1284 Apr 25, Edward II, king of
England (1307-1327), was born.
1507 Apr 25, Martin
Waldseemuller, a German geographer working at a small college in
Eastern France, labeled the New World "America," for the first time
in his book "Cosmographiae Introductio," and gave Amerigo Vespucci
(d.1512) credit for discovering it. His map was the first to show
North and South America as separate continents. Letters of 1504-1505
had circulated in Florence claimed that Vespucci had discovered the
new World. Vespucci was in fact only a passenger or low officer on
one of the ships captained by others. Vespucci was later believed to
have been the brother of Simonetta Vespucci, the model for Venus in
the Botticelli painting. In 2000 the US Library of Congress planned
to acquire the original map for $14 million from the Prince Johannes
Waldburg-wolfegg. A $10 million purchase was completed in 2003. In
2009 Toby Lester authored “The Fourth Part of the World: The Race to
the Ends of the World, and the Epic Story of the Map That Gave
America Its Name."
(SFEC, 8/23/98, p.T10)(SFC, 10/27/00, p.C14)(WSJ,
7/25/03, p.W19)(AP, 4/25/07)(SSFC, 12/27/09, Books p.E5)(SFC,
1590 Apr 25, The Sultan of
Morocco launched his successful attack to capture Timbuktu. Morocco
sent 4,000 soldiers under the Muslim Spaniard Judar Pasha to conquer
Songhai. After a five month journey across the Shara, Pasha arrived
with only 1,000 men, but his soldiers carried guns. The 25,000 men
of the Songhai were no match for the guns and Gao, Timbuktu and most
of Songhai fall.
(ATC, p.122)(HN, 4/25/98)
1599 Apr 25, Oliver Cromwell
(d.1658) was born. He was an English military, political and
religious leader, and dictator as Lord Protector of the Commonwealth
(CFA, '96, p.44)(AHD, p.315) (HN, 4/25/98)
1644 Apr 25, The Ming Chongzhen
emperor committed suicide by hanging himself as Beijing fell to the
bandit and rebel leader Li Dzucheng (39). The Qing, or Chi’ing,
dynasty of China began when the Manchus invaded from Northeast China
and overthrew the 300-year-old Ming Dynasty.
(WSJ, 9/13/96, p.B8)(HN, 4/25/98)(PCh, 1992,
1684 Apr 25, A patent was
granted for the thimble.
1707 Apr 25, At the Battle of
Almansa, Franco-Spanish forces defeated Anglo-Portuguese.
1719 Apr 25, Daniel Defoe's
novel "Robinson Crusoe" was published in London. Crusoe was based on
the story of Alexander Selkirk (1676-1721), a man who was
voluntarily put ashore on a desert island (1704-1709).
1781 Apr 25, Gen. Nathanael
Greene engaged British forces at Hobkirk’s Hill, South Carolina, and
was forced to retreat.
(ON, 12/01, p.10)
1792 Apr 25, Highwayman Nicolas
Jacques Pelletier became the first person under French law to be
executed by guillotine.
(AP, 4/25/97)(HN, 4/25/98)
1825 Apr 25, Charles Ferdinand
Dowd was born. He standardized time zones.
1840 Apr 25, Peter Ilyich
Tchaikovsky, Russian composer (1812 Overture), was born. [see May 7]
1848 Apr 25, A. Graham
discovered asteroid #9: Metis.
1854 Apr 25,
The Gadsden Purchase was ratified in the US.
(HFA, '96, p.28)(AHD, p.537)
1859 Apr 25,
Ground was broken in Egypt for the Suez Canal.
(AP, 4/25/97)(HN, 4/25/02)
1860 Apr 25, The first Japanese
ambassador to the US, Niimi Buzennokami, and his 74-man staff
arrived in Washington to present their credentials to Pres. James
1862 Apr 25, Admiral David
Farragut gained control of the Mississippi River at New Orleans,
Louisiana. A few days later federal troops occupied the city. This
stopped cotton sales by the Confederacy a revenue shortage that led
to printed money and hyperinflation. In 2000 Jack D. Coombe
published "Gunfire Around the Gulf," which recounts the Southern
Civil War naval campaign.
(WSJ, 1/26/00, p.A20)(WSJ, 11/21/08,
1864 Apr 25, Battle of Marks'
1864 Apr 25, After facing
defeat in the Red River Campaign, Union General Nathaniel Bank
returned to Alexandria, Louisiana.
1867 Apr 25, Tokyo was opened
for foreign trade.
1873 Apr 25, Howard R. Garis,
children's writer, was born.
1873 Apr 25, Walther de la
Mare, poet and novelist (Memoir of a Midget, Come Hither), was born.
1874 Apr 25, Guglielmo Marconi
(d.1937), inventor of the radio, was born. He was an Italian
electrical engineer and the developer of wireless telegraphy. He won
a Nobel Prize in 1909.
(HFA, '96, p.28)(AHD, p.798)(HN, 4/25/98)(SS,
1876 Apr 25, The Chicago White
Stockings (later Chicago Cubs) beat Louisville 4-0 (1st NL shutout)
in the 1st NL game. Albert G. Spalding (1850-1915), former pitcher
for the Boston Red Stocking, had joined the Chicago White Stockings
after helping form the new National League. His move effectively
ended the National Association, baseball’s first professional
league. Spalding managed the White Stockings from 1876-1877 and
continued as a player to 1878.
1882 Apr 25, French commander
Henri Riviere seized the citadel of Hanoi. Capt. Henri Reviere was
later beheaded after he attempted to seize the coal deposits at Ha
long Bay. The outraged French proceeded to colonize Vietnam.
(HN, 4/25/98)(SFEC, 7/18/99, p.T4)
1883 Apr 25, Elsa Maxwell,
writer (Jack Paar Show), was born in Keokuk, Iowa.
1890 Apr 25, J. Palisa
discovered asteroids #291 Alice & #292 Ludovica.
1891 Apr 25, Pres. Benjamin
Harrison visited SF.
1896 Apr 25, Fight in Central
Dance Hall started a fire in Cripple Creek, Colorado.
1896 Apr 25, In Kansas a
tornado swept through several counties killing at least 9 people in
Clay County. 27 farms were destroyed.
(SFC, 4/25/09, p.D12)
1898 Apr 25, The United States
formally declared war on Spain. The US House passed the declaration
311 to 6.
(AP, 4/25/97)(HN, 4/25/98)(SSFC, 3/30/03, p.A1)
1900 Apr 25, Wolfgang Pauli,
physicist (Nobel 1945), was born in Austria.
1901 Apr 25, Erve Beck hit the
1st home run in the American League.
1901 Apr 25, In last of 9th,
Detroit Tigers, trailing by 13-4, score 10 runs to win one of the
greatest comebacks in baseball (1st game in Detroit).
1901 Apr 25, New York became
the first state to require automobile license plates; the fee was
one dollar. The first automobile license plates were issued in
Paris, France in 1893. The first American city to require drivers to
be licensed and register their vehicle was Boston, but the trend
(AP, 4/25/98)(HNQ, 7/18/00)
1906 Apr 25, William Joseph
Brennan Jr., future Supreme Court Justice (1956-90), was born in
Newark, New Jersey.
(SFC, 7/25/97, p.A8)(AP, 4/25/07)
1906 Apr 25, J.H. Metcalf
discovered asteroid #599: Luisa.
1907 Apr 25, Paula Trueman,
actress (Gran-Billy), was born in NYC.
1908 Apr 25, Edward R. Murrow,
war correspondent and newscaster, was born. He hosted See It Now and
Person to Person. During World War II broadcast journalist Edward R.
Murrow became known for opening his radio reports from London with
the ominous-sounding “This is London." He later turned to
television, becoming the host of a celebrity interview show called
Person to Person, and was named head of the U.S. Information Agency
(HNQ, 3/29/99)(HN, 4/25/99)
1912 Apr 25, Gladys L. Presley,
mother of Elvis Presley, was born.
1913 Apr 25, Earl Bostic, alto
sax player (Flamingo, Temptation), was born in Tulsa, OK.
1913 Apr 25, Russ Conway
Brandon, actor (Richard Diamond Private Eye), was born in Manitoba.
1914 Apr 25, Ross Lockridge,
Jr., novelist (Raintree Country), was born.
1915 Apr 25, Australian and New
Zealand troops landed at Gallipoli in Turkey in hopes of attacking
the Central Powers from below. Allied soldiers, ANZAC, invaded the
Gallipoli Peninsula in Turkey in an unsuccessful attempt to take the
Ottoman Turkish Empire out of the war. The allies were defeated in
one of the deadliest battles of the war.
(AP, 4/25/97)(SFC, 2/18/98, p.A18)(HN, 4/25/99)
1917 Apr 25, Ella Fitzgerald
(d.1996), jazz singer, was born. [see Apr 25, 1918]
1918 Apr 25, Ella Fitzgerald
(d.1996), jazz singer, was born. She became known as the ‘First Lady
of Song.’ [see Apr 25, 1917]
(SFC, 6/16/96, p.A1)(SFC, 4/26/97, p.A5)
1918 Apr 25, Astrid Varnay,
soprano (Met Opera 1941-56), was born in Stockholm, Sweden.
1923 Apr 25, Anita Bjorak,
actress (Miss Julie, Loving Couples, Night People), was born.
1923 Apr 25, Melissa Hayden,
ballerina (1961 Silver Bowl), was born in Toronto, Canada.
1923 Apr 25, Albert King, blues
singer/guitar (Bad Look Blues), was born in Mississippi.
1925 Apr 25, General Paul von
Hindenburg took office as president of Germany.
1926 Apr 25, Puccini's opera
Turandot premiered at La Scala in Milan with Arturo Toscanini
1926 Apr 25, In Iran (Persia),
Reza Kahn was crowned Shah and chose the name "Pehlevi".
1930 Apr 25, Dotty Mack,
actress (Paul Dixon Show), was born in Cincinnati, Ohio.
1930 Apr 25, Paul Mazursky, US
writer, director (Moscow on the Hudson), was born.
1932 Apr 25, William Roache,
actor (Ken Barlow-Coronation Street), was born in England.
1934 Apr 25, Denny "Scott"
Miller, actor (Wagon Train), was born in Bloomington, Ind.
1937 Apr 25, Bo Brundin,
actress (Rhinemann Exchange), was born in Stockholm, Sweden.
1937 Apr 25, Clem Sohn (26),
air show performer, died when his chute failed to open.
1938 Apr 25, A seeing eye dog
was first used.
1940 Apr 25, Al Pacino, actor
(And Justice For All, Godfather, Scorpio), was born in NYC.
1941 Apr 25, The United States
and China formally signed a $50 million stabilization agreement to
support the Chinese currency.
1945 Apr 25, Stu Cook, rock
bassist (Creedence Clearwater Revival-Proud Mary), was born.
1945 Apr 25, Bjorn Ulvaeus,
rock vocalist, guitarist (ABBA-Waterloo, Dancing Queen), was born.
1945 Apr 25, Delegates from some 50
countries met in San Francisco to organize the United Nations.
Charles Easton Rothwell (d.1987) headed the 500-member group that
helped establish the UN Charter.
(AP, 4/25/97)(SFC, 8/14/04, p.B6)
1945 Apr 25, During World War
II, U.S. and Soviet forces linked up at Torgau, on the Elbe River,
in central Europe, a meeting that dramatized the collapse of Nazi
(AP, 4/25/97)(HN, 4/25/98)
1945 Apr 25, Some 318 British
Lancaster bombers dropped 1,232 tons of bombs on Hitler’s alpine
redoubt at Obersalzberg near Berchtesgaden.
(SSFC, 8/6/06, p.G5)
1945 Apr 25, Last B-17 attack
against Nazi Germany.
1945 Apr 25, Clandestine Radio
1212, used to hoax Nazi Germany, made its final transmission.
1946 Apr 25, Talia Shire,
actress (Adrienne-Rocky, Godfather), was born in Lake Success, NY.
1946 Apr 25, A train crash at
Napierville, Illinois, killed 45-48. The "Exposition Flyer" was
1949 Apr 25, Michael Brown,
keyboardist (Left Bank-Don't Walk Away Renee), was born.
1949 Apr 25, E.L. Johnson
discovered asteroid #1922: Zulu.
1950 Apr 25, Steve Ferrone,
drummer (Average White Band), was born.
1950 Apr 25, Chuck Cooper
became the 1st black to play in the NBA.
1951 Apr 25, After a three day
fight in the Battle of Imjim River against Chinese Communist Forces,
the Gloucestershire Regiment was annihilated on “Gloucester Hill,"
1952 Apr 25, American Bowling
Congress approved use of an automatic pinsetter.
1952 Apr 25, President Juan
Peron of Argentina won re-election.
1953 Apr 25, The magazine
Nature published an article by biologists Francis Crick and James
Watson, describing the "double helix" of DNA.
1954 Apr 25, Bell Labs in NYC
announced the 1st solar battery.
(SFC, 2/16/04, p.E1)
1955 Apr 25, The 1st cases of
polio in children who received a vaccine were reported. It was later
found that 2 batches of vaccine made by Cutter Laboratories of
Berkeley, Ca., contained live polio virus.
(SFC, 4/25/05, p.A1)
1956 Apr 25, Elvis Presley's
"Heartbreak Hotel" goes number one. [see Apr 21]
(HN, 4/25/98)(SFC, 1/20/98, p.A9)
1956 Apr 25, John W. Powell
(1919-2008), former editor of the China Weekly Review, was indicted
by a federal grand jury in San Francisco on charges of sedition.
Powell had published articles about alleged military use of germ
warfare during the Korean War. A 5-day trial in 1959 ended in a
mistrial and the judge said the charge should been treason. A charge
of treason was dismissed 6 months later. All government charges were
dropped in 1961.
(SSFC, 12/21/08, p.B6)
1959 Apr 25, St. Lawrence
Seaway linking Atlantic, Great Lakes opened to shipping.
(AP, 4/25/97)(HN, 4/25/98)
1960 Apr 25, First submerged
circumnavigation of the Earth was completed by a Triton submarine.
In 1962 Edward Latimer “Ned" Beach (b.19180, Navy captain authored
“Around the World Submerged."
(HN, 4/25/98)(SFC, 12/2/02, p.A19)
1960 Apr 25, Hope Emerson (62),
actress (I Married Joan, Peter Gunn), died.
1961 Apr 25, SF Giants baseball
games began to appear on TV.
(SSFC, 4/24/11, DB p.46)
1961 Apr 25, Robert Noyce
patented the integrated circuit.
1961 Apr 25, Mercury-Atlas
rocket lifted off with an electronic mannequin. An unmanned Mercury
test exploded on launch pad.
1961 Apr 25, France exposed
soldiers to a nuclear test, code-named "Gerboise verte" or green
gerboa, in the Sahara Desert. In 2010 a French news report, citing a
classified defense document, said the exposure was intentional to
study how the atomic bomb would affect their bodies and minds. In
total, France conducted 210 nuclear tests, both in the atmosphere
and underground, in the Sahara Desert and the South Pacific from
1962 Apr 25,
Operation Dominic began with a test blast on Christmas Island. The
operation was a series of 105 nuclear test explosions conducted in
1962 and 1963 by the United States. Those conducted in the Pacific
are sometimes called Dominic I. The blasts in Nevada are known as
1962 Apr 25, U.S. Ranger
spacecraft crash landed on the Moon.
