo. The indictment also named Sinaloa
cartel co-leader Zambada Garcia and 22 others.
(SFC, 4/25/12, p.A8)
2012 Apr 24, At the Museum of
Flight in Seattle, Wa., the Planetary Resources firm announced a
plan to mine metals from asteroids and bring them back to Earth. The
company was founded by peter Diamandis, instigator of the X Prize.
(Econ, 4/28/12, p.81)
2012 Apr 24, In southern
Afghanistan a NATO service member was killed by an improvised
explosive device. Another NATO service member died of non-battle
injuries in the east.
2012 Apr 24, BTG Pactual, a
Brazilian investment bank, raised $3.7 billion reais ($1.9 billion)
in an initial public offering (IPO).
(Econ, 4/28/12, p.81)
2012 Apr 24, British police
arrested five men on suspicion of terror offences in Luton, in
pre-planned raids. The men were arrested "on suspicion of the
commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism" in the
Bury Park area, which has been home to a large Muslim Pakistani
community since the 1970s. On April 30 four men Zahid Iqbal (30),
Mohammed Sharfaraz Ahmed (24), Umar Arshad (23), and Syed Hussain
(21) were charged with intention to commit acts of terror or
assisting others to commit such acts.
(AFP, 4/24/12)(AFP, 4/30/12)
2012 Apr 24, In London
Gianfranco Techegne (49) was arrested at the Broadway Post Office by
detectives from Scotland Yard's extradition unit. He has been wanted
by Italian police since 1982 in connection with the armed robbery of
a car rental agency in Naples during which a young police officer
was fatally wounded.
2012 Apr 24, An Egyptian court
upheld a conviction against popular comedian Adel Imam (71) for
offending Islam in some of his most popular films. He was sentenced
to 3 months in jail and fined around $170. On Sep 12 an appeals
court said the lawyer was not personally harmed by the movies and
had no standing to sue.
(SFC, 4/25/12, p.A2)(AP, 9/12/12)
2012 Apr 24, Hundreds of
Egyptians noisily protested outside the Saudi Embassy to demand the
release of an Egyptian human rights lawyer detained on April 17 in
Saudi Arabia for allegedly insulting the kingdom's monarch.
2012 Apr 24, An Indian couple
who "married" when aged just one and three had their wedding
annulled in Jodhpur in a ground-breaking case that activists hope
will challenge the culture of child marriages.
2012 Apr 24, Israel's Supreme
Court rejected an appeal by a Palestinian prisoner who has been
refusing food for more than seven weeks to protest being held
without charge. Hassan Safdi (31) was arrested on June 29, 2011 and
has been held without charge under a procedure called administrative
detention, which means a prisoner can be held for renewable periods
of up to six months.
2012 Apr 24, Israel legalized
three unsanctioned West Bank settler outposts and was trying to save
another, infuriating the Palestinians as the chief American Mideast
envoy was in the region laboring to revive peace efforts.
2012 Apr 24, In Ivory Coast 8
people were killed and ten of homes burned in an attack on the
village of Sakre in the restive south-west bordering Liberia. Four
attackers were soon arrested, all of them sympathizers of ousted
strongman Laurent Gbagbo.
2012 Apr 24, Jordanian
authorities detained journalist of Jamal Muhtaseb for publishing
online statements alleging misconduct by royal officials. On May 13
Muhtaseb, chief editor of Gerasa News, was released on bail after
publishing a report on a graft probe into a $7 billion housing
(AP, 4/24/12)(AFP, 5/13/12)
2012 Apr 24, In Kenya a stone
thrown by a rioter killed one protester in the coastal city of
Mombasa after police blocked members of an outlawed group from
entering a court house. Riot police fired teargas to stop more than
100 members of the Mombasa Republican Council (MRC) from reaching
the court to hear a case in which they are challenging the ban on
their group. The MRC has repeatedly claimed that the Mombasa region,
predominantly Muslim, is not part of Kenya.
2012 Apr 24, In northern Mali
special forces from Burkina Faso swept into rebel-held territory
aboard a helicopter and whisked Swiss hostage Beatrice Stockly to
safety in a pre-arranged handover by Islamist Ansar Dine rebels.
2012 Apr 24, Moldova's Pres.
Nicolae Timofti refused to sign a law that would have meant that
foreigners convicted of sexually abusing children in Moldova were
chemically castrated. Parliament had approved the law on March 6
after lawmakers said the impoverished nation was attracting
pedophiles from the West.
2012 Apr 24, Nigerian lawmakers
called for a probe into an alleged $6.8 billion lost since 2009
through a graft-ridden fuel subsidy program.
2012 Apr 24, In Nigeria gunmen
killed five people, including a police officer and a politician, at
a bar in Damaturu, Yobe state, in an area previously hit by a bomb
blast blamed on Islamists. 5 people, including two children, were
killed in Gwa-Rim village by suspected Fulani herdsmen. In Jos a
blast killed one person and wounded nine soccer
2012 Apr 24, In eastern
Pakistan a bomb exploded at the main railway station in Lahore,
killing at least two people.
2012 Apr 24, The Philippines
Supreme Court ruled to break up Hacienda Luisita, the estate owned
by the family of Pres. Benigno S. Aquino III, parceling out plots to
over 6,000 farmers and their families after decades of conflict over
the land. The estate was valued at $4.5 million.
(SFC, 4/25/12, p.A2)(SSFC, 4/29/12, p.A4)
2012 Apr 24, The Philippines
said it had brokered a "significant" agreement with Muslim rebels
(MILF) on how to end a decades-long insurgency, but warned that
major issues still needed to be resolved.
2012 Apr 24, The Philippines
said it was hoping to help secure its energy future by developing a
natural gas field in Reed Bank, an area of the South China Sea also
claimed by China.
2012 Apr 24, South Sudan's
Pres. Salva Kiir, on a visit to Beijing where he met President Hu
Jintao, said his "neighbor in Khartoum has declared war on the
Republic of South Sudan." Kiir accused Sudan of declaring war as
Khartoum's fighter jets bombed border regions in defiance of
international calls for restraint.
2012 Apr 24, Syrian rebels
seeking to topple President Bashar Assad killed three regime
officers in separate attacks around Damascus.
2012 Apr 24, The UN released a
report slamming Hungary for the treatment of migrants from
violence-ridden countries detained for months without convictions.
(SFC, 4/25/12, p.A2)
2012 Apr 24, A UN mine removal
expert said unexploded cluster munitions have been found in northern
Sri Lanka, appearing to confirm, for the first time, that the
weapons were used in that country's long civil war.
2012 Apr 24, Venezuela's top
security official announced the arrests of five people on charges of
money laundering and said that there are suspicions some opposition
politicians were involved in the scheme.
2012 Apr 24, Vietnamese riot
police fired warning shots and tear gas to break up a protest by
hundreds of angry farmers against a forced eviction on the outskirts
of the capital Hanoi. The area is to be developed by EcoPark, a
satellite city being built by a private company, Viet Hung Co. Ltd.,
which the farmers say was granted some 500 hectares of their land
without proper negotiations. Police and security guards beat two
state radio reporters who were watching them evict farmers from
their land to make way for a massive privately built housing
(AFP, 4/24/12)(AP, 5/8/12)
2012 Apr 24, Yemeni government
troops fought their way into the center of Zinjibar, an
al-Qaida-held city in the lawless south after a fierce, six-hour
battle that ended early today. Dozens were killed and wounded on
2013 Apr 24, Robert Shearer
(68), a former San Francisco State Univ. official, was charged with
128 felonies for allegedly taking bribes for a waste-disposal
contract that ultimately cost the university millions in additional
dollars. Stephen Cheung (47) of Chemical Hazardous Material
Technology was charged with 118 felonies, including commercial
(SFC, 4/25/13, p.A7)
2013 Apr 24, In Illinois Rick
O. Smith, the nephew of a small-town mayor, shot and killed 5 people
in a Manchester home before he was shot and killed in a chase by
(SFC, 4/25/13, p.A5)
2013 Apr 24, In a new study
scientists reported that some bacteria and other microbes from the
gut turn lecithin - a nutrient in egg yolks, liver, beef, pork and
wheat germ - into an artery-clogging compound called TMAO
(trimethylamine-N-oxide). They also found that blood levels of TMAO
predict heart attack, stroke or death, and do so "independent of
other risk factors."
2013 Apr 24, In Afghanistan an
insurgent shot and killed an Afghan police officer who was guarding
a girls' primary school in Ghazni city. A roadside bomb in Ghazni
province hit a convoy of Afghan police cars and trucks carrying
supplies south toward Kandahar, killing two policemen.
2013 Apr 24, In Afghanistan 18
people were killed by the earthquake that struck Nangarhar and Kunar
2013 Apr 24, In Bangladesh the
8-story Rana Plaza building, housing five garment factories,
collapsed in the Dhaka suburb of Savar. More than 2,500 people were
rescued alive. By May 9 the death toll reached 948. The building was
designed in 2004 as a shopping mall and not for any industrial
purpose. Three of the floors were built illegally. The final death
toll reached 1,129. This was likely the worst garment-factory
accident ever. At least 322 people remained missing.