1967 Apr 25, Britain granted
internal self-government to Swaziland. The new Swaziland flag
included a black and white shield to depict racial harmony.
1971 Apr 25, US canal rights in
Nicaragua and rights to Nicaragua’s Corn Islands expired.
1972 Apr 25, Hans-Werner Grosse
(b.1922), German glider pilot, glided 907.7 miles (1,461 km) in an
1972 Apr 25, George Sanders
(b.1906), Russia-born English actor, died of suicide. He received an
Academy Award as Best Supporting actor for his role in “All About
1974 Apr 25, Marshal Antonio de
Spinola (1910-1996) was called to the barricades in Portugal to
receive the surrender of the 41-year old regime of Antonio Salazar.
Spinola was then named head of state by the 7-member military junta,
which included Gen. Costa Gomes. The Carnation Revolution changed
the Portuguese regime from an authoritarian dictatorship to a
democracy after two years of a transitional period known as PREC
(Processo Revolucionário Em Curso), characterized by social turmoil
and power dispute between left and right wing political forces.
p.D6)(SFC, 8/4/01, p.E2)
1975 Apr 25, The 1st Boeing
Jetfoil revenue service began between Hong Kong and Macao.
1975 Apr 25, In Vietnam former
Foreign Minister Vu Van Mau (d.1998 at 84) was named prime minister.
(SFC, 9/12/98, p.C3)
1978 Apr 25, William Clinton
(31), attorney general of Arkansas and candidate for governor,
sexually assaulted Juanita Broaddrick at the Camelot Inn in Little
Rock. Broaddrick made the story public on national TV in 1999.
(SFC, 2/19/99, p.A1,10)(SFC, 2/25/99, p.A2)
1978 Apr 25, The US Supreme
Court ruled pension plans can't require women to pay more.
1979 Apr 25, N. Chernykh,
Soviet-Russian, discovered asteroids #2656: Evenkia & #3653.
1980 Apr 25, President Jimmy
Carter announced the hostage rescue disaster in Iran.
1982 Apr 25, In accordance with
Camp David agreements, Israel completed the Sinai withdrawal. Ariel
Sharon, as defense minister, directed the dismantling of Israeli
settlements in the Sinai Peninsula. Nearly 5,000 residents and many
more sympathizers were dragged off roofs and bundled onto buses.
(HN, 4/25/98)(AP, 2/21/04)
1982 Apr 25, E. Bowell
discovered asteroids #2688: Halley, #3275: Oberndorfer & #3692.
1982 Apr 25, Don Wilson
(b.1900), TV announcer (Jack Benny Show), died.
1983 Apr 25, "Nightline"
expanded from a 1/2 hour to a full hour. The new format proved to be
unsuccessful, and after a few months, the old program was restored.
1983 Apr 25, Soviet leader Yuri
V. Andropov invited Samantha Smith to visit his country after
receiving a letter in which the Manchester, Maine, schoolgirl
expressed fears about nuclear war.
1983 Apr 25, The Pioneer 10
spacecraft crossed Pluto's orbit, speeding on its endless voyage
through the Milky Way.
1984 Apr 25, Richard Benedict
(64), actor, died of a heart attack.
1985 Apr 25, Richard Haydn
(b.1905), British actor, died of a heart attack in Los Angeles.
1985 Apr 25, Murray Matheson
(72), actor (Felix-Banacek), died.
1986 Apr 25, In Swaziland King
Mswati III was crowned. He succeeded his father Sobhuza II as ruler
of the southern African kingdom.
1987 Apr 25, Thousands of
people gathered in Washington for three days of protests against
U.S. foreign policy, particularly toward Central America and South
1988 Apr 25, "Nightline" went
on location to Jerusalem, Israel.
1988 Apr 25, NASA launched
space vehicle S-211.
1988 Apr 25, Lygia Clark
(b.1920), Brazilian artist, died in Rio de Janeiro. She was often
associated with the Brazilian Constructivist movements of the
mid-20th century and the Tropicalia movement.
1988 Apr 25, To the cheers of
spectators, a judge in Jerusalem sentenced John Demjanjuk to death
after the retired Ohio autoworker was convicted of being "Ivan the
Terrible," a Nazi death camp guard who had killed tens of thousands
of people. Demjanjuk's conviction was later overturned.
1989 Apr 25, Japanese Prime
Minister Noboru Takeshita announced his resignation in order to take
responsibility for his involvement in Japan's Recruit stock scandal.
1990 Apr 25, In the 25th
Academy of Country Music Awards Clint Black and Kathy Mattea won.
1990 Apr 25, The Hubble Space
Telescope was deployed from the space shuttle "Discovery."
1990 Apr 25, Dexter Gordon
(67), jazz saxophonist, died in Philadelphia.
1990 Apr 25, Violeta Barrios de
Chamorro was inaugurated as president of Nicaragua for a six year
term, ending 11 years of leftist Sandinista rule.
(AP, 4/25/97)(HN, 4/25/98)
1991 Apr 25, "Secret Garden"
opened at St. James Theater in NYC for 709 performances.
1991 Apr 25, The US White House
threatened to "take whatever steps are necessary" should Iraq fail
to meet a deadline for withdrawing its security forces from the
refugee zone in northern Iraq.
1991 Apr 25, Soviet President
Mikhail S. Gorbachev, facing harsh criticism during a closed-door
meeting of the Communist Party’s Central Committee, offered to
resign as party leader, an offer that was rejected.
1992 Apr 25, The Ms. Foundation
began its “Take Our Daughters to Work Day."
(SFC, 4/24/02, p.A1)
1992 Apr 25, Islamic forces in
Afghanistan took control of most of the capital of Kabul following
the collapse of the Communist government.
1992 Apr 25, An earthquake
measuring 7.1 on the Richter scale shook northern California.
1993 Apr 25, Hundreds of
thousands of gay rights activists and their supporters marched in
Washington, D.C., demanding equal rights and freedom from
1993 Apr 25, Voters in Russia
participated in a referendum, giving President Boris N. Yeltsin a
sturdy vote of confidence.
1994 Apr 25, Conservative
Tsutomu Hata, former foreign minister, became prime minister of
Japan, succeeding Morihiro Hosokawa as political infighting
(Jap. Enc., BLDM, p. 217)(AP, 4/25/99)
1994 Apr 25, Two Catholic Hutu
Sisters in Rwanda ordered frightened Tutsis out of their Benedictine
compound into the hands of Hutu soldiers. In 1997 Sisters Gertrude
(Consolata Mukangango) and Sister Maria Kisito (Juliene Makubutera),
having escaped to Belgium, were accused by witnesses of aiding Hutu
soldiers who slaughtered some 600 Tutsis. In 2001 Sister Gertrude
and Maria Kisito were convicted. Gertrude was sentenced to 15 years
in prison. Kisito was sentenced to 12 years. Two others were also
convicted and sentenced. Alphonse Higaniro was sentenced to 20 years
and Vincent Ntezimana was jailed for 12 years.
(SFC, 4/18/97, p.A15)(SFC, 4/18/01, p.A12)(SFC,
6/8/01, p.A17)(SFC, 6/9/01, p.A5)
1994 Apr 25, In Rwanda Colonel
Ephrem Setako ordered the killings of 30 to 40 Tutsis at Mukamira
military camp in Ruhengeri prefecture. In 2010 Setako was convicted
of crimes against humanity and murder.
1994 Apr 25, Terrorist bombers
struck twice on the eve of South Africa's first all-race election,
killing about a dozen people. Car bombs near voting stations killed
20 people. Afrikaner Nationalists led by Eugene Terre’Blanche
(TerreBlanche) were responsible. In 1997 Clifton Barnard and Abraham
Myburgh were sentenced to 50 years in prison for the bomb blasts
that killed 21 people. [see 12/24/96]
(SFC, 12/25/96, p.A10)(SFC, 6/18/97,
p.A10)(SFC,10/24/97, p.D6)(AP, 4/25/99)
1995 Apr 25, Ginger Rogers,
show business legend died in Rancho Mirage, Calif., at age 83.
1996 Apr 25, US Sec. of State
Warren Christopher helped produce a cease-fire between Israel and
the Hezbollah guerillas in Lebanon. In the “April Understanding"
Israel, Lebanon, France, Syria and the US agreed that Lebanese and
Israeli civilians would not be targeted in Hezbollah’s drive to end
(WSJ, 5/6/96, p.A-13)(SFC, 7/31/06, p.A7)
1996 Apr 25, Ford Motor Co.
announced a recall of about 8 million cars, minivans and pickups
because of an ignition switch fire hazard.
1996 Apr 25, Top Chechen
officials confirmed that their leader, Dzhokar Dudayev, was killed
in a Russian air strike. He was succeeded Zelimkhan Yandarbiyev.
(WSJ, 4/25/96, p.A-1)(USAT, 9/2/04, p.13A)
1996 Apr 25, In Pakistan the
Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI - Movement for Justice) party was founded by
1996 Apr 25, A day after the
PLO annulled clauses calling for Israel's destruction, the governing
Labor Party abandoned its long-standing opposition to a Palestinian
1996 Apr 25, Princess
Nonhlanhla Zulu disappeared during a gang attack on a royal
residence in KwaMashu black township near Durban, South Africa.
(SFC, 4/28/96, A-13)
1997 Apr 25, The Clinton
administration extended the area over which the northwest coast
silvery Coho salmon is considered a “threatened" species.
(SFC, 4/26/97, p.A1)
1997 Apr 25, The prosecution
began calling witnesses in Timothy McVeigh's Oklahoma City bombing
1997 Apr 25, In the US a
federal judge ruled that cigarettes are drug delivery systems and
that the FDA has the right to regulate cigarettes and other tobacco
products -- but said it couldn't restrict cigarette advertising.
(SFC, 4/26/97, p.A1)(AP, 4/25/98)
1997 Apr 25, In Algeria a bomb
killed some 21 passengers and injured 20 near Algiers.
(SFC, 4/26/97, p.A12)
1997 Apr 25, Angola was
supporting Kabila’s rebels. The government of Zaire claimed that
Angolan troops had invaded near Cabinda.
(SFC, 4/26/97, p.A10)
1997 cApr 25, In China police
opened fire on a crowd in Xinjiang province and killed 2 people.
Protestors had tried to block the execution of 3 people convicted
during the February unrest.
(WSJ, 4/29/97, p.A1)
1997 Apr 25, In England the IRA
set off explosions near the M6 highway and caused chaos in Britain’s
(SFC, 4/26/97, p.A10)
1997 Apr 25, In Indonesia some
5,000 demonstrators protested wage policies at the Nike shoe
factory. They said Nike was not paying a $2.50 per day minimum wage.
A 10.7% wage increase was negotiated the next day.
(SFEC, 4/27/97, p.T7)
1997 Apr 25, In Israel soldiers
found the bodies of 2 teenage girls stabbed to death in the Wadi
Kelt ravine near Jerusalem.
(SFC, 4/26/97, p.A12)
1997 Apr 25, In the Philippines
a fire at the New Imperial Hotel in Cotabato City killed at least 24
people and scores were injured.
(SFC, 4/26/97, p.A12)
1997 Apr 25, Russia refused to
sign the chemical arms ban. They claimed insufficient funds to
destroy the 40,000 tons of stored chemical weapons. The Duma did
pledge intent to endorse the accord later this year.
(SFC, 4/26/97, p.A10)
1998 Apr 25, Whitewater
prosecutors questioned first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton on
videotape about her work as a private lawyer for the failed savings
and loan at the center of the investigation.
1998 Apr 25, In Arkansas two
little girls, Sidney Pippin (4-months old) and Vicky Fraley, died of
heat exhaustion after they were left in a car for 8 hours in Little
Rock. Police charged Ricky Leon Crisp (23), the father of Vicky
(16-months old), and Justin Griffith (27) with first-degree murder.
(SFC, 4/28/98, p.A3)
1998 Apr 25, In Texas three
teenagers were found shot to death in Brownsville.
(SFC, 4/27/98, p.A5)
1998 Apr 25, In Millbrae, Ca.,
motorcycle Patrolman David Chetcuti (43) was shot and killed by
Marvin Patrick Sullivan (43) during a routine traffic stop.
Sullivan, a paranoid schizophrenic, was found to be carrying a cache
of pipe bombs and rifles. Sullivan was later found to be incompetent
to stand trial.
(SFEC, 4/26/98, p.A1)(SFC, 7/23/02, p.A1)
1998 Apr 25, In July a
Pakistani defector claimed that the military leadership of Pakistan
decided to launch a pre-emptive nuclear attack on New Delhi within
48 hours of this day. Dr. Iftikhar Khan Chaudry also claimed that
Pakistan had already armed and deployed nuclear warheads at 2 sites
along the Indian border. Chaudry (29) was described as a low-level
engineer with no access to military planning data. Pakistani news
media later said Chaudry was a low-level accountant at a bathroom
fixtures company until Nov 1997, when he resigned. He was later
identified as a fraud with no more than a high school education.
(SFC, 7/2/98, p.A15)(WSJ, 7/2/98, p.A1)(SFC,
7/3/98, p.D2)(SFC, 7/7/98, p.A9)
1998 Apr 25, In Spain a wall of
acidic toxic liquid, 5 million cubic meters, broke free from an
Aznalcollar mine waste lagoon near Seville and threatened the
300-sq. ml. Donana National Park. The tainted water was diverted to
the Guadalquivir River and then to the Gulf of Cadiz. 13,300 acres
of cropland were expected to be left barren for 25 years due to the
(WSJ, 4/27/98, p.A1)(WSJ, 4/28/98, p.A13)(SFC,
1999 Apr 25, On the third and
final day of their Washington summit, NATO leaders promised military
protection and economic aid to Yugoslavia's neighbors for standing
with the West against Slobodan Milosevic. Pres. Yeltsin called Pres.
Clinton to search for a solution to Kosovo.
(SFC, 4/26/99, p.A1)(AP, 4/25/00)
1999 Apr 25, More than 70,000
mourners gathered in Littleton, Colo., to remember the victims of
the Columbine High School massacre.
1999 Apr 25, Lord Killanin,
former president of the International Olympic Committee, died in
Dublin, Ireland, at age 84.
1999 Apr 25, NATO airstrikes in
Yugoslavia destroyed the last bridge in Novi Sad along with other
targets in northern and central Serbia. The KLA staged a new
conference in Kukes and pleaded anew for a battlefield alliance with
(SFC, 4/26/99, p.A12)
1999 Apr 25, In Angola UNITA
rebels claimed to control 70% of the country.
(SFC, 4/29/99, p.D8)
1999 Apr 25, In China some
10,000 people protested in Beijing on behalf of the right to
practice Falun Dafa (law wheel great way), a brand of meditation and
exercise. Adherents to the practice, founded by Li Hongzhi, was
estimated at 70-100 million.
(SFC, 4/26/99, p.A13)(WSJ, 4/26/99, A1,6)
1999 Apr 25, Pro-Indonesian
militias were reported to have killed over 150 people in East Timor.
(WSJ, 4/26/99, p.A1)
1999 Apr 25, In Iraq US
warplanes struck air defense sites in the northern no fly zone after
being threatened by radar.