(Reuters, 4/25/13)(AP, 4/30/13)(AP, 5/1/13)(AP,
5/2/13)(AP, 5/9/13)(Econ, 5/4/13, p.42)(AP, 6/19/13)(AP, 7/5/13)
2013 Apr 24, Britain sought to
inject new life into the country's stagnant economy by giving banks
greater incentives to lend to small and medium-sized firms which
complain they are starved of credit.
2013 Apr 24, The Czech Republic
said it plans to donate 4 million koruna (some $200,000) to help the
Texas town of West recover from a devastating fertilizer plant
explosion. The government decided to the provide aid in solidarity
because a significant number of people in the town of 2,700 have
2013 Apr 24, Egypt's
Islamist-led parliament pushed ahead with a law that could force
into retirement many of the nation's most senior judges, despite an
uproar by the judiciary over fears the president's allies want to
control the courts.
2013 Apr 24, Wikileaks said it
has secured a victory in Iceland’s Supreme Court against the
financial blockade imposed by Visa and Master Card on donations for
the secret-spilling site.
(SFC, 4/25/13, p.A2)
2013 Apr 24, In the message to
its Iranian retailers, Samsung said that it cannot provide access to
the store, known as Samsung Apps, in Iran because of "legal
barriers," effective May 22. It apologized to customers in emailed
statement. The move was seen as part of international sanctions on
the country over its disputed nuclear program.
2013 Apr 24, In Iraq clashes
erupted between the Iraqi army and armed Sunni tribesmen who sealed
off two central Iraqi towns, leaving 38 dead. Security forces killed
3 gunmen who attacked a checkpoint in the country's north amid
escalating Sunni-Shiite tensions. 10 gunmen and 4 police officers
were killed in clashes in Mosul, and 12 policemen were wounded.
Police reported fierce clashes in Suleiman Beg with 4 soldiers and
12 others killed, including some gunmen.
(AP, 4/24/13)(AP, 4/25/13)
2013 Apr 24, Israel's attorney
general upheld a practice to allow security personnel to read
people's email accounts when they arrive at the airport, arguing it
prevents militants from entering the country.
2013 Apr 24, Italy’s Pres.
Giorgio Napolitano nominated Enrico Letta, the deputy head of the
Democratic Party, as prime minister.
(SFC, 4/25/13, p.A3)
2013 Apr 24, In northern
Lebanon a grenade, left behind from the 2007 fighting in a
Palestinian refugee camp exploded and wounded seven schoolchildren.
2013 Apr 24, Lebanon's leading
caricaturist Pierre Sadek (76), died. He was famous for his decades
of work poking fun at politicians.
2013 Apr 24, In Liberia at
least three were killed and more than 10 feared trapped under the
rubble of a building that was gutted by fire and came down in the
Waterside commercial district of Monrovia.
2013 Apr 24, In Mexico the
hacked-up bodies of photojournalist Daniel Martinez Bazaldua (22)
and Julian Zamora (23) were found in the northern city of
Saltillo. A hand-lettered message appeared to indicate the Zetas
were responsible for the killings.
2013 Apr 24, A Dutch court
ordered Hans van Anraat, convicted of selling Saddam Hussein raw
materials for mustard gas, to pay compensation to victims of
chemical weapon attacks by the late Iraqi dictator's regime. The
landmark ruling was largely symbolic for the 16 survivors as the
businessman is serving a prison sentence for selling the chemicals
and is believed to be destitute.
2013 Apr 24, In northeastern
Nigeria at least 7 people were killed in a shootout between soldiers
and Islamic extremists in the fishing village of Gashua in Yobe
state. Another attack killed four people in Bama.
2013 Apr 24, A Pakistani court
rejected bail for ex-military ruler Pervez Musharraf in a case
connected to the assassination of former PM Benazir Bhutto in 2007.
2013 Apr 24, In Syria the
minaret of the famed Umayyad Mosque in Aleppo was destroyed.
Government and rebel forces blamed each other. Two mortar shells
slammed into a Damascus suburb, killing at least seven people and
wounding dozens. Government troops captured Otaybah, a strategic
town near Damascus, cutting an arms route for rebels trying to
topple President Bashar Assad's regime.
(AP, 4/24/13)(AP, 4/25/13)
2013 Apr 24, Venezuelan
authorities arrested Timothy Tracy (35), a filmmaker from
California, accusing him of fomenting postelection violence on
behalf of the US government. Tracy was formally charged on April 27.
Officials accused him of paying right-wing groups to foment
postelection unrest on behalf of US intelligence. Tracy was released
and returned to the US on June 5.
(AP, 4/25/13)(AP, 4/27/13)(AP, 6/5/13)
2014 Apr 24, US postal workers
in cities large and small rallied against a US Postal service pilot
program to open counters in Staples stores.