(SFC, 4/26/99, p.A14)
1999 Apr 25, In Uganda police
reported that a bomb killed 5 people and injured 15 in a poor
neighborhood of Kampala.
(WSJ, 4/26/99, p.A1)
1999 Apr 25, In Venezuela
voters overwhelmingly endorsed the formation of an assembly to
rewrite the constitution. The abstention rate was 60%.
(SFC, 4/26/99, p.A13)
2000 Apr 25, The Ohio state
motto, “with God, all things are possible," was declared
unconstitutional by a federal appeals court.
(SFC, 4/26/00, p.B8)
2000 Apr 25, In Vermont the
Legislature approved civil unions for homosexuals and Gov. Howard
Dean promised to sign the legislation effective July 1.
(SFC, 4/26/00, p.A1)
2000 Apr 25, Broadway producer
David Merrick died in London at age 88.
2000 Apr 25, In Burundi 66
people were reported killed in renewed fighting between Hutu rebels
and government troops.
(SFC, 4/26/00, p.A16)
2000 Apr 25, In India it was
reported that some 50 million people faced severe drought in
Rajasthan and Gujarat.
(SFC, 4/25/00, p.A12)
2000 Apr 25, In Serbia Zika
Petrovic (62), head of the Yugoslav Airlines and ally of Pres.
Milosevic, was shot to death near his home in Belgrade.
(SFC, 4/26/00, p.A16)
2000 Apr 25, In southwestern
Somalia nearly 400 people in famine-ridden villages were reported
dead from cholera over the last 2 weeks.
(SFC, 4/25/00, p.A14)
2000 Apr 25, In Turkey Prime
Minister Ecevit rallied opposition parties behind Ahmet Necdet
Sezer, chief justice of the top court and candidate for the
presidency. Sezer needed 367 of 550 parliamentary votes.
(SFC, 4/26/00, p.A14)
2001 Apr 25, In unusually blunt
terms, President Bush warned China that an attack on Taiwan could
provoke a U.S. military response.
2001 Apr 25, US federal
regulators voted for a “mitigation" plan and ordered limited price
controls to tame wholesale electricity prices in California.
(SFC, 4/26/01, p.A1)(AP, 4/25/02)
2001 Apr 25, A rescue plane
flew out of the South Pole with ailing American doctor Ronald S.
Shemenski in the most daring airlift ever from the pole.
2001 Apr 25, In Gaza an
explosion killed 4 Palestinian police.
(SFC, 4/26/01, p.A14)
2001 Apr 25, Ousted Philippine
President Joseph Estrada became the country's first leader to be
arrested for alleged corruption in office. Estrada was jailed on 8
(SFC, 4/26/01, p.A12)(AP, 4/25/02)
2001 Apr 25, In Sri Lanka
soldiers attacked rebel positions and 32 were killed with 180
wounded. Rebels lost 75 fighters with 300 wounded.
(SFC, 4/26/01, p.A14)
2002 Apr 25, Pres. Bush met
with Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah, who told him bluntly that the US
must temper its support of Israel. Abdullah gave Bush an 8-point
proposal for Middle East peace.
(SFC, 4/26/02, p.A1)
2002 Apr 25, The US House voted
405-9 to abolish the embattled Immigration and Naturalization
2002 Apr 25, In NYC dozens were
injured in an explosion at a building on W. 19th St. Industrial
chemicals were suspected.
(SFC, 4/26/02, p.A3)
2002 Apr 25, Lisa “Left Eye"
Lopes (30), top female singer in the trio TLC, was killed in a car
crash in Honduras. Her albums included “Crazysexycool" (1994).
(SFC, 4/26/02, p.A2)(NW, 5/6/02, p.8)
2002 Apr 25, An earthquake in
Tbilisi, Georgia, killed at least 3 people.
(SFC, 4/26/02, p.A15)
2002 Apr 25, In Liberia police
shut down the independent Analyst newspaper and arrested Tiawan
Gongloe, a leading human rights lawyer.
(SFC, 4/26/02, p.A15)
2002 Apr 25, In Pakistan a bomb
exploded at a Shiite mosque in Bukker, Punjab, and 12 people were
(SFC, 4/26/02, p.A14)
2002 Apr 25, A Palestinian
military filed court sentenced 4 Arafat followers to prison terms
for their roles in the 2001 slaying of Israeli minister Rehavan
Zeevi. Israel called the trial a sham.
(SFC, 4/26/02, p.A20)
2002 Apr 25, Russia reported
that Khattab, an Arab guerrilla, had been killed in Chechnya on Mar
(SFC, 4/26/02, p.A14)(SFC, 4/27/02, p.A10)
2002 Apr 25, A Russian rocket
blasted into orbit with Mark Shuttleworth (28) of South Africa, who
paid $20 million for the trip to the Int’l. Space Station.
(SFC, 4/26/02, p.A15)
2002 Apr 25, Former Yugoslav
Gen. Dragoljub Ojdanic (60) surrendered to the war crimes tribunal.
He pleaded not guilty the next day for the murder and forced removal
of ethnic Albanians in Kosovo.
(SFC, 4/27/02, p.A11)
2003 Apr 25, The Pentagon
announced that Army Secretary Thomas White, whose tenure as civilian
chief of the military's largest service was marked by tensions with
his boss, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, was leaving office.
2003 Apr 25, Georgia lawmakers
voted to scrap the Dixie cross from the state's flag.
2003 Apr 25, Nuclear talks in
Beijing ended after U.S. officials said North Korea claimed to have
nuclear weapons and might test, export or use them.
2003 Apr 25, The crew of a
Chinese fishing boat noticed a periscope drifting listlessly above
the surface of the water. The fishermen notified the People's
Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) which promptly dispatched two vessels to
investigate. When they boarded the Ming-class 361 on April 26, they
found all seventy personnel slumped dead at their stations. It was
later believed that the crew was suffocated by the sub’s diesel
(The National Interest, 8/30/19)
2003 Apr 25, Beijing reported
180 new SARS infections and 5 deaths. Some 2,000 people at the
People's and Ditan Hospitals were quarantined.
(SFC, 4/26/03, A3)
2003 Apr 25, Farouk Hijazi, who
once helped run Saddam Hussein's intelligence service and was linked
to al-Qaida, was delivered by Syria to US forces.
(AP, 4/25/03)(SFC, 4/26/03, A1)
2003 Apr 25, Fighters from
Sierra Leone and Liberia killed rebel leader Sgt. Felix Doh near the
town of Gbinta, in western Ivory Coast.
2003 Apr 25, In the northern
state of Kashmir a powerful explosion ripped through a courthouse,
killing three people and injuring 34.
2003 Apr 25, A Pakistani army
helicopter crashed into a mountain in northern Pakistan, killing all
13 military personnel on board.
2003 Apr 25, The Philippines
reported its first deaths from SARS; Taiwan authorities quarantined
over 1,100 doctors, nurses and patients in a hospital and Asian
health chiefs met on ways to tackle the deadly flu-like disease.
2003 Apr 25, In South Africa
Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, the fiery anti-apartheid leader and
ex-wife of former President Nelson Mandela, was sentenced to four
years in prison for her conviction on fraud and theft charges.
2003 Apr 25, UN agencies
reported that malaria kills 3,000 children a day in Africa and robs
the continent of millions of dollars in lost productivity, even
though the disease could be controlled with nets costing $5 and
other simple measures.
2004 Apr 25, In Washington DC
tens of thousands of women gathered for an abortion-rights rally as
Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton told several hundred of them the issue
is about women gaining full equality.
(AP, 4/25/04)(SFC, 4/26/04, p.A1)
2004 Apr 25, The IMF ended 2
days of talks in Washington DC and finance leaders agreed on the
need to continue canceling the debts of poor countries and to
provide more aid in the form of grants.
(SFC, 4/26/04, p.A7)
2004 Apr 25, Thom Gunn
(b.1929), British-born poet, died in SF at age 74. His 1st book,
titled "Fighting Terms" (1954), was recognized as part of the
British group called "The Movement." He moved from England to
America in 1954 to live with his male lover and explore the
(SFC, 4/28/04, p.B7)(Econ, 5/8/04, p.83)
2004 Apr 25, Estee Lauder
(b.1906), cosmetics pioneer whose pots of potions and tubs of
moisturizers have turned the clock back for millions of faces across
the globe, died in NYC.
2004 Apr 25, In Austria Heinz
Fischer, the candidate of the opposition Social Democrats, defeated
Foreign Minister Benita Ferrero-Waldner, a conservative rival backed
by right-wing populist Joerg Haider in a presidential election.
2004 Apr 25, Clashes between
Congolese troops and Rwandan insurgents in eastern Congo killed at
least 61 people over the weekend.
2004 Apr 25, A roadside bomb
exploded by a U.S. patrol in Baghdad, killing a U.S. soldier and
sparking a gunbattle.
2004 Apr 25, In Indonesia's
Maluku islands Muslim and Christian gangs fought running battles,
leaving at least 10 people dead, including two youths who were
hacked to death by sword-wielding men.
2004 Apr 25, Pope John Paul II
added six more people to the ranks of Catholics on the path to
possible sainthood. Honored were: August Czartoryski (1858-1893) of
Poland, a prince who became a Salesian priest; Laura Montoya
(1874-1949) of Colombia, who founded the Congregation of the
Missionary Sisters of the Immaculate Mary; Maria Guadalupe Garcia
Zavala (1878-1963) of Mexico, co-founder of the Congregation of the
Servants of Saint Margaret Mary and the Poor; Nemesia Valle
(1847-1916) of Italy, a nun of the Congregation of the Sisters of
Charity of Saint Giovanna Antida Thouret; Eusebia Palomino Yenes
(1899-1935) of Spain; a nun of the Institute of the Daughters of
Mary, Help of Christians; and da Costa (1904-1955), who became a lay
2005 Apr 25, President Bush
sought relief from record-high gas prices and support for Middle
East peace as he opened his Texas ranch to Crown Prince Abdullah of
2005 Apr 25, The CIA's top
weapons hunter in Iraq, Charles Duelfer, said his search for weapons
of mass destruction had been "exhausted" without finding any.
2005 Apr 25, Mayor Dick Murphy
(62) of San Diego announced his resignation effective July 15 under
the weight of mounting scandals and fiscal probes. San Diego faced a
$50 million budget deficit and a $1.3 billion pension shortfall.
(SFC, 4/26/05, p.A1)(WSJ, 4/26/05, p.A1)
2005 Apr 25, Bashir Noorzai
(44), alleged Afghan heroin dealer, was arrested while traveling to
(SFC, 4/26/05, p.A3)
2005 Apr 25, In Chicago 11
reputed mob figures were indicted on charges of plotting at least 18
murders including the 1986 hit on Tony Spilotro.
(SFC, 4/26/05, p.A5)
2005 Apr 25, It was reported
that Didemnum, a species of sea squirt, were spreading unabated off
New England and the Pacific Northwest to the detriment of valuable
shellfish beds and habitat for bottom feeding fish.
(SFC, 4/25/05, p.A6)
2005 Apr 25, A 3-man
U.S.-Russian-Italian crew from the Int’l. Space Station landed in
(SFC, 4/25/05, p.A3)(AP, 4/25/06)
2005 Apr 25, Alex Trotman (71),
retired Ford Motor Co. Chairman (1993-1998), died at his home in
England. He spearheaded a $5 billion restructuring to restore the
automaker to profitability in the 1990s.
(AP, 4/25/05)(Econ, 4/30/05, p.63)
2005 Apr 25, Jiri Paroubek (52)
was officially named as the new Czech prime minister. Paroubek,
local development minister in Gross's government and deputy chairman
of the Social Democrats (CSSD), became the country's third prime
minister in nine months.
2005 Apr 25, The 3rd and final
piece of the Axum obelisk was returned to Ethiopia from Italy.
2005 Apr 25, EU trade ministers
backed a full investigation into allegations that cheap textiles and
clothing from China were flooding the EU market, but disagreed on
imposing fast action to block imports.
2005 Apr 25, In San Pedro
Sacatepequez, Guatemala, gunmen killed Jose Victor Bautista Orozco,
a judge who ruled on drug smuggling cases, shooting him as he left
his home for work.
2005 Apr 25, Indian troops
killed 6 Islamic militants in a mountainous Kashmir district
bordering the Pakistani-zone of the divided state, while suspected
rebels hanged to death a civilian.
2005 Apr 25, A packed commuter
train that was behind schedule and may have been speeding jumped the
tracks and hurtled into an apartment complex, killing 107 people and
injuring 450 in Japan's worst rail accident in 40 years.
2005 Apr 25, Pakistan said the
start of a free trade agreement with Sri Lanka in June is expected
to double business between the 2 countries to almost 300 million
dollars in the first year.
2006 Apr 25, President Bush
ordered a temporary suspension of environmental rules for gasoline,
making it easier for refiners to meet demand and possibly dampen
prices at the pump. He also halted for the summer the purchase of
crude oil for the government's emergency reserve.
2006 Apr 25, US Deputy
Undersecretary of Defense Richard Lawless estimated that Tokyo will
pay some $26 billion for the realignment of the US military in
Japan. The number shocked Japanese officials.
(AP, 4/27/06)(Econ, 5/13/06, p.26)
2006 Apr 25, California
legislators demanded that UC reveal details of extra pay and perks
to dozens of top executives following an audit that found 91
exceptions to policy and procedures over the past decade. In Feb.
Pres. Dynes had appeared before the state Senate Education Committee
to apologize for the compensation scandal.
(SFC, 4/26/06, p.B1)(SFC, 8/14/07, p.A4)
2006 Apr 25, Hamid Hayat (23)
of Lodi, Ca., was convicted by a federal jury of providing material
support to terrorists as a result of his training in a terrorist
camp in Pakistan (2003-2005). His father’s case ended in a mistrial.
In 2014 lawyers appealed the conviction and 24-year sentence saying
Hayat’s lawyer was inexperienced and that the camp in Pakistan has
already been dismantled before he supposedly attended it. In 2019 a
federal judge overturned the conviction of Hamid Hayat, sying his
defense was undermines by his trial lawyer's failure to call alibi
(SFC, 4/26/06, p.A1)(SFC, 5/2/14, p.D1)(SFC,
2006 Apr 25, Charles Clarke,
Britain’s Home Secretary, said that since 1999 Britain had freed
1,023 foreign prisoners, including murderers, rapists and
pedophiles, who should have been considered for deportation at the
time of their release.
(Reuters, 4/25/06)(Econ, 4/29/06, p.59)
2006 Apr 25, The fox population
in London was reported to be an estimated 10,000.
(WSJ, 4/26/06, p.A1)
2006 Apr 25, Canada’s central
bank raised its overnight interest rate a 6th straight time, a
quarter point to 4%.
(WSJ, 4/26/06, p.A8)
2006 Apr 25, Jane Jacobs (89),
American-born Canadian writer and activist, died. Her books included
“The Death and Life of Great American Cities" (1961).
(WSJ, 4/26/06, p.A1)(Econ, 5/13/06, p.97)
2006 Apr 25, Ayatollah Ali
Khamenei, Iran's supreme leader, said that the country is ready to
transfer its nuclear technology to other countries. Tehran
threatened to halt all cooperation with the UN atomic energy agency
if the UN Security Council imposes sanctions, warning that it might
hide its nuclear program if the West takes any other "harsh
2006 Apr 25, In a rare video
posted on the Internet, al-Qaida in Iraq leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi
swore allegiance to Osama bin Laden and said any government formed
in Iraq would be merely a "stooge." A bomb hidden in a minibus
exploded near the offices of anti-American cleric Muqtada al-Sadr in
eastern Baghdad, killing two Iraqi civilians and wounding three.
(AP, 4/25/06)(AP, 4/25/07)
2006 Apr 25, In Nepal tens of
thousands of people celebrated in the streets and weeks of
pro-democracy protests were called off after the king gave in to a
key demand to reinstate parliament. Girija Prasad Koirala began his
4th term as prime minister. He succeeded Sher Bahadur
2006 Apr 25, Pakistani attack
helicopters pounded suspected Islamic militant hideouts near the
Afghan border as clashes killed three militants and two soldiers. In
northwestern Pakistan the body of Khan Mati, a taxi driver missing
since April 17, was found. Suspected Islamic militants decapitated
him over suspicions he was a US spy and a frequent visitor to an
American military base in Afghanistan.
(AP, 4/25/06)(AP, 4/26/06)
2006 Apr 25, In Puerto Rico
Gov. Acevedo Vila warned in a televised address that "Beginning next
Monday, May 1, the majority of agencies of the central government
will not be able to operate." Puerto Rico's House of Representatives
wants to impose a 4 percent sales tax instead and has refused to
review the governor's plan. The island now has no sales tax.
2006 Apr 25, Russia launched a
satellite for Israel that the Israelis say will be used to spy on
Iran's nuclear program.
2006 Apr 25, A pregnant suicide
bomber blew herself up in front of a car carrying Sri Lanka's
highest-ranking general, killing 8 people and badly injuring the top
2006 Apr 25, The UN Security
Council imposed sanctions on four men accused of atrocities in
Sudan's Darfur region, the first time it has moved to punish those
responsible for three years of conflict that has left 180,000 dead.
2007 Apr 25, Brushing off a
presidential veto threat, the House passed, 218-208, a $124.2
billion supplemental spending bill ordering US troops to begin
coming home from Iraq in the fall of 2007.
2007 Apr 25, US federal
authorities arrested John P. Tomkins (42) of Dubuque, Iowa, a man
suspected of mailing dud pipe bombs to financial companies in
Chicago and Kansas City, Mo., and threatening letters that were
signed "The Bishop."
2007 Apr 25, Rosie O'Donnell
announced she was leaving the ABC talk show "The View" in June.
2007 Apr 25, The DJIA closed
above 13,000 for the first time rising 135.95 to a record 13,089.89.
Nasdaq rose 23.35 to 2,547.
(SFC, 4/26/07, p.C1)
2007 Apr 25, Negotiators
reached a tentative settlement in the 10-day school strike in
(SFC, 4/26/07, p.B3)
2007 Apr 25, UCSF biochemist
Joe DeRisi said he found genes of the single-celled, spore producing
parasite Nosema ceranae in dead bees. Researchers in Spain had
recently shown that the parasite is capable of wiping out a beehive.
(SFC, 4/26/07, p.A1)
2007 Apr 25, In eastern
Afghanistan a roadside bomb attack on an Afghan military convoy left
seven soldiers dead. A suicide attacker blew himself up close to the
vehicle of a district governor of Paktika. Militants ambushed a
police vehicle in the western province of Herat overnight and killed
three policemen. Afghan police and US special troops clashed with
foreign militants in eastern Afghanistan, killing at least five
(AP, 4/25/07)(AP, 4/26/07)
2007 Apr 25, In Argentina a
federal court threw out amnesties for former military President
Jorge Videla (81) and Navy chief Eduardo Massera, two leaders of the
former military dictatorship, saying they must serve their life
terms in prison for crimes against humanity.
2007 Apr 25, A top US diplomat
warned of new sanctions against Belarus if authorities refuse to
release what he said were political prisoners, and dropping charges
2007 Apr 25, China detained
four Americans on Mount Everest after they called for independence
for Tibet and protested the Beijing Olympics. More than 50 children
were poisoned by a kindergarten breakfast in Zhengzhou city in Henan
province, in the latest case highlighting problems in the country's
food supply chain.
(AP, 4/25/07)(AP, 4/26/07)
2007 Apr 25, Royal Bank of
Scotland, Fortis, a Belgian-Dutch lender and Santander of Spain
launched a blockbuster 72-billion-euro takeover battle for Dutch
group ABN Amro, outgunning by far an agreed offer by Barclays.
(AFP, 4/25/07)(Econ, 4/28/07, p.85)(Econ,
2007 Apr 25, In Indonesia the
MT Maulana, an oil tanker that had just unloaded its cargo, exploded
on a Sumatran river, killing four crew members.
2007 Apr 25, A UN report was
released that said that violence in Baghdad remains at high levels.
The UN Assistance Mission in Iraq singled out Kurdistan in its 10th
human rights report on Iraq, expressing concern over infringements
on freedom of expression by the regional government. A suicide
bomber wearing a hidden belt of explosives attacked a police station
in Iraq's volatile province of Diyala, killing at least four
policeman. Roadside bombs, mortar rounds and drive-by shootings also
killed 10 Iraqis and wounded 23 in the Baghdad area and the cities
of Kirkuk, Mosul and Fallujah.
(AP, 4/25/07)(AP, 4/26/07)
2007 Apr 25, Israel’s PM Ehud
Olmert authorized the army to carry out limited operations against
militants in the Gaza Strip, but ruled out a large-scale ground
offensive in response to a new round of Hamas rocket attacks.
2007 Apr 25, Japan adopted
stricter gun control guidelines following a spate of gangster
shootings that rattled a nation renowned for its crime-free streets.
2007 Apr 25, Barbara Blida
(57), a former Polish government minister, committed suicide in her
bathroom as police searched her house in connection with corruption
allegations. Blida, a lawmaker for the post-communist Democratic
Left Alliance from 1989-2005 and construction minister from
1993-1996, was suspected of taking and receiving material gains. The
raid was part of an investigation into corruption allegations
against 14 people.
2007 Apr 25, In Somalia
civilians were caught in the crossfire as the government's Ethiopian
backers used tanks and heavy artillery to pound insurgent
strongholds. Human rights groups said more than 350 people have been
killed in the last eight days, the majority civilians.
2007 Apr 25, The UN food agency
said Sudanese authorities were holding up to 100,000 tons of sorghum
meant for Darfur, alleging that it is genetically modified.
Laboratory tests had shown it was not genetically modified.
2007 Apr 25, Ukraine’s
President Viktor Yushchenko pushed back the date of snap
parliamentary elections until June 24. The move was seen as a
conciliatory gesture as the Constitutional Court began deliberations
on the legality of his decree dissolving parliament.
2007 Apr 25, In Venezuela
officials from Chevron, BP PLC, France’s Total SA and Norway’s
Statoil ASA signed memorandums of agreement to give state-owned
Petroleos de Venezuela SA a majority stake in 3 projects.
ConocoPhillips resisted giving up control of 2 projects.
(SFC, 4/27/07, p.D3)
2008 Apr 25, Wachovia Corp.
agreed to pay as much as $144 million to settle an 18-month
government investigation into its relationships with telemarketers
that allegedly harmed 350,000 to 500,000 consumers.
(WSJ, 4/26/08, p.A6)
2008 Apr 25, In San Diego a
bomb exploded at the FedEx building. Another bomb exploded at a
downtown San Diego courthouse on May 4. There were no injuries in
either of the early morning bombings. On August 6 authorities
indicted 3 people: Rachelle Carlock, Ella Louise Sanders and Eric
Reginald Robinson, for both bombings. On Feb 16, 2013, Donny Love
(46) was sentenced to 55 years in prison for allegedly masterminding
(SFC, 8/7/08, p.A7)(SSFC, 2/17/13, p.A12)
2008 Apr 25, Near San Diego,
Ca., a shark killed triathlete David Martin (66) at Solano Beach.
2008 Apr 25, In Chicago a
tractor trailer that witnesses said didn't seem to slow down rammed
into a crowded bus shelter and a Chicago Transit Authority train
station during the evening rush hour, killing two people and
injuring more than a dozen.
2008 Apr 25, Enrico Donati
(99), Italian-born American painter, died in Manhattan. He was
considered by many to be the last of the Surrealists. Donati had
also served as chairman and CEO of Houbignant Inc., one of the
oldest purveyors of French perfumes. He had bought the company in
(SFC, 4/29/08, p.B5)
2008 Apr 25, Some 50 Taliban
attacked Afghan police at Charbaran in Paktika province. The police
called in American help and American helicopters broke the attack.
Several insurgents were later tracked by drones and killed.
(Econ, 5/24/08, p.37)
2008 Apr 25, Police swarmed a
Rio de Janeiro slum in search of a drug lord, touching off a
shootout that killed 11 people including a 70-year-old woman. Two
bystanders were wounded. Emival Barbosa Machado (50), an Amazon
farmer who received death threats after reporting illegal logging to
authorities, was shot to death as he left his house in Tucurui.
2008 Apr 25, China's government
agreed to a meeting with an envoy of exiled Tibetan leader the Dalai
Lama, a step that follows weeks of calls from world leaders for
dialogue in the wake of anti-government protests in Tibet.
2008 Apr 25, China banned a
controversial type of irreversible brain surgery used to treat
(WSJ, 4/28/08, p.A11)
2008 Apr 25, Iranians voted in
parliamentary run-off elections expected to leave conservatives
firmly in control because most reformist candidates were barred from
2008 Apr 25, Shiite cleric
Muqtada al-Sadr called for an end to clashes between his militia
fighters and Iraqi troops, saying that his threat of an "open war"
applied only to US-led foreign forces. The US military said American
and Iraqi forces killed 10 militants in overnight clashes in
northeastern Baghdad. Local hospital officials said 7 people,
including two women, were killed and 45 others were wounded in the
2008 Apr 25, In Japan
protesters waved the Tibetan flag and denounced China's rulers as
the Beijing Olympic torch arrived for the latest leg of a worldwide
relay marred by demonstrations.
2008 Apr 25, In northwestern
Pakistan a car bomb killed three people, despite calls from Taliban
leaders asking Islamic militants to refrain from attacks amid
efforts by the new government to reach peace deals in the region.
2008 Apr 25, A Palestinian
militant shot and killed two Israeli security guards at a factory
along the divide between Israel and the West Bank. The attacker was
lightly wounded in an exchange of gunfire but managed to escape.
2008 Apr 25, In Sri Lanka a
bomb in a bus baggage rack exploded outside Colombo killing 24
people and wounding 40.
(SFC, 4/26/08, p.A3)
2008 Apr 25, Turkish warplanes
and artillery units struck Kurdish rebels in northern Iraq who were
preparing to cross the border to carry out attacks. The strikes
continued the next day.
2008 Apr 25, In Zimbabwe
heavily armed police swooped down on opposition headquarters and
independent election observers' offices, arresting hundreds and
beating and shoving scores of people.
2009 Apr 25, The World Health
Organization called an emergency meeting of experts to consider
declaring an international public health emergency over the swine
flu outbreak believed to have killed dozens of people in Mexico and
sickened at least seven in the US.
2009 Apr 25, In Florida Joshua
Cartwright (28), accused of beating his wife, killed two sheriff's
deputies at a shooting range in Okaloosa County. Cartwright shot the
deputies after they shocked him with a Taser. He then fled across
the county line, where he died in an exchange of gunfire with
(AP, 4/26/09)(WSJ, 4/27/09, p.A5)
2009 Apr 25, In Athens,
Georgia, Prof. George Zinkhan (57) shot and killed his wife and 2
other people outside the Athens Community Theater. Zinkhan fled the
scene. Cadaver dogs found Zinkhan’s body "beneath the earth" in the
north Georgia woods on May 9, two weeks after police say he shot his
wife and two other people to death outside a community theater.
(SSFC, 4/26/09, p.A7)(SFC, 4/27/09, p.A4)(AP,
2009 Apr 25, In San Francisco
Anthony’s Cookies held its grand opening at 1417 Valencia Street.
(http://tinyurl.com/yae5jzv)(SFC, 12/7/09, p.E1)
2009 Apr 25, Beatrice Arthur
(b.1922), stage and TV actress, died. The tall, deep-voiced actress
considered herself lucky to be discovered by television executives
after a long stage career that included a Tony award for the musical
"Mame." Her TV shows included “Maude" (1972-1978) and “The Golden
(AP, 4/26/09)(SSFC, 4/26/09, p.B6)
2009 Apr 25, In Afghanistan 3
suicide bombers penetrated the governor's compound in Kandahar city,
killing at least five police officers in the latest multi-pronged
attack in the Taliban's spiritual birthplace. A roadside bomb in the
eastern province of Khost killed three border police.
(AP, 4/25/09)(AP, 4/26/09)
2009 Apr 25, Australia
intercepted a boat carrying more than 50 refugees north of Darwin,
little more than a week after an explosion on another vessel killed
five people. A boat carrying 32 Sri Lankan refugees was stopped near
the northwest coast on April 23.
2009 Apr 25, It was reported
the Behrad Khamesee and colleagues at the Univ. of Waterloo in
Ontario, Canada, have built a micro-robot with gripper arms that
(Econ, 4/25/09, p.85)
2009 Apr 25, In Guatemala
police announced that they had seized more than 500 grenades,
anti-personnel mines, machine guns, 350 kilograms (770 pounds) of
cocaine and two armored cars at a warehouse where five anti-drug
agents were killed in a shootout the previous day.
2009 Apr 25, Icelanders voted
in an early parliamentary election. Iceland's leftist coalition won
the country's general election, a blow for the pro-business
Independence Party that many blamed for the collapse of the
country's banking system. Johanna Sigurdardottir, the acting prime
minister, was expected to be named prime minister.
(AP, 4/25/09)(AP, 4/26/09)(Econ, 5/2/09, p.52)
2009 Apr 25, In India two
employees of Airworks, the company that maintained the helicopter of
an Indian billionaire Anil Ambani, sabotaged the gear box. The
potentially lethal tampering was not motivated by corporate rivalry,
but was part of a dispute between Airworks employees and management
dating back to 1995. Two janitors were arrested in the attempted
sabotage. Uday Warekar (42) and Palraj Ganpat Tewar (38) faced life
in prison for violating the unlawful activities act and the civil
2009 Apr 25, It was reported
that Kenya’s government included 94 ministers and deputies, each
earning over $15,000 a month.
(Econ, 4/25/09, p53)
2009 Apr 25, Lebanese
authorities arrested three men for allegedly being part of a spying
ring for Israel, in the latest episode in the long-running espionage
war between the two countries. The arrests were based on information
extracted from a retired Lebanese general arrested earlier this
week, also for allegedly spying for Israel.
2009 Apr 25, Lebanon’s national
debt was reported to have dropped to 162% of GDP, triple the world
(Econ, 4/25/09, p.52)
2009 Apr 25, Mexico City
suspended all public events for 10 days as officials tried to
contain an outbreak of a deadly new swine flu. Tests showed 20
people have died of the swine flu, and 48 other deaths were probably
due to the same strain.