(SFC, 4/25/14, p.A6)
2014 Apr 24, A US court filing
indicated that four major Silicon Valley companies (Adobe, Apple,
Google and Intel) have settled a suit over charges that they
conspired not to hire one another’s workers.
(SFC, 4/25/14, p.C5)
2014 Apr 24, In Afghanistan 3
Americans were killed when a security guard opened fire at the Kabul
Cure Hospital funded by a US Christian charity. They killed included
Dr. Jerry Umanos, health clinic administrator Jon Gabel and his
visiting father, Gary. The attacker was captured.
(Reuters, 4/24/14)(AP, 4/26/14)
2014 Apr 24, Bolivia's army,
navy and air force announced the expulsion of 702 enlisted men for
sedition, rebellion and attacking the "honor of the Armed Forces."
An unprecedented military protest began April 21 with 500 soldiers
but expanded to about 1,000 today. Soldiers vowed to keep up
protests to demand the option of rising to the rank of officer.
2014 Apr 24, In Brazil Paulo
Malhaes, a former army colonel who acknowledged he tortured and
killed political prisoners during Brazil's 1964-1985 military
regime, was suffocated to death by three men who broke into his
house and stole two computers and some of the antique guns he
2014 Apr 24, The British
government said Cornish people have been given the same status as
Scots, Welsh and Irish — the U.K.'s other Celtic peoples — under EU
law protecting national minorities.
2014 Apr 24, China passed
amendments to the country's environmental protection law that will
impose tougher penalties on polluters in the most sweeping revisions
to the law in 25 years.
2014 Apr 24, Four French police
officers were held in custody on suspicion of raping a 34-year-old
Canadian woman at their Paris headquarters. The alleged rape took
place overnight April 22-23 at the headquarters of the Paris police
2014 Apr 24, In India Mumbai
voters were among the 180 million people who were registered to vote
in the sixth phase of the mammoth general election, but many were
unable to cast ballots when their names were not found on the
2014 Apr 24, In Iraq a car bomb
exploded at a police checkpoint south of Baghdad, killing 8 people.
2014 Apr 24, Japanese Economy
Minister Akira Amari said that the US and Japan made progress in
trade talks but did not reach a final deal.
2014 Apr 24, In Kashmir Indian
forces used tear gas and wooden batons to disperse scores of
demonstrators who shouted anti-India slogans and threw rocks to
protest against voting in national elections in the disputed region.
Voter turnout was low.
2014 Apr 24, The Marshall
Islands filed suit against the US and eight other nuclear-armed
nations with an unprecedented lawsuit demanding that they meet their
obligations toward disarmament and accusing them of "flagrant
violations" of international law. The Marshall Islands claims the
nine countries are modernizing their nuclear arsenals instead of
2014 Apr 24, In southern
Pakistan a bombing killed Shafiq Tanoli, a police officer known for
his anti-militant campaigns, and 3 other people in Karachi.
Pakistani warplanes carried out airstrikes against insurgents in the
Khyber tribal region, killing 37 suspected militants.
(AP, 4/24/14)(SFC, 4/25/14, p.A2)
2014 Apr 24, Saudi Arabia's
health ministry said two more patients who became infected with a
Middle East virus related to SARS have died, and that 13 others have
contracted the MERS virus. The deaths bring to 83 the number of
people who have died in the kingdom since contracting the virus in
2014 Apr 24, Syrian government
airstrikes targeted a vegetable market in a rebel-held town in the
northern Aleppo province, killing at least 18 people and wounding
scores of others according to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory
for Human Rights. Another activists group, the Syria-based Local
Coordination Committees also reported the airstrikes on Atareb,
saying that 24 people were killed.
2014 Apr 24, A Togo-flagged
cargo ship sank off the southern island of Crete. Four crew members
were rescued by a merchant vessel, but three remained missing.
2014 Apr 24, Ukrainian
government troops moved against pro-Russia forces in the east of the
country and killed at least two of them in clashes at checkpoints
manned by the insurgents. Russian President Vladimir Putin decried
what he described as a "punitive operation."
2014 Apr 24, A UN panel that
settles claims for damages resulting from Iraq's 1990 invasion of
Kuwait paid out another $990 million. The Geneva-based commission
was established by the UN Security Council in 1991 and is funded by
a 5 percent tax on the export of Iraqi oil. It makes payments every
2014 Apr 24, In Yemen two
officers of the US Embassy in Sanaa shot and killed a pair of armed
civilians during an attempted abduction of the Americans at a
business. Within days of the shooting both Americans left Yemen with
the approval of the Yemeni government.
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