2009 Apr 25, In Mexico gunmen
killed the police chief of Piedras Negras, across the border from
Eagle Pass, Texas, less than three weeks after he took over the
local force with the aim of purging alleged corruption. Six police
officers were being questioned in the attack.
2009 Apr 25, North Korea said
it has restarted its nuclear facilities to harvest plutonium for
atomic weapons, just hours after the UN imposed new sanctions on the
communist state for its recent rocket launch.
2009 Apr 25, In northwest
Pakistan at least four children were killed in a bomb explosion
outside a girls' primary school in Luqman Banda village of Lower Dir
2009 Apr 25, In Somalia mortars
fired toward the parliament missed the building but hit a police
unit inside the compound as well as a residential neighborhood,
killing at least 7 people. Armed fighters attacked two African Union
peacekeeping bases in Mogadishu, and a witness said he saw the
bodies of three civilians killed.
(AP, 4/25/09)(AP, 4/26/09)
2009 Apr 25, Hijackers seized
the Maltese-flagged MV Patriot, a German-owned ship with a crew of
17, in the pirate-infested waters between Somalia and Yemen. An
Italian cruise ship with 1,500 people on board fended off a pirate
attack far off the coast of Somalia when its Israeli private
security forces exchanged fire with the bandits.
(AP, 4/25/09)(AP, 4/26/09)
2009 Apr 25, In Sri Lanka the
Tamil Tiger rebels warned that tens of thousands of civilians
trapped in the northern war zone are facing starvation, as the UN
sent its top humanitarian official to assess the crisis.
2009 Apr 25, In Thailand around
2,000 anti-government protesters gathered for a rally in Bangkok, a
day after PM Abhisit Vejjajiva lifted a state of emergency imposed
amid violent demonstrations earlier this month.
2010 Apr 25, In California
Fresno police began a crackdown on gangs after 3 people were killed
in separate shootings. By May 10 police made some 648 arrests
including 216 for felony offenses.
(SFC, 5/10/10, p.A4)
2010 Apr 25, Dorothy Provine
(75), film and TV actress, died at her home in Washington state. Her
films included “Live Fast, Die Young" (1958) and “The Great Race"
(SFC, 5/1/10, p.C4)
2010 Apr 25, Phuong Le (24) of
Suisun city, Ca., was last seen at a bookstore in Fairfield, Ca. Her
body was found on May 7 in rural Napa County.
(SFC, 5/8/10, p.C3)
2010 Apr 25, In Afghanistan 13
girls became sick in northern Kunduz province. Another 47 had
complained of dizziness and nausea the day before, and 23 fell ill
on April 21. A strange odor in their classrooms, prompted an
investigation into whether they were targeted by militants who
oppose education for girls or victims of mass hysteria. Hundreds of
people blocked a main road in Logar province, and burned several
trucks to protest what they said were civilian deaths in NATO
operations. In southern Zabul province a suicide bomber attacked
private security guards while they were at a bazaar, killing four
Afghans and wounding 12. One Afghan police officer was killed and
another was wounded during an attack on a militant compound in the
Wordoch district of Badakshkhan province northeast of Kabul. 2
militants were killed in the operation. Government forces on a
mission to eradicate poppies in eastern Nangrahar province came
under fire. During the gunbattle three Afghans were killed. Six
Taliban militants were killed in the fighting.
(AP, 4/25/10)(AP, 4/26/10)
2010 Apr 25, Austria's
president easily secured a second term, deflecting a challenge by a
far-right politician who had criticized the country's anti-Nazi law.
Incumbent Heinz Fischer, a Social Democrat, won 78.9 percent of the
vote, trouncing his main rival, Barbara Rosenkranz of the
anti-foreigner and anti-European Union Freedom Party, who netted
2010 Apr 25, Kifah Hassan,
chief executive of Iraqi Airways, had his passport seized and the
plane he arrived on was impounded at Gatwick Airport in a
long-running legal dispute with Kuwait Airways. The dispute dated
back to Saddam Hussein's invasion of Kuwait in 1990, when, according
to the oil-rich emirate, 10 of its planes and aircraft parts were
plundered after its airport was seized.
2010 Apr 25, Colombian police
said they have captured Danit Doria Castillo, a leading figure in a
drug trafficking, right-wing militia group.
2010 Apr 25, Cuba held
elections to fill municipal assemblies across the island in a vote
the communist government says belies criticism in Washington and
Europe that Fidel Castro's half-century old revolution is not
2010 Apr 25, Police in Hong
Kong seized 820 pounds (372 kg) of cocaine from a suburban house
that was reportedly part of a botched drug shipment sent to the
southern Chinese territory by mistake. Police later said they have
arrested eight people, four men and four women aged 22 to 84, in
connection to the case, their largest seizure to date.
2010 Apr 25, Hungarians went to
the polls for the second round of general elections. The
center-right Fidesz party, led by Viktor Orban, a former prime
minister who promised to restore "law and order" and pull Hungary
out of recession, won a two-thirds parliamentary majority.
(AFP, 4/25/10)(AP, 4/25/10)
2010 Apr 25, In Iraq troops
raided the town of al-Safra and arrested Burhan Mahmoud Mohammed, a
local leader of the Islamic State of Iraq. An explosion inside an
iron factory in Irbil killed five workers, including two Indians,
two Arabs, a Kurd, and wounded 15.
2010 Apr 25, In Japan nearly
100,000 protesters attended a rally on Okinawa to demonstrate
against a US air base in a row that is dominating Japan's national
politics and souring its ties with Washington.
2010 Apr 25, Malaysia's
government scored a narrow win in a tense by-election billed as a
referendum on PM Najib Razak's planned economic reforms and his
first year in office.
2010 Apr 25, In the Philippines
a huge fire sweeping through a shantytown outside Manila destroyed
about 600 houses leaving one person dead and some 10,000 people
(AP, 4/25/10)(AP, 4/26/10)
2010 Apr 25, In Sudan clashes
continued for a 4th day in Darfur between Arab nomads and south
Sudan's army along the country's volatile north-south border. Local
tribal officials reported more than 50 Arab nomads were killed in
the fighting with soldiers from the southern Sudan's People
2010 Apr 25, A hot air balloon
carrying 14 people crashed in the desert south of Dubai, killing at
2011 Apr 25, In Arkansas
powerful storms caused flooding and a tornado that left 10 people
(SFC, 4/27/11, p.A8)
2011 Apr 25, In Oakland, Ca., a
shooting at Sweet Jimmie’s restaurant killed Bill Jenkins (27) and
Adam Williams. 4 others were wounded. On June 15 Clem Thompkins was
arrested in connections with the killings. On Nov 21, 2013, gang
members Clem Thompkins (25) and Lamar Fox (23) were convicted for
the double murder.
(SFC, 6/17/11, p.C3)(SFC, 11/22/13, p.D2)
2011 Apr 25, Abu Dhabi state
news agency said five activists, including a blogger and an
academic, were detained for "opposing the government" in the
oil-rich Gulf country.
2011 Apr 25, In southern
Afghanistan some 488 Taliban fighters and commanders escaped
overnight from a prison in Kandahar in an audacious jailbreak which
the government admitted was a security "disaster." The Taliban later
said 541 prisoners escaped including 106 military commanders.
(AFP, 4/25/11)(SFC, 4/29/11, p.A5)
2011 Apr 25, Cambodian and Thai
troops clashed with guns and artillery after almost a full-day break
in fighting that has killed at least 12 people in four days and sent
nearly 50,000 into evacuation centers.
2011 Apr 25, Chad’s Pres.
Idriss Deby Itno won nearly 84% of the vote in elections, which the
2011 Apr 25, Chinese oil
refining giant Sinopec said it has demoted Lu Guangyu, a top
executive, who bought 1.6 million yuan (148,463 pounds) of wine and
spirits after details of the purchase leaked onto the Internet and
sparked an uproar over extravagance at the state-owned firm.
2011 Apr 25, In China an
illegal garment shop in southern Beijing caught fire, killing 17
migrant workers and their family members who may not have been able
to escape the four-story building because of bars on the windows.
2011 Apr 25, In eastern Congo a
boat owner said 72 people are missing after his boat capsized on
Lake Kivu, possibly because of bad weather and high winds.
2011 Apr 25, Dominican Rep.
first lady Margarita Cedeno (45) said she will not run for the
presidency just weeks after the ruling party cleared the way for her
2011 Apr 25, Egypt's premier
suspended Emad Mikhail, a Christian governor linked to the ousted
Mubarak regime, after his appointment sparked protests in restive
2011 Apr 25, In El Salvador 3
suspected gang members climbed aboard a bus and shot television
cameraman Alfredo Hurtado (41) to death as he rode to work.
2011 Apr 25, Hungarian
President Pal Schmitt formally signed the country's new constitution
into law, despite heavy criticism from civil groups, rights
organizations and opposition parties.
2011 Apr 25, Indian officials
arrested the chief organizer of last year's Commonwealth Games and
two other officials as part of a corruption investigation into the
scandal-plagued competition in New Delhi.
2011 Apr 25, A senior Iranian
military official said Iran has been hit by a second computer virus,
the Stars virus, suggesting it was part of a concerted campaign to
undermine the country's disputed nuclear program.
2011 Apr 25, Japan sent nearly
25,000 soldiers to recover bodies killed in last month’s earthquake
and tsunami. Some 14,300 were confirmed dead with 12,000 still
(SFC, 4/25/11, p.A2)
2011 Apr 25, In Libya NATO
forces flattened a building inside Muammar Gaddafi's Bab al-Aziziyah
compound, in what a press official from Gaddafi's government said
was an attempt on the Libyan leader's life. Refugees fleeing the
Western Mountains told of heavy bombardment by Muammar Gaddafi's
forces as they try to dislodge rebels in remote Berber towns.
(AP, 4/25/11)(Reuters, 4/25/11)
2011 Apr 25, Mexican
authorities said federal police rescued 51 people, including six
Chinese and 18 Central American migrants, who were captive in
Reynosa, the same border city where more than five dozen people were
freed last week.
2011 Apr 25, Mauritanian police
arrested 20 people after hundreds demonstrated in the capital
against the regime of President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz.
2011 Apr 25, In northeastern
Nigeria police said an explosion at a hotel killed three people and
wounded 14 others only days before the state's gubernatorial
2011 Apr 25, South Sudan’s army
said at least 165 people have been killed in the past week in
fighting between its army and militia. The UN said more than 800
civilians have been killed since January.
(AP, 4/25/11)(SFC, 4/26/11, p.A2)
2011 Apr 25, Syria sharply
escalated its already deadly campaign to crush a five-week uprising,
sending troops backed by tanks, snipers and knife-wielding security
forces into Daraa where the rebellion began, killing at least 25
people. Syria sealed off its border with Jordan.
(AP, 4/25/11)(AFP, 4/25/11)(Reuters,
2011 Apr 25, In Yemen forces
loyal to the embattled president attacked protesters calling for his
ouster in Ibb and Bayda, injuring dozens. 2 people were killed and
(AP, 4/25/11)(SFC, 4/26/11, p.A3)
2011 Apr 25, In Zimbabwe
thieves raided the offices and stole computer hard drives and the
editor's laptop of NewsDay, an independent daily newspaper critical
of President Mugabe.
2012 Apr 25, US federal
officials announced that multiple airport screeners have been
arrested for allegedly taking handsome bribes to look the other way
while loads of illegal drugs slipped through security at Los Angeles
2012 Apr 25, The US Marine
Corps said a sergeant will be discharged for criticizing President
Barack Obama on Facebook in a case that called into question the
Pentagon's policies about social media and its limits on the speech
of active duty military personnel. Sgt. Gary Stein will get an
other-than-honorable discharge and lose most of his benefits for
violating the policies.
2012 Apr 25, Connecticut Gov.
Dannel Malloy signed a law that ends the state’s death penalty for
future crimes, making it the 17th state to abolish capital
(SFC, 4/26/12, p.A6)
2012 Apr 25, In Massachusetts
Anthony DiNunzio, the alleged head of the New England Cosa Nostra,
was arrested in Boston. He pleaded not guilty to multiple counts
including racketeering and conspiracy.
(SFC, 4/26/12, p.A6)
2012 Apr 25, In southern
Afghanistan another NATO service member was killed by an improvised
explosive device. Another NATO service member died of non-battle
injuries. A man wearing an Afghan National Army uniform shot and
killed a US soldier and an Afghan interpreter in Kandahar province.
The shooter was killed when coalition forces returned fire.
(AP, 4/25/12)(AP, 4/26/12)(SFC, 4/28/12, p.A3)
2012 Apr 25, In Bahrain an
overnight bomb attack carried out by "terrorists" wounded four
policemen in the Shiite-populated village of Diraz. Police also
raided 11 homes and arrested six people.
2012 Apr 25, European ministers
began returning to Belarus. Poland, Lithuania and Sweden sent their
representatives back to Minsk today. Other ambassadors will return
over the next hours and days.
2012 Apr 25, Brazil’s Congress
launched an investigation into the political influence of
businessman Carlos Augusto Ramos (aka Carlinhos Cachoeira or Charlie
Waterfall). He was thought to have ties with the numbers racket.
(Econ, 5/5/12, p.37)
2012 Apr 25, Britain was back
in recession after the economy shrank again in the first quarter but
the government insisted on sticking by its deep spending cuts
despite concerns they undermine growth. Britain's gross domestic
product (GDP) contracted 0.2 percent between January and March,
following a fall of 0.3 percent in the fourth quarter of 2011.
2012 Apr 25, In central
Indonesia a South African pilot and his Australian passenger were
killed when their Susi Air Pilatus PC-6 aircraft crashed. The
airline identified the pilot as Jonathan James Willis (28).
Indonesian officials identified the passenger as photographer Ian
2012 Apr 25, A Kyrgyzstan
utilities company turned off the gas supply to a major war memorial
in the capital, Bishkek, after city authorities failed to clear a
3-year $9,400 debt.
2012 Apr 25, Libya's ruling
National Transitional Council issued a new law that bans parties
based on religious principles, the council spokesman said. The
surprise move was denounced by Islamists organizing to compete in
upcoming elections. The interim ruling council fired the nation's
Cabinet just five months after it took office, citing incompetence,
just two months before the country's first national election. 65 of
the NTC's 72-members approved a no-confidence motion against PM
(AFP, 4/25/12)(AP, 4/26/12)
2012 Apr 25, Mali's interim PM
Cheick Modibo Diarra (60) formed a 24-member government, including
three military representatives seen as close to the outgoing
2012 Apr 25, In New Zealand an
African elephant killed a zookeeper caring for her at the Franklin
Zoo near Auckland where the animal was retired after performing in
circuses for decades.
2012 Apr 25, Pakistan
successfully tested an improved intermediate-range ballistic missile
with a possible range of 466-620 miles.
(SFC, 4/26/12, p.A3)
2012 Apr 25, Philippine
communist guerrillas (NPA) killed 11 soldiers and a civilian near
the mountain town of Tinoc on the main island of Luzon in one of
their most audacious attacks in recent years.
2012 Apr 25, Philippine and US
Navy troops conducted joint exercises in the South China Sea.
(Econ, 4/28/12, p.44)
2012 Apr 25, Two major South
Korean retailers pulled US beef from their stores following the
discovery of mad cow disease in a California dairy cow. US health
authorities a day earlier said the animal was never a threat to the
nation's food supply. US authorities said the dead cow had what
scientists call an atypical case of BSE, meaning that a random
mutation in the animal rather than infected cattle feed was the
2012 Apr 25, South Sudan freed
14 Sudanese prisoners of war as a "goodwill gesture" despite weeks
of fierce fighting along their contested border. South Sudan’s Pres.
Kiir cut short his visit to China amid violence with Sudan, as
Beijing announced plans to send a peace envoy.
2012 Apr 25, In Syria an
explosion in Hama killed at least 16 people. The government blamed
rebels. Activists on the ground put the death toll as high as 68,
including 16 children. UN envoy Kofi Annan urged the fast deployment
of the full, 300-strong mission and voiced alarm about persistent
violence. Observers now numbered 15. Syria was refusing to accept
monitors from the Western and Arab coalition of countries in the
so-called Friends of Syria group which has backed the Syrian
(AFP, 4/25/12)(AFP, 4/26/12)(SFC, 4/27/12, p.A3)
2012 Apr 25, In Venezuela Walid
Maklid, an alleged drug baron, said he had paid supreme court
justice Eladio Aponte millions of dollars.
(Econ, 4/28/12, p.42)
2013 Apr 25, The George W. Bush
presidential library was dedicated in Dallas, Texas.
(SFC, 4/26/13, p.A16)
2013 Apr 25, The US Justice
Dept. announced charges against Marta Rita Velazquez involving her
role in recruiting Ana Belen Montes, a friend and colleague, to spy
for the Cuban Intelligence Service in 1984.
(SFC, 4/26/13, p.A15)
2013 Apr 25, A 1913 Liberty
Head nickel, one of only 5 known to exist, was sold for $3.17
million at an auction in Chicago. It was minted in 1912 in
Philadelphia with the year 1913 cast on its face. A set of 5 was
broken up in 1942.
(SFC, 4/27/13, p.A4)
2013 Apr 25, An Oregon federal
judge ruled that the practice of limiting inmates’ mail to postcards
(SFC, 4/26/13, p.A6)
2013 Apr 25, Texas executed
Richard Cobb (29) for shooting Kenneth Vandever, one of three people
abducted during a convenience store robbery on Sep 2, 2002. Two
women were also shot and one was raped.
(SFC, 4/26/13, p.A6)
2013 Apr 25, The US military
said 94 men are on the hunger strike at Guantanamo Bay, up two from
a day earlier.
2013 Apr 25, Argentina's
congress passed new limits on judicial independence, key parts of a
package of laws the government promised will "democratize" the
country's courts. Opponents said private property will be much more
difficult to protect and President Cristina Fernandez and her
appointees will have free reign to govern without court
2013 Apr 25, Britain’s Ministry
of Defense announced that a new drone-operating squadron had begun
operating from RAF Waddington in eastern England.
2013 Apr 25, Richard Dart (30),
a white Briton who was the subject of a 2011 documentary detailing
his conversion to radical Islam, was jailed on terrorism charges on
the strength of evidence gleaned from fragments of deleted text
recovered from a laptop.
2013 Apr 25, Central African
Republic (CAR) local residents said at least 40 elephants have been
slain at Dzanga-Sangha since the rebels took power on March 24.
2013 Apr 25, Chilean police
arrested four people accused of burning a baby alive in a ritual
because the leader of the sect believed that the end of the world
was near and that the child was the antichrist. The 3-day-old baby
was taken to a hill in the town of Colliguay near the Chilean port
of Valparaiso on Nov. 21 and was thrown into a bonfire. The
12-member sect was formed in 2005 and was led by Ramon Gustavo
Castillo Gaete (36), who remained at large.
2013 Apr 25, Guinea-Bissau
sentenced army captain Pansau Ntchama to serve five years in prison
after being found guilty of treason and using illegal weapons while
leading a failed coup last year.
2013 Apr 25, In Haiti Richard
Joyal (62), a Catholic missionary from Manitoba, Canada, was shot to
death as he left a bank in Port-au-Prince.
2013 Apr 25, In Iraq gunmen
took over Suleiman Beg, a Sunni town north of Baghdad, after a
firefight with security forces. Fighting since April 23 in Sunni
towns in western and northern Iraq have left more than 100 people
dead in clashes and other violence.
2013 Apr 25, Israel shot down a
drone as it approached its northern coast from neighboring Lebanon,
raising suspicions that the Hezbollah militant group was behind the
2013 Apr 25, Israel's army said
that it would soon halt its use of white phosphorus shells after
years of international criticism for using the incendiary munitions
in crowded Palestinian areas.
2013 Apr 25, A pro-Kurdish news
agency said Kurdish rebels will start withdrawing thousands of
guerrilla fighters from Turkey on May 8 and retreat across the
border to northern Iraq, in an important milestone toward ending the
nearly three-decade old insurgency that has cost tens of thousands
2013 Apr 25, The Malian
military says it has expelled French journalist Dorothee Thienot
from Gao in northern Mali. She had documented civilian deaths blamed
on Malian soldiers.
2013 Apr 25, Pirates off of
Nigeria attacked the German-operated “City of Xiamen" container
ship. The ship’s 5 Pole and Russian crew members were released on
2013 Apr 25, In Karachi,
Pakistan, a bomb exploded outside an election office of the
Muttahida Quami Movement, one of the main political parties, killing
5 people in the latest attack ahead of the nation's May 11
2013 Apr 25, In the southern
Philippines gunmen attacked a truck carrying a mayor and his
supporters and killed 13 people including his daughter in Lanao del
Norte province. Nunungan Mayor Abdul Manamparan and nine others were
wounded in the country's worst violence in campaigning for May
2013 Apr 25, Rwanda issued its
first Eurobond. The ten-year $400m issue was more than 8 times
(Econ, 5/4/13, p.74)(http://tinyurl.com/o76lxbr)
2013 Apr 25, In Somalia Omar
Hammami, a most-wanted American jihadi fropm Alabama, was wounded in
an assassination attempt.
2013 Apr 25, South Africa's
parliament passed a bill designed to protect state secrets despite
the concerns of some activists who fear it could undermine the
country's young democracy.
2013 Apr 25, Spanish agents
arrested a Dutch citizen, identified as S.K. (35), for using a
vehicle to hack into networks. He was accused of attacking the
Swiss-British antispam watchdog group Spamhaus.
(SFC, 4/29/13, p.A3)
2013 Apr 25, The UN Security
Council authorized the deployment of a 12,600 member peacekeeping
force to Mali.
(AP, 4/26/13)(Econ, 6/15/13, p.44)
2013 Apr 25, Venezuelan
opposition leader Henrique Capriles announced that his movement will
boycott an audit of election results and push the government to hold
a new presidential ballot.
2014 Apr 25, President Barack
Obama wrapped up a state visit to Japan during which he assured
America's ally that Washington would come to its defense, but failed
to clinch a trade deal key to both his "pivot" to Asia and PM Shinzo
Abe's economic reforms.
2014 Apr 25, President Barack
Obama and South Korean President Park Geun-hye warned Pyongyang that
it could face tougher sanctions if it follows through with threats
to launch a fourth nuclear test.
2014 Apr 25, Three US
protesters, arrested in 2012 for plotting Molotov cocktails in a
2012 Nato summit in Chicago were sentenced from 5-8 years in prison
on arson and mob-action charges. They had been acquitted of
terrorism and received credit for two years in jail.
(SFC, 4/26/14, p.A6)
2014 Apr 25, California's
Governor Jerry Brown said the state drought is so severe that the
government will roll back some environmental protections and loosen
the rules on transferring water to farmers.
2014 Apr 25, Dr. John Jay
Osborn (96), inventor of one of the first heart-lung machines
(1956), died in Belvedere, Ca. The machine made open heart surgery
(SFC, 5/1/14, p.D6)
2014 Apr 25, In Milford,
Connecticut, Maren Sanchez (16) died of stab wounds to her torso and
neck on the day of her junior prom at Jonathan Law High School.
Chris Plakson (16) was arrested and charged with homicide. In 2016
Plakson was sentenced to 25 years in prison. In 2017 the mother of
Sanchez offered to settle a suit against the city of Milford
and its school district for $23 million.
(SFC, 4/28/14, p.A6)(SFC, 9/15/17 p.A5)
2014 Apr 25, Oregon dropped its
problem-plagued online health exchange and decided to switch to the
federal website for private policies.
(SFC, 4/26/14, p.A6)
2014 Apr 25, Multiple tornadoes
hit eastern North Carolina damaging over 200 homes.
(SSFC, 4/27/14, p.A13)
2014 Apr 25, Cambodia's highest
court ruled that a prominent Russian property developer wanted in
his homeland for allegedly embezzling millions of dollars cannot be
extradited. Sergei Polonsky expressed satisfaction with the ruling
and said he will spend up to $100 million developing an island he
purchased off Cambodia's southern coast. Polonsky was charged in
Russia in June last year with embezzling more than 5.7 billion
rubles ($175 million) from 80 property investors.
2014 Apr 25, China’s Sina.com
temporarily closed its literature site after being accused of
hosting pornography, and authorities confirmed they were revoking
two crucial licenses, ensnaring one of China's top web portals in an
intensifying online crackdown.
2014 Apr 25, In CongoDRC at
least 23 people were killed when a stampede broke out in Kikwit,
Bandundu province during a tribute for singer King Kester Emeneya
(57), who died in Paris in February.
2014 Apr 25, A top El Salvador
official said Mara street gangs are arming themselves with
high-powered rifles and some gang members have tried to join the
army to get military training.
2014 Apr 25, Finland-based
Nokia said it has completed the 5.44 billion-euro ($7.5 billion)
sale of its troubled cellphone and services division to Microsoft
2014 Apr 25, German-Jewish
writer Stefanie Zweig (81), best known for her autobiographical
novel "Nowhere in Africa" (1995), died. The book retold the story of
her family's time in Kenya. A movie adaptation won an Oscar for Best
Foreign Language Film in 2003.
2014 Apr 25, Iran announced
petrol price hikes as high as 75 percent to take immediate effect,
in a long-awaited attempt to regulate energy prices in the country's
flatlining, sanctions-hit economy.
2014 Apr 25, In Iraq a multiple
bombing killed at least 33 people at a campaign rally for a militant
Shiite group in Baghdad. ISIL claimed responsibility for the attack
on the rally, which drew about 10,000 backers of Asaib Ahl al-Haq.
Several hours later a senior Sunni politician in the mostly Shiite
southern city of Basra was shot dead in what appeared to be a
2014 Apr 25, Police in Jamaica
arrested 20 people suspected of involvement in a multimillion-dollar
2014 Apr 25, In Pakistan a
powerful bomb exploded in an upscale residential area of Karachi,
killing at least 4 people and wounding 25.
2014 Apr 25, Puerto Rico police
said they have seized 209 pounds (95 kg) of cocaine found on an
abandoned boat near the popular tourist island of Culebra.
2014 Apr 25, Russia’s Central
Bank said it has increased its one-week auction rate by 0.5
percentage points to 7.5 percent in an effort to stem inflation as
the country begins to feel the impact of its policies in Ukraine.
Standard & Poor's credit agency cut Russia's credit rating for
the first time in more than five years, citing the flight of capital
and the risk to investment in Russia since the Ukraine crisis blew
up late last year.
2014 Apr 25, Saudi Arabia's
Health Ministry said that five more people in the kingdom have died
from MERS. The ministry says 92 people have died and 313 have
contracted the virus in Saudi since September 2012.
2014 Apr 25, South Sudan
released four top leaders accused of rebellion and treason, dropping
charges for attempting to overthrow the government in a move aimed
at ending a four-month-old civil war.
2014 Apr 25, Ukrainian special
forces launched a second phase of their operation in the east of the
country by mounting a full blockade of the rebel-held city of
Slaviansk A Ukrainian military helicopter exploded at a base near
the eastern town of Kramatorsk after being hit by a rocket-propelled
grenade. In Slovyansk pro-Russian activists detained an eight-member
team traveling under the auspices of the OSCE, accusing them of
being NATO spies.
(Reuters, 4/25/14)(AP, 4/25/14)(SSFC, 4/27/14,
2014 Apr 25, Venezuela's
President Nicolas Maduro said that 16 people have been arrested in a
new round of inspections to find alleged price gougers whom the
socialist government blames for the worst inflation rate in the
2015 Apr 25, In southern
California 3 people were found dead inside a Los Angeles-area
business in what might have been a fire bomb or Molotov cocktail
2015 Apr 25, Jayne Meadows
(b.1919), game show star on “I’ve Got a Secret" and the wife of
Steve Allen (d.2000), died in southern California.
(SFC, 4/29/15, p.D2)k
2015 Apr 25, In Maryland
thousands of protesters took to the streets of Baltimore to protest
the fatal injury of Freddie Gray, who died on April 19 after
suffering a fatal spinal injury while in police custody.
(SSFC, 4/26/15, p.A9)
2015 Apr 25, In Louisiana at
least two people were killed and four left missing after a swift
storm crossed Mobile Bay during the Dauphin Island sailing regatta.
(SFC, 4/27/15, p.A5)(SFC, 4/28/15, p.A5)
2015 Apr 25, In southern
Afghanistan a gunman late today shot and killed acting police chief
Gen. Gulab Khan and a civilian in Uruzgan province.
2015 Apr 25, Some airlines
cancelled flights to the capitals of Argentina, Chile and Uruguay as
ash from the Chilean volcano Calbuco, which erupted without warning
this week, reached as far as southern Brazil.
2015 Apr 25, Bosnia’s largest
Serb party said it would push for a referendum on independence for
the country's autonomous Serb Republic in 2018, setting it on a
collision course with the West, unless the region is granted greater
2015 Apr 25, Burundi's
president was declared as candidate for a controversial third term
2015 Apr 25, In China a
55-year-old man surnamed Zhao, his 26-year-old daughter and another
man aged 67 were killed in Longcheng township along the North Korean
border, not far from where at least 7 villagers were reported killed
last year by border guards who had crossed the Tumen River in search
of money and food.
2015 Apr 25, The EU's judicial
agency Eurojust said police from seven European countries have
detained 26 people and seized hundreds of horse passports in a
crackdown against a Europe-wide horsemeat trafficking ring.
2015 Apr 25, In Guatemala
thousands marched to demand the resignation of President Otto Perez
and Vice President Roxana Baldetti as a corruption scandal rocked
the government. The marches became a weekly phenomenon.
(AFP, 4/25/15)(Econ, 8/15/15, p.25)
2015 Apr 25, In Iraq 3 suicide
car bombs driven by foreigners targeted the remote Trebill desert
border crossing between Iraq and Jordan killing at least 4 Iraqi
soldiers. A bomb exploded near an outdoor market in Baghdad's
southeastern Jisr Diyala suburb, killing 4 people and wounding 11.
Islamic State militants attacked Baiji, the country's largest
refinery, but were repelled. 13 soldiers, among them two senior
officers, were killed in a bombing and clashes east of Ramadi.
(AP, 4/25/15)(Reuters, 4/26/15)(AP, 4/27/15)
2015 Apr 25, In Israel a
Palestinian in Hebron attacked an Israeli police officer, stabbing
him several times in his head and chest. The officer was evacuated
to a hospital and was in stable condition. Other officers on the
scene opened fire on the assailant and killed him.
2015 Apr 25, In Nepal a
magnitude 7.9 earthquake killed hundreds of people, toppling a
19th-century tower in the capital Kathmandu and touching off a
deadly avalanche on Mount Everest. More than 8,800 were killed
making this disaster the deadliest to hit the Himalayan country on
record. India reported at least 49 killed in Bihar, Uttar Pradesh
and West Bengal states.
(Reuters, 4/25/15)(AP, 4/25/15)(Reuters,
4/26/15)(Reuters, 5/17/15)(AFP, 8/5/15)
2015 Apr 25, In Niger hundreds
of armed fighters from the Boko Haram militant group aboard
motorized canoes attacked the Lake Chad island of Karamga at dawn
and seized it from soldiers. A security source in Chad said Niger
lost 48 soldiers and another 36 were missing.
(Reuters, 4/26/15)(AFP, 4/27/15)
2015 Apr 25, In northeaster
Nigeria over a hundred victims were buried in 20 mass graves after
hundreds of people were found dead in the Damasak.
2015 Apr 25, In Russia some 20
riders from a nationalist motorcycle group began their run
commemorating the Red Army's offensive against Nazi Germany, despite
Poland's announcement that it would refuse to let them into the
2015 Apr 25, In Somalia gunmen
shot dead a former lawmaker and two city council officials. Al
Shabaab claimed responsibility.
2015 Apr 25, In South Korea
thousands marched in Seoul for the second straight day to protest
government labor policies and the handling of a ferry disaster that
killed more than 300 people a year ago.
2015 Apr 25, In Syria Islamist
insurgents including al-Qaeda's wing, Nusra Front, captured the
northwestern town of Jisr al-Shughour, for the first time in the
four-year-old conflict. At least 27 people, including at least 20
fighters, were killed in the strikes.
(Reuters, 4/25/15)(AP, 4/26/15)
2015 Apr 25, Thailand officials
seized three tons of ivory hidden in tea leaf sacks from Kenya and
destine for Laos.
(SFC, 4/28/15, p.A2)
2015 Apr 25, Togo voters went
to the polls in presidential elections, with the incumbent Faure
Gnassingbe (48) seeking a third term in office to extend his
family's grip on power into a second half-century. On May 3 Togo's
constitutional court confirmed the victory of Faure Gnassingbe.
(AFP, 4/25/15)(AP, 4/27/15)(AFP, 5/3/15)
2015 Apr 25, In Ukraine
government serviceman was killed and two were wounded in shelling
attacks by pro-Russian separatists near the port of Mariupol.
2015 Apr 25, In Yemen Shiite
Houthi rebels mobilized hundreds of reinforcements in an effort to
wrest control of Aden from militias supporting embattled President
Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi. The port city was hit by dozens of
Saudi-led coalition airstrikes.
2016 Apr 25, President Barack
Obama announced the deployment of up to 250 US military personnel to
Syria, mostly special operations forces, to assist local troops
trying to dislodge Islamic State extremists. He called the move
essential to keeping up momentum against the group.
2016 Apr 25, The United States
and its allies targeted Islamic State with 25 strikes in their
latest assault against the militant group in Iraq and Syria.
2016 Apr 25, Afghan Taliban
delegation arrived in Pakistan to meet officials in a bid to restart
a stuttering peace process with Kabul.
2016 Apr 25, In Armenia an
explosion devastated a bus Yerevan, killing two people and injuring
seven. One of the passengers had reportedly quarreled with relatives
and told friends that he planned to seek revenge by handing them an
2016 Apr 25, Austria re-imposed
controls on its border with Hungary, with police checking vehicles
at the main regular crossings and soldiers patrolling other
stretches of the border.
2016 Apr 25, In Bangladesh a
gay rights activist and his friend were killed. Ansar-al-Islam, the
Bangladeshi branch of al-Qaida, soon claimed responsibility. Xulhaz
Mannan (35), an editor of a magazine for Bangladesh's gay and
lesbian community, and fellow activist Mahbub Tonoy (25) were
murdered in a Dhaka apartment by about six men carrying machetes and
guns. On May 14 police arrested Shariful Islam Shihab (37), a member
of the Ansarullah Bangla Team.
(AP, 4/26/16)(AFP, 5/15/16)
2016 Apr 25, In central
Bulgaria 2 workers were killed in an explosion in Kazanluk at
Arsenal, the country’s biggest weapons maker.
2016 Apr 25, In Burundi
Athanase Kararuza, a Tutsi general and security advisor to the vice
president, was killed in an attack by heavily-armed men, along with
his wife and daughter in Bujumbura.
2016 Apr 25, In eastern Burundi
nearly 30 schoolchildren and their supervisors were killed and many
more injured when their truck crashed outside Musongati.
2016 Apr 25, The New York-based
Wildlife Conservation Society said Cambodia's Royal Turtle is nearly
extinct, with fewer than 10 left in the wild, because increased sand
dredging and illegal clearance of flooded forest have shrunk its
2016 Apr 25, In northern China
a coal mine flooded in Tongchuan city, Shaanxi province, leaving 11
2016 Apr 25, Egyptian police
fired tear gas and birdshot to disperse hundreds of demonstrators
calling on President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi to step down over his
government's decision to surrender control over two strategic Red
Sea islands to Saudi Arabia. Police arrested at least 237 people
during the protests.
(AP, 4/25/16)(AP, 4/26/16)
2016 Apr 25, Kenyan police
fired tear gas into a crowd of opposition leaders and their
supporters as they marched on the office of the country's electoral
commission to demand it disband before next year's election.
2016 Apr 25, Nepal's PM
Khadga Prasad Oli announced the start of reconstruction of key
heritage sites in and around the capital that were damaged by an
earthquake that killed nearly 9,000 people and devastated the
country one year ago.
2016 Apr 25, In Nigeria 20
young Fulani herdsmen descended from the hills and emerged from the
palm tree forest, shooting AK-47 assault rifles in the air and
waving machetes in the village of Nimbo. At least 10 people were
thought to have been killed and scores injured.
2016 Apr 25, In the Philippines
Abu Sayyaf gunmen beheaded Canadian hostage John Ridsdel (68) in the
southern province of Sulu, sparking condemnations and prompting
Canadian PM Justin Trudeau to pledge to help the Philippines pursue
the extremists behind the attack.
(AP, 4/26/16)(SFC, 4/26/16, p.A2)
2016 Apr 25, Saudi Arabia's
cabinet agreed to implement a broad reform plan known as Vision
2030. Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman overseeing Saudi
Arabia's economy unveiled ambitious plans aimed at ending the
kingdom's "addiction" to oil. He said Riyadh would raise the capital
of its public investment fund to 7 trillion riyals ($2 trillion)
from 600 billion riyals ($160 billion) and would sell up to five
percent of shares in state oil giant Aramco. He also announced plans
to set up a holding company for military industries that would be
fully owned by the government at first and listed later on the Saudi
2016 Apr 25, In Syria a car
bomb on the outskirts of the Sayeda Zeinab district south of
Damascus killed at least 6 people, the third bombing attack in the
area this year.
2016 Apr 25, Turkey said it has
deported more than 3,300 foreigners suspected of links to jihadi
groups, particularly Islamic State militants, and another 41,000
foreigners have been barred from entering the country as part of its
fight against the militant group.
2016 Apr 25, Turkey's military
said it has destroyed Islamic State's missile launcher in Syria some
20 km from the border town of Kilis which has been repeatedly his by
rockets from the border. 2 Turkish soldiers were killed and four
wounded in an armed attack by Kurdish militants in the southeastern
town of Nusaybin near the Syrian border.
2016 Apr 25, Yemeni troops
recaptured Mukalla, a key port city from Al-Qaeda militants who held
it for a year. More than 800 al Qaeda fighters were reported killed.
At least 27 Yemeni soldiers were killed in the government offensive,
backed by Saudi-led forces. A US drone struck two vehicles carrying
Al-Qaeda militants near the town of Azzan -- from which the
jihadists have fled -- killing nine extremists.
(AFP, 4/25/16)(Reuters, 4/25/16)(AFP, 4/27/16)
2017 Apr 25, US oversight
lawmakers from both parties said Michael Flynn, Pres. Trump’s first
national security advisor, may have violated federal law by not
fully disclosing his business dealings with Russia. Flynn received
more than $45,000 from the Russian government for giving a speech in
Moscow in 2015 and accepted payments from companies linked to Russia
without first getting required approval from the Pentagon and US
(SFC, 4/26/17, p.A4)
2017 Apr 25, A US District
Judge William Orrick III of San Francisco ruled that Pres. Trump
cannot coerce sanctuary cities to cooperate with immigration
officials by threatening to withdraw crucial funding.
(SFC, 4/26/17, p.A1)
2017 Apr 25, A report by
California’s state Auditor Elaine Howle said the Univ. of California
hid $175 million from the public in secret funds while
administrators demanded more money from the state from 2012 to 2016.
(SFC, 4/26/17, p.A1)
2017 Apr 25, The US Justice
Dept. and health care officials announced that Pacific Pulmonary
Services, based in Novato, Ca., has agreed to pay $11.4 million to
settle accusations that it profiteered by filing false reimbursement
claims and arranging kickbacks with sleep-testing clinics starting
(SFC, 4/27/17, p.C3)
2017 Apr 25, In Afghanistan
Islamic State militants attacked the Taliban in the northern Jawzjan
province, igniting heavy clashes. 76 Taliban fighters were killed as
well as 15 from the IS affiliate, which is largely made up of
disgruntled former Taliban fighters. The IS militants seized two
districts from the Taliban.
2017 Apr 25, China offered to
help tackle a diplomatic row between Bangladesh and Myanmar over the
flight of minority Rohingyas.
2017 Apr 25, A Chinese court
sentenced a US citizen to three-years and six-months in prison for
espionage but then ordered her deported. Sandy Phan-Gillis, who has
Chinese ancestry and is a naturalized US citizen, was arrested in
March 2015 while about to leave mainland China for the
Chinese-ruled, former Portuguese colony of Macau, and had been held
without charges since then.
2017 Apr 25, The 47-member
Council of Europe put Turkey on a watchlist over the crackdown on
dissent since last year's coup attempt, rights violations and
concerns about President Tayyip Erdogan's increased grip on power.
2017 Apr 25, In Croatia a
municipal boat heading to an island in the southern Adriatic on a
medical emergency struck a rubber boat carrying nine people late
today near the medieval walled city of Dubrovnik. Three people were
2017 Apr 25, In Egypt an
Islamic State suicide bomber attacked a tribal checkpoint in
northern Sinai and killed four members of the Tarabeen tribe.
Members of the local tribe burned alive a suspected Islamic State
2017 Apr 25, A Greek court
ruled against the extradition of three of eight Turkish soldiers who
fled to Greece last July following a failed coup attempt against the
2017 Apr 25, In Hungary
activists broke up a meeting of the parliament's justice committee,
in a protest against plans to increase scrutiny over civil
2017 Apr 25, Prosecutors in
Hungary said they have indicted Roland Mengyi, a lawmaker from the
ruling Fidesz party, and six accomplices for attempting to embezzle
2017 Apr 25, Japan-based Trend
Micro, a cybersecurity research group, said French presidential
candidate Emmanuel Macron's political campaign was targeted by a
group of Russian hackers last month.
2017 Apr 25, Iraqi forces
launched a fresh push southwest of Mosul to retake the Hatra area,
which includes a UN-listed World Heritage site. Iraqi forces retook
full control of the Tenek neighborhood of west Mosul from the
Islamic State group.
2017 Apr 25, Israel appointed
its first female judge in its Muslim sharia court system. Hana
Khatib, an attorney from the northern town of Tamra, was selected by
an Israeli justice committee alongside three men to become a
2017 Apr 25, Kenyan police
fired teargas to disperse hundreds of people who took to the streets
to protest the outcome of a regional party primary in the west of
2017 Apr 25, In Kenya 27 people
were killed in a collision between a passenger bus and a trailer
truck on a road linking Nairobi and Mombasa.
(SFC, 4/26/17, p.A2)
2017 Apr 25, In Libya an air
strike on a prison killed five people in a desert town where armed
factions have been fighting along a strategic route from the
southern border region to the capital Tripoli. No one claimed
responsibility for the strike in Sabha.
2017 Apr 25, In Pakistan a
roadside bomb targeting a minivan in the northwestern Kurram tribal
area killed 14 people.
2017 Apr 25, Russia's justice
ministry restored public access to the financial reports of
charities linked to the prime minister after taking them off its
website following claims of corruption.
2017 Apr 25, Russian officials
announced they will begin supplying electricity to
separatist-controlled areas in eastern Ukraine after the Ukrainian
government cut off the power because of millions in unpaid bills.
2017 Apr 25, Saudi forces
foiled an attempt to blow up an Aramco fuel terminal in southern
Saudi Arabia using a high-speed boat laden with explosives. Yemen's
Houthi group was accused of being behind the attempt.
2017 Apr 25, A military court
in Somalia executed a policeman who was accused of killing a
civilian and wounding the victim's two sons. Ali Buubo Mohamed was
sentenced to death last November.
2017 Apr 25, South Korean
presidential frontrunner, Moon Jae-in, outraged persecuted sexual
minority groups by saying during a TV debate that he opposes
(SFC, 4/27/17, p.A2)
2017 Apr 25, A Swedish court
sentenced three men aged 18-24 for participating in a gang rape that
was streamed live on a closed Facebook group. The men were arrested
last Jan 22.
2017 Apr 25, Thailand's top
defense official said the government has approved the purchase of
its first submarine in more than half a century, calling the $393
million deal with China necessary and a bargain. Thailand
decommissioned its last one in 1951.
2017 Apr 25, In Thailand a
Brazilian woman (22) arrived at Don Muang airport from Malaysia and
had asked to be driven to central Bangkok. Instead she was driven to
an area outside Bangkok, where the driver is accused of beating and
raping her before leaving her by the side of the road. Police the
next day arrested the driver on charges of rape, illegal detention,
and theft with violence.
2017 Apr 25, Turkish warplanes
killed more than 20 Kurdish fighters in strikes in Syria and Iraq,
where the Kurds are key players in the battle against the Islamic
2017 Apr 25, Ukraine cut
electricity to parts of an eastern region controlled by pro-Russian
separatists, citing unpaid debt - a step the Kremlin said amounted
to a rejection by Kiev of breakaway territories.
2017 Apr 25, The UN said int’l.
donors have pledged $1.1 billion to avert famine in Yemen and
appealed to the fighting sides to allow humanitarian access.
(SFC, 4/26/17, p.A2)
2017 Apr 25, In Venezuela a man
(23) was shot dead at a political demonstration in the western state
of Lara, bringing to at least 25 the number of deaths in unrest this
(Reuters, 4/25/17)(AFP, 4/25/17)
2017 Apr 25, A top Venezuelan
prison official said six inmates died and another 11 have been
wounded in a brawl among prisoners at the Puente Ayala penitentiary
in Anzoategui state.
2018 Apr 25, In Washington, DC,
French President Emmanuel Macron drew on the "shared bond" of
US-French relations to call for a rejection of isolationism and
instead for the countries to bond together anew for a 21st century
2018 Apr 25, California police
booked Joseph James DeAngelo (72), a one time cop, into the
Sacramento Cpounty Jail on suspicion of two counts of murder. He was
accused of shooting a young couple to death near their Rancho
Cordoba home in 1978. Authorities using DNA linked him to the serial
killer know as the "East Area Rapist" responsible for at least 12
slayings anf 45 rapes in communties across the state from 1976 to
(SFC, 4/26/18, p.A1)
2018 Apr 25, San
Francisco-based Twitter reported earnings of $61 million in the
first three months of the year, boosted by strong growth in
advertising revenue and modest gains in users.
2018 Apr 25, In Florida a
federal judge sentenced Gustavo Falcon (56), dubbed the last of
Miami's "cocaine cowboys," to 11 years in prison for a drug
2018 Apr 25, In Maine police
Cpl. Eugene Cole (62) was fatally shot. On April 28 police announced
the arrest of suspect John Williams (29).
(SSFC, 4/29/18, p.A12)
2018 Apr 25, The Detroit-based
Ford Motor co. announced that it would stop producing its Taurus
sedan, a car that was once America's top seller. The Taurus had
debuted in 1985 for the 1986 model year.
2018 Apr 25, In South Carolina
fourteen corrections employees faced federal charges related to
bribery and bringing contraband into the state's institutions.
(SFC, 4/26/18, p.A4)
2018 Apr 25, Texas executed
Erick Davila by lethal injection for killing a girl (5) and her
grandmother in a gang-related shooting at a child's birthday party
(SFC, 4/26/18, p.A4)
2018 Apr 25, In Afghanistan
Islamist Taliban militants announced the start of their annual
spring offensive. Twin explosions in the center of Kabul wounded at
least three people. In eastern Afghanistan Taliban ambushed a
government convoy in Logar province, killing the deputy provincial
governor and his two bodyguards. In the north a Taliban attack late
today on an army security post in Kunduz province killed at least
seven soldiers. 15 Taliban fighters were also killed and 13 were
wounded. A local hospital chief gave a higher casualty toll for the
military, saying bodies of 13 soldiers and nine wounded in the
attack were brought to his hospital in Thakhar province.
(Reuters, 4/25/18)(AP, 4/26/18)
2018 Apr 25, In Armenia several
thousand protesters took to the streets of Yerevan after talks
between the opposition and the acting prime minister were called
2018 Apr 25, In Belgium
international donors raised $4.4 billion in emergency aid for Syria
and its neighbors, but the total fell well short of the UN target
for 2018 after the United States failed to submit a pledge.
2018 Apr 25, China's civil
aviation administration sent letters requesting airlines remove
references on their websites or in other material that suggests
Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau are part of countries independent from
China. Airlines were given 30 days to comply.
2018 Apr 25, It was reported
that Chinese seismologists have concluded that North Korea's
underground nuclear test site has partially collapsed following a
massive bomb blast last year, making it unusable. A blast last
September 3 triggering a 6.3-magnitude earthquake that was felt
across the northern border with China. The North claimed it tested a
2018 Apr 25, Danish submarine
builder Peter Madsen (47), a self-taught engineer, was sentenced to
life in prison after a Copenhagen court found him guilty of the
premeditated murder and sexual assault of Swedish journalist Kim
Wall onboard his homemade submarine last year.
2018 Apr 25, European law
enforcement agencies said a British and Dutch-led operation brought
down webstresser.org, a website linked to more than four million
cyberattacks around the world, with banking giants among the
victims. Authorities in five countries including the Netherlands,
Serbia, Croatia and Canada, with support from Police Scotland and
Europol, targeted six members of the crime group.
2018 Apr 25, An
eagerly-anticipated catalogue was published compiled from data that
Europe's Gaia satellite gathered on some 1.7 billion stars from its
unique vantage point in space, about 1.5 million km (930,000 miles)
from Earth. The Gaia satellite produced a 3-D map, hailed as
revolutionary, of more than a billion stars in our Milky Way galaxy.
2018 Apr 25, Finland said the
Nordic country's trailblazing basic income experiment is going ahead
as planned, denying media reports that the trial has fallen flat.
2018 Apr 25, Abbas Attar
(b.1944), Iranian-born photographer, died in Paris. His book "Iran
Diary 1971-2002" was published in 2002.
2018 Apr 25, Germans of various
faiths donned kippas, Jewish skullcaps, and took to the streets in
several cities to protest an anti-Semitic attack in Berlin and
express fears about growing hatred of Jews in the country.
2018 Apr 25, In Greece
thousands of protesters took to the streets in Athens and other
cities, vowing to challenge ongoing bailout-related austerity
measures after the rescue program ends in a few months.
2018 Apr 25, An Indian court
jailed a self-styled religious preacher (77) for life for raping a
teenage girl, the latest sexual abuse case against a so-called
"godman." Asumal Harpalani, commonly known as Asaram Bapu, has been
held since September 2013.
2018 Apr 25, In western
Indonesia a newly drilled unregulated oil well exploded into flames,
burning 18 people to death and injuring dozens of others in Pasir
Putih village, eastern Aceh province. The death toll rose the next
day to 22 following the deaths of four more victims.
(AP, 4/25/18)(AP, 4/26/18)
2018 Apr 25, Kuwait expelled
the Philippines ambassador and recalled its own from Manila over a
growing diplomatic dispute regarding the abuse of Filipina
housemaids and workers in the country.
2018 Apr 25, In Mexico hundreds
of Central American migrants from a caravan reunited in Tijuana and
planned to cross into the United States together this weekend, in
defiance of threats by President Donald Trump to repel them.
2018 Apr 25, Palestinian
journalist Abu Hussein (24), who was shot by Israeli troops on April
13 while covering a demonstration on the Gaza-Israel border, died of
2018 Apr 25, Peru's production
minister announced his resignation after a local TV channel revealed
he had offered to fire his deputy minister to avert a strike by
fishermen, marking the first scandal to roil President Martin
2018 Apr 25, Russia's Supreme
Court upheld a criminal conviction against opposition leader Alexei
Navalny and his brother. The 2014 conviction gave Navalny a
suspended sentence and sent his brother to prison for 3½ years.
2018 Apr 25, Russia's military
indicated that it will soon supply the Syrian government with a
sophisticated air defense system.
(SFC, 4/26/18, p.A2)
2018 Apr 25, Slovakia's
government said it has approved a plan to deploy 152 troops in the
Baltics as part of NATO forces amid growing tensions between Russia
and the West. The soldiers will join NATO forces in Latvia, starting
in the second half of 2018.
2018 Apr 25, Somali weapons
dealers said at least 600 guns were stolen in the past week from a
former United Arab Emirates-run training center in Mogadishu and are
for sale in the city.
2018 Apr 25, In South Africa
several thousand South African union members marched in Johannesburg
to protest a proposed national minimum wage of $1.60 per hour they
called inadequate, accusing the government of being hostile to
(Reuters, 4/25/18)(AP, 4/25/18)
2018 Apr 25, In South Sudan ten
aid workers went missing in the town of Yei.
2018 Apr 25, In Spain Madrid's
conservative leader Cristina Cifuentes (53) resigned after
revelations she allegedly shoplifted 40 euros worth of cosmetics in
2018 Apr 25, Syria's regime
moved to tighten its grip on the capital as it retook Eastern
Qalamun outside Damascus from rebels. Regime air strikes and rocket
fire pounded southern areas of the capital held by the Islamic State
jihadist group after government raids there killed six civilians
2018 Apr 25, In Syria OPCW
chemical weapons inspectors collected samples from a new location in
Douma, their second visit to the area that was hit by a suspected
gas attack on April 7. Russia has even said the attack was staged
and Russian diplomats said they plan to bring evidence of this to
2018 Apr 25, Taiwanese military
veterans scuffled with police as they tried to storm parliament in
the latest of a series of protests against planned pension cuts.
2018 Apr 25, Turkish opposition
newspaper Cumhuriyet's chairman Akin Atalay was released after
serving over 500 days in prison. The following day he joined a
protest for free press and justice outside an Istanbul court.
2019 Apr 25, Former US vice
president Joe Biden ended the speculation by jumping into a crowded
Democratic field as an immediate frontrunner in the battle to oust
President Donald Trump in 2020.
2019 Apr 25, A US federal judge
issued a nationwide injunction temporarily blocking a controversial
Trump administration rule that would bar organizations that provide
abortion referals from receiving federal family planning money.
(SFC, 4/27/19, p.A6)
2019 Apr 25, The Office of the
US Trade Representative said that Alibaba's on-line marketplace
Taobao.com continues sell "high volumes" of pirated goods, according
to companies that say they've been victimized. It also said that
Alibaba has "ineffective" procedures for removing counterfeit
products. The trade office also added Saudi Arabia to its yearly
"priority watchlist" of countries that don't adequately protect
2019 Apr 25, It was reported
that international thieves from Chile are suspected of committing
hundreds of burglaries across southern California after obtaining
visa waivers to enter the US.
(SFC, 4/25/19, p.A8)
2019 Apr 25, In Colorado four
people were killed when a semi-truck hauling lumber plowed into
vehicles on I-70 near Denver causing a fire. The death toll in the
28-vehicle pileup was not confirmed until the next day due to the
devastation caused by the fire.
(SFC, 4/27/19, p.A4)
2019 Apr 25, In southern
Florida Luis Clarke (38), a part-time youth pastor at Abrazo tu
Sueno Church in Pembroke Pines, was arrested and charged with sexual
battery of a minor. He had coerced a girl (15) into having sex by
threatening to turn her family in to immigration officials.
(SFC, 4/27/19, p.A4)
2019 Apr 25, In northern
Louisiana an overnight tornado devastated the town of Ruston and
left two people dead.
(SFC, 4/27/19, p.A6)
2019 Apr 25, US federal agents
raided the homes and City Hall offices of Baltimore's embattled
Mayor Catherine Pugh, amid widening investigations to determine
whether she used bulk sales of her obscure self-published children's
books to disguise kickbacks.
(SFC, 4/26/19, p.A6)
2019 Apr 25, US federal judges
ruled that Michigan must redraw dozens of congressional and
legislative districts because Republicans unconstitutionally
configured them to their political dominance.
(SFC, 4/26/19, p.A5)
2019 Apr 25, Amnesty
International and the Airwars monitoring group reported that
intensive US-led coalition bombardment on the Syrian city of Raqa
killed more than 1,600 civilians over four months in 2017.
2019 Apr 25, In western
Afghanistan the Taliban ambushed a security convoy, killing nine
policemen. In Kabul a would-be attacker died when a bomb he was
trying to plant at a private university detonated prematurely. A
raid on the Taliban-run jail in Zabul province's Daychopan district
late today killed eight insurgents. Among 53 freed captives were
four Afghan commandos and four policemen. The rest were civilians.
(AP, 4/25/19)(AP, 4/26/19)
2019 Apr 25, A Bahraini rights
group said that sexual abuse and torture have been widespread and
systematic in jails in the Gulf island nation during a yearslong
2019 Apr 25, More than 300
activists of the Extinction Rebellion group sowed chaos through
London's financial district, gluing themselves to the stock exchange
and blocking roads outside the Bank of England and major banks such
as Goldman Sachs.
2019 Apr 25, The Norwegian
Refugee Council said tens of thousands of people are living in the
bush without humanitarian aid in Cameroon after two years of
fighting between separatists and government forces that has failed
to attract widespread international support.
2019 Apr 25, In central Canada
rising waters were prompting further evacuations, with the mayor of
the country's capital, Ottawa, declaring a state of emergency and
Quebec authorities warning that a hydroelectric dam was at risk of
2019 Apr 25, Cyclone Kenneth
lashed the East African island nation of Comoros overnight, killing
three people, and swept toward flood-battered Mozambique.
2019 Apr 25, In Cyprus Nicos
Metaxas (35), a Greek Cypriot army officer, admitted to killing four
more people than he had previously admitted to. The suspect also
pointed investigators to a military firing range, where they
discovered another unidentified body.
2019 Apr 25, Weather experts
warned of drought in Europe over its summer as firefighters tackled
forest fires in Germany, Norway and Sweden. In Austria the first
signs of drought have already appeared in the east and north,
raising fears of another bleak harvest. In the Czech Republic 99
percent of the country has already been hit by drought over the last
2019 Apr 25, French President
Emmanuel Macron promised a new round of tax cuts worth 5.0 billion
euros ($5.5 billion) as part of a raft of measures in answer to five
months of anti-government street protests over the high cost of
2019 Apr 25, In Japan former
Nissan chief Carlos Ghosn emerged from his Tokyo detention center
late today after accepting bail of $4.5 million under strict
conditions including restrictions on seeing his wife.
2019 Apr 25, UN peacekeepers in
Lebanon confirmed the existence of a third cross-border tunnel, out
of six the Israeli military said it discovered in the area last
2019 Apr 25, The International
Committee of the Red Cross said intensified fighting for control of
the Libyan capital is turning residential areas of Tripoli into
2019 Apr 25, In southern Mexico
at least 1,300 mainly Cuban migrants escaped from a detention center
in Chiapas after threatening to set fire to the facility to protest
against overcrowding. 700 soon returned, but around 600 others were
2019 Apr 25, In Mozambique a
powerful tropical cyclone began to make landfall, just six weeks
after Cyclone Idai devastated the central part of the country and
left hundreds dead.
2019 Apr 25, In Nigeria two
Royal Dutch Shell oil workers were kidnapped, and their police
escorts killed, in the restive Delta region.
2019 Apr 25, In southwestern
Pakistan gunmen riding on motorcycles opened fire on female polio
vaccination workers in the town of Chaman, killing one and wounding
2019 Apr 25, The head of the
Polish Teachers' Union said it will suspend a strike that has closed
most Polish schools for nearly three weeks in order to allow
end-of-year exams to go forward. He said the strike for higher pay
for teachers will end April 27, but it will be resumed in September.
2019 Apr 25, Russian President
Vladimir Putin said North Korean leader Kim Jong Un confirmed during
their first summit he is willing to give up his nuclear weapons, but
only if he gets an ironclad guarantee of security beforehand.
2019 Apr 25, President Vladimir
Putin said that Russia was ready to restore full relations with
Kiev, after a political novice won the Ukraine presidential
2019 Apr 25, A South African
official said almost 70 people have been killed in South Africa
after torrential rains along the eastern coast.
2019 Apr 25, Sri Lankan
authorities drastically revised the number of people killed in the
near-simultaneous blasts at churches and luxury hotels in and around
Colombo and in the distant seaside town of Batticaloa — from 359 a
day earlier to around 250.
2019 Apr 25, Sudan's ruling
Transitional Military Council said it will retain "sovereign
authority only", while civilians will hold the post of prime
minister and head all government ministries.
2019 Apr 25, Tunisian police
stormed the offices of the private Nesna television station and cut
it off the air over accusations it had breached broadcasting rules,
which the channel called an attempt to silence its voice criticizing
2019 Apr 25, Ukraine's
parliament approved a controversial law to enhance the status of the
Ukrainian language at the expense of Russian. Russia slammed the
move as "scandalous." The law was championed by outgoing President
(AFP, 4/25/19)(Reuters, 4/25/19